LOréal Canada amps up Influencer Marketing Program

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement L’Oréal Canada is enhancing their influencer marketing programs as the importance of influencers continues to grow.The cosmetics company has partnered with Toronto-based tech company dubdub to use the company’s new video application, dubcandy. The application can turn any video into a shoppable video as well as has the ability to measure and attribute sales to specific influencer content such as independent videos.“We are always looking for ways to innovate and be ‘digital first.’ E-commerce acceleration is part of our growth strategy in Canada and as a longtime advocate and supporter of influencer marketing, we feel that partnering with influencers through innovative e-commerce initiatives is the new way to operate,” says Stéphane Bérubé. Vice-President and CMO, L’Oréal Canada, in a news statement. The application will help L’Oréal Canada better calculate and track the ROI of their video content.“dubcandy is helping us convert content into e-commerce sales. This will definitely change the way we produce in-house video assets and the way we work with influencers in the future,” adds Bérubé.L’Oréal Canada had sales of $1.054 billion in 2015 and employs more than 1,300 people. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.BY JENNIFER BRAUN – FASHION NETWORK Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

JT Barrett to provide consistency in unproven offense

Ohio State quarterback J.T Barrett celebrates a touchdown against Michigan in Ann, Arbor, Michigan, on Nov. 28, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoRedshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett does not have to look over his shoulder any more. With Cardale Jones going to the NFL, Barrett is coming into the 2016 season as the starting quarterback for coordinator Tim Beck and the rest of the Buckeye offense. With Barrett as the starting quarterback and a captain for this offense, the expectations put on him do not change with the amount of change this team has gone through these past six months.“The issue would be if it was a non-talented young team,” coach Urban Meyer said.  “And that’s not the case at all. So it’s a very young team, but talented.”With a young team with big expectations, Barrett says that talent will only get a team so far.“Talent is there,” Barrett said. “It’s just more of the experience that’s lacking. With experience lacking, confidence may not be there.”One of the changes coming into the 2016 season will be the consistency in quarterback play. Last season, Barrett lost the job to Jones and played sporadically throughout the season. In his 11 games last season, including five starts, he threw 93 completions for 11 touchdowns and 992 yards, while throwing four interceptions. He also ran for 727 yards and matched his rushing touchdown total from 2014 with 11.With a new season in front of him, Meyer says that this is Barrett’s team.“I anticipate he’ll be as good a quarterback as we’ve had,” Meyer said. “It’s his show and he knows it and he’s prepared.”As the leader on and off the field for the offense, Barrett feels like it is his responsibility to get the young guys ready to go in all aspects of the Buckeye football life.“I’m trying to help the young guys get them to understand how we play here at Ohio State and make sure they understand that we haven’t rebuilt in years in that isn’t going to change because they don’t have experience.”Some of those supporting players are expected to fill big shoes. One of those is redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. Taking over for the new Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, Weber matched up against fifth-year senior Bri’onte Dunn in spring practices. After Dunn was dismissed from the program, the starting job became Weber’s job to lose. As a captain, Barrett has tried to be the example for Weber, as they get ready for the season.“I workout with him quite a bit and just try to make sure he understands that the work you put in in the offseason is where you win the game,” Barrett said. “Whether it’s Sept. 17 at Oklahoma, or we’re at a place like Wisconsin, that’s not where you win the game.”As for the guys that Barrett will be throwing to, the wide receiver class is very different as well. With the four top receivers from 2015 in the NFL, junior Curtis Samuel, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year senior Corey Smith will be relied upon in the passing game. Brown and Smith are returning from season-ending ACL injuries. However, Barrett mentioned Brown as his favorite target.With a lot of young receivers with no college experience, Barrett thinks that it will take more reps to get them comfortable.“I feel like myself I’m in a good place with some of the young receivers that we have,” Barrett said. “We’re just trying to keep on getting better.”Despite the youth on the offense, Meyer has confidence that these players can make a name for themselves based on past experiences.“I think 2014 was the template that everybody wants,” Meyer said. “J.T. Barrett was buried in the depth chart, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, ‘Zeke Elliott, Mike Thomas — those guys were no-names, and they became very good throughout the course of 2014.”The pressure to succeed is all on Barrett. He knows that come September 3rd, all eyes will be on him.“Playing quarterback at Ohio State has a lot of great expectations and a lot of responsibility but I don’t take for granted… you don’t really enjoy it until it’s over. Right now it’s all work and all ball. I enjoy the grind.” read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State barrages No 20 Michigan with 44 shots on

