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Balotelli to Marseille: A marriage made in heaven or hell?

first_img“I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack.”Patrick Vieira didn’t give L’Equipe the most glowing reference for Mario Balotelli in December, and it didn’t get much better for the Italian when his former Nice manager revealed he was late and overweight for training in the summer.However, despite his relationship with the ex-Arsenal midfielder continuing to break down, the striker was still able to land himself a move to another Ligue 1 club – sigining for Marseille last week. 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? On the face of things, it looks like Balotelli has landed on his feet. Despite failing to score in the first half of the season, he remains in one of Europe’s top five leagues, playing for a club that reached the Europa League final just last year.However, delving deeper, the situation is far from rosy.Marseille may have once been among Europe’s elite – and responsible for four of the last six French representatives in European finals – but their glory days are a distant past. And things have deteriorated drastically since they were defeated by Atletico Madrid in the continent’s second-tier competition last May.They have won just one of their last 11 games, a run which includes a shocking Coupe de France exit at the hands of fourth-tier ASF Andrezieux.Balotelli’s signature is a transfer that sees desperation meet desperation; the Italian looking to rediscover the form that saw him light up Euro 2012 and represent Manchester City, Liverpool and both Milan clubs, while Les Phoceens continue to cling on to the fact that they remain the only French club to have won the Champions League.Marseille’s influence on Europe’s elite has remained despite their fall from grace. Whether it has been producing talent such as Medhi Benatia and Samir Nasri, or unearthing and then selling gems such as Franck Ribery and Didier Drogba, the club’s connection to the continent’s giants is still intact.However, last year’s summer business was very disappointing. Injury-plagued and now 28-years-old, Kevin Strootman cost the club €25 million (£23m/$29m) from Roma. Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, Red Star’s Nemanja Radonjic and Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi helped make up a total expenditure of €66m.Marseille's top 5 salesYet, none of their signings have impressed, leaving Marseille in a difficult position for the winter window – with little money left and, therefore, few options.Balotelli is perhaps a good signing then. The Italy international, who scored on his debut for the club last Friday, has plenty of experience at the top level, a ton of silverware to show for it and, despite how things ended at Nice, a clear ambition to reach the top again.In Canal+’s ‘Mister Vieira’, Balotelli showed his frustration at performing poorly during a training session.”You’re like that – that’s why you played for these big clubs,” Vieira said.“I want to go back and play with these teams,” the striker replied.It’s clear that, even despite poor recent spells at Liverpool and Milan, he still has high expectations of himself. If it was any different, his chances of returning to the highest level could be quickly dismissed.Roberto Mancini’s role as Italy boss gives him further hope. The coach is regarded as something of a father figure to Balotelli, having handed him his professional debut at Inter before working with him at Man City. The Azzurri boss recently expressed his sadness at his situation at Nice.“I’m sorry to see Balotelli waste his talent the way he does,” he said. “Hope is always the last thing that dies and something clicks in his head. Time passes quickly so he must take the opportunities he has.”If that does not serve as motivation for the striker – on top of a desire to prove wrong those who have doubted him during his recent struggles – then nothing will.Balotelli Raiola quote PSThe dysfunction currently plaguing both parties may suggest this move is not wise. A declining striker – even if Balotelli is still only 28 – joining a struggling club? It’s something that rarely works out.But there are few players like Balotelli – and there are few clubs like Marseille. The fire and passion the striker can bring to a team, as well as his demands of higher quality, could be exactly what Marseille need to succeed. That is something that one of the most passionate fan bases in France – who continue to give their club the highest average Ligue 1 attendance despite troubling times – are likely to respond well to and connect to.”Mario is an emotional player, he always gives 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseillais mentality, that’s for sure,” said his agent, Mino Raiola. “The Marseillais are like that, they are hot. Mario is hot.”Of course, everything could go the other way. Balotelli’s time at the Stade Velodrome could be catastrophic and simply see him continue down the slippery slope he has been on since moving to Liverpool.In turn, Marseille could miss out on European football again, the one thing that has continued to give them a sense of pride in recent seasons.The only certainty about these two crossing paths is that it will be entertaining.last_img read more

