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27Oct/19

Video: Rick Pitino Appears To Make Gesture Towards Kentucky Fan After Loss

first_imgRick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyPretty much every edition of the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball rivalry is intense, and today’s game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game featured technicals on both coaches, huge dunks and blocks, and a dramatic finish, resulting in a two-point UK win.After the game, multiple Kentucky fans claimed that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flipped off someone in the crowd while leaving the court. Twitter user Seiver Tandy captured the incident on video. Pitino definitely appears to make a gesture after being taunted, but it is hard to really tell if he gave a fan the finger or not, at least based on this footage.I got Rick flipping off UK fans on video @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/VPgUbRGM9H— Seiver Tandy (@Fine_and_Tandy) December 26, 2015Pitino sent assistant Ralph Willard out to answer questions after the game, so we’ll have to wait some time to hear Pitino’s side of things. If he did, in fact, flip of a Kentucky fan, that is a really bad look for the Hall of Fame coach.[KSR]last_img read more

13Oct/19

Canadas daycare unlikely to be disrupted as obstacles to shakeups persist

first_imgNatacha Beim opened her first daycare in 1998 and built it into a franchise business that now boasts 21 locations, with plans to open as many as 10 more centres each year.The founder of Core Education and Fine Arts is an exception to what seems to be a rule in the economics of Canada’s highly fragmented daycare system.Despite long-standing shortages, rising fees and political promises of change, there has been little disruption of the largely public market by big conglomerates, startups or even automation.In other well-established industries — from hotels to taxicabs — private sector intervention has ushered in an era of innovation, accessibility and lower prices. But the daycare landscape, with its strict provincial regulations, high real estate fees and low profit margins, presents problems for private companies looking to scale their operations.The biggest problem for Beim is finding enough teachers in an industry where the responsibility is high but the average hourly wage is about $14 an hour.The second issue is government regulations that slow down the opening a centre and cost providers a lot to comply, she said.“It can compromise the whole project,” said Beim. It took her two years to open her first location because it was difficult to navigate permitting, she said.The patchwork of varying provincial and territorial childcare regulations adds another layer of complexity, requiring companies to learn new rules in order to expand into a new province.Canada’s daycare industry will grow at an annualized 3.1 per cent pace from 2017 to 2022 to 44,707 operators, with mostly small care providers joining the market, IbisWorld estimates.The research firm’s report also found that wages account for more than 51 per cent of a daycare operator’s costs and 19 per cent of revenue is profit. Home daycares, especially that operate outside of regulations that require certain caregiver-to-child ratios, can squeeze more profits by employing few staff.However, it would be very difficult for a single company — that cannot fly under the regulation radar — to acquire what would likely be hundreds of one-off businesses to capture a significant share of the overall market, said Mario Ismailanji, an analyst with IBISWorld.Daycare operators also face another barrier that other industries don’t: parent advocates, politicians and academics who call big business unethical for trying to turn childcare into profits.“It shouldn’t be a commodity. It’s considered to be a human right,” said Martha Friendly, a early childhood education researcher who founded the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.She argues that private providers operate in the low margin industry of childcare and trim employee costs to pocket more profits, resulting in higher staff turnover and workers with lower qualifications. Her solution to high fees and wait lists rests with increased government spending, not private disruption.Despite such opposition, private for-profit operations seem to be gaining market share.Friendly’s research found a 10 per cent drop in the number of spaces provided by for-profit businesses from 1992 to 2004, when they made up just 20 per cent of the market, but a resurgence to about 30 per cent in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.Still, the industry remains heavily fragmented, divided among some 38,300 providers, with few running more than one location, according to IbisWorld’s report. No company holds more than one per cent of market share.However, the report also suggests Canada’s handful of bigger providers, such as BrightPath Early Learning Inc. and Kids & Company, will continue to expand as they take advantage of higher demand thanks to more women joining the workforce, as well as more government assistance making out-of-home care more affordable for more families.BrightPath operates more than 75 centres under several banners. It formed in 2010 under the name Edleun and was a publicly traded company until Busy Bees holdings Ltd., a U.K.-based childcare provider, acquired it in 2017. Kids & Company runs nearly 100 centres between six provinces and lists five more locations opening soon on its website. Both companies declined interview requests to speak about future expansion plans or how private companies could disrupt the daycare market.As demand for affordable spaces continues to outstrip supply, some parents turn to tailor-made solutions, including nannies, relatives or staying at home themselves.But the technology that has been such a disruptive force in other industries is likely years away from true daycare disruption.There have even been experiments with automation.Japanese researchers made headlines in 2016 after creating a childcare robot. They claim four robots and one human can care for more than 60 children together. Chinese robot maker AvatarMind is already shipping its iPal robot, touted as “a companion, educator and safety monitor for children,” in its home country and plans to soon release the product in the U.S.However, a 2017 report on sectors poised to be taken over by robots from the McKinsey Global Institute found that educational services showed the lowest potential for automation.Given Canada’s level of opposition to private, for-profit centres, it appears unlikely that parents would be comfortable with intervention from automation any time soon.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

