Suresh Kalmadi ‘s decision of not contesting elections comes exactly two years after the end of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games which was hit by a series of corruption cases even before the start of the Games.Despite being arrested and spent some time in jail, Kalmadi had refused to step down from the post of president though he had written to the IOA acting chief V K Malhotra that he would not be involved in the day-to-to affairs for some time.This, however, did not stop the IOC from putting pressure on the IOA to remove Kalmadi and the world body, in a series of letters, said that it would send an election observer to monitor the polls as there was confusion on his status.Just a few days back, the IOC had asked the IOA to immediately suspend Kalmadi, along with his close aides in the CWG Organising Committee Lalit Bhanot and V K Verma till the disposal of the court cases against them. The world body had said that Kalmadi should also not be allowed to contest the IOA elections.With Kalmadi deciding not to seek re-nomination in the elections, the contest is likely to be between Indian Boxing Federation Chairman Abhay Chautala and incumbent IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh.Clean Sports India, a body fighting for corruption-free sports in the country, welcomed Kalmadi’s decision not to contest elections.”It is a welcome decision. We have been fighting for this. It is the beginning of a new era. The sports reforms can now be taken to its logical end,” B V P Rao, CSI convenor, said.He said former sportspersons should come into sports administration and start a new era.Kalmadi has been a Member of Parliament from 1982. He began his career with National Defence Academy and has been a flying instructor at Indian Air force team at NDA and has also participated in Indo-Pak war in 1965 and 1971 as an Air Force pilot.advertisementSuresh Kalmadi spent over a year in prison on corruption charges related to CWG scam.Kalmadi’s decision of not contesting elections comes exactly two years after the end of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games which was hit by a series of corruption cases even before the start of the Games.Despite being arrested and spent some time in jail, Kalmadi had refused to step down from the post of president though he had written to the IOA acting chief V K Malhotra that he would not be involved in the day-to-to affairs for some time.This, however, did not stop the IOC from putting pressure on the IOA to remove Kalmadi and the world body, in a series of letters, said that it would send an election observer to monitor the polls as there was confusion on his status.Just a few days back, the IOC had asked the IOA to immediately suspend Kalmadi, along with his close aides in the CWG Organising Committee Lalit Bhanot and V K Verma till the disposal of the court cases against them. The world body had said that Kalmadi should also not be allowed to contest the IOA elections.With Kalmadi deciding not to seek re-nomination in the elections, the contest is likely to be between Indian Boxing Federation Chairman Abhay Chautala and incumbent IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh.Clean Sports India, a body fighting for corruption-free sports in the country, welcomed Kalmadi’s decision not to contest elections.”It is a welcome decision. We have been fighting for this. It is the beginning of a new era. The sports reforms can now be taken to its logical end,” B V P Rao, CSI convenor, said.He said former sportspersons should come into sports administration and start a new era.Kalmadi has been a Member of Parliament from 1982. He began his career with National Defence Academy and has been a flying instructor at Indian Air force team at NDA and has also participated in Indo-Pak war in 1965 and 1971 as an Air Force pilot.
