Dyche rages at officials after late Man United draw

first_imgSean Dyche was unhappy with a key offside decision and the amount of injury time played in Burnley’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.The Clarets looked to be heading for a first away win over United since 1962 when Chris Wood doubled the lead in the 81st minute after Ashley Barnes had put them ahead.However, a penalty from Paul Pogba gave the Red Devils a lifeline before Victor Lindelof snatched a 92nd-minute equaliser, turning in the rebound after Alexis Sanchez’s header was saved by Tom Heaton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dyche was frustrated that five minutes of time was added on at the end of the match, while he felt Lindelof had scored from an offside position, but he was nonetheless proud of his players.”It was an excellent performance; we know they are in fine form,” he told BBC Sport. “We were resilient, we are getting harder and harder to beat, and we can score goals as well.”The bravery is coming back to the team. Fantastic credit to the players; [it was] a firm draw. Our performances lately have picked up. Their will, desire and mentality is growing all the time.PIC: Ashley Barnes puts the Clarets ahead at Old Trafford.  pic.twitter.com/FrDyKNfa1N— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 29, 2019″I don’t know where the five minutes of stoppage time came from. That’s a bugbear because it gave the crowd a lift. I also think Lindelof is offside when Alexis Sanchez heads it but, like I say, the margins are tight.”Burnley goalkeeper Heaton, who made seven saves during a fine display against his old club, hopes the result could prove a turning point in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.”It’s a tough one to swallow,” he said. “We were running on empty at the end. Obviously, it’s a little sore right now but going forward it’s an excellent point for us.”They have been on a great run, but we just focused on ourselves, kept our shape right, restricted them, had no fear and I think we approached it well.”They are obviously going to come at you. We defended fantastically for most of it and we will take a lot of positives. A point at Old Trafford in the form they are in is a good one.”We feel like we have turned the corner a little but it’s important we take that momentum forward.”It’s not going to be straight forward between now and the end of the season, but we embrace that challenge, starting with Southampton on Saturday.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sondage sur le système dinformation sur les conditions routières

first_imgLes automobilistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse auront la chance de suggérer des façons d’améliorer le système d’information sur les conditions routières 511 par l’entremise d’un questionnaire en ligne. Le système 511 offre des renseignements bilingues sur les conditions routières en Nouvelle-Écosse par téléphone, Internet ou dispositifs mobiles tels qu’un BlackBerry. En entrant le numéro d’une autoroute, les voyageurs peuvent obtenir des renseignements à jour sur les conditions de cette route. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a été la première province à mettre en œuvre un système 511, a dit Bill Estabrooks, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons maintenant aux automobilistes de nous dire si le système fonctionne bien et si nous avons besoin d’y apporter des améliorations. Un lien au questionnaire se trouve à l’adresse http://511.gov.ns.ca/fr_map. Le numéro 511 fait partie du système d’information sur les conditions routières de la province, qui permet aux automobilistes de connaître les conditions météorologiques et routières avant d’emprunter une route. Ce service inclut 47 caméras routières installées à l’échelle de la province. Pendant l’hiver, le service 511 est mis à jour trois fois par jour à 6 h, 13 h et 16 h ou lorsque les conditions routières changent. Le service s’est avéré très populaire. En janvier 2009, il a été utilisé par 135 365 personnes. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la conduite sécuritaire et l’entretien des routes en hiver (en anglais seulement), consultez le site Web du ministère à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/tran/winter.last_img read more

Province Supports Students Social Emotional Wellbeing

first_imgStudents from across the province will have more support for their social and emotional development, as well as access to valuable mental health services thanks to new provincial investments. Premier Darrell Dexter met with representatives from the Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association today, Aug. 14, to announce funding to increase the number of guidance counsellors, mental health clinicians and youth health centres in Nova Scotia schools. “Young people face many difficult issues, from mental health concerns to sexual violence and bullying behaviour. We’re making it a priority to ensure more resources are in place to support students and families,” said Premier Dexter. “This investment will ensure that students from every region of the province will have more access to people they can turn to when they need help, or if they need someone to talk to.” The funding increase will take effect starting next year. An additional $4.6 million will be targeted to school boards over three years to enable them to increase the number of guidance counsellors, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Another $9.4 million will be allocated to hire mental health clinicians and youth health centre co-ordinators. “Any increase in guidance counsellor positions will give students better access to experienced professionals who can support their social and emotional needs,” said Teri Cochrane, president, Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association. “Having more guidance and counselling services will also increase the capacity to provide more proactive programs that support positive social interactions and emotional wellbeing.” Increasing the number of guidance counsellors is a key recommendation of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying. The report, Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That, recommends that the province provide targeted funding to reach a ratio of one guidance counsellor for every 500 students from grades Primary to 12. “We know that students often go to guidance counsellors first when they need help, or when they are faced with bullying and cyberbullying,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Ramona Jennex. “We’ve heard from principals, teachers, parents and students that they want better access to resources, and I’m looking forward to working with school boards to provide that support.” Youth health centres are very popular among students, especially at the high school level. “It is important for young people to talk to someone about their issues, especially around harmful situations like bullying and sexual violence,” said Marilyn More, Minister for the Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying. “This funding will help high school students in the province have better access to youth health centres, which are also excellent resources for guidance counsellors, teachers and parents.” Guidance counsellors provide counselling to students in the areas of personal, social, educational and career needs. Mental health clinicians, such as a psychologist, nurse, or social worker, identify students with mental health issues early, and work with teachers and staff to help address mild to moderate cases, while referring students with more significant challenges to the local mental health program.last_img read more

