ENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident

July 31, 2019

first_imgENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident he can keep his 100 per cent record in charge of the side intact when the Knights travel to Belfast to face Ireland in their opening Alitalia European Cup game on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm).Purtill has led the Knights to consecutive victories over France, Cumbria and Ireland since the team was inaugurated in 2011 and the current Huddersfield Giants assistant coach has been pleased with the squad’s progression ahead of Saturday’s contest.“Things have been going really well so far and we’ve been building up nicely since first coming together,” said Purtill. “Ireland had a great win last weekend and it’s all set up well for the weekend.“We beat Ireland comfortably earlier this season but I don’t think that has a bearing this weekend. Their squad is very different from that match and they’re building towards the World Cup now. They have some very good senior pros in their ranks who will certainly be a threat and we need to be on our game to compete.“We need to be disciplined and make sure we play our game and continue the legacy that the previous players who have played for the Knights have left behind – which is to perform at the highest level and put yourself in Steve McNamara’s shop window.”The opportunity to impress England coach McNamara has already paid off for several of the players who were involved with the Knights last season, with Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Liam Farrell, Josh Charnley and Stefan Ratchford all making the step-up to the Elite Training Squad and Purtill believes that highlights the success of England’s development pathway.“The introduction of the Knights has helped the progression of players among the teams,” he said. “There’s been a great level of transition from Academy through to senior level and it’s shown that if you play well for the Knights you can earn your place in the senior squad.“Previously, players coming out of the Academy would go for several years without an international game we’ve changed that by creating the Knights and giving the best young English players as many opportunities to compete on the international stage as possible and it has been a success so far.“Playing these types of games is massive for the player’s development but outside of that, coming into the England camp, interacting with players from other clubs and knowing what it takes to be part of the England set-up is an important aspect of the Knights.“We’re educating our young players so that the transition to senior level is easier when that time comes and hopefully this group of players will be ready if Steve McNamara calls on them for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.”England begin their Alitalia European Cup campaign against Ireland in Belfast’s Deramore Park on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm) before taking on Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, on Sunday October 28 (2.00pm).last_img read more

TWO tries from Francis Meli saw Saints record thei

July 31, 2019

first_imgTWO tries from Francis Meli saw Saints record their first win of the season.The winger took his ‘Red V’ career tally to 131 in 201 appearances as his side overcame Widnes Vikings 16-4 at a freezing Stobart Stadium.A tight match was deadlocked at 4-4 with just over 20 minutes to go before the home side were sensationally reduced to 11 men.Ben Cross flattened Paul Wellens high and a resultant 26 player melee saw Jon Clarke given ten minutes.Saints struggled to impose themselves with two players more but Lee Gaskell saw a gap and killed off Vikings’ hopes.And Meli then repeated his 18th minute score – which cancelled out Stefan Marsh’s opener – with a real poacher’s effort.Nathan Brown said he wouldn’t make kneejerk changes after last week’s defeat to Huddersfield Giants but was forced to bring in Joe Greenwood after James Roby failed to recover from a foot injury. That saw Lance Hohaia come into the hooker spot.Saints got off to a good start when they won a penalty and gained a drop out in the first minute.And five minutes later they almost scored when the ball went wide through Hohaia and Lomax but Meli was put in touch a foot short.Seconds later Widnes won repeat sets, Saints failed to defend a high ball and Stefan Marsh put the home side ahead.Rhys Hanbury missing the tricky conversion from the touchline.It was a blow but Saints galvanised themselves, Hohaia went close and Wellens then fed Francis Meli for an 18th minute leveller.Saints could have taken the lead on the half hour mark; TP taking four tacklers with him on the way to the line before he was felled just inches short.With five minutes to go Joe Mellor hit an audacious 40:20 that took a ridiculous bounce off the surface. That rocked Saints on their heels but excellent defence stopped the chance.Saints passed up a penalty in front of the sticks late on for a ‘powerplay’ and when that was thwarted Widnes saw a two-point effort of their own drift well wide.The second half got off to an inauspicious start with both sides failing to keep hold of the ball.Joe Greenwood made a spectacular save on his own goal line after the ball was fired to him at pace and Wellens took a superb high ball under pressure.Widnes lost Cameron Phelps to leg injury and then Jonny Lomax took a shot to the head and was out cold.The Vikings had a big chance to forge ahead when Willie Isa broke down the left hand side – but he was caught in two minds and a potential try was lost.But on 59 minutes the match changed on a fiery incident.Ben Cross floored Paul Wellens as he came off his own 10 metre line and was sent off and after a 26-man melee Jon Clarke was sinbinned.That saw a period of ‘13 on 11′ but Saints flustered and couldn’t punch a hole in the defence.Just before Clarke did return though, Gaskell found a gap, threw a dummy and Saints were ahead.And with less than eight minutes left in the game Lomax intercepted a Widnes speculator feeding Meli in for his second.The Vikings pushed for a late score and Hock could’ve counted himself unlucky not to sneak over at the death.Saints clung on though and will head into Friday’s match against Hull FC with renewed vigour.Match Summary:Widnes:Tries: MarshGoals: Hanbury (0 from 2)Saints:Tries: Meli (2), GaskellGoals: Lomax (0 from 1), Gaskell (2 from 2)Penalties:Widnes: 9Saints: 11HT: 4-4FT: 16-4REF: James ChildATT: 8322Teams:Widnes:1. Shaun Briscoe; 20. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 3. Cameron Phelps, 2. Willie Isa; 14. Joe Mellor, 7. Rhys Hanbury; 8. Ben Cross, 9. Jon Clarke, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 12. Dave Allen, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 13. Hep Cahill.Subs: 18. Lloyd White, 22. Gareth Hock, 23. Phil Joseph, 25. Alex Gerrard.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 6. Lance Hohaia, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 15. Mark Flanagan. 24. Joe Greenwood.last_img read more

