Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament to be played before IPL 2018 player auction

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to res the Zonal T20 league and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament days ahead of its actual schedule due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction that will be held in Bangalore on January 27 and 28.The Zonal T20 league will now take place between January 8 to 16 instead of January 21 to 29 while the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s has been pushed from the February 4-10 window to January 21-27.”In view of the IPL Player Auction which is scheduled on January 27 and 28, there has been a change of schedule for the domestic tournaments,” the BCCI statement read.”The changes are being done so that the T20 Zonal League and Syed Mushtaq Ali Knock out (except final match) are held before the IPL player Auction which will enable the domestic players to showcase their talent and will also be beneficial for the franchises during the Player Auction to build their teams,” it added.A couple of officials from IPL franchises confirmed to the media that they hadn’t made specific rescheduling requests to the BCCI, but noted that the changes were not surprising.”It has happened in the last two years as well. It makes sense for both the players and the franchises as we can take a look at the talent on display ahead of the auctions,” an IPL franchise official told ESPNCricinfo.Consequently, the fixtures for the Vijay Hazare Trophy — the domestic 50-over tournament — have also been reworked.advertisementThe group-league phase, which was to be played from February 16 to 25, has been advanced to February 5 to 14.The schedule for the knockout stages has also been tweaked and it will be now played from February 21 to 26 instead of March 3 to 8.Similarly, the Deodhar Trophy has also been advanced to March 4 to 8 from the earlier scheduled of March 14 to 18.On the other hand, the Irani Cup, which will feature the Ranji Trophy winner against a Rest of India side, has been postponed from January to March.last_img

Ducati’s SuperSport S is One Part Panigale, One Part Monster, and All Awesome

first_img Jonathon Klein/The Manual On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Jonathon Klein/The Manual That’s not to say the rest of the SuperSport S is anything like the naked, upright, more daily-centric Monster. It isn’t. The SuperSport S is another beast altogether. Somewhere between the more docile Monster and the neutron star explosion that is the Panigale V4. A hybrid. A chimera. Something comfortable, but also wildly wicked. A motorcycle ready to eat Porsche GT3s given the chance and the right rider. You can feel the locked up potential energy of this motorcycle, especially when just pluckily piloting the SuperSport S in its less powerful Urban mode. The Jekyll and Hyde switch begins when you flip it’s ECU to Sport and the raw intensity bubbling under the surface furiously vents, unleashing the 113 horsepower encased inside the 937cc V-Twin engine.Coiled like a sitting adder, Angeles Crest Highway laid before me. My time in the concrete jungle is complete. A twisting, winding, curvy, convoluted path, the Crest climbs through just one small part of the mountain range that’s housed in Angeles National Forests. Blind corners, sheer drops, off and on camber turns, and light crests are all harbored within its confines. It is, as many find out each year, a widow maker. It can make the most seasoned riders think twice, thrice, or even take the day off after only a handful of turns. Confidence is key. Not just in your own skills, but also in the machinery you bring. The Ducati SuperSport S gives you the necessary boost in confidence to not just navigate the Crest’s pavement, but to rail through its mountain’s passes, flying from turn to turn.2018 Monster 1200 SAs each successive curve streamed through the small shield slit of my AGV Carbon Modular helmet, the most comfortable helmet I’ve ever worn, I leaned on the SuperSport S’s fabulous Öhlins front forks more and more. Directional changes occur like lightning. The only thing that hampered the Ducati’s pivots was my own slowness to slide and hang my ass from port to starboard. This may be the final reason to get me to lay off the bratwurst and pizza, though, on second thought, I’m never going to be Valentino Rossi. Pizza, bratwurst, and beer are here to stay.My knees, as you’d imagine when piloting something so set up for those with a loose understanding of self-preservation, hung perilously close to the ragged tarmac almost immediately. And that’s what makes it such a wonderful motorcycle. The SuperSport S engenders a sort of wildness that’s unlike the Monster that shares its trellis frame or the straight hooligan nature of the Hypermotard it borrows its engine from. Neither is it the straight racetrack sociopath Panigale V4. It’s some weird amalgamation of them all. Possibly the perfect Ducati.Ducati Panigale V4 S Bill Roberson/The ManualTime to decide if that’s true.I’m honestly not sure that there’s a chink in the Ducati’s armor. For some, it may be its $14,995 price. While competitive against other sportbikes in its class ( like the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R), the SuperSport S is still an expensive plaything. Not nearly as expensive as the Panigale V4 though. But not as cheap as the Monster.The SuperSport S is good. Fast. Comfortable. Supremely approachable. And when dive-bombing the latest and greatest supercars in Los Angeles’ circuitous canyons, it’s delightfully playful and will have you grinning from ear to ear. I’ve tested the Monster. I’ve tested the XDiavel. And I’ve played around on a Scrambler. But to adequately declare the SuperSport S as the perfect Ducati, however, I still need to test the Panigale V4. Until then, yeah, I’d have to say that the SuperSport S is the perfect Ducati — at least the perfect Ducati for this corn-fed Chicagoan. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual I am not a jockey. I was born to parents who called the Midwestern portion of the United States, home. I grew up drinking whole milk. Eating red meat. And working and playing outside. I am, if you will, of hearty stock. These attributes generally mean that I do not fit on any modern sportbike. The cramped ergonomics. The small footprint. The more delicate controls all result, for this large lad, in a piss-poor ride. I thought that’d be the case with the 2018 Ducati SuperSport S. I was wrong.Upon first viewing, the SuperSport S is your average sportbike. Aggressive. Wild. A motorcycle looking to slice corners like Hannibal Lecter carving up a man’s cranium while his Chianti breathes. It even resembles Ducati’s new hyperbike, the read more

