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first_img(REOPENS SPD 8) (REOPENS SPD 8) Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who headed the probe committee which gave the initial report on the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, said todays order is a landmark one. “It will improve the functioning of the Board even though I must admit that the BCCI is a well-Rrun body. This judgement can be a reference for other sports bodies as well and that is why I think it is a landmark judgement,” Mudgal said. PTI PM PMlast_img


Neymar signs 5-year deal to complete world record PSG move at 222 Million Euros

first_imgNeymar completed his record-shattering transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain on Thursday, signing a five-year deal with the French club after they triggered his 222 million euros ($263 million) release clause.The 25-year-old Brazil forward, who will be presented to fans on Saturday, is committed to PSG until June 2022, the club said in a statement. Media reports have said he could earn around 550,000 euros per week.”Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realising our greatest dreams,” said PSG’s Qatari President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.Both Barcelona and Spain’s La Liga questioned whether the move complied with UEFA’s financial regulations, with the club saying they would report the deal to European football’s governing body.The transfer doubles the previous world record fee paid when Paul Pogba moved last August from Juventus to Manchester United for a 105 million euros.With the Spanish giants certain to be in the market for a replacement for the Brazilian forward – and with a hefty budget to invest – the Neymar move could set off a chain reaction of deals at top clubs across Europe.Yet for PSG the signing is a huge coup, bringing them one of the most exciting talents in the world game.Gifted with a superb touch and an impressive repertoire of tricks, Neymar was part of one of the most devastating strike trios the game has ever seen, playing at Barcelona alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.advertisementIn four years in Catalonia, he won the Champions League once, La Liga twice, and the King’s Cup three times.The focal point of the Brazil national team, who will be aiming for a record sixth World Cup title in Russia next year, Neymar’s popularity soared after he captained his country to their first Olympic gold medal in Rio last year — scoring a brilliant free kick and the deciding penalty in the final.NEW HORIZONSNeymar, who also has lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre, said he was looking forward to delivering trophies for the French club.”I am extremely happy to join Paris St Germain,” he said in the club’s statement.”Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new team mates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.”From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team mates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world,” he said.The excitement was certainly felt by PSG fans. Several hundred gathered outside the palatial Royal Monceau hotel in the capital, letting off flares and breaking into chants.Barcelona said in a statement on their website ( that Neymar’s legal representatives “visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros…”The five-times European champions said they would pass on details of the operation to European soccer body UEFA “so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”Barcelona did not specify why they believed there may be a disciplinary issue relating to the deal. Javier Tebas, head of La Liga had earlier said that PSG were engaged in “financial doping” and the Spanish body would also complain to UEFA.Tebas referred to PSG, who are owned by Qatari Sports Investments, as a “state backed club”.UEFA, whose financial fair play rules ban clubs from spending more than their generated revenue, declined to comment but a spokesman noted that international transfers are within the remit of global governing body FIFA.A source from Spain’s La Liga said earlier on Thursday that the league had rejected the payment of the clause to them after Neymar’s lawyers visited its headquarters in Madrid to try to settle the transfer and pay the fee.ALSO READ |Neymar 222m euro payout made, says FC BarcelonaLa Liga reject Neymar’s 222 million euro release clauseLionel Messi wishes Neymar good luck for the futurelast_img read more


Blazing Heat Melts Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia –  Li Na had one simple request before answering questions in her on-court, post-match interview after battling for 2½ hours in the brutal heat at the Australian Open on Jan. 17: “Can we stand in the shadow?”The Chinese star certainly earned the courtesy. She saved a match point before prevailing against Lucie Safarova, all while playing at the hottest time of the day.The temperature topped 40C (104F) for the fourth consecutive day in Melbourne, the longest heat wave in the city for more than a century.Players draped themselves with ice packs during changeovers and those in the women’s singles were given a 10-minute break before playing a third set, but tournament officials did not enact the “Extreme Heat Policy,” which would have suspended matches on the outer courts and closed the roofs on the two show courts.The heat policy was put into effect on Jan. 16y when the temperature reached 42C (108F) in the early afternoon, suspending matches on the outer courts for about four hours.  The high again topped 42C (108F) on Jan. 17, though the humidity was lower than in previous days.Some players, again, struggled in the stifling conditions. China’s Zheng Jie received medical treatment after she indicated she was dizzy and struggling with her breathing during the second set of her third-round loss to Casey Dellacqua.A doctor checked her blood pressure, as she was lying across chairs beside the court. She got up and broke Dellacqua’s serve in the next game, but lost the match.Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, the 20th seed, looked completely drained during his third-round loss to Germany’s Florian Mayer and said later, holding back tears, that his only chance would have been to play at night.“Whatever he would do today and whatever I would do today doesn’t matter,” he said. “I had no power to stay on the court. I felt like I’m going to collapse soon.”Top-seeded Serena Williams had an easier time during her 80-minute win over Daniela Hantuchova but she, too, sought any shade she could between points and later withdrew from the doubles competition with sister Venus before they were scheduled to play their first-round match.The official reason was an injury to Venus’ leg, but Serena admitted she didn’t relish the idea of playing another match in the heat. “I guess it’s a relief, but like I say, we love to play doubles and we love to be out there,” she said.Although players have blacked out, staggered, hallucinated and vomited on court this week, tournament officials have defended their decision to only halt play once during the four-day heat wave.Speaking to BBC radio, tournament doctor Tim Wood said that while it may not be “terribly comfortable” to play in these conditions, it’s safe from a medical perspective.“We know that man is well-adapted to exercising in the heat. If you take us back a few thousand years, we evolved on the high plains of Africa chasing antelope for eight hours under these conditions,” he was quoted as saying.Andy Murray, whose brother Jamie received treatment for a heat-related illness and cramping after his doubles match on Thursday, said part of the problem has been the confusion surrounding the heat policy this week.“It’s weighing out whether or not it’s kind of worth playing like that and it’s worth it for the fans and everyone,” he said after his second-round win late Jan. 16. “I’ve seen a lot of matches where everyone’s kind of left and gone home. That’s not good either.”(Justin Bergman)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Mike Gundy Compares James Washington to Justin Blackmon

