Netherlands Beats England 3-1 To Reach Nations League Final

first_imgGUIMARAES, Portugal — Another semifinal loss, another missed chance for England to end its title drought.The Netherlands took advantage of two sloppy defensive mistakes by England in extra time to earn a 3-1 win in the semifinals of the Nations League on Thursday, extending England’s run of more than five decades without a trophy.An own goal by Kyle Walker gave the Dutch the lead after John Stones gave the ball away in the first half of extra time, and Ross Barkley then misplayed a back pass to gift the Netherlands a third goal in the 114th minute.“Throughout the game we made too many mistakes in our third of the pitch,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. “Partly that was a consequence of their pressure but partly that was errors by us. The last two goals were really difficult errors to account for.”The Dutch will play the final of UEFA’s newest competition against host Portugal in Porto on Sunday, when it will try to lift its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship.The Netherlands had failed to qualify for both the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup.England, which was seeking its first title since the 1966 World Cup, will play Switzerland in the third-place game in Guimaraes, also on Sunday.England hasn’t celebrated a title since that World Cup at home, and it has lost the last four competitive semifinals it played in, including in the World Cup last year, at the 1996 European Championship and in the 1990 World Cup.“It was tough to take in the end because you get to another semifinal and it should be a positive, and of course you leave even more deflated,” Southgate said. “But I have to look at the bigger picture and what these players have given me.”England arrived for the Nations League as one of the favorites after a fourth-place finish at the World Cup and a series of good results since then, including wins over Spain and World Cup runner-up Croatia.The Netherlands made it to the Final Four by eliminating the last two World Cup winners — France and Germany.“(This win) is a sign we’re growing stronger and stronger,” said coach Ronald Koeman, who was still playing when the Dutch won the Euros in 1988. “This win will help us improve even more. We don’t stop after tonight.”England took the lead in the first half through a penalty by Marcus Rashford after he was brought down by center back Matthijs de Ligt, but the Dutch defender made amends by heading in the equalizer in the 73rd.England thought it had scored a winner in the 83rd but a video review determined that Jesse Lingard was just offside before he scored from inside the area.The Netherlands went ahead in the seventh minute of extra time after Stones gave the ball away to Memphis Depay inside his own area. The Dutch forward’s shot was stopped by a great save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but on the rebound Quincy Promes got to the ball first and his strike deflected off Walker and into the net.Netherlands’ Quincy Promes celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Promes added the third goal after another defensive blunder by England, this time by Barkley, whose short pass went straight to an opponent inside the area.Southgate didn’t start any of the players who last week were in the Champions League final in Madrid, including Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.Koeman used Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum from the start.England’s Harry Kane, center, applauds fans at the end of the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Netherlands won 3-1. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Kane entered the match at halftime to replace Rashford, who hobbled after getting injured near the end of the first half.UEFA created the Nations League this season to give national teams more meaningful games and reduce the number of friendlies. Despite some criticism at first, especially by the clubs, the competition produced some exciting games and gave more nations the chance of playing in competitive environments.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spalletti expects Inter reaction

first_imgInternazionale Spalletti promises reaction from smarting Inter against Genoa Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 17:45 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Spalletti - cropped Twitter (@Inter) Internazionale Internazionale v Genoa Genoa Serie A Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Bologna left a bitter taste and the Nerazzurri manager has seen a determination to put things right Inter are eager to atone for a poor showing last time out as they prepare to host Genoa in Serie A, insists Luciano Spalletti.The Nerazzurri dropped points for the first time this season in midweek after they needed a 77th-minute Mauro Icardi penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw at Bologna.Inter 11/2 to beat Genoa 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Spalletti told a pre-match news conference that his squad have already shown a reaction in training, with midfielder Joao Mario not believing he was worthy of sitting out a training match.”The players were the first to be unhappy with the last result and there’s an automatic reaction and desire to give more,” Spalletti said.#Spalletti: “I’m convinced there will be a reaction in #InterGenoa, we must aim to do better and we don’t want to be inferior to anyone.”— Inter (@Inter_en) September 23, 2017″These are the players we have for this season, we don’t know what will happen after but I have faith in these players.”Until the final day that I’m here, I will believe in them and I won’t change how I think because of one match or a statistic.”We perhaps need more creativity in the opponent’s half but we still did well in the second half at Bologna despite the sense of anxiety as we knew we had to save the result.”After Bologna, we played a training match with some of those who have played less. Joao Mario wanted to be part of it the day after because he wasn’t happy with what he gave.”Victory on Sunday would move Inter to within two points of Serie A pacesetters Napoli and Juventus, who preserved their 100 per cent records on Saturday.last_img read more