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Major College Coach Addresses The NFL Rumors

first_imgIowa State fans storm the field after win.AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)As the coaching carousel winds up again, there will be several college football coaches rumored to be considering a jump to the NFL. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is one of those names.Campbell has led the Cyclones to a 7-4 record this season heading into Saturday’s game against Drake. He has been mentioned as a potential candidate for some major college football openings as well as the NFL.A recent report from CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora indicates that the Cleveland Browns likely will reach out to Campbell and that the 39-year-old is “very much” on the NFL’s radar.This afternoon, Campbell was asked about the ongoing NFL rumors. He shot them down.Campbell on NFL rumors: “My actions have spoken louder than my words.”— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) November 27, 2018Campbell will likely continue to have the rumors swirling around him until he either takes an NFL job or all the coaching vacancies are filled and he is still at ISU.Iowa State’s regular season finale is set for this Saturday against Drake. After that, the Cyclones are headed to a bowl game for a second-straight year.It is only the sixth time in program history that has happened.last_img read more

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Project to Improve Animation Skills in Youth

first_img The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has been allocated just over $1 billion to continue the roll-out of the Youth Employment in Digital and Creative Industries Project this year.As outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure that were tabled in the House of Representatives on February 15, the project is designed to build the capacity and enhance the skills of Jamaica’s youth to improve their employability in the digital and animation industries.This will be done by providing animation training for individuals and capacity building for institutions delivering training; developing an Animation Policy for Jamaica; providing business development support to existing and potential businesses in the local industry; and providing training, apprenticeship and job opportunities in the digitisation of government records for unattached youth, aged 18 to 24.Additionally, the project aims to support science, technology and innovation, as also institutional capacity building for project management.Targets under the project, which spans September 2014 to August 2019, were revised following the initiative’s restructuring in November 2017.These included training 400 youth in 2D and 270 in 3D animation; training 5,000 youth (50 per cent female) in the digitisation of government records, and another 3,000 in science technology innovation; training 250 youth how to access global work online; and refurbishing 12 community/youth centres to facilitate digitisation training/work.Achievements up to December 2017 included establishment of a business entity – Technology Hub – in tandem with LIME/Flow and the Jamaica National Group and registering it as a limited liability company; training 158 persons in specialised aspects of 3D animation; procuring 558 3D animation software licences for six training institutions; and hosting the 2016 KingstOOn animation festival, which was attended by 1,300 participants from 93 countries.Targets for 2018/19 include developing a Strategic Plan and Policy note for the proposed Animation Policy; procuring hardware and software for seven training institutions; training 100 unattached youth in accessing global online work; implementing training/apprenticeship in digitisation of records for 3,000 unattached youth; refurbishing six community/youth centres; undertaking stakeholder consultations for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy development; and hosting KingstOOn 2018.The project is jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank. This will be done by providing animation training for individuals and capacity building for institutions delivering training; developing an Animation Policy for Jamaica; providing business development support to existing and potential businesses in the local industry; and providing training, apprenticeship and job opportunities in the digitisation of government records for unattached youth, aged 18 to 24. Story Highlights The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has been allocated just over $1 billion to continue the roll-out of the Youth Employment in Digital and Creative Industries Project this year. Additionally, the project aims to support science, technology and innovation, as also institutional capacity building for project management.last_img read more

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20th Annual Alive and Running 5K WalkRun for Suicide Prevention

first_imgCulminating September’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 20th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September 30, 2018 beginning at 7:00 a.m. at West 88th Street & La Tijera Boulevard just north of LAX.Actor/filmmaker Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy) will serve as Emcee of the event, which also marks the 60th year that the Suicide Prevention Center has been saving lives.Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Joe Barksdale, who serves as Didi Hirsch’s Mental Health Ambassador and is a recipient of the agency’s 2018 Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award, said “After having my own difficulties with suicidal thoughts, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month is a time to remind myself and others that suicidal feelings are nothing to be ashamed about. I strongly encourage anyone who is having suicidal thoughts, or knows someone who is having suicidal thoughts, to speak up and get help. There’s someone who cares about you, there’s someone who loves you, don’t be afraid to ask for help.”Alive & Running is an inspiring, life-affirming gathering of people affected by suicide that remembers loved ones and raises money and awareness for Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center — the first and only one of its kind in the nation. The family-friendly event, which includes live music, speakers, children’s activities and a Health & Wellness EXPO, is expected to have 2,000 runners, walkers and volunteers and to raise over $350,000 for suicide prevention.This year’s Alive & Running comes just months after the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, which along with an alarming study showing that suicide has risen 25% since 1999, caused an unprecedented flood of calls to Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Line. The Center brought in extra counselors and staff and asked volunteers to work double shifts to handle the influx of calls. Call volume continues to remain higher while Didi Hirsch fields a growing number of requests for its suicide prevention trainings.To meet rising demand Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services purchased a building in Century City that will serve as the permanent home for the Suicide Prevention Center. The new building will allow the organization to expand services to include therapy and support groups for children affected by suicide and a training academy for mental health professionals.“We need to get the word out that help is available to anyone who is considering suicide,” says Mr. Dugan, who was touched by suicide three times. “My wife’s mother and two of my friends died by suicide. What those dear souls went through to arrive at that point is unimaginable to me. Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center offers lifesaving services and support for survivors. I hope that everyone who cares about suicide will join me in supporting Alive & Running because working together we can all help save lives.”The Fletcher Family Foundation is Presenting Sponsor. The event is co-chaired by two Didi Hirsch Board of Directors: Vice Chair Pamela Kluft and Board member Andrew E. Rubin, a Platinum level sponsor. Los Angeles magazine is a media partner for Didi Hirsch’s Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention as well as for its iconic Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards, which takes place in April. Power 106 is also a media partner for the event.EVENT SCHEDULE7:00 am Same-Day Registration7:30 am Pre-Race Program7:45 am Warm-up and Stretch8:00 am 5K Walk/Run Begins!9:00 am Entertainmentlast_img read more

