Apple wants people to know how to clean its new credit card

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple believes some of its zealous customers will treasure its new titanium credit card so much that they will spend time polishing its white finish.That’s why Apple has posted instructions on how to clean the card properly and warned that some materials might leave blemishes that are difficult to remove.The list of potential hazards includes leather and denim, prompting some people to conclude Apple’s credit card is so special that it can’t be stored in the wallets and pockets where most other credit cards reside.But the company says it merely wants people to know that the dyes used in some types of leather and denim can leave stains. Those discoloring marks are unlikely in most kinds of wallets and jeans, something Apple alluded to in its post by advising that the card can be kept in a wallet or pocket made of “soft materials.”The reverence Apple seemed to be according its card triggered widespread derision on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet.“Do not look directly at Apple Card,” Alex Stamos, a former top security executive at Yahoo and Facebook, mocked in a tweet late Wednesday . “Do not speak to Apple Card. Do not denigrate Apple Card in Its Holy Presence.”In reality, Apple’s cleaning instructions for the card mirrors the same practice it applies for its iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, ear buds and all other physical products. But while it’s common for people to clean those devices, few consumers spend time sprucing up their credits cards.Apple describes a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and includes a list of inappropriate cleaners. The instructions also warn against touching another credit card or “potentially abrasive objects” like coins or keys.The Apple Card, announced in March in partnership with Goldman Sachs, started rolling out in the U.S. this month. Though industry experts say the card’s financial benefits mirror many of those already out there for consumers, Apple is positioning it as a refreshing change from the thousands of other credit cards that have been available for decades.In one of the biggest differences, the card is designed to be primarily used with the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. But at retail stores, that requires merchants to accept Apple Pay. Apple and Goldman Sachs are giving people the option of a physical card to use when Apple Pay isn’t an option.The card is made of titanium and a sleek white finish to give it added flair and prestige. It’s a strategy that has worked well for other high-end cards made of metallic alloys, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card .As part of its effort to keep its new credit card customers happy, Apple is offering to replace any card that loses its sheen, at no extra charge.___Tali Arbel contributed to this story from New York.Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

Annan proposes new UN mission to guide peace process in Côte dIvoire

Mr. Annan’s proposal that the Security Council consider establishing the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI), as well as other recommendations outlining possible ways the UN can support the Ivoirian peace process, are included in his just-released report on the situation in the strife-torn West African country.The Secretary-General says the proposed mission would be headed by his Special Representative, Albert Tévoedjré, who would also devise, in consultation with humanitarian and development agencies, an appropriate coordinating strategy that will enhance wider UN response to the complicated Ivoirian crises and its consequences.The Secretary-General stresses that the French-brokered Linas-Marcoussis Agreement – which calls upon the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005 – offers the best chance for the Ivoirian people to peacefully resolve the conflict that threatens to plunge their country into a crisis rivalling “those that have devastated neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.”The report notes that regrettably, wrangling over power-sharing arrangements, which ignited massive, and often violent, civil demonstrations in and around Abidjan in early February, had delayed the Agreement’s implementation. Mr. Annan stresses that although the new government of national reconciliation had been subsequently able to hold two meetings, the ministers nominated by the rebel movements have yet to take up their posts.”I urge the parties to overcome their differences, in order to allow the new government to start functioning without further delay and to address the bigger challenge of implementing the work programme set up in the Linas-Marcoussis agreement,” Mr. Annan says, adding that priority must be given to providing security for members of the new government.The Secretary-General also mentions his serious concern about the logistical constraints facing the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) force and urges donor countries to urgently provide the necessary material and financial support. He stresses the critical need to increase funding to allow UN and other agencies to address the “precarious” humanitarian situation in the country, particularly ongoing population displacements, widespread human rights abuses and growing vulnerability of communities because of the deterioration of the country’s social and economic fabric.”It would be unfortunate, if the troop contributors who came forward with offers to provide troops, on the basis of promises made by donor countries, were to find themselves facing the same circumstances that compelled other ECOWAS troops to put an end to their operation in Sierra Leone early in 2000.” read more