Costa Cruises Facing USD 247 Mln in Damage Claims

first_imgzoom Costa Cruises, an arm of cruise liner conglomerate Carnival Corporation, is facing USD 274 million in damage claims as officials from Italy’s Tuscany region and the island of Gilgio take their claims to court.President of Tuscany Enrico Rossi told the Grosseto city court that the region plans to ask for €30 million (around USD 38 million) in damages from Costa for marring Tuscany’s image that lead to a drop in tourism of 7 pct, Italian daily LA Nazione writes.Rossi blamed the disaster that saw the tilted Concordia wreck sit at the Island of Giglio for over two and a half years before it was finally removed  in July for losing 45,000 visitors.Carlo Scarpa, a consultant to Giglio’s local government, filed for €190m (around USD 237 million) in damages to the same court, on the same grounds.According to Rossi, it will take years before Tuscany restores its image as a top tourist destination which will in turn require substantial investment.The two officials spoke during an ongoing trial against Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino.The captain is facing multiple charges including manslaughter and abandoning ship.Costa Concordia capsized in January 2012 killing 32 people.The grounding of the cruise ship, carrying 4,252 people at the time,  is believed to had been caused by the captain’s recklessness, as the ship came too close to the Giglio island where it got stuck and later collapsed.Costa Concordia wreck was towed to the Port of Genoa for scrapping at the end of July this year in what was dubbed as a historic salvage operation.Remains of what is believed to be the last missing victim were found early November and are pending DNA tests for confirmation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgIn 2001, a distinctive pin was designed to recognize the electionof members to the Legislative Assembly. The first 54 pins were issued in November 2001 to MLAs elected inthe 1999 election and two subsequent byelections. The numberedpins were distributed in order based on length of service. The gold and blue pin features the House of Assembly crest in themiddle with the words “Member Legislative Assembly, Nova Scotia”around the outside. The pin was presented to 14 new and two returning MLAs during theswearing in ceremony today, Sept. 4. MLAs signed the Register ofInsignia as they received their pins. -30-last_img read more

All eyes on PEI What a Green Party win would mean for

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – It’s getting a bit easier being Green.Tuesday’s provincial election in Prince Edward Island could make history if the Green Party hangs on to its lead.As it turns out, a win could also have an impact on the fall federal vote.“All eyes are going to be on Prince Edward Island,” David Coletto with Abacus Data says.It’s a small province that’s about to make a big political impact.Coletto says the Green Party has consistently polled ahead of all other parties on the Island during this campaign, and seat projections show the party may take power either in a minority or majority scenario.“There’s a good chance they may win the most seats, and that would be the first time — not just in Canada — but in North America,” he says. “This would be a historic win.”And it’s not just in PEI — Coletto says support for the party has actually been growing across the nation, and forming a provincial government could boost federal fortunes ahead of the federal election this fall.“Make a lot of Canadians in other parts of the country have a much more open mind about voting Green,” he explains.Coletto says there’s been a rise in Green support federally because of missteps by the Trudeau government, a weak NDP, and more political engagement from millennials.“They’re typically more progressive and they care more intensely about climate change. They’re also open to doing things differently.”While he expects this potential boost to play a factor in the election, Coletto says it’s highly unlikely we’ll see a Green government federally later this year.While the majority of PEI will cast their ballots on Tuesday, those living in one riding will be voting at a later date following the death of Green Party candidate Josh Underhay and his young son on Friday.Elections P.E.I. says the vote in Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park has been cancelled, and that a byelection will be held within the next three months.Meantime, voters will also be asked whether they would like to change the province’s electoral system from the first-past-the-post, current system to a form of proportional representation.-With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Streeper facing third straight challenge for Northern Rockies mayors chair

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will be facing his third straight challenge for the mayor’s chair, and residents also have plenty of choices for who they want to see on Council.Streeper, who has served as mayor of the Regional Municipality since it was formed when the Village of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional District merged in 2008, is seeking a fourth term in this year’s election.Streeper was acclaimed in 2008 before winning against Doug Roper in 2011 by over 500 votes. He was re-elected in 2014, beating Kim Eglinski by just 140 votes. Streeper’s opponent, Gary Foster, was elected to both Fort Nelson Village Council and the former Regional District Board in 1999, serving for only that year.There are ten candidates looking to be elected to Council in the Northern Rockies, four of whom are incumbents.Current councillors Kyle Andrews, Laurie Dolan, Lorraine Gerwing, and Danny Soles are looking to get re-elected this year.The four face challenges from newcomers Clayton Mollica, Todd Penney, John Roper, Ben Wall, Wayne Wheeler, and Tanner Whidden for the six remaining seats on Council.The municipal election is taking place on Octobner 20th, with advance voting occurring on the 10th and 17th.last_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department kept busy in the early hours this

first_img6:22 am received a report of a structure fire 109 Street and 107th Avenue and responded. Clean up continues at the house fire.Chief Fred Burrows said in a comment this was all the information that can be provided at this time as the three incidents are currently under investigation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fire Department responded to three different calls in the early hours of Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.5:15 am the department received a call of a vehicle on fire at the 8600 block of 100th Avenue and responded.6:01 am the department received a call of a vehicle fire at the round-a-bout on the Airport Road and responded.last_img read more

