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Goal-line technology to be used in Champions League final

first_imgGoal-line technology will be used at this season’s Champions League final in Milan and Europa League final in Basel, UEFA said on Friday.Greek Theodore Theodoridis will take over as acting general secretary of European football’s governing body, it said, to replace Gianni Infantino who was elected as FIFA president last Friday.Goal-line technology, used to decide whether the ball has completely crossed the line, was approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2012.It has been since been used in major European domestic leagues and at the 2014 World Cup.Theodoridis was previously UEFA’s deputy general secretary.UEFA could hold its presidential election to replace Platini before Euro 2016 if the Frenchman’s appeal is decided by CAS in time, officials said.Platini was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee in December and this week took his case to CAS, sport’s highest tribunal. UEFA has said it will not hold a presidential election until the appeal process has been exhausted.“Whenever there is a (CAS) decision, we can hold immediately a meeting of the executive committee meeting and go through an accelerated process for an election,” Theodoridis told reporters.UEFA’s legal director Alasdair Bell said it was no longer necessary for candidates to register three months before the election.“After we have the (CAS) decision, we can shorten the time for the election from three months to nil, so it’s possible,” he said.The European Championship will be held in France from June 10 to July 10.last_img read more

Overpaid contractors should not be getting more contracts – Bulkan

first_img…says situation being addressedThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has uncovered several cases of contractors who have been overpaid by regional authorities continuing to be awarded contracts although they have not refunded the sums overpaid, thus Central Government is adamant that it has a responsibility to prevent continuation of this unsavoury situation.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan was asked about contractors who, despite being overpaid tax payers’ money, are still being given further contracts. There have been at least two such cases for the year coming to light when the PAC met with Regional Executive Officers (REO) in different regions.“This is being addressed,” he explained. “It’s a serious issue that we have to deal with. I think a lot of the payments have to do with earlier issues, going back to the previous Government. But we have a responsibility to ensure that those contractors being overpaid, they don’t participate.”Bulkan noted that the Ministry is aware of the cases and would take measures to eradicate the practice.Asked specifically what steps are being taken to address overpayment of contractors and to ensure that sums of money budgeted for regions are being used in ways they were intended to be used, the minister reiterated that “the situation is being addressed”.“But this is nothing new,” he declared. “This is an inheritance. Both of these issues are inherited issues. We know (of) contractors who have been overpaid (sums of money, but) who have not responded (to requests that they return the overpayments, yet they) continue participating (in bidding for government contracts). We don’t want that (situation to continue); we want to step aside or purge ourselves of that situation. We are committed to high standards of public accountability and transparency,” Bulkan said.“I think our track record speaks for itself; and it is a proud one, and it differs from (that of) our predecessors,” he contended.The issue of contractors being overpaid came to the forefront in the wake of several PAC meetings in Parliament Chambers, and several regional officials have being grilled by the Committee over red flags raised by the Auditor General’s 2015 Report.At a PAC meeting on April 10, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) REO, Gavin Clarke, told the gathering that the national budget’s resources for the procurement of drugs for Region 10 were not meant to be spent. However, it was brought to the attention of the Committee that there was a severe shortage of several drugs in Region 10 and the money set aside for the purchase of drugs had already been utilised.Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) REO, Rafel Downes, was questioned about overpayment to contractors, and could not provide answers regarding the measures being taken to rectify the situation. Downes has been advised to have the region’s attorney write the defaulting contractors in an effort to recover the sums of money owed.One PAC member also highlighted that at least five of the 11 delinquent contractors had tendered for, and been awarded, additional contracts at the REO’s office, although they had not repaid what they owed the region.PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali has deemed unacceptable this situation in which the regional authorities continue to be recalcitrant in going after these overpayments.In February 2016, Leslie Wilburg, REO of Region One (Barima-Waini), was questioned by the PAC about some $30 million in overpayment made to contractors in 2010 and 2011.He had stated that those contractors had been written to, informing them of the sums of money overpaid to them. But when Wilburg claimed to have sought legal advice from the Communities Ministry in relation to this situation, things went downhill.The PAC ascertained from Permanent Secretary Emil McGarrel of the Communities Ministry that letters Wilburg had sent to the contractors had been copied to the PS, but no legal advice had actually been sought.This, and the fact that some of the overpaid contractors were still doing work for Region One, had caused Ali to put Wilburg out of the Parliament Chambers while the PAC was in session.last_img read more

