Make it happen in Munich, Wenger tells Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000MUNICH, Germany, March 12 – Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal to “make the impossible possible” at Bayern Munich with the Gunners needing to score at least three times in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg clash.Having lost the first leg 3-1 at Emirates Stadium three weeks ago, Wenger’s side face an uphill task to become only the second team to win at Bayern’s Allianz Arena this season. Wenger is urging his squad to be positive with Bayern weakened by the loss of France wing Franck Ribery with a sprained ankle, while both Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome Boateng are suspended.“We’re chasing the game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all,” Wenger told“We have to try to put them on the back foot.“Subconsciously anyway, they think they are through and we have to subconsciously think that we can do it.“But our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things.“We have to go there and give ourselves a chance to qualify with everybody believing we can do it.“The chance is small, but that chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try to achieve it.”Arsenal’s task is especially daunting against a buoyant Bayern side who proved their mettle by twice coming from behind in Saturday’s 3-2 win at home to Fortuna Duesseldorf which left them 20 points clear in the Bundesliga.Bayern have lost just once at home this season when Bayer Leverkusen pulled off a shock 2-1 win last October in the league, but Munich have won all of their eight games so far in 2013.Even without their stars Ribery, Schweinsteiger and Boateng, coach Jupp Heynckes has a strong squad to choose from but right-wing Thomas Mueller has said the team will not take the Gunners lightly.“Arsenal have nothing to lose, they can focus on attack,” Mueller, who has scored 17 goals in 32 games this season, told the Bayern website.Bayern know all about European disappointment having lost last season’s Champions League final at home to Chelsea on penalties and are wary of resting on their laurels, despite the big win in London.“We had a 1-0 win in Milan and then lost 3-2 at home to get knocked out,” said Mueller remembering Inter Milan’s 3-2 win in Munich in 2011 which saw Bayern exit at the same stage in the competition.“We can’t afford to be too relaxed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Agreement reached with Irish Water to replace damaged Donegal roads

first_imgAn agreement has been reached with Irish Water to reinstate the Quay Road, Dungloe and Glenties, Fintown Road.Fintown Road was left in an awful state following a pipe replacement scheme by Irish Water, while the Quay Road will also get a full reinstatement.With road grants available to the Donegal County Council for the two stretches of road, work is expected to begin next week. Speaking following the announcement, Cllr Gallagher said: “This has been an ongoing battle for almost two years to get an agreement with Irish Water.“Lessons need to be learnt, it is not good enough for road users and residents to be left with roads in terrible condition because a state agency Irish Water refuses to uphold agreement made at the construction stage.“I have called for a high-level meeting between Donegal County Council and Irish Water to ensure no other communities in the county are left the way both these communities in Dungloe and Glenties have been over the past two years with huge uncertainty.”Agreement reached with Irish Water to replace damaged Donegal roads was last modified: November 12th, 2018 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:dungloeGlentieslast_img read more

