Real Madrid willing to wait for Pochettino

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid won’t rush managerial appointment as Blancos target Pochettino Alberto Piñero Real Madrid Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:15 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauricio Pochettino Zinedine Zidane Tottenham Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Primera División In the wake of Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure from Santiago Bernabeu, the European champions find themselves back in the market for a new boss Zinedine Zidane’s sudden departure at Real Madrid caught everybody by surprise, but the Blancos will not be rushing into appointing a successor as they seek to identify the right candidate for the job.Those at Santiago Bernabeu had been hoping to enjoy a relatively quiet summer, with attention shifting towards World Cup matters in the wake of a historic third successive Champions League triumph.Zidane’s decision to step down following their 3-1 victory over Liverpool has scuppered plans for a period of stability and continuity, with the Frenchman stunning players, supporters and officials with his resignation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Madrid were not prepared for this, with no Plan B drawn up which would have a ready-made alternative already in their sights.It did not take long, however, for feelers to be put out to those considered to be leading candidates for the role, with Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino and Germany manager Joachim Low quickly identified as favoured options.The Spurs boss faced questions regarding a possible return to Spain at an event to promote his new book on Friday, with the former Espanyol coach offering cryptic responses as he countered a commitment to a newly-signed contract in England by leaving the door open to future challenges elsewhere .Freeing the Argentine from a deal through to 2023 will not be easy, while Low has also recently committed to fresh terms in his current post and has sought to distance himself from claims that he could be tempted to break that agreement within a matter of weeks.Madrid, therefore, have plenty to ponder.They have been admirers of Pochettino for some time, with his coaching career having been closely followed since his days in Catalunya at Espanyol.Since then he has faced the Blancos in continental competition, with his credentials for a high-profile post in the Spanish capital enhanced by the claiming of four points from the Blancos during the 2017-18 Champions League – a competition Zidane’s side would go on to win.Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2017-18While he remains a top target at this stage, Madrid need to get their next appointment right.A club which has enjoyed domestic and European success aplenty in recent years is aware that it has reached the end of one important cycle and the start of another.This may prove to be a summer of change on and off the field, while anyone stepping into Zidane’s sizeable shoes will not boast the same level of respect and authority around the dressing room that a man already part of the coaching team in Madrid had when inheriting the top job.Now is a time for considered contemplation at the Bernabeu.Things are tense, of course, but there is also a sense of calm around the club as they endeavour to ensure that the smoothest of transitions is made from one era to the next.last_img read more

Read More →

Photo: Chad Kelly Calls Time Spent With Kids In Haiti “A Blessing”

first_imgChad Kelly takes photo with kids in Haiti.IG/chadkelly_10It has been a very interesting year for new Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. The former blue-chip prospect was kicked off of the team at Clemson in June, went to junior college and committed to Ole Miss in December, and got into hot water after a bar fight in Buffalo. Ole Miss stuck with the talented quarterback, however, and this week head coach Hugh Freeze brought him on a mission trip to Haiti. To Kelly’s credit, he seems to be getting a lot out of the experience.Hopefully Kelly has turned over a new leaf after a very trying 2014. If he pans out on and off the field, it could be a coup for the Rebels.last_img read more

Read More →

Avoid the Masses and Take an Expedition Cruise to a Far-Flung Location

first_img World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Ferdinand Magellan, or Leif Eriksson? That opportunity is closer than you think — and, you don’t have to endure extreme climates, rough seas, or a potential shipwreck in archaic sailing vessels. The popularity of expedition cruises has exploded in recent years. Now, guests can explore remote Norse settlements, waddle with penguins, even take a polar dip before retiring to luxury accommodations aboard their chosen cruise ship.So what sets expedition cruises apart from conventional cruises?Andrea Klaussner/HurtigrutenExpedition ships are generally smaller and thus have a shallower draft, allowing them access to locations that larger ships can’t reach. An “expedition team” replaces the cruise director in engaging passengers with informative programs both aboard the ship and on land. In contrast to conventional cruises, which employ the use of traditional tenders, expedition cruises utilize rigid inflatable boats (RIB) to transfer passengers to and from the ship for adventures ashore. And finally, expedition cruises also have a lot of flexibility built into the itinerary to take advantage of impromptu wildlife sightings and the ability to change direction as needed to take advantage of weather and sea conditions.“We’re not cruising, we’re exploring,” said Øystein Knoph, vice president of global public relations for Hurtigruten, one company offering such adventurous cruises.MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen side by side in Antarctica Hurtigruten AS/HurtigrutenAccording to Knoph, adventure travel in general, and expedition cruising in particular, are among the fastest growing global tourism trends. “I like to think of our expedition ships as floating, premium, quality basecamps,” stated Knoph. “We take our guests to places that only expedition ships can reach, some are not accessible by any other means of transportation, as well as achieving all of this in a responsible and environmentally friendly way.”Other advantages of embarking on an adventure aboard an expedition ship include daily presentations by experts such as renowned wildlife photographers and scientists or naturalists who will often discuss what to expect at your impending destination and professionally guided excursions, all while exploring remote corners of the globe.Here are a few expedition cruise lines to consider when planning your next off-the-beaten-path adventure.HurtigrutenAndrea Klaussner/HurtigrutenThis year, the Norway-based company celebrated 125 years of expedition cruising. Passengers can choose from expeditions to more than 200 destinations in 30 countries from pole-to-pole, including Antarctica, South America and the Caribbean, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, and, where it all began, the spectacular Norwegian coast. As the ships are regularly visiting extremely sensitive environments, the company has implemented numerous market-leading initiatives including new hybrid technology explorer vessels (2019 and 2020) with plans to convert multiple existing ships to hybrid LNG-battery power. Additionally, in July 2018, Hurtigruten banned all unnecessary single-use plastic across the entire fleet of ships.Lindblad Expeditions-National GeographicFounded in 1958 as Lindblad Travel, the company formed with a mission to take guests to the most remote and pristine places on the globe. In 2004, the expedition-based company embarked on a truly unique partnership when it joined forces with National Geographic. Today, the company has offices in both New York City and Seattle and operates its own fleet of 10 ships around the globe.SilverseaSilver SeaWith over 900 destinations across all seven continents, Silversea can take you to the world’s most remote locations in style. All accommodations aboard the line’s small luxury ships include ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. With ships ranging in size from 50-304 suites, the company provides intimate elegance, fine dining, and personalized service. Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now Editors’ Recommendations Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbaticallast_img read more

