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Moroccos National Team Disqualified from CAN 2015

Rabat– The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided, following its meeting on Tuesday in Cairo, that the African Cup of Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.The decision also means that the Moroccan national team is ‘automatically disqualified and will not take part in the 30th edition of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.’CAF’s executive committee said that this decision comes after the Royal Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its refusal to hold the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-Februqry 8, 2015). According to a press release issued by CAF on Tuesday, “the organizing committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will later apply the statutory provisions that are required due to a breach of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation regulatory and contractual provisions, including those set out in the Host Association Agreement signed between CAF and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in April 2014.”The executive committee of the governing body of African football has confirmed that it took note of some applications of national associations confirming their willingness to host the 2015 competition on the dates agreed.CAF has also confirmed “the continuation of qualifiers match-days 5 & 6, which will be held during the month (14/15 November and 19 November), paving the way for the qualification of the 15 teams that will be joining the team of the host country.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Sri Lanka chairs 2018 Social Forum at UNHRC

Opening the 2018 Social Forum of UN Human Rights Council today Ambassador Azeez said that the forum has served as an inclusive platform for multi-stakeholders and has enabled a deep reflection, among participants, on important themes that could bring out diverse aspects of intersectionality between Human Rights and the society. The 2018 Social Forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) kicked off today at the United Nations in Geneva, with Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Ambassador Azeez as the Chairperson-Rapporteur, alongside High Commissioner for Human Rights Madam Michelle Bachelet and Council President Vogislav Suc.The  three day Forum will address  the possibilities of further promoting human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them, through a thematic focus. Addressing the Social Forum further, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative stated that at a time when every recognized norm and value on which the UN, international order, and multilateralism stand, was being put to test in today’s globalized and yet volatile world, the importance of Social Forum, stands enhanced as a bridge-builder and as an enabler of an exchange of diverse perspectives aimed to strengthen and elaborate such norms and values. A documentary created by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation on how sports and sports-persons help create an impact on society in our journey to peace and reconciliation was screened.The Forum will end with a musical presentation by the UN Music Team titled a World Premiere “Racing for Peace” which symbolises Sri Lankans’ desire and commitment for lasting peace and advancement of human rights. (Colombo Gazette) Addressing the Forum, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights emphasized the importance of sports as a tool for social and human empowerment. President of the Council Ambassador Vogislav Suc also addressed the opening session.This year’s Social Forum consists of 9 thematic sessions followed by interactive dialogue in each session covering wider range of themes such as Sports, Human Solidarity and Universal Values for All Humanity; Sports and the “Equal Rights of Men and Women”; Inclusivity, Equality and Non-Discrimination in Sport; Sports, Sustainable Cities and the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living; Sports for Sustainable Development and Sustained Peace; Youth, Children and Future Generations etc. and side events. read more

Football Former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla dead at 34

Former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla died Sunday at the age of 34, according to an announcement made by Highland Local Schools. Highland Local Schools Official Release on the Passing of Mike Kudla.Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/T3EUtJnAc7— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) July 16, 2018In his career, Kudla was a member of the 2002 Ohio State national championship team, winning two Big Ten championships in his collegiate career. He also is No. 14 in school history with 14.5 career sacks. During his senior season, Kudla was Ohio State’s defensive MVP, recording 41 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks during the 2005 season. He also was named a member of the first-team All-Big Ten after the season. In the final game of his collegiate career in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl between the Buckeyes and Notre Dame, the defensive lineman recorded a career-high three sacks and seven tackles against the Fighting Irish. After his career with the Buckeyes and a short professional stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kudla became the owner of Core Plex, where he developed medical facilities around the country. He also had been helping the NFL in finding ways to develop protocols in preventing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). read more

TV ARENA SPORT Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem in January 2018

According regional TV station, TV Arena Sport, the Serbian playmaker Petar Nenadic will join Hungarian best team Telekom Veszprem in the middle of the season! During broadcast of Sunday’s matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League, that information was confirmed by commentators who pointed out that deal is set for January 2018.Telekom Veszprem wanted Petar Nenadic at the start of the season as replacement for an unexpected problem with Aron Palmarsson, who left the team without serious explanation. That Fuchse Berlin declined, but things obviously became different in the last month, as became clear that FC Barcelona Lassa are ready to pay for Palmarsson freedom even vefore next summer, when contract with Icelander previously had to start.Telekom Veszprem coach Ljubomir Vranjes has only one option on playmaker’s position, Mate Lekai, who is playing very well at the start of the season, but it’s long way until May. Vranjes knows very well capabilites of Nenadic’s from DKB Bundesliga, but also from short time on the bench of Serbian national team in 2013. Petar NenadicTelekom Veszprem ← Previous Story THANK YOU, FILIP: Jicha retires from professional handball! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5: Epic saves and too many landings read more

