Ban raps poetic honouring hiphop star JayZ at gala ceremony

2 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took time off from his schedule of meeting world leaders and diplomats last night to try his hand – or rather voice – at rap at the gala 50th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). “Global classrooms are a cinch/With the help of Merrill Lynch,” he rapped to the distinguished audience that included UNA President Bill Luers, actor Michael Douglas, philanthropist Ted Turner and rapper Jay-Z, citing some of the organizations that have partnered the UN in many humanitarian initiatives. “When you put the org in Google/Partnerships go truly gloooobal.”Mr. Ban stressed how UNA and last night’s honorees had helped the world body in its humanitarian mission, noting Mr. Turner’s $1 billion donation more than 10 years ago. “UN stays on the front burner/Thanks to our champ Ted Turner,” his vocal chords strummed out.And Jay-Z himself, whose multimedia “Water for Life” campaign was developed jointly with the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) and MTV Networks, came in for special mention and a plea for indulgence.“Since one of the honorees is my man Jay-Z, I think I’ll try his language tonight. It is a foreign language to me, but one which I love, so please bear with me,” Mr. Ban said.Then he went on to rap: “With Jay-Z there’s double strife/Life for children and water for life.” read more

David Staples Justin Trudeau bungles great opportunity to advance First Nations pipeline

The photo op we need to see during the 2019 federal election campaign is the photo op we likely won’t see.Who would be in the photo? Federal leaders Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May and Justin Trudeau, each of them posing with leaders from the many dozens of First Nations across Western Canada who strongly support and want an ownership stake in the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.Canada’s future prosperity — and in particular the prosperity of Indigenous Canadians — has a new hope around proposed First Nations ownership in pipelines like TMX.Most crucially, if our major pipeline projects are ever going to gain approval in our courts and with the general public, Indigenous participation and part ownership is necessary.Of course, May and Singh will never appear at such a photo op. They favour the environmental agenda of privileged green voters in big cities over jobs and wealth for Indigenous people scattered in communities across western Canada.It could also be that Andrew Scheer of the Conservative would hesitate. He’s yet to be crystal clear that a First Nations ownership stake is key to the project proceeding.As for Justin Trudeau, he continues to make a mess of TMX.Yes, Trudeau said in June when his cabinet re-approved TMX that some amount of Indigenous ownership was in the cards, but Trudeau has failed to move on his promise.The Liberal strategy appears to be keep the TMX issue on the back burner for now, to treat it as a done deal and hope that it doesn’t become a major election issue that will turn off green voters in Vancouver, pushing them into the Green or NDP camps.This strategy was working, with TMX out of the news in August, but last week the Federal Court of Appeal made its latest ruling on the pipeline, deciding to proceed with a full review of complaints from six B.C. coastal First Nations over the federal government’s latest consultation process.The Liberals are now being roasted over this, mainly because the Trudeau government didn’t even show up in court to argue its own case.Many are wondering why the no-show. The most convincing answer comes from Ontario lawyer Bill Gallagher, a leading consultant on First Nations relations with major industrial projects, who has written two books on the 284 courts cases in the last five decades where First Nations have won and advanced their constitutional rights.The federal government has lost so many cases that under former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, a new policy came in, Gallagher says. Essentially, federal justice lawyers decided to keep their powder dry, and not to fight out every single  First Nation issue in court every time.In the TMX case, the thinking might have been to not try to stop the six First Nations from having a major review of their concerns, but to proceed to that review and set out the full federal case at that time, Gallagher says.“They’re basically lightening up,” Gallagher says of the federal lawyers. “They’re not as legally constipated as they could have been. And they probably made the right call. They certainly made a justifiable call. But the political winds are such that they look bad.”The real issue, though, isn’t the court case, Gallagher says. After all, TMX’s re-approval was inevitably going to be fought out in court.Instead, the real issue is the failure to progress significantly on an Indigenous ownership stake in TMX so that this project has a chance to actually get built. As Gallagher explains the hard facts of this matter: “Unless First Nations are up there in the passenger seat with the ability to put their hand over on the wheel, depending on the issue, and weigh in, this pipeline will not be built. Not unless First Nations have a vital role … a real ownership interest.”Trudeau has bungled these negotiations, Gallagher says. “I think that’s the biggest missed opportunity on the Trans Mountain file … I am skeptical of Trudeau. I think he’s squandered six months by not working with First Nations to get this equity interest.”A window of opportunity opened but is now closed. Uncertainty sits over TMX. What happens, for example, if the Liberals are in a minority position after the election and forced into some kind of coalition with the prosperity-averse, pipeline-hating Greens or NDP?“We just excel at doing things the hard way in this country,” Gallagher says.Yes, we do that.Or, when it comes to pipelines to tidewater, not doing anything at all.Listen to our weekly business podcast, Down to Business read more