Your Event Doesn’t Exist Without Speakers and Volunteers

first_imgA tweet from my friend David Bisset captured my attention this morning:My policy on official speakers needing to buy tickets for the WordCamp / event they’re speaking at: It should never happen. Period.— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) January 26, 2015 Well, of course. That’s how I plan all the not-for-profit events I’m involved with. Whether it’s a WordCamp, Refresh Detroit meetup, Detroit User Experience event, Metro Detroit WordPress meeting, or HighEdWeb Michigan conference, anyone who speaks at the event is admitted for free. I’ve written about that in the past. Same thing for volunteers. Anyone who offers to help out at an event, as an event planner, room host, photographer, or social media manager, attends the event for free. Speakers and volunteers are generously donating their time and skills to make your event a success. Your event doesn’t exist without speakers and volunteers.Tim’s Blog PostThat’s when I discovered the blog post that prompted David’s tweet: Respect your conference speakers and volunteers by Tim Nash, published earlier today. Very sad, but why I won’t be talking at WordCamp Birmingham UK in a few weeks –— Tim Nash (@tnash) January 26, 2015In his post, Nash explains how he submitted a talk for a local WordCamp, only to later discover he had to pay to speak at the event. He decided not to speak at the event. Read the post. It’s a well-written post about event organizing, speakers, and volunteers. I completely agree with his thoughts on speakers and volunteers attending not-for-profit events for free. It’s a gesture of respect.And I personally liked Nash’s comment about changing our mindset about donating to an event. Whether you’re an event organizer, speaker, or volunteer, you’re donating many hours and days of your time to the event. The least you can do is give them a ticket.He also shares tips on what you can do as a potential attendee, sponsor, volunteer, or speaker to change the thinking of event planners on charging speakers and volunteers.Another Event Planner’s PerspectiveAfter replying to several of David’s tweets, my friend Angela Bergmann and I chatted about event planning, speakers, and volunteers. @redcrew Exactly! And for WCNC, we assume a +1. My husband is always with me, especially since I drive everywhere usually.— Angie Bergmann 🖤🦄 (@radkitten) January 26, 2015Bergmann graciously accepted my invitation to share her thoughts for this post:Speakers are what drives your conference. I would never expect to be monetarily compensated for speaking at a non-profit conference like WordCamp, but I do expect at a minimum for my ticket to be comped. I’d also appreciate if my +1 is comped, as I do not like to travel alone.I learned something new. For past events, I had not considered providing a free ticket for a +1. Something I’m adding to my event planning task list.She added, “While a speaker gets to attend a conference, they are not free to attend any session they wish. And I frequently find myself spending the majority of a conference fielding questions and preparing for my topic anyway.” “It isn’t as though I am getting the same value from the conference as a regular attendee. This doesn’t even account for the time spent preparing for the event and the cost of travel, ” Bergmann told me.She said, “As an organizer for WordCamp North Canton, we assume the speaker and a +1 will be attending.” We:Comp their tickets for the speaker and their +1Provide a nice speaker dinner (with the +1)Give a speaker giftBergmann ended our conversation, Just like we are donating our time for this event, they are as well. Without our speakers there is no conference to attend.I’d like to hear your thoughts. Am I missing something? As a speaker, volunteer, or event organizer, do you expect to attend the event for free? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow-to Tips for Organizing WordCampsEarlier this year, Andrea Middleton of WordCamp Central kicked off the first of several online chats for WordCamp organizers. The online chats are intended to provide help, support, and tips for WordCamp organizers as they plan their events. I was able to attend the first chat on organizing WordCamps and…In “Conference”Can You Livestream the Event?As many of you know, I’m an event planner and leader for several local meetup groups. I organize events for Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress meetup groups. Since the mid 2000’s, I estimate I’ve organized 350+ monthly meetup events, workshops, in-person conferences, and group viewing…In “Technology”What is a WordCamp?Last Sunday at our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup, we saw a lot of new members attend the WordPress REST API presentation, which was great. I think the attraction of a developer-focused talk brought in a lot of new people. Before the presentation started, one of our long-time members asked who…In “Conference”last_img read more

US airlines say goodbye to the iconic Boeing 747

first_imgA United Boeing 747-400. Photo: United Airlines The last US airlines operating the passenger version of the Boeing 747 are in the process of saying goodbye to the  “Queen of the Skies” with United Airlines’ last flight scheduled for November 7.Delta Air Lines and United are moving to retire the iconic US-made jumbo jet after almost four decades in service.United’s farewell 747 flight will be from San Francisco to Honolulu  and its  last international 747 flight will head to Seoul, Korea, from San Francisco on October 29.Delta will retire its fleet by the end of 2017 to replace them with Airbus A350s made by Boeing rival Airbus. Delta will take delivery of five A350s in 2017 with more coming in 2018.Delta customers and employees have started their farewells to the big plane after the aircraft operated its final Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu flight and made a rare appearance on two domestic legs earlier this month.United’s final flight will recreate the airline’s first 747 flight in 1970 with a seventies-inspire menu, retro uniforms and inflight entertainment “befitting of that first flight”. It will be named “Friend Ship” after the first United aircraft.Seats on the flight went on sale through September 18 but will not include those on the upper deck, giving all passengers the opportunity to enjoy a space once used for spacious bars and lounges.  However, customers in first and business class will go into a draw to occupy a select number of upper-deck seats.United will begin the final journey at 9am San Francisco time with a gate celebration featuring speeches, a Boeing 747 gallery and remarks from United employees and executives.The flight is due to depart at 11am and arrive in Honolulu 2.45pm local time to more farewell celebrations.The 747 OPENED UP AIR TRAVEL FOR MILLIONSThe 747 was the first widebody to sell 1500 units and was instrumental in making air travel more affordable for millions of travellers by allowing airlines to fly more people for less cost.But giving life to the plane that changed the world was a challenge that brought Boeing, the world’s biggest aerospace company, the then-biggest engine maker Pratt and Whitney and the legendary Pan American World Airways to their knees.Boeing was immersed in an attempt to build an ill-fated supersonic transport, dubbed the Boeing 2707, and the 747 was considered an interim solution that might carry passengers for five to 10 years until supersonic transports took over.It was the combined dream of Pan Am founder Bill Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen that brought the plane to fruition.Read about Joe Sutter, the father of the 747.Boeing announced plans to build a 490-seat plane in April, 1966, at a new plant in Everett, Washington.The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, rolled out of the plant on September 30, 1968, and made its first flight the following February.The first Boeing 747-100, the City of Everett. Photo; Clemens Vasters. Pan Am operated the first commercial flight from New York to London on January 21, 1970, and Continental Airlines put it on domestic routes in June that year.United received its first 747-100 on June 26 and made the first San Francisco-Honolulu commercial flight on July 23.In 1985, United announced plans to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs, regarded as sports cars of the range, were shorter and could  fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.In January, 1988  Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, set the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds in a children’s charity flight. Passengers on the flight included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear, as guests.United  received its first longer-range B747-400 in June, 1989.The big jet has also been used by NASA as a carrier vehicle for the space shuttle and as a platform for an infrared telescope.The first of two specially modified B747-200Bs was delivered in August, 1990, to take over the role of Air Force One from the Boeing 707.Boeing has continued to produce a new, more fuel-efficient iteration of the 747, the 747-8, in both passenger and freighter versions.But it last year hinted it may end production if it failed to receive more orders for the program.Boeing 747-8 Everett production lineA Boeing 747-8 on the production line in Everett in 2016. Photo: Steve Creedy.last_img read more

