‘Goosebumps!’ Football fans STILL cannot believe Leicester’s amazing triumph

first_imgIt is an amazing story that has the happy ending it deserves. Leicester City were handed the Premier League trophy on Saturday after a stunning campaign and football fans STILL cannot believe the 5000/1 achievement. A 3-1 victory over Everton typified their professional performances this season, as Jamie Vardy returned from suspension to hit a fine double. Claudio Ranieri’s side were being tipped for relegation this season, but what they have done in 2015/16 is one of the best sporting stories ever – see some of the best reaction, below: 1 Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes lifted the trophy after beating Everton last_img

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Man United ace Jesse Lingard apologises for ‘totally unacceptable’ tweet

first_imgManchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has apologised for a “totally unacceptable” tweet sent from his account while he was at a service at Old Trafford on the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.The 25-year-old was present as United players past and present marked the occasion, while manager Jose Mourinho and captain Michael Carrick laid wreaths after a minute’s silence at 3.04pm, the time of the 1958 crash.At 3.07pm, a post was sent from Lingard’s Twitter account replying to a message about a game of FIFA. The message has since been deleted.Lingard apologised on Tuesday evening, insisting the message was sent by a member of his media team.He said: “I was unaware as I was attending the service at the time, and don’t condone the post or the timing in anyway.“The post has now been deleted, and I’d like to apologise for any upset caused, this is totally unacceptable and does not reflect my personality or views on this emotional day.” Jesse Lingard was in attendance at Old Trafford for a remembrance service on the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster 1last_img read more

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Pilgrim end of harvest

first_imgAs you know, the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower in December 1620. They built their homes, farmed the land, and by the end of the first year, 1621, they had built many houses, had a wonderful harvest, and had the first Thanksgiving. (Although it was not called Thanksgiving at that time). One of the colonists, Edward Winslow, wrote: “Our harvest being gotten, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.” Happy Thanksgiving … – Charles Dusheck Reseda You’re lucky Re “Mayor vetoes hazing payoff” (Nov. 21): I was so happy to see the mayor of Los Angeles veto the settlement of $2.7 million for two bites of dog food. It seems to me Tennie Pierce is going to eat a little crow. How’s that taste? Pierce should be ashamed of himself for making this lawsuit against the city in the first place. You’re lucky to have the job as a highly respected firefighter with great pay and retirement benefits. – Randy E. Aldridge Palmdale Silly settlement Re “Mayor vetoes hazing payoff” (Nov. 21): I am amazed and even proud of Mayor Tony for vetoing that silly settlement to the “traumatized” fireman. I am even more amazed at the attitudes expressed by our City Council. Since when did we the people become too stupid to figure out when someone was running a con job? They had to protect us from ourselves? Racial discrimination is one thing and a horrible thing at that. But a man who participated in hazing and pranking throughout his career suddenly decides he is a victim? I think even the lowly public sector can figure that one, boys. Don’t count us out and, even more important, don’t hand over our money without a fight. – Kim Greene Studio City Odds are … Re “Pepper spraying of suspect seen in a new video” (Nov. 15): If you got past the hit piece on Page 1, and “fast-forwarded” to Page 14, you would have read the dispassionate statistics on why out-of-policy arrests are negligible under Chief Bratton’s helmsmanship. Granted, my chances of being involved in an out-of-policy apprehension are greater (159,985 to 1) than any single pull on a four-reel slot machine, with 20 stops per reel (159,991 to 1); but that’s a bet that I can live with. – Doug Aitken La Crescenta Taxpayers’ subsidy Re “Green light for Grand” (Nov. 21): The political and special interests chatter and promotion of the Grand Avenue project is an attempt to deceive the public and justify millions of dollars of taxpayers’ subsidy for a private boondoggle project. These self-serving interests and their political allies boast the “great benefits” from the creation of thousands of jobs and the millions of tax revenue dollars. The same project will generate the equivalent number of jobs and tax revenues if it is completed without any taxpayer subsidy. The politicians and special interests intentionally conceal these facts from the public in a clear attempt to dupe us again. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Chatsworth What about us? Re “County’s pay giveaway” (Nov.18): Does the county’s Board of Supervisors have no regard for the burden to taxpayers to pay the increased $341 million for lucrative salary/benefits to workers? – Martha Akin last_img read more

