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_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service DehradunJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:26 IST Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion is seen holding a pistol in his mouth and a carbine in one hand while there is another pistol in the other hand.Three arms licenses of Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, seen dancing with two pistols and a carbine in a viral video, have been suspended, officials said on Saturday.Suspended from the party for an indefinite period after the video came out, the BJP MLA has also got a notice from the party why he should not be expelled.”After getting reports from the Haridwar police, I have suspended three licences of (Kunwar Pranav Singh) Champion,” District Magistrate Dipendra Kumar Chaudhary said.Under the notice, Champion has been asked to reply within 15 days as to why the licences of all the three weapons should not be cancelled, he added.The action came following a report by Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Janmejay Khanduri that the licenses of the three weapons – a double barrel rifle, a revolver and a modified carbine, should be cancelled on security and safety reasons.”There are some cases against Champion. So we have decided to recommend the cancellation of the licences,” said Khanduri.Champion has criticized the move saying his son, who is a shooter, used to practice with these weapons. “With this decision, the sports future of my son looks bleak,” he told his supporters.State BJP President Ajay Bhatt on Wednesday had served notice seeking Champion explain why he should not be expelled as the opposition launched scathing attack on the ruling party on the issue. Led by state Congress Vice President Suryakant Dhasmana, a host of Congress leaders sought strict action against Champion – a former Congress MLA – on the basis of this video and called for filing an FIR against him.advertisement”In a section of media there are reports that Champion has been expelled from the party. But we want to clarify that a decision to expel Champion would be taken after the reply of Champion to the notice,” state BJP spokesman Devendra Bhasin said.He also said that senior party leaders have also asked the central leadership to decide on the expulsion of Champion.On the other hand, senior police officials clarified that no FIR has been filed against Champion so far in the incident. The application regarding the FIR has been forwarded to Haridwar for further action, said a police official.Dancing to the tune of “Gup Chup” song from Bollywood blockbuster “Karan Arjun”, Champion is seen holding a pistol in his mouth and a carbine in one hand while there is another pistol in the other hand. Holding a glass of whiskey, he is even seen allegedly abusing Uttarakhand.After remaining in controversies for a long time, Champion had been suspended for three months by the ruling BJP last month, after a preliminary report prepared by the state party unit’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of gross indiscipline and also took cognizance of his alleged threats to a journalist.A video had gone viral last month also in which Champion, the MLA from Khanpur, was seen threatening an electronic media journalist.He was also in the news for publicly making fun of fellow party MLA Deshraj Karnawal, and later challenging him to a wrestling match to settle their long-standing dispute. Karnwal however did not turn up for the match.Champion, who wanted a ticket for his wife for the Lok Sabha polls from Haridwar, had described the then sitting MP from the seat and now Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as a “migratory bird”.Champion was among the nine Congress MLAs who had rebelled against then Chief Minister Harish Rawat and crossed over to the BJP in 2016. Later all the nine MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker under the anti-defection law.ALSO READ | Viral video edited, intrusion into my privacy: BJP MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh ChampionALSO WATCH | Drunk BJP MLA Pranav Singh Champion brandishes guns while dancingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Arms licences of Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion seen dancing with guns suspendedUnder the notice, Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion has been asked to reply within 15 days as to why the licences of all the three weapons should not be cancelledadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is advising Nova Scotians to take appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada’s forecast of heavy rains and potential freezing rain and ice pellets overnight. Such weather conditions can make driving treacherous and bring down power lines. The Emergency Management Office advises Nova Scotians to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if possible, and make sure they have emergency supplies in their homes or in their vehicles if driving. A home emergency kit should include a battery operated or crank radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food, drinking water, adequate supply of medication, first-aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and footwear. Similar items are recommended for vehicle kits, along with jumper cables, warning flares, a shovel, traction sand or road salt, and a tow rope. For more information on preparing a home or vehicle emergency kit, visit the Emergency Management Office website at . In the event of power outage, phone Nova Scotia Power’s outage information line 1-877-428-6004.