Apple sends event invites amid rumours of iPad update

first_imgEARLIER TODAY, APPLE sent out invitations to a special event on 22 October in San Francisco, revealing little about what is expected to be a day devoted to iPad updates.Emailed invitations bore few details other than time, place and the message:“We still have a lot to cover.”A colorful graphic in the shape of an iPad showed Apple’s iconic logo under a shower of colorful leaves.The invitations came about a week after unconfirmed reports that Apple will show off a new version of its popular iPad tablet computer that will be thinner than its predecessor and boast improved camera capabilities.Scrutiny of Apple’s supply chain has industry trackers thinking the new iPad will get “narrower, thinner, and lighter” and possibly built with processors at least as powerful as those used in the freshly-launched iPhone 5S, according to Gartner analyst Van Baker.An upgraded version of the iPad mini with an improved screen is also expected.Baker will be watching for whether new iPad models have 64-bit processors as engines in a significant boost that would enable tablets to handle more heavy weight programs and games.“It has the potential to make tablets much more compelling devices in terms of content creation; making devices more sophisticated with more horsepower-hungry applications,” the analyst said.“It will increase the likelihood that tablets will displace PCs (personal computers).”Building more powerful computing engines in iPads would also ramp up gaming capabilities, Baker said, while adding: “Not that it needs a lot of help.”He also suggested that top-end full-size iPads could get a fingerprint recognition security feature that has proven a hit in the iPhone 5S.Such upgrades would promise to entice buyers to pay a bit more for full-size tablets from Apple instead of chosing lower-priced Mini models, boding well for the company’s bottom line, according to the analyst.The iPad remains the largest-selling tablet, according to surveys, but its market share is being eroded by rivals using the Google Android operating system.Apple was also expected to discuss its computer operating system and its MacBook laptop line at the event, timed for the start of the year-end holiday shopping season.Apple is coming off a wildly successful launch of two new iPhone models last month. The California firm said it sold a record nine million iPhones in the three days after launching two new versions of the smartphone.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Microsoft kills off the Zune HD

first_imgEarly yesterday, someone at Microsoft accidentally pushed an update to the Zune website that removed references to the Zune Player line from its pages. The update caused several blogs to announce that Microsoft had killed off its PMPs, though a Zune team member quickly responded via Twitter that these reports were false. The Zune HD product page was still there. Just a publishing gaffe, the staffer said.Today, however, it’s official. Microsoft has once again updated the site and this time there’s no question: the Zune HD is dead. It’s still available for purchase for now, but Microsoft won’t be producing any more Zune players. Current owners will still receive warranty coverage and can send their Zunes in for repair, recent orders will still ship, and devices will continue to work with Zune services.The Zune didn’t achieve massive retail success, but it certainly performed much better than the Kin phones. The focus now, however, is on the Windows Phone 7 devices produced by Microsoft’s many manufacturing partners. Could we see a Windows Phone powered PMP in the future? Certainly. It took a while for Android OEMs like Sony and Samsung to finally produce non-phone devices, but as long as Apple continues to make the iPod touch there’s a market for alternatives.Not everyone wants a media device that’s tied to a contract, after all, and Windows Phone is certainly capable of powering a device like the Zune HD. Microsoft definitely won’t be producing one, but someone might. We’ll just have to wait and see — perhaps the Tango update aimed at low-cost phones will make this possible.More at WPCentrallast_img read more

Trains not stopping at Portarlington Station due to fire in nearby building

first_img Emergency services dealing with the fire this evening. Image: Paddy Hartnett via Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4549954 Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 6:02 PM 13,683 Views Image: Paddy Hartnett via Twitter Emergency services dealing with the fire this evening. Mar 19th 2019, 6:02 PM Share61 Tweet Email3 Trains not stopping at Portarlington Station due to fire in nearby building There are currently bus transfers operating between Portarlington and Portlaoise stations. Emergency Services are attending.Portarlington is a busy rail station and town on the border of Laois and Offaly. Trains pass through travelling to and from Dublin and the west and southwest of the country.  By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 2 Comments IRISH RAIL TRAINS are currently not stopping at Portarlington Station due to a fire in a nearby building.There are currently delays of up to 50 minutes on services leaving Heuston Station in Dublin.Emergency services are currently attending the fire and Portarlington Station has been temporarily closed. There are bus transfers operating between Portarlington and Portlaoise stations.Irish Rail said it currently did not have information on when trains would resume stopping at the station. “Services will not stop at Portarlington due to a fire in a building adjacent to the station,” the rail service said on Twitter. last_img read more

