Chelsea icon Vialli predicts Morata golden boot

first_imgChelsea Morata can win Premier League golden boot, says Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:44 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Stoke City Chelsea Morata Premier League Romelu Lukaku Sergio Agüero Harry Kane EXCLUSIVE: The ex-Blues forward has backed the striker to beat rivals to the goalscoring honour in his first season at Stamford Bridge Gianluca Vialli has backed Alvaro Morata to fend over Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku in his race to become the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season.Morata 8/1 to be PL top scorerMorata, who has scored seven goals in 2017-18, sat out Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat over Crystal Palace at the weekend due to a hamstring injury but made his return against Roma on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old is wearing Chelsea’s No.9 shirt as he did as Juventus and Vialli, Chelsea’s former player-manager who also wore the No.9 shirt for both clubs, has been impressed with Spain forward’s start to life in west London. “I’ve got no doubts that Morata can be there or thereabouts and win the competition as the most prolific striker in the Premier League,” Vialli told Goal. “He has got a different style. He is not Diego Costa, there’s only one Diego Costa in terms of being able to be effective and aggressive at the same time.”He’s not Lukaku because he hasn’t got the physique of Lukaku but he is probably more effective in front of goal because Morata only needs a couple of opportunities to score. Lukaku normally is always there, which is a great asset for a striker but he might need two or three chances to convert one goal.Alvaro Morata GFX“I think Morata is likely more technical as well. Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, there’s so many great strikers in our league and that makes everything so entertaining.  That’s why I think the Premier League is the most enjoyable league in the world.”Vialli won the Champions League and Serie A with Juventus, while at Chelsea he led the team to five cup successes ahead of Roman Abramovich’s big-money takeover in 2003. The 53-year-old moved to English football from Italy but he doesn’t think that the £58 million striker is having any problems in showing his aggression in the Premier League. “I think that Morata is quite aggressive,” he added. “Maybe not when he tackles but he is aggressive in his runs, he is always moving around and looking for the ball. Yes, he might have to adapt a little bit to the physical side of the game because in Spain and Italy, referees are much more receptive to a striker falling on the ground.”I know Morata very well because he was at Real Madrid but he also played in Italy for a number of seasons. He is a very talented striker, I like the fact that he runs a lot. For me, that’s something that a lot of strikers don’t do enough but Morata works really hard for the side. Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2017“He has got a very, very effective understanding, an empathy if you like, with some of the players in the side. He makes forward runs and he knows where to run in order to receive some of the quality balls from Azpilicueta, for example, or Hazard or Fabregas.”So he is very good and the fact that he played in Spain and Italy before he came to the Premier League has given him enough experience for how to play the game and to know what to do to become an immediate hit in the Premier League.”He is scoring goals but I am sure that Antonio [Conte] wants more because he always demands more but I am sure that he is extremely happy with Morata’s performances so far.”last_img read more

Messi, Dembele train ahead of Clasico

first_imgBarcelona Messi, Dembele train ahead of El Clasico as Ronaldo remains isolated Matt Dorman 01:53 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017 Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Ousmane Dembélé Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Barcelona have received a welcome training ground boost ahead of an eagerly-anticipated La Liga encounter, in contrast to arch-rivals Real Madrid Ousmane Dembele and a fit-again Gerard Deulofeu joined Lionel Messi in Barcelona training on Thursday as the La Liga leaders continued preparations for El Clasico.Ernesto Valverde has already confirmed France winger Dembele will not be risked on Saturday, but his involvement is an encouraging sign of his return from a hamstring injury.Training footage released by Barca painted a different picture to the scenes at their bitter rivals, where Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to join his team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The star forward, who is reported to have picked up a calf problem in the Club World Cup final, was confined to light work away from the main squad for the second day in succession. See #Messi and co. get ready for #ElClásico during Thursday’s training session   pic.twitter.com/8h1ydo0vke — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 21, 2017 Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says they must be prepared for whatever forward line Zinedine Zidane fields at the Santiago Bernabeu.”The two teams facing each other are perhaps the best in LaLiga and the world,” the German told El Pais.”We already know who we will have up front, and we must be aware of their attack, and of all of them.”But [we must stick to] our way of playing, that’s how we usually have the best chance of winning.”last_img read more

