Team wins BT Young Pioneer Award with app for dyslexia

first_imgTeam wins BT Young Pioneer Award with app for dyslexia “We’ve been working really hard to create a prototype for Dimming Dyslexia, so we’re very excited to start working with BT to take the development of the app to the next level. Our ambition is to get ‘Dimming Dyslexia’, onto the apps stores so that we can help as many people with dyslexia as possible.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: app Awards Technology An all-female team of teenagers from The Sacred Heart High School in London, has won the BT Young Pioneer Award 2020, for an app to help people with dyslexia.The 14 year olds, Dorothy, Sonia, and Justine, created the Dimming Dyslexia app to analyse online text and other educational resources and translate them into formats that are easier to understand for those with dyslexia. For example, turning written text into videos and cartoons, and altering font size and colours on the page.The team were inspired to create the app after witnessing how some pupils were perhaps struggling with some basic skills, such as reading and writing.As winners of this year’s BT Young Pioneer Award, they will receive the support of BT experts who will work with the team to take Dimming Dyslexia from prototype to a fully working app. They will also receive £10,000 to fund the project so they can take it to the next level.The award is part of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards. This is the 10th year that BT has been lead sponsor for the awards, which this year saw a record 400 entries.Last year’s winner, Mihika Sharma, who invented the ‘Smart Stick’, has been working with BT and the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) for the past year to carry out market research within the visual impairment community. This research is helping support her plans to bring the ‘Smart Stick’ to market, helping those with visual impairments.Professor Kerensa Jennings, BT Group Director of Digital Impact, said:“The calibre of entries this year has been outstanding, with a record breaking number of individuals and teams submitting their ideas. We are absolutely thrilled to announce Dimming Dyslexia as this year’s winner’s’ as we recognise the positive impact this could have to help 1.3 million people in education. With the support of BT, we hope to help the Dimming Dyslexia team reach their goal in their ambition in supporting more people with dyslexia.”“It’s so inspiring to see how young people are playing such a key role in helping to tackle societal challenges, working to improve the lives of so many.”Dorothy from The Sacred Heart High School’s STEaM TEAM said: Advertisement Melanie May | 29 September 2020 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  563 total views,  2 views today  564 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE

first_imgMichael Murphy in ConvoyClub Tír Chonaill are this week launching a unique campaign to further the development of the Donegal GAA Training Centre currently underway in Convoy.The official launch of the ‘Building Brighter Futures Together ’ initiative will take place in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Monday 2nd of September 2013 at 8pm. All members of the GAA community, public and media are invited to attend.The campaign aims to bring the development of this state-of-the-art facility to the next stage, completing the floodlighting of the sand based pitches, developing pitches three and four and the construction of essential facilities including dressing rooms, medical rooms, coaches room, meeting rooms, administration offices, a fully equipped gymnasium and the necessary sanitary facilities. Club Tír Chonaill are asking members of the public to get involved by purchasing plots of land around the centre for €20 per plot, with all proceeds raised going in aid of the facilities development.All names will be entered into a draw with prizes of €2,000 for first place, €1,000 for second place and €500 for third place up for grabs“The objective of Donegal’s GAA Training and Development Facility is to give Donegal GAA a home – a central location with all the resources, under one roof, to take Donegal GAA to the next level” says Cieran Kelly, Chairman of Club Tír Chonaill.“GAA is a big part of life in Donegal and this project will be a source of great pride for everyone involved, from coach to player, to supporter to community. It has been designed to give the best to our players across all GAA disciplines so that in turn they can be their best for their county. We would like to invite everyone to get involved” For those who cannot make the launch event on Monday night in the Villa Rose, all €20 per plot donations to aid funding for the Donegal GAA Training Centre in Convoy are welcome and can be made to the following account: Account Name: Club Tír ChonaillBranch: Bank of Ireland LetterkennyIBAN Number: IE18BOFI190491582203484DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The street where Mandela and Tutu lived

