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first_imgMOST READ BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth Coaching breakMarielle finally got her break this year coaching the Under-16 team in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos. Under the guidance of one of the icons of women’s football in the country, the girls blitzed through the group stage and delivered a memorable 3-2 victory against Myanmar in the semifinals. Against the powerhouse Thais, Marielle’s wards succumbed to a 2-6 defeat in the finals.“There was a lot of fulfillment watching the girls improve from the first day of the tryouts until the end of the tournament,” says Benitez. “It’s not just about coaching these girls, but also giving them life lessons, too.”It didn’t come as a surprise that Benitez was able to steer a team to a second-place finish on her coaching debut. For one, some of her players had experience with the Under-14 team in an AFC tournament last year. But as much as she deflects credit to other coaches like Landagan and Patrice Impelido, there’s little doubt that Benitez’s passion for excellence and work ethic has rubbed off on her team.“I didn’t have enough experience as head coach, but the other coaches were very supportive,” says Marielle. “We knew we wouldn’t be starting from scratch, plus we had some unfinished business against Thailand.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR While the girls ultimately fell short, the runner-up finish validates the country’s sustained improvement in women’s football, which is enjoying a renaissance in the past few years, highlighted by the national women’s team’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Passionate about football“I may be very new to coaching since it’s a different aspect of football, but I like the challenge. I like to be kept on my toes figuring things out,” says Marielle. “I’m happy that even if we didn’t win the championship, the girls I coached became more passionate about football and appreciated all the hard work that comes with representing the country.Marielle knows what she’s talking about. As a national player, she showed steadfast commitment despite her involvement with Bayanihan. She would attend Bayanihan rehearsals at night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and wake up early the next morning to join St. Benilde’s men’s team in training to improve her fitness since the team was also handled by then women’s national coach Marlon Maro.“I’m lucky to have coaches who have been supportive of what I’ve been doing,” says Marielle, the second of three children of former Bayanihan dancers Noel and Susie Benitez.Marielle draws parallelisms to what she’s doing in football with dance. “Both require discipline, sacrifice and patience,” she says. “Both things are challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. Training in football can go for two hours maximum, but in dance you can go one hour to six hours, depending on the difficulty of the routine. Precision is important. Dance also teaches teamwork. Both require the same focus.”The balancing act will continue for Marielle as she furthers her coaching career, while pursuing her other interests. But count on her to fulfill her roles with the same drive and passion that has been the hallmark of an already amazing career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV With the AFF Under-15 silver medal in the bag, Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) celebrates with (from left) physical therapist Mae Pongase,head of delegation Lalaine Sarmiento, assistant coaches Joyce Landagan and Patrice Impelido and goalkeeping coach Eleonora Dillera. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIA MONTAYREFormer women’s national football team skipper Marielle Benitez wears many hats. On this day, she’s at the Philippine Football Federation office as a coach, evaluating a recent international campaign where her squad achieved a silver-medal finish.On some days, she’s on the campus of the Philippine Women’s University, sorting out the varsity teams’ requirements for a competition as the university’s athletic director. The following week, she can be anywhere else in the world, performing and touring as a member of the Bayanihan Dance Group, the country’s national traditional dance troupe. There are also days when you’ll find her on television, doing commentary for football matches.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m someone who finds joy in doing new things everyday,” says Marielle, 35.The juggling act isn’t new to Marielle, who, from 2003 to 2013, represented the country in international football. In fact, she’s mastered the art of managing her time amid her myriad interests. So when the PFF was searching for women’s coaches to make up the youth teams, Marielle was a natural choice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe’s a member of La Salle’s four champion teams in five UAAP seasons and also bagged the Athlete of the Year plum in 2004, the first time the league gave the award to an athlete in a team sport. She has played close to 60 international matches for the country.Coaching was a natural transition for Marielle, but surprisingly, there was a lot of apprehension on her part when the PFF appointed her to be part of the staff for the Under-14 team two years ago. Pretty soon, however, the concerns went away as she naturally blended in with the staff, led by coach Joyce Landagan.last_img read more


first_img“The government has earmarked Rs 27,000 crore in the”The government has earmarked Rs 27,000 crore in the current financial year for farmers, agriculture and allied sectors, including loan up to Rs 3 lakh with 1 per cent interest for Rabi crop.”Rs 9,500 crore for drinking and irrigation water, Rs 5,200 crore for filling up dams in Saurashtra, Rs 765 crore for drip irrigation in Rs 3 lakh hectares and Rs 495 crore for the Prime Ministers Crop Insurance Scheme,” she said.The state will bear the cost of Rs 126 crore for seeds, fertilisers and farm implements, Rs 120 crore as assistance to farmers buy tractor-trailers, loan at 5 per cent interest to help farmers buy cattle, Patel said.”Cleanliness is our culture and Gujarat is poised to set an example before the nation. Gujarat has alone built 70 per cent of toilets built in the country. We resolve to ensure not a single village remains without toilet,” she said.Gujarat has also shown the way to the nation in door-to-door waste collection, fulfilling the dream of building house for urban and rural poor, she added.The state government has built 1.37 lakh houses as against a target of 3.51 lakh houses in urban areas and another 2.70 lakh houses are being built in rural areas, she said.”The government has introduced Lok Samvad Setu to ensure at least 90 per cent of peoples problems are solved at complainant level,” she added.”We have started Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swavalambi Yojna to provide equal opportunity, economic assistance and other facilities for them to pursue studies. We are providing textbooks, uniform and scholarships to 92 lakh children under this scheme and also Rs 35.42 crore assistance to meritorious students of the state for higher studies,” the Chief minister said.advertisementThe state government has announced a policy as per the Centres Startup India and Standup India campaigns.A startup mission has been set up to realise innovative dreams of youth. The state government is spending crores of rupees to promote excellence in sports through Khel Mahakumbh. It has announced new sports policy. It has presented third successive gender Budget for the empowerment of women, the Chief minster added. PTI COR DK PVI SDMlast_img read more

