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India to Push For Global Convention Against Terrorism at UN

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Top 12 mistakes in creating cross-platform UIs, Part 2: Technology and UX design

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon: powerful IT security for the car of the futureNext AAEON: edge platform working across Intel CPU, GPU, VPU and FPGA As a development framework, Qt can be used to create amazingly intuitive, cool and fluent UX. However, it’s important to note that it is equally easy to create a horrible UX. When it comes to designing for human interaction, companies often rely on three to four engineers to figure it out. However, these engineers often base usability on business requirements that are defined within a vertical format. The outcome often results horribly. If the UX design is left to developers, they are great for developing the UX but not for designing human interfaces. Human design is also not something you solve through tools alone. As mentioned before, tools enable both the good and the bad, helping you get there more quickly and efficiently.Area 4: Other issuesMistake #11: Underestimating the effort for a BSP, OS, toolchain and all related bells and whistles. If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask for help. When creating an OS, developers often underestimate the amount of time they must spend on hardware drivers, operating systems, tools/toolchain and integration with working processes. If you do any of those things manually on your own, it’s very easy to underestimate the time you put into that. If you ask the community or those who are in the know, they may say it’s a three-day job. However, in reality even skilled developers underestimate time spent to get things working. The project start time is then delayed. Maintenance becomes a problem, etc.Qt, for example, offers premade reference environments with all the bells and whistles included. When you buy a solution with all the hardships covered, you will not see the underlying problems.Mistake #12: Treating embedded systems the same as PC systems. An embedded system is alien to PC, and PC looks alien to embedded system. When developing on PC, developers must always consider if they’re still able to deploy to embedded. Making two systems alien to each other work together – that’s the hard part. Then multiply that by number of developers, software code lines, release and version management, etc.Cross-compilation environment and ready-made embedded tooling is the magic bullet here. With over 20 years of experience in making these two disparate systems work together, Qt has seen its fair share of challenges in cross-compilation, along with the various solutions to make it work.Conclusion While it may seem like there is a minefield of mistakes to avoid when creating cross-platform UIs, it is still very possible to create immersive, intuitive user experiences for your end users. Approach your software engineering projects with clear, high-level strategy and planning. Understand the full scope of work that cross-platform UI creation entails. Ensure your final UI product resonates with your end-user. Ensure you have the right tools and competencies at your disposal. Following those four key steps will set you up for success in not only creating stellar user experiences but also driving business revenue and goals.Santtu Ahonen  works in The Qt Company as product manager of the Qt for Device Creation. Santtu has over 20 years of experience in product management on various high technology products including Nokia Maemo as Head of Developer Offering Product Management where Qt was essential part of the plan. Santtu joined back in to Qt technology and The Qt Company in spring 2017. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue reading on page two >> Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. As today’s devices and their respective user interfaces become more advanced, so does the creation and production of today’s user interfaces as well. Creating a UI for a modern-day device is often complicated enough as it is. However, when you want to make the UI for a specific custom embedded device, it can be a totally different beast to tame.We often see developers fall into various problem buckets, coming across the usual suspects of mistakes. In this short series, we dive into these problem areas and reveal the most common mistakes developers make when creating cross-platform UIs. Part 1 already described 6 mistakes related to the application and solution architecture. Area 2: Selecting and Mixing Different TechnologiesMistake #7: Prioritizing bill of materials over cost of software engineering work. IoT device manufacturing companies usually make money by selling the devices. To generate as much revenue as possible, the focus typically goes to the cost of manufacturing these devices. This pushes management and engineering to focus on the bill of materials (BoM). Many companies also have financial control structures, where capital expenditure and hardware purchases are calculated for the hardware business profit and loss, but the software engineering is “just an operating expense” that is controlled under different rules of engagement.For example, it’s natural for manufacturing companies to focus too specifically on the exact unit price of a device as the primary indicator of profit or loss. However, the actual cost gets complicated when incorporating the cost of software engineering. The price of a transistor is always clear, but the “benefit” of saving $0.03 on a transistor, which may force a software engineer to redo work, is not as clear.The outcome of all this is that the project will often optimize bill of material just a little too low with the hope that whatever pitfalls in hardware can be fixed on software engineering side. This results in bad UX, performance, and ends up being horribly expensive anyway. When you save on bill of materials, you typically create expenses in software development.Mistake #8: Selecting technologies and architecture without high-level strategy. Selection of architecture and technologies can be hard. Sometimes when people select technologies, it isn’t until during the project that they learn their technologies cannot be used together or the technologies mix very poorly. This forces the project team to rewrite and rearchitect assets. If you must do either, it’s going to be expensive. If you don’t know the technology available in your market, you buy that knowledge through consultants, etc., so that the things you’re working with work together.Mistake #9: Selecting a software development team without high-level strategy. If a company lacks UX development capability, they sometimes select subcontractors as a stopgap solution. However, if the team is suboptimally constructed, things quickly go south. Time-to-market issues arise as soon as your team has to rewrite and/or rearchitect mistakes that stem from a disjointed team.The problem is not just your development framework, nor your software developer. There are many things to consider as well in your solution and application architecture, some of which are described above. When all these things add up, the implications of any issues usually result in time-to-market cost, total cost of ownership and engineering cost.Area 3: Usability and User Experience (UX)Mistake #10: Filling the need for features instead of filling the needs of the user. I hate to say it, but the average user experience with embedded devices is poor. The user experience often looks as if developers create the UI based on (and in order of) the list of features they needed to implement (see Figure 4). The focus is too heavily on fulfilling the needed feature list, and somewhere along the process the end user is forgotten, or is not even considered. Worse yet, perhaps the end user was not even on the original list?click for larger image Figure 4: UIs built in order of the list of features do not translate to high-quality user experiences (Source: The Qt Company). For those of us who have an engineering mind, the user experience may seem totally logical. However, for the end user, a grandmother for example, it may be impossible to comprehend. Developers take the approach of “what is it that I want to achieve,” which doesn’t always align with how the technology will be used.To combat this, bring in your human designers early on to the project. If you do not have one, invest in professional services, and your investment will pay back in sales. What is the user problem you are in fact solving? Is each feature used as frequently as the others? Good tools don’t guarantee a good user experience, they just enable it. To further help in this area, Qt, for one, has invested a lot into improving and enhancing the designer and developer joint workflow on a project.last_img read more



