Guardiola hopes for even more to come from Aguero

first_imgSergio Aguero marked his 300th game for Manchester City with the opening goal in a 5-0 win over Cardiff City, and Pep Guardiola hopes the striker’s career does not end anytime soon.The club’s all-time leading scorer returned to City’s starting line-up for the trip to South Wales after being benched for the Champions League clash with Lyon, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for Guardiola’s side.Aguero opened the scoring at Cardiff City Stadium after 32 minutes, connecting with Bernardo Silva’s cross and sending a first-time shot into the net, and Guardiola was pleased with his performance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Hopefully he doesn’t finish, decide to retire or go to another place,” City boss Guardiola said of Aguero, who extended his contract until 2021 on Friday.”He played good, he created chances and, yeah, it was a good performance.”He had a little injury, he came back quite good.”Aguero’s opener was quickly followed by goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, who both caused havoc in the Cardiff defence with their incisive runs and constant endeavour.Guardiola, who saw Riyad Mahrez score his first two goals for the club to wrap up an emphatic win in the second half, described his side’s performance as better than the one that earned them a 3-0 win over Fulham in their previous league outing.”I think we played better than the Fulham game,” said Guardiola. “We were more dynamic after a bad result in midweek.”It is not easy, but after one or two goals, it was immediately easy. We created a good game and good chances.”Today was excellent.”The Spaniard gave his players a message of support after they bounced back from defeat against Lyon to win in such style, saying poor results would not change his opinion of his title-winning team.”It’s the same players,” he said. “Nothing is going to change my opinion of them.”They know the worse the result, the closer I am to them.”They deserve all my respect. They made me happy for two seasons, and that’s why I will always be there with them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Azhar Ali becomes the man for all seasons at rainy MCG

first_imgPakistan’s opening batsman Azhar Ali has rarely seemed a man in a hurry in six years of Test cricket so it was fitting that his 12th century was eked out in fits and starts over two rainy days at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Azhar’s unbeaten 139 pushed Pakistan to 310 for six at the end of day two of the second Test against Australia on Tuesday and was a triumph of patience and determination in the face of frustrating rain delays and a world class pace attack. (Also read: Melbourne Test: Azhar Ali shines with century on gloomy second day)The ton lifted the gritty 31-year-old past 1,000 runs for the year, a milestone shared by only four others from the south Asian nation.He is also within striking range of Majid Khan’s 158 at the same ground in 1972, the highest score by a Pakistan player in Australia.The rain has crimped the tourists’ hopes of forcing a result to keep the three-match series alive after their 39-run loss in the Brisbane opener.But Azhar may have at least won over more fans, having left some cold with his one-dimensional, blue collar batting style.He also boosted his claim to be a man for all surfaces.Having previously scored all his centuries on Asian pitches, Azhar’s knock at the MCG added to the 139 he scored in Birmingham in August in a losing cause against England.”He was very committed, very determined…from the first day as well,” Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz told reporters after his team mate’s unfinished 287-ball knock.advertisement”We had a chat as well that he wanted to score a century and that he wanted his name on the board at the MCG.”Azhar has proved a bugbear to Australia since his debut at Lord’s in 2010, where he scored 16 and 42 but soaked up plenty of time at the crease.He scored back-to-back centuries in the Abu Dhabi Test in 2014 to help Pakistan blank Australia 2-0 in the series.At the MCG, he was at his most stolid and frustrating on day one, and took over 90 balls before hitting his first boundary.But on day two he opened his shoulders against the ageing ball and sent a string of sublime straight drives thundering past Australia’s hapless seamers.He was fortunate Nathan Lyon missed the stumps for a run-out chance when coaxed into a reckless single by Asad Shafiq, with whom he shared an important 115-run stand.Just before the morning drinks break, he had to lunge back to his crease when Shafiq smacked straight back at bowler Jackson Bird who got a hand to the ball before it clattered into the stumps.A third umpire review showed he was safe but the scoreboard flashed that he was “out”, as if its operator was also weary of Azhar’s resistance.The scoreboard was quickly amended, prompting groans from the home crowd and Azhar marched on.Rain forced a break and left him stranded on 96 but unfazed, he returned to tease two runs down the leg-side to bring up an assured and morale-boosting century.last_img read more

