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first_imgIowa fans with painted chests.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 14: Fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate after the match-up against the Minnesota Gophers on November 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa football is not typically a recruiting powerhouse. Kirk Ferentz and his staff have brought in some solid talent in recent years.Last year’s class ranked No. 39 in the country, and No. 8 in the Big Ten. Things could be on a bit of an uptick from there.Iowa football has 16 players committed in next year’s recruiting class, as of today.After last year’s class did not have any blue chip players, three are committed to head to Iowa next season.Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres, a pair of offensive tackles, are ranked Nos. 24 and 31 at their position, respectively. Both are pledged to the Hawkeyes. They’re joined by four-star outside linebacker Jestin Jacobs, out of Ohio.Among the other notable commits is quarterback Alex Padilla, a pro-style Colorado native ranked No. 33 in the country.As a group, the 2019 Hawkeyes are ranked No. 34 in the country, and No. 8 in the Big Ten, via 247Sports.Iowa’s class of 2020 is off to a fast start as well, and also features an early quarterback commit.Grapvine, Texas native Deuce Hogan gave his commitment to Iowa back in June. He is a four-star pro-style quarterback, ranked No. 13 at his position in the class.COMMITTED! All praise to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…let’s rock Kinnick? #swarm20 pic.twitter.com/BE1lVwqTVi— Deuce Hogan (@_DeuceHogan__) June 29, 2018He’s joined by a pair of three-star defensive ends, Michael Lois and Isaiah Bruce. Both committed this fall. The class is ranked No. 20 overall and fourth in the Big Ten early in the cycle.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – A federal NDP MP is alleging that a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff levelled an unfounded harassment complaint against him in retaliation for having questioned the Trudeau’s government national carbon-tax plan.Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir says the harassment complaint was the most recent in a string of efforts by Mulcair and other party brass to clamp down on debate about the carbon tax and its potential impact on western Canada.The allegations are contained in a statement released by Weir on Tuesday following revelations that a third-party investigation into harassment complaints against him has been completed.The final report is currently with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and the party says it is sharing the results with those who came forward to complain about Weir before parts of the report are made public in the coming days.The investigation was launched in February after Weir was accused by one of his caucus colleagues, Christine Moore, of having harassed several women, including NDP staff members.While Moore said she had not personally experienced anything untoward, Singh deemed the allegations serious enough to suspend Weir and ask University of Ottawa law professor Michelle Flaherty to investigate.Weir had pleaded his innocence the same day he was suspended, but otherwise maintained his silence while the investigation was being conducted — at least until Tuesday.The former economist said he was forced to speak up after the CBC quoted an unnamed complainant who accused Weir of having spoken to her in an angry and belligerent way that made her feel physically intimidated.“It is clear that the complainant is a former staff member in the (former) NDP leader’s office who intercepted Weir on the way to a microphone to prevent him from speaking on a resolution at the 2016 Saskatchewan NDP convention,” he wrote of himself, using the third person.Weir said he wanted to debate a proposal calling for Canada to extend its carbon tax to imports from countries that do not have such levies and provide a rebate to Canadian-made exports, but that then-NDP caucus chair Charlie Angus and Mulcair “wished to suppress this discussion.“In other words, the complaint arises not from Weir exercising authority over an employee, but from the former federal leader’s staff asserting their authority to shut down a debate they deemed contentious,” said Weir, who denied being angry or belligerent.Weir went on to allege that Mulcair and Angus banned him from question period for several months “as punishment for having tried to raise the issue,” and accused both of having opposed his efforts to seek the NDP nomination in Regina-Lewvan in 2014.Mulcair and Angus could not be immediately reached for comment.NDP officials confirmed earlier Tuesday that Singh had received the final investigation report into the allegations against Weir about two weeks ago, and that the findings and Singh’s plan to address the situation are still being communicated to the complainants.“We are in the midst of a detailed and fair investigation responding to serious allegations while at the same time protecting the identity of people who may have come forward,” Singh’s chief of staff, Willy Blomme, said in a statement.“The report contains private and confidential information which cannot be disclosed. The findings of the investigation that do not breach confidentiality will be released as soon as possible.”While the CBC reported Tuesday that Flaherty found multiple harassment complaints against Weir, and quoted the unnamed complainant, neither it nor the NDP would say whether Flaherty found any of the complaints to have had merit.“Jagmeet Singh is dedicated to a fair process that respects anyone who may have come forward while providing a clear resolution and ensures a safe workplace for all,” Blomme said.