2010: A Big Year For Remote Web Workers

first_imgThis year proved to be a strong one for online employment, as more and more took to the Web to find work, where an increasing number of jobs are for employers in other geographic areas, according to a report released by Elance.Elance reported its one-millionth job listing, as an annually-growing number of job seekers and freelancers use the site to find work. In total, the site saw 375,000 new listings in 2010, a 40% increase from last year. Web workers are cumulatively now earning over $100 million per year through the site. While these trends are specific to Elance, they tell us something about the job market as a whole, which is clearly becoming more mobile and distributed as technology continues to enable that shift. Elance highlights the explosion of mobile computing by reporting that the number of businesses posting mobile development jobs grew by 98% this year. In one of its more interesting breakdowns, the report outlines which skills grew in demand this year and which ones appear to be on their way out. Search engine marketing topped the list of “hot” skills for 2010, followed by iPhone development, Google App Engine, HTML5 and affiliate marketing. Decreasing in demand were skills related to direct marketing, BlackBerrys, Amazon Web Services, DHTML and Telemarketing. Photo by Flickr user jsogo john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra, we love you, but that’s a really odd jacket you’re wearing

first_imgPriyanka Chopra is leaving no stone unturned in promoting her Hollywood debut film, Baywatch. Toggling between multiple talk shows and press sessions is no easy task but PeeCee does everything with utmost ease, while looking her stunning self, of course.The ravishing Quantico star has been donning some of the most stylish outfits of the season while surpassing our expectations. While her all-leather black, dress and that divine white outfit she wore for Baywatch promotions in Mumbai,  made us go heart-eyes over the Exotic singer, one of her recent looks clearly missed the signature  PeeCee charm we’re all die-hard fans of.Also Read: Priyanka Chopra has proven she can pull off a leather dress like no one elseRecently, Piggy Chops was spotted at the airport in the kind of outfit that was a little too shabby to be donned by someone like her–a celeb who featured on the Victoria’s Secret’s list for being the best dressed woman at an international red carpet.While we refused to believe that Priyanka was actually spotted in that hot pink, oversized jacket with floral prints on the border, her gorgeous face did manage to negate its effect.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries The weird shade of hot pink and the strange looking flowers on the border made for a not-so-great colour blend, but we’re trying to reason why PeeCee picked that jacket. Being the fashion genius that she is, we’re sure there’s something our commoner eyes cannot see.Taking our eyes off from PeeCee’s jacket wasn’t that great an idea, because her skinny, black jeans made things worse for the outfit. The unflattering black jeans that she donned were everything but well-fitted. In fact, they were a little too long for PeeCee and ruffled around her ankles–that’s the shabby part of the ensemble.advertisementAlso Read: Priyanka Chopra spills blue magic at the Baywatch premiereWhile her jacket and jeans turned out to be dud choices, the black stilettos she was sporting didn’t compliment the outfit either. PeeCee’s shoes were pretty, but definitely not the kind of pretty the outfit needed.PeeCee has been wooing the world with her chic outfits abroad and back home, and has bestowed upon us brilliant ensembles. So, we can really let this pass.last_img read more

Bindra appointed member of IOC’s elite Athletes’ Commission

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) India’s champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been appointed member of the prestigious Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the rare honour adding another feather to his illustrious cap. Bindra became only the second Indian sportsperson, after badminton ace Saina Nehwal, to be appointed to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. “Humbled and privileged to be appointed a member of the @Olympics Athlete’s commission. Look forward to work hard for the athletes and the Olympic movement !” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle. The 35-year-old Bindra, now retired, remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, having claimed the top prize in men’s 10m air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Games. A former world champion who came close to winning a second Olympic medal at the Rio Games in 2016, Bindra shared the IOC letter on his social networking page. “As every year and as per recommendation 40 of the Olympic Agenda 2020, I have reviewed in consultation with the Chairs the scope and composition of the IOC Commissions. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I appoint you as a member of the Athletes’ Commission,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in the letter addressed to Bindra. The IOC chief also mentioned about the composition of the Commission. “As you are aware, due to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October this year, please note that the Commissions’ meetings for 2018 will exceptionally take place from 14 to 20 January 2019. “For 2019, we will go back to the previous schedule with the review of the composition of the Commissions in spring and the Commissions’ week in November 2019.advertisement “Thank you in advance for your valuable participation and looking forward to seeing you soon.” In 2014, Bindra was elected chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes Committee, becoming the first Indian to receive the honour. Olympic bronze medallist shuttler Nehwal was appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commissions in October 2016. PTI AH AH ATKATKlast_img read more