Website Words to Live By

first_imgHome page real estate is important, but be picky about what you put on your homepage Interaction with your organization’s website should be easy and fulfilling Your job is the be the advocate of the website visitor Make a connection with your audience using a compelling photo that tells your story Make sure your home page meets your audience’s needs Don’t post anything just to make a colleague happy.Don’t post a photo a 10 year old can’t explain to you without reading the caption.Don’t be boring. Think about the audience that will be visiting your site instead of the internal structure of your organization when planning your site  Post photos of close-ups of people, not buildings Don’t ask people to sign up, stay in touch with issues Visitors don’t want to have to stop their search to figure out where to go Don’t be afraid to be yourself- be fearless and go for it when you’re talking to your core tribe Here are some of the most important takeaways from our Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Websites webinars, featuring Mark Rovner and Alia McKee SeaChange Strategies along with our own Katya Andresen.Don’t leave your common sense at the door.Don’t make them have to think. (The most important rule!) Also visit:More Websites that RockCheck out the websites we reviewed during the webinarlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham midfielder Harry Winks: Xavi, Iniesta my role-models

first_imgTottenham midfielder Harry Winks: Xavi, Iniesta my role-modelsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Harry Winks admits he models his game on Barcelona greats.Winks feels Spurs’ style of play suits him best.He told the Mirror: “I’ve never been blessed with height, strength and power so I’ve had to learn how to play differently from a young age, my game was all based on technique and when I look at players like Xavi and Iniesta they were always players I modelled myself on.“We’ve always had a philosophy at Spurs to play out from the back, to play with style, to play out from the back and that’s the way I’ve always been brought up and to come into the first team is no different.”The manager always expects us to play out or at least try. We never compromise our principles, even Barcelona away, it was a difficult test because they are known for their possession.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sacked after defeat to India, Thailand head coach praises Sunil Chhetri & Co.

first_imgSacked after defeat to India, Thailand head coach praises Sunil Chhetri & Co.Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac was sacked hours after India’s stunning 4-1 win. He said his side’s opponents thoroughly deserved to take all three points.advertisement Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 13:27 IST Milovan Rajevac was sacked by the Football Association of Thailand after losing 4-1 to India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFootball Association of Thailand sacked head coach Milovan Rajevac after teams lossThailand were humiliated 4-1 by India in their opening AFC Asian Cup group matchRajevac after the loss had said India thoroughly deserved to take all three pointsThe humiliating loss to India in the Asian Cup has resulted in Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac’s sacking but the Serb was effusive in his praise for the Stephen Constantine-coached side.Rajevac, who was sacked by Football Association of Thailand hours after India’s stunning 4-1 win on Monday, said his side’s opponents thoroughly deserved to take all three points.”They (India) absolutely deserved to win the match. For us, the first half was mostly okay, even though we conceded the opening goal after a corner of our own. In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory,” Rajevac said.The NEW second highest (active) International goalscorer @chetrisunil11 pic.twitter.com/8lLG1XrIAv#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019″We under-performed after the break. At the start of the second half we conceded an early goal which forced us to open up a little as we tried to find an equaliser. The real problem for us was that we did not have a response to India’s aggressive style of play.”The Serbian, who took Ghana to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after stints in Qatar and Algeria, was appointed Thailand head coach in April 2017. He then signed for a two-year contract extension in February last year.But recent failures in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Cup, where the five-time champions crashed out with a semifinals loss to Malaysia, caused a fan uproar.Rajevac’s assistant Sirisak Yodyardthai will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the tournament, beginning with the team’s group match against Bahrain on Thursday.advertisement”I would like to announce the termination of the contract of the head coach of the Thai national team Milovan Rajevac and also announce the appointment of Sirisak Yodyardthai to perform the duties with the team,” FA Thailand president Somyot Poompanmoung said in a statement.”…FA Thailand has fully supported the preparations of the national team with the intention of producing better results than before. But the result (against India) is not what is expected of the Thai national team and that our supporters deserve,” he said.India are now on top of Group A with three points ahead of Bahrain and hosts United Arab Emirates, who are tied on a point apiece after their drawn opening match.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup: India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Sunil Chhetri overtakes Messi as India thrash Thailand 4-1 to create historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Milovan RajevacFollow ThailandFollow CoachFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow IndiaFollow Sunil Chhetrilast_img read more

