zoom Tokyo Spirit, a 150,000 dwt crude oil tanker owned by Teekay Tankers, ran aground in the Bay of Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal, on October 17, after being battered by strong winds and high swells, according to local media.The 274-meter Tokyo Spirit got stuck just meters of the breakwater of the Cascais marina. The 2006-built tanker was reportedly empty at the time of the accident, with just around 30 tons of fuel oil on board.The 22 crew of the Bahamas-flagged vessel was unharmed and insisted on staying on board to assist in refloating.There have been no reports of any environmental damage, nor any damage to the ship.Tokyo Spirit was refloated around 3:30 p.m. local time October 18, with the assistance of seven tugs, after which the vessel was towed to the Port of Setubal.World Maritime News Staff
A provincial investment of $1.1 million provides a significantboost to the development of the Joggins fossil cliffs into aunique tourism destination. The fossil cliffs have beenidentified for possible designation as a UNESCO World HeritageSite. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced this investment today, Feb. 18, in Joggins. The 300-million-year-old fossils at Joggins are some of the mostfamous anywhere and pre-date the dinosaurs. They already attractvisitors from around the world. “Developing the fossil cliffs into a world-class tourism productwill bring tremendous economic benefits for Joggins and for NovaScotia’s tourism industry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It is also animportant part of gaining the designation of a World HeritageSite.” The one-time investment will be administered by the CumberlandCounty Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA), whichis leading the project in consultation with the local community. “Today’s show of support from the province is exactly what’sneeded to keep this development moving forward,” said RhondaKelly, executive director of CREDA. “It demonstrates how seriouswe are to make it successfully through the review stage withUNESCO.” Construction of a modern interpretive centre and development ofaccess to the beach for pedestrians and emergency vehicles areamong the next steps in the project. Much of the work is expectedto be completed in time for a visit from an evaluation team fromthe United Nations in 2006. A final decision on the designationof World Heritage status is expected by 2007. “Joggins is already recognized as the world’s richest, mostrepresentative and most significant Coal Age fossil site,” saidMr. MacDonald. “This project also fits industry’s efforts todevelop our tourism products along the Bay of Fundy.” The departments of Natural Resources and Economic Development arealso active supporters of the fossil cliffs. CREDA will use this latest investment to seek additional partnersand leverage other public and private sector resources. The totalcost of the project is about $6 million. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Joggins Fossil Cliffs Gets $1.1-Million Boost
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said that authorities have arrested or killed all the militants responsible for the deadly Easter blasts, but warned that the country still faces the threat of ISIS terror attacks. Speaking in Parliament during a debate on the current security situation in the country, Wickremesinghe said all those directly linked to the Easter Sunday attacks were either killed or are in custody. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) for the bombings that killed more than 250 people. Wickremesinghe said investigations had revealed the bombers had direct or indirect links with Islamic State and the island nation needed sophisticated technology to deal with the threat posed by such terror networks. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The danger is not over, we are now a victim of global terrorism,” he said. He said that Sri Lanka must work with the international community to face the global threat from terrorism. “Some assume working with the international community means bringing down foreign troops. That will not happen,” he said. His comments came as Sri Lankan police and military chiefs assured that the country is now safe and can get back to normalcy. Addressing a press conference on Monday night, the tri-forces commanders and the police chief said the security of the country following the April 21 bombings has been ensured with adequate measures and steps have been taken to implement a special security plan. Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickremaratne said that all those directly linked to the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels have been arrested or were killed. He also said that all the explosives believed to be linked to local Islamist outfit National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), blamed for the attacks, have been found.
