Apple releases public beta of new iPhone iPad OS

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions. The final version of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems is scheduled to release later this year, most likely by September, TechCruch reported on Monday. However, because of bug-risks and chances of patchy experience, users are advised to proceed with caution and not install the beta versions on their primary iPhones and iPads. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to the report, while some apps and features would not work at all as part of the beta tests, but in some rare cases, beta softwares could also brick devices and make them unusable. Last week, the iPhone-maker announced the availability of the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Apple unveiled iOS 13 with features like the Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a 30 per cent snappier Face ID. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like the Indian-English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak in a more natural and expressive way – in both male and female voices. The users would be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style. According to the iPhone-maker, iOS 13 would reduce app download sizes by up to 50 per cent and make app updates over 60 per cent smaller, resulting in apps launching up to twice as fast. With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil. On the other hand, just like iOS 13, iPadOS with Dark Mode feature would be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4.last_img read more

Conversations For A Cause Return To Nerd HQ

first_imgZachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that brings the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to its global clientele, announced today that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international comic book and entertainment festival. This year Nerd HQ will again provide fans with a home base where they can experience cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exciting autograph signings, cornerstone events and exclusive parties, including Levi’s annual NERD Party.“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013,” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine. “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood’s most influential celebrities and creatives.”Returning this year is the very popular philanthropic panel series, “Conversations for a Cause” which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including: “Chuck,” “Doctor Who,” “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fist,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.” Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others. This year’s panels, which will be announced in the coming days, are sure to bring fun surprises and intriguing discussions. Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile.For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit read more

Algeria exPM Ali Benflis to run for presidency

first_imgALGIERS- Algerian former premier Ali Benflis Sunday said he would stand in the country’s presidential elections, after a 10-year absence from politics after he lost the 2004 poll to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.“With honour, determination, confidence and a lot of humility, I took the decision to be a candidate for the presidency of the republic,” Benflis, 71, told the press and his supporters.Bouteflika on Friday set the date for the vote as April 14, but has still not said whether he himself will be seeking a fourth term after more than 14 years in power. “I am motivated by national duty and it is in this spirit that I hope to propose and lead a project for Algeria with all Algerian men and women,” he said.Benflis was the second prime minister during Bouteflika’s first mandate as president, and then ran against him in 2004.He has a reputation as a human rights defender and is popular with intellectuals, but in 2004 he only won 6.4 percent of the vote, while Bouteflika was reelected with 85 percent of the ballot.During his speech, which lasted one and a half hours, Benflis, who also served as justice minister, said his priorities would be boosting the judiciary, creating jobs, and improving education and health services.He also said it was essential to “head towards a productive economy,” saying he had a programme with “innovative solutions”.The lawyer also said he would follow the policy of national reconciliation introduced by the current president to end the country’s civil war, which lasted more than 10 years and killed 200,000 people, according to official figures.Algerian electoral law requires each candidate to gather at least 60,000 signatures from supporters across no fewer than 25 provinces.last_img read more

