James Franklin Continues To Rail Against Transfer Portal

first_img The Bulls had the potential of another year with star quarterback Tyree Jackson, after a breakout junior campaign in which he led the team to a 10-4 record and a MAC East title.  Instead, he entered the transfer portal, though he eventually opted for the NFL Draft instead. He was not selected, and was waived by the Buffalo Bills a few days ago.Jackson was the headliner, but Buffalo lost a trio of important starters to transfer to major programs.Citing the issues Buffalo faces, Franklin one again spoke out against the transfer portal, and said that other coaches are recruiting college players. From The Morning Call:But Jackson is gone, along with an offense that lost three important players to transfers: Tyler Mabry, a first-team all-conference tight end, left for Maryland, where he scored a touchdown last week. All-conference receiver KJ Osborn transferred to Miami and caught four passes in the team’s opener against Florida. And another receiver, Charlie Jones, left for Iowa as a walk-on.Buffalo knew it would graduate plenty of talent. But the team took a further hit in the transfer market. Franklin, a friend of Buffalo coach Lance Leipold, doesn’t think that’s right.“It should not be happening, but it is,” Franklin said. “People are recruiting from other colleges now. Whether they’re doing it directly or indirectly, it’s happening, and it’s not really what’s supposed to be happening. I don’t think it’s the right thing for college football.”The portal has been a major topic of debate since its implementation. Many herald the agency it gives college players over their careers, but others criticize what they deem “college free agency,” as record numbers of players make moves throughout the off-season.Of course, it cuts both ways for programs like Penn State and Buffalo. The Nittany Lions added kicker Jordan Stout from Virginia Tech, who had an impressive debut in the 79-7 win over Idaho. Still, don’t expect James Franklin to change his tone on this.[The Morning Call] A solo shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the sidelines during the first half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Much to James Franklin’s chagrin, there may not be a major college football program impacted more by the transfer portal this year than Penn State. The Nittany Lions lost a host of players this off-season for various reasons.The most notable was probably potential starting quarterback Tommy Stevens. Of course, there was no guarantee that he would beat out Sean Clifford, and he has since won the QB1 job at Mississippi State.Franklin has spoken out the transfer portal on a number of occasions. He called this year’s mass departures a “perfect storm,” with the new popularity of the portal, and a number of young Nittany Lions winning starting jobs.Penn State’s Week 2 opponent, Buffalo, was also significantly impacted.last_img read more

Teacher Education Changes Target Quality and Demands

first_imgThe Department of Education plans changes to the teacher education system to ensure continued instructional quality and address labour market demands. Education Minister Karen Casey outlined the changes in her response to the Report of the Review of Teacher Education in Nova Scotia today, May 1. “A high-quality education system is absolutely dependent on well-educated and well-prepared teachers,” Ms. Casey said. “This process will result in enhancements to every facet of a teacher’s education, from the policy level to classroom training.” Ms. Casey appointed the panel in June 2007 to determine if current practices meet the needs of school boards, present and prospective teachers, and school communities. It issued a report in January with 19 recommendations. The Department of Education plans to implement the following recommendations to ensure the quality of future teachers: — Establish a Minister’s Advisory Council on Teacher Education to advise on issues and to recommend policy and program directions. — Direct the new council to examine the balance between the theoretical and applied aspects of a teacher’s education. — Establish a task force to improve the practice-teaching component of a teacher’s education. — Support development of an orientation, mentoring and professional development program for new teachers. –- Legislation that requires universities offering a Bachelor of Education program alone or with a partner to meet labour market demand, to receive approval from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and to receive ministerial approval. The review panel also noted that there is an oversupply of teachers in the system. However, the department recognizes there is significant demand for a bachelor of education degree, and that there are shortages of teachers in some rural areas and in particular subject areas, such as math and French. In recognition of that, the Department of Education supports: — A bachelor of education degree program at Cape Breton University beginning in 2009-10, but only if certain conditions are met, including approval of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Council and a focus on areas of labour market need. Maximum enrolment would be 40. — A partnership between Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University to offer a five-year, integrated bachelor of arts/bachelor of education program that focuses on areas of labour market need. Maximum enrolment would be 20. — A continuation of Acadia University’s integrated bachelor of science/bachelor of education program. — Clear communication to future students about labour market realities. “Qualified students who wish to obtain their bachelor of education degree at home will now have more options on both the location and duration of their studies,” Ms. Casey said. The Report of the Review of Teacher Education in Nova Scotia was prepared after weeks of extensive consultations with educators, parents, students, school board members, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, university and government officials. Ms. Casey also asked for public comment on the report before formulating her response. Panel members were Daniel O’Brien, former president and vice-chancellor of St. Thomas University in Fredericton; Myra Freeman, a retired teacher and former lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, and Bill Whelan, a former superintendent of education at four Atlantic Canadian school boards.last_img read more

Commission to Prepare Revised Interim Report

first_imgThe independent Electoral Boundaries Commission announced today, June 18, that the members of the commission will prepare a revised interim report and aim to complete a final report by Aug. 31. The commission will continue to try to achieve relative voter parity in the province’s electoral constituencies. In response to the letter received from Minister of Justice Ross Landry, the commission will revise its interim report to meet the criteria of constituencies being within 25 per cent of the average number of electors, as stated in clause 2 (d) of the commission’s terms of reference. This will be done while remaining sensitive to geography, community history and interests, and Nova Scotia’s linguistic and cultural diversity, in particular the Acadian and African Nova Scotia population, as stated in clause 2 (c) of the terms of reference. “It is an ambitious schedule, but the members of the commission agree that it is important to fulfill our commitment to complete the review of electoral boundaries and present our recommendations to the House of Assembly,” said Teresa MacNeil, commission chair. The Commission will present the revised interim report, with suggested electoral boundaries and a schedule for public meetings throughout the province, in the coming weeks. For more information on the commission, visit http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/.last_img read more