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The Latest 100 people evacuated from cruise ship off Norway

HELSINKI — The Latest on the Viking Sky cruise ship, which is having engine problems off the coast of Norway (all times local):6 p.m.Norwegian officials say rescue workers have managed to evacuate about 100 people so far from a cruise ship that ran into engine problems in heavy winds and seas and sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast.Authorities kicked off an evacuation on Saturday afternoon of the estimated 1,300 passengers and crew from the Viking Sky cruise ship. Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help, and the evacuation process expected to take several hours.Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions and had to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.___5:15 p.m.Police say a cruise ship with engine problems has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast and is making plans to evacuate its 1,300 passengers and crew.Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions Saturday.Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said Saturday the ship has managed to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help and evacuate the vessel, a process expected to take several hours.The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.The Associated Press read more

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Rescuers efforts to notify next of kin made easier thanks to new

23 July 2008Next-of-kin information for injured people will now be easier to find thanks to a new telephone code from the United Nations telecommunications agency. By adding prefixes such as “01,” “02” and “03” before contacts – for example, “01husband” – in a person’s mobile telephone directory, rescuers will be able to notify relatives or friends worldwide.“This simple addition to a person’s next-of-kin or nominated contact details has the potential to greatly reduce stress for overworked emergency workers around the world,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. “Anything that can be done to reduce the workload of these remarkably brave people and assist in getting injured people the right care and attention is commendable.”The code “ICE” – short for “In Case of Emergency” – has appeared in some mobile phones in English-speaking nations, but ITU members stressed the need for a global unified standard that would be effective regardless of language or script. read more

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Former Anglican Bishop says AsiaPacific influenced by hatred

Along the same lines, Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Senior Adviser at KAICIID Dialogue Center stated: “The results of this meeting, especially the detailed action plan developed by the participants, is impressive and reflects the strong commitment to jointly confront hate speech and incitement.”The plan of action developed during the meeting set out a range of actions that religious leaders from the Asia-Pacific region can take to prevent incitement to violence. They include to promote peace and security as well as respect for fundamental human rights and principles, encourage inter-religious collaboration on religious and non-religious issues, prevent and counter hate speech and incitement to violence, including through increased engagementat the community level and with youth, strengthen collaboration with traditional and new media to prevent and counter the dissemination of hate speech and incitement, and strengthen secular and religious education curricula.The Plan of Action also includes recommendations for States,the United Nations and the Association of South-East Asian nations (ASEAN), as well as to new and traditional media. (Colombo Gazette) This was the fifth and last regional meeting of the “Fez Process”, an initiative led by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protectin partnership with KAICIID, the WCC, the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and Member States. Each regional meeting has resulted in context specific strategies for the prevention of incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes, based on a review of the Fez Plan of Action, a plan of action developed by religious leaders from around the world at an initial meeting in Fez, Morocco, in April 2015. The results of the five regional meetings will inform the final version of the Fez Plan of Action, which will be launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York in early 2017. As is the case in all regions of the world, religion has been manipulated for political reasons in the Asia-Pacific region to incite violence and, in the worst cases, atrocity crimes. “While religious leaders can be part of the problem, we have seen how they can also be part of the solution,” stated Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.“Religious leaders can be – and have been – extremely effective in reducing tensions and preventing violence. Their authority and capacity to influence their followers is unique.” Former Colombo Anglican Bishop Duleep de Chickera, WCC representative, noted how the Asia-Pacific region “is today dangerously influenced by hatred and division […] Some of this is caused by religion.” Bishop De Chickera called on participants to join hands to counter incitement to violence. Religious leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region, including Sri Lanka, met in Bangkok to develop a regional strategy for the prevention of incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.Religious leaders and actors from thirteen countries took part in the meeting from the Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths. The meeting was organised by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect in collaboration with the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). read more

