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Olivia’s honourable award

first_imgPakenham Secondary College VCE student Olivia Butler has been named the recipient of the 2017 Ron and Sylvia Cameron Trust…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Nelson Minor Hockey opens up registration for 2016-17 campaign

first_imgFor more information, and/or to register, go to the Nelson Minor Hockey website. Now that the hockey season is winding down, it’s time for parents and players to prepare for next season as Nelson Minor Hockey has opened up the registration lines for applications for the 2016-17 campaign.Players wanting to play Rep Hockey should note the deadline for registration is May 31, 2016. This allows executive members and coaches to plan for tournaments and games for the upcoming season.House players have until uly 31, 2016 to sign up for the upcoming season.last_img read more

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Spurs’ ‘only place to watch Champs League in London’ ad backfires

first_imgSpurs have been advertising the new stadium as “the only place in London to watch the Champions League” but they’ll be out before it opens 😂😂😂— Carl Cooper (@CarlC312) October 24, 2018 TOTTENHAM have been mercilessly mocked on social media after their attempt to troll their London rivals backfired terribly.Spurs had advertised their new stadium as the “only place to watch the Champions League in London” – a clear dig at Chelsea and Arsenal’s 2017-18 failures.4 Tottenham have been trolled for their cocky Champions League poster4 Spurs slumped to a 2-2 draw with PSV last night in HollandCredit: GettyThe Blues and Gunners finished fifth and sixth respectively last term to take their place in the Europa League this season.Knowing that, Tottenham somewhat cockily put together a cheeky advertising campaign… only for it to backfire massively.Now in October, Spurs still have no new stadium after a series of embarrassing delays and are also now on the brink of exiting the Champions League.Last night, the North Londoners threw away a late lead to draw 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven and sit on just one point after three matches and staring elimination square in the face.4 Tottenham now star Champions League elimination in the faceCredit: PA:Empics Sport4 Social media has not held back in its abuse of the ill-considered posterCredit: ReutersTottenham now trail Barcelona and Inter Milan in the race for a knockout spot – and could even join their London rivals in the Europa League should they finish third in the group.Even boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed their Champions League campaign could be done and dusted, saying it’s “nearly over”.Poch added: “If you don’t win this type of game it’s difficult to deserve to qualify.”Naturally, social media didn’t hold back with hoards of Twitter users taking the opportunity to have a laugh at Spurs’ expense.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he won’t blame Hugo Lloris after disastrous draw with PSVPeak banter is Spurs advertising their stadium as the only place you can watch champions league football in London but as it stands it might not get to see any UCL game 😂— Gibbs (@GibbzBryan) October 24, 2018 Where can I watch @ChampionsLeague in London @SpursOfficial ??? pic.twitter.com/5JJq4eVWDD— Nico 💬 (@IIIdisposed) October 24, 2018 ‘Only place to watch Champions League in London.’ No place, no Champions League but peak Tottenham.— Siddarth (@sidsoldtheworld) October 25, 2018 @SpursOfficial Welcome to @EuropaLeague! Only club London won @ChampionsLeague is @ChelseaFC. pic.twitter.com/q0tiQPP5lD— Oumar Blues Sow⏹ (@blues_sow) October 24, 2018center_img Hugo Lloris watches the Tottenham game at PSV from the tunnel after red card as Harry Redknapp and Jermaine Jenas make their feelings clear Spurs advertising their new stadium as “the only place to watch Champions League in London” and then going out before they actually open their stadium is the most spurs thing of all the time. #PSVTOT— Gerard Keown (@Gerardyk05) October 24, 2018 I can remember last 3 months spurs posting a picture of the new white heart lane saying the only place you can watch champions league in London, using the opportunity to take a dig at other London clubs. Fast-forward it to after 3 games they are already out.😔 😔— #Kingsley (@Kingsleyblix) October 25, 2018last_img read more