first_img4 June 2010It could be mistaken for any other street in Soweto, with small, well-kept homes and the daily bustle of pedestrians. One may notice a few extra restaurants and bars, but nothing out of the ordinary. Yet Vilakazi Street is one of the most famous in South Africa.Vilakazi is the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners – former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – and as such holds a special place in South African history.The house where Mandela livedIn an extract from his book, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes how he felt after returning to his home on Vilakazi street with his then wife Winne Mandela after 27 years in prison.“That night I returned with Winnie to No. 8115 in Orlando West. It was only then that I knew in my heart I had left prison. For me, No. 8115 was the centre point of my world, the place marked with an X in my mental geography.”Since converted into a national monument to Mandela and his role in the apartheid struggle, No. 8115 Vilakazi Street, now known as the Mandela House Museum, is a popular stop for visitors.Madonna Seruto has been working at the Mandela House Museum for over five years, and has found the interest in the heritage site growing in the build-up to the World Cup. “I grew up 15 minutes’ walk from here,” says Seruto. “I am very proud of my job. We get to meet different people from all over the world every day.“I am excited to teach the world this story. People come here, some cry, some pray before they come inside, others take their hats off, but all of them enjoy it and take something away with them when they go.”Desmond Tutu still owns his house on Vilakazi Street, and often goes to stay there when he visits Johannesburg.The road is also home to one the most famous schools in Soweto, Orlando West High School. The school was one of the most active during the 16 June 1976 student protests.Social hubAside from its historical importance, Vilakazi Street has also become a social hub, where local and foreign people gather to enjoy a drink or have a meal.“This street is full of hype, and during the World Cup we will welcome our visitors with warmth,” says Boniswa Seakamela, the manager of the Nelson Mandela House Restaurant. “Honestly, I am getting calls for bookings that exceeds my seating capacity.“We were very busy during the Confederations Cup last year, so we are excited about the World Cup,” says Seakamela. “Serving our local food, showing the games and making the most of it.”Vilakazi Street, and other township destinations, are fast becoming part of the greater South African tourism experience. Restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and backpackers are opening their doors to foreign visitors, offering a unique experience off the beaten track.“Vilakazi Street is an iconic landmark and tourist attraction. There is no other street in the world like it,” says Lindiwe Mahlangu, CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company. “Soweto is an important part of our country’s heritage. It was here that the Freedom Charter was drafted in 1955, an important document used in the creation of the Constitution of South Africa.”And what is the message from Vilalazi before the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup?“Welcome to South Africa,” says Dolly Hlope, a resident of the area. “You are welcome here in Vilakazi Street during the World Cup.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Conference offers tools to make better Ohio wines

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With a steady increase in the number of Ohio wineries and the gallons of wine produced every year, the focus of this year’s Ohio Grape and Wine conference is making those wines taste even better.“Consumers are demanding high-quality and reasonably-priced wines now more than ever,” said Imed Dami, an Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) professor in grape growing and one of the conference’s organizers.“Quality wines are not a luxury or the exception anymore, but rather the expectation,” said Dami, an Ohio State University Extension specialist. The speakers at the conference Feb. 19-20 in Dublin, Ohio, will address every step of the process from grape planting to bottling: treating the soil, growing and training vines, fending off diseases and pests, as well as managing the fermentation process.Among the conference offerings is a crash course in the basics of growing grapes and producing red or white wines for anyone interested in getting started. More and more Ohioans are. Wineries in the state grew to 265 in 2016 from 175 in 2012, and the state’s annual wine production has nearly doubled since 2012, according to a state report published by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC).Experts from CFAES, which co-sponsors the event with OGIC, will address the various aspects of growing grapes and wine making.To produce quality Ohio wines, the state needs to grow more of its own grapes. And in order to do that, growers need to learn ways to contend with the state’s sometimes harsh winters, as well as fend off the diseases and insects that prey upon vines.For grape growers interested in ensuring that they apply pesticides in the most effective way, one talk at the upcoming grape and wine conference will address that issue.It is critical to calibrate a pesticide sprayer regularly to ensure it is putting out the correct amount of chemicals per acre that’s needed – no more, no less – to encourage the highest grape yields, said Erdal Ozkan, a CFAES agricultural engineering professor who will present a talk on pesticide use at the conference.“The biggest mistake people make is they probably don’t know how much pesticide they’re applying,” he said.It is important for farmers to select the right size and type of nozzles for the sprayer and to ensure the nozzles are the correct distance from the target, Ozkan said. The person operating the sprayer must drive at the proper travel speed while spraying. All of these factors affect how much pesticide is applied and could impact the quality and quantity of the grapes produced, he said.In addition to CFAES specialists, featured speakers at the conference will include:Dr. Markus Keller, professor of viticulture at Washington State University, who will discuss water and grape ripening, as well as grapes’ winter hardiness.Lee Lutes, head winemaker at Black Star Farms in Michigan, who will discuss how to authenticate a fringe, but emerging wine region.Misha T. Kwasniewski, an assistant research professor and enology program leader at the University of Missouri, who will discuss steps to saving a wine vintage.The grape and wine conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin. Full conference registration costs $225. Additional options are available for partial registration. For a complete agenda and registration details, including a printable, mailable registration form, visit Buckeye Appellation, the official website of the Ohio State Grape-Wine Team.last_img read more

