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first_imgBrentford have rejected an offer from Middlesbrough for Jota. Boro offered £4.5m plus add-ons for the Spanish playmaker, who has attracted interest from several clubs.Jokanovic wants FlintEmbed from Getty ImagesSlavisa Jokanovic wants Fulham to complete a deal to sign Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint.Head coach Jokanovic is hoping to add Flint, 27, to his squad but the Whites hierarchy are less keen, having brought in Marcelo Djalo and Tomas Kalas on loan.Jokanovic also likes Watford’s Craig Cathcart and Grant Hanley of Newcastle.However, as in the case of Flint, Fulham’s statistical analysis team are unconvinced they would be good acquisitions.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough have enquired about Tim Ream but Fulham want the United States international to stay.Perch injury woeEmbed from Getty ImagesJames Perch faces several months on the sidelines with a knee injury he sustained at the weekend.The QPR defender refused to come off during the final stages of Saturday’s home win against Hull City.It has since been ascertained that he suffered a dislocated knee cap.El Khayati goes and JET could followNasser El Khayati has left QPR and the club are also looking to get rid of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.El Khayati’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent – 18 months after his move from Burton.He made 25 appearances for the R’s, scoring one goal, and ended last season in his native Netherlands, on loan at ADO Den Haag.Emmanuel-Thomas, who joined QPR in 2015, spent last season on loan at Gillingham and has long been out of favour at Loftus Road.Holloway stands by changesQPR manager Ian Holloway stood by his decision to make 10 changes for his side’s Carabao Cup defeat at home to Brentford.Rangers were thrashed 4-1 by their west London neighbours, but Holloway insisted he had no regrets about his team selection.He said: “I stand by that. I wanted the ones who haven’t played to show me what it’s about and were they ready to take on Brentford.“It didn’t look like it. But there were a lot of positives for me and I would still make the same decision because the league campaign is absolutely vital for us.“It was always going to be the right thing to do from my point of view. I’ve got to look past the score, past the criticism and look past who it’s against.“The score doesn’t feel very nice because they’re from over the road.”Ouseph winsHounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph moved into the third round of the badminton World Championships with a 22-20, 21-9 victory over world number 29 Sameer Verma in Glasgow.The reigning European champion and tournament 16th seed had defeated outsider Adam Mendrek in the first round but this looked, on paper, a tougher test.It proved so in a nip and tuck first game, in which the lead changed hands several times, but Ouseph shaded it. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_imgAn education system designed to prevent intellectual development has left schools in South African townships and rural areas poorly resourced and with sub-standard infrastructure. Believing that a safe, bright and resourced environment is conducive to positive childhood development, the folks at the Bright Kid Foundation have come up with a cost-effective alternative to failing schools.The organisation’s innovative Edutainer is a shipment container fitted with lighting and flooring and sports a colourful paintjob, it is a cheap and easily procured classroom and an ideal space for children to learn and grow to meet their potentialThe organisation’s innovative Edutainer is a shipment container fitted with lighting and flooring and sports a colourful paintjob. It is a cheap and easily procured classroom and an ideal space for children to learn and grow to meet their potential.“In 1999 the Mandela Children’s Fund distributed 1 000 of our toys to teachers throughout South Africa. We included a feedback form. One teacher wrote: ‘We love the toys but I’m teaching in a shack. Please send us a school!’” says Nicholas Jaff, media representative for the Bright Kid Foundation. “This request inspired us to develop the Edutainer pre-school classroom which can be sent anywhere in South Africa.”Because the Edutainer is made by converting standard shipment containers the cost of production is relatively low; it is also easy to transport to rural areas, where proper classrooms are most needed.“I am very happy with the Edutainer as it provides me with a professional classroom to teach from and earn a salary for myself and my teachers from the school fees,” says Meriam Petla, a facilitator at Tswelopele Day Care Centre in the Free State province.The Edutainer features safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and burglar-proof windows, and basic such as doors, and an extractor fan and insulation to keep the container warm in winter and cool in summer. It can accommodate up to 25 children and comes stocked with books, toys and educational materials.The Bright Kid Foundation has supplied more than 200 Edutainers and “skilltainers” to communities across the country; its latest delivery, an early childhood development centre, is to Kromdraai in Muldersdrift, Western Gauteng.The skilltainers provide space for development and training projects. The organisation also provides “booktainers” to communities needing libraries. These provide space for residents to read, and come stocked with books and educational materials.SAFE AND SOUNDThe organisation converts decommissioned shipment containers, using only those in good condition, needing very few repairs and which are still structurally sound.