Advertisement AdvertisementAccording to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Oklahoma City Thunder will be signing a second-round pick, 19-year-old shooting guard, Hamidou Diallo to a 3 year, $4M contract. Diallo is an athletically gifted player after spending 1 season with Kentucky averaging 10 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 1.2 APG, he also shot for 43% from the field and 34% from the 3 point line.Diallo, who will wear jersey number 6, gives the Thunder 15 players under contract for the upcoming season: guards Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Dennis Schroder, Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson and Diallo; forwards Paul George, Jerami Grant, Patrick Patterson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Abdel Nader and Kyle Singler; and centers Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel.A native of Queens, N.Y., Diallo represented the U.S. in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup where in seven games he averaged 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 18.2 minutes per contest. He also won gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.The Thunder will be using $838k from their $5.3M MLE as part of the deal, meaning the Thunder currently have $4.5M worth of the MLE as of July 25, 2018.
Transfers ‘Arsenal should have got Martial not Mkhitaryan’ – £50m spend better than swap, says Nicholas Chris Burton 08:58 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Manchester United Premier League Anthony Martial The Gunners appear set to complete a trade with Manchester United involving Alexis Sanchez, but should they have pushed for a different player? Arsenal should have spent £50 million landing Anthony Martial from Manchester United rather than swapping Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, says Charlie Nicholas.The Gunners appear set to complete an agreement with the Red Devils which will see two high-profile figures trade places.Mkhitaryan will arrive at Emirates Stadium as a proven performer at the highest level, but having failed to make the expected impact at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nicholas wonders whether he is capable of raising his game in north London, and believes Arsene Wenger would’ve been better advised by investing funds brought in from recent sales to acquire France international Martial.The former Gunners striker told Sky Sports: “I appreciate he [Mkhitaryan] is efficient and a decent team player. Would I take the deal? Yes, I would. But to be totally honest I’d much rather pay an additional £50m to get Martial.“I think if Arsenal would say to Martial: ‘You can be the next Thierry Henry’. Arsenal made £30m on selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, £20m on Theo Walcott, so go all-in; forget Malcom or other players who may or may not be good prospects, go all-in and give him what he wants financially.“In the summer Arsenal were willing to take Raheem Sterling but Martial is a far better player and could become one of the best in the world.“I would hope Arsene Wenger would be talking to his agent, who will already know he is going to struggle for playing time majorly with Sanchez arriving, and saying, ‘Come here where we’ll build the team around him’.”Such an opportunity has passed Arsenal by, with it now up to Wenger and Co to coax the best out of Mkhitaryan.Nicholas, though, fears that a man who has already flattered to deceive at United could buckle under the pressure once again.He added: “If you don’t handle the situation at Manchester United then there’s a question mark over you for me. I just think the club is so enormous that it swallowed him up.“He reminds me of Alexander Hleb, or even Andrey Arshavin. They have talent and are superstars in their own country but they can’t really handle the pressure.”
Twitter/@SheaDixonQuarterback is the big question mark for the LSU Tigers heading into 2015. This year, Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings continue to battle it out for a second season for the job, but next year, four-star dual threat passer Feleipe Franks enters the fray. Franks, an All-American and the fifth place finisher in this summer’s Elite 11 camp, has started his senior season in a big way. Check out this fantastic 30+ yard touchdown pass by Franks. He delivers a perfect strike while rolling out, beating two defensive backs with the throw.#LSU QB commit Feleipe Franks with a nice 30-yard TD pass. pic.twitter.com/843i57B1O4— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) August 29, 2015Franks’ Wakulla side leads South Carolina’s Spartanburg High School 14-13 early in the second half. The game is currently being broadcast on ESPNU.
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Sept. 7———QUEBECER DESCRIBES IRMA AS TERRIFYING: A Quebec man living on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin is calling hurricane Irma the most terrifying experience of his life after 300-km/h winds ripped the roof off his house and others in the same complex. The Category 5 storm left disaster in its wake Wednesday when it hit Saint Martin, where Rene H. Lepine has lived permanently for four years running a real-estate development. Before that, Lepine had been a frequent visitor to the island — his wife and extended family are from the area. But nothing could prepare him for the fury of Irma. “It was the most terrifying experience of my life, to put it mildly,” he told The Canadian Press in a Facebook conversation Thursday as he used a gas generator to keep his phone charged. Irma’s path of devastation across the northern Caribbean left at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.———LIBERAL TAX PLAN DEMONIZES CANADIANS, SCHEER SAYS: The federal Liberals are demonizing the country’s small business owners to pay for their own out-of-control spending, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Thursday. Scheer opened a two-day meeting of Conservative MPs and senators by hammering on the Liberal government’s plan to end what it calls unfair tax advantages for the wealthy by changing elements of the tax code. The proposed changes to the tax code announced by the Liberals earlier this summer provided an unexpected political gift to the Conservatives, seeking new momentum in Opposition after Scheer was elected leader of the party in May. Dozens of groups have rallied against the changes and Trudeau got an earful at a town hall Wednesday night in Kelowna, B.C., where the Liberals are currently meeting. Scheer told caucus the subject will be top of mind when Parliament resumes this fall, as the Opposition seeks to press the government on other hot-button issues from the summer.———CANADA URGED TO PUT ‘DREAMER’ SYSTEM IN PLACE: U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to end protections for those who entered the U.S. illegally as children could spark a new wave of immigration and asylum requests, some analysts warn. If that happens, they say, Canada’s already stressed systems would come under further pressure and potentially intensify a backlash against newcomers. About 1.7 million illegal migrants to the United States — the vast majority of them Mexicans — are either registered or qualify for registration under a five-year-old policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program, which Trump wants ended, allows them to obtain work permits and protects them from deportation. Martha Batiz, an award-winning Mexican-Canadian writer and academic, said Canada would do well to put a system in place to welcome Dreamers, many of whom have grown up in the U.S. and are therefore culturally adapted and speak English as well as Spanish. Otherwise, she said, they might feel desperate enough to create the kind of risky and uncontrolled influx recently seen with Haitian and African migrants.