Can you really have “idiot-proof” kitchen appliances?

first_imgPeople who struggle with frozen pizza and microwaveable food instructions will be happy to know that Whirlpool unveiled a selection of kitchen appliances able to cook your food without pressing any buttons.Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, the appliances include a double-wall oven for $2,600, a microwave for $1,000, a gas range for $1,800 and an electric range for $1,700. All appliances work with iOS and Android devices.See also: Intel launches modular Compute Card at CES 2017All four appliances connect to Wi-Fi and are able to understand instructions from Whirlpool’s Scan-to-Cook mobile app. All the homeowner needs to do is scan the instructions and send them to the appliance, which will begin cooking at the right temperature and time.Whirlpool already has a few compatible products, including DiGiorno Pizza and Alexia frozen fries, but for the price of each appliance you would expect more.All work with Amazon AlexaAll Whirlpool appliances will receive Amazon Alexa support as well, letting homeowners set the oven to a certain temperature or turn the microwave off without entering the kitchen.Bringing the kitchen online may help the poorest of home cooks out, but we doubt any of them will want to spend more than $1,000 just to make sure they don’t overcook frozen fries. That said, a few Reddit commenters have made the argument that this could be useful for those that typically forget how to cook or when to turn off the oven when inebriated.Whirlpool expects to start selling the appliances in the summer. Related Posts Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#CES2017#Internet of Things#IoT#kitchen#smart home#Whirlpool David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Yank Fans To Bid Jeter Adieu

first_imgNEW YORK — When Derek Jeter puts on New York’s navy pinstripes Sept. 25th for one final home game, it won’t matter to a packed Yankee Stadium that there’s no postseason play on the line.Teammates. Friends. Family. Fans. They will all be there for only one reason: to thank the captain.“I think (Thursday) will be the culmination of all the love he has been shown and all the appreciation he has been shown this year and his career,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “I think it’ll be something we’ll remember for a long time.”After a season-long farewell tour around the major leagues, the New York Yankees — weather permitting — will play one last home game with No. 2 as their shortstop. If the first seven games of the team’s final homestand of 2014 is any indication, Jeter is in for a sendoff not seen at the Ballpark in the Bronx since perhaps Mickey Mantle retired.Fans have stood with each and every at-bat, taking pictures and videos with their phones and cameras while chanting “Der-ek Je-ter!” and lauding him with sustained ovations. Middle-aged men have held up homemade signs like little kids praising the 14-time All-Star who helped bring five World Series championships to New York following the organization’s 17-year drought. Even former teammates and star players have made the trip to see him one more time.Tickets on the secondary market for home game number 1,391 in Jeter’s 20-season career are going for $248 in the bleachers up to $10K in section 19, right next to the Yankees dugout. Regardless of an ominous forecast of rain well into the evening, the stadium should be packed.“I’m sure it will be pretty emotional,” teammate Brett Gardner said. “It will be pretty special.”The retiring 40-year from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has resisted acknowledging the curtain calls because he didn’t want to disrupt his teammates while the Yankees were clinging to the slim possibility of postseason play. But even for the player who is always so cool under pressure, so focused on the task at hand, he heard the calls.“I’m aware of it. You can’t help but notice,” Jeter said. “I catch myself looking around sometimes and I’ve always tried not to do that, but I’ve caught myself a couple of times, so I’m aware.”And now, after a 9-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 24th, there’s nothing to play for but the goodbyes.Being eliminated from postseason contention gives Girardi the luxury of orchestrating Jeter’s exit much the way he planned a special moment for Mariano Rivera’s departure last season.In the closer’s final home game, Girardi, a former teammate of both stars, sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound to make the pitching change. Rivera cried on Pettitte’s shoulder and Jeter told him “It’s time to go.”“The idea for Mo came to me a half-inning before I did it,” Girardi said. “So I’ll probably do this the same way.”The Yankees still have three more games to play, in Boston, and whether Jeter dons New York’s road grays will be up to him. Girardi said he hopes to get a few minutes before the game Sept. 25 to ask the last player to wear a single-digit number for the club what he would like to do.“You’ve got to respect the fact that we just lost,” Jeter said when asked of his plans. “I can’t tell you about Boston.”His teammates expect him to play. It’s Jeter’s way, many of them insisted, and perhaps it will be a little easier for him after all the hoopla of the final home game. Whether he’d prefer to admit it or not, the finality of it all has been weighing on him.“I tried to put it out of my mind but it’s getting more and more difficult to do that,” Jeter said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

