Carrigan’s Public House: Birmingham’s Hot New Gastropub

October 24, 2019

first_img The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Birmingham, Alabama has a new bar in town, and it has everything you need — and a little something extra. It’s called Carrigan’s Public House. Located at 2340 Morris Avenue, Carrigan’s Public House serves up craft cocktails and beer along with elevated bar food. One of its most impressive features is something a little unconventional — a Land Rover Series III holds all its microbrews on tap.Once inside one of Birmingham’s newest hot spots, you’ll experience a menu with a plethora of bar classics with their own Carrigan’s Public House twist. The Double Burger gets white cheddar or ghost pepper jack, stick onions, pickles, and roasted garlic aioli, while the Corn Dog is drizzled with hipster ranch, guajillo ketchup, cotija cheese and cilantro. The Fish ‘N’ Chips Sandwich even has an elevated touch! Grilled trout fillet takes the place of haddock and cod, and it’s served with root chips, lettuce, tomatoes and a malt vinegar aioli. The Panko Fried Chicken comes with smoked collards, gouda grits, mushroom, bacon, and aerated sriracha. And Ramen lovers can rejoice! There’s a special Pub Ramen with house smoked brisket, chilled ramen noodles, ginger sesame vinaigrette, soft boiled egg, kimchi, jalapeno, cilantro and green onion.And the cocktails will do more than just please you. The Black Lab is a mix of trim tab brown ale, gin, jalapeño, grapefruit, celery, and Buffalo Rock ginger ale — the citrus and spice mix will wake you right up. Read the Sign comes with Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, Cocchi Americano, and Luxardo Maraschino. The beers that line the Land Rover Series III are on rotation regularly, so there’s always something new to try. What more can you want? 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene last_img read more

You Should Try Shotsgiving, an Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Shots

October 24, 2019

first_imgTurkey: Wild Turkey Rare BreedWe’re cheating a little here and going with the name. That being said, there’s nothing better to anchor a meal than a good shot of bourbon. In the case of Rare Breed, this bourbon is barrel proof and rich in tobacco and oak flavors that are perfect to sip on all night long.Desserts Cranberry sauce: Koval Cranberry Gin LiqueurMade with thirteen botanicals sourced from local, organic farmers in the Midwest, Koval’s cranberry gin liqueur is a sweet yet tart take on cranberry spirits. The gin botanicals round out the flavor profile, offering a depth that is akin to digging into grandma’s homemade cranberry sauce.Mashed potatoes: Grand Teton Potato VodkaWhat kind of Thanksgiving meal would it be without mashed potatoes? Grand Teton steps in here with a spirit made from, you guessed it, potatoes. Distilled to the equivalent of 20 times and polished with charcoal and garnet crystal, this vodka is flavorful and smooth, with or without ice.Rolls: Templeton RyeWith so much gravy and other good things in need of being sopped up on a Thanksgiving plate, you can’t not have bread of some sort. To solve that problem, we’ve gone with Templeton Rye, which exudes the spicy notes that rye lovers look for. It also has just enough sweetness to balance these notes out, making it great to stuff yourself on when Grandma takes too long to get all of the appetizers out in time.Side salad: La Quintinye Vermouth RoyalWhile a salad should probably be a shot that contains multiple different spirits, we’ve gone with a flavorful, aromatic vermouth that incorporates 28 different plants and spices — enough greens go into this vermouth that the Jolly Green Giant would think it’s a long lost kid.Side salad part 2: Prairie Organic Cucumber VodkaA runner-up in Best American Flavored Vodka category of The Manual Spirit Awards 2018, Prairie Organic’s cucumber vodka is made from English cucumbers and is