Bernanke tells lawmakers Feds timetable for slowing its bond purchases not on

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bernanke tells lawmakers Fed’s timetable for slowing its bond purchases not on a preset course by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 8:49 am MDT WASHINGTON – Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is gradually improving but emphasized that the Federal Reserve is not locked into any timetable for scaling back policies aimed at jolting growth.The Fed chairman told Congress there is no “preset course” and that any decision to reduce its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program will depend on how the economy performs. And he said that the Fed could maintain or increase those purchases if it sensed the economy was weakening.The bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low and encouraged more borrowing and spending.The U.S. economy is getting a lift from the recovering housing market and steady hiring, Bernanke said. But it is being held back by domestic spending cuts and slower growth abroad. The Fed is also closely monitoring inflation, which has fallen below the Fed’s 2 per cent target.“Because our asset purchases depend on economic and financial developments, they are by no means on a preset course,” he told the House Financial Services Committee during the first of two days of testimony this week on the Fed’s semi-annual report. He will appear Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.His testimony helped stocks edge higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 19 points to close up at 15,470. Broader indexes also gained on the day.The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.49 per cent, down from 2.55 per cent before Bernanke’s comments were made public.Bernanke’s remarks were his latest attempt to calm markets, which have gyrated wildly since the Fed’s June meeting.Last month stocks plunged after Bernanke said the Fed could slow the bond purchases later this year and end them next year if the economy strengthens. Since them, Bernanke and other Fed members have stressed that any change in policy depends on improvement in the job market and economy, not a target date. That has helped push stocks to new highs.On Wednesday, Bernanke stuck closely to that more dovish tone. He noted that the job market has made some progress but the Fed wants to see “substantial progress” before reducing the bond buys.“Despite these gains, the job situation is far from satisfactory,” he said.Bernanke also said the Fed plans to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero as long as unemployment is above 6.5 per cent. And the Fed could hold the rate down even after it falls below 6.5 per cent, he said, particularly if unemployment declines because more people are leaving the workforce. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively looking for a job.The job market has accelerated since the bond buying began in September. Employers have an average of 202,000 jobs a month this year, up from 180,000 in the previous six months. Still, unemployment remains high at 7.6 per cent, and economic growth has been weak for the past three quarters.Bernanke has said that he thought the unemployment rate would be about 7 per cent when the bond buying program ends.“What Bernanke did today is try to contain the damage from what was a communication misstep in June and I think he succeeded,” said Brian Bethune, an economics professor at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. “The Fed in June saw that even the smallest hint of a change in Fed policy can turn out to be extremely powerful in terms of its impact on financial markets.”Bethune predicts the Fed will hold off on any policy change in September because there will not be enough data to show that economic growth has strengthened. Bethune said the earliest the Fed could announce a reduction in the bond purchases would likely be December.Still, other economists believe the Fed is still on track to slow them in September.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said Bernanke’s remarks did not alter that view. Of course, Dales said Bernanke made it clear that any change would depend heavily on the economy’s health.“We don’t think this forward guidance could be much clearer,” Dales said.Bernanke spent a good part of the three-hour hearing addressing other topics beyond the Fed’s low interest rate policies:— He reminded lawmakers that their fiscal policies are having an adverse effect on the economy. Higher taxes and deep federal spending cuts could reduce growth by 1.5 percentage points this year. Bernanke said the impact of those policies should begin to wear off in the second half of this year, but there was a risk that the damage could linger.— He warned that a failure by Congress to approve an increase in the borrowing limit sometime this fall could be harmful to the economy and unsettling to financial markets.— He said regulators have more work ahead to put the 2010 financial overhaul law into effect. Additional rules must be written to reduce the risk of financial firms collapsing and bringing down the financial system. Thanks to the overhaul rules that have been put in place, that possibility is less likely, but the threat “is not gone,” Bernanke said.. read more

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on his phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. Trump is expected to pick Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council, according to two people informed of the decision. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON – In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.“I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him,” Trump said of Cruz. “Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.”Now, Trump is putting Goldman executives at the helm of his administration’s economic team. He’s expected to name bank president Gary Cohn to an influential White House policy post, according to two people informed of the decision, and has already nominated former Goldman executive Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury Department. Steve Bannon, Trump’s incoming White House senior adviser, also worked at Goldman before becoming a conservative media executive.Wall Street executives have long wielded influence in Washington, filling top jobs in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Goldman Sachs itself has produced several Treasury secretaries, White House chiefs of staff and top economic advisers.But the financial industry’s high-level presence in Trump’s burgeoning administration runs counter to some core campaign messages that energized his supporters.Trump repeatedly warned that Clinton’s Wall Street ties — the Democrat gave paid speeches to Goldman and other banks — meant she would never reform the financial industry. He promised that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington, a city he painted as beholden to financial and political special interests. And he cast himself as a champion for working-class people who watched the big banks grow wealthier after a government bailout, but haven’t seen the effects of an improving economy in their own lives.“I’m not going to let Wall Street get away with murder,” Trump told voters in Iowa. “Wall Street has caused tremendous problems for us.”To Democrats, the fact that Trump is now plucking advisers from Wall Street smacks of hypocrisy.“Everyone who voted for Trump, who thought he’d defend working people, pay attention to the reality of what he’s doing, not just his rhetoric,” said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who railed against Wall Street’s influence in Washington when he ran against Clinton in the Democratic primary.The concentration of power among so many players who once worked at Goldman is sure to feed suspicions of a government at the service of Wall Street. Goldman was involved in the securities market for subprime mortgages, the same financial instruments that helped fuel the housing bubble and ultimately led millions of Americans to lose their homes to foreclosure. Wall Street executives also opposed the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation signed by President Barack Obama, legislation Trump has vowed to overhaul.Trump’s advisers dismiss charges that the president-elect is going back on his promises to put the interests of working-class Americans ahead of financial institutions. They say Trump is tapping people who bring real-world experience and business acumen to Washington.“You’re not going to find better people than those who have been at the top of finance, the top of our markets, understand the way our markets work,” Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s senior adviser, said on MSNBC.Democrats are sure to make an issue of Mnuchin’s Wall Street ties in his confirmation hearing. Cohn doesn’t need to be confirmed in order to serve as director of the National Economic Council, the White House post Trump is expected to name him to.The NEC helps co-ordinate domestic and global issues, providing economic policy advice to the president and monitoring how the White House’s agenda is implemented across the government. If Cohn accepts the job, he also will be the third Goldman executive to run the NEC. Robert Rubin was the NEC director under Bill Clinton, and Stephen Friedman had the job during George W. Bush’s administrationGoldman Sachs stocks are up 33 per cent since Trump’s election._AP writer Josh Boak contributed to this report._Follow Julie Pace at Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team by Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bob Tewksbury Figured Out What Two Hall Of Fame Pitchers Couldnt