Barca’s Deulofeu joins Watford on loan

first_imgTransfers Barcelona’s Deulofeu joins Watford on loan through end of season Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 05:16 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona Getty Transfers Watford Barcelona Premier League Primera División The Spain international is returning to the Premier League after sealing a temporary move Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu has completed a move to Watford on loan through the end of the season.The 23-year-old returns to the Premier League just seven months after Barca triggered their buy-back clause to sign him from Everton. He previously played for the Toffees on loan during the 2013-14 season before making a permanent move to Goodison Park in 2015.Deulofeu has struggled for minutes at Barca this season despite the summer sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, starting 10 of 17 appearances in all competitions. He has played just nine minutes since the end of November, and the recent addition of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool figured to further limit his minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain international’s loan runs through June 30, Barca announced on Monday, with Watford covering his salary and a potential add-on of €1 million.He joins a Watford side that recently hired Javi Gracia to replace Marco Silva as manager. The Hornets sit 10th in the Premier League but are just four points clear of the relegation zone.Deulofeu, who also has had loan stints playing for Sevilla and AC Milan, scored five goals in 62 Premier League contests for Everton. He has one goal in four caps for Spain since debuting in 2014.last_img read more

22 days agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come good

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has backed new striker Wesley to be a success at Villa Park.Wesley had a disappointing performance against Burnley last week.“His performance wasn’t great on Saturday against Burnley and he was the first to admit that to me afterwards as well when I went through his clips with him,” Smith said.“But what I’ve seen in training this week has been a reaction, he’s trained very well this week and he’ll be the first to go out there and try to prove people wrong.“It’s a tough job as a lone striker and he was up against two street-wise centre-backs in James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, both very strong and street-wise centre-halves who can give a lot of centre forwards problems in this league.“I think that they got the upper hand on [Wesley] early on in the game and he showed his frustrations a little bit during the game, but he’ll learn from that. “He’s a young striker, still only 22 and he’ll get better and better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Straight Outta Portland: The Shwood X Widmer Brothers Kit

first_img How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Ah Portland, the land of Pok Pok, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Manual’s home office, and Shwood and Widmer Bros. The last two, an eyewear company and a microbrewery, recently joined forces for a collaboration that was only made in an edition of 200 that showcases both of their strengths: the Shwood X Widmer Brothers Kit. In it are a pair of Canby Widmer sunglasses, and a bottle of Skipsaw Upheaval IPA packaged in a specially numbered crate made just for the partnership. We quizzed Josh Fulfs, brand manager at Shwood about the collaboration, who designed the custom beer bottle, and more.An eyewear and brewing company collaboration seems like an odd pairing. How did this come about?Both Shwood Eyewear and Widmer Brothers share Portland roots and craft our products here in this town. We’ve admired and respected each other’s work for a long time and the time was finally right to work on a project together. We felt that, together, we could make a great product that had never existed before.How did you go about deciding what the sunglasses would look like?Through a lot of trials and experimentation. We’ve liked the look of skip-sawn wood (sometimes used in flooring or furniture for a rustic look) and this project seemed like the perfect chance to utilize that texture. We also knew we wanted to incorporate Widmer’s beer into the sunglasses, so we decided that the best way to do that in the staining process, which is what gives the sunglasses their rich brown color.Even the beer is custom for the collaboration. Who designed the label?We worked with Portland-based illustrator Jake Hollomon to create the custom label. We incorporated woodworking, beer making, and Portland elements into what we feel is a pretty great embodiment of the collaboration. It was screen printed directly onto the bottle (no paper label!) by Widmer’s bottling partner.Describe the person who makes the perfect recipient of this kit.This kit is made for the person who enjoys unique and high-quality products. A passion for craft beer and/or sunglasses would be an added bonus.Are there any future collaborations like this coming up?We are always working on our next big project. We have several exciting new collaborations coming up during 2015 that we can’t wait to share. Keep an eye out! For more information on The Shwood X Widmer Brothers Kit, visit shwoodshop.com. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

