8 Dec

New York rental relief program deadline extended

first_imgYou can apply by clicking here. If you wish to apply, you must meet the following criteria: The programs helps those who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Be a renter with primary residence in New YorkYour household income must have been below 80 percent before March 1, 2020. Families with the lowest income will be prioritized.Household must pay more than 30 percent of gross monthly income for rent before March 1, 2020Applicants have less monthly income between April and July 2020 than they did before March 1, 2020. (WSTM/WBNG) — The deadline to apply for New York’s COVID Rent Relief Program has been extended to Aug. 6.last_img read more

20 Oct

Frontier marks north-west debut with Manchester buy

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28 Sep

Simha: Our Association Will Be Industry’s Collective Voice on IT Issues

first_imgWorld’s five top-tier liner companies MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express have revealed their intentions to set up an association aimed at digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.Speaking to World Maritime News, André Simha, Global Chief Information Officer of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and spokesperson of the group, said the key driver behind the association was to make something for the customers that is common and open.“It’s in the customers best interest, if container shipping companies operate with common set of standards. When we collaborate, we can deliver better technological changes to our customers and more quickly compared to working alone. Customers don’t want to connect to multiple different systems, so you need something that is common and open,” Simha said.The association plans to start operating from early 2019 and the next steps will be to establish it as a legal entity, involving relevant regulators. It has been devised as a neutral, non-profit body, which doesn’t plan to develop or operate a digital platform.                                                   Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Importance of CooperationSimha has been a vocal advocate of industry cooperation on standardization and technology development. When asked why was that important, he said:“We believe that we’ve reached the point in the carrier world where we need something that is common, open and done in the framework of a neutral and non-profit association. Also, the timing is right because new emerging technologies are creating more opportunities to help our customers’ businesses.“The plan of the coming association is to discuss the digital future of container shipping by being the industry’s collective voice on issues relating to information technology standards, working towards standardization, setting the frameworks for effective and universally adoptable solutions developed by other parties, exploring possibilities of innovation and in general, moving the industry forward.”The five members of the association said they were eager to welcome new members.“Collaboration and getting other carriers joining the association will be key for the success of this initiative. I have personally no doubt it will succeed because there is a strong interest between the members to collaborate and our customers are also asking for more standardization,” he said.There are numerous alleys to explore in the IT world, which have been very popular in the industry, including blockchain, big data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and autonomous shipping.According to Simha, the association is yet to define its priorities in this respect and specific projects would be considered once the association is established.“However, we see some trends in the market such as data standards, blockchain, cybersecurity, that could be of relevance. For example, today, we have hundreds of different types of messages for different ports and terminals around the world, all with the same basic information. That’s an overhead that is inefficient for everyone,” he pointed out, adding it could be important to discuss cyber security best practice in the future association.Digitalization a Matter of SurvivalDigitalization is no longer just a buzzword in the shipping industry, it has been identified as an issue of survival. Namely, those who don’t adopt new digital technologies in the coming years risk being left on the sidelines.“The container shipping industry is at a fairly low start of digitalization (if we compare it with other sectors like the aviation industry). Hence, the future association aims to accelerate and shape digitalization of the industry to help achieve higher level of standardized processes. The idea is to deliver better technological changes to our customers and more quickly compared to working alone,” Simha said.As explained, digitalization benefits include:For Customers: Less red tape and bureaucracy. Better service.For Authorities: One point of contactFor Container shipping lines: Access to best practice and standards, supporting increased inter-operabilityFor Ports and terminal operators: Potential for more efficient collaboration with carriers through use of common technology standards.“Today, implementation of digital technology happens by working in closed silos. It leads to frustration and more bureaucracy for customers and other collaboration partners,” he explained.“We believe all stakeholders in the industry can benefit from digitalization and standardization leading to increased interoperability.”               Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons licenseLiner heavyweights, including Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM have been at the forefront of the industry with numerous projects aimed at transforming the container shipping’s way of doing business and improving its efficiency and productivity.Maersk and IBM teamed up on a blockchain joint venture targeting the need to simplify the entire global shipping ecosystem and the movement of goods across borders and trading zones and make it more transparent.Other liner majors followed suit as well. For example, MSC is supporting the work of Traxens, the supplier of smart-container monitoring solutions, which also counts CMA CGM among its core backers.On the other hand, numerous startups are making their way into the shipping industry with the aim of disrupting business models. Fears have been raised that these startups might be a threat to the traditional players in the industry, especially if they fail to evolve.Nevertheless, Simha thinks that the trend is not something to be seen negatively.“Not at all. The future association plans to develop standards, which both their future members as well as other stakeholders in the industry can adopt, as they will be made available to all freely and this of course includes startups or new comers. Future common standards could be a lever to enable the use of new technologies and improve the way existing solutions from different stakeholders work.”When asked how will the industry cooperation among top-tier carriers impact the separate digitalization initiatives each company has, Simha replied that the association’s work will be the facilitator for more collaboration between the different digital initiatives.“We collaborate on information technology standards and let CEOs and commercial do their part.”In conclusion, when asked whether digitalization, big data and autonomous shipping can live up to the hype we have seen over the recent period, commenting from a personal perspective, Simha said:” I have no doubt that this is the future and we’re on the right track to tackle those challenges and transformations provided we have standards in place.”Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra; Image Courtesy: MSC, PxHere, Pixabaylast_img read more

