17 days agoSacked AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo sets club record

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sacked AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo sets club recordby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo set a club record by lasting just 111 days before his dismissal.The former Empoli and Sampdoria boss was sacked on Tuesday.Excluding caretaker managers, Giampaolo is the shortest-serving coach in Milan’s history.He had only seven games in charge, resulting in three victories and four defeats. last_img read more

Programme to Bring Farmers Closer to Tourism

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says an entrepreneurial training and coaching programme to assist local farmers to better understand the tourism industry, will be introduced in the first quarter of this year.The programme will enable the farmers to tailor their production, distribution and logistics to match the requirements of businesses in the hotel and tourism sector.“It is really about sensitising farmers about the demand for tourism products that they can supply and also to use the applications (apps) that we are creating to access certain information that will connect them to buyers,” he said.The Minister was speaking to JIS News following the press launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on January 23.The festival will be held over three days from March 23 to 25 at a centralised location in Newcastle, the training ground of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Mr. Bartlett wants to see a deepening of the ties between stakeholders in the coffee and hospitality industries, and has tasked the Tourism Linkages Network in the Ministry to get more coffee to every visitor to the island.“The bottom line is, I want to see more of our visitors at our hotels, restaurants and attractions drinking Jamaican coffee, not imported brands,” the Minister said.“There is no comparison when it comes to quality, therefore when our visitors are served a cup of coffee it should be the obvious choice – Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee,” he added.Mr. Bartlett is hoping to build a unique coffee experience for locals as well as the thousands of tourists who visit the island.A key part of bringing more visitors to the island to experience Jamaica’s food festival is to ensure that more of the earnings from the tourism industry are retained locally.“We will be using food festivals as a strategic marketing tool to tap into the lucrative gastronomy tourism market,” he said.“Our rum, our seafood, our jerk and other culinary delights have put us on the world map and will be leveraged to position Jamaica as the Gastronomy Centre of the Caribbean,” the Minister continued.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett informed that his Ministry is facilitating the development of berry farming in Jamaica to support the needs of the hoteliers for fresh high-quality berries, with the focus specifically on strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.The Minister noted that a 2017 report on the ‘Development of the Berry Industry’ is available and will be used to help bridge the demand-supply gap for these crops, reduce imports and provide opportunities for farmers.For his part, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the festival is of extreme significance for the marketing and branding of one of Jamaica’s finest products being offered to the world.The Minister’s remarks, which were read by Acting Director General of the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association, Gusland McCook, noted that the Government has every intention of ensuring that Jamaican coffee retains its “signature pride of place that it has commanded.”“In this regard, the Ministry welcomes the vibrant collaboration between our Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism in celebrating, promoting and marketing Jamaican culinary products and in this instance, coffee,” he said.The coffee festival is part of the Ministry’s objective to foster the strategic growth of culinary tourism in Jamaica.A key component of the festival is the coordination of an incoming buyer mission through Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) that will provide local producers of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee with access to new and existing markets.The festival will bring together local and international coffee connoisseurs, coffee suppliers and other interested parties. The main targets are the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada.Among the festival’s features are business development workshops for farmers and a culinary trail. Mr. Bartlett wants to see a deepening of the ties between stakeholders in the coffee and hospitality industries, and has tasked the Tourism Linkages Network in the Ministry to get more coffee to every visitor to the island. Story Highlights “It is really about sensitising farmers about the demand for tourism products that they can supply and also to use the applications (apps) that we are creating to access certain information that will connect them to buyers,” he said. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says an entrepreneurial training and coaching programme to assist local farmers to better understand the tourism industry, will be introduced in the first quarter of this year.last_img read more

Canadian screenwriters see red after recent CRTC funding rule changes

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Canadian screenwriters would really like to do a thorough re-write of a recent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decision that changes how Canadian a television show needs to be in order to be called “Canadian” and receive public funding.Acclaimed Vancouver screenwriter and television producer Dennis Heaton, who helmed award-winning Vancouver-made crime drama Motive for four seasons, first sounded the alarm on social media earlier this week.In a post on Facebook, Heaton decried the change in CRTC regulations reducing the number of points needed for a production to be deemed Canadian. Announced on Aug. 25, the new policy framework for Certified Independent Production Funds (which includes funds run by Shaw, Telus and Cogeco) dropped the requirement from eight to six points out of 10. The 10 points, as defined by the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office and required to get access to the larger Canadian Media Fund, are awarded based on if the television show has a Canadian director (two points); screenwriter (two points); highest paid and/or second highest paid lead performers (one point each); director of photography (one point); art director (one point); music composer (one point); and picture editor (one point). The only non-negotiable pre-requisite — excluded from the points system — is that the producer be Canadian.“A reduction in the minimum Canadian certification points requirement will allow more productions to be eligible for CIPF funding,” the CRTC’s decision stated. “Canadian production companies will be able to benefit from expertise from abroad.”In other words, critics say, the CRTC is arguing Canadian TV needs international help in order to succeed. Login/Register With:last_img read more

New Brunswick government unveils new royalty plan for natural gas

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s energy minister has released a new royalty plan for natural gas that he says will encourage exploration and give the province a greater share of profits.Craig Leonard says under the new plan, companies will pay a 4% royalty based on the cost of a wellhead until a company pays off its capital costs and starts making a profit.Leonard says at that point, the royalty jumps to 25% of the well’s profits.He says the previous royalty structure, whereby the province received up to 10% of the costs of a wellhead, was not good enough for the industry or the government.A spokesman for Leonard says the regulatory changes are expected to take effect in the next few months.The release of the new royalty regime comes amid a growing tide of opposition to shale gas development.Leonard says the province will now begin work on a revenue-sharing formula to determine how much of the 25% royalty fee will go to landowners and First Nations. read more

