Diego Costa breaks Iran hearts to save shaky Spain

first_imgWorld Cup Diego Costa breaks Iran’s wall and hearts as shaky Spain survive World Cup scare Kris Voakes in Kazan Last updated 1 year ago 03:59 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Diego Costa Isco Spain Iran World Cup 2018 ROMAN KRUCHININ World Cup Iran v Spain Spain Iran Powerade The Brazil-born striker was the difference as La Roja stumbled past a dogged Iran side to move closer to the knockout stage It took a moment of Cristiano Ronaldo genius to deny Spain three points in their opening World Cup fixture last week, and Diego Costa was also robbed of the headlines he deserved in the wake of the Portuguese’s magical hat-trick.But on Wednesday the Brazil-born striker was the difference-maker as La Roja finally managed to break down a superbly-drilled and fantastically brave Iran side to win 1-0 in Kazan and put themselves on the verge of a place in the last 16.Unlike their slick performance in the 3-3 draw in Sochi, this was a stuttering showing from Fernando Hierro’s side as the Iranians frustrated them for long spells with their deep defensive line and insistence on playing the waiting game. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move For too much of the contest Spain had no cutting edge, with their possession rate hovering around the 80 per cent mark but their threats on Ali Beiranvand’s goal remaining close to zero. Diego Costa regularly found himself dropping well out of the area to get any sort of action as Iran’s 11-man defensive operation stifled Spain’s game.When the breakthrough eventually arrived it was as scrappy as Spain’s attacking had been for the large part of proceedings to that point.A short pass from Lucas Vazquez aimed for Andres Iniesta managed to entice an Iranian defender out of position, allowing the Barcelona midfielder to advance and as Diego Costa attempted to finish on the turn at the far post Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted interception cannoned off the Spain striker’s knee and found the corner of the net.It was far from the most memorable goal in far from the most memorable game, but it went to underline the big front man’s threat. He had been quiet throughout most of the match but had found a way to make a difference, and when Diego Costa is causing havoc it can only be good news for Atletico Madrid and Spain.But just as it looked as though Iran’s need to press higher up the pitch might open up more frequent opportunities for Spain, Carlos Queiroz’s side found the net. Unfortunately for the 15,000-plus raucous Iranians in the crowd their joy was short-lived as the VAR confirmed the assistant referee’s on-field decision that Saeid Ezatolahi had been marginally offside in the build-up.Iran Spain VAR World CupIt is arguable that Iran deserved more than they got, and had Mehdi Taremi’s powerful header from a delicious Vahid Amiri cross found the target they may have earned a share of the spoils. Instead they go into their final group B clash with Portugal knowing that in all likelihood they will need a win to progress.For Spain there is the certainty of knowing that a draw with the already-eliminated Morocco will be enough to progress, but they also won’t need telling that they need to perform much better going forward.They netted a total of eight goals in winning the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago, but they will need to pass the ball quicker and stretch teams more readily if they are to have a chance of emulating their achievements of 2010 in Russia.Diego Costa Spain World Cup 2018Yet they know that for as long as Diego Costa is on form, they have a chance. Technically, he now has three goals to his name from just two shots in this tournament so far and it would take a brave person to back against him adding more to his tally.Spain, on this evidence, have plenty of flaws. But you wouldn’t count Diego Costa as one of them.last_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more

Sensex rallies over 300 pts Nifty reclaims 11300

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex rallied over 300 points in early trade on Thursday tracking gains in HDFC twins and Infosys ahead of July derivatives expiry, amid positive global cues. The 30-share index was trading 309.16 points or 0.82 per cent higher at 38,156.81 at 0945 hours; and the broader Nifty also surged 81.15 points or 0.72 per cent to 11,352.45.In the previous session, the 30-share index tumbled 135.09 points or 0.36 per cent to close at an over two-month low of 37,847.65. Similarly, the Nifty dropped 59.75 points or 0.53 per cent to 11,271.30. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn early trade, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, HDFC, Axis Bank, Infosys and Maruti led the gains on Sensex, rising up to 2.35 per cent.On the other hand, Tata Motors, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, ONGC and M&M fell up to 2.28 per cent.According to traders, besides tracking firm global cues, benchmark indices rallied on gains in index heavyweight HDFC and HDFC Bank stocks. Investors are also upbeat ahead of the expiry of July futures and derivatives contracts, they said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 1,393.71 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,140.26 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed on Wednesday.Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective early sessions.Equities on Wall Street too ended on a positive note on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated marginally to 68.96 against the US dollar (intra-day).The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 0.17 per cent higher at 63.29 per barrel.last_img read more

