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Casablanca Among 10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

first_imgCasablanca- Travel website Smarter Travel has recently published a list of 10 places it considers as the “most disappointing” destinations in the world. Casablanca has made it to the list.Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital is a “soulless” city, according to Smarter Travel. According to the website, Casablanca is only a transitory station, unlike other places in the Northern African kingdom, and is thus one of the “10 most disappointing” destinations in the world. “Many international flights to Morocco arrive in Casablanca, but many visitors wish that their flight had kept right on going. This very commercial city is mostly office buildings and has been called “soulless” by many tourists. Transit here, but keep on going to the rest of Morocco if you want a more authentic experience,” says the survey. In addition to Casablanca, the top teen “most disappointing destinations in the world” includes Gibraltar (UK), the Niagara Falls in New York, Temple Bar in Dublin, California’s Hollywood, Nassau, in Bahamas, Liberty Island in New York, Frankfurt in Germany, Florida’s famous Walt Disney World, and Las Vegas. The survey, however, doesn’t says what are the criteria it used to arrive to such a conclusion or whether it based its ranking on the opinions expressed by travelers.In another survey published by American Magazine WeatherWise, Morocco’s largest city ranked 3rd best weather place in the world.  Referring to weather condition in Casablanca, the survey says: “Strongly moderated by cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather of the northwestern coast of Morocco experiences little seasonal variability and extremely mild temperatures year round. According to World Meteorological Organization data for Casablanca, which lies in the heart of this region, January experiences an average daily high of 63°F and a mean nighttime low of 45°F.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Jets place left guard James Carpenter on seasonending IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team’s most reliable players.Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday. Spencer Long moved from centre to left guard, and Jonotthan Harrison took over in Long’s spot. It appears that will be the plan moving forward.The 29-year-old Carpenter was a first-round pick by Seattle out of Alabama in 2011. He played his first four seasons with the Seahawks, including winning a Super Bowl in 2014.The Jets also announced Wednesday that they have promoted offensive lineman Ben Braden from the practice squad.Running back Mark Thompson was signed to the practice squad. He was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in the spring out of Florida.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

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Juan Mata officially becomes a Manchester United player

first_img“United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club’s history.“Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years.”United Manager David Moyes was quick to pile praise on his new acquisition:“Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He’s been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.“I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United. I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now – he has always played well against us – and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United, starting on Tuesday.”Aguero saves City blushes as Everton cruise past StevenageVIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo almost gave us the goal of the weekend JUAN MATA IS officially a Manchester United player, the club have announced.The 25-year old put pen to paper this evening after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Premier League champions.Earlier, United and Chelsea agreed a club-record £37.1 million deal for the Spanish international who scored 32 goals for the Blues since his move from Valencia in 2011.Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Mata said:“I am thrilled to be joining United. I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge.last_img read more

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Fake news will only be defeated by accurate factbased journalism that tells