The big holdup in a CanadaUS lumber deal Russian German Brazilian wood

WASHINGTON — Canada and the United States must chop down one big, remaining impediment to a deal on softwood lumber and this obstacle involves wood from neither country but from other places: Germany, Sweden, Chile, Brazil and Russia.This irritant over distant imports is complicating the goal of a quick softwood agreement, something both North American governments say they want to achieve in order to start NAFTA talks in two weeks without a major trade irritant looming overhead.This sticking point involves third-country imports. More specifically, it’s about who gets to fill the U.S. demand for lumber in the event of a hot construction market like the present one, when American supply falls short.The two governments have already agreed to split the U.S. lumber market by percentage. According to Canada’s ambassador to Washington, Americans would supply around 70 per cent; Canadian imports would be capped around 30 per cent, which falls somewhere in the historical average.“There’s a lot more detail than that,” ambassador David MacNaughton said in an interview, saying the numbers would be affected by other variables.“But roughly speaking, it’s a 70-30 split.”Where the third-country problem occurs is when the economy booms, demand soars and American mills can’t meet their 70 per cent, agreed-upon share.In such an event, Canada is adamant that the agreement should contain what’s called a hot-market provision. There are different ways to design it. One example appears in a sugar deal struck between the U.S. and Mexico this June — if the U.S. seeks additional sugar imports, Mexican suppliers would get a right of first refusal.But the basic point is to allow Canadian exporters to surpass that regular cap of 30 per cent, rather than have other countries fill the gap. Other countries, including Germany, Sweden, Chile, Brazil and Russia, currently supply a minuscule share of U.S. imports.MacNaughton said it makes little sense for Canada and the U.S., to strike a deal that shifts production to other countries. This issue, he said, is a key barrier to an agreement.“I don’t see any reason (for not getting a deal),” MacNaughton said.“We should be able to reach an agreement. The ball is in their court. We have made clear we are prepared to manage to a market share — which is what they asked. We’re just waiting for them to come back, and say yes. …“The issue that is outstanding at the present moment is when there is a hot market. … It’s got nothing to do with putting people out of work in the U.S. It’s got to do with making sure we’re not having mills idled in Canada in order to create jobs in Russia and Brazil.”In sharing some details of the ongoing negotiations, which to date have generally been tightly guarded, MacNaughton was responding to what he called misinformation being spread around Washington.He accused the U.S. lumber lobby of disseminating the false idea that Canada won’t accept a quota: “That’s simply not true.”That sentiment was reflected in a letter last week from U.S. senators, who urged a cap on Canada’s share of the market. Their letter echoed the language used by the U.S. lumber lobby — which demands what it calls a “clean quota.”Responding in a statement to The Canadian Press, the U.S. Lumber Coalition said: “It is our understanding that there is no agreement as Canada still appears unable to have a cohesive position that is consistent with their commitment in 2016 to an ‘at or below market share’ or quota agreement construct. … An ‘at or below market share’ agreement… by definition is a clean quota agreement.”The industry view matters here — its support is likely essential to a deal.That’s because any softwood agreement would require U.S. producers to relinquish their right to sue Canadian competitors. Some Canadians fret that the industry might prefer to let the issue drag on and play out in court.It’s a repetitive pattern: American producers argue their cross-border rivals are illegally subsidized through access to cheap public land; they petition the U.S. government; duties get placed on Canadian imports; there are court fights, until some temporary deal buys peace for a few years. The hostilities recommenced this year, with duties on Canadian lumber, after the expiry of the latest agreement.A Washington trade observer explains why the governments might be in more of a hurry to get this resolved.It involves a U.S. desire to reform the Chapter 19 dispute-settlement process in NAFTA. This process has been a key weapon in Canada’s arsenal in fighting softwood duties, and U.S. negotiators would be asking Canada to give it up in the middle of a lumber fight.“It would be quite important to get that out of the way before the NAFTA negotiations begin — because of the importance of Chapter 19 to dumping claims,” said Laura Dawson of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute.“If you also had an active dispute with softwood lumber during a Chapter 19 negotiation it would make it very difficult.”But she sees a silver lining.If the countries are now haggling about details involving third parties, Dawson says that’s encouraging: “If that’s really what they’re down to, that looks like a very negotiable piece of business. They may have to go back and forth a little bit on the numbers and the share, etcetera. But if that’s the last hurdle before resolution, they’re in a very good place.” read more

Government to sign new deals with several countries

The Prime Minister also said that despite some objections raised locally, the Government will look to sign the Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India by the middle of this year. However he said the new government will sign an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement with India instead of CEPA.Wickremesinghe said the agreement will be signed by the middle of this year and before that the draft agreement will be presented to Parliament. He said the previous Government had talks with India on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India. The Government is to sign new deals with several countries including the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.He said that the Government is in talks with the US, China, India, Pakistan, Singapore and a few other countries to sign new trade and partnership agreements. He said that an Indian delegation is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka next month to discuss the deal after which a draft will be prepared.Wickremesinghe also said that his Government is to sign a new trade deal with China. He said that one aspect of the deal is to setup a ship repair yard in the country.The ship repair yard is expected to be setup in Hambantota where a port has been constructed with Chinese assistance. The Prime Minister said the trade and partnership agreements are essential for Sri Lanka and will help strengthen Sri Lanka’s ties with those countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Agony of defeat looms over Ohio State mens basketball

