By Simon EvansA 55th minute Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over the United States on Thursday but the result allowed both teams to progress to the second round of the World Cup.Germany top Group G and will face the runner-up in Group H while the United States finish second and will face Group H’s winner. Portugal who beat Ghana 2-1 are eliminated with the Africans.The Germans dominated the game with Juergen Klinsmann’s team, with their backs against the wall, creating very few chances.The breakthrough came when Tim Howard parried out a Per Mertesacker header but Mueller collected the loose ball on the edge of the area and superbly side-footed into the bottom corner.Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner for Portugal, his first goal of the tournament. Starting the day on a point each, both teams knew they needed a victory to have any chance of progress and Portugal started strongly as Ronaldo hit the bar and sent a close-range header straight at goalkeeper Fatawu Dauda before Ghana’s John Boye sliced a cross into his own net after 31 minutes.Asamoah Gyan headed the equaliser from a lovely Kwadwo Asamoah cross 12 minutes into the second half and Abdul Majeed Waris missed the chance to put Ghana ahead when he headed wide from point-blank range five minutes later.Ronaldo finally found the net in the 80th minute but Portugal, thrashed 4-0 by Germany in their opening game, needed a far bigger win to overhaul the Americans’ goal difference.
Dear EditorThe term conflict of interest (COI) is widely used, yet many people are unaware of its meaning and significance. The Journal of Business Ethics defines conflict of interest as “a situation in which a person has a private or personal interest sufficient to appear to influence the objective exercise of his or her official duties as, say, a public official, an employee, or a professional.” This private or personal interest is often motivated by money, but can also arise from other factors such as love and ambition.It is important to take note of the word ‘situation’ from the definition, as a COI can be mistakenly bundled with corruption. For example, a lawyer in need of money is working with a client.A representative of the party that the client is in dispute with approaches the lawyer.The representative proposes to provide the lawyer with a large sum of money if the lawyer agrees to botch his client’s case. In this situation, the bribe offer creates a conflict of interest between official duty to the client and personal duty to self.The action taken when faced with a COI determines if the lawyer is corrupt. A COI alone is not an improper act, but rather a natural phenomenon. It is how the COI is dealt with that may be improper.In addition, an unaddressed conflict of interest can raise suspicion about whether the service provider is being impartial, which can place trust, loyalty, and integrity into question.In the aforementioned example, the lawyer chooses not to disclose the bribe offer with his client. The client later finds out that the lawyer was offered a bribe. As a result, the client can no longer trust the lawyer, even if the lawyer may have rejected the bribe.To further illustrate the nature of a COI, we will look at another example. A basketball referee has an upcoming game between two high school teams.He notices that a member of one of the teams is his beloved niece. A conflict of interest is formed even though an improper act has not yet been committed.His official duty is to make fair calls during the game. However, he also has a personal duty to the happiness of his niece. If he referees the game, he may make unwarranted calls to benefit his niece’s team.On the other hand, in an overzealous attempt to display fairness, he may make unwarranted calls to hurt his niece’s team.Either way, his decisions are at risk of being subjective. Therefore, if the referee’s connection with his niece is well-known and he chooses to ignore the conflict of interest, trust may be lost and his job may be executed poorly.By looking at these examples, we know that a COI itself is not unethical, but if dealt with incorrectly, a COI can lead to suspicion of objectivity and even an improper act.When faced with a conflict of interest, one should identify it, disclose it, and remove oneself from the situation. Otherwise, the official duty and trust upheld by the service provider may be jeopardized.Sincerely,Nicel Mohamed-Hinds
