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Repeat Frames on Import Inside Autodesk Smoke

first_imgCheck out this useful workaround for importing repeated frames or frames from a sequence in Smoke.With Autodesk Smoke 2013 the feature to repeat single frames upon import to a length of your choice was lost….but not forgotten.I have come up with a useful workaround if you need to import single frames from a sequence or simply need to repeat a bunch of single frames upon import.  This tip assumes that your still images are all of the same resolution and bit depth.  So, if you have 30 HD 1920×1080 .jpg or .png files (or anything else to import) and you want them to be a repeated length to just lay on the timeline then check out the Smoke video tutorial below.Got questions about Autodesk Smoke? Want to share your own Smoke video editing tips?Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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Meghan Trainor increases security after Grimmies death

first_imgLondon, Jun 26 (PTI) Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor has increased her own security after singer Christina Grimmie was gunned down and killed by an obsessed fan.”Title” hitmaker admitted that she fears for her own safety after Grimmie was shot after a concert performance earlier this month, reported Daily Mirro.”The two days following [Grimmies murder] I was like, I am not going out to see fans, I am too afraid now. I want to make sure we have good security,” Trainor said.”I am not that artist yet, I dont have security with me all the time, I dont have my guy. I asked my team, Should I be getting a guy? Should I have someone? I go out all the time without security, and you just never know. You have no idea whos out there obsessed with you to the point that they would do something like that,” she said.Grimmie had opened for the band “Before You Exit” at The Plaza Live in Orlando and was signing autographs for fans when the fan carrying two handguns approached her and opened fire.”I did go out recently and sign [autographs] for some fans… and I do feel better about this. I do need to be careful, but I can still do this. I dont have to be afraid of the world. Thats my biggest fear on top of that, to be afraid to go outside,” Trainor added. PTI HKP MGlast_img read more

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Iceland becomes the smallest country to qualify for World Cup

first_imgIceland became the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to book a place at their first finals in Russia next year as winners of Group I.Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly-taken goal five minutes before halftime as Iceland proved that their run to the 2016 European Championship quarter-finals, which included wins over Austria and England, was no fluke.Sigurdsson also set up the second for Johann Gudmundsson midway through the second half as Iceland completed the campaign by winning their final three games without conceding a goal.It was a remarkable achievement for a country which has a population of about 350,000. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, with 1.3 million people.Coached by part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland finished the group with 22 points from their 10 games.Until fireworks went off after the final whistle, Monday’s match on a wet Reykjavik night rarely felt like an historic occasion, with the hosts grinding out a routine win against opponents who were more refined technically but lacked punch.Iceland’s starting lineup included four players based in England’s second tier, two from the English Premier League, one from Italy’s Serie A and one each from the top flights of Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Russia.An emphatic 3-0 win in Turkey on Friday had sent Iceland top of the group for the final match, although they struggled to impose themselves against the group’s bottom side.Iceland had to wait half an hour for their first real chance when Jon Bodvarsson’s far post header was easily saved by Samir Ujkani.advertisementMilot Rashica gave Iceland a fright with a long-range shot which flew past Hannes Halldorsson’s post but Iceland went ahead with their next attack and their first shot on target.Sigurdsson collected the ball on the edge of the area, wriggled his way past Amir Rrahmani and fired beyond Ujkani for his fourth goal of the qualifiers.Iceland were happy to sit on their lead but struck again in the 68th minute when Sigurdsson again got past Rrahmani and laid the ball into the middle for Gudmundsson to score from close range.Iceland’s seven wins in the group included all five of their home matches where previous World Cup semi-finalists Croatia and Turkey were among the victims.last_img read more

