The World Cup elimination has been difficult to digest for England players but they are proud that their successful campaign in Russia has helped restore pride in the national team and proving critics wrong.England lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra time denied them a place in the World Cup final.”We’re absolutely gutted but I think we have to take it on the chin. I think we’ve shown character and desire, and I think we’ve brought the nation together,” Walker told reporters.”We’ve brought English fans back in love with the English team.”England’s players had been criticised for their recent tournament showings after a group stage exit in the last World Cup and being knocked out of Euro 2016 by tiny Iceland. Walker said that a sense of vindication was the biggest thing he would take away from Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It’s proving people wrong. There’s nothing better, when people are writing you off and saying you’re not fit to wear the shirt, slagging people off, it’s kind of saying: Well there you go have that back at you,” he said.”But we do it for ourselves as well. To represent your country, I can’t tell you how proud I am to share the dressing room with those players.”You see the emotion there on people’s faces. We’ve all grown up watching England and to represent your country at a semi-final of a World Cup, there’s no better feeling.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane ‘gutted’ as England fail to bring it homeadvertisementExpectations were low heading into the tournament, but that did not make it any easier to accept defeat by Croatia, who fought back with goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic after Kieran Trippier’s free kick had given England an early lead.”We’ve always had targets and we’ve achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way. To be in a semi-final you can smell it. Tripps scoring the free kick, you kind of think it’s written in the stars for you to go to the final and hopefully do something special,” Walker added.Also read – World Cup 2018: FIFA warns broadcasters for focusing on womenNonetheless, he was touched by the reaction of England’s supporters who stayed behind to applaud the players off the pitch in the Luzhniki Stadium, in contrast to being booed and whistled after losing to Iceland.”I was there in France, in the Iceland game, and it was completely different to that. For them to still be singing when we’re seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager’s name, is completely different,” he said.”And I think we need to take full credit for that because we’ve changed that. I think the football has brought the nation together, people are going to pubs and celebrating, and that’s what football should be about.”It’s enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it. So it’s hats off to us. Unlucky we couldn’t bring it home for them, but hopefully there’s time in the future.”(With Reuters inputs)
Kieron Pollard may be one of the most dangerous players in the West Indies team but he is also a perfect host as he showed on Monday when he hung out with Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan, Navdeep Saini, Shreyas Iyer, Khaleel Ahmed, Wriddhiman Saha and Mayank Agarwal in Port of Spain.India currently lead the three-match ODI series 1-0 after winning the second match in the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.Before the start of the third match, the Indian players decided to check out the island of Port of Spain before getting back in the groove.Kieron Pollard, who is good friends with most of the Indian players thanks to his association with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, joined Dhawan and the others on a boat ride.Dhawan posted a couple of videos and pictures on his Instagram account of his day out with teammates and Pollard.In the first video Dhawan can be seen hugging and wishing India fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed on the occasion of Eid, which was celebrated on Monday. Shikhar Dhawan Instagram story Shikhar Dhawan Instagram storyIn the second video Khaleel Ahmed can be seen dancing to the popular track, Apna Time Aega, from the superhit Bollywood film, Gully Boy. Shikhar Dhawan Instagram storyAfter this short break the players will get back in their preparations for the third ODI in Port of Spain which will be played on August 14.India beat West Indies in the rain-hit second ODI at the same venue on Sunday by 59 runs (DLS method) with captain Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar emerging as the star performers for the Men in Blue.advertisementKohli scored his 42nd ODI hundred and made 120 while Iyer hit a quickfire 71 as India posted 279 for 7 on the board after batting first.West Indies in reply were shot out for 210 with Bhuvneshwar taking four wickets.Also Read | Normal services resume after 11 innings: Wasim Jaffer on Virat Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundredAlso Read | BCCI shortlists six candidates for India head coach positionAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat Chelsea
