It didn’t take long for change to take hold at Manchester City.“We had a lot of staff members from Thailand, they were the ones who welcomed me when I signed for the club,” remembers Vincent Kompany, who arrived from Hamburg on August 22, 2008. “From one day to the other, they were all gone and Robinho was in the dressing room. That’s when you realised things were changing.“We went away for international games around that time and they changed everything. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It was like those shows where they’re building stuff and next thing there’s a reveal. I can’t even describe it. Probably like a before and after picture. Everything changed within two weeks. We came back and the standard was set.”Bernard Halford, City life president, continues the theme: “The marker in the sand came with the signing of Robinho on deadline day. For Manchester City to pay £32 million for a player, crimes! If you go back five years before that you’d have wanted an entire team for that.”After all, this was a club that could not afford Wayne Rooney. When he was a child.“Honest truth I went and asked for £300,000 to sign Wayne Rooney and the board said we’re not paying £300,000 for a 14-year-old,” says Halford. “End of story. We hadn’t got the money. We had about £1m to run the academy and then we were begging for money to buy a player.”City thought they had found their saviour in Thaksin Shinawatra in 2007, but the Thai politician’s assets were soon frozen and his plans hit the buffers. City were only kept going thanks to former chairman John Wardle, who “paid the staff and kept the club running,” paving the way for Sheikh Mansour and the Abu Dhabi United group.Since September 1, 2008, Manchester City has been transformed, from top to bottom.Kompany remembers a coffee machine as one of the most immediate difference-makers in those early days of the new era – “it was being used that much it needed to go in for maintenance after two weeks” – but that was nothing compared to what was to come.The arrival of Yaya Toure and David Silva in 2010 helped deliver the club’s first trophy, the 2011 FA Cup, and City broke their transfer record again that summer to bring in Sergio Aguero as they strived to consolidate their position as one of England’s leading clubs.Off the pitch, former Barcelona officials Ferran Soriano, as CEO, and Txiki Begiristain, as director of football, were brought in to drive new projects (and eventually lure Pep Guardiola), while 2014 marked the opening of the club’s state-of-the-art City Football Academy training ground, and the establishment of the City Football Group. The CFG initially owned not just City but clubs in New York and Melbourne, as well as a stake in Yokohama F Marinos, and have since branched out to Girona in Spain and Uruguay’s Atletico Toque, with further links in the United States, the Netherlands and Venezuela.In 2015 the capacity of the Etihad Stadium was increased from 48,000 to 55,000 to meet the surge in demand for tickets on the back of the club’s success on the pitch.City’s rise has affected everybody within the club. In the 1990s the groundstaff could get away with telling former manager Peter Reid that they had cut the grass to his specifications, when in reality they hadn’t, but they are now responsible for the maintenance of seven training pitches that are identical to the one at the Etihad Stadium – cut exactly to Guardiola’s requirements. And while City could not afford £300,000 for the 14-year-old Rooney they now boast competitive youth teams full of homegrown and global talent, and if they are sent out on loan to continue their development they are monitored and supported by a dedicated team of 10, including 2011-12 Premier League winner Joleon Lescott. For comparison’s sake, Chelsea, the club most famous for establishing a ‘loan army’, have a team of three.City’s transformation has inevitably led to scrutiny. Major investment in the transfer market was necessary to enable the club to challenge at the top of the Premier League in the first place, while another wave, last summer, helped kickstart the Guardiola era. The club’s rise has not sat well with some of Europe’s established order and Spanish league chief Javier Tebas has been one of the most prominent critics, alleging recently that the club’s various Emirati sponsorships are artificially inflated. Uefa, who found City in breach of their Financial Fair Play regulations in 2014 and are themselves no huge fans of the club, insisted an investigation was not necessary.“What is fair?” argues Kompany. “The status quo? Should City be in the third division and say we’ve got awesome fans with 30,000 in the stadium but we’re never really allowed to have success? What is fair then? That’s always been my question.”Any kind of investment that’s been made by City over the years is to overtake 20 years of an advantage by any other club. Of course if you take a lens at it and you say, ‘Well City have invested in the last five or 10 years,’ of course, because you’re trying to avoid 20 or 30 years of dominance from another club.”The last thing I’m going to say is that nobody can convince me that Manchester City has not had a tremendous benefit to Manchester as a city, the north west as a region and the Premier League as a league.”As well as running community projects in every continent, City’s expansion through their CFA training base has led to an impressive regeneration of east Manchester, and there are few better-placed than Brian Kidd, a local lad who’s worked alongside Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Guardiola since 2009, to sum up the effects.