Dutch Researcher Retracts First Paper, Offers ‘Apologies’

first_imgToday’s issue of Science contains the first official retraction of a paper by Diedrik Stapel, the Dutch social psychologist who allegedly made up or manipulated data in dozens of studies. The paper reported on a study finding that a messy physical environment promoted stereotyping and discrimination. Today’s retraction notes that an investigation by Tilburg University, for whom Stapel worked until recently, indicated the study’s data were fabricated. The retraction, which follows an Editorial Expression of Concern published after the university released its findings at the end of October, offers “apologies from author Stapel” and notes that “Coauthor Lindenberg was in no way involved in the generation of the data and agrees to the retraction of the paper.” The co-author, Siegwart Lindenberg of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands*, e-mailed ScienceInsider last month that Stapel approached him after reading a paper in Science he had authored. They planned follow-up experiments that Stapel then said he carried out. “There was no reason to be suspicious in any way about what he presented to me as the results of the experiments he conducted,” Lindenberg noted in the e-mail sent soon after the university released its report. “I still believe that the possibility that disorder affects discrimination is an important idea and worthy of being tested in a way that is beyond suspicion. In fact, I believe that the series of experiments we planned also got to the heart of the possible mechanism. That this series seemingly has not been properly executed or (at least in part) even not executed at all, is therefore a doubly distressing fact.”This issue of Science also contains an editorial on the Stapel scandal in which social psychologists Jennifer Crocker of Ohio State University and M. Lynne Cooper of the University of Missouri call on their field to take steps to prevent similar episodes:Greater transparency with data, including depositing data in repositories where they can be accessed by other scientists (as is done in some other fields), might have sped up detection of this fraud, and it would certainly make researchers more careful about the analyses that they publish. Although many social psychologists are reluctant to share their data, fearing that their analyses will be criticized or they will be scooped, increasing transparency in this way is important. The zeitgeist around replication must also change, because replication is the cornerstone of a cumulative science. Thus, the field of social psychology needs to develop policies that facilitate and encourage systematic replication. 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Romelu Lukaku reimburses police for Beverly Hills party callouts this summer

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku “deeply regrets” his behavior and has reimbursed police for repeated callouts over loud partying in Beverly Hills, his lawyer has said.Lukaku was arrested by officers responding to five noise complaints in as many days at the home where he was staying on the eve of his $75m transfer to Old Trafford. Premier League Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Manchester United Topics Read more Robert Humphreys, defending Lukaku, entered a no contest plea in court in Los Angeles on Monday and paid $450 (£336) to reimburse police for their time.“Mr Lukaku deeply regrets any inconvenience he caused the city of Beverly Hills,” the lawyer said after the hearing. “And he’s pleased by this settlement to make amends for his past conduct and pleased to have the matter behind him.” James Eckart, representing Beverly Hills authorities, accepted the plea to the lesser charge of a disturbance of the peace infraction after the 24-year-old striker was arrested and accused of a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail. Commissioner Jane Godfrey, overseeing the case, ordered Lukaku to pay a further $515 (£384) in fines, fees and penalties by 19 March.Officers from Beverly Hills police department arrested Lukaku at about 8pm on 2 July, eight days before his transfer from Everton was completed.Along with the police reimbursement, he must pay a $100 (£75) fine, a $375 (£280) penalty assessment set by the judge and a $40 (£30) security fee, Los Angeles airport courthouse was told. Los Angeles Romelu Lukaku Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Last-gasp derby error ensures away-day blues continue to haunt Everton