Rome sous la psychose dune obscure prévision sismique

first_imgRome sous la psychose d’une obscure prévision sismique Selon les prévisions d’un sismologue autodidacte, mort il y a une trentaine d’années, un violent séisme devrait frapper Rome ce mercredi 11 mai. Une hypothèse démentie par l’Institut national de géophysique et de vulcanologie qui s’escrime à rassurer les habitants de la capitale italienne. La psychose semble depuis quelques temps s’être emparée non seulement de la lucidité des Romains mais également d’Internet. Il suffit de taper les lettres ‘terre’ (pour ‘terremoto’, tremblement de terre en italien) dans Google pour que l’algorithme génère automatiquement 9 millions pages se rapportant à la prévision du tremblement de terre de Rome pour 2011, rapporte le quotidien La Repubblica. Une requête qui détrône très largement le séisme du 11 mars au Japon, pourtant largement médiatisé. Bendani : “L’homme qui prédit les séismes”L’origine de cette alerte? Un sismologue autodidacte, Raffaele Bendandi mort en 1979 en laissant derrière lui une série de prévisions sismiques. Durant toute son existence, ce passionné d’astrophysique a affirmé sa conviction sur la possibilité de prédire les tremblements de terre à l’avance. Sa méthode se basait essentiellement sur l’étude de la position des étoiles. En octobre 1914, il griffonne dans son carnet de recherche une date : ’13 Janvier 1915′ et un lieu : ‘Italie’. Un an plus tard, à la date prévue, un séisme de magnitude 7 dévaste la conca del Fucino. De ce désastre naîtra la renommée de Bendani, “l’homme qui prédit les séismes”. Pendant des années, il remplira des pages entières de notes et de calculs, prévoyant notamment à deux jours près le tremblement de terre de la région des Marches en 1924, et celui de Frioul en 1976. Selon la rumeur, les nombreuses prévisions laissées à sa mort mentionneraient un séisme à Rome le 11 mai 2011. Une information que l’Institution culturelle a vivement démentie en affirmant qu’aucune prédiction de ce type n’a été retrouvée dans les cartes et notes du sismologue amateur. En outre, celui-ci ne se serait jamais risqué à faire prévoir des évènements avec plus d’un an d’avance.Une prévision scientifiquement infondéeÀ lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiLa peur engendrée par la rumeur est toutefois tellement importante que l’Institut national de géophysique et de vulcanologie ainsi que la défense civile italienne ont affiché sur leur site une série d’informations pour répondre à l’angoisse croissante. Les scientifiques s’y expriment, formels : “À ce jour il n’existe aucune méthode reconnues scientifiquement capable de prédire le moment exact et l’endroit auquel se produira le prochain séisme. La seule prédiction possible est d’ordre statistique, basée sur la connaissance des séismes passés”. En moyenne, 30 tremblements de terre sont recensés chaque jour en Italie. Rome ne présente quant à elle qu’un risque sismique modéré par rapport à d’autres régions, comme les monts Apennine.Le dernier séisme recensé dans la région remonte au 6 avril 2009, dans ville de l’Aquila. Le tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,3 a provoqué la mort de 300 personnes. Rome, située à 120 kilomètres de là, a ressenti légèrement la secousse mais aucun dégât n’a été déclaré. Le 11 mai 2011 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook 85 des revenus par la publicité 12 par Zynga