A quick look at Calgary Flames city financial proposals on new NHL

first_imgCALGARY – A quick look at what the City of Calgary and the Calgary Flames are offering to build a new NHL arena:City of Calgary— an equal three-way split of $185 million each from the city, Flames and a ticket surcharge paid by users for a total of $555 million.— Flames ownership gets control of arena and all revenues for 35 years.— Calgarians get an NHL team, property tax and use of the event centre during Stampede.Flames ownership— Contribute $275 million of their own money to a $500-million arena, which they equate to prepayment of rent for 35 years of tenancy.— Says the city can raise $225 million via a community revitalization levy, which is tax collected from new development around a new arena.last_img

Navy detains two suspects with Kerala cannabis

The suspects had been identified as residents of Thikkam, aged 47 and 60. The Point Pedro Police is conducting further investigations into the incident. (Colombo Gazette) A group of naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested two suspects with 91.561 kg of Kerala cannabis this morning in the beach area of Thikkam in Point Pedro.The Navy media unit said that the suspects had attempted to smuggle the consignment into the country when they were arrested.

Middle East Annan urges sides to show restraint calls for intensified peace

“I believe that it is when the killing is going on that it is even more urgent to intensify the search for peace,” Mr. Annan told the press this morning as he arrived at UN Headquarters in New York. “I think the tragic situation should prepare us to continue our search for a solution, and I think as I have said before the [Security] Council, we really need to look at all creative ideas and try to help the parties come back from the brink. And therefore I don’t think what has happened should detract us from focussing on the search for a durable solution and attempt to bring the parties to the table and to break the impasse,” Mr. Annan said, adding that the ideas put forward by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah “are still very useful and should be pursued.”Asked about the role of the United States in the search for peace in the Middle East, Mr. Annan said Washington had been very active on the issue. “We as a quartet have been working together – by quartet I mean the United States, the European Union, the Russian Federation, and myself – and we will continue our efforts to try and help the parties come back from the brink.””It is an extremely dangerous situation now,” Mr. Annan stressed. “I send my deepest sympathies to the families – both Israeli and Palestinian – who have lost loved ones, and I appeal to the leaders to do whatever they can and whatever possible to stop the cycle of violence, this cycle of revenge, where only the innocent and unarmed civilians often get caught in the middle.”In a statement issued later in the day, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said that the Secretary-General was increasingly concerned at the intensifying cycle of violence, reprisals and counter-violence between Israel and the Palestinians, culminating in the latest shocking wave over the weekend and today. “The violence between the two sides must be brought to a halt forthwith,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “The Secretary-General strongly urges all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to remember that in the end there will still have to be a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians,” the spokesman said. “He strongly believes that only the resumption of a meaningful dialogue will facilitate the achievement of a lasting ceasefire and a just, lasting and comprehensive solution.”

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,469.91, up 120 points):Asanko Gold Inc. (TSX:AKG). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 7.76 per cent, to $2.02 on 19.2 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 99 cents, or 11.57 per cent, to $9.55 on 9.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.23 per cent, to $2.47 on 8.8 million shares. Bombardier’s controlling family will soon begin to receive millions of dollars from its investment in BRP Inc., a recreational products manufacturer that was spun off as an independent company from Bombardier Inc. The Beaudoin-Bombardier family, which owns 41.2 million multiple-voting shares of BRP in addition to its holdings in Bombardier, will receive $3.3 million from a new quarterly dividend to be paid by BRP next month.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up $1.14, or 7.98 per cent, to $15.42 on 7.3 million shares. Share prices surged after a Citron Research report identified the company as a likely buyout target for a sizable premium, highlighting BlackBerry’s “virtually completed” transition from hardware maker to focusing on its software business.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down nine cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $3.30 on 4.72 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $13.28 on 4.69 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Shares in Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Consumer packaged goods. Down $1.73, 3.84 per cent, to $43.37 on 3.04 million shares. The dairy processor reported weaker-than-expected results for its latest quarter. It earned $165.2 million or 42 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a profit of $141.2 million or 36 cents per share a year ago. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Womens basketball Buckeyes hot shooting torches Canisius 8956