Moula Australias fintech future

first_imgTechnology and financial services have been interrelated for years, but a new word – ‘fintech’ – is now used to describe a revolution in the financial services sector, with the pioneers including Melbourne’s Aris Allegos – co-founder of Moula.Key to Moula’s success is the speed at which a business can have a loan approved, often not more than 10 minutes, with funds received within 24 hours.With Fintech growth a direct result of innovation in accessing data, Allegos, of Cypriot heritage, recognised the difficulties faced by small businesses in accessing finance, and set about building Moula to solve the problem.As co-founder and CEO of the company, Allegos, who has an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, spent more than 15 years working in banking. Prior to that he experienced the challenges faced by small businesses first hand in his own family’s retail food business. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Allegos says 2016 will be a vital year for his company.“This year promises to be an exciting one for Moula, and financial innovation in general; we’ve now established ourselves as Australia’s leading data-driven SME lending platform, with 2016 being the year we become more mainstream.”To illustrate the health of the fintech market, Fairfax Media this month chose Moula as one of the most likely companies to transform the financial services market. Established three years ago, Moula has 25 staff in Melbourne offering average loans to small businesses of between $40,000 and $50,000. With Moula’s loans approval process entirely online, its credit checks involve accessing the applicant’s online data sources – cloud- based accounting software and bank accounts – to enable real-time underwriting. Key to Moula’s success is the speed at which a business can have a loan approved, often not more than 10 minutes, with funds received within 24 hours. Last year the company snared $30 million in equity funding from Liberty Financial in its first major deal to finance its loans. It has also linked up with accounting software maker Xero to boost its market presence.Allegos says despite much media coverage of fintechs, most businesses are ignorant of alternatives to the banks, and distrust the new financial services kids on the block. In an effort to combat false impressions, Moula recently teamed up with Digital Finance Analytics to produce the first index of the impact of fintech services on the Australian market, raising the profile of the new lending options among borrowers and to establish data to influence government policy.One of the fintech industry’s most articulate spokesmen, Allegos was one of the signatories of a recent submission to the federal government, arguing that it risks losing billions of dollars of taxation revenue unless it reforms laws to enable Australia to become the leading fintech market in the Asia region. The warning was sent to ministers from 32 financial technology start-ups who are calling for the Turnbull government’s recent innovation statement to be amended to make developing a thriving fintech industry a priority. The submission highlights the need for reform by pointing to poor policy settings in Australia compared to the UK, US, and Singapore. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Melbourne Masterclasses Greek Mythology – Religion and Art in Ancient Greece

first_imgEach week case studies on figural vases from The University of Melbourne’s collection will be used to explore the relationship between religion and art in ancient Greece. Imagery, object function and use, and Greek mythology from an archaeological perspective will be examined. Supplementary material, such as coins, a variety of ancient ceramics, and teaching collection sherds will be used to illustrate the broader themes addressed in the program and related participatory activities.Participants will gain analytical skills by placing depictions of Greek mythology into a broader context of civic, cultural, and household significance; evaluate archaeological and art historical criteria relating to Greek mythology, and the significance of context in the evaluation of ancient evidence.Presenters: Dr Aleksandra Michalewicz, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne Dr Heather Graybehl, Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Ancient Cultures, Monash UniversityEvent sessions:-Wednesday 24 August: Examining Myths -Wednesday 31 August: Examining Archaeological Evidence -Wednesday 7 September: Greek Mythology in Context -Wednesday 14 September: Archaeological Approaches to Greek MythologyThe final session includes a participant-led exercise, with other figural vases from The University of Melbourne’s collection being examined in groups, and findings presented to the rest of the class (optional).Series pass: $190 University of melbourne Alumni, staff and students, and Ian Potter Museum of Art Members / $220 Non Alumni, Non MemberWhen: 24/08/2016 – 14/09/2016 6.15pm – 8.30pm Where: Weeks 1 and 4 will take place at the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Building 136). Weeks 2 and 3 will be held at the Arts West (Building 148) The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010For more information please contact Caterina Sciacca, Community Education Manager, Faculty of Arts at caterina.sciacca@unimelb.edu.au or phone +61 3 8344 3996 or head to www.unimelb.edu.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Heroes Breakfast honors ordinary, extraordinary people

first_imgNearly all the men and women honored Friday at the annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast had the same claim: I am not a hero; I just did what anyone would do. The event is in its 20th year of honoring local, ordinary people who did extraordinary things to help save others. It also celebrated another milestone: a century of the Red Cross serving the Oregon and Southwest Washington area.“We’re here because there’s always a need here,” said Dennis Rugg, executive director for Red Cross Southwest Washington Cascades Region. Moreover, Rugg said, there are volunteers here willing to help with that need. Ninety-five percent of the organization’s workforce is volunteer, and they do a majority of the work: installing smoke alarms, collecting blood donations and comforting victims after disaster. “The opportunity to recognize the courageous and lifesaving acts of our heroes is something we look forward to throughout the entire year,” Rugg said.last_img read more