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What Dundee United’s financial future looks like in the Championship

first_imgFor Dundee United supporters, feelings will still be raw after the club was relegated to the Scottish Championship on Monday night.But once those feelings of hurt and anger subside, there is a far bigger picture for those who invest their time and money in their team to review.Dundee United’s financial model is built largely upon being a top six Premiership club. And for relatively good reason. They have finished in the top half of the table in the last eight seasons. The last time they didn’t was when they came ninth in 2006/07.Coupled with a repeated ability to sell players on for big money, the club were able to do a deal to settle their bank debt, pay back money invested by the family of majority shareholder Stephen Thompson, and build a football facility for the next generation of stars to develop. Continued losses on the same scale will put the business in trouble. And if losses contribute towards putting the club in a debt position, investment will be needed to plug the holes.This is conceded in the club accounts. They state that “a significant future funding requirement in the next 12 months” will be required in “certain scenarios”, one of which is if the club is relegated.The question therefore is: where is the money going? It’s difficult to fully substantiate why losses were so high, but there are some indicators.Total wages in 2015 were £3.95m, a rise of from £3.52m the previous year. The amount due to trade creditors almost doubled year-on-year from £398,765 to £789,105. And then there is the “soft loan” taken out from Hugh Drummond Duncan, secured against Tannadice, which was used as partial payment on the clearance of the club’s bank debt. This £1.6m loan, repayable over four years at a 6% interest rate, will make a dent in finances in the coming years. The first payment of £369,250 was made in February 2016. The next is due in February 2017.The accounts for 2015 also made clear that the level of operating losses were potentially unsustainable regardless of which division the club played in.It was noted that “such losses can only be sustained by successful player trading, and there is no guarantee of such impressive gains in future years.”And those £4.86m gains in 2015 were impressive. And the club will be able to report further gains of nearly £1.2m in their 2016 accounts from the sales of Nadir Ciftci, John Souttar and Ryan McGowan.There are also potential revenues available from sell-on clauses on players who have previously been sold.But with turnover likely to fall, the onus is on the business to cut its areas which cause the significant operating losses. Revenue from sales comes down to having the players to sell, and a market to sell them to, and neither can be guaranteed. For the club to survive without transfer revenue, costs will likely have to be cut, money will have to come in from willing investors, or a mixture of both will be required.Dropping to the Championship will have a direct impact on the club’s turnover depending on a number of factors.The easiest figure to quantify is the drop in revenues from the Scottish Professional Football League. Prize money accounted for was 22% of Dundee United’s turnover in 2015, with the club earning £1.28m for finishing fifth in the Premiership.The 2016 accounts, which are for the 12 months of trading up until June 30 this year, will at least show income from the league is not immediately impacted by relegation. Dundee United will take in nearly £950,000 for finishing 12th, but will also receive a parachute payment of £300,000, balancing the books in terms of how much is brought in from the SPFL.It is the impact on trading going forward that will have the greatest impact. Payments from the league are staggered over four instalments between August and June.Dundee United, as a Premiership club, received £660,000 at the start of the 2015/16 season. In 2016/17, as a Championship side, their opening payment will be £66,000, a drop of 90%.Even by their third payment in April 2016, the club would have racked up £900,000 from the league in prize money, ahead of a closing payment of £49,500 before the end of their financial year.In the Championship, by April 2017 a cumulative payment of around £120,000 is all that will have been paid to Dundee United. Provided the club come in the top four next season, they will be able to at least double, and perhaps even quadruple, that amount in the final June payout. The maximum payment available, £474,500, comes for winning the Championship.How the club’s other revenue streams will be affected, such as sponsorship, gate receipts and hospitality, is down to speculation. The club, in its accounts, say they would expect gate receipts to fall with the club in the Championship.The challenges faced by Dundee United in the second tier of Scottish football aren’t speculative. Most of them are conceded by the business itself in reviewing what the financial picture would look like.What happens next will be crucial for the club’s future. Thompson himself reinforced that point in his statement to fans on Tuesday. He says “radical changes” are necessary and references the “serious financial challenges” the Championship will bring.The chairman has also promised drastic cost-cutting. That has started with the waiving of his £100,000 club salary. How much deeper that cutting goes could prove pivotal. But for all the good United have done with the cash they came into, they’ve failed to get to the stage to use it as a springboard to balance the books. We all understand the premise of “saving for a rainy day”. But the club appears ill-prepared, as things stand, for the financial difficulties relegation will bring.First and foremost, it’s important to state that Dundee United posted a remarkable profit in 2015 of £3.94m.But none of that profit was gained from normal operations. Player sales brought in £4.86m, writing off operating losses and creating the overall profit. Such a figure was an exceptional event and isn’t easily repeated.Operating losses shot up over the course of the year, despite an increase in turnover. In 2014, operating losses were £114,335. In 2015, they rose considerably to £798,816.last_img read more

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LiquidPlanner Offers Online Project Management

