Email: the original social network

first_imgThere was a great post in ClickZ this week that points out that email is “social.” The post was a reaction to all the debate about email vs. social networking. Done right, email is just as personal, conversational and bond-building as social networking. People can forward emails just as they share content elsewhere. In fact, as the article points out, you could say that email was the original social network:Philosophically, there is no difference. You are managing content that is pushed out to subscribed (opted-in, following, etc.) users and managing responses (once someone responds, you now have a conversation)… The message’s content still needs to be relevant, timely, and match the expectations of the subscriber in either the e-mail channel or a network channel (and we all know each network is different). E-mail marketers need to get in this mindset – it’s not either/or; it’s not one killing the other; it’s two different channels that are very much the same.On a personal note, I just got a wonderful email that shows just how compelling, engaging and “social” a simple email can be. It comes from A Wider Circle, one of my favorite local nonprofits. A Wider Circle provides beds and other basic needs to families who are just getting onto their feet in empty apartments. Here was the start of it: First, a few words from Noreen who was served in May:“I would like to thank you all at A WIDER CIRCLE for helping myself and my children through this very difficult period in our lives… Right now I am sooooo happy that I am unable to fall asleep. Normally, my son (8 yrs.) and daughter (12 yrs.) would fall asleep with me on a queen sized mattress on the floor in my bedroom. Tonight they are asleep in their individual rooms, in their own beds!! I continue to go into each room and stand over each of them for a few minutes just watching them sleep peacefully. My two older children (21 and 22) were also very excited to have beds. It was very hard to watch them all have productive days knowing the pallet on the floor was all I could manage for them.”Noreen’s was one of 306 families that received much-needed help from A Wider Circle in the month of May.The email went on to tell me about – and invite me to – some local goings on.A simple email, with a heartfelt thanks, an amazing story and a kind invitation. I cried when I read about Noreen getting up with glee to watch her children sleep in their own beds for the first time. As a mother, that experience resonates to my core. I was so touched, I blogged about it. You can’t get more social – and connected — than that.last_img read more

‘Give Ramsey a new contract!’ – Arsenal fans urge team to act

first_imgAaron Ramsey may be leaving Arsenal after the season, but Gunners fans are urging the club to reconsider their stance after the Wales star produced another fantastic display on Sunday. After coming on as a half-time substitute against rivals Tottenham, Ramsey provided two assists in Arsenal’s 4-2 victory at the Emirates Stadium. Ramsey endeared himself to Gunners fans even before he entered the pitch, as he got into an altercation with Eric Dier after the Spurs midfielder levelled the score at 1-1 in the first half.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With his contract set to expire and no new offer believed to be forthcoming, the 27-year-old is expected to leave Arsenal at season’s end. The Gunners withdrew their contract offer to Ramsey, but supporters will be hoping their club change their tune after a star performance in the north London derby. Dear @ArsenalGive Aaron Ramsey a new contract.RegardsArsenal fans— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) December 2, 2018Aaron Ramsey:Been screwed by the clubGets into a fight on the sidelinesComes on at halftime and changes the gameUtmost respect. What a day for him— Le Grove (@LeGrove) December 2, 2018Chat to me about Aaron Ramsey haters. What an impact he has had. Despite the club dealing with his contract horribly, 100% professionalism. 2 assists and unbelievable running. One of the best midfielders around, blessed to have him.— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) December 2, 2018Aaron Ramsey has literally been told he won’t be given a new contract at the end of the season and he’s put more in for his club than some of our players have put in all season.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 2, 2018I want Aaron Ramsey to stay.— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) December 2, 2018Aaron Ramsey will always stand up for his teammates, the supporters and most importantly, the club.— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) December 2, 2018No player has provided more PL assists this season than Aaron Ramsey (6 assists). #afc— afcstuff (@afcstuff) December 2, 2018Aaron Ramsey’s game vs Spurs by numbers-Minutes played – 45Assists – 2Chances Created – 4Key passes – 2Recoveries – 4Touches – 23Duels won – 2The game changer, we must do everything to get him on a new contract.— Luke (@AFCLuke_) December 2, 2018NEVER LEAVE AARON RAMSEY— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) December 2, 2018Why on earth are Arsenal allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave? He’s surely worth a new contract. His passion, passing and work-rate so important to Arsenal’s comeback against Spurs. Delivered an immense 45 minutes. His quality and character will be expensive to replace. #afc #ARSTOT— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 2, 2018Victory against Spurs stretched Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 19 games, and pushed Unai Emery’s men up to fourth place in the Premier League table.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal great Henry crowned king in Nigeria

first_imgPremier League EXTRA TIME: Arsenal great Thierry Henry crowned king in Nigeria Shina Oludare Last updated 1 year ago 19:28 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) King Henry Shina Oludare Premier League The football icon has been honoured for his exploits in the game of footballing following a visit to Nigeria Having missed the Fifa World Player of the Year twice – narrowly, Thierry Henry can now have something to cheer about as he was on Sunday crowned King in Nigeria.The 40-year-old who is Arsenal’s top goalscorer of all time and currently second assistant manager of the Belgium national team was enthroned as ‘Igwe’ (King) of football  after he was dressed in an Igbo royalty garb during an event organised by Guinness Nigeria.Igwe Thierry Henry 1 😍— ‘Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) December 18, 2017During his active football days, Nigerians would scream ‘Igwe’ whenever he scores a goal or show his dribbling skills. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Making him a king in Africa’s biggest nation is not a bad one for the Frenchman who ranks amongst the greatest strikers football has ever produced. And next time you see him, take off your hat, take a bow and call him IGWE!!! (King).King HenryKing HenryKing HenryKing HenryKing Henry   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mathieu van der Poel regains Tour of Britain lead to set up duel with Trentin

