About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa coach Prandelli wants more after defeating Atalantaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa coach Cesare Prandelli is demanding more from his players after their 3-1 win over Atalanta.Atalanta had two players sent off on the day.Prandelli said, “We wanted the win, and I think I can say we deserved it,” said Prandelli, in an interview with Radio Rai. “We played against a strong team that has been working together for years.”It was an exhausting game in which we had to give a lot, but we did a good job in countering them. The lads did really well.”I sincerely hope we can build on this victory, because this group has the potential to do that.”
FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.
The Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review report for Jamaica will qualify the country for a second drawdown totalling some US$30 million. This would pave the way for complementary funding support totalling US$270 million from the World Bank and IDB. Jamaica remains on course for a second drawdown of funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and supporting financial inflows from the World Bank and Inter-American Development (IDB), totalling some US$300 million.According to Head of the IMF Staff Mission Team to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, and Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, this is based on the country’s positive performance under the government’s economic reform programme for the second quarter of the fiscal year, between July and September, which recorded economic growth of just under one per cent.Mr. Martijn advised that approval of the Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review report for Jamaica, under the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) by the IMF’s Management and Executive Board, will qualify the country for a second drawdown totalling some US$30 million.Dr. Phillips also informed that this would pave the way for complementary funding support totalling US$270 million from the World Bank and IDB.Both Dr. Phillips and Mr. Martijn were speaking at a media briefing, held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on November 13, where journalists were updated on the results of the Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review for Jamaica, conducted over last week.Mr. Martijn, who advised that the team met with a wide cross section of private and public stakeholders over the seven-day period, commencing November 6, said the discussions were “excellent,” and focused on Jamaica’s economic performance under the programme and the policies for 2013/14, as well as the remainder of the progranme period.“The execution of the 2013/14 budget has been broadly on track and, more generally, overall policy implementation under the programme, has been strong. All quantitative and indicative targets for the end of September were met, including the floor on social spending. All structural benchmarks, to date, have also been met in a timely manner, although with some delay in the tabling of the fiscal incentives legislation,” he outlined.The IMF Mission Head disclosed that “preliminary understandings” were also reached with the government on a set of economic policies detailed in an “updated” Letter of Intent.Key elements of the updated programme, Mr. Martijn disclosed, include: implementation of the next phase of tax reform designed to increase support for economic growth, and facilitate employment creation; establishment of a “binding” rule to enhance fiscal transparency and lock in the gains from fiscal consolidation achieved to date; further reforms of the financial system to strengthen it, particularly in relation the legal and regulatory framework applicable to the securities sector; strengthening the social protection framework, and enhanced efforts to move recipients from welfare to work.There will also be measures to promote economic growth through an improved business climate and competitiveness; and pursuing strategic investments.These policies, Mr. Martijn indicated, are “bolstered” by important support from the World Bank and IDB. The plans, he outlined, include, among other things, better targeting and management of public investments; projects to reduce the cost of electricity; reforms to enhance access to credit, and to make the labour market more flexible.“The preliminary understandings that we have reached on the programme are subject, as always, to approval by the IMF’s Management and Executive Board. And, provided that (economic) performance remains strong, consideration of the programme by the IMF’s Board, could take place by December,’ Mr. Martijn said, while expressing gratitude for the level of co-operation extended by all stakeholders with whom the Mission Team met.Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips advised that the legislative agenda to be pursued over the next 12 months include: the fiscal reform legislation, currently before Parliament, which is expected to be debated this month; the Secured Interest in Personal Property Bill, which will facilitate access to credit by persons using their assets as collateral, which is also before Parliament; increased financing for micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); flexible work arrangements geared at enhancing productivity; and legal and regulatory reforms conducive to collective investment schemes.“We intend to continue to build on the progress that has been made thus far to reform the country’s finances and we will endeavour to ensure that as many Jamaicans as possible, are able to participate in this effort to secure growth, reform our economy, and deliver on the legitimate aspirations of the Jamaican people. Now that the early shoots of economic growth are visible, it is incumbent on us to nurture them and to advance their growth to the fullest extent possible,” the Finance Minister said.Dr. Phillips thanked the Mission Team for their work in concluding the second quarterly review, as well as the stakeholders who made key inputs in this undertaking. Story Highlights This is based on the country’s positive performance under the government’s economic reform programme for the second quarter of the fiscal year.