Callum Hudson-Odoi tells Chelsea ‘play me or lose me’ as Spain beckons

first_img Callum Hudson-Odoi scores first Chelsea goal in thrashing of 10-man PAOK news Read more Share via Email Chelsea face an uphill battle to convince Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a contract with the teenager seeking assurances he will be granted more first-team football. Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this content spent three days observing Sarri’s training methods at Cobham earlier this season, reciprocating an invitation extended by Ranieri in 1996 when he was managing Fiorentina. Sarri, who had been coaching at Antella, in the fifth and sixth tiers of Italian football, on the outskirts of Florence at the time had visited La Viola as the former banker sought to make his mark as a coach.“When we met [recently], Maurizio asked: ‘Do you remember, I came to visit you?’ but I forget everything – even what happened yesterday,” said Ranieri, whose new team have won once at Stamford Bridge in 54 years.“I was always open to other coaches. Now, when I have been out of work, I have often visited other teams to learn. I went to watch Jürgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, and look to go around the world. So I asked to come to see Maurizio at Chelsea, so I know everything about his training. But, believe me, it’s still difficult to stop them.” Hudson-Odoi’s situation has attracted tentative interest from Spain and Germany, with Maurizio Sarri having suggested this week he is not yet convinced the forward is ready for top-flight football.The player is understood to be reluctant to drop into the Championship in a temporary move. He is not expected to be involved on Sunday when Chelsea welcome their former manager Claudio Ranieri to Stamford Bridge with Fulham. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Teams That Are Quite Close And Don’t Get On That Well Sunday! Hudson-Odoi, prolific in the youth set-up and impressive in pre-season, made his first start of the campaign in Thursday’s Europa League thrashing of Paok Salonika and scored his first senior goal in the 4-0 win. Yet the 18-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract, had only previously benefited from two run-outs as a substitute against Bate Borisov in that competition this term and has yet to be included in a match-day squad in the Premier League. The fact he has been training with the first team has ensured he no longer plays for his age group, and he has made only five appearances for the development under-23s side.While Chelsea offered him a five-year deal in the summer and would consider loaning him out in January, the England Under-17 World Cup winner is reluctant to sign as things stand. Chelsea Read morelast_img read more

