first_imgdarrell benatar Tags:#app development#Mobile First Guest author Darrell Benatar is CEO of seems so obvious: you have a successful desktop app or website and users are asking for mobile access to it. So you rewrite your current product for mobile. You take out the Flash graphics, rearrange the interface elements, change the font sizes and you’re done. This sort of “porting” approach rarely succeeds. Most desktop apps and websites are carefully balanced products that have been optimized for years to fit the conditions found on a computer: high-speed continuous network connections, large screen, powerful local processing, keyboard, and mouse.Mobile has none of those features. What it does have are many features not found in most computers including location awareness and a touchscreen interface. Porting an existing product or site to mobile almost always produces an awkward hybrid that doesn’t work as well as the desktop version. Two Traps When Porting To Mobile1. Nothing ChangesHave you ever used a mobile-optimized website only to be dumped back onto a desktop-optimized website? That happens a lot. These old-style Web pages force the users to pinch and zoom constantly and require a lot of horizontal scrolling. Users are often intolerant of these half-mobile sites.2.  Trying To Recreate Your Desktop User ExperienceFailure to create a real mobile experience is the kiss of death, so by now, even the most stalwart desktop software companies have done at least some mobile development. Yet that exposes them to the next big temptation: trying to faithfully recreate your software for mobile. It’s almost always a mistake.Your users, of course, will tell you they want the full functionality of your website or app transferred to their mobile devices. In reality, though, mobile device can rarely handle the same features and controls without making things way too complicated. The absence of things like Flash and a pointing device like a mouse make it virtually impossible to replicate a traditional desktop experience in mobile.Rethink For Mobile, Don’t PortWe’ve learned a lot from previous software evolutions. From DOS to Windows, and from Windows to the Web, our digital history is filled with companies that couldn’t rethink their strategies for the new paradigm.The lesson from these industry transitions is clear: Don’t just reformat your app or website, rethink it. Mobile isn’t just a different set of technologies; it’s a different set of user behaviors and expectations. Desktop computers are generally used in long immersive sessions focused on productivity or entertainment. The user expects to dedicate some time to the session and is relatively tolerant of complexity and involved processes. In mobile, users expect immediate gratification. The user may have only a minute available so they need to get in, accomplish something and get out. That means the basic workflow of an app or website — its purpose and structure — needs to be redesigned with that foremost in mind.In some cases, it’s best to break your product or site into several distinct apps or mobile sites. (Facebook has been done some of this with Messages and Camera.) In other cases, the right approach may be to focus on only one area of functionality and completely ignore other features of the computer version. Or you can choose a mixed approach, with one app or website that’s feature-rich and another app that’s rifle-shot focused on a single important mobile feature.5 Tips to Avoid The Mobile TrapUnderstand what problems users have: Users often can’t do this sort of thinking for themselves. Skilled product managers need to focus on understanding the users so thoroughly that they can think on their behalf.Design for the mainstream 80% of mobile users: Don’t design for the technophile. You’ll add too many features and make your app and site too complex for anyone else.Decide which user problems to tackle first — and dump the rest: In mobile, it’s better to start with an app or that does a few things well, then gradually add more functionality. Evernote does this particularly well.Functionality is key: Make sure the app or site works properly and is easy to navigate. Then make that design as beautiful as possible.Test for engagement, not just usability: Use all the testing tools available to you to make sure that your users will actually engage with the product you release.If this sounds like a lot of work, it is. Ideally, a company should set up a separate team to focus full-time on mobile issues. That is not always affordable. At minimum, you should have a mobile-focused product manager who spends full time rethinking what you need to do to succeed in mobile.The transition to mobile is dangerous. By relying on traditional assumptions about what makes an app or website effective, companies leave themselves vulnerable to new competitors who design for mobile first. However, by rethinking — instead of merely porting — their mobile apps and sites, companies can avoid falling into mobile traps and gain a competitive advantage for years to come. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ “There’s no excuse for not running as fast as you can.”Beram’s gold was the country’s 14th after lawn bowls and boxing also brought home honors earlier today. Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the men’s 200 meter dash in the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night. He also won the 400m race the day after. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Trenten Anthony Beram just became Philippine sports’ newest hero Thursday night.The 21-year-old University of Connecticut math major clocked 46.39 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter gold for his second title in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Could your hands predict your sporting success? “It was feeling heavy going to the race, but I gotta do my 100, no 1,000 percent to win,” said Beram after making the rounds wrapped in Philippine flag to the cheers of a packet of Filipino fans inside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.“I just thank God. I tried my best. I was just so happy I was able to get it done,” he said of the feat which could resuscitate the country’s campaign here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 200m dash champion said he didn’t mind being put in Lane 7.“I doesn’t matter, 400m is all around. The only drawback is I can’t see my toughest opponent,” said Beram whose mother hails from Cebu City. “But it’s a sprint and you gotta run as fast as you can. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Jae Crowder could tell right from the tip that the Boston Celtics were focused.They were also winners again, thanks to his big finish.Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and clutch plays down the stretch, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-94 on Jan. 4 to split a home-and-home series.Crowder had 14 points in the first quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3-pointer and adding a three-point play after Brooklyn got close in the final minutes. He surpassed his previous best of 24 points by making a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.“He’s hit big shots for us all year. He’s not afraid of the moment and he stepped up,” coach Brad Stevens said.Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from consecutive losses at home, including the Nets’ 100-97 victory on Jan. 2. Evan Turner, starting for the injured Avery Bradley, had 12 points and 11 rebounds.