Ohio State senior attack Jackson Reid looks for an open shooting lane against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State won 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorA rowdy No. 20 Michigan lacrosse team entered Ohio stadium today with one thought on its mind: to end Ohio State’s perfect 6-0 all-time record against it.Unfortunately for the Maize and Blue, Ohio State had a different result in mind and defeated its arch-rivals 8-5, marking its first victory inside The Shoe this season. It also snapped Ohio State’s five-game losing streak.Michigan’s confidence, due in part to the team owning its longest ranked streak in school history, was quickly suppressed when the Buckeyes (6-6, 1-2 Big Ten) came out of the gate with three rapid goals. Ohio State’s cohesive defense and aggressive offense made sure that it never gave up the lead to the No. 20 Wolverines (7-5, 0-3 Big Ten) and, amidst the roaring cheers of an enthusiastic home crowd, closed out the game with a refreshing win that broke its losing skid.“It’s special. I grew up knowing all about the rivalry, and I grew up a Buckeye fan,” Ohio State senior midfield Bo Lori said. “To go undefeated against those guys is special. I mean ultimately for this team right now we just needed that win, and it was a big win for us in this season, so that’s the most important thing.”Ohio State’s All-American sophomore attack Tre Leclaire paced the team’s offense, recording a hat-trick before the end of the third period. Five other Buckeyes found a home on the scoreboard as a result of a composed and dynamic offensive effort.Ohio State sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State rattled the cage more than a few times, putting up 44 shots on goal, while its effective defense, spearheaded by senior defensemen Ben Randall and Erik Evans, held Michigan to just 23.Ohio State senior defenseman Erik Evans tries to block an incoming Michigan attack just off to the side of the net on April 13. Ohio State beat Michigan 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorEvans, Lori and Ohio State head coach Nick Myers all agreed that Ohio State’s defensive success was a primary reason the offense came out firing on all cylinders. “We took a lot of confidence knowing the way our defense was playing, we did a great job battling for ground balls between the lines, I thought that was huge,” Myers said. “We came up with some loose balls, some transition goals. Faceoffs really picked up in the third quarter, but at the end of the day we left a lot of goals on the board.”Michigan’s offense was led by junior midfielders Decker Curran and Brent Noseworthy, who combined for three of five of the Wolverines’ goals. Defensively, Michigan’s senior goalie Tommy Heidt did the best he could, making 15 saves on the night, but was ultimately overpowered by the Buckeye onslaught.Michigan’s loss is its third in Big Ten play, while Ohio State broke new ground and recorded its first victory in the conference and kept its playoff chances alive.  “This is a Big Ten win – they’re hard to come by at home, a much-needed win. I know this team’s got a lot of confidence and knows there’s a lot more out there for us,” Myers said.Next weekend, the Buckeyes will be put to the test when they hit the road to face No. 1 Maryland (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on its home turf. read more

