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Kompany thanks Toure for the wonderful years

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first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany has thanked the departing “legend” Yaya Toure for his service to the clubThe Ivorian midfielder will be leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after eight years in Manchester.Since joining from Barcelona in 2010, Toure has since scored 82 goals in his 316 appearances and famously netted the winning goals against Stoke City and Sunderland in the FA and League Cup finals respectively.The 35-year-old was absent from City’s 1-0 win against Southampton in their final league game of the season after captaining the side in their 3-1 against Brighton last week.Kompany, who himself has been at City since 2008, praised Toure for his contributions over the years.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…I’d like to thank Yaya for the wonderful years he has given us. Power, pace, technique, vision, you name it, this guy is the most complete midfielder I have ever seen. Always present in the big moments, he is forever a legend of ours. #ManCity #Legend #CENTURIONS #SharkTeam pic.twitter.com/zHxBcbRI3C— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 14, 2018In his eight years at City, Toure won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.last_img read more

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Shaqiri warned of hostile reception in Belgrade

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first_imgLiverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has been warned to expect a hostile reception by Red Star Belgrade’s sporting director Zvezdan Terzic should he travel with his team to Serbia.The Merseyside club have been drawn in the same UEFA Champions League group with Red Star and Shaqiri could receive a hostile reception from the home fans following his controversial celebration at the World Cup.The Switzerland international featured in one of the most controversial moments of this year’s World Cup, when he celebrated his winning goal in Switzerland’s 2-1 triumph over Serbia by imitating the two-headed eagle in Albania’s flag, something team-mate Granit Xhaka also did earlier in the game.“I think Shaqiri will undergo extraordinary psychological pressure,” Terzic told daily Serbian publication Kurir, according to Goal.“He knows where he will be going. I know very well that our club is a symbol of Serbia, unlike Partizan Belgrade, who represent Yugoslavia more.“I do not know if he will be willing to play in Marakana [the nickname of Red Star’s Rajko Mitic Stadium] under these conditions, so I doubt he’ll come. If he comes, he’ll be smaller than a poppy seed.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Terzic was sure to ease Liverpool’s worries with respect to security, adamant they will do their duty and protect Shaqiri.“We have to do everything we can to make Shaqiri feel like he can play football,” he added. “It is our duty to protect him. Let’s be good hosts.”While Xhaka apologised for his celebration this week, Shaqiri undermined the idea when asked if he would make amends.“Sure, I apologise if people felt attacked in Switzerland,” he said.“Somewhere, I don’t know, maybe in the mountains, where someone watched the game and it bothered him, I would certainly apologise.”last_img read more

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Southgate keeping the faith despite defeat

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first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has decided to stick with the positives, despite Saturday’s defeat against Spain at Wembley.The Three Lions’ raced to an early lead thanks to Marcus Rashford’s sublime finish, but goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo secured victory for Spain“It was a really tough game,” said Southgate.“They are a top, top side and I think for spells kept the ball incredibly well, pressed us and we didn’t keep the ball in the early part of the game well enough.“But I’ve got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could’ve folded and disappeared but we didn’t.“We hung in there, and in the last 25 or 30 minutes we really came into the game, kept the ball a lot better and created some good chances and could well have got a draw out of it.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We’re under no illusions that Spain were the better team for long periods of that but they are brilliant at what they do, and we are in the early stages of what we’re trying to do.“They pressed extremely well, and it took us a while to work out where that press was coming from and find a solution to it. We did it a couple of times, but at the moment we’re still finding our feet in playing out from those areas.“Now we have a choice. We can either go back to our old style, and we’ll never be a top team, or we can keep trying to do what we do and suffer at times.“We have got some players who can do it, others who are improving at it and for me, it’s the way I believe we should play.“It takes time. We’ve come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession.“I think at the moment we have to stick with the plan, stick with what we’re doing and just get better at doing it.”last_img read more

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Unai Emery hails brilliant Petr Cech

