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Will make sedition law more stringent, says Rajnath Singh

first_imgHitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the legislation would be made more stringent after the BJP returns to power at the Centre.Addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district in support of Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is seeking re-election from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, he said the Indian economy has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the IMF had praised the country for its economic growth. He also claimed that inflation had been controlled during the five years of BJP rule.”If voted to power again, the BJP will make provisions of the sedition law more stringent to check anti-national activities,” Mr. Singh said, adding India had not acquired even an inch of land of any other country but if any other nation tries to do so, it will prevent it at any cost.In its poll manifesto, the Congress has promised to abolish the provision of sedition in the IPC and review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act as well as deployment of the armed forces.“The BJP is the only party where a ground-level worker can become a Chief Minister and even Prime Minister with his relentless efforts. On the other hand, there is a party which revolves around only a family,” Mr. Singh claimed.Mr. Ram Swaroop is pitted against Sukh Ram’s grandson Aashray Sharma, who has been fielded from the seat by the Congress.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Centurion Dravid saves the day for India

first_imgSachin Tendulkar may have disappointed by not scoring his 100th ton, but Rahul Dravid did not. Score | PhotosThe Wall stood tall scoring his 33rd Test, also his first at Lord’s, to help India put on 286 in reply to England’s first innings total of 474/8 declared, during the third day of the first Test at Lord’s in London on Saturday.In the process Dravid saved India from following on. But England still enjoyed the edge as their openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook came down to bat and put on five runs. At stumps on Day 3 England were leading by 193 runs with 10 wickets in hand.However, all eyes were on Sachin Tendulkar, who came out into the hallowed greens of Lord’s, looked skywards and then gradually and steadily his numbers on the scoreboard started increasing, but Stuart Broad had other plans. He dismissed the Master Blaster on 34 putting an end to his hopes of a 100th ton.This was after Stuart Broad scalped openers Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund with his swingers in the first session.An overnight score of 17/0 was as good as a speck of dust in front of Kevin Pietersen’s double ton propelled 474. And India openers Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund had their task cut out – to stay in the middle for as long as possible.But that didn’t happen as Gambhir ended up losing his wicket cheaply. A swinging ball from Stuart Board crashed into his off stump and the southpaw was walking back on 15 when the team total was 63.advertisementMukund, on the other hand, seemed to be playing well against the England bolwers. He was effectively countering James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s swing and Chris Tremlett’s rising balls. Keeping the bat as straight as possible is key against such bowlers and that’s what he was doing.Later Mukund was joined by another batsman, who enjoys keeping the bat straight, it was Rahul Dravid. But their partnership too didn’t last long as once again it was Broad who broke their stand.And the delivery too was a similar to the one that took away Gambhir’s wicket. The ball kept low and came in swinging to crash into Mukund’s wicket when he was just one run away from his half-century. India lost their second wicket on 77.Then the moment arrived that that every cricket aficionado was waiting for. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar stepped in and took guard, even as the world waited for him to complete his 100th international century.Tendulkar was batting 10 and Dravid on 15 and India score was 102/2 when lunch was called in.In the second session Tendulkar could be seen batting seamlessly even the England pacers were trying options for the Master Blaster. But his innings came to an abrupt end when he edged Stuart Broad towards the second slip where Graeme Swann made no mistake and Sachin Tendulkar was walked back on 34 and India were down to 158/3.Broad, who had taken India’s top three batsmen, could have scalped VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid in his next over, but skipper Andrew Strauss and later Graeme Swann dropped sitters in the slips cordon.Soon Dravid went on to score a half-century. But no sooner had he reached there that his partner Laxman hooled out to Jonathan Trott in the deep off Chris Tremlett’s ball and India were down to 182/4.New man Suresh Raina, walked back as soon as he came in with Graeme Swann trapping him leg-before on a duck and India were down to 183/5.At tea, India were 193/5 with Rahul Dravid and skipper MS Dhoni in the middle.Dravid and Dhoni put on 57 runs for the sixth wicket before Tremlett stuck again to send the India skipper back and then a ball later he got rid of Turbanator Harbhajn Singh to reduce the visitors to 241/7.Dravid scored a ton as India were bowled out for 286.last_img read more