first_imgJames Washington took over in the starting lineup last season, and exploded on the scene with a team-leading six touchdowns last season.Washington was a little known recruited out of Stamford, Texas, who apparently competed in basketball, track AND tennis, to go along with football. Apparently his competitive nature and his impressive dunks were enough for receiver coach Kasey Dunn to pull the trigger and offer him a scholarship.“He was at a small school, so nobody was really recruiting him,” Gundy told ESPN. “But we thought, this guy really is a big-time athlete.”I tend to agree. Even Mason Rudolph chimed in on the praise. “”He’s got great hands, his football IQ is tremendous. He sees things that I’ll see as a quarterback.”Despite the fact that Washington lead his football team to back-to-back state championship titles in football, his only big offer came from the Pokes – and Gundy’s faith in the young receiver has only grown.“You see similarities out there with Blackmon,” Gundy said. “He’s explosive, competitive, great practice player. Blackmon was that way.” He goes on to say that Washington is in a ‘different class’ when it comes to his ability to accelerate and run through the ball.Kyle already predicted Washington to be the go-to homerun threat this year – Now I’m not so convinced that he isn’t the best receiver OSU has on the roster.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


7 days agoAdrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool deal

first_imgAdrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian admits an ex-teammate – and Scouser – at West Ham United helped secure him a move to Liverpool.Merseysider Aaron Cresswell, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, urged Reds goalkeeper coach John Achterberg to go for Adrian after Alisson broke down at the start of the season.Cresswell knows Achterberg from their time together at Prenton Park.Adrian told the Telegraph: “I only knew it after I signed. “So thank you Cress for having had a good word for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Idées sollicitées en vue de lélaboration dun plan daction pour la population

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais sont invités à soumettre leurs idées sur les façons dont les gens peuvent continuer à être en bonne santé et actifs et contribuer à leur communauté à mesure qu’ils vieillissent. Le gouvernement tiendra compte des commentaires du public, des résultats de la recherche et de la contribution d’un comité consultatif afin d’élaborer un plan d’action pour une population vieillissante, dont la publication est prévue plus tard cette année. « Les aînés contribuent grandement à nos familles, à nos communautés et à notre économie aujourd’hui, et je souhaite que le nombre croissant de Néo-Écossais qui en sont à cette étape de la vie sentent qu’ils peuvent contribuer également », souligne Leo Glavine, ministre des Aînés. « Le vieillissement de la population n’est pas seulement un enjeu qui touche les aînés, c’est un enjeu qui touche toute la communauté. Grâce à une bonne planification, l’évolution démographique peut être une occasion de contribuer à répondre à nos besoins en matière de main-d’œuvre, de renforcer nos collectivités et d’améliorer la façon dont nous percevons et apprécions les aînés. » Les commentaires de tous les Néo-Écossais, y compris les membres de la famille, les entreprises, le secteur à but non lucratif et les groupes communautaires, en plus de ceux des aînés, sont les bienvenus. « Le vieillissement actif s’applique à la fois aux personnes individuelles et aux groupes. Il permet aux gens de réaliser leur potentiel en matière de bien-être physique, social et mental pendant toute leur vie, et de participer à la société selon leurs désirs et leurs besoins, affirme Marjorie Willison, leader communautaire et coprésidente bénévole du comité consultatif sur le plan d’action. Je crois que les gens auront plein de bonnes idées à nous transmettre sur la façon d’encourager une meilleure qualité de vie pour les aînés, et j’ai bien hâte d’entendre les nombreux points de vue. » Des rencontres publiques, organisées par le Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, auront lieu dans sept collectivités, et un questionnaire sera disponible en ligne à compter du 27 juin. Une rencontre en français sera annoncée sous peu. Les sujets de discussion seront le travail rémunéré, le bénévolat, le vieillissement chez soi et la vie saine. La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires et le 22 juillet. Les gens peuvent s’inscrire à une rencontre publique ou répondre au questionnaire en ligne au HTTP:// Le questionnaire est également disponible sur papier. Il suffit de composer le 211 pour en faire la demande.last_img read more