2015 Touch World Cup Finals to Feature on Channel Nine!

first_imgThe ever popular staple of Sunday NRL in front of the television is set to take on a new dimension with a unique extended format of Sunday afternoon NRL coverage on Channel Nine, from 31 May, 2015. Not only will NRL fans and broader audience get their usual fix of Rugby League action with Sunday NRL Live on Channel Nine, but with an exciting entrée leading into the regular afternoon broadcast over consecutive Sundays (31 May, 7 and 14 June).The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast over coming weeks with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday NRL 4.00pm (AEST) timeslot. The three x one hour Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport, following the free to air broadcast on Nine. Broader distribution domestically to be confirmed.   Australia continued its domination of the quadrennial Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title. The Touch World Cup series commenced on the Gold Coast back in 1988 and has been showcased across the globe in New Zealand (1991), Hawaii (US – 1995), Sydney (1999), Japan (2003), South Africa (2007) and Scotland (2011), in ensuing years before returning to these shores.  Australia has enjoyed enduring success over the 27-year period with New Zealand, Australia’s main rival across most divisions. Host Nation and Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said the news and the overall opportunity was very exciting and timely.“This is such a fantastic outcome for the sport of Touch Football and it is a real breakthrough to have our pinnacle international event showcased in this way,” he said. “This highlights the benefit of our alignment with the NRL but the success of our overall broadcast commitment over our current strategic cycle which includes numerous televised events. “This also positions the sport even more strongly, not only through our partnership with the NRL but as an immensely popular participation sport played at the elite level, beamed out to a much wider domestic and international television audience.  “One of the advantages of the free-to-air broadcast is the fact that close to 50% of the television coverage will feature our female participants.“And that is pivotal to our participation and performance environment and strategic focus with the NRL.” NRL CEO Dave Smith welcomed Channel Nine’s support in showcasing International Touch Football. “It is fantastic that fans will be able to enjoy the international game as part of Channel Nine’s Sunday football broadcast,” he said. “Through our strategic alliance with TFA we are committed to growing the profile of the game and Sunday afternoon time slot on Channel Nine presents the ideal opportunity to do so. “The NRL Touch Football partnership provides both sports with opportunities to work together and grow our participation numbers as we look to create Australia’s largest sporting community.”The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, which follows also the Youth Trans-Tasman event at Cronulla and the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in New South Wales: Sunday May 31 – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Sunday June 7 – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Sunday June 14 – 2:30pm followed by Titans v Bulldogs Related LinksWorld Cup Finals on Nine Channel Nine Touch Football World Cup broadcast times in Queensland (GEM): Sunday May 31 – 9.30amSunday June 7 – 10.00amSunday June 14 – 9.30amSocial Media Touch World CupTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchworldcup15 @touchworldcup15 Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchworldcup2015  Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TouchWorldCup Social Media Touch Football AustraliaTwitter – https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus @touchfootyaus Instagram – https://instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia last_img read more

14 days agoClaudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contract

first_imgClaudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contractby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is in talks with Sampdoria.Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Samp this week.And should Ranieri be hired, it would mean for the second time in only a few months, Ranieri will be replacing Di Francesco, having taken over as caretaker manager at Roma in March.Ranieri met with Samp directors last night, with significant steps taken in reaching an agreement.He has been offered a contract to the end of the season worth €1m plus bonuses, with automatic renewal for another season if Samp avoid relegation. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star Bryson Washington Makes Commitment Decision

first_imgOklahoma Sooners team prayer.02 Dec 2000: Quarterback Josh Heupel #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners is at the center of a prayer huddle after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 27-24 during the Big 12 Championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Oklahoma will play for the national championship at the Orange Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORTTexas-based safety Bryson Washington has been weighing his college choice between Texas and Oklahoma for a while now. On the 4th of July, he finally reached his decision.On Thursday, Washington released a video on Twitter announcing that he would be committing to Oklahoma. Last week he announced that he had reduced his decision to the Red River rivalry schools.I Would Like To Thank My Family, My Friends, And God For Putting Me In The Position I Am In TodayOklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M were the only schools that Washington visited in the past year, but the Aggies didn’t make the cut.247Sports rates Washington as a four-star prospect and the No. 198 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 15 safety in the nation, and the No. 33 prospect from the state of Texas. I Would Like To Thank My Family, My Friends, And God For Putting Me In The Position I Am In Today✍🏽 pic.twitter.com/QTukjy6Nkc— ¹⁵ Bryson Washington (@ChasingDream8) July 5, 2019The 2020 safety from Houston recorded 56 tackles, 23 passes defended, five interceptions, and four pick sixes as a sophomore in 2017.He joins an Oklahoma recruiting class that currently ranks No. 12 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12, per 247Sports.The Sooners have won four straight Big 12 titles and been to three of the last four editions of the College Football Playoff.With the recruiting classes Lincoln Riley has been picking up lately, that streak may very well continue for a few more years.last_img read more

