INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 06: A detail view of the helmet of Cameron Johnston #95 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he attends warm ups before the Big Ten Championship against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s Student-Appreciation Day for the Ohio State football program. Hundreds of Buckeye students have made the walk over to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to watch Urban Meyer’s team practice. They get to stand close to the field, listen to pep talks from OSU’s coaches and take pictures with the players. Some lucky students even get to participate in the practice. Watch this Ohio State student knock down a field goal from 30 yards out. It’s Goooood! @OhioState undergrad “Chris” splits the uprights from 30yds at Studen-Appreciation Day! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/5y6UDiLuFr— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 11, 2015
Yikes.Former Miami star defensive tackle Warren Sapp has become an avid fisherman during his retirement. Today, he turned his attention to lobster, and wound up on the wrong side of a meeting with a particularly nasty fish.Lobstering Crew today! @Twoconchs pic.twitter.com/a3HI8n6aKf— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) July 27, 2016 Out in Marathon trying to be like my BFF “JC” #NotOnTheFootballField pic.twitter.com/zQuPHMq1AA— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) July 27, 2016Sapp was apparently bitten by a shark during the lobstering excursion, and while he seems to be okay, the picture that was posted of the resulting gash is pretty nasty.Squeamish readers may want to avoid scrolling down. Luckily, Sapp is in good spirits, and wound up with plenty of lobster after the trip.Shark got a little chuck of Me. We got Dinner! #Winning pic.twitter.com/prZ4NWpcWS— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) July 27, 2016
Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoSportsSportsCricket World Cup 2019WC NewsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez top scored with 84 against England and also castled English captain Eoin Morgan to set up the tone for Pakistan’s win.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed led from the front as he timed the ball sweetly and ran well to hit 55 off 44.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: England’s Jos Buttler and Joe Root scored centuries in losing cause for England.While Buttler smashed 103 runs from 75 deliveries, Root scored 107 off 104 balls.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Wahab Riaz had registered the figures of three for 82 in 10 overs and was on a hat-trick at the start of the final over of the match.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Amir celebrate their first victory of the World Cup 2019 over England.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: World Cup 2019EnglandPakistanSource type: photogalleryShort description: Pakistan stunned hosts England by 14 runs to register their first win in World Cup 2019. Men-in-green also ended their long losing streak in one-day international cricket.Preview_unique_id: preview_5cf61bb150f771559632817_1542234_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – 12:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE3OTI2MjMiLCIxMjA4NTIxIiwiMTIwNjU1MCJdLCJjYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxMjA4NTYxIiwiMTgwODEyNiIsIjE4MDY2NjEiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjE4MDY2MDgiXSwic3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX3N1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInByaW1hcnlfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOiIxODA2NjYxIn0=770×433: Short Headline: World Cup 2019: Pakistan stun favourites England in high-scoring thrillerApp headline: World Cup 2019: Pakistan stun favourites England in high-scoring thriller
South Australia has granted an approval for the widening of the Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel following a rigorous development assessment process.The approval follows careful consideration of public representation, stakeholder feedback and state agency expert advice.The project, which includes dredging of some 1.55 million m3 of material along seven kilometres of the channel, would allow access for larger vessels at the Port of Adelaide, providing South Australian traders the cost benefits of using these vessels on the Australian trades.Additionally, the widening operation, scheduled to start in autumn 2018, would increases the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Port of Adelaide to shipping lines, as well as increases competitiveness of the container shipping market.“Without widening the channel to accommodate these new larger vessels, containerised trade and cruise shipping will omit Adelaide from their shipping calls,” Vincent Tremaine, CEO of Flinders Port Holdings, said.In 2014, Adelaide saw 37 ships exceed the design width of the channel. In 2017, the number jumped to 312 and the ships continue to increase in size, demonstrating the need to be able to accommodate the rapidly increasing trend of Post Panamax-sized vessels.
