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Opportunity knocks for Arsenal in post-Wenger era

first_imgArsenal haven’t won the league since Wenger’s crowing achievement in leading “The Invincibles” to an unbeaten league season in 2003/04.Last season was the first time in 20 years the club didn’t qualify for the Champions League, but they haven’t got beyond the last 16 in that competition since 2010. Languishing in sixth, Arsenal are also on course for their worst-ever league finish under Wenger this season with any hope of Champions League qualification dependent on winning the Europa League.The club’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis made a long and heartfelt homage to Wenger himself when addressing the media on Friday, but dodged the question several times when quizzed over whether Wenger had walked on his own terms before he was pushed by the board. And Gazidis recognised a decision had to be reached before the season’s end to give Arsenal a head start of finding Wenger’s successor.“It’s going to be a condensed summer with a World Cup in the middle and a shortened transfer window, so I think for all of us having that clarity sooner is better,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years in charge marks the end of an era, but also a huge opportunity for the Gunners to reestablish themselves among the elite of English and European football.Tributes poured in from players past and present on Friday, as well as Wenger’s adversaries over the past two decades, such as Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, for his longevity and the revolution in English football he helped inspire.However, there is no hiding the fact the Frenchman has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons.last_img read more

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Google Brings Picnik to Picasa Web Albums

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The integration between the two services is seamless, though Picnik’s design is clearly different from Picasa’s and quite a few users will probably think that they’ve arrived on a non-Google site. As Jonathan Sposata, the product manager for Google Photos and Picnik’s original founder told us yesterday, this was a conscious decision on Google’s part. Just like YouTube and a few other Google properties, Picnik will retain its original branding. Google is also keeping Picnik’s fee structure intact. Picasa should automatically recognize if a Picnik user has a paid or free account. Google didn’t add any new features to Picnik. Instead, Sposata told us, most of the work over the last few months went into migrating Picnik’s back-end (which ran on a combination of Picnik’s own servers and Amazon’s S3 storage service) to Google’s infrastructure.What About Picasa on the Desktop?Overall, this is a welcome addition to the online version of Picasa, as it enables users to perform relatively complex image editing functions right in the browser. Interestingly, though, there is now a very clear mismatch between the editing functions in the Picasa desktop client and the online version. Chances are that Google will soon rectify this situation. As Sposata told us, today’s announcement is just “the first sign of many wonderful things to come.” Judging from our discussion with Google, bringing more of Picnik’s tools to more Google properties in the near future is definitely one of the team’s current priorities. In March, Google acquired the online photo editing service Picnik and today, the company is integrating Picnik with Picasa Web Albums, Google’s online photo sharing service. Picnik, which allows users to perform basic photo editing functions and add stickers and text to images will retain its own branding and web presence, but Picasa users will now find an “Edit in Picnik” button as one of the options in the online version of Picasa. Picnik allows users to perform basic photo editing functions like cropping and resizing pictures. In addition, users can add effects, stickers and frames to their pictures. For an additional fee of $4.95 a month (or $24.95 a year), users can get access to more advanced editing tools and additional effects, fonts and stickers. Until now, Picasa users only had the option to edit photos in the Picasa desktop application. Tags:#Google#news#Photo Sharing Services#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Just How Big Should a Photovoltaic Array Be?