first_img By Dr Fergal Quinn Jan 22nd 2017, 8:30 PM Source: Evan VucciDonald Trump has, from the moment he has stepped into the political arena, been hit by scandal after scandal; from shady business dealings and allegations of sexual assault, to his stated admiration for dictators.It serves his purpose perfectly to construct a narrative that everything you read in the media, in the New York Times or in your Facebook feed can be described as one great monolithic slab of fakery.Thus, there is no difference in “fakeness” between a picture of a shark swimming in the Shannon river, which is clearly photoshopped, and a picture of the aftermath of a bombing in Aleppo which has been verified and corroborated by numerous sources, though is being officially denied by the regime.What can be done to limit the effect of this cascade of misinformation? Because there is a lot at stake here, both internationally and here at home. When the holder of the most powerful elected office in the world sets a tone, have no doubt that existing and wannabe demagogues from Manila to Dun Laoghaire are taking note.Firstly, the media does need to take a look at itself. It must remedy the kind of weakness that canny communicators like Trump can exploit. There is evidence of a decline in journalism standards within established, “traditional” media companies in recent years, mainly due to time and resource constraints.The race to be first, to win the ratings war, the clicks, the ad revenue, has led to news organisations getting caught out, hurting public faith in the media as representing their interests.Media trustTrump and canny populists like him are using this vulnerability to push the notion, not that media policy makers should try to improve and protect the space in which good journalism operates, but that journalism itself is the problem and we simply shouldn’t trust any media content. This, of course, only serves their own agenda and their desire to be able to do and say as they please without uncomfortable scrutiny.Most of us who criticise content published in our media, whether it be the Journal.ie or the New York Times (and as a journalism teacher, I spend a great deal of time in my classes discussing just this), do so because we desire high standards and we believe in what journalism can and should be.We do not believe that there is no good journalism being done today, but that there should be more of it. Misinformation can only be fought only by a renewed commitment to true information.Journalists must always keep this in mind and those who consume news must also be aware of it. Think before you share on social media. Consider all the facts and not just the ones that suit your argument. This goes for people who are against Donald Trump and what he stands for as much as those who thinks he is what the US needs right now.Readers should be suspiciousBut it should be less a lazy reactionary cynicism than a healthy scepticism that drives one to check and corroborate everything before it is believed. And there’s the rub.In his heart of hearts, Donald Trump and those behind him know this too, that a blizzard of lies and distortions can be defeated by just the thing he is trying to discredit.Accurate, comprehensive, fact-based journalism which tells the truth. Which doesn’t flinch or back away and which shines a light on the darkness to give a full picture.The kind of picture that may well show us that the man who is shouting “fake” the loudest, is the one with the most to hide.Dr Fergal Quinn is a lecturer in journalism at University of Limerick. He tweets at: @quinnfergal.Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish fact-checker in a “fake news” era>Facebook is cracking down on fake news in Germany before Angela Merkel seeks fourth term> ‘Fake news will only be defeated by accurate, fact-based journalism that tells the truth’ The media needs to look at itself and remedy the kind of weakness that canny communicators like Trump can exploit, writes Dr Fergal Quinn. 102 Comments Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share58 Tweet Email2 Dr Fergal Quinn 452 Views http://jrnl.ie/3195116 Short URL “DARKNESS IS GOOD,” Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon said a few weeks back. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they (liberals) get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”Bannon’s comments reverberated again last week, as Trump berated a CNN reporter for having the temerity to try and ask him a question. “Quiet,” he told him. “Your organisation is terrible…you are fake news.”It was the latest in a string of attacks by Trump on respected news organisations including The Washington Post, the BBC, The New York Times and suggests a pattern more significant than simple annoyance at hostile coverage.Trump’s co-opting of term ‘fake news’His use of the term “fake news” is a particularly interesting, co-opting of a term that became ubiquitous in recent months in descriptions of the type of false stories which flourished on social media leading up to his sensational win over Hilary Clinton.Clinton was, at varying times, implicated in paedophile rings and murder, while unlikely public figures such as the Pope and actor Denzel Washington declared their support for Trump.Term becomes meaninglessBut the term “fake news” has been used to describe so many types of news content that it becomes almost meaningless. It can be used to describe news output which is deliberately made-up, or accidentally wrong, news which is partially wrong, or simply incomplete.It is being used to describe news content that is badly reported or corroborated, and news which is thoroughly reported but framed to fit an agenda by a reporter or editor.As a term, “fake news” is far too all-encompassing to usefully describe and differentiate between what is happening recently, and more existential problems that have always been at the heart of how journalism is practiced.Objectivity has become an aspirationConsider, for example, the problem of objectivity in journalism, a value increasingly being seen as aspirational, as opposed to entirely achievable.If you are a white, Irish, middle-aged, middle-class, Catholic woman writing a story, your every word choice and sentence construction betrays your subjective perspective, whether you want it to or not.Should articles which lack objectivity then, be put under the same banner as deliberately falsified reporting? “Fake news” as a term is just vague enough and specific enough then to be highly useful for politicians who prefer to operate in areas where boundaries are blurred and meaning is unclear. In darkness, so to speak.Trump adopts it for his own purposeslast_img read more

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Alphabets Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Photos Track your health and step up your game with these smart shoes (pictures) Apple reading • Alphabet’s Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Watch Series 4 $349 Wearable Tech Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) • See It Apple Tags $399 Walmart See It See it Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Verily is reportedly working on smart shoes. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Your shoes may very well be your next fitness and health tracker.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, has been reportedly working on smart shoes that can track your weight and movements and detect falls. As reported by CNBC, the Verily has been showing off a prototype pair to potential partners to co-develop the shoes.Sudden changes to a person’s weight can indicate health problems like congestive heart failure. Having a pair of shoes that can accurately track your weight could be a way to alert a person of a more serious condition as soon as it’s detected.The trend of wearables that can detect falls is nothing new. Last year, Apple launched its newest Apple Watch, which can detect when the wearer loses their balance. French company Helite makes protective jackets and vest for skiers, cyclists and motorcycle riders that inflate when a fall is detected. Helite also makes the Hip’Safe a belt for elderly people that inflates airbags to protect their hips in a fall.And Verily isn’t the only company working on beefing up shoes. Nike unveiled last month the Adapt BB, the latest iteration of its self-tying shoes. As if the Back to the Future-style tying wasn’t smart enough, Nike’s shoes pair up with your phone in order to collect data, make adjustments and even get software updates.It’s not known whether the smart shoes project is active or not. However, Verily isn’t the first company to pursue smart footwear. The French company E-vone announced a pair that can also track weight and detect the wearer taking a spill at CES in 2018. Verily did not immediately respond to a request to comment.First published Feb. 1, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. PT.Update Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. PT: Added more background information on smart shoes. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy See All 3 Google Apple Alphabet Inc. How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinementslast_img read more