LOS ANGELES – The agony that often comes with playing in March was ever so evident following Ohio State’s game Saturday evening. Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas slowly made their way to a press conference after their loss to Wichita State with their eyes glassed over and their heads down. Inside the Buckeyes’ locker room, teammates of the junior guard and forward were even more noticeably distraught than their veteran leaders. Freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle sat in a chair with his arms crossed, his cheeks puffed and tears streaming down his face. Sophomore point guard Shannon Scott slumped in a corner with a white towel covering his head. Sophomore forwards Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross stared blankly into the wreckage of emotional despair flooding the area around them. Redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. poured over their phones, never looking up. Pain and sorrow showcased by student-athletes is commonplace following a loss in the NCAA Tournament, as the Buckeyes experienced in the West Region’s Elite Eight contest at Staples Center Saturday afternoon, when heavy underdog Wichita State ended OSU’s season in a 70-66 upset. But that doesn’t make defeat any easier to cope with, as displayed by the postgame scene of the No. 2-seed following a loss to the No. 9-seeded Shockers. Never is college basketball more equally cruel and rewarding than it is during the three-week roller coaster of emotions from early March until the first weekend in April. From the NCAA Tournament’s first round through the Final Four, the sting of losing and thrill of winning are as heightened as ever. It was just two days prior to OSU’s run coming to a close when the Buckeyes’ locker room was a place of smiles and laughs. Thursday evening, after OSU beat No. 6 seed Arizona, 73-70, in the Sweet 16, the Lakers’ clubhouse – inhabited by the Buckeyes during their time in Los Angeles – was filled with happiness. Craft, jumping up and down behind a sea of reporters, lifted his jersey up to his mouth in an attempt to distract Ross – the game’s hero who hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to give OSU the win – who was being interviewed on camera by the Big Ten Network. Scott, Smith and Ravenel argued over who was superior in the Nintendo 64 game “Mario Kart.” “Whose name is at the top of the leader board, Lenzelle?” Scott teased. “I’m clearly the best, don’t listen to them,” Ravenel roared from across the room. There was none of that Saturday. “It hurts,” Craft said. “We didn’t come out with the same intensity, the same fire today, and they did. It’s tough and it hurts.” Part of the aching in the Buckeyes’ hearts can likely be attributed to the team that they lost to. OSU entered Saturday’s bout with Wichita State as unquestioned favorites. The Shockers are a mid-major that didn’t even win their conference, the Missouri Valley. Wichita State’s roster is comprised of mid-to-lower level recruits, none of whom likely have a future in the NBA. The Buckeyes returning to the Final Four after losing to Kansas in New Orleans last season was a near certainty to many. Of the dozens of national analysts that predicted the contest’s outcome, none went with the Shockers. But Gregg Marshall’s squad proved against the Buckeyes that his team wears sneakers, not slippers, even though the apparently non-Cinderella program is making its first appearance in the Final Four since 1965. “They were better than I thought,” Ross said. More so, however, the suffering showcased by OSU’s players following the game is attributed to the simple logic that this specific team will never play another game together. It’s a thought that never really enters the heads of the 20-something players until the final horn sounds. For Ravenel, he’ll never don an OSU uniform again. “It is tough. You definitely don’t want to leave a place like Ohio State because it is an awesome place. The love and support you get here is second to none,” Ravenel said. Never during OSU’s game against the Shockers did the concept that the season could end enter the mind of the players. Not even when Wichita State got up by 20 points early on in the second half. “Even though we were down by so many points, we still had the feeling that we were going to be OK,” Smith said. “You think as long as you play, it’s not going to happen to you and you’re not going to lose the game.” But OSU did lose the game, and with the loss, the minds of the 12 Buckeyes that dressed for the contest were clouded when asked to reflect on the season. The Buckeyes finished 29-8, won the Big Ten Tournament and had an 11-game winning streak from mid-February until Saturday night. Thad Matta’s squad had four wins against top-10 teams this season: Michigan, Michigan State (twice) and Indiana. All OSU players could mostly think about Saturday, though, was the loss, and moving forward. “There’s a lot of positives, but at this moment you don’t think about those,” Smith said. “Right now the only thing going through my head is that the season is over.” Some already looked forward to next season. OSU loses just one player to graduation in Ravenel. Thomas, who said he going to “take some time” to make a decision on whether or not he’s coming back, could jump to the NBA. Everyone else is returning. Craft and Smith will be seniors. The four sophomores that carried OSU in recent stretches – Scott, Ross, Thompson and center Amir Williams – will be savvied veterans. “For my teammates and brothers that are still going to be here, we have some work to do. It’s definitely a bad feeling right now, but we need to make sure that this doesn’t happen again next year,” Smith said. The man that could wrap his head around what the Buckeyes accomplished this season was Matta, who sat in a red chair at the front of OSU’s locker room. The coach smiled every time someone asked him to reflect on the past year. “Everybody remembers the last game. I’m not going to,” Matta said. “I’m going to remember this season, because I’m very, very proud of what these guys accomplished this year.” In time, Matta’s players will likely feel the same way. But not yet. read more

