Giving New Life to Old Data with High Performance Computing

first_imgOnce a picturesque summer retreat for the prominent Girona-Agrafel family of Spain in the 19th Century, the Torre Girona stands as a center for advanced knowledge today and, most notably, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s (BSC) MareNostrum 4. The 11.1 petaFLOP cluster ranks 16th on the November Top500 list1, and is powered by over 165,000 Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor cores, all seamlessly connected by Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA) high performance fabric. MareNostrum 4 gives the Torre Girona Chapel new life, supporting over 150 projects with research topics spanning from neuroscience to crop yield models. Upon diving deeper into BSC’s research findings though, it appears BSC is reinvigorating more than just the Torre Girona by uncovering new patterns in old data.High Performance Computing Digs Deeper Than Traditional Analysis High performance computing (HPC) clusters like MareNostrum 4 employ computational methods in which compute nodes rapidly, and in-parallel, slice through data to uncover insights that often go unnoticed by classical, non-parallelized analysis techniques. Recently, just by reanalyzing publicly available, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) data on over 70,000 individuals, MareNostrum 4 illuminated novel genetic variants that increase a person’s risk for Type-2 Diabetes – in one case by 200%.2Successfully detecting new disease risk variants with this type of publicly available, previously analyzed data is an evolutionary step for medical HPC – towards treating not only Type-2 Diabetes, but all genetically complex diseases. Mapping the underlying genetic bases for a disease paints a clearer picture of new biological targets for therapies, and how to design more active, preventative approaches to the disease.Fabrics Transform Repetitive Analytical Processes into Instant ResultsIntel Omni-Path Architecture can drastically reduce a user’s time to solution when the problem comes with large data that requires high-precision, high-performance analyses like GWAS. Intel® OPA interconnects each of the 3,456 Lenovo ThinkSystem* SD530 compute servers in MareNostrum 4 and allows them to execute all 70,000 GWAS datasets in tight, parallel fashion. Intel® OPA’s extremely low latency, high 100G/s throughput, and intuitive management software allow users to drive the entire MareNostrum 4 cluster in parallel, or distribute particular compute tasks across the cluster. For example, one could use 90% of the compute nodes to run analyses on all 70,000 GWAS at once, while the remaining 10% summarize output data for reporting or additional study.Interdisciplinary Collaboration Opens Doors High performance computing isn’t new, so why hasn’t this been done for Type-2 Diabetes before? The BSC-assisted study3 answers this question by highlighting the following challenges.Without the extreme parallelization offered by a fabric-connected cluster like MareNostrum 4, processing large datasets, like GWAS on 70,000 individuals, may require too much time. Concurrently, many medical scientists don’t even have access to systems like MareNostrum 4 and must rely on PC or workstation powered analyses. Although, even if most medical scientists did have access to many-node clusters like MareNostrum 4, the challenge of needing a parallel programming counterpart to frame scientific problems into computable solutions arises. While the pairing of medical scientists with parallel computing experts is an ongoing challenge for the academic research community, the solution could have groundbreaking benefits, especially since the amount of medical data that has yet to be touched by HPC is very large.Looking into the FutureThankfully, for medical research professionals, there are programs that proactively harness HPC systems, such as the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and their small- and medium-enterprise program SHAPE. PRACE and SHAPE broaden access to HPC resources in medical and other fields to organizations of all sizes, allowing more minds to explore questions that only governments or research universities were equipped to tackle. Participating organizations are assisted by HPC specialists to take full advantage of highly-parallel, Intel® OPA-equipped HPC clusters. You can learn more about SHAPE, PRACE, and how to apply for access to high end systems like BSC’s MareNostrum 4. A closer look at MareNostrum 4, here, also offers insights for organizations considering their own HPC cluster design. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. § For more information go to November 2017 Top500 List: Re-Analysis of Public Genetic Data Reveals a Rare X-Chromosomal Variant Associated with Type-2 Diabetes. (Nature Communications 9, Article 321, 2018). Re-Analysis of Public Genetic Data Reveals a Rare X-Chromosomal Variant Associated with Type-2 Diabetes, Nature Communications 9, Article 321 (2018). read more

“We’re Sorry”—Petition Sparks U.K. Apology on Alan Turing’s Persecution

first_imgComputer scientist John Graham-Cumming was working on his book, The Geek Atlas, when he recently decided to petition the U.K. government to apologize for its 1950s persecution of Alan Turing based upon his homosexuality—an effort that apparently led to the famed mathematician and computer scientist taking his own life. The online petition drew thousands of supporters, including scientists such as Richard Dawkins, and U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has now issued the desired apology, noting in a letter to the Daily Telegraph: “While Mr Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can’t put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him.”last_img

Chardham highway project will be completed by 2018: Gadkari

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) The Rs 12,000 crore Chardham highway project in Uttarakhand will be completed by the end of 2018 irrespective of which party comes to power in the state, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has assured.Minister for Road Transport and Highways Gadkari also exuded confidence of winning the state election. Assembly elections in Uttarakhand were held in a single phase yesterday and the results will be announced on March 11.”This (Chardham project) is a promise made to the people of Uttarakhand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated the process. It will be completed before the end of 2018,” he said.Asked whether the promise will be kept if BJP fails to form the government in the state, he said, “Yes. This has nothing to do with politics.”Just a week before the imposition of the modal code of conduct in view of the assembly polls in Uttarakhand, Modi had laid the foundation stone for all-weather highway project — Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna or the Chardham highway development project — aimed at improving connectivity between pilgrimage centres of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.The move prompted the Congress party to dub the project as a “poll stunt”, saying the BJP had played a similar gimmick before the Bihar assembly elections. Gadkari rejected the Congress contention, saying it was not done in view of state elections.Gadkari said his ministry also plans to develop Auli, a skiing destination in Chamoli district in the state, as a world class tourist place on the lines of Davos in Switzerland as the place witnesses temperature dipping to minus 6 degrees Celsius.advertisementNoting that investment in tourism increases job opportunities, he said, “We are studying the Auli project. I promise you that 10,000 youths of the hill areas of the state will get the jobs due to this initiative. It will change the face of the area.”Asked about the investment requirement for the Auli project, he said, “There is no dearth of money for this project.”Underlining that Uttarakhand has a huge potential of tourism, he said there are possibilities of other forms of tourism like adventure and water tourism in the hill state.”With the construction of the all-weather road, tourists will come throughout the year. There would be requirement of restaurants, hotels. There could be water sports, adventure sports in the state,” he said. PTI MP PYK SMNlast_img read more