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Kotak Mahindra Bank takes RBI to court over promoter holding norm shares

first_imgKotak Mahindra bank has been given multiple deadline extensions by the RBI. In a similar tale, shares of Bandhan Bank had tanked as much as 20 percent in a single day in September after the RBI stopped it from opening new branches without prior approval and froze executive pay. The action was taken after the bank failed to cut promoter holding as per RBI’s banking licence guidelines. RBI stops printing Rs 2000 notes Kotak Mahindra Bank and ATM in Bengaluru, India.IBT Media/SVKrishnamachariKotak Mahindra Bank sued the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday after the central bank prevented promoter Uday Kotak from paring his equity holding in the bank using preference shares.Kotak Mahindra, India’s fourth largest private lender, said it had no other option to protect its interests with a December 31 deadline for promoter holding dilution looming.Kotaka Mahindra Bank is required to bring down promoter share holding as per an RBI-instituted timeline. As per the central bank requirements, promoter Uday Kotak must reduce holding in the bank to 20 percent by the end of December from 29.73 percent currently. The bank should further pare the promoter share holding to 15 percent by March 2020.The bank said it was moving the Bombay High Court as a matter of ‘abundant caution’. Kotak Mahindra Bank shares tanked as much as 7 percent intra-day even as benchmark index Sensex traded in choppy waters ahead of the results of elections to five states assemblies due on Tuesday. Kotak Mahindra Bank Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Uday Kotak launches the ‘811 banking app’ in Mumbai on March 29, 2017.IANSUnder RBI’s stricture to bring down promoter equity, Uday Kotak moved in August to cut his holding by using preference shares rather than common equity. However, the RBI cut down the move saying the bank could not take the Perpetual Non Convertible Preference Shares (PNCPS) route to pare promoter holding.The bank said in statement on Monday that it had requested the RBI to reconsider the decision.”We have since clarified and conveyed to the RBI our position in relation to PNCPS being a part of paid up capital and the legal basis on the matter of dilution of shareholding under the Banking Regulation Act. We have also shared with the RBI the opinions of eminent jurists and senior most legal counsels of the country, which confirm our understanding,” the statement said.Banking licence guidelinesKotak also said it was filing the writ petition in light of the looming December 31 deadline. “However, we have not heard from the RBI on the above matter. Given the milestone of December 31, 2018, the Bank has been left with no option but to protect its interest. By way of abundant caution, the Bank has today filed a writ petition with the Hon’ble Bombay High Court to validate the Bank’s position,” the bank said. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

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Nassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates says Baha Mar will hopefully

