Where You Can Check Out Apple Pay Today

first_imgiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apple’s site spans hundreds of thousands of locations, which should give curiosity seekers numerous options to road test the new tap-to-pay features. These include: BloomingdalesChevronDuane ReadeFoot Locker (and its House of Hoops, Kids and Lady branches)Macy’sMcDonaldsNikeOffice DepotPanera BreadPetCoRadio ShackSubwayToys ‘R UsWalgreensWhole FoodsOne notable omission is Starbucks, an early partner that wound up only being able to offer a watered-down experience using the Apple Pay mobile app. Turns out, those coffee joints don’t have compatible terminals, so don’t bother knocking your device to their barcode scanners.  See also: PayPal Slams Apple In Full-Page Newspaper AdsApple Pay will work at various e-commerce retail sites too. But where’s the fun in that? Chances are, most people will want to roll up to a counter and order a Big Mac by bopping their iPhones to a terminal. It’s like a taste of the future awaits within those combo meals, and with a side of fries to boot. Owners of iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will also be able to try out Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay features, but only if they buy the Apple Watch when it comes out early next year. The watch will feature the Near Field Communication chip necessary for tap-to-pay functionality, which those older phones lack. This launch period will be key for gauging initial interest in Apple Pay, which may offer an inkling of the initiative’s potential longer-term success. However, early numbers probably won’t be available in time for Apple’s earnings call, later today.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#iOS 8.1#iPhone#iPHone 6#iPhone 6 Plus#Mobile Payments last_img read more

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first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Restaurants Bakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantsBakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its decor and restaurateur couple Amar and Darshini Patel serve the quintessential American cupcake here-complete with a mountain of frosting and more than 20 flavours to choose from.The Oreo cupcake is the undisputed favourite, whereas other popular flavours include banana foster (made with banana and yoghurt), tiramisu, pink crush strawberry, lemon, classic vanilla and chocolate. All the flavours are fresh and cakes moist. Servings are generous, and the cupcakes are crammed full of chocolate chips, Oreo biscuits and bananas respectively, which gives them a unique flavour. Order a day in advance, and you can get a lowfat, dairy free, or low cholesterol batch.Price: Rs 60 per cupcake; fondant cakes (Rs1,200 per kg) are made on order. At: Advait Complex, Sandesh Press Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40325838.-Devika ChaturvediNew in townKitsch me quick!Up the quirk quotient of your home with a visit to stylish new store, Nimbu Mirchi-from cushions with silly messages and naughty glasses with Bollywood dialogues to coasters and a lot more, there is no end to the goodies on offer here. There is also a section piled with funky bags for those days when only something eclectic will do. Men will be spoilt for choice here, with their collection of cotton shirts with whacky messages for just Rs 450 and kurtas in varied colours.Price: From Rs 250 to Rs 5,000. At: 21, Shantisadan Society, World Business House lane, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40009215.StuffadvertisementDecor essentialPerfect for decorating your home or gifting a loved one, this exclusive collection is specially designed for women. Their range of products includes jewellry boxes, statues and photo frames. Price: On request. At: @home store, Centre Square, Vadodara.Tel: 09429827876; 0265 2702743.Bag apart Hidesign has come out with a new range-their SS12 collection that exudes fresh colours, new combinations and clean, crisp lines. Price: Rs 1,295 onwards. At: Hidesign Store, CG Road, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 2702743.Spunk it up Check out the new range of sporty and comfortable footwear by Activ. Keeping in mind the athletic silhouette, the collection includes round-toed ballets and lace detailed sport shoes. Price: Rs 990 onwards. At: All Metro Shoes and Mochi Outlets.The Bollywood way Add some desi masala to your home with these signboards featuring whacky messages inspired from iconic Bollywood dialogues, songs and scenes from Indian Hippy’s online store. Price: Rs 1,500 onwards.Available at: Hippy.inGadgetsCooler Master XORNETThis new gaming mouse is aimed at casual gamers and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use for long gaming sessions. It is also lined with special sweat-proof rubber due to which the movements of the mouse are more precise and tactical. Price: Rs 2,499.Technogym VarioA must-have for fitness enthusiasts, the Vario enables the user to perform a wide range of exercises. Go in for a complete workout or just concentrate on strengthening a particular part of your body. Vario also allows you to determine and measure the movement, the stride, length and shape of your body while working out. Price: TBA.Sennheiser CX 215 Sennheiser electronics have come out with their latest CX 215 ear phones. These stylish ear-canal headphones are available in five trendy colours. It features an innovative design and enables a powerful sound experience. Price: Rs 1,990.Bravia HX925 LED Sony India has launched its biggest screen size yet, the 65 inch Bravia HX925 LED TV powered by X-reality PRO engine, intelligent peak LED and motion flow technology. This monolithic TV has sleek lines and high-quality finishing. The TV comes with a Skype camera and two pairs of 3D glasses. Price: Rs 3,59,900.LG Inverter V Air conditionerThe inverter V compressor is faster than conventional ACs and has the world’s lowest noise level for ACs at only 19 decibels. The compressor’s speed adjusts itself constantly which helps in maintaining desired temperature levels at all times. Price: Rs 42,990.Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 Don’t fret if you have lost important files in your computer, as the Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 can recover any lost, missing or deleted files and folders. Price: Rs 4,950.Available at Croma, Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad; A-233/234, Platinum Plaza, Ahmedabad; Mobile Gallery 1, Satkar Complex, B/H Swagat Complex, C G Road, Ahmedabad.Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Ranking the Jerseys of all the participants