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Pelicans Take Apart Nets, 106-87

first_imgNEW YORK — Tim Frazier had 19 points and 13 assists, Luke Babbitt added 21 points and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-87 on April 3.Alexis Ajinca added 16 for the Pelicans as the Nets lost their fifth straight game.Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 15 points. Henry Sims and Markel Brown each had 12 for the Nets.Thomas Robinson recorded his fourth straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.Both teams started off poorly as New Orleans missed its first seven shots and didn’t score until the 6:24 mark of the first quarter. Brooklyn shot 4-for-25 to start the game.The Pelicans attacked the rim and finished with 60 points in the paint and wound up shooting 55 percent.(MICHAEL SCOTTO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kyrgios Accuses Officials of “Rigging” Match at Queen’s Club (Video)

first_imgLONDON — Nick Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of “rigging” his first-round match at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament in his latest outburst.The outspoken Australian, who went on to win the match, launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena, claiming his Spanish opponent had double-faulted.After Murphy issued a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct, Kyrgios continued his tirade, saying “it’s a joke, man. It’s a serious joke” and adding: “Like, your hat looks ridiculous, also. It’s not even sunny.”After another point, Kyrgios said: “The ball was this far out on the second serve. I’m going. I’m not going to give 100% when I’ve got linesmen rigging the game, I don’t want to play.“You wonder why I don’t try half the time. Literally the set had finished, he double-faulted. Why am I playing at 5-5? Absolute joke.”Later in the match, Kyrgios then berated himself for hitting a poor lob to gift Carballes Baena a point and made reference to a computer game.“So lazy, do something, so lazy you are,” he said to himself. “You were playing FIFA until 3 a.m., what do you expect?”In the final game, Kyrgios — at 40-0 down — began returning from just outside the service line.He still won 7-6 (4), 6-3.But he lost his second-round match a few hours later, 6-7(4), 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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College Football Fans Are Loving What Djokovic Did After Winning Today

first_img A Les Miles approved @Wimbledon celebration #TheHat #Djokovic pic.twitter.com/DUM3vgWr1j— Tim Fletcher (@FletcherShow) July 14, 2019I know world loves Federer, but give Djokovic all the credit in the world.And went Les Miles and ate the grass!— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) July 14, 2019 Novak Djokovic. Big Les Miles guy. pic.twitter.com/CSxw7KrOCh— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) July 14, 2019Did Djokovic just Les Miles the court?— Amos Gilbert (@agilbert1412) July 14, 2019Djokovic claimed his 16th grand slam title, winning 13-12 (7-3) on the fifth and final set, defending his Wimbledon title in the process. The match set a new tournament record for the longest Final in Wimbledon history.As for Miles, the newly minted Kansas head coach hasn’t reacted yet to what Djokovic did, but knowing him we’ll get some kind of response eventually.Congrats to Djokovic! Novak Djokovic celebrates his title at Wimbledon.LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the Men’s Singles final against Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in a Wimbledon Final for the ages today, and really struck a chord with college football fans in the process. His celebration after the big win has gone viral with many fans comparing it to former LSU head coach Les Miles.After beating Federer over the course of nearly five hours on the court, Djokovic celebrated by picking some of the grass off from the ground and eating it. The action instantly reminded tons of college football fans of Miles’ penchant for eating grass during high-intensity games.Miles was infamously seen plucking grass from the ground in LSU’s 2010 win over Alabama, along with several other games throughout his career at LSU.Fans took to Twitter quickly to infer that Federer was channeling his inner Les Miles.last_img read more

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Sharath Kamal targets world top-20 in 2019 in table tennis rankings

