Craig Shakespeare’s short reign as Leicester City manager was brought to an end on Tuesday when the Premier League club confirmed he had been sacked after four months in permanent charge.The 53-year-old, assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri when Leicester stunned the sporting world to win the 2015-16 Premier League title, assumed a caretaker role in February after Italian Ranieri was sacked with the club in a relegation battle.Shakespeare inspired a quick turnaround in fortunes, leading the club to safety and into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and was rewarded with the permanent job in June.Leicester have managed only one win in their opening eight games this season, however, and Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion left them third from bottom.In a statement on the club’s website vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City — during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as manager in challenging circumstances.“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward.”Shakespeare, part of Leicester’s coaching set-up since 2011 and an integral component in the club’s first English league title, won his first four games in charge in all competitions as the team eventually recovered to finish in 12th spot.They also suffered a narrow defeat by Atletico Madrid in the last eight of the Champions League.Leicester lost key midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window and although they signed the likes of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Hull defender Harry Maguire, results have been disappointing.Their only victory so far in the Premier League came against newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion in August.Shakespeare has not been helped by a tough run of fixtures which included matches against Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United — all of which ended in defeats.November offers an easier run, with games against Swansea City, Everton and Stoke City as well as a League Cup tie against second-tier Leeds United.Leicester have appointed Shakespeare’s assistant, Michael Appleton, as caretaker manager while they seek a new permanent appointment, and he will take charge for the Swansea game, supported by first team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.Shakespeare is the second top-flight manager to lose his job this season after Frank de Boer lasted only four league games.
The low turnout for the suicide prevention walk, hosted by the Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS) Guyana last Saturday, has prompted its representatives to call for intensified support.Under the theme: “Be the one to save a life, speak up, speak out”, the walk started at 08:00h in New Amsterdam, Berbice, commencing at Philadelphia Road and ending at Garison Road.POTS, who has been advertising the event for months now, was disappointed with the turn out.Members of the Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS)Only twelve persons turned up to the walk, but nevertheless, they all braved the morning heat and walked in solidarity for the worthy cause.Berbice was the targeted area because of the high suicide rate in that region. However, despite the low turnout, the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) was not deterred from its mission to spread awareness throughout the county.According to the publisher of POTS, Sasha Rawof, the NGO is hoping to further target schools in Berbice.Rawof explained that the organisation will be preparing and giving lectures to the students and teachers, educating them and bringing “much needed” awareness on the issue of suicide.The POTS representative said that Berbice is the focus of the organisation currently and much work will be done there.However, she used the opportunity to make the call for the support of the Berbicians so that their work can be continued. Later this month POTS Guyana will be hosting a blood drive in the area.The volunteer programme is working to prevent suicide among teenagers in Guyana through education, training and support. Already, the Education Ministry has collaborated with POTS allowing it to tour schools in all 11 education districts so as to interact with students.GTT as part of its ‘do more’ campaign, which is geared towards fulfilling the company’s corporate social responsibility, has supported Punch’s efforts with a $4 million donation which will be G-Talk Suicide Hotline, Regional Billboard programme throughout Guyana, I-commit to Life bracelets and the premiere of the “Staying Alive” music video which will be us used to fund seven of 10 billboards which will be erected in each region of the country advertising the efforts of POTS Guyana.This is being done through a collaborative effort between the Ministries of Health and Education and corporate Guyana.The organisation was officially launched in September of 2015 by former Miss World, Lisa Punch.
