Mendy move to Real Madrid confirmed by Deschamps

first_imgFrance manager Didier Deschamps has confirmed Ferland Mendy will join Real Madrid this summer.The Lyon man has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital after Los Blancos’ poor showing in 2018/19 and, speaking at to the press on Monday, Deschamps said that a €50 million (£45m/$57m) transfer has been agreed between the Ligue 1 club and Real.”Ferland has a spectacular growth, he was in Ligue 2 two years ago and he will be at Real Madrid [next year],” said the World Cup-winning coach. 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? “He has both feet, with us he has been good every time he had to play.”There is yet no announcement from either Lyon or Real regarding the transfer, but should Mendy join the side from the Spanish capital, he will become their third signing this summer, following the transfers of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard last week.If the deal does indeed take place, it will mark the end of an incredible two years for the defender, who in the 2016/17 second was playing second-tier football for Le Havre.However, he has has excelled since his 2017 move to Lyon – for an estimated €6 million (£5m) – and has been voted in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in both seasons he has played in the division.His superb showings in recent years mean he has established himself as one of the best young left-backs in world football, although the 24-year-old can also operate in midfield.As well as excelling at club level, Mendy has become a vital part of Deschamps’ France squad, despite competing with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Digne and Lucas Hernandez for a left-back berth.Mendy played in Saturday’s shock 2-0 defeat to Turkey in their Euro 2020 qualification group and is expected to feature against Andorra on Tuesday.He may also not be the only French international destined for Madrid, with speculation still swirling that Paul Pogba is set to join Zinedine Zidane’s side.So too, has international team-mate Kylian Mbappe, while Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hve also been linked with a move back to La Liga.last_img read more

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Early Years Centres Open in Three Communities

first_imgEarly Years Centres in three communities are now providing families with more access to services and supports for young children. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey and Margaret McCain, chair of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, officially opened the province’s first early years centres today, April 7, at Rockingstone Heights School, the site for the Halifax Regional School Board’s centre. “Giving children the best start in life is paramount as we respond to the changing needs of today’s families, especially during the early years,” said Ms. Casey. “We recognize how important it is to offer programs and services that will help children succeed, and provide support to families at centres in their own communities. And with the generous support and commitment of the McCain Family Foundation, we are able to make this a reality.” The early years centres are located in or near schools, which make them accessible, convenient and familiar places for families in their communities. Each centre is tailored to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations to offer programs and services such as early learning programs for four-year-olds, early intervention, before- and after-school programs, regulated child care, and parent education. “We are pleased to partner with province as it creates the first tier of life-long learning,” said Mrs. McCain. “So much of each child’s potential is developed in early childhood. It just makes sense to open public schools to children during their earliest years when the most fundamental lessons are being learned. These first early years centres are models for the delivery of quality early childhood programs across the province.” The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation is providing $500,000 over five years to help establish the centres. Events were also held at two other centres. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan officially opened a centre at Jubilee Elementary School in Sydney Mines, with Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, and Environment Minister Randy Delorey opened one at East Antigonish Education Centre in Monastery for Strait Regional School Board. “The hands-on, play-focused opportunities and positive interactions with my daughter’s peers have allowed her confidence to flourish,” said Jyl Boyle, a parent whose child goes to the Early Years Centre in Monastery. “I believe she will be very well prepared for the upcoming school year, both socially and academically. The early years program has done wonders for my daughter.” The centre at Yarmouth Central, for Tri-County Regional School Board, will open in September.last_img read more

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Shameful PM seeking votes in name of soldiers

first_imgIslampur: Mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his failure to build Ram Temple at Ayodhya in the last five years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised him for seeking votes in the name of soldiers and martyrs.Armed forces belong to each and every Indian and Modi and BJP should not think the forces to be their fiefdom, she said at an election rally here in Uttar Dinajpur district. “For the last five years he could not build the Ram temple (at Ayodhya). But whenever election approaches, he rakes up the issue. The people are not fools. You cannot befool them every time,” she said and mentioned that she has respect for every religion in the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Trinamool Congress supremo said Modi should be ashamed to seek votes in the name of soldiers and martyrs. Banerjee said, “He is now seeking votes in the name of martyrs and soldiers as if the army belongs to him, as if it their fiefdom. Armed forces belong to everybody. It is our pride. He should first answer why so many jawans were killed in Pulwama despite intelligence inputs of such an attack.” Comparing Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah with Duryodhana and Dushshasana of the Mahabharata, she claimed that they are trying to take away the independence of the country.last_img read more

