THREE potential David De Gea replacements named by former Man United goalkeeper

first_imgDavid De Gea is fully expected to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer.Mark Bosnich joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to discuss the Spaniard’s impending departure, and listed three goalkeepers he thinks are good enough to fill De Gea’s gloves.The former United stopper said: “Petr Cech looks like he has his mind set on Arsenal, but I would go for him.“Hugo Lloris is another person I would bid for. He has been outstanding for Tottenham, he is quite young, he is really good with his feet. He would suit the style that Louis van Gaal would like to play.“Jan Oblak has also done very well at Atletico Madrid. He is another one I would be looking at. I would go for those three first to see if they are available.”last_img read more

No-deal Brexit will ‘virtually stop’ cross-border trade in Northern Ireland, leaked memo warns

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s cross-border agriculture trade will “virtually stop” in the event of no-deal Brexit, according to a leaked UK government document.The document also warns that a no-deal Brexit could trigger “consumer panic”, food shortages and an increased security threat in the UK within a fortnight.Marked “official sensitive” and titled “What this could look like on the ground”, it also warns that UK nationals in the European Union could lose access to services and residence rights within the first 24 hours. According to the Irish Independent, the slide, prepared for ministers and obtained by Sky News, says the pound could fall in the first month while Northern Ireland may face law and order challenges.Picture: Sky NewsCharlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil Agriculture spokesman, said: “I think it’s very important that the British Government recognises the impact of a no-deal because there has been a serious lack of awareness at senior government levels in the UK.“Northern Ireland has been seen as an inconvenience from a Brexiteer agenda and hasn’t been given serious consideration to date,” he said.“The two critical factors for us would be the issue of standards for agricultural products and livestock, and also the key issue of tariffs. “In the event of a hard Brexit, you would be looking at tariffs from both dairy and beef rising up to 50pc, which would have a massive impact overnight. This would result in a massive shock to trade and interconnective relationships between the north and south,” he added.No-deal Brexit will ‘virtually stop’ cross-border trade in Northern Ireland, leaked memo warns was last modified: August 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Atheists Don’t Trust Atheists

first_imgIf atheists think they can be just as moral as religious people, see what they think of other atheists.Phys.org launched a surprising headline, “Atheists thought immoral, even by fellow atheists: study.” The first paragraph says, “A unusual [sic] social study has revealed that atheists are more easily suspected of vile deeds than Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists—strikingly, even by fellow atheists, researchers said Monday.” The survey of 3,000 volunteers from 13 countries, published in Nature Human Behavior, showed that most people view religion as a “moral safeguard.” Atheism is broadly perceived as “potentially morally depraved and dangerous.” Some of this may be unjustified bias, but countering that, “It is striking that even atheists appear to hold the same intuitive anti-atheist bias,” said Will Gervais, psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Only Finland and New Zealand failed to show this trend.Bob Holmes at New Scientist (a strongly atheist science news site in the UK) is not ready to accept these results. “Are atheists really morally depraved? The idea defies logic,” his headline reads. He takes apart the survey, giving his speculations on why participants responded the way they did. It’s partly upbringing, partly anti-atheist bias, and part under-representation of atheists in the population, especially among teachers. But then he gives away the store:One reason may be that the basis of religious morality is obvious. But it isn’t clear – even to themselves – where atheists get their moral guidance. Widespread atheism is also a relatively new phenomenon. Even today, most atheists were raised in religious homes and thus bring a lot of implicit religious baggage to matters of morality, says Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist at Pitzer College in California. As societies become more secular, this influence is likely to fade away within a few generations.Holmes thinks, without empirical evidence, that the longer a society is atheist, the less anti-atheist bias it will have. “Let’s hope his work helps debunk the belief that you cannot be good without god,” he concludes.But wait! Holmes never answered the question of where atheists get their moral guidance. Why? Because there is none! And he also never answered the question of where atheists get their logic. His headline claimed the survey’s finding “defies logic,” presupposing he knows what logic is. OK Bob, how do you get logic out of particles in motion? Holmes certainly understands logic, but the only way he gets it is by freeloading off of religion, particularly the kind of religion that values truth and reason (the Judeo-Christian tradition, not the other choices, some of which see reason as an obstacle to faith, and reality as an illusion). Hear how this works in Nancy Pearcey’s podcast on ID the Future, “Freeloading off of religion”.We do have some empirical evidence of how atheists practice morality. It’s called Darwin’s Century—the 20th Century—with its atheistic communist slaughterhouses that killed over a hundred million of their own citizens. No wonder people have a bias against atheist morality. It’s justified.Recommended Resource: How Darwinism Corrodes Morality by Jerry Bergman. Jesus said that you will know a man by his fruits. Well, look at the ugly fruits of Darwinism! Bergman is also working on another book about how Darwinism is the Doorway to Atheism, with dozens of case studies he has collected. Darwinism; Atheism; the two have a common ancestor.(Visited 577 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Farm income tax webinar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, Jan. 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry.Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year.The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and is being offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which are a part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, which is CFAES’ outreach arm. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time of their convenience. The link will be available throughout the tax-filing season.The two-hour program is targeted toward owners who file their own farm taxes or who simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:• tax-planning in an unusual year (prevented planting crop insurance indemnity payments, Revenue Protection crop insurance payments, Market Facilitation Program payments, cost-share payments, and disaster-aid payments) • like-kind exchanges (farm machinery and equipment are no longer eligible for this provision, which is a significant change), how the change in like-kind exchanges might affect state income tax, and how that change might affect Social Security credits and eventual payments • an estate and gift tax update • C Corp to S Corp conversions • qualified business income deductions, which will impact most farm businesses • qualified business income deductions for sales to cooperatives, which is different from the qualified business income deductions for sales to noncooperatives and is much more complex • which farmland lease income might qualify for a qualified business income deduction • tax issues related to getting out of the farming business • tax from income related to pipeline construction and easements • other tax strategies to consider under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act The cost for the webinar is $35. Register at go.osu.edu/farmertaxwebinar.For more information, contact Julie Strawser at [email protected] or call the OSU Extension Farm Office at 614-292-2433.last_img read more