Oman Air, the self-proclaimed “boutique airline” among much bigger Persian Gulf airline giants, is cutting back on ambitious goals set out in richer times.“It was our plan to operate a fleet of 70 jets by 2020, serving 75 destinations. Now we have adapted that to just 60 aircraft,” Oman Air chief executive Paul Gregorowitsch told journalists in Hamburg, Germany.Oman Air CEO Paul GregorowitschThe Sultanate of Oman is one of the biggest Gulf states in size, equal to Poland or Italy, but inhabited by only 4.4m people.Oman Air was founded as a regional carrier in 1993, entering intercontinental markets in 2007 with flights to Bangkok and London-Heathrow.Last year, Oman Air carried 7.7m passengers in its fleet of 47 aircraft, compared to 6.4m in 2015.But now the economic situation of the Gulf states has deteriorated dramatically with a permanently fall in oil prices.Read: Etihad posts $US1.87 billion loss.“There is a cash shortage in the whole Gulf region,” says Gregorowitsch, a Dutch national who previously served as chief operating officer at Air Berlin.While the current oil price hovers around $US55 a barrel, “we will never get back to $80 or $90,” predicts the CEO, “but they continue to spend money in the Gulf as if oil would still sell for $90.”Oman and the whole region “faces enormous economic challenges and needs to become more sustainable. We are forced to operate more in the way of a normal, commercial business, while remaining the national airline,” says Gregorowitsch.By 2020, Oman Air wants to operate 40 narrow- and 60 wide-bodies.Four Embraer E-175s will leave the fleet soon and, from next year, the first of 20 Boeing 737 MAX8s ordered will arrive: six in 2018 and seven in 2019, replacing the current 737-800s.It is not clear yet which long-haul aircraft Oman Air will operate in the future.“The question, that will be answered by the board also for political reasons, is whether we replace the A330s with A350s or streamline our portfolio to operate a pure Boeing fleet,’’ says Gregorowitsch.“I would be very much in favour of going all-Boeing, as it brings huge economic benefits.”OMAN AIR REDEFINES ITSELFAs with all Gulf carriers, Oman Air is currently in a state of redefining itself because of changed fortunes.“Dubai was built on a credit card and now is not generating cash anymore, an airline consolidation in the Gulf is long overdue,” the Oman Air chief says.In contrast to its neighboring states, it is not a case of Big is beautiful in Oman.“The Sultanate aims to be sustainable, all income is reinvested in the country and not poured into wars as elsewhere,” the airline executive says.“Members of the government are traveling less and often not in premium classes, and most importantly, we don’t get any more state money.”Gregorowitsch is the only Gulf airline boss openly admitting to receiving state aid.In 2015, Oman Air received the equivalent of $US153m from state coffers. Last year it was US$104m, “and this year it was zero,” according to the CEO.This means his airline has to look for new allies.One of them is Lufthansa with which there is an “excellent” partnership already, Oman Air has codeshare agreements with no less than 35 carriers.Gregorowitsch does not see his carrier joining an alliance but would not rule out a merger.“If we don’t want to end up like Malév or Sabena we need growth, and that is possibly only to be had with a partner,” he says.SIGNS OF IMMINENT CONSOLIDATIONAt the same time, the airline chief sees signs of imminent consolidation already in the Gulf:“The current integration of the offerings of Emirates with Fly Dubai, which now serves eleven destinations on behalf of Emirates, is a good example,’’ he adds. “ And I wouldn’t rule out a merger of Emirates and Etihad.”The next important step for Oman Air will be the long-delayed opening of the new airport in Muscat, just opposite the old one.It will now start operations on March 25, 2018, for the summer schedule, while the ceremonial opening will take place on National Day, November 23.“The second runway and the last part of the terminal haven’t been finished yet,” Gregorowitsch observes. “They had the same problems as Berlin’s new airport with fire protection installations and high-voltage cables. Also, everything was ordered in times of richness, only the most expensive outfitting, from within it looks like a mixture of a palace and an art museum.”At first, it was perfectionism delaying the opening but lately, standstills have been due to a cash shortage, meaning contractors couldn’t be paid and stopped working.After moving to the new complex, Oman Air plans to establish new routes to Hong Kong and Seoul.“Otherwise, we’d rather go double daily than to open up new routes,” says the CEO.Currently, there are two flights a day only to London and Kuala Lumpur, while Bangkok is served three times a day and there is one daily flight to each Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Paris, Milan, and Manchester.