Read More →

PHOTOS: Minister Montague at AEROTEL’s 40th Anniversary Long Service and Awards Banquet

first_imgTransport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (right), presents an award to the Regional Operations Manager for Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited’s (AEROTEL) Montego Bay office, David Miller, for 29 years’ service to the entity, during AEROTEL’s 40th anniversary long service and awards banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on Saturday (June 1). Mr. Hall, the second longest serving employee honoured, was among the 41 managers and staff recognized for between 10 and 30 years’ service.Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (right), presents an award to the Regional Operations Manager for Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited’s (AEROTEL) Kingston office, Rowell Hall, for 30 years’ service to the entity, during AEROTEL’s 40th anniversary long service and awards banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on Saturday (June 1). Mr. Hall, the longest serving employee honoured, was among the 41 managers and staff recognized for between 10 and 30 years’ service.last_img read more

Read More →

Bruce McArthur had low risk for violence in 2003 says psychological report

first_imgTORONTO – Bruce McArthur had a low risk for violence 15 years ago, says a recently released psychological report conducted after the now-accused serial killer assaulted a man with a pipe.The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper accused of killing eight men with ties to the city’s gay village pleaded guilty in 2003 to two assault charges, and his lawyer at the time asked for a personality assessment prior to sentencing.Dr. Marie-France Dionne interviewed McArthur several times at the North York General Hospital as part of her risk assessment of the man.“We are confident to conclude that the risk for violence is very minimal,” she wrote in the report written on March 19, 2003 and filed with court.She conducted two personality tests and concluded the two profiles were “within normal range.”“There is no trace of psychosis, no trace of hallucinations or delusions, no trace of mood disorder and no trace of any personality disorder or antisocial behaviour,” Dionne wrote.“As a matter of fact, Mr. McArthur is well oriented in space, time and toward people.”Police allege McArthur went on to commit eight murders, the first one in 2010. Police have found the remains of seven men inside large planters located at an address where McArthur stored his landscaping equipment.On Wednesday, Justice Leslie Chapin ruled to release the psychological and presentence report from the 2001 crime after a group of media organizations fought to have them made public.The documents relate to McArthur’s attack against a man on Oct. 31, 2001. At the man’s apartment, McArthur beat him from behind with a metal pipe, slicing open a 13-centimetre gash in his head that required stitches and bashing the man’s hands, which needed six weeks of physiotherapy, the documents note.The man called police after regaining consciousness. At the same time, McArthur turned himself in to police, saying he believed he committed a crime, but couldn’t remember what happened. He said he was on medication for controlling his epilepsy and was also high on amyl nitrate “poppers” that he liked to use before sex, the documents say.The Crown attorney wanted jail time for McArthur, according to the presentence report, but changed his mind after reading the personality assessments. He received a conditional sentence for assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.The psychologist noted a few issues about McArthur during the course of her interviews and analysis of him.“Mr. McArthur’s results suggest that he is characteristically passive and indecisive, but he may possess underlying resentments,” she wrote.She also said “he is quite uncomfortable in situations calling for open anger and conflict. It is likely that this man lacks much insight into himself and others.”Dionne also said that McArthur’s “over co-operativeness may hide strong rebellious feelings that may occasionally break through his front of propriety and restraint.”She noted McArthur sought help for depression when he began exploring his sexuality and the corresponding dissolution of his marriage. He had seen a psychiatrist briefly and took the anti-depressant Prozac for about six months to a year in the late 1990s.Dionne wrote that McArthur had a good relationship with his ex-wife and his two children, and was an active member of a church choir. McArthur’s parents died within three years during his late 20s. By 2003 McArthur had become open and accepting of his homosexuality, which he said he repressed since he was a child.He dated a man for four years after his marriage ended.“He wishes to have a stable and regular relationship one day, even if he was hurt in a relationship that ended,” said the report.Dionne said McArthur was hopeful for the future and was trying to get into the landscaping business. Recently, Toronto police and cadaver dogs spent weeks scouring more than 100 properties in Ontario where McArthur did landscaping work.McArthur is alleged to have killed Skandaraj Navaratnam, Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.McArthur is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.last_img read more

