Premier Darrell Dexter today, May 4, offered condolences to the family and friends of Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, who was killed by a roadside bomb near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Mr. Blake, 37, a native of Simcoe, Ont., was a member of the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic stationed at CFB Shearwater. He was returning to camp Monday after successfully disposing of an improvised explosive device, when he was killed. “My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Blake’s wife, his two children, and everyone who had the honour of knowing him,” said Premier Dexter. “Mr. Blake gave his life to help others, and that will not be forgotten. “On this, the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Nova Scotians, and all Canadians, will honour Mr. Blake’s courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.” Flags at all government buildings will be lowered to half-mast today in Mr. Blake’s honour.
OTTAWA – Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger was never told about allegations that a senior staffer had acted inappropriately towards a job applicant because he had already left Ottawa and returned to the private sector, her spokesman said Monday.“I find these behaviours entirely unacceptable,” Chagger, the minister for small business and tourism, said in response to questions about allegations that Vahid Vidah, her former policy adviser, had made sexually suggestive remarks to a young woman applying for a job.“They are not tolerated — not in my office, not in the government,” said Chagger, who is also the government House leader.“So, when I was made aware of this, it was last week, and our office is definitely looking at finding out why I didn’t know sooner.”HuffPost Canada published a piece written by Myriam Denis, who alleges Vidah reached out to her about a job in May 2016 and then made sexual comments during their meetings, after which she came to realize he lacked the authority to interview her.After she was turned down for the position following a formal interview process, Denis wrote that she informed Rachel Bendayan, who was then chief of staff to Chagger, about her experience with Vidah.Bendayan thanked her for bringing the matter to her attention, confirmed she had not asked Vidah to reach out to her, called the encounter inappropriate and noted he was no longer working there, Denis wrote.Jonathan Dignan, director of communications to Chagger, said Bendayan did not share what Denis had told her because Vidah had already left.“The person had left Ottawa, returned to the private sector, was on his way out of the office at the time,” Dignan said Monday.Bendayan, who is currently on parental leave, emailed a statement late Monday night, confirming that Vidah no longer worked for the government at that time and that she had no contact with him.“I have had my own experience of inappropriate advances in the corporate world, and regret that this practice continues to haunt us in all sectors of society. It is through speaking out that we will and are bringing about change,” she wrote.“I’m glad there is now a formal process and team in place within government to address these issues,” she wrote.Vidah did not respond to a request for comment by The Canadian Press Monday.However, he told HuffPost Canada that while he might have mentioned his romantic life to Denis, he did not make any sexual advances, and that he nonetheless “sincerely regrets” anything that made her feel uncomfortable.Asked whether Chagger’s office would be looking further into why Bendayan did not take further action, such as by alerting Chagger, Dignan said they would be focusing instead on ongoing efforts to improve how harassment is dealt with on Parliament Hill.“When it comes to these kind of things, I think it makes sense to take a holistic kind of approach,” said Dignan. “I think lessons that can be learned across the board.”Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office has set up a small team to handle harassment complaints from political staffers working for cabinet ministers.Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said the two senior aides on the team respond to questions and complaints from ministerial staffers — including those in the PMO — regarding sexual harassment and other inappropriate workplace behaviour.“This was set up to deal exactly, precisely, with those kinds of things in a clear, safe and respectful way,” Catenaro said.The Harassment Resolution and Investigation Office, which was set up last October, can also arrange for an independent investigation into allegations.The office is being led by Brett Thalmann, who Catenaro said is responsible for human resources in the PMO, along with Sabina Saini, deputy director of policy.Catenaro said the PMO is currently working to add the procedure to the official policy for political staff, which currently does not address harassment.News of the office came to light after HuffPost Canada published the allegations by Denis, who also alleges she was contacted by Claude-Eric Gagne —then a senior official in the PMO — with a flirtatious message months after he had interviewed her for a job she did not get.Gagne resigned last week after being the subject of a since-concluded third-party investigation into other allegations, which he denies.According to HuffPost Canada, Denis said after she had shared details on social media, Thalmann reached out to ask her about the incident and said he could refer her to the third-party investigator.Catenaro said he was doing so in his capacity as the head of the new office.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
BEIJING — China’s former deputy intelligence chief has been sentenced to life in prison for corruption.A court in the northeastern port city of Dalian announced Thursday that Ma Jian has been found guilty of crimes including accepting bribes and insider trading.He was ordered to pay more than 50 million yuan ($7.26 million) in penalties.The court said Ma used his political power to aid the business operations of Guo Wengui, a real estate billionaire wanted by Chinese authorities.The New York-based Guo has published a slew of online videos in which he makes sensational allegations of corruption in the upper echelons of China’s ruling Communist Party.The court said Ma also obtained insider information about securities shares that his relatives later purchased.The Associated Press
Fez – Saudi King Salmane ben Abdelaziz received the Vice President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa, two weeks ago at his residence in Tangier. On Saturday, he also received the Emir of Qatar,Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.The Saudi King met the Qatari Emir to discuss multiple international and common interest issues to strengthen the bonds between the two countries.The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques hosted dinner at the honor of the Qatari Emir in the presence of many princes and ministers, including Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Second Deputy Prime Minister and the youngest Defense Minister in the world. On July 31st, the Saudi King met Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, at his Tangier residence to discuss the Middle East and attend a banquet hosted by the Saudi King.The Saudi King also met Omer al Bashir, the President of Sudan, as a positive sign of re-establishing relations between the two countries after they had been deteriorating for years due to Sudan’s close ties with Iran and the appearance of Iranian warships in Port Sudan.The Saudi King is in a private visit to Morocco since July 14. He is due to celebrate his son’s wedding in Tangier.