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd.’s commitment to begin construction this year on its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project in northern Alberta comes less than a week after it received long-awaited approval from the Alberta government.The speed of the announcement Tuesday surprised observers who have watched Calgary oilsands rivals including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp. announce production cuts to avoid steep discounts currently being paid for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil.Imperial’s project would add 75,000 barrels per day of bitumen production to current output of about 300,000 bpd but won’t start up until 2022, by which time many observers predict that new pipeline capacity will ease export bottlenecks and restore normal pricing levels.“As we look at a three-and-a-half-year construction project execution period, we think the dust will settle in some of these areas and a project that has as many advantages as Aspen does, we’re confident it will be a globally competitive investment,” CEO Rich Kruger told media on a conference call following Imperial’s investor day in Toronto on Wednesday morning.He acknowledged that the company is counting on government to ensure pipelines are built in time for project startup.Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement oil pipeline project is expected to be in service in late 2019 and one or both of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline or the federal government’s Trans Mountain expansion are expected to be in service a year or so later.Meanwhile, crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 230,000 barrels per day in August.Imperial has signalled it will increase rail use to 170,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2019, up from an average of about 80,000 bpd over the summer, from its co-owned railway terminal near its Edmonton refinery.In situ oilsands projects which produce bitumen from wells have an advantage over open pit mines such as Imperial’s nearby Kearl project that opened in 2013 and was expanded in 2015, Kruger said.“Our view is with the large resource base, with the history of innovation and responsible development, that the highest quality oilsands can and will be competitive on a global basis, not all oilsands,” he said during his investor day presentation.“We see in situ as having fundamental advantages today over new greenfield mining developments.”Imperial decided to go ahead with construction during a slow time in the oilsands because it hopes less competition will save money on labour and component costs, said Theresa Redburn, senior vice-president of commercial and corporate development.Aspen is being designed to add solvents along with steam into horizontal wells to melt the heavy sticky bitumen, a technology tested in a seven-year pilot project, she said.Imperial expects to save about 25 per cent in capital costs per barrel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use intensity by about the same amount compared with traditional in situ projects that use steam alone.In a report, analysts at Tudor Pickering & Holt questioned the project’s cost of about $35,000 per barrel per day versus previous company estimates that the entire 150,000-bpd project could be built for $27,000 per flowing barrel.It said the cash-rich company can afford to ramp up spending next year and still buy back about $2 billion worth of its shares.The approval process for the project and its 75,000-bpd second phase has been a bone of contention with Kruger, who has complained it was taking too long to win approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator since application was first made in 2013.The AER, however, has said the review period was prolonged due to Imperial’s application changes, with the latest version submitted in May 2017, and First Nation consultation adequacy requirements.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX,IMO, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ, TSX:MEG)last_img read more

2 October 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for urgent new funding to feed 470,000 people in Mauritania, warning that flooding is putting greater pressure on its dwindling supplies for both flood victims and returning refugees. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for urgent new funding to feed 470,000 people in Mauritania, warning that flooding is putting greater pressure on its dwindling supplies for both flood victims and returning refugees. WFP needs $3.8 million or 4,440 metric tons of food to head off a three-month break in supplies for Mauritania from this month. The flooding in Mauritania is part of a larger crisis affecting a wide swath of sub-Saharan Africa, where the agency is struggling to feed some 5 million flood victims from Mali and Niger in the west to Ethiopia and Uganda in the east. The situation is particularly critical in Mauritania because the number of food insecure people there has risen by 16 per cent since December. Some 420,000 people struggle to feed themselves at the best times, and half rely on WFP food to survive.“WFP made an appeal in March for Mauritania, but very little has been received so far, and if no fresh contributions are forthcoming now, we will have a total break in supply and thousands of people will be at risk,” Agency Country Director Gian Carlo Cirri said. The fight against malnutrition has achieved positive results in Mauritania, and supplementary feeding put in place by WFP and its partners in the past year has led to a decline in the number of malnourished children under 5 from 51,000 in February to 31,000 in August.