Jewel Releases New Song To Raise Awareness Of Public Housing

first_imgThe ReThink initiative and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel have unveiled a new song, “Home to Me,” to raise awareness for the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing.“Home to Me” is available for free download at www.ReThinkHousing.org.Once homeless, Jewel knows firsthand that a home is more than a place to live. “I’m so honored to share ‘Home to Me’ and my hope is that the song causes people to stop and rethink the importance of home. Millions of families, veterans, disabled and elderly citizens rely on public housing and I hope that through this new song people consider the positive impact of public housing,” says ReThink Ambassador Jewel.Earlier this year, ReThink launched a contest asking Americans to share stories, photos and thoughts of why housing matters to them. Hundreds of people participated, and after a voting and judging process, ten finalist entries served as the inspiration to Jewel. A grand prize was awarded to Silvia Kearney of Akron, Ohio, and today, she meets Jewel at music venue The Mint in Los Angeles to hear a performance of the song her entry inspired.“Americans believe that U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live, but there is little support for public housing. Public housing provides hope for a better future and it gives people a chance to get back on their feet,” says J. Len Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Housing Authority of Columbus, Ga. “Jewel gives an incredible voice to this issue, and we’re thankful her new song ‘Home to Me’ speaks to the impact a home can have on the lives of individuals, families and communities.”Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.; however, the need is much greater than that. At least half a million people including families, veterans, the elderly and disabled across the U.S. are waiting for public housing to become available.ReThink: Why Housing Matters is an initiative that aims to encourage Americans to realize the benefits that public housing communities offer the greater community. Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to hear Jewel’s perspective, and experience inspirational stories of public housing – and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.last_img read more

THE HART FELT JUNOS OF 2019

first_imgLondon, ON:  It was Corey’s night.The two-hour 48th Annual Juno Awards ceremony, broadcast live for the second year in a row – and for the first time in London’s Budweiser Gardens, rightfully prided itself for showcasing new artists, many of whom received their first national CBC TV exposure: Alt-pop siren bülow, country duo The Reklaws and rappers Loud and NAV among them.But the evening belonged to an old sentimental favourite, Montréal heart-throb Corey Hart, nearly 20 years removed from the public eye and on the verge of staging a welcome comeback. For all the accomplishments that landed him in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – hits like “Sunglasses at Night,” “Never Surrender,” and selling a million copies in Canada of his sophomore album, Boy In the Box – the thunderous ovation that greeted him when host Sarah McLachlan called him to the stage clearly overwhelmed him, reinforcing the realization that despite his time away, Hart has not been forgotten. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement 2019 JUNO Awards. Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Corey Hart. Budweiser Gardens, London, ON. March 17, 2019. Photo: CARASiPhoto Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Canadas trade deficit shrinks in July surplus with US highest since October

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s merchandise trade deficit with the world shrank to $114 million in July, the smallest since a surplus in December 2016, as its trade surplus with the United States grew to the biggest in a decade, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday.The federal agency reported that merchandise exports to the United States rose 3.3 per cent in July to $38.4 billion, while imports of American goods edged down 0.1 per cent to $33.1 billion in July.As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade surplus with the United States widened to $5.3 billion in July, from $4.1 billion in June — the biggest monthly trade surplus with its largest trading partner since October 2008.Canada’s surplus with the United States was offset by a $5.5 billion trade deficit with other countries, up from $4.8 billion in June.The total value of Canada’s exports to all countries rose 0.8 per cent to a record $51.3 billion, mainly because of higher crude oil prices, while the value of imports from all countries declined 0.4 per cent to $51.4 billion due to fewer aircraft imports, Statistics Canada said.The overall trade deficit in July was down from $743 million in June, a figure that was revised from $626 million in the previous report.Several analysts said they had expected July’s trade deficit would rise to about $1 billion and noted trade volumes reported by Statistics Canada on Wednesday were down overall — with exports falling 0.8 per cent and imports dropping 1.1 per cent.They attributed a majority of the positive gains to higher energy prices.“Overall, the rise in export prices masks what was actually a disappointing month for outbound shipments. Moreover, oil prices have since levelled off and other commodity prices have also softened,” CIBC economist Royce Mendes wrote in a commentary.“In spite of the narrower deficit, there’s little reason then, to change our call for growth to slow in the third quarter.”A short time after the Statistics Canada report, the central bank announced its key interest rate will remain unchanged at 1.5 per cent, where it has been since July 11. Many economists have said the rate will likely be increased in October.The trade report came as Canadian and American negotiators resumed talks in Washington, D.C., following a four-day break from last week’s intense efforts to reach agreement on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.President Donald Trump has claimed that the United States needs to eliminate large trade deficits with Canada but a report from the U.S. Trade Representative says a 2017 deficit in goods (US$17.1 billion) was outweighed by a US$25 billion surplus in services sold to Canada.Statistics Canada noted that July was the first month that Canada charged retaliatory tariffs on imported American steel and aluminum and the second month of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.The agency said that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, there was a 16.4 per cent increase in Canadian exports of steel subject to the U.S. duty imposed by President Donald Trump, following a 36.3 per cent decline in June.Exports of Canadian aluminum subject to Trump’s tariffs were down 2.0 per cent in July, on top of a 4.7 per cent decline in June.Canada’s imports of U.S. steel products subject to a 25 per cent tariff fell 39.6 per cent in July, on a seasonally adjusted basis, following a 32.7 per cent increase in June.Canada’s imports of U.S. aluminum that are subject to a 10 per cent retaliatory tariff were down 5.2 per cent and imports of other U.S. products subject to the 10 per cent tariff fell 22 per cent in July.RBC economist Nathan Janzen noted that monthly data is volatile so a few months doesn’t make a trend “and risks around Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S. remain.”“It could also be, though, that Canadian exports are finally starting to get at least a modest lift from stronger global trade flows and an improved U.S. industrial sector.”— by David Paddon in Torontolast_img read more