Attacks on UN staff increased in 2013 world bodys staff union confirms

The highest number of casualties occurred in attacks targeting the UN in South Sudan, Somalia, and in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the figures released today by the Staff Union’s Standing Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.It found that 33 peacekeepers and 25 civilians and associated personnel were killed in 2013 while working for the Organization. The number represents an increase in the death-toll from attacks on UN staff members compared with the previous year, when 37 UN personnel were killed.Among the horrific assaults was the killing of 12 people associated with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during an ambush on 9 April 2013 in Jonglei State.The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York said about 30 peacekeepers were escorting a civilian convoy when they were ambushed by some 200 armed, unidentified men near the settlement of Gumuruk. The firefight that followed killed five Indian peacekeepers, two national staff and five contractors. Overall, 16 peacekeepers were killed in Darfur, seven in South Sudan, four in Mali and four in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Staff Union reported. In addition, five civilian staff members, four of them working for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), were killed in Syria.The Staff Union’s overview comes just months after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Member States and Host Governments to support all measures of safety and security measures to improve the operational environment for UN personnel and humanitarian workers.“United Nations personnel serve in an increasingly dangerous environment and encounter a variety of threats not previously encountered in the history of the Organization,” Mr. Ban told the 193-member General Assembly.He cited a UN report released last year, ‘Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations’, which showed that significant security incidents affecting UN staff in 2012 increased to 1,793 compared with 1,759 in 2011. Violent acts were cited as the primary cause of death or injuries during 2012, with 20 of the 35 deaths attributed to this, while 15 staffers were killed in safety-related incidents. read more

Bundesliga Round 22 HSV sinks more Kiel invincinble

Sunday brought us very interesting results in the Bundesliga. THW Kiel got the expected win against Burgdorf away, and this time with a huge goal difference, winning it with 43:24, huge 19 goals victory for THW Kiel, confirming why they are “No.1” in German Handball at the moment. Two surprising results happened today, and it seems that the late “bad” play of these clubs was no surprise, as today they failed to achieve wins against generally weaker opponents. Fuchse Berlin failed to capitalize the home advantage, and played only 30:30 against Frisch auf Goppingen, which were weakened as Mrvaljevic left the club. The other surprise is HSV Hamburg making only a draw in Huttenberg, the relegation-endangered club, playing 26:26, showing that the “Foxes” and HSV are definitely in kind of playing crisis. In the last game today, Lubbecke won away at Hildesheim with 31:25, and gave Hildesheim even more headaches regarding the relegation problems. One game was not played from this round, RNL against TBV Lemgo, a game scheduled for 25th of April.Bundesliga Table: (Courtesy of toyota-handball-bundesliga.de) 18Eintracht Hildesheim2:42 16Bergischer HC14:30 17TV 05/07 Hüttenberg9:35 4SG Flensburg-Handewitt33:11 7TBV Lemgo25:17 13HSG Wetzlar16:28 3HSV Hamburg33:9 15VfL Gummersbach14:28 9Frisch Auf Göppingen21:23 10MT Melsungen19:25 12HBW Balingen-Weilstetten17:27 6SC Magdeburg26:18 1THW Kiel44:0 14TSV Hannover-Burgdorf16:28 2Füchse Berlin36:8 BundesligaburgdorfFuchse BerlinGoppingenhildesheimHSV HamburglubbeckeTHW Kiel 8TuS N-Lübbecke21:23 5Rhein-Neckar Löwen29:13 11TV Großwallstadt17:27 ← Previous Story Denmark: AG Kobenhavn beats Bjerringbro-Silkeborg! Next Story → EHF CL (W): Oltchim confirms semifinal, Larvik surprised by Midtjylland! read more