Dambulla, Aug 21 (PTI) Sri Lankan interim coach Nic Pothas has blamed the teams batsmen for the embarrassing nine-wicket loss to India in the first ODI of the five-match series. The hosts collapsed from 139 for one and were bowled out for 216 runs, which India chased down with 21.1 overs to spare yesterday. “We were 139 for 1. Then we were 77 for nine. To lose nine wickets in 19 overs is in anyones language unacceptable. Weve got to take that on the chin as staff, as players, and thats the reality of sport,” said Pothas after the heavy defeat. A lot of batsmen erred in judgement and played false shots to effect the middle order collapse that put Lanka out of the hunt of a good total. “Once again youve got to go to the individual. Our job as coaches is to put ammunition in the ammunition belt. Then its up to the player to make the decision to make based on his strengths, his reading of the conditions, and his reading of the opposition. “I think its been a huge help for our guys. Theres obviously some that do it better. Thats true in every team around the world. What we do know is that were not going to judge the success of that particular strategy in such a short period of time. “The way we look at it is in longevity, is it going to make us better players on the subcontinent? I think the answer to that is undoubtedly yes. Of course you?re going to get it wrong, but people nick half volleys and nick cuts,” said the coach. With only 216 runs to defend, it was never going to be easy against the mighty Indian batting line-up. The coach supported the bowlers in their misery as Shikhar Dhawan put them to the sword to bring up his third hundred on the tour. “Yeah, its tough. We probably didnt read the situation well enough. Yes, there were some execution issues as well. What we always try to drive home in the changing room is if you make the right decision but dont execute, were more than happy with that situation. “Today we were a little bit more on the making the wrong decisions side unfortunately,” he said. Pothas also said that while the defeat was embarrassing, he still backs his players to come good eventually. “It swings between hurt and embarrassment. Emotionally you get angry. You get frustrated. Am I angry with the players? Absolutely not. The players work as hard as anyone can ask of them. Theyve been superb. “Support staff has been out of this world. Brilliant. They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys. You can?t fault anyone within that changing room. Yes, we didnt play our best cricket today. That?s pretty obvious,” said the coach. PTI CN AH BS BSadvertisement
Virat Kohli certainly made it a Good Friday for his Royal Challengers Bangalore and the loyal supporters of the franchise as he led by example in the 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling 58-ball 100 and Moeen Ali’s brutal 28-ball 66 helped the Royal Challengers reach 213 for 4 after being asked to bat first by Dinesh Karthik. The visitors then overcame a late onslaught by Nitish Rana (85 not out) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls) to restrict the Knight Riders to 203 for 5 in 20 overs.The win was Bangalore’s second this season in nine games while Kolkata suffered their fourth successive defeat and are currently sixth on the points table after nine games.Crediting Kohli for the way he batted, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that his team conceded 20-25 runs too many in the slog overs which ultimately led to their downfall.Karthik also pointed out that Moeen Ali’s knock actually turned the game on its head. Moeen’s innings in the absence of an injured AB de Villiers gave the much-needed impetus to RCB’s charge in the middle overs and turned the tide in their favour.”I think the way Moeen batted, he took the game away from us. He played a few good shots and credit to him. I thought they were 20-25 runs too many and that’s what happens when a player like Virat plays. It was a brilliant knock from him.”The ball was seaming a little, and the new ball had a bit in it and it wasn’t easy for stroke-making. If I had to look back, it was 20 runs too many. This is a hard wicket for the spinners and we were aware that we could take on their spinners and that brought the game close. I think RCB did the small things right today,” Karthik said after the match.advertisementChances of qualifying for the playoffs are quickly slipping out of KKR’s hands but Karthik remains optimistic and still has the belief in his team’s abilities.”If we play a couple of good games things will start to roll and I believe in my boys. If we do the right things we will be back on track,” Karthik said.Also Read | Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat Kohli has 5 IPL hundreds as captain. All others combined have 4Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundred
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?