“I was born in Collyhurst, a mile away, when you see what they’ve done to the area, the community, it’s unbelievable,” he says. “Collyhurst, Ancoats and New Islington, when you were a kid you wanted to get out of the area, now they’re paying a million pounds for an apartment, they want to get back in there! My dad, God rest his soul, he’d be laughing in his grave if I was to say there’s apartments going for a million pounds, he’d say never in a million years.”Part Two, looking at the next 10 years, will be published on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
United hasn’t challenged for the title since winning its record-extending 20th championship in 2013, Alex Ferguson’s last year in charge, but back-to-back 4-0 wins sent a powerful early-season message to its rivals.Swansea was on the end of United’s power and new-found clinical edge on Saturday, with Eric Bailly scoring in the first half before Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all netted in a devastating four-minute passage from the 80th.“There was happiness in our play,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “There was no need to close the door. Just let the horses run freely.”As United’s attackers poured forward in the final 10 minutes, scoring at will and in stylish fashion too, memories flooded back to the entertaining teams that Ferguson molded. United was profligate last season, the lowest scorer by far in the top seven with 54 goals, but that seems to be a thing of the past in Mourinho’s second year in charge.“36 more games like this please,” United midfielder Juan Mata tweeted. United beat West Ham 4-0 on the opening weekend.Mane scores as Liverpool beats Palace 1-0 in Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane capitalized on defensive uncertainty to score a scruffy winner as a depleted Liverpool team beat Crystal Palace 1-0 Saturday for its first victory in the Premier League.Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic lost possession on the edge of his own area before the ball ricocheted into the path of Mane, who prodded home a shot on the stretch in the 73rd minute at Anfield.Liverpool made five changes to its lineup, with this match coming between the two legs of its Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim, and record signing Mo Salah was among those to start on the bench.The Reds started the season with a 3-3 draw at Watford, when the team’s defensive frailties were exposed once again. This clean sheet will be welcomed by manager Juergen Klopp, as will the fact that no injuries were picked up ahead of the second leg against Hoffenheim, with Liverpool holding a 2-1 lead.Palace has started the season with back-to-back defeats under new manager Frank De Boer, having lost 3-0 at home to Huddersfield on the opening weekend.Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke missed Palace’s best chance when he shot wide from close range.Southampton scored a penalty in the third minute of injury time to beat 10-man West Ham 3-2, having thrown away a two-goal lead, and there were also wins for West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Leicester.Players in the Premier League wore black armbands as a mark of respect following the attacks in Spain this week.Saturday Summaries from English football (home teams listed first):English Premier LeagueSwansea 0, Manchester United 4Manchester United: Eric Bailly (45), Romelu Lukaku (80), Paul Pogba (82), Anthony Martial (84).Halftime: 0-1.Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0Liverpool: Sadio Mane (73).Halftime: 0-0.Southampton 3, West Ham 2Southampton: Manolo Gabbiadini (11), Dusan Tadic (38, pen.), Charlie Austin (90, pen.).West Ham: Chicharito (45, 74).Halftime: 2-1.Burnley 0, West Bromwich Albion 1West Bromwich Albion: Hal Robson-Kanu (71).Halftime: 0-0.Bournemouth 0, Watford 2Watford: Richarlison (73), Etienne Capoue (86).Halftime: 0-0.Leicester 2, Brighton 0Leicester: Shinji Okazaki (1), Harry Maguire (54).Halftime: 1-0.England ChampionshipSheffield United 1, Barnsley 0Sheffield United: Billy Sharp (17).Halftime: 1-0.Fulham 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1Sheffield Wednesday: Steven Fletcher (64).Halftime: 0-0.Nottingham Forest 2, Middlesbrough 1Nottingham Forest: Barrie McKay (16), Daryl Murphy (79, pen.).Middlesbrough: Ben Gibson (83).Halftime: 1-0.Bolton 1, Derby 2Bolton: Gary Madine (90).Derby: David Nugent (8, 21).Halftime: 0-2.Ipswich 2, Brentford 0Ipswich: Martyn Waghorn (35), Joe Garner (51).Halftime: 1-0.Queens Park Rangers 2, Hull 1Queens Park Rangers: Matt Smith (74), Idrissa Sylla (90).Hull: Jarrod Bowen (35).Halftime: 0-1.Aston Villa 4, Norwich 2Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane (22, 68), Andre Green (42, 85).Norwich: Josh Murphy (60), Nelson Oliveira (79).Halftime: 2-0.Bristol City 0, Millwall 0Halftime: 