“All our Edutainers … are MANTAG certified, ” says Jaff. A MANTAG certification is awarded to construction and conversion projects that meet stringent standards as laid out in the Agrément Innovative Construction Assessments, affiliated with the Department of Public Works. The assessment investigates and certifies the quality of insulation, ventilation, fire safety precautions, acoustic specifications and heat extraction, among other conversion requirements.Because the Edutainer is made by converting standard shipment containers the cost of production is relatively low; it is also easy to transport to rural areas, where proper classrooms are most neededThe Bright Kid Foundation Edutainer is the only South African container conversion with an official MANTAG certificate.The foundation also works with the Department of Education, several sector education and training authority (Seta) organisations, and service providers on skills development and enterprise development projects.The partnerships involve the Foundation delivering skilltainers to communities, and the department, Setas and service providers are responsible for using them correctly.“We believe that the work we do will have a major impact in improving the quality of life for those who are taught and trained in our skilltainer, Edutainers and booktainers,” says Jaff. “We are very happy to be able to improve the quality of people’s lives and to help improve the prospects for growth and success of South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTThe Bright Kid Foundation needs funding to continue to convert and supply containers.Corporate donors can improve BBBEE scorecards and opt to display company logos on sponsored containers.Contact the foundation at +27 11 786 3169 or 082 852 4867, via email, or visit the donate page.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are mostly sunny and very warm again today. Clouds will try and increase late this afternoon over the northern part of the state, but we still see temps well above normal. This will be the last day of that.  Overnight tonight we cant rule out a couple of scattered showers in the northern half to third of the state, but only with 40% coverage or less. Tomorrow, lingering showers can be seen from US 20 north through midday, but they will fade quickly in late morning. We expect to return to dry, sunny weather for the balance of tomorrow and then all of Friday, but with cooler temperatures. We are partly sunny Saturday. So, for the rest of this week, we really have little to no threat of moisture over the majority of the state.Clouds increase Saturday night, and then scattered showers develop through the day on Sunday. The moisture is not very impressive for Sunday, limited to a few hundredths to perhaps half an inch. But, we see a second surge of moisture up the front for Monday that brings rains from .25″-.75″ to 80% of Ohio. Then on Tuesday we still see some lingering rains in the far south and east of the state, and clouds over the eastern half, while we start to get better sunshine in the western half of the state. We are going drier for Wednesday and Thursday, but the previous moisture we were seeing is lurking not too far to the south…so we need to continue to monitor the situation for midweek next week.10 day rain totalsThe extended 11-16 day period is a bit drier this morning. We see partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. Monday the 14th can bring a few scattered showers from US 30 northward, but nothing south. We cant rule out a shower or two with otherwise cloudy to partly sunny skies for Tuesday the 15th, but we are mostly sunny to finish the extended period on Wednesday the 16th.last_img read more


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first_imgA group of popular Web device designers briefly meet and draw up a sketch of their newest gadget. Once they all agree, they hit save and they’re done. By the end of the day, hundreds of truckloads of their latest Internet of Things device is not only in the hands of customers on every continent, but each device has already been uniquely modified for each user’s specific needs. This fast approaching era of desktop manufacturing via advanced MakerBots and other 3D printers is in part why ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky runs an annual conference called Sketching in Hardware. The event aims to “bring together a small group of people from technology, education, art and design worlds to talk about how to make creating electronics as easy as drawing with a pencil.” Thanks to ReadWriteWeb reader Droom Zacht, who recognizes Kuniavsky’s Orange Cone