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Add this one to your web office toolkit – LiquidPlanner is an online, hosted project management tool that lets you access and update projects anywhere you have an internet connection. The service offers you and your team a complete project environment, social networking and collaboration features, and a probabilistic scheduling engine which tells you the probability of completing each task – and ultimately the entire project – by a certain date. With everything organized into a centralized dashboard that can be customized for each team member, everyone on your team can stay focused on their tasks and how they relate to the project as a whole. LiquidPlanner’s three main areas of focus are task management, scheduling, and collaboration, all of which combined help you estimate your timelines and update progress on a project in a way that is customized for you:Task Management: LiquidPlanner’s workspace allows you to easily organize and prioritize your tasks. The workspace has two distinct task list views to allow you to view, schedule, and update your work by function or by timeline. Drag-and-drop prioritization lets you change the order of your scheduled tasks as priorities shift. Team members can create folders, subfolders to organize the data at hand so details at any level of a task can be viewed. Global priorities for your entire team or organization can also be managed in this workspace. Project Scheduling: LiquidPlanner features a Probabilistic Scheduling engine that uses statistical math, ranged estimates, automatic tracking, and more to create realistic timelines and schedules. Best-and-worst case scenario estimation can help create a more accurate view of timelines. An automatic tracking feature tracks the expected progress on scheduled tasks, so the project schedule stays alive and up-to-date, even when team members don’t update it themselves on a regular basis. A promise date alerting feature will let you know when project or task-level commitments are due.Collaboration: The dynamic, shared project environment offered by LiquidPlanner allows for collaboration, no matter what size your team is or where they are located. You can invite as many people to the project workspace as needed, even if they are outside your organization. A wiki-like commenting feature lets everyone keep a record of the dialogue about a task or project. Each item has its own comment page, where everyone in the space can communicate. Documents and links can be uploaded and shared with team members to let everyone communicate efficiently. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Liquid Planner is free during its beta period, which is occurring now. Afterwards, it will remain free for a single users, but teams of two or more will need to pay a monthly subscription fee. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Gaming commission warns about illegal slot machines

first_img(Missourinet) The Missouri Gaming Commission testified Thursday in Jefferson City that the state needs a coordinated effort to stop illegal slot machines.Missouri House Special Interim Committee on Gaming Chairman Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, speaks on August 22, 2019 in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)Gaming Commission Executive Director David Grothaus testified before the House Special Interim Committee on Gaming. The issue of illegal slot machines dominated most of the two-hour hearing.“We’re trying to coordinate efforts among law enforcement and prosecutors, trying to educate prosecutors on how to prosecute those cases,” Grothaus says.Illegal slot machines are found in places like bars, restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores. Grothaus tells lawmakers that there’s one pending criminal case in western Missouri’s Platte County, in the Kansas City area.Grothaus tells lawmakers that the Gaming Commission is providing assistance to law enforcement. He says what the state needs “is a very focused effort” on the illegal slot machines.Mr. Grothaus testifies that any illegal gaming machines used in Missouri negatively impact casinos and the state Lottery, reducing taxes and funding for education and veterans. That grabbed the attention of committee chairman State Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial.“These illegal (slot) machines, they’re everywhere,” Shaul tells Grothaus. “And I think it is probably hard to put a number on it, because they continue to grow everyday. I have several of them in my district.”Shaul says the illegal machines “are everywhere” in the state and in his district in eastern Missouri’s Jefferson County. Chairman Shaul tells Grothaus it’s a problem.“Because the people are very clear that they want regulated gaming,” says Shaul. “And they want to make sure when they go to take part in these games that they’re fair.”Shaul tells Missourinet that he doesn’t want to hurt fraternal organizations, emphasizing that he’s a veteran.Chairman Shaul emphasizes that no decisions have been made by the committee, and he describes the hearing as an “educational process.”Meantime, a representative from Missouri’s 13 riverboat casinos also testified, urging the Gaming Commission to shut down all of the illegal slot machines in Missouri. That representative is also calling for criminal prosecutions.The state’s 13 licensed riverboat casinos have a combined total of about 16,000 slot machines, Grothaus testifies.Grothaus also testifies that the Gaming Commission has a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He says state troopers are stationed on the 13 casinos, and perform duties such as regulatory investigations.last_img read more

