HOBOKEN – Councilman and mayoral candidate Michael DeFusco has called for a special council meeting to address the Washington Street construction project and the impact the current administration’s plan is having on residents and businesses, including the possible removal of 22 mature trees and what he says is the intended destruction of historic bluestone sidewalks.Defusco’s press release follows a similar call earlier in the week from Councilman Ruben Ramos, who asked for a pause in construction to rethink the Washington Street changes.DeFusco has submitted an official request to council president (and mayoral candidate) Jennifer Giattino, asking that the meeting be scheduled immediately given the urgent nature of the subject, and that it be open to public comment about the construction.“No one would dispute that Washington Street is in desperate need of repair, but the current administration’s handling of this vital project has raised an enormous amount of concern throughout the community,” said DeFusco. “Businesses are suffering, quality of life is being disrupted, and most alarmingly there is irreversible damage being done to our city’s character in the removal of trees and destruction of a historic bluestone sidewalk in front of City Hall.”“These two issues were never discussed during the long deliberations about this project, meaning that they were either overlooked or intentionally concealed by the administration,” added DeFusco in the release. “Either way, it’s now clear that we need an open public meeting to discuss these concerns and look for a solution that will repair Washington Street without further harming our city’s historic features or our environment.” ×Washington Street’s historic bluestone sidewalk is being damaged by the street reconstruction, according to Councilman Michael DeFusco Washington Street’s historic bluestone sidewalk is being damaged by the street reconstruction, according to Councilman Michael DeFusco
MUMBAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli shared a glimpse of his gear that he is likely to use during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 13th edition of the cash-rich league is currently scheduled be played from September 19 in the UAE.Kohli shared a photo on his Instagram story, which had five bats and a pair of red-coloured pads all packed. Kohli also used the emoticons ‘fingers crossed’ and ‘love’ for the picture. The IPL is set to be Indian cricketers’ first assignment since March when coronavirus pandemic destroyed the cricketing calendar. Kohli will hope a change in venue will bring in luck as RCB look to end their IPL trophy drought. Pointing towards their high-profile batting order, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg had earlier tipped RCB to finally win the tournament this time around. IANS Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashion
Carndonagh-based singers The Inishowen Gospel will team up with Sydney based choir Timbre Flaws choir for a special evening at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry this month.Timbre Flaws will visit Ireland throughout April as part of a special trip collaborating and performing with local choirs – workshops, mini-concerts and pub gatherings.They will also participate in sing songs and busking in some of Ireland finest cities and towns, including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Donegal. In carrying out these performances and workshops, Timbre Flaws, who have been together for 15 years under the direction of Stuart Davis, hope to raise much-needed funds to help Inner City Helping Homeless, Australia.Proceeds from the ‘Home Harmonies’ concert on Tuesday, April 23 will also go to North West Simon Community, Donegal and Derry Simon.“We welcome input from local choir partners on performance locations, musicals styles or innovative fundraising methods,” Stuart Davis said. “Apart from local concerts the choir has travelled and sung in Cuba, Morocco, Vanuatu and now Ireland. Several members grew up in Ireland so this trip is quite special for us.”North West Simon Community and Derry Simon said: “Thank you to both choirs for putting a spotlight on the issue of homelessness in Donegal and Derry, which is often overlooked because of a lack of a visible rough sleeping population.“The night will raise awareness of a local phenomenon of “hidden homelessness” with many people stranded in inadequate or emergency accommodation, facing eviction, desperately trying to find housing – many people just one paycheque away from losing their home.“What this evening will do is help create much-needed funds to further sustain the work and services provided to prevent homeless across Donegal and Derry.”Home Harmonies, An Evening with Timbre Flaws and The Inishowen Gospel Choir, will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry. Doors at 7.30pm, performance 8pm.Tickets are £8 and available Eventbrite.com. Inishowen choir to join forces with Aussie singers for fundraising concert was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarndonaghInishowen
Given this, the prospects for HTML5 becoming the one technology to rule them all look bleak. Mobile Web apps (and their hybrid cousins) remain cut off from all but a fraction of the capabilities available to native apps. As iOS 7’s 1,500 new APIs show, the gap will only grow. However well meaning the standards bodies that control the Web are, there’s very little chance they can match the pace of innovation even of a mobile laggard like Microsoft, never mind a pacesetter like Apple.This isn’t to say HTML5 will become irrelevant. It has its place (especially for content-driven apps). But where user experience, feature-richness, security and performance are concerned, that place looks bound to remain a distant second.Enterprise Strategies For Software DeliveryResearch firm Gartner makes a useful value distinction between “apps” and “applications.” Applications are baggy monsters prized for their long lists of capabilities, while apps are valued for doing a few things well and their purposefulness. Of course, in the enterprise we’ve optimized our delivery strategies (for design, for development and testing, for measurement, for release frequency etc.) around applications. Applications run the business. With the exception of a few industries, apps have been mostly an IT side project, a “we’ll-get-there-when-we-get-there” type of priority. The explosion of mobile computing and trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) have pushed apps higher in the IT food chain. After iOS 7, virtually every enterprise will refactor their software life cycle for mobile. There are a few reasons for this:Call volumes: When iOS 6 launched, 90% of users upgraded on the first day. This went largely unnoticed because iOS 6 had little to no impact on existing apps. But iOS 7 is a different story. The user interface differences mean that previous app versions will exhibit significant text and image rendering differences. Any organization that hasn’t already optimized its apps for iOS 7 may find heavy help desk call volumes almost immediately and will be bound to rethink their strategy for future releases.Competitive pressure: With iOS 7, savvy companies will recognize a hugely expanded palette for the kinds of apps they build, whether for customers or employees or both. Given the increasingly experience-driven economy, delivering great user experiences has become the new competitive edge. Companies in tight markets will see iOS 7 as a way to gain a leg up.iOS 7 is a milestone, not a finish line: In the legacy application world, we might confront one or two big pushes every three to five years (a new version of Windows, for instance) with relative stability the rest of the time. But given the mobile platform wars, enterprises are going to be contending with a regular stream of OS upgrades and new device types for years.“Creative destruction” (also known as Schumpeter’s gale) is one of those phrases that has been much in the media of late. It’s too much to claim that iOS 7 alone will set off another cycle. But Apple’s latest is bound to introduce new cracks in some current foundations. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Guest author Nolan Wright is the CTO of Appcelerator.Any day now, Apple will launch iOS 7. The release of Apple’s newest mobile operating system will be the most important event for the iPhone since it was first announced in 2007. iOS 7 includes an astounding 1,500 new APIs, a completely renovated user interface and a host of true enterprise features.The scope and magnitude of iOS 7 will bring about some major changes to how enterprises, brands, IT gurus and developers go about their day-to-day jobs. iOS 7 is bound to shake up several different aspects of the mobile development industry.Here are three areas overlooked by many people awaiting the release of iOS 7 and the consequences it will have.Disrupting The Mobile Device Management Market With iOS 7, the enterprise finally receives treatment as a first-class citizen. This is evident in the range of new security and app management features such as “open in management” (governing which apps and accounts can open attachments containing corporate data), enterprise single sign-on and per app VPN. Layered software design in iOS 7.Apple’s beefed-up corporate management capabilities are good news for the enterprise. But it comes with some consequences to existing industry verticals. iOS 7 will change the equation for mobile device management (MDM) vendors. These vendors proved their worth in the early days of BYOD as non-corporate devices began to flood the enterprise and IT departments scrambled for tools that would restore some semblance of governance and control. By targeting the device, corporate control could be regained relatively quickly. It was a brute force approach toward devices the corporation didn’t actually own, similar to an eager neighbor padlocking your house in the name of crime prevention.The strategy embedded in iOS 7—it’s the apps and data in those apps that need to be controlled, not the entire device—is one MDM vendors have been waking up to. See: mobile application management (MAM). The question is whether these vendors want to compete against embedded, native capabilities (perhaps on the argument that not every operating system will offer equivalent protections), or turn to less trampled pastures.Hopes For HTML 5 As A Mobile Cure-alliOS 7 is but the latest and largest entry in the mobile platform wars. Google will soon counter with Android 4.4 KitKat and the newlyweds of Microsoft and Nokia are surely not far behind. There’s far too much market share at stake for any one of these players to slow their research and development efforts. Tags:#Apple#iOS 7#iPhone 5S Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nolan wright The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The sun has helped the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) save big on energy expenditure without having to spend on installing solar panels.The shift to solar energy at railway stations, level crossings, barracks, and other set-ups has coincided with the NFR’s push for electrification of 6,242 km of its tracks till the farthest points such as Murkongselek near Assam’s border with Arunachal Pradesh and Sabroom on the Tripura-Bangladesh border.The NFR had during the 2018-19 fiscal commissioned solar panels generating a peak 2298 kW energy that helped it consume 23.07 lakh units less of electricity, leading to a saving of ₹1.88 crore.“This was after paying two executing agencies — one from New Delhi and the other from Hyderabad — for the solar energy at rates fixed by them. It has been a win-win deal for NFR and the agencies which set up the solar panels and solar plants free of cost. The assets will be ours after 25 years,” NFR spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.