WatchTSX Wall Street soar despite Paris violence weak manufacturing

TORONTO — North American equity markets ended the day sharply higher Monday, with traders apparently undeterred by last week’s terrorist violence in France and disappointing manufacturing reports on both sides of the border.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index, after having sustained heavy losses last week, soared 242.12 points, or 1.85 per cent, to 13,317.52 at the close, helped largely by a rebound in the price of oil.The TSX capped energy sector was up 4.3 per cent as the December contract for benchmark crude oil rose $1 to US$41.74 a barrel, while December natural gas added 2.4 cents to US$2.39 per mmBtu.Elsewhere on commodity markets, December gold gained $2.70 to US$1,083.60 an ounce, while December copper shed five cents to US$2.12 a pound. The Canadian dollar was off 0.04 of a U.S. cent at 75.05 cents U.S.In New York, the Dow Jones industrials gained 237.77 points to 17,483.01, while the broader S&P 500 index added 30.15 points to 2,053.19 and the Nasdaq advanced 56.73 points to 4,984.62.For the most part, investors appeared to be betting that Friday’s attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people, won’t have a meaningful long-term impact on the global economy.“It all comes down to, ’Are consumers going to be staying at home and not out spending money because they’re afraid that if they go anywhere they’re going to be victims of a terrorist attack?”’ Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, told The Associated Press.“That might be the case if you saw a series of these things, but hopefully that’s not what’s going to happen and the economy is not going to be affected. The …  upside we’re seeing in the S&P 500 is reflective of that.”In economic news, Statistics Canada reported Monday that manufacturing sales tumbled 1.5 per cent in September following a 0.6 per cent drop in August, much worse than consensus expectations for a 0.1 per cent gain.And the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State manufacturing index showed factory output contracted for a fourth consecutive month in November as manufacturers continued to battle a strong U.S. dollar and slow overseas growth. The index was at a minus 10.7 for the month, a slight improvement from minus 11.4 in October.In corporate news, Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for US$12.2 billion in cash and stock. If completed, the deal would make Marriott the world’s largest hotelier by a wide margin. read more

Eritrean refugees will be repatriated from Sudan after rainy season UN agency

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva it is set to resume tomorrow the return of about 36,000 Eritreans who have registered to go home from camps located mainly in eastern Sudan.”The movement was suspended on 8 July because of the long rainy season, which hampers road travel in many parts of eastern Sudan – an area which is hosting some 100,000 Eritrean refugees,” a spokesman for UNHCR, Kris Janowski, said at a press briefing.The first group of 67 Eritrean families, totalling 134 people, were being transported today to a Sudanese transit centre at El Girba, 100 kilometres from the border. They would then move on to the border town of Kassala and transfer at a nearby checkpoint to Eritrean trucks and buses.Inside Eritrea, they would go to a transit centre in the border town of Tesseney, where they would receive cash, household supplies and enough food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to last three months. From Tesseney, they would make their own way to their villages in the Gash-Barka region of southwestern Eritrea, the refugee agency said.UNHCR planned to send similar convoys from Sudan to Eritrea every fourth day, it said.The agency would also hand over to the authorities in Sudan’s Gadaref state six sites formerly occupied by refugees. The infrastructure at those sites included a hospital ward, and water facilities. Gadaref would also receive 1,300 desks for local schools, UNHCR said. read more

Clashes among refugees leave dozens dead in western Ethiopia UN reports

Responding to the clashes that took place in Ethiopia’s Gambella area, which hosts 85,000 refugees, UNHCR proposed relocating some 24,000 refugees to Odier-Bol, 74 kilometres away.Officials on their way to the refugee site under construction at Odier-Bol were ambushed on Saturday in an attack that left eight dead, including the Ethiopians from the government’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs.The deaths ignited a wave of ethnic clashes that left an estimated 30 people dead, according to UNHCR. Many more were homeless after their shelters were torched in what appeared to be reprisal assaults. Sporadic gunfire was heard in the area on Sunday.By Monday, the Government had deployed troops to restore calm in Gambella. Senior government officials also arrived in the town, which is close to the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, to negotiate peace between the warring ethnic groups, the UN agency reported.Shops, schools, offices and banks in Gambella remained closed on Monday, domestic flights between the town and the capital were cancelled and the local hospital was reportedly overwhelmed by scores of wounded people.UNHCR said it has pulled out its non-essential staff from Gambella as a precautionary measure. It has also sent two security staff to assess the situation in the area, including Fugnido camp, 100 kilometres away, which was reported to be calm.Late last year, a spate of clashes involving ethnic Anuaks, or Anyuaa, who straddle the Sudanese-Ethiopian border, on the one hand, and the Sudanese Nuers and Dinkas on the other, killed 107 Sudanese refugees in Fugnido camp.According to a 2002 UN report, the factors causing conflict in Gambella include “the question of the majority population in the region and what language should be taught in school and a general feeling, or apprehension, among Anyuaa that they are being dominated by the pastoralist Nuers, who enter Anyuaa territory in search of (scarce) grazing land and water.” read more