first_imgThe Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Jordan Pickford apologises after mistake leads to Liverpool winner Read more That was a rare blemish on an otherwise classy display from the on-loan Barcelona midfielder, however. Gomes has oozed style and composure since his delayed debut against Crystal Palace in October. The Portugal international is one of several recruits made by Silva and the director of football, Marcel Brands, last summer who have brought much-needed balance to the squad and raised the overall quality of the team. His time at Barcelona has been beset by injury and criticism but Everton have provided the release and settled run the former Benfica and Valencia midfielder’s career desperately needed.His 12-month loan does not provide a clause enabling Everton to sign him on a permanent basis but that should be a pressing priority for January. The misery of this defeat may have started to ease by then. This was, as Jürgen Klopp had predicted, the Liverpool manager’s toughest assignment in a Merseyside derby and far removed from his first experience, when a 4-0 defeat of Roberto Martínez’s shambolic Everton side left him bemoaning a second half that was “no real fight any more”. This was a fight from the first minute to the 96th, when the England goalkeeper pawed a Virgil van Dijk miscue that was sailing out of play back on to his crossbar and on to the head of the grateful Divock Origi.Origi, a potential transfer target for Everton next month, duly nodded home to send Klopp sprinting across the field of play, Liverpool back to within two points of Manchester City and their local rivals into despair. The last time Everton savoured a win in these quarters was in 1999. With errors of this magnitude and gilt-edged chances squandered, the drought seems less surprising by the year. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Everton Twitter There has been clear improvement during the first five months of Silva’s reign without the statement victory against a top-six club that would enhance his side’s confidence and make the rest of the Premier League take notice. It is a deep-rooted flaw that precedes the current Everton manager and dates so long it appears to grip the club’s psyche in the build-up to such assignments, Anfield especially.In the past 10 years alone Everton have won only five of 64 away games against the leading pack – losing 36 and drawing 23. Their most recent victory at a so-called big six club came at Manchester United in December 2013 – their first win at Old Trafford in the past 26 years – while it has been eight years since a win at Manchester City, 10 at Tottenham, 19 at Liverpool, 22 at Arsenal and 24 at Chelsea. They will rue the hat-trick of golden first-half chances that provided opportunity to end the drought that matters most of all to their supporters, although the visitors did not monopolise the game’s brightest moments by any means. Reuse this content Silva’s side were inventive, attacked with clear purpose and quality whenever a fast-paced derby allowed, and Yerry Mina should have opened the scoring after four minutes when picked out by Digne’s free-kick. The Colombia defender was free in front of the Kop goal having escaped the attentions of Trent Alexander-Arnold but steered a clear header down and wastefully wide. Alisson produced a fine block to deny André Gomes at point-blank range, Joe Gomez an even better intervention on the goal-line from the rebound. But Gomes’s header from Theo Walcott’s invitation made it too easy for the Liverpool goalkeeper with much of the goal to aim for. Spurs face FA inquiry after fan throws banana skin at Arsenal’s Aubameyang Share on Facebookcenter_img Divock Origi’s bizarre late winner for Liverpool breaks Everton hearts Read more Share on Twitter Pinterest Jordan Pickford held up his hands in apology to the aghast away section after gifting the 232nd Merseyside derby to Liverpool. Other Everton players lay on the pitch, stared into the middle distance or, in the case of Lucas Digne, stormed down the tunnel pushing aside every offer of consolation as he went. Liverpool’s 96th-minute winning goal had been freakish but the outcome, the pain and regret, were all-too familiar for their Merseyside rivals. Anfield remains Everton’s venue of nightmares. Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Marco Silva consoles Richarlison after the final whistle. Photograph: Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images Pickford started and finished the derby carelessly, slicing a routine clearance out for a corner in the opening seconds before being trapped by uncertainty at the very last, but performed well in-between with one stop from Xherdan Shaqiri particularly impressive. The in-between will be forgotten. Errors rarely escape punishment at this level and for all Everton’s improvement and Liverpool’s late fortune – “lucky, lucky, lucky Liverpool” as Marco Silva described them – the majority were served up by those in royal blue. The visible lift in their performance and adventure at Anfield offers meagre consolation in the aftermath of a defeat of this nature. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Jürgen Klopp featureslast_img read more