“This is a fact,” Mr. Cirri said. “We know we can make a difference in fighting food insecurity and malnutrition, but we need continuous support. Unless additional funding is received, all these benefits for children will be washed away and we will be back where we started.”Floods and the expected repatriation from Senegal of 20,000 Mauritanian refugees who fled ethnic violence 18 years ago have added to the problem. Severe floods in the south and southeast have left 30,000 people without shelter and short of food.High rates of malnutrition and food insecurity in Mauritania are caused by the limited agricultural potential. Even in good crop years, yields can only cover 30 per cent of the needs of the population of nearly 3.3 million, leading to a high dependency on imports and markets. read more

If security is a selling feature, the proliferation of devices has the potential to be a significant revenue source for BlackBerry, which has tried to diversify its revenue streams since it decided to stop making smartphones in 2016.There could be security implications if bad actors decide to hijack anything from smart meters to lightbulbs, said Alex Thurber, BlackBerry senior vice-president and general manager of mobility solutions.“The reality is, any IoT device can be seen as a threat vector,” Thurber said. Rising fears over security gives BlackBerry an advantage: CEO BlackBerry profit beat signals its reinvention as a software company is taking hold Cybersecurity firm acquired by BlackBerry focuses on the ‘unknown unknowns’ If a device isn’t secure, he said, it could be used to gain access to an entire network. On a more personal scale, hackers could acquire health data or private images.BlackBerry is betting its reputation for security will make its software appealing to manufacturers, although Thurber would not reveal any revenue targets or how many devices BlackBerry aims to secure.“We think this whole opportunity is a large one,” Thurber said.The pursuit of the consumer device market is the culmination of BlackBerry’s strategy to transition out of hardware and focus on its security software, he said.At first, it stayed in the smartphone market by licensing its software to other mobile manufacturers. But as it worked to become an “ingredient brand” (much as Intel places “Intel inside” stickers on laptops, Thurber said), executives realized there was a huge world of devices outside phones.To address this new market, it split its security services into separate products, and will license those to manufacturers as needed, Thurber said.One of the new products secures hardware at the point of manufacturing by injecting a cryptographic key into the device as it’s being built. The second secures the operating system with a service that detects whether someone is trying to hack a device or implement malware, while the third helps enterprises secure a variety of devices.BlackBerry has tested the technology with a few customers, one related to devices powered by’s virtual assistant Alexa and the other an industrial product, but now aims to sell it on a larger scale.BlackBerry’s high-margin licensing business was a bright spot in its latest quarter, earning $68 million in the three months ended Nov. 30 up from $50 million a year prior. BlackBerry Ltd.’s retreat from making smartphones doesn’t mean it is giving up on the consumer device market, where it’s aiming to get its security software into such things as fitness trackers and smart speakers.The Waterloo, Ont., company is expected to kick off the year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday with a sales pitch to manufacturers who the company hopes will license its software to secure their Internet of Things devices.The market for such devices is expected to explode to more than 20 billion units in 2020 from about eight billion in 2017, according to research firm Gartner Inc., growth that is coinciding with increasing concerns about privacy.The reality is, any IoT device can be seen as a threat vectorAlex Thurber, Sr. V-P, BlackBerry read more

“Until parties to the conflict fully open up safe, unimpeded access to everyone we will keep trying to reach civilians by all and any means possible, however challenging,” the officials vowed. They also said that the UN and partners continue “to work to negotiate access with all parties,” including in hopes of delivering aid across hard-to-reach areas. Those areas include parts of northern rural Homs and in Aleppo, where the UN estimates that half a million people are caught behind active frontlines. In addition, some two million people are believed to be in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The statement also points to continued attacks on civilians and civilian locations, including schools, markets and hospitals, with medical supplies and equipment being removed at checkpoints. “This is unacceptable,” the senior officials said, and reiterated that until these actions stop, they will continue to press all parties on their obligations and to hold them to account. There are, however, “signs of momentum, fragile glimmers of hope” with fewer bombs, more humanitarian access and preparations for negotiators from all sides to talk, according to the statement. “As humanitarians we welcome progress where it means real change.” The