WITH WORKIN MOMS CBC RAISES THE BAR FOR CANADIAN TV

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement I never thought I’d say this, but CBC-TV is on a roll. It began in 2015, with the debut of Schitt’s Creek, a quietly amusing sitcom by Canadian Jewish father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy. In 2016, CBC introduced Kim’s Convenience, a fluffy story of Korean shopkeepers that has proven to be, if not gut-busting comedy, at least a cute, polished family comedy pushing minority representation across the country.Then came 2017, when Workin’ Moms walked in the door, and elevated CBC-TV to a whole other level.Unlike its saturated siblings, Workin’ Moms adopts a sharper tone, mixing adult themes with blunt swears. Showrunner and star Catherine Reitman has created a firmly 21st-century feminist series on par with other great contemporary, women-led televised series, down to the main character baring her breasts in the pilot episode. (My wife pointed out this bizarre trend to me: the leads of Girls, Orange is the New Black, GLOW and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all appear shirtless, not throughout the series, but pointedly in the pilot, as if complying with some unspoken rite of passage.) WORKIN’ MOMS Twitterlast_img read more

Category 2 open burning ban to take effect Thursday

first_imgthe open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide; andstubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.The prohibition does not apply to Category 3 fires or campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, nor to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre and that includes all of northeast B.C.The prohibition will take effect at 12 p.m. on Thursday May 23 and will remain in effect until the public is notified.Category 2 fire is considered one of the following:last_img read more

Washington Rabat call for comprehensive solution to Mali conflict

Washington – The United States and Morocco reiterated, on Thursday in Washington, their call for a comprehensive solution which could address the root causes of the conflict in Mali.This came in a joint statement issued at the end of the third session of the US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue co-chaired by Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar and US Secretary of State John Kerry.“The Minister and the Secretary emphasized the need for a comprehensive solution which could address the root causes of the conflict and ensure a genuine and lasting national reconciliation,” said the statement. This solution should engage and be “freely agreed to by all the concerned parties,” added the statement, stressing “the importance of a solution that preserves Mali’s sovereignty and unity”. read more