0-0.Wolverhampton 1, Cardiff 2Wolverhampton: Leo Bonatini (67).Cardiff: Joe Ralls (54), Nathanie Mendez-Laing (77).Halftime: 0-0.Preston 1, Reading 0Preston: Jordan Hugill (22).Halftime: 1-0.England League OneScunthorpe 1, Oxford United 0Scunthorpe: Josh Morris (83).Halftime: 0-0.Charlton 4, Northampton 1Charlton: Josh Magennis (2), Ricky Holmes (61), Jake Forster-Caskey (90, 90).Northampton: Marc Richards (79).Halftime: 1-0.Doncaster 3, Blackpool 3Doncaster: Ryan Allsop (37, og.), John Marquis (45), Alfie May (75).Blackpool: Sean Longstaff (38), Ollie Turton (65), Callum Cooke (76).Halftime: 2-1.Bury 2, Bristol Rovers 3Bury: Jermaine Beckford (90), Nicky Ajose (90).Bristol Rovers: Tom Lockyer (55), Billy Bodin (73, 85).Halftime: 0-0.Milton Keynes Dons 1, Gillingham 0Milton Keynes Dons: Osman Sow (47).Halftime: 0-0.Oldham 0, Wigan 2Wigan: Ivan Toney (8), Michael Jacobs (16).Halftime: 0-2.Shrewsbury 3, Rochdale 2Shrewsbury: Shaun Whalley (30, pen.), Carlton Morris (33), Stefan Payne (74).Rochdale: Steven Davies (17, pen., 63, pen.).Halftime: 2-1.Bradford 0, Blackburn 1Blackburn: Dominic Samuel (47).Halftime: 0-0.Southend 1, Plymouth 1Southend: Sonny Bradley (6, og.).Plymouth: Ryan Edwards (61).Halftime: 1-0.Portsmouth 1, Walsall 1Portsmouth: Brett Pitman (74, pen.).Walsall: Luke Leahy (47).Halftime: 0-0.Peterborough 2, Rotherham 1Peterborough: Jack Marriott (47, 75).Rotherham: Kieffer Moore (55).Halftime: 0-0.Fleetwood Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0Fleetwood Town: Devante Cole (19, 57).Halftime: 1-0.England League TwoCarlisle 3, Cheltenham 0Carlisle: Harry Pell (5, og.), Reggie Lambe (18), Shaun Miller (60).Halftime: 2-0.Accrington Stanley 2, Mansfield Town 1Accrington Stanley: Kayden Jackson (10), Billy Kee (90).Mansfield Town: Lee Angol (25).Halftime: 1-1.Crawley Town 0, Cambridge United 1Cambridge United: Jabo Ibehre (63).Halftime: 0-0.Stevenage 3, Grimsby Town 1Stevenage: Danny Newton (37), Jonathan Smith (45), Ben Kennedy (65).Grimsby Town: Danny Collins (81).Halftime: 2-0.Wycombe 2, Notts County 4Wycombe: Nick Freeman (49), Joe Jacobson (68).Notts County: Richard Duffy (14), Adam El-Abd (15, og.), Jonathan Forte (84), Lewis Alessandra (89).Halftime: 0-2.Chesterfield 2, Port Vale 0Chesterfield: Kristian Dennis (38), Jordan Sinnott (43).Halftime: 2-0.Exeter 1, Lincoln City 0Exeter: Reuben Reid (42).Halftime: 1-0.Morecambe 0, Swindon 1Swindon: Donal McDermott (13).Halftime: 0-1.Crewe 1, Barnet 0Crewe: Chris Porter (75).Halftime: 0-0.Coventry 0, Newport County 1Newport County: Reece Cole (53).Halftime: 0-0.Luton Town 3, Colchester 0Luton Town: Oliver Lee (45), James Collins (52), Dan Potts (83).Halftime: 1-0.Forest Green Rovers 4, Yeovil 3Forest Green Rovers: Christian Doidge (23), Reece Brown (45), Charlie Cooper (49), Omar Bugiel (79).Yeovil: Olufela Olomola (9), Otis Khan (14, pen.), Francois Zoko (35).Halftime: 2-3.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Seoul: A law allowing South Korean parents to physically discipline their children is to be scrapped, authorities said, prompting controversy in a country where hierarchical family values still predominate. Reporting of child abuse – including neglect and emotional abuse as well as physical or sexual assaults – rose more than 10-fold between 2001 and 2017 to 22,386 cases, with 77 per cent of the perpetrators known to be the victims’ parents. “More in our society agree that child abuse is a serious social problem,” Seoul’s Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo told reporters. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”But many are still lenient about corporal punishment. The ministry is to change this perception.” Parental rights to physically discipline their children will be removed from the country’s civil code, he said, where they have been stated since 1960. Physical punishment was also allowed in schools until 2010. A recent government survey showed that 76.8 per cent of adult South Koreans feel corporal punishment is necessary, and Thursday’s announcement prompted controversy. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaLee Kyung-ja, head of a conservative group of parents, was adamantly opposed to any change. “I’m going to continue beating my kids even if it requires writing a contract with them,” she told AFP. “I’ll refuse to give them food and pay for their tuition if they don’t listen to their parents – this is how I’ll re-establish my rights as a parent.” South Korean children have been repeatedly cited as the least happy in the OECD group of developed countries, facing a high-pressure education system and deeply rooted traditional values which emphasise obedience and respect towards parents and authority figures. That makes young victims of domestic violence especially vulnerable, as filing a complaint or publicly criticising a parent can be considered a disgrace – or even a “sin against heaven”. With few facilities for abuse victims, many parents facing prosecution have their charges dropped as there is no-one else to care for their children, said youth rights activist Kang Min-jin. Earlier this year a 12-year-old girl who had reported abuse by both her biological father and her stepfather to police was murdered by the stepparent.
