Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay: Police

first_imgFormer Brazilian forward Ronaldinho Gaucho was arrested in Paraguay on Friday for attempting to enter the country with an adulterated passport, Paraguayan police said.Gilberto Fleitas, the head of the investigations unit of the Paraguayan police, said Ronaldinho and his brother were taken into custody just hours after a judge refused to ratify a prosecutor’s proposal for an alternative punishment.”The detention order has been carried out,” Fleitas told Reuters. Topics : TV pictures showed the pair being taken in a police vehicle from the Sheraton hotel in Asuncion to a police station on the outskirts of the city.Ronaldinho and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday and were questioned by law enforcement after they were found in possession of adulterated Paraguayan passports. last_img read more

Britain unveils fresh $37b package to stimulate economy

first_imgThe United Kingdom government on Wednesday unveiled a package worth 30 billion poundsterling (US$37 billion) to save jobs, help the young into work and kickstart the British economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.Delivering a mini-budget to parliament, finance minister Rishi Sunak’s announced measures including bonuses to companies retaining staff and taking on apprentices, investment in ‘green’ jobs and even allowing the whole country to enjoy discounted meals in restaurants.  “People need to know that although hardship lies ahead, no-one will be left without hope,” said Chancellor of the Exchequer Sunak. Noting that “people are anxious about losing their jobs, about unemployment rising”, Sunak said: “We’re not just going to accept this.” But he insisted that the government’s furlough scheme already in operation to protect millions of private-sector jobs had to end in October. Other measures announced by Sunak include a temporary cut to value added tax on food, accommodation and attractions – and a higher  threshold for stamp duty on home purchases to help the construction sector.’25 percent contraction’ Britain has suffered Europe’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 and a nationwide shutdown led to the worst economic downturn among the G7 leading industrialized states.Sunak said the UK economy had contracted by 25 percent over the coronavirus lockdown – “the same amount it grew in the previous 18 years”.The chancellor also confirmed 3 billion poundsterling of green investment, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “build, build, build” out of the economic crisis.The investment package includes 2 billion poundsterling in grants for households to insulate homes and make them more energy efficient, and 1 billion poundsterling for public sector buildings, including hospitals.The plan is part also of Britain’s long-term pledge to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 to tackle climate change.Britain imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 23 to halt the spread of COVID-19 but has gradually begun easing restrictions to help ailing businesses, including pubs and hair salons.Recent official data show the UK’s biggest quarterly contraction for more than 40 years – at minus 2.2 percent – in the January-March period.However, the data included only the first full week of the lockdown – and Sunak suggested Wednesday that the second quarter was far worse.Since the crisis began, the Bank of England has pumped cash stimulus worth 300 billion poundsterling into Britain’s economy and slashed its main interest rate to a record-low 0.1 percent – moves aimed at propping up businesses and saving jobs.Experts estimate the total cost of government emergency measures could also run as high as 300 billion poundsterling.The government’s fresh jobs retention plans unveiled Wednesday meanwhile build on its furlough scheme, under which the state is paying up to 80 percent of salaries for some nine million workers.Sunak on Wednesday said the furlough scheme “cannot and should not go on forever”, telling MPs: “I know that when furlough ends it will be a difficult moment… But the truth is, calling for endless extensions to the furlough is just as irresponsible as it would have been, back in June, to end the scheme overnight. “We have to be honest,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds “Hope” to Mercy Ships

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryKim Roberts and Jeff Kramer the Vice President of Resource Development from Mercy Ships.Blain and Kim Roberts were honored on Monday, June 23 by a visit at Westport Winery with Jeff Kramer the vice president of resource development from Mercy Ships who flew in from Dallas to meet them. As a surprise Westport Winery announced that Mercy Ships will benefit from a new cranberry wine called Hope which joins their three ciders Mercy, Grace and Courage that benefit the Mercy Ships efforts in bringing medical care West Africa.The Roberts were first introduced to Mercy Ships in a television program by Dana Perino, former President George Bush’s press secretary. That inspiration prompted them to create the three hard apple ciders in early 2014. Hope is now available for tasting exclusively at Westport Winery. Like the ciders, Hope, features original label art by Kim Roberts.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Parsons and Stevens Institute Team Up