Congress lost right to seek votes after 1984 riots: Venkaiah Naidu on Delhi MC polls

first_imgDays before the By-elections at Rajouri Garden, a Sikh dominant area, which comes under municipal elections in Delhi. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu raked up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.Addressing a public gathering for launch of party’s election ‘rath’ at Khyala area of Rajouri Garden, Naidu said, “Congress has lost the right to seek votes after 84 riots. There leaders are accused (of riots) and are still seeking votes from people”.Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Delhi President Manoj Tiwari, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, west Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and many senior BJP leaders also participated in the flag off ceremony of the ‘Vijay Vikas Rath’.The function was organised in Rajouri Garden to support its candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa in the upcoming assembly by-elections.Naidu also pulled Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over payment of his fee to ace lawyer Ram Jethmalani.”Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was willing to pay Rs 4 crore of people’s money to the lawyer. The money is yours, how can they even think about it”, he said.Also, Naidu took a dig at AAP’s performance in recently held assembly elections.”People of Delhi gave AAP a big chance but they started fleeing to other states. When they were defeated, they returned to Delhi making fake promises ahead of elections again. They cheated the people of Delhi”, said Naidu.By-elections at Rajouri Garden are scheduled on April 9 and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election is scheduled on April 23. MUST READ:  Shunglu panel report slams Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP government for nepotism. An India Today exclusive Delhi MCD elections: Nomination of 4 BJP candidates rejected advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 shows up on Reddit ahead of MWC 2018: Design, specs, features revealed

first_imgA day ahead of MWC 2018, Samsung will be unveiling its next set of flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The successors to last year’s Galaxy S8-series have already been rumoured and leaked in renders giving us a pretty good look at what we can expect. Ahead of its unveiling a Reddit user recently explained a little more about the upcoming flagships in an AMA after spending some hands-on time with them.The unnamed Redditor claimed he spent about 20 minutes with a Samsung Galaxy S9 and posted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to answer some questions, but the answers have now since been deleted. Based on the renders, many people felt that the Galaxy S9 looks similar to the Galaxy S8, at least as far as the bezel-less design on the front is concerned. The Redditor confirmed this by saying that the upcoming flagship does look and feel similar to its predecessor. I was really so [surprised] at the fact that it looked like I was holding an S8. Its really that similar, the Redditor said.This likely means that the Galaxy S9 will feature a similar edge-to-edge screen with an Infinity Display and we’re not likely to see any major reduction in bezels. Meanwhile, the most noticeable change will be seen on the back with regards to the placement of the fingerprint sensor. On the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the fingerprint sensor was placed next to the rear camera lens, which many found to be inconvenient. Renders have shown that Samsung has placed the sensor below the camera for easier accessibility, which the user also confirmed. Additionally, the Redditor also confirmed the dual rear camera setup on the Galaxy S9+.advertisementALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ to launch on Feb 25: Camera features, specs, everything else we know so farApart from confirming the design, the Reddit user also revealed some features that have not been talked about much in the past. Notably, the audio quality with the Galaxy S9 is noticeably better than the Galaxy S8. The sound from the speakers is “a major improvement” over its predecessor, the Redditor said, but didn’t confirm whether there would be stereo speakers like the iPhone X.The Galaxy S9 could come with an iPhone X-like Animoji feature, called 3D Emoji which the Redditor says is not exactly the same as Apples feature, but is somewhere between Animoji and Bitmoji. “You create an avatar, and can control its facial features, similar to an animoji.”Renders of the Galaxy S9 and teasers from Samsung have suggested that the company is not looking to make dramatic design changes, but is instead focussing more on the internals this time around, especially the cameras. Teased with the tagline “The Camera. Reimagined,” Samsung is hinting that we could see major improvements to the optics. This the Redditor also seemingly confirms as he mentions that there is a dramatic improvement in photo quality as well as 4K video support at higher frame rates. However, the user notes that the cameras still arent as good as the cameras on the Pixel 2 XL. The AMA host also notes that the dual aperture feature will be present on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.The Galaxy S9 is tipped to come with a 12-megapixel sensor on the back along with variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 and super slow motion video recording, while the front will see an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 aperture. The Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, will sport dual 12-megapixel sensors with PDAF, 2x optical zoom and LED flash among other things. Both the handsets are expected to be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipsets for some markets and Exynos 9810 SoC for other markets including India. Well know everything else about the Galaxy S9-series including their pricing on February 25 at Samsung’s Unpacked event.last_img read more

Bryony Frost: ‘The Grand National has lived in my family since I opened my eyes’