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsBehind 51.5 percent shooting and a solid defensive effort, the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Canisius Golden Griffins 89-56 on Sunday afternoon.“I thought our effort, our attention-to-detail was better than it’s been,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’ve practiced better.”Both teams shot well out of the gate and the Golden Griffins took an 11-9 lead with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter. The No. 12 Buckeyes (8-3) would then outscore Canisius 22-7 the rest of the opening quarter, a stretch that included an 11-0 run and eight made field goals in a row. The teams played just about even in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes edging out Canisius 19-16 in the frame.OSU missed its first four shots of the second half, but a field goal from junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter started an 8-0 run for the Buckeyes. OSU would take a 69-44 run into the fourth quarter and would outscore the Golden Griffins 20-12 in the final frame to claim the 33-point victory.Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Buckeyes buried 16-of-21 free throws, and despite converting on over half of its field goals, OSU was just 3 for 18 from three-point territory.“We have good shooters, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well today from the arc,” McGuff said. “That’s something that we’ve got to get in the gym and work on a little bit.”Canisius was led by 14 points from sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.Defensive improvementOSU put together one of its better defensive performances of the season on Sunday. Of the Buckeyes’ 21 forced turnovers, 15 were steals. Canisius shot well early from the three-point line – 7 of 16 in the first half – but they finished just 10 for 31 from beyond the arc and couldn’t get anything else going.“I thought our press today was as good as it’s been in a couple weeks,” McGuff said. “We really gave Canisius problems.”The Buckeyes didn’t allow the Golden Griffins to see the free-throw line at all and committed just eight team fouls. All nine Buckeyes who saw the floor had two personal fouls or less. McGuff praised his team for a solid defensive game, but acknowledged that there were still several hiccups.“We had 4, 5, 6, 7 possessions where we had really good possessions and then just didn’t finish them out,” McGuff said. “We were close to having a really good day defensively.”For the game, Canisius shot 34.8 percent (23-for-66).Bench pointsAnother Buckeye advantage came in bench points, where OSU outscored Canisius 40-6. The bench effort was led by freshman forward Tori McCoy, who scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was also 3 of 3 from the free throw line.Redshirt sophomore forward Makayla Waterman had one of her best games on the young season, adding nine points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Freshman guards Kiara Lewis (10 points) and Jensen Caretti (four points) also contributed off the bench.“As we go through the year, depth is going to be a real strength of ours,” McGuff said. “Today, I thought we had some really good minutes off the bench.”OSU’s current depth has been well documented, but the Buckeyes are about to get even deeper. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper is just days away from regaining eligibility and will be available to play in OSU’s next game against Alabama State on Friday.“She’ll bring a lot of defense, rebounds and points,” OSU junior guard Asia Doss said. “That means way more depth as far as our rotations and the pressing, I feel like, is going to be even more hectic.”Harper decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky last fall.Up nextOSU will finish off its current five-game home stand with a game against the Alabama State Hornets on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schottenstein Center.

McDonalds workers claim their wages were stolenby McDonalds

first_imgUS WORKERS HAVE accused fast-food giant McDonald’s of systematically stealing wages through illicit practices like forcing them to work off the clock, failing to pay overtime and cleaning their own uniforms.Seven class-action lawsuits were filed Wednesday and Thursday in California, Michigan and New York demanding that McDonald’s pay back the stolen wages and end the practices that violate state and federal laws, lawyers representing the workers said.McDonald’s Corporation is named in all seven lawsuits, while franchisees were included in five of them.The lawsuits argue that McDonald’s, which took in nearly $5.6 billion in profits last year, regularly fails to compensate its already low-paid workers for all the hours they work.It allegedly forced employees to work off the clock, failed to pay them overtime, shaved hours off time cards, and deprived employees of timely meal and rest breaks, among other practices.“We’ve uncovered several unlawful schemes, but they all share a common purpose – to drive labour costs down by stealing wages from McDonald’s workers,” Michael Rubin of Altshuler Berzon, who filed the California suits, said in a statement.“These suits have been filed to stop this widespread employee pay theft,” Joseph Sellers, of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, co-counsel in the lawsuits filed in California and New York, said in a conference call.Minimum wageFast-food workers, some of the worst-paid in the US economy, have been campaigning for higher wages in recent years. Last August thousands of workers went on strike at McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants in 60 cities across the nation seeking a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation by their employer.Protesters including a man dressed as Ronald McDonald chant inside a McDonald’s restaurant last December. (Image: Ben Margot/AP/Press Association Images)President Barack Obama currently is pushing to raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but is facing fierce opposition from Republicans in Congress.Sellers said the class-action suits in the three states cover more than 30,000 McDonald’s workers.The workers were referred to the lawyers through a consortium of locally based organisations that are addressing working conditions in the fast-food industry, he said.He added that he did not know the amount of money sought, but it would include back pay and perhaps penalties.More suits coming? Sellers voiced hope the class-action lawsuits will “change the workplace behavior of the fast-food industry.”“There may be more suits coming,” he said.McDonald’s spokeswoman Gidi Sa Shekhem said the company was currently reviewing the allegations in the lawsuits.“McDonald’s and our independent franchisees are committed to undertaking a comprehensive investigation of the allegations and will take any necessary actions as they apply to our respective organisations,” she said in an email to AFP .Sun Benjamin looks out from under a cap advocating a $15 minimum wage as she prepares to walk with other protesters on a day-long march in support of fast-food workers. (Image: Elaine Thompson/AP/Press Association Images)Shares in Dow member McDonald’s shed 1.4 per cent at $97.37 in New York amid an overall market sell-off.In California, workers filed three suits alleging that McDonald’s and its franchise owners failed to pay them for all time worked, failed to pay proper overtime, altered pay records and deprived them of timely meal periods and rest breaks.A fourth case makes similar claims on behalf of a statewide class of workers in McDonald’s corporate-owned restaurants, who are adding their claims to a lawsuit pending against McDonald’s in Los Angeles.In Michigan, the two suits are filed against McDonald’s Corp., its US subsidiary and two Detroit-area franchisees.Among the Michigan complaints is that the company regularly forces them to show up for work then forces them to wait without pay until enough customers appear. The company also forces them to buy their own uniforms, pushing their real wages below the legal minimum.The case filed in federal court in New York alleges McDonald’s fails to reimburse employees for uniform cleaning in violation of New York state law and often violates both federal and state minimum wage laws.“Because McDonald’s restaurants pay so little, forcing workers to clean their Golden Arches uniforms on their own dime drives many workers’ wages below the legal minimum,” said Jim Reif, of Gladstein, Reif and Meginniss, an attorney who filed the New York suit.© – AFP 2014More: Is this the end of one and two cent coins?last_img

