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Nouvelle ressource pour aider les élèves à planifier leur carrière

first_imgLes écoles ont maintenant une nouvelle ressource pour aider les élèves à explorer leurs options de carrière et à se préparer en vue du marché du travail. Les kiosques « Chercher l’avenir », disponibles dans toutes les écoles secondaires, offrent des ressources sur la planification de la carrière dans un site accessible permettant aux enseignants de les utiliser en classe ou aux élèves de les explorer par eux-mêmes. « Nos élèves ont de nombreuses possibilités intéressantes qui les attendent, que ce soit au niveau postsecondaire ou sur le marché du travail », a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, lors de l’annonce aujourd’hui 11 février au Northeast Kings Education Centre de Canning. « Nous nous sommes engagés à préparer nos élèves à obtenir de bons emplois et à être de bons citoyens dans leurs communautés. Cet outil facile à utiliser permettra aux élèves de prendre des décisions éclairées au sujet de leur avenir. » Mme Jennex a procédé au lancement des kiosques dans le cadre de sa mise à jour annuelle du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, publié il y a un an. Le programme « Chercher l’avenir » appuie l’engagement pris dans le plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage et dans la stratégie sur la main-d’œuvre visant à augmenter les efforts de développement de carrière dans les écoles secondaires et à établir un lien au marché du travail. Ce programme est étroitement lié au site Web careers.novascotia.ca . « Je suis ravie que ce programme permettra de mettre l’accent sur l’importance de l’exploration des carrières dans nos écoles secondaires, a dit Mary Hanneman, conseillère en orientation au centre Northeast Kings. Les élèves seront incités à entamer le processus de planification de carrière plus tôt, et ce processus sera plus accessible. » Le site « Chercher l’avenir » inclut des profils d’emplois, des vidéos et des articles sur différentes carrières, les étapes de la planification, des jeux-questionnaires sur les carrières et des renseignements qui permettront aux élèves de faire des choix éclairés sur leur formation ou leurs études postsecondaires. Une application mobile « Chercher l’avenir » sera lancée au printemps.last_img read more

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Hindu Sanhati begins mass signature campaign for naming Sealdah station after Syama

first_imgKolkata: Members of Hindu Sanhati on Thursday began mass signature campaign demanding the Sealdah station here be named after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The week-long campaign aims to collect one lakh signatures. The organisation’s workers started their campaign at 1 pm in the Sealdah station premises and also fanned out to nearby railway stations. A representative team called on the Eastern Railway General Manager and submitted a deputation articulating their demand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The campaign would continue till August 14, said the organisation’s leader Debtanu Bhattacharya. According to him, the crores of people who were forced to come as refugees to West Bengal from Pakistan after the 1947 partition of India found strong backing from Mookerjee, who worked untiringly for rehabilitating the refugees. “Most of these refugees took shelter in the Sealdah station. So this station should be rechristened Syama Prasad Mookerjee Terminus,” he said.last_img read more

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Quebec agriculture minister says he was wrong to endorse firing of whistleblower

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s agriculture minister says he went too far when he endorsed the firing of a whistleblowing bureaucrat who had raised concerns about pesticide use.Last week, Andre Lamontagne said he personally approved the dismissal of department agronomist Louis Robert for transmitting a confidential document to a journalist.The minister told reporters this morning he had misspoken and the firing was an administrative decision. He said he has asked the Quebec ombudsman to investigate the case.Robert, a seed expert, spoke out last year against what he said was private-sector interference in a public study on pesticide use. He was fired Jan. 24.Quebec’s whistleblower law protects employees who disclose information within their department. But disclosure to the public is protected only if the employee believes there is a serious risk to health, safety or the environment.Robert’s union has vowed to contest his firing, saying it was unprecedented for a minister to intervene in the dismissal of an employee five levels below him in the bureaucratic hierarchy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Italian shipping firm fined 4M in US waste oil dumping case

An Italian shipping company admitted in the U.S. to dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea rather than paying to dispose of them properly, and will pay a $4 million fine.U.S. authorities in New Jersey say d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newark to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.The charge involved the oil tanker Cielo di Milano that visited ports in New Jersey, Maryland and Florida multiple times in 2014 and 2015.The Palermo-based company admitted that the ship’s crew intentionally discharged bilge water and oily waste from the vessel’s engine room into the sea, according to court documents.It also admitted falsifying and destroying records, and lying to the Coast Guard during inspections.According to statements made in court, and in court documents, the company admitted the ship’s crew intentionally bypassed required pollution prevention equipment by discharging bilge water and oily waste from the vessel’s engine room through its sewage system into the sea.Some of the discharges were made within the 200-mile (321-kilometre) territorial limits of the U.S.One chief engineer falsified the ship’s Oil Record Book to state that bilge water had been processed through the vessel’s pollution control equipment when, in fact it had not. And the crew routinely hid equipment used to conduct the discharges when the vessel entered port.The company also admitted that crew members made false statements to the Coast Guard during its inspection of the Cielo di Milano in January 2015; and destroyed a record book after the Coast Guard had boarded the vessel, according to court documents.Gregory Linsin, a lawyer for the company, said the matter remains under the supervision of the court, adding, “The company will address the issue following the conclusion of the court proceeding.”During its four-year term of probation, the company will be subject to an environmental compliance program that requires outside audits by an independent company and oversight by a court-appointed monitor.The plea allocates $1 million to projects, to be chosen by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to clean up marine pollution, preservation of aquatic life, and restore shorelines around Newark Bay.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

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Ranil arrives in India on fiveday working visit

Before his visit, the Prime Minister said that he is looking forward to strengthen economic cooperation with India. He said the development of eastern port district of Trincomalee will be discussed during the visit. The proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and the issue of fishermen between the two countries are also likely to figure in the discussions.Wickremesinghe will also hold discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He is being accompanied by International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema and Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. The Sri Lankan Government has proposed to sign a MoU with India during visit of Prime minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka next month. The MoU proposes Indian investment in development of port and oil tank farms in Trincomalee, setting up of a LNG power plant and terminal, piped gas supply in capital Colombo, highway and railway projects in north and east of the country etc. The Prime Minister will attend a private wedding ceremony in Udaipur before returning to country on Saturday. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi today on a five-day working visit to India. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow over lunch.Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will call on him during his stay in New Delhi, theindianawaaz.com reported. read more

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With more people sedentary UN health agency urges everyone to get moving

