December 16, 2019
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first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Guest author John Fearon is CEO of Dropmyemail.com, which backs up emails in the cloud and Dropmysite.com, a cloud-based backup company.At any startup, the first hurdle is the lack of resources – lack of funds, lack of manpower, lack of time. Outsourcing – or relocating – the work can be a great to overcome those obstacles while controlling costs, increasing efficiency and even making workers happierBut it’s not a simple, one-size-fits-all process. In building my company – Dropmysite / Dropmyemail – I found that managing outsourcing was an ever-evolving combination of local and remote capabilities that stays flexible enough to meet changing conditions.(See also Are Crowdsourcing And Outsourcing No-Nos For Startups?)Learning The Hard Way: My Outsourcing ExperiencesWhen we launched two years ago, for example, the whole development team was based in India. As a one-man founder bootstrapping the business, this allowed me to hire a team for much less money.Plus, with India being 2.5 hours behind my Singapore headquarters, my productive workday was effectively extended. In the morning, I conducted business deals and meetings. Then, in the evening – as the team returned from their lunch – I would concentrate on working with them in real time over Skype on building our product.After six months, I was able to sign up a local CTO to help build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that enabled me to secure funding. With some cash in hand, I started building a local team of developers to be able to improve the product more quickly.At that point, I had two teams of technical workers in different locations – which started to cause problem. We had constant confusion, communication issues and lack of control. At this stage of the business we needed top talent, no low cost workers, so I ended the contract with the Indian team to focus on the local team.So far so good, but soon my lead technologist decided to go back to Argentina for family reasons. He had consistently delivered good work so we decided to try a long-distance relationship. He hired a few ace developers for the Argentinean team and everything seemed like smooth sailing.Eventually, though, the 12-hour time difference started to take a toll. Meetings were impossible to schedule and both teams were exhausted. Work delays proliferated, as even the assignments were received 12 hours later. We closed the Argentinian office, bringing one developers to Singapore.(See also The Pros And Cons Of IT Outsourcing: Globally, Nationally And Locally.)6 Outsourcing Lessons LearnedMy experience with outsources taught me a variety of valuable lessons:1. Keep Teams Together In One Place. Specific functions should be grouped in the same office and time zone to reduce miscommunications or time lags performing urgent work done. It also makes brainstorming sessions easier to coordinate to create better products.2. Not All Functions Need To Be Together. That said, it may not be necessary for different function teams to be together. Front office teams (sales and marketing, for example) should be in their home market while the back office (IT and operations) can be anywhere.3. Give Each Team A Focused Goal. Beyond stating the obvious, all teams need clear directions and key performance indicators (KPIs). Just as important, local and remote teams work better when staffed with self-starters who need less direct supervision.4. Contract Remote Teams On A Per Project Basis. This frees them to do their work without having to rely on other teams to proceed. The offshore work should be completed parallel to that done onshore. If the remote team isn’t pulling their weight, this approach contains the impact, reducing contamination of other teams and projects. Finally, per-project deals make it easier to replace them if necessary.5. Daily Communication/Alignment Is Critical. There needs to be constant two-way communication between teams. Remote technology development teams must make frequent reports back to the home base. The lead tech officer has to ensure that their work remains aligned to the overall company direction. Communication between business functions is also essential. Tech teams having to speak to each other, and also keep the salespeople in the loop so clients and partners stay informed.5. Outsourcing Strategies Must Continually Evolve. Currently, Dropmysite / Dropmyemail keeps core functions and technical development in Singapore, but we have business development staff in India, Japan, and the U.S. And we have outsourced side projects to other locales, including Vietnam. The key is to find and execute the right strategy at the right time.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. john fearoncenter_img Tags:#international#startups#Telecommuting How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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first_imgAdobe Anywhere IntegrationAdobe Anywhere is Adobe’s enterprise collaborative workflow platform.Designed for teams it works on standard networks and doesn’t require proprietary hardware.Team members work with files on a shared server that doesn’t require downloading.This could be a game changer for those that need to work remotely with other team members.Will you be using Premiere Pro CC for video editing?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Fit ClipPreviously in Premiere Pro, when you had In & Out points in both the Source & Program, you got a dialog box that asked what In &Out points you wanted to use. This was confusing to FCP users as its behavior was to ignore the Out in the Source. Now Premiere Pro gives you the option to remember your choice so you only see the “Fit Clip” dialog once. Write Keyframes in Audio Clip MixerPremiere Pro CC adds a Clip Audio Mixer to make working with clip audio easier. They also add the ability to record audio keyframes by selecting the “write keyframes” button. Click the button and then move the Fader to record keyframes while the clip is playing. There is a Preference for thinning out keyframes so you can then modify them as needed. Improved MulticamTheir are several new time saving multicam features in Premiere Pro CC.  