All-Spanish European Soccer Final

first_imgMADRID — Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on May 4, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer’s biggest prize.A convincing 1-0 victory over City at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium means that Real will face Atletico on May 28 in a rematch of the 2014 final that it won in extra time.Real Madrid will be trying to win its 11th Champions League title in the all-Spanish showdown in Milan. Atletico, which eliminated five-time champion Bayern Munich on May 3, will be trying to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first title.“We will give everything in our souls in another final,” Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. “We managed to stay united and soak up the pressure to try and pull it off. We’ve eliminated a huge team in City. It has taken a lot to get to the final, but we deserve it.”The second leg of the semifinal was decided by a superb shot by Gareth Bale from a tight angle that deflected off defender Fernando in the 20th minute and was marked down as an own goal. Madrid advanced with a 1-0 aggregate win after a scoreless first-leg draw in England last week.“We suffered, as expected, but in the end we were able to reach the final and that’s the most important thing,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We have to enjoy this moment. We got the job done.”The win ended City’s best ever participation in the Champions League, though it was outclassed on the night and never really looked like turning the game around. The wealthy English club hadn’t made it past the round of 16 until this season’s campaign.“I am disappointed because I think that was a very close game,” City coach Manuel Pellegrini said. “We didn’t deserve to lose, Madrid was lucky with its goal, when the ball was deflected. I don’t think any of the teams deserved to win. There was a lot of work by both sides in the two games, but not a lot of creativity.”After failing to win in Manchester, where Madrid played without Cristiano Ronaldo because of an injury, City faced a difficult task at the Bernabeu. The hosts had a perfect record in this season’s competition, winning all six home games and outscoring opponents 19-0.“We are happy because we are in the final and it is special,” said Ronaldo, who returned to action after missing the last three games. “One-nil is a close result but we were the better side.”Madrid pushed forward from the start and it didn’t take long before it opened the scoring after a perfect pass by Dani Carvajal to Bale into the area.The Wales forward turned and sent a high shot that struck the far post before going in, with the ball deflecting just enough off Fernando to curl toward the goal.Bale, who has scored four goals in the last five games, also hit the woodwork with a header in the 63rd.Madrid had a goal disallowed because defender Pepe was offside in the 36th, and Ronaldo squandered a few good opportunities to put the game out of reach. The Portugal forward remains a goal shy of matching his own record of 17 goals in a single edition of the tournament.An away goal would have turned things City’s way, and the English club almost got it when Fernandinho’s low shot from inside the area grazed the near post in the 44th.City tried to take control in the second half, but Madrid still that had the best opportunities.“We played against a strong team but they weren’t better than us,” Pellegrini said. “We needed a little luck but we didn’t get it. We tried but we couldn’t do it. I don’t think Real Madrid proved they’re superior to City.”The hosts had incredible chance to add to the lead in the 52nd, when Luka Modric found himself unmarked in front of the goal, but his shot was parried by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.“We just did not have that little bit more,” Hart said. “We could easily be in the final, but they managed the game well. They got a very lucky goal, but it is what it is.”City’s only clear chance after halftime came from a long-range shot by Sergio Aguero in the 89th, but it sailed just over the crossbar.City lost captain Vincent Kompany with an apparent muscle injury less than 10 minutes into the match, the latest injury to plague the defender this season.“It is not the best thing changing a defender very early but I don’t think we had any problems in defense,” said Pellegrini, who will be replaced by Bayern’s current coach Pep Guardiola next season. “We had problems creating, same as Real Madrid.”(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar turns Santa Claus and makes it a Christmas to remember for a few lucky kids

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, considered the greatest batsman ever, took some time out to surprise some young kids of an NGO dressed as Santa Claus on Christmas.Tendulkar donned the classic red costume to spend time with some underprivileged children at the Ashray Child Care Centre. He dressed up as Santa Claus as he played cricket with the kids and later gave presents to the children present.The kids were overjoyed to see their sporting hero and danced with Sachin to the tunes of ‘Jingle Bells’.Sachin shared the video of the interaction on instagram withe the caption, “Ho..Ho..Ho… Merry Christmas to all of you! Just amazing to be with these young ones at Ashray Child Care Centre. The joy on their innocent faces was just priceless! #BecomingSanta #MerryChristmas.”Tendulkar became the first man to play 200 Tests in his final international match, scoring a total of 15921 Test runs – The most by a batsman. Sachin is also the only cricketer in history to score 100 international hundreds.Sachin has also scored a total of 18426 ODI runs from 463 one day internationals and a single Twenty20 international (India’s first ever T20I) where he scored 10 runs.Recently Sachin lashed out at the criticism the Perth pitch was coming under after the second Test between India nad Australia.”Pitches play a crucial role, especially in Test cricket. In order to revive Test cricket and generate excitement, we need to provide more pitches like the one at Perth, where the skills of batsmen and bowlers are truly TESTed,” Sachin wrote Twitter.advertisement”This pitch was by no means ‘Average’,” he added.Also Read | 5 of Sachin Tendulkar’s records that may never be brokenAlso Read | On November 15, 1999: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar begins quest for greatnessAlso Read | Did Sachin Tendulkar bat or bowl in his last day as India cricketer?last_img read more