fresh, light, and full of real cucumber flavor. Paired with the vermouth, you’ll have yourself a smorgasbord of salad flavors.Carrots: Boardroom Spirits CarrotMade from 100 percent carrots that are processed and distilled, this is literally a side dish made into alcohol. The fragrance is like shaved carrots with a flavor reminiscent of coleslaw. All you’re missing is a little bit of butter.Stuffing: Modern Spirits Celery Peppercorn VodkaThis vodka tastes exactly like it sounds. It’s best served in a drink like a Bloody Mary, but the flavors of celery and peppercorns work perfectly here for a nice stuffing. For those that want a different kind of stuffing or dressing, try substituting an apple brandy such as Laird’s for an apple stuffing-flavored side.Sweet corn: Glen Thunder Corn WhiskeyFor sweet corn, you want an unaged whiskey that really brings those sugary corn flavors to the forefront. Glen Thunder from Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, New York, captures that essence, with a fresh corn nose and great smoothness on the palate.Main CourseLauri Patterson/Getty Images 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations This year, whether you’ve got a four-hour drive to your parents’ house followed by awkward conversations with your step-siblings or if you’re staying home and doing a Friendsgiving, consider adding another level of fun by introducing Shotsgiving to your loved ones. What is Shotsgiving, you ask? Only the best Thanksgiving meal possible: one made entirely of shots.Tinpixels/Getty ImagesWe say that you should introduce them because if you’re planning on doing Shotsgiving, it’s not advisable to do it by yourself. What better way to get grandma to stop asking why you haven’t settled down with a nice girl than to offer her a shot of ginger liqueur?If you prefer wine or cocktails, we’ve got suggestions for those too. But first, shots.Side DishesFunwithfood/Getty Imagescenter_img Gingersnap cookies: Barrow’s Intense Ginger LiqueurSimultaneously sweet and spicy, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur offers up all of the flavors you love in ginger-flavored cookies, just in liquid form. After a long heavy meal, this spirit will awaken the sense and get you ready to close it out with some other desserts.Blueberry Pie: Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry CordialSeeing as both black trumpet mushrooms and blueberries are harvested at the same time in New Hampshire, Tamworth Distilling decided to mix both together in a liqueur that is both savory and sweet. The two ingredients play off each other for a rich, fruity, smoky spirit that would be the perfect end to a long meal.Apple pie: Leopold Bros. New York Sour Apple LiqueurIf you’re looking for an apple pie that strays from the over-spiced and overly sweet kind you get in the store, opt for this liqueur instead, which maintains the tartness of green apples while still allowing for the somewhat sweet palate. It is a refreshing, bright take on apple liqueurs perfect for after dinner drinks.Mixed berry pie: Eau Claire Distillery EquineoxA spirit made from a barley base that falls between gin and vodka, EquineOx uses prickly pears to give the spirit a refreshing, fruity flavor. For those that eschew traditional Thanksgiving pie flavors (pumpkin, pecan, apple), a mixed berry pie is a delicious alternative.Hot tea: Townshend’s Spice Tea LiqueurMade using a blend of black tea, ginger, cassia, sweet orange peel, and other botanicals, Townshend’s Spice Tea offers up a sweet, spicy tea that is as good straight as it is slightly heated as part of a warming cocktail.Coffee: Caffè BorghettiAfter more dishes than you’ve got fingers, a nice cup of coffee would be a welcome respite. This espresso liqueur is made from the same recipe that the creator, Ugo Borghetti, made in 1860. A classic recipe to round out a classic meal. 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best American Liqueurlast_img read more

Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand fleet for discount

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in co-operation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.last_img read more

EC to deploy 580 companies of central forces in Bengal for fourth

October 12, 2019

first_imgKolkata: With an objective to cover 100 per cent of election booths in West Bengal for the fourth phase of polling, there will be deployment of 580 companies of central forces, a senior official said on Thursday. “We expect this will enable us to cover as many as 100 per cent of the polling stations by central forces,” the Election Commission official told PTI. The fourth phase on April 29 will see deployment of over 200 companies more as compared to the number in the third phase. During the first phase, the EC had deputed central forces at 50 per cent of the booths, which was increased to 92 per cent in the third phase of polling held on April 23. On Monday, eight Lok Sabha constituencies – Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls. Special emphasis will be given to Asansol, which shares its border with Bihar, an EC source said. Meanwhile, the commission served a showcause notice on Wednesday to Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for making derogatory remarks in reply to a report sought by the EC, he said. The EC had asked for a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, in connection with Ghosh Kar’s alleged objectionable remarks about the central forces. “Her replies to the commission were highly derogatory in nature, and now it (EC) has showcaused her,” the source said.last_img read more

5 tips on what to do with unwanted stuff

October 12, 2019

NEW YORK — World-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo is sparking joy among shoppers feeling the urge to clean out their homes.But once you master the Japanese organizing expert’s novel approach to de-cluttering, what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want?Charitable organizations like Goodwill have cited how Kondo’s popular Netflix series, “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” has led to a surge of donations. And sites like OfferUp and thredUP also note an uptick in the number of items being sent to them for sale. Kondo recommends getting rid of items that don’t spark joy, and she calls for decluttering by category, not by location.Still, there’s a lot of angst in figuring out the right home for unwanted items.“I think we’re living in the age where people are taking the stress out of their lives so Marie Kondo comes at a perfect time,” said Wendy Liebmann, founder and CEO of WSL Strategic Retail. “But there’s a lot of stress in trying to find all these places that will take all these things.”Liebmann recommends getting rid of the easiest items first. Then, deal with the harder items to give away or sell.Here are five more rules to embrace:— BE SMART ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE SELLING: Study a variety of sites from thredUp and Poshmark to find out what they accept, what carries the best value and any fees. Make sure to sell in-season items and only clean garments. For those who have a closet full of Chanel and Prada bags, check out luxury consignment online retailer The RealReal.com.“This is not a way to get rich. But it is a way to clean out your closet,” said James Reinhart, co-founder and CEO of thredUP.com. At thredUP, only 40 per cent of received items are accepted and sold online; the rest are donated. If interesting in selling secondhand items on thredUP, request a cleanout bag. New this year, customers can request a shipping label that can be used on any box. Many of the sites including thredUP and RealReal list recently sold items so customers will know their worth. Many sites set the pricing based on quality, style, and the available inventory. Check out selling fees, which vary. For example, for all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark’s commission is 20 per cent. The fee at selling app Mercari is 10 per cent.— CONSIDER APPS THAT HELP YOU SELL LOCALLY: Move over Craigslist. A growing number of marketplace apps like LetGo and OfferUp let you sell locally the big sofa or other large item that would be too expensive to ship across the country. EBay also allows customers to post local listings.Many give the option to register with your Facebook account, helping to verify its members and make it a safer exchange. OfferUp says it’s the biggest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers. Last year, however, it began allowing sellers to ship item across the U.S., widening the market of prospective buyers, says Natalie Angelillo, vice-president of community at OfferUp. OfferUp allows users to create a custom profile link and lets buyers and sellers leave reviews for a particular deal.— STUDY WHAT CAN BE DONATED: You don’t want to waste time carting a big piece of furniture to only find out your local thrift store doesn’t want it. Best to call the local Salvation Army or Goodwill store to make sure they can either pick up the item or you can drop it off. Goodwill’s main website says acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, books, small appliances and small furniture. But starting Jan. 1, Goodwill Industries of Great New York and New Jersey has put a temporary hold on accepting book donations at their Goodwill stores, says Lauren Lawson-Zilai, a spokeswoman at Goodwill Industries International.— SCRUTINIZE DONATION BINS: Heading to a local donation bin may be convenient, but unfortunately, many items wind up supporting for-profit groups. Look for signs that spell out a clear mission statement. Also, look at what per cent of sales are contributed to the charitable organization. Be wary of a donation bin without a clear mission statement.— RECYCLE ELECTRONICS: Many electronics makers and retailers offer recycling programs. Amazon allows customers to receive an Amazon.com gift card in exchange for a variety of electronic devices including Amazon devices.And, of course, there’s always that garage sale.“Check to see if your neighbourhood or homeowner’s association has a designated garage sale date,” says Target Corp.’s home style expert Camille Styles. “If not, team up with a friend who may also be looking to sell some of their items.”Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Thilanga SB Samarasinghe in UPFA national list

October 8, 2019

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members Thilanga Sumathipala, Mahinda Samarasinghe and S B Dissanayake, have been included in the UPFA national list.Others included are Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Malith Jayatillake, R. Ramanathan, A.H.M Fowzie, Dilan Perera, Faiszer Musthapha and A.M. Hisbullah. Meanwhile, Kumar Wellgama, Pavithra Wanniarachi and S.M. Chandrasena have been removed from the UPFA Executive Committee.They had revived letters today informing that they were no longer UPFA Executive Committee members. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Jays Stroman overcomes nerves to shine in second Opening Day start