USNS ‘John Glenn’ Passes Acceptance Trials

first_imgzoom The US Navy’s Mobile Landing Platform, USNS John Glenn, passed Acceptance Trials, which took place off the coast of San Diego on February 7.The trials and tests were conducted off the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).USNS John Glenn was christened on February 1st at NASSCO shipyard.The MLP vessels are envisaged to provide a “pier at sea” that will become the core of the Navy/Marine Corps sea basing concept. This capability will allow prepositioning ships to offload equipment and supplies to the MLP for transshipment to shore by other vessels.US Navy, February 14, 2014last_img read more

At least 34 wounded as large explosion rocks Kabul official

first_imgKabul: At least 34 people were wounded when a large explosion rocked Kabul on Wednesday morning, sending a massive plume of smoke over the capital and shattering windows far from the blast site, officials and witnesses said. Violence is surging across Afghanistan and in Kabul as the US and the Taliban negotiate a peace deal ahead of elections planned for September 28. The blast occurred around 9:00 am (local time) in western Kabul, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said at least 34 people had been taken to hospital. “I heard a big bang and all the windows of my shop broke with glass flying everywhere,” shopkeeper Ahmad Saleh told AFP. “My head is spinning and still I don’t know what has happened but the windows of about 20 shops around one kilometre from the blast site are broken.” According to video on social media and witnesses, small-arms fire could be heard following the blast. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls A common insurgent tactic is to use a suicide bomber to hit a target and then follow up with gunmen storming the area. According to the UN, more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July alone, the highest monthly toll so far this year and the worst single month since May 2017. Overnight Tuesday-Wednesday, Afghan commandos stormed a safe house for Islamic State fighters, officials said. Details of that operation were still emerging. At least five people were killed and seven wounded in Kabul on Tuesday when a vehicle carrying workers from the counter-narcotics directorate was bombed, the interior ministry said.last_img read more

Cancelling book signing infringes on free speech Nova Scotia MLA

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia MLA is raising freedom-of-speech concerns after a Toronto-based retail chain cancelled a local book signing amid controversy over the book’s portrayal of an area pulp mill.Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says the decision to cancel the Dec. 2 book signing at the Coles bookstore in New Glasgow, N.S., was the “wrong move.”“I feel like freedom of speech has been infringed upon here. If there was a book written pro-mill, I would want that to be sold too,” she said Wednesday.Joan Baxter’s book, “The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest,” explores the impact of the Northern Pulp mill near Pictou in northern Nova Scotia.MacFarlane questioned how a multimillion-dollar corporation was forced to shut down the book signing, though a spokeswoman for Indigo Books & Music Inc., which owns Coles, said late Wednesday that the bookseller has been in touch with the author about a possible larger off-site event in the future.A spokeswoman for Paper Excellence Group, the parent company of Northern Pulp, said the mill’s management wrote a letter objecting to the book signing event.Kathy Cloutier said the letter was written at the request of employees, and that the mill encouraged its workers, retirees and their families to sign the letter and submit it to the bookstore “of their own free accord.”Northern Pulp’s employees “are proud of their work within the mill and its community,” she said in an email. “To have a book demeaning/diminishing their day-to-day work life can understandably elicit passion in wanting to stand up for their contributions to the mill and workforce of the forest industry in Nova Scotia.”But MacFarlane said the letter appears to have put “a lot of pressure” on workers to publicly object to the book.Kate Gregory, a spokeswoman for Indigo, said the bookseller’s “number one commitment is to our customers and staff to ensure that they have a joyful and safe experience in our stores.”“A number of events leading up to the signing in New Glasgow led us to cancel this event as our commitment to this experience may have been compromised,” she said. “This was not due to pressure from the mill.”Gregory did not detail what events prompted the cancellation, or whether threats to safety were reported to police.However, she noted book signings were held in Dartmouth and Truro, and that the book is also available on the company’s website.The Abercrombie, N.S., mill has been a long-standing employer in the region. It currently has more than 330 workers, and invests over $315 million a year into the provincial economy, according to the company.However, the pulp mill has also faced public outcry over foul-smelling air pollution, toxic effluent and water pollution.Earlier this year, the mill was issued a fine after a stack test revealed it was emitting particulate matter above the allowable limit.Tourism operators and fisheries workers have also voiced concern with the mill’s environmental impact on the region and on other industries.Former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm, chairman of the pulp mill’s board of directors, said the region needs a safe, environmentally responsible mill that can survive economically“This country is littered with communities that have lost their mills and the results have been devastating to those particular communities. I don’t want our community to be one of those,” he said.While Hamm said he “absolutely” believes in free speech, he said debate over the mill must be evidence-based.“We must not let misinformation cloud our judgment on this issue,” he added.But MacFarlane said Baxter is a “voice of reason” and that she knows mill workers who have read the book.Ultimately, she said it’s possible to be critical of the mill’s environmental track record while still supporting its viability and jobs.“I hear from mill workers all the time that they want to secure their jobs but they want to do it in the safest, environmentally responsible way possible,” she said.MacFarlane said opposition to the book generated by the mill has likely served to raise the author’s profile.“I think that her book will be sold out because of this situation.”last_img read more