Mark Jackson Gets Contract Extension With Warriors

Mark Jackson had never coached before the Golden State Warriors tabbed him as their head man two years ago, a move that surprised many. But Jackson quickly ascended into a winning coach, taking a downtrodden club and making it one of the most exciting teams in the NBA last season.Jackson’s way – heart-to-heart, candid communication – won over his players, and they performed under him at a high level. So much so that the team picked up the option on Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.The move prevents Jackson from feeling as if he were coaching in a lame-duck situation the upcoming season, while also allowing more time for the sides to create a long-term deal for the former point guard of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers.“I trust in God. I’m in the best hands possible, and I don’t mean Arn Tellem,” the ordained minister joked after the season ended in May. By then, his team had already upset the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, solidifying his stature as an up-and-coming star coach.He took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 team that earned the Western Conference’s sixth seed and eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs. The eventual conference champion San Antonio Spurs knocked Golden State out in six games in the second round.The Warriors posted the second-highest winning percentage improvement behind Brooklyn. Golden State also is positioned for more success with point guard Stephen Curry anchoring a collection of promising young talent, and Jackson made it work. His players trusted him and his solid career as a point guard in the league gave him credibility. read more

CARICOM reaffirms support for Guyanas sovereignty territorial integrity in face of

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it views with grave concern the reported interception by the Venezuelan navy on Saturday, 22 December 2018 of a seismic research vessel flagged by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.“Such acts violate the sovereign rights of Guyana under international law, its entitlement to a territorial sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf, and pose a threat to Guyana’s economic development and national security” a Statement from CARICOM said.It continued: “The Caribbean Community reiterates its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, including its right to peacefully explore and exploit its onshore and offshore resources.”On Saturday, the Venezuelan Navy intercepted and forced the ExxonMobil research vessel to cease conducting its work in Guyana’s Stabroek Block. This led to Exxon announcing the suspension of seismic data collection.The US Government has since called on Venezuela to respect Guyana’s sovereignty, with the State Department reiterating in a press release that Guyana has a right to extract its resources from the economic zone. Meanwhile, Venezuela has said it wants talks with Guyana.In a broadcast on Saturday, Greenidge had condemned the actions of the Venezuelan Navy; actions which he noted were both illegal and aggressive, having occurred in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Guyana.According to the Minister, Exxon reported to them that the Venezuelans intercepted the Ramform Tethys vessel at approximately 10:30h on Saturday at N 09 deg 17.19 min / W 058 deg 16.20 min at an approximate distance of 140 kilometres from the nearest point to the provisional equidistant line with Venezuela. Greenidge noted that the vessel had a crew of 70, including the Captain, on board.“The Government of Guyana rejects this illegal, aggressive and hostile act perpetrated by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which once again demonstrates the real threat to Guyana’s economic development by its western neighbour; an act that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be bringing this latest act of illegality and blatant disrespect for Guyana’s sovereignty by Venezuela to the attention of the United Nations,” Greenidge said. “It is also in the process of informing the several Governments of the 70 crew members of the threat to their safety.”According to Greenidge, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would also receive formal communication from the Government of Guyana on the matter.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday condemned the actions of the Venezuelan Navy.At a press conference at his office, Jagdeo stressed that Guyana’s territorial integrity was above politics. As such, the former President expressed nothing but support for the Government’s efforts in this arena.“We condemn this action, on the part of the People’s Progressive Party and the parliamentary Opposition. We condemn it outright and we hope there is no repetition of this action,” Jagdeo said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelan Navy commandeers seismic vessel from Guyana waterOctober 11, 2013In “Crime”Foreign Affairs Minister meets with US Security Director over VenezuelaJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”Settling border controversy with Venezuela will address recent maritime transgressions- GreenidgeJanuary 10, 2019In “latest news” read more