statement was signed by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien; Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin; Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund Anthony Lake; High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi; Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan; Director General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing; Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Pierre Krähenbühl; Administrator of UN Development Programme Helen Clark; Chief Executive Officer of InterAgency; Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui; Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. “We use our collective voice to call on all parties, local and international, for this anniversary to be the last one and for the political talks to bring real peace and an end to the suffering in Syria,” 12 senior officials from New York, Geneva, Rome and Amman said in a joint statement.They stressed that “no one wants to see a sixth year of conflict start on 15 March” and that today’s Syria, which is almost unrecognizable in parts, will take generations to restore following the “brutal and senseless conflict.”“Young people across Syria need to hope and believe that their future lies in their homeland,” the statement continued. “That they will have education, healthcare, homes and jobs. That life holds more than fear, violence and hunger.” Since 2011, over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed, according to figures cited in the statement. In addition, more half of the population has been forced to flee, including 4.8 million people who are now refugees.For those who are displaced within the country, access to aid is one of the only lifelines, and access is often hampered. Some 4.6 million people are “barely existing” in places that are cut off, from where they cannot leave and to where aid cannot reach.According to the statement, the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners have managed to reach more than six million people since early last year, but they still lack access to one-in-five besieged Syrians who urgently need help and protection. Palestinian refugees and other civilian families from Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham in Syria, wait in line as UNRWA distributed thermal blankets. Photo: UNRWA read more

About 30,000 families in 58 municipalities in Nicaragua’s ‘Dry Corridor,’ the area of the country most affected by droughts and climate change, are expected to benefit from a financial agreement between the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Nicaragua to boost sustainable agricultural production.“In recent months, we have seen how bad things can be, not only for small farmers, but for the entire population living in the area,” said Ladislao Rubio, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Nicaragua, noting that the rise in temperatures caused by the El Niño phenomenon made agriculture almost impossible, leaving more than 3.5 million people in Central America dependent on food aid to survive. “The only way to avoid these food crises is to build small farmers’ resilience to climate change by investing in climate-smart agriculture,” he added.Regional falling agriculture production has led to food insecurity and particularly a decline in household incomes and has stretched rural families and indigenous people’s resilience.With the investment, the UN agency, through the Dry Corridor Rural Family Sustainable Development Project (NICAVIDA) project, addresses the situation of Nicaraguan smallholders living in the Dry Corridor, a strip of land in which with 52 per cent of soils are overused and 40 per cent is strongly or severely eroded. “Life in the Dry Corridor was never easy, but climate change has made things even worse and, unless we give small farmers living there the tools they need to adapt to increasingly dry and unpredictable weather, they will not be able to cope,” said Mr. Rubio. The NICAVIDA project aims to ensure small farmers’ access to nutritious food and an adequate diet and increase their capacity for natural resource management and adaptation to climate change by promoting the links between economic diversification, productive transformation, environmental protection and family nutrition. IFAD, together with regional partners will, among others, focus on the needs of communities in terms of infrastructure, road improvement and investments in public services that will improve the living standards of the Corridor’s rural families and indigenous peoples, and connect them to markets. The term Dry Corridor defines a group of ecosystems in the eco-region of dry tropical forests in Central America covering the lowlands of the Pacific coastal area, and most of central pre-mountain region of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and parts of Costa Rica and Panama.The total cost of the project is $48.5 million, of which IFAD is providing $20.5 million. The other contributors are: the Central American Bank for Economic Integration ($15 million), the Government of Nicaragua ($6 million) and the beneficiaries themselves ($7 million). About 191,380 households benefit from IFAD’s involvement in the Central American country, and the NICAVIDA project is one of the agency’s three ongoing operations. IFAD also sponsors the Agricultural, Fishery and Forestry Productive Systems Development Programme project in North Atlantic Autonomous Region and South Atlantic Autonomous Region Indigenous Territories as well as Adapting to Markets and Climate Change Project. By assisting with projects such as this storage system for irrigation water, FAO is supporting the countries of the Dry Corridor in Central America in addressing disaster risks that affect agriculture and food and nutrition. Photo: FAO/Honduras read more