Report: Paid Video Download Is A ‘Dead End’

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A new study from Forrester Research predicts that online video download services will see sales peak this year, as consumers move other sources of online video. Read/WriteWeb reported yesterday that CBS is increasingly releasing content for free or via ad-supported mediums such as, Joost. Further, consumers are confronted with a growing number of video-on-demand options from their cable or satellite providers and Internet services.Though sales of television and film downloads via services like iTunes and Amazon Unbox will nearly triple this year, according to the report, it is unlikely that such services will see much growth in 2008 and beyond unless the market shifts dramatically.“The paid download market … is ultimately a dead end,” writes James L. McQuiveny, saying that media producers will need to create new ad-supported business models to survive. The good news for media executives, says the report, is that today’s video downloaders tend to be younger and have higher incomes than the general online population. They’re more tech-savvy and will pump more money into online video this year. However, attracting users outside of those early adopters will be hard without a change in business model and delivery method.Are paid download services like iTunes a dying breed?Tempted by better audience measurment and complete control over advertising content, Forrester predicts that media distributors will shift to ad-supported streams, or even downloads. The Adobe Media Player, for example, will allow content producers to offer downloadable Flash video with embedded ads that can be updated and measured accurately.According to the report only 24% of the general Internet population owns a DVR, while 50% of the current video downloaders own one. That mainstream audience, who are not used to time-shifted, sans-advertising television, will likely be less resistant to ad-supported online media. However, notes the report, mainstream viewers “won‚Äôt appreciate the value of a download until it can be viewed on the TV screen. Yet only 20% of households, none of them mainstream, are interested in buying a special device to do the trick, and only 4% want to spend more than $100 to do it.”That seems to spell good news for cable and satellite companies that can push video-on-demand services direct to a viewer’s television, without forcing them to buy extra equipment, and for set-top boxes like the Xbox 360 (which Microsoft says will have IPTV capability by year’s end), Tivo (which already integrates with Amazon’s Unbox service), and Apple TV (which Forrester predicts predicts will become a broadband service provider by its second iteration).It seems like common sense that free video would win out over pay-to-download in the end, as long as quality is kept high and advertising intrusions are kept to a minimum. But will users really opt for ad-supported streaming video over to save money on ad-free downloadable content? Are the iTunes video store, Amazon Unbox, et. al. part of a dying breed? Or will paid download video services continue to thrive?center_img Tags:#Analysis#web josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – September 2016