ENGLAND Women coach Chris Chapman has named a 24s

July 31, 2019

first_imgENGLAND Women coach Chris Chapman has named a 24-strong squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which kicks-off in July and culminates with the Women’s World Cup final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14.The squad features nine players from Thatto Heath, six from Featherstone, five Bradford players, two from Normanton and sole representatives from Cross Fields and Coventry.England will face stiff competition from Australia, France and three-time Women’s World Cup winners New Zealand if they are to lift the trophy on home soil this year but Chapman, who took over from Steve McCormack earlier this year, believes his squad has the ability to go all the way.“We’ve had the squad training together since the start of the year and we’ve had some really good, tough sessions,” said Chapman.“There are a lot of good players who have missed out on selection for the competition but I feel the group that we have selected have a good blend of experience and youth and have the skills to succeed if they apply themselves and work hard for each other.“New Zealand will be confident of retaining their title and Australia will be coming here confident as well but we’re on home soil and we’ll be going out there to make an impact and hopefully we will be celebrating on July 14.”England Women Squad:Lindsay Anfield (Normanton), Dani Bound (Thatto Heath), Katie Cooper-Birkenhead (Featherstone), Jodie Cunningham (Thatto Heath), Andrea Dobson (Featherstone), Kim Field (Featherstone), Lois Forsell (Bradford), Holly Freestone (Thatto Heath), Natalie Gilmour (Featherstone), Claire Hall (Thatto Heath), Amy Hardcastle (Bradford), Lori Holloran (Normanton), Clare McGinnis (Thatto Heath), Kirsty Moroney (Bradford), Holly Myers (Coventry/Southampton), Emily Rudge (Thatto Heath), Emma Slowe (Featherstone), Lauren Stallwood (Bradford), Tara Stanley (Crosfields), Beth Sutcliffe (Thatto Heath), Danielle Titterington (Featherstone), Rachel Twibill (Bradford), Gemma Walsh (Thatto Heath), Jenny Welsby (Thatto Heath).Tickets for the Festivals of World Cup finals day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14, when the winners of the Women’s, Police and Student Rugby League World Cups will be decided, are priced at £6 for Adults and £2 for under-16s and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office by calling 0844 856 1113 (9.00am to 5.00pm) or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

July 30, 2019

WPD investigating moped accident in downtown Wilmington

first_img Officials say it appears the young driver in the silver truck ran a red light. The driver of the moped was taken to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center.There is no information on the extent of any injuries or if any charges will be filed. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after an accident at the intersection of 5th and Red Cross Streets.According to Wilmington Police, a silver truck was traveling along 5th Street when it hit a moped driving up Red Cross Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns

first_img “Consumers with these eggs shouldn’t eat them,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Twitter. “Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund.”The notice said Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms was voluntarily recalling the eggs “through an abundance of caution.” A company spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking further comment Sunday.The eggs reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to the notice.Related Article: Police: Man charged after walking into NC church wearing nothing but T-shirtThe recall came about after the illnesses were reported in states along the East Coast, and the FDA inspected the farm in eastern North Carolina’s Hyde County that produces about 2 million eggs per day. Gottlieb said the agency’s testing connected the recalled eggs to the people who got sick.The notice lists varieties of a Food Lion store brand as well as some cartons available as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Walmart. The recall also lists eggs that were distributed to the Waffle House restaurant chain.Food Lion has pulled the recalled eggs from shelves of the approximately 400 stores where they were available, said spokeswoman Emma Inman.“The eggs that are in the stores today are safe,” she said by phone. She said she didn’t have information on whether Food Lion customers were among those who got sick.Company officials at Walmart and Waffle House didn’t immediately respond to messages Sunday seeking comment.___Follow Drew at www.twittter.com/JonathanLDrew RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday said the eggs shipped from a North Carolina farm may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria can cause nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases , death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

Wilmington bookstore celebrates Harry Potter 20th anniversary

first_img Kids of all ages had fun with trivia, giveaways, potions class and wand-making.Scholastic, which publishes the series, says more than 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold in at least 68 languages around the world. WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) — Two decades after its debut, the magic of the Harry Potter books still has people in the Cape Fear spellbound.Saturday Books-A-Million in Wilmington hosted a Harry Potter event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

Hampstead man accused of strangling woman

first_img The sheriff’s office says the charges stem from an assault that took place in the Hampstead area one week ago.His bond is set at just over $51,000. Ricky Lynn Bullard (Photo: PCSO) HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect wanted for assaulting a woman.54-year-old Ricky Lynn Bullard is charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and interfering with emergency communications.- Advertisement – last_img