13Oct/19

Eleven candidates running for Peace River North School Board

first_imgThe municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eleven candidates are running for the position of trustee with School District 60.The school district is broken up into five different zones with each zone being represented by one trustee except for zone five which is represented by three.  Five candidates are looking to fill the three seats in zone five and they include incumbents Erin Evans, Bill Snow and Darrell Pasichnyk along with Helen Gilbert, Jeff Richert.In zone one, Madeleine Lehmann will run against Melanie Edwards and David Christie will look to get more votes than David Scott-Moncrieff in zone two.  In zone three and four candidates, Nicole Gilliss and incumbent Ida Campbell will be voted in by acclamation.last_img read more

13Oct/19

Rose Prairie family home burns down GoFundMe set up

first_imgThe goal for the Fundraiser is set at $10,000 and they are close to reaching their goal.To view the GoFundMe CLICK HERE ROSE PRAIRIE, B.C. – Mid December the home of Jake and Brianne Dyksterhuis burnt down, causing them to lose the contents and their family vehicle.December 14th at 1 am the Dyksterhuis’s woke up to find their house was on fire, ‘there was only enough time to grab their daughter who was still sleeping in their bedroom and jump out the window in their night clothes’, states the GoFundMe page set up to help assist the family.As a young family with a nine-month-old daughter and another child due in the spring, a GoFundMe account was created to alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with losing everything.last_img read more

28Sep/19

Wrestling KeShawn Hayes brings quiet consistent leadership to Ohio State

Ohio State wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes rolled into the 2016-2017 season fresh off a 29-1 unattached record in his redshirt campaign. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsKe-Shawn Hayes is one of the quietest guys in the room.The redshirt junior is not normally the one first thought of when looking at the Ohio State wrestling team, with senior captain Myles Martin, redshirt junior Kollin Moore and redshirt senior Micah Jordan on the roster.Hayes knows he often goes unnoticed. It’s something he has embraced. “It’s easy to go unnoticed with the talent on our team. I’ve done pretty well so far,” Hayes said. “With the injury I had my freshman year and I also wasn’t named an All-American last year, it especially seems easier to go unnoticed, but I’m just trying to get better every day and improve every time I step on the mats.”After ending his redshirt freshman season in November after suffering a knee injury in 2016,  Hayes bounced back in a huge way last season, recording an overall mark of 29-7 with eight technical falls, seven major decisions and a pin. He placed third in the Big Ten Championships that season, earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships. According to Hayes, the knee injury hasn’t affected his ability to compete or earn accolades. This season, he said he is feeling better than ever before.Hayes said the competition on Ohio State’s roster is a grind to face in practice, but will help him in the long run. “Anytime you face this high level competition all the time, in our room alone, let alone the Big Ten season, it’s a grind on your body, especially when you’ve been doing it for so long,” Hayes said. “I’ve had a lot of little things here and there like anyone else, but I’m just trying to get better in my wrestling so that I have a lesser risk of another injury. Wrestling when you’re tired after an injury is something that I put off and it really hurt me last year, but I’ve been working on it and it won’t be an issue this year.”Having success on the wrestling mat has never been a problem for the redshirt junior.Dating back to his high school days, Hayes was the No. 4 overall recruit by InterMat and finished with a 38-0 record as a senior, leading Park Hill to its third-straight Missouri state championship. He won all but seven of his matches by pin or technical fall and was named the Kansas City All-Metro Wrestler of the Year.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said Hayes’ track record in high school made him a valuable recruit and into what he is for the Buckeyes now.  “Ke-Shawn has always been a winner,” Ryan said. “He’s a gritty guy who has great character. He gets it done on the mats and in the classroom as well. He’s a great kid and a leader.”Hayes has racked up a nice list of accolades on the mats to be proud of, but out of all his accomplishments, Hayes said it’s his academic career at Ohio State that he is most proud of.“I’m most proud of the fact that I’ll be able to graduate early and have a Master’s Degree by the time I’m finished here,” Hayes said. “That’s definitely what I’m most proud of.” read more