first_img Dylan Groenewegen wins again on Tour of Britain as Trentin retakes lead … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news From a start and finish close to Pershore Abbey, the rolling route looped through the Worcestershire countryside, initially on relatively narrow roads with a series of technical corners, towards the end on a wider main road.The wind blew throughout, but Affini gauged his effort best, posting a relatively slow time at the halfway time check and, as he had planned, finishing strongest in a time of 16min 39sec. “I saw the main road, saw the cross wind, and thought that was where you could make the difference.”Van der Poel said: “The last proper time trial I rode was when I was a junior, so I’m more than satisfied. I kind of surprised myself.” He and Trentin posted identical times at the halfway point, but Trentin rode a classic sprinter’s time trial, a fast start and a slow fade late on.“I was expecting to lose more, it’s not the end of the world,” he said, well aware that there are plenty of bonus seconds on offer on Friday and Saturday.In theory, Van der Poel will be more at home on the four climbs in the final 40 kilometres on Friday, and the uphill run to the finish near Warwick, while Saturday’s flatter run-in to the chequered flag on Manchester’s Deansgate favours Trentin. “It’s going to be hard for sure, Matteo has showed he’s fast and with the bonus sprints it will be a fight to the last day,” said Van der Poel.The Italian’s Mitchelton-Scott team is also stronger on paper than Van der Poel’s Correndon, which could prove key when it comes to snatching time bonuses. But in truth, this is now a race which could go to either man. Since you’re here… Cycling Support The Guardian Topics Tour of Britain Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share via Email Reuse this content With two days remaining, the time trial through Worcestershire’s plum-growing country left the Tour of Britain perfectly poised with the two strongest individuals, Mathieu van der Poel and Matteo Trentin, divided by just six seconds after Van der Poel regained the lead and the stage victory went to Trentin’s teammate, the unheralded but talented Italian first-year professional Edoardo Affini.The Italian under-23 time trial and road race champion last year, Affini began the day in 99th overall, more than half an hour behind his leader Trentin, and was the 12th man to roll down the start ramp, which meant that having posted the fastest time he had to wait almost two hours for Trentin and Van der Poel to finish before being certain of his second victory of his debut season. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Province Introduces New Approach to Funding Longterm Care

first_imgHEALTH–Province Introduces New Approach to Funding Long-termCare Nova Scotians requiring long-term care services will no longerhave to pay health-care costs after Jan. 1, 2005. The details ofgovernment’s new approach to funding long-term care were outlinedby Health Minister Angus MacIsaac today, Nov. 9. Government’s commitment to take over the health-care costs forresidents in long-term care was first announced in 2003 with therelease of the Your Health Matters plan for improved health care. In the 2004-05 budget, the government pledged to implement thenew approach on Jan. 1, 2005. “Independence, fairness, equity, and choice are what NovaScotia’s new approach to funding long-term care services arebuilt on,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We have made long-term care morefinancially accessible and have improved other aspects of theprogram in response to the ideas and concerns we have heard fromresidents and their families, seniors’ groups and other NovaScotians.” This initiative will cost an additional $45 million each year andaffects 144 facilities, including nursing homes, residential carefacilities, and community-based options. The province is making significant changes in four key areas:funding approach, financial assessment process, special needs,and respite care. More information can be found on the website . The approach will be available to most people who apply for long-term care after Jan. 1 and to residents who currently pay fortheir full cost of care (less $12.75 per day subsidy establishedby the government in 2003-04). Those who qualify for funding fromthe federal government(i.e. Veterans Affairs) or Workers’Compensation Board will continue to be covered by those groups. About 80 per cent of today’s residents have their cost of carefully or partially funded by the Department of Health. Theseindividuals will have a choice to opt for the new approach tofunding and long-term care services or to continue under thecurrent funding arrangement. “We recognize that many of our current residents have used theirassets to pay for their care and have become accustomed tocurrent practices,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “This government feltstrongly that it should give these residents a choice — and thetime and information to make the choice that is good for theirpersonal situation. It is the right thing to do.” At any one time there are about 6,600 residents in long-term careacross Nova Scotia. The department receives about 2,200 newapplications each year. The department’s 2004-05 budget for long-term care services is about $246 million.last_img read more

No evidence to suggest Payal Tadvi was killed says Mumbai Police

first_imgMumbai: No evidence was found to indicate that Payal Tadvi, the junior doctor at a government hospital here who allegedly committed suicide, had been killed, the Mumbai Police’s crime branch told a court on Friday.The court, which refused to extend police remand of the three accused, noted that the case diary and the autopsy report did not suggest that it was a “clear-cut” case of murder. Tadvi (26), a post-graduate student at B Y L Nair Hospital, allegedly hanged herself in her hostel room on May 22, as she was reportedly fed up of being ragged by the three accused who were her seniors. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIt was also alleged that the accused had hurled casteist slurs at her. The prosecution, seeking police remand for the accused when they were arrested, had suggested that it could be a case of murder. However, the crime branch, which took over the case on Thursday, told the court that it has not “come across any material to call it a murder”. The accused — Bhakti Mehere, Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal — were produced before Additional Sessions Judge R M Sadrani at the end of their police custody on Friday. Seeking their further custody, the investigating officer said it was required for the recovery of the suicide note. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsPolice also wanted to confront them with the witnesses, he said, adding that the accused were not co-operating with the investigation. “We (crime branch) did not get time to probe… Hence, we should be given seven days’ custody,” said special public prosecutor Raja Thakre. However, defense lawyer Abad Ponda said none of the witnesses had stated that a suicide note existed and the custody can not be extended just because another investigating agency has taken over, he argued. The judge noted in his order that “nothing was revealed from the case diary and the post-mortem report that it was a clear-cut murder”. No substantial evidence was collected in the last two days, nor was the suicide note recovered, for which purpose custody had been sought earlier, the judge said. The grounds on which the prosecution sought further police remand were not “sufficient”, the court said, sending the three accused in judicial custody till June 10. After Tadvi ended her life, her family alleged that the accused, who were her seniors, tormented her and hurled casteist abuse at her. Tadvi belonged to a scheduled tribe. The accused were booked under The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, anti-ragging act as well as for abetment of suicide under IPC section 306. Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Friday set up a “fact-finding mission committee” to “evaluate the background situation and the critical factors that led to the unfortunate suicide of Tadvi”, it said in a statement.last_img read more