According to a new document by the World Health Organization (WHO), less and less people are active in many countries – with nearly a quarter of all adults and more than 80 per cent of adolescents being too sedentary. WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 recommends that inactive people start with “small amounts of physical activity” and then gradually increase duration, frequency and intensity over time. Physical activity can be any activity, not just sport, that uses energy – from playing and doing household chores to gardening and dancing.“Any activity, be it for work, to walk or cycle to and from places, or as part of leisure time, has a health benefit,” according to the UN agency. 10 facts on physical activity Fact 1: Physical activity reduces the risk of disease Physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, diabetes, hypertension, various types of cancer including colon cancer and breast cancer, as well as depression. Physical activity is also fundamental to energy balance and weight control. Globally, about 23% of adults and 81% of school-going adolescents are not active enough. Generally, women and girls are less active than men and boys, and older adults are less active than younger adults. Photo: WHO/B Chandra Fact 2: Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body People who are physically active:* improve their muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness;* improve their bone and functional health;* have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer (including colon and breast cancer), and depression;* have a lower risk of falling and of hip or vertebral fractures; and* are more likely to maintain their weight. Photo: WHO Fact 3: Physical activity is not the same as sport Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by the skeletal muscles that uses energy. This includes sports, exercise, and other activities such as playing, walking, household chores, gardening, and dancing. Any activity, be it for work, to walk or cycle to and from places, or as part of leisure time, has a health benefit. Photo: WHO Fact 4: Moderate and vigorous physical activity bring benefits Intensity refers to the rate at which the activity is being performed. It can be thought of as how hard a person works to do an activity. The intensity of different forms of physical activity varies between people. Depending on an individual’s relative level of fitness, examples of moderate physical activity could include: brisk walking, dancing, or household chores. Examples of vigorous physical activity could be: running, fast cycling, fast swimming, or moving heavy loads. Photo: WHO Fact 5: 60 minutes a day for people 5–17 years old People aged 5–17 should have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. More than 60 minutes of physical activity a day brings additional health benefits. Photo: WHO Fact 6: 150 minutes a week for people 18–64 years old Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous activity throughout the week, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activity. In order to be beneficial for cardio-respiratory health, all activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration. Photo: WHO/S Volkov Fact 7: Adults aged 65 and above The main recommendations for adults and older adults are the same. In addition, older adults with poor mobility should do physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls 3 or more days per week. When older adults cannot do the recommended amount of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow. Photo: WHO/A Loke Fact 8: All healthy adults need to be physically active Unless specific medical conditions indicate the contrary, WHO’s recommendations apply to all people – irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, or income level. These recommendations also apply to individuals with chronic noncommunicable conditions, not related to mobility, such as hypertension or diabetes. Adults with disabilities should also follow WHO’s recommendations. Photo: WHO/S Volkov Fact 9: Some physical activity is better than none Inactive people should start with small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase duration, frequency, and intensity over time. Inactive adults, older adults, and those with disease limitations will have added health benefits when they become more active. Pregnant women, postpartum women, and persons with cardiac conditions may need to take extra precautions and seek medical advice before striving to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity. Photo: WHO/S Volkov Fact 10: Supportive environments and communities help people to be physically active Urban and environmental policies have huge potential to increase levels of physical activity. These policies should ensure that:* walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation are accessible and safe for all;* labour and workplace policies encourage physical activity;* schools have safe spaces and facilities for students to spend their free time actively; and* sports and recreation facilities provide opportunities for everyone to be physically active. Photo: WHO ‹ › read more

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What Did We Learn From The NFL Divisional Playoffs