Tyler Kepner of The New York Times wrote a fun piece Monday about Mickey Morandini, an unformidable second baseman for the Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays from 1990-2000. Turns out the 170-pound Morandini hit an impressive .352 for his career against three pitchers elected to the Hall of Fame Tuesday afternoon: Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez.Morandini retired with a .268 overall average, so he’s a little like a guy who gets wet hopping over a puddle, then goes on to win the Olympic long jump.“I can name a handful of pitchers who threw probably 75 or 80 miles an hour, and I couldn’t sniff them,” he told the Times. “I can’t tell you how many ground balls to second I hit off Bob Tewksbury.”We can tell you.One.According to, in a June 5, 1992, game against Tewksbury and the St. Louis Cardinals, Morandini grounded to Cards second baseman Jose Oquendo, who threw to second to force out Morandini’s teammate Ricky Jordan.Morandini’s point — that he struggled against Tewskbury, an effective but by no means legendary pitcher — is right. He was a career 4 for 30 against Tewk, for a .133 average.By the way, the Times piece is a teensy bit misleading when it says Morandini “became Rogers Hornsby” (who hit a career .358) when he faced the three Hall of Famers. Morandini hit Smoltz and Martinez exceptionally well, but he hit just .200 (1 for 5) against Johnson.So to Morandini, Johnson was just another Bob Tewksbury.CORRECTION (Jan. 6, 6 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Mickey Morandini as a shortstop. In fact, he played mostly at second base.CORRECTION (Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.): An earlier version of this article gave the wrong stats for Mickey Morandini’s performance against Bob Tewksbury. He was 4 for 30, not 4 for 32. read more

John Worboys psychologist says sex offenders too often labelled monstrous individuals beyond

first_imgDr Craissati’s report into Worboys, 60, reckoned… Dr Craissati was hired by Worboys’ legal team to show he did not present “a risk of serious harm” to the public. Dr Craissati is also an official paid adviser to the Parole Board and sits on its Review Committee, which examines cases where former prisoners have committed serious further offences within three years of release. John Worboys’ release was secured with the help of a psychologist who believes sex offenders are too often labelled “monstrous individuals” who cannot be treated.center_img Dr Jackie Craissati’s expert report into Worboys helped to persuade the Parole Board to let the ‘black cab rapist’ out of jail after serving a minimum eight-year term.last_img read more

Nokia Sues Apple Again

first_imgNokia is suing Apple again, over all types of patents across the entire Apple product catalog. Nokia has filed suits against Apple before, but the current one appears to be the biggest. Here is the statement that Nokia released. (Nokia patents)that are now being used by Apple to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories. Apple has yet to respond to Nokia’s accusations.AdChoices广告Via ZDNetlast_img read more