18Sep/19

Neuer From now on we only have finals

first_imgCaptain Manuel Neuer insists that Germany must consider their two remaining group games in the World Cup as “finals” from now onThe reigning champions suffered a disastrous start to the defence of their crown when they lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday with a Hirving Lozano first-half goal proving to be the difference at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will be under an extreme amount of pressure to defeat Sweden this weekend in Sochi in order to avoid a shocking early exit at Russia.Neuer, who recovered in time from a broken foot, to take his place as Joachim Low’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup insists that the team must take each game now as seriously as a final.“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer, according to Punchng.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The 32-year-old is refusing to get overly concerned by the situation and believes that the best remedy is to turn their full focus on to Sweden now.“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” he said.“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”Germany are hoping to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their world title.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Emery doesnt rule out another Arsenal signing

first_imgWhile he is satisfied with the players he has in his new squad, Unai Emery is refusing to rule out signing any new recruits ahead of his maiden campaign in charge of ArsenalThe Spaniard has big shoes to fill this season after being chosen to replace Arsene Wenger as the new manager of Arsenal this summer and Emery has wasted no time in making his mark at the Emirates.The 46-year-old has acquired five new players for Arsenal in the current transfer window in the likes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stefan Lichtsteiner and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.The Gunners are currently in Singapore ahead of their preseason tour, that will see them face Atletico Madrid on Thursday in their first match of the International Champions Cup (ICC).But, with an opening fixture against Manchester City awaiting them in the Premier League in just over two weeks, Emery is refusing to rule out adding some more talent to his squad.“I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he said, as stated on the Independent.“I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Thursday: @Atleti ?? Saturday: @PSG_inside ??Time to up the intensity ? pic.twitter.com/y1L05JgWXn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2018Closing the transfer window on August 9 will mark a change in the Premier League after all the competing clubs voted in favour of it.“For us, the decision to close the transfer market on August 9 is good because we start the Premier League and it is better to close the window when the competition starts.“They haven’t done it in Spain, or Italy or Germany, but for us I think it is good.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Robben loves his time at Bayern Munich

first_imgDutch superstar Arjen Robben is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and is hungry for titlesArjen Robben is one of the legendary players in Bayern Munich.The Dutch footballer is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and talked to the club’s official website to talk about his legacy.“I don’t think I expected to be here for so long – but then again, yes. I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football moves fast,” he said.“It could have been very different.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s not as easy as many people say it is,” Robben said about the club’s chances to win the Bundesliga.“We have to go full throttle to clinch the title. It’ll be another fight this season, but we’re ready. I’m glad it’s starting up again.”??⚽ pic.twitter.com/HRGYYSkpjh— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) October 14, 2016last_img read more