first_imgFacebook: 85% des revenus par la publicité, 12% par ZyngaLe document d’entrée en Bourse de Facebook regorge d’informations jusque là confidentielles. On apprend que dans les revenus de la société, l’éditeur du jeu FarmVille pèse plus de 10% du chiffre d’affaires. Une dépendance financière à double tranchant.Après des mois de rumeurs, Facebook a officiellement fait sa demande préliminaire pour rentrer en bourse. La société de Mark Zuckerberg a déposé le formulaire S-1, première étape de cette arrivée à Wall Street et qui donne de précieuses informations sur la santé financière de l’entreprise. Plusieurs points sont à noter dans cette étude. Outre le chiffres d’affaires de 2011, qui s’élève à 3,71 milliards de dollars, on peut y lire la répartition des activités de Facebook qui lui génèrent des revenus, rappelle The Verge.Facebook tire 85% de son chiffre par la publicité ciblée. Aucune surprise sur ce point, c’est l’activité principale du réseau social de cibler au mieux ses utilisateurs et de façon “transparente”. Mais ce chiffre est en baisse. En 2010, il était de 95% et est monté jusqu’à 98% en 2009.À lire aussiPublicité céleste, pesticide et robot, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 17 janvierLes applications ont maintenant un réel impact sur le chiffre généré par Facebook. Et notamment les jeux produits par la société Zynga, éditeur du célébrissime Cityville. Zynga représente 12% de l’argent engrangé par Facebook. Un beau succès pour une nouvelle économie sur le web mais dans son dossier de candidature, Facebook ne fait aucun mystère de la faiblesse que pourrait représenter Zynga si la société venait à connaître des difficultés: “Si l’utilisation des jeux Zynga sur notre plateforme décline, si Zynga lançait des jeux ou en migrait certains sur des plateformes concurrentes, ou si nous échouions à maintenir de bonnes relations avec Zynga, nous pourrions perdre un développeur significatif et cela pourrait affecter nos résultats financiers.”Mais pour le moment, l’ambiance est au beau fixe entre les deux partenaires. Le formulaire révèle aussi que Facebook a fait évolué ses conditions d’utilisation pour favoriser la société de jeux vidéos, avec l’apparition de la monnaie virtuelle: “En mai 2010, nous avons ajouté à nos conditions d’utilisation l’opportunité d’utiliser les paiements Facebook comme moyen de paiement prioritaire pour leurs produits. Nous touchons jusqu’à 30% de commission sur les transactions effectuées dans les jeux Zynga. Cet accord expire en mai 2015.”Facebook et Zynga ont d’ores et déjà scellé un accord qui leur a pour le moment très bien réussi. D’autre part, Facebook, avec la nouvelle version d’Open Graph qui développe l’usage d’applications sur leur site, cherche à développer ses sources de revenus pour ne pas être dépendante d’une seule société. Il n’est jamais bon de mettre tous ces œufs dans le même panier. Le 2 février 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce fossile de tarsier découverte au Pakistan

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce fossile de tarsier découverte au PakistanPubliant leurs travaux dans le Journal of Human Evolution, des chercheurs américains ont découvert au Pakistan, sous la forme de quelques dents fossilisées, une nouvelle espèce de tarsier – ces minuscules primates – qui vivait au Miocène.Dirigés par le Dr Jelle Zijlstra, du Peabody Museum de l’Université Harvard, des paléontologues ont mis au jour 4 remarquables dents fossiles  dans une couche de terrain du Miocène de la Formation Manchar située dans la province de Sindh au sud du Pakistan. En les étudiant, ils ont alors déterminé qu’elles appartenaient à une espèce de tarsier jusqu’à présent inconnue.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après leur étude, la nouvelle espèce baptisée Hesperotarsius sindhensis (ce qui signifie “tarsier occidental de la province de Sindh”) vivait à cet endroit il y a 16 à 18 millions d’années. Les tarsiers (appelés ainsi à cause de leur long tarse, un os du pied) sont des primates nocturnes essentiellement insectivores (distincts des singes et des lémuriens). Ne pesant que 100 à 150 g, ils sont remarquables par leurs yeux gigantesques disproportionnés par rapport à leur corps (qui n’excède pas 15 cm de longueur).A l’heure actuelle, il en existe plusieurs espèces qui vivent dans les îles d’Asie du sud-est : Sumatra, Bornéo, Sulawesi et Philippines. Aussi, la découverte de cette nouvelle espèce étant l’aire de distribution des Tarsiidae (leur famille zoologique) de 4.000 km vers l’ouest. Il faut dire aussi que les espèces de tarsiers fossiles sont rares. 4 espèces seulement étaient connues jusqu’à présent : 2 de l’Éocène de Chine et 2 du Miocène de Thaïlande. “Ce tarsier pakistanais est morphologiquement distinct de touts les tarsiers vivants et fossiles, mais plus proche de la forme thaïlandaise du Miocène moyen Tarsius thailandicus”, a précisé le Dr Zijlstra.Le 28 novembre 2013 à 20:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Just Cause 4 is the Craziest Game Youll Play This Year