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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By Neil BucklandRabat – In simple terms, the term ‘exchange rate‘ refers to the value of one currency for the purpose of conversion to another, and this can have an impact in various sectors of the commercial world. From purchasing currency for international travel and buying overseas goods to trading currencies through the foreign exchange, exchange rates can directly influence how much we spend in certain circumstances. They can fluctuate wildly, while in the case of flexible exchange rates countries adopt a monetary system that determines base rates according to supply and demand. This brings both advantages and disadvantages, including the following:Flexible Exchange Rate Help to Stabilise the EconomyIn many ways, flexible exchange rates acts as automatic stabilisers in any domestic economy. More specifically, these rates can be adapted to suit the wider, macroeconomic climate, to compensate for disproportionate changes in inflation and economic output.This enables central banks to leverage exchange rates as part of their monetary policy, particularly in instances when they are looking to stimulate growth.There are instances where this can be counterproductive, however, and actually considered as a distinct disadvantage. In a volatile economic climate where countries have large surpluses or deficits, for example, flexible exchange rates can cause huge volatility and actively destabilize the global markets.Flexible Exchange Rates Trigger Considerable Levels of VolatilityThe issue of volatility in the financial marketplace is an interesting concept, and it can be considered as an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your outlook.In general terms, flexible exchange rates lend themselves to high levels of volatility, as the shifts in the base rate are far more frequent and significant that the underlying fundamentals may imply.From the perspective of forex trading experts, however, volatility can be leveraged to secure a competitive advantage. This is because the currency is considered to be a derivative asset class, and one that can enable traders to hedge against specific pairings and profit even in a depreciating market.Flexible Exchange Rates can Underpin Autonomous Monetary PoliciesWe’ve already said that flexible exchange rates allow for more agile and effective monetary policies, but they also enable banks to introduce autonomous strategies. These policies can subsequently be deployed to address problems relating to inflation and output, while forming the basis of quantitative easing programs during times of austerity or recovery.In the case of trade, countries can use flexible rates to counter rising inflation without impact on their partners. Similarly, they don’t have to import their trade partners’ inflation rate, which is the case when using a fixed exchange rate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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For many women, it’s already difficult enough to get out of a violent home, but the thought of leaving a beloved pet behind can make it that much harder especially when that pet faces the same threat of violence.“Research shows about 65 per cent of individuals who are experiencing abuse will delay … getting help if they have animals,” said Jo-Anne Dusel, executive director of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS).And with no women’s shelters in the province that allow pets, some women never leave.That’s why PATHS, and two other provincial organizations — the Saskatchewan SPCA and STOPS to Violence — have partnered to launch a new 50/50 lottery to support their collective efforts to address domestic violence and animal abuse in Saskatchewan.Money raised will support the publication of an information booklet titled Getting Out: A Process Learned from the Courage and Wisdom of Survivors, which has been around for 20 years, but was recently updated to include information about the link between human and animal abuse and how to get your pet to safety.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We want to address that barrier and we certainly feel that working together we can accomplish a lot more,” said Dusel.Some organizations, like the Regina Humane Society, the Saskatoon SPCA and Saskatoon’s New Hope Dog Rescue are already working together to remove that barrier by offering free temporary boarding for pets coming from a violent home.“We’ve helped (New Hope Dog Rescue) with the planning and preparation for that and they’ve already been successful in helping a number of individuals and their animals,” said Sandra Anderson, program director for the Saskatchewan SPCA. “It’s really gratifying to see that kind of thing.”As an animal welfare organization, Anderson said the focus can’t solely be on the animals, but must look at the needs of their owners as well.“Animals improve our lives — our physical health, our emotional wellbeing — but unfortunately, as we’re all aware, there’s a really dark side to the human-animal bond,” she said. “In a violent home, both pets and people are in danger.”Related Sask. women’s violent deaths part of new national report on femicide Issue of animal hoarding needs an empathetic human touch Domestic violence laws only a start to ending the problem The three organizations came together in 2015 as a follow up to an Alberta study addressing the link between domestic violence against humans and animal abuse. Their own research confirmed the same trends in Saskatchewan.Between 70 and 80 per cent of women in shelters were reporting abuse of pets and over 90 per cent of human service workers (shelter workers, social workers) believed having animals delayed women from leaving an abusive situation, according to a March 2016 study.Almost 80 per cent of those workers knew someone personally who did not leave an abusive situation because of concern for a pet.During her years as a shelter worker, Dusel said she encountered many women who’s pets had been injured by their partner or where their animals were being used as an intimidation tactic against them.One such story has stuck with her.“One of the most horrific stories that I ever heard was of an abusive partner who repeatedly killed newborn puppies in front of his partner as a way to intimidate and horrify her,” she recalled. “She would have to clean up the mess, get the evidence and the blood out of the way before her child saw.” Dusel says the Working to End Violence 50/50 Lottery is the first step towards solving the issue of domestic violence and animal abuse, opening up new ways for families who need to get out of a violent situation, but want to know their pets are going to be safe. Saskatchewan currently has the highest rate of domestic violence among the Canadian provinces. “Long term, our goal, collectively between the three organizations, is that there be at least one domestic violence shelter here in Saskatchewan where pets would be welcome to stay on site,” she said. There is currently one shelter in the province working toward that goal, according to Dusel, but it is a little stalled trying to overcome some logistical challenges with housing people and pets on the same site while also accommodating those with allergies and a fear of animals. She said it’s likely the shelter will have to build infrastructure to house the pets separate from the living quarters.