Shares in Wigton Windfarm Available April 17

first_img The offer forms part of the Government’s thrust to enable ordinary Jamaicans to own shares in State entities that are being privatised. Jamaicans will have the opportunity to purchase shares in Wigton Windfarm Limited, when the initial public offering (IPO) opens on April 17.Eleven billion shares at 0.50 cents each are being offered under the IPO, and will run until May 1. Of this amount, 2.2 billion shares will be reserved for public-sector workers. The Government is seeking to raise $5.5 billion from the sale.The offer forms part of the Government’s thrust to enable ordinary Jamaicans to own shares in State entities that are being privatised.Speaking at the launch of the IPO at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday (April 9), Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the undertaking is intended to facilitate wealth creation for Jamaicans at all levels.“This is the best way of giving back to people of the country. This is the best way of achieving the goal of socialisation of wealth,” he argued.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), in discussion with Executive Chairman of Mayberry Investments Limited, Christopher Berry, during a ceremony to launch Wigton Windfarm Limited’s initial public offering (IPO), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (April 9). The IPO, which opens on April 17 and closes on May 1, will offer 11 billion shares for sale at 0.50 cents each. The Prime Minister said he has “great hopes” for Wigton in private ownership, in light of renewable energy being the “future of investments”.“Wigton, by virtue of being an already efficient operator, and by virtue of refining their skills in the private sector, would be very well placed competitively to capture some of that newly determined space for procurement, which means that the longevity of the company would look very well,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that solar and wind technologies are improving and the prices are going down, adding that once the challenge of storage is resolved, then more renewables will be integrated.“I think Wigton is very well placed to be a commercial success going forward and a good asset to buy,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the Government is in the process of divesting its shares in the Jamaica Public Service Company, adding that the Jamaica Mortgage Bank has also been identified for divestment.“So, we are going through the list of business operations that the Government owns and as soon as it is possible, we will be packaging them and placing them in the hands of Jamaican citizens,” he said.The Prime Minister further pointed out that “these are assets that Jamaicans should own,” noting that the intention of the Government, as far as is possible, is to place business operations in the hands of shareholders.In the meantime, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the offering is significant as it is the first IPO of a Government-owned company in almost 30 years.“It is also significant because the Government is divesting, via the stock exchange, 100 per cent on Wigton. There is no precedent for that. Previous IPOs 30 years ago would have divested parts of Government-owned companies.Mr. Clarke added that the IPO is being structured to ensure the widest possible distribution of the opportunity to Jamaicans.For her part, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said she is also optimistic about the continued success of Wigton through the IPO.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second left), speaks with Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (second right), during a ceremony to officially launch Wigton Windfarm Limited’s initial public offering (IPO), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (April 9). Others (from left) are Executive Chairman of Mayberry Investments Limited, Christopher Berry and Chief Executive Officer, Mayberry, Gary Peart. The IPO, which opens on April 17 and closes on May 1, will offer 11 billion shares for sale at 0.50 cents each. Jamaicans will have the opportunity to purchase shares in Wigton Windfarm Limited, when the initial public offering (IPO) opens on April 17. “Wigton has had a history of high performance in our energy sector for over a decade. In just the same way that Wigton was created to diversify Jamaica’s energy mix, I believe that this IPO will diversify your investment going forward and become the wind beneath your investment wings,” she said.A subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Wigton Windfarm is the largest wind energy facility in the English-speaking Caribbean and was built by the Government to help diversify Jamaica’s energy mix.The company began operating in 2004 with the commissioning of a 20.7 megawatt-generating plant, Wigton I.This was followed by the development of Wigton II in 2010, which generates 18 megawatts of energy. Wigton III, the 24-megawatt expansion of the facility, was officially commissioned into service in June 2016 by Prime Minister Holness.Once listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), Wigton will be the second energy-related company on the market. Story Highlights Eleven billion shares at 0.50 cents each are being offered under the IPO, and will run until May 1. Of this amount, 2.2 billion shares will be reserved for public-sector workers. The Government is seeking to raise $5.5 billion from the sale.last_img read more

Meet Jennifer Lopez In Puerto Rico For Charity

first_imgOmaze.com has teamed up with Jennifer Lopez to offer you the best holiday gift you could win all your life, just by donating $5 to an amazing cause.You and your guest of choice can win a chance for an all expenses paid trip (yes, hotel, airfare food and transportation) to beautiful Puerto Rico where you will meet JLO backstage to celebrate the final show of her ‘Dance Again World Tour’ on December 22nd,, but only after watching the show from prime seats.All you have to do is go to Omaze.com right now and enter by donating to the Jennifer Lopez and the Lopez Family Foundation, which supports the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.For more information, click here.last_img