The Browns Suckiness Defies Math And Reason

1New England Patriots21,050Tom Brady19,743 If only the past 20 years of misfortune could be erased that easily. After the team lost its final game of the 2017 season to give the 2008 Detroit Lions some company in the 0-16 club, Cleveland fans held an ironic parade to “celebrate” the team’s anti-accomplishment. But it is perversely impressive to craft a pro football team so dreadful. No other team in the entire history of the NFL has ever suffered through a stretch of 31 losses in 32 tries like the Browns just did. (The next-worst 32-game period belonged again to those Lions, who won two contests total during the 2008 and 2009 seasons; even the infamous expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 4-28 in their first 32 outings.) On paper, the chance of a totally replacement-level team winning just once in two seasons against a typical schedule is about 0.1 percent.Cleveland’s futility, then, borders on impossibility. It’s almost like you have to be trying to be terrible in order to reach the depths the Browns have encountered these past few seasons. And even if you were trying, you probably couldn’t pull it off. So how could such a hopeless situation emerge organically? And as we sit on the cusp of Year 20, is there any hope for the franchise to reverse its own brief, unpleasant history, restoring the tradition of the original version that won four NFL titles right before the Super Bowl era began?For one thing, this team was not well-positioned to succeed in its second NFL go-round. When the original Browns packed up and left for Baltimore in 1996, they took with them the core of a team that had been built by future coaching GOAT Bill Belichick2Whose Browns tenure was admittedly rocky but who also brought to Cleveland elements of the system that would later help turn the New England Patriots into a dynasty. and would be improved upon greatly by standout Ravens general manager (and former Browns tight end) Ozzie Newsome. That team — the old Browns/new Ravens — won the Super Bowl within a half-decade of leaving Cleveland. The team that took its place was an expansion squad built from other teams’ leftovers. Although some new clubs (such as the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers) have had early success, it usually takes five to 10 years before an expansion team can reach respectability.And as longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto notes in “False Start,” his book about the New Browns,3The book was written in 2004 but feels as applicable today as it did then — which speaks volumes about the Browns’ lack of progress during the intervening years. those teams had a significant advantage over Cleveland from day one. According to Pluto, the amount of time between owner Al Lerner being granted the new franchise and the team’s inaugural game (369 days) was the shortest for any expansion club since the New Orleans Saints in 1967 — and the third-shortest of any new team since 1960. By comparison, the Houston Texans (who joined the NFL just three seasons after the Browns were reborn) had a full 1,068 days to fill out their front-office and coaching staffs, and the Jaguars and Panthers each had in excess of 640 days.By Pluto’s estimation, the NFL spent two-and-a-half times as long (911 days) stalling to drive up the bidding on the Browns’ new ownership as the team had to actually build infrastructure and scout players for its new roster once an owner was finally in place. Is it any wonder, then, that the overmatched Browns went 5-27 over their first two seasons of existence?That, of course, doesn’t excuse the 17 seasons that followed. Even given the disadvantaged start, the Browns simply haven’t progressed like other expansion teams of the modern era.4Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. As noted above, in terms of Elo, Cleveland is the first modern expansion team to tumble back to square one after its first two decades in the league.A central paradox rests at the core of the Browns’ struggles. Since returning to existence in 1999, Cleveland has enjoyed the most valuable collection of draft picks in the NFL, according to the Approximate Value5Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. It’s far from perfect, but it’s one of the only methods available for comparing performance across positions and ascertaining where on the roster teams are getting their production from. we’d expect players selected in those slots to generate early in their careers.6Specifically, their first five NFL seasons. Yet the Browns have also been — by far — the worst drafting team in the league, in terms of the AV its picks have actually produced relative to those expectations. 31New England011340 8Philadelphia Eagles10,171Donovan McNabb6,713 29New York Jets1,886Chad Pennington2,588 26Miami Dolphins2,569Jay Fiedler998 28Baltimore Ravens2,059Joe Flacco2,490 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 29Indianapolis147229Oakland-205.2 Cleveland is leading the league in instabilitySince 2000, the NFL teams with the most (and least) total CHAOS* points ⋮ 30Houston143430L.A. Rams-241.6 ⋮ 27Buffalo Bills2,457Tyrod Taylor1,130 It’s this kind of constant upheaval that probably helps explain Cleveland’s deficiencies in so many of the proverbial “little things” that add up to improve a team’s talent base. They botch easy trades for credible QBs and cut solid defensive backs just before opening day. They waste the prime of a Hall of Fame left tackle and watch him retire from football at age 33. They draft a first-round receiver (after trading down from potentially taking a franchise QB), only to pawn him off for a seventh-round pick within 28 months. The basic operations of running a football team can’t be taken for granted in Cleveland.And just like the franchise’s abhorrent draft record, there are plenty of other factors plaguing the Browns that we’d normally chalk up to bad luck, but in Cleveland’s case we probably have to blame on something bigger. The team went 0-6 in one-score games last season, for instance, and had one of the worst turnover margins in NFL history. They had the third-worst red zone Total Quarterback Rating (2.7) of any team since ESPN began tracking the stat in 2006. As statheads, we know these things tend to regress to the mean over time. But for the Browns, who never stick with any strategy — whether concocted by old-school scouting types or newfangled math nerds14The latter of whom (including chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta) have since been banished from the draft process. Because the team’s pre-analytics approach was working so well before the number crunchers came along. — long enough to give it a chance, it’s fair to wonder whether this endless string of calamities was always more likely to happen in Cleveland, thanks to the scattershot way the team operates in the big picture.As always, there are new reasons that the Browns might begin to break their cycle of despair in 2018. Between underrated ex-Bills starter Tyrod Taylor and the analytics darling Mayfield — plus incoming receiver Jarvis Landry and more games (maybe) from former All-Pro Josh Gordon — Cleveland’s passing game should be substantially improved this season. (It’s not like it could get much worse.) The rest of the roster is littered with new faces as well, presumably the sort of “real players” new GM John Dorsey lamented the team’s lack of at the end of last season. And among the holdovers, second-year defensive end Myles Garrett has the potential to break out as a star. One would even think at least some of the luck-based failures detailed above will reverse themselves eventually.But for now, the Browns are a case study in how bad things can get when a franchise starts on the wrong path and keeps trying shortcuts to get back to the right one. The NFL is a league designed for parity, so it seems like any ordinary bad team