Edmunds compares 2019 Acura RDX to Cadillac XT4

Small luxury SUVs are one of the fastest-growing luxury vehicle types in recent years. They already represent 21.8% of luxury vehicles sold this year, according to Edmunds data. In 2009, they were just 8.7%. Driving this trend are models such as the Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4.Acura was one of the pioneers of this class of vehicle with its RDX. The 2019 RDX is fully redesigned and is one of the brand’s most popular models. Cadillac, for its part, has introduced the all-new 2019 XT4. It’s the brand’s most affordable vehicle — SUV or otherwise.Picking which one to buy can be difficult, however. Both the RDX and the XT4 are priced to start below $40,000 and offer a comprehensive set of features. Edmunds takes a look to find out which one has an edge.STARTING PRICELower prices, relative to other luxury vehicles, is part of the appeal of an entry-level luxury SUV. If you go easy on the options, you won’t need to spend much more than you would on a well-equipped non-luxury model such as a Chevy Equinox or a Honda CR-V. The XT4 starts at $35,790, including destination fees. Acura asks a bit more up front for the RDX — $38,395, including destination.Both the XT4 and the RDX offer a decent amount of standard luxury appointments, such as power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather seating and crisp-sounding audio systems. The Acura has a few standard features, which are options on the Cadillac, that help justify the higher price. These include a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof and more advanced driver safety aids.Various option packages can run the prices up in a hurry, however. When fully equipped, the RDX just clears $50,000 while the XT4 is above $55,000.TECHNOLOGYThe Cadillac XT4 and the Acura RDX differ in the way they require drivers to interact with their infotainment systems.Cadillac’s XT4 takes a traditional approach by combining a clear and easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen interface with a redundant rotary control knob. The Cadillac’s available navigation, head-up display and optional Bose audio system are easy to understand as well, making the XT4 a comfortable and familiar vehicle as soon as you get in.Acura’s RDX takes a distinctive approach with its interface. Eschewing both the touchscreen and the familiar control knob, the RDX uses a touchpad interface to control its 10.2-inch display screen. It’s an intriguing but challenging system to master and could put off less tech-savvy buyers. On a more positive note, Acura’s available 16-speaker ELS sound system will impress even the most discerning audiophile.POWER AND ECONOMYThese two SUVs use similar powertrains. Acura’s RDX has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 272 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving. With the RDX’s optional all-wheel-drive system added, efficiency drops to 23 mpg.The XT4 also has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. With 237 horsepower, it’s less powerful than the RDX’s engine. But in return, you get better fuel economy. Expect 26 mpg in combined driving with the front-wheel-drive XT4 or 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.Both manufacturers recommend using premium gasoline to ensure these fuel economy and horsepower numbers.ON THE ROADTo make the most of these engines’ power and fuel economy, Acura and Cadillac have engineered transmissions with an almost unbelievable number of gears. The RDX uses 10 speeds while the XT4 employs nine. In our experience, the Cadillac feels just as quick as the more powerful Acura around town. But it’s not quite as smooth since its transmission can be slow to downshift when you need a quick burst of speed.An adaptive suspension, available on both the RDX and the XT4, allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s ride quality to match personal preference or road conditions. With it, the RDX manages to soak up road imperfections while maintaining confidence-inspiring stability. The XT4, on the other hand, often feels busy and jiggly over less than perfect roads. The Acura is also sportier when driving around turns and gives you a better feel for the road.Both models are impressively roomy for both front and rear passengers. But you might like the Acura a little more if you frequently need to transport a lot of gear. Its cargo area behind the rear seats measures 31.1 cubic feet compared to the XT4’s 22.5 cubic feet.EDMUNDS SAYS: The Acura RDX and the Cadillac XT4 are solid, stylish choices in the competitive small luxury SUV segment. Though its infotainment system is one of the more polarizing on the market, and could very well be a deal-breaker for some, the RDX gets our overall nod thanks to its smooth on-road manners, powerful engine, and slightly lower price when fully equipped.____This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Kurt Niebuhr is a vehicle test editor at Edmunds.Related links:— Edmunds 2019 Acura RDX Review:— Edmunds 2019 Cadillac XT4 Review: Niebuhr, The Associated Press read more