———CHIEFS WANT MANITOBA TO DECLARE STATE OF EMERGENCY: Some Indigenous leaders want the Manitoba government to declare a state of emergency and free up more hotel rooms for people who have fled forest fires in the north. Chief Dino Flett of Garden Hill First Nation says people living in close quarters in emergency shelters in Winnipeg have been getting sick. He says this is the first time he can recall large shelters being used for forest fire evacuees because of a lack of available hotel rooms. Garden Hill and two other Indigenous communities were evacuated last week, and more than 1,000 people were initially put up in two large shelters in Winnipeg. The Canadian Red Cross says it has been transferring people to hotel rooms as they become available, and only about 300 people remain at a shelter. Premier Brian Pallister says he won’t declare a state of emergency, and says everyone involved is doing the best they can.———PROTESTERS BUILD TINY HOMES IN PIPELINE PATH: Members of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia say they are building the first of 10 tiny homes that will be placed directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society says the house is a symbol of sustainability in the face of an environmentally damaging project and is based on homes built at the Standing Rock protest in the United States. Manuel says she lived in a tiny home at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest for three months in 2016 and asked the designer of the building to create plans for buildings that could be placed in Trans Mountain’s path. She says the mobile houses will be occupied by people struggling with a housing crisis in the Secwepemc Nation and will be 5.5 metres wide and 3.6 metres tall with a wood stove and solar panels. Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, did not immediately respond to a request for comment but it announced yesterday that it had hired six contractors in advance of planned pipeline construction activities this month.———NOVA SCOTIA JUDGE WHO ACQUITTED CAB DRIVER TO BE INVESTIGATED: Nova Scotia’s chief justice has ordered an investigation into complaints against a provincial court judge who presided over a high-profile case involving a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger. Justice Michael MacDonald issued a statement Thursday saying a three-member review committee will look into allegations of misconduct against Judge Gregory Lenehan. Lenehan faced intense public scrutiny in March when he issued an oral decision that concluded the Crown had failed to prove the woman’s lack of consent. He followed up by saying, “Clearly, a drunk can consent,” then acquitted 40-year-old taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi. Lenehan’s choice of words set off a storm of social media criticism, a letter-writing campaign calling for a judicial council to investigate, and two public protests. The Crown has appealed Lenehan’s decision.———NEW MURDER TRIAL ORDERED FOR EX-SOLDIER: Ontario’s top court has ordered a new murder trial for an ex-soldier who walked free because his case took too long to be heard. The Crown had appealed a judge’s decision to stay a first-degree murder charge against Adam Picard under new time limits established by the Supreme Court of Canada last summer. It also alleged Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett mischaracterized the nature of the delays, failed to consider the complexity of the case and did not properly account for a transitional period in applying the new rules. Picard was arrested in December 2012 in the killing of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, who police believe died the day he went missing in June of that year. The trial was set to begin in 2016 when the murder charge was stayed in a surprise decision.———NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE SINGH GETS RIVAL’S HELP: Federal NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh has clinched the backing of veteran politician and former leadership rival Peter Julian. Julian says Singh represents the diversity the NDP needs in order to thrive against the Liberals and Conservatives. He says he has been impressed in recent weeks by the breakthrough Singh had made in signing up new members. Julian notes there is a distinction between debating fellow leadership hopefuls and choosing whom to support, and he took the time necessary to make the right choice. Julian, who represents the British Columbia riding of New Westminster-Burnaby, dropped out of the race in July, citing poor fundraising numbers. The race to replace outgoing NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is heating up, with the first round of voting scheduled to take place later this month.———TORONTO TO BID FOR AMAZON HEADQUARTERS: Toronto Mayor John Tory says he will be leading the charge to convince Amazon that it should call the city its second home. Amazon announced Thursday that it is hunting for a site for a new headquarters in North America, in addition to its sprawling Seattle hub. Tory says in a statement that Toronto is a prime candidate for the technology giant and that city staff plan to put together an attractive bid. Amazon says that it will spend more than $5 billion US to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. The technology company plans to stay in its current Seattle headquarters and the new space will be a full equal of its current home, said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Cities have a little more than a month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.———TORONTO COUNCILLOR APOLOGIZES FOR ‘KNITTING’ COMMENT: Toronto’s deputy mayor is apologizing for comments he made about the city’s outgoing chief planner after backlash from critics who called his words sexist. Denzil Minnan-Wong told the Toronto Sun last week that Jennifer Keesmaat “should stick to the knitting,” meaning city planning, rather than weighing in on other matters. Keesmaat fired back on CBC’s Metro Morning on Thursday, saying she found the comment deeply offensive. Minnan-Wong says his comments were taken out of context, but added he nonetheless believes the city’s next chief planner should focus on planning. Keesmaat plans on leaving the role next month after five years on the job during which she has often been an outspoken advocate on accessibility, transit and public space issues. Several local councillors, from Mary-Margaret McMahon to Mike Layton to Joe Cressy, called out Minnan-Wong for his comments. “First of all, I’m not going to mince words, he might as well have told me to go back to the kitchen,” Keesmaat told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway. “Just so you know, I’ve never been there — I’m not a very good cook — I think it’s a deeply offensive comment.”