Condemning GuineaBissau assassinations UN Council calls for calm

Through a statement read out by Ibrahim Dabbashi of Libya, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for the month of March, it also urged all parties in the country to resolve any disputes within the framework of democratic institutions and opposed “any attempt to change the government through unconstitutional means.”The killings of President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Chief of Staff Tagme Na Waie, which took place 1 and 2 March, respectively were condemned yesterday by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).In its statement today, the 15-member body called on all concerned to “assist in saving constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau and to continue to support peace building efforts in the country.”Guinea-Bissau is one of a handful of States on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which aims to help poor countries avoid sliding back into war or chaos.The West African country has struggled to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and also to sustain economic growth and political stability amid a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings in recent decades. 3 March 2009Condemning “in the strongest terms” the assassination of the president of Guinea-Bissau and his chief of staff, the United Nations Security Council today called on the people, political leaders, and the armed forces of the country to remain calm, exercise restraint and maintain stability. read more

Sri Lanka needs USD 8 billion to strengthen economy

The Prime Minister said that the Government will look to get that USD 8 billion by expanding its trade market. Sri Lanka needs USD 8 billion to strengthen its economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.He said that Sri Lanka received between USD 600-700 million this year but it needs more than that to have a stable economy. Wickremesinghe noted that the special economic zone in Hambantota to be setup with China will also help Sri Lanka’s economy.The tourism industry will also see a boost through the development of Sri Lanka’s ports and airports, he said.The Prime Minister urged the opposition to support the budget and the economic policies of the government to take the country forward. (Colombo Gazette) He said that Sri Lanka will sign trade agreements with China, India, Singapore and several other countries. The Prime Minister said Sri Lanka will also look to the US under its new administration to sign a trade deal.Sri Lanka is also looking to regain the GSP plus trade concession from the European Union to help push trade between Sri Lanka and the EU. read more

Homebuyers say they expect to spend 300000 on first property poll

Homebuyers say they expect to spend $300,000 on first property: poll AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The average first-time homebuyer in Canada is 29 years old and expects to be able to put down a down payment of $48,000 on $300,000 home, according to a recent poll by the Bank of Montreal.But the study, released Tuesday, also found that price expectations vary widely, depending on where the homebuyer lives.Buyers in Atlantic Canada say they expect to spend the lowest in the country with an average of $202,000 on a first home, followed by Quebec with $224,000, Ontario with $326,000, British Columbia with $384,000 and Alberta with $406,000. The sample size used in the Prairies was too low to be included in the survey.Meanwhile, the data also found Vancouver to be the most expensive city, with first-time homebuyers there saying they plan to shell out an average of $443,000 for a home, followed by Toronto at $347,000.BMO mortgage expert Laura Parsons says like with any major purchase, it’s important for people be realistic and prepared.“What we tend to do is jump in the market when we’re ready, instead of starting a plan now,” she said from Calgary.“Let’s start getting ready for it so we can start giving you good advice all along the way. Don’t be afraid to get things going.”And while a large down payment is impressive, it does not necessarily mean that young people are diligently saving for their first home. Instead, many may be getting help from their Baby Boomer parents or friends, said Parsons.Forty-six per cent of those surveyed also they’ll choose a fixed mortgage rate when they buy, versus 20 per cent who will choose a variable rate.The study also found that the average first-time homebuyer plans on paying off the mortgage on their home within two decades, with 20 per cent anticipating they’ll be mortgage-free even earlier than that.Twenty-three per cent of those surveyed say they will still have a mortgage within 25 years; 16 per cent say within 20 to 24 years and 20 per cent say within 10 to 19 years.On the opposite end of the spectrum, seven per cent say it’ll take them more than 25 years to fully own their home, while three per cent say it’ll take them between 1 year to 9 years to pay it off.The survey also found that 31 per cent admit they really don’t know when they’ll be able to stop making mortgage payments.The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) report surveyed a random online sample of 2,000 Canadians between Feb. 25 to March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated what people planned to spend on a home. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 8:28 am MDT read more