N’Golo Kante’s priority is defending according to Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, despite the midfielder taking on a more forward role this season.The France international has played in a different position after Sarri brought in Jorginho, who played under the Italian at Napoli, which many pundits have claimed has negatively affected his performances. Kante is not renowned for his attacking play, but put away a second-half chance in clinical fashion as the Blues claimed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? When asked about Kante by reporters after the game, Sarri said: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and on [Ross] Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.”Kante has had huge success in a defensive-midfield position, winning back-to-back Premier League titles for Leicester City and Chelsea in 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively and the World Cup with France, so some have questioned why he has been moved.Loftus-Cheek’s game time has been restricted under Sarri, despite an impressive loan spell at Palace last season and some promising cameos at the World Cup with England in the summer.Barkley on the other hand has enjoyed his best form in a Chelsea shirt since joining the Blues from Everton for £15 million in January 2018.The midfield has not been the biggest problem for Sarri since his arrival though, with the lack of a prolific centre-forward being more of a worry.Sarri has admitted he prefers Hazard as the main striker rather than Alvaro Morata, who has managed five Premier League goals this season, or Olivier Giroud, who has only one. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Muhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali, opens up about caregiving in the latest AARP Bulletin.Lonnie Ali Speaks Out About The Impact Taking On The Caregiver Role Has Had On Her RelationshipThe Ali caregiving story is about love, companionship and devotion.It is the story of a brave spiritual couple joining hands and going the distance in a difficult fight against an insidious disease, Parkinson’s. But perhaps most importantly, it is the story of a resilient woman serving as the voice, guiding light and conscience for an all-but-silenced superstar athlete and civil rights activist.In a rare and candid interview at the couple’s desert home in Phoenix, Arizona, wife Lonnie Ali opens up exclusively to AARP Bulletin about the challenges that come with caring for the man known as “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali and the impact taking on the role of caregiver has had on their relationship. Discussing everything from how the couple has dealt with Parkinson’s disease over the years to building a new kind of relationship every day, Mrs. Ali offers insight into the round-the-clock life of caregivers.As the primary caregiver of the boxing legend, Lonnie is every bit the inspiration her husband is to the more than 42 million Americans in this same role. And given newly released reports from AARP and the Associated Press, which finds that nearly two-thirds of spousal caregivers admit it causes real stress on their family, her story is one of urgency, importance and relevance to families across the nation.The following are excerpts from the June issue of AARP Bulletin’s feature story, Caring for the Champ, in homes now and available online at www.aarp.org/bulletin: On the Impact Being a Caregiver Has Had on Their Relationship “The hardest part for any caregiver, whether it is a child, parent or spouse, is the relationship change.“The relationship changes overtime with the illness. Physically, [patients] are not as mobile; they are not able to do things with you like they used to. The medications might affect their cognitive ability. They may not be able to speak as well…that is where you [transition] from a wife or a husband to a care partner or caregiver.” On Muhammad Ali’s Positive Outlook ”I am so fortunate. I have a husband who doesn’t complain about anything. He is not a moaner, a whiner or a poor-me kind of person. Muhammad has learned how to not sweat the small stuff. He is amazing that way.”“Parkinson’s has taken away a lot from this man — a lot that would put people in bed, make them cover their heads and never look up. He has a lot to be depressed about… But I think he is secure in who he is, and about his place in history. That’s not to say that Parkinson’s hasn’t changed him — it has. But he still has enough sense of self and dignity that he maintains.” On Dealing with Parkinson’s Disease ”Everything now is about protecting him and making sure he is healthy… When there is influenza, we don’t go to movies. We don’t want him exposed.“This is the beauty of Muhammad. He has made this illness, as horrible as it is, as much as it has taken away from him, serve him in some way.“If there was ever anyone who always lands on his feet and comes out smelling like a rose, it is Muhammad. It is his remarkable attitude toward life. He never has let anything stand in his way.“We are on this journey for a reason, I know that — whether it was to bring attention to this illness [or] whether it was to save his mortal soul.”
The delivery man has been admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) He was then assaulted using poles and the motorbike as well as the newspapers were set on fire, Sarawanabawan said. The delivery man suffered injuries to his head and arms. He was later thrown towards a drain. A man delivering Uthayan newspapers in Jaffna was attacked this morning and his motorbike as well as a stack of newspapers were set on fire, Uthayan Managing Director E. Sarawanabawan told the Colombo Gazette.The delivery man had gone to the Uthayan office and collected the newspapers and was heading towards his delivery point when he was surrounded by men on two motorbikes.
Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel sat down for an exclusive interview with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith last week to discuss a number of topics, including Big Ten expansion and compliance issues in college athletics. The following is an excerpt from the interview. Check back with The Lantern all quarter for more from Meisel’s interview with Smith. The Lantern: Are you sick of the word ‘expansion’ yet? Smith: No, not really. It’s funny, because I’m watching everybody else. We’re basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand any more, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape with the WAC and the Mountain West, and there’s rumors about the SEC. TL: When you see the turmoil at programs like USC and North Carolina, what goes through your mind? GS: I feel for them. I’ve been there, as an athletic director, when I first came to Ohio State and actually had it at Arizona State. I was on the NCAA infractions committee, so I heard cases, Michigan’s case, Utah’s case, a whole bunch of them. So I feel for them, because at the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. And there’s some things you can’t control. I don’t know their particular situations. But do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. TL: In the case of Georgia receiver A.J. Green the report was that he sold his own jersey. Can you at least see where he’s coming from, maybe feel for the kid? He knew he was wrong, but some of these kids — maybe it’s the situation they’re in? GS: See, I don’t. My thing is, if one of our kids really needs money and they’re in dire straits, they should have a relationship with their coach where they can share that. Then we find a way to help them. … I could give you countless stories where our kids have come to us and said, ‘I’ve got this problem.’ And so then we find a way to solve it. And there are ways to solve it. Philosophically, going to your point, should we be able to allow kids to sell jerseys or their likenesses and make money? I believe that, but I believe that money should be saved in an account for them for when they graduate. If you open that door and you allow every kid to monetize their persona, holy smokes. So I’m good with it if we said, ‘Whatever a kid’s jersey value is, you sell it, but you take a portion of that money because you have expenditures, you take the profit from it and put it in an account, if the kid graduates.’ I wouldn’t give it to them unless they graduate, they get the money. I’ve always said that that’s the way to go. TL: What was it like being named athletic director of the year by the Sports Business Journal? GS: It was funny, I was supposed to go on a vacation with my wife and we had three other couples we were going with. We were leaving on a Wednesday night, and I remember getting a call and they saw that I wasn’t coming. They invite six ADs to come and one of the six wins, it’s kind of like the Oscars. So I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t think I was going to win. I told the guy, ‘Look, I’m going on vacation with my wife.’ And he said, ‘Mr. Smith, I can’t tell you that you should be here, but I want to tell you that Sean McManus from CBS is going to provide the award and it’s probably to your advantage to be here.’ And I said, ‘OK, I think I get what you’re saying, but here’s my deal: If I tell my wife I’m going to be a day late to this vacation spot, you’ve got my back, right?’ And he said, ‘No problem, she’ll be happy that you did this.’ That’s exactly how it went. One, I was moved in that moment. I was there in front of those people and I felt great that I was able to represent the department and get that award because I’m just standing on the shoulders of a whole lot of people who do a whole lot of work. TL: And it made the vacation even better. GS: It made the vacation a whole lot better because I was able to take the trophy with me. And I had my buddies down there, helping me, protecting my back. TL: What, if any, major flaws does the Ohio State athletic department still have that you’re working on? GS: A lot of our stuff is in facilities. My predecessor, Andy (Geiger), did an unbelievable job with the ‘Shoe, the Schott, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens. Now, we have to take all of those other sports and get their facilities up to par. We just finished field hockey. I remember our first game here in ’05, I was standing on the practice field with Tressel one evening, it was getting dark, and we didn’t have lights out there. So, that’s always been on my to-do list, is to get what we just completed done. So it’s a lot of little projects that are highly important. We’ve got the boathouse that’ll be done in December, tennis we have one of the top three tennis programs in the country, which most people are surprised at, and they have cracks on their court with water coming up the cracks. I hope to have all this done in a short period of time. Of all of those sports with facilities where we want our kids safe and they’re representative of the quality of that team, field hockey just got done and field hockey was playing on a compacted, 10-year-old artificial turf that I know was killing their knees. Anyway, that’s our biggest challenge is getting those facilities done. And then the other piece is staying on the cutting edge, that allows us to continue to communicate with our fans and recruit. This past year, we had 422,000 Facebook views, largest in the country, 51 million hits on our website. We’re setting up a training session for our coaches and some of our staff on Twitter on how to properly use Twitter and maximize our opportunities. That type of stuff is not a flaw as much as it is staying — keeping that focus — staying on the cutting edge. Our core leadership is in our coaching staff, and we have great coaches, so I don’t see many flaws.