WIN IN BELARUS Kielce on the way to TOP 8

In the first round match of the Last 16, Vive Tauron Kielce took the 32:28 victory against Meshkov Brest and has gained a 4-goal-advantage before the return match in Kielce.Both teams started by going neck and neck; Brest had very little problems with breaking through Kielce defense, while the team from Poland showed well-thought-out attacks. Kielce had one-goal edge but their mistake allowed Belorussians to take the lead. Polish defense was far from perfect and Meshkov players often managed to throw from the 6-meter line practically untroubled; they also often looked for their pivot, ex-Kielce player, Rastko Stojković. Kielce were backed by saves of their goalkeeper which was pretty important for them because in 17. minute Pavel Atman gave his team 3-goal-lead (10:7). Sławomir Szmal made up for his mates’ mistakes and mostly thanks to his saves they were able to catch up. Before 20. minute Mateusz Kus was sent off the court for two minutes for the second time and coach Duyshebaev decided Michał Jurecki would replace his mate in the defence. The defence started playing a little better and Kielce were able to fight for a better result but even though they equalised at 12:12 with 2 minutes to go, the hosts perfectly took advantage of their opponents unsuccessful attempts and Stojković gave his team 2-goal-advantage at the break (14:12).Meshkov: Pesić, Patotski, Charapenka – Atman 7, Babiczew 1, Baranow 1, Kamyszyk, Kristopans 4, Kulak, Nikulenkow 3, Razgor 1, Szumak 1, Szyłowicz 4, Stojković 5, Tiumencew 1, Vukić.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Aguinagalde, Bielecki 8, Buntić, Chrapkowski 1, Cupić 3, Jachlewski, Jurecki 10, Kus, Lijewski 2, Reichmann 1, Strlek 3, Zorman 4.Unfortunately for Meshkov, they didn’t begin the second half as well as they finished the first one. Despite good defence, they didn’t do too well in attack and Kielce, mostly thanks to Jurecki, took the lead at 15:14. Within space of five minutes Brest lost Atman and Shylovich for two minutes but they still were able to give Kielce a hard time by good defending, even being shorthanded. Once again the teams trod a fine line and once again it was Brest who did better and took the lead. In the 43. minute Kielce lost Kus for his third 2-minute suspension but it did not disturb Kielce, on the contrary actually – with ten minutes to go, they took 3-goal lead and kept scoring. The hero of Kielce was Jurecki who was excellent especially in the attack. Meshkov used the last moments to reduce the gap of 5 and in the last second they scored for 28:31 which seemed to be the final result but Tobias Reichmann hit the buzzer beater and Kielce are coming back home with 4 goals of advantage.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA martyna usnarska ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: From Montpellier to Zaporozhye Next Story → VIDEO: Flensburg beat the buzzer in Montpellier read more

Silva proud of Evertons character despite loss

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has revealed his delight with his team’s character following their loss to Southampton.The Toffees put the Saints under enormous pressure in the closing minutes of their 2-1 loss but could not find the equalizer.“I said last week [following the win over Bournemouth] how we were strong and showed character and personality,” said Silva, according to the club’s official website.“This afternoon we never gave up again. But, of course, before the goals they scored we should have played differently to achieve a good result.”“We analysed what Southampton did in the past few games [when they] achieved some good results.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But they were better than us in the first half, we spoke at half-time and changed some things and started the second half like we wanted to, to fight and compete in the match like we wanted and we created chances.”“The one from Gylfi was a fantastic save from the goalie. Of course, after that, from one long ball and one second ball they scored a fantastic goal, from out of the box.”“It allowed them to play like they wanted on the counter-attack. But we didn’t perform at our best level to create enough chances to equalise.”“Our players kept trying and fighting to the end and scored the goal to make it 2-1 [but it was too late].last_img read more

Napoli have adjusted to Ancelottis style Sheva

first_imgAndriy Shevchenko believes Napoli players are adapting well to the style of his old Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti.Ancelotti took over after three years of Maurizio Sarri and is transforming their tactics from 4-3-3 to a versatile 4-4-2.“I like Carlo’s team, as they are competitive and Ancelotti has changed a few things with great wisdom,” Sheva told Football Italia via La Gazzetta dello Sport.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Now Napoli are starting to play in his style, so this all confirms what we’ve known for a while: Carlo is an intelligent man and that is his greatest strength. He never gets swept away or distraught, he always maintains his balance.“Having said that, I struggle to see anyone prevent Juventus from taking the Scudetto again. The gap is too big, but they can work towards next season.”Napoli are currently in the hunt for the title but are likely to settle for a top-four finish with Juve running away with the title.last_img read more