Marriott Bonvoy Invites Members to Explore the World with Bonus Points Promotion

first_imgMarriott International celebrates Marriott Bonvoy, its recently unveiled travel program, which replaced Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), with the first global promotion of 2019. By registering for “Double Take,” members earn double points on stays starting with their second stay. Plus, registered members who are the primary account holders of U.S.-issued Marriott Bonvoy co-brand credit card can earn an additional 500 points for weekend stays, starting with their first stay. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and much more. By earning points faster with “Double Take,” members can take advantage of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 130 countries and territories — including the largest collection of lifestyle and luxury properties and rich member benefits. In addition, members can redeem for Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the company’s ever-expanding travel experiences platform. Whether it’s backstage passes to concerts with the hottest artists; luxury VIP suite access to cheer on your favorite sports team; or a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cook with a world-famous chef, members can redeem points to participate in a bounty of unique Moments that make travel more meaningful and memorable. DOUBLE TAKE: – Registration Period: Now – May 21, 2019– Earning Period: March 19, 2019 – June 4, 2019– By registering for the promotion here, Marriott Bonvoy members will earn double points on stays, starting with their second stay during the promotion earning period, at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties.– ExecuStay®, Marriott Executive Apartments® and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for bonus points, and nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points.– See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at marriottbonvoy.com/doubletake. Marriott Bonvoy U.S. Card Member Bonus: – Earning Period: March 19, 2019 – June 4, 2019– Registered members of “Double Take” who are the primary account holder of a U.S.-issued Marriott Bonvoy co-brand credit card will also earn 500 bonus points per weekend stay, starting with their first weekend stay, at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties.– The 500 bonus points per weekend stay offer is in addition to any double points earned with Double Take.– Eligible U.S. co-brand credit cards: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card, Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Bonvoy™ Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Bonvoy Business™ Credit Card from Chase and/or The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan– Marriott Bonvoy members’ card account must be open as of May 21, 2019, to qualify for the card member bonus.– Terms Apply. See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at marriottbonvoy.com/doubletake. To enroll or learn more about Marriott Bonvoy, visit https://www.marriott.com/loyalty.mi.  About Marriott Bonvoy Marriott Bonvoy is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands, members can earn and redeem points for hotel stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express. The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Marriott International Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,900 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott BonvoyTM, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Food Safety Tips for Summer

first_imgNova Scotians who want to make the most of their summer should keep food safety in mind. The Department of Agriculture’s food safety division is stressing the importance of safe food handling. Following a few basic rules can go a long way to preventing food-borne illness and the less than enjoyable times it brings. Simply clean, separate, cook and chill. “Summer is a time when family and friends get together for barbecues and picnics, so it is important that people are aware of safety issues when storing, handling and preparing food,” said Mike Horwich, director of food protection. “A key piece of advice everyone can follow is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and when in doubt, throw it out.” People should also use good food safety practices when preparing, transporting and serving food, as well as when handling fresh fruits and vegetables. The Department of Agriculture has several helpful fact sheets about food safety on its website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht . They include tips on: One of the best ways to stay healthy is to take preventative action, including washing hands thoroughly and often. washing hands, utensils and foods properly thawing meats cooking poultry and ground meats avoiding cross contamination of foods travelling with foodlast_img read more

Illegal Tobacco Seizure

first_imgMore illegal tobacco has been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following a three-month investigation by Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Thursday, Aug. 24, a vehicle was stopped on Highway 104 close to Amherst. A 28-year-old man from Ontario was arrested and the vehicle was seized. He was in possession of 100,300 illegal cigarettes. The seized tobacco has a tax value of $27,603.00 in provincial taxes and $21,063.00 in federal taxes. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Northern Traffic Services assisted Service Nova Scotia with the investigation. The man made a brief court appearance on Thursday and is scheduled to appear in Amherst provincial court in October to face charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, Excise Act 2001 and Criminal Code. Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement section, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in the province by working with its law enforcement partners and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to less than 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If a seizure of illegal tobacco is made based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward.last_img read more

Dirt McComber relies on his wits and his roots

first_imgSophie-Claude MillerAPTN NewsEric McComber lives in a community right on the south shore of Montreal – Kahnawà:ke.But it doesn’t stop him and his youngest son from fishing on the Saint-Lawrence River and hunting to provide for their family.APTN News spent a day with the Kanien’kehà:kas that live off the land.The man well known by his nickname – Dirt – is very busy. His days start early so he can harvest as much as possible.He either eats what he catches or sells it to make money to buy more bait.He can easily catch up to 40 sturgeon in a day.Dirt believes more people could be doing what he does but they choose not to.‘’They got nets and they are in the shed,” says McComber, smiling. “You don’t catch in a shed, right?”He is proud that for his Mohawk family, these traditional activities are being passed from generation to generation.Dirt started fishing when he was about 10 years old. He also spent  time with his father on the land to learn traditional ways.Sharing that knowledge with his children is an important part of their cultural heritage, he says.His son – aptly named River Flow Teiotién:taron McComber – seems to appreciate what he has learned.“What we do is all eco-friendly,” says the 19-year-old. “It’s all in the balance of the way the world works, I guess.“Anything we take, like I say, we have the utmost respect for.”For the two Mohawk men, being out on the land is the true meaning of happiness, even if it means hard work.“I live right across from Montreal,” says Dirt, “it’s almost like a sanctuary here, right?” smiller@aptn.calast_img read more