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UNCTAD Ranks Morocco 16th in Liner Shipping Connectivity Index

Tangier – Morocco came first in Africa taking the 16th position in the global 2014 Liner Shipping Connectivity Index conducted by the UN trade and investment body (UNCTAD).Morocco’s liner shipping connectivity improved significantly from the 84th rank before the opening of Tanger-Med port to the 16th position in 2014, Tanger Med port authority (TMSA) said.With the latest Liner Shipping Connectivity Index, Morocco leads the ranking of African and Latin American countries. The United Arab Emirates came 15th preceded by Italy 14th, Spain 13th and France 12th.Tanger Med port is now connected to 161 ports in 63 countries, TMSA said.The Liner Shipping connectivity Index captures how well countries are connected to global shipping networks.The index is based on five components of the maritime transport sector: number of ships, their container-carrying capacity, maximum vessel size, number of services, and number of companies that deploy container ships in a country’s ports. read more

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Successful trade talks can boost global economy and livelihoods says UN official

A successful outcome to global trade talks is vital to strengthening the world economy and improving the livelihoods of millions of poor and vulnerable people, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, following the recent collapse of the Doha round of trade liberalization negotiations. The seven-year-long round of global negotiations, led by the World Trade Organization (WTO), broke down at the end of July after countries failed to reach agreement on a safeguard that would allow developing nations to raise tariffs temporarily in the face of import surges and falling prices. “It is clear that an agreement was close to being reached that, while not perfect, would nonetheless have been beneficial to developing countries and the world economy,” UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said in a statement issued today. “It is very desirable that the remaining obstacles to an agreement, especially regarding a special safeguard mechanism for agriculture, be overcome,” he added.Mr. Dervis noted that while in some cases bilateral and regional trade agreements are beneficial to those participating, they cannot replace a truly multilateral system. This is especially the case, he said, for developing countries, which can benefit from many of the rules and the dispute settlement mechanism of the multilateral trade regime.“A balanced, equitable, open and multilateral trading system is desirable, particularly given both the current and foreseeable difficulties of the world economy owing to the financial crisis and high volatility of energy and food prices, which themselves are partly the result of sub-optimal trade policies,” stated Mr. Dervis. He added that the next few weeks will be critical to revitalizing the negotiations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed similar sentiments in a statement issued last month, in which he said that “success was particularly important at this juncture when the world faces major development challenges,” including climate change, poverty, increasing protectionism, limited progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the current food, fuel and financial crises. 21 August 2008A successful outcome to global trade talks is vital to strengthening the world economy and improving the livelihoods of millions of poor and vulnerable people, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, following the recent collapse of the Doha round of trade liberalization negotiations. read more

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TD provincial economic growth will be weaker in 2012 than previously thought