US drone kills Pakistani Taliban deputy with a 5m bounty on his

first_imgA US DRONE strike killed the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban today in the country’s lawless tribal northwest, officials said, dealing a major blow to the militant network.Waliur Rehman, the number two in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction, died along with at least five others in a missile attack from an unmanned US drone in North Waziristan district earlier.Security sources said that Rehman, who had a $5 million US government bounty on his head, was the target of the strike, which came a week after US President Barack Obama outlined new more restrictive guidelines on drone use.Officials in several towns, as well as tribal and intelligence sources, confirmed Rehman’s death in the attack in Chashma village near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district, a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.File images of Waliur Rehman who was killed along with five others today. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud, File)Washington had accused Rehman of organising attacks against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and also wanted him in connection with a suicide attack on an American base in Afghanistan in 2009 that killed seven CIA agents.Rehman had been a key figure in the TTP since its inception in 2007 and was second-in-command of the national hierarchy behind Hakimullah Mehsud, as well as leading the group in South Waziristan.Drone strikes have been unpopular in Pakistan, where the government publicly denounces them as illegal and a violation of sovereignty. But Washington believes they have been effective in wiping out important Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders.Obama last week defended the legality of the CIA-run strikes, which began in Pakistan in 2004 but became more frequent during his presidency. But he outlined new rules for their use.The guidelines say drone strikes can only be used to prevent imminent attacks, when the capture of a suspect is not feasible and if there is a “near certainty” that civilians will not be killed.Today’s attack was the first since Pakistan’s May 11 general election, won by the Pakistan Muslim League-N of Nawaz Sharif.Read: At least 14 killed in Afghanistan suicide blast>More: 14 years after being overthrown, Sharif claims victory in Pakistan elections>last_img

LiPod Nano 7G dévoilé

first_imgL’iPod Nano 7G dévoilé ?Depuis qu’Apple s’est découvert une passion pour l’iPhone et l’iPad, on entendait moins parler de l’iPod nano. Or loin d’être anecdotique, le nouvel iPod Nano 7G de la firme réserve quelques surprises…C’est en tout cas ce qu’affirme le site japonais Apple.pro qui prétend posséder un iPod nano 7G, le tout premier !Apparemment la septième génération d’iPod nano ressemble beaucoup à la sixième, dont la version améliorée a été lancée en octobre dernier. L’iPod nano 6G inclut déjà l’affichage de grandes icônes, une amélioration de la fonction horloge et de nouvelles fonctions pour les joggeurs.Comme son grand frère, l’iPod nano 7G garderait un design de forme carrée, un écran tactile 1,54 pouces (3,8 cm) et un clip d’attache.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En revanche la nouvelle version possèderait un appareil photo 1,3 mégapixels, intégrée sur le clip. En 2009, Apple avait sorti l’iPod 5G, qui possédait déjà un appareil photo VGA. Et avec la norme Bluetooth 4.0, votre iPod Nano devrait être capable de se connecter avec votre iPhone ou votre iPad.Mais en réalité, ce prototype, créé il y a deux mois environ, n’est pas encore près pour la production. Selon le site Micgadget, il présente encore un problème majeur, l’appareil photo qui prend des photos surexposées. En effet, l’objectif à iris automatique pourrait être affecté dans des conditions trop lumineuses. Mais Apple est tout près de la version finale. Après la correction de ce dernière problème, l’iPod Nano 7G devrait être prêt pour son lancement sur le marché.Selon les rumeurs, il sortirait en mars ou avril prochain.Le 3 février 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Une capsule bientôt capable de faire disparaître la gueule de bois