The Sign of Things Seen Lessons from the Marrakech Migration Forum

Rabat – Today and tomorrow, representatives of 180 countries are meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, to sign what supporters have called “a landmark agreement” on migration. But how effective is the much-awaited Global Compact? And what do stakeholders expect to get from the Marrakech meeting?Many such questions were raised and answered, if unsatisfactorily, during the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development, which also took place in Marrakech.The three-day event, December 5-7, felt like a thematic prelude to the Global Compact. It was in many respects designed as a preparatory workshop to explain, perhaps to reluctant countries and apprehensive attendees, the “historic meaning” of the Global Compact for Migration. Read Also: Despite Tensions, UN Envoy ‘Very Confident’ About UN Migration PactIn three days of discussions, sometimes diplomatic and unforthcoming, other times hot and tense, participants made it their call to lay down the foundations of what looked like a “brave new world” for migration and migrants. The Global Compact, it was steadily maintained in the numerous panels and side-events that made up the hectic program of the migration forum, is a vindication of the universal rights and dignity of migrants.‘Global solutions to global crises’Morocco, the host country, was prominently represented in debates and panels. Rabat pioneered the 18-month-long discussions and negotiations that ultimately led to the conception and adoption of a universal declaration on migrants’ rights, argued Driss el-Yazami, the president of Morocco’s National Council for Human Rights (CNDH). In doing so, he added, Morocco joined the company of countries that have opted for “intelligent policymaking and universal fraternity” in the face of daunting international crises.For the Moroccan official, it does not help to view migrants as threats to host countries’ security and socio-economic wellbeing. Migration and migrants constitute an essential element of all thriving societies, he said. He added: “As the host of the historic document to be adopted very soon, Morocco is reaffirming its commitment to our fundamental capacity to face together our common challenges.”Morocco’s enthusiasm was supportively greeted throughout the forum; some delegates, more exultant and lyrical than El-Yazami, went as far as saying that the forum’s challenge and ambition was to nurture “evidence-based policies” and “sincere dialogue” to “breathe life” into the soon-to-be-adopted compact “by generating ideas, projects, and actions.”“A historic event in a historic city,” said a visibly upbeat and Marrakech-enamored Antonio Vitorino, head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). What makes the Global Compact historic, Vitorino elaborated, is the unprecedented fervor the idea has generated in the international community.It is not all the time that developed and developing countries speak as one on a global issue with such far-reaching consequences as migration. Adopting a document that supports a common North-South vision to “make migration work for all” should be celebrated, not decried or frowned upon, the IOM chief suggested.Divergences and apprehensionBeneath the hubris and celebration, however, there sat unexpressed frustrations, sustained apprehensions, and abiding doubts about the political potency of a non-binding agreement.“I am sorry to say this, but the forum was utterly disappointing,” said Yamta Helene Mariam, who attended the forum as a voice of the “disappointed civil society.” Mariam is the president of the Moroccan Women Migrants Association, and she is a “daily witness to the plight and despair of sub-Saharan migrants.”In defense of her pessimism and reluctance to join the bandwagon of countries celebrating a non-binding document, she explained to Morocco World News that “international policymaking has always been a domain of influence-peddling, inequality, and imposed policies.”“Did you hear any prominent African voice today?” she asked, with a facial expression that seemed more shocked than rebellious, or perhaps both. “I leave the forum confused. I am confused because I didn’t hear anything about Africa’s stance on migration. This global compact is the culmination of debates and decision-making that never put concerns of origin countries at the center. I think multinationals and powerful external actors are imposing their will on Africa. I am afraid Africa will come out of this agreement as loser. ‘J’accuse.’…”Jean Ngendahimana, a German migrant rights advocate of Rwandan descent, who represented Germany’s civil society, agreed with Mariam’s reservations. But Ngendahimana’s pessimism left an exit door for optimism and the transformative “agency of migrants and collective international action.” Despite the Global Compact’s numerous implementation pitfalls and nice-sounding vagaries dressed as recommendations, Ngendahimana argued, there is reason to hope that an unprecedented North-South understanding can yield a number of positive results.“But I wanted migrants to be at the center of debates because you cannot have a panel of men discuss feminism and gender issues” he said. Migrants, he continued, should not be a security or economic side event in discussions that address their suffering. Rather, their stories and struggles should be part of any global action on migration.Ngendahimana is not totally desperate, nor does he, like Mariam, point fingers or call names. Multilateralism works best when each party makes concessions to ensure the possibility of the general good, he argued. The compact, after all, creates a venue for genuine multilateral cooperation on migration. There should at least be hope, he emphatically told Morocco World News, that global stakeholders will in time commit to a shared and sustainable future. But the only way forward for the Compact is to ensure that “this is not one [of] those conferences where governments and civil society can come together to talk nicely, fail to implement, and get lost in discussions. We need a comprehensive policy on migration.”  But the meltdown and apprehension-filled reactions were already there before the Marrakech forum. From the very outset, earlier this year in July, Trump’s America withdrew from the UN General Assembly’s vote, judging the idea incompatible with its “America First” policy. In the course of the three-day-long Marrakech forum, the US was notably absent. On December 10-11, Washington’s absence will surely be the elephant in the room. “It is always disappointing not to have the US on a global platform,” said an African delegate.“My country will sign the compact, but I do not agree with the ideas and recommendations. This is another imposition that small countries are following in spite of themselves. We are, like flowing water, following the direction we have been instructed. But I assure you this is going to fail, just like the millennium goals for sustainable development. We have seen this before.”But Washington is hardly the only heavy-weight absentee. Other countries, including Australia, Israel, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Austria, have made clear their unwelcoming take on the UN-led compact.Meanwhile, Belgium is undecided, divided even. Switzerland, Bulgaria, Latvia, and the Dominican Republic are unsure, unconvinced, and reluctant. They have told the UN that their governments will not be present in Marrakech. The Croatian Parliamentary Representative, Hrvoje Zekanovic, has sent notifications of a “press conference AGAINST” the compact to be held today near the hall where governments will convene to adopt the pact. He is protesting against his government’s decision to adopt the pact.So far, though, the heavy criticism and the last-minute withdrawals have left the pact’s supporters unmoved. For them, the symbolism and hope attached to the compact is such that no opposing force can withhold the positive energy it elicits and symbolizes. “We are witnessing from some political sectors the manipulation, the distortion of the objectives of the pact,” said IOM head Antonio Vitorino.The lesson from all of this? The compact is “the end of the beginning,” said Louise Arbour, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for international migration. The end is nowhere in sight and will depend on the commitment level from all signatories once the pact is adopted, Arbour argued, suggesting that a two-day international conference will not miraculously solve the world’s migration crisis. read more

TSX Wall Street claw back gains after Fridays big selloff

TORONTO — North American stock markets regained some composure as traders reconsidered whether a big pullback late last week was overblown.Toronto’s S&P/TSX index closed up 132.54 points at 13,779.44, although well off its highs of earlier in the day.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 125.61 points at 16,510.19, also well off its triple-digit high of the day, while the broader S&P 500 advanced 8.94 points to 1,966.97 and the Nasdaq gained 1.72 points to 4,828.95.Indexes in both Toronto and New York suffered big declines on Friday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it was standing pat on its trend-setting interest rate. That move, along with Fed comments on the economy, left traders feeling jittery about the strength of the recovery.On commodity markets, the December gold contract fell $5 to US$1,132.80 an ounce. The November contract for U.S. benchmark crude oil was up $1.94 at US$46.96 a barrel.The loonie fell 0.16 of a U.S. cent to 75.50 cents US. read more