Moroccan Teachers of French Not Good In French Study

Rabat – A Moroccan study has found that teachers of the French language in Morocco do not have a good mastery of the language of Molière.The study, conducted by l’Observatoire National du Développement Humain (ONDH), a state body in charge of analyzing the impact of human development programs and policies, and the World Bank, covered 300 primary schools across Morocco.In addition to teachers of the French language in the regions of Marrakech-Safi, Meknes-Fez and Rabat-Salé-Kenitra, teachers of other subjects were also put to the test. The primary schools’ teachers were given grades based on their mastery of the subjects they are teaching to pupils.Teachers of French received grades below average, getting only 41 out of 100. Their Arabic language counterparts did relatively better with 55 out 100. Math teachers performed better, receiving 84 out of 100.The report painted a bleak picture of the situation of public education in Morocco, pointing to the low quality of education in public schools in comparison with private ones.In public schools, the study further noted that 36 per cent of pupils lack the basic pedagogical educational tools. Fifty-eight per cent of public schools suffer from a shortage of basic infrastructure.In Morocco, French remains the language of economic activity and a prerequisite for several job seekers.However, with the deterioration of education in public schools in recent years, many families are turning to private schools to ensure that their children get a better education in the language of Molière.The hegemony of French remains, nonetheless, contested by many. While some people advocate for more incorporation of English in public educations, others slam the cultural influence France exerts through its language at the expense of local languages that represent Morocco’s identity, namely Arabic and Amazigh. read more

BRALEYRATTAI When it comes to labour law the term essential is a

Alison Braley-Rattai, Assistant Professor in the Department of Labour Studies, wrote a piece for The Conversation which was picked up by the National Post and other publications Wednesday, Nov. 28. The article focused on Bill C-89, which ended the rotating strikes that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers had engaged in for more than a month and sends the labour dispute to third-party, binding arbitration after a specified mediation period.Braley-Rattai writes:Those arguing Bill C-89 is unconstitutional refer to the fact that postal service is not “essential.” They also cite a 2016 court ruling in which a similar bill (C-6) introduced by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2011 was deemed unconstitutional.While both of these facts are relevant, neither determines whether the present bill is unconstitutional.Essential servicesFederal Labour Minister Patricia Hajdu claims the postal service is “essential” and the rotating strikes were harming small and medium-sized enterprises.Under international labour law, “essential services” are defined narrowly. Previous attempts to expand the definition of essential to include economic harm caused by a strike have been decisively rejected by the International Labour Organization’s Committee on Freedom of Association. And the Supreme Court of Canada has explicitly endorsed the restricted definition of “essential services” found under international labour law.When it comes to labour law, the term “essential” is a loaded one. And it isn’t obvious whether the minister intends for the term to be understood in its legal, or some other, sense. And maybe it doesn’t matter.Continue reading the full article here. read more

RNC Minerals CEO resigns for personal reasons effective immediately

Companies in this story: (TSX:RNC).The Canadian Press TORONTO — RNC Minerals says its president and chief executive has resigned effective immediately for personal reasons.Mark Selby was appointed CEO in 2014, about four years after joining Royal Nickel Corp., as it was previously called, as senior vice-president business development.Executive board chairman Paul Andre Huet has been appointed interim CEO.Huet has more than 30 years of mining industry experience, including serving as president and CEO of Klondex Mines between 2012 and 2018.RNC owns two gold mines in Western Australia and minority interests in a joint venture that owns the Dumont Nickel-Cobal project in Quebec and the Orford Mining Corp., a mineral explorer focused on underexplored areas of Northern Quebec.

Councillor wants Calgary to come clean on expenses

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — On the heels of the provincial Blue Ribbon Panel report led by Dr. Janice MacKinnon, a Calgary councillor wants to see something similar in the city.Ward 11’s Jeromy Farkas has released a motion that seeks to establish a Blue Book program that makes city expenses more transparent.“Councillor (Sean) Chu are pushing for improved accountability at City Hall with a new proposal to help Calgarians keep tabs on how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Farkas.The Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations are an opportunity, not a threat, for municipalities. We can deliver for taxpayers here in Calgary by modernizing how the City reports its expenses. We must take a proactive, not reactive, approach to accountability. #ableg #abpoli #yyccc pic.twitter.com/WE5J0Ea9v7— Jeromy Farkas (@JeromyYYC) September 5, 2019Farkas said the MacKinnon report creates an opportunity for municipalities, and they can clearly lay out everything from services costs, to capital assets, to any payments over $10,000.“We need to rethink the services that we’re providing, as well as what they cost. I think it means being proactive at this time, better-using technology, and using this as an opportunity rather than a threat to deliver on a better path than the future of rising deficits and debt,” Farkas added.He said the city already drafts a blue book every year, except it is not available for the public.RELATED: A look at some of the recommendations in Alberta’s financial reportFarkas does not believe there should be details on tax dollars being kept behind closed doors.“I would argue that public money deserves public accounting. The public deserves to know who is doing business with the government,” he said. “I think a lot of shortcomings can be forgiven as long as the picture as a whole is improving. So I strongly believe that giving Calgarians more tools to evaluate the value that they receive for their tax dollars is a win for every voter. And really a good opportunity for a well-performing elected official to stand on their record.”Ideally, this could identify overspending and help the city reel in some costs after recently cutting $60 million from this year’s budget.It could also improve the eroding public confidence in Calgary’s councillors.“I’d say in a democracy, the burden should be on those who want to restrict access to government information, rather than those who want to open up access,” said Farkas. “So, cynically, governments have an incentive not to be transparent because transparency poses inherent risks to those in power.”WATCH: Report sets stage for cuts to education, health care, public read more

Korean Peninsula entering era of peace and prosperity Republic of Korea President