Irans domestic car market stalls as nuclear deal falters

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Across Iran’s capital, rush-hour traffic always grinds to a halt, a sea of boxy Renault four-doors and Peugeot coupes all idling their way through the streets of Tehran.Soon, however, Iran’s faltering nuclear deal with world powers may be what causes the country’s domestic automotive market to stall out.As Iran’s currency suffers precipitous falls against the U.S. dollar — the rial lost two-thirds of its value against the dollar since President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord — cars are growing more and more expensive even as tens of thousands clamour to order domestic models online. Meanwhile, Western manufacturers are pulling out of the country and foreign-produced parts are becoming harder to find as Chinese cars fill the void.“It is clear and obvious that the U.S. is purposefully putting pressure on the people of Iran to instigate discontent” over the auto market, said Mohammad Reza Najfimaneh, the head of the Iranian Specialized Manufacturers of Auto Parts Association.Iran, one of the Mideast’s biggest countries and home to 80 million people, has a huge demand for automobiles. In 2017 alone, Iran produced more than 1.5 million cars, up some 14 per cent from the year before, according to a report by Iran’s Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade earlier this year.Some 90 per cent of market share is controlled by two local companies: Iran Khodro, which assembles Peugeot-branded vehicles from kits, and SAIPA, which has made Citroens and Kias. Both manufacturers also build Renaults.Iran’s auto industry suffered under U.S. and Western sanctions, which targeted Iran over fears about its nuclear program. The West worries Iran could use its technology to build atomic bombs. Iran long has said its program is for peaceful purposes.The 2015 nuclear deal, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions, provided a needed boost to the industry.French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen reached a deal in 2016 to open a plant producing 200,000 vehicles annually in Iran. Fellow French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault signed a $778-million deal to build 150,000 cars a year at a factory outside of Tehran. Meanwhile, Volkswagen announced plans to import vehicles into Iran.Now, however, those firms have pulled back on those plans.Concern over Iran’s domestic auto industry has been high. That was shown in a visit to Iran-Khodro last week by Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.“The enemy in the economic war is after damaging public contentment and the auto industry is one of the front lines in the war,” Shamkhani said during his visit.More than 100,000 people are employed by Iran-Khodro and SAIPA, while another 700,000 Iranians work in industries related to car manufacturing.There are fears by some business analysts in Iran that any downturn in the auto industry would further worsen unemployment in the country.Iran’s official unemployment rate is 12.3 per cent, meaning some 3 million people are out of work, but experts believe it is much higher, especially among university graduates. Those unemployed often try to scrape enough money together to work as taxi drivers in the city, meaning they could be doubly hit.Meanwhile, the drop in the Iranian rial has made buying a car difficult. The rial traded at 62,000 to the dollar before Trump’s pullout from the nuclear deal in May. It has gone as high as 150,000 to $1 since.“I saved some money to buy an Iranian car, but prices jumped and factories do not provide cars on time,” said Mahin Tabrizi, a 45-year-old teacher. “I don’t know what I can do.”Those prices also have hurt auto parts sales.“Prices of car parts are crazy, all because of the sanctions,” said Mahmoud Rahimi, a taxi driver. “I bought brake pads for my car for double the price in less than a year.”Even those who pay for an Iranian car can face delays in having them delivered. Iranian car production reportedly dropped 29 per cent in June compared to the same month last year. Analysts blamed that on lack of parts due to currency fluctuation.Meanwhile, importing a foreign car grows more expensive as the rial drops in value. Iran places import taxes of more than 100 per cent on foreign cars. A ban on importing foreign cars also has been in force since April, halting new orders.“Nearly two years ago, I paid for an imported car, yet they have not delivered it due to upheavals in the rial rate and sanctions,” said Reza Piltan, a retired engineer waiting for an SUV by South Korean manufacturer SSangYong.In the absence of Western car makers, however, China is already starting to show up in the country. A new dealership for Chinese automaker Chery recently opened in Tehran. Iranian lawmaker Vali Maleki, a member of the parliamentary committee on industry, last month suggested that Chinese companies can take over the share of other foreign companies that have left the Iranian market.“The Chinese cars are selling very well in Iran,” car dealer Ali Razavi said. “Their dealerships offer a wide range of methods of leasing and financing that enable many customers to buy a new car for just about $2,000 to $4,000.” Those cars are partly assembled in Iran.Demand is still strong for Iranian-made cars as well, however.Last week, in less than an hour, 50,000 customers rushed the website of SAIPA to pay nearly $2,000 each to buy cars that the company plans to make in the future. The move is largely an effort by buyers to save on their purchases as the rial continues to fall. Another factory, Iran-Khodro, has a similar plan for selling future cars next week.Still, anger over quality lurks.“In other countries people pay small advance fees to buy a standard car based on installments,” said Fatemeh Azari, whose son last week managed to buy a car on SAIPA’s website. “Here, we pay all the money in advance to receive a clunker months later.”last_img read more

