Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgHwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHwange Colliery Company Limited extracts, processes and distributes raw coal and coal products in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. The Hwange Coalfield and Chaba Mine are located in the north-western region of Zimbabwe; its head office is in the capital city, Harare. Hwange Colliery operates in three segments; mining, medical services and estate management. The Mining division operates in categories that include thermal coal, industrial coal and coking coal. The coke categories include foundry coke, metallurgical coke, coke peas and coke breeze. The by-products include benzole, tar naphthalene and coke oven gas. The Medical Services division manages a healthcare service for its employees and local communities in the mining areas. The estate management division provides and manages properties for rental and sells retail goods and services. Hwange Colliery Company Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgAluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileAluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (NIGALEX) is a leading manufacturing company in Nigeria producing and marketing extruded aluminium products and coloured and wood products. Products in its extensive range include Cego flyscreens; projected window systems for institutions in the education, government, military and commercial sectors; industrial door systems designed for versatility and performance; partitioning systems with robust wear and tear features; multi-purpose stock extrusions for the maritime, aviation and construction sectors; swing door systems for commercial entrances; sliding window systems with removable operating sashes and bead-glazed; fixed louvres with fabricated railings; special provides available in round bars, T-sections, symmetric and square aluminium frames; curtain walls attached to building structures; AS46 flyscreens and customised fixed casements (windows and doors). NIGALEX has annual capacity of 5 000 tonnes of aluminium extrusion products and produces profiles in a press finish, wood finish, silver and bronze colour palette and modern powder-coated forms. The company has operations in Aba Abuja to serve the eastern and northern regions of Nigeria. Its head office is in Imo State, Nigeria. Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Attitude Property Limited (APL.mu) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgAttitude Property Limited (APL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Attitude Property Limited (APL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Attitude Property Limited (APL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Attitude Property Limited (APL.mu)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileAttitude Property Limited deals in the rental of hotel properties based in Mauritius. The company is a subsidiary of Attitude Hospitality Limited and was formerly known as Neymar Limited. Attitude Property Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Were yellows for Gethin Jenkins and Coenie Oosthuizen right?

first_imgBy the same token, too, referees need to be as strong as Rolland was, but much earlier. They can pre-empt this by being firm with players before the first scrum, telling them in no uncertain terms that there will be no pushing before the ball is in, by ensuring binds are sound and by making sure the contest for the ball is as even and safe as possible.There is still some way to go for both international packs and referees. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In charge: Alain Rolland didn’t mess about while whistling through his last Test match, Wales versus South AfricaBy Alan DymockLET’S SET the scene first: on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium referee Alain Rolland pulled out a yellow card and sent off the loose-head from Wales and the tight-head from South Africa.It was a move that caused some onlookers to question the referee. The card was brandished following a series of collapsed scrums – an outcome that should become less likely following the introduction of the pre-bind and new sequence of the experimental law variations at the scrum – but while Rolland had previously warned Gethin Jenkins of Wales and Frans Malherbe that another collapse would result in time in the bin for both players, South Africa had acted by substituting Malherbe for Coenie Oosthuizen but as the next scrum inevitably met the deck the new prop and Jenkins were sent to the sidelines.Singled out: tight-head Frans MalherbeNow some commentators have criticised Rolland for introducing uncontested scrums to a nerve-jangling Test match – Paul Williams said in his blog on rugbyworld.com that it was like having “swingball on centre court at Wimbledon” – but the referee had set this move in motion minutes before.Firstly, it must be noted that the changes to the scrummaging sequence were changed in order to ensure player safety; while entertainment value must also be a consideration, it runs as a secondary point some 10,000 lightyears behind that of looking after the athletes.  So when the issue of collapsed scrums comes up in a Test match between two of the world’s best with some of the most brutish, dynamic biff-traders in the game trying to squeeze the will out of each other, they cannot be allowed to pile in and drop. Sometimes players do not know best.Which brings in the second point. We would all rather the referee was assertive and in control at one of the most technical and dangerous points of the pitch. You can nitpick about whether the binding on shirts was legal or safe all game and it must certainly be said that Rolland should have done more to police the put-in. <> at Millennium Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. However, it is the early shove which made collapse all the more likely and while he did not mention this specifically in dispatches, by telling two props that they are on the tip of a pack collapsing and that they really ought to cut it out, he has begun to be assertive. In the end he had decided that enough was enough and that someone from each team should be punished.Technical issue: without Adam Jones, who steadies Wales?Referees taking a stand over an issue in order to keep the game safe and in order to halt the incessant re-starts can only be a good thing and had he been weak-willed he could have relented once a new prop came on, but Rolland didn’t. He promised Jenkins a yellow and when he went down he got one. Oosthuizen had only hit one scrum, but what do you do: punish one side and let the other off with it? That would cause much more of an uproar than making everyone endure 10 minutes of uncontested scrums.Which brings up two more important, wider points. If players at this level still don’t have the technical wherewithal and knowledge to pre-bind, hit, hold and then drive without falling down then they are not as good as they can be and scrum coaches at club and country need to up their game alongside players who must know they have to adapt.last_img read more

England Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021 – England 10-6 France

first_img New format for 2021 Women’s Six Nations Kicking in women’s rugby: Is there a better balance than in the men’s game? Sarah McKenna will be at full-back for the Women’s Six Nations final (Getty Images) Women’s Six Nations Team Guide 2021 Then on the half-hour mark a pass bounced off the chest of Valeria Fedrighi and into the arms of Meg Jones, who broke into space. She couldn’t make it all the way to the line but offloaded to Vicky Fleetwood, who crossed from close range.Michela Sillari did get some points on the board from a penalty when Scarratt was sin-binned for a high tackle but Helena Rowland cancelled that out with a kick of her own to give England a 17-3 lead at the break.England kicked into gear midway through the second period with a flurry of tries. Abby Dow (two), Harriet Millar-Mills and Helena Rownland all crossed between the 54th and 62nd minutes as the toll of Italy’s defensive effort – and their lack of rugby in the past five months – started to tell. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Front-rowers Maud Muir and Flo Long, plus backs Ellie Green, Merryn Doidge, Beth Wilcock and Flo Robinson, have also been included as development players.Head coach Middleton said: “We have a lot of evidence from training to say we’ve raised our intensity and physicality whilst at the same time developing our ability to execute accurately and make good decisions under the pressure. We want a high-tempo, high-energy game with quality play off the back of it.“The players play week in, week out with the clubs but as a staff group we don’t get that release so it feels like we’ve been preparing forever. We’re all really looking forward to the games and getting into competition mode.”England start their campaign against Scotland in Doncaster before facing Italy in Parma. Then they will face the team ranked in the same position as them in Pool B – France, Ireland or Wales – on ‘finals day’.They will also play an exhibition match against France, who they beat twice in November, on 30 April.England Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021Backs(DoB/Club/Position)Jess Breach (4 Nov 1997/Harlequins/Wing) A look at the various kicking strategies employed… The hosts added two more tries in the last ten minutes through Player of the Match Poppy Cleall and a penalty try to round out a comfortable victory, but it was far from a fluid performance from the tournament favourites. They will be looking to improve their discipline and be more accurate with ball in hand against Italy next Saturday.England team to face Scotland – Saturday 3 AprilSarah McKenna; Lydia Thompson, Emily Scarratt, Lagi Tuima, Jess Breach; Helena Rowland, Leanne Riley; Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Bryony Cleall, Abbie Ward, Cath O’Donnell, Zoe Aldcroft, Marlie Packer, Poppy Cleall.Replacements: Amy Cokayne, Detysha Harper, Shaunagh Brown, Harriet Millar-Mills, Vicky Fleetwood, Claudia MacDonald, Megan Jones, Ellie Kildunne.England Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021Simon Middleton has named a 38-player squad for the 2021 Women’s Six Nations as England target a third straight championship title having won the Grand Slam in 2019 and 2020.Captain Sarah Hunter is back from a long injury lay-off, which saw her miss the Red Roses’ final Six Nations match and two France Tests in November.A number of other players – Zoe Aldcroft, Hannah Botterman, Bryony Cleall, Vicky Fleetwood, Sarah McKenna, Ellena Perry and Lydia Thompson – also return to the squad after missing the autumn Internationals through injury.However, there are some big names missing for the championship. Prop Sarah Bern is sidelined with a shoulder injury while Natasha Hunt (ankle), Laura Keates (ACL) and Morwenna Talling (ACL) are ruled out too. Women’s Six Nations Team Guide 2021 England Women’s Six Nations Fixtures 2021(All kick-off times are UK & Ireland time)Round OneSat 3 April, England 52-10 ScotlandRound TwoSat 10 April, Italy 3-67 EnglandFinalsSat 24 April, England 10-6 FranceSix Nations Exhibition MatchFri 30 April, France v England (8pm, Villeneuve d’Ascq) Live on BBC iPlayerDon’t miss a game with this Women’s Six Nations TV coverage guide. This year’s championship will take place in April…center_img All you need to know about the countries… England wrapped up the victory with further tries from Bryony Cleall, Claudia MacDonald and Lark Davies in the last ten minutes.England team to face Italy – Saturday 10 AprilEllie Kildunne; Jess Breach, Emily Scarratt, Megan Jones, Abby Dow; Helena Rowland, Leanne Riley; Vickii Cornborough, Amy Cokayne, Shaunagh Brown, Zoe Aldcroft, Cath O’Donnell, Alex Matthews, Vicky Fleetwood, Sarah Hunter.Replacements: Lark Davies, Hannah Botterman, Bryony Cleall, Harriet Millar-Mills, Poppy Cleall, Claudia MacDonald, Zoe Harrison, Sarah McKenna.England 52-10 ScotlandEngland started their Women’s Six Nations title defence with a 52-10 victory over Scotland in Doncaster.The Red Roses had the try bonus point wrapped up after 36 minutes, with Marlie Packer, Leanne Riley, Lark Davies and Bryony Cleall all crossing.Jess Breach showed her pace to cross late in the first half and she set up Helena Rowland for the sixth try soon after the break to give England a 40-3 lead.Then momentum swung Scotland’s way. A succession of England penalties gave the visitors a platform from which to attack and they eventually made the pressure tell when Hannah Smith went over. It was the Scots’ first try against England since 2018 having been nilled in their last two encounters.England’s ill-discipline also saw both Poppy Cleall and Lark Davies sin-binned, while Scotland’s replacement hooker Molly Wright was sent off within minutes of coming on for a dangerous tackle on Vickii Cornborough as she made contact with the prop’s head. England Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021England beat France 10-6 in the Women’s Six Nations final at the Stoop to win a third straight title.Poppy Cleall’s try just before the break proved crucial in a tight match while Emily Scarratt kicked five points.Related: England win Women’s Six Nations The Red Roses secure a narrow win over France to win a third straight championship title Kicking in women’s rugby: Is there a better balance than in the men’s game? Expand England team to face France – Saturday 24 AprilSarah McKenna; Jess Breach, Emily Scarratt, Zoe Harrison, Abby Dow; Helena Rowland, Leanne Riley; Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Shaunagh Brown, Abbie Ward, Cath O’Donnell, Zoe Aldcroft, Marlie Packer, Poppy Cleall.Replacements: Amy Cokayne, Detysha Harper, Bryony Cleall, Harriet Millar-Mills, Sarah Hunter, Claudia MacDonald, Lagi Tuima, Ellie Kildunne.England 67-3 ItalyEngland will play in the Women’s Six Nations final on Saturday 24 April as they cannot be overtaken at the top of Pool A after beating Italy 67-3 in Parma.The Red Roses wrapped up back-to-back Grand Slams with a 54-0 win over Italy last November and, while things did not go as smoothly this time around, four tries in eight second-half minutes ensured their bid for a third straight title remains on track.After a scoreless first quarter, England took the lead in the 23rd minute with an Emily Scarratt try – but it was against the run of play.Italy dominated the opening half everywhere but the scoreboard with 61% of possession, but two loose balls were seized upon by the visitors.Scarratt was the first to profit when a pass went to ground as Italy attacked from a scrum. The ball was picked up by Scarratt, who burst clear from her own half to score under the posts and then converted her own try. Collapse New format for 2021 Women’s Six Nations Merryn Doidge (2 Dec 2000/Exeter/Full-back)Abby Dow (29 Sep 1997/Wasps FC/Wing)Ellie Green (21 Jan 2001/Harlequins/Fly-half)Zoe Harrison (14 Apr 1998/Saracens/Fly-half)Megan Jones (23 Oct 1996/Wasps FC/Fly-half)Ellie Kildunne (8 Sep 1999/Wasps FC/Full-back)Claudia MacDonald (4 Jan 1996/Wasps FC/Scrum-half)Sarah McKenna (23 Mar 1989/Saracens/Full-back)Amber Reed (3 Apr 1991/Bristol Bears/Centre)Leanne Riley (18 Jul 1993/Harlequins/Scrum-half)Flo Robinson (4 Oct 2001/Exeter/Scrum-half)Helena Rowland (19 Sep 1999/Loughborough Lightning/Fly-half)Emily Scarratt (8 Feb 1990/Loughborough Lighting/Centre)Lydia Thompson (10 Feb 1992/Worcester Warriors/Wing)Lagi Tuima (16 Jun 1998/Harlequins/Centre)Beth Wilcock (3 Jan 2001/Harlequins/Wing)ForwardsZoe Aldcroft (19 Nov 1996/Gloucester-Hartpury/Lock)Sarah Beckett (14 Feb 1999/Harlequins/Back-row)Hannah Botterman (8 Jun 1999/Saracens/Prop)Shaunagh Brown (15 Mar 1990/Harlequins/Prop)Bryony Cleall (12 Jun 1992/Saracens/Prop)Poppy Cleall (12 Jun 1992/Saracens/Back-row)Amy Cokayne (11 July 1996/Harlequins/Hooker)Vickii Cornborough (3 Mar 1990/Harlequins/Prop)Lark Davies (3 Mar 1995/Loughborough Lightning/Hooker)Vicky Fleetwood (13 Apr 1990/Saracens/Back-row)Detysha Harper (23 Oct 1998/Loughborough Lightning/Prop)Sarah Hunter (19 Sep 1985/Loughborough Lightning/Back-row)Flo Long (24 Oct 2000/Worcester Warriors/Prop)Alex Matthews (3 Aug 1993/Worcester Warriors/Back-row)Harriet Millar-Mills (16 Apr 1991/Wasps FC/Back-row)Maud Muir (12 Jul 2001/Wasps FC/Back-row)Cath O’Donnell (13 Jun 1996/Loughborough Lightning/Lock)Marlie Packer (28 Apr 1989/Saracens/Back-row)Ellena Perry (12 Apr 1997/Gloucester-Hartpury/Prop)Emily Robinson (22 Jun 2000/Harlequins/Back-row)Abbie Ward (27 Mar 1993/Harlequins/Lock)MORE ON THE WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS Expandlast_img read more

EFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIO

first_img 2011 Save this picture!Courtesy of ai.studio+ 16 Share “COPY” Germany CopyHouses•Magdeburg, Germany Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/204365/efh-haus-cracau-ai-studio Clipboard EFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIO     Save this picture!Courtesy of ai.studioThe single-family detached house is located in Magdeburg in a quiet residential area behind the “MDCC Arena”. The property is located in second row and accessed by a 3 meter wide and 30 feet long access route. A Mediterranean courtyard layout with parking spaces, a double garage and the house entrance opens up here. Cypress trees planted in a white pebble bed limit the visual axes to the east. The entrance area is accessible from here, protected against the weather by the one meter over-hanging upper floor. Directly from the vestibule are accessible the guest toilet and the building services room. An air heat pump was installed here as heating system.Save this picture!Courtesy of ai.studioThe ground floor is designed as a free-flowing space. The dining area and the living room are separated only by a Spartherm tunnel fireplace (Varia B-FDh, linear, 4s with 11KW). Black shadow gaps and white suspended ceilings draw a clean, tidy and uniform interior. The surface concept is limited to the choice of only a few ma-terials. It wants to create a flowing, calm overall impression. Dark parquet, natural stone, white painted walls, white skirting boards, white lacquered interior doors (in-stalled flush) form the basis of the sampled materials. Black colour is outside, white colour inside. The builders like the interplay of light and shadow, which is reflected on the white plastered walls. Quote of the builders: “The colours finally come into the house by the residents.” Nothing is separated, but everything is connected to everything. Save this picture!Courtesy of ai.studioThe storage room under the stairs and the study can be separated by white, room-high sliding doors from the rest of the loft-style residential use. The centrally located staircase opens up the upper floor over a gallery with glass balustrade. Exciting interactions of splendid views and spatial relationships between kitchen, dining area, fireplace and garden open up to the observer from here. The upper floor is the sheltered area of the house. A children’s room, a bedroom, a dressing room, a wellness area and a west-facing roof terrace are situated here. In the summer evenings the owners can enjoy the sunset. The variety and the possi-bilities of a flowing space continuum result by ever-changing visual axes. It was a great wish of the builders to be able to record the whole interior from any location in the building. We offer the clients a kind of matrix, in which they can develop their individual interior options. All outdoor facilities are organic curved softly and thus form a marked contrast to the cubic architecture of the house.Project gallerySee allShow lessAustralia House Proposal / Andrew Burns ArchitectArticlesPortuguese architect Paulo David selected as 2012 Alvar Aalto Medal recipientArticles Share Projects EFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIOSave this projectSaveEFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIO Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/204365/efh-haus-cracau-ai-studio Clipboard ArchDaily Architects: AI.STUDIO Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAI.STUDIOOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesMagdeburg3D ModelingGermanyPublished on February 03, 2012Cite: “EFH Haus Cracau / AI.STUDIO” 03 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?EFH 住宅 / AI.STUDIO是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Ag Lender Survey Shows Profitability/Price Concerns

first_img Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – May 2, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter Ag Lender Survey Shows Profitability/Price Concerns Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Lender Survey Shows Profitability/Price Concerns SHARE A survey by the American Bankers Association shows nearly 90 percent of agricultural lenders have seen a decline in overall farm profitability in the last 12 months. Ninety-five percent of the lenders in the survey expressed concerns about low commodity prices, especially in grains, beef cattle, and dairy. Grains are the biggest concern as 80 percent of lenders gave it a four out of a possible five rating. Grains are followed by beef cattle, dairy, swine, poultry, and vegetables, with fruits and nuts the least concerning sector of ag. The decline in commodity prices led to a fall in farm income with tighter profit margins. Ag lenders in the survey say roughly 60 percent of their clients were profitable in 2016 and expect 54 percent to be profitable this year. Lenders are also concerned about land values. They say 44 percent of average quality land and 33 percent of cash rents are priced above fair market value in their particular area.Ag lenders also expect greater demand for debt financing thanks to lower cash levels on farms. Sixty-six percent of the respondents expect greater demand for operating loans, and 33 percent expect more demand for ag real estate loans.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleField Focus Podcast: Full Interview With Brian Bush Eastern Indiana Planting StatusNext articleAg Producer Sentiment Inches Higher in April Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School Honors Renatta Cooper – PUSD Board of Education

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment L-R: Pacific Oaks College President Ezat Parnia, PUSD Board Member Renatta Cooper Provost Pat Breen. Photo courtesy Pacific Oaks College & Children’s SchoolMaureen & Robert Carlson with Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson. Photo courtesy Pacific Oaks College & Children’s SchoolOn Thursday, March 12, 2015 Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School President Ezat Parnia and Provost Pat Breen along with Honorary Event hosts Maureen Carlson and Laura Triester recognized longtime PUSD Board of Education member, Renatta Cooper. They were joined by Judy Chu, U.S. Representative 27th Congressional District, Jacque Robinson, Vice Mayor of Pasadena, Bruce Boyden, City of Compton Commissioner, Rita Hadjimanoukian, Pasadena Field Deputy, LA County Board of Supervisors, and Brian McDonald, PUSD Superintendent to celebrate Renatta for the many accomplishments and impact she’s made in her field.Renatta served as a member of the PUSD Board of Education for the past eight years. This past December she decided to not seek a third term. She has become known in the area as a leader in the field of early childhood education and has been affiliated with Pacific Oaks for more than 25 years. At Pacific Oaks she helped to develop the Hixon Institute for Early Childhood, developed a Saturday Infant/Toddler program, served as a College faculty member, and assisted in developing the 2014-17 Strategic Plan for the College.“I was delighted when Renatta was elected to the PUSD Board of Education. I knew she would bring her passion and commitment to the work of the board, and she did, without ever losing focus on her primary goals.” – Maureen Carlson, Honorary Event Host“Renatta’s devotion to the cause of creating wonderful educational experiences for every young person in our community continues to be an inspiration to us all.” – Patrick Conyers, Executive Director of the Pasadena Educational FoundationAt this joyous event, Renatta received multiple recognitions including a Certificate of Recognition from the CA Assembly, Certificate of Recognition from the CA Senate, Certificate of Recognition from the CA Congress, Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Judy Chu, and a LA County Certificate of Commendation from Supervisor Antonovich’s Office. Community News Community News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Education Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School Honors Renatta Cooper – PUSD Board of Education From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 | 12:43 pm HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Future of Largo Foods’ Donegal plant in doubt

first_img WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – July 5, 2010 Facebook Twitter The Managing Director of Largo Foods says the future of the company’s Gweedore plant is now in doubt.Raymond Coyle says he had planned to manufacture a new rice based line in Gweedore at a cost of 2.2 million euro, with support from Udaras na Gaeltachta, and had asked existing staff to accept a 3.5% wage cut to cover some of the increased costs in energy and transportIn a statement to Highland Radio News today, Mr Coyle said that in the absense of an agreement, the planned investment will not to Gweedore, and some other processes may now be removed. However, he stressed if a resolution can be found, the investment can be rescued. Donegal Senator and Udaras Board member Brian O’Domhnaill says while the agency has no direct role in the situation, Udaras will do what it can………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/broid3pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Previous articleGAA- Donegal Ladies Win Ulster TitleNext articlePramerica MD appointed to chair American Chamber’s NW Regional Organisation News Highland Facebook News Future of Largo Foods’ Donegal plant in doubt Google+center_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+last_img read more