Greece to ratify working holiday visa

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As Ambassador Haris Dafaranos concludes his term of duty, it was confirmed this week that the legislation necessary to introduce the long-awaited Work and Holiday sub-class 462 visa will be presented to the Greek parliament on Monday 7 December.Eighteen months after former Greek tourism minister Olga Kefalogianni put pen to paper with the then minister for immigration, Scott Morrison, once ratified by the Greek parliament the deal will allow 500 young Greeks and Australians a year to live and work in each other’s country.Ambassador Dafaranos said he was delighted that Greek parliamentarians would have the opportunity to make the agreement a reality.“This is good news,” said the ambassador. “The Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Ioannis Amanatidis is very much supporting it, so I am happy that before the end of 2015 it will be able to take off.“We have been reminding them, but it is to the credit of the Deputy Foreign Minister that he pushed it personally.”The idea of working holiday visas operated as a reciprocal agreement between the two countries dates back to the mid-1990s, when the then Labor minister for immigration and ethnic affairs, Nick Bolkus, first initiated discussions with the Greek government led by Prime Minister Costas Simitis.Mr Bolkus, who today runs a corporate consultancy business with Alexander Downer, told Neos Kosmos his reaction to hearing of the visa agreement’s imminent ratification was one of “relief and of satisfaction”.“It’s taken as long as it took to build the Acropolis, but it’s good to finally get it done,” said the former South Australia senator.“Even though it should have happened 22 years ago, the timing is right even now, such cross fertilisation in both countries advances both countries. It’s high time and it’s very welcome”.last_img read more

Woman in custody after I-5 chase

first_imgUPDATE: Freda Lynn Currier was sentenced Feb. 1, 2019, in Clark County Superior Court to six months in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree assault and attempting to elude police. She will also serve a year of community custody, according to court records. The judgment states that “reasonable grounds exist to believe the defendant is a mentally ill person … and that this condition is likely to have influenced the offense.”___________________________________________________________________________________________________A Seattle woman faces several allegations in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly leading deputies on a high-speed freeway chase and ramming a law enforcement vehicle.Freda Lynn Currier, 52, was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree assault, attempting to elude police and intimidation of a public servant.At about 12:30 a.m., a Clark County sheriff’s deputy, who was transporting a person in custody, witnessed a large red van speeding up to 95 mph on southbound Interstate 5 near Ridgefield. The deputy “advised the van was swerving between lanes of travel so violently he feared the van was going to flip over,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.Back-up deputies were called, as the deputy decided it was too dangerous to engage in a chase while someone was in his vehicle. Responding deputies tried to stop the van with a spike strip, but they missed, according to the affidavit.The van continued onto the I-5 Bridge and over the Columbia River, at which point it suddenly slowed down to about 25 mph, according to the affidavit. A deputy used their car to pivot the van, which crashed into a retaining wall, bounced off of it and turned around to face north.last_img read more

Emery insists he has no concerns over Koscielnys fitness

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has no concerns over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny following the captain’s long-awaited return from injury.The Frenchman suffered a ruptured Achilles in May against Atletico Madrid, spending seven months on the sidelines before returning to action last month during the UEFA Europa League tie with Qarabag at the Emirates.The former France international has gone on to feature in six games  in all competitions during a time when the Gunners have been short of centre-backs, but he has struggled with his fitness and he had to pull out of the starting XI for the FA Cup game against Blackpool just minutes before kick-off with a back problem.Koscielny has trained this week, and is expected to be in the squad that travels to the London Stadium West Ham on Saturday and Emery believes the former Lorient centre-half is slowly getting back to his best.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We pushed him to play after his injury because we needed him in some matches and it wasn’t easy for him to play three matches in one week,” said Arsenal’s head coach, according to Football.London.“We pushed him and he was playing three matches in a week, but not 90 minutes in each match. He did that.”“Little by little Koscielny is feeling better and he can play consistently.”“I think he is getting better and after one month playing with us, the next matches he is going to be better for playing maybe three matches a week.”last_img read more

Plant sales help Moms garden grow

first_imgThere’s something spiritual about walking through greenhouses loaded with plants that have been carefully tended by master gardeners since January. The thousands of varieties of vegetables, herbs, decorative plants and flowers at 78th Street Heritage Farm are all ready for optimal planting right after purchase at the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale, said Cheryl Cazenave, a master gardener and board member.“You go in those greenhouses, and it’s almost like a religious experience,” Cazenave said. “It’s seas of green and beautiful colors, and all these wonderful smells.”The sale, which pays for more than $25,000 worth of grants given out by the foundation each year, began at least 25 years ago, said Nancy Funk, a master gardener and board member. Nobody in the group knows the exact year it started, although they’re trying to find out, she said.The event is one of the most popular Mother’s Day plant sales in Clark County.“It started with the master gardeners as a sale of their excess plants from home,” Funk said. “It evolved into a huge production, where we lease space from the county in eight greenhouses.”The gardeners grow a wide range of plants that you can’t find in most retail spots. The 5,000 tomato plants for sale at the event alone include 52 different varieties, she said.last_img read more