Sudan UN appeals for urgent funding to fill huge overall aid shortfall

With Sudan facing mass displacement from strife in its Darfur region, a flood of refugees returning to its war-ravaged south and humanitarian emergencies nationwide, the United Nations today appealed for desperately needed funds to fill a huge shortfall in aid for Africa’s largest country.Declaring that all of these aid operations “remain grossly under-funded,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pointed out that even as the recent conflict in Darfur dominates the headlines, only about 40 per cent of the requested $722 million has been received, with $434 million still outstanding to meet Sudan’s overall needs till year’s end.”While the number of people in critical need of humanitarian assistance has skyrocketed in Darfur in recent months, I implore the international community to also remember the plight of millions of vulnerable people struggling to survive all over the country,” the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan Manuel Aranda Da Silva said.In the south, where prospects of a peace agreement in the 20-year war between the Government and rebels has sparked the spontaneous return of an estimated 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), a mere $17 million of the $153 million required for the resettlement has so far been received. Just this month, an interagency assessment team confirmed that more than 50 returnees died from starvation.Already strained populations in the south are now forced to share scarce resources with returnees, and aid agencies predict that once the rainy season ends next month tens of thousands more people may return, leading to a potential humanitarian emergency.A further $110 million is still needed to assist more than 3 million people living under extremely fragile conditions in southern, central and eastern regions where poor maize harvests have compounded the situation.In Darfur, a staggering $188 million is still needed to meet the needs of some 1.5 million people who fled their homes after Arab militias launched a scorched-earth campaign of violence and intimidation against a mainly Muslim African civilian population perceived to be rebel sympathizers, according to OCHA. The UN predicts 2 million people could need humanitarian aid by October.”Aid agencies averted an apocalyptic catastrophe by gaining access to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by war over the past couple of months, but the humanitarian crisis is far from over,” Mr. Aranda Da Silva said. “Hundreds of thousands of families displaced by terrorizing militias are completely dependant on relief for survival. Many are still empty-handed and with interagency assessments underway, we could see the amount of people needing help rise exponentially over the next weeks and months.”Overall funds required for the Darfur crisis have been revised upwards to $365 million from $250 million requested in March. The additional $115 million will mainly be used for UN World Food Programme (WFP) air operations to meet the increased demands.Meanwhile, Mr. Aranda da Silva and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk held a press conference in Khartoum on the eve of tomorrow’s mission to Darfur by a verification team charged with observing whether Khartoum is making progress on the commitments it made to restore security and protect civilians from attacks by the militias, known as the Janjaweed.Mr. Pronk said although the Sudanese Government had taken some positive steps, he remained concerned about the safety of the vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur.Mr. Pronk also said it was vital that the Sudanese Government and Darfur’s two main rebel groups choose a political solution to their conflict. Officials from Khartoum as well as the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) are meeting at talks in Abuja, Nigeria. read more

Proliferation of illicit small arms leads to culture of violence and impunity

In his opening address to the UN Small Arms Review Conference, which runs from today until 7 July, Mr. Annan said that “significant progress” had been made in dealing with the problem of illegal guns since a Programme of Action was endorsed by all Member States in 2001 – but important challenges remain.“The problem remains grave. In a world awash with small arms, a quarter of the estimated $4 billion annual global gun trade is believed to be illicit. Small arms are easy to buy, easy to use, easy to transport and easy to conceal. Their continued proliferation exacerbates conflict, sparks refugee flows, undermines the rule of law and spawns a culture of violence and impunity,” he said.“The majority of people who die directly from conflicts worldwide – tens of thousands of lives lost each year – and hundreds of daily crime-related deaths can be traced to illicit small arms and light weapons. These weapons may be small, but they cause mass destruction.”Since the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons was adopted five years ago, nearly 140 countries have reported on its implementation, while a third of all States have made efforts to collect weapons from those not legally entitled to hold them, Mr. Annan said. Other progress included increased cooperation among and within regions to stem the flow of illicit weapons across national borders.“Clearly, much has been accomplished, and much is currently being done. Yet important challenges remain,” he said, highlighting in particular the urgent need for Member States to introduce or update legislation meeting the standards outlined in the Programme of Action.“Countries also require better stockpile management and security procedures to reduce weapons pilferage. And we must reach agreement on a realistic and effective approach to end-user certification. Without such certification, any effort to regulate the trade and brokering in small arms and light weapons will be found lacking.”General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, who also spoke at the opening of the Conference, echoed the Secretary-General’s remarks, calling for “much more” to be done to curb the illicit trade that also “hinders efforts to promote reconciliation in post-conflict areas.”“The importance of this Review Conference cannot be overstated. We must maintain the momentum generated by the 2001 Conference. We must ensure that the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons remains high on the agenda of the United Nations.”He voiced hope that participants would agree on measures to strengthen the implementation of the Programme of Action. “It is only through our joint, tangible and effective efforts on the ground, that we will be able to combat the scourge of illicit trafficking of small arms,” he said.The Conference opened with the election of its President, Sri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. This was followed by several addresses at the ministerial level, including by Austria on behalf of the European Union, Iran, Mozambique and several other countries. More than 2,000 representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society will take part in the two-week event. read more

Claims against Ohio State dropped in former diving club coach sexual abuse

Claims against the Ohio State Diving Club alleging the university did not take significant action to stop a former coach from sexually abusing a former athlete were dropped Wednesday, according to a report by the Associated Press.Former assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants.Robert Allard, the attorney for one of the divers, said the dismissal “was based purely on procedural grounds” because the lawsuit was filed in Indiana. He said Ohio State said Indiana did not have proper jurisdiction over the university, and that he intends to file a new lawsuit in Ohio against Ohio State.As of Friday, no lawsuit has been filed against Ohio State in Ohio.“We continue to believe more than ever that there was a cover up of massive proportions and we intend to hold OSU fully accountable for its unconscionable conduct in failing to arrest and allowing a known predator to continue to molest children including our client,” Allard told The Lantern.Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson had previously said the university immediately notified Franklin County Children’s Services, the Ohio State University Police Division, Maryland law enforcement and USA Diving about the abuse by Bohonyi when it first learned of the allegations in 2014.Johnson said on Friday that the university is pleased to be dismissed from the lawsuit.“We have always maintained that — fully consistent with our core value of protecting the safety and well-being of those we serve in our community — the university handled this matter appropriately,” Johnson said.The Lantern obtained records of Ohio State’s internal investigation and found conflicting accounts of the relationship between the club member and Bohonyi. Though investigators were not able to conclude, at the time, if sexual harassment claims were valid, the university found evidence to support a consensual romantic relationship between the two. Ohio State fired Bohonyi on Aug. 29, 2014 because the relationship violated university policy.The investigation conducted by Ohio State found the university first learned of the relationship on Aug. 10, 2014.According to the AP report, Bohonyi and USA Diving remain defendants in the lawsuit.The Lantern reached out for comment from Ohio State and Bohonyi, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.Updated at 11:16 p.m. on Friday to include the information from Robert Allard.Updated at 1:02 p.m. on Friday to include the statement from Ben Johnson. read more