Law Beyond

first_imgNikkhil, you said that writer Ritesh Shah brought this script to you. When you read it, what was the first emotion that caught you? Nikkhil Advani (NA): The first thing that came to my mind was that I did not know enough of it. I did not know enough things about the Batla House encounter. Yes, I did know a few things about it like there was an incident, an encounter that took place in 2008. I knew about the Delhi serial blasts, about the involvement of Indian Mujahideen and that some students had been targeted. I have certain biases myself but when I read the script that Ritesh brought, I asked myself if we are telling everything that needs to be told. I asked Ritesh about the kind of research he did and if there was something that he might have left out. Then we got down to it and then we thought maybe we had not said enough. We need to possibly balance it a little more. And it was very important for us to approach Batla House from several viewpoints, whether it is the encounter or anything else related to it. The reason behind that was that it was not just about the encounter; it is also about everything that happened after it. It was about three years of the life of a man who was the most decorated police officer in India and still remains that. And along with that, it was the story of a woman who was not just the wife of a decorated police officer, she was also a top anchor in a news channel. The story is about what happened to these people, how their lives changed, what happened to those five boys. These are the things that I had to deal with. So, my first reaction was that I did not have enough information about the encounters and for me it was a revelation while reading the script. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka John, you have been known to bring those stories on screen which people do not have much knowledge about. You did it with Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran and now Batla House. What attracts you as a producer and actor to such films? Why the need to tell this story? John Abraham (JA): When I read the script as an actor, I found it fantastic. And as an actor when you read a script, it has to work for you whether you know about the incident, in this case the Batla House incident, or not. Then I put on the lens of someone who understands the geo-political nature of our country, I say that let us dwell a little more into this incident. You know, I saw a film called The Schindler’s List and when I got out, I was disturbed for two days. I kept thinking about it. And I felt that our film is one which should make you think. Even for someone who does not care about Batla House, it will still work because it is an edge-of-the-seat thriller. But for someone who has started reading about it, it would say that it is an interesting incident. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaThe minute you read about it, you want to ask questions. And I think that Nikkhil has done that so beautifully in this film, he has actually presented this film from all perspectives. From the terrorists to the victims to the special cells to the court’s perspective, it has all been covered. So now, when you walk out of the theatre, you are empowered to say ‘Listen, I do not agree with this end.’ That to me is just fantastic. So, you are saying that the film has been presented in an objective way. JA: Yes! And it is amazing that it gives you the power to make an opinion. What works for this film is that….see people did not know about Airlift, they did not know about Parmanu or about what happened in Pokhran. Similarly, they don’t know about Batla House. And because of this, the film has the propensity to do great business especially in a place like Bombay. You guys call it the Mumbai and Gujarat circuit, the film will do very well in these places. The film is a gold mine at these locations because the people are hungry and they just want to absorb information. Of course, in North India, in places like Delhi, people will come in and have an opinion of it. Mrunal, you said that regardless of screen time, your role needs to be significant to the story. How did Batla House fit into your thought process of selecting films? Mrunal Thakur (MT): I think I am really blessed to have films like Love Sonia, Super 30 and Batla House in my filmography. Performing different characters is something that really excites me. If you see, in one film I played a victim and in the other I played a girlfriend. But now, I did not really just want to play a housewife but also someone who needs to have her own identity. Playing a journalist was really challenging for me. I remember watching the 9 o’clock news on DD1 and Neelam Sharma used to be the news anchor and she was so good. When I went back and when I started reading the same news, I was scared. This film, this role became all the more challenging because I was not just reading the news, she needs to understand that she is the wife of the cop whom the news she is presenting is all about. NA: She is a perfect foil to him. If you see both of them in real life, they will become pretty well-known as far as the film is concerned. There was a big reason why John and I had chosen to do the film. He is right now still a serving officer. The encounter happened in 2008 and it’s been more than nine years today. He is going to have to deal with his fair share of fame as well as infamy because both things are going to happen to him. He is very quiet and very cautious in what he says. He knows that what he says can be misinterpreted or misused. If you meet them and if they are sitting together, you ask her a question and she answers. JA: And he agrees. He will just look at her lovingly. NA: He actually lights up when she talks about terrorism and when she says my boys did that and my boys did this. JA: Nikkhil you remember, when we went to his house? I must tell this. When we went to his house, I asked him if he can show me his guns. He agreed and then he called his Z security and they placed about 10 guns; AK56, AK47, Glocks and everything. I was shocked and then Shobhana, his wife came. She said, ‘Kya kar rahe ho ye, chalo guns nikal do yahan se.’ He simply replied, ‘Theek hai.’ (Laughs). The relationship was so lovely between the two of them and I think that has come across on screen. It is also important to show the human side of the law officers… NA: We tend to forget what is the human side of a police officer. We just see a uni-dimensional person who is supposed to protect us because we think that this is his duty. We don’t even see the human side of a journalist. We think that this person is only making this thing up, what does she know? We don’t think that she may be involved somewhere or the other. She might have her own point of view, she might have been asked to say something else. These are the things we have dealt with in the film very effectively. John, you said you have your personal opinions as does everybody, especially when something is related to the nation. When you say that the film has grey areas, how do you keep your personal opinions aside and then play a character with full conviction? JA: I think I overheard Nikkhil saying this in one of his interviews; he said ‘I had to keep my personal biases aside to make this film.’ It is something that is very important for all of us when we do a film. You have to keep your personal biases aside and the best way we have covered our backsides is that we have shown the film from all perspectives. As producers or directors, how important is a holiday release? JA: I think a holiday release makes all the difference because more people come in and watch it. You are Box Office India, you know better than me. We have got 5,000 screens and there is enough of business for two films on that day. You have got `45-50 crore worth of business on that day. The business is great and of course this time it is on Thursday, so we expect a bit of a drop on a Friday and then it goes up on Saturday and Sunday. But if the film is good and it holds up well then we get a fantastic strong extended weekend. That is why a holiday weekend works much better than a vanilla weekend. NA: The trade pundits will of course tell you that the two highest grossers of the year so far are non-holiday films whether it is URI or Kabir Singh. I differ. I don’t like anybody telling me how to take a shot and so I don’t want to tell anybody how to do their job.last_img