Biodiversity change after climate-induced ice-shelf collapse in the Antarctic

first_imgThe marine ecosystem on the eastern shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula was surveyed 5 and 12 years after the climate-induced collapse of the Larsen A and B ice shelves. An impoverished benthic fauna was discovered, that included deep-sea species presumed to be remnants from ice-covered conditions. The current structure of various ecosystem components appears to result from extremely different response rates to the change from an oligotrophic sub-ice-shelf ecosystem to a productive shelf ecosystem. Meiobenthic communities remained impoverished only inside the embayments. On local scales, macro- and mega-epibenthic diversity was generally low, with pioneer species and typical Antarctic megabenthic shelf species interspersed. Antarctic Minke whales and seals utilised the Larsen A/B area to feed on presumably newly established krill and pelagic fish biomass. Ecosystem impacts also extended well beyond the zone of ice-shelf collapse, with areas of high benthic disturbance resulting from scour by icebergs discharged from the Larsen embayments.last_img read more

Cenozoic climate change and diversification on the continental shelf and slope: evolution of gastropod diversity in the family Solariellidae (Trochoidea)

first_imgRecent expeditions have revealed high levels of biodiversity in the tropical deep-sea, yet little is known about the age or origin of this biodiversity, and large-scale molecular studies are still few in number. In this study, we had access to the largest number of solariellid gastropods ever collected for molecular studies, including many rare and unusual taxa. We used a Bayesian chronogram of these deep-sea gastropods (1) to test the hypothesis that deep-water communities arose onshore, (2) to determine whether Antarctica acted as a source of diversity for deep-water communities elsewhere and (3) to determine how factors like global climate change have affected evolution on the continental slope. We show that although fossil data suggest that solariellid gastropods likely arose in a shallow, tropical environment, interpretation of the molecular data is equivocal with respect to the origin of the group. On the other hand, the molecular data clearly show that Antarctic species sampled represent a recent invasion, rather than a relictual ancestral lineage. We also show that an abrupt period of global warming during the Palaeocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) leaves no molecular record of change in diversification rate in solariellids and that the group radiated before the PETM. Conversely, there is a substantial, although not significant increase in the rate of diversification of a major clade approximately 33.7 Mya, coinciding with a period of global cooling at the Eocene–Oligocene transition. Increased nutrients made available by contemporaneous changes to erosion, ocean circulation, tectonic events and upwelling may explain increased diversification, suggesting that food availability may have been a factor limiting exploitation of deep-sea habitats. Tectonic events that shaped diversification in reef-associated taxa and deep-water squat lobsters in central Indo-West Pacific were also probably important in the evolution of solariellids during the Oligo-Miocene.last_img read more

Characterization of a novel N-acylhomoserine lactonase, AidP, from Antarctic Planococcus sp.

first_imgN-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) are well-studied signalling molecules produced by some Gram-negative Proteobacteria for bacterial cell-to-cell communication or quorum sensing. We have previously demonstrated the degradation of AHLs by an Antarctic bacterium, Planococcus versutus L10.15T, at low temperature through the production of an AHL lactonase. In this study, we cloned the AHL lactonase gene and characterized the purified novel enzyme.last_img

Utah Men’s Basketball Is Headed To Battle 4 Atlantis In 2020

first_img Written by November 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Is Headed To Battle 4 Atlantis In 2020 Brad James Tags: Battle 4 Atlantis/Utah Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNASSAU, Bahamas-Friday, the University of Utah men’s basketball team was announced as one of the participants as one of 8 teams competing at the 2020 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis (November 25-27, 2020) at Nassau, Bahamas.The Utes will be joined in the field by Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Wichita State.This is the second time Utah will compete at this event. In 2011, the first season for current head coach Larry Krystkowiak, the Utes fell 75-47 to Harvard, 89-75 to Massachusetts and 87-65 to UNC Asheville.last_img read more

Lisa Carlsen and Livestream 2 Win $137,000 1.55m CSI3* Grand Prix

first_imgMore from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Show jumping competition concluded on Sunday of Desert Circuit III at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA, with the FEI $137,000 1.55m CSI3* Grand Prix, sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition. Canadians topped the leaderboard claiming all three podium positions with Lisa Carlsen and Livestream 2 (Lordanos x Heidebluete) stopping the timers at 38.8 seconds earning the top spot. Livestream 2 is an eleven-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Attache stables.With the second fastest time, Beth Underhill (CAN) and Sandy Lupton’s Count Me In (Count Grannus x Sunshine), a fourteen-year-old Hannovarian gelding, posted a clear round at 39.22 seconds to claim the red ribbon. The top three was completed by Ben Asselin (CAN) and Luikan Q (Luidam x Camina Van De Kornelishoeve), a twelve-year-old Anglo European Sport Horse owned by Attache Stables, for their time of 39.54 seconds.Riders were put to the test against Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) stout thirteen obstacle course and a 79 second time allowed. With multiple big lines and a triple combination, riders battled to secure a spot in the jump-off round. Five of the original thirty-seven combinations returned for the shortened course where they raced against the clock to see who would earn first. Carlsen set the Roeckl Sport time to beat as the first clear in the jump-off with their time of 38.8 seconds.The mental game is just as important as the physical and Carlsen had to pass that test today. “The one jump I didn’t like and that I was a little more aggressive at was the jump away from the ingate,” expressed Carlsen. “For some reason, I just don’t like that jump and where it sits. It has nothing to do with him, it is just me personally. That was the one where I think I got a little lucky in my first round.”Carlsen and Livestream 2 are no strangers to the winner’s circle here at the Desert International Horse Park. Just a year ago, at this exact time, they were being crowned champions of the $200,000 Valencia Sport Saddlery Grand Prix. Carlsen was given the ride in December of 2019 and since then, the pair have been building an even better relationship.“COVID-19 was a good year for me because I really got to know him during that time frame when we weren’t competing. We have really bonded and we came out strong this year. I have been consistently jumping a lot of four faults,” reminisced Carlsen. “My horse is very fast. That is one thing I do know about him […] This week, he came out strong and jumped double clean the other day and double clean today.”Complete results here. Tags: Beth Underhill, Lisa Carlsen, show jumping, Desert International Horse Park, Livestream 2, Benn Asselin, Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Instructor – Rising Scholar

first_img1. Teaching: Will assist with undergraduate teaching.2. Research: Will conduct clinical, bench or population research inthe context of aMasters’ Program in Clinical Translational Research.3. Clinical: This appointment as Instructor of Medicine comes withclinical privileges within the Hospitalist Medicine section and thetrainee will be assigned a mandatory, limited number of hospitalistnight shifts. The night shifts will be limited to14-16 hours perweek, averaged over 4 weeks, within the Hospitalist Night MedicineProgram. There will also be an optional additional clinicalcomponent of training within the individual areas of interest. Thiswill be tailored to meet the need of the scholar but will notexceed 20% of effort time. The individual will have clinicalprivileges within the Hospitalist Medicine section.4. Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.) Willparticipate in other activities as assigned.At the end of the program, trainee is expected to be competitivefor an appointment as an Assistant Professor faculty position andfor a KL2 or KL3 NIH training grant or for ready for a clinicalfellowship in an internal medicine specialty. Posted Salary Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.’)(Open Ended Question) Please apply online at https://www.vcujobs.com.Please submit a CV, up to 3 reference letters, a letter of interestin the program, and the area of research interest from the listbelow, prior research experience (if any), and future careerplans.Research Areas:Allergy/Immunology –Lawrence Schwartz MDMast Cell BiologyCardiology -Antonio Abbate, MDInflammation and Heart FailureEndocrinology -Francesco Celi, MDThyroid Function and Fat MetabolismFamily Medicine -Alex Krist, MDAnton Kuzel, MDFamily Medicine and Population HealthHepatology –Jasmohan Bajaj, MDBrain-Gut Axis, Microbiome, Liver DiseaseArun Sanyal, MDRichard Sterling, MDLiver DiseaseHospital Medicine -Rehan Qayyum, MDPatient-Centered Outcomes ResearchOncology –Gordon Ginder, MDEarly-Phase Clinical TrialsSteven Grossman, MDLung CancerPulmonary/Critical Care -Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MDLung Cancer/ExosomesAlpha (Berry) Fowler, MDAcute Lung Injury/ SepsisFor additional information, please contact either Program Director:Antonio Abbate, MD, PhD, Associate Chair for Research, DOIM :Email- [email protected] or, Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS(Hospital Medicine Division Chair: Email –[email protected] Date Posted02/21/2019 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? School/UnitSchool of Medicine Number of Months12 Are you Board Certified or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine?YesNo RankInstructor DepartmentInternal Medicine Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Type of SearchNational Position Responsibilities • The candidate must be a physician that is Board Certified/BoardEligible in Internal Medicine.• Prior research experience and interest in a career in AcademicMedicine.• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/87045 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3center_img Do you have prior research experience and an interest in acareer in Academic Medicine?YesNo * How did you learn of this position?vcujobs.comProfessional / Field Group {e.g., Academy of Management}Chroniclevitae.comDiversejobs.netHigherEdJobs.comIndeed.comLinkedIn.comVCU Recruiter / Search FirmReferral / Word of MouthOther (See Next Question)Unsure Open Until FilledYes Mission or Goal of Unit Working TitleInstructor – Rising Scholar Preferred Qualifications Position NumberF62900 The chief purpose of this position is to support our researchmission. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Required Qualifications Diversity Statement Information Application Process/Additional Information Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Application Deadline Date Grant funded position?No Advance research, and education missions of the Academic MedicalCenter in the areas of Hospital Medicine. Position TypeTeaching and Research Facultylast_img read more

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

first_imgThis page has been withdrawn because it’s out of date.Read the latest hospital discharge service guidance.,To meet the needs of people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), this document sets out how all health and care systems and providers will alter their discharging arrangements and provision of community support to enable the discharge of all patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so.A range of virtual resources and live interactive sessions have been developed to support every sector to work through how to achieve this new way of operating. These are detailed in the document.last_img read more

FYF Fest Packs Lineup With Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem & More

first_imgSet for August 27-28 in Los Angeles, CA, the beloved FYF Fest now has a lineup for their 2016 celebration. The festival just released their billing, which includes headlining sets from Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala and Grace Jones.The full lineup is packed with talent, including Air, Beach House, Anonhi, Grimes, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, Explosions in the Sky, Rae Sremmurd, Moby, Vince Staples, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Charles Bradley, Ty Segall & The Muggers, and so many more!You can check out the full poster below, and head to the festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: The Polish Ambassador Talks Jumpsuit and Gives The Lowdown On The Taos Get-Down

first_imgThe Polish Ambassador is many things to many people: the world’s funkiest diplomat at the forefront of excursions musical, cultural, sociological, environmental, spiritual, and interpersonal; a leading purveyor of forward thinking, global dance music; a fearless Permaculture warrior; a record label boss; and a community torchbearer for Nevada City, CA and beyond. Polish was kind enough to chat with Live For Live Music about his brand new Jumpsuit Family Gathering, as well as his label’s steadily growing roster of artists — both familiar and brand-new — that have the people buzzin’.Live For Live Music: Thanks for taking a few minutes, Polish. So much going on in the world of Jumpsuit. Let’s start with the festival you recently announced, the Jumpsuit Family Gathering in Taos, New Mexico, at the end of September. This is the first time you are personally curating and producing an event yourselves, top to bottom. What was the genesis for throwing your own party?The Polish Ambassador: I’d have to go back a few years. It was just sort of chatter on social media. I started asking the community surrounding Jumpsuit Records if they would be interested in a Jumpsuit-curated festival, where they might want it to be, what it would entail. That was maybe a few years ago. More recently it came back into the discussion because Jumpsuit Records has grown so much and has helped quite a few artists gain footing in our scene. So that’s how the Jumpsuit Family Gathering was born.I think people are really starting to trust the music that is coming through Jumpsuit Records. That’s a trust that only comes through time and a track record of solid releases. I think another aspect of the festival is that it’s part gift — a gift to the community that has come together through the music; a gift to the artists that have supported the label through releasing music with us; and a gift to ourselves (all the people behind the scenes of Jumpsuit) to come together for a weekend of memory making.Mollie Hull/SEEN ImageryL4LM: Awesome. The Jumpsuit Records Family is constantly growing and evolving — especially the artists making music. saQi is an OG at this point, but nowadays, you got a whole new squad making unique and interesting original music. Let’s hear about the roster a bit from the funky diplomat who gave birth to the label, its ethos, and the jumpsuit itself.The Polish Ambassador: I’m super stoked on the music that is coming together on the label. We’ve got some of the most fresh and original hip-hop I’ve heard in years with Ultimate Fantastic’s debut record, Super Human. Isaac Chambers released a reggae and soul inspired journey called Planet Fruition that is lighting up dance floors all over the west coast right now. Saqi is a master of mid-tempo worldtronica, Scott Nice is venturing into the tropics with his flavor of chill-out Carribean downtempo, and we got Ryan Herr bringing his own flavors, too.photo: Alyssa KeysThe Polish Ambassador: And, of course, Ayla Nereo is the soft and more tender side of Jumpsuit with her solo projects and our Wildlight collaboration. We all need a good cry every once in awhile, and Ayla knows how to pierce directly through to the heart. . . . And, we’ve got a few new releases and brand new Jumpsuit Records artists that will be coming through the pipeline soon! So much amazing music to share. I really can’t wait!Mollie Hull/SEEN ImageryL4LM: Tell me more about the intimacy of this new festival. I know you’re capping it at one thousand tickets, so you’re obviously going to keep it “family” as the name, Jumpsuit Family Gathering, says. What are some characteristics of this festival that will make it really intimate for those one thousand people?The Polish Ambassador: One of the things that I love the most about some of my favorite smaller festivals like Beloved or Joshua Tree Music Festival is that we will have no overlapping sets. So from start to finish, musically, we are going to encourage people to be on this journey together. No FOMO. No sound bleed into other people’s sets. I think this will help us achieve and experience that Unified Field that we are craving so much these days. That being said, we are going to have certain other options. If someone needs a little solo space or space for their friends away from the music, we are going to have little zones where people can get away and take a break from the music. Yoga zones, tea zones, actiondays.us zones, et cetera.L4LM:  I know the Jumpsuit community really comes together outside of the music in some major ways. What else is happening at the Gathering besides beats?The Polish Ambassador: We are going to have ActionDays.us represented all three days — we’re working on project days right now. There’s going to be ecstatic dance every morning. We are going to limit vendors and select only a few of our favorites. Instead, we are going to place most of our emphasis on a “Gifting Row.” People have some part of themselves that they want to share in the gifting row. They can make a sign out of a piece of paper and offer up something they’re good at, something they’re passionate about. For instance, maybe I could write on a little sign “Music Production Tips” and maybe you could say “I have some writing tips” or someone can say “I’d like to play you a ukulele song.” Maybe there’s relationship counselor that could offer, you know, a five-minute relationship service. So we are going to try to offer some opportunities to encourage people to connect a bit deeper, little connection points for people to get to know one another if they choose to.Mollie Hull/SEEN ImageryL4LM: So another thing that everyone is really excited about is the location of the festival in Taos, New Mexico. I know you didn’t come upon that decision lightly, so I’d be interested to hear why you and Ayla and the rest of the Jumpsuit team are stoked on Taos and maybe some ideas of what other adventures and things people could get into in that area.The Polish Ambassador: We chose Taos for more than a couple reasons! You know, it’s one of those spots we do stop-overs when we go on those big bus tours. Really because everyone we travel with simply loves it there. Being on the Mesa creates quite a visual experience — wide skies, bright stars, magnificent mountainous backdrops. There’s a mysticism to the land that you feel as you walk about through the canyons, to the river, on the mesa. The history and present state of indigenous people’s are woven into the culture of Taos more so than other places I’ve visited as well. The Pueblo is still intact, and people still live there. The Rio Grande runs right through the area. There are some hot springs that locals might tell you about if you’re nice [laughs].Of course, the Gorge and the Rio Grande in all of its wondrous glory is running through that zone. It’s definitely one of those natural wonders that as a human being, you get to witness, and you remember how small you are and how there is something much greater than all of us in this universe. The town is really special as well. It’s a walker’s delight. Great restaurants, coffee shops, little parks here and there, and the amazing Hanuman Temple. That place left a strong impression on me. A spiritually aligned community center that is a quick walk from downtown Taos.L4LM: While we are talking about Taos, just tell us a little bit about the brewery, the venue, you know, what we can expect as far the layout or festival situation at that place.The Polish Ambassador: The venue, Taos Mesa Brewing Amphitheater, is really rad. It will be my third time being there. I’ve played a couple shows there over the years. They just expanded part of their property into a campground. There’s an amphitheater that can hold, I think, if you really wanted to slam you could probably fit two-thousand people in there, but what we are trying to do is keep it intimate — around one-thousand people. Space to dance and commune with your neighbor you know? So there’s the amphitheater out back and then there’s also a venue inside. Music outside until 11 or midnight, and then the after-party goes indoors and, you know, for people who don’t want to do the after party thing, we will have a tea temple, maybe with some acoustic music, that will be over in the movement/ecstatic dance zone.L4LM: What’s up the with brewery itself? I’ve heard only wonderful things.The Polish Ambassador: It’s an awesome brewery right onsite. They are an independent brewery making really great IPA’s and ambers, and it’s also really a nice little pub restaurant. There is some good, organic, grass-fed burgers and tacos and good festival food to munch on. I think we will have a couple other vendors as well, cause you know, I like to have a beer now and again, but I also like to have some healthy tonics. We will certainly have some kombucha, some high vibrational and possibly raw food there as well.Mollie Hull/SEEN ImageryL4LM: Awesome. You’ve been taking the community temperature and feeling its pulse over the last few years as it pertains to a lot of the festival variables, whether it’s vibe, size, and scope of various festivals or music stages playing against each other. Now it serves your intention and is also in line with what the people want. For example, you’ve even got space for the kids, making this a really inclusive atmosphere. Now I gotta ask one TPA historical music-geek question: The Ample Mammal set, can you give a little bit of hint of what people can expect or hope for, dream about?The Polish Ambassador: Yeah, there are only two live sets I put out Polish Ambassador Vs. Ample Mammal round 1 and 2 — you might be able to find them on YouTube. It’s probably going to be closer to that. It’s going to be a throwback set but with some new tunes woven in as well. I’ve been diving back into some glitchy goodness and heavy bass with some of these newer jams.L4LM: I’m thrilled that so many of your fans will be able to hear some of those beloved tracks and sounds from yesterday. You’ve really expanded the palette exponentially yet everything TPA is always rooted in the same vibe. Polish, I wanted to say thank you for taking a few minutes with me on all things TPA and Jumpsuit in 2017. I’ll see you in Taos, but I suspect a time or two before then.The Polish Ambassador: Anytime B. Thank you.last_img read more

Tom Petty’s Guitar From ’87 Tour With Bob Dylan To Be Auctioned In July

first_imgToday, Heritage Auctions announced that it’d be auctioning off one of Tom Petty‘s guitars as well as one of the late rock legend’s top hats. Slated for auction on July 21st, Tom Petty’s 1965 Gibson SG electric guitar and signature top hat are predicted to sell for $300,000 together.The 1965 Gibson SG was played by Tom Petty while he and the Heartbreakers were on tour with Bob Dylan during the True Confessions tour in the late 80s. The guitar is signed by the late guitarist and also includes a signed black-and-white photo of Tom Petty playing with Bob Dylan during a performance—Tom Petty wrote a note on the photo confirming this guitar was played on tour with Dylan in 1987.The signature hat is a custom-made brown felt hat from Baron California Hats. Notably, Petty wore the hat on stage as well as in two music videos—”Handle With Care” and “End Of The Line”—with the Traveling Wilburys, the famed supergroup featuring Petty, Bob Dylan, Geroge Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. Petty also appeared on MTV in the hat during an interview on Orbison’s death in 1989.Norman Harris, Petty’s friend and owner of a rare guitar shop, noted this in a statement on the auction’s website.In regards to the Gibson SG Standard (Red) Bob Dylan Tour Guitar, Tom was after a guitar that was in my first book, which was a Rickenbacker Double Bound 360 12 String with F-Holes which is considered a Rose Morris guitar. Rose Morris was the distributor in Great Britain for all Rickenbacker guitars. The guitar appeared in my first book, Norman’s Rare Guitars – 30 Years of Collecting Guitars. Tom did the forward to this book. When Tom saw the Rickenbacker in the book, he had asked me to sell him the guitar. I was not ready to sell it immediately, but promised Tom that he would get the guitar. Tom would call every few months asking me to sell him the guitar. Finally I told Tom that I would trade him for some of his stage played memorabilia. I had previously sold Tom the SG Standard and requested that that would be part of the trade. I knew that he played it on the Bob Dylan tour and thought this would be a good guitar to have back. The Rickenbacker was extremely rare and in near mint condition. When Tom received the Rickenbacker, it became his favorite guitar. He used the guitar when he played at the Super Bowl. The guitar also had an original receipt from Hessey’s Music in Liverpool. This is where the Beatles bought a lot of their original equipment. Because Tom was such a fan of the Beatles, this guitar really meant a lot to him. On numerous occasions, Tom thanked me for the Rickenbacker and told me this was his number one favorite guitar.As noted on the online auction, the opening bid for Tom Petty’s 1965 Gibson SG electric guitar is at $150,000. You can check out the auction online for yourself here.last_img read more