first_imgNassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates, says Baha Mar will hopefully open late 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — If you’re worried about Nassau Paradise Island not having enough variety in terms of accommodations, rest assured – the luxury destination truly does offer a wide range of properties that caters to all budgets.This was the main message conveyed at an industry lunch in Toronto yesterday hosted by the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association. Said Fred Lounsberry, CEO of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, which represents some 15 hotels and resorts on the island: “Everyone knows it’s an expensive destination, but you’ll find that with the variety of hotels available, there’s something for everyone.”Lounsberry also noted that Canada is a very important market for the destination, and that although it’s been a difficult couple years due to the exchange rate and Hurricane Matthew, business is still good.“From Canada, airport arrivals are off about 3% year to year, which isn’t bad considering the recent challenges we’ve faced. Obviously we’d like it to be better, but we also know it’ll swing back around,” he said.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaWhen it does, Paradise Island and its bevy of accommodations will be ready to welcome an influx of tourists. At the top of the list is the brand new Warwick Paradise Island, a four-star, adults-only, all-inclusive resort featuring 250 rooms, four dining options, two bars, fitness centre and tour desk. The first new hotel product to hit Paradise Island since 2007, the resort also boasts the 10,000 square-foot Warwick Sea Terrace featuring an arrivals dock and expansive boardwalk.Bay View Suites Paradise Island opens today (Dec. 1) after completing a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly the Best Western Bay View Suites) as well as an updated marketing strategy and logo.The destination’s powerhouse property – Atlantis Paradise Island – has commenced a major US$20 million renovation of its Coral Towers, one of the most centrally located accommodations at the resort. Slated for completion in summer 2017, the refresh will also include a new pool concept featuring Bahamian-influenced and family-style programming.Ultra-luxe One&Only Ocean Club, which suffered property damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, will reopen on Feb. 14. On the other end of the spectrum, Lounsberry reminded guests of the perks available at Comfort Suites, which thanks to a deal brokered years ago, allows guests to enjoy all the benefits of nearby Atlantis Paradise Island.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionBob Marley Resort & Spa is also a unique option for guests looking for an alternative to big-chain resorts. The former Marley Family home offers just 17 rooms and a honeymoon suite that used to be the bedroom of the iconic singer.And as for Baha Mar, Lounsberry said there’s been “a lot of movement” and promised that it will open “sooner rather than later.” He noted that there are active buyers, is not sure whether current brands will remain, and anticipates more news to come within the next 30-60 days. “Hopefully, it will open next year at this time in some shape, way or form.” Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, December 1, 2016 Tags: Baha Mar Sharelast_img read more

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Tunisias judges strike protesting firings

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s judiciary went on open-ended strike Wednesday to protest the government’s removal of 82 judges for corruption and ties to the previous regime.The judges called for the Justice Ministry to revoke its decision, describing the move as unjust and not giving those targeted a chance to defend themselves.“The firing of the judges is contrary to the fundamentals of transitional justice which calls for revealing the truth about people and judging those who have violated (people’s) rights, while guaranteeing equitable decisions and above all the right to defense,” said Raoudha Laabidi, head of the Tunisian Judges’ Union in a statement. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Justice Ministry spokesman Mondher Bendhiafi said Sunday in an interview that the judges targeted were “beyond the shadow of a doubt” involved in passing judgments to enrich family members of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown last year.Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 23 years during which he and his relatives came to control large sectors of the economy, aided by a compliant legal system.Tunisia’s teachers and health workers have also announced they are going on a two-day strike calling for higher wages, while in the impoverished interior there are general strikes expected in the coming days.Since the uprising, which partly took place over high unemployment, the economy has only worsened and the country has been plagued by strikes for improved living conditions, especially in the interior.Tourism, one of the country’s main earners of hard currency, also suffered and there was a negative economic growth in 2011.According to the state news agency, the head of the General Union of Tunisian Workers, Houcine Abbasi said some strikes were actually canceled after negotiations with the government for salary increases and keep from exacerbating the fragile situation.last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at tea