by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2016 2:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Germany’s Merkel ‘not happy’ Pacific trade pact in danger BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she’s not happy about the possible demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which President-elect Donald Trump wants to pull the U.S. out of. She argued that alternative pacts will be a poor substitute.Merkel didn’t mention Trump directly in a speech to the German Parliament in which she called for nations to take a multilateral approach to solving global problems, but made plain her unease at his approach to major trade pacts.“I will tell you honestly: I am not happy that the trans-Pacific agreement now will probably not become reality,” she said.“I don’t know who will benefit from that — I want to hold back with forecasts,” she added.“I know only one thing: there will be other trade agreements, and they won’t have the standards that this agreement and the hoped-for TTIP agreement have. This has to do with jobs under globalization with fair competitive conditions, with shaping globalization in a humane way. “She was referring to the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S. and the European Union. With Trump coming into office, EU officials are all but certain that TTIP — which also faces opposition in parts of Europe, including Germany — will have to be renegotiated, if any life remains in the project at all.Trump has described the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as a “potential disaster for our country.” He has also said he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.The TPP’s possible demise could give a boost to alternative initiatives including one promoted by China in which the United States is not taking part.Merkel made a wider plea for sticking to a multilateral approach in complicated times.“There are two possibilities for reacting to this,” she said. “Either I pull back to myself and my country, I shut myself off, I try to find simple answers to what seems so complicated; or we advocate strengthening our values which we consider right and important not just at home, but try to put them out into the world together with our European partners, together with the United States, together with allies across the world.”“I say that we should seek common ground, count on multilateralism and working together with others to shape globalization,” Merkel said.The chancellor, who announced on Sunday that she will seek a fourth term in Germany’s election next year, also said the impact of the internet on media shouldn’t be underestimated, noting that “today fake sites, bots and trolls can warp opinion” and that websites’ algorithms can amplify opinions.“We have to learn to deal with this,” she said. The phenomenon could be “an interesting question” for Parliament, she added, praising her ministers’ efforts to combat online hate speech.
“As millions of children inside Syria and across the region witness their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict, the risk of them becoming a lost generation grows every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.Syria has been wracked by violence since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Up to 70,000 people have died, more than 1 million have fled to neighbouring countries, and 2 million have been internally displaced. UNICEF estimates that 2 million children have been affected across the region. In its report, UNICEF stressed children are suffering the trauma of seeing family members and friends killed, while being terrified by the sounds and scenes of conflict.Lack of access to basic services has resulted in increased skin and respiratory diseases and, in areas where the fighting is most intense, one in five schools have been destroyed or damaged. In Aleppo, for example, only 6 per cent of children are currently attending school. Hospitals and health centres have also been wrecked and their staff have fled, the agency said.“We urge all parties to allow unhindered access to children affected by the violence – wherever they are,” said Mr. Lake. “We can only meet the growing needs of this crisis if we get the help we need today.”Since the start of the crisis, UNICEF and its partners have focused on providing drinking water and sanitation, health, education and child protection services to displaced families inside Syria and in its neighbouring countries, where many have fled.As a result, 4 million people inside the country now have access to safe drinking water, while mobile health teams have helped take measles and polio vaccinations to 1.5 million children. In addition, some 75,000 affected children are enrolled in school clubs where they can catch up on their lost education.In Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, UNICEF is assisting more than 300,000 refugee children with services such as safe water, adequate sanitation, education, specialist care and protection from exploitation and abuse.However, UNICEF said its efforts are threatened by a critical lack of funds. In December, the agency appealed for $195 million to provide life-saving assistance for Syrian children and their families until June 2013. To date, the appeal is less than 20 per cent funded.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNeil McKenzie named Bangladesh batting consultant …will join squad during Windies seriesJuly 20, 2018In “latest news”Unchanged Windies Test squad for Tour of ZimbabweOctober 3, 2017In “latest news”Alfonso Thomas named West Indies bowling coachFebruary 21, 2018In “Sports” Ryan MaronCricket West Indies (CWI) today announced Ryan Maron as the new assistant coach with special responsibilities for fielding for the Windies team. The 42-year-old replaces Andre Coley, who was recently named as Head Coach for the Windward Islands Volcanoes.Maron, who played professionally for Western Province in South Africa, previously worked with the Dolphins franchise in South Africa and the Afghanistan men’s team as a fielding specialist.Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket, welcomed the new coach to the team management unit.“We are pleased to have Ryan join us. He has a vast knowledge of the game and has done some very good work. As we prepare for the upcoming Wisden Trophy Test Series in England and I am sure he will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”Maron joins Roddy Estwick and Toby Radford as the assistant coaches on the staff, headed by Stuart Law.Maron said “This is a massive privilege to be involved in West Indies cricket and I’m delighted to join the Windies coaching staff. I have followed West Indies cricket over the years as a kid and then as a player and a coach and I’m just happy to be offered this opportunity to make a contribution as a coach.”He added “The game in the West Indies has a great history and here in this group we have a young bunch of cricketers who will perform well. I’m also looking forward to working with the ODI and T20 sides as we look to climb back up the ladder in world cricket.”
Heavy duty brake manufacturer Twiflex, part of the global Altra industrial clutch, brake and couplings group, has moved to new manufacturing premises in Bedford, England. Altra has made a significant investment in new machine tools, planning, training and logistics to achieve a much larger and more flexible manufacturing facility that can accommodate the full range of Twiflex products, plus a wide range of clutches and brakes from allied Altra brands Wichita and Stieber. Twiflex has moved its manufacturing base from Twickenham in Greater London to Bedford in the East Midlands providing better access to road and airfreight routes. The Bedford site is also owned by Altra, as opposed to the previous Twickenham which was leased. Twiflex has also opened a state-of-the-art sales, administration and technical support centre in Twickenham, retaining the original contact telephone numbers and staff.The merits of such a move had been discussed for over three years; however, an extremely busy production period had prevented the move being practical before now. However, in 2009 the relative lull in sales orders presented the ideal opportunity to revisit these discussions and following a TUPE negotiation the manufacturing functions were transferred from Twickenham to Bedford in 2010.Jonathan Cooksley Sales Director: “We were extremely fortunate to get the timing right for this move, order levels have bounced back significantly in 2010, growing by over 23% just as we completed the manufacturing changeover. The new multi-axis combination CNC machines have been integrated into an extremely efficient lean manufacturing process, based around multi-disciplinary manufacturing cells that now provide the engineering capacity to match the increase in production demand.”Close to 80% of Twiflex sales are exported, the majority to heavy industry customers in the mining, marine and utility sectors. Several international markets are showing significant growth for the business that provides standard braking systems with stopping power up to 16 million Nm of braking torque. Target countries include China, Russia, India, South Africa, Australia and South America, all of which are investing in mining, heavy industry and infrastructure projects.The forward order book is said to be substantial and the new production capacity has equipped Twiflex with the engineering resource to deliver going forwards. Sharing the larger production facility with sister brands Wichita and Stieber means that there has been a significant efficiency gain in terms of supplier logistics and export logistics as many of the product solutions serve the same markets and in some case the same customers.Jonathan Cooksley adds, “The synergies are significant with solutions from each brand suiting different set-ups in similar applications, the difference between hydraulic or electric power, or a gearless AC system versus a geared DC system demanding a safety brake or a mechanical clutch. We are also able to meet a far wider range of product volumes, from one-offs to medium size production runs economically; hence our customers will be the ultimate beneficiaries or our expansion.”The Bedford production site is one of eight Altra manufacturing plants within the EU, each of which is linked to the Altra global sales network and operates under the Altra lean production system which ensures both product performance, quality and availability of product to an international market are guaranteed.Twiflex is part of Altra Industrial Motion, which is a leading multi-national designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of mechanical power transmission products. The company comprises 19 primary businesses, some with multiple locations worldwide. It brings together strong brands covering over 40 product lines with production facilities in nine countries and sales coverage in over 70 more.