“We were locked in as a unit and it showed the first five minutes of the game,” Crowder said. “We came out and we got into them and dictated the way the game was going to go.”Thaddeus Young had 23 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight at home. Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Brook Lopez, the Eastern Conference player of the week, finished with 19.The Nets lost starting point guard Jarrett Jack for the season with a torn ACL and small medial meniscus tear in his right knee in the Jan. 2 victory. New starter Shane Larkin managed just four points and two assists.Brooklyn committed 14 turnovers that led to 20 points, and coach Lionel Hollins was asked if that was due to the adjustment of playing without Jack.“If you want to make excuses, yeah. There’s always a rationalization for anything bad that happens, both on the court and in life if you choose to,” Hollins said. “But I choose to say that we’ve got to keep working and getting better.”The Celtics lost at home last week to the Lakers and Nets, two of the NBA’s worst teams, but seemed to leave that poor play behind with a 37-point first quarter that gave them a 15-point lead.They were ahead by as much as 19 but never put away the Nets, who drew within five with 3 minutes left. Crowder then hit a 3 to steady the Celtics.“We lost two that we should have won and it just feels good to be back on the winning side,” forward Jared Sullinger said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

first_imgWorld No.1 Rafael Nadal fought off resistance from Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 win on Sunday to set up a US Open quarter-final match against Dominic Thiem in New York.At one point it looked like Nadal with cruise to a straight sets victory over Basilashvili but the Georgian fought back with immense seal to force the top seed to show his best self to eke out a victory.In a match that lasted for three hours and 20 minutes, it was eventually Nadal who came up triumphant as he fired his seventh ace on match point to enter the quarter-finals.On a partly cloudy day at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Basilashvili managed to convert only two of his seven break points and in fact committed 50 unforced errors to Nadal’s 19.Also read – US Open: Roger Federer routs Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev knocked outDespite the loss, however, the fight against Nadal at US Open is a big step forward for Basilashvili, who suffered a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 drubbing by the claycourt king when they met at the French Open in June.Vaaaaaaamos!@RafaelNadal survives a physical battle against Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the QF!Next up: Thiem.#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2018″Two matches in the row that were very tough ones,” said Nadal, who had to battle back against Russian Karen Khachanov two days ago.Nadal praised the 26-year-old Basilashvili, who will break into the top 30 for the first time when the new rankings are released after the tournament.advertisement”He played fantastic. A lot of credit to him. He was playing great, hitting the ball very, very strong,” the Spaniard said.”I’m very happy to be through,” added Nadal after setting up a rematch of June’s French Open final, when he crushed Thiem in straight sets to win his 17th major.Nadal said he will need to raise his game to get past the red-hot Thiem, who reached his first US Open quarter-final when he defeated 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson in straight sets.”He’s a fantastic player. He’s a very powerful player. He’s a great guy,” Nadal told reporters.Also read – US Open: Sharapova outplays Ostapenko, Kerber and Kvitova ousted”I have a very good relationship with him. Happy for him that he’s in quarter-finals here,” he said.”I’ll need to play my best match of the tournament.”THIEM BEATS ANDERSON TO REACH FIRST-EVER QUARTER FINALStraight Sets Sunday:@ThiemDomi powers past Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 to reach the QF at the #USOpen for the first time in his career!#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2018Ninth seed Dominic Thiem continued his bid for a first Grand Slam title on Sunday, toppling last year’s runner up Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(2) to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.Thiem, a finalist at this year’s French Open, neutralized the 6-foot-8 Anderson’s blistering serve by standing far beyond the baseline and he chased down everything the South African could throw at him.The Austrian played a near flawless match, dropping just four points on his first serve and firing 42 winners.”One of my best matches ever,” Thiem said of his dazzling performance in an on-court interview, calling his quarter-final berth “a dream coming true.”Fifth seed Anderson had won all six of his previous hardcourt meetings against Thiem but on Sunday he struggled to get his legs moving against his younger opponent.Having surivived two five-set thrillers to reach the fourth round, Wimbledon runner-up Anderson ran out of steam on Sunday and bowed out tamely.Thiem will next play either world number one Rafael Nadal, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in another pre-quarterfinal.ISNER GOES THE DISTANCE, ROLLS ONTO QUARTER-FINALSFlawless Fifth Set!@JohnIsner digs deep to oust Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the QF for the 2nd time in his career…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2018John Isner ground out yet another three-hour-plus match at the US Open on Sunday, nailing critical break points to beat Canadian Milos Raonic a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and advance to the quarter-finals of his home Grand Slam for the second time.The American fired 56 winners and 20 aces to down the former world number three in front of a rowdy and elated crowd of his compatriots inside the newly-built Louis Armstrong Stadium.Isner endured a five-set bout in the second round of the tournament and a three hour and 26-minute blockbuster in the third, but the eleventh seed showed few signs of fatigue.advertisement”This crowd kept me in it it was fantastic,” Isner said in an on-court interview after the three hour and eight-minute match. “This is why us tennis players train so hard … to be in a match like this in front of a crowd like this.”Isner next meets either Croatian Borna Coric or third seed Juan Martin del Potro, who play their fourth round match later on Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.DEL POTRO CRUSHES CORIC TO REACH QUARTERSThird seed Juan Martin del Potro crushed Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 at the US Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final clash with American John Isner.Heading in the right direction:@delpotrojuan powers past Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a QF clash against Isner!