10 months agoRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davis

first_imgRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers veteran Gareth McAuley has backed a move for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis.McAuley believes that his Northern Ireland team-mate would be an ideal addition.”I don’t know if it’s on the cards, but he’s certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it’s about,” said McAuley.”The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest.”I know he’s frustrated that he’s not playing football and, if the opportunity is there for him and things are right with Southampton, then I’m sure that he would love to (come back).”It’s an amazing club. I can’t think of anywhere better to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Big Ten Has Reportedly Been Pushing For CFB Playoff Change

first_imga wide shot of the rose bowl gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The Big Ten conference has reportedly been pushing for a change to the College Football Playoff for at least one year.The conference, which has been left out of the College Football Playoff for the last three seasons, wants the selection process to be reviewed.CBS Sports reports that the Big Ten was calling for a review and possible change to the selection process at the start of last year.Big Ten conference commissioner Jim Delany reportedly wants conference championships to be weighted more in the process.From CBS:Delany wanted clarity on the value of winning a conference championship and questioned a disparity in the number of conference games played by leagues, another source said. According to a different source, the Big Ten commissioner wanted to make sure the 13-member CFP Selection Committee was “adhering to the protocol” developed when the playoff was finalized in 2012.The Big Ten champion has been left out of the playoff for the last three years. The conference hasn’t had a team in the CFP since 2016. Through the first five years of the playoff, the Big Ten has three appearances but has been shut out in each of the last two seasons.“If I had any concern, it would be about strength of schedule and the value of [conference] championships, period,” Delany said last month. “That’s not a criticism. That’s just: What do we know after five years?’”A Big Ten spokesman told CBS Sports on Sunday that the conference supported “the spirit and letter of the original intent of how conference champions should be respected in the selection process.”The Big Ten has had a couple of conference champions just miss the playoff in recent years.The College Football Playoff probably won’t be expanding anytime soon, but maybe the selection process can be changed.Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday night.last_img read more

Watch: Rohit Sharma raps with Yuvraj Singh as Mumbai Indians party hard after IPL 2019 win

first_imgWatch: Rohit Sharma raps with Yuvraj Singh as Mumbai Indians party hard after IPL 2019 winRohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians’ celebration as the 4-time champions partied after beating Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019 final in Hyderabad on Sunday. MI clinched glory after a 1-run win over CSK in the last-ball thrilleradvertisement Akshay Ramesh May 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 14:57 IST IPL 2019 final: Rohit Sharma became the first captain to win four IPL titles when MI beat CSK on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians beat CSK by 1 run to win IPL 2019 final on SundayRohit Sharma became the 1st captain to win 4 IPL titlesRohit and Yuvraj Singh were seen rapping to a song from Gully BoyAfter a long and taxing campaign, it was time for Mumbai Indians to unwind on Sunday as they had become the most successful team in Indian Premier League (IPL) after beating Chennai Super Kings in the final by 1 run in Hyderabad on Sunday.Mumbai Indians shed the tag of slow starters in IPL 2019 despite face early hiccups in the campaign. Rohit Sharma’s men finished on top of the points table after the league stages and sealed a direct berth by beating Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 last Tuesday.MI’s dominance over their arch-rivals was so much so that they became the first team in the history of IPL to beat CSK four times in a season.MI posted just 149 on the board after opting to bat first and were scrappier than CSK on the field but managed to hold on to their nerves at crunch situations to win their 4th IPL title at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Skipper Rohit Sharma seems to have led the celebrations that started right from the Hyderabad ground. In a video posted by Mumbai Indians’ social media handles, Rohit can be seen rapping the chart-topping tune from Bollywood blockbuster Gully Boy. Giving him company is Yuvraj Singh as the duo lit up the party. Incidentally, it was Yuvraj’s first IPL title as a player in 12 years.Mumbai Indians camp broke into celebrations right after Lasith Malinga sealed the deal in the thrilling final over. Emotions were running high as both teams kept handing the momentum to each other on an error-prone night in Hyderabad.advertisementMalinga went from being a villain to hero in a span of 6 balls as the Sri Lanka pacer came back well to defend 9 runs in the final over after giving away 42 in his first 3.’CH4MPIONS!’ says @YUVSTRONG12 #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/4tw6jlU8MGMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2019Rohit Sharma celebrated the win with his daughter Samaira and wife Ritika Sajdeh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Rohit after the win said that winning the fourth IPL title in front of his daughter Samaira was special.”It is special. Not just Samaira but you (addressing his wife, Ritika) also. Yes, (winning in front of) Samaira because this is her first IPL and she came for most of the games. I’m very happy,” Rohit said replying to Ritika, who asked him how he felt about winning the fourth title in front of Samaira in a video for iplt20.com.Also Read | Rohit Sharma lifts daughter Samaira in his arms as Mumbai Indians win 4th IPL titleAlso Read | MS Dhoni was really heartbroken, never seen him like that, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

