first_imgThe England flier touched down twice in the first half as The Barbarians made light of the freezing conditions and snow flurries with a fluent display, attacking from everywhere against an Army side that pinned them back for several spells.Saracens hooker Kat Evans opened the scoring from close range, cutting back in following a scrum turnover, before McAlister created the openings for Elen Evans’s 50-metre run to the line and Gregson’s dash down the right.The Baa-baas kept the ball alive through a mixture of cross-kicks and offloads before Stapleton put Gregson in for her second in the 20th minute.There were two more before the break with Wooden touching down on the right and Elen Evans grabbing her second.It looked like the Barbarians would cut loose after the interval, particularly when Baltruweit powered over from close range in the 45th minute.But the Army dug in after that, their replacements all made an impact going into the final quarter and the Barbarians had Gillian Bourke sin-binned 10 minutes from time.last_img read more

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first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Azpilicueta heaped praise on Hazard following the Europa League triumph 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty REVEALED REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Eden Hazard has snubbed massive contract offers from Chelsea’s Premier League rivals to join Real Madrid, hints Cesar Azpilicueta.The Belgian has all-but confirmed his Stamford Bridge exit after inspiring the Blues to Europa League glory on Thursday night. “He always showed his desire not to sign for an English team, even if he could have better contracts.“He has never been a selfish person.“He always had this dream to play for Real Madrid and we will see what happens.“But I think he has been very honest until the last day. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 deals gameday cracker He bagged a brace in the 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal in Baku, before telling BT Sport: “I think it’s goodbye.”The 28-year-old has dreamed of playing for Madrid since he was a child – but Azpilicueta, his Chelsea team-mate, suggests Hazard had options to move elsewhere in England.He said: “Honestly, the times that he had to cope with the rumours. shining tense Getty Images – Getty no dice Hazard provided Chelsea with the perfect parting gift in Baku “That’s why the fans they love him because he didn’t play with the club, he didn’t move for another contract.“He just always gives his best. He was very clear with the club and that’s why the club is also happy with him.“Obviously it is a big opportunity for him. He has been amazing for us and I hope he still wins trophies in Real Madrid.”last_img read more

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first_img30 May 2013 South African botanist William Bond from the University of Cape Town has been elected as a foreign associate of the independent United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his achievements in original research. Bond, from UCT’s Department of Biological Sciences, joins conservation biologist Richard Cowling from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth as the only two current South African foreign associates of the NAS, UCT announced last week. The NAS is a non-profit society of distinguished scholars in their fields established by an Act of Congress by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to advance research and knowledge in scientific fields. It provides science and technology advice to members, who are elected to membership by their peers for contributions to research. There are almost 2 200 members, of which 400 are foreign associates and 200 are Nobel Laureates. Foreign associates are non-voting members of the Academy with citizenship outside the US. Bond is the fifth African scientist to be elected to the NAS. Kenya’s Meave Leakey was the only other African to be elected as a foreign associate this year. Leakey is an ecologist with a research interest in the processes that control large-scale vegetation; in particular, his research has looked at how wildfires shape global vegetation. He is an A-rated researcher with South Africa’s National Research Foundation. “African vegetation is particularly interesting and challenging to study because of the complex interplay between climate, fire, large mammal herbivores, people and increasing carbon dioxide, the hidden hand of global change,” Bond said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgKuala-Lumpur based AirAsia, and its partner AirAsia X are winners of AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards Best Low-Cost Carriers Award for the Asia/Pacific region.Launched in 2002 by Tony Fernandes with just two planes Air Asia has had a spectacular growth over the past 16 years to become a dominant force in the Asian region.The rise and rise of KL-based AirAsia are without doubt one of the airline industry’s great success stories for it has had to combat one external crisis after another, plus maneuver around a host of roadblocks put up by governments wanting to protect their national (and often government-owned) airlines.And there were plenty of knockers, including former Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines DG Richard Stirland, who told a low-cost airline conference in 2003 that LCCs “will be something we read about rather than worry about.” He went on to target Fernandes personally: “I regret to say that many of those who, in the fashion of Saint John the Baptist, announce the imminent arrival of a savior in the form of Richard Branson or even Tony Fernandes appear not to have considered the facts.”READ: Philippine Airlines Most Improved For 2019The facts are that AirAsia has re-written the rule book for airlines in Asia and beyond and today AirAsia has 90 aircraft flying to 75 destinations, while AirAsia X has 25 aircraft flying to 22 destinations. (these numbers exclude the JV partners).The AirAsia Group serves 165 destinations across 25 countries.AirAsia X Premium FlatbedAirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said that the win was “richly deserved.”“Mr. Fernandes and AirAsia X Malaysia chief executive Benyamin Ismail have done an outstanding job guiding the airlines to their market dominant position.”“These airlines have made travel affordable for tens of millions throughout Asia, and they offer outstanding value and a great experience.”AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We are proud to be recognized as champions and thrilled to see such highly accomplished industry peers appreciate the efforts we’ve made in areas of operational safety and innovation.“This award is significant because it highlights the key role AirAsia has played in making air travel possible for hundreds of millions of people. This award also casts light on the work we’ve done to be the best in safety and passenger experience.”AirAsia Malaysia recently jumped from a 4/7 star safety rating to an impressive 7/7 stars, following its completion of IATA’s independent IOSA audit in September this year.Long haul sister airline, AirAsia X Malaysia moved up 1 product rating point this year to 4.5/5 stars, following its commitment to redefining premium low-cost travel with its award-winning Premium Flatbed.AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “These awards are a testament to the incredible efforts of our staff (our Allstars), who live and breathe our values ‘Safety always’ and ‘People first’ each and every day.AirAsia X CEO Ben Ismail“Being recognized and rated by experts in the industry helps to ensure our team remain motivated to developing and understanding the drivers associated with safety and customer service excellence.”And the airlines are not resting on their laurels.Both airlines have large fleets of the latest Airbus models on the way.KL-based AirAsia has the A321neo on order and AirAsia X the A330-900neo. Both designs slash fuel burn heling the airlines keep fares low. AirAsia was one of the first airlines to take delivery of the A320neo in 2016.READ: The AirlineRatings Top 10 Airlines For 2019And AirAsia X is looking to boost its premium product in a move designed to differentiate it from its low-cost competition and reposition its brand.AirAsia X already offers its premium customers separate check-in and boarding, an additional luggage allowance,  flatbed seats, a free meal, water, and entertainment as well as a premium blanket and pillow.The Kuala Lumpur-based airline, which celebrates its 11th anniversary in November, was the world’s first low-cost carrier to introduce Flatbed seats and flies a product that is 20-inches wide with a generous 60-inch seat pitch.But Ismail says he wants to tweak the Premium Flatbed product to boost yield.“The team’s working on it but I think what I have in my mind is making a bit more of a presentation regarding the food that you get,’’ he said.He said the airline would price the improvements into the fare and see whether the market absorbs it.But he believed the main attraction of the airline’s premium seating was the extra legroom.last_img read more