On 30 years of ‘heartbreak’

first_imgIt’s not often a rock star opens up his bedroom closet to the world. Tom Petty did and the results are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is showcasing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in an exhibit that opened Friday. When representatives from the Rock Hall visited Petty’s Spanish-style ranch in Malibu, in April looking for artifacts, he invited them into his bedroom, then into his rather sizable closet. Petty pulled out a flowered shirt he wore in the video for his biggest chart hit, “Free Fallin’,” and the gray jacket he wore as a member of the esteemed Traveling Wilburys. He also produced a nylon bag of notebooks filled with handwritten lyrics. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We left his house pinching ourselves,” said Howard Kramer, Rock Hall curator. The exhibit comes at a momentous time for Petty, who is on a 30th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers and is releasing his third solo album, “Highway Companion,” on July 25. The band also will be the subject of a documentary being filmed by director Peter Bogdanovich. The exhibit includes a montage of the band’s videos, including the psychedelic, “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Petty’s oversized hat from his “The Mad Hatter” role is a permanent part of the museum’s collection. Petty is the fourth member of the Traveling Wilburys to get the museum’s spotlight treatment this year. It opened an exhibit on Roy Orbison in April and a major exhibit exploring the early years of Bob Dylan’s career in May. An exhibit on George Harrison was on display last year and will reopen this summer.last_img read more

Getting it done

first_imgRe: ” ‘Orange lining’ the Valley” (Our Opinion, Sept. 15): Your editorial shows that once again the Valley is on its own. We can continue to fight over scarce transportation dollars or we can be as innovative as the Orange Line itself. Let’s use Canoga Avenue as our busway. Build only the connector from Canoga to the Chatsworth Metro Link station and forget paving the entire Southern Pacific right of way. By implementing innovative traffic controls on Canoga we can get the service from Warner Center to Metro Link connected now. We can do this much sooner than anyone could imagine and for a fraction of the cost. Let’s get the traffic off Topanga and Canoga and let us show the rest of the MTA cities how it can be done. – Sean McCarthy – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Proposition 87 It is a shame that California took so long to understand the value of the oil revenue that would eliminate state taxes. Proposition 87 could do just that. Texas has had a Proposition 87 for the last 30-plus years. There is no state tax in Texas. There is no reason to have a state tax in California. The oil revenue brings in enough money to pay for all state projects. This means roads, schools, police, prisons, employees, hospitals, etc. The TV ads against Proposition 87 are paid for by the oil industry to protect themselves. If they can fool the California public, good for them. – Edwin T. Cheeks Granada Hills Different flavors Re: “Watching out” (Your Opinions, Sept. 12): You talk of profiling: What did Timothy McVeigh look like? Would the Transportation Safety Administration have profiled him and prevented his boarding a plane? He was white, Roman Catholic (baptized on his way to the death chamber) and served in the U.S. Army. Extremists come in all stripes. – Jill Hughart Burbank Racial profiling Re: “Watching out” (Your Opinions, Sept. 12): So Wynne Ritch thinks racial profiling can be done on people who are Muslims. Muslim is not a race. Many Arabs happen to be Christians, like many Syrians. Many Caucasians are Muslims, like the Chechens. Many blacks are Muslims, like some in Nigeria. Some French citizens are Muslim. Oh, by the way, the “Path to 9/11” was on ABC, not CBS. Just what station were you watching? Confused? Just who will you be checking? – Richard Martin Burbank Farming voters Re: “That worked out well” (Your Opinions, Sept. 14): In general I agree with the writer’s assessment that illegal immigration is a problem to working Americans, but the writer seems to blame liberals for their coming here to do farm work. Considering the fact that the rural areas of California, i.e. farm country, votes primarily Republican, the odds are most of these farmers are Republican. It’s really the Republican conservatives who support big corporations that have undermined American worker wages and have encouraged these “migrants” to come across the border and work for less than an American living wage. Time and time again in recent history Republicans (Tom DeLay, “Duke” Cunningham, etc. …) have shown themselves to value only their own wallet and how to make it fatter. – Howard Barr Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleWest Hills Stirring the pot Re: “Reform burst at LAUSD” (Sept. 13): I believe Roy Romer that the LAUSD has “long-term plans.” All organizations should have “long-term plans.” If the LAUSD did not, they would be remiss in their duties. But, the amazing coincidence is that they are being implemented at this time. Tell the truth, Roy: If the mayor was not stirring up the LAUSD pot, wouldn’t they be just that – “long-term plans”? last_img read more