Ohio State mourns loss of soccer player Fikayo Idowu

Fikayo Idowu. | Courtesy of Ohio StateTragic news reached the ears of Buckeye soccer fans and Ohio State alumni on Saturday, as word of the sudden death of junior defenseman Fikayo Idowu circulated around Columbus. A spokesman from the university released a statement from the OSU Department of Athletics, which stated the team was devastated to learn about his passing.“His family and loved ones are in our hearts and in our prayers during this time of grief,” read the statement.Idowu had been a member of the men’s soccer team for the last two years.He was majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences.The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete appeared in two games last season for the Scarlet and Gray.Funeral arrangements are currently pending. A small memorial is scheduled to be held Saturday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with teammates and friends of Idowu’s expected to be in attendance. read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #PUBLIC TRANSPORT: A seven-year-old boy is undergoing treatment in Dublin after he was pricked by a used syringe while travelling on the DART, TheJournal.ie revealed this morning.2. #JOBSWATCH: The government is planning to hold a special Cabinet meeting on job creation early next year as the Taoiseach expects serious improvements in the construction section.3. #POPULAR: Speaking of Enda Kenny, the Fine Gael man saw his popularity ratings rise significantly this month, making him Ireland’s favourite party leader.4. #WILD WILD WEATHER: Heavy, thundery showers and gusty winds are expected again today, wreaking more havoc on people’s Christmas travel and shopping plans. Irish Ferries has cancelled more of its swift sailings today.5. #DRUGS: Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson could be the subject of a police probe as a result of her court testimony that she had taken cocaine on a number of occasions.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Ex-IRA sniper Bernard McGinn was found dead in Monaghan yesterday, RTÉ News reports. It is thought he died of natural causes. The 56-year-old was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement just months after starting three life sentences for murdering a British soldier.7. #NAMA: The chairman of the PAC has told the Sunday Independent that NAMA will face a full public inquiry if it fails to be open and transparent about its operations.8. #THE BIG SEATS: The same newspaper has also been talking to Aer Lingus officials who say they may consider introducing bigger seats for larger passengers in the future.9. #THE REAL MCCOY: Legendary jockey AP McCoy was named RTÉ’s Sportsperson of the Year at a televised ceremony last night. Also on the winners’ list were the Clare hurling team, their manager Davy Fitzgerald and fan favourite Paul McGrath.last_img read more

Amazon rumored to release frontlit Kindle reader this summer

first_imgAmazon’s massively successful Kindle e-reader is an improvement over paper books in a number of ways. It’s light, lets you carry many volumes, and can download new books instantly. One thing it hasn’t made better is the reading itself. You still need an external light source to read the e-ink display on a Kindle, but a new rumor indicates that is about to change.Reports are beginning to accumulate that describe a Kindle e-reader with a front-lit e-ink screen. This is not like a standard LCD, which is backlit. A LCD screen is transmissive, so light can shine through from behind. The e-ink screen on Kindles (and other e-readers) is reflective; that’s why they read more like paper. Because of this trait, the lighting needs to come from the front of the display.Barnes and Noble has beaten Amazon to market with a self-illuminated e-reader, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. In B&N’s implementation several LEDs around the screen can light up for better nighttime reading. Amazon would likely go with a similar system.LEDs are low-power, but will still sap some juice from the Kindle’s battery. Although, it should be more power efficient than the Kindle case with external built-in light Amazon is currently selling. The new reports suggest that Amazon could raise the price of the Kindle $10 to cover the new parts, but I doubt the company would feel the need. The Kindle is not the money-maker — the content people buy with it is the goal.Some have speculated that Amazon would be moving to color e-paper like Mirasol or PixelQi soon, but component suppliers are still skeptical these technologies are ready for primetime. Front-lighting is looking more and more like the next big thing. That $79 Kindle might be tempting, but perhaps this is a good time to wait and see if Amazon lights up the Kindle line this summer.via Reuterslast_img read more

Worlds rarest turtle almost extinct as final known female dies after lastditch

first_img Share138 Tweet Email Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 7:42 AM Researchers lift the turtle out of the water. World’s rarest turtle almost extinct as final known female dies after ‘last-ditch insemination’ The Yangtze giant softshell turtle was believed to be over 90 years old. Image: PA Images 30,883 Views By AFP Apr 17th 2019, 7:42 AM center_img THE WORLD’S RAREST turtle has moved a step closer to extinction after a female specimen died in a Chinese zoo, leaving behind just three known members of the species.The Yangtze giant softshell turtle, believed to be above 90 years of age, died in Suzhou Zoo on Saturday, according to the Suzhou Daily.The female’s death came a day after zoo officials made a last-ditch effort at artificial insemination using semen from the Suzhou Zoo male, an animal estimated to be more than 100 years old, the newspaper said.The zoo had tried unsuccessfully for several years to get the pair to mate and reproduce naturally. It will now conduct an autopsy to determine what caused the animal’s death, the newspaper reported.Besides the Suzhou Zoo male there are only two other known members of the species left, both living in the wild in Vietnam and of unknown gender, according to conservationists.The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world, growing to up to a metre long and weighing up to 100kg.Its main habitat was the Yangtze River and other inland China waterways.But aquatic life in China’s rivers has suffered severely from centuries of hunting and, more recently, decades of pollution, shipping traffic and ecological disruption wrought by hydroelectric dams.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33 Comments Researchers lift the turtle out of the water. Image: PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4595736 Short URLlast_img read more