first_imgOhio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks to pass the ball during the first half of the game against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21. Ohio State won 76-5. Credit: Amal Saeed | Photo EditorLocation: Columbus, Ohio2018 record: 13-1Head coach: Ryan Day (second year, *7-0)*3-0 in 2018 as interim head coach2019 record so far: 4-0What’s happened so far in 2019:The Buckeyes dominated Florida Atlantic at home to open Ryan Day’s debut as full-time head coach, trouncing the Owls 45-21. Hosting in-state rival Cincinnati in Week 2, the defense came into form, shutting out the Bearcats in a 42-0 rout. Traveling to Indiana in Week 3, the Buckeyes decimated the Hoosiers 51-10 to begin Big Ten conference play. Returning home, Ohio State gave up an early safety, which led to a Miami (Ohio) field goal before the Buckeyes responded with 76 unanswered points to defeat the Redhawks. Key offensive player:Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, takes the reins of an explosive offensive unit for the Buckeyes. A former five-star recruit, Fields has embraced his new role as field general with 19 total touchdowns, 880 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in the first four games. More importantly, his improved decision-making and ability to escape pressure have allowed him to find open receivers on the run. With help in the backfield from junior running back J.K. Dobbins and deep threat wide receivers sophomore Chris Olave and senior Binjimen Victor, Fields must lead Ohio State through the Big Ten gantlet. If the Buckeyes emerge unscathed, the sophomore from Kennesaw, Georgia, will likely remain in the Heisman Trophy conversation.Key defensive player: Leading the charge against opposing quarterbacks is team captain and junior defensive end Chase Young. Young is off to an excellent start for Ohio State, currently tied for the most sacks in the NCAA with seven in four games. Young had two strip sacks in the second quarter alone against Miami, both of which led to Ohio State touchdowns. Young has even gotten his hands dirty on special teams, blocking a field goal against Cincinnati. Young’s aggressiveness has allowed the secondary to ball-hawk, making the opposing quarterback pass before being set and influencing errant throws and missed reads. Projected as an early first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Young is an early front-runner for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.Weaknesses: The Buckeye defense has been stout against the run but given up great yardage through the air. Ohio State is No. 19 in the NCAA against the pass, and the secondary will need to tighten up against short throws and quick receivers in order to survive a grueling Big Ten schedule, which includes four ranked opponents. Though all of Ohio State’s games have been blowouts, Fields is throwing for just 220 yards per game, ranking No. 8 in the Big Ten. That figure is well below the 345 yards former quarterback Dwayne Haskins averaged in 2018, and it will be interesting to see if Fields can consistently move the ball in must-pass situations against Big Ten defenses.last_img read more

first_imgMore: Ireland’s cost of borrowing falls as NTMA formally issues new bonds > THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency has announced to the market that it will seek to issue a new 10-year bond maturing in March 2023.The NTMA, the body which manages Ireland’s debts on the Government’s behalf, said the bond would be issued subject to market conditions “in the near future”.In a statement, the NTMA has mandated Barclays, Danske Bank, Davy, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC and Nomura as joint lead managers for the transaction, details of which will be announced in due course.The new bond will help restore market confidence in Ireland.Last month, the NTMA formally issued new bonds to replace the promissory notes.Read: Draghi: ECB’s bond-buying programme can’t help Ireland escape bailout >last_img read more

first_imgIf you bought a doll’s house in a shop, and you got home and found out that it was a fire hazard, you’d be allowed to bring  it back immediately and repaired for you. But it’s not the same for us: we were sold a property in good faith, we bought it in good faith, and it has a lot of deficiencies.- Killian Ryan, resident of Beacon South Quarter apartments.THE RESIDENTS OF Beacon South Quarter apartments have a decision to make: pay thousands of euros to fix structural problems with the buildings they own, or refuse.These problems are causing water ingress in some of the apartments; while other deficiencies are classed as non-compliant with fire safety issues – issues that residents have been reporting for some time.On Wednesday 18 January, residents were sent invoices to fix the problems, and a notice that at an AGM meeting next Monday, they’ll be given all the information about the problems and asked to vote on whether the apartment owners will agree to pay.The have no idea what they’ll have to pay – they’re only going off media reports ranging from a total bill of €9 million to €31 million: one resident says the potential invoice could be for €10-15,000 per owner.OwnerKillian Ryan bought one of the 800 Beacon South Quarter apartments in 2008 under the affordable housing scheme.Killian says that 20% of the apartments are owner-occupiers, property company Ires Reit own around a quarter, and the rest is divided up between the county council, Cluid housing scheme, Circle voluntary housing scheme, and investors. Feb 1st 2017, 6:05 AM Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 6:05 AM 25,350 Views Residents of Sandyford apartments asked to foot ‘potential’ €10,000 bill “Our neighbours, our friends, we’re all in shock. I’m getting married this year – I don’t know where the money will come from.