Social workers criticised for using psychobabble to justify taking girl 4 into

first_imgSocial workers’ ‘Psycho-babble’From witness statement made by Brighton and Hove Council social workers, in March 2015: A four year old has been removed from her “loving” father for life despite a judge criticising social workers for using “psycho-babble” to justify taking her into care.Social workers at Brighton and Hove Council were subjected to damning criticism for their actions, after the girl was removed from her father and placed with adoptive parents,.At one stage a High Court judge accused the social workers of displaying “unprofessional” and “reprehensible” behaviour and taking action which wrongly resulted in the man losing his job.Ms Justice Russell said their arguments for refusing to return the child to her father and her three brothers and sisters – on the grounds that he had been so damaged by his own childhood experiences – could “only be described as psycho-babble”.But the country’s most senior family court judge has now ruled that because of the amount of time taken to bring the case through the courts it was too late to return the girl to her natural family.Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, said he had no choice but rule she should stay with her adoptive family because she now sees them as her mother and father. “[The father] is unable to have a dialogue with the children about [W] as it is too painful to him. It is my opinion that due to [the father]’s own experience, this has had an impact on his emotional intelligence and that is so poor that he may not be able to put himself in his children’s position and think from their perspective. His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experiences and his therefore not able to acknowledge the difficult experiences of his children and the difficult experiences they have suffered.””I am aware that the father has undergone counselling at the R clinic but it is my opinion that the trauma C has suffered in his own childhood is still unresolved and this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parenting to the children. I would question whether the father uses disassociation as a defence against the trauma he has suffered, as a coping strategy to stop thoughts and memories causing anxiety.” Rejecting their evidence Ms Justice Russell stated: “To describe the social workers’ written and oral evidence as merely grudging when it comes to the care and security the father has given his children is too generous. Their unprofessional attempts at case building are reprehensible.”She also blamed the social workers for W’s father losing his job as a teaching assistant at a local school, after they passed on “misleading, damaging and inaccurate” information to his employer.Ms Justice Russell said that although W would experience some upheaval if she was returned to her natural family, this better than the trauma she might experience in later years on discovering her siblings had been brought up by the father she had been taken away from.She added that the evidence showed W’s father was a loving parent under whose care her brothers and sisters had thrived.However, when the couple who wanted to adopt W appealed against the decision to return her to her father Sir James Munby found in their favour.In his ruling Sir James said the “sad reality” was that the little girl had no “meaningful relationship” with her birth family and that she saw the couple she lived with as “daddy and mummy”. He concluded that moving her back to her father would probably cause her distress and trauma.”This is a very complex and worrying case,” said Sir James. “It is, I think, by some margin the most difficult and concerning case of its type I have ever been involved in.”He added: “I am, at the end of the day, driven to the conclusion, which in the event I arrive at unhesitatingly, that (she) must for her own good and her own happiness… remain with what for her is her family.”Pinaki Ghoshal, Brighton Hove City Council’s executive director of families – who was in charge during much of the period covered by the case – last night apologised for the department’s mistakes and said it had since made “significant” changes to its practices.He added: “We agree with the judgment regarding the unusually long time this litigation has taken, and that this has been deplorable for the child and families concerned. However, the timescales of the legal process are not something over which we have had control.”Throughout this very complex case we have always tried to work in the best interests of the child.” The case was described as “tragic” by one child welfare expert who gave evidence and has led to the head of Brighton’s social services department apologising for the actions of his staff.The little girl’s siblings, now aged 13, 10 and eight, went to live with their father in 2013 after their mother suffered severe mental health problems and was no longer able to care for them.But when the mother gave birth to a baby girl in November 2012, following a renewed liaison with her estranged partner, social workers argued that the father would not be able to cope with caring for a fourth child and that her presence would severely disrupt the lives of her brothers and sisters.As a result a local family court ruled the following month that the little girl, known only as W, should be placed with a couple who wanted to adopt her.The father appealed against that decision and in July 2015 Ms Justice Russell ruled she should return home.During a five day hearing the judge heard from social workers who argued that W’s father’s lack of emotional intelligence left him unable to cope with raising her.They stated: “His own adverse childhood experiences may have led him to develop maladaptive strategies in order to protect himself from his own experience” and “this is impacting on his ability to offer attuned parentage to the children”. 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Downer EDI to maintain BHPs Port Hedland iron ore export facilities