There were a lot of tears shed over the last yearandahalf a

first_img‘There were a lot of tears shed over the last year-and-a-half, a lot of dark times and a lot of sleepless nights’ It’s been a turbulent time for former League of Ireland goalkeeper Ryan Coulter but he’s pressed the reset button and starts a new adventure in America. Monday 25 Feb 2019, 8:59 PM Image: Morgan Treacy; ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1 Comment Subscribe Share38 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: Morgan Treacy; ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy/INPHO By Eoin O’Callaghan Short URL THE WISCONSIN CITY of Madison doesn’t carry much of a profile when it comes to elite sport. Despite being the state capital, it’s Green Bay (about two hours north) and nearby Milwaukee (just over an hour east) that dominate the spotlight.The recent unveiling of a new soccer team, Forward Madison, won’t shake things up too much but for Ryan Coulter, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and one he’s spent years chasing.The former League of Ireland goalkeeper is immersed in preseason ahead of the side’s United Soccer League 1 (USL 1) campaign getting underway on April 6 with a trip to Chattanooga Red Wolves, whose squad includes a trio of Irish players: Steven Beattie, Eamon Zayed and Colin Falvey.The 10-team division (effectively the third tier below Major League Soccer and USL Championship, though promotion and relegation doesn’t exist in the North American structure) is also brand-new, owing to the expansion of the USL and how it’s capitalised on the disintegration of their rival of sorts, the North America Soccer League (NASL). Seven of the clubs are making their pro season debut while two MLS reserve teams – Toronto and Orlando – will also feature.It’s lower-level. It’s gritty. It’s a slog. But Coulter is well used to that.             “When you read up on inspirational stories, I don’t look any further than my own,” he says. “How I’ve got to this situation, I don’t know. I feel so fortunate. To get into the USL and be part of a brand new franchise, in a cool place, with a city and community that have really got behind the team…If somebody said to me a year and a half ago, ‘Right, you’re going to go through 16 months of absolute misery but this will be on the other side, how do you feel about it?’ I’d have bitten their hand off.”It’s 10 years since Coulter headed to university in the US.After a stint in San Diego, he eventually settled in East Tennessee State, captained the football side and got a taste of NCAA. When he returned to Ireland in 2014, he picked up some games with Keith Long’s Athlone Town and impressed. His performances led to Owen Heary bringing him to Sligo Rovers and he was enthused by the prospect of pushing himself with a team tipped to do well. But pretty quickly, everything fell apart. Coulter in action for the ETSU Buccaneers during his time at university in Tennessee. “To sum it up, it was probably the worst year of my life,” he says. “The talk was that we were going to compete for the league and I was just delighted to be getting full-time football. It was a dream. But we were a new team with lots of new signings and things hadn’t clicked and we weren’t getting the results fans were expecting. It felt like every single thing that was wrong was pointed in my direction. I used to have sleepless nights about the goals we conceded. And it took its toll on me. I came very, very close to just walking away from football. I couldn’t deal with it. Your average fan doesn’t take that into account when they’re screaming and shouting abuse. And I was young and naive too. It was my first chance at pro football so all the stuff on Facebook and Twitter…I was reading that on the day of a game. All these people coming on an absolutely hammering you left, right and centre. I learned a valuable lesson from that year. From being so fresh and excited about finally playing in the league, I never felt as low. I couldn’t get out of there quick enough.”Coulter’s confidence took a beating and he was frantically looking for the exit door. At that stage, he was already thinking about a return to America. But there was a conflict too. He also wanted to dig a bit deeper and not give in so easily.  “Fans are always going to be fans but there almost seemed an anger to it as well,” he says. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I was being an ultimate pro: getting to training early, I was fit and healthy, in the gym every day. It’s unseen stuff and you do it for yourself but it was hard to understand because I was still treated like absolute shite and things were horrendous. There was a mid-season break and it was a real crossroads moment. There was a team in the north that wanted to sign me but the club didn’t want to let me go. It made no sense. Even though they told me they didn’t want me and were going to cancel my contract, three days later they said I was playing against Longford. And where’s your head at after being told nobody wants you? But then you’re selected for a crucial home game in front of fans who couldn’t stand me, as far as I was concerned. I said that I’d play the game for me, for some sort of personal growth. And I played well and we won, which was a rarity that year. But at the end of the game, (then Longford keeper) Paul Skinner – who’s a good mate of mine and who knew all the shit I’d been going through – came up to me and gave me a big hug. And I just started crying. Football being the way it is, you don’t want people seeing that, especially after a random league game. I just put my head in my gloves.”“That was it for me in Sligo, really. I felt I gave a lot to the place but got very little in return. There were some very good people there but the way I was treated I’d be happy enough to never go back there. Anytime I think about it it just brings me back to a bad place. I can’t say I regretted going there because it seemed like a really good move at the time. You can be the Monday morning quarterback and make all the right decisions but I couldn’t have foreseen what happened that year.”   Coulter playing for Athlone Town versus Cork City back in 2014. Source: James Crombie/INPHOCoulter has a complicated relationship with the League of Ireland. On one hand, he remains a huge fan owing to spending much of his youth regularly visiting the Carlisle Grounds, his father Phil’s long-standing relationship with Derry City and the fact that he got his start in the game at Dundalk. But the experience at Sligo wasn’t easy to shake and despite enjoying his subsequent spells with Longford, Drogheda and his boyhood team, the off-seasons were constantly filled with worry.     “As soon as the season ends, your loyalties to whatever club you’re with is gone for the most part,” he says. You’re waiting on a call to come through so you can put food on the table and pay rent. The more the hours and the days go by, it’s just a really nervous time. You’re looking at the phone every day, hoping your agent rings. You get the unknown numbers calling. You answer because you think it’s good news and it turns out to be one of those sales calls and you just feel like smashing the phone. A lot of people look at the life of a footballer and think it’s great. It can be but it can also be an extremely dark place because there are no guarantees. As an accountant or solicitor, if I’m doing a good job then there’s no reason why the company is going to get rid of me. As a footballer, you can be Player of the Month three times in a row but once the contract finishes and the club wants to go in a different direction then so be it. It’s not always performance based. It can be down to budget or what the manager wants or doesn’t want. And then you’re sitting there waiting for the phone to ring and it’s a lonely place. The stress and pressure players feel during the off-season is just incredible.”Along with the uncertainty of the off-season and bouncing from club to club, Coulter was also juggling a long-distance relationship with his American girlfriend. Finally, at the end of 2017, he committed to a new chapter. Returning to the southern US, he started his Green Card application and pressed a reset button.But if he was looking for a break, it took him quite a while to find one.       “I got married in early January and I’ve been fortunate that my wife has been so supportive,” he says.  Coulter has swapped the warmth of Tennessee for more ‘seasonal’ weather conditions in Wisconsin. Source: Forward Madison“She gets it. We met in college in the US when I was on a scholarship and she realises how much hard work I’ve put into football. But during the Green Card process, I couldn’t work for four months. So you talk of somebody supporting you emotionally and financially. Eventually, my old head coach from college brought me to the University of Central Florida as goalkeeping coach, which I really enjoyed. After the college season wrapped, I went home to do my Uefa ‘B’ licence and then my Green Card interview happened in November and it was approved on the spot. And it felt like the stars were aligning a little. But you still don’t know if you’re ever going to play again. Orlando City have a team in USL 1 and I was keeping the fingers crossed that something might happen there but it never materialised. You start to contemplate, ‘Should I just move on and retire and concentrate on coaching full-time?’ Because it’s not just about me anymore. I’ve got my wife now and her life is on hold too. We want to get our own place but the longer I want to play there’s no point getting a lease in Tennessee if I get a call from a club in California. So, we were back with her parents just outside Knoxville and I was just waiting for the phone to ring. It was really tough. A lot of dark times, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of stress and anxiety.”After the wedding, I was having breakfast with my missus. We had a chat and we agreed that if nothing came up in the next month then we’d head to Orlando, I’d get back to coaching full-time and that would be my life after playing. It was the first time we had the conversation and I’m not going to lie: it scared the life out of me, that it might be the end.”Coulter had been proactive in starting his coaching badges and that experience appealed to Forward Madison boss Daryl Shore, a former goalkeeper with plenty of experience across US football, including a decade-long relationship with MLS side Chicago Fire. When a dual player/coach role was offered, Coulter was overjoyed.“It wasn’t easy and there were a lot of tears shed over the last year-and-half,” he says.                 ✍️ OUR SECOND GOALKEEPER! Welcome to the #ForwardFamily Ryan Coulter 🇮🇪! #FullMingo— Forward Madison FC (@ForwardMSNFC) February 20, 2019 “I didn’t want to get too excited about it because the amount of times things have popped up and then fallen through for me – I’ve been that soldier too many times. I’d been out of the game for a year and a half and there had been those dark times. Things sometimes haven’t worked out as well as I’d hoped, especially in the League of Ireland, but that doesn’t take away from how much I love the game. Alarm bells started to go off. The prospect of no more playing, no more game days, no more training, no more banter with the players. It was a scary, scary thing. And then to have everything get boxed off with Forward Madison…I don’t want to sound like a cliche but it is a dream come true. I can’t put into words how appreciative I am.”The transition will see Coulter and his wife swap the consistent warmth of the southern United States for conditions that can be best described as ‘extremely seasonal’. But it’s a small price to pay. “I knew nothing about Madison,” he admits. “I was visualising a map in my head and thinking, Right, it’s not anywhere south anyway’. My agent told me, ‘It’s about an hour and a half north of Chicago’ and I just said, ‘The same Chicago that was just -41 degrees the other night?’ So I had to put together a good sales pitch for the missus. I told her, ‘Look, you’ll need a jacket but you’ll be alright’. There’s no-one that’s had to deal with more of my miserable nights than her so she understands.”Considering the USL’s development in recent seasons, the club has plenty of potential. Understandably, they’re starting out small with home games played at the 5,000-capacity Breese Stevens Field. But there’s an official partnership with MLS side Minnesota United while the chairman Peter Wilt is a well-known football figure in the US and boasts an impressive background, including a long spell as President and GM of Chicago Fire while he also played a huge role in the conception of Indianapolis pro side Indy Eleven.  The last number of years have been a struggle for Coulter but he’s ready to take his chance and start enjoying the game again.  “When something would fall through or there’d be a setback, my Dad used to say to me, ‘Look, I believe in you and this is just character building’. But that went on for a couple of years,” he says. At the wedding he told me that he’s always in my corner and to keep believing. And then he says, ‘I’m not going to call it character building because if your character isn’t built by now I don’t know what we’re going to do’. I do look back on the League of Ireland with a little bit of regret because I’ve always been someone who gives 150%. Is the perception of ‘Ryan Coulter, goalkeeper’ what I want it to be back there? Probably not. And that still does get to me. But you pick your battles and I’m in a great place now.”     Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 24,463 Views Feb 25th 2019, 8:59 PM last_img read more