New UN envoy to Somalia holds first meetings in Mogadishu

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, met with President Yusuf, Prime Minister Gedi, Honorable Aden Mohamed Nur, Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament, and other officials. Mr. Ould Abdallah’s visit to Mogadishu took place one day after the commemoration of International Peace Day, and he joined leaders of the TFIs in a tree-planting ceremony marking the occasion. The envoy held a separate meeting with Ali Mahdi Mohamed, Chairman of the National Governance and Reconciliation Committee, to commend that body and the people of Somalia for the successful holding of the National Reconciliation Congress.Mr. Ould Abdallah called for the full implementation of the Congress’s outcome and urged a broadening of the national reconciliation process. Toward that end, he encouraged Ali Mahdi Mohamed and his committee members to pursue their objectives “with the great vigour and commitment that they have already shown.”Mr. Ould Abdallah, who was appointed Special Representative earlier this month, also held a separate meeting with the UN national staff on the ground to commend them for “their courage and outstanding job in the field” and called on them to continue working as a coherent team for the interest of the Somali people. Held in Mogadishu during July and August, the Congress aimed to foster internal coherence in Somalia, which has had no functioning government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. 22 September 2007The newly appointed United Nations envoy to Somalia arrived today in country’s capital, Mogadishu, for talks with leaders of the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) in a bid to encourage national reconciliation. read more


UN welcomes funding to help run summer recreation initiative

19 July 2010The United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees has welcomed a €2 million donation by the European Union to help fund the agency’s Summer Games, an annual recreation programme that allows children to take part in sports, drama, arts and crafts and other activities. John Ging, the Director in the Gaza Strip for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), described the donation as “generous and timely,” according to a press release issued by the agency yesterday after a visit to Gaza by EU Vice President Catherine Ashton.Mr. Ging said the finding would be “invaluable for our joint efforts [with the EU] to bring about the positive development of the next generation of Palestinians who are otherwise in danger of becoming a lost generation.”During the summer UNRWA also runs a learning programme that provides two months of intensive remedial education for 40,000 children who failed their end-of-semester exams.The donation from the EU will be distributed to the Summer Games initiative and UNRWA’s enterprise resource planning, a tool to help modernize the agency’s operations. read more


Deeply concerned Annan condemns two suicide bombings against Israelis

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the current escalation in the violence, including the recent (Israeli) incursion into Askar refugee camp near Nablus and last night’s shooting incidents in the Gaza Strip,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by a UN spokesperson. “He urges both parties to adhere to their Road Map obligations and to exercise restraint in the face of provocation.”The Road Map peace plan, sponsored by the so-called diplomatic Quartet of the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation, calls for Israel and the Palestinians to take a series of parallel and reciprocal steps culminating in the achievement of two states living side by side in peace by 2005.Two Israelis were killed and a dozen others wounded in the bombings, and Mr. Annan extended “his sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of these terrorist attacks.” read more