Bid On Cool Celebrity Items For Liberty Hill

first_imgFrom April 18-28, bid on celebrity experiences and memorabilia from Elton John, Rod Stewart, Heart, Dave Koz, Brandi Carlile, Adam Lambert, Dave Matthews Band, fun., P!nk, Elvis Costello, Al Gore, NBC’s The Voice, Grateful Dead and more on eBay to benefit Liberty Hill.Charity is important, but Liberty Hill creates lasting change by reforming policies, introducing new standards and safeguards and advancing equality and opportunity for every Angeleno. Liberty Hill invests in community organizing — the process of bringing people together and helping them realize their power. Through organizing, people transform their own lives and learn the power of collective action, laying the foundation for lasting social change. Liberty Hill identifies leaders on the ground, strengthens their work through grant investments and intensive on-the-job training, and builds strategic alliances so they can advance a common agenda for change.To access the auction, click here.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks wound up with a mixed finish on Wall Street Tuesday as an early gain faded, giving the benchmark S&P 500 index its second straight decline.Losses in technology and media companies outweighed solid gains in industrial and health care stocks. Investors were assessing a mixed bag of corporate earnings and looking ahead to a heavy schedule of news on companies and the economy.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 dropped 3.85 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,640.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 51.74 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,579.96.The Nasdaq composite fell 57.39 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 7,028.29.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 2.09 points, or 0.1 per cent, to $1,471.45.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 24.76 points, or 0.9 per cent.The Dow is down 157.24 points, or 0.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 136.57 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 11.41 points, or 0.8 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 133.15 points, or 5.3 per cent.The Dow is up 1,252.50 points, or 5.4 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 393.01 points, or 5.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 122.89 points, or 9.1 per cent.The Associated Press read more

US home construction rose 63 per cent in September fueled by more

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 7:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home construction rose 6.3 per cent in September, fueled by more apartment building WASHINGTON – Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.Housing starts rose 6.3 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes, the Commerce Department said Friday. Almost all of the gains came from apartment construction — a volatile category — which increased 18.5 per cent after plunging in August.The sluggish recovery and meagre wage growth has left more Americans renting instead of owning homes. Apartment construction has surged 30.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Starts for single-family houses rose just 1.1 per cent in September, contributing to an 11 per cent gain during the past 12 months.Applications for building permits, a good sign of future activity, increased 1.5 per cent to an annual rate of 1.018 million. That also reflected the strength in apartment building. Permits for multi-family buildings rose 7 per cent in September, compared to a 0.5 per cent drop in permits for single-family houses.Other indicators reflect the continued to shift to rentals. The residential component of the American Institute of Architects billing index stood at 58.1 in August. That index is more heavily-weighted to multi-family housing and any reading above 50 signals growth.Meanwhile, real estate sales have failed to get much traction in recent months. Price growth is slowing, yet the surge in home values through the middle of last year has made affordability a challenge for many would-be buyers. Homebuilders are also feeling slightly less optimistic.The recent turmoil in the financial markets caused the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate to drop to a 52-week low of 3.97 per cent. That should help spur some additional buying, but it’s unlikely to be enough to suddenly boost construction.“While the drop in mortgage rates likely will prompt stronger home sales by the turn of the year, we don’t expect a significant upward trend in construction to re-emerge until next spring,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Home prices rose 6.4 per cent in August compared with a year ago, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. This marks a substantial slowdown. Home values had chalked up annual gains of as much as 12 per cent toward the end of last year.Those increases are substantially larger than wage growth, which has barely exceeded inflation by increasing at roughly 2 per cent a year. Without wages rising more strongly, it becomes difficult to save for a down payment and qualify for a mortgage. This has boosted the share of Americans who rent, which has sparked construction of apartment complexes and simultaneously caused monthly rental costs to rise.Online real estate firm Zillow estimates that it takes 29 per cent of people’s household income to pay for rent, compared to 24 per cent in 2000. The share of adults doubling-up with a roommate to cover rent has also increased to 32 per cent from 25 per cent in 2000.And fewer buyers are searching for homes, causing homebuilders to become less confident in September. A sentiment index sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders and Wells Fargo slipped to 54 in September compared to 59 in the prior month. Any reading above 50 represents growth.But the portion of the index dedicated to traffic from would-be buyers fell to 41 last month from 47.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsized impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the Home Builders. read more