July 30, 2019

Firm introduces outlook on redistricting New Hanover Co elementary middle schools

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — School leaders heard from the third party Geographic Information Systems firm for the first time Tuesday regarding their plans to work out elementary and middle school redistricting.However, it’s the committee of selected citizens that had attendees in the school board meeting fired up before new lines have even been drawn.- Advertisement – Matthew Cropper with Cropper GIS said 63 applications were turned in from neighbors. He said they selected one from separte ends of the county and one from the city of Wilmington. However, in that grouping did not include a person of color.After the presentation by Mr. Cropper and some outcries from people in board chambers, school leaders requested that veteran educator Emma Jackson, who is African-American, be added to the board. Emma Jackson has been selected by the Board to serve on the NHCS Redistricting Committee. Mrs. Jackson is a recently retired NHCS administrator. #NHCSchat— New Hanover Co Sch (@NewHanoverCoSch) July 10, 2019Related Article: New Hanover school’s slavery role-playing game prompts investigationRedistricting schools is not expected to be decided until the end of the year according to Cropper. Tonight was the kickoff presentation by the GIS firm showing how they will help redraw the maps. The Redistricting Committee will meet for the first time Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to see the first drafts of school redistricting.last_img read more

July 30, 2019

PN seeking volunteers for party reform strategy

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) is looking for volunteers willing to help in the party’s reform process.A press release signed by Louis Galea states that the reform process will be an informed, inspired and guided one that will be led by a multi-disciplinary team.At the beginning of July, the PN’s Executive Committee unanimously approved Adrian Delia’s proposal to appoint Louis Galea as the leader of the party’s political reform. Galea will be leading this initiative on a voluntary basis.Adverts have been posted on the Sunday papers calling on all those interested to contribute in the reform. Louis Galea said that reform team will be made up of individuals with different skills, abilities, work experiences and qualifications.Those interested must be able to commit for at least five hours a week on voluntary basis.Former PN MEP candidate Peter Agius said on Facebook that he will be sending an email.On Saturday, Adrian Delia won the vote of confidence to remain in his role as leader of the PN. On Sunday, he said that this was not a personal win but a win for the party.Saturday’s vote was a victory for the party – DeliaWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Goodbye dotafrica and hello africa

July 30, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Competition for the proposed .africa internet domain name has heated up, following a dramatic application form change made by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).ICANN opened up applications for new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names this year with the likes of Nike applying for .nike and telco MTN applying for .mtn. An application for a new internet domain name alone costs $185,000, while successful bidders could have their online properties up and running in 2013.And ICANN; subsequently, published a list of all applied-for domain names and their applicants in June this year. – Advertisement – However, in what appeared to be a costly mistake, Sophia Bekele, director of Kenya’s non-profit Dot Connect Africa (DCA), told ITWeb Africa earlier this year that a ‘misunderstanding’ had occurred regarding that body’s application for .africa.“The ICANN (Top Level Domain Application System) TAS application does not accept certain special characters, including the ‘.’, a problem that was generally faced by all applicants who had to work the TAS, so it did not accept .AFRICA, and it was input as DotAfrica – as it is pronounced,” Bekele told ITWeb Africa.South Africa’s Uniforum SA – also referred to as the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) – appeared not to have the same alleged problems that Bekele faced, as Uniforum SA managed to have its application for .africa displayed correctly on the ICANN list.Nevertheless, DCA submitted a request to ICANN to alter its application, and late last week, ICANN complied with the Kenyan body’s request to change its bidding application for the Africa domain name from .dotafrica name to .africa.“As of 29 October, we’ve received 138 change requests and approved and posted 29,” said ICANN’s manager for new gTLD communication, Michele Jourdan.This means that DCA has officially joined Uniforum ZA registry in the running for the .africa domain name, of which the bidding process is underway.“The ICANN approval is a strong public vindication of DCA’s spirited defense of the .africa string name that it applied for, thereby making any string confusion or a contentious objection procedure on grounds of string similarity completely unnecessary and unwarranted,” DCA said in a press statement.DCA, like Uniforum SA, needs to go through the final ICANN bidding process that, apart from the application form, also requires those applying for a geographic domain name such as .africa to have the endorsement of 60% of African governments.Dot Connect Africa says it has this support, as it has published a document signed by the previous head of the African Union (AU) Jean Ping, a letter from the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Africa, and the Internationalized Domain Resolution Union.Yet the African Union, shortly after Jean Ping is said to have signed that document, released a public document online dated 12 May 2011 saying that DotConnectAfrica did not have support from the AU.South Africa’s UniForum, together with a number of internet pioneers across the continent, then won the right from the AU to apply for the .africa domain name through the Union’s bidding process, as they received over 40 countries’ governments support.Bekele, however, then cried foul about allegations of fraud, claiming that the AU never officially came out with a statement discarding Dot Connect Africa’s application. She also says the AU process did not conduct the process in a transparent way, even adding that there was an “attempt to withdraw” Dot Connect Africa’s endorsement “using a forged letter which was unstamped”.Despite Bekele’s allegations, the battle to win .africa has clearly become a two horse race.“ICANN’s proposed changes are subject to a public comment process which expires on or before 17 November 2012,” said Uniforum SA in a press statement.“ZACR does not plan to object as the additional bidder does not represent a significant challenge.“It is ZACR’s view that the conduct by the new second bidder since this process started has been noted by the global internet industry and it speaks volumes of their ability to properly manage Africa’s home on the internet,” Uniforum officials added.Source: IT Weblast_img read more