October 2, 2019

TORONTO – Minutes before taking the mound for the second Opening Day start of his career, Marcus Stroman began the familiar walk in from the Rogers Centre bullpen. At his side were pitching coach Pete Walker and catcher Danny Jansen. Over his jersey, he wore a vintage Blue Jays jacket that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Dave Stieb or Jimmy Key.As he walked toward the Blue Jays’ third-base dugout, Stroman felt a mix of nerves and excitement.“I don’t eat on days I pitch,” Stroman said. “I want to throw up from the second I wake up, but it lets you know that it’s game day. I love it. It gives me those exciting nerves that I need in my stomach.”Perhaps unsurprisingly, Stroman’s first pitch of the afternoon missed the zone. His next three offerings weren’t much closer. Afterward, he acknowledged he was “a little too amped up” for the visiting Detroit Tigers.But Stroman recovered from the leadoff walk with a couple of ground balls and just kept going from there. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Tigers even recorded a hit, and when Grayson Greiner whiffed on diving slider to end the top of the seventh inning, Detroit still hadn’t scored a run.True to form, Stroman punctuated the strikeout with a roar and shoulder shimmy before returning to the third-base dugout for congratulations.“I love these games,” Stroman said. “I love feeling the energy of the crowd from the second that I walk out there. I feel like as far as big-time games, there’s nobody I’d want out there more than me.”7 innings, 7 Ks, 0 Runs… And 1 incredible shimmy. @MStrooo6 | #OpeningDaypic.twitter.com/7aQNXQceoP— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 28, 2019Over the course of those seven scoreless innings, Stroman allowed two hits and four walks while striking out seven. All things considered, his season debut went about as well as the Blue Jays could have hoped. The Tigers won 2-0 Thursday, but just as importantly Stroman felt healthy and an injury-marred season receded a little further into the background.Even setting aside his pitching line, Stroman felt physically capable of throwing all of his pitches. In that sense, Thursday’s start represented meaningful progress from 2018, when Stroman posted a 5.54 ERA while dealing with shoulder and blister issues.“I had a pretty bad year last year,” Stroman said. “I did everything in my power to get right this off-season and I did. I’m just excited to toe the rubber every fifth day.”When spring training began the Blue Jays had no way of knowing what to expect from Stroman, who ended last season on the sidelines because of a blister issue. Six weeks later, he’s where he wants to be physically.“I’m back to throwing whatever pitch I want in whatever count,” Stroman said. “Last year I’d go into games and throw one pitch. Two pitches. I have six pitches.”Granted, the Tigers project as a 90-loss team, so there’s risk in reading too closely into the results of any one game. But if Stroman can return to the level he pitched at in 2016 and 2017, when he averaged 200-plus innings per season, it would provide manager Charlie Montoyo with at least one stable arm in a rotation that includes plenty of uncertainty.“Marcus was outstanding,” Montoyo said. “He had no room for error and he gave us a chance. That’s all you can ask from a pitcher. He was very good.”For Stroman, the season-opening assignment was the second of his career along with 2016. Behind the plate, Jansen was experiencing the excitement and pageantry of a big-league Opening Day for the first time. Adding to the challenge, he had never caught Stroman in a big-league game.Once some initial nerves subsided, Jansen worked well with Stroman, relying heavily on a breaking ball that generated 11 swinging strikes on its own. Afterward, Jansen called the pitch “a big weapon” for Stroman.“It was just on,” Jansen said. “Any time we really needed it that was one we went to.”The only pitch Jansen called more frequently was his two-seam fastball, a pitch that averaged 93 mph Thursday. Given the circumstances, the first pairing of Stroman and Jansen went smoothly.“He’s still thinking out there and we’re still on the same page, but for the most part, he’s just going to roll with what I’ve got,” Jansen said. “A couple times he shook, but it’s pretty good so far. We’re going to keep building it.”If Stroman sustains these results for long enough, contending teams will eventually restart trade talks with the Blue Jays. At that point, general manager Ross Atkins would have to seriously consider moving Stroman, who’s eligible for free agency after next season.For now, those talks are likely still a ways off. In the meantime, the Blue Jays have a little more reason to believe that Stroman’s injuries truly are behind him. BROWSE Blue Jays | Marcus Stroman read more