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email7 Source: Google Maps Short URL They’re really nice apartments, well-kitted out, a facade, lovely interior, decent enough size. Ours is a two-bed apartment on a single floor, but some are one- and three-bedroom apartments, others are duplexes.He says that water has been leaking into his living room for the last five years, and that they’ve been pursuing it with the insurance company – hoping that they’ll pay. It was only when there was an investigation into the development of the apartment last year that they started stripping walls and realised “bits were missing”.Monday meetingsIt was only when the invoice came through that some of the residents decided to host a meeting to decide if they would go public and contact politicians and press.They stuck posters in the lifts, set up a website, and used the existing Facebook Page to spread the message. At first residents were concerned that if the news got out their property prices would fall – but after the news was leaked to the media before the first meeting was even held, it was too late to go back.They met last Monday and again this Monday, ahead of next week’s vote – and although Killian says most of the 120 people who turned up to this week’s meeting seemed to oppose the charge, he’s not sure it will be rejected.Yesterday, the Irish Times reported that Ires Reit, which is the largest single owner of apartments at Beacon South Quarter, plans to vote in favour of the charge.“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he says. “Our neighbours, our friends, we’re all in shock. I’m getting married this year – I don’t know where the money will come from.”Killian says they’ve been told the problems aren’t so bad that they’ll have to evacuate but changes are needed to be fire safety compliant and for the structural soundness of the building.Each block has a different set of problems and a different price tag attached to it.A lot of residents have come forward to tell their story not because they think it will help them, but because they don’t want this kind of thing to happen again.“I thought we had a government to govern over these things, to oversee development. But developers are just self-regulating,” Killian says.Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41 Comments last_img read more

first_imgGoogle favorise-t-il ses services sur son moteur de recherche ?Google réfute les accusations de plusieurs entreprises du web. Elles soupçonnent le géant américain de favoriser ses services lors de la publication des résultats sur le moteur de recherche. Depuis quelques années, Google multiplie les programmes pour aider les internautes dans leur quotidien. Mais ces logiciels concurrencent de manière féroce plusieurs entreprises qui proposent les mêmes services. Cette rivalité s’exerce aussi à travers les résultats sur les moteurs de recherche où les services de Google seraient mis en avant, selon plusieurs accusations. Ainsi, les firmes reprocheraient au géant du web de favoriser ses logiciels. parle même d’un chercheur d’Harvard qui a découvert que certains sites échappent à l’algorithme pour profiter d’un référencement prioritaire. Google se défend de toute manipulation et affirme vouloir aider d’abord l’internaute. Pas sûr que la concurrence soit convaincue d’un tel argument.Une enquête sur le géant américain a d’ailleurs été ouverte par la Commission européenne le 30 novembre dernier pour abus de position dominante. Google est étroitement surveillé (voir notre article). Le 15 décembre 2010 à 14:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit “From understanding the proper use of nouns to establishing consent, misreading signs and saying a phrase that may come off as offensive are all problems men and women face,” Charlie Hughes, YouPorn’s VP, said in a press release. “Through the step-by-step lessons, Sexy Lingo eliminates the language barrier and will give men and women an equal opportunity to level the playing field amongst native speakers.”Accessing “Sexy Lingo” is easy: It can be used on a computer or smartphone for quick recommendations and translations. So, you can open the app in a pinch if want to talk with someone on the spot.Users can first start with The Basics, where they’ll learn the proper use of nouns, pronouns, and their designations. Starting a Conversation comes next: Master greetings, as well as adjectives, activities, questions, places and times in other languages. Flirting covers tips on complementing and making the next step, while Intimate ensures that users are reading signs correctly, establishing consent, and acing bedroom talk when they travel.Access YouPorn’s “Sexy Lingo” app here.More on Responds to Starbucks Porn Ban by Banning StarbucksTinder Now Has a ‘Spring Break’ Mode for College HookupsWoman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating Appcenter_img Practicing pick-up lines abroad can be tough, but YouPorn is here to help: The adult entertainment platform just debuted “Sexy Lingo,” a new web-based app designed to help you flirt in different languages.YouPorn launched “Sexy Lingo” on Tuesday, which offers lessons in four key communication categories: The Basics, Starting a Conversation, Flirting, and Closing the Deal. Languages on the online application include French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The 12-step program aims to help users to have safe and successful conversations in a foreign setting.last_img read more