Bioware Officially Cancels All Single Player DLC for Mass Effect Andromeda

first_imgStay on target The Most Shocking, Surprising, and Awesome Gaming Moments of 2017Report Says Mass Effect Andromeda Won’t Get Any Single Player DLC In late June, it was reported that Mass Effect Andromeda would not be getting any single-player DLC. This was shocking considering how every game in the series received numerous DLC. The reports were merely rumors at the time, but now Bioware has come forth to make this all official.Over on their blog, Bioware explains that update 1.10 is the final update for Mass Effect Andromeda. There are “no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.”Though the game will cease to get single player DLC, the story of the Pathfinder isn’t exactly over. According to Bioware, Andromeda‘s APEX multiplayer missions will expand on the game’s story. Comic books and novels will also continue telling tales from the Andromeda galaxy. One of these stories includes the unresolved plot thread involving the lost Quarian Ark. This may not be how Andromeda players wanted things resolved, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. Expect news about these books in the coming weeks.The future of the once heralded franchise is up in the air. Back in April, it was reported that Bioware was effectively putting Mass Effect in cryostasis and the team behind the game was being significantly downsized. Members of Bioware Montreal are now helping with the development of upcoming titles like Anthem and Star Wars: Battlefront II. The studio will not develop its own games for the foreseeable future. It’s likely that Mass Effect will return someday, but don’t expect that any time soon.Those who are continuing to enjoy Mass Effect Andromeda‘s multiplayer mode will be happy to know that updates will continue (at least for the rest of this year). New features will include additional multiplayer modes and character kits. Bioware also promises content for N7 day, though it is unclear what sort of content we can expect.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Pikeminnow fishing reward program resumes Monday

first_imgAnglers can begin fishing for cash on Monday when the Columbia-Snake river northern pikeminnow sport-reward program opens for 2017.The program continues until Sept. 30 and pays $5 for the first 25 northern pikeminnow, $6 for Nos. 26 through 200, and $8 for No. 201 and more. There also are tagged fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers worth $500 each, said Eric Winther, program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Pikeminnows must be at least 9 inches to earn the reward.Pikeminnows eat millions of young salmon and steelhead migrating down the Columbia and Snake rivers annually.Anglers must register before they go fishing. There are 19 registration stations scattered between Cathlamet and Clarkston, including at Ridgefield Marina, the Port of Camas-Washougal, Beacon Rock State Park and Bingen Marina.Winther will present a free clinic on how to catch pikeminnow at 6 p.m. today at the Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.Northern pikeminnow fishing is expected to get off to a slow start in 2017 due to the high streamflows in the Columbia River.For more details about the program, go online to read more

ICC Appeals Chamber reverses decision on President Kenyattas trial

first_imgChamber V(B)’s decision regarding the Kenyan Government’s alleged non-compliance with its obligations under the Rome Statute in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, due to errors in the Trial Chamber’s assessment. The Appeals Chamber hence remanded this decision to the Trial Chamber V(B) to determine, in light of relevant factors, whether Kenya has failed to comply with a cooperation request that has prevented the Court from exercising its functions and powers and, if so, to make an assessment of whether it is appropriate to refer Kenya’s non-compliance to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP).On 29 November 2013, the Prosecution had filed an application for a finding of non-cooperation against the Kenyan Government, alleging that the Government had failed to comply with a request to produce records relating to Mr Kenyatta. On 3 December 2014, Trial Chamber V(B) rejected the application for referral of the matter to the Assembly of States Parties. The Prosecutor appealed this decision on 20 March 2015.Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Presiding Judge in this appeal, delivered a summary of the judgment in an open court session. She indicated that the Appeals Chamber considered that Trial Chamber V(B) erred by failing to address whether judicial measures had been exhausted to obtain the Kenyan Government’s cooperation, as well as by assessing in an inconsistent manner the sufficiency of evidence and the Prosecutor’s conduct. The Appeals Chamber found that these errors prevented the Trial Chamber from making a conclusive determination on the existence of a failure to comply with a cooperation request by the Court and affected the Trial Chamber’s decision not to refer the matter of Kenya’s non-compliance to the ASP. The Appeal Chamber hence reversed the Trial Chamber’s decision and remanded it for the Trial Chamber for a new determination.In accordance with the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty, all States Parties are obliged to cooperate fully with the ICC in its investigations and prosecutions. Where a State Party fails to comply with a request to cooperate with the Court, it may prevent the Court from exercising its functions and powers. ICC Judges can make a finding of a failure to comply with a request for cooperation by a State, which prevents the Court from exercising its powers and functions under the Statute. It can then decide to refer the matter to the ASP, or the United Nations Security Council if the latter had referred the situation to the Court. The purpose is to seek external assistance to obtain cooperation with the request at issue or to otherwise address the lack of cooperation by the requested State. The ASP and the Council may then decide to take the measures they deem appropriate.President Kenyatta was charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. Charges were confirmed on 23 January 2012, and the case was committed to trial before Trial Chamber V(B). On 13 March 2015, Trial Chamber V(B) decided to terminate the proceedings in this case and to vacate the summons to appear against him, noting the Prosecution’s withdrawal of charges against President Kenyatta. The Chamber also stressed that, although the proceedings shall be terminated, the Court retains jurisdiction over any interference with a witness or with the collection of evidence, and that the protective measures ordered for witnesses and/or victims shall continue, subject to the review by the ICC.Source: Public Affairs Unit, ICC]]>last_img read more