The Latest UK Cabinet to discuss draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on negotiations over Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):5 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office has confirmed that the Cabinet will meet Wednesday to consider a draft divorce deal with the European Union.Downing Street says negotiators from the U.K. and EU have reached a proposed agreement on Britain’s withdrawal terms, which now needs political approval from Britain and the bloc.May’s office says Cabinet ministers are being invited to read the text ahead of their meeting.___4:45 p.m.British and Irish media say U.K. and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on a proposed Brexit deal to resolve the main outstanding issue of the Irish border.Irish national broadcaster RTE says the two sides have agreed on proposals to keep the border free of customs posts and other obstacles.British media say the Cabinet will consider whether to agree to it at a special meeting on Wednesday. Downing St. did not immediately confirm the meeting.Prime Minister Theresa May told the Cabinet earlier Tuesday that “a small number of issues” remained to be dealt with.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, and Britain is keen to seal a deal this fall.If the U.K. Cabinet backs a deal, it will then need approval from all 28 EU nations and from the British and European parliaments.___10:20 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy says Britain and the European Union are “almost within touching distance” of a Brexit deal after another late-night negotiating session.Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington says it’s “possible but not at all definite” that the two sides can reach agreement this week.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement.Negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps. May’s Cabinet is meeting Tuesday for an update.Differences remain between Britain and the bloc over how to ensure the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland remains open after Brexit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Afghanistan

23 March 2007The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by another year, welcoming the mission’s recently expanded presence in the provinces and voicing concern at the harm caused by the production and trafficking of opium. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by another year, welcoming the mission’s recently expanded presence in the provinces and voicing concern at the harm caused by the production and trafficking of opium.In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council also urged the Afghan Government and members of the international community to do more to implement the Afghanistan Compact, five-year UN-backed blueprint launched early last year which sets benchmarks for certain security, governance and development goals.The resolution stresses the importance of meeting the benchmarks, particularly those focused on “the cross-cutting issue of counter-narcotics,” and calls for accelerated reform in the justice sector as called for in the Compact.Council members said the Mission’s increased number of regional and provincial offices outside the capital, Kabul, had improved the delivery of services to Afghans, and encouraged this process to continue, especially in the southern and eastern provinces.But they expressed alarm at the effects of widespread corruption in the fight against drugs and efforts to boost governance, saying it was undermining Afghanistan’s security and development.The resolution called on the Government to implement all the elements of its National Drug Control Strategy, including enlisting regional support against illegal trafficking and money laundering linked to the industry.The mandate extension was endorsed days after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued his latest progress report on Afghanistan, which he found had reached “a critical juncture” as it dealt with an emboldened insurgency, popular alienation and numerous human rights issues.“It is time for the international community to reconfirm its commitment to Afghanistan and to move expeditiously to consolidate the accomplishments of the last six years,” Mr. Ban wrote.Originally established in March 2002, UNAMA has now had its mandate extended until 23 March 2008. read more

Lanka US discuss further promoting ties

During his discussions with US officials, Dr. Harsha De Silva emphasized the importance of further promoting economic and business relations with the United States in the light of path breaking transformation taking place in Sri Lanka in terms of political reforms and addressing accountability issues. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Harsha De Silva, following his visit to attend the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in Mexico, visited Washington DC, with a view to further promoting United States-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, in particular on economic and business matters, the Foreign Ministry said today.During his visit, Dr Harsha De Silva met senior officials of the US State Department, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Commerce, Office of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as well as the World Bank. He discussed with US senior officials ways and means to achieve these objectives with the tools available and being designed by both countries. Deputy Minister during his stay in Washington visited the newly opened Chancery building of the Embassy, becoming the first official visitor from Sri Lanka to visit the premises.Addressing the staff on this occasion, Dr. Harsha De Silva, alluding to the policies of the Government, emphasized the need to further promote both political and economic relations with the United States for the benefit of the people of both countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oil spill caused by Israeli attack hits Syrian coastline – UN agency