Rashmi Gautam‏ on Bottle TopCap Challenge How bloody jobless are people Videos

first_img#BottleCapChallenge #JasonStatham @akshaykumar ? pic.twitter.com/92PTjcvNDz— Ganesh (@Official_Ganesh) July 3, 2019 Rashmi GautamTwitterTV anchor Rashmi Gautam has come down heavily upon the people, who are taking or promoting‏ on Bottle Top/Cap Challenge on social media. The actress described them as the bloody jobless people.Now, hashtags like #bottletopchallenge and #BottleCapChallenge have been trending on social media for the past few days. Who started the challenge? If we are to go by the report, it all began with taekwondo instructor and fighter Farabi Davletchin’s post on June 25. But it went viral after mixed martial-artist Max Holloway tried it out. Followed this, many other celebrities did later. That’s how they began trending.What is the Bottle Top/Cap Challenge? This is about untwisting the cap of a bottle placed on a table. The cap should just fly off the bottle, which should remain stationary at that particular moment. Though it looks quite a task, there seems to be no social agenda behind and it is just a fun task, which has caught the attention of fitness freaks.Rashmi Gautam‏ is active on social media and often voices her views on current affairs. She was disturbed to see the trending of this challenge, which she feels is a useless task. She took to Twitter to bash the people and wrote, “#bottletopchallenge #BottleCapChallenge Seriously How bloody jobless are people If only they put all that energy into something constructive Guys get a real life.”In reply, one of her followers named Arun‏ (@arunmadhavuni) tweeted, “The best part is now people will mock at Rash in the process of defending it .” Responding to him, Rashmi Gautam tweeted, “Absolutely And my answer KEEP YAPPING I have all the right to have an opinion just like the rest do Take it or leave it I’m not getting effected by the #MOBMENTALITY / #HERDMENTALITY.”Akshay Kumar, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Arjun Sarja, Kannada actor Ganesh and Jason Statham have also taken the challenge. Before their fans started attacking her, Rashmi Gautam wrote, “And people who are taking big names with regard to the challenge kindly go thru the contribution they have made all the good work they have done which most of the followers don’t even bother picking a cue from.”last_img read more

Judge Says Yes To Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Family Separation Policy

first_imgA federal judge in California is allowing a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant families at the border to proceed. “Such conduct, if true, is brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency,” wrote U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California in his ruling on Wednesday. Hundreds of children have been separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for people who cross the Southern border illegally — even those who are requesting asylum in the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month that the Justice Department will prosecute anyone who crosses the border illegally. Sessions says the administration is trying to discourage illegal immigration, mainly from Central America. Since children cannot go to jail with their parents, hundreds of migrant children — some as young as 18 months — have been placed in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In February, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the practice, which it calls cruel and inhumane. The administration moved to dismiss the case in early April. But Sabraw refused, ruling that the “wrenching separation” of children from their parents may violate the families’ right to due process. “In the most forceful language, the court rejected the Trump administration’s claim that the Constitution permits it to engage in the inhumane practice of tearing little children away from their parents,” said Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.The Justice Department declined to comment. The plaintiffs in the case include Mrs. L, a Congolese immigrant who says she was separated from her 7-year-old daughter after applying for asylum at a port of entry. Another plaintiff, Mrs. C, fled from Brazil and crossed the border with her 14-year-old son. According to the lawsuit, she waited eight months to be reunited with her son after serving a jail sentence for illegal entry. The ACLU is seeking a nationwide injunction. But that relief could be weeks or months away, if it comes at all. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Loot Drop episode 1 Captain America Super Soldier Gear