Sometimes freshers’ week is so far off the scale the wrong way that it is a big problem for themWilliam Richardson, general secretary of HMC 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. But the National Student Union (NUS) said their members were “rising to the challenge” and providing “different opportunities” to students.There has been some concern among leading heads that students aren’t prepared to the hands-off approach at universities where the number of contact hours drop dramatically.Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), headmasters said that their sixth formers are demanding “more actual university stuff to happen” at the start of university life. Peter Hamilton, principal at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boy’s School, said students are very eager to get on with studying early on at university because they often come from a highly-pressurised environment at school.He said: “It is the move from the highly structured to the less well structured and for many people that is a cause of great anxiety as well. Students think freshers’ week is a waste of time and money and would prefer to start courses straight away than spend the first days drinking, leading independent school head teachers have said.Their worries emerged as rising fees have meant students are increasingly more concerned about getting “value for money” at university.Head teachers have argued “teetotal” teenagers are increasingly aware they can’t enjoy freshers’ week in venues “where you can’t say no to drinking”.Last month there were scenes of chaos on the streets of Birmingham and Bristol as students marked the start of freshers’ week. Addressing reporters, William Richardson, the general secretary of HMC, said: “They say we want to start studies in the first week – I think we’ve heard that everywhere. “There is concern about freshers’ week being culturally very clunky. So the teetotal, faith-based female student, who wants to enjoy freshers’ week at a venue where you can’t say no to drinking – that’s definitely an issue.”He added: “[Student unions] want all students to feel included in the induction and sometimes freshers’ week is so far off the scale the wrong way that it is a big problem for them. ”They want it reformed. Freshers’ week did definitely get out of control ten years ago, and [they] are reining it back in.” ”For many people, you will remember the school day, almost every second is mapped out. They go to university and find that is not the case. ”Added onto that that they’re paying £9,000 a year for it and the fact they’ve just come from a highly pressured sixth form where it’s been work-work-results-results and you can kind of see why they’re so serious. “They want to get on with this.”Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said: “Students are asking more and more for different opportunities to meet other students in a variety of spaces. ”Students’ unions are rising to the challenge and providing a range of events that reflect this and finding ways to welcome new and returning students. ”NUS research has previously shown students are becoming more interested in all sorts of activities.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana hosts 44th COTED meetingMay 12, 2017In “latest news”COTED meeting urges partnerships with private sector to support region’s economic growthNovember 18, 2016In “Regional”COTED must position itself to address rapidly changing trade environment – ChairMay 17, 2018In “Regional” Chair of COTED, the Hon. Sandra Husbands, Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Barbados.The Chair of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has underscored the necessity of unity if the small islands that comprised the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were to develop.Sandra Husbands, Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Barbados, urged delegates at the two-day Meeting at the Georgetown Marriott in Guyana to make the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) work and gave notice that Barbados was pursuing the “prosper thy neighbour approach”.The Minister made the remarks at the opening session of the Forty-Seventh Meeting of COTED on Thursday morning, accordign to a CARICOM report.“The Government of Barbados has come here to get it right. The stakes are high and we have not come here to fail. We are here with a prosper thy neighbour approach. If one succeeds, all will succeed. We will all share in each other’s success”, Minister Husbands said.She added: “We are in a world where the special circumstances of small states are being overlooked and undervalued. This puts us at great risk if we do nothing, and presents us with great opportunity to deconstruct what no longer adds value and reconstruct what will enrich our future, if we act swiftly and effectively. None but ourselves will ensure that we do not fail in our pursuits aimed at further integration, cooperation and harmonisation. Our efforts need to be focused on changing the dynamic at the extra-regional and the intra-regional level. We must make CARICOM work. This includes ensuring that our institutions work as well-oiled machinery”, the COTED Chair added.Given that the Community was in competition with the rest of the world, the COTED Chair pointed out that the very survival of Member States of CARICOM depended on “our identifying our common interest, and acting as one in common cause to achieve our objectives.”“We are not fifteen members haggling and negotiating to create individual benefit for our countries. Rather we are sister territories striving to manage our resources and opportunities to generate accelerated value and benefit which we share for mutual benefit”, she said.