first_img Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on target When it comes to over-the-top gameplay mechanics, few franchises can rival Just Cause. The upcoming Just Cause 4 is taking things to an even more absurd level. To be honest, this game caught me by surprise. I knew Square-Enix was developing a new Just Cause but I was not expecting to see it at E3, let alone that it’s dropping later this year. I’m glad the game got shown at the big event since it ended up being one of my personal highlights. Just Cause 4 is going to be completely and utterly insane.During the hands-off demo, we got to see the upgraded grappling hook, which now features a number of crazy mods. One of these allows players to attach rocket boosters to objects. In the demo, Rico Rodriguez (the main character) shoots boosters at a shipping container attached to a crane. When he activates the boosters, it converts the crane into a wrecking ball. You can also use the boosters to turn regular objects into missiles. The person demoing the game planted rocket boosters on containers and cars and used them to blast the side of a mountain. If you want, you can have Rico ride on these makeshift rockets. That’s one hell of a way to take a trip across town.We also saw two other mods in action. One causes an explosion to happen when two tethered objects come into contact. The collision sends said objects flying backwards. Another mod lets you shoot balloons onto objects, which sends them flying into the air. We saw Rico attaching balloons to cars and containers in the demo. In case you’re wondering, yes, you can use all of these mods at the same time. You can place balloons on an object and then attach rockets to it. Once the object gets to the desired height, you can initiate the rockets and send it hurtling forward. You can imagine the sort of destruction this can cause. The possibilities with these mods are endless.Like in Just Cause 3, Rico can use his patented glider suit to quickly traverse the world. This mechanic isn’t much different than it was in the previous installment. This isn’t an issue considering how well the gliding mechanic worked. The only new factor is wind, which now has an influence on the direction Rico flies. This adds a new layer of depth that will make gliding more interesting and engaging. Besides regular wind, there’s another weather phenomenon players must also contend with while gliding through the skies.The true showstopper of the demo was an enormous tornado that destroys anything in its path. The core gameplay of the Just Cause series centers around its physics engine and the tornado does a brilliant job of putting it to work. As it made its way across the land, the tornado sucked up anything not nailed down to the ground. This includes crates, vehicles, buildings, and even jumbo jets. If he isn’t careful, the tornado can also pull Rico inside of it. Seeing the tornado wreaking havoc is a thing of pure beauty. We need to see more games with physics-powered tornados!Interestingly enough, one can control the path of the tornado. In the demo, Rico has to take out an enemy military base. This facility has air cannons that can divert the path of the tornado. Destroying these weapons causes the twister to move along its original course — which just so happens to be the military base. Sure, blowing bases up with rockets and bombs is cool, but that doesn’t compare to doing so with a bad-ass tornado. I understand Rico will get his own air cannons eventually. Having the ability to control the tornado whenever one wants is something that sounds incredibly exciting.Just Cause 4 gives creative players the chance to create their own fun. Those who lack imagination (like myself) can still enjoy the game on a more rudimentary level. Expect many of the weapons to feature alternate firing modes like grenade launchers and drones. Encounters with enemies will have an added level of depth since their AI is now more advanced.The story structure is expanded and players can choose to do missions in any order they like. Expect more quests dotted across every area of the world map. Those who care about narrative will be happy knowing Just Cause 4 tells a more serious tale. It’s not clear how this will contrast with the zany nature of the gameplay, but it should be interesting regardless.The Just Cause series epitomize sandbox gameplay and Just Cause 4 looks like it’ll be the ultimate open-world experience. From what I saw, the game does a masterful job of combining familiar gameplay with all-new mechanics. Those who have a great deal of imagination will no doubt spend countless hours simply messing around with the tools provided. The tornado alone is something everyone should want to experience since it adds such an interesting and devastating element to the world. I expect this will be a big hit when it drops on December 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.last_img read more

Watch Meet the Inspiring Blind Gamer Who Beats Pros at Street Fighter

first_img Try playing a video game with the screen off, using only sound cues, and it’s probably ‘game over’ in a few seconds. But Dutch gamer Sven Van de Wege, who lost his eyesight at the age of six, plays in eSports tournaments, beating even pro gamers at Street Fighter V.The 32-year-old Van de Wege, also known as “The Blind Warrior Sven,” is blazing a trail for blind gamers everywhere. He has racked up wins in tournaments against fully sighted competitors, including at the Sonic Boom tournament in Madrid, Spain last year.Van de Wege chalks up his successes to perseverance.“When you live with a disability, it’s always hard to come up in the real society,” he told Red Bull TV during the Street Fighter V tournament Red Bull Kumite held in Paris, France on November 10. “People are always thinking that because you are blind you can’t do this or because you can’t walk you are not able to do this. But there’s always a way to come across those issues. I never thought that I could play games by using sound effects only and you see what happens, when you train a lot you can do that. I’m sure that other people who have disabilities and want to do something, just try it and think of solutions and not the problem.”While Van de Wege plays other games such as Mortal Kombat, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, and Killer Instinct, he says Street Fighter V is the perfect game for him, mostly because of the stellar sound design.“It is stereo, so you can easily hear if your character is on the left or on the right,” he said. “The sound effects are clear so you can hear their footsteps, their jumping, if they start jumping, when they are landing, if they are dashing, blocking, throwing, tacking. So, yes all the sounds I know precisely what [they are].”His favorite character? Ken. “I like his moves, his voice and his personality,” Van de Wege said.Van de Wege is passionate about competitive gaming, but also wants to help out other blind gamers (he trades game tips with fellow blind gamers, “Sightless Kombat” and “Blindwizard”) and help developers make games more accessible to blind players. He was recently contacted by developers who need their games tested. “That was good, that they [wanted] me to help them develop a game for other blind players.”More on Geek.com:This Gamer Has the First Bionic Arm Based on a Video GameCan You Beat These Nine Incredible Gaming World Records?Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Is a Love Letter to the Franchise No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Swiss Excellence in Education Leaders to Meet with Parents Students Officials in