first_imgWill “AggroWill” Greenwald presents a new regular video feature: Loot Drop! When geek toys lean much closer to “toy” than “gadget” and are aimed more at either kids or collectors, Will is there to take a look. Nerf guns, giant robots, novelty appliances, and Japanese import figures — all find a place on Will’s bench.This week is Hasbro’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in role-playing toy line. Captain America Super Soldier Gear includes the Stealthfire Shield, Battle Helmet, and Recon Rangefinder — a shield, mask, and scope, respectively, with role-play and projectile gimmicks.All three toys include some sort of blaster feature, and have interlocking connectors so you can mix and match different parts. The Battle Helmet comes with a small plastic rocket launcher that clips to the side of the mask, the Recon Rangefinder unfolds into a plastic disc-shooting gun, and the Stealthfire Shield has a hidden four-shot Nerf gun built into the star in the middle.The Stealthsfire Shield is the stand-out toy, just because of how stupidly fun it is. Pull the lever back and a four-shot Nerf gun spins out of the logo in the middle. After you fire four times, the gun retracts automatically. It looks cool despite being silly, though it won’t replace your Nerf Maverick any time soon.For cube warfare, all three toys are sadly kind of lame. The plastic darts and discs will get lost in minutes, and none of the toys seem to be able to send their projectiles farther than ten feet. That includes the Stealthfire Shield, which shoots inconsistently and seldom sent darts a greater distance than I could toss them myself. Nerf modders might want to play with the mechanism and see if they can turn it into a real cube weapon and not a novelty shield with an unreliable holdout blaster inside.Hasbro’s Captain America Super Soldier Gear is available at most toy stores and other large retailers. The Stealthfire Shield and Battle Helmet retail for $19.99 each, and the Recon Rangefinder retails for $9.99. The shield’s really fun even if it doesn’t shoot very well, but you can find better Nerf guns and less expensive Cap masks outside of the Super Soldier Gear line.last_img read more

What the Internet of Things Means for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read November 14, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. It’s the tech term du jour: the “Internet of Things.” Simply stated, it’s the connection of technology devices to the Internet, everything from smartphones, coffeemakers, cars and lamps to anything with an on-off switch.In many ways, the move has been almost inevitable with the cost of broadband Internet decreasing, the creation of more devices with Wi-Fi capabilities and the penetration of smart devices further into the human experience. The Internet of Things is just the logical next step.  So yes, the Internet of Things is growing significantly but perhaps more important from a business perspective is the recognition of the benefits that result from connecting devices to the web. This has seeded the makings of a brave new world for enterprising entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on a market projected to add almost $2 trillion in value to the global economy by 2019.Unlike managers at large corporations, entrepreneurs have more freedom to explore and experiment with new ideas. But where should they start? Here are just a few areas for possible exploration: Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life             1. Medicine.Hospitals collect a massive amount of data. But what if that information were connected to a central or aggregated intelligence-management structure that allowed for deep, complex analysis.Sure, the distribution of drugs and monitoring of blood pressure is observed regularly by hospital staff. With the Internet of Things, this data could be channeled into activities to dramatically improve care, reduce the length of stays and lower the transmission of disesases and infections rates. 2. Manufacturing.Take a moment to consider the typical manufacturing facility. It might be made up of hundreds of tools and processes. Many of these likely produce intelligent data that could be used to improve efficiency.At an automobile manufacturing facility, dozens of tools are connected to networks and storage devices, but more often than not this information is kept in discrete silos. The Internet of Things could deliver this information to a central intelligence forum, where it could then be used to more quickly improve processes and achieve operational goals. Related: 5 Steps the ‘Smart’ Home Industry Must Take to Develop a Consumer Market3. Retail.Historically, retail operations have had very few functions fully connected. Sure, point of sales systems have been connected to inventory management systems and security systems have become intertwined with video, audio and sensory technology. But overall, this has been only done mostly on the individual store level and has provided little opportunity for retail franchises to manage.Today, with customers calling the shots and demanding a world-class consumer experience, the Internet of Things can play a central role in delivering it. When customers call, agents could figure who they are, their buying history and what they might ant to buy next. The Internet of Things can allow for innovation, a sales lift and a happier customer base. But where is the business opportunity for entrepreneurs? Opportunities can be created by investment, supported by data. Delivering data accurately is where the opportunity lies. A few key products and services that enterprising entrepreneurs might want to consider offering include the following: Sensor enablement. The benefits realized from the Internet of Things are only as good as the data that feeds it. Development of sensors for the machines, gadgets, transportation systems and people that fuel Internet of Things will continue to grow.Data analytics. The need to dig deep and provide well-informed recommendations based upon real-time data will increase astronomically. At first, such services might be performed in-house staffers or by consulting firms. Over time, however, it will need be done by business professionals who are well-versed in the specific skills. The need for intelligent software that can perform this type of analysis for business-minded end users to act on is no doubt rising. Infrastructure investment. Deployment of the Internet of Things requires strong, innovative and secure network infrastructures. More bandwidth will be required to handle the higher demand, data usage and new users involved with the Internet of Things. With projections from Gartner showing that by 2020, the Internet of Things will support a base of 26 billion devices, the time to act is now. The opportunity to help deliver and do consulting related to the network infrastructure expansion will only continue to grow. The Internet of Things is slated to change business as usual. It will provide the opportunity to create unique, practical and innovative products and services for a new generation of consumers. Getting there will require hard work and ingenuity and entrepreneurs are suited to deliver just that.  Related: Why the Investment Potential of the ‘Internet of Things’ May Be Overblown Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Bones belong to murdered woman

