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Merson slams Ramseys contract situation

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first_imgPaul Merson lambasted his former side Arsenal for their poor handling of Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.Arsenal are set to lose Ramsey to Juventus for nothing this summer after the Wales international agreed on a deal with the Serie A champions after his contract was allowed to run down.Merson went on to call his former club “stupid” for letting an experienced player like Ramsey leave the club in the prime of his career.“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,” he told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.“In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.”last_img read more

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Boeing pledges 100M to families of those killed in 737 Max 8

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first_img 49 Photos Share your voice The official causes of the crashes, which appear to be similar, are still under study. Investigation teams in Indonesia and Ethiopia are focusing on faulty sensors and a flight control system designed to push the nose down in the air. Boeing says it has completed the necessary update for review by the FAA. But as of now, the agency has not said when that will happen.”We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing CEO, in a statement. “The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort.” Boeing Tour a B-17 and other aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum Boeing’s 737 Max 8 is grounded after two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing Boeing will spend $100 million in the coming years to aid the families affected by two 737 Max 8 plane crashes. The planes have been grounded since March following the crashes, which left 346 people dead. The company said the funds will address “family and community needs” and support “education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs and economic development in impacted communities.” Boeing will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to carry out the aid. The first 737 Max 8 crash occured Oct. 29, when Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. Then, on March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 departed Addis Ababa Bole International Airport bound for Nairobi, Kenya. Just after takeoff, the pilot radioed a distress call and was given immediate clearance to return and land. But before the crew could make it back, the aircraft crashed 40 miles from the airport at 8:44 a.m., six minutes after it left the runway.center_img 0 Tech Industry null Tagslast_img read more

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Chairmans fishery blocks flow of Ichhamati

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first_imgFish farming using bamboo and net fencing continues unabated in a four-kilometer area of the Ichhamati river in Nawabganj, Dhaka. Local residents suffer. The photo was taken recently. Hasan RajaA local chairman has been fish farming on the Ichhamati river in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj in Dhaka, hampering the river’s natural flow.This has caused local residents a lot of suffering.Chairman of Shikaripara union Alimor Rahman Khan erected a bamboo fence around a four-kilometre area on the Ichhamati river about five years ago and started fish farming.As a result, residents cannot freely use the river for bathing, fishing, or travelling. The life of aquatic animals is also in danger and river traffic cannot move.Residents say they have complained to the district administration.Under the authority of mobile courts, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has had the fence removed a number of times, but the chairman and his associates put up a new fence and start fish farming again.The residents allege this fish cultivation has been going on for the last five years. Around 600 fishermen from seven villages used to fish in the river. Now the chairman’s henchmen do not allow them to fish. They also prevent villagers from bathing in the river. When, The chairman’s men snatch away stray ducks from the river that belong to local residents.There are also allegations of local residents being beaten up and  residents on both banks of the river are leading troubled lives.There is a large bridge over the Ichhamati river in front of a bazar in Shikaripara union of Nawabganj. Under the bridge, bamboo and net fencing form clusters of fisheries. Such operations can be found in other sections of the river including Mahespur, Garibpur, and Hagradi bazar.During a recent visit, this correspondent, on Sunday, found a  bamboo and net fence stretching some 300 metres wide on the river near the Kashiakhali dyke.Local residents say such fences are there at about eight different places on the river.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a number of fishermen, including Amar Haldar, a fisherman from Daudpur, and Maron Barmon from Ananda Nagar, said they were not allowed to fish in the river for five years. Earlier, fishing on the river was their livelihood.Ali Hossain, Shikaripara bazar trader says there was a time when they travelled by launch on the river. Now, not even a boat can move on it. Because of a dyke built at Dasher Kandi, where the river originates, sand builds up in the area.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Awami League president of Shikaripara union, Mozammel Hoque, said the chairman is grabbing the river and water bodies of the locality using a “pocket” committee.According to chairman Alimor Khan at his home, the river flow is falling due to an embankment at Kashiakhali and water dries out during the lean season. Following these circumstances, the Directorate of Fisheries launched a project in 2017 to cultivate fish by dredging seven kilometers of the river. He said a 104-member committee comprising of fishermen, freedom fighters and their beneficiaries, are running the project. Alimor, who heads the committee, said Tk 1M is invested in the fish farming enterprise and the profits are distributed to the aforementioned beneficiaries.Asked whether it is fair to cultivate fish by obstructing the river, Alimore said, “The directorate of fisheries is not concerned about the flow of the river. The organisation focuses on fish production in the country.”About the allegations of local residents, chairman Alimor Khan said, “We do not torture anybody. Out of jealousy, some people spread false propaganda’.When contacted about the project, Iqbal Azim, deputy director of fisheries, , in charge of Dhaka division, said a project of dredging rivers and ponds across the country to cultivate fish was indeed undertaken.by. He also said the local administration leased out the water bodies to various beneficiaries. The department of fisheries provides the scientific and technical support, said Iqbqal Azim, adding that they provided technical assistance for the fish farming project on the Ichhamati river.He said the local administration attends to matters like grabbing, , and any hardships of local people.Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Nawabganj-Dohar, AKM Al Amin, said he would investigate the allegations and take action.Prothom Alo Nawabganj Corresondent cooperated to file this report. * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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Dhaka summons Myanmar envoy proposes joint operation