Province Starts Pothole Blitz

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is taking advantage of unusually warm weather to tackle the annual spring problem of potholes. “Our winter equipment operators are still on hand and, as we don’t expect to be doing much plowing during the next few days, these crews can help us get a quick start on fixing potholes,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Of course, we have 23,000 kilometres of roads so we can use all the help we can get.” Drivers can help, too, by driving with extra caution and by pointing out problem potholes. A toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233, will send calls to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base. This is the second consecutive year that the department has asked drivers to help locate potholes. “Nobody wants to hit a pothole,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “We can’t prevent them, but we have high standards in how we deal with them.” For 100 series highways and trunk roads, potholes deeper than 100 mm (4 inches) are marked with a sign as soon as staff becomes aware of them and repaired within seven days. For roads with lower traffic volumes, potholes must be signed within 24 hours and repaired within 21 days. Potholes that pose a significant and immediate danger are repaired as soon as department staff are aware of them. At this time of year, potholes are repaired with a temporary patch called cold mix. In the summer months, longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt is used, but it isn’t usually available until late May.last_img read more

AP Explains The French protesters economic discontents

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to cut taxes and boost France’s growth. A year and a half after he came into power, he is facing violent protests over rising taxes, a high cost of living and policies criticized by some as favouring the rich.The country’s economic indicators don’t always match the public’s perception of how the country is doing, but do help understand the popular anger.Here is a look at the taxes that have become central to the so-called “yellow vest” protesters’ claims.___TAX BURDENOne of the protesters’ big complaints is that they are heavily taxed.Official statistics support that claim. France was the most heavily taxed of the world’s rich countries in 2017, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The French government’s tax revenues last year reached 46.2 per cent of annual GDP.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe acknowledges that taxes “have steadily risen” since 2000 and that Macron’s government wants to reverse that trend.In particular, social security expenses — which pay for the generous health care system and pensions — are higher in France than other wealthy countries. As a result, France’s poverty rate is also lower than in most European countries.Overall, taxes are expected to decrease this year after Macron’s administration agreed on cuts. The protesters, however, complain specifically about a tax on fuel that Macron wanted to increase.___FUEL TAXApproved in 2014, under Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande, this tax is part of government plans to wean France off fossil fuels via small but regular tax increases. Taxes represent about 60 per cent of the price of fuel in France.The next tax increase was due to be implemented on Jan 1. In the face of the sometimes violent protests, the government said this week that it would suspend the fuel tax increase.Among the complaints by protesters is that the fuel tax hurts people in rural areas who rely on vehicles for work and transportation, compared with wealthier city dwellers who tend to rely more on public transportation.___MIDDLE CLASS GAINSIn response to the protests, Macron’s government notes it has actually cut taxes for French people. However, they will mostly benefit middle class people with jobs, according to the Institute of Public Policies, a watchdog.This year’s tax cuts focus on businesses, payroll and housing. The government is trying to raise awareness of its efforts: every employee salary slip must now have a line —written in large letters— detailing how much extra money the worker received thanks to the tax cuts.While most employees benefit from the tax cuts, almost all retirees are worse off. Macron has said pensioners must make “a small effort” to help workers.___PURCHASING POWERMany protesters say they can’t pay their bills due to the higher cost of living.Consumers’ purchasing power in France fell sharply after the 2008 global financial crisis. But since 2014 it has been growing again, according to statistics agency Insee. This year, a small increase of 0.6 per cent is expected, largely thanks to the tax cuts.Yet the figure is an average that hides disparities across society.Macron’s first reforms, like a cut to taxes on wealth, largely benefited the well-off, and this is cited frequently by protesters decrying inequality.___WEALTH TAXThe decision to slash a special tax on households with assets above 1.3 million euros ($1.5 million) was meant to attract foreign investors. Macron was quickly labelled by critics as the “president of the rich”.Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux lamented that the wealthy often decided to invest outside France because of taxes. “We want the money to come back,” he said.The Institute of Public Policies says that budget measures for years 2018-2019 overwhelmingly benefit the 1 per cent richest people due to the wealth tax cut.It says that the poorest 20 per cent of households will see their real incomes fall because while social benefits remain stable, the prices for goods like energy are rising.Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos

first_imgBERLIN — A one-day strike by security staff at three German airports on Thursday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travellers.The ver.di union called on staff at airports in Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart to walk off the job all day, leading to hundreds of flights being cancelled.The German news agency dpa reported that 350 flights were cancelled at Duesseldorf, 142 at Stuttgart and 131 at Cologne-Bonn.Up to 110,000 passengers may be affected only by the cancellations at those three airports, according to dpa.Other airports in the country were also affected by the strike including Berlin where 90 flights had to be cancelled at the capital’s Tegel airport and another four at Schoenefeld airport.“Check the status of your flight at the airline before coming to the airport,” Berlin Airport Service tweeted Thursday morning.About 100 flights were cancelled at Munich’s international airport, though some because of the continuing snowfall in southern Germany.At Duesseldorf airport, hundreds of security employees protested by blowing whistles and holding banners with slogans like “More salary? For sure!” The departure and arrival displays showed hundreds of cancellations while airlines were struggling to book passengers on other flights or gave out vouchers for train rides instead.Ver.di has said employers “provoked” the strike by offering a 2-per cent pay increase over two years.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employer association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-per cent increase in some cases. The next round of talks is due on Jan. 23.Thursday’s action was the second time security employees went on strike this week. On Monday, they staged a walk-out at Berlin’s two airports which caused disruption.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Brock lore Student falls off escarpment at Alphies Trough