AEM reports destinations for 2011 US construction equipment exports

first_imgUS construction equipment exports increased 43% in 2011 compared to the previous year for a total of $23.5 billion of machinery shipped to other nations, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This follows growth of 28% in 2010 after a 2009 decline of 38% following the global financial crisis. “Export sales continue to help US construction equipment manufacturers stay open for business and sustain American jobs, especially with the domestic construction sector still recovering,” said Al Cervero, AEM Vice President, Construction Sector.Exports to Australia/Oceania led the way in 2011 with a 73% gain as the region took delivery of $2.8 billion of US-made construction equipment. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 39% in 2011 with purchases worth $4.3 billion, and exports of construction equipment to Central America gained 23% and totaled $2 billion. Export sales to Asia grew 44% to total $3.1 billion for 2011, and Africa’s purchases of US construction machinery increased 41% to total $1.3 billion last year. Exports of construction equipment to Europe gained 49% for a total $2.8 billion in 2011, and export business to Canada grew 40.5% and totaled $7.2 billion. The 10 countries buying the most US-made construction machinery in 2011 were Canada at $7.2 billion, up 40.5 %percent; Australia at $2.7 billion, up 79%; Mexico at $1.6 billion, up 28%; Chile at $1.3 billion, up 45%; Brazil at $951 million, up 25%; China at $903 million, up 81%; Colombia at $811 million, up 38%; South Africa at $683 million, up 72%; Russia at $652 million, up 96%; and Peru at $572 million, up 31%.AEM and its I Make America campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. These include free trade agreements such as the US-Korea FTA being implemented, which will eliminate export duties on about 80% of US industrial products and about 67% of US farm-related products. In recent AEM action, the association is calling for congressional reauthorisation of the Export-Import Bank, with an increased exposure cap so more companies can benefit from its services. Ex-Im Bank is self-sustaining. It focuses on small to medium-size businesses, since private lenders many times are unable or unwilling to extend them financing and insurance support.last_img read more

Elecom Mini Bluetooth keyboard works with all your gadgets

first_imgTouchscreen devices rely on on-screen keyboards for user input with varying degrees of success. The quality of the keyboard depends on the operating system and the size of the display, although some alternatives do exist.For most gadgets it’s possible to purchase a physical keyboard peripheral, some even integrate them into a case. But if you have several devices the cost of purchasing keyboards can soon mount up. Elecom has decided it wants to solve the keyboard issue once and for all, and has launched a new keyboard that works with just about every device you might own.The keyboard has the very forgettable name of TK-FBP029BK and works by connecting to your gadgets via Bluetooth. It offers a 46-key Qwerty keyboard layout and comes with a cover to both protect the keys as well as offer somewhere to place your smartphone while you type. There’s also a choice of cover colors including black, white, and pink.The best thing about Elecom’s keyboard is its compatibility. You can hook it up to any device that runs Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and even the PS3. Although not stated, compatibility with Android also seems likely, meaning a truly universal keyboard for every phone, tablet, PC, or media player.The Elecom TK-FBP029BK is set to become available in February weighing in at 95 grams including its battery, and measuring 146 x 78 x 21mm. The price is relatively high at around $96, but at least you only have to buy one of these keyboards to cater for all your devices.This isn’t the first portable Bluetooth keyboard Elecom has released. Back in July last year the company shipped a folding keyboard specifically for Android and iOS devices. It did carry a very high price of $230, though.Read more at Elecom (translated), via Akihabara Newslast_img read more

