Hazard taken off, ice strapped to right ankle

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eden Hazard had an ice pack strapped to his troublesome right ankle on Sunday after being substituted in the second half of Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Eibar.Hazard was playing for the first time since February after undergoing surgery on that same ankle in March.Madrid led Eibar 3-1 when the Belgian went off and he was involved in all three goals. But sitting in the stands, Hazard had ice around his right foot.The 29-year-old has endured a miserable opening season in Spain, making only 16 appearances and scoring one goal.Read Also: Zidane: Real Madrid have 11 finals to play in La LigaHe injured his thigh the day before Madrid’s first match of the campaign and then suffered his first fracture in his right foot in November.Hazard returned in February but only made two appearances before having to go off against Levante with another foot problem.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Moses Simon Switches to Levante

first_imgGent have already signed a direct replacement for the fast wide man, who has made it very clear that he wishes to move on.He won the Belgian league with Gent in his first season after his transfer from Slovak club AS Trencin.Another Nigerian born defender, Fikayo Tomori, it is will be spending the whole of the 2018-2019 season on loan at Championship club Derby County.The highly-rated Nigerian defender recently penned a new contract extension deal keeping him at Stamford Bridge till June 30, 2021.Tomori is the sixth player to be signed by manager Frank Lampard this summer and joins another Chelsea loanee Mason Mount at Pride Park.In his first words as a Derby County player, Tomori told Rams TV: ”First of all, I am happy to be here – hopefully we can have a good year.”I’m here to learn, I’m here to play games and I’m here to improve. I want to make the fans happy this year.I had some good years under Jody at Chelsea. We won the FA Youth Cup a few times, the youth Champions League, but overall, he’s just a good guy.”The former Chelsea Academy Player of the Year has played nonstop at Chelsea for more than eleven years, though he has enjoyed loan spells at Brighton and Hull City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon, has joined Levante UD for 4.5 million pounds after he passed a routine medical with the La Liga club yesterday.Levante was locked with French Ligue 1 Saint Etienne in the chase for the KAA Gent winger, who missed the recent World Cup in Russia no thanks to a thigh injury.He was also linked with clubs in England and Germany.last_img read more

Develop An ICT Policy within Your Organization (A Repeat)