California DMV to close all offices for Real ID training on July

first_img Posted: June 25, 2019 California DMV to close all offices for Real ID training on July 24 AP, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles says it will close all offices for a half-day next month to train workers on the federal Real ID program.The Sacramento Bee says all DMV offices will be closed on July 24 until 1 p.m.Americans must have updated Real ID identification cards by October 2020 if they want to board airplanes or enter federal facilities without using a passport.California has struggled to implement the program since its launch last year. The Bee says the DMV provided at least one incorrect ID card to a Californian with temporary immigration status.The DMV also has asked about 3.5 million Californians who applied for Real ID cards to submit a second proof of address because the initial system didn’t meet federal guidelines. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 25, 2019 AP last_img read more

Service dogs in training take field trip to Disneyland

first_img(WSVN) – It wasn’t a ruff day for this group of dogs when they visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California last week.A group of service dogs in training visited “the happiest place on Earth” to improve their socialization skills and they seemed to enjoy themselves in the process.The dogs are being trained by Canine Companions for Independence and one of their dogs’ handlers, Kendra Clark, shared photos of the group enjoying their day at the park on Twitter after a photo of them went viral. Happiest dog and the happiest place on earth! 💛 #TBT pic.twitter.com/ReTr5W3Isu— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 5, 2018 These news articles are just as exciting as Mari’s first time meeting Pluto! @dodo @ccicanine pic.twitter.com/AEzNrehImm— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 3, 2018The photos and videos showed the dogs having fun while wearing Disney themed hats, meeting Winnie the Pooh and Pluto, and even trying out some rides.One of the photos Clark shared to Twitter shows the dogs meeting Tigger with caption saying, “Meeting the characters was their favorite part of the trip!” Meeting the characters was their favorite part of the trip!!! 🤗❤️ pic.twitter.com/XxPlx3Lghg— Kendra 🐶 (@Kendraandziggy) April 3, 2018 The happiest place on earth. #ccipuppy pic.twitter.com/46z0V5UAZE— Laura Allen (@LA03) April 4, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of June 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 10, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Grace Welch Bovitz, 94Domenic R. Danieli, Sr., 98Previously Lived In Wilmington:NoneWorked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Mary A. (Barry) Woodworth, 79Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Sansa Stark and Jon Snow to fall

first_imgPictured: Sansa Stark, Jon Snow and Robett GloverHBOGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 is going to air in just a couple of days and now there are theories surfacing about the possible romantic endeavour between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark.Game of Thrones is just a few days away from its season eight premiere. The celebrated show will have only six episodes this time and every episode will be like watching a full-length feature movie. There will be a lot of action sequences in all the six episodes but at the same time, there will be a lot of drama swirling around the lives of all these characters.In Game of Thrones season 7, we saw the sexual tension rising between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. In the very last episode, these two finally got intimate. But it was around the same time when fans learned that Jon Snow is truly a Targaryen, which makes him Daenerys’ nephew. There are several fans who think that since Targaryens have this history of mating in the family only, Daenerys won’t find it disturbing that she is in a relationship with her own nephew.However, when it comes to Jon Snow, everything is not black-and-white. For him, everything has to be in order and he has understood in the last couple of years that for him, his family matters the most. His love for Arya Stark has proved that he will do anything to protect her from any harm. But things with Sansa Stark defers on several levels. As per a fan on Reddit, there are chances that before the series will end, we may get to see the intimate affair happening between a Stark and a Targaryen.In the very first outline of the show, George RR Martin considered Arya Stark and Jon Snow to fall in love with each other and it would show them struggling for their romance because of their family. However, in the series, “it’s Sansa (and not Arya as in the outline) who finds her brother at the wall. They are the only Stark to have no real relationship, they don’t know each other and are not close at all.” Jon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageAt the same time, after the revelation of Jon’s true identity, many have stated that Jon will take Ned’s place and Sansa will take Catelyn Stark’s place in the Winterfell.”Jon & Sansa, do not know each other and have to create their relationship quickly and in a context of deadly threat. They had difficulties and they relying on the example of their parents (Sansa who makes a cloack for Jon, who promises to protect her at all costs as he thinks his father would have done). They are, however, several years apart, but we never see Sansa be considered younger than Jon, neither hierarchically inferior. They are equal on all levels: maturity, power, dialogue. And this equality has made them act like Ned & Catelyn. They quickly stopped consider themselves as brother and sister,” writes the fan on Reddit.This is indeed a crazy theory and there is no way that we get to see romance brewing between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones season 8.last_img read more