Snarky Puppy Announces 12th Studio Album ‘Immigrance’, Shares First Single “Xavi” [Listen]

first_imgToday, three-time Grammy-winning, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy has announced their forthcoming studio album Immigrance, due out on March 15th via the band’s GroundUP Music label. Prior to today’s announcement, Snarky Puppy revealed that they will deliver the world premiere of Immigrance, with the first-ever live performances of the music from the album at the band’s GroundUP Music Festival in February.The band’s twelfth studio release follows 2016’s Grammy-winning Culcha Vulcha, highlighted by a distinctly different, dark and heavier tone. The press release notes that the album is also all about movement. “The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration,” explains bassist, composer, and bandleader Michael League, who founded Snarky Puppy in 2003. He continues, exclaiming, “Obviously the album’s title is not without political undertones.”League continues to explain that the band’s mission is not to be condescending or admonish anyone, but rather provide an uplifting tapestry and medium for people of different walks of life to come together. “Like Culcha Vulcha,” League says, “this record is largely informed by our travels, and we’re always trying to pass specific ideas through our filter and into our idiom without being disrespectful to the tradition at hand.” Snarky Puppy’s constant rotating cast of touring and studio musicians propels an ever-evolving height of creativity, as we see with the band’s sudden contrast between their forthcoming studio effort and 2016’s Culcha Vulcha.Ahead of Immigrance’s upcoming release, Snarky Puppy has shared the album’s first single “Xavi”. “Xavi” opens up with a latin-infused, salsa-esque approach, before a layer of brass instruments join the mix, transcending into a psychedelic, jazz-saturated groove. Following a percussive breakdown midway through the tune, a silky-smooth flute solo emerges, before the ensemble reconnects and lands in an infectious piano-led finale.Listen to Snarky Puppy’s new single “Xavi” below:Snarky Puppy – “Xavi”[Video:groundUPmusicNYC]Following Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Music Festival in February, the band will head to Los Angeles for a show for a special show at Walt Disney Hall Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on February 23rd. In April, Snarky Puppy will start their World tour, kicking off with stops in Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Snarky Puppy will return to the U.S. with a coast-to-coast tour beginning on May 10th in Providence, RI, and will wrap-up on June 15th at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY.View a full list of Snarky Puppy’s upcoming tour dates below. For ticketing and more information, head to the band’s website.Snarky Puppy 2019 Tour Dates:Feb 8-10 – GroundUP Music Festival – Miami Beach, FLFeb 23 – Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, CA*Feb 24 – UC Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CAApr 15 – Powerstation – Auckland, NZApr 16 – Opera House – Wellington, NZApr 18-19 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Bryon Bay, AUSApr 21 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, AUSApr 24 – HQ – Adelaide, AUSApr 26 – The Forum – Melbourne, AUSMay 10 – The Strand Ballroom – Providence, RIMay 11 – The Music Hall – Portsmouth, NHMay 12 – House of Blues – Boston, MAMay 14 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NYMay 15 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PAMay 16 – Masonic Cleveland – Cleveland, OHMay 17 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, INMay 18 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, ILMay 19 – Atomic Cowboy Pavillion – St. Louis, MOMay 23 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WIMay 24 – Orpheum – Madison, WIMay 25 – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MNMay 28 – The Paramount – Seattle, WAMay 29 – Roseland Ballroom – Portland, ORMay 30 – Paramount Theatre – Oakland, CAMay 31 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CAJune 1 – House of Blues – San Diego, CAJune 3 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NVJune 4 – The Commonwealth – Salt Lake City, UTJune 7 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO#June 8 Mishawaka Amphitheater – Mishawaka, COJune 11 – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Kansas City, MOJune 12 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TNJune 13 – Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NCJune 14 – DC Jazz Festival @ The Anthem – Washington DCJune 15 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NYJune 24 – Vienna Jazz Festival – Vienna, AustriaJuly 6 – Love Supreme Festival – Glynde, UK*with special guest The Los Angeles Philharmonic#with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Victoria CanalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s begins search for 2021 commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients

first_imgThe office of Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil is beginning to plan for honors to be given at commencement for the class of 2021.In an email sent to the junior class Jan. 14, the Office of the President announced it is accepting nominations for a commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients for commencement 2021. The email included a link for students to submit their nominations, which are due Monday.Cristina Interiano | The Observer A direct connection to the College is not necessarily required in order for a person to be awarded an honorary degree.“Criteria for awarding an honorary degree include recognized intellectual and professional attainment, significant contributions to the enhancement of Saint Mary’s College, and/or contribution to other recognized organizations in the city, state or world,” the email said.Once the names of nominees have been collected, research is conducted by several organizations within the College, according to Michelle Egan, special assistant to the president.“Nominees are researched by the President’s office,” Egan said in an email. “A list is then sent to the College’s full academic leadership council for its membership to review.”Once this list has been generated and analyzed by the academic leadership council, a committee within the Board of Trustees is given the opportunity to weigh in.“Based on their feedback, the list of recommended candidates is then sent to the trusteeship committee of the Board of Trustees,” Egan said. “The trusteeship committee reviews the list and may add additional candidates.”Following the trusteeship committee’s review and potential additions, the matter is then passed on to the full Board of Trustees.“The Board of Trustees then approves candidates for honorary degrees during their April board meeting,” Egan said.Though nominees can begin from student suggestions and are then reviewed by these institutions, the final decision lies in the hands of one person.“The final selection of upcoming honorary degree recipients [and] commencement speaker is ultimately made by the president of the College.”Although the process for 2021 selection has begun, the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients for 2020 have not yet been announced.“An announcement is traditionally made following the February Board of Trustees meeting,” Egan said.In 2019, the College presented commencement speaker Kelly Grier — a 1991 alumna — and Sister Maureen Grady — a senior lecturer of nursing science — with honorary degrees.The College awards a variety of honorary degrees, choosing them according to each recipient’s field.“Differing honorary degrees are conferred depending on the focus of the person’s profession [and] life work,” Egan said. “For instance, over the years, Saint Mary’s has awarded doctorates of letters, doctorates of humanities, doctorates of law, doctorates of fine arts … just to name a few.”According to a press release announcing the degrees Grier and Grady received, the College’s “highest honor” is an honorary doctor of humanities degree.“Saint Mary’s has honored so many impressive women and men (lay and religious) who have made significant contributions to our society and our world,” Egan said.Other recipients of honorary degrees from the College include fiction author Lois Lowry in 2010, former board of regents member Patricia George Decio in 1996 and Bruno P. Schlesinger, who established the department of humanistic studies at the College in 1994.Junior humanistic studies major Sarah Catherine Caldwell said she believes Schlesinger was particularly deserving of an honorary degree for his contributions to the College.“I think that he has changed so many Saint Mary’s women’s lives,” she said. “I come alive in my humanistic studies classes, and I have him to thank for that.”Junior Brynne Volpe said she didn’t know about Lowry’s honorary degree but is pleased to know a writer she admires so much received the award, especially as an English literature major.“Her work was a huge part of my childhood and was really formative for my love of reading,” Volpe said.As for the commencement speaker nominations for 2021, there are students with strong opinions about who should be chosen. Caldwell said she submitted a nomination and knows of several other students who named the same person.“Personally, I would like to have Greta Gerwig be our commencement speaker, specifically for her work in ‘Little Women,’” Caldwell said.The 2020 honorary degree recipients will be announced following the February Board of Trustees meeting.Tags: Commencement Speaker, department of humanistic studies, Honorary degreeslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Juliette Binoche Will Star at BAM & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Juliette Binoche Will Star in International Tour of Antigone; Venues to Include BAMOscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) will star in an international tour of a new English language translation of Antigone. Directed by Ivo van Hove and translated by Anne Carson, the show will play venues including London’s Barbican Theatre March 4, 2015 through March 28 and, later in the year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. No word yet on the BAM dates. Binoche last appeared on Broadway in the 2000 revival of Betrayal.Zachary Levi, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes & More Team Up For Where The Sky EndsThis is some lineup! Broadway favorites including Zachary Levi, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Justin Guarini, Orfeh, Jacqueline Petroccia, Josh Young, Bryan Terrell Clark and Ben Fankhauser all sing on the album Where The Sky Ends: The Songs of Michael Mott. The record is comprised of original Mott tunes and will be released on June 17.Broadway Alums Debra Messing & Cristin Milioti Get Their Pilots Picked Up to SeriesDebra Messing has landed another Big Apple gig after finishing her recent run in Outside Mullingar. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy winner’s previously reported pilot Mysteries of Laura, has been picked up by NBC. Meanwhile, the Peacock network also picked up Once alum and How I Met Your Mother star Cristin Milioti’s rom-com pilot, A to Z, to series.David Hunter and Jill Winternitz Will Star in London’s OnceDavid Hunter and Jill Winternitz will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively, in the Olivier-winning Once in the West End from May 12. Directed by John Tiffany, the London production of the Tony-winning tuner opened in April 2013. View Comments Cristin Milioti View All (4) Zachary Levicenter_img Sierra Boggess Star Files Debra Messinglast_img read more

One Georgia

first_imgTwenty-four Georgia 4-H teenagers spent their summer in a unique agriculture-focused student exchange program without leaving the state.One Georgia 4-H, an urban-rural 4-H exchange program is designed to showcase the importance of agriculture in rural and urban areas of Georgia to students who are considering a career in agriculture, said Laurie Murrah-Hanson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent who leads a Georgia 4-H club based at the Atlanta History Center. The first-year program was funded by the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation in Fulton County.“The program grew from the Atlanta History Center’s goal to reach new audiences in Atlanta and across the state and educate people about the similarities and differences between Georgians across the state,” said Murrah-Hanson. “We had a very diverse group of youth. Some of the students had an agriculture background and a few even live on working farms, while others live in towns and cities but are familiar with agriculture. The kids taught each other about what their lives are like where they live.”The group first met in Tifton in June and visited sites in south Georgia. In July, they met in Atlanta and toured sites in the metro area.In south Georgia, the students toured locations including UGA research facilities and commercial watermelon and cotton production fields. On the UGA Tifton campus, they learned about turfgrass, visited the cotton micro gin, learned hands-on laboratory skills, and toured the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.Students were also able to explore the Future Farmstead, UGA’s energy-independent experimental site dedicated to developing and demonstrating advanced technologies to enhance farm efficiency with the goal of achieving future national energy, food and environmental requirements. The group also learned about the varied academic majors available in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“They visited Super Sod, a sod farm near Perry, where they learned about sod production and saw sod harvested. That was something that none of us had seen,” Murrah-Hanson said. “We also went to Lane Southern Orchards and Dickey Farms to eat peaches and see the production line where the peaches are washed and packaged.”The July tour in Atlanta focused on policy and transportation. The students visited the Delta Flight Museum and experienced piloting a jet in Delta’s flight simulator. At the Georgia State Capitol, Rep. Matthew Wilson, a UGA alumnus who represents the 80th District, gave the students a tour. The group also visited the Georgia Department of Agriculture, including the Georgia Grown test kitchen, and met with Mario Cambardella, director of urban agriculture for the city of Atlanta, who told them about Georgia’s urban farms.“They learned that these farms are smaller and more diverse,” Murrah-Hanson said. “They also learned about food deserts and the new Urban Food Forest.”The trip concluded with a visit to the Atlanta location of iconic eatery The Varsity and attending 4-H Day at the Atlanta History Center.The One Georgia participants and their home counties include Mary Ann Bentley, Chattooga County; Jake Carver, Houston County; Madison Clemente, Paulding County; Kaylee Collins, Spalding County; Avery Cross, Catoosa County; Maddie Dean, Crisp County; Jada Faulks, Cobb County; Alyssa Goldman, Madison County; Gracie Grimes, Candler County; Megan Isdell, Worth County; Christopher Kuhbander, Ware County; Grace McBride, Emanuel County; Hannah McElrath, Gordon County; Michael Mercer, Cobb County; Brooke O’Berry, Ware County; Emily Recinos, Cobb County; Aromal Saji, Gwinnett County; Autumn Sims, Murray County; Kolbi Sims, Murray County; Bryson Smith, Gordon County; Cora Jane Tyre, Bacon County; Adriana Walton, Randolph County; Emma Rae Ward, Chattooga County; and Kate Vaughn, Bulloch County.“This was my favorite 4-H trip so far,” said Emma Rae Ward. “I’m from an ag community and I live on a farm, but it was very refreshing to see what agriculture looks like in Atlanta and to see some of the things that I see at home in north Georgia — we just have fewer gnats.”Gracie Grimes lives on a farm but says she never knew Atlanta “had so much to do with agriculture.” “This experience has truly been one of my best and I made a lot of new friends,” she said. “My favorite part was visiting the capitol and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The sod farm was new for me and the watermelon farm was cool, as we used to grow watermelons on our farm.”Following the exchange experience, students are required to share their experience with groups in their community such as county commissions, boards of education, school administrations and community or civic groups, as well as with their peers at Georgia 4-H’s Fall Forum.Georgia 4-H hopes to secure funding to offer the program again next summer, Murrah-Hanson said.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, visit www.Georgia4H.org.last_img read more

Brazil, an Aspiring Power Strengthening Its Defense Industry

first_img The Brazil that will be inherited by the winner of the election on 30 October is expanding its military power and strengthening its arms industry in giant steps, with commercial objectives but also in order to establish the basis for its access to the great-power club, analysts estimate. The new occupant of the Palacio de Planalto on 1 January will be the first president expected to apply in full the new National Defense Strategy, which has modernized the Brazilian vision of this sector and laid the foundations for a powerful defense industry in the South American giant. In the last eight years, the country has acquired an unprecedented international presence, thanks in part to the charisma of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, playing an active role in the most important international forums. And the area of defense is no exception. At the regional level, Brazil promoted the Defense Council of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), which the countries of the block joined. “Brazil’s transformation into a military power is a new discussion in the country, even for the military. The idea of Brazil as a developed country from the defense perspective and without its traditional alignments is new in the country,” Nelson During, an independent defense specialist, told AFP. For this expert, Brazil’s objective is to strengthen itself from the military perspective “as an independent power.” Brazil’s performance at the head of the military arm of the UN mission deployed in Haiti since 2004 allowed the country to take responsibility for this facet of an international mission in which dozens of countries are involved, achieving in addition an enormous training rotation for its soldiers in a crisis situation. “In January, Brazil lost several soldiers in Haiti (as a consequence of the earthquake), and the country accepted what had happened well. No one asked for the troops to return. Now there’s already talk of sending (Brazilian) blue helmets to Lebanon. This is to say that this active role is already following its own course,” During remarked. The international-relations specialist Sabrina Medeiros told AFP that “Brazil is already seen as a trustworthy associate, but it’s necessary to consolidate a deterrence capability as a support for this new role that the country is playing” in the international diplomatic arena. Brazil “does not suffer from classic or conventional threats, nor are there border disputes, and this demands the adoption of a modern strategy. The new National Strategy is the first step in the process,” in the summary of Carlos Alberto Teixeira, a professor at the Naval War College. Looking forward, the key to this strategy, adopted in 2008, is the decision to establish the basis for an arms industry, with the long-term expectation of turning Brazil into an exporter of military technology. For During, the development of a defense industry “will run into a natural brake, which is the market. It will be very difficult for Brazil to find space in the defense technology market, where there are very powerful actors.” Meanwhile, the country is trying to acquire packets of military technology. The modernization process includes as its most ambitious step the purchase of thirty-six latest-generation fighter planes. The competitors bidding for the project are the French firm Dassault with its Rafale model, the administration’s favorite; the U.S. giant Boeing with its F-18 Super Hornet model; and the Swedish Saab, with its Grippen airplanes. Brazil has already bought from France four Scorpene attack submarines and the shell of a fifth, which will be adapted for a nuclear motor being developed by the Brazilian Navy. The country has also bought from France 50 EC-725 transport helicopters, which will be assembled in Brazil with local workers, and this fleet of helicopters will be completed with 24 Russian Mi-35Ms. At the same time, Brazil signed an association agreement with Italy in June for an Italian firm to manufacture 2,044 armored personnel carriers on Brazilian soil over twenty years. Italy and the United Kingdom are competing with one another for the contracts for ocean-going patrol ships. The Italians want to place their FREMM frigates. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian civil aerospace firm Embraer are developing the powerful KC-390 airplane, designed to replace the American Hercules C-130. Embraer plans to sell seven hundred KC-390 logistical-transport and troop-transport planes, “one hundred of them in South America,” according to the firm, an emblem of the incipient local defense industry. By Dialogo October 27, 2010last_img read more

Freeport Middle School Principal Accused of Sex with Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John Omard (Nassau County Police Department)The principal of Freeport’s J.W. Dodd Middle School was accused Wednesday of having sex with a teenage boy who was once enrolled at the school.Nassau County police arrested John O’Mard at his Freeport home and charged him with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act. Bail was set at $10,000 bond and $5,000 cash at his arraignment.Investigators said the principal engaged in “sexual acts” with the then-16-year-old victim after they met through Grindr, a smartphone dating application for men. The two used the app to chat and discuss where they would meet, Det. Sgt. Carlo Maltempi of the Special Victims Squad, said at a press conference.O’Mard picked up the teenager at the meeting spot and then allegedly drove him to his Freeport house where the sexual act occurred, police said.There was “no force,” Maltempi said, adding that “there were other factors” that led to the sexual encounter. He didn’t elaborate.Though the alleged incident occurred in September 2012, it wasn’t until Friday that police began their investigation. One of the teenager’s friends heard of the encounter and alerted Freeport school officials last week, Maltempi said.Investigators said O’Mard served as the middle school’s principal for approximately 10 years and an educator for 15. The victim, now 17, was enrolled in the school while O’Mard was principal but it wasn’t until “shortly after they met that he realized that it was his ex-principal,” Maltempi said.Freeport School District Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kunchman released a statement on the district’s website notifying parents that school officials are aware of the investigation. Without identifying Omard by name, Kunchman said the “individual has been administratively reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation currently being conducted by law enforcement authorities.”“The district will continue to cooperate with law enforcement during their investigation,” Kunchman added. “As this is a personnel matter, the district is legally prohibited from discussing any specifics regarding this individual and the police investigation.”Former Assistant Principal Robert Micucci, who had been with the district for 36 years before retiring in 2011, will take over in the interim, the district said.O’Mard’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. He is due back in court March 25.Nassau police asked that anyone who feels they may have been a victim call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

State Farm breach highlights threat of credential stuffing attacks

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bloomington, Ill.-based insurance and financial services firm State Farm said it suffered a credential stuffing attack in which “a bad actor” confirmed valid usernames and passwords for State Farm online accounts.A State Farm spokesperson told ZDNet the company discovered the credential stuffing attack on July 6, 2019. The company, which filed a data breach notification with the California Attorney General, and on August 7 sent out “Notice of Data Breach” emails to affected online account users, did not reveal the number of impacted accounts.In addition to notifying impacted users, State Farm said it reset all passwords for breached accounts.Deepak Patel, security evangelist at PerimeterX, commented: “Credential stuffing is accomplished by hackers who take advantage of users who often reuse the same passwords across multiple online accounts.” Patel explained stolen credentials combined with personal information from previous breaches, can result in an account takeover. “The vast number of past data breaches means that the amount of credentials available on the dark web is massive.” Patel acknowledged this makes it more difficult than ever for website owners to protect against such attacks, even if their businesses were never involved in a breach. “In this case, hackers likely used automation – bots – to test permutations and combinations of credentials from the dark web until they found those that worked.” Patel added website owners must consider bot mitigation as part of their web application protection strategy to protect against the ongoing threat of ATO. continue reading »last_img read more

Deontay Wilder’s team hope for positive outcome after entering mediation over disputed fight with Tyson Fury | Boxing News

first_imgDeontay Wilder still hopes to receive third fight with Tyson Fury; triple-header of women’s world title fights on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, to be streamed free on YouTube, Facebook and skysports.com By Richard DamerellLast Updated: 11/11/20 3:09pm Deontay Wilder has called for Tyson Fury to face him in a third fight Anthony Joshua has declared his desire to claim the WBC belt “When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would.“In the rematch agreement, there was a rematch clause. Now it is time for you to be a man and honour your word, instead of trying to weasel out of our agreement. Scared people run but a scary man will break his contract.”Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball in world title action this Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports. 4:03 Anthony Joshua has declared his desire to claim the WBC belt Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their Las Vegas fight Finkel told Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t go into it, if I didn’t [hope for a positive outcome] but am sure they think so too.”Asked if he expected a ruling this year, Finkel said: “I would hope so, yes.”- Advertisement –center_img Deontay Wilder’s team hope to receive a positive outcome after entering into a mediation process about a disputed third fight with Tyson Fury.WBC champion Fury declared last month he had ended interest in a trilogy fight against Wilder after being unable to confirm a date, with the British star expected to instead announce a homecoming clash with Agit Kabayel in December.Following a stoppage loss to Fury in February, Wilder had activated a rematch clause and co-manager Shelly Finkel is optimistic about receiving a favourable ruling after taking the ongoing dispute to a mediator. Wilder has previously called for Fury to “honour your agreement” after breaking his silence on social media.He wrote: “When you were going through your darkest time, I told you that if you got yourself together I would give you a title shot. Being a man of my word, I gave you the title shot. Deontay Wilder has called for Tyson Fury to face him in a third fight
Deontay Wilder has called for Tyson Fury to face him in a third fight

Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace

first_img Top articles Read More Xhaka stormed down the tunnel after being subbed off by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Palace’s impressive comeback appeared to be in vain when Sokratis thought he had scored his second and Arsenal’s third goal with five minutes remaining.But the goal was overturned by VAR and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace held on to secure a valuable point in north London.The 2-2 draw means Arsenal stay fifth in the Premier League with 18 points from ten games, while Palace are four points below the Gunners in sixth.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 6:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares ADVERTISEMENT Read More / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Granit Xhaka clashed with Arsenal fans as he was subbed off against Crystal Palace (Picture: Twitter)Granit Xhaka told Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed as he left the field during the Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka, who was named Unai Emery’s permanent captain last month, was replaced by Bukayo Saka with 30 minutes remaining of Sunday’s fixture at the Emirates.Arsenal had taken a 2-0 lead through defensive duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz but goals either side of half-time from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew saw the Eagles level. Read More A number of Arsenal fans were frustrated by Xhaka’s lack of urgency after his substitution and began to boo the Switzerland international.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka responded by throwing his hands in the air and cupping his ears as the boos grew louder. He was also seen mouthing ‘f**k off’ at the club’s disgruntled supporters.After leaving the pitch, the Gunners captain quickly removed his shirt before storming down the tunnel.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementcenter_img PLAY 1 min. story Comment Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace 1/1 Advertisement Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screen Video Settings SPONSORED Coming Next Read Morelast_img read more