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Jayson Castro, TNT hold off Rain or Shine

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments LATEST STORIES Alab Pilipinas get back on track, stop streaking Slingers TNT, however, managed to hold on with Jayson Castro sinking two crucial free throws for a 97-91 cushion with 28.3 ticks remaining.Castro finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists while fellow national team mainstay Troy Rosario also had 20 points on top of six rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe KaTropa tied idle San Miguel Beer in fourth with similar 4-3 slates.The Painters had five players in double figures led by Yap’s 18 points. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Maverick Ahanmisi added 14 for Rain or Shine, which trailed, 91-75, before going on a blistering 16-4 surge to make it a game. With the loss, the Painters (7-2) slipped to second place behind the Phoenix Fuel Masters (7-1).center_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Photo by Tristan TamayoTNT boosted its playoff chances following a big win over Rain or Shine, 100-92, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa led by double digits for majority of the second half until the Elasto Painters made one last push late to pull within four, 95-91, after a basket by James Yap with 33 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES(BCM10)

first_imgMumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs)Mumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 7300 Groundnut Bold 60/70 9650 Javas 60/70: 9750 Javas 70/80: 9600 Javas 80/90: 9100 Kardi 3075 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 7300 Sesame 95/5/1: 7100 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5950 Sunflowerseed 3925 Nigerseed 8800 and Castorseed Bombay 3650.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1460 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 665 Refined 725 Cottonseeds Refined 725 Palmolein Refined 615 Soybean Refined 660 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 925 Rapeseed Expeller 895 Copra White 950 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 1125 Castoroil Comm 760 FSG 770 Kandla 731 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,500 Kardi Extraction 14,500 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 28,000 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 20,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 33,078 and Castor Extraction 4200.Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 32,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD PTI RHB ARD SDMlast_img read more

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From ‘Madaari’ to ‘Dronacharya’: How village PT teacher produced Youth Olympic archery medallist

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Oct 18 (PTI) The year was 2008 and Haryana’s Bhiwani was the virtual epicentre of Indian boxing after Vijender Singh’s bronze winning feat at the Beijing Olympic Games. While starry-eyed youngsters were ready to become the ‘Next Vijender’, some 50 km from the cradle of Indian boxing, in a non-descript village called Umra in Hisar district, Manjeet Singh was imparting lessons in basic archery to the kids. Mocked as “madaari, shikaari” (hunter, conjuror) by his village folks, in just 10 years, Manjeet has produced India’s first ever Youth Olympics archery medallist in Akash Malik. “No one was willing to take up archery. People were ridiculing me for teaching some weird hunting tricks to their kids,” Manjeet, who is now the ‘Dronacharya’ having produced two junior internationals in Akash and Himani Kumari, told PTI today. He speaks with a lot of pride but the journey over the last decade was fraught with struggles and hardships for the 43-year-old Manjeet, who now holds a Masters degree in physical education. Son of former village sarpanch Ratan Singh Malik, Manjeet’s hands were trembling when he first picked the wooden bow and arrow. Manjeet had no concept about the basics of archery till he watched the sport closely in Amravati while pursuing Diploma in Physical Education at the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University in his early 30s. “I thought it was child’s play but when I picked up the bow, my hands started trembling… I realised how tough it was to keep your hands steady,” Manjeet, who decided to transform farming land into archery arena.advertisement The journey began with three or four initial recruits and a couple of wooden bows, which had been parcelled in from Manipur, costing Rs 1500 each. There was no initial financial help and Manjeet spent money from his own pocket to set up his centre. As his wards started winning at state and then national level, people started showing interest and in 2012 he rented a farming field of 1.5 acres to construct an archery range. “I levelled it with a tractor, fixed 12 targets in a 90-metre range, erected a fence, and built a storehouse,” he recalled. His Umra archery centre was ready in a farming field. “Nobody gave me a penny, but my passion for the sport kept me going,” he said. As he got results, the Haryana government came up with financial support which helped him by the costly imported bows (each set costs Rs 4 lakh) for his wards. “It was during that time, I saw Akash who impressed me with his calmness. He was also very hardworking. I took him under my wings,” he said. Akash was part of the Haryana team that won the Indian rounds at the mini national (under-14) archery championship in Vijayawada in 2014 and since then he has never looked back. Their session starts by 6 am in the morning in summer with physical training and sometime it stretches up till 8-9 pm at night. “Before taking up anyone, I ensure the kids to slog it out for two three months. Many run way, but one who sticks around becomes my recruit. All expenses paid,” Manjeet, who now has about 80 recruits in both recurve and compound sections, said. Of his recruits, seven, including Akash, have won medals at international levels, while at national level almost everyone has won, he said. His archery centre has also grown with web-connected CCTV cameras and solar powered lamps. “We have equipment worth Rs 60-70 lakh stored at the centre. But now, it’s the safe custody of our village folks, who show great respect to me,” he says of the changing times. With Akash’s success, Umra’s popularity is destined to grow. “I’ve no doubt that in coming days, Umra will be to archery what Bhiwani has been for boxing. But we have to keep working hard. This is just the beginning,” Manjeet the proud coach said. PTI TAP KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Australia win last-ball thriller vs India despite Jasprit Bumrah heroics in Vizag T20I