first_imgUne capsule bientôt capable de faire disparaître la gueule de bois ?Des scientifiques américains seraient-ils sur le point de découvrir le remède miracle contre la gueule de bois ? Comme le révèlent nos confrères de 20 Minutes, des biochimistes de l’université de Los Angeles auraient en effet développé une nanocapsule ayant la capacité de réduire le taux d’alcool dans le sang ! Comme le révèle une étude publiée dans Nature, pour le moment, les tests auraient simplement portés leurs fruits sur des souris. Mais tous les espoirs sont permis…Pour développer leur capsule miracle, les scientifiques ont réuni deux enzymes spécifiques afin de les faire interagir entre elles et accélérer la dégradation de l’alcool. Selon l’addictologue Laurent Karila, l’objectif est de “bloquer les effets du produit pour couper les symptômes (…). C’est un beau travail, très intéressant, mais il faut rester prudent : pour l’instant il ne s’agit que d’une expérimentation sur des souris.” Mais attention, même si ce remède miracle risque d’en intéresser plus d’un, et pourrait même sauver des vies en cas d’ivresses aiguës ou de comas éthyliques, les effets pervers ne sont pas exclus. Le problème de l’addiction ne serait en effet pas traité par cette fameuse capsule, et les effets sur le corps et le psychismes seraient donc toujours aussi dangereux qu’auparavant. Sans oublier que si la capsule permet de repartir d’une soirée bien arrosée au volant de sa voiture, elle risquerait d’encourager certaines personnes à boire davantage et plus régulièrement sans subir les effets désagréables de l’état d’ébriété. Idéalement, il faudrait donc que ce médicament, si toutefois il était amené à voir le jour, ne soit prescrit que dans un contexte très strict. Le 23 février 2013 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Vancouver, Round lakes placed under warning due to elevated toxin levels

first_imgClark County Public Health upgraded health advisories at Vancouver and Round lakes Thursday following test results that found levels of cyanotoxins in the water above the state Department of Health’s threshold.Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and also are deadly for small pets who drink the water, according to a Public Health news release.Vancouver Lake and Round Lake in Camas are now under warning, and the caution signs at the lakes are being replaced with warning signs. As part of the warning, Public Health advises that people avoid contact with all water at Vancouver and Round lakes.“With a warning, we tell people to stay out of the water entirely, not just the scummy area,” Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong said.Public Health has been monitoring blue-green algae, or blooms of cyanobacteria, at Vancouver Lake since June 12, and at Round and Lacamas lakes since Monday.last_img

Oceanside and Airbnb announce shortterm rental tax collection agreement

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 25, 2019 Updated: 6:28 PM KUSI Newsroom, Oceanside and Airbnb announce short-term rental tax collection agreementcenter_img Posted: April 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of Oceanside and vacation rental website Airbnb announced an agreement Thursday to collect vacation rental taxes that will benefit the city’s general fund.On May 1, Airbnb will start collecting the city’s 10 percent transient occupancy tax and 1.5 percent tourism marketing district tax on all of its vacation rental listings in Oceanside. Airbnb will collect the taxes at the time renters pay for their reservation, then remit the revenue to the city. San Diego and Carlsbad have similar agreements with the company.The city collected roughly $2.5 million in transient occupancy taxes during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Oceanside plans to use the revenue to pay for expenses like police and firefighter salaries and city parks.“Tourism revenue plays an important part in the city budget, and this process will ensure that the appropriate taxes from that industry are collected in a timely and efficient fashion,” Oceanside City Manager Michelle Skaggs Lawrence said.The city has sought to regulate the short-term rental market that has rapidly expanded in coastal communities and towns throughout the county. Earlier this year, city officials and the Oceanside City Council expressed interest in requiring home owners to obtain a license and pay an annual fee if they want to list their home on a vacation rental platform like Airbnb or VRBO.According to Airbnb, the company has collected and remitted more than $1.25 billion in tourism tax revenue at its listings around the world since 2014.“Airbnb helps Oceanside families earn extra money to help make ends meet while allowing visitors to stay in local neighborhoods to experience this beautiful coastal community,” said Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb’s head of policy in California. “We are excited to partner with the city of Oceanside to make the tax collection process easier for hosts and want to promote healthy tourism in Oceanside communities.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

South Florida shelters accepting extra homeless people ahead of cold snap

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – As temperatures are expected to dip into the low 40s and even the high 30s in parts of South Florida, local shelters will be accepting more homeless people than usual.Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday through 10 a.m. on Monday, Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers are prepared to accept additional people “over the norm” seeking to escape the frigid weather, officials said.The Miami Rescue Mission shelter is located at 2020 NW 1st Ave. in Miami. Officials said they are prepared to accept dozens more because of the emergency weather conditions.The Broward Outreach Centers in Hollywood and Pompano Beach are also ready for individuals seeking shelter. Their “Compassionate Nights” program gives individuals a meal, change of clothes, bed for the night and other free services.The Hollywood shelter is located at 2056 Scott St., and the Pompano Beach shelter is located at 1700 Blount Road. Those seeking shelter can also go the Pompano Beach City Hall to be picked at 6:30 p.m. The address is 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. (southeast corner).A third Broward shelter location is the Salvation Army at 1445 West Broward Blvd.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Another Three Gray Whales are Found Dead Bringing the Total in Alaska