iBook charts for week ending February 17, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 9781250301710 – (Celadon Books)3. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)4. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman – 9780525618508 – (Random House Publishing Group)5. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly – 9781101883068 – (Random House Publishing Group)6. Becoming by Michelle Obama – 9781524763152 – (Crown)7. Luck of the Devil by Meghan March – No ISBN Available – (Meghan March LLC)8. Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben – 9780307483584 – (Random House Publishing Group)9. Connections in Death by J. D. Robb – 9781250201584 – (St. Martin’s Press)10. After by Anna Todd – 9781476792545 – (Gallery Books)____The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a motion to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline.The tribe, which led original opposition to the pipeline, petitioned for status as an intervenor Wednesday in the case before the Public Service Commission.Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily. The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017.A hearing is set for Nov. 13 in Linton on the proposed expansion.Standing Rock attorney Timothy Purdon says if the tribe is granted intervenor status, it would allow the tribe to cross-examine the company and call witnesses.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada keeps key rate steady, says economy, inflation as expected by Kaitlin Lee Posted Oct 21, 2015 8:14 am MDT WIKIMEDIA COMMONS OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is leaving its trend-setting interest rate unchanged amid expectations the country’s economy is bouncing back from the technical recession that kicked off 2015.The central bank says it’s holding its overnight rate at 0.5 per cent because inflation and economic activity are unfolding largely as it predicted in its July update.The bank says strengthening non-resource sectors are supporting the rebound after the economy declined over the first two quarters of 2015 following a sharp slide in oil prices that began late last year.It says the recovery is being led by robust household spending and is also receiving boosts from the lower Canadian dollar and the bank’s moves to lower its overnight rate in January and July.The bank expects real GDP to average about two per cent over the last two quarters of 2015, despite the struggles of the ever-important resource sector.
Merkel says Germany will reduce migrant influx, but sticks to stance that ‘we will manage it’ KARLSRUHE, Germany – Germany will reduce its migrant influx, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her conservative party Monday, insisting that she’s still confident her diplomatic efforts will work and Europe will pass the “historic test” posed by the refugee crisis.Germany has seen about a million asylum-seekers arrive this year. Merkel has declared that “we will manage it,” but some in her conservative bloc have urged a tougher approach.“We want to, and will, appreciably reduce the number of refugees, because it’s in everyone’s interest,” Merkel said in a confident speech to her Christian Democratic Union that was greeted with a standing ovation.Still the chancellor — who last week was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year — stuck to her optimistic mantra, insisting that Germany can handle the migrant crisis “because it is part of the identity of our country to do great things.”Her decision in early September to let in migrants who had piled up in Hungary was “no more and no less than a humanitarian imperative,” she added.Merkel has made clear that she wants to reduce the influx but has resisted calls to set a specific limit on the number of refugees Germany can take, arguing that she would risk making a promise that she can’t keep. She stresses instead the importance of finding a diplomatic solution for the crisis with the rest of Europe and with Turkey, which is hosting as many as 2.2 million Syrian refugees.Ahead of Monday’s conference, CDU leaders made some rhetorical concessions to members worried about Germany’s ability to absorb more newcomers. The motion on the crisis presented to delegates said the party is determined to reduce the refugee influx through “effective measures,” since “a continuation of the current influx would in the long term overburden the state and society.”That was enough to persuade the party’s youth wing to withdraw a motion calling for a limit on refugee numbers and quell speculation about a possible party rebellion.The leadership motion won delegates’ overwhelming support but still didn’t satisfy everyone. Senior lawmaker Arnold Vaatz said it sent “much too weak” a signal to migrants.“We must create the possibility to turn back people at our borders who are evidently not politically persecuted,” he said.In her speech, Merkel noted moves by her government to make it easier to send home people from Balkan countries such as Albania and Kosovo, and underlined German officials’ insistence there are “safe areas” in Afghanistan to which some migrants can go.She has made little headway in persuading other European countries to share the refugee burden but insisted that “Europe so far has always passed its tests” in the end.“We insist on European solidarity,” she said. “I know that the European wheels grind slowly, but we will get them grinding.”Merkel doesn’t face re-election as party leader at this congress, and despite this year’s tensions still faces no serious rivals. The 61-year-old has been Germany’s leader since 2005 and her party’s biggest electoral asset for years, with popularity ratings that remain solid even though they’ve slipped amid the refugee crisis.___Moulson reported from Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past the party logo during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Germany will reduce the influx of migrants coming in, Merkel promised her conservative party on Monday, insisting that she’s still confident her approach will work and Europe will pass its “historical test.” (AP Photo/Michael Probst) by Geir Moulson And Christoph Noelting, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 6:42 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The Afghan National Security Forces and the international military forces should take all measures aimed at preventing harm to civilians during military operations, including those which involve the use of aerial force,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement. “UNAMA urgently renews its call on all parties engaged in military operations to be mindful always of their obligations to protect civilians and to prevent civilian casualties.”According to published reports the children and the woman were killed during a United States air strike which also claimed the life of a senior Taliban commander in the Shaigal Wa Shiltan district near the Pakistani border.The United States provides the bulk of the international forces led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the battle against the Taliban.According to a UNAMA report published in February, the number of Afghan civilians killed or injured dropped by 12 percent in 2012, the first decrease since the UN began keeping track of such figures, but attacks on women and children, and threats on perceived Government supporters, are on the rise.