2GERGermany4 1SLOSlovenia4 6SWESweden0 Olympic handballrio 2016 handball 3BRABrazil4 4POLPoland2 The European champions have lost third match at Olympic tournament in Rio! The host team, Brazil, beat Germany 33:30 (17:16) after tough battle in which Dagur Sigurdsson stayed without Uwe Gensheimer who was sent off after kicking in head Brazilian goalie Mark Santos (12 saves).The Brazilian lefthander Chiuffa netted eight goals. That made of him man of the match.STANDINGS: 5EGYEgypt2 ← Previous Story Strong Croatia outplay Denmark Next Story → Slovenia book quarter-final in Rio!
All said, Microsoft’s plucky little Kin wasn’t a terrible product, so much as one that no one really wanted. It was priced like a smartphone, but offered up the functionality of a feature phone, and was eventually crippled out of existence by its carriers.iPod nano (6G)A rare misfire on Apple’s part, the latest version of the nano robbed the device of functionality, rather than adding it. The music player lost a camera and video playback, in favor of a tiny screen and a small form factor that made it all the easier to lose the thing between couch cushions.Google BuzzOkay, it’s not technically a gadget, but this half-hearted attempt at social networking wasn’t quite the Facebook killer people were hoping for–and those early Gmail security concerns certainly didn’t help matters much. We also considered the not-so-dearly-departed Google Wave, a product that was killed by a combination of overhype and utter confusion, but unlike Wave, people understood Buzz–they just didn’t like it.JooJooBorn in a storm of TechCrunch-fueled controversy, this “iPad-killer” beat Apple to the punch in terms of an announcement date, but failed on every other front. The device was buggy, had no built-in memory, was heavy, had no multitouch support, and was crazily overpriced, starting at $499.TV HatCombining the forward thinking fashion sense of an apiarist with the viewing habits of aggressively anti-social shut-ins, this was arguably the only product pointless enough to make people forget about the Snuggie. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://bheater.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4a3/” title=”Untitled Form” rel=”nofollow”&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Microsoft Kin It’s nearly the end of the year. There are two ways to go about this. We can either present you with a list of the year’s best gadgets, highlighting all of the wonderful innovations that have come out in the past year–or we can go the other way with it. I ask you this: which route sounds more fun?With that in mind, we present to you the finalists for Gearlog’s first annual “Most Useless Gadget of the Year.” I did a quick informal tally and gathered together some candidates for the list, four in all. If you don’t see your (least) favorite on there, don’t worry, you can always fill it in on the poll or send me your candidate via Twitter (@bheater).After the jump, a poll–and a little bit about each candidate.