“If anybody out there who’s reading this is abused or knows someone who is, that there is help out there,” added Dusel, who pointed to resources like 211 Saskatchewan and abuse helplines found in the front of every SaskTel phonebook.The 50/50 tickets are one for $10, four for $20, 25 for $50 or 100 for $100 and can be purchased online at www.violencelink.ca/5050. The draw date is Oct. 1.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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Most registration sites will close by the end of this month, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul yesterday. But some sites in areas where enrolment has been comparatively low will stay open into August.The rate of voter registration is already picking up in Afghanistan’s south, where it had been slow. In Helmand province, for example, the average daily number of people registering has risen from about 5,000 to 13,000.Mr. de Almeida e Silva said electoral authorities had confirmation that 7.99 million people – from an estimated pool of up to 10 million – were registered by last Thursday. More than 40 per cent are women – a striking figure considering their large-scale disenfranchisement under the ousted Taliban regime.Afghanistan’s electoral authorities began registering voters last December for the country’s first free elections in a generation. The presidential poll is scheduled for 9 October and local and national parliamentary elections are due to be held next April.Today is the final day for presidential candidates to file their papers to run in the race. After checking for irregularities, electoral staff expect to issue a final list of candidates on 10 August.Meanwhile, relief efforts are continuing in nearly a dozen provinces across the country’s northern, central and eastern regions, which have been hit by recent floods and landslides. read more

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by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 12:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: New Mac software well worth $20 for storage, syncing, mobile features NEW YORK, N.Y. – I didn’t need to spend a lot of time with the new Mac operating system to see that phones and tablet computers have won out over personal computers at Apple.Mobile devices are already responsible for the bulk of Apple’s sales and profits. Now, Apple is making the new Mac system even more like the iOS software that powers its iPhones and iPads. It’s also casually dropping the “Mac” name from the Mac OS X operating software, though computers will still be called Macs, not “Super-sized iPads.”The new system, formally OS X 10.8 and dubbed Mountain Lion, went on sale Wednesday as a $19.99 download from Apple’s App Store. It builds on the previous system, Lion, which came out last July.Mountain Lion is made for a world where your computer is just one of your computing devices, along with your iPhone and your iPad. Apple wants to make it easier to switch from one to the other, several times a day.It’s already easy to switch between iPhone and iPad. For instance, songs and apps you buy on an iPad will automatically pop up on your iPhone through Apple’s iCloud online-storage service. Lion has some iCloud features, but Mountain Lion really brings the Mac into the iPhone-iPad family.That’s what I like most about Mountain Lion. It borrows a lot from its mobile cousin.The Mac already had such mobile-like features as the ability to zoom in or out on a MacBook by pinching your fingers on its touchpad. Mountain Lion goes a lot further:— A notification centre slides out from the right of the screen to offer calendar reminders and the latest mail items. It mimics, down to the background colour, layout and font, the way you get Facebook updates, news alerts and other notices on your iPhone.— The Mac’s iChat app has been scrapped in favour of Messages, which is made phone friendly by incorporating the iMessage service for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to exchange texts, photos and video. Now you can send messages from your Mountain Lion computer to your mobile friends, or reach another Mountain Lion user from your phone. The way conversations are presented feels more like texting than instant messaging.— Mountain Lion borrows a “Share” button from iPhone and iPad apps. The iPhoto image organizer on Lion had that, but it’s now built into other apps such as the Safari Web browser and the Preview document reader. The options change depending on the app. In Safari, for instance, you can send a Web page by email or post a link on Twitter. In Preview, you can share a photo on Flickr or add it to iPhoto.Facebook integration is coming this fall. You’ll be able to limit who sees your post and add your current location through that share button. No longer will you have to cut and paste links. Mountain Lion will also sync contact information on Facebook friends with your Mac’s address book. You need to sign on to Facebook only once, and Mountain Lion takes care of the rest.That “single sign-on” feature is available right away for other services, including Twitter and Flickr. Once you’re signed in, you don’t need to enter your username and password again when accessing that service from another app.Mountain Lion brings over another philosophical change from the iPhone.For the longest time, personal computers let you install anything without question. But with Apple’s mobile devices, you are limited to pre-approved software from the company’s App Store. Apple wants to protect you from bad experiences, but it has also rejected some apparently harmless apps for mysterious reasons.Mountain Lion adopts that gatekeeper philosophy, though the restrictions aren’t as severe. If software you try to install doesn’t come from the App Store, it has to be from a software developer who has registered with Apple for $99. The company doesn’t review software unless it goes through the App Store, but the Mac checks to make sure the registration is valid. A registration can be yanked if a developer turns out to be evil.I was denied the ability to install Google’s photo-editing software, Picasa, likely because it was written before the registration program began. It took some sleuthing to figure out how to override that.Now back to iCloud, my favourite part about Mountain Lion. All you need is an Internet connection and an Apple ID — the same one you create for free to buy songs and apps on