Arsenal risk missing out on Houssem Aouar as Lyon set transfer demands

first_imgArsenal risk missing out on Houssem Aouar as Lyon set transfer demands Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 9:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal are keen to sign Houssem Aouar this summer (Getty Images)Arsenal are in danger of missing out on signing Houssem Aouar this summer as Lyon are standing firm over their €60 million (£54.5m) asking price, according to reports.The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe including Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid.But Aouar is also highly regarded by Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s hierarchy and the Gunners are keen to sign the midfielder before the end of the window.Lyon have already rejected Arsenal’s proposal of a swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd according to Fabrizio Romano, Lyon will not entertain any exchange offers with Arsenal and will only sell Aouar if their €60m (£54.5m) valuation is met.Romano also claims that Aouar would welcome the chance to make the move to the Premier League. Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s swap deal involving Houssem Aouar and Matteo Guendouzi was rejected by Lyon (Getty)Speaking earlier this week, Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, confirmed that he had rejected Arsenal’s exchange deal involving Aouar and Guendouzi.‘I get along very well with their sporting director [Edu],’ Juninho said. ‘We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really appreciated by Arteta. There have been some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi who is also a good player.‘He was mentioned during the discussion, but this is not the profile we need, we were very clear. If it is like that, it does not interest us at all… it is, and we stopped.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalJuninho also revealed that he has entertained the idea of signing Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal but admits Lyon would be unable to meet the striker’s salary demands.‘In January I called Alexandre Lacazette to chat a bit with him because he was having problems at Arsenal and I said to myself, ‘Why not do a loan for six months with us where you will enjoy yourself, play all the games and score the goals like you know how to? And then you go back to Arsenal or somewhere else’,’ said Juninho.‘But from the moment that you start looking at the level of the contract of these players, like with Juventus and Barcelona, it is not possible for us today. Today, we have to tell the truth, we cannot pay the salary for a player like [Samuel] Umtiti.‘We have to be honest with the supporters. But if the player is looking for a project, is willing to make an effort maybe with a longer contract, wants to come home, then I will go and get him straight away.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Wisconsin crash kills World of Outlaws driver

first_imgPhoto: World of OutlawsBeaver Dam, Wi. — World of Outlaws driver, Jason Johnson, 41, was killed during the Jim Boyd Memorial at the Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin Saturday. Witness accounts say Johnson’s car flipped and went through the track billboard.Johnson has been racing in the series since 1998 and has raced full-time since 2015.NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. expressed condolences to the family.last_img

Dailey delivers IMCA Modified win at Algona

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (May 21) – Eric Dailey sped to the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory his se­cond of the season and career 65th, Thursday at Kossuth County SpeedwayDailey drew the pole and took the win ahead of hard charger Jeremy Mills and Jesse Hoeft. Rob Hughes was the cash dash winner.Craig Berhow topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, holding off Kevin Opheim and Chad Palmer.Nick Meyer’s early season success continued as he captured the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory. Meyer held off a hard charging Jared Boemeister and Cody Knecht.Brandon Nielsen sped from ninth starting to first finishing in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Se­cond was Shannon Anderson and Chanse Hollatz was third.Nate Coopman weaved his way through the field from eighth starting to take Mach-1 Sport Com­pact honors. Kaytee DeVries was second, just in front of her husband Jay.30last_img read more

Liverpool power past Man U, go 16 points clear

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool stretched their commanding lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points and advantage over Manchester United to 30 as goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah earned a 2-0 win over their historic rivals at Anfield. A 13th straight league win since the sides last met at Old Trafford in October continues Liverpool’s relentless run towards a first league title in 30 years, while United remain five points off the top four in fifth. Liverpool also have a game in hand to come on closest challengers Manchester City and could have been more comfortable winners after seeing two first half goals ruled out and a host of clear chances go astray. United are the only team to take Premier League points off the European champions this season, but it rarely looked like lightning would strike twice once the hosts went in front on 14 minutes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s game plan was undone by a simple set-piece as Van Dijk rose highest to power home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner. The Norwegian had set up with a back five, with Luke Shaw forced to deputise out of position as a third centre-back, and only a great challenge from the former Southampton left-back denied Sadio Mane a certain second as he burst onto Roberto Firmino’s pass. Jurgen Klopp’s men did have the ball in the net twice more before the break, but VAR and the offside flag came to United’s rescue to keep the score down. Firstly, Firmino’s brilliant strike was ruled out as Van Dijk was penalised for an aerial challenge with David de Gea after a VAR review. Georginio Wijnaldum then slotted past the Spaniard after a brilliant through ball from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the Dutchman had strayed marginally offside. Shorn of injured top scorer Marcus Rashford, United failed to even muster a shot in anger for the first 40 minutes until Anthony Martial pulled his effort wide of the near post. However, they could easily have been level against the run of play moments later when Andreas Pereira could not stretch to turn home Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s ball across the face of the goal. At the other end, De Gea had one more key intervention before the break as he saved with his feet from Mane’s driven effort. Just like in the 1-0 win at Tottenham last weekend Liverpool tired in the final 20 minutes, with Klopp forced to withdraw Mane and Firmino to bolster the midfield. However, the hosts held out for a seventh consecutive clean sheet in all competitions and took another giant step towards the title as Salah secured the three points with virtually the last kick of the game. The Egyptian was picked out by goalkeeper Alisson Becker and ran from inside his own half before slotting under De Gea.Tags: AnfieldCapital One Cup win against Manchester UnitedLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedMohamed SalahOld TraffordPremier LeagueVan DijkVirgil van Dijklast_img read more

Carragher: The time is right

first_img “It’s nice that I’m in the side and people are saying I’m doing well and why not stay for another year? “It’s better than them saying you should have gone a year ago. I prefer it to be like that and get out while it’s going well because it can easily change.” He will make his 737th and final appearance when he leads out the Reds out at Anfield against QPR on the last day of the season at Anfield. But there will be no tears from the centre-back when the match is over – and no thoughts about a u-turn. Asked when he made his decision to quit Carragher added: “About 12 months ago, the end of the season. I was in and out of the side with Kenny. I was thinking about it in the summer but I had a year to go and a new manager coming in. I knew then it was always going to be my last season.” Carragher’s departure will leave captain Steven Gerrard, who misses the final match of the season after a shoulder operation, as the one remaining half of Liverpool’s ‘Scouse heartbeat’. However, the defender believes the club is in a healthy position at all levels. “It’s always good to have a few local lads in the side. That’s the aim of everyone,” he said. “Every club will say they want to bring players through from the academy, that’s why you have academies and put so much time and money into it. But the players have got to be good enough. If they’re good enough, brilliant – get them in there. “I’m always positive about the club. The last few years haven’t been great for us, with league positions and missing out on the Champions League. But with the new manager coming in and the run we’ve been on in the second half of the season it gives us a lot to look forward to for next season.” Press Association Retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists his recent extended run in the side has only convinced him this is the right time to bow out.center_img The 35-year-old effectively made his decision a year ago when he was struggling for a first-team place under former manager Kenny Dalglish. That situation did not change under new boss Brendan Rodgers as he made just one league start up until mid-January, since when he has started 14 of Liverpool’s 16 in the Premier League. “It’s made me go the other way, to be honest. It’s made me think it is the right time,” he said. last_img read more

Dalman relishing new Bluebirds role

first_img Press Association Investment banker Dalman takes over from Simon Lim, who had been acting chairman following Dato Chan Tien Ghee’s decision to step down in March. Lim will continue as the Bluebirds’ chief executive. Cypriot Dalman, who has previously worked with Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, told the club’s official website: “I am honoured to take up the role of club chairman at Cardiff City Football Club. “I have enjoyed my time at the club since joining the board of directors in January 2012 and now relish the opportunity to contribute further in my additional role as chairman with Cardiff City in the Barclays Premier League.” Club owner Vincent Tan, who last week reached agreement with finance company Langston over the club’s long-standing debt, added: “I am delighted to welcome Mehmet Dalman into his new and additional role at Cardiff City Football Club and look forward to many successful years ahead. “Mehmet has had many years of experience in business across the world which he has brought to this great club since becoming a non-executive director in January last year. “This is more great news for the football club following last week’s amicable resolution with the Langston Corporation in which Mehmet played a big role. I wish him the best of luck in his additional role at Cardiff City.” center_img Cardiff director Mehmet Dalman has taken over as the club’s chairman with immediate effect.last_img read more

City take big step towards title with derby win at United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City took a big step towards retaining the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday, sending them back to the top of the table.City have 89 points, one more than rivals Liverpool, with both teams having three games to play.Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured a comfortable win for City against a United side that remain in sixth place, outside the Champions League qualification slots.United, smarting from their 4-0 hammering at Everton on Sunday, played with aggression and energy in the scoreless first half but the game was put beyond them after the break.Bernardo Silva picked the ball up on the right flank and cut inside, surprising United keeper David De Gea with a low drive that sneaked in the bottom corner in the 54th minute.Twelve minutes later and City doubled their lead – Fred giving the ball away in midfield, Raheem Sterling breaking forward before feeding Sane on the left with the German’s powerful drive flying in off the outstretched leg of De Gea.last_img read more

Syracuse football’s Ervin Philips shines at thin inside receiver spot

first_img Published on September 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Related Stories Syracuse football visual breakdown: How SU recovered from Colgate’s 1st touchdown with one of its ownStock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s season-opening win over Colgate Facebook Twitter Google+ In 2014, Philips showed promise with 251 rushing and receiving yards on limited touches and then 520 yards and eight touchdowns on more touches last season.Against Colgate, Philips tallied 87 receiving yards, more than a third of his freshman year stats. Much of that production came on the first drive as SU worked its way down the field. Without a cornerback in front of him, Philips was able to take screens for solid gains. In all, he piled on four catches for 35 yards on the drive.Philips’ emergence is key for another reason, too: SU’s lack of depth. Other than Estime, Riley and Bradshaw are the only two other options on the inside. Luckily for SU, inside receivers need less technical work than outside receivers, who have to pin down technique because they have less room to work.“(Riley’s) extremely talented,” Babers said. “… He will get an opportunity to play this year, but he’s young, he makes mistakes and the more he limits his mistakes, the more opportunity he’ll get to play.”Bradshaw is still working his way into the rotation. Add in that Riley is a freshman, and SU has both its most shallow depth in its most explosive position group.“They’re young guys,” Philips said. “… Scoop has been on the defense so he’s rough around the edges, but he’s definitely improving.”When Philips flicks on his own tape from previous years, something he did about a week prior to SU’s matchup with the Raiders, he sees a different receiver.“I think I improved on getting myself open in press coverage or just making difficult catches,” Philips said.The receiver on Philips’ game tape is not the same inside receiver anyone watching Syracuse’s matchup against Colgate saw. Since Babers has come in, Philips has adjusted to his new position and, based on the matchup with Colgate, succeeded within the role.He used the space the Raiders gave him effectively, looked shifty and didn’t drop any passes.“I think it fits me because I get the opportunity to be in the slot and do some things,” Philips said, “get some mismatches.” Comments By the end of Syracuse’s matchup with Colgate, Ervin Philips’ accomplishment had fallen to the back of several others. He had tied Art Monk’s single-game receptions record at 14, a Syracuse record that had stood for 39 years.Amba Etta-Tawo’s 210 yards were impressive, but scoring the first touchdown of the Dino Babers era was even bigger. On his first carry, Moe Neal ran nearly untouched through the hole and then dragged a defender a few yards en route to a 49-yard score. The Orange’s defense stifled Colgate for three and a half quarters.The win itself understandably eclipsed Philips’ career high.Because of the way Colgate played — it sagged off the inside receivers for parts of the game — Syracuse took advantage of the athleticism gap between the Raiders (0-1) and Orange (1-0). Philips was the main beneficiary. But to get to that point, Philips has had a long road through position changes.Philips and his fellow inside receiver Brisly Estime have been moved around from position to position during their careers. The former has played running back, H-back and now inside receiver, which suits his skill set well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince spring practice, Estime and Philips have practiced exclusively at receiver. Behind them, Syracuse has promising freshmen Sean Riley and Scoop Bradshaw, who switched from defensive back during training camp.“It’s comfortable, it allows me to sharpen up my game, it allows me to improve at a faster rate,” Philips said of finally playing at one position, “and it allows me to focus on one thing.”Philips’ emergence is key for Syracuse. The Orange has a lot of potential and fewer proven commodities. Steve Ishmael, Etta-Tawo, Estime and Philips all have flashed their skill set in their careers but none have done so consistently.Michael Santiago | Contributing Photographerlast_img read more

Stock watch: Eric Dungey up, Cole Murphy down

first_img Published on November 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) returned from its bye week to lose a heartbreaker, 27-24, in Tallahassee, Florida, against Florida State (3-5, 3-4 ACC) on Saturday. Senior kicker Cole Murphy missed his second field goal of the game as time expired. The loss keeps SU winless on the road and means the Orange will need to win two of its final three games to ensure bowl eligibility.Here’s a look at some of the notable performances from the game.Stock upEric DungeyThe junior quarterback spent time on the sidelines after suffering an apparent foot injury during SU’s first drive. During that time, the Orange offense went cold as two of the three drives were three-and-outs. Dungey told head coach Dino Babers he wanted to play to win and returned in the second quarter.For the rest of the game, while clearly in pain, Dungey kept SU within striking distance. He rushed for a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown, giving him the all-time record for rushing scores by a Syracuse quarterback. He nearly orchestrated the comeback, but SU fell short. That cannot be pinned solely on him.Dungey’s health, as seen on Saturday and last season, is the biggest variable for SU. He wore a boot after the game and wasn’t available to the media because he was receiving treatment. If SU can keep him on the field for the next three games, it’ll have a much better chance at making a bowl game. And it appears he’ll do just about anything to make sure he’s out there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlton RobinsonWith injuries to Kendall Coleman and Brandon Berry thinning the defensive line in recent weeks, there’s an opportunity for others to step up. Alton Robinson has been one to take advantage. He recorded two sacks and another quarterback hurry Saturday. On a day where Seminole quarterback James Blackman got roughed up, Robinson was the most obvious aggressor.Coleman returned against FSU after not playing since Sept. 23 against Louisiana State. The combination of Coleman and Robinson should be a boost for a Syracuse front seven.Dynamic duoYet again, SU’s senior receiver combination of Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips posted big numbers. Each finished with 12 receptions, with Ishmael tallying 143 yards and Philips 107. Ishmael hauled in a 34-yard touchdown late in the first half that brought SU within one possession of tying FSU. Philips became SU’s all-time receptions leader late in the third quarter.But on a day of defensive lapses and an abysmal rushing attack, the connection between Dungey and his senior targets was again the highlight for the Orange offense.Stock downCole MurphyMurphy had the best game of his career before the bye week and one of his worst in recent memory after it. While he did convert on a 42-yard attempt in the third quarter, he missed a 48-yard attempt in the first quarter, which was recorded as a blocked kick, and another 43-yard attempt as time expired. The latter would have sent the game to overtime.Murphy is 17-for-21 on the season and largely improved from a season ago when he made just 56 percent of his field goals. He is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker. But he had a chance to be a hero on Saturday and missed.Secondary receiversEven 24 receptions from Ishmael and Philips can’t mask the fact that the rest of SU’s offensive weapons totaled seven catches — four from junior running back Dontae Strickland and one each from sophomore wide receivers Devin C. Butler and Jamal Custis and junior tight end Ravian Pierce. That is more than 75 percent of the passing offense between two players.Syracuse hasn’t scored more than 30 points since a Week 3 win against Central Michigan. Basing the offense on two players is a not a recipe for long term success, and Babers has admitted he needs more players to step up. It hasn’t happened yet.Running gameSU’s rushing attack that appeared to turn a corner against Clemson and Miami regressed against FSU. While Dungey ran for his career high, Strickland took 10 carries for 20 yards and sophomore Moe Neal had six carries for the same output. Besides a forgetful September day at North Carolina State, when SU rushed for a total of 59 yards, Saturday’s 40 yards was the worst production from SU’s non-Dungey rushers so far this season. Commentslast_img read more

Online Lenders Target Middle Class

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – With stagnant wages and a significant increase in the cost of living, America’s dwindling middle class is often forced to meet the gap with credit—a cycle that can quickly spin out of control.Since 2008 the middle class has seen very little, if any, increase in salary. A CNW survey found the average annual pay increase among middle-class Caribbean-Americans in South Florida increased an average of two percent over the past two years ranging from 3.5 percent to 1.5 percent.In the meantime, the cost of living has skyrocketed, buoyed, according to Bloomberg by a 26 percent in housing costs, higher for those who rent; 33 percent increase in medical care, and a whopping 47 percent in college education.The sum result is that only 13 percent of those surveyed had any disposable income remaining after paying their monthly debt, and a worrying 29 percent were in a hole with insufficient funds to sustain purchase of groceries and pay monthly utility bills.With personal commercial bank loans difficult to obtain, most are turning to relatively new kind of lenders—online installment lenders—to make ends meet.Caribbean-American Audley, who lives in Tamarac and earns $49,000 per year, bought his house two years ago but struggled each month to pay the bills. With a credit score of 705 he was offered and applied for an online loan of $10,000. Within 24 hours he was approved for $7,330, requiring him to repay $274 monthly over 36 months.“It was such a relief getting the loan,” Audley said. For the first few months, I made the payments easily, but eventually, I was again struggling and in a worse situation, especially as the repayments are mandatorily deducted from my bank account monthly. I am now thinking of filing bankruptcy.”While lower-income Americans tend to turn to traditional payday loan lenders for a maximum of $500 repayable the next payday, these online lenders entice borrowers with email-offer loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The loans are repayable over much longer periods, usually between 12 and 36 months, but at astronomically high interest rates. CNW found some people with these loans were making repayments with compounded interest rates as high as 36 percent per annum.When people are strapped for cash, with mounting debt and experiencing sleepless nights, it’s understandable that they can be easily influenced by an email offer from one of several companies like Plain Green Loans and National Debt Relief, who offer large loans, a longer repayment period and a quick and simple online application and approval process.The basic criteria in getting these loans is a Social Security number, employment verification, a fair to good credit score and a valid bank account. Another enticing element is that most of these loans are offered for debt consolidation, the very same solution many middle-class families are seeking.Although these loans are relatively easy to obtain, people must be cautious in borrowing them. While the loans may help initially, the repayment can increase the borrower’s debt load, and could put them on the path to eventual bankruptcy.In the first 12 months of these online loans, some 85 percent of the repayment is allocated to interest, so to pay off the loan earlier than agreed, borrowers find that the principal balance is almost as high as the total amount borrowed.And, as the demand for credit from the middle class grows, lenders are flocking to the online installment loan market.“Installment loans are a cash cow for creditors, but a devastating cost to borrowers,” said Margot Saunders, senior counsel for the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group.But as CNW realized, with so many middle-class residents struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages, credit is a lifeline and a burden they’re willing to bear.last_img read more

Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football

first_img StumbleUpon Submit YGAM delivers gambling education to UNISON members August 13, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Problem gambling campaigning groups Gambling With Lives and The Big Step will deliver a letter to the prime minister ,Boris Johnson, today calling for an end to gambling sponsorship in football.The groups claim that football’s relationship with betting is at ‘saturation point’, with the letter to be delivered as The Big Step completes its journey from Reading to Downing Street via six football clubs with gambling shirt sponsors.The letter states: “We believe there would be considerable support for a ban from fans. A recent survey by the Football Supporters’ Association found that only 13% of fans would be happy for their club to be sponsored by a gambling company.”This is despite a survey last year that suggested 71% of fans of the English Football League were comfortable with gambling sponsorship. The groups are pushing for a ban on gambling logos on any football kit, pitchside perimeter advertising, in-stadia advertising of gambling companies and league sponsorships.The letter added: “We are deeply concerned that impressionable young fans are being desensitised to the severe risks of addiction through gambling normalisation in football.”Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the new standards body, Betting and Gaming Council, said: “We take our responsibility to protect young people and those at risk of harm incredibly seriously.“As part of our safer gambling commitments, our members have already introduced a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on advertising during sport; substantially increased funding for research, education and treatment; implemented new ID and age-verification checks; ended any suggestion of exclusive rights to screen FA Cup games and will ban betting with credit cards.“We are determined to drive big changes across the betting and gaming industry.”Dugher added: “Millions of people regularly enjoy a flutter and do so safely and we will ensure that our standards are the highest in the world.”Last week, William Hill decided to end its sponsorship with the Scottish FA amid reports that it is ‘distancing itself’ away from football sponsorship, whilst Sportpesa and Everton FC also announced that the organisations were bringing its sponsorship partnership to an end two years early. Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