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe enthusiasm amongst the cricket fans is at the peak with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 just a few days away. Getting their hands on the World Cup trophy is what all the cricketing nations desire and strive for.With the tournament all set to commence from the 30th of May, the preparations are more or less all sorted for all the teams. All the teams have released their jerseys that their players will be donning in the mega event. Here we rate the jerseys of all the ten participants10. Australia – 6/10The Cricket Australia had unveiled the official jersey for the Australian Cricket team a month ago. The jersey draws inspiration from the retro design donned by the Aussie players in the 1987 World cup. The side has been leaning towards their retro designs off-late which was also observed during Australia’s tour of India.However, the jersey got a lot of criticism from the fans as they did not like the colour combinations used in the jersey as they feel the lime yellow and the green shades do not compliment each other.9. South Africa – 6/10South Africa will be hoping to break free from the chokers tag that has been associated with them. The jersey unveiled by them comprised of their greens with the shades of light and dark green. However, what caught people’s attention was the black used on the sleeves of the jersey which did not please the fans.8. West Indies – 6.5/10West Indies have chosen not to make any changes or alterations in their jersey. The Carribean team will be seen in their usual maroon jersey in the tournament. Their Jersey is very minimalistic, to say the least, which will have people divided over it. They will be looking to make an impact in the tournament and will be backing themselves with the strong side that they have built.7. Afghanistan – 6.5/10The Afghan’s are one more team to not make any changes in their existing design for the event. Interestingly they have also kept an alternate jersey which has their usual blue shade with a lot of red combined with it. Afghanistan will play a two-match ODI series of two games against Ireland.6. Bangladesh – 7/10The Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier had revealed the world cup kit that the players would use. However, it stirred controversy amongst the Bangladeshi fans as the jersey was dominated by the colour green and hence looked very similar to that of Pakistan’s. Due to the backlash faced, the board had to assure the fans of a new jersey, which was later shared on social media which had a red patch where the country’s name was printed in bold.5. Pakistan – 7/10The Pakistan team which already is in England for an ODI series against the World Cup hosts are donning their traditional greens for the event. Their jersey has impressed their fans with black diagonal stripes and their signature yellow star over it.4. India – 8/10The Indian team’s jersey for the mega event was released on the 1st of March and has been the talk of the town ever since. Fans have been vocal about the jersey as they are not satisfied with the two blue shades that have been used in it. A lot of fans have also urged the BCCI to go for the retro design inspired by the Aussies. However, despite the mixed response, we are impressed with it as it looks quite elegant and packs a punch.3. Sri Lanka – 8/10The Sri Lankan Jersey has already received a lot of praise from the cricket fraternity ever since its release. The reason for it is that it has been made from recycled oceanic plastic collected around the beaches of the country. They want to promote the safety of aquatic animals through the move as they also have a turtle designed over it.2. New Zealand – 8.5/10The Kiwis jersey is one of the best jerseys across the cricketing nations and has always been loved by the fans. The black caps are yet to win the world title yet, however, they would be looking to go all guns blazing to register their first ever successful world cup campaign in their signature black kit.1. England – Not Yet Released England team’s jersey is set to be unveiled on the 21st of May. England who is also the host for the World Cup is currently hosting Pakistan for an ODI series. The list will be updated post the release of the jersey. Stay tuned for that.last_img read more