first_imgDowner EDI has been granted a three-year maintenance contract by BHP’s iron ore division as the world’s biggest miner by market capitalisation looks to shore up its export facilities in Port Hedland, Western Australia.Downer’s scope of works spans the maintenance of the Port Hedland export operations across the Finucane Island and Nelson Point facilities. This will include the provision of mechanical, electrical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, minor civils, rope access services and integration with the BHP maintenance team in planning and executing the services, Downer said.This is the second such maintenance contract BHP’s iron ore divison has awarded in recent days.  The company, this week, signed a similar agreement with Monadelphous that covered five of its iron ore mines.Grant Fenn, Chief Executive Officer of Downer, said the contract win demonstrated Downer’s leading position in the delivery of major maintenance and industrial services to customers in the resources and energy sectors.last_img read more

Barcelona conquers Europe Barca 2724 Ciudad Real

← Previous Story Tonight 18:00 F4 Final: Ciudad Real – Barcelona! Next Story → Spanish domination of Europe! Barcelona is the new Champion of Europe. They have beat Ciudad Real in the final with 27-24, as Danijel Saric played a brilliant match and was deservedly the man of the match. This will be their 8th title, and now they seem pretty unreachable in near future for anyone else.The Catalans went strong into the first half and took an early lead 2-0, but that was just a motivation more for Ciudad Real to fight back, and in the 6th minute the turned the score round, taking a 3-2 lead. In the 11th minute another score change, as Barcelona scores through Garcia, for 5-4. A goal-for-goal is played, and Barcelona still has a 1 goal lead at the 20th minute, 10-9. Barcelona re-takes a 2 goal lead, as Danijel Saric scores an amazing goal from his own goal line, surprising Hombrados who was a bit out of his box, and the score at the 25th minute is 12-10 for the Catalans. Danijel Saric continues to make miracles on the goal, and 30 seconds before the end Barcelona calls for a timeout, as the “Kings” are losing 14-10, and that is the result at the halftime break.Barcelona started the second half perfectly, playing at their best, stopping Ciudad’s attacks, and scoring from their opportunities, and this gave them a huge 6 goals lead at the 40th minute, 19-13. In the 43rd minute Albert Rocas scores a penalty, and Barcelona takes their biggest lead ever in this game, 21-14. After being kept at the bench the first 14 mins, Lazarov enters and immediately makes the result closer, 22-18 in the 49th minute. Garcia scores what seems the match decisive goal in the 53rd minute, Barcelona taking a huge 26-19 lead, a 7 goals lead with 7 minutes until the end seemed impossible feat for Ciudad Real. Barcelona didn’t allow any surprise until the end, and routinely won their record 8th Champions League title, finishing the match with 27-24. read more

Mens EHF EURO 2014 Half of the tickets already sold

← Previous Story Christian Dissinger in talks with RK Vardar Skopje Next Story → list of TOP 25 transfers for season 2013/2014 DenmarkEHF EURO 2014handballMen’s EHF EURO 2014 The handball fever has hit Denmark even months before it is time to sweat it out.With more than 140 days to go until the final tournament throws off on 12 January, 84,000 tickets have already been sold.With 170,000 tickets overall available, it means that the 50 per cent-mark has already been reached, the Danish Handball Federation stated in a press release.A large majority of tickets has been sold for the matches at the 14,000-capacity Jyske Bank Boxen which will host the Group A matches including hosts and EHF EURO 2012 champions Denmark as well as one of the two main round groups and the final weekend.However, even for Jyske Bank Boxen tickets are available on four out of eight match days.And there are many more exciting matches happening across Denmark, when – for example – the powerful nations of Russia, France, Serbia and Poland face off in Group C which is played in Aarhus.The Brøndbyhallen near Copenhagen look forward to welcoming scores of Swedish fans when their team clashes with Croatia, Belarus and Montenegro in Group D.And Norway hopes for strong support when they open the final tournament againt Iceland on 12 January before taking on world champions, Spain, and Hungary.Tickets as well as hotel packages can purchased via, the event’s official website.TEXT: EHF / ts read more

Colombie les pluies diluviennes tuent 108 personnes

first_imgColombie : les pluies diluviennes tuent 108 personnesLes pluies torrentielles qui continuent de s’abattre sur la Colombie se montrent extrêmement meurtrières. Depuis le début de l’année, 108 personnes ont été tuées, tandis que des milliers d’autres sont sinistrées.Les autorités colombiennes ont fait part dimanche de ce bilan provisoire, qui fait état de 108 morts et de plus d’un million de sinistrés. “Jusqu’à présent 108 personnes ont été tuées, 27 sont portées disparues et 1.119.000 sont sans-abris tandis que 28 départements et 515 municipalités ont été affectées”, a précisé lors d’un point presse Carlos Ivan Marquez, directeur des services de secours de la Croix Rouge colombienne.Ce sont les régions de la côte caraïbe et du centre du pays qui sont les plus touchées, plusieurs localités ayant décrété l’état d’urgence face à d’importantes et dévastatrices inondations. Une situation qui ne devrait malheureusement pas s’améliorer dans les semaines à venir. D’après le directeur de l’Institut météorologique colombien, Ricardo Lozano, les pluies continueront probablement à s’abattre sur la région à cause du phénomène climatique la Niña.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Anticiper les canicules bientôt une réalité