“For the first time in history,” he stated, “the leader of North Korea (officially known as the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, or DPRK) crossed the Military Demarcation Line to visit Panmunjeom” – with the resolve “to usher in an era of peace and prosperity.”Moreover, he continued, “a historic summit between the United States and North Korea was also held on the Sentosa Island in Singapore,” in which both sides “agreed to work towards achieving complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, ending hostile relations and establishing a permanent peace regime.”According to the South Korean President, North Korea dismantled its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri under the observation of the international community and his country suspended large-scale joint military exercises with the US.He Noted that that last week in Pyongyang, during his third meeting with DPRK’s Chairman, Kim Jong Un, they agreed to turn the Peninsula into “a land of peace,” echoing Chairman Kim’s “hope of completing denuclearization as soon as possible to focus on economic development.”President Moon detailed that Chairman Kim committed to permanently dismantle the missile engine test site and launch platform in Dongchang-ri along with a “firm willingness” to take additional denuclearization measures, including the permanent dismantlement of nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, as the US States takes corresponding measures.Over the past 65 years, the Korean Peninsula has remained under an armistice –making “an urgent task” an official end to the War.“I look forward to seeing bold measures for denuclearization implemented among the related countries, leading to the declaration to end the War,” Mr. Moon asserted.Prelude to peaceTurning to the 2017 Olympic Truce, Mr. Moon called it a “prelude to peace.”“The participation of North Korea’s athletes and delegation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics provided a decisive momentum to break the impasse in building peace,” he maintained.Just over a month after the Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games had closed, both leaders met for the first time in North Korea’s Panmunjeom village, where the 1953 Armistice Agreement pausing the Korean War was signed.On 20 April, North Korea officially ended its policy of nuclear development and on 9 September, the 70th anniversary of its foundation, committed to peace and prosperity instead of boasting about its nuclear capabilities.“North Korea moved out of long-standing isolation…and stands before the international community once again,” he said, encouraging everyone to “assure Chairman Kim that he has made the right decision in committing to denuclearization.”Mr. Moon recalled that when each Korea acceded to the UN in 1991, they respectively told the Assembly that though separate now, they would eventually become one.Twenty-seven years later they have “crossed the barriers of division and are tearing down the walls,” he concluded, “realizing the pledge they made on that day.”Full statement available here. read more

Zimbabwes JR Goddard gets earthmoving contract for Arcadia lithium project

first_imgProspect Resources Ltd has announced the appointment of JR Goddard (Pvt) Ltd (JRG) as the earthmoving contractor for the Arcadia Lithium project in Zimbabwe. JRG is expected to begin mobilisation of plant and equipment immediately and to break ground in the coming weeks. JRG has been at the forefront of the construction industry in Zimbabwe since 1982. They are specialists in large-scale earthworks, civil construction and infrastructure development.JRG currently owns and operates 120 major items of earthmoving equipment and boasts a transport fleet of over 100 vehicles and ancillary equipment. They currently employ in excess of 1,200 staff and have successfully completed over 200 contracts since the company’s inception. “Prospect is excited about the company moving the Arcadia Lithium project into the development and build phase. Since the updated off-take agreement was announcedon the 4th April 2018, the company is now in complete control of the design, build, commissioning and financing of the mine and concentrate plant.last_img read more

Strong reaction by Telekom Veszprem against Meshkov Brest

6.Meshkov Brest12327317:3458 2.Telekom Veszprem12714347:32515 5.Vive Kielce12435355:35111 STANDINGS: Telekom Vesprem’s players had strong reaction on defeat in Kiel which put under pressure whole team together with coach Ljubomir Vranjes. The Hungarian team beat Meshkov Brest 34:22 (20:11) in front of home fans.Telekom Veszprém – HC Meshkov Brest 34:22 (20:11) 8.Celje12219344:3775 ← Previous Story THW Kiel: Christian Zeitz suspended! Next Story → PSG Handball to quarter-finals after Coralles’ torture over Flensburg Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Ilic 8, Tonnesen 2, Gajic 6 (2), Nilsson 2, Nagy 5, Ugalde 4, Terzic, Blagotinsek 2, Sulic, Nenadic 2, Lékai 2, Ligetvári 1 4.Kiel11614281:28213 1.Paris SG121101367:32022 7.Aalborg11218292:3155 3.Flensburg-H.12633348:33615 HC Meshkov Brest: Pesic, Matskevich – Rutenka 2, Yashchanka 1, Yurynok 2, Poteko, Nikulenkau 2, Stojkovic 3 (1), Vukic 1, Prodanovic, Horak 1, Razgor 1, Selvasiuk 2 (1), Djordjic 2, Shylovich 2, Astrashapkin 3 read more

74 MK802 Android microPC beats Cotton Candy to the punch

first_imgA pair of inexpensive micro-PCs have generated quite a bit of buzz this year. The dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi started shipping in mid-April, but the FXI Cotton Candy has yet to make it out the door. The $200 Android PC-on-a-stick will also have some competition once it finally arrives: a very similar $74 AllWinner A10-based system has already popped up on online shopping sites.Meet the MK802, which (like the Cotton Candy) features an ARM processor, Android 4.0, and WiFi connectivity. It’s not quite as powerful, with a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 processor and 512MB memory compared to a dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip and 1GB. The MK802 does offer two USB ports — one full-sized and one micro — and it utilizes the same Mali 400 GPU as the Cotton Candy.One other difference is that the MK802 sports an HDMI port, not an HDMI plug. That means, of course, that you’ll still need a cable or a male-to-male plug to hook up to your HDTV or monitor. Really, though, that’s a reasonable trade-off when you consider that you can buy almost three MK802s for the same price as a single Cotton Candy.If you do decide to pick up the MK802, remember that you’ll have to rely on your own stash of APKs or a third-party marketplace like the Amazon Appstore, at least initially. With the ridiculously low price tag on this device, it’s a good bet that the Android developer community will jump on this solid little stick computer and hack in support for Google Play in the very near future.CNX Software, via Liliputinglast_img read more