first_imgPhotovoltaic Modules Green Basics: Photovoltaic SystemsSolar Thermal is DeadInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE More PV, less conservationSonny Chatum’s answer to Kevin Dickson’s original question would be ‘yes.’“Throwing up PV is a stronger trend than ANY sort of substantial, residential energy footprint reduction, I would bet, at least in the new residential/retrofit mainstream,” Chatum writes.“For my state, I have personally and literally seen stack upon stack of applications for SRECs. There’s no way most of these people are substantially reducing their electricity demand (forget Pasivhaus) prior to silicon glazing their roofs. I would also bet that many of these people feel comfortable using MORE electricity after PV installation, since some of their previous bill has been offset by the PV.“Sure,” he adds, “the PV helps the utilities meet renewable energy portfolio requirements, but it’s drops in a bucket with holes in it.”An array as large as 18 kW also requires special approval from the utility, Dennis Heidner surmises, because it’s greater than the 10 kW normally allowed for a neighborhood transformer.“There are 50+ panels on the house, probably 260w each, set up at different angles,” he says.“Since this is larger than normally allowed net metering agreements, the house was designed…for the purpose of selling the power commercially back to the utility,” Heidner writes. “Perhaps taking advantage of good feed-in tariffs.“Using the roof top as a source of revenue is actually a very clever and good idea,” he continues. “The solar on the roof was never about driving the consumption in the house to zero. It would be to compensate for the swimming pool, a car, and bring in extra revenue, etc.” Kevin Dickson has come across an article about a high-performance house in Massachusetts that has got him wondering whether big photovoltaic systems are overtaking Passivhaus to become the next big trend in high-efficiency building.The house is the work of R. Carter Scott and a design team that included Betsy Pettit and Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corp., among a number of other experts. It was one of eight in Devens, Mass., that Scott’s company, Transformations Inc., was chosen to build for MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority.Among the many energy features of this net-zero energy home is an 18-kW photovoltaic array that completely covers the roof on the back of the house, including the porch and garage.“Wow,” Dickson writes in a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “Does anyone agree with me that this is a stronger trend than Passivhuas requirements for new construction?” RELATED ARTICLES More power than a Passivhaus design would needThe PV panels on the Devens house should generate an estimated 10,200 kWh more electricity per year than it consumes, enough to power a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt for 30,000 miles, Scott has estimated.As Mike Eliason points out, if the house were built to the Passivhaus standard and met its energy consumption requirement, it would consume no more than 6,828 kWh in a year.So is the PV array overkill?“Low PV prices, good PV incentives, and favorable feed-in tariffs allow homeowners to consider the installation of a very large PV array,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “And the investment has a very quick financial return. If you can afford it, why not?”“When it comes to Passivhaus certification,” Holladay adds, “it certainly seems optional or unnecessary if you already have a net-zero energy house. Why bother?” Grid-tied PV is a standard part of net-zero designs, but at 18 kW, this system would dwarf most residential installations. The question at the heart of this Q&A Spotlight is whether falling PV prices and a variety of incentives such as Solar Renewable Energy Certificates have affected the way builders and homeowners make decisions about solar electricity.Should PV arrays be designed solely to get a house across the net-zero energy threshold, or can PV serve another other purposes? Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost views it:I think pitting enclosure and HVAC efficiency against PV is inherently problematic. It’s not an either/or situation.We all know that it’s Efficiency First, that efficiency dollars yield the quickest and best return on the investment, for the individual home and for the greater public. And we should have policies and incentives in place to promote and encourage efficiency as much if not more than renewables.But if PV arrays don’t preclude subsequent efficiency work, and the opportunity for any size array presents itself, it should be squarely on the table. You can often interest a client in a non-invasive rooftop PV system over gutting the interior, but again, this is really an apples and oranges choice in my opinion.Frankly, I favor centralized, typically ground-mount systems: large arrays (500 kW or more) perfectly situated and oriented for maximum gain, with three tilt-angle settings easily manually adjusted, seasonally. These community or large commercial arrays have much better economies of scale overall. Our town school system just signed an agreement for such a system, with land being leased from local landowners and investors with “tax appetite” financing the system to take advantage of tax underwriting that our (non-profit) municipality can’t.So, residential roof top PV systems should be as big as the project and roof can bear, but for my money, let’s have sun harvesting more like what plants do: large fields that feed the grid more mightily than many tiny green PV roofs! Not a case of PV vs. PassivhausTo John Semmelhack, Scott has found a “sweet spot” with “superinsulated saltboxes just a notch below Passivhaus efficiency.”“At this point,” Semmelhack writes, “the giant PV systems here seem to be just as much a function of distorted incentives as low PV prices. The slow, regulated utilities (financed by Massachusetts ratepayers) are overpaying for the ‘solar attribute’ through high SREC prices and the state is kicking in unnecessary tax credits and rebates. Small, nimble businesses, such as Transformations, are stepping in to make some money while the gettin’ is good. I would do the same in their shoes.”Semmelhack thinks the “relatively low” prices for the houses are made possible in part by the homeowner turning over all tax credits, rebates and SREC income from the PV system to the builder or, alternately, leasing the PV system from the builder.“Brilliant strategy, I think. In addition, as a clever builder and business owner, Scott has integrated the PV installation into his own company, instead of outsourcing. Cheers to Carter.”last_img read more

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STOCKTAKE SALE- MUST SEE! GREAT BARGAINS!