Sales Is a Numbers Game (But Not the Numbers You Think)

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now “Sales is a numbers game,” they say. Then they propose that, “if you want better numbers, just make more calls.” And when low activity is the problem, this might be a reasonably good answer.But most of the numbers that really matter aren’t captured in any format in which a sales manager can easily see them. Sales is a numbers game, but not the numbers you think.The NumbersOn a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “a disaster” and 10 being “off-the-charts amazing,” how effective is this salesperson?Oh wait, I should have mentioned that it doesn’t matter what you think. It matters what your prospective clients think. How would they answer these questions?On a scale from 1 – 10, how much value does this salesperson create for you during your interactions? How much through the process?1 – 10, with 1 being “a complete inability to listen to anyone other than themselves” and 10 being “the best experience I’ve ever had,” how well does this salesperson listen?On a scale from 1 – 10, how much do you trust this salesperson to help you with your biggest, most important results? From 1 – 10, how much do they care about you and your business?1 – 10, rate this person’s initiative, determination, and resourcefulness on your experience with them to date.How well is this salesperson going to do as an extended part of your team. Answer 1 to 10, with 1 being “doesn’t last a day” and 10 being “they’re my secret weapon and my strategic advantage.”1 – 10, how likely is it that this salesperson can help you convince the rest of your team to move forward with the solution she proposed? In hours, how much time has this salesperson spent with you and your team?If you had to pay a premium over and above any competitor’s proposal to buy from this salesperson and their company, as a percentage, how much more would you pay for the value that this salesperson created?On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being “we are so, so very dead in the water” and 10 being “they’re going to beg us to act faster,” how much has this salesperson helped you to justify the price to the rest of your organization?None of these numbers are being captured in your salesforce automation. None of them are easily counted, making them difficult to measure. Much of what matters isn’t easily measured, and good bit of it is invisible.If sales is a numbers game, the numbers aren’t the ones you believe they are. You can’t capture these numbers, but you can go see for yourself.QuestionsWhat numbers really matter?Is more activity always the right remedy for poor results? When is something else a better solution?If more activity increases your chances of creating more opportunities, what increases your chances of winning those opportunities? Okay, how do you count that?last_img read more

Mahatma Gandhi’s poster defaced in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa museum

first_imgA poster of Mahatma Gandhi at a museum in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, was found defaced, and the miscreants wrote rashtradrohi (traitor) on it. The Rewa police have registered a case against unidentified persons.Furthermore, Congress district president Gurmeet Singh (Mangu) has claimed an urn carrying the ashes of Gandhiji was also stolen from the Bapu Bhavan museum on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.“We are investigating the case of the poster being smeared. No arrests have been made so far,” said Abid Khan, Rewa Superintendent of Police.In a written complaint to the police, Mr. Singh said: “On a poster of Mahatma Gandhi at the Bapu Bhawan, words like traitor had been written. And an urn carrying his mortal remains was also missing. A high-level inquiry must be initiated into this.”Though the police have taken the complaint, Mr. Khan said, the Lakshman Bagh Sansthan, which manages the Bhavan, has not approached them yet.“The urn, if it existed and was stolen, didn’t carry remains,” claimed Mr. Khan. “We are not investigating the urn aspect for now. Whether there was such an urn there in the first place needs to be looked into. If it was stolen, why didn’t the sansthan, the custodian, file a complaint,” he wondered.The police had registered a case against unidentified persons under Sections 153 (B) [ Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration], 504 [Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace] and 505 [Statements conducing to public mischief] of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Ministry may take ‘India’ out of BCCI