The United Nations said today that in addition to logistical challenges that hindered Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović from traveling to the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea this week, he was informed by authorities that he could not be received there. “The reasons given were the complex situation on the ground as well as the impossibility of providing security for his delegation,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Mr. Šimonović, who was dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue the UN’s high-level engagement with the country and to assess the human rights situation, had hoped to travel to Crimea during his week-long mission. “As in all areas where access is denied, Mr. Šimonovic will report on human rights challenges in Crimea based on sources including the diplomatic community and international and national organizations,” Mr. Dujarric stated.Mr. Šimonović continued his mission today with a visit to Lviv, where he met with local authorities, the Ombudsperson and representatives of civil society.Senior UN officials have been appealing to all parties to de-escalate tensions and to engage in direct and constructive dialogue to forge a peaceful way forward in Ukraine, which has been witnessing unrest for several months.Tensions heightened last week as lawmakers in Crimea, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have recently been deployed, voted to join Russia and to hold a referendum on 16 March to validate the decision.The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a public meeting on Ukraine tomorrow and hear from a senior Government official.
Brock University is expanding its research net with three Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions in the areas of Indigenous art practice, health and the interlinkage of biology and computer science.Recruitment for these positions, which began in mid-March, will wrap up between late April and June.Researchers and scholars within and outside Brock are encouraged to apply, especially Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and those with disabilities, says Interim Associate Vice-President, Research Michelle McGinn.“These scholars often bring new perspectives that lead to critical research advances, and they are important role models for the next generation of scholars,” she says.The Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Mechanisms of Health and Disease is centred on investigating ways of preventing, managing or treating a variety of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, immune diseases and brain disorders.“This chair will position Brock and the wider Niagara community with the opportunity to study mechanisms of health and disease, solidifying and expanding the current research capacity at Brock,” says Deborah O’Leary, Professor of Health Sciences and Director of the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being.O’Leary says those applying to the position need to propose “an original, innovative research program of the highest quality” in one of the following areas: inflammation and immunity; genetic and epigenetic programming; host response to infection; nutritional biology and metabolism; and physical or mental stress-induced tissue remodelling.The competition for that position closes Friday, April 26.The Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Indigenous Art Practice position will be cross-appointed to two or more of the academic units at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, including the Departments of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Studies in Arts and Culture.The successful candidate will be an “innovative artist/scholar with the demonstrated potential to achieve a significant international reputation within five to 10 years,” says Karen Fricker, Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts.“The CRC will have an innovative creative practice across one or multiple art forms, working with Indigenous communities and establishing new Indigenous arts-based research and methodologies.”McGinn says the position demonstrates the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.“Brock University has renewed its commitment to reconciliation and decolonization in its most recent strategic plan, and the CRC in Indigenous Art Practice responds directly to this priority,” says McGinn.The competition for that position closes Friday, May 10.The Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology will strengthen collaboration between the Departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science with the aim of expanding research capacity, says Brian Ross, Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Department of Computer Science.He says that, traditionally, researchers in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology are either “primarily biologists who use existing computer software tools, or computer scientists who develop tools that are then applied to biology problems.”The successful candidate will be proficient in both areas so as to develop software tools and applications in population genomics, proteomics and structural biology.“The areas of bioinformatics and computational biology have matured significantly, and having expertise in both biology and computer science is a distinct advantage these days,” Ross says.The competition for that position closes Tuesday, June 4.McGinn says the three CRC positions are a “key part” of Brock’s latest Strategic Plan, which “identifies a strengthened focus on building research capacity across the University.“Outstanding scholars who have or will build international reputations engage in high-impact research, and they provide exceptional opportunities for students and postdoctoral scholars who work and learn with them,” she says.These latest CRCs join Brock’s existing cadre of CRCs and three others in the areas of Psychology, Kinesiology and Child and Youth Studies, announced late last year.