would have stumbled across a winning formula by now, even if just by chance. But by the same token, some team eventually had to be as bad as the Browns are now. Although Cleveland may not be cursed, it does play host to the perfect storm of hasty expansion plans, terrible drafting, constant on-field miscues, perpetually bad roster risks, no clear long-term vision and a historic level of instability.Against such forces, did the Browns ever really have a choice but to start from scratch again sooner or later? ⋮ 28N.Y. Giants148328Tampa Bay-170.9 9Dallas Cowboys9,478Tony Romo8,138 It’s a vicious cycle: If you pick highly and the draftees actually work out, then your future picks become less valuable because (duh!) you’re picking lower in the draft. By continually missing on high picks, though, the Browns keep spinning their tires in a constant loop of promising drafts gone to waste.Previous research suggests that much of draft success — after controlling for the typical value of a pick, as we did above — is just luck. But after getting negative pick-adjusted value 15 times in 19 drafts — and only one positive draft since 20077That was in 2011, when the Browns didn’t have an especially high pick and simply snagged a few useful players down the board, such as pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard and defensive back Buster Skrine. That’s the best draft they’ve had in more than a decade. — “bad luck” is no longer a satisfactory answer. Since its reboot, Cleveland has gone through three owners,8The second, Randy Lerner, was the son of original owner Al Lerner. nine general managers and nine head coaches. Somehow, all of them have contributed to the Browns’ poor decision-making in one way or another.Their unifying crime might be a penchant for all-or-nothing, quick-fix gambles. For instance, the Browns are infamous for their quixotic pursuit of the NFL draft’s biggest prize — the Franchise Quarterback™ — and they’ve burned through 29 different primary passers9Defined as a QB who led the team in passing attempts for at least one game. (including seven taken with first-round picks)10By either the Browns or another team. since 1999 trying to find one. (Numbers that don’t even include their No. 1 pick from this past spring, former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield.) At the same time, they’ve also gotten easily the worst production from their QBs (in terms of yards above backup QB) of any team in the league: 25Jacksonville Jaguars3,551David Garrard2,117 Times team changed… 30Arizona Cardinals1,676Kurt Warner3,069 RKTeamExpected AVRKTeamAV vs. Expected 7Denver Broncos11,795Peyton Manning4,659 3New Orleans Saints17,900Drew Brees15,628 1Cleveland28716237 5Pittsburgh Steelers12,954Ben Roethlisberger10,945 5San Francisco2479155 At QB, the Browns are the bizarro PatriotsMost, and least, total yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL teams since 1999 Most Valuable PicksBest Drafting Teams ⋮ 10Atlanta Falcons9,100Matt Ryan8,251 31Washington138931Detroit-246.9 24Tampa Bay Buccaneers3,664Jameis Winston1,414 32Pittsburgh111232 31Chicago Bears-949Jay Cutler1,504 28New Orleans124366 6Los Angeles Chargers11,999Philip Rivers10,634 1Cleveland18841Green Bay+296.3 Cleveland’s curse: Draft highly, pick poorlySince 1999, NFL teams with the most valuable draft picks (in terms of expected future Approximate Value by slot) and the best record of draftees exceeding the expected value of those picks The Cleveland Browns will soon embark on their 20th season since the city got a second chance at an NFL franchise. And in one very specific, very depressing way, the team is right back where it started. When we fire up our NFL Elo ratings for the new season in a couple of weeks — Elo being FiveThirtyEight’s preferred method of tracking a team’s performance over time — the Browns will begin the year with a rating of 1302. (Average is about 1500.) Roll the clock back to Sept. 12, 1999, and Cleveland’s Elo going into the rebooted franchise’s very first game1A note for all the sticklers out there: Yes, the NFL technically considers the “New Browns” to be a continuation of the franchise that left Cleveland to become the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. We don’t, at least not for the purposes of Elo. Since they directly carried over the Old Browns’ roster, the 1996 Ravens were given the initial Elo implied from Cleveland’s performance in 1995, and the 1999 Browns started out with the Elo of an expansion club. was 1300, the same as any expansion franchise. In other words, two decades later, the Browns are essentially starting from scratch — again. 2Indianapolis Colts19,266Peyton Manning16,559 32Cleveland Browns-2,805Derek Anderson353 4Oakland12109168 30N.Y. Giants123249 23Carolina Panthers3,827Cam Newton2,831 2Miami16711179 RkTeamOwnerGMCoachQB⚡CHAOS Points⚡ 4San Francisco18064Carolina+166.2 Altogether since 1999, the Browns have sunk the league’s highest percentage of pick capital in the most volatile positions in the draft — receivers, quarterbacks and running backs — and the seventh-lowest percentage of capital in the most reliable positions — offensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. It’s indicative of the team’s get-rich-quick mindset: Cleveland keeps buying scratch-off lottery tickets, trying to end the franchise’s problems overnight, but instead it just keeps coming up empty. Super Bowl winners aren’t built in a day — but if you operate as though they are, there’s a good chance that your team won’t get to the Super Bowl anytime soon.As all the losses and the failed picks have piled up, Cleveland has also gone through countless leadership changes up and down the organization. Since the Browns were reborn, no team has made more season-to-season switches at general manager or quarterback, and only one (the Raiders) has changed coaches more often.11We aren’t including in-season switches in our count if the new quarterback or coach weren’t the primary person in that role the following season. Our research shows that these moves come with a heavy price: Even after controlling for a team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score the previous season,12Since bad teams tend to shake things up far more frequently than good ones. teams that change primary quarterback tend to decline by 1.31 points per game of SRS the following season, while that number is 0.91 SRS points for teams changing coaches, 0.36 SRS points for teams changing GMs and 0.26 SRS points for teams with new ownership.We can roll those relative values up into an overall turmoil tally I’m calling the CHAOS (Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife) Score. Between any pair of seasons, you get 2 points for changing owners, 3 for changing GMs, 7 for changing coaches and 10 for changing your primary QB. And since 2000,13The 1999 Browns aren’t included here because brand-new expansion teams aren’t eligible for a CHAOS score — it’s taken for granted that they have all-new personnel, so the metric wouldn’t mean much for them. the Browns are the undisputed kings of CHAOS: YABQ compares a quarterback’s passing and rushing performance (in terms of adjusted net yards) to that of a hypothetical backup-level NFL QB.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 3Buffalo16710169 32New Orleans136032Cleveland-307.6 2L.A. Rams18602Indianapolis+258.2 Top Passer 3Cincinnati18063Seattle+210.9 5Tennessee17475Atlanta+164.4 * Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife points are a weighted sum of a team’s total year-over-year changes at owner (2 points), general manager (3), coach (7) and quarterback (10). Those weights are based on the effect of each type of change on a team’s performance, after controlling for a team’s baseline level of play.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com RKTeamTotal YABQNameYABQ 29Green Bay132355 4Green Bay Packers16,894Aaron Rodgers10,992 read more