first_imgIf in the near future the government withdraws the word ‘India’ from the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), don’t be surprised.Yes, that’s possible as there are strong indications from the sports ministry, which is determined to ensure that the cashrich board adheres to the guidelines meant for all national sports federations (NSFs).And if the issue reaches a flashpoint, the BCCI would not be able to field a ‘national’ team. It could also mean that Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. would possibly no more represent their country. If the richest sports body of the country remains adamant, it could lead to a legal battle with the government.BCCI, at a special general body meeting on Saturday in Mumbai, decided not to reply to the ministry’s letter and decided that it would go for legal opinion if pressurised further.In its 78-year-old existence, the BCCI has probably never been dependent on the sports ministry.Even now it’s not – BCCI’s income in 2009- 10 alone was Rs 847 crore – but the ministry says the board can no longer snub it by remaining snooty and unanswerable to the government.In a letter to the board, the ministry points out that all NSFs have been declared as ” public authorities” and, therefore, the BCCI too has to comply with the guidelines.All federations have to reply by Wednesday.The ministry also points out that last year, too, the BCCI had not replied to a similar letter.”But this time we will go the full distance and if the cricket board doesn’t fall in line with the age and tenure guidelines, the government would invoke the National Emblem Act as the BCCI uses the word ‘ India’ in its name,” a source told M AIL T ODAY . ” The BCCI can use ‘India’ only till the time the government permits it, though it’s a different issue that successive governments have been lenient with it. If the BCCI doesn’t abide by its policies, made from time to time, the government would be compelled to invoke the National Emblem Act,” he said.advertisementThe ’emblem’ means any emblem, seal, flag, insignia coatof- arms, or pictorial representation specified in the ‘ schedule’, which further provides details of what all falls under its purview.When contacted, Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the sports ministry, said that it was mandatory for the BCCI to register itself as it receives government patronage in various forms, like police deployment during matches, entertainment tax concessions and waiver on customs duties for import of sports goods, and other benefits.”They may be having some apprehension with regard to registration. But, basically, it is necessary for them also,” Srinivas told MAIL T ODAY . “Any entity that says it is an NSF will have to have the acceptance of the ministry. It happens worldwide. They have to get the recognition to represent the country. You have to… legally… it is there everywhere in the world. It doesn’t interfere with their [BCCI’s] autonomy or anything. For legitimacy, it is necessary.”Asked what the ministry’s next move would be if BCCI declines to register itself, Srinivas said: ” That is a hypothetical question. But there has been a total change… a total shift… in the sports administration [ in India]. Earlier, the Indian Olympic Association and everyone else had declined, but the situation has now changed.” Specifically asked if the word ‘ India’ could be withdrawn from the BCCI and whether the corporate affairs ministry too could come into play since the BCCI enjoys exemption under its Competition Commission, Srinivas said: ” Everybody will come into the picture.” The BCCI has been ignoring the sports ministry on various issues over the years mainly on the pretext that it doesn’t take financial help from it. But Srinivas pointed out that the board does enjoy other privileges.”Funding is a separate matter. But they [BCCI] enjoy the privileges of an NSF in terms of tax and duty exemptions, [its team] representing the country and special dispensation even from the Competition Commission. Federations have the monopoly by their very nature,” he explained.”To have those privileges, they’ll have to have the recognition. Registration under a state act is sufficient to function as a national sports body. It’s a process.” Srinivas pointed out that several NSFs, which were opposed to the guidelines, are now adhering to them. ” A majority of the federations have already amended their constitution. I don’t think they [ BCCI] have said ‘ no’. Once they understand that it is a legal requirement they will abide by it. I am quite hopeful,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