Sport Minister announces upgradation, new stadia in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Sport Minister Jitendra Singh today said that the government would upgrade two major sports stadia in Jammu & Kashmir and also construct new ones. The Minister announced that Rs 42 crore has been allocated for the upgradation of Jammus Maulana Azad Stadium. “The execution of work has been entrusted to NPCC, which will further engage different agencies for upgrading M A Stadium,” said the Minister after convening a meeting of the Ministry to discuss some of the pending issues related to J&K. The work is scheduled to start sometime after the end of the monsoon season and before the year end. “The upgradation of the MA Stadium will include a modern synthetic athletic track, synthetic hockey track, swimming pool, upgraded facility of toilets, galleries and change rooms as well as provision for latest sports equipment. “In addition to stadia in Jammu and Srinagar (Bakshi Stadium), the existing stadia in Poonch and Rajouri will also be upgraded at the cost of Rs 4 crore,” he added. He also said that there were plans to build 12 new indoor game halls at other different locations in the state. “An execution plan is also being worked out for promotion of water sports at Mansar in Jammu and Pahalgam in Kashmir,” Jitender added. Sports Secretary Rajeev Yadav and other senior officers were present at the meeting. PTI CM PDS CMlast_img read more

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: The bare necessities

first_imgUnlike the Priv, BlackBerry’s DTEK50 isn’t shooting for the moon. It isn’t shooting for the stars either. It’s not a privilege but a more mainstream phone that represents a tectonic shift in the way BlackBerry will make and sell its phones now. We are looking at a future where BlackBerry will not make its own phones, rather, somebody else will make them for BlackBerry. And BlackBerry will stick to what it does best. It will partake in designing the software that will be inside these phones. The DTEK50 is therefore a very important phone for BlackBerry.For one, it follows straight into the footsteps of the colossal anomaly — pricing per se — that was the Priv, which by the way BlackBerry has admitted was a mistake to be launched in isolation . Secondly, it has to convince loyalists (and critics) that BlackBerry can still dazzle.The company has tried to pay heed to both these aspects and the result — the DTEK 50 — is a phone that is more accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise deployment, according to BlackBerry. And that is what makes it exciting. It is real and not a fantasy.Design and build qualityThe DTEK50 is an all-plastic phone with a textured back and a faux chrome frame, which when put together, adds an element of visual variety to an otherwise bland and boring smartphone. This phone is not a head-turner as its loyalties lie elsewhere. This is a phone that banks heavily on being utilitarian, and as a result everything else takes a backseat. In a way, it’s like the Motorola Moto G4 Plus. Of course, the Moto G4 Plus is slightly better looking, and has a fingerprint scanner upfront. It costs a lot less too. The DTEK50 is ridiculously thin (and light-weight) in comparison so that’s something to look forward to.advertisement It’s not a head-turner, the DTEK50 as its loyalties lie elsewhere. This is a phone that banks heavily on being utilitarian, and as a result everything else takes a backseat The design isn’t the most original, because obviously, the DTEK50 uses the Alcatel Idol 4 as reference. The front of the phone — a wedged structure with the main display area lying on a raised platform — will remind of you of some of the earlier HTC phones. The phone’s backside is where BlackBerry — with the Leap-like texture and the iconic BB branding — has tried to make nostalgia do the talking. But it doesn’t succeed. The DTEK50 doesn’t look (and feel) like a BlackBerry phone, because it isn’t. Loyalists will have to live with that for the rest of their lives unless of course BlackBerry takes a U-turn in future.Also Read: BlackBerry DTEK50, DTEK60 quick review: Privilege is gone, mainstream is on It’s still very utilitarian, the DTEK50. It’s thin and light, is pleasantly compact, and has the least chances of accumulating dust and fingerprints or slipping off your hands. But it isn’t without its faults. The phone has a convenience key, smack in the middle, on the right edge. The Sony Xperia-like circular button allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on your device, provided that it is powered up. It’s very convenient, as long as you can get used to it. It is very easy to be confused with the power button, which by the way is on the left edge. The DTEK50 also makes you want to believe that the back panel is removable somehow, for access, but it isn’t.The DTEK50, for the record, is a single-SIM phone that supports expandable storage. It has a pair of stereo speakers and scratch-resistant glass aided with oleo-phobic coating for added protection.DisplayThe 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display of the DTEK50 may not inspire the same level of confidence, on paper, as the high-end Priv but don’t let the numbers fool you. The DTEK50 has a fantastic display for its price. The phone has just the right amount of brightness and adaptive brightness works as it should. When coupled with the phone’s excellent viewing angles and non-reflective nature, the DTEK50 gives you a display that doesn’t leave you asking for more in bright and sunny environment.Colours are more neutral and less eye-popping (as opposed to the Priv), but at least, they are more accurate. There’s also a settings toggle to manually control colour temperature, so that’s nice.SoftwareThe USP of a BlackBerry has always been the software. Apparently, BB OS wasn’t enough for BlackBerry to match the competitors. A switch to Android seemed inevitable. Hence was born the Priv, and now the DTEK50 follows in its footsteps. Thankfully, BlackBerry has reinstated the same level of security and productivity tools inside the DTEK50, as the high-end Priv. It’s literally the same software — Android laced with BlackBerry nuggets — and I think that it is amazing. The DTEK50 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and a near stock version at that. The extra apps (and features) that BlackBerry has incorporated in the phone are all directed towards enhancing the security and productivity of the device. I don’t see why anybody would mind that. Of these, the relevance of the former will depend on how you perceive your smartphone.advertisementThe phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company which, in all its fairness, sounds very reassuring. But chances are, many wouldn’t know (and understand) terms like hardware root of trust or secure bootloader, unless of course you’re a geek or a security professional. Also, the fact that the phone is literally encrypted to the T is hard to tell with a naked eye.But then, there are also a few security aspects that you can monitor and control. The phone comes with an app called DTEK by BlackBerry that shows your device security status in real time. It doesn’t exactly seem like the gold standard though, as most of the time, setting up a mere screen lock entails in a ‘fair’ rating for the smartphone. Personally, I am yet to see the rating for my review unit fall below alarming levels. Perhaps, I haven’t been living on the edge. But, that doesn’t mean, the DTEK app is any less useful. The most useful aspect of the app, without a doubt, has to be in the way it allows you to manually control app permissions. It gives you even the most miniscule information about an app and also lets you to directly allow or restrict certain permissions or to uninstall the app altogether, from within the app itself.The DTEK50, because its software is so heavily inclined towards productivity, also has the potential of becoming a true workhorse, especially, for the business-oriented. The phone comes with productivity tools like the BlackBerry Hub, pop-up widgets, a productivity tab and swipe shortcuts.BlackBerry Hub is a unified inbox that integrates notifications from apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, et al, as well as from calendar events and phone calls. Moreover, the Hub also allows you to interact directly with these apps without having you to open them separately. Pop-up widgets, meanwhile, let you interact with certain specific app widgets directly from the home screen and without having you to open them separately.Productivity tab and swipe shortcuts, on the other hand, give you quick access to items by swiping from the right and by swiping up from the home button respectively.Also Read: BlackBerry DTEK50, DTEK60: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know While we are on productivity, there are a couple of more things that stand out in the DTEK50: the universal device search and the BlackBerry keyboard. While device search works super accurately to sift through the phone to help you find what you’ve been looking for, the BlackBerry keyboard, to an extent, compensates for the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard in the phone.advertisementPerformance and battery lifeThe DTEK50 is powered by a mid-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor (octa-core clocked at 1.5GHz) clubbed with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card slot. The phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and NFC connectivity.BlackBerry has reinstated the same level of security and productivity tools inside the DTEK50, as the high-end Priv. It’s literally the same software — Android laced with BlackBerry nuggets — and it’s amazing All-round performance is where BlackBerry’s new phone fails to shine. It is not a bad phone, but it isn’t too good (read, fast) either. Heck, it’s not even in the same league as the Moto G4 Plus, even though Motorola’s phone has the exact set of hardware and a lower price.Basic tasks like making and receiving phone calls, sending texts (WhatsApp messages), managing social media, clicking photos, listening to music and watching videos are handled largely well by the DTEK50, but it is (very) prone to the occasional lag or stutter primarily while navigating through home screens. Also, opening and closing of apps is accompanied with a slight delay or two and this happens out of the blue in most cases. The lag or stutter is more pronounced when you have way too many apps running simultaneously in the background.Basic games like Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfers run well on the DTEK50. GPU intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Implosion are also playable, but at toned down graphics settings. Prolong gaming also, more often than not, takes a toll on the phone.The DTEK50 is also prone to heating, sometimes alarmingly, but is also quick to cool down.For the same price, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 or Snapdragon 430 would have been a much better choice for the DTEK50. Both the CPUs are next-generation for one, and also manage heat dissipation more efficiently.  The phone comes with a pair of stereo speakers that work surprisingly well, although, peak volume levels could have been a little higher. Phone calls made with the DTEK50 are of acceptable quality and I did not witness any odd call drops issues, beyond the usual, in my review unit.The 2,610 mAh battery inside the DTEK50 also leaves a lot to be desired. The phone has disappointing battery life and no fancy power-saving tech that adds to its woes further. Don’t mind me, most users will be able to squeeze out one whole day out of the phone, but it won’t be easy. Mixed usage which included an hour of video playback, half an hour of GPU-intensive gaming, 45 minutes of basic games, phone calls (to the tune of one hour), some music streaming and YouTube playback along with some web browsing gave me close to 9 hours on the device.CameraThe DTEK50 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash.BlackBerry’s new phone clicks surprisingly good photos in good light with good amount of detail and little or no metering issues. The camera does struggle a bit in tricky light situations, but overall, the DTEK50 is a fantastic camera phone from a BlackBerry point of view. It may not be as good as the ZenFone 3, or the Mi 5 but it gets the job done.The front camera, meanwhile, is capable of shooting good selfies in good light with plenty of detail and mostly accurate colours. XPreviousNextShould you buy it?The DTEK50 isn’t a fancy smartphone. Rather, it is all about the bare necessities. This is because its priorities lie elsewhere…software to be precise. But, hasn’t BlackBerry always been about the software? BlackBerry has been about iconic designs as well, but let’s be practical, that isn’t happening (or going to happen) any time soon.The DTEK50 doesn’t have an all-metal body like some of its lower priced rival phones. It doesn’t have a USB Type-C port or a fingerprint scanner. It’s a regular smartphone from BlackBerry but in the case of the DTEK50, regular will do. This is because it is more accessible and less of a privilege to own one. But more importantly, it has its software in place and that’s what BlackBerry has always been known for. There are areas — performance and battery life — where it could have done better, but come to think of it, at Rs 21,990, the DTEK50 is a perfect replacement for the Leap (or even the Z3) provided you’re still into BlackBerry. If not, well, the Moto G4 Plus offers much of the same (save the BB touches to the software) and more at just around Rs 15,000. There are other options like the Asus ZenFone 3, the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Moto Z Play and the OnePlus 3 as well that you can check out. But if BlackBerry is what you want, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is a phone that we recommend.####BlackBerry DTEK50####7/10########Good stuffExcellent build qualityBright, crisp displaySafe, secure, productive Android####Bad stuffAll-round performanceDisappointing battery lifeLow light photographylast_img read more