Alphie’s TroughFor students who attended Brock between the 1970s and the 1990s, Alphie’s Trough was the place to be. Named after Alfred, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock’s horse, Alphie’s Trough was Brock’s original campus pub — a three-story chalet overlooking the scenic, tree-covered Niagara escarpment.Rumour has it that Alphie’s Trough was closed in the 1990s because too many students had injured themselves (or died) by falling off the escarpment.Fact or fiction?In an interview with Paul Dwyer, Brock’s Manager of Hospitality Services from 1981 to 1992, we learn that there is some truth to this story.Dwyer shares the story of a well-liked man named Patrick (pseudonym). A student in his second or third year at Brock, Patrick was the type of young man one could bring home to meet mom and dad. He was polite, kind and was respectful of others. He rarely drank and loved to dance, especially at Alphie’s.One afternoon, Patrick and his don from DeCew Residence headed to Hartzel Road to play some pool. The two of them were pretty skilled at billiards, and as a result, acquired numerous free drinks from their competitors.After several hours of competition, Patrick and his friend left the pool hall and Patrick made his way to Alphie’s to dance. According to Dywer, Patrick was doing the “bob and weave — one step forward, two steps back.” Dywer invited Patrick to walk back with him to DeCew Residence.“This was the first time I had ever seen Patrick intoxicated,” commented Dwyer. “I’ve never seen him drink more than three or four beers.”When he arrived at DeCew Residence, Dywer found Patrick’s don passed out on the hallway floor. He wrapped his arms around Patrick’s shoulder, led him to his room.“I gave him the big uncle talk”, explains Dywer. “I told him that he shouldn’t be seen intoxicated in public. Campus security might find him and reprimand him for his actions.”Dywer left Patrick in him room and then headed back to Alphie’s.Forty-five minutes later Patrick returned to the pub.This time Dwyer called security. “I thought that maybe seeing a guy in a uniform would make Patrick realize that he should probably head back to his room,” said Dwyer.After security led Patrick back to his room, Dwyer decided it was going to be a slow night at the pub and headed home.Forty-five minutes to an hour after he had arrived home, Dwyer received a phone call from his staff. Someone had jumped into the ravine.Dwyer rushed back to campus. By the time he arrived, firefighters had already started to retrieve the jumper — Patrick. Miraculously, he only had minor cuts and bruises on him.So what happened?“A doorman had exited the pub for some fresh air,” explains Dwyer. “Seeing the doorman, Patrick must have thought he’d been discovered. He took off running to the other side of the pub but instead of simply climbing the steps that led up the escarpment to Brock’s main building, he jumped over the snow fence.”Patrick fell more than 50 feet and landed on a pile of leaves and garbage, just missing jagged rocks.“He was really lucky to have survived that fall,” Dwyer said. “The emergency personnel told me that it was probably a good thing he was intoxicated, because otherwise he would have used his arms and legs to break his fall. He survived because of the way he fell and where he landed.”When asked if this was the reason Alphie’s Trough was closed, Dwyer explained that it most definitely was not.“Some people say that Alphie’s was closed because too many people died from falling off the edge, intoxicated,” said Dwyer. “To the best of my knowledge, and in the 10 years I’ve worked at Alphie’s, Patrick was the only person to have fallen into the escarpment. They shut down Alphie’s because it was becoming too small. It could not accommodate the growing student population.”When Alphie’s Trough opened in 1970, only 3,625 attended Brock. The pub could accommodate 245 people, or seven per cent of the student population. When Alphie’s Trough closed, Brock had over 11,000 students.In 1992 Alphie’s Trough closed on a Wednesday night and Isaac’s Bar and Grill opened on a Thursday night.“Isaac’s can hold over 800 people inside and out”, said Dwyer. “But it doesn’t have the same charm as Alphie’s”. read more

Government announces £500m low carbon vehicle funding

As part of a larger policy announcement by the Department for Transport, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will receive £500 million of new funding.The support runs to 2020, advancing ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) technology as well as encouraging thier uptake and use. The announcement was made in a Written Ministerial Statement outlining government’s roads reform command paper Action for Roads, which provides further detail on roads investment following the Spending Round.Government states in the Action for Roads paper that its £500 million funding plan “constitutes one of the longest-term and most comprehensive packages of support for this sector anywhere in the world.” The paper also reiterates government’s intention to publish a long-term strategy for ULEVs later this year.Responding to the announcement, Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive said, “The announcement that government will support the development and uptake of ultra-low carbon vehicles through to at least 2020 is excellent news for the UK automotive industry and its position as a global leader for new technological development.“Government’s £500 million funding and longer-term commitment will provide industry and investors with much needed certainty to research, develop and manufacture the next generation of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles in the UK and, importantly, will boost consumer confidence helping to drive up the market for low emission vehicles.”Click through to view the full Action for Roads report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Five takeaways Price returning pass game still lacking and Watsons skill

OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) tries to avoid a tackles during the Buckeyes 31-0 loss against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThere’s a bitter taste in the mouths of Ohio State football fans that will likely not go away until well after Alabama or Clemson wins a national championship for the 2016 season. Buckeye faithful sat back and watched quite possibly the worst performance by the team in the last decade, barring some horrendous disasters in the 2011 season.There was little to lift coach Urban Meyer’s spirits, and even less to make the players smile following the game. All season long, the coaching staff has preached about the adversity the team had and would face.This is a little taste of what true adversity is like for a football team. An embarrassingly bad performance might leave a player bitter, but it also invites room to grow.Following the 31-0 drubbing of OSU at the hands of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his Tigers, here are five takeaways as the Buckeyes look ahead to 2017.Billy Price is returning, and other players should tooThis one is big news for Buckeyes fans. After questions over which key players would leave and which ones would stay, Price decided after the smoke had settled that it was a great time to announce his return.He said it was motivated by his friend and teammate Pat Elflein. Price expressed his desire to follow in his mentor’s footsteps and return to lead the team, but also said there was some family motivation as well.“I told my grandfather before he passed, and my mother, I promised her I’d graduate,” Price said. “To graduate from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University was definitely one of my goals when I came here.”Price received some criticism for what some called a down year, but there is little denying the brute strength and dominant ability of the Ohio native. Plus, if he truly is following in Elflein’s footsteps, does that mean OSU will have a returning starter become center?As for the other players who are on the fence, a blowout loss could be the motivation to push them back to Columbus. Afterall, ending your college career with a blowout loss would be far from ideal for most players.Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard expressed his desire to return, while most others said they would have to dwell on the question. Even though most would be making millions immediately if they left for the NFL, expect to see more than a few sticking around for one more chance at glory.OSU needs to address it’s passing gameIt’s been quite the four years for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in Columbus. From season-ending injury, sharing playing time and criticism over his arm strength, you could say he’s had some rough patches. Barrett has been a solid leader for the Buckeyes, flashing great skill and peak athleticism along the way. But, the mostly quiet leader of OSU has yet to personally deliver so much as a Big Ten title in his time with OSU.Although he is easily the best option at quarterback for OSU next year if he returns, Barrett could have some harsh criticism if he falters early. Still, changes in the pass game would most likely come at the coaching level. Even though the offense has been good enough to reach the playoffs two out of three years, there needs to be something more if the Buckeyes hope to win it all again. And maybe, just maybe, OSU will have a new offensive coordinator next season.Tim Beck, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was not too positive in his outlook after he was asked if he would be back next year.“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s coach Meyer’s decision.”Deshaun Watson is very good, but not greatThe game seemed like it would all be on the shoulders of Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson if the Tigers hoped to win. However, it was the defense that carried the majority of the load. Watson is a good quarterback, as solid as you can ask a dynamic quarterback to be. On Saturday, he showed he can be the guy who does what is necessary to bring home the win.It was far from his best performance as a Tiger, and was not the prettiest game he could have had. Be that as it may, this game will go down as one of his best performances.On the first interception he threw, his receiver, senior wide receiver Mike Williams slipped, giving an easy lane to the ball for OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley. As for the second one, OSU redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker happened, running halfway across the field to hunt down a potential touchdown pass.Other than an instance of bad footing by his receiver and a highlight-reel play by a defender, Watson was near perfect. Alone, he had three total touchdowns and 316 yards of offense.This game was statistically average, or maybe even somewhat subpar. But, add on the circumstance of the gravity of the matchup and how OSU’s defense had been playing, and his performance was nothing short of outstanding.Gutsy players can make big time plays and make a difference in big games. Watson essentially described himself as gutsy during post game interviews.“I’m a quarterback, so if I throw a pick or make a mistake I’m not going to shy away and not just going to throw it,” he said. “I’m going to take my chances, take my shots. I feel like the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.”Mike Weber needs a good offseasonPicking up 1,072 yards and nine rushing touchdowns as a freshman foreshadows a productive career. However, work will need to be done if redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber wants to keep racking up big numbers.Ezekiel Elliott was not the same running back his freshman year as he was during his sophomore and junior season. Most players who line up in the backfield take time to develop.It was quite apparent the last two games of the 2016 season for the Buckeyes that Weber needs more work, as he had just 50 yards on the ground in his last two games. A good offseason camp to improve his ball security and ability to bounce off tacklers would be just what the doctor ordered for Weber.Although he is the clear front-runner for the starting tailback role next year, it’s all about development from here until next season for the Michigan native.Ohio State exceeded some expectations in 2016, failed to fulfill othersIn a season with so many new players filling starting roles, it was difficult to determine just how the team would perform. Overall, OSU met many expectations, while also falling well short of others.For starters, many of the young members of the Buckeyes performed admirably in their new starting roles. Although his time was sporadic in the Fiesta Bowl after suffering a leg injury in the first offensive series for OSU, freshman offensive guard Michael Jordan had a solid season playing alongside seasoned veterans.While the young guns had success, some seasoned veterans failed to meet expectations. At wide receiver, graduate student wide receiver Corey Smith had little to no impact this season, while senior wideout Dontre Wilson failed to finally live up to the hype that followed him when he first arrived in Columbus.Overall, the Buckeyes did not have to even make it to the playoffs to impress OSU fans. But, as is true for most teams that start off the season hot, fans of the the Scarlet and Gray will be feeling disappointed from this season for months to come. OSU had an offensive line returning two standout offensive lineman in Elflein and Price, and some solid names coming into starting roles. However, the Buckeyes failed to protect Barrett in key moments, leading to a heartbreaking loss in the biggest game of the year.Still, OSU showed off a dynamic rushing attack with players like Weber and Samuel. For every negative, it seemed like the Buckeyes could find a positive. In the end, 2016 was a year of growth, disappointment, exhilaration and learning experiences for the Buckeyes. Looking ahead to 2017, while things might change in coaching staff or starting players, OSU might be back into the playoffs for the second straight year, and the third time in four years. read more