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “We were just walking along when we saw two women up on the mountain. They looked scared as if they had seen something unusual,” explained one of the schoolboys. Rumours have been doing the rounds for a while now that a woman was raped and murdered there. This is because condoms were found scattered around and on top of the bones. Others believe this is muti related.The teenagers immediately assumed that the bones were of human origin because of the rumours they have heard about a dead woman’s body on the hill. When a Gazette journalist went to investigate, he found that people are terrified to walk on the hill for fear that the area is cursed. People are also angry, saying that the police are not even bothering to investigate the matter.On closer inspection it became very clear to the journalist that the bones were of an unknown animal.This story will be updated as soon as we have a response from the police. Skeletal remains found on a deserted hilltop in Ezakheni C-section have struck terror into the hearts of community members, with rumours abounding that the bones are those of a woman who was raped and murdered on the hill.The bones were stumbled upon by two boys walking home from school on Wednesday afternoon. The boys say that the police were notified about the ‘discovery’, but to date no one has bothered to investigate the matter.last_img read more

SPTO Marketing Manager Alisi reignites her passion for diving with the Sharks

first_imgVisibility was not particularly good that day but this did not affect the experience one bit, as the sharks and other fish species came up quite close. There were about 6 adult bull sharks at 6-8 feet long, swimming and feeding just at arm’s reach of the dive masters. It was an exhilarating experience and I was literally screaming with elation through my regulator (the equipment that links many pieces of my gear – from my scuba tank to my BCD (vest), submersible pressure gauge (SPG), alternate air source and me). There were more reef sharks than bulls, mainly the 4 species of tawn nurses, greys, white and black tips and an even more wonderful display of other fish species – groupers, trevallies, parrotfishes, triggerfishes and many more. I for one having last dived about 6 years ago, was sort of hoping the dive would be cancelled but my dear friend Una was ever the enthusiast and rain or shine, she was focused on getting her next shark dive ticked off her list. At just a few minutes after 8am, we arrived at the Beqa Adventure Divers (BAD) office located at the Lagoon Resort in Pacific Harbour. First on the agenda, we checked in at the reception with the lovely Nanise who has been with BAD as a loyal staff for years and a prominent face in Fiji’s dive tourism industry. Her wonderful smile and kind words of welcome eased some of my reluctance and hesitation for the upcoming dive. After paying our marine reserve levy of FJD$25 (per person) and signing our life away into the safety of BAD and their dive masters, we were escorted by Marine Biologist and dive master, Manoa to suit up. As a Fijian, hailing from the province of Cakaudrove where the shark is sacred and has high cultural significance to our people, its protection is paramount not to just the survival of its specie but to safeguarding the health and sustainability of the marine ecosystem and food chain – for which our people rely on for daily sustenance. As a tourism professional, our industry is interlinked and dependent on the ocean and the shark is top of the food chain, the king of the ocean, the top predator that helps to keep the balance in our oceans, and so it is crucial that as an industry we are more aware of the impacts of development and ensure we support conservation efforts towards the survival of our Fijian sharks. On November 12th, 2018 on a rainy and cold day in Suva, I drove up early to Pacific Harbour with my childhood friend Una who was on holiday from Australia. We were going to do the shark dive and it wasn’t the first time for the both of us. The weather that Monday morning wasn’t very promising and it seemed like there was going to be a mini-cyclone or somewhat developing into one. This was the usual Suva weather but then again we were into the cyclone season, so anything was possible. I made it a point to inform the BAD dive crew that I had been out of practice for a while and that I would require some supervision. Dive master, Wase who is from Galoa village and the traditional fishing ground owners of Shark Reef was my dive buddy for the day. Despite some choppy waves and a slow descend mainly because I was trying to calm my excitement and nervousness at the same time, I enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view as we went down to 30meters and I was positioned alongside the rest of my group just in front of a reef wall.   Support the Adopt a Shark Initiative If you want to be a part of saving and protecting our Fijian Sharks, this initiative is a great start. Adopters can range from parents wanting to give a very special gift to their children to people interested in marine conservation to our avid divers and volunteers all the way to people who simply find it a cool thing to do!. Go to www.myfijishark.com/our-sharks to find out how you can ADOPT A SHARK today. The dive lasted about 40 minutes and the experience itself was worth walking up early and trudging through wet weather and roads to make it all happen and reignite my passion for exploring the underwater world and this great recreation of scuba diving. The bull sharks were extremely big and looked really heavy, apparently as some were expectant mothers. I was informed by the dive masters that it was birthing season and most bulls travel up river to give birth to their young then travel back to sea whilst their babies stay upriver until they are big enough to come back to the big ocean. This was also part of the reason that there weren’t many bull sharks on the day and it is said that during the bull shark season and on a given dive, you could see up to 20- 30 and even more. I would certainly have to come back, that’s for sure!. All geared up with our snorkels, fins, weights, BCD, regulator, tanks and much anticipated excitement, we were all set to brace for more rain and choppy waves as we departed the BAD base jetty for the Shark Reef Marine Reserve which was about a 40mins boat ride on the MV Hunter. There were two boats that went out that day and on the MV Hunter, our crew was made up of a German couple, an American couple, a solo European traveler, Una and I, and the BAD crew made up of 5 master divers and the boat captain. The post SPTO Marketing Manager Alisi reignites her passion for diving with the Sharks appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