iTunes. That Apple ID links your experience across the various devices. The iCloud service comes with five gigabytes of free storage; you can pay for more.Consider Pages, Numbers and Keynote — Apple’s versions of Microsoft’s popular Office programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Documents are automatically stored online through iCloud, unless you change the location to a folder on your computer. It’s a tactic Microsoft plans with its just-announced Office upgrade.That means your documents follow you wherever you go. Type a sentence in a document on your MacBook and see the changes on the iPad a half-minute or so later. You can access your files even if you don’t have an Internet connection. Copies are stored on your computer, and changes will be replicated to the iCloud folder once you’re back online.It’s not so graceful when you type on both devices at once, as you are stopped and asked to choose one. But it’s a promising start, and it’s not often you’re working on both devices at once anyway.You get the benefits of iCloud when surfing the Web on Safari as well. You see what websites are open on other devices, so if you started researching that dream vacation at home, you can quickly access those same Web pages in the office (Note to boss: I meant to say “financial balance sheet,” not “dream vacation”). Think of it as automated bookmarks. For this to fully work, your mobile devices need the iOS 6 upgrade this fall.A number of other features jumped out:— The search and address bars are now combined on Safari, just as they are on Google’s Chrome browser. Too often, I had wasted my time entering search terms in the box for the Web address.— Safari’s Reading List now works offline. If you are reading a Web page and need to go somewhere, just click the small “glasses” icon for the browser to store a copy. You can continue reading in the car or on a train, even if you don’t have an Internet connection.— Gamers will appreciate Game Center, which started out as a way for mobile users to find opponents and keep track of high scores. Mountain Lion users can now join in the fun.I did run into a few hiccups using Mountain Lion, but none were deal-breakers. The iCloud features were easy to use once I signed in, but I had difficulty getting the startup screen to come up because of how my office Wi-Fi network is set up. I also had some trouble getting a new Notes program to sync, but it worked well once it did.Apart from that, my experience was relatively pain-free and seamless.If you’re a Windows user, see what Microsoft has in store with Windows 8, which comes out Oct. 26. That system also promises to work well with tablet computers, but will it be as seamless as Mountain Lion?If you already have a Mac, you can upgrade directly to Mountain Lion only if it’s running Lion or its 2009 predecessor, Snow Leopard. It took a colleague an hour and a half to download and install Mountain Lion. You can upgrade for free if you bought your Mac since June 11.Otherwise, shell out the $20. That’s $20 for all your Macs, not each one. It’s well worth the price just for the integration with iCloud, and you get a whole lot more.___Anick Jesdanun, deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, can be reached at njesdanun(at)ap.org.___Online:http://www.apple.com/osx read more

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Heinz is launching ketchup ads inspired by the TV show “Mad Men.”The idea of the campaign, which shows foods like French fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments, is to underscore that they need ketchup to be complete. Kraft Heinz is noting tongue-in-cheek that the “Pass the Heinz” campaign was created by the main character of “Mad Men,” ad executive Don Draper. It is also crediting Draper’s fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as its real-life agency.The Kraft Heinz Co. says the campaign will run as print ads in the New York Post and Variety, and on outdoor billboards in New York City.“Mad Men,” a drama set in the 1960s New York advertising world, ended its seven-season run in 2015. This photo provided by Heinz shows a Heinz ketchup ad inspired by the TV show “Mad Men.” The idea of the campaign, which shows foods like French fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments, is to underscore that they need ketchup to be complete. (Courtesy of Heinz via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 8:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Heinz ketchup ads inspired by ‘Mad Men’ read more

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The seven men were reportedly arrested in January 2006 and charged with organizing a criminal group, armed robbery and breaking into jewellery stores. They were sentenced to death by a court in Asir province in August 2009, and the sentences were carried out yesterday by firing squad. “I strongly condemn the execution of these seven men,” High Commissioner Navi Pillay said in a news release. “Under international safeguards adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and reaffirmed by the General Assembly, capital punishment may be imposed only for ‘the most serious crimes’ and only after the most rigorous judicial process. As I pointed out to the Government of Saudi Arabia before the men were executed, neither of those fundamental criteria appear to have been fulfilled in these cases.” “The term ‘most serious crimes’ has been interpreted to mean that the death penalty – in the relatively few countries where it is still used – should only be applied to the crime of murder or intentional killing,” she said. “In this particular case, no crime of murder or intentional killing was committed. Thus, the use of the death penalty in these seven cases constitutes violations of the international safeguards in the use of the death penalty.” Ms. Pillay said she is also extremely concerned that the death sentences were imposed largely based on initial confessions allegedly extracted under torture, and that the allegations of torture were not investigated. Information she had received suggested that the seven accused men had reportedly only made brief appearances before the court, and were not allowed to speak or given adequate opportunities to conduct their defence, she noted. The defendants claimed they were not present at all during the appeal stages and had no defence counsel representing them. “These serious failings in the process, if confirmed, would constitute violations of international safeguards in the use of death penalty, especially those related to the right to a fair trial and the right to appeal,” Ms. Pillay said. She urged the Saudi authorities to join the worldwide trend against the death penalty and, as a first step, establish a moratorium on its use. According to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR), a growing number of States – around 150 in all – have either abolished capital punishment or do not practise it. Also, several UN General Assembly resolutions include a call to all States to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.In addition to murder, Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for crimes not considered “serious” under international norms, including drug offences, apostasy, heresy, sorcery and witchcraft. At least 27 people are believed to have been executed so far in 2013, including another two men reportedly executed on Wednesday in Riyadh and Mecca provinces, representing “a major upsurge” compared to recent years, said OHCHR. read more