Female BBC stars steal the limelight to demand action over gender pay

September 25, 2019

first_img“We await the swift release of meaningful data that we can trust and for solutions that will rectify injustices to be put in place before the end of the year. We need full transparency.“Our aim is to change things for women in broadcasting now, and to encourage and reassure young women coming into the industry whatever their role.“We will be monitoring developments to ensure real change happens, and quickly.” Lord Hall, director general of the BBCCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Mishal Husain, left, and Emily Maitlis, with Jeremy Vine, furthest left, and David DimblebyCredit:BBC Many of the BBC’s most famous female television and radio personalities have attacked the corporation for failing to close the gender pay gap quickly enough. As Lord Hall, the BBC’s director-general, delivered a keynote speech vowing to go “further, faster” to end the disparity between gender pay, female presenters complained the changes were taking too long.The BBC boss had hoped his decision to launch three separate salary reviews would quell the dismay caused by a report revealing how the corporation’s top earners were mainly white and male. The research published in July showed women accounted for just a third of the BBC’s highest earners, with only one woman in the top nine. After the speech was delivered, Razia Iqbal, a Radio 4 presenter, even goaded Jeremy Vine asking if he would retweet the statement “in solidarity with BBC women”.There was no reaction from the presenter, whom it emerged was the BBC’s highest paid journalist on up to £750,000 a year, dwarfing the salary of Fiona Bruce, the highest paid woman journalist who earns up to £400,000.However, Vine has criticised the BBC’s failure to pay women the same as male counterparts. Samira Ahmed, a Radio 4 presenter, also tweeted a call for equal pay, adding “Now, stop the boys’ club privilege”. Clare Balding also declared her support and said: “Interesting announcements today. Much work to be done. Thanks to all (including some men).” ends In his speech to BBC staff, Lord Hall announced a gender pay review, a requirement for all companies employing more than 250 people. Then, the lawyers Eversheds and accountants PwC will carry out an independent equal salary review to try to ensure that people doing the same job are rewarded fairly, and where there is a marked difference it can be justified. Finally, the BBC will conduct a review of its approach to “on air talent”, including presenters, journalists and editors.“Our gap is primarily about the different balance of men and women at different levels. It’s based on the whole picture across the organisation, and the causes tend to be structural, and societal. “That doesn’t mean we should be complacent about it, and I’m determined to close the gap – a commitment I don’t think any other organisation in the country has made.” He added that he had set “ambitious targets” on gender and diversity, adding that the corporation faced “difficult and often deep-rooted challenges”.While the first two reviews will last about six weeks, the analysis of the on air talent salaries is expected to take considerably longer. It was this delay that has angered many women at the BBC.center_img After the corporation had endured months of criticism as well as threats of legal action on the basis of sexual discrimination, Lord Hall blamed “structural and societal” problems within the organisation for the differences in pay between men and women.But even in the run up to his announcement, presenters, including Mishal Husain, Kirsty Wark, Jane Hill, Jane Garvey, Jo Coburn, Joanna Gosling and Victoria Derbyshire, tweeted a statement from BBC Women demanding women received “equal pay and fair pay … now”.“The Director General must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organisation. The BBC should be the standard bearer for this,” the statement reads. Mishal Husain, left, and Emily Maitlis, with Jeremy Vine, furthest left, and David Dimbleby Garvey, the Woman’s Hour host, drew up the statement after the Telegraph revealed details of Lord Hall’s planned audit.She then tweeted: “If I’ve learnt anything: women need to get together, stick together, speak up for each other. Or nothing will change.” Lord Hall, director general of the BBC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

September 21, 2019

first_img 1 Comment http://jrnl.ie/3244411 Friday 17 Feb 2017, 9:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,823 Views The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s what you need to know as we enter the weekend. Share Tweet Email Feb 17th 2017, 9:00 AM By Rónán Duffy Image: Shutterstock/Hans Geel EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #ENDA THE LINE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he is focused on his “responsibility as leader of the country” and not speculation about his job.2. #I’M OUT: One Fine Gael Minister who’s ruled himself out of the leadership race is Paschal Donohoe.3. #WHITE HOUSE: In a bizarre press conference last night, US President Donald Trump spoke about fake news, the travel ban, nuclear holocaust and more.4. #WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY: Microsoft says it will create 600 jobs as part of a major investment in Ireland.5. #GRAVE: A state-of-the-art surveillance system is in operation at an inner city cemetery to protect the headstone of murdered Kinahan cartel member David Byrne.6. #REGENERATION: Plans to improve investment and facilities in north inner city Dublin were unveiled last night.7. #BLAIR’S BACK: Former UK PM Tony Blair is to announce his “mission” to persuade Britons to “rise up” and change their minds on Brexit.8. #TAKE BACK THE NIGHT: The community of Shankill in Dublin is standing up against a sex attacker plaguing their area by marching through all the places the man has struck.9. #ZUCK’S BOOK: Mark Zuckerberg has penned a 6,500 word essay that’s being labelled as his ‘manifesto for Facebook’. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Hans Geellast_img read more

September 18, 2019

AFC Bournemouth player leaves Premier League side to Seattle Sounders

first_imgAFC Bournemouth left back Brad Smith has left the Premier League side to join Major League Soccer outfit Seattle Sounders.The Australia international has signed for the MLS club on a season-long loan from Bournemouth. The 24-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Cherries first team since joining the club from Liverpool in 2016.Smith has been limited to just 10 appearances over two seasons after becoming joint most expensive Australian two years ago.The defender moves to Sounders in search of more first team action and to team up with fellow Australian John Hutchinson who’s the team’s assistant manager.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m really glad to be here. Everything happened so quickly. Once I heard a big club like Sounders wanted me, I couldn’t turn down the chance.” Smith said, according to Caltex Socceroos.“I spoke to Hutchinson and the manager, Brian Schmetzer and then I agree to come here.”Brad Smith has been capped on 19 different occasions by the Australian National team. He played a key role in the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifying campaign which saw them feature in the party in Russia.last_img read more