Studio Ghibli TV Series Ronja Set to Premiere on Amazon Prime

first_img AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on target Amazon Prime is about to unleash a Studio Ghibli television series on us and it’ll be the first kids show ever released by the iconic studio.Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is a 26-episode series based on the Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) book of the same name. As you would expect from the title, Ronja is the young daughter of a robber. Over the course of the story, she comes to learn what that means after meeting Birk, the child of a rival tribe. Together, the two explore a forest full of mystical creatures and learn about the values of family, loyalty, and friendship.Amazon released a trailer for the show on Tuesday, which shows off some expected elements from a Ghibli production: fluid animation (although it becomes obvious that the studio did the animation mostly digitally), bright colors, whimsical creature designs, and nature-filled backgrounds full of detail. You can see for yourself below.The series was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Gorō Miyazaki, who previously worked on another book adaptation for the studio: Tales from Earthsea. He also directed From Up on Poppy Hill back in 2011. It’s a joint production between Ghibli and Polygon Pictures, best known for Knights Of Sidonia and Transformers Prime. It was released in Japan in 2014 to great critical acclaim and a couple international animation awards under the name Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya.Hmm, other reasons to watch…it’s being narrated by Gillian Anderson. Just putting that out there.We’ll be the first to admit that we wish the show’s animation wasn’t mostly computer-generated. It’s also unclear if Amazon will release the show with original Japanese audio and English subtitles. Regardless, we’ll be checking this out. It’s a Studio Ghibli television series! No matter your age, it’s easy to enjoy a Ghibli story, even if it isn’t directed by Hayao Miyazaki.Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter premieres Jan 27 on Amazon’s streaming service.last_img read more

Mass Adoption of Blockchain Technology by Entrepreneurs Major Challenges Are Involved

