first_imgMadrid, Sept 30 (AFP) Real Madrid were criticised by Israeli officials on Saturday after Ahed Tamimi, a teenager associated with Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation, was pictured being presented with a club shirt. The 17-year-old is visiting Spain this week with her family to participate in various social and political events. According to top Spanish sports daily Marca, she was offered a Real jersey and posed for photos with Emilio Butragueno, the club’s former striker and now director of institutional relations. However, Real Madrid has not issued any official statement regarding her invitation on its social networks or website. When contacted by AFP, the club declined to comment.Daniel Kutner, Israel’s ambassador to Spain, wrote on Twitter: “Ahed Tamimi does not fight for peace, she defends violence and terror, the institutions that have received and celebrated her indirectly encourage aggression and not the dialogue and understanding that we need.” Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for the Israeli foreign minister, described the apparent welcome Real Madrid gave Tamimi as “shameful”, describing her as “a terrorist inciting to hatred and violence”. Tamimi has become a figure of Palestinian resistance since spending eight months in prison for slapping two soldiers from the Israel Defence Forces. She was released in late July. (AFP) ATATlast_img read more


first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more


first_imgESPN College Football Playoff top 2015.ESPNWe’re now less than two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. Get excited, people. In anticipation of the start of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at what ESPN’s preseason top 25 looks like. Can anyone but the defending national champions be No. 1? Nope. ESPN has the Crimson Tide at No. 1 heading into the season. Do they have it right?Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama get some more rings this season?Will Alabama get some more rings this season? 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more


first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but a number of multi-government agencies at multiple levels – including Transport Canada – needed to give their approval for the City’s plans.Harvey wasn’t able to say whether the sewer replacement would be completed before the end of the year, or whether the delay would cause the City to postpone widening 100th St. up to the East Bypass Road until 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is now accepting tender submissions for sewer upgrades along 100th St. under the CN Rail tracks near Northern Lights College.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more


first_imgPatna: At a time when the trades of chaiwallas and chowkidars have become part of the political discourse, a humble street hawker in Patna is diligently working to raise awareness about voting and asking the electorate to vote on the basis of a candidate’s merit to build a strong democracy.Through his ‘Cycle Jagrukta Yatra’, Lal Mani Das travels across the Bihar capital and also tells people to not give in to temptation of money or other material gains offered by others to sway their votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Das, 50, is a ‘bhunjawallah’ — street snack seller — and puts up his cart near the Bazaar Samiti, city’s huge vegetable and fruits market, but now only hawks the famous snack in the evening, spending early part of the day on his campaign. Wearing a shirt and a trouser, a pair of slippers, and sporting a cap bearing the Election Commission logo and a slogan, he paddles around in Patna on his bicycle, and distributes pamphlets to people, carrying an appeal to vote wisely. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn front of his bicycle, he has put up a banner that enumerates the qualities a candidate should have, which every voter should keep in mind. Das, himself wears a big, two-sided banner carrying a message — ‘Respect rights of a citizen. Cast your vote’ — over his shirt to spread the message. “Voting is very essential part of ensuring a strong democracy. My first target is to reach out to as many people so that more and more numbers come out and vote on the polling day. Also, I am appealing to them to vote for candidates who have character and those who respect the rule of law,” Das told PTI. On the banner mounted in front of his bicycle, a slogan on the top reads in Hindi — ‘Will respect rights of a citizen, will vote’. “In this banner I have mentioned 10 points for voters to keep in mind, whether first-timers or old-aged ones. So, first one says, we will elect those people who spend less money during election. And, those who respect the rule of law. “Also, among those seeking re-election, we should vote for a candidate, who does not create ruckus in Parliament, has an attendance of at least 75 per cent, participates in House debates and who is committed,” he said. Voters should prefer NOTA (none of the above) option if they have to choose among those candidates who often break laws, Das said. A father of four — one daughter and three sons, Das who originally hails from neighbouring Begusarai district, says, he moved to Patna 15 years ago, in search of livelihood, and lives with his wife and children in a small house near Bazaar Samiti. Asked, how much he earns from selling ‘bhunja’, he said, “I make around Rs 500 to Rs 600 on an average. But, as I am giving more time to my campaign, I am making some losses, but I have no regret.” Das admits that his wife, a homemaker, was against this idea of awareness drive, and still wants him to quit and go back to regular selling job. “She is upset, and my children also are also half-supportive of this campaign, but, I feel that as a citizen, we must each do something towards strengthening our democracy. This is my humble contribution to that larger vision of building a great nation,” he said. Das, in a profound message printed on the pamphlet he hands out, quotes writers, poets and revolutionaries to inspire people to vote with discretion. “…It is not as to who will solve the problem in the system, it is about who will take the first step towards it,” he said, quoting the lines in Hindi from the pamphlet. “If we have to save democracy, we will have to elect candidates with character, otherwise sacrifices made by the freedom fighters will go waste,” he said. The 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be held in a seven phases from April 11 to May 19. In Bihar too, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats, the elections would be held in seven phases. As part of the first phase, four constituencies in the state — Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad and Jamui will go to polls on April 11.last_img read more