Toronto stock market slightly higher New York sharply lower amid retail misses

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2014 6:28 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday but New York finished the session sharply lower amid deep disappointment with the earnings and outlooks of retailers.The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 10.45 points to 14,525.19.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.36 of a cent to 91.75 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 137.55 points to 16,374.31 as the poor showing in the retail sector reinforced concerns about economic performance and the view that with so many stocks fully valued there isn’t much of an impetus for investors to drive stocks higher.The Nasdaq declined 28.93 points to 4,096.89 and the S&P 500 index was down 12.25 points to 1,872.83.Office supplies company Staples posted an adjusted first-quarter profit of 18 cents a share, three cents below expectations as restructuring charges continued to hit results and its shares retreated 12.55 per cent to $11.71.Other retailers pressuring New York included Dick’s Sporting Goods, which skidded 18 per cent after the firm lowered expectations for the second quarter and full year due to weakness in the retailer’s golf and hunting divisions.And Urban Outfitters fell more almost nine per cent as the firm said profit dropped 20 per cent in the first quarter.“(Retailers) are improving at the margins but the issue is maybe they aren’t as robust as people were expecting or hoping,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“Most economic recoveries are usually led by the consumer and this year you haven’t seen that.”Home Depot fared better as quarterly earnings ex-items amounted to 96 cents per share, three cents short of estimates. Revenue rose three per cent to $19.69 billion, but missed estimates of $19.97 billion. It also raised its full-year earnings forecast and its shares gained $1.46 to $77.96.Meanwhile, Target has fired the president of its troubled Canadian operations, Tony Fisher. Target is trying to fix its operations in Canada, its first expansion outside the U.S., which have been hit with cost overruns and losses. It is also trying to recover from a massive data breach in the U.S. In New York, Target shares were down $1.68 to US$56.61.Canadian retailers also got caught up in the downdraft with Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) off $1.24 to C$105.47 and Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) 32 cents lower to $17.30.The quarterly earnings season in Canada has pretty much wound up and now traders are waiting for results from the big Canadian banks.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) kick off the stream of earnings on Thursday and analysts are expecting another solid if unspectacular quarter.Analysts don’t believe the earnings will yield another leg up in stock prices for the big banks, all of which are very close to their 52-week highs.“Most expectations are for earnings to be normal, benign, a lot of importance will be put on those banks that have divisions in the U.S.,” Headland said.“So banks will come out with regular type of earnings, nothing really surprising to the upside or downside.”On the commodity markets, the energy sector was flat as June crude contract in New York lost early gains and declined 17 cents to US$102.44 a barrel.The base metals sector rose 0.12 per cent with July copper losing two cents to US$3.14 a pound.June bullion edged up 80 cents to US$1,294.60 an ounce and the gold sector gained about 0.3 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email People walk in Toronto’s financial district in Toronto, on Oct. 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Toronto stock market slightly higher; New York sharply lower amid retail misses read more

Conley and Turner cash in with new salary cap

Day 1 of NBA free agency on Friday was an unprecedented start to what will become the most lucrative offseason in the history of the sport.The increase from $70M to $94M in team cap space has given owners the ability to offer substantial contracts to many players who would’ve never sniffed $20M per year under the previous salary cap.Two of those beneficiaries are former Ohio State Buckeyes Mike Conley and Evan Turner. Conley re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a five-year, $153 million deal. Turner etched a four-year, $75 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.Conley’s deal marks the richest in NBA history, which could be surpassed by free agents LeBron James and Kevin Durant.Conley is now bringing in more money per year than any other point guard in the NBA despite never being named an All-Star. Since being drafted at No. 4 overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Grizzlies, Conley has widely been regarded as the league’s most underrated point guard.He has averaged 15.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game over the last four seasons with the Grizzlies. His season was cut short after 56 games because of an Achilles injury.Conley played one season at OSU and averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.1 apg in 2006-07, leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA final since 1962.Turner played with the Celtics the last two seasons averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.9 rebounds per game in 2015-16 as Boston’s sixth man.Portland will be Turner’s fourth team in the NBA since being selected No. 2 overall by Philadelphia in 2010.Turner was AP Player of the Year in 2009-10 with OSU averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg and 9.2 rpg. read more