Lupus LA’s largest annual fundraiser, the Orange Ball is a special evening devoted to honoring individuals who work to improve the lives of those living with lupus through medical research, advocacy, and increasing awareness.This year’s event will take place at Beverly Wilshire Hotel tonight, May 9.Lupus LA will honor Jason Alexander with the prestigious Loop Award, Dr. Jay Schapira with the Daniel J. Wallace Founder’s Award and Dr. Stanley J. Naides of the Quest Diagnostics with the Medical Visionary Award.Expected to attend the event are Toni Braxton, Jason Alexander, Bob Saget, Tracie Bennett (End Of The Rainbow), Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Scott Grimes (NCIS), Michael B. Jordan (Parenthood), James Lesure (Men At Work), Jenni Pulos (Flipping Out), Kellie Martin (Army Wives), Ingo Rademacher (General Hospital), Josh Altman (Million Dollar Listing), Parminder Nagra (ER), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), Ali Hillis (The Ultimate Life), Gleb Savchenko (Dancing with the Stars), Olivia Harrison (Mrs. George Harrison) and more.Orange Ball guests will enjoy an intimate musical performance by six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Toni Braxton, live auction that includes high-end items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, as well as dinner and cocktails.A disease with no cure, lupus affects 1.5 Million people in the US, which is more than cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis combined. Ninety percent of lupus patients are women. The Orange Ball raises funds for Lupus LA, which promotes lupus research, awareness, education and serves the needs of people with lupus and their families in Southern California. In the past 13 years, the Orange Ball has raised over $3.5 Million for the cause. To learn how you can “Get Into The Loop” or purchase tickets please visit lupusla.org or call 310.657.LOOP.
WASHINGTON — United States is designating the Argentina-based online pharmacy Goldpharma and eight Argentine citizens as significant foreign narcotics traffickers.The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says Goldpharma sells illicit opioids to customers located in the United States through its nine entities located in Argentina, Colombia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.All property in the United States of designated entities will be blocked, including seven companies in three states and four condominiums in Miami.Five of the Argentine individuals designated have been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Amazon.ca is now selling scientific and industrial supplies such as microscopes, power tools and 3D printers as the company looks to expand its offerings in Canada.The new category of business, industrial and scientific supplies is aimed at hospitals, universities and business looking for commercial supplies.The popular online retailer has added several new categories of products to its Canadian store over the past 12 months, including clothing, shoes and wearable electronics.Amazon gets more clicks than Canadian web retailers, but it isn’t hurting sales — yetAmazon Canada to sell clothing, shoes starting ThursdayAmazon.ca spokeswoman Katie McFadzean said the company offers more than 100 million items in more than 30 categories in Canada and is constantly working to expand selection.Amazon’s American store offers a much wider range of products and, for Americans, the company’s Prime premium shipping membership also gives them access to a library of streaming content that is unavailable in Canada.Amazon has expanded into two new office spaces in Canada over the last two years, one in Vancouver and one in Toronto. The company said last March that it was testing delivery drones at an facility in rural British Columbia.
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that Wolf Minerals Limited, an Australian/UK specialty metals company, will be deploying IFS Applications™ as its ERP system when it opens its first UK mine near Plymouth, Devon. The order is valued at £300,000.Wolf Minerals is developing a major global tungsten and tin production hub at its Drakelands mine, which will produce about 3.5% of forecast world demand for tungsten in 2016. Wolf Minerals’ objective is to have a core set of IFS functionality up and working prior to its full operations, which are scheduled to go live in summer 2015.Paul Massey, Managing Director, IFS comments, “This is a significant project that will see not only Britain’s first new metal mine for 45 years, but also the development of the world’s third largest tungsten resource. The objective for IFS and Wolf Minerals is to implement finance, maintenance management, HR, payroll and supply chain tools for phase one, with a view to expanding IFS functionality further as the site kicks off operations, including the deployment of the IFS Mobile Work Order capabilities.”Jeff Harrison, Wolf Minerals UK Operations Manager, said of the decision: “It is imperative that as we implement our new IT system that this is done on the basis of proven, reliable foundations and with applications which are focused on how our business operates and can adapt with the growth of the business. Not only has IFS provided this, but also an excellent consultation throughout this process.”