18Sep/19

Gattuso on Suso and Milans team for Olympiacos

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has dropped a hint on Suso’s fitness concerns and game plan ahead of the Europa League decider against Olympiacos.Milan can go through with a draw or even a defeat, depending on goal difference but Gattuso is cautious of his approach for the tie“This is a fundamental game for the club and all of us. We’ll be in a fiery atmosphere, but that disappears once you take to the field. We’ve got to focus on the game on a technical and tactical manner, not just psychological,” said the Coach in his Press conference published on Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I have to use my experience and pass that on to the players for how they should face the game. Every player is different and has his own characteristics, so not everyone needs the grit I put into matches.“Olympiacos is one of the best sides in Europe when it comes to possession and we mustn’t underestimate the match. We can’t just play in the old-fashioned Italian style of defend and counter. I want to see some character and for us to take control.“It’s important to point out that Olympiacos play good football, they’re not just heart and nothing else. If we look at their players, they’ve got more international experience than us. We cannot underestimate them.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Merson Mourinho Man United missed Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his strong character was a big blow for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, says football pundit Paul MersonAfter nearly two seasons, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in March for MLS side LA Galaxy amid struggles to regain full fitness from a knee ligament injury.Since the Swedish striker’s exit, Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba hit a boiling point with United struggling in the process.The Portuguese coach was sacked on Tuesday after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left United 19 points behind their rivals in sixth in the Premier League.And Merson believes Ibrahimovic’s departure left a huge void at United.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big miss for Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He was one of those players that Mourinho had in the dressing room where you didn’t need to keep on listening to the manager’s voice, and he would’ve picked players out.”The former Arsenal midfielder added that Ibrahimovic could have helped Mourinho in a similar manner to what Roy Keane did for Sir Alex Ferguson in the United dressing room.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Zlatan would not have had what has happened in the last five or six weeks,” added Merson.“He would not have had some of the results, being 2-0 down at Southampton and being absolutely run ragged by Liverpool.“People will say they were trying, but let’s be honest, they got battered. It was embarrassing.“I think Zlatan would’ve gone in there and he would’ve started to dig players out and years ago you would’ve seen the same with Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.“Ferguson would’ve sat back and Keane would’ve come in and started to pick people out.“Peter Schmeichel would’ve been going mad along with the other experienced players. They would’ve then all calmed down and Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve had his say.”United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Mourinho’s replacement on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.last_img read more

13Sep/19

Five Communities Selected for 2018 Class of Great American Defense Communities

first_imgADC has named five communities from across the country to the 2018 class of Great American Defense Communities, a recognition of the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and military families. The 2018 class, along with neighboring installations, includes:Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, Md. (Aberdeen Proving Ground);Greater Fort Knox region, Ky. (Fort Knox);San Diego region (MCAS Miramar, MCB/MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCRD San Diego, NB Coronado, NB San Diego and NB Point Loma);South Georgia region (Moody AFB); andTampa Bay (MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range).“The men and women who serve our nation deserve our full support whether they are on a mission abroad or on duty at an installation closer to home,” said ADC President Bill Parry, according to a press release. “Communities have found many ways to show service families that they are welcome on both sides of the installation fence, and the Great American Defense Communities program has quickly become an important way to highlight their successes.”Communities are selected following a competitive nomination process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support. The communities selected for the 2018 class will be honored throughout the year, including at the Defense Communities National Summit in June 2018. The initiative, which is in its third year, is sponsored by USAA. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

05Sep/19

Twitterati have a field day at Mani Shankar Aiyars expense after he

first_imgMani Shankar Aiyar is trending on social mediaTwitterWith just five days remaining for the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, known for his controversial remarks and conspicuous by his absence this election season, shot into the limelight again. He justified his ‘neech’ jibe at Prime Minister Modi in 2017 by describing them as ‘prophetic’ and attacking him with other strong words such as vacuous and foul-mouthed in an opinion piece penned for Rising Kashmir, an English newspaper.While this has led to intense debate on news channels, the social media too is abuzz with reactions to Aiyar’s attack on PM. However, as is often the case in the cyberworld, it’s not just outrage or anger that is on display but also a great sense of humour. Many members of the Twitterati have decided to poke fun at the veteran Congress leader by making jokes and memes about him.Rajya Sabha member and senior columnist Swapan Dasgupta, who is helping BJP’s campaign in West Bengal, put out a sarcastic tweet that also takes a jibe at him. “Welcome back my good friend Mani Shankar Aiyar. Reassured that you weren’t there in Balakot. The BJP regretted your absence during the campaign but there is still the final over left,” wrote the former editor on his timeline.But he wasn’t alone in combining criticism with a sense of humour. There were plenty of others. Here are some of the funniest tweets that have been seen on the social media platform. Mani Shankar Aiyar being welcomed. By BJP supporters. pic.twitter.com/06fZhhFZGq— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) May 13, 2019last_img read more