first_imgArizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at team OTAs, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Even so, Fitzgerald said the locker room is a place like any other in life: it requires relationship management. During the 2009 season, teammate Chike Okeafor was griping out loud, and well within earshot of reporters, about the four-year, $40 million contract extension Fitzgerald had signed before the 2008 season.“You always have to manage,” Fitzgerald said. “Look around this locker room; around the National Football League. We were all all-state performers and MVPs of our teams and division player of the years. We all come from storied backgrounds and so you get that many guys who are used to having success, there’s going to be some rubbing, there’s going to be some heads bumping. You just have to understand it’s about the team and it’s about making each other better without causing any friction.”Fitzgerald has come to enjoy that aspect as much as any part of his job. He is always ribbing or chatting with teammates, and he is so comfortable around media that he hijacked an interview with Jaron Brown last week to inject some humor.“I think I enjoy the relationship aspect of it more than I did,” he said. “I really like seeing the young guys working and having success and seeing their hard work pay off for them. I would definitely say I like being a teammate. That’s fun for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   There was no formality to this gathering, no check of his hair or clothing or teeth. Instead, Fitz hopped up on a countertop in the middle of the locker room, feet dangling like a kid, while a semi-circle of reporters and cameramen swelled around him.It’s a scene nobody would have witnessed in Fitzgerald’s rookie season. He was reluctant to talk to reporters then. It wasn’t that Fitzgerald was timid, as some have suggested. He was simply being respectful.“I’ve never been one to be unsure of myself, but when you come into the league at 20 years old and you make millions of dollars, there’s going to be resentment there,” he said. “There is going to be animosity a lot of times. I think the fastest way to bring that down is to show them that you can play and you want to work; you want to be a part of the team.”“Just from being a youngster, being a ball boy for the Vikings, I saw it was usually better when the rookies just shut their mouths and did their jobs. If you start talking to the media as a young guy, a lot of the veterans look at that and think ‘oh, he thinks he’s this.’ I just wanted to be quiet and keep working. Once I showed them I could play and they respected me, then I could be myself.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img It’s hard to fully believe a pro athlete when they say they don’t care about stats, accolades or money any more, but Fitzgerald brings a unique perspective to the table. Aside from the maturity his two sons have demanded from him, Fitzgerald’s famous travels have provided a broader perspective on his own life and the individual-centric American approach.“When you first get into the league, I just wanted to get to a Pro Bowl. Everything is personal,” he said. “When you’re young, you have to establish yourself and then as you get older, once you have established yourself, individual accolades and statistics and things like that don’t really matter to you any more.“Winning a championship puts me in a completely different stratosphere. I know I have to go out and perform to help my team win but it’s not how many catches or how many yards. It doesn’t matter at this point any more.”It is all the more urgent for Fitzgerald, who turns 34 in August, to check that final box as he enters another season that could be his last, playing on an expiring contract.“Look at Carson [Palmer] and guys like Tom Brady and all the older guys. How much more money can we make? How many more touchdowns can they throw?” he said. “It’s not going to change much of anything with how people look at them. Winning is all that matters at this point. That’s it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s easy to feel comfortable sitting in Larry Fitzgerald’s skin. He is a Valley icon whose name is synonymous with the Cardinals organization. He is a multi-millionaire. If he never catches another NFL pass, his place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is assured, and he is beloved by a fan base, a city and truth be told, much of the local media.Maybe that’s why reporters had given Fitzgerald a hall pass on interviews through most of OTAs. Fitzgerald must have sensed this as he was on his way out of the Cardinals’ locker room on Tuesday after a one-on-one interview. All it took was one additional request and he agreed to return for a full-on media scrum. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 11last_img read more

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Miami stadium could rise from ruins under restorat

first_imgMiami stadium could rise from ruins under restoration plan Miami Marine Stadium is a shell of its former self.What was once home to world-class speedboat races, sold-out rock concerts and boxing matches now sits abandoned behind a fenced-off section of Virginia Key, a slice of land south of downtown Miami.More than a quarter-century after the modernist concrete structure was condemned due to hurricane damage, trespassers have replaced patrons. Security guards are the new ushers. Heaping piles of illegally dumped trash and rubble now cover a ground once carpeted by ticket stubs.The City of Miami has committed $42 million to restore the stadium and create a mixed-use park around it.“We want this to be a signature space,” the municipality’s chief of urban design, David Snow, said at a recent town hall meeting organized to solicit public opinion.Previous attempts by past administrations and outside groups all failed amid budget concerns and fruitless political negotiations. But now the city has the political wherewithal to get it done, and in fact has already hired a design team, Snow said, noting, “We’ve been waiting for this since 1992.”Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium was the brainchild of a young and ambitious Cuban architect named Hilario Candela.For decades, it was home to hundreds of spectacles. In 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. warmly embraced President Richard Nixon at the stadium during a rally to support his re-election bid. Queen performed there in 1975, when tickets cost a mere $3 apiece. And other musicians, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Whitney Houston and Jimmy Buffet, entertained crowds from the stadium’s floating stage.The festivities came to an abrupt end in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew swept through South Florida, leaving cracks in the foundation that prompted Miami officials to condemn the building.Candela, now serving as the project’s associate architect, described the city’s original assessment as flawed and politically motivated. He said the damage was not from the hurricane but a direct result of lack of maintenance. “We knew that for a fact,” he said.For years, the stadium sat vacant without proper oversight and continued to decay. If not for the dogged efforts of the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, an advocacy group that successfully fought to have it designated as a historical landmark in 2008, it would have been demolished.“It felt tremendous” said Candela, who served as one of the group’s organizers. Something he dreamed up nearly 50 years prior would “remain forever,” he added.Despite this feat, the stadium remains fenced off from the public.Its rooms and concourses have been stripped bare, corroded by the elements. Rusted light fixtures from the vaulted cantilever roof have crashed to the ground and wedged themselves between aisles of janky seats. Layers upon layers of graffiti have spread like invasive vines across every wall.Silvia Royer is overwhelmed by a mix of nostalgia and frustration when she thinks of the stadium that she grew up with. The 45-year-old Miami resident said the city failed its citizens by closing it.“It made you love Miami,” Royer said. She recalled attending concerts and sporting events during which attendees docked their boats near the stadium and drank beer from flotation devices, watching performances while wading in the water.“You can’t do that in New York City. You can’t do that anywhere else,” she said.Four years after the stadium received historical landmark status, a 2012 study conducted by the World Monuments Fund deemed the building structurally sound. Public records show the assessment was backed by a 2017 study conducted by Wiss Janney Elstner, an Illinois firm responsible for overseeing the restoration and structural maintenance of the Sydney Opera House. The stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2018.“This entire project is meant to be a historic preservation,” said Richard Heisenbottle, president of RJ Heisenbottle Architects, a local firm hired by the city to oversee the stadium’s restoration.He added that although the group intends to maintain the stadium’s original structure, a significant emphasis will be placed on providing modern amenities so that the venue can once again provide a world-class sensory experience to audiences.“We want people to come to the stadium even when they’re not going to a concert,” said Heisenbottle, who noted that the firm’s goal is to allow visitors to have access on off days to enjoy the views of Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay.Officials hope the restoration will be completed by 2020.On a recent afternoon, the only sounds heard inside came from boaters playing electronic dance music on small luxury vessels docked out in the basin. Iguanas sunbathed and roamed freely throughout the structure. The closest thing to a celebrity sighting was a mother attempting to take headshots of her daughter for a television show audition.A security guard gently asked them to leave. They didn’t have a permit to be on the property.Ellis Rua, The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 photo, graffiti covers the walls of the derelict Miami Marine Stadium, on Virginia Key, in Miami. The stadium was once the home to world-class events such as concerts and speedboat races. The city condemned the modernist concrete structure after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in 1992. The city has announced its intentions to restore the stadium. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ellis Rua, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2018 12:26 pm PDTlast_img read more