27 Sep

WATCH: A third of pro-choice women change their view of abortion after seeing this viral video

first_imgLifeSiteNews 24 May 2016Family First Comment: If you’re pro-abortion, please take a couple of minutes to watch thisIt caused a sensation when it debuted, being viewed millions of times in just three months. And now a four-minute-long viral video is dramatically changing hearts and minds about abortion.One-third of women who said they hold “pro-choice” views on abortion had a more negative view of abortion after watching even part of the video, and nearly as many called for abortion to be more strictly regulated.Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions before a life-changing conversion on the issue, narrated four videos for Live Action‘s website, AbortionProcedures.com.The videos use medically accurate terminology and computer animation that is not graphically violent to depict how the four most common forms of abortion are performed, and list the potential health risks each kind poses to the mother.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-one-third-of-pro-choice-women-change-their-view-of-abortion-after-watlast_img read more

24 Sep

Drogba mobbed by fans as he enters race for Cote d’Ivoire football presidency

first_imgChelsea legend, Didier Drogba, was mobbed by thousands of adoring fans as he submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football. The 42-year-old will compete with four other hopefuls for the position after launching his bid in the country’s economic capital Abidjan. The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place on September 5. And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in. Indeed the surrounding streets were full of fans desperate to get a glimpse of their idol, carry banners, and wearing T-shirts adorned with Drogba’s face. However, despite his popularity with football fans in the country, he is still not certain to be on the ballot. Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions. The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players, and referees, according to Reuters.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… center_img And his candidacy has already suffered a big blow after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association controversially did not support him. Drogba said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites. “We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.” The Blues icon added: ”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football. read also:FIFPro axes Ivorian players’ union for not backing Drogba’s FA candidacy “If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.” Drogba represented Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2014, spanning five Africa Cup of Nations and three World Cups. and is the country’s leading scorer with 65 goals from 105 caps. He is also the country’s third most-capped player of all time after Didier Zokora (123) and Kolo Toure (120). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

23 Sep

Arthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91

first_imgArthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91, of Milroy, Indiana area passed away Saturday, September  5, 2020, at Heritage House Nursing Home of Greensburg, Indiana…another victim of the Corona virus. Art was born at midnight, February 11, 1928 and his parents had a choice of the date, choosing February 12, also Lincoln’s birthday.  Art’s birthplace was in southern Decatur County.  He was the son of Benjamin Morton (Mort) and Amelia (Lauer) Cleland.  On July 8, 1956, he married his wife of 64 years, Carolyn J. Hancock, and she survives.  In addition to Carolyn, Art is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Cleland Swenson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merrill Morton, Lester Owen, and Walter Lauer Cleland and sisters Imogene (William) Davis and Marilee (John) Blackledge, and granddaughter, Andrea Lee Swenson. Art was a 1947 graduate of Sandusky High School.  He has attended several schools which no longer exist, including a grade school at Letts Corner and the one-room Woods school in Southeastern Decatur County. He was a member of the Sandusky Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Art worked ten years at Johnston Wholesale Groceries as a semi-driver, during which time he was drafted into the United States Army, 112th Infantry, 28th Division, Company I, obtaining the rank of Corporal. He served in Germany from November 1951 to March 1953.  He enjoyed his Army reunions and remained close to his fellow soldiers. Other jobs included Geis & Hodapp Custom Builders; Shelby Dealers Building Supply Warehouse Manager; Utah International Mining & Construction Company.  In the meantime he remained a farmer in Rush County. For the past 39 years Art and Carolyn were very active in preservation through Indiana Landmarks and Rush County Heritage; saving historic buildings.  Art restored and added to the Somerville Schoolhouse, our home, in Rush County, Indiana.  The largest project he and Carolyn worked on was restoring the Moscow covered bridge, which had been destroyed by a tornado. Art was a diligent worker, loyal friend to many, always willing to help and above all, a loving husband.  Truly, he was “the wind beneath my wings”.  Art especially enjoyed farming, traveling to new places with the RV, building something, his 25 year-old Dodge pick-up and tenderloin sandwiches. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Sandusky Methodist Church, Sandusky, Indiana.  The funeral service will follow at the church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Margaret Lowe officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana, at which time there will be full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert L. Browning Memorial Fund through the Decatur County Community Foundation or to the Sandusky Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