The government wants to exempt itself from the EUs new hardcore data

first_img 56 Comments By Cianan Brennan Source: TJ McIntyre/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35,021 Views The government wants to exempt itself from the EU’s new hardcore data protection rules – but why? A new Data Protection Act has to be in place before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live in May – but the Irish state seems in no mood to align itself with Europe on the issue. The Irish Data Protection Bill is finally published. (https://t.co/qtbMhlPaSa) But some of it doesn’t look good. Quick thread.— TJ McIntyre (@tjmcintyre) February 1, 2018 Feb 18th 2018, 12:06 AM Share402 Tweet Email21 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, brandishing a giant PSC at an event in August 2016 Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieLikewise, responsibility for data protection has bounced back and forth between the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Justice (which has itself had a difficult time of it on the PR front in the last six years) in recent times, only settling as part of Justice’s brief once more upon Leo Varadkar’s ascension to the leadership of the country. A new department equals a new approach.Another train of thought is that the new bill is the work of officialdom which doesn’t much like the restrictions being put in place by the GDPR, and has instead drafted the law it thinks GDPR might have been.In the wake of the criticism the bill faced in its pre-legislative form, a slimmed-down version with less controversial overtones might be what you would expect the Department of Justice to have produced. That has not been the case – all the anomalies previously cited have made it through to the final bill intact.Of course the bill may not make it through the Dáil entirely in its current guise – the government doesn’t have a working majority, so much will depend on how the opposition, particularly Fianna Fáil, reacts to the bill’s more controversial provisions. But the timeframe is extremely tight to get this right. One way or the other Ireland needs to have legislation in place come 25 May.What are the pitfalls?In defying the EU, what risks are Ireland running? Quite a few.When GDPR comes into force, the vast majority of the EU states will be running entirely in compliance with the new regulation, with us as the exception. Anything that clashes with the new regime will bring uncertainty with it.At present, with so many social media giants like Facebook based in Ireland, all litigation regarding those massive companies is processed here. Defying GDPR means legal uncertainty. And that could (and probably will) see an explosion in data protection lawsuits here.The risk exists that Ireland will be a far less attractive prospect to multinationals due to the sheer lack of clarity regarding what is legal and what isn’t when it comes to the processing of data. Economically, flouting GDPR is a huge hazard, not least with the financial tornado that is Brexit looming, and one the government seems determined to brave. Section 136 of the Data Protection Bill 2018, which gives the Irish government immunity from the EU’s hefty GDPR fines Source: Oireachtas.ieFrom an Irish citizen’s point of view, the proposed bill creates substantial ‘wiggle room’ regarding whole swathes of the heightened privacy rights afforded by GDPR, those which the EU now deems to be fundamental human rights.So if we are to defy the new regulation, it seems far-fetched that the EU will take the snub lightly.With no clarity as to which takes precedence here, Irish or EU law, you can expect the courts to be busy.The possibility is also there that, in becoming the black sheep of the European privacy family, the stigma is one the country would struggle to bear. For, while data protection may not be the hottest of potatoes here, on mainland Europe (particularly in Germany, Austria, and France) it is the marquee issue, one treated with the utmost seriousness.A struggle to get this bill through the Oireachtas might just be the beginning of the government’s privacy problems.Read: Facebook is making privacy settings easier to find ahead of strict new EU lawRead: ‘We are trying to sound the alarm’ – committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bombcenter_img Why is this happening?So, why has the government chosen to approach such a modern-day issue as data protection in such a seemingly contrarian way? This is the first time data protection has been dealt with on an EU-wide level in generations remember. Given our wholesale dependence upon being in the union’s good books with Brexit in the offing, why is the state attempting to go it alone in the face of a regulation we should be beholden to?TheJournal.ie queried the Department of Justice as to the thinking behind the exemptions included in the bill, the immunity from fines in particular, and as to whether the minister is aware of the criticism of the bill stemming from the ranks of the data protection and privacy professions.“This legislation is being introduced by the Government and there is a clear obligation on State bodies to abide by the law,” a spokesperson for the department said in response.The Data Protection Bill 2018 gives further effect to GDPR in a limited number of areas in which flexibility is permitted.  Article 83 of the GDPR sets out that it is a matter for member states to decide on whether administrative fines should be imposed on public authorities and bodies (this is indeed the case – Article 83 states that “each member state may lay down the rules on whether and to what extent administrative fines may be imposed on public authorities and bodies established in that member state”).“There is a distinction to be drawn between public and private sectors – unlike its impact on a private company, a fine on a public sector body may have the effect of reducing the funds available to it to carry out its statutory functions for the public,” they added.It has been suggested that the government perhaps doesn’t feel that Ireland is adequately prepared for GDPR, and wishes to immunise itself from the massive fines that could entail, ie if fines eat up a department’s budget the money won’t be there to fix the issues that caused the fine in the first place.With controversial state schemes like the Public Services Card in place, the legislative and lawful basis of which has been called repeatedly into question, the state may be feeling particularly vulnerable to the hefty fines that GDPR brings with it. Related Reads Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieHere are some other things the bill would make law should it be voted through the Oireachtas:As mentioned above, section 136 of the bill stipulates that the European Commission can only impose a fine on an Irish state body for breaching GDPR where that body is in competition with a private enterpriseSection 54 seeks to restrict the data rights of individuals regarding GDPR when the state deems that things like cabinet confidentiality (and many, many others) are at stakeLikewise mitigating