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享NOAA Fisheries Alaska announced on Thursday that they have located three additional dead gray whales, bringing the number of gray whale mortalities in Alaska to ten. The confirmed gray whale reports all came from Southeast Alaska. On Monday, a fisherman reported a dead floating gray whale near Wrangell. Thanks to assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the whale was secured to a beach. A team led by NOAA Fisheries veterinarian Kate Savage is performing a necropsy today. NOAA Fisheries declared the elevated rate of gray whale strandings along the West Coast an Unusual Mortality Event on May 31. The UME extends all along the West Coast, from Mexico up through Alaska. Currently, there are 81 gray whale mortalities in the United States, with a total of 167 dead gray whales when Mexico and Canada are included. Late Tuesday, NOAA received two more gray whale reports. One gray whale was beached on the outer coast of Kruzof Island, west of Sitka.center_img There are no plans to conduct a necropsy on this whale because of its advanced state of decomposition and remote location. The third gray whale is a fresh carcass floating near Point Davis and Annette Island, south of Ketchikan. If this gray whale is secured, NOAA plans to assemble a team to perform a necropsy.last_img

The Teen Dark Knight Learns to be Bruce Wayne on Gotham

first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target For the past two episodes, Gotham has been focused on Bruce Wayne becoming a pre-Batman. He’s learning to stalk criminals at night and defend innocent citizens of Gotham. He even has a bulletproof suit made by Lucius Fox. The only thing he needs is the symbol of fear that inspires him to become the Bat. Now that we get a better look at the suit in this episode, we can see that it does have a suggestion of bat ears on the sides. Still though, who knew the ears and cape were so important to the costume’s design. Without them, he looks more like ribbed-condom-man.Still, he is doing Batman-y things, with Alfred’s guidance. The episode starts with him checking out a shipment of illegal goods the Penguin is having shipped in. He sees another thief breaking into one of the shipments and causes a big fight trying to investigate. The thief escapes without Bruce realizing it was Selina, who was trying to steal a specific item for Barbara. This whole plot is Gotham‘s convoluted way of introducing a MacGuffin into the season. The episode’s cold open showed us Ra’s al Ghul’s resurrection. He was presented with a knife and told to find his heir. Fast forward to the present, Penguin’s trying to sell the knife at auction, and Barbara desperately wants it.In the process of figuring out just what Penguin is selling, Bruce Wayne slowly finds the other aspects of who he becomes. Batman doesn’t just punch bad guys in the dark. He’s a detective, and Alfred is here to steer him in that direction. Although his first attempt doesn’t work out too well, it’s funny that Bruce Wayne’s idea of a street kid is a 1920s newsie. David Mazouz’s Brooklyn accent is adorable too. Also, how great is Gotham’s version of Alfred? We know he’ll eventually be the guy in Batman’s ear, but for now, it’s so cool to watch him get in there and fight alongside Bruce.Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Once they find out that Ra’s al Ghul is trying to get his hands on the knife Penguin is selling, we get to see Bruce Wayne really come into his own. The show has been so focused on pushing him towards Batman, we almost forgot about another crucial piece of the puzzle. The part that keeps Gotham City from putting together that the reclusive billionaire is probably dressing up as a bat and fighting crime with impossibly expensive tech. That’s rich young playboy Bruce Wayne, and Penguin’s auction scene marked his Gotham debut. He throws his money around, laughing with other high society types about how little it means to him. It’s the part he was born to play, and he sells it way more effectively than he did the street kid persona. Of course, this also inevitably creates a rift between him and Selina. She shows up at Wayne Manor for the dagger and Bruce refuses to give it to her. Also, if you hadn’t guessed by now, Barbara’s mysterious benefactor is revealed. It’s the only person who can bring people back to life and buy them an expensive cache of weapons: Ra’s al Ghul. Not only is he in business with Barbara, the two appear to be lovers. That should make things interesting.This episode was all about set-up for the rest of the season, which this show typically doesn’t handle well. In the past, it’s usually meant a complete pause in the action and a ton of slow, awkward exposition. Last night’s episode managed to avoid that by keeping up the pace and introducing a bunch of cool new characters and ideas. We met an obsessive fan who unfreezes Nygma from Penguin’s ice sculpture (about time). She nurses him back to health in hopes of becoming his sidekick/lover. It’s sad that Zsasz kills her only a few scenes after she’s introduced. She had this fun, insane energy that could have provided Nygma with an excellent foil. I do like the idea that the Riddler’s brain is broken from being frozen for five months. Unable to solve the simplest riddles, he comes up with his own, often more sadistic, solutions. That’s a new twist on the character that should make the rest of his arc this season interesting.Crystal Reed, guest star John Doman and Ben McKenzie in (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Gordon surprisingly didn’t have a ton to do this episode. A big deal was made about his reunion with Carmine Falcone, and other than a great, tense scene between the two characters, it didn’t lead to much. Falcone revealed the reason he retired to a warmer climate: Doctor’s orders. He’s dying and his doctors say he’ll live a little longer with fresh, tropical air. We do meet his daughter, Sophia. She’ll become very important for the rest of the season. Appearing to take an interest in Gordon, we learn at the end that she was just sizing him up. She comes to Gotham, intending to take it back for the Falcone family, read more