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Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey

first_imgUPDATE: The road is now clear. Emergency services are at the scene of a two-car collision in the Twin Towns. One person has been hospitalised but Donegal Daily understands their injuries are not serious. The accident happened close to Kilross Junction and the road between the Junction and Stranorlar is now closed.Motorists travelling between Twin Towns and Letterkenny have been advised to use an alternative route or expect long delays.  Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentBallybofeykilrosslast_img read more

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Storify Closing Down in May 2018

first_imgThe news from my friend Birgit Pauli-Haack took me by surprise last night: Storify announced it will soon close down. A fantastic #WordPress dev opportunity: @Storify just announced its “End of Life” for May 2018. The export is kinda lame. If I could import a story from Storify into a WordPress Post/Page that would be fabulous! I have a few stories that I wouldn’t want to lose. #biz— Birgit Pauli-Haack (@bph) December 12, 2017As a Storify user with almost 150 stories, I’ve got some work to do before they close down! What is Storify?If you’re not familiar with Storify, it’s an online platform that allows users to quickly curate online stories from existing content on various online sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and others.When it first came out, I was thrilled to use Storify. As were many other publishers and journalists.What an easy way to quickly take notes and publish stories from events, news of the day, and conferences.My Storify ExperienceOver six years, I published events from WordCamps, online user experience conferences, our local meetups, and more. I loved Storify for its ease of use for adding content, by simply copying a URL from the source.However, after a while, I became a bit disheartened with Storify. Their newer versions removed formatting features that I had come to depend on.I knew that Storify wasn’t accessible, but asked their team for updates on what their plans were for improving accessibility.They didn’t have any. It wasn’t on their roadmap.When WordPress came out with oEmbeds for tweets and other online services, I slowly stopped using Storify and published my curated posts on my blog.But I never made a plan for what to do with my Storify stories. Now I have six months to figure that out. Like Birgit, I have a lot of stories I don’t want to lose.What Storify Users Need To Do Before May 16, 2018According to Storify’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), existing Storify users can continue to use Storify until May 16, 2018.If users want to keep their Storify content, they’ll need to export it before May 16, 2018. Which is good, that Storify offers an option to export.However, the export is a four-step process for each story.That may not be an issue for someone with less than 20-30 stories. But for me, at almost 150 stories, and my friend Patricia Anderson with over 250 stories, that’s a lot of work. OH NO! Can I export my content? Storify CLOSING?!? @SusannahFox— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) December 12, 2017How to Export Your Storify StoryIf you want to export your stories, login to Storify, and use these four steps:Hover your mouse over the story you want to export and select ViewSelect the ellipses icon, choose ExportChoose your preferred format for download, HTML, XML, or JSONStorify export optionsTo save your content and linked assets in HTML, select File > Save as > Web Page, CompleteYou’ll need to repeat the four-step process for each story you want to save.And you’ll need to do it by May 16, 2018 because Storify will no longer be available after that day. SummaryIf you’re a Storify user who wants to keep your stories, you’ll need to take steps by May 16, 2018 to export each Storify story.Unfortunately, as of December 12, 2017, there is no option other than to use the four-step process to export each story.Personally, I’m hoping a WordPress plugin author considers creating a plugin that will automate the process. For more info about Storify closing down and the Storify plugin (now discontinued) check out Jeff Chandler’s post on WP Tavern. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow I’m Migrating My Storify StoriesWhen Storify announced in late 2017 they were closing down, I wasn’t too surprised. I had been an early adopter of Storify, using it to curate events, talks, and conferences since 2011. Storify had a drag-and-drop interface that made it easy to add tweets, Flickr photos, posts, and other online…In “Blogging”Storytelling and College History ClassIf you’re new to my site, you may not know I’m a big fan of Storify (which unfortunately closed down on May 16, 2018). I love using Storify because it’s an easy way for me to use different social networks, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, as well as other web resources…In “Social media”Learn Secret Gutenberg Tips on September 14Have you started using Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor currently in beta testing? Wondering if there are faster or easier ways to edit in Gutenberg? Or have you run into some issues, but haven’t figured out how to resolve the problems? Then you don’t want to miss this week’s Gutenberg…In “WordPress”last_img read more