Vancouver woman gets 10 years for trying to kill thenhusband

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for attempting to shoot her then-husband to death while he was lying in bed.In an agreement with prosecutors, Gayle Bethke, 62, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to one count of second-degree attempted murder. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Nugent dropped a charge of first-degree attempted murder, which carries a sentence of more than 16 years in prison.Bethke apologized Wednesday to her ex-husband, Roger Bethke, and his two sons. She said her actions spiraled out of control during a drinking binge.“I was on a downward spiral, and I felt hopeless,” she said Wednesday.“I’m just glad no one is hurt,” she added.Bethke admitted to being an alcoholic and to feeling suicidal on the night of Sept. 21, 2012, when she attempted to kill her husband at their home in the Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood. She said she had gone to see a mental health counselor prior to the incident.That night, she said, she and Roger Bethke had dinner together and then walked their four dogs.Later, they got into a disagreement while they were in bed discussing getting a divorce, Nugent said.Roger Bethke heard her go downstairs, return to the bedroom and then rummage for something inside a plastic bag, the prosecutor said.She then approached him, yanked the blanket off, and pointed a pistol at his head, Nugent said. Roger Bethke was able to wrestle the gun away, but she repeatedly threatened to kill him.last_img read more

Google and John Lewis named best employers for talent attraction and retention

first_imgApple, Facebook, Google, John Lewis and Virgin Media are among the top organisations for attracting and retaining talent, according to research by LinkedIn.Its Top attractors list is based on analysis of the actions taken by over 433 million LinkedIn members, which was then used to rank organisations with more than 500 employees by country. Measures used include the number of job applications, engagement and new hire staying power.Microsoft, Netflix and Tesla are among the organisations to feature in the top 40 organisations in the US for attracting and retaining staff, while Burberry, Harrods, and KPMG are among the top 25 organisations in the UK.The top 10 organisations globally are:AppleSalesforceFacebookGoogleAmazonMicrosoftUberUnileverCoca ColaJohnson and JohnsonThe top 10 organisations in the US are:GoogleSalesforceFacebookAppleAmazonUberMicrosoftTeslaTwitterAirbnbThe top 10 organisations in the UK are:John LewisVirgin MediaHarrodsGooglePA Consulting GroupAsosKPMGJaguar LandroverAmazonBurberryDaniel Roth, executive editor at LinkedIn, said: “Nearly every [organisation] is going through or on the verge of going through a massive, tech-driven transformation, and the urgency to lure and keep the right talent to make that transition successful has never been more obvious.“With the pace of change just accelerating, smart employers know that they have to rewrite their strategies and rethink who they’re competing with to survive. Those [organisations] who can hire better and keep the best (even if only for a short tour of duty) are going to be the ones with better shots at making it to the other side of the transition.”last_img read more

Celebrate St Patricks Day Early With A Dinner Dance At Shriners Auditorium

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Hold Music Bingo Bash On March 8In “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Announces 11th Annual Comedy NightIn “Business”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — The Shriners are holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). A social hour begins at 6pm. Dinner starts at 7pm.The evening features an Irish dinner; music; and prizes. Tickets cost $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact 978-657-4202 x 216.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

