109 total views, 1 views today 110 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 One charity to win a £10,000 makeover of its premises Once all nominations have been received, a judging process will take place and a shortlist of four will be announced. The decision then falls to members of the general public, who will be asked to vote for their favourite entry to win. The finalists will be invited to the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year event, where the winner will be announced.The Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit Competition was first run in 2014.Richard Mazurkiewicz, Marketing Manager at Johnstone’s Trade, commented:“We’ve always maintained a strong commitment to working closely with, and making a difference among, local communities. Following the success of the competition in previous years, we’re excited to have the opportunity to transform another building that is close to the hearts of people in local areas. Whether the project is big or small, we’re looking forward to helping create a space that the whole community can benefit from.” Howard Lake | 10 February 2017 | News Advertisement Tagged with: corporate donated services small charities win The Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit Competition is back, offering a prize to a UK charity of a £10,000 makeover of its premises.Applications are now being accepted by the professional trade paint specialists for a local community organisation or charity building that could benefit from a redecoration.Once all applications have been received, a judging process will take place and a shortlist of four will be announced. The decision then falls to members of the general public, who will be asked to vote for their favourite entry to win. The finalists will be invited to the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year event, where the winner will be announced.The makeover is a paint redecoration and does not include furniture, landscaping or construction.Applications must be submitted by 24 February. These should include a minimum of four high resolution images, including one external and three internal shots, which should be sent with the completed application form to [email protected] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
By Chantal Hadley****Even from the opening credit sequence I was struck by the similarity between Philippe Sarde’s mournful violin music and Philip Glass’s violin concerto used in The Hours. Both films deal with one’s mortality, specifically with AIDS, and with the impact of AIDS on friends and family. Les Témoins manages to evoke the tremulous time in the mid-eighties when AIDS was beginning to be seen as an epidemic in the Western World. This film, as Sarah (played by Emmanuelle Béart) says, is a “testimony” to those times and to the individual suffering of youth confronted with death.Les Témoins tells the story of Manu, living in Paris with his sister. Befriended by a respected doctor, Adrien, Manu is introduced to Mehdi (a police officer) and his wife, Sarah (a writer). Manu is attracted to Mehdi, and they begin an affair which will change their lives and the lives of those around them.Téchiné himself defines Les Témoins as a “historical film… not a documentary”, and it is. The film touches upon a variety of pretty serious issues: mixed-race couples, same-sex couples, prostitution, STIs, post-natal depression and euthanasia. It’s not a fluffy film, but nor is it hard work. As a drama with a romantic backdrop it is more in the slightly uncomfortable vein of Deux Jours à Paris or L’Appartement than of Paris, Je T’Aime.As Téchiné says, he wanted to show the characters at “a certain moment of their lives… reveal aspects” of that moment, and then “leave the rest to the audience”. We are plunged into the characters’ lives at a moment just before a radical change, just as Manu and Mehdi literally plunge into the sea. That said, the changes are at times predictable, and their consequences somewhat cliché. In a manner reminiscent of Amélie, some of the major events are chopped up into tiny montages with fast music. This makes the film feel disjointed at times.The best part of the film is the superb performance by Michel Blanc as the doctor who first falls in love with Manu, and supports him even after Manu becomes involved with Mehdi. Somehow, Blanc’s silent, melancholy glances just left of the lens have more emotion than the rest of the characters put together. I originally found it difficult to either have sympathy for or honestly like Manu. Johan Libéreau lacked chemistry with Depardieu, and I didn’t even realise Manu and Julie were related until she was introduced as his sister! On the other hand, Bouajila and Béart both put in solid performances, relating characters with internal demons and external pressures that prove hard to deal with. Téchiné says “perhaps loving Manu and bearing witness to his life makes the other protagonists stronger”, and even through moments where Manu seems unlikeable, grotesque or insensitive, by watching how others react, Téchiné succeeds in making all of us witnesses as well.