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first_imgUnai Emery hailed Petr Cech for his brilliant saves that helped Arsenal record their first clean sheet of the season.Cech, 39, has come under intense scrutiny at times this season but his shot-stopping ability has been top notch.The former Chelsea goalkeeper is currently keeping summer singing Bernd Leno out of Arsenal’s starting XI and Emery suggested that is not about to change anytime soon.“I’m a little surprised because there have been a lot of questions over Cech,” Emery said, adding that Leno would do well to learn from Cech’s experience.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“In pre-season and also in the first matches with us, he’s played with good performances. Bernd Leno will also improve with us and learn about this competition here.“For him, he’s also doing very well and benefiting from working every day with a goalkeeper like Cech. He’s learning from him, giving him experience and he’s watching him in games like today.“Leno is a younger goalkeeper and he is coming here with a big future, but now, it’s a very competitive position. Petr Cech is very important for us.”“Petr has big experience and a big quality. He’s started the season very well and we think he’s giving us the performance we want. Today he showed us that he’s very good and continuing to work hard with this spirit every day.”last_img read more

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Bahamians Celebrate National Labour Day

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.last_img read more

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Cutrone I give everything to win for Milan

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first_imgPatrick Cutrone has affirmed his stunning volley that helped in AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Parma stems from the desire to win for the club.Parma opened the scoring via Roberto Inglese from a corner, but Milan restored parity within 15 minutes thanks to Cutrone’s volley from a tight angle then followed by Franck Kessie penalty to seal the win.“It’s an important victory and a great success. It’s not easy to go behind and fight back for the win, especially as Parma tried to clam up, but we did really well,” the striker told Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“My goal came from my desire to win. I give everything to get the victory for Milan. I have always had a good rapport with the Coach and we hope to continue like this.”Considering he keeps scoring so regularly in Serie A and the Europa League, is Cutrone concerned at the possible January arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic?“If Ibrahimovic comes, then good, but either way I focus on my own progress.”last_img read more

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Ford adds 1M vehicles to Takata recall EcoSport SUV recalled separately

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first_imgBelieve it or not, automakers are still adding vehicles to the massive Takata airbag inflator recall. That’s one of the two new recalls Ford just announced, with the second affecting its new subcompact SUV.Recall the first: Adding to the Takata frayFord announced Friday that it is expanding its list of vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators for the fourth time. This planned expansion covers an additional 953,000 vehicles, approximately 780,000 of which are located in the US. The following vehicles comprise this latest expansion, which covers the passenger side front inflator:2010 Ford Edge2010 Lincoln MKX2010-2011 Ford Ranger2010-2012 Ford Fusion2010-2012 Lincoln MXZ2010-2011 Mercury Milan2010-2014 Ford MustangThe Takata recall kicked off when it was determined that hundreds of millions of its airbag inflator components lacked a moisture-absorbing desiccant. When exposed to humidity and high temperatures, the airbag inflators might fail, spraying the cabin with shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as required. Both fatalities and injuries have been linked to Takata’s faulty parts, but Ford says no injuries are linked to the vehicles mentioned above.Upon receiving the recalled vehicles, Ford’s service technicians will replace the faulty component with one that will work as expected. Car Industry SUVs Sedans Share your voice Recall the second: EcoSport weld issuesFord also issued a recall for just 87 examples of the 2019 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV. 63 of these vehicles are in the United States. A wonky weld is to blame for this recall. Apparently, an insufficient weld on the back of the front seat might reduce the structure’s overall strength, which could lead to an increased risk of injury in a crash. Thankfully Ford says it has no knowledge of injuries or accidents related to this recall.A simple part swap is all it takes to remedy this issue. Ford’s technicians will simply replace the front seats with new ones that have sufficient welds.  More about 2018 Ford EcoSport 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Small dog with a big bark 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Recalls Lincoln Ford Tagscenter_img 60 Photos Comment 2019 Ford Edge ST: A practical performer More From Roadshow Review • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Ford Is the 2018 Ford EcoSport too little, too late? 24 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Time to think about the best watch for back to school