Weather warnings remain in place with strong winds and heavy snow predicted

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A winter storm warning and blizzard warning remain in place with heavy snow forecast throughout northeast B.C. and Alberta.Thursday afternoon a blizzard warning was issued for the Pine Pass, that remains in place as the forecast still calls for heavy snow in the area and wind gusts up to 60km/h.  The winter storm warning issued for the B.C. South Peace is also still in effect.The South Peace could see a total of 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George and those near Tumbler Ridge may see near 50 cm by Saturday morning. A slow moving frontal system will spread snow and strong winds across the B.C. central and northern interior. This long duration snowstorm will produce a total of 30 to 40 cm of snow by Saturday morning. Areas near and along Highway 16 east of Prince George towards McBride and Highway 97 north of Prince George, and those near Tumbler Ridge may see near 50 cm by Saturday morning.As the frontal system collides with an advancing Arctic cold front today, strong winds will continue over parts of the northern interior generating poor visibilities in blowing snow.Snow will abate tonight or early Saturday as dry Arctic air settles in.Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone. In the North Peace, we will see heavy snow today with up to 15 cm forecast.  The wind will also be an issue gusting up to 30km/h in Fort St. John.  The strong winds will make it feel more like minus 36.The heavy snow is also forecast to fall in Alberta, with weather warnings in place for most of the communities along Highway 43.  Click here for a full list of weather warnings.Before you head out on the roads, visit www.drivebc.ca for current road conditions in B.C. and visit 511.alberta.ca for road conditions in Alberta.Below are the two warnings in place for northeast B.C.Winter storm warning in effect for:B.C. South Peace RiverA long duration snowstorm is forecast.center_img Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.4:54 AM PST Friday 01 February 2019Blizzard warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassBlizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.A slow moving frontal system is producing heavy snow through Pine Pass. An Arctic high pushing through the pass will generate winds of 40 km/h gusting to 60. The snow and wind will combine to produce near whiteout conditions today.The winds will begin to ease this evening and visibility will improve but occasional blowing snow may still occur until late tonight or early Saturday morning.Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If you become stranded in a vehicle do not leave. The vehicle offers a form of protection from the cold. A single person walking through the snow is harder to find than a stranded car or truck.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Arizona stretch of I10 will get duststorm warning system

TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona project to provide travellers on Interstate 10 with timely warnings about potentially deadly low-visibility conditions from dust storms on a 10-mile (16-kilometre) stretch between Phoenix and Tucson is just months from completion.The Arizona Daily Star reports that the system planned by the Arizona Department of Transportation will combine technologies such as closed-circuit cameras, radar and digital warning signs.A $12.8 million federal grant is funding the project, which is expected to be installed by October.In 2013, three people were killed in a 19-vehicle pileup during a dust storm along the stretch of I-10 where the system will go. Traffic on the interstate was backed up for 6 miles (10 kilometres).___Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.comThe Associated Press read more

Chevron seeks NEB licence that could nearly double production at Kitimat LNG

CALGARY — Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy.In a filing dated Monday and posted on the NEB website, the Canadian branch of California-based giant Chevron Corp. says it is applying for a 40-year licence to export up to 28.23 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, with commissioning of the facility taking place by 2029.That’s the equivalent of about 18 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas and is nearly double the 10-million-tonne, 20-year licence it was previously granted, which is set to expire at the end of this year.In a statement, the company says the increase in scope comes after a review that focused on improving the project’s “cost of supply competitiveness” relative to other LNG projects around the world.The partners have not made a final investment decision, nor have they set a date to do so, but the expanded project is seen as another hopeful sign for B.C.’s nascent LNG industry after the LNG Canada consortium announced last fall it would proceed with its $40-billion, 14-million-tonne-per-year project, also to be built near Kitimat.The new plan for Kitimat LNG envisions initially building two six-million-tonne production “trains” with the option to add a third later, as opposed to the original two-train proposal.“Chevron’s application to the National Energy Board is a key regulatory undertaking and supports Chevron and Woodside’s desire to deliver a globally competitive Kitimat LNG project that is aligned with global LNG market demand, and which benefits British Columbians, First Nations and all Canadians,” Chevron said.The Canadian Press read more