Read More →

Mississauga man dies from Tuesday morning crash

A 57-year-old Mississauga man has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday.An eastbound van crossed over the centre line on Burnhamthorpe Rd. East and struck another van head-on.The driver of the westbound van was airlifted to a Toronto trauma hospital where he later died.The other driver, a 30-year-old Oakville man, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.At the request of the family, Halton police will not be releasing the name of the deceased at this time. The investigation is still ongoing. No charges have been laid at this point.Any witnesses of the collision are asked to contact police. read more

Read More →

WatchNearly threequarters of Canadian Facebook users plan changes to how they use

TORONTO — Nearly three-quarters of Canadian Facebook users say they will make at least some change to how they use the social media platform in the wake of a data mining scandal.A survey by Angus Reid Institute suggests 73 per cent of Canadian Facebook users say they will make changes, while 27 per cent say it will be “business as usual.”The survey also found that one in 10 say they plan to abandon the platform, at least temporarily.Elon Musk just deleted Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook pages — and with them millions of followersFacebook is an authentic community rigged with booby traps. Should you leave it?Ottawa launches formal probe into whether Facebook violated Canadians’ privacyFacebook has been under fire for its ability to protect user privacy after Cambridge Analytica was accused of lifting the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and outlined steps to protect user data in light of the scandal involving the Trump-connected data-mining firm.The survey found that 57 per cent of Canadians use Facebook every- day.The Angus Reid Institute conducted two online surveys, the first involving 1,501 adults between Feb. 28 and March 2 and the second including 1,509 adults from March 21 to 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

Read More →

Netflix Available on Boxee Box at Long Last

first_imgTo show its love on this special Valentine’s Day, Boxee Box announced it will now allow Netflix streaming in the US and Canada. Boxee dealt with some delays — Netflix was supposed to be available to the Boxee Box by the end of 2010, and then it was supposed to be available in January –, but Boxee Box owners can finally breath a sigh of relief.In an e-mail from Boxee, the company said it was bummed it couldn’t get it out sooner, but that it’s “happy to have the Netflix app just in time for Valentine’s Day so our users can have a date night with their Boxee Box (and hopefully a significant other).”The user interface of the new Netflix app is the same as the one recently released for Google TV and Sony’s PlayStation 3. It allows users to search and browse the entire catalog. Automatic firmware updates will roll-out later this week, but owners can force the download now by updating the firmware manually. [Update: The Netflix service will cost $7.99 a month.]last_img read more