Aquis shareholders approve corporate takeover deal

first_imgThe shareholders of Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment Ltd have unanimously voted in favor of a corporate takeover that will see Blue Whale Entertainment Pty Ltd become its new majority shareholder.Pending regulatory approvals by the local ACT Government, Blue Whale will take control of up to 86.99% of Aquis’ share capital, replacing Aquis Canberra Holdings (Aus) Pty Ltd as controlling shareholder. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline Load More Aquis owns Casino Canberra in the nation’s capital territory, which it purchased for AU$6 million in 2014.According to documents recently filed in relation to the sale, Blue Whale will “bring to the company refreshed perspective at the board level and the opportunity for refinements to the strategy of the company.”It has also been suggested that Blue Whale could outsource management of Casino Canberra to an external company.Aquis has been negotiating with the ACT Government to initiate an AU$330 million redevelopment of the property, including the development of two new luxury hotels plus world-class dining and shopping outlets. However, differences of opinion over the number of slot machines Casino Canberra should be allowed to install has halted progress. Revenue falls, losses widen for Aquis Entertainment RelatedPosts Cairns targeting up to 500,000 tourists a year with Global Tourism Hublast_img read more

NYT publisher warns Trump antipress remarks dangerous

first_imgUS president Donald Trump returns to the White House holding his granddaughter Arabella’s hand after spending a weekend in Bedminster, NJ on 29 July, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe publisher of the New York Times said Sunday he warned Donald Trump in a White House meeting that the president’s escalating attacks on the news media are “dangerous and harmful to our country” and “will lead to violence.”But the meeting with AG Sulzberger, publisher of the prestigious newspaper since 1 January, appeared to do little to improve Trump’s tense and testy relationship with the press.On Twitter, the president blasted what he called the “anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” calling them “very unpatriotic!”The president’s meeting with Sulzberger took place 20 July, following a request from the White House for what appeared to be a routine get-to-know-you session.The meeting, which also included Times editorial page editor James Bennet, had remained secret at the White House’s request, according to Sulzberger, until Trump tweeted about it early Sunday.“Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with AG Sulzberger,” Trump said.“Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”Sulzberger, in a statement released hours later by the Times, said the president’s tweet effectively “put the meeting on the record,” and he described what appeared to be an unusually blunt session with the president.‘Dangerous’ and ‘inflammatory’“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said.“I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labelling journalists ‘the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”With some foreign leaders using Trump’s language “to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists, I warned that it was putting lives at risk.”Sulzberger concluded: “I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.”Beyond confirming that the meeting took place, the White House has provided no details. But Trump issued a string of four tweets a few hours after reports of the meeting emerged.“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump tweeted.He added that “the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements.”The Post, which like the Times is a regular target of Trump’s complaints, is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.When 37-year-old Sulzberger took over leadership of the Times from his father after several years as a reporter and editor, Trump tweeted that the young man’s rise gave the paper a “last chance” to prove itself impartial and to report the news “without fear or FAVOR.”But since then, as the Times and other news sources have chronicled Trump’s personal and political problems and logged his frequent misstatements, the president has repeatedly lashed back.He has tweeted scores of times that the Times is “very dishonest,” “failing and corrupt,” and that it uses “phony and nonexistent sources.”The Times has defended its reporters’ work and noted that, far from “failing,” it has enjoyed healthy growth, with 2017 revenue of $1.7 billion, up eight percent from the previous year.Love/hate relationshipObservers say the president has a love/hate relationship with what was his hometown newspaper as he became one of New York’s best-known figures, craving coverage but furious when it appeared critical of him.The exchange comes at a time of high tension between Trump and the news media, with the president regularly denouncing critical news reports as “fake news.”Trump’s latest raft of tweets raised doubts that the meeting with Sulzberger had done much to ease those tensions.As one former Times editor said on social media about the chances of any reconciliation, “don’t hold your breath.”If anything, Trump’s relations with the press seem recently to have hit a new low.The White House barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event Wednesday after her persistent questioning at an earlier occasion was deemed “inappropriate.”Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, deplored the action as a “wrong-headed” response to a reporter who, he said, was simply doing her job.And Sulzberger’s warning of violence came only weeks after the 28 June shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, in which an aggrieved local man shot and killed five of the paper’s employees.last_img read more

EC to bring 25 extra companies of Central Forces ahead of 2nd

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will bring an additional 25 companies of Central Forces for the second phase of elections in Bengal on April 18, when the Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls. According to sources in the commission, out of the 25 companies that will be available, 10 companies will be from Meghalaya Armed Forces, with 5 from Manipur Police, 8 from Sikkim and 2 from Tripura.”This will be in addition to the existing 79 companies that had been deployed for the first phase of elections held on Thursday (today). They were supposed to come a day before the first phase but somehow it couldn’t be arranged,” a source in the EC said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe commission was unable to deploy Central Forces in each of the 3,844 polling booths in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar, both of which went to polls on Thursday. Central Forces were deployed only in the 1,067 critical booths, while the rest did patrolling duty and guarded strong rooms. The commission’s wish list for the phase-1 polls included 104 companies of Central Forces. However, they could deploy only 79 companies for the first phase, which was 25 companies less than what it had wanted. Out of this, 29 companies had been withdrawn from Jangalmahal. The state administration, however, ensured that sufficient state armed police forces were there in all the booths for peaceful elections.last_img read more