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first_imgTo read the original post on FiveL Blog, please click here. First, let’s bust a few myths and misconceptions. If I use a student as part of a local college or university’s internship program it’s OK if it is unpaid. Not necessarily. The source of the intern is not a factor in determining whether an intern must be paid or may be properly unpaid.If the student agrees in advance and in writing that the internship is unpaid then that’s OK. You’re closer this time but the intent or understanding of the parties is only one of six (6) factors the US Department of Labor (DOL) uses to assess intern classification as paid or unpaid. What’s the issue?  Take the case of an unpaid intern who is unlawfully harassed (sexually or otherwise) by a manager at the company where s/he is participating in the internship.  If the intern is not an employee then the intern is not entitled to the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act so could not sue the employer for unlawful harassment. That was the finding of one court last summer, which seemed to trigger national attention on this issue. Practical Tips?  Get it right the first time.  Consider the six factors above for each and every intern before you let that individual begin an internship with you.  If all six factors are not met then consider paying the individual at least minimum wage (higher of federal or state). And in the interim watch for legislation at the federal and/or state levels that may impact your use of unpaid interns.  What’s the risk?  This issue is so prevalent there are even law firms and websites cropping up and dedicated to ensuring interns are properly paid. You may have read headlines in the last year related to litigation, legislation and new laws at the state and local levels addressing unpaid interns’ right to certain employment protections.  Even the White House has been subjected to pressure and criticism for its use of unpaid interns.  So let’s look at those six factors. They are published by the DOL in Fact Sheet #71. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.Now how do we apply these?  Notice the key word at the end of Item #5…”and.”  This is not a weighted test.  The intern must meet all six factors in order to be properly unpaid.   ‘Tis the season. No, not that season, but the time of year when employers ask, “Can we still use unpaid interns?” The answer is a qualified, “Yes!”  The key is ensuring you and the intern meet certain criteria (what else is new?). last_img read more

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first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology lauren orsini Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#Galaxy Gear#Microsoft#Moto 360#Motorola#Samsung Moto 360 flagship smartwatch by MotorolaMicrosoft is preparing to launch a fitness wearable in the next few weeks, sources say. According to Forbes’ covert sources, the new gadget will take the form of—what else?—a smart watch that tracks the wearer’s heart rate. The major advantage of this offering, anonymous sources say, is a battery life that extends more than two days. This smart watch offering could put Microsoft ahead of Samsung and Motorola, whose competing smart watches—the Galaxy Gear and Moto 360—have a battery life of about 24 hours. Since the watch will allegedly be launching before the 2014 holiday season, it will also have an advantage over the Apple Watch, which has been delayed until next spring. See also: What You Can Do With The Apple WatchThis offering would mark Microsoft’s first foray into the world of smart watches.Photo of Moto 360 via Motorolalast_img read more

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first_imgAn electioneering Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced government support of smart city innovation that could see more than $100 million invested each year.As announced in a campaign press release, Turnbull will create a smart city investment fund and a collaborative smart cities program if he is re-elected in early July.Turnbull promised to establish an investment fund to “accelerate the deployment of clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology in cities.” The fund, which will be run by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will create a funding pool that could generate up to $100 million annually.“This initiative will support projects that demonstrate value for money and provide a return which will be reinvested in new projects,” said in the media release. “These investments will drive new jobs and enterprise, reduce greenhouse emissions and make our cities more resilient.”New Australian smart cities program comingHe also promised to establish a $50 million Smart Cities Program that seeks collaboration from local governments in order to improve city livability through the application of innovative technology-based approaches.“The Smart Cities Program will incentivise councils to partner with communities, local business, not-for-profits and research institutes to create cutting edge technology solutions for urban problems,” the release said.“Australia’s cities are home to the majority of our population and responsible for more than 80 per cent of national economic output,” continued Turnbull’s media statement, adding that “…our cities are at the frontline of action on climate change.”This follows Turnbull’s announcement in May of a Smart Cities Plan that would create a new unit for infrastructure finance with the goal in mind of providing the resources needed to create smart cities throughout Australia’s metropolitan regions.Part of this plan is to create what is being dubbed as “30 minute cities” which describes a city where anyone can commute to work, school, and its various lifestyle services in 30 minutes or less. This would require some major overhauls to Australia’s current transportation system, especially in cities like Melbourne where traffic congestion is a considerable problem. Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts center_img Tags:#Australia#Internet of Things#Investment#IoT#Smart Cities#transportation Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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