Commissioner Either gardaí cant count accurately or someones been making figures up

first_img 14,842 Views Apr 25th 2017, 5:29 PM By Michelle Hennessy Want our daily report from the Disclosures Tribunal straight to your inbox? Sign up here: Share84 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 5:29 PMcenter_img Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 45 Comments GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan has rejected comments by the head of a garda union that the recent breath test scandal is a “management issue”.Speaking to reporters ahead of her address to Garda Representative Association delegates, O’Sullivan said there is “individual and collective responsibility” for the recording of nearly a million breath tests that never actually happened.She was responding to comments made yesterday by the association’s president Ciaran O’Neill, who said it is a management issue and that blame should not fall on his members.“Their role is to make sure checkpoints are set up and their role is to make sure we are being properly supervised,” he said.However, though the Commissioner said there may well be management and supervisory issues, she pointed out that it is rank-and-file members who carried out the checkpoints.“This isn’t laying the blame, because the facts are, yes, some issues occurred where there was inaccurate figures recorded and, as I say, [Assistant Commissioner] Michael O’Sullivan will identify what those are.”We either have a case here where people, members of An Garda Síochána, aren’t able to count or haven’t counted accurately the number of cars that are going through checkpoints and are stopped or we have something which, the other end of the scale, is that there is somebody who is just making up figures.She said there is an “embarrassment and, I suppose, a sorryness that this happened” in the force right now.O’Sullivan also acknowledged that there are a lot of members who to their jobs “diligently, accurately and their recordings are absolutely accurate.”.Garda management will present an interim report about the scandal to the Policing Authority on Thursday and though she said it is too soon to say this investigation is complete, it will give an early indication of what has been uncovered so far.For live updates from the conference in Galway over the next three days, follow @michellehetweet.Read: ‘I’ve been bitten, spat at, assaulted’: Noirin O’Sullivan says she can relate to rank-and-file gardai>Read: Gardaí on breath test scandal: ‘It’s not collective responsibility, it’s a management issue’> Commissioner: ‘Either gardaí can’t count accurately or someone’s been making figures up’ Garda management will present an interim report on the breath test scandal to the Policing Authority this week. http://jrnl.ie/3357525 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Top end set for biggest Greek party yet

first_imgThousands of newly arrived Greeks in Darwin will increase the numbers of revellers that will attend this weekend’s Greek Glenti festival in Darwin. John Nicolakis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Territory said that the addition of Australian tourists from down south will also see the festival get over 40,000 people in attendance.The festival has already noticed a significant rise in members of the Greek community attending with the dance groups seeing a rise in 200 students taking it on. “There are two extra dancing groups this year,” confirmed Mr Nicolakis saying that this is an impact of the rise in migration to the Northern Territory for Greeks escaping the crisis. “We have already had over 1000 people here who arrive in the last 6-12 months. and there’s probably another 500 getting ready to come providing they get the 457 visa.“Hopefully we will get the holiday visa approved in Australia and by the government in Greece, then I would say there will be a lot more people coming,” said Mr Nicolakis about the influx of Greece choosing to call Darwin home. Now in it’s 24th year, the festival will feature favourites such as the Greek School ladies’ loukoumathes, dolmathes and pites; yiros and souvlakia, sheftalies from the Cyprus community and, due to the cold weather expected this weekend, a large helping of patsa. The Glenti festival will be held over Saturday and Sunday with the festival-goers given the Queens’ birthday public holiday on the Monday to recover. In total, the festival cost $300,000 to put on, with monies received from the Northern Territory government, donations from the community and the cost of the stalls at $3000 each. Mr Nicolakis said any money made from the festival will go to paying the remainder of the bills. The Greek Glenti festival will be held at Bicentennial Park in Darwin on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June at midday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Obama backs Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram President Obama urged the leaders of Greece and Germany to strike a deal on the Greek debt crisis that can benefit the global economy as a whole, officials said Tuesday.“It’s necessary for an agreement to be reached,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.Earnest confirmed that Obama spoke by phone Tuesday with Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key figure in debt talks.Obama received an update on Greece’s financial situation during the phone call with Tsipras, the White House said in a statement.For his part, the president “reiterated that it is in everyone’s interest that Greece and its creditors reach a mutually-acceptable agreement,” the statement said.As for the call with Merkel, the White House said she and Obama cited the need for “a durable agreement that will allow Greece to resume reforms, return to growth, and achieve debt sustainability within the Eurozone. The leaders noted that their economic teams are monitoring the situation in Greece and remain in close contact.”For days, Obama has urged Greece and the European Union to reach a settlement on Greek’s debt. Obama has also been in contact with European leaders, such as Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.An agreement should include “a package of reforms and financing that puts Greece back on a path toward economic growth and debt sustainability,” Earnest said.Reaching a financial agreement “is quite complicated,” Earnest said, but it is in the world’s best interest.“We continue to take heart in the fact that everyone who is sitting around that table acknowledges that it’s in their collective interest for this to be resolved,” Earnest said. “We’re going to continue to encourage all sides to participate constructively in those conversations.”Source: USA Todaylast_img read more

