Sportingpulse have announced that the upgrade for Sportzware Central v6.4 is now available to download. There are no major changes to the application, upgrading will not significantly alter the application or an association’s database. Full release notes for version 6.4 are available from: http://support.sportingpulse.com/show.php?num=286.Sportzware Central v6.4 is available to the public to download from www.sportzware.com > Products and Services > Sportzware Central. The application will run for 21 days without a registration key.Sportzware Websites v6Sportzware Websites v6 will come into effect on Wednesday 9 April. The upgrade includes:Top menu option, in addition to left and right menus Sub-menu option Easier to use Content Manager area with a drag and drop function to move sections between menus and add new sections, and a right click function to edit, rename, hide and modify sections Forums – set up and manage a forum on your website (NB: Should a NGB not wish to make Forums available to its affiliates, it can be deactivated upon request) These website enhancements will have no visible effect on a current website’s design, structure or content. They are additional features which must be added through the website administration area for any changes to take place on the website.Updates to the Sportzware Website User Guide will also be available by the release date from www.support.sportingpulse.com and within the website administration area.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalantaby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are set to welcome back three defenders for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta.John Stones, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were all absent in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace, with midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho acting as makeshift centre-backs.Walker has been out with a virus, while Otamendi suffered a blow on international duty with Argentina.Stones hasn’t started since suffering a thigh injury against Norwich last month.
Man Utd chief Woodward explains Jones TV ‘exchange’by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward has lifted the lid on his apparent exchange with Phil Jones during defeat to West Ham,The executive vice-chairman was caught uttering something in the direction of Red Devils’ defender Jones in the stands during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the 2-0 loss at the London Stadium on September 22.The interaction came after the centre-back – who was sitting behind Woodward during the match – was shown seemingly muttering something under his breath.However, Woodward has denied those claims and insisted that he was talking to United’s club secretary Rebecca Britain – sitting next to Jones – about an incident in the game.”Phil was talking about whether decisions were offside or not,” he explained in an interview with club fanzine United We Stand.”There was a foul and I turned around to Rebecca Britain, our club secretary [and said] ‘Was that a yellow card on him? [Issa] Diop?'” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Of course the second Spurs meet us they’re back on track!by Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was typically jovial when talking about Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Spurs snapped a three-game winless with an emphatic 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.Speaking after his side beat Genk on Wednesday, Klopp joked about the timing of Spurs’ return to form.He said: “We’ve just had two away games that were both difficult for different reasons. I don’t know where we are now but I know where we need to be on Sunday.”It’s a refreshed Tottenham. Of course the second they meet us they’re back on track! But we’re a different team to Red Star Belgrade, just like Tottenham are different to Genk.”
HALIFAX – Halifax has submitted its pitch to lure online retail giant Amazon to the city, but even the bid’s biggest proponent admits it’s a long shot.Mayor Mike Savage would not reveal specifics about the city’s submission for the company’s new headquarters, but said Halifax’s quality of life was emphasized.“If Amazon wants to give employees a city that they can fall in love with, I think Halifax is that city,” said Savage in an interview ahead of Thursday’s deadline for proposals.“If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can offer, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player. But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a number of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to make.”More than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada have expressed interest in pursuing the project, and Savage conceded Halifax’s bid is a “long shot.”But he said regardless of whether Halifax wins, the effort has positioned the city to attract other tech businesses.“The city has been growing for a number of years now. We’ve become a tech hub. We could not have bid on this five years ago. But now we have so many companies in that sector that have proven that you can make a living in Halifax,” said Savage.Amazon announced last month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend US$5 billion to build the new headquarters for as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Savage said he’s aware Halifax does not meet all the requirements, but said that doesn’t mean the city is not a “serious competitor.”Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton, have expressed interest in pursuing the project, but it is unclear how many will submit a bid by Thursday.Amazon has said it will make a final decision on the second headquarters next year.
