Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both ready to start for Wales in their decisive Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday, manager Ryan Giggs has said.Real Madrid forward Bale featured for an hour in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Saturday after spending a month on the sidelines with a calf problem.The 30-year-old was replaced by Ramsey, who has struggled with niggling injuries in recent months and made just eight appearances for Juventus this season.“The lads who go minutes needed minutes. It’s a bit of a balancing act, the players I know who can’t play 90 minutes – that will obviously influence the selection,” Giggs told a news conference on Monday.“Gareth and Aaron were in that scenario. They are both ready to start.”The win in Azerbaijan along with Croatia’s victory over Slovakia in Group E means Wales can secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020 by beating Hungary in Cardiff.“We needed favours and we got those favours, now it is time for us to capitalise, it’s in our hands,” Giggs said. “It’s a great, exciting challenge for us but we need to finish the job – it will be a very, very difficult game.”Bale played an influential role as Wales stormed to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France, eclipsing their previous best run to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup.However, injury kept him out of the defeat by the Republic of Ireland that ended Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes.“I think we can use both of (the experiences) to our advantage,” Bale said.“We have got the kind of euphoria of qualifying for our first Euros and doing so well at the competition that we really want to do that again.“We can see how we don’t want to feel after the game. We know prior to this game we can push and push not to feel like that again, because it’s not a feeling you want in the dressing room after the game.”
Dear Editor,Where is Guyana going when it comes to law and order? When will we, as a nation, get serious and stop the scourge of smuggling?Recently, the media reported that two Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officers were shot with pellets by smugglers. From what I read, the two officers were part of a GRA team that attempted to intercept a vehicle and a boat suspected to be operated by smugglers transporting smuggled chicken and alcohol at Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara.Smuggling has taken root as a nasty part of Guyana’s underground trade. These ‘big shot’ smugglers plus a swarm of small-time hustlers doing the same wickedness do not give two hoots that their crimes cost Guyana countless millions of dollars in funds for social development. This loss deprives law-abiding citizens of much-needed benefits like improved health care, better education, proper roads and infrastructure etc.People hell bent on gorging themselves on the proceeds from crime have been smuggling fuel, gold, food, electronic equipment, alcohol, cigarettes and much more across Guyana’s borders for decades. Much talk and some anti-smuggling campaigns have done little to slow them down, much less stop them.Smuggling in Guyana reached its zenith in the 1970s when the Government of the day banned essential goods such as flour, onion, garlic, corned meat and salt. Even sugar was being imported in those days.In those days, many people believed that the External Trade Bureau was controlling imports at the behest of the then Government and many basic commodities were not readily available.Therefore, many citizens turned to smuggling to get essential goods for themselves and for resale. The Government back then obviously meant well and did not realise the extent to which people would go in order to get essential consumer items.Today, even though all these goods are available to everyone in great abundance, the reality of smuggling remains, and it is a thriving business.Smugglers pay no tariffs or taxes. Therefore, they undermine legitimate businesses that not only pay all tariffs, but also pay NIS and other legitimate operating expenses, thereby contributing to the coffers of this nation and enabling our Government to provide us with services that are essential to our people’s wellbeing.This is not the first-time smugglers have shot at GRA officials. Thank God, the injuries to the GRA officers were not life threatening. I wish them speedy recovery and hope they resume their duties fearlessly, when they are healed.Obviously, the team members were not cowards; actually, they were very professional in their approach to these criminals. Thankfully, arrests were made. Kudos to the officers and to GRA for having such committed personnel in the law enforcement department.I suggest that we set-up an intelligence gathering network around the country. This network can particularly target smuggling hotbeds such as Charity, Corriverton, Anna Regina, Mon Repos and Mahaicony.Our intelligence network could set up sting operations with officers infiltrating smuggling rings by pretending to be wholesalers or vendors willing to buy smuggled commodities.The GRA and Police can also set up a hotline to facilitate getting anonymous tips that would lead to the arrest of smugglers. Also, a reasonable reward can be offered in exchange for any information leading to the identification and arrest of smugglers.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Sr
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1 Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to slim down his Arsenal squad before making any further additions.Some of the north London club’s shortcomings, particularly defensively, were exposed as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.Gunners manager Wenger has not ruled out more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but his immediate priority is to move out unwanted players.“I expect to sell players first,” the Frenchman said. “We have too many players. It is not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation – that is why the transfer market is quiet.“We have 33 players at the moment. We have too many players.”Regarding arrivals, Wenger said he could not get into “transfer mode” in the immediate aftermath of the loss at the bet365 Stadium.
