Hull agree Snodgrass fee

first_img Press Association Hull have agreed a fee for Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass. He is eager to continue his top-flight career and is expected to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms in the next 24 hours. Sunderland had been linked with a move for the versatile Snodgrass, but were reportedly unwilling to match the fee offered by Hull. Should the former Leeds player become City’s second summer signing it would provide further proof of the commitment shown by the club’s controversial owner Assem Allam. Although he has courted the fans’ ire with unsuccessful attempts to rename the team Hull Tigers, as well as unveiling a new badge earlier this month, he has also agreed plenty of big-money signings. Bruce has been allowed to break the transfer record several times since winning promotion, first with Tom Huddlestone’s £5.25million capture a year ago, then in January when Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long came in for up to £7million each. Livermore has already raised the bar again and Snodgrass would equal that mark. center_img Press Association Sport understands Tigers boss Steve Bruce has agreed to match the club-record fee that brought former loanee Jake Livermore to the club on Wednesday, with an initial £7million rising to £8million. Scotland international Snodgrass, 26, scored seven times in 34 games for the Canaries last season but could not prevent their relegation from the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Tornado damages homes north of West Branch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWest Branch Township — An EF1 tornado touched down in central Ogemaw County on Tuesday evening.Two homes were badly damaged off of Mud Lake Road due to the 100 mph winds from the tornado. The tornado lasted for 2 minutes from 8:53 p.m. until 8:55 p.m, traveling .17 miles with a width of 40 yards.Debris was scattered around the two homes which withstood the brunt of the tornado.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Damage, EF1 Tornado, Homes, Mud Lake Road, Ogemaw County, Tornado, West Branch, West Branch TownshipContinue ReadingPrevious Firefighters “Fill-The-Boot” for muscular dystrophyNext What’s Trending for August 29last_img

Ellen Submits US$2M Loan for Increased Access to Electricity

first_imgPresident Sirleaf and Speaker NuquayA US$2 million Loan Agreement to generate financing for the Liberia Renewable Energy Access Project (LIRENAP), which will increase access to electricity and foster the use of renewable energy sources, has been submitted to the House of Representatives for ratification.The agreement was signed yesterday in Monrovia by the government of Liberia and the International Development Association (IDA).In a communication to members of the House of Representatives, President Ellen Johnson said the maximum commitment charge rate payable by the government on the withdrawn credit balance shall be one-half of one percent per annum, and the service charge payable on the withdrawn credit balance shall be equal to three-fourths of one percent per annum.The President indicated that the principal amount of the credit shall be repaid in dollars in accordance with the repayment schedule set forth in the agreement.“Honorable Speaker, this loan is critical to the implementation of our economic stabilization recovery plan.  Hence, l ask your timely ratification on this important instrument,” the President wrote.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer story of the day: Chelsea to offer £10m deal for Moses

first_imgReports suggest Chelsea are prepared to offer Wigan a deal worth up to £10m in order to capture Victor Moses.[poll id=”23″]See also: Chelsea ‘looking to seal Moses deal in next 24 hours’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