Salfino: I’m surprised that the Saints barely won play success over the Eagles. But that just shows you that they were unreal on third downs — 8-for-15, and a lot of them a high degree of difficulty.neil: And Foles’s third-down magic seemed to abandon the Eagles. They only went 2-for-7 during the game on third downs. Usually third-down efficiency is a calling card of these Foles playoff runs.joshua.hermsmeyer: Neil beat me to it.Salfino: Re: Josh’s point, it’s really easy to say not to overpay for a QB unless you don’t have a QB. Someone is going to give Foles $100 million. I see the Giants or Jaguars as the landing spots for Foles.gfoster: Josh, I don’t know what team fits that bill and needs a quarterback. It would almost need to be like the Sam Bradford trade a couple years ago when Teddy Bridgewater got hurt. Maybe Washington gives him big money because they are mess and have no idea what they are doing?neil: The Giants would be HILARIOUS. Jettisoning Eli for basically a younger EliSalfino: Washington just gave big-ish money to Alex Smith though.gfoster: Yeah, but his career is possibly over. What do they do?Salfino: Someone on my Twitter mentions said that Foles is the new Earl Morrall. (I liked that.)joshua.hermsmeyer: Googles Earl Morrallgfoster: LOL. Here you go.neil: Ooooh, I like that. Or maybe Craig Morton? LOL.Salfino: Morton was never really a backup though. He was part of the two-QB rotation with Staubach. Morton I believe has the all-time record for yards per completion in a season. Morrall had a magical MVP season in 1968 and then flagged the Super Bowl against the Jets with all those picks and then basically disappeared until Shula resurfaced him in Miami after Griese got hurt during the perfect 1972 season.gfoster: Let’s stay in the NFC and talk about the Rams. Are we feeling better about them? They survived another tough road contest at home this weekend.neil: I loved how they completely ran over the Cowboys D.joshua.hermsmeyer: The fact that there isn’t a top 10 defense left in the playoffs confirms all my priors and warms my cockles.neil: Who knew CJ Anderson would be such an effective featured back? Or, like, their featured back at ALL?Salfino: The Rams had 51.3 percent play success, which is oddly exactly what the Patriots registered. CJ Anderson was hilarious in killing all the Gurley DFS guys but actually quite effective. A generational talent, some may say.gfoster: Gurley got his points, though.neil: (Kinda speaks to your story earlier this season, Josh, about Gurley being kind of a product of McVay and that offensive scheme.)joshua.hermsmeyer: That (incredibly large) hole Gurley ran through for his long TD was so much not Gurley it was amazing.Salfino: Is Gurley like Marshall Faulk with the St. Louis Rams, “the queen on the chessboard,” or is he replaceable? I would have thought the former, for sure.neil: One thing on the Rams is that Goff didn’t necessarily play all that well. Again.gfoster: Imagine what Zeke would do in that Rams offense. Because he seems to have to work for every yard, regardless of how much praise the Dallas O-line used to get or maybe still gets.Salfino: Yeah, I have a hard time envisioning Goff beating Brees in New Orleans. Huge home-road splits for Goff, too. Does Jason Garrett get that extension still?joshua.hermsmeyer: I saw a report that Garrett will get extended. Does anyone think he deserves it?Salfino: The Cowboys offense is good if it’s working but if it’s not working, Garrett never seems to be able to figure something out on the fly. Garrett is weird in that he’s a CEO coach, but is so closely tied to the offense, which he doesn’t really run.So what is Garrett’s value, really? Managing the staff? Managing the game? I think when you are a CEO coach you have to have a really strong personality like a Bill Parcells, be that “leader of men.” This is not Garrett, IMO. He just seems easily replaceable.joshua.hermsmeyer: He is elite at clapping.Salfino: Lombardi ended his clapping, which is sad.neil: Yeah, I don’t understand Jerry Jones’s fascination with Garrett. It’s like they were looking for ANY excuse whatsoever to extend him.gfoster: I just don’t think it’s a desirable job to coach with Jerry breathing down your neck.Salfino: Remember, Jones doesn’t want a strong personality that will basically kick him out of the locker room and tell him to stay in his owner’s lane.neil: He’s going to end up being one of the longest tenured coaches ever, and his record will pale in comparison with the others in the conversation. (Except maybe Marvin Lewis.)joshua.hermsmeyer: For all the grief Jones gets, he does seem incredibly loyal, and that is a terrific boss to have in a league like the NFL that moves on from most coaches far too quickly. Stability does have value.Salfino: He is basically Marvin Lewis, who also was a CEO coach without a really strong personality/culture. Tell that to Jimmy Johnson🙂:gfoster: Going back to Rams-Saints: The Saints lost their starting DT, Sheldon Rankins, to a possible torn Achilles. That’s a big loss, especially to be down a big interior lineman against the Rams.joshua.hermsmeyer: Mike, good point about Jimmy Johnson.neil: The way the Rams were clearing space against Dallas was unreal. According to ESPN Stats & Info Group, the Rams rushed 33 times for 195 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry before first contact between the tackles.Salfino: Maybe that will trick the Rams into running even more, especially on first down, right Josh?joshua.hermsmeyer: You never want to lose a starter, but if I had to pick a position to lose, give me DT.gfoster: That’s fair.Salfino: Exactly right. If it’s a pass rusher DT, OK, that’s worrisome. But there are only like one of those and he’s on the other team. Where are the big plays in the Rams passing game? They’re going to need some, I’m certain, to win.neil: True, their longest reception vs. Dallas was a 21-yarder to Brandin Cooks.Salfino: 186 passing yards on 28 attempts is not the Rams offense from October, for sure.joshua.hermsmeyer: With the loss of Rankins and their success with play-action, I would think the shot plays would come there. The linebackers may try to make up for Rankins’s loss by cheating a bit more than usual.Salfino: Are they still successful at play-action, Josh? I think that’s debatable.joshua.hermsmeyer: They did OK with it against Dallas I think.neil: Yes, Goff was 6-of-11 for 108 yards off play-action vs the Cowboys. That’s not as amazing as their early-season standards. But it’s still much better than when he passed without play-action.gfoster: Let’s talk about the AFC. The Chargers, who were 9-0 on the road, got absolutely destroyed by the Patriots. This was the one game that seemed completely over in the first quarter.Salfino: Yeah, getting to Josh’s point, the Patriots-Chargers were exhibit A in “offense mostly controls outcomes.”neil: Classic Patriots home divisional-round win.Salfino: I absolutely hated the team flying back to Los Angeles after the Wild Card win in Baltimore.gfoster: I think people tend to overweight air travel. But maybe you are right in this case.joshua.hermsmeyer: The win probability charts basically concur with your assessment Geoff. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): The Divisionals returned normalcy to the NFL. All four home favorites won outright – three of them covered the spread comfortably. There will be no wild card team making a run this year, which seems like a harder and harder path to the Super Bowl. But let’s start with the last team to get in, the Saints, who were the only home favorite to not cover, and they actually had to dig out of a 14-0 hole as Philly looked primed for another upset. So, is Foles Magic officially dead? And, where is Foles playing next year?Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): Foles seems to have said his goodbye to Philadelphia. So it seems safe to say he’s leaving.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): Hanging this on Foles seems deeply wrong. On that last drive, it was the receivers that failed, not Foles. That said, since we are positing magic, I guess it’s true it is gone.gfoster: I wasn’t blaming Foles. I actually thought he played great.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Foles started the game so hot. The script seemed to be writing itself. But after those early drives, he really reverted back to the QB he has usually been over his career.Salfino: The last drive was definitely not Foles’s fault but after those first two drives, he really did not make a play.neil: In quarters two through four, Foles went 10-22 for 4.0 YPA and 0 TDs, 2 INTsgfoster: OK, so maybe “great” was a reach.neil: (Brees, meanwhile, went 26-32 for 8.5 YPA and 2 TDs, 0 INTs after a rough first quarter start — literally as rough as it gets on the first play of the game.)gfoster: I feel like someone could have huddled up with the Eagles defense and said “Hey, I think they might be trying to throw to Michael Thomas; should we do something about that?”joshua.hermsmeyer: 💯Salfino: Ginn was open, too, by a couple of steps. Brees also was short on another throw later to Taysom Hill. But he was really good at attacking the deeper middle of the field, especially on third down. Plus the Eagles helped by suffering a spate of injuries.neil: And at one point the Saints seemed to be doing everything they could to give the game away with penalties.gfoster: The Saints seemed to almost abandon the run, which is very unlike them. And until that late 36-yard run by Ingram, the Eagles took Kamara and Ingram basically out of the game plan, it seemed.joshua.hermsmeyer: I think Foles will get hired on somewhere, but if I were a GM I would let the other guy overpay for his services. His completion percentage by depth is really just average. Overpaying for average is a team killer unless you are absolutely loaded everywhere else. neil: I do wonder how much the travel had to do with it. They seemed out of sorts most of the game, especially on defense early. Didn’t help that their weird hybrid LB/DB scheme was totally ineffective against Brady and the Pats.Salfino: I hate a West Coast team in the early slot in a playoff game, but the Chargers were their own worst enemy in opting to go back home. Still, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, as flat as Los Angeles seemed (especially with the missed tackles). The Patriots were flawless. Brady looked like a different player, and there are reports that trick play with him as a receiver against the Titans hurt his knee pretty badly. He was able to practice fully again though.joshua.hermsmeyer: Angry Tom in the cold is the narrative, I think.Salfino: Did you see how the Patriots taped that thermostat on the wall where the Chargers had to come out on the field? Seems lame but maybe it worked.gfoster: Also, people spent all week talking about Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. That’s not too relevant when you dump the ball to James White 15 to 20 times a game.neil: Tactically, you have to appreciate the way they used their RBs