MONTREAL – The potential danger of aging seniors behind the wheel is being highlighted after a 90-year-old driver struck and killed a Montreal woman and left her young son in critical condition over the weekend.Police said a 44-year-old mother was walking in a shopping centre parking lot Sunday with her five-year-old son when they were struck by a car.Spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils said during an interview Monday that the driver was met by investigators at the scene and “was a little bit confused and a little bit in a state of shock.”The woman was transported to hospital where she died of her injuries and the boy’s father was at his side at the hospital on Monday.A person close to the family described the father as a popular Montreal-born Lebanese singer who is “well-loved,” and added he also has a daughter.Statistics complied by Quebec’s automobile insurance bureau (SAAQ) suggest an overall increase in the number of older drivers over a five-year period due to an aging population.The number of drivers holding a valid permit aged 90 and older has almost doubled — from 4,405 in 2011, to 8,434 in 2016.For drivers 85 and over, the numbers also jumped from about 31,000 in 2011 to 49,000 in 2016.Gino Desrosiers, a SAAQ spokesman, said each year, between 4,000 and 5,000 people over the age of 75 decide by themselves to stop driving “because they don’t feel they can do it safely.”Desrosiers stressed that older drivers are required to undergo medical exams in order to renew their five-year permit.“At the age of 75, drivers undergo a regular visual exam and a medical exam by their doctor,” he said. “Then at 80, (it’s) every two years and that’s submitted to our medical team to be analyzed to see if the person has the physical and cognitive competence to drive a vehicle.”A Quebec coroner in 2017 urged the insurance bureau to be more vigilant about older drivers following the death of a 90-year-old Montreal man in a head-on highway collision that also killed another driver.Coroner Stephanie Gamache’s report said Arthur Theriault was driving in the wrong direction on a major highway.A 2013 medical exam indicated the driver had heart problems and limited physical mobility. While Gamache said it was impossible to say for certain why Theriault was driving the wrong way, she suggested his health was an element that could have presented a driving risk.A Canada Safety Council spokesman said it could be tough to convince seniors who may have been driving since the age of 16 to give it up.“Driving comes with a sense of accomplishment, a sense of freedom, a sense of personal lack of inhibition of movement,” Lewis Smith said in an interview from Ottawa.He urged family members, however, to have a conversation with aging drivers.“Just because you can drive legally, doesn’t mean you should drive from a practical standpoint,” Smith said. “So a lot of the onus does need to be on the driver and the family to make sure that the driver is both certified to drive (and) also able to drive.”
HALIFAX – Finance Minister Bill Morneau took his “listening tour” over Ottawa’s controversial tax proposals to Halifax on Friday, drawing criticism from some small business owners and concerns from Nova Scotia’s Liberal premier.Morneau met with local small business owners at a library in downtown Halifax, and said afterwards he heard concerns about the changes, but also an understanding that a system is needed that is fair for all Canadians.He met later with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, who told reporters Friday that he was concerned about the impact the tax changes could have on health care recruitment in a province already dealing with a family doctor shortage.“I’ve raised the issues that I’ve heard from Nova Scotians and I’ve raised my concerns that I have with them as well around the impact I believe it will have on our province,” McNeil said at the Nova Scotia legislature.“The opposition is clearly wrong in looking at this solely as a financial one for the province. There’s a much greater risk in my view — looking at what will this do around health care recruitment, doctors and health care providers.”Morneau’s proposal has drawn complaints from doctors, lawyers, tax planners and other small business owners who have used incorporation to reduce their income tax burden.But Morneau said the changes are meant to end tax advantages that some wealthy business owners have unfairly exploited and to ensure all Canadians have a level playing field.McNeil said the status quo allows doctors to plan for their retirement and is also an important tool for small-business owners that allows them to reinvest in their businesses or to weather a change in the economy.“It’s an important tool that entrepreneurs need to have to be able to do that, otherwise there’s only one other avenue for them: to go try to find leverage somewhere else from a lending institution and we believe the mechanism in place has worked well for the province,” said McNeil.Doctors Nova Scotia, the association that represents all physicians in the province, said they are “absolutely concerned” about the changes and a meeting is being held in Halifax on Saturday with about 300 doctors to discuss the issue.Kevin Chapman, the association’s director of partnerships and finance, said the province gave doctors the right to incorporate in the mid-1990s as a way of retaining and recruiting physicians “at a time they were leaving the province in fairly significant numbers.”“The irony is not lost on us that what incorporation was intended to do back in 1995, it will have the opposite effect if these changes go through. It could be catastrophic,” said Chapman, adding that 75 per cent of the province’s doctors are incorporated.