A major win for transgender rights UN health agency drops gender identity

© UNICEF/Danielle Pereira | Moisés Maciel da Silva, 19, from São Paulo, Brazil, found out he was living with HIV when he turned 18 years old.“We expect that this reclassification will impact very positively the wrong perception that some forms of gender diversity are pathologies, or sickness, and that it will facilitate access to better health care,” said Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and Dainius Pῡras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health.The UN experts welcomed the “major breakthrough” and called on States to “review their medical classifications and adopt strong proactive measures” to eliminate the social stigma associated with gender diversity.The stressed that denying the existence of diversity or lifestyle choices “leads to violence, including so-called ‘corrective rape’ and ‘conversion therapy’, and to forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary treatments and procedures to ‘normalise’ sexual attraction or human bodies”.“It is time for the world to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of human nature,” they concluded.‘Snapshot’ of wellbeingBecause “data on disease and death reveal how a population is truly faring”, WHO flags health statistics as true “snapshots of a country’s wellbeing”.Pointing out their importance as forming “the basis for almost every decision made in health care today”, WHO calls ICD “the bedrock for health statistics”.“ICD codes can have enormous financial importance, since they are used to determine where best to invest increasingly scant resources”, WHO said.According to one gender identity advocacy organization, the reclassification will encourage people to put pressure on their own governments to adopt ICD-11 in the coming years. The update to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) has reclassified gender identity disorder, or identifying as transgender, in terms of sexuality, not a “mental disorder”.It is time for the world to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of human nature – UN expertsClassified now as “gender incongruence”, Lale Say, the Coordinator of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, explained that the move came about because the UN health agency now had a “better understanding that it was not actually a mental health condition”.On 25 May, WHO approved a resolution to remove “gender identity disorder” from ICD-11 and created a new chapter dedicated to sexual health.The reclassification will “reduce the stigma” while ensuring “access to necessary health interventions”, according to Ms. Say.Gender incongruence can be described as a feeling of anguish when an individual’s identity conflicts with the sex they were assigned at birth.A ‘major breakthrough’Moving the disorder into WHO’s new chapter for sexual health will also help lift discrimination, a major barrier to accessing prevention services, HIV testing and treatment and care. read more

Speaker to Inform General BEAR Board on Wellington Microtech

BEAR Press ReleaseThe speaker at the general board meeting of Castle Country Business Expansion and Retention on April 25 will be Michael D. Roberts, one of the principals in the Wellington Microtech project.Roberts attended Brigham Young University where he received a degree in music, an MBA and a law degree. Admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1996, Roberts worked as an associate and then partner with a small real estate litigation and transactional firm in Salt Lake City for 10 years. Roberts was the founder and owner of Beehive Title Insurance Agency, L.C., which closed several thousand title and escrow transactions over a 12-year period. In 2009, Roberts formed a private equity firm for the purpose of acquiring and resolving distressed commercial loans. During that same year, he also began acquiring and developing energy-related commercial projects in rural Utah, which now includes the DC Express Pipeline and Wellington Microtech.The meeting will take place at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center in the Alumni Room on the USU Eastern campus at 8 a.m. It will last about one hour. Light refreshments will be served. read more