The color vs. color has a higher approval rating than Oregon’s uniforms. I wish more schools could compromise. It’s not a recent thing, either. Hopefully more rivalry games embrace it.Great photo from the last time Florida/Georgia went color vs color. 1968 #WLOCP (via @DaveDoop) pic.twitter.com/4ObXYgtKYf— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) November 1, 2014Porter: I love the subtle Gundy rant references littered throughout the lexicon of OSU fans. I tell my wife all the time “that ain’t true” when she accuses me of something I think I haven’t done (or vice versa).UCLA’s unis were like if a blind person was trying to emulate what Oregon does. I don’t even know where to begin with that travesty.Parting thought: If aliens go on an archaeological dig in 5,000 years which college football helmets would you want them to find (i.e. the most timeless, awesome ones)?Cunningham: Even Mike Gundy still sprinkles in his rant sayings every now and then. After the West Virginia loss, “We live in a society that judges you based on wins and losses.” Society! Even to this day, I sprinkle them into every day conversation. And people still laugh.Here’s my Gundy Lexicon Power Rankings:1) Where are we at in society today?!2) That ain’t true!3) Three-fourths of this is in-ack-rut.4) A mother…of children.5) WHO COMES HOME….upset (underrated!)If the aliens found this helmet, they would probably think it was just an updated model to theirs and try it on.Southwell: Part of me wants them to find these:But if I had to pick one, I would want it to be timeless. So either one of these:Porter: I’m a “The U” guy. Even an alien knows this helmet means (meant) business.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! OSU’s on-field play in Manhattan was not strong but its uni game was. Justin Southwell, Carson Cunningham, and I break it down in this week’s Uni Roundtable.Porter: They did it, guys. They attempted to exorcise the ISU demons from 2011. It didn’t work, obviously, but were as they good as you guys remembered them being?Southwell: They looked awesome. I prefer the orange brand logo for that combo, but it was just cool to see them go with something seemingly so different with a tri-color look.I believed in this tweet before the game:@pistolsguy black white Orange. Just like iowa st in 2011. The better team doesn’t win when they wear those.— Zach Rowin (@zrowin) November 1, 2014But Coach Snyder does not care. He’s got his own awesome uniforms.Cunningham: They were every bit as good as I remembered. I have them at No. 1 in my ranks for a reason and not even Silly Pete could ruin them.One thing I noticed for the first time: The stripe colors are perfect in this combination. That’s not always the case, like when the black pants (with a gray stripe) are paired with the orange jerseys.I’m happy they finally embraced B-W-O again. Sadly, this combo was a sacrificial lamb. It had no chance in Manhattan.Porter: It really was. I think my favorite part was the black socks. It rounds out the tri-colored look so well.Also it’s good to know the tri-color ban doesn’t officially exist (unless they just wanted another game to point to as ammunition that it’s stupid — in which case, mission accomplished).What else stood out this weekend? You guys know I loved that Florida-Georgia matchup.Also, Texas A&M was good, but maybe not as good as I’d hoped.Lastly, what the hell, Tech? I mean, WHAT THE HELL?!Southwell: They’re definitely our best tri-color and a close second is the same combo topped with Carbon Fiber (RIP), but I still have B-B-O as No. 1 overall.The color vs color matchup for rivalries is incredible, and it really makes sense on a neutral field. Too bad it couldn’t work for teams with similar colors (e.g., Arkansas and Alabama).Texas Tech should donate that stuff to the Oil Bowl (mainly because it doesn’t exist anymore). However, I could see an all-star high school Texas football team wanting to wear those.Then Under Armour could plaster Oklahoma’s flag all over a helmet and we’ve got ourselves a hard-hitting Color Guard contest.I see Adidas was emphasizing the RUIN in Bruins.This guy didn’t want to be recognized:Cunningham: We have to give credit where it’s due, even if it’s Adidas. Texas A&M’s throwbacks were truly innovative. Loved the faux leather. The Junction Boys would be proud.TAMU throwback, with faux leather helmet, “retro” cleats (via @ESPNCFB) pic.twitter.com/zNeNE9xCSB— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) November 1, 2014After all the goodwill Adidas has earned this season, Louisville’s uniforms made me want to puke. Florida State switching from gold to garnet numbers helped their road unis tremendously.I still like their old threads, but they at least looked like Florida State again. Meanwhile, The Texas Tech “Texas Pride” uniforms were just outlandish. It just screamed “inferiority complex” to the Longhorns.Texas Tech Lone Star Pride unis (via @ForTheWin) pic.twitter.com/SSiZnOldqn— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) November 2, 2014
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Argentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Agueroby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been carrying a calf injury and has not been in full training.The problem was revealed by his Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who left him out of the national squad for the current international break.Scaloni did not reveal the nature of the injury, but he hinted that it is nothing serious by saying he expected Aguero to join up with Argentina for the next international fortnight, which is next month. He said, “(Lionel) Messi is not here due to suspension. “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month.”