Ohio State QB Comments On Justin Fields’ Transfer Decision

first_imgjustin fields runs the ball during the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Much has been made about the starting quarterback competition that is going to take place at Ohio State between Justin Fields and Tate Martell. Both Fields, who decided to transfer to OSU from Georgia, and Martell, a redshirt freshman, are expecting to win the starting job.There’s another quarterback on the Buckeyes’ roster who could play a factor, too, though.Matthew Baldwin, a freshman quarterback out of Texas, is highly thought of by Ohio State’s new head coach, Ryan Day.The former four-star pro-style QB recruit certainly isn’t afraid of any decision.Baldwin told The-Ozone that he will welcome any competition between himself, Fields and Martell.“Charlie Brewer, the quarterback at Baylor, he was the MVP of the Texas Bowl last week, he started for two years and so I was under him,” Baldwin said of his high school experience. “I had the option to transfer out my sophomore year, but I never did. I’m not afraid of competition. I welcome it because the best player is going to play here. There’s no politics. I hope I can be the best player.”Baldwin added that a heavy quarterback competition comes with the territory of playing for a school like Ohio State.“Competition isn’t something that I’m afraid of,” Baldwin said. “If you come to Ohio State and think there’s not going to be a competition, you don’t know what you’re doing. Like I said, I’m not afraid of it. I’ll just take on spring with a good mindset.”Ohio State has had some notable quarterback competitions before. Just recently, Dwayne Haskins beat out Joe Burrow, who transferred to LSU and went on to start for the Tigers. A couple of years ago, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones competed for the job.It’s certainly going to be a fascinating spring in Columbus.last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Strong Suit SS15 Headed To Nordstrom

first_img Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Strong Suit, the custom suiting company that launched a little over a year-and-a-half ago, is making the leap onto the racks of Nordstrom’s.For SS15, they’re offering off-the-rack suits (with made-to-measure set to debut this September) in 27 fabrications. The suits are available in four basic models as well as two tuxedo models. In addition to a canvas front and lapel (which provides structure and shape), they offer two different pic stitches: 5/16 on more casual garments and 1/8 on dressier suits.Related: Make Your Suits Last With These Cleaning and Storage TipsThis is the second line from Jamie Davidson, who launched his first label, Normandy & Monroe in 2001. “I learned a couple of lessons from the first go-round. The first is that creatively the label needs to be one vision. Too many cooks in the kitchen dilute the message.  I take a lot of input from the people I work with but ultimately the decisions need to lay with me.  Secondly it’s important to bring your retailers something that can ring their cash registers every day. N&M was primarily an outerwear company so it was very seasonal.”For Strong Suit, Davidson chose to turn to higher-end fabric sourcing including forging partnerships with Lora Piana, Reda, and Barberis.Stand-outs from the SS15 collection include the navy suit. “It’s very hot right now. I keep wondering how long that will last and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I am also very excited about some of our bolder plaids for fall.”“I would say that guys aren’t paying enough attention to fit,” Davidson surmised when asked what thing guys are doing wrong. “Guys always know when they try something on whether or not it fits their idea of what they want but sometimes communicating that on the front end can be a struggle because they don’t feel like they know all the lingo. I think as a label we need to do a better job of educating our customers about what we do, which is what we seek to do with our in-store experience.”Strong Suit is available now in select Nordstrom’s locations starting at $595, and will be available online in the coming weeks. 1. Strong Suit SS15 2. Strong Suit SS15 3. Strong Suit SS15 4. Strong Suit SS15 5. Strong Suit SS15 6. Strong Suit SS15 How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products center_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)last_img read more

NCLs New Ship to Start Cruising to Alaska from 2018

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise ship company Norwegian Cruise Line revealed plans to send its next new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss, on Alaska cruises starting from June 2018.The company said that Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in the Emerald City.“Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, the 167,800 gross ton Norwegian Bliss can accommodate 4,000 guests. To be constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, the ship is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, it will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season.Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, featuring calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.last_img read more