Read More →

The justice system is a fing joke Parents react as sons killer

first_img The scene of the killing. Image: RollingNews.ie The scene of the killing. Image: RollingNews.ie ‘The justice system is a f***ing joke’: Parents react as son’s killer jailed for five years Justice Butler was forced to adjourn the hearing when friends and relatives of the dead man reacted angrily to the sentence. 30,801 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2017, 3:10 PM Share13 Tweet Email center_img http://jrnl.ie/3249255 By Peter Doyle THE GRIEVING PARENTS of a man stabbed to death during a brawl inside a bed and breakfast branded the justice system a ‘joke’ after their son’s killer was jailed for five years.Terence ‘Terry” Connors (42) had originally been charged with the murder of Peter Conroy (25), at Palmerstown Lodge B&B, Kennelsfort Road Lower, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 on 9 June, 2015.His plea of guilty to manslaughter and not guilty to murder was rejected by the State and last December Connors was convicted by a jury of Conroy’s manslaughter after a one-week trial.Today, at the Central Criminal Court, Connors, of Drumcairn Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin 24, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, with the last two suspended, for killing Conroy.Speaking outside court, the dead man’s parents, Frank and Marion Conroy, broke down as they criticised the sentence handed down by Justice Paul Butler.Conroy said: “Peter was a loving son. He was a rock to us. He was a loving father.He didn’t deserve to be killed the way he was killed. He got no justice. Seven years, with two suspended for another person’s life. Where’s the justice in that? He (Connors) stabbed him four times and he got manslaughter.Wiping away tears, Mrs Conroy added:“How can you put a time on a person? Where’s is the justice?“The justice system is a fucking joke in this country.In any other country, he’d get more. You get more for robbing that you would for murder. His kids can see him walking around, go visit him. We will never see our son again.AdjournmentEarlier, Justice Butler was forced to adjourn the hearing when friends and relatives of the dead man reacted angrily when the sentence was delivered.Gardaí were forced to remove several people from the courtroom after one women shouted: “He (Connors) is laughing in our faces,” and one man rushed at the accused sitting in the dock.Another woman sitting in the public gallery was heard shouting at Connors: “If he smiles once more, I’ll fucking punch him.”During his trial, the court was told Connors had believed his children were in danger as the fighting between guests of the B&B and non-residents intensified when he fatally stabbed his victim.Delivering his sentence, the Justice Butler said that although the accused had returned to the scene of the brawl with a knife and was “seen to make a downwards motion towards the deceased” on CCTV, “the killing lacked the intention of a murder conviction”.The judge said the accused, whom he described as being from “a travelling background”, had “expressed remorse from the bottom of his heart”.However, he said the fact that Connors returned to the scene of the fight with a knife had been an aggravating factor in sentencing.Connors was also sentenced to two months’ jail for assaulting a woman, Elaine Blunt, during the same brawl. The judge suspended this sentence in full.The manslaughter sentence was backdated to 1 October, 2015.EvidenceDuring the one week trial the jury was told that Conroy died after suffering knife injuries to the head and neck. State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy said the fatal wound severed a vein causing him to die from bleeding and shock.CCTV showed a row involving two women and several men that began in the B&B at about 3.30am. Most of those involved, including the accused but not the deceased, had been at a wedding reception in Stillorgan earlier that day.Connors arrived home shortly after midnight and went to bed but he told gardai that he woke up to hear his children “roaring and shouting” and calling out for him. He said a fight had erupted downstairs and he grabbed a knife before rushing down.His partner, Brigid Connors, was involved in a fight with Elaine Blunt on the ground floor when Connors came downstairs. He kicked Ms Blunt and was found guilty of assault for this.The fight between the two women continued with one man trying to separate them. He opened the front door of the B&B to put them outside and a group of other men entered, leading to a fight involving the deceased and two of his associates against people living at the B&B.When one of the men threw a naggin of vodka at the accused or his son, who was standing beside him, the accused produced the knife and launched the fatal attack.Read: Over 200 jobs to be created at two new motorway service stations >Read: The figures that reveal Ryanair’s ‘very up and down’ relationship with Shannon Airport > 47 Comments Short URL Monday 20 Feb 2017, 3:10 PMlast_img read more

