Tis the season for doorstep stealing Shoppers vent about delivery security

first_imgTodd Bailey is fed up with delivery companies that drop his online purchases at his door.A few years ago, the Grande Prairie, Alta., resident was at the hospital for the birth of his child when a big-screen TV he had ordered was left on his front stoop.Bailey figures the enormous box, a target for would-be thieves, was there nearly 24 hours. The frequent online shopper has been repeatedly frustrated that expensive purchases have been left unattended rather than transported to a safe location like a post office.“It’s not the first time but it still surprises me when you come home and there’s a big package on your doorstep out there for everyone to see,” Bailey says.“I think the assumption is it’s being delivered to a person and not to an address. The assumption is it’s being delivered to go inside the house.”For some shoppers, having a package left at their home — especially if it’s placed in an inconspicuous spot — is preferable to trekking to a faraway depot that’s always busy.But Facebook neighbourhood groups and local news broadcasts are now frequently reporting on thieves caught on home security cameras stealing packages left outside.On Thursday, Bailey tweeted a photo to Purolator of a box left against his door. It was a Christmas gift from his mother for his seven-year-old son.“It’s almost too easy (for a thief),” he says. “It just boggles your mind.”In response to his tweet, a customer service representative for Purolator replied: “Our delivery service requires a signature however if the sender selects the signature-not-required service, and there’s no risk of it being stolen or damaged, we’ll honour it.”There are no easy answers for consumers who are victims of theft.In an email, a Purolator spokeswoman said “the receiver should notify local authorities. They can also file a claim with Purolator.”Meanwhile, Canada Post and UPS Canada both say shoppers should contact the retailer. FedEx Canada did not respond to an interview request but a page on its website invites customers to file a claim if a package is lost.Amazon.ca shoppers are told — if they read the legalese in the site’s conditions of use — that “risk of loss and title for items purchased from Amazon.ca pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier or, if such items must cross an international border, then risk of loss and title pass to you when they clear customs.”Amazon added in a statement that “the vast majority of deliveries make it to customers without issue. In the rare case something occurs, we work with customers directly to make it right.”The Seattle-based company thinks it’s solved the problem with its new Amazon Key product, which allows a customer’s door to be wirelessly unlocked to accomodate a delivery. A camera records the drop-off to protect against anything inappropriate and the door locks as soon as the delivery is complete. The service is not yet available in Canada.Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton agrees that package theft is still “a small issue that gets a lot of attention,” but could not provide any figures on how many complaints the organization receives.While he acknowledged it does happen, he notes the volume of parcel deliveries is at an all-time high.“What we have right now with (holiday) online shopping is we’re delivering over one million parcels a day across the country,” says Hamilton, noting the postal service hit that daily marker 60 times this year.He invites shoppers that are afraid of theft to use Canada Post’s FlexDelivery service, which allows online purchases to be directed to a post office for pickup.But some Canada Post locations have been overloaded by packages being stored for online shoppers. On Friday, there were six across the country that were jammed full and unable to accept any new deliveries.“The one part of the process we can’t control if a parcel goes to a post office is when people will pick it up. About 80 per cent of the parcels that are dropped off at a post office get picked up within three days and there’s about 20 per cent that will linger,” Hamilton says.“And at this time of year when more and more parcels are arriving every day with online shopping, that can add up.”He added that one major retailer’s recent sale on the Instant Pot wrecked havoc with Canada Post’s network, given how large the cooking devices are.“(We) were chock-a-block with Instant Pots … so you can imagine how that could eat up a lot of space in a short period of time.”Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers’ Association of Canada, says e-commerce is still in its relative infancy so it’s not surprising that there are inefficiencies in the delivery process.He also believes that on a percentage basis, the number of packages being stolen is small.“Consumers love the convenience and at the moment, I don’t think there’s an immense danger in people looking to take deliveries,” Cran said.“I don’t get the impression at the moment that it’s anywhere near the quantity that would prevent us from utilizing these services. We value being able to order on Thursday night and maybe get it on Friday morning.”last_img read more