Andrew Devis covers the new features in more detail here.In Premiere Pro CC you can mix different media, frame rate and sample rates. You have the new option of “sync to audio” which is handy if you have audio from a separate audio recorder that you want to sync to video clips (the video clips need audio). This gives you some of the features of Red Giant’s PluralEyes without needing a plugin. There are shortcuts for multicam and you can add additional ones as needed. Click images for larger view:center_img These tips will save you time and you get up to speed quickly with the changes and new features in Premiere Pro CC!More and more editors are checking out Premiere Pro and the new version has a lot to offer former FCP & Media Composer editors. In this post, I share my 10 favorite Premiere Pro Creative Cloud tips that will get you up to speed editing in Premiere Pro.For more Premiere Pro quick tips, check out my previous post on 10 Premiere Pro Tips for FCP Editors. Premiere Pro CC will be available June 2013 via Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Project & Scratch Disk ChangesWhen you Launch Premiere Pro for the first time you are greeted with a “New Project” dialog box. Here you choose where your Project and Scratch Disk are being saved. Premiere Pro defaults to user/documents/Adobe/Premiere Pro (your Scratch Disks and Preview files follow the project by default). Be aware that if you are working with card media, they are considered imports and not captured media.You can now change the location of your Auto Save folder to anywhere on your computer or external HD.  Under the Scratch Disk tab assign your “Auto Save Folder” where you’d like.Click image for larger view:Make your desired changes, click OK and Premiere Pro CC will launch. Previously this opened a “New Sequence” window. However, this new approach seems a more streamlined way of setting up your video editing projects and less intimidating to new users.Assembly WorkspacePremiere Pro CC adds the new Assembly Workspace.  This is a workspace layout that has a large Project area with the Program & Source Monitors sharing space. This is a handy workspace if you like to use Premiere Pro’s Hover Scrub, then set In & Out and use shortcuts to quickly Insert or Overwrite edit.As the name suggests, this workspace is designed for quickly creating a rough cut in Premiere Pro.Click image for larger view: Increase Clip VolumeModifying clip audio levels was one of my most used shortcuts when I used Final Cut Pro 7.Premiere Pro CC adds shortcuts for increasing the volume of one clip or selected clips. This is a big addition, as I often want to quickly raise or lower the volume for clips.The shortcut for adjusting audio levels on clips in the timeline is left bracket “[“ for decrease and right bracket “]” for increase.  CUDA and OpenCL GPU supportThe list of supported video cards has increased, which gives you more choices for GPU acceleration.This is big, as having a supported card offers noticeable performance improvement.Sync SettingsI previously mentioned the new Premiere Pro sync settings here, but it is a big enough feature to mention again. This lets you sync custom settings/presets/layouts to the cloud and access them from anywhere.The sync settings can be found on the Welcome Screen, in Preferences and from the Premiere Pro Menu (File Menu on PC).Add Edit & Duplicate FramesYou can access settings for “Show Through Edits” & “Show Duplicate Frame Markers” from the wrench (the Timeline Display Settings in the Sequence).Now you can choose to see through edits (from using add edit or the razor tool)  and duplicate frames when you have used part of a clip multiple times. I used this often in Final Cut Pro and it is nice to have this option in Premiere Pro CC.last_img read more

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first_imgQuick: What’s the largest object in the solar system beyond Neptune? Pluto was what you learned long ago, and now there’s fresh evidence to indicate that old answer was right all along. Pluto belongs to the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, which boasts more than a thousand known objects revolving around the sun beyond Neptune’s orbit. Most are much smaller than Pluto, but in 2005 astronomers discovered its biggest rival: Eris, which they claimed definitely surpassed Pluto in size. In 2010, however, Eris staged an underwhelming performance when it moved in front of a distant star. The short duration of this so-called occultation revealed that Eris is just 2326 kilometers across—possibly smaller than Pluto, whose diameter is somewhere between 2300 and 2400 kilometers. The uncertainty arises because Pluto, unlike Eris, has air that complicates the interpretation of observational data. Now, as astronomers will report in Icarus, analysis of methane gas in Pluto’s atmosphere suggests that Pluto is about 2368 kilometers across, in which case it’s larger than Eris and thus the champ of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. We’ll get a final verdict in July 2015, when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (artist’s conception shown) flies past Pluto and measures its exact size.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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first_imgThings, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. LATEST STORIES View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kaya showed plenty of fight in front of close to 4,000 fans with Robert Lopez Mendy equalizing in the 55th minute.But Marañon slotted home a penalty after he was clipped by Ref Cuaresma inside the box and completed his hat trick with another fine strike late in the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m so happy for the win and the three goals,” said Marañon, who was named Man of the Match. “This game was very hard after two losses, but we fought to win this game, and we deserved the result.”Kaya lost for a second straight match as it stayed in fourth while Ceres is fifth. KO victory to boost Pacquiao’s stock Meanwhile, Davao Aguilas secured a third straight stalemate after battling Ilocos United to a goalless draw on Sunday at Davao del Norte Sports Complex.