first_imgPhotocredit: DPA media#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 20, 2017 –  Bahamian teachers, residents and students will have an opportunity to meet face to face with some of the world’s most respected educators when a contingent representing the finest schools and colleges in Switzerland visits Nassau in early February.  Twelve Boarding Schools, Hospitality Colleges and Summer Camps to be Represented.“We are very excited to have educators of the caliber of those representing the Swiss Learning group, visit The Bahamas,” said Tanya Espinosa Feuz, who is helping to coordinate the highly-anticipated visit.   “Swiss Learning symbolizes the highest standards of excellence in education is a group of 11 high schools which are endorsed because they have met specific criteria.  Each member school must meet the highest standards for the learning process and experience, ranging from low student to teacher ratio to a multilingual education in a safe and secure international environment that engenders fresh ideas and critical thinking.”According to Espinosa Feuz, the trip to The Bahamas catapults the interaction between students in The Bahamas and opportunities in Switzerland to a new level.  “In the past, a relatively small number of fortunate Bahamians experienced the benefits of a Swiss education. But this is a first of its kind, bringing a contingent of leading Swiss educators who represent a diverse variety of opportunities for education to meet with a broader group of people,” she said.Visiting educators will offer three levels — boarding school for high school and preparatory students, hospitality schools of higher education.   Gap Year Programmes and summer camps with multiple language learning choices.Summer camps are open to those seven and older and all offer a choice of languages as part of the curriculum, with  Italian, French and German among the choices available. Activities such as sports, horse riding, arts and music, photography, fashion and design, leadership academy are also proposed. Students can also enjoy excursions in Europe and Switzerland which are also included in the summer camp offer.  Among the visiting educators will be a familiar face, Thomas Schädler Director of the Collège du Léman and former principal of Lyford Cay International School.A full slate is scheduled for the 3-day visit including assemblies and meetings at several junior high and high schools, official courtesy calls and a presentation and social hour at Old Fort Bay Club on February 2. with Mr. Christian Coquoz, Honorary Consul of Switzerland as guest of honor at the Old Fort Bay event. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact bahamas@swisslearning.com.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Trump Nominates Bahamas Ambassador

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nominatedbahamasambassador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 17, 2017 – Nassau – American president Donald Trump has proposed prominent San Diego developer and veteran industrialist “Papa” Doug Manchester for the post of US ambassador to The Bahamas.The Nassau post has been vacant since 2011, with the most recent nominee Cassandra Q. Butts having died as she waited more than two years to be confirmed to the post under the former Obama administration.Ms. Butts, at 50 years old, passed away in May last year, but was nominated for the ambassador post in 2014 by former US President Barack Obama. The confirmation was said to have been held up by Republicans in the US Senate.If confirmed, the 74-year-old Trump supporter, Doug Manchester will serve as ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy yesterday.#magneticmedianews#nominatedbahamasambassadorlast_img read more

Boko Haram Kidnapped girls married off converted to Islam

first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria — With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom. “If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago. In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.last_img read more

Chicago restaurant employees earn 2000 tip

first_imgSomething for the weekend: A customer dining at a restaurant in Chicago generously gave employees a total of $2,000 in tips.The diner, Mike, who was visiting from Seattle, was so impressed by his dining experience at Boka, Chicago, he claimed it was the “absolute best service and food I have ever had”.Not only did the customer leave a $300 tip for his $769 meal, he also personally went into the kitchen and gave each of Boka’s 17 kitchen staff a $100 bill, congratulating them on the quality and taste of the food.The diner delighted kitchen staff so much, they took to Instagram to post a picture of the happy occasion. Boka employees are more used to the traditional 20% tip and customers buying a round of beers or shots for the kitchen staff, but $2,000 is the biggest tip staff have seen, said Lee Wolen, executive chef at the restaurant.Here at Employee Benefits, we like the idea of someone appreciating everyone in the organisation’s part in the business, no matter how small. If anyone would like to buy us all a selection of cupcakes, we wouldn’t say no…last_img read more