Reflecting upon the transient nature of female mind

first_imgA bureaucrat by profession and novelist by choice, Dr Rashmi Kamal, launched her debut work on fiction ‘The Philanderer’ at Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata on March 3, 2019. The launch was held in the gracious presence of Jogen Chowdhary, eminent painter; and Subodh Sarkar, an accomplished writer as well as the Chairman, Poetry Academy, Government of West Bengal.The story of ‘The Philandered’ gives two aspects of how people live in India and how they ought to live a dilemma that has no respite. A story of a restless mind. Expressed in a clear yet silent voice, the protagonist of the story is a small town girl who meets the elite section of the city on her journey, around whom the story is woven. The story begins with a prohibitive note, a taboo about the social norms in which the females ought to live in a society. The wings that Reva aspires to use as a symbol of freedom is trimmed by herself in bits and pieces due to her emotional turbulence. Losing for her (any battle) is like a setback created by her own hands. In this process, she runs after a mirage and she is never complacent. Neil, who happens to be her first love, has an everlasting impression on her. His image is perceivable in every man she meets in her life. She looks for him among every bit and pieces of everything that she comes across. Having no solace anywhere, she agrees for a marriage in which she has no interest. But the pain never withers. She looks for the connect everywhere. She knows her actions would be eventually scrutinised by society but she can’t restrain herself. She goes with the flow and leaves falling with the zephyr. She befriends Shiv only to discover that he wasn’t true to her. Dejected and shamed by him, she finds comfort in the arms of Raj who loves her truly. Fate has something in store for her when he leaves her too. Her love for Raj grows in abundance once he is no more, something that she never realized when he was available for him. Never did she imagine that Neil was looking for her, from behind, everywhere and every time. The novel reflects upon the transient nature of a female mind. The writer has put down all flavours to romanticise every situation that arises. Being her debut novel, the author quotes, “I have tried to pour in as many human feelings as possible, for the readers to instill a bout of empathy with the characters with whom I ate, drank and slept for last few years.” It is not renunciation. It is not reconciliation either. It is not even a decision. She doesn’t surrender her independence or her native wit. But there is a change, an acceptance that the readers cannot miss. Rashmi Kamal, by profession a doctor turned bureaucrat, she has qualified civil services for her greater dreams for the nation. She is originally from a small town Bhagalpur. The experiences from Patna Medical College have left long-lasting footprints on her journey and Kolkata is the melting point of her cognition. In her debut novel ‘The Philanderer’ she explores the uncharted mind of a woman who undergoes upheaval in life and refuses how it is supposed to be, thus, she quotes ” Bold insertions were not necessary but very much required, simply to establish a connection with thousands of readers who live and love life like my characters.”last_img read more

Ivory Coast Honors CEO of Attijariwafa Bank With National Order Medal

Rabat –  The Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Ivory Coast, Henriette Diabaté, presented the medal of Commander of the National Order of Ivory Coast to Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of Attijariwafa Bank.  Acting on behalf of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, Diabaté honored the bank CEO on July 22 at the Grand Chancellery of National Order of Ivory Coast in Abidjan.Among the 150 guests who attended the ceremony were the Ambassador of Morocco to Ivory Coast as well as several Ivorian Ministers. Members of the Attijariwafa bank, Ivorian Bank Corporation (SIB, subsidiary of the group), other local subsidiaries of the Group, corporate clients of the Attijariwafa bank in Ivory Coast, and heads of partner organizations of the SIB also attended the award giving. Speaking on this occasion, Diabaté congratulated El Kettani for “the quality and volume” of Attijariwafa Bank’s activities in Ivory Coast at a time when Morocco represents the first African economic partner of Ivory Coast.“I am particularly happy to see in you a figure and a symbol of thecontinuity of the friendly relations between our two countries,” affirmed Diabaté.A press release from Attijariwafa bank group mentioned that “this distinction is a recognition of the commitment of the group, and of Mr. El Kettani, for the consolidation of Moroccan-Ivorian relations in particular and for strengthening South-South cooperation in general.”El Kettani noted that this distinction is for him as well as for all the group’s employees. He sees it as an encouragement to continue the efforts made for an efficient and inclusive South-South cooperation.“In the space of a few years, our Ivorian subsidiary (SIB) has become a major player in household financing, since it granted, on average, 15,000 consumer loans per year,” said El Kettani. read more

Moroccan Hotels Top the Charts in Travel Leisures 2019 Worlds

Rabat – Marrakech’s Royal Mansour and Kasbat Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains won their categories.Travel + Leisure runs an annual competition, where readers of the famous monthly travel magazine vote for their favorite hotels based on the quality of the rooms and facilities, location, service, food, and value.This year, readers voted the Royal Mansour of Marrakech as the best city hotel in North Africa and the Middle East.  It is yet another award for the luxury hotel in the heart of Marrakech. In 2018, the Royal Mansour won 7 awards including the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide annual award and the World Luxury Spa Award.The hotel was commissioned by the King of Morocco. It is spread over five stories and an estate, with multiple restaurants, 53 riads, and a 2,500 square meter spa. Many guests report having an “exceptional experience” on TripAdvisor. “Positively amazing in every way. [sic] This was our 4th time to the Royal Mansour – you are treated like royalty from the moment you arrive until the second you leave,” says one guest. For another, “the surroundings/service/décor/food/everything [were] the best I have ever experienced in a hotel.” The riads cost between $1,195 and $6,752 per night. Of the nearly 600 reviews, most are excellent, although some are more critical. “The common area is filled with people posing and taking photos,” complained one reviewer. “The design might appeal to some guests, but for my taste, it screamed gaudy and pretentious,” they added. A minority report having a “terrible” or “poor” experience. “Pure esthetics over genuine service and quality,” reports one guest. “For those with more money than sense,” finds another.Read also: Three Moroccan hotels among four best hotels in AfricaFor Travel + Leisure readers though, the Royal Mansour deserves recognition.Marrakech’s Four Seasons Resort and the famous Mamounia Hotel, also both made it to the top ten list.Travel + Leisure also awards the readers’ “top five resort hotels in North Africa and the Middle East” located outside major cities. Kasbat Tamadot won this category.Kasbah Tamadot is the former governor’s mansion at the base of the Atlas mountains. The 28 room hotel near the Toubkal, Morocco’s highest summit an hour’s drive south of Marrakech is owned by the British entrepreneur Richard Branson.The hotel has collected hundreds of positive reviews on Trip Advisor. “100% over the top AMAZING,” says one guest. “The place will make your draw drop! Wow!,” says another. “When you arrive at the hotel, it feels almost magical. The grounds are unbelievably beautiful, complete with a pool overlooking endless breathtaking views,” describes another.But you can’t please everyone. “Seriously disappointing! In fact, pretty downright awful,” complains a guest.“The fixed smile Branson-worshipping management, recently transferred from the Caribbean, were irritating to everyone we talked to and were better suited to a Virgin gym reception than a Moroccan hideaway in the mountains,” criticizes another.The rooms and suites cost between $600 and $2,700 a night in the low season. read more