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St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik met with international graduate students at city hall.St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik recently hosted a reception for more than 40 Brock international graduate students to recognize the cultural impact that they have on the local community.The reception was held at City Hall with students and staff from Brock International Services and International Market Development.Sendzik and several concillors welcomed the students, gave them a tour of council chambers, and spoke about the history of St Catharines. Students were thrilled to meet the mayor and learn more about the city and the region. Some students stayed on to observe the city council meeting that evening.The Mayor’s Office expressed interest in working closely with Brock International Services on similar events in the future. read more

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first_imgThere are more iPad docks and speaker systems on the market than anyone could possibly count, but Altec Lansing, makers of PC speaker systems and peripherals, has decided to get into the market with the newly announced Octiv Stage iPad Dock, available now at Apple retail stores and online for $149.95 retail price.The Octiv Stage is more than just an iPad dock with a speaker in the base – it lifts the iPad off of the surface to reveal two 50mm speakers in a speaker bar on the bottom and features a rotating tilt-swivel arm that can hold your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode while you use it. The dock also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack for connecting another device and a remote control to control music or video on your iPad from afar.last_img read more

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first_imgFor the Bayern Munich’s footballer, the current problems at the club might not be something to be alarmed forAfter Bayern Munich lost 3-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach, many are criticizing the way the team has played lately.The Bavarian squad is having problems in the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League.But for footballer Mats Hummels, this is not the end of the world.“We’ve all won and lost our fair share, we won’t drive ourselves up the wall thinking about it. We know there are things we have to improve and that we’re not playing well,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website.“But it’s not the case that we don’t think we can make a marked improvement in our play, because we know we can.”“Obviously we weren’t happy with how we played, but you get results like these when the opposition are so effective and we’re not. It happens sometimes, but we shouldn’t be losing 3-0 at home,” he added.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.“The problem was we had the ball, but we had it in harmless areas with too many players occupying ineffective positions.”“We didn’t have enough players in the areas to hurt our opposition. Since I’ve been at Bayern, this has happened every now and then. And it gets brought up, even now,” he explained.“In theory, Niko Kovac wants to implement a slightly different approach, but we fall back into old patterns, especially when we’re behind. It hinders our game.”⚪🔴 We stick together in good times and in bad. 🔴⚪#MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/C9r40I8ty6— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 7, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 11, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard encouraged students at D.W. Davis Junior High School to be influencers of positive change and role models at their schools, and told them, “don’t turn back” from the progressive path they may be traveling.He was keynote speaker at the school’s Honour’s Assembly, on February 5, 2018, where more than 50 students were recognized for being on the Honour Roll for the summer and fall terms of 2017.(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)last_img read more

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first_imgWas this the needed knockout punch to settle an epic battle between two forces of great determination?For me, at the very least, I’d say Tuesday’s election results show a standing eight count is in order. Someone is about to fall.And it’s Clark County Commissioner David Madore.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt easily beat Councilor Bill Turlay, but it really was Madore who lost.Even though Turlay — a good man in his own right — lost the mayor’s race, he will continue as a councilor.But it’s Madore who will try to pick up the pieces after this one.So why was Madore the big loser here even though he wasn’t running? About a month ago in a Press Talk column, I suggested this mayoral race really was a heavyweight fight between Leavitt and Madore.“Madore and Leavitt are archenemies. One is Superman. The other is Alexander Joseph “Lex” Luthor. You decide which is which.”Then in a column I wrote about two weeks ago, I said this:This really is a race between Leavitt and Madore. And it is a race to secure the hearts and minds of folks around here.If Turlay wins, it will signal that we like what Madore has been doing over at the county administration building, and you can pretty much guarantee the Madore way will grow bolder. If Leavitt wins, it will signal that we’re growing tired of where Madore is leading this county.What has happened to Madore is a classic case of overreaching. When he ran for county commissioner last year, residents were hungry for a change. I liked the guy. And goodness knows government in these parts needed shaking up.last_img read more