first_img“You’ve got to go in there all guns blazing,” says Bryony Frost, outlining her approach to next week’s Grand National, confounding any chauvinists who thought this young woman might prefer quietly popping round at the back for her first attempt at the famous race. “You can’t say, ‘We’re just trying to get round.’ That’s not my job, my job is to fill my horse with confidence, fill my team with confidence and keep kicking.”The 22-year-old Frost brought a similarly attacking attitude to a schooling session here, where she cleared six Grand National-style fences on her mount for next week’s race, Milansbar. The horse has never been to Aintree, so she wanted to know how he would react to the different look of spruce-covered obstacles and since this was only the second time she had sat on him, she wanted to find out how he will cope with meeting a fence on a bad stride. The National also has a special resonance for Milansbar’s owner, Robert Bothway, a semi-retired Norfolk farmer who says his cousin’s father-in-law owned the 1959 winner, Oxo. Neil King, trainer of Milansbar, says it is “terribly exciting” to have a runner in the Aintree race.If King has one regret, it is that he has run the horse four times already this year, having believed he would not make the cut for the National, which now looks a formality. But Milansbar shows no ill effects.“Since he ran in the Midlands National he’s been in the best form he’s been in all season. I’ve been thrilled with him. He’s been alive in himself, he’s a horse that likes this time of year. He does seem in tip-top order.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Bright object may have fazed Bellshill in Irish Grand National, says Willie Mullins Since you’re here… Grand National: Go Conquer and the injured As De Mee miss out Read more Was this helpful? Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. By Chris CookFontwell: 2.05 Thundering Home 2.35 Wizards Bridge 3.10 Larry 3.40 Clondaw Westie 4.15 Kings Lad (nb) 4.50 Burgess Dream 5.20 Helioblu BareliereLingfield: 2.20 Mister Musicmaster 2.50 Spring Romance 3.25 Yes Daddy 3.55 Suwaan 4.30 Six Strings (nap) 5.05 Evening Starlight 5.35 SarviChelmsford: 6.10 Miniature Daffodil 6.40 Rustang 7.10 Maratha 7.45 Candesta 8.15 Irish Minister 8.45 Jack Nevison 9.15 Geetanjali Share on Twitter Hide Read more Grand National This first attempt on the National means a great deal to Frost, whose father, Jimmy, rode Little Polveir to win the race in 1989. The VHS tape of the BBC’s coverage that day has seen plenty of use. “It’s a race that has lived in my family since I opened my eyes,” Frost said. “It runs through my blood.“There’s something about these marathon races, when you get on a horse and you’re galloping for nine minutes solid, going over fences like this, there’s a sort of partnership you don’t get normally with them. It’s where I’m happiest. When you get an opportunity to ride in it, it’s allowing you to have a buzz that you don’t get from anywhere else.”center_img features Topics Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Horse racing All went smoothly and the spruce was hardly ruffled. When Frost asked for a big one, Milansbar came up readily for her. But he was clever enough to fit in a short stride at the final fence when taking a flier would have been too ambitious, not to say dangerous.Frost was well pleased. “I’d rather a horse back off these fences than take them on. Those are the intelligent ones.” She likened Milansbar to Pacha Du Polder, who gave her an enjoyable spin over the Aintree fences to be fourth in last year’s Foxhunters.“Pacha didn’t hit one last year. They know where they’re at, they know their scope and they know their limit. As long as you’ve got the revs up, they can change their stride.”But even if we take the jumping for granted, Frost has a tightrope to walk with her tactics on Milansbar. Somehow in the National’s 40-runner field she must find a bit of space for this veteran who doesn’t like to be crowded. He is a frontrunner who has been recently enlivened by blinkers but Frost must conserve his stamina for four and a quarter miles. How will she do it?“The main aim is, get in a pocket, if you can find one. Get in a rhythm, because rhythm wins races, especially in those marathon races. And you’ve got to find luck.” Aintree Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Show Quick guide Horse racing tips for Friday 6 April Share on WhatsApp Share via Emaillast_img read more

Mbappe to return before Real Madrid

first_imgPSG Mbappe to return before PSG-Real Madrid, Emery confirms Jamie Smith 08:28 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Rennes PSG Coupe de France 07012018 Gettyimages PSG Kylian Mbappé Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Neymar PSG v Guingamp Guingamp Coupe de France The PSG striker is not set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a scary-looking head injury against Lyon Kylian Mbappe will be fit in time to play in Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid, manager Unai Emery has confirmed.Mbappe was hurt in a heavy collision with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during a 2-1 defeat to Ligue 1 rivals Lyon on Sunday.PSG doctor Eric Rolland said Mbappe’s injury was “nothing serious”, although the teenager had to be taken down the tunnel on a stretcher. 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 Mbappe subsequently missed Wednesday’s Coupe de France win over Guingamp, which fellow forward Neymar also sat out due to a thigh injury.But despite reports Mbappe could be set for two months on the sidelines, Emery indicated the striker will be back in action soon.”After the Lyon loss, he immediately asked to play again,” Emery told reporters after PSG’s 4-2 victory. “We must trust the doctor and be patient though.”Maybe if it had been a season-defining match, we would have risked it. Not today, though. We will see for Saturday [when PSG host Montpellier] and next Tuesday [against Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue semis].”However, I hope that he will be available by February 3 [against Lille], at the latest. He is good, quiet. He is normal. It’s a strong blow and the risk is to get another one.”The first leg of the blockbuster Champions League tie with Madrid takes place on February 14 in the Spanish capital, with Emery seeking to end the reigning champions’ two-year dominance of the competition.Neymar, meanwhile, has not featured for PSG since being whistled by fans during an 8-0 thumping of Dijon, in which he scored four times but denied Edinson Cavani the chance to surpass Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club goals record by pulling rank over a late penalty.”We should give love to Neymar,” Emery said. “He is a player to enjoy.”He continues the recovery with the physio. I hope he comes back to the group very soon.”He is here in Paris and he is a great player. We must give him affection.”last_img read more

