Zlatan, Cavani give Chelsea the blues

first_imgPARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.last_img read more

Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford

first_imgA man has been hospitalised after he was attacked in his house by six men with weapons in Lifford last night.The man was at home at Coneyburrow last night (Mon) at 7.30pm when the front door of his home was burst open.Six men armed with hammers and bars then attacked him and gave him a severe beating. The gang then fled the scene.The man was rushed to hospital but Gardai say his injuries are not life-threatening.Garda forensic teams are currently at the scene of the horrific attack.Garda Sergeant Eunan Walsh has issued an appeal for anybody who was in the area to contact them. At this stage Gardai are not aware of how the men made their escape.They are scanning CCTV footage in an effort to track the gang and their movements last night.“This was a terrifying ordeal and our forensic team are at the scene.“These six men came through the front door and subjected this man to a series of assaults.“We have still not determined what form of transport these men used and we would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anybody in the area at the time to contact us,” he said. All information on the incident can be forwarded to Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appealattackbarsGardaihammersLiffordlast_img read more

Get Ready for Honeycomb Apps: Full Android 3.0 SDK Available Now

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile Google has just announced the availability of the full SDK (software development kit) for Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version known as “Honeycomb.” The updated SDK Tools component is now available for download from here and the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin is here.Why is this news so exciting? Because it means that the Android 3.0 APIs (application programming interfaces) are now final. Or, more simply put, it means that Honeycomb-ready Android applications can now be published to the Android Market.According to the news from the official Android Developers blog, the release includes updates to the SDK Tools and ADT Plugin for Eclipse, specifically. The highlights here are:UI Builder improvements in the ADT Plugin:New Palette with categories and rendering previews. (details)More accurate rendering of layouts to more faithfully reflect how the layout will look on devices, including rendering status and title bars to more accurately reflect screen space actually available to applications.Selection-sensitive action bars to manipulate View properties.Zoom improvements (fit to view, persistent scale, keyboard access) (details).Improved support for layouts, as well as layouts with gesture overlays.Traceview integration for easier profiling from ADT. (details)Tools for using the Renderscript graphics engine: the SDK tools now compiles .rs files into Java Programming Language files and native bytecode.More information on this release is available via the Android Developers site.Although you have to run Honeycomb on your device in order to take advantage of the new Android 3.0 apps, there are already some interesting hacks out there that are seeing Honeycomb ported to non-tablet, non-3.0 mobile phones. For example, here’s a Honeycomb port to the Nexus One, courtesy of the XDA Developers, of course. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezlast_img read more

Some States Customize Weatherization Plans, but Will DOE Approve?

first_imgA few governors have developed fresh approaches to spending weatherization assistance funds, but it’s not yet clear their plans are improvements over the tried and trueMay 12 was the deadline for states to submit applications for Weatherization Assistance Program grants. In most cases, the Department of Energy, which manages the program and reviews weatherization grant applications, is expected to announce application approvals in June, and then release the funds that have been allocated to each state.There might be a few exceptions, though. As a story published this week by Stateline.org points out, governors in a few states have developed proposals that they believe will expedite weatherization activity – in other words, create jobs and complete energy efficiency upgrades more quickly than they might be using the nonprofit community organizations that have been weatherizing low-income homes for more than three decades – but their approval by the DOE isn’t guaranteed.Stateline.org notes, for example, that Texas plans to give half of its $326 million weatherization allotment to mayors in cities with populations of 75,000 or more rather than distributing it to the community action agencies that have done the work in the past. In Houston, the story explains, Mayor Bill White hopes to weatherize homes in “neighborhood sweeps” instead of on a house-by-house, case-by-case basis. A possible snag to that idea might lie in federal analyses that indicate sweeps tend to yield poorer efficiency results in each home, and also include households that don’t meet the DOE’s income eligibility requirements.Missouri also has pitched a sweeps proposal for 40 percent of its $128 million weatherization allotment, which would solicit competitive-bid proposals that would pool weatherization money with other housing assistance programs. A bidding process – to include bids from homebuilders as well as community groups – also is part of a proposal developed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for the state’s entire $132 million weatherization allocation.And in Massachusetts, the plan is to use about a quarter of its $122 million weatherization allocation for improvements in state and privately owned public housing. The potential problem: Weatherization program rules require that low-income tenants, not the landlords operating their buildings, benefit from the improvements.last_img read more