Catalonian independence: Barcelona, Spanish players react to ongoing political turmoil

first_imgOf all the riches that the prosperous Spanish region of Catalonia has produced in recent years, the best-known is human, fleet-footed, and Argentine.On game days at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, the red and yellow stripes of Catalonia’s flag rise in three reverential tiers around Lionel Messi, the foremost graduate of La Masia, the club’s youth academy.While the Masia “conveyor belt” has given Argentina a player of Maradona’s stature, it has also bequeathed to Spain such players as Xavi, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, and Sergio Busquets – all Catalan-born, and all members of the squad that won the World Cup in 2010.But earlier this week, Catalonia’s parliament did something that could have deprived Spain of the region’s footballing talent – and nearly a fifth of the national GDP. It declared independence.The announcement came weeks after a contentious referendum was disrupted by riot police – events that tennis star Rafael Nadal said left him anguished. Madrid has now enforced direct rule on Catalonia.As many as 2.26 million people were said to have voted in the referendum.One of them was Gerard Pique.Ja he votat. Junts som imparables defensant la democrcia. Gerard Piqu (@3gerardpique) October 1, 2017″I have voted,” he wrote in Catalan. “Together, we are unstoppable defending democracy.”Only days earlier, he had asked his fellow Catalans to vote peacefully. “We do not give them any excuse,” he tweeted, presumably referring to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government. “That is what they want.”Sergio Ramos, Pique’s Spain colleague and Real Madrid rival, was not impressed.advertisementA Marca report, which observed that Pique was “regularly” at “the receiving end of abuse from Spain fans due to his public support for the Catalan cause,” quoted Ramos as saying, “Pique’s tweet is not the best if you don’t want them (the fans) to whistle…Maybe the tweet is not the best for the group either but everyone is free to say what they think.”Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez (who no longer plays for Spain or the Catalan club) certainly held nothing back after voters clashed with riot police.”What is happening in Barcelona is a disgrace,” he said, according to the British newspaper The Express. “It’s inadmissible that in a democratic country the people are not allowed to vote…I give my full support to the people who are peacefully trying to exert their right to vote.”Xavi’s former club made its stance clear several days before the vote.”Faithful to our history, we condemn any action that threatens democracy, freedom of expression and the right to decide,” said Josep Maria Bartomeu, FC Barcelona’s president in late September. He tweeted an official statement declaring support for the “will of the majority of Catalan people.”Fieles a nuestra historia, condenamos cualquier accin que atente contra la democracia, la libertad de expresin y el derecho a decidir Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) September 20, 2017Cesc Fabregas, a former Barcelona man who now plays for Chelsea, was more reticent. He told Vanity Fair he wished things “could be done differently” but added that he tried to stay out of politics, reported on October 20.Fabregas may prefer to keep politics at an arm’s length, but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola seems to have no such qualms.A former Barcelona player who went on to become one of the club’s greatest managers, Guardiola dedicated City’s recent Champions League win against Napoli to two jailed Catalan separatists.last_img read more