Double Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning retires

first_imgDouble Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from the sport after a decorated seven-year professional career.The Yeovil-born 31-year-old partnered Helen Glover at London 2012 and Rio 2016, where the pair won gold.The pair also held an unbeaten record dating back to 2011.Stanning, who is currently serving as a major in the army, reflected on a “dream career” which culminated in Rio glory this summer. “It’s hard to identify a key highlight,” she said. “Obviously winning back-to-back Olympic golds is up there, but also our first World Championship gold was a big highlight.“I started rowing for the social and fun side of the sport at university but [coach] Paul Stannard showed me I had potential in the sport and guided me through my early years at under-23s and then on to the senior team.“Winning with Olivia [Whitlam] at under-23s sparked a desire within me to aspire for bigger things.”She added: “I must also thank Eira [Parry] and Miles [Forbes-Thomas] for their help and coaching as Helen and I started out with the team, but partnering with Helen and Robin [Williams] has been the dream career. “I could not have wished for anyone else to share the Olympic journey with.”Glover, who has been alongside Stanning for her achievements in the boat, looks set to continue her career, and paid tribute to her partner.“Heather has been my teammate for six years and in that time has been my voice of logic, a driving force, my friend and my maid of honour,” she said.“I’m fortunate enough to have sat at the start line of two Olympic Games with Heather. There is nobody else I would have wanted in the boat with me in those moments.“She is dependable, determined, and a formidable athlete. The army has given us both incredible support and I am sure she will continue to flourish in her career.“Thank you, Heather, not just for the success we shared, but for making it the most fun journey possible.”British Rowing performance director Sir David Tanner said: “It has been a privilege to work with Heather over the past decade from her induction into rowing through coach Paul Stannard.“In the pair with Helen Glover she raced in one of the most exceptional crews that world rowing has ever seen. “She has balanced this impressively with a successful career in the British Army, which is testament to Heather’s determination and dedication to rowing, combined with a strong relationship with Helen both on and off the water.”last_img read more

Stewart Regan resigns as Scottish FA chief executive

first_img“His resignation comes almost eight years after he took up the position. “During the intervening period he has made a range of changes, including streamlining the Scottish FA committee system, introducing a more transparent and independent disciplinary process, creating a pyramid system, and delivering a new performance strategy.“He also leaves the association in good financial health, having recorded its highest ever profit in 2017.”Regan has recently been leading a Scottish FA sub-committee charged with identifying and recruiting a successor to Gordon Strachan as national team manager. Stewart Regan has stepped down from his role as chief executive of the Scottish Football Association.Regan is leaving his position after a board meeting at Hampden on Thursday.The Scottish FA announced the news in a statement issued after board members left the national stadium.The statement read: “The Scottish FA today announced that chief executive, Stewart Regan, has taken the decision to step down from his position at the association. An approach to Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill failed, leaving Scotland with no manager in charge since November of last year.Regan said: “I have devoted my time in Scotland to modernising, protecting, developing and promoting the game, whilst facing into some extremely challenging head winds during my time in the job. “While it has been tough, I am proud to leave having overseen a period of significant change and substantial growth following the McLeish Report in 2010.“We are now at another staging point and I recognise that it is now time for further change. I have decided to step aside to allow new leadership to take the organisation forward.“I would like to thank the staff for their energy, hard work and support during my tenure. Their love of the game mirrors Scotland’s passion for football and I am proud to have served the association.”Chief Operating Officer, Andrew McKinlay, will manage the day to day business during the interim period.Alan McRae, President, said: “I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to Stewart for his commitment to Scottish football.“He has worked tirelessly and has helped drive through a number of improvements to the governance of the game in the country.“The search for a new Chief Executive will begin immediately as we will continue to drive Scottish football forward on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 10-24-16