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Share152 Tweet Email5 Image: Shizuo Kambayashi http://jrnl.ie/3256179 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shizuo Kambayashi Short URL Friday 24 Feb 2017, 7:50 AM 23 Comments JAPAN’S PRIME MINISTER will spend this afternoon meditating while staff at some of the country’s biggest firms are also quitting work early in time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train ride.Welcome to Premium Friday, Japan’s latest bid to tackle two problems; sluggish consumer spending and notoriously long working hours blamed for a national health crisis known as karoshi, or death from overwork.The work-life balance campaign, which launches this week, calls on employers to let staff off around 3pm on the last Friday of every month.Major firms such as automakers Nissan and Toyota, beverage giant Suntory and brokerage Nomura are taking part in the government-backed scheme.Thousands of other firms are offering promotions to workers who will have a bit of extra time on Fridays.Beer and foodMobile carrier SoftBank is letting staff quit early and, later this year, will be putting an extra 10,000 yen €75 in their pockets.One railway operator is offering a special train ride with beer and bento boxes, while off-early workers can also get discounts on everything from matchmaking services to cancer checks.Prime minister Shinzo Abe will be taking it down a notch by spending the afternoon at a Zen meditation temple, followed by a music concert.So says top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga who is also kicking off early — as soon Friday’s press briefing was done.“Unfortunately I have to hold this press conference at your request,” he told reporters in Tokyo.“But as soon as I’m done with this, I’m going to do something” for Premium Friday. ’Changing our lifestyle’ Every year, Japan’s notoriously long working hours are blamed for hundreds of deaths due to strokes, heart attacks and suicides, along with a host of serious health problems.The issue was highlighted again in late December when the head of Japan’s biggest advertising agency Dentsu resigned in response to the suicide of a young employee who regularly logged more than 100 hours of overtime a month.More than one in five Japanese companies have employees who work such long hours they’re at serious risk of death, according to a government survey released in October.Japan’s long working hours spawned the image of the weary salaryman who worked all day, drank with the boss all night, and was back at his desk early in the morning.That punishing work culture has softened over the decades, but putting in long hours is still seen as a sign of dedication at many Japanese firms.“We’re hoping to boost spending by changing our lifestyle, the way we work and the way we think,” Masanao Ueda, director of major business lobby Keidanren’s Industrial Policy Bureau, told AFP.“It’s hard for Japanese workers to take a day off so we need to create conditions in which everyone can take a holiday.”But it could be hard sell.Many Japanese employees don’t even take all of their regular annual leave and firms are not helping with the needed wage hikes.And only a small fraction of Japan’s firms are taking part in the non-mandatory scheme.“This campaign will not suddenly boost spending or stop long working hours,” said Naoko Kuga, analyst at Tokyo’s NLI Research Institute.“It’s not even mandatory for workers to leave early.”© – AFP 2017Read: Bus driver awarded €12,500 damages over ‘very offending’ graffiti on toilet door >Read: ‘Drive-thru’ ashes coming to Galway for the start of Lent > By Garreth MacNamee 26,691 Views Japanese people are getting a half day today so they can go drinking and shopping Every year, Japan’s notoriously long working hours are blamed for hundreds of deaths due to strokes, heart attacks and suicides. Feb 24th 2017, 7:50 AM
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Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.Modric was named best player of the Russia 2018 World Cup after his impressive performances guided Croatia to the final on Sunday.The Real Madrid star scored twice in the World Cup against Nigeria and Argentina as well as converting two spot kicks during penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russia.Belgium’s Eden Hazard and France’s Antoine Griezmann picked up the Silver ball and Bronze ball respectively.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…Kylian Mbappe was awarded the best young player of the tournament award after becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958.Thibaut Courtois picked up the Golden Glove award for his impressive performances as well. The Belgian kept three clean sheets at the tournament whilst conceding only six goals in seven games.England’s Harry Kane finished as the Golden Boot winner as he scored six goals in the tournament, two ahead of his closest challengers.Former world champions Spain were also honoured with the FIFA Fair-Play award after they picked up just two yellow cards all tournament.
Farm Service Agency to Use 2007 and 2008 Season Average Prices for Revenue GuaranteeThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the announcement of details for sign-up under the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Ed Schafer because USDA has decided to use 2007 and 2008 Season Average Prices (SAP) in determining the revenue guarantee for the ACRE Program. ASA strongly advocated for the use of 2007 and 2008 SAPs because this will provide soybean farmers with a revenue guarantee about $71.00 higher per acre than if USDA had used 2006 and 2007 SAPs for soybeans.”ASA supported development of the ACRE Program as an alternative to the traditional farm program in the 2008 Farm Bill,” stated ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tennessee. “We are particularly pleased by the Department’s decision to use Season Average Prices for 2007 and 2008 in determining the revenue guarantee for the ACRE Program.”According to Dodson, “this decision will provide an average revenue guarantee of $422.00 per acre for 2009 crop soybeans, based on a national average yield of 41.7 bushels per acre on planted acres.” The ASA President added that “this will make ACRE a viable program option for many soybean farmers in 2009 and beyond.”Dodson’s comments followed release of details for sign-up under the traditional Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) Program, which began on December 22, and will continue through June 1, 2009. Producers who sign-up may request an advance Direct Payment equal to 22 percent of the DP for each commodity on a farm. Sign-up for the optional ACRE program will begin in the spring. Producers are allowed to sign-up for the DCP Program, receive the advance DP, and then elect to sign-up for ACRE. Once a farm is enrolled in ACRE, the decision is irrevocable through the 2012 crop year, after which the 2008 Farm Bill will expire.”Based on the Season Average Price for 2007 soybeans of $10.70/bu. and the current ERS estimated SAP of $9.85/bu. for 2008, the revenue guarantee for 2009 crop soybeans will be based on an average two-year price of $10.13 per bushel,” Dodson continued. “Based on average yields, the guaranteed price of $422.00 per acre is $71.00 higher than the level that would have applied if USDA had used 2006 and 2007 SAPs for soybeans.”ASA urges all soybean producers to examine the ACRE Program carefully in deciding which safety net best serves to protect their farm income,” Dodson concluded.ASA is the policy advocate and collective voice of its 22,000 producer-members on domestic and international issues of importance to all U.S. soybean farmers. Estimates are that approximately 75 million acres of soybeans will be planted in the United States in 2009.