first_imgImplementing Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) in an organization is one thing, getting the organization to use it for the intended purposes it is another. When you visit some offices, you will notice staff entertaining themselves on Facebook, chatting through Yahoo! Messenger, emailing pictures to friends and family, or playing online games. All of these occur during work hours! Even worse, in some offices you find staff watching Nigerian movies (NOLLYWOOD) on their PCs or laptops. And with the 4G/3.9G modems that are on the market today, more musical video downloads and Skype video conferencing (non-work related) have become ubiquitous.  Upon seeing this, you begin to wonder whether there are any controls regarding the use of ICTs in the organization. In today’s article, I discuss ways to develop an ICT policy to govern the use of ICTs within an organization.Undoubtedly, today’s workforce is one characterized by an increased use and familiarity with digital communications, social networks, instant gratification and a 24/7 always-on connected lifestyle.  The phone (mobile or desk phone), e-mail and the Internet are the most important communications tools used in the workplace today. In a nutshell, the workplace is continuously being defined by increasing flexibility and mobility, where employees are able to work however, wherever and whenever they choose.But all of the developments that ICTs bring do not come without risks, especially when employees in an organization are given no limits on how to use these tools. The improper use of ICTs bring about negative impacts the organization’s mission and goals: employees tend to loose productivity due to time spent on social media in the workplace, incidents of malware directly attributed to the use of social media through the organization systems tend to increase; violation of privacy policies attributed to information shared on social media sites goes on the increase and so on. Oftentimes, technical solutions such as the installation of firewalls and other security applications are implemented to address these problems. But those measures are never enough, hence, the need for an ICT policy.As the ICT department tries to meet the needs of the workforce, it also needs to develop policies to ensure the acceptable uses of ICTs within the organization. Developing an ICT policy for an organization is as important as having any other policy within the organization. Note also that, an effective policy allows the organization to define how and for what purposes ICTs will be used, while also providing the opportunity to educate employees about ICTs and the risks and reward associated with them.Developing and implementing an ICT policy can also be difficult as there are no quick-fixes or one-size-fits-all solutions that can suffice for every organization. This is because every organization is different, and the approach taken to meet objectives and/or ensure compliance will vary from one environment to another, even those in the same industries.  But several basic things need to be done to ensure that the organization’s ICT policy works. These include: building executive support, building consensus among stakeholders by involving them in the process, including the right contents in the policy, performing an internal and external research, drafting and ultimately disseminating the policy. Building executive support means gaining the blessings of top management. No policy will succeed without the support of senior leadership. Therefore, the senior leadership is needs to understand the necessity of developing and maintaining an ICT policy; whether it is for compliance, cost reduction, security, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Return on Investment (ROI), avoiding liability, and so on. In fact, the senior leadership should participate in the introduction of the ICT policy to the organization to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of the purpose of the policy.Building consensus among the stakeholders is also very important since the policy will affect them. As the policy is being developed all stakeholders must be involved in the discussion of its establishment, and this can be done by creating a committee. This committee should consist of the owner of the policy, subject matter experts, frequent users of the policy, and representatives from groups affected by the policy. Including the Human Resources, Financial, and Legal departments is also a good idea. This will ensure the policy being developed is fully understood by everyone concerned and that it has their backing once it is implemented. A broad base of support is one of the best assurances for policy success.The contents of the policy is another “component” that must be taken seriously since policies differ from organizations to organizations. But basically, the policy should include a statement of purpose, description of the users affected, history of revisions (if there are any), definitions of any special terms, and specific policy instructions from management. Additionally, performing an internal research is also imperative to developing a good ICT policy. This means an understanding of the organizations mission, goals, and culture must be gotten prior to the  development of the policy. This will ensure that the policy works for and with stakeholders, rather than against them. Now, while the goal of the policy is to create a more compliant and secure environment without making things overly difficult or incomprehensible for the stakeholders, the contents of the policy should clearly state that inconveniences in terms of usability will be inevitable.Upon drafting and finalizing the policy, the policy should be reviewed by the organization’s legal counsel to ensure that it complies with Liberian laws before disseminating it to employees. The completed policy should often be reviewed to make sure it continues to comply with applicable laws and the needs of the organization. New laws, regulations, and court cases that emerge after the completion of an ICT policy have the potential to affect it.In terms of dissemination, it is advisable to request the Human Resource department to provide a hard copy of the ICT policy to users and have them acknowledge receipt of it. Require users to sign a document of acknowledgement to be placed in their individual personnel files.  Subsequently, the policy must be placed on the organization’s Intranet, if there is one, or somewhere prominent. Stakeholders must be reminded about the ICT policy periodically though e-mails and short training presentations either on the intranet or during workshops.Finally, a good and regularly reviewed ICT policy can be both an effective employee relations tool and a helpful defense against lawsuits. This policy should explain clearly what kind of user behavior is acceptable and what is not. For example, no user is allowed to install his/her own copy of Windows 7 on the organization’s computers; or chat on Facebook during work hours. Hopefully, the injection of an ICT policy in your organization will save the organization from litigation, reduce cost, etc., and not make users/stakeholders hate the ICT department!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keaton likes love better when it’s scripted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Keaton plays a mother in the upcoming “The Family Stone,” about a Manhattan career woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) who gets a cold reception from her fiance’s family. She’s not surprised by the lack of sexy roles for women over 50 despite the success of “Something’s Gotta Give,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar. “It requires somebody who’s a good writer who wants to write about that subject,” she says. “Who is gonna do that? George Lucas? I don’t think so. I’d have to be an alien, a sexy, older alien.” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Diane Keaton dated many of her leading men off screen, but she says she prefers to fall in love on screen. “You know where it’s going, and you can just enjoy it for what it is,” Keaton tells Time magazine. “Real life is complicated. Onscreen you know what the lines are. Everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do. He’s not gonna surprise you.” The 59-year-old actress credits her listening skills in making relationships with Woody Allen, Al Pacino and Warren Beatty work. “I was a good listener. But then that wears off. They get bored,” she says. last_img read more