TD: provincial economic growth will be weaker in 2012 than previously thought by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 1:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – TD Bank (TSX:TD) has lowered its estimates for economic growth this year in most of Canada’s provinces — saying the United States, Europe and Asia are weaker than expected and households are more cautious than before.It says Alberta and Saskatchewan will continue to lead the other provinces in economic growth this year, but the pace will fall below three per cent.In the other eight provinces, TD is estimating 2012 growth will be less than two per cent.In most provinces, the new TD estimate is below the outlook it issued in July, with the exception of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.“In Europe, while a dramatic escalation in the financial crisis has been avoided and mechanisms aimed at preventing such an outcome have been agreed upon, risk levels remain high,” the report says.It adds that the U.S. economy has been recovering at a “disappointing pace” and exports to Canada’s largest foreign customer have been constrained by the high value of Canada’s dollar relative to the U.S. currency.“Moreover, China’s soft landing and the maturation of growth in many emerging market countries have set limits to what had appeared to be almost boundless demand — a development that has not been lost on commodity markets.”In Canada, TD notes the federal and provincial governments have launched extensive efforts to restrain their spending and home prices has begun to come down in after years of rapid growth in some markets.It suggested Canadian households across the country — particularly in Ontario — are being more cautious than previously expected.“Construction of commercial properties (in Ontario) is brimming and the housing market has maintained its upward path despite signs of some overvaluation in its major markets, especially in the Greater Toronto Area.”“At the same time, however, households have shown increased caution, as evidenced by weakening retail sales gains and a reduction in the pace of debt accumulation.”The report says housing markets will face different outlooks depending on the region, with the Prairies likely to be “largely unscathed” and the major markets in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to show declines.“The varying residential market conditions will exacerbate growth differentials given that housing is a large driver of consumer spending,” the report says.TD adds that its forecasts for 2013 and 2014 are looking more positive, although it expects growth will continue to be modest.The revised forecast calls for Saskatchewan to have the fastest economic growth of any province, with an increase of 2.9 per cent over last year. Alberta is in the No. 2 spot at 2.8 per cent projected growth this year.Newfoundland and Labrador is at the other end of the spectrum, with its growth falling dramatically from 2.8 per cent last year to 0.9 per cent in 2012 — the lowest among the 10 provinces.Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia — the three most populous provinces — are now projected to have 2012 growth of 1.9 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.Manitoba’s growth is projected to be 1.9 per cent — matching Ontario’s — while P.E.I. will lead the Atlantic provinces at 1.8 per cent, followed by Nova Scotia (1.3 per cent) and New Brunswick (1.0 per cent) and Newfoundland (0.9 per cent).For most provinces, TD is forecasting stronger growth in 2013 than this year and further improvement in 2014.Newfoundland’s growth in 2013, bolstered by its oil and gas resources, is projected to be 2.3 per cent followed by 2.5 per cent in 2014. The growth in the other three energy-rich provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia — is estimated at 3.1 per cent, 3.0 per cent and 1.9 per cent respectively.Ontario is one of only two provinces that’s expected to see slower economic growth next year, falling to 1.8 per cent from 1.9 per cent. The other laggard is expected to be P.E.I., with 1.4 per cent growth down from 1.8 per cent.The projected 2013 growth rates for the other provinces are: Nova Scotia, 2.0 per cent; New Brunswick, 1.4 per cent, Quebec, 1.7 per cent; Manitoba, 2.1 per cent. read more

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Klopp charged by FA for wild celebrations after late winner

LONDON — Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp’s wild celebrations after his team’s injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby have earned him a charge by the English Football Association.Klopp ran onto the field and jumped into the arms of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker after seeing Divock Origi score a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time in a 1-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday.The FA says Klopp has been charged with misconduct because of his misbehaviour. He has until Thursday to respond.Klopp said immediately after the match that he regretted his actions and had apologized to Everton manager Marco Silva.___More AP English soccer:https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Upcoming biodiversity workshop