New Brunswick gets tough on energy sector

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is proposing a number of extra costs for the energy sector including stiffer fines and a greater share of the industry’s profits as the cash-strapped province seeks to develop its oil and natural gas resources.The provincial government released a discussion paper Thursday containing 116 recommendations that address a number of issues including well design, royalties and protection of water supplies.For companies that violate resource development rules, the paper recommends fines as high as $1 million — a steep hike from the range of $640 to $10,400 fines that exist now.The recommendation comes after Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup alleged last fall that Windsor Energy had violated the Oil and Natural Gas Act by conducting seismic testing in Sussex without the consent of town council.The matter was referred to the RCMP who later concluded there were no grounds for charges.Northrup said Thursday the proposed changes would give his department the ability to act right away on any violations.“We weren’t able to do that in the past,” he said. “But I feel very confident from here on in that we’ll be able to act on every situation on that day or the next day as far as imposing fines, hauling back the licences and suspending the licences.”The paper also calls for a greater share of royalties to go to the province and landowners where natural gas and oil wells are located.Under that proposal, the government would continue to receive a 10 per cent royalty on the value of any gas or oil coming out of the ground, but it would also collect 40 per cent of an energy firm’s profit.Municipalities within a 25-kilometre radius of gas and oil wells would receive two per cent of whatever the government collects, while landowners with wells on their properties would get 0.5 per cent.For landowners, that’s expected to be about $8,000 each in 2015 and about $74,000 in 2031 if the industry grows as projected, the government said.Angie Leonard of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said it’s too soon to comment on the paper’s recommendations.“The royalties that were announced today are quite vague and we’ll have to look at that in depth,” she said.“We are very happy the government is taking these steps to clarify the regulatory regime in New Brunswick and we’ll certainly be taking a look at them in more depth and taking advantage of the comment period to give some comments from an industry perspective.”The public will have 60 days to offer input before the government comes back to the legislature this fall with its formal response.The paper comes as a number of companies are exploring for shale gas in the province despite a public backlash to fracking from people who say the process threatens water supplies — a position the industry disputes.Fracking involves the use of high volumes of water and chemicals pumped into a well to fracture layers of rock to release trapped pockets of shale gas.Denis Landry, the Liberal natural resources critic, said the government should provide the public more time to offer feedback on the contentious issue.“It took two years to get to where they are now,” Landry said.“They should take the same time to give the chance to people who want to look at that paper and want to look further into all the details.”The Liberals continue to call for a moratorium on shale gas development and want a special committee of the legislature to be established to study the industry.The Conservation Council of New Brunswick said it remains opposed to shale gas development, regardless of whether there are rules governing it.“It doesn’t matter what type of regulations we bring in. It’s not an industry that is suitable for New Brunswick or probably anywhere in the world,” said spokeswoman Tracy Glynn.“We’ve seen cases in Quebec with leaking well pads and issues with the amount of water that’s used.”Environment Minister Bruce Fitch said the proposed regulations would ensure environmental protections are in place before any oil or gas well is approved, and monitoring of each site would continue.Three test wells for shale gas were drilled in New Brunswick between 2008 and 2010 and all three were fracked. A fourth such test well was drilled late last year but has not been fracked.Northrup said he didn’t expect any wells to be fracked this year.In all, there have been 82 gas wells drilled in the province since 1990, 49 of which have been fracked.The Natural Resources Department estimates up to 200 gas wells could be drilled and fracked each year if enough gas reserves are found.Last month, researchers from the University of New Brunswick said fracking should not proceed until there is an environmentally sound option for the disposal of the waste water that is a byproduct of the process.The discussion paper recommends reusing the waste water or holding it in tanks for later disposal at an approved facility like the one that exists in Debert, N.S. read more

Ban urges maximum restraint amid dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza

“The Secretary-General condemns the recent multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. These indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. Israeli-Palestinian violence has flared in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in late June and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem last week.“The Secretary-General is extremely concerned at the dangerous escalation of violence, which has already resulted in multiple Palestinian deaths and injuries as a result of Israeli operations against Gaza,” said today’s statement. Mr. Ban reiterated his call on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization, and added: “It is imperative now to restore calm. The unsustainable situation in Gaza will also need to be addressed in its political, security, humanitarian and development dimensions as part of a comprehensive solution.” read more

Russell Westbrook Returns With 21 Points to Beat Phoenix

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook returned from a six-month layoff and scored 21 points in a 103-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.Westbrook wasted no time getting back to his shooting form with 5 of 16 from the field, 2 of 18 from beyond the arch and 11 of 14 from the foul line.  The all-star point guard has been out for tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of last year’s NBA playoffs.Though he shot poorly at the 3-point range, Westbrook was pretty satisfied with his performance.“I just missed some easy ones but that will come,” Westbrook said. “I’m able to do what I want. I could be better but that’s all right. That’s expected. I’m not expected to come back and be bionic man. I’m just going to work my way through it.”Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook returned weeks ahead of schedule and scored 21 points in OKC’s home opener.Kevin Durant collected 33 points and 10 rebounds with 10 of 19 shooting and 11 of 13 from the foul line. The Thunder won their fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix for the 11th straight time.Suns’ Eric Bledsoe played 40 minutes and went for 26 points and a career-high 14 assists. Point guard Goran Dragic left the game with a sprained ankle early in the third–he never returned. Gerald Green and Channing Frye netted 21 and 19 points, respectively,Phoenix led 79-73 after a 3-pointer by Bledsoe with 7:46 left, but the Thunder scored next eight points, including layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson that put them ahead 81-79 with 6:11 left in the game. After that, Pheonix was unable to recover and got their first loss of the season.“Our guys fought hard and that’s a good team and we had a chance to win on their court, so I’m pretty happy with the effort,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.The most impressive player on the court was clearly Westbrook, who left his coach inspired by his efforts.“There are two things that (Westbrook) does at a high level,” Brooks said. “He wins. He’s a winner. The guy plays the game like it’s supposed to be played. It’s not always going to be perfect, but he plays with everything he has every single night. To me that’s inspiring. The second thing is leadership. It’s taken him some time to get that. Now he is our leader.”Game Notes:Ibaka had 10 rebounds; Dragic had 10 points before exiting. Green shot 5-of-10 from the 3-point range. The Suns visit New Orleans on Tuesday looking to stay above .500 while Oklahoma City hosts Dallas on Wednesday. read more