first_imgSHORT HILLS, N.J. — A growing number of brands born on the internet, from Casper to Indochino, are opening physical stores and moving into suburban malls once considered doomed as more Americans shop online.Digital natives are discovering that it’s become more expensive to acquire customers through banner ads and email giveaways. At the same time, opening a store has become more affordable as mall vacancies force landlords to offer flexible leases and other perks. Jim Ward, who heads up recruiting for online brands for mall owner CBL, says it can be 10 times as expensive to acquire a new customer online as it is in a store.Store openings are a major shift for once online-only brands that until recently believed they didn’t need a physical presence to generate robust sales growth.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Understanding the new cannabis legislation as it pertains to youth

first_imgThe RCMP say there are two pieces of legislation at play, the B.C. Cannabis Control and Licensing Act as well as the Federal Cannabis Act.“Both have been put in place to protect children and youth and to promote health and safety for all who chose to possess and consume cannabis.  To enforce the protection of youth and their physical and mental wellbeing, police and courts across Canada have been provided new powers to issues fines and jail terms that previously did not exist.”Police are reminding youth that they have the power to issue tickets for underaged pot uses, a power that did not previously exist.“Previously, if a youth was found with a very small amount of cannabis, regardless of age, one way for police to deal with it was what was called a No Case Seizure.  In this instance, police would seize the cannabis and have it destroyed locally; done.  But now under the new cannabis legislation, police have the power to issues tickets that previously did not exist.”The best suggestions the RCMP can give you is that you do your research on what is actually legal and what is not and the penalties associated with them.For more information on marijuana use, you can visit Health Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is reminding parents and youth about the rules regarding legal marijuana use.With legalization in October, the RCMP say this is not open to everyone, particularly to youth under the legal requirement age of 19 in B.C.“Many of teens are excited about the legalization of cannabis but what they may not know or understand is that nothing has changed for those who are 18 and under… cannabis is still illegal.  And just because it is legal doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact those who are using it, especially developing teens.”last_img read more

34 children died in Indian relief camps since September

first_imgNEW DELHI – At least 34 children aged below 12 died in relief camps in India’s Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts between September 7 and December 20, according to a report by a government appointed committee formed on December 13 to verify reports of deaths among children in camps.“Children have died of pneumonia, not of cold,” the principal secretary of Uttar Pradesh state, Anil Gupta, said on Friday while commenting on relief camp deaths.Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs, usually caused by bacterial or viral infection, which primarily affects the microscopic air sacs.Noting the commitee’s conclusion that the majority of child deaths had occurred outside relief camps, Gupta said, “about ten to twelve children below the age of fifteen died in the relief camps and four kids succumbed to pneumonia.” Gupta denied that there had been medical negligence on the part of doctors at relief camps as serious cases were referred to Primary Health Care centers (PHCs) and district hospitals.Initially the state government had denied outright any deaths at Muzaffarnagar camps, even submitting an affidavit before the Supreme Court with similar claims.The Hindu-Muslim clashes in northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh which broke out on September 7 claimed 65 lives. It left 85 others wounded and rendered 51,000 people, mostly Muslims, homeless.Nearly 5,000 people are still holed up at five relief camps in the Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, with almost 2,000 in Loi relief camp alone. Around 2,000 others are in Malakpur.last_img read more

Nelson Mandela to be honored at 20th Fes Festival of World

first_imgFez – The 20th Fes festival of the world sacred music, to be held from next June 13 to 21 will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the first African president of post-apartheid south Africa who passed away lately at 95.This year’s festival, themed, “conference of birds, when cultures travel ” will feature a much-awaited concert of Youssou Ndour and Johnny Clegg in the mythical Bab Makina square.Youssou Ndour is Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman and a politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and much of Africa. He has been holding since 1985 a mega concert in Dakar for the release of Mandela. Johnny Clegg has always linked his music to the anti-apartheid struggle.The famous Fes Forum will debate aspects of Mandela’s personality as a militant and politician. The African leader will also be present in the Batha museum for a debate titled “Is a Mandela possible in the Middle east?”last_img read more

