Rafael Benitez happy at Newcastle United and hints at new deal

first_img Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez 1 Rafael Benitez has hinted that he could be ready to extend his stay at Newcastle if he gets the backing to keep the club in the Premier League.The Magpies are understood to be keen to tie down their manager in a new contract after initially landing him on a three-year deal back in May 2016.Benitez insists he remains relaxed about his position despite having been linked with a series of other jobs in recent months and is focused purely on the task of keeping the club in the top flight after winning promotion at the first attempt last season.Asked whether he would seek to delay any talks with owner Mike Ashley until the end of the season, he said: “I don’t have any problem with my future. I’m really pleased here and I love the city, the fans, the potential, everything.“When I decided to come I had the same feeling. Obviously I have more information now, it’s just a question of doing what we have to do. It’s just to ensure the team is doing well.“For me it is not an issue. I have to make sure we are doing things in the right way, and if we have this common idea and we are on the same page then I am not worried about that.“We have to be sure we stay in the Premier League. Then this conversation will be easier.“I told Mike what I thought, and what I think, about that. He knows my opinion and we don’t have to talk now.”Benitez, who will send his side into FA Cup fourth round battle with Chelsea on Sunday, is currently awaiting news of the club’s efforts to provide him with the reinforcements he has requested ahead of the transfer window’s closure on Wednesday night.They have so far landed Chelsea midfielder Kenedy on loan, but seen their efforts to prise Denmark international striker Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord’s grasp come to nothing with time running down fast.Benitez said: “The main thing is that we have to be on the same page, that’s pretty simple. But pages are big.”last_img read more

Team “Virtualization”

first_imgI look forward to passing on the BKM’s I am discovering in the areas of virtualization management as I consult with Intel customers around the world. . .and, I may throw in a few additional cycling tidbits because as you all now know: cycling and virtualization are surprisingly parallel!Mark How Intel is taking advantage of the advances in virtualization management, and how is this impacting operational efficiencies?  What are your experiences with virtualization management?What are the best strategies/Best Known Methods (BKM’s) for implementing and using management with server virtualization? How can an integrated lifecycle management approach help in our virtualization implementations? What have you seen with the role of automation in reducing costs? Last Sunday concluded the Amgen Tour of California bike race which, for those who don’t follow cycling, was a 9 day road race through California covering 780 miles.  The eventual winner, Levi Leipheimer, won by only 36 seconds in overall time to the number two finisher!Now, you may ask, “What does cycling have to do with virtualization?”  Well, many customers believe that the VMM or core virtualization software, in itself, is what “virtualization” means.  It is true that the VMM is the core and most obvious part of virtualization, but all the supporting components around virtualization: management, security, automation, provisioning, reliability, performance, etc. are what actually allow it’s users to achieve the ROI they’re expecting and the reduction in TCO from implementing this new paradigm.  If your looking for a start to trying to determining the ROI of a virtualization implementation with Intel take a look at Intel’s ROI Estimator. (http://www.intel.com/technology/virtualization/technology.htm?iid=tech_vt+tech) .When I watched my first bike race, I didn’t get it.  Cycling seemed an individual sport, each rider trying to ride the course, on his own, with the fastest time, in a large group of riders.  Now I realize that what cycling really is, is a team sport. Each team is comprised of a complex network of riders, each with different roles.  Levi’s team, “Team Astana”, like all teams, has a large support staff that you don’t see, comprised of coaches, strategists, mechanics, etc.  Everyone has a role to play in trying to get just one team rider over the finish line the fastest.The supporting components of virtualization that play key roles in providing virtualization’s true value include a network of software and hardware components.  On the hardware side, Intel’s latest 6-Core Xeon 7400 CPU, improves performance by as much as 50% from previous generation processors (http://www.intel.com/performance/server/xeon_mp/summary.htm?iid=products_xeon7000+body_benchmarks). It pays to have a fast machine.  Much like Levi’s high tech roadbike. (http://www.intel.com/technology/virtualization/).  In future BLOGs I’d like to try and help answer the following questions:last_img read more

THIRTY YEARS LATER THE NATIONAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA OF CANADA STILL DEVELOPS CANADAS

first_imgYou might say it all began more than three decades ago with the laughter of a federal government minister.Yes, Boris Brott recalls that Barbara McDougall actually laughed at him when he asked why there were no government training programs to help musicians.Undaunted, the then conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra managed to persuade the amused minister that in financing such a program she would be supporting working professionals, not people who make music for a hobby, and with the help of her discretionary funds an orchestra was born. The National Academy Orchestra of Canada has been operating for 30 years now and two days ago launched its 2018 season at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre with an Andrew Lloyd Webber program titled Music of the Night. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Boris Brott persisted, despite initially being laughed at, to create the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, with the help of discretionary federal funds. (BH2)last_img read more