Thinking Through Cloud Migration

Phase 1- Before the MoveBefore making the jump to the cloud, you should assess existing infrastructure and gather as much information from the service provider. Cloud service provider, if possible, should visit your site and deliver presentations on how to perform assessments of existing architecture and its dependencies – a number of which might not by cloud candidates. They will also help identify unexplored areas and highlight underestimated complexities. upload-3406226_1920.jpg For enterprises that already have unified communications (UC) and contact center (CC), cloud implementation might be the next logical step for one or both of these services. While planning the migration to the cloud, enterprises should understand the financial and operational costs in addition to the enhanced capabilities – such as analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence – that it will provide. Phase 3 – Post ImplementationSuccessful cloud migrations require several post-migration considerations and solutions. Once the service is operating, there’ll be several management functions that the cloud service provider as well, as the organization, need to perform. These include:Incident management (nothing is perfect)Being able to remotely monitor the operationKeep up with routine maintenanceAccess and network managementChange management (nothing is that static)Service level reporting (SLA) complianceVirus and spam protectionData backupFurthermore, management tasks can be performed better with automation. Automation capabilities of services should be evaluated in phase one but used consistently during phase three. Since you’re outsourcing services, you need to use the reporting capabilities of the service to ensure optimized cost, good security, and to make sure operational goals are being met. Cloud Challenges, OpportunitiesDon’t assume moving to the cloud is a one and done project. When moving to the cloud, there is an opportunity to reevaluate your network and your organization’s needs. Since you’re outsourcing functionality to third-party, you might have to reconsider staffing requirements, possibly reducing staff or changing their responsibilities. Staff might also be needed to monitor cloud services to ensure it delivers what you need. Part of the monitoring will also be cost management. This becomes important when looking at seat charges. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Also, don’t wait for an incident to occur. Keep collecting information from the cloud service and use it on a dashboard, so you can monitor your users and customer’s environments in real-time. Since many enterprises have industry-specific regulations, cloud services need to satisfy those regulations to avoid liability.Tags:News & Viewscloud migrationcloud networksmigrationCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesCPaaSEnterprise NetworkingMonitoring, Management and Security Articles You Might Like Phase 2 – WorkloadsMigration processes are unique to each enterprise. An enterprise might use one vendor’s UC and another’s CC or opt for a suite of services from one provider. Some enterprises might go “full” cloud, while others might take a hybrid approach. Regardless, there are four possibilities for moving to the cloud:You re-host what you already own and shift it to the cloud.You could reinstall, which is an option to create and deploy the workloads and then do a fresh installation of the UC and CC applications.Re-factor involves cost of performance optimizations.Redevelopment means you go back and modify the code that you already have.Since you’re moving data as well as applications, a disaster recovery plan and data backups are essential. Additionally, network security is crucial to ensure data is transferred safely and successfully. In addition to potential shifts in staffing, there might be obstacles when it comes to:AutomationTrainingWorkload placementSecurity tools and their useIdentity managementModified networksComplianceGovernanceWhen it comes to cloud migration though, there are three main phases of its implementation, which include: Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. See All in Cloud Communications » An audit of an existing environment will also show gaps, including security, automation, template, process, and procedure issues. You’ll need to know the current system, so you can better understand issues that may surface during migration. In some cases, moving to the cloud will help close these gaps and improve overall operations. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. Log in or register to post comments read more

Poverty eradication critical in improving access to food UN envoy says

Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, noted that the basic objective of the Brussels Programme of Action is to achieve substantial progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty by 2015 and promoting sustainable development.“Poverty eradication is critical in improving access to food,” he said in a statement to the executive board of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday in Rome. “Food and nutritional security must be part of a larger framework of sustainable rural development and of poverty eradication.”The High Representative welcomed WFP’s extensive efforts in creating emergency and development programmes worldwide, and noted the agency’s recent work in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa, where most countries are LDCs. “Food aid for development purposes assists national governments and local communities to realize their development objectives by helping the hungry and the poor to create assets and skills that benefit them and their communities,” he said. read more

UN chief and Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Damascus mosque

“The Secretary-General believes that this latest atrocity, along with others prior to it, should be promptly and fully investigated and perpetrators brought to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects, including places of worship, constitutes a war crime. These heinous acts must stop immediately,” the statement added. Council members expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this “heinous act” and to the people of Syria and wished a swift recovery to the injured, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body for this month, said in a statement read out to the press. Thursday’s bombing is the latest deadly incident in two-year-old conflict that has already claimed over 70,000 lives and displaced more than three million people since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. Some 1.1 million people have also been forced to flee Syria and take refuge in neighbouring countries.The conflict has also spawned a massive humanitarian crisis and resulted in widespread human rights violations. Today in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council decided to extend the mandate of the independent panel tasked with investigating alleged violations of international human rights law in Syria since March 2011.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has welcomed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to conduct a UN investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, and said her office stands ready to join the investigation if requested to do so.“If chemical weapons do indeed turn out to have been used, this can only be described as an abominable and depraved act,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the High Commissioner, told reporters in Geneva.“We hope these reports turn out to be incorrect, because if they are true this terrible conflict will have plunged to new depths,” he added.The use of chemical weapons would most likely be either a crime against humanity or a war crime, said Mr. Colville. “The High Commissioner echoes the Secretary-General’s call that – if such a crime has been committed – those responsible must be held accountable.”Mr. Ban announced yesterday that the UN will launch an independent investigation into the allegations, after receiving a formal request from the Syrian Government. The probe will start as soon as “practically possible” and the modalities are being worked on in close consultation with the relevant bodies, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the World Health Organization (WHO). “The investigation mission is to look into the specific incident brought to my attention by the Syrian Government,” Mr. Ban told journalists on Thursday. “I am, of course, aware that there are other allegations of similar cases involving the reported use of chemical weapons,” he added.In a note issued last night, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said that Mr. Ban had received a joint letter from France and the United Kingdom, in which they requested an investigation into several incidents of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Secretary-General has provided a reply letter to both missions, and requested them to provide additional information pertaining to the alleged incidents. He also replied to the letter from the Syrian Government to inform it that he had decided to establish a UN investigation on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.He requested the Government to provide additional information pertaining to the alleged incident, and added that the mission would require full cooperation from all relevant Syrian authorities, including on the issue of unfettered access. read more