Sampaoli denies Messi rift reports

first_imgArgentina Messi rift reports rejected by Sampaoli Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 01:52 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Lionel Messi - cropped Getty Images Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina v Venezuela WC Qualification South America World Cup Rumours of a falling out between the Barcelona star and Jorge Sampaoli have been dismissed by the Argentina coach. Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has denied suggestions of a rift with star player Lionel Messi ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier at home to Venezuela.La Albiceleste are fifth in the CONMEBOL table, outside the automatic qualification places, following a frustrating 0-0 draw in Uruguay last week.After that game, Sampaoli offered glowing praise of Messi despite a relatively ineffective performance from the Barcelona forward, but the boss was nevertheless forced to confront claims of a strained relationship with the national team’s talisman.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “We live in a society where, when a lie is told a thousand times, it becomes the truth,” he told a news conference. Messi, playing behind centre-forward Mauro Icardi and with Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria joining him in attack, found it difficult to have an impact against Uruguay, but Sampaoli has no intention of trying to ease the team’s customary reliance on the 30-year-old.”Messi is fully involved so that Argentina qualify for the World Cup,” he said.”It’s difficult to remove the Messi dependency from a team when Leo is there.”A player like [Ever] Banega, a great enabler, gives Messi the chance to move into the opponent’s area.”The partnerships are there: Leo and Di Maria, Banega and Leo, we’re working on Leo and Dybala, Leo and Icardi.”[ELIMINATORIAS] La Selección @Argentina practica en Ezeiza ajustando detalles para el juego del martes con @SeleVinotinto. pic.twitter.com/gfqDrBrN0A— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 3, 2017Should Argentina remain fifth, they must negotiate a play-off to secure passage to the finals in Russia next year.But in a remarkably tight group table, the two-time world champions are only two points behind second-placed Colombia with three matches left, as the destination of the three remaining automatic places behind Brazil look set to go down to the wire.Argentina -3 handicap v Venezuela”Today we have to live with the reality of the table,” Sampaoli said. “For me, it’s important for us to believe in our own capabilities.”We have to go looking for the points. We have to get an early goal, that way the opponent has to look for another game plan.”The coach also indicated he could make changes from the side that was held to a stalemate in Montevideo. “Argentina’s formation depends on what we want from the match,” he said. “I’m not of the idea of having a starting XI that is set in stone. It’s good to have a set of players who are prepared to play.”last_img read more

Kante earns Chelsea win at Palace

first_imgN’Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season to earn Chelsea a deserved 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that moves the Blues five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.David Luiz provided a rare assist from open play to allow Kante an opportunity that he pounced upon before scoring a goal that trebles his previous best tally in a Premier League season.Palace went into the game seeking to extend a three-match unbeaten streak that included a famous win over Manchester City before Christmas, but they struggled to prise the ball away from a Chelsea side determined to avoid a repeat of their Selhurst Park defeat last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result left Roy Hodgson’s men just five points clear of the relegation zone, while fourth-placed Chelsea pulled away from Arsenal, who lost heavily at Liverpool on Saturday.As cool as you like! #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/ImqI3iBN3I— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 30, 2018Antonio Rudiger headed tamely into the arms of Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita before Kante sent a more forceful shot wide as Chelsea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.Olivier Giroud had the ball in the net after 27 minutes, lashing home from a tight angle only to see an offside flag raised against him.The best attempt of the first half came from Willian, whose wickedly curling free-kick from 25 yards was saved by Guaita at full stretch just moments before the goalkeeper denied the Brazilian again when he tried a low drive.The deadlock was broken after 51 minutes when David Luiz’s exquisite chipped ball into the box was controlled instinctively on the chest by the on-rushing Kante, who then applied a low, left-footed finish that sneaked past Guaita despite the keeper getting a hand to it.Guaita made another save from Willian, denying the winger when Hazard played him in for a shot, before another unfortunate moment for Giroud, who twisted his ankle in the process of scoring another goal that was ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.The Frenchman limped off and was replaced by Alvaro Morata as Chelsea saw out the closing stages of a comfortable victory without any real threat of a Palace comeback.What does it mean? Leicester was just a blipChelsea’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City left Blues fans concerned about inconsistency under Maurizio Sarri, but this was a consummate away performance from a side with a strong gameplan and plenty of confidence.Kante has it allNot content with being the driving force in the engine room of Chelsea’s midfield, Kante is making a habit of spotting gaps in opposition defences and proved he is adapting to his more advanced role this season with a worthy match-winning goal.Tough afternoon for unlucky GiroudAfter twice putting the ball in the net and twice having very close offside decisions go against him, Giroud hobbled off with a painful looking ankle injury.Key Opta stats- Chelsea picked up their first win in an away league London derby since August 2017 (2-1 vs Spurs), ending a run of five without victory (L3 D2).- Crystal Palace failed to record a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for the first time since March 2017 vs Watford.- Chelsea have won three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri, last doing so in April under Antonio Conte.- Only Tottenham (9) and Liverpool (8) have won more away Premier League games this season than Chelsea (7).3 – N’Golo Kante has scored three goals in 20 Premier League games this season – his best goal return in a single season in the top five European leagues. Reinvented. #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/tXYgzCivR6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2018What’s next?The Blues will hope to make amends for their home defeat to Leicester when they entertain Southampton on Wednesday, while Palace seek to resume their mid-December form at Wolves. read morelast_img read more