Mohammad Azharuddin on Virat Kohli: Nobody has been more consistent since Don Bradman

first_imgMohammad Azharuddin said Virat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of modern cricket and lauded the India captain for his stunning form. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests and ODIs and many experts believe he will go on to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records.Last year, Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs. Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in 2018. In South Africa, Virat Kohli smashed a record-breaking 871 runs across formats before scoring nearly 600 runs in five Tests in tough conditions in England.Kohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIs.”You can see Virat’s performances and statistics are all in front of you. His numbers, his consistency is second only to Don Bradman I feel,” Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks 2019.Asked if Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Azhar said without any hesitation, he indeed was.”Yes definitely. He will improve further in the future and play even better. He will go on to break more records because age is also on his side,” Azhar said.Azharuddin said India will soon be able to finalise their World Cup squad but said they would need four good pacers to exploit the conditions in England.”India can finalise its team for the World Cup only at the end of February-March. The team is almost set for the tournament”I feel India need 3-4 fast bowlers for the World Cup in England. We need a few pacers for the conditions in England. If you look at India’s pace battery, we lost the series in South Africa and England but our bowling has been top class so far. This I feel is the best fast bowling attack in Indian cricket history.advertisement”We can keep dreaming of the World Cup from now but those dreams can only be turned into reality when the Indian team goes to England and performs well. It is good to dream about such things but it will be even better when the team turns them into reality. I hope the team wins the World Cup because we are No. 1 in Tests, and excellent in ODIs and T20Is, I don’t think we can send a better side to England,” he said.Azharuddin, one of India’s most successful captains, said his biggest regret was not lifting the World Cup despite leading India in three editions.”A lot of my dreams I haven’t been able to realise. I captained the team in three World Cups but couldn’t win one so that is one dream I regret not fulfilling,” he said.last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s absence quite a big void: Stephen Fleming after MI crush CSK

first_imgChennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has conceded that the three-time champions struggled to compete in the absence of their influential leader MS Dhoni in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Fleming said both the team and the individuals have come up with below-par performances in the two IPL 2019 matches that MS Dhoni has missed so far. While insisting CSK have enough quality to step up and deliver in crunch situations, Fleming maintained that Dhoni’s void is too big to fill.MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection on Friday for Chennai Super Kings’ reverse tie against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium due to fever. CSK also missed left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja due to the illness.In Dhoni and Jadeja’s absence, Chennai Super Kings slumped to a 46-run defeat to Rohit Sharma’s men on a slow turner. Dhoni’s absence was certainly felt as CSK lost the plot after early wickets fell in their chase of 156. The home team was bowled out for 109 in just 17.4 overs.When CSK played without Dhoni for the first time in IPL 2019, they were handed six-wicket thrashing by Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17. Dhoni had missed the said encounter with a back spasm.”I think you know the answer to that. He is a great leader and a great player. He’s been a constant for us for so many years. You just get into the rhythm while having him there. When you take a leader like that out, there are going to be some holes to fill. It’s not that we’re not trying to fill it. It’s just that the hole is quite big,” Fleming said on Friday.advertisementThe CSK head coach added: “It takes a mammoth effort to lift the team up when you have one of the best player who is unavailable. It’s probably psychological as well. Though we’re good enough to do that… the two games we have played without him, the performances have been well-below par from a team perspective as well as an individual perspective.””I don’t think so (batsmen insecure in Dhoni’s absence). There’s a comfort when he’s there. He was there (batting) in the last game. The players are good enough and have enough experience to do it themselves.””If we do have situations that don’t go our way, we should have the experience of dealing with it; which we haven’t at the moment. I think what concerns me is repetitive mistakes we made many times this season. The fact that we are still at the top of the table is a testament to bowlers and individual performances.”Time to believe in #Yellove and the cause! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvMI Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 26, 2019Dhoni, Jadeja pretty sick: FlemingShedding light on Dhoni and Jadeja’s illness, Fleming said: “They [Dhoni and Jadeja] both are pretty sick… both unwell, virus and bacteria. A lot of teams are struggling at the moment through that.”With 314 runs at an average of above 100 from just 7 innings, MS Dhoni has been leading the batting charts for CSK in IPL 2019.Chennai, who have all but sealed a place in the playoffs, will next face Delhi Capitals in Chennai on May 1. Head coach Fleming says the entire team is looking forward to the four-day break after having played 6 matches in the last 15 days.”We’re looking forward to the four-day break. It’s probably come one day bit too late. But we’ve got a four-day break now. I think Mumbai benefitted from that (five-day break). We are going to look to do the same now.”Also Read | CSK missed MS Dhoni’s presence in run chase: Rohit Sharma after MI winAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga help MI breach CSK fortress at ChepaukAlso See:last_img read more