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Commonwealth offers assistance to Sri Lanka to enhance negotiating skills

The Commonwealth has offered to assist Sri Lanka to enhance its negotiating skills on bilateral trade and investment negotiations under the proposed Commonwealth Best Practices Framework.Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York. At the meeting Patricia Scotland praised Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening democracy and reconciliation. She said that Sri Lanka’s progress in many fields are appreciable.She said that Sri Lanka’s resilience was greatly evident from restoration of normalcy quickly after Tsunami disaster in 2004 and many countries could take lessons from Sri Lanka’s success story. She said that during her recent visit to Sri Lanka she saw the positive developments taking place on all fronts and congratulated the President and the Government. The President invited the Secretary General to pay another visit to Sri Lanka at her convenience. Patricia Scotland said the Commonwealth would continue to extend support to Sri Lanka’s efforts towards development and reconciliation.Meanwhile, President Sirisena said Sri Lanka considered eradication of illegal drugs and climate change as major challenges and asked the Commonwealth to expand activities in these areas as they would benefit most of the 57 member states. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr Amrith Rohan Perera and two senior Commonwealth officials were present during the discussion. read more

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UN labour agency to launch new code of practice on HIVAIDS at

The ILO Code of Practice and the World of Work will provide workers, employers and governments with new global guidelines, based on international labour standards, for addressing HIV/AIDS and its impact on businesses, communities and nations. It will also help boost efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, manage the impact of the disease, provide care and support for those who are ill, and combat stigma and discrimination. “The new Code is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive blueprint for workplace policy on HIV/AIDS ever developed and addresses this present situation as well as its future consequences for the world of work,” said ILO Director General Juan Somavia, who will launch the new guidelines during the Assembly’s three-day special session on HIV/AIDS, which opens in New York on 25 June. Among its key principles, the Code calls for collaboration among workers, employers and governments to promote prevention. It stresses that there should be no discrimination against workers on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. In addition, the Code urges recognition of the gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS.The Code also bars HIV/AIDS screening of job applicants and says that asking anyone to disclose HIV-related personal information is unjustified. No one should lose their job because they have HIV, according to the Code, and those with AIDS should be able to work for as long as they are medically fit. There should be no discrimination against workers and their dependants living with HIV/AIDS in access to benefits, the Code states.”The Code is not just about policy and guidelines,” said Mr. Somavia. “It is about respecting the dignity of others and learning to live with the reality of HIV/AIDS.” read more

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Irish person injured in Westminster terror attack recovering well from her injuries

first_imgIrish person injured in Westminster terror attack ‘recovering well from her injuries’ British PM Theresa May confirmed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening that her injuries were not life-threatening. 112,796 Views Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 4:55 PM Minister Flanagan said that his Department has, through the Irish Embassy in London, offered and stands ready to provide consular assistance.In an overnight raid, police in London arrested seven people in connection with the attack.Additional reporting Christina Finn Read: Ukraine bans Russia’s Eurovision singer from entering the countryRead: Donald Trump takes Twitter aim at Germany and claims it owes ‘vast sums of money’ http://jrnl.ie/3302300 Mar 23rd 2017, 4:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wirecenter_img Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Share201 Tweet Email2 Updated at 9.25pm THE IRISH PERSON injured in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster, London, is believed to be “recovering well” in hospital.Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke to Prime Minister Theresa May this evening, who confirmed that the injuries suffered by the woman were not life-threatening.During a ten-minute call, he offered the sympathy of the Irish government to the British people and offered any assistance that may be required.The woman is among the 29 injured people who still remain in hospital, Irish and UK officials have confirmed.The attack, which resulted in the deaths of four people, saw a car mow down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The attacker was shot by police after stabbing a police officer who later died of his injuries.40 people in total were injured and 29 people remain in hospital. Seven people are still described as being in a critical condition.Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar told TheJournal.ie this afternoon that the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has been in touch with Amber Rudd, her counterpart in the UK, in relation to the incident.He added that the Irish government have also been in touch with the embassy “to offer our support and condolences and any consular support” to the Irish citizen injured in the attacks, who he said he understands is “recovering well from her injuries”.Speaking in parliament this morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May said one Irish person was among the injured.The other injured were 12 Britons, three French, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.“The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has confirmed that one Irish person was amongst those injured in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London,” the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed this afternoon. 79 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Short URLlast_img read more