An oil spill caused by Israel’s bombardment of a power plant in Lebanon that has already polluted over 80 kilometres of the country’s coastline has reached the Syrian coastline and is spreading further north, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, calling for action to stem the damage.“A coordinated response must urgently be allowed to proceed, so that we can limit the immediate environmental damage as well as the longer term implications for the economy and the Lebanese people,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.He said initial satellite imagery “unfortunately” confirms the significant magnitude of the spreading oil spill three weeks after it was caused by Israel’s destruction of the Jiyyeh power utility 30 kilometres south of Beirut. The oil slick has entered Syrian waters and has already contaminated approximately 10 kilometres of coastline north of the borders between Syria and Lebanon, according to satellite imagery from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Paul Mifsud, Coordinator of the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP), echoed Mr. Steiner’s call for quick action. “Hostilities must cease to guarantee immediate safe access to the affected area,” he said.In a letter addressed to UNEP-MAP in Athens today, the Syrian Minister of Local Administration and Environment, Helal Al-Atrash, asked the agency to send “professional companies to control the spilled oil on the shoreline and territorial waters” and “experts for the assessment of environmental degradation costs.”The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), one of UNEP-MAP’s Regional Activity Centres, has requested the Government of Cyprus to run a spill forecast model. read more

Baru Group wins conveyor and stacker work at Rio Tintos Brockman 2

first_imgRio Tinto has awarded its 100th work package to local businesses in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as part of a programme designed to increase opportunities for companies within the state.The programme, launched in May 2017, features an online local procurement portal to increase the visibility of upcoming work and maximises opportunities for local companies to be part of Rio Tinto’s supply chain, according to the company.One of the most recent local businesses to secure work through the portal was indigenous-owned-and-operated civil and concrete construction company, Baru Group.The work awarded to Baru involves an upgrade of the stackers and conveyors at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 operation, including earthworks and a structural upgrade to the stacker rail sleepers and conveyor foundations.Baru, based in Karratha, is expected to complete the project by the end of 2019.Anne Tallon, director of Baru Group, said: “Winning this work has a flow on effect for our employees and their families. Rio Tinto’s local procurement portal shows us what jobs are coming up and provides us with enough information so that we can do our own investigation into whether we can be cost competitive as well as if the scope of works are within our capabilities.“Being successful in these opportunities means that our businesses can grow, our employees and their families can live in the towns they chose to live in, and our communities can thrive.”Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Pilbara Mines, Stefan Buys, said: “The programme is gaining momentum and we have now received more than 3,000 expressions of interest from suppliers for work published on the online platform, the Local Procurement Portal.“Rio Tinto aims to make a significant contribution to our local communities by making sure we provide opportunities for local businesses to benefit from our activities. Our procurement practices, and those of our contractors, help sustain many Western Australian and Pilbara-based businesses.”last_img read more