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow The family of a Tesla owner that was killed when the Model X he was driving with the Autopilot feature engaged crashed into a concrete highway median in California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker.The lawsuit alleges Tesla’s Autopilot feature was “defective” and caused the death of Apple engineer Walter Huang, according to a press release.BREAKING NEWS: Tesla hit with lawsuit by family of Walter Huang, Apple Engineer who died last year when autopilot in Model X steered him into a traffic barrier Southbound 101 in Mountain View. #ABC7now— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) May 1, 2019Huang, who was 38, died from injuries sustained after his 2017 Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier on U.S. 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. The vehicle’s semi-automated system “misread lane lines on the roadway, failed to detect the concrete median, and failed to brake the car, but instead accelerated into the median,” according to the complaint filed in the state court for Santa Clara County on April 26.A week after the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a blog post saying “the driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.”Tesla is “beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers,” said Mark Fong, a partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, one of the firms representing Huang’s family. “The Huang family wants to help prevent this tragedy from happening to other drivers using Tesla vehicles or any semi-autonomous vehicles.”Family of Tesla Car Crash Victim Walter Huang Files Lawsuit Against Automaker, State of California (with @WalkupLawFirm)— Minami Tamaki LLP (@minamitamaki) May 1, 2019Huang’s family members told reporters that he’d mention how his vehicle would swerve toward the barrier while on Autopilot, and last year his brother said Huang complained to the Tesla dealership about it, according to Engadget.In his blog post, Musk said the reason this crash was so severe is because the crash attenuator, a highway safety barrier which is designed to reduce the impact into a concrete lane divider, had been crushed in a prior accident without being replaced. “We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash,” he said.The allegations against Tesla include product liability, defective product design, failure to warn, breach of warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, and false advertising.The lawsuit also names the State of California Department of Transportation as a defendant. Huang’s vehicle impacted a concrete highway median that was missing its crash attenuator guard.More on’s New Vehicle Modes Protect Pets, CarsWatch: Teslas, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, TooWatch a Tesla Model 3 Get Assembled From Start to Finish Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgSupporting transparency and urging USDA to follow the statute while finalizing the rule, American Soybean Association (ASA) on July 3 filed comments with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regarding its proposed rule to implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS).The letter accompanying the comments noted, “As farmers, we understand and support the consumer’s desire to know what is in their food. We are proud of the methods and technology we use to deliver a safe and affordable product to the consumer while developing ways to reduce impacts on the environment.” The letter went on to say that biotechnology allows farmers to reduce inputs like water, fertilizer, and pesticides.The NBFDS headed off a potentially chaotic situation of having a patchwork of conflicting BE labeling requirements on grocery products at the state level that would have been confusing to consumers and cumbersome and costly for processors and food companies. ASA strongly supported enactment of the law establishing the standard, which preempts individual state labeling laws like that in Vermont.While ASA’s comments commend AMS for trying to arbitrate competing views by offering several options for the final rule, they urge USDA to adhere to the statutory definition of bioengineering, which requires mandatory labeling of foods that, “contain genetic material modified through transgenic biotechnology and exempts products that could be developed through conventional breeding techniques or found in nature.” ASA further argues that USDA should adopt five percent as the threshold for the presence of bioengineered content required to trigger mandatory disclosure and emphasized that the purpose of the law is to establish a marketing mechanism, not a food safety standard, since foods produced with bioengineering have already been found to be safe.ASA President and soybean grower John Heisdorffer from Keota, Iowa, says, “Farmers certainly understand people wanting to know where their food comes from and what is in it –we’re consumers, too.  