Los Angele: Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa has been announced as the director of “Uptown Saturday Night” remake. Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will headline the project, which hails from Warner Bros stable, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris has penned the most recent draft of the script and he will also produce the movie. A remake of 1974 film of the same name, the film’s story follows two friends as they barely navigate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a winning lottery ticket stolen during a robbery. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The original was directed by Sidney Poitier, who also starred in it along with Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte and Calvin Lockhart. Actor Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing. Famuyiwa, who has films such as “Dope” and “Confirmation” to his directing credits, most recently directed an episode of the highly anticipated “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” for Disney+.
EDMONTON — Lawyers for a woman convicted of killing eight-year-old Tori Stafford say they have withdrawn an application for a review of their client’s move from a healing lodge back to prison.Calgary lawyers Kelsey Sitar and Sarah Rankin say in an email that the application on behalf of Terri-Lynn McClintic was discontinued last week and is no longer active.However, the application still went before an Edmonton judge, who ruled Monday that a review of McClintic’s transfer is warranted, but additional papers needed to be filed.McClintic’s lawyers did not say if they intend to renew the application in Alberta or another jurisdiction after Monday’s decision.McClintic and her boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, are serving life sentences for the first-degree murder of Tori, who was abducted while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ont. in 2009.She was repeatedly raped and bludgeoned with a hammer.The couple made headlines last year when Rafferty was transferred to a medium-security prison and McClintic was moved to a minimum-security healing lodge.After public outcry, and outrage from Tori’s family, McClintic was moved to the Edmonton Institution for Women from the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.Court documents say she has since been transferred to Grand Valley Institution for Women near Kitchener, Ont., which is a minimum-medium security facility.Justice John Henderson wrote in his decision Monday that McClintic “no longer has any connection to Alberta and its courts.”“It is unclear as to what basis an Alberta court has jurisdiction,” he said.The Canadian Press
Four people were killed following an accident involving a three-wheeler and a bus in Eheliyagoda this morning.The police media unit said that the accident took place along the Colombo – Ratnapura road.