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ceres Negros got its campaign back on track as Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon delivered a hat trick to propel the Busmen past Kaya FC Makati, 3-1, on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Marañon was on target in stoppage time in the first half before adding two more goals in the second half as the Busmen returned to their winning ways after a loss to JPV Marikina the previous weekend and an early exit in the Singapore Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgCLEVELAND — LeBron James acknowledged the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t play their best Dec. 23, but he was at his best when it mattered most.James scored 24 points, including seven down the stretch, and Cleveland held off the short-handed New York Knicks 91-84.The four-time NBA MVP used a profanity to describe the way his team played during an in-house interview following the game, drawing laughs from the sellout crowd of 20,562.James took over but thought Cleveland’s defense was the big reason the Cavs were finally able to subdue the Knicks, who nearly pulled out a surprising win even though star Carmelo Anthony sat out with a sprained right ankle.The Knicks were 1 of 7 with two turnovers after taking an 82-80 lead with 4:07 remaining on Langston Galloway’s jumper.“We preach offensively it’s not always going to be pretty,” James said. “Tonight we needed the defensive end. We just got stops.”James’ layup off a turnover gave the Cavs the lead for good at 84-82 with 3:15 remaining. The basket came after the Knicks threw away an inbounds pass following a timeout as the shot clock was winding down.Matthew Dellavedova dribbled into the frontcourt and found James streaking to the basket.“I’m a big believer in the ball finds energy,” James said. “Once I saw the errant pass on their part I just got on my horse. I know Delly is going to find me, but he wouldn’t have found me if I didn’t have the energy behind it.”James added two free throws and then soared to the basket for a powerful dunk as Cleveland took control.Kevin Love added 23 points with 13 rebounds for the Cavs.“They’re a very experienced team and they’re not fearful in any moment,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “That’s what you strive for as a group. An experienced team like Cleveland is obviously better down the stretch.”The Cavaliers, who visit Golden State on Dec. 25 in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals, have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland, plagued by injuries all season, played with a full roster for the first time.Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis had 23 points with 12 rebounds for New York, but didn’t score in the fourth quarter.Anthony, averaging 21.8 points in 28 games, was injured during a Dec. 21 loss to Orlando. Fisher expects the eight-time All-Star to play Saturday.Cleveland built an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but Porzingis’ 3-pointer at the buzzer cut it to 55-50. New York tied the game late in the third, and the score was 72-all going into the fourth.Arron Afflalo scored 16 for the Knicks. Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers.(STEVE HERRICK) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Sep 9 (PTI) In his over a decade long career Kabir Khan has tried his hands in various genres, ranging from spy-action thrillers to human dramas, and the director says he makes sure to be experimental with his choices as he does not want to be in a “comfortable space”.The filmmaker says he does not want to play safe as a story-teller.”For me the point is not to earn money and be safe. To remain safe and make safe films and be successful that can be a boring way of living life. I believe in taking risks some films work, some don’t.”If I think this is what I am good at, then the journey is over for me. I hope till the end of my career I will be trying to discover myself and see what excites me and what are the different things I can do. I never want to reach a comfortable space,” Kabir told PTI in an interview.After delivering back-to-back blockbusters “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, Kabir’s last two films “Phantom” and “Tubelight” did not do well but that does not stop him from taking risks. “When you are successful you should try different stuff and something that is worthwhile. I feel fortunate that my films are liked by audience.” In his career Kabir has collaborated with popular actors like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham. He believes the advantage of working with stars is that they can give a film wider reach.advertisement”When you work with stars the story tends to go wider. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ would have done well with a small actor but with Salman Khan on board it will just reach out to more people.. get bigger release.” The director’s next film “83”, featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, is based on India’s first World Cup win in cricket. “Two years ago I did not imagine I would make a sports film. We all evolve as individuals. I will be pulled towards different ideas and stories at any given point of a time,” he says.Kabir says he got attracted to the story of the 1983 historic win as he felt it was a classic underdog story.”It is more of a human story. We start shooting early next year. All the actors will get trained as they will be representing iconic players.”Apart from Ranveer we have not made any announcements regarding the casting. But we are in talks. There will be actors according to the requirement of the story like, Caribbean and English artistes.”There have also been rumours of Kabir teaming up with Akshay Kumar for a film. Neither confirming nor denying about the meeting, Kabir says, it is natural for directors to talk to lot of actors but right now he is only focusing on “83”.The director was talking on the sidelines of a launch of S Hussain Zaidi’s book “Eleventh Hour”. PTI KKP JUR SHDSHDlast_img read more