Botswana seeks even greater Australian investment in new mining projects

first_imgAustralia’s mining fraternity has been encouraged to extend its involvement in one of Africa’s most successful mineral resources states under the safety net of a proven fiscal and monetary regime. Addressing the first day in Perth of the record breaking Paydirt 2008 Africa Downunder Resources Conference, Botswana’s Minister for Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, the Hon. Ponatshego Kedikilwe, said the country’s forward growth strategy now had an emphasis on international partnerships, with Australia a favoured participant.“There has nothing gone seriously amiss with our regimes applying to mining in Botswana since we commenced a liberalisation of fiscal and monetary policy,” Kedikilwe said. “It is critical that Botswana sends a clear global message of investment security for our mining future. This includes prompt and adequate compensation if for some reason, a particular piece of mineral ground is needed for wider community use.“We have created an investment climate which highly favours Australian mining investment in Botswana’s future. This now includes no exchange controls, no restrictions on the repatriation of profits, low level of taxation, immediate write-down of 100% capex, unlimited carry forward of tax losses, zero rating on mining equipment and spare imports and low tax rates for smelters, refineries and downstream processing. This mining advantage is reflected in the fact Australia this year leads the pack in the distribution of prospecting licences – driving not surprisingly, a more than doubling in the past three years in exploration expenditure to now more than $250 million.”“In particular, we assure Australia’s resources investors that we are addressing the critical issues of water and power infrastructure that has plagued Africa’s mining sector in the past two years. Our message clearly is – we want Australian participation in what we see as new opportunities in Botswana in uranium, coal seam methane gas, and some 200,000 Mt of known coal resources.”last_img read more


Sosh crée sa boutique de revente doccasion

first_imgSosh crée sa boutique de revente d’ a mis en place une boutique en ligne dans le but de permettre la revente de mobiles usagés. Après avoir renvoyé leur mobile au site, les particuliers reçoivent leur règlement dans les 10 jours.Sosh, filiale low cost d’Orange, offre la possibilité aux internautes de mettre en vente leurs anciens mobiles sur une boutique d’occasion prévue à cet effet. Le site a été mis en place avec la collaboration de Love2recycle. À lire aussiLivebox 3 d’Orange : abonnement, location, réseau…Des infos complémentaires sur la Livebox PlayLes particuliers peuvent donc désormais vendre leurs vieux terminaux sur, après avoir pris en compte son état de fonctionnement et l’usure de celui-ci. Les utilisateurs du service peuvent renvoyer le mobile gratuitement à Sosh et ils recevront ensuite leur paiement dans les 10 jours suivants.La marque Sosh avait déjà mis en place la revente de mobiles reconditionnés, testés et réinitialisés depuis le mois de mars. A cette date, l’opérateur revendiquait d’ailleurs  200.000 abonnés. La concurrence s’organise et, peu à peu, Bouygues Télécom a instauré un service similaire, organisé en association avec Recommerce Solutions. Enfin, rappelons qu’Apple possède aussi un programme de recyclage de mobiles et d’ordinateurs. Pour tous, les produits en “reconditionnés” méritent, pour certains, le détour.Le 3 mai 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Cheaper gasoline could save consumers 300 billion this year

first_imgCHICAGO — When gas prices swelled to $4 or more per gallon in June, traveling salesman Neil Kocsis paid $70 to $100 to fill up his tank, forcing him to make some sacrifices for the sake of his budget.“I didn’t travel as much as I used to,” said Kocsis. “For work, I obviously had to, but if I didn’t have to go to a restaurant, I wouldn’t. I would stay in more or go somewhere in walking distance.”Ready supplies of cheaper oil, however, have changed the economics for consumers such as Kocsis. With oil dropping to a six-year low, prices at the pump are down nearly 40 percent compared with last year, delighting consumers who are finding it a lot less expensive to fill up the tank. Those savings also are expected to fuel gains in a rebounding economy.“This is actually a boon for me,” Kocsis said. “I’m going to pay off some Christmas gifts and do a little shopping splurge before they go back up.”Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said if oil prices stay in the $50-60 range, consumers could save $300 billion this year, or about $1,000 per household on gasoline purchases.last_img read more

WCTV Wins 3 Awards From Alliance For Community Medias Northeast Region Video Festival

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — WCTV is proud to announce recent recognition received as part of the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region Video Festival. This annual festival receives hundreds of entries from community media centers from all of New England and New York.Three videos from Wilmington placed among the top tier:2nd Place: Politics and Issues – Candidates Night 2017 (Producer Shaun Neville and Director Adam Dusenberry)2nd Place: Student – Library Summer Bash (Producer Joey DeSario)3rd Place: Profile Talk Show – Where’s Wilmington (Producer and Host Lisa Kapala)The station sends along its congratulations to all of those who were recognized and those who are part of the crew that make these shows possible.WCTV’s mission is “Connecting our Community” and the goal each week is to serve as a platform for people in town who have something to say. The station also produces programs that are relevant to the local audience. While WCTV doesn’t work specifically to win awards, it’s certainly nice to see the content coming from Wilmington is rated as among the best in the region.Below are the winning entry videos:———Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”last_img read more