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Food Bank Hosts Weekly Farmers Market

first_imgThe farmers market is meant for residents to stop in and pick up healthy, local fruits and vegetables from local Kenai Peninsula farmers. According to Meyer, all the classes are taught by members in the community, covering a wide range of topics all related to food and healthy choices. Greg Meyer with the Food Bank: “Last week we had a lot of beautiful stuff. The farmers have been doing so well. We had kale, lots of lettuce, radishes, and just overall good stuff.” Meyer: “In conjunction we also started to host a free dinner at our Fireweed diner while featuring a Food for Thought series of classes.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosts a Farmers Fresh Market, which is in the food bank parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The food bank started the series in April, and according to Meyer they decided to bring the series back until September 10. The Food For Thought series is 5 to 6 p.m., every Tuesday with the free meal at the diner.last_img read more

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Investcorp To Sell SourceMedia

first_imgInvestcorp has put New York-based publisher SourceMedia up for sale, according to multiple sources.SourceMedia, which provides news, analysis and research in the b-to-b space through publications including American Banker and The Bond Buyer, has an EBITDA of around $12 million, one source with knowledge of the private-equity market says, although it is believed to have been in decline for at least the last six months. A report from PEHub.com suggests the EBITDA could be as high as the mid-teens.All signs indicate the company could be sold for five to six times that amount, or for at least $60 million.The auction is expected to garner interest from financial buyers only, after SourceMedia was shopped around to strategic firms last year, the source says. Investcorp, a global investment firm with offices in Bahrain, London and New York, acquired Thomson Media in 2004 for $350 million, changing its name to SourceMedia.Publishing group Reed Elsevier bought the online-data portion of that original deal, Accuity Holdings, for $530.1 million a year ago. That deal gave Investcorp a nearly 2-to-1 return on its original investment, according to the WSJ.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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The Dell Vostro 15inch Core i7 laptop is just 629 with this

first_img How to save money on nearly everything you buy online Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 8 Laptops Vacuum Cleaners Video Games Now playing: Watch this: Beyond that, you get 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, an Nvidia GeForce 940MX 4GB GDDR5 graphics subsystem, a 15.6-inch 1080p display and Windows 10 Pro.The keyboard is backlit, too, a feature I consider almost indispensable. You can also add a fingerprint reader for just $14 more.Now, there’s one thing missing from that loadout. Did you spot it? The screen is not a touchscreen. Me, I’ve never once touched the screen on my laptop, and in fact I disabled the feature to help preserve battery life. But if that’s a must-have for you, well, look elsewhere.I’ve rarely seen 13.3-inch portables with this kind of hardware priced this low, let alone a 15.6-inch. Definitely worth a look.Bonus deal: Game time! I just started playing Subnautica (which you can still get for free, by the way), and it reminds me of one of my all-time favorites: BioShock.Speaking of which, for a limited time, GOG has BioShock Remastered (Win) for just $4.99. And while you’re at it, scoop up BioShock 2 Remastered for $4.99.See BioShock at GOGBoth games are provided DRM-free, meaning you don’t need Steam or even an active internet connection to play them. Back in 2016, they were remastered with updated graphics — not the originals really needed it, if you ask me.And speaking of the originals, GOG will add BioShock Classic as a bonus “at a later time, at no additional cost,” should you decide you’d prefer to check out those versions.These are two phenomenal games, absolute must-haves for fans of sci-fi or first-person shooters with RPG elements.Bonus deal No. 2: One upright to rule them all. That’s how I think about the Nugeni Steva+, which combines a cordless upright vacuum with a handheld steamer and steam mop. In other words, it does all the cleaning things.nugeni-stevaThis is just one configuration. The Steva+ is also an upright mop and handheld vacuum and steamer. Nugeni For a limited time, and while supplies last, Cheapskate readers can get this all-in-one cleaning machine for $129.99 shipped with promo code CHPSKTSTEVA. Regular price: $149.99. And it currently runs $200 at Amazon.See it at Daily StealsI haven’t tried one of these myself, but I will say I’m a huge fan of steam mops. And I love how versatile this appears to be, deftly switching between handheld and upright vac as well as handheld and upright steamer.These are new, not refurbished, and come with a one-year warranty. I mention that because it appears a handful of buyers (those who left Amazon reviews, anyway) received units with bad batteries. That’s a problem that can strike just about any device, but as long as you have warranty coverage, it’s just an inconvenience while you get it replaced. Share your voice Comments Read more: The best gifts for 2018Read more: The best gifts under $50CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img The Dell Vostro 15 5000 is surprisingly thin and light for a 15.6-inch laptop. Dell Shopping for a new laptop? As a general rule I tend to prefer a 13.3-inch screen (or thereabouts) for easy portability, but if you primarily work at a desk, want a numeric keypad or just like planty of space for spreadsheets, video or multiple windows, you’ll need a 15.6-incher.Like this one: For a limited time, you can get the Dell Vostro 15 5000 Core i7 laptop for $629 when you apply promo code VOSTROSAVE300 at checkout. The code will stock atop existing coupons that have already brought the price down to $929.See it at DellIt’s hard to get a bead on a laptop without any hands-on time, and unfortunately CNET hasn’t reviewed the Vostro. On paper, however, there’s everything to like about this model — starting with its Kaby Lake processor. It’s one shy of the latest generation, but still a powerhouse in every sense of the word. Dell 28 Photos Tags The Cheapskate Holiday Gift Guide 2018 2:10 The best PC and Mac computers to givelast_img read more