#USOpen US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2018The Argentine sent down nine aces and 33 winners to seal a one-sided victory over the 20th seed in just over two hours, with Coric making 30 unforced errors to undermine his own cause.The Croatian needed a medical timeout in the second set and was then blown away by Del Potro’s booming forehand in the third, surrendering the set in just 30 minutes.Del Potro, champion in 2009, got an early break to go 3-1 up in the first before Coric fought back to level at 4-4, converting the only break point he carved out in the match.The opener looked to be heading for a tiebreak before Del Potro dispatched a backhand volley to earn himself two more break points in the 10th game.Coric rallied for deuce but double faulted to give Del Potro another break point opportunity and conceded the set with an unforced error.”I think that moment was the key of the match,” Del Potro said in an on-court interview. “It gave me confidence.”Both players suffered in the humid conditions under the floodlights at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but Del Potro fed off the energy of the crowd, including a group of his friends who have travelled from his hometown Tandil to cheer him on.”They are crazy,” he added with a smile. “They have to go back to Argentina and work again after this tournament. I would like to keep them singing.”Next up for Del Potro is 11th seed Isner, who won his second five-setter of the tournament to see off Canada’s Milos Raonic earlier in the day.”John is a friend of mine and he deserves to be in the quarters as well,” said Del Potro, who has not dropped a set so far in New York.”He has a big serve and I will try to return his serves if I can. With this crowd anything is possible and we will see what will happen.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgDavid Beckham David Beckham’s Real Madrid reunion sees him ‘back with the best’ Ronaldo & Roberto Carlos Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Robert Carlos David Beckham Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Primera División Three former Blancos stars have been catching up in London, with there some serious firepower and creative ability possessed between them Manchester United and Real Madrid legend David Beckham played alongside some top talent in his day, with Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos considered to be among “the best”.Having made his name amid the Class of 92 academy graduates at Old Trafford, the former England captain completed a shock switch to Spain in the summer of 2003.With the Blancos having bought into both his sporting ability and off-field appeal, Beckham slotted seamlessly into a star-studded squad at Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Among those already in the Spanish capital were Brazilian duo Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, with the World Cup winners forming part of the ‘Galactico’ culture.Beckham would win just one major honour alongside the pair, with the La Liga title secured in 2007 as he prepared to head for the exits.His next move took him to MLS side LA Galaxy, with a stint in America including two loan spells at AC Milan before seeing out his playing days in France with Paris Saint-Germain.Success followed Beckham wherever he went, but he clearly still holds the memories of his time in Madrid particularly fondly, with the opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces in London recently snapped up.Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos certainly hold strong claims to “the best” title bestowed upon them.The former was a three-time World Player of the Year, two-time World Cup winner and one of the most fearsome frontmen the game has ever seen – with over 400 goals to his name for club and country.Roberto Carlos, meanwhile, set the standard for left-backs around the world, with his CV including countless major honours and a highlight reel of some truly spectacular strikes.last_img read more

first_imgEvra: Agent said it was mistake signing for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Patrice Evra says that he was told by his agent that signing for the club was a mistake, after he started off his United career in the worst possible way.Evra played in the Manchester derby soon after signing for the Red Devils in 2006.That game saw him put one of his worst displays in a United shirt, which led many to question whether he would come good at the club.He admits there were doubts from his own agent after that clash.”When I played my first game with Manchester United, I ate some beans and pasta [before the game] and I feel really sick in my room,” Evra told Sky Sports about that game.”I was going to say to Sir Alex Ferguson, ‘Look I’m not ready to play’, but I was scared because they would say, ‘He’s not the man to play in the derby’. “I play that game and get substituted after 45 minutes.I remember Ferguson was like, ‘Now you sit, you watch and you learn English football’. It was a tough time.”Even my agent said we made a big mistake to sign you for Manchester United. But I was really strong mentally to prove everyone was wrong for myself, because I’m really proud and I did it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom  The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has hired the Belgian dredging and marine engineering group DEME to dredge a side channel to provide access to the eastern part of Port Said’s port.The side channel will allow smaller vessels in the Mediterranean a twenty-four hour access to East Port Said instead of current eight-hour access. The USD 60 million-worth canal is aimed at allowing vessels to enter and exit East Port Said, without hindering the Suez Canal convoys.The project was originally scheduled to be completed by 2012, but it was delayed on several occasions.The channel will be 9.5 km long, 250 m wide and 18.5 m deep. Both Congo River and Nile River dredgers will execute the deepening dredging works.The project is carried out by the consortium Dredging International (DEME Group) and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (US), which carried out the lot 6 for the expansion of the Suez Canal earlier this year.DEME also won work in Panama for Autoridad Canal de Panama (ACP) on the further widening and deepening of the pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, where DEME already worked between 2009 and 2012.The planned maintenance and deepening dredging works are meant to facilitate the increasing shipping traffic and the arrival of larger ships (type Post-Panamax) through the connecting canal. The existing entrance southbound of the Americas Bridge will be broadened over a distance of 7 km by 37 metres on both sides, making the total width 300 m.In addition, DEME has won a contract for facilitating access to Mersin International Port (MIP) on the Mediterranean in southern Turkey, currently under expansion with the aim of welcoming bigger ships with deeper draught. The contract will be executed with MIP, a joint venture between the Port of Singapore Authority and the Turkish infrastructure investment holding Akfen.DEME’s dredging works will be carried out by Amazone and Uilenspiegel dredgers over the next 7 months.The three dredging contracts with have a total value of 150 million euros, the company said, adding that the execution will start immediately and will happen on a tight schedule.last_img read more was in New Zealand yesterday, and surprised everyone when he announced he was donating $100,000 to a network of low decile schools.In Auckland for a corporate event, the Black Eyed Peas frontman donated the money to the Manaiakalani Trust to be spread across nine local schools that struggle for funding. He told press that he hopes the money will help young Maori children compete in the technological future.“What’s coming is something that we haven’t seen in humanity – this technological revolution that is transforming society as a whole,” he said. “As the world advances, kids in inner cities are left behind and not even given the tools to compete in the future that we are walking into.”