Why English youngsters are suddenly embracing Europe

first_imgFew pundits, if any, would have predicted that the January transfer window would see Bayern Munich come in with a £35 million offer for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.To put it into perspective, that is more money for an unproven 18-year-old with 19 senior appearances than the Bavarians agreed to pay for World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard earlier this month. Yet it is just a fraction of what Premier League clubs spend on international stars.Of course, the cash-splashing among England’s elite might play its part in creating what is regularly dubbed ‘the best league in the world’, but it’s also what is making homegrown talents assess options away from home – a rare occurrence among English players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That Maurizio Sarri feels he needs to go into the market this month to replace his fourth-choice midfielder – Cesc Fabregas, who has left for Monaco – says it all. The Italian has arguably the best academy in England to delve into but is seeking a replacement elsewhere.Many have called for changes to the FA’s homegrown rules, which currently state that eight players in a club’s 25-man squad must have been on the books of an English team for at least three years before the age of 21.However, it is something clubs can easily get around when it gets to naming their starting XI and seven substitutes, not to mention the definition of ‘homegrown’ allowing foreign imports to qualify for this status.Stricter rules in this area is something that has been tried in Russia, with only six foreign players allowed on the pitch at once in domestic league games. However, it has had the opposite impact for the Eastern European nation and is believed to be the main reason for the country’s stagnation in player development, with local talent prepared to stay at home and live off big wages rather than test themselves abroad in stronger leagues.“The limit on foreigners harms the level and strength of Russian football. Players do not have the incentive to play abroad, and they’re not good enough to attract top European clubs,” said former national team coach Leonid Slutsky.Wisely, the Football Association (FA) opted for other ideas.Introducing their advanced youth award – the under-age level equivalent of an UEFA A Licence and mandatory for academy coaches – and creating St George’s Park are just two of the many changes that have shaped an incredibly talented up-and-coming generation of footballers, of which Hudson-Odoi is just one.Indeed, the FA’s hard work has already bore fruit, with England winning the FIFA under-17 World Cup, the UEFA European under-19 Championship and the FIFA under-20 World Cup in 2017.Now, the players who delivered those successes are moving abroad in search of regular game time.Hudson-Odoi quote PSCharles Buchan, founder of the Football Writers’ Association, wrote in 1958: “I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars. ‘I don’t think so,’ he said. ‘You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so.’”That remained true until recently. However, the level coaching in England has now improved, and with it the quality of footballer.As a result, the interest of Europe’s elite has been piqued, as underlined by Bayern’s pursuit of Hudson-Odoi.“He has qualities that suit our game. He’s a strong dribbler, fast, and carries a goal threat,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. Higher quality coaching isn’t just producing more technically gifted players, though; the new generation are also more ambitious.When Darren Moore, now the West Bromwich Albion manager, took the FA advanced youth award back in 2015, he told the Guardian: “One thing I will take from this course is the thought: ‘What environment am I setting for the players?’”Chelsea delivered a great presentation on how to give players more ownership [of their development].”That presentation has come back to bite the Blues. Dominic Solanke was one of the first of their stockpiled and loaned-out youngsters to stand up and take ownership of his development.Although his move to Liverpool didn’t work out, and he has since switched to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, the Chelsea striker must be given credit for searching for first-team football.Nathaniel Chalobah is another who realised his quality, packed up his bags and swapped Stamford Bridge for Vicarage Road. His rewards for impressing at Watford came quick too, with him making his senior England debut last October.Chris Willock, Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman were among the first to take this mentality abroad, before Sancho ensured it hit the headlines.”[Sancho’s success at Dortmund] has affected everyone,” Solanke said. “What he’s done, getting into the England team at such a young age, it will influence a lot of young players.”Bundesliga U21 scorers PSIndeed, now the trail has been blazed, Europe has become a real option for many youngsters.”People said at the time I was crazy to go to Germany but I saw it as another learning curve for me,” said Everton’s Lookman, who racked up five goals and four assists in a short 11-game loan at RB Leipzig.​ “I’m glad I did go. I learned about being more of a goal threat.”Former Liverpool youngster Tom Ince, meanwhile, is a prime example of how times have changed.The forward left Anfield in 2011 at the age of 19, in search of first-team football. Three years later, he received an offer from Inter but rejected it as he did not believe he would play regularly.“I stood in the San Siro and the English boy inside me told me to go to the Premier League,” Ince told the Telegraph.If he had been born seven or eight years later, into an era where young players seem to have a braver mentality, things could have been much different. Instead, he chose Hull City and, ironically, made just seven appearances. Today, he plays for Stoke City in the Championship.Encouragingly, moves abroad are once again attractive prospects for English talent, instead of a plan B for the country’s trouble-causers and misfits.The FA can look on proudly as their players rebuild the reputation for the nation on the continent – one made a laughing stock in recent years by a plethora of gaffes, from Jermaine Pennant’s forgotten Porsche to Joey Barton’s French accent.Solanke Sancho quote PSWhile the FA would love to keep their best talent in the Premier League, they will have few complaints if players moving abroad reduces the dressing room ‘cliques’ that plagued England’s previous ‘Golden Generation’.“Not being able to separate club ties to international football [held ‘the Golden Generation’ back],” Rio Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror. “When I went to Man United and [Frank] Lampard went to Chelsea, we stopped talking. I just didn’t like him anymore really because he was playing for Chelsea.”In stark contrast, Sancho and Nelson have revealed that they have a WhatsApp group with a few other players which sparks encouraging, friendly competition.Speaking about his Bundesliga rival, Sancho told BBC Sport: “I’ve got love for him, he’s got love for me. We just keep on pushing each other. If I do well on a weekend, I think it pushes him. It motivates both of us. I like seeing Reiss do well and I’m sure he likes seeing me do well, so it’s good.”If Hudson-Odoi does complete a switch to Bayern Munich, he and Sancho will be fierce rivals and compete on opposing teams in one of Germany’s biggest fixtures, Der Klassiker.But instead of destroying a friendship and hindering England, it would likely bring the best out of both teenage sensations – and see him added to a group chat of ambitious youngsters with the world at their feet. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

How to get perfect skin for DDay

first_imgThe bridal glow is every bride’s dream. Don’t let the harsh summer come in your way, and work your way towards it by keeping yourself hydrated and moisturised. Here are some easy tips by skin care experts to make you glow on your big day: 4Hydrating is important: Hydrate plenty in summer to combat the heat. The best solution for brides is to use a hydrating lotion. Ideally, water is the best remedy for fixing up your skin as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body making you feel refreshed during the hot days. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain4Cleansing is a must: Use a gentle skin cleanser twice a day with tissue or water. This cleanses without irritation to leave your skin soft and smooth. This mild, soap-free formula removes dirt, make-up, and impurities and also helps retain the skin’s moisture. 4For brides with oily skin, it can be a challenge to cope with make-up. Hence, investing in a cleanser which helps in getting rid of the skin’s grease and grime, is a good bet. It is kind on sensitive skin and perfect for those who suffer from acne. 4Replenish the skin’s moisture: Summer can be harsh on your skin and last-minute breakouts, darkening and dullness can stress out any bride with dry skin. Choose a moisturiser which is light weight, yet rich in macadamia oil which helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. Make sure it is specifically formulated to soothe dry skin and is non-greasy, non-irritating and non-comedogenic since this will eliminate clog pores.last_img read more