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first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Apple Watch Series 4 reading • Time to think about the best watch for back to school Apple revamped the whole feel of its watch a year ago, adding a larger screen and some extras like ECG to spot-check your heart rhythm, or fall detection. You could also just get the older Series 3 and still have GPS, music, on-wrist Apple Pay and speakerphone functions. Apple Watch is absolutely the best way to stay connected on your wrist, and it’s a fun fitness companion. But its limited battery life and higher price, and need for an iPhone to use, might not fit everyone. (And again, you should wait to see what Apple announces in September!)A note on pricing: For the Series 4, don’t pay more than $350 for the 40mm version, or $380 for the 44mm (with standard bands and no cellular). That’s $50 off the Apple Store price, and the general “street price” for these models. For the Series 3, you want to get the 38mm for $200 or less, the 42mm for $230 or less — that’s $80 off list price. See at Amazon 1 Fitbit Versa Lite Read about the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Comment Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Read about Fitbit’s latest trackers Read the Amazfit Bip review Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 If you’re a serious runner who wants something with longer battery life for GPS, Garmin’s smartwatch might be for you. It lasts about 13 hours on standalone GPS, or a week for everyday on-wrist use. A step-up model offers music, if you think you’d want that. Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Fitbit’s attempt at a smartwatch works best as a casual way to track stats and load a variety of crazy watch faces. It can be worn while swimming (but only the step-up regular Versa can do swim tracking), has a longer battery life (lasting four days) so it can track sleep, gets phone notifications, and tracks heart rate, but it doesn’t have GPS (you can use your phone’s GPS to track runs, though). Still, for everyday fitness, it’s an excellent budget choice at around $160. But again, you can also wait to see if any price drops or updates come in the fall. Amazfit Bip Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review Josh Miller/CNET See at Amazon Wearable Tech Angela Lang/CNET Fitbit Fitness Apple Share your voice See at Amazon Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Samsung may also have a new watch soon, so let’s see what happens. But the version that arrived in the spring is a great, affordable, full-featured $200 watch that can do almost anything, and pairs well with Android phones. Samsung’s fitness tracking features are also a lot better than you might think. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Apple Watch Series 4. Angela Lang/CNET School is closer than you think, and odds are, you’ll be running around a lot once you’re back. Something useful on your wrist could help, as long as you know what you want to use it for. Smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic companions for a busy campus life, from the obviously popular Apple Watch to social fitness companions like Fitbit. Whether you value staying connected to your phone, high-performance fitness tracking, or a little helpful motivation on a budget, here are some solid picks.These all come with one giant caveat, however: Students may wish to ask for an IOU for now. That’s because Apple is expected to release its newest watches in the fall — and other brands may well follow. That said, if you need something now, here are our top picks.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.   See at Amazon Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Garmin Vivoactive 3 The Bip is affordable, and its battery life and always-on screen are great. It’s almost like a modern version of a Casio watch. The phone app feels a little off-brand compared to Samsung, Fitbit, Google and Apple’s apps, but it’s fine. The best part of Bip is how long the battery life is (weeks), and how it can be worn anywhere, even swimming. The Bip can do some basic fitness tracking, but it’s great as a casual watch that can also get phone notifications. And it’s usually $80 or less.Read: Apple Watch vs. Amazfit Bip See All • See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Andrew Hoyle/CNET Read the Apple Watch Series 4 reviewlast_img read more

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Political situation to change soon Moudud

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first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoClaiming there is no ‘existence’ of any government in the country, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday hoped that the political situation will be changed very soon.”No one is arrested for attacking the US ambassador though we all know who carried out it. Around Tk 800 crore was plundered from the Bangladesh Bank, its gold has turned silver and bronze and over 100,000 tonnes of coal have got disappeared, but no one is arrested,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “Observing the overall situation, it seems that there’s no government in the country…I would like to say the country’s political situation will be changed very soon. Now, it’s the last time for a change.”Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the National Press Club.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, criticised chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda for what he said playing a subservient role. “Out of freak of conscience, he (CEC) made a true remark that it is not possible to give assurance that there’ll be no anomaly in the next general election. I’ve seen in newspaper that four other commissioners disagreed with him. So, he has now no right to stay in his post,” the BNP leader said.He demanded that the CEC step down immediately.Moudud alleged that the government has deceived the students through the Road Transport Bill approved in the cabinet. “The bill approved in the cabinet is totally a political bluff. The government has politically deceived the students,” he observed.He said the students sought a provision of capital punishment for killing in road accidents, but their demand was not met.The BNP leader said only the punishment is increased to five years from three years. “The death sentence will be given if the intentional killing is proved. However, it’s not possible to prove it.”last_img read more

