The Latest EU hard to see Irish border solution with UK

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local):3:00 p.m.The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator says it is “difficult to see” at present how an agreement can be reached to overcome an impasse over an Irish border arrangement that the new British government wants scrapped.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is insisting that the so-called Irish backstop be dropped from the withdrawal agreement negotiated by his predecessor, which Brexit advocates worry would leave Britain too closely linked for too long to the EU.EU negotiator Michel Barnier said after meeting Germany’s foreign minister in Berlin Monday that “based on current U.K. thinking, it is difficult to see how we can arrive at a legally operative solution which fulfills all the objectives of the backstop.”He added that “we remain open to talks and to progress” and will be “open and respectful.”___1:50 p.m.Britain’s Supreme Court is to give its verdict Tuesday on the legality of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament.Britain’s highest court plans to announce the decision Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.It is deciding whether Johnson acted improperly by shutting down Parliament for five weeks during the period before Britain’s Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, when the country is scheduled to leave the European Union. The topic has deeply divided British politicians as well as the public.The government says the decision to suspend Parliament was routine but activists, including many legislators, say Johnson overstepped his authority in an attempt to avoid scrutiny by Parliament.Lower courts in the U.K. were divided on the issue.The Associated Press read more

National reconciliation efforts in Central African Republic stalled Annan reports

The political situation in the CAR has continued to be marked by the repercussions of the attempted coup last year, and further deteriorated when President Ange-Félix Patassé relieved Gen. Bozizé of his duties in October 2001 as Chief of Staff of the country’s armed forces, the Secretary-General writes in his report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Peace-Building Support Office (BONUCA).”The national reconciliation which was expected after the failed coup d’Etat of 28 May 2001 has still not taken place, partly because of the continuing judicial investigations,” Mr. Annan observes. “However, a meeting between President Patassé and the opposition leaders would help reduce tension and bring together the main political actors.” He also commends the efforts of the leaders of the subregion to promote a resumption of political dialogue and encourage national reconciliation in the CAR.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General expresses the hope that President Patassé’s solemn call for the return of refugees will contribute to an easing of tension, noting that the provisions, including security provisions, taken by the country’s authorities in the context of the reception committee for these refugees demonstrate their desire to rebuild unity among the nation’s peoples.In the area of human rights, the conclusion of the mandate of the joint commission of judicial inquiry and the trial of the individuals who took part in the coup will certainly help to consolidate the progress already made, Mr. Annan says.The Secretary-General also encourages the development partners to continue to assist the country during the transitional period, in which there are likely to be greater difficulties than before, pending the outcome of the donor meeting held in Paris on 20 December. read more

Football Ohio State looks to rebound against Army

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorComing off a disappointing 31-16 loss to now-No. 2 Oklahoma, Ohio State will look to rebound against the undefeated Army Black Knights (2-0) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.Ohio State offense vs. Army defenseThis has the potential to be the definition of a tune-up game for Ohio State’s offense. Last time out, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett put up just 183 passing yards and the rest of the team only added 167 yards on the ground, accelerating panic among Buckeye fans over Barrett at quarterback and the offense as a whole.The defense Ohio State will go up against has been solid to this point, ranking 31st in rushing yards allowed (92.5 on average) and 68th in passing yards allowed (216.5 on average). However, Army has played two weaker out-of-conference opponents in Fordham and Buffalo and has yet to face a team from a Power Five conference. Squaring off against a secondary that is somewhat young heading into the year — two starting sophomores, a junior and a senior — Ohio State could have a chance to fix some of the issues in its passing game this season. The team is 57th in the nation with 243.5 passing yards per game and has completed only 55.7 percent of pass attempts this season.Observers have attributed the passing-game struggles thus far to Barrett’s play, but coach Urban Meyer said as the focal point of the offense, Barrett will be the chief recipient of all feedback, positive or negative.“Well, [he’s] the starting quarterback and you lost. We didn’t play very well,” Meyer said. “A lot of it is going to be on him.”One aspect of the team’s game that has not struggled has been the ability to run the football. The Buckeyes are 32nd in rushing offense, averaging 229.5 rush yards per game with four of the team’s seven touchdowns coming on the ground.Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has been the leading force in the backfield while filling in for injured redshirt sophomore Mike Weber. Dobbins’ 253 rushing yards rank 17th among FBS running backs. He has received high-marks since fall camp from coaches, and so far has lived up to the hype.Army’s defense has been effective this season plugging up the run, as opponents have only averaged 92.5 rushing yards per game (31st in the nation). The Black Knights have allowed only two opposing touchdowns to come on the ground. However, the team has not faced opponents with a running game as potent as Ohio State’s, with Buffalo ranking 112th in rushing yards per game (85) and Towson sitting at 105th among FCS schools (58 yards per game). The Black Knight defense will be tested Saturday going up against one of the best rushing offenses in the nation. Ohio State defense vs. Army offenseArmy’s offense is designed to do one thing and one thing only: run. Like all service academies, the Black Knights are known for the triple-option, an offensive gameplan where the offense deploys a wishbone offensive backfield look rather than the more traditional look of two players behind the line. So far this season, no team has totalled more yards on the ground than the Black Knights, with 835 rushing yards. Their 417.5 rush yards per game is second in the nation, as is their 11 rushing touchdowns. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Army’s unique triple-option — run by only a select few teams — poses a threat to Ohio State’s defense, and that instead of looking back at the loss to Oklahoma, the defense has focused almost solely on watching tape of Army.“It’s such a different animal moving forward that we’ll deal more with regular football corrections a week from now on Sunday when we get done with the Army game,” Schiano said. “I think people say, ‘Oh, it’s an option.’ Totally different. It’s not like anything else we see all year.”The rushing attack is led by a somewhat unlikely suspect in senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Ranking sixth in the nation in rushing yards with 324, Bradshaw is tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns, and despite having only three more carries than junior running back Darnell Woolfolk, he has 138 more rushing yards this season. Woolfolk’s 186 rushing yards rank 39th in the country. He also has three touchdowns on the season.The one thing Bradshaw does not do is throw the football. So far this season, he has completed just 2-of-10 passes for 17 yards, with all of the completions and passing yards coming in the team’s 21-17 victory over Buffalo last Saturday. Over Bradshaw’s three-year career as the starting quarterback, he has 348 total rushing attempts compared to only 149 passing attempts. The Army offense plays right into the strength of Ohio State’s defense. While Ohio State ranks last in the nation with an average of 403 passing yards allowed per game, its defense has suffocated the run game of the opposition, allowing just 60.5 rushing yards per game and only one touchdown on the ground thus far. Though the Buckeyes have only faced more traditional rushing attacks, the ability to load the box anticipating the triple-option rather than play to defend either a pass or a run could give the Buckeyes an edge.The last time Ohio State faced a team that ran a triple-option was in Barrett’s first career start in a game against Navy on Aug. 30, 2014, when the Buckeyes won 34-17 on the road. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 49-7Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 42-9 read more

