Rangers to complete Flanagan deal after successful medical

first_imgRangers are set to complete the signing of Jon Flanagan after the former Liverpool defender passed a rigorous medical.The right-back will be former Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard’s seventh signing at Ibrox.Flanagan, who has also been capped by England, spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers after seven years at the Champions League finalists.Handed his debut by Celtic and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish in a victory over Man City in 2011, Flanagan also played under current hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. He said: “He shown a great deal of remorse, which he should of, and he’s been punished.“He’s taken the punishment and he wants to get on with rebuilding not just his life in football but his personal life.“He’s a strong character and the big thing is that he’s played for a club where the expectation is so high.“That’s not dissimilar to Rangers, where that expectation is still there.“You are under the microscope every minute of every game, so we’re confident he can cope with that.“He’s versatile across the back line, he’ll bring a lot.” The 25-year-old is poised to join the Rangers first-team squad at their training camp in Malaga.The medical was rigorous due to him having to have a recent knee operation.In January, Flanagan was sentenced to a 12-month community order after admitting attacking his girlfriend three days before Christmas last year.However, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes he is due a second chance after showing a “great deal of remorse”.last_img read more

The “Yanny” or “Laurel” Debate Was Started by a High School Freshman Who Got the Audio Off Vocabulary.com

first_imgThe reason some people hear “yanny” instead of “laurel” has to do with how the audio was recorded . . . how your speakers play it back . . . what you’re EXPECTING to hear . . . and which frequencies your brain zeroes in on. There’s been a heated debate the last couple days over an audio clip of a SINGLE WORD.  Some people think the voice is saying “laurel,” and other people hear it as “yanny.” So she posted it on Instagram . . . other people started re-posting it . . . and that’s how it all got started. Now we have some context on how the whole thing got started . . . and a definitive answer on which one is correct. So if “laurel” is what you hear, you’re technically correct. A lot of people assumed it was a computer voice.  But it’s actually the voice of an OPERA singer that Vocabulary.com hired back in 2007 to pronounce a bunch of words for them.  He was also in the original Broadway production of “Cats”. In case you haven’t heard the explanation yet, here you go . . . So she looked up the definition on the website Vocabulary.com . . . played a clip of how to pronounce it . . . and THAT’S where the audio came from. Katie DIDN’T hear “laurel” though, she heard “yanny.”  Then she played it for some of her classmates, and they couldn’t agree. Younger people tend to hear higher frequencies better than older people do.  So young people are more likely to hear it as “yanny” instead of “laurel.” It turns out a high school freshman in Georgia named Katie Hetzel got the debate going last Friday while she was studying for a literature class.  One of the vocabulary words she needed to look up was “laurel.”last_img read more

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is not perfect for the Nintendo Switch