Review Is the iPhone 5S worth buying

first_img(Videos: Niall Harbison/YouTube)iOS 7Much has been made of the new operating system and you don’t have to look far online to see some backlash towards the bright new Johnny Ive-inspired flat design. The simple fact is that people don’t like change and you’ll see the same sort of negative response online as happens with every new Facebook design.The simple fact is that after 5 years the design was getting tired and this refresh is badly needed. While it will take some getting used to, it feels right and there are a ton of nifty new features to keep hardcore users interested. The flat design has also inspired many of the large app makers to tow the line and Facebook, Twitter and others have designed beautiful new apps where content is pushed to the fore. That has to be a good thing. You don’t have to have an iPhone 5S to experience this new operating system but the phone (even more so with the 5C) is built with it in mind. (Pics: Niall Harbison)Slow Mo VideoSo along with the fingerprint unlock, this is the killer feature. After a day of using slow motion you’ll wonder how you lived without it up until now. Once again slow motion is nothing new at all but the way in which Apple have integrated it with 120 frames per second and all shot and exported with minimum fuss is going to make this a massive game changer.Unfortunately you need a bit of a hack to upload the videos to sites like Instagram at the moment but social networks will are likely to change that in the future and I’m pretty confident that this time next year, slow motion video will be something that we all treat as second nature. I shot a couple of videos of my dogs playing in the park: it captures stuff that you normally miss, and this was all done in an instant with one hand. This feature is going to be a huge game changer and you better get used to seeing a lot more slow motion video online soon. I’d buy the phone for this feature alone. (Pic: Niall Harbison)The DownsidesGiven that I’ve described all the things that makes the phone good it is only fair to look at some of the disadvantages. For a start, after using Android phones with larger screens, the iPhone screen feels tiny. At some stage Apple will have to make a bigger phone, just like they have had to adapt with the 5C for the younger market.When it comes to apps, most of the apps that I installed immediately belong to Google. Apple are starting to lag behind, especially on mail and maps. Given that we are all moving to streaming music instead of downloading it,  iTunes is nearly irrelevant to me at this stage. The fact that I  immediately buried about 10 of Apple’s flagship apps into a folder never to be seen again should be a worry for the company. iTunes Radio is one answer to that but it is USA only at the moment and it will be years before we see it here.And then there’s the problem that so many users always bring up with the iPhone. Although Apple make endless improvements on the phone, it always seems to come at the price of battery life. I’m a heavy user but my battery was gone by lunchtime on both days of using this device, which is the price you pay for all the shiny new stuff. I HAVE USED every single iPhone starting with the original model in 2007, right up until the iPhone 5 last year when I stood in line for the pleasure of forking over a small fortune over the latest gadget.Around the start of this year I switched to Android because I found myself wanting change, but the lure of Apple attracted me again last Friday with the launch of the 5S, their latest flagship device. I’ve given it a good spin for the last couple of days and dug deep into the features –  so just how good is the iPhone 5S and should you get one?Fingerprint UnlockEvery iPhone has something unique that is used as a key selling point. In the past it has been tools like FaceTime or Siri. This time it is the use of a fingerprint to unlock the phone which removes the need to type in an annoying pass code every time. You can be sure this will be the feature Apple pushes to the fore in all its fancy new TV ads.It is an absolutely brilliant feature and when you consider that many of us use our phones about one hundred times a day, the time it will save you is mind boggling. Apple have once again managed to take a technology that has been around for years, perfect it and bring it to the masses. We’ll look back at pass codes and swipe-to-unlock in a year’s time and laugh at those outdated technologies. The best part about this feature is not just that it unlocks your phone but also the fact that you can use it to download apps, saving you a chunk of time not having to type in annoying passwords. Ultimately your phone just became a lot safer and this feature is a huge winner.(Pic: Niall Harbison)CameraThis is probably the most important feature on a phone these days given how much we use them and how we share our photos online. It is pretty much an undisputed fact that the iPhone has always set the benchmark when it comes to photos and the new phone doesn’t disappoint. The camera on the iPhone 5 was good but this one has a 15 per cent bigger light sensor and a 33 per cent increase in light sensitivity, meaning your photos will nearly always look better in poor light. What I love about this camera is that it makes photographs by an amateur like myself look almost like professional shots and it completely eliminates the need to buy a standalone camera. (Pic: Niall Harbison)Should You Buy An iPhone 5S?So the big question is whether you should shell out the €650 Euros for one of these (or get it on some sort of contract from a carrier where you will effectively pay the same anyway through a subsidy). Is it worth all the fuss or should you just wait for the iPhone 6 or whatever the next version is going to be called?My take on it is that if you are on a iPhone 5 then that will do just fine, especially with the excitement of iOS 7. If you are using anything before that and want a nice new toy then this is worth getting.I can see myself going back to Android in the long run because I just like a bigger screen and the iPhone 5S does feel a little small in the hand. Give me a bigger screen and I’d stick with this device. Aside from the screen size though, this is the best phone on the market. Nothing else comes close but it is expensive and I’m not sure there are enough new features for the casual user to make the upgrade. Having said that the slow motion video is an awful lot of fun to play with. I’ll leave it up to you!(Video: Niall Harbison/YouTube)Pros Fingerprint log inSlow motion videoApp ecosystemSpeedCons Screen sizeCostBattery lifeNiall Harbison is Co-CEO of PR Slides, an Entrepreneur and shares beautiful recipes. You can follow him on Twitter here.Read: This computer club claims it has hacked the new iPhone’s fingerprint sensor > Read: Apple to launch two new phones later this year > Read: iOS 7 is here: How do you like it? >last_img read more