Why points allowed by a defense is an antiquated notion

first_imgUSATSI_8085150_154512258_lowresIn Tuesday’s Tulsa World Bill Haisten wrote the following about the rise of the Oklahoma State defense:There are several statistics that can be considered in the assessment of a defense, but no stats are as important as these: third-down conversion defense and points allowed (per game).I can be talked into third-down conversion rate but the points allowed stat — nope, it’s just not a valid way to measure defensive prowess.[1. This isn’t a shot at Haisten, by the way. I like him — he does good work — just an opportunity to show how college football is shifting statistically.]Don’t take my word for it though — that’s a Glenn Spencer theory. Here’s what he told ESPN earlier this year.“How are you going to win the game? How many points per possession?” Spencer asks. “We have a lot more possessions to defend than a lot of teams in the nation.”Let’s take a look at last year as an example. OSU was 21st in the country in points per game given up at 21.6 — not bad, but probably not elite.If you look at points per drive given up, though, OSU was No. 6. The reason? It was on the field for 1,049 plays, fourth most in the country.Contrast that with Florida, which was on the field for 712 plays because its games plod along like a mule walking up a mountain. Florida was ranked ahead of OSU last season in points per game given up but there’s nobody that thinks Florida had a better defense than OSU did.In fact, Florida gave up 1.95 points per drive which was 49th in the country. That’s not very good and it has the 4-7 record to prove it.Haisten goes on to compare OSU’s defense this season to defenses in previous seasons, which I think is fair, but I think we should be careful about the way we throw tempo stats out there — especially with teams that play in the Big 12.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup history

first_imgEoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyWorld Cup 2019: England captain Eoin Morgan hit a hundred off 57 balls against Afghanistan. This is now the 4th fastest hundred in a World Cup.advertisement Next Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 18:57 IST Eoin Morgan bats during the Cricket World Cup match between England and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan hit a hundred off 57 balls vs Afghanistan at Old TraffordMorgan’s hundred is the 4th fastest hundred in a World Cup gameMorgan now has the most sixes by an England batsman in an ODI inningsEoin Morgan hit the 4th fastest hundred ever in a World Cup match as England took a firm grip over Afghanistan in their 6th match of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Eoin Morgan, the England captain, went past 200 sixes in ODIs and raced away to his 13th ODI hundred and his 1st in a World Cup.Morgan, who was run out for 99 on his ODI debut for Ireland, smashed 11 sixes in his innings to get to first World Cup hundred off 57 balls.Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien holds the record for the fastest World Cup hundred off 50 balls – ironically, it had come against England in a record run chase in 2011.Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has the 2nd fastest World Cup hundred off 51 balls while former South Africa batsman AB de Villers is 3rd in the list with a hundred off 55 balls.Eoin Morgan had taken over as England captain after Alastair Cook was sacked before the 2015 World Cup. Over the last 4 years, Morgan has transformed England into a world-beating ODI side and perhaps for the first time, they are one of the favourites in a World Cup.More significantly, there were injury concerns around Morgan before the match against Afghanistan but he was declared fit and he took the field as England looked set to pile on a massive score in Manchester.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: How the mother of all cricketing battles is losing its lustreAlso Read | Diamonds are forever: Hardik Pandya unveils his World Cup accessories on Chahal TVadvertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs AfghanistanFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