New Delhi: Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday met the family members of the Unnao rape survivor at AIIMS and said her condition continues to be critical.Maliwal had also met the victim and her family at the hospital in Lucknow where she was admitted following the accident of the car she was travelling in. The Unnao rape survivor was brought to AIIMS in New Delhi on Monday. “Met the mother of Unnao rape survivor at AIIMS. The situation of the child continues to be critical. She has contracted pneumonia and according to doctors, her life is in danger. Her mother is very nervous. The DCW team has been with the family in the last 24 hours and will stay with them. We will do all possible help,” she posted on Twitter.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago.The severity of crime also rose by two per cent, according to the agency’s statistical formula.The agency says the increase was driven by more cases of fraud, sexual assault, shoplifting and other thefts.But there were fewer break-ins and robberies.The homicide rate also declined.The finding is based on data from by Canadian police forces, so it doesn’t include crimes that weren’t report to police.The Canadian Press
The projects, aimed at quickly putting in place the basic groundwork for a voluntary repatriation operation and conditions for refugees to return home, will also benefit some 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are starting to return on their own to the same areas. “Refugees in the camps in neighbouring countries have told us they are reluctant to return to a region almost totally lacking in infrastructure and basic services after more than two decades of conflict,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. He added that for returns to become a reality UNHCR needs immediately funds for the projects. Of the estimated $62 million needed for 2005, the agency has not yet received any contributions. The emergency team deployment and initial rehabilitation projects are being paid for from funds borrowed from operational reserve. The dispatch of the emergency team follows a trip to the region last week by Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin, who heard Sudanese refugees in camps in Kenya and Uganda say that they were eager to return as soon as conditions permit. Ms. Chamberlin’s visit followed the signing of a peace accord a month ago by the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), ending the fighting that left more than 2 million dead in civil strife and war-induced famine. That war was separate from the conflict in the western Darfur region, where up to 2 million people have been displaced in fighting between rebels, the Government and Janjaweed and other militias. UN officials hope the peace agreement in the south will have a spill-over effect in Darfur. Five members of the team are already on the ground, five more leave for Sudan later this week, with the others scheduled to depart shortly. They will boost 22 staff already deployed in Rumbek, Juba and Yei in southern Sudan. Their tasks range from simple but important individual assistance to infrastructure work, such as renovating or building schools and health centres and rehabilitating roads and water sources. They will also focus on creating youth and women’s centres to promote reconciliation, education on HIV prevention, mine awareness training, and setting up small income-generating projects.
In its latest situation report on the Ukraine crisis, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) painted a stark portrait of daily life in the country’s conflict-affected areas amid reports of ongoing hostilities at Donetsk airport, as well as in the towns of Shyrokyne, Avdiivka and Shastia. Meanwhile, casualties are also being reported daily. According to OCHA, between mid-April 2014 and 14 May 2015, at least 6,334 people have been documented as killed and 15,752 as wounded while unexploded ordinance and landmines pose a continuing threat to civilian lives. Against that backdrop, the Ministry of Social Policy has registered some 1.3 million people as internally displaced – an increase of about 44,000 people in the past three weeks alone – while the exodus from the country is also on the rise. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that about 857,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum, residence permits or other forms of legal stay in neighbouring countries – an increase of about 23,000 people in the past two weeks.Life in the embattled provinces of eastern Ukraine is also precarious from a healthcare standpoint as services are increasingly curtailed due to lack of medicine and medical equipment. Access to healthcare is severely constrained across the east and in non-Government controlled areas in particular, because of lack of medicine and medical equipment. OCHA added that there is an increased burden on healthcare facilities particularly due to the influx of displaced families.