The Providence Food Truck Scene

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene A Simple Guide on How to Navigate with a Map and Compass The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities When you think of Providence, the first things that come to mind are probably Brown University and the collected works of the Farrelly Brothers. However, over the past few years, Providence has actually become home to a burgeoning community of food trucks. These days, college students and office workers alike have a bevy of lunchtime options to choose from—a welcome sight in this classic American city.Since decisions can be tough, we at The Manual have picked a few the food trucks in the Providence scene that would be well worth your time to check out.Mijo’s TacosA staple of the Providence scene, Mijo’s Tacos is the brainchild of Chef Peter Gobin. Gobin is a well-traveled man, having worked in restaurants on both the East and West Coasts, including Los Angeles’ high-class French restaurant Patina. At Patina, Gobin worked his way up to the position of sous chef, and it was during his one and half years of long hours in the kitchen (and living in L.A.) that he fell in love with Mexican cuisine. “A lot my cooks were Mexican, so when they made staff meals, I learned to make salsas from them and tamales from their grandmothers and I was just eating Mexican all the time—taking the leftover meats (like sweetbreads) from the French kitchen and using them in our tacos.” So, after he and his wife moved back to the East Coast and were deciding on a business plan for a new culinary venture, the decision seemed obvious. Gobin’s passion for not just Mexican cooking, but cooking in general is evident in the imagination of all his dishes. Tacos range from local dogfish fish tacos, to tongue or chorizo. Mijo’s Tacos is Gobin’s pride and joy for now, but his dream is to open a classic New England seafood restaurant that the people of Rhode Island can rely on. But, for the amateur Mexican chefs out there, Gobin has some simple points of advice. “All that matters is that you have good tortillas, nail a basic salsa recipe with a lot of dried chiles, and don’t be afraid to try different types of meats from your local butcher.”MootzaDeliOne of the newest trucks to the Providence scene, MootzaDeli is founded on a simple, infectious motto: “Fill Yo’ Belly with MootzaDeli.” The man behind the motto is Chef Jeff Schles, originally from Long Island but educated by way of the University of Vermont and the Culinary Institute of America. After working 80-hour weeks at Chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Schles and his wife (who hails from the Providence area) decided to buy a house in the city and settle down. After living in the city for a few years, Schles wanted to create a food business where he could “take the sandwiches and items that [he’d] been eating forever” and improve them with his own culinary vision. So last fall, he put the “brick and mortar” designed truck on the road. Each day, Schles serves nine set sandwiches, like The MootzaDeli (mozzarella, prosciutto, pesto, olive tapenade, and artichoke) and The Hasher (potato latke, caramelized shallots, cheddar, mesclun greens, lemon champagne vinaigrette), as well as a variety of daily and weekly specials such as lemon chicken with braised rainbow chard and green onion on ciabatta. Wherever he can, Schles uses local sources for his ingredients such as Rhody Eggs and the Providence Little City Farmer’s Market. Though he acknowledges the difficulties of a crowded market, Schles takes pride in the Providence scene. “All the trucks are amazing, everyone is very friendly, we all work together, and we all serve great, healthy items which are designed and formulated just like a brick and mortar restaurant.”Noble KnotsOwned and operated by Chef Kate Nealis, Noble Knots aims to create “good food that not only lifts spirits, but warms hearts.” How does Nealis achieve this goal? By adhering to a local, sustainable model of responsible cooking—and by serving all her sandwiches on delicious pretzel buns. Chef Nealis grew up in South Philadelphia and brought the tradition of Philly Pretzels with her. In order to meet increasing production demands, she decided to team with nearby Foremost Bakery to provide high-quality pretzel buns. Noble Knots serves a set menu (serious tater tots, pulled pork sandwiches) as well as daily specials that range from their Royal Bacon Burger (50% beef and 50% bacon!), to po’ boys and chocolate pretzel bread pudding. Nealis has lived in Providence for over a decade and loves the city deeply. Through the growth of the food truck scene, Chef Nealis is “extremely thankful for how open Providence has been” to all of the new and emerging vendors.Shuckin TruckWith locations in Boston and Rhode Island in general, The Shuckin Truck is not strictly a Providence food truck. The Rhode Island outpost services various in-state locations besides the capital city, such as Newport and Narragansett. No matter where the truck is set up, you are in for fine servings of seafood. The menu changes seasonally, but any customer can rely on a set menu featuring staples like lobster rolls, fish tacos and scallop rolls, as well as a raw bar that dishes out fresh oysters and littleneck clams all sourced directly from the Salt Pond Oyster Company located in Point Judith, Rhode Island. So, while we may be cheating a little bit by including this entry, when we’re talking about a food truck that serves fresh oysters, it’s easy to forgive us.Rocket Fine Street FoodWith an easy to remember name that brings to mind the golden years of America’s “Space Age,” Rocket Fine Street Food is serving up classic American cuisine that is light years away from your standard fare. For instance, the bedrock of their daily menu is made up of beef sliders and their variation on a hot dog, called the Rocket Dog. However, the beef comes from Niman Ranch, which produces hormone and antibiotic free meat, while the hot dogs are Pearl Brand, natural casing all beef frankfurters. And you can add delicious “boosters” to your sliders: Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon, Poblano Farm Sriracha, Baffoni Farm Fried Eggs, and Dave’s Coffee Barbecue sauce. On top of that, there are a variety of “Alternative Sliders,” such as boar sausage, sweet potato and black bean, and fried egg. With this kind of advancement on traditional American cuisine, you’ll agree that, with Rocket, the future is bright.Mama Kim’s Korean BBQAnyone with a friend who went to Brown has probably heard of Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ. This food truck, founded by longtime Rhode Island residents Sook Kim and her son, Hyn, was one of the pioneers of the Providence food truck scene. Their menu touches on all the staples of fine Korean cuisine—beef bulgogi, pork kimchi—in easy to handle slider and wrap forms. In addition, they serve their traditional meats in “Rice Sets,” which includes steamed Korean Rice and house “banchan” (side of kimchi). Employing young chefs from nearby Johnson and Wales, Mama Kim’s, like the rest of the Providence trucks, focuses on keeping things local. This food truck set the bar that all other Providence food trucks have had to meet—and that kind of competition is only a good thing for the residents of the city.Shuckin Truck, Mijos Tacos, and Rocket Fine Street Food images courtesy of Providence Online and Providence Journal. All others courtesy of vendor. Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1. Chef Peter Gobin has a wide range of cooking and life experience, but has a passion for Mexican cuisine. 2. Jeff Schles and his “brick and mortar” MootzaDeli truck are gaining popularity. 3. The Noble Knots truck is owned and operated by Chef Kate Nealis. 4. Rocket Fine Street Food parked out on a beautiful Providence night. 5. Rocket Fine Street Food parked out on a beautiful Providence night. 6. Mama Kim’s has long been a crowd favorite in Providence. 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PM has Shown Leadership on Crime – Senator Wehby