National Council on Sport to Review Proposals on Trelawny Stadium

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the National Council on Sport has been given a mandate to review all proposals in relation to the Trelawny Stadium.She noted that the Council’s findings will be reported to Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who has full portfolio responsibility for Sport.Mrs. Neita Headley made the announcement during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 5.She argued that the Trelawny Sport facility is of significant value to the parish and the country, and “it has to be developed as a part of the community for the use of the people, whether they reside locally or come into Jamaica from overseas.”Mrs. Neita Headley said this development will take place within the context of the 1978 to 1998 National Physical Plan, which highlighted the town of Falmouth as a major growth centre for resort expansion and development.The Trelawny Stadium is managed by Independence Park Limited, which also manages the National Stadium Complex, and falls under the Ministry of Sports. It was built with a US$30 million loan from China.The stadium lies on Jamaica’s scenic northwest coast and is just over 40 minutes away from Montego Bay, which also boasts the Sangster International Airport. It is also just 10 minutes outside of Falmouth, which is home to an international pier.Re-established in 2012, the National Council on Sport is an advisory body comprising representatives of Ministries, Agencies, Institutions, Organisations and individuals involved in managing and directing sport.The Council provides the opportunity for greater monitoring and co-ordination of the sector, especially as the government moves to ensure that the full potential of economic and social benefits of sport are realised.Mrs. Neita Headley made her presentation on the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Sport Policy and Sport for Development, Growth and Equity…Fuelling Sporting Success for Future Development’.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Tidal Permit Issued to Black Rock Tidal Power

first_imgThe Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power for a tidal electricity project in the Bay of Fundy. The permit allows Black Rock Tidal Power to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform, called the PLAT-I, for up to six months. The project will not be connected to the electricity grid and, as a result, does not require a power purchase agreement. With this permit, Black Rock Tidal Power will be able to learn how its device operates in this marine environment and take a staged approach to deployment. “Developing marine renewable energy here is a key pillar of our clean energy plan,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Projects like this that test technology in the Bay of Fundy’s unique marine environment will help spur innovation and competition and help solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology.” The floating platform will be installed in Grand Passage, which is between Long Island and Brier Island, Digby Co. Under the permit, an environmental effects monitoring plan must be in place and adhered to for the duration of the project. The permit is available at https://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/marine-renewable-energy/permitslast_img read more

Trudeau seeks support from allies at G20 amid ChinaCanada dispute

first_imgOSAKA, Japan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 leaders’ summit, where he will look to raise the issue of two Canadians held in China at “every opportunity.”Trudeau does not expect a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping during the summit but U.S. President Donald Trump committed last week to raising the issue during his own meeting with Xi.On Friday, Trudeau is to meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues, likely including the diplomatic dispute with China.The arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are widely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.Wanzhou awaits extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.On Wednesday, China renewed its demand for her release a day after announcing a suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP charge Brazeau Harb with fraud and breach of trust