TORONTO – George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the United States by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business.The underperforming frozen foods segment contributed to a decline in earnings at the company’s Weston Foods division, which saw its adjusted EBITDA fall to $80 million in this year’s third quarter from $101 million last year.Overall, the company says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $420 million or $3.25 per diluted share in the quarter ended Oct. 7, up from $254 million or $1.97 per diluted share a year ago.That was primarily because of its Loblaw business, which accounts for the bulk of George Weston’s overall sales of $14.65 billion, which were up from $14.61 billion.Weston Foods accounted for just $668 million of the total revenue, down from $673 million a year earlier.The parent company said in a statement Tuesday it doesn’t expect the food processing division’s performance will improve in the fourth-quarter, and its earnings will be down year-over-year by a similar magnitude.Galen Weston, who is executive chairman of both George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), said that problems within some of its frozen foods operations were bigger than anticipated.“Our fresh, artisan and biscuit business units performed on plan. However, the frozen business fell significantly short due to continuing operational issues in two cake facilities and one pie plant,” Weston told analysts Tuesday.“The team has been working around the clock to resolve the issues. We’ve announced the closure of the Creative Occasions iced-cake facility and are beginning to see improvements in operational productivity.”He said some of the work from Creative Occasions — a Nashville, Tenn.-based business acquired by a Weston Foods subsidiary in 2015 — will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Galen Weston stressed that some of the frozen foods business segments — particularly un-iced cakes and doughnuts — have been growing.But he added that “it is going to take us some time to get the business back onto a satisfactory trajectory and the team is focused on doing that now.”A strategic review by Weston Foods president Luc Mongeau, who joined the company in January 2017, is expected to be announced in March with George Weston’s fourth-quarter financial report.Galen Weston said Mongeau was asked to “significantly change the historical trajectory of the Weston Foods business.“He has delivered to us what we think is a very promising medium-term plan that will involve some changes to the business and we will comment on that in Q4.”Weston declined to elaborate when questioned about possible closures and divestitures.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities, however, said in a note that “we expect WN Foods to sharpen its focus within the frozen category on value-added, margin accretive categories and customers with growth potential, which likely implies exiting products/categories that don’t meet the criteria.”George Weston’s third-quarter results include $11 million year-to-date in depreciation costs related to the planned closures of bread, pie and cake manufacturing facilities.Still, its overall third-quarter profit was up from a year ago, boosted by the Loblaw business.On an adjusted basis, George Weston says it earned $277 million or $2.14 per share, up from $266 million or $2.06 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Last month, the company confirmed it was aware of an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau into price-fixing related to packaged bread products.George Weston says court filings by the regulator remain sealed while searches are completed, but it expects to be able to comment further after those filings are unsealed.
Canada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the investigation Wednesday, noting U.S. production of uranium for military and electric power has decreased to five per cent of its consumption from 49 per cent in 1987.“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent review to determine whether uranium imports threaten to impair national security,” Ross in a statement.Canada is not the target, although all countries are potentially subject to the investigation, said a spokeswoman for two U.S. uranium firms that petitioned the U.S. government in January to take action to help a sector that has been hemorrhaging jobs.“The final form of the remedy will be determined by the Secretary of Commerce and ultimately, the president,” Joelle Ziemian wrote in an email.Canada was the largest foreign supplier of uranium to the U.S. in 2016, accounting for 25 per cent of U.S. imports, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.But Ziemian said that threshold is expected to be cut in half this year because the Canadian industry is also impacted by the unfair global market created by state-sponsored companies.Petitioners Energy Fuels Inc. and Ur-Energy Inc. singled out companies in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that together supplied more than one-third of U.S. demand last year. Domestic producers are projected to fulfil only about two per cent of total U.S. commercial demand.“While U.S. producers can fairly compete with foreign production on a level playing field, it is difficult for them to compete with heavily subsidized foreign production,” they said in a joint statement.The companies added they expected more nuclear fuel from state-subsidized companies in Russia and China will be imported in the coming years, likely further displacing U.S. production.“If Russia and its allies take control of this critical fuel, the threat to U.S. national and energy security would be incalculable.”Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of uranium after Kazakhstan, with 23 per cent of global production in 2016, said Natural Resources Canada. The country produced 14 kilotonnes of the ore, all coming from Saskatchewan mines.The head of Cameco Inc., Canada’s largest uranium producer, said it’s too early to say what impact the investigation will have, but that Canada and the company are aligned with U.S. interests.