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first_imgPremier League More than Mkhitaryan needed after Arsenal defeat to Swansea Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:05 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Swansea City v Arsenal Swansea City The Gunners are making moves for world-class attacking players but need to seriously bolster their vulnerable defence After Olivier Giroud arrived at the Liberty Stadium just hours before his projected move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day, Arsenal showed they’ll need more than Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window if they are to secure a top-four spot this season.Once again, the Gunners defensive frailties were laid bare as Swansea came back from Nacho Monreal’s well-finished opener to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.Arsene Wenger has already admitted that his team have been distracted by the January transfer business going on in and around the club, but there can be no excuses for another dismal collapse at the hands of a relegation-threatened Premier League side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Gunners have won just three of their 13 Premier League away games this season. The last time they’d won as few on the road this far into a season was 2005-06 – ironically the campaign they reached the Champions League final.Mkhitaryan’s second-half cameo did little to impact on Arsenal’s fortunes. The Armenian showed a couple of nice touches but the gaps in Arsenal’s defence and vulnerabilities down the flanks were never going to be solved with the addition of one world-class attacking acquisition.Aubameyang’s imminent arrival may relieve the burden of Alexandre Lacazette, a player who has struggled in isolation up front in recent weeks, but it doesn’t do anything to solve the defensive issues which have plagued the Arsenal team for years.Petr Cech’s horrendous goalkeeping error allowed Jordan Ayew to score a tap-in before Sam Clucas’s second goal of the game made the result safe to lift Carlos Carvalhal’s side out of the relegation zone.Cech’s critics will point to the error as another example of why Arsenal should have kept Wojciech Szczesny in the summer instead of selling him to Juventus for a snip at a £10m. Szczesny is now set to inherit the No.1 jersey from the retiring Gianluigi Buffon while Arsenal are left with a 35-year-old mistake-prone goalkeeper and another wantaway shot-stopper in David Ospina.Arsenal’s dismal away form throughout the past season and a half is a huge worry and it seems to show no sign of coming to a halt. Regardless of the ifs and buts, Wenger should be fully aware of the changes needed in this Arsenal team and defence should be a priority in terms of January recruitment. Jonny Evans has been linked while Abdou Diallo of Mainz is another player who has been consistently watched by the Gunners.Wenger said that he will review his position with the Arsenal board at the end of the season and it’s surely just a matter of time before his tenure at Arsenal comes to an end. With seven defeats in the league this season and only three wins away from home, the Gunners need more than a League Cup triumph to salvage something from this below-par campaign.If Arsenal don’t address their defensive issues, no amount of world-class talent will prevent them from missing the Champions League for a second season in a row.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez signs first pro contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Miguel Azeez has signed his first professional contract.The 17-year-old joined at the age of five and has progressed through the academy ranks. His impressive work ethic has helped him to secure a professional contract.Azeez made eight appearances during the under-18s’ title-winning 2018/19 season, scoring twice and assisting twice. He already has one goal in five Under-18 Premier League appearances this season and made his debut for the under-23s against Derby in the Premier League 2 in August.An England international, Azeez has proven himself at under-17 level, scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances for his country. last_img read more

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State football recruits are among those who have reacted to the school’s decision to suspend Urban Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The Buckeyes have recruited nearly as well as any program in the country during the Urban Meyer era in Columbus, Ohio.Eleven Warriors reached out to several Ohio State recruits to get their reactions to the Urban Meyer decision.Two of those recruits are five-star commits.From Eleven Warriors:TEXAS FIVE-STAR WIDE RECEIVER GARRETT WILSON“It’s just good to have him back and have some normalcy again.”GEORGIA FIVE-STAR CENTER HARRY MILLER“It’s great and definitely a huge relief to have this settled.”Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 9 class in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten.You can view the full reactions to the Urban Meyer decision here.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: India Inc’s foreign borrowings grew over two-fold to $4.98 billion in July over the same month a year ago, according to Reserve Bank data. Indian firms had raised $2.18 billion in borrowings from overseas markets in July 2018. Of the total money borrowed by the domestic companies, $3.37 billion was through the automatic route of external commercial borrowing (ECB), $1.56 billion via approval route of ECB and the rest of $50.9 million was raised by issuing masala or rupee denominated bonds. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn the ECB category, the major borrowers tapping the automatic route were Adani Ports And Special Economic Zone Ltd — which raised $750 million for rupee expenditure and $650 million for refinancing of earlier ECB, ONGC Videsh $500 million for other purposes. Larsen & Toubro and HPCL-Mittal Energy raised $150 million and $125 million, respectively for rupee expenditure. Among others, Aditya Birla Housing Finance; L&T Finance; GACL-NALCO Alkalies & Chemicals and India Infoline Finance raised $100 each for on-lending purposes. In the approval route of ECB, Reliance Industries raised a total of $912.87 million in three different tranches to meet rupee expenditure and import of capital goods while REC Limited raised $650 million for on-lending. Toyota Financial Services India was the only company that raised $50.86 million by issuing masala or rupee denominated bonds in the overseas market for the purpose of sub-lending.last_img read more