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Gov Snyder signs Rep Forlini electronic notice legislation

first_img21May Gov. Snyder signs Rep. Forlini electronic notice legislation Lawmaker: Email communication easier for landlord and tenant Categories: Newscenter_img Governor Snyder today signed into law legislation ensuring that landlords and renters have another legal venue to discuss renter status.House Bill 4038, introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini, allows landlords to send notices via e-mail. Rep. Forlini said one purpose of the bill was to ensure that tenants are properly and legally informed of their status.“Paper notices are becoming more and more outdated, and can be lost or damaged through no fault of either party,” said Rep. Forlini, R-Harrison Township. “Electronic contact is the commonplace standard today, and this legislation will make these sensitive communications both easier to deliver and more private on behalf of the renter.”Rep. Forlini said the bill also allows property managers to more easily and reliably deliver notifications to their tenants. The legislation would provide that tenants must give advance permission in a written agreement.“Most people these days check their e-mail far more often than their mailbox,” Rep. Forlini said, “They deserve the opportunity to be informed of these notices as soon as possible, and landlords should be able to use the best technology available to communicate effectively with their renters.”House Bill 4038 is now Public Act 36 of 2015.last_img read more

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Rep Potvin to meet with residents in Barryton Sept 19

first_img14Sep Rep. Potvin to meet with residents in Barryton Sept. 19 State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, is holding office hours Monday, Sept. 19, to meet with residents of the 102nd House District. He will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Williams Café, 19636 30th Ave. in Barryton.“I regret that I wasn’t able to make it to Barryton last month, and I’m looking forward to meeting with residents there on Sept. 19,” Rep. Potvin said. “I hope people take an opportunity to come to Williams Café and sit down with me. I enjoy hearing feedback from residents in our district, and I’m always happy to answer questions about what is going on in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary for office hours. Anyone unable to attend can contact Rep. Potvin’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1747. The representative also can be reached by email at philpotvin@house.mi.gov; or by mail at S-1386 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.##### Categories: Newslast_img read more