BusinessReady Skype Tools Slash VOIP Costs

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now » 2 min read April 21, 2009 Skype says that about 35 percent of its customers are using the service at work, so the company has tailored features to help that audience manage Skype and save money. Especially with the recent iPhone and BlackBerry clients, Skype could cut your business costs.Skype for Business mainly differs from a consumer account because IT departments can deploy the software across an office. Features can be activated or disabled by your administrators, such as file transfers or sharing peer-to-peer Skype traffic. Group policy templates let you modify these features for several people at once.Upcoming Skype for Business tools will connect to SIP phone systems, so you can make SkypeOut calls through SIP, while incoming SIP can be routed to your Skype account. Similar support for Asterisk is also planned. Both are being tested now, with pricing to be determined.Otherwise, most of the Skype for Business features overlap with consumer Skype, such as video calls and instant messaging. But you still might know know about other business-ready tools that are available in either case.The Business Control Panel manages multiple Skype accounts, such as those of your employees. You can buy Skype credits for outgoing calls or phone numbers for incoming connections, with the Control Panel making allocations across your network. Also, if one person’s balance runs low, the software can automatically usher in new funds from your central cache.Several add-ons can make the rest of your PC Skype-aware. Tools for Outlook, Office, Explorer, and Firefox enable you to instantly dial phone numbers from within those applications. Just click to call. Current and upcoming tools from Salesforce.com and Lotus Live add similar features.Skype is still adding more business-specific features. But its basic tools–and management options–already make it a cost-saving consideration for a small office.Zack Stern is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Building microservices from a monolith Java EE app Tutorial