PacificEuropean Union Marine Partnership Programme

first_imgSubmission of ApplicationCompleted applications can also be sent to:Ms Cherie MorrisInstitute of Marine ResourcesThe University of the South PacificLaucala Campus, Fiji Islands.Phone (+679) 323 2988 or 323 2929Email: cherie.morris@usp.ac.fj (preferred) Tuition fees (paid directly)Book allowance of up to FJD 1,875 for Masters students and FJD 3,000 for PhD studentsGeneral Services fees (paid directly)Health Services fees (paid directly)Living allowance of FJD 53,625 for Masters students (5 semesters) and FJD 85,800 for PhD students (8 semesters)Dependents allowance of FJD 27,205 for Masters students and FJD 43,528 for PhD students qualifying awardeesEstablishment allowance of FJD 1,942 for qualifying awardeesResearch grant – after the research plan and budget have been approved by the appropriate Research CommitteeTravel allowance of up to FJD 2,000 for qualifying awardees .vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525ac3a:hover{color: #ffffff;background-color: #c6771b;border: none;background-position: 100% 0;}.vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525ac3a{color: #ffffff;border: none;background-color: #f77300;background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);background-image: linear-gradient(to right, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);-webkit-transition: all .2s ease-in-out;transition: all .2s ease-in-out;background-size: 200% 100%;} Application Form *Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor. The PEUMP scholarship award in 2019 will comprise the following: .vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525be79:hover{color: #ffffff;background-color: #c6771b;border: none;background-position: 100% 0;}.vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525be79{color: #ffffff;border: none;background-color: #f77300;background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);background-image: linear-gradient(to right, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);-webkit-transition: all .2s ease-in-out;transition: all .2s ease-in-out;background-size: 200% 100%;} Applicant Checklist Applications An Applicant Checklist is provided to aid the applicant, and must be submitted with the application. Preference will be given to students with a strong interest in one or more of the following:Marine Protected Area management and Marine Spatial PlanningCoastal Environment, Ecosystems, Iconic SpeciesFood Security, Energy Security and Sustainable LivelihoodsFisheries and Marine Resource Policy, Negotiations and GovernanceCommunity-based Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries ManagementAssessment and management of data-poor fisheriesClimate and Environmental Accounting and FinancingOcean Acidification and PollutionMonitoring and Evaluation for Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Risk Management Projects focused on fisheries, coastal ecosystems or marine resource developmentSustainable Development of Marine Resources, Blue EconomiesOther climate change, adaptation, mitigation, and marine or fisheries related topicsA willingness to start work as soon as possible would be beneficial. Applications are invited for suitably qualified Pacific Island Country nationals for Graduate Scholarships to undertake a Master’s Degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research only at the University of the South Pacific (USP).Eight awards are tenable from mid-2019. The research will involve fieldwork and data analysis related to fisheries or sustainable marine development in the target beneficiary countries. The countries are: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Research Areascenter_img The post Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Completed Applicant Detail FormCover letter or a letter of applicationAn outline of proposed research topic research Intent– which demonstrates knowledge of the proposed subject *Curriculum vitaeName and contact details of three refereesCertified true copies of relevant transcripts and certificatesProof of citizenship Closing date for application is 5th April 2019. Scholarship ConditionsThese scholarships are for full-time study (for Masters Degree, 5 semesters and for PhD, 8 semesters), beginning in Semester 2, 2019.Scholarship holders will also be expected to contribute to the USP PEUMP project activities as required. Application Forms .vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525b582:hover{color: #ffffff;background-color: #c6771b;border: none;background-position: 100% 0;}.vc_btn3-style-gradient-custom.vc_btn-gradient-btn-5c8f0e525b582{color: #ffffff;border: none;background-color: #f77300;background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);background-image: linear-gradient(to right, #f77300 0%, #c6771b 50%,#f77300 100%);-webkit-transition: all .2s ease-in-out;transition: all .2s ease-in-out;background-size: 200% 100%;} Research Intent Below are the forms and documents required to apply for Pacific EU Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Postgraduate Research Scholarships. Benefits and Conditions Applicants must be nationals of one of the 15 target countries, and preferably be 35 years or younger for Masters studies and 45 years or younger for PhD studies at the time of application to be considered for the scholarship.  Applicants for a Master’s programme must have completed a Postgraduate Diploma with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above. Applicants for a PhD programme must have completed a Masters degree.The application must include:last_img read more