US Charge pay courtesy call on Senate President

first_img Recommended for you U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items:Acting Deputy Chief of Missions, Charge de Affaires, Lisa Johnson, Neda Brown, President of the Senate, senate president, senator Joseph curry, Senator Sharon Wilson, US embassy, Vice President of the Senate US Embassy gives Jamaica Police new boats Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – The Charge de Affaires of the United States Embassy here in Nassau called on the President of the Senate on Friday, 17th October 2014. Pictured from left are Senator Joseph Curry, Vice President of the Senate; Lisa Johnson, US Charge de Affaires here in Nassau; Senator Sharon Wilson, President of the Senate and Neda Brown, Acting Deputy Chief of Missions at the US Embassy. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CARIBBEAN WIDE GATHERING FOCUSES ON WATERlast_img read more

Boys Girls Clubs offer free summer meals

first_imgThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington once again will host the federal government’s Simplified Summer Food Program for Children this summer. Meals are available at no charge to any child 18 and younger; they don’t need to be a Boys & Girls Club member.Here’s the schedule of sites, times and contacts. Unless otherwise noted, all sites will serve Monday through Friday, June 23 through Aug. 22, excluding the July 4 holiday.o Clinton and Gloria John Club, 409 N.E. Anderson Road in Hazel Dell: 8:30 to 9 a.m. breakfast and 3 to 3:30 p.m. snack.o O.K. Clubhouse & Teen Turf Club, 4040 Plomondon St. in Bagley Downs: 3 p.m. snack.o Hazel Dell Elementary School, 511 N.E. Anderson Road: 8 to 8:30 a.m. breakfast (July 21 through Aug. 8 only) and noon to 12:45 p.m. lunch.o Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Road, Bagley Downs: 8:30 to 9 a.m. breakfast and noon to 12:45 p.m. lunch. Monday through Friday excluding July 4; June 23 through Aug. 22.o Washington Elementary School, 2908 S St. in Rose Village: noon to 12:45 p.m. lunch and 3 to 3:30 p.m. snack. Closing day is Aug. 15, one week earlier than other sites.Call Kim Darrah at 360-448-7089 for more information.last_img read more

Driver knocks parked car into NW MiamiDade convenience store

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida driver struck a car parked outside a convenience store in Northwest Miami-Dade, causing that vehicle to crash into the business, Tuesday night.According to a store employee, the motorist hit the parked vehicle outside the store, located on Northwest 111th Street and Seventh Avenue, just after 9:30 p.m.The force from the impact knocked the parked car hood deep into the convenience store.The owner of the car that was rammed into the store said she has been left in shock. “All I know is, I was coming out of the building and my car was going in,” said Felicia Billips. “That’s my car. I use that car to go to work. I worked really, really hard, and that’s my way of going to work, and now, I have no way of going.”The driver who caused the crash then drove off, leaving behind extensive damage.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska Airlines Changes Policy On Emotional Support Animals

first_imgAccording to Thompson there have been incidents where animals have bitten customers and employees. According to a release from the airline, customers flying with psychiatric service animals must provide animal health and behavioral documents, as well as a signed document from a medical professional at least 48 hours prior to departure. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Airlines has announced a change in its policy on emotional support animals, effective on May 1. The airline will also stop allowing amphibians, goats and animals with hooves, tusks or horns.center_img For the full details: Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson said there will be an exception for trained miniature horses, though. He said the changes are in response to increasing problems with emotional support animals on planes.last_img read more

Home ministers statement demanded over journo Utpal Das disappearance

first_imgUtapl DasOpposition Jatiya Party (JP) parliamentarian Peer Fazlur Rahman has asked the home minister to make a statement on the disappearance of journalist Utapl Das.The lawmaker made the demand at the parliament on Monday.About 10 people, including young journalist Utpal Das, went missing in the last one month. One of them returned home two days ago [in fact, on 16 November]. However, it is unbelievable that the law enforcement could not find Utpal tracking his mobile phone in this age of technology, Fazlur Rahman said at a point of order.Utpal’s father has filed a general diary with a police station, but police could not locate him , which is unbelievable, he added.Utpal, a senior correspondent of online portal, went missing after leaving his office on 10 October.last_img read more

Man facing 25year prison term for shipping guns inside Xbox 360 cases

first_imgDepending on where you live in the world, gun control laws can be pretty strict. Actually getting a gun legally can range from being very difficult to impossible, and so there’s profit to be made if you can illegally get weapons into certain countries. But how do you sneak these firearms past the border checks?34-year-old Adam Joseph Bunger of Bowling Green, Kentucky decided selling guns to international customers for a healthy profit was a great idea. But his solution for shipping them was less so. What Bunger did was to dismantle the guns and magazines before placing them inside empty Xbox 360 casings. He did this multiple times, shipping out the consoles to customers in Australia, England, and Sweden.Bunger doesn’t have a license to sell firearms in his home country let alone internationally, and his customers didn’t have licenses to purchase them. It didn’t take long for the authorities in each of the countries he shipped to, to realize what must have been unusually heavy games consoles were a bit suspicious.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives carried out an investigation, discovered Bunger had been selling the guns illegally through a Germany-based business called Black Market Reloaded, and arrested him with more than enough evidence for a conviction.He has since pleaded guilty to shipping firearms to unlicensed people and also to removing the serial numbers from those firearms. He’s now facing up to 25 years in jail, but won’t find out exactly how long he’ll be locked up for until May.last_img read more