World to serenade Madiba

first_imgHundreds of South Africans gathered on Nelson Mandela Square to sing and record the happy birthday song for the former president.(Image: Ray Maota) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola speaks at the launch of the song.(Images: Cadine Pillay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+2711 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba birthday song a group effort• How does Mandela Day inspire you?• Schools to benefit for Mandela Day• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011Cadine PillayAs the one-month countdown to International Mandela Day 2012 kicked off on Monday 18 June, the video of the special birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela was launched.Mandela turns 94 on 18 July, and every year his birthday is celebrated around the world, with the date officially declared by the UN in 2009 as an internationally recognised commemorative date.“The countdown has started – there is one month to go,” said social movement Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, who spoke at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Last year, Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the foundation garnered the support of South Africans to sing to Mandela on his big day. This year they decided to go bigger by encouraging the whole world to participate in the singing – which will take place simultaneously, at 8am South African time.A special tributeOn 29 May hundreds of people, among them TV, radio and sports personalities, gathered in Sandton for the recording of the song. Also present were basic education minister Angie Motshekga; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; and Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa.Lead SA, the department and the foundation, supported by the Shout Foundation, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, partnered to get the world movement going to sing the song and engage in 67 minutes of community service.Mobile provider Vodacom has also donated their infrastructure to provide a platform for people to download the song – by texting ‘Madiba’ to 44009, people will be able to download the song via a link sent in a reply.“We are exploring the possibility of breaking a social media world record. We want to mobilise South Africans and the world to sing and pledge their 67 minutes,” said Abramjee.South African Rugby has also pledged its support, saying that national team the Springboks, along with thousands of spectators who will be present at the test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 23 June, will also sing to Madiba.Footballs fans will also be getting involved. The song will be sung ahead of matches scheduled on the day, as well as half-time on the following Saturday in Durban and Cape Town respectively, when local teams take on Manchester United FC.Viewers of DStv will also be treated to the song as satellite operator MultiChoice pledged to play the recording on all its channels at 8am on the day.“This is in the true spirit of doing it for our country and honouring Madiba,” said Abramjee, thanking Imitiaz Patel, CEO of Multichoice.Goodwill and support for MandelaOver 100 community radio stations will play the song, while the Caxton and Independent newspaper groups will lend their support by promoting the movement in the lead up to the day.Lead SA and its partners have further invited companies, universities, NGOs, government departments and individuals to join in, while also calling on foreign media to put aside the differences and support the initiative.They have also called on representatives of foreign organisations in South Africa to assist in getting 67+ countries to join the initiative and sing happy birthday at 8am, their local times, and also to get their people to do 67 minutes of community service.Mandela’s grandson Luvuyo Mandela said he and his family will hand out blankets and plant trees as part of their 67 minutes project. South African news presenter Leanne Manas also assured her 67 minutes of goodwill and encouraged others to do the same.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Achmat Dangor said no government can meet all the challenges by itself and the citizens of South Africa need to be active in making a difference.“When civil society realises its strength, it can make a difference,” added singer Kabelo, who is part of Shout.Speaking at the launch, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, one of the biggest partners of the initiative, said that in the spirit of Ubuntu, the people in his organisation are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part for Mandela.94+ schools projectThe primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children at at least 94 schools across South Africa, by improving school infrastructure.The campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.“Let’s make his 94th birthday the magic of legends and an enduring memory,” said Abramjee.“We want to give him his best birthday present ever – the love of the world.”last_img read more

SXSW: Mistakes Made Building Netflix for iPhone (Plus, How to See Its Source Code!)