first_img Next Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 17:52 IST Achanta Sharath Kamal said he aimed to burst into the top 20 in 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAchanta Sharath Kamal is currently ranked 33 in the worldKamal had guided the men’s team to a historic bronze at the Asian Games last year”Personally, for myself in 2019, the goal would be to get into top 20 in the world ranking,” Kamal saidAce paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, who is currently ranked 33 in the world, on Thursday said he aimed to burst into the top 20 in 2019 and the next big thing on his mind was the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 36-year-old player also believes that the two table tennis bronze medals which India won at last year’s Asian Games held in Indonesia have given them the confidence that a medal at the 2020 Olympics was a possibility.”Personally, for myself in 2019, the goal would be to get into top 20 in the world ranking and 2020 Olympic Games is the next big thing,” Kamal told reporters in Mumbai in the presence of former national champion Kamlesh Mehta.”The major thing in the plan is the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, especially after winning medals at the Asian Games – we have won two bronze medals in 60 years. Those medals give us a lot of belief that even at the Olympics it is a possibility [to win medals].”Because in the Asian Games the competition is very high and more or less they are the recurring teams at the Olympics, apart from a few European nations. If we can win a medal at the Asian Games, a medal at the Olympic Games is not a shot too far,” explained Kamal who has won the national men’s singles title a record nine times.Kamal had guided the men’s team to a historic bronze at the Asian Games with a shock win over Japan, ending a 60-year wait for a medal in table tennis. Sharath Kamal and rising star Manika Batra also clinched a surprise bronze in mixed doubles to cap off a dream run at the Asian Games, raising hopes of even an Olympic medal.advertisementAccording to the Chennai-born paddler, preparations have begun for the Tokyo Games.”We have started our preparations. We have a road map. We have had training programmes and tournament schedules. At this moment we have chosen a lot of tournaments, but in the end we will narrow it down as we start playing,” he said.”So, beginning of 2020 will be the first qualifiers for the Olympics. Then in April and May, so there are lots of qualifiers coming up. We need to be ready for them,” he added.Kamal feels the current ecosystem is conducive for the players, which was not the case before.”Back then when I played my first World Championship, we were 29th in the world and now we are 10th in the world. So we have come a long way.”The bodies supporting the game — Table Tennis Federation of India, 11Sports, all of them — have created a good ecosystem around the players, so we can do well at international events. I think that’s the biggest change.”Earlier if you saw, the players did not come out from the system but more from their natural skill and that is the reason we had a select few who were doing well. Like in Kamlesh Sir’s time, he was the only one in the top 100.”Then Chetan Baboor was the only one there and even in my time, I was the only one there. But now we are coming in as a bunch. That’s because the system is clearly producing the results. If we can continue to have these kinds of support, we will be in the best five or probably the best in the world,” he stressed.Kamal said it was Baboor who had advised his father to take him to Europe before noting that the scenario has changed now with there being enough good players here itself.”Well even before me Chetan Baboor had gone (to Europe). He was the one who told me, rather my father, that if I wanted to do well I need to go to Europe. The main reason to go to Europe was there are lot of players on a good level and there is league system, where every week you play a lot of matches.”It’s a consistent programme for 6-8 months where you are in good practice and you have good matches. I think that thing has changed in recent years. That is not the only way to improve now because India has a big pool of players who are doing well. The necessity to go to Europe has reduced,” he explained.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Achanta Sharath Kamal Sharath Kamal targets world top-20 in 2019 in table tennis rankingsSharat Kamal believes that the two table tennis bronze medals which India won at last year’s Asian Games held in Indonesia have given them the confidence that a medal at the 2020 Olympics was a possibility.advertisementlast_img read more

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Svitzer Forges Ties with Qingdao Port

first_imgzoom China’s Qingdao Port International has inked a pact with towage and emergency response specialist Svitzer aimed at boosting cooperation in the towage industry.The deal envisages setting up of joint ventures that would tap into the capacities of both parties with the aim of targeting both China’s and international markets.According to the head of Qingdao Por, Zheng Minghui, the partnership will aid to the port’s business development and growth.The announcement comes in less than a month from Svitzer’s entrance into Malaysian market as part of the towage company’s strategic objective of growing emerging markets.Namely, Svitzer established a joint venture with SVR Marine Services in an effort to secure a footprint in Malaysia at the beginning of June.Maersk’s towage business arm has also expanded into Brazilian towage market having taken a controlling stake in Brazilian towage operator Transmar Servicios Maritimos thus entering the Brazilian market for the first time.last_img read more