Use the Force Chucky Mark Hamill Lends his Voice to Childs Play

first_imgHorror movies seem to be on an upswing recently, and rather than imagining new evils, Hollywood seems to be going back to old haunts. This past weekend, an announcement was made at WonderCon — a comic book and science fiction fair in San Francisco, California — that Mark Hamill will lend his voice to an infamous face. Rather than recording for an animated feature, he’s taking center stage (so to speak) as the infamous red-headed demon child Chucky.Immeasurable fame came to Mark Hamill upon release of A New Hope, the first episode out of an ever-expanding series of sagas that make up the Star Wars trilogy. It was hardly his first job, though, and his work in the Star Wars universe shies in comparison to the tens of hundreds of other projects he’s worked on.Photo by Getty ImagesMany film buffs may remain unaware of his prolific charm, as a majority of his work is in voice acting. Beginning with The New Scooby-Doo Movies in the 1970s, Hamill has leant his talent out to Hollywood every decade since, regularly working on many animated features including beloved superhero chronicles like Batman: The Animated Series and Spiderman, classics like The Simpsons and Family Guy, and 90s nostalgia throwbacks such as Hey Arnold! and Rocket Power.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFrom the turn of the new millennium alone, Hamill boasts over 200 different credits for TV shows, movies, and video games for both voice acting and live action roles.Mark Hamill (2017). Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson CC BY SA 2.0Hamill’s Chucky, entitled Child’s Play will be a remake of an original version first released in 1988. The film will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, the duo responsible for the highly successful 2017 remake of It. (Conveniently, It has managed to snag a sequel coming out later this year, too.)Check out the trailer here:The film will be directed by Lars Klevberg, a Norwegian transplant who remains relatively new to Hollywood. Last year, Klevberg told Entertainment Weekly “Child’s Play [(1988)] was, and is, one of my all-time horror movies,” saying he jumped at the chance to work with the horror remake team.Child actor with Chucky in a scene from the film ‘Child’s Play’, 1988. Photo by United Artists/Getty ImagesBased on their success with the It remake, many now expect high-quality productions from Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg. Hamill isn’t the only notable actor signed on for the production. Making a dramatic change from her comical role on Parks & Rec., Audrey Plaza plays a mother who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a fateful gift: the unsuspecting, murderous doll.Chucky. Photo by Luis Villa del Campo CC BY 2.0She’s joined by Brian Tyree Henry whose rising popularity has come from recent hits including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Atlanta.Mark Hamill – ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Japan Premiere red carpet event in Tokyo. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson CC BY 2.0The original voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, will be a hard standard to beat. Creepiness, it seems, is in his nature. He had large roles in the film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as the slovenly, macabre henchman called Wormtongue. His talent on the original Child’s Play proved to be successful enough to warrant six sequels.Read another story from us: Lethal Weapon 5 May Be Moving ForwardPremiering June 21st, Child’s Play (2019) will put Hamill’s evil vocal abilities to the test and determine the future success of and Katzenberg.last_img read more

4X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with Sunwings

first_img Monday, March 4, 2019 Travelweek Group Share 4X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with Sunwing’s new Iberostar promo Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Sunwingcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing wants to help agents Learn, Earn and Win with Iberostar throughout the month of March.Through March 31 agents can earn 4X STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash on all new bookings at Iberostar resorts for departures from April 1, 2019 until Oct. 31, 2020.Located in top-rated destinations across Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R., Iberostar’s wide selection of premium properties include options for family vacations, romantic retreats and group getaways.On top of their earnings, each time an agent secures a booking at a participating resort they’ll be entered into a weekly contest to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to a select Iberostar resort. The more bookings an agent makes, the more chances they will have to win.Taking part in this promotion, the brand new Iberostar Bavaro Star Prestige is set to open on Bavaro Beach in Fall 2019. The upscale resort-within-a-resort with Iberostar Bavaro offers an elevated experience with luxury suites featuring swim-out options, exclusive access to two sparkling pools and a private beach area with elegant Bali beds, butler service and more.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyIn addition to incentives for agents, travellers benefit from exclusive rate reductions at all participating Iberostar resorts with Sunwing, together with complimentary resort credits and generous group rates where the eighth adult travels free at all resorts in in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R Vacationers also receive a 20% discount on spa treatments at all Iberostar resorts in the D.R. Posted bylast_img read more