first_imgMicroservices are one of the top buzzwords these days. It’s easy to understand why: in a growing software industry where the amount of services, data, and users increases crazily, we really need a way to build and deliver faster, decoupled, and scalable solutions. In this tutorial, we’ll help you get started with microservices or go deeper into your ongoing project. This article is an extract from the book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. One common question that I have heard dozens of times is, “how do I break down my monolith into microservices?”, or, “how do I migrate from a monolith approach to microservices?” Well, that’s what this recipe is all about. Getting ready with monolith and microservice projects For both monolith and microservice projects, we will use the same dependency: javaxjavaee-api8.0provided Working with entities and beans First, we need the entities that will represent the data kept by the application. Here is the User entity: @Entitypublic class User implements Serializable {private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;@Id@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)private Long id;@Columnprivate String name;@Columnprivate String email;public User(){ } public User(String name, String email) {this.name = name;this.email = email;}public Long getId() {return id;}public void setId(Long id) {this.id = id;}public String getName() {return name;} public void setName(String name) {this.name = name;}public String getEmail() {return email;}public void setEmail(String email) {this.email = email;} } Here is the UserAddress entity: @Entitypublic class UserAddress implements Serializable {private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;@Id@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)private Long id;@Column@ManyToOneprivate User user;@Columnprivate String street; @Columnprivate String number;@Columnprivate String city;@Columnprivate String zip;public UserAddress(){} public UserAddress(User user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) {this.user = user;this.street = street;this.number = number;this.city = city;this.zip = zip;} public Long getId() {return id;}public void setId(Long id) {this.id = id;}public User getUser() {return user;}public void setUser(User user) {this.user = user;}public String getStreet() {return street;}public void setStreet(String street) {this.street = street;} public String getNumber() {return number;}public void setNumber(String number) {this.number = number;}public String getCity() {return city;}public void setCity(String city) {this.city = city;}public String getZip() {return zip;}public void setZip(String zip) {this.zip = zip;}} Now we define one bean to deal with the transaction over each entity. Here is the UserBean class: @Statelesspublic class UserBean {@PersistenceContextprivate EntityManager em;public void add(User user) {em.persist(user);}public void remove(User user) {em.remove(user);}public void update(User user) {em.merge(user);}public User findById(Long id) {return em.find(User.class, id);} public List get() {CriteriaBuilder cb = em.getCriteriaBuilder();CriteriaQuery cq = cb.createQuery(User.class);Root pet = cq.from(User.class);cq.select(pet);TypedQuery q = em.createQuery(cq);return q.getResultList();}} Here is the UserAddressBean class: @Statelesspublic class UserAddressBean {@PersistenceContextprivate EntityManager em;public void add(UserAddress address){em.persist(address);}public void remove(UserAddress address){em.remove(address);}public void update(UserAddress address){em.merge(address);}public UserAddress findById(Long id){return em.find(UserAddress.class, id);} public List get() {CriteriaBuilder cb = em.getCriteriaBuilder();CriteriaQuery cq = cb.createQuery(UserAddress.class);Root pet = cq.from(UserAddress.class);cq.select(pet);TypedQuery q = em.createQuery(cq);return q.getResultList();} } Finally, we build two services to perform the communication between the client and the beans. Here is the UserService class: @Path(“userService”)public class UserService {@EJBprivate UserBean userBean;@GET@Path(“findById/{id}”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)public Response findById(@PathParam(“id”) Long id){return Response.ok(userBean.findById(id)).build();} @GET@Path(“get”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)public Response get(){return Response.ok(userBean.get()).build();} @POST@Path(“add”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON) public Response add(User user){userBean.add(user);return Response.accepted().build();} @DELETE@Path(“remove/{id}”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON) public Response remove(@PathParam(“id”) Long id){userBean.remove(userBean.findById(id));return Response.accepted().build();}} Here is the UserAddressService class: @Path(“userAddressService”)public class UserAddressService {@EJBprivate UserAddressBean userAddressBean;@GET@Path(“findById/{id}”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)public Response findById(@PathParam(“id”) Long id){return Response.ok(userAddressBean.findById(id)).build();} @GET@Path(“get”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)public Response get(){return Response.ok(userAddressBean.get()).build();} @POST@Path(“add”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON) public Response add(UserAddress address){userAddressBean.add(address);return Response.accepted().build();} @DELETE@Path(“remove/{id}”)@Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON) public Response remove(@PathParam(“id”) Long id){userAddressBean.remove(userAddressBean.findById(id));return Response.accepted().build();}} Now let’s break it down! Building microservices from the monolith Our monolith deals with User and UserAddress. So we will break it down into three microservices: A user microservice A user address microservice A gateway microservice A gateway service is an API between the application client and the services. Using it allows you to simplify this communication, also giving you the freedom of doing whatever you like with your services without breaking the API contracts (or at least minimizing it). The user microservice The User entity, UserBean, and UserService will remain exactly as they are in the monolith. Only now they will be delivered as a separated unit of deployment. The user address microservice The UserAddress classes will suffer just a single change from the monolith version, but keep their original APIs (that is great from the point of view of the client). Here is the UserAddress entity: @Entitypublic class UserAddress implements Serializable {private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;@Id@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)private Long id;@Columnprivate Long idUser;@Columnprivate String street;@Columnprivate String number;@Columnprivate String city;@Columnprivate String zip;public UserAddress(){} public UserAddress(Long user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) {this.idUser = user;this.street = street;this.number = number;this.city = city;this.zip = zip;} public Long getId() {return id;}public void setId(Long id) {this.id = id;}public Long getIdUser() {return idUser;}public void setIdUser(Long user) {this.idUser = user;}public String getStreet() {return street;}public void setStreet(String street) {this.street = street;} public String getNumber() {return number;}public void setNumber(String number) {this.number = number;}public String getCity() {return city;}public void setCity(String city) {this.city = city;}public String getZip() {return zip;}public void setZip(String zip) {this.zip = zip;}} Note that User is no longer a property/field in the UserAddress entity, but only a number (idUser). We will get into more details about it in the following section. The gateway microservice First, we create a class that helps us deal with the responses: public class GatewayResponse {private String response;private String from;public String getResponse() {return response;}public void setResponse(String response) {this.response = response;}public String getFrom() {return from;}public void setFrom(String from) {this.from = from;}} Then, we create our gateway service: @Consumes(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)@Path(“gatewayResource”)@RequestScopedpublic class GatewayResource {private final String hostURI = “http://localhost:8080/”;private Client client;private WebTarget targetUser;private WebTarget targetAddress;@PostConstructpublic void init() {client = ClientBuilder.newClient();targetUser = client.target(hostURI + “ch08-micro_x_mono-micro-user/”);targetAddress = client.target(hostURI +”ch08-micro_x_mono-micro-address/”);}@PreDestroypublic void destroy(){client.close();} @GET@Path(“getUsers”)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)public Response getUsers() {WebTarget service = targetUser.path(“webresources/userService/get”);Response response;try {response = service.request().get();} catch (ProcessingException e) {return Response.status(408).build();}GatewayResponse gatewayResponse = new GatewayResponse();gatewayResponse.setResponse(response.readEntity(String.class));gatewayResponse.setFrom(targetUser.getUri().toString());return Response.ok(gatewayResponse).build();}@POST@Path(“addAddress”)@Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON) public Response addAddress(UserAddress address) {WebTarget service = targetAddress.path(“webresources/userAddressService/add”); Response response;try {response = service.request().post(Entity.json(address));} catch (ProcessingException e) {return Response.status(408).build();}return Response.fromResponse(response).build();}} As we receive the UserAddress entity in the gateway, we have to have a version of it in the gateway project too. For brevity, we will omit the code, as it is the same as in the UserAddress project. Transformation to microservices The monolith application couldn’t be simpler: just a project with two services using two beans to manage two entities. The microservices So we split the monolith into three projects (microservices): the user service, the user address service, and the gateway service. The user service classes remained unchanged after the migration from the monolith version. So there’s nothing to comment on. The UserAddress class had to be changed to become a microservice. The first change was made on the entity. Here is the monolith version: @Entitypublic class UserAddress implements Serializable {…@Column@ManyToOneprivate User user;… public UserAddress(User user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) {this.user = user;this.street = street;this.number = number;this.city = city;this.zip = zip;}…public User getUser() {return user;}public void setUser(User user) {this.user = user;}…} Here is the microservice version: @Entitypublic class UserAddress implements Serializable {…@Columnprivate Long idUser;…public UserAddress(Long user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) {this.idUser = user;this.street = street;this.number = number;this.city = city;this.zip = zip;}public Long getIdUser() {return idUser;}public void setIdUser(Long user) {this.idUser = user;}…} Note that in the monolith version, user was an instance of the User entity: private User user; In the microservice version, it became a number: private Long idUser; This happened for two main reasons: In the monolith, we have the two tables in the same database (User and UserAddress), and they both have physical and logical relationships (foreign key). So it makes sense to also keep the relationship between both the objects. The microservice should have its own database, completely independent from the other services. So we choose to keep only the user ID, as it is enough to load the address properly anytime the client needs. This change also resulted in a change in the constructor. Here is the monolith version: public UserAddress(User user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) Here is the microservice version: public UserAddress(Long user, String street, String number, String city, String zip) This could lead to a change of contract with the client regarding the change of the constructor signature. But thanks to the way it was built, it wasn’t necessary. Here is the monolith version: public Response add(UserAddress address) Here is the microservice version: public Response add(UserAddress address) Even if the method is changed, it could easily be solved with @Path annotation, or if we really need to change the client, it would be only the method name and not the parameters (which used to be more painful). Finally, we have the gateway service, which is our implementation of the API gateway design pattern. Basically it is the one single point to access the other services. The nice thing about it is that your client doesn’t need to care about whether the other services changed the URL, the signature, or even whether they are available. The gateway will take care of them. The bad part is that it is also on a single point of failure. Or, in other words, without the gateway, all services are unreachable. But you can deal with it using a cluster, for example. So now you’ve built a microservice in Java EE code, that was once a monolith! If you found this tutorial helpful and would like to learn more, head over to this book Java EE 8 Cookbook, authored by Elder Moraes. Read Next: Oracle announces a new pricing structure for Java Design a RESTful web API with Java [Tutorial] How to convert Java code into Kotlinlast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals added another wide receiver