first_imgAnticiper les canicules bientôt une réalité ?Une étude franco-suisse propose des premières pistes pour parvenir à anticiper les importantes vagues de chaleur estivales que les météorologues ont encore bien du mal à prévoir.Les météorologues éprouvent de grandes difficultés à anticiper les vagues de chaleurs caniculaires semblables à celles qui ont frappé l’Europe au cours des étés de 2003 et de 2010. Toutefois, grâce à une étude réalisée par des chercheurs du LSCE (Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement) et de l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zürich (ETH Zürich) en partenariat avec la société ARIA Technologies, les choses pourraient évoluer.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En effet, ces scientifiques ont montré que ces fortes chaleurs ne se développent que très rarement après des mois pluvieux, de janvier à mai. A contrario, un hiver et un printemps secs favorisent l’apparition de fortes chaleurs l’été suivant. Avec le réchauffement climatique, les précipitations devraient diminuer, ce qui devrait aboutir à l’apparition de vagues de chaleur intenses. C’est ce qu’expliquent les résultats qui viennent d’être publiés en ligne par la revue Nature Climate Change.Selon l’étude, la mesure des précipitations durant le printemps et l’hiver permettraient de prévoir la fréquence de jours très chauds durant l’été suivant, et les raisons physiques qui sont à l’origine d’une telle prévisibilité. Les chercheurs montrent que la prévisibilité des fortes chaleurs dépend de la circulation atmosphérique (cyclonique et anticyclonique). En effet, l’association entre un anticyclone et une importante sécheresse entraîne une sécheresse plus grande encore sous l’action de l’énergie solaire.Inversement, après un ou plusieurs mois pluvieux, une part importante de cette énergie participe à l’évaporation de l’humidité des sols et la transpiration des plantes, ce qui limite fortement l’augmentation des températures. Ainsi, même après un printemps très sec, de fortes précipitations en début d’été peuvent rapidement empêcher l’apparition de températures élevées (et donc d’épisodes de chaleurs intenses).Le 4 juin 2012 à 20:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS 15 WWE NXT TV taping results from Full Sail University in

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter The following was taped on Thursday from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.1/5 WWE NXT TV taping results:* Dark match: Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins def. Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi.* Billie Kay and Peyton Royce def. Sarah Bridges and Macey Estrella.* Elias Samson def. Jonathan Cruz.* Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Oney Lorcan.* #DIY def. The Revival to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.* Nikki Cross def. Kennadi Brink.* Roderick Strong def. Steve Cutler.* Tye Dillinger cut a promo about the future. He was interrupted by Sanity who had a jacket for him and wanted him to join the group. Tye dropped the jacket and did the “10” hands in Eric Young’s face. Big Damo then attacked Tye.* Ember Moon def. Liv Morgan.* Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode had a contract signing for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.* Aliyah def. Mandy Rose.* No Way Jose def. Kona Reeves.* Eric Young def. Chris Atkins.* TM-61 def. The Revival.* William Regal announced a fatal four way match for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio featuring Asuka defending against Billy Kay, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross.* NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Tajiri def. Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode. Nakamura pinned Joe. After the match, Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero) made his return. Ohno entered the ring and looked at Nakamura before leaving.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipLacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW DebutVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Dark Phoenix: Temptation Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soon Now Playing Up Next WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Google+ WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Now Playing Up Next Tyson Fury 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WhatsApplast_img read more

Collina VAR strictly for match officials not coaches

first_imgFormer referee and ex-UEFA chief Pierluigi Collina has reiterated his stand that VAR must remain at the discretion of match officials and not football managers.Collina recently made it clear football was a unique case compared to other sports despite calls from so many quarters to reform the VAR with its application coming under scrutiny in Serie A this season.“We can’t consider giving Coaches the chance to consult the VAR like in other sports,” he said from the Festival of Sport in Trento according to Football Italia.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Unlike volleyball and basketball, where the vast majority of infractions are objective, in football, there’s more interpretation by the referee.“Once a pool of people analyses all the images available, this pool will have a better view of what happens on the field than a Coach.”The VAR is currently used in the Bundesliga, La Liga, the Serie A and there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it.last_img read more