See How Our Pitcher Ratings Have Changed Since Opening Day

2Chris SaleBOS63.4Jacob deGromNYM61.81▼ 17Noah SyndergaardNYM56.6Carlos CarrascoCLE56.98▼ PreseasonCurrent 9Carlos CarrascoCLE58.9Gerrit ColeHOU57.91▲ As always, these ratings update after every game to help you stay on top of the latest predictions and World Series odds.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One of the cool features in our MLB predictions model at FiveThirtyEight is its ability to adjust a team’s odds of winning any given game based on the strength of its starting pitcher. We do this by maintaining a constantly updating rating of every starter in baseball, which refreshes after every start based on our version of game score — a metric that grades pitching performances using stats such as strikeouts, walks, home runs and so forth.1For our complete game score formula, please check out our MLB Elo explainer.And who do our ratings say are the best starters in baseball? Here’s how the Top 20 looked on opening day and how it’s changed since: 1Jacob deGromNYM65.1Justin VerlanderHOU62.54▲ 13Corey KluberCLE58.0Kyle FreelandCOL57.12▼ 5Justin VerlanderHOU61.0Max ScherzerWAS61.02▼ 6Aaron NolaPHI60.6German MarquezCOL59.96▲ 19Zack GreinkeARI56.2Clayton KershawLAD56.47▲ 16S. StrasburgWAS56.7S. StrasburgWAS56.9— 14Mike ClevingerCLE57.6Walker BuehlerLAD57.16▼ 10Gerrit ColeHOU58.8Luis CastilloCIN57.422▲ 4Blake SnellTB61.7Blake SnellTB61.2— 12German MarquezCOL58.6Patrick CorbinWAS57.23▲ 15Patrick CorbinWAS57.2Mike MinorTEX57.020▲ PitcherTeamRatingPitcherTeamRatingrk Chg A number of the top aces at the beginning of the season have started the season on the wrong foot. The New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Boston’s Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola have all seen the biggest drop-offs from the original Top 20. Because the ratings roll over from last season, that group hasn’t dropped too far, but they have lost some of their status since the season began. But a handful of others have either pitched their way up the list with good starts (Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, Mike Clevinger) or onto it from the outside since the beginning of the year (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Texas’s Mike Minor).These changes matter for our overall season predictions. Game score ratings aren’t just fun — they can have quite an effect on a team’s chance of winning: The Tampa Bay Rays’ chance of beating an average team (on a neutral field) with ace Blake Snell, for instance, is 61 percent; with a league-average starter, that number drops to 53 percent. To help you follow the state of each rotation, we recently added a new feature to our predictions interactive tracking these ratings for every team’s pitching staff (sorted by division). Now we can visualize just how much better Verlander and his fellow Astros are than the rest of the AL West… You can also see how a rotation’s starters stack up against its division foes on our team pages. Here, for example, are the Cleveland Indians, who might have the best rotation in baseball right now: 7Trevor BauerCLE59.9Mike ClevingerCLE59.67▲ 8Walker BuehlerLAD59.0Chris SaleBOS59.16▼ 18David PriceBOS56.4Aaron NolaPHI56.812▼ 20Kyle HendricksCHC56.0James PaxtonNYY56.37▲ … as well as the sad state of the Orioles’ rotation (whose only above-average starter is journeyman Nate Karns): 11Kyle FreelandCOL58.7David PriceBOS57.37▲ Which pitchers have risen and fallen since opening day?Top 20 MLB starting pitchers in 2019, before the season and as of April 30, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo pitcher ratings 3Max ScherzerWAS62.7Trevor BauerCLE61.34▲ read more

Wirtgen cites Australiabased study that highlights advantages of surface miners in coal