05Sep/19

20 actress Amy Jackson beams with pregnancy glow shares loveydovey moments with

first_imgAmy Jackson, British fiancee George PanayiotouInstagram2.0 actress Amy Jackson is currently in her third trimester and she is enjoying every phase of her pregnancy with her British fiancee George Panayiotou. The couple are currrently holidaying in Europe and Amy is leaving no stone unturned in making every moment a memorable one.The soon-to-be mother is known for pulling off every kind of cloth on body and has been setting a new precedent with her materity outfits for pregnant women. Sharing a few pictures on Instagram, Amy was seen flaunting her baby bump while soaking in the sun in a yellow bikini and needless to say that she was beaming with her pregnancy glow. In another picture, Amy and George shared an intimate moment wherein George was seen holding on the baby bump.Being a fitness freak, Amy Jackson has been working out rigorously. A few days ago, she shared a picture wherein she spoke about her pregnancy cravings. And if you are following her on Instagram, you wouldn’t be able take your eyes off her breathtaking pictures.After announcing her pregnancy on Mother’s Day, Amy and George got engaged in an intimate ceremony in London on May 5 and had been sharing some of their lovey-dovey moments on social media which you just can’t resist. Amy JacksonInstagram Amy Jackson flaunts her baby bump while soaking in the sun during her Europe trip with British fiancee George PanayiotouInstagramlast_img read more

03Sep/19

For Catalan separatists trial of leaders is personal

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 26 October, 2018 shows jailed Catalan separatist leaders (TOP L-R) Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull (BOTTOM L-R) Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa and Jordi Sanchez. Photo: AFPWith vigils and concerts outside prisons, Catalan independence supporters for months have shown their backing for 12 separatist leaders who go on trial on Tuesday over their bid to break the region away from Spain.Now that the highly anticipated trial is finally about to get underway at Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid, they have vowed to step up their protests in another show of solidarity.While just 12 leaders will sit in the dock over their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, many Catalan separatists feel they are also being put on trial for having taken part in a banned referendum held on 1 October that year.”I’m a lifelong separatist and I voted on 1 October, it’s as if I was being tried,” said retired teacher Eugenia Fernandez at a recent vigil held for the detained Catalan leaders at the picturesque Plaza de la Vila de Gracia square in Barcelona.”We’re here because of the huge injustice that our government is in jail or exile for doing what we asked them to do — fight to set up a Catalan republic,” the 67-year-old said.The vigil Fernandez took part in has been held every Monday evening for the past 15 months at the square in Gracia, a bohemian district of the Catalan capital which is also its most pro-separatist.People held up large black and white images of the Catalan leaders, as well of those who fled abroad after the failed independence bid, along with the word “freedom” in Catalan and English.Only the chime of a clock on top of an imposing 19th century tower in the centre of the square broke the silence.Nine of the leaders have been charged with rebellion, with some also accused of misuse of public funds. They have all been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year.Unifying cause “This is a reaction against the brutality of this trial, which is not against a few people but is instead against Catalan political feeling,” said award-winning Catalan writer Ramon Solsona, who read some poems at the vigil.Similar events have been held across the northeastern region, where the leaders have obtained near-martyr status among many separatists who see them as “political prisoners”.The 12 defendants face prison sentences of between seven and 25 years if convicted, with former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras at risk of the longest sentence.Catalonia’s president at the time of the secession bid, Carles Puigdemont, is not among those on trial since he fled to Belgium where he regularly receives visits from top Catalan separatists.With Catalan separatist parties divided over strategy — some calling for more civil disobedience while others favour dialogue with Spain’s central government — the cause of the jailed Catalan leaders helps keep them united.Judging all of usPolls show the region remains split over the issue of independence, and separatist protests — which in the past drew over a million people — appear to have lost strength.Pro-independence groups have responded by holding smaller events to show support for the detained separatist leaders.The defendants were moved from prisons in Madrid to jails in Catalonia shortly after Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to power in June in what was seen as a goodwill gesture.Since then separatists have gathered regularly outside of the Catalan jails where they were being held, holding concerts, camping outside overnight and forming human pyramids, called “castells”, a Catalan tradition.Separatist parties and associations have vowed to stage a wave of protests during the trial, starting with demonstrations on 12 and 16 February in Barcelona, followed by a general strike across Catalonia on 21 February. A major protest is scheduled in Madrid on 16 March.Protests are also planned outside of Spain, in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and London.”In the end, they are judging all of us. They are judging an entire people and its right to self-determination,” Catalan president Quim Torra said last month at an event with relatives of the jailed leaders.last_img read more