Argos tops minimum wage noncompliance list for £14m underpayment

first_imgRetail organisation Argos has topped the list of 233 employers named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for failure to pay employees the national minimum wage and living wage.Argos failed to pay £1,461,881.78 to 12,176 employees. In February 2017, Argos announced that it would provide back pay to 37,000 current and former store employees after they were found to have been paid below the statutory national living wage rate prior to December 2016. The back pay amounted to approximately £64 per employee.The underpayment was discovered during a routine HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation following Sainsbury’s acquisition of Argos in 2016. The cause of the underpayment was found to be related to the timings of colleague briefings, which often occurred before an employee’s shift started, and due to security searches, which could happen after an employee’s shift had finished. Argos has since introduced new processes to avoid a repeat of the issue.Recruitment organisation Pearson Anderson is second on the government’s non-compliance list for failing to pay 169 staff a total of £49,800.41, and hairdressing business Fusion Hairdesign is next for its failure to pay £24,352.90 to six employees.The BEIS scheme, which has been in effect since October 2013, names employers who have underpaid staff by paying them less than the national minimum wage and living wage rates. Organisations that feature on the published list are required to back pay arrears of wages to affected employees, but employers can also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per employee, or prosecution in the most serious cases.Employers on 2017’s list have been fined a record £1.9 million in total, and more than 13,000 UK employees are expected to receive back pay.Deducting money from wages to pay for uniforms, failing to account for overtime hours, and wrongly paying apprentice rates to employees, were among the most common reasons for non-compliance among employers on 2017’s list.Other organisations that feature on the list include Nunthorpe Nurseries Group, which failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 staff, and Maughan Microcomputers, which trades as Console Doctor, received failed to pay three employees a total of £15,010.89.Since the scheme’s introduction in 2013, £6 million has been paid in back pay to 40,000 employees. A total of 1,200 employers have been fined £4 million overall.The statutory national living wage is currently set at £7.50 for employees aged 25 and over. The minimum wage stands at £7.05 an hour for 21-24 year olds, £5.60 for 18-24 year olds, and £4.05 for 16-17 year olds. The minimum rate for apprentices is £3.50 an hour, which applies to those under the age of 19 or over 19 years old and in their first year of an apprenticeship scheme.Margot James, business minister, said: “It is against the law to pay workers less than legal minimum wage rates, short-changing ordinary working people and undercutting honest employers.“[The] naming round identifies a record £2 million of back pay for workers and sends the clear message to employers that the government will come down hard on those who break the law.”John Rogers, chief executive officer at Argos, said: “Shortly after we [Sainsbury’s] acquired the Argos business last year it was brought to my attention that, as part of a routine visit, HMRC had uncovered an issue with some of Argos store systems and processes, which meant that some store [employees] had been paid below the national living wage. Sainsbury’s prides itself on being a trusted brand where people love to work and I was, therefore, very disappointed to hear this and launched an immediate investigation. I am pleased to say the issue was resolved quickly and processes have been updated to ensure this cannot happen again.”last_img read more

Town Announces New Field Use Policy For Rotary Parks Baseball Field Aprile

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently unanimously approved a field use policy for several of the town’s most popular fields, including the Rotary Park’s Baseball Field, Aprile Field (Town Park), Palmer Field (behind Town Hall) and Whitefield Field.None of the town parks in question previously had an official field use policy. This new policy, drafted by Recreation Director Karen Campbell and vetted by the Recreation Commission, is modeled after the successful field use policy implemented last year at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.“It’s recently become more of a problem that we don’t have a policy for our fields. With the popularity of Yentile, many groups – both formal and informal – are coming to the Recreation Department when Yentile is busy and asking for other field space,” explained Campbell. “Word has gotten out that Wilmington doesn’t charge us for our fields. This has helped us because we don’t have the liabilities issues that other towns do when they charge. But, at the same time, it makes much more attractive to [outside] groups.”The intention of the policy is to direct the Recreation Department on how best to handle field use permit requests. Campbell suggested that not much would change for Wilmington Public Schools or the Wilmington Youth Sports Groups, but that informal groups will be re-examined under the new policy.“There’s been groups that have longstanding permits for many years.  Some of these groups have morphed over time and – at this point – we’re not sure the intended users of the field are residents of the town or employees of companies in town,” said Campbell. “We want to ensure we’re back to providing field space for [the appropriate audiences].”Campbell highlighted the two key differences between the existing Yentile Farm policy and the new policy covering the Rotary, Aprile, Palmer and Whitefield fields.First, while Yentile Farm is a carry-in, carry-out facility, trash barrels will remain at Rotary Park, Aprile Field, Palmer Field, and Whitefield Field.“For non-permitting, casual use, people will still have a place to throw out trash,” assured Campbell. “And youth organizations are already handling their trash. Whenever there’s issues, DPW reaches out and the organization in question cleans up their act.”Second, the priority list for field use is different, with Wilmington Public Schools getting top priority at Rotary Park’s Baseball Field, Aprile Field, Palmer Field and Whitefield Field. Wilmington Youth Sports Groups are the second priority for those four fields, while its the top priority as Yentile.When asked about school fields, like the Shawsheen soccer fields, Campbell noted that the school department is in charge of permitting those.Selectman Kevin Caira recommended putting signs up at the four fields covered by the new policy, clarifying that field use is by permit only.  Campbell took the comment under advisement.“It would be really advantageous to have residents be able to apply for field use permits online,” Selectman Greg Bendel told Campbell.Campbell agreed, noting the policy and applications for permits will eventually be placed on the Wilmington Recreation Department’s website, as they already are for Yentile.The policy doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2019, allowing plenty of time to educate the public and to notify all past and current permit holders. Residents and interested parties can be read the new policy HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Officials Discuss Creating A SPLASH PAD In WilmingtonIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”Town Manager Asks For Residents’ Help With Vandalism Issues At Yentile FarmIn “Government”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Wins APEX Award for Publication Excellence For Uniform