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Faces of divinity

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first_imgCelebrating one of the most recognised dances of India – Bharata Natyam, Divinity Series, in its maiden event, will endeavor to recreate the classical integrity of this temple dance form. The event presents three contemporary artistes – Rama Vaidyanathan from New Delhi, Meenakshi Srinivasan from Chennai and Mythili Prakash from Los Angeles, each of the performances will be preceded by a short recital of specially composed invocatory music by members of the acclaimed Gandharva Choir. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meenakshi Srinivasan has studied Bharata Natyam under Smt. Alarmel Valli. She has been awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for 2011 by Sangeet Natak Akademi. Srinivasan’s individual approach, technique and creativity are characterized by a distinctive sensuous geometry. Her strength relies on her ability to co-relate the different disciplines of the art and she has worked with various artists – composers, musicians, scholars and writers on new choreographic works. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMythili Prakash is recognized as one of the world’s leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam – the classical dance of South India. Her classical, yet inventive approach to Bharata Natyam revitalizes the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style that is distinct and meaningful to audiences across the world.Rama Vaidyanathan is a leading exponent of Bharata Natyam, a popular classical dance form of India. She is undoubtedly one of the most sought after artistes of her generation having carved a name for herself in the Bharata Natyam world. She has trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the renowned Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. Conceptualised and organised by industry veteran Deepak Shourie and notable Bharata Natyam dancer and choreographer Jyotsna Shourie, Divinity Series seeks to create a new generation of cultural connoisseurs by offering an authentic celestial experience of the art form to fresh and diverse audiences. WHERE: Chinmaya Auditorium, Lodhi RoadWHEN: 27 to 29 September, 7 pm onwardslast_img read more

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9 Essential Tools for Agile Product Development Teams

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first_img The primary weapon for entrepreneurs building game-changing tech to take on large competitors is an efficient, productive development team. The big advantage of startups taking on a Goliath is the ability to go from concept to market faster and more efficiently. On the flip side, startups are often working with smaller budgets, fewer resources and shorter runways, which means the difference between failure and success can balance on the performance of a dev team. Either way you look at it, the pressure is always on to deliver.For your development team to be as productive as possible you need to invest in the right tools. These are the digital platforms our product development team uses to innovate, create and ship.Related: The Best Software Tools to Run a StartupProduct development.Communication and managing projects are big deals but sooner or later work has to get done. Here are the tools our dev team uses to get the day-to-day work done.Tmux: This tool allows developers to switch between multiple tasks in one terminal., which helps productivity and general sanity. Tmux one of the best session tools out there. Think of this as multiple Chrome tabs on a single screen.Sublime Text Editor: Since developers spend a majority of their time writing code, a high performance and customizable text editor is an essential piece of tech. Sublime Text allows your team to build beautiful, functional code, with plugins to hack increased performance and speed at writing code, down to inline Guard tools.New Relic: Your software won’t change the world unless your users have a good experience. New Relic gives your team a way to track how your software is performing in real time. That allows you to troubleshoot issues and look for ways to improve your software every day.Wercker: To avoid bottlenecks in the development process you need to test early and often. Werker allows your dev team to setup automated testing and deployment of new features.GitHub: This gives your development team an easy way to store code in the cloud. It’s also used for in-depth code reviews and discussions.Related: 16 Entrepreneurs Share 16 Tools They Cannot Live WithoutWorkflow management.Is your team being productive and getting things done? An efficient development squad has a process for managing projects and ensuring that features ship on time and on spec.Trello: Based on the Kanban method adopted from Toyota, Trello allows you to visually track projects as they move from idea to shipped. Trello provides a lot of functionality for dev teams that are trying to ship features faster. One of those features is a communication thread specific to a project. A dev team not using some kind of software to manage and communicate about each specific project isn’t as efficient as they could be.Google Docs: Google Drive is an easy way for your startup to build an internal wiki. Our dev team has a standard operating procedure for testing features before they go live to users. This ensures that they don’t have to answer the same question over and over again about testing procedures and allows them to ship updates faster.Communication.Communication is always a challenge, especially when you have some dev team members working remote. As long as you have the right communication tools in place your dev team won’t skip a beat.Slack: There’s a reason Slack has experienced amazing growth; it’s easy to use and allows teams to communicate easily no matter where team members are working. They can quickly and easily bounce ideas off one another and ask for help if they’re running into issues with a particular feature or bug.Screen Hero: This screen sharing software works well with Slack (who recently bought by them). Screen Hero allows members of the team to share their screen in real time, and to allow multiple cursors so you can actually pair program on someone else’s machine.Talk to your dev team to see what tools they need to work efficiently and communicate with each other better. One of the best investments you can make in your business is ensuring your engineers have the tools they need to do their best work.Related: 6 Powerful Productivity Tools That Can Supercharge Every Solopreneur’s Workflow Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2015 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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Oprah Winfrey christens Holland Americas most luxurious ship yet