Dear Editor,On April 26, 2019, following repeated requests from the staff, the GFC Restructuring Committee finally met with staff and introduced the members of the Committee. Various articles have reported on the chaos that erupted following the meeting. However, as was suspected and the reason for withholding the information on the Committee makeup to the general public was that it was clearly an unbalanced Committee. The staff has noted this and during the engagement, questions were consistently asked as to why there was no HR or management specialist on the committee.For general information, the members introduced or announced to staff comprise of at least four political figures from the Government APNU/AFC membership and three other members. To be specific, the convener is an adviser to Minister Trotman and an employee of the Ministry and an AFC executive member. There is also another adviser (female) working out of the Ministry who is also an AFC member, a third AFC member from the lower East Coast of Demerara comes as a Private Sector representative who has vested interest in forestry (this can be a conflict of interest) and is also a senior member of the AFC. All three of these persons were on the AFC list of candidates for the 2015 elections and possibility the 2018 Local Government Elections. Another member introduced is a senior political adviser of the Ministry of the Presidency and a member of the APNU. So here you have four out of seven who are political appointees. The fifth member, a former Director of Conservation International is perhaps the only specialist in environment and management. The sixth member is a GFC lawyer and in private practice and the seventh, and perhaps most junior, is a middle division management staff of GFC.This imbalance did not escape the attention of staff and questions emerged as to the glaring absence of any HR and other specialist trained in these types of activities as part of the panel. No satisfactory answer was provided. The Minister, soon after in a sign of desperation, tried to justify the members of this Committee. However, this is a modern era and these missteps by the Minister will not go unnoticed.Sincerely,Staff (name withheld)
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt’s the latest in an on-again, off-again battle between the city and the property owner, going back more than 17 years. The property is owned by Domenica Co- lucci of Irvine, whose telephone number is unlisted. Other at- tempts to reach Colucci for comment were unsuccessful. Ariizumi said city officials have tried to get Colucci, or her adult children, to make repairs or level the site. If the city declares the property a public nuisance, Ariizumi said the house and garage will be demolished. The owner will have 30 days; if she fails to do so, the city will undertake the job, charge the owner for the work and file a lien on the property, Ariizumi added. TEMPLE CITY – Some drivers do a double-take, others flinch when they look at the northwest corner of Daines Drive and El Monte Avenue. The large lot is overgrown with weeds, the tiny yellow house that sits on it has broken and boarded-up windows. A metal shed, filled with garbage, has missing doors. The Fire Department has declared it a fire hazard. The deteriorated conditions and other factors led the City Council this week to vote to hold a public hearing on Dec. 4, when council members will decide whether to declare the property at 10659 Daines Drive a public nuisance. Bryan Ariizumi, a city public safety officer, said the home’s dilapidated garage, which has a cracked foundation and appears on the verge of collapse, prompted the council’s action. Ariizumi said a city file documenting its dealings with the property and its owner dates back to the early 1990s. The property owner and nearby residents will be notified about the Dec. 4 hearing, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Petrov was mobbed by adoring Villa fans after a pre-season friendly this summerAsked if he’s fallen out of love with Aston Villa or now feels unwelcome at the club, he replied: “No. I just didn’t want to be given anything by the club, I wanted to fight for it. I wanted to deserve to be back again.“I’ve worked really hard. I came down from 139kilos to 90kilos to go back and complete the pre-season. It was a new chapter for me and I wanted to prove to everyone that I could do it.“That’s what it was all about for me because you don’t lose that football ability, it’s all about getting the fitness and the stamina back.“But I was told very early [that I wouldn’t get a contract]. I was free, and I could have done a longer pre-season than everybody else, but they didn’t give me the chance.“They didn’t need to make that decision so early. Don’t get me wrong, I was being honest with myself, I knew I wouldn’t have played every single game in the Championship, but I think I can contribute and help the team in a different way.“I think I deserved a little bit more time. If I had a bit more time I would have made it. I would have gotten fitter, stronger. I was close. I didn’t miss a training session and that was the important bit for me.“I sat down with Roberto Di Matteo and thanked him for the opportunity to be part of it again. He wants to build his own team and I can understand that.“I am disappointed and it really hurt me, but life goes on.”Listen to a clip of Jim White’s interview with Stiliyan Petrov above! Sign him up! Petrov mobbed! #avfc pic.twitter.com/MRtGeTAyCl— Mat Kendrick (@MatKendrick) July 16, 2016 Stiliyan Petrov has told talkSPORT he was ‘hurt’ after being denied a contract at former club Aston Villa, having fought his way back to fitness following his cancer battle.The former Villans and Bulgaria captain was forced to suspend his playing career in 2012 after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, but three years later revealed he was eyeing a return to the game after beating the disease.He was invited to pre-season training with Villa this summer and even joined the Championship club’s trip to Austria on the eve of the new campaign with the hope of proving his fitness.But manager Roberto Di Matteo decided against giving him a deal, instead offering him a role within the club’s youth academy, which Petrov turned down.Desperate to return to the game, the midfeidler insisted he isn’t bitter towards Villa and will now look to move on in his career.