By Leah Schoeb, IntelAs data centers manage their growing volumes of data while maintaining SLAs, storage acceleration and optimization become all the more important. To help enterprises keep pace with data growth, storage developers and OEMs need technologies that enable them to accelerate the performance and throughput of data while making the optimal use of available storage capacity.These goals are at the heart of the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library (Intel ISA-L), a set of building blocks designed to help storage developers and OEMs maximize performance, throughput, security, and resilience, while minimizing capacity usage, in their storage solutions. The acceleration comes from highly optimized assembly code, built with deep insight into the Intel® Architecture processors.Intel® ISA-L is an algorithmic library that enables users to obtain more performance from Intel CPUs and reduce investment in developing their own optimizations. The library also uses dynamic linking to allow the same code to run optimally across Intel’s line of processors, from Atom to Xeon, and the same technique assures forwards and backwards compatibility as well, making it ideally suited for both software-defined storage and OEM or “known hardware” usage. Ultimately, the library helps end-user customers accelerate service deployment, improve interoperability, and reduce TCO by providing support for storage solutions that make data centers more efficient.This downloadable library is composed of optimized algorithms in five main areas: data protection, data integrity, compression, cryptography, and hashing. For instance, Intel® ISA-L delivers up to 7x bandwidth improvement for hash functions compared to OpenSSL algorithms. In addition it, delivers up to 4x bandwidth improvement on compression compared to the zlib compression library, and it lets users get to market faster and with fewer resources than they would need if they had to develop (and maintain!) their own optimizations.One way Intel® ISA-L could assist to accelerate storage performance in a cost-effective manner is by accelerating data deduplication algorithms using chunking and hashing functions. If you develop storage solutions, you know all about the goodness of data deduplication and how it can improve capacity optimization by reducing the need for duplicated data. During the data deduplication process, a hashing function can be combined to generate a fingerprint for the data chunks. Once each chunk has a fingerprint, incoming data can be compared to a stored database of existing fingerprints and, when a match is found, the duplicate data does not need to be written to the disk again.Data deduplication algorithms can be very CPU-intensive and leave little processor utilization for other tasks, Intel® ISA-L removes this barrier. The combination of Intel® processors and Intel® ISA-L can provide the tools to help accelerate everything from small office NAS appliances up to enterprise storage systems.The Intel® ISA-L toolkit is free to be downloaded, and parts of it are available as open source software. The open source version contains data protection, data integrity, and compression algorithms, while the full licensed version also includes cryptographic and hashing functions. In both cases, the code is provided free of charge.Our investments in Intel® ISA-L reflect our commitment to helping our industry partners bring new, faster, and more efficient storage solutions to market. This is the same goal that underlies the new Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK), launched this week at the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in Santa Clara. This open source initiative, spearheaded by Intel, leverages an end-to-end user-level storage reference architecture, spanning from NIC to disk, to achieve performance that is both highly scalable and highly efficient.For a deeper dive, visit the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library site. Or for a high-level overview, check out this quick Intel ISA-L video presentation from my colleague Nathan Marushak.