first_imgIn his capacity as President of the Roger Federer Foundation, Roger Federer has visited Malawi.Roger Federer In MalawiCredit/Copyright: Roger Federer FoundationHe had the opportunity to see the results and impact of the ongoing early childhood education initiative in the country firsthand. He attended the launch of the Lundu Model Community Based Childcare Center and was able to enjoy time interacting with the children and community members in two other centers.The Roger Federer Foundation started the initiative 2011 together with its local partner Action Aid Malawi. Up to date the program includes 50 model centers and 160 smaller satellite centers in six districts of the country, reaching out to a total of 34,000 children.Source:Roger Federer Foundationlast_img

first_imgAn extensive slate of documentaries will be in the limelight during the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, with 27 feature films set to screen as part of TIFF Docs across the city.Ahead of the festival, which kicks off Sept. 6 and runs until Sept. 16, realscreen has rounded up the available trailers and clips for many of the docs, presented below in the first of two parts running this week.Today’s installment features trailers for Michael Moore‘s Fahrenheit 11/9, a radical and humorous look at America under the presidency of Donald Trump; Ron Mann‘s Carmine Street Guitars, which chronicles a week in the life of Greenwich Village guitar maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej; and Rithy Panh‘s Graves Without a Name (pictured), which explores the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide. The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:AnthropoceneJennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward BurtynskyCanada; World Premiere; 87 minutesJennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky follow up Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark with a sobering meditation on psychedelic potash mines, expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet.Carmine Street GuitarsRon MannCanada; North American Premiere; 80 minutesDocumentarian Ron Mann delivers a ballad to Greenwich Village guitar-maker Rick Kelly, who builds his custom-made instruments from repurposed wood scavenged from historic New York City buildings. With appearances by store clientele, including Charlie Sexton, Bill Frissell, and Jim Jarmusch.Dead SoulsWang BingFrance, Switzerland; North American Premiere; 495 minutesWang Bing reconstructs a tragic chapter of Chinese history with this haunting eight-hour documentary on the labour “re-education” camps in the Gobi Desert, where untold numbers died of starvation under the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957.Erased,___Ascent of the InvisibleGhassan HalwaniLebanon; North American Premiere; 76 minutesGhassan Halwani’s debut feature ruminates on the thousands who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War and their still-present absence in the lives of their loved ones.Fahrenheit 11/9Michael MooreUSA; World Premiere; 120 minutesPalme d’Or–winning documentarian Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) turns his attention to another significant date, examining the legacy of Trump’s ascension to the U.S. presidency on November 9, 2016.FaustoAndrea BussmannCanada, Mexico; North American Premiere; 70 minutesAndrea Bussmann’s mystical debut feature offers a beautiful, cryptic take on shapeshifting, telepathy, and dealings with the devil on the Mexican seaside of Oaxaca.Free SoloE. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy ChinUSA, International Premiere, 97 minutesFrom award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,200ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope.Graves Without a NameRithy PanhFrance, Cambodia; Canadian Premiere; 115 minutesIn Rithy Panh’s (The Missing Picture) latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.HeartboundJanus Metz, Sine PlambechDenmark, Netherlands, Sweden; World Premiere; 90 minutesThis dual effort from Janus Metz (Borg vs McEnroe) and Sine Plambech (Trafficking) chronicles the lives of several women who leave their home countries in order to find husbands and provide for their families.Maria by CallasTom VolfA portrayal of an artist on a quest for perfection who became a global icon, a passionate woman with an extraordinary destiny, Maria by Callas is the story of a remarkable life told in the first person. Callas sheds light on Maria, revealing a diva as tempestuous as she is vulnerable—a moment of intimacy with a legendary figure, filled with all the emotion expressed by her unique voice.By Daniele Alcinii | Real Screen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – Former Netherlands striker and manager Marco van Basten is reproaching AFC Ajax’s star, Hakim Ziyech for deciding to play for Morocco.Invited to a Dutch/FOX Sports program, the Kees Table, Basten said that Ziyech made the decision to play for Morocco, while he was an assistant coach of the Dutch national team.“A shame that he did not have the patience,” Basted said.  “He then made the choice to play for Morocco, but it was our greatest right not to select him in that period.” Basten went on to rebuke Ziyech for not waiting his chance to be selected by the Netherlands national team, saying that Ziyech had the choice to choose whether to play for the Netherlands or Morocco. “Now he was ruled out,” of the list of Moroccan players by Morocco’s coach Hervé Renard. The Moroccan team is participating now in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), scheduled to go until February 5 in Gabon.“Why had he not waited a moment, then he could now play for the Netherlands,” Basten continued. “He was the perfect player for the Netherlands. His market value as an International player for the Netherlands could have been much higher.”Basten noted that Netherlands team officials kept in contact with Ziyech while he was considering playing for Morocco, “We have been in touch with him while he was determined to play for Morocco and said, ‘Yes I want to play for Morocco.’ Danny had also talked to him. I  was sorry that he could not wait.”The decision of Renard to exclude Hakim from participating in CAN 2017 has sparked outrage among Morocco’s national team fans, especially after Ziyech was awarded as Holland’s best player for 2016. read more