Without numbers to bandy, is it possible to argue that policing in India is in a bad shape? I think it is. Police are stretched, resourceless and politically kept on oversight. There are many more stresses. One more will do. No value is attached to the time of a policeman by those who have any kind of authority in relation to policing. Sounds staggering but so true. What gives me any right to speak on Police? True that CBI is not uniformed Police. It’s an investigation Police, but in areas of Investigation of terrorism whether Punjab or elsewhere and mafia which was my assignment in CBI I from 1984-1996, I needed help, co-operation and guidance from uniformed Police, its intelligence agencies apart from other sources. Plus after retirement from the CBI, I worked with Lt. Governor of Delhi during 1997-98 and again during 2007-2013 as his Police Advisor holding office as Officer on Special Duty (OSD). So, I rate myself competent. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhy is the police stretched? At the root of it is the assumption that a police man’s job is a round-the-clock job. If you have to be at it from dawn to dawn, the need to compress your work, be considerate in assigning you to work simply disappears. Since the policeman, irrespective of his rank, is on call 24/7, assignments pile on him and then he will stretch himself in an attempt to attend to all of it. The guilt feeling in the authorities after inflicting 24/7 hours of work is assuaged by giving certain sections of Police ranks 13 months salary for 12 months work. Ultimately, the stretched policemen produce shoddy stuff, bound to do so. How does he get away? Because though shoddy, its deleterious and toxic effects remain carpeted and just ticking. When it does explode in the face years later, it leaves the original defaulting policeman some distance away. In short, while a chef’s work or a doctor’s treatment or a lawyer’s argument or a District Collectors decision, if wrong may explode in their face, a policeman’s poor investigation will be exposed after trial and appeal years later. What we need is an eight-hour Police work for an individual policeman in the field with 24/ 7 policing. Once this concept is accepted, the implementation has to be done. It can be done. Also Read – Insider threat managementMoving to resources, the police station is at the heart of policing. The future will be three of them; Investigation & Trial, Traffic and Law & Order Police stations. At present all three functions are performed from one Police Station. Time is of the essence for every policeman. They must be so quartered that getting to the place of work should not be more than 20-30 minutes each day. Working eight hours a day and getting to work in 30 minutes at the most will maximise resources and ensure effective policing. It will also mean that when a cop is off duty, policing is not off. It continues in else’s hands. This will appear absurd to old hands in the police. It goes against the grain of Police work being individual work, especially in areas of investigation and prosecution thereafter. In order to beat the resource crunch and consequent delay, it’s necessary to sell the idea of passing on the responsibilities of investigation and prosecution instead of insisting that the original investigator/prosecutor must work on it all through his working life. Our court trials last long; 10, 15, even 20 years. It means while he/she adds on years of work, the responsibility undertaken in the past just tags along. This concept is so hardened into police minds that doing it any differently seems utterly absurd. Resource-crunch is a reality and therefore the management of resources has to be real. Along with this, the infusion of technology and its help is the way out of resource-crunch. One could go on and on and mention the do’s and the don’t’s to show how it is possible but it is best left to the senior managers in the police. The political oversight over all policing is India’s worst kept secret. India’s CJI bluntly told the CBI that it works badly when it investigates politically sensitive cases. The naked political oversight in all areas of policing is always manifested and in many ways. From recruitment to training; from posting to transfers; from field work to desk work; from investigations to trials and from their uniform to their civil dress. Tejendra Khanna, a former LG of Delhi mentions a discussion on police reforms where the subject of political oversight on police came up and one CM shot it down with a growl ‘take that (political Oversight) away and we will be powerless’ look. He had his peers nodding in approval. So far, only one PM has made an attempt to correct the cesspool which comprises the Indian Police at its worst. A B Vajpayee set up the Justice Malimath Committee in 2000 to study the mess in the police. It came up with studied reforms (158 steps) to overhaul our policing including areas where police and judges work in tandem. It was studied and a bill followed by The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) 2005 as an Act got the Presidential assent but the implementation of these amendments is deferred indefinitely. This would have curtailed political oversight and given the victims of crime a voice. Neither ruling parties nor lawyers for the accused want it to be implemented. Hence, it is in limbo and our policing is in purgatory. (The author is a former Joint Director of CBI. The views are strictly personal)
WASHINGTON – U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that production fell in wood products, aircraft and a category including concrete and glass. Yet factories also cranked out more cars and computers.Manufacturers posted a solid year in 2017, expanding production and adding nearly 200,000 jobs. A cheaper dollar and healthy economies overseas boosted exports, while stepped up consumer spending in the U.S. lifted domestic sales. The past two months’ readings suggest, however, that factory production has slowed in the new year.Overall industrial production, which includes mines and utilities, slipped 0.1 per cent. Mining production fell 1 per cent, while utility output climbed 0.6 per cent.Other recent data point to healthy manufacturing growth, a sign production may turn up in the coming months. A survey of purchasing managers found that factory activity expanded rapidly last month, though at a slightly slower pace than in December. New orders and production rose, but also more slowly than in December.And a separate government report showed that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods, such as autos and appliances, jumped in December.The Fed’s report also sheds light on whether manufacturers are running at or above their normal capacity. When that happens, they may feel compelled to raise prices to cover the cost of overtime work or other extraordinary expenses. That can feed higher inflation.For now, there is little sign that this is happening: Manufacturing plants are running at 76.2 per cent of capacity, the Fed said, the same as last month but up from 75.4 per cent a year ago. That is about 2 percentage points below its long-run average.Once manufacturers run up against capacity limits, they may also invest more to expand their facilities and equipment, which can spur greater economic growth.