Jimmy Fallon gets to play PS4 launch game Knack

first_imgJimmy Fallon is focusing on video games this week. Yesterday we covered the Xbox One showing, with Phil Spencer managing to underrate how powerful the Xbox One hardware is by quite a big margin while Fallon played Forza 5.Last night it was the turn of the PS4 to get the Fallon treatment, but unlike Microsoft, Sony decided to focus on just one game: Knack.Mark Cerny, chief systems architect for the PS4 and director on Knack, was sent out to sell the PS4 and game on camera. Unlike Spencer, Cerny made it clear the PS4 is 10x as powerful as the PS3 and got a cheer from the crowd when he confirmed the new console would play used games and not require the Internet to function. It’s also telling that Fallon made the mistake of stating PS4 is the only next-gen console that will play used games.As for the game demo, it certainly looked next-gen in terms of the visuals. And as Cerny explains, the gameplay is a mix of what you’d expect to find in Katamari Damacy and Crash Bandicoot games. How entertaining that turns out to be depends on how well they use Knack’s ability to consume different materials and use them for mixing up the gameplay.The fact Knack is a launch game certainly helps Sony push the PS4 as a family-friendly console, but when that launch happens is still a mystery. Cerny wasn’t giving anything away in terms of release date and stuck to the “Holiday” window when asked.So was the PS4 showing on Fallon a success? I think a few more games would have been nice to see, but I get the feeling Sony intends to focus on specific launch titles in the coming months and give each one a showcase. This was just the first of those.last_img read more

Grippe A lOMS sautoanalyse

first_imgGrippe A : l’OMS s’auto-analyseGenève, Suisse – Depuis lundi et jusqu’à aujourd’hui, l’OMS (Organisation mondiale de la santé) analyse elle-même la question de la gestion de l’épidémie de grippe A(H1N1).L’OMS a été longuement accusée d’avoir exagéré la gravité de la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1), notamment à cause de l’influence de certains laboratoires pharmaceutiques. Plusieurs pays avaient alors opté pour l’achat de vaccin en quantités pharamineuses. Une démarche inutile, l’épidémie s’étant avérée beaucoup moins grave que prévu. Même si 17.700 décès ont été recensés, ce bilan reste en effet bien inférieur à celui de la grippe saisonnière. À lire aussiGrippe aviaire : le virus H7N9 fait une 10e victime mais reste difficile à détecter L’OMS a donc décidé d’analyser les faits elle-même, dans le cadre d’un comité réunissant vingt-neuf experts issus de vingt-huit pays différents. Un rapport doit être rendu d’ici mai, les conclusions étant attendues pour janvier 2011.Pour l’instant, l’Organisation avoue certains manquements, notamment en ce qui concerne les incertitudes à déterminer la gravité future de l’épidémie, et ce dans une zone très étalée. Le manque de communication est cité par le Dr Keiji Fukuda, conseiller spécial sur la pandémie auprès de la directrice générale de l’OMS : “La réalité est qu’il existe des incertitudes énormes. Je pense que nous n’avons pas communiqué sur ces incertitudes. Cela a été interprété par beaucoup comme un processus non transparent”.L’originalité du virus a certainement joué un rôle dans l’échec de la campagne. Il était particulièrement dangereux pour la population jeune, contrairement à la grippe saisonnière. L’âge moyen des décès est estimé à 37 ans, contre 75 pour la grippe saisonnière. S’ajoute à cela la crainte exercée par la grippe aviaire A(H5N1), qui tue environ 60% des contaminés.Le 14 avril 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Allardyce Benitez Ashley must resolve differences for Newcastles sake

first_imgFormer Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce fears that his old side will be relegated unless Rafael Benitez and Mike Ashley resolve their disputeThe Magpies are winless and joint bottom of the Premier League table with just two points from eight games.Manager Benitez has grown increasingly frustrated with Newcastle owner Ashley’s lack of support in the transfer market.But Allardyce, who was fired by Ashley in January 2008, believes that Benitez must succeed regardless of the resources at Newcastle.“If you’re going to be successful, harmony at the top’s very important – communication and pulling in the right direction,” said Allardyce told PA Sport, via ITV.“Whether that’s happening with Rafa and Mike, I’m not privy to that information, but certainly, from my point of view as a manager, the relationship between the owners and you as a manager is critical.“(A club) can succeed but you have to put your differences to one side, both the owner and you, as the manager, and work together to get on with the job.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Whether you like each other or not doesn’t particularly matter; as long as you do the business and the best for the football club.“I was there for seven months and never really had a relationship with Mike – he wasn’t the type. He wanted other people to run the club and he wanted to come along and enjoy the ride. I don’t know whether that’s changed or not.“Because (in the transfer market Benitez is) limited, as we all find ourselves with whatever club we’re at, we try and use our tactics and the players we’ve got to the best of our ability.“The Newcastle fans give (Ashley) a lot of stick, but he is the owner of the football club and he has put his money in.“Whether that’s enough or not he decides how much money he wants to give the club and it’s up to you as the manager to try and spend that as wisely as you can.“Only time will tell if Rafa has. He certainly did last year; he finished very, very strongly. This year’s a difficult start but maybe again they’ll come through. New players again – we all have to settle players in very quickly, and that’s very demanding as a manager.”Newcastle will next face Brighton in the Premier League on October 20.last_img read more