first_img1st T20I: Brief Scores: Australia (127/7) beat India (126/7) by 3 wickets. Maxwell (56), Short (37), Bumrah (3/16)Jasprit Bumrah came up with a brilliant display with the white ball on Sunday but his efforts went in vain as Australia clinched a three-wicket win in the first T20I of the ongoing two-match series in Visakhapatnam.Bumrah picked up three wickets in his four-over quota and conceded only 2 runs in the penultimate over of the match. However, Australia gunned down a 127-run total in a last-ball thriller. 14 runs came off the final over of Australia’s chase against Umesh Yadav as Australia tail-enders Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson made handy contributions with the bat.1st T20I: India vs Australia – As it happenedGlenn Maxwell was the star of the evening for Australia as he was in imperious hitting form. The Australia batsman launched a counterattack after Australia lost opener Marcus Stoinis and captain Aaron Finch for 1 and 0, respectively inside the first two overs of their innings. India got off to the best possible start with twin strikes inside the first two overs but Maxwell made sure Australia never felt the pressure by keeping the scoreboard ticking.Australia win a thriller here at VizagWin by 3 wickets in the 1st T20I https://t.co/qKQdie3Ayg #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/hMwOZbWjY2BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2019Maxwell made his intentions clear when he hit Jasprit Bumrah to a boundary in the fifth ball of the innings. He then hit Umesh Yadav for three boundaries to put the pressure back on the Indian bowlers.advertisementMaxwell hit 56 off 43 balls before holing out to long-off against Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling in the 14th over of Australia’s 127-run chase. Maxwell’s fearless knock included two sixes and six boundaries. The Melbourne Stars captain had stitched an 85-run stand with opener D’Arcy Short.However, Australia lost wickets in quick succession after the fall of Glenn Maxwell. While D’Arcy Short was run out after a terrible mix-up in the 16th over, Aston Turner was dismissed for naught while he tried to paddle sweep Krunal Pandya.Debutant Mayank Markande, Umesh Yadav and Krunal Pandya slipped in three tidy overs after Maxwell’s wicket to shift the balance slightly in favour of India. Captain Virat Kohli showed flashes of brilliance as he set attacking fields to put more pressure on the visitors.Earlier in the day, India huffed and puffed to a below-par total on a sluggish wicket in Visakhapatnam after KL Rahul hit a 36-ball 50. The India opener, who played his first international match after the Koffee With Karan controversy on Sunday, played a fluent innings and stitched a 55-run stand with captain Virat Kohli after which India lost wickets at regular intervals.Middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik and all-rounder Krunal Pandya failed to trouble the scorers much as Nathan Coulter-Nile broke the back of India’s batting unit. MS Dhoni though held his calm and hit a 37-ball 29. However, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman struggled for timing as he consumed quite a lot of dot balls while batting with tail-ender Umesh Yadav.India will face a must-win situation in the two-match series when the two teams meet in Bengaluru in the final match of the series on February 27.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Ganguly’s clarification on India vs Pakistan World Cup matchAlso Read | South Africa recall fit again Lungi Ngidi for Sri Lanka ODI seriesAlso See:last_img read more