first_img Share your voice Tags Comments The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Video Games See it Review • Nintendo GameCube Nintendo GameCube CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 29 Photos 15 Nintendo It’s been just over three months since Nintendo unleashed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game yet.For the uninitiated, Smash Bros. pits Nintendo icons — Mario, Link, Kirby — against an all-star cast of video game characters in explosive free-for-all battles. It’s something of a revelation in Nintendo’s typically kid-friendly lineup of games, where instead of seeing characters politely race each other, or compete in friendly games of tennis, they punch each other in the face. A lot.Smash Bros. is a game built for short bursts. It’s a chaotic storm of quick-fire reactions and on-the-fly adjustments. Matches are often so short you can sneak one in the time it takes to make a coffee.And Ultimate is the quintessential version of Smash, cramming almost everything from the franchise’s 20-year history into one tidy package.That makes it perfect for the Nintendo Switch, right?It should be — but it isn’t. It can’t be. Because Smash Bros. is an anachronism so firmly rooted in the past it will never be able to take full advantage of the Switch’s best asset: Its portability.And so Ultimate is like a two-patty, three-cheese, double-bacon burger dripping with secret sauce but the bun has been replaced by two cookies. I love burgers. I love cookies. This should be everything I want, but Smash Bros. is just not meant to be consumed in this way.supersmash-switch Nintendo God-tierFirst, a little context: In 2002, I was a chubby kid that bailed on after-school socializing for Super Smash Bros. Melee, on the Nintendo GameCube. Basically, if it was legal for a 12-year-old to get a forehead tattoo, I would have plastered the game’s logo smack in the middle of my brow.I have thrown money at every Super Smash Bros. game. There was the Wii version, Brawl, which I had to buy three times. It didn’t receive a simultaneous worldwide release, so I employed the internet dark arts just to get it three months early. Next came Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS — the same game but on two different consoles — both of which I had to own. But for all the copies bought, Melee’s successors never quite captured the same emotion that Melee did, even though they tapped into those memories where I’d waste entire days in uncomfortable chairs, drinking warm, discount cola from 2-litre bottles and rubbing Doritos dust on grubby sweatpants. I’m not the only one with a nostalgic link to Melee, either. The game is revered as the pinnacle of Super Smash Bros. It’s a Godlike figure that lords over the Church of Smash. It has endured, over the last 18 years, as one of the world’s most popular competitive fighting games and is played at the biggest tournaments every year.Melee is deeply ingrained in the Super Smash Bros. psyche as The Very Best — and the reason for that can be partly attributed to the Nintendo GameCube controller.cnet-super-smash-bros-melee.jpgSuper Smash Bros. Melee is considered one of the best games of all-time.  Nintendo Burden of controlSome rate the GameCube controller as the best ever. Others would prefer to see it relegated to the dustbin of video game history. Wherever you sit, there’s no doubt that Super Smash Bros. Melee and that awkward, gaudy, curved controller were made for each other — and it has become the controller of choice for every Smash since.The quick-flick C-stick under the right thumb, the friction of a full-trigger press with your index finger and the bounciness of the X and Y buttons all delicately mix with the exploding light on screen. No Smash has quite been able to affix the “stickiness” of its controls to the high intensity action unfolding on the screen like Melee does.When Super Smash Bros. was announced for the Wii U in 2013, it seemed like the era of the GameCube controller was over. But in 2014, to the delight of many fans, Nintendo announced that the Wii U would be getting an adapter. Think about that.Rather than develop a Super Smash Bros. that took advantage of the Wii U’s unique second-screen setup or utilized its touch controls, Nintendo released an adapter for an (at the time) 13-year-old controller. Which brings us to the Switch. The Switch doesn’t have GameCube controller ports, but you can plug in a dual-USB adapter, just like you can on the Wii U, to play with GameCube controllers. But the Switch is meant to be portable. It’s a lift-and-go home console you can play literally anywhere — and plugging in a ‘Cube controller goes against that. Ultimate doesn’t get to take advantage of the Switch’s best feature. It’s not Breath of the Wild, which is crafted so perfectly it suits both short bursts and long, intensive stints. It’s not Super Mario Odyssey, which is conveniently carved into neat segments so that it fits into your schedule whenever you turn it on.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game you have to make time for.super-mario-odysseySuper Mario Odyssey has you collect hundreds of moons in each level. It’s perfectly designed to pick up and play.  GameSpot I want to be a kid againIn CNET’s review of Ultimate, Alfred Ng said Ultimate makes him “feel like a kid again.” He’s not wrong. Its full roster of characters, stages, items and collectibles, spanning the series’ 20 years, delivers an overwhelming dose of nostalgia. When I first jumped in, it had me smiling like a buffoon, remembering the good ol’ days. But making me feel like a kid again is a double-edged sword.When I was a kid, all I had to do was make it through a six-hour school day without the Phys Ed. teacher berating me for being unfit.Now I’m 30 — an adult with real adult things to do like mop the floor and take the garbage out and try to eat healthy and make sure I exercise daily so I won’t berate myself for being unfit — Super Smash Bros. exists in a different world. You want to play with the best controller? OK, but you have to get home and drop the Switch into the dock, the only place where the GameCube controller adapters work.And you’ve got to stack the dishwasher when you’re home!You want to play with friends? Better organize a meetup after work at somewhere mutually convenient for the four of you to get to at a time that takes into consideration late working hours and early starts the next day and wait — doesn’t John’s kid have ballet class on Wednesdays?And remember to vacuum the living room where you spilled your granola this morning, idiot!Want to play online? You have to go home and connect the Switch to the Wi-Fi and sit through an outdated online matchmaking system that desperately requires further tweaking before you can get into a game you might not even want to play.Oh — and don’t forget the dishes!!!’Perfect for the Switch’Everyone is buying the Nintendo Switch. In 2019, some analysts predict it will outsell both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Based on its current sales data, it seems Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will become the system’s best-selling game by year’s end. It currently sits in third, trailing only Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Deservedly so.Ultimate is a wonderfully crafted game — it’s almost perfectly balanced and one of the most fluid, well-performing games on the Switch, given how ridiculous a round of Smash can get. Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. creator, has routinely sacrificed his health to get this made, and the love and care for all its systems and characters are readily apparent as soon as you press start.Maybe I’m just getting old. Maybe I’m just trying to justify my unwillingness to change. Maybe I’m just more prone to yelling at clouds than I was 18 years ago.Because you certainly don’t have to look far to find kids sneaking games in during gym class, or during a tornado warning, content with their Pro Controllers and Joy-Con. My muscle memory is likely fine-tuned to the curves of an awkward 18-year-old controller and I just can’t get out of that cycle. But Edmond Tran perhaps put it best in a glowing review at GameSpot: “There is one significant struggle that Ultimate comes up against, however, which lies in the nature of the console itself. Playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the Switch’s handheld mode is simply not a great experience.”For all the video games that are “perfect for the Switch,” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that feels — sacrilegiously — burdened by it. Mentioned Above Nintendo GameCube (Indigo) $349 Target Nintendolast_img read more