DNA found in lake bottom offers historical clues regarding impact of an

first_img The researchers note that understanding the full impact of an invasive species on an environment is difficult, involving many factors, one of which is generally a long timescale. In this new effort, the researchers found an environment with few interacting variables and a natural historical record—DNA found in a lake bottom.The environment was the Kerguelen Islands, situated in a remote southern part of the Indian Ocean. The invasive species was a type of rabbit introduced to the islands as a food source in 1874 by a group of scientists—they were there to study the transit of Venus, but they left behind several rabbits that quickly multiplied because there were no predators. Since that time, the rabbits have spread across much of the main island of Grande Terre, wreaking havoc on the delicate ecosystem.To learn more about the impact the rabbits have on the island, the researchers collected samples from the bottom of a lake which contained samples of plant DNA. They found samples dating back several hundred years, and were able to follow the events that had transpired.They deduced that the region had been relatively stable for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of the rabbits. Then, in the early 1940s, when the rabbits made their way to that part of the island, things changed. Prior to their arrival, the dominant plant was Azorella selago—after their arrival, plant diversity plummeted. They also noted that erosion dramatically increased, as well.The team notes that erosion did eventually level off, but the ecosystem was unstable, and remains that way today in spite of efforts to eradicate the rabbits by the French Government. Instead, due to more human traffic in the area, other invasive species have made their way to the islands. Still, the island offers a unique opportunity to study the impact of an invasive species in a near-pristine environment. Citation: DNA found in lake bottom offers historical clues regarding impact of an invasive species (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-lake-bottom-historical-clues.html Invasive Burmese pythons shown to be reducing marsh rabbit population in Everglades Journal information: Science Advances A team of researchers from France, Italy and Norway has found a natural historical record of the impact of an invasive species of rabbit on a remote Indian Ocean island. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the researchers describe their efforts to learn more about the environmental impact of an invasive species. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Explore further © 2018 Phys.org More information: Gentile Francesco Ficetola et al. DNA from lake sediments reveals long-term ecosystem changes after a biological invasion, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4292AbstractWhat are the long-term consequences of invasive species? After invasion, how long do ecosystems require to reach a new equilibrium? Answering these questions requires long-term, high-resolution data that are vanishingly rare. We combined the analysis of environmental DNA extracted from a lake sediment core, coprophilous fungi, and sedimentological analyses to reconstruct 600 years of ecosystem dynamics on a sub-Antarctic island and to identify the impact of invasive rabbits. Plant communities remained stable from AD 1400 until the 1940s, when the DNA of invasive rabbits was detected in sediments. Rabbit detection corresponded to abrupt changes of plant communities, with a continuous decline of a dominant plant species. Furthermore, erosion rate abruptly increased with rabbit abundance. Rabbit impacts were very fast and were stronger than the effects of climate change during the 20th century. Lake sediments can allow an integrated temporal analysis of ecosystems, revealing the impact of invasive species over time and improving our understanding of underlying mechanisms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 20, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. There’s never been a better time to start your own company, and the explosion of online tools has gone a long way toward reducing startup costs.But they can also be a huge time suck, a deep rabbit hole that gets you lost in maximizing process at the expense of product.We’ve been down a few rabbit holes launching NerdWallet, a media startup focused on finanical tools, to find the right software tools to get the job done. The process is ongoing — we try, discard and try again. And while there are some amazing applications out there, we have also learned that sometimes a trusty spreadsheet can do the job rather than an online tool that over promises and under delivers.When judging what software is right for your startup, think about these questions:1. Does it meet our business needs? Don’t get more than you need. With the profusion of products, it’s easy to pick up a case of “tool-itus.” Keep tools to an absolute minimum to avoid death by a thousand pinpricks.Related: 6 Tools Your Business Should Invest in for 20142. Does it save money and time? We generally think about using software tools in terms of time saved. If we are spending a lot of time working admin on a no-cost tool is that time really worth it’s “free cost?” It’s important to manage expenses, but ultimately, you have to grow the top line — and spending a little cash on a better tool may be worth it in the long run.3. Does it make employees’ jobs easier? Software tools are only as good as an employee’s adherence to using it. If they don’t use, or feel resentful using it, then it’s both hurting productivity and morale.As a media startup, here are the products we’ve tried (some we’ve dropped, others we continue to use) but all have been essential in our learning curve and scaling needs. While these were specific for media, many (if not all) can be used at other types of companies.Publishing tools. When starting out, content providers usually choose among one of the “Big Three” free content-management systems: Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. We chose WordPress, because of its off-the-shelf ease and ubiquitous presence. (The company powers one in every six webpages.)With its dominance, WordPress has far more ways to customize your site with more than 31,000 plug-ins. That’s both good news and bad news: How do you sift through them all for what’s right for your site? It can be tricky. To get a sense of which of the “Big Three” is right for your company, there is a great comparison tool on WebsiteSetup.org.Project and product management. Keeping track of collaboration on various projects and product development becomes essential when you grow from more than a dozen employees. Fortunately, there are a number of project management tools out there.We started with Trello, a project-management platform with a free option (can upgrade to “business class for $500”). It was easier to use when starting from scratch, but as we grew, we started bumping into problems with customizing it to our needs. After the engineering team began using Kanban Tool, the rest of the company began using it as well. We found its flexibility for the disparate areas of our business worth its nominal price: between $5 and $9 per user per month.Related: Most Essential Social Media ToolsCustomer-relationship management. We use Salesforce, which can cost anywhere between $5 and $300 per user per month, to manage and track our customer relationships. To be honest, it was more software than we actually needed. While Salesforce has the flexibility to customize almost every single element of the system, the more options often increases complexity, rather than reducing it. For new users, it can be intimidating, and small startups rarely have the resources for comprehensive training right off the bat. This means that users self-select into those willing to invest to learn vs. those who revert to their original ways (read: manual) we were trying to move away from in the first place. That said, for larger, more complex companies, it may be worth the investment. There are lighter weight and cheaper CRM tools that we could have used, among them Nimble, Streak — a free tool which touts itself as “CRM inside Gmail” — and Relate IQ, which will run you $49 to $99 per user per month and claims to build better “relationship intelligence.”Related: Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and ProductiveOur PR team is experimenting with Nimble (free for personal use and $15 per user per month for businesses), which aggregates contacts from Gmail and social-media accounts like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Like our migration to project-management tool Kanban Tool, this highlights an effective way to pilot a new tool: Have one team use it and if it proves to be useful implement company wide. Traffic acquisition and on-site analytics. The first step in most online businesses is getting traffic to your site in the first place. When you think about how traffic arrives at places, a common starting point is organic search traffic. SEMRush (a service that runs between $70 to $150 per month) and MOZ (one that will set you back $49 to $99 per month) are tools that both help to see how you rank for key search terms and how to better capture users. SEMrush is a SEO keyword search tool that helps to better capture organic search traffic. MOZ is not only great with SEO but also emulates Google’s domain-authority ranking and gives you a sense of what competitors are doing better than you.Once the traffic arrives, you need to know what it’s actually doing there. Are they leaving because your signup form is too complex? Or abandoning their shopping carts because of expensive shipping charges?Google Analytics is an obvious tool every online startup must master. It’s free, gives you a ton of insight and helps you figure out what is actually happening on your site. There are a host of tools out there that help you to make better sense of people coming to your website. As KISSmetrics (a service costing between $150 and $500 per month) puts it: “Google Analytics tells you what’s happening. KISSmetrics tells you who’s doing it.” Which is a fair statement of what it does. It gives more insight at a personal user level of the behavior of users.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min readlast_img read more