first_imgBiodiversity Offsets for the Minerals and Energy Industries is to be held in Perth, Western Australia on March 29-30, 2007. Biodiversity offsets, environmental offsets and green offsets are strategies that are currently being actively considered worldwide by extractive industries and governments to counter the unavoidable biodiversity damage caused by development projects.Offsets potentially offer advantages to these extractive industries, developers, investors, governments, and the community. For the minerals and energy industries, biodiversity offsets may not only provide a mechanism for compensating for impacts associated with development, but also provide an opportunity for a lasting contribution to the conservation of biodiversity and importantly assist in maintaining a social licence to operate. For investors, biodiversity offsets may provide a measure of the corporate commitment and contribution to sustainable development (CREM 2005). For governments, biodiversity, environmental and green offsets may enable regulators to achieve significant enhancement of conservation outcomes for the general good, through the encouragement of voluntary initiatives and the development of less costly policies. For the broader community, if offsets can be properly implemented and managed, they may offer some assurances for the maintenance of important local, regional and national ecosystems.The debate on biodiversity and other offsets is both topical and ongoing. One approach that is being adopted by companies and supported by government agencies is ‘net positive gain’. This approach is being adopted by Rio Tinto in its consideration of offsets, and also by government agencies in Victoria and Western Australia. Another approach to offsets is ‘no net loss’, or ‘zero harm’, the latter being an approach being taken by BHP Billiton. Both approaches may contribute to conservation of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems, but there is still considerable debate by conservationists and practitioners on appropriate methodologies to achieve desired outcomes and the measurement of those outcomes.The workshop provides an opportunity to become aware of the different (international and national) perspectives on biodiversity offsets, and to engage in the debate on their value, and how best to ensure that well intentioned objectives are implemented. It also provides an opportunity to discuss issues associated with the practical, on-ground implementation of offset policies and to consider both advantages and potential pitfalls that may result from adoption of one or more strategies. The workshop will include a diversity of speakers from conservation groups, government agencies, minerals and energy companies, indigenous and community groups, and also legal and consulting groups. There will be presentations by international (ICMM and BBOP) and Australian speakers (from both Western Australia and eastern states), also panel and general discussion sessions and a facilitated workshop session that will enable a focus on particular methodological issues identified by workshop participants. For Western Australia participants, there is the potential to discuss and provide feedback to government on the draft ‘Guidance for Environmental Offsets’. Those who will benefit from attending the workshop include: Personnel from minerals and energy companiesPersonnel from government departments Community groups, researchers and consultants with an interest in offsets.WORKSHOP PROGRAMMEThursday March 29, 2007Introduction Biodiversity Offsets – An International Perspective on Biodiversity Offsets- Opportunities and Risks (Andrew Parsons, International Council on Mining and Metals, ICMM; and Kerry ten Kate, The Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, BBOP).Stakeholder Perspectives of the Role of Biodiversity Offsets for Mining WA Conservation Council Perspective (Tim Nicol, Conservation Council of WA) An Indigenous Perspective (Joe Morrison, Charles Darwin University) Biodiversity Offsets and Mining Facilitating Rangelands Restoration (Neil Burrows, WA Department of Environment and Conservation) An EPA Perspective of Biodiversity Offsets (speaker from WA Environmental Protection Authority, tbc) An Industry Association Perspective: the Business Case (Andrew Parsons, ICMM)Panel Discussion.Methodological Issues associated with Development of Biodiversity Offsets An Overview (Kerry ten Kate, BBOP) Workshop sessions to discuss issues such as scale, timing, location, additionality, comparibility, operational issues such as management beyond mine closure, baseline prediction and metrics, the BBOP Toolkit (David Parkes, VIC Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Kerry ten Kate, BBOP).Friday March 30, 2007Regulatory and Legal Approaches to Biodiversity OffsetsOffsets Legislation in Other Countries (Kerry ten Kate, BBOP)The NSW Biobanking Scheme (Jennifer Stace, NSW Department of Environment and Conservation)Linking Offsets to Market Mechanisms (David Parkes, VIC Department of Sustainability and Environment) The WA Draft Guidance Document on Environmental Offsets (speaker from WA EPA, tbc)Potential Legal Issues associated with Biodiversity Offsets (Tony van Merwyk, Freehills)Panel Discussion.Approaches to Biodiversity Offsets and Case Studies including:Offsets: a Critical Component of Achieving Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity (Sharon Laws, Rio Tinto)Alcoa’s Wellard Wetlands – Issues Relevant to Long-term Management of Offsets (Owen Nichols, Environmental Management and Research Consultants)Fortescue Metals Offset Strategy (Diane Dowdell, Fortescue Metals)Other studies, to be confirmed.Towards the Future: Key Outcomes for Greater Uptake of OffsetsPerspectives of:– Researchers (Eddie van Etten and Will Stock, Edith Cowan University)– Community, Industry and Government (tbc).last_img read more

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EHF CL Furious Kielce in Denmark – Lions win in Montpellier