Ridgefield woman dies in Lewis River Road crash

September 16, 2019

first_imgA 61-year-old Ridgefield woman was killed in a Saturday afternoon traffic crash in Woodland, police said.Leonarda H. Garcia was a passenger in a 1993 Toyota pickup driven by her husband, Marco T. Garcia, 62, said Woodland police Sgt. Robb Lipp.The two-vehicle crash happened at 4:06 p.m. on state Highway 503 (Lewis River Road) and North Goerig St.Ripp said a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Jacquelyn Vittitow, 34, of Portland was eastbound on the highway when it “crossed the centerline, striking head-on into” the Toyota, which was westbound, according to the press release.Both Garcias were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Leonarda died of blunt-force trauma to the chest shortly after arriving, the press release said. Marco was treated and released from the hospital.Lipp said an investigation continues and the accident would be forwarded to the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Facebook to raise minimum hourly wage for contract workers

September 10, 2019

first_img 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Internet Services Facebook contractors will get be paid a higher minimum hourly wage. Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images Facebook plans to raise the minimum hourly wage it pays thousands of contract workers around the US, acknowledging that its current $15 minimum wage isn’t in line with rising cost of living in many of markets where its offices are located.”It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate,” the social-networking giant said in a blog post that noted the current minimum wage has been in place since 2015.Contractors in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Washington DC will be paid a minimum of $20 an hour, while contractors in Seattle will be paid at least $18 per hour. Contract content reviewers will get a higher minimum wage: $22 in the Bay Area, New York and DC; $20 in Seattle; and $18 in all other US metro areas.Content reviewers play a critical role at the company, reviewing violent images on the social network. Facebook, which has about 15,000 content reviewers, outsources content moderation work to staffing firms such as Cognizant, Accenture and Genpact. The minimum wage hikes come amid criticism of Facebook by some content moderators, who allege the company violated California law by failing to provide thousands of content moderators with a safe workplace. They say in a lawsuit that they’ve suffered psychological trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by exposure to murders, suicides and beheadings that were livestreamed on Facebook.The new minimum wage will go into effect by mid-2020 and is working to develop similar standards in other countries, Facebook said. 5:10center_img Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Share your voice Comment Facebooklast_img read more

September 6, 2019

AP govt calls for fresh tenders for Polavaram works

first_imgAmaravati: The AP government called for the first reverse tendering for the remaining works of the Polavaram project on Saturday. The reverse tendering for the remaining works of the Polavaram irrigation project has been initiated, despite objections raised by the Polavaram Project Authority. Special Chief Secretary Adityanath Das has informed this correspondent in a communication that the state government has called for reverse tendering for the Polavaram Irrigation project for the completion of the remaining works. The government has recently cancelled the contract of Navayuga Engineering Private Limited and called this fresh tenders.last_img read more

September 3, 2019

France warns Iran against military provocation

first_imgMap of Syria locating the main Israeli strikes on Thursday, the Iranian presence and the rocket attacks attributed to Iran by Israel. AFPFrance on Thursday called on Iran to refrain from “any military provocation” in Syria following a series of Israeli strikes on what it said were Iranian positions in the country.A foreign ministry spokesman also warned Tehran “against any temptation for regional dominance”, a matter that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would address in talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif next week.The Israeli strikes in Syria come just days after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a key 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, in part because it does not attempt to curb Tehran’s role in several crises in the Middle East.Tehran has portrayed itself as the focus of Middle East “resistance” against Israel, which said it struck the Syria sites in retaliation for rocket fire it blamed on Iran’s Al-Quds force.The foreign ministry reiterated France’s “unwavering support for Israel’s security and condemns all attempts to harm it.”He also called for “restraint by all sides in order to avoid a dangerous escalation of tensions in the Middle East.“That is why, as the president has said, it hopes in particular to begin talks with Iran over a larger framework that would encompass its nuclear activities as well as its ballistic missile programme and a solution to crises in the region,” it said.Iran is backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in his seven-year civil war against rebel opposition groups, and is also supporting Shiite militia forces in Iraq.UN experts have also accused Iran of violating an arms embargo in Yemen by sending missiles and other weaponry to Huthi rebels fighting government forces backed by Saudi Arabia, Tehran’s archrival in the region.last_img read more