July 30, 2019

Google Docs isnt worth the gamble says Microsoft

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft is taking aim at Google Docs. Jake Zborowski, Microsoft’s senior product manager for Office, actually published an anti-Docs blog post, one homes in on document fidelity.If it took me a little while to get Michael Atalla, the director of product marketing for Office 365, to actually say “Google” in my chat with him about Microsoft’s productivity tools earlier this week, Zborowski doesn’t beat around the bush for even a second. “Converting Office files into Google Apps is a gamble,” he writes. “Why take the gamble on converting your Office files to Google Docs when you can use Microsoft Office and the Microsoft Office Web Apps to create, share and edit your Office files with your content intact?”That, Microsoft says, is true on the web, but also on the tablet, where Google’s Quickoffice usually does a pretty good job at converting documents (though not in Microsoft’s example, of course). – Advertisement – So what about the new Chrome document viewer? Also too much of a gamble for Zborowski: “The last gamble with Google is how the company helps you view Microsoft Office documents using their file viewers. Even this is a gamble that may be too risky to take.”Why gamble with your time and Office content? When you build and share compelling, accurate, and impactful information, make sure you get what you bargained for, he cocluded.Credit: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

July 29, 2019

10 things you should stop doing on social media

first_imgAdvertisement Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds have become increasingly cluttered with the only things we hate more than your endless baby pictures. How have we still not learnt how to behave online?In a world of near instant sharing and completely instant judgement, many of us are getting social media wrong, or having our feeds plagued by those making the errors. So stop, take a deep breath, put down your phone, and pause for a second. Make sure you’re not falling foul of these social media faux pas before pressing ‘Share’.1. Selfishly selfie obsessed – Advertisement – We get it, you love yourself. We used to like you too. Not any more. Please stop spamming our Facebook feeds with endless trout-pout selfies and mirror shots. The world doesn’t need to see your gurning mug every 18 minutes. We can live without it. Really. And so can the 1,042 followers you’ve somehow accrued.2. What a total hashtaggerThere’s nothing wrong with hashtags. When they’re used correctly, and in moderation, that is. Just don’t overdo it, yeah. We get it, you want as broad a reach as possible for your inane chatter, but you’re just winding everyone up #getit? #toomuch #juststop #wewilldeleteyou #overhashtagging #socialmediafail #Ihateyou #howtouseahashtag #whatahashtagger #susanalbumparty.3. No one likes an over-‘Liker’Bing! It’s been just 6.2 seconds since you uploaded that latest photo and it’s already got a ‘Like’. No, you’re not #Winning or breaking the internet, that’s just Jim. Everyone knows a Jim, the overly affectionate, ever-present social prowler who ‘Likes’ anything and everything posted by anyone and everyone. It’s not reaffirming, Jim, it’s just creepy.4. Over-sharing is way worse than not sharing enoughAs social media grows and sharing becomes easier, social boundaries seem to have taken a nosedive. Please though, think before you post. And for god’s sake, have a bit of shame. We don’t need to see pics of your dog’s post-op shaven bits or know your partner let out a little parp while you guys were going at it last night. Facebook is not therapy. Some things are best saved for Tinder.5. Remember, people aren’t as interested in your kid as you areCongratulations, you pushed a person out of yourself 18 months ago. We’re pleased for you, we really are, but the 17 thousand photos you’ve uploaded of the cute little bugger since are just a little too much. We see less of our own family than yours. Give it a break and their over sized baby eyes a rest from your iPhone‘s flash.[related-posts]6. Joggers can jog onWell done, you’ve completed your first 5K in 42 minutes after 16 weeks of training. Now please shut up. Your endless updates are making me feel bad for taking my McDonald‘s drive through back to bed with me. Just jog on. Quietly though, yeah.7. Timeless time travel is not the future‘OMG! I can’t believe how drunk we got that night! Eeek!’ Being forced into awareness that you had an “epic” night out once is bad enough. Stop trying to make us relive it again 4 years later. Please. It makes us question how we’ve stayed friends – even online friends – for so long.8. It’s Facebook, not BragbookYou met Lionel Messi, amazing! You met him in a private box at Barcelona vs Real Madrid, wow, I’m really pleased for you. You got the tickets free through your amazing job and went with your super hot boss who gives you extra days off, alright get bent, we get it, your life is amazing, ours are crap, just leave off.9. There’s nothing inspiring about inspirational quotesSometimes things are crap and we’ve just got to deal with it. Your endless stream of faux-positive inspirational quotes really aren’t helping us forget what we’ve lost and focus on what we still have. We just want to wallow in our misery without your unwavering positivity tiring us out further. The only thing you’re inspiring is us hiding or deleting you.10. Just stop talkingIt’s not essential to have an opinion on everything. Especially when you’re not as clued up as you’d like to think. Your bumbling efforts to explain the latest Middle East peace treaty and the impact changing exchange rates will have on the Canadian oil industry aren’t needed.[Digital Spy]last_img read more