That is why we’re always in search of and support new methods and new technologies that allow us to produce safe, affordable products that decrease environmental impacts. Biotechnology is a great example, and more than 90 percent of U.S. soybeans grown today use this technology.”In addition to its comments to AMS, ASA is a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which has filed joint comments on its members’ behalf.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.Justice Sonia Sotomayor late Tuesday night decided to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before the law’s insurance coverage went into effect on New Year’s Day.Her decision, which came after federal court filings by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation in hopes of delaying the requirements, throws a part of the president’s signature law into temporary disarray. At least one federal appeals court agreed with Sotomayor, issuing its own stay against part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.The White House on Wednesday issued a statement saying that the administration is confident that its rules “strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious organizations with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for such coverage.”Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. Its request for an emergency stay had been denied earlier in the day by a federal appeals court.last_img read more

first_imgHamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer at US-based Greek yoghurt manufacturer Chobani, has given employees a stake in the organisation.Some 2,000 full-time employees have been awarded shares, which will be worth up to 10% of the food production firm’s value at the point of the organisation’s sale or in the event of an initial public offering (IPO).The number of shares gifted to staff varies according to length of service.Ulukaya announced the news to employees at the organisation’s production site in New York on Tuesday 26 April.Ulukaya, who founded the organisation in 2005, is distributing the shares in recognition of employees’ hard work and dedication in helping to build the business.In a letter to employees Ulukaya said: “We’re beginning a new chapter for Chobani, and starting now we all have an opportunity to be a part of Chobani’s future. We’re calling it Chobani Shares, and every full-time member of the team will receive awards that provide an opportunity to share in the growth of the [organisation] over time.“This isn’t a gift. It’s a mutual promise to work together with a shared purpose and responsibility. To continue to create something special and of lasting value.“How we built this [organisation] matters to me, but how we grow it matters even more. I want you not only to be a part of this growth, I want you to be the driving force of it. To share in our success, to be rewarded by it.”last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioState considers major changes to Alaska LNG projectRachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker’s administration is considering major changes to the Alaska LNG project, the effort to build a massive natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.Rating agencies warn Alaska: we’re watching youRachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn his quest to remake Alaska’s finances, Governor Bill Walker has found a set of perhaps unexpected allies.Benefits bill for law enforcement, firefighters’ survivors falls shortAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe survivors of law-enforcement officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty continue to face uncertainty over health insurance. That’s because the two houses of the Legislature couldn’t agree on a bill to provide benefits during the recent special session.Tesoro gives up terminal to avoid antitrust case over gasolineLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Under pressure from the state, Tesoro has agreed to sell one of its two fuel storage terminals at the Port of Anchorage to avoid having a monopoly over the gasoline market in Alaska’s Railbelt.Three-day long ceremony marks consecration of first Buddhist temple in AlaskaAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the first time in Alaskan history, a Thai Buddhist temple in Anchorage was fully consecrated, or made holy. It was a landmark event for Buddhists from the state and around the world.Northwest Passage cruise marks turning point in Arctic tourismGraelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOn August 16, the Crystal Serenity will steam out of Seward on a historic trip. The vessel will be the first big luxury liner to chart a course through the Northwest Passage, stopping in Kodiak, Unalaska and Nome before cruising through Canada’s far north to Greenland and then south to New York. The unprecedented voyage is generating excitement—and some trepidation.Driver charged with manslaughter in fatal Aleutians crashAssociated PressThe driver of a passenger van that crashed on the remote Aleutian island of Atka, killing three passengers, has been charged with three counts of manslaughter.Park Service pushes for more Native representation in top-level jobsHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamThe National Park Service has two top-level jobs open in Alaska right now. One of those is here in Bristol Bay – Katmai National Park and Preserve out of King Salmon is hiring for a superintendent, and so is Western Arctic National Parklands out of Kotzebue.last_img read more