The Esports Roundtable: Hans Christian Dürr, FC Schalke 04 Esports

first_imgThe Esports Roundtable is a podcast that hosts different guests each and every week, discussing all things business in esports. This week’s installment features the Head of Esports at FC Schalke 04, Hans Christian Dürr. Naturally, he discusses FC Schalke 04’s involvement in esports, and how he believes traditional sports teams should enter the world of esports.Dürr introduces himself to kick off the forty minutes of discussion, explaining that he was only 13 when he first got into competitive gaming. Playing Quake – which later became banned in Germany due to the level of violence it contains – alongside his friends as it provided them with good experience playing in a competitive capacity. From there, they formed a team and their own LAN party. It didn’t take long for them to compete in online tournaments playing Quake 2, which led to travelling around Germany to compete and earn some money.Hans Christian Dürr, FC Schalke 04 EsportsFrom there, the conversation moves onto Dürr’s time with Splyce and his time coaching them to Worlds. He remained modest when it comes to the team’s success, explaining he believes it mostly the players that got them to that point – of course the players are the ones competing, but coaches are widely believed to have an important role in an esports title such as League of Legends. He noted that he’s not a high ELO player, opting to refrain from discussing in-game tactics with players – instead hiring the people who can have those conversations.The podcast turns to FC Schalke 04’s time in esports, which started roughly – they were the only team to be relegated from the EU LCS, and in their first season. Dürr joined the sports club in October 2017 as its Head of Esports, with his first move being the hiring of Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels as the head of the EU LCS team.After that, the topic switched to teams from traditional sports making the transition into competitive gaming. Dürr hopes that more teams get involved alongside the recent franchising developments in esports – the EU LCS, for example, is following NA LCS’s franchised league format from 2019. He also discusses the ease of entering esports as a traditional sports club when picking up a game such as FIFA.Plenty of other conversations take place throughout the rest of the podcast, including Dürr’s management style, how he goes about hiring the right people for specific jobs, and how that can build a culture that breeds success.Dürr commented after the episode: “We are all so excited to build something together with FC Schalke Esports, we were competitive this split but ultimately we are looking at the long term for this roster and management team. As I mentioned in the show, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to feel like I can be directly responsibly for our success in Esports. This isn’t the case in more established endemic teams. Thanks for all the support this split!”Joe Hills, LFG and The Esports RoundtableSpeaking to Esports Insider, Joe Hills, Founder and Host of The Esports Roundtable, also commented on this episode:”This conversation couldn’t come at a better time with Riot announcing more details on how they will be franchising the EU LCS next year. I think F.C Schalke’s investment and dedication to League + their huge local fan base makes them top contenders for a slot in 2019.”Hills is the Founder of Looking for Group, an esports executive recruitment company and has worked to achieve placements for many high profile individuals in the burgeoning esports industry.last_img read more

Goals galore as RtD U-18 see off Everton

first_imgRight to Dream Academy’s U-18 team beat Everton 5:3 in an explosive clash in Merseyside as the Ghanaian Academy continued their tour of the UK on Tuesday, 30th July, 2013.RtD stormed into a 2:1 lead in the first half but five goals were scored between the two sides in the second half as the game came to life.Gareth Henderby’s team went into the game with a lot of determination having missed out on a final place at the Gothia Cup after losing 1:0 to Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna, who eventually lost to Everton, about two weeks ago.Divine Naah continued his fine form and put RtD in the lead but the home side drew level before Benjamin Tetteh restored his side’s lead after good work by Aremeyaw Muntari.But just when they thought it was all too easy, Everton hit back after the break to draw level. But Aremeyaw hit back instantly to put RtD 3:2 up.Divine Naah, who is in a form of his life after netting five times in the recent Gothia Cup and also scoring a brace in the 6:0 rout over Preston North End, rounded up the game. Naah scored a wonderful goal and later converted from the spot.Everton suggested a comeback was on when they scored to make it 5-3 late into the game, but that would prove to be the final score.The U-18’s arrived in Manchester last week to start the UK leg of their tour of Europe following their participation in the Gothia Cup, where they reached the semi finals.last_img read more

Sylvester Provencio aggravate battery trial to restart at 1 p.m. today

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County jury has been excused by Judge Scott McQuin for the weekend and reconvenes at 1 p.m. today to hear more testimony in the trial of Sylvester Provencio, accused of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and a deprivation of motor vehicle misdemeanor.  Monday will mark Day 5 in a trial that has already pitted significant legal haggling between the state of Kansas and Provencio defense attorney Jess Hoeme of the Wichita firm Joseph Hollander and Craft. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is accused of assaulting two older Caldwell men on April 22, 2015 in rural Sumner County over an incident that started with a white Toyota pickup that was stuck in the mud during the midnight hour. Nick Reedy, 33, also of Caldwell, who was with Provencio that night, has already pled guilty to aggravated battery charges during a plea bargain agreement earlier in the week.  Much of Thursday and Friday’s court proceedings dealt with police evidence from the investigation including two key pieces —  a metal pipe which was found on the floorboard of the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac recovered after the melee in Caldwell, and the whereabouts of Greg Schneider’s wallet that was missing and not found until the following fall during football season.  Provencio and Reedy are accused of stealing the Cadillac that Greg Schneider, 53, of Caldwell was driving when he met them that night. It was eventually recovered in Caldwell at the Reedy home.  Sources outside the courtroom said that pipe could have been used in the attack that would knock out Schneider, who suffered significant injuries that kept him in Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell for three days.  Schneider would later testify injuries from he assault still bother him over a year later. Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin deemed the piece of metal pipe as irrelevant to the case since it lacked enough blood sampling to produce conclusive DNA evidence.  The whereabout of the Schneider’s wallet, that allegedly included several credit cards, cash, and other items has also been a significant topic of debate throughout the two court days. The judge disallowed the testimony of a truck driver, who allegedly found the wallet in a field sometime later, because Spencer had not submitted his name on the witness list.  Through Thursday and Friday, 911 dispatchers and police detectives have been grilled by the defense on various investigative tactics in this case, that may have tainted the case. Hoeme has diligently focused on the lack of blood sampling by Sumner County detectives on Bryan Nispel’s pickup. Hoeme has also focused on the inability of the investigative detectives to specific place the location of the victims and the vehicles and the sequence of events.  Hoeme has also objected to the judge that witnesses called by the prosecution were talking amongst themselves in the hallway and collaborating on testimony when they were specifically sequestered from the courtroom and forbidden to talk about the case by Judge McQuin earlier in the week.  Schneider took the stand Thursday describing the April 2015 events. He reiterated an earlier testimony of Nispel, in which the two men had played cards at Joe B’s Tavern in Caldwell before driving home in separate vehicles east of the community. He said Nispel was in the lead driving a Dodge Ram while he was in the pink Cadillac. Nispel passed by the stuck pickup that was in the ditch south of U.S. 81 and telephoned Schneider to stop because someone might have needed some help.  Schneider said from the witness stand, that when he stopped it appeared Provencio and Reedy were arguing with one another. And then Townsend, who would later flee the scene, would come up and apologize to him on the way they were acting which he thought was rather strange.  The 55-year-old said he got out of the Cadillac and was approached by Provencio who asked him “do you know who I am?” Schneider said he responded by saying “I know a lot about you.”  Schneider said Provencio appeared to take exception with his answer and started coming toward him. That was when Nispel pulled up in his pickup for the first time and asked what the issue was. He said that Provencio redirected his attention to Nispel and that left him with Reedy which Schneider said was nice to him at first but seemed to change his disposition thereafter.  Eventually, Nispel and Provencio were in the ditch fighting and Schneider was brawling with Reedy. After Nispel was able to escape Provencio in the adjacent ditch, he ran back to his Dodge Ram pickup and told Schneider that they needed to leave. He got in his pickup and proceeded south to turn around the Dodge.  The next moment Schneider said he doesn’t remember and blacked out, and would remember little else for the rest of the evening.  Schneider said he suffered from three broken teeth, a tongue swelling, two broken ribs, contusion to his kidney and other injuries. He described going to physical therapy over the past year and to this day suffers headaches.  He said his sleep patterns have changed and he has to take many more naps than what he previous had before the attack. Âlast_img read more

Pitt in unfamiliar position in return to NCAAs

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NCAA tournament held opening weekend games at Consol Energy Center last spring, a few hundred feet from Tray Woodall’s front door. The Pittsburgh guard, however, wanted none of it.“We weren’t in the tournament so I didn’t go over there,” Woodall said. “I was frustrated.”A year later, Woodall and the Panthers are back in the middle of the madness.Following a lost season in which Pitt missed the tournament for the first time in over a decade, the eighth-seeded Panthers (24-8) will play ninth-seeded Wichita State (26-8) in the second round of the West Region in Salt Lake City on Thursday.While senior center Dante Taylor admitted he was a little surprised to see a team that went 12-6 in the Big East drop all the way to an eighth seed, it certainly beats the alternative of not being in the tournament at all.“I definitely think it’s something we’re going to use to our advantage,” Taylor said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. Yeah we usually are higher but we’ve got to prove to people we deserve to be higher.”Pitt hasn’t been seeded so low in the NCAA since being a ninth-seed in 2005, when the Panthers were knocked off by Pacific in the opening round. Woodall cautioned Pitt could make another early exit if it takes the Shockers lightly.“We said while we were watching the (selection) show, we basically could be playing Gonzaga but if we do that we’re overlooking” Wichita, Woodall said. “We want to win. Me and Dante want to go out on top. We want to make a big run.”It’s something the Panthers failed to do in their final go-round at the Big East tournament last week. Pitt qualified as the fourth seed and earned a double-bye but never really got going in a 62-59 loss to Syracuse.The Panthers shot just 37 percent from the floor and never led over the final 28 minutes. Taylor earned five stitches over his right eye while battling for a rebound and has missed two straight practices and his vision out of the eye remains blurry. He didn’t practice Sunday but insisted “I’ll be good” by Thursday.Pitt will certainly need him against the Shockers, who average a robust 38.4 rebounds per game and will hardly be intimidated against a team that has looked vulnerable at times. The Panthers went just 5-7 against teams that made the NCAA field and have five players making their NCAA tournament debuts, including starting point guard James Robinson and center Steven Adams.The 7-foot Adams, a New Zealand native, is still trying to get a handle on the NCAAs. It was never a priority while growing up half a world away.“It never interested me at all,” Adams said with a laugh.Things have changed in the last few weeks.  He called the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden for the Big East tournament an eye opener and believes he’s better prepared to handle the pressure that comes this time of year.“I’ve been progressing,” he said. “I’ve been quite happy about it as I’ve been gaining a bit more confidence here or there.”Even if the bank of TVs turned to the selection show and the murmur that went up when Pitt’s name finally popped up caught him by surprise. Adams has no real sense of what the seeding means. He just knows one loss and the season is over.“I don’t really care who we play, just so long as we win,” Adams said.It’s an ethos preached by coach Jamie Dixon. While he anticipated a team that finished fourth in the Big East getting a friendlier seed, he pointed out “nobody except the ones are probably happy with their seeds.”Besides, for once Pitt enters the tournament under the radar. For a program still searching for its first Final Four appearance in the modern era, that’s not a bad thing. The Panthers were a No. 1 seed two years ago only to fall victim to eighth-seeded Butler in the second round.How fitting if they could earn a chance to turn the tables provided they can beat Wichita State first. Pitt dominated the last meeting between the two schools in 2009, rolling to a 68-55 victory behind 19 points from Woodall.It seems like a long time ago, but for veterans Woodall and Taylor the mission remains the same.“We’ve just got to go in and handle business,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to get the W.”QUOTE OF THE DAY“They didn’t even tell me there was going to be a whole bunch of people here. They just told me there was going to be food. So I said, ‘Sweet, food,” Pittsburgh freshman center Steve Adams, who grew up in New Zealand and had no idea why his teammates and a few hundred Panthers fans were gathering to watch the tournament selection show. –AP FINAL BIG EAST BATTLE–Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams (13) goes up past Syracuse’s C.J. Fair during the Big East Conference tournament, March 14,  in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)last_img read more

The Authority and Role of the World’s Central Banks

first_imgA central bank, reserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages a state’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. Central banks also usually oversee the commercial banking system of their respective countries. In contrast to a commercial bank, a central bank possesses a monopoly on increasing money supply in the nation, and usually also prints the national currency, the nation’s legal tender.The earliest semblance (appearance) of a bank controlling money in a country was created in the Song Dynasty in China.  It was the first to issue generally circulating paper currency.  The Yuan Dynasty was the first to use notes as the predominant circulating medium. The medieval (of the Middle Ages – from the 5th to the 15th century) European Knights Templar ran an early prototype of a central banking system, as their promises to pay were widely respected.   Many believe this laid the basis for the modern banking system.The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Federal Reserve of the United States are examples of a modern central bank. The primary function of a central bank is to manage the nation’s money supply (monetary policy), interest rates, setting the reserve requirement, and acting as a lender of last resort to the banking sector during times of bank insolvency or financial crisis.The Bank of Amsterdam, established in 1609, is considered to be the forerunner to modern central banks.The Bank of England, the model on which most modern central banks are based, was devised by Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, in 1694.The US Federal Reserve was created by the U.S. Congress through the passing of The Federal Reserve Act in the Senate and its signing by President Woodrow Wilson on December 23, 1913. Australia followed in 1920, Colombia, 1923, Mexico and Chile, 1925 and Canada and New Zealand, following the Great Depression, 1934, and Brazil in 1965. African and Asian nations established central banks after independence. Liberia established the National Bank of Liberia in the 1970s and its Central Bank in 1979.The People’s Bank of China became the country’s Central Bank in 2000 after the adoption of a generally capitalist approach to its export economy.Central banks usually also have supervisory powers, in order to prevent bank runs and to reduce the risk of commercial banks and other financial institutions engaging in reckless or fraudulent behavior. Central banks in most developed nations are institutionally designed to be independent from political interference.  Still, limited control by the executive and legislative bodies usually exists.But NEVER in history has any Legislature or Congress been directly involved in minting (making) currency.  They have neither the skill nor expertise for that; rather, it is economists and others versed in monetary matters that do.So Liberian Senator Armah Zulu Jallah’s statement that the Legislature “made an error by allowing some of its constitutional functions to be taken over by the Central Bank” is nothing short of preposterous (absurd, laughable). Even more laughable was his assertion that the Legislature had “reserved the authority to print currency.”Let us make it clear, however, that it is not the CBL’s designated responsibility to mint currency that irks (bothers) the Legislature. Had it been simply that, both Houses would not have gone so far as to attempt punishing the CBL Governor and his Board of Directors and staff by banning them from contesting the forthcoming elections.  No, it was the CBL’s empowerment of impoverished Liberians, who otherwise had absolutely NO access to credit, that terribly bothered the Legislators.  Why?  They reckoned that by reaching out to what Jesus called “the least of these, my brethren,” something without historical precedence,  CBL Governor Mills Jones, his Board and staff had gained tremendous political capital, making every Senator and Representative nervous.  Hence the unanimous vote in the Senate, and the overwhelming concurrence in the House to bar anyone from the CBL from contesting in the forthcoming elections.What these Legislators do not realize is that the Central Bank has the authority to improve and stabilize the Liberian economy and make credit democratically accessible.  In a country ravaged by fratricidal strife because of POVERTY, what better way to stabilize economy than by reaching out to the poor and underprivileged, in a deliberate attempt to bring them into the money economy.  Who else can do that except that body created and authorized to manage the nation’s money?This is aside from the REALITY ON THE GROUND: THE LIBERIAN ECONOMY IS DOMINATED BY FOREIGNERS, DUE CHIEFLY TO THE LACK OF CREDIT AMONG LIBERIAN NATIONALS.That is why the Daily Observer has asked, ON WHOSE BEHALF IS THE SENATE ACTING?The answer is clear: they are acting–so they think–on their own behalf because they fear political competition; and also on behalf of foreign interests whose financial support would be GUARANTEED if the Legislators maintain the status quo: the continued foreign domination of the Liberian economy and Liberia itself.Fortunately, the people are already shouting their disapproval and rejection. So far, the Daily Observer has published statements from at least eleven groups who have already spoken out against the bill: the Liberian National Student Union (LINSU), the Liberian Electoral College, the Motorcyclists Union, the Concerned Students Movement of Liberia, Progressive Students Alliance of Liberia, the Patriotic Intellectuals of Liberia, the Movement for Justice in Liberia, Consortium of Intellectuals in Liberia, and the Criminal Justice Student Association, the Rural Dwellers Consciousness Movement of Liberia and the Liberia Labor Congress have spoken, as well as constitutional lawyer TiawonGongloe. It is also our understanding that student unions from every major university across the countryhave also spoken out against this bill.Fellow Liberians, the die is cast. We must peacefully but forcefully resist the tyranny of the Legislature. If we do not, they will continue to arrogate unto themselves more and more power, paving the way for a violent eruption of anger and frustration.We call upon the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to without hesitation veto this bill.We also call upon the Supreme Court, to use the “power of judicial review” given it by Chapter 1, Article 2 of the Constitution of Liberia, “to declare any inconsistent laws unconstitutional”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Canucks beat Rampage in game five of 2019 Coy Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Rampage took on the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Thursday afternoon for game five of the 2019 Coy Cup.At the end of the first period, the score was tied at 0-0.By the end of the second period, the score was tied again but this time at one apiece.- Advertisement -In the end, the Canucks would beat the Rampage 4-1.Up next, game six of the Coy Cup takes place tonight, Thursday, as the Fort St. John Flyers take on the Williams Lake Stampeders with puck drop at 8:00 p.m.You can listen to the Flyers Coy Cup games live on 100.1 Moose FM or through the online player.Advertisement The 2019 Coy Cup runs now until March 30 at the North Peace Arena.Tickets are available at the North Peace Arena three hours before puck drop of each game starting at noon.Here is the full 2019 Coy Cup schedule:Official 2019 Coy Cup Schedule. Source FSJ FlyersAdvertisementlast_img read more

Alarming teen pregnancy rate recorded in Region 1

first_img…259 cases documented in 11 monthsAs teenage pregnancy continues to be of major concern, Region One (Barima-Waini) recorded a whopping 259 cases between the period January 1 and November 30 this year.Dr Latchmie LallDuring those 11 months, health authorities in that region discovered that of 850 persons living in that area, 259 females between the ages of 12 to 19 were pregnant.The startling statistics reveal an increase of 70 per cent, to date, when comparing data for the period January to December 2018, where 152 pregnancies were recorded in Region One.According to Region One’s Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Latchmie Lall, the figure will be higher when accumulating data for this month since it has been brought to her attention that more pregnancies occurred after the end of November in the region. Dr Lall noted that the figures garnered in Region One in relation to teenage pregnancy is also fuelled by the large influx of Venezuelan migrants that seek health services there.“We have seen a very large influx of migrants and daily we are seeing many patients at our hospitals. More and more diagnoses are being made with some of those infections being transferred back into the city,” she said.The RHO also disclosed that the region’s Maternal and Child Health programme has resulted in more women reaching out to have family planning done.She stated that this has resulted in a significantly high number of contraceptive implants being used as they seek to curb their “child making” approaches.“This I must say is mainly from the migrants while all the migrants are being vaccinated so we have had to increase our vaccination programme as it has been very active as it seeks to cater for all the migrants. It doesn’t only cover outlining areas but riverine areas too that are seeing migrants,” Dr Lall said.Earlier this year, global statistics showed that Guyana has a high rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean.In June of this year, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence stated that a recently conducted Situation Analysis Report on Adolescents in Guyana revealed that the fertility rate is above average, especially among Indigenous girls, where there are 74 of every 1000 between the ages 15 and 19 living in Regions One, Seven and Nine becoming pregnant.At that time, the Minister pointed out that Regions One, Seven and Nine are the burdened areas, where the rate of adolescent pregnancies remains consistently high due to a number of contributing factors, but she maintained that plans are underway to target those factors.last_img read more

Warda opens fresh #MeToo debate in Egypt

first_img0Shares0000The suspension and reinstatement of Egypt player Amr Warda has sparked a national debate about sexual harassment © AFP/FileCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 30 – After getting kicked off the national squad, Egyptian footballer Amr Warda, accused of rampant sexual harassment, has been reinstated for the African Cup of Nations amid a heated debate about women’s rights.In a scandal that emerged online last week, social media became the vehicle for driving the vexing issue which has taken on more prominence in the #MeToo era. The midfielder was sidelined by the Egyptian football federation last week but in a stunning reversal, that took less than 48 hours, he was on the pitch Saturday with a beaming smile and waving a peace victory sign.Multiple women had posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments, as well as explicit videos attributed to the player.A day after the initial ban last Wednesday, Warda apologised publicly to his family and teammates in a brief, 16-second Facebook video, but pointedly did not mention his victims.Egypt, the most populous Arab country, continues to be one of the worst offenders for sexual harassment. Reactions have ranged from the pious to the political, with many celebrities coming out to defend Warda and others pointing out his lurid history of sexual misconduct.A 2013 United Nations survey noted that 99 percent of all women in Egypt have been sexually abused, either physically or verbally.– ‘Socially devastating’ –Several of the national team’s players, including star player Mohamed Salah, called on the EFA to reinstate Warda in the team’s lineup in the wake of the scandal. The association, riddled with many administrative issues, duly responded with a statement on Friday confirming that his return comes “amid a spirit of solidarity… to delight the fans on the field”.Warda was “punished for his personal conduct in the first round of the competition,” EFA spokesman Osama Ismail explained to AFP.He pointed the finger at social media for highlighting Warda’s previous indiscretions.“Whose interests are being served that the video is making the rounds if the facts are old or the clip has been doctored?” he said.In 2017, Portuguese club CD Feirense terminated Warda’s contract over claims that he sexually harassed the wives of two of his team-mates.His tenure lasted only three days and he was transferred to Greek club PAOK. He now plays for another Greek club, Atromitos.Tarek Talaat, a sport s journalist with local football site Yalla Kora, said the EFA’s decision had been weak.“It’s the players’ right to support Amr Warda but the association should have been stronger and not reneged on the ethical decision it took,” he told AFP.He believes that the long-term consequence of this decision for football development, especially for boys in Egypt, will be “socially devastating” because they will entrench regressive attitudes towards women.– ‘Getting away with harassment’ –One of the most popular Twitter hashtags in the wake of Salah and others defending the midfielder was “National team of sexual harassers”.Salah faced a backlash from many users after saying Warda deserved a “second chance” and that “shunning is not the answer”.Many of Salah’s fans noted his hypocritical line of argument. In an April interview with Time magazine, he vehemently defended women’s rights in the region.Azza Soliman, a prominent women’s right advocate and lawyer, expressed her shock at the players defence of Warda. Ahmed El Mohamedi, the team captain, raised two fingers in the air in support of Warda, who wears the number 22 jersey, in the Pharoahs’ last match against DR Congo.“This crystallises how (Egyptian) society at large and the regime deal with cases of sexual harassment and their attitude to women,” the award-winning human rights veteran told AFP.“He is not being seen as a criminal. This case shows that a harasser can get away with it,” she added.She criticised how authorities have remained silent on the matter and that Warda was not being charged, even though sexual harassment is a criminal offence in Egyptian law.Egypt were facing Uganda on Sunday, but Warda is not expected to play again until the knockout stage that starts next week.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Not a day to labor away

first_imgIn the morning … 7 a.m. to noon: Head over to the annual Labor Day Breakfast offered by San Pedro United Methodist Church, 580 W. Sixth St., San Pedro. Cost: $5 for adults; $2.50 for children. After breakfast … 10 a.m. and noon: Check out the 28th annual Labor Day Parade, Rally and Picnic featuring speakers, music and hot dogs. The march starts at 10 a.m. at Broad Avenue and E Street, Wilmington. The rally begins at noon at Banning Park. Afternoon fun … 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: It’s the last day of Fiesta Hermosa, which means the last day to get your fill of the vendors, music, food, carnival, beer and wine garden, and pony rides. It’s held at Hermosa and Pier avenues in Hermosa Beach; shuttles run throughout the day. Go to www.fiestahermosa.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