first_imgA Suspected Meth Lab beneath a Walmart Parking Lot Has Officials “Completely Astounded”A giant, graffiti-filled storm sewer beneath a Walmart parking lot in Upstate New York may have housed a shocking setup: an underground laboratory used for making methamphetamine, police said.  Authorities in Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo, have opened an investigation into the suspected meth lab some 12 feet under the superstore parking lot, along a busy thoroughfare that leads to the town’s shops, according to local news reports. “I was completely astounded,” Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick G. Lucey told the Buffalo News. “It’s like, are you kidding me? It’s just not something you run across. I’m sure it can happen. Anywhere at any time somewhere where there’s the opportunity and the motive, it can happen. But this was definitely something new.”  [Source: The Washington Post]Mother-of-Six Made Millions Shoplifting over 45 YearsThe woman is now claiming benefits says she has GIVEN UP looking for work – as she needs ‘£1,000 a week to be comfortable’  A former shoplifter who claims she made almost £2million during her 44-year ‘career’ as a thief says she has given up looking for a job that would pay enough to match the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. Kim Farry, 55, from Fulham, London, dubbed the ‘millionaire shoplifter’ said she made a ‘business’ out of her ill-begotten gains – which has seen her jailed seven times. Her life of crime allowed her to enjoy designer clothes, plastic surgery and exotic holidays.Now she has changed her ways she says she has no choice but to claim £1,300 a month in benefits, including housing allowance, as she can’t find suitable work. ‘I don’t want to work in a shop, it’s boring. There is more to me than standing at a till. It’s not enough money for me,’ she said on the latest episode of Channel 5’s On Benefits. She added: ‘I only want to earn big money, I am not earning stupid money because of what I used to earn. You need a £1,000 a week to be comfortable.’  [Source: Daily Mail]- Sponsor – Attempt to Steal Priest’s Liquor Lands Man in PrisonA man was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to assisting in a burglary at Blessed Sacrament, including into the priest’s residence. Devin K. Stull, 19, entered a guilty plea to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony. Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Chris Reamer said Stull and two juveniles broke into the residential area of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The burglars ransacked several rooms inside the church, looking for items to steal, and broke a secure door, which led to a safe, which they tried to enter, Reamer, said. Court records show the burglars attempted to steal bottles of liquor before Father Jonathan Wilson, who was inside, yelled and caused the burglars to flee.Reamer recommended a three-year prison sentence, citing Stull’s criminal history as a juvenile and an arrest in November for underage consumption, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Branstool agreed with the three-year sentence and told Stull he clearly wasn’t getting the message about his behavior. “This is how people get killed,” he said of the burglary.Branstool gave Stull credit for 165 days in jail and ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution to the Columbus Diocese to cover costs not handled by insurance for damage done to the church. The two juveniles were also found delinquent in Licking County Juvenile Court on burglary charges. A 17-year-old was committed to the Department of Youth Services for at least one year, according to court records. A 15-year-old was given a suspended sentence in DYS custody and will be on a period of indefinite supervision. [Source: Newark Advocate]Man Stole Pizza because He Said He Was “God”In an unusual retail theft report, police said a man stole a box of pizza because “his name was God and everything was his.” Police say Adam Farrell of Scranton refused to give his name when a store employee approached him and asked if he planned on paying for the pizza. Farrell continued eating and told the store employee he was God.When approached by police, Farrell said he was “God and the police was the Devil.” Police took Farrel into custody and identified his real name through a fingerprint check. Farrell pleaded guilty to retail charges before a judge and was later released.  [Source: ABC27 News]Man Broke into Ohio Jail for ProtectionA 23-year-old man called 911 Saturday from inside of an Ohio jail, saying he was trying to get to safety. Chad Saylor, 23, climbed a pipe and ultimately became trapped inside Butler County Jail, according to police. Officers found him there unharmed.“Mr. Saylor told dispatchers that people were after him with weapons and trying to kill him and he needed to get to safety. I’m guessing he came to the right place,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said on Facebook. Saylor was ultimately arrested, not for breaking into the jail, but because he had an active warrant for theft, Dayton Daily News reports. Police didn’t locate or arrest anyone else related to the incident. A few days ago, an inmate escaped from the same jail and was found a day later. “With this most recent guy successfully getting into the compound, I’d say we’re one up on the bad guys,” Jones said.  [Source: USA Today] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Speeding Plant and Animal Genomics at the Smithsonian

first_imgDiscussions of genome sequencing often focus on human genomes and precision medicine. But genomic information about the plant and animal worlds is equally crucial. On a fragile planet, our ability to study genomes across the tree of life is critical to preserving biodiversity. Knowledge of plant and animal genomes can also help us manage climate change, feed a growing population, and mitigate the impact of newly emergent diseases. It can lead to breakthroughs in drug discovery, food safety, and more.Reflecting the importance of plant and animal genomics, the Smithsonian Institution has established a new Institute for Biodiversity Genomics to focus on genomic studies that can help humans understand and preserve the diversity of life on earth. To run their genomic assemblies and analysis, the institute’s researchers used the Smithsonian Institution’s shared HPC cluster, a massive system with multiple generations of processors and networked storage. But, as is often the case with such systems, there were problems. Genome assemblies often took weeks to complete. Some large assemblies failed to run to completion, causing frustration for scientists and slowing the research pipeline. With the clock ticking on species extinction, leaders at the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics set out to see what impact Intel’s latest data center technologies could provide for their genomics workloads. They worked with Intel technologists to evaluate the performance of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v3 using dedicated Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) Data Center (DC) Family for PCIe P3700 series.We recently worked with Dr. Rebecca Dikow of the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics to create a white paper describing the results of this collaboration. This paper discusses the open-source technologies used in the institute’s genomics workflows, and describes the dramatic speedups produced by the new technologies. It also shares insights about what these performance improvements will mean for scientists like Dr. Dikow—and ultimately for all of us.Read the paper and share your observations in the comments. How is your work affected by plant and animal genomics? How could your work benefit from newer processors and dedicated SSDs?Learn more about big data in healthcare about the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics us on Twitter:@IntelHealth, @portlandketan@smithsonian, @rdikowlast_img read more