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The report, produced by a network of researchers from over 60 countries participating in an initiative known as Project Link, forecasts global economic growth at 2.4 per cent this year, down from 4 per cent in 2000. It blames this trend on retrenchment in major developed economies, noting that “the economy of the United States has been at the heart of the current weakness in the global economy.”As such, the report cautions that “the biggest downside risk for the global economic outlook is a deeper and more prolonged slowdown in the United States.” A recession in the US “would be transmitted to many other economies,” it warns.The report does not predict an impending recession in the US, but it notes that “growth for the first half of 2001 might well turn out to be flat.” The sharp constriction in the country’s economy is evident in statistics presented in the report, which show the growth rate dropping from 5 per cent in the second quarter of 2000 to 1 per cent by the end of that year.Introducing the report at a press conference today, Project Link founder Professor Lawrence Klein, a Nobel Laureate, said that for most of the 1990s, “the United States has been the prime mover for the world economy.” With the country’s economy now shrinking, he said Project Link experts had documented “the effect of the US slowdown on the rest of the world.”Looking to the future, Professor Klein predicted that the contraction of the US economy would not be protracted. “The slowdown will not last so long — the recovery might be gradual, but it doesn’t mean a long, drawn-out recession,” he said.Another Project Link participant, Professor Peter Pauly of the University of Toronto, said action was needed to determine the future course of the global economy. “All in all this is a challenging time after many years favourable signs all around, and it calls for quite decisive policy action to turn this from what might be a fairly prolonged growth reduction in the world economy into a short-lived experience,” he said. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2012 3:33 pm MDT Ontario considers privatizing property tax assessments after spending scandal TORONTO – Ontario may privatize the agency that assesses homes for municipal taxes, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan suggested Wednesday after the Progressive Conservatives complained about an “extravagant” meeting put on for employees of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.The Tories accused the Liberal government of mismanagement after MPAC decided to hold a retreat in Toronto for 1,300 employees from across the province, giving them Lego blocks for “team building” exercises.“You can’t talk about fiscal responsibility out of one side of your mouth, and at the same time allow your employees to organize a convention right smack in the middle of the Toronto International Film Festival, when hotel and convention space are at a premium,” said Tory finance critic Peter Shurman during question period.“This is a convention where government employees will be wined and dined, the event catered by a vendor who boasts that they’ve served the likes of Oprah, Elizabeth Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld. How very TIFF of you premier.”Premier Dalton McGuinty punted the question to Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, who agreed that the MPAC employee convention in Toronto was a bad idea.“I thought it was kind of a boneheaded thing to do,” Duncan told the legislature.“I don’t understand it. It’s not a good use of money.”MPAC defended the meeting, saying it needed to bring employees together to talk about major changes planned over the next four years that will save the agency about $20 million.The total cost of the event was $170,000, including a suburban hotel for fewer than 100 employees and a return flight for 30 workers from northern Ontario, said MPAC chair Dan Mathieson.“We consulted some leading change experts and they said the best way was to get everyone in a room and just lay it all out,” Mathieson said in an interview.“We looked at the cost of doing it on a regional basis and it wasn’t much of a savings because we would still have to move people around.”As for the Lego blocks, Mathieson said MPAC will be supporting Habitat for Humanity and employees will bring their three Lego pieces together to build a house, which will eventually be turned over to a family that gets a real home built by volunteers for the charitable group.A frustrated Duncan said MPAC is operated by the municipalities and the province really has no authority over it, and suggested the government would look at privatizing the agency.“The whole MPAC construct, where I appoint members based on the recommendations of (municipalities), where we have two members, this is not acceptable,” he said.“We’re going to have a long, hard look at the future of MPAC because Teranet is running much better now the way it’s structured.”Teranet is a private company that was given a 50-year contract to run Ontario’s electronic land registry system in 2010.The New Democrats criticized Duncan’s talk about privatizing MPAC, saying that kind of policy-on-the-fly from the Liberals never works.“They got caught like a deer in the headlights with this and now they’re throwing solutions up against the wall to see what’s going to stick,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“It’s that kind of back-of-the-envelope decision making that has gotten this government into trouble time and time again.”A 2010 report from Auditor General James McCarter criticized MPAC for staff travel and hospitality expenses that “appeared excessive or otherwise inappropriate,” including such things as Taylor Made golf clubs, Nintendo consoles and iPods. McCarter also found one out of every eight property assessments was more than 20 per cent higher or lower than actual sale price, and said homes that were supposed to be assessed at least once every 12 years would, at best, be evaluated once in 18 years.The Tories say MPAC is just another example to add to the list of Liberal failings that also include scandals at the Ornge air ambulance service and eHealth Ontario. read more

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CALGARY – Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:BEI.UN) has signed a deal to sell its Windsor, Ont., portfolio of buildings for $136.2 million.The buyer of the portfolio of 1,685 units, which includes a mix of townhouses as well as high and low-rise apartments, was not disclosed by the trust.Boardwalk says the sale is part of a review of its non-core holdings.The real estate trust owns and operates more than 34,000 residential units in Canada with properties in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2015 5:41 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Boardwalk REIT signs deal to sell its Windsor, Ont., portfolio for $136.2M read more