Surgeon punched doctor in head in row over whether Laura Kuenssberg is

Someone said she was quite pretty… Lawrence said she would look better with a bag over her headwitness Dr Michael Scarland Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A leading surgeon punched a fellow doctor during a night out at a restaurant after he became enraged at an alcohol-fuelled discussion mocking the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, a tribunal heard.Dr David Wilkinson MBE hit Dr Lawrence King around the head and knocked off his spectacles as they and other medical colleagues were engaged in a “vigorous debate” over the political editor’s “lopsided smile”, it was said.Members of the group, who were on a holiday in Spain, had been drinking for up to eight hours and were said to have been arguing at the bar as to whether Ms Kuenssberg was “attractive” enough to work for the BBC due to her “asymmetrical face”, with Dr King allegedly suggesting she would look better “with a bag over her head”.As the debate intensified at the Peso Neto fusion restaurant in the Spanish port city of Bilbao, Dr Wilkinson, a 58-year old postgraduate dean for Health Education England in Yorkshire walked up to Dr King and hit him up to three times, the hearing was told.Dr King, in his 50s, suffered a gash behind his left ear following the 7.30pm incident on June 24 last year. His glasses were also broken. At a medical tribunal in Manchester in which Ms Kuenssberg was referred to as “LK”, Dr King said: “I remember looking at him and he looked angry, but I am not sure why that anger was directed at me.  Laura Kuenssberg “I didn’t think we were giving him a lot of stick and that was not my perception of it. I thought he said his daughter wanted to be or was a journalist, like LK but I do not accept that we were giving him a lot of stick, we were just a group at the bar having banter.”I just thought we were engaging in good natured conversation.”The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told the two doctors had joined medical colleagues for the trip and had been drinking since 11am before ending up at the restaurant in the evening.Dr King added: “We were in group conversation, maybe in high spirits, but he got up, walked around the table, went behind me and I suspected something was going to happen.”I looked back and caught his fist in my open hand. He punched me a second time. I remember a heavy blow to the back on my head. I don’t have much recollection as to what happened after that. I then remember seeing my glasses broken in pieces on the floor.” “I do not recall saying she would look better with a bag over her face. I did not say her opinions count less because of her looks.”Witness Dr Michael Scarland told the tribunal: “We were all drinking beer and we had around seven pints each before the bar where the incident happened. People were quite drunk and Dr King was drinking the same as everyone else.”Heated debates were happening around the group. We had a long debate about Brexit and this led to a conversation about Laura Kuenssberg. Someone said she was quite pretty and I mentioned that I didn’t agree. Lawrence said she would look better with a bag over her head, which annoyed David.”I thought Lawrence was going to back track when he said ‘you can’t put a bag over her head’ – but he then said: ‘you could cut a couple of holes in the bag so she could see’. They were disrespectful comments. David had gone round to him and said he was out of order. That was the first time they had had an altercation.” Dr Wilkinson admits punching Dr King and the hearing is seeking to determine if he is guilty of misconduct. The tribunal continues. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editorCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA “He was constantly reiterating how upset and disappointed he was. He has been receiving coaching into reflecting on this incident.”I’d rather he hadn’t done it but I think he has reflected and think some of his reflection has really helped to tell what happened. I have no concerns with him dealing with criticism at his work. He understands what affect this has had on his work.” When asked if he thought Miss Kuenssberg “wasn’t attractive enough” to be on television news, Dr King replied: “I do not recall that. All I remember saying was she had a lopsided smile. Prof Wendy Reid, Health Education England’s director of education who spoke to Dr Wilkinson on his return to the UK, told the hearing: “He told me that alcohol was involved in his actions and he told me how distressed and mortified he was about it all. He had an argument with Dr King as he thought he was making comments about this daughter. read more