Read More →

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 11 Jack and the Scotsman

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.Last week I told you that Episode 11 of Samurai Jack’s first season contained one of my favorite cartoon characters ever. And now, having rewatched “Jack and the Scotsman” for the first time in years, I worry that I may have been a little bit off-base. So right here and now, please allow me to correct my earlier statement: The Scotsman is one of my favorite characters ever, in any medium or genre. What’s more, this stands up as my absolute favorite Samurai Jack episode that we’ve covered thus far.“Jack and the Scotsman” starts the way many episodes of the show do: With long, lingering, speechless shots of Jack’s travels. This episode in particular, however, really nails home the Akira Kurosawa references, as Jack’s march through a hazy, very, for lack of a better term, Asian environment is accompanied by music that is very much reminiscent of the director’s classic Yojimbo (the film upon which Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars was based). As Jack walks silently across the screen, it’s hard not to be reminded of Toshiro Mifune’s most famous character, Sanjuro.But the show soon takes a sharp turn, as that serene, Asian aesthetic comes crashing into something louder, brasher, and more rambunctious. And in doing so, Jack himself runs head-first into another hero, a swordsman who is far louder, far brasher and far, far more rambunctious. I am speaking, of course, of the Scotsman.Up until this point, Samurai Jack has presented us with only a single model for a hero in Aku’s world: Jack himself. Selfless, thoughtful, slow to anger, and of few words, Jack is a common ideal in heroic fiction, the nearly flawless warrior whose goals are righteous and whose actions are unfailingly valiant. Jack’s identity as this stoic ideal is central to how the show works, as each episode sees his peerless abilities, calm demeanor and steady hand confronted with new challenges. The Scotsman is something altogether different.While Jack is quiet, the Scotsman is loud. While the Samurai is reticent, the Scotsman is gregarious. He is brash, boastful, and quick to anger, while Jack cultivates a respectful, humble, and calm demeanor. But perhaps most importantly, the Scotsman is hilarious, as evidenced by his relentless barrage of insults – a high watermark for the series’ dialogue – including a hysterical accusation of Jack trying to look up his kilt. The Scotsman is Jack’s opposite, his mirror image in almost every significant way except for two: They are both masterful swordsmen and they are both heroes.The Scotsman represents another type heroic ideal, one that we haven’t yet seen on the show. He isn’t a kind, respectful fighter like Jack – he’s a brash, violent, hot-headed barbarian. But what’s most interesting about the Scotsman as well as this episode is what happens when the two men unsheathe their swords and go to do battle with one another: It ends in a stalemate.It would have been easy for the show’s creators to use the Scotsman as yet another hurdle for Jack to clear, a threat that is built up before Jack ultimately dismantles it. It’s like wrestling booking: A threat is introduced, you see how formidable it is, and then it gets one over on the protagonist before the hero ultimately vanquishes it, looking better and more powerful not in spite of the troubles the threat gave him, but because of them. Thematically it would have also squared with show’s ongoing meta-narrative, about the triumph of Jack’s calm, collected approach and peerless skill. But instead, the show’s creators went a much different and more interesting route: They turned the show into a buddy comedy.Not only do Jack and the Scotsman find themselves unable to defeat one another, but they are literally shackled to one another by the bounty hunters that are after them both. The pair, both of whom begin the episode thinking very little of the other, are forced to work together to survive. It’s a well-worn story but one that is given new life due to the outlandish, over-the-top duo acting it out.First it homages samurai epics, then it introduces a savage, Braveheart-esque Scottish warrior, then it becomes a buddy comedy. Beyond just containing one of my favorite characters ever, “Jack and the Scotsman” also manages to be an exquisite mash-up of some of my favorite genres and tropes, including the one that rears its head with the reveal of who’s hunting the two men: A Southern pig sheriff and a bunch of shotgun wielding alligator robots.That’s right, as if everything up until that point wasn’t enough, the episode’s climactic battle takes place in a swamp overrun with fan-boat riding Southern caricatures. It’s a ridiculous stew, a bizarre mix of influences and genres that works largely based upon the strength of the Scotsman’s character and the way everything about him is juxtaposed with Jack.The episode is a near-perfect introduction for the Scotsman, especially seeing as it gives the audience just enough to pique their interest without ever risking boring them with a character that, admittedly isn’t the most complex or well-rounded (other than his bulbous physique). It might sound odd to say, but there’s a considerable amount of restraint on display when it comes to the Scotsman, a character that, in a set of more hasty hands, could have become a major, recurring part of the series. But instead, knowing that his counterpoint to Jack’s character was best savored in small doses, they’ve chosen to dole him out more judiciously, something we can look forward to in season two.Join us next week as we discuss season one’s penultimate episode, “Jack and the Gangsters.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!last_img read more

Read More →

Hazel Dell natives board books dont bore

first_imgPORTLAND — Twin brothers Kyle and Derek Sullivan grew up in a dark, mysterious forest rich with magical beings. You probably haven’t heard of this place, but here’s a clue for the curious: It’s quite close to that sprawling suburban neighborhood just north of the city of Vancouver — you know, the one bisected by Interstate 5 and Highway 99.Hazy Dell is the mythical overlay where the Sullivan brothers, who attended Hazel Dell Elementary and Jason Lee Middle School, still go hunting for magic and meaning. They’ve had plenty of success capturing those mysterious targets and hauling them into the light of day — in a series of board books for children, where weird creatures stand revealed as not all that scary. In fact, the stars of the Hazy Dell Monster Series are cuddly and comedic. They’re the strange beings that children, and all of us, can relate to sometimes.“Everybody understands what it’s like to be misunderstood,” Kyle Sullivan said. “The monsters are hairy and uncouth. Everybody knows what it feels like to make mistakes, to not fit in.”The bearded Sullivan brothers are 36 years old and truly identical; when The Columbian visited their small office in Southeast Portland, it was a little challenging to remember that Derek Sullivan, in dark blue shirt and brown hair parted on his left, is the illustrator while Kyle Sullivan, in light blue shirt and brown hair parted on his right, is the writer. (“Just say he’s my assistant,” one said about the other — we forget which.)When the brothers were assisting one another to grow up in Hazel Dell, they said, creativity was what kept life juicy. They worked to make one another laugh; they wrote stories, drew pictures and made books with their nerdy friends. The identical brothers’ artistic roles gained definition in high school, and when they left to attend college, Kyle Sullivan earned a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing at the University of Washington and a master’s in English at the University of British Columbia, while Derek Sullivan attended the Art Institute of Seattle and then Western Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in design.last_img read more

Read More →

Students jazz up Clark College

first_imgClark College’s Gaiser Hall roared with jazz and the din of hundreds of student musicians, representing more than 40 schools around Oregon and Washington, for the 57th annual Clark College Jazz Festival.Doug Harris, the new director of bands at the college following Richard Inouye’s retirement last spring, said that since he’s moved here in August, people he meets keep checking with him to make sure there would be a festival this year.“It’s part of the fabric of the community,” he said.The festival began in 1962, according to organizers, when Hudson’s Bay High School’s band director organized a one-day invitational performance for local high school bands. Vancouver and Evergreen high schools took turns hosting, with the early years’ trophies made from miscellaneous hardware and car parts.Now, the college expected to see more than 1,200 student jazz players, with more than 3,000 guests. Volunteers put in about 800 hours of work to make it all happen.Harris’ acquaintances’ concerns, then, might make some sense.“As far as I’m concerned,” it’s been a glorious success,” Harris said Saturday afternoon, shortly after the Clark College Jazz Band performed it’s last set of the three-day event.last_img read more