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Coast Guard cleans up graffiti on World War II bunker as tagging

first_imgThe crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mellon has painted over graffiti that was found on a Mount Ballyhoo bunker last month. (DMITRI DANE/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY & U.S. COAST GUARD)In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard has cleaned up controversial graffiti that was found spray-painted on a World War II bunker last month.Listen nowThe slogan read: “#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS,” which led many Unalaskans to suspect crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau.The vessel was recently decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service, so the crew of another cutter — the Mellon — was assigned to cleanup duty last week.“The tag wouldn’t scrub off, so we painted it in a color that’s similar to the bunker,” Lt. Brian Dykens, a Coast Guard spokesperson in Juneau, said. “You can’t really tell. You might notice if you saw it before, but it looks pretty good.”Dykens said the Mellon’s crew got permission from the landowning Ounalashka Corporation before painting over the tag.“We have a rich history with Dutch Harbor and Unalaska, so it’s important to us to remain part of that community,” Dykens said. “We wanted to clean up any damage that we may have caused.”The Coast Guard hasn’t accepted full responsibility for the graffiti yet, because the matter is still under investigation.“We’re just trying to track down who did it and why — and maybe learn from this incident,” Dykens said. “We know there are some bunkers that Coast Guard members can tag and some that we can’t. We want to make sure everyone’s clear on what we can and cannot do there.”Dykens said he’s not sure when the investigation will end or if it’ll produce any conclusive findings. Now that the Morgenthau has been retired, he said Unalaskans can expect to the see the Mellon in port more often, along with the Bertholf and other west coast cutters.These newer vessels have taken over the Coast Guard’s patrol of the Bering Sea.last_img read more

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Transportation Planners Consider Regional Transit Fare Collection System

first_imgIn its annual “Call for Projects”, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is making millions of dollars available that can be used as matching funds for federally-funded transportation initiatives.Some of that money is being set aside for local transit services that want to develop a regional fare collection system. For instance, if you’re using a commuter bus operated by one of the suburban transit providers, you could transfer to a METRO bus by paying a single fare. METRO is Harris County’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.H-GAC’s Alan Clark said a regional fare system would also be helpful to people who do reverse commutes.“This is, I think, a real opportunity as we see employers growing not only in the core employment areas like downtown, the Medical Center, The Galleria, but also as we see them growing out in the Energy Corridor and suburban communities,” said Clark.And along with the ease of a single fare, Clark explained that the system would offer other benefits.“It’s also about being able to plan those trips, to coordinate the bus schedules or the rail and bus schedules, so you’ll know how long it would take me to make this trip,” he added.Clark said METRO has already done some work on a regional fare collection system, but putting it into effect could still be a few years away.“We don’t yet have a proposal to go buy a specific type of equipment or hire a particular type of vendor,” said Clark. “That work will be done by the different transit providers working through a coordination committee we have here at the Houston-Galveston Area Council. But I am very much looking forward to their completing that work, bringing forward a proposal.”Some of the regional agencies that provide transportation services include Harris County Transit, Fort Bend Transit, and Connect Transit in Galveston and Brazoria Counties. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:53center_img X Listen Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMetro Park and Ride bus in downtown Houston.last_img read more