EC officials for army deployment to ensure fair polls

first_imgElection CommissionField-level officials of the election commission (EC) are in favour of deploying defence personnel as regular law enforcement to create confidence among voters during the next general elections.They came up with these recommendations as their opinion was sought in order to amend 14 laws, rules and directives ahead of the 11th parliamentary polls.Reinsertion of the provision for ‘No’ option in the ballot paper is another of the 58 recommendations the officials submitted to the law section of the EC secretariat.EC officials said the draft recommendations will be placed at the EC’s consultation meetings with the political parties, civil society leaders and election experts likely to begin soon.The armed forces — army, navy, and air force — were included as a law enforcement agency alongside police, armed police, RAB, ansar, BGB (then BDR), and the coast guard, in the amended version of the Representation of People Order during the past caretaker government in 2008. However, in 2013, the armed forces were excluded from the definition of law enforcement agency as per RPO.Inclusion of the armed forces as a law enforcement agency is being emphasised in view of the fact that the election would be held under the incumbent political government. It is believed to be important for creating an even field for all political parties.”Army deployment is necessary to create confidence in the minds of the voters. In fact, it would be hard to hold a fair election without the army. We cannot understand it why it had been removed from the definition of law enforcement,” said former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain.The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has all along favoured army deployment while the ruling Awami League wants to keep the army only as striking force.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed reiterated the party’s demand for deployment of the armed forces and added that the BNP wants election-time supportive government for the sake of fair election.AL presidium member, health minister Mohammad Nasim said the army should be deployed during the next general elections the way current election law has defined.However, Jatiya Party leader GM Quader said, if the army deployment creates confidence among the political parties, army should be included as law enforcement in the electoral laws.Although the EC officials recommended reintroduction of the provision for allowing ‘No’ vote as a choice of electorates, both the AL and the BNP do not consider it important.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin.last_img read more