first_imgAfter a serious sort out and count of all of the Touch Footy merchandise we’ve got in the mountains of boxes in the storage room, we’ve put together a list of items going out at bargain prices in the 2005 STOCKTAKE SALE. Simply go to www.myclubtouch.com.au and click on the link ‘Shop’ to view these specials and purchase them, as well as other stock online, or simply click here to go straight to the specials: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Scroll through the pages of stock, these will be updated over the next week or so, with more stock and more sale items added on. There is a huge variety of things on sale, with plenty of chances to grab some supporters gear for our Aussie teams (perhaps you’re heading to the All Nations and looking for something to wear?) Or perhaps you’re needing some t-shirts or hats to kit out your association’s junior teams in? The stocktake sale could be just what you need! To purchase online you’ll need to register in the shop. If you have any questions please email [email protected] Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100last_img read more

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11 days agoEx-Arsenal manager Wenger to have autobiography published

first_imgEx-Arsenal manager Wenger to have autobiography publishedby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to have an autobiography published.The Frenchman has long been linked with book deals that would see him explain the inner workings of his 22 years at Arsenal.And it was announced this morning by publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson that Wenger will reveal all next year after agreeing to publish his autobiography.The book, titled ‘My Life in Red and White’, will be released in the autumn of next year and is Wenger’s first autobiography.The Frenchman is expected to discuss his life as “one of the greatest and most influential coaches and managers of modern times”, including his time as the longest-serving manager of Arsenal. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mother grandmother plea for publics help finding missing Abbotsford woman

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s been almost two years since Kristina Ward went missing.The 20-year-old Abbotsford woman was last seen Sept. 27, 2017 — the same day she last texted her mother, and the same day her bank card was last used.Now, her mother and grandmother are asking for the public’s help. They want people to watch footage from a security camera that shows Ward walking with a man on the evening she went missing.“What I am hoping for is that when people see this…they open their mind and their thoughts and think that it could be our family, it could be our child, and start sharing this all over social media,” said Ward’s grandmother, Geraldine Silva.“Somebody knows something.”[email protected]@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more

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Shares of Ballard Power Systems up after responding to short sellers report

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. shot up in early trading after the company fought back against a short seller’s report that questions the company’s prospects.Ballard shares were up 65 cents at $4.36 in early trading, up nearly 18 per cent from Friday’s close.The fuel cell company says it expects to report record annual revenue of approximately $120 million, based on preliminary unaudited financial statements for its 2017 financial year.Last week, Spruce Point Capital released a report on Ballard with a “strong sell” recommendation.That was followed by two days of declines for Ballard shares, which dropped 13.4 per cent on Thursday and 8.6 per cent on Friday.Ballard says the short-seller’s report “contained a number of unsubstantiated forward-looking statements, assumptions and opinions, as well as other statements and assertions that are simply false.”A conference call to review its fourth quarter and full-year results is set for March 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BLDP)last_img read more

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Regulation amendment clarifies new ICBC benefits and timelines

first_imgpeople who are injured in motor vehicle accidents on or after April 1, 2019, are eligible for increased limits in disability benefits, funeral expenses and death benefits;people can also receive increased medical and rehabilitation benefits starting April 1, 2019, even if their injuries were sustained before that date, and they can recover costs for necessary medication.The amendments establish a 60-day time limit for people to submit receipts for medical care or rehabilitation expenses to ICBC.Previously, people had up to two years to submit their expenses to ICBC.The auto insurer says the long limitation period made it difficult for them to determine if expenses were reasonable and necessary when they were incurred. This left people at risk of spending significant amounts of money on expenses that could be ineligible for reimbursement.According to ICBC, the new limit gives people a reasonable amount of time to submit their receipts while ensuring ICBC receives the information it needs to accurately assess the severity of claims, provide additional supports to injured people as needed and better forecast future costs.Exceptions may be allowed in cases where people cannot meet the deadline due to the nature of their injuries or other factors. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Attorney General is making amendments to the Insurance Vehicle Regulation to clarify changes to ICBC benefits and processes that come into effect on April 1, 2019.According to ICBC, these changes will better protect those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.The amended regulation states:last_img read more

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World Bank says Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion

first_imgWashington DC: A World Bank arbitration panel ruled on Friday that Venezuela must pay US oil giant Conoco Phillips more than 8 billion as compensation for a decade-old expropriation dispute, roughly the same amount as the South American country’s foreign currency reserves. The bank’s ICSID tribunal had ruled in 2013 that the 2007 expropriation of Conoco Phillips investments in two heavy crude oil projects violated international law. “We welcome the ICSID tribunal’s decision, which upholds the principle that governments cannot unlawfully expropriate private investments without paying compensation,” said Kelly B. Rose, senior vice president, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, which represented Venezuela before the panel, did not immediately respond a request for comment. Collecting the money may be difficult as the Venezuelan economy has shrunk more than half since 2013 and sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government complicate President Nicolas Maduro maneuvering. Venezuela faces around 20 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Venezuelan government and its state-owned entities currently owe around 150 billion to creditors around the world, while the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to just 8 billion. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s government struggled to cope Friday with a massive electricity blackout that paralyzed much of the country as President Nicolas Maduro blamed the chaos on US sabotage. Even by the standards of crisis-weary Venezuelans, the blackout — which began late Thursday — was one of the longest and most widespread in memory, heightening tensions in Maduro’s power struggle with his US-backed rival, opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro made the decision to shut down offices and schools “in order to facilitate efforts for the recovery of electricity service in the country,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted. Power supply was gradually being restored to large areas of Caracas on Friday afternoon, as the country slowly began to emerge from the 24-hour blackout. Electricity supply was also being resumed in areas of Miranda state and Vargas, which contains the country’s international airport and main port. Other areas like the western states of Zulia, Tachira and Barinas — where lengthy outages are common — were still without power. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, patrolling the west of the capital Caracas in an open-topped military jeep, said “everything is calm throughout national territory” as electricity workers tried to restore the electricity. The outage had left most of the country in chaos, crippling day-to-day functioning of hospitals and other public services, according to local press reports. Witnesses described scenes of chaos at several hospitals as people tried to move sick relatives in the dark to clinics with better emergency power facilities. Marielsi Aray, a patient at the University Hospital in Caracas, died after her respirator stopped working. “The doctors tried to help her by pumping manually, they did everything they could, but with no electricity, what where they to do?” asked Jose Lugo, her distraught uncle. Generators at the JM de Rios children’s hospital in downtown Caracas failed to kick-in when the blackout hit, said Gilbert Altuvez, whose eight-year old boy is among the patients. “The night was terrible. Without light. Total madness,” he said. Emilse Arellano said urgent dialysis for her child had to be cancelled Friday, after a night where staff worked in the light of cellphones. “The children were very scared.” The putrid odor of rotting flesh hung around the entrance to Caracas’ main Bello Monte morgue on Friday where refrigerators had stopped working and worried relatives gathered outside, waiting to be allowed to bury their dead.last_img read more

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‘NRC a plan hatched by BJP to displace Gorkhas from Hills’

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the most debatable issue this election in the Darjeeling constituency.The TMC and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allege that it is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas. BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Alipurduar had recently threatened to implement NRC in Bengal to throw infiltrators and illegal immigrants out. “This is a very well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas from this region. One should carefully analyses the sequence of events. We should all unite against it,” alleged TMC leader NB Khawas. The TMC leader said despite repeated assurances the BJP had failed to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities in the ST list. They made multiple committees to examine the demand. The recommendations of the committees were not made public. Later, they assured that a bill would be tabled to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities. This too did not see the light of day. “Finally an RTI was filed to find out the status. The reply to the RTI clearly stated that granting of ST status would lead to an influx of immigrants from Nepal. This shows the Union Government’s actual stand and why they don’t want to grant the ST status,” Khawas said. The TMC leader said following this when the demand was being raised by the public that a son of the soil (Bhumiputra) should be fielded from the Darjeeling constituency, the sitting BJP MP of Darjeeling stated that whosoever are raising this demand are all Nepal born. “Following this BJP President threatened to implement NRC in Bengal. The National Register of Citizens has made thousands of Gorkhas in Assam D-voters or Doubtful voters. Their names have also not featured in the NRC. He wants a rerun of Assam in Bengal. The Gorkhas will have to prove their citizenship with land documents and even their family tree. They are just trying to create unrest and displace the Gorkhas,” Khawas said. BJP candidate Raju Bista while campaigning in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling town on Tuesday claimed that the NRC would not effect the Gorkhas in anyway. “On the contrary it will act as a security for the Gorkhas and will drive away the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from the state,” Bista said. “How can Bista say this? He should know better and explain how it will not affect the Gorkhas. He should study the history of the land to get a clearer picture,” said GJM president Binay Tamang. Tamang said 87.2 per cent of the people residing in the Hills live in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, forest villages, DI Fund land, and municipality leased land. “They do not have land right documents so how will they produce land documents required for NRC. We are fighting for land right document for the Hills,” Tamang said. He further said PM Modi should clarify the BJP’s stand on Gorkhaland and how NRC will not affect Gorkhas during his election campaign in Siliguri on Wednesday. “We are eager to see what new dream he shows the Gorkhas this time,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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