Read More →

66th Annual World Championship OvertheLine Tournament

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 66th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament will take place on July 13-14 and July 20-21 at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay.This year over 1,000 teams from all over the world will participate in the tournament and play for a chance to earn the World Championship title, according to organizers. Teams will hit the sand at sunrise on Saturday morning, July 13, with their bats, balls and most creative team names to kick-off 66 years of San Diego tradition said VP of OMBAC Brad Pagano.The first three game days will start promptly each morning at 7:30 a.m. and continue until sunset, concluding on Sunday afternoon, July 21, with the Men’s Open Championship.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 11, 2019 July 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 66th Annual World Championship Over-the-Line Tournamentlast_img read more

Read More →

Ferry Taku has new owners

first_imgThe Alaska Marine Highway System sold the 55-year-old ferry Taku Friday. It will leave Ketchikan in about a month. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)The Alaska Marine Highway System fleet was reduced by one ship as of Friday morning. Ferry officials signed over the Taku to its new owners during a brief ceremony at ferry system headquarters in Ketchikan.Listen nowIt took almost a year for the state to sell the 55-year-old ferry Taku, but the signing ceremony took only 15 minutes.Before signing off on the sale, ferry system General Manager Capt. John Falvey said the overall sale process has been challenging. And he has mixed feelings.“We’re happy and sad all at the same time,” Falvey said. “The Taku has been with us a long, long time. Unfortunately because of budgets and funding, we’ve had to surplus the ship.”The minimum bid for the ferry was $1.5 million when it first went up for sale in March of 2017. There were no takers at that price.Later, as the price dropped, a Portland, Oregon company wanted to buy the Taku and turn it into a floating hotel. They eventually withdrew their offer, though, and Jabal al Lawz Trading is the Dubai-based company that finally bought the Taku for $171,000.Ben Evans is co-owner of that company. He arrived in Ketchikan the day before signing the paperwork, and toured the Taku. He told the group gathered for the signing that the ship is probably the oldest that he’s ever bought.“It’s probably in the top 10-percent, condition-wise. It’s in amazing condition, which is a great tribute to the team here,” Evans said. “You’ve been maintaining her throughout the years. It’s an absolute pleasure to take her over. It would be a great sadness for me if we do have to take her for demolition in India.”Jabal al Lawz buys older ships for resale or for scrap.Evans said there are some interested buyers in Indonesia, but despite its condition, the Taku’s age will make buyers think twice.Before the official transfer of ownership was signed, Procurement Officer John Wynne said they needed one last transaction.“Ben, do you have a $10 bill in your pocket?” Wynne said as those gathered laughed. “The wire transfer came through and the bank took out $10 more than we thought they would so we need to do the transfer. The final payment of $10 today, for which Capt. Falvey will sign the receipt for.”After that, there were several documents signed by Falvey and Evans, and then notarized.And then Falvey handed over the keys — a whole box of keys.“Is the ignition key in there?” Evans asked, joking.Evans said his key crew members will arrive in Ketchikan over the next few days. They’ll start planning their voyage, and the rest of the crew will arrive within a couple of weeks.Evans said they’ll leave Ketchikan on the Taku in about a month, with the first stop in Seattle. From there,“We’ll swing down towards Honolulu, past the Philippines,” Evans said. “If we have buyers there, we’ll call in, top up fuel there, then Singapore, then India.”Evans said that 11,500-mile trip should take about two months.The Taku has been in storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove since since 2015 due to its age, maintenance costs and budget cuts. The Taku started service in Alaska in 1963.last_img read more

Read More →

Sisi reelected with 92 of vote

first_imgEgyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. AFP file photoEgyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 per cent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results.Some 23 million of the 60 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm, and the official MENA news agency reported.According to Al-Ahram, in addition to the 23 million who cast valid votes, two million spoiled their ballot papers, inserting the names of candidates who were not among the only two approved.Sisi’s sole challenger was the little-known Moussa Mostafa Moussa, himself a supporter of the president, who registered immediately before the close date for applications, saving the election from being a one-horse race.Other, more heavy-weight would-be challengers were all sidelined, detained or pulled out.Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president—Islamist Mohamed Morsi—after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 percent of the vote.Turnout of 47 percent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 40 percent despite appeals from Sisi for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.Boycotters who cannot show good reason for not going to the polls could a face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.last_img read more