Ethiopia still faces food insecurity due to drought despite some rains UN

Although the October to November rainy season brought much relief to the drought-prone Somali Region of Ethiopia, reviving pastures and replenishing water sources, the rains were not enough to reduce overall food insecurity, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. The failure of 2007 and 2008 rains has led to low livestock reproduction, high livestock mortality and miscarriage while crop production, despite the rains, has been severely constrained by shortage of seeds, an early end of rains and floods in riverine areas.Humanitarian partners with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are constructing hand-dug wells, latrines and water points in primary schools in areas around the town of Jijiga.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reports that 74 per cent of the November relief allocations have been dispatched countrywide as of 20 January including to Afder and Liben zones in Somali Region.WFP continues to face shortfalls for 2009, including 345,876 metric tons of relief food worth $290.6 million, 54,655 metric tons ($47.2 million) for the Productive Safety Net Programme, 41,710 metric tons ($36.1 million) for the targeted supplementary feeding programme and 10,039 metric tons ($ 8.7 million) for Urban HIV/AIDS project.Households continue to engage in negative coping strategies in order to meet their basic food needs by selling assets, reducing the number or quantity of meals per day and borrowing food or money, WFP reported. 26 January 2009Although the October to November rainy season brought much relief to the drought-prone Somali Region of Ethiopia, reviving pastures and replenishing water sources, the rains were not enough to reduce overall food insecurity, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. read more

Cliffs Natural Resources to invest 33 billion to develop Ontario Ring of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cliffs Natural Resources to invest $3.3 billion to develop Ontario Ring of Fire by News Staff Posted May 9, 2012 7:20 pm MDT TORONTO – Ontario announced a $3.3-billion investment by an American mining company Wednesday to develop the Ring of Fire, a huge mineral deposit near James Bay, but faces opposition from some First Nations, local communities and environmentalists.Cliffs Natural Resources plans to build a chromite mine, a road to the area about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay and a processing facility near Sudbury, said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.The Ring of Fire includes the largest chromite deposit ever discovered in North America.The $1.8-billion proposed smelter in Capreol would create about 900 jobs, including 450 when it’s in operation by 2015, and would process the chromite into a key component of stainless steel, Bartolucci said in Sudbury.“There was stiff competition with other jurisdictions for the location of this smelter and those jurisdictions were outside the province of Ontario,” he said.Cliffs and Ontario will need a few more months to reach a final deal and resolve outstanding issues such as electricity prices and a possible exemption to process ore outside of Canada, said Bartolucci.“There are a number of factors that Cliffs and the province of Ontario are still discussing and still working towards resolution,” he said.“What is important is that we’ve arrived at the stage where both Cliffs and the province of Ontario are very comfortable in our announcement that the smelter is going in Ontario.”Cliffs issued a statement describing the developments Wednesday as moving from the pre-feasibility stage to the feasibility study phase.“A number of additional studies, including feasibility and other milestones, need to be completed before the company begins allocating a significant portion of capital to the project’s construction,” said Cliffs’ vice-president Bill Boor.In the legislature, the New Democrats said the processing of chromite in Ontario is key to keeping jobs in the province, and criticized Bartolucci for saying such details had not yet been hammered out with Cliffs.“We think that’s a pretty important detail to be worked out, and thousands of good jobs rely on that detail,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“If we’re going to build a prosperous and sustainable future we need to be smart and focus on creating those good jobs.”The Progressive Conservatives said they were suspicious of “good news presented in vague terms,” and questioned the government’s ability to bring First Nations onside.“It seems like there was two different announcements, and the one from the government made it sound like ore was being shipped as we speak,” said Opposition mines’ critic Norm Miller.“Why were there no First Nations at this announcement, because that can be a major stumbling block to hitting the timelines.”Bartolucci said First Nations must be “front and centre” as the development proceeds around the Ring of Fire, which also holds the potential for production of nickel, copper and platinum.But one chief accused Bartolucci of trying to head off opposition to the mine and refinery “in a last ditch effort of questionable morality.”Chief Sonny Gagnon of the Aroland First Nation said a secret meeting arranged late Tuesday between him, the chief of Marten Falls and provincial officials raised serious questions about Bartolucci’s ethics.“Ontario thought they could divide and conquer us by holding an 11th-hour meeting and make a few promises without our fellow Matawa chiefs present,” Gagnon said in a release.“Ontario needs to deal with First Nations first rather than simply taking orders from Cliffs.”The Nishnawbe Aski Nation complained Cliffs and the province were “ignoring First Nations” and said that is not the way to build a relationship with them.“I am disappointed with today’s announcement as it is obvious that Cliffs and the government of Ontario are not listening to and not respecting First Nations affected by development in the Ring of Fire,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose.The First Nations are worried about the environmental impact of the development in such a remote and pristine area of the province.“The Cliffs project is the canary in the coal mine of the Harper government’s rollback of environmental regulation,” said Gagnon.The Webequie First Nation “acknowledged” Ontario’s commitment to get the federal government involved in the consultation process, and pressed for a power transmission line to bring electricity to the mine site and to communities that currently burn diesel to generate power.Environment Minister Jim Bradley said he expected both the Ontario and federal governments would conduct environmental assessments on the Cliffs’ proposal, but wasn’t sure what impact new federal legislation would have on the project.“I won’t take advantage of the opportunity to take a swipe at the federal government until such time as we see precisely what role they are going to play in this,” said Bradley.“I can’t really predict whether that’s an instance flowing from their new legislation, but I know the environmental community is very concerned.”The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society condemned the province and Cliffs for striking “a backroom deal” for a 350-kilometre road based on the needs of a single mining company.“The province and Cliffs have decided to build this road in a pristine part of Ontario’s far north without considering scientific concerns, irreversible impacts on fish and wildlife, and communities’ needs,” CPAWS Janet Sumner said in a statement.“Ontario and Cliffs made a business deal prioritizing Cliffs’ bottom line over good public policy and the public interest.”Mayor Renald Beaulier of Greenstone, the municipality closest to the Ring of Fire, questioned the decision to locate the smelter near Sudbury, and felt Wednesday’s announcement was premature.“It’s hard to see how you can lead with a decision on a refinery location without an agreement on how you are going to obtain the ore body in the first place,” Beaulieu said in a release.“Why was Exton not considered as the refinery site, given its proximity to the (mine) site, superior transportation linkages … and significant support from municipalities, First Nations, chambers of commerce, Metis and others?” read more