Flag carrier PAL lauds lifting of US security notice on NAIA

first_imgThe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the travel advisory on the Philippines’ busiest airport in December 2018, saying the hub’s security falls short of international standards.The advisory was lifted 7 months after new X-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors and alarm systems were installed in the airport. DOT welcomes lifting of US security notice on NAIA MANILA – Philippine Airlines on Friday lauded the United States’ decision to lift its security advisory on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).The flag carrier congratulated the Philippine government for upgrading the security in the country’s main gateway to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.”As the flag carrier and largest international airline operating at the NAIA, Philippine Airlines will continue to cooperate with the DOTr (Department of Transportation) and MIAA (Manila International Airport Authority) to sustain the positive developments so that our passengers benefit from a safe and secure gateway airport in their journeys to and from Manila,” PAL said in a statement.PAL operates flights to US destinations Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Guam and Honolulu.The Department of Tourism earlier said the development could boost the government’s efforts to lure more tourists to the country.“We, at DOT, are very elated and encouraged by this development as we renew our commitment to extend to the public, particularly our international visitors, the highest potentials of the Filipino brand of service,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.”This development also augurs well for the DOT’s efforts to increase tourist arrivals and for the development of a culture of resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism in the country,” she said.center_img NAIA security measures get US government approvallast_img read more

Fritz to lead Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

first_imgOlderMajor upgrade to Fleckalmbahn lift, Kitzbühel NewerComputer glitch sees dozens of British Airways flights cancelled Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has appointed Markus Fritz as the new general manager. He succeeds Jolijn Zeeuwen, who moved to Hilton Rotterdam. Fritz is a hotelier with more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He joined Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol this summer, after starting his career in hospitality within Hilton in 1999. He has since held a number of positions within Hilton at various hotels around the world, including Hilton hotels in London, Cologne, Vienna, Sofia and Prague. ADVERTISEMENTMost recently he worked as general manager for eight years at Hilton Cape Town City Centre and Durban, both in South Africa. In his new role, Fritz is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hotel connected to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with its 433 rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting and event space. He said: “I am thrilled to be in the Netherlands at Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “It is a privilege to be a part of this team and to work together on delivering heartfelt experiences, to our guests every day, to be the number one hotel choice at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.”last_img read more