first_img“The worst mistake you can make with community-based projects is parachuting in with all the answers and not learning from the community itself,” John Clinton, a professor at Milano who is on its management team, told the magazine.Although groundbreaking at the Deanwood site won’t happen until spring, the Empowerhouse team played host to a community gathering at the empty lot last fall to update neighbors on the project’s progress. By that point, Habitat local director of construction and land development, Dave Gano, was sold on the project’s prospects for energy efficiency and its affordability, which, as with all Habitat projects, will be helped along by free labor supplied by volunteers and the homes’ future owners.“Already from this project, we at Habitat for Humanity decided to change our whole building schedule and model what we’re doing to the Passivhaus standard of construction, and the ground isn’t even broken yet,” Gano said in a video documenting the neighborhood gathering. Construction on the second house in the duplex will be timed to mesh with the delivery of Empowerhouse after its debut at the Decathlon. Follow the Empowerhouse Team if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘ad9ba14f-98dd-4c30-98aa-d3bbac6631b4’); Get the Parsons NS Stevens + Solar Decathlon 2011 | widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info) For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guidecenter_img As the Solar Decathlon has evolved, the intended users of the homes in the competition have increasingly, even if only tacitly, become partners in shaping the finished products. Many Decathlon entries are not only climate-specific, they are designed to reflect regional architecture and to accommodate local culture and customs. Empowerhouse is one such entry, with design and performance features targeted for a specific lot and community environment in Washington, D.C.Empowerhouse collaborators include students and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, both in New York City, and students at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey – about 100 people in all.The project’s other team members, meanwhile, are those who live and work in Deanwood, the neighborhood in Northeast Washington where, after the Decathlon, the 1,000-sq.-ft. Empowerhouse will be reconstructed, expanded from a one-bedroom to a two-bedroom, and joined to a similar house that will be built on the lot, forming a two-family home. The two Washington-based partners helping oversee that part of Empowerhouse’s evolution are the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the city’s Department of Housing and Community Development.Leaning on local supportThe team says its basic goals are to address energy efficiency by incorporating Passivhaus modeling and construction details into Empowerhouse’s modular design while keeping construction costs relatively low and honoring the cultural conventions of the Deanwood community.A recent issue of re: D, Parsons’ alumni online magazine, notes that the decision to partner with Habitat for Humanity and the Department of Housing came from Parsons’ consultations with Milano, which, through its participation in the JPMorgan Chase Community Development Competition, had acquired expertise in developing real-estate proposals for nonprofit partners and underserved communities. Feedback from Deanwood residents has figured significantly in the team’s approach to the project.last_img read more

Bing Spiffs Itself Up, Though It May Not Matter Much

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Bing#Microsoft#Microsoft Xbox Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt Bing’s new look and feel, Microsoft’s marketing gurus tell us, is all about using Bing out of the box. It’s a laudable goal, but will enough mobile users actually get to experience the new design announced today to appreciate it?The new look for Microsoft’s search engine is not actually out on the Bing home page yet—buried in the release information is the fact that this will be rolled out in the U.S. over the coming weeks. The new redesign will include an updated Snapshot feature that encapsulates information about the search topic, as will as making more relevant information highlighted with bigger fonts at the top of the search results.Most importantly, the search features of Bing will be more tightly integrated within Microsoft platforms, such as Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox devices, which will ideally start providing a knowledge layer for users that offers them robust information even as other tasks are performed. Look up travel fares to another city, for instance, and you should see weather information for that city pop up.This kind of pushed content is very much keeping in line with what Bing is moving towards. Bing’s team has been building a database that is built on connections, not just indexed links. Ideally, such connections will lead to actions. If you search for a new auto repair shop, for instance, one day the search engine could suggest an appointment time for you, based on your existing schedule. At the very least, Bing wants to provide users with information for which they might not have thought to look.Along those lines, there are some interesting new features that I am looking forward to seeing. The Page Zero feature, which promises to populate the screen with known search results to start the search process rolling before the first “actual” search results screen is displayed, is certainly one of them.The rollout is a bit heavy on the marketing side, to the point of being distracting. In a related blog post, Microsoft spends an inordinate amount of time going over the cool new typography of the fonts and the design of the new logo. While no one wants to take away from the hard work that Scott Erickson, Senior Director, Brand and Creative at Microsoft and his branding team does, I tend to get a little suspicious about substance over form when I read passages like this in product blogs:Our hero color is Orange 124 and our primary palette was chosen to embody the characteristics that those colors usually evoke – clarity, confidence and warmth. Having a strong sense of color and living within a vibrant corporate palette allows us to clarify our identity without losing the freedom to explore and express ourselves in new ways.Bing’s Mobile ProblemBing has a lot more going for it than people think under the hood, and it really shouldn’t need this kind of dressing up. But it does, for the simple reason that people need to hear what Bing can do.See also: Is Microsoft Doubling Down On the Exact Wrong Mobile Strategy?Many of these changes, after all, will be well-woven into the Microsoft device framework: the aforementioned Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. The “step out of the box” feature set Microsoft is planning for Bing will work very well on those devices, because Microsoft will be able to tightly integrate Bing on those platforms. But what about all the other non-Microsoft devices out there?The Bing team acknowledges that Bing will have to perform just as well on iOS and Android devices, and indeed Lawrence Ripsher, General Manager of User Experiences, Bing, makes a point to mention this towards the conclusion of his blog entry:Results should look as beautiful on a Surface or iPad as they do on a PC or phone. Our new platform will enable us to improve experiences across an ever growing range of devices, like mobile. In fact we recently announced a revamped experience as part of Windows Phone and this release will leverage those improvements to will bring them to all mobile devices.This addresses the display of search results, but what about the tight integration with the user’s device that Bing gets on Windows Phone and XBox machines? If you think Apple and Google will allow Bing to supplant its services on its respective iOS and Android devices, think again—it will still be a Siri and Google Now world for them.Without that integration, Bing’s user experience will be limited on those other platforms. On Android and iOS, Bing will be just another search app, still stuck in the box that Bing is trying to escape.Bing logo courtesy of Microsoft Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