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Coega port blasting ahead

first_img23 February 2005South Africa will soon have a brand new high-capacity port. Developers say Ngqura, a multi-user deepwater port on the Coega River, and part of the multi-billion rand Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), is rapidly taking shape.The government is spending about US$400-million on the port – and other improvements in and adjacent to the Coega IDZ.Construction on the port is already far advanced, and the facility is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2005. It will have a capacity for accommodating bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports.The filling up of the Ngqura harbour basin was completed in July 2004, which means that 5.75-million cubic metres of water have now replaced the 14-million cubic metres of beach sand that were removed.With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.A channel carved by an ancient glacier allowed the development of the port to up to 23 metres. Protected from south-westerly winds by a finger of land, the port’s bay has 330 anchor days per year.Coega’s cutter suction dredger finished cutting an approach channel into the basin in December, meaning that the water in the basin now rises and falls in time with the tide.“With the quay walls complete, the successful filling of the harbour basin in July last year, the dredging finished, and the steady progress of the breakwaters, our main focus at the moment is the positioning of the concrete structures [caissons]”, said National Ports Authority resident engineer Chris Matchett.Matchett said the caissons were towed into position using tugboats and positioned by a system of anchors and winches before being flooded and sunk on prepared stone foundation beds.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Reconciliation Day: Time to join hands in the spirit of Ubuntu

first_imgJeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationReconciling and uniting people who lived as adversaries for many years was always going to be a painful and difficult task. Reconciliation affects every aspect of our life as a country. It is not a once-off event, but a process. It demands that we work together and look beyond our differences. This is the legacy our founding father and former president Nelson Mandela left us with.On 16 December this year we observed National Reconciliation Day without Madiba for the second time, but his legacy of a united and prosperous country lives on in each and every one of us. Tata was laid to rest on 15 December 2013 and we honoured his memory a day later with the unveiling of a nine-metre statue at the Union Buildings. He, along with other leaders, made enormous sacrifices for our country. Some paid with their lives so that we may be free and celebrate this day.Together they achieved the impossible by convincing those who did not see eye to eye prior to 1994 to find each other and work towards building a country based on the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is regarded around the world as very progressive.December 16 is used to foster reconciliation and national unity in the true spirit of our late icon as he had envisaged at the start of our democracy. It also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in uniting the country and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s commemoration under the theme: “Social Cohesion, Reconciliation and National Unity in the 20 years of Democracy” coincides with South Africa celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.As a nation, we have come a long way in healing the wounds of the past and in building an inclusive society. The government has over the last 20 years provided leadership in creating an enabling environment for achieving this. It successfully laid the foundation for the removal of obstacles that divided our people on the basis of race, culture, religion or language.As part of our reconciliation we began to ensure the equal spread of national resources. The government started to provide basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, houses, health and education for those who were deprived prior to 1994.Reconciliation also required government to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We have taken decisive steps to promote the economic growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan.But the task of reconciling a nation is not merely the duty of government alone but a societal responsibility. Through our collective effort and perseverance that we can achieve the social harmony former President Nelson Mandela spoke about and are able to advance national reconciliation. As citizens we need to reach out to each other and break down the barriers that still define us 20 years into our democracy.We need to ask ourselves whether we have done enough to confront and overcome the stereotypes and myths that were entrenched over years under colonisation and apartheid. We remain concerned over the racism-related incidents across the country. They are unacceptable and go against our goal of building a society based on the ethos of Ubuntu where everyone feels valued, respected and safe.Reconciliation requires of us to confront our past and educate fellow South Africans of the past wrongs committed against black people. A major step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity.Addressing the National Council of Provinces in 1998, former President Nelson Mandela said: “What has been revealed in the TRC shows not only what human beings can do to other human beings, but has actually confirmed the condemnation by the international community that apartheid was a crime against humanity. To kill people without bringing them before a court of law; to bury them secretly, this is an illustration of how apartheid is an evil against humanity.”It is disheartening that the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, shows that 25% of South Africans believe apartheid was not a crime against humanity. We should take this survey as a call to action to do more in educating and raising awareness about the injustices and violence that were perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the majority of people. The youth, in particular, should know our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.last_img read more