Read More →

When Your Product Design Makes Your Customers Feel Smart

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read March 28, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Users love products and services that make them feel smarter. The more efficiently they can spend their valuable attention, time and money, the smarter they feel. The smarter that users feel when interacting with your product, the more they love it. We call this the smart-user theorem.Strong examples of the smart-user theorem in action abound. Facebook and Instagram save users time by enabling them to connect and share with friends and family quickly and efficiently. Similarly, apps have become popular and ubiquitous, partly because of their availability to fulfill virtually any need or task. Related: The Secret to Successful Product Design? Simplicity.The simplicity of the interface and the entire value chain on the iPad, the ease of planning a trip on Expedia via a mobile device or using Dropbox to store files — these are more examples that offer powerful guiding principles for enterprises as they engage customers with their products and services.Taking this a step further, analyzing customers’ behavior can quantify the time, attention or effort required to engage with a business’ products and services and bring about a new understanding of the user experience. This awareness, in turn, arms businesses with strategies to fine-tune their products and services to be more efficient, streamlined and intuitive.If enterprises carefully evaluate and optimize their products and services to make their users “smarter,” they will be rewarded with loyalty, engagement and a higher transactional value.Related: What Really Fosters Innovation (Infographic)User investments: attention, time and money. There are three types of “capital” that customers invest in your products and services: attention, time and money. First, users turn their attention to your messages, advertisements and product communications. They interpret and internalize your message to inform their next steps.Consumers also spend time thinking about, searching for, discovering, deciding to access, learning about and using your products and services; it’s safe to assume that they spend the same amount of time learning about your competition. Finally, there’s the money part. This one’s pretty obvious: Users pay you for your products and services.The attention, time and money model provides a framework to optimize the design of the end-to-end user experience. Maximizing the value of the attention, time and money spent by users on your products and services can be achieved through a combination of baselining and experimentation.Baselining involves breaking up the product-usage flow into logical stages and measuring the time and attempts it takes users to move through it. In addition, the consumer’s reliance on certain information and features should be analyzed to understand whether they encourage a person to move to the next stage in the flow.Experimentation is the stage whereby, through the use of data analysis or customer interviews, product problems can be identified. Hypotheses are developed and then tested through changes in the product flow until the desired goals are met.Big data’s role in smarter interactions and smarter users. Users save attention, time and money as a result of personalized and customized messages, which enable them to find the right tools to satisfy their needs quickly at the right cost. Creating these messages and products requires capabilities that the processing of Big Data can easily provide. This can involve the following types of analyses:1. User-environment analysis, in which information is collected about the environment where users interact with the product or service.2. User-profile analysis, whereby information is collected about consumers and their characteristics such as gender, age, likes and dislikes.3. User-interaction analysis, in which data is collected about users’ activities and behaviors as they interact with a product along the customer journey.4. User modeling, whereby data is collected and modeled to represent the behavior of a segment or cohort of users. The analyses and subsequent correlations are used to optimize the messages delivered to users according to their environment, profile and behavior patterns, as well as their stage in the customer journey.As users receive personalized messages and information that enable them to be smarter by helping them complete their tasks faster, more inexpensively and with less attention, the overall value realized from the product or service increases. This leads to higher productivity for the user, higher and sustained engagement with the product or service, a customer who feels smarter and, in the end, greater value for your enterprise.  Related: The Ultimate Test: Turning Your Cool Idea Into a Great Product Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Read More →

read more

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more June 9, 2010 – As part of its ongoing commitment to provide safe and effective radiation therapy equipment, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced an industry-wide effort to develop and implement additional patient protection features for radiation therapy equipment. The campaign, called the Radiation Therapy Readiness Check Initiative, is designed to confirm that patient treatment plans are delivered as intended and that radiation therapy equipment, accessories and patients are properly positioned prior to delivery of therapy.“Radiation therapy is a crucial element in effective cancer treatment and is responsible for turning millions of patients into survivors,” said Dave Fisher, executive director of MITA. “By committing to additional enhanced safeguards and safety checks, radiation therapy manufacturers are doing their part to ensure accuracy and appropriateness before the patient treatment begins.” “These additional readiness check features serve as redundant safety checks so a user can verify that a patient is not about to receive inappropriate levels of medical radiation,” said Janet Trunzo, executive vice president, technology and regulatory affairs, AdvaMed. The Radiation Therapy Readiness Check Initiative will provide technologists, physicists and physicians additional checkpoints to enable radiation therapy procedures to be performed correctly. The initiative includes the following: · Radiation Therapy Pre-Treatment Quality-Assurance Verification and Approval – Treatment plans are initially approved and subject to quality assurance (QA) by authorized professional personnel (e.g., physician, assigned medical physicist) before the device can deliver the treatment. With the new verification, if the system has not recorded a QA approval for an initial and/or modified treatment plan, the machine will not run until authorized professional personnel acknowledge that the QA check is complete.· Verification of Beam Modifying Accessories – Beam modification techniques are essential to focusing medical radiation to kill cancer cells while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues. The enhanced beam modification check verifies the correct placement of appropriate beam modifying accessories (e.g., wedges, blocks, compensators, etc.) and prevents a machine from operating if the accessories are incorrect, missing, or out of place.· Patient Positioning Confirmation Enhancements to the treatment system will generate a visual representation of the planned relative positions of the patient and the treatment device to allow the operator to quickly compare with the patient’s actual position. The operator can confirm visually that the patient is positioned as intended in the treatment plan. The operator will then have to enter a confirmation of a positive comparison. MITA and AdvaMed radiation therapy manufacturers have agreed to begin work immediately on implementing these initiatives into new products and making them available on compatibly configured products in the installed base within two years. MITA and AdvaMed member companies provide the vast majority of radiation therapy equipment in the United States as well as worldwide. For more information: www.advamed.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 09, 2010 Radiation Therapy Gets Ready for Safety Check Initiative The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