“Physicians can’t raise the rates. They are bound by contract in terms of what they can charge … So they have no way to offset the reductions they might feel from these tax changes. We’re running the risk that physicians will naturally migrate to other jurisdictions where they can make up that lost earning — or they’ll retire.”Morneau first released the three-part tax plan in mid-July.The tax proposals include restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Morneau has said there is a lot of misinformation circulating about the impacts of the proposals and Ottawa has been trying to bring clarity to the debate.The government launched a 75-day public consultation period in July, which ends Oct. 2. Morneau has said he’s listening to feedback about the proposals and that he’s open to making changes, if necessary.Matthew MacKenzie was one of a handful of small business owners invited to Friday’s closed-door meeting in Halifax. He and his wife own two companies: MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die and MacKenzie Healthcare Technologies.He said that while he agrees that it is unfair for business owners to sprinkle income among their kids and parents, he does not agree that it is unfair to split it with a spouse, given the added risk that comes along with business ownership.“The minister was quite clear that this is still a proposed legislation, nothing is in stone and they are consulting. I don’t know if it truly felt like that today to me or to anybody else in that room,” said MacKenzie.“I feel pretty strongly by the tone in the room and the tone by Mr. Morneau that there are a lot of decisions that they’ve made that they’re going to stick to regardless of what concerns are made by the general public or by business owners. Specifically, in relation to income splitting.”Morneau takes his consultation tour to Fredericton on Saturday to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting.— With a file from Global News.
9 February 2007There are still over 300,000 children in Serbia who are living in poverty or are at risk of poverty despite important steps that have been taken to improve the situation since the late 1990s, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report. There are still over 300,000 children in Serbia who are living in poverty or are at risk of poverty despite important steps that have been taken to improve the situation since the late 1990s, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report. “The future of Serbia depends on a healthy and educated generation, which requires inclusive policies that target specifically the poor and excluded children and a better use of resources,” UNICEF Serbia Representative Ann-Lis Svensson said. The State of Children in Serbia 2006 Report – Poor and Excluded Children, produced jointly by the Republic Statistical Office in Serbia, the Council for Child Rights of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF Belgrade Office, finds that over 155,000 children are poor and an additional 155,000 are at risk of falling below the poverty line. These are the children who due to material, social and cultural deprivation are limited in the realization of their rights to education, healthcare, equal development and protection. Analysis of data from rural and urban areas, from households of different sizes and structures reveal significant disparities within the country. The largest percentage of children who are above the average risk of poverty are those from large families, those living in rural areas, especially Southeast and Western Serbia, children belonging to certain minority groups, particularly Roma, and internally displaced and refugee children. These youngsters are growing up beyond the reach of development and are often invisible in everything from public debate and laws, to statistics and news stories. Over 80 per cent of Roma children living in Roma settlements are poor and practically all indicators point to their unacceptable deprivation and multidimensional discrimination, UNICEF said. They more often suffer from illness and stunting as a result of malnutrition and hunger, with four times as many Roma children stunted compared to the national average. Surveys indicate that infant and under five mortality rates are three times higher among Roma children than in the general population. These children have to take on adult roles due to lack of government assistance, often live in slums or cardboard and tin houses and have little access to services. Overall, only 33 per cent of children attend pre-school institutions, but this is drastically lower among Roma children – only 4 per cent. Six per cent of children living under the poverty line do not go to primary school and only 13 per cent of Roma children complete primary school. One of the most often cited reasons for non-attendance is poverty. And yet, education is a key area for breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty and exclusion. Children with disabilities are not only excluded from the healthcare and educational system, but are also exposed to isolation and non acceptance by the community. The report also notes that corporal punishment of children is still present in both the family and in schools, and that other forms of violence are also frequent. Interfering in inter-family relationships is still considered unacceptable, and it seems that there is still insufficient public condemnation of ‘disciplining’ children. A significant number of children are exposed to violence from peers, and also to violent behaviour from teachers.