Codelco sees tough 2016 lower ore grades copper at 250lb

first_imgPlatts reports that “Codelco is facing a sharp drop in copper grades at its aging mine operations in 2016 while the price of the red metal will likely remain stuck around $2.50/lb, CEO Nelson Pizarro said last week. “It does not look like it will be a year to be smiling. Next year is going to be very tough.” he said. The company, owned by the Chilean state, posted profits of $875 million for the first half of 2015, down 33% from a year ago, as the company faced a 14% drop in copper prices — to $2.64/lb — and sharply lower molybdenum prices.Platts also reports that the result could have been significantly worse were it not for stringent cost-cutting programs, which aim to reduce costs by around $1 billion this year. Around half has come from the strength of the dollar, which has hit 12-year highs as copper prices slumped.More efficient mining lifted copper production by 5.5% to 810,000 t in the six-month period, with higher production at El Teniente in particular offsetting lower ore grades at Chuquicamata.Molybdenum byproduct sales rose 6.3% to 13,261 t on higher production.Direct costs fell 11% to $1.40/lb. Without these efforts, profits would have fallen 80% to just $272 million.Lower prices and lower ore grades will mean it will probably struggle to match these results next year, Pizarro said.Chile’s Finance Minister Rodrigo Valdes said Thursday that the country will have to tap international finance markets to fund government spending if prices continue at current levels.But beyond 2016, Codelco sees conditions improving in the copper market as it moves back into deficit after years of surplus. “We can see that this situation should turn around at some point in late 2016 or in the first half of 2017,” he said.last_img read more

Does Google Think Mitch McConnell is a Bedbug

first_imgI’m not quite sure what’s going on here. Is Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell a bedbug? A bedbug expert/exterminator, perhaps? I hope it’s not the former. I realize that we just had another heated election, earlier this week, but that’s no excuse for partisan name-calling–and as someone who has lived through bedbugs, I can tell you that there are few worse names someone can use.My guess is that it’s just a little glitch in Google’s usually quite good News algorithms–a hilarious glitch, mind you, that’s gives us all of us a little much needed post-election levity.The link goes to an electoral map and the image is of McConnell’s soon-to-be fellow Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. No bedbugs to see here–though, for the record, they are really good at hiding.last_img read more

77yearold Irishman dies after assault by dementia patient in New York

first_img77-year-old Irishman dies after assault by dementia patient in New York A 65-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with Patrick Sheehan’s death. http://jrnl.ie/3056987 15,140 Views Short URL AN IRISHMAN HAS died in New York after being assaulted by a fellow dementia patient at a hospital.The incident occurred on 22 October at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Irish Central reports Patrick Sheehan, who suffered from dementia, accidentally went into the wrong room.Another dementia patient in the room attacked him, leaving him with serious injuries.An NYPD spokesperson confirmed police attended the scene and observed Sheehan “with a head trauma, bring treated within the facility”.“Further investigation revealed the male was assaulted by a 65-year-old male and fellow resident. A man named as Larry Hammond was arrested at the hospital and charged with assault.The Irishman died of his injuries last Thursday.His wife, Alice, told the New York Daily News that she was not told about her husband’s attack for eight hours.“When I got there, he was comatose,” she said. He had been in the hospital since 5 October, while his family looked for a suitable nursing home.“They all loved him because he was so easygoing,” she said. “A couple of the nurses had said ‘I wish he was my grandfather.’”A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said its office stands ready to provide consular assistance to the Sheehan family if requested.Comments are closed as a person has been charged.Read: Neilstown killing: Man was chased to house and stabbed by gang in 3am attack>Read: Two bodies discovered at house in Kildare> Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 2:15 PM Share Tweet Email2 By Michelle Hennessy Image: Google Street View Image: Google Street View Nov 1st 2016, 2:15 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pulisic praises fans after victory over Atletico