first_imgGurugram: Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, the Congress candidate for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday filed his application. Among the leaders who were present during his filing of nomination were Randeep Surjewala, Rao Dharampal and Sukhbir Singh Kataria. Before filing the nomination, the 61-year-old leader exhibited his show of strength when he first held a roadshow in Old Gurugram and then held a public meeting at Congress headquarters in Kaman Sarai.Urging the electorate to vote for him, Captain Yadav raised national as well as local issues. He highlighted how nationally demonetisation destroyed the nation’s economy and increased the rates of unemployment. On the local issues, the six-time MLA from Rewari asserted that how the BJP government was not able to bring the development to South Haryana region and stalled the progress of Gurugram. In the affidavit filed, Captain Yadav has stated that his source of income is mainly from his rental incomes however his spouse Shakuntla Yadav is getting income from the business investments. Named after his father Rao Abhay Singh an automobile showroom in Behror Rajasthan is registered under his wife’s name. He owns two Toyota Innova one is of 2015 model and the other 2017. Besides an automobile showroom in Rajasthan, Captain Ajay Singh and his family have also done investments in commercial establishments in Manesar and Daruhera. While Yadav’s total investments in commercial establishments amount to Rs 30.85 lakh his wife Shakuntala’s is nearly Rs 1.47 crore. Captain Yadav’s family also has substantial investments in residential building. Besides his house in Rewari, he has houses in DLF, Gurugram and Sector-31. While the net worth of his investments in residential building amount to nearly Rs 10.37 crore while his wife’s total value of assets is nearly Rs 7.22 crore. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continued the successful trend with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he has been rewarded with various ministerial births including finance, PWD, etc in the state government.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kyrghyztan on Tuesday where she will represent India at the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)here. In a statement released here on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said this will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of the SCO. Sushma Swaraj had attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing in April 2018. “India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek in June,” the statement said. Sushma Swaraj will also issue a joint call of SCO Foreign Ministers on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The CFM meeting iwill review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on June 13-14 and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance.last_img read more


first_imgMOGADISHU – No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attackAt least seven soldiers were killed and 20 injured when a car bomb struck a military convoy in eastern Somalia on Thursday.Eyewitnesses said that a bomber blew himself up in a booby-trapped car in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.“The explosion was powerful; it caused major damage,” Puntland Health Minister Abdullah Ali told reporters.He expected the death toll to rise further.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.Somali authorities usually blame such attacks on the Al-Shaabab militant group.last_img