Re “MTA leaders bullish on Valley’s busway” (Sept. 13): The MTA is finally starting to get the right idea. Providing viable alternatives to driving is the only way to decongest our roads, and the Orange Line is a step toward that. More needs to be done, though. It still takes most people hours to get to work on public transportation. Do what needs to be done. Put more buses on the road and extend the Metro. As soon as the dots are connected, focus on making public transit an attractive option. In other words, make it nice to ride. Until then, I’ll see you on the “405 parking lot.” – Igor Kagan AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleNorth Hollywood Valley busways Re “MTA leaders bullish on Valley’s busway” (Sept. 13): Enjoyed the article about the Orange Line extension to Chatsworth. Upgrade the Chatsworth Transportation Center with a multilevel parking structure that exposes only two stories. Rapid buses (the 700 series) should be running on every longitudinal street where there is an Orange Line station. Then run at least a bus lane during appropriate hours east from Chatsworth on Devonshire Street to Paxton Street to Foothill Boulevard, south to Osborne Street and then west to Nordhoff Street and back to Chatsworth Center. Develop this into a dedicated busway wherever and whenever needed because of new horizons as traffic patterns react and evolve. – Steve Carrizosa Los Angeles Not only Chatsworth Re “MTA leaders bullish on Valley’s busway” (Sept. 13): Besides the great new idea of having the Orange Line run to the Chatsworth bus station, why can’t it go to the Fallbrook Mall? If you go to the corner of Victory Boulevard and Fallbrook Avenue, there are numerous stores – such as Wal-Mart, Pep Boys, Ralphs supermarket, Orchard Supply Hardware and Mervyns – that would attract riders to the area. Some of these stores are not available at the Westfield Topanga and Westfield Promenade locations and would attract Orange Line riders to them. Forget about the regular street buses. Doesn’t it make more sense to get on one bus via the Orange Line rather than two buses to get to the Fallbrook Mall? – Jack McMahon Van Nuys Not so new idea Re “Reform burst at LAUSD” (Sept. 13): I have been saying for years that all kids do not want to go to college. Yet, the LAUSD took away the path to the future for those who are not college-bound by eliminating vocational classes. Had the school board not taken this stupid approach years ago, perhaps the dropout rate would now be much less. Now, they come up with the “new” idea of reinstituting vocational training. Their brilliance amazes me. – Richard Kinsman Chatsworth Angelidesgate Re “Arnold’s audio open to public, foe says” (Sept. 13): When the Republicans broke into the Democratic campaign headquarters in 1972, ultimately President Nixon resigned. Isn’t hacking into the governor’s computer system also a break-in? Perhaps Phil Angelides should just concede and withdraw from the governor’s race. – Harry N. Hirschensohn Sherman Oaks Quack medicine Re “Not a pipe dream” (Sept. 10): Alexander Friedman’s letter argues that an increase in mass-transit ridership justifies Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to build high-density high-rise housing on transportation corridors. However, that argument fails to show that people who live in that type of housing will use public transportation, and studies show they don’t. It is that type of muddled thinking that got the city into the mess it is in now. Los Angeles is like a 400-pound man dying of congestion of its arteries. To cure it, the mayor is prescribing that the patient take steroids to put on an additional 100 pounds. That is quack medicine, which will only make the patient suffer more and die sooner. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades What discussion? Re “Arnold’s Latina slip must spark dialogue” (Their Opinions, Sept. 12): I realize that column writers don’t write their own headlines, but in this case I question whether the headline writer even read the story. Nowhere in the column do the writers suggest that dialogue is the proper response to Arnold’s apparently unforgivable, evil remarks. Instead, they favor having people of color retreat into their communities to teach their children counterhistories, maintain their cultures and languages, and foster solidarity. Sounds just like the kind of society that the founding fathers had in mind. (Oops. I forgot it’s not politically correct to mention them anymore.) – Bob Torseth Sylmar No excuse Re “No on Prop. 86” (Your Opinions, Sept. 14): My mom, dad, grandma and brother are all smokers, and I had to live with them. Our house was always clouded with smoke. The odor practically kicked any guest out the door. If the health of others or their own health won’t make people think twice about smoking, then maybe their wallet would. As for smokers’ “disease,” my dad also had a methamphetamine addiction. I should have pleaded with the police not to arrest him: “He can’t help it; he’s addicted.” People are addicted to all sorts of things, but is that an excuse to stay on them? – Frederick Santos Northridge Authoritarian DONE Re “Ultimately failed” (Your Opinions, Sept. 10): Actually some, as in my neighborhood council, criticize the former general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, Greg Nelson, for being too lenient and granting too much latitude without enough oversight of neighborhood councils. Others see the current interim general manager of DONE as authoritarian and disrespectful of the councils, evident at public meetings. In fact, at the last meeting of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Congress, the delegates voted in favor of asking participating councils to formally request