China approves removal of term limits for its leader

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeixeira, another PPP member wanted to dilute Presidential term limits – RamkarranJuly 13, 2015In “Politics”Political activist accuses Ramjattan of displaying double standardsJanuary 18, 2017In “Politics”“Flimsy excuse” of PM not chairing Cabinet is power play attempt by APNUJune 29, 2015In “Politics” China’s President Xi JinpingThe constitutional changes were passed by China’s annual sitting of the National People’s Congress on Sunday.The vote was widely regarded as a rubber-stamping exercise. Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes.China had imposed a two-term limit on its president since the 1990s.But Mr Xi, who would have been due to step down in 2023, defied the tradition of presenting a potential successor during October’s Communist Party Congress.Instead, he consolidated his political power as the party voted to enshrine his name and political ideology in the party’s constitution – elevating his status to the level of its founder, Chairman Mao.The constitution has been altered to allow Xi Jinping to remain as president beyond two terms and they would not have gone to this much trouble if that was not exactly what he intended to do.There has been no national debate as to whether a leader should be allowed to stay on for as long as they choose. Quietly but surely Xi Jinping has changed the way his country is governed, with himself well and truly at the core. The issue is not, however, without controversy.Former state newspaper editor Li Datong wrote that scrapping term limits for the president and vice-president would sow the seeds of chaos – in a message sent to some members of the national congress.“I couldn’t bear it any more. I was discussing with my friends and we were enraged. We have to voice our opposition,” he told BBC Chinese.State media, however, have portrayed the changes as much-needed reform.US President Donald Trump was criticised by some commentators for seeming to approve of Mr Xi’s unlimited rule, saying on Monday: “President for life… I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” read more