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Satya Nadella Proves That Microsoft Hasn’t Changed At All

first_imgTags:#cloud#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Azure#Satya Nadella#Windows#Windows 8#Windows Phone 8 dan rowinski Microsoft wants you to work. Your life is just an afterthought.In an email to Microsoft employees today, CEO Satya Nadella outlined the core of the company’s strategy and vision and focus for the coming years. Nadella underscored his message to the world from earlier this year that Microsoft is a company focused on “ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence” in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Today, Nadella took those vague basic concepts a step further.Microsoft provides computers, software and operating systems so you can get your shit done.Nadella stated:At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Productivity is the name of the game throughout Nadella’s 3,186-word statement, with the rest of your life somehow tacked on as an afterthought to everything else Microsoft is doing. The word “productivity” shows up in Nadella’s message 20 times; variations of the word “work” make 27 appearances. He says that Microsoft must be a company hyper-focused on its customers. But the tenor and tone of the missive makes one thing abundantly clear.You and I are not the customers he is thinking about. Here Comes The New Boss, Same As The Old BossNadella’s pitch is not to the average consumer, the normal person working an everyday job that uses a computer and a smartphone to get things done. No, we are just a consequence. Nadella is really pitching the IT departments of the world, the decision makers who ostensibly choose the devices we will use to be productive.Nadella seems to forget that the biggest that the biggest trend in the employee/gadget realm over the last seven years has been “bring your own device.” Over that time, many—OK, the vast majority—of those devices have not come from Microsoft.We will deliver digital work and life experiences that are reinvented for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. First and foremost, these experiences will shine for productivity. As a result, people will meet and collaborate more easily and effectively.It’s hard to say that Nadella’s focus on productivity is a winning message in the mobile-first world he keeps talking about. In his vision, people are apparently employees first and people second. Throughout Nadella’s statement, the notion of your personal life always comes second after the notion of productivity. A division of Microsoft is even called “Digital Work & Life Experiences”—and the order in which those terms appear is no accident.Nadella states:We think about productivity for people, teams and the business processes of entire organizations as one interconnected digital substrate. We also think about interconnected platforms for individuals, IT and developers. This comprehensive view enables us to solve the more complex, nuanced and real-world day-to-day challenges in an increasingly digital world. It also opens the door to massive growth opportunity – technology spend as a total percentage of GDP will grow with the digitization of nearly everything in life and work.Microsoft biggest competitors on the device, operating system, cloud and services fronts are Apple and Google. Nadella doesn’t mention either by name, but the insistence on work and productivity is Microsoft’s way of setting itself apart from Apple and Google’s finely tuned machines.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureThe difference is that Apple and Google focus on people—Apple more so than Google. Through Mac OS X and iOS, Apple provides quality products first; if people want to take them to work and be productive with them, that’s their prerogative. That’s been a fantastically successful strategy for Apple, one that played a huge role as it clawed itself back from the brink of death in the mid-to-late 1990s. Now enough people have carried iPhones and iPads into the workplace that IT departments have been forced to adapt to employees rather than the other way around. Google has also had this same effect through pure volume: it ships so many Android devices that people across the globe are bound to use them for work. Microsoft doesn’t have the benefit of Google’s volume—at least outside of largely desktop-bound Windows systems—or Apple’s style. Hence Nadella has to focus on selling his company’s core products and services inside-out from the model its rivals have perfected. In other words, as far as Microsoft is concerned, you work all the time. Its job is just to make it easier for you to work.Microsoft: Same As It Ever WasThe work/life balance message has always been at the heart of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. In the 1980s and 1990s—when IT departments held all the power of which device people used—this was a winning message for Microsoft. But that world is mostly gone. Apple has proven that it can win by putting people and experiences first and force the IT department to adapt. Google’s take on this dichotomy is a little different, as befits the fact that it’s fundamentally an advertising company. Google just wants as many people  on the Web as possible; everything it does serves that purpose, especially Android. Google doesn’t necessarily serve people or employees first—it serves the Web, which ties everything together (including, of course, its advertisers).Nadella, in noting how Microsoft’s employee culture needs to change, hammers the company’s focus:We have clarity in purpose to empower every individual and organization to do more and achieve more. We have the right capabilities to reinvent productivity and platforms for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. Now, we must build the right culture to take advantage of our huge opportunity.Microsoft may have a new CEO, a new culture and a new worldview on software development and distribution. But at heart, it’s still really the same old company.Lead image by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be established at UWI