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals added another wide receiver Saturday, selecting Murray State senior Walt Powell with the 196th overall pick of the NFL draft.The 5-foot-11, 187-pound wideout impressed scouts at his pro day, specifically showing off his catching consistency — reeling in every ball thrown his way — and displaying his adjustments capabilities. While a Racer, Powell saw plenty of action for all four years of his college career, finishing with 208 career receptions and 29 total touchdowns, including 13 in his senior year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img But it was the St. Louis, Mo. native’s junior year at Murray State that really stood out in the grand scheme. Powell made 96 total catches in 2012, accruing over 1,200 yards of receiving and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.“I think they liked my ability to make guys miss, and my ability just to catch the ball and get straight upfield and to just be a playmaker,” Powell said of the Cardinals.Powell’s older brother, Brandon Williams, spent two years in the NFL as a return specialist with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams in 2006-07.At the NFL combine, Powell ran a 4.63 40-yard dash, which Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said masked his true speed.“You’re going to see, what they showed on television…they didn’t do their homework,” he said, “because at his pro day he ran a 4.44. That’s because he ran at the combine with a bad foot.“Having inside information, one of our coaches coached in that league for a long time. He’s as physical of a wideout as there was in the draft.”In the third round, the Cardinals took speedy wide receiver John Brown with the 91st overall selection. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals re-signed free agent tackle Rodney Gunter to a one-year contract on Monday, solidifying another rotation piece on the defensive line.The team also announced it has signed one-year contracts with tight end Darrell Daniels and offensive lineman Jeremy Vujnovich, who were both exclusive rights free agents.Alliance of American Football offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Jeremiah Poutasi additionally agreed to one-year deals with Arizona after the upstart football league released them to join NFL teams this past week. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 8 Comments   Share   Gunter, who reportedly received interest from the Green Bay Packers as a free agent, has been with the Cardinals since coming out of the 2015 NFL Draft as a fourth-round pick from Delaware State.Related LinksReport: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen showed up to work earlyArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Report: Cardinals free agent Rodney Gunter meeting with PackersIn his four seasons with the team, he has recorded 95 total tackles, 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.The defensive tackle put together his best season in 2018, making a career-high 44 total tackles. He added 4.5 sacks, tying Robert Nkemdiche for second on the team behind only defensive end Chandler Jones (13.0).With Nkemdiche suffering an ACL injury toward the end of 2018, Gunter will likely be leaned upon heavily to start 2019. He joins a front headlined by vetern Corey Peters and free agent addition Darius Philon.Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound tight end, played in two games last year and brings depth behind Ricky Seals-Jones and Charles Clay, who presumably are the favorites to impact the offense led by first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Vujnovich started two games and played in five before he ended the season on the injured reserve list.Lauderdale played for the Arizona Hotshots in the AAF this spring and has spent time in the NFL with the 49ers, Bills and Saints. Poutasi played for the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions and was a third-round pick of the Titans in 2015.last_img read more

At the Ceramics Apse Ipsem epsom blipsom blossom

first_imgAt the Ceramics Apse Ipsem epsom blipsom blossom.*Some workshop graduates choose to complete their 5 weeks over time.**The fees are for programs and cover registration fee, tuition, meals and accommodations. Workshop participants will be housed in dormitory-style accommodations. The dorms are partially completed rooms that will eventually be finished into apartments.  The facilities are shared with other workshop participants (various rooms can accommodate 2 to 8 people), and there are places to lock up valuables.  There is minimal heating and no air-conditioning! It may be possible to upgrade to a private guest room for an extra $75 per week, depending on availability. Arrangements for guest rooms must be made well in advance by contacting the workshop coordinator.How to ApplyThe first step of the application process is to register online. When we have received and processed your application, you will receive a notification by e-mail.  If you wish the notification to be mailed to you, please indicate this in the Interest section. To complete the registration process for the workshop seminar, we require a $50 non-refundable registration deposit. This payment can be made with a credit card online or by calling the Arcosanti gallery at 928-632-6217.  You may also send a check or money order to:Arcosanti Workshop CoordinatorHC 74, Box 4136, Mayer, AZ 86333, USA       Register now!Online Fee PaymentPlease pay the deposit ($50 required for all programs) online. The remaining balance of the program fee can also be paid here, or be prepared to pay upon arrival at Arcosanti. Payment can be made in cash, check, money order, traveler’s checks or credit card.FAQ April 5, 2017last_img read more