E-commerce travel organisation Voyages-sncf.com has introduced a state-of-the-art gaming room at its head office to encourage employees to take part in e-sport competitions.Voyages-sncf.com, which employs approximately 1,000 staff members across Europe, will also support a team of 17 employees by covering registration fees and travel expenses for e-sport competitions.The team, known as Team Loco, comprises both amateur and semi-pro gamers from among Voyages-sncf.com’s workforce and that of its parent organisation French national railway operator SNCF. The employees will play sporting titles such as Fifa, Overwatch, and League of Legends.The new initiative forms part of the organisation’s retention and attraction strategy, which aims to bring generation Y talent into the business. It is also designed to help staff develop new skills, such as coding and understanding the social elements of e-sport.The e-sport initiative will run alongside the travel organisation’s wellbeing programme, I Feel Good. The programme, which launched in 2013, includes teleworking arrangements, kids-at-work days, meditation sessions, job role exchanges, and hobby courses, such as cooking and photography.Francois Bitouzet, director of communication and brands at Voyages-sncf.com, said: “We are a 100% digital [organisation] and there is a real historic commitment to sport, so as a forward-thinking business, we are putting the public who are passionate about e-sport at the heart of our future planning and our recruitment.“We are delighted to be able to do this in an original way by supporting our employees, giving them the chance to pursue their passion, while providing new and valuable skills in the process. This initiative illustrates the importance we attach to the personal and professional development of our teams, as well as their cohesion and team spirit.”
American Lifetime Day Clock, $45 ✘ 9 min CR 2032 Now playing: Watch this: Best sunrise alarm clock The Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to respond to your voice commands, so you can use it as a smart speaker like the Google Home Mini. It has a 4-inch touchscreen and you can swipe between pages showing the weather, your commute and your calendar — handy info when you’re heading to bed or first waking up. It’s similar to a smart display, but not as robust, in that you can’t watch videos or access a smart home control panel. The touchscreen is meant specifically for your bedside.Fortunately, it’s an effective alarm. You can set multiple alarms at once and customize each to a wide degree. You can set your preferred snooze length, choose from a variety of alarm tones and set any alarm to repeat on a daily schedule. The Lenovo Smart Clock also doubles as a sunrise alarm, with the screen getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled wake up time. Plus, it can trigger a Good Morning routine when you shut it off. By default, that routine will tell you about your day and then play news podcasts, but you can customize it to your liking and have it control smart home gadgets as well. After a recent update, it can also scroll through your personal pictures as a screensaver. The Lenovo Smart Clock isn’t perfect. You can choose from a variety of clock faces, but none strikes the perfect balance of nighttime visibility without a glow. You can’t wake up to the radio or your own music. If you want something more than a basic alarm, the smarts are well implemented, but the Amazon Echo Show 5 does more. See at Amazon Alarm clocks remind me of referees — they’re necessary, but I frequently get annoyed at them for doing their jobs. You want an alarm clock to reliably wake you up on time, but that doesn’t make it any less aggravating when a repeated buzzing sound rouses you from a restful sleep and prompts you to get ready for work. Fortunately, finding the right alarm clock for you can make the process of waking up easier. As with other smart home products, search any major US electronics retailer and you’ll find dozens of options from a wide variety of brands, at prices ranging from $10 to over $100. Given that they all mainly serve a single purpose, sorting through the crowd can feel like splitting hairs. Read more: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is Alexa’s best smart displayNote that CNET may receive a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Not recommended I don’t recommend the following alarms to anyone. Sharp LCD Digital Alarm Clock: This compact, $15 clock takes two AA batteries and is fully portable, but you can’t see the time in a darkened room without turning on a backlight that will hurt your eyes because you’re in a darkened room. The snooze button and the backlight button are the same. When the alarm sounds, that backlight turns on automatically, but turns off again after a couple of seconds. If you take a moment to wake up you won’t be able to check the time when deciding whether or not to snooze. If you need an alarm for your home, use a different one. If you need a portable alarm, you’re better off using your phone. Brandstand BPECT CubieTime: This ugly $60 alarm costs too much, has a clock face that glows, lacks any meaningful features and gets a lot of the basics wrong. It’s hard to find the snooze button in the dark. Setting the alarm is relatively tedious, and the alarm resets to 6 a.m. every time you turn it off, so you’ll need to put it back to your preferred time every day if you happen to wake up at any other time. What to look for in an alarm clock iHome has an alarm with Amazon’s Alexa built in that we’ll be reviewing shortly. Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you’re out shopping and don’t see any of the above, you can find a good option for your nightstand by keeping a couple of things in mind. Red and orange numbers are less likely to cast a glow. That might not matter to you if a glow won’t bother you or if you actually want a glow, but if you don’t like a bright sleeping environment, the color of the numbers is a bigger deal than you’d expect. That’s one thing you can learn about the alarm just by looking at the display. Focus on the basics. Alarms that perform a bunch of extra tricks are nice, but you probably have something else in your house that’s better at playing music or that has a charging port for your phone. Look for an alarm that’s easy to set, easy to check, has an indicator so you can see that it’s armed and has a big snooze button that you can find when you’re groggy. Get the extras you want. After you find a couple of options that get the basics right, find the one with extras that appeal to you. Do you want a nightlight? Do you want multiple alarms? Do you want to customize the length of the snooze timer? Do you want a radio? The great thing about the breadth of the alarm category is that you can find a model that fits all of your desired criteria. And yes, if you really want to go crazy with charging ports or even wireless phone charging built in, those models exist too. Gentle wakeups are great. If you don’t know what features to prioritize, look for an alarm that gradually increases in volume or slowly raises the light level to ease you out of your sleep. That was my favorite feature of the bunch and I generally felt less grumpy with alarms that didn’t shock me awake. “Smart” alarm clocks are here. Finally, keep in mind that if you want an alarm with smarts — something that’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri — you have options other than the Lenovo Smart Clock and the Echo Show 5. iHome offers smart alarms with either Alexa or Google Assistant. And Insignia’s Google-compatible alarm clock is a good option if you can snag it when it’s periodically marked down to $25. Originally published March 21. Update, June 24: Adds the Amazon Echo Show 5. Best for deep sleepers Philips