The MVP snubs keep piling up for Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. On Thursday, Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays bested Trout for Most Valuable honors in the American League. It’s the third time that he’s lost in a year when he led the league in wins above replacement (WAR). (The guy’s only been in the league for four official years, mind you.) Aside from his win over a not-so-crowded field a year ago, voters seem determined to find reasons that Trout shouldn’t be MVP.But Trout can take solace in this: He might be on pace to become the greatest player of all time. Each year that Trout has played a full season, he has ended the season as the all-time MLB leader in career WAR for his age. We all want to witness history, so it can be tempting to baselessly hype up current stars as all-time legends. But that can make it more difficult to appreciate true greatness in the moment. What’s the truth and what’s the narrative? In Trout’s case, the hype is justified and then some.After hitting the cover off the ball in the minors, Trout had a mediocre call-up year in which he hit 11 percent worse than the league average, judging by OPS+ (adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage).1Although even then, he was ahead of the curve; the average 19-year-old non-pitcher since 1901 had an OPS+ of 78. But he retained his rookie status for 2012 after missing the cutoff for eligibility in 2011 by seven at-bats.Since then, it’s been nothing but sustained greatness for Trout. Playing a full schedule for the first time in 2012, the 20-year-old Trout dominated, posting the 22nd-best season by a position player in MLB history according to WAR. While he may have peaked with 10.8 WAR that year — only four players (Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) have had two seasons with that many WAR in their careers — his 37.3 WAR between 2012 and 2015 ranks as the 31st-best four-year stretch in major league history. And he’s the only player to put up such a run between the ages of 20 and 23; the next-youngest were Mantle and Ty Cobb, each of whom did it from age 22 to 25.What remains to be seen, though, is whether Trout being the best young player ever means Trout is tracking to be the best ever, period, full stop. Among the WAR leaders through age 23, some were like Cobb, producing good years into their late 30s and beyond; others, such as Andruw Jones, saw their performance fall off considerably after turning 30. Trout already has more career WAR than 96.9 percent of all players in major league history, but can he pass the other 3.1 percent?A quick-and-dirty way to estimate Trout’s end-of-career WAR pace is to use Baseball-Reference.com’s similarity scores in the spirit of projection systems like PECOTA or CARMELO. Through age 23, the most similar players to Trout include Mantle, Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr.,2Miguel Cabrera is a fun inclusion at No. 5 — he beat Trout for MVP in both 2012 and 2013. although Trout’s WAR has been about 47 percent higher than his cohort of comparables. From age 24 onward, that group of similar players3Excluding still-active players. produced an average of 68.2 WAR. So if we think Trout will continue to be 47 percent better than them over the rest of his career, we would expect Trout’s future to hold 100.6 more WAR before he retires. Adding 100.6 WAR to his current total of 37.9, we arrive at a career forecast of 138.5 WAR.That’s a heckuva lot of WAR, but it’s not No. 1: That total would rank sixth among position players since 1901. If he plays until age 40, Trout will have to average 7.4 WAR per season4Essentially top-5-in-MLB production by 2015’s standard. to catch Ruth as the best position player. (And that’s not even considering the 20.6 wins of value Ruth added as a pitcher.) Being the best ever through age 23 is no guarantee of what will happen over the next decade and a half.Even so, Trout’s career has started off unlike anyone else’s in MLB history. Although he has only one MVP to show for it (for now), it’s a remarkable achievement to be the G.O.A.T. through any age — much less every season you’ve played.