The ALP provides training opportunities to improve Liaisons’ knowledge and understanding of development activities and impacts, as well as enabling them to inform their community members with objective, reliable, and sound information.Interaction with Liaisons and participation in the ALP helps OGC staff learn directly of Indigenous peoples’ values and traditional knowledge in relation to oil and gas development. OGC staff regularly work with Liaisons when monitoring compliance and stewardship outcomes resulting from oil and gas activities, shared the OGC.The OGC says they are committed to full participation in the ALP and supports Liaison involvement in the monitoring of oil and gas activities. Permit holders should be aware Liaisons might attend inspections, emergency response plan exercises, audits and environmental monitoring activities with OGC staff.The following First Nations currently participate in the ALP: Blueberry River First Nations Prophet River First Nation Saulteay First Nations Fort Nelson First Nation Carrier Sekani First Nations Doig River First Nation Haisla Nation Lake Babine Nation Nisga’a Lisims GovernmentThe ALP was initiated by the OGC and Doig River First Nation in 2014, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) now leads the ALP and OGC staff to provide operational coordination functions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has provided an update on recent activities and the status of the Aboriginal Liaison Program (ALP).The ALP is a partnership between Indigenous communities in northern B.C., the OGC, and other provincial natural resource agencies.According to the OGC, the partnering First Nation communities hire one of their local members as a monitor, to observe and report to their communities about resource development activities on their traditional territories.
‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’, a concert by one of the legendary musicians of our times Anjan Dutt, explores the ‘known’ journey of the song writer traversing through the ‘unknown’ alleys of untold stories.This concert with Anjan Dutt is happening for the first time, where he will walk us through his music, the backdrop of his lyrics and the inner reasons that transformed him from the illustrious actor to the ever-loved song-writer and singer. As they say, the illusion stays…and the magic of the ‘untold and unknown Anjan’ continues. “I will be revealing several phases of my life’s journey, aspects of my youth and childhood, the city Kolkata, how I became a quintessential Bengali and so on”, Dutt told Millennium Post. Dutt will also be talking about his relationship with other musicians like Kabir Suman. “My music is much more emotional than his. ‘Ranjana’ is a love song but the social message is interwoven in the lyrics. Suman’s music has a stronger and more direct social message,” Dutt explains. The show organiser Carpe Diem is a new Art Entrepreneurship started out of passion by Somnath Dasgupta and Samarpita Chanda, trying to organise events which are unique with a social commitment. “We always believed that Performing Arts is not for sheer entertainment but also plays a pivotal role in Community Development”, they say. ‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’ is one such initiative of Carpe Diem which has been passionately dreamt of. “A legend like Anjan Dutt which will surely create magic in the City of Joy. This concert has the purpose of ‘Community Development and aims at raising funds and support Girijyoti Vidyalaya in Siliguri – a school for the underprivileged children who do not have a school building to study”, said Dasgupta.