Auditor General red flags contractor awarded 18 selectively tendered contracts

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEvaluators falsify records to cover up delayed projectDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”PAC hears Auditor General’s report on ‘contract splitting racket’ at GECOMJune 5, 2017In “latest news”AG’s 2017 report unearths glaring discrepancies, corruption – PAC ChairNovember 5, 2018In “Business” Auditor General, Deodat Sharma18 contracts that were selectively tendered to one contractor in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) has been flagged to by the Auditor General for not being put through a competitive bidding process.For 2017, $459.6 million was allocated for repairs and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure in the region. The favoured contractor received 18 contracts worth some $59.1 million, which fell under a $90 million allocation for the drainage and irrigation component of the regional budget.The Auditor General made it clear that tenders for these 18 projects were not advertised publicly. Instead, the Regional Tender Board (RTB) claimed the contractor was procured through selective tendering.“The reason given in the RTB minutes for using this method of procurement in 10 cases was that the works were emergencies. No reason was given for using this method of procurement for the other eight contracts.”“Further, eight of the 10 contracts awarded by the RTB on September 7, 2017 and recorded on RTB minutes were valued at $21.5 million, but these contracts had no commencement and completion dates stated as a means of ensuring that works are completed within a stipulated time.”In response to this, the head of the budget agency noted that the cases were all “emergencies” and went on to explain that it was an oversight for the minutes to not include information on the commencement and completion dates. The head of the agency did promise that the omission would be corrected.The Audit Office however recommended that the regional administration ensure all contracts are awarded in accordance with the Procurement Act. In addition, it urged the region to ensure that all contracts are complete with commencement and completion dates to ensure proper monitoring and enforcing of penalties.Anti-corruption voices have repeatedly criticised the Government for sole sourcing contracts, under the guise of emergency works. In fact, the fallout from one sole sourced contract for a drug bond is believed to be behind aspects of a Cabinet reshuffle early last year.In May of last year, the parliamentary Opposition had fielded questions in the National Assembly to the Ministers of Public Health and Communities in relation to the public procurement practices being used by the Government.When a response came from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, it was revealed that nine out of 10 regions in Guyana did no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017.In addition, all regions indicated that no prequalification process was followed. Procurement of drugs and medical supplies had all been done in the name of emergencies. A key Inter-American Development report (IDB) had recommended that countries in the Region, including Guyana, implement a number of measures aimed at improving public procurement.The report titled, ‘Better spending for better lives: How Latin America and the Caribbean can do more with less’, has identified poor procurement practices as a contributor to wasted public funds.Among its recommendations for countries in the region were for Governments to avoid single sourced contracts and concentrate on competitive bidding. In fact, it was advised that open tendering be the default method of procurement. read more

Chris Gayle back in West Indies squad to face England in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKraigg Brathwaite in ODI squad, T20 call-ups for Rovman Powell, PooranSeptember 5, 2016In “latest news”Gayle, Samuels recalled for England ODIsAugust 21, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese Johnson to tour India with WindiesSeptember 24, 2014In “Sports” Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies’ 14-man squad for the first and second one-day internationals against England later this month.The flamboyant batsman, who is the Windies’ second leading ODI runscorer, opted out of the limited-overs tours of India and Bangladesh last October.The 39-year-old last played for his country in an ODI against Bangladesh last July. Wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran has also been picked.The Windies’ squad has only been named for the first two games of the five-match series, which begins on 20 February.Gayle, who has scored the most centuries (23) by a West Indian in the ODI format, decided to play in the Afghanistan Premier League instead of the tour to the sub-continent late last year.Chris GayleAnd the decision to recall him comes ahead of the World Cup which will be held in England and Wales, starting on 31 May.Batsman Marlon Samuels, 38, is also unavailable because of treatment on a knee injury.Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said: “We welcome the return of Chris Gayle and we are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to ODI cricket for the first time.“He is clearly a young player with undoubted talent and we believe he can add value to our middle order. Shannon Gabriel remains very much in our World Cup plans but with a heavy workload expected in the Test series, he will be considered for selection later in the ODI series.“As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top-ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team.”The first two matches will be played at Kensington Oval on 20 February and 22 February, before switching to the Grenada National Stadium for matches three and four and finishing at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on 2 March.Windies squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas. (BBC)Match Schedule:1st ODI: Kensington Oval – Wednesday, 20 February2nd ODI: Kensington Oval – Friday, 22 February3rd ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Monday, 25 February4th ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Wednesday, 27 February5th ODI: Darren Sammy Cricket Ground – Saturday, 2 March read more

More fantastic gold intersections for Centamin

first_imgCentamin Egypt, which is developing the first large scale modern gold mine in Egypt, has intersected a further extremely high grade zone of gold mineralisation during its drilling program at the Sukari project in the Eastern Desert region. The intersection is a significant high grade structure parallel to and below the Hapi Zone.The high grade gold assay results in hole D1280, for example, intersected spectacular visible gold and galena in a massive quartz vein (558 – 559 m) within highly mineralised porphyry, which was drilled as a step-out hole to test the down dip extension of the porphyry in the Amun zone on northing 10550N. This hole intersected a high grade zone of 35 m @ 164.09 g/t Au from 550 m, containing a higher grade zone of 3 m @ 1,842.57 g/t Au from 557 m (including 1m @ 5,420 g/t Au from 558m with abundant visible gold). This deeper structure correlates to 6 m @ 15.21 g/t Au in hole RCD521 from 542 m and 22 m @ 21.83 g/t  Au from 549 m in hole RCD1221, 25 m to the south (announced in November 2007).This mineralised intersection sits outside the current optimized pit shell and also outside the upgraded 7.46 Moz Measured and Indicated resource (Measured 2.72 Moz, Indicated 4.74 Moz), and 3.7 Moz Inferred resource, which was announced in December 2007.The current drill program has been very successful in targeting the down dip extension of the Hapi zone and deeperparallel high grade structures within the main porphyry, providing significant results over the past few months of focus in the Amun Deeps area. The company says it strategy remains to drill further the Amun Deeps zone “to add significant ounces to the global gold resource.”last_img read more