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In the news today Oct 30

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 30———FEDS REWORK APOLOGY FOR HOLOCAUST INCIDENTThe killings of 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on the weekend has reframed the prime minister’s plan for an apology on Canada’s decision to close its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to deliver the apology next week for a federal decision in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax. Five survivors from the boat, the MS St. Louis, are scheduled to be in the House of Commons next week to hear an apology 79 years in the making.———HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VIGILSHundreds of people in Montreal and Toronto paid tribute to the 11 Jews shot and killed over the weekend in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Surrounded by a heavy presence of police cruisers and security guards, members of Montreal’s Jewish community, politicians and other mourners gathered at Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue for the vigil. At the vigil in Toronto’s Mel Lastman Square, 20 family members of Joyce Fienberg, a 75-year-old who died in the shooting and had previously lived in Toronto, were among those gathered.———SARAH HENSTRA WINS GOVERNOR GENERAL’S FICTION PRIZEToronto author Sarah Henstra says she thinks her win at this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction signals that Canadian readers are hungry for literature that tackles thorny cultural issues. Henstra is among the winners announced today for her first foray into adult fiction, “The Red Word,” set at the epicentre of the polarized debate about sexual assault on university campuses. The novel follows 19-year-old Karen Huls, a Canadian student at a prominent U.S. college in the 1990s, who is awakened to the ambiguities of gender politics after moving in with a group of radical feminist activists while dating a member of a fraternity notorious for drug-fuelled misogyny.———AIRLINES CUT SEAWORLD TIES AMID WHALE BIDAir Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. are joining a growing wave of companies that have cut ties to SeaWorld, in sync with the spirit of a federal bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity and in the wake of concerns raised by animal rights advocates. The Senate passed legislation last Tuesday that would make captivity and breeding of cetaceans such as dolphins and whales a criminal offence. Air Canada says it stopped offering SeaWorld tickets for purchase on its website last week, calling the move a “commercial decision.” WestJet dropped the tickets — previously available as part of vacation packages — last August.———CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS FOR PINE BEETLE FUNDINGThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has asked for immediate federal funding to stop the spread of the destructive mountain pine beetle. CEO Perrin Beatty says in a letter sent to Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi that warmer winters have allowed the beetle to spread east and that the threat is at a critical juncture. The pine beetle will have a clear path to spread across the rest of Canada if it breaches the forests that border Alberta and Saskatchewan, says Beatty. He calls on the federal government to provide $100 million to help fund Alberta’s efforts.last_img read more

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All parties to conflicts must be held to account in protection of

14 January 2009Citing the “dreadful beginning” of 2009 for civilians caught up in armed conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that strict respect for international law by all parties to fighting was critical to end the suffering. “Violations of international humanitarian law by one party to a conflict offer no justification for non-compliance by other parties,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said, as he opened a debate in which some 50 speakers took the floor and which culminated in a statement by the Council’s President condemning violations against civilians during conflict and revising Council guidelines for consideration of the topic to reflect current conditions. Mr. Holmes stressed in his statement that, “Allegations of violations must be fully investigated and those responsible held to account.” In addition to the growing number of civilians killed in Gaza and those terrorized by rockets in southern Israel, he spoke of civilians executed, brutalized and displaced by rebels in the eastern DRC, the use of human shields and random fire in Somalia and the 40 per cent increase of civilians killed – for a total of some 2,000 – during hostilities in Afghanistan in 2008. Regarding the carnage in Gaza, he said constant care must be taken to spare the civilian population in the context of military operations and that neither party seemed to be measuring up to such requirements. “Can we look at what has been happening in Gaza in the last three weeks and say that either Israel or Hamas has come close to respecting these rules? I think not,” he said. It was relatively straightforward, if not always easy or productive, for the UN to engage with national or international forces, he said, but humanitarian actors could not only talk to one side in a conflict. “If we are serious about sparing civilians from the effects of hostilities, about obtaining access to those in need and seeking to ensure that humanitarian workers can operate safely, humanitarian actors must have consistent and sustained dialogue with all parties to a conflict, be it the Taliban, Hamas or Al-Shabaab,” he said, naming groups in Afghanistan, Gaza and Somalia, respectively. It was important to talk to those groups to explain the requirements of international law, to speak out for their victims or communities they endangered through their mere presence and by storing weapons in homes, schools and places of worship and to call them to account when they violate international humanitarian law. “It is simply not sufficient to oppose such engagement for fear that it will confer a degree of recognition on these groups,” he said. read more

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Nektar DXC Technology plunge Yelp News Corp rise