Hazard happy to play in any position for Chelsea

first_imgEden Hazard has insisted that he is happy to play at any position with Chelsea, amid reports that the Belgium star has fallen out with Antonio Conte over being deployed as a “false nine”The winger was notable upset after being deployed in the “false nine” position during their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City earlier this month and has openly questioned Conte over his tactics of late.However, Hazard has now refuted claims that he is unhappy with the system at Chelsea and insisted that he is happy to play in any position at Stamford Bridge.“I just want to be on the pitch,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“Number 9, 10, I can play left-back if the manager wants, no problem. I just want to be on the pitch and try to give everything like I do every time.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…“I’m happy with Chelsea. I am just thinking about the end of the season and the World Cup. I have got two years left on my contract so I am just happy.”Hazard is currently away on international duty with the Belgium squad and is set to feature in their friendly against Saudi Arabia. The 27 year-old is hopeful of a strong World Cup campaign for his side this summer.“Four years ago was the first World Cup for almost all of the players in the national team,” he said. “Now we have the experience four years later so we know what to do to be ready.“We have one target which is to go to the final and then we will see what happens.”last_img read more

Report Man United ready to bid €36m for Kostas Manolas

first_imgManchester United are reportedly prepared to pay up to €36m for AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas in JuneThe Greece international is viewed as more of an old-fashioned centre-half due to his height, speed and physical prowess.Since arriving at Roma in 2014 from Olympiacos, Manolas has established himself as a key member of the squad with 192 appearances in all competitions having been made.But Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 27-year-old’s time at Roma looks set to come to an end soon with his release clause set at €36m, which has caught United’s interest.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Red Devils view Manolas as someone who will not only be able to bolster their backline, but also provide competition for Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.However, the report adds that United will not be able to trigger Manolas’ release clause until the end of this season with Roma reluctant to sell this month.Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Stadio Olimpico, however, Manolas has still made 21 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season.last_img read more

Weather Eye Blue skies are smiling on us and probably will till

first_imgWell, it just doesn’t get any better than this in the month of February — at least the early part. The price we had to pay for the sunshine was of course those gusty east winds, but hey, we will take it. And a nice one for National Weatherperson’s Day,Feb. 5!Looking ahead, I certainly do not see much weather action the next 10 days or so — maybe some clouds this week from time to time, and a sprinkle here and there, but really not much to write home about.Temperatures varied greatly around Clark County Friday and Saturday depending on wind exposure. Wind-sheltered areas dipped into the 20s while other locations remained in the 40s. Afternoon highs reached 60 degrees in some locations. I saw a bank sign reading 60 degrees Friday afternoon.If you want to read some amazing facts about the snow and ice that hit western Washington last month, the Washington State Climatologist’s office has it all in its February newsletter: http://climate.washington.edu/newsletter/2012Feb.pdf.There you will find that during the five-day event, Ocean Shores recorded over 16 inches of snow; Olympia Airport, 14.2 inches; Rochester, 19.9 inches; Winlock, 27.6 inches; Onalaska, 26.2 inches; Cosmopolis, 17.6 inches; and Forks, 27.5 inches.last_img read more