If you want to talk about the really good guy who’s not in the tournamentMarkelle FultzFreshman PG, 6-foot-4, WashingtonFultz’s Huskies won’t be in the tournament, but he may come up in draft conversations just the same. Like Ball, Fultz is a stand-out point guard prospect. But while Ball’s offense comes from all over, Fultz was at his best in pick-and-roll, where he has scored 101 points per 100 plays — among the best in the nation for that play type, according to Synergy. He’s especially good at turning the corner quickly and finishing at the rim, but he can also curl around the screen and fire a pull-up three — a shot that’s growing in popularity (and effectiveness) in the NBA. Otherwise, Fultz gets most of his offense by getting out in transition and getting set up for spot-up jumpers, where he’s good but doesn’t stand out as much as he does in the pick-and-roll.If you’re looking for wingsJosh JacksonFreshman SF, 6-foot-8, KansasJackson is a defensive standout and one of the best point-forward prospects in the class. While his defensive numbers (via Synergy) are good but not great (he’s holding his marks to 81 points per 100 plays overall), he can straight-up stick his man and chase him off of shots he’d otherwise take. In fact, his overall numbers are pulled down a bit by his role: Despite spending most of his time as a stretch-4, almost 60 percent of his defensive plays come against spot-up shooters and in isolation, which are play types where the offense believes it has an advantage. Yet Jackson is still holding his own.Jackson is a natural and willing passer who finds runners on the break and in semi-transition, often on clever back-door cuts, and sucks defenders in on drives before dishing to a teammate for an easy dumpoff and dunk. Kansas also puts Jackson in a lot of 4-5 pick-and-rolls, where he can throw lobs to center Landen Lucas. A lot of times, prospects can put up impressive passing numbers simply by using a lot of possessions (Jackson’s assist percentage is 18.9 — very good for a non-point guard), but in this case, the eye test matches the numbers. Jackson is the truth.The one question with Jackson’s game is whether his jump shot is real. Jackson began the season shooting miserably from long range, going 23.7 percent on 2.1 3-point attempts per game in his first 18 games. But since late January, he’s been on a tear. In 13 games since Jan. 21, Jackson is shooting 51.3 percent on three 3-point attempts per game. That evens out to 38 percent on the season, but that kind of extreme swing is worth keeping in mind. As with any one-and-done prospect, we’re dealing in small sample sizes. But for Jackson, there’s at least some explanation for the inconsistency: His coaches aren’t touching his jump shot this season.“Now can he tighten it up and do some things differently? Absolutely,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in December. “But that will probably be on somebody else’s watch. That won’t be on our watch as much. I don’t see a reason why when you have a young man for a very brief period of time why you want to totally cloud his brain with something other than very, very few, simple things.”So the state of Jackson’s jumper over the next few weeks may not be the most important thing to focus on. But how able he is to adjust once he’s in the NBA will be crucial, as the difference between a wing prospect who can do it all and one who can do it all minus a jumper is the difference between an All-NBA-level talent and a useful role player.Jayson TatumFreshman F, 6-foot-8, DukeTatum is a down-the-middle wing prospect. He’s a good defender (allowing 73 points per 100 plays), a pretty good defensive rebounder (19.7 percent defensive rebound rate), a pretty good spot-up jump shooter (89 points per 100 plays, according to Synergy, although 12 of his 37 made threes for the year came during a three-game stretch in February), and a pretty good passer. But his underlying metrics don’t match up with his more obvious talents, such as when he broke out and averaged 22 points per game through the ACC tournament. The natural comparison for Tatum is Justise Winslow, another Duke swingman/small-ball 4 with obvious talents that can go unrecognized by college stats.If you are Vivek RanadiveMalik MonkFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyOver the last several seasons, we’ve gotten a pretty clear idea of the tastes of Sacramento Kings owner Ranadive, as well as the forcefulness of his pursuit of those tastes. The Ranadive type is a guard in the mold of Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas or Buddy Hield, a gunslinger who can shoot a team into the Final Four all on his own. This season, no player captures that type better than Kentucky’s Malik Monk. No offense to Monk.Monk is a shooter, and almost singlehandedly shoulders the load of 3-point shooting for Kentucky. This makes him a somewhat unique Kentucky guard, as he’s averaging nearly seven 3-point attempts per game and hitting 40 percent of them, which is impressive on its own, but more so when you consider that he’s doing it while dealing with extra defenders cheating off of backcourt mates De’Aaron Fox (24.2 percent from three) and Isaiah Briscoe (27.3 percent). For many NBA fans, March Madness is the embarrassing time of year when they realize that while they can recite, say, the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench rotation or the draft implications of a Sacramento Kings win, they can’t name more than a handful of college players. The tournament is the first time such fans will be seeing many of the players whom they’ll then discuss at length leading up to the NBA draft. So if you’re starting from zero, or are just looking for a quick refresher on a few prospects, here’s a viewing guide to the top lottery prospects in the tournament.If you’re looking for point guardsLonzo BallFreshman PG, 6-foot-6, UCLAChances are that most NBA fans have heard a little bit about Lonzo Ball. But much of the talk has been about his father, his brothers or his draft stock, rather than just how outstanding Ball has been on the court.First off, Ball is one of the most efficient scorers in the college game. His top-line analytics are staggering: Ball has a 66.7 true shooting percentage and scores 108 points per 100 plays; 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts are threes (he hits 41 percent of those). The overall efficiency is propped up a little because 31 percent of his plays (a massive chunk) have come in transition, where he scores 112 points per 100. Getting out and running is an effective strategy, and a big reason why the Bruins lead the NCAA with 90.4 points per game, but it’s not quite as telling for what Ball will be able to do in the NBA. For that, catch him spotting up for that broken-looking jumper of his — he scores 125 points per 100 plays on spot-ups, which is just as impressive as it sounds.Where Ball isn’t as polished is on the pick-and-roll — a play type that fellow top prospect Markelle Fultz of Washington excels at. Ball scores a more mediocre 78 points per 100 pick-and-roll plays. He’s also just a so-so rebounder for his size, with a 9.4 total rebound rate and 14.4 defensive rebound rate, neither of which is overly impressive for a 6-foot-6 superathlete.But those are all just individual stats. What makes Ball so special is that he can do all those things while also operating as a true point guard. Combine Ball’s individual stats with his passing numbers and the numbers begin to get silly. According to Synergy Sports Technology, he has an absurd 156 points per 100 plays on all plays he finishes — so when he shoots or draws a foul or commits a turnover — plus plays on which he records an assist. A little reference, since this isn’t the most common stat around: These plays + assist numbers tend to look a little inflated compared to what you usually see for players, because adding assists includes only made shots. This isn’t ideal, but it does give a good sense of the total contribution of a player, since adding more assists will nudge the number upward. Here are the numbers for some other top players: Fultz and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox are at 127p+a/100; Malik Monk of Kentucky is at 119; Josh Jackson of Kansas is at 116. Those are very good numbers, but Ball’s still stand out when compared apples-to-apples.De’Arron FoxFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyThe line on Fox has been that he’s a jump shot away from being a top-five pick. So it’s telling that he’s still projected to be a late-lottery pick. On the year, Fox is scoring just 79 points per 100 plays on spot-up jumpers, according to Synergy, which is not very good at all. That’s not a great sign for a perimeter prospect, but Fox has one big thing working in his favor: speed.Fox is a burner, one of the fastest guards in the country, and puts that speed to material use in his game. He and backcourt mate Malik Monk are both in the top 15 of transition plays per game (5.6 per game for Fox, 5.7 for Monk). And once Fox is out in the open court, he can get to the rim at will. His penetration also carries him on isolation plays, where he’s strong (97 points per 100 plays). The question is whether Fox can combine those individual skills into an all-around game. He’s sitting on an assist percentage1The percentage of teammate field goals assisted by a player while he’s on the court. of 30, which is solid, but he doesn’t have the best passing instincts out on the break and can force things at the rim.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success This perimeter workload has weighed down other parts of Monk’s game. As a prospect, he was known for killer athleticism, but he hasn’t gotten to the basket the way Fox has for the Wildcats: 80 percent of his shots in the halfcourt offense have been jumpers, according to Synergy. He’s scored an excellent 111 points per 100 plays on those jumpers, so it’s working out. But he’s even more efficient when he gets to the rim, either in half court or in transition.If you’re looking for big menLauri MarkkanenFreshman PF/C, 7-foot, ArizonaMarkkanen is a 7-foot freshman center out of Finland who lacks a true comparison in the modern game because I’ll be struck down by the Almighty if I invoke Arvydas Sabonis.Markkanen is sitting on a 63.3 true shooting percentage; 44.4 percent of his field goal attempts are threes, and he hits 43.2 percent of them. He isn’t just a jump shooter, though — Synergy has him averaging 125 points per 100 plays as the roll man in pick-and-roll and 102 points per 100 plays posting up — both excellent numbers. He is a bigger body than recent rangy big-man prospects like Nikola Mirotic but has more bounce than guys his size. This allows him to be a strong rebounder (17.7 defensive rebound rate) but also a live body filling the lane in transition or cutting off the ball. While Markkanen’s stats are impressive enough, he’s one of the guys in the tournament who are especially eye-opening in live action since a not-that-scrawny 7-footer moving around the court and doing the things he can do is a rare sight, even in the NBA.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more