The rescue effort was enormous Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian

first_img‘The rescue effort was enormous’: Irishman rescued after yacht capsized off Australian coast It took over 13 hours for rescuers to reach them after the emergency vessel was launched. By Cliodhna Russell Mar 9th 2017, 3:45 PM Updated 3:45pmAN IRISH MAN and French woman have been rescued after a yacht capsized off the Australian coast, as part of what the man’s sister described as an “enormous” effort from emergency services.Nick Dwyer (55) and Barbara Heftman (44) were on a 40-foot yacht that was travelling from New Zealand to Australia as part of a 10 year-long circumnavigation of the globe.It happened in the Tasman Sea, on their way to Sydney on Tuesday. They activated an emergency beacon when the yacht “rolled” after the rudder had broken previously in high seas.It took the rescue boat over 13 hours to get to them. The New South Wales vessel was launched at 7pm on Tuesday and reached the yacht at 8.30am on Wednesday.NSW police, who took part in the rescue along with seven officers from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, described the conditions as treacherous with six-metre swells and gale-force winds. 20,325 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dwyer told reporters,”We encountered enormous seas, waves the size of buildings coming at you constantly, winds that you can’t stand up in, seas breaking, whiteness everywhere.We weren’t sure whether we were going to be rolled again and each time a wave hit, we thought ‘is the one that’s going to take us?“It wasn’t really until the low (pressure system) hit us and we got capsized that we felt we really couldn’t survive this one without assistance.”Dwyer described the rescuers as “absolute heroes”.The pair told BBC News they will stay in Sydney while figuring out what to do next. Dwyer said:Our home’s gone, we’re alive, I expect to live a little bit longer and that’ll be okay.Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Dwyer’s sister Sarah Byrne said that the rescue effort undertaken by the Australian authorities was “absolutely enormous”, and hailed it as “extraordinary”.The whole family are relieved that both Dwyer and Heftman are safe and well, after having to wait all through the night before it was confirmed that both had reached land unharmed.Dwyer has used the past few hours to catch up on some sleep, but his sister said there was no doubt what his next move would be.Despite this ordeal, the pair are eager to get back out onto the water, Byrne said.Absolutely [they’re going to continue]. One thing about sailors is that we enjoy a bit of weather, even if that was a bit extreme… Even if they don’t recover [the boat], they’ll still go back out there to live the dream.Additional reporting by AFP and Sean MurrayRead: Man in serious condition after hit and run in Dublin> 13 Comments center_img Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 3:45 PM http://jrnl.ie/3278218 Irishman Nick Dwyer & french woman Barbara Heftman survived 5 days stranded at sea on their broken yacht off NSW @abcnewsSydney @ABCNews24 pic.twitter.com/I3WM594fUk— Mark Reddie (@ReddieNews) March 8, 2017 Share23 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: Mark Reddie/Twitterlast_img read more