first_img 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 1, 2018 Wealth management. Improved security. Fluid transactions: You’ve likely seen these benefits of blockchain technology touted before now. And there are more.Related: 9 Blockchain Influencers for You to Follow — Who All Happen to Be FemaleIndeed, the blockchain revolution is under way in many sectors. And it’s only a matter of time before your industry is affected, if that hasn’t happened already. Still, while blockchain technology promises to enable seamless transactions for entrepreneurs, its adoption has been anything but.The reason is that, as happens in most revolutions, this one about the adoption of the blockchain won’t be won without a fight. Even more so, mass adoption of blockchain technology by entrepreneurs will present them with certain challenges they must first overcome.Yet if the notion of “challenges” portends gloom and doom for you, rest easy; it shouldn’t, because these challenges are negatively affecting the entire blockchain revolution at the moment. Consider the following.1. Resistance to change The German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg is reputed to have said, “I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.”Entrepreneurs adopting blockchain in some industries will face an avalanche of resistance from their peers and other gatekeepers. Forget about the technology’s proposed benefits; some entrepreneurs will just not buy into the idea, and even more so, buy into the notion of regulation.Ilgor Telyatnikov, president and chief operating officer of Alphapoint, described this issue, saying: “The primary challenge for the broadest adoption of blockchain technology is regulation. The regulatory environment has not caught up to innovation and in many cases prevents or slows the adoption . . .”As the regulatory framework becomes more established,” Telyatnikov continued, “more products and services that mainstream consumers use will utilize the technology, though in many cases consumers won’t be aware of the change.”Related: Trends the Fintech Industry Should Adopt in 2018Entrepreneurs in highly regulated industries may need to wait for new regulations to be written for their industry before they can safely adopt blockchain. Additionally, due to the technology’s much-lauded transparency, regulations governing information-sharing may be needed to protect companies, investors and customers. That’s not even mentioning issues with banks and regulatory compliance.2. Poor education Blockchain technology is still in the nascent stage. Though awareness of it has increased, many entrepreneurs and consumers are still oblivious. Among those who are aware, there’s still a lot of misinformation. As an example, many folks don’t yet know that blockchain technology has other applications outside financial transactions and cryptocurrency.Proper education, then, needs to address questions like What is blockchain technology and how does it work? And: Apart from financial transactions, how can it be applied to business operations? Entrepreneurs will also need to learn about the limitations or disadvantages of adopting blockchain, because let’s face it, it’s not a perfect system, at least not yet.For entrepreneurs eager to learn about investment in blockchain and the cryptocurrency space, Covesting is building the necessary infrastructure. Apart from copy trading, the company is building an all-round crypto-intelligence portal. More efforts like this one are needed to produce more blockchain-literate entrepreneurs.Learning about blockchain’s limitations is important because it’s easy to get carried away by the benefits and forget the drawbacks. Some entrepreneurs I’ve spoken with, for instance, are so positive about the technology, based on what they’ve read, that they literally believe it will address all the problems they’re facing in their business.That’s a dangerous assumption.For example, blockchain technology used in industries with sensitive data could be a problem due to its transparency. The blockchain used in those instances will have to be customized so that people have access only to the information they need for carrying out their tasks. Until this happens, privacy and security will remain valid hindrances to adoption. In short, no one technology offers a one-size-fits-all solution to anyone’s business woes, and blockchain technology is no exception. 3. High setup costs If you’ve read articles lauding blockchain technology, you’ve probably read at least one describing reduced setup costs as a potential blockchain benefit. Clearly, setup costs need to be considered upfront, and the details may not be pretty.Travin Keith, managing director of blockchain consultancy Agavon, has said that, “Even if more people are aware of blockchain and its capabilities, the resistance to changing existing systems due to the costs, to utilize this new technology, is another one of the significant barriers to mainstream adoption.”It’s even harder for larger corporations, which are less agile and thus have higher costs when making such changes,” Keith said. “The benefits of adopting blockchain technology will thus have to greatly outweigh the costs of this shift in order to justify going through such difficulties.”Specifically, blockchain technology has to be customized for each business, depending on its needs. Building software is generally expensive in itself, and making a new hire may cost you a fortune if you’re running a small business with a smaller budget.Another issue? Blockchain technology experts are few and far between, and you’ll have more money problems on your hands competing with other companies for limited talent. You may also have to sponsor training just to get your staff up and running on the new technology.Evolving challenges Blockchain technology is still in the elementary stage. That’s causing most of the problems behind its mass adoption by entrepreneurs and the general public. Give it some time, however, and increased popularity will change the public’s perception and reduce setup costs as more qualified experts emerge to handle the problems.Related: 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Taking Cryptocurrency MainstreamMeanwhile, if you plan to use blockchain for your business, consider the advantages, disadvantages and long-term benefits. Above all, don’t forget Keith’s words: “The benefits of adopting blockchain technology will have to outweigh the costs of this shift in order to justify going through such difficulties.” Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Catering for travellers who want an extended cruis

first_imgCatering for travellers who want an extended cruise holiday and for those who have limited time to travel, Crystal Cruises has expanded its journey options to offer both “Grand Journeys” and “Crystal Getaways”.Grand Journeys combines existing worldwide itineraries aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, to allow guests to extend their travels, while Crystal Getaways offers abbreviated segments of longer sailings to cater for busy travellers.New for 2019 and 2020 are Crystal Grand Journeys that sail the Mediterranean and Western Europe, Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. With multiple overnights offered on every extended voyage and nearly no repeating ports, these Grand Journeys range from 14 to 27 days, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in entire regions over the course of one holiday, or enjoy diverse experiences across cultures. The Greek Isles, Holy Land and Italian countryside are all featured on one expanded itinerary, while another explores Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and New Orleans along a Gulf Coast route.For 2020, Crystal is offering travellers three new Crystal Getaways, sailing through the islands of Hawaii and the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, ranging from 7 to 14 days. The shorter options enable guests to fill their limited travel time with adventures and luxurious touches, while also offering exceptional value.IMAGE:Crystal Symphony 20192020cruisesCrystal CruisesCrystal GetawaysCrystal Grand Journeyslast_img read more