against Los Angeles’s defense. Sony Michel ran for 129 and 3 TDs, plus James White had 15 catches out of the backfield. The Chargers had no answer for that attack. Michel was averaging 4.6 YPC with eight-plus defenders in the box against a defense that had smothered the run-heavy Ravens a week before.Salfino: The Patriots are all spares and no strikes now. They ran a ton with Michel. They had 15 catches for under 100 yards from White. Edelman got some big plays somehow, but he’s not a gamebreaker. Gronk had one catch. But this hyper efficiency works for them because they avoid mistakes. I’m not sure why the Chargers stuck with the Ravens defense with all those defensive backs. The Patriots are not a fast team at all. You want more size against them.neil: Well, people spent all week saying they’d revolutionized NFL defense with that scheme.joshua.hermsmeyer: Against a mobile QB, I think it’s a great defense. Against a pocket passer, I’m not sure what you are gaining.Salfino: The difference between the Patriots and other teams is that they solve the puzzle with an opponent and move on to the next opponent. They don’t bring whatever worked one week necessarily into the next.gfoster: Is Gronk a concern? Or not so much? Considering we’ve seen them go on SB runs without him before. He practically got the Bronx cheer from the Foxboro crowd when he made that one catch.joshua.hermsmeyer: Gronk had a fantastic day…checks notes…blocking.Salfino: Gronk’s yards per target this year was still good. He did gain 27 yards on that one play. It’s hard for me to believe he’s shot. He’s clearly not the same player, but I think he can still be effective. The Chargers are really designed to stop tight ends, though, with Derwin James.gfoster: Also, is it me, or did Rivers’s deep balls look terrible? Just floating up in the wind, asking Mike Williams to make jump ball catches 40 yards downfield.neil: In fairness, he was under heavy pressure much of the game.Salfino: Williams has to make that catch, Geoff. I thought Rivers had a lot of pop on most of his throws. But the Patriots played that Ravens blitzing defense and it really surprised Rivers. By the time he adjusted, the game was over.neil: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Rivers was pressured 24 times against New England, which was most of any quarterback in a playoff game in the last 10 seasons.joshua.hermsmeyer: What’s interesting is that while the Chargers kept their Ravens defense, the Patriots adopted the Ravens defense with their cover-zero looks and massive pressure on Rivers.Salfino: Yes, interesting but clearly not surprising that Belichick out-coached Lynn. That was the big worry for the Chargers in this game.What was interesting and unknown was “how” Belichick would get the edge.gfoster: Rivers’s deep ball seemed like me trying deep passes in Thanksgiving touch football. “I got someone out there, so just going to heave it and hope for the best.”Salfino: This is what those Ravens blitzes reduce you to, low-percentage deep throws.What’s funny is that exactly no one thinks that the Patriots having had success blitzing are going to bring that into the Chiefs game.gfoster: When the Chiefs played the Pats in the regular season, it was 43-40 and probably the most entertaining game of the season. I don’t think we will see 80+ points again. Or will we? The Chiefs defense seems to have improved recently.Salfino: I think we do see 80 points again.gfoster: Interesting. Even if conditions are much worse?Salfino: If it’s windy, that’s a problem. Cold? Nah. Unless it’s Ice Bowl-like.neil: Certainly seems like Patriots punter Ryan Allen probably won’t get as much of a workout as Rigoberto Sanchez against KC. Seemed like every time you looked up, Indy was punting.gfoster: Judging by the Chargers games, I wasn’t aware the Patriots had a punter.Salfino: Luck was so bad. It seemed like every other pass was deflected at the line. The first three, I’m pretty sure, though whether the first pass of the game was tipped is not entirely clear. That has to be a record though.joshua.hermsmeyer: Regarding the total, Vegas has it at 57.5. That’s super high. I’m not sure I take the over.gfoster: Kareem Hunt totaled 185 combined yards in that Patriots game. But Damien Williams has made people forget about him pretty quickly. Interestingly, Patriots were able to limit Kelce’s production (somewhat), which the Colts had no answer for.Salfino: OK, I revise my prediction since the forecast is for a high of 16 degrees on Sunday.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Sammy Watkins can contribute big, high-leverage plays, I think he will be one too many weapons for the Patriots to account for.Salfino: Belichick wants to x-out Kelce in these games. And then Hill kills them. Also Hunt out of the backfield in the last game, though that’s no longer a threat.neil: Gosh, that 57.5 is with the temperature baked into the over/under? (Well, maybe not “baked.” Frozen?) What would it be in a dome?Salfino: Hunt actually killed the Patriots as a receiver in the last two games they played. Can Williams function this way? I don’t see it.gfoster: Weather moves the total more than anything (except quarterback injuries), so we will see what happens with that line.Salfino: No appreciable wind in the forecast, though about 20 mph on Saturday so maybe that’s a threat, too. I tell all my fantasy friends, it’s just wind other than super extreme conditions on the other side — cold, rain or snow. And really wind at over 20 mph only.gfoster: Who does the weather help though? You could argue the Patriots. Has Mahomes played in games this cold? Brady sure has.joshua.hermsmeyer: I’m going to fade the idea that something like weather can stop Mahomes. While it didn’t snow as much people envisioned, the Indianapolis game was plenty cold and Mahomes looked fantastic.neil: For the sake of fun trivia, it was 17 degrees in Mahomes’ debut start. (According to PFR, that’s the coldest game he’s played as a pro.)Salfino: Brady has played one game in 10 degrees or colder — in 2003. He had a 73.3 passer rating. (Note that includes playoffs.)joshua.hermsmeyer: Are any of you picking the Patriots?gfoster: Great segue! Let’s close with our Super Bowl predictions.neil: If the game was at Foxboro, I’d think about it. But Brady hasn’t won a road playoff game since this wacky one against the Chargers. Hard to believe! But Pats usually play at home in lead-up to Super Bowl.gfoster: That’s where the game-sealing interception was fumbled for a first down?Salfino: He’s 0-2 since then.neil: Yes, the Marlon McCree game.Salfino: So I will stick with my Chiefs-Saints Super Bowl.neil: I will do the same!Salfino: Save us, Josh.joshua.hermsmeyer: I think we’ll see the proverbial passing of the torch from Old Angry Tom to Mahomes, kinda like when Favre beat Young in the playoffs. And I still like the Rams in the NFC.neil: Josh, Elias says this is the biggest age difference in a QB matchup in conference champ history. joshua.hermsmeyer: Great statneil: I am also looking forward to Mahomes potentially doubling the record for playoff wins by a Big 12 quarterback.gfoster: I also will take the Chiefs. But I’m going to say Chiefs-Rams just because I still haven’t seen the return of that devastating Saints offense. It’s been hibernating since the loss to the Cowboys in Week 13. The Saints managed just 20 points against a banged-up Eagles defense. It seemed like a struggle at times, even though a lot of that was self-inflicted penalties. Brees was under a lot of pressure. Trubisky even had more passing yards than Brees! Trubisky!!!Salfino: I will defend the Saints. They had 420 yards to 250 for the Eagles. That’s actually 28 expected points (formula is a point every 15 yards from scrimmage). To me, that’s pretty close to being on schedule. I mean, they had 25 first downs.gfoster: You know what the Saints need Mike, right?Salfino: Do not say it, Geoff.gfoster: More Taysom Hill gadget plays!Salfino: Payton was determined to make noise with Hill in that game.Salfino: Who would Taysom Hill be in the Star Wars universe? (Only episodes I-III.)gfoster: He’s young Anakin in Episode I. Ten minutes into the movie, you are like “Is this kid really going to play this big of a role, here?”joshua.hermsmeyer: I was going to say Porkins. “Stay on target.”gfoster: I would love to see a close-up of Brees’s face every time he is set out wide with Hill under center; I feel like he’s rolling his eyes — but I can’t be sure.Salfino: Ha ha ha.joshua.hermsmeyer: His body language instills fear in the DB every time.neil: One day, Brees will burn someone over the top.Salfino: Brees has large hands and probably could win 50/50 balls.joshua.hermsmeyer: No matter what combination of teams ultimately makes it, this is the correct four teams in the championship round, and the perfect end to the greatest offensive season in NFL history.neil: Agreed! It’s the first time since the 1970 merger that each of the top four teams in scoring made the conference title game.gfoster: We wanted offense. We got offense. Will see you next week when we know who is heading to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.TheJournal.ie reader Paul Corcoran took this photograph today of surfer Ronan O’Flynn taking advantage of the waves being whipped up near Aughris Head in Sligo.IRISHHealth Minister James Reilly is staring down the face of cutbacks rather than reform to save €1bn but he has some support.Two former Fianna Fáil TDs passed away this weekend, Noel Davern and Denis Foley.There were two massive cannabis plant seizures – while a high-profile GP reckons passing Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s legislation would help tackle that criminality.Junior Minister Paschal Donohue reckons the government will take a hard line on getting EU heads to stick to a commitment about retrospective use of ESM finances. Our columnist Damien Kiberd had something to say about that.Ireland may be able to spot when radiation leaks into the atmosphere.Storm St Jude is gathering across the UK – we should escape the worst of it but be careful out there.Had a bicycle stolen recently? Alan Shatter is mad as hell and he’s… commissioned a report.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised a marriage equality referendum in the life of this government.WORLD#IRAQ: A bloody day in which a dozen car bombs killed 55 people. [Reuters]#GERMANY/USA: US intelligence agencies have been spying on Angela Merkel’s phone since 2002. [Der Spiegel]#USA: The influential rocker and songwriter Lou Reed died at the age of 71, just months after a liver transplant. Here’s an essential playlist. [Rolling Stone]#BULGARIA: The biological mother of the girl ‘Maria’, found in a Roma camp in Greece, has given her first interview since the DNA test result – she denies “selling” her daughter when she was a baby.INNOVATIONPreserve us from the “billion-dollar babies” – the pet projects of tech’s richest folks. [CNet]Uh-oh. The gym that knows how hard you’re working… or not. [TechCrunch]PARTING SHOTOne for the road, Lou:last_img read more