Insights from a Military Parent (Part 5): Adjusting to Home Life after Deployment

first_imgToday we continue our series, “Insights from a Military Parent,” an ongoing discussion in which Rhonda, National Guard spouse and mom of two young boys, responds to questions that arose from her telling of her family’s experience living through two deployments with two young children during our webinar presentation, “Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Parents.”In today’s post, Rhonda describes some of the military behaviors that took a while for her husband to shed after returning to home life, and how those behaviors were perceived by others, including the boys’ teachers. Awareness, communication and patience, Rhonda explains, are the keys to supporting military families (particularly Guard and Reserves) who are experiencing reintegration.Question: You’ve said that reintegration is a process that can take a while.  What advice would you give a teacher/provider who wants to support that parent as he or she reconnects to the child’s daily life, including school/child care, in ways that are sensitive to his or her adjustment?The two most critical times for our family were the months during pre-deployment and post-deployment. These are the times when routines are disrupted, finances are being juggled, family roles are evolving and revolving, and dad is acclimating – either to leaving or returning.Try to connect with both parents before the actual deployment if possible. This will help lay the groundwork for the post-deployment interactions. My husband joked at our pre-deployment teacher/parent meeting that he was just there to model his uniform. Ok, I was the one doing all the talking. However, we did talk about post-deployment issues in that pre-deployment meeting and his presence was important. He and I have discussed his post-deployment return to civilian life and reflected on how much our lives have changed. We anticipate that we will evolve again when he returns this time.Post-deployment is different for everyone. What we expected from reading the books and literature on post-deployment were insomnia, nightmares, aversion to crowds or large social gatherings, being in a state of high alert, and adjusting to family life. Sometimes we joked about going through a checklist of behaviors or situations that were outlined in the books.As a Guard family the transition from active duty in the war zone back to home is far more abrupt than for full-time military. He goes from being in a full-time military environment where everyone is in uniform, procedure and protocol are the norm, and everyone is on high alert – into a civilian world where people invade your personal space in the check-out line, honk their horns less than a second after the light changes, and debris on the road is really just debris. Every instinct and reaction, honed through military training and reinforced in the war zone, is still active, but the environment is more benign.As a family we had to help him bring out his civilian persona. Some adjustments are comical and others are a bit more stressful. For the first few weeks I felt like I was living with a teenage girl because he would stand in front of his closet with his hands on his hips staring at his clothes, then declare he had nothing to wear. After suggesting several different combinations of shirts, pants, shorts, etc. I left the room frustrated. He emerged ten minutes later back in uniform. This went on for several days until we went shopping so he could buy khaki cargo shorts and plain t-shirts in black, gray, and white. It took a few months to help him transition to a more varied wardrobe, but he still wears combat boots most days.Dressing wasn’t the only thing that went through a period of adjustment. He also switched his field of work. He could no longer work indoors in an office setting. He became a communications and cable installer which kept him physically active and constantly on the move. He had the right mix of human interaction and physical labor to keep him focused and at ease.  This helped considerably with re-establishing a routine and adjusting to the routine of family life.Friends, colleagues, and teachers also experienced a period of adjustment with us. The first few times he picked the boys up at school it was a “mission” and they were his “packages.” He was in uniform, moved briskly, didn’t speak, and barely made eye contact. When I picked the boys up a few days later I was updated on all the upcoming activities that were posted on the doors and on flyers that dad didn’t acknowledge. One of the teachers tentatively asked me if he was upset with the school. I was confused until she described his demeanor when he picked up the kids. I smiled and explained that he was doing the same thing at home. I shared with her what I had learned from the books about the process of going from a military to a civilian mindset, and that it would take time. Within a few months he was greeting folks, retrieving flyers, and exchanging pleasantries with other dads.The teachers and I worked together to make sure important notices weren’t overlooked or forgotten. One morning they called me at work to ask if i knew it was picture day. I dropped my head to my desk as I recalled what the boys were wearing that morning. You know it wasn’t good if they called. I asked how long I had to get them a change of clothes, hung up the phone, and raced to a Target. Luckily, I was only a few miles from the school and store and found suitable clothes for both of them. When dad picked them up that evening our oldest put his hands on his hips and snapped, “You forgot picture day! Mommy had to get us clothes and we do not like them!” Dad bought them ice cream. Guess who the hero is in our house!One other vestige of deployment that raised alarm with me and the teachers was dad’s tone. For the first few weeks his tone of voice was harsher and louder than prior to deployment. Again, this is the result of being in a war zone and interacting with other adults in tense situations. I would remind dad that we weren’t troops and that he was being really loud, or overly sensitive, to minor infractions. These were conversations best handled by me in private. If you encounter this with a recently returned military parent, take it up carefully with the home-front parent. Odds are it is already a topic under discussion in the home. If it isn’t, there may be an opportunity for helping the home front parent.Finally, be patient and be observant. Stay in communication with the home-front parent and don’t be surprised if certain events or activities are skipped or only attended for a brief time. Music programs, graduations, and other group events were difficult at first. I sat, he stood, in the back of the room and usually left right after the boys were done with their part. As time went on, he mellowed and actually sat through an entire event. Reintegration is different for everyone and it can take months, sometimes years, to find balance and harmony._________________________________________________________________Rhonda will be sharing more insights and recommendations about the reintegration process during our webinar, “Getting to Know You (Again): Helping Young Children Adjust to the Return of a Military Parent,” on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 EDT. This link will take you to the page where you can log in – no registration is necessary. The webinar will also be recorded and available at the same link approximately 2 days after the live event.Part 1: The Power of Hearing Their StoriesPart 2: Understanding Parenting DecisionsPart 3: Why I’m Reluctant to Talk to YouPart 4: Responding to Misbehavior with Compassion__________________________________________________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