Video Ronaldo breaks silence on losing out in FIFA awards

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on FIFA’s The Best awards that saw him lose out to both Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah respectivelyThe Juventus star was left empty-handed as his former Real Madrid teammate Modric claimed FIFA Player of the Year award.This came despite the fact that it had been Ronaldo who inspired Los Blancos to a third successive Champions League triumph last season with an impressive 15 goals.Meanwhile, the Portuguese superstar’s spectacular overhead kick against Juventus in last term’s Champions League quarter-finals was also overlooked for FIFA’s Puskas award in favour of Salah’s strike against Everton in the Premier League.However, Ronaldo instead showed respect and congratulated the pair on their achievements.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Although he put in a reminder of what he has accomplished himself.“I congratulate him [Modric], sometimes it’s like that, you win and lose. I’m happy with what I’m doing, I’m at the same level for the last 15 years,” he said in an Instagram Live video.“His [Salah] is definitely a well-deserved award, it was a nice goal, but my overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League was better. That’s okay though, I already have that prize at home.”Ronaldo will likely line-up for Juventus today ahead of their showdown with title rivals Napoli at Turin at 18:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Solari says Club World Cup is still far ahead

first_imgThe Real Madrid manager says his team has to focus on the matches ahead instead of on the FIFA Club World CupThe FIFA Club World Cup starts on December 12.But for UEFA Champions League 2017-2018 champions Real Madrid, the tournament doesn’t start until December 19.On that date, Los Merengues will play against the winner of the Quarterfinals match between Japan’s Kashima Antlers and Mexico’s Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday,” Madrid’s manager Santiago Solari told The Daily Mail.“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that.”“There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League,” he explained.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”last_img read more

Cardinals Rout Florida State Clinch ACC Atlantic Division

first_img Video Highlights LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the fourth time in five seasons, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team is the ACC Atlantic Division champion after a 14-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State on Thursday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Detmers followed with a second scoreless frame and the Cardinals went back to work at the plate. Louisville pushed a pair of runs across on RBIs from Jake Snider and Wyatt, and Binelas homered for the second time in as many innings, a three-run shot that pushed the advantage to 9-0. Louisville (42-12, 20-8 ACC) reached double figures for the 20th time on the year, scoring the 14 runs on 17 hits. The victory was the largest for the Cardinals in 35 all-time games against Florida State. Glenn Albanese pitched a pair of innings in relief for the Cardinals, while Carter Lohman retired all three batters he faced in a scoreless ninth. Story Links Preview ACC Network Extra The Cardinals have captured the Atlantic Division crown in four of the five seasons since joining the league, winning previously in 2015, 2016 and 2017. UofL has brought home regular season hardware nine times in head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13 seasons. UofL opened the game in near-perfect fashion, with Reid Detmers striking out the side in the top of the first and the Cardinals plating four runs in the bottom half. The Cardinals cruised from there as Detmers (11-2) tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11. The sophomore has now struck out double digits in eight of his 13 starts and moved to second on Louisville’s single-season list with 138 on the year. The Chatham, Illinois, native now trails only Brendan McKay, who struck out 146 in 2017. Detmers is also just the eighth pitcher in Louisville history to reach 11 wins in a season. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster PDF Box Score Next Game: Florida State 5/17/2019 | 6:00 PM Live Stats The long ball was the theme of the night early for Louisville, as Logan Wyatt and Alex Binelas went back-to-back in the first and Zach Britton made it a trio of homers in the inning two batters later. It was the first time the Cardinals had hit three home runs in one inning since Justin McClanahan, Chris Dominguez and Andrew Clark went back-to-back-to-back against Ohio State on April 16, 2008. Wyatt was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, reaching base five times with three RBIs and two runs scored. Binelas drove in five on the night, while Lucas Dunn and Henry Davis each finished with a pair of hits. Video: Reid Detmers Postgame Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame Later in the frame, Drew Campbell doubled into the left-centerfield gap to plate two more to give the Cardinals seven runs in the inning and an 11-0 edge after two. Photo Gallery Louisville tacked on single runs in the third, seventh and eighth, while Florida State (34-19, 16-12) got its only run in the eighth inning. Louisville and Florida State will continue to series with game two on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