HF3500 iHome iBT29BC, $43 Radio See at Amazon 9 min Orange See at Amazon Homelabs Home Sunrise Alarm Clock, $18 Sunrise light and buzzing See at Amazon Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nightlight Loud buzzing and/or vibrating accessory Multiple volume and tone settings, multiple alarms Display color Buzzing or radio Red ✔ Best features for the price Best alarm clocks Orange Customizable between 1 and 30 minutes CNET review: Lenovo Smart Clock Best for deep sleepers: Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb, $37 Best features for the price: Sony ICFC-1, $18 The Sony ICFC-1 costs $20, the same as the Travelwey Home LED. It has a radio built in so you can wake up to your favorite station or a more traditional buzzing. You can set a sleep timer so you can fall asleep to the radio as it plays. It adjusts the time automatically for daylight saving time. Even the buzzing alarm gently ramps up to ease you out of your sleep, and the snooze button is easy to find if you need more time.You’ll want to keep the manual handy when first setting up the Sony ICFC-1. Even setting and checking your alarm time is counterintuitive at first. There’s no button for it — you hit the plus or minus on top to see the time then keep hitting one or the other to set the alarm time. Once you know what to press, using the ICFC-1 is simple enough, it’s just not quite as brainless as the Travelwey alarm. The cube design is also a little hard to get used to, and the orange numbers aren’t as easily visible from across the room as those on the Travelwey alarm. That said, you can cycle through three levels of brightness by tapping the snooze button, none of which creates an unwanted glow. The ICFC-1 also has a button to turn off the alarm that keeps it set for the same time. It has a battery backup and a clear indicator when the alarm is armed. I liked Travelwey’s alarm slightly more as it’s easier to set up, and its clock is easier to see from across a darkened room, but Sony’s alarm makes a strong case for itself by doing more for the same price and it could easily be the better choice for you if you value those extras. Best ultrabudget ✘ I was torn about the American Lifetime Day Clock, because the large-print design struck my fancy and could come in handy if you have impaired vision. The clock even spells out the day and date, and you can program alarms with a reminder message such as “Take your medicine” to help relatives with memory trouble. That said, I’m primarily judging alarm clocks here, and it isn’t a good alarm clock. You can’t snooze, the display casts a glow even at its dimmest, and setting alarms is a pain. You have to scroll through a menu that could easily be confusing for an elderly relative — so you’d be stuck with all the setup and even maintenance when a setting needs to be changed. The $45 American Lifetime Day Clock might be worth considering if you need a time display capable of reminders, but you can find better options if you just want an alarm with big numbers. $20 Snooze length 9 min $18 1:35 Red Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET Share your voice CNET review: Amazon Echo Show 5 Travelwey’s alarm clock excels at simplicity. It’s $20, which is a little more than other competent models I tested, but still easily affordable for something you’ll use every day. It only has a handful of buttons, all of which are easy to understand and use. The big red numbers dominate the front and the snooze button is easy to find and smack when you want to shut up the alarm in the morning. You can adjust the brightness of the numbers with a slider on the back. At all levels of brightness, the numbers are large enough to be easily visible from across a dark room and they don’t cast a glow that could disrupt your sleep. The Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock also has a separate nightlight feature if you don’t want your room to be pitch black.Other than the nightlight, Travelwey’s alarm doesn’t have much in terms of features. You can’t adjust the snooze time — it’s 9 minutes. You can’t set a second alarm. You can switch between two volume settings for the alarm, but you can’t change the tone or have it play music or the radio. It’s a simple alarm clock, but Travelwey made sure all of the basics were implemented well. A simple indicator shows the alarm is armed. It has a backup battery, if your area is prone to power outages. You can check the time with a button and press a separate one to turn off the alarm but leave it set for the same time the next day. There’s not much to the Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock, but what’s there works well. Best smart alarm: Amazon Echo Show 5, $90 Price ✘ Can use as reading light Target Alexa Amazon Google Lenovo Philips Sony Apple Battery backup None Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected ✘ Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock Best overall Other features See at Amazon $90 9 min Two volume options Simple buzzing CNET Smart Home Complicating matters further, you likely have a phone alarm clock app and possibly a smart speaker or smart display, which can render a separate alarm clock redundant. Nevertheless, alarm clocks still have their place and I understand the appeal — I like turning my phone off at night and having a clock I can check at a glance if I wake up and it’s still dark. In pursuit of a more refreshing morning, I tested 10 alarms over a couple of months earlier this year to find the best alarm clock on the market. I checked the recommended products on other sites, and looked at top sellers and top-rated models on Amazon, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart. I compiled the common denominators into my list and bought them for testing. I let each alarm wake me up for at least two nights, making notes about the experience as I went, and I was surprised to find big differences in usability even at such a simple task. Extras and customizability were nice, especially at higher prices, but I generally preferred those that got the basics right for an affordable price. That said, I recently reviewed the Lenovo Smart Clock and the Amazon Echo Show 5, which are smart alarms that feel like worthwhile upgrades. I’ve added entries for both to the recommended picks below. ✘ See at Walmart Tyler Lizenby/CNET Sony ICFC-1 See at Amazon RCA RCD30 See at Amazon Other options The following alarm clocks do some things well but have flaws that make them tougher to recommend. Tips to know when buying an alarm clock The $90 Show 5 has a lot of the trappings I look for in a good alarm clock. You can set multiple alarms and have them repeat on various days of the week. The alarm can wake you up with a customizable tone or your own music. You can have the alarm ramp up in volume to ease you out of your sleep. Along the same line, the screen can gradually get brighter starting 15 minutes before the alarm to wake you up with a simulated sunrise.When you’re not sleeping, you can issue voice commands to the Show 5 thanks to the built-in Alexa voice assistant. You can also use the touchscreen to make video calls, check the weather, control your smart home and other things. The Show 5 is a smart display similar to the original Echo Show, but trimmed for your nightstand.Even with adaptive brightness enabled, the screen still casts a little glow, and you can’t customize the snooze time, but it otherwise offers all of the customization and features you’d want if you’re willing to pay more for a smart alarm. Wake up options Best overall: Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock, $20 The Lenovo Smart Clock helps Google Assistant ease you out of sleep Lenovo Smart Clock, $80 Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb I hated the Sonic Bomb — but that’s a good thing if you’re