Holger GlandorfSG Flensburg German star Holger Glandorf (30) secured his proffesional future with SG Flensburg until 2017. New contract on four year base is signed and that means that Ljubomir Vranjes doesn’t have to think about left-handed players for a while.SG Flensburg has signed a deal with another left-hander, “Serbian Abalo”, Bogdan Radivojevic (20) who is coming from RK Partizan for the upcoming season. ← Previous Story Lijewski said “NO” to THW Kiel – Germans between Barachet and Dujshebaev? Next Story → Men’s Junior WCh 2013 starts in Bosni and Herzegovina!
Germany dismissed Greek demands to pay World War Two reparations after leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Berlin of using legal tricks to avoid paying compensation for the Nazi occupation of his country.Resurrecting the highly-charged issue has done little to soothe already strained German-Greek relations as Athens strives to persuade euro zone partners to renegotiate terms of a 240 billion euro bailout.Compounding tensions, a Greek minister said he was ready to endorse a court ruling allowing Athens to seize German state-owned property to compensate victims of a World War Two Nazi massacre of 218 Greek civilians in the village of Distomo.Berlin is keen to draw a line under the issue and officials argued on Wednesday that Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutsche mark payment to Greece in 1960.“It is our firm belief that questions of reparations and compensation have been legally and politically resolved,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday.”“We should concentrate on current issues and, hopefully what will be a good future,” he said, adding that the dispute did not, however, affect euro zone talks with Greece on its bailout.However, German media jumped on the demands to highlight the depths to which relations have plunged. Top-selling Bild daily, critical of Greece’s failure to implement reforms, splashed “Greeks Demand Billions for Nazi Crimes” on its front page.Politicians also expressed exasperation, with Bavarian conservative Hans Michelbach saying: “The subject has been closed since the 1950s. If it came to Greek violations of German property, Germany would know how to defend itself.”Resentment in Greece about Nazi atrocities runs deep and the Greek media have depicted Merkel and her finance minister in Nazi uniforms. Nazis destroyed hundreds of Greek villages and killed more than 20,000 civilians between 1941 and 1944.Germany argues that the 1990 “Two plus Four Treaty”, signed by then-East Germany and West Germany and the four World War Two allies before reunification, draws a line under future claims.Not all Germans agree. Annette Groth of the radical Left party said Berlin should honour 11 billion euros linked to an “occupation loan» which Nazi Germany forced the Bank of Greece to make.“It is Germany’s moral duty to pay the money, even if there are different opinions on international law,” she told Reuters.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Since 2015 Kentucky Fried Chicken and DC Comics have been teaming up for an annual comics special. First was 2015’s The Colonel of Two Worlds follow up by 2016’s The Colonel Corps. This year’s installment, Green Lantern/Colonel Sanders: Across The Universe, not only continues the bonkers adventures of Colonel Sanders in the DCU but is a print exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con!This latest outing of the Colonel reunited former Green Lantern writer Tony Bedard with Hal Jordan and saw seasoned (pun intended!) DC artist Tom Grummett with such colossal works like The Death of Superman and Batman: Knightfall under his belt taking on penciling duties for the mighty Colonel! The team is rounded out by Trevor Scott (Batman R.I.P., Batgirl) and Sean Parsons (Batman: No Man’s Land, Infinite Crisis).Basically, fried chicken is the most important thing in the universe. In fact, fried chicken is so important that someone in the DCU took it upon themselves to steal some space bound chicken sandwiches! It’s up to Green Lantern and Colonel Sanders to scour the universe to save it. Maybe it’s just an excuse to cram as many characters into this story, but it’s totally worth it! We don’t just get Green Lantern characters; we get appearances from all sorts of heroes including long time fan favorite Adam Strange! Hey, DC, we love Adam Strange. Please put him in more comics!All of you down at SDCC should go swing by the DC Comics booth #1915 and try to snag one while supplies last. Not there, but know someone who is? Make them get a copy for you! If you can’t get a physical copy and don’t care to pay inevitably jacked up prices from people flipping them after the show you can head to Comixology and grab a digital copy available now. It’s twenty pages of finger licking goodness, and with a price point of $0.00 how can you go wrong?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. Stay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life
The American Soybean Association (ASA) ramped up its call for approval of three outstanding soybean traits by the European Union this week, saying that the tools are a critical part of the industry’s ongoing quest to meet sustainability and consumer demand goals, and that continued delays pose serious issues both for farmers and industry.In a letter to European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis Tuesday, ASA expressed deep concern with the EU’s delayed authorization of three new soybean traits: Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant RR2Xtend and Vistive Gold high oleic traits, as well as Bayer CropScience’s isoxaflutole-resistant Balance Bean trait. All three traits received positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority in May and June of last year, and have awaited approval for five months following an Appeals Committee ruling in January.“The Commission’s lack of action in providing final authorization for these soy events has already caused unnecessary uncertainty, disruption and cost in the agricultural supply chain. Immediate authorization by the European Commission is needed to avoid substantial additional unnecessary costs and possible disruption to the essential supply of feedstocks needed by the EU’s livestock, poultry and feed industries, which are more than 70 percent dependent on imports of vegetable protein,” the letter stated.ASA also cited repeated assurances over the course of several months from EU officials that approval of the three traits was imminent as providing a false sense of security for farmers looking to utilize the traits to meet sustainability goals and comply with the food industry’s ongoing move away from trans fats in the American marketplace.“As the threat of resistant weeds continues to move across soybean country, and the specter of increased input costs coupled with a down farm economy looms over so many soybean farmers, we need more options in the marketplace. We are not benefited by new products that are stuck in a malfunctioning approvals pipeline,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “Add to that the ability of high-oleic soy to help answer the growing market for cooking oils free of trans fats, and you see the real value in these three traits.“The European Commission must abide by the timelines set out in in its own regulations, as well as its obligations under the World Trade Organization, and give these traits the approvals that it has said are forthcoming,” Wilkins added.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be conducting Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway from MP 86 to MP 99. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9am-2pm Thursday afternoon. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway.