The Best Online Tools for Managing Your Business Contacts

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Whether you work in sales, advertising, or even journalism, your business will always need a way to manage projects, tasks, professional contacts, and calendar appointments.It’s common to spread each of these tasks among your Outlook, Google Apps, or address book. But with a customer relationship management tool, you can keep all your information in one place and have it accessible to your colleagues.There are several affordable and easy to use CRM options out there now. (Even some free, open source ones). We listed the best services here.1. Zoho is an affordable CRM optionFeatures: Zoho is a full suite of Web-based business apps that are designed to compete with big boys like Microsoft and Google. But Zoho is not afraid to offer the standard set of CRM features while still integrating data from Google Apps, Outlook, QuickBooks, and many more third party services. There’s also a suite of more than 30 Zoho apps ranging from chat to document publishing that makes Zoho an excellent Web-based Office alternative.The good: Google Apps integration, affordable pricing plan, and a mobile site optimized for iPhone.The Bad: Lacks connection to social media sites like LinkedIn or Twitter.Price: Zoho is a freemium service. The top-tier plan costs $25 per user per month. Click here for more pricing details.2. Free CRM isn’t pretty, but it’ll get the job doneFeatures: Free CRM will give you all the basic features such as calendars, contacts, and task management for free. (Up to five users). PC World rated Free CRM one of the best free online business tools.The good: The price is right.The Bad: The dashboard is an eye sore, PC World says its difficult to set up.Price: Free for up to five users. Premium plans are available for more users and include extra features.3. Salesforce is one of the most popular CRMs availableFeatures: Salesforce has too many features and options to list here. You can start with a simple contacts manager or opt for the full suite of features that includes 24/7 support. The fact that several cheaper CRMs integrate Salesforce into their services is further proof that this is one of the best services in the business.The good: Excellent interface, iPhone app, and a million dashboard tools.The Bad: Salesforce isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best.Price: Starts at $5 per user per month for up to five users. Click here to see a breakdown of each plan.4. SugarCRM is open source and affordableFeatures: SugarCRM is an open source CRM tool with an impressive mobile offering and nice social media integration. If you have a new business, trying out the free, open source version will help you manage your new list of contacts.The good: Twitter integration so you can view your contacts’ tweets from the dashboard, iPhone app.The Bad: The free edition doesn’t allow access to the mobile site.Price: The Community Ediition offers the basic service for free. Other plans start at $360 per user per year. Click here for more plans and prices.5. Check out vtiger as another open source CRM optionFeatures: Like SugarCRM, there’s a free, open source version of vtiger with all the basic features you need: Salesforce integration, calendars, task management, etc.The good: It’s free!The Bad: The desktop application is only available on Windows and Linux.Price: You can also get the full-featured product for $12 per month per user. Click here to sign up.6. We love Highrise’s designFeatures: The Highrise dashboard looks like a Facebook news feed. You can view the latest activity from your contacts in the river, or search for individual contacts and view their history. You can also forward e-mails to your Highrise account and it will automatically link the message to the appropriate contact.The good: Excellent design, iPhone app, and integrates with several other services.The Bad: The top-tier plan only allows 40 users, so large companies may want to stick with Salesforce.Price: The Basic Plan starts at $24 per month and supports up to six users. Click here for the breakdown.7. BatchBook is a “social CRM”Features: BatchBook offers a heavy focus on social media integration. You can view your contacts’ Twitter, Flickr, blog, and LinkedIn updates from your dashboard. There’s also a huge focus on tagging contacts so you can group them together by subject.The good: Social media integration, works with a variety of third-party services like MailChimp and Google.The Bad: Social media updates are cool, but they may not be useful for every business.Price: There are five plans to choose from, starting at $9.95 per month. Click here to see them all.8. Daylite is a Mac-only CRMFeatures: Daylite is a desktop application for Mac OS X and iPhone. The service caters to industries like film, photography, and design, since many in those fields already use Mac. There are also several plugins available, including one that integrates with Apple’s Mail desktop application. It’s not cheap, but if your business runs entirely on OS X, it’s worth looking at.The good: Integrates with Mac OS X native applications iCal and Address Book, iPhone app.The Bad: Not available for Linux or Windows, limited integration options with third party services.Price: Bundles start at $1,499.95 for up to five users. Click here to see a full pricing list.Our Pick: Highrise. This CRM has an excellent user interface, affordable pricing plans for small businesses, and can be accessed from any computer. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by Business Insider December 3, 2010last_img read more