RIM unveils BlackBerry Curve 9350 9360 and 9370 running OS 7

first_imgIn May, RIM officially announced BlackBerry OS 7 and two snazzy new Bold handsets that featured greatly updated hardware. In demonstrations, the new OS showed snappy performance, but there’s a downside: if you want BlackBerry OS 7, you’re going to have to purchase a new phone. It won’t be made available to older BlackBerry devices.If you found your excitement wane and need to purchase disappear after seeing the high pricing Sprint and Verizon slapped on the Bold 9930 — $199 and $299 respectively — there’s now some good news. RIM has just announced a trio of new BlackBerry Curve models, and they’ll hit shelves at much lower prices.All three feature a 480×360 pixel display perched atop RIM’s trademark curved QWERTY keypad, an 800MHz processor (about 40% slower than the one powering the Bold 99XX models), 512MB RAM, 512MB of internal storage (1GB on the 9370) 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC support. On the back, you’ll find a 5MP camera with LED flash and autofocus. There’s also a microSD expansion slot with support for cards up to 32GB and power is provided by a modest 1000mAh battery. That’s not a lot compared to what you’ll find inside a current top-end Android phone, but my trusty old Curve 8530 still provides better-than-all-day-power with an 1150mAh battery — so I suspect the new Curves will offer similar (if not better) longevity when it comes to real-world use.As for the differences among model numbers, the Curve 9350 is CDMA only, the 9360 is GSM/UMTS, and the 9370 is a  dual-mode GSM/CDMA phone. The BlackBerry Curve 9350,9360, and 9370 will hit Canadian carriers this month and will roll out globally starting in September.More at Inside Blackberry and BGRlast_img read more

Rodent droppings and arsenic in water Six food businesses received closure orders

first_imgRodent droppings and arsenic in water: Six food businesses received closure orders in August Businesses in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny ad Monaghan were affected. By Órla Ryan 54,099 Views File photo Image: Shutterstock/Stanislaw Mikulski Sep 9th 2019, 12:47 PM Short URL 12 Comments Share43 Tweet Email2 File photo Image: Shutterstock/Stanislaw Mikulski Monday 9 Sep 2019, 12:47 PM SIX FOOD BUSINESSES received closure orders from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in August, it was announced today.The orders were served last month for breaches of food safety legislation, notably the FSAI Act 1998 and European regulations.The orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE).One closure order was served under the FSAI Act 1998 on: The Greenery (restaurant/café), 3 Eirpage House, Donnybrook, Dublin 4Five closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010 on:Super Ketones (retailer), 76 Prospect Hill, GalwayChina City (restaurant/café), 29 Thomas Davis Street, Blackpool, CorkKilkenny Kebabish (takeaway), 26 Walkin Street, KilkennyNew Kebabish (takeaway), 9 South Main Street, Youghal, CorkCeltic Pure (closed activity: production of packaged water), Corcreagh, Shercock PO, MonaghanA live mouse was found in the kitchen at The Greenery as well as “a large amount of rodent droppings”, the inspection report noted.In relation to Super Ketones, there were the following issues, among others:Dampness was noted on the wall of the staff toilet and paint was flaking off sameThe fly-screen on the window in the staff toilet was filthyThe toilet itself was filthy as was the wash-hand basinPools of water were noted on the floor throughout the rear of the shopThe floor throughout the premises could not be maintained in a hygienic condition due to rips and tears and inadequate seals throughout the surfaceThe walls and floor of the cold room were filthy, and rust was evident throughout the shelving and on the walls in the cold roomInternal surfaces of the refrigeration units were noted in a dirty conditionChina City had the below problems, among others:The wok station in the kitchen was full of stagnant water and old food debrisThe drainage hole of the wok station was full of old food debrisThere were large accumulations of grease, dirt and old food debris underneath the cooking equipment in the kitchenGeneral dirt and old food debris was noted in the dry foods storage areaThere were cobwebs, dust, dirt and food debris noted at wall to floor junctions in the rear storage/cooling areaThe trolley that was holding a container of raw chicken in the walk in cold room had rust present on itThe rear yard had accumulations of dirt, bags of waste, cardboard boxes and trolleys throughout leading to potential harbourage for pestsThe inspection report for Kilkenny Kebabish noted that there was “no effective cleaning programme in place”, the “food preparation surfaces were dirty and sticky to the touch” and there was a buildup of grease and dirt throughout the premises.There were a number of violations at New Kebabish, including:The chill hold display unit in the front preparation kitchen where perishable food was being stored had a water leak and when the door to the unit was opened water was noted spilling onto the floorThere was no hot water supply provided for the staff toilet wash hand basin to allow staff to wash their hands hygienically after using the toiletThe wall underneath the sink in the back kitchen area was stained with streaks of greaseA disused oven that was being used to store food ingredients was ingrained with old food debris and greaseThe wall underneath the pipe work in the staff toilet had streaks of dirty waterAt Celtic Pure, a water sample found that the presence of arsenic in spring waters exceeded the legal maximum level.Speaking about the closure orders served in August, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, emphasised that compliance with food safety and hygiene regulations “should be of the highest priority for all food businesses”.Filthy conditions, unhygienic practices and a lack of adequate pest control measures being in place are the main reasons for this month’s closure orders. It is essential that food businesses have a strong food safety and hygiene culture in their business, which can be achieved through ongoing training of all members of their team. Food safety inspectors are continuing to encounter basic errors being made by food businesses which are easily avoidable.Closure orders are served on food businesses when a risk to consumer health has been identified or where there are a number of ongoing breaches of food legislation. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lukaku reveals Manchester United players are together