BroadbandEnable Your Car

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 1, 2005 Now that cellular networks are starting to achieve broadband speeds in major markets, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the faster data speeds on their mobile phones. But there’s no reason you need to be limited to your phone. Why not bring your laptop or PDA to the party? Assorted hardware devices let you capture data over broadband cellular connections.For example, OmniWav Mobile’s MBR-1100 is an in-vehicle system that lets you connect any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-enabled device to the internet. The vehicle broadband package costs $979, and the data service contract through Verizon Wireless is about $80 for unlimited use. Its range extends up to 300 feet, so you can still get online outside your car. A portable package version is also available so you can connect at your hotel, at a trade show or at a customer’s site.For a less expensive alternative, check out Novatel’s Merlin V620 Wireless PC Card Modem, which runs about $100 with a service plan. It also works with Verizon’s EV-DO network and will keep your laptop connected on the go. Generally, data speeds aren’t quite up to your office broadband line, but they’re sufficient for use on the road. Check provider websites to see if these services are available in your area yet. As broadband network rollouts continue, expect the number of similar solutions and providers to grow. This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

This Is Why You Should Be Excited for the Internet of Bikes

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 15, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Bikes generally haven’t changed that much since they first rolled, apart from getting lighter and sleeker and being outfitted with mini motors. For about 120 years, the humble, spoked two-wheeler has helped people get where they’re going.But it’s never been smart enough to tell people where to go. Not until now.Enter the Vanhawks Valour, a GPS-enabled Bluetooth smart bike that delivers turn-by-turn directions to riders using LED indicator lights embedded in its handlebars.Related: A Fashionable, Inflatable Bike Helmet Collar? Yes, You Read That RightIts Canadian creators are calling the sleek, matte black and ruby red pedal pusher the “world’s first connected bike for the urban commuter.” And, though we’re typically extremely skeptical of often inflated “first-ever” claims, we don’t think these guys are exaggerating.  California engineering undergrad Kenny Gibbs came close last year when he invented a set of standalone GPS-enabled Helios handlebars for bikes. The Yuba City, Calif.-based designer’s aluminium bars help users geolocate their bikes when lost or stolen, indicate estimated speed and light up on either side to tell riders which way to go when they roll up to their next turn.Cool as Gibbs’ handlebars may be, they’re hardware you have to add to your bike. Not a bike itself. That’s where he lost his edge.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday LifeThe Toronto-based Vanhawks crew went whole hog and put all of the “connected” functionality that the Helios bars have into a badass, heck of a good-looking bike. And they took “the internet of bikes” theme quite a bit further than Gibbs did, though he still has one thing on them — his Helios bars have blinking directional lights, a safety feature we’re surprised the Valour doesn’t seem to have.   Designed to make urban bike commuting safer, the Valour does, however, warn riders of dangers lurking in their blind spots. The bike’s mesh network, ultrasonic haptic feedback sensors detect nearby vehicles. When riders veer too close to traffic, the sensors trigger the handlebars to vibrate, another industry “first” the bike’s designers claim they boast the bragging rights to.The multi sensor-loaded Valour also works like a Fitbit with wheels, tallying stats like riders’ calories burned, speed, distance traveled, best times and more. Ride data is delivered via Valour’s companion smartphone app, which is slated to be available for iOS and Android devices and Pebble smart watches upon product launch.  Related: College Startup Re-Imagines Bike SharingThe durable, ultra-light carbon fiber bodied bike went live on Kickstarter 16 days ago and has already more than quadrupled its $91,962 funding goal. With 16 more days to go, additional pledges are icing. The extra cash will fund the addition of a few fun, tricked-out features, including additional rim and frame colors, along with disc brake and carbon belt drive options.  A pledge of $900 (plus shipping) would have gotten you a limited edition, production number engraved single-speed fixie Valour. Too bad they’re all sold out. Luckily, you can still put your money on a variety of other Valour rides, for fixie lovers and gear heads. About 225 were still up for grabs as of 3 p.m. ET.See the Vanhawks Valour in action in its official Kickstarter video below: Related: Uh, Did Your Refrigerator Just Send Me an Internet Virus?last_img read more