first_imgTags:#apps#How To#iPhone#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology UI MistakesBrewster then talked about UI (user interface) mistakes involving specific troubles with the ratings selector, the search box and an issue where they could not raise or lower the keyboard programmatically using JavaScript. On that last item, the problem was that when the keyboard pops up on the screen, it pushes the entire UI up, but when it was hidden again, the UI failed to move all the way back down again. Also, the entire experience completely “blew up on Android.”Another big mistake in this area was that he attempted to replicate native scrolling using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Now there are libraries that do a pretty good job at this, he said, but they weren’t available at the time.The app was also tested randomly and stole heavily from PastryKit library, TouchScroll, iScroll and others.How to View the Netflix for iPhone Source CodeThe rest of the talk went into specific code examples and details, but at the end, Brewster let out a secret: how to view the Netflix for iPhone app’s source code. Unfortunately, he flipped through the slides so fast, I missed the very last one. (Maybe one of you can find it?) However, from what I have, you may be able to figure it out. The slides were presented tongue-in-cheek, telling you what “not” to do while providing explicit instructions otherwise.These slides are on the next page so this page wouldn’t load too slowly. More slides from the speech can be found on my personal Flickr account here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Kent Brewster, the lead developer for the mobile version of Netflix for iPhone from 2009-2010 presented at a panel during this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The topic of his presentation was “Mistakes I Made Developing Netflix for the iPhone,” and it covered the design and development errors he made during his time at Netflix and what he learned from them. But he also revealed a nifty little tidbit at the end of his talk, too: he told the audience how to peek at the Netflix for iPhone app’s source code.Brewster introduced himself humbly, saying that he’s “living proof anybody can do this,” and that he was just at the right place, at the right time. But actually, Brewster has worked in the industry for many years: at WebMD from 1984 to 2003, Yahoo from 2004 to 2009, Netflix from 2009 to 2010 and now he’s at Vurve, an advertising-related startup focused on the small-to-medium sized business (SMB) market.Before Brewster began talking about his “mistakes,” he touched on a little about life at Netflix, dispelling some of the rumors out there. For example, “you don’t randomly get fired” at Netflix, he said, especially if you work on the front-end of the website. Also, Netflix pays you what you’re worth, they don’t track your vacation, you can bring dog to work, and, as a bonus, when you tell people what you do, they’re delighted when you tell them where you work. “I love Netflix!” they’ll exclaim, he said.Brewster didn’t just work on Netflix for the iPhone while at the company – he was also responsible for projects involving Facebook Connect, Oath, Netflix widgets, the first API-based prototype, and something Netflix calls “trickplay,” which are the thumbnails you flip through on the homepage.Mistakes Made Building on Netflix’s iPhone AppNetflix on the iPhone launched Aug. 26, months after the iPad app was revealed on April 1. Brewster started off talking about three big mistakes with the project:1) He took on a ridiculous deadline. Now, he advises that when something like that occurs, you have to tell your manager so and demand help.2) He let a manager (who wrote zero lines of code) make key architectural decisions. Today, he says you have to fight back, even threaten to quit if that’s what it takes.3) And lastly, they shipped a prototype. Instead, Netflix should have built the app, tested it, ripped it down again, rebuilt it, and do it all over until they got it right.Why So Much HTML?Brewster also addressed a question on people’s minds – why was so much of the app built using HTML? He said this actually had several benefits. Most importantly, Netflix does a lot of A/B testing, he explained. Also, using HTML means the app can be completely overhauled without having to go through the app store resubmission process. That means bugs can be fixed quickly. In fact, the first bug in the Netflix iPhone app was handled within 15 minutes of its discovery.Here, Brewster interjected his speech with a funny slide about how to tell HTML from HTML5, which read: How to tell HTML from HTML5: Try it out in Internet Explorer. Did it work? No? It’s HTML5. Of course, with the release of IE9 (which also happened here at SXSW this week), the Microsoft-created browser has come a long way with its HTML5 and Web standards support. But from the audience of developers, the slide got a good laugh. sarah perezlast_img read more