WASHINGTON — Consumer prices slowed in August, rising by a slight 0.1%, reflecting a big drop in the cost of gasoline and other energy products.The Labor Department says the tiny increase in its consumer price index followed a much bigger 0.3% rise in July which had been driven by a jump in energy prices. With energy costs falling in August for a third month out of the past four, the overall price increase slowed leaving consumer prices rising a modest 1.7% over the past year.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.3% last month and 2.4% over the past year.The Federal Reserve has worried that inflation has been rising too slowly, citing this issue as one of the reasons it cut interest rates in July.Martin Crutsinger And Bani Sapra, The Associated Press
And here’s what to expect from Chicago’s key players: To try to predict anything about Derrick Rose‘s career seems fruitless at this point; notice the category CARMELO puts Rose into: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Although the Bulls hope Rose’s body has finally recovered after three knee surgeries in the past three years, even the most ardent Rose supporters know they don’t know anything for sure. Rose fractured his left orbital (basically his eye socket) in the first practice of training camp, and it’s unclear whether a new protective mask will affect his game. Doug McDermott did not play well in his rookie campaign and could not find a spot in Thibodeau’s rotation after a knee injury early in the year. He is playing with much more confidence in the preseason and enjoys the working environment that Hoiberg has formed. With McDermott’s renewed confidence, the Bulls expect big things from the former Creighton sharpshooter. CARMELO … does not expect big things.Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Pau Gasol proved last season that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank by averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a game and earning the first All-Star starting nod of his career. It’s hard to believe the 35-year-old Gasol will be able to play in 78 games again (as he did a season ago), but he hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down after leading Spain to a EuroBasket championship in September. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. The Chicago Bulls are hoping that a new coach and a new system can help them do what they weren’t able to do during Tom Thibodeau’s five-year reign in Chicago: Beat LeBron James in the postseason. There is a lot of optimism surrounding new coach Fred Hoiberg and the offense he is putting in place. But with almost the exact same roster coming back — along with the addition of talented rookie Bobby Portis — the fear within the city is that the Bulls’ championship window may have already closed. Former MVP Derrick Rose hasn’t been able to stay healthy the last few years, and the Bulls understand that no matter how much talent is on the roster, they won’t be able to get over the hump in the playoffs unless Rose returns to his All-Star form on a consistent basis. On the other hand, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system has Jimmy Butler on track to be the Bulls’ top performer this season.CARMELO pegs the Bulls to go 47-35: The emotional soul of the Bulls, Joakim Noah, did not play well last season as he dealt with the lingering effects of offseason left knee surgery. He also struggled to find his way alongside Gasol. He is feeling good to start the season and believes he is healthy enough to put up big numbers again. Nikola Mirotic had an up and down rookie season, but he showed flashes of offensive brilliance. The Bulls hope he will thrive in Hoiberg’s new system. Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ best all-around player and feels even more confident after signing a max extension in the offseason. He is on record as saying he wants to prove last season wasn’t a “fluke,” and CARMELO doesn’t think it was, projecting Butler as an All-Star-caliber player this season.
(CPL photo)Caribbean Airlines is the Official Airline for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL T20) 2018 series. As the Official Airline partner, all teams and officials travelling to CPL matches and related activities will travel on Caribbean Airlines to and from the events.Garvin Medera, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Airlines stated: “For the fifth consecutive year, Caribbean Airlines is the Official Airline sponsor for the Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 (CPLT20) Series, which takes place from August 08-September 16. It is our pleasure to connect cricket fans and teams throughout the Caribbean and North and South America to enjoy the excitement of this premier cricket league. Caribbean Airlines understands the value of cricket in uniting the region and we look forward to sharing the warmth of the islands with the enthusiastic fans, teams and other officials.”Commercial Director, CPL T20, James Stewart noted: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome the ‘Warmth of the Islands’ back as the Official Airline of Hero CPL. With 34 games in 40 days across seven countries, and this year in nine separate legs, the logistical challenges of getting players, officials and TV crews around these beautiful islands are challenging to say the least. CAL’s professionalism and commitment to helping our players be on the pitch at the right time, rested and ready to go, is greatly appreciated and we look forward to another successful CPL together.”Caribbean Airlines operates more than 600 weekly flights to 20 destinations in the Caribbean and North and South America and is committed to delivering reliable service to its valued customers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAL confirmed as official airline of HERO CPLJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Caribbean Airlines on board as CPL’s official airline carrierJune 24, 2016In “latest news”Sponsorship for 2018 Hero CPL sold out as tournament beckonsAugust 4, 2018In “Business”