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first_img Tags Share your voice 4 Mobile Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg Comments COO Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is leaning into regulation. James Martin/CNET Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reiterated the social network’s call for regulation on Wednesday, saying the company wanted to be an active partner in developing  new rules to govern the internet. The law could be modeled on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, Sandberg suggested at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.The EU law, which is a little over a year old, governs companies that collect, store or process large amounts of information on residents of the EU, requiring more openness about what data they have and who they share it with.”Companies like ours shouldn’t make as many decisions as we do,” Sandberg said. “New rules need to be written for the internet and we want to help make that happen.”Sandberg’s comments fit into Facebook’s evolving attitude as it faces calls for it to be broken up, most notably from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year that the government and regulators should play a “more active role” when it comes to harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. During the appearance, Sandberg also conceded Facebook wasn’t prepared for the foreign interference that took place on the social network during the 2016 presidential. Zuckerberg had previously said it was “crazy” to think that fake news on Facebook swayed voters in 2016.”We really missed it,” Sandberg said, according to The Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

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first_img Sci-Tech Culture Tags Share your voice The Veritas telescope array, designed to spot evidence of gamma rays, now also will feed data to the Breakthrough Listen project to detect alien chatter. Veritas Breakthrough Listen, an effort to hear signals from distant aliens, has a new set of ears. A quartet of linked telescopes in Arizona called Veritas will check for fleeting flashes of light that could indicate a distant civilization, the two organizations said Wednesday.Veritas, short for Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System, is designed to spot super-short blue-light flashes called Cherenkov radiation that indicate a very high-energy gamma ray has struck Earth’s atmosphere. For scientists, that’s a good way to study high-energy astronomical events like supernovas, pulsars and black holes.But because it can spot light signals lasting only billionths of a second, Veritas also could be good for seeing any pulses of light aliens living light-years away are sending our way, intentionally or not. “When it comes to intelligent life beyond Earth, we don’t know where it exists or how it communicates. So our philosophy is to look in as many places, and in as many ways, as we can,” said Yuri Milner, the wealthy tech investor who founded the Breakthrough Initiatives, in a statement. Breakthrough Listen seeks to survey the million stars nearest our own in the Milky Way and already scans some radio and optical frequencies.A related project, Breakthrough Starshot, seeks to use a massively powerful laser array to blast tiny spacecraft to nearby stars where they can take photos and gather other data to beam back to earth by laser. 0 Aliens and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence 6:23 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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first_imgMitch Keplinger tightens twine. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat that was last seen in the mid-19th century. Alutiiq people once used the angyaq to travel over long distances and through rough seas. It’s an open boat, like a dory, with a flat bottom and bulbous bow.The artist leading the effort says the boat builders aren’t just recreating the past. They’re reviving a piece of Alutiiq history for use now and in the future.Download AudioCJ Christiansen saws the curved edge of a seat he’ll install in his angyaq.This is the first time Kodiak has seen an angyaq in about 150 years. Christiansen says the last record of it was from a stranded British sailor’s first-hand account of his rescue in 1850.The boat’s 21-inch frame sits on supports in the back room of a former grocery store that’s now mostly used for storage.CJ Christiansen (right) and Mitch Keplinger discuss what to do next on boat. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)Christiansen, who has carved everything from masks to harpoons, says his interest in building the angyaq came from his desire to recover a piece of Alutiiq culture. He says angyaqs were a big part of Kodiak life.“Anybody should be able to do this. It’s not that hard,” Christiansen said. “It just takes a lot of dedication and pride in what you’re doing. Making sure everything fits. It’s really just taking art to the next level, going from one small art form to something bigger.”Angyaq from above. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)Christiansen says kayaks were the everyman boat, but angyaq were special to Alutiiq people.The flat bottom and rounded bow would have helped it float up strong waves.“They had winter and summer habitations here,” Christiansen said. “So in the summer when they went to put up all their fish and all their food for winter supply, they would pack up the village in one of these boats and move it down to their summer habitation and then be able to bring back all the fish they put up and everything.”Christiansen says villages took the boat hundreds of miles, from the mainland to Southeast, all around Kodiak and the Aleutians.He says there are only a few sources that prove the angyaq’s existence, which makes building it a challenge. The group partially used the Yup’ik boat, the umiak, as a guide.“Cause our people are related to the Yupik, we’d looked at their boat designs and had a book on how they were building their boats, and we kinda took their designs and modified them to what our boats looked like,” Christiansen said.CJ Christiansen (left), Gary Knagin (center), and Mitch Keplinger. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)But, they also used one of the last remnants of the angyaq – wooden models Russian settlers took back home with them.The models not only provide physical representations of the boat, but also reveal who might have owned them. Christiansen believes one family may have been responsible for the boat.