The ‘Magic’ of Disney? New Software Automatically Edits Video Footage

first_imgDisney has developed a new software application that can ‘intelligently’ automate the video editing process.You’ve probably heard of the “magic” of Disney. The following method created and developed by the research team at Disney has developed an algorithmic method for video editing that is about as close to magical as you can get.The video editing method was created as a way to edit multiple cameras angles together, without any humans in the post-production process. The method is extremely complicated, but in-short, it’s secret lies in the softwares ability to recognize action in the scene. Using some basic cinematography techniques like cutting on action and not breaking the 180 degree rule, the program makes informed decisions when choosing angles.This isn’t going to replace anyone’s job, at least not yet anyways, but it does show how the rules of cinematography can be used to tell a story.Here’s the explanation video:This video was first shared by the Disney Research Hub.Thanks for sharing guys!We’ll be interested to see how this technology progresses. As of right now it seems like this is just a process designed to help edit videos in a social context, but in the future who knows? We might just see this software make its way into the professional video editing world. Quite frankly, if a robot wants to act as as an assistant and put together rough cuts (that we can go in and tweak), there may be some practical applications for this.What do you think of this new process? Is this technology a good or bad things for pro video editors? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

All I see is people dying, says creepy Alexa forcing Echo speaker owner to disconnect her

first_imgAlexa has done some really creepy things this year. From laughing like a crazy maniac to sending a recording of a private conversation to one the owner’s contacts. And now Alexa has added another incident to the list. Amazon’s virtual digital assistant recently spooked its owner saying that all she sees is people dying.According to a report by the UK Metro, earlier this month, 30-year-old Shwan Kinnear from San Francisco was walking from his kitchen to his living room when Amazon Echo burst into life and said, “Every time I close my eyes, all I see is people dying.”Kinnear, who had received Amazon Echo as a Christmas present back in 2016, told the English daily that he had Amazon Prime on his TV paused when the virtual digital assistant delivered a creepy statement followed by a long silence. However, when he asked Alexa to repeat the statement, she did not understand.He further said that while Alexa spoke in her normal voice the incident was so sudden that he had no time to record it. Kinnear further said that he uses the smart speaker occasionally to watch weather report and sports news, however now, he is considering to disconnect the device permanently. “I don’t use much integrated home tech. I have a lot of other tech stuff. Computers, gaming, so on. But my house is about 80 years old so a lot of the integration doesn’t work,” he told the English daily.As mentioned earlier, this is not the first incident when Alexa’s eriee “behaviour” has spooked its owners. Back in May this year, Alexa recorded the private conversation of a couple in Portland, United States via an Echo Dot smart speaker and sent it to the husband’s colleague all the way in Seattle. The incident was later confirmed by an Amazon spokesperson who issued a clarification saying that the virtual digital assistant must have misunderstood the conversation for a command.advertisementALSO READ: Alexa secretly records private chat of husband and wife, sends it to a random contactIn yet another incident which took place back in March this year, Alexa broke out into a loud cackle via Echo speakers all of a sudden. The incident was reported by many users over various social networking platforms following which Amazon released a statement that it was working on fixing the bug.last_img read more

Street Signs to Be Installed in Three Parishes Jan. 2018

first_img Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will commence a street-signage programme in three parishes in January 2018, which will herald the start of a nationwide beautification and community development initiative. The Minister said the signage programme was conceptualised based on data gathered by the 2,700 youngsters across the island who were employed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development last summer to undertake audits of street lights and street signs. He said that while the Government has a responsibility to serve the nation, the citizens themselves “have to become partners with us in this mission”, adding that in excess of $16 billion is owed in arrears for property taxes islandwide. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government will commence a street-signage programme in three parishes in January 2018, which will herald the start of a nationwide beautification and community development initiative.“We will be rolling out the project in Manchester, Westmoreland and St. Thomas, and then get the necessary funds to take the street signs right across the country,” the Minister said, as he addressed a property tax town hall meeting on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.He said this programme will address concerns that many communities across the island are hard to identify, as there are no signs.“Some of the work of the municipal corporations, when it comes to beautification, includes identifying communities. There are many communities in Westmoreland (that) when you drive in them, you don’t even know the name of the roads because the street signs don’t exist,” the Minister noted.The Minister said the signage programme was conceptualised based on data gathered by the 2,700 youngsters across the island who were employed by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development last summer to undertake audits of street lights and street signs.Mr. McKenzie appealed to citizens to pay their property taxes, as this is the only way the local authorities will be able to provide them with the basic services, amenities and infrastructure for modern-day living. He reminded the audience that taxes are collected in all countries of the world, and Jamaica is no different.He said that while the Government has a responsibility to serve the nation, the citizens themselves “have to become partners with us in this mission”, adding that in excess of $16 billion is owed in arrears for property taxes islandwide.He congratulated landowners in Westmoreland, who have demonstrated an “encouraging level of compliance” over the last three years by making concerted efforts to pay the requisite taxes. He said of the $607 million that was set as the Westmoreland target for the 2017/2018 financial year, more than $291 million has already been paid.“I find it difficult when people say they are not getting any benefit out of the taxes. While there may be weaknesses in some of what we do, there has been significant improvement in service delivery in this country. We are working hard to make a difference, but we can only do that if you buy into the reality that taxes are necessary in order for you to live in a decent and a clean country,” he said.last_img read more