Rooney talks all about England

first_imgThe English legendary footballer ended his international career with 120 caps with the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over the United StatesLegendary footballer Wayne Rooney is surely happy after he retired from international football with a 3-0 win over the United States in front of his fans at Wembley Stadium.“I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress,” he was quoted by the BBC.“I know some ex-players I’ve spoken to can’t come to terms with England doing well.”“I wouldn’t say I regret never winning a trophy with England,” he commented.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful. Sometimes everything just isn’t enough.”“I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies,” he added.“They called the team I played in the ‘golden generation’ but this team has also got superstars like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and John Stones.”“This is a great young squad with other players who can come in if there are injuries,” he concluded.last_img read more

The Economist Seeks Termination of Printing Agreement with Quebecor World

first_imgThe Economist is looking to terminate its contract with commercial printer Quebecor World, but says it is open to discussing how to continue the relationship, according to a statement filed jointly by the companies. Quebecor World filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.According to a court filing, The Economist wants to terminate its print agreement at the expiration of the initial term in September. The printing agreement would continue to be valid until then. The Economist argues that it is being harmed by some of the automatic legal protection that the printer has received under its bankruptcy agreeement. According to the filing, the magazine “is not seeking to enforce a monetary claim against the debtors of their estates. The Economist merely seeks to exercise its contractual right to terminate the printing agreement.” “We understand and respect the decision taken by The Economist and we will continue to provide them with the top quality product and service they expect,” Quebecor World Magazine Group president Doron Grosman said in the joint statement. “We will also work with them in the coming months to prolong and extend our mutually beneficial partnership.”A Quebecor spokesperson could not immediately be reached for further comment.In the court filing, The Economist does not say why it is seeking a termination of the printing agreement. A spokesperson for The Economist declined to comment.Quebecor World, one of the world’s largest printers, announced its bankruptcy filing in January and its entering into a $1 billion financing deal with Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to help finance the company’s operating needs. Earlier this week, the ailing printer said that, under bankruptcy protection, it would delay the release and filing of its 2007 financial statements until the end of April.last_img read more

Partnerships Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management (ACSIM), are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints.One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service.“Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge.”To mitigate funding cuts for morale, welfare and recreation programs, as well as family support programs, Bingham plans to identify efficiencies, and establish and strengthen partnerships to sustain support for personnel and their families.“Realistically speaking, we won’t be able to do everything at the same level that we used to do it,” she acknowledged. “But I can assure you we will spare no effort to make sure that our soldiers and their families have that quality of life that they so richly deserve.”One solution will be to pursue partnerships with military service organizations, according to the story.“Any which way that we can partner to help retain as many of those programs we’ve had in the past, we are certainly going to do that,” Bingham said. “We’ve been doing that already. That’s not a new initiative. Partnerships occur at every level on the installation.”For top leaders in the Army, though, the No. goal is readiness. For Bingham, who assumed the duties as the ACSIM on June 30 after serving as commanding general for the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, that means ensuring installations can continue operating under any contingency, including a power outage.“Energy security is becoming an area of increased focus,” she said. “I see it … as a form of force protection and mission assurance. So being able to secure our energy on our own posts, camps and stations and installations is critical. That’s an area we are putting a lot of emphasis on. We have to make sure those installations are able to do their mission.”last_img read more