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, has won a 2018 APEX Award of Excellence for the cover design of the company’s 2018 Uniform Rental Catalog.In its 30th year, APEX awards recognize extraordinary work by professional communicators. The awards are based on excellence in editorial content, graphic design, and overall communications. The annual program attracts work from businesses throughout the United States, with more than 1,400 entries in this year’s competition.“We are extremely proud to receive the APEX Award for the cover design of our rental catalog,” says Adam Soreff, UniFirst director of marketing and communications. “UniFirst’s marketing department is fortunate to have a very talented team of in-house graphic designers that produces top-notch work. Our uniform rental catalog is often the first introduction of our business to potential customers, so careful attention to a quality design that truly represents our business is critical.”UniFirst’s winning entry in the “Design & Illustration—Covers” category highlighted many features of its 2018 catalog cover design, including creative use of white space, bright colors, geometric shapes and angles—all of which contributed to its overall contemporary feel.“Very few catalogs pay necessary attention to the importance of the cover,” says Ken Turturo, executive editor of Communications Concepts, Inc., sponsor of the APEX Awards. “More is not always ‘better,’ and covers designed with the intent of showing a company’s entire product line often fail to achieve the goal—getting the customer inside the catalog! Here is where UniFirst excels. With a simple design, UniFirst conveys the bright color options in its products, provides photos of four items representative of their inventory, and places it all in an airy, open layout with just enough white space to enhance the appeal to its customers.”View the 2018 Uniform Rental Catalog, or to get a copy of the catalog, contact a UniFirst representative at 800-367-8187.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Celebrates 18th Annual Founder’s DayIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Teams Up With IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti For Two July RacesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor NASCAR’s William Byron Chevrolet At May 11 RaceIn “Business”last_img read more

How to battle sugar cravings

first_imgCravings of all kinds are a direct result of deficiencies in the body. It is when a certain nutrient supply is low, the demand for it results in craving. As our system is designed to work under conditions, when all the requirements are met – that results in the best possible function of all systems and organs.It is of utmost importance that we supply what is demanded by the body; in proportionate quantities.Tapasya Mundhra, who is a nutritionist, lists down some ways to control sugar intake: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first and foremost step to attain the control is to understand that the system of your body demands something. You can only have control over your body is when you can meet its needs.As, in the contemporary era, where getting all nutrients from food sources is a daunting task – it is essential to get a regular health check up dine for deficiencies. It is generally seen that our body lacks B12 or D3 and sometimes we get diagnosed with thyroid. These diagnoses also result in cravings. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo holistically, over time be able to meet these cravings, it is advised to eat a balanced diet in each meal. When you eat a balanced meal comprising of carbs, proteins, fats and fiber, the essential minerals and vitamins form the food provides appropriate nutrients as per the body requirement.It is important to live an active lifestyle – when you exercise and are active, you are releasing energy and improving your metabolic rate as well as digestion. A good digestive system directly results in the quench of craving. Try to Go cold turkey challenge – in this challenge, one has to completely cut down the sugar for 30days.Water therapy – If your body becomes dehydrated then it start craving for sugar. So makes sure your body is hydrated. Having ample water also adds to the benefit by flushing out toxins. It will help to purify your body and its functioning.To attain a healthy lifestyle, you should start snacking on fruits, jaggery, or dried berries as alternates for junk food.last_img read more

Box that unlocks iPhones is the hottest new gadget for police

first_imgPolice are buying devices which unlock your iPhone.Image: Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2018-04-13 02:52:26 UTC Law enforcement agencies — despite protests from privacy advocates — have long lobbied to get access to your smartphone.Now a mysterious U.S. startup called Grayshift — which reportedly has an ex-Apple security engineer on staff — is providing iPhone unlocking tools to cops, according to Motherboard.GrayKey is a box that measures four by four inches wide, and features two Lightning cables at the front, as per a post by security software company Malwarebytes. According to Forbes, Grayshift claims the device only works with iOS 10 and 11, with iOS 9 compatibility slated for the future. Devices ranging from the iPhone X to the 6 are supported, as are various iPad models.There are two variants of GrayKey: The $15,000 version requires internet connectivity, and only allows 300 uses. For $30,000, you can buy a version which works offline, and allows as many unlocks as you want. The Maryland State Police and Indiana State Police have already bought GrayKey, and the Miami-Dade County Police are planning to purchase it. The Secret Service reportedly plans to buy half a dozen of them, and the State Department has already snapped up the technology. The Drug Enforcement Agency is also interested.It can take anywhere between two hours to more than three days to find an iPhone’s passcode, which is dependent on the code’s length. When ready, the passcode shows up on a black screen, and the iPhone’s data is downloaded to GrayKey once it’s been unlocked. GrayKey rivals the service provided by Israeli firm Cellebrite, which unlocks smartphones for $5,000 a pop — although you’ll have to bring it to one of its facilities. If it finds its way to the black market, the more expensive version of GrayKey could be a prized item, potentially allowing thieves to unlock and resell stolen phones. The cheaper GrayKey is geofenced, which means it can only be used on one network.Of course, GrayKey is only as good as the vulnerabilities left unfixed, thus continuing the never-ending battle between Apple and law enforcement for your iPhone.last_img read more