Report: Real Betis 1 Real Madrid 2

first_imgDani Ceballos scored a late winning free-kick against his old club as Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 LaLiga victory at Real Betis.Madrid had taken an early lead at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday thanks to a fine drive scored by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.But Sergio Canales hit back with a goal that survived a lengthy VAR review to seemingly claim a point for Quique Setien’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Former Betis star Ceballos had other ideas, though, coming off the bench to net a 20-yard free-kick with two minutes to go to move Madrid up to fourth.Madrid started well and they took the lead in the 13th minute, Modric blasting a drive into the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area.Vinicius Junior fired straight at Pau Lopez at the end of a flowing move as Madrid kicked through the gears, Antonio Barragan making a wonderful challenge to halt another rapid break.Canales recorded the first Betis shot on target two minutes into the second half but Keylor Navas, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got everything behind the shot.Navas was beaten in the 67th minute, however, the impressive Giovani Lo Celso sending Canales clear of the Madrid defence to squeeze his shot through the goalkeeper and over the line.The goal was subject to a lengthy VAR review, giving the home fans an agonising wait, but replays showed Dani Carvajal was playing Canales onside and the goal stood.Solari ignored Isco as he used his last two subs to bring on Ceballos and Brahim Diaz for his LaLiga debut, with the decision justified in the 88th minute.William Carvalho gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Betis box and Ceballos took responsibility, bending the ball round the wall to beat Lopez.Super-sub Ceballos with a super free-kick winner! #RealBetisRealMadrid 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0hOAg8LyJF— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019What does it mean? Injuries mount for struggling SolariMadrid, who are now 10 points back from leaders Barcelona, will hope an injury that forced Karim Benzema off at half-time is not too serious. Solari is already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente were also absent.Ceballos justifies Solari faithBringing on Ceballos instead of Isco appeared a curious move and a decision Solari seemed certain to have to defend in his post-match news conference. But the former Betis midfielder settled the contest with a beautifully hit free-kick, earning Madrid an important three points.MATCHWINNER #RealBetisRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/pgv3vzUFXv— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019Lopez wrongfooted by late winnerCeballos took his winning goal nicely but, when he sees replays of the strike, Betis goalkeeper Lopez will surely feel he should have done better. The placement of his wall appeared odd as Lopez seemed to leave himself unsighted, allowing Ceballos to place a fine finish into his goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Copa del Rey action, with Madrid heading to Leganes while Betis visit Real Sociedad. At the weekend, it’s Sevilla at home for Madrid and Betis host Girona. read morelast_img read more

Pogba is no Neymar – but there’s no place for egotistical star at Man Utd

first_imgJust as in 2016, Manchester United’s summer seems to have been dominated by the name of Paul Pogba.But whereas three years ago there was a heightened sense of anticipation over an impending world-record transfer, this time around there’s a feeling of foreboding over the Frenchman’s exit and the potential damage it could do along the way.The current stand-off sees Pogba and his agent Mino Raiola paving the way for a departure to Real Madrid or Juventus while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to convince everybody it’s business as usual. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “As far as I’m aware, up to now we don’t have any bids for any of our players so there’s nothing to say other than Paul, like most of our players, have got long contracts. We’re Man Utd, we don’t have to sell players,” Solskjaer said in Perth on Wednesday at the beginning of the club’s pre-season tour.“Paul has never put himself out of the team, he’s always wanted to play, he’s always given his best. Agents talk all the time, but we’ve not had bids from any clubs and that’s all I can say about the matter.“It looks like it’s a media, I don’t want to call it a… it’s an agenda against Paul. He’s a top, top bloke, he’s a great, great professional, he’s never been any problem, he’s got a heart of gold.”Unfortunately for Solskjaer, that stance would only hold weight if Pogba himself hadn’t kicked off the frenzy by proclaiming he was ready for “a new challenge” at a promotional event in Japan in June. The France international knew exactly what he was doing, he knew the stir it would cause, he knew the difficulties it could create for his manager, and he went ahead and said what he said anyway. He wants a move, and the prospect of him staying diminishes with every moment he doesn’t step forward and commit to the Red Devils.And in terms of Solskjaer’s “no bids” claim, well that’s not really how the football market works anymore. Perhaps when he was a player there was still a culture of clubs having to make official approaches before any other movement was evident, but the likes of Raiola have helped to change the landscape in recent times and there is an increasing inevitability about the way this saga will end. Players hankering for a move very rarely fail to get their way in modern football.Since Pogba set the wheels in motion with his public request for a new challenge, Raiola has ensured that his client’s desires have remained at the forefront of everybody’s mind, most recently releasing a statement to talkSPORT on Tuesday.Mino Raiola on Paul Pogba“Pogba has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola explained. “The club knows his feeling for a long time. It’s a shame other people only like to criticise him without the right information.“I’m sorry that the club does not take any position against this. Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties.”For now, there is an impasse. Solskjaer spent much of his first five months in charge insisting he wants to build his Manchester United squad around Pogba, seemingly leaving him red-faced and short of a figurehead in midfield if the World Cup-winner were to leave.But what the manager needs more is buy-in from his entire squad. Given the way he wants to do things at Old Trafford and the team mentality he wants to build, he can’t afford to have any egotistical players only thinking about themselves.Solskjaer has a vision which will rely on players respecting and representing the badge, and personal agendas do not fit in with that. The likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been added this summer exactly because they have the drive and hunger the Norwegian is looking to inject, and that cannot be compromised in order to satiate Pogba.To be fair to the 26-year-old, he could have been far less professional than he has been. Look no further than Brazilian superstar Neymar for an example of a high-profile player who has treated his club with contempt .After multiple acts of indiscipline over the last two years, Neymar’s own transfer request coincided with him not even attending pre-season training this week. The Brazilian will remain in his homeland for another week, despite PSG claiming he doesn’t have permission to do so.Antoine Griezmann – who wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer – also failed to turn up to training despite famously labelling the team as “My fans, my club, my home” when rejecting a move to Barcelona last summer.Unlike Neymar and Griezmann, Pogba actually turned up for work when he was meant to. But that is a pretty low bar to be setting in terms of behavioural standards.What Pogba has done with his carefully-orchestrated media campaign is hand in a virtual transfer request. It basically leaves him with no way back into the hearts of Manchester United fans.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba Man UtdThink of Wayne Rooney, who told Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 that he wanted to move on and would do the same again in 2013 shortly before the legendary manager retired. Never again was the England striker viewed in quite the same way by United supporters.The widespread response to Pogba’s and Raiola’s summer shenanigans has begun to resemble fierce toxicity, and while it would be a blow to Solskjaer to lose arguably his only truly world-class star he cannot afford to carry passengers in his new project built around work ethic, guts and hunger. If Pogba doesn’t have the stomach for the fight at United, there is only one inevitable result.It is a path well-worn by successful sides of the past. Pep Guardiola’s first summer as a rookie Barcelona boss is remembered best for his decision to offload Ronaldinho and Deco having decided they were more trouble than they were worth. What followed was unprecedented success.He would repeat the dose over the next couple of years in shedding Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure, and achieving continuing success all the while. And while there is no instant path to glory in replacing top-level quality with hunger and desire, there is every reason to believe it is a model which United can succeed with too.Losing Pogba, a man who scored 16 goals last term and was the blisteringly-hot architect of United’s best run of form in years at the beginning of 2019, would undoubtedly be a step backwards.But if that’s what Solskjaer needs to inject some true Manchester United DNA into the rest of the squad and underline the standards expected of a United player, then in the long run there could be many more positives to be taken from this nonsense impasse. 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Quebec comic Mike Ward in court defending joke about disabled singer