Emergence of an East Coast boomtown The timing is now for Halifax

by Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2017 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Halifax is booming, its skyline awash with construction cranes, and Ontario native Jesse Rodgers can tell you why.Rodgers, a veteran of Waterloo’s tech startup scene, moved to the Nova Scotia capital a year ago with his wife and four kids. They bought a big house on a quiet, tree-lined street a stone’s throw from the ocean.The family bought a boat. They eat supper together almost every night. The kids joined sports teams, and Rodgers coaches hockey in the winter, baseball in the summer.They are part of a convergence of factors — thriving manufacturing and construction sectors, healthy employment and income gains, strong housing and retail markets, off-the-charts population gains — that have made Halifax one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, and earned it the title of Canada’s fifth-biggest tech hub.In a region that is largely consumed by a narrative of decline, Halifax stands out, and not just because of its fast-changing skyline.“The startup community in Halifax feels like Waterloo 15 years ago and it’s going to grow,” said Rodgers, who helms the city’s start-up entrepreneur hub Volta Labs. “The timing is now for Halifax.”Halifax has long been lauded for its short commutes, affordable homes, clean air and nearby beaches. It’s home to multiple universities and colleges, military bases, start-ups and a convenient time-zone and geography.But the city’s charm may come from what it doesn’t have: Million-dollar tear-downs, gruelling commutes to increasingly expensive, far-flung bedroom communities, summertime smog warnings, crush-loaded transit.Halifax resonates as an anti-Toronto — many big city charms but few big-city headaches.The city had a record population boom last year, economic growth has been strong, entrepreneurial activity is on the rise and housing starts are up.The municipality’s planning department is processing more building permits than ever before. In 2011, for example, the city issued permits for 96 new residential units. Last year, that number soared to 1,040 units.The city’s per capita population growth in 2016 outpaced Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and, just barely, Toronto, according to recent Statistics Canada figures.Much of the increase came from international immigrants, who made up three-quarters of the city’s 8,147 new residents. Even without a wave of Syrian refugees, it was still a record year.Ian Munro, chief economist with the Halifax Partnership, the city’s economic development agency, called the two per cent increase in population, to nearly 426,000 residents, “spectacular.”“I don’t know yet if that’s a trend or a blip,” he said. “We have to wait to see what next year holds.”Munro suggested international students putting down roots could account for a “good chunk” of newcomers. More than half the immigrants are under the age of 30, while most are under age 45, figures show.“If you want to be coldly, narrowly economic about it, getting this working-age cohort is the sweet spot,” he said. “They buy homes, start families, build businesses, hire people and establish contacts in their homelands to encourage more immigrants.”Eddy Ng, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business in Halifax, said immigrants and refugees are often pulled to big urban centres like Toronto in search of networks.“But if their first point of entry was Halifax and they studied here and felt comfortable, they are more likely to stay,” he said. “Also immigrants that arrive at an earlier age are more likely to integrate into society.”Hai Hu is one of those highly coveted immigrants. After completing a PhD in software engineering in Beijing, he launched a tech company and moved to Silicon Valley.But sky-high rents and pricey talent pushed Hu to look beyond California. He eventually stumbled upon a Nova Scotia start-up visa program, designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the province.“In the Valley, they say you have to raise fast, die fast. But I’m in the business-to-business area and I need more time to build up trust,” Hu said of his company, Skyline IT. “Halifax is close to the United States but it’s still affordable.”Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said a couple things are driving the city’s population boom. The biggest is a growing “stickiness” with immigrants who in the past have landed here and then moved to other places, he said. The city is also a draw for young working professionals in search of a more balanced lifestyle.“Particularly among young people, it’s not just about salary,” Savage said. “It’s about what kind of life they can have here.“The demands and the expectations of young people is different than it was a number of years ago. People want to work not only in an interesting city and an interesting company in an interesting field, they want a work-life balance and leisure time.”Yet some of Halifax’s boom is a cannibalization of rural regions on the East Coast, rather than Toronto ex-pats or international newcomers moving in. About 1,270 people moved to the city from somewhere else in the province last year, about 15 per cent of the city’s total population growth.And there is at least one sign the city is not yet a fully-fledged boomtown: Halifax lost about 440 people to other parts of Canada last year.But that doesn’t discount Halifax’s growth and magnetism for big city deserters. In years past, thousands of locals packed their bags and moved west. Either fewer people are leaving Halifax, or enough people are moving to the city to counteract outmigration.But population growth isn’t the only ingredient to Halifax’s dawning boom.The city’s GDP is expected to grow nearly two per cent in 2017, the Conference Board of Canada said. Rising container traffic, a growing services sector and manufacturing buoyed by work on Arctic patrol ships at the Halifax Shipyard will push Halifax’s GDP beyond the national average within the next year or two.Meanwhile, job growth is expected to climb, with 4,000 new jobs over two years curbing unemployment to 5.9 per cent in 2018.Mike Johnston knows about job growth.Seventeen years ago, he bought a laptop, put a satellite dish on his suburban Halifax roof and launched the northeastern seaboard’s smallest software consulting shop.It was the summer of 2000. The Truro native had been living in Boston, a would-be doctor who shunned med school after Harvard to throw himself into the heady heyday of software development.But all that changed as the tech sector was brought to its knees by the dotcom crash, and Johnston was brought back to Nova Scotia by his high school sweetheart and newborn baby. From a suburban Halifax bedroom, Johnston called his tech contacts and potential clients, and nabbed enough contract work with IBM to keep him afloat.His digital-media company, REDspace, has stayed put in Halifax even when hiring prospects were slim.To get workers with the right training, Johnston sat down with local community college officials and spelled out what he needed.The next step was convincing more experienced tech workers to come out east to work for him.“In past years I’ve heard outright from senior people in their mid-30s or early 40s — they’ve got a family, they’ve got kids in school in Toronto — they say, ‘If I pick up and move my family and cut my roots and it doesn’t work out with you, what else is going on,’” he said. “The reality is now there is a lot happening out here. There are a lot of companies doing neat stuff. Some big like the IBMs of the world, but there is also a growing start-up scene and interesting research and development at the universities.”REDspace now has a payroll of 170 employees — with 25 joining the payroll in the last six months alone — in a sprawling, colourful office space in a suburban mall.If anything, the challenge now is hanging on to top tech workers being wooed by competing technology companies.“We’re an export-driven company and we’re doing it all from Halifax,” Johnston said. “We mostly work on engaging front-end digital experiences … But we also do the back-end plumbing that’s perhaps less visible and less sexy but drives much of the delivery of streaming video.”Whether REDspace and some rosy Halifax economic and population data are outliers on the city’s skyline or signify a growing, evolving Halifax remains to be seen.And a boomtown, however backed up by the numbers, is not all positive. People grumble about street closures and dust during construction, the lack of parking and uptick in traffic.Then there’s also a changing streetscape — mostly for condo towers, but new office space as well — and contentious loss of some historic buildings. And while Halifax’s affordable real estate market might be a draw to some accustomed to Toronto prices, declining vacancy rates have pushed up rental costs.Savage admits a booming town has its downsides. As costs creep up, vulnerable populations might be priced out of the market.“I visited Calgary in the boom years and as things got better people gravitated towards the city,” he said.“Calgary had the biggest homeless shelter in the country. There aren’t very many cities that are doing well that don’t have an issue with poverty. We need to make sure no one gets left behind.” Emergence of an East Coast boomtown: ‘The timing is now for Halifax’ read more