the mayor to remove the interim DONE general manager. What these diverse opinions clearly show is that the neighborhood councils need to be able to select – or to advise in a meaningful way on the selection process for – the new general manager of DONE, expected (at last report) to be appointed by the mayor in December. – Michael N. Cohen Reseda LAUSD class size I am at wit’s end and asking the Daily News for help. Someone has to find a human who works for the Los Angeles Unified School District who can explain to me, a classroom teacher, why it is acceptable to have 41 kids in a class. Who is going to explain why that is OK? Who is going to take responsibility for it? Whom can parents call and complain to? Where does this buck stop? Who is responsible for this crime, and when did we learn to accept this abuse? If you are a parent in LAUSD and your kid is sitting in a class of 40 or more and you aren’t raising hell, you are not doing your job. Find out who is responsible, and let’s fire all of them. – Jay Gussin Valencia Break a sweat Re “Farm workers” (Sept. 12): Not to “one-up” John Gonzalez’s great idea to solve the shortage of farmworkers, but in a related story, California stands to lose a huge federal grant if it does not immediately find work for many of its welfare recipients. Would it be too simple to suggest we start sending those who collect welfare and those who complain there is no work to be found to these farms? Or is it too much to ask people to actually break a sweat and work, rather than watch TV while the rest of us sweat to support them? – Arno Clair Saugus160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 April 2009South African-based multinational banking group Standard Bank is to receive a US$400-million (about R.3.6-billion) credit line from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support trade in sub-Saharan Africa and address the shortage of trade finance resulting from the global financial crisis.The loan is part of a coordinated global initiative, announced during the G20 Summit in London last week, under which up to $5-billion will be disbursed through the Global Trade Liquidity Program to regional banks, who will use the financing to extend trade finance to importers and exporters from developing countries.Stimulating economic growthThe programme is expected to support about $50-billion in trade with developing countries, with Standard Bank being the first African financial institution to join.“In a world where liquidity and funding are in short supply, a loan facility of this scale will go a long way towards stimulating economic growth and development,” Standard Bank Group CEO Jacko Maree said in a statement last week.The bank will use the financing to expand funding for trade of consumer goods, intermediate goods, smaller machinery and commodities demanded by market enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.“It is good for Africa and the region. Standard Bank will continue to lend in a responsible manner with due consideration of the existing financial and economic climate,” Maree said. “We will not lose focus on our risk and corporate governance process.”Sub-Saharan African beneficiariesThe programme is an important part of the IFC’s response to the recent turmoil in global financial markets and will help address the decline in trade that threatens to set back decades of economic progress in Africa, and in tackling poverty across the region.“Supporting the private sector by ensuring access to trade finance when it has become less available in the marketplace is an IFC priority under the Global Trade Liquidity Program,” said IFC Eastern and Southern Africa director Jean Philippe Prosper.According to the bank, its extensive Africa footprint puts it in an ideal position to facilitate trade flows into and out of Africa.“Standard Bank focuses on a broad range of industries and sectors, including mining and commodities; energy (oil and gas); capital goods (linked to infrastructural spend); and agriculture,” the bank said.In terms of the loan facility, all beneficiaries must be located in sub-Saharan Africa. However, cross-border deals between sub-Saharan Africa and other developing markets such as China, Russia and Brazil, also fall within the scope of the facility.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
frederic lardinois We have to say, though, that Twitter’s new explanation of itself sounds a bit odd: “Twitter is a rich source of instant information. Stay updated. Keep others updated. It’s a whole thing. You choose and customize every aspect of the service. Lots of people like it. We’d love it if you joined us.” Interestingly, Twitter de-emphasizes the social networking features of the service here and stresses that Twitter is a source of “instant information.” The old homepage simply said: “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.” According to Twitter’s own announcement, the company wants to stress that Twitter is “not just for status updates anymore”The new homepage also now feature a link to Twitter’s FAQ for business users.A Better Homepage for Novice Users?Given that Twitter has always had a hard time converting new users to regular users, this new homepage is clearly an attempt to better explain the service’s features and functionality to new users. We will have to wait and see if this new homepage will do a better job at converting visitors to regular users. The new explanation of Twitter on the homepage could surely use some tweaking, but the new focus on interesting tweets and users will immediately give newcomers a good idea of how they can use Twitter themselves. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter just launched an updated, more dynamic homepage. The old, static homepage that didn’t really explain how Twitter really works and just showed a list of trending topic and a search form. The new homepage, on the other hand, features a scrolling list of trending topics, a constantly updating view of tweets from popular Twitter users, a random sampling of suggested users and a new explanation of what Twitter is. Tags:#news#NYT#twitter#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