Christmas Day crash leaves 1 dead 7 injured near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A woman’s life was tragically lost yesterday evening (December 25) in a crash near town.The driver of a bakkie allegedly lost control while travelling along Helpmekaar Road, heading towards Ladysmith.There were 8 people in the bakkie at the time of the crash.The woman who was killed was flung off the back of the bakkie and was declared dead at the scene.Paramedics responded and treated the injured, who were taken to hospital for further medical attention.Police also responded to the scene of the crash.The driver of the bakkie was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol.last_img read more

Lunar New Year Promo Mi Laser Projector with Custom Laser Tech Straight

first_imgSpecs: Xiaomi Mi Ultra-Short Focus Laser Projector – 150 inchesResolution Support: Full HD (1920 x 1080)Support resolution: 4KBrightness: 5000 LumensThrow Ratio: 0.233 : 1Image Size: 12 to 150 inchBluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0Display: 0.47 inch DMDLight source: ALPD 3.0Light mode: highlight, movie, normalAuto mode: save power, eye protectBrightness uniformity: JBMA more than 80 percentColor gamut: NTSC 80 – 85 percentCentral contrast: 2500 : 1 – 3500 : 1Color temperature: standard, cold color, warm colorThrow ratio: 0.233 : 1Best project distance: 150 inchCPU: T968 Cortex-A53 4-core 1.8GHz / 64bitRAM: 2GB DDR3ROM: 16GB eMMC FlashSupport Android: Android 6.0 and aboveWiFi: dual-band 2.4GHz + 5GHzKeystone correction: four corners, eight cornersFocus: power focus3D: supportSound: DOLBYExternal speaker: supportSpeaker: full frequency speaker x 2 + high frequency speaker x 1Remote control: Bluetooth, voice, touch controlConnection: Ethernet x 1, SPDIF x 2, audio out x 1, AV 3.5 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, ARC x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1Voice: less than 32dB ( at 25 Deg.C )Power consume: 250W ( max )Product weight: 7.0000 kgPackage weight: 8.9000 kgProduct size (L x W x H): 41.00 x 29.10 x 8.80 cm / 16.14 x 11.46 x 3.46 inchesPackage size (L x W x H): 54.00 x 44.00 x 17.50 cm / 21.26 x 17.32 x 6.89 inchesPackage Contents: 1 Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector, 1 Remote Control, 1 User Manual, 1 Power Cable If you have been waiting for some discounts to arrive to get your hands on this 150-inch short throw laser projector powered by cinema tech, now is the time. Use code XMLPP and get it for $1839 down from $2602.86. Sony might have released its 4K projector with glass speakers, marble top and what not, but not many of us can throw $30,000 for a projector. Looking for something that could be considered affordable when compared to Sony’s extravagance? Say hello to the limited-edition Mi Laser Projector.When we first shared the Xiaomi Mi Short-Throw Laser Projector during our Christmas promotions, a number of users loved the technology (many also hated it for the price…). Bringing one of the most-asked-about deals back in the business, GB has again started to offer Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector for $1839 in its Lunar New Year Sale. The sale has been live for quite a few days now and is applicable on the first 40 units only. If you have been waiting for this projector to go up on sale, now is the time to get it.Lunar New Year Deal: Get the Xiaomi Mi Short Throw 5000 ANSI Lumens Projector for $1,839 using promo code ‘XMLPP’From tiny, little robots doing the cleaning for you to the small and sleek projectors bringing cinema right inside your living room, Xiaomi isn’t just about smartphones. Xiaomi’s limited-edition Mi Laser Projector is one of those products that have exceeded the company’s expectations in the matter of a few months.The Short Throw Mi Laser Projector has been compared with the likes of Sony and Espon’s offerings that cost over $3,000 a pop. Considering these eventually replace your high-end flat panel TVs, bringing cinema to your home, they are becoming increasingly popular for offering amazing performance and even bigger image size. However, shelling out over $3,000 takes a leap of faith and more… This is where Xiaomi comes in. The company continues to introduce high-end, premium products at affordable rates. Xiaomi’s Mi Laser Projector that has been winning some design awards internationally is now available at even more reduced rates.The Mi Laser Projector features ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology developed by a company (Appotronics) that is behind the laser tech in 90% of China’s movie theaters – yep, this one literally brings cinema to your home. The projector also utilizes Xiaomi’s own custom digital light processing (DLP) solution created by Texas Instruments. “This is the world’s first ultra-short focal laser projection with ALPD technology that delivers up to 150-inch Full HD at a distance of 50 cm with a high contrast ratio of 1500 lumens and 3000: 1 and a product life of 20,000 hours,” Xiaomi says. “This high-tech product uses a compact and minimal “box” design language, and meticulous maintenance of the host and Bluetooth remote control style. Control your host anywhere in the room, and voice assistants can find programs quickly or provide other interactive ways to bring in a new viewing experience.”Laser Projectors may not be new, but Xiaomi is certainly helping consumers get the technology at a much affordable rate. With built-in speakers, wide color gamut, 150-inch large projection size, no wiring, and ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology, the Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector remains the best choice in its category. The product has also won the 2017 Japan Design Excellence Award, among several other awards. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more