blog feed as “a milestone of the Internet of Things,” we decided to more fully investigate Kuniavsky’s work.BackgroundIn the mid 1990s, Mike Kuniavsky was senior researcher at Wired Digital. He then moved on to co-found Adaptive Path and more recently ThingM, which works in the fields of hardware and software user experience, Web technology development and consumer robotics. Kuniavsky’s first book was Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner’s Guide to User Research. He has since published the Human Computer Interaction Handbook, and you can now pre-order his upcoming book Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design via Amazon. Orange Cone BlogOrangeCone is a public notebook where Kuniavsky shares his research and expertise as an Internet of Things usability expert. His blogging style is great for understanding the big-picture overview of what’s going on. He told us that, “For me, superficial differences (say: Flash vs. HTML5 vs. Cocoa) are not actually as important as the impact of deep infrastructural technologies, and I only see a couple of those. That’s why my focus these days is on how to create interfaces on multiple devices that still all read as the same service.” With some exceptions, Orange Cone is a collection of posts that you can read through as though it were an educational textbook. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Mike Kuniavsky “Changing Things” (Lift09 France EN) from Lift Conference on Vimeo.PrioritiesWhen we asked him about the most essential element of his work, he told us:“Dialogue about how to integrate information processing into our daily lives so that the result is greater productivity and satisfaction through technology, as opposed to increased use of technology for technology’s sake. Another way to say it: ubiquitous computing, interaction design, mobile UX design and Web sites are all part of the same thing to me. They’re all products of the interaction of several fundamental technologies (cheap chips and wireless networking being the most important) which is rapidly driving the increasing integration of information processing into everyday life.” Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web deane rimerman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… One of the most memorable posts is an excerpt from his upcoming book, Smart Things. In it he shares numerous screenshots of a 1994 mobile device called Magic Cap. This device predated Palm by several years and is far more sophisticated than what this writer thought was possible back then.A View of The FutureThe future according to Kuniavsky is best explained in a presentation he made at the 2009 Lift Conference in France titled “When Bits Meet Atoms: Making Things in a Read-Write World.” His presentation outlines the death of read-only material culture and the birth of Lessig’s read-write culture, which will fundamentally change our relationship with not just objects, but copyright law as well. In it he explains that “the end of Read-Only material culture, as I mark it, began in 1985, with the release of the Apple LaserWriter, which was the first mass market device that merged the flexibility of bits with the tangibility of atoms.” Back when we wrote about the top Internet of Things blogs to follow we left the Orange Cone blog off the list. At the time we hadn’t looked into his postings enough. But thanks to a ReadWriteWeb reader we realized that Orange Cone deserved a post of its own. Who’s next? Do you know of an Internet of Things innovator we need to write about? If so, please post your suggestion in the comments below. Images courtesy of Mike Kuniavsky, ThingM and Orange Cone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


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first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to seal hand pumps in the Sambhal district where contaminated water was being extracted. Further, the green panel has directed authorities to submit a comprehensive plan of water supply in the district.‘Supply potable water’ A Bench headed by acting chairperson U.D. Salvi directed authorities to provide potable water to the Sambhal residents after it was alleged that contaminated water was being supplied.The green panel was hearing a petition by advocate Gaurav Bansal who alleged that a survey of around 20 villages had shown that children were being forced to have contaminated water.last_img