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s Appeal Court is hearing arguments about whether a comedian who joked of drowning a disabled boy should have to pay damages to the child and his family.The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that Mike Ward made discriminatory comments about Jeremy Gabriel’s disability during shows between 2010 and 2013. The tribunal ordered him to pay $35,000 in moral and punitive damages to Gabriel and $7,000 to his mother.Gabriel has Treacher Collins syndrome, a congenital disorder characterized by skull and facial deformities. He became a minor celebrity in Quebec after he sang with Celine Dion and for the Pope.Ward joked that he thought Gabriel’s illness was terminal and people were only nice to him because he would soon die. Ward joked that after he realized the child was not going to die, he tried to drown him.The comedian’s lawyer, Julius Grey, told the three-judge appeal panel today that his client wanted to make fun of the fact that speaking badly of Gabriel was considered taboo.Grey says the joke was not discriminatory but offensive, and offensive comments must be protected in a free and democratic society.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Vancouver to lose Timeless but will gain XFiles Six and several new

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Other TV series that made similar relocations from Vancouver due to California’s tax incentives have been Lucifer, Legion, and Mistresses.However, a new production that Vancouver has gained is a gritty military drama TV series. Six shot its first season in North Carolina. However, it will be shooting its second season here in Vancouver from July 17 to November 23.READ MORE While much of the media attention has focused on California luring screen productions back to the state with its ramped-up tax incentives, Vancouver has also gained a number of productions.The sci-fi TV series Timeless is the latest TV series to relocate from Vancouver to California.NBC’s Timeless had been cancelled earlier this year but received a surprise renewal for a second season. The series follows a time-travelling trio (played by Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter) who are pursuing a thief (Goran Višnjic) who stole a time machine with the intent to change U.S. history. The production will employ approximately 250 cast members, 220 crew, and 3,000 extras. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Globe And Mail Cutting Weekday Arts Life Sports Sections

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: While no staff are expected to be lost as part of the restructuring, some may be reassigned, and consequences for freelancers, as well as the GTA’s Friday Real Estate section, are unclear.Neither editor-in-chief David Walmsley nor Gabe Gonda, the head of Features, Sports, and Opinion, have yet responded to requests for comment, but we’ll be happy to update if they do.Last week, The Globe announced that it would be cutting its Atlantic Canada edition, halting distribution of papers in the region at the end of November.With a report from Jesse Brown. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Globe and Mail plans to reduce the number of sections in its weekday print product starting in December. News and Report on Business would survive as standalone sections, with Life & Arts coverage folded into the former and Sports into the latter, as part of a larger redesign of the paper.Final details remain undecided, but several sources connected to the paper expressed concern that the changes would result in a net loss of arts coverage.While the impact on Monday-Thursday arts content would likely be minimal — given the limited space that it currently occupies — the loss of the standalone Film section published on Fridays in the Greater Toronto Area would be more difficult to offset elsewhere in the paper. Deadlines, however, would be later for “A” section content, allowing for more timely arts news and reviews. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Minister Rabbah to Keynote at Moroccan American Bridges 2015 Conference in