“If the issue in question is the overreliance of the United States on uranium supplied by state-controlled enterprises from countries not aligned with American policy interests, this clearly does not apply to Canada or Cameco,” said CEO Tim Gitzel in a statement.Ken Neumann, Canadian director of the United Steelworkers, said there’s no evidence to justify Canada’s inclusion in the investigation.“It is abundantly clear that Canadian uranium exports do not present a national security threat to the United States,” said Neumann in a statement.The investigation came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet partly designed to signal Canada’s intention to redouble efforts to diversify its trading partners in the face of U.S. protectionism.Canada and the United States are staunch military allies and Canadian uranium is not a threat to U.S. national security, said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.“Measures that shut out Canadian uranium imports would harm U.S. reactors that rely on long-term contracts with Canadian suppliers of uranium,” he wrote in an email.Canada shares concerns about the overproduction of uranium in certain countries and has been working with the U.S. to address the issue of global excess capacity, Austen added.Ross said the investigation will canvass the uranium sector from mining through enrichment, defence and industrial consumption.Uranium fuels 99 U.S. commercial nuclear reactors that produce 20 per cent of the power for the country’s electricity grid. It is also needed for its nuclear arsenal and powers submarines and aircraft carriers.Under Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, Canadian uranium can be used only for peaceful purposes.The U.S. Commerce Department said the two petitioners that account for more than half of all uranium mined in the U.S., have laid off more than half their workforce over the last two years and operate at nine and 13 per cent of their respective capacity.The investigation comes a day before the department holds a hearing on whether the imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security.The department has 270 days to investigate and report to the president, who has up to 90 days to act on Ross’s recommendations.In their petition, the companies proposed import quotas that would reserve one quarter of the U.S. market for domestic uranium production.They also want U.S. federal utilities and agencies to buy U.S. uranium in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Buy American policy.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles’ subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s law enforcement division.The machines scan for metallic and non-metallic objects on a person’s body, can detect suspicious items from 30 feet (9 metres) away and have the capability of scanning more than 2,000 passengers per hour.“We’re dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country,” said Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske. “Our job is to ensure security in the transportation systems so that a terrorist incident does not happen on our watch.”On Tuesday, Pekoske and other officials demonstrated the new machines, which are being purchased from Thruvision, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.“We’re looking specifically for weapons that have the ability to cause a mass-casualty event,” Wiggins said. “We’re looking for explosive vests, we’re looking for assault rifles. We’re not necessarily looking for smaller weapons that don’t have the ability to inflict mass casualties.”In addition to the Thruvision scanners, the agency is also planning to purchase other body scanners — which resemble white television cameras on tripods — that have the ability to move around and hone in on specific people and angles, Wiggins said.“We really want to be effective and we need the ability to have a fixed field of view, but we also need to be able to move that field of view as necessary,” Wiggins said. “Deploying these technologies together gives us that accuracy and minimizes any delays.”Wiggins would not say how many of the machines were being purchased, but said they would be rolled out in subway stations in the “coming months.” Employees and police officers first have to be trained on how to use the equipment.Signs will be posted at stations warning passengers they are subject to body scanner screening. The screening process is voluntary, Wiggins said, but customers who choose not to be screened won’t be able to ride on the subway.But some passengers saw the screening as an added layer of security.“I guess it is a good, precautionary thing,” Andrea Kirsh said, a 22-year-old student from Corvallis, Oregon, who was travelling through Los Angeles’ Union Station on Tuesday. “It makes me feel safe. As a civilian I think we often don’t know what to look for or what we would be looking for.”Passengers who rode down an escalator to ride the Metro Red Line at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday were screened as Pekoske and other officials looked on. But after the news conference and media demonstration, officials packed up the equipment and carted it off.The TSA tested body scanners in New York’s Penn Station in February and has also conducted tests at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and at a New Jersey Transit station during the 2014 Super Bowl.In December, a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself by setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a subway passageway near Times Square in New York City.Metro has previously tested several different types of body scanners, including airport-style screening systems where passengers walk through a scanner. The pilot program was meant to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines.About 150,000 passengers ride on Metro’s Red Line daily and the subway system counted more than 112 million rides last year, officials said.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .
Kolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.