Ever since Gautam Gambhir took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury, there has been a raging debate about whether the current crop of Indian cricketers value playing for their franchise more than their country.However, for Gambhir himself, the club versus country debate means nothing and answering the critics is not his concern.”I don’t want to answer anyone. It is all about being clear to your own conscience. The passion of playing for the country and the joy of representing every Indian across the world can never be replicated. Wearing the blue jerseys means a lot,” he told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the India Today Youth Summit.Referring to his decision to make himself unavailable for the Champions League T20 qualifiers, Gambhir said: “It was purely a medical call taken by my doctor. If he had given me the green signal to play, I would have been out their leading KKR.””All the talk about players being ready to fulfil club commitments doesn’t hold true in this case as I will not get any extra money for playing in the Champions League.”Not for once did it occur to me that I should skip the Champions League to please the critics. My doctor feels that I am still not ready to play a match. If we qualify for the main stages and I am allowed to play by my doctor, I will definitely take the field.”Gambhir feels that player management is a must in the modern scenario where teams are playing round the year. “As players we want to play as much as possible when we are doing well, but it is important that players who play in all the three formats are preserved well so that they can play longer and are fresh physically as well as mentally.advertisement”In the modern game, mental fatigue also needs to be avoided. It is important that every country has a pool of 25 players who are talented enough to play at the international level,” he said.No Indian fan can forget Gambhir’s knock of 97 in the final of the World Cup – a pressure cooker situation.Re-living the experience, Gambhir said: “It is every cricketer’s dream to win the biggest prize in the 50-over format of the game. I still believe I should have been a part of the squad in the 2007 World Cup.”But after the disappointment of not getting picked for the World Cup, came the high of winning the 2007 World T20. So that brought about a belief that everything is destined. “After the first few matches of the 2011 edition, came an article by Ian Chappell that I should be dropped and that egged me on and the rest is history.”After the purple patch under ex-coach Gary Kirsten, the drubbing against England under new coach Duncan Fletcher has come as a rude shock for fans.”Every captain and coach is as good as the team. Gary was a very hardworking person and he made us believe in ourselves. He reaped the rewards of the efforts he had put in with the team and deserved every bit of the success.”And after three years, you would obviously miss the person. But life goes on and we must respect his decision to quit and spend time with his family.”As far as the comparison is concerned, it is too early to judge Fletcher and we need to give him time to adapt,” said Gambhir.
Barcelona 1 Valencia 0: Suarez header gives Valverde’s men slender first-leg lead Ryan Benson 06:21 2/2/18 Getty Images Luis Suarez got the decisive goal as Barcelona beat Valencia 1-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday. Barcelona took control of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia after Luis Suarez’s second-half header ended the visitors’ resistance and secured a 1-0 first-leg win at Camp Nou on Thursday.Ernesto Valverde’s men looked to be in for a frustrating outing as they struggled to turn their domination into something meaningful, but eventually Lionel Messi clicked into gear and provided Suarez with the chance to give Barca the advantage.The first half was a long one for Valencia, who restricted Barca’s flow of chances but faced a seemingly endless barrage and only managed to see 21 per cent of the ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For all of Barca’s time in possession, however, they crafted little of note and struggled to break through Valencia’s packed defence.Things were slightly more open after the interval, though Barca’s effectiveness in front of goal showed few signs of improvement, forcing Valverde to introduce Philippe Coutinho from the bench.And with 23 minutes to go, Barca finally found a way through thanks to the combination of Messi and Suarez, securing a slender lead to take to Mestalla next Thursday.67: GOOOOAAALLLL!!!! @LuisSuarez9 puts Barça ahead!!!! (1-0) #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/ovBCwm66EX— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 1, 2018In one sense, Barca could not have started the contest much better, as they dominated Valencia and attacked relentlessly, playing some wonderful football at times as they enjoyed 79 per cent possession in the first period.Yet, due to a combination of Valencia’s stubborn rear-guard and Barca’s attackers not quite clicking, the chances just did not arrive.Opportunities threatened to present themselves on a couple of occasions, but an uncharacteristically heavy Messi touch saw him accidentally juggle the ball out of play in the 22nd minute, and Jose Gaya covered well to prevent Suarez collecting a through ball soon after.The closest they went to the breakthrough was in the 39th minute, as Andres Iniesta flashed the ball across the face of goal, but goalkeeper Jaume Domenech managed to divert it just behind the lurking Suarez with his fingertips and Barca finished the first half without a shot on target.Presumably fresh from choice words courtesy of Valverde, it took Barca less than two minutes to craft the first chance of the second period, as Messi thrashed a left-footed effort into the side-netting from a tight angle.The match’s first shot on target followed soon after, though it came at the other end – Dani Parejo testing Jasper Cillessen from distance.Coutinho replaced Aleix Vidal just before the hour mark, but unsurprisingly it was Messi who stepped things up to set up the equaliser, clipping a ball to the back post, where Suarez headed home.9 – Luis Suarez has scored nine goals in his nine games against Valencia in all competitions, his favourite opponent for Barcelona, alongside Betis. Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/KVw25br9eq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 1, 2018Messi nearly added a second four minutes from time, curling a 25-yard effort just wide of the bottom-left corner, but Valencia never threatened to make them rue that miss as Barca cruised to victory. read more