Gap between teachers pay is affecting staff morale union survey

first_imgBureaucratic duties regularly deflect from my core role of teaching. Image: Shutterstock/DGLimages Image: Shutterstock/DGLimages By Gráinne Ní Aodha 95.76% of respondents agreed with this statement (82.87% agreed strongly, 12.89% agreed slightly) Gap between teachers’ pay is affecting staff morale – union survey The Teachers’ Union of Ireland carried out a survey that indicates teachers’ morale at work is low because of the public pay dispute. 90.96% of respondents agreed with this statement (68.26% agreed strongly, 22.7% agreed slightly)The majority of those who responded to the survey indicated that they were unsure of their future as a teacher.It asked those who had started teaching “on or after 1 January 2011″, and so would be subject to lower pay, “how likely do you think it is that you will be still be working in the teaching profession in ten years’ time?”Almost half (41.18%) said they weren’t sure, while 29.42% of respondents said it was very likely or likely that they would be working there.However, almost the exact same number of respondents said it was unlikely or very unlikely (29.41%).The Annual Congress of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation starts today in Belfast. The union represents 34,000 primary teachers in the south and 7,000 teachers in the north.Read: Government initiative to encourage more Travellers to become teachersRead: How do wages of gardaí, nurses and teachers measure up to six years ago? Share Tweet Email The morale of teachers has fallen in recent years. Monday 17 Apr 2017, 3:18 PM 23,452 Views center_img My workload has increased significantly in recent years. Short URL 95% of respondents agreed with this statement (78% agreed strongly, 17% agreed slightly).Teachers appointed before 1 January 2011 start at €32,009 a year. For teachers appointed between 1 January 2011 and February 2012, the starting salary is €28,888.Teachers appointed after 1 February 2012 are paid a starting salary of €32,806. By the 1 January 2018, teachers should be starting on annual wages of €35,602.(These figures don’t include a €1,000 payment to all teachers.) Source: INTOThe TUI is calling on pay restoration to those teachers’ pay on the basis that it should be ‘equal pay for equal work’.After arranging various public pay sector deals last year, most notably with the gardaí, the government are encouraging all teacher unions to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement – a public sector pay package.Admin increase Source: Shutterstock/Monkey Business ImagesTeachers say that a pay increase is earned by teachers as there are increased hours and duties needed of them than before. 109 Comments THE TEACHERS’ UNION of Ireland has carried out a survey of its members that indicates different pay levels between teachers is affecting staff morale at schools.The TUI’s survey, which asked 813 members last month a series of questions. Here are some of the results:What effect has the impact of differentiated pay rates had on staff morale in your school? Apr 17th 2017, 3:18 PM 55% said it had a ‘negative’ effect and 27% said ‘very negative’ effect (total 82%). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hexagon Bike Camera Gives Cyclists Eyes in the Back of Their Head

first_imgStay on target Whether you do it for transport, recreation, exercise, or sport, cycling remains one of the most popular trends in the country.And it’s about to get a lot safer and smarter, thanks to Smart Bikes.The LA-based startup recently introduced the Hexagon light, a detachable accessory that serves as rear-view/live-streaming camera, activity tracker, odometer, turn signal, and power bank.“Hexagon is the ultimate safety device for cyclists,” Smart Bikes wrote in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. “Let Hexagon change the way you ride.”Most notably, its “revolutionary” rear-view Wi-Fi camera lets users view traffic directly behind them on a mounted smartphone. The high-def footage can be saved to an on-board SD card or live-streamed to fans via the mobile app.Even when not recording, Hexagon is always probing recent footage; if the embedded sensors detect a crash, the system sends an emergency SMS message to designated contacts in your phone.Parents can enjoy the same peace of mind by sticking the apparatus to a kid’s bike to spy on monitor their activity. Set up the parental control function on their handset, then track location and speed.If little Johnny cycles out of range, send a berating text. And if wee Suzy falls or is abducted by a stranger handing out candy from a white van, you’ll receive an SOS.Smart BikesAvailable now to pre-order from $99—half off the expected retail price—Smart Bikes’ Hexagon goes beyond the standard blinking light (also included).The gadget automatically illuminates when the rider brakes and comes with a wireless handlebar-mounted remote that lets cyclists indicate right and left turns without flapping their arms about.Early-bird buyers also get two 18650 batteries, a micro-USB charging cable, mount to frame, and free shipping to the US and Canada this fall.Don’t need all the fancy accoutrements? Check out Smart Bikes’ slimmed-down model, the Hexagon Light. For $75, you get the same rear-facing camera, automatic stop, and motion signals, but no protruding turn signals or wireless remote control. UK roads to look like Tron’s game grid thanks to glow-in-the-dark …Retrovelo’s awesome laptop bag is made for bikers last_img read more

Jury selection gets underway in marathon bombing trial

first_imgFILE – This combination of undated family photos shows, from left, Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, all who were killed in the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, in Boston. Jury selection for the trial of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/File) BOSTON — Potential jurors stared intently at Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as jury selection began under tight security Monday in one of the nation’s most closely watched terror cases since the Oklahoma City bombing two decades ago.Tsarnaev, flanked by his attorneys, sat at a table at the front of the jury assembly room. Wearing a dark sweater and khaki pants, he looked down much of the time but occasionally glanced at the potential jurors and the judge. He also picked at his shaggy beard.When U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. introduced him and asked him to stand, he acknowledged the group with an awkward nod.Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of planning and carrying out the twin pressure-cooker bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013.Over the next three days, a larger-than-normal pool of about 1,200 people will be summoned to federal court to be considered as potential jurors. The first 200 were given initial instructions Monday by O’Toole. Twelve jurors and six alternates will be selected.last_img read more