Green Building Products

first_imgWe have spent quite a bit of time in this blog so far emphasizing how important process is in green building. But sooner or later if you are going to build or renovate, you have to actually select stuff, all kinds of stuff, from structural sheathing to floor finishes to mechanical equipment.I like to think of product selection as a 3-step process.1 – Settle on green selection criteriaThere are two basic ways to do this: adopt a buying guide or adopt a set of criteria and do your own evaluation. The first approach is the prescriptive one: you don’t have the time, resources, or skills to do your own product evaluation so you go to someone or some resource you trust and use their recommendations. The sidebar below includes a few green building product guides tailored for residential retrofit.The second approach is the performance-based option: you don’t want to be told what products to use, but what process you could use to evaluate and select products. This reference, the REGREEN Green Product Checklist, is a sort of interview form that you use with a product distributor or retailer or with the actual product manufacturer. The list of questions is largely based on the seminal article from Environmental Building News: “What Makes a Product Green?”. PRODUCT RESOURCES Green Product Guide– Appliances– Decking– Floor coverings– Insulation– Lighting– Windows– Renewable energyArticlesWhen is a product really green? Code Approved Materials Martin’s Useless Products List Further Resources – Green Building Pages– Green2Green 2 – Test or otherwise get information on how stuff worksIf the building product looks green, the next question is almost always: does it work as well as the one I have been using? Sometimes product guides give decent user information, usually in the form of submitted comments. Although all three of the guides listed above permit user comments, none of them has achieved a critical mass yet for most of their products. Go ahead and check them out, but your best bet may be to ask around (including asking your building materials supplier or the manufacturer for a user or two to call) and do your own “testing.” The latter means getting some product and trying it on a project or a mock-up. But this approach is no different for green building products than when you try new conventional ones.3 – Evaluate total cost (not just the purchase price)We are all first cost driven but green buildings need to include the long view: operational costs, durability, and especially human toxicity issues. This is particularly true for affordable housing, where operational costs and service life are important considerations for tight household budgets. For an interesting perspective on green building and durability, take a look this EBN feature article: “Durability: A Key Component of Green Building.”We deal with a lot of complicated products with even more complex chemistries and in the long run our environmental considerations are as much about occupants as they are about buildings. Consider the perspective offered in this EBN feature article: “Chemistry for Designers: Understanding Hazards in Building Products.”The next step is often the translation of green product selection into project specifications for your trade contractors. Stay tuned; the topic for our next blog is: green specifications.last_img read more

Jaipal Reddy’s niece found dead in Hyderabad, murder case registered

first_imgA day after Kiran Reddy – niece of Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy – was found dead at her residence under mysterious circumstances, the Hyderabad Police on Monday registered a case of murder.According to senior officials, the police would question Kiran’s husband Chaitanya Reddy soon. The 26-year-old doctor was found dead in her house in Jubilee Hills area on Sunday.The police had initially registered an unnatural death case but Section 302 (murder) of the IPC was included in the case following a complaint by the victim’s father, the police said.Kiran’s mother, Bharathi, is the elder sister of the Union minister. Kiran’s father Raghottam Reddy complained to police that his daughter’s death was unnatural and accused the involvement of her husband and his family members into it.Kiran, a private dermatologist, was married to Chaitanya five years ago. Her autopsy report was awaited and police said they would soon question Chaitanya and his family members in connection with the case.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad attacks Tillakaratne Dilshan over religion

first_imgPCB has ordered an investigation in the religious comments made by Shehzad against DilshanReligious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday are being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board.While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.”Dilshan’s reply was not audible, and Shehzad went on to say, “Then be ready for the fire.”Shehzad was summoned to PCB headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday and asked about his comments, board general manager media Agha Akbar said.”Ahmed has informed the PCB that it was his personal chat with Dilshan, and there was nothing more to it,” Akbar said.”What we understand is that no Sri Lanka Cricket official or our own manager lodged any complaint.”However, Akbar said the PCB was still investigating the matter.Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan.He shed his Muslim name shortly after his international debut in 1999 and took up the name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan with an ethnic Sinhalese-Buddhist identity.His childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters followed their mother’s religion from their childhood.Dilshan scored an unbeaten 50 on Saturday and powered the home team to a seven-wicket victory in the ODI series decider.advertisementlast_img read more

At 24 Asher Allen Retires From NFL

At 24, former Georgia Bulldog star football player Asher Allen, perhaps visualizing health concerns in the future, alerted Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier that he’s retiring.Allen, a three-year defensive back with the Vikings, has yet to say why he is quitting his profession, but he did suffer concussions in back-to-back seasons. With Junior Seau’s recent suicide and Dave Duerson’s and others — all because of brain injuries from playing football, it makes sense that Asher would give retiring as an option.But to do it at such a young age is surprising. Frazier said, “He’ll talk about it more at some point. But he explained to me that this was something he wanted to do. He had given it a lot of thought and that’s what he wanted to do.“I didn’t see that coming. But everybody has to make decisions that are the best for their family.”Allen became a starter last season after injuries hit the Vikings. He played in 12 games and started nine. The 2009 third-round draft choice added depth to the secondary. read more