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Et si une partie de notre langage provenait des Néandertaliens

first_imgEt si une partie de notre langage provenait des Néandertaliens ?Publiant leur étude sur PLoS One, des chercheurs allemands suggèrent que l’homme de Néandertal, tout comme l’homme moderne, avait un langage articulé : un héritage provenant d’un ancêtre commun aux deux espèces.Dan Dediu et Stephen C. Levinson, chercheurs en psycholinguistique à l’Institut Max Planck (Allemagne), ont voulu repenser certains aspects de la “personnalité” de l’homme de Néandertal à la lumière des publications paléoanthropologiques et archéologiques de ces dernières années. Ils en tirent une hypothèse : le langage articulé remonterait au moins à l’ancêtre commun aux hommes anatomiquement modernes, aux Néandertaliens et aux Denisoviens (encore mal connus).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, Néandertal, notre plus proche cousin, partage avec nous un “aïeul” qui vivait il y a environ un demi-million d’années (Homo heidelbergensis, selon certains chercheurs) et possédait des capacités et une culture comparables à celles des Homo sapiens de la même époque. Loin d’être apparu chez ces derniers il y a quelques dizaines de millénaires à la suite d’une brusque mutation génétique (comme le proposent certains scientifiques), le langage aurait émergé il y a bien plus longtemps, suggèrent les auteurs.Peut-être dès -1 million d’années environ, quelque part entre les origines du genre Homo (-1,8 Ma) et l’émergence d’Homo heidelbergensis (-0,6 Ma), par l’accumulation progressive d’innovations biologiques et culturelles. Mieux : de la même façon que notre hybridation biologique avec Néandertal a laissé des traces génétiques dans notre ADN, la rencontre des deux cultures pourrait avoir laissé des traces de langage néandertalien (peut-être repérables) dans nos langues actuelles, proposent Dediu et Levinson.Le 14 juillet 2013 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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20 Years Later How SpongeBob SquarePants Still Feels Fresh