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Symantec Corp. (SYMC), up 7 cents at $22.99The security software company is selling its enterprise security unit to chipmaker Broadcom for $10.7 billion.DXC Technology Co. (DXC), down $15.74 at $35.91The information technology company cut its profit and revenue forecast for the year, partly citing deal delays.Nektar Therapeutics Inc. (NKTR), down $8.65 at $20.92The drug developer told investors that a study involving an experimental cancer treatment faced some manufacturing issues.Avnet Inc. (AVT), down $1.59 at $41.32The distributor of electronic components gave investors a weak profit forecast for the current quarter.Mattel Inc. (MAT), down $2.12 at $11.31The maker of Barbie, Hot Wheels and other toys cancelled a debt offering after receiving a letter from an anonymous whistleblower.Yelp Inc. (YELP), up $1.82 at $36.77The online business reviews company beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts and reaffirmed its revenue outlook for the year.News Corp. (NWSA), up 67 cents at $13.70The publisher of the Wall Street Journal beat analysts’ fiscal fourth quarter profit forecasts.Axon Enterprise Inc. (AAXN), down $10.32 at $58.09The maker of stun guns and body cameras reported weak second quarter profit and revenue.The Associated Press read more

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Youngsters in Asia face alarming HIV risk due to high drug use

UNICEF said young people between the ages of 15 and 24 account for the majority of new HIV/AIDS infections worldwide. Intravenous drug is fuelling much of these infections, with amphetamine-type substances increasingly becoming the drugs of choice.”We are witnessing a human tragedy unfolding at an alarming pace affecting our children and young people,” Robert Bennoun, UNICEF Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS, said at the International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Chang Mai, Thailand, where he highlighted the urgent need for more effective and coordinated policies to tackle this growing problem.Asia is home to approximately 33 million users of amphetamine-type substances, with approximately two-thirds of them living primarily in Thailand, Philippines, Japan and Taiwan Province of China. Children and young people account for the majority of new users, UNICEF said.”That short but invaluable window of opportunity – that eagerness and ability to learn and to excel – is at best interrupted and at worst destroyed by drug use and closed for good,” Mr. Bennoun stated, adding that programmes aimed at preventing drug use should be complemented with those to reduce the risk to young people presently using drugs.UNICEF is developing global, regional and national strategies to deal with this growing threat to young people, both in and out of schools. The UN agency said youngsters have a right to information, skills and services to help protect themselves from the harm associated with drugs. UNICEF is calling for an overall increase in investment in education, community services and parental support to better protect young people from drugs. read more

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Primary school bans homework after pupils and parents voted to read books

first_imgA primary school has scrapped homework after the move was backed in a poll by parents and pupils.Children at the 193-pupil Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics.Nearly 80 per cent of pupils and 62 per cent of parents supported the move at the Highland school, while the 10 teachers were split down the middle.The school carried out a six-week trial last year during which pupils were given no homework so that they had more time to play. Pupils were then sent home with slips that asked their parents to respond with a simple “yes” or “no” to a no-homework policy.One father, Barry Hutchison, 38, a children’s author, said homework stressed pupils and their parents. He added: “Kids have so many things outside school, like clubs. They just need time to be kids.”Mr Hutchison, whose daughter attends the school, said parents who wanted to give their children homework could find material online. Last month King’s Road Primary in Rosyth, Fife, scrapped homework, leading to complaints from parents that they had not been consulted.A spokesman for EIS, the teachers’ union, said: “It is important that all pupils develop their abilities to study independently and homework is one, but not the only, method of supporting this type of independent learning.” Susan Campbell, 30, whose eight-year-old son is a pupil, also voted for the change. She said: “It takes up a lot of time and quite often he has after-school clubs and things like that and it can be left until 8pm at night. “He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of night. “So we voted ‘no’ and we’ll do reading with him instead.” Show more He should be going to bed but instead we’re sitting doing homework with him. He’s really not that responsive at that time of nightSusan Campbell, parent Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Dramatic EHF CL Final – Buducnost Podgorica writes history