Its all Greek to their ears

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Hellenic Studies Foundation appear to be at loggerheads over the discussions recently held in relation to the future of the Modern Greek Department.The Foundation serves as the custodian of the Greek studies program at UNSW which the University has decided to close down by 2011.Foundation President, Costa Vertzayias, issued a press release stating that, “the effort to save Greek at the UNSW has gained momentum.”  This followed a meeting he and the Greek Consul in NSW, Vasilios Tolios, had with the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, Professor James Donald, and the Head of the Languages Department, Professor Peter Collins, on September 16. The press release explained that the University is not willing to reconsider the decision not to offer a major in Greek after 2011 yet “it left open the possibility to review the situation should student numbers dramatically increase.” This runs contrary to the position the University has expressed in a meeting with Greek community leaders on September 10 and in its public statements. At the meeting held between Greek community leaders and the Professor James Donald on September 10, the University reiterated its position to phase out the Greek program offering only two courses of Introductory Greek for each semester. Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted the University and a spokesperson for the School of Arts and Social Sciences disputed the claim by Mr Vertzayias in his press release. “There is an element of confusion,” the spokesperson Chris Lewis said. He further clarified that although he hadn’t read the press release, things that were relayed to him about its content “do not reflect the University’s decision.”However, when questioned by NKEE about this inconsistency, Mr Vertzayias defended the veracity of his press release and invoked the presence of the Consul General of Greece as a witness. Despite numerous attempts NKEE was unable to speak to Mr Tolios.The University referred NKEE to older statements which outlined the UNSW position on the future of the Modern Greek Department.“Intermediate and advanced Greek courses will be phased out at UNSW in 2010 and 2011,” the statement said. “However, for UNSW students wishing to continue the study of Modern Greek at upper level in the future, arrangements have been made to allow them to do so through cross-institutional enrolment at the University of Sydney. The UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Science Student Centre will manage the process of enrolment. Students will be awarded credit for their studies of Greek at Sydney in their undergraduate Arts degree at UNSW.” The University explained that its decision was taken because the program was no longer viable because of low enrolments.last_img read more

Ministerial award for Greek language student

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rosebank College’s Argy Markopoulos received a Commended Award as part of the 2011 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement-Community Languages Schools. Argy was acknowledged for his commitment to the study of Greek by NSW Minister of Education, The Honourable Adrian Piccoli, at a ceremony last Monday. “I was excited and surprised to have received the award,” said Argy who has been brought up speaking Greek at home. “My parents and sisters all speak Greek and I think we are lucky to have the opportunity to learn about our ethnic heritage and to maintain the culture and traditions of our grandparents”. As Argy said his proficient command of the language was particularly useful during a family holiday to Greece in 2008. “I found it easy to communicate with my relatives while I was there and when I returned to Australia, my Greek had improved dramatically.” College Principal Mr Tom Galea said he was very proud of the Year 7’s achievement. “Argy is a hard working student and an award of this caliber is testament to his pursuit of academic excellence.” It is worth noting that Rosebank College which is an independent, Catholic school located in Five Dock, NSW and has a long standing tradition in the study of languages in both those offered externally through the Saturday School of Community Languages and through the College.last_img read more

Tons of postshow videos from after last nights WrestleMania 33 PPV

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE has posted the following giant amount of videos of all the happenings from last night’s WrestleMania 33 PPV in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

Pension transfers could cost members £2600 over expected lifetime

first_imgPension members choosing to transfer out of their employer’s scheme could receive an income that is £2,600 lower over their expected lifetime, according to research by XPS Pensions Group.The report, Member Outcomes Under Freedom and Choice, published today (7 August 2018), looks at data on defined benefits (DB) scheme transfers, collated by XPS Administration over the period since 2016.The research also found:Depending on the choice of retirement vehicle chosen to receive a transfer, an individual could run out of money seven years earlier if they draw an income of £10,000 per year, and could risk leaving an inheritance of £340,000 lower at the end of their expected lifetime.In an analysis of more than 6,000 transfers from DB schemes, 9% went to a full self-invested personal pension (SIPP), and 86% to a platform SIPP.The average transfer size is £230,000, which could equate to an annual pension of between £7,000 and £10,000.An additional 1% of fees each year, charged as a member moves from an occupational pension scheme into an SIPP, could cost from £100,000 to £150,000 on a £250,000 transfer over a 20-year investment.Wayne Segers, principal, XPS Pensions Group, said: “Members deserve better guidance from the pensions industry. Advisers, employers, and trustees can do more to help them at this vulnerable time. It is hard to escape the fact that the last place where collective, cost effective support can be provided to people is while they are still members of their employer occupational pension scheme.“Charging structures can be complex and confusing and employees may end up paying for flexibility in investments that they don’t need and will never use. With a continued surge in transfers from [DB] schemes expected, it will be important for UK companies to help their employees and ensure they are supported in making good decisions with their pension savings.“Given the amounts of pension savings being transferred and the range of outcomes people face, more needs to be done to ensure people don’t lose out in retirement. Recent high-profile cases have highlighted the need for employers to take ownership to ensure members don’t make poor choices that may lead to reduced income in retirement and the risk of employers themselves being criticised in retrospect. Better support and education is needed so that those choosing to move their pension away from their employer’s scheme make an informed decision.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Michael Caines MBE encourages staff to experience the exceptional