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Provisioning: Hopefully more answers than questions

first_imgFirst, lets cover the different types of provisioning and a brief overview how each of them work. PSK provisioning uses a Pre Shared Key to encrypt the provisioning process. In order for an AMT client to use a Pre Shared Key, however, the MEBx must first be programed with the correct key. This can be done in either one of two ways, manual entry or via a setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive. Manual entry is just that, a user must access the MEBx and manually type in the characters for the PID and PPS and any other settings that are required in order to get provisioning to work (system name, password change, etc). Once the user saves the changes to the MEBx, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server to start the provisioning process. This method is the most straight forward but is also the most time consuming, especially when attempting to deploy many systems at the same time. USB thumb drive provisioning shortens the PSK entry process by using a formatted setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive that can hold many PID/PPS pairs as well as password change information for MEBx. This key is then used on each system as it boots up to load the PSK information into MEBx. When the system boots, ME detects that a setup.bin file is located on the USB key and, if AMT isn’t provisioned already, will prompt the user if they would like to load the provisioning information from the USB key. If the user confirms the request, then ME loads the first available PID/PPS entry into the PSK settings as well as changes the password for MEBx to the password set in the file. ME then marks that entry in the setup.bin file as used and reboots the system. Once rebooted, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets using the PID/PPS pair. This method is better than manual entry, but only barely. This still requires a user to be at the system and to interact with the process. PKI provisioning is split into two different types of provisioning as well, Bare Metal and Agent Based/Delayed provisioning. Bare metal provisioning is where the factory settings in AMT are set at the OEM/System Integrator so that as soon as power and a network connection are applied to the system, then AMT will send out ‘hello’ packets and provisioning starts. If provisioning doesn’t happen right away the provisioning period will continue for 24 hours, sending out ‘hello’ packets at a decreasing rate, after which AMT goes into delayed provisioning mode. This method of provisioning greatly improves the time savings from a deployment aspect by enabling many systems to be provisioned with minimal interaction from deployment personnel. This method works well when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT (Verisign, GoDaddy, etc). Agent based/delayed provisoining is where either the 24 hour provisioning period has expired without a successful provisioning transaction or, due to the AMT version, AMT requires an in-band agent or tool to start the PKI provisioning process. In order to start agent based/delayed provisioning the agent or tool sends a command down through the HECI driver in the host OS and tells AMT to start sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server. In addition, some basic configuration settings can also be sent to AMT in order to get it ready for provisioning (enable AMT, set PKI provisoining, etc). This method of provisioning tends to be the most reliable. Again this works best when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT but in addition you gain the benefits of having an in-band agent that is able to assist the provisioning process by providing the provision server in-band information that helps keep the out of band aspects of AMT synced with the in-band host OS. Configured correctly, provisioning AMT with the assistance of an in-band agent can make the entire provisioning process hands free for deployment personnel. Lastly, I want to touch on how each of these provisioning processes relates to the different AMT versions. Different versions of AMT support different types of provisioning. AMT 2.0, 2.1, 2.5 only support PSK provisioning. AMT 2.2 and 2.6 support PKI provisioning (as well as PSK) but only agent based PKI provisioning. AMT 3.0 and higher versions of AMT support bare metal PKI provisioning (as well as agent based/delayed PKI and PSK provisioning). A common utility used to accomplish agent based provisioning is the RCT (Remote Configuration Tool).Provisioning is a very complex topic and what I’ve touched on here is really just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to understanding the intricacies involved. I hope I’ve provided more answers than questions, but if there is something you still don’t understand, feel free to comment and I’ll try to clear it up! Thanks,Matt Primrose I’ve been getting quite a few questions recenly regarding provisioning. Many folks are confused when it comes to what type of provisioning works with which versions of AMT and I’m hoping that this post will help to clear up some of that confusion.Currently, there are two types of provisioning, PKI (Protected Key Infrastructure) and PSK (Pre Shared Key). For those who are not familiar with what is involved with these two types of provisioning, PKI involves using a formatted provisioning certificate in order to establish a trust relationship between the AMT client and provisioning server where PSK uses a PID/PPS key pair to establish the trust for provisioning. There is quite a bit of documentation regarding how to setup PKI and PSK provisioning in the deployment documents for AMT, so I won’t go into that detail here. What I’d like to cover here is what are the differences between these types of provisioning and which versions of AMT use which types of provisioning. last_img read more

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De Ligt makes history

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Matthijs de Ligt made history, becoming the first foreign player to score his debut Juventus goal in the Derby della Mole. The Dutchman became the first foriegn player in Juve’s 122-year history to score their first goal for the club against city rivals Torino. De Ligt, signed for €75m in the summer from Ajax, volleyed home in the 70th minute following a Gonzalo Higuain cut back from a corner. The goal will take a weight off the young player’s shoulders, as he’s struggled in his opening months in Bianconeri colours.last_img read more

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