19 Sep

Tennis News This Australian Tennis player smashes two racquets, spits at an official in Cincinnati Masters

first_img Cincinnati: Controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios was fined USD 113,000 after his explosive Cincinnati Masters meltdown which saw him smash two racquets, launch an abusive tirade at the chair umpire before appearing to spit at the official. The ATP said the massive sanction included individual fines for ball abuse, leaving the court without permission, an audible obscenity and unsportsmanlike conduct during his second round loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov. Kyrgios, 24, was warned that he could also face another suspension from the sport once a full investigation has taken place. After the world number 27 lost 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to Khachanov, he called umpire Fergus Murphy a “fuckin’ tool”, refused to shake his hand while spitting in the direction of the chair.  He had earlier been handed a time violation, docked a point and was warned again after leaving the court without permission at the end of the second set after which he was seen to destroy two racquets in the corridor. Kyrgios screamed at Murphy that he was the “worst umpire, hands down”. The various Kyrgios infractions included four fines of USD 20,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct plus another USD 20,000 for verbal abuse.  “In addition to the on-site fines, the ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted,” said an ATP statement. “That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension.”   Kyrgios also had a run-in with Murphy at Queen’s Club in June after he accused a line judge of “match-rigging” and was given a code violation by the umpire. At the Italian Open in Rome on the eve of Roland Garros, he was disqualified and fined for throwing a chair on to court. He has also been at loggerheads with the world’s top two players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal this year.  He accused Djokovic of trying too hard to be liked and blasted the Serb’s post-match “cup of love” celebrations as “cringeworthy”.  Djokovic, Nadal clashesAfter beating Nadal in Acapulco earlier this year, the Spaniard said the Australian “lacked respect”. The pair met in a bad-tempered Wimbledon second round match in which Kyrgios admitted deliberately spearing a forehand directly at Nadal.  “Why would I apologise? I mean, the dude has got how many slams, how much money in the bank account?” said Kyrgios after his four-set defeat. “I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro. I’m not going to apologise to him at all.”   For good measure, Kyrgios picked up a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour and described the umpire as a “disgrace”, claiming his handling of the Centre Court blockbuster as “pathetic” for failing to warn the Spaniard over what he claimed was his pedestrian pace of play.  In 2015, in one of his more notorious outbursts, Kyrgios was fined for making a sexually disparaging remark in Canada about the girlfriend of three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka. The following year, he was banned for eight weeks after being accused of not trying at the Shanghai Masters.  German legend Boris Becker said he was saddened by Kyrgios’s behaviour.  “Absolutely agree that spitting/foul language/tanking should be punished hard but we have dilemma since we want strong personalities lead the sport (Roger/Rafa/Nole),” the six-time Grand Slam title winner tweeted. “NK has the game/charisma/guts but not yet the clarity of thought/maybe never ….it’s a shame.” Nick Kyrgios was fined for making a sexually disparaging remark in Canada in 2015.Kyrgios was banned for eight weeks after being accused of not trying at the Shanghai Masters.Kyrgios was disqualified and fined for throwing a chair on to court. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

18 Sep

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHESTennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matchesLONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL to resume season in Canada next monthUNDATED (AP) — Hockey is the latest sport to finalize a return to competition after NHL owners and players approved an agreement to resume the season. July 11, 2020 The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period that ended Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. Update on the latest sports — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.— Swiss top-tier soccer club Zurich said it had more cases of coronavirus Saturday among its players and staff who are now in home quarantine. Zurich did not specify how many new COVID-19 cases were reported after the initial announcement Friday that a player had tested positive. Zurich’s Swiss Super League games on Saturday against Sion, and on Tuesday at Basel, have been postponed during the 10-day quarantine period through to next Friday. Zurich has seven league games left and it is unclear how that program can be met ahead of UEFA’s Aug. 2 deadline to complete domestic seasons. — German soccer club Union Berlin is offering free coronavirus tests for more than 20,000 fans as part of a plan to hold games in a full stadium in September. The Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) club will offer testing ahead of each game to fans and club staff. Each person must test negative for the virus within 24 hours of kickoff. Union wants to implement the plan in time for the first home league game of the new season, which could be as soon as Sept. 18. The club’s plan is more ambitious than those of other German clubs because it relies on mass testing instead of social distancing. The Berlin city government has a ban in place on mass gatherings until Oct. 24. OBIT-JACK CHARLTON England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players.last_img read more