In 1992, Huckabee urged isolation for AIDS patients

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.” As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies. Huckabee said Saturday that his comments came at a time when the public was still learning about HIV and AIDS and promised to do “everything possible to transform the promise of a vaccine and a cure into reality.” In 1992, Huckabee wrote, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.” When asked about AIDS research in 1992, Huckabee complained that AIDS research received an unfair share of federal dollars when compared to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. “In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified,” Huckabee wrote. “An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.” Huckabee said in a prepared statement released by his campaign Saturday afternoon that he called for quarantine when there was a lot of confusion about how AIDS is spread. “We now know that the virus that causes AIDS is spread differently, with a lower level of contact than with TB,” Huckabee said. “But looking back almost 20 years, my concern was the uncertain risk to the general population – if we got it wrong, many people would die needlessly. My concern was safety first, political correctness last.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Unique fashion show coming to the Mount Errigal on Thursday

first_imgOne of the best fashion shows in years is coming to the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this Thursday evening (May 31st) – with a sell-out crowd expected.The professionally-run event is a fundraiser for the St Eunan’s Minor Girls footballers. They are representing Donegal and Ireland at the Continental Youth Championships in August.And the latest fashions will be on display from brilliant local stores including Clare Clothing, La Touche, Evolve Menswear, Pure Boutique and Brian McCormick. Keith Fletcher will be the compere on the evening as the latest offerings from the latest brands get a show down the runway.Tickets are selling fast and can be bought from the Mount Errigal Hotel reception between now and Thursday – priced at €10. (Tel 074 91 22700 to book).Doors open at 7pm with the full show getting underway at 8pm.  Unique fashion show coming to the Mount Errigal on Thursday was last modified: May 25th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:clare clothingevolve menswearfashion showLa ToucheMount Errigal HotelPurePure Boutique and Brian McCormick.St Eunan’s Minor Girlslast_img read more

Centre forward? Long-term contracts? Questions Arsenal must answer this summer

first_img Is it time up for players like Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? – There are a group of players whose careers have stood still at the Emirates. Wilshere, as one example, decided he’d had enough of his bit-part role last summer and joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan. It proved a largely futile move from the midfielder, who rather predictably had his campaign ended through injury in April, at a time when he was in and out of the Cherries side. There are plenty more than Wilshere unsure over their role in the team, too. Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are the leading players that haven’t settled under Wenger, despite each having been with the club for at least six years. Is it time that – as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have done in recent years – Arsenal used this summer to begin an overhaul of their squad? Most would say yes, but only if replacements instantly come in. 4 4 Will key players be tied down to long-term contracts? Read all about this below, then click the arrow above, right, to take a look at more questions Arsenal need to answer – As well as the future of Arsene Wenger, the 2016/17 season has been filled with reports over the possibility of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil forcing their way out of the club in the summer. Given they are the two prized assets of the team, it’s complete madness that Arsenal have allowed the pair to reach the final year of their contract. Should no new deal be agreed by either, the Gunners risk having to cash in now or allowing them to leave on a free transfer at the end of next term. Latest speculation has said both want £350,000-a-week to stay and, as greedy a move as this may be considered by some, that’s simply the price of Europe’s elite players in today’s market. 4 Arsene Wenger will remain at Arsenal for at least another two seasons.The Gunners frustratingly refused to comment on his future throughout a largely terrible campaign and waited until after their FA Cup final victory to announce his new deal.It’s a decision that might have angered many a Gooner, but there’s little room for such emotion with attention now turning to summer preparations for next term.So what should be a priority for Arsenal and Wenger over the next couple of months?We’ve listed the most pertinent questions the club must answer in the summer transfer window – scroll through the gallery above to check them out. Will a proven centre forward finally be signed? – The last three summers have seen Arsenal supporters screaming at their club’s board for failing to sign a centre forward. There’s certainly an argument that the Gunners need reinforcements in each position, but none more so than up top. Alexis Sanchez has been brilliant, while Olivier Giroud’s minutes to goals ratio has been outstanding; however, the pair are not enough. Almost 12 months ago, Gooners watched in frustration as a move for Alexandre Lacazette failed to materialise and before that it was Karim Benzema who seemed to be on his way to north London. The quality is out there, waiting to be snapped up with a big-money offer, and Arsenal have to act, with their rivals certain to increase their firepower. 4 Will they have to pay over the odds for players now they’re in the Europa League? – The competition may not have damaged Manchester United’s ability to bring in top players, but it could be an entirely different story for Arsenal. Even while in the Champions League, the Gunners have struggled to attract the so-called big players of the game. Their falling out of this competition, then, will be a major concern, with Wenger needing marquee signings more than ever. Faith in his ability to lead the team, despite a two-year deal, is at its lowest and the summer transfer window could have a huge impact on their start to the new campaign. But it might take the most lucrative of offers for those in their wish list to be persuaded to move to north London.last_img read more

GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS

first_imgMAC CUMHAILL’S CLUB LOTTOThere was no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 6,8,15,28There were 4 match 3 winners. Angela Crawford,PJ Mc Ardle,Sean Og Hannigan and P Mc NultyEach receives €40NEXT WEEK’S JACKPOT IS A MASSIVE €8,000€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100 €5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €250.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams will resume as follows, Under 6’s Boys and Girls: 5.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro Pitch. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls 6.30pm Wed 25th Jan on Astro pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys: Friday evenings 6.00pm. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865 Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.30All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm. All new players welcome.REGISTRATIONRegistration is now open for 2012. ALL players and members must be registered before 31March 2012. If you are not registered before this date, it will affect your player insurance and your voting rights at the AGM. Please contact Stephen Lynch. Cost of membership is: €70 for Family membership, € 30 for Adults and €10 for childrenFOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35. Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 for order form. IDEAL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.UNDER AGE TEAMS.Help is required for the 2012 season with different underage teams for boys & girls football and hurling/camogie. Any adult players or parents interested in helping out with the underage teams should contact Alan Martin at 0861723899. Previous coaching experience is not required.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome!CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon on 085 1503092 for more information.Donegal yearbook on sale from clubhouse or contact any executive member. Only €10GAA NOTES: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS was last modified: January 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sean MacCumhaill noteslast_img read more

SO MOTE IT BE: A RAMELTON MAN IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

first_imgJohn Patton’s Parole following his capture at Vicksburg in 1863BY DAMIEN SHIELS: Taken from his book The Irish In the American Civil War and reproduced on Donegal Daily with his permission.Surviving the American Civil War was no guarantee of a long and healthy life. Donegal native John Patton had served with distinction throughout the four years of conflict, first with the New Orleans Crescent Rifles and subsequently in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.Despite all the hazards he had endured, death came for him at the age of only 33, in 1872. He had been in the United States for a total of fifteen years, but in that time he had become firmly embedded in the New Orleans community. He was also a dedicated member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a group that accorded him every honour on his death. One of his fellow masons was also a journalist, who penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend in a local newspaper, ending his tribute with the quintessentially masonic phrase ‘So Mote it Be.’ Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal in 1838, John Patton emigrated to New Orleans in 1854 at the age of sixteen. It is probable he was a member of Quitman Lodge No. 76 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.Serving initially in Company A of the New Orleans Crescent Rifles, he joined Company I of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery in Yazoo City on 3rd May 1862, signing on for ‘three years or the war.’It would appear his service with the Mississippi Light almost ended as soon as it began, as he quickly found himself confined sick in hospital, where he would remain for a number of weeks in the late summer and early autumn.Eventually returning to his command, he and Company I became part of the force tasked with the defence of Vicksburg, the ‘Gibraltar of the Confederacy.’ He fought at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou in late December 1862, helping to defeat the first Federal efforts to gain control of the vital strategic city. During the siege of Vicksburg the following year John played a central role in his company’s activities, particularly after his commanding officer Lieutenant Bowman fell ill. When the city eventually surrendered to Ulysses Grant and the Union on 4th July 1863 John, now a First Sergeant, became a prisoner for the first time.He gave his parole and was eventually exchanged, and after a period as an Orderly Sergeant at Camp Cahaba in Alabama he rejoined his unit in the defences around Mobile. That August his commanding officer, recognising his organisational capabilities, recommended the Ramelton man for the position of Lieutenant and Adjutant, and he was duly appointed in November, 1864.He still held this position in April 1865, when the he was captured for a second time in what was his final action of the war, the campaign against Fort Blakely in April 1865. He was imprisoned for a time on Ship Island before returning to civilian life, having survived the trials of war. When illness eventually took him in 1872, his friends sought to make sure the Irish immigrant would not be forgotten.Here is John Patton’s obituary as it appeared in 1872:Death of Capt. John Patton. In our last issue the following notice appeared: DIED: In New Orleans on Friday morning, April 12, 1872, at 11 o’clock, of congestion of the brain, JOHN PATTON, aged 33 years 11 months and 8 days, a native of Ireland, and for the last fifteen years a resident of this city.It was not our intention to pass with so brief a mention the death of a worthy citizen and personal friend, but the lateness of the hour at which the melancholy intelligence was received precluded, until this issue, our paying to his memory an appropriate tribute.John Patton is dead. We are not often called upon to chronicle the passing away of so bright and noble a spirit as his. In his life there was a much for young men to emulate, much that added beauty to the world’s life. By his death a chord in the great and many toned lyre of nature has been broken. A bud has blossomed forth, and withered, and gone from among us to shine, let us trust, like a star upon the tree of immortal life. A good citizen in time of war and peace, a true friend, a loving brother, a devoted son, a faithful and affectionate husband has been taken from those he loved, and who loved him.He will meet with them around the family circle on this earth no more forever.Mr. Patton was an Irishman. He was born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal, on the 4th of May, 1838. Fortune did not smile upon his birth, but careing nothing for her frowns he immigrated when sixteen years of age, in 1854, and at the instance of the lamented John McFarland, who sacrificed his life with unselfish devotion upon the altar of Southern independence, John Patton cast his lot with the people of the South. He had qualities that eminently fitted him to hew his pathway through the rocks of life. He was just and true to all with whom he came in contact, and by his integrity, his independence, his manliness and his sterling business qualities, he soon won in his adopted country the confidence of those who knew him. With hundreds of friends he probably had not a single enemy. When the tocsin of war resounded throughout the length and breadth of the land, he was among the first to volunteer, and upon the 4th of April, 1861, marched as a private soldier with Company A, New Orleans Crescent Rifles, to the battle fields of Virginia. His term of service having expired, he re-enlisted in the 1st Mississippi Artillery Regiment, with which command he participated in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou and the siege of Vicksburg. Being made prisoner, he was for a time in the Federal military prison on Ship Island. After he was exchanged he participated in the desperate and bloody engagement at Blakely, Alabama, just before the surrender of Mobile, and laid down his arms at the general surrender. For his zealous attachment to the Confederate cause and his known gallantry he was promoted through all the non-commissioned grades; and during the last years of service held the rank of Captain and Adjutant of his regiment. No native son of the South put forth his energies in her defence with more earnestness. None gave his service with less thought of personal sacrifice. In all ages Erin has boasted of the bravery of her children; she has cause to be prouder of none more than him. The war being over, he returned to New Orleans with but little more of this world’s goods than were his when, eleven years before, as an immigrant Irish boy, he placed his foot upon American soil. His native energies had not deserted him, and he soon, by his unsurpassed business qualifications, occupied a position among the merchants of that city of which a much older man might well be proud.On Friday last, the 12th inst., he closed his eyes in that long sleep that knows no earthly waking, and on the succeeding day his remains were escorted to their final resting place by Quitman Lodge, No. 76, A., F. and A. M. (La.), and interred with all the honors and mystic rites of that most honorable and ancient order, there to remain until the general resurrection of the just. With them may we permitted to say: “The will of God is accomplished. So mote it be.” (1)References & Further ReadingJohn Patton Civil War Service Record, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery.The Semi-Weekly Citizen (Jackson) 19th April 1872. Death of Capt. John Patton.Company I, First Mississippi Light Artillery Marker at the Vicksburg BattlefieldCivil War Trust Battle of Vicksburg PageCivil War Trust Battle of Fort Blakely PageVicksburg National Military ParkHistoric Blakely State ParkThe letter recommending that John Patton be promoted to Adjutant of the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery, August, 1864SO MOTE IT BE: A RAMELTON MAN IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR was last modified: September 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Confederate ArmyDamian ShieldsJohn PattonRameltonlast_img read more

FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL AWARD

first_imgThe new year brought encouraging news for the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar as its most recent project – the leisure centre – has been short listed for an award in the 8th annual LAMA Community and Council Awards in association with IPB.The winner will be announced at a black tie ceremony hosted by Miriam O Callaghan in the Crowne Plaza ib Santry on January 25th.Nominated in the category best community based initiative by Donegal Co Co who have worked in partnership throughout with Finn Valley AC on the project which came to fruition in the Autumn of 2013. Valley A C chair Patsy Mc Gonagle described it as “a fantastic achievment to make the finals.”He thanked council staff  for their work on the nomination. FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardFinn Valley ACNominationpatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more

TD: “Equal pay for equal work must be a priority in the next budget”

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that public sector workers deserve equal pay for equal work, and that this must be a priority of the Government in the next budget.Speaking today, Teachta Doherty said; “The decision by Minister Donohoe to enter into talks with Unions regarding lower bands of pay for new entrants to the public sector is to be welcomed.“Some 58,000 new entrants to the public sector have been negatively affected by the cross-board cut to their pay scale imposed upon them in 2011.” Doherty estimates that the cost to rectify this over the course of a full year is €200 million; he adds that this must be rectified immediately, and “cannot be dragged out over years.”“Sinn Féin opposed the lower pay scales when they were imposed by the Government and have vigorously held successive Governments to account on this issue since. The issue of equal pay for equal work must be a priority for Minister Donohoe come the next budget.“There is now an opportunity to resolve this injustice through dialogue, and I hope that Minister Donohoe heeds this notice and makes this a priority for budget 2019.”TD: “Equal pay for equal work must be a priority in the next budget” was last modified: March 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:equal payPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

This Is Your Brain on Bytes

first_imgYou may now put an ice pack on your head and reboot.1.  Kalinovsky et al, “Development of Axon-Target Specificity of Ponto-Cerebellar Afferents,” Public Library of Science Biology, 9(2): e1001013. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001013.2.  A byte is 8 bits (in the ASCII encoding format).  Kilobyte=103 bytes.  Megabyte=106 bytes.  Gigabyte=109 bytes.  Terabyte=1012 bytes.  Petabyte=1015 bytes.  Exabyte=1018 bytes.  Each level represents 1000 times the prior category (103).  Those wanting to boggle their brains further can consider zettabytes (1000 exabytes), yottabytes (1000 zettabytes), brontobytes (1000 yottabytes), geobytes (1000 brontobytes)….While reading this article, your brain just outperformed all the computers on the planet, and your body stored genetic information that, if stored on CDs, would reach over halfway to Mars.  And who could forget the stunning analogy we published nine years ago about the information storage capacity of one cubic millimeter of DNA? (see 08/16/2002).  Facts are powerful things.  The information in this article could be taught with some clever presentation slides or posters.  Nothing is more effective than facts like these to make people reconsider assumptions about how the human body and brain came to be (see 01/19/2011 commentary).    Evolutionists want you to believe this all happened by chance, through mistakes, without purpose or guidance.  How about asking for a time out in your local high school biology teacher’s evolution spiel to write some of these facts on the board in front of the students?  Then say (nicely), “According to your textbook, evolution teaches that your brain, but not computers, got here by mistake.”  You don’t even have to put the school at risk of a lawsuit by setting off the alarms with the emotionally-charged phrase “intelligent design.”(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s mind-boggling time.  Some recent articles have tried to quantify the information capacity of the eye, the brain, and the world.  Ready?  Think hard.Eye boggle:  Your eyes contain about 120 million rods and 6 million cones each.  If each receptor represents a pixel, that is 2 x 126 million pixels, or 252 megapixels.  And remember – these are moving pictures, not stills (talk about high-def).  How can the brain transmit and process that much visual information?  The answer is, apparently, it uses compression – just like computers compress raw camera photos into more manageable JPEG images.  That’s the title of an article on Science Daily: “JPEG for the Mind: How the Brain Compresses Visual Information.”    The article begins, “The brain does not have the transmission or memory capacity to deal with a lifetime of megapixel images.  Instead, the brain must select out only the most vital information for understanding the visual world.”  Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that certain cells in the image transmission pathway apparently focus on highly curved edges that are the most informative, dropping flat edges – resulting in an 8-fold compression ratio comparable to the JPEG algorithm.  Eyesight compression, though, is done in-line, in real time, during the image transmission process (see also the 05/22/2003 entry).  Geeks will enjoy the punch line:“Computers can beat us at math and chess,” said [Ed] Connor [Johns Hopkins], “but they can’t match our ability to distinguish, recognize, understand, remember, and manipulate the objects that make up our world.  “This core human ability depends in part on condensing visual information to a tractable level.  For now, at least, the .brain format seems to be the best compression algorithm around.”Cerebellum boggle:  Your cerebellum (a portion of the brain near the brain stem) is important for motor functions, emotions and language.  Live Science claims that wiring in the cerebellum starts with “surprisingly bad wiring,” because axons seeking connections to granule cells of the cerebellum sometimes link up incorrectly to Purkinje cells.  But “bad wiring” may be in the eye of the beholder, because an international team found that “a substance known as bone morphogenetic protein 4, which plays a role in bone development, helped correct these errors.”    One of the researchers publishing in PLoS Biology explained,1 “What we demonstrate here is that you have a negative system that repels axons from an inappropriate target, thereby steering them to the right target.”  If it works, can it be called bad?  The authors said, “In summary, we show that the specificity of the synaptic connections in the ponto-cerebellar circuit emerges through extensive elimination of transient synapses.”  But that raises an interesting question: what regulates the regulators?Memory boggle:  Get ready for the punch line on this one.  An article on Live Science discussed the tipping point of human information technology from analog to digital storage.  In 2000, the article said, about 75% of the world’s information was stored in analog form (e.g., paper, analog tape, analog sound recordings).  By 2007, 93% of that information was stored digitally (computer files, digital tape, digital recordings).  Digital information can be quantified in the familiar bits, bytes, megabytes, gigabytes, yotta yotta yotta….2    Now that information can be quantified digitally, it’s possible to estimate all the human information in the world.  As of 2007, that quantity was 295 trillion megabytes (295 x 1018 bytes, or 295 exabytes), according to Martin Hilbert of USC.  Before divulging the punch line, let’s quote the article’s comparisons:Have a hard time imagining 295 trillion megabytes?  Hilbert suggests thinking of it this way: “If we would use a grain of sand to represent one bit each of the 295 trillion, we would require 315 times the amount of sand that is currently available on the world’s beaches.”For a better idea of what these numbers all mean, Hilbert and his colleague, Priscila L?pez of the Open University of Catalonia, express the information through other analogies.295 trillion megabytes is roughly:Equivalent to 61 CD-ROMs per person on Earth.  Piling up the imagined 404 billion CD-ROM would create a stack that would reach the moon and a quarter of this distance beyond.Enough that, if printed in newspapers that sold for $1 each, the United States’ entire global Gross Domestic Product would not be enough to buy them all.  (The cost would be 17 percent beyond the GDP.)Enough information to cover the entire area of the United States or China in 13 layers of books.Now the punch line: that incredibly huge amount of information represents “still only enough for 0.33 percent of the information that can be stored in all DNA molecules of one human adult.”  Let’s do the math: multiply all the values in the quote above by 300, and you get into the ballpark of the information storage inside your body: 94,500 times the grains of sand of all the world’s beaches; 18,300 CDs for every person on Earth, enough to reach over halfway to Mars; 350 times the GDP of the US if printed in $1 newspapers; enough to cover the US in 3,900 layers of books.  Now you know.Brain boggle:  If your mind is not sufficiently boggled yet, let’s finish with a measurement posted on Wired Science.  Author John Timmer of Ars Technica expanded on the work by Hilbert and L?pez to estimate the processing power of the human brain.  After several more mind-numbing analogies of the combined processing power of all the world’s computers, storage and memory, the article ended with another surprise.  First, Hilbert and L?pez estimated the combined processing power of all the world’s computers at 6.4 x 1018 operations per second.  Then, Timmer wrote: Lest we get too enamored with our technological prowess, however, the authors make some comparisons with biology.  “To put our findings in perspective, the 6.4*1018 instructions per second that human kind can carry out on its general-purpose computers in 2007 are in the same ballpark area as the maximum number of nerve impulses executed by one human brain per second,” they write.    Our total storage capacity is the same as an adult human’s DNA.  And there are several billion humans on the planet.last_img read more