Windows 7 First Look A Big Fix for Vista

first_img How Success Happens 15+ min read Brought to you by PCWorld First Look: Windows 7 Microsoft hopes it’s new operating system will make up for some of Vista’s failures. Check out our slideshow of the biggest changes.What if Microsoft waved a magic wand and everything people hated about Windows Vista went away? You might have an operating system that you liked–and that’s what Microsoft appears to be striving for with Windows 7. We checked out an early beta of the future OS, and though at this point many features are either missing or works in progress, the improvements to everything from user interface to memory management look highly promising.Along with several dozen other reviewers and analysts, we got our first real look at the OS, preinstalled on loaner notebooks, over the weekend at a workshop on the eve of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. Microsoft planned to hand out installation discs later Tuesday, after the head of engineering for Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, delivers his scheduled keynote formally introducing Windows 7 to PDC attendees. (We’ll report on our experiences upgrading PCs from Vista to 7 later on.)Of course, some of the promised features are things that Microsoft has pledged–and failed to deliver–before. Wasn’t Vista supposed to be faster than its predecessor? We won’t be able to test performance (and other under-the-hood features) for some time, obviously, but we can share with you what Microsoft is saying to back its claims.On some details, Microsoft has said very little. As of Monday, the company had offered no new word on when the OS will ship–the official target date continues to be early 2010, but some insiders say that the actual date may move forward by a few months. Likewise Microsoft hasn’t said anything about editions (and pricing) other than to indicate that they probably won’t mirror the Vista lineup.Microsoft has said all along that Windows 7 would refine (but not rewrite) the Vista kernel. However, some of the anticipated changes depend on support that Microsoft may not be able to control. For example, a number of cool network features will work only if your employer installs Windows Server 2008 R2 (also handed out to reviewers). Other new features require cooperation by hardware vendors, though this time their contribution won’t extend to rewriting drivers. Still other changes involve slimming down the code by offloading applications (such as e-mail and photo management) that were once bundled with the code. With Windows 7 you’ll get them either as downloadable apps or as Web services.But the OS that remains tries very hard to please users by addressing some of the biggest gripes people had about Vista, and by generally making everyday tasks accessible and easy to perform. To the extent that these efforts are visible in our early beta, they look pretty good.The Interface: A Kindler, Gentler WindowsWindows Vista’s interface makeover emphasized style over substance: Among its most-hyped new features were the Aero user interface’s translucent window frames (woo-hoo!) and the Flip 3D window switcher (flashy, but not particularly useful). It didn’t do much to repair Windows’ reputation for being annoying; in fact, the in-your-face tactics of the new User Account Control security feature made Vista more aggravating. And much of what was new in Vista, such as its desktop search, amounted to Microsoft playing catch-up with Apple’s OS X.Windows 7 takes a strikingly different approach. Its interface contains plenty of tweaks, but they’re relatively subdued and they emphasize everyday efficiency rather than sizzle. Several of the changes aim specifically to get the OS out of your way so you can work without distractions. And virtually none of what’s new feels like warmed-over OS X.The changes start with the Windows Taskbar, a core component of the Windows experience that has changed very little since it debuted in Windows 95. With Windows 7, it undergoes its biggest remodeling job ever: The familiar bars containing the name of a running application and a tiny icon are gone, and in their place are unlabeled, jumbo icons that represent running applications. The icons look like gargantuan versions of the tiny icons in the old Taskbar’s Quick Launch toolbar–as well they should, since they supplant Quick Launch in W7. (The new Taskbar also looks a bit like OS X’s Dock, though it doesn’t behave like the Dock.)Vista’s Taskbar introduced thumbnail-size previews of windows that would appear when you hovered the mouse over an app in the Taskbar. They were fairly handy, but if you had multiple windows of an application open–say, several browser windows or several word-processing documents–you could see only one of them at a time. In Windows 7, thumbnails for multiple read more