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first_img49-year-old Mr Rishiraj Sukoo burnt himself to death in his vehicle in Lambert Park, Estcourt, on December 20.Mr Sukoo resided in Ladysmith for years. He parked his car in Lambert Park sometime on the Sunday. He soaked himself and his car in petrol, before setting himself on fire. Police found his charred remains in the gutted car.This is the latest of three suicides to hit the family of four, and daughter Yateesha Sukoo is the only surviving member of the family together with her son Yatheel.In March 2010, her mother Priscilla hanged herself at the family home.A year later, in March 2011, her brother Yatheen hanged himself at his home. “I have borne a terrible loss, losing three members of my family over the years. “I only have my teenage son Yastheel with me now,” says Yateesha.“I would like to urge the community not to blame me for the death of my dad, my mother or my brother, and to be more compassionate,” she adds. The community was shocked to hear about the latest tragic death in the suicide-plagued family. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Hong Kong Airlines 9th Anniversary MEGA SALE Today ONLY

first_imgSource = Hong Kong Airlines – World Aviation Systems Hong Kong Airlines 9th AnniversaryToday Only MEGA SALE!Bringing the very best sky high! Hong Kong Airlines 9th Anniversary MEGA SALE Today ONLYcenter_img With prices starting fromCNY340*per personFor Sales 15 September 2015 OnlyDepartures between 01 November 15 – 30 June 2016**Above price is per person, return, Economy class.*IMPORTANT NOTE: Fares are only bookable online please proceed to www.hongkongairlines.com/megasales/en/index.htmlto book.Hong Kong Airlines is Represented by World Aviation Systems in AustraliaFor more information or to book contact Hong Kong Airlines on 1300 889 190last_img

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Evolution or Sell Out – Is the Industry Supporting agents