Syrian rebels warily accept foreign fighters help

first_img“They rush to the rescue of rebel lines that come under pressure and hold them,” one rebel said. “They know what they are doing and are very disciplined. They are like the special forces of Aleppo.”But he added: “The only thing is that they are too radical.” He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals by both Jabhat al-Nusra and the Assad regime.In a statement posted on militant websites Wednesday, Jabhat al-Nusra rejected a proposed cease-fire during the four-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts Friday. International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has been trying to cobble together such a truce, saying the government in Damascus and some rebels have agreed to the idea.But Jabhat al-Nusra called a truce a “filthy game,” saying it has no faith that Assad’s regime would respect one. Some Syrian rebel leaders have also expressed skepticism, since previous cease-fire attempts have gone nowhere.Jabhat al-Nusra is the largest grouping of foreign jihadis in Syria, and the rebels say they number about 300 fighters in Aleppo, as well as branches in neighboring Idlib province, the city of Homs and the capital Damascus. Any direct links to al-Qaida are unclear, although U.S. and Iraqi officials have said they believe members of al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq have crossed the border to join the fight against Assad. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressALEPPO, Syria (AP) – The presence of foreign Islamic militants battling Syria’s regime is raising concerns over the possible injection of al-Qaida’s influence into the country’s civil war.Syria’s rebels share some of those misgivings. But they also see in the foreign extremists a welcome boost: experienced, disciplined fighters whose battlefield valor against the better-armed troops of President Bashar Assad is legendary. Top Stories There are no reliable figures for the number of foreign fighters in Syria, although available estimates put the number in the hundreds, rather than the thousands.Many al-Nusra fighters wear long tunics and baggy pants in the style of mujahedeen or “holy warriors” in Afghanistan, and nearly all have beards, a hallmark of religious piety. A few smear kohl on their eyes and have long hair, emulating what they believe is a style favored by Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century.The fighters keep a low profile. They have turned a government building in Aleppo into their headquarters, but it is barely noticeable since it contains no banners or flags to give it away. Only occasional graffiti announces their presence in the city: “Jabhat al-Nusra is coming.” Rebels who spoke with The Associated Press about the group had no clear idea about its leadership.The fighters shun the media, but information gleaned from Syrians in contact with them paints a picture of militant Muslims motivated by a jihadi ideology not unlike that of al-Qaida. Their members include propagandists, trainers, surgeons and other medical doctors.Many Syrian rebels are themselves pious Muslims who frame the fight against Assad’s regime in a religious context. But some see the jihadis’ brand of Islam as too starkly black-and-white and intolerant, dividing the world between the faithful and the infidels. Their presence, some fear, casts doubts on whether a post-Assad Syria will embrace democratic values or come under the sway of Islamists. The high esteem in which the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters are held has a great deal to do with the unruly behavior and lack of discipline of many rebels.One recent night, al-Nusra fighters brought the bodies of four Syrian rebels who were killed when a fellow rebel they were interrogating over suspicion that he was stealing grabbed an assault rifle and shot them. A fifth rebel was wounded.Later, when comrades of the four dead heard the news they gathered outside the hospital and, enraged, fired their entire bullet magazines into the air. Another group of fighters reacted similarly when struck by grief over the death of a comrade.Residents of Aleppo also complain that some rebels take unfair advantage of their position.Fighters go straight to the front of the line at bakeries to buy bread when residents have to wait hours for their turn. Some demand that wounded comrades be treated ahead of civilians at the field hospital.“I don’t have time to wait in line,” said a 19-year-old army deserter who joined the rebels in Aleppo and gave only his first name, Hani.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Check your body, save your life Jabhat al-Nusra has claimed responsibility for a string of suicide bombings, including several in Damascus. It unleashed an Oct. 3 suicide blast in Aleppo that killed more than 30 people, targeting a square where pro-regime fighters congregated. After each blast, the rebels’ Free Syrian Army umbrella group underlines that it does not approve of suicide bombings as a tactic.“Their presence is reducing the popular support that we desperately need in areas where we operate,” a senior political official of the Free Syrian Army, said in neighboring Turkey. “I appreciate their motives for coming to Syria. We cannot deny Muslims their right to jihad, but we want them to leave.” He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss concerns over the group.Still, in Aleppo, the image of pious Islamic warriors coming to help in the fight against Assad is an attractive one. Though Jabhat al-Nusra is predominantly made up of foreigners, a few Syrians have joined, mostly ultraconservative Muslims.Syrians can join only if they are backed by two full members who must swear on the Quran to tell the truth about the applicant. The fighters run training programs for their Syrian members as well as others who want to learn fighting skills but don’t want to join the group. A staffer at a field hospital in a rebel-held part of Aleppo, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals for talking about the group, said the al-Nusra fighters “are fine now, because they are fighting alongside the rebels.”An AP team witnessed some of the frictions at the field hospital in mid-October. Several al-Nusra fighters entered, and one of them _ a tall, lanky non-Arab dressed in black with a black headband _ was enraged by the presence of foreign journalists at the facility.“They are all spies who are here to collect information,” he said in English, shaking the automatic rifle that was slung over his shoulder.Another fighter, who appeared to be of North African origin, tried to force a female photographer to leave the hospital after she attempted to photograph the X-ray of a wounded fighter’s head.A Syrian rebel commander confronted the two men.“There is nothing in Islam that permits you to treat guests like this. Furthermore, it is a woman,” he said. The fighters left and the commander offered tea and dates to the photographer and several other journalists.Opposition members also worry that the presence of foreign jihadis in Syria lends credibility to the regime’s repeated assertions that the rebellion is the work of terrorist groups carrying out a “foreign conspiracy.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Nothing typifies the dilemma more than Jabhat al-Nusra, a shadowy group with an al-Qaida-style ideology whose fighters come from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Balkans and elsewhere. Many are veterans of previous wars who came to Syria for what they consider a new “jihad” against Assad.The group has become notorious for numerous suicide bombings during the 19-month-old conflict targeting regime and military facilities. Syria’s rebels have tried to disassociate themselves from the bombings for fear their uprising will be tainted with the al-Qaida brand.But several hundred fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra _ Arabic for “the Support Front” _ have also been a valued addition to rebel ranks in the grueling, three-month battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.Their reputation in battle circulates among Aleppo’s rebels like an urban legend. Soon after opposition forces launched their assault on the city in July, government troops almost drove them out of the key district of Salaheddin _ until 40 Jabhat al-Nusra fighters rushed to the front and fended them off, according to a story told by many rebels.The group’s fighters have played a similar role along the multitude of front lines that divide this city of 3 million people, where regime forces and rebels have been at a standstill, fighting street to street but unable to score a decisive victory. Many rebels talk of the al-Nusra fighters’ prowess as snipers.last_img read more