Houston Public Library goes high-techThe Scenic Woods Regional Library in northeast Houston opened its new creative digital space, TECHLink, in May. It has a 3D printer, a fully equipped recording studio, a video production space (with a teleprompter and green screen), animation software, a laser engraver, an embroidery machine, and a “Tiny Techs” area for kids.And, of course, these TECHLink services are free for the public to use. Listen – / 5Not your “grandmother’s library”According to data from The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, electronic materials (like audio, video, e-books, and databases) have increased nearly 14,000 percent, between 1997 and 2016.“We saw just last year, our circulation of our e-content [e-books, audio books, music, and videos] up 35 percent,” said Laurie Covington, Deputy Assistant Director of Customer Experience for the Houston Public Library. Covington has been with the system since 1999. “We buy more things digitally, and we allow customers to sign up for a library card online. So, they can get instant access to our electronic books, movies, and music.”Covington said they make sure their libraries have strong Wi-Fi signals, plugs for customers to charge personal devices, and technology has even changed the way staff interacts with library visitors.“We have staff that are roaming throughout the library, with iPads or tablets,” said Covington. “They can meet the customer in the stacks, and be able to answer their question without having to go back to their desk to look something up.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /04:04 Advancement in technology has significantly changed how some people read (and get) books, ever since the emergence of eBooks, audiobooks, and online shopping. But libraries are still going strong. In fact, Texas libraries reported a 44 percent increase in visits between 1997 and 2016. That’s because your local library may have changed quite a bit from when you were a kid. “Maybe you can’t keep up with the technology trends the way that the library can now,” said Karnavas. “So, this will lead to a population that has more skills, especially in the high-tech areas. And I think that’s going to lead to more innovation and more storytelling.”Karnavas said he performs at 20 to 30 libraries around Houston over the summer. Along with being a musician, he’s a program director for Just Add Beats, an audio production and entrepreneurship program for kids grades 6 through 12.“If they have a place in the community where they can come… to continue to push their skills, then that is a wonderful thing,” said Karnavas. “And I think libraries are more important than ever…. You’re going to see a lot more creative projects and it’s also a safe place for kids to collaborate.” – / 13The Houston Public Library noted staff is available to help users navigate the space, and it expects TECHLink to expand to other locations within the next couple of years.Houston musician Andrew Karnavas, 34, said he has been recording albums for the past decade, and his last album was recorded in a padded-out walk-in cooler. But now, he tracks and mixes at TECHLink’s new recording studio.Karnavas said he is a huge advocate for libraries, and recorded the “Welcome To The Library” song to help get the word out about TECHLink. “It’s not your grandmother’s library anymore,” said Helen Chou, Senior Manager of International Services at the Houston Public Library.“We really see libraries as that unique place in the community, where people come here to learn, for very different reasons, often times. But the nice thing is: everybody who walks through these doors is equal to everyone else. In that, they have equal access to learn. And, for us, seeing Houston as the most diverse city, we really believe that one of the best opportunities for learning is from each other. And that’s really what we’re trying to do at the Houston Public Library, is expand those opportunities to learn from each other.”– / 3The Houston Public Library operates over 40 locations and serves about 2.3 million Houstonians. And Chou said their libraries have embraced and evolved with the city’s diverse population. For example, Chou said a library recently hosted a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) information workshop, with pro bono lawyers from the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative. “Definitely, the climate, the environment around immigrants and refugees has changed. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily changed in terms of the interactions between neighbors, here, in Houston,” said Chou. “And so, we really try and build resources for community needs. And we’ve seen a lot of support from the community for building those relationships.”Chou said they host a variety of cultural events, including “The Living Room at HPL,” where visitors can meet each other while enjoying food from all over the world. They also have programs like bilingual story time, live language interpretation resources, and continue to hold citizenship and English classes.“We believe the library should be your community’s living room,” said Chou. “It’s a place where neighbors meet neighbors. And they build relationships and trust. They understand across cultures and across boundaries, by just having those genuine and authentic conversations.”Allison LeeClassmates from Iran, Japan, and China engage in conversation class at the Looscan Neighborhood Library. Allison LeeKhadija Alsayed (right), of Syria, engages in the library’s conversation class.Social services at librariesLibraries simply aren’t just warehouses for stacks of books. In addition to an extreme influx of digital assets, they continue to be beacons of trusted resources within the communities they reside in.Jennifer LaBoon, president of the Texas Library Association, said libraries are able to help residents in the community because they’re embedded in them. “Some of our libraries are much easier, access-wise, for people in the neighborhood than other social services. And so, they come there looking for assistance and information and the library has evolved to meet that,” said LaBoon. “They had to morph and become a place where those people could come to learn about services and social services that are available to them. They’ve helped them fill out paperwork. They’ve helped them with citizenship classes. They’ve done the citizenship ceremonies. They’ve done all of it. And they are truly making a difference in those people’s lives. Because they provided that need, and it may have been a need they were not filling five years ago.”LaBoon said social workers are also popping up at various libraries across the state, including the Dallas Public Library. Jo Giudice, Director of Libraries for the Dallas Public Library, said they have two full-time staff dedicated to working with their customers experiencing homelessness.