Odisha Congress leader Narasingha Mishra says ‘no’ to red beacon, security cover

first_imgDoing away with the VIP culture, Leader of the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra has stopped using the red beacon on his vehicle. “I am not in favour of using the red beaconin the vehicle of the Leader of Opposition. Therefore, I am no more using it,” Mr. Mishra said in a letter to the Odisha Chief Secretary, on Thursday.The veteran Congress leader, who represents Balangir Assembly constituency , has also asked the government not to provide him police escort during his tours and has also sought withdrawal of the security“I also don’t require police escort during my tour. Neither within the district of Balangir nor outside the district. So the police escort facility provided to me may be withdrawn,” Mr. Mishra said in his letter. He has marked copies of the letter to Principal Secretaries of the Home and Commerce & Transport Departments of the State government for necessary action.last_img read more

The National Gallery of Canada acquires masterpiece by 20th century Scandinavian painter

first_imgThe painting shows a room illuminated by a ray of sunlight beaming through a window that remains out of view. Above an elegant neo-classical sofa, set alongside a chair and a closed secretaire, hangs the portrait of a 19th century gentleman in full view. The window casts a distorted outline against the wall, contrasting with the architectural order of the furniture arrangement. A woman, occupied by some undiscernible task, sits at a table. As is often the case in Hammershøi’s paintings, her back is turned to the viewer without revealing her identity.“This painting is exciting on many levels,” said NGC Associate Curator for European and American Art, Anabelle Kienle-Poňka, “Hammershøi used his apartment as a stage set; while we are drawn into his world, the artist’s reserve keeps us at bay. It is this tension between intimacy and privacy that makes Sunshine in the Drawing Room so compelling.”At the turn of the last century, the Scandinavian artist’s work set him apart from his contemporaries. “Hammershøi has a distinct style: innovative, but rooted in tradition,” Kienle- Poňka noted. “While he was well aware of other Modernist movements, he charted his own, independent course.”Modest, reclusive and introspective, Hammershøi’s oeuvre encompasses some 370 paintings. Throughout his life he devoted himself to a limited range of subject matter: nudes, interior scenes and architectural landscapes. While a major figure in Scandinavia, he was little known in the rest of Europe and North America. Interest in Hammershøi’s art has greatly increased in recent years, owing to a number of major exhibitions in Europe, Japan and North America.Hammershøi was one of the painters featured at the legendary Exhibition of Contemporary Scandinavian Art held in New York in 1912, which was received with critical acclaim. At its second venue at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo in 1913, the exhibition also had a lasting impact on members of the Group of Seven, whose work is represented in great depth in the National Gallery of Canada’s national collection.Connect with the GalleryFollow the Gallery’s latest news on its social media networks:  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.HoursThe Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm. Closed Mondays. Free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. For more information call 613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS.AdmissionTickets: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors and full-time students); $6 (youth: 12-19); $24 (families: two adults and three youth). Admission is free for children under the age of 12 and for Members. Includes admission to the NGC Collection.About the National Gallery of CanadaThe National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains an extensive touring art exhibition programme. For more information: gallery.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Sunshine in the Drawing Room, painted in 1910 by one of Denmark’s most celebrated artists, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916), is now part of the European Collection of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). An important example of Hammershøi’s renowned contemplative interior scenes, it is the first work by the artist in the Gallery’s collection and the second to enter a public collection in Canada. Visitors to the Gallery will be able to view the painting starting today.“The Gallery’s acquisition of Sunshine in the Drawing Room fills a gap in our European collection for the period around 1900,” said the National Gallery’s Chief Curator, Paul Lang, “The work offers us the opportunity to introduce the public to an artist of considerable importance in the Scandinavian school of painting.”Sunshine in the Drawing Room depicts the living room that doubled as Hammershøi’s studio in the apartment where the artist and his wife lived for ten years in Copenhagen. Having been in private hands since its creation, the work is excellent condition. It is the last in a series of four depictions of the drawing room and the only one painted after 1903, thereby offering a revisionist view of the interior from a different perspective.last_img read more