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first_imgTags: Holland America Line, New Ship, Nieuw Statendam, Openings & Renovations Oprah Winfrey christens Holland America’s most luxurious ship yet Monday, February 4, 2019 Francesca Spizzirri FORT LAUDERDALE — The 2,666-passenger Nieuw Statendam, second in the Pinnacle Class line after 2016’s Koningsdam, is Holland America Line’s newest, largest and most modern vessel to date.On a seven-day voyage through the eastern Caribbean in January 2019, Travelweek discovered why the ship is also making waves as the fleet’s most luxurious ship.Taking on the role of ship godmother for her first time this past weekend was none other than Oprah Winfrey, who presided over the new ship’s gala celebration and who celebrated Nieuw Statendam’s inaugural cruise by hosting a sold-out three-day ‘Girls’ Getaway’.Oprah WinfreyHolland America Line’s partnership with Oprah Magazine continues onboard through its programming which includes workshops, morning meditation and book clubs.As Travelweek found out on a January 2019 sailing on Nieuw Statendam, though many of the preferred features from Koningsdam have been carried over, there are a few subtle differences between the two sister ships that reflect the ongoing evolution of the Holland America experience.The Nieuw Statendam features eight additional cabins bringing the total stateroom count to 1,339, while a redesign of the ship’s ocean-view family cabins provides more living space. Fan favourites including cabins for solo travellers, the two-tier Lido Deck with outdoor movie screen, Blend wine-making venue, and a compressive kids’ club are back, as is an expanded and interactive Explorations Central & Café.Lido PoolMusic and art continue to influence the Pinnacle Class in bold ways. Nieuw Statendam’s curated collection of art by ArtLink includes 2,000 pieces and is the largest collection to grace any of Holland America’s ships, quickly turning it into a topic of conversation among guests.The multi-venue ‘Music Walk’ hits all the notes. “The Pinnacle Class fleet is the only one to feature all four of HAL’s open lounge music venues,” says Vice President of Entertainment & Enrichment, Bill Prince.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upLincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club (which share the same stage), Billboard Onboard, and the Rolling Stone Rock Room – the line’s newest venue, developed in partnership with Rolling Stone – will have guests singing and dancing the night away.“Music Walk has changed the entire dynamic of how the ship works and has become more of an overall concept,” added Prince. With various combinations of these clubs slated to appear fleet-wide over the next couple of years and more guests on the floor exploring other venues, the World Stage is shifting its focus towards partnerships with touring units such as Step One Dance Company and the internet phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox, that are also attracting younger guests.A noticeable difference between the sister ships is the change to the Culinary Arts Center. “We’ve found that America’s Test Kitchen is a bigger success now that we have moved it to the World Stage,” says Prince. “We can accommodate a larger audience and give them the full TV show experience in a way we could not in the Culinary Arts Center.”Pinnacle SuiteThe World Stage boasts an additional 100 seats holding a total of 800 passengers.The new Club Orange restaurant, which replaces the Culinary Arts Center, is a private dining venue for breakfast and lunch, offering an expanded menu to suite-class passengers and a limited number of guests who pay the US$50 per person per day up-charge for the full Club Orange premium experience.Club Orange is slated to roll out across the fleet throughout 2019. Some other perks include priority boarding and tendering, deluxe room service menu at breakfast and a dedicated concierge.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNieuw Statendam takes luxury dining at sea to new horizons with over a dozen venues, including five speciality restaurants that appeal to cruisers with a finer palate. Rudi’s Sel de Mer has a permanent home onboard; Tamarind became the first restaurant in Holland America’s history to offer alfresco dining and has added a space for the brand new Nami Sushi Bar; the Lido Market is no longer self-serve to provide guests with a first-rate dining experience throughout.Dining RoomWine connoisseurs will celebrate the ship’s new wine list that has been restructured and recategorized by James Suckling, one of the world’s most influential wine critics. While over at the Ocean Bar, guests can savour a seafaring selection of cocktails created by one of the world’s foremost cocktail experts, Dale DeGroff.“There are new technological advances as well,” says Hotel Director, Don Habets. “We have faster Internet, a new version of tablets in the dining rooms, a descending sphered dome in the World Stage, a call button at tables in the Lido Market, and there is a new interface for TV and video-on-demand.”With the majority of cruisers booking their cruises through a travel agent, cruises remain a lucrative business and the 99,500-ton Nieuw Statendam is one of the year’s most anticipated additions.The ship will spend its inaugural season on roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruises to the western and eastern Caribbean that will include a stop at Half Moon Cay. Come April, the ship will reposition to Europe sailing Norway and the Mediterranean, before returning to the Caribbean in October.Agents can also keep an eye out for the third and final Pinnacle Class ship to debut in 2021.center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0918 pmBenjamin