first_imgWirtgen says that mine operators for some time now have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining: the use of surface miners. “Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product.” Referenced main advantages of Wirtgen surface mining technology include selective mining; avoidance of blasting, cutting, crushing and loading in a single operation; maximum exploitation of deposits; and reduced transport costs.“Wirtgen supplies surface miners in a variety of performance classes for the selective mining of commodities, such as coal, limestone, bauxite, gypsum, salt and phosphate. In addition to mining, these machines can also carry out routing operations for constructing roads and railway tracks, rehabilitating roadways and installing tunnel floors. The range of applications further includes the precision cutting of ditches and channels as well as surface levelling. In collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, Wirtgen conducted a study in a black coal mine in Queensland, Australia.”The 4200 SM surface miner was integrated into an ongoing operation for the selective mining of coal and interburden. Previously defined targets were checked regularly to determine if they were being met. The production rates of the surface miner were compared with that of the previously used rip-and-stack method over a period of four months based on various performance indicators. The conventional mining system comprises two supersize dozers for ripping and stacking the material and a super-large wheel loader for loading it to dump trucks with payloads of 130-190 t.“Compared to the three mining machines used at the mine previously, using a surface miner significantly reduced noise emissions. Mining with the 4200 SM likewise has a positive impact on dust emissions. In contrast to the dozers and wheel loader – all of which generate considerable quantities of dust that impact the work environment – the dust produced by a surface miner is contained in the cutting drum housing. A dust suppression system comprising an integrated water spray system also helps to additionally reduce and bind the dust. An analysis of the two mining methods further demonstrated that fuel consumption is about 79% lower – and therefore also CO2 emissions – with surface miners than when using the conventional method. The lower number machines in use additionally has a positive effect on risk management, because fewer machines mean a reduced risk of accident at the mine.”The surface miner’s anti-vibration cabin offers better ergonomics and optimised working conditions for the machine operator. The vibrations generated in the 4200 SM were rated as “low” according to Australia’s AS 2670-2001 standard, while the ratings for the conventional systems were higher.Coal seams generally are of varying thickness and separated by interburden layers. Precisely separating the various materials is of tremendous importance if coal is to be mined as cost-efficiently as possible, because it significantly reduces processing costs. Another major cost driver in this regard is the percentage of fines, because they are much more costly to process than coarse material. “For the study, a total of 100 samples (30 t each) were analysed during operation of the surface miner to determine the particle size distribution. Those samples were compared with similar ones taken from the conventional mining equipment and identical mining fields. Significant advantages emerged when working with the surface miner, which produced 14% fewer fines at grain sizes of less than 2 mm compared to the conventional mining system. The portion of fines to be processed dropped by 22% at grain sizes of less than 1 mm and even by 36% at grain sizes of less than 0.5 mm. Further savings were achieved by significantly reducing the quantity of oversize. For example, only 17% of the material mined by the surface miners had to be crushed compared to 26% for the dozers.”“The deposit analysed in the study contains siderite intrusions, particularly at the boundary between seam and interburden. In the conventional process, this frequently led to difficulties, because the siderite intrusions are very hard and therefore difficult to mine. As a result, dozers frequently produce oversized siderite boulders that cause blockages in the crusher. This is not the case when mining with a surface miner. In addition, working with a surface miner reduced coal mining losses and dilution of coal in the mine. This leads to more product, hence increased turnover and even an improved exploitation of the deposit and thus a better stripping ratio.”Wirtgen surface miners can cut, crush and directly load material onto trucks or dumpers in a single operation. This saves time and the additional cost of purchasing machinery and fuel. Working with the 4200 SM in the Australian mine resulted in a 79% reduction in fuel consumption per cubic metre of mined material. Labor costs were reduced by 60% and mining unit costs per tonne were reduced by 60% compared to the conventional mining method.“The score card clearly demonstrated that – when the entire process chain is taken into consideration – mine operators benefit from tremendous cost reductions when using a surface miner. These reductions are not only a result of easier processing. The smaller number of mining machines and reduced manpower described above and the avoidance of additional costs for transporting and processing waste rock also contribute significantly to the good overall score achieved by the surface miner.”Not all benefits that result from the surface miner were part of the conducted study. Additional benefits are described further by Wirtgen: “With surface miners, drilling and blasting can be eliminated. In other words, even commodities located in the vicinity of residential areas, public roads or other infrastructure can be effectively mined. It is likewise possible to mine resources located in buffer and safety zones. In most cases, planning and execution of blasting work is associated with considerable effort, high costs and regulatory restrictions. In fact, eliminating drilling and blasting relieves the people responsible of a number of challenges. Mine operators no longer need to spend time obtaining the required permits, hiring certified blast personnel or compiling the associated documentation. Furthermore, getting rid of drilling and blasting has a very positive impact on public opinion, meaning that opencast mining operations can proceed without causing friction in a community.”The following are further advantages of eliminating drilling and blasting:Enhanced safety at the mine because no explosives need to be storedNo boulder handling necessaryLess impact on the environment (vibration, dust and noise)No interruptions for blasting (production delays)Improved slope stabilityReduced rockfallBetter re-cultivation of embankments“The use of a surface miner also has a positive effect on water management at an opencast mine. The cut surfaces are levelled and can be cut at an angle. Drainage is further improved as a result and water seepage into the ground is reduced. The major cost factor in opencast mining is haulage. Mining with Wirtgen surface miners produces level surfaces that serve as stable roadways, supporting the rapid transport of material. This increases the transport capacity of the entire truck fleet. Even wear on tires, frame and suspension is reduced thanks to the quality of the roadways, making it possible also to employ standard on-highway trucks. In recent years, Wirtgen has conducted several large-scale field tests on particle size distribution and ROM material degradation. In these studies, coal and sedimentary ore from eight different pits were analysed to determine their particle size distribution. Some 8,000 t of material were screened to compare the material produced by surface miners with that extracted by conventional mining methods. All of the studies illustrate that using Wirtgen surface miners delivers compelling improvements in final product quality, cost-efficiency, environmental protection and safety. In order too fully exploit the surface miners’ profit potential an analysis should be conducted when starting the planning of a mining project.”last_img read more

American retiree appeals to be allowed stay in Ireland

first_imgAmerican retiree appeals to be allowed stay in Ireland Gayle says that she has been given two weeks to leave the country because she does not fulfil income criteria. Image: Laura Hutton/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36,408 Views Short URL Mar 16th 2017, 9:27 PM Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.iecenter_img 89 Comments Share Tweet Email7 By Paul Hosford Source: RTÉ Radio 1/SoundCloudGayle says that she has been given two weeks to leave the country because she does not fulfil income criteria.A spokesperson for the Department of Justice says that they cannot discuss individual cases.“However, in general, the simple fact that someone may wish to settle here as a retired person does not, of itself, create an entitlement for that person to do so. Over a number of years retired persons seeking to come to Ireland to live has become a prominent new channel for migration into the State.“The overriding requirement is that such persons must be able to show that they have sufficient resources.”In particular, they must satisfy the immigration service that they:Have an annual income equivalent to €50,000Have savings equivalent to the cost of buying a new home in IrelandHave comprehensive private Irish-based medical insuranceThe statement added that the policy is under a review which is being finalised. They added that any appeal would be considered on a case-by-case basis.“Each case is considered on its merits and it is open to any applicant to appeal a decision. Any such appeal would also be decided on its merits.”Read: An Irish company will make it possible to get someone put together your flat-pack furniture Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 9:27 PM AN AMERICAN WOMAN has appealed to be allowed stay in Ireland, where she has settled in her retirement.Speaking on today’s Liveline programme, 67-year-old Gayle Stacey said that she had grown up believing in her Irish ancestry so much that she retired to west Cork.She has been renting in Ballydehob for over a year and a half. She said that she had come after two years of research and that she had not applied for any support from the State.She was told last August that she had to leave Ireland so she went to Northern Ireland for a few days and then came back in again. She went to France then for 3 months but on her return she was sent back to France.She says that she has been told that she must have a €50,000 annual income, with a minimum of €150,000 in savings that is not to be touched.“I’m not wealthy, but I live a comfortable life in West Cork. I volunteer in the community, I have lots of friends here and it’s a beautiful, wonderful, peaceful life.“I applied for a driver’s licence and had to get a PPS number. They accidentally sent me a public services card which gives me free travel, but I sent that back because I have no need and no desire at all to take a single penny from the state. I only want to give to the state – monetarily, by volunteering and being a good neighbour.”Gayle estimates she has spent €100,000 since coming to Ireland and says that she has “tried to do every single thing by the letter”.last_img read more