first_img Noting that crime and violence remained Jamaica’s single most challenging problem, Senator Wehby said its prevalence, undergirded by the blatant disregard for human life by criminals, have numbed many citizens to the gripping media headlines and reports depicting heinous acts being carried out. This, among things, through the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017, Government Senator, Don Wehby, has said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has been lauded for demonstrating the leadership and willingness to take the decisive action aimed at arresting crime and violence. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has been lauded for demonstrating the leadership and willingness to take the decisive action aimed at arresting crime and violence.This, among things, through the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017, Government Senator, Don Wehby, has said.The Act will give members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) certain essential powers required to address serious crimes while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms.It will also facilitate the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence, among other provisions.“Fixing the crime problem is going to take strong leadership and, I daresay, unpopular decisions…to take back Jamaica from the clutches of ruthless criminals on rampage in this country. We cannot do things the same way and (expect to) get different results. This is why I support the Bill,” Senator Wehby argued.He was making his contribution to the debate on the legislation during Friday’s (July 7) sitting of the Senate at Gordon House.Noting that crime and violence remained Jamaica’s single most challenging problem, Senator Wehby said its prevalence, undergirded by the blatant disregard for human life by criminals, has numbed many citizens to the gripping media headlines and reports depicting heinous acts being carried out.He argued that this grave situation required civic-minded Jamaicans to “rethink and refocus our approach to tackling crime.”Part of this approach, Senator Wehby contended, involved focusing on the root causes of crime.Senator Wehby said he is optimistic about the provisions in the legislation, which include measures to curtail crime and criminal elements and the necessary proactive approaches and social interventions to rebuild affected communities.“The most critical step in achieving the results….is for Jamaica to unite with one voice against crime,” he argued.The Senate passed the Bill with 13 amendments on July 5, while the House of Representatives approved it on June 28 with 18 revisions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

DGC Awards Film Festival

first_img6:30: Nominee Reception7:30: DGC Awards Ceremony10:00: Dessert, Dancing and Mingling.Congratulations to 2016 DGC Award Nominees!  The winners will be announced at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards.If you have any questions about the Gala event, kindly review our FAQs posted HERE.To view the complete list of nominated Members and productions, click HERE.If you have questions about the Awards Gala not covered here, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at:Elizabeth FultonExternal Communications Coordinator, Directors Guild of CanadaTel: (416) 925.8200 extension 245Toll-Free: 1-888-972-0098Email: Login/Register With: DGC Awards Film Festival The DGC has several events from October 16-22 honouring a year of outstanding work by DGC Members. At the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, TorontoAll screenings are FREE and open to the publicF: Feature   S: ShortSunday October 166:00 F: Hyena Road (Paul Gross) S: The Offer (Winnifred Jong)8:30 F: Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau) S: Portal to Hell!!! (Vivieno Caldinelli).Monday October 177:00 Meet the DesignersIn conversation with DGC Award nominated Production Designers:Ian Brock (Dark Matter), Naz Goshtasbpour (Group Home), Arv Greywal (Hyena Road & Beeba Boys), Elisa Sauvé (Zoom)Hosted by award winning Director Jim DonovanFree with RSVP to Hans Engel October 187:00 F: Remember (Atom Egoyan) S: Friends Like Us (Craig David Wallace)9:00 F: Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard).Wednesday October 197:00 F: Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (Phyllis Ellis)9:00 F: Ninth Floor (Mina Shum).Thursday October 207:00 F: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Charles Wilkinson)9:00 F: The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld)   S: Big Little Girl (Viki Posidis).Friday October 217:00 Meet the DirectorsIn conversation with DGC Award nominated Directors: Wiebke von Carolsfeld (The Saver), Helen Shaver (Vikings), Anne Wheeler (A Country Wedding), Charles Wilkinson (Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World)Hosted by Award-winning Director Michael KennedyFree with RSVP to Hans Engel DGC Awards GalaSaturday October 22The Carlu, 444 Yonge StreetHosted by Arisa Cox and featuring special guests Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Business Highlights

___Trump, Congress agree to end longest government shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has submitted to mounting pressure and agreed to reopen the government for three weeks. He backed down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies got back to work. Standing alone in the Rose Garden, Trump said he would sign legislation funding shuttered agencies until Feb. 15 and try again to persuade lawmakers to finance his long-sought wall.___As shutdown ends, workers have little faith about futureWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers who had already missed one pay check were relieved to find out a payday Friday that the shutdown had ended, but say they are scarred by the experience of trying to stay afloat during the 35-day impasse. Some 800,000 furloughed federal workers were thrust into weeks of uncertainty and financial hardship — leading many to take out loans, apply for unemployment, do temporary jobs and launch online campaigns asking for donations.___6 air traffic controllers may have been shutdown’s last strawWASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians couldn’t overcome their differences and end the government shutdown over five weeks. Six air traffic controllers might have done it in a day. Six of the 13 controllers who normally staff a critical air traffic centre in Virginia didn’t come to work Friday. That centre handles air traffic in and out of the Mid-Atlantic region and the New York City area. Their absence contributed to a slowdown in air traffic and massive delays along the East Coast on Friday___IMF sees Greek economy accelerating in 2019ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is optimistic on Greece’s growth and employment prospects for this year, but is urging the government to stick to reforms to maintain the momentum. In a report published Friday following five-day talks with officials in Athens, IMF officials say that the battered Greek economy is set to grow 2.4 per cent this year, up from 2.1 per cent in 2018.___Even with IRS staffers returning, tax refunds may be delayedWASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS’ workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees mean the possibility of delayed tax refunds.___Memos: Facebook allowed ‘friendly fraud’ to profit from kidsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Newly released court documents reveal that Facebook allowed children to ring up huge bills on digital games while the company rejected recommendations on addressing what it dubbed “friendly fraud.” The internal Facebook memos and other records were unsealed late Thursday to comply with a judge’s order in a federal court case settled in 2016.___Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows biasNEW YORK (AP) — A new study says Amazon’s facial-detection technology often misidentifies women as men, particularly those with darker skin. The technology has been marketed to law enforcement. Amazon says the study uses a “facial analysis” and not “facial recognition” technology and that Amazon has updated its technology. MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini says companies should check all systems that analyze human faces for bias.___Queen urges common ground in remarks seen as Brexit nodLONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to seek “common ground” in remarks being seen as being a veiled reference to the toxic debate surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union. While the monarch didn’t mention Brexit and is barred from commenting on political issues, the Times of London described the comments as a “rebuke to warring politicians.”___Hawaiian Air flight diverted after flight attendant diesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after a flight attendant died of an apparent heart attack, officials said Friday. San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel said Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed Thursday night after a crew member had “a suspected heart attack.”___Swoosh up front: Nike to replace Under Armour for MLBNEW YORK (AP) — The swoosh is expected to be on the front of Major League Baseball uniforms starting in 2020. Nike will take over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier for the 2020 season. The swoosh logo likely will move to a more prominent position on jersey fronts. The Majestic logo is currently on the sleeve. The 10-year deal replaces an agreement announced in 2016 for Under Armour to succeed Majestic.___The S&P 500 index rose 22.43 points, or 0.8 per cent to 2,664.76. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 183.96 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,737.20. The Nasdaq composite climbed 91.40 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 7,164.86. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks increased 18.45 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,482.85.U.S. crude oil rose 1.1 per cent to settle at $53.69 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 0.9 per cent to $61.64 in London. Wholesale gasoline stayed at $1.39 a gallon and heating oil added 0.3 per cent to $1.89 a gallon. Natural gas gained 2.5 per cent to $3.18 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press read more