Wenco Avoca Mining BI allows miners to transform data into actionable insights

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems argues that “mines are drowning in data, but starving for information. The systems used in modern mining generate enormous volumes of facts and figures about daily operations, but they can prove troublesome to analyse. Fortunately, business intelligence platforms like Avoca Mining BI have the ability to take that data and transform it into actionable insights miners can use to extract unrealised value.”The following use cases from a recent Wenco article show real-world examples of the ways mines use Avoca to boost productivity, decrease operating costs, improve safety, and enhance all-around mine performance. First, equipment speed is a major concern for mines. If operators travel too slowly, it can lower the site’s production output. Yet, trucks that travel too fast create safety hazards or cause costly maintenance issues. Ideally, mine trucks should travel at or under the site’s speed limit, which is designed to take safety and reliability considerations into account.“Avoca customers use the Equipment Speed dashboard to identify equipment and operators whose travel speeds fall outside the ideal range. Using data straight from fleet management system (FMS) event records, Avoca can plot equipment speeds over a map of the site. Users filter data by adjusting sliders to select individual mines, dates, and equipment types. Zooming in shows users which equipment units and operators are behind each speed record. In this way, it’s easy for mines to identify slow-moving operators or leadfoots who need more training. Exploring areas with significant speed changes can also highlight road problems that cause excessive brake wear or potential safety hazards. Site engineers can then send road crews to resolve these issues they previously never knew existed.”“Like equipment speed, mines pay a lot of attention to the weight of their payloads. Loads that are too light waste valuable space in each truck, reducing the efficiency of hauling. But, loads that are too heavy put equipment in jeopardy, causing excessive strain on machine parts and potentially voiding warranties. Mines use the Avoca Payload Analysis dashboard to compare each unit’s payload with its target weight. As with Equipment Speed, filters at the right side of the screen allow users to adjust the parameters so they only see issues of real concern. Mine managers can interact with this data in Avoca, but even a simple monthly payload report gives them enough information to identify specific operators who may need additional training or equipment models with mechanical problems. Solving this fundamental issue can produce big returns. Improving payload compliance by even a few percentage points can increase mine productivity by hundreds of thousands of tons each year.”“Using the Haul Cycle Variability dashboard, mines can easily identify the variability in haul cycles for each equipment operator. While each haul cycle takes a different amount of time, Avoca can determine the overall average duration of haul cycles for any given shift. Then, it plots each individual operator over that average to show who tends to complete haul cycles in a regular fashion — and who takes wildly different times for each run. Like speeding, mines want operators to complete each haul cycle as close to the average as possible. Wide variation suggests that operators are either speeding or taking the scenic route — neither of which supports a predictable, efficient operation. This dashboard shows which operators set the benchmark for good hauling and which ones need further training to help them stay the course. Maules Creek Coal in Australia used this report rigorously over a 12-month period to drive improvements in haul cycle variability. As this baseline report shows, operator haul cycles became much more uniform after configuration of this report. Furthermore, much of the variability came from new or underperforming operators. Not only did managing their hauling performance lead to more consistent production, but to higher average performance overall.”“Hard braking can cause big problems for mines, wearing out service brakes more quickly than necessary (and forcing trucks into the shop along with them). Pulling data from predictive maintenance systems and FMS, Avoca can help mines determine users or locations prone to sudden braking. By placing geospatial positions of hard braking events over a map of the mine site, Avoca users can easily detect areas that spur operators to grind to a halt. Then, they can use this information to figure out the cause of this behaviour — perhaps an overly steep ramp or a section of road in need of grading. Avoca can also sort hard braking events by operator, highlighting site staff who need to drive more cautiously. In either case, this feature can help mines conserve millions of dollars in unnecessary repairs and downtime.”“All of these cases give practical applications of Avoca Mining BI, demonstrating how mines are putting its actionable intelligence to use. But, there are still countless other ways to use a business intelligence platform for mining:Optimise loading based on shovel operator (or truck model)Connect tyre life to truck operatorLink machine part failures to geospatial events (and use that info to predict upcoming failures)Really, the opportunities for using data to extract value from mining are endless.”last_img read more

Monadelphous adds inflow infrastructure work to BHP South Flank iron ore package

first_imgEngineering company Monadelphous Group says it has been awarded a second construction contract, valued at A$104 million ($74 million), at BHP’s South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The contract includes structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works associated with the project’s inflow infrastructure and brings the total value of work secured by Monadelphous on this project to A$212 million, the company said.The company’s previous contract – awarded last month – includes structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works associated with the project’s outflow infrastructure.Work under the inflow infrastructure contract is expected to start immediately and be completed by March 2021, according to Monadelphous.Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said the award of a second contract at South Flank enables Monadelphous to realise efficiency synergies between the two packages of work, and underlined the strength of its long-term relationship with BHP.BHP is targeting first ore extraction at the operation in 2021 and expects to ramp up to 80 Mt/y of output. This will replace production from the existing Yandi mine, which is reaching the end of its economic life. The company carried out the first blast at the project in September.last_img read more

Alfred Gislason is the Worlds Best Male Coach in 2012

The World’s Best Male Coach in 2012 is Alfred Gislason (60,1%) from THW Kiel! Icelandic coach has fantastic year with outstanding winning series of German team with the titles in Bundesliga and EHF VELUX Champions League. The second place has won Danish NT coach, Ulrik Wilbek with 27,6% of all votes, while French Olympic winner, Claude Onesta is third with 12,3%.Results based on 5356 votes: ALFRED GISLASON  3222 (60,1%)ULRIK WILBEK 1478 (27,6%)CLAUDE ONESTA 656 (12,3%) ← Previous Story Almost 13.000 fans have decided: Filip Jicha is the World’s Best Player 2012! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 prediction: France, Norway and Spain for medals! Alfred GislasonAlfred Gislason world’s best coach read more