Build Your Own 8Bit Game Console for 35

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target The average teenage gamer spends so much time building worlds, defeating monsters, and crushing candy that there’s no time for science, engineering, and math.But 18-year-old student and technology enthusiast Albert Gajšak wants to change that with MAKERbuino.The open-source, Arduino-powered, handheld game console is fun and portable, but also a learning experience: It ships as a DIY kit, with various electronic components for you to build and customize.Starting at $35, the box costs as much as, if not less than, a new console game—Gajšak’s way of motivating kids to “learn something new and enter the wonderful world of DIY electronics.”Albert GajšakInterested buyers can now pre-order a kit on Kickstarter. The standard option costs $35, and you’ll need your own equipment—soldering iron, solder, cutter pliers, screwdriver. For $10 more, you can request the necessary assembly tools, or snag hardware expansion modules (with wires and breadboard).Of course, you could just shell out $45 for a finished MAKERbuino, ready for playtime.“We understand that not everybody loves soldering and would like a MAKERbuino just to program games for it,” the project page said. “We respect that.”Expected for delivery this May, the gadget features a low-res screen, 600mAh rechargeable battery, and only 2KB of RAM. But, as Gajšak pointed out: “You’ve made it with your own two hands. It’s unique; it’s retro, it’s cool.”Albert GajšakAimed at enthusiasts ages 11 and up, the kit takes an estimated five hours to complete, based on skill level.A 128MB SD card comes loaded with titles—more of which can be downloaded from an online MAKERbuino gallery. Savvy players can use the Arduino library to build their own games and share them with others.Gajšak’s crowdfunding campaign, run from Zagreb, Croatia, has collected $32,300 from 550-plus supporters, more than tripling its goal of $10,000. There are still 13 days left to back the project and get a kid interested in technology.last_img read more

Vancouver man appears in court on seconddegree rape

first_imgUPDATE: The case against Jose Torres Urbina was dismissed May 2, 2019, without prejudice, meaning it could be re-filed at a later date, because further investigation was necessary, according to records filed in Clark County Superior Court._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________A Vancouver man who is accused of ambushing a female neighbor and raping her in a nearby wooded area is being held on $100,000 bail, court records show.Jose Torres Urbina, 58, made a first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on an allegation of second-degree rape. He will be arraigned Nov. 14.Vancouver police responded Aug. 19 to a local hospital to investigate a reported rape. The victim said that she was raped Aug. 15 by an unknown man near the intersection of Columbia House Boulevard and South Blandford Drive and East Fifth Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The woman said she was walking on the side of the road when someone grabbed her from behind and threw her into a grove of nearby trees. She was unable to see the assailant as he approached her, she said. The victim tried to fight off the assailant by hitting him with her purse, she said, but he pushed her down, the affidavit states.last_img read more

Santiago Solari reveals what he thinks of Isco

first_imgReal Madrid caretaker coach Santiago Solari has revealed that Madrid’s midfielder Isco is “special”, however, he claims he was not willing to rush the midfielder.The 26-year-old Isco who went for an appendicitis surgery in September has not been featured in any of Madrid’s past three games which the Champions won in all since Solari took charge.Solari also showered praises on the Spain international and admitted that the playmaker had work to do to fully recover and be his best.“We know Isco’s quality and how special he is. He is training to get back to peak fitness,” he told a news conference on Saturday, according to FourFourTwo.“He had a delicate operation and it’s not easy to come out of that, but he is training with the group.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“All of us who have been footballers know that you have to keep training to get back to your best.”Madrid will visit Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday and have scored 11 goals without any losing any of the three matches in which Solari’s was in charge.👊 Next target: @RCCelta⚽ @isco_alarcon ⚽ @marcoasensio10 👐 @NavasKeylor #RMCity— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 8, 2018last_img read more

Marc Fenelus plays scrimmage trying to make MLS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Turks and Caicos’ Marc Fenelus is still in pre-season play for soccer as he tries to make the New England Revolution team’s final cut and the roster in Major League Soccer. In an interview, Fenelus explained that his focus is to make fewer mistakes and to learn the system of play of the Revs. A pre-season scrimmage on Saturday saw Marc enter the game at the half and play 45 minutes. Marc said: “It was really great. I just kept passing the ball, and got a lot of touches on the ball, and made some plays.” Fenelus explained that he was interviewed by the Revs before the draft. As for what the former Cal State player is prepared to do, he said: “I’m pretty comfortable out anywhere,”I’ve played in a lot of different formations before, so it doesn’t really matter to me, whether it’s as an attacking mid, as an eight, or anywhere else.” That report is carried in ‘New England Soccer Today’. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Fenelus in training camp today; trying to make MLS roster Recommended for you Related Items:major league soccer, marc feneluslast_img read more