8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn7106174:212(-38)2 6. Montpellier HB7205190:206(-16)4 2. HC Vardar7502207:180(27)10 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen7412192:181(11)9 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Routine win for Veszprem in Celje! Next Story → EHF CL: Swiss Kadeten are back inTOP 16 race! Two wins of visitors in two matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group B.Vive Tauron Kielce played furiosly in the second half on their Danish challenge against KIF Kolding 33:25 with two Croats in the main roles, Čupić and Buntić. Both netted five goals, while Laen scored six for the home team.Much more interesting has been in Montpellier, where Rhein Neckar Lowen outplayed home team after great battle – 30:28 (16:15).KIF Kolding – Vive Tauron Kielce 25:33 (13:12)KIF: Hvidt, Asmussen – Karlsson 4, Laen 6, Jorgensen, Viudes 1, Andersson 7, Augustinussen, Enderleit, Igropulo 2, Kuhne, Landin 5/3, Spellerberg.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Buntić 5, Jurecki 4, Tkaczyk 2, Jachlewski 1, Bielecki 7/3, Lijewski 1, Strlek 2, Cupić 5, Aquinagalde 1, Chrapkowski 2, Reichmann 3, Kus.Montpellier HB – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 28:30 (15:16)Montpellier HB: Gerard, Siffert; Simonet (4), Dolenec (4), Esteki (1), Guigou (4), Costa (2), Borges (1), Bouschet, Gaber (1), Kavticnik (4), Bonnefond (1), Faustin, Fabregas, Gajic (2), Mackovsek (4/2)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (n.e.), Stochl; Schmid (5), Gensheimer (5/2), Kneer (1), Sigurmannsson, Baena (4), Steinhauser, Mensah (1), Groetzki (3), Reinkind (1), Guardiola (1), Petersson (2), Ekdahl du Rietz (7),STANDINGS: 6. IFK Kristianstad7205203:219(-16)4 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7511211:194(17)11 4. MOL-Pick Szeged7403197:194(3)8 4. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7322214:202(12)8 read more

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Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trial

first_imgTHE FORMER EDITOR of The News of the World tabloid newspaper Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking.Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of both The Sun and The News of the World, was cleared of all charges, as was her husband, Charlie Brooks.The landmark trial, which had lasted 8 months at London’s Old Bailey court, had focused on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire which involved journalists hacking into the voicemail of celebrities to generate news stories.The jury this afternoon unanimously found Coulson guilty of conspiring to intercept communications. He is likely to face a jail sentence.Brooks, who was his predecessor at The News of the World, was acquitted of the same charge, as well as counts of bribing officials and obstructing police. Andy Coulson Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe jury had spent eight days deliberating on its verdict on a case which upended tabloid journalism in the UK and led to the closure of The News of the World, one of the biggest-selling newspapers at the time due to the revelations, which were published by The Guardian over the course of several months before it became a criminal investigation.During the course of the trial, the jury had heard journalists had hacked the phones of hundreds of celebrities, including the British monarchy, as part of a sustained campaign to get stories.Andy Coulson resigned as editor of The News of the World in 2007 after a reporter was convicted for phone hacking. He then went on to work as head of communications for British Prime Minister David Cameron just weeks later, before resigning in early 2011 as the phone hacking scandal continued.In 2011, David Cameron promised to make a ‘profound apology’ if it turned out that Coulson had known about phone hacking at the newspaper. Source: NOTWPhoneHacking/YouTubeThe scandal sparked the Leveson inquiry, a wide-ranging public investigation into the ethics and legalities of Britain’s famously aggressive press, which made recommendations for reforming the way it is governed.Read: News of the World hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times, trial is told > Read: I hacked Daniel Craig’s phone, says journalist >last_img read more

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How its made 80 years of Nikons Nikkor lenses

first_imgThe camera lens is just about the world’s most perfect blending of technology and craftsmanship. Lens making is a skill that has been around for thousands of years and today it is paired with incredible technology from manufacturers like Canon, Leica, and, of course, Nikon. In other words, that hunk of glass hanging off the front of your DSLR isn’t just the latest a series of semiconductors — something that was revolutionary just because it was shrunk down by a few nanometers — these are real, physical objects that aren’t 10,000 times more powerful than they were in the 1980s or that cost a fraction of a fraction to produce relative to a few years ago. The camera lens is a wonderful, enduring tool that should be recognized as something different then the standard gadget or gizmo.With this sentiment in mind, Nikon released a video celebrating the 80th anniversary of their Nikkor lenses. It’s an interesting, cinematic look at lens manufacturing, a process that seems rather low tech when compared to the camera’s innards. The guts of a camera like Nikon’s D800 are capable of capturing huge amounts of data at staggering frame rates and then crunching it all down into a reasonably small, universally compatible package, but no matter how high tech they become, a piece of glass is still required.While the video is very well done, it doesn’t give much insight into the actual production process. It is certainly pretty to look at, but by just viewing the video it’s not entirely clear what’s happening from one step to the next. We can see a process that starts with some sort of sand (likely quartz or silica) that soon becomes a sheet of rather plain glass. That glass is heated, cooled, cut, formed, and then endlessly polished until it’s within ridiculously tight tolerances. At that point it’s tested and then ultimately put into a lens along with a number of other pieces.The glass Nikon uses is produced by Hikari Glass, a subsidiary of the company. They are likely the real stars here, but falling until the Nikon umbrella, all the kudos go to Nikon and it’s famed Nikkor lenses.The video doesn’t give any insight into the interior of a lens, but it’s surprisingly complex. A lens has multiple elements inside of it, each of which have different qualities — some might be aspherical while other are low dispersion. These elements all form a stack that is accurate, adjustable, and, when it comes down to it, pretty tough.Another shortcoming with the video, albeit a minor one, is the soundtrack, which seems to have been lifted from the trailer of a Meg Ryan movie. I sincerely and fervently hope that Nikon does not subject its employees to that music while they are working.If you are looking for a video that better explains the lens making process, though one that isn’t nearly as polished, here is a look at Canon’s lens making process from a few years (at least) ago…last_img read more