The Delta Routine has graced several stages with its rock ‘n’ roll, but the band isn’t so familiar with Columbus – and its about to change that this weekend. The Milwaukee-based group is scheduled to perform in Columbus 7 p.m. Sunday at Scarlet & Grey CafÃ©. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Amadeus said the band is looking forward to the Columbus tour stop and the fresh audience to come with it. He added the band has toured through parts of Ohio before but is excited to tour elsewhere in the state. “Cleveland was a little bit weird,” Amadeus said, laughing. “We wanted a change-up.” Amadeus also said The Delta Routine has drawn some of its influences from rock band Hero Jr., an Indianapolis-based band that is touring with The Delta Routine. Columbus-based band Up All Nights is also scheduled to perform with the groups at Scarlet & Grey Sunday. Comprised of Amadeus, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer, guitarist and vocalist Victor Buell IV, bassist and vocalist Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske, The Delta Routine has had numerous lineup changes in members and instruments since its formation seven years ago. Amadeus said the band found some of its current members by chance at a fashion show. Another important part of the group though is its producer Mike Hoffman, who came across the band due to being a family friend of Amadeus. He’s been with the band from the group’s release of its self-titled debut album in 2007 up to its fourth and most recent release “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” Oct. 9. “Nick and the guys are very driven, inspired chaps. You know, the only kind I’ll work with,” Hoffman said in an email. “You gotta have rocket fuel in your veins if you’re gonna go anywhere. These guys are tanked up and ready to launch, always.” Referring to The Delta Routine’s music as rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of a pop element, Amadeus said he normally tries to take the lead on the songwriting aspect of albums by laying down some lyrics, then getting the main beat. He said, however, the band’s last album was a collaborative effort from the group. Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records located at 116 E. Long St., said the rock scene is still very popular in Columbus and the turnout at The Delta Routine’s show should be pretty large. “That genre always sells well,” Ruland said. “Indie and rock are the bestsellers here.” Although Ruland said he has never heard of The Delta Routine, he said he’s open to listening to its music and getting himself and others in the rock ‘n’ roll scene familiar with it. Scarlet and Grey is located at 2203 N. High St. and will charge a $5 to $10 cover charge at the door for Sunday’s show.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We do not grant permission based on computer generated concepts.” Mr Binney highlighted one image, of Paddington’s £775 million ‘Cube’ development, which received assent from Westminster City Council last week. The computer-generated image shows sunlight streaming through the building – in areas which Mr Binney says will be not be transparent, because of lifts and a fire escape. Other promotional images show the building looking more opaque.The development, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is controversial. Campaigners say that the 72-metre high building is out of step with the rest of the area. Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for planning and public realm, Cllr Daniel Astaire, said: “Council planning decisions are judged on each development’s individual merits, taking account of all the benefits a proposal brings to the city, its people and economy. Mr Binney said this image showed light coming through areas of the building that should be opaqueCredit:Edelman Councillors allow buildings to go ahead because they are dazzled by attractive computer-generated images created by developers, a heritage charity has warned. The images look like photographs and are used to seduce planning committees into giving developments the green light, Marcus Binney of Save Britain’s Heritage said. He said that in most cases, planning officers use developers’ own imagery with no input from opponents to the plans. “They lavish large amounts of money on producing these images, and they’re very persuasive.”People have got to be suspicious of images of people drinking espressos under nice awnings,” he said. Previously planners often used hand-drawn artists’ impressions to show what the development would look like when completed, but CGI images are increasingly used. Campaigners highlighted tricks such as using images which show the development in summer to make it look more attractive. Henrietta Billings, director of Save Britain’s Heritage, pointed to two other examples where CGI images had been used in promotional material for new buildings which were then criticised for being unattractive. The Saffron Tower, in Croydon, and Lincoln Plaza, on the Isle of Dogs, east London, were both shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup, an award for the UK’s ugliest building, last year. Both had been promoted with attractive-looking CGI images. Neutral images, known as “verified views”, are occasionally requested, especially where there is a public enquiry about the plans. These are commissioned to an independent artist and represent an unbiased representation of what a proposed development will look like. London-based architect Barbara Weiss said that her firm has begun using 3D imagery instead of static shots to make the images more representative. “The 3D model is much more reliable. The problem with the CGI images is that they are taken from a fixed point, and if you step five metres away, you get a completely different view,” she said. Pictures tend to show buildings in summer, opponents saidCredit:Katherine Gilbe/Edelman