“Let’s see, there’s this picture of the boat, so you got the guy up there with the drum, the guy steering, and these guys all paddling, and then you see this guy here, see his hat?” Christiansen said. “Each one of these little rings is how many potlucks he gave. So, you know, three potlucks, he was a rich man, so he probably owned the boat.”Christiansen says he and the other crafters put about 300 hours into the frame, but he says he was reluctant to track their progress from beginning to end. He didn’t want to fail.But he says trial and error is the key to building a boat that hasn’t been seen for so many years.“We might not got it 100 percent right, right now, but if more people start building ‘em and we start putting these in the water and taking them out and trying them, we’re gonna refine the design back to Russian time, pre-contact,” Christiansen said. “They were probably still   refining it when they had contact…”Angyaq from side. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)Christiansen says he wants to make this a boat for Alutiiq people now, not just recreate a relic from the past.“To be building one… it’s just… an amazing journey for me to see this thing come to life,” Christiansen said. “You know, I don’t want to be the only one who makes one of these. Ten years down the road, I want to see everyone building them.”He says he hopes people will even race angyaqs.But first, they need to find a place for this one.  Alisha Drabek is the Executive Director at the Alutiiq Museum. She says they’ll exhibit the boat outside the museum in mid May and then look for a permanent space. She says she’s proud to be able to showcase the boat.“For the first one to be built in over a century, it’s amazing that it came together as quickly as it did, and they’re living the culture,” Drabek said. “They’re not doing this as part of a museum project. They’re doing it out of their hearts.”Gary Knagin leans on side of angyaq. (Photo by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak)Back in the old grocery story, one of the group members is putting a finishing touch on the boat- securing part of the frame with twine.Christiansen and his team are excited to see their work on display later this month. And eventually they hope to test out an angyaq in the waves around Kodiak.CORRECTION: We originally reported that the boat recently constructed on Kodiak was the first angyaq built in 150 years. Instead, it was the first angyuq built on Kodiak in that time.Mitchell Poling, who left us a web comment on the story, shared that there are at least six other angyaqs in existence. He says he’s a retired professor and personally guided the building of four of the boats.He says he taught at Nuucig Spirit Camp run by the Chugach Corporation near Cordova and worked on baidarakas , or kayaks, with them before moving onto angyaqs.“I began building the angyaq at Nuuciq spirit camp in 2005, but the camp is only for three weeks and there was no way I could finish in that time,” Poling remembers. “It took me three camps, so 2008 is when we actually launched a 24 foot angyaq.”CJ Christiansen’s version of the boat is the first to be completed by Alutiiq people in Kodiak. An Alutiiq Museum representative says it will exhibit the boat in front of the Afognak Native Corporation building for its 20th anniversary on May 13th.last_img read more

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first_imgAir Guard Chopper ready for rescue mission photo courtesy of Guy HayesFor the first time in recent history, the director of the Army National Guard will be visiting Bethel and Napaskiak tomorrow, Jan. 12.Captain Walter Hotch-Hill is the commander for the National Guard Company that oversees Bethel.“There is an overarching rural guard initiative that comes to western Alaska, and really kind of all rural Alaska–trying to increase the presence of the guard and military out there,” Hotch-Hill said. “And that’s something that being pushed from the state down.”Lt. General Timothy Kadavy is the director of the Army National Guard, and will be visiting the two communities.The tour will include a brunch in Bethel hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization Tuesday morning. Later in the day, officials will travel to Napaskiak and meet with military and community members there.“We’re bringing him out to show him some of the issues that we have–trying to get soldiers and retaining them out there,” Hotch-Hill said. “That’s a totally different experience that no one else in the country really has to deal with.Later in the week, Cpt. Hotch-Hill’s company will have their drill training in Bethel, in conjunction with the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. About 40 soldiers will parachute in next Thursday, and the rest of the soldiers will join shortly after.They’ll assist with K300 checkpoints, including Bogus Creek.last_img read more

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first_imgCombined enrollment at the three Petersburg schools is an estimated 473 students to start off the year, up from 431 just two years ago. (Photo by KFSK – Petersburg)Students headed back to class Monday, August 29, in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway.Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty.Combined enrollment at the three schools is an estimated 473 students to start off the year, up from 431 just two years ago.Enrollment numbers can change throughout the year and are not made official until later in the fall, however it looks like the district continues to reverse a long trend of declining student counts.At the high school enrollment has increased – at 157 to start of the year.Enrollment is down in the middle school at 93. The middle school has started one-to-one laptops for seventh- and eighth-grade students this year available during the school day only.Those laptops don’t go home with the seventh and eighth graders, unlike the program at the high school level.“So we’ve gone with seventh- and eighth-graders as well as kind of train ’em up for the high school where they’ll get it in the morning after PE and they’ll take the same laptop with them all day long and they’ll check it in at the end of the day and kind of meet with some teachers,” principal Rick Dormer said. “We’ve also added in the middle school planners.”