Waddle: England will not have better chance of winning Eurosby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England winger Chris Waddle says the country will not have a better chance of winning the European Championships than next year.The 2020 edition will be held throughout 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley in London.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “With the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley, England are not going to get a better chance of winning the European Championship than next year.”Gareth Southgate has done a good job and he has not been scared to bring players through. Against the Netherlands and Switzerland, they didn’t really perform and they didn’t play like England have been in the last 18 months.”But they have been generally playing well and I would be surprised if England don’t at least reach the last four at Euro 2020.”In qualifying it can be difficult going to hostile atmospheres across Europe, but they hammered Czech Republic at home and football-wise I haven’t seen a team in their group who are even 50 or 60 per cent as good as England are.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newly released court documents show Toronto police linked serial killer Bruce McArthur to three missing men with ties to the city’s gay village years before he was charged with killing them and five others.The documents, submitted to the court by officers seeking search warrants, show investigators interviewed McArthur in late 2013 as a witness in the disappearance of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Majeed Kayhan.Police say in the documents they had found an email address for a “silverfoxx51” under deleted contacts in Navaratnam’s computer and the nickname also appeared in a notepad belonging to Faizi.The deleted contact also included a phone number that was linked to McArthur in a police database — a record related to a 2005 incident in which he was stopped for driving without valid insurance.The email address matched that of a profile on the adult website silverdaddies.com, and the photos from that profile resembled those for a Bruce McArthur in a Ministry of Transportation database and one listed among Navaratnam’s Facebook friends.The documents say McArthur told police he was friends with Navaratnam and had a sexual relationship with Kayhan but denied knowing Faizi. He also told investigators he had learned of Navaratnam’s disappearance from posters put up in the neighbourhood.McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder for men he killed between 2010 and 2017: Navaratnam, Faizi and Kayhan as well as Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.The 67-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, meaning he will be 91 before he can apply for any form of release.In handing down the sentence, Justice John McMahon said he had not seen any sign of remorse. “Mr. McArthur would have no doubt continued to kill if he wasn’t caught,” he said.The documents unsealed this week show it was only after McArthur was identified as a person of interest in Kinsman’s disappearance in 2017 that investigators realized they had already interviewed him in the case of the previous missing men.Police linked McArthur to Kinsman after security footage showed Kinsman getting into a red minivan outside his building on the day he vanished, the documents say. That van was later traced to McArthur.An officer who had worked on the investigation into the disappearance of Navaratnam, Faizi and Kayhan recognized the name and confirmed it was the same person police interviewed in 2013.The documents also shed more light into a 2016 incident in which McArthur was questioned after he began choking a man during a sexual encounter in his van.The man, who is not identified, managed to escape and filed a police report. McArthur turned himself in and was questioned by Det. Paul Gauthier, who is now facing disciplinary charges in connection with the investigation and is set to appear before a police tribunal next week.McArthur told Gauthier that because the man had expressed a desire to be pinched hard during their encounter, he believed the man “wanted it rough,” the documents show.“The investigating officer, Det. Gauthier, indicated that McArthur appeared genuine and credible in his recall of the incident,” they said. McArthur was released without charges.He was arrested in early 2018 and eventually charged in the deaths of eight men. The documents released this week were filed about a week after his arrest but before all the charges in the case were laid.Police have faced criticism for not acting sooner on concerns from the LGBTQ community that a serial killer was behind the disappearances but Police Chief Mark Saunders has defended the work carried out by the force. Saunders said officers simply did not have enough evidence until 2017.Court heard McArthur strangled all of his victims and then took photographs of their bodies in various states of undress, keeping the images on his computer and viewing them long after his crimes.McArthur then dismembered his victims and hid their remains in planters at a Toronto residential property where he stored his landscaping equipment, and in a ravine behind the home.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press