first_imgInmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:10-23-2016 – 4:37 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001107 Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001108 Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON Charges:IC 35-43-5-2(C)MA ~ COUNTERFEITING; FORGERY; APPLICATION FRAUD – POSS FRAUDULENT SALES DOCOUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANTIC 35-44.1-2-3(D)MB ~ FALSE INFORMING View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-23-2016 – 2:44 pm MCVEY, CHARLES View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-23-2016 – 2:22 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001095 JOHNSON, LORA View Profile >>> DICKSON, JAMEScenter_img Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001105 Booking Date:10-24-2016 – 3:39 am Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Release Date:10-23-2016 – 7:17 pm Charges:OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT View Profile >>> Booking Date:10-19-2016 – 12:48 pm Charges:IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750IC 35-47-2-1(E)MA ~ CARRYING HANDGUN WITHOUT PERMITIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIAIC 16-42-19-18(FL6) ~ UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SYRINGE Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001106 TERRY, JESSE FAULKNER, DAVID Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON View Profile >>>last_img read more

Smoky Mountain Medical Innovative Readiness Training Offers Free Healthcare to Mountain Residents

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with Swain County Health Department and Clay County Health Department present the Smoky Mountain Medical Innovative Readiness Training.  This clinic will provide medical, dental and optical care to residents ages 2 and up at no cost.  The Smoky Mountain Medical Mission will be held on August 2nd – 10th at Swain County High School and Hayesville High School.  Registration will start at 8 am and will be first come, first served.  Please prepare for potentially lengthy wait times.  There will be a cut off for each service.  We advise that you come early to registration.Veterinary services will be offered August 8th-10th in Swain County at Swain County Recreation (Upper Fields).  This will be for small animals and will include vaccinations and deworming only.  Please bring a collapsible chair and water.  Wait times may be lengthy.In 2014, Swain County Health Department hosted a similar IRT Mission in conjunction with Murphy Medical Center.  During this mission over 8,000 individuals  and 2,600 animals were served .last_img read more

Cartoon: Stalkrs

first_imgRelated Posts rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The Internet (or at least Twitter and MySpace) bade farewell to Trent Reznor and Stephanie Meyer respectively, if not respectfully, last week. Each of them blamed incessant harassment by trolls for their departures.Some may roll their eyes and dismiss these complaints as thin-skinned… but it’s hard to underestimate just how debilitating the deluge of abuse can be. While XKCD offered one ingenious solution to the problem, and others are suggesting an end to anonymity online, I’m inclined to agree with Sarah Perez, who suggests the only real answer, for now, is that celebrities who can’t cope with the torrent of crap should staff up with a communications team to handle it for them.Which would, unfortunately, make social media not much different than most other social venues, at least for celebs. But that might be the price of fame, when any bozo with a ‘net connection can draw you in their sights. Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