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Sports Illustrated delays part four

first_imgPart 4 of the special report on Oklahoma St. Football will be published later this morning. Review parts 1-3 here: http://t.co/CyW0fpVtCh— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 13, 2013If they’re re-writing this right now. I mean…wow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Daniil Medvedev edges past Alexander Zverev to win 3rd title in 6th final in a row

first_img Next Associated Press ShanghaiOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 17:14 IST Daniil Medvedev of Russia poses with his winner’s trophy (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDaniil Medvedev is currently 29-3 in matches played in the past six tournamentsMedvedev also won Masters 1000-level tournament in Cincinnati and the St. Petersburg trophy in that stretchMedvedev also made it to his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open where he challenged Rafael NadalDaniil Medvedev extended the form that made him the hottest player in men’s tennis when he captured the Shanghai Masters title with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev on Sunday.The third-seeded Medvedev picked up his third title in six consecutive finals played since the tour returned to hard courts after Wimbledon in July. He also won the Masters 1000-level tournament in Cincinnati and the St. Petersburg trophy in that stretch.Last month, Medvedev also made it to his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open where he challenged Rafael Nadal through five sets before the Spaniard secured his career 19th Grand Slam trophy.”It’s something outrageous what I’ve done in the last few months,” Medvedev said on the court after his win. “I wouldn’t have believed it.”The 23-year-old Medvedev is currently 29-3 in matches played in the past six tournaments.Medvedev leads the 2019 ATP Tour season in four categories. He’s won the most matches at 59, won the most hard court matches at 46, won the most matches at Masters 1000 tournaments at 22, and reached the most finals at nine with four titles captured.Medvedev and the 22-year-old Zverev are the youngest finalists at an ATP Masters 1000 event since a 22-year-old Novak Djokovic defeated a 23-year-old Gael Monfils at the 2009 Paris tournament.The fifth-seeded Zverev had won all four of his previous encounters against Medvedev, but all of those matches were played prior to this year, which has seen the Russian become nearly invincible of late.”As I said yesterday you’re probably the best player in the world right now and it’s unbelievable,” Zverev said to Medvedev during the on-court ceremony. “All the best to you.”advertisementZverev presented Medvedev with two gifts back-to-back double faults at 30-30 in the 10th game to enable the Russian to secure the first set 6-4.Earlier in the first set, Medvedev led 3-0, but Zverev was able to recoup that first service break on a fifth break point on the Russian’s serve in the fifth game.Clearly the two double faults shook any confidence Zverev might have had in the match. He quickly fell behind 5-0 before the German won his lone game in the second set.The Russian served out the 73-minute match with an ace to capture his first career victory over Zverev.Also Read | Coco Gauff trounces Andrea Petkovic to reach 1st career WTA FinalAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Daniil MedvedevFollow Shanghai Masters Daniil Medvedev edges past Alexander Zverev to win 3rd title in 6th final in a rowRussian Tennis player Daniil Medvedev, who won the most matches at Masters 1000 tournaments at 22, clinched his fourth title with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Suezmax Tanker with 10Year Charter Joins Ocean Yield

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has taken delivery of a newbuilding Suezmax crude tanker from South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The 156,900 dwt vessel, named Nordic Aquarius, features a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters. The ship able to load one million barrels of crude oil.Upon delivery, the unit started a 10-year bareboat charter to Nordic American Tankers Limited.The Nordic Aquarius will be employed in worldwide trading. The first voyage is expected to be from the Singapore area to Western Europe.The vessel is the first of three newbuildings scheduled to be delivered from Samsung Heavy shipyard and chartered to NAT during 2018. The second ship is expected to join the fleet at the end of August and the third one at the end of October.As informed earlier, all three newbuildings would be financed through a sale and leaseback arrangement.The New York-listed NAT operates a fleet of 25 Suezmax tankers, including three vessels to be chartered in on long-term bareboat charter from Ocean Yield.The three new buildings this year will reduce the average age of the NAT fleet substantially, to about 10 years per ship.last_img read more

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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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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. 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