circumstances are cited throughout the document for reasons why the state can process a person’s data contrary to GDPR where the ‘public interest’ is in questionThe new Data Protection Commission would have the discretionary option to not investigate a complaint made to it, should it deem such a course of action appropriateConstitutional Irish law can supersede EU law with regard to processing a citizen’s data (ie, make what the EU says is illegal, legal)The existing 30-year-old Data Protection Act isn’t entirely repealed, but still remains law for issues like national securitySuch instances running seemingly contrary to the essence of GDPR are ten-a-penny throughout the bill.ReactionAny prospective legislation is necessarily dense and doesn’t make for light reading – nevertheless Irish data protection experts have been universal in their condemnation of the bill as it stands.Intellectual property solicitor and data protection expert Fred Logue says the documnt in its current guise “has the potential to kill data protection enforcement in Ireland and will take years of litigation to fix”.The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says that the bill “impacts fundamental human rights, and on first reading gives rise to serious concerns across a broad range of privacy rights issues”.The ICCL believes that proper analysis and consideration of these issues is required and we are concerned at the apparent haste with which the Government is pushing through important legislation in a highly sensitive area.Independent Senator Alice Mary Higgins has tabled over 30 amendments to the new bill, which she describes as being “less interested in effective implementation of GDPR than in limiting its impact”.“The bill proposes a number of wide, often vague, exemptions which allow the State and public bodies to override an individual’s right to privacy and data protection and, outrageously, it also seeks to exempt public bodies from fines when they break the rules. No financial consequences is a recipe for disaster,” she said.Issues of data protection touch so many areas of our lives that it is vital we get this legislation right. That’s why I’ll be fighting for those amendments as this bill continues through the Seanad.Meanwhile, perhaps most damningly, leading Irish law firm McCann Fitzgerald (like most large corporate entities, a company not overly accustomed to delivering stinging rebukes in public) summarised the newly-published bill with the phrase “further work to be done”:Considering that the application dates of the GDPR and the Law Enforcement Data Protection Directive are less than four months away and that the draft bill is overdue, many organisations will be disappointed that what has been published is not closer to a version that could be finalised. 08.02.18 Calls for public bodies not to be exempt from fines after details about 18 patients found on street Short URL Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioIN A LITTLE over three months’ time, on 25 May, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force – and it’s set to shake the privacy status quo in Europe to its foundations.You’ve probably heard of GDPR – it first came into being nearly two years ago for starters. That meant that businesses throughout the EU had two years to update their data protection procedures and laws to fall in line with the new regulation.As you might imagine, the new regulation has been causing substantial stress for companies across the union, especially those dealing in wholesale recording of personal data as a matter of routine.And as you might also expect, the government of each EU nation has to fall in line with what’s coming. GDPR is an EU regulation, not a directive. It’s not a request, and it’s not a guideline. It’s mandatory.What does it mean? Well, fundamentally it means a unified, modern-day (the previous EU legislation, from 1995, on the subject predates the internet as we know it) approach to data across the union – a fit-for-purpose data protection regulation for the online age. In practice, it means that companies, including those based outside the EU but processing personal data from within) will have to be exceptionally careful with how they collect and share a person’s data. It also means that the individual will have vastly strengthened rights regarding how their personal data is requested and used.The punishment for those companies in breach of GDPR post-25 May? A maximum fine of €20 million or up to 4% of their turnover for the previous year, whichever is higher. Ouch.So why is the Irish government currently sprinting through the legislative process in order to have a new data protection act in place come May? More importantly, why is so much of what’s being suggested for the Irish act apparently at odds with the EU regulation it is supposed to give effect to? Those eye-watering fines mentioned above for example? If the government has its way it won’t be paying them – it wants to make itself exempt from any penalties for breaching GDPR. Source: Oireachtas.ieAll of which begs the question: why is the Irish state trying to get away with non-compliance with one of the most anticipated EU regulations of modern times when the public at large has no say in the matter?The Irish billThe first question is easily answered – a new data protection act has to be put in place by GDPR’s go-live date to bring Irish law in line with its EU superior.The freshly published data protection bill spent a deal of time being kicked around Oireachtas committees in its pre-legislative format. Most Irish data protection experts consistently cited its compatibility issues regarding GDPR at that stage, with the Data Protection Commissioner herself Helen Dixon suggesting a lack of comfort with the idea of state bodies being rendered exempt from those hefty GDPR fines within Irish law. Nevertheless, that proviso is still contained in the proposed document.Now the would-be legislation has been officially brought before the Oireachtas in the form of a 132-page bill, with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan introducing it to the Seanad on 30 January. “In a nutshell, this legislation will introduce stronger rules on data protection,” the minister said by way of introduction.Scarcely two weeks later the bill is firmly ensconced in the Seanad’s committee stage of deliberation. Whirlwind stuff, but then there is a rather pressing deadline. At present 92 amendments have been proposed to it as things stand. Only one has been voted upon.Some of the marquee things it seeks to bring about you may already have heard of – a reduction of the digital age of consent from 16 to 13 (something that has caused no end of controversy itself, but is within the discretionary limits allowed for by GDPR), and the abolition of the current role of Data Protection Commissioner in favour of a new Data Protection Commission, with up to three commissioners in place, to handle a heavier workload. 08.02.18 ‘We are trying to sound the alarm’ – committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb http://jrnl.ie/3853647 last_img read more