Suzhou (China): Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show once more for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring an eye-catching first goal as the French champions beat Sydney FC 3-0 on Tuesday in China. Strike partner Edinson Cavani also scored in the first half before substitute Metehan Guclu netted with a clever flick a minute from time in sweltering Suzhou. In the absence of Neymar, the Brazilian who is still working his way back to full fitness, the French starlet Mbappe was the focus of attention. There was a buzz of anticipation each time the 20-year-old prodigy received the ball. Julian Draxler, the German midfielder, told AFP on Monday that the attacking trio of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar — who wants to leave the club — had “egos”. Two of those egos collided when Mbappe and Cavani got in one another’s way, squandering their side’s first chance. An inquest ensued. Playing in fluorescent orange, the Parisians, who earlier in the day announced the signing of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, lay siege to the Sydney goal. Moments after the Australians had a goal ruled out for off-side, World Cup winner Mbappe exchanged passes with Juan Bernat before firing beyond goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne on 37 minutes. Six minutes later it was 2-0, Cavani hooking the ball in after Redmayne parried. The floppy-haired Uruguayan and Mbappe were subbed at the break as coach Thomas Tuchel changed all his outfield players. PSG play Rennes in the domestic Trophee des Champions on Saturday in Shenzhen. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
A blazing 67* after a polished 42 earned Parthiv Patel plaudits from his skipper Virat Kohli and the comeback man is thankful to the whole team for making him feel wanted in the Indian Test team’s dressing room where he had stepped in after eight long years.”It was because of the kind of welcome and vibes I got in the dressing room, which was really important. Coming after eight years and wearing India whites, you are a bit nervous before the start of the Test match or while you are preparing for that moment to play for India. The guys welcomed me and it never felt like I was coming back to the dressing room after a huge gap,” Parthiv told BCCI.TV. (Also read: Mohali Test: Parthiv Patel’s frenetic fifty delivers huge win, India take 2-0 series lead)What was the icing on the cake was Parthiv hitting those winning runs.”It was a great moment for me. I have been a part of Test matches before but I had never ever hit the winning runs,” said the pint-sized Gujarat stumper.”As a batsman, it feels great to finish off the game. To get the winning runs after making a comeback is a proud moment for me. Virat was at the other end and he said he was very happy to see me getting runs. (Also read: Parthiv Patel, on Test comeback, an instant hit with Mohali crowd)”Playing for your country is the biggest honour and making a comeback is even harder. He along with other teammates made me comfortable as and it was pleasing to get runs for the team.”advertisementParthiv said consistent performances in domestic cricket also helped him a lot.”Having played domestic cricket for long, I know my game well. I was always backing myself to get runs. I was in very good form in first-class cricket and I wanted to make this opportunity count. I wanted to continue that form into this Test match. (Also read: Parthiv Patel’s performance will put Wriddhiman Saha under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”It is the kind of energy you need to take while you are batting. The most important part is to get runs in the game and if you are getting them, you release a lot of pressure off yourself and from the partner who is batting with you at the other end.”The 42 runs in the first innings gave him a lot of confidence.”I played well in the first innings as well but it was necessary to show intent in the second innings, especially when you are chasing a low score. I am glad I could get a fifty in the second innings and stay there till the end for the team.”Parthiv said that his keeping though can improve as he plays more Tests.”I am happy with the way I kept wickets but I can always get better. To keep wickets on this kind of a track was not as easy as it looked like but now I have some time to work on it. There is always room for improvement. Hopefully, I can come out better the next time I keep wickets.”