Cilia Are Antennas for Human Senses and Development

first_imgThe little hair-like projections on cells, called cilia, have more functions than previously believed.  A press release from Johns Hopkins University said that researchers found cilia are important for the sense of touch – particularly, for heat sensation.  In fact, cilia are implicated in at least three of the five traditional senses.    The article explained that some people thought to have psychological problems may actually be victims of “ciliopathy” or defects in cilia formation.  Dr. Nico Katsanis said, “People with ciliopathies are often thought to have mental retardation or autism because they appear ‘slow’.  Now it appears that many aspects of their mental capacity may be just fine, they are just slow because they can’t sense things as well as other individuals.”    Another press release from Johns Hopkins earlier in the month reported that Katsanis’ team found that cilia act like little radio antennas that control the development of the body:Johns Hopkins researchers say they have figured out how human and all animal cells tune in to a key signal, one that literally transmits the instructions that shape their final bodies.  It turns out the cells assemble their own little radio antenna on their surfaces to help them relay the proper signal to the developmental proteins “listening” on the inside of the cell.    The transmitters are primary cilia, relatively rigid, hairlike “tails” that respond to specialized signals from a host of proteins, including a key family of proteins known as Wnts.  The Wnts in turn trigger a cascade of shape-making decisions that guide cells to take specific shapes, like curved eyelid cells or vibrating hair cells in the ear, and even make sure that arms and legs emerge at the right spots.Katsanis commented on the importance of this finding: “We’ve just reset a huge volume of literature under a new light.”Exciting discoveries in the cellular realm continue apace.  Some will remember that cilia were the first examples in Michael Behe’s classic book Darwin’s Black Box of irreducibly complex structures.  That was in 1996; no one knew the half of it back then.    Is intelligent design a productive scientific theory?  One way to tell is to see if the case gets better with new discoveries.  Darwinism’s proponents have to keep adding patches and hotfixes to the theory to explain away new problems with the fossil record, the tree of life and the complexity of the cell.  The case for Intelligent Design, by contrast, gets stronger with each new finding.  Imagine: a radio antenna on each cell, signalling the inside world about the outside world.  Most signal-relay stations we know about were intelligently designed.    Signal without recognition is meaningless.  Communication implies a signalling convention (a “coming together” or agreement in advance) that a given signal means or represents something: e.g., that S-O-S means “Send Help!” or, in this case, that Wnt proteins mean “put this arm here.”  The transmitter and receiver can be made of non-sentient materials, but the functional purpose of the system always comes from a mind.  The mind uses the material substances to perform an algorithm that is not itself a product of the materials or the blind forces acting on them.  Thus the analogy in the press release: cilia are just like radio antennas.  Antennas may be composed of mindless matter, but they are marks of a mind behind the intelligent design.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement This marks the second time Ms. Edugyan has won the Giller, after taking the 2011 prize for her novel Half Blood Blues. She is only the third author to win the Giller twice after M.G. Vassanji (in 1994 and 2003) and Alice Munro (1998 and 2004) and the first to win for consecutive novels.Earlier this year, Ms. Edugyan was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust fiction prize and the Man Booker Prize in Britain (which Half Blood Blues was also shortlisted for) but came up just short. She is also a finalist for the Carnegie medal for fiction awarded by the American Library Association, which will be announced in January.Published by Patrick Crean Editions at HarperCollins Canada, Ms. Edugyan’s novel tells the historical, coming-of-age tale of George Washington Black, a boy born into slavery on a plantation in Barbados who goes on to much more in the world. Earlier this year, she told The Globe of the writing process: “Some of the details were just horrifying. Some of the research was really difficult to do. But I really thought in order to write about this man, you have to see where he’s coming from, you have to deal with the details of his childhood. What it would have looked like to be a slave on a day-to-day basis, living out your life in these conditions. I didn’t want to flinch away from that.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Esi Edugyan got this one. After a whirlwind literary awards season that has seen numerous shortlist nominations for the Victoria author, Ms. Edugyan has taken home the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Canada’s most lauded award for literature was given out at a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night, where the prize jury announced Ms. Edugyan’s win for her acclaimed novel Washington Black.“In a climate in which so many forms of truth-telling are under siege, this feels like a wonderful and important celebration of words,” Ms. Edugyan said in her short acceptance speech.“I felt like I was taking a risk in doing something very different. People kept asking if I was going to do more about jazz or World War II [along the lines of Half Blood Blues],” she said after her win. “So I feel maybe I’m ready to write about anything – that it’s okay to be able to go out there and choose any topic and write about it.” Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Elana Rabinovitch, left, daughter of Giller founder Jack Rabinovitch, congratulates Esi Edugyan at a ceremony in Toronto on Monday night. Facebooklast_img read more