Hungry Horse seeks publicist to drink beer and get paid for it

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Hungry Horse is looking for the UK’s first-ever ‘pub-licist’ to drink beer, take part in pub quizzes and play pool, all while getting paid for the privilege.Yes, the official job title is actually ‘pub-licist’. The pub chain, which has 39 establishments across the UK, is offering a £500 salary for a spokesperson to sample the latest drink selection and make a number of visits to their local Hungry Horse hostelry in order to provide feedback and recommendations to help make their pub the best in the country.Applicants, says the job ad, should know their cask from their craft, be a pro at pub quizzes and be a key player in pub sports tournaments.It adds: “The ultimate pub-lover will be put through their paces to ensure they get the most out of their role and help to make their local Hungry Horse stand out from the competition.”Job hopefuls have until 13 November to apply and explain why they have what it takes to tuck into pub grub, sip the drinks selection and throw themselves into the activities enjoyed by their local pub-going community.Penny Smith, general manager at the Mallard, a Hungry Horse pub in Doncaster, said: “Nothing beats the atmosphere and camaraderie of a local pub, and it really is the guests who make it such a great place to be.“We’d love it if the UK’s first ever pub-licist was from Doncaster!”Here at Employee Benefits, we think this job sounds like a barrel of laughs, and we’re sure we can measure up to the task…last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons IBC Advanced Alloys Corp Announces Promotion Of Ben Rampulla

first_imgFRANKLIN, IN — IBC Advanced Alloys Corp., a leading beryllium and copper advanced alloys company, recently announced that it has named Ben Rampulla as President of the Company’s Engineered Materials division, which produces precision-cast beryllium-aluminum parts for defense and civilian applications around the world.Mr. Rampulla, who previously served as Engineering Manager at IBC’s beryllium-aluminum casting facility in Wilmington, MA, is a 40-year veteran of the investment casting and high-performance alloy manufacturing industry. Prior to joining IBC, Mr. Rampulla was Director of Engineering at Nu-Cast, Inc., which produced investment castings of beryllium-aluminum and other alloys for aerospace and other industries. Previously, he worked for 29 years at Precision Castparts Corporation, including serving as Chief Engineer at that Company’s aerospace materials foundry, a $40 million-a-year revenue generating facility, and General Manager of Wyman-Gordon Titanium Casting Corp. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Ingersoll-Rand and Hitchiner Manufacturing.“IBC is very pleased to name Ben Rampulla as President of our Engineered Materials division,” said Mark A. Smith, IBC Board Chair. “Ben brings decades of managerial and hands-on engineering experience in the aerospace and high-performance alloy manufacturing sectors. His passion and leadership will help drive IBC’s ongoing expansion of our precision-cast beryllium-aluminum business to new levels of performance, sales, and exemplary service to our customers.”A Six Sigma Blackbelt and Kaizan trainer, Mr. Rampulla received his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business’ Executive Development Program. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and previously served on the American Foundry Society’s Committee on Investment Casting and on the American Metals Society (AMS) Material Review Board.About IBC Advanced Alloys Corp.IBC is a leading beryllium and copper advanced alloys company serving a variety of industries such as defense, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, precision manufacturing, and others. IBC’s Copper Division manufactures and distributes a variety of copper alloys as castings and forgings, including beryllium copper, chrome copper, and aluminum bronze. IBC’s Engineered Materials Division makes the Beralcast® family of alloys, which can be precision cast and are used in an increasing number of defense, aerospace, and other systems, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. IBC’s has production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. The Company’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “IB” and the OTCQB under the symbol “IAALF”.(NOTE: The above press release is from IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. via GlobeNewswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. Names Steve Beaulieu General ManagerIn “Business”Wilmington’s IBC Signs Huge Four Year Exclusive Supply AgreementIn “Business”Wilmington’s IBC Appoints Retired U.S. Marine Corps. Major General David Heinz as CEOIn “Business”last_img read more

State tallies 50k in consultant fees prepping for Obama visit

first_imgGov. Bill Walker’s administration spent $50,000 on Washington, D.C., consultants to help prepare them for a visit by President Barack Obama.Download AudioThe expenditures were revealed in public records requests by The Associated Press. They also came at a time when the state is struggling with a multibillion dollar deficit.Perkins Coie was hired to work from July 8 to Aug. 31, when Obama arrived in Alaska. The contract was for up to $50,000 and a Walker spokeswoman said that was the amount paid.Obama visited Alaska for three days on a trip aimed at highlighting climate change concerns.The contract lists Peter Rouse and Mark Patterson as authorized representatives for Perkins Coie. Rouse was a long-time aide to Obama and Patterson, chief of staff to two Treasury secretaries under Obama.last_img read more