first_imgBorussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has praised fans for making the atmosphere difficult for their opponents during the team’s 4-0 demolition of Atletico Madrid.The 20-year-old told reporters after the match, according to ESPN: “The key for today’s win was that we fought until the very end. We know that when we play as we currently do, then the substitutes will come on and score more goals.”The United States midfielder also recognized the power of the 12th man in the sold-out Dortmund stadium, saying:“Of course, we have quality but we also have an awesome stadium. I think that also made it hard for Atletico today.”Meanwhiile, Axel Witsel, who played an integral part in Dortmund’s victory, knew of the historic magnitude of the result after the game.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“The last time Atletico lost by that many goals was 2009,” he said, adding: “Before the game, we knew it was going to be tough because they have a lot of experience in the team.”“They’re used to play in the Champions League semifinal. So we had to play smart and that’s what we did. We played really great in the first half. In the second half, the first 20 minutes we allowed Atletico to see too much of the ball, which made them more dangerous. But we remained compact and defended well — the entire team did. And then we killed them on the counter.”The 29-year-old also explained that he did not regret his move from China to the Bundesliga this summer:“Dortmund are the best team I’ve ever played for in my career because it’s the first time for me playing at the top level. I’m not just talking about BVB but the Bundesliga in general.”“Coming here was a big challenge for me but I knew I had the quality to play here. If not, I would have decided to stay in China. I’m really happy. I didn’t expect the team to already play so well because we have a lot of really young players and also a lot of new faces.”last_img read more

The Big Divide The road ahead

first_imgEditor’s Note: Last week The Columbian published a shortened version of this series on our website. This week we will be releasing the full versions of the stories along with detailed poll results.On Tuesday, April 16, The Columbian hosted a live chat for readers to discuss this series, “The Big Divide,” with reporters Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip. If you missed it, you can read it by replaying it onlineWatch our video series exploring this story with interviews of key stakeholders discussing the Columbia River Crossing and its impact on civic and political life in Clark County.It’s a Thursday afternoon, and the gathering clouds look fraught with rain. But things are looking bright — and busy — at the Port of Vancouver.Earth movers trundle over mounds of dirt where roads and utilities will open the way for new businesses. By the end of August, the port’s $5.3 million investment on this long-dormant 108 acres will have bought infrastructure for about half of the new Centennial Industrial Park. The goal: Attract businesses that will provide 500 family-wage jobs.last_img read more

Workchain staff fined and sentenced for illegal pension optouts

first_imgDirectors and senior staff at Derby-based recruitment organisation Workchain have received suspended prison sentences, and have been ordered to pay more than £280,000 in fines for plotting to illegally opt workers out of their pension scheme.Owners and directors Phil Tong and Adam Hinkley encouraged five senior Workchain staff members to remove employees from the scheme so the company could avoid making pension payments on their behalf.Financial controller Hannah Armson, HR and compliance officer Lisa Neal and branch managers Martin West, Robert Tomlinson and Andrew Thorpe then worked together to opt workers out of the Nest pension scheme.Neal, West, Tomlinson and Thorpe phoned Nest, posing as temporary employees, to get their account ID numbers. They then logged onto Nest’s online system and opted the temporary workers out of their pension scheme.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) examined recordings of the conversations after Nest became suspicious about a number of the calls.A joint investigation, involving TPR, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Constabularies was launched in May 2014.TPR prosecuted the Workchain staff members for an offence of unauthorised access to computer data, contrary to section 1(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. This is the first time that TPR has launched prosecutions for this offence.The employer, the directors and five senior Workchain staff all pleaded guilty to computer misuse offences when they appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on 7 June 2018. However, District Judge Jonathan Taaffe decided that the maximum punishment he could hand down was insufficient for the case, so sent it to Derby Crown Court for sentencing.Judge Nirmal Shant QC told the defendants their co-ordinated effort had been an attempt to gain an advantage on their competitors.She said: “This amounted to a deliberate subversion of the auto-enrolment process. It was a deliberate attack on the integrity of the electronic systems of Nest.”Shant ordered Workchain, formerly known as Smart Recruitment, to pay a £200,000 fine and £60,930 costs. Tong and Hinley were each given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and were ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay £11,250 costs.Armson was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, a five-month overnight curfew and was ordered to pay costs of £1,500. Neal was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and to pay £1,500 costs.West, Tomlinson and Thorpe were each given a two-year community order, 150 hours of community service and were ordered to pay £500 costs.Darren Ryder, director of auto-enrolment at TPR, said: “The scale of the punishments handed down today shows the court agreed with us that these were very serious offences. Auto-enrolment has led to almost 10 million people saving towards their retirement. Its success cannot be allowed to be undermined by such incredibly rare cases of unacceptable behaviour as that of Workchain.“Nest’s vigilance, our thorough investigation and the sentences from the court have led to a clear message. Employers cannot opt a worker out of a pension scheme, even if the worker agrees. Those who try to avoid their pension responsibilities in this way face receiving heavy fines and criminal records.”Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, said: “Automatic enrolment has transformed pension saving in this country, with almost 10 million people benefiting so far. The offenders sentenced today shamefully tried to cheat the system designed to help give workers a secure retirement and I welcome the regulator’s action in bringing them to justice.“This tough sentence should serve as a warning to any rogue employers who try to flout the rules that they can’t get away with it and will feel the full force of the law.”last_img read more