Keynote tells Elders and Youth to move traditional knowledge forward

first_imgTristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros delivers the youth keynote address during day two of the Elders and Youth conference in Anchorage (Photo – Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Day two of the Elders and Youth Conference wrapped up at the Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage audioThe youth keynote address drew a spirited reaction from the audience. Tristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros, 20, focused on his traditional upbringing in Kaltag, hunting, building birch sleds, sewing skins and speaking the Koyukon Athabascan language. Madros told the crowd that practices like those need to be at the center of young people’s formal education in Alaska.“We should be incorporating our traditions, our oral histories, and dancing into our curriculum,” he said. “We should be teaching these things to the children, in the schools. You have to start somewhere.”At just 19, Madros was chosen to be second chief on the Kaltag Village Council, and he works with several different entities in the Interior region, including Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.Madros’s speech was brief, about nine minutes long. His message was clear and direct, asking for elders to serve a more direct role as a bridge for young people to move forward, and telling the current generation to take pride in their heritage.“We are here today because of our ancestors. The things they went through so we could be here are unimaginable. And we have to respect that by respecting the land they walked on. We must continue to move their footprints around. We shouldn’t cover them up with oil rigs, mines, and logging companies,” Madros said to applause. “It’s time that we realize what we leave behind is what our future generations will have to deal with.”The speech received a standing ovation from the crowd.Day two of the conference also heard a dialogue on well-being, hip-hop performances by indigenous artists and breakout sessions on a range of topics from language revitalization to indigenous tattooing.Elders and Youth concludes Wednesday, with the Alaska Federation of Natives convention beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday.last_img read more

Preservationists Upset About Accidental Damaging Of Freedmens Town Brick Street

first_img– / 8Amidst mediation talks between the city and preservationists, a contractor has accidentally damaged dozens of the historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town. The Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition’s Dorris Ellis got a call from a resident at 7:30 on Monday morning, “informing me that the bricks were being destroyed. So I got myself together, came on out and saw what they had done.”The coalition has been advocating preserving the century-old brick streets in Houston’s oldest African American neighborhood.Historians believe those bricks were laid by former slaves and their descendants.“I did not anticipate the grief I felt,” Ellis said. “It was as if I attended the funeral of a loved one.”So what happened?Carol Haddock, deputy director of engineering and construction division at the city’s public works department, said a contractor was doing work on Genesee Street to replace some old utility pipes when the crew tried to remove a concrete slab, “and in doing so, that slab extended beyond the area he was authorized to do work and pulled loose a number of bricks that we were not intending to have disturbed as part of this project.”The controversy over the Freedmen’s Town brick streets goes back decades. It came to a head early last year, when activists successfully stopped the city from removing the bricks for utility repairs.The preservation coalition and the city have been in mediation on how to move forward.Haddock said the city is trying to accommodate advocates.“We are using the techniques that have been provided both by the historic commission and by the advocates and by the preservation group on how we are supposed to handle and treat the bricks if they have to be disturbed,” she said.What happened was an unfortunate accident, she said, and the contractor has apologized to the city. But most of the 200 or so bricks didn’t break from the incident and will be put back, Haddock said.Dorris Ellis is not satisfied.“It should not have occurred if you’re halfway awake in the city of Houston and you’re getting contracts from the city, you should know something about this area,” she said. “Particular if you’re coming to work in this area.”She said the city should have done a better job instructing the contractor.Mayor Sylvester Turner, who has just returned from a trade mission to Mexico, is now expected to meet with advocates to discuss the incident and how to move forward. X 00:00 /02:07 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