But the Question of Kobe has undeniably helped the analytics movement grow. Rather than pretending that basketball was baseball and settling on those initial narratives about supposedly inefficient star players, the second wave of basketball metrics tended to illuminate the first generation’s blind spots — namely, the dynamic aspects of the game, such as a player’s tangible on-court impact, how different skill sets complement one another and what value should be assigned to every bit of real estate on the floor. As a byproduct, the metrics came around again to the old-school realization that scoring workload matters — and few players in NBA history carried a bigger scoring burden than Bryant, particularly in his prime.Of course, some of the new stats co-signed longstanding doubts about Bryant’s game. Despite receiving 11 all-defensive team nods from 2000-01 to 2013-14, for instance, he was only in the 41st percentile of defenders by Real Plus-Minus over that timeframe. But others — such as his No. 4 overall ranking by offensive RPM in the same data set — confirmed that the true benefits of Kobe’s game were being masked by box score metrics wearing true-shooting blinders. Had today’s most cutting-edge metrics — like SportVU’s ability to track a shot’s difficulty (not just its efficiency) — existed during Bryant’s prime, we’d be able to interrogate questions like whether Kobe is the “best difficult-shot-maker” ever.In a lot of ways, we have Bryant to thank for the tools we have available to appreciate the full contribution of stars — like Russell Westbrook — who would have slipped through the cracks during that first wave of basketball analytics, because those tools were at least in part developed to make sense of Kobe.As the ink dries on this final, morbid chapter of Kobe’s career, even the most stats-savvy of analysts have to acknowledge Bryant’s all-time greatness. According to Value Over Replacement Player, a measure of total contribution that tries to emulate RPM for historical seasons,1For technical sticklers: VORP uses as its input Box Plus/Minus, which is premised on estimating a player’s RPM-style on-court effects in seasons before play-by-play data. Bryant ranks as the NBA’s 15th-best regular-season player since 1973-74 and its eighth-best in the playoffs, both of which track with the No. 12 all-time ranking he received in a recent ESPN poll of NBA experts.Those rankings are still probably not as high as many observers would place the Black Mamba. But they do represent a kind of compromise between the traditionalist viewpoint and the first wave of sabermetric assessments that harshly criticized Bryant for his relative lack of efficiency. Bryant’s game had its flaws, and he was certainly no Jordan, but he was a player of undeniable historical importance. His résumé speaks enough to the on-court portion of his legacy, but for statheads, Kobe’s career helps us track the evolution of basketball analytics over time, both in its reaction to his performance and its ability to capture the meaningfulness of that performance in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed For a stathead such as myself, tracking Kobe’s career arc has been fascinating because it’s existed in near-perfect overlap with the lifespan of basketball analytics. When Bryant made his NBA debut, on Nov. 3, 1996, the field (if you could even call it that) was in an embryonic state. Dean Oliver and John Hollinger were proto-blogging in relative anonymity; the APBRmetrics forum — an early petri dish of smart basketball folks — wouldn’t even become a discussion group board for four-plus years; there was no Basketball-Reference.com, no Player Efficiency Rating, no Sloan Conference, no Nylon Calculus. Over the past 20 seasons, as Kobe’s career unfolded through its successes and growing pains, analytics did too, with the former serving as a touchstone — and lightning rod — for the latter.The stats were not always kind to Kobe, least of all in his perpetual, mythic struggle against Michael Jordan. Perhaps that comparison would have been less harsh in an earlier era, thanks to a similar ring count and a passing statistical resemblance, but the advanced metrics have consistently debunked the parallel. (They’ve essentially taken on the role of the old noodge at the bar or barbershop, reminding “kids these days” of their historical betters.) Kobe wasn’t nearly as efficient as Jordan, they’d remind; he’d likely never be as valuable no matter what the rings said. Likewise, the numbers always seemed to find some other contemporary upon whom to bestow the “Next Jordan” mantle, be it LeBron James or Dwyane Wade or even Tracy McGrady. As if chasing Jordan’s shadow wasn’t hard enough, the shadow seemed to be armed with the cold, compassionless weaponry of data.It didn’t help that hoops analytics went through its contrarian phase right around the time Kobe peaked. Every sabermetric movement has a period in which its sport’s sacred cows are officially on notice, and basketball’s came in the mid-2000s — known around these parts as the Hollinger Era — when Bryant embodied many bits of conventional basketball wisdom in need of rigorous auditing. Back then, it was fashionable to unearth the deep cuts, the guys like Carl Landry or Gerald Wallace or, uh, Landry Fields, who didn’t get as much play on SportsCenter but contributed efficiently within their roles. Obsessed with efficiency over context, many in the field downplayed the value of Kobe’s greatest skill — relentless, tireless scoring — and went so far as to suggest that an average player could have notched as many points if given the same number of opportunities. (Note: This is, and always was, insane.) Others raised more valid questions about Kobe’s reputation for clutch shooting and lock-down defense, and these cut more to the core of what fans wanted to know about him and players of his caliber. It was a crucial point for basketball stats; perhaps a fractious relationship between Kobe and stat-geekdom was simply the necessary collateral damage. By Neil Paine Kobe Bryant played his final game Wednesday and sent himself off in spectacular style by scoring 60 points (albeit on 50 shots from the floor). It was quintessential Kobe — grabbing the lead headline even on the night the Golden State Warriors set the all-time NBA record for single-season wins. Kobe could never fade quietly into retirement. Listen to our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, discuss the Warriors’ record-setting season. Embed Code
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother who died after childbirth suffered from a blood disorder- LHC CEOMarch 22, 2018In “Health”Relatives picket Linden hospital after maternity deathApril 13, 2018In “latest news”Teen mom dies after delivering baby at GPHC, investigation launchedAugust 5, 2017In “Crime” This publication was informed by one of Gill’s family members that she was scheduled to undergo a C-section due to her age and weight of her baby and was admitted to the hospital around 07:00hrs on Saturday.The family member noted that the C-section was not performed but the baby boy was delivered naturally on Saturday evening.This publication was informed that no doctor was available at the time for the C-section therefore it was not performed.The family member went on to state that she visited the hospital on Sunday morning as Gill was scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy operation; however, she noted that the now dead woman was unresponsive and appeared unconscious after leaving the theatre. She said cotton wool had been placed around her eyes and nose which appeared bloodied.The now dead woman was later admitted to the ICU.According to the family member relatives were sent away and were later told that the woman died on Monday evening.However, the Gill’s family is of the view that she had already died when they saw her inside the ICU.An investigation into the Gill’s death is reportedly underway. A 41-year-old mother of two, Jennifer Gill, died after giving birth at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and the woman’s family are calling for a investigation to be launched into her demise.Dead: Jennifer GillGill of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), who delivered a healthy baby boy, died in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) shortly after 20:00hrs on Monday.
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Is more rain in the offing? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Supreme Court denies hearing for casino caseThe yearslong legal battle over the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s right to a reservation near La Center is over.The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from opponents who challenged the tribe’s claim on the land, essentially arguing that a federal mandate was wrongly used to give the tribe a 152-acre plot in 2010.The decision clears the tribe’s road ahead as it opens the $510 million Ilani Casino Resort on the land at the end of April. Today, the tribe will officially open the new Interstate 5 interchange at Exit 16 that it spent $32 million renovating to handle a deluge of casinogoers.Read more about the legal battle over the yearsRelated: Food court, clothing stores announced at Ilani Casino ResortDougan Falls murder victim ID’d; suspect arrestedA Portland man has been arrested on suspicion of killing an acquaintance whose body was found Saturday near Dougan Falls in Skamania County.
Bayern Munich chiefs have defended the squad from the outrageous criticism by the German pressThe Bavarians are winless in their four matches and were handed a humbling 3-0 home loss at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach last time out in the Bundesliga.It means that Bayern have won just four of their seven opening games of the new league campaign and now lie sixth in the standings.Things only got worse for the German Bayern players during the international break following Die Mannschaft’s Nations League defeats to Holland and France.It marked the first time Germany had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But in a hastily organised press conference today, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came to the defence of Bayern’s German players.“It’s an important day for FC Bayern because we want to tell you that we will not put up with it anymore,” said Rummenigge on Bayern’s Twitter.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“We will not let this degrading, slanderous reporting as of today. We will protect our players, our coach and the club.“We are not looking for the blame on the media. If you do not play well, you deserve no praise. But we want a report of a factual nature.”Manager Niko Kovac, who spoke earlier today in regards to Saturday’s game at Wolfsburg, has had his own future clouded in doubt by the German media.But sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared that the board are fully behind Kovac.“I was accused of not publicly addressing Niko Kovac. For that, I have to clarify something. Why? We appreciate his work. We do not have to publicly justify ourselves,” said Salihamidzic.“This is disrespectful and outrageous, what happens here. I was horrified by the criticism of the team, I must say. I will defend them.”