Buducnost handballBudućnost PodgoricaEHF Champions League winner ← Previous Story Bundesliga: THW Kiel wins in Hamburg again! Next Story → Polish Play Off Final: Kielce VS Wisla 2:0! In dramatic second match of the Women’s EHF Champions League Final, HC Buducnost Podgorica wins trophy after triumph over ETO Gyori 27:25 (13:12), because of more scored goals in away match (first match won Gyori 29:27). In fantastic atmosphere in front of 5.000 crazy fans, Popovic, Bulatovic and other girls made historical success for sports in Montenegro, something what was a dream of many handball generations before.BUDUCNOST – GYORI 27:25 (13:12)BUDUCNOST: VOLTERING (13 saves), Barjaktarovic, Vukčevicć, MILJANIC 7, Djokic 1, Radovic 1, A. Bulatovic, SAVIC 3, Jovetic, POPOVIC 3 (1), Cakalije, K. BULATOVIC 9 (1), CVIJIC 1, Gjorgijevska, KNEZEVIC 2, Lazovic.GYORI: LUNDE-HARALDSEN (one save), Palinger (9 saves), RADICEVIC 3, LOKE 2, Verten, Kuruc, GORBITZ 9 (5), KOVACIC 3, AMORIM 5, Orban, Hornjak, Gros, LEKIC 3. read more

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Small businesses to lose jobs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Retailers, fast food chains and pharmacies may be forced to axe their staff or reduce hours if the ‘modernisation of award rates’ for employees goes ahead.The new award conditions, outlined by the Australian Industry Relations Commission (AIRC) are to come into effect from January 1, 2010 and will see retail and pharmacy employers pay higher penalty rates, such as double-time on Sundays instead of time-and-a-half as it is currently. “It is a bit of a blow to small business,” says Dora Tsolakis of Meli Market in Northcote to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “Hopefully customer service doesn’t lack as employers can’t afford to keep people on and perhaps small business may consider closing doors on Sundays to avoid paying penalty rates.” The Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president Kos Sclavos predicts that this action will impose total wage increases of up to 22 per cent in the pharmacy sector and has called on Julia Gillard and the AIRC to make amendments to the legislation.He believes this issue will affect the Greek community, adding that eight per cent of pharmacies are owned by Greek Australians. “It is a tough fiscal environment so if there is an increase in wages we will be forced to sack people, reduce our trading hours or reduce our services,” he said. “The award rates need to reflect the industry- our trading hours are not normal. We call on Julia Gillard to extend her intervention to ensure that the high service sector and long trading hours of community pharmacy remain.”He referred to the letter that Julia Gillard sent last week to the AIRC with the request to treat restaurants, cafes and catering businesses separately from hotels as part of its overhaul of industrial awards. “Cafes and restaurants can increase their prices to make up for the wage increases but 70 per cent of pharmacy remuneration is from prescriptions in which we can’t change the prices.”Whilst the Government has encouraged the AIRC to use a five-year transition period with the aim of allowing businesses to absorb extra overtime payments, Sclavos also indicated that the union had called for the transition period to be reduced to under a year.last_img read more

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Greeces student population in decline

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recently released report by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) documents an alarming reduction in Greece’s student population and highlights the estimated implications on the education sector overall if the downward trend is not reversed.Primary schools have recorded the largest drop over the last five years, with 102,000 students enrolled in 2017 compared to 108,500 in 2012, accounting for a decline of 6 per cent.Overall, the country’s total student population dropped from 1.49 to 1.44 million during the period 2009-2016, a development attributed to several factors, including a rapid decline in the country’s birthrates since the beginning of the financial crisis amounting approximately to 30 per cent.More specifically, births in the nation fell from 118,300 in 2008 to 88,500 in 2017, with the drop manifesting in a reduction in both kindergarten and elementary school enrollments.According to the IOBE study, a temporary reversal of the downward trend was observed in 2014, due to children born in 2008 – the last year of a mini-boom in births – transitioning to primary education.Experts behind the study estimate that at this rate the number of students will drop almost 30 per cent by 2035, with Greek schools accommodating for 423,000 less pupils than today.This could mean a reduction in school units by 30,8 per cent as well as teaching staff, with 70,000 to 80,000 less positions needed should the above scenario prove true.As for the impact on tertiary education, by 2035 the number of students admitted to universities would drop to 51,800 compared to 71,800 in 2008.It is worth noting that another study conducted by the National Center of Social Research (EKKE) in collaboration with a special parliamentary committee on demographics and social affairs highlighted the negative implications of Greece’s rapid ongoing population decline, associated partly with the low birthrate, on the country’s economy and welfare system.last_img read more