first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.last_img read more


first_imgEssence magazine named Antoinette Mabry as senior director of marketing. Prior to joining Essence, Mabry served as a senior marketing manager at Boost Mobile.Kiplinger named Wallace Ryland director of digital business development ofr the Kiplinger Washington Editors. Most recently, Ryland served as interim president of Hyper Localized Media LLC.Shelley McCormick was appointed publisher of East Coast Home + Design. Previously, McCormick served for seven years as vice president of sales, and acted as the lead architect in the rebranding Fairfield County Home to East Coast Home + Design. Former Newsweek editorial director and Newsweek Digital editor Mark Miller has been named editor of the Texas Tribune . Miller will report to CEO/editor-in-chief Evan Smith, who previously served as president and editor of Texas Monthly.Joyce Parente was named associate publisher of marketing at Rolling Stone. Previously, Parente served as associate publisher of marketing for Men’s Health.IDG’s GamePro Media, publisher of GamePro Magazine and GamePro.com, appointed Julian Rignall vice president of content. Most recently, Rignall was editorial director at Future US where he led the Future Plus custom-publishing creative team.Source Interlink Companies appointed David G. Algire president of Source Interlink Distribution. Most recently, Algire served as vice president of retail sales at Meredith’s National Media Group.Also at Source Interlink, Tyler Schulze was promoted to vice president and general manager of IntelliChoice, which is part of the Motor Trend Automotive Group. Previously, Schulze served as vice president of strategy and corporate development for Source Interlink Media.last_img read more