first_imgAPTN National NewsSuspended senator Patrick Brazeau has been charged with breach of trust and fraud on allegations he bilked Canadian taxpayers of thousands of dollars in illegal living and travel expense filings.The RCMP charged the Algonquin senator, along with former liberal senator Mac Harb, now retired.“These investigations involved careful consideration and examination of evidence. Investigators interviewed dozens of individuals and witnesses,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud.Brazeau is alleged to have filed over $40,000 in illegal housing expenses, while Harb’s total is well over $200,000.Both men claimed their primary residence was more than 100 km from Ottawa, allowing them to claim travel and housing expenses. Harb repaid his expense money and retired after the allegations surfaced.In Brazeau’s case, he said he was living with his father at the Kitigan Zibi First Nation near Maniwaki, Que., but had to rent a townhouse in Gatineau during the week.A former girlfriend of Brazeau’s said they rarely went to his father’s house during much of the time period in question according to court documents filed by the RCMP during their “detailed” investigation that began in March 2013.That same woman alleges Brazeau assaulted her, physically and sexually last February. It was around that time Prime Minister Stephen Harper booted Brazeau from the Conservative caucus.That case is expected to go to trial Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.An audit also determined Brazeau and Harb filed inappropriate expense claims.Both have denied any wrongdoing.APTN could not reach Brazeau for comment.Michaud said thousands of documents, including financial statements, bank records and expense claims dating back to 2003, were analyzed.Both are expected to appear in court at a later date the RCMP said.The RCMP didn’t mention their investigation into former Conservative senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy but did say: “All cases are unique and the time it takes to complete them is based on many factors. We are continuing our work on other significant files.”NDP ethics critic MP Charlie Angus called the charges a “sobering” day for politics in Canada and raises questions of the “political” judgement of Harper who appointed Brazeau, and Liberal leader MP Justin Trudeau who once said Harb made an honest mistake.“I think Canadians are fed up and Canadians want action,” said Angus who says the Senate needs to be abolished.Canada’s auditor general is currently reviewing the expenses filed by all senators.“Are there more that will be caught up in this net?” said Angus.last_img read more

4th after USA Russia China to enter space super league

first_imgNEW DELHI: After shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with its indigenously developed Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) weapon, India is now a reckoning space power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation.On March 27, at 11:16 am, India successfully launched its A-SAT weapon that targetted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting an LEO at a height of 300 km from Earth’s surface. DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor, a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme, was deployed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis ‘technological mission’ was carried out by DRDO from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The team of scientists was able to accomplish the task of locating, destroying and confirming the destruction of said satellite within three minutes. Mission Shakti deserves celebration as this is the first time that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. Rightly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is ‘a proud moment’ for Indians. A-SAT weapons play a crucial role in locating, intercepting and destroying incoming satellite that may threaten national security. However, the sphere of space weapons is contentious. Strict guidelines are enforced under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which India is a signatory. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe treaty strongly prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction in space. However, with its A-SAT weapon, India has been careful to not overstep any points of the treaty. India has also expressed support to the substantive consideration of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on Disarmament, where it has been on agenda since 1982. Clearly, India’s intent is less offensive and more a defensive tool of strengthening national security and propelling the development of greater space technology. Earlier, China’s test in 2007 received widespread criticism from the global community, which iterated that the Dragon’s attempt to launch A-SAT weapons had “serious consequences of engaging in the militarisation of space”.last_img read more

Paul Georges Legacy Could Be Dr Js … Or Danny Grangers

NBA’s free agency period begins on July 1, and some big names might switch teams, whether by choosing to sign elsewhere or getting traded. In the video above, Nate Silver looks at FiveThirtyEight’s player projections for three players — Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin — who might be on the move.

Commentary Ohio States Jared Sullinger isnt what we thought

Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground. read more

MASH 2019 39 events and activities planned for regions across Guyana

The Department of Culture Youth and Sport, has announced details of its Mashramani activities and events planned for the 49th annual celebration, which it says will be taken to regions across Guyana.In its bid to rebrand the Mashramani activities, these national events will be held in all ten administrative regions in the country.This year, 39 activities have been scheduled over the next 6 weeks to observe the celebrations. Coordinator of this year’s event, Andrew Tyndall said: “We have a total of 39 activities on the Mashramani Calendar of Events, which would cover six weeks, from the 12th January to the 9th March and that will include activities such as the song competitions, which will be the Calypso Monarch, the Chutney Monarch and the Soca Monarch. We have the steel band competition, the masquerade jamboree, we have all-star concerts being held in the regions so that persons in the regions could have a summary of the mash events”, Mr. Tyndall said.He noted that some $70M will be expended this year and is somewhat the same figure when compared to last year.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton said: “Mash is on and there will be Mashramani”. He said that the Government will be giving its full support to ensure that the activities planned are successful.With regards to security, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been engaged and will increase its safety precautions.For persons who might be interested in participating in the events, application forms are available online on the Guyana Mashramani Facebook page.Following the passage of the no-confidence motion which resulted in the toppling of the APNU/AFC Government, elections are expected to be held within 90 days (from the passage of the motion), bringing the date for the polls just after Mashramani celebrations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news”Carib Soca Monarch competition back on Mash calendar -$1.5M in cash and prizes to be wonJanuary 16, 2018In “Entertainment”Culture Ministry geared for Mashramani activitiesJanuary 17, 2015In “Business” read more