17 Sep

Urology department gifted $13.3 million

first_imgThe USC Institute of Urology announced Tuesday that it received a $13.3-million donation to fund the institute’s USC Urology Robotics Center of Excellence and the Program for Prostrate Cancer Targeting.Gift · The USC Institute of Urology, located in the Healthcare Consultation Center I, received a $13.3-million anonymous donation. – Photo courtesy of USCThe anonymous gift was presented at the Urology Vision 2012 meeting, held Feb. 7, which highlighted the institute’s progress and advances since Dr. Inderbir Gill, chairman of the USC Urology Institute, arrived at the institute in 2009.President C. L. Max Nikias, who attended the event, said the gift will propel USC to be a global frontrunner in urology.“Today the USC Institute of Urology is an internationally renowned powerhouse in robotic and open surgery. Tomorrow we look forward to being a cutting-edge comprehensive world leader in urology,” Nikias said. “Surgeries that were once considered fantasies are now a fact. Our Institute of Urology is helping redefine and reshape the field of urology.”Gill said the institute focuses on the development and utilization of state-of-the-art technology.“To be successful, you need a market differentiator,” he said. “A true market differentiator implies being the world’s best at a specific endeavor, which also drives your economic engine. You are lucky if you have one true market differentiator. USC urology has two: robotic kidney and prostate cancer surgery and open bladder cancer surgery.”Since Gill’s arrival, the number of major urological surgeries and patient admissions has grown by more than 65 percent annually, having performed more than 2,500 bladder surgeries. Department collections also increased 65 percent between 2010 and 2012.The department, which includes seven clinical sub-specialty centers, has 21 faculty physicians and researchers, 18 urology residents, 10 postgraduate fellows, five physician assistants and 29 staff members.The institute received more than $3 million in research funding from the National Institute of Health in 2012, and was ranked No. 2 in the nation for urology. U.S. News & World Report ranked the institute 18th in the nation.last_img read more

16 Sep

Helton says the QB battle will last another week

first_imgFink’s mindsetDespite speculation that he would look to transfer if he did not win the starting job, Fink emphasized that he remains committed to the program. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Fink said. “I honestly think this is the best spot for me, and at the end of the day, I’m just going to be the best teammate I can be. I’m a USC Trojan for life, no doubt about it.” Freshman quarterback JT Daniels winds up to throw a ball at practice on Tuesday at Howard Jones Field. He’s competing with sophomore Matt Fink and redshirt freshman Jack Sears for the starting spot. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)With just 10 days left until the season opener, head coach Clay Helton remained hesitant to announce the winner of his three-man quarterback competition between true freshman JT Daniels, redshirt sophomore Matt Fink and redshirt freshman Jack Sears. Helton’s decision got even more difficult on Tuesday with Daniels, widely believed to be the frontrunner after his impressive performance throughout training camp, throwing two interceptions in 11-on-11. “The same thing it’s always been – decision making, timing, accuracy,” Helton said, when asked what the factors will be in his choice. “We can fix timing and we can fix accuracy a lot better than we can fix the decision making. The guy that makes the best decision and goes to the right guy with the ball the most often is going to have the best chance to lead us to victory.”Helton acknowledged that Fink has the most experience running the offense since he’s the oldest, yet needs improvement on understanding protections and knowing where his hot routes are. Helton also said that Sears has stood out with his solid arm and athleticism, but still needs to understand the whole offense better. Most notably, however, Helton remained bullish on Daniels. Speaking about Daniel’s interceptions, Helton attributed the turnovers more to the savvy play of USC’s veteran defensive backs, noting the Daniels’ timing and decision making were correct. Helton also downplayed the importance of the mock games.“It’s more of a mental game … trying to get substitutions and working on certain situational stuff,” he said. “There’s not as many full speed routes being thrown.” Helton reiterated that point by saying Saturday’s final mock game will hold little weight in his final decision. “[The focus is] trying to make it as gamelike as possible,” Helton said.  “Substitutions, changing personnel groupings, situations on the QB … all the things that happen in games that make you mad as a coach, and being able to see who’s ready and who needs more time to develop.” Decision DateUnlike the QB competition two years ago between Sam Darnold and Max Browne, which Browne initially won, Helton isn’t under any pressure to give Fink or Sears a chance due to seniority. The general consensus has been that Helton is tempted by the prospect of having Daniels under center for potentially four years, but it appears now as if he is genuinely undecided. Helton explained that he wants to sit down with all three individually and talk to their parents in a private setting first out of respect and honor to all of the guys before ultimately making the announcement. last_img read more