CanadaUS Delegation Makes Case Against New Border ID Requirement

first_imgSecurity at the Canada-U.S. border must be carefully guarded, but the economic stability and viability of Eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. must also be protected, say members of a joint delegation responding to an American proposal for passport-type identification cards. Nova Scotia House Of Assembly Speaker Murray Scott and Opposition Leader Darrell Dexter are among members of the Canada-U.S. delegation who are in Washington today, Feb. 1, to voice concerns over the U.S. proposal that would require travellers to carry the passport-type ID cards when they cross the Canada-U.S. border. The provincial and state officials say the ID requirement will be costly and will cause economic damage to the travel and tourism industries in both countries. Members of the binational delegation include the officers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces Committee of The Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference. The officers are: Bill Doyle, a U.S. senator from Vermont; Bev Harrison, Speaker of the House of Assembly in New Brunswick; Mr. Scott; Robin Schmimminger, an assemblyman from New York; John Martin, a senator from Maine; and William Cusano, a member of the Quebec National Assembly. Following their recent meeting in Halifax, the legislators wrote Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Condoleeza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, noting the compelling need to maintain border security. “At the same time, however, our economic security is dependent upon the smooth and efficient flow of goods and people across the border.” Legislation in the U.S. requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan that makes a passport, other document, or a combination of both mandatory in order to cross the border. Members of the binational delegation say the integrated economies of the border region and the frequent trips made by families, students and working people underscore the need for a “seamless” border. The U.S. and Canada are each other’s largest trading partner. More than $1 billion worth of goods cross the Canada-U.S. border each day. The delegation is scheduled to meet today, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2, with officials from various U.S. senate and congressional committees on homeland security, as well as key officials for border and transportation security. Meetings are scheduled with: Elaine Dezenski, deputy assistant secretary for policy and planning, Border and Transportation Security, Department of Homeland Security; Senator Susan Collins, chair of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Senator Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations; Congressman John Sweeney, vice-chair, Transportation, Treasury and HUD Appropriations Subcommittee; Congressman Peter King, chair, Homeland Security Committee; Jeffrey Shane, under secretary of Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation; and Jill Hochman, Department of Transportation Office of Interstate and Border Planning.last_img read more

Sudanese rejoice as protesters reach deal with ruling generals

first_imgKhartoum: Crowds of jubilant Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum on Friday, chanting “civilian rule” after protest leaders struck a deal with the ruling generals on a new governing body. Chants of “the martyrs’ blood has not been shed in vain” reverberated around the same streets where more than six months of protests culminated in the landmark roadmap for a new political future after the toppling of veteran president Omar al-Bashir in a palace coup in April. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The deal, reached in the early hours of Friday after two days of hard-won talks brokered by Ethiopian and African Union mediators, provides for the interim governing body to have a rotating presidency, as a compromise between the positions of the generals and the protesters. The blueprint proposes that a general hold the presidency for the first 18 months of a three-year transition, with a civilian taking over for the rest. The issue had led to weeks of deadlock, which was marred by a brutal raid on a longstanding protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum that killed dozens of demonstrators and wounded hundreds on June 3. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Today we can say that our revolution has embarked on the right path in achieving our goals,” said north Khartoum resident Somaiya Hassan. “I think we will be able to change the horrible situation of our people,” she said, as fellow residents flashed victory signs and waved national flags. As the crowds celebrated, there was no visible security force presence on the streets. The feared paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces, who have been widely blamed for last month’s violence, appeared to be confined to base. The convoys of pickups mounted with heavy machine guns, that had become a routine sight in the capital, were nowhere to be seen. Crowds beat tin cans and plastic water bottles as they marched along the capital’s main avenues chanting revolutionary slogans. Men, women and children stood in their vehicles as they joined convoys of vehicles honking horns and chanting: “Civilian rule, civilian rule.” “Now we can congratulate each other,” said Mohamed Hussein, who had taken his children out in his car to watch.last_img read more

Dorian makes landfall near Halifax Canada as dangerous cyclone

first_imgOttawa: Dorian made landfall in Canada on Saturday night south of Halifax with ferocious 100 mph (155 kph) winds and torrential rains, meteorologists said, toppling trees and whipping up debris. The storm churned up 65-foot (20-metre) waves which pounded the coast near the port city that is home to Canada’s Atlantic fleet. As it moved north from the US after devastating the Bahamas, the storm was now being called a “very intense post-tropical cyclone,” but the Canadian Hurricane Centre warned that it was still packing winds equivalent to those of a Category 2 hurricane. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We’re talking about a very dangerous storm,” Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre told a briefing. Officials also said it had already dropped more than 100 millimeters (four inches) of rain on Nova Scotia, which could double by Sunday morning. Storm surges were causing widespread flooding. And more than 450,000 households were without electricity after winds knocked down power lines. According to reports, a crane collapsed onto an apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPublic Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said federal assistance was being provided. The military was mobilized to deliver aid and help with evacuations, while roads and bridges in the region were closed. Overnight, Dorian was expected to track northeast through the Maritimes region with “destructive winds and heavy rainfall,” the Canadian Hurricane Centre said, passing near eastern Prince Edward Island around midnight, and then over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence waters and western Newfoundland by Sunday morning.last_img read more