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WomanBased Outreach Eliminates High Child Mortality in Mali What Can Your Nonprofit

first_imgShare38Tweet6ShareEmail44 SharesFrom MusoHealth.orgMarch 12, 2018; ForbesSometimes our current models of community support can just be dead wrong: A nonprofit organization, supported by a network of philanthropists, has virtually reversed childhood mortality in Bamako, the capital of Mali, where the childhood mortality rate was among the highest in the world. With its innovative proactive healthcare approach, Muso, which means “woman” in the local language, empowers women and community leaders to eliminate disease in their communities before it spreads or worsens, saving children’s lives through rapid treatment of life-threatening illnesses.Muso recently published in the journal BMJ Global Health the results of a seven-year study of its implementation of its anti-poverty intervention, called the Muso Model. The study began in 2008 when one in seven children in Mali died before their fifth birthday. At the study’s end, the death rate was 1-in-142, the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa and better than the levels in some US states.Muso designed the strategy, which it implemented with the help of the Malian government, to train community health workers to go door-to-door seeking out and treating sick children rather than waiting for them to be brought to clinics. By treating children within the first signs of illness, workers improve their chances of recovery, particularly for the diseases deadliest among young children like pneumonia, malnutrition, diarrhea, and malaria.A contributing factor to this proactive approach of seeking out patients is that it takes the burden of identifying symptoms and taking the child to the clinic off the parents and family members, thus ensuring that the child receives expert care at the earliest signs of symptoms. This strategy of proactive community case management is a reversal from the previous trend of reactivity which leaves public health agencies unprepared for a crisis, like in the case of Zika and other rare diseases that only receive attention when they become problems.In response to the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization created a Blueprint Plan for Action to reduce the lag time between the onset of an epidemic and when medical interventions can be made available. By prioritizing under-studied pathogens and potential threats, assessments can be made regarding a community’s resilience or susceptibility to an epidemic. Then, activities can be targeted to build community capacity where it is most needed. This sort of pre-emptive and proactive approach is relatively new to healthcare and international development, which is often viewed now as reacting to illness rather than promoting wellness.The development of collaborative and coordinated public health interventions is part of what has made Muso’s strategy successful. What has perhaps made an even greater difference is the inclusion of members of the community who were trained as health workers. They went to their neighbors, to people who knew them and spoke their language and trusted them. Employing local staff who can integrate strategies long after an aid agency has left turns short-term interventions into long-term solutions. Interventions comprised of locals build the capacity of individuals in those communities by giving them good jobs and reduces dependence on foreign aid.Women and girls are disproportionately negatively impacted by humanitarian crises, making up 70 percent of the global population in poverty. That in itself is a good reason to invest in women, another is that investing in women and girls has a disproportionately positive impact on their families and communities. As Melinda Gates said succinctly at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in 2014, “when we invest in women, we invest in the people who invest in everyone else.”There are numerous factors that make Muso’s recent success in Mali extraordinary: the severity of child mortality at the beginning of the study, the short length of the intervention, and the relatively small amount of funding that has been contributed to the project so far. While studies with control groups need to be conducted to conclusively attribute Muso’s efforts to the steep decline in childhood mortality in Mali, these promising early results indicate that this approach has the potential to make critical headway on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing childhood mortality worldwide by 2030.—Mi LovejoyShare38Tweet6ShareEmail44 Shareslast_img read more

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Just over a week after videoondemand technology

first_imgJust over a week after video-on-demand technology company SeaChange announced that it would be selling its broadcast server and storage business, CEO Raghu Rau said the company will attempt to sell its media services business, including On Demand Group.Speaking on a conference call announcing SeaChange’s full year results, Rau said, “We are…actively engaged in the potential divestiture of our media services business.” He said the unit was not core to the company’s strategy of turning itself into a pure software company.“Our focus in fiscal 2013 is on the execution of our strategy to transform the company into a pure-play software provider, lowering our overall cost structure, delivering industry leading, next generation solutions and achieving superior financial results,” said CEO Rau. “We recently announced the divestiture of our broadcast servers and storage business and are actively engaged in the potential divesture of other non-core assets that do not fit into our long-term business strategy.”SeaChange reported full year revenues of $197.7 million (€148), down US$4 million on the corresponding period in 2010.last_img read more

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Connected TV specialist Capablue has completed a r

first_imgConnected TV specialist Capablue has completed a round of funding and recruited a new director.Capablue said it would use the money to scale the company, improve business development in vertical sectors, strengthen its cloud-based technology platform and expand internationally. The company has also appointed advertising entrepreneur Charlie Makin as a director. Makin will help Capablue to increase its profile among brand owners and advertising agencies.“The market for the consumption of content and services has changed with the emergence of internet connected devices,” said Makin. “People now interact with content and brands over a number of devices and this market is continuing to grow. New technologies like Capablue’s are enabling both brands and agencies, regardless of size, to evolve with this changing TV market and reach new audiences worldwide. This is an untapped market for these companies and I’m looking forward to working with Capablue to change that.”last_img read more