19044 referrals about child abuse concerns were received in 2012

first_imgRead: ‘Scant evidence’ that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse> IN 2012, THERE 19,044 received refferals received to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs where there was a concern of child abuse.In a response to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan about the extent to which instances of child mental, physical or sex abuse or child prostitution are reported to her Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that in 2011 there were 15,808 referrals where there was a concern of child abuse and in 2012 there were 19,044 received.Categories She said that child abuse referrals are broken down into four categories: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect and although child prostitution is recorded as sexual abuse, it is not broken down according to the type of sexual abuse reported.Figures to date for 2013 indicate that the level of referrals will be similar to the number of reports made to Social Work Services in 2012.The minister said that the HSE was ultimately responsible for the delivery of child welfare and protection services but said occasionally her department received calls from individuals concerned.ReferralsShe added that the HSE have advised that all referrals received an initial assessment to determine what further action is required in accordance with Children First Guidance (2011).She added:Any immediate protective action which may be required is taken in accordance with the HSE’s statutory duty under the Child Care Act 1991.Intervention is provided as appropriate ensuring at all times that  it is proportionate and in accordance with an assessment of the child’s needs.Where it is not possible to deal immediately with a referral of abuse, those which are assessed as highest priority are dealt with in the first instance by social work teams.All referrals received are reviewed and responses monitored. Read: Teen girls’ rapist and killer freed under rights ruling>last_img read more

Bord Gáis Energy named as new sponsor of the AllIreland Senior Hurling

first_img FOLLOWING EIGHT YEARS as the title sponsor of the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship, Bord Gáis Energy were today announced as a new sponsor of the senior version.The company joins Centra and Littlewoods — who came on board before Christmas — as the GAA’s featured hurling sponsors.Etihad Airways and Liberty Insurance will not be involved in 2017, with the pair ending nine and five-year deals with Croke Park respectively.Bord Gáis Energy are already involved in a number of other sponsorship deals including the naming rights to the former Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and the Irish Book Awards.Last year, BGE announced they would continue their sponsorship of the U21 hurling championship until the end of the 2020 season, the same year their new deal with the senior championship runs out.Speaking at today’s announcement, Dave Kirwan of Bord Gáis Energy said:“This is a very proud day for everyone at Bord Gáis Energy and I would like to express my sincere thanks to all at the GAA and on the Bord Gáis Energy team who made today’s announcement possible. It really is a landmark day for our company.“This work will go hand in hand with our sponsorship of the U21 Championship and the Legends Tour series and we’re very excited about having that link to hurling at all stages in the life-cycle of players.”While the president of the GAA, Aogán Ó Fearghaill added:“Bord Gáis Energy have been a loyal and committed sponsor to the GAA for many years and we now welcome them on board as a sponsor of our showpiece hurling competition, the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship.““We’ve seen the transformative effect Bord Gáis Energy has had as sponsor of the U21 Championship.“From attendances at games to live television coverage, from all they do on match-day to add to the supporters’ experience to the introduction of the Team of the Year, we have seen fresh ideas, innovation and dedication and we’re excited about now seeing how that will transfer to the senior grade.”French adventure – Michael Murphy swapping life with Donegal for ClermontLimerick recover from mauling by Cork with late Nash goal key to success over Clare Short URL Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 11:39 AM Share7 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 11:39 AM 8 Comments Bord Gáis Energy are now on board as sponsors of senior inter-county hurling. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHOcenter_img 9,582 Views Bord Gáis Energy named as new sponsor of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship The company was already the title sponsor of the U21 competition. http://the42.ie/3194133 By Steve O’Rourke Bord Gáis Energy are now on board as sponsors of senior inter-county hurling. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Road to Recovery Begins with Serious Determination