Bitdefender Antivirus Free vs Antivirus Plus

first_imgBitdefender Antivirus Free vs. Antivirus Plus by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2018 in Security – Last Update: July 28, 2018 – 61 commentsBitdefender is a highly respected security company that refreshes its lineup of security solutions each year (just like any other antivirus company out there).Company products are usually top of the class when put to the test by independent test institutes such as AV Test or AV Comparatives.Home users who run Windows have the choice between four different Bitdefender products of which only one, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, is free.Bitdefender launched a free antivirus solution years ago but does not advertise it as much on the company website as the paid products.It is difficult to find out how Bitdefender products differ from one another. The following overview provides you with the information so that you can better pick the most suitable product.I focus the comparison on the two antivirus products but will compare those two with Bitdefender Total Security, the company’s top of the line product.Bitdefender Antivirus Free vs. Antivirus PlusThe comparison looks at the 2019 lineup right now which Bitdefender released recently. We will update the overview when next year’s refreshes are released.The pricingBitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is available for free.Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 is available for $59.99 but you find discounts for the product usually.Bitdefender Total Security 2019 is available for $89.99.Compatibility and installationBitdefender Antivirus products are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems. They require systems with at least 1.5 Gigabytes of RAM and 800 Megabytes of hard disk space (recommended 2 Gigabytes), and an Intel Core Duo 2 GHz processor or better. Software-wise, Internet Explorer or higher is required.The online installer requires an Internet connection. It will download approximately 360 Megabytes of data to the local system if you install Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition or approximately 450 Megabytes if you download Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.Both installers reveal that anonymous usage reports (free edition) or product reports (plus edition) are sent to Bitdefender. You may uncheck the option in both products to block the sending of the data to Bitdefender.The installer tries to install a root certificate and requests that all open browsers are closed to do so.Feature comparisonFeatureFree AntivirusAntivirus PlusAdvanced Threat DefenseyesyesRansomware ProtectionnoyesWeb Attack ProtectionyesyesAnti-PhishingyesyesWi-Fi Security AdvisornoyesOnline Banking ProtectionnoyesVPNnoyesPassword ManagernoyesSearch AdvisornoyesVulnerability ScannoyesFile ShreddernoyesFree Online SupportnoyesBitdefender Antivirus Free Edition offers protection against common threats; it features an antivirus module and protects the system against ransomware attacks, phishing, and web attacks.The paid version supports the following additional features:Access to a VPN with 200 Megabytes of daily traffic included.Password Manager to save passwords, credit card data, and other data securely.Safe Files to protect important files from tampering.Search Advisor which checks URLs displayed in search results.Vulnerability Scan to scan the system for security issues and vulnerabilities.Ransomware ProtectionOnline Banking Protection using a secure environment that Bitdefender calls Safepay.Wi-Fi Security Advisor recommends to use the SafePay browser when you connect to public wireless networks.File Shredder deletes files so that they can’t be recovered anymore.Both antivirus products lack features that Bitdefender reserves for its Internet Security and Total Security products. They are:Webcam protection to prevent unauthorized access to a device’s cam.Firewall to control network traffic.Parental Control to protect minors.File Encryption to store sensitive files in encrypted containers.Anti-Theft to run anti-theft tools.Speed Up tool to improve performance.Closing WordsWhether Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is sufficient for your needs depends on a number of factors. Do you need the extra functionality that Antivirus Plus or the more expensive Bitdefender products offer?The free version covers the most important bases with the exception of a firewall which it and Antivirus Plus don’t offer.Now You: Which security software do you use?SummaryArticle NameBitdefender Antivirus Free vs. Antivirus PlusDescriptionFind out which Bitdefender product is right for you; is Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition sufficient or should you pick one of the paid products instead?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave

first_img The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Most of the victims were killed in their villages and brought to this location to be buried, but teams have also found bullets in the grave which indicates that some were brought here alive and that this was also an execution site, prosecutor Eldar Jahic said, citing evidence and witnesses.Near the grave, Vahida Behlic, 51, was sobbing as she watched forensic experts dressed in white uniforms and green rubber boots carefully lifting bones from the site, where skeletons were piled on top of each other. She came from Slovenia, where she has lived with her family since she escaped her native village of Zecovi, near Prijedor.Behlic came with her husband and son because she thinks one of the skeletons could be of her mother Fatima who was 60 when Serb soldiers came, dragged her out of the basement and shot her in front of her house.“I heard the story from a witness who survived because his own grandmother threw herself on him and covered him with her body,” she said.A boy back then, the witness arrived in Slovenia injured but told her what he saw.“He said 32 people were killed that day. Standing here, I have the feeling they are watching us from down there.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober TOMASICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Two decades after Serb soldiers conducted house-to-house searches in a campaign of ethnic killings in Bosnia, forensic scientists are digging up what could turn out to be the largest mass grave from the 1992-95 war.So far, the remains of 360 people have been found at the Tomasica mass grave discovered in September near the northern town of Prijedor, far more than expected, authorities said Thursday. The number is expected to rise and could one day surpass the 629 bodies found at Crni Vrh in Srebrenica. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The Missing Persons’ Institute said the Tomasica grave is linked to a secondary one found in 2003 about 10 kilometers (six miles) away, where 373 bodies were extracted. Authorities believe the perpetrators of the killings moved parts of the remains from one grave to the other in a bid to hide the crime. In some cases, remains from the same person have been found in both graves.Institute official Mujo Begic said he expects more remains to be found at the Tomasica site, and the bodies are of Bosniak and Croat men, women and children killed in their villages during the war.“Together with the relocated ones, the number of the bodies here indicates the biggest mass grave so far found in Bosnia,” Begic said. “We have found some identification documents in the grave, so we know who these people are.”The grave covers over 5,000 square meters (53,820 sq. feet) and is 10 meters (about 30 feet) deep.Tomasica is near Prijedor, which was a site of severe crimes against humanity committed by Christian Orthodox Serbs against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats. Many of the victims were killed in one of the three Nazi-style concentration camps Serb authorities had set up near Prijedor. Authorities hope some of the 1,200 still missing from the area are now found in the Tomasica grave. The remains will be definitively identified through DNA matching from samples provided by living relatives. How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Travel Counsellors appoint new GM

first_imgHome-based travel company, Travel Counsellors has appointed Deb Duncan as general manager for the Group’s Australia-based branch.With over 30 years of industry knowledge, Ms Duncan has owned her own award winning travel agency, worked as a business development manager with Travelscene American Express as well as run her own business consultancy and assisted travel agencies position themselves in the market. In addition she also taught Tourism Management at University, trained consultants and managers in people skills and specialised in business development in Australia and Chicago.“We are thrilled that Deb is joining us,” Travel Counsellors managing director Steve Byrne said.  “Her knowledge and professionalism within the Australian travel industry is important and we are confident that we have found someone who shares the same vision and values that we have and the drive to recruit the very best in the industry.” Ms Duncan said through her various roles she has been able to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and add to what is already a great support network. “I am privileged to be chosen for the post of General Manager for Travel Counsellors in Australia, it really is a very special travel company and its ethos and values are so unique and refreshing,” Ms Duncan said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Church issues warning over Scientology infiltration

first_imgThe Church of Cyprus on Friday warned that the foundation for a Drug-Free World was a branch of the Church of Scientology which, it said, was not only one of the most dangerous cults but was also “a disguised financial enterprise”.In a written statement, the Church’s Synod Committee on cults, citing a document on religious cults, said that the Church of Scientology “works under various facades and with a variety of parent organisations whose names do not cause any suspicion.”“Under pseudonymous titles and names, it tries to erode all areas of life, including politics and the economy,” the committee said.It also referred to a branch of the Church of Scientology – the Centre for Applied Philosophy – that was shut down by Greek authorities some years ago.The multi-page report by the court at the time, according to the announcement, describes “not only a multitude of illegal activities, but also reveals the surveillance of political and ecclesiastical personalities in the country and sending the data to foreign centres abroad in an encrypted fashion.”Among the people that had been monitored, was the Archbishop of Athens, Christodoulos, who at the time, was the Bishop of Dimitriada, the Church said.According to the decisions of the Greek courts, the Synod Committee said, “Scientology is an organisation with totalitarian structures and tendencies that essentially despises man.”Participation in it “entails a change in personality of the members, behaviour in relation to third parties and especially in relations with their families.”Furthermore, it said, “it is a disguised commercial enterprise and (…) pursues purposes unrelated to the nature and concept of man as a free being and towards the norms and customs of the Greek people.”The announcement of the Synod Committee on cults, follows the controversy over data about drug use in schools given to MPs this week by the representative of the Cyprus chapter of Drug-Free World Europe (DFW), which comes under the umbrella of the Church of Scientology.The representative of the foundation, Stella Constantinou, denied that the programme had any links with the Church of Scientology’s ideology other than funding.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more