28Aug/19

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 27. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 08:22Usual congestion A34Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.07:50Werrington Road busy in Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). (Image: Inrix)07:43Congestion on the A50 near UttoxeterTraffic congestion on A50 around B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout).Affecting eastbound traffic on the approach to the roundabout and also southbound traffic on Ashbourne Road. (Image: Inrix)07:42Congestion on A500 between Audley Turn Off and M6Traffic congestion on A500 Westbound from Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) to M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). No indication of roadworks or police incident. (Image: Inrix)07:36Usual congestion on Chell Street coming into HanleyUsual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. (Image: Inrix)07:35Usual congestion at Smallthorne RoundaboutsUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts (Image: Inrix)07:34Slow traffic in LongportUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:33Heavy traffic on A500 neare junction 15 of M6Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. (Image: Inrix)07:32Temporary traffic lights causing congestion on Middlewich Road in CreweSlow traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions at the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. (Image: Inrix)07:26Usual congestion on A500 Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). (Image: Inrix)07:20Two lanes closed on M6 in Staffordshire after accident damages barrier Two lanes are shut northbound near Cannock – with a lane on the southbound carriageway reopening just after 6am. More here.07:16Usual congestion on A53 in Stockton BrookUsual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. (Image: Inrix)07:11Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news from across the region throughout the day.last_img read more

19Aug/19

You wont believe what this Scottish airport has been approved to do

first_img GLASGOW — With all this talk about closing borders dominating the news, one tiny airport in Scotland is turning back the clock to a simpler time when airport security was virtually non-existent.Acting as an example of hope in today’s turbulent times is Campbelltown airport in Southwest Scotland, whose new streamlined check-in process has just been approved by the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority. Now, passengers who depart Campbelltown need only verbally declare that they’re not carrying any banned items – including sharp objects, firearms and liquids in containers over 100 ml – to fly.According to The Telegraph, two other facilities in Scotland – Barra Airport and Tiree Airport – have also introduced the new check-in arrangements.Aviation security expert Philip Baum said that screening does not have to be performed by X-ray systems. “Where better to perform behavioural analysis than in a community where the travellers are known and where baseline behaviour is easy to identify?” reports Traveltalk.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHowever, concerns have been raised about terrorism, The Independent reported. David Avery, a negotiator with professional services union Prospect, said: “Even with planes the size of these, which are very small, when they’re flying over urban areas, when they’re flying over oil depots, the size doesn’t particularly matter.”Tell us, would you get on small plane knowing that no security checks were in place prior to boarding? Share Posted by Tags: Trend Watch Travelweek Group center_img You won’t believe what this Scottish airport has been approved to do Wednesday, February 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