Going into this season, one of the biggest question marks for any NBA team was what the Chicago Bulls would get out of Derrick Rose. When Rose was healthy three seasons ago, he was one of the best players in basketball — and Chicago had the league’s best record. But in 10 games last season — his first action back after a torn ACL cost him all of the 2012-13 season — Rose was abysmal before tearing the meniscus in his other knee and missing the remainder of the season. He also struggled at the FIBA World Cup this past summer, giving rise to very real worries that Rose would never be able to reclaim his pre-injury MVP form.Fast-forward to Monday night, when Rose scored 24 points with seven assists in Chicago’s 102-91 win over the Detroit Pistons. It’s early in the season — Chicago is eight games into its schedule, of which Rose has only played half because of sprained ankles — but Rose’s numbers thus far suggest he’s getting close to his old level of effectiveness. And at the very least, he’s playing much better than he did a season ago.Rose’s performance was a mess last season. He had no trouble getting his own shot (his usage rate was 31.5 percent), but he was horribly inefficient when he did, posting a .446 true shooting percentage (the NBA average was .541). He struggled to get to the line, didn’t finish well within 10 feet of the basket and missed more than his fair share of long mid-range jump shots. He also turned the ball over on 16 percent of his plays (up from 13 percent during his great 2011 and 2012 seasons), assisted teammates at a career-low rate and was notably inactive on defense, where real plus/minus rated him worse than an average NBA player by almost a full point per 100 possessions.How bad was Rose in those 10 games a year ago? Statistical plus/minus estimates that a player posting the aforementioned numbers would cost his team about 3.8 points per 100 possessions relative to the NBA average. Research shows that the replacement level for NBA players is about two points per 100 possessions below average, so — albeit in a small sample — Rose played worse than the level at which a player should be jettisoned from an NBA roster.This season, he’s still consuming about 31 percent of Chicago’s plays when on the floor, but he’s put those opportunities to much better use, with a true shooting percentage of .566 (a rate even better than his .545 mark in 2011 and 2012). Rose’s free throw rate is surpassing its pre-injury levels, he’s finishing much better around the basket, and his assist rate (38 percent) is back where it was before his long hiatus. He’s even picking up steals at a career-high rate, and his pick-and-roll defense has been better, per Synergy Sports data.The only areas where Rose’s game has resembled its poor 2013-14 form have been turnovers — he’s still giving the ball away on 16 percent of plays — and mid-range shooting. But after the injury-riddled, awful pair of seasons preceding 2014-15, it’s highly encouraging to see Rose perform at a level comparable to his terrific 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.
Reports suggest AS Roma Alisson Becker passed Liverpool medical today in an attempt to sign a deal with Liverpool.However, the expected arrival of Alisson raises questions about the future for Liverpool’s existing goalkeepers like Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet.Karius started Thursday’s friendly at Blackburn in goal, while Simon Mignolet is still resting from World Cup duty with Belgium.Report: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…However, Wales international goalkeeper Danny Ward sets to exit Anfield for Leicester in a £10m deal, and ex Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland feels the King Power is the ideal place for the 25-year-old to launch his Premier League career.“He [Ward] had a great season at Huddersfield when they got promoted. He came back to Liverpool and he’s not really been involved,” Kirkland said, according to Sky Sports.“I’ve seen him a few times for Liverpool’s U23s and he’s done superbly but he needs to be playing. If that [switch] to Leicester happens he will be a big loss to Liverpool, but for Danny, it is a fantastic move.”
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac revealed that they may be without Arjen Robben for Saturday’s Der Klassiker against Borussia DortmundThe Dutch winger is suffering from a knee injury and faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.The loss of Robben will likely come as an unwelcome blow for Kovac, whose side trail Bundesliga leaders Dortmund by four points ahead of Saturday’s game.“Everyone is fine,” Kovac told reporters on YouTube.“Arjen tried to train yesterday but has a couple of knee problems so we’ll have to see how he trains today.”Since the last international break, Bayern have won five of their last six games in all competitions.But the pressure continues to grow on Kovac with players like Thomas Muller reportedly frustrated over the Croatian’s rotation policy.Just last weekend, Muller’s wife publicly slammed Kovac on social media after the striker was left on the bench in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Kovac is making no promises ahead of his first Der Klassiker in charge of Bayern.“It’s the Klassiker and everyone wants to play,” Kovac added.“Everyone wants to play every Bundesliga game but tomorrow [Saturday] even more so.“I think people will be even more disappointed if they don’t play but everyone has to work hard to make a positive atmosphere.“I always try with my coaches to pick a team to win the game, that’s always the case and always will be the case. I don’t pick players because I like or dislike them.“Some would have thought I wouldn’t have picked Thomas Muller [against AEK Athens in the Champions League] but it’s not the case.“I look at the training and the opponent, it’s nothing to do with liking or disliking players. I like all my players.”The league match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.
Recommended for you MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – It appears the Chief Financial Officer will remain on in the Turks and Caicos despite that UK bail-out loan being retired; previous information was that the CFO was only to stay on in government up to 2016. From the Cabinet minutes issued today though, we learn that the Governor not only approved for monies allotted to Development Fund commitments to now be able to be carried over to the new financial year, but that spending up to $75,000 by Government Ministries or Cabinet Ministers would no longer have to be pre-approved by the UK-appointed Chief Financial Officer. The Cabinet notes say specifically that the Governor approves amendments, “to raise the threshold for expenditure requiring approval by the Chief Financial Officer from $10,000 to $75,000.” Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job CFO SHOULD GO; CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW REPORT REVEALS Related Items:Cabinet Ministers, cfo, spending Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
General Fund $10,606,500Utility Fund 2,179,393Airport Fund 203,267Equipment Replacement Fund 218,000Debt Service Fund 211,752Total: $13,418,912 According to budget documents, the following sums of money are hereby appropriated for the operations of the City of Soldotna for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, to be expended consistent with and subject to the restrictions, procedures, and purposes setforth in the City of Soldotna Municipal Code: The total projected expenditures by the City of Soldotna is $13,418,912, which is an increase of $746,203, or 6%, from the previous year. According to budget documents this is primarily due to an increase in General Fund Revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance outlining the cities budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1 at their meeting on Wednesday. There will be a public hearing on June 26.
Kohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes. But how about giving it a personal touch? Here’s how to make kajal sitting at home.Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee. Keep aside a teaspoon of it.Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze. Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting between the supports. Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot on the inside of the plate.Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished. Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover. Cool and add ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.Store in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter. Since homemade kajal is very dark so apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, four persons who were asleep, have been killed when a loaded dumper rammed into their house situated on the road side.The incident took place in Amrasota village of Asansol in West Burdwan district on early Wednesday morning. The victims were crushed to death after stone chips of the truck fell on them as the vehicle overturned immediately after hitting the house. According to the West Burdwan police, the victims have been identified as Rohit Kumar (19), Suraj Kumar (18), Satish Kumar (12) and Sishu Kumar (14). Rohit, Suresh and Satish were three brothers and Sishu was their cousin brother. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTheir house is situated close to National Highway 60. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a turn and the truck eventually hit the house and overturned.According to police, the dumper was coming from Birbhum’s Panchami. As soon as the dumper hit the outside wall of the house, the stone chips fell on the victims who were asleep. Locals rushed to the spot immediately after the accident but failed to rescue the victims. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey reported the matter to the local police, who brought a crane and removed the vehicle. The victims were later brought out from the debris of stone chips. All of them were declared brought dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.The driver of the dumper has been absconding since the incident took place. Following the incident, locals staged a demonstration on NH 60 resulting in huge traffic jam. They demanded that police must keep a vigil on vehicles that flout traffic norms. The demonstration was lifted following the intervention of the senior police officers.Another incident took place in Cooch Behar, where people died on Wednesday morning. They were killed when the car they were travelling in hit a road side tree. The incident took place in Pundibari area of Cooch Behar on Wednesday morning. The identity of the victims is yet to be confirmed.
A week before its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released iOS 11.4 for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The new update got released just a month after the release of 11.3.1. The new release includes features such as AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, HomePod stereo pairing support, and storing messages in iCloud. Let’s have a look at the key features and upgrades in this new iOS 11.4 release: Major updates and highlights AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2 was announced by Apple last year at the Worldwide Developers Conference. It is Apple’s proprietary system that enables users to stream audio and videos from Apple devices to any other device with the help of wifi or other wired networks. It comes with following features: AirPlay 2 lets you play a particular song on different speakers situated throughout the house. It allows you to play music in a room from another room using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or Siri voice commands. After AirPlay 2’s integration with HomeKit, you can find the AirPlay 2 devices now displayed in the Apple Home app. AirPlay 2 allows you to control where music plays with the help of control center, lock screen or within apps on an iOS device. You can ask Siri to play music for you in any or multiple rooms with a device compatible with AirPlay 2 such as iPhone, iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV. Picking a call or playing a game on your iPhone or iPad is possible with AirPlay 2 without interrupting the playback on speakers. HomePod Stereo pairing HomePod which is Apple’s powerful speaker has also been updated in iOS 11.4 and has gained support for stereo pairing which allows you to group two HomePod speakers within a room as one. Updates to the HomePod Stereo are as follows: You can set up the HomePod stereo pair using iPhone or iPad. HomePod pair senses the location automatically and balances the sound on the speakers depending on its location. Messages in iCloud First promised as an iOS 11 feature, you’ll now be able to synchronize and store the Messages app history across all of your iOS and macOS devices in iOS 11.4. You can store all your messages, videos, photos, etc for free on iCloud. This helps free up space on your Apple device. On signing into a new device with the same iMessage account, all the messages appear. On deletion, conversations and messages are instantly removed from all your devices. All conversations are end-to-end encrypted. Apart from these key features and upgrades, there have also been certain improvements and fixes which can be found on the official iOS 11.4 update release notes by Apple. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference MariaDB 10.3.7 releases TensorFlow.js 0.11.1 releases!