Latin American and Caribbean exports drop 24 per cent in 2009 UN

7 January 2010The value of total exports from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2009 fell 24 per cent compared to the previous year due to the global economic crisis, according to a new United Nations study released today. The value of imports in the region also declined by 25 per cent, according to “International Trade in Latin America and the Caribbean 2009: Crisis and Recovery,” published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).The 24 per cent drop in the value of the region’s exports represents a combined 15 per cent decline in value and 9 per cent decrease in volume. “This simultaneous decrease in price and volume is unprecedented in recent history. The last similar situation took place in 1937,” states the report, which updates a study published last August.It also stated that although both exports and imports declined significantly, the drop is not as bad as during the first part of 2009, when they declined by 31 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively. This implies a better outlook for 2010, according to a news release issued by ECLAC.The report attributed the “economic recovery” in the last quarter of 2009 to, among others, the partial rise in the price of several commodities, such as copper, zinc, oil, wheat and soya, and the strong demand from China since the second quarter of last year. Significant differences were also cited between countries and subregions. While exports diminished 42 per cent in Venezuela and 32 per cent in Andean countries as a whole, they decreased 29 per cent in the Caribbean, 22 per cent in Mexico and Chile, and only 6 per cent in Central America (excluding Mexico). Mining and oil exports fared the worst, according to the study, with an average decline of 42.3 per cent from January to September 2009. Meanwhile, manufactured products dropped 25.4 per cent and agricultural and livestock exports decreased 18.4 per cent. Last month ECLAC predicted that Latin America and the Caribbean will bounce back faster than expected from the global financial crisis, with growth projected at over 4 per cent in 2010. In its annual report, the Commission said it expects positive growth rates for most countries in the region, but notes there are still doubts about whether the recovery will be sustainable, since external scenarios remain uncertain and could impact the area. read more

PM designate seeks backing on National issues

Wickremesinghe said he was ready to take oaths as Prime Minister and pledged to work for the betterment of his people. “We will carry this forward as I will take oaths as Prime Minister and I have discussed with President Maithripala Sirisena the need to take this concept forward where we all need to build a consensus on our national policies,” he added.Wickremesinghe who ousted former President Mahinda Rajapakse and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the parliamentary polls said that he would now put forward a national plan which would require all parties to work together. “We want everyone to come together now. Think of the country and think of the people. We can achieve unity and progress in this country if we work together even for two to three years for the sake of the people,” he said.“Together with the president and all party leaders we will be looking forward to having a new era of politics and government in this country,” he added.Wickremesinghe is to take oaths tomorrow as Prime Minister after which his new Cabinet will be appointed. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister designate Ranil Wickremesinghe, today sought the support of all political parties represented in Parliament to work together on National issues.The Prime Minister made the appeal when making a brief statement to the media at Temple Trees today. “On Aug 17 the people of this country exercising their franchise in the parliamentary election confirmed the Jan. 8 revolution and the good governance we have started,” he said. read more

UN rights expert on arbitrary executions set to visit Afghanistan

A United Nations human rights expert is set to undertake a fact-finding mission later this month to look into extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in Afghanistan, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced today.Asma Jahangir, a Special Rapporteur of the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights, is scheduled to begin her 10-day visit on 13 October in Kabul. During the mission, Ms. Jahangir is slated to meet with Government officials and UN representatives. She is also expected to visit a number of cities and towns, where she will meet with local authorities, international agencies and others concerned.”I will endeavour to meet all relevant parties and interlocutors in order to make a balanced and independent assessment,” said Ms. Jahangir, who is expected to prepare a report on her visit for the next session of the Commission in March.The mission, which came at Ms. Jahangir’s request, was agreed to by the Government of Afghanistan and supported by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). read more