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Southern Bahamas – The road to recovery for residents of those Bahamian islands negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma began with “serious determination,” Monday (September 11, 2017).Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and a team of senior Administration officials took the first, critical steps on the road to recovery from Hurricane Irma Monday, visiting the three islands in the Southern Bahamas that were most impacted by the very dangerous Category 4 storm, September 8, 2017.They were there to get on-the-ground briefings from Damage Assessment Teams that traveled as part of the Prime Minister’s delegation, and to speak with residents – some of whom decided to “ride out” the dangerous storm.Dr. Minnis was also briefed by Initial Damage Assessment Teams – particularly officers of the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces and Local Government officials — who would have gone into the affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the storm.The work of the Initial Damage Assessment Teams and the Damage Assessment Teams is critical in Disaster Management, as their assessments will be used to help provide Government planners with a road map towards determining the appropriate course of action to be taken on the path to recovery.Prime Minister Minnis was scheduled to visit the islands on Sunday (September 10, 2017) after the ‘All Clear’ was given for the Southern Bahamas, but severe headwinds in New Providence forced aviators to push back Dr. Minnis’ visit to Monday.The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands; Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell; Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, and Minister of Labour, Senator, the Hon. Dion Foulkes.The delegation also comprised Opposition Leader, the Hon. Philip Davis, and administrative, technical and logistics experts from the Office of the Prime Minister; the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); Ministry of Works (including those from the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Bahamas Power and Light); and the Ministry of Transport and Local Government; Tourism and Aviation and Agriculture and Fisheries, among others.The delegation’s first stop was Salina Point, which bore the brunt of Irma’s wrath in Acklins.  Homes and small businesses were either destroyed or received some form of damage, while storm surge created by Hurricane Irma brought seawater from the surrounding beach onshore for an estimated several hundred feet in some areas.   The Homecoming site also received damage, as did the cemetery.   While there were downed power lines, there was no major damage to poles.Mr. Mario Virgil, Chief Councilor for Acklins, said the majority of the 234 residents of Salina Point, either evacuated the area or sought shelter elsewhere on the island. Five persons were said to have remained behind to “ride out the storm.” All five have been accounted for and are safe and sound.Chief Councilor Virgil said the island’s much valued cascarilla bark farming industry was not impacted by the storm, as the majority of the trees are grown in Central Acklins. Cascarilla bark farming and the fishing industry are the two major revenue generators for Acklins.The island’s crop farming industry– watermelons, peas, honeydews, potatoes, sour limes – also fared well according to Chief Councilor Virgil. High winds did impact the corn crop, however.   The delegation’s next stop was Crooked Island, which sustained little damage to infrastructure.  Administrator Leonard Dames said cell and land phone service, electricity and water were “fully functional.”Early reports indicate that the Clinic and Dock at Landrail Point also sustained some damage. The school in Colonel Hill was “slightly damaged.” A number of seawalls that were under construction were also impacted by the storm.The final leg of the journey took the delegation to Ragged Island. It was clear to see from the air upon approach, that the island-community, had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma.   Downed power lines and poles snapped in half by hurricane-force winds still littered the community Monday as the Prime Minister and his delegation toured the island to assess and evaluate the damage brought on by Hurricane Irma.Government buildings (school, police station, clinic, post office), homes and businesses were either flattened by the storm or severely damaged. Many of those that were left standing were only a shell, having had doors and concrete walls torn out; roofs torn off, and windows blown out.Communications are also out due to the extensive damage caused to the island’s infrastructure.Navigating the community on foot and in the few vehicles that survived Irma’s wrath, proved a bit tricky as assessment teams and members of the delegation had to manoeuvre around large electricity poles and wires that blocked pathways.   The stench from the rotting carcasses of dead animals was also evident.Prime Minister Minnis told residents that he was ordering a second round of evacuation for the 17 persons who “rode out the storm,” in their best interest.    evacuations are set to begin Wednesday, September 13, 2017, for those willing to evacuate.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONSouthern Island devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma early September 2017.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) — Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful Freelance