Leo Varadkars partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice

first_imgThe vice president was criticised last year for breaking with the tradition and not allowing media access to the conversation. Members of the press were left on the lawn of the vice president’s home during the meeting. At the time, the Taoiseach said it was the US administration’s decision to have the meeting in private.Prior to it, Varadkar repeatedly said he would talk with Pence about social issues, including LGBT rights.The media are permitted to attend the breakfast meeting this year. Barrett will also attend the traditional shamrock ceremony in the White House but it is understood he will not take to the stage during the presentation.  https://jrnl.ie/4539997 Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 5:17 PM Leo Varadkar’s partner to attend breakfast meeting at house of US vice president Mike Pence The US vice president has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT people. Taoiseach partner Matt Barrett will attend the breakfast meeting with VP Mike Pence tomorrow but not the shamrock ceremony pic.twitter.com/6iW3XaGBpW— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 13, 2019 By Christina Finn Christina Finn reports from Washington DCLEO VARADKAR’S PARTNER will join him for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at US Vice President’s house tomorrow.Last year, Mike Pence told the Taoiseach his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year.Pence made the comments during a private conversation between the two, during which Varadkar raised LGBT rights and equality issues.The US vice president describes himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican” and has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT people.“He’s going to be at the breakfast tomorrow,” Varadkar told reporters in Washington DC today. “He was able to get time off work and make the journey. He’ll be taking up the invitation from Mike and Karen Pence to attend tomorrow. Karen can’t be there because she’s in Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics.” Short URL Mar 13th 2019, 5:17 PM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Share37 Tweet Email1 37,707 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images 77 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

Hawke labels Coalitions parental leave plan poor policy

first_imgShadow treasurer Joe Hockey has mounted a passionate defence of Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme and branded dissident Liberal backbencher Alex Hawke a lone voice in the Coalition in wanting the commitment scrapped. Mr Hockey said the policy would boost participation and deliver a “massive benefit” to small business. Mr Hawke, the Liberal MP for Mitchell in north west Sydney, who is of Greek background, insists he is not the only Coalition MP who is concerned about the policy, which offers new mothers 26 weeks of leave on full pay, up to a maximum wage of $150,000 a year, to be funded by a 1.5 per cent levy on the country’s 3200 biggest companies. This levy was to have been fully offset by a 1.5 per cent cut in company tax, but it has since been replaced with the promise of a ‘modest’ company tax cut. Abbott’s leave scheme compares with Labor’s taxpayer-funded scheme offering 18 weeks parental leave at the minimum wage. “Certainly within the Coalition there is widespread concern that in this climate it is unaffordable as a policy,” Mr Hawke said. “I think that’s been the case for some time.” Insisting it would not be an issue for the Coalition to ditch its scheme ahead of the September election – despite Mr Abbott referring to it as a ‘signature’ policy – Mr Hawke said: “I think this isn’t that popular with the electorate. And I tend to find people are pretty realistic that we can’t afford big new taxes and levies at the moment.” But Mr Hockey dismissed Mr Hawke’s critique in a doorstop interview after his address to the IPA, saying it was not shared by his colleagues. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

FKA twigs Plots International Tour LA NYC Paris London Sydney More

first_imgThe daring English singer/songwriter announces 10 shows across the U.S., Europe and Australia this summerNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 22, 2019 – 12:31 pm FKA twigs has announced a 10-show summer tour kicking off with a pair of Los Angeles shows May 7 and 8. The tour will include two New York City performances as part of the previously announced Red Bull Music Festival NYC before heading abroad. twigs will close out the month with shows in Berlin, London and Barcelona on May 24, 28 and 30 respectively before playing Paris on June 1, The tour will then travel to Austrailia to play Sydney on June 9 and wrap the tour in Hobart, Austrialia on June.14. FKA twigs Announces International Tour fka-twigs-plots-international-tour-la-nyc-paris-london-sydney-more Email Read more Facebook News Twitter FKA twigs Plots International Tour: L.A., NYC, Paris, London, Sydney & More While these were the only dates revealed so far, twigs’ tweet announcing the dates is accompanied by a link to her mailing list signup page, asking fans to “sign up for updates from twigs,” which may be a subtle signe of more to come this year from the British songstress.It’s been nearly four years since twigs’ most-recent release, 2015’s M3LL155X, a five-song EP featring collaborations with GRAMMY-nominated producer Boots. Late last year, she was featured on A$AP Rocky’s “Fu*k Sleep.”Further details on tickets are forthcoming, though tickets for the New York shows are sold out, according to the Red Bull Music Fest website.Frou Frou Release First Song In 15 Years, “Guitar Song (Live)”last_img read more