Church shows the love for needy with food boxes

first_imgClick to enlarge. Percent of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals:o Statewide: 46 percent.o Washington Elementary: 91.7 percent.On Nov. 1, food stamps were reduced to pre-2009, pre-recession levels, cutting food stamps by:o $11/month per individual.o $36/month for family of four.The reader board on the lawn at Vancouver First United Methodist Church proclaims: “We love our neighbors.”Those words are not just a platitude to the congregation’s members. They really mean it.On Saturday, church volunteers gathered to pack Thanksgiving food boxes for Washington Elementary students and their families. On Monday, they delivered the boxes to the school. Later, families picked up the boxes in the school’s Family-Community Resource Center.Those boxes contained the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner in addition to cereal, peanut butter and other staples to tide the students and their families over during the long Thanksgiving weekend. Typically, the kids would eat breakfast and lunch at school.Students who receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunches would be missing six school meals during the holiday weekend. The folks at the church rallied to prevent any Washington Elementary student from missing a meal.Starting weeks before Thanksgiving, church members began filling large boxes just inside the church entrance with nonperishable food. Some hefted hams and turkeys and stashed them in the church’s refrigerator.Then Elizabeth Owen, program director at the church, tallied what had been gathered.Next, Owen called Christy Bayly, a longtime church member and the church’s official shopper. Bayly works full time, but the weekend before Thanksgiving, she makes a couple of colossal grocery shopping trips to supplement what food items are still needed to complete the boxes. The church spends from $300 to $500 on the additional food.last_img read more

IIF 2016 to Explore Cybersecurity Threats to Installations

first_imgThe growing threat posed by cyberattacks not only places the military’s information networks at risk but also the dozens of control systems installations rely on to keep the lights on, utilities running, medical devices operating and other mission-specific equipment functioning.A special session during Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C., will focus on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of installation-related control systems, DOD’s strategy for deterring malicious attacks on those systems and possible roles the installations community can play to secure control systems.Installations’ control systems often are configured for remote access over the Internet, increasing efficiency for vendors but at the same time, creating a vulnerability for both the device controllers and the supported computer networks, said Daryl Haegley, program manager for control systems cybersecurity in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment.One primary target could be energy production and delivery systems, which are critical to the functioning of installations. An attack on any control system — such as a computerized controller for chiller — could disrupt military operations and readiness. A more serious intrusion would occur if the control system was used as a gateway into the installation’s information technology system or DOD’s broader information networks, said Haegley, a featured speaker during the cybersecurity session.Control systems have unique security requirements that are different from those used to secure traditional information systems, such as email systems, he pointed out.One question the installations community needs to confront is figuring out who is responsible for securing those control system networks. Is it the role of the chief information officer (CIO), facility engineer or public works department? And what department should fund efforts to protect control system networks and devices?The best approach to addressing the vulnerability of control systems calls for installation officials to be aware of the myriad opportunities for exploitation, ensure vendors are aware of the potential security holes and insist contracts include cybersecurity measures. Installations will need the CIO, facility engineers and operations experts to collaborate to protect their control system networks.The cybersecurity session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DoubleTake digital binoculars offer a whole new view

first_img Post a comment CES 2019: The NexOptic DoubleTake are binoculars reimagined… CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES Products Gadgets Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Just hit zoom for a view. Josh Goldman/CNET Fix your peepers on this, twitchers.You might think you know what a pair of binoculars looks like — how they work has pretty much stayed the same since the 17th century, after all. But avert your gaze to this 21st century take on magnifying eye equipment to see what’s possible when you bring digital technology into the picture.Built by optics specialist NexOptic and announced on Sunday at CES in Las Vegas, the DoubleTake binoculars allow you to view points on the horizon at 2x and 10x zoom on a display akin to one you’re used to looking at on your phone. Instead of raising binoculars to your eyes, obscuring your wider field of vision, the bright, 5-inch screen allows you to observe the view in context, and even lets more than one person examine it at once. When I got my hands on the device on the show floor, I found it was easy to move between the different levels of zoom using the two buttons on the top of the binoculars. Rather than a live view, I was shown a view of a landscape with an impressive level of detail. But I’d be curious to see how the DoubleTake performs in a real-world environment. 1:10 85 Photos Share your voice Perfect for sporting events, outdoor adventures of birdwatching, the DoubleTake binoculars also allow you to take photo and 4K video, as well as stream whatever you’re looking at to your phone thanks to dual 12-megapixel image sensors. This would be particularly useful if you were to attach the device to the underside of a drone — one use case suggested by NexOptic.It’s a rugged, waterproof device designed for the wildest of environments. It’s, on the other hand, quite heavy and bulky compared with many of the pocket-friendly binoculars on the market today. This is due in part to the lens technology incorporated within the device, and in part to a large 5,000mAh battery that should keep the binoculars running throughout your adventures.The DoubleTake binoculars we’re seeing here at CES are in working prototype mode, but should be on sale in final form in the third quarter of this year. 0last_img read more