Slowing Chinese economy no longterm concern for Macau gaming Bernstein

first_imgThe slowing of the Chinese economy will see Macau’s VIP gaming revenue continue to decelerate over the remainder of 2018, but there will be no such concerns in the mass and premium mass segments where overnight visitation and average player spend will continue to grow.So say Sanford C Bernstein analysts in a research note released on Tuesday titled “What Slowdown? Identifying and Sizing (or Denying) the Slowing of the Chinese Economy.” Proposing that there is no concrete evidence of any definitive slowing of China’s economy, the Bernstein team contends that VIP deceleration in Macau will nevertheless be significant over the second half of 2018 – particularly in Q4 – due to higher-end players being “more impacted by concerns around the Macro China environment.”However, the industry’s positive growth story will continue on the back of mass and premium mass, buoyed by new hotel and IR openings in recent months and the finalization of a number of long-awaited infrastructure projects (most notably the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge).“Mass should continue to show modest growth as overnight visitation grows, helped by new supply expansion and improved transport,” Bernstein says.“Average spend should also increase as premium mass continues to outperform base mass. Mass has been largely driven by increasing overnight visitation and increase in average spend per visitor, supported by modest base mass growth.“The new supply that came on line in 2015-2016 has helped drive overnight visitation as Macau hotel occupancy rates have strongly rebounded with occupancy rate around 90%. Consequently, Mass GGR per visitor is up nearly 12% year-on-year in 1H18.”While Macau’s limited hotel room inventory remains a potential headwind for growth across all segments, the long-term view for Macau continues to look rosy.“During the short to medium term, these drivers will likely create headwinds for GGR, leading to deceleration in growth,” Bernstein said. “However, over the long run, the improvements in transportation infrastructure and the opening and ramp up of new capacity support long-term growth in mass (and premium mass, in particular) – the execution of a supply driven market. With strong premium consumer growth in China forecasted over the long-run, Macau’s long-term growth story remains intact.” Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPostscenter_img Big trouble in little China Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

AMI to Buy Us Weekly

first_img “The addition of such a strong stand-alone media brand like Us Weekly underscores AMI’s continued focus on our assertive strategy to expand our business and further establish our distinct advantages in today’s new media landscape,” say Pecker in the release. Reports indicated that both companies came extremely close to closing a deal, but both backed out in the later stages of negotiation. There was an implicit confidence among media pundits that the Tronc deal was all but done just a week ago, but the TheStreet reported earlier today that the deal fell apart and AMI has reemerged as the serious buyer—one that is willing to pay even more for the magazine brand than the speculated $85-95 million Tronc was allegedly willing to throw down. Wenner states: “We are enormously proud of the evolution and tremendous accomplishments of Us Weekly, a brand that has continually defined celebrity news. We know that AMI will provide Us Weekly with exciting opportunities and we look forward to following their continued success.” Wenner also told The Journal that the sale will give the company more cash liquidity to pay down debts and make investments. Two likely suitors that emerged since December were AMI, who publishes newsstand competitors National Enquirer, Ok! and Star, and Tronc, a newspaper company that has spent the past year trying to reshape its identity to appear more like a digital media company. Folio: reached out to AMI, Wenner and Tronc for comment. While we did not hear from Tronc and Wenner, AMI provided an official release with statements from both Gus Wenner, chief digital officer at Wenner media, and David Pecker, CEO of AMI. Both of whom were interviewed by The Wall Street Journal in it’s initial reporting of the sale.center_img The sale price is said to be $100 million. Wenner Media’s Us Weekly went on the block in late 2016, and since then there have been plenty of rumors floating around about potential buyers. Now the dust has settled and American Media Inc. will reportedly claim ownership, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reports the transaction will call for dozens of staffers being laid off, mostly at Us Weekly, as AMI will consolidate resources. Sources inside Wenner Media voiced their concerns about this to TheStreet’s Ken Doctor earlier this week, and their worries are, unfortunately, valid.last_img read more

GST impact Fears of prices rising are misplaced says Shaktikanta Das

first_imgFormer Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das (left) with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.IANSFormer Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has said that apprehensions of prices rising post the Goods and Services Tax (GST) are “misplaced” and initial hiccups in its implementation will be sorted out in the next 2-3 months, according to a PTI report on Sunday.Das noted that people are looking at an increase in prices of goods and services on which taxes have been hiked. However, they are not seeing the input tax credit which has been made available to the industry, he said, and urged people to look at the tax reform holistically, the report said.GST has subsumed all indirect taxes including VAT and octroi into single tax nationwide. It has been adopted by all states barring Jammu and Kashmir. Das further said, “The other side of the story is that input tax credit will be available. That will have a moderating impact on the so-called increase in tax rate.”Under the input tax credit facility, the industry is taxed not on the purchase of raw material but on value-added products.”Therefore, the increase that people are talking about is not that much. You need to see the whole basket. You cannot pick up 5 items and say prices have gone up,” he elaborated.On concerns about glitches in GST rollout, PTI quoted Das as saying, “Any new system will have implementation issues. I think in a matter of 2-3 months, the glitches and hiccups are likely to come up. They will all be resolved.”He said that the industry could face problems in filing tax returns or may commit mistakes and not able to avail input tax credit and remain confused over applicable tax rates on various commodities, among others.”Problems like this are bound to happen. Going forward, everything will get streamlined,” he said.last_img read more