Helping youth understand digital privacy

As National Cyber Security Month winds down, some 250 high school students from across Canada headed to Ottawa to learn about digital literacy at the Digital Youth Summit.Karen Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, was there to help them, along with Daniel Therrien, the federal Privacy Commissioner, journalist Jesse Brown, and representatives from Facebook and Microsoft.Smith, whose research focuses on participation, openness and privacy in a digital age, is keen to engage youth on issues related to digital privacy.“I feel that it is important to work with youth on this topic, because privacy is foundational for so many of our rights as citizens,” Smith explains.Smith, who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Mozilla before coming to Brock this summer, knows the value of a hands-on approach when it comes to the open web.Last year, Smith became part of a Hive Toronto research team that designed a curriculum of learning activities related to privacy, based on research funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She describes the resulting programming as “a fun way to engage youth to learn about things like Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.”“We did things like create a “Data Trail Timeline,” an activity that challenged youth to create a diary of all of the times in a day when their personal information was collected and to tell a digital story of their experiences,” she says.The curriculum, now offered as a Maker Party by Hive Toronto, provides youth with a chance to learn digital literacy skills like coding and remix in order to create projects related to privacy.Earlier this month, after facilitating a public conversation with author Cory Doctorow about his book, Little Brother, at the Markham Public Library, Smith helped run a Hive Toronto Maker Party event for young people in Markham. Last week, Hive Toronto took the Maker Party to the students in Ottawa.The Digital Youth Summit, hosted by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and Media Smarts, ran Oct. 22-23.To learn more about the privacy curriculum, visit http://hivetoronto.org/portfolio/privacybadges/ read more

ABB makes another advance in mine shaft hoisting efficiency and safety

first_imgABB has successfully completed all tests and the no-load commissioning of its ACS 6000 drive, installed at the Ma JiaLiang coal mine’s main shaft hoist in Shanxi Province, China. ABB’s ACS 6000 drive is designed to allow for continued hoist operation at half-speed and under full-load, if required by the process. With this successful breakthrough, ABB says it “becomes the first supplier worldwide to design and realise this kind of function in a hoist system.” This function will greatly reduce the maintenance time and increase the reliability and availability of coal mine production.The Ma JiaLiang coal mine is a major construction project of Shanxi Province with a planned annual production capacity of 12 Mt/y of coal and maximum capacity of 15 Mt. When put in operation, it will be the coal mine shaft with the highest production in China.ABB provided two hoist systems for the main shaft, with each hoist pulley having a diameter of 5.7 meters, a payload of 45 tons, and a motor power of 7000kW. It utilizes MV AC-DC-AC direct torque control (DTC) technology and is the biggest hoist system ever installed in China. In June 2011, ABB started the installation and no-load commissioning of the mine’s No. 2 main shaft hoist, which covers the mechanical part, the motor, the control system, as well as the ACS 6000 MV drive and brake control system. The half-speed under full-load function is designed to maintain the safety of the hoist system and a continued production in case of failure of the hoist’s drive system. Half-speed with full-load redundancy has been available for systems using DC drives and AC-AC direct conversion frequency drives, but this specific function has never been realized before for hoist systems based on AC-DC-AC frequency conversion drives.Stephen Zhu, Manager of ABB’s Mining and Minerals business in China, said, “ABB designed an ACS 6000 MV drive system using two independent sets of active rectifier units (ARU) and inverter units (INU) for the Ma JiaLiang project. Under normal conditions, the two operate together, providing power to the motor. If one fails, a switch cabinet will connect the redundancy operation mode and start the operational set. This is a significant achievement which can greatly reduce shutdown time, providing our customers continuous production with improved reliability.”last_img read more

BlackBerry PlayBook Up Close

first_imgThe tablet madness continues at ces 2011! The BlackBerry PlayBook has to be one of the more eagerly anticipated device in the space at ces 2011, due in no small part to the fact that RIM announced the thing so darned long ago.The business-minded tablet is a 4G device running RIM’s own proprietary BlackBerry OS. It has a seven inch screen and will come in a number of different capacities, including 16GB, with a 1GHz processor and 1GB or RAM.The tablet can handle Flash and 1080p video playback. It features front and rear facing cameras (at 3- and 5MP, respectively), for the teleconferencing that the kids are talking so much about, these days. Existing BlackBerry users will be able to use the device with their 3G plans.More pics, after the jump.last_img read more