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Free Nokia Siemens comme constructeur de réseau

first_imgFree : Nokia Siemens comme constructeur de réseau ?France – Le quatrième opérateur mobile français Free serait en négociation avec Nokia Siemens pour la construction de son futur réseau. Le contrat avoisinerait les 200 millions d’euros.Après sa nomination en tant que quatrième opérateur mobile en France, Free est passé à une nouvelle étape cruciale : la construction de son réseau. Pour cela, Iliad est en négociation avec Nokia Siemens Network. Un accord préliminaire aurait même été signé. La prestation est évaluée à un peu plus de 200 millions d’euros. L’équipementier devra s’occuper du cœur du réseau alors qu’Alcatel-Lucent aurait été sollicité dans une moindre mesure. L’opérateur devrait pouvoir proposer ses premières offres commerciales dès 2012 (on parle d’un peu moins de 20 euros pour 3 heures de communication) alors que l’objectif de couverture de population est de 27%  pour atteindre 90% en 2018. Grâce à sa base de clients, Free espère conquérir 10 à 15% du marché mobile entre 2015 et 2020.Le 16 février 2010 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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5 numbers to note in Vancouver supplemental budget

first_imgThe city of Vancouver approved its second 2017 supplemental budget Monday evening. These supplemental budgets occur annually to reflect any changes to revenues or expenditures after the biennial budget is approved.The 2017 supplemental budget included an expenditure adjustment of $38.9 million and an additional 2.75 full-time employees.Of the $38.9 million adjustment, $22.6 million is attributed to the city’s operating budget with the remaining balance related to the capital budget. The net impact to city resources is $5.9 million while the impact on the general fund is $2.1 million.Here are five numbers of note from this budget:$4.6 million: The city is allocating general fund money to purchase the former state Fish and Wildlife building at 2018 Grand Blvd. with the intent to convert the facility into a day center for homeless people. The center could open as soon as January. City staff indicate that while the initial financing of the purchase will come from the general fund, Vancouver expects Community Development Block Grants, Affordable Housing funds and real estate excise tax funds to make up the financing.$0.7 million: Tower Mall was purchased by the city in June for $5 million. While a moratorium on development was extended through May 2018, the city needs to invest in the site’s upkeep. Allocated funds will pay for safety assessments, including fire alarm testing, mold abatement and HVAC repairs. The financing comes from on-site lease revenues.2.75 FTE: The Community and Economic Development department has used a consultant to fulfill its needs for a grant associate planner. One FTE or full-time equivalent position will be allocated to CED to hire its own staffer rather than continue to pay a consultant.last_img read more

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Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux believes change is inevitable for Maurizio Sarri if he is to become a success story in the Premier League.Upon arriving from Napoli last summer, Sarri enjoyed a dream start as Chelsea coach by winning his opening five Premier League fixtures and remaining unbeaten for up to 12 games.But things have quickly changed at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea dropping out of the title battle and even the top-four in the standings on the back of five defeats in 12 league games.Things hit a new low for the Italian coach on Wednesday night when Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth, which left a “frustrated” Sarri unable to explain what had happened.Speaking of Sarri’s current struggles at Chelsea, Le Saux suggested that he’s playing system has now been sussed out and added that the former Napoli boss must learn to “adapt” in a similar way to what Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done.“The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes,” Le Saux told the Daily Express.“That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise, his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum.“So now teams drop a player onto him as Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will host bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge for their next Premier League match on Saturday.🇮🇹 Maurizio Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with his @ChelseaFC players after the 4-0 loss to @AFCBournemouth.😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.📝 @MichelleOwen7 pic.twitter.com/RkaYva0Jgn— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019last_img read more

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Right lane remains closed on I84

first_imgInterstate 84 eastbound still has the right lane closed 11 miles west of Cascade Locks 34 after a commercial tanker truck crashed Sunday night. Oregon State Police troopers continue to investigate the truck that had ODOT, cleanup crews, fire and hazardous materials response teams out all night and this morning, according to a press release.The tanker collided with a guard rail about 5 p.m. and rolled onto its side, blocking both eastbound lanes. It was reported to be carrying 3,000 gallons of gasoline. The gasoline began to leak and equipment had to be used to pump the remaining fuel out of the damaged trailer.The driver John T. Rollins Jr., of Portland suffered minor injuries. The estimated traffic delay this morning is about 20 minutes, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website.last_img read more

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