Meghan Markle feels imprisoned in the Royal Palace Duchess seriously reconsidering her

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been under a lot of scrutiny ever since she joined the Royal Family. But that is the trade-off, everyone knows that living as a Royal is different from being a celebrity. Though both have similar elements.And Meghan Markle is well-versed in being in the spotlight as a celebrity, so she already had an advantage. But it seems that the advantage of being a celebrity may be the main reason she feels trapped under the thumb of the Royal Family.Meghan Markle could sooner or later “wonder why she agreed” to marry into the Royal family according to a Royal expert.Appearing on the documentary, Meghan Markle: The First 100 Days, royal correspondent Helen Kirwan Taylor said: “I think, at the beginning, every event is exciting because she has never done them before. “In two years time when she is being rolled out to some godforsaken dark wet city in freezing conditions, I think she is going to wonder why she agreed to this.” Royal author Duncan Larcombe called the Duchess of Sussex a “prisoner” of the royal family.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesHe said: “I don’t think even Meghan could have really comprehended the scale of the sacrifice she was making by saying I do.”It is basically ‘I do Harry, so I don’t for the rest of my life’.”She is now sadly a prisoner inside that cocoon world.”Now, normally, we wouldn’t agree with the definition of Meghan being a prisoner, but ever since she got pregnant, we have wondered If the increased scrutiny on her every move could be akin to be ing a prisoner in a cage.last_img read more

HSBC to Axe 25000 Jobs Globally in a Major Cost Reduction Move

first_imgGlobal banking major HSBC on Tuesday announced that it would cut around 25,000 jobs across its offices globally, as a part of the company’s new strategy to cut down costs and boost returns to its shareholders.As per the fresh job cuts, about 8,000 HSBC employees in the UK are expected to lose their jobs.The latest reduction in workforce will see nearly 10% layoffs from the bank’s current employee strength, mainly impacting its retail operations and investment banking.The bank aims to give “a return on equity” of over 10% by 2017 against a earlier estimate of 12-15% by 2016.Stuart Gulliver, who assumed charge as the chief executive of the banking giant in 2011, has already reduced its global head count to 257,000 from 296,000 besides a new wave of job cuts indicated on Tuesday.”HSBC has an unrivalled global position: access to high-growth markets; a diversified universal banking model with strong funding and a low risk profile; and strong internal capital generation with industry-leading dividends. We recognise the world has changed and we need to change with it,” Gulliver told The Guardian.The world’s third largest bank by assets plans to shut down branches in seven key markets, where the employee count is 48,000. The new job cuts come in the wake of bank’s increased focus on Asian markets.”The world is becoming increasingly connected, with Asia expected to show high growth and become the centre of global trade over the next decade. I am confident that our actions will allow us to capture expected future growth opportunities and deliver further value to shareholders,” Gulliver said.Gulliver has also announced the criteria to determine on moving its headquarters out of UK, from where it has been functioning since 1992. Under the new plan, the bank will sell its businesses in Turkey and Brazil.”The moves to close Brazil and Turkey were pretty much widely expected so a significant catalyst should be something like spinning off the Asian or U.K. businesses, or if they close other divisions that are money-losing like the U.S. and perhaps even Mexico,” King Lip, chief strategist at Baker Avenue Asset Management, told CNBC. The chief executive already reduced the bank’s global footprint to 73 countries from 87.However, James Antos, an analyst at Mizuho Securities Asia, said that the bank would not regain investor confidence by this restructuring plan.”Slaughtering the staff is not necessarily the solution unless management makes the bank considerably less complex,” he told BBC.last_img read more