New York — Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics, will present the keynote speech at the 2015 Moroccan American Bridges conference presented by The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) on December 4th in Washington, D.C.Entitled “Educating Business for the 21st Century,” the flagship conference, features a number of substantive panels addressing areas including education and entrepreneurship. The event is co-sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association, with the support of strategic partners AmCham Morocco, AV Actions, Morocco Premier Events, Morocco World News, and the American University of Leadership.The conference also includes an expo featuring products made by Moroccan Women’s cooperatives with the support of the Association d’Enfant dans les Hautes Montagnes, a Moroccan non-profit dedicating to improving lives of rural children in the mountains. Minister Rabbah will address a number of topics including the promotion of investment opportunities in Morocco, especially in the sectors covered by his Ministry and also other areas and Education, current institutional reforms in Morocco, and proposals for the creation of a Free Logistics Zone dedicated to American companies in Morocco. read more

Frances Macron to launch controversial pension overhaul

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a special government meeting to outline his domestic agenda for the coming year, including a controversial overhaul of the pension system.Macron is gathering government members Wednesday at the president’s Elysee Palace in the presence of High Commissioner Jean-Paul Delevoye, who has been appointed this week to drive the reform.Macron has said the changes would make the public pension system “fairer.”But the move is expected to be perilous for the government after so-called “yellow vest” protests against social injustice disrupted Macron’s reform attempts last autumn and challenged his leadership for months before petering out this summer.Some labour unions, which say that the changes will make people work longer and reduce pensions, have already scheduled strikes and protests for this month.The Associated Press read more

Thesis defences — Jan 15 to 19

Natalie Caetano Feitoza, a candidate in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, will defend her Master of Science in Kinesiology thesis on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. in Walker Complex 203.Her thesis is titled “The effect of dairy consumption with exercise and healthy eating on the metabolic profile in overweight/obese adolescent girls.”The examination committee members are Dr. Andrea Josse-Obar, Supervisor; Panagiota Klentrou and Bareket Falk, Advisory Committee; Dr. Deborah O’Leary, External Examiner (Brock University); Dr. Kimberley Gammage, Chair. The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Jan. 15 to 19.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defencesDaniel Hughes, a candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will present his Master of Science thesis defence by video conference on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in WH 147.His thesis is titled “Detecting spatial variation in hydrology and carbon export across a lake-rich permafrost landscape: Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada.”His examination committee members are Dr. Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Dr. Susanne Tank, External Examiner, (University of Alberta); Dr. Kevin Turner, Supervisor; Dr. Michael Pisaric and Dr. Francine McCormick, Committee Members. Master of Arts thesis defenceSustainability Science and Society student Caitlin Garner will defend the thesis, “The Impacts of recent wildfires on stream water quality and macroinvertebrate assemblages in southern Northwest Territories, Canada,” on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; John Chetelat, External Examiner (Carleton University); Michael Pisaric, Supervisor; and Kevin Turner and Bronwyn Hancock, Committee Members. read more

Championship culture the goal for Ohio State womens basketball

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) drives to the basket during a game against Iowa Jan. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 81-74.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternDespite having a new coaching staff and playing the hardest schedule in the country, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is three games above .500 on the year and has plenty to look forward to on the season.The Buckeyes (12-9, 2-3) are led in scoring by sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who is averaging 17 points per game and was a two-time Associated Press Ms. Basketball in the state of Ohio while at Canton McKinley High School.OSU has also received key contributions this season from another sophomore guard, Cait Craft, who leads the team in 3-pointers.Craft, who is averaging 8.8 points a game so far this season, said the OSU program has a very bright future.“I do have a lot of confidence in the team, especially this year,” Craft said. “I have a lot confidence with the new coaching staff. Everyone is buying into their system which makes it a lot of fun.”OSU coach Kevin McGuff is not only trying to change the culture of the program, but his attempts to bring in the nation’s best players are not going unnoticed. OSU’s 2014 recruiting class is ranked No. 7 in the country, according to ESPN.Not only has McGuff signed a top-10 recruiting class, he has also brought in two transfers from power conference schools, Georgetown and Duke.Freshman guard Kianna Holland from Duke and freshman forward Shayla Cooper from Georgetown are set to join the team on the court after Fall Semester exams are finished.Even with everything building toward the future, McGuff said he is still focused on the current season.“I have not thought too much about next year,” McGuff said. “When I think about the future, it is just about creating a championship culture.”Creating that culture could be made easier by the return of Alston and Craft to the lineup — both lead the team in average minutes per game — as well as redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion, who is set to return next year as a fifth-year senior.Scullion, who leads the team in 3-point shooting percentage, said expectations are high going forward.“I want us to make the (NCAA) tournament,” Scullion said about the current Buckeye team. “I think coach McGuff has done a great job of changing the culture of this program and he has made it a winning program.”The Buckeyes missed out on the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since the 2001-02 season, ultimately leading to the firing of former coach Jim Foster. OSU also finished tied for eighth in the Big Ten last season, tied for their worst finish in the conference since the 2000-01 season.The Buckeyes are looking to further the winning culture this Thursday, as they are set to travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan (13-5, 4-1) at 7 p.m. read more