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first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:18 pmBenjamin Kuznicki helps a customer understand the features of her cell phone.If you’ve ever sat on hold or struggled to obtain assistance from a big wireless phone service provider, a new company called Wallace Murry wants to prevent that from happening again.The Milwaukee- and Boston-based company was founded in October 2017 by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student Benjamin Kuznicki and fellow Whitefish Bay native James Graham, who lives in Boston. It provides 24/7 customer support from the U.S. and proactively contacts customers regularly, Kuznicki said.“People really seem to be unfairly treated by some other phone companies and we wanted to start something where it provides an outlet for people,” he said. Graham, who previously founded enterprise software startup Caffeine Software Inc., received $100,000 via a 2017 Thiel Fellowship, from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s foundation. Wallace Murry is being funded via the fellowship and with cash from the co-founders, Kuznicki said.The company doesn’t have brick-and-mortar stores. Wallace Murry’s eight employees work out of their homes in Milwaukee and Boston, and go out to meet with customers one-on-one.“The benefit of that is we actually go to our customers at a place convenient to them, like their house or a coffee shop,” Kuznicki said. “If (customers’) phones aren’t eligible on our network, then we’ll get them a new one but we’ll charge them exactly what we paid for it.”So far, Wallace Murry has about 70 customers that have switched to its service, which it provides as a mobile virtual network operator – meaning it buys service and data in bulk from companies like Sprint.The startup has been working to get its name – a nod to a character from popular book series “A Wrinkle in Time” – out there by providing free tech support at senior centers and assisted living facilities. Kuznicki said while Wallace Murry initially targeted seniors, it has expanded its reach to Milwaukee and Boston residents of all ages.Wallace Murry offers four service plans, ranging from $25 per month for unlimited talk and text and 0.25 GB of data to $60 for unlimited talk, text and data.Next, the company plans to change its name, to The Community Phone Co., to better communicate what it does, Kuznicki said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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The parents of a disabled man who took his own lif