first_imgStory Highlights The Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will deal with climate-related issues, will be established at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Centre has received support from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, along with several overseas universities. The Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will deal with climate-related issues, will be established at the University of the West Indies, Mona.Making the disclosure in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8), Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the Centre is being designed to help vulnerable states to recover quickly from natural disasters.He said establishment of the facility, which will provide information, expertise, technical advice and guidance, resulted from the World Tourism Conference, which was held in Jamaica last November.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Centre has received support from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, along with several overseas universities.The Tourism Minister said the ultimate goal of the Global Resilience Centre will be to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication.Mr. Bartlett said that while the tourism sector has traditionally been very resilient, the industry is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change, cybercrime/cyber-terrorism, terrorism and pandemics.He noted that several powerful hurricanes and storms caused catastrophic damage to the region last year.“Disruptions within the sector have wider implications for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Ensuring the resilience of the sector is critical to protecting and promoting the well-being of millions of citizens around the world,” Minister Bartlett said. Making the disclosure in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8), Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the Centre is being designed to help vulnerable states to recover quickly from natural disasters. last_img read more

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Companies Office of Jamaica to Set Up Additional Kiosks

first_img The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be placing additional kiosks across the island to improve service to its customers.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 20, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Judith Ramlogan, said this is part of the company’s continued efforts to facilitate new businesses and customers.“We have an agreement with (Tax Administration Jamaica) to set up kiosks in their branches in Montego Bay, Twickenham Park and Constant Spring to allow access to our new electronic business registration form (eBRF),” Mrs. Ramlogan noted.The CEO pointed out that additional access will be at the COJ Montego Bay office, which will prevent persons from journeying to the head office in Kingston.“Trained COJ employees will be stationed at each location to guide customers through the process to register their businesses if they don’t have access to the Internet,” she said.Mrs. Ramlogan said that the COJ team is currently in discussion with the Post and Telecommunications Department to have the kiosks in post offices across the island.The CEO explained that the kiosks are strategically placed to encourage stakeholders and business operators to become familiar with the eBRF platform, which she said is a $35-million project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Public Sector Efficiency Programme (PSEP) loan. Story Highlights The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) will be placing additional kiosks across the island to improve service to its customers. “We have an agreement with (Tax Administration Jamaica) to set up kiosks in their branches in Montego Bay, Twickenham Park and Constant Spring to allow access to our new electronic business registration form (eBRF),” Mrs. Ramlogan noted. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 20, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Judith Ramlogan, said this is part of the company’s continued efforts to facilitate new businesses and customers.last_img read more

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