Joseph Major Bacote Teacher State Employee 72

first_imgA memorial service for Joseph Major Bacote Jr., was held Sept. 16 at Morgan State University’s Memorial Chapel. He died Aug. 28, just prior to his 73rd birthday.Joseph Major Bacote Jr. (Courtesy Photo)Bacote was on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1944 in Baltimore to Joseph Major Sr. and Sara Bacote.  He attended Baltimore City College High School for two years, before graduating from Forest Park High School in 1963. He entered the U.S. Army and served from 1963-1969 in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper serving in Vietnam.After his military service Bacote utilized the GI Bill to attend Morgan State College (now University) obtaining a BS in Biology and an MA in Mathematics. He also pledged Omega Psi Phi’s graduate chapter.Bacote taught at several area public schools and was vice principal at Lake Clifton High School. He also coached baseball, basketball and football at Southwestern High School, where his football team won the citywide championship in 1981. Bacote also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and the MVA where he retired in February 2015.Bacote is survived by: his wife Doroli; three sons, Kenneth, Justin and Joseph Bacote, III; four stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.last_img read more

Comcast to Launch Amazon Prime Video on Xfinity TV in 2018

first_imgComcast and Amazon reached a deal to bring Prime Video to the cable company’s Xfinity X1 service — the first time Amazon’s premium streaming-video service will be available on a U.S. pay-TV service.Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The pact also makes Comcast to only pay-TV operator in the U.S. to offer Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube integrated into a set-top box environment.Comcast said it expects to launch the Amazon Prime Video app on X1 later this year. Customers will have to have a separate Amazon Prime membership to access the video service on X1. As of the end of June, X1 has been deployed to over 60% of Comcast’s 21.5 million residential video customers.With the Prime Video integration, Xfinity TV customers will be able watch Amazon Studios originals like “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (pictured above), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Sneaky Pete” and “Goliath” as well as live events and TV, titles available to rent or buy, or to watch with a Prime Video Channels subscription. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img For Comcast, the Amazon deal is a continuation of its strategy to be the single video-entertainment hub in the home — to keep cable customers in its guide, so they don’t have to switch over to a Roku or Apple TV streaming device.“Amazon Prime Video’s growing list of originals, movies, shows, documentaries, and kids’ programming will be an excellent complement to the overall X1 viewing experience,” Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of consumer services, said in a statement.Amazon Prime Video also offers past seasons of TV shows including “Mr. Robot,” “American Horror Story,” “Suits,” “The Americans,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Dawson’s Creek.”On an a la carte basis, Amazon also offers Prime members the option to subscribe to over video channels, including Showtime and Starz. Xfinity TV customers can launch Prime Video by saying “Amazon Prime Video” into Comcast’s X1 Voice Remote or by opening the Prime Video app directly from the X1 apps menu.last_img read more

Samsung Breakthrough Will Lead to 100Watt Fast Charging Phones

first_img Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Stay on target Today’s Quick Charge adapters will add hours of usage time to your phone in just a few minutes. Now Samsung is showing off a rapid charging solution that can juice devices up even faster.It’s not the sexiest product reveal from this year’s Computex show, but it’s certainly one of the most exciting. Samsung’s new charging tech will be able to deliver up to 100W — 20V at 5A. That’s more in line with a charger for a big, power-hungry laptop than the phone chargers we’re using today.The chips that make it all possible — the SE8A and MM1010 — do more than just enable rapid recharging. Samsung has built in a secure element to make sure that you’re not unwittingly exposing your data just because you plug in to a charger.AdChoices广告You’re probably aware that hackers have used modified USB chargers to steal data from unsuspecting users in public places like coffee shops. Samsung’s chips keep the charging process secure. If the charge controller in the phone isn’t able to authenticate the charger it connects to, data channels on the USB cable are shut down. The MM101 has added support for AES encryption for an added layer of data defense.Making charging faster and safer and also enabling new services that can enrich tomorrow’s mobile experiences with new power delivery controllers, SE8A and MM101 #PDControllerhttps://t.co/q9fxm91hGZ— Samsung Electronics (@Samsung) May 28, 2019Samsung has also built in moisture detection and over-voltage protection to keep the charging process as safe as possible.The SE8A is already being mass-produced according to Samsung. That means you may see it appearing in phones before the end of the year. One good possibility is the Galaxy Note 10, which will likely be revealed in just a couple more months.Don’t be surprised if Samsung’s chips start popping up in other gadgets. With the ability to supply 100W and prevent data leakage, they’re a perfect fit for laptops and tablets. They could easily handle most desktop computers and monitors, too. Drones, cameras, scooters… just about anything with a battery could benefit from Samsung’s smarter, faster charging system.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10 Is a Powerful Premier Android PhoneThe Samsung Galaxy A80 Has a Camera That Does BackflipsWatch: Robots Fold Samsung Galaxy Fold Phone 200,000 Times in Durability Testlast_img read more

The Mystery Woman Whose Tragic Story Saves Lives

first_imgThe river Seine is an intriguing combination of romanticism and the macabre. It’s located in Paris, one of the most lovestruck cities in the world, yet it also carries a reputation for dredging up corpses. Establishing what happened to someone who perished in the water can be a tricky business. It isn’t the most dignified way to make an exit. Yet for one beautiful young woman, her demise formed the basis of a romanticized industry which ironically ended on a life-saving note.The Unknown Woman of the Seine, or L’Inconnue de la Seine, is believed to have died “sometime in the 1870s or 1880s”, according to a 2009 Mental Floss article.L’Inconnue de la SeineShe appears to have been treated in the same fashion as any body dragged out of the murky depths. The disturbingly matter-of-fact routine was to publicly display the corpse on one of 12 black slabs in a mortuary window. This served a practical purpose of course, as it was hoped someone might put a name to a water-logged face.However, there was a grotesque side to proceedings, with crowds getting a thrill from seeing who was on the slab that week. It was in the context of morbid entertainment that the legend of the Unknown Woman was born. A “death mask” or plaster cast was made, supposedly because the pathologist was taken with her visage.Two men in the process of making a death mask“She has a pleasant, attractive face, with the hint of a smile playing on her lips,” BBC Magazine wrote in 2013. “Her eyes are closed but they look as if they might spring open at any moment. Hers is the one mask that has no name.”This enigmatic nature has led to her being alternately described as the “Mona Lisa of the Seine”. And like Da Vinci’s mystery woman, her identity has been mulled over for centuries. Copies of the sentimentalized mask were circulated in high society and beyond. The enchanting face hung from every wall.Like the Mona Lisa, Da Vinci’s mystery woman, her identity has been mulled over for centuriesSome observations about her border on the absurd. In 2007 The Guardian noted “The French philosopher and literary theorist Maurice Blanchot, who had the mask in the main room of his house on the Côte d’Azur, felt she must have died ‘in a moment of extreme happiness’.” Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov and Man Ray were just some of the illustrious names bewitched by her heavily-fictionalized spell.1899 novella The Worshipper Of The Image was inspired by the L’Inconnue de la Seine and took the story into a literary dimension. Written by English author and poet Richard Le Gallienne, it tells the tale of “a young poet” who “shuts himself away with the mask in an isolated cottage in the woods. He has heard that the man who made the mask fell so much in love with the dead woman that he drowned himself in the Seine.”Richard Le GallienneA similar fate awaits the foolhardy romantic, who loses his mind and his family in the ensuing tragedy. “All he wants is for the mask to open its eyes, but when it does a moth emerges from her mouth with the face of death between its wings.” For Le Gallienne, the beautiful mask concealed a horrifying nightmare.The plaster was originally thought to have been cast at the Lorenzi workshop, whose descendants continue the craft today. Its location was described as “a small haven of peace and antiquity in the busy Parisian suburb of Arcueil” by BBC Magazine. The article adds that “it’s the last of its kind.”As for what kind of person the Unknown Woman was, no-one knows for sure. Though there is a consensus that she isn’t what she appears. “Look at her full, rounded cheeks, her smooth skin,” commented Lorenzi descendant Claire Forestier to The Guardian, “this is certainly not a drowned woman, fished from the water. It would be impossible to take such a perfect face from a dead woman.”Quai du Louvre by Claude Monet, c.1867. The place where the Unknown Woman is said to have been pulled from the Seine.The BBC remarks that “Even suicides fight for life at the last moment and their faces betray that struggle… the process of decomposition starts much more quickly in water too.” So it’s safe to assume that no matter how attractive the victim, a period in the Seine would have had a noticeable effect on their looks.Whether those fished from the Parisian depths are innocent or otherwise, interest in them is always high. The Guardian writes that the river police “inspire fascination… and often appear on television discussing their work. Last year, 50 corpses were retrieved from the Seine’s murky water… Around 90 people attempt suicide in the river each year; roughly 70 are saved.”It seems this Mona Lisa-like case is a something of a one off, albeit giving rise to a welter of stories which present her as everything from a wide-eyed country girl to a variation on Shakespeare’s Ophelia.‘Rescue Annie’. Photo by Gun Hjortryd – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0But there is one way she lives on that brings hope amongst the rose-tinted misery. The death mask has breathed life into various individuals, or rather had life breathed into her. This is due to CPR — CardioPulmonary Resuscitation. In this incarnation she even has her own brand name: Resusci Anne.This is “the world’s most famous life-sized doll, and also the most kissed woman in the world.” Such a bizarre accolade has been earned alongside a strong track record in saving lives. “More than 300 million people have embraced her lifelike form to learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” since her creation in the 1960s.The doll was the work of Asmund Laerdal, a toymaker from Norway who had previously revived his young son and was given the job of making something that could be used to train people in CPR. As BBC Magazine writes, he felt “that a female doll would seem less threatening to trainees” and recalled “a mask on the wall of his grandparents’ house many years earlier.”Read another story from us: The story behind London’s “Time-Traveling” TombThe reasons behind the Unknown Woman’s fate will probably never be known. Some speculate her serene quality was provided by a living model, meaning the whole thing was an elaborate deception. Even so, she has taken on a life of her own. And while there has been a lot of money made at her expense, she also became a positive symbol for those in need of help in the direst of circumstances.last_img read more