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has revealed Manchester United players are a strong group irrespective of the club’s turbulent form.The Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat the Magpies 3-2 which prevented another shocking result at the club and reduced the intense scrutiny on manager Jose Mourinho.But Lukaku told Sky: “Our team is great, we do a lot of stuff together. We always are a really tight group.“Every time there is a new player coming in we try and make him feel comfortable, and that’s the key. The dressing room has always been good, and that’s always been the case at Manchester United, and we did what we had to do.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We won the game, and we have to be positive and look forward to the next games. I’m a really bad loser, so coming into the game, I really was anxious, because I wanted to win.“Thank God we won the game today and now the important thing with the international break is that nobody gets injured. When we come back, we have two important games where, if we have good results, we can move forward.”United will play the likes of Chelsea and Juventus after the International break in what has been a tough start to the campaign.last_img read more

Tractortrailer overturns spills 5M in pennies over I95 in Delaware

first_imgNEW CASTLE, Del. (WSVN) — A tractor-trailer carrying $5 million worth of pennies overturned near Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday.Officials said the driver lost control, sending 40,000 pounds of unstamped copper coins down Interstate 95.The driver was hospitalized with minor injuries.It took crews 13 hours to clean up the mess.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Building Online Job Boards

first_imgBuilding a job board has become a no-brainer exercise for b-to-b publishers. Turnkey options are available that can result in a fully functional job board launch in as little as a month. Yet for all the ease in setting one up, publishers still need to pay close attention to the front-end functionality as well as actually selling and promoting the product. Like any e-media related asset, job boards require some dedicated care and attention.Add Editorial ContentHanley Wood currently has two job boards affiliated with their Builder and Architect magazines, and is in the process of rolling out two more. Kim Heneghan, the company’s online product development director, says that in addition to having the listings themselves, offering a wealth of related editorial content that surrounds and supports the listings is critical. “It provides more market information. It’s more helpful for the job searcher and it provides stickiness for the site,” she says.The editorial content can come from your own archives or tools and resources can be pulled in from external sources—salary and geographic information from, for example. “If you want to find out how much money you should be making or how expensive it is to live in a particular market, there are tools available to choose from,” says Heneghan, who adds that the vendor should be able to offer external content resources and pull them in to your site. Robust SearchIt may sound obvious, but search functionality is key. Job seekers have a variety of individual preferences when they’re searching for a job—title, location, company, and more—and any well-crafted job board should offer a prominent, robust and easy-to-use search function. Instant ListingsHeneghan’s vendor plugged Hanley Wood’s job sites into a national network that instantly pre-populated each site with an abundance of listings. Currently, there are around 40,000 jobs available to search. Hiring companies pay a 30-day fee of $150 to post only on a Hanley Wood site, a 60-day fee is $200, or they can upgrade to the national network for another $150 for the 30 days or $200 for 60. Upsells include five or 10 job blocks, resume searches, and postings that are highlighted or featured in a premium placement. Companies can also pay extra to have their jobs listed in HW’s e-mail newsletters and pay a $60 CPM for run-of-site banner ads.SalesBuilder and Architect each have one dedicated sales rep responsible for the job boards. Selling listings is not a full-time job, but the rep has added the sites to a larger group of print and e-media products to sell.“You have companies that may come to the site and post jobs without ever talking to a sales person,” says Heneghan. “Those tend to be the smaller companies. The larger ones who already have a relationship with us will let us scrape their job listings from their corporate site or they may buy a block of ten positions—if they know they typically have that many open—and we bill them on a monthly basis.”A Sampling of Job Board VendorsThis selection of vendors highlights two approaches to job board development: A custom, private-label approach, or a fully hosted, prepackaged solution that offers a revenue share arrangement.AdicioA full-service provider that offers a private-label solution that integrates with an existing Web site. Clients include Reed, Nielsen, and Folio: parent Red 7 Media.JobTargetAlso a private-label developer, JobTarget, which has a client list heavily represented by associations, will custom-build a career center that integrates with the client’s Web site. Clients include American Marketing Association, Vance Publishing, and the National Association of Sales Professionals.JobThreadThe syndicated approach to job boards. You partner with JobThread by signing up for a free, turnkey, hosted job board. They collect job posts and syndicate them by market to their network of hosted partner sites. Partners participate in a 50/50 revenue split. Clients include, Slashdot, and Silicon Alley Insider.Simply HiredA vertical search engine approach to job boards. Simply Hired offers two products: A fully hosted job board that’s free and the partner company gets paid when a user clicks on a job ad; and an XML API that allows for greater customization and access to a 5 million entry database. Clients include CNET, New York Post, and GigaOm, among others.last_img read more