July 29, 2019

Youtube gets super bowl 50 Ads weeks before the main event

first_imgA YouTube channel is already seeing brands upload sneak peeks and clips of their Super Bowl 50 ads, weeks before kickoff. Image Credit: Aolcdn Advertisement Super Bowl ads are an event unto themselves. Brands now spend millions both on producing their game day ads and of course on their placement.YouTube has realized the value of its service in regard to live events such as the Super Bowl, and is offering advertisers the ability to get their hallowed TV spots online early via its AdBlitz platform.A YouTube channel and separate website, AdBlitz which has been available for the past seven years is already seeing brands upload sneak peeks and clips of their Super Bowl 50 ads, weeks before kickoff. – Advertisement – AdBlitz currently features clips from KFC and website builder Wix.com, with more to come. The platform also allows users to vote for and share their favorite game day ads. And, according to Google, it’s been a massive success.In 2015, people watched the equivalent of 1,600 years of Super Bowl ads on YouTube, with 40 percent of that viewing time taking place before game day. An additional 300,000 hours of ads were watched online during the game itself.[related-posts]In order to further capitalize on those blockbuster figures, Google today announced that it is launching a real-time advertising tool. The new feature will work across all of Google’s platforms, allowing brands and marketers to run ads timed to big moments during live events. The feature, which is currently in beta mode, was reportedly utilized by a Marco Rubio Super PAC during a candidates’ debate night and will also be applied during this year’s Oscars.Google is acutely aware that both YouTube and its other platforms act as mere second screens compared to the main event. The numbers, however, prove that may still be enough to attract advertisers. The Web giant claims that advertisers that publish spots online before the Super Bowl accumulate 2.2 times more views than ads scheduled for game day.Meanwhile, the price for Super Bowl spots has  increased a massive 76 percent over the last decade, according to Kantar Media. CBS executives have reportedly revealed that their Super Bowl rate for this year is north of $5 million. All that for a fleeting clip during an already noisy broadcast. No wonder advertisers are seeking out new avenues for their investments.[Digital Trends]last_img read more

July 29, 2019

RWANDA AfrikaStream to Award kLab Members in MTN TV Irebere Nawe Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Afrika Stream, a company that creates digital multimedia content and social networking platforms hosted on local clouds in Africa is set to award members of Rwandan technology innovation and incubation hub, kLab.In what is dubbed MTN TV ‘Irebere Nawe’ Challenge, kLab members and the whole Rwandan technology community in general will compete by watching and sharing videos in all categories from the MTN Irebere Nawe mobile app.The competition which will last 5 days, will commence on Wednesday February 8th at 5:30pm and end on Friday February 17th at 5:30pm. – Advertisement – kLab Members with the most views and shares of videos in the different categories at the end of the 5 days will then stand a chance to win a grand prize of 100,000 Rwf (roughly 436,000 UGX) alongside other goodies that come with the challenge.The grand prize will be given to the person who will have watched the most videos, live TV channels across all the menus and gotten the most people to download and use the app.Launched in December 2016, the MTN TV App is based on a local cloud concept whereby all content is available locally in Rwanda, which enables users to stream video content at nearly two times faster than non-locally hosted content, saving the customer on buffering time.[related-posts]In addition to streaming videos, the MTN TV facility provides advertising services on the application to offer clients a yet another platform to advertise their products and services.The adverts are run as in-app ads or popup ads that appear in the process of streaming or browsing the app menus.The app is currently available for download on google play store and will be made available for iOS users soon.last_img read more

July 29, 2019

Tecno Mobile Has Finally Launched the Tecno Spark 2 in Uganda

first_imgTecno Mobile launches the Tecno Spark 2; the successor to the Tecno Spark and Spark Plus to the Ugandan Market. Available in Bordeaux red, midnight black, champagne gold. and city blue color options in all Tecno shops. Advertisement After multiple rumors about the successor of the Tecno Spark and Spark Plus smartphones in the last months, Transsion Holdings-owned; Tecno Mobile has finally launched the Tecno Spark 2 in the Ugandan market showing no signs of slowing down as they continue to stamp their feet as the number one smartphone brand in the African mobile market.“We at Tecno Mobile are proud to say that, this is another great smartphone designed for productivity and style,” Stephen HA, Managing Director and General Manager of Tecno Mobile, told the press.As we might know one of the most selling points on Tecno smartphones is its camera, Stephen reiterated that the Tecno Spark 2 is not just another camera phone, but one that any smartphone lover with the desire to stay in tune with the latest smartphone innovations, should have. – Advertisement – Ending all rumors, the Tecno Spark 2 flaunts a 6-inch HD screen fully display no bezels squeezed into a small shell of 5.7mm making the device comfortable to hold. Compared to its predecessor that came at 5.5-Inch display screen with bezels. The flagship comes with an improvement in the storage capacity available in two variants; 1GB/16GB and 2GB/16GB options considering that only one flagship has been launched.The flagship runs on Google’s Android 8.1 mobile operating system topped on with Tecno’s HiOS v3.3.0.“The latest Android 8.1 (Go edition) is going to ensure an overall satisfactory general performance of the phone,” Stephen told the press.Looking at the camera perspective, as rumored to have a dual rear camera, unfortunately, it wasn’t. The flagship comes with a single rear sensor at 13MP with a supportive 3 LED ring flash while the front facing camera has an 8MP sensor and a supportive 2 LED ring flash. The front camera has been seen with a portrait feature option while the rear camera lacks it. The F/2.0 wide aperture enables more light to pass through the camera lens, thereby making selfie pictures clear even in low light conditions.The phablet is supported on a massive powerhouse of 3,500mAh non-removable battery capacity. Tecno claims that the battery can last for at least 11 hours on talk time and 20 hours on standby time with a new facial recognition security feature.Unlike the previous Spark smartphones, the Tecno Spark 2 comes with the facial unlock technology that can be used to unlock the phone. This becomes an additional security feature to the fingerprint sensor and pin, passwords, and partner unlocks. By grasping the face information, the Face Unlock has 800ms recognition rate and is more functional than the fingerprint identification feature.Speaking to one of Tecno representatives, we asked who the target market could be considering the fact that its predecessor was targeting mainly university students, he told this website, the target market could be for people aged between 18 to 26 years. Still more like university students.However, the flagship is suitable to those that want to upgrade from their entry-level smartphones.Tecno Spark 2 is available in Bordeaux red, midnight black, champagne gold. and city blue color options and has been priced at UGX435,000 which can be found in all Tecno branded store countrywide.last_img read more