For an hour Arsenal were at least salvaging some pride against Bayern Munich, then the ceiling came crashing down as they exited the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday with a matching pair of 5-1 defeats against the merciless Bundesliga giants. (Latest Football stories)A second-half capitulation after captain Laurent Koscielny was sent off resulted in Arsenal conceding five goals for the first time at their Emirates Stadium as they suffered their worst home defeat in 19 years.Arsenal were attempting an unlikely comeback after their horror show in Munich last month and were making a decent fist of it when Theo Walcott smashed in after 20 minutes.But from the moment Koscielny was red-carded and Lewandowski converted the resulting penalty in the 55th minute, Arsenal’s belief ebbed and Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran amok with Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal piling on the agony.By the end Bayern were threatening to surpass the 12-1 aggregate score they piled up against Sporting Lisbon in 2009 but had to be content with a 10-2 margin that sent an ominous warning to whoever they face in the quarter-finals.Reuters PhotoBefore kickoff some Arsenal fans staged a small protest calling for manager Arsene Wenger to end his 21-year reign at the club.Those calls will grow louder now after a seventh successive exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League.Yet Wenger was belligerent afterwards, blaming referee Tasos Sidiropoulos for killing off his side with the sending off of skipper Koscielny, whose injury shortly after halftime in Munich prompted a similar Gunners collapse.advertisement”I felt that we produced a performance with spirit and pride that we wanted and after that the story finished badly,” Wenger told reporters. “The fact the end result will not highlight the quality of our performance is very disappointing.”Ancelotti, bidding to win the Champions League with a third club after triumphs with AC Milan and Real Madrid, had some sympathy for his under-fire former Premier League adversary.”Until the penalty it was a difficult game and Arsenal played very well,” he said. “It was a strange game. The result doesn’t reflect what happened on the pitch.”With Alexis Sanchez restored to the starting lineup after being dropped by Wenger against Liverpool there was a verve about Arsenal in the first half.When Walcott thumped a shot past Manuel Neuer from a tight angle and had a penalty appeal turned down after appearing to be tripped by Xabi Alonso, Bayern were rattled.Walcott hit the side-netting with another blast and Olivier Giroud headed against the post before the Frenchman headed an even better chance wastefully over just after halftime.Then it all went horribly wrong for the hosts.Lewandowski was shoved by Koscielny as he ran through in the 55th minute and Sidiropoulos, who had initially only shown a yellow to the defender, reached for his red card. Lewandowski sent David Ospina the wrong way from the spot.Robben then capitalised on a mistake by Sanchez to run through and put Bayern ahead before substitute Douglas Costa curled in a stunning third in the 78th minute.If it had been a boxing match the towel would have been thrown in but there was no hiding place and Vidal struck two late goals, both from close-range as the home defence went AWOL, to the unbridled glee of Bayern’s sizeable support.
Close to 300,000 illegal cigarettes destined for streets in the province were seized this week by Service Nova Scotia, working in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The tobacco has a tax value of $79,808 in provincial taxes and $60,900 in federal taxes. The seizure was made on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Lower Sackville. A 53-year-old male from Dartmouth was arrested and will appear in court today, Dec. 22, to face charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, the Excise Act, and the Criminal Code. The Service Nova Scotia Compliance and Special Investigations Unit was the lead investigator working in partnership with the Nova Scotia RCMP Serious and Organized Crime unit. The Lower Sackville RCMP detachment assisted with the arrest. “Decreasing the sale and consumption of illegal tobacco is a core part of our work,” said Minister of Service Nova Scotia Mark Furey. “Contraband tobacco takes tobacco tax revenue away from public services Nova Scotians rely on, compromises public safety through links to organized crime and undermines provincial health objectives. “Each seizure we make with our law enforcement partners helps keep our communities safe from this serious crime.” Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement section, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in the province by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco present in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to between five to 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward between $50 to $2,500.