Amid continued suffering in Yemen UN envoy welcomes reports of reduced violence

Mr. Griffiths was addressing the Council alongside Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley.The Special Envoy announced that the Yemeni Government and the Ansar Allah Houthi militants, are both committed to working on a political solution, and that he has received firm assurances from both sides, of a renewed commitment to attend talks.The UN, said Mr. Griffiths, is about to conclude an agreement between the parties on the exchange of prisoners and detainees, which he described as an important humanitarian gesture and “a timely message of hope to the Yemeni people.”Mr. Beasley and Mr. Lowcock both provided new details of the unfolding humanitarian crisis – the largest food security emergency in the world.Mr. Lowcock revealed that, despite calls for the violence to stop, UN sources have observed nearly 800 separate incidents of shelling, armed clashes, or air strikes across Yemen; often with devastating consequences for civilians and, due to the fighting, humanitarian programmes have been scaled back in the port of Hudaydah, a crucial gateway for aid efforts.Mr. Beasley, fresh from a three-day visit to Yemen this week, said that he had witnessed a country on the brink of catastrophe: “What I have seen in Yemen this week is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, of misery. And we – all of humanity — have only ourselves to blame.”“What I have seen in Yemen this week is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, of misery. And we – all of humanity – have only ourselves to blame.” David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.Describing what he saw at a hospital in the Yemeni Capital Sana’a, Mr. Beasley said that there were dozens of severely sick and malnourished children, with around 50 cases arriving every day: “they only have room for 20. The rest? They go home to die.”Restarting Yemen’s collapsed economy was identified by Mr. Griffiths as a main priority, and a “moral responsibility and obligation of the parties to the Yemeni people” He announced that he would soon convene a meeting of the Central Bank of Yemen, facilitated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The price of simple basic food staples in Yemen has doubled in the last eight months, said Mr. Beasley, even as household livelihoods are shrinking: “for a country that’s dependent on imports for the basic needs of life, this is disaster.”Mr. Lowcock added that Saudi Arabia has helped to stabilise the Yemeni rial, depositing $200 million with the Central Bank of Yemen, which has helped to finance imports of food and other essential commodities, but substantially greater funds for humanitarian assistance will be needed, given the growing challenges faced by Yemen.The UN Secretary-General António Guterres plans to convene a high-level conference on Yemen with a focus on the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, in February. read more

Royal Horticultural Societys fifth garden aims to help generation rent get greenfingered

first_imgRHS Garden Bridgewater will be the society’s first new garden in 17 years, and the director is looking to open up the world of horticulture to “a new generation of gardeners”.Anna da Silva, the Programme Director of the project said: “Encouraging young people and the next generation of gardeners is something we are incredibly keen to do at RHS Garden Bridgewater. The Kitchen Garden, which will offer everyone chance to learn about the enormous benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, is just one of the ways we are doing this.” The RHS is attempting to encourage people of all backgrounds including students and young offenders into the hobby, and is opening up its teaching allotments to schools, as well as operating programmes aimed at young offenders.Ms da Silva said: “We are also building two classrooms and creating a Learning Garden, and over 75 % of schools in the area are already signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Although we won’t open until 2020 we have already held days at the garden for groups of young offenders aged 13-18 and police cadets, are building links with the local pupil referral service, and  have around 20 ongoing projects with colleges and universities. “We are aware that Manchester is a young city, with a very high student population, and are actively looking at the many ways we can work young people and share with them how rewarding and enjoyable gardening can be.”The Walled Kitchen Garden will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK, and will sit alongside an education garden, a therapeutic garden, two lakes and community spaces.The Bridgewater project joins other RHS gardens Harlow Carrow in North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey, The Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Charlotte Harris at Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley The Royal Horticultural Society’s fifth garden is aiming to encourage young people in “Generation Rent” to grow fruits and vegetables in small spaces.Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, both of whom won Chelsea Flower Show, with Mr Bugg becoming the youngest winner in 20 years at age 27, are basing their Kitchen Garden on innovative uses of different-sized spaces.Young people, the majority of whom rent their homes in the private sector, often do not have access to a garden. The designers hope their kitchen garden will show ‘Generation Rent’ how to grow produce in flats and on balconies.Ms Harris told The Telegraph: “We’ve designed the Kitchen Garden so that there are lots of examples of differently-sized spaces and hope to inspire young people – and indeed people of all ages – to just give edibles a go, whether they have their own balcony in the city centre or a corner of the family garden in Stretford that they’ve made their own. “We’ll be trying out new varieties that can’t be found in the supermarket but can be grown at home, to create that integral connection between cooking and growing.” The design for the Kitchen Gardencenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal Bank of Canada Garden by Charlotte Harris at Chelsea Flower Show  The design for the Kitchen GardenCredit:RHSlast_img read more

Internet company crash leaves customers without web services for days

first_imgUpdated, 19:52TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY DIGIWEB has been inundated with complaints for more than three days after a server crash left customers without email or web hosting services.The internet hosting company – founded by 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Colm Piercy –  is reportedly valued at around €120 million after it merged with London based telecoms operator Viatel earlier this year.However, customers struggling to access the internet for the last three days may not feel the company is worth its multimillion euro price tag.Twitter stormA number of tweets from customers to the company’s Twitter account showed growing frustration with Digiweb’s service and lack of customer care in the past week.Ocean FM Consumer Show contributor Claire Ronan said on Twitter:  ”Are any other people having problems with Digiweb at the moment?  I’m cracking up.”Speaking to Ms Ronan said her husband, who runs a wind farm company from their home, was forced to deal with clients through text message because they had no internet access.“Not only is our internet down, which is a terrible problem for us, but we want to change provider and we can’t even do that at the minute,”  Ronan said.Cork-based Church of Ireland Bishop Paul Colton, who officiated at David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding in Lutrellstown Castle, also used the social network to complain about his internet service.“Our diocesan email is hosted by Digiweb. Has anyone else had problems of unreliability in recent weeks and grinding to a halt this?” Colton said.He later added: “The whole thing is a mess. One of our busiest weeks of the year.”ExplanationDigiweb posted a message on its website at 10.30am on Tuesday telling customers it was experiencing an “outage” on two servers and engineers were working to resume service as soon as possible.The company said it was addressing “recent mail issues” but this resulted in “some unanticipated fallout” when testing a new system.The company apologised but warned the updating of its system might affected customers for ” short periods of time over the next 1-2 weeks”.On Wednesday, it said it was implementing  a system change that should improve performance throughout the evening.But this morning the company again said it was continuing to experience difficulties with email and web hosting services.The last message posted at lunch time today said the firm was currently investigating a solution for the email and web issue.The company did not respond to phone calls or Twitter messages this afternoon.Read: How fast are Irish internet service providers? Here’s what Netflix says >Read: ComReg to launch its own online test for broadband speeds >last_img read more