Google Duo video chat service moves to the web

first_img 2 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • Why Google Duo will actually make you want to use video calling News • Google Duo adds colorful video effects for Holi celebration How To • How to make a Google Duo audio call with your Google Home device Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Mobile Apps Google Duo Google Duo is moving from your mobile device to the web. James Martin/CNET Google Duo — the web giant’s video chat service — is now available to web users.Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime had previously been available only on iOS, Android and Chromebook, but Google on Tuesday began offering it to web-based users, dramatically expanding the number of people who can use the service.  The simple video-calling app was introduced at Google’s I/O conference in 2016, alongside the AI messaging app Allo. Nearly three years later, Google confirmed in December it’s officially shutting down Allo, while Google Duo is expanding its reach.To begin using Google Duo, web users need only to visit duo.google.com. Users with an established Duo account will see a box with their contacts in it, while new users will be invited to sign up by verifying their phone number.Duo’s web client supports both voice and video calls, but both users must be registered Duo users to participate. The newly released web client works with the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers, but appears incompatible with Microsoft’s Edge. Also, the service won’t be available initially in all countries.Google didn’t respond to a request for comment. reading • Google Duo video chat service moves to the web Tags • Google Applelast_img read more

500 Million Marriott Customers Have Had Their Data Hacked

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Marriott has announced a massive breach of data belonging to 500 million guests who stayed at hotel brands including W, Sheraton and Westin.Marriott announced on Friday that it had “taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident” that stemmed from its Starwood guest authorization database.The company said it believes that around 500 million people’s information was accessed, including an unspecified number who had their credit card details taken.Related: Is My Data Really Safe? Your Questions About Cloud-Based Storage, Answered.Marriott said the unauthorized access has been going on since 2014, and that the breach affects customers who made bookings on or before September 10, 2018.Marriott said that this credit card information was encrypted, but that it is possible that the hackers also took the information necessary to decrypt them.For around 367 million of those affected, Marriott said, the information taken includes some combination of their name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, gender and other information around their Starwood account.The company determined on November 19 that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood database, which contained information from guests who stayed in Starwood properties on or before September 10 of this year.Starwood brands include:W HotelsSt. RegisSheraton Hotels & ResortsWestin Hotels & ResortsElement HotelsAloft HotelsThe Luxury CollectionTribute PortfolioLe Méridien Hotels & ResortFour Points by SheratonDesign HotelsMarriott bought Starwood hotels in 2016. Starwood is now a subsidiary of Marriott, and it does not appear that Marriott-branded hotels or other hotels owned by Marriott were affected by the breach.This chart shows how Marriott splits up its hotels:The breakdown of Marriott’s hotels. Starwood hotels are shown on the bottom.Image credit: Marriott International”Marriott reported this incident to law enforcement and continues to support their investigation. The company has already begun notifying regulatory authorities,” the company said.Related: How to Stay Focused: Train Your BrainArne Sorenson, Marriott’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We deeply regret this incident happened.”We fell short of what our guests deserve and what we expect of ourselves. We are doing everything we can to support our guests, and using lessons learned to be better moving forward.”Marriott could not be reached for comment when contacted by Business Insider. November 30, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

Youth receive certificates for their achievements

first_imgThe Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Ladysmith Sub-Centre, held its certificate awards evening for its Children’s Educational Programme (CEP) on Friday, June 10, at the Ladysmith Civic Hall.130 certificates were awarded to children who successfully completed and / or who regularly attended the Sub-Centre’s CEP classes. All awardees also received gift packs comprising snacks.Reverend Swami Sumanasananda, president of the Ramakrishna Centre of SA, handed over the certificates and delivered the keynote address. The programme also included a choir of 90 children rendering an anthem to Sri Ramakrishna. A heartwarming, short skit depicted the life of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. Eloquent speeches on aspects relating to emotional intelligence and a vibrant, colourful, dramatic dance were part of the evening’s entertainment.The Ramakrishna Centre offers Hinduism for children classes every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. These classes are held at the Ramakrishna Shrine in Agra Road.Children and youth from pre-primary to Grade 12 are taught by qualified teachers.Age-appropriate and structured classes are held on material ranging from colour and learning to the Ramayana. A light meal is served to all the children at the end of each class. Examinations are held at the end of each academic year, and children are handed certificates at a special awards programme.Swami Vivekananda believed that education is the manifestation of the divinity already within man. He said that “education is not the amount of information that is put into your head and runs riot there; undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-building, character-making assimilation of ideas.”These Hinduism for children classes not only teach children and youth about Hindu scriptures and philosophy, but are also focused on character-building and imparting valuable life skills, making children and youth well-rounded individuals. Parents are encouraged to send their children to these classes. Should you wish to register your child, or for further information, please contact Mrs Pravitha Pillay on 036-633-3350 or e-mail rkc.ladysmith@gmail.comNational Youth Day saw a Youth Day Karma Yoga Programme being held on Thursday, June 16, starting at 10.30am.The programme began with satsang, with songs on Sri Ramakrishna, Lord Ganesha and Lord Ram. After the satsang, Ms Tashnika Gajoo delivered a short talk entitled ‘Karma Yoga, the art of selfless service’ in the Swami Vivekananda Family Welfare Centre. Lunch Prasadham was offered to all. The youth were then divided into groups for the distribution of 400 loaves of bread, 200 one-litre containers of milk and 200 vegetable packs to people living in impoverished communities in Ladysmith. 45 children and 25 adults attended the programme.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Skyscanner to power MSN Travel Search