Ohio State freshman guard Dorka Juhasz (14) attempts to put up a layup in the first half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThursday night’s contest between the Ohio State women’s basketball team and the Illinois Fighting Illini featured an ensemble performance from the Buckeyes that led to the victory. Ohio State saw four different players score 10 or more points, led by redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman who scored a career-high 18 points complemented by seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Coming off a road win against Minnesota, Waterman and the Buckeyes (9-10, 5-5 Big Ten) once again came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Illinois (9-12, 1-9 Big Ten) 78-70. Waterman said she felt comfortable out on the court in her matchup. “I just felt like I had an advantage over the person who was guarding me tonight,” Waterman said. “I’m an undersized post in the Big Ten, and I think that tonight I was trying to utilize that. I’ve really been focusing on finishing my moves and that was what worked tonight.”Also getting in on the scoring were redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro, who contributed 16 points with four assists, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande, who scored 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting, with six rebounds and five assists and redshirt senior guard Andreana Miller, who shot 4-7 from the 3-point line to score 14 points. Waterman was quick to praise her teammates’ performances, but also cited that their play was not perfect.“We’re really trying to outwork people at this point, and I think that we did that tonight,” Waterman said. “This team, we know we have to win together. We know that each side is going to be collective whether it’s a couple people scoring double figures or everyone scoring we know that it’s going to be like that. There’s not one person can carry us this season.”In addition to the contributions from multiple members of the team, a key difference maker was Ohio State shooting extremely well from the 3-point line, hitting a season high 12 from deep on 27 attempts. The reason for the success was Ohio State taking advantage of Illinois, prioritizing the paint on defense according to head coach Kevin McGuff.“Illinois was in the point trying to take away our driving lanes and that gave us more 3-point opportunities,” McGuff said. “The way they were guarding us just led to us taking advantage and led to things being more open out there.”The game was largely back and forth between both teams. The Buckeyes led 35-26 at halftime and looked poised to take control of the game, but Illinois came out charging in the third quarter, scoring 23 in the frame to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. McGuff cited the play in the third quarter as a lack of focus from the Ohio State players.“Tonight, we played really hard, but we had some stretches where mentally we made a lot of errors,” McGuff said. “I told the players it’s great that we can learn that lesson off a win, but we put ourselves in positions where we could’ve lost that game.”But Ohio State pulled it together mentally and had a quick run of 10 points early in the fourth quarter featuring 3 pointers from Santoro and Miller to take control of the game. Illinois attempted to mount a late comeback, but staunch defense by the Buckeyes prevented the threat of a loss. Santoro said the success came from Ohio State taking advantage of foul trouble by Illinois. “We just really focused on attacking,” Santoro said. “We were in double bonus halfway through the third quarter, so that gave us an advantage and we used it to get to the free-throw line and hit some big shots at the end.” Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz returned to the court in limited play after being sidelined for two games with a sprained ankle. Juhasz scored three points coming off the bench and had five rebounds in 17 minutes of play..McGuff praised Juhasz for returning to the game and playing well with her injury. “I don’t know if she’s back to 100 percent yet, but it was very good to see her back out there,” McGuff said. “We needed her out there and one thing I thought that was really good was her size bothered them around the basket.” Ohio State heads back out on the road in a matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats. Tip-off is set at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The report surveyed 130,000 drug users across 44 countries, including more than 5,000 in the UK, about recreational drug use and its impact on health. People living in England and Scotland can get cocaine delivered to their front door quicker than a takeaway pizza, a major global drugs survey has found.More than a third of a thousand cocaine users surveyed in England and 500 plus in Scotland said they could get the drug delivered within half an hour – the fifth and sixth quickest in the world rankings.This compares with 12 per cent of people in England and 20 per cent in Scotland who said they could get a pizza delivered in this time.Across the world, 30 per cent of 15,000 cocaine users questioned for the 2018 Global Drug Survey said they would be able to get their hands on the drug within half an hour.The report said dealers were competing for customers not only through product quality but through speed of delivery, with easy access and higher purity “likely to lead to escalating use and harms among people”. It said: “With many cities covered with CCTV cameras, traditional street dealing is becoming less attractive to many suppliers and consumers.”On the other hand, darknet markets allow drugs to be delivered through your letterbox and the rise of encrypted social media platforms makes ordering relatively safe.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