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2019: Michelin star chef Michael Caines MBE (pictured) ensures employee engagement by placing passion at the centre of strategy, and encouraging staff to appreciate and buy into the customer experience they are part of creating.In the closing keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2019, titled ‘The secret sauce of winning leadership’, Caines told stories from his own background and working life, sharing how challenges and hurdles along the journey have helped shape his approach to being a leader. He also described how he built his country house hotel, Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, from a dilapidated wedding venue into a thriving business with engaged, passionate staff.When employees are inducted, for example, they are shown a video expressing Caines’ viewpoint and passion for the business. This is a method of gaining their buy-in into the organisation’s values and mission from day one.“No matter what department they’re in, part of their induction day is to get them into the brand and get them into a sense of the journey that’s been taken to get to Lympstone Manor,” he explained.Other methods Caines uses to ensure that employees value the experience they are providing, is that after one year of service, staff members are able to stay and dine at the hotel for free. This is seen as both a perk and a method of ensuring that they realise the value of their work.At festive dinners that take place each year, employees are shown promotional videos and informed about projects that are underway within the business. The organisation also uses champions and ambassadors to use storytelling and broadcast messages about key products and developments.“We see our business through the individuals that we employ,” he said. “[The business] has captured my heart, and now I want it to capture the hearts of others.“We have a strong identity in [the phrase] ‘experience the exceptional’. That’s not just for our guests, that’s also for our staff. Even if they leave us, we want them to feel that their time with us has been exceptional.”Caines noted that an important part of the organisation’s journey was creating a brand and a sense of identity and place. This aims to be seen not just by guests, but lived throughout the day-to-day workings of the hotel. At the core, Caines said, is passion.“Passion for food, passion for hospitality, passion for wine, a passion for housekeeping; we don’t leave anyone out,” he explained. “We use that as a narrative to empower and also buy-in our staff.”When it comes to environmental commitments, for example, the hotel is committed to ‘guilt-free pleasure’, and Caines stated that it is important for staff to be able to see sustainable values being carried through each element of the business, from removing plastic straws to sourcing local produce, reinforcing the brand.“We bring our staff into our projects, so that they can be a narrative [about] what we do,” he said. “So many of us do amazing stuff within our workplace, but we never really record it, so we lose the opportunity to tell the story. It’s a great marketing tool but also acts as a huge empowerment [tool] for your staff.”Caines went on to outline the key ingredients that make up strong leadership, which include honesty, leading by example, accountability, good communications, being willing to delegate and empower, and fairness. He also explained that it is important to set clear goals for individuals and teams, and to motivate employees and recognise their effort.“It’s about future-proofing and inspiring the next generation, and to do that you have to lead by example,” he said. “The engagement of staff is a reflection of your own leadership ability. One team, one dream, one outcome.”last_img read more

Man airlifted following industrial accident in Medley

first_imgMEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) – A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was injured during an industrial accident in Medley.He was said to be working at a warehouse near Northwest 101st Street and 91st Court on Tuesday.Officials said the man was injured after he got his hand stuck inside some machinery.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene just after 6 a.m. and transported him as a trauma alert patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 9 Billerica Man Issued Summons Coyote Sighting Bike

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, July 9, 2018:Police issued a summons to Frederick James Gutierrez (26, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Inspired Expiration Sticker. (1:25am)A Jacques Lane caller reporting sick or injured raccoon in yard. Animal Control Officer retrieved raccoon and brought to Best Pets in Tewksbury. (7:11am)A caller reported a coyote ran out in front of her vehicle on Boutwell Street. Caller was concerned coyote was out during the day. Officer advised caller coyotes are also out during the day. Animal Control Officer checked the area, but was unable to locate. (9:27am)Inbound train was blocking Middlesex Avenue/Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (9:37am)A walk-in party brought in a black bicycle (2013 black Shimano 29 mountain bike) found on Glen Road. (8:14pm)A caller reported his ex-girlfriend is trashing his lawn outside his residence. Party left before police arrived. (9:22pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 19: Bad Day For One Family With Arrest & SummonsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