Record numbers of LA arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels

first_imgTags: Los Angeles LOS ANGELES —L.A. Tourism wants 50 million visitors by the year 2020 and it’s well on its way to that goal, with 48.3 million visitors in 2017 – a new tourism milestone for the seventh consecutive year.The 2017 record figure is 1 million visitors higher than 2016’s total, an increase of 2.2%, driven by an all-time high 41.2 million domestic visitors.International visitation overall grew 0.9% to a record 7.1 million visitors, outperforming both its projected forecast and inbound travel to the U.S. as a whole in 2017.International markets recording significant gains for Los Angeles in 2017 included Canada with its highest visitor total ever at 747,000, a 5.5% year-over-year increase).L.A. Tourism recently launched ‘L.A.’ Insider’, a new specialist training program now available as an online training tool that’s both mobile and tablet-friendly. The specialist program is the first of its kind for L.A. Tourism and is designed to help Canadian and U.S. travel trade better sell the city.There’s plenty of hotel news coming out of L.A., with recent openings in 2017 and more new hotels to come in 2018. Here’s a look at the newest offerings:CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. The hotel has 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about three kilometres south of Los Angeles International Airport.cambriahotelsandsuites.comDream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel has debuted in the heart of Hollywood, at Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-storey boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area.dreamhotels.comKimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) – Opened in August 2017, Kimpton Everly Hotel features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast.everlyhotelhollywood.comFreehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-storey building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or ‘poshtels’) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge.thefreehand.comH Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms.Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa is sporting a recent renovation that transformed its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa has expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. hotelfigueroa.comHotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in 2017. The 18-storey Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a US$1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property is at the heart of downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties.ihg.com/hotelindigoInterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a ‘sky lobby’ on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 square feet of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project that also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas.ihg.comThe Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The hotel has 286 guestrooms with two Penthouse Suites that all feature panoramic Hollywood Hills views.jeremyhotel.comLa Peer (West Hollywood) – Opening in January 2018, La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness centre and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat.lapeerhotel.comNobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) – Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms.nobuhotels.comNomad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, has opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel. The NoMad has been redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-storey hotel has some 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angelesProper Hotels (Downtown) – Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-storey property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms and has plans to open in mid-2018.properhotel.com/downtown-laSheraton Gateway Los Angeles (LAX) – The hotel completed its second phase of multi-million dollar renovation with sophisticated upgrades to their 802 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel lobby area and Sheraton Club. In addition, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel invested $3.5 million dollars to enhance its 38 versatile meeting and function rooms totaling in 50,000 square-feet of distinctive event space.sheratonlax.comWaldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand is on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 storeys tall and features 170 rooms.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.comWestdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Making its debut last month as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach boasts 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness centre and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation.westdrift.com/More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information, go to discoverlosangeles.com. Posted by Share Monday, February 26, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Record numbers of L.A. arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017

first_img28Dec Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017 Categories: News,Whiteford News With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community.Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year.As the chair of the House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee, I want to ensure that legislation will protect Michigan families. That’s why I sponsored legislation – signed into law in October – to ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. All refined petroleum products sold in Michigan are subject to an environmental protection regulatory fee. The bill ensures the fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum is used for cleaning up contaminated sites.This law also allows for owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to apply for funds to clean up older contaminated sites.The governor also signed legislation I introduced to ensure communication between local township officials and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before conducting a prescribed burn. This law was sparked by an incident several years ago in Valley Township, when local officials were not made aware of a prescribed burn. Local fire departments were called to respond to the fire, and the township later received a bill for the expense. Improved communication will help prevent similar expenses in the future.I also supported efforts to improve education, particularly when it comes to expanding career opportunities. I sponsored legislation that became law earlier this year allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs.Earlier this year I voted in support with my Michigan House colleagues for record funding for K-12 education. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and believe students and teachers in Allegan County classrooms will benefit from this budget. Funding for career and technical training also increases through competitive grants.Other highlights from 2017 include:•           Joining the majority of my House colleagues in voting to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgiving all outstanding debt associated with the fees.•           Becoming a member of the Michigan House C.A.R.E.S task force to address mental health issues across the state. The goal is to help support vulnerable citizens within the community and create legislation that will help residents live happier and healthier lives.•           Voted in favor of a five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan schools. Skilled trades is a growing field that will help strengthen Michigan’s economy and future.If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. If residents are unable to meet during my scheduled office hours you may contact my office at 517-373-0836 or by email at [email protected] look forward to continue working with residents to improve our community in 2018.###last_img read more