1981: I was looking through some old books that somehow ended up at my parents’ house. Among them, I found a set of history books from the 1930s. With an innate interest in the topic, I began reading them, and was absolutely shocked by what I found. The last book of the series covered what were then modern times, and to my horror, I found lavish praise for – of all people – Benito Mussolini. These were American books, by the way, beautifully produced by a respected publisher. And there, in authoritative tones, was the story of the great Mussolini, the savior of Italy. Given that I was taught precisely the opposite, a mere 30-odd years later, you can imagine my surprise. Just to establish my point, here are a few quotes from that time about Mussolini: What a man! I have lost my heart! – Winston Churchill The greatest genius of the modern age. – Thomas Edison I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. – Franklin Roosevelt Obviously, these quotes are no longer mentioned in ‘respectable’ circles. And that’s my point: What is inconvenient to the current ruling establishment is dropped from the books. When I was young, the USSR was famous for horribly twisting history to make themselves look like the great and mighty ones. They even made jokes about it on the original Star Trek. But here was clear evidence that history – in America – had been altered. In this case, parts had not been added, but they most certainly had been taken away. That rather shook my view of history, as it had been taught to me at school. The Making of… Hidden History A few years later I came across an even more troubling instance of history being pulled out of the books: I had been writing a few books for a major publisher, and one of my editors asked me to meet him for dinner, which, of course, I did. We discussed projects that we might pursue and generally had a pleasant evening. At some point we left off discussing our projects and talked about history. Somehow, we ended up at the Armenian genocide. He was surprised that I knew about it (many still don’t), but I had known quite a few Armenian kids growing up, and I had heard their stories. Then, my editor took a deep breath and said, “then I want to tell you something.” He explained that a few years before, he had been working for one of the big three textbook publishers, and happened to be editing a high school history book. One day, he got a phone call from the US State Department. He was shocked, and asked them why they would be calling him. “It’s about the history book you’re editing,” the man said. My friend had been raised in about the same way I had, so the idea of censoring a textbook was astonishing to him. “We need you to cut back the section on the Armenian genocide,” the man from the State Department said. My friend was horrified, and complained that it was the true history. “Yes,” said the man, “but we need to keep the Turks happy.” My friend’s 2-3 pages on the Armenian genocide was reduced to 2-3 paragraphs, and it was a victory that he got that much space. According to all I learned in school, such things did not happen in America. According to all that is self-promoted about academia, they are the sworn enemies of such things. But they do happen – a lot. I’ve encountered the same thing on museum walls: descriptions that are clearly misleading, but which glorify the rulership of our time. There is much more to this, but I’ll let the point stand as I’ve made it thus far: History is manipulated. You can find the truth if you dig through old books and artifact records, or from some specialists, but not from schoolbooks. The books aren’t filled with lies, they just remove the facts that don’t make their bosses look good. And this is not a trivial thing; it affects a lot more than school children. As Adolf Hitler was starting his aggression against the Poles, the London Times quoted him as saying: Go, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers the Armenians? What is deleted from history can teach us nothing, and those who have this power use it to glorify themselves. This is a very dangerous thing, and it rules the schoolbooks of America and the Western world in general. I’ll close with a line from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome: When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all. What you learned in school was a partial, cartoon version of history. You learned what made the big bosses look good, and no more. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com
A disabled lawyer has launched a ground-breaking legal case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over his claim that it deliberately discriminated against him in rejecting his claim for disability benefits.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), founder of the Scottish social enterprise law firm Legal Spark, believes DWP has chosen to discriminate against him and other people with mental health conditions in the way it has dealt with their personal independence payment (PIP) claims.He says DWP disregarded the evidence relating to his mental health – and focused instead on other impairments – and made no attempt to seek medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, while his assessor lied about his medication.He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.He said: “The DWP refused to accept anything from me, and thereafter I had to appeal and wait. “In the meantime, debt, frustration and stress ensued. My health deteriorated – they actually made it worse.”He believes that people with unseen impairments, such as mental health conditions, have been “left playing second fiddle” in the PIP claims process.Donaldson points to the recent legal case in which the high court found that regulations that came into force last year were “blatantly discriminatory” because they meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP.DWP later decided not to appeal against that court decision.Donaldson said he hoped that other PIP claimants in Scotland, and across England and Wales, will follow his lead and take legal action if he is successful, which he believes “would make DWP think twice before playing a discrimination game”.He had been receiving PIP from 2013 until it was removed following a reassessment in November 2016.It was only reinstated last October, after he took his appeal to the social security tribunal.It was, he said, a “year of hell”, in which he fell into debt and struggled to maintain his independence.His case will be heard by Glasgow Sheriff Court, and he is seeking nearly £5,000 in damages, to cover bank charges, the removal of his bus pass, and £4,000 in compensation for the discrimination.Donaldson is also taking legal action under the Equality Act against the Scottish government, because it failed to take on responsibility for PIP from DWP when it had the powers to do so from 2016.Although the Scottish parliament last week approved legislation to set up a new social security system for Scotland – which will include the delivery of PIP and other benefits – Donaldson says it should have done this sooner.He said: “The Scottish government must take urgent action to stop the discrimination in the administration of PIP.