SIPTU MEMBERS AT a contract cleaning company are to take three further days of action at Beaumont Hospital in a dispute resulting from a decision to implement a cut to workers pay without agreement.On 10 November this year, Resources Facilities Services Ltd, which is contracted to provide services at Beaumont, implemented cuts to employees’ Sunday premiums. The union said this was done without agreement with workers and, in response, they voted to take industrial action.There have been two previous one hour work stoppages by employees to highlight the issue.A further three stoppages, of ten hours in total, are now planned for January.“We are low paid workers and have minimum conditions of employment,” commented shop steward Chris Donnelly. “The company has left us with no alternative but to conduct industrial action in relation to this cut in pay.”SIPTU’s Kenny said the dispute could be resolved immediately if the company restored the Sunday premium in full and showed a willingness to enter into meaningful discussions with our members.The union has 90 members employed by Resources Facilities Services Ltd in Beaumont Hospital. During the work stoppages the workers will conduct official SIPTU pickets at the entrances to the hospital.Read: Labour Court to tackle M&S dispute, as threat of further pre-Christmas strike remains>Read: SIPTU threatened with legal action over Aer Lingus pensions row>
Braconnage : 26 éléphants de forêt tués en CentrafriqueDes braconniers liés à une rébellion ont abattu au moins 26 éléphants dans une forêt de Centrafrique classée à l’UNESCO. Leur viande et leur ivoire sont revendus pour financer des groupes armés. La population de ces éléphants aurait diminué de 60% en seulement dix ans. Les conflits et l’instabilité politique ne font pas que des victimes humaines : un groupe de rebelles centrafricains a abattu au moins 26 éléphants ce dimanche. Pourtant situés dans la forêt Dzanga Bai, classée au patrimoine mondiale de l’humanité, les pachydermes ont été massacrés pour leur ivoire et leur viande selon l’AFP. C’est le WWF qui leur a transmis des nouvelles de la zone.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”17 individus armés de kalachnikov sont entrés dans cette réserve unique d’éléphants, déplore le WWF. Les braconniers se sont présentés comme faisant partie des forces du gouvernement de transition.” Il y a quelques jours l’ONG a appelé “la communauté internationale à aider à rétablir la paix et l’ordre en République centrafricaine, qui a été secouée par la violence et le chaos depuis le début de l’année, afin de préserver ce site unique du patrimoine mondial”.Le WWF quitte BayangaDivers groupes armés assurent leur financement grâce à cet affreux braconnage alors que l’armée n’est plus en mesure de juguler cette chasse sauvage. Comme l’explique l’AFP, “le braconnage des éléphants est en recrudescence dans toute l’Afrique centrale. Ce fléau touche particulièrement la Centrafrique, déstabilisée par le renversement du gouvernement de François Bozizé en mars par la coalition rebelle Séléka”.Ces troubles ont même poussé le WWF à quitter la ville de Bayanga, où l’ONG était présente depuis une trentaine d’années. “Nos locaux ont été pillés à plusieurs reprises par des groupes qui se disent du Séléka, a expliqué le représentant de l’ONG à l’AFP. C’était trop dangereux. Nous avons décidé de sursoir nos activités et d’évacuer notre personnel car ici il n’y a plus d’autorités locales, plus de gouvernance et la viande d’éléphant circule désormais librement.”Dans cette réserve l’ONG Wildlife Conservation Society a recensé 1000 éléphants l’an dernier, mais elle a aussi constaté en mars que la population d’éléphants de forêt d’Afrique a baissé de 60% en seulement dix ans. Le prix de l’ivoire sur le marché noir asiatique est responsable de cette brusque hausse du braconnage. L’espèce pourrait s’éteindre d’ici à 2025.Le 12 mai 2013 à 20:02 • Maxime Lambert
Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car Stay on target An Israeli startup called REE wanted to re-imagine the EV skateboard from an outside perspective. What they came up with is the design you see here.At first glance it might not appear all that different from any skateboard platform you’ve seen before. It’s a flat base with four wheels, after all.In reality, though, it’s strikingly different. There’s only one component in that base: the battery. Everything else is built in to the the wheels: motors, drivetrain, suspension, steering, brakes, and all the other electronics and sensors.REE’s CEO Daniel Barel told New Atlas that the design takes up between 50 to 75% less space. The ridiculously small gearbox measures about 16cm and weighs just 6kg, but Barel points out that it outperforms anything on the market right now.It’s an incredibly flexible platform. REE sees it working on just about any kind of four-wheeled vehicle, from high-performance sports cars that can do 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds to minibuses and cargo haulers. All a manufacturer has to do is stretch the base and battery to the appropriate size and slap on the wheels.Barel has already spoken with several OEMs (including Mitsubishi and Musashi) and was blown away by their response. Not only did they like what they saw, but a few asked to invest and help out with research and development.The benefits for automakers are pretty clear, but REE’s platform could be a great thing for consumers, too. Because everything is stuffed into a small, modular package, vehicle repairs could become much less complicated — and cheaper!Heck, one day you might be able to swap out a problematic wheel unit the way you do a propane tank for your barbecue: drive over to the gas station, give the attendant the wheel that needs servicing, and exchange it for another one that’s already been reconditioned.That won’t happen right away, naturally, but you may see REE-based vehicles on the road fairly soon. Barel figures that will happen by 2023.More on Geek.com:Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdNissan’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade firefighter is facing alarming allegations after, authorities said, he struck a police officer during a bar fight in Key West.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 48-year-old Walter Hoar was arrested after the scuffle, which reportedly took place at the Lazy Gecko Bar, Friday night.Authorities said he repeatedly cursed at Key West Police officers before kicking one in the face. “He stated he was a Miami-Dade firefighter, and on numerous times told us we were [expletive] [expletive],” one officer wrote in the arrest report.As police were putting Hoar in a squad car, one of the officers’ body cams fell to the ground. When he crouched down to pick it up, investigators said, Hoar lifted his leg and kicked the law enforcer in the face.Hoar is currently out of jail on $4,000 bond. He is facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mozilla is trying to reclaim influence lost to Google’s Chrome and to rid the web of some of its bad habits. Stephen Shankland/CNET Firefox is getting the ability to cut off two ugly parts of the web: software that uses your computer to mine cryptocurrency — not for your benefit — and that tracks you even when you don’t agree to be tracked.Firefox Nightly and Beta — two test versions of the open-source browser — have an option to block the crypto mining and the tracking technology, called fingerprinting. They’re switched off unless you change the setting in preferences for now, but Mozilla plans to turn it on by default, the nonprofit said.Mozilla, which is trying to reclaim influence lost to Google’s dominant Chrome and rid the web of some of its bad habits, announced the changes in a blog post Tuesday.The moves — following the direction of rivals like Apple’s Safari and Brave Software’s Brave — are a new example of browsers being more assertive on our behalf online. Instead of just doing what websites tell them to do, browsers are more actively intervening to protect privacy, extend battery life, cut down on advertising overload, and declutter websites with reader views. Website operators may not like it, but such actions can help make the web a place you enjoy instead of cringe at.Mozilla uses the Disconnect service to identify crypto-mining and fingerprinting scripts.Another major push by many browsers, though not Chrome, is to curtail tracking software and cookies that follow your online activity. Fingerprinting also is used to track you, but it bypasses ordinary tracking methods and instead runs a variety of tests of your browser’s settings and abilities. That particular configuration can be unusual and therefore be used to identify you and track you. That tracking data can in turn be useful to advertisers hoping to target you or, in the case of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, find out your political affiliation.Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether today typically rely on intense computing operations to verify transactions, a process called mining that’s rewarded with occasional grants of newly created cryptocurrency. But some use crypto-mining scripts to get your computer to do the hard work while they reap the benefits. Post a comment Share your voice Tags Security Software 0 Advertising Firefox Privacy Cryptocurrency
Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy, a well-known figure in the political and business world of his day, was known to be a ruthless and shrewd operator with a talent for getting what he wanted. He was a scion of the Kennedy family, who must be one of the most famous families in 20th century American history.Members of this old political family have served in both Houses of Congress, as ambassadors, state legislators, and even one president, John F. Kennedy, better known by his initials – JFK.The Kennedy family at Hyannis Port Massachusetts in 1931The first of this famous American political family to make a stir was Patrick Joseph “P.J.” Kennedy, who became a prominent figure in the Boston Democratic Party in the late 1800s.His family had come to the USA from Ireland, and P.J. would father four children, one of whom went on to become the hard-playing father of a president, and would have a distinguished business and political career in his own right.P.J. Kennedy around 1900Joe, under the shadow of his own high-achieving father, and with the legacy and wealth of an established political and business family, began his career at Harvard.He was, of course, encouraged to work hard and set his sights high, and he quickly began to make a name for himself, excelling at baseball and putting his toes firmly on the rungs of Harvard’s social stratosphere of exclusive social clubs.Joe Kennedy at age 25 in 1914, when he claimed to be America’s youngest bank presidentOn October 7, 1914 Joe Kennedy married 24-year-old socialite Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Rose also came from a prominent Irish family, and was a committed Catholic for all of her days.Joe and Rose had several children, but Joe was well-known for having a number of affairs throughout his life, some of which lasted for years, including with his secretary, Janet Des Rosiers, and more famously with the beautiful silent movie actress Gloria Swanson.Rose and Joseph Kennedy arrive for dinner at The Colony Restaurant in Manhattan, November 1, 1940. At the time, Kennedy was the US Ambassador to the UK.There were a number of fairly questionable episodes in Joe’s life. He was a and successful businessman, and such people will always attract criticism, but it’s very possible that this hard-nosed character was indeed involved in some dodgy operations throughout his long and very successful career.According to the Yellow Magpie, notorious mob boss Frank Costello (himself perhaps not the most reliable witness) testified that Joe Kennedy had been closely involved in the bootlegging scene during Prohibition-era America.Frank Costello, American mobster, testifying before the Kefauver Committee investigating organized crimeDuring the period 1920–1933, the production, transportation, import, and distribution of alcoholic drink was made illegal, creating a huge underground import market to supply “speakeasies” – black market drinking dens. There was, of course, a great deal of money to be made, and if Joe did make a cut during this period he certainly would not have been alone!During the 1920s, Joe Kennedy along with others also made a great deal of wealth on the stock market. This era was partly defined by the “long bull market” of the 1920s on the American stock exchange.Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. on Time magazine cover, 1935This was a long period of growth in prices (in stock market parlance, a “bull” market is one where prices are rising) where there was a lot of money to be made.Today, the practice known as “insider trading” – using inside information which others don’t have access to, to make a profit in stock trading – is illegal, and can carry some serious financial and even jailtime penalties. But the laws governing this were only brought about in 1934, and according to the Yellow Magpie, Joe Kennedy made serious money on insider trading during the bull market of the 1920s; actions which, though hardly moral, were certainly not actually illegal at the time!It was during this era that Joe got into the movie business. He made huge profits buying up and reorganising movie theatres and production studios in Hollywood, but one theatre that would not sell up belonged to Alexander Pantages.Pantages refused an $8 million offer for his theatre chain. Not long after that, Pantages was accused of rape by 17-year-old dancer Eunice Pringle.Joseph P. KennedyAfter a sensational trial he was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in jail, but his conviction was overturned at appeal. Hollywood legend has it that Joe Kennedy paid Pringle $10,000 to accuse Pantages, and while this has never been proven the fact remains that Pantages’ reputation was ruined, and he eventually ended up selling his theatre chain to Kennedy for a greatly reduced price.The “roaring 20s” ended with a bump in the great wall street crash of 1929, when the stock market plummeted, losing tens of billions of dollars in a matter of days, and leading to the great depression which gripped the whole of the western world for the next 12 years.Joseph P. KennedyDirectly before the crash, the stock market was weakened by a “bear raid” – a stock market tactic where investors drive down the price of a stock to make money on a selling position.In this situation, the investor makes money if the company’s stock loses value. Negative rumours were spread about certain companies and their share price dropped, causing Kennedy and many others to make money out of the crash.Ambassador Joseph Kennedy with Winston Churchill, 1939Joe Kennedy was given the position of Ambassador to Britain. This post had been given to him by then-president Franklin Roosevelt as a reward for Kennedy’s part in the silencing of a dangerously