Corporations market at World Cup despite absence of US

first_imgMOSCOW – Budweiser has a boat on the Moscow River and a disco. Coke set up an interactive sculpture-video installation in Gorky Park and entertained 5,000 guests during the monthlong tournament. Visa built a campaign around former Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Business went on at the World Cup without the presence of the United States, although the tournament’s visibility decreased across America.“The absence of the U.S. team here doesn’t change what we’re doing,” said Ricardo Fort, The Coca-Cola Co.’s head of global sponsorships. “The real value is based on how broad our programs are implemented. We have over 180 countries doing work.”FIFA said after the group stage that of 2.6 million tickets sold, U.S. residents bought about 97,000 on FIFA’s website and from its ticketing centres, second only to host Russia’s 1.1 million. The U.S. was second to host Brazil in 2014, but the American total was around 200,000 that year.“We were all disappointed when the U.S. team didn’t qualify,” said Brian Perkins, vice-president of global marketing for Budweiser at Anheuser-Busch InBev. “But two-thirds of the sales of Budweiser globally are sold outside of the U.S., so actually the bigger part of the business is international, and that’s where all the growth is coming from as well. It really didn’t change much at all.”World Cup advertising increased sharply in the U.S. during the past few tournaments. Nike used a 70 1/2-foot advertising board near New York’s Penn Station and its store windows to attract attention.Plans for U.S. marketing changed last October when the U.S. lost at Trinidad and Tobago, ending a string of seven straight World Cup appearances dating to 1990.“Since Team USA will not be competing, we don’t have much going on,” Nike spokesman Ilana Finley said in an email.Past World Cups contributed to soccer’s growth in the U.S., both at Major League Soccer and at the youth level. The four matches involving the American team in 2014 were seen by 10 million to 18 million viewers on ESPN and generated what then-U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati called “water-cooler talk.” That opportunity was lost in this four-year cycle.Fox, which holds U.S. English-language television rights, had been projecting four of 64 matches involving the American team.“We had to pivot quickly,” Fox Sports senior vice-president of ad sales Mike Petruzzi said.While viewers declined from the 2014 tournament in Brazil, the level is up from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when the U.S. games are factored out.“You are naturally going to have more people paying attention back home when your country is in the tournament, but there has still been a ton of interest in the World Cup in the United States,” current USSF president Carlos Cordeiro said in an email. “That clearly shows how the game has grown over the years.”Visa is using the World Cup to expand the use of near field communication contactless payment technology and brought Ibrahimovic, now with MLS’s LA Galaxy, to Russia for the tournament’s first week for promotion.“Some of the biggest amount of spending that we’re seeing in Russia is coming from American fans who travel to Russia to see the World Cup in person,” said Chris Curtin, Visa’s chief brand and innovation marketing officer.Visa’s data backed up an impression the percentage of fans from Europe was lower than at past World Cups. Part of the cause may be tension between Russia and western European nations that followed Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine, and accusations by Britain that Russia was behind the poisoning of a former spy living in England.Through the semifinals, $12 million was charged inside the stadiums to Visa cards issued to cardholders in Russia, followed by those issued in the U.S. ($3 million), Mexico ($1.5 million), China ($1.1 million), Argentina ($700,000), Peru ($560,000), England ($550,000), Brazil ($500,000), Colombia ($420,000) and Australia ($400,000).France was 13th at $230,000 heading into Sunday’s final against Croatia.FIFA has seven top-level partners in Adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyundai, Qatar Airways, Visa and Wanda Group, plus five second-level sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Hisense, McDonald’s, Mengniu Dairy and Vivo.Hisense, Mengniu, Vivo and Wanda are all Chinese companies, a sign of that nation’s increasing influence in soccer despite the lack of success of its national team.Among the official FIFA group, Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Coke and McDonald’s purchased about 20 per cent of Fox’s advertising inventory and sponsorships, and Hisense sponsored clock wraps, billboards and graphics, according to Petruzzi. They were joined by tech companies Amazon, Apple and Google.Coke, Sprint and Volkswagen advertised on U.S. Spanish-language coverage on NBC Universal’s Telemundo network.Four years from now, the World Cup will be in Qatar, which like Moscow will also be seven hours ahead of Eastern time. The change will be the timing, Nov. 21-Dec. 18, a tournament shortened from 32 days to 28.“Fourth quarter has got a lot of rating points already with college football, NFL, so it’s going to be very interesting how we approach it,” Petruzzi said. “The holiday stuff will be great, but I also get cautious about fourth quarter because there’s so many rating points out there.”___More AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/WorldCuplast_img read more