Have you tried it yet personally I wouldnt hav

first_imgHave you tried it yet, personally?“I wouldn’t have bought it if I hadn’t.”During the offseason you challenged Calais Campbell to be more consistently dominant, how good do you think he can be?“Just like that. I think he can be one of the best in the league playing all the time at his best. He worked very, very hard (in the) offseason training using his hand and to use them better. With his length and explosiveness, he should be unblockable.”It looked like Carson Palmer was especially sharp on Sunday.“He had an outstanding practice. He had two days in a row. He’s in top form right now and he really knows our offense and has a great rapport with those top five guys. It’s fun to watch them practice right now.” – / 23 GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.Getting started with the season…“Very anxious to get football season started. FIFA is over. A lot of good things to evaluate (when we put the pads on). Some guys are outstanding in shorts and you can evaluate them and then when the noise level goes up, they disappear. Other guys that look ugly in shorts, they’re football players, so the real evaluations start now.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Any guy that you can recall in your career who looked ugly in shorts and turned into a great player?“Oh god, I can think about 15 or 20 linemen. It’s just the nature of the beast. There’s always been a couple of linebackers I’ve been around that it’s like, ‘this guy can’t help us’ but then when you put the pads on nobody could block him and he made every play, which you never get to see. Same thing with fullbacks, they traditionally look like (expletive) in shorts. They don’t get to hit anybody—not that we have any of those. But no, it’s too many to count, really; it really is.”His recent comment of how proud he is of the Tyrann Mathieu draft pick…“I’m a true believer in second chances and after having met Ty during the draft process, I knew how passionate he was and how much regretted the mistakes he had made and admitted to them and had a plan to how to fix it. And to give a guy like that an opportunity and then to see them blossom, to me, that’s what coaching is all about. I’m not one of those guys that turn your back on them, throw them to the wolves because public perception says they’re a bad guy. I was one of those bad guys. I mean I think I did OK.” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires How do you plan to use Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas now that they are on the active list?“They will strictly be walk-through until they’re football-ready. But by getting them off the list, they can actually take their mental reps and physical reps in the walk-through practices, so they got 20-30 reps this morning that they couldn’t have on those lists. Now, we’ll be very, very cautious as far as putting them in pads and practicing them. They’ll have to go through at least another week of training and maybe some individual (work).”What are your thoughts on the virtual reality technology you are using in practice?“I think it’s outstanding. I’ve been waiting 20 years for somebody to invent this. I always thought if you could put a headset on and play football in a room this size with live pictures how much better you could get without sweating. This young guy has done it. It’s not perfect, but it’s really, really good. A guy that didn’t get any reps, like Logan Thomas, can go in and watch the entire blitz drill and drop back and throw all of his ‘hots.”“You put on these virtual reality goggles. It’s really cool. We’re going to probably have a setup here in the stadium and let the fans do it, let them go play quarterback.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks expects quarterback Josh Rosen to be able to play next week despite a sprained left toe.Rosen hurt his toe late in the 45-10 loss to the Broncos on Thursday.“We put him in a boot last night to take the pressure off of it and he should be fine and ready to go next week,” Wilks said on Friday. “We have 10 days and based off what the trainers are saying, there shouldn’t be any setbacks.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After the game, Rosen expressed similar sentiment that it wasn’t a serious injury.Related LinksArizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen has ‘frustrating’ night in loss to BroncosWhat to know about new Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron LeftwichArizona Cardinals fire OC Mike McCoy, promote Byron LeftwichThe Cardinals offense under fired OC Mike McCoy: By the numbers“I was just being soft, I’ll be OK,” he said. “I’ll be good.”On Friday morning, Cardinals general manager Steve Wilks was asked why the franchise quarterback remained on the field in the fourth quarter in a blowout game. He told the Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station that there isn’t a good answer when debating whether to keep the rookie quarterback safe or give him experience.At the end of the day we can argue and say, ‘You know what, we want to get him snaps, it’s valuable to get him as many snaps as possible, to see as many looks as we can,’” Wilks said. “And then conversely, we can say, ‘Well, shoot, we don’t want to put him in harm’s way.’”If it means anything, after the game Thursday, Rosen said he wanted to stay on the field.“I’d definitely rather stay in there and see as many defenses as I possibly can as early in my career as I can,” Rosen said. “If he would have tried to pull me out we would have definitely had to have a conversation about that one.”Injuries on the offensive lineOffensive linemen Mike Iupati (back) and Justin Pugh (hand) remain day-to-day, Wilks said during the press conference Friday. 3 Comments   Share   Iupati was not active Thursday.Pugh was active with his left hand wrapped in a cast, but did not play.Both players got hurt during the game on Sunday against the Vikings.center_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) his sacked by Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hosts at  Outrigger