iOS 5 already being fieldtested by Apple and ATT

first_imgAs if today’s news of the white iPhone 4 finally being available wasn’t enough to assuage the addiction for Apple news, rumors are buzzing today that Apple’s upcoming iOS, iOS 5, is being tested out in the open.FutureTap, an App Store developer who created the augmented-reality map app WhereTo?, told 9to5Mac that it has received its first crash report from an iOS 5 device. This means that Apple is currently field-testing iOS 5, which will one day run on the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad.9to5Mac received a screenshot of a crash report of a device running the new iOS from FutureTap. “MKUserLocationBreadCrumb” was mentioned in the report. Developer Will Strafach told 9to5mac that “the API relates to the iOS maps and location functionality”. This could mean that Apple is changing some its maps and locations APIs, which could have caused problems with the map-based app built for iOS 4, hence FutureTap receiving the crash report. Perhaps this bit of information could allude to Google Maps Navigation being introduced into iOS 5.FutureTap also sent 9to5Mac a screen shot of a crash report that showed four out of five of its hits coming from AT&T, which leads us to believe that AT&T is also testing the upcoming operating system. One of the five hits came from a first generation iPad, which means iOS 5 will work on older models, not just the new iPhone 5 which is said to be released in the fall.iOS 5 is said to be revealed at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June.More at 9to5maclast_img read more

Galaxy Note 3 benchmark leaks fails to beat the Galaxy S4

first_imgA benchmark score for the Galaxy Note 3 has leaked ahead of its reveal at Samsung Unpacked 2013 event. If Samsung has doctored the number this time, they’ve gone in the wrong direction.The Galaxy Note 3 scored lower than a stock Galaxy S4, a phone that’s been on sale since April. The pre-release AnTuTu score posted by @evleaks shows a result of 24,497, more than a thousand points below what some GS4 owners have reported on their phones.Perhaps more worryingly for Samsung, the LG G2 positively trounces Galaxy Note 3. Early scores from LG’s upcoming flagship hover around the 30,000 mark.Maybe Samsung has gotten a bit gun shy in the wake of the GS4 benchmark manipulation controversy. Then again, maybe these aren’t legitimate numbers. Maybe they’ve been leaked by someone else to try and take the wind out of Samsung’s sails.@evleaks is one of the more reputable publishers of leaked information on the Twittersphere, however. He’s posted innumerable leaked press images that turned out to be genuine, so if he’s shared this benchmark screenshot it’s safe to assume he thinks it’s legit.With the Galaxy Note 3 packing a quad-core chip that’s reportedly clocked at 2.3GHz, however, the AnTuTu score is surprisingly low. Until Samsung puts the Note in the hands of the tech press, we won’t know what the real story is.Benchmark scores can vary widely, too. The same Galaxy S4 that scored nearly 26,000 one run could score 23,000 or less in a subsequent run. Ultimately, looking at a device’s benchmark scores only tells a small part of the story.Whatever the Galaxy Note 3 scores in AnTuTu, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a top-tier device just like the Galaxy Note 2 was. We’ll find out exactly what makes it one this week after Samsung Unpacks it.last_img read more

Earthquake hits Turkey again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 5.7-magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey killed at least three people, creating new fears in a rural area still reeling from a quake last month. Buildings toppled in the provincial capital of Van last Wednesday night, however most were already damaged and declared unfit because they were weakened by the previous earthquake. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said rescue teams are searching for more survivors and 22 of the 25 collapsed buildings in Van were empty. One of the buildings that collapsed was the 40-year-old Bayram Hotel, Van’s best-known hotel. The earthquake measured 5.7 the US Geological Survey said.last_img read more

Session times change for Fit Kids classes

first_imgThe Fit Kids classes offered at Salmon Creek Bridge Chiropractic will change times.The new class times will be from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Salmon Creek Bridge Chiropractic, 13800 N.E. 20th Ave., Vancouver. The cost for the class has not changed. It is still $67 per month for two sessions a week, $97 per month for three sessions a week, and $100 for a 10-time punch card.To register, call 360-574-5944.last_img