UN envoy to Afghanistan says positive trends must spread to south

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today reported economic growth in the war-ravaged nation, but emphasized that strengthened cooperation with Pakistan is key to stability in their volatile border region. Briefing reporters in Kabul, Tom Koenigs, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has risen by 13.8 per cent, up from 8 per cent last year. But growth was only found in three quarters of the country, he said, acknowledging that the security situation in the south has not stabilized. “That is where we have to improve. I say explicitly ‘we’ because UNAMA will try to take its share [of responsibility] to improve the situation,” he said. “We will try to increase our presence in the southern provinces in the course of this year to support the Government to function and to improve their functions.”Mr. Koenigs, who met recently with officials in Pakistan, said they are “aware that they have to prevent a Talibanization of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”During his meetings in Pakistan, he said he urged the Government to continue its cooperation with Afghanistan on security issues.Responding to questions, he pointed out that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are fighting in the border regions the Talibanization through military actions against Al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists.“You know that the Pakistani Army and the Afghan National Army are losing soldiers in this battle,” he said. “Civilians are dying on both sides and there is a clear knowledge that stability in Afghanistan and stability in Pakistan are closely linked.”Emphasizing that security operations must be accompanied by improved governance, he voiced optimism that change would come. “I think the efforts being made at this moment in the southern provinces are very promising,” he said. “Looking back over the last four years, the security situation has improved and quite a number of conflicts have ceased to exist, and that is why we are optimistic.”He emphasized that peace lies in tolerance and not extremism. “Extremists, terrorists and other enemy action in Afghanistan will only lead to what you have experienced in the last decades,” he said.“The international community and the United Nations are clearly committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism and extremism.” read more

Choppy trading likely this week amid heavy slate of earnings economic data

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market is in for more choppy trading this week amid a heavy slate of earnings and economic data and an investment climate without massive stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve.“It’s just going to be a flood of news coming out,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets.“It will be interesting to see (if) the markets can build on that. (Or) are the markets just going to top out again and come back down?”Traders will digest the latest reading on U.S. manufacturing and factory orders and find out if the European Central Bank plans more stimulus aimed at staving off recession in the eurozone. Canadian data includes manufacturing shipments.And at the end of the week, employment data for the U.S. and Canada will be released.Meanwhile, it’s a heavy week for earnings, with reports from heavyweights including Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), Enbridge (TSX:ENB), insurers Sun Life (TSX:SLF) and Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO), Tim Horton’s (TSX:THI), Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).The TSX ended last week ahead 69 points or 0.5 per cent as stocks continue to claw back some of the losses racked up during a sell-off that peaked mid-October.The Dow industrials fared much better, gaining 585 points or 3.5 per cent and actually ending the week at a new record high.But the Toronto market is weighed down by the resource sector, with the gold component in particular taking a hammering last week. It lost a good 15 per cent as bullion prices fell sharply in the wake of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would end its massive bond purchases, or quantitative easing, at the end of October.The showing last week left the Toronto market down 7.25 per cent from its early September highs, although still ahead 7.1 per cent year to date.Cieszynski said it will be tough for the Toronto market to improve on its performance because of weakness in the commodity sectors. The energy sector has also been losing ground as oil prices try to find a floor around US$80 a barrel amid lower demand and rising supplies.South of the border, Cieszynski said that with New York indexes recovering all or most of the losses sustained during the fall retracement, it’s tough to see a catalyst that would lift these markets further.“We’ve already had the rally in the last couple of weeks,” he observed.“The U.S. isn’t stimulating any more, the earnings are OK but they’re not a total barn burner and there have been enough misses that you have to wonder — and the longer you wait, the closer the interest rate hikes come (from the Fed).”On the economic front, traders are particularly anxious to see how job creation held up in Canada and, especially the U.S., in October.U.S. job growth has been pegged at 228,000, slightly lower than the September gain of 248,000 with the jobless rate holding steady at 5.9 per cent.At the same time, markets may be at a point where good economic data can be viewed in a negative light as it raises concerns that the Fed could act on upping interest rates sooner than thought.“That’s kind of the environment that I think we are in right now,” said Philip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management. “It’s a guessing game as to how is the Fed going to view this data.”But he also pointed out that the Fed has a problem in raising rates. While it would like to raise rates closer to more historic norms, economic weakness in the rest of the world makes this difficult.“Just imagine the reaction in the currency markets if the Fed indicated they were going to start raising rates when the rest of the world was cutting. That actually hurts U.S. businesses — 46 per cent of S&P 500 earnings come from outside the U.S. so this is a headwind.”Meanwhile, in Canada, data is likely to show that job growth stalled in October following the huge 74,000 gain in September. Economists looked for the economy to have shed about 8,000 jobs in October, but the jobless rate should stay unchanged at 6.8 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Choppy trading likely this week amid heavy slate of earnings, economic data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2014 8:00 am MDT read more

CRC ORE and Austmine in new partnership

first_imgThe CRC for the Optimisation of Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) and Austmine have launched a new partnership “to deliver the next wave of innovation in mining and create new export opportunities for Australia’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services [METS] sector.” The partnership “provides a framework for collaboration between the mining industry, research institutions and the METS sector to develop the innovative solutions needed to ensure Australia retains its position as a global leader in mining.”Speaking at the launch of partnership and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, CRC ORE Chair Jonathan Loraine acknowledged the challenges currently faced by the mining industry and emphasised that “the next wave of significant productivity improvements will require a whole-of-business system approach”.This is the core focus of CRC ORE. “CRC ORE will develop an advanced manufacturing approach for mining; targeting operational inefficiencies, reducing energy use, and enabling economic recovery of lower-grade ore deposits. The approach will generate the business case required to activate numerous latent technologies by defining value in the context of system-wide manufacturing principles. This will stimulate creation and expansion of global markets for METS companies that support the mining sector by delivering productivity improvements made possible through innovation.”Loraine recognised that the participation of Australia’s METS sector would be critical to the success of the CRC. “It is these organisations…that have the skills, expertise and vision to help take innovations from the laboratory to the mine and ultimately to the market.” As the peak body representing the METS sector, Austmine is at the helm of one of Australia’s most innovative and successful industries. In 2012, the METS sector invested in excess of A$1.6 billion in research and development and generated A$90 billion in gross annual revenue.Chair of Austmine Elizabeth Lewis-Gray welcomed the MoU. “Austmine promotes the Australian METS sector globally and encourages the advancement of innovation and technology in mining. This partnership will create opportunities for the Australian METS sector to collaborate with large end-users and globally renowned researchers. Many of our companies are small and medium enterprises which would not otherwise have the capacity to be involved in research and innovation at this scale. The establishment of a mining innovation exchange will ensure Austmine members have access to regularly updated information on the latest technologies under development and the opportunity to commercialise research outcomes. This will support long-term growth in our technology and service export markets”.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand profoundly sorry for comments about Michael Jacksons accusers