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first_imgMyanmar acting ambassador Aung Myint. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh has made a proposal to Myanmar to conduct a joint operation against militants, the Arakan Army and any other forces.The foreign ministry made the proposal on Monday after summoning Myanmar acting ambassador in Bangladesh, Aung Myint.Dhaka expressed grave concern as the Myanmar government termed their local terrorists ‘Bangalees’ following fresh violence in the Rakhine State, in which 89 people were killed.Myanmar ambassador Aung Myint met with the director general (South-East Asia wing) of the foreign ministry Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury at his office.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a foreign ministry senior official said a specific proposal on a joint operation along Bangladesh-Myanmar border was formally given to the Myanmar envoy.Bangladesh wants to cooperate with Myanmar to remove its security concerns, the official added.last_img read more

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Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One CDC Says

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first_img Share Gregory Bull/APFlu patient Donnie Cardenas, right, waits in an emergency room hallway with roommate Torrey Jewett at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 10.The United States appears to be in the midst of an unusually severe flu season, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.The flu season started early, which is never a good sign, and the flu is already widespread throughout the country, the CDC’s latest report shows. Half of states are reporting especially intense flu activity.“We are currently in the midst of a very active flu season with much of the nation experiencing widespread and intense activity,” CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told reporters during a briefing.Based on the latest available data, the United States could be experiencing one of the most severe flu seasons in years, possibly similar to the severe 2014-2015 flu season, officials say.“Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now. There’s lots of flu in lots of places,” says Dan Jernigan, director of CDC’s influenza division.CDCActivity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in a state due to influenza-like illness (ILI) and are compared with the average percent of ILI visits that occur during weeks with little or no influenza virus circulation.Officials cautioned, however, that the flu is very unpredictable. So there’s a chance the season could slow down quickly or end early, making it a more normal flu season.But the most recent data show that the proportion of people rushing to their doctors to get treated for the flu has already hit 5.8 percent, which is as high as that number gets during the peak of a really bad flu season, the CDC says.In addition, the rate at which Americans are being hospitalized for the flu almost doubled in the last week, to 22.7 for every 100,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC.Those are two of the key ways the CDC monitors the severity of a flu season.So far, 20 children have died from the flu, compared with a total of 101 last season.During the 2014-2015 flu season, 40 million Americans got the flu, 19 million people went to the doctor to get treated for the flu, and 970,000 people were hospitalized.Officials, cautioned, however, that the hospitalization rate for the flu so far this year is slightly below the 2014-2015 rate.The main reason the flu appears to be so severe is that it’s a strain known as H3N2. That strain tends to make more people sick, and the people who get the flu tend to get sicker. It’s especially dangerous for children and the elderly.“When H3N2 is prominent, we tend to have a season with far more hospitalizations and deaths,” Fitzgerald says.To make matters worse, the vaccine may only be about 30 percent effective against that strain. That is better than the 10 percent effectiveness reported in Australia, which has its flu season before the United States does and often predicts what will happen in this country.Nevertheless, health officials are urging people to get vaccinated. Any protection is better than none. And the vaccine may end up being more effective, especially if other strains of the flu become more common. The vaccine is more effective against those other strains. The vaccine can also lessen the severity of illness in people who get sick.The flu season may be peaking in this country, but it could continue for many more weeks. So even though it takes two weeks for the vaccine to start protecting people after they get vaccinated, it’s still worthwhile to get vaccinated, they say.“While our flu vaccine is far from perfect, it is still the best defense we have,” Fitzgerald says.Officials are also encouraging doctors to treat some flu patients with antiviral drugs quickly, including children, the elderly, people who get severely ill and those suffering from other health problems. While there are spot shortages of antiviral drugs, the overall supply is plentiful.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Gowalla CoFounder Leaving Facebook Has Plans for a New Project