OpenStack’s Dirty Little Secret: It Doesn’t Scale

first_imgTags:#Boris Renski#Juniper#Mirantis#OpenStack#Randy Bias#Vijay Vijayasankar Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Matt Asay Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img OpenStack remains the open-source community’s cloud of choice, mustering tens of thousands of minions as it marches on toward cloudy relevance. That same community has turned OpenStack into a morass of competing projects and priorities, but there’s one area where OpenStack dearly needs even more community:Helping it scale.I talked with Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski this week in advance of his company’s announced partnership with Juniper Networks to improve OpenStack scalability. It quickly became clear that as popular as OpenStack is, it has a long ways to go before it’s truly enterprise class.That is, without additional help.Don’t Drink, Don’t Scale, What Do You Do? As popular as OpenStack has been to talk about, it has been less impressive in terms of deployments. As the October 2013 OpenStack user survey reveals, while companies were shifting from proof of concept to production, that production was relatively small.Source: OpenStack User Survey, October 2013 Similar data doesn’t appear to have been released in the November 2014 survey results, and perhaps with good reason: The scale isn’t very impressive.In fact, as I’ve heard from a range of companies, a dirty secret of OpenStack is that it starts to fall over and can’t scale past 30 nodes if you are running plain vanilla main trunk OpenStack software.That’s a pretty damning indictment, yes, though perhaps less cause for concern than originally appears. After all, as OpenStack pioneer Randy Bias has suggested recently, there’s no such thing as “vanilla OpenStack.” As such, he posits that those interested in running OpenStack should “Dial into the right level of ‘lock-in’ that you are comfortable with from a strategic point of view that meets the business requirements.”Juniper To The RescueOpenStack adopters may cite “ability to innovate,” “open technology,” “cost savings,” and “avoiding vendor lock-in” as their top four reasons for embracing OpenStack, but the cloud technology’s inherent scalability problems means that anyone that wants to run it at significant scale is going to need to “dial into lock-in.”See also: Software-Defined Networking: What It Is, How It Works, Why It MattersAs Renski tells me, one significant, but necessary, area of lock-in is giving OpenStack users a software-defined networking (SDN) fabric to deploy OpenStack clouds at scale. SDNs basically take over the role of directing network traffic between the physical servers used in cloud deployments, rerouting packets on the fly depending on demand and congestion.Though Mirantis initially chose VMware to help power this with NSX, they’re now adding Juniper’s Contrail Networking, as well as OpenContrail for those that want to minimize lock-in.While OpenContrail lags Contrail in terms of functionality, it’s still a step up from Mirantis’ past dealings with VMware. As Renski told me, “Companies needed NSX to scale. They had to pay the VMware scale tax. No longer.”Of course, now they have to pay the Juniper scale tax, but at least they have choice, right? Renski continues:NSX is an Achilles heel because Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and networking in the enterprise is typically a big decision traditionally driven by independent groups in the organization, not necessarily the same groups that are making OpenStack-related decisions. Many companies will choose NSX, but many will choose Juniper or other fabrics. And in cases where NSX was not chosen, VIO will end up getting locked out. Hence it is an opportunity for Mirantis to win more business as the Switzerland of Openstack by being pure play and partnering with Juniper Networks    In other words, Mirantis is positioning itself to benefit whichever SDN a company may choose to use to scale OpenStack, though they don’t obviate the lock-in problem.The Myth Of No Lock-inWhich isn’t really a big problem. No matter the software you choose, and whatever its license, there is always lock-in. As my former MongoDB colleague Vijay Vijayasankar notes:@Chris_Gaun @mjasay everything has some lockin aspect . Multi year contracts , lack of interoperability and portability all contribute to it— Vijay Vijayasankar (@vijayasankarv) March 18, 2015Going back to Bias’ point, the trick is always to determine the amount of lock-in you’re willing to accept. For those companies that want OpenStack at scale, they’re going to need to embrace a certain amount of lock-in, at least where the SDN is concerned. Even if they elect to go with open source pure-play Red Hat, which I’ve encouraged in the past, the minute a company opts for a particular distribution, there is lock-in. It’s not a simple matter of rip-and-replace to dump one vendor for another, not in a world that has no vanilla distribution.In short, you’re going to need to lock yourself into some technology to make OpenStack work for you. Better get used to it.UPDATE: The original version of this article attributed the “dirty little secret” quote to Boris Renski, which is inaccurate. This was the author’s words, not Renski’s. We apologize for the confusion.Photo by JD Hancock How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more