The 19 most important assistant coaching hires of the 2019 season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Back by overwhelming demand, FootballScoop will once again examine the assistant coaching hires that will have the biggest impact on the college football season and the coaching job market in the 2019 season and beyond.No. 19: Bryan Brown, LouisvilleNo. 18: Phil Longo, North CarolinaNo. 17: Les Koenning, KansasWho: Andy AvalosTitle: Defensive coordinator Previous stop: Boise State linebackers coach (2012-15), defensive coordinator (2016-18)Why he’s important: We all know the phrase, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Avalos proved the inverse is true, “If you want to join them, beat them.”To be fair, Avalos, one of the best defensive players in Boise State history, wasn’t actively looking to leave when his alma mater faced Oregon in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl. But a game in which his Broncos defense limited Oregon to 280 total yards while registering four sacks, three turnovers, a pick-six and winning 10-of-14 third downs in a 38-28 Boise win.Fast forward a year and change later, and now Avalos is Oregon’s defensive coordinator. At a press conference in March, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal said the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl didn’t hurt, but that wasn’t what got him the job. “His presence as a teacher, his ability to articulate the defense, the answers that go with it from the front to the back really stick out,” Cristobal said.Cristobal was especially impressed at Avalos’s ability to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit.“The thing that really got us fired up about Coach Avalos and their scheme is that they’re so multiple. They can go from the odd front to the 4-down to the bear front, a lot of movement, a lot of pressure, very aggressive. The back end is very tied into what you do up front, the disguises as well as its coverages.“His ability to dissect and match personnel was really impressive to us. When we played Boise, it was as diverse as being in an odd front pre-snap, a quick spin and all of a sudden they’re in 4-down.”“His coaching is energizing, it gives you fuel,” outside linebacker Lamar Winston said in April. “You want to play good for him, you want to make him proud.”Cristobal sighted the 37-year-old Avalos’s penchant for forcing turnovers, pressuring the quarterback and winning third down as areas in which Oregon can improve, and Avalos indeed excelled in all three categories last season. Boise State was one of just five teams in 2018 to register at least three sacks per game and force at least 24 turnovers and limit opponents to a 33.3 percent or lower rate of third down conversions. Oregon didn’t meet one of those benchmarks last fall.Quarterback Justin Herbert turned down a chance to be a first-round millionaire, opting instead to run it back one more time. And it’s just not Herbert, either. The Ducks retain 10 offensive starters from a year ago and seven on the defense, while adding defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the highest-rated recruit Oregon has ever signed. The potential to return to Pac-12 glory is there, evidenced by Wednesday’s news that the Ducks enter the year as the (ever so slight) favorites to win the North Division..@Utah_Football tops the 2019 #Pac12FB Preseason Poll, while @oregonfootball is picked to win the North, in a poll of 35 media members who cover the league.Full story: https://t.co/88GPhD5bir pic.twitter.com/Od0F7mNvQN— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) July 24, 2019To take his program back to the mountaintop, Mario Cristobal will first need to climb over defending Pac-12 champion Washington, helmed by his new defensive coordinator’s former player and assistant. What’s that they say again, If you want to beat ’em, hire one of their former assistants?Yeah, I think it goes something like that.last_img read more

Hospital turning patients away due to lack of beds

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouPROBLEMS at the Nicosia General hospital came to a head on Tuesday night, when staff shortages and increased patient intake at the emergency department left nursing staff unable to provide care to many, the nurses’ union head Prodromos Argyrides said on Wednesday.According to Argyrides, the issue has been ongoing for the past one or two months, but not to the extent observed on Tuesday.“Despite the problems, we had been able to cope until Tuesday”, Argyrides said. “But recently we have been running out of beds to admit patients, resulting in some having to wait in emergency services for over 24 hours”.Argyrides said that the situation is so bad that there have been instances of people scheduled for surgery to come in and find that their beds have been taken up by other patients.“These beds are now occupied, and these people will come in today and find there are no beds for them”, Argyrides said. “They will complain, and they will be right”.“There is also a large number of patients who were here last night (Tuesday) and had paid the examination fee, but were forced to leave without treatment”.The nurse union rep vented his frustration by proposing a set of measures that could – but have yet to – be taken.“It seems that the need to operate the closed beds is a dire one”, he said. “It seems that the ministry needs to find ways for excess patients to be diverted to other facilities. Or it could engage the private sector – what else is there to do?”The union rep’s pleas for action did not go unanswered. By Wednesday afternoon, the Health ministry issued a statement with guidelines on how to treat excess patient intake, and authorising private-sector engagement.“Where bed occupancy approaches 100 per cent, patients should be transported, if their condition allows, to another General Hospital with excess capacity”, the statement said.Additionally, the ministry added, the Health ministry purchases services from private facilities on a lowest-cost basis.“The Health ministry appreciates the massive efforts exerted at public healthcare facilities by nurses, doctors and other healthcare practitioners, who are being called upon to tackle enormous workloads under extreme pressure”, the statement concluded.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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