Police arrest woman for filming in her own front yard

first_imgThe introduction of good phone cameras and small pocket cameras has made filming every day events both quick and easy. But when it comes to filming the activity of your local police officers things can get a bit out of hand even if you are doing it from your own front yard.New Yorker Emily Good noticed a police cruiser pull over a car infront of her house last month and decided to film what happened from the privacy of her own front yard. At first the 3 police officers in attendance didn’t notice, but when they did officer Mario Masic did not like it. He asked if Good needed something and she explained she was just recording because “It’s my right.”The officer believed Good was not allowed to do this “from the sidewalk,” but actually she was and could also legally record from her actual position of her front yard. Masic then tells Good he doesn’t feel safe with her standing behind him and orders her to go inside. She does not, she is within her legal rights to be where she is doing what she is doing.The situation escalates with Masic accusing Good of anti-police statements of which there were none as the video clearly shows. Masic then arrests Good who is more than a little upset and confused as to why she is being targeted in this way. Other local residents watching the incident also can’t understand why this happened.The charge brought against Good is obstructing governmental administration. The police have launched an internal investigation and Good will appear in court next Monday. We think with the video evidence and witness statements there is no way a conviction can be brought against her.Even though it’s the filming that probably caused this reaction from officer Masic, it shows how such evidence can mean the difference between seeing what really happened and relying on someone’s word and recollection of events.via Huffington Postlast_img read more

Second child porn arrest at school

first_imgGeorge Iliakis of Brighton Grammar is the second teacher to be arrested for a child pornography scandal. The thirty four year old was charged with accessing and possessing child pornography.Federal police allege they found hundreds of photographs taken by the year six teacher of boys aged between about eight and 12, some tied with rope, handcuffed or gagged.The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard from Federal agent Anthony Jayatilake that Iliakis admitted he had tied up boys and photographed them for sexual gratification until 2006.Former Brighton Grammar teacher John Newton Hewitt was last year sentenced to 18 months in jail, but released on an order to be of good behaviour after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. He said that “some of these individuals’’ – the boys he photographed had sent Iliakis child pornography and child abuse material. He also said that that another boy, aged 15, had sent him images of sex acts Iliakis had asked him to perform.Brighton Grammar headmaster Michael Urwin sent a letter to parents indicating that Iliakis had been suspended. He said there was no suggestion Iliakis had behaved inappropriately while on the school’s staff.Iliakis was released on Thursday following a contested bail on strict conditions to try to reduce the risk police said he posed.Along with the bail grant, magistrate Maurice Gurvich imposed a $50,000 surety and eleven conditions that included a curfew, as well as bans on using computers, and daily reporting to police. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Inside Diversifieds Latest Focus Group Initiative

first_img The program, called the ASAP Power Panel, is targeted to the audience of Diversified’s Administrative Professionals Conference and the American Society of Administrative Professionals it manages, and centers on a different type of data science than most survey initiatives. Instead of one-off questionnaires, the company is getting users to sign on for repeated surveys or focus groups. Getting a critical mass of individuals to agree to fill out multiple surveys each month isn’t easy though, and it’s not necessarily the right fit for every audience. Incentive programs help—Diversified is offering participants gift cards and donations for their efforts—though it’s even more important that administrative professionals are, by and large, “very engaged,” “very talkative” and “pretty much the perfect group for this,” Clark says. “I really saw the magic in longitudinal research—going back to the same folks over and over again—versus the one-and-done survey,” says Katie Clark, senior insights manager for Diversified. “With one-off surveys, you can’t chase the person down the street and ask them ‘Why did you think that?’ Longitudinal research lets you go back again and again and again, and iterate at every stage of the process.” While a lot of publishers offer up their audiences for surveys, Diversified Communications is putting a new spin on the practice. Pricing varies widely, Clark says, though the program is doing well enough that the company has plans to roll it out to different brand audiences soon. Longitudinal studies—observing the same group several times—offer benefits that cross-sectional studies—one-time samples—don’t. Clark cites a product launch process as an example of where longitudinal research proves its worth. From ideation to product development to marketing and release, companies are able to get a consistent base to weigh against previous samples, ensuring they’re progressing in a coherent direction.   Hitting the right frequency of studies—not overwhelming them; not letting them lose interest—and mix of questions—“We aren’t asking anything we already know the answer to,” she says—are also key. Since the pilot program launched in September, more than 600 individuals have signed up. There’s actually a waiting list of interested participants, though preserving demographic balance has prevented Clark from adding more from specific groups.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Security Innovation Announces Hack Through The Holidays Event