Read More →

Bruce Arians expressed what he thought of Colin Ka

first_imgBruce Arians expressed what he thought of Colin Kaepernick’s protest. (Associated Press) I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016Kaepernick has confronted the criticisms by saying his sitting is a protest of a nation that has seen several cases of police brutality of late.“There is police brutality,” Kaepernick told 49ers reporters on Sunday. “People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL.com in an interview. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The comments are similar to that of Kaepernick’s former San Francisco head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who is now leading the Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh misspoke Monday when asked about Kaepernick’s protest during a press conference but clarified his point on Twitter. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the talk of the NFL Monday after sitting down during the national anthem of San Francisco’s preseason games in protest of the race relations in the United States.Some have been fiercely critical of Kaepernick’s protest. Others, such as Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, see it through two lenses, agreeing with the message but disagreeing with the method.“I totally respect Colin’s right to do what he did,” Arians said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Bickley and Marotta show. “I disagree with it as who I am. I tear up and stand for the national anthem every game because every person who’s lost their life — race, religion, gender — defending that flag, that’s why I stand. We’re honoring them every time.” LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals head coach Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Read More →

The Sofitel Queenstown Hotel Spa has unveiled it

first_imgThe Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa has unveiled its new-look top suite, Penthouse No.10, following an impressive $2 million update completed to coincide with the destination’s peak summer season.Over the past decade, Penthouse No.10 has been a home away from home for many movie stars, models and moguls visiting Queenstown. General Manager Vincent Macquet expressed his delight in the final look of the Penthouse and is certain that the renovation will extend and enhance the hotel’s offerings in the luxury market.“We’re excited to reveal our new-look Penthouse No.10, which will appeal to loyal and new guests alike. Our designers have worked to deliver a chic, modern makeover befitting a Parisian-meets-alpine style apartment. While we’ve updated our furnishings and artwork, and refreshed our luxe colour palette and finishes, the team also took care to retain the indulgent French influence and accessible Queenstown charm of this amazing space which has appealed to and entertained so many guests over the years.”Located just a few moments from the heart of Queenstown on the top floor of the Sofitel, distinct features of the 225-square-metre penthouse include sweeping, unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu, two living areas and fireplaces, an eight-seat dining table, a private movie theatre, Bose audio system and latest technology Apple TV with more than 120 TV channels, plus Xbox Kinect facilities. An oversized patio comes complete with a six-seater Jacuzzi, perfect for relaxing with a partner or a larger party of friends.Penthouse No.10 can sleep up to six guests, and features a walk-in wardrobe (his and hers) with makeup table and full length mirror. Offering European porcelain finishes, opulent bathrooms feature rain showers, in addition to a full body-length bath boasting a built-in TV and Hermès products.A private bar offers a selection of eight different white and red wines (a mix of French and New Zealand such as Grant Taylor’s Central Otago Valli label), French champagne including Perrier-Jouët, and high-end spirits like Grey Goose Vodka and cocktail making equipment. In addition, a butler is at Penthouse guests’ service to assist with serving breakfast, and even helping with shopping bags while in town. The hotel’s executive chef will personally craft afternoon canapés daily, served by the butler – the perfect accompaniment to guests’ complimentary bar.Every guest staying in Penthouse No. 10 will delight in a range of luxury extras, including private airport transfers, breakfast and canapés served daily in Left Bank Bistro or in the privacy of the Penthouse room (at no additional costs) by private waiter, access to Sofitel’s exclusive Club Lounge and complimentary private bar beverages. The offer also features a decadent wellbeing component to include a two-hour treatment of guests’ choice off the menu at Sofitel Queenstown’s award-winning So Spa. Guests can also choose to have their SoSpa treatment in the privacy of the Penthouse, or even on the balcony while overlooking scenic Lake Wakatipu.Penthouse No. 10 is priced from NZ$5000 per night. *Terms and conditions apply.last_img read more

Read More →