first_imgEvolution or Sell Out – Is the Industry Supporting agents?Whilst agents lament attacks from media, WebJet and poorly researched ABC TV shows, should they be looking to their own industry for support?“They just shouldn’t be doing it….why would Air New Zealand partner with Expedia?”It was the second line from a customer last month, upset with the airlines move to partner with the online accommodation beheamouth.  Why?Nothing new.  This agents beef?  The money from ticket sales isn’t as strong as it used to be, Expedia is eating away at the agents business by not only going direct to customers but perception is that their commissions have been cut. These partnerships makes it harder for agents to carve their niche into the equation.It’s symbolic of the early phases of more travel companies trying to take their product direct to the market.  It’s an evolution, not a revolution. A sign of things to come.Meanwhile in Siem Reap, former number one Hotel has taken things a step further.  Siem Reap is a tough, tough place to run a hotel. I know as I saw my mum worked through the highs and lows of keeping rooms full.  It’s an over serviced market fiercely governed by massive spikes interspersed with long, boring, hot lulls.Most hotels hire and fire with the tourist periods and when things are quiet, the staff go back to their villages. Peak tourism periods do more harm than good.But Shinta Mani was different.Under the careful watch of Christain De Boer (now running the stunning Jaya House) an eye for detail, service, nurturing of his local workers and contribution to local community saw Shinta Mani charge a premium at nearly double the city average occupancy.With flagging occupancy, the new managers have taken it a step further; beyond direct sales, their total allocation has been sent to a deal site.At less than half the rate.These deals negatively impact local communities and bypass agents , if not the traditional travel industry, altogether. Local ground operators get wiped out overnight by foreign companies, in this case based in Victoria, to create deals.At the same time, the brand equity of the property takes a massive hit.  Gone is a reputation of luxury, service and caring.  Instead is the offer of, low margins, high occupancy and a place in the crowded pool of properties playing the discount game.Differentiation? Gone. No one wins a pricing warBut airlines partnering with AirBnB is both the revolution and a sign of the times.  These fast moving partnerships actually a move to cut out players like Expedia, even though they have their own version of AirBnB.Partnering with AirBnB cuts out another traditional part of the chain – hotels.  It’s a business model which excludes not just partners and sales channels, but an entire product offering. A few years ago and impossible considerationSelling out or progressing? Or merely just survival in a rapidly changing travel world? learn more about roomsXML.com here Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Speaking of MathisThe Cardinals were without their veteran right guard last week in Buffalo, and given some of the struggles replacement Earl Watford had, they are most certainly hoping he will be ready to go for Sunday with the Rams’ explosive defensive front coming to town.His return to practice would seem like a positive sign, but Mathis, who is recovering from turf toe, said Thursday he is no sure thing.“I’ve progressed, I keep saying, a few percentages each day; I’m progressing in the right direction,” he said. “There’s been no major setbacks, so I’m heading the right way.”In working his way back, Mathis said he is weighing pain tolerance, the risk for re-injury and the functionality of what’s injured.That defensive frontThe Rams are certainly not known for their offense, and that’s fair because it so far has been one of the worst in the league. Where they excel is on defense, and especially up front.Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, William Hayes and Michael Brockers are the key guys, and their linebackers, including Alec Ogletree — are a force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to rushing the passer. “It’s a blessing, man,” Brewer said Thursday. “I’m just happy to be here. Excited for the opportunity to do the best I can do.”Cardinals guard Evan Mathis, who was a teammate of Brewer’s last season, is glad he’s here, too.“Brewer is a very talented guy,” he said. “He’s a very reliable guy to have out there. I thought he was a really good signing.”Brewer spent the last four seasons with the Broncos, and was in training camp this year with the Chicago Bears before being part of the team’s final roster cuts on Sept. 5. He has appeared in 64 regular season games along with eight playoff contests, and that experience is something head coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday said is important.Brewer understands the sentiment, saying the more you do something the better you get. There is also the knowledge that comes from the different looks and situations he has seen and been through that a younger player may not have.But it wasn’t long ago — actually, less than a week — where he was an unemployed, experienced long snapper. That all changed when the Cardinals had a need.“It was awesome,” he said. “I came in for a workout and just tried to impress them, do the best I could do. And like I said, it’s a blessing.” Brewer said while he was hoping for a call to come he did not watch much football other than San Diego State, which is where he went to college. He did spend time working out and snapping because he wanted to stay sharp while waiting for a chance.“It’s the same thing as like, people like to relate it to golf — maybe not, but just the muscle memory,” he said.Until he snaps — and snaps well — in a game, there will likely be some uneasiness among those who are watching the team. Long snapper is generally not a position people focus on, but there’s a spotlight on it now.Brewer understands the sign of him doing a good job is no one noticing, and in time, the hope is people will forget he’s even here. He’s also hoping to win a second consecutive Super Bowl, and understands he joined a team that harbors championship aspirations.“This is a great team, a great organization,” he said. “I’m super stoked to be here.”Injury updateThe official report can be seen here, and the good news for the Cardinals is that receiver Michael Floyd and safety Tyrann Mathieu were upgraded to being full participants in Thursday’s practice. Guard Evan Mathis was again limited, as were cornerback Justin Bethel, safety Tyvon Branch and linebackers Markus Golden and Kareem Martin. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Denver Broncos long snapper Aaron Brewer (46) after the team’s NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) TEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, Aaron Brewer was in the process of winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos.You probably never heard of him, though.Brewer was the team’s long snapper, and as pretty much anyone who plays that position will tell you, the less you know about them the better. On Wednesday, the Cardinals signed Brewer to replace Kameron Canaday, a rookie who made enough mistakes over the first three weeks of the season to necessitate a change. Stopping them, of course, starts up front with the offensive line.“That comes down to guys getting their hands on people, making sure we soften them up in the run game, being able to run the ball to try to slow down the pass rush,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “These guys, from Quinn to Donald and Hayes, all those guys, they’re pretty good — some of the best in the league.“So we’ve got a hell of a challenge. For the most part, if we can run the ball we’ll be able to slow them down, and we’ve got to do a good job on that first.”Follow Adam Green on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPONANT is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race next year, offering a seven-night cruise out of Sydney on Le Laperouse and providing passengers with front row seats as the competing yachts clear Sydney Heads on Boxing Day 2019.Board the ship for an early start on 26 December, then leave the Harbour to be perfectly positioned in the thick of the action off Sydney Heads when the maxi yachts round the mark and battle it out for the honour of clearing the Heads first.Afterwards, enjoy cruising down the NSW coast – breaking the voyage to visit Trousers Point on Flinders Island and iconic Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s east coast – before joining the racing yacht fleet at Constitution Dock right in the heart of Hobart in time for presentations, New Year’s Eve fireworks and partying.“You will be well-positioned offshore to view the first maxi-yachts exiting the heads, then you’ll slip down the coast enjoying all the onboard luxuries, service and comfort that the racing crews can only dream of,” said PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific, Monique Ponfoort.The voyage includes three nights at dock in Hobart – the perfect ‘floating hotel’ location for yachting and partying enthusiasts.From $5,400 per person twin share in a Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6.Email reservations.aus@ponant.com to request more information.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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