How to configure Recommended Troubleshooting on Windows 10

first_imgHow to configure Recommended Troubleshooting on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on July 20, 2019 in Windows – 4 commentsRecommended Troubleshooting is a new feature of Windows 10 version 1903 designed to fix certain issues on the device automatically when they are detected.Troubleshooting assistance is not a new feature of the Windows operating system. Microsoft started to release so-called Fix It solutions a long time ago; first as standalone tools distributed ion the Microsoft website and a special Fix-It Center site that admins had to download and run, later on by integrating certain tools natively in the operating system.Fix-It solutions are no longer maintained as standalone programs but some solutions are available natively in the Windows 10 operating system.Recommended TroubleshootingThe May 2019 Update for Windows 10 introduced a new feature called Recommended Troubleshooting designed to fix issues automatically. The feature depends on diagnostic data and you will get better results — read more attempts to fix issues — if the diagnostic data is set to Full. Whether that is worth is debatable.Microsoft automatically fixes certain critical problems on your device to keep it running smoothly. We may also recommend troubleshooting for other problems we think will improve your experience.How much do you want Microsoft to help when we find other issues on your device that we might be able to fix?Recommended troubleshooting does not give full control over the automatic fixes. The way I read it is that Windows 10 will troubleshoot certain critical issues automatically regardless of the state of the recommended troubleshooting feature.Administrators may change the default action for other non-critical troubleshooting issues only. Here is how you do that:Use Windows-I to open the Settings application or select Start > Settings.Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.The default recommended troubleshooting state is set to “ask me before fixing problems”.You can change it to “fix problems for me without asking” or “tell me when problems get fixed”.Here is what each of the states means:Ask me before fixing problem — Windows 10 prompts the user before it attempts to fix any issue.Fix problems for me without asking — Windows 10 attempts to fix any issue automatically without notifying the user or getting the user’s okay.Tell me when problems get fixed — Windows 10 attempts to fix any issue automatically but tells the user about it.Windows 10 may also list recommendations on the Troubleshoot page in the May 2019 Update.Tip: you find the included troubleshooting tools by clicking on “Troubleshoot other problems”. The tools that were available in Windows 10 version 1809 and previous versions of Windows are still available there. You may also access the troubleshooting history from the very same page to look up previous troubleshooting activity on the device.Closing WordsIt is still possible to run troubleshooters manually and these work just as before. My experience with Fix-It / Troubleshoot tools is mixed as they could not resolve major issues that I faced in the past on numerous devices. While they may work to address very basic and common issues, they are not universal tools that fix any problem that you may run into.It may be a good idea to use them to see if they resolve an experienced issue as it is quick and of no consequence provided that you configure these tools to inform you about detected issues so that you may give your okay to have them fixed.Now You: What is your take on Fix-It and Troubleshooting tools built-into Windows?SummaryArticle NameHow to configure Recommended Troubleshooting on Windows 10DescriptionRecommended Troubleshooting is a new feature of Windows 10 version 1903 designed to fix certain issues on the device automatically when they are detected.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Globus announces new Italy offerings winter escapes program to Europe