VIDEO Braves fan who drove all the way to Cincinnati catches Ronald

first_img Overwhelmed by the sheer joy of the moment, Joe Webster immediately sprinted for the exit to the concourse and continued tearing through the stadium on his victory lap. Sometimes the sports gods reward you for your dedication.That @Braves fan who caught Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first home run? He drove up from Atlanta just to see the game. @KelsWingert has more: pic.twitter.com/ADHVr3fVil— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018 Braves superstar prospect Ronald Acuña launched his first career home run on a 416 foot second inning rocket on the road in Cincinnati. In a cool coincidence, the bomb was caught by a lone Braves fan who made the drive all the way from Atlanta to watch the game.🚨🚨 TAPE MEASURE SHOT FOR THE PHENOM 🚨🚨@Braves prospect Ronald Acuña Jr. hits his first career home run 416 feet into the second deck. Welcome to the future.#Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/KdAvqTzWwL— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 26, 2018 Advertisementcenter_img Eventually Webster stopped running and gave the souvenir to Acuña .last_img read more

Queer Wave Coffee seeks to create space for the LGBTI community in

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘One of my many privileges is that I’m an extrovert. I can’t keep my mouth shut. This is a privilege that I have to use,’ Goot says. She has been vocal about discrimination issues and challenges LGBTI people face every day.‘To be heard and to speak are two fundamental things we can do to break down the patriarchy,’ Goot states.Goot has been thinking a lot about the concept of safe spaces recently.‘Lately there has been a lot more than just “a bit of anxiety” that I have been facing going out into workplaces professionally,’ she explains. ‘It’s been extremely challenging to face the day, from being misgendered to not taken seriously. I realize that it isn’t me with the problem, but those that are scared of what they don’t know. Finding ways to show we are humans just like everyone else.’Supporting QWCYou can support Queer Wave Coffee by purchasing a t-shirt, designed in collaboration with RJ from Queer Coffee Events and Denver-based artist and barista Breezy Sanchez.‘These shirts were produced with the sole purpose to bring in money for future Queer in Coffee events. I would love to see other coffee communities use this logo to help raise money for queer-related events in their own communities. This is not only for queers obviously, but to support our existence in the community,’ Goot says.‘I want QWC to exist for whatever reason it needs to. I’m not here to dictate that or give it any strict guidelines. Think of it like the Critical Mass movement (bicycles), which has no leaders. A anarchistic movement that anyone can be a part of and participate in. Their goal was to create awareness of cyclists on the road, the destruction that the oil industry creates, and anything else you wanted it to mean.’Purchase a t-shirt by reaching out to Goot via email, and keep up with Queer Wave Coffee on Instagram.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queer Coffee hosts a successful first event, hopes to expand to other US citiesBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-wave-coffee-seeks-create-space-lgbti-community-coffee-industry/ Queer Wave Coffee (QWC) has announced its arrival in light of the success of Queer Coffee Events.Much like Queer Coffee Events, QWC’s mission is to be a supportive space for LGBTI people in the coffee industry. Yet, according to founder Dani Goot, it’s also meant to be a ‘safe place and support hub for not just those that work in the coffee industry. It’s a safe place for anyone that finds themselves with challenges in their workplace, on the street, in their family. It’s a place to be heard and a place to listen.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Who is Dani Goot?According to Barista Magazine, Goot is a ‘legend’ in the coffee industry. She’s been working in coffee for almost two decades. She currently works as head of strategy for Bellwether Coffee, a small start-up based out of Berkeley, California.However, it wasn’t until Goot began transitioning last year that she noticed the issues LGBTI people in the coffee industry—particularly queer baristas—face.‘I am 43 years old and started transitioning almost a year ago. I have been in the coffee industry over 20 years and have identified as male up ’til last year,’ Goot tells Barista Magazine.‘It’s been very challenging to walk out into the world as I am professionally. There is a bit of a anxiety with cold-calling potential accounts along with seeing colleagues that don’t know I have started transitioning.’‘I have always seen and heard the challenges queer folx, women, POC [people of color], and all marginalized folx have in our industry. Once I started my transition, I felt compelled to do something to not only help others, but myself as well,’ Goot says.QWC vs. Queer Coffee EventsUnlike Queer Coffee Events, which as the name suggests holds events for LGBTI people in the industry, QWC is more of a signal for coffee professionals looking for support. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more