first_imgThe lyrics are a playful take on creativity and fitting in (or not) with pop culture. “I can’t tell if I’m hip or getting old./I can’t hear you, maybe you could change your tone./People tend to listen when they see your soul,” Bear sings. He explains the song’s meaning in a press release, via Pitchfork: “This record is a response to how disposable culture has become and how it affects creativity. While listening, you might pay attention or ignore—either way that’s ok, this is music for a creative mind.”We have heard different sides of Bear as he explores his sound across his albums, and in this song and video it feels as if we are getting a glimpse into his mind, an authentic, perhaps artistically-curated look at who he is a person and, of course, as an artist. He is confidently telling the world who he is, playfully mocking his disregard for being cool and preference to simply be himself, no matter what other people are doing or trying to do.  “In this post-Instagram world, when we’re not really sure where the subculture is, everyone is [trying] to be ‘normal,’ though I feel like it’s just sort of aligned with where I’ve always been,” Bear explained to Vogue. The artist says of his latest release, which is the lead single from the upcoming Outer Peace, “now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2018 – 2:18 pm Chaz Bear, best known for his indie electro-pop outfit, Toro Y Moi, is a creative at heart and he continues to show it on his latest release on Oct. 23, “Freelance.” The upbeat electro-funk track is the lead single on his newly announced sixth Toro Y Moi album, Outer Peace, out on Jan. 18.The song’s playful lyrics and music video, complete with an aesthetically-pleasing color palate, highlight the artist’s creativity—and is a nod to his fans’ creative sides as well. He has released five studio albums as Toro Y Moi since his debut LP, Causers Of This, in 2010, exploring and redefining his sound with each new body of work, including on his other side projects and collaborative albums.”I feel like I’ve found who I’m talking to with my music,” the artist told Vogue. “For the longest time, I thought I was talking to music lovers or even a specific age group. But now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative.”We see this shine through in simple-yet-artsy music video, directed by Harry Israelson, which shows Bear making music at a (perfectly organized) work-from-home desk setup, complete with an exercise ball as a chair, then dancing in a not-so-chic camo-print sweatshirt and Teva sandals during a photo shoot, singing “No more shoes and socks, I only rock sandals.” Twitter Email Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance” Toro Y Moi Is Speaking To Fellow Creatives toro-y-moi-nods-fellow-creatives-playful-freelancecenter_img News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 25, 2015 – 11:36 am Toro Y Moi Likes Catching Listeners Off-Guard Back in 2015 the Recording Academy sat down with Bear for a telling interview, where he explained his love for music and intentional efforts to not get pigeon-holed in a specific genre or sound. He shares, “Music’s always going to be fun for me…I’m go to try my hardest to not get tired of it. I’m going to always change.”The world will have to wait until January 2019 to see exactly what this new flavor of Toro Y Moi sounds and looks like fully-fleshed out in album,. Until then, let’s jam out to his many currently-released sounds while contemplating who we are in the world, perhaps even catching him on tour.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing game lineup revealed