Water system repaired in Village of Rycroft

first_imgResidents are being reminded that the Boil Water Advisory and the Local State of Emergency are still in effect until further notice.When the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air, discolouration, and sediment when opened. The Village is reminding residents to open their taps slowly and the regular steady flow will soon occur.The water system had broke and was shut down on February 27.For further updates, you can find them on the Village Rycroft’s Facebook page or website. RYCROFT, A.B. – Crews in the Village of Rycroft have successfully completed the repairs to the water system on 52nd Street.According to the Village, the water system is currently being tested.The Village says crews are doing everything to ensure the system will work properly and safely when full service is restored, adding that getting fully restored may cause some additional issues.last_img read more

District administration razes 14 houses in Kant enclave

first_imgGurugram: The district administration of Faridabad on Monday went ahead and razed 14 houses situated in Kant enclave, a 425-acre residential area nestled in the Aravallis. According to the officials, 14 structures were razed. Most of these units had recently come up in the area and were less than 14 years old.A recently built film studio was also among the structures that were demolished. Out of 14, eight structures that were taken down were built by the builder and six were private properties. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe stern action was undertaken after the Supreme Court in its order on September 11, 2018, had stated that all the residential and commercial structures that had come up after 1992 were illegal. The administration had earlier served notices to the homeowners citing categorically that after March 31 it held the right to destroy the structures. The entire process of razing the structures began early at around 7 am and was carried on till late afternoon. Seeing the challenges involved in undertaking the task, five teams of Faridabad police consisting of 300 law enforcement officials were formed to ensure security. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe task was led by Dharmender Singh who is the Assistant district commissioner of Faridabad. There were also other senior officials of Faridabad administration to make sure that there were no lapses in coordinating the tasks. Six big and four small earthmovers were used for razing the structures. On September 11, the bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta gave an order that all the structures that had come up after August 18, 1992, in Kant enclave were illegal and had to be destroyed. There was some reprieve for the homeowners who had built their houses from the period 1984 to August 1992 as the top court stated that their houses will not be destroyed. According to the official, there were 45 structures in the area that was deemed to be illegal. A legal proceeding that included extending the dates for damaging the structures and increasing the compensation delayed the process of officials going ahead and razing the structures. The Supreme Court also came down on the Haryana government for amending Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) which made Kant enclave legal. The top court in various judgement has stated categorically that they will not allow the degradation of Aravallis.last_img read more

One person dies in hospital after CPC shooting incident

One person who was injured in the shooting incident at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) premises in Dematagoda today, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.At least two people sustained injuries in the shooting incident. The shooting incident took place when former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga arrived at the location.A tense situation arose with some people attempting to assault Ranatunga. Ranatunga’s security guard opened fire injuring at least two people.One person succumbed to his injuries in hospital later. Ranatunga’s security guard was arrested over the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Western Sahara new proposal aims to bring parties to the table UN

“We are not asking in this proposal that anyone give up anything,” James Baker III, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, told reporters after briefing the Security Council during closed-door consultations. “We are asking that the parties are willing to come to the table and talk.””The settlement plan will not be abandoned,” Mr. Baker stressed, “but we’ve been trying to implement the settlement plan for 10 years now, and it would seem reasonable to try another approach if another approach is possible.” The Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in Western Sahara recommends that Morocco, the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO), Algeria and Mauritania agree to meet as parties, either directly, or through proximity talks under Mr. Baker’s auspices, to discuss a proposed framework agreement on the future status of Western Sahara. Pointing to the extremely complex nature of the dispute over Western Sahara, Mr. Baker said that the framework “offers the possibility of a solution to a very difficult and intractable problem.” “It’s not going to be resolved unless the parties are willing to exercise the political will necessary to engage, under UN auspices, and work out their differences,” he said. The report also recommends that the Council extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) through 30 November to give time for consultations on the proposed framework “What would really be useless, in my opinion, is for the parties to spend five months, under our auspices – and this would be a terrible waste of time – arguing over whether they were going to talk about the framework proposal or whether they were going to talk about something we’ve been talking about for 10 years and haven’t implemented,” said Mr. Baker.”If we don’t make progress on this new approach, we will have the settlement plan there which we haven’t been able to implement for 10 years — maybe we’d go back to that,” he added. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday March 15 2018