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Napoli director to take legal action over false Marko Rog quotes

first_imgSporting director Cristiano Giuntoli will resort to taking legal action after being falsely quoted as saying that Marko Rog will leave Napoli for SevillaIn light of a lack of action under new coach Carlo Ancelotti this season, Rog has been linked with transfers to Schalke 04 and Sevilla.But Spanish news outlets announced that Rog would be joining Sevilla on loan after an apparent interview between ABC and Giuntoli confirmed it, which Napoli have now deemed as “false”.“Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli never gave an interview to Spanish media outlet ABC,” read a statement on the club website.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“All comments attributed to Giuntoli by ABC are false. Giuntoli will be taking legal action against those responsible.”Croatian midfielder Rog joined Napoli in 2016 from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Napoli, who defeated Sassuolo 2-0 in a last-16 Coppa Italia clash last weekend, will host Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo this Sunday in a Serie A game.last_img read more

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MGM China revenue up 33 in 4Q18 on MGM Cotai contribution

first_img RelatedPosts Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests MGM China, the Macau arm of US-based casino operator MGM Resorts, has reported net revenue of US$687 million (HK$5.4 billion) for the three months to 31 December 2018, a year-on-year increase of 33%.The results were driven by the opening of MGM Cotai last February, with the property contributing US$287 million in net revenue for the quarter. Both VIP and mass recorded increases, with main floor table games win up 31% year-on-year and VIP table games win increasing 18% due to the opening of VIP junket rooms at MGM Cotai in September 2018. Main floor table games drop increased 45% for the period, from US$1.40 billion in 4Q17 to US$2.03 billion, while VIP rolling chip was up 12% to US$10.98 billion.Operating income was US$62 million compared to US$45 million in the prior year quarter, with Adjusted Property EBITDA up 11% to US$167 million. The quarter included US$12 million of license fee expense compared to US$10 million in 4Q17.For the full year, MGM China saw its net revenue grow 32% in 2018 to US$2.4 billion, with MGM Cotai contributing US$729 million of net revenues. MGM China operating income increased from US$204 million to US$216 million and Adjusted EBITDA from US$536 million to US$568 million, an increase of 6%.last_img read more

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First Marijuana Retail Shop In Homer Set To Open Next Month

first_imgUncle Herb’s will be located along Ocean Drive next to the Homer Farmers Market. The facility is roughly 600 square feet, but the retail will occupy only a small portion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Homer’s first retail marijuana shop, Uncle Herb’s, is expecting to open its doors at the end of May. Currently the building is undergoing renovations and will need to pass a final inspection by the state prior to its doors opening. Stiassny is confident the shop will open later next month. Owner Lloyd Stiassny: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the state of Alaska to engage in a new industry, you know it’s quite dynamic, the industry that’s got both the manufacturing, retail, and farming and cultivation aspect to it. There’s not many industry like that in the state. Back in September, Uncle Herb’s had its license approved with Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board.last_img read more