Busabout launches its first ever USA Canada program

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Busabout is heading to Canada for the first time with its inaugural 2019 USA & Canada program.Out now, the new USA & Canada 2019 brochure highlights two main travel styles: Hop-on Hop-off and guided adventures with inclusions.With Hop-on Hop-off, clients have the flexibility to design their own West Coast holiday itinerary using Busabout’s coach network. The company has one recommended accommodation provider at each stop and access to hundreds of others, plus clients can change their coach departures with 24 hours notice for ultimate spontaneity.The new West Coast Hop-on Hop-off Pass, priced at $799 per person, gives access to eight destinations, including stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and South Lake Tahoe. Clients can also add visits to cities like Santa Barbara and San Diego, or connect with nature at Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes, which are optional stops. Coaches depart all eight destinations every other day between June and August 2019.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAlternatively, Busabout’s Adventures are handcrafted trips that are led by expert guides and explore different parts of the U.S. and Canada. The USA & Canada 2019 program features 11 Adventures in total spanning from three days to three weeks, and include accommodation, daily breakfast, all coach transportation, a Busabout guide and driver, a number of included experiences and plenty of free time.Top Adventures trips include: the 22-day ‘West to East Road Trip’; the nine-day ‘Southern Blues Adventures’; and the week-long ‘Canada Rockies Adventure’. Adventures start from $989 per person for the three-day ‘West National Parks Adventure’.“We’re so excited to bring Busabout’s flexible style of travel to North America for the very first time – it’s the ultimate road trip destination!” said Duncan Robertson, Global Managing Director of Busabout. “With vacations suitable for independent travellers as well as those seeking an expertly planned North American road trip, our USA & Canada 2019 program has something for everyone.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsFor more go to busabout.com. Wednesday, July 4, 2018 center_img Busabout launches its first ever USA & Canada program Tags: Busabout, USA & Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Watch out for 224 new properties in Cuba by 2030

first_img TORONTO — Hotel and resort openings in Cuba for 2018 include the Iberostar Grand Hotel Packard, the Paseo del Prado, the Segundo Frente and Hotel Floreale. They’re all part of Cuba’s plan to have 224 new properties completed by 2030.Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, was in Canada last week to update commercial partners and the travel and tourism industry on the latest developments in the destination’s new tourism product. Fellow Cuban delegates joined Minister Marrero during his visit to highlight the importance of Canadian tourism to Cuba.Cuba’s Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero (second from left) with Eloy Govea, Director, Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board (second from right) join Cuban and Canadian tourism industry reps for a lunch event in Toronto last week“Canada continues to be our main market for tourism, and so the Ministry and our industry partners are honoured to share these exciting developments with our Canadian friends,” said Marrero.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“In reaffirming our commitment to safety, hospitality, and luxury, we look forward to continuing to serve Canadians as their preferred vacation destination.”While last year’s visit by the Minister mainly concerned hurricane recovery, in 2018 development in Cuba leapt forward with new resort and hotel updates.The Minister also announced earlier this year that Cuba’s rollout of nationwide WiFi should be complete by the end of 2019.Year to date Cuba has welcomed more than 3,533,722 international visitors. That number represents 97.4% of visitors welcomed in all of 2017. It’s also a 19% increase from 2016. Share Watch out for 224 new properties in Cuba by 2030 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Tags: Cuba, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, Statistics << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more