a semicomatose sleeper. To be clear, I didn’t hate the $32 Sonic Bomb because of poor design or poor performance, I hated it because I woke up to my pillow shaking and I thought the world was ending. The bed shaker alarm has an incredibly loud buzzer and a vibrating attachment you can place on your bed in case the buzzer itself isn’t enough. The Sonic Bomb offers two alarms and plenty of customization. The controls are easy enough to figure out. It’s worth your consideration if you have trouble waking up and it deserves to be mentioned alongside the Philips HF3500 as a good implementation of a novelty alarm concept. But unless you truly are a very heavy sleeper, the Philips makes for a much more pleasing morning routine. Amazon’s Alexa for voice commands, touchscreen display for videos, shortcuts for smart home controls Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you’re willing to spend more than $20 for an alarm, you can look for all kinds of different features. Of all of the potential alarm upgrades, the sunrise alarm on the $50 Philips HF3500 is the only one that actually makes it easier to wake up in the morning. Shaped a bit like a UFO with a kickstand, the HF3500 has a simple circular orange clock face surrounded by a couple of buttons and a wide light ring. Thirty minutes before the scheduled alarm time, the light gradually starts increasing in brightness until it reaches a customizable max at the scheduled time and starts beeping with increasing intensity to finish the task of waking you up. The light is supposed to gently ease you awake by simulating the sunrise. On both mornings of my testing, I had a relatively easy time getting out of bed. Aside from the light, the Philips HF3500 is easy to operate with minimal buttons. You can use the light as a lamp and it has 10 levels of brightness. You can cycle through three levels of brightness for the clock face, but the orange numbers do a good job of not casting much of a glow even at their brightest. Snoozing the alarm is counterintuitive, as you need to whack the upper half of the light — there’s no button. I’d worry that I’d accidentally break my fancy alarm on a particularly grouchy morning. For around $50, the HF3500 surprisingly lacks any extras other than the wake-up light, and I doubt that will be much help for heavy sleepers, or those with rooms that already get bright when day breaks.Nevertheless, the HF3500 keeps things simple and elegant while still innovating on the basic concept of waking up in the morning. Splurging on the HF3500 could be a worthwhile experiment if you’re looking for a more peaceful way of waking up. If you want features, the $43-ish iHome iBT29BC likely has you covered. It has a built-in radio and two alarms, doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and even comes with an auxiliary cable. It has a battery backup, and it can double as a speakerphone and communicate with your phone’s digital assistant. It has a light that changes colors and lots of customization for what to play when you wake up. The light won’t fade up like the Philips HF3500, but it can turn on when your alarm sounds. Plus, the sound quality is surprisingly good. The snooze button is a little too small and you’ll want to keep the instruction manual handy when you first start using it. The clock face shines too brightly when turned up and it’s hard to see from across the room when dim. The iHome iBT29BC does a little bit of everything, but it’s not great at any one thing, and for the price, if you want a speaker to wake you up, you might as well get a smart speaker. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home See at Amazon Best smart alarm Tyler Lizenby/CNET Red Best ultrabudget alarm: RCA RCD30, $11 The RCD30 has a lot in common with my favorite of the bunch, the Travelwey. The RCD30 is simple, with only a couple of buttons. It has a large red display with two levels of brightness — neither glows and you can easily see either from across a dark room. The snooze button is easy to find, but double-checking your alarm time and resetting it for the next day aren’t as easy on the RCD30 as on the Travelwey. Also, unlike the Travelwey, the RCD30 doesn’t have a nightlight. Given that it’s only about $11, it’s a good alternative if you want something cheap and simple. None Amazon Echo Show 5 $11 See at B&H 9V Smart Home Sleep Given that the Home Sunrise Alarm Clock performs ostensibly the same trick as the Philips HF3500 for a fraction of the price — $18 for the Home Clock as opposed to $50 for the HF3500 — I was excited to try it out. It even has a few more features: The light changes colors, and you can customize which color turns on in the morning and how long it fades up before your chosen alarm time. It has a radio and you can pick from a variety of wake-up sounds, including waves crashing and classical music. On paper, the Sunrise Alarm Clock offers everything you could want in an alarm at a great price. It also proves that you get what you pay for. The touch buttons on the front aren’t very responsive — setting the time, setting an alarm and turning off the alarm in the morning are all more difficult than they need to be. Using the radio is surprisingly tedious. The brightness ramps up too quickly in the morning and the white numbers showing the time cast too much light at night. If you can get around the tedium, the Sunrise Alarm Clock does offer a lot of features for the price. See at Walmart See at Amazon See at Amazon Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 2x AAA See at Amazon 10 min Sunrise light, a variety of tones, streaming music 12 Photos 11 Sleep timer reading • The best alarm clocks of 2019 $43 Customizable See at Amazon $37 • See at Amazon Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house None Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tyler Lizenby/CNET 9V Best sunrise alarm clock: Philips HF3500, $43
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In this photograph taken on 24 October 2017, Rohingya Muslim refugees are seen by medical personnel inside a government-run family planning centre in the Bangladeshi town of Palongkhali. AFPBangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed.More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country.The latest arrivals have joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled in earlier waves from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution.Most live in desperate conditions with limited access to food, sanitation or health facilities and local officials fear a lack of family planning could stretch resources even further.Pintu Kanti Bhattacharjee, who heads the family planning service in the district of Cox’s Bazar where the camps are based, said there was little awareness of birth control among the Rohingya.“The whole community has been deliberately left behind,” he told AFP, citing a lack of education in Myanmar, where the Rohingya are viewed as illegal immigrants and denied access to many services.Bhattacharjee said large families were the norm in the camps, where some parents had up to 19 children and many Rohingya men have more than one wife.District family planning authorities have launched a drive to provide contraception, but say they have so far managed to distribute just 549 packets of condoms among the refugees, who are reluctant to use them.They have asked the government to approve a plan to launch vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, Bhattacharjee told AFP.But they are likely to face an uphill struggle.Many of the refugees told AFP they believed a large family would help them survive in the camps, where access to food and water remains a daily battle and children are often sent out to fetch and carry supplies.Others had been told contraception was against the tenets of Islam.Farhana Sultana, a family planning volunteer who works with Rohingya refugees in the camps, said many of the women she spoke to believed birth control was a sin.