“I don’t hold any grudges, I don’t have any bad feelings towards them but I won’t lie, I was very disappointed I wasn’t offered anything,” Petrov said in an EXCLUSIVE interview with talkSPORT host Jim White.“Why I wasn’t offered, I don’t know. It wasn’t explained to me. They just told me I wouldn’t be a part of [the team].“They offered me a job in the youth system, but I didn’t want that. I wanted to finish as a footballer.“Why? Because my career was taken away from me by a disease, and I want to finish as a footballer again. I even didn’t want to get paid, I just wanted to finish as a footballer, to be able to retire on my terms.“I completed a full pre-season. It was a lot of running and a lot of double sessions. It was a hell of a lot of running, but I completed every single one. It was good.“Now, I’m trying to maintain my fitness.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe lack of velocity, combined with the more advanced California League hitting and Lancaster’s ultra-friendly hitting environment, have combined to produce mediocre numbers. Raab, a 24-year-old whom Baseball America ranked 28th among the JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks organizational prospects, is in his third year of pro ball. He is 8-8 with a 6.96 ERA. “I’m working on my slider and my change-up this year instead of letting it go when I go out there,” Raab said. “It’s been a tough year for me, but I’ve learned a lot more this year than any other year.” Raab cites fatigue as a contributing factor in his velocity drop. He pitched 150 innings last season at South Bend, more than double his workload in any previous year. He downplayed the significance of an inflamed disc that has caused him some discomfort this season. Raab has pitched much better of late, going 5-0 in his past six starts. He was especially effective in a brief stint out of the bullpen, yielding one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings. LANCASTER – JetHawks pitcher Kellen Raab is having the worst year of his career from a statistical standpoint. From a developmental standpoint, however, it might be his most important year. Raab, an imposing 6-foot-6 left-hander who in the past has been overpowering, has had to adjust his approach this year because the velocity he once had is no longer there. Raab is topping out in the 87-88 mph range after lighting up radar guns with a 94 mph fastball last season at Single-A South Bend (Ind.). Raab believes his future with the Diamondbacks could be as a reliever, a role that would allow him to pitch more aggressively and wear less on his arm. JetHawks manager Brett Butler said Raab’s versatility has been impressive. He said it’s too early to project, but noted that a situational role might be a nice fit for Raab. “He’s kind of got that quirky delivery,” Butler said. “He might be more suited for the bullpen.” Promoted: Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, a 20-year-old considered among baseball’s most exciting prospects, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday after batting .300 (121 for 403) with 21 homers and 94 RBIs in 104 games in Lancaster. Replacing Gonzalez on the JetHawks roster is Cyle Hankerd. Hankerd, selected by Arizona in the third round of this year’s draft out of USC, led the short-season Northwest League with a .384 batting average in his professional debut at Yakima, Wash. Hitter of the week: JetHawks utilityman Javier Brito was named the California League’s batter of the week for Aug. 7-13. Brito batted .600 (12 for 20) with six extra-base hits including two homers and five RBIs over a stretch that included two four-hit games. Hall of fame: The JetHawks inducted community activist Larry Lake and former Lancaster Stealth shortstop Jack Wilson into the team’s hall of fame. Lake has been involved in supporting youth baseball in the Antelope Valley for decades. Wilson, who played for the Stealth in the 1999 California Fall League, was a Pittsburgh Pirates all-star shortstop in 2004. Both were honored before Saturday’s game against Inland Empire. Title watch: The first-place JetHawks (58-62, 26-24 second half) remain one game ahead of Lake Elsinore (25-25) after Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. email@example.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