first_imgStaying PowerDespite losing some steam with creative turnover, those first three seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants still feel fresh and relevant over two decades later. There’s just something synergistic about the team Hillenburg put together on those early shows. One of the most vital elements has to do with the characters themselves. While most children’s cartoons feature kids as their main characters, SpongeBob and his undersea friends were all adults. Sure, the protagonist was naive and foolish, and his best friend wasn’t terribly smart, but they had to deal with grown-up problems like working an unrewarding job and navigating social spaces. Watching characters who were meant to be adults behave in surreal and hilarious manners gave those early SpongeBobs a unique feeling.The loss of that feeling in the middle seasons, as characters sort of “flattened out” and became parodies of themselves, is something that’s very common in animation (The Simpsons has been doing it for decades). Interestingly enough, when Hillenburg came back to the show in 2015 after a hiatus to make short films and work on other projects, he brought that spirit back with him, and some of the more recent seasons have been more true to the original vision.Finally, the staff assembled to work on the show was a unique one for Nickelodeon. In addition to veteran animators, SpongeBob brought in talent from many different mediums. Underground cartoonists Kaz and Sam Henderson both wrote and drew storyboards. Nickelodeon junior executive Merriwether Williams would make the jump to the creative side, becoming one of the show’s most dependable early episode writers. That diversity of perspective helped make the show feel different from anything else on the air.Of course, that difference wouldn’t last. SpongeBob‘s success inspired a tidal wave of imitators working the same ground. Shows like Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island tried to capture the mix of antic surrealism and clear, recognizable characters and mostly failed. Other, less-derivative programs like Gumball showed you could learn from Nickelodeon’s hit while still having your own identity, and it’s hard to find a show on kids’ TV now that doesn’t have some element you could trace back to SpongeBob.Photo Credit: NickelodeonMillions of MemesIt’s fair to say that SpongeBob SquarePants is second only to The Simpsons in sheer volume of Internet memes created. Hell, the New York Times even wrote an article about it. The show’s lasting appeal on the Internet is pretty simple: the kids who grew up with SpongeBob are the same ones creating content in mass quantities today, and the visual language of the show is both familiar and strange.One of the earliest major SpongeBob memes involved a screenshot of Mr. Krabs from second-season episode “Patty Hype” surrounded by a spin-blurred background. That visual was first tweeted out in 2016 with the caption “When you just wake up from a nap and your parents already yelling at you,” and it swiftly became Twitter and Tumblr shorthand for being in a situation where things were spiraling out of control.But there are more SpongeBob memes than we could ever list here. Dozens and dozens of them, from “Chicken Spongebob” used for repeating inane statements back in ThIs AnNoYiNg FoNt, to “handsome Squidward” and even the “time cards” used by the narrator to depict the passage of hours. The contributions to meme vocabulary from SpongeBob are legion, and new ones are still being created.SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away last year from complications relating to ALS. He left behind a show that not only let Nickelodeon recapture their dominance over the animation world, but also became a cultural touchstone for a whole generation. Not too bad for a marine biologist.More on Geek.com:Mock Your Friends With SpongeBob Meme ToysStephen Hillenburg, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator, Dies at 57The Future Looks Bright for ‘Power Rangers: Beast Morphers’ Stay on target Twenty years ago today, a cartoon series debuted that would have effects far beyond its humble beginnings. It would almost single-handedly keep a network afloat, inspire a feature film and a Broadway musical, sell over $13 billion in merchandise, and spawn countless number of memes. And it started with one of the most ludicrous premises ever: what if a sponge worked at a fast food restaurant?How did SpongeBob SquarePants come to be, and what was behind its wild success? Let’s dive deep into the history of the cartoon and learn more.Photo Credit: NickelodeonThe Dawn of NickelodeonThe early days of cable programming had a lot of Wild West mentality. Networks were launched on shoestring budgets with made-up mandates, and Nickelodeon was no different. Seeing a void in programming exclusively targeted to kids, Warner Cable launched the channel in 1979 devoid of commercials as what’s called a “loss leader,” meaning that the benefit to gaining new subscribers was worth the cost of running the station. The majority of its initial programming came from Columbus, Ohio-based QUBE. Instead of commercials, the channel filled breaks with filmed footage of mime performances.By 1984, Nickelodeon was unsurprisingly losing $10 million a year.The company hired an advertising firm to rebrand the fledgling channel and began accepting whatever advertising they could sell. They also established a late-night block, Nick at Nite, showing retro shows from the 50s and 60s. A few years later, Nickelodeon was sold to Viacom (along with MTV and VH1).It took the new network some time to find its footing, but the first tipping point came in 1991 with the premieres of three original animated series — Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. The three initial “Nicktoons” helped the channel develop its own identity and stake out a place in the market beyond re-runs and slime drops. But two of those three series fell off the air, leaving Rugrats to do the heavy lifting. Nick needed a new series that would grab the zeitgeist, and they found it in a very unusual place.Photo Credit: NickelodeonEnter the SpongeStephen Hillenburg wasn’t your average cartoon creator. Born in Oklahoma, he had a love for marine animals as a child and after graduating from Humboldt State University he worked at the Orange County Marine Institute in Dana Point as a biology instructor, teaching visitors about the complex and fascinating ecology of the sea. While there, he also used his artistic talents to create an educational comic book for the Institute called The Intertidal Zone. After a few years, he realized that his true passion was for art, and enrolled in Cal Arts’ prestigious animation program.After graduation, Hillenburg made a few experimental shorts before being hired as a director on Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life. When that series went off the air, some of his co-workers started pressing him to put a pitch together for his own show. One of the characters from The Intertidal Zone, Bob the Sponge, would be the core. He put a presentation together complete with a underwater terrarium with character models in it and it impressed Nick executives enough for them to fund a pilot in 1997.They had two weeks to put it together, and Hillenburg and creative director Derek Drymon were panicked that it wouldn’t go over. But that first 11 minute clip was so solid that the Nick brass immediately watched it again and then decided to make SpongeBob SquarePants the network’s first original Saturday morning cartoon.The first episode aired after the Kids Choice Awards on May 1, 1999, and everybody knew they were watching something special. But could Nickelodeon break the broadcast networks’ stranglehold on Saturday morning programming?Yes, and it didn’t take long. Within a month of its premiere, SpongeBob SquarePants toppled Pokemon as the highest-ranked Saturday morning cartoon on television. Even more interesting, it helped push Nickelodeon’s demographic in an unexpected direction. Of each episode’s 2.2 million average viewers, 40 percent were over the age of 18. Hillenburg had wanted to make a series that was accessible to kids but also nodded to adults that might be watching, much like Ren & Stimpy but with a warmer heart.That cross-generational appeal would lead to some pretty unusual outings for the residents of Bikini Bottom, including airing late nights on MTV in the mid-2000s.Photo Credit: NickelodeonTrust the ProcessMany aspects of SpongeBob SquarePants‘s production were unusual for the time. Most animated series were created script-first — a writer would put down all the jokes and dialogue in text format, and then it would be sent off to storyboard artists. But Hillenburg wanted to look back at the early days of animation, where the initial creative force was visual, not verbal. After a basic premise was generated for each story, it would be taken over by storyboard directors who would map out the whole thing in rough drawings. After that, writers would riff off the storyboards to write dialogue.That let the show have breathing room to play with visual gags created by visual artists as well as dialogue by gifted comedy writers. It employed a wide variety of illustrative approaches, from painted Ren & Stimpy-esque gross-outs to surreal live-action, public domain footage and puppet sequences. That visual freedom was a major inspiration on the generation of animators that followed. That same freedom also extended to the voice actors, who folded in a good deal of improvisation when recording their lines. The sessions are always held as a group, more like an old radio serial than the modern one-at-a-time process. Unlike so many kids’ cartoons, which felt like they were focus grouped into oblivion, SpongeBob SquarePants felt loose, funky, and very personal.Hillenburg left the day-to-day of SpongeBob after the show’s third season, moving to an executive producer role, and most dedicated fans agree that it started to slip in quality after that. Nickelodeon wasn’t about to let them stop at 60 episodes, though, and a new crew has continued to produce new episodes into the show’s eleventh season, which is currently airing. Although there have been flashes of brilliance, SBSP has fallen prey to the same curse that strikes most long-running series, repeating plot lines and running out of originality.That didn’t slow the franchise down, though. SpongeBob and the rest of the Bikini Bottom dwellers still make bank for Nickelodeon across reruns, merchandise, and other odd tie-ins like a full-on Broadway musical. It’s easily the most successful franchise the network has ever created, and the character has become synonymous with the channel.center_img Timberland Announces SpongeBob SquarePants CollaborationHere’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack last_img read more

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Why did Apple remove those parental control apps The 359 Ep 551

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 0 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Comments $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Daily Charge DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Amazon Why did Apple remove those parental control apps? (The… Now playing: Watch this: Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo $999 See it On this podcast, we talk about: Apple says it removed parental control apps over privacy concerns What to expect from Apple’s earnings An exposed database online revealed data on 80 million US householdsThe 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate $210 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 5:19 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review 7 Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal Amazonlast_img read more

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Celebrating Nick Phillips 30 years of delivering water to Bethel residents

first_imgPhillips says that he’s got at least a few more years of driving water trucks in him. He loves being outside, but his body is slowing down. Whatever he does next, he says that he wants to stay active and keep helping people. “Somebody’s gotta do it. Otherwise, it don’t happen,” Phillips said. “I just came down for a few days, and I end up staying,” Phillips said. When his community calls, he steps up. When the Kilbuck School burned down four years ago, they called Phillips. He remembers, “We were there for 14, 16 hours hauling water over there.” Phillips wasn’t filling tanks when he first started working for the city; he was emptying them. Back then, Bethel still used honey buckets.  Phillips listens to the water so that he can hear when the tank is almost full. As with any craft, the touch of a master is obvious when you see it. For Phillips, it’s just another day. “I don’t know what else to tell you, this is what I’ve been doing for the past 30 years,” he said. Asked if he still feels like a firefighter, he laughs. “I’m just a water truck driver,” he said. “I’m just helping out.” “It was really windy, and after I dumped a bucket one tiny little drop landed right in my mouth one time,” Phillips remembered. “Ahhhh, I was grossed out, never want to do it again.” Nick Phillips watches the overflow pipe during a water delivery. (Credit Greg Kim / KYUK) But firefighting and hauling water are actually pretty similar. Lots of water, big trucks, and being someone the community needs.  Tom Phillips detaches a big blue hose from the back of his truck and drags it around a house to the water tank in the back. He locks in the hose, and starts the water pumping at 100 gallons a minute. Then Phillips waits, anywhere from three to 10 minutes depending on the size of the tank. Before Phillips started driving honey bucket trucks in Bethel, he fought fires in Aniak. The job was seasonal, and he knew he could find steady work in Bethel. And for 30 years, he’s worked a job where most people don’t last very long. It’s hard work climbing in and out of a large truck to drag a heavy hose around all day, and controlling a 4000-gallon tank on wheels is no piece of cake either. Phillips said that a truck rolled recently after swerving to avoid a cab.     “Doing something positive, keeping people happier,” Phillips says that’s what keeps him going. “You know, it’s pretty essential to have water and sewer.”  Asked what he thinks about while he waits, Phillips replied, “Gotta pay attention. Always pay attention to what you’re doing.”last_img read more