“All students have a written planner, and that’s kind of part of the process too,” he said. “They’re great and they’re using them, checking with the teacher at the end of the day and trying to get homework written down.”The district in the past has tried to help students making the transition from elementary school to middle school.The high school is trying to offer a few more supporting programs for freshman this year, making the change from middle school to high school, Dormer said.“I think if you consider our sixth-graders kind of a freshman and ninth-graders as a freshman, we see this kind of transition times are really key to support kids,” Dormer said. “We’ve focused on sixth-graders a lot because they’re younger and it is kind of a scary leap, but now we really recognize we can do more for our freshmen.”Dormer said the supports include required planners for the freshmen and mentoring.The upper-grades in the district will be seeing a couple new programs this year. One is Green Dot, something that Petersburg Mental Health Services has done around the greater community.“Green Dot is a power-based violence-prevention program and so that’s bullying, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence,” school counselor Rachel Etcher said. “So we often talk about these topics but we’re not giving people the strategies and the tools to deal with … So this is giving kids the tools to be able to intervene when it’s safe to do so.”Small signs with green dots and red dots could be going up around the school in wintertime and the program will focus on high school grades.Another new program is Interact, which is a Rotary International program for service projects, networking and development for teens. In Petersburg it will be available for grades 8 through 12.Enrollment looks like it’s also up at Rae C. Stedman, with 223 students expected at the start of the year up from 214 at the end of last year. The school has the staff to handle those numbers, elementary principal Teri Toland said.“Our numbers in our classrooms are still down in 20, 22, I think 22 is our biggest class,” Toland said. “We’re so lucky to have those low numbers; we know that that really makes a difference in education.”Toland said the school plans to start up a number of new clubs this year, from robotics, to Legos, running and yearbook.last_img read more

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first_imgVijayawada: It is no wonder Vijayawada has been blessed with passionate educationists, many talented, skilled personalities and has been producing entrepreneurs and start-ups every single day and introducing new concepts to the entire world which are getting world’s accolades. He hails from this place had expanded his business in almost all places in the country by establishing a company, Research Media Group (RMG). He had created employment opportunities to hundreds across the country. The person in point is RMG’s chairman Chaitanya Janga, an MBA graduate. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, Chaitanya shared his success story in the entrepreneurial business line. He said that it was for about 26 years he had been in this media business. He is also working as joint secretary of AP Film Chamber of Commerce. He said that very soon he will be organising an international beauty pageant event ‘RMG’s Miss Celebrity (International) 2020’. Chaitanya said, “Visakhapatnam or Amaravati would be the places to host this event, which would bring international celebrities from about 40 countries across the world on one platform which would be a boost to the tourism of the state.” Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said, “I have a strong team and we constantly innovate ourselves to provide a creative, strategic solution to our clients to maximise business returns and now I am in this position. Whenever I look back, I learned everything in my life make me motivate every day.” Chaitanya said RMG’s strong team comprises Ch Hari Leela Prasad, CEO, a dynamic and key person in promoting top end brands to make it successful. P Vijay Varma, Executive Director, Organising Committee, Lipi Das, filmmaker and professional photographer, Shammy Solomon, a film actor & filmmaker, Syeda Heena, a fashion designer from NIFT, Hyderabad, Valentina Mishra, Director of India for Miss & Mr Sea Global and President of Asia Global World (National Director), Lohith, RMG creative head, Jayadev, finance head, Dr P Viswanath Rao and L Narayana advisory panel members to name a few. Advertise With Us They are the backbone for the upcoming event. Chaitanya said that this event would be the first of its kind in the new state of Andhra Pradesh which would attract foreign tourist, culture and fashion to the country and AP for the overall development of the state. He said, “I started my career as a cartoonist, after doing an advertising project work during MBA and realised that Vijayawada didn’t have a proper branding service and then. I thought of establishing a new company, Research Media Group, from then I never looked back and I have my business branches at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa and even in international places like Dubai, Malaysia, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, the USA with Rs 150 crore turnover and I am really happy the way things are going.” He said It was very difficult to forge strong relationships in the entrepreneurial environment, maintain them over the course of time and transform them into successful business relationships. He said he had strived very hard to maintain relationships with everyone and now he has have contacts in every place in entire India. “I had the opportunity to work along with some brilliant minds. To be part of some incredible companies and their works to do some really amazing stuff. The journey wasn’t easy but it’s really memorable. My mother and wife are always really supportive and they are the reason for my success.”last_img read more

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first_imgFor their Winter Preview Showcase, The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is scheduled to host “A Glimpse of Kwanzaa Spirit” performance on Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 3400 14th Street, NW. Attendees of the showcase will be able to meet new people, reconnect with friends, and celebrate DIW’s atmosphere as both a cultural arts hub and launch pad for diverse talent. Guests will also be dazzled with ballet and diverse genre dance works. The event is free to the public and is open to all ages. For more information, visit danceinstituteofwashington.org.last_img read more