first_imgFor all the fuss that Newsweek is chaperoning a new era in journalism with the print and online versions soldered together, Newsweek, in fact, is a throwback to another century.This is because everything that appears in the magazine is dictated by one person’s tastes. The big question is this: can Tina Brown’s world be of constant interest to a couple of million people?On one hand, I admire her extreme confidence; but on the other, I worry that she’s sometimes off the mark.Take this week’s cover with Kate (Kate the Great) Middleton. Is there anything that Newsweek can bring to that royal party that People and US wouldn’t do better? The deck announces “In a world gone to hell-thank God, a wedding”. Really? A wedding is going to bring back ten thousand tsunami victims, exile Kaddafi to Switzerland, bring back $1.20 a gallon gas and stop the ice cap from melting?In fact, Newsweek‘s cover is relying on what makes The Daily Beast fun: gossip. Every cover line is either a gossip story (Kate, Madonna’s African charity) or a gossipy take on an existing story (male-rape in the military, Sarkozy’s supposed war advisor, Syria’s evil ruling class). But is any of this indispensable?There’s good news however. Newsweek has greatly improved its design and overall packaging.1. The cover: There is now more than a single cover line, which was the last regime’s limit. There are at least five stories and, most important, cover story number two, above the flag.The bad? There’s no eye contact from Kate. Maybe it’s a deliberate choice not to have eye contact this time, but eye contact has proven effective on covers because it makes them more accessible. Out of 69 covers on my local newsstand, I counted 65 with people and all of them were looking at the reader.2. Pictures: They were considered a nuisance under the last regime but they’re back. And most of them have captions.Best new addition is NEWS GALLERY, which consists of several double page pictures from around the world with long captions, something that would have been unheard of a few weeks ago.There are a number of mini picture essays. Most are gossip-based and superficial. Dumbest of the bunch is a group comparing Kate to Diana. Did you know that they both wore khaki sweaters? Now you do, thanks to Newsweek.3. Navigation: It goes from a D before to an A now. The body type is easier to read, the headlines come with decks and there are pull-quotes to break-up grey pages.4. Graphics: There’s a concerted effort to bow to the state of the art with side bars, info-graphics and time-lines.The most ominous is a two-page chart right out of the old SPY magazine called THE DESPOT INDEX which compares ten dictators around the world.The stuff is fun; however, by no means indispensable. Did you know that Kim Joong-Il’s trademark is matching pajamas? Did you know that Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko’s vice is roller-skating?Now you know, thanks to Newsweek.5. Pet Peeves:*Dumb section names: “The Big Fat Story” is especially irritating.*Me-too graphics: “Conventional Wisdom” which sports arrows pointing up and down looks like it’s been xeroxed out of Time.*Gratuitous pictures: A full page portrait of a model pretending to be a repentant Marine illustrates “The Military Secret Shame”. It’s clearly not a news picture, but will everybody know it?last_img read more


first_img Twitter Email Renée Zellweger To Play Hollywood Icon Judy Garland In New Film News Facebook Renée Zellweger To Portray Judy Garland ren%C3%A9e-zellweger-play-hollywood-icon-judy-garland-new-film New film ‘Judy’ to focus on Garland’s final concerts in London in 1968Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 7:59 am Oscar-nominated actress Renée Zellweger will portray GRAMMY winner Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming film chronicling the Hollywood legend’s final concerts in London in 1968.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy will center upon Garland’s arrival in London for her series of sellout shows, which took place 30 years after she garnered acclaim for her role in The Wizard Of Oz. As she readies for the concerts, Garland goes back and forth with her management team while engaging with musicians, friends and fans, as well as her then-soon-to-be husband, Mickey Dean. Despite the seemingly idyllic setting, Garland also grapples with her childhood memories that are blurred by her career as well as her yearning to be at home with her children.   GRAMMY History: Complete List Of Album Of The Year Winners And NomineesGarland became the first female to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, taking home the award for Judy At Carnegie Hall at the 4th GRAMMY Awards in 1962. Six of her recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including “Over The Rainbow” and The Wizard Of Oz soundtrack.Set to start production in February 2018, Judy will be directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold and produced by David Livingstone.Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In LondonRead morelast_img read more


first_imgFollowing other carriers, Indigo has also rolled out a flash sale, with fares starting as low as ₹1,727.The travel period for tickets booked under the monsoon offer, which will end on 13 June, is from 1 July-30 September, 2015. The quarter is considered as a lean period in the aviation industry.On Wednesday, state-owned airline Air India had announced a similar sale and its starting fares was ₹1,777 for domestic destinations. The booking for its monsoon offer ends on 12 June.Air India’s offer is applicable on travel period between 1 July to 30 September, 2015, covering 66 destinations in Air India’s domestic network.Last week, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and AirAsia India had launched such offers to improve passenger traffic during the July-September lean season.Domestic airlines witnessed a 21 percent growth in passenger traffic to 251.05 lakh during January-April 2015 as compared to 207 lakh in the same period last year, NDTV Profit reported.The domestic aviation landscape has undergone a sea change with the entry of new low-cost carriers Vistara and AirAsia, resulting in competitive tariffs to gain market share.Budget airline SpiceJet announced the launch of its discount sale last Tuesday. Its one-way fares start at ₹1,299.The three-day sale was offered to celebrate SpiceJet’s completion of a decade in the aviation industry and its return to profitability in the January-March quarter. The sale began on 2 June and ended on 4 June for travel period between 20 June and 31 July, 2015.Debt-ridden budget carrier SpiceJet posted profit for the first time in seven quarters. It earned a profit of ₹22.5 crore in the March quarter.last_img read more