September 2, 2019

Mitt Romney Robert Jeffress Wrong Man To Give Jerusalem Embassy Prayer

first_imgAP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, FileFILE – In this July 1, 2017, file photo, pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, speaks as he introduces President Donald Trump during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. In a tweet Sunday, May 13, 2018, Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah says the prominent Baptist minister, Jeffress, shouldn’t be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he’s a “religious bigot.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah said a prominent Baptist minister shouldn’t be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he’s a “religious bigot.”In a tweet Sunday night, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee criticized Dallas minister Robert Jeffress for his remarks about Jews, Mormons and Islam.Robert Jeffress says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” He’s said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 14, 2018Romney said, “Robert Jeffress says ‘you can’t be saved by being a Jew,’ and ‘Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.’ He’s said the same about Islam.”The liberal group Media Matters reports on its website that Jeffress made the remarks cited by Romney in a 2011 speech at the conservative Values Voter Summit.Jeffress responded in a tweet of his own by defending his view that “salvation is through faith in Christ alone.”Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone. The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy.— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) May 14, 2018“Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone. The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy,: Jeffress said in the tweet.The role of Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Southern Baptist megachurch, underlines the significance of the Jerusalem event as an appeal to Christian conservatives, part of President Donald Trump‘s base of supporters. Sharelast_img read more

13 million gamers quit playing World of Warcraft this year already

September 1, 2019

first_imgWorld of Warcraft is by far the most successful MMO ever released, and based on the performance of competitors it seems likely the only company that can emulate that success again is Blizzard itself. And it needs to do that pretty quickly as gamers are walking away from WoW  by the million.At its height, World of Warcraft boasted over 11 million subscribers and a market share above 60 percent. But in the first 3 months of this year alone, some 1.3 million gamers have left to go find their gaming entertainment elsewhere. Even so, Blizzard is still enjoying a player base that is around 8 million strong.Bobby Kotick, president of Activision Blizzard, has admitted that such a large drop does raise concerns. He has also admitted that it doesn’t seem likely the subscriber base will grow again, even looking forward to 2014 and the potential for more new content being added. That could be in part due to Blizzard deciding that World of Warcraft isn’t right for consoles.This is a problem most companies running an MMO probably wish they had. Losing over a million paying customers, but still having 8 million generating revenue every month means Blizzard won’t be turning the servers off anytime soon. A follow-up MMO, be that a World of Warcraft 2 or some other IP, must surely be in the forefront of both Activision’s management and Blizzard’s development team.For the moment, expect Blizzard to keep churning out new content and for changes to be made to more easily support players returning to the game.Now read: Five great games like World of Warcraftlast_img read more

August 29, 2019

Mozilla launches Lockbox and Notes for iOS and Android

first_imgMozilla launches Lockbox and Notes for iOS and Android by Martin Brinkmann on July 10, 2018 in Firefox – 17 commentsTest Pilot projects have been available for desktop versions of the Firefox web browser until now; this changes with the release of Notes by Firefox for Android and Firefox Lockbox for iOS.Regular visitors of Ghacks may know the two new experiments for Firefox Mobile already has they have been available on the desktop for a while.We reviewed Firefox Lockbox back in 2017 when Mozilla released a first alpha version of the password manager (revealed it in October 2017 for the first time). What made Lockbox interesting on the desktop was that it replaced the decade-old Firefox password manager.An alpha version is good enough to get a first impression of a new feature but it should not be used to give a final verdict. Lockbox was very basic in its initial state as it did not support the importing or exporting of passwords. It required an Firefox Account for protection, and lacked must-have features such as automatic sign-ins or auto-completion of user data in login forms.Mozilla launched Firefox Notes as a Test Pilot project in July 2017 for Firefox on the desktop. It added basic note taking functionality to the browser. The organization published an update in April 2018 that added multi-notes support and other new features to Notes.Lockbox and Notes are launched as standalone apps for iOS and Android, and not as browser extensions.Firefox Lockbox for iOSLockbox is the first Test Pilot experiment for Firefox on Apple iOS devices. Lockbox syncs passwords with desktop versions of Firefox, and supports Face ID and Fingerprint touch to unlock the application.Firefox Lockbox requires an Firefox Account. It is a standalone application, not an extension for Firefox. Note that it is only available in select countries currently including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.Mozilla is working on an Android version of the application. I don’t have access to an iOS device and cannot test the functionality. If you do, let me know about it in the comment section below.Notes for Firefox on AndroidNotes comes as an application for devices running Google Android. Users can download and install Notes from the official store to keep their notes in sync between other Firefox installations and the Android device.Notes can be used as a standalone application to take notes but one of its main advantages is that it syncs notes between Firefox installations.You can create notes on Android and have them synced to your desktop Firefox installations, or read notes on Android that you jotted down on the desktop.Notes does not appear to be restricted to certain geographical regions.How to get the experiments?Head over to the official Firefox Test Pilot website. Firefox Lockbox and Notes are listed on the page and you see who was involved in the creation and get download links.You may want to check the “your privacy” section as it lists data collected specifically by that experiment. Mozilla uses experiments to test features that may one day be integrated into Firefox natively.Firefox Lockbox is offered as an application for iOS that you can install from the Apple Store whereas Notes by Firefox: A Secure Notepad App is available on Google Play instead.Both require a Firefox Account and Firefox Sync. The apps may be built into Firefox one day but there is no guarantee for that.Now You: What’s your take on Lockbox and Notes for mobile devices?SummaryArticle NameMozilla launches Lockbox and Notes for iOS and AndroidDescriptionTest Pilot projects have been available for desktop versions of the Firefox web browser until now; this changes with the release of Notes by Firefox for Android and Firefox Lockbox for iOS.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