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin Barbra Streisand ‘profoundly sorry’ for comments about Michael Jackson’s accusers Allegations about the late singer have surfaced in the documentary Leaving Neverland. 62 Comments Barbra Streisand Image: Sonia Moskowitz via PA Images Share126 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4558493 51,974 Views “I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives,” she said, addressing the allegations. “I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them,” she said.Members of the Jackson family have denied the allegations and defended Michael Jackson.  Image: Sonia Moskowitz via PA Images Source: Barbra Streisand/Twitter https://t.co/VYQLQullhd pic.twitter.com/10MluYcCWp— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 23, 2019 Short URL Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 3:29 PM Mar 24th 2019, 3:29 PM Barbra Streisand BARBRA STREISAND HAS apologised over her comments about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, which she said “didn’t kill them”. In an interview with The Times, the actress and singer said she “absolutely” believed the allegations made by Wade Robson (36) and James Safechuck (41) in the recently released documentary Leaving Neverland.However, she added that Jackson’s alleged actions “didn’t kill them”. “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there,” Streisand told the newspaper.“They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”When asked if she was angry with the late singer over the allegations, Streisand added: “It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him.” Allegations about the late singer have surfaced in the documentary Leaving Neverland, where two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, outline the abuse they say they were subjected to.Both Safechuck and Robson allege that Jackson abused them, gaining their families’ trust and manipulating them into keeping their sexual relations secret.Streisand has since posted an apology on social media, saying she is “profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding” she caused by not choosing her words more carefully. last_img read more

Vic Govt unveils language vision for schools

first_imgMany more Prep students in Victoria will be learning a language by 2015 according to a far-reaching plan announced by the state government. The bold initiative to increase and improve the teaching of languages in Victorian schools and to reverse a 30 per cent decline over the last ten years in the number of primary schools offering a language was unveiled this week at the launch of The Victorian Government’s Vision for Languages Education. Hosted by Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras, the launch announced new scholarships for teachers, as part of the Coalition government’s expressed commitment that all government school students in Victoria, from Prep to Year 10, would be learning a language by 2025. The Education Minister also announced that the government’s vision would be implemented by offering start-up grants to schools to encourage the introduction of languages programs. Scholarships of up to $20,000 for undergraduate teachers and $50,000 for schoolteachers to become qualified languages teachers, and a Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching at Victoria’s TAFE institutes will be introduced. Mr Dixon said the Victorian Government had already trained 30 languages teachers to teach subjects such as science and history in another language, and funded 14 school clusters involving 103 schools to trial new approaches to languages education.The minister reported that the Victorian Government had already provided $16.3 million to accredited Community Languages Schools to support after-school-hours languages education for students, and $280,000 to enhance the sister-school program, linking Victorian schools with schools across Australia and overseas. “The Victorian Government knows that when students learn another language they also improve their first language, develop better problem solving skills, and increase their awareness and respect of other people and cultures,” Mr Dixon said. Claire Read, Principal of Lalor North Primary School, told Neos Kosmos that the new support offered was warmly welcomed. “There’s a lot of research which shows that bilingual students have better outcomes overall. At Lalor North we have many students who are learning two languages and developmentally it’s really positive for them.” Lalor North, which began its Greek language program in the 1970s, has a long established commitment to languages education and currently offers three language options for Prep and Grade 1. “Many people think it may be difficult or confusing for them, but actually we have students that move between two languages with great facility,” said Ms Read, adding that despite a crowded curriculum, in her experience introducing and expanding languages education had huge benefits. “When you see students who are able to communicate in different languages the learning outcomes improve; it’s fantastic and it’s worth giving it a go.” Jean Hellerud, Principal of Clarinda Primary School, renowned for its Greek program from Prep to Grade 6, also welcomed the announcement. “It’s very good news. We’re a small school on a small budget and I would love to be able to teach an Asian language. Perhaps the new start-up grants can help us,” said Ms Hellerud, who believes sustaining the teaching of a new language would be the challenge. “It’s the long-term funding of it that would become an issue.” Multicultural Minister Nicholas Kotsiras said he believed Victoria owed it to its young people to equip them with the linguistic and intercultural skills needed to succeed in a competitive and globalised world. “When we look overseas, we see languages being taught as a central part of the curriculum and we see how these nations capitalise on the success of their bilingual and multilingual citizens. “The non-English speaking world – including our closest neighbours and most important trading partners – are learning English in addition to their own languages. Imagine the opportunities and possibilities if we in Victoria are doing the same.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sinodinos slams foreign aid backflip