Short URL Immigration scheme set up for EU citizens going to the UK in event of no-deal Brexit This will allow EU citizens to apply for three-year visas to the UK. Sep 4th 2019, 9:05 PM Passport and visa. Image: Shutterstock/Ink Drop 14,472 Views Image: Shutterstock/Ink Drop By AFP Share14 Tweet Email 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT has announced a three-year immigration scheme for most European citizens coming to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The move put forward earlier today was aimed at reassuring businesses that they will still be able to recruit staff from other countries. The new policy will allow immigrants and their close family members from the European Economic Area (EEA) – which is comprised of EU nations, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and Switzerland to apply to live and work in the UK for up to three years.The British interior ministry has said the move signalled “the end of free movement in its current form” from EEA member states. It will run until the end of 2020“Citizens of those states moving to the UK after we have left the EU and up until the end of 2020 will be able to obtain a temporary immigration status lasting three years,” it said in a statement. “This will give businesses certainty that they will be able to recruit and retain staff after Brexit.”The ministry said Europeans could still visit the UK on short trips after Brexit without applying for the scheme.It added “a tougher criminality threshold” would also be applied post-Brexit for Europeans citizens “in order to keep out and deport those who commit crimes”.Applications for new three-year stays, which will open after Britain has left the EU, will involve “a simple online process” involving identity, security and criminality checks, according to the interior ministry.Newly-arrived European citizens who want to stay after their temporary status expires will need to apply under a new skills-based immigration system that Johnson’s government is planning, it said.“Introducing tougher checks and ending free movement as it currently stands will allow us to take the first, historic steps towards taking back control of our borders,” interior minister Priti Patel said.“In the future, we will introduce a new points-based immigration system built around the skills and talent people have – not where they are from.”EU Citizens already living in the UK before Brexit can remain indefinitely under a separate settled status scheme which has already been launched.More than one million people had been granted status through the scheme, according to the ministry. https://jrnl.ie/4796119 Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 9:05 PM Passport and visa.
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Share Andrea Parker / Cory MaluskiFor years, the state’s main power grid operator has warned of high electricity prices and even power outages during the hot summer months.It’s rarely been as bad as feared. But experts say the latest startling forecast from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas looks to be more accurate, although they downplayed the potential impact to residential customers.ERCOT said on Thursday it expects to see record-breaking prices and demand for power this summer that could require it to take emergency measures to maintain supply — and force customers to curb power usage. It identified a variety of factors expected to put a strain on the grid on top of record-breaking demand, including delayed power supply projects and the closure of three major coal-fired power plants.That will result in “tight operating reserves” — numbers released Thursday show ERCOT expects to have have barely enough power to meet demand from June through September, which will result in sky-high power prices at certain times.“The ERCOT market has experienced a series of new peak demand records over the last few years as Texas’ economy continues to grow at record pace,” ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness said in a statement. “We expect high peak demand will continue this summer.”A hot, dry summer — which is expected — and any unplanned outages of power plants would compound the problem, said Rice University associate professor Dan Cohan.“I sure hope we can dodge a bullet this time,” he said. “But the odds are stacked against us, and not many Texans see this bullet coming. This summer could be the wake-up call that drives major efforts for conservation and new build-outs of natural gas, solar, and storage to prepare for the next one.”But, he said, “Markets are tough to predict, especially since weather will play a big role, so we don’t know exactly what will happen.”Bill Peacock, vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, said the market is working exactly like it’s supposed to — only that it’s been unfairly manipulated by renewable energy subsidies. Those have led to reliability problems — a notion many dispute — and the premature closure of coal plants, he said.It’s actually important that ERCOT and the state’s Public Utility Commission allow prices to go high this summer, Peacock said. That’s because it will spur investment in “peaking” power plants — those that run when there is high demand.“We have more than enough baseline to take care of us,” he said.Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, said ERCOT has been predicting some version of summertime doom and gloom for at least the past decade so it’s easy to shrug off this warning. While there is certainly cause for concern, he said a variety of factors will have to coalesce to result in extreme impacts like widespread power outages.And he said residential customers, who mostly pay fixed prices, aren’t likely to see a big change in their bills. Price spikes are more likely to affect large-scale commercial power purchasers and utility companies who sell power, he said. That would eventually trickle down to consumers, but it’s hard to say when and by how much. [Texas’ electric prices are also generally lower than other states to begin with, he said.]Webber said the risk of vulnerable populations losing power during a time when air conditioning is all but a requirement is always a concern and “we need to watch that.”“But I think generally we’ll be fine,” he said.Disclosure: Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