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District wins prestigious award from Centre

first_imgSangareddy: The district bagged ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ award. Union Ministry for Women and Child Welfare selected the district for effectively implementing the scheme. District Collector Hanumantha Rao received the award form Union Minister Smrithi Irani in Delhi on Friday. DPO Venkateshwarlu, ICDS Project Director Mothi, DRDO Srinivas were also present. The district stood top among 149 projects proposed from 33 districts in the state.last_img

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Civil Rights Group Asks Judge To Sanction State In Voter Registration Suit

first_img Share Graphic by Todd WisemanCivil rights lawyers suing Texas over its voter registration practices are asking a federal judge to sanction the state for allegedly blowing past deadlines and ignoring a court order to hand over thousands of pages of documents related to the case.The Texas Civil Rights Project last March sued on behalf of four Texans who allege the Department of Public Safety denied them the opportunity to cast a ballot — and violated federal law — by failing to update their voter registration records online.The plaintiffs, who say they were hoping for quick action as the 2018 election cycle looms, claim the state is dragging its feet.State lawyers turned over less than 2 percent of the 55,000 pages by Jan. 17 — a court-ordered deadline set after Texas requested multiple extensions, according to a filing this week in a U.S. District Court in San Antonio.“It’s hampering our ability to prepare for the case,” said Cassie Champion, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “The timing is so important.”The filing asked Judge Orlando Garcia to hold Texas in contempt and order its lawyers to immediately produce the documents and pay any fees “resulting from their failure to comply” with his previous order. Champion said she wasn’t sure what such fees would total.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office declined to comment Wednesday, as did the Department of Public Safety.In legal filings, Texas says its practices comply with the federal law in question, sometimes known as the Motor Voter Act.The 1993 law requires states to give folks the opportunity to register to vote at the same time that they apply for or renew their driver’s licenses.No one disputes that Department of Public Safety follows the law when Texans handle that business in person, but it’s a different story for folks who update their license information online, the lawsuit argues.The DPS website eventually directs Texans who check “yes” to the statement “I want to register to vote” to the Secretary of State’s website. There, they can find a registration form that they must print out and send to their county registrar.Though the website specifies that checking yes “does not register you to vote,” the process has spurred “widespread confusion” among Texans who erroneously thought the state had automatically updated their registrations, the lawsuit alleges. Over a 20-month stretch ending in May 2015, the state fielded more than 1,800 complaints from Texans who erroneously thought their voter registration records were up-to-date after they dealt with their driver’s licenses online, according to court filings.The lawsuit argues the Motor Voter law applies to all voters — regardless of how they deal with their driver’s licenses — and Texas violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause by treating them differently.“Texas voters will continue to be shut out of the democratic process unless and until Defendants reform their registration practices,” the complaint argues. The state disagrees, saying DPS is not to blame if Texans fail to follow its instructions. And the state says would-be voters can’t submit their signatures — which are required under state law — unless they mail in applications or fill them out in person.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/26/civil-rights-group-asks-sanction-state-voter-regis/.last_img read more

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InDepth Experts Discuss The Best Ways To Build Roads In FloodProne Houston

first_img 00:00 /03:41 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share – / 8We were recently at the George R. Brown Convention Center to check out millions of dollars in heavy equipment, all designed for mining, crushing, and hauling rocks. It was the AGG1 Academy & Expo, a trade show held alongside the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association convention.We didn’t get far before we met Julie Andras with McCloskey International. She was showing off a hulking piece of equipment called an impact crusher.“It’s really a very robust project that will allow you to crush up concrete even if there’s rebar still in it,” explained Andras. “It’s got a great growl, it’s very loud. But that is a very quiet sound compared to when it’s at work. When it’s at work it’s crushing up huge concrete blocks and making a beautiful racket.”As a vibrating rock sorter rattled in the background, we were curious about latest trends in road building, especially here in the Houston region after Harvey’s devastation. Joel Galassini was happy to tell us all about it.“When people ask me what I do I tell them I’m Mr. Slate from the Flintstones,” said Galassini. “So it’s pretty basic. We’re running the rock quarry and figuring out ways to build.”Galassini is the Regional President of Cemex, a company that sells concrete and aggregates around the world. But when it comes to building roads, Galassini says you can’t use those materials the same way in every place. Here in Houston for instance it’s all about the water.“Most of the problems we see in terms of flood situations are when high amounts of water rush into one central area and overwhelm that area,” said Galassini.One of the things the industry is working on right now is how to create roads that absorb water by using pervious concrete and asphalt. So instead of taking the water and moving it, Galassini said the road would actually soak it in.“And I think 10, 20 years ago we took a prescriptive measure and this is how we build a road and apply it,” added Galassini. “Now we’re having to understand water’s going to move this way, or water moves a different way, or you’re going to have different temperatures that are going to affect roadways. And so those are the things we’re really looking at as we learn how can we apply it more at a granular level to find a solution at that specific area as opposed to just trying to blanket across the state of Texas because it’s very different.”Another big problem on Houston roads is potholes. Experts say that also has to do with water.We talked about the issue with Nick Schack, Gulf Coast Vice-President for Oldcastle Materials. He says to really fix the problem you have look at the part of the road that drivers don’t see.“A lot of what causes potholes and aging roads would be the underground subgrade failing and then the surface road collapsing,” said Schack.Houston’s soil has a lot of clay so that means you have to shore up the road base. And like with many old streets around the city, Schack said you may just have to tear it up and start over.“It does create some challenges in Houston and what the process to fix it looks like,” said Schack. “And it takes some time and resources and funding.”But as the sand and gravel business works to meet the challenges of the future, like anything else, it boils down to money as cities look for ways to improve their streets.Patrick Dunne is the Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association spokesman:“Really what we’re looking for is a strong investment in infrastructure,” said Dunne. “If we can get the funds to rebuild our aging roads and bridges, that’s going to put people to work. That’s going to allow people to innovate and come up with create ways to get this job done, to make our infrastructure safer and able to handle the growth that’s coming especially here in Texas and across the country.”And now that those experts are back at the quarry after their Houston meeting, they say they’ll continue looking for ways to build better roads that can withstand whatever nature brings.last_img read more