Man in his 20s dies in Limerick road crash

first_img The R515 between Knocklong and Elton 15,434 Views Share5 Tweet Email Image: Google Street View A MAN IN his 20s has died following a single car crash in Limerick.The incident occurred shortly before midnight, at around 11.40pm, last night on the R515 at Doonmoon, Knocklong, Co Limerick.The driver of the car was fatally injured, and pronounced dead at the scene.Three passengers in the car, one woman and two men, were taken to Limerick University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Gardaí are investigating the incident.The R515 between Knocklong and Elton is closed at present.Read: Hint of talks as Bus Éireann strike enters 11th dayRead: Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years – but ‘no records exist’ before that Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 3 Apr 2017, 8:14 AM 1 Comment center_img Man in his 20s dies in Limerick road crash The incident occurred on the R515 at Doonmoon, Knocklong, Co Limerick. The R515 between Knocklong and Elton Image: Google Street View By Sean Murray Short URL Apr 3rd 2017, 8:14 AM last_img read more

Honouring the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata

first_imgThe Society of Kalamata ’23 March’ cordially invites Melburnians to the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata this Sunday at 12.30 pm.This year’s commemoration service for the solace of their families in Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Cyprus, Israel, and India will be at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in the Domain Gardens on the corner of Birdwood Avenue and Government House Drive, Melbourne.The event will be held in memory of the Greek, Serbian, Jewish, Cypriot, Indian, British, Australian, and New Zealand women and men in the field, on the sea and in the air who fought and sacrificed their lives in the defence of Greece.“Tell them we were here,” was the call that went out across Kalamata, as the last embarkation boats rowed away, leaving 8,000 allied troops on the beaches of Kalamata to make their way home.The service will also be in remembrance of those who were taken prisoners during the Battle of Kalamata, 28 ­­– 29 April 1941, or who escaped to fight again that the world might be free and in thanks to the Hellenic people who gave aid and assistance to the Commonwealth troops in their efforts to avoid capture. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gravestone stolen from Sandy cemetery

first_imgOn 10-19-10, SPD Chief Yamashita took a courtesy report for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, involving a vandalism/theft complaint from a local cemetery. Sometime between the dates of 10-03, and 10-19, unknown suspects removed a headstone from a grave located at a cemetery located on Ten Eyck Road. The reporting party, a 81 year old woman from Portland, said that someone had removed the headstone of one of her ancestors. The Sandy Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in recovering this piece of history.The headstone reads: INGEBORG THURFJELL 1899-1925 BELOVED DAUGHTERIf anyone has any information on the location of the headstone, or who may have been responsible for it’s removal, please contact the Sandy Police Department, or the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, and reference Sandy Police case number 10-1626.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Learn about the impact of financial wellbeing on longterm business growth

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Gain insight into the impact of financial wellbeing on long-term business growth and productivity at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers, will lead a session titled ‘Integrated financial wellbeing: the missing piece in future wellness strategies’ as part of the driving performance conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.The session will outline why initiatives to address employees’ financial concerns should form part of a wider health and wellbeing strategy, and why the need for financial wellbeing support could intensify in light of current economic conditions and future uncertainty.Makings said: “From an employer’s perspective [periods of economic uncertainty] can make trading more difficult, so I think [organisations are] looking for ways to improve return on investment for what [they] do now in terms of their employee value proposition [and] their benefits spend; [employers] want [to] make sure they are getting the best return they can from that, and a focus on financial wellbeing really helps with that.”In the session, Makings will also highlight how financial wellbeing can impact on employee engagement, retention and productivity, drawing on research by Close Brothers and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to demonstrate the size and scale of the issue.She added: “There is a big push on wellbeing in the workplace at the moment and wellbeing is about three things: it’s about physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. For some time financial [wellbeing] has been the poor relation of those [but] the impact it could [have] on things like engagement, retention and productivity is significant.”Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London.To register or find out more.last_img read more

Tesla Model Y crossover SUV unveiled

first_img34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020.  What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photoscenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Heres what India Inc thinks about the retaliatory tariff on 29 US

first_imgThe Narendra Modi government has retaliated with tariffs on 29 American products after the US ended India’s trade concession of about $5.6 billion under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The market has been heating up with pressure which followed 290 points fall in the Sensex after the announcement.India will be implementing duties as high as 70 per cent on perishable items like almonds and apples as a response to Washington’s denial to exempt Delhi from the taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Around $543 million worth of U.S almonds were bought by India.ReutersLooking at the rising tensions by the US-India trade relations, many analysts commented on the sudden retaliation. Here’s how some analysts reacted:The Reactions:The Director-General and CEO of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Ajay Sahi, said that there will be negligible impact on the US by the tariff hike of $400-450 million over a bilateral trade of $142 billion.International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed serious concerns stating that the global economy cannot sustain another trade war as the economic growth is already at a standstill because of the US-China issues. ReutersDeepak Jasani of HDFC Securities told IANS, “Local investors will be worried as to how the US could react to this. However, FIIs will wait for any such move by the US before feeling the Indian market.” He also added that the US farmers will be affected by the tariffs on walnut, almond, and apples, which might trigger a negative response for the Indian market.Mayuresh Joshi of Angel Broking stated his concerns about the retaliation leading to an increase in the number of products in the tariff list. He said that the retaliation might hurt investor sentiments and majorly impact the capital markets. He said, “Investors will get into trouble if the additional tariffs are applied.”India is the world’s third-largest economy but is US’s 13th largest export market. At the same time, the US is India’s largest export market.last_img read more