Dell Technologies is pleased to announce that thanks to our fantastic customers, Dell EMC HCI has been recognized as a March 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). There is nothing more important to us than our customers, and so our team understandably takes great pride in this distinction.In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.For this distinction, a vendor must have a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars or higher in the past year. With more than 80 verified published reviews of Dell EMC VxRail and VxFlex, we feel confident that we are meeting our continued commitment to delight customers with HCI and software-defined storage (SDS) solutions.Here are some excerpts from your peers that may be of value as you make your IT infrastructure decisions:“They promised us a ‘mythical unicorn’ of IT; VxRail definitely delivered” – Senior Network Analyst II, Education (read full review)“VxRail is a must for any IT leader looking to improve performance and ease operations”– Global Director of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Manufacturing (read full review)“VxRail helped us deploy VDI for 1000+ students & teachers easily. It’s a huge success” – Manager of Technology Service Operations, Education (read full review) “Build your Future with Dell EMC VxFlex”- Vice President of IT, Retail (read review)Read more reviews for VxRail here and VxFlex here.As demonstrated above, customers choose Dell EMC HCI and SDS offerings for its ease of use and improvement in performance.We are deeply proud not only to be honored as a March 2020 Customers’ Choice for HCI but also as a January 2020 Customers’ Choice for Primary Storage and Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Gartner Peer Insights markets. We know that the majority of our customers will have a need for both HCI and storage for the foreseeable future, and Dell Technologies can deliver industry-leading offers in both.To all our customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews inform our products, shape our services, and help define our customer journey. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you to deliver products and solutions that simplify IT and building upon the customer experience that has earned us this distinction!If you have a Dell EMC story to share, we encourage you to join the Gartner Peer Insights crowd and weigh in.Disclaimer: Listed as “Dell EMC” on Gartner Peer InsightsThe GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS CUSTOMERS’ CHOICE badge is a trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has blamed the ongoing refugee crisis on interference in the domestic affairs of independent nations.While addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mugabe said that the harrowing scenes od desperate refugees seeking shelter from instability and war have been caused by destabilizing policies of ‘external forces’.Mugabe went ahead to say that the tragic situation could have been avoided through the respect of independent countries and non-interference in their internal affairs.The 91-year old also denounced what he termed as ‘illegal’ sanctions imposed on his country by the US and the European Union, calling for their immediate and unconditional removal.Mugabe also told the Assembly that Zimbabwe has peace and does not want war. That the country does not want any interference, and does not also want to hear talk of a regime change at all.
The current vice-champion of our country FC Zeljeznicar managed to qualify for the third qualifying round of the European League after kicking out the Hungarian FC Ferencváros. FC Zeljeznicar thus remained the only club from B&H representing our country in Europe.Although it was yesterday questionable whether Face TV will be enabled to transmit the match that is to be played tomorrow in Belgium, the doubts were eliminated today. This television will run a direct broadcast of the match between FC Standard Liège and FC Zeljeznicar. The problem existed with the foreign agencies, which exerted pressure and factually blackmailed the Face TV.Fortunately, the problems have been eliminated, and all football fans will have an opportunity to watch only the BH representative in the third qualifying round of the European League.The team of FC Zeljeznicar traveled to Belgium today, and the match is to be played tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at the stadium Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liège.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportsport)
Dear Editor,It is with utter disgust and disappointment that I am writing this painful letter. It makes me wonder what role the Public Utilities Commission is fulfilling if it is only to approve increased rates demanded by GPL and GWI. According to a multitude of customers, these two entities are as thieving as those in Government!The Managing Director of Guyana Water Incorporated, Dr Van-West Charles, pledged to fulfil the company’s mission statement “To deliver safe, adequate and affordable water and to ensure safe sewerage systems for improved public health and sustainable economic development”. He had promised to achieve this by improving water quality, ensuring that citizens are having equal access to running water, upgrading to a 24-hour supply and guaranteeing the required water pressure. In addition, he said that his quest will be to make GWI more “customer-centric” by embarking on community outreaches to solicit feedback. He further stated that GWI has established countrywide zones for close monitoring and swift action.How can we believe the above statement when the entire Berbice was plunged into an acute water shortage due to GWI not delivering on its promises? It is no surprise that the entity has mimicked the coalition Government! Berbicians in many areas have been without water for nearly three days and it was only when GWI was contacted that they proffered an explanation that is as obnoxious as the service it offers to the public. Placing an advisory nearly two days after is unacceptable. I was told that these areas where GWI pumps are located have been affected by low voltage. However, even so, it has definitely taken a long time for GWI to engage GPL for the problem to be fixed. But since both can be classified as the worse service providers this country has ever seen; the inordinately long period to fix minor problems are quite understandable. Moreover, the “customer-centric” nature of GWI only kicked in on the second day of the water problem. What has happened to the need to give timely feedback to customers to apprise them of the problem and when the situation can return to normalcy?Unfortunately, it is difficult for customers to accept GWI’s frivolous excuses when these stoppages have been quite frequent over a long period of time, especially in the Chesney, Kilcoy and Fyrish areas. In these areas, it has become a weekly routine and despite customers’ protests, the water problems worsen. We are not only affected by water shortage but by poor quality of water and bills which are riddled with “errors”. Numerous complaints were made by customers who claimed that they are being made to pay the same amount on the bills twice. This was raised at the RDC meeting by one of the Councillors who produced one such bill. The “customer experience” is definitely getting worse Dr Charles! This hogwash service in totally unacceptable.The frequent blackouts by GPL and water shortages by GWI have now become daily plagues which citizens have to deal with. It is ironic that citizens are now paying more for these services and are increasingly being provided with poorer services. Our daily lives have become increasingly burdensome while this Government, though relegated to “caretaker” status, has continued to ignore the cries of the people!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Six
Evolutionists have evolved a skill by design – the ability to turn falsification into confirmation. It’s a kind of philosophical judo, or parry, that can turn the energy of a criticism into a win for Darwin. Convergent turnarounds: A good example of an evolutionary parry can be seen in a post on Science Daily entitled, “Homoplasy: A Good Thread to Pull to Understand the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.” Homoplasy is a jargon term for convergent evolution – the idea that unrelated organisms can converge on the same solution to a problem via evolution. Three evolutionists funded by the National Science Foundation came up with these whoppers:The authors provide many fascinating examples of homoplasy, including different species of salamanders that independently, through evolution, increased their body-length by increasing the lengths of individual vertebrae. By contrast, most species grow longer by adding vertebrae through evolution. The authors also explain how petals in flowers have evolved on six separate occasions in different plants. A particularly striking example of homoplasy cited by the authors is the evolution of eyes, which evolved many times in different groups of organisms—from invertebrates to mammals—all of which share an identical genetic code for their eyes.If evolving eyes one time is spectacularly hard for a random process, it would seem that multiple independent cases would falsify evolution big time. Instead, these authors, with taxpayer funding, decided that the damaging evidence was really a triumph for Darwin: “These kinds of examples of genetic and developmental biology help scientists elucidate relationships between organisms, as well as develop a fuller picture of their evolutionary history.”Victory in defeat: Even when admitting mistakes, evolutionists are never ready to give up on their theory. An example of unfeigned faith is seen in Live Science, where reporter Natalie Wolchover told how two headline-making fossils touted by their discoverers as human ancestors have turned out to have nothing to do with humans: “they’re probably just non-hominin ape bones.” Readers might recall how headlines blared in recent years that Orrorin tugenensis,Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Ardipithecus ramidus were shedding light on human evolution (03/05/2004, 10/02/2009, 11/25/2009) Now that Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison have debunked these claims (02/16/2011), is evolution in trouble? Not according to them:Skepticism regarding these famous primate fossil finds seems to call into question the rigor of the scientific process within the field of paleoanthropology. Wood’s and Harrison’s paper certainly makes one wonder: Are these isolated incidents of misinterpretation followed by media hype, or does the problem pervade the whole branch of science? Is the human evolutionary fossil record a crapshoot? “No,” said Harrison. There are reasons why