Be it the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5, the rumors of the next iPhone are incessant. Everyday there’s something new. We even heard rumors today about the iPhone 6 and the potentil for Apple to drop the dock connector port. But what about the other extremely popular Apple iOS device: the iPad? Don’t worry, the rumor mill hasn’t left this trendy tablet out of the buzz. News of a new iPad hit today, which may mean the iPad 2 is getting a companion.Apparently the iPad wouldn’t be a replacement for the iPad 2, but instead, would be a higher-end (and more expensive) model called the iPad HD. Similar to how the MacBook has a MacBook Pro option, both devices are quality, but the MacBook Pro is used more for high-end photo and video editing purposes, and the MacBook is more of a general-purpose laptop. The iPad 2 would be the MacBook in this case and would be suited for the Average Joe. The iPad HD, however, would be for the serious iPad user and is said to feature a 2,048×1,536 resolution screen.AdChoices广告One area in which the device will be marketed to is video and photo production. The iPad HD may be introduced with an iPad version of Aperture or Final Cut, although we hope the Final Cut version for iPad is received better than the company’s latest Final Cut Pro release.As far as we can tell, the only upgrade is a higher-resolution screen. Unless Apple offers some sort of trade-in program for the second-gen tablet, iPad 2 owners will most likely be hesitant to purchase the HD version.Assuming you would purchase the iPad HD for photo or video purposes, it’s likely that you’d probably go for a higher-capacity iPad as well. The current price of the highest capacity iPad 2, the 64GB tablet with Wi-Fi and 3G, is $829. That’s already a good chunk of change to spend on a tablet. How much more would you be willing to pay for the HD version?via This is My Next
According to a draft law that was up for public consultation, the price for the buyout of a trespassed property will come to the minimum objective value where the property is located. This concerns urban properties up to 5,000 square metres and farms up to 10,000 sq.m.Two key conditions for the activation of the terms are that the property must have been held for at least 20 years without interruption through December 31, 2013, and that an application is submitted within a year of the ratification of the bill.For trespassers to become rightful owners, they must pay the amount due in a lump sum or in instalments of at least 800 euros per payment. Lump-sum payments will be granted a 5 per cent discount. A single individual can buy out more than one property as long as their total surface does not exceed 20,000 sq.m. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Clark College hopes subtracting remedial math courses and adding real-world context will equal student success.The school recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from College Spark Washington, which funds programs across the state to support low-income students. Students in remedial math classes currently have to take up to four classes to catch up. The new program will replace that with a two-course program, featuring changes to curriculum that make math more hands-on and applicable to their planned major.“We have a pretty convoluted precollege math pathway here at Clark,” said Joan Zoellner, a math professor at Clark College. “It’s pretty confusing for students.”And confusing isn’t the only problem. Those math classes can be a barrier to students completing their degrees. This quarter, 1,007 of the school’s 2,553 students enrolled in math classes are taking remedial courses. That’s low, because it’s the last quarter of the school year, Zoellner said. Typically, about 75 of the college’s students place into remedial math, she said.On average, only about 24 percent of students who place in remedial math courses place into college-level math within one year. And only 14 percent who place into precollege math end up placing in a college-level math course within two years, “which is appalling,” Zoellner said.“It’s unfortunately a trend throughout the country,” she said. “The more classes there are, the more opportunities there are for students to not succeed.”
The former Manchester United coach is now free to sign with any club he wants, as he was paid already by the English Premier League giants.Manchester United has paid up a £15 million compensation package to Jose Mourinho after he was sacked by the English Premier League club.And now the manager can sign with any other team he wants, as his business with the Red Devils is done.“There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United,” a source close to the coach told The Daily Mail.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everything has been sorted.”“Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush.”“He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to,” the source added.“There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed, but he told them he was the manager of Manchester United and totally committed to the club.”
EVERETT — Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying.The company says that the first Boeing 787-9 is undergoing final preparation before being delivered to Air New Zealand.The new plane is 20 feet longer and able to carry more passengers than the original 787-8. Boeing says the planes, which it calls the Dreamliner, use 20 percent less fuel and produce 20 percent less emissions than other planes of the same size. Boeing reduces weight and fuel burn by using composite materials for about half of the plane, according to the company website.Boeing says 26 customers around the world have ordered 413 787-9 jets.The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency certified the 787-9 for commercial service. Boeing said the certification process involved ground and laboratory tests on five planes and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing.Dreamliners were grounded worldwide last year after batteries on two of the planes overheated. The planes were allowed to fly again after regulators approved a fix by Boeing that included encasing the battery cells in steel to contain any fires.