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first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 16, 2013 In December 2011, the talent behind location-check-in app Gowalla was acquired by Facebook. The app itself was wound down over the next few months.Now, a year and a half after joining Facebook, Gowalla’s co-founder and former CEO Josh Williams is leaving.Williams joined Facebook as a product manager where he worked on Pages, Location and Events. Gowalla launched before Foursquare in 2007 but only ever reached a few million downloads. Foursquare now has more than 30 million downloads and billions of check-ins, although it hasn’t had a smooth ride either.Williams, who moved from Austin, Texas to join Facebook in Palo Alto, says he’ll remain in San Francisco to pursue a new project.”No comment on my next steps at this point — beyond that I plan to stay in SF and work on something new,” Williams told Business Insider. His last day is this Friday.Williams and his co-founder were moved to join Facebook after attending the F8 conference in 2011. “We were blown away by Facebook’s new developments. A few weeks later Facebook called, and it became clear that the way for our team to have the biggest impact was to work together,” Williams wrote when he announced the acquisition.We reached out to Facebook about Williams’ departure and are awaiting official comment. This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Introducing Kweb A Kotlin library for building rich web applications

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first_imgKweb is a library using which you can easily build web applications in the Kotlin programming language. It basically eliminates the separation between browser and server from the programmer’s perspective. This means that events that only manipulate the DOM don’t need to do a server-roundtrip. As Kweb is written in Kotlin, users should have some familiarity with the Kotlin and Java ecosystem. Kweb allows you to keep all of the business logic in the server-side and enables the communication with the web browser through efficient websockets. To efficiently handle asynchronicity, it takes advantage of Kotlin’s powerful new coroutines mechanism. It also allows keeping consistent state across client and server by seamlessly conveying events between both. What are the features of Kweb? Makes the barrier between the web server and web browser mostly invisible to the programmer. Minimizes the server-browser chatter and browser rendering overhead. Supports integration with some powerful JavaScript libraries like Semantic, which is a UI framework designed for theming. Allows binding DOM elements in the browser directly to state on the server and automatically update them through the observer and data mapper patterns. Seamlessly integrates with Shoebox, a Kotlin library for persistent data storage that supports views and the observer pattern. Easily add to an existing project. Instantly update your web browser in response to code changes. The Kweb library is distributed via JitPack, a novel package repository for JVM and Android projects. Kweb takes advantage of the fact that in most web apps, logic occurs in the server side and the client can’t be trusted. This library is in its infancy but still works well enough to demonstrate that the approach is practical. You can read more about Kweb on its official website. Read Next Kotlin based framework, Ktor 1.0, released with features like sessions, metrics, call logging and more Kotlin 1.3 released with stable coroutines, multiplatform projects and more KotlinConf 2018: Kotlin 1.3 RC out and Kotlin/Native hits betalast_img read more