this branch of science may seem messier than most, he said, but all things considered, it is doing extremely well.Harrison’s firm response to Wolchover’s worries recalls the cover story of National Geographic in Nov 2004, “Was Darwin Wrong?” with its confident NO inside (see 10/24/2004 and the resulting letters to the editor, 02/15/2005).Polygamy games: A particularly bizarre twist on evolutionary parrying was reported in PhysOrg about Mormon history: “Polygamy hurt 19th century Mormon wives’ evolutionary fitness.” After stating that fitness of “sister wives” decreased in polygamous households (measured by number of children produced), the researchers at Indiana University were left with the conundrum of why evolution would produce polygamy in the first place, whether among human beings or bacteria. Michael Wade was ready with a ring buoy for Darwin:So if polygamy (or the female equivalent, polyandry) is disadvantageous to most of the sequestered sex and most of the mate-sequestering sex, why should such systems survive? “The complete answer is still forthcoming,” Wade said. “One thing we know now, based on rigorous studies in many species, particularly the fruit fly, is that selection can be so strong on males that it can drag the entire species off of a naturally selected viability optimum.”Aside from equating Mormons to fruit flies, Wade seems to have just said that natural selection can drag a species away from increased fitness. WWDD? What would Darwin do about that idea?Darwinians appear very adept at turning criticism into praise. Whether this neat trick justifies evolution as a scientific theory is a different question. Does it really lead to deeper understanding of evolution, or is it sophistry?It’s sophistry. See? Our commentaries are not always verbose.Aside: Apparently the irony of #1’s headline was lost on the reporters: “…the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.” Apt description.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The first footage from the new GoPro Drone is devastatingly disappointing. With plummeting stock, GoPro seems to have gone from Hero to zero.GoPro first announced that they were building their own drone at the 2015 CES show. Now, we are finally getting a look at the footage. No announcement on the look of the drone itself, other than the fact that it is a quadcopter.GoPro announced plans to release a quadcopter in the first half of 2016. The featured video was captured with a developmental prototype of GoPro’s quadcopter and stabilization system. No post-production stabilization was implemented; this is an example of the incredible image quality we are already able to capture at this advanced prototype stage. – GoProBased on the intro of the video, it appears this was shot with a GoPro Hero4.Initial thoughts: I’m not sure why GoPro didn’t make a new camera specifically for the drone. The footage is way too fish-eyed for serious professional use. The market is currently flooded with third-party apps that try to remove the fish-eyed look of a GoPro. The company itself has a page detailing how to remove the distortion. Think about how little sense that makes. Why still have so much distortion when it’s obviously an issue?Now the drone footage does mention that no post-production stabilization was used, but it also looks like the aircraft barely travelled. It’s easy to pull off stable footage if there is no wind and the aircraft is barely moving.It’s apparent that the goal is to allow users to attach their current generation GoPro cameras, which does make sense in a consumer market. But that’s all this thing has to offer. From the footage alone, this barely competes with the drones being targeted to children for the holiday season. The GoPro drone doesn’t look to be anything more than an entry level aircraft.Is this the aircraft they expect to compete with the likes of DJI, Freefly Systems, and 3DR? Sure the 3DR Solo smart drone uses a GoPro, but everyone else has moved on. Even DJI introduced a new Micro 4/3 mount camera for the Inspire 1.The release of this GoPro drone footage comes out after GoPro admitted their 2015 Q3 earnings and revenues missed expectations. GoPro Chief Executive Nick Woodman admitted they made mistakes with the launch of its Hero4 Session camera. (I was very disappointed with the Hero4 Session too.)If Session had been stronger out of the gates, if we hadn’t mispriced it, and if we had backed it up with the marketing it deserved, I think we would have had a very different earnings call yesterday. – Nick Woodman tells CNBCThe Hero4 Session was originally released for $399.99, and the price was dropped $100 two months after launch. Right before sitting down to write this piece, a GoPro commercial played on the television. We see a young child sledding downhill in the snow. The goal of the ad is to get you to buy a new GoPro for Christmas. Want to know the problem? They played this exact same commercial last year. As I watched, I really had to take note that GoPro cameras are no longer for professional users. Sure, we can use them when the need arrives, but GoPro is now focused on the consumer market. For better or worse, that is the path they have decided to take.What are your thoughts on the footage? Let us know in the comments below.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But across the nine teams he played for in that stretch, there’s only one guy who stood out for the now-37-year-old.