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first_imgThe parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions of former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.David and Maureen Barr have both told Disability News Service (DNS) that Duncan Smith and former employment minister Chris Grayling should be prosecuted over their failure to address serious safety concerns about the work capability assessment (WCA).Their son, also called David (pictured), and also from Fife, was just 28 when he took his own life on 23 August 2013.Despite his history of significant mental distress, David’s parents believe the healthcare professional who assessed him – employed by the government contractor Atos – failed to contact their son’s GP or his psychiatrist for further information about his mental health.When questioned afterwards by the Procurator Fiscal’s office – which investigates sudden deaths in Scotland – the assessor claimed he couldn’t remember if he had made any phone calls, according to David’s father.The Atos assessor completed David’s assessment by concluding, in June 2013: “He reports self harm in the past. He reports he attempted an overdose six weeks ago but he would not say what he took.“He reports he has had no thoughts of suicide since. The evidence overall suggests that he is not at substantial risk.”Despite David appealing against the decision that he was fit for work, and telling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a letter that he had “serious mental health problems that prevent me from doing everyday tasks which means I cannot work at this moment in time”, the Atos advice was rubber-stamped by DWP decision-makers.The decision that he was not eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) was confirmed in a letter to David on 17 July 2013. A month later, he took his own life.His death is one of three cases contained in a dossier submitted to Police Scotland by disabled activist John McArdle, from the user-led campaign network Black Triangle, in an attempt to persuade the force to open an investigation into Duncan Smith and Grayling.McArdle wants Police Scotland to investigate the two former ministers for the Scottish criminal offence of wilful neglect of duty by a public official, because they failed to take steps to improve the WCA in 2010 after being warned by a coroner that its flaws risked causing future deaths of people with mental health conditions.Police Scotland has been handed details of three people – including David Barr – who died in the years after the coroner sent his letter to DWP, and whose deaths campaigners believe could have been prevented if the two ministers had acted on that warning.The force is currently awaiting further information about the three cases before deciding what action to take.This week, David Barr’s parents spoke of their hope for justice for their much-loved son, whose death they believe could have been avoided if Duncan Smith and Grayling had taken action.David Barr senior said his son’s mental health had deteriorated in the last couple of years of his life, but he had previously been able to work intermittently in agriculture and labouring, while his final job, which ended in 2011, was cleaning buses.By the time he died he was no longer capable of working, his dad said, and he was taking strong medication including anti-psychotics and anti-depressants, and was experiencing paranoid delusions.David’s father, a bus driver, said: “His mind was gone, and anybody who assessed him should have seen that.”He told DNS this week that he was fully behind attempts to secure a prosecution.He said: “If we let a defective bus in the road [and it killed someone] we would be up for manslaughter; that’s why these people should be taken to court.“They are talking about taking the former prime minister to court for war crimes, but this is just as bad, if not worse. They knew about it and did nothing about it.“The whole thing is shocking. The ministers in charge of it should have sorted something out, stopped it, changed it, re-directed it, I don’t know what.”He added: “If I see Duncan Smith on the TV, I just have to walk out, turn it off. I hate the man with a vengeance.“He has known what was going on and he did nothing about it. He wants to be dragged over the coals for this, and if I can help in any way I will.”David’s mother Maureen – David senior’s ex-wife – also backed calls for a criminal prosecution.She said: “It is time someone did something. [Otherwise] there will just be more like David and nothing is ever done.“It makes you feel terrible that they should have done something [and didn’t].”His father is certain that the decision to turn down David’s ESA claim was the trigger that led to his decision to kill himself, against a background of continuing financial pressures.He remembers finding his son’s WCA report and all of his other official paperwork scattered over the floor of his flat after he died.He said: “It was just dumped all over the floor; anything to do with anything official, he’d just had enough of it. That’s when I picked it up and read through it, this 33-page assessment.”David’s mother Maureen said she believed the “fit for work” decision was “definitely” the trigger for his decision to take his own life.She said: “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Several weeks after he died, two DWP officials visited the family and admitted that David should have been receiving ESA instead of jobseeker’s allowance for nearly two years.David’s father said: “They were here for about an hour-and-a-half explaining everything. But these two – through Iain Duncan Smith – had killed my son, and I said this to them.“They knew that what they had done was wrong and I said to them, ‘Had it been your children in my son’s situation, would you have acted the same way?’ They couldn’t answer that.“I gave it to them with both barrels and they walked out with their tails between their legs, but it didn’t bring my son back.”DWP paid the family £2,700 in compensation for the extra social security support David had not received while he was alive (the difference between the jobseeker’s allowance he received and the ESA he should have been receiving).Maureen Barr said: “They turned around and said, ‘I don’t suppose it will help now, but we have reversed the decision.’“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘What good is that to him now?’”last_img read more

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Science Just Gave Us Another Reason Not to Use Emoji at Work

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first_img Next Article Science Just Gave Us Another Reason Not to Use Emoji at Work Nina Zipkin Image credit: Shutterstock.com A new study finds that including smiley faces in messages could unfavorably tip the scales if you’re trying to make a good first impression. Entrepreneur Staff Register Now » Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. So much of our communication at work is text-based, but sometimes nuance can get lost. It’s tempting to drop in an emoji to make sure that a response doesn’t seem too harsh, but there’s a reason to hold off on that smiley face.A new study from Ben Gurion University and Amsterdam University found that using smiley emojis in your email correspondence could give off a bad impression. The researchers polled 549 people from 29 countries and had them read work emails from a stranger. They were then asked to rate the competence level and overall warmth of the sender of the email. A photo of the person who sent the email was also included.Related: How Big Brands Did World Emoji DayWhen an image of a smiling person was included, the participants perceived the sender of the email to be more competent and friendly. But when the correspondence included smiley emoji, the person was viewed as less competent, especially when the message related to formal work mattersThe researchers found that when the study participants responded to the emails they were given on formal work matters, if the message they were sent included a smiley emoji, their answers had less content and were less detailed.Related: Check Out the New Emoji Headed to Apple DevicesAdditionally, the participants were more likely to assume that the emails that had the emoji were written by women, although that perception on the whole didn’t influence how they perceived the sender’s competence or friendliness.So if you are trying to make a good first impression, maybe leave the emoji out of your correspondence, at least while you’re building rapport.“People tend to assume that a smiley is a virtual smile, but the findings of this study show that in the case of the workplace, at least as far as initial ‘encounters’ are concerned, this is incorrect,” the researchers wrote. “For now, at least, a smiley can only replace a smile when you already know the other person. In initial interactions, it is better to avoid using smileys, regardless of age or gender.” 2 min read August 14, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Communication Strategieslast_img read more