See more NBA predictions Oh, and don’t forgetCapitalism is great All newsletters ella:oh hm interestingneil:That caused our favorite to change! Nova now No. 1walt:Browns legend Joe Thomas announces his retirementthat’s kind of heartbreakingneil:Just as they might get good again, too(and just as @walt and I were going to make our bet on Cleveland as 2020 Super Bowl champs)walt:i’ll still put my name on that postPredictions NBA Things That Caught My EyeBest of the best of the bestThis season’s University of Connecticut women’s basketball team was the very best of an already outstanding legacy of UConn teams. Of the five UConn teams since 2014 — all of whom were ranked #1 in adjusted offensive efficiency, adjusted defensive efficiency and adjusted net efficiency — this one stands out with the highest in every rating of all five teams. [FiveThirtyEight]Best of the worst of the bestThe Ivy League sent the University of Pennsylvania to the NCAA men’s tournament, and the team was seeded 16th up against Kansas. Now no 16-seed has ever defeated a 1-seed, and that record remains unbroken as Kansas defeated Penn 76-60. However, Penn will go down as the highest-Elo rated, best-ever No. 16. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Ten upsets in the cardsThe Localized Upset Classification model gave a 50 percent chance or higher of an upset in 10 NCAAM tournament games, eyeing Murray State, NC State, Buffalo, Loyola Chicago, San Diego St., South Dakota St., Butler, Florida St., Syracuse, and Stephen F. Austin as potential first round upset contenders. [FiveThirtyEight]Preseason matters in a sport!Preseason AP and coaches polls were outstanding at predicting NCAA men’s basketball games from 2002-17, with higher rated teams in those preseason polls beating lower ranked rivals 71.8 percent of the time. Contrast that with Ratings Percentage Index, which the committee uses to seed the field of 68, which correctly called the outcome only 69.1 percent of the time. [FiveThirtyEight]Arizona and Missouri know many kinds of painThere are 16 different seeds you can lose a round of 64 game from, and several schools appear to be gunning for at least one first-round loss from all 16 of them. Thirteen different schools have lost from six different numbered seeds, and two — Providence and Princeton — with a loss from seven different seeds. It’s Arizona and Missouri, though, that are the connoisseurs of failure. Both of them have lost from a 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10-seed; Arizona also lost from a 5-seed and Missouri an 11-seed. [FiveThirtyEight]The West is going to be a crazy finaleThere are seven teams in the Western conference separated by only two games, and only Houston and Golden State have guaranteed their ticket. That means that there are eight teams who could enjoy any seed between 3rd and “not appearing in this tournament,” which is quite a swing. [ESPN]Big Number10.24 yards per attemptFrom 2015-17, the best quarterback in the NFL when there were two tight ends on the field was Kirk Cousins, previously of Washington but who recently became an extremely well paid member of the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota may want to invest seriously at the tight end position given that Cousins got 2,621 yards on 177 completions over the 256 pass attempts thrown with two TEs playing. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: walt: We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

Ohio State womens soccer eyes Big Ten tourney run

While many students are taking exams or sitting in lecture halls Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will begin its quest to win a conference tournament championship. The Buckeyes take on Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament, which returns after not being held in 2009 or 2010, is hosted by Northwestern from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. OSU finished the regular season with a 10-8-1 record, including a 5-5-1 mark in the Big Ten, which earned the team the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Fighting Illini finished 14-4-1 (8-2-1 Big Ten) and are the No. 2 seed. In the teams’ regular season matchup on Sept. 23 in Columbus, the Buckeyes won, 2-1, to clinch the 200th victory in program history. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner said while it’s a confidence boost knowing that you’ve already beaten your opponent before, nothing is guaranteed. “It also puts a little more pressure on us, like we know how to get it done, which is good, and we know that it’s possible,” Baumgardner said. “But we’ve still got to do it again. It was a close game the first time and I’m sure it’s going to be a close game again.” The familiarity with Illinois will help the Buckeyes, said senior forward Caitlyn Martin. “We know a little bit about them and how they play,” Martin said. “But it’s always hard to beat a team twice, so we’re going to have to have a good game plan together. We’ll definitely be motivated and ready to play.” OSU struggled toward the end of its season, losing four of its last six games. A 3-0 victory against Indiana on Senior Day last Sunday could give the team some momentum going into the tournament. “I think the good thing for us is we’ve really struggled with the middle to the bottom-half of the conference, but we’ve done really well against the top-half of the conference,” coach Lori Walker said. “…I think we are better against quality soccer teams and Illinois certainly is that.” Three members of the team were honored with Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced Tuesday. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere was named a first team All-Big Ten defender while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a midfielder. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was the team’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree. The winner between OSU and Illinois will go on to face the winner of No. 3 Michigan State and No. 6 Iowa at 2:15 p.m. on Friday. read more