“I think the guy that jumps out of the screen is Kobe Bryant,” he said on Thursday during the media availability at NBA Store at Trinoma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He’s the second-best player to play the game of basketball, next to Michael Jordan. He’s one of the guys that taught me a lot about he game of basketball, enhanced my skillset, and I learned a lot from him about consistency and work ethic. I tip my hat to him.”Butler may have only spent a season with Bryant in Los Angeles, but he had a fruitful run with theLakers, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in the 2004-2005 season. Though he was traded after the season to Washington, that was enough for the 6-foot-7 forward to sign a 5-year, $46-million deal with the Wizards as he, Gilbert Arenas, and Antawn Jamison formed the team’s “Big Three,” with Butler providing the toughness that earned him the nickname, “Tough Juice.”Looking at today’s NBA, Butler is glad to see that most of the superstars exemplify the same grit he had back in his heyday.“Russell Westbrook is relentless, aggressive, and he plays at an unbelievable pace. Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are also some who have that ‘tough juice.’ Lebron James shows no signs of slowing down. There’s a lot of amazing talent in the league right now and I could go on forever,” he said.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that these are the guys who Butler believes are capable of winning the Most Valuable Player award this year.“Lebron, KD, and Harden are my safe bets. If we’re gonna go out of the box, it’s Kyrie Irving and John Wall. But my wild card off the left field, it’s Blake Griffin,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Caron Butler could only smile as he looked back on his 14-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Though much of Butler’s prediction coincides with the mainstream opinion, the Racine, Wisconsin native, though, offered one wild guess.“Houston’s gonna win the Western Conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
It was another blitzkrieg from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell that saw his team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik wants the others to rise to the challenge, especially the bowlers.While praising Russell for putting together another masterpiece, Karthik added that the bowlers too needed to take responsibility.The captain also appreciated the way Chris Lynn started at the top of the innings with a 31-ball 43.”Those kind of knocks, you don’t talk much. We trust him as a player. It’s important to give him an atmosphere where he’s happy and he just keeps performing. Yes, it was hard to play strokes against spinners with the ball gripping but was easier against the fast bowlers,” he said after the game on Friday.”I think as much as well he batted, it’s time we all started to bowl better and help the batters. It was nice to see Lynn bat like that and take responsibility.”Lynn though was all praise for Russell and said that the West Indian is just too good. Looking back at the game, he added that both teams gave opportunities to the other (on the field), but Russell just turned everything in favour of KKR with the bat in hand.Ruthless. Relentless. RusselThe absolute hitting that led to this though @KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019″We keep putting him in tough situations and he keeps lifting his game. He is just too good. Two-hundred and fifteen was probably par on that wicket. Both teams gave opportunities.advertisement”We dropped Kohli and AB de Villiers and RCB also dropped a couple of chances. Luck was on our side. Change of fortune for us. It is unbelievable and entertaining for us. He keeps doing it. He is a billion dollar man for KKR,” he said.Kolkata Knight Riders had needed 67 runs from 26 balls when Andre Russell walked into the crease. The visitors were losing a bit of momentum as captain Dinesh Karthik was struggling to get the big ones after Nitish Rana departed for a quickfire 37.However, Russell tore into the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack, smashing three sixes in the 18th over and four more in the 19th over. Tim Southee conceded 29 runs in the penultimate over and KKR gunned down the total with five balls to spare after one of the most brutal onslaughts T20 cricket has ever witnessed.Dre RussJust how good are you! @KKRiders win by 5 wickets #RCBvKKR #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/Bj8NFJEfA6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019Talking up his power-hitting abilities, Russell said he no longer believes any cricket ground across the globe is big enough for him. The KKR all-rounder revealed he had thought Australian grounds were too big but that he had surprised himself when he hit a few Down Under.”A few grounds in Australia and then I surprised myself there by hitting a few into the stands. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my strength and trust my power. I have good bat speed. I trust that as well,” Russell said after claiming his third man-of-the-match award this season.Also Read | Andre Russell’s mantra for success is simple: Hit as many sixes as possibleAlso Read | RCB arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket, says Marcus StoinisAlso Read | Virat Kohli No.1 in list of players to feature in most IPL defeats