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Dell Chromebook 11 deal Do all the Google things for just 130

first_imgDell It’s not exactly back-to-school time, but if you’re looking to outfit a K-12 kid with a basic laptop, you’ve come to the right deal.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 is $129.99 shipped (plus tax where applicable). Start that purchase at Ebates and you’ll save an additional 10 percent, dropping your net total to just $117.See it at DellI’m not sure how long this deal will be live, and Dell stuff has a tendency to vanish quickly, so if you have interest in this, I recommend acting quickly.This is about as basic as a laptop can get, which is to say it has a screen, keyboard and battery. But, hey, so long as it connects to the internet, schoolkids don’t usually need much more.Although onboard storage is just 16GB, you can easily expand that (if needed) by way of a pair of USB 3.1 (!) ports and the SD card slot. 9 Meet the Chromebooks of 2019 (so far) Tags CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but a little Googling revealed a 4.4-star average rating from over 850 buyers and a similar average from various tech sites.I’ve occasionally seen Chromebooks for less, but if you’re in the market right this minute, this is a decidedly good deal.thorfire-5-led-cap-light ThorFire Bonus deal: It’s probably a little early to start shopping for Father’s Day, but I can think of no better “dad gift” than this: The ThorFire LED Cap Light for $5 with promo code B8I5RNJX. It’s normally $7.See it at AmazonFor starters: ThorFire? Best name ever. This CR2032-powered light clips to the brim of any baseball cap. The five-LED light can point anywhere from straight ahead to straight down thanks to a 90-degree hinge. Looks pretty ideal for fishermen, runners or anyone who needs some hands-free light.Something this cheap is probably, well, kind of cheap, and indeed a few reviewers cited reliability issues. But ThorFire backs the light with an 18-month warranty, which strikes me as pretty generous.Bonus deal No. 2: Need a mobile charger for your Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro or similar USB-C-powered device? Here’s a great deal on one from a premium brand.For a limited time, and while supplies last, MobileCityOnline (via Amazon) has the Mophie Encore 20,100-mAh power bank with built-in Type-C and Micro-USB cables for $29.97 with code CHSKTETYPEC.See it at AmazonI’ve seen precious few power banks with built-in USB-C cables. That’s an incredibly convenient feature, and the presence of the secondary Micro-USB cable makes this even more useful. There aren’t any user reviews for this model, but Mophie is an established, well-regarded brand — and its products usually fetch a steep price. Thirty bucks for this? Yes, please.CNET’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! Share your voice Laptops Mobile Accessoriescenter_img 22 Photos Amazon Dell Google Nintendo 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. Comments The Cheapskatelast_img read more

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Headless Congress may get a new chief today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, will meeting here on Saturday to nominate a new president after Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post last month in the wake of a comprehensive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. According to sources, the CWC may elect an interim president who will call for fresh elections to pick the Congress president. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Former Union ministers and Gandhi family loyalist Mallikarjun Kharge and Mukul Wasnik are the front runners to succeed Rahul Gandhi. ​Both Wasnik and Kharge are Dalit leaders. Wasnik is a former Youth Congress chief and minister from Maharashtra. Kharge, a senior party leader from neighbouring Karnataka, was the Leader of the Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Both politicians lost the last Lok Sabha elections. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi met senior leaders Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and KC Venugopal on Friday ahead of the crucial CWC meeting. Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora in a tweet reiterated his support for Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia to succeed Rahul Gandhi. Advertise With Us “To my mind, two young leaders have the administrative, organisational and electoral credentials to become Congress President,” said Deora. “They have pan-India appeal and either one can reinvigorate the party.” Despite repeated requests by many party leaders, Rahul Gandhi has refused to continue as the party president. The Gandhi family has also turned down any suggestions to elevate Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as party chief. Since the Lok Sabha defeat, the Congress has struggled to keep its house in order, with many party leaders jumping ship for better opportunities. The party’s alliance government in Karnataka with the Janata Dal (Secular) has since collapsed and some of its active leaders in poll-bound Maharashtra have joined rivals BJP and the Shiv Sena. During the budget session of the Parliament, two party MPs from Assam resigned from the the Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Sinh from Amethi, considered close to the Gandhi family, quit citing complete disorder and confusion in the party rank and file.last_img read more

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CJ urged to probe apex court corruption allegations

first_imgHigh CourtLaw minister Anisul Huq has urged newly appointed chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain to launch a probe into the allegations of corruption against apex court officials brought by attorney general Mahbubey Alam.The law minister made the call during a courtesy meeting with the chief justice at his Supreme Court office on Tuesday.”Senior lawyers also agreed with the attorney general. I discussed the allegations of corruption and irregularities at the Supreme Court with the chief justice. I told him that the allegations need to be investigated and he assured me of taking steps in this regard,” he said. At a reception accorded to new chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday, attorney general Mahbubey Alam alleged that a large section of court officials and employees is involved in corruption.He had also said, “What is discussed now about different High Court benches can’t be expressed in words. If this situation continues, it’ll be difficult for those who are still honest to maintain their honesty.”Mentioning that the law ministry works as a bridge among the three state organs — legislature, executive and judiciary, Anisul said there will be no lack of cooperation from his part to maintain this bridge.The law minister also said new judges will be appointed at the Supreme Court soon.last_img read more