“In Rakhine they did not go to family planning clinics, fearing the Myanmar authorities would give medicine that harms them or their children,” Sultana said.Volunteers said they struggled to sell the benefits of birth control to Rohingya women, most of whom came to them for advice on pregnancy complications or help with newborns.Sabura, a mother of seven, said her husband believed the couple could support a large family.“I spoke to my husband about birth control measures. But he is not convinced. He was given two condoms but he did not use them,” she told AFP.“My husband said we need more children as we have land and property (in Rakhine). We don’t have to worry to feed them,” she said.Population controlBangladesh has for years run a successful domestic sterilisation programme, offering 2,300 taka ($28) and a traditional lungi garment to each man who agrees to undergo the procedure.Every month 250 people undergo sterilisation in the border town of Cox’s Bazar.But performing the permanent procedure on non-Bangladeshi nationals requires final approval from a committee headed by the health minister.The idea is particularly contentious given the sensitivity of the issue in Myanmar. The widespread perception that the Rohingya population is mushrooming is a key source of the tensions that have spiralled in recent months.No official data is available on birth rates among the Rohingya, who are excluded from the census in Myanmar.But many of the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists accused of taking part in attacks on Rohingya villages that have driven hundreds of thousands into Bangladesh say they fear being displaced by the Muslim minority.The Rohingya face official restrictions on the number of children they can have in Myanmar, although this has not been widely enforced.Rights activists working in the camps in Bangladesh said some believed pregnancy provided protection against rape or other attacks in Myanmar, where the military has been accused of sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls.“Some of them told us that if a woman was pregnant, she had less chance of being targeted by the military or attackers.”Bangladesh officials say some 20,000 Rohingya women are pregnant and 600 have given birth since arriving in Bangladesh, though this may be an underestimate as many births take place with no formal medical help.“Sterilisation of the males is the best way to control the population,” said Bhattacharjee.“If a man is sterilised, he cannot father a child even if he marries four or five times.”
America is dealing with the aftermath of another school shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 were killed. Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo graduated from Stoneman Douglas and returned home to give a moving speech at a vigil for the victims of the shooting.Rizzo tearfully addressed the crowd and recounted the shock of seeing the horror unfolding at the school he grew up attending. He also spoke of his love for the community and the need to stop the cycle of school shootings.Watch Rizzo’s emotional speech:Anthony Rizzo delivers a vigil after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, his alma mater. pic.twitter.com/5iQKO0ou00— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) February 16, 2018 Advertisement
in Headlines, journal, News, Technology October 4, 2017 609 Views a360inc Aims to Simplify Solutions for Law Firms with New Acquisition Taking a major step toward its stated goal of providing industry-wide integration solutions for law firms in the default servicing market, Carrollton, Texas-based a360inc announced Wednesday it has acquired the CaseAware Suite of technology solutions from KMC Information Systems. A360inc acquired both KMC’s case management system, CaseAware Manage, and its middleware integration module, CaseAware Integrate.A360inc CEO Scott Brinkley says law firms in the mortgage industry can stand to benefit from a more cohesive case management system, and that is what a360inc aims to provide.“Over the last few decades, a number of similar industries have experienced an influx of investment capital targeted at transformation and simplification,” Brinkley said. “The development of SaaS solutions has transformed these industries and reduced the capital required by owners to operate their businesses.”He went on to say that default servicing law professionals “have not had the benefit of these solutions.”“The resulting case management system landscape is a fragmented space, dotted with costly proprietary platforms or smaller independent providers with limited service scope,” Brinkley said, adding, “For law firms to survive turbulent markets, systems need to evolve and adapt into a better delivery model – that is what a360inc is working towards.”A360inc has a mission to offer default servicing legal professionals a consolidated, secure, compliant solution with variable, subscription-based pricing for law firms and their vendors and servicers.“By joining the a360inc family, CaseAware is on the path to a whole new level of capabilities,” said Dan Cannon, COO of KMC Information Systems. “Integrating the CaseAware Platform with the existing Firm Solutions suite of technology products is exciting for the industry. The vision the company has for new compliant, integrated, single sign-on SaaS default technologies is ground-breaking and I’m excited to join the team and contribute to that vision.”A360inc will combine parts of CaseAware Manage and CaseAware Integrate with its ProMatters suite and deliver them to customers through its Firm Solutions offerings. a360inc Case Management Systems KMC Information Systems 2017-10-04 Krista Franks Brock Share
– / 14 I’m kind of glade with the way it is shaping up for the Cardinals. You clinch a playoff spot last week, this week you clinch the NFC West, and now playing at home against the Green Bay Packers, you can clinch that first-round bye and the No. 2 seed. Do you like the way it’s unfolding right now?“I like the fact that we control our own destiny. Every week we talk about it internally about how to beat this team and beat that team, really at the end of the day none of that matters. As long as we continue to win out and control our own destiny, good things will happen. It was nice to see a complete football game from our club. A lot of guys played well and stood out and it was a great win for us.”I realize that you put your foot off a plane three hours ago, but everyone is wondering Tyrann, Tyrann Tyrann. What’s the latest you know about Mathieu and what’s the latest he can suit it up against Green Bay?“What I know is nothing different than what you guys know. He will have a MRI this morning and if that reveals any damage or not to the knee, we will keep our fingers crossed. He is such a valuable piece to this defense, to this organization and he’s been a special guy to me and for what he brings to the locker room and how he’s changed his life and all of the great things he’s done for this organization.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Where are your concerns, even though you are a division champion?“We’ll just continue to stay healthy, and hopefully we can stay healthy in the process that we get some of these guys back like Andre Ellington this week. Hopefully we can get him back and continue to keep our depth through the stretch. Then as we have been talking about to try and generate some sort of a pass rush. Last night, Markus (Golden) gave us some rush, but we need a little more consistency at winning the one-on-one situations.”Steve, any theories about John Brown and the fact that he dropped not one but three balls? It was so unthinkable because he’s played so well and his hands have been so reliable. Any theories as to why he had the drops?