“To ignore the problem and place the blame elsewhere is totally unacceptable.”Donaldson also argues that the Scottish government should have altered the eligibility for free bus passes to ensure that claimants could continue to use them while appealing against losing their PIP.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on this individual case as the legal action is ongoing.“We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that disabled people and people with health conditions get the right support they need, and we want every person to feel they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“Everyone has the right to appeal a decision if they are unhappy and additional information can be provided to support a claim.”A Scottish government spokesman said: “We have repeatedly called on the UK government to halt the roll-out of PIP in Scotland, most recently following the report of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which called for a review of PIP due to the damage it is causing people.“When the Scottish government begin delivery of disability benefits, we have categorically ruled out requiring anyone to undergo a disability benefit assessment by the private sector.“We will also listen to the independent disability and carers benefits expert advisory group and our experience panels to ensure our system is fairer.“We want to remove unnecessary barriers to those entitled to make a claim and reduce the amount of face-to-face assessments carried out.”He had not commented on the bus pass issue by noon today (Thursday).Donaldson said the UK government had created “a hostile and degrading environment for disabled people” by “using public policy to strip people of their statutory entitlement to benefits”, including PIP and employment and support allowance (ESA).He said: “The ESA payments are a lifeline for disabled people who cannot work or cannot find suitable work.“PIP is there to support disabled people who require financial support to maintain their independence. They are statutory entitlements.”He said the only way the government can avoid paying “this essential support is by denying all the evidence that is put before them”.He added: “This is why the majority of cases are overturned on appeal at the social security tribunal.“There is no place for disability discrimination in the provision of public services, and it is important that both the UK and Scottish governments are reminded of that.”
E3 2019 – FromSoftware’s bizarre new game Elden Ring is both a new beginning and a return to classic form. The rumors were true: George R.R. Martin is working alongside Dark Souls dev FromSoftware on an ambitious new fantasy game. The project is called Elden Ring, and it’s hypnotically weird and grim Tolkien-esque visuals are something only Hidetaka Miyazaki could think up. Instead of making another Dark Souls clone set in an original universe, Elden Ring is switching things up in a few ways, including full open world full of mystery, mayhem, and strangeness. In a recent interview with Xbox Wire, Miyazaki revealed tons of new details on Elden Ring. It’s a huge sprawling open-world action game with heavy emphasis on RPG elements. Elden Ring is the biggest project FromSoftware has ever made, and will feature third-person action-driven combat similar to Dark Souls, complete with hulking bosses and monstrosities to slay. Elden Ring, which began development shortly after Dark Souls 3’s final DLC shipped, will lean more towards classic RPG tropes with lots of weapons, magic, armor and different strategic opportunities to slay enemies. Here’s a few choice tidbits taken from the interview: Gameplay: “Earlier I had said that this title focuses more heavily on RPG elements. This title will include a wide variety of weapons, magic, and ways to engage enemies, that make it possible to provide users with a style of gameplay and strategy that suits them. “Even when compared to the Dark Souls series, I believe this title will provide even more variety in the ways for players to overcome challenges and tweak their tactics when facing enemies.” Combat: “Unlike Sekiro, which has a heavy focus on action, Elden Ring puts more focus on RPG elements. Of course, we are not shying away from the fun of responsive melee-based combat, and these elements will be present as well.” Development: “Development for Elden Ring started just after development for the Dark Souls 3 DLC had ended. At the time, Elden Ring was being planned as a more classic fantasy title compared to others that were either being considered or already in the early stages of development. “We wanted to create a new dark fantasy action RPG full of things that we weren’t able to do in the Dark Souls series.” Open world focus: “Due to this, the scale of the world and its narrative, as well as the depth and freedom of exploration have increased dramatically. It is without a doubt our biggest title yet in terms of sheer volume. “There are many definitions to the term “open world,” and I might not be phrasing it correctly, but we have simply tried our own approach to a game with a large, open field to play in. “It is a world full of danger and threats, as well as many areas ripe for exploration. Among those areas, you will also find intricately designed, multi-layered castles and such.” No release date has been announced for Elden Ring, but it’ll release on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Miyazaki makes it clear the game is still deep in development. We might see a launch sometime in 2020 alongside current- and next-gen consoles. For even more info on Elden Ring check below for a press release: Leading interactive entertainment media developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced ELDEN RING™, an expansive fantasy Action-RPG game developed by FromSoftware, Inc. under the direction of Hidetaka Miyazaki for the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC. Unparalleled adventure awaits in ELDEN RING, the next epic fantasy title created by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. ELDEN RING is FromSoftware’s largest game to-date and is set in a sprawling realm steeped in a rich and bloody history crafted by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential and critically acclaimed DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. “Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the ELDEN RING mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of ELDEN RING will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.” Said Hidetaka Miyazaki, President of FromSoftware, Inc. and Game Director for ELDEN RING. “Building the world of ELDEN RING with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait for people to see what ELDEN RING has in store for them.” Said George R.R. Martin. “ELDEN RING brings together two incredible masters of their respective crafts,” said Chris Gilbert Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “FromSoftware’s talented development team, alongside Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin’s gift of world building and story crafting come together into a truly unique gaming experience.”