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Businessman killed in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetPolice recovered the slaughtered body of a cloth trader in Konkolosh area in Beanibazar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Shaiban Ahmed, 55, owner of Aboroni Fashion at Jaman Plaza of the municipality area.Shahjalal Munshi, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar police station, said locals spotted the body of an unidentified man and informed police.Police recovered the body around 8am.Later, family members identified the body of Shaiban.last_img

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Networks drop racist Trump ad as critical elections near

first_imgUS president Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally on the eve of the US mid-term elections at the Show Me Centre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, US on 5 November. Photo: ReutersNBC, Fox News and Facebook pulled an ad by president Donald Trump’s campaign that critics had labelled racist as a bitter election fight for control of the US Congress headed on Monday for an unpredictable finish.Tuesday’s elections, widely seen as a referendum on Trump, have been portrayed by both Republicans and Democrats as critical for the direction of the country. At stake is control of both chambers of Congress, and with it the ability to block or promote Trump’s agenda, as well as 36 governor’s offices.A surge in early voting, fuelled by a focus on Trump’s pugilistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm US election, when the White House is not on the line.The 30-second ad, which was sponsored by Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and which debuted online last week, featured courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of migrants headed through Mexico.Critics, including members of Trump’s own party, had condemned the spot as racially divisive.CNN had refused to run the ad, saying it was “racist.” NBC, owned by Comcast Corp, said on Monday it was no longer running the ad, which it called “insensitive.”Fox News Channel, which Trump has repeatedly named his favourite broadcaster, also said it would no longer run the spot. Fox News, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, said it had made the decision after a review but did not elaborate.Facebook Inc said it would no longer allow paid promotions of the ad, although it would allow users to share the ad on their own pages.Trump batted away reporters’ questions about the networks’ decision to drop the ad.”You’re telling me something I don’t know about. We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers we’re seeing,” Trump said as he departed Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a rally in Cleveland.Asked about concerns that the ad was offensive, he replied: “A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive.”After Ohio, Trump headed to campaign against vulnerable Democratic US senators in Indiana and Missouri at the end of a six-day pre-election sweep that has featured heated rhetoric about immigration and repeated warnings about a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the US border.”The contrast in this election could not be more clear,” Trump told supporters in Indiana at a rally for Republican Mike Braun, who is facing incumbent Democratic senator Joe Donnelly in a tight race. “If you want more caravans, vote for Democrats tomorrow.”Opinion polls and election forecasters favour Democrats to pick up the minimum of 23 seats they need on Tuesday to capture a majority in the US House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump’s legislative agenda and investigate his administration.Republicans are favored to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.Still CompetitiveBut 64 of the 435 House races remain competitive, according to a Reuters analysis of the three main nonpartisan US forecasters, and control of the Senate is likely to come down to a half dozen close contests in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Florida.Democrats also are threatening to recapture governor’s offices in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race.Trump, who frequently warns of voter fraud and has asserted without evidence that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in 2016, said on Twitter on Monday that law enforcement should be on the lookout for “illegal voting.”Democratic former president Barack Obama delivered doughnuts to campaign volunteers in a House district in suburban Virginia, where Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a state senator, is challenging Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in a fiercely contested race.Obama said the country’s character and its commitment to decency and equality were on the ballot on Tuesday.”All across the country, what I’m seeing is a great awakening,” he said. “People woke up and said: ‘Oh, we can’t take this for granted. We’ve got to fight for this.'”About 40 million early votes – including absentee, vote-by-mail and in-person ballots – will likely be cast by Election Day, according to Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures. In the last such congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes.McDonald estimated that 45 per cent of registered voters would cast ballots, which would be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years.”The atypical thing that we’re seeing is high early vote activity in states without competitive elections or no statewide elections,” McDonald said in a phone interview.”There’s only one explanation for that: Donald Trump. He’s fundamentally changed how people are following politics.”last_img read more

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