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Qatarbased satellite operator EshailSat has laun

first_imgQatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has launched itself at the Cabsat Dubai exhibition this week, showcasing the first of its planned global fleet of satellites, Es’hail 1.Es’hail 1 is scheduled for launch this summer, offering Ku-band and Ka-band capacity, with coverage of the MENA region from the 25.5° East orbital position.Based in Doha, Qatar, the company will own and operate satellites to provide television, internet, corporate and government services to customers across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.  About 13 million homes are reachable from the 25.5° East position.“We are delighted to participate for the first time at Cabsat.  It is the must attend event for the broadcast, digital media and satellite sector in the region.  It’s also the ideal forum for us to showcase Es’hailSat as new but solid company with the credibility, resources and talent to deliver reliable, quality services across the Middle East and North Africa”, said Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Es’hailSat. “With one satellite under construction and future satellites planned, Cabsat will help us to achieve our goal to become a world-class satellite operator and center of excellence in the region.  We will provide broadcasting independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage for this dynamic and fast-growing market in satellite services.  We see this exhibition as a key element in our marketing strategy going forward.”last_img read more

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A strong performance in the Americas and sales of

first_imgA strong performance in the Americas and sales of SmarDTV conditional access modules boosted Switzerland-based TV technology provider Kudelski’s top line growth for the first half of the year, with revenue growing by CHF1.9 million to CHF390.2 million (€315.9 million).The growth came despite a hit from the European economic crisis and the divestiture of Kudelski subsidiary Abilis.North And South America contributed 12.1% growth thanks to the sale of new smartcards to Dish Network and expansion in South America with customers including Costa Rica’s Rasca and Telefónica/OpenTV5 in Chile.Kudelski reported operating income of CHF16.9 million for the first half compared with a CHF2.5 million loss for the comparable period last year.last_img read more

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Belgian telco Belgacom has launched its TV Replay

first_imgBelgian telco Belgacom has launched its TV Replay service in Flanders and Brussels, allowing viewers to watch shows up to 36 hours after they’ve aired on different devices. The service, which Belgacom began trialling in November, lets Belgacom TV customers access programmed from their TV, computer, tablet or smartphone.Starting from this week, the TV Replay offering will consist of content from six channels – één, één HD, Canvas, Canvas HD, Ketnet/OP12, VIER, VIER HD, Belgacom 11, Belgacom 11+, and Belgacom 5.A second launch phase, slated for April 15, will see seven more channels be added – Vijf, Vijf HD, VTM, VTMHD, 2BE, 2BE HD, Vitaya, JIM, anne and VtmKzoom.“Belgacom is the first to launch such a product on the digital TV market in Belgium, in cooperation with the channels. Thanks to this new product, you don’t have to worry if you forget to record a program, and you are no longer dependent on the TV guide. With TV Everywhere, customers could watch TV wherever they wanted: TV Replay now allows them to also do this whenever they want,” the firm said.TV Replay will cost customers €3 per month, while a TV Replay+ option that will allow viewers to also skip forwards through programmes costs €7 per month.The rollout follows a successful four-month test with 10,000 Dutch-speaking Belgacom TV customers.The news comes days after Belgacom said it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Vivendi about selling 100% of its shares in ICT services company Groupe Telindus France.last_img read more

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Swedish streaming firm Voddler has started rolling

first_imgSwedish streaming firm Voddler has started rolling out a new global video-on-demand service for Bollywood content, called Bollyvod. The service has gone live in the US, with worldwide launches to follow in the coming months.Voddler said it has secured more than 100,000 hours of content for Bollyvod – including the latest movies and shows from Bollywood’s leading studios – and claims it is aiming at global audience of some 700 million people.“In many countries, Bollywood fans are a niche audience. On a global scale, though, they are a mass market crying out for Indian cinema and TV-shows,” said Voddler CEO Marcus Bäcklund.“Bollyvod gives people exactly what they want: good content truly anywhere and anytime, with an extraordinary quality of service. In doing this, Bollywood crushes piracy. So while Hollywood struggles with its digital transition, Bollywood will generate new revenue and make piracy streaming irrelevant, thanks to one global disruptive move.”Voddler said it will deliver the Bollywood content using its peer-to-peer cloud Vnet, which is designed to allow content owners to reach large audiences, even in low bandwidth regions.last_img read more

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BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement

first_imgBSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to  ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.last_img read more

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