WASHINGTON – Negotiations start Wednesday for an update to the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement. This glossary of negotiating terms helps explain understand some of the underlying dynamics of these talks.Demandeur: The party requesting a negotiation. In this case, it’s the U.S. The demandeur is generally considered to have weaker leverage, but that weakness is mitigated here by the U.S.’s economic might, and by President Donald Trump’s efforts to re-establish leverage with the ultimate threat: ripping up the deal.Zone of possible agreement: Exactly what it sounds like. For example, say the U.S. wants Canada’s dairy industry opened 100 per cent to free-market competition, but would secretly settle for two per cent. And suppose Canada wants a zero per cent change, but would eventually settle for four per cent. That leaves an eventual zone of agreement between two and four per cent.Non-agreement alternative: Your power at the negotiating table is tied to what happens if you walk away. If your Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) is the status quo, and you’re happy with it, you have power. This is Canada and Mexico’s position. Trump has moved to scramble that rosy scenario by threatening the end of NAFTA.Fast track: Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress has power over international agreements. Because no country wants to negotiate with 535 amendment-adding American lawmakers, the U.S. political system has devised a compromise. It’s formally called Trade Promotion Authority — better known as “fast track.” Under a fast-track law, the White House handles negotiations with the foreigners. In exchange, lawmakers are guaranteed a role in shaping U.S. strategy, with regular consultations.Supply management: A system that protects a sector shielded from free trade, with import limits and price controls. Canada has such a system for dairy and poultry. The U.S. hates it. Recent trade deals have seen Canada open up the system slightly. Canada agreed to a 3.25 per cent opening in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for fear of a scary BATNA there: being shut out of a new global trade zone. It will now likely argue that, like the TPP, and like old milk, that offer is expired.Diafiltered milk: Supply management isn’t the main irritant listed by the U.S. dairy industry. It’s especially unhappy that Canadian producers get to profit from price controls, and then can sell skimmed-off diafiltered components for cheese-making at (lower) market prices, squeezing Americans out of this growing market. The Canadian government created a new category of dairy product for this purpose, Class 7. It became internationally famous when President Donald Trump complained about it.Rules of origin: Will be a big issue. It involves what percentage of a product is really North American, and therefore deserving of being traded without tariffs. Under NAFTA, a 62.5 per cent of car components must be North American to count as a domestic tariff-free product. The Trump team wants that raised. But key details still aren’t clear — including whether it will be designed to target Asia, or Canada and Mexico; how it will affect supply chains; and whether it will be calculated on the basis of where a piece gets assembled, or where its sub-components come from.De minimis: This old phrase from Latin, meaning “of minimal” concern, is now relevant in regard to an ultra-modern retail giant: Amazon.com. EBay, too. The question is how much Canadians can spend on an online purchase from abroad, without paying a duty. Canada has one of the strictest de minimis thresholds in the world — it’s $20. The U.S. has it set at $800, and wants Canada to move that way. On the other side, bricks-and-mortar retailers in Canada are pleading with the Canadian government to keep a low threshold, arguing that the hunt for bargains abroad will damage jobs and businesses at home.Two-level bargaining: The idea that national negotiators are working on two levels: with the other country, and with domestic parties. These domestic actors can be silent allies: think good cop, bad cop. The good cop (the negotiator) says he or she can’t move, because the bad cops at home will fight any concession. The U.S. has notoriously powerful domestic actors — big business donors to Congress, and a Congress itself that can, in the end, block whatever deal it wants. The renowned academic who developed two-level theory, Robert Putnam, says this sometimes benefits the U.S., and sometimes hurts it: “(It’s) an unhappy and unique feature of our democracy,” he once wrote. “(It) increases the bargaining power of American negotiators, but it also reduces the scope for international co-operation.” Canada’s domestic actors include the provinces. At TPP talks, Canadian officials printed up a news story about provinces complaining about supply management changes to distribute it, and made sure other parties were aware the provinces were unhappy.
Much like Kailyn Archer last week, there was nothing Chelsea could say to alleviate peoples’ fears. She was made the scapegoat, and everyone was happy enough to play along. In a way, she only has herself to blame after not taking a shot at the boys during her own HOH reign. Mama K warned her and could have been a powerful tool against the patriarchal power-trip. Instead, Chelsea pushed for Mama K’s eviction and lost a potential ally. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the latest episode of “Big Brother Canada” on Global, then STOP READING NOW! Spoilers lie ahead….Ever since that tense tied vote in Week 2, the gameplay in the “Big Brother Canada” house has become very one-sided. Tonight’s surprise double eviction attempts to spice things up but results in two plain old unanimous votes as Chelsea Bird and Eddie Lin are kicked out the door.Chelsea was a dead woman walking ever since Dane Rupert won his second Head of Household competition of the season. The Radio Host had started to tune into to the Pretty Boys alliance – and that essentially signed her eviction notice. Dane did everything he could to drag her name through the mud; even pitting her against her best friend Kyra Shenker by throwing them up on the block together. Advertisement