Thousands of Manual Processes Increase Risk of Human Error, Strain Productivity; Half of Companies Missed GDPR Compliance Deadline–Most Plan New Hires for RegulationsDataGrail, the privacy management platform purpose-built for the European (GDPR), Californian (CCPA) and impending privacy regulations, announced the publication of “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance.” The report benchmarks the operational impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as sharing insights into lessons learned and attitudes toward privacy regulations.“Businesses without a European presence were not impacted by the GDPR. However, with the CCPA fast approaching, US businesses without GDPR are experiencing the same challenges that multinational companies did with GDPR,” said Daniel Barber, Co-founder & CEO, DataGrail. “Most companies reported taking at least seven months to achieve GDPR readiness, but now with CCPA only seven months away, they realize their systems will not support CCPA and other forthcoming privacy regulations. Companies will need to integrate and operationalize their privacy management to avoid the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes to comply with these regulations.”Marketing Technology News: Everflow releases SmartSwitch to Automate Optimization and Fraud Prevention for Performance and Partner MarketingDataGrail surveyed more than 300 U.S. privacy management decision makers; including IT, operations, security, legal, and risk and compliance professionals. Key findings from “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance” include:GDPR Compliance Took Longer Than ExpectedOnly half of companies achieved self-reported compliance before the May 25, 2018 deadline.Most companies took seven months or longer to achieve readiness.Even GDPR Readiness is CostlyTwo-thirds of companies assigned dozens, or even hundreds, of employees to manage GDPR compliance. Based on survey results, it’s likely the average organization spent 2000 – 4000 hours in meetings preparing for GDPR — more than a full year of work.Half of privacy management decision makers spent at least 80 hours personally preparing for GDPR, and another 80 hours to sustain compliance — also a full month of work.Privacy Rights Requests Are Time-Consuming and Error-ProneHalf of companies use manual processes to manage GDPR privacy rights requests, such as the right to be forgotten.Two-thirds of companies have processed at least 100 requests in the past year, across dozens of business systems and third-party services, and most of them have at least 25 employees involved in request management. That’s thousands of touch points with the potential to introduce human error — the overwhelming majority of privacy professionals are working to reduce the risk of manual error in these requests.Marketing Technology News: New Study Reveals Positive Impact of Page Speed on Google RankingsCCPA Compliance Programs Face the Same Challenges as GDPR ProgramsTwo-thirds of privacy professionals believe it will take less than six months to prepare for CCPA, even though most reported it took seven months or longer to prepare for GDPR. Even worse, technology adoption rates for CCPA are lower than they were for GDPR — companies are primarily training employees to manage privacy regulations — increasing cost and risk of ongoing compliance.Companies Will Be Challenged by the Future of Privacy RegulationsMost companies are approaching privacy regulations on a case-by-case basis; two-thirds of privacy professionals agree the systems they have put into place will not support new regulations.90% of companies plan to hire at least three new employees in the next two years to manage privacy regulations, but only one-third of companies are automatically updating their data inventory.“It is evident from this research that most companies still rely on piecemeal technology solutions and manual processes, when they should be turning to privacy management solutions purpose-built for privacy regulations,” said Barber. “As companies turn their attention from GDPR to CCPA and beyond, they must operationalize sustained compliance to reduce risk, provide transparency for their customers, and control operational costs.”Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go Mobile DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 3:16 pmMay 20, 2019 CCPADaniel BarberDataGrailGDPRMarketing TechnologyNewsprivacy management solutions Previous ArticleTravel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for HotelsNext ArticleMetadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing Platform