LSU S Jamal Adams Blasts Tigers’ Fans For Leaving Basketball Game Early, Says They “Show No Loyalty”

first_imgJamal Adams rips LSU fans on Twitter.These LSU fans aren’t loyal. That’s what Tigers’ safety Jamal Adams thinks, anyway. Wednesday evening, LSU’s men’s basketball team lost to Tennessee, 78-63. Many Tigers’ fans were seen departing from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with minutes to go in the contest. This did not please Adams, a 6-foot, 206-pound rising sophomore on the LSU football team. I can’t hold my tongue. LSU fans show no loyalty. You expect so much from us athletes,but won’t stay and support through the whole game.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015LSU has been known for having such prideful and loyal fans, and I hate to see people ruining that image. The game’s not over until it ends.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015While it’s probably not smart for Adams to call out his school’s fan base on Twitter, he’s not wrong in expressing some frustration. It’s the final home game of the season – you can stay in your seats until the final buzzer sounds, LSU fans.last_img read more

Video: Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson Slams Home Crazy Alley-Oop vs. Duke

first_imgTyler Roberson slams home alley-oop dunk against Duke.Vine/Chris StoneFor whatever reason, Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson plays incredibly well whenever the Orange take the floor against Duke. In 2015, Roberson went for 19 points and 10 rebounds against Duke at home, and 16 points, nine rebounds at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tonight, he has six points and two rebounds midway through the first half, and two of those points were the loudest of the game thus far. Gbinije to Tyler Roberson. Got up.— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) January 19, 2016At first glance, Michael Gbinije’s pass looks off-target, but it doesn’t matter. Roberson can really jump, and he got up for that ridiculous one-handed finish.last_img

Minister Neita Headley Meets With WADA

first_img These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level. Minister Neita Headley met with the WADA Director General David Howman. Story Highlights WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions in the report. Consequent on the receipt of the report prepared by the WADA Review Team which visited Jamaica, October 28 – 29, Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon Natalie Neita Headley, who is in South Africa attending the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport, met with the WADA Director General David Howman on Thursday, November 14.Minister Neita Headley responded to the recommendations made in the report. WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions made and now looks forward to the full and speedy implementation of the recommendations.These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level; undertaking of a review of Jamaica’s anti-doping legislation, and the evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management structure. Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that additional budgetary resources will be made available to JADCO, and reconfirmed that that the process was advanced for the filling of vacant posts at the Commission.Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that the Government of Jamaica was fully committed to addressing any deficiencies that exist and to improving the efficiency and efficacy of the anti-doping programme in Jamaica. For its part WADA said it will continue to work with JADCO in the interest of dope- free sport and the protection of its clean athletes.last_img read more

Sajid Nadiadwala clarifies Salmans Kick 2 is not releasing on Eid next

first_imgMumbai: Putting rumours to rest, filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala has clarified that Salman Khan’s much awaited sequel to 2014 blockbuster starrer Kick 2 is not releasing on Eid next year. It was Salman’s cryptic tweet, one of the famous dialogues from the film, “Itna mat sochna mere baare mein, dil mein aata hoon.. aur Eid pe bhi”, led to speculation that the sequel will arrive in theatres next year during Eid. When asked about the status of Kick 2, Sajid said in a group interview here, “We are writing it. It is not coming on Eid. The news came (of the sequel releasing on Eid) because I had gone to his (Salman) place, he asked how much I am ready, I told him I have written one draft and I would need four to six months to rewrite the draft, dialogues. I would be ready with the script by Eid.” Earlier, Salman’s another film In-shaa-allah with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was set to Eid release. But the film has now been shelved.last_img read more

BoC survey finds business sentiment down slightly but remains positive

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new survey by the Bank of Canada suggests overall business sentiment has weakened slightly, but continues to be positive.The central bank’s business outlook survey indicator decreased slightly, but remains elevated as responses to almost all the survey questions were holding above their historical averages.The survey results come ahead of the central bank’s next interest rate decision set for Jan. 9 when it will also release its updated outlook for the economy.Over the next 12 months, the survey suggested that firms expect sales growth to stabilize, while those linked to western Canadian oil prices and to housing in some regions expect demand to weaken or remain subdued and sales growth to moderate.The indicator of investment spending on machinery and equipment pulled back slightly, but the survey found intentions are still solid.On balance, plans to hire more workers continue to be widespread and similar to the previous survey.The survey based on interviews with senior managers of about 100 firms was done from Nov. 5 to Nov. 28.last_img read more