Batman Fights Pennywise Representation in Wonder Woman and More DCEU News

first_imgStay on target Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Fan films and mashups are always some of the coolest things to come out of comics and comic book movies. If there’s any proof that superhero stories are the modern version of mythology, it’s that normal fans are inspired to tell their own. If the studios aren’t giving us what we want to see, we can make it ourselves. That kind of thinking leads to fan mashups like this trailer. A movie where the DCEU’s Batman fight’s Pennywise from Stephen King’s It couldn’t possibly get made. Thanks to the work of YouTube user Adeel of Steel, we can at least get a glimpse of what it would look like. It’s almost like looking into a parallel Earth.As the fan-trailer makes it clear, Pennywise is the perfect Batman villain. He’s essentially a twisted combination of Joker and Scarecrow. A murderous clown that uses your deepest fears against you. How has this not been a Batman comic yet? Adeel of Steel used clips from Dawn of Justice: Batman v Superman and It to make the trailer. Some truly excellent editing work lets us see a little bit of how Pennywise would attack Batman, and how he would fight back. It’s a shame we’ll never see a full movie like this because it really does look like a perfect Batman story. He does have some experience dealing with evil clowns.Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Of course, non-canon projects like that aren’t the only thing fans are capable of. Sometimes, they can affect real change on the universes they love. Wonder Woman fans are currently trying to advocate for increased LGBTQ+ representation in the DCEU. DC Comics have been celebrated lately for its inclusion of canonically gay, bisexual and transgender superheroes. Now, fans say it’s time for the movies to follow suit.A petition filed by New York University GLAAD ambassador Gianna Collier-Pitts asks the DCEU to confirm that Wonder Woman wasn’t waiting around Themiscyra for a man, Comic Book reports. Wonder Woman saw Diana fall in love with Steve Trevor, with no mention of previous romantic attractions. Some fans think that implies the Wonder Woman of the DCEU is straight. The comics have long implied that this isn’t the case. She grew up in a land populated exclusively by women. Any relationship she would have had before meeting Steve would have had to be with other women. This actually became more than an implication in recent issues written by Greg Rucka. In those, Diana has come out and said she’s been in love with other women.Whether or not this is the case in the DCEU, Warner Bros. hasn’t said. The petition currently sits at 5,748 signatures, and the studio has yet to comment. Though even Gal Gadot herself has said it only makes sense for Wonder Woman to be bisexual, the movies don’t explore any of her relationships other than the one with Steve.Confirming the character’s bisexuality is absolutely the right move here. It wouldn’t change anything about the character as written, or the stories Warner Bros. could tell with her. It would take almost no effort, and would make a real difference to so many people. It would also make the movies more accurate to the comics, which fans are always saying they want. Really, there’s no reason not to state it explicitly in Wonder Woman 2. Well, except for the chance that a country like China, where people spend a ton of money on superhero movies, might ban a film that includes LGBTQ+ characters. Unfortunately, that might be enough to scare the studio away from a definitive canonical confirmation.Superman Unchained #4 (Art byJim Lee and Scott Williams, via DC Comics)Speaking of things we would like to see, Darren Aronofsky has said he still wants to make a Superman movie. Fresh off the polarizing and strange Mother!, Aronofsky told CinePOP that he will always be interested in Superman. He was answering the question of whether or not he’d ever want to direct a superhero movie. The problem for him, Aronofsky says, is that all the heroes that interest him have been done.““A lot of the great superhero titles are done. People have used them up. So now it’s characters that aren’t as interesting. But you never know. We’ll see what comes my way,” he said. “I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they’re already deep into reinventing him, so that’s not going to happen for a long time.”Aronofsky almost got a chance to put his spin on Supes. Back before Warner Bros., hired Zack Snyder for Man of Steel, Aronofsky was in the running to direct the reboot. If anyone could put an interesting take on an increasingly samey superhero genre, it’d be Aronofsky. The bright side is, an Aronofsky Superman movie could still actually happen. Unlike Marvel, DC has shown an interest in making films that exist outside of their cinematic universe. They’re already working on a Joker origin story with no connection to Jared Leto’s DCEU villain.As The Observer points out, Warner Bros. is thinking about making a Red Son movie, based on the comics series that imagines a world where Superman landed in Soviet Russia rather than America. That kind of non-canonical, alternate universe story sounds like the perfect place for Aronofsky to unleash his weirdness on the iconic superhero.Jesse Eisenberg in BvS (Photo via Warner Bros.)In the more immediate future though, the state of the upcoming Justice League movie remains a huge question. After Joss Whedon took over directorial duties, the film underwent extensive reshoots and edits. According to fans who saw a test screening, that apparently led to a whole character being cut from the reports that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will not appear in Justice League. The report cites unnamed sources who saw the test screening, but Batman-News does have a decent track record when it comes to this stuff. Major changes like this are almost inevitable when a movie undergoes a high-profile director change like this. If Luthor isn’t in the film, it’s probably because his scenes didn’t fit with the story Whedon thought would work best for this movie. It’s always a shame when an actor’s work gets cut, but it happens more often than you’d think.Obviously, not having seen Eisenberg’s scenes in Justice League, I can’t speak to their quality, but his performance was one of the few parts of BvS I enjoyed. He was really going for something with his performance, and had way more personality than either of the two leads. At times, he seemed to be the only one having any fun on set. I would have liked to see where his character went in Justice League, but hopefully the trimming of his scenes leads to a tighter, more focused movie.Either way, we’ll find out when Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2018. That date’s getting close.last_img read more