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Turnover up by 10 says GRUPO IBEROSTAR new hotels renos in store

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first_img Monday, January 30, 2017 PALMA DE MALLORCA — It was a solid year of growth for GRUPO IBEROSTAR, which reported a turnover of 2.03 billion euros, a 10% increase from 2015.The company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, has an international presence that extends to 30 countries. Spain continued to lead the field in terms of Mediterranean destinations, closing the year with record figures both in occupancy rates and results. Mexico and the Dominican Republic also enjoyed steady growth in occupancy, rates and profitability, as did Cuba, one of the Group’s key strategic targets.Growth was fuelled by an ambitious investment program that saw the opening of hotels in new destinations, such as the United States (IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue in New York), and Ibiza (IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Ibiza).This year, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will open six new hotels: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous (Majorca, Spain); IBEROSTAR Berkely (South Beach, Miami); IBEROSTAR Bella Vista (Varadero, Cuba); IBEROSTAR Club Palmeraie Marrakesh (Morocco); IBEROSTAR Cancun (Mexico); and IBEROSTAR Playa Blanca (Cayo Largo, Cuba).More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterCuba will see a lot of activity this year. The company will increase its hotel portfolio on the island to 17 properties by the end of the year. Major projects include the IBEROSTAR Riviera and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Packard in Havana; the IBEROSTAR Casa Granda, IBEROSTAR Imperial and IBEROSTAR Gran Hotel in Santiago de Cuba; and the IBEROSTAR Colonial in Cayo Coco.Noting the importance of the urban segment, the company has plans to increase the number of hotels it operates in major tourist capitals around the world. Within the next three years, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will have a total of 15 urban hotels in top destinations like Budapest, New York, Madrid, Miami, Havana, Barcelona, Lisbon, Santo Domingo and Lima.Efforts will also be made this year in the modernization of its hotels, with 125 million euros being channelled into several renovation projects. These include IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), IBEROSTAR Cancun (Mexico), IBEROSTAR Alcudia Park (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Playa de Muro (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Bahía de Palma (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Ibiza (Ibiza, Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Málaga Playa (Andalusia), IBEROSTAR Lanzarote Park (Canary Islands), IBEROSTAR Anthelia (Canary Islands) and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé (Canary Islands).More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upTo introduce ongoing improvements to the guest experience, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has set up an ambitious work program targeting several key areas, including gastronomy, décor and wellness. Last year, the company opened the Marea and Cataria restaurants at the IBEROSTAR Playa de Palma and IBEROSTAR Andalucía Playa, and also signed an agreement with El Capricho to serve what many consider to be “the finest meat in the world” at several of its Spanish hotels. The second edition of IberostarChef on Tour will continue over the next few months. Share Posted by Turnover up by 10%, says GRUPO IBEROSTAR, new hotels & renos in storecenter_img Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Programme requests to the BBCs catchup service

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first_imgProgramme requests to the BBC’s catch-up service, the iPlayer, were up 6% year-on-year in May, reaching 273 million – more than at any point in 2013. Announcing the internal figures in its monthly iPlayer performance pack, the BBC said that 202 million of the 273 million requests were for TV shows, stable month-on-month, while the remaining 71 million were for radio programmes.By device type, the most requests came from computers, accounting for 33% of total requests. This was up from 31% in the previous month, with the BBC attributing the rise entirely to a growth in radio listening.Tablets were the second most-used device for accessing the iPlayer with 24% of total requests, followed by mobiles in third place with 18% of requests.For TV show requests only, tablets and computers continued to account for the majority of traffic, accounting for 29% of traffic each.The BBC also noted “some modest growth in request from TV platforms in May,” with TV platform operators accounting for 17%, games consoles 4% and internet TVs and other connected devices 3%.Consistent with previous months, the BBC said that the iPlayer is used for TV viewing at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, although there is proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.The profile of the BBC iPlayer users remains “strongly under-55 in terms of age,” which is younger than the typical TV or radio listener, though is split roughly evenly between men and women, according to the BBC.last_img read more

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