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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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first_imgAjax goalkeeper Onana confesses he’d welcome Barcelona returnby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper André Onana has confessed he’d welcome a return to Barcelona.Onana was linked with Barca over the summer.And he told Marca: “It has always been my club, it gave me everything, it allowed me to return to Europe and I am very grateful. “If Barcelona shows interest again for me, I will go with great pleasure, but we do not know what can happen. “I am very grateful to the coaches I have had.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Imports at the major retail container ports in US are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month.According to a report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, the decline would be noted as the retail industry entered its annual lull between seasons, while plans for a tariff increase were put on hold.“Now that the holiday season is over and summer has yet to crank up, this is the quiet time of year for retail supply chains,” according to Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy.“Retailers are also taking a break from the rush to bring merchandise in ahead of tariff hikes now that the increase that was scheduled for March has been delayed,” Gold said, adding that imports will start to build up again soon as retailers prepare for the summer.U.S. ports handled 1.89 million TEUs in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 3.7 percent from December following the end of the holiday season but up 7.4 percent year-over-year.February was estimated at 1.79 million TEU, up 6.2 percent from February 2018. March is forecast at 1.59 million TEU, up 3.2 percent year-over-year but the lowest level since 1.63 million TEU in April 2018.Imports during 2018 set a new record of 21.8 million TEU, an increase of 6.2 percent over 2017’s previous record of 20.5 million TEU. The first half of 2019 is expected to total 10.8 million TEU, up 4.8 percent over the first half of 2018.“The trade war with China is turning out not to have the results President Trump expected,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said.“Imports from China did not decline – in fact, they soared to record levels.”last_img read more


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OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell walks out of the Buckeyes’ locker room before a game against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWhen Urban Meyer was hired as Ohio State’s head coach at the end of the 2011 season, many saw the possibility for a dynasty. Meyer’s MO had been his ability to implement a high-octane, prolific offense to whichever program he was coaching. He is one of a few coaches that reshaped the offensive landscape of college football, primarily switching to a spread from a pro-style offense. Since the OSU football program’s earliest days, the Buckeyes have been viewed as a team that excels on the defensive end. Since 2002, when Luke Fickell joined the OSU staff, the characterization of a tough, blue-collar defense stood out in the program’s seven Big Ten championships, four national championship berths and two national titles. The offensive firepower of an Urban Meyer offense combined with the traditionally stout Buckeyes’ defense was a formula many thought would put OSU in the running for a national championship every season. But Meyer came close to making his own recipe.During Meyer’s first two years at the helm for OSU, the Buckeye defense wasn’t the same. After 24 consecutive victories, OSU dropped the Big Ten Championship game to Michigan State and the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl to Clemson. OSU allowed an average of 377 passing yards over the last three games. The Scarlet and Gray ranked 118th out of 125 teams in passing defense.“I did not want to keep (Luke Fickell) when I got here,” Meyer said. “We weren’t very good on defense for a couple years and that stressed things out just a touch around here.”Fickell served as interim head coach before Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2011, going 6-7. Fickell was retained by Meyer as co-defensive coordinator, sharing the duties with Everett Withers, who also coached safeties. After coming within earshot of playing for a national title in 2013, it was clear to Meyer that a change had to be made on defense.In 2014, Fickell was the one who stayed and Withers took another job while current Rutgers head coach Chris Ash was hired by Meyer to replace Withers. The Buckeyes’ secondary underwent a complete overhaul, improving to 15th in passing defense and picking off 25 passes on its way to a national championship. Fickell, in charge of the linebackers, transformed Darron Lee into a freshman All-American after switching from safety.Fickell has produced 12 NFL draft picks so far in his coaching career, as well as dominated the state of Ohio in recruiting — a couple reasons why the University of Cincinnati hired him as its next head coach.“You do not have to be on the best terms at all times,” Fickell said. “Sometimes discomfort breeds growth. To push somebody deep down inside, you gotta know it’s for a reason. That’s the thing I can say, at times, we’ve had these discussions before we’ve had tough times. That’s a part of the game and what you really do is step back and able to realize how much you respect him because of it.”In the midst of preparing for OSU’s national semifinal bout against Clemson on Dec. 31 in Glendale, Arizona, Fickell accepted an offer from Cincinnati to become the Bearcats next head football coach. The long-tenured Ohioan — the one who played for St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, played for John Cooper for four years and coached under Jim Tressel — now will attempt to create his own legacy in the same state that he has built his career.A career that Fickell said wouldn’t be anything without his wife, Amy, and their six children.