Dissecting NFL wild card weekend

New York Jets vs. Cincinnati BengalsAfter coach Rex Ryan said that his team was “obviously out of the playoffs” after his squad’s meltdown loss against Atlanta, the New York Jets find themselves in wildcard weekend. Football fans around the country believe that the Jets caught a lucky break after winning their final two games versus opponents that already had clinched a playoff berth.But many overlook that the Jets possess the No. 1 defense statistically and have one of the league’s best-running games with Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene.The Bengals will seek revenge after their 37-0 loss last week at the Meadowlands. They will also look to take advantage of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez’s habit of consistently turning the ball over.If Sanchez doesn’t turn the ball over and the Jets continue to run the ball successfully, the Jets could pull off a low-scoring victory.Pick: JetsBaltimore Ravens vs. New England PatriotsThe Patriots lost a key component of their offense after NFL reception leader Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL in week 17. This is a devastating loss for the Patriots, but New England is always able to move pieces around after a loss of an injured player.   The Ravens once again relied on their defense and running game to make the playoffs for a second straight year. Second-year quarterback Joe Flacco had another successful season after his surprisingly strong rookie year.A significant factor in Sunday’s contest is that the Patriots will be hosting the Ravens in the frozen confines of Foxboro, where they haven’t lost all season and have won 11 consecutive playoff games.Even with the loss of a key receiver and a defense that has slumped throughout the season, the Patriots should win their first playoff contest because of two key individuals: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.Pick: PatriotsPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Dallas CowboysCould Dallas and Tony Romo finally win a playoff game for the first time in more than a decade? The Cowboys will host their first playoff game in the newly constructed Texas Stadium in front of what should be a hostile crowd.Quarterback Tony Romo has had a successful and consistent season and Dallas’s defense is coming off of consecutive shutouts for the first time in the franchise’s history. Its most recent one was in the season finale against Philadelphia, 24-0.Philadelphia’s offense will be difficult to slow down with electrifying receiver DeSean Jackson and quarterback Donavan McNabb. But the Cowboy’s defense has hindered the Eagles’ offense decisively in their past two contests.Dallas has defeated the Eagles twice this season and it should be able to carry over its late-season success to defeat Philadelphia for the third time in an offense-powered contest.Pick: Dallas   Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona CardinalsThe Cardinals went on an unexpected Super Bowl run last season that surprised everyone outside of Arizona. But don’t expect the Cardinals to make another trip to the Super Bowl. It looks as if receiver Anquan Boldin won’t be 100 percent for Sunday’s contest and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a knee injury in week 17. This should cause problems for the Cardinals as they try to cover receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has emerged as one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks this season. With exceptional offensive weapons, Rodgers should be able to win his first playoff contest. The revamped Packers 3-4 defense, led by resurged cornerback Charles Woodson, should slow down the Cardinals’ high-powered offense.Pick: Packers read more

Ministers admit property tax letter confusion but insist no one has to

first_imgTWO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS have insisted that no one has to pay the property tax for 2014 until next year, but have admitted that there has been confusion and there are cases where payment could be taken this year.The comments from Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar come amid ongoing confusion caused by the issuing of letters by Revenue to hundreds of thousands of homeowners across the country in recent weeks asking them to select their payment method for next year’s tax.While most options will see the payment taken next year, either in one lump sum or on a phased basis, Social Protection Minister Burton admitted on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics that there are issues in term of cheques and credit cards where the money will be taken out of people’s accounts now.But she insisted “people don’t have to pay until next year,” adding that the simplest option is to have a direct debit mandate.She said that the Revenue “have a lot of extra communication, to talk to people, to explain” saying she wants Revenue to explain to people what the options are for them in paying the tax.She reiterated that people do not need to pay the property tax due for next year until next year. Burton added: “The point is that the Revenue are making the payment arrangements for people… telling the people about the payment arrangements in advance, that’s appropriate for Revenue to do that, but nobody has to pay until 2014.”Oireachtas committee inviteBurton denied that there is any Cabinet split on the issue.Earlier on the Marian Finucane programme, the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the “average person would find it very confusing”.But he also stressed that there are lots of options for paying the tax, most of which do not require payment until next year.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Labour TD Ciaran Lynch, has said that he will invite the chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, before the committee this week “to deal with any ambiguities or concerns” about the property tax.“The concerns that I have heard expressed by the public over the last couple of weeks are not an issue of compliancy, but an issue of a requirement for good customer services, in which people who wish to pay the tax want to make the payment when the payment falls due,” he said.Earlier on The Week in Politics, Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming criticised the government for refusing to allow enough time in the Dáil to debate the property tax legislation saying “the government is passing the buck to Revenue”.“Revenue are doing the job they are required to do,” he said.Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said that the property tax itself is wrong and is a “brutal imposition on ordinary people, already hard-pressed, at the behest of the Troika”.Read: Gilmore asks Revenue to ‘reconsider’ property tax deadlineMore: Calls to delay 2014 property tax payments due next month “[It would be] a bit silly of people to pay their tax in advance unless they had a lot of cash,” she said.last_img read more