“We have spent the past 5 years fine-tuning our program here to find out what our customers need from us and how we can best provide assistance while not being a social services provider,” said Giudice, in an e-mailed statement. “The balance we have found is to be a good partner to our social services providers and invite them into the library to provide services.”Laurie Covington, of the Houston Public Library, said public libraries also can help people do things like start a small business, apply for colleges, get a job, and train in digital fluency. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20020459/In-Depth-2018-06-19-at-11.08am.mp400:0000:0001:46Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pew Research CenterMillennials like librariesA 2016 Pew Research Center survey found Millennials use libraries the most, when compared to other generations. According to the data, over half of Millennials surveyed, 53 percent, said they used a library (or bookmobile) over the past year. Gen Xers responded at 45 percent, Baby Boomers held 43 percent, and the Silent Generation was the lowest, at 36 percent. “Most of our resources, in fact, today, are digital resources. But we still know that, despite the digital resources… we still need that ‘community center feel’. It particularly speaks to Millennials,” said LaBoon. “They like to gather. They like to talk about their interests in social settings, and not just via social media.” Covington said the Houston Public Library takes more advantage of natural lighting in the newer, renovated libraries, and also utilizes more open spaces. “I think especially when kids have grown up in the library, then they know to continue to use the library,” said Covington. “It’s a natural progression for Millennials to continue to use the library as they become adults. So we continue to offer programs for all ages.”But, you don’t have to read between the lines to know: it doesn’t matter your age, background, interests, or skill level… there’s something at your local library for you. X Allison Lee
Over the last many years, I have been rather fortuitous to be able to be a part of Christmas celebrations in many different parts of the world and also some in our own country. From the bikini-clad Christmas of Brazil to the bone-chilling one of Germany, from the balmy Christmas of Goa to the rather pleasant one of Puerto Rico, I have been there for Christmas, although mostly on work. In that context, I would rather shoot my mouth off and say it with some conviction that I have not seen any part of the world where Christmas is celebrated by such a multitude of citizens, mostly Non-Christians as in our country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn my view, the Christmas that is celebrated here trumps the ones celebrated in any other part of the world, simply because here in India it has elevated itself to being a celebration of the season participated in by people of all faiths, ages and economic strengths and there is an unmistakable vibe of bonhomie and community participation which is genuinely heart-warming. Like every other festival, food is an absolutely integral part of the Christmas celebrations and people generally want to eat out and have a good time. Almost all restaurants and clubs have Christmas special menus with an attempt to showcase the season’s produce and special dishes are created to catch the spirit of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlthough whenever one talks of Christmas food, the mind immediately wanders to the Turkeys, fruit cakes and eggnogs, it is true that most restaurants while keeping these traditional dishes, also attempt at creating new dishes that appeal to a wider section of diners and ones that are trendy for that period. Talking about food and drink trends, let us talk about some of the trends that are gaining traction this year and are being followed by the diners as well as chefs. Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Although Christmas is generally associated with ‘Merrymaking’, meaning most people tend to be high in spirits, literally and figuratively, it is a noticeable trend that many people now want to cut down on alcoholic beverages for various reasons. Stricter penalties on drunken driving, a general awareness about the high-calorie contents of some spirits, as well as the drinks becoming more expensive has meant that more and more diners now look forward to an exotic non-alcoholic drink as a pre-dinner drink and also as a food accompanying drink. Many chefs and bartenders are creating tasty and low-calorie drinks that are not just tasty and healthy but also allow people to indulge in a round of drinks without being conscious of being on the wrong side of the law while driving back. Small Portions : Although Christmas is associated with generosity and bountiful portions, the general trend is that diners want to sample various different foods and therefore want to have smaller portions as compared to earlier. Most chefs now create tasting platters where there are various kinds of foods served in a single platter as well as create smaller portions of dishes that the diners can eat guilt free and not be concerned about finishing the entire dish. This has also meant that the restaurants are experimenting more and more with exotic and rare ingredients since it is easier and more economically viable to make small portions of these foods. Simplicity: There was a period in contemporary culinary history where every dish had to be intricately garnished and the flavours needed to be very complex and multi-layered. The latest trend however is that of minimalism. More and more chefs are creating dishes with minimal ingredients and little or no garnishes thereby capturing and showcasing the true character of the quality ingredients. The cooking techniques are also moving towards being simpler and quick thereby giving the chefs a better chance at creating al fresco food that is quick to make and serve. Sourcing Transparency: A marked trend in the food service space has been the ever-growing awareness of the diners about the various kinds of food items and them demanding to know more about their food in terms of the source of raw materials and the ingredients used. Many establishments that are known for not using artificial flavours, colours and preservatives and also the ones that are known to use good quality food ingredients are being majorly benefited from this trend. In fact they