first_imgGlobal travel search engine, Skyscanner, is powering flight search for MSN Travel in 31 markets, including Australia, New Zealand, U.S., United Kingdom, India, Singapore, France, Hong Kong and Mexico.Through the Skyscanner White Label product, the partnership with Microsoft will ensure that those searching for flights on MSN will benefit from Skyscanner’s global content, giving them the ability to search for their best itinerary options and book flights in 17 languages via a MSN branded product, powered by Skyscanner.“Skyscanner for Business aims to power the travel Internet,” said Hugh Aitken, Director of Business Development, Skyscanner.“Our new partnership with Microsoft is another example of how Skyscanner is helping partners expand their flight product globally, by providing an exhaustive amount of international flight options to their users.“We look forward to working with Microsoft to deliver a global product that provides their users with the best information, delivered through an easy to use solution.”Skyscanner powers 300 partners through its Skyscanner for Business suite of products, including the White Label and API tools, which gives partners access to flight, hotel and car rental searches.The Skyscanner for Business White Label product allowed MSN to customize its flight search with the complete MSN branding that users are familiar with, while benefitting from backend fulfillment from Skyscanner’s flight product.The Skyscanner White Label allows for full language translation, including its newest language addition of Arabic.Skyscanner to power MSN Travel SearchSource = Skyscanner Businesslast_img read more

Maryland Sees 9th Bank Collapse of 2014

first_img Bank Failure FDIC 2014-06-03 Colin Robins Following a prior collapse in Ohio, FDIC announced over the weekend the closure of another bank: Slavie Federal Savings Bank of Bel Air, Maryland, has been closed. The agency entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Bay Bank, FSB of Lutherville, Maryland, to assume all the deposits of the recently shuttered Slavie Federal Savings Bank.”As of March 31, 2014, Slavie Federal Savings Bank had approximately $140.1 million in total assets and $111.1 million in total deposits. Bay Bank, FSB will pay FDIC a premium of 0.20 percent to assume all of the deposits of Slavie Federal Savings Bank,” FDIC said in a statement.In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Bay Bank agreed to purchase approximately $129.9 million of the failed bank’s assets. FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.FDIC estimated that costs to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $6.6 million. Bay Bank’s acquisition was the least costly solution for the fund.Slavie Federal Savings Bank is the ninth FDIC-insured institution to fail this year and the first in Maryland. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Bank of the Eastern Shore in Cambridge, Maryland, in April 2012. Maryland Sees 9th Bank Collapse of 2014 June 3, 2014 436 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

What happens to my payment when I book a flight yo

first_imgWhat happens to my payment when I book a flight you’ve found on Skyscanner?As a travel search engine, Skyscanner is a tool to help you find the perfect flights. Once you’ve found your flights and hit the green ‘select’ button we transfer you to the airline or travel agent to complete your booking. This means you make your payment with them, not with Skyscanner, so they process it and your money goes through their systems, rather than ours.Once you click ‘select’ you are redirected to the airline or travel agent’s website and this is where your payment is processed Where does my money go after booking?To the airline or travel agent you booked through, not to us – that’s why we’re free to use.Does Skyscanner process my payment or have any involvement?No. We don’t have access to individuals’ booking information. Instead you are transferred to your chosen airline or travel agent, and your payment is processed by them directly.Got more questions about Skyscanner or any of our features? Check these out:Does Skyscanner manage my booking and flight details?Who issues your booking confirmation and who should you contact if your flight is cancelled, you need to change your flights or get a refund? We’ve got the answers to these common Skyscanner queries, so you can stop worrying about booking flights and start planning what you’re going to do when you get there!Do browser cookies increase flight prices?How to search ‘Everywhere’ on Skyscanner for real holiday inspirationThe Skyscanner guide to finding last-minute cheap flightsHow to use Skyscanner’s multi-city flights searchAlternatively, send a question to our friendly help centre folk and they’ll be able to help you with any specific query you might have.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDoes Skyscanner manage my booking and flight details?Here are all the details you need about what happens once you’ve booked a flight you’ve found on Skyscanner, including: – Who holds your flight itinerary and booking details – If Skyscanner keeps any record of your booking or payment details – Who to contact if you don’t receive booking…Skyscanner’s search toolsSkyscanner’s search toolsSkyscanner skill for Amazon AlexaTravel is only a conversation away with Skyscanner’s skill for the Amazon Alexa voice service. So if you’re not sure where to go next or are looking for a great deal, just ask Alexa.last_img read more