SA among World’s Best for travel

first_imgThe Singita Sabi Sand (formerly the Singita Private Game Reserve), located within the Kruger National Park, was South Africa’s highest ranked hotel, scooping awards for the second best hotel overall in the world, second best small hotel in the world and the best hotel in Africa and the Middle East. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve was ranked as the seventh best hotel worldwide, second best in Africa and the Middle East, and the sixth best small hotel in the world. Ranked 20th overall is the Cape Grace in Cape Town, which also secured fifth best hotel in Africa and the Middle East. The Cape Grace was also voted as having the ninth best spa in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East region, and added to a select list of the best business hotels in Africa and the Middle East. Other South African hotels rated among the world’s 100 best hotels include:The Mala Mala Game Reserve located in Sabi Sands – 21st best hotel overall, 14th best overall small hotel and sixth best in Africa and the Middle East.The Londolozi Private Game Reserve also located in the Sabi Sands – 39th best overall and 11th best in Africa and the Middle East.The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town – ranked 61st best in the world and 17th best in Africa and the Middle East.Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek – 65th overall and 18th best in Africa and the Middle East.The Westcliff in Johannesburg – ranked 75th best hotel overall, 19th best in Africa and the Middle East and selected for a list of best business hotels in Africa and the Middle East.The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town – voted 99th best hotel worldwide and 20th best in Africa and the Middle East. Three South African companies made an appearance in the list for top 10 tour operators and safari outfitters in the world, with Micato Safaris retaining its first place ranking from 2006, Wilderness Safaris in fourth and Big Five Tours & Expeditions in ninth spot. Meanwhile, the picturesque city of Cape Town was voted as the 10th best city in the world and the best city in Africa and the Middle East. The World’s Best Awards survey, now in its 12th year, recognises the favourite hotels, cities, islands, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines and car rental agencies of the readers of the world’s largest circulation travel magazine. The poll results for the best city, hotel, island, airline, cruise line and tour operators and safari outfitters appeared in the August issue of Leisure + Travel, wile the list of best spas appeared in the October issue.Useful linksWorld’s Best Awards: www.travelandleisure.com…South African Tourism: www.southafrica.netBig Five Tours & Expeditions: www.bigfive.comCape Grace: www.capegrace.comCape Town: www.tourismcapetown.co.zaKruger National Park: www.sanparks.org…Le Quartier Français: www.lequartier.co.zaLondolozi Private Game Reserve: www.londolozi.co.zaMala Mala Game Reserve: www.malamala.comMicato Safaris: www.micato.comMount Nelson Hotel: www.mountnelson.co.zaSabi Sabi Private Game Reserve: www.sabisabi.comSingita Sabi Sand: www.singita.comTable Bay Hotel: www.suninternational.com…The Westcliff: www.westcliff.co.zaWilderness Safaris: www.wilderness-safaris.comlast_img read more

8 Tech Companies That Announced Funding Today: Which is Most Likely to Change the World?

first_imgWe’re highlighting eight diverse companies that announced venture capital investments today. Investors have made a wager on each of these companies, but the odds are only so good for the group. We want to know, readers, which one do you think is most likely to prove viable and change the world? We’ve got a photo-based social networking site (looks like another fun means of communication), a question and answer site where different folks from programmers to home cooks can get their questions answered, a web-based advertising platform and five more promising companies to pay attention to. We also reveal who interested you voted the most interesting out of yesterday’s line up.Yesterday’s poll winner was HubSpot, which raised $32m. HubSpot makes marketing software geared for small and medium-sized businesses and it earned 39% of RWW readers’ vote.Today’s Companies:StumbleUpon, the popular discovery engine that recommends the best sites for interests that the user specifies, raised $17m in a Series B round of financing. Tier 3, a cloud-computing service based in Seattle, raised $8.5m. DailyBooth is a photo-based social networking site, which enables users to capture images of themselves and upload them daily in a process known as, “boothing.” It raised $6m in its first round of funding. Stack Exchange recently changed its name from Stack Overflow and raised $12m in a Series B round of of funding. Stack Exchange is a network of 46 question and answer sites, covering a wide breadth of topics. For example, I explored the cooking forum and learned about how to prevent my homemade soup from sticking to the bottom of my pot. Flite (formerly Widgetbox) is a web-based advertising platform that raised $12m in Series C investments. Grid2Home, a smart grid software developer based in San Diego, raised $12m according to an SEC filing.Startup Digest, a members-only email service that lists the best startup opportunities and happenings in 50+ cities raised $200,000 in funding from the Kauffman Foundation. MindSnacks makes learning games for touch-based devices and it raised $1.2m from an assortment of investors. Their focus is on short, “bite-sized,” interactive language learning experiences.Again, we’ve got eight very different companies raising funding, which do you think could take that money and change the world? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… leela cyd ross Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Venture Funding#web last_img read more

Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers passes while under pressure from Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, United States—Memories of being dethroned as champions last year by the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history spur the Golden State Warriors in a redemption quest against Cleveland in this year’s rematch.The third consecutive best-of-seven title showdown between the Warriors and Cavaliers opens Thursday (Friday, Manila) with Golden State’s 2015 win and Cleveland’s stinging rally from 3-1 down last June adding to the anticipated drama for two superstar-filled squads.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LeBron James speaks out against racism after home vandalized Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “We’re going to face adversity,” James said. “They have been the best team in the league the last three years and they have added an incredible player in Kevin Durant.“They’re going to challenge us offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. We’ve got to be up for the challenge.“I feel very good about our chances. Very good.”Warriors seek ‘dynasty’ tag The Warriors are off to the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0, but they had won a record 73 regular season games last season and felt empty when they couldn’t win the title.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” Thompson said.And familiarity has most assuredly bred contempt as well as respect on both sides.“Whenever you’re in the playoffs against a team a bunch of times, you start to get annoyed a little bit because you know the other guy and you want to kick his butt and you want to outplay him every possession,” Cleveland center Tristan Thompson said.Warriors forward Draymond Green shrugged off any redemption notion, saying the desire to become a dynasty matters more than revenge.“Goal is to win a championship. I don’t really think you need extra motivation to do that,” Green said. “I don’t know if 3-1 has been mentioned in our locker room one time this year. MOST READ “It obviously still hurts a lot… It kills you. But we learned from it,” said Warriors guard Klay Thompson. “You can feel that redemption. It’s natural. Beat the guys who beat you.“But you just have that in the back of your mind. Don’t let it overtake what’s at stake, but you can feel a little redemption if you want. Whatever gets you going. Our fans definitely feel that way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogiesThey figure to be electrified for the opener after watching the Cavaliers celebrate their first crown on the Warriors’ court in a seventh-game thriller. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It has been a great motivating factor,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I have great memories of (2015) and terrible memories of last year, but they’re both lessons you can learn going into this series.“We know some of their tendencies and just have a better familiarity with how we’re going to be successful against them. But, yeah, I don’t want to feel what I felt last year. Going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that perspective.“You have to learn from it. You can’t hold on to it. You use it as fuel.”Cavaliers star LeBron James, who sparked the fightback last year to bring his beloved Cleveland its first major sports crown in 52 years, knows the Warriors have extra motivation.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “When you’re chasing greatness, that’s the expectation. You don’t need something to motivate you. For us that’s the goal anyway, to try to build a dynasty and be great each and every time we step on the floor. That’s all the motivation we need.”Opener will set the tone Cleveland’s desire to defend the title is mighty as well and they know the opener is crucial.“It sets the tone for the rest of the series, so we’re going to have to come out and be ready,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “I know from a preparation standpoint we’re going to be ready.”That means poise under pressure and handling the emotions of the moment.“We understand the intensity this will be at emotionally. It’s natural to feel all those things. So it will be exciting,” said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. “But the quicker you settle into your surroundings, the better you’ll be.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says containing the NBA’s top-scoring team is vital.“We’ve got to come in with a defensive mindset and I think our best defense is going to be our offense,” Lue said. “We can’t turn the basketball over, we have to take good shots. We have to have great floor balance because this team is dangerous in transition.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Cystic fibrosis

first_imgParents can pass all kinds of different traits to their children, from blue eyes to blonde hair. Sometimes, parents can also pass the genes for certain diseases to their kids. Cystic fibrosis is one very serious inherited disease that makes it hard for children to breathe and digest food. Lets talk about cystic fibrosis.Genes are the coded instructions that tell our bodies how to operate. Usually, the code is correct and everything runs smoothly. But sometimes, the code is incorrect because of a defective gene or genes. In the case of cystic fibrosis, a faulty gene causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky fluid called mucus. This mucus clogs the lungs, making it hard to breathe. It also gets stuck in the pancreas, making it harder for the body to break down and digest food.Millions of Americans carry the cystic fibrosis, or CF gene. Fortunately, most of them dont have cystic fibrosis. Thats because you need to inherit one faulty gene from each parent to actually get the disease.Kids who are born with cystic fibrosis start showing signs very early. Newborns dont grow or gain weight as quickly as they should, and they dont make bowel movements because their bodies arent digesting food properly.As these children get older, they may have symptoms like coughing and fatigue from the mucus in their lungs, and nausea and stomach pain from the mucus in their pancreas. Theyll also get pneumonia and other lung infections more often than normal.advertisementSo, you may now be asking, how do you know if your child has cystic fibrosis? Doctors diagnose cystic fibrosis using a blood test that looks for the CF gene. There is also a sweat test, which looks for saltier-than-normal sweat, another symptom of cystic fibrosis. Doctors may use other tests, such as a chest x-ray or upper GI series, to check for lung and bowel problems caused by CF.Its a good idea to get treated at a center that specializes in cystic fibrosis because theyre up on all the latest therapies. For lung problems, treatments include inhaled medicines to open the airways, medicine to thin mucus and make it easier to cough up, and antibiotics to prevent lung infections. Some people may eventually need a lung transplant.For bowel problems, youll need to eat a special diet thats higher in protein and calories to make up for the nutrients youre losing. You may also take vitamin supplements.The outlook for people with cystic fibrosis is better today than ever before. Thanks to new treatments, people with this disease can live well into adulthood. They can go to school, play sports, and get a job like everyone else. But because the symptoms of cystic fibrosis are so serious, its very important to stay on top of treatment, and to call the doctor right away if symptoms get worse. Anyone with a family history of the disease may want to get screened for the CF gene before they decide to have children.Review Date:10/25/2011Reviewed By:Alan Greene, MD, Author and Practicing Pediatrician; also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Redmi Note 4 goes on sale today, but should you wait for Redmi 4 and save some money

first_imgEver since Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India, the phone has been in high demand. In fact, in a ridiculously high demand. Recently Xiaomi said that it has sold one million Redmo Note 4 units in India. At the same time, demand has been so high that the Redmi Note 4 has been out of stock most of the time. But today the phone is going to sale again, tweeted Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain. The Redmi Note 4 will go on sale at 12PM on both the Mi Store and Flipkart and it will have a starting price of Rs 9,999.Update: The Redmi Note 4 apparently went on sale at Flipkart and Mi Store today at 12PM. On Flipkart, it is already out of stock. All three variants of the phone are out of stock. On Mi Store it says that the phone is still available, although we expect it to go out of stock from there too pretty soon.  Update 2: The Redmi Note 4 is sold out on Mi store as well. The phone now shows that it will be available as a pre-order on May 12 at 12PM. Clicking on this button for now sends a user to the product page, where a notice is displayed that the phone is out of stock. The Redmi Note 4 is a pretty neat phone for its price. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, has a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) display and the sports a 13-megapixel shooter at its back. On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera. It is available in 3 variants. The base variant has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Then there is the 3GB version with 32GB internal storage and the top-end variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.advertisementThe phone supports feature like dual-SIM and expandable storage. The software, though, is still rather old. It uses MIUI based on Android Marshmallow that is now almost two years old. In some of its high-end phones Xiaomi has managed to shoe-horn Android Nougat but its budget phones — and the budget phones are all that the company sells in India — it is still sticking to Android Marshmallow that was released in 2015.    Although Redmi Note 4 is a nice phone, given that it is going on sale today that is May 10, there is an obvious question? Should you buy it or should you wait for the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime, two phones that Xiaomi may launch on May 16. The reason behind this question is pretty simple: Both the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4 Prime use Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Xiaomi had earlier teased that it is going to launch a phone that will give “power” to users. Power here refers to performance and we are very sure that this phone is going to be the Redmi 4 Prime.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 India launch is on May 16, price likely to be around Rs 8,000Other than processor, the rest of the hardware of the Redmi 4 Prime too seems quite good. The phone comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera, which in all likelihood is similar to what is there in the Redmi Note 4. The front camera too is the going to be similar with its 5-megapixel image sensor. The screen, however, is smaller at 5 inches but the resolution is FullHD so that means it should be quite sharp and clear.But the biggest reason to wait for the Redmi 4 is that this phone will be cheaper than the Redmi Note 4. We are assuming a difference of around Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 between the base variant of the Redmi Note 4 and the high-end variant of the Redmi 4. Considering that it is just one more week before consumers get all the details, it does make sense to pause today before you pull the trigger on that Redmi Note 4.At the same time, there is another aspect of it that you should consider: Availability of Xiaomi phones. These phones are notoriously difficult to find in stock. So, if you are among the consumers who don’t like to wait, we will suggest that you get the Redmi Note 4 if you can. After a week or so when the Redmi 4 is here and even if you like that phone, there may not be a guarantee that you will be able to purchase it, especially due to the initial rush.The Redmi 4 is not the only product that Xiaomi is looking to launch in India this month. The company is also launching its Internet of Things in India on May 11. These products are part of Xiaomi Home category and they consist of devices like smart lighting, smart switches, Wi-Fi routers, products like robot cleaners that are similar to now iconic iRoomba and beauty products.        advertisementlast_img read more

Report Navibulgar Orders Four New Bulkers

first_imgzoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) is looking to expand its fleet with four new Handymax bulk carriers.The company has ordered the 42,000 dwt ships at China’s Chengxi shipyard, plus two optional vessels of identical size, VesselsValue’s data shows.Navibulgar will pay USD 23 million for each of the four newbuildings.The bulkers are expected to be delivered in 2019.World Maritime News contacted Navibulgar for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.Currently, Navibulgar has a fleet of more than 30 vessels. In addition, the company has four Handy bulk carriers on order at Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard in China, according to information provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Investment deal with China would leave Canada a resource colony opponents

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 7:41 pm MDT OTTAWA – A New Democrat government would do everything in its power to extricate Canada from a controversial and imminent investment treaty with China if it turns out the agreement isn’t in the best interests of Canadians, says leader Tom Mulcair.Critics say the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement would turn Canada into little more than a “resource colony” and is poised to be ratified despite almost no parliamentary debate.Mulcair, speaking after question period Tuesday, said an NDP government would find a way to get out from under the deal after the next federal election in 2015 if closer inspection revealed it wasn’t in Canada’s best interests.“You can sign into an agreement and then you can remove yourself from the agreement. That’s what successive governments can do,” Mulcair said.“We’re not going to be bound for the next 30 years by an agreement that hasn’t even been studied, that would make our court system take the interests of foreign investors and foreign companies pass above the interests of Canadians, the interests of our environment, the interests of our rights.”Bolstered by more than 60,000 signatures on petitions and a precision-targeted letter-writing campaign led by activists, the NDP, Liberals and Green party Leader Elizabeth May began a last-minute push Tuesday for a fuller debate on the agreement.“China is just as important as the United States and we should really be treating this treaty with just the same level of public scrutiny and debate as NAFTA,” said Matthew Carroll, campaigns director for Leadnow.ca, an advocacy group that organized the petition and has flooded MPs with emails and letters.Canada and China signed the agreement at the beginning of September, and the government tabled it in the House of Commons near the end of that month. Under new rules set by the Conservatives, the agreement must be before Parliament for 21 sitting days before it can be ratified.That time runs out on Thursday. After that, the cabinet needs to sign off on it through an order-in-council. It’s not an automatic process, but the Conservatives have given every indication that ratification is imminent.The agreement comes into force when both countries have ratified it.“With this agreement, our government is bringing to Canadian investors the protection and predictability to invest with confidence in China, the world’s second largest economy,” Rudy Husny, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Ed Fast, said in a statement when asked if the government would be willing to hold off on ratification to allow for more debate.The agreement has been 18 years in the making and is a replica of many other foreign investment protection agreements Canada has with its trading partners, he said.The opposition has had ample opportunity to examine the China deal, but chose to use its four opposition days in Parliament on other subjects, he added. Plus, government officials have briefed MPs on the deal, he said.“The NDP and the Liberals are simply misleading Canadians.”Mulcair, however, insisted that it’s up to the government to decide whether the treaty is held up for proper scrutiny.“They’re trying to shove it down Canadians’ throat without proper analysis,” he said. “They’re the government. They control the agenda in Parliament. If they’re serious, if they’re sincere, they’ll provide Canadians time to study this deal and find out what’s in it.”Critics say the deal should have gone before parliamentary committees to be examined by experts for its implications as well as for flaws and weaknesses.“We have a government that is refusing normal, democratic process,” said NDP industry critic Peter Julian.May argues that the deal would give Chinese corporations — and the government that owns them — new powers to influence Canadian policy, not just in terms of investment and industrial development, but also in the realms of environment and health.And since Canada is clearly the junior partner in the trading relationship, Canadian governments at all levels will have little choice but to cater to the whims of a China desperate for natural resources, she said.“We become the resource colony in that context,” said May.As of the end of 2011, Chinese direct investment in Canada totalled $10.9 billion, while Canadian investment in China was $4.5 billion.Canadian business has long complained that the investment climate in China is too uncertain to warrant major increases in investment and has repeatedly urged Ottawa to sign a deal to ensure Canadian interests are treated just like other investors in China.But the investment agreement is going through the procedural hoops in Ottawa at a sensitive time in the Canada-China business relationship. The government is in the midst of deciding whether to approve the proposed $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., by the China National Offshore Oil Corp.Industry Canada has until Nov. 11 to say whether it believes the takeover is in the country’s best interests — a deadline that could be extended if both Ottawa and CNOOC agree.The CNOOC deal and the foreign investment pact are separate processes, but the federal government faces similar criticisms in its handling of both: that they have not been subject to public scrutiny and that Ottawa risks giving up too much power to the Chinese government.Indeed, Leadnow.ca addresses both processes in the same breath: “Stop the Canada-China FIPA investment deal and Nexen takeover,” the group’s petition urges.“These agreements would pave the way for a massive natural-resource buyout and allow foreign corporations to sue the Canadian government in secret tribunals.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Investment deal with China would leave Canada a resource colony: opponents read more

UN rights expert calls on Turkey to reverse seizure of independent media

The Government seized the Media Group on Friday following court action linked to national security, a move the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, called an “extraordinary threat to free media and pluralism.” In a statement today, Mr. Kaye reminded the Turkish Government and courts that they are bound by international law and standards. “Court decisions should be in strict conformity with the rights to freedom of expression and should not impose restrictions that unduly restrict the freedom of press and media,” he said. Mr. Kaye added that he finds it difficult to see how this seizure “meets the international standard that a restriction must be provided by law and necessary to protect a legitimate government interest.” He called on the Turkish Government and judiciary to ensure “an immediate, fair and impartial appeal procedure” and to reverse the decision. The UN expert said his upcoming visit to Turkey, scheduled for November 2016, will be an opportunity to address such issues as the independence of the media, the safety of journalists, activists and academics, as well as the measures taken to ensure public debate in the country. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Last month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed concern about actions of security forces in Turkey and an “alarming number” of journalists and other media operatives convicted or awaiting trials. He reiterated that anti-terrorism legislation should not be used as a means to curtail freedom of opinion or expression. read more