EXCLUSIVE: Employee Benefits Live, Europe’s largest two-day event for benefits and reward professionals, is partnering with mental health charity Mind for its 2018 event at ExCeL London on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018.The charity will host the event’s first Mental Health Hub, where Mind will offer delegates advice on mental health in the workplace and showcase its new Mental Health at Work Gateway, which is being launched in partnership with The Royal Foundation.Mind currently operates a Workplace Wellbeing programme that aims to help individuals understand and start talking about the costs of neglecting mental wellbeing in the workplace. This includes offering free resources for employers around how to improve both mental wellbeing and employee engagement.Linked to this, Mind also runs its Workplace Wellbeing Index, which is a benchmark of best practice and policies around mental wellbeing at work. This enables employers to celebrate and gain recognition for the good work they are doing in this area.Mind additionally participates in the Time to Change campaign, which it runs alongside the charity Rethink Mental Illness. This aims to change public attitudes and perceptions towards mental health and, to date, more than 800 organisations have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge.Faye McGuinness, head of workplace wellbeing programmes at Mind, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Employee Benefits Live, and hosting the first ever Mental Health Hub.“With 300,000 people leaving work every year with a mental health condition and the cost of poor mental health at work costing employers £33 billion to £43 billion per year, it is vital that employers understand what measures need to be in place to support the mental health of their staff.“Across the two-day event, delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about what good practice looks like, find out what Mind can offer to support employers and explore our new Mental Health at Work Gateway that is being launched in partnership with The Royal Foundation.”Employee Benefits Live is a two-day event for HR, reward and benefits professionals, featuring an extensive exhibition and a comprehensive multi-stream conference programme. Delegates will be able to gain insight from leading industry experts and specialists as well as network with their peers, colleagues, industry providers and consultants.Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…
He took over leadership of the trust as auditors working for the state Legislature were finishing up a scathing report of the trust. It was released last year and flagged years of investment and meeting practices that were likely illegal and concluded the trust was exposed to lawsuits on multiple fronts it would likely lose. Thursday, Abbott was updating state lawmakers on how he’s fixing it.The auditors found the trust had overreached its investment authority by buying and managing commercial real estate it wasn’t supposed to. Then it mishandled earnings from those properties. And the auditors found that some board members were deliberately obscuring trust business that should have been public.Abbott said they’ve rewritten bylaws and have held trainings on transparency obligations. They hired a firm to examine their investment policies to comply with state law. The trust will have the firm’s recommendations in February.“We expect to be completed, substantially complete, with the policy decisions to fully address these issues by June of this year,” Abbott said. “The trustees and myself have agreed that we’re going to use this to improve both our practice and the public’s confidence in our practice, and our work, ultimately, for beneficiaries.”The trust is also working with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, which is supposed to handle the trust’s investments, on what to do with the handful of commercial real estate properties it still owns. The trust expects that process to be complete by June as well.Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chairs the committee Abbott was speaking to. Stedman said he thinks the trust is on track to smooth things out and avoid lawsuits.“But we just need to keep an eye on them, so we get this situation put to bed,” Stedman said. “I think we’ve got in front of it enough to take care of that, there doesn’t appear to be any loss to the trust beneficiaries.”The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is mandated to manage about 1 million acres of state land and a portfolio worth about $560 million to benefit Alaskans’ mental health needs. Its earnings turn into tens of millions of dollars in annual grants for programs like alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment, supportive housing and health care workforce development. Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO Mike Abbott described being audited as a lot like an invasive medical screening.“You won’t be surprised to hear me say that audit processes are not always enjoyable in the moment, but even if they aren’t enjoyable as you’re experiencing them, (they) can significantly improve the performance of an operating entity like the trust,” Abbott said from the hot seat at a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Thursday.