Afghan official 21 dead 8 wounded in wedding gunfight

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes The Taliban, who often exaggerate battlefield gains, said in a statement that 100 police in Sari Pul had defected to their side, a claim Jabarkhail denied.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shootout at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan has left 21 people dead and eight wounded, an official said Monday.Abdul Jabar Perdili, police chief of Baghlan province, said a gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Dih Salah district late Sunday. He said that most of the dead were wedding guests and at least two of the wounded were younger than 18 years old. Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Perdili’s spokesman, Jaweed Basharat, had earlier said that 10 people were wounded. Conflicting accounts are common in the chaotic aftermath of violent incidents.Baghlan and other provinces of the north have been plagued by insurgent attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled the Taliban. However, the war is often used as a cover for criminal activity and personal feuds.The police chief of Dih Salah, Col. Gulistan Qasani, said hostility between the two groups involved in the gunfight had been simmering for many years.“The clash broke out after a relative of a provincial police official was assassinated during the wedding party,” Qasani said.He said some 400 people had gathered at a private house for the wedding of a local mullah’s son.“When we collected the bodies it was difficult to determine who were the shooters and who were not, because I could not find any weapons,” Qasani said.Meanwhile in northern Sari Pul province, a local police commander and seven of his men surrendered to the Taliban in Kohistanat district, according to provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Asef Jabarkhail.Jabarkhail said the surrender came after Taliban fighters attacked police checkpoints on Sunday. Reinforcements have reached the area to support police still fighting, he said. Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Hotel workers fear new bill will lead to massive layoffs

first_imgHundreds of hotel workers went on the march on Tuesday in Nicosia to protest a bill before the House that, according to unions, abolishes all provisions of existing employment legislation in the sector and will lead to massive layoffs.Unions say the new bill, to which they had no input, would abolish the obligation of employers to hire a minimum number of people in all hotel specialities, and would give hoteliers the opportunity to outsource more services.The bill, the unions said, repeals all the provisions of existing legislation that obliges hotels to employ a sufficient number of employees in all specialities and regulates their employment terms. It also introduces a new provision which allows the rental or sublease of restaurants and bars of hotels to third parties.The leaders of the SEK and PEO trade unions, who took part in the protest march from the finance ministry to the House, said the bill effectively deregulates the labour market in the sector and jeopardises upcoming discussions on the new collective agreement for the industry.The two unions did not rule out more dynamic measures if the bill was not withdrawn.Protesters gathered at around 11am at the finance ministry holding banners demanding their current collective agreement be honoured, ‘no to outsourcing laws for hotels’ and ‘golden hoteliers throw workers out on the streets’.Hoteliers have seen record levels of visitors over the past three years due to the tourism boom.According to PEO chief Pambis Kyritsis, current collective agreement are not being respected by hoteliers “and there are no industrial relations in a rapidly-growing sector of the economy”.“Then the government comes with a bill, which provides for further deregulation,” Kyritsis said, adding that the bill would entitle hoteliers to sublet sections of their premises. This would mean they did not have to comply with the regulations currently in force, in term of staff rights, or the hoteliers’ obligation to be accountable for what is happening in their hotels. “This will result in increased unregulated work, and will result in even greater problems for hotel guests,” he said.SEK’s general-secretary Andreas Matsas warned: “If policies are promoted that contribute to further deregulation of the labour market and call into question the importance and role of workers, this will affect the collective bargaining process and contribute to the breakdown of industrial peace.”Matsas said that already in the sector, the undeclared work rate is over 20 per cent, and wages were below the hourly average in Cyprus.Earlier this month, the statistical service released figures showing that hourly labour costs were lowest in hotel and catering services at €7.50. The hotel and catering sector was at the bottom of the list, with an average yearly cost of €15,711 per employee.One woman at the protest told CNA she had been working in a hotel for 16 years and was earning only €800 a month. “Can they [hoteliers] live on €800? Let them try it for at least a month.”According to the resolution delivered by unions to the government during Tuesday’s protest, the proposed changes under the new bill are superseded by the current law, which provides that every hotel according to its category is obliged to employ a sufficient number of staff, suitably trained in all specialties to offer quality services. It also includes provisions on the employment of staff.The unions are calling for a dialogue. If this is not forthcoming, they warned that they would react more forcefully. They asked the labour ministry to intervene during their visit to the various government departments on Tuesday.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more