New evidence suggests earliest trilobites were able to partially roll up their

first_imgCredit: Credit: Javier Ortega-Hernández / Biology Letters More information: Humble origins for a successful strategy: complete enrolment in early Cambrian olenellid trilobites, Published 25 September 2013. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0679AbstractTrilobites are typified by the behavioural and morphological ability to enrol their bodies, most probably as a defence mechanism against adverse environmental conditions or predators. Although most trilobites could enrol at least partially, there is uncertainty about whether olenellids—among the most phylogenetically and stratigraphically basal representatives—could perform this behaviour because of their poorly caudalized trunk and scarcity of coaptative devices. Here, we report complete—but not encapsulating—enrolment for the olenellid genus Mummaspis from the early Cambrian Mural Formation in Alberta, the earliest direct evidence of this strategy in the fossil record of polymerid trilobites. Complete enrolment in olenellids was achieved through a combination of ancestral morphological features, and thus provides new information on the character polarity associated with this key trilobite adaptation.Press release Trilobites were simple organisms that came into existence approximately half a billion years ago. They evolved over another 250 million years before eventually going extinct. During their time on Earth, they left behind many fossils which scientists have been studying for years. One facet of their development that has fascinated researchers is that the more recent versions of the organism were found to curl themselves into a ball to protect themselves from bad weather or predators—much like modern pill bugs. Early trilobite fossils showed no such ability. Now however, it appears that even the very earliest trilobites were able to curl up to protect themselves, but their mechanism was far less robust.When modern pill bugs, and later trilobites curl up, their anatomy allows for them to remain curled up without effort. That’s why their bodies remain curled up even after the organism has died. This does not appear to be the case for earlier trilobites, however, which had to use their muscles to keep curled. This is why, the researchers explain, examples of curling up by early trilobites had never been found before.The trilobite analyzed in the study was found in Jasper National Park in Canada. Prior research had dated it to the Cambrian Period—the time during which life all over the planet was greatly diversifying—in this case, to approximately 513 million years ago. The specimen was part of a larger group, but it stood out as it was folded over with its tail spines in front of its head. Their interest aroused, the researchers looked closer and after much study concluded that the trilobite had not simply been squashed into its position, but had folded itself over intentionally, likely, like its later ancestors, to protect itself. © 2013 The discovery creates a link between more modern easy-folding trilobites and their early ancestral behavior, providing scientists with an excellent example of evolution in action. The exoskeleton had terrace-like ridges that facilitated a primitive type of enrolment in these early trilobites. Journal information: Biology Letterscenter_img Explore further Fossils record ancient migrations and trilobite orgies ( —A trio of researchers—two from Cambridge University and one from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has found evidence that suggests that the earliest trilobites were able to roll up their bodies for protection, much as their later ancestors did. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes their examination of a fossil found in Alberta Canada, and how they ruled out other causes for its rolled up position. Citation: New evidence suggests earliest trilobites were able to partially roll up their bodies (2013, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Shocks in the early universe could be detectable today

first_img The physicists, Ue-Li Pen at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto, and Neil Turok at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, have published a paper on the shocks in the early universe and their aftermath in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the scientists explain, the most widely supported model of the early universe is one with a radiation-dominated background that is almost perfectly homogeneous, except for some tiny waves, or perturbations, in the radiation. In the new study, Pen and Turok have theoretically shown that some of these early, tiny perturbations, which are small-amplitude waves, would have spiked to form large-amplitude waves, or shocks. These shocks would have formed only at very high temperatures, like those that occur immediately after the big bang.The physicists also showed that, when two or more shocks collide with each other, they generate gravitational waves. The results suggest that both colliding shocks and merging black holes—like those detected earlier this year by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment—contribute to the gravitational wave background. Some researchers have previously speculated that the mergining black holes may have formed from the same perturbations that created the shocks and, further, that black holes of this size may make up the dark matter in our galaxy.However, it would be possible to distinguish between merging black holes and colliding shocks because the gravitational waves emitted by shocks would be detected at far lower frequencies today since the wavelength would have been stretched by the expansion of the universe. Today the gravitational waves from shocks would have frequencies of 3 nHz, as opposed to the 100 Hz regime in which the LIGO experiment currently operates. Based on their analysis, the scientists think that both current and future planned gravitational wave detectors will be able to detect the frequencies of gravitational waves emitted by shocks. These frequencies correspond to emission times of around 10-4 to 10-30 seconds after the big bang. Another interesting consequence of shocks in the early universe is that their interactions would have caused the surrounding radiation fluid to rotate, generating vorticity. This means that shocks in the early universe would have generated entropy in an otherwise perfect radiation fluid, in which normally the entropy cannot increase. The possibility that shocks in the early universe could have generated gravitational waves, vorticity, and entropy could help scientists solve some of the more perplexing puzzles of the early universe, such as why the universe has more matter than antimatter (the baryogenesis problem), as well as the origins of the magnetic fields that are observed in many astrophysical objects. (—Physicists have discovered a surprising consequence of a widely supported model of the early universe: according to the model, tiny cosmological perturbations produced shocks in the radiation fluid just a fraction of a second after the big bang. These shocks would have collided with each other to generate gravitational waves that are large enough to be detected by today’s gravitational wave detectors. Citation: Shocks in the early universe could be detectable today (2016, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Ue-Li Pen and Neil Turok. “Shocks in the Early Universe.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.131301Also at arXiv:1510.02985 [astro-ph.CO]center_img Did the LIGO gravitational waves originate from primordial black holes? Simulation showing cosmological initial conditions (left) evolving into shocks (right). Credit: Pen and Turok. ©2016 American Physical Society Explore further © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Gay dating app Chappy relaunches with zero tolerance for abuse