Apple MacBook Air vs Dell XPS 13 Is there a new 13inch

first_img 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 Dell XPS 13 (2019) PC Memory 13833 Display size/resolution 7870 Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Graphics Storage Share your voice Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore) 738 Tags Storage 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 display 646 Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) 509 10 Sarah Tew/CNET One rhetorical example I’ve used over the years is that a laptop is a lot like a pair of eyeglasses: It’s practical and it’s something most people can’t live without. But at the same time, it’s an immensely personal choice, combining the sometimes contradictory forces of budget, features and style. Like a pair of glasses, a laptop is often a big part of the image you present to the world, either in meetings, at coffee shops, or in class, so it’s not only about who offers the most widgets for the least money, it’s about which laptop is the right fit for you. For a long (really long) time, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air was the undisputed champ. I used to call it “the most universally useful laptop you can buy.” By that, I meant the $999 base model was the single laptop most likely to be the most useful to the largest number of people. It had the biggest overlap in its Venn diagram of potential owners and it had such an identifiable design that it became as much a statement piece as a work tool. But, time catches up with everyone and everything. Over the last few years of the Air’s decade-plus lifespan, the basic design stayed the same. The low-resolution screen with its thick borders and generations-old CPU technology came to feel more and more dated. Meanwhile, newer laptops from Dell, HP, Acer and others looked and felt more modern and added new features, from touchscreens to USB-C ports. At long last, in late 2018, Apple released an entirely redesigned version of the MacBook Air, making it thinner, lighter, and yes, more expensive. It felt like a stripped-down version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and most importantly, shaved that screen bezel down to a reasonable size, pairing it with a high-res modern display.But what about the Windows side of the fence? What was the best PC alternative to the Air? One of my favorite modern laptops is the Dell XPS 13. Since 2015, it’s made waves by shaving its screen bezel down to mere millimeters, much like a high-end TV. The XPS still had a few flaws, and other laptops passed it by in design over the past four years, but the new 2019 version fixes almost all of that, and as I said in my review, “I had to look long and hard to find anything I didn’t like” about the updated version. Now that I’ve got new version of the MacBook Air and the XPS 13, which one should be my default starting point for 13-inch laptop recommendations? 02-dell-versus-macbookCheck out those sweet, sweet bezels… Sarah Tew/CNET Screentime We may not be living in a bezel-free universe, but we’re certainly getting closer. The Air has been routinely mocked, and rightly so, over the past several years for it’s high border-to-screen ratio. The new Air cuts that by at least 50 percent on the sides and bottom, although the top bezel is a little wider to accommodate a webcam. The XPS 13 is already the slim-bezel champ, and its sides are down to 4mm wide. The top bezel is slightly wider — even more so than last year’s version — but it’s a sacrifice to a good cause. The system’s biggest historical knock has long been its webcam, which had been relegated to a spot below the screen, rather than above it. That led to an unflattering up-the-nose angle that made the XPS 13 less useful for Skype calls, YouTube videos or any other video-recording or streaming needs.There’s now a new XPS webcam that somehow fits into that very slim top border, thanks to a new lens design that’s only 2.5mm high. That adds a bit to the width of the top screen border, but it’s a fair trade-off.  As far as the screen itself, Dell offers resolutions at the high and low end, and Apple falls right in the middle. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air display is 2,560×1,600 pixels. And, like all Macs, it’s non-touch. Dell offers a non-touch 1,920×1,080-pixel version and a more expensive 4K touchscreen. Frankly, the 4K screen adds a lot to the cost, and runs down the battery quicker. My XPS preference would be a 1,920×1,080 touchscreen, but you can’t always get everything you want. Faster, but does it matter?When you say a laptop has an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Even specifying that it’s a current eighth-gen chip doesn’t cut it. The MacBook Air has Core i5 and i7 processor options, but they’re part of Intel’s “Y” series of CPUs, intended for thin laptops. They generate less heat and use less power, so you get longer battery life. The flip side is they’re not as fast as a standard laptop with a “U” series processor. In this case, we have the XPS 13’s Core i7 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U vs the MacBook Air’s 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y. Even if you traded up the Air’s Core i7 option or knocked the Dell down to a Core i5, the XPS 13 would still be more powerful, because it comes from a more full-power CPU family. That said the new MacBook Air never felt sluggish during my extensive use time. It’s more than speedy enough for most people, allowing for web surfing, video streaming and social media, which is what we spend most of our laptop time doing. Want a mainstream CPU in a MacBook? Trade up to the 13-inch Pro. 13.3-inch 3,820 x 2,160 touch display 1536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617 $1,199 Display size/resolution Operating system CPU 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz Price as reviewed Dell MacOS Mojave Apple Windows 10 Video playback battery drain test (streaming minutes) 253 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? macOS Mojave 10.14 Graphics Geekbench 4 (multicore) 06-dell-versus-macbook Sarah Tew/CNET The coffee shop factor One of the biggest reasons we like 13-inch laptops so much is portability. No one wants a four-pound laptop pulling on their shoulders all day, or even a three-pound one. Both of these are light, at 2.75 lbs for the Air and 2.73 lbs. for the XPS 13. People (or at least PC companies) always talk about how thin their laptops are, but that’s a fakeout. Once you get down to about 15mm at the thickest part of a laptop, it doesn’t make that much of a difference, except for bragging rights. Lighter trumps thinner every time.The XPS 13 and MacBook Air have both gone USB-C-only, with three and two ports, respectively. But the XPS 13 at least throws in a microSD card slot, too. Bothstill have headphone jacks. For now. We pitted a more-expensive XPS 13 against a less-expensive MacBook Air. The Dell, however starts at as little as $899, which is a great price for the build quality, design and those sweet, sweet thin bezels. That said, I wouldn’t buy the entry level Core i3 model with just 4GB of RAM, it’s just not worth it. Trade up the Core i5/8GB model (currently $1,209) and you’ve got a great MacBook Air alternative.  Operating system $1,709 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Dell XPS 13 (2019) Networking 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz Laptops reading • Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13: Is there a new 13-inch laptop champ? 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U 512GB SSD Apple MacBook Air (2018) Inte UHD Graphics 620 Comments Windows 10 Home (64-bit) 256GB SSD Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2 Dell XPS 13 (2019) Dell XPS 13 (2019) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Networking Note: Longer bars indicate better performance CPU PC Memory 03-dell-versus-macbook Sarah Tew/CNET The key to great keyboards Let’s get this out of the way right now. No one likes the super-flat butterfly keyboard on the current MacBook lineup. The aging pre-update Air was the last refuge of the traditional island-style keyboard. No more. In this new Air, you get the latest version of the butterfly keyboard, with a new membrane underneath to help keep dust from gumming up the keys. The truth is, the current Mac keyboards aren’t as bad as their rep, but they’re not great, either. Dell wins this round for a snappy keyboard with a great feel. The glass-covered touchpad is decent, but no match for Apple’s best-in-class pads. Battery: More pixels, more problems MacBooks are no longer the automatic battery champs, and in fact, on our current list of long-life laptops, the highest-ranking MacBook is at No. 8. But against an XPS 13 with a more power-hungry Core i7 processor and a 4K display, the Air easily dominates in our streaming video playback test. That said, if you went with the non-touch HD-screen version of the XPS 13, it might be a different story.  Price as reviewedlast_img read more