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday strongly condemned the attack on renowned writer and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, reports BSS”Simultaneously, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to track down the culprits involved in the attack and bring them to book,” BSS quoted PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim as saying.He added that the prime minister is enquiring regularly about Zafar Iqbal, who is undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.Zafar Iqbal was stabbed by an unidentified youth on the SUST campus in Sylhet this afternoon.Read more: Zafar Iqbal knifed on SUST campus, ‘attacker’ held
If you’re not interested in waiting to see what Valve’s hardware partners come up with for their Steam Machines, you will have the ability to build your own. Of course, building your own computer means picking the parts, an enjoyable process for sure, but one that presents you with a myriad of options. So if you have decided to build your own Steam Machine, what kind of case should you use?Valve has made it clear that they plan to give anyone the ability to make their own Steam Machine. You could install SteamOS on your existing PC, or you could build a new, console-replacing gaming machine for your living room that using whatever hardware you want.Before you go picking out processors and graphics cards, you should probably think about what you want your Steam Machine to look like. This is a device that will live on or beside your entertainment center, most likely right next to a DVR and/or another game console. This means you have the opportunity to make your Steam Machine functional, easy to upgrade, and maybe just really, really tiny.We took a look at all of the different kinds of PC cases out there and picked out a few that look like they’d be a great start for your Steam Machine. Click the gallery above for look at each. The standard tower“The Standard Tower”You don’t need to get creative with your case but most people will want to put their Steam Machine in the entertainment cabinet. If you’re the sort person that feels no call to do so, then you can simply stick with the classic tower. One thing to keep in mind about desktop cases is that their front is often rather busy. Of course, it’s important to have the ability to access front ports if you want them, but for the most part things will look nicer if the front of the machine is uniform and flat.Lian Li is a top manufacturer for this kind of design, and their A05FNB is about as plain as it gets. The matte black front to this ATX mid-tower case will sit on the side of your entertainment center and be the quiet powerhouse that drives your new living room gaming experience.The VCRHey it works for Microsoft, right? The flat black rectangle look will blend in nicely on most entertainment centers, and most people won’t know that is isn’t a DVR until you decide to use one of the USB ports on the front of the console to charge your Steam Controller. The model we found that serves as the best example of this is the SilverStone ML03B. This design is plain enough to blend in, but flexible enough to allow for some additional ports in the front if you end up needing them. The case layout is Micro ATX with plenty of ventilation across the sides and even a small vent area on top. Whether you decide on a entry level Steam Machine or you go all out with your hardware, this case is likely to be able to keep up.The tiny titan“The Tiny Titan”Steam Machines may be a relatively new concept for many, but HTPC’s have been around for a long time. A lot of these case manufacturers have gotten very good at making minuscule cases feel bigger on the inside. These smaller cases probably won’t be the best idea for the top of the line Steam Machine builds, but everything should play just fine.The Lian Li Mini-Q is a tiny block of power that is designed to sit and look nice on an entertainment center and still offer ports and vents in all the right places. This design will go nicely next to your TiVo on on the floor next to that huge Xbox power brick and is easy to open in case you all of a sudden need to drop in new hardware.The classy (kinda) cubeWhat if you don’t want it to look like all you do is sit on your couch and play video games now that the Steam Machines are here? You could hide your powerful console inside of an ultra-classy stereo case and hope no one notices the controller sitting next to it. The HTPC 8000 by nMediaPC is one of the more clever designs you’ll find, with wooden panels and a brass front panel that clearly doesn’t look like a PC. The case supports full ATX motherboards and full-length video cards, so you can go nuts on the hardware if you choose. The display on the front can be programmed to deliver anything from internal temperature to the game you are currently playing, and there’s every port imaginable on the front of this machine for whatever you would do when you aren’t playing Half-Life 3.The show off“The Show Off”So maybe subtlety isn’t your thing. You’ve got an amazing PC in your living room, and you want everyone to know it. No problem, especially if you’re a fan of Lian Li cases. The Q30X is a unique leaning tower with a transparent front face, allowing anyone to peer in and see what you’ve got going on in this living room computer of yours. The open design to the Mini ITX case looks great, and allows you to show off lighting and cable