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the federal government’s announcement that $375 million will be diverted from its foreign aid budget in 2012/2013 to pay for the spiralling costs of asylum seekers released into the community, the decision has met a wave of protest, including from those within its own ranks. With its border protection policies costing way beyond the government’s expectations, and its commitment to returning the budget to surplus next year, Treasury is looking to every corner of public expenditure in an effort to meet the target. Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr told reporters: “If you’re providing support for refugees, or potential refugees on your home turf, that’s regarded as equivalent to providing support for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Sudan. “It is internationally accepted that spending on potential refugees onshore is the same as spending it on the same people offshore.” The controversial decision means deferring or cutting foreign aid projects to provide $375 million until June 2013 in order to provide basic services for refugee applicants in Australia. Coalition Senator Arthur Sinodinos told Neos Kosmos that the reallocation of funds was detrimental to Australia’s prestige, and more importantly those who relied on the aid overseas. “It’s not within the spirit of our aid program to be providing assistance in this manner for a domestic purpose, as opposed to helping people abroad. “The problem is that the Government has been running up a very high bill in terms of meeting the costs of processing and they’re looking around for budget-neutral ways to do it. “There’s already been a $6.5 billion border protection blow-out across the board. This pipeline has been allowed to build up too much over time.” Mr Sinodinos said the fact that Labor Party backbencher Melissa Parke has called the move “counterproductive”, and one NSW Labor MP – Janelle Saffin – has threatened a mass campaign targeted at the Treasurer’s office to protest, showed how the Government’s action has been widely deplored. The Senator added that the Coalition would have avoided the massive extra border protection costs at the heart of the re-allocation. “If we were in government I don’t believe there would have been this flow of boat people to Australia. “The budget would have been under more control, because the problem would have been under more control.” Mr Sinodinos said the budget transfer was particularly ill-judged in relation to Australia’s recent appointment to a seat on the UN Security Council. “We would have made aid commitments as part of our campaign for the seat, so we’re in a situation where we may be abrogating some of those commitments. It’ll be seen as another broken promise.” Acting Opposition Leader Julie Bishop echoed the Senator’s comments, saying that aid promised was a key element of Australia’s pitch to the UN – that it would increase its aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income. “They have mislead countries into voting for them,” Ms Bishop told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday. She also criticised Senator Carr for trying to “sneak” the news of the aid diversion out before Christmas. “There can be no more excuses for Bob Carr … this is a direct attempt to take money away from developing countries overseas to make up for their border protection failings.” Indonesia is the largest recipient of foreign aid from Australia ($578 million). Papua New Guinea is the second largest ($491 million) and the Gillard government is now the third largest recipient. Meanwhile, in evidence provided to a parliamentary inquiry this week, refugee advocate Paris Aristotle told the inquiry that asylum seekers attempting to get to Australia by sea would increase in 2013. “At the current rate … we could see upwards of 25,000 to 30,000 people coming. There is simply no way the navy has the capacity to get to every boat that will get into distress in those circumstances,” said Mr Aristotle.last_img read more

Les premiers Nokia Lumia réfractaires à Windows phone 8

first_imgLes premiers Nokia Lumia réfractaires à Windows phone 8 !Les anciens smartphones Nokia n’accepteraient pas de passer de Windows Phone 7 à son successeur. Un problème technique qui pourrait impacter autant Microsoft que Nokia…Les utilisateurs équipés de smartphones pourvus du système d’exploitation Windows Phone 7 ne parviennent pas à installer Windows Phone 8… et la liste de toutes les améliorations promises. Frustrant !Selon Les Échos, les premiers smartphones de la gamme Lumia -sans plus de précisions – seraient incompatibles avec Windows Phone 8. La principale cause à cela : l’architecture du système d’exploitation qui bénéficie d’un noyau NT et non Windows CE. Voilà qui contrarie les plans de Nokia qui ambitionnait de revenir au premier plan des ventes de smartphones. Les ventes d’appareil Nokia pourraient en effet souffrir durablement d’un tel problème, empêchant l’évolution du système d’exploitation…Un expert d’Exane-BNP Paribas a ainsi commenté cette nouvelle dans Les Échos : “l’incompatibilité des actuels Lumia avec Windows 8 pourrait affecter la demande des consommateurs au deuxième et au troisième trimestre, causant une grande dépression dans les ventes de smartphones de Nokia”. Mais pour Microsoft, c’est également l’image même de Windows Phone qui pourrait se trouver écornée. D’autant plus que l’OS peine à dépasser les 2% de parts de marché actuellement…Le 12 avril 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Prime Minister Minnis and Minister Henfield Visit the Bahamas Embassy in Washington

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, December 20, 2017 – Washington, DC – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield and Mrs. Deidre Henfield on Friday, December 15, 2017 visited and toured the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas & Consular Annex in Washington, DC, with Ambassador, His Excellency Sidney Collie & Consul General, Mr. Theo Neilly.The visit preceded a Reception the next evening for Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas residing in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)last_img