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Local Health Advocate Rebrands Youth Fitness Program to Better Address Citys Health

first_imgLocal health advocate Munir Bahar. (AFRO/photo by Roberto Alejandro)In addition to widespread food deserts, Baltimore City is pockmarked with what local health advocate Munir Bahar calls health deserts, areas of the city with no access to places to engage in physical activities—places with no gyms, no bike lanes, and no recreation centers.To better address these health deserts, Bahar, who is also an entrepreneurial consultant, has rebranded his COR Community fitness program to streamline his message of the importance of fitness and regular physical activity to preventative healthcare.“We’re spending $2.8 trillion per year,” said Bahar about America’s healthcare spending in a conversation with the AFRO. “Most of that money – 96 percent – is being spent after people get sick. So we’re saying . . . that we have to put more effort in prevention. So we rebranded ourselves to be more in line with what the national movement is in the health world.”The rebranding simplifies COR’s basic message: they are health advocates who provide 60 minutes of physical activity per day for children (in line with national recommendations). It also puts COR’s advocacy of better and preventative health in the foreground.“We’re taking a much bigger mission and not just simply being focused on the kids that we’re working with, but the whole healthcare system as a country, or in the nation, is something that we’re attacking. So we’re not only providing program, we’re also doing some advocacy work, advocating for more money being spent in prevention than money being spent in treatment,” said Bahar, who was recognized earlier this year by the White House with a 2014 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.Bahar notes that while you often hear of food deserts, many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods suffer from a lack of health infrastructure that goes well beyond food.“We take it further,” says Bahar. “We say ‘health deserts’ because not only do we have to look for access to food, but we have to look for access to activities that promote physical activities and fitness. And we have communities that don’t have any of that.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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VIDEO LiAngelo Ball claims he only shoplifted in China because his teammates

first_img Watch:WATCH: “It was horrible.” LiAngelo Ball talks to @nmoralesnbc about why he shoplifted in China and spending the night in jail pic.twitter.com/O9FABAHmDU— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2017 Advertisement Yesterday, news broke that LaVar Ball had pulled middle son LiAngelo from UCLA because he felt the indefinite suspension Gelo received as punishment for his shoplifting arrest in China was too harsh.On Today, LiAngelo spoke for the first time about the incident, arrest, and jail time in China, and also threw his former teammates under the bus, saying that they stole items from the stores first, and he was only following their lead. What a team guy:“We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too,”Not surprisingly, he describes the conditions of the Chinese jail as less than 4-star, but that’s not exactly a shocker.last_img read more

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Rugland had never kicked in an NFL game until last

first_imgRugland had never kicked in an NFL game until last preseason when he was a member of the Detroit Lions. He connected on both of his extra points and all three of his field goal attempts, including one from 50 yards out.The Cardinals could be in the market for a new kicker with Jay Feely set to become a free agent after four seasons with the team.Last season, the veteran was 30-for-36 on field goal attempts and made all 37 of his extra points, though his pair of misses in the season finale along with less-than-pinpoint accuracy on his final kickoff, which ended up resulting in a big return for the 49ers, did not help his cause.“Jay is an unrestricted free agent, so it will be all business from here on out,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the season when asked about how he felt about Feely moving forward. “I love Jay to death. He was a captain. Wish he would have kicked that last kickoff down the middle.” Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reported the Arizona Cardinals were planning on giving Havard Rugland a tryout, and apparently it took place Wednesday. Just had a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals. It went great! Grateful for the opportunity.— Håvard Rugland (@MrRugland) January 15, 2014 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Rugland is better known as “Kickalicious” due to a YouTube video that shows him making good on a variety of trick-shot kicks. last_img read more

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All guests are kept connected with complimentary

first_img All guests are kept connected with complimentary, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi found in all areas of the hotel including suites, while entertainment needs are also catered to with an extensive range of Foxtel channels available.Meriton Suites Sussex Street, Sydney is located a block away from Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building, and easy walking distance from shopping, entertainment, cafes and world-class dining options.Meriton Suites currently operates 19 properties across Sydney, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, with five new locations in the pipeline including Melbourne and Canberra. See www.meritonsuites.com.auLead image: Pictured at the opening event are Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism & Transport Forum; Harry Triguboff, Owner, Meriton Suites and Matthew Thomas, Group General Manager for Meriton Suites. Meriton Suites added a fifth feather to its cap in the Sydney CBD this week, opening the Harbour City’s newest hotel – Meriton Suites Sussex Street. The latest addition opened a few days ahead of schedule, a bit of a rarity for Sydney hotels, and was celebrated with trade partners on Tuesday evening [23 July, 2019]. The property strengthens the brand presence for Meriton Suites as the leader in large apartment-style hotels.The new Sussex Street hotel maintains Meriton Suites’ modern ambience, with a refined and sophisticated palette of luxurious tones, while also focusing on delivering a superior guest experience.Located at 234 Sussex Street in the historic warehouse district adjacent to the Darling Quarter Precinct in Darling Harbour, Meriton Suites Sussex Street, Sydney has transformed the site into a brand new luxury hotel hub. The 32-level tower features 301 suites, comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom designs, with home comforts including a gourmet kitchens along with the essential utensils for a home cooked meal, a separate living and dining space with designer furnishings plus HD TVs in all bedrooms and internal laundries. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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FM admits American helicopters operated out of Cyprus

first_imgForeign minister Nicos Christodoulides conceded on Tuesday that American helicopters were in fact operating out of the island but insisted there was no United States airbase per se in Cyprus.The American helicopters were used exclusively for humanitarian reasons, Christodoulides told reporters after attending a closed-doors session of the House foreign affairs committee.“I have briefed [MPs] on the stationing of helicopters, which was part of a broader plan by the Americans across the world, at the time in question, for the safe evacuation of US diplomats.“There was nothing more to it than what I have stated,” he added.Christodoulides went on to say that these operations were part of the broader facilities which Cyprus provides to foreign countries.Over the last few years, he noted, “we have managed to turn the Andreas Papandreou airbase [in Paphos], as well as our ports, into a reference point for use by third countries wishing to carry out operational activities but exclusively for operations of a humanitarian nature.”In this context, Nicosia has concluded a number of agreements with other states.In 2017 alone, facilities for humanitarian operations – such as airlifts – were granted in 672 cases.“All this, we believe, highlights the substantive role our country is playing in the region as a security and stability actor in the eastern Mediterranean, also underscoring that we are a reliable and predictable partner in the international community.”Despite providing some answers, Christodoulides nevertheless tiptoed around the question of whether the government had been officially informed, and when, about the stationing of US helicopters here.Moreover, his remarks about humanitarian facilities generally provided by Cyprus fudged the issue, since the helicopters in question were apparently operating not out of Cypriot sovereign territory, but rather out of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) in Akrotiri.The matter came to the fore earlier this month after ABC News, citing a US State Department document, revealed that the ‘base’ was established in September 2013 and shuttered in August 2017, costing American taxpayers $70 million for a facility that “served little clear purpose.”ABC said the facility hosted five helicopters and approximately 40 government contractors at a cost of about $20 million per year.The report stated that the facility “provided the department a regional contingency capability with a focus on air bridge support to Embassy Beirut and assisted in the transportation and (if needed) the evacuation of COM personnel from the embassy.”Weighing in on the issue at the time, Cyprus’ former intelligence chief Andreas Pentaras said the operation of American aircraft out of the island was part of a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ deal between Nicosia and Washington dating back to the 1960s.In the 1960s then-president Archbishop Makarios had concluded a secret – and most likely verbal – agreement with the Americans, allowing the latter to make use of the British bases for their spy planes.Former foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides, under whose watch the American helicopters were stationed on the island, said Cyprus and the United Kingdom have a courtesy agreement where the latter inform the government whenever the British bases host foreign military personnel or operations.But on the specific issue, he said he had had no official briefing about the US helicopters.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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