Xmini shows off vintageinspired Bluetooth speaker at CES

first_img Post a comment 0 CES 2019 Share your voice The Supa 2 comes with a handle and a remote, the X-mini Twisx looks like a water bottle and the Click 3 (between them) is small enough to fit into your palm. X-mini Singapore-based X-mini has long since moved on from its capsule speaker days, and its new designs at CES 2019 will definitely turn some heads.New this time is the Supa 2, which like the original Supa is inspired by vintage speakers. This time around though, the Bluetooth speaker comes with a handle for carrying and is also capable of serving as a stand. The Supa 2 is also the first X-mini speaker to pack a six-driver system, with four actives and two passive radiators for more bass.Other features include a Smart Magnetic Maestro remote, which attaches to the Supa 2, and turns it on when you remove it. It can be used to control the playback, volume and EQ, as well as for answering phone calls.x-minitm-twisx-right-perspectiveThe new X-mini Twisx fits into a bicycle’s bottle cage. X-mini Next is the Twisx, which looks like a water bottle when it’s standing up. Weighing 383 grams (0.84 pounds), the Twisx is IPX5 water-resistant. Instead of using buttons to skip tracks, you twist the cap, which X-mini calls the Twisx Control. You can also pause or play music by pressing down on the cap. The Twisx boasts a 12-watt triple driver system and has a X.Bass EQ setting for even more pounding beats. The best part about the Twisx design though, is that it fits into a bicycle’s bottle cage, so you can pedal along to music if you like.Lastly, although the company’s mostly done with its capsule speakers, there’s still the Click 3. The tiny speaker fits in your palm but is still capable of pumping out the music with its 40mm driver. It also works with your phone as a camera shutter release button — you double click on it to take pictures with your phone — and now comes with a LED light to simulate a flash burst.The new X-mini speakers are expected to go on sale later this year. The Supa 2 will retail for around $155 (£120 and AU$220 converted), while the Twisx will go for around $60. The Click 3 is the cheapest at $30. Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos CES Products Bluetoothlast_img read more

Dana urges BC voters to verify their names

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M Dana Kishore requested BC voters of the GHMC area to verify their names in the Draft Electoral Rolls marked with BC voters and file their claims and objections.In a press release issued by the GHMC, the Commissioner said that the claims for inclusions, identification of name as BC voter in Form 2 and for objection for identification of the name in Form 3 shall be filed in the office of the BC Identification officer and deputy commissioners of all the circles of the city from July 7 to July 9. The claims and objections will get verified on July 10 and 11 and the polling station wise, ward wise final electoral rolls marked with BC voters will be published on July 12 as per the revised schedule fixed by the government, stated in press release.last_img read more

PM Hasina consoles Abrars parents

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina consoles Abrar’s family, voices deep shock at his death on Friday at Ganabhaban. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday consoled the parents of Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, killed in a road accident on Tuesday, as they met the PM at her official residence Ganabhaban, reports UNB.Arif Ahmed Chowdhury and Farida Fatemi, the father and mother of Abrar, went to Ganabhaban around 8:15pm and stayed there for nearly one hour,” PM’s deputy press secretary Shakhawat Moon told UNB.The PM consoled Abrar’s parents and expressed deep shock and sorrow at the tragic death of their son, Moon said.She also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.Abrar, a first-year honours student of International Relations Department at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was killed after a bus of ‘Suprabhat Paribahan’ ran him over at Nodda near Bashundhara Residential area on Tuesday morning.last_img read more