are now being able to reasonably justify their relatively higher food prices as well as being able to increase awareness and demand for responsibly sourced and prepared food with limited or no artificial ingredients. Kids’ menus: In many fine dining restaurants across the world, kids are getting their due attention since festive dining is all about the family eating together and many times the kids are the decision makers or at least have a major say in the decision making process of which restaurant to choose. By not having a kids menu, many restaurants are making themselves not being considered since the kids, for the most part, do not like the same food that adults do. Most restaurants are creating kids menus and combos that can appeal to kids while the adults can indulge in the more grown-up foods. Some restaurants are even creating separate monitored spaces within the restaurant where kids can eat separately in the company of other kids while the adults enjoy their contemporaries. Bowl in One: Another hot culinary trend is the food bowls that the diner can assemble themselves and create unique combinations of a dish that is contained in a single serving bowl. Spread across cuisines, food bowls are gaining popularity since it is easier to eat and faster to assemble with most pre-cooked ingredients being assembled together and some hot sauce or broth being poured over, thereby making a complete meal within a single serve. Although there are various other food trends that are gaining popularity, the above, to me are the significant ones. In any case, since these are trends, they are by definition something that will change intermittently but definitely. Here is a recipe of the quintessential Christmas beverage –The eggnog, with my little chocolaty twist. Do serve it post dinner and it will certainly be a crowd pleaser. You can avoid the alcohol to make it kid-friendly. The Christmas Chocolate Eggnog Ingredients Egg Yolk 4Milk 200 mlSugar 50 gm Cream 50 ml Cocoa Powder 10 gmMixed spice powder: 2 gmGood quality brandy 30 ml (don’t skimp on this) Vanilla extract A few dropsMethod Boil the milk and cream together. Add the egg yolks slowly in barely simmering milk, ensuring that the eggs don’t curdle. Now, add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, mixed spices and lastly the brandy. Refrigerate overnight for the flavours to mature. Next day warm before serving. Serve sprinkled with a little nutmeg powder and cocoa powder.
Top five trends in mobile bookingBy 2020, worldwide smartphone subscriptions are projected to top 6.1 billion. Consumers are now experts at navigating apps and mobile sites, and using their mobile devices with almost the same ease as using their desktops. According to travel industry research authority Phocuswright, now that travel companies are catching up, with multiple apps and iterations under their belts, it’s time for them to move beyond the basics.Phocuswright’s Mobile Travel Landscape 2015: A Multi-Region Report reveals five hot topics that are inspiring the next wave of mobile travel innovation:The Mobile ExperienceDeep LinkingPaymentsBeaconsMobile Messaging“The next phase of mobile travel is all about delivering a timely, relevant and customized traveler experience,” says Phocuswright’s research analyst, Cathy Schetzina Walsh. “That means understanding who the travelers know, what they like, where they are in the travel process and what problem they are trying to solve. Travel companies can achieve this by leveraging context, anticipating needs and empowering travelers to personalize their experience.”The popularity of mobile apps has created a new era of walled gardens, but there is increased focus on building deep links between apps to foster a seamless user experience and enable cross-app marketing and advertising opportunities.“Deep linking can improve mobile search, make mobile advertising and marketing campaigns more effective and boost conversion,” Schetzina Walsh says. “Over the next few years, deep linking will become an increasingly important element of the mobile booking funnel.” Read the full report hereSource = Phocuswright
The Presidential Villa. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, FijiJean-Michel Cousteau Resort, one of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific, offering spectacular ecological exploration, understated natural luxury, and warm hospitality in the traditional Fijian style, has announced its grand reopening on September 1, following tropical cyclone Winston in February 2016.The iconic eco-luxury resort has been restored to its former splendor and further enhanced to feature a new dedicated spa and refreshed design elements and furnishings for its exquisitely appointed guestrooms (bures) and suites, an expanded pier, updated swimming pools and more. “We are overjoyed to welcome guests back to our Fiji home,” said Bart Simpson, general manager of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji. “All of the things our guests have come to love about the resort are still here – including the resort’s spectacular experiences, the understated natural luxury, and our same beloved staff – and now guests can appreciate new enhancements, too.”Nestled in one of the world’s most pristine and spectacular settings, surrounded by elegantly landscaped tropical gardens, a scenic mountain backdrop, and on the shores of tranquil Savusavu Bay, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort offers an exclusive escape for discerning travelers looking for experiential travel coupled with luxury and authentic local culture.Set in natural beauty, the resort’s refreshed design evokes a sense of hidden paradise, utilizing a natural color palate with splashes of vibrancy.Guest Rooms and SuitesBuilt on the site of a former coconut plantation, the lush 17-acre property features 25 newly thatched houses known as “bures” set on the shores of beautiful Savusavu Bay with views of the coral reefs and the mountains beyond — a quintessential Fijian setting. The bures are well appointed with many luxurious touches, including deluxe king beds, over-sized bathrooms, and private decks, perfectly designed for both couples and families.Unrivaled AmenitiesA true tropical paradise, the resort offers a wide variety of amenities, including three swimming pools, outstanding restaurant, spa, Bula Club for kids and a PADI dive centre. Upon re-opening, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort introduces a new Spa, featuring treatments that reflect the purest of local healing ingredients, including cold pressed coconut oil, masi, raw local cacao and honey, wild mint, and more. Local villages benefit economically by the