There will be Christmas Laid off call centre workers eager to return

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — Hundreds of Cape Breton call centre workers laid off just weeks before Christmas may now have jobs to return to in the new year.“There will be Christmas — there is some hope here,” said Michelle Hillier, who worked at ServiCom Canada for five years before being forced on the unemployment line earlier this month along with more than 600 colleagues.“If the jobs are there, I’m walking right back through the doors again.”The reopening of the call centre would be a significant gain for the economy of Cape Breton, a region that struggles with perennially high unemployment.An Iowa-based businessman offered $1.5-million for the idled call centre during an auction this week that was part of bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.The Sydney, N.S., operation was abruptly closed Dec. 6 after ServiCom’s U.S. parent, JNET Communications, filed for bankruptcy protection.Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) outbid two other interested buyers and was expected to travel to the region and meet with workers Thursday.“I was thrilled to find out that somebody is buying it and we could all have our jobs back,” said Chauncey Sullivan, who worked at the call centre for almost three years.“It was such a huge loss for a small community.”She said the mass layoff was “heartbreaking” but that “Capers” — or Cape Bretoners — have pulled together to support the workers.The community has banded together to raise money for the laid off workers, with donations flooding in and the Salvation Army providing food and payments for home heating oil and electricity bills.  Most of the workers were owed about four weeks in back pay when the call centre abruptly shuttered, a liability MCI Canada said rests with ServiCom.Justin Boutilier, who worked at the call centre for more than a decade, said while it’s great for the community and the regional economy to see the call centre reopen — there’s a “flip side.” “A lot of people are owed thousands of dollars … it leaves a little bit of a sour taste,” he said.Boutilier said some laid off workers who have qualified for employment insurance may go back to school or pursue training rather than return to the call centre.Brett Murphy, who worked at the call centre for two years, said the laid off workers are struggling to pay bills.“If this happened in July, it would be a little bit easier, but people are hurting this close to Christmas,” he said. “It’s great to know that hundreds of people will get their jobs back, we just need to get through this time.”In a statement Tuesday, MCI Canada said the call centre will reopen as early as Jan. 2, 2019 under a new name: The Sydney Call Centre Inc. The company also confirmed that MCI will enter a nine-year lease for the shuttered facility.Marlowe said it was clear that the bankruptcy proceedings in the United States were unlikely to produce any money for the workers. He said his company would offer sign-on and retention bonuses, but no figures were mentioned.“We hope that this will help lessen some of the financial impacts of the closing,” he said in a statement.Marlowe’s company was in the process of buying the call centre’s assets when it was shut down by the bankruptcy proceedings.He said his company will provide new and ongoing employment for the Sydney area. Again, no numbers were mentioned.“We are in a unique position to be able to quickly bring jobs back to Sydney, provide a valuable service to customers and add talented employees and capacity to the MCI portfolio,” Marlowe said.“Expanding into a new country in less than 30 days is a big undertaking, but we have a great team and technology in place to get it done … We have every confidence that the team in Sydney will further fuel our organization’s success.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more