inflammatory Catholic priest, Charles Coughlan, who had risen to notoriety with a series of sectarian and racist radio broadcasts in the 1930s. Joe Kennedy, as a heavyweight leader in the Irish-Catholic community, was able to exert influence there.During his time as ambassador, however, Joe did not shine. As World War Two was brewing, Joe Kennedy supported the policy of appeasement toward German dictator Adolf Hitler, as espoused and so unsuccessfully pursued by then-British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.Franklin Roosevelt’s nomination of Joseph Kennedy to serve as Ambassador to the United KingdomActing on his own initiative, he actually tried to get personal meetings with Hitler, and in 1940, when war was already raging on the continent, Joe vocally opposed any aid being sent to Britain.Joe had his eye on the US presidency, but his record as Ambassador to Britain was chequered with gaffes. Forced to stand down or be sacked from the role, and he chose to stand down.Joseph Kennedy and family celebrate his birthday in Hyannis Port in 1963The Kennedy family’s story over the 20th century was a dramatic one. By the time Joe died in 1969, he had outlived four of his children, two of whom had been assassinated.Read another story from us: Little Edie, Jackie Kennedy’s cousin lived 20 years in a mansion isolated from the worldHe was certainly a giant in the political scene of his day, and a formative figure in the history of modern America. The Kennedy family continue to be a force in American business and politics, and decedents of Joe Kennedy still hold political office today.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has acclaimed Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa as the Top Hotel and Top Luxury Hotel in Australia in the 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards. In its 11th year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards recognise the world’s best hotels based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels that are collected in a single year from travellers around the world.“It is gratifying to be named Australia’s best hotel by the global travelling community. It is a wonderful achievement for Emirates and we’re honoured to be recognised by our guests in these highly competitive awards,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “From the outset, we have always strived to deliver a unique, world-class Australian experience. From our commitment to conservation, thoughtful architecture and understated design to supporting local producers, it is clear our ethos has resonated with guests and we’re humbled by the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor,” concluded Mr Heymeijer. Located a scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, the luxury conservation-based resort is nestled between two national parks in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Emirates property features 40 individual secluded suites, each with its own indoor / outdoor swimming pool, private verandah, separate living and sleeping areas, luxurious en suite bathroom and double-sided fireplace. The resort itself occupies just two per cent of the 4,000-acre property, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability. Source = Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
March 24, 2015 517 Views Sales of new single family homes took an unexpected turn Tuesday, when data released showed the rate rose to the highest it has been in seven years. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD, the February sales are up nearly 25 percent compared to sales from that month last year. Sales for February 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000. This is 7.8 percent above the January rate of 500,000.The report brings positive news to what some might say has been a lackluster start for housing in the New Year. January marked a slow start for housing recovery, with single-family housing starts falling 6.7 percent month-over-month. Overall, January’s new construction rate was down 2 percent from the month before. And in February, privately-owned housing starts dropped to the lowest rate seen in years. Housing starts for February dropped 17 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000.The median sales price of new houses sold in February 2015 was $275,500; the average sales price was $341,000. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of February was 210,000. This represents a supply of 4.7 months at the current sales rate.The Northeast saw the largest increase in both month-over-month and year-over-year figures with improved weather conditions. The region had an 84 percent increase in sales from February 2014 and a massive 152.9 percent increase from January 2015 to February 2015. The West also saw a large increase in year-over-year rates with a 34 percent increase, but had a 6 percent decrease in sales from January 2015 to February 2015. The South showed gains in both monthly and yearly figures, while the Midwest saw a 3.6 percent decline year-over-year and a 12.9 percent decline month-over-month. Census Bureau: New Home Sales at Highest Rate in Seven Years in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share HUD New Home Sales U.S. Census Bureau 2015-03-24 Samantha Guzman