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Lessons From Martin Luther King Jrs Legacy as Told by Google Doodle

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Twitter Testing New Feature Where Users Can Add Images to Photos

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first_imgTwitter Twitter Testing New Feature Where Users Can Add Images to Photos Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters March 23, 2016 Twitter Inc. is testing a new feature called “Stickers” to add images to photos before tweeting them, tech news site Re/code reported on Tuesday.The feature will also let Twitter users see how others around the world have edited the photo and will also suggest photos that could be edited and posted, to take part in trending conversations and breaking news, Re/code said, citing the company. However, it is unclear where Twitter would get these photos or how it would determine which ones to recommend, the report said.As part of the testing program with the users, Twitter is also suggesting names like “Stamptags,” “Taptags” and “Stickits,” Re/code said, citing a note sent to one test user.Twitter could not immediately be reached for comment.(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Rigby) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –sharescenter_img Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Image credit: Reuters | Kai Pfaffenbach Add to Queue 1 min readlast_img read more

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The CoFounders of SoulCycle Have Resigned

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first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. April 8, 2016 Next Article –shares The Co-Founders of SoulCycle Have Resigned Image credit: Alli Harvey — Getty Images 1 min read SoulCycle founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice have resigned as co-chief creative officers to “pursue new projects,” according to a three-sentence statement provided to Fortune by the company. The two will continue to serve on the board.Cutler and Rice started the company with one spinning studio in 2006 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Today its nearly 60 locations across the country have developed a cult following. Health club Equinox first bought a majority stake in 2011, and now owns 97 percent of SoulCycle.SoulCycle, which has been preparing for an IPO since last summer, saw its revenue hit $112 million in 2014, up from $36.2 million in 2012, according to its IPO filing. Income increased to $26.5 million from $7.8 million over the same period.The New York Times reported in August that Rice and Cutler had largely cashed out: When Equinox increased its stake in SoulCycle last spring, the co-founders each received a payout of about $90 million.Melanie Whelan, formerly SoulCycle’s operations chief, became CEO in June. Before joining Soul Cycle, Whelan was VP of business development at Equinox.center_img Beth Kowitt SoulCycle Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

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Pilates exercise program offers many benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 7 2018A Musculoskeletal Care study is the first to investigate individual perceptions of the impact of a Pilates exercise program on the daily lives of people with chronic conditions.In the study of 15 women and seven men with a range of chronic musculoskeletal conditions—including nonspecific low back pain, peripheral joint osteoarthritis and a range of postsurgical conditions—and an age range of 36 to 83 years, data were collected via digital recordings of four focus groups in three North‐West of England physiotherapy clinics.Related StoriesResearchers identify molecular pathway underpinning exercise and improved motor learningSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsThe perceived benefits of Pilates aligned with previous work in relation to physical benefits; however, the study revealed additional benefits, such as an increased active lifestyle, psychosocial benefits, and the ability to manage patients’ own condition more effectively, with the net result being a holistic improvement in physical and mental health and positive consequences for social aspects of their lives.”The study was unique in that it investigated individual perceptions of the impact of Pilates on the daily lives of people with a myriad of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The Pilates based exercise programme was a facilitator to enable the participants to function better and manage their condition more effectively and independently,” said co-author Lynne Gaskell, of the University of Salford, in the UK. “Improving function in meaningful daily activities produced psychological and social benefits that increased motivation to adhere to the program and promote a healthier lifestyle.” Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/musculoskeletal-care/pilates-provides-range-benefits-patients-chronic-musculoskeletal-last_img read more

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