iPad 3 to be announced in early February

first_imgApple fans all the world over are each setting aside $500 or so for the iPad 3. As is always the case with Apple, everything is based on speculation; but we’d be shocked if the company’s latest tablet didn’t show its Retina display come March. Up to this point, speculation has pointed at an early-March announcement, with the launch a week or so later.According to a new report, however, we may see that iPad 3 earlier than expected. According to alleged Asian supply chain sources and another alleged source in the US, Apple will be announcing the tablet in early February, and launching it about a month later. The story says that Apple’s “Special Event” is already being planned.Would Apple spring the iPad 3 on us that soon? If it did, it would be swimming against the current of recent history. The company has established a pattern of announcing a product, then launching it about a week and a half later. We see no reason why Apple would suddenly let that gap grow to a full month. It could be that both the announcement and release would happen in February, but we wouldn’t bet the house on that either.The most likely killer feature in the next iPad is a 2048×1536 Retina display. Those who watched Apple in the summer of 2010 will point out that the 264 pixels per inch of the iPad 3 would fall short of the 300ppi that Steve Jobs used to define a Retina display (when he was pitching the iPhone 4). Apple, however, could easily get around this by saying that a tablet is typically held farther away from the eyes than a smartphone. It’s all marketing semantics, but customers like some consistency on that front.Other rumored features of the iPad 3 include a quad-core A6 SoC, LTE, upgraded cameras, and a physical design that is either slightly thicker or slightly thinner (depending on what source you trust).via Macotakaralast_img read more

Cladding on London tower block was linked to a similar fire in

first_img CLADDING ON THE outside of London’s Grenfell Tower, which was engulfed in flames early yesterday, was “directly associated” to the spread of a similar fire in Melbourne three years ago.The death toll from the fire now stands at 17, with many more missing and another 17 in critical condition.The Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s docklands caught fire in November 2014 after a cigarette on the eighth floor sparked. The fire raced 13 storeys to the roof in just 11 minutes.The rate at which the fire spread was put down to the use of the combustible cladding, which has a plastic core and aluminium coating. The same type of cladding was installed at Grenfell Tower last year as part of a £10 million renovation. Source: Rick FindlerThe Melbourne Fire Brigade’s post-incident analysis of the Lacrosse fire said that the sprinkler system operating within the apartments had held the fire in check. However, they say that firefighters described the fire as “appearing to be associated directly with the façade of the building rather than the combustible contents and storage on the external balconies”.They say that flaming facades on high-rise buildings is rare and of “genuine concern”.Of even greater concern is the speed and intensity of the fire spread.The report found that the Alucobest cladding does not meet standards on non-combustibility of building materials, adding that Australia’s national science agency had tested the material and found it did not meet building codes.The report concludes:In this instance, fire quickly extended up the external wall involving the cladding and fuel loads on each balcony. Had the external wall cladding been of a non-combustible type, the likelihood of fire spread beyond the level of ignition would have been greatly reduced.Reports after the fire said that use of cladding in Australia was “rife”.In London, there are questions about why there was no sprinkler system in Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.Construction firm Rydon, which completed the refurbishment in 2016, said the work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.But David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.Read: Death toll in London tower fire rises to 17 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Victoria Jones/AP http://jrnl.ie/3445509 Short URL 40 Comments 25,552 Views Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 1:40 PM Jun 15th 2017, 1:40 PM Image: Victoria Jones/AP Cladding on London tower block was linked to a similar fire in Melbourne The death toll from the fire now stands at 17, with many more missing and another 17 in critical condition. By Paul Hosford Share73 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Not a game Thrones stars visit refugee camps in Greece and call