We’ve been used to playing games with force feedback for a number of years now. Typically in a game controller there’s a vibration unit that can offer up a number of force reactions depending on what’s happening in a game. For racing game fans, some of the more expensive wheel controllers have motors inside that can realistically push back against your input.Force feedback for mobile gaming is a little more difficult to achieve as every phone is different and there’s no space to include the necessary components. Developer and PhD student Pedro Lopes decided to come up with a solution to that problem, and ended up using the muscles in our arms directly to achieve force feedback without the need for a motor.The system relies on the use of four electrodes attached to your forearm. Impulses are then sent to a specific muscle, which painlessly contracts involuntarily and tilts the device being held. The user compensates by using their other arm to right the device, giving a sense of force feedback.The whole system is known as electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and is more commonly used for rehabilitation and recovery for muscles that have been damaged or exercised extensively, as in the case of an athlete.Lopes says that in his tests gamers preferred this EMS method of force feedback over the more traditional vibration solution. It also offers a number of advantages because it requires no motors, meaning it can by miniaturized to the point where an EMS unit clips on to the side of a smartphone or tablet. No motors also means it requires much less power than a vibration pack, again making it suitable for mobile devices.The prototype unit Lopes created sits on the back of a smartphone and is quite bulky. However, the final force feedback device should be small enough to almost go unnoticed when attached, and the wires and electrodes will be the equivalent of carrying around a second pair of earphones.There’s no plans yet to commercialize the unit, but it will be on display at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in April. After that I doubt it will take long for hardware companies to start taking an interest.More at the Hasso Plattner Institute, via New Scientist
If you’re not a fan of keeping the Xbox One controller with you on the couch when watching TV, but don’t want to shout at your television to change the channel, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Media Remote to help you out.A separate remote control for a console that can be almost entirely controlled with a wave of the hand or a spoken word may not seem like a necessary item, but there’s plenty of users out there who disagree. The Xbox One didn’t offer a remote control at launch, despite being positioned as the all-in-one entertainment console that you can plug your cable box into. The setup really demands a universal remote of sorts, and soon it appears you’ll be able to buy one.The remote is expected to give the user control over volume and a dedicated One Guide button that gives you channel control as long as you are in a country that supports it.The controller is backlit and motion sensitive, so as soon as you pick it up the keys will start to glow. You’ve got basic media control functions that will apply to all of the video apps for the console, as well as the menu buttons seen on the Xbox One controller. It’s pretty much exactly what you would expect from an Xbox One media remote, complete with a design that matches the standard Xbox controller.As soon as the controller is available in stores and online, you’ll be able to add it to your Xbox One arsenal for $25. It basically puts everything you would normally do with your voice into a package that is significantly smaller than the Xbox One controller. And if you kick or drop it off the sofa, it’s not going to accidentally change the channel, or worse, get damaged like the standard controller could.
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini has a bright future in construction, delivery, security, home assistance, and … dance?The engineering and robotics design company on Tuesday released a short video of its droid dog shimmying along to a cover of “Uptown Funk.”With no explanation (and frankly, none needed), the one-minute-eight-second clip is a feast for the eyes. (I’ve watched it at least six times already.) SpotMini side-steps, twerks, and does the best mechanized Running Man YouTube has ever seen.AdChoices广告Small and nimble, the 2.75-foot-tall, four-legged machine inherited the mobility of big brother Spot, with an added ability to pick up and handle objects using its claw-like arm and perception sensors.Considered Boston Dynamics’ “quietest robot” yet, SpotMini can carry a 30-pound payload while operating for up to 90 minutes on a single charge.That’s an hour and a half of shredding it on the dancefloor.If this robot revolution thing doesn’t work out, the cyborg can take its show on the road; I’d pay to watch its little legs and distressingly anthropomorphic claw-head do the Charleston.Boston Dynamics in August announced plans to launch its canine-like SpotMini bot next year. By July 2019, the Massachusetts-based firm will be on pace to annually produce 1,000 of man’s mechanical best friends.The first 100 commercial robots will begin production later this year.There is no word yet on pricing. But co-founder Marc Raibert boasted that the current prototype’s manufacturing costs are about 10 times less than its previous iteration.“And we think we can go further,” he said at the time, adding that the arm extension is an additional cost. “There’s a lot of factors that make this successful as a product, and we’re working on all of those.”During an on-stage demo with TechCrunch, Raibert wowed the audience, showing off cameras in SpotMini’s face and butt, and embedded on both sides, so the robot can see where it’s going and detect obstacles to avoid.This week’s dancing queen clip was released just days after Boston Dynamics revealed footage of Atlas humanoid doing parkour.More robotics coverage on Geek.com:Watch Robot Camgirl Cardi-Bot TwerkSonic Robots Make Beautiful Electronic Music TogetherAre Robot Pants the Future of Mobility? Stay on target