26Jul/19

Coinbase Releases iPhone App Amid Strong Market for Bitcoin

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Coinbase, a venture-backed trading platform and digital wallet for Bitcoin, released an iOS app on Tuesday allowing iPhone users to buy, sell and send bitcoins from their mobile phone. The app syncs to your Coinbase web account, so updates will show instantly in both.Coinbase previously launched an app for Android users. With both apps, Coinbase anticipated the concerns of users who might be wary of installing an app that links directly to their bank account: You can set a passcode to obtain a measure of security. And should your phone become lost or stolen, you can remotely disable access to the app.The iPhone app debuts at a time when Bitcoin is riding high on a wave of media coverage and new users. On Coinbase, the buy price for a single bitcoin is about $200, the highest since April. The sell price is about $197.Michael Terpin, co-founder of BitAngels, a group that invests in Bitcoin startups, says the recent price surge is owed largely to increasing Bitcoin adoption in China. On October 14, Baidu, a diversified internet company that runs the No. 1 search engine in China, began accepting bitcoins for the web services offered by Jiasule, one of its subsidiaries.”All of a sudden businesses have at least one example of a large company saying it is going to accept Bitcoin,” Terpin says. Baidu, which trades publicly on Nasdaq, has a market cap of $53 billion. This stamp of approval from a major corporation, aided by official Chinese silence on Bitcoin’s legality, became “a call to action,” he says. There are now at least 10 China-based Bitcoin exchanges, and the largest, BTCChina, sees nearly as much trading volume as Japan-based Mt. Gox, the No. 1 exchange.Related: Payment Processor Dwolla Unexpectedly Cuts Ties With BitcoinAlong with increased interest, however, Bitcoin has weathered a number of shocks in recent months. The most notable was the shutdown of online black market Silk Road and the arrest of its alleged founder, Ross Ulbricht, on October 2. Also this month, payment processing company Dwolla decided to stop serving Bitcoin-related businesses.Emily Spaven, a writer for CoinDesk, a Bitcoin news site, said this week that the global media coverage of Silk Road’s shutdown and its aftermath may in fact have benefited Bitcoin by raising its profile and polishing its image. Some people may feel more confident using Bitcoin now that it is no longer the currency of choice for a famous illegal bazaar.”There are a number of people who feel that with this out of the way, it’s going to be easier to deal with regulatory authorities,” Terpin says.The value of Bitcoin has been climbing steadily for the past three weeks, ever since the news of Silk Road’s closing caused a brief sharp drop in the cryptocurrency’s price. But it may soon level off or decline, according to market watchers.Just as with stocks, “there’s a psychological pullback point,” Terpin says. “It will be a first if this is a long bull market with no pullback. Three weeks has been an eternity in Bitcoin.”But over the long-term, he says, “there are a lot of bulls in the Bitcoin market, including most of the Bit Angels.”Related: Why Bitcoin’s Future Is Bright (Video) Next Article October 23, 2013 Coinbase Releases iPhone App Amid Strong Market for Bitcoin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Brian Patrick Eha Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Finance –shares 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

26Jul/19

The Internet Slowdown Is Coming Tech Giants to Protest FCCs Net Neutrality

first_img Entrepreneur Staff September 4, 2014 2 min read –shares The ‘Internet Slowdown’ Is Coming: Tech Giants to Protest FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Next Article Nina Zipkin On September 15, the Federal Communications Commission will stop taking public comments on its net neutrality proposal. The proposal would allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” to those with the ability to pay for them.Without net neutrality, the large cable companies and other ISPs would be free to provide multiple levels of service, and there is a concern that new ventures and up and coming entrepreneurs would be faced with a barrier to entry that they simply couldn’t afford to clear. Related: The Latest FCC Net Neutrality Rules Should Be Opposed But on Wednesday, September 10, tech companies who oppose the proposal including Etsy, Kicktarter, Reddit, Foursquare and Mozilla will raise awareness about the issue through a protest called the Internet Slowdown. The day of action is being spearheaded by organizations like Fight for the Future, Free Press and Demand Progress.Those participating in the protest will affix a widget that looks like a looping “site loading” icon — often referred to as the spinning wheel of death — onto their sites, provided by battleforthenet.com. The icons aren’t meant to slow down any of the sites, but to remind people of what the Internet could look without the protection of net neutrality.Related: A Brief, Unfolding History of Net Neutrality (Infographic) Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson has been a vocal opponent of the FCC order, and explained why Etsy is be taking part in Wednesday’s protest in a recent essay for Wired. “The FCC proposal threatens any business that relies on the Internet to reach consumers, stream video, process payments, advertise services or products, speak their minds, or do just about anything else,” wrote Dickerson.In August, the FCC announced that it will also be holding a series of roundtable discussions that will be livestreamed and open to the public through October. Until the 15th, citizens can publicly file comments through the FCC or e-mail at openinternet@fcc.gov.Related: Comedian John Oliver Takes On FCC in Witty Net Neutrality Rant Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Net Neutrality Register Now »last_img read more