Play the Dead Space 3 demo on January 15

first_imgFans of the Dead Space series have had a long wait for the 3rd game to arrive. Dead Space 2 was released back in January 2011, and it looks like January 2013 will be your first chance to get your hands on Dead Space 3, in demo form at least.EA has announced that Xbox 360 and PS3 C$750.00 at Amazon owners will be able to download and play the demo on Tuesday, January 22. However, if you own an Xbox 360 there is a way to play it early if you’re quick.If you visit the Dead Space 3 demo site (link below) right now, you can register your Origin ID and EA will allow you to download the demo a week early on January 15 using a redemption code. This is a limited offer though, and EA will stop offering codes when enough players have registered for early access. Exactly how many players that is hasn’t been divulged.If you fail to get a code then it’s only an extra week of waiting. Alternatively, if you just want the full game to play then you only need wait until February 5 in the US and February 8 in Europe. The game is getting a simultaneous releases across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, but there’s no mention of a PC demo being made available yet.Dead Space 3 was announced back in June, and with it came the introduction of a full-playthrough co-op mode. The reason for this, according to EA, is the fact Dead Space as a series is just too scary for some gamers so playing it with a friend is desirable. If that’s not you, don’t worry, EA has not tweaked the gameplay to accommodate co-op.Register for early access to the demo at demo.deadpace.com.via Business Wirelast_img read more

Man attends interview for job with Manchester Police smelling of alcohol gets

first_img Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 2:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share274 Tweet Email1 21,577 Views http://jrnl.ie/3239218 29 Comments Image: Lynne Cameron/AP Image: Lynne Cameron/AP Feb 14th 2017, 2:07 PM Man attends interview for job with Manchester Police smelling of alcohol, gets arrested for drink-driving He did not get the job. A JOBSEEKER SHOWED up for an interview with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) well over the legal drink drive limit, only to be promptly arrested before being disqualified from driving.The incident happened last month as two senior GMP employees were holding interviews for an IT management position. When an external male applicant in his 50s was brought into the office at Sedgley Park, one of the interviewers engaged in the usual small talk to put the candidate at ease.“I asked if he had any trouble in finding us, as soon as he began to speak I could smell something on his breath which I thought was stale alcohol.“He mentioned that he did have a little trouble in finding somewhere to park, which immediately raised concerns.“Shortly after he arrived in the small office, the smell of alcohol became overpowering.“I decided to continue with the interview, which lasted for about an hour, but throughout the whole time I was sure that the candidate smelt strongly of drink and was considering what to do next.”AdviceAt end of the end of interview, the GMP employee made an excuse to leave the room and sought advice from a police officer on what to do next.“I didn’t want the man returning to his vehicle, given the obvious smell of alcohol. I couldn’t live with myself if there had been a collision and someone ended up seriously hurt.”A police traffic officer was called for. They asked the candidate if he had been drinking before attending the interview, to which the man replied no.The officer then asked if he had been drinking the previous night. The applicant said that he had been out the night before for a meal with his wife, where they had shared a bottle of wine.On hearing this, the officer escorted the man out of the building to a nearby patrol car and breathalysed him. The results from the breath test showed the man was over the legal drink drive limit. He was then taken to Bury Police station and tested again for his alcohol level, once the reading was confirmed, he was charged with drink driving.The offender last week pleaded guilty to being in control of a vehicle while over the legal drink driving limit at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court.He was disqualified from holding a driving licence for one year, to be reduced to seven months if successful in completing a drink driving awareness course within in a given time, and was also handed fines totalling £235.Read: Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed for a 19th time By Paul Hosford Short URLlast_img read more