“I don’t know, maybe he was trying to press. He’s from Homestead, Florida so I could have made the excuse that he can’t catch in the cold but I can’t say that too much because Pittsburg State in Kansas is no tropical paradise. That really isn’t an excuse and he just needs to become more consistent. He does a great job on the routes and taking the top off. The first play of the game should’ve been a touchdown. But he bounced back and made some plays for us when he needed and so did Michael Floyd.” Are you at all concerned for Carson Palmer’s finger or the shot that David (Johnson) took to his leg?“No. I think those guys will be fine. It’s more day-to-day and limited stuff. Carson will bounce back and tape the finger up. He said he was good to go after the game and of course David took a shot and I think it scared him more than anything. Taking a shot to the knee and he was able to to come back and continue to play at a high level. So I think both of those guys are going to be fine.”Steve, what are you doing up this early?“Well, I didn’t go to bed. I just got done watching the tape and running on fumes. I’m sure I will crash at some point. But just running on fumes and excited about the way we played and just watched the tape and seeing how our offensive line played. I thought that was one of the better games in recent memory with the way we displaced the line of scrimmage. Bobby Massie probably played one of his better games. I thought Mike Iupati was extremely dominate and physical at the point of attack and A.Q Shipley played an outstanding game in my opinion.”I thought it was interesting what you said about running on fumes. As your organization grows in national popularity with the things like NBC and getting flexed now twice into Sunday Night Football, it can really screw up preparation. How have you guys have had to adjust as a team to a great problem to have? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share D.J. Swearinger steps in for Rashad Johnson and it’s another example of a Dwight Freeney type of players you are able to grab in the middle of the season or in a Chris Johnson case, at the beginning of the season. What’s the key to get new players accumulated as quickly as the Cardinals do?“Well I think it’s two things. I think it’s identifying the right guys and there’s nobody that does a better job than our scouting department. We have a coaching staff that is fearless. And when I say fearless, they are willing to take guys off the street, work them out and sign them on a Tuesday and play them on Sunday. D.J. looked good last night in playing with quickness and intimidation. Obviously we knew he was aggressive. So guys continue to step up in different spots. Josh Marrow was excellent last night, Deone (Bucannon) played a great game last night. That’s what makes a team, is when you have different guys step up in different weeks and continue to play at a high level.”When you watch the film, have you ever seen Carson Palmer play the quarterback position for the Cardinals at higher level?“No, some of the throws that he is making is mind-boggling. You see the way he can drop it in a bucket and the anticipation that he’s throwing with, and his confidence and his ability to throw with placement and touch is at an all-time high. Unfortunately we did a disservice to him because we had multiple drops, so his production could’ve been off the charts.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “I think it starts with the maturity and leadership in our locker room. We have a great group of guys down there. With older players, younger players and just watching the tape and seeing some of these rookies stand out. It makes me think about, not only have they stepped up and answered the bell, but the reason why they are having success, is because they have learned how to become pros. The reason why they have learned how to become pros is because early in the season, they have veterans teaching them. You have guys teaching them like Markus Golden and Rodney Gunter and David Johnson and again JJ Nelson. Small school guys who are giving us great contributions because they have learned how to become pros quickly. They have learned that through guys like Larry (Fitzgerald) Carson (Palmer) and all those sort of things. That gives me a great sense of pride and I know that this team is going to stay focused, week in and week out.”In your wildest dreams, did you ever expect David Johnson to be this productive?“Well I would be a remiss if I didn’t tell you it was a pleasant surprise, but all of these qualities you see on tape is things we liked about him coming out (of college). The first tape I watched of him this past spring was against Iowa where he completely dominated the game — both in the run game and in the passing game. I think he had over 100 yards receiving and a hundred yards rushing. You saw his skill set. Then he went to the Senior Bowl and had a great week there. We were fortunate enough that he lasted until the third round. Because when you look at his height, weight and speed and his production and the flashes of production. Again he’s a super mature kid and has really worked his tale off and not only has improved his game overall, but really in the protection game. He’s done a fantastic job.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Sometimes, it’s best to go straight to the man in charge.And when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, that man is Steve Keim.Arizona’s general manager since January 2013, Keim’s deft touch with the draft and free agency has led to the team becoming a contender in the NFC.Lucky for us, Keim happens to be a weekly guest on the Doug and Wolf Show, right here on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. And since what he has to say is important, we thought it would be a good idea to put his words into print, allowing you to read what the GM is thinking. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition, which follows a division clinching 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. You have always said that Bruce Arians is always in charge of playing time, but you know the scenario, if you win against Green Bay, and if Carolina beats Atlanta, you’re locked in. You can’t be the No. 1 seed and you can’t fall to the No. 3 seed. What are your theories for playing time in Week 17 if you have locked things up?“Coach and I have mainly discussed it and I’m sure he will touch on it at some point. I would rather not discuss it until we are in that position, and I don’t want to jinx us. But we will have a good plan moving forward. I promise you that.”How many weapons is too many weapons? If you look at it right now between J.J. Nelson obviously, John Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd is starting to make the circus catch routine. I’m amazed. I don’t know if there is another team in the NFL that has as many weapons as this team does. Can that ever be a bad thing?“No. Some people would say it’s champagne problems. It’s a good problem to have. Bruce does a great job of trying to get different people the ball. Obviously with the emergence of David Johnson. He’s so valuable because of his flexibility of not only being able to carry the ball, but he is a great receiver out of the backfield and so that puts a lot of stress on the defense. When you are building a team, that is the goal in mind is to have the right type of depth and the right type of players that when called upon they step up and make plays.” Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (31) tries to break past Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham (55) and Walter Thurmond (26) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)