July 29, 2019

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday 2 June

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Natureinspired material uses liquid reinforcement

July 28, 2019

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionGallium is liquid at room temperature. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“What we’ve shown is that putting liquid inside a solid is not always going to make it softer, and thanks to our collaborators we are able to explain why this is the case,” Tiwary said. “Next we hope to use this understanding to try to engineer materials to take advantage of these properties.”Owuor and Tiwary said just using nanoengineering alone may not provide a maximum effect. Instead, nature employs hierarchical structures with features of varying sizes that repeat at larger scales, like those found in the oil-filled chambers in fish skin.“If you look at (the fish’s) membrane and you section it, there is a layer where you have spheres with big diameters, and as you move, the diameters keep decreasing,” Owuor said. “The chambers are seen across the whole scale, from the nano- all the way out to the microscale.Tiwary said, “There are important nanoscale features in nature, but it’s not all nano. We may find that engineering at the nanoscale alone isn’t enough. We want to see if we can start designing in a hierarchical way.”Ajayan is chair of Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry.The research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Additional Rice co-authors include Lou, Alin Chipara and Robert Vajtai.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0630_LIQUID-samp24-lg-13obhbd.jpgCAPTION: Nature inspired the design of silicone and gallium composites created in Rice University’s Nanomaterials Laboratory. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0630_LIQUID-owuor41-lg-1odbb9m.jpgCAPTION: Peter Owuor (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0630_LIQUID-pres52-lg-otczan.jpgCAPTION: Researchers studied how encapsulated droplets of gallium liquid increased the stiffness of silicone discs. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0630_LIQUID-gallium31-lg-1vbyj3p.jpgCAPTION: Gallium is liquid at room temperature. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the Advanced Materials Interfaces paper is: 10.1002/admi.201700240A copy of the paper is available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/admi.201700240/abstractRelated research stories from Rice:‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take rockets’ heat — March 30, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/03/30/fuzzy-fibers-can-take-rockets-heat/Pulverizing e-waste is green, clean — and cold — March 21, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/03/21/pulverizing-e-waste-is-green-clean-and-cold/Carbon dots dash toward ‘green’ recycling role — Dec. 16, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/12/16/carbon-dots-dash-toward-green-recycling-role/Rice expands graphene repertoire with MRI contrast agent — Nov. 10, 2016 http://news.rice.edu/2016/11/10/rice-expands-graphene-repertoire-with-mri-contrast-agent/Nanodiamonds in an instant — Sept. 6, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/06/nanodiamonds-in-an-instant/3-D graphene has promise for bio applications — Sept. 2, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/02/3-d-graphene-has-promise-for-bio-applications/Titanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial joints — July 20, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/07/20/titanium-gold-new-gold-standard-for-artificial-joints-2/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. closeup of silicone disc containing internal pockets filled with droplets of gallium AddThis Rice University graduate student Peter Owuor in the laboratory test tube filled with liquid gallium Return to article. Long DescriptionNature inspired the design of silicone and gallium composites created in Rice University’s the Nanomaterials Laboratory. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)In research appearing online in the journal Advanced Materials Interfaces, graduate student Peter Owuor, research scientist Chandra Sekhar Tiwary and colleagues from the laboratories of Rice Professor Pulickel Ajayan and Jun Lou found they could increase the stiffness, or “elastic modulus,” of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium.Such composites could find use in high-energy absorption materials and shock absorbers and in biomimetic structures like artificial intervertebral discs, they said.Owuor said conventional wisdom in composite design for the past 60 years has been that adding a harder substance increases modulus and adding a softer one decreases modulus. In most instances, that’s correct.“People had not really looked at it from the other way around,” he said. “Is it possible to add something soft inside something else that is also soft and get something that has a higher modulus? If you look at the natural world, there are plenty of examples where you find exactly that. As materials scientists, we wanted to study this, not from a biological perspective but rather from a mechanical one.”center_img gloved hands placing a sample into a laboratory instrument Return to article. Long DescriptionPeter Owuor (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)For example, the discs between the vertebrae in human spines, which act like both shock absorbers and ligaments, are made of a tough outer layer of cartilage and a soft, jelly-like interior. And the outer skin of deep-diving ocean fish and mammals contain myriad tiny oil-filled chambers — some no larger than a virus and others larger than entire cells — that allow the animals to withstand the intense pressures that exist thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.Choosing the basic materials to model these living systems was relatively easy, but finding a way to bring them together to mimic nature proved difficult, said Tiwary, a postdoctoral research associate in Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering.Polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, was chosen as the soft encapsulating layer for a number of reasons: It’s cheap, inert, nontoxic and widely used in everything from caulk and aquarium sealants to cosmetics and food additives. It also dries clear, which made it easy to see the bubbles of liquid the team wanted to encapsulate. For that, the researchers chose gallium, which like mercury is liquid at room temperature, but unlike mercury is nontoxic and relatively easy to work with. Return to article. Long DescriptionResearchers studied how encapsulated droplets of gallium liquid increased the stiffness of silicone discs. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Owuor said it took nearly four months to find a recipe for encapsulating bubbles of gallium inside PDMS. His test samples are about the diameter of a small coin and as much as a quarter-inch thick. By curing the PDMS slowly, Owuor developed a process by which he could add gallium droplets of various sizes. Some samples contained one large inner chamber, and others contained up to a dozen discrete droplets.Each sample was subjected to dozens of tests. A dynamic mechanical analysis instrument was used to measure how much the material deformed under load, and various measures like stiffness, toughness and elasticity were measured under a variety of conditions. For example, with a relatively small amount of cooling, gallium can be turned into a solid. So the team was able to compare some measurements taken when the gallium spheres were liquid with measures taken when the spheres were solid.Collaborators Roy Mahapatra and Shashishekarayya Hiremath of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore used finite element modeling and hydrodynamic simulations to help the team analyze how the materials behaved under mechanical stress. Based on this, the researchers determined that pockets of liquid gallium gave the composite higher energy absorption and dissipation characteristics than plain PDMS or PDMS with air-filled pockets. ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduNature-inspired material uses liquid reinforcementRice U. nanoengineers create liquid-solid composites using clues from natureHOUSTON — (July 10, 2017) — Materials scientists at Rice University are looking to nature — at the discs in human spines and the skin in ocean-diving fish, for example — for clues about designing materials with seemingly contradictory properties — flexibility and stiffness.last_img read more