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar inched lower Wednesday as concern about the so-called fiscal cliff continued to loom over the U.S. economy.The loonie ended down 0.25 of a cent to 101.20 cents US.Observers have been closely watching the daily developments for any signs of progress, but negotiations have hit a setback.The White House threatened to veto House Speaker John Boehner’s backup plan to avoid automatic tax increases and government spending cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 1 if no deal is reached on cutting the government’s budget deficit.Boehner had proposed a “Plan B,” separate from negotiations with the White House, that would extend decade-old tax cuts for everyone making less than $1 million a year.Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department said builders broke ground on fewer houses in November, likely in part due to superstorm Sandy in the Northeast.The report said builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was three per cent lower than October’s annual rate of 888,000, although observers noted that the October figure was the highest since July 2008.And the Teranet-National Bank index of Canadian housing prices fell in November compared with October’s reading — only the fourth time in 13 years of data collection that there has been a decline between the two months.The composite index covering 11 major urban centres stood at 154.02 last month, down 0.4 per cent from October. Ten of 11 local markets tracked showed declines.In commodities, the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.58 to US$89.98 a barrel. The January contract expired at the end of the session.March copper declined 4.8 cents to US$3.61 a pound while February gold bullion moved back $3 to US$1,667.70 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar moves as US budget negotiations make little headway by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 5:14 pm MDT read more

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderAmbassador Nikki R. Haley of the United States addresses General Assembly on the “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.Introducing the amendment before voting, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that “the nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day.”“It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza. Such one-sided resolutions at the UN do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” she said.Also prior to voting, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said that “our decision to approach to the Assembly was prompted by the Security Council’s failure to act due to the veto cast on 1 June by a permanent member.”“We therefore firmly reject the bad-faith attempt to insert an amendment that would radically unbalance the text and shift the Assembly’s focus away from the core objective of protecting civilians and upholding international law,” he said. The emergency session of the 193-member Assembly, came about following weeks of violence along the border of the Gaza Strip – the Palestinian enclave blockaded by Israel – where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians participated in “the Great March of Return” protests, beginning at the end of March.More than 120 Palestinian civilians were reportedly killed by Israeli forces while participating in the protests against Israel’s years-long blockade. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour, 8 against, with 45 abstentions. A US amendment which condemned the role played in Gaza by the Hamas extremist group, which controls the enclave, was voted on first.After several rounds of procedural voting, and delays over tallying votes, the US text secured the support of 62 countries, with 58 against; coming up short of the two-thirds majority needed.Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák convened the meeting, following a formal request from Algeria and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and Chair of the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Unlike a resolution on Palestinian civilian protection that was vetoed by the US in the UN Security Council on 1 June, Wednesday’s identical resolution in the Assembly was not subject to the same rules as exist in the Council. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderRiyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, addresses the resumed tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly.The text adopted “deplores the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip, including the use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists, and expresses its grave concern at the loss of innocent lives.”It also “demands that Israel, the occupying Power, refrain from such actions and fully abide by its legal obligations and responsibilities” under the fourth Geneva Convention on protecting civilians in times of war.It also requests that the Secretary-General, within 60 days, present his “proposals on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”The text also “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas,” but does not single out Hamas as being responsible for such launches. The US amendment sought to add to the Arab-sponsored text, a paragraph, by which the Assembly would “condemn Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence along the boundary fence, thereby putting civilians at risk.”It would have also demanded that “Hamas cease all violent activity and provocative actions,” and condemned the use of resources in Gaza to construct military infrastructure, including tunnels to infiltrate Israel and equipment to launch rockets into civilian areas, saying that such funds should be used to address the critical needs of the civilian population.Briefing journalists earlier in the day, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, Brenden Varma, said that if the resolution passed, it would represent an “important expression of political will” and an “important recommendation by the General Assembly.” Pathway around Security Council vetoWednesday’s meeting – the tenth emergency special session – was held in accordance with the so-named ‘Uniting for peace’ procedure.This procedure, under Assembly resolution 377 (1950), is a pathway around a Security Council veto. By it, the Assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act or if there is lack of unanimity among the Council’s permanent members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States.Resolutions in the Assembly are non-binding and do not carry the force of international law as do measures agreed in the Security Council.Find out more about the Assembly’s emergency special sessions and resolution 377 (1950) here. read more