Spotify and Hulu 10 bundle offer has ended new deal offers 3month

first_imgSpotify Premium users can get Hulu for free.  Hulu Editor’s note, May 16, 2019: Spotify stopped accepting new sign ups for its Premium with Hulu deal on May 14. The company has announced a new Premium offer, where new or free-tier users who previously haven’t tried Premium can get a three-month trial for 99 cents. (Spotify Premium users that canceled their Premium account before April 15, 2019 can also sign up for a three-month trial for $9.99). The Spotify plus Hulu combination deal, detailed in the article below, is now available only to students who sign up for Spotify’s Premium for Students plan. If you have Spotify Premium, you can now get Hulu’s ad-supported service at no extra cost. New and existing subscribers to Spotify Premium and Hulu can sign up for the specially priced bundle through June 10. If you’re new to Spotify Premium, after you sign up for the offer, you’ll get the ad-free music streaming service and Hulu’s ad-supported TV service for 30 days. After the first month, you’ll pay $10 per month thereafter. Digital Media Mobile Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Originally posted March 12 at 10:18 am PT. Updated to add frequently asked questions, 1:48 pm PT. Updated March 27 to note new competitive offerings from Apple. Updated May 16 to note expiration of deal. 6 3:09 Apple will finally reveal its $1 billion-budget TV service Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments Hulu Spotify 2:28 If you already have Spotify Premium, you can activate Hulu for no additional cost by signing up here.Hulu and Spotify offered a similar deal last April and bundled their services for $13 per month. If you’re still paying last year’s bundle price, you’ll be automatically migrated to the new $10 deal.Here’s everything else you need to know about the current promotion:The basicsSpotify and Hulu teamed up on a discounted bundle deal that was first announced on March 12. Whether you’re brand-new to both, an existing subscriber of one but not the other — or both already — you’re eligible for the promotion, which includes access to Spotify’s ad-free premium service (normally $9.99 per month) and Hulu’s ad-supported service (normally $5.99) for a total of $9.99 per month. You can sign up for the specially priced bundle now through June 10. The caveats There are a few catches here, mostly for existing Spotify and Hulu subscribers. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion. Same goes for Hulu subscribers who have the “No Ads” or “Hulu + Live TV” plans. Check out all of the terms and conditions here.This deal includes Spotify’s Premium tier of service, which is ad-free, and Hulu’s “ad-supported” plan, which includes ad interruptions. The company says that the number of ads on Hulu is “generally less than half of that of traditional broadcast and cable TV” and that the platform will accommodate your ad preferences. The time frameYou can sign up for the special bundle pricing bundle until June 10.I’m brand-new to Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here.I already have Hulu but not Spotify. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I already have Spotify but not Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, yes. You can sign up here. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I already have Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I am a Spotify Family Plan subscriber.  Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I am a Spotify Student Tier subscriber.  Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership are not eligible for this promotion.Are there any time commitments or contractual obligations?No. Unlike a cable service or gym membership, this is a month-by-month plan. You can cancel at any time.Seems too good to be true. Why now?The announcement came one day after Apple revealed that it’s having its own event on March 25. That event will reportedly focus on several new Apple services, including a video service with Apple-exclusive content. While Apple’s exact plans and pricing aren’t known, Spotify and Hulu are no doubt hoping that this music-plus-video offering for $10 per month will be a strong counteroffer to whatever Apple has in the wings. Tagslast_img read more

Study downplays leaking mines impact on fish

first_imgA state Department of Fish and Game staffer works on sampling fish for a study on toxic metal concentrations in Tulsequah and Taku river fish. (Photo courtesy Department of Fish and Game)State biologists say a study shows pollution from an abandoned Canadian mine upstream of Southeast Alaska does not harm fish.A chief critic of the Tulsequah Chief Mine says the research doesn’t tell the whole story.Listen Now The Tulsequah Chief, about 40 miles northeast of Juneau, has been closed for more than a half-century. Two companies tried to reopen the copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver mine in the past decade. Both failed, the most recent earlier this year.So, polluted water has continued to leach into the Tulsequah River, which flows into the Taku River, which enters the ocean near the capital city.That has raised concerns among Taku fishermen that salmon runs are being damaged – or that the fish might be unsafe to eat.Dissolved metals such as copper, which can affect aquatic life, were of particular concern.A Department of Fish and Game study, released in late October, says fish samples aren’t showing metal contamination.“What we found was that the metals concentrations in the fish that we captured at the mine were real similar to the fish upstream and downstream of the mine,” said Jackie Timothy, Southeast regional supervisor of the department’s Habitat Division.The study she co-authored updated similar research released by the department in 2012, with additional sampling of the test fish, Dolly Varden char.Critics of transboundary mines, including the Tulsequah Chief, say the study could leave a false impression, because it doesn’t answer all the questions.“This is just one very small, very discreet little piece of data,” said Guy Archibald, who runs the Inside Passage Waterkeeper Program for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.Archibald and other critics point to earlier research estimating 15 tons of dissolved metals flow out of the mine each year. Archibald, who helped write the study’s funding proposal, said it should also have looked for dead fish.Tests sites used in the 2012 Alaska Department of Fish and Game Dolly Varden study are shown. (Map courtesy ADFG)“When you collect fish, you’re collecting only the survivors. You have no idea of what that effluent is killing,” Archibald said.Another concern is that the study tested Dolly Vardens, not salmon.Fish and Game’s Jackie Timothy said Dollies are year-round residents, while salmon are not.Timothy also stressed that the study had a very specific focus.“We weren’t looking at whether or not there was a problem with the mine and whether there was pollution at the mine. That has been well-documented,” Timothy said. “What we were looking at was whether or not fish were being impacted because that was the concern of the fishermen.”Metals found in the sampled fish come from the general environment, she said. They occur naturally in the Tulsequah River, and other areas with mines and large ore bodies.last_img read more