Getting run over by a bull is something most people would avoid like the plague, unless you are at a rodeo, then it’s all hands on deck.A video posted to Twitter of a rodeo game where the contestants stand inside of rings and wait to get plowed by an angry bull is a thing that actually happened. It’s not really clear what the point of this game is, or what you win. Hopefully, it’s a free ride to the ER.“ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?” – This Bull, probably pic.twitter.com/uXyQhVZn28— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) May 9, 2018
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Another NFL insider has reported the Arizona Cardinals may be interested in the services of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.Yahoo! Sports’ Rand Getlin reported Friday that the Cards are among the teams who may pursue Spiller, a five-year pro who the Bills selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.Getlin’s report comes three days after ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported the Cardinals may be interested in bringing the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Spiller on board. Six other teams, including the NFC West division rival San Francisco 49ers, have also expressed interest in Spiller, according to Getlin.Spiller will become eligible to join another team when the free agency signing period begins Tuesday.The 27-year-old has 5,550 all-purpose yards in his NFL career but just one 1,000-yard rushing season (1,244 yards in 2012). He had 300 rushing yards on 78 carries to go with 19 receptions for 125 yards last season, but he missed seven games with a broken collarbone.Spiller could be one of the odd men out in the Buffalo backfield, as the Bills traded for former Philadelphia Eagles star tailback LeSean McCoy earlier this week. The Cardinals have also been rumored to be possible destinations for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Alex Morgan gives acting a go, readies for qualifying She’s already an internationally recognized soccer player with a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal. She’s also the author of a series of kids’ books.Now you can add actor to Alex Morgan’s resume.The U.S. national team forward makes her movie debut in a new feature “Alex & Me” about a young player who is inspired by Morgan. Nickelodeon’s Siena Agudong stars alongside Morgan, who plays herself.“I love the opportunities that have come my way. Honestly, it’s pretty special — I don’t think this gets to happen to very many people,” Morgan said.It’s just the start of a busy time for the 28-year-old forward.Morgan is currently in the midst of the National Women’s Soccer League season with the Orlando Pride. She’s also preparing for World Cup qualifying this fall with the U.S. national team. The United States is the defending World Cup champion after winning the title in 2015 in Canada.If the United States qualifies for next year’s tournament in France — and it seems a no-brainer considering the Americans are ranked No. 1 in the world — it will be Morgan’s third World Cup.She first grabbed attention in the 2011 World Cup in Germany as the youngest player to make the U.S. squad. Morgan scored in the final, which Japan won on penalty kicks.In 2012, she led the team with 28 goals and 21 assists. The U.S. won the gold medal at the Olympics in London.Morgan was injured during qualifying for Canada and she sat out of the tournament until the final match of the group stage. But she started for the decisive 5-2 victory in the final over Japan, which was highlighted by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick.Then came some disappointment for the women: the United States was ousted from the Rio Olympics in the quarterfinals by Sweden. Morgan’s eyes were moist with tears following the loss in Brasilia.Now heading into the run-up to next summer’s World Cup in France, Morgan is closing in on top form. She has 13 goals in her last 15 appearances with the national team and a team-leading six goals this year . She’s also scored twice in eight matches this season for the Pride, who sit in third place in the NWSL standings.“Obviously we’re pretty well into our season now with Orlando, and we’ve played some really good soccer,” she said. “I feel like I’m fit and I’m in a place where I’m happy. I don’t feel like I’m the fittest I could be, but that should be happening around the end of the season and the World Cup qualifiers.”The United States defeated China 2-1 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Up next for the national team is the four-team Tournament of Nations starting in late July.Until it gets intense later this fall for qualifying, Morgan is just enjoying the ride.She was introduced to the script for “Alex & Me” some two years ago. She went all-in when Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. jumped on board. The film was released on iTunes earlier this week and it’s set to come out on DVD next Tuesday.Morgan took her role seriously, even hiring an acting coach. The result is sweet, family-oriented fare — similar to her series of children’s books, The Kicks.“It was so different. When playing, it’s what I feel most comfortable doing and it’s what I’ve been doing all my life. Watching myself on screen there were so many different moments. You’re embarrassed, you’re proud, you feel like you’ve delivered your lines well, or you’ve captured the emotion of a scene, or possibly not,” Morgan said. “I just have to take a step back and actually enjoy this moment and feel proud of what I’ve accomplished, that I could even be given the opportunity to do something like this.” FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, United States forward Alex Morgan, left, shoots on goal as Denmark forward Stine Larsen, right, defends during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in San Diego. She’s already an internationally recognized soccer player with a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal. She’s also the author of a series of kids’ books. Now you can add actor to Alex Morgan’s resume. The U.S. national team forward makes her theatrical debut in a new feature “Alex & Me” about a young player who is inspired by Morgan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) by Anne M. Peteron, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 11:10 am PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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