first_img TORONTO — There’s nothing like a family-style feast to bring people together and get them talking about travel, which was exactly what Globus family of brands was hoping for at its latest industry luncheon.Taking place at La Veranda Osteria Ristorante in Toronto, the lunch included all of Italy’s classic dishes to highlight the many Italian cities the company’s brands (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon) will travel to next year. Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director of Globus, said that in 2018, the company is putting much of its focus on Italy, “one of our primary destinations”.As such, there will be a sweeping array of options for clients to choose from, including 15 itineraries with Globus, 11 with Cosmos, as well as City Getaways and countless combinations ranging from four to 16 days with Monograms. Moreover, both Globus and Cosmos are offering 10% off tours for children ages 8-17, while Monograms is offering the same discount for kids 2-17 (children under two are free of charge).Bishop also highlighted the “three ways of touring in Italy” that’s available to clients through its brands. While coach touring is available with both premium brand Globus and cost-effective brand Cosmos, Monograms offers packaged tours for independent travellers, by which clients can tour on their own while having all the logistics like accommodation and transport taken care of.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesBishop, who’s taken several Monograms trips with her husband, admitted to preferring this more flexible touring style over the company’s other brands. She noted several of Monograms’ selling points, including meet-and-greet service, central hotels, half-day sightseeing in each city and first-class rail between cities. “A Monograms escort will even take you to train stations to make sure you don’t get on the wrong train,” she said.Special guest Marco Sorbara, executive director, Europe for Globus family of brands, noted another major advantage to booking with Monograms. Next year, clients can choose from what he calls “the big 5” cities – Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris and London – and select how many nights they want to stay in each (minimum two-night stay in each). “They can choose any or all of the five cities,” he said, also noting that there will be more cities added to the program in 2019.Also new in 2018 is Cosmos’ eight-day ‘Apulia: The Heel of Italy’ tour, and eight-day ‘Gourmet Tuscany’, which uses Montecatini as a homebase from which to travel to neighbouring towns like Lucca and Greve. In addition, Globus has added a new component to its ‘Highlights of Sicily and Southern Italy’ tour: an exclusive visit to the town of Castel Gandolfo. Globus is the only tour operator to gain access to the small town, which had been previously closed to tourists until 2016.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Although next summer will be a busy one indeed for all of Globus’ brands, the company is pushing for travel in the off-season, which Sorbara said is an ideal time to visit Europe. As a result, ‘Escapes by Globus’ has just been launched, featuring winter escapes from November to March at prices 40% cheaper than summer offerings. “It is the exact same product, just a lot cheaper,” said Sorbara, “with the same hotels, same inclusions, and no single supplement.” The first departures of ‘Escapes by Globus’ left two weeks ago.For more information on ‘Escapes by Globus’, go to globusjourneys.ca/Vacation-Packages/Escapes.To learn more about Italy offerings, go to globusjourneys.ca/user/e-brochures/Undiscovered-Italy. Posted by Share Monday, November 27, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Avalon Waterways, Britain & Europe, Cosmos, Globus, Italy, Monograms Globus announces new Italy offerings & winter escapes program to Europe << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Memories Trinidad Del Mar Cuba completes first phase of renos

first_imgBlue Diamond Resorts took over the property management last December 2018 and have already made significant improvements to the property, including room renovations and an exclusive vacation experience featuring an upgrade to Diamond Club. This premium level of service features exclusive à la carte restaurants and bar areas as well as a pool and beach areas for the sole use of Diamond Club Guests. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 3, 2019 Travelweek Group TRINIDAD, CUBA — The newly branded Memories Trinidad Del Mar, Cuba has completed phase one of its extensive renovation project.Enhancements have been made to the lobby, restaurants, rooms, pool and beach area and meeting/banquet spaces, while three new culinary experiences that focus on Cuba, Italian and Asian cuisine have been added.Forget musical chairs. We’re all about blue-sical chairs at #MemoriesTrinidadDelMar pic.twitter.com/bUpOT9hAZA— Memories Resorts (@MemoriesResorts) May 27, 2019The new design incorporates all of Memories Resorts’ amenities and services offered throughout the Caribbean. Sharecenter_img Memories Trinidad Del Mar offers 241 spacious suites that come with spacious balconies, plasma TVs, mini bar with premium drinks, coffee maker, ironers and plank tables. Guests also enjoy lively entertainment, yet another Memories signature addition to the hotel. Memories Trinidad Del Mar, Cuba completes first phase of renos Tags: Trinidad and Tobago Posted bylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • QuarterbackThis one goes without saying. For starters, with Carson Palmer’s retirement, the Cardinals do not have a quarterback currently under contract for next season. Matt Barkley, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton are all unrestricted free agents. And of course, if any team hopes to be successful in this game, solid quarterback play is a must. No other position is more important.• Offensive LineWhoever the quarterback is in 2018, they’ll have to be protected. An argument can be made for a complete overhaul of the offensive line. That’s probably unrealistic, though. All five starters — left tackle D.J. Humphries, left guard Mike Iupati, center A.Q. Shipley, right guard Evan Boehm and right tackle Jared Veldheer — are under contract for next season. The problem there is two-fold: 1) they played together as a unit for only one game (Week 1) and 2) Iupati and Veldheer are due to make a lot of money, meaning a pay cut or pink slip may be in their futures.• Wide ReceiverIn 2017, this was the most disappointing group of players, with one exception of course. What was once thought of as a position of strength became a position of weakness. And whether or not Larry Fitzgerald returns in 2018, the Cardinals must make wide receiver a high priority. J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams are the only other pass catchers under contract for next season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Once a head coach is hired, the Arizona Cardinals will focus on their next major task: The roster.Free agency begins in March and the draft is in late April. There’s also the possibility—and perhaps a very likely possibility—of acquiring players via trade.By whichever means the Cardinals go about assembling 90 players, there are a handful of position groups that need more attention than the others.Here are the Top 5: (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)center_img • CornerbackIt wouldn’t be an offseason if the Cardinals weren’t seeking a cornerback to play opposite Patrick Peterson. Tramon Williams was the answer during the second half of 2017, and he would be the preferred answer next season. Just one problem: Williams is an unrestricted free agent. That leaves an unproven talent (Brandon Williams) and an unknown talent (Ronald Zamort) as current options.• Defensive LineThere is good depth at defensive line. Rodney Gunter, Josh Mauro, Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters and Olsen Pierre will all be back. The returns of Frostee Rucker (unrestricted free agent) and Xavier Williams (restricted) are less certain, however. Regardless, the hole Calais Campbell left with his departure to Jacksonville a year ago has yet to be filled, meaning the position remains on the Cardinals’ to-do list. 4 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more