first_imgMy parents fight over everything. I’m in 8th standard and feel like running away at times. Is there something I can do to sort it out?Neha, HaryanaWhy don’t you express your mind to your parents? May be you can write a letter or mail them. I can understand how difficult it is. But, you have to stay put till you grow up and move out. Tell them exactly the pain, the agony and explain clearly. Sometimes we are blind and have to be told directly. Wish you good luck dear! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My uncle (my father’s brother-in-law) has a habit of touching me at every opportunity. He tries to be over friendly and cracks sleazy jokes! This truly irritates me! How can I stop him?Devika, New DelhiTell him – STOP! If politeness doesn’t work, be rude and be firm. Whenever possible, avoid him completely. Just vanish when he’s around. Otherwise, just warn him that you will tell your family about his acts. This should be sufficient for him to understand and behave sanely. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy husband gets violent during sex. We are married for 5 months and he has hit me a number of times, he bites and I have bruises all over. He says he finds pleasure that way. Is this normal?Name withheld, New DelhiHe believes in masochism — deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abusive. Your husband is a sadist too! Well, many couples do enjoy this kind of a sexual fantasy. But, it seems you are not comfortable at all. I suggest, you be firm and tell your husband that you don’t like it. Hope he understands you soon and making love becomes enjoyable for you. My son is 19 years old. I have got to know from his friend that he’s involved in a relation with a 36-year-old divorced woman. We are shattered! Please advise!Mrs. Mehta, NoidaPlease have a friendly chat with him. Not as a mother but as a friend. Understand his reasons for being involved with someone who is that many years older and a divorcee as well. The relationship that the two share could be pure friendship and may be you are reading too deep into it. Most of the times what we hear is half or no truth. Don’t worry too much yet, be there with him. He surely needs a good companion and sometimes sheer loneliness make us walk lanes that we otherwise would have avoided.My wife is too religious. Almost 15 days a month she sleeps separately and gives the excuse of her ‘guru’ for not having sex with me! We are married for two years and this is affecting my sex life badly. What to do?Animesh, ManaliThis is really sad! Just tell your wife that her guru and she are forcing you to look for fun outside marriage! She needs to understand you and maybe she is not realising what she is losing by being unreasonably ‘religious’! No woman would want her husband to look for physical pleasure outside, hence I hope she will change her life to accommodate your happiness as well.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_imgUber came out with an open source data ingestion and dispersal framework for Apache Hadoop, called “Marmaray”, yesterday. Marmaray is a plug-in based framework built and designed on top of the Hadoop ecosystem by the Hadoop Platform team. Marmaray helps connect a collection of systems and services in a cohesive manner to be able to perform certain functions. Let’s have a look at these functions. Major Functions Marmaray is capable of producing quality schematized data via Uber’s schema management library and services. It ingests data from multiple data stores into Uber’s Hadoop data lake. It can build pipelines using Uber’s internal workflow orchestration service. This allows it to crunch and process the ingested data along with storing and calculating the business metrics based on this data in Hive. Marmaray serves the processed results from Hive to an online data store. This allows the internal customers to query the data and get close to instant results. Other than that, a majority of the fundamental building blocks and abstractions for Marmaray’s design were inspired by Gobblin, a similar project developed at LinkedIn. Marmaray Architecture There are certain generic components such as DataConverters, WorkUnitCalculator, Metadata Manager, ISourceand ISink in Marmaray that facilitates its overall job flow. Let’s discuss these components. Marmaray Architecture DataConverters DataConverters are responsible for producing the error records with every transformation. It is important for all the raw data to conform to a schema before it is ingested into Uber’s Hadoop data lake, this is where DataConverts come into picture. It filters out any data that is malformed, missing required fields, or has other issues. WorkUnitCalculator Uber introduced the concept of WorkUnitCalculator in order to measure the amount of data to process. At advanced levels, WorkUnitCalculator analyzes the type of input source and the previously stored checkpoint. It then calculates the next work unit or batch of work. The WorkUnitCalculator also considers throttling information when measuring the next batch of data which needs processing. Metadata Manager The Metadata Manager is responsible to cache job level metadata information. The metadata store is capable of storing any relevant metrics which are useful to track, describe, or collect status on jobs. This helps Marmaray to cache job level metadata information. ISource and ISink The ISource consists of necessary information from the source data required for the appropriate work units, and ISink comprises all the necessary information on writing to the sink. Marmaray’s support for any-source to any-sink data pipelines can be applied to a wide range of use cases both in the Hadoop ecosystem and for data migration. “We hope that Marmaray will serve the data needs of other organizations, and that open source developers will broaden its functionalities,” reads the Uber Blog. For more information, check out the official Uber Blog. Read Next Uber open sources its large scale metrics platform, M3 for Prometheus Uber introduces Fusion.js, a plugin-based web development framework for high performance apps Uber’s kepler.gl, an open source toolbox for GeoSpatial Analysislast_img read more


first_img Categories: Barrett News 13Mar Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, March 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Gizzard City located at 120 W. Main St., in Potterville.“Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Barrett said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their interests and needs in Lansing.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more


first_imgThe Belgian Council of State has struck down a 2008 agreement whereby Liberty Global-backed cable operator Telenet acquired the homes served by the Interkabel cable networks owned by Flemish municipalities.The Council, acting on a complaint by Telenet rival Belgacom, ruled that Interkabel should have been open to competitive offers.The Interkabel-Telenet agreement of 2008, which Telenet acquired 800,000 TV homes served by four municipal operators – Integan, Intermedia, PBE and WVEM – expanded an earlier agreement from 1996 that allowed Telenet to market broadband and telephony services to InterKabel customers.last_img