Whats in a name After student push JuneauDouglas High School adds Tlingit

first_imgJuneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé sits at the base of the mountain from which it takes its Tlingit name, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO)On Tuesday night the Juneau School District Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. As with other schools in the district, the Tlingit name of Yadaa.at Kalé will be an addition, not a replacement.The oldest high school in Alaska’s capital sits at the base of a mountain. That mountain shares its name with the city, and with the school: Juneau.But it has other names.“Yadaa.at Kalé is an ancient name. So it’s not as if Mt. Juneau was always called Mt. Juneau,” said Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, Indian Studies Program director for the Juneau School District. She believes names have power. They connect people and places.For more than a year, a group of people has worked to connect Yadaa.at Kalé to another place: Juneau-Douglas High School.The push was led by students, including senior Arias Hoyle.“Even though it’s the name of Mt. Juneau, it does not mean Mt. Juneau. It means ‘beautifully adorned face,’” Hoyle said.Hoyle said student support for the Tlingit name was widespread at his school. To prove it, he collected signatures from around 70 students of diverse backgrounds.Arias Hoyle shows the Juneau School District Board of Education the signatures he collected from students at Juneau-Douglas High School in support of adding a Tlingit name to the school, on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO)Elders and leaders representing the Áak’w Ḵwaan and T’aaḵu Ḵwáan approved the choice of Yadaa.at Kalé. They offered the name as a gift to the high school, after meeting with students and district staff last April.Tlingit elder David Katzeek was one of the leaders at that meeting. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1962.Katzeek said Yadaa.at Kalé is open to interpretation. One of the things it means is “coming home.”He explained it like this: Imagine you’re on your way back from a long trip hunting or fishing. Stormy waters. You’re in a small canoe. Waves are crashing.“Sometimes the people in the boat would feel like maybe we’re not going to make it,” Katzeek said. “And they’d be working together, woosh.ji.een.”Katzeek then demonstrated how the boat’s passengers would express themselves in Tlingit when the mountain comes into view.“We see that beautiful face of the mountain … That mountain is just getting more beautiful all the time,” Katzeek said.Juneau-Douglas principal Paula Casperson welcomes the name.“It’s hard for me to see a downside. I think that this just adds on to what I view as a strength of the Juneau School District, which is incorporating where we live and the people and the place that we are,” Casperson said.Cadiente-Nelson said using Tlingit names can be a step toward healing from a painful history. One that has been marked by violent suppression of the Native community.The name, though, is for everyone.“The restoration and bringing it back to life, though it’s always been there. It’s meaningful to not just the Native people of this region, but I believe to the majority of this community,” Carperson said.At their January meeting, the Juneau School Board voted to make Yadaa.at Kalé an official part of Juneau-Douglas High School’s name.It won’t happen overnight. Some things, like a new sign out front, will take time and, more importantly, money.But Casperson said the school’s website will be updated quickly. She hopes it will include a pronunciation guide, with audio. Getting the new name on anything printed, like student IDs, will be as simple as changing the template.Hoyle was at the school board meeting when the name was accepted. The vote was unanimous and earned a standing ovation from an unusually large audience. The board members joined in.After the vote, Hoyle said he felt confident. The change, he said, would be empowering.Hoyle plans to graduate in May. When he does, he hopes his diploma will name him a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé.last_img read more

Rakul Preet Singh gets mobbed by street children actress pissed off over

first_imgRakul Preet Singh mobbed in Mumbai.PR HandoutRakul Preet Singh was recently caught in a strange situation in Mumbai. A group of street children mobbed and made her uncomfortable when she came out of a restaurant.A few clips are doing rounds on social media sites where Rakul Preet Singh is being pestered for money by the kids. The actress tried to escape, but they surrounded her and behaved badly.The actress was visibly annoyed by their behaviour as they tried to get the money from her pocket. It seems like Rakul was aware of the cameras around her and did not react harshly.The actress finally escaped from the place after someone came to her rescue. The incident apparently occurred outside the Farmers’ Café restaurant at West Bandra in Mumbai.The videos have now gone viral. Check out the clips of the incident below: On the professional front, Rakul Preet Singh’s career is on a high after the success of her Hindi film De De Pyaar De. She has a few interesting projects in her hands that include Nagarjuna’s Telugu film Manmadhudu 2 and Riteish Deshmukh’s Marjaavaan.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 UP Yoddhas vs Gujarat Fortunegiants Preview Prediction Schedule

first_imgPlayers in action during a Pro Kabaddi League match.Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANSThe UP Yoddhas will fight it out against the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2019 fixture at the Gachibowli indoor stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, July 26. The UP based team will be looking forward to register their first victory of the tournament after they lost to the Bengal Warriors in their first fixture of the tournament whereas the Gujarat Fortunegiants are riding high on confidence after their convincing victory against the Bengaluru Bulls.Preview, Prediction and Schedule UP Yoddhas.TwitterAfter being humbled at the hands of the Bengal Warriors the UP Yoddhas will be looking forward to bouncing back and register their first win in the tournament. They will be hoping that Monu Goyat who was the best raider for them in the previous match score more raid points along with the assistance of Surender Singh and Shrikant Jadav. Captain Nitesh Kumar has to take command of the defence and prevent the opponents to score much along with the support of Amit and Narender. But, it will be a tough fixture for them considering the form of their opponent. Pro KabaddiOn the other hand, the Gujarat Fortunegiants are full of confidence after their convincing victory over the Bengaluru Bulls. They thumped the Bengaluru-based team 42-24 and will be looking forward to replicating their performance in the upcoming fixture. The Gujarat Fortunegiants are not dependent on individuals they play as a team which act as their strength. Sachin, More GB and Rohit Gulia will take care of the attack whereas captain Sunil Kumar along with Sumit and Parvesh Bhainswal will take care of the defence. According to past records, the Gujarat-based team are the favourite whereas if recent form is looked into its the same story. So, it will be a tough task for the UP Yoddhas against the Gujarat Fortunegiants as the latter will start as a strong favourite.The Gujarat Fortunegiants-UP Yoddhas match will start at 7.30 pm IST.TV listings and live streamingThe broadcasting rights of the tournament are held by Star Sports and the matches will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Marathi. For live streaming on the internet, the platform will be Hotstar.last_img read more