Sesame Street muppet Grover might have dropped the F bomb in this

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. The Cheapskate I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Boost Mobile $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It $6 at Tidal Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read the AirPods review null Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sesame Street’s Grover. James Martin/CNET The internet may have found itself a new “Yanny or Laurel”-like obsession.A Reddit user posted a six-second video from Sesame Street on Thursday titled “Seriously did Grover just drop the Fbomb??” People are hearing the muppet saying either “Yes, yes, that’s a f**king excellent idea” or “Yes, yes, that sounds like an excellent idea.”The Reddit thread has already had over 84,000 upvotes. What do you hear? The “Yanny or Laurel” obsession stormed the internet in May when a Reddit user shared a clip that had people hearing different words and busily debating which was correct. The audio illusion was much like the famous dress of 2015 that some people saw as blue and black and others perceived as white and gold. Sesame Workshop didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Rylo $520 at HP See It Online Audio TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET 9 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 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. See at Amazon Comments Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy 0 Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazonlast_img read more

Iditarod reaches a turning point in Nikolai

first_imgThe village of Nikolai was bustling all day as dog teams pulled in and out of the sixth checkpoint on the Iditarod trail. After teams have passed over some of the roughest trail, the race reaches a turning point. From here, mushers will evaluate their dogs as they try to decide how best to execute a their race plans.Download AudioThere’s a flu going around on the Iditarod trail and Dallas Seavey has it.“I think I’m getting better now, but these first couple days have been unpleasant to say the least,” said Seavey.The Nikolai dog yard filled up Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Emily Schwing / KNOM Radio Mission.But Seavey isn’t looking back. As he scarfed a bowl of chicken soup in Nikolai’s school cafeteria, he was trying to figure out his next move.“This is a pretty major turning point in the race,” said Seavey. “What we do out of here will determine where we take our 24. I’ve gotta make that decision. I’m not sure where the destination is yet.”Mushers have to take a mandatory 24-hour layover somewhere along the trail. Seavey’s team is a mix of experienced veterans and a few young dogs he describes as “monsters.” He says he’s trying to figure out where to take his rest to ‘maximize’ what his dogs can do.“It would be a very, very, very safe move for me to just go over to Takotna and take my 24. But I don’t know if that’s the best thing for the team. Sometimes it’s really hard to run a team by knowing what a team should look like coming into the 24, even if that means pushing them a little harder to get them to look like that, but you know, these are good problems, so we’ll figure it out,” said Seavey.“This is a pretty major turning point in the race,” said Seavey. “What we do out of here will determine where we take our 24. I’ve gotta make that decision. I’m not sure where the destination is yet.”Aside from the good kind, problems mushers are dealing with include banged up bodies and shredded runner plastic. Outside of Rohn, there’s roughly 15 miles of snowless, rough trail through an area decimated by wildfire. In 2014, the trail ended a number of races. So mushers were a little leery heading into the race. Aliy Zirkle made a snack for her dogs as they rested in the sun.“Nothing like two years ago, so can’t complain about that,” said Aliy Zirkle.But it was far from pristine.“It was still definitely mushing on dirt,” said Zirkle.Zirkle says her dogs didn’t seem to mind, but she was a little sore.“The dogs are like your dog, running down the trail in the summer like ‘woohoo, this is great,’ but actually I’ve got cramps in my arms just making sure I didn’t let go at the wrong time,” said Zirkle.Paul Gebhardt described his experience through the Farewell Burn in his 20th Iditarod.“Frozen dirt, no snow at all, rougher than a cob,” said Gebhardt. “And then where it was a little bit of snow, it would glaciate on a side hill, down toward the trees, so I wiped out two big trees, but I didn’t break my sled I don’t think.”Gebhardt says that run has never gone smoothly.“I’ve not had a good run to Nikolai in 10 years,” said Gebhardt.Reporter: “and this year?”“Nope, I carried three dogs. I’ve carried dogs every time for the last ten years. I can’t break that jinx, I don’t know what it is. It’s just really rough trail out there. It takes a toll,” said Gebhardt.Gebhardt’s next step is to figure out what kind of rest his team needs and where they need it.“I’m set up where I can do it wherever, but I will like to get to the river. I don’t know if these guys will bounce back after a nice rest or not. A lot of it will depend on what they look like when I get to Takotna,” said Gebhardt.Some mushers will opt to hunker down at the next checkpoint in McGrath for a long rest. Others may gamble and continue on as far as Ruby, the halfway point in the race, where the trail meets the Yukon River.As for Aliy Zirkle, she says she plans to play it safe. She was on her way to grab some water for her dog team.“I’m going to tip-toe this team to Takotna like I usually do and see what I’ve got. I think that’s a good thing to figure out before you start pressing the heck out of them,” said Zirkle.last_img read more