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, announced it will make its popular CMD+CTRL cyber range available to the public for free for a limited time. With approximately 90% of attacks occurring at the software layer, and research indicating that skilled personnel is a primary reason organizations can’t adequately defend themselves, this initiative helps solve both problems.A primary goal of Security Innovation’s Hack Through the Holidays event is to educate users about the benefits of using Cyber Ranges to build and maintain skills in an engaging way.  Unique to the industry, CMD+CTRL is a simulator where users compete to find vulnerabilities in business applications in real-time. Unlike many holiday promotions, there are no strings attached: no credit cards, commitments, or software to download.The CMD+CTRL Cyber Range opens up at 9am ET on Friday, December 21.  Those looking to learn more about Cyber Ranges can find info in our series of blog posts, starting with Getting Started with a Cyber Range.Videos, blogs, and tip sheets will help those with limited security background; yet, there are plenty of challenges for even the most advanced hackers. Real-time scoring tracks user progress so you can track progress moving up the leaderboard. There are dozens of challenges of varying levels of difficulty. No one has found them all yet – can you?Summary Details:Runs from Friday 12/21  until Wednesday 1/2No tools needed – just an internet connection, browser, and attitudeRegister:  https://web.securityinnovation.com/hackingthroughtheholidaysAbout Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site  environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the software layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA. For more information, visit www.securityinnovation.com or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation via Globe Newswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Honored For Security Computer-Based TrainingIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation & ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent ShortageIn “Business”last_img read more

Citizen Group Seeks Water Rights in Proposed Mining Area

first_imgChuitna Coal Mine. (Graphic Courtesy DNR)The public comment period closes Thursday on a water-rights petition from a citizen group fighting a proposed coal mine in the Chuitna watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet.Download AudioIn 2009, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition filed a series of water-rights petitions to theDepartment of Natural Resources. They asked DNR to reserve water rights in a tributary of the Chuitna River called Middle Creek.Judy Heilman helped start the coalition which comprises fishermen, some residents from the community of Beluga, and others. The group filed the petitions in response to a proposed coal strip mine in the watershed. Specifically, they are asking the water in Middle Creek to be saved for salmon.“That’s the first mining LMU, logical mining unit, that they want to start and it’s 14 miles of salmon spawning stream and they want to mine down 300 feet deep,” says Heilman.She says 15-20% of the silver salmon for the Chuitna River are spawned in Middle Creek. She and other opponents of the mine are concerned not only about the resource itself, but about fishermen and subsistence users who depend on it.“It’s very important for Alaskans to be able to fish and fill their freezers with salmon. There’s never been a salmon stream that’s been restored that’s been destroyed like that,” says Heilman.Bob Shavelson is the director of Cook Inletkeeper, which has partnered with the coalition.“Well, the west side of Cook Inlet is still a very remote and spectacularly beautiful place and the Chuitna watershed is unique in that it supports all five species of wild pacific salmon,” says Shavelson. “Like everywhere around Cook Inlet, the Chinook fisheries have been getting hammered recently and nobody has a great understanding on that. But, the Chuitna River has been listed by the Department of Fish and Game as a fishery of concern for Chinook. That’s just another reason that we should protect it because if our king salmon are hanging on by a thread right now, we need to provide everything that we can in a changing climate to make sure they have the resilience to fight back.”In 2013, PacRim Coal LLC filed for water rights for Middle Creek to divert the water from the stream and mine underneath. According to DNR’s Chuitna mine page, it’s part of a surface coal mining and export development proposal. It would be a 25-year project producing nearly 12 million tons of coal annually.If it were constructed, the coalition says it would be the state’s largest coal strip mining operation.Since the coalition and PacRim Coal have both filed for water rights, only one will emerge with the state’s approval.“I think it’s important to recognize that Governor Walker came in and it was a refreshing openness that he brought and he put together a transition team,” says Shavelson. “The fisheries transition team unanimously came up with a recommendation for what they call a Fish First policy, and that is when we’re making management decisions around our natural resources, we should put fish first and I can’t think of a better example than Chuitna to implement that policy.”According to DNR, PacRim Coal has made changes to their original mine proposal and has not yet submitted an updated draft. However they are aware of the Coalition’s instream flow reservation petition.In an email response to a request for comment, PacRim’s Chuitna Coal Project Manager, Dan Graham, wrote quote “PacRim is currently reviewing the notice and applications on file and has no further comment at this time.”Shavelson says the state’s decision in this case could have ramifications for other areas.“Well it really would be a new policy in the state’s history because never before has a wild salmon stream been mined completely through,” says Shavelson. “Looking back over decisions about salmon habitat, I can’t think of a more important decision in the past 25 or more years for the management of our resource because if we trade salmon for coal here, if we sacrifice a vibrant salmon ecosystem for a one-time use, then we’re going to set a precedent that’s going to put salmon streams across the state at risk.”Judy Heilman says she thinks this could be one step down that path.“It’s very important for the next generations coming up. We can’t leave them polluted streams, no fish in the streams, polluted air. We can’t do that to the kids coming up and the next generation. We have to leave them better than what we have now.”last_img read more