management skills to anyone who passes by. The case is compact, handsome, and aluminum, but keep in mind that it’s not stackable and it is on the tall side so it won’t be the best fit for standard entertainment cabinets.Like any other Mini ITX case you have to be a little more picky about what hardware goes inside, but the massive fan on the back should to a good job keeping everything cool while you enjoy SteamOS on the biggest screen in your house.DIY Steam MachineThese are just a couple of the options available to you if you decide to build your own Steam Machine. Valve will announce hardware partners soon, and it will become more clear what the pricing and support will be like for those devices. There’s so much flexibility here, with SteamOS being available to the public and installable on just about anything, there’s no telling what will come in the next year or two to make this experience better in both hardware and software. Steam Machines will either be the start of something new and exciting for gaming, or it will be a niche that is still not as good as using the mouse and keyboard in your office. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY LIAN LI Standard CaseLIAN LI Standard Case“The Standard Tower”SilverStone MicroATXSilverStone MicroATXLian Li HTPC“The Tiny Titan”NMedia HTPC 8000“The Classy Box”Lian Li Mini-ITX Tower“The Show Off”“The Standard Tower”
The company reports that departures from both Isla Mujeres and Gran Puerto on the mainland will be cut due to high fuel costs. Isla Mujerss, Q.R. — Ferry company Ultramar says that as of April 15, crossing to and from the island and the mainland will be cut. The company’s website warns Prices and departures subject to change without prior notice. Tourists needing to cross during the eliminated Ultramar times do have the option of using Naveganto, who also offer ferry crossings to and from the island and mainland on a regular daily basis. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The company reports that other adjustments include the elimination of the worker crossing at 7:15 a.m., 7:45 a.m. from Gran Puerto and from 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. from Isla Mujeres. They also say that they will permanently eliminate route crossing at 12:30 from Gran Puerto and 1:00 p.m. from Isla Mujeres. The announcement of the crossing cuts has been posted at the ticket booth of both terminals, alerting ferry passengers that as of April 15, there will be adjustments in the number of daily crossings. Ultramar says “we see the need to adjust from April 15 the following schedules: The route at 5:00 a.m. from Gran Puerto and 5:30 a.m. in Isla Mujeres will be eliminated.”
Dark Days for Travel InsuranceAgent liabilities? Agent opportunities? The spotlight is on travel insurance.2017 was a year with lots of travel yet I did most of it without travel insurance . An over zealous junk mail filter quarantined the auto renewal email. Note to self; diary entry.Depending on what you believe, it may not have made any difference anyway.The insurance industry is in for a hammering and agents need to be prepared for the backlash.Junk InsurancePeople falling ill, trying to make a claim, stonewalled for 18 months by fine print. We associate it with health or life insurance. Revelations surfaced one insurance company covered for those unexpected drama’s, as long as they came in under a grand. Which at hospitals buys little.Junk destinations or double standardsSome of these exceptions included destinations on the “reconsider your need to travel“ . It’s dangerous, just don’t go there. Common sense.Unless you booked a trip to Lombok months before the earthquake, to be told that even though hundreds of died and infrastructure is destroyed, as long as the planes are still flying there, that destination is good to go, any change to travel plans are at your discretion and therefore cost.This was the response I received. “Not our decision” they said.Are all bases covered?One notable World Cup coach didn’t get the memo about security and data theft, had his laptop hacked, of which the contents was considered fair game at the media conference to discuss the tactics for upcoming match.Data theft is one of the scariest aspects of travelling. Who can I get advice on data theft for my corporate travel? Waiting….Who’s in the wrong?You don’t want to annoy customers with deep pockets and lawyer friends.Business class airfares, five-star accommodation, trip of a lifetime, something goes wrong and the claim bounces.You sold yourself as the expert. You trusted the rep after they checked with head office. Who said all is good.Somebody is getting sued . But does that really matter after the blistering post on Facebook which will sting a lot more than a barrister.Where to from hereWe already know that somebody somewhere is about say “nah mate, that’s a rip-off”, save a couple of hundred bucks and then blow tens of thousands getting back from the states with a broken leg.Which they will also blame on the travel agent, via a series of annoying Instagram posts.Having travel insurance is absolutely common sense. I get mine from an agent I trust.Agent opportunitiesThese glitches will improve with the spotlight shining brightly. But agents need to compare and understand what the different policies provide to deliver service above and beyond what a machine ever will.www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here Source = STUBA.com