The Kentucky Derby Is Getting Predictable

Co-favorite victories counted as winsSources: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Daily Racing Form Update (May 6, 10:50 a.m.): Although Classic Empire was the morning-line favorite, the odds have since shifted. As of 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Always Dreaming is now narrowly favored to win the Kentucky Derby in what is considered a wide-open field.One of the cardinal rules of horse racing is that betting on favorites is fun — who doesn’t like having a winning ticket? — but it’s the quickest way to go broke. Except, that is, in the most famous race in America.The Kentucky Derby should be nearly impossible to handicap. The horses, at just 3 years old, don’t have much experience and are still maturing. Many of them have never run this distance before, or run at Churchill Downs. And even if a handicapper can sift through all that uncertainty and use a combination of past performances and pedigree to identify the best contenders, it can all become irrelevant thanks to the abnormally large Derby field — with as many as 20 horses creating gridlock and chaos, results ought to be utterly unpredictable.That’s what makes the last several years of the Kentucky Derby so strange: It is, seemingly, getting more predictable. For four straight years, the favorite has come out on top. It began with Orb in 2013, then continued with California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist.In total, 16 favorites have won the Kentucky Derby in the last 50 years.1Including Forward Pass, the favorite in the 1968 Kentucky Derby who initially finished second but was awarded the win after first-place finisher Dancer’s Image was disqualified for failing a drug test. Bets on Dancer’s Image may have been paid out before the horse was disqualified, but for the purposes of this thought experiment, we’re counting things as if Forward Pass won the usual way. And that has produced a compelling betting strategy: Forget all the wonky handicapping. Over the last half-century, placing a $2 bet (the smallest bet you can make on a single horse in the Derby these days) on the favorite each year would have netted you $107.80 on a $100 investment — a 7.8 percent profit. But in just the last 20 years, returns on that same strategy would be much better: 74 percent. Belmont Stakes1.430-0.77 Kentucky Derby2.732%+$0.16 Outcome of betting on the favorite, 1967-2016 RACEAVG. FAVORITE ODDSFAVORITE WIN PCT.AVG. PROFIT ON $2 BET Now the question has become: Is the recent rash of victorious favorites a coincidence? Or a sign of something bigger?Before these last four years, the Kentucky Derby had for decades been known for its unpredictability. Between 1980 and 1999, not a single favorite won. Before 2013, it had been four years since a favorite wore the roses.There are two rational explanations for this trend. The first is chance. These horses, after all, are the favorites for a reason. And this kind of streak is not unprecedented — favorites won four straight years from 1972-1975, too.But there’s another rationale that would indicate that this is more than a fluke. It explains why the Kentucky Derby is getting chalkier and why the mega-longshot winners we once saw regularly in this race might become increasingly rare.When Orb won the Derby in 2013, that wasn’t just any year. It was the first year that horses qualified for this first leg of the Triple Crown under a newly implemented points system. This “Road to the Kentucky Derby” awards points to the top four finishers in a select group of races. The top 20 get to run in the Derby.What’s more important than the point system is the mechanism it replaced. Before 2013, horses qualified for the Derby based on their winnings in graded stakes races.This created chaos in the Derby. In some instances, horses that were elite in sprints — races shorter than a mile, which are excluded from the new qualifying system — could crowd the Derby, a route run at 1¼ miles. In other instances, horses that weren’t good enough made it in anyway. But these horses didn’t just fade down the stretch into irrelevance. They regularly introduced anarchy, transforming the subtle mechanics of a race in a way that allowed longshots to thrive.There’s no more illustrative example than the 2005 Derby, when 50-1 longshot Giacomo stunned the world. Giacomo’s best friend in that race was a 71-1 longshot named Spanish Chestnut, which led for the first three-quarters of a mile. In the last two races Spanish Chestnut ran before the Derby, it finished sixth twice. In other words, it didn’t belong. But during those first six furlongs, Spanish Chestnut set the second-fastest pace in Derby history.Predictably, Spanish Chestnut couldn’t sustain such a hot pace, ultimately fading and finishing 16th. But while this longshot was in the lead, other horses got sucked into running that fast and wound up tiring, too. The favorite that day, Bellamy Road, was close by, in fifth place, when Spanish Chestnut started to slow.At that same distance, three-quarters of a mile, Giacomo was in 18th place out of 20 and trailed by 14¾ lengths, the farthest behind of any eventual Derby winner in more than a quarter-century. But when Spanish Chestnut — and every horse that tried to keep up with Spanish Chestnut — tired, Giacomo had enough gas left in the tank to pass 17 other horses.The new points system is better at weeding out the Spanish Chestnuts. That means longshots like Giacomo are even less likely to encounter the volatile circumstances that enable them to win.The strategy of betting the favorites for 50 years would also pay off in the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown’s second leg. In fact, in the long run you’d make more than you would on the Derby — the Preakness has offered returns of 11.4 percent. But in any single year, betting on a favorite in the Preakness can be less attractive: When American Pharoah and California Chrome won, for example, they went off at odds shorter than 1-1, meaning that if you cashed in on a $2 bet, your winnings would likely be counted out using more quarters than dollar bills. Essentially, it requires risking a lot of money just to win enough to pay for a celebratory cigar. On the other hand, because the Derby is so uncertain, favorites can be had at good value. This year’s morning-line favorite, Classic Empire, is priced at 4-1. That would offer better returns any Preakness favorite in the last half-century.At the same time, the biggest sucker’s move is betting a favorite in the Belmont Stakes, which at 1½ miles is longer than almost any other race these horses will ever run. In other words, nobody knows how the horses will handle the distance. What’s worse, the favorite will often be racing for the third time in seven weeks, which can leave a horse worn down. A bet on the favorite in the Belmont in the last 50 years would have cost you 38.7 percent of the money you staked. There’s a reason we went nearly 40 years without a Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah came along.All of this means that the best betting strategy for this year’s Derby may also be the dumbest one: Bet on Classic Empire. Preakness Stakes1.544+0.23 read more

Ohio State football names captaincy quintet

Ohio State football added another chapter to its own history Sunday evening with the announcement that seniors Garrett Goebel, John Simon, Etienne Sabino, Jordan Hall and Zach Boren will captain the 2012 Buckeyes. Goebel, Simon, Sabino, Hall and Boren were chosen by their peers to lead first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer’s squad, which learned Saturday that it is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press’ first Top 25 poll of the season. “Announcing who are team captains is one of the great honors I get to do as head coach,” Meyer said in an OSU athletics Sunday release. “We had a number of guys get votes. This is a really good group of seniors who I am very proud to have leading this team.” Simon, co-captain of former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell’s 2011 Buckeyes, becomes just the seventh two-time captain in OSU history. Being named captain meant a lot, Simon said the athletic department release. “I appreciate the votes of the players. This is one of the biggest honors a player can receive and I’ll be proud to lead this team along with four other great guys,” Simon said. “We’ll have a really good season if we all lead well.” Simon (defensive lineman) Boren (fullback) and Sabino (linebacker) all joined Meyer in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days – the three players have been visible at media events.  Hall, a senior running back, joins the captain quintet despite surgery for a torn ligament in his foot after stepping on glass while walking his pit bull dog, “Cali.” Hall could miss up to three games at the outset of OSU’s non-conference schedule. Hall said his selection for the captaincy is a dream come true. “I was hoping to be named a captain but I was also a little surprised when it happened,” Hall said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough for selecting me for this honor.” Goebel, a redshirt senior defensive lineman with five career starts to his name, said that he too is honored by his selection as captain. “I’m excited. It is an honor that your teammates think that highly of you to name you a captain,” Goebel said. “I’m going to put everything I have into this responsibility.” OSU’s five new captains will lead the team into competition for the Buckeyes’ first game this year Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State falls to Washington 6959 on the road

Ohio State freshman forward Dorka Juhasz shoots a jumper in practice. Credit: Daniel McNatt | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team traveled to Seattle and was handed its third loss of the season, falling to Washington  69-59 on Wednesday night.Washington junior guard Amber Melgoza led the team with 28 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, one point short of her season high. Melgoza connected on each of her eight free throw attempts in Wednesday’s win, recording six in the first half. “She’s a great player,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “Every time we made a mistake against her she made us pay. You can’t do that against somebody as good as her.”Washington was up by as many as 10 points in the first half despite shooting a worse field goal percentage than Ohio State, 35 percent to 43 percent respectively and left at halftime with a six-point lead. Despite shooting 41.67 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring Washington 37-33, the Buckeyes could not overcome the first half deficit, connecting on 21.1 percent of 3-point shots, including one of nine in the first half.  One of the main problems that has consistently plagued Ohio State this season was a factor against the Huskies, turning the ball over a season-high 21 times, killing the momentum on numerous occasions. Ohio State redshirt senior guard Najah Queenland scored eight points off the bench, making four of her five attempts from the field. Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz scored 11 points, but failed to reach a double-double in the game for just the second time this season, finishing with six rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman also scored 11 points and notched seven rebounds but recorded four turnovers, tied for the team lead with redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande. Waterman said one of the main focuses going into the game was communication and said it was something that was lacking during the loss to the Huskies. “Just from the beginning of the game we weren’t talking, we weren’t communicating, we just weren’t really ready,” Waterman said. “There’s too many fifth years on the team to be like that. I think coach McGuff really tried to emphasize communicating with each other and we weren’t doing that and I think that’s what lead to a lot of our turnovers.”Ohio State will be back in Columbus on Dec. 16 to face the Florida Gators at 1 p.m. Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from Kevin McGuff and Makayla Waterman. read more

Please dont buy a ridiculously overpriced iPad 2 on eBay

first_imgHere at Geek.com we are usually the last people to tell others how not spend their money. A look into any of our closets or basements will reveal all sorts of crazy, geeky purchases that were too good to pass up (with the prime example probably being my keyboard collection). That noted, please don’t spend $1000+ on an iPad 2 on eBay, Craigslist, or any similar site.We know the iPad 2 is in high demand. We understand that you want one, and can empathize that you won’t want to wait 5+ weeks. Plus we are fully aware of possible component shortages because of the tsunami’s damage to manufacturing facilities in Japan. But remember this: every time someone overpays for an iPad 2, a geek loses his propeller hat.So why not pay a ton for an iPad 2 on eBay right now? Well, first of all: you are being ripped off. Sure, if you were too lazy to wait in line and you want to buy your friend a case of beer, that’s great. Or if you need one for work and you’re willing to spend an extra $50 on it, we understand. But the prices we’re seeing online are crazy, even for post-release iMania.Second of all, let’s not encourage this sort of activity. If everyone that picked up an iPad 2 (or iPad or iPhone 4 for that matter) early got as many as they needed, the shortage wouldn’t nearly be as bad as it is. Instead people are buying extras in order to resell or smuggle to the black markets of iPad 2-less countries. If the gain on reselling an iPad 2 was limited, say just $25 or $50 above retail, many less people would be willing to wait in line, deal with shipping, and pay eBay fees.Also, you are rolling the dice. Chances are you’ll pay for your iPad 2 and it’ll arrive, just as promised. But you can bet that some people will be getting the wrong model, be tricked into received original iPads, will have their device mysteriously lost in transit, and so on. Every time you buy from a non-authorized reseller you are taking a chance and when you are paying $1000+ for a product through a grey market transaction, there is just that much more risk.Finally, let’s keep in mind that the iPad 2 is not the only tablet on the market. Sure, it’s the best one, but the original iPad is perfectly fine so you can pick one of those up for a reasonable price, use it for a few weeks and then get your iPad 2 when supplies increase. Or you could just use that until the iPad 3 comes out–you don’t really need those cameras do you? And, by the way, there are other tablets on the market. You could buy an iPad, a Nook Color, and a WiFi Xoom for the price of some the iPad 2 sales on eBay right now.So please, use your head and have some patience. There will be enough tablets to go around.last_img read more

Irish adults will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday

first_img IRISH ADULTS BOTH in the country and across the world will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday.The Online Passport Application Service (OPAS) will be available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.The new service is only for the renewal of adult applications, first time applicants and children will have to use the current system.In a statement the Department of Foreign Affairs said, “People can apply via the Department’s website using their PCs, tablets or mobile phones.The service will be convenient, secure and it will offer faster and more predictable turnaround times. 76 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3311202 140,820 Views Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Mar 28th 2017, 3:53 PM Irish adults will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday First time applicants and children will still have to use the current system.center_img By Cliodhna Russell Share2128 Tweet Email121 The initiative is part of the passport reform programme which is modernising Ireland’s passport systems and controls.Read: New service means you can now track your passport application online> Short URL Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greecebased Melbourne chef up for Basque Culinary World Prize

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chef Melinda McRostie has been named as one of 10 finalists in the running for the prestigious Basque Culinary World Prize.The award is aimed at recognising chefs of any nationality who demonstrate how gastronomy can be a powerful force for change and whose impact can be felt ‘beyond the kitchen’, and McRostie has been doing that for years now. Born in Melbourne, she first arrived on Lesvos with her mother at the age of three. Now based in the village of Molyvos she runs The Captain’s Table restaurant, the site from which she began providing food, water, and shelter to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from the Middle East.“We’ve always tried to help people in need, it’s something we’ve always done,” McRostie told The Herald Sun.In November 2014 her efforts were officially recognised and expanded after receiving a phone call from the Starfish Foundation.“The coastguard called me and asked if I had any clothes I had collected (for poor locals) as they had a boatload of very wet, cold people. It just went from there,” the chef recalls, soon after which she set up the local branch of the Starfish Foundation. What started with 100 refugees per week, eventually saw intake grow to 1000 people a day at the height of what is considered to be the largest refugee crisis since World War II. To keep up with demand, McRostie expanded beyond her restaurant with a camp. With the Starfish Foundation and volunteers, she provided 200,000 unassisted children and vulnerable families with food, water, medical facilities and transport to the island’s capital, along with much needed emotional support. “People would say to me, thank you for saving my life. I don’t think I saved anybody’s life, I was just giving them some food and water and juice, and clothes, but they were so grateful,” McRostie said.McRostie was shortlisted by a committee chaired by Spain’s Elena Arzak from Arzak restaurant, and if named the winner she will be awarded €100,000 (AUD $150,000) which she says will go a long way in helping to continue her work on the island.“Because we’re not in crisis mode with the refugees to the rest of the world, the money has slowly dried up. But so much is still needed here,” she said.“I’ve only got enough money left for another couple of weeks.” The winner will be announced on 18 July.To find out more, visit basqueculinaryworldprize.comlast_img read more

Washington health exchange is working again

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington state’s health insurance exchange was back up and running Sunday after shutting down for a day because of a glitch involving tax credit calculations.Officials shut down Washington Healthplanfinder soon after open enrollment began Saturday because its quality control team reported that the system wasn’t receiving correct 2015 tax credit information from the state Department of Social and Health Services.Engineers spent the day fixing the problem and then tested the fix throughout the evening to make sure it worked, exchange chief executive Richard Onizuka said in a new release. At 8 a.m. Sunday, the system was working properly.“Consumers expect to be selecting and purchasing health coverage with the correct information,” Onizuka said. “While we recognize that this Saturday was an inconvenience, being able to provide correct information to our customers is paramount to what we do.”About 2,000 people were using the exchange each hour during the two hours before it shut down Saturday. The exchange identified fewer than 800 customers who had their eligibility determined incorrectly and fewer than 150 hundred customers who had scheduled payment based on incorrect information.last_img read more

The India of times bygone

first_imgA History of Modern India provides an interpretive and comprehensive account of the history of India between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a crucial epoch characterized by colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the independent Indian Union. It explores significant historiographical debates concerning the period while highlighting important new issues, especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and labour. The work combines an analysis of colonial and independent India in order to underscore ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the Indian nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the launch of this book, Cambridge University Press India has been successful in bringing together outstanding scholars – Professor Shahid Amin, Department of History, University of Delhi (DU); Professor Ashis Nandy, Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi; and Dr Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, DU, in a lively discussion on the perspectives of learning and teaching history, and the need to re-envision the past. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event was chaired by Professor Emerita Romila Thapar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, whose contribution to the understanding of ancient India has enriched and in many ways, shaped our idea of history. For Shahid Amin, this was a book to be savoured and read. He specially mentioned the evocative cover of the book and said it allows the reader to judge for himself/ herself – was Gandhi tired and dependent or was he confident of leading the nation into new areas. Charu Gupta praised Ishita for her great academic honesty and courage to write a book like this. The book is a ray of hope for our understanding of history. While, Professor Thapar noted that the great merit of the book is that it beckons the student to read some more. A History of Modern India is the first international textbook produced by the India branch of the Press and within only three months of publication, has become a part of the syllabus of Pune and Gauhati universities in India.last_img read more

Security guard suspended after inmate flees

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a significant move, the fugitive inmate’s security guard Ajit Goswami has been directed to keep away from exercising all responsibilities following the alleged ‘negligence of duty’ being raised against him.Notably the security measures of fugitive under-trial inmate Rafiqul Sheikh (35) were on the shoulders of Goswami. Sheikh fled from Raiganj super specialty hospital’s washrrom by breaking its false ceiling on Wednesday night. Sheikh had been undergoing treatment there for abdominal pain. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDoctor had diagnosed him for Hernia operation.North Dinajpur police chief, Anup Jaiswal informed that a DSP ranked officer has already been delivered a message for a thorough investigation against Goswami and report the same at the earliest if there was any negligence of duty.According to him, the security guard has initially been asked to stay away from work until further order.Police sources informed Rafiqul had been sentenced to jail custody since 2010 as his name was involved in several crime cases like burglary, murder, drug trafficking and many others. He hails from Malda’s Kaliachak. Around 11 months ago, he had shifted from there to Raiganj Correctional Home. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPHigh alert has immediately been issued throughout the entire district to trace him. NAKA checking has been on.Neighbouring counterparts Malda and South Dinajpur have been requested to intimate district police headquarter of North Dinajpur if they get anyinformation on Rafiqul.While interrogating other under-trial inmates closed to Rafiqul, they informed police that Rafiqul used a mobile phone while his stay in the correctional home. According to a police source, perhaps the mobile phone helped Raqiful to execute his plan to flee the hospital.Goswami is being interrogated by police officials forprobable clues.last_img read more

Honduran judges sacked for opposing 2009 coup seek reparations at InterAmerican Court

first_imgFour Honduran judges dismissed after having opposed the bloody coup d’etat that toppled then-President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya on Jun 28, 2009, expect to obtain full reparation from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights this week.Former Judge Guillermo López, one of the four, summarized the group’s expectations on Monday, during the start of a two-day hearing at the court, headquartered in the Costa Rican capital.A favorable ruling would mean justice, a goal the judges were unable to obtain in Honduras, López told seven continental magistrates heading the proceedings in a packed courtroom yesterday.When asked about his request to the court, the former judge stated in closing testimony that, “I believe I’d speak of full reparation.”He also sought a return to the bench: “I believe that a key act is to have us reinstated,” he added.A win at the court “would be a very heartening message for all judges in Honduras, in terms of expressing themselves, organizing themselves, and taking part in the defense of institutions,” he said, adding that, “in situations of crisis, [it would go] against the breaking of constitutional order.”He also urged the court to help empower judges “in exercising their rights and strengthening judicial independence.”López suggested a mandate by the court on reforming recent legislation in Honduras that governs a judge’s career, notably the “disciplinary system.”“Reform is urgent and necessary,” because, “if we are reinstated, that very same law, as it is today … could serve to have us investigated again and to have us fired,” he warned. Honduran Judge Adán Guillermo López speaks on a mobile phone next to Judge Luis Alonso Chévez after calling off a hunger strike they were holding along with lawmakers Sergio Castellanos and Waldina Mejia, not pictured, at La Merced square in Tegucigalpa, on June 1, 2010. Orlando Sierra/AFPIn his hour-long testimony Monday, López – the only one of the four judges attending the hearing – also pointed out the need for the Honduran government to accept its responsibility in the events.“I believe it’s very important for the state to admit full responsibility for those events, and to do so publicly,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court must “announce it will stop all persecution, exclusion and discrimination against members of the Asociación de Jueces por la Demnocracia,” or the Judges’ Association for Democracy, AJD.López referred to the organization to which he and 180 other Honduran judges belong, one of two such groups in the Central American nation.The former jurist explained that in 2009, AJD issued statements countering the Supreme Court’s allegation that Zelaya’s violent overthrow and exile was not a coup, but rather a “constitutional succession.”“Nowadays, being a member of the judge’s association is practically a crime,” he said.For AJD members, “there’s no possibility for training, there’s no possibility for promotion; the judges in our organization are not promoted, they’re banned from being promoted simply because they belong to this guild,” he said.In his detailed account of events the day of the coup and since then, López told the court that he was disciplined for having taken part in a massive, peaceful demonstration on July 5 in front of the Toncontín International Airport on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa.Thousands of opponents to the coup gathered there to welcome Zelaya, who had announced his return, accompanied by Organization of American States Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza and several Latin American presidents.But military authorities parked jeeps and other vehicles to block the landing strips, forcing the plane carrying Zelaya and the other leaders to abort the landing.Military and police forces then charged the demonstrators, firing bullets and tear gas.López was among the wounded that day, suffering a severe fracture in his left leg. Supporters of toppled Honduran President Manuel Zelaya protest on July 11, 2009 in Tegucigalpa. Orlando Sierra/AFPOn Monday, the former judge pointed out that, “as I was being punished for what was seen as a disciplinary crime – having taken part in the July 5 demonstration, as of June 28, the Supreme Court expressed in a communiqué that everything that had happened in the country was legitimate, and the rule of law had been preserved.“Later on, in July, they issued another communiqué, and in the following weeks, they put out a total of five communiqués … clearly stating the constitutional – or presidential – succession that had taken place in the country was legitimate,” he added.“It’s unheard of that a high court of justice would make an effort to legitimize what had been a coup d’etat,” he said.López and colleagues Luis Alonso Chévez, Rolando Barrios and Tirza Flores hope the Costa Rica-based court will declare the Honduran government responsible for human rights violations committed against them.The hearing concludes today, with legal representatives of the victims, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Honduran government expected to make their closing arguments. 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Tunisian sets self on fire to protest theft claim

center_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Sponsored Stories According Interior Ministry figures, it is the 165th case of a self-immolation in Tunisia since that of an itinerant fruit-seller in the town of Sidi Bouzid.That young man’s burning and eventual death sparked Tunisia’s successful pro-democracy uprising in December 2010.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Designed to spark the imagination of avid travelle

first_imgDesigned to spark the imagination of avid travellers, Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 – an epic 132-day voyage from San Francisco to London – is now open for reservations. Hosted aboard the all-suite Silver Whisper, travellers will voyage in luxurious comfort to 52 ports in 31 countries across five continents. Plus, with 16 overnight calls and numerous late-night stays, guests will have ample time to delve deeper into destinations.This one-of-a-kind journey, titled “The Tale of Tales”, offers innovative destinations and unique features, such as an overnight stay in Tokyo with two full days to explore, a circumnavigation of Africa with an overnight in Cape Town, and a double overnight in Bordeaux to enjoy the region’s famous wines. There is also a stopover in Saint-Malo, gateway to Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will also have the chance to sail the Guadalquivir River in Seville and savour Bilbao’s cultural scene with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, before the voyage concludes in London, renowned as a financial centre and one of the great capitals of the world.“World Cruise 2019 has been crafted to tell a fascinating story about our planet,” said Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s chief marketing officer. “From island hideaways and ancient temples to tribal cultures and nature preserves, guests will be treated to extraordinary discoveries — all while enjoying the understated luxury and small-ship camaraderie of Silver Whisper. It’s the perfect setting for guests to create exciting new chapters in their own lives, shaped by new experiences and perspectives.”The Tale of TalesWith this unique voyage, Silversea has the pleasure of inviting nine writers aboard to seek the drama of the unknown and the amazing. They will each create a short story inspired by regions of sublime natural beauty and exotic cultures. The result will be an exclusive anthology of the voyage, an unprecedented portrait of The Tale of Tales. Already confirmed to put their pen to paper are Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist and winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction; and Pico Iyer, novelist, travel writer and essayist since 1986 for Time magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books.A host of added-value benefitsTo make this all-inclusive journey even more carefree, guests sailing the complete World Cruise will enjoy a variety of special amenities and events, including a Bon Voyage reception and overnight luxury hotel stay in San Francisco; Business Class air (from select gateways) and transfers (between airport, hotel and Silver Whisper); complimentary baggage valet service; a US$4000 onboard spending credit (per suite); complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi; complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service; special commemorative gifts and more.Plus, some of the exclusive events that are in the planning stages will include “Greeting Tahitian Gods”, set in Papeete around the only fully restored marae (temple); “Robben Island: A Walk Through the History of South Africa”; and a private opening of the spectacular Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.last_img read more