Ohio State sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) takes down a defender while running the ball in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor.After redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber rushed for 1,096 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2016, he seemed to have locked up a second year as Ohio State’s starter in 2017. But a confluence of events, including Weber suffering a partially-torn hamstring before the season began and freshman J.K. Dobbins exploding with a 29-carry, 181-yard debut in the opener against Indiana, led to Weber becoming a backup. As each week passed, Weber’s role became clearer: he would be the second option behind Dobbins, even when fully healthy.Now, after that season as a backup in which he totaled 101 carries for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns, Weber has a decision to make.The redshirt sophomore must determine whether to return to Ohio State for a fourth year or to end his collegiate career and head to the NFL. The choice is not simple. If he comes back, he would have to battle for carries with Dobbins, a strong group of backups and two incoming four-star backs and more carries would wear on his body. But if he decides to leave, he might not even get drafted considering his lack of chances last season and recent nagging injuries.On Saturday, he offered a hint that he will be returning for another season at Ohio State, tweeting “One more year.” He then posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “One more ride.”The deadline for players to enter the NFL draft early is Jan. 15.Weber’s indication of a return might mean more to Ohio State’s next quarterback than anyone else. The past four seasons, quarterback J.T. Barrett ran not only the offense’s passing game, but controlled the run game as well. With 3,053 passing yards and 798 rushing yards, Barrett accounted for more than half his team’s yards last season.But he’s gone now. A quarterback draw by Barrett, the safety blanket that head coach Urban Meyer often relied upon when nothing else worked, will no longer be an option for the Buckeyes. No longer will Barrett be able to act as a battering ram on third downs.Instead, a new quarterback — either Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell or Joe Burrow — will take snaps. No matter who wins the quarterback competition, whether it be pocket-passing Dwayne Haskins or dual-threats Tate Martell and Joe Burrow, no one offers the bruising running style of Barrett. That’s one of the areas in which a potential Weber return affects the offense.Instead of running the quarterback in short-distance situations and near the goal line, Ohio State might move toward more of a running back-powered game. Then, Weber could replace Barrett as the bruiser up the middle near the goal line and in short-yardage situations. He would take pressure off a first-year quarterback.Weber would become an especially intriguing option if Haskins wins the starting job because though the redshirt freshman has proven an adept scrambler when the pocket breaks down, he does not have a background that implies he would be a consistent option on designed runs. A returning Weber would have to compete with Dobbins for touches. But in an optimal offense, they might not be competing, but rather be used as complements, unlike during last season when the offense never figured out an optimal rotation of the duo. Finally against USC in the Cotton Bowl, Ohio State ran a few plays with both backs on the field at once.If healthy, Weber could become the thunder to Dobbins’ lightning. He could be the power back with speed that many people have envisioned him being and that he showed at times during the latter part of the 2017 season. He was not healthy enough to showcase the expected increase in speed that he and running backs coach Tony Alford mentioned before the season.After Ohio State’s blowout win against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, 2016, Weber compared H-back Curtis Samuel and himself to former USC running backs Reggie Bush and Lendale White.“We can get there,” Weber said. “We can probably even be better. I think we can be a really good 1-2 punch.”Both had productive seasons, but that season, Ohio State’s offense had many flaws, and Weber and Samuel were not viewed in a similar light to Bush and White. With a new quarterback and a run game featuring running backs, the possibility arises that two year later, Weber could have his thunder-and-lighting relationship with Dobbins, instead.Weber might not be the sole starter since Dobbins had 1,403 rushing yards as a freshman, but his return will help mask parts of the offense Ohio State lost with Barrett’s graduation and he could prove to be an optimal partner in the backfield with Dobbins. read more

first_imgAtlas Copco is to launch a new mobile underground rig called Easer, which is capable of performing both box hole boring and down-reaming with a hole diameter of 750 mm, as well as conventional raiseboring with a hole diameter of up to 1,200 mm. Since its introduction in the mid-1960s, the raiseboring technique has been considered one of the safest and most productive ways of excavating raises in most mining applications. In block caving, and in most types of sublevel mining, a vast amount of short raises act as openings for the rock to expand into when blasting. Atlas Copco explains the reasoning behind the development of the Easer product line: “Traditional raiseboring machines typically require a concrete platform and tie-down bolts to keep the machine stable during operation. In the total turnover time for such short raises the actual boring time is often below 50%. The increased demand for a highly mobile and versatile rig specifically designed to create these opening holes safely and efficiently, has led to the development of the Easer.” The Easer is scheduled for launch during 2014.The rig can produce opening holes with a maximum diameter of 750 mm and a hole depth of up to 60 m. It uses standard 200 mm (8 in) boring rods with a 228 mm (39 in) pilot drill bit. All the necessary operating equipment is part of the carrier, with the exception of the rods, and the setup procedure does not require any site preparation. “Our mission in developing the Easer has been to speed up the operation,” says Johnny Lyly, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. “The timeframe for drilling a 40 m opening hole, from setup to take down is less than 30 hours, and set up/take down is done in less than one hour.” The Easer offers the same drilling modes as traditional raiseboring rigs: box hole boring, down-reaming and conventional raiseboring. To switch from box hole boring to down-reaming, the gearbox is rotated 180° – a simple operation that can be carried out in an underground workshop. In raiseboring mode, the Easer can drill up to 1,200 mm. The name Easer is derived from the expression “ease off”, meaning to take off or release pressure, which is used in reference to the blast hole into which rock expands during blasting.last_img read more