July 28, 2019

New MBA Jobs JP Morgan Chase Bank of America Merrill Lynch and

first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail It’s always good to see when MBA jobs flourish, with lots of MBA employment opportunities around the United States. Check out just a few of these exciting new MBA jobs at firms like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, General Mills, and more below.Merchant Services Pricing and Analytics Associate – JP Morgan ChaseJP Morgan Chase is hiring an associate responsible for pricing analytics in support of the firm’s Merchant Services business in the Wilmington, DE office. Merchant Services Pricing and Analytics Associate candidates must have four or more years of financial analysis experience and Bachelor’s degree in finance or economics. An MBA degree and prior payments experience is also preferred.Activities of the Merchant Services Pricing and Analytics Associate include: Evaluating and analyzing of pricing structuresFormulating recommendations to improve results and support new business opportunitiesBecoming an expert on the merchant acquiring industryPartnering with Merchant Services leaders and teams to provide insights into portfolio, product, and customer behaviorYou can visit the JP Morgan Chase careers page to see other finance job openings.Private Client Advisor – Bank of America Merrill LynchBank of America Merrill Lynch is hiring a Private Client Advisor at its Richmond, VA office. This is a senior level position that, according to the firm, will focus on sales to new and existing high net-worth clients, and share expertise in investments, credit, banking, trust, and wealth transfers. This jobs is an MBA preferred position and 12 or more years of private banking or complex financial services experience is required.Responsibilities of the Private Client Advisor include:Acting as an advisor to clients and prospectsProviding recommendations for multiple products and servicesDeveloping an understanding of a client’s needs, preferences and overall wealthManaging relationships and acting as relationship lead accountable for the clients experienceYou can find this job, and many more, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch careers page.Corporate Strategy Director – General MillsGeneral Mills is hiring a Corporate Strategy Director at its Minneapolis offices. The new hire will join General Mills’ Corporate Strategy team and help lead the development and implementation of enterprise strategy for the company. Ideal candidates are professionals with experience in consumer packaged goods who can influence and lead at the most senior levels of an organization. The position requires an MBA.Major responsibilities of the Corporate Strategy Director include:Guiding strategy development and adjustments to existing strategiesEvaluating the portfolio and making recommendations on changes to the focus and resource allocationIdentifying and deconstructing business issues and developing strategic, analytical, and financial frameworks for analysesLeading strategies and ensuring annual business plans are in support of the corporate strategySee more jobs like this at General Mills’ careers page.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: New MBA Jobs: CitiGroup, Cisco, IDEO, and MoreProduct Marketing Manager – McGraw HillMcGraw Hill has a Product Marketing Manager opening at its Columbus, OH office. A similar role is also open in the firm’s Chicago; New York, NY; and Irvine, CA offices. The Product Marketing Manager will be part of McGraw Hill’s PreK-12 business, joining a team that creates digital tools, curriculum, and solutions used by educators and students. According to the listing, candidates must have a passion for education and marketing, five or more years of experience in strategic marketing, and an MBA.Other responsibilities of the Product Marketing Manager include:Collaborating within marketing, sales, and product developmentLeveraging market research and customer data to develop target segments, create pricing, and define defensible positioningProviding best-in-class training and support for the sales teamDeveloping and executing effective annual marketing strategiesVisit the McGraw Hill careers page to see more job openings.Senior Analytics Consultant – AetnaAetna is hiring a Senior Analytics Consultant at its New York office. The new hire will apply consulting, analytic, and leadership expertise to drive business impact across a variety of strategic problems at the health insurance provider. Ideal candidates will have a minimum or three or more years total business experience, with two or more years’ experience in strategy consulting or corporate or analytics strategy roles. An MBA or Masters/Ph.D. in the quantitative field is also preferred.Job responsibilities of the Senior Analytics Consultant include:Working with senior team members to structure analyses and conducting quantitative analysesidentifying critical problems to be solved, new analytical approaches, and hypotheses to testDelivering high-quality analytical outputsAutonomously leading business relationships to gather information to share and refine insightsAetna posts this job, and many others, on its careers page. New MBA Jobs: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Morecenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedNew Investment Banking Jobs for MBA Students and GradsMore than a decade removed from the Great Recession, finance remains a popular and lucrative career for MBAs. There are plenty of varied and well-playing opportunities available across the U.S., with the average graduate earning more than $140,000 according U.S. News & World Report at top firms. Those interested in…February 4, 2019In “Bank of America”Invest in Your Future By Applying to New MBA Jobs at Top Investment FirmsYou’ve invested all this time in earning your MBA degree, now invest some time in applying to new MBA jobs at these top investment firms. Working at an investment firm can be widely varied and rewarding, with the average graduate earns more than $140,000 according U.S. News & World Report. Here…June 18, 2019In “Bank of America”New MBA Jobs Openings: CaliforniaThe length of California is approximately 770 miles. From top to bottom, visitors will find a mass of fascinating contradictions—Silicon Valley, Napa, Hollywood Glitz, Malibu, the SF Mission, Humboldt County pot farms, Yosemite, San Diego surf, Fresno farmland, Palm Desert, the rolling hills of John Steinbeck Country. These are just…July 2, 2019In “Accenture”last_img read more