“Sometimes you take advantage of the people you love the most,” he said. “My family understands that. My wife understands that, my kids understand that, I hope, to some extent. For right now, those are the things that suffer the most. I couldn’t do that without a great wife.”Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell celebrates with junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) following an interception during a game against Purdue Nov. 2, 2013 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoIf Fickell had left after 2013 for another job, he said that it wouldn’t have felt right not leaving on a high note. When former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman was hired at Houston during preparation for the College Football Playoff in 2014, he chose to coach throughout the playoff with the Buckeyes. Fickell will do the same this year, preparing for the CFP semifinal against the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (12-1), while trying to balance his position at Cincinnati.“I told them even when I was introduced down at Cincinnati, I wanted to look at every kid and make them realize why I’m doing what I’m doing,” Fickell said. “I’m doing what I’m doing because we started something and I would never start something without finishing it.”One of the players that Fickell has impacted the most is junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan. A five-star recruit from Hinesville, Georgia, that Fickell recruited, McMillan said the best quality about Fickell is his trust in his coaching, sticking with one defensive philosophy since McMillan’s freshman year in 2014.McMillan was an impact player on the national championship team and soon will be another member of Fickell’s linebackers in the NFL. In his time at OSU, Fickell said he hasn’t seen a player that means more to a unit than McMillan.“He’s been able to guide me through all my blessings I’ve been given here at Ohio State and put me in the position I’m in today,” McMillan said. “Through the ups and downs, he stayed on my side, and even the guys beside me, nurtured us and have us become men.”In his last days as a an assistant coach at OSU, Fickell is facing one of his most difficult tasks yet as a defensive coach. Clemson averages 505.5 yards per game on offense, led by Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson.In 2014, when Clemson put up 40 points and over 500 yards against the Buckeyes, some thought that result would spell the end for Fickell’s time in Columbus. Since then, Fickell has turned into one of Meyer’s most trusted colleagues the past three seasons.“One of the greatest things I’ve ever done was keep Luke Fickell,” Meyer said. “He’s a loyal, good man and a very good friend of mine. We’ll be very close for a long time.” read more


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first_imgParis Saint-Germain will play against Saint-Etienne later tonight as the team hopes to maintain their good run.Paris Saint-Germain is looking for its 20th victory of the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.PSG will face Saint-Etienne tonight as the team comes from beating Manchester United at home in the UEFA Champions League.“Thomas Meunier will be missing tomorrow, Choupo-Moting is ill. He trained with us yesterday, but today he’s resting,” manager Thomas Tuchel explained to the team’s official website.“All the others should be available, we’ll wait until the end of the training session for the some of them. Neymar and Cavani are out.”“We’ll be cautious with those who have played a lot and those who have only just come back from an injury like Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe,” he added.“They’re a very strong team that has done rather well against the league’s big teams, against the top five.”“They have experience and a lot of quality. We also know that the atmosphere at Saint-Étienne is great, and it’ll be a big challenge for us to play them at this stage of the season,” he commented.“When you’re at Paris Saint-Germain, you have to expect these kinds of games, you have to be ready and well prepared for each game because teams are waiting for us,” Tuchel added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We have had two days off and two to prepare well. We’ll have to play to our best if we want to win at Saint-Étienne.”“At a club like Paris Saint-Germain, you always have to show that will to win, because we want to win everything. The players who are here want to play and win too,” the PSG boss added.“No-one at the club, whether it be the players or the staff, looks at the fixture list and considers this or that match more or less important.”“We are here to achieve objectives and we have to prove ourselves up to the task, every day. We have to be ready to take on any challenge that crosses our path,” he concluded.Good morning @DaniAlvesD2 ☀️✈️ @ASSEofficiel #goodcrazy #ASSEPSG pic.twitter.com/BO5MIIAnDr— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 17, 2019last_img read more