first_imgStephane Guivarc’hTHE MAN WITH the superfluous apostrophe had a goalscoring average of two goals in every three games at Auxerre in the mid-to-late 1990s. He went to the World Cup in his home country as Aime Jacquet’s only recognised out-and-out striker. Even though Les Bleus won the World Cup, Guivarc’h became truly the world’s first ‘false number nine,’ failing to score even once. He moved on to Newcastle later that summer and played four games, before moving on to Rangers in November. The following season, he was back at Auxerre and long past whatever his best had been.Kevin Prince BoatengAlthough he flopped/wasn’t given much of a chance at Tottenham, Boateng actually enjoyed a pretty decent season with Portsmouth in 2009/2010 (well, insofar as anyone could enjoy the soap opera that engulfed Fratton Park at the time). However, his career has only really flourished since he made the move to Milan, where he has led the club’s transition from football’s retirement village to something a lot more vibrant.Giuseppe RossiAfter two years, four goals and 14 appearances for Manchester United, the promising Italian American went to Newcastle United on loan. That didn’t work either, and the now 26-year-old’s career only got going when he joined Villareal in 2008. He joined Fiorentina in January but has yet to feature because of a cruciate injury.Gerard PiqueIn the last eight years, Pique has divided his time between Manchester United (12 appearances, loan spell at Real Zaragoza) and Barcelona (two Champions League winner’s medals, three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Reys and one Shakira). We think he might be better off where he is.Mario BalotelliOne goal this season in the Premier League, four in three games for AC Milan already. You couldn’t say that Mario flopped in England – City would not be the current champions without him – but England never seemed to suit a man of such mischievous ways.Diego ForlanStriding down the Manchester United touchline like a swarthy Kevin Kilbane, Forlan could never quite shake off those Sally Gunnell comparisons. It doesn’t seem like it but he actually made 98 appearances for Alex Ferguson’s side, most as sub, and scored a paltry 17 goals. Much like Rossi, it took a move to Villareal to wake the Uruguayan’s inner striker and he duly went on to become one of the best strikers in the world at Atletico Madrid.Albert LuqueA five-year contract at Newcastle United, which he signed in 2005, was torn up after two injury plagued years for the skilful Spaniard. Luque had built a reputation as one of La Liga’s most potent attacking threats at Deportivo la Coruna, but the North East of England proved a hostile beast. After a promising debut, he tore his hamstring in his second game for the club and was rarely seen again.Juan VeronThe Little Witch was a little bit out of his element at Old Trafford, where he failed to adapt to the pace of the English game alongside Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. A move to Chelsea followed, and a curious parallel with Stephane Guivarc’h. Like the Frenchman, Veron scored on his debut against Liverpool. Like the Frenchman, he lasted fewer than 20 games before moving on to a far better time in the slower climes of Milan, Inter of.Jon Dahl TomassonThe Dane enjoyed his best success in two spells with Feyenoord, while he’s remembered fondly as a decent foil for Andriy Shevchenko at Milan. However, vomiting in the tunnel before his Newcastle debut against Sheffield Wednesday set the tone for a spell where he was played out of position and only scored four times in 34 games.Fernando MorientesOh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Having scored 82 goals in 182 league appearances for Real Madrid and enjoyed a successful spell with Monaco, the Spaniard joined Liverpool in January 2005 for £9.7m. He would score only 12 goals in just over a season at Anfield, and his sale to Valencia in 2006 was not lamented by too many Reds fans, who would come to love another Fernando a couple of seasons later.Tony CascarinoThe Irish(ish) striker was a fans’ favourite at Millwall before leaving to join Aston Villa in a big money move in 1990. What followed were four years of little success in Birmingham, then with Celtic, then Chelsea. At the age of 32 it seemed Cascarino would be best remembered as Niall Quinn’s back-up but then something extraordinary happened. Marseille, demoted from Ligue 1 due to a bribing scandal, brought the Londoner to the south of France on a free transfer and he would go on to score over 100 goals in French football – first at the Stade Velodrome, then at Nancy.(All images: PA Images)Colm Parkinson on Jerry Kiernan: ‘He’s an angry man… anyone from Kerry that hates football you have to wonder’ >last_img read more

first_img Short URL 132 Comments IRELAND WILL BE without both Jonathan Sexton and Peter O’Mahony for the Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.The Leinster out-half ran as part of his modified training at Carton House yesterday afternoon, but subsequently reported tightness in his existing calf problem.“We felt it right not to push him through the week and risk potential further damage,” said forwards coach Simon Easterby today.“He’s obviously had a lot of lower limb injuries, a hamstring injury which we’ve managed with Leinster in the pre-Christmas period. He picked up a calf problem  in the week of the Castres game, only managed 20 minutes in that game.“As a result of that calf strain and the fact we don’t want to compromise his calf any further. We feel it best to leave him out this week and make sure he’s right for upcoming games.”Paddy Jackson is in line to start in Murrayfield, with Rory Scannell and Ian Keatley the only viable back-up options for the Ulster out-half. Jan 31st 2017, 1:32 PM Image: James Crombie/INPHO Image: James Crombie/INPHO Sexton out of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland Peter O’Mahony will also be unavailable for the trip to Murrayfield. Share21 Tweet Email2 30,454 Views Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 1:32 PM “He ran today and it was reasonably effective and reasonably high-intensity,” Easterby said of Trimble, “but it’s a case of monitoring him and making sure he’s fully fit and we’re not risking a player who’s not right.” Peter O’Mahony chats with Lions coach Warren Gatland on the sideline during Ireland’s training session today. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIf Trimble does not prove his fitness in time for Murrayfield, head coach Joe Schmidt will at least have Keith Earls at his disposal as the Munster wing took a full part in today’s session.Niamh Briggs out of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against ScotlandFormer Springbok Franco Smith out of the running for Connacht job Source: The42 Rugby Show/SoundCloudTo compound the injury blow to Sexton, Munster captain O’Mahony will also miss the trip to Scotland as he nurses a hamstring problem. Andrew Trimble also took a limited part in training today with tightness in his groin. By Sean Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgJust Recruitment is to launch an employee ownership trust from December 2017.The recruitment organisation, which employs 43 staff across six sites in East Anglia, will become employee owned in order to secure its long-term future and help maintain its existing organisational culture.The employee ownership trust will place future profits into a trust fund for Just Recruitment’s employees.The current operational structure, management team and investment programme will remain in place after the implementation of the trust.Jenny Wrightson (pictured), managing director at Just Recruitment, said: “Just Recruitment has always been [an organisation] dedicated to placing people first, so this route of ownership seemed like a natural progression to us. Our [organisation] has experienced great success over the years due to our employees, and our move to employee ownership shows our gratitude to our employees for their service.“Selling our organisation to another [organisation] would have caused us to lose our team ethos, so was not an attractive proposition. Employee ownership retains and strengthens [organisational] culture and will ensure that Just Recruitment is always part of the local community.”last_img read more

first_imgTruEdit: How has TruEdit changed the way you work? What have been the outcomes?Crowley: It has saved us time and money — it doesn’t require the same level of internal or external service and support as our legacy system. That system required us to backup all our data, and maintain the servers ourselves. Additionally, we required a software service agreement to support our legacy system. It was a huge drain on staff and budget resources. Moving to TruEdit reduced our server imprint by 75 percent, and significantly reduced support expenses. TruEdit: How did you select TruEdit?Crowley: We needed a system that supported our current work flow, and improved it. A system that could support the way our editorial and creative teams work, enhance current processes and reduce the organizational resources required to maintain the system. The team was seeking a system that simplified the process and was user friendly. At the end of my research, we landed on TruEdit was a no-brainer. It met much of our criteria and was reasonably priced.TruAuthor, the native TruEdit HTML allows us to produce web, mobile and print content from a web browser, anywhere, is a huge benefit, as we have staff and freelance writers working across continents. The integration with InDesign and InCopy allows our teams to continue using their favorite tools. Real-time updates, version control, and the project management tools – such as status rights for all content – are important features that support our objectives. The TruEdit platform comes with data backup and recovery, which reduced the expense and resource required under our legacy system. The ability to work directly with the TruEdit development and support staff , rather than a 3rd party re-seller, has been a huge benefit.TruEdit: What was the conversion process like? How was training and implementation?Crowley: Implementation has been smooth, with a minimal learning curve. The new work flow is simplified and logical. We’ve found it very easy to use. In fact, just last week, I needed to add a couple new users to the system. In no time they were up and running, and have been working in the system without any issues. Euromoney Institutional Investor (EII) needed to increase operational efficiency and streamline the production process for their publications: Institutional Investor and Alpha. After an internal assessment, the company decided to move from their legacy system to MEI’s TruEdit. We sat down with Business Applications Analyst, Valerie Crowley, to discuss how the new system is improving the way EII works.TruEdit: What was the motivation to change your content management system?Valerie Crowley: When I joined EII a couple years ago, the first thing I did was a full audit of current applications and systems. My philosophy is: tell me what you are looking to accomplish and I will advise you on the best way to get there. I wanted to be sure we were working as efficiently as possible. Over the course of the audit, I discovered that the content system in place wasn’t the best system to meet our needs. Features were under-utilized or unnecessary, the system was overly complicated, and it required a significant effort in time and IT resources to maintain. After doing some research and working with MEI, it was determined that TruEdit could better support our goals to improve contributor processes, reduce our server imprint and increase efficiency.center_img Less time is spent on training, trouble-shooting or maintaining our content management system. As a result, our Technology Department is now able to focus on other projects. The Editorial and Creative Teams are much happier, which in turn has made them more productive. The gain in eficiency and productivity, means more time can be dedicated to brand development.Phase two will be incorporating TruAuthor into our workflow. The value for us has been in streamlining the system and process, so I’m anxious to see what happens after we add this piece.TruEdit: How will it improve your work flow?Crowley:  As mentioned, being able to log in from anywhere on any web browser will be really helpful for our freelance and staff writers. This was one of the big selling points when we were shopping for solutions.Right now, our freelance writers are required to maintain subscriptions to Adobe Creative Suite, in order to submit copy. With the adoption of TruAuthor, now they can instead submit content directly. The VPN access will also be unnecessary, eliminating the obstacles remote workers and IT are currently challenged by.last_img read more