first_imgHIV stigma summed up in one cruel Grindr message Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Chappy’s redesign is in ‘post-millennial pink’ according to a spokesperson (Image: Chappy) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Blatant prejudice masked as preference is something we take seriously in an effort to maintain a safe, respectful community of users online. All reported cases go through a review process which can result in a permanent ban or a warning.‘In an effort to keep users safe and our community authentic, every Chappy user must have their face in their profile photos, which reduces catfishing and keeps communication more transparent. We also introduced screenshot warnings in order to protect people’s private conversations. As a result, we have the lowest reporting and blocking averages in the industry,’ he claimed.Tackling app safetyApp safety has become a big issue in recent years. Many users of apps designed to connect gay men have reported bullying, abusive messages, racism and body shaming. Chappy is not the only app that has recently announced plans to encourage a more supportive environment.Chappy’s announcement comes just days before Grindr launches its ‘Kindr’ initiative. Details are not yet available, but the app – now owned by Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech – has been teasing the initiative for the past few weeks. It launches 19 September.‘Our upcoming ‘Kindr’ initiative, which is built around education, awareness and specific policy changes in the Grindr app, will serve as the first step of many Grindr will be taking to help foster a more inclusive and respectful community on our platform,’ said a spokesperson last month.Scruff, which launched in 2010 announced last week that it was no longer going to force users to include their ethnicity on their profiles. Until now, other users could filter search results by ethnicity.Addressing the change, Scruff co-founder Eric Silverberg said, ‘We recognize that the queer community of color faces discrimination and racism as part of their regular lives. It is why Scruff is the only platform that vigorously enforces its community guidelines to ensure that harassment, racism and abuse doesn’t happen, and if it does it is dealt with swiftly.’See alsoGay man attempts to sue Grindr for allowing ‘No Asians’ commentscenter_img Gay dating and social connection app Chappy today announced a major relaunch and rebranding. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Chappy redesign sees the app’s monochrome color scheme replaced with ‘Post-Millennial Peach’ and ‘Modern Maroon’.Previously, users could say whether they were seeking ‘Mr Right’ or ‘Mr Right Now’. ‘Cute’ and ‘Sexy’ moods now respectively replace those two options.Beyond the cosmetic changes, the app’s mission to provide a safe platform for gay and bi men to connect drives the relaunch, say its makers.Chappy historyChappy launched in early 2017 with a concentrated roll-out in London, New York and Los Angeles.Ollie Locke (of Made in Chelsea fame), Jack Rogers and Max Cheremkhin originally founded the app. Backing comes from dating app Badoo, with advisory backing from Whitney Wolfe Herd, the co-founder of Tinder and CEO of dating app, Bumble.Last month, Chappy announced Locke and Rogers were stepping down. Succeeding them is Sam Dumas as Global Head of Brand. Dumas has spent the past four years at Conde Nast, leading experience marketing for Vanity Fair and W magazine.In a press statement, Chappy announced it has been working closely with Bumble on its redesign and strategy. Besides Whitney Wolfe Herd, this includes Andrey Andreev, the technologist behind both Badoo and Bumble.A spokesperson for the Chappy told GSN the app has 630,000 registered users.Sam Dumas now heads a management team based at Chappy’s new New York City HQ.‘At its heart, Chappy is engineered to empower gay men to form positive, healthy relationships based in kindness and mutual respect, and that’s something I’m extremely passionate about,’ said Dumas.‘Collaborating with tech titans like Andrey and Whitney is an incredible opportunity. I’m honored to be a part of what’s going to be an inspiring next chapter for the brand.’‘Much like Bumble, Chappy is committed to providing its users with a safe, welcoming and empowered experience and that sets it apart from any other app in the gay dating space, added Wolfe Herd.‘We don’t allow discriminatory language or behaviour’Chappy says it will now have, ‘zero tolerance for abuse or bullying of any kind. Users reported for violating Chappy’s terms and conditions risk a permanent ban from the app.’Dumas told GSN more about its ‘zero tolerance’ policy. Would this include someone stating ‘No Asians’ or ‘whites only’ in their profile?‘We don’t allow discriminatory language or behaviour on the app,’ said Dumas. Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaintSocial Concierge and Chappy to launch Mr. Social events for gay professionalsNew gay dating app has ‘bank-level’ security for those afraid to be outedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Motorcycle rider seriously injured in Francis Road crash

first_imgAlso read: Watch: 7 dead and 4 seriously injured in crash near LadysmithPublic Safety and RTI were at the scene of the crash.Traffic flow was obstructed until the scene was cleared.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A motorcyclist sustained serious injuries in a crash in Francis Road today (April 27).Emergency personnel responded to the scene and treated the injured man.The accident victim is believed to be around 40 years old.He was taken to hospital for further medical treatment.Also read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside Bergville WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more