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If early reports turn out to be accurate, Markelle Fultz is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers traded the third pick in this year’s draft and a protected first round pick in either the 2018 or 2019 draft to the Boston Celtics. It’s a mammoth deal for both teams, and it has ramifications for the long-term outlooks of both. But lost in the commotion of assets changing hands and the deal’s implications on other big-ticket trades are the particulars about the player at the heart of the deal: Fultz himself.Playing in the Pacific Northwest on a nontournament team (and missing a chunk of time because of injury) made Fultz one of the most anonymous presumptive No. 1 picks in living memory. Just about every argument about the Washington Huskies guard is phrased in the subjunctive — a theoretical commodity more than a concrete set of skills. But dig down into what actually makes his game so good and it becomes obvious in a hurry that Fultz is a monster.Fultz has been billed as a pick-and-roll playmaker, which is true but vague. He doesn’t sit up high and find long, surprising passing lanes like James Harden does, nor does he feint and jab on a defense until it cedes ground like Chris Paul does. Fultz’s game is built around his jumper and his handle. He’s a strong shooter off the dribble and a strong enough dribbler to operate in tight spaces and get to the rim, where he’s an excellent finisher. This means defenses have to crowd him wherever he is on the floor, whether it’s 25 feet from the rim or having turned the corner on a pick and roll. And if a defense sends help, he’s a willing passer to the open man, even if that means a 40-foot, cross-court pass.The Huskies scored 109 points per 100 plays1Per Synergy Sports Technology when Fultz passed out the pick-and-roll, including 115 points per 100 on passes to spot-up shooters. To get a sense of how much the team relied on Fultz, consider those numbers in their full context. On spot-up jumpers that weren’t set up by a Fultz pick-and-roll or taken by Fultz himself (101 points per 100 plays), the Huskies managed just 82 points per 100 plays. That’s dreadful. That would have ranked 333rd out of 351 D-I schools. But Fultz was able to draw so much attention and create such good shots for his teammates that they went from one of the worst-shooting teams in the country to one of the best when he set them up.Not just any player commands the sort of defensive attention Fultz saw — even when he is by far the best player on his team. And what makes Fultz special is how good he is shooting off the dribble in traffic. On all pull-up jumpers, he scored 102 points per 100 plays, which is already very good. But when he was working out of the pick and roll, that number shot up to 118 points per 100 plays, as Fultz took advantage of the little bit of daylight created by the screen to get a slightly better look or to a better spot on the floor.Having a god-tier pull-up jumper is an increasingly critical skill for NBA guards, but so is finishing at the rim. Being a genuine threat on the drive is the reason the pick-and-roll offense works — it’s what makes James Harden and Russell Westbrook nightmares for opponents and what powers the LeBron Offense in Cleveland. And Fultz scored 130 points per 100 plays when going to the rim out of pick-and-roll plays. He has a tight (though not exactly dazzling) handle — aided by a nice little hesitation/head-fake move that freezes defenders who have to respect that pullup — and he uses it to get into the lane at will.All that said, the most spectacular offense in the league can’t do much for you if you’re giving up points at the other end. The Huskies were abysmal on the defensive end — they ranked 250th of 351 D-I men’s teams in defensive SRS — and Fultz’s personal numbers aren’t much better. He ranked in the bottom third of all D-I men’s players while defending all but one shot type, according to Synergy. But the defense Fultz plays in the NBA will be much different, mainly because the Huskies spent a lot of time in zone, and that asks players to do very different things to contest shots and deny space than pro-style defenses. But defense should still be a concern. Fultz has good physical tools — he averaged 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game — and he was actually quite good the few times he was isolated in man-on-man situations, but his attention away from the ball will need the same improvements as most rookies.Fultz is a top overall prospect because he’s very, very good at things that are fundamental to the pro game — pick-and-roll playmaking, pull-up shooting, finishing at the rim. He has fewer jaw-dropping highlights as fellow prospects Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox do (though he does have a few); but he has fewer holes in his game, as well. If there’s one thing that could unravel his game as a pro, it would be his shot not translating. It’s not exactly the same species of skepticism as the concern trolling over Ball’s shooting form, but there’s at least some reason to wonder if Fultz will be as lights-out from deep in the NBA. His range doesn’t extend far beyond the college line, and his release is on the slow side. Just as concerning, he shot 64.9 percent on foul shots, which ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton pointed out is a slightly better predictor of NBA 3-point shooting ability than college 3-point percentage on its own — and Fultz wasn’t overwhelming enough from 3 (41.3 percent) to make up for the free throws.But the way Fultz had to manufacture his offense should also be taken into account: He practically never had an open shot he didn’t create himself. He scored 116 points per 100 plays coming off of screens, but that was largely because of the same things that make him good in pick and rolls, not effective screens. Fultz’s Washington teammates didn’t set great screens, but this is an area where he needs to improve as well. If Fultz is going to play off the ball in the NBA he’ll have to improve his feel for how to angle his runs to get the screener between the defender and the spot where he wants to catch the ball.This of course leads back to the question of how Fultz will fit in with the Sixers. Given that early reports suggest forward Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, will play a de facto point guard role for Philadelphia, an ideal fit for Fultz might be as a sort of über-Bradley Beal. John Wall handles the majority of playmaking for Washington, and Beal runs off of flare screens and other off-ball actions to free himself up for jumpers. But when Wall doesn’t have the ball, Beal runs a fair bit of pick and roll himself (despite being a weak dribbler) and generally controls the offense. A similar division of labor between Simmons and Fultz would make a lot of sense for Philly.But that’s deeper into specifics than we need to go for now. Teams tend to find ways to make things work with players who can dribble, pass and shoot. For now, Fultz is a perfect fit for a Philly roster that needs ballhandling and shooting, and just as important, a perfect fit for the directions the NBA game is headed. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaricom SG issues condolences on passing of Sir Derek WalcottMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”High praise for Derek Walcott at funeral serviceMarch 27, 2017In “latest news”Sir Derek Walcott is deadMarch 17, 2017In “Regional” (CMC) The late St Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress to be held early next month.Walcott was buried in his homeland on Saturday, one week after he died following a prolong illness at the age of 87.The April 5-7 Writers Congress is being organised by the Guadeloupe Regional collectivity in partnership with the Association of Caribbean Writers (AEC – Association des Ecrivains de la Caraïbe).“Since 2008, this event has been bringing together English, Spanish and French-speaking authors and literary personalities every two years. Some twenty territories are represented in one place, showcasing a blend of literary genres, the mixing of heritages and a diversity of writing,” the organisers said in a statement.“This international meeting demonstrates the deep desire to better integrate the literature of the French Caribbean into the wider cultural and intellectual Caribbean family. This congress is first and foremost a vector for cooperation, questioning, affirming identity, sharing practices and know-how in literature and its different forms of expression,” they added.The two-day event will feature dialogues about writing and the organisers said a tribute will also be paid to Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.“What pleasure can be derived from writing about the region that sustains us? What do we want to say to readers in the region and elsewhere? These are the questions underlying the challenges taken up by Caribbean authors, and the aesthetic choices of each of these territories, although they are so geographically close to one another in the islands of the Caribbean and on the mainland.”The Writers Congress is being held under the theme ‘Writing for, in and about the Caribbean’ and the organisers said writers will visit schools on the island to share experiences with students. read more

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damjanovicPodravkasanja damjanovicViborgWilbek ← Previous Story TRANSFER BOMB: Nikolaj Markussen to Qatari Eljaish! Next Story → Austrians are ready for Serbia – Johannesson choose 18 One of the best left backs in Europe, Sanja Damjanovic (26), will join Danish Viborg next season. Former “dream-team”, and couple of times Champions League winner, got the Serbian international that played for Podravka Koprivnica in the past two seasons. As one of the top scorers in the EHF Champions League and in the ideal roster of the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, former Zajecar and Krim player became interesting to all top clubs:– Bringing Sanja Damjanovic is a big step forward to realise our ambitions to get back to being one of Europe’s top clubs. We brought a player that can score lots of goals against the strongest defences. Besides the attack, she plays extremely well in defence too. We got a real player with perfect age – said after signing the contract Viborg’s sports director, Susanne Wilbek.HANDBALL-PLANET.COM WROTE ABOUT THIS TRANSFER TWO WEEKS AGO… read more

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first_imgPENSIONS. TAXES. FINANCING. Have I lost you already? These words do not often have you at ‘hello’.Everyone has to encounter these things at some point in their lives. Despite this, many people often do not know where to begin. A survey conducted by Red C Research last year found that just 30 per cent of Irish consumers understand basic financial concepts.Everybody has a relationship with money. Knowing more about earning it, holding on to it and making it stretch further is usually an essential part of achieving many of the ambitions and dreams we harbour for ourselves and our families.Basic financial and money management skillsEducation in basic financial and money management skills needs to start young, in homes and in schools. Of course, parents are the first and most important teachers, but it’s an important role of government to help the provision of the necessary education in schools.In today’s financially complex world, young people should be fully equipped to handle money matters as soon as they need to deal independently with their finances, so that they can make the best decisions right from the start. People work very hard for the money they earn. They may have even invested time and resources in further education to develop their career and boost their earning potential – indeed this kind of investment is something that we are encouraged to make.If we put so much effort into earning money, it is clearly worthwhile investing in financial education to ensure we make the most of it. However, although money can be a gateway to many positive things, it also brings pressures. Mental health issues, depression and suicide are prevalent in our society, with financial matters of one kind or another very often a serious contributing factor.Money does not equal happinessOne feature of the post Celtic Tiger era has been a period of reflection by many on their relationship with money and the relevant importance of it compared to what brings a true happiness – our relationships with our family, friends and with ourselves. By promoting financial awareness and money management to children from a young age, we need to be sure that we are not inadvertently encouraging children to equate the accumulation of money with happiness