This gorgeous Mars dust devil twirled for a NASA camera

first_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 7 See it NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars Mars dust devil whirls for Opportunity rover’s camera The HiRise team said it is “fairly certain this is a dust devil” in a Twitter post on Tuesday. It definitely resembles a snake-like dust devil MRO spotted in 2012. Whirlwinds happen frequently on the Red Planet and have been known to leave visible marks across the ground.NASA’s orbiter arrived at Mars in 2006 and has been sending back incredible images ever since. This dust devil whirling in an image from 2010 shows there are treasures still left to find in the archives. $155 at Google Express Rylo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Angela Lang/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Marvelous Mars $999 Sprint $210 at Best Buy Sci-Tech Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon 17 Photos Turo Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal See at Turo See It 1 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the Rylo camera preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Tags $59 at eBay $999 NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Enlarge ImageThis looks like it’s probably a dust devil on Mars. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona If you see something fluffy and white-ish on the surface of Mars and it’s casting a shadow, it’s probably a dust devil. That’s the conclusion the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRise camera team reached when they spotted just that in a Mars snapshot.MRO captured the original image in 2010, but the HiRise team at the University of Arizona has been making super high-res 8K versions of MRO images available on Flickr. That gives scientists and space fans a great opportunity to delve into the tiny details of the landscapes.The zoomed-out main image shows a collection of boulders on the floor of Cerberus Fossae, a steep area where deep troughs cut into the ground and landslides are common.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Amazon Share your voice The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price.last_img read more

Indian EC team lauds Bangladesh polls

first_imgThe Election Commission of India on Sunday appreciated the role of Bangladesh Election Commission saying it was “meticulous planning and organization”, reports UNB.”….a lot of gaiety was visible. Whatever we’ve perceived I think it was very meticulous planning and meticulous organisation by the Bangladesh Election Commission,” Ariz Aftab, chief electoral officer of West Bengal, told reporters at a city hotel sharing their experience.Aftab said the election commission of Bangladesh and the Election Commission of India have a long-standing relationship of cooperation and cordial relationship.He said teams from Bangladesh EC have regularly visited India during Indian elections and it has been a long-standing precedence of visits from the Indian EC to witness the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.This time also the EC of India has sent a three-member team to Bangladesh to witness the parliamentary elections, Aftab said.During the polls of the day, he said, they visited few polling stations. “We definitely feel that there has been very meticulous planning as per as the EC of Bangladesh is concerned.””We hope that through this visit the relationship between the EC of India and the EC of Bangladesh will be strengthened…this is to carry forward good and cordial relationship between the election commissions of the two countries,” Aftab added.last_img read more

Beijing protests US warship operation in S China Sea

first_imgchinaChina has voiced “strong dissatisfaction” after two US warships sailed by an island claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, adding to simmering tensions in the strategic waterway.The foreign ministry issued a statement expressing “resolute opposition” to the US sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain on Sunday.The US military conducts what it calls “freedom of navigation” voyages in the South China Sea to contest Beijing’s assertion of territorial rights in the area, although the US has no claims of its own in the disputed region.The US Navy’s Higgins and Antietam warships, a destroyer and cruiser respectively, entered China’s territorial waters without permission and were met by the Chinese Navy, which “conducted verification and identification of US ships according to law and warned them to leave,” the ministry said.State-run news agency Xinhua said the two vessels were “expelled” from the waters.The operation was conducted just over a week after Beijing flew nuclear-capable bombers to a disputed island in a bold powerplay to show its military might and boost its territorial claims in the area.The move prompted immediate criticism from the US, which last week pulled its invitation to China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing’s “continued militarisation” of the South China Sea.Beijing has been building artificial islands to reinforce its claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea despite protests from Southeast Asian countries.Its neighbours, particularly some of those involved in maritime disputes over the waters, have expressed fears China could eventually restrict freedom of navigation and overflight.last_img read more

Body formed to probe teenagers death on ferry

first_imgThe ministry of shipping on Monday formed a committee to investigate the death of a teenage boy in an ambulance on a ferry ‘as its departure was delayed by three hours for an additional secretary’, reports UNB.The probe body, headed by joint secretary Shahnewaz Dilruba Khan, was asked to submit the investigation report within seven working days, said an official release.It said necessary steps will be taken once the report is submitted.The release said a report published in different dailies on Monday and aired by a television channel on the death of the teenage patient drew attention of the ministry.Claiming that the report not fully correct, it said there is no additional or assistant secretary or any official named Abdus Sabur Mondol in the shipping ministry and no official car of the ministry or any agency under it crossed the Padma river using Kathalbari-Shimulia ferry route on that day.According to a report published in different national dailies, Titash Ghosh, a sixth grader who was in an ambulance on a ferry died on Sunday as the authorities allegedly delayed the departure of a ferry at Kathalbari jetty in Madaripur for Abdus Sabur Mondol, an additional secretary to the shipping ministry.last_img read more