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Hosts at  Outrigger Resorts will cheer ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ for all to hear this holiday season. On 12 December, Santa will arrive by canoe at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort for a special meet and greet. Additionally, families can enjoy a breakfast with Mr. Claus at Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort on 15 and 16 December. Santa Arrives by Canoe at Outrigger Waikiki Beach ResortSanta is arriving in style in an outrigger canoe on the shore at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. He will be greeted with hula and song performed by keiki (children) of Halau O Pua Kahale followed by a meet-and-greet and complimentary photos with Santa in the hotel lobby. This signature Hawaii holiday event is free and open to hotel guests and the public.Breakfast with Santa at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach ResortJoin the festivities at Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort for Breakfast with Santa. Keiki and parents will enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, Portuguese sausage, rice, country fried potatoes, assorted pastries, and tropical fruit platters. There will also be balloon twisting, face and body art painting, and, of course, picture taking and one-on-one time with Mr. Claus himself. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 5 to 11 years. Children under two years eat free. Reservations required. Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Increasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to

first_imgIncreasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Cyprus, Poland and Hungary in search of cheaper medical treatments.This is according to health tourism advice website Treatment Abroad, which said that the main driver of treatment abroad is cost.Keith Pollard, the website’s director, explained that patients can save as much as 70 percent on private treatments, while some may be available overseas that are impossible to receive on the NHS.He went on to say that approximately 40 percent of medical tourists are seeking dental surgery.”[The] popular countries for this are Hungary, Poland and Cyprus,” he commented.”Another 25 percent are seeking low cost cosmetic surgery in countries such as Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece and South Africa.”The Times recently reported that as many as 100,000 British people a year travel abroad to have surgery and take advantage of shorter waiting times.Highlighting the increase in medical treatments abroad, specialist travel insurer PJ Hayman has launched its first policy covering medical bills arising from complications after cosmetic, dental or elective surgery abroad.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEuropean all-inclusive holidays become ‘incredibly popular’More Brits are choosing to take all-inclusive holidays to Europe in an attempt to keep costs down.Increasing numbers of people could book flights to Cornwall this summer, findings suggestMore Brits could be booking flights to Newquay,Increasing numbers of Brits book flights to LatviaMore people are booking flights to Latvialast_img read more

Parents of disabled children want more school chaperones

first_imgAround 50 parents have filed complaints with the children’s rights commissioner over the last few days over the non-appointment of school chaperones for their disabled children, it emerged on Wednesday.The dispute continued on Wednesday at the House education committee meeting as parents cited problems over the chaperone assignment procedure, and the education ministry insisted that over the past five years they have hired more and more people for the job.Some parents of disabled children have been expressing their discontent the past few weeks over their children not being assigned school chaperones. Chaperons are hired at the beginning of each school year to assist children with disabilities in school. They help them move about, eat, go to the toilet, and generally watch over them.A representative of the children’s rights commissioner told MPs that the office had received around 50 complaints recently from parents of disabled children over the non-appointment of chaperons for their children.Parents complained that, in many cases, the commissioner’s representative said the chaperone appointing committee does not take into consideration their or their child’s preferences as to candidates for the job. Even when they object to a decision, parents said, it has no impact as their single vote doesn’t stand a chance against the four votes of the school district members who also have a say in the hiring procedure. The seven-member committee also includes of two education ministry officials.In some cases, the representative said, parents object to the hiring of an individual as a chaperone for their child and this creates tension among everyone involved, affecting the child negatively. In other cases, parents demand the hiring of a certain person as a chaperone, setting their own criteria which are not in line with the regulations. Sometimes they demand the removal of a chaperone because they do not feel he or she is experienced enough.Some parents also complained that their child has to share a chaperone with other children.The education ministry representative told MPs that the number of school chaperons has been gradually increasing over the last five years. Of the 622 chaperones employed in 2013 – 461 in primary and 161 in high schools – the number has risen to almost 800 in 2017 with 566 in primary and 227 in high schools. These chaperons serve in total 1,429 children, while 55 more people will be hired in 2018.The head of the House committee, Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis, urged the commissioner’s office and the education ministry to cooperate to look into each of these 50 reported cases.Akel MP Andreas Kafkalias stressed that the minimum criterion to hire a chaperone is a high school diploma, while there is no essential training of the people taking up these posts.MPs said that they would continue discussion on the issue in future meetings.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more