PSNI urge parents to control children after petrol bombs thrown

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE warned parents to ensure that their children remain safe and that their whereabouts are known at all times.Chief inspector Jon Burrows made the call following a number of disturbances in Derry last night, which involved upwards of 40 young people.Trouble broke out at approximately 7.30pm in the Fountain area when youths began throwing stones.25 petrol bombs were also thrown towards vehicles within the Fountain estate and a number of bins were placed on the road before being set alight.Burrows said:I would urge all parents to know the whereabouts of their children and to ensure they are safe and not involved in incidents like we saw in the Fountain area last night. The possibility of serious injury or death is very real when lethal weapons such as petrol bombs are thrown. The disorder in the area also put members of the community at risk as emergency services vehicles were unable to access certain areas of the city for a time last night.There were no reports of any injuries or arrests and the area was reported calm by midnight.Read: Men arrested after suspected bomb seized in Derry >last_img read more

Publishers left with empty hands as Borders delays payments

first_imgIt seemed like Borders was finally getting into the game after watching Amazon and Barnes & Noble from the sidelines. In July, Borders launched their own e-book store and reader app. The company’s aggressive move into e-books wasn’t just to remain competitive, it was to survive as physical book sales were being replaced by e-book sales. While the move seemed right out of the playbook of its competitors, Borders attempted to differentiate itself by not pushing just one e-reader, like the Nook or the Kindle, but by giving consumers multiple options so they could pick which one was right for them. It seems like Borders might have been too late to join the game though based on their financial difficulties.The company has announced that it is delaying payments to some publishers showing signs of liquidity concerns. After looking at Borders’ recent quarterly results, ending in October, it’s easy to understand why. The company reported a loss of $74.4 million which was on top of a $37.7 million for the previous year. The losses were due to a drop in revenue of 18% and a drop of same-store sales of 13%.AdChoices广告Borders is currently in the process of refinancing its debt, which includes restructuring payments to publishers, but if it’s unable to do so the company will violate existing credit agreements in the first quarter of next year. As our friends at Electronista point out, the series of events are similar to the final days before the demise of electronic retailer Circuit City.Read more at Electronista and the Wall Street Journal.Brian’s OpinionWhen Borders triumphantly entered the e-book business in July I thought that the company’s efforts were too little too late. I was then and still am mesmerized why Borders decided to remain on the sidelines while Amazon and Barnes & Noble carved marketshare out of the growing e-book business. After all, Borders really didn’t have a choice, but to enter the e-book business.E-books have been carving up a sizable chuck out of the print book business. That is primarily where Borders has been receiving its revenue so it makes perfect sense the company would see some financial pressure as consumers moved to e-books. The problem is that Borders took no decisive move to plug the hole in the leaking boat until July of this year.Now it seems the company is looking for help from publishers to get water out of the boat fast enough before it sinks. Publishers have to consider whether its worth the risk though, because in helping to keep them afloat they could find themselves going down with the ship as well.last_img read more

LittleBigPlanet becomes real with some helping hands

first_imgWith the recent release of LittleBigPlanet 2, the continuing adventures of Sackboy and friends had some creative minds wondering what the Craftworld would look like if it were created in real life.So with a little blood, sweat, and a lot of crafting material – the sketch comedy folks from the Show About Games Show put together a handcrafted LittleBigPlanet level and filmed a walk-thru complete with sackpeople characters and charming vocal music.AdChoices广告Sure this real life interpretation may not live up to the visually stunning platform puzzle game on the PS3, but you have to give these folks credit where credit is due. At least while playing LittleBigPlanet or LittleBigPlanet 2 you don’t have to worry about paper cuts or getting burned with a hot glue gun.Read more at YouTube, found via UberFriendship.last_img read more

Temple Bar tattoo parlour defends sprinkler system to deter rough sleepers

first_img Source: Dublin InkA DUBLIN TATTOO studio has defended a sprinkler system it put in place to deter people from sleeping rough outside the premises.There have been criticisms levelled at Dublin Ink in Temple Bar after the move was reported by Dublin Inquirer yesterday.In a statement on Facebook, Dublin Ink said it was not its intention to “wet homeless people while they were sleeping” or to cause any harm. This system operates with a motion sensor to spurt out water before a person has a chance to enter the porch. Dec 8th 2016, 2:09 PM By Michelle Hennessy The business said it had disabled the sprinklers five days ago.It also said two of its staff members were held hostage in the studio after a man “held a blood filled syringe in an attempt to stab them”.“Every morning, our staff members clean blood smears, used condoms, syringes, and other bodily fluids such as faeces off the premises. We have sent petitions to the council and in attempts to contact the right organisations we get passed around from one to the other and the responsibility is continually placed in our hands,” the statement said.Dublin Ink also released a number of graphic images showing discarded syringes, excrement and blood outside the premises. Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 2:09 PM Previous Share8 Tweet Email 36,502 Views “We are a small studio of 11 staff members just like any of you who, at this point, have had to resort to this measure to ensure the safety of not only ourselves but our clientele. We are open to any support or advice that can be given to resolve this issue. We would like to stress that we are not anti-homeless. The device is in place to deter drug usage on our premises.”Read: Dublin locals objecting to homeless hostel say there are already 12 nearby>Read: You’re not welcome’: Mixed reaction ahead of Taoiseach’s visit for inner city Christmas ceremony> 42 Comments center_img Dublin Ink This reduces the chances of anybody getting wet, and acts as a deterrent for people using our property for drug use or antisocial behaviour. We are extremely cautious of the weather and the device is most certainly not used in a constant manner. Previous 1 / 6Next Temple Bar tattoo parlour defends sprinkler system to deter rough sleepers The business said its intention was not to cause harm to anyone. Source: Dublin Ink” title=””>Source: Dublin Ink” title=””>Source: Dublin Ink” title=””>Source: Dublin Ink” title=””>Source: Dublin Ink” title=””>Source: Dublin Ink” title=””> Next Dublin InkSource: Dublin InkDublin InkSource: Dublin InkDublin InkSource: Dublin InkDublin InkSource: Dublin InkDublin InkSource: Dublin InkDublin InkSource: Dublin Ink Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more