Tags:#Google#news#NYT#social networks#web Historically, Google’s analytics product has shown how much traffic came from referring sites like Twitter and Facebook, but never included this level of social analysis. The +1 button data will be rolled out to Analytics users automatically, but to get data from other social sources, you’ll need to follow their instructions for enabling social tracking.Google has also included new social-related metrics in their Webmaster Tools product. With it, site owners can see for themselves how the +1 button impacts organic search traffic to their sites. It also shows how many +1 button clicks your site has gotten as well as some geographic and demographic data about the users doing it. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… john paul titlow The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos For users who weren’t entirely sure what Google’s +1 button was all about when it first launched, the picture is getting clearer, especially with this week’s launch of Google Plus. And now site owners can see the button’s effect for themselves, thanks to new metrics available in Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools. Most significantly, a new report in Google Analytics called Social Engagement demonstrates the impact made on your site traffic by not only +1’s, but also tweets and Facebook likes. The report shows the correlation between things like +1 button clicks and the amount of time users spend on the site, for example. Another report called Social Actions gives a centralized total of all social button clicks, whether they be +1’s, likes or tweets. A third report, called Social Pages, “allows you to compare the pages on your site to see which are driving the highest the number of social actions,” according to a post on the official Google Analytics blog. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Tags:#Felix & Paul#Felix & Paul Studios#Guest Posts#virtual reality#VR How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… Related Posts Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Guest author Emily Atwater works in content strategy at digital agency Huge. She wrote this piece with her colleague Gina Pensiero, who works in content strategy at SoundCloud.Today’s virtual reality (VR) movement is only just finding its place in filmmaking. Here, VR filmmakers Felix & Paul discuss the nature of production using this immersive, 360-degree medium. This interview is a continuation from Part 1, available here. See also: The Brave New World Of Virtual-Reality Filmmaking Emily Atwater: Let’s talk about production logistics. How big is the team you work with? Felix & Paul: As an example, we just came back from Borneo where we did a VR project with documentary-like themes, and we worked with 8 people, which is as small as we can be with the handling of the equipment and data. If we did a fiction project, we could work with even fewer than 8. Right now it’s a little heavier lift than the traditional filmmaking we did before. Meanwhile we have a team at the studio of about 20 people, working on software, hardware, image manipulation, etc. We try to ensure we have enough people to keep up a reasonable pace so we don’t have to wait too long for a project to come out. EA: Speaking of time, what is the typical production timeline for something like an 8-minute piece? F&P: It varies wildly, but the shooting process itself doesn’t take long because we don’t shoot multiple angles of the same scene, but instead pick up one shot per location. The rhythm of a project is about sinking into the moment and the space, and we don’t want to interrupt that moment so we take longer shots. So filming isn’t a long part of the process, but post-production is a bit longer. For an 8-minute piece it might be a month and a half. EA: Can you talk more about the camera and technology? It sounds like a lot of what you use didn’t exist before and you’ve had to do it yourselves. We designed a camera technology for our needs, meaning we knew we would be dealing with human proximity, filming people up close because that’s what was so attractive to us in the first place – the human connection through VR. So we created a camera system that replicates how we perceive scale and space in physical reality. We worked and iterated a lot on the camera technology to get as close as we could to that reality. The camera itself is about the same dimensions as a person sitting in a chair, which is convenient since we shoot a lot in seated positions. In terms of how it all came to be, we had to develop a lot of the technology ourselves because we didn’t have the hardware and software to do what we wanted to do. We started building our own prototypes, surrounding ourselves with a team of engineers and software designers. We’re starting on the fourth generation of our camera right now. Initially we would assemble things with off the shelf equipment, but now we’re building the hardware almost from scratch. We’re not designing sensors, but we’re assembling the components of the cameras ourselves. Every time we shoot a project, we learn what works and what doesn’t and get ideas on how to expand on the possibilities of what can be done with live action virtual reality. EA: Are there any VR cameras available commercially? F&P: Not really. Google has announced a