or their own sense of self-worth.Young people should leave school financially literate. Whatever they go on to do, they will always need to deal with financial issues. We must ensure that we provide them with a solid base for being able to deal with the financial complexities of the modern world. By this I don’t mean that they should be well-versed with complex derivatives and other esoteric financial instruments. But they should understand the fundamentals; how pensions work, how to read a payslip and deal with personal taxes, how to choose and take out a loan – and the sometimes overlooked aspect of how to pay it back!Understanding the basicsGetting to grips with the fundamentals also provides a solid platform for handling more advanced information in adulthood. Teaching the basics of financial literacy should also help them to determine later in life when it is a good idea to take average financial risk with money – effective money management and financial planning is not just about matching your expenditure against your income and setting funds aside in a deposit account to cover you for a rainy day, as important as these of course are.Internationally there has been increasing awareness of a need for developing financial education across all society. The European Commission supports and encourages work within Member States for the provision of financial education amongst its citizens and a National Steering Group on Financial Education was established in Ireland at the end of 2006.In England financial education is to be put on the school curriculum from September 2014. This has become all the more important in the current economic climate where money matters dominate. Although it would be simplistic to suggest that financial education as a compulsory part of the school curriculum would have helped to avert Ireland’s financial crisis, it is arguable that a better grounding in money matters may have helped at an individual level, equipping people to better protect themselves against some of the worst effects of the downturn.Your first encounter with financial products is when you buy themOften people first learn about financial products when they are already at the point of purchase, where the person or company providing the information is generally also trying to sell something. For example, many people are first introduced to mortgage products when they are in their local bank trying to purchase their first home. Or their introduction to pensions begins when they contact a pension company to start setting aside funds for retirement.Worse, people may learn more about these financial products only after they find themselves in financial difficulty and come to realise the true implications of not having been fully educated about the product they purchased – such as when mortgage repayments become unaffordable, or when a pension has not provided the expected level of retirement income. It is crucial to have some ability in distinguishing a true advisor from a mere salesperson – this distinction is not always obvious.Enhanced understanding only leads to better decision making. I want my daughter to be fully equipped to understand the impact that money will have on her life and to ensure that she has the best possible relationship with money that she can. We owe it to all young people to arm them with knowledge for the better management of financial affairs – both for the benefit of themselves and society as a whole.Sinead Doherty is founder and Managing Partner of Tax Consultancy and Accounting firm, Fenero. Read: Survey: Small businesses waiting around 67 days to be paid>Read: Survey: Just 58% of teenagers expect to find work in Ireland after college>last_img read more

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first_imgiPad : pas encore sorti, déjà jailbreaké États-Unis – Après l’iPhone, l’iPad. George Hotz, hacker également connu sous le pseudonyme de GeoHot, était déjà à l’origine du jailbreak du smartphone d’Apple. Il affirme aujourd’hui avoir réitéré sa performance avec l’iPad, avant même la sortie de ce dernier. Le jailbreak consiste à débloquer certains verrous système de l’iPhone ou de l’iPod Touch. L’iPad, présentant un fonctionnement très proche de celui du téléphone star de la marque à la pomme, n’aurait donc offert que peu de résistance au susnommé Geohot. Et pourtant : la déjà mythique tablette d’Apple n’est même pas encore sortie outre-Atlantique. Si ces déclarations peuvent sembler surprenantes, le hacker n’a pas pour habitude de bluffer, et affirme que la tâche n’aurait vraiment pas été complexe, le logiciel nécessaire étant très semblable à BlackRa1n, celui qui lui avait permis de cracker l’iPhone. Le 29 mars 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgSoy growers are urging labor union and port management to resume negotiations and avoid disruptions of Gulf and East Coast port operations—which could impact agricultural and food product exports to main marketsThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined several agriculture and global trade stakeholders in a letter last week, encouraging the International Longshore Association and the United States Maritime Alliance to resume negotiations as soon as possible.“Reaching a contract extension before the current contract expires will provide supply chain stakeholders with the certainty they need for their operations,” groups state in the letter. “Supply chain disruptions arising out of previous contract negotiations are well documented. Such disruptions can have enormous adverse economic impacts.”The 2015 dispute during negotiations threatened supply chain continuity for countless U.S. agricultural commodities, causing extreme congestion, delays and uncertainty, in addition to costing the agriculture industry millions of dollars for every week that the negotiations lasted.The groups also stated that even a threat of disruption can have a negative economic impact, as some industries will implement contingency plans this spring to ensure shipment isn’t slowed.“We recognize the important issues both parties must resolve during negotiations,” the state in the letter. “However, we believe those issues can only be resolved by negotiations. When talks are put on hold it causes great uncertainty, shifts in logistical plans and even economic damage.”Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

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