Woman power and art

first_imgArt has decided to take a new leap and head straight in to the world of women empowerment. Aptly called Empowerment, which is a non profit organisation, presents Feminine Mystique – all all woman art exhibition to be held in a city mall from 5 March.Celebrating Woman’s Day, calender marked for 8 March, Feminine Mystique is a celebration of the quintessential woman. The paintings portray the essence of a woman in myriad avatars, in her entirety, her soul, her song, her sensuality, her Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’shakti as also her roop. The journey for the artist is a journey to the core of herself and a cathartic experience as well. A feeling, an expression that goes beyond the words but overflows into each canvas in a unique signature style is the mark of this exhibition. While women artists address global issues, there is a reflection and insight into something more personal. In an Indian society, which has a sensitive but powerful history of gender inequality, women voice their thoughts in various way; one of the most expressive and visual approaches being art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe participating artists are – Bharti Verma, Gunjan Narain, Him Rajni, Meenakshi Dhiman, Artist Geetha, Sangeeta Murthy, Shweta Zharotia, Simret Jandu, Sonika Agarwal, Sunayana Malhotra, Shuchi Khanna and Maitreyi Kar and the exhibition is curated by Kumar Vikas Saxena. Head over this weekend and have a look.DETAILDates: March 5, 2013 – March 20, 2013Timings: 11am – 7pmVenue: DLF Place Saket, District Centrelast_img read more

An Australian gay club has come under fire for disrespecting sex workers

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Throb’s new show, Star Whores, boasts appearances from Luke Street Walker, Jabba The Slut and Princess Layher.A local news site reported local queer sex workers have responded with disgust. The say the show ‘disrespects’ their line of work.On the clubs Facebook page, some put the show in perspective. They likened it to ‘a group of sex workers having a ‘fag/poofta night’ or similar.’One sex worker also took to the Facebook page to express her disappointment. Ryan Cole said: ‘You can’t expect to make stigmatizing posters appropriating parts of our lives you find funny or entertaining, use slurs and encourage people to dehumanize us, and think that people won’t be upset, An Australian gay club has come under fire from sex workers for it’s controversial new show. This Christian group that ‘loves’ LGBTI people may have ulterior motivesThis is how white pimps are pushing meth onto gay black AmericansToday is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Here’s why that matters to the LGBTI community.Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The problem is not that people are choosing to be offended, the problem is that it IS offensive.‘I am a lesbian and a sex worker. I can’t split myself up into parts and just attend as a lesbian but not a sex worker.’‘The disrespect shown to sex workers is deplorable’Names of the characters in the show use the words whore, ho, slut and streetwalker.A fetish escort was another unimpressed client. Catherine Gray posted: ‘I’ve been going to Throb for over 12 years now, but as a queer sex worker I definitely no longer feel safe,‘The disrespect shown to sex workers is deplorable and inexcusable – both because of their chosen branding containing slurs/stigmatizing language, and because of the performers actively trawling comment sections to fight with sex workers who are rightfully upset about this marketing decision.‘Whore belongs to us, get your own word.’Another comment explained: ‘Hey Throb, just because you’re a gay club doesn’t mean you get to use disgusting and problematic slurs in your marketing in an attempt to be ‘edgy’,’The comments have been deleted from Throb’s Facebook page.GSN has reached out to Throb for a comment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Bridge closed due to stranded trailer carrying boat

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared A road bridge is shut due to a stranded trailer carrying a boat. The bridge, on Mill Lane, is currently shut in Acton Trussell. Police are advising motorists to find alternative routes. The closure was first reported shortly before 2pm. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “No access in and out of Acton Trussell by the canal bridge on Mill lane. Boat run a ground on the bridge.” Read MoreMan, 42, still in custody as 27 migrants – including ‘four children’ – found after lorry stopped on M6 near Stoke-on-Trent   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

See big 5 planets align in the sky with your little eye

first_imgSource: the guardian & news24 Scientists say the reason for the unusual sight is that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be on the same side of the sun at the same time. Because all the planets sit on a single plane, and we’re looking at them from inside that plane, they will all appear to be sitting in a line.For better viewing avoid areas with big city lights. It will be best to view on a higher plane with little or no obstructions from buildings and trees.For South Africans who would like to make a double whammy occasion of the event, there will also be a full moon visible over our southern skies on Saturday, 23 January.Stargazers will get another chance to see the sight in August when all five planets will be together again, only this time on the other side of the sun, meaning they will be visible just after sunset rather than before sunrise. It will not happen again until 2018. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img According to, the five planets will be bright enough to be easily viewed with the naked eye, especially if the sky is clear. The ideal time to view all the planets in a row is about 45 minutes before sunrise and they will be visible each day before dawn until February 20, 2016.The five bright planets will be aligned diagonally, stretching from low in the east to higher in the north. According to, Jupiter can be seen in the north, followed by Mars, then Saturn and Venus. Mercury will initially appear low to the eastern horizon but will steadily rise higher each morning.The event is a rare occurrence and is happening for the first time since January 2005.last_img read more