purchase of these products in line with the resort’s holistic philosophy.Adventure AwaitsA pioneer in experiential travel, the resort offers an outstanding lineup of activities, including guided snorkel and dive trips with Fiji’s only resident marine biologist, hikes in the rainforest, a private island experience, kayaking, sailing, traditional Fijian weaving, yoga, and more.Kids’ ProgramsJean-Michel Cousteau Resort aspires to provide children with a level of care that reflects the world’s best practices, infused with Fijian culture. Children and teenagers have the opportunity to explore and connect in several unique and fun ways through the resort’s expansive list of programs, including the Bula Club, a complimentary children’s program that features a full schedule of activities, encouraging kids to explore the Fijian culture and learn about the world around them; a Junior Chef Program, where kids from ages 6 – 12 enjoy culinary and cultural activities; and Connect with Kids, a culturally educational experience for children and their parents.Eco-Conscious EffortsSince inception, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort’s guiding ethic has been to take as little from the environment as possible, to give back as much as it can, and to respect others with whom it shares its space. The resort has striven to maintain nature’s perfect balance by respecting and participating in the living vitality of its environment, and it continually seeks new ways to reduce its carbon footprint while providing guests with an enriching luxury experience. Book your staySource = Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Authorities on Monday said that they believe the massive fire in Lofou in the Limassol district that took 15 hours to extinguish on Sunday was arson and that they have a suspect.It burned around 1.5 square kilometres of pine trees and wild vegetation.The fire was one of four firemen and firefighting aircraft had to tackle on Sunday, two in Limassol and two in Paphos.The one between Lofou and Ayios Therapon villages in Limassol was the largest and most difficult to put out. It started at around 11.30 pm on Saturday in a hard-to-reach area and it was not declared under control until around 14.40pm on Sunday.The task of the firefighting crews was very difficult due to very strong winds in the area. The two villages were not threatened by the blaze.The road between Alassa and Ayios Therapon was closed to traffic for most of the day.Another blaze broke out at around 10.30 am in the state forest in Pareklisia, also in Limassol. It was put under control at around 1pm after burning around one hectare of pine trees.Fire department chief, Markos Trangolas, told state broadcaster CyBC on Monday that they have reasons to believe the fire in Lofou was not random, as there were two fires on the same site 10 days ago, 150 metres apart.“Yesterday’s fire started just 50 metres away from the site of the previous ones,” Trangolas said.As the fire was in a hard-to-reach area, he said, human negligence has been ruled out as no one could carry out any activities there that could spark a blaze.“Yes, it was arson, we are assessing information, we have also given to the police, we suspect a person,” Trangolas said. Usually, he said, arsonists choose days with strong winds so that the fire spreads more easily.He said that they have no information linking Sunday’s fires to the start of the hunting season.Two more fires, broke out in the Paphos district, in Peyia and Inia close to Akamas.On Sunday morning the blaze near Peyia started at around 7.50am, near a residential area, but firefighters were able to douse it before spreading. It was put under control at around 11am. It burned around 1.5 hectares of dry vegetation and trees. Electricity cables were also affected.Later in the day, at around 2.35pm, another fire erupted in Inia that was put out some four hours later. It burned 1.5 hectares of olive trees and wild vegetation. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementCalling All Carnivores: This Surgeon Says Do Not Cut Out Red Meat! (Do This Instead)Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated the government’s commitment to maintain and broaden conditions that would lead to fiscal surpluses and high economic growth.Addressing the 15th CFA Forecasting event, organised by the CFA Society Cyprus, on Thursday night Anastasiades recalled that from a downturn of 6% in 2013 Cyprus returned to consecutive high growth of 4%, from deficits of €1 billion in 2012 and 2013 generated surpluses for five consecutive years, unemployment has fallen from its peak of 16% in 2013 to 7.5% with a declining trend, while the Cypriot credit rating returned to investment grade status.These achievements, he said, were the result of the prudent fiscal policy we followed, the strengthening of our stable and competitive tax and legal regime, the implementation of measures which facilitated economic and investment opportunities and the adoption of significant structural reforms.It was also the combination, he added, of the above with the patience and hard work that the people of Cyprus demonstrated, as well as the co-operative stance of the majority of political partners, social partners, and in particular the professional business organisations and the private sector.The President reiterated the government’s commitment to continuing to improve the country’s business environment through adopting measures and implementing new incentives which facilitate economic and investment opportunities and implementing further significant structural reforms in pensions, the welfare and labour market system, the health care system, tourism and research and innovation.He added that “at the same time, we will of course continue to actively support the thriving financial services sector, one of the most important and productive pillars of our economy, which has proven truly resilient at challenging times, being a key pillar for the economic recovery, the growth and the job creation we are witnessing.”Anastasiades also said that in addition to numerous tax and legal incentives offered, the government has actively supported the development of the industry by strengthening the national regulator, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, while enhancing the regulatory framework according to the European legislation and on best international practices.“These initiatives, as well as the hard work of professionals in the industry, have resulted in the strong growth of the sector, especially as regards fund management,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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