Mumbai staring at severe water crisis as lakes dry up

first_imgMumbai : In an ominous statement, the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday warned of an impending water crisis looming over the country’s commercial capital owing to delayed monsoon. Left with barely 4.95 per cent water stocks in all the lakes, the BMC has now started using its precious water reserves to quench the thirst of the city’s 17 million people. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “The civic administration has made arrangements of supplying water to the citizens up to July-end using reserve stocks of water. All are requested to cooperate and the citizens must use water carefully,” the BMC said in an official appeal. Painting a dry picture, the BMC said as on Thursday, the amount of water left in all the lakes was a measly 71,574 million litre (4.95 per cent). Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The comparative figure last year was 270,668 ML (18.70 per cent) while in 2017 it was 351,081 ML (24.26 per cent), indicating a huge shortfall. For comfortable round-the-year supply, the BMC said it needed at least 1,447,363 ML water stocks. The scenario went grim earlier this month as water supply was stopped from Upper Vaitarna Lake since June 24 as the water level went below zero. Supply from Middle Vaitarna stopped from June 17 while Bhatsa Lake was drawing water below the lowest drawable limits. The position is gloomy with regard to the other lakes like Modak Sagar, Tansa Lake, Vehar Lake and the tiny Tulsi Lake where water levels have touched rock bottom, while water from Powai Lake is being used only for industrial purposes, officials said.last_img read more

Mumbai footover bridge near CSMT station collapses 34 injured 4 died death

first_imgMumbai foot over bridge near CSMT collapsesANIA foot overbridge near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station, which connects CSMT platform no. 1 (North end) with BT Lane near The Times of India building and Azad Maidan police station in south Mumbai, has collapsed on Thursday evening. At least 34 people have been injured, 4 people have died and several are feared to be trapped under the debris. The death toll is likely to rise. According to ANI, senior officials have rushed to the accident spot and injured persons are being shifted to the St George hospital and GT hospital. Traffic has been affected after a part of the foot overbridge near CSMT station in Mumbai collapsed. Commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes to their destinations. A team of the National Disaster Response Force has rushed to the accident site. As per initial information, 10-12 persons are feared to be trapped in debris. The fire brigade team has reached the spot and rescue operation is underway. The Ministry of Railways has said that the collapsed foot overbridge was constructed and owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However, the Railway doctors and officials have been cooperating with BMC in relief and rescue operations.  Twitter/ANI Twitter/ANI Twitter/ANI Twitter/ANI Twitter/ANIlast_img read more