first_imgThe Xbox Game Pass for PC will launch at a $1 introductory monthly price. Microsoft Microsoft revealed the pricing and initial game release for its Xbox Game Pass for PC ahead of its Xbox press conference at E3 on Sunday. Gamers can join the beta for the subscription-based service gaming for $5 per month for a limited time. Members will receive a 30-day notice before this introductory period ends and Xbox Game Pass for PC reverts to its standard price of $9.99 per month.The service will include access to at least 10 games during its beta phase, including Halo: The Master Chef Collection and Gears 5, each of which is listed as “coming soon.”Microsoft has slowly been making Xbox more integrated with Windows, and support for Game Pass on PC is yet another example. Microsoft is expected to discuss a wide range of new games and initiatives during its Xbox press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). But perhaps the most anticipated news will be about Microsoft’s next upcoming Xbox — codenamed Scarlett according to a report from 2018 — of which the company’s offered few details so far.Other games listed on the page include Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, We Happy Few, Ark Survival Evolved and Ori and the Will of Wisps, which is listed as coming soon. Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft Xbox’s next-gen console ahead, two Uber execs depart See All Tags • 1:22 16 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Now playing: Watch this: Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Microsoft shows off Xbox trailers, hardware, services at E3 reading • Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing, game lineup revealed E3 2019 0 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Gaming E3 2019last_img read more

Senate passes bill drawing from Permanent Fund

first_imgSen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, on the Senate Floor during debate about a bill that would draw money from the Permanent Fund. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would draw money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for the state government’s budget. The bill also would limit Permanent Fund dividends, as well as overall amount the state can spend.Listen nowTwelve senators voted for Senate Bill 26, while eight voted against the measure, introduced by Governor Bill Walker. It’s similar to legislation the Senate passed last year. But that bill died in the House.Eleven Republicans and one Democrat supported the bill, while three Republicans and five Democrats opposed it. Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote from favoring the bill to opposing it after the initial vote.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said it’s a challenge to close the state’s budget gap in a way that receives support from both legislative chambers and Walker. She said she would like to cut state government further before making changes to the Permanent Fund. But she said the state is limited in how much more it can cut.“The services in Alaska are more expensive than most places in the U.S. certainly, but even in other parts of the world,” MacKinnon said.The bill would draw 5.25 percent annually from the fund, with a quarter of that money going to dividends.Dividends would be set at $1,000 for the next three years – similar to their amount last year, after Walker vetoed half of dividend funding.Under the bill, dividends are projected to go up slightly after the first three years.Bill supporters say it’s necessary to help close the $2.7 billion gap between the amount the state spends and the amount it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.Kodiak Republican Sen. Gary Stevens noted the original ballot question that created the Permanent Fund said that after oil could no longer pay for government, the Permanent Fund would.“No one relishes making tough decisions that are also unpopular with many, many people in Alaska,” Stevens said. “But it is time to vote for what we as individuals, as elected responsible representatives believe is best for our districts and for Alaska. It’s time to support the governor’s bill.”Eleven Republicans and two Democrats supported the bill, while three Republicans and four Democrats opposed it.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, during a Senate Minority Press Availability, March 15, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Anchorage Democrat Sen. Bill Wielechowski opposed the bill. He said the Alaskans’ ownership of the state’s natural resources under the Statehood Act means the Legislature shouldn’t cut PFDs.“We have a unique constitution in that regard, and a unique obligation to ensure that that money is disbursed fairly and equitably to all Alaskans,” Wielechowski said.Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy said he’d like to see deeper cuts to government and that the Permanent Fund draw in the bill is too large.“In the end, who do we want to win here: government or the people?” Dunleavy asked.It’s not clear whether the House and Senate will agree on changes to the Permanent Fund.Unlike last year, the House has been debating its own Permanent Fund bill. But the House bill includes an income tax, which many senators oppose.In a separate bill as part of the annual state budget, the House has proposed drawing more than $4 billion from the Permanent Fund this year – much more than the Senate bill would draw.This would allow the House majority to avoid negotiating concessions with the House minority over drawing money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.The House Finance Committee is scheduled to debate its Permanent Fund bill, House Bill 115, on Friday.Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote of support for the bill to a vote against it.last_img read more