Trump Announces New Sanctions on Iran

July 28, 2019

first_imgOther details about the new sanctions are not immediately clear.On Thursday, amid speculation, Trump also wrote: “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.” Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017The country, he added, should “have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!”Earlier this week, it was reported that Iran tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile known as “Sumar.” The country confirmed this week that it test-fired the missile, but it insisted that the test didn’t violate the Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement with other world powers or the U.N. Security Council resolution on the agreement.International sanctions on Tehran were removed in January 2016 following a nuclear deal carried out by Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, and the U.S.Associated Press contributed to this report. Show Discussion Share Share this article US The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 people and 12 companies in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile test.The Treasury Department announced the action on Friday, which listed the “sanctioned individuals and entities, some of which are based in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China,” Reuters reported.BREAKING: U.S. Treasury Dept. announces new sanctions against Iran: 13 individuals and 12 entities impacted. pic.twitter.com/iLvBD7ajud— ABC News (@ABC) February 3, 2017President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said this week that the administration was putting Iran “on notice” for its missile test Sunday and for supporting the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.Trump tweeted Friday that “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!”Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017 A Qadr H long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, during a maneuver, in an undisclosed location in Iran on March 9, 2016. (Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News Agency via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Trump Announces New Sanctions on Iran By Epoch Newsroom February 3, 2017 Updated: February 3, 2017last_img read more

Politico Poll Trumps Approval Rating Is Increasing

July 28, 2019

first_imgPresident Donald Trump looks over towards Budget Director Mick Mulvaney (L) after signing an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Share A new poll has found that 52 percent of U.S. voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, while about 43 percent disapprove.That approval rating wasn’t carried out through Rasmussen, but via Politico/Morning Consult. Rasmussen, which uses online and anonymous survey methods, has polls that are generally more favorable to Trump than most others.The Politico poll, however, is curious. Trump’s approval rating is buried at the bottom of the page of an article, titled, “Poll: Voters wary of GOP health care bill.” Most of the article is dedicated to the public’s view on the new GOP health care bill aimed at replacing Obamacare.The 52-percent approval rating represents an increase compared with other Morning Consult polls. For example, Trump’s rating after Inauguration Day was 49 percent.Related CoveragePolls: More Think US Heading in ‘Right Direction’ Forty-six percent of Americans, when asked about the direction the country is heading, say they believe its on the right track, up four points since January, and 17 points since Election Day.“Despite several public controversies, the two measurements have remained relatively steady, and almost all of the movement has been in Trump’s direction among all voters,” Morning Consult said, referring to the “right direction” poll and the poll on Trump’s approval rating.The poll surveyed 1,983 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Politico Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating Is Increasing By Jack Phillips March 16, 2017 Updated: March 16, 2017center_img US Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more