August 26, 2019

Microsofts Brad Smith calls for facial recognition technology to be regulated

first_imgIt has been a tough few months for some of the U.S.’ biggest tech companies. Political upheaval has placed a big focus on data, privacy, and government contracts not only in the tech industry but across the public too. You could easily argue that these organizations have been quiet in spite of considerable noise, but that might be changing. Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer today (13 July) wrote a blog post arguing in favor of regulation of facial recognition technology. What Brad Smith argues in his blog post In his blog post Brad Smith sets the context clearly. He argues that while facial recognition technology can be “both positive and potentially even profound,” it also “raises a critical question: what role do we want this type of technology to play in everyday society?” For Smith, that question can’t be answered by tech companies alone. “As a general principle,” he writes, “it seems more sensible to ask an elected government to regulate companies than to ask unelected companies to regulate such a government.” As Smith also notes, we shouldn’t actually be that surprised at a company asking for government regulation. In other industries, it’s actually common. Smith cites the aviation, food and pharmaceutical industries as areas in which corporations work closely with government to develop regulation and legislation. However, Smith doesn’t outline anything specific with regards to legislation. Instead he is much more keen to urge a “thoughtful approach” from government, as a challenge to ways of using facial recognition technology that could be exploitative. He does, however, argue for Congress to form a bipartisan expert commission to properly assess the uses (and abuses) of facial recognition technology. “The purpose of such a commission should include advice to Congress on what types of new laws and regulations are needed, as well as stronger practices to ensure proper congressional oversight of this technology across the executive branch,” he explains. Does Brad Smith think tech companies still have responsibility? In short, yes. Although Smith believes the debate and discussion around facial technology has to take place in a civic space away from the demands of industry and government, he is forthright in asserting technology companies’ responsibility in developing and deploying new technologies. He outlines 4 things that the tech industry can do to ensure that facial recognition technology is used ethically: Working to minimize bias in machine learning and artificial intelligence systems More transparency in how facial recognition technology is being developed and used Being more cautious in how facial recognition technology is applied Actively participating in public policy discussions around facial recognition technology Are things changing in tech? Although it’s only a blog post, this is one of the first instances of a senior figure at a tech company talking positively about working with government. Contrasted with Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony, it couldn’t look more different. At a time when conversation around the ethics of technology has never felt more visible and urgent, Brad Smith’s intervention is welcome. How the wider tech world and government responds is another matter. Read next: Microsoft condemns ICE activity at U.S. border but still faces public and internal criticism Tech’s culture war: entrepreneur egos v. engineer solidarity Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to policelast_img read more

August 16, 2019

AVANI Hotels Resorts debuts in New Zealand

first_imgAVANI Hotels & Resorts, the vibrant upscale brand by Minor Hotels, is all set to debut in New Zealand with AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences. Located on Kitchener Street, the property seamlessly connects guests with Auckland’s best attractions and experiences, and the city’s vibrant dining, nightlife and entertainment hubs.The striking 39-story tower has enjoyed a rich history as one of Auckland’s most iconic properties, originally functioning as the Magistrates Court of Auckland. Now, the new-look AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences present a stylish city retreat suited to both business and pleasure. Each suite offers a beautifully appointed, upscale residence available in one and two bedroom configurations, some with a private balcony.To celebrate its opening, AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences has released a collection of curated accommodation packages valid for stays from until December 20, 2017, starting from USD $151 per night (minimum two-night stay).last_img read more

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January 23, 2019

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