Improve HR Efficiency With These 5 Enterprise Tools

first_img Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read How Success Happens June 26, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has consistently opened up new doors for businesses around the globe. We are now living at a point in time where finance, logistics, customer relationships and human resources are all tied into a simple platform.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketThat platform extrapolates all related data and organizes it in a way that lets each department make decisions that play well into a number of particular strategies. Though ERP has all these intriguing applications, let’s narrow our focus here to human resources.By using the latest technology in human capital management (HCM, a component of ERP), organizations can plan and execute strategies that can raise productivity through proper “management” of employees, if ever such a thing were imaginable.By coming as close as possible to quantifying the amount of knowledge, talent, experience, training and skill an employee has, ERP makes it easier to more expertly assign roles and responsibilities to the right people and make better hiring decisions to fill these areas’ gaps.Now that you have an idea of ERP’s relevance and significance on the human resources scene, next consider the five major tools that help implement and apply HCM.1. Microsoft Dynamics AXMicrosoft’s tradition of acquiring other companies for their intellectual property led to its acquisition of Dynamics AX. Originally known as “Axapta,” Dynamics AX has added many different modules on top of the software that allows it to function in almost any mid-market-to-large-tier business setting. Human resources was among the core functionalities found in Axapta 2.5 (the last version of the software) that it has kept and improved drastically.As part of the software, you get an interface that allows you to quickly sift through employment histories, medical information, certificates, courses and equipment on loan. Employees can also “self-service” by registering for courses and tracking their own performance.2. Workday HCMThere are many companies out there operating on tight margins and massive overhead within their supply chains. But wherever there exists little room for improvement, the talent behind the operation makes all the difference. Any firm working in the consumer products segment knows that trimming inefficiency in its workforce is probably the only way to squeeze out a bit more productivity when there is no other solution in sight.Workday’s HCM software makes the effort of sorting out workforce issues much easier, with its human resources-oriented ERP package. Workday offers platforms for talent management, recruiting, payroll, time management and workforce planning, with complete metrics.Related: 4 Technologies That Free HR to Work With People Instead of Just Their Paperwork3. Epicor HCMEpicor’s platform takes employee management to a level that seems to take the pages of an HR handbook and say, “Let’s plop some software on it to make it simpler.” Employees can request time off, manage their own goals and maintain competency profiles. Employers can track absences and hours worked and modify policies and budget from a single interface.4. Infor HCMFor those operating within the United States and Canada, Infor offers a suite of applications that not only provides effective payroll management, scheduling and more complex HR solutions, but also ensures compliance with a variety of regulations, including those governing tips.Enterprises operating outside these countries can benefit from a global HR module that comes with the added benefit of implementation through either a managed services infrastructure (for those who wish to forego the added cost of having a dedicated IT staff) or the decision to run Amazon’s EC2 under an IaaS.5. SAP HCM with Panaya’s AutomationThere can be no discussion about ERP without mentioning SAP, the mothership of ERPs that all other platforms secretly admire. According to that company’s benchmarks, its HR solutions result in an average 32 percent reduction of employees while increasing revenue per worker by up to 20 percent. In addition to providing all of the workforce planning, talent management, task management and payroll software that a company needs to empower its employees, SAP’s upgrade process is fully automated.Enterprise automation solutions like the one Panaya offers for SAP testing make it much easier to change the structure of the system without running the risk of breaking the platform. In a way, it is the cruise control of ERP maintenance, and a must-have for businesses that need the most up-to-date read more

Mexicos Popocatépetl volcano now Phase 3 alert

first_img Even with the alert and size of the explosion, state officials are categorizing it as moderate, however, they also say they have 205 temporary shelters ready in the event of an emergency. 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) ¡IMPRESIONANTE! Así la fuerte explosión del Volcán #Popocatépetl hace unos minutos 19:48 hrs. Vista San Nicolás de los Ranchos #Puebla. Vía @jabed1. GIF pic.twitter.com/CGI3e1NMuO— Webcams de México (@webcamsdemexico) March 29, 2019 According to the National Center for Disaster Prevention, the ash is spreading to the southeast causing a state alert for residents in San Martín Texmelucan, San Andrés and San Pedro Cholula, Puebla and Izúcar. The explosions began March 18 and has since produced constant activity with the latest explosion Thursday at 7:40 p.m. creating the Phase 3 yellow alert. The continual activity has been closely monitored by la Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil who have issued a Phase 3 warning for those living near the volcano. Popocatépetl, Puebla — Mexico’s active Popocatépetl volcano continues to erupt with its latest explosion throwing lava two kilometers along its slopes and spewing ash three kilometers into the air.last_img

Housing Shortages Fueling Price Increases But Not at 2015 Levels

first_img January 13, 2016 827 Views Affordability Exisiting-Home Sales Housing Market Pent Up Demand 2016-01-13 Scott_Morgan As far as the U.S. housing market is concerned, it’s got a lot to live up to compared to 2015. Last year was, in fact, the market’s best year since before the crash, and its success has led most insiders to be optimistic about the coming year.But while 2016 should be fairly upbeat, the National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, is urging a more sober picture of expectations for the year ahead.On Tuesday, Yun announced that while existing home sales are expected to expand in 2016, the pace of growth will be more moderate, due to collision of pent-up buyer demand and overall affordability and meager economic growth.In the NAR-published video, Yun says that rising mortgage rates, shaky global economic conditions, and the fact that home prices still outpace wages will likely hold back a stronger pace of sales.According to the NAR, the national median existing-home price for all of 2015 will be close to $221,200, up around 6 percent from 2014. In 2016, existing sales are expected to grow between 1 and 2 percent (5.30 to 5.40 million) and prices should increase between 5 and 6 percent.”This year the housing market may only squeak out 1 to 3 percent growth in sales because of slower economic expansion and rising mortgage rates,” Yun says. He adds that home prices will continue to rise in the wake of a new housing shortages in many markets.This, he says, is “because of the cumulative effect of homebuilders under producing for multiple years. Once the spring buying season begins, we’ll begin to feel that again.”All of 2015’s sales numbers are not yet in. Yun is still waiting to see how December sales fared, but according to his video, he expects existing-homes sales to finish the year up 6.5 percent from 2014. That’s a pace of around 5.26 million, which is the highest set of numbers since 2006. It remains, however, roughly 25 percent below the 7.08 million peak set in 2005. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share Housing Shortages Fueling Price Increases, But Not at 2015 Levelslast_img