first_imgIf you ate a hamburger today, or a high-priced steak, chances are it came from an animal that was fed an antibiotic during the last few months of its life.This is one of the most controversial uses of antibiotics in the entire food industry. There’s growing pressure on the beef industry to stop doing this. I wanted to know how hard that would be. My questions eventually led me to Phelps County Feeders, a cattle feedlot near Kearney, Neb. It was cold and wet on the day I visited. The weather had been bad for weeks. Joe Klute, the feedlot’s co-owner, was unhappy because he knew his 15,000 cattle were miserable, too. And miserable cattle don’t gain weight.”I mean, you spend all this time and energy and effort and money to put weight on them that you hope to get paid [for], and now it’s all going to be gone,” he said. “Because of the weather stress.”We head out to look at the raw ingredients of beef-making: giant bales of hay; piles of chopped up, fermented corn stalks and leaves called silage; steaming, flattened kernels of corn. “They get corn flakes for breakfast, just like we do,” he says with a grin.And then there are the micro-ingredients, like vitamins. They get dissolved in water and mixed into the truckloads of corn and hay. “On a 20,000-pound load, those micro-ingredients are going to be less than a pound,” Klute says.One of these micro-ingredients is an antibiotic called tylosin. It’s in there because when cattle eat a high-calorie diet, with lots of grain — which they do in feedlots, to fatten them up quickly during the last four to six months of their life — many will develop abscesses on the liver. T. G. Nagaraja, at Kansas State University, has spent most of his life studying this process. Fermenting grain produces acid in the bovine stomach that’s called the rumen, Nagaraja explains. When there’s lots of it, the acids can damage the rumen wall. This lets bacteria escape into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they get trapped, multiply, and cause abscesses.Liver abscesses don’t usually kill cattle, but they slow the animals’ growth and can make slaughtering operations more complicated. Nagaraja says that when cattle are fed a standard feedlot diet, 20 percent or more of them typically develop liver abscesses. Tylosin cuts that percentage by more than half, to single digits. This is, of course, great for the feedlot, but according to Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., it’s not good at all for the rest of us.”It’s basically a public health decision that they’re making,” he says, and it’s a bad one, undermining the effectiveness of drugs that people depend on.Tylosin, for instance, is almost the same as an antibiotic that doctors often prescribe, called erythromycin. So when you feed tylosin to cattle, Price says, “it puts pressure on all the bacteria in and on that animal. Those bacteria respond to the antibiotic and eventually become resistant to it.”Those antibiotic-resistant bacteria can migrate away from the feedlot, perhaps carried by animal waste. If the bacteria then infect people, they can’t be treated with erythromycin.The Food and Drug Administration has banned some uses of antibiotics in animals for exactly this reason. Farmers can no longer use antibiotics to make cattle grow faster. Overall, their use of these drugs is down. But farmers still can give antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases like liver abscesses.This gets Lance Price kind of angry. “We are creating this disease,” he says. “We are creating liver abscesses by the way we’re raising [cattle].” Raise them differently, he says, and cattle wouldn’t need tylosin.In fact, it’s being done. It’s even being done at Phelps County Feeders. About 40 percent of the cattle at Joe Klute’s cold, wet feedlot are not getting any tylosin, or any growth-promoting hormones. This beef gets sold as an “all-natural” product under the company’s own brand: Nebraska Star Beef. The feedlot gets more money for it.”We decided, hey, it’s another avenue of survival. It’s another niche. Let’s find this niche; let’s try to be different,” Klute says. I also visited another, much smaller, feedlot in Iowa that’s completely antibiotic-free. It grows cattle for the company Niman Ranch.In both places, they’re doing it pretty much the same way.”We change how the animals are fed, and we don’t have to use tylosin,” says John Tarpoff, vice president of beef for Niman Ranch.They feed these cattle more hay and silage — and less energy-rich corn. This diet is easier on the animals’ stomachs. “The idea is, you have to protect the whole digestive system,” Tarpoff says.But there’s a trade-off. The animals grow more slowly when their diet is less energy-rich. To gain the same amount of weight, it can take these cattle about five months — as opposed to four months with conventional feeding. And some cattle — less than 10 percent of them — develop liver abscesses under this feeding regimen, too. That’s about the same as in feedlots that use a high-energy diet combined with tylosin. Another fly in the antibiotic-free ointment: Occasionally, cattle get sick with other diseases and need antibiotics. In that case, they’re treated and their meat is no longer sold as “natural.” Tarpoff says this happens to fewer than 1 percent of Niman Ranch’s cattle. At Phelps County Feeders, it’s between 5 and 10 percent.In case you’re wondering, these antibiotic-free cattle still are getting plenty of grain in their diet. That’s necessary, Tarpoff says, to produce the tender steaks that many consumers prefer.Because of the longer time and extra feed required to raise cattle this way, it costs more. Tarpoff estimates that it’s roughly 15 to 18 percent more. “We get the complaint all the time, ‘Gee, your product costs more than the other guy’s,’ ” he says. “Well, yeah, it does.” Some big customers are willing to pay for antibiotic-free production. They include Whole Foods and the fast-food chain Shake Shack.Last December, in perhaps the biggest shift in the industry away from antibiotics, McDonald’s announced that it’s taking steps to cut antibiotic use by its beef suppliers. I asked Tarpoff for his reaction. He sounded cautious.”It’s not so easily done,” he said. This industry, at least the mass-market part of it, has always been driven to cut costs. Cutting out the antibiotics will raise costs. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been criticised for failing to treat as a disability hate crime a case in which a disabled man was forced to work for a pittance and live in a shed for 35 years.Three people were convicted unanimously by a jury last week of requiring the 52-year-old man to perform forced or compulsory labour, after a four-week trial at Oxford Crown Court.The man, who has learning difficulties, was forced to live in a brick shed that was described as unfit for human habitation, and to undertake heavy manual labour, working for more than 12 hours a day, for which he was paid just £5 a day.If he failed to work hard enough he was beaten, on at least one occasion with a metal bar.The three defendants also applied for and collected his benefits – worth £139,000 – for 13 years and as a result were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud following a trial last November.They will be sentenced next month for this charge, and the forced labour, but CPS has already confirmed to Disability News Service that the offences have not been treated as disability hate crime.A linked case, which in June last year saw another four defendants convicted of forced labour, involving another man with learning difficulties in the same area of Oxford, was also not treated as disability hate crime.Thames Valley Police, which carried out both investigations, was unable to comment on the latest case this week because the officer dealing with the case was on leave.But a CPS spokesman said: “Disabled people face criminal behaviour every day. “Sometimes, this will be motivated by hostility towards their disability and on other occasions they will be in at-risk situations and exploited because of that.“We considered prosecuting this case as a disability hate crime but could not identify any evidence to show the offence had been committed because of hostility towards the victim based on his disability.“The offenders saw an opportunity to exploit the victim for their own personal gain.“Sentencing is a matter for the courts but the CPS will ask that a victim’s disability is taken into account.”Anne Novis (pictured), a leading disabled hate crime campaigner and a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “Repeatedly we have to ask the question, ‘Why?’“Why is it not a disability hate crime when a disabled person is abused, humiliated, stolen from, made to do work they do not want to do?“For us, it is common sense that if someone is targeted due to perceived ‘vulnerability’ and that ‘vulnerability’ is due to being a disabled person then that is hate crime.“No matter what the law or the CPS say, we, disabled people, are the experts. We know what is or is not hate crime and it is our voice, our perception, and that of the victim that should take precedence.“It is obvious that the justice system still has a lot of work to do on this issue. Such cases do not inspire our confidence.”Meanwhile, a new CPS report has shown that the number of cases of disability hate crime prosecuted in 2015-16 increased by more than 40 per cent compared with the previous year, rising from 666 to 941.The number of convictions also rose by more than 40 per cent, from 503 to 707, although the conviction rate fell slightly, from 75.5 per cent to 75.1 per cent (it was as high as 81.9 per cent in 2013-14).The report says CPS will “identify and execute further work necessary to address the relatively low conviction rate”, comparing it with the overall hate crime conviction rate of 83.2 per cent.The number of cases in which the sentence was increased because the court accepted the offences were disability hate crimes also rose, from 5.4 per cent of successfully prosecuted disability hate crime cases in 2014-15 to 11.9 per cent of such cases in 2015-16. This rate had been as low as 0.6 per cent in 2013-14.The CPS report said the figure still remained “considerably lower” than for other hate crime strands, and promised to work internally to “sustain continuing improvement”, while work would “also be undertaken with the courts to ensure consistent application of sentence uplifts”.The report also revealed that the proportion of both 10-13 year olds and 14-17-year-olds involved as defendants in disability hate crime prosecutions fell from 4.9 per cent and 23.5 per cent in 2007-08 to 1.3 per cent and 9.6 per cent in 2015-16.The report says: “The CPS benefits from a strong relationship with communities affected by disability hate crime as a result of a combination of structured engagement and transparent performance and hopes that, together with an improved conviction rate, community confidence will continue to grow.“In turn, it is hoped that this will provide an environment in which increased numbers of those affected by hate crime will feel able to report.”Stephen Brookes, another leading hate crime campaigner and DHCN coordinator, said the increase in prosecutions was “good news”.But he warned against complacency, and added: “There are still far too many inconsistencies in police, CPS and the judiciary responses, and the gap shown between good and bad practice is massive.”He said the work done by the network had been “a key part of the improvements seen today, and the message from us is, ‘The fight isn’t won yet.’“Rather, we are at the beginning of the real battle of getting closer cooperation between all partners, criminal justice system, disabled people, academics, and the media, who can help with the message that disability hate crime is on its way out.”last_img read more