sarah perez Tags:#Features#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Android Developer Challenge is a two-part contest whose goal is to encourage developers to build apps for the new Google mobile platform, code-named “Android.” In this first round, dubbed “Challenge I,” submissions were accepted up until April 14th. Yesterday, the top 50 entries were announced. Each of these application authors received $25,000 to fund further development of their app. We’ve dug through the list of winners to pick out our favorite apps and the ones we’re most looking forward to. On the phandroid blog, the top 46 winning apps, including descriptions, were listed. Why only 46? Apparently, four of the winners opted to continue their efforts in secret for now. Based on the descriptions of these under development apps, we think the following have potential:Ten Future Android AppsBeetaun – Social network around geographical content created by people and for people (from your neighborhood, from your city, from your country, from all over the world). By Sergey Gritsyuk and Dmitri Shipilov BioWallet – A biometric authentication system for Android. This application features iris recognition and can act as a password safe and provide single sign-on for other Android apps. Jose Luis Huertas FernandezDiggin – Daniel Johansson, Aramis Waernbaum, Andreas Hedin; We can’t find any info on this, but the title suggests a mobile Digg app, which would be cool. Marvin – Marvin allows you to publish and browse geo-localized objects around you. Objects can be static or move by themselves and follow you. You publish and browse where you are, based on your current location or where you virtually are on the map. By Pontier Laurent.Locale – Locale is one of 7 Android applications submitted by MIT students. It enables you to set up location- and time-based profiles for your phone, so you can make it shut up when you’re at work, forward calls to your landline when you’re at home. Clare Bayley, Christina Wright, Jasper Lin, Carter Jernigan.Em-Radar – Em-Radar is a revolutionary mobile product that alerts you about emergencies and severe weather anywhere, any time. By Jack Kwok.AndroidScan – Use your phone to scan a barcode, get pricing information from dozens of stores, product reviews and more. Never make a bad purchase again! (by Jeffrey Sharkey)LifeAware – Mobile Tracking Service formed to help people be aware of where their friends and family are. A quick search on the Internet shows that approximately 700,000 children are classified as missing annually. The intent of Life Aware is to help you be aware of where you family and friends are. Gregory Moore, Aaron L. Obrien, Jawad AkhtarWikitude-the Mobile Travel Guide – Find points of interest based on your current location. By Philipp Breuss.BreadCrumbz – Navigate your route using pictures instead of a map (there’s also a map, if you like). Easily record routes using your smartphone. Share them with your friends, share them with the world. By Amos YoffeBreadCrumbz VideoConclusionOf course, there are several without descriptions as well as those mysterious four that are yet to be announced, so who knows what else there might be out there. There will also be another round in the Android Developer Challenge which will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008, and there are sure to be even more apps to discover at that time. You may notice some similarities between the Android apps and the ones we listed earlier in the post “12 Future Apps for Your iPhone.” It looks like some of those future iPhone apps – for example, reality tagging, physical social networks, personalized travel guides, and digital shopping – won’t just be limited to iPhones after all, but will come to other future mobile platforms, like Android, as well. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
We are pleased to announce that 2 of our Intel AMT Embedded Tools Suite product family have recently been updated in the Embedded Design Center (EDC). The new updates are mainly to support the new Intel AMT 6.0 features, plus usability enhancements based on the feedback from the previous version.Intel Embedded AMT Management Express Console 2.0This is a great evaluation tool for the Embedded Board Manufacturers to demonstrate and test the various Intel AMT usage models. The new usage models supported in this new version included Remote KVM, PC Alarm Clock and UUID Verifications. In addition, there were many usability enhancements since the version 1.0 release. Check out the new tool at: http://edc.intel.com/Link.aspx?id=2350Note that the Management Express Console was developed based on Intel AMT Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Manageability Developer Tool Kit (DTK). For those who are interested in developing your own Intel AMT-enabled management console, please download the tool kits from the links below:SDK: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-intel-amt-software-development-kit-sdk/DTK: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-version-of-manageability-developer-tool-kit/ Diagram 1: Screenshot of Alarm Clock in Intel Embedded AMT Management Express Console 2.0 Intel AMT Integration Wizard 2.0This latest Integration Wizard has been updated with Intel AMT 6 support for both Q57 and QM57 platforms. The tool also added many flexible time-saving features for the design engineers, e.g. partial programming by BIOS/GbE/ME region, saving of configuration settings and build info, customization of read/write access for different regions and many other user-friendly features. The tool is available at: http://edc.intel.com/Link.aspx?id=2352Diagram 2: Screenshot of Intel AMT Integration Wizard 2.0