BNP looks for ways to evade next polls Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is now looking for different ways not to take part in the upcoming national election after suffering a defeat in the Khulna polls.”Not only in Khulna City Corporation, they were defeated in the Bar Council election…Now, they are looking for different ways not to take part in the next parliament election,” he said, speaking at the biennial conference of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad at the auditorium of Engineers Institution in Dhaka.Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad organised the biennial conference with its president Joyanto Sen Dipu in the chair.Fisheries and livestock minister Narayon Chandra and state minister for youth and sports Biren Sikder addressed the conference as special guests while Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla inaugurated it.Hindu, Bouddha, Christian Oikkya Parishad leader lawyer Rana Das Gupta, Puja Udjapan Parishad leaders Nirmal Kumar Chatarjee, Milan Kanti Datta and Manju Dhar also spoke in the conference while Puja Udjapan Parishad general secretary advocate Tapash Kumar Paul conducted it.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said granting bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by the court proved that there is rule of law in the country.He said the people of the country would decide who will be in power.Referring to AL delegation’s recent visit to India, the AL general secretary said, “We discussed different issues of common interest with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and I hope that the Teesta Water sharing agreement will be signed soon.”last_img read more

Hone Your Photos Skills With These 5 Apps

first_imgStay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Anyone can be a photographer now; we carry a highly sophisticated and advanced camera in our pockets everywhere. People take pictures of everything: pets, food, books…everything. Every year the technology improves to make the lenses even better, the iPhone 7 now has two 12-megapixel cameras! There are a sundry of sites that will tell you when sharing your photos on your socials you must have commonality, theme or repetition to make a visually engaging presentation. And those elements do create some a uniformed look pleasing to the eye. But hey, this is all about creating art, and there are no rules! Take these five apps into use and elevate your galleries and pic game.HIPSTAMATICFrom my Hipstamatic (DC Film & Loftus Lens)I was an early adopter of Hipstamatic and almost solely use it to edit my photos now. Hipsta are famous for their affordable combo packs (lens and film..sometimes gels), usually only 99 cents.  Starter packs with several combos of the aforementioned photo pieces are $4.99, and you own them forever. There are hundreds of combinations at your disposal (for a small fee but many are free) to unleash your inner artist and jump start your imagination. Hipstamatic’s entire ethos is about using, “photography as a gateway back to creativity.”Hipstamatic is free and available on iOS.VSCOFrom my VSCO. vsco.co/kittinexploitsI used VSCO for some time while I was trying to find my tones, so all my photos had some sort of uniformity to them. But it’s not just great for editing or finding your visual voice, so to speak, but it absolutely encourages interaction and community building. One of the best parts about VSCO is getting to look at other’s picture grids for inspiration. VSCO is 100 percent about creating and connecting its users. This one will take some getting used to as there are many, many options for editing but once you familiarize yourself you’ll be the envy of your followers.VSCO is free and available on iOS and Android. For hardcore photogs, VSCO X is available for $19.99 a year.ENLIGHTFrom my Enlight.Another great one for editing with a few more cool features and all super easy to share on your socials (i.e., Instagram and Twitter). But what Enlight does spectacularly well is it’s ability to effectively mix two photos together. It has seamless double-exposure powers! There is also a nice feature in the mask tool, which allows you to alter a specific part of the photo with affecting any other elements, which is great for spot color! This app is a bit confusing, but there are great tutorials that will help walk you through every feature.Enlight is $3.99 and available on iOS.INSTAGRAMFrom my Instagram. instagram.com/kittinexploitsHonestly…they’ve stepped up their game since inception. Yes, sometimes there are pesky sponsored ads, but even those have taken leaps forward both in content and tailoring. The openness of this app is both a blessing and a curse in its ability to easily share your snaps. Your photos could be shared with millions…well 600 million to be exact (as of 2016). Instagram is user-friendly and easy to navigate, great interface with weekly updates. I even found the perfect tone from Instagram…Clarendon is my bestie. So long Nashville!Instagram is free and available on iOS and android.MEXTURESFrom my Mextures.Mextures adds the most brilliant colors and texture to your photos to really get them to pop. There are even premade filters for the technologically challenged or if you are just impatient to get the perfect pic up in a jiffy. You can also layer several effects on at once and create a personal formula. Mextures is really user-friendly but can be pretty complex, all depending on how much time and TLC you want to give your albums.Mextures is $1.99 and available on iOS and android.last_img read more

VIDEO Keylor Navas save is Best of the Season in Spain

first_imgTico goalkeeper Keylor Navas continues his winning streak: the Spanish Football League, “La Liga,” has chosen one of his saves for Real Madrid as Best of the 2016-2017 Season.The save occurred during Real Madrid’s 2-0 away win against Málaga CF on May 21, a match where Navas blocked every chance Málaga created.The winning stop was a flying save to block a Sandro Ramírez free kick that seemed destined for the top right corner. Navas’ flight was so risky that after deflecting the ball, he struck the pole and had to receive medical assistance.The win allowed Real Madrid secure its 33th League Title, the first since the 2011-2012 season. Just days later, Navas and Real Madrid also took the UEFA Champions League by defeating Juventus 4-1.In 2014, when Navas was playing for Levante CF, La Liga chose Navas as the “Best Goalkeeper of the Season.” His outstanding work during that season earned him the contract with Real Madrid.Watch Keylor’s amazing Save of the Season 2016-2017:https://www.facebook.com/1887515864850886/videos/1900645480204591/ Related posts:Keylor Navas, Real Madrid clinch La Liga title in Spain Keylor Navas to bolster La Sele lineup for World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica Keylor Navas and Real Madrid beat Wolfsburg to classify for Champions League semifinals Costa Rican National Team to face former coach Jorge Luis Pinto at Gold Cup Facebook Commentslast_img read more