platform for content creators involving GoPro and 3D camera rigs, and might be the first company to offer that kind of tool to content creators, which is great. Another problem is that there are no standards for quality right now, so you can create a makeshift camera system for VR that could do a decent job, but eventually there might be a change in quality standards that influences production and access to cameras. EA: What is planning like and thought process for an individual production? F&P: We mentioned that we’re doing some serial content, and right now we’re doing a series called Nomads. “Herders” was the first episode, set in Mongolia. Now we’ve traveled to Kenya and Borneo and met with other tribes and nomadic cultures. Our priority for the project is enabling an experience of those cultures and lifestyles, so different from our own, and doing it without commentary or narrative—to just take it in. Before we do a project like that, we try to define what would be evocative enough without a narrative. We talk with anthropologists, do research, and try to define the types of experiences that would speak for themselves and communicate a sense of how those people live their lives. We want to be observers and participants in a way that is authentic and un-intrusive, and not manipulate reality. We spend about a week just being with the people, ensuring that the plan we made is good enough to move forward and achieve the emotional connection between the viewer and the subject. EA: What is the relationship like with other VR filmmakers today? F&P: There are not many people doing it right now. Chris Milk & Vrse makes interesting content, primarily live action. Oculus Story Studio is a branch of content creation out of Oculus that does computer-generated content with many former Pixar employees that bring a different perspective to VR. We have a lot of creative exchanges with these people, because ultimately we’re all explorers. No one is an expert here. Everyone is exploring with a point of view and a process, but there is no roadmap for the future. Gradually we’re figuring out the territory. ConclusionVR filmmaking is in its infancy, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the next several years. Regardless, it’s an exciting time to be creating content that puts the user squarely inside the experience and tell a story that literally revolves around them. We can learn from these experimentations as content creators in the digital space when we think about how to contextualize our content for the user and orient them in whatever digital experience we are building. Where does the user fit within the experience? Is it purely experiential or interactive? Will the user connect emotionally with the content?It’s no surprise that viewer-first filmmaking and user-first design would have some similarities, but in our everyday lives user-first design is still only as immersive as the screen allows it to be. With new opportunities and implications for VR, and an audience at once isolated and singularly focused on their devices, but hungry for personal connection, it’s a brave new world for content creators willing to push the bounds of storytelling. Photo courtesy of Jaunt emily atwater Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W…
Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be looking to halt MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and their winning run in the Indian Premier League 2018, when the two sides meet at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Chennai will be flying high on confidence after having won four of their five games and most of their batsmen have fired on more than one occassion, guiding CSK home.With the likes of in-form Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and the skipper himself, CSK has the ability to put a massive total on board or chase any challenging target.In the bowling department, young Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have been impressive with each bagging six wickets from five and four games respectively.While Chahar has an economy rate of 7.60, Thakur has been a bit expensive with 9.50 runs per over.Also, all-rounder Watson has six wickets to his name with an economy of under eight.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo and leggie Karn Sharma have also came with breakthroughs for CSK at crucial times.On the other hand, RCB, led by Virat Kohli are placed six in the points-table with just a couple of wins from five games.Despite having stars like AB De Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum, Bangalore’s batting has been inconsistent, except for Kohli.The RCB skipper has accumulated 231 runs from five games, averaging 57.75.If De Villiers, who blasted an unbeaten 90 off 39 balls in RCB’s last game against Delhi Daredevils, repeats the show, life would be difficult for Chennai.advertisementBangalore however, has failed to find the perfect opening partnerships, which could be a major cause of concern.In the bowling department, the spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who have bagged five and four wickets respectively, will again be eager to put a better show as CSK have struggled against spin this season.All-rounder Chris Woakes has been outstanding so far, picking up 8 wickets, while pacer Umesh Yadav also been equally good with eight wickets.Overall, an exciting contest will be on cards when the two sides resume their intense rivalry after two years at the batting-friendly Chinnaswamy wicket.Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock(WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain/WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K.M. Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.(With inpust from IANS)