Anker Kicks off PreBlack Friday 2018 Deals with Never Before Seen Discounts

first_imgYou’ve been waiting for these deals to arrive and Anker has delivered. The pre-Black Friday 2018 deals from Anker are now live and there are some great discounts to be had here.Bluetooth Speakers, Lightning Cables, Projectors, Dash Cams, Wireless Chargers and More Discounted Ahead of Black FridayWith Black Friday 2018 less than a week away, companies have turned their focus towards meaningful deals that lead up to the big day. Anker is one of those companies and they are building up hype by offering some mega discounts on products that offer extreme value for money even with the price cut not applied. But since we are dealing with Anker here, you can rest assured that your wallet won’t feel the weight of anything at all regardless of what time it is.What do we have on offer today? Well, several products really. This includes Lightning cables, dash cams, high-end multimedia projectors, Bluetooth speakers and more. Let’s dive into the list and see first-hand how much money the deals are going to save us.Motion Q Bluetooth Speaker – Was $45.99, Now just $35.97Roav DashCam A1 – Was $55.49, Now just $43.59 with discount code ROAVAA224-in-1 USB-C Hub – Was $35.99, Now just $25.99 with discount code ANKERC832Nebula Prizm Projector – Was $149.99, Now just $87.99Nebula Prizm II LCD Projector – Was $299.99, Now just $249.99 with discount code NEBULAL2PowerLine II 6-feet Lightning Cable – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19PowerWave 10W Stand – Was $29.99, Now just $23.79Eufy SpaceView Baby Monitor – Was $179.99, Now just $129.99 with discount code EUFYNNMMRemember one thing, these deals are from Anker which means that there is a lot more to come as time passes by. Therefore keep an eye out for more deals as they go live in the coming days. In the meantime, you can have a glance at the following deals and wait for more stuff to arrive too. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as ever.Do check out the following deals as well:Black Friday 2018 Deal: SanDisk 128GB microSD Card for $19.99, 256GB for $44.99Amazon Has Discounted Several Great Android Smartphones for Black Friday 2018 [Limited Time Only] Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Amadeus reveals how airlines can boost top and bottom line

first_imgThe airline industry faces a number of challenges when it comes to financial management, including revenue leakage, complex income streams, and tax reporting and compliance across multiple markets.Coupled with an often-traditional approach to financial processes, it’s clear that financial management remains an area for innovation.Against this backdrop, a new report published today, written by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by Amadeus, highlights a ‘window of opportunity’ for airlines to boost their top- and bottom-line by integrating financial processes, increasing automation and exploiting predictive analytics.Key findings from the report include:Airline CFOs today face a number of challenges, such as revenue leakage, which can cost airlines as much as 3% of revenueGreater integration of financial processes could boost revenues by up to $1.5 million per annum for a medium-sized airlineAdapting to new payment methods such as Bitcoin will be a competitive imperative. More fundamentally, Blockchain technology could have a revolutionary impact on accounting by offering a single, secure, transparent global ledgerInterline settlement improvements could save the industry $500m annually, if airlines embrace tools and standardsBetter financial management will ultimately prove an enabler for the development of the airline product, in turn improving the customer experience and delivering increased customer loyaltyAlexander Michael, Director, Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan, the author of the report, said: “In certain circumstances, airlines today may not even be able to know the exact revenue numbers for a specific flight. It is imperative that airlines now focus on integrating and streamlining financial processes, not only to eliminate revenue leakage and other inefficiencies, but also so they can benefit from predictive analysis, becoming truly customer-centric and improving the top and bottom lines.”Patricia Simillon, Head of Strategic Marketing in Airline IT at Amadeus, said: “This report reveals a significant opportunity for airlines. Streamlining financial processes will enable airlines to achieve optimization and efficiency. This is a strategic priority for us at Amadeus and we are committed to working with our airline partners to transform the industry’s approach to financial management.”Alexander Michael, Director, Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan and the report’s author, will be presenting the report’s findings on Thursday 17th September 2015 at the IATA World Financial Symposium in Barcelona, Spain. Download the report hereSource = Amadeuslast_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago to become a major cruise line destination

first_imgAt the recently held Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show in Puerto Rico, Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Trinidad and Tobago had discussions with the executives of various cruise lines.Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and several regional ministers of tourism were present at the event. About 100 cruise executives, who are the decision makers in the cruise industry and 30 regional government officials attended the event.“The cruise sector is one in which ship itineraries are often booked long in advance, so attending conferences like these and understanding what the decision-makers value is essential not just for short-term gains, but to lay the groundwork for sustainable, consistent growth in arrivals,” said Mitchell.last_img read more