first_imgThe idea of Cersei Lannister lamenting the loss of humanity seems strange, but of course, Lena Headey is nothing like the cunning queen of manipulation she portrays on Game of Thrones. Along with co-stars Maisie Williams (who plays the tomboyish Arya Stark) and Liam Cunningham (the smuggler/knight Davos Seaworth), she was invited to what she described as a “life-changing” trip to Greece by the International Rescue Committee. The three actors visited refugee camps operated by the IRC in Lesvos and in northern Greece. Hence her account of “the loss of humanity that is at stake if we don’t do something”. The actors met with refugees who have been impacted by the EU-Turkey deal implemented in March on the island of Lesvos, and at two sites in the north, where the IRC runs programs in protection and environmental health.“I met a 21-year-old girl who was headed to university to do amazing things in biology, and now she has had all that taken away from her,” said Maisie Williams, speaking to the press. “And you are worried she wants to come and take from your country. She’s just a girl. They’re just people like you and me and they don’t want to live in a different country their whole life, they want to go home but they can’t, because we destroyed it,” she added, expressing a view shared by Lena Headey. “These are people who are smart, skilled, hard-working, they want to contribute and we’re not allowing them; we stopped them from living,” said the actor who, while in Lesvos, met with a young Syrian woman travelling alone with three children under the age of 11. Her husband, who has cancer, is in Germany and she has not seen him in 18 months and, because the process to reunite with him is so slow and drawn-out, she may wait another five to six months before she sees him again. Liam Cunningham had his own explanation of why such events occur: “They do the old bureaucratic foot-dragging, because they want Europe to be undesirable for refugees, making it as difficult as possible for them to regain their dignity,” he said, stating this as part of the refugee problem. Describing the group’s visit to the camps, the actor spoke of the “fantastic work done by the Greek military”, praising the local authorities for the compassion and care they show, despite the effect this crisis has on the economy. “The Greeks have a history of being refugees; they recognise the problem and the acceptance and dignified humanity they express is wonderful.” Cunningham met with Afghan and Syrian fathers, who talked about their reasons for leaving their countries, the constant fear in which they lived, and what life is like for them now as they spend the hot summer months living in a refugee camp in Europe. “We met some absolutely beautiful families – happy, happy children, who are stuck on their journey to meet other members of their family in Europe,” he said. “There are people in these camps who are oncologists, judges − successful people who have had everything taken away from them. Not because of a tsunami, not because of an earthquake, not because of famine; because people in offices in capitals around the world have decided to visit them with cruelty.”Liam Cunningham called on EU leaders to do much more for the approximately 57,000 refugees currently stranded in Greece. The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. The IRC has been responding to the Europe refugee crisis in Greece since July 2015, taking up action in seven sites across Greece – Kara Tepe on the island of Lesvos, Cherso, Diavata, Giannitsa and Alexandria in northern Greece and Skaramagas, Schisto and Eleonas in Attica, the region that encompasses Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Super Nintendo is Getting a New Fighting Game Next Year

first_imgStay on target The Super Nintendo is one of the very best consoles every released and arguably Nintendo’s greatest system. It has been a very long time since we’ve seen a new game for the legendary console, but thanks to a team comprised of former SNK developers, those of us who still have SNES systems lying around will have an excuse to fire them up once more to play the upcoming fighter: Unholy Night.The game is far along in development and was actually playable at the Hong Kong Retro Game Expo earlier this week. As you can see from the picture below, Unholy Night is being played on an old Sharp CRT TV that had a Super Famicon (the SNES’ name in Japan) built into it. Both of the players in the picture are using old-school Capcom fight-sticks that you may remember from back in the day.Unholy Night‘s story will center on vampires, werewolves, and a group of hunters called the “Dark Family.” This description makes the game sound like Capcom’s own monster-themed fighter: Darkstalkers. Unholy Night isn’t expected to have overtly complicated controls, but each of its main characters will have upwards of eight special moves to master.The game will be on a 32MB SNES cartridge. 32MB sounds paltry compared to the size of modern games, but when you consider that the biggest SNES games topped out at 6MB, this file size is huge. The developers worked on games like King of Fighters 98, 2001, and 2002. These titles featured characters with rich animations so having the game on a 32MB cartridge will mean few compromises will have to be made to the game’s visuals.It’s doubtful that Unholy Night will ever be released on Western shores. However, it should make for one hell of an import gem for those who can snag a copy. No release date is set, but expect it to drop sometime in 2017. How ‘Final Fantasy VI’ Made Role-Playing a Hot Property in A…25 Years Later, How ‘Super Metroid’ Defined a Genre last_img read more

Media Juventus consider a move for Leroy Sane

first_imgJuventus are understood to be considering making a move for Manchester City winger Leroy SaneThe 22-year-old’s impressive form last season not only helped City win a domestic double, but it also him claim the PFA Young Player of the Year award.But Sane has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the City starting eleven in the current campaign with four of his six appearances coming from the bench.Due to this, Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus are considering whether or not to make a formal approach for Sane this summer.The club chairman Andrea Agnelli has already made it clear that he intends to sign a “young Cristiano Ronaldo” sometime in the near future and has already identified Sane as a potential candidate.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.However, any bid for the Germany international will not likely be made until next summer at the earliest after Juventus splashed out €112m on signing Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the last transfer window.The Italian giants are expecting to have to pay a fee in the region of €150m for City’s highly-rated winger.Since arriving from Schalke 04 in 2016, Sane has managed 24 goals and 29 assists in 93 appearances for City.Sane is also contracted at the Etihad Stadium until June 2021.last_img read more