…on the “good life”??Your Eyewitness is quite concerned about the spirit of puritanism that the President seems to be pushing in his Emancipation speech at BV. He exhorted the crowd: “Our lives will be determined by how we make our living. If we make our living by hanging around the corner, liming by the Guinness bar, we’ll be forever poor. But if we go into our farms, go into our workshops, into our schools, we’ll be able to have prosperity.”What your Eyewitness got from this was the President was drawing a rather stark line between “work” and “play” that really isn’t good for either our individual or national health.Your Eyewitness was raised according to the principle “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. The principle had been passed down by the British – who did all right for themselves over the centuries, thank you.The President illustrated his homily by insisting that the “four pillars” of our society were “the home, church, school and farm.” But what about the “pub” – which is derived from the “public houses” that first described taverns, inns and suchlike?? Wasn’t that institution as important as any other for the stability and success of the British people?? It’s agreed that England took off during the reign of Elizabeth I and at the beginning of her reign it’s estimated there were some 17,000 alehouses.Taking into account the population of the period, that would equate to around one pub for every 200 persons!!Point is, as one official British publication says, the pub – our “Guinness bar” – “is also a unique social centre, very often the focus of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the length and breadth of the country”. What the President ought to be pushing rather than “work, work, work” is to rebrand our “Guinness Bars” as local community centres where ALL the peoples could “hang out” and resolve their inevitable disagreements over a beer!!The other institution the President unnecessarily panned was “hanging out at the street corner”. Your Eyewitness is very shocked that as a trained historian, the President missed the social significance of the “street corner lime”. The small houses our foreparents built after Emancipation weren’t exactly ideal to facilitate the “visiting relationships” that had evolved and remain strong to this day. Kids of all ages were early socialised to decamp the premises when the child-fathers showed up.Then, of course, it’s on the street corners that those kids learnt the real facts of life – by sharing their real experiences and not just receiving the sanitised versions from the schoolbooks prepared by the same folks who wanted to keep us enslaved!Let’s free ourselves from mental slavery!!…on Speaker’s dictatorshipThe role of the Speaker in parliamentary democracies was defined by the retort of the incumbent to representatives of King Charles I, who barged into the august chambers to arrest five MPs.The Speaker declared, “May it please Your Majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here, and I humbly beg Your Majesty’s pardon that I cannot give any other answer than this to what Your Majesty is pleased to demand of me.”The Speaker is the SERVANT of the peoples’ representatives – the MPs – against arbitrary power. So imagine the chutzpah of the present Speaker in Guyana, who declared an MP was out of line to simply write a letter to the press expressing his opinion that the said Speaker was violating the fundamental rule of his office – IMPARTIALITY!!Seems we’ve substituted one tyrant for another!!…on PM’s dutiesRamjattan was sworn in to act as PM, because Moses Nagamootoo is out of the jurisdiction. Skipped the jurisdiction??!!But what exactly will Ramjattan be doing, since, as the Opposition Leader pointed out, the PM’s duties are confined to writing a newspaper column? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS Baby…July 6, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Independence…May 27, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Let there be light…November 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”
Everyone has their favorite movies, music, and people, and chances are at some point you’ve owned and displayed a poster proving your love of such things. But typically these posters are mass produced and printed by machines. If you’re lucky, they are signed or part of a limited run giving them extra value.Artist Mike Matola aims to add value in a different way–by giving each of his posters the personal touch and a very clever production twist. What Mike does is to create posters of famous people such as the members of The Beatles, and for movies such as The Shining. But he doesn’t draw them, he instead handwrites them using words from the script or lyrics from the albums these people have produced.The end result is quite stunning as the images here prove. The one below is of a work in progress where Mike is creating a Pulp Fiction poster using words from the script:These are very labor-intensive pieces, and yet you can pick one up on his Etsy page for as little as $30. I especially like The Shining poster using Jack Nicholson’s head peering through the door. It doesn’t use the entire script from the movie, just the words “All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy.”The selection of posters available seems quite small, but when you consider how much time and effort goes into each one you can understand why. Mike’s also on Twitter if you want to keep an eye on when a new poster appears, and who knows, he may do requests if you’re willing to pay.More at Etsy, via Reddit
If you haven’t noticed, a human hasn’t made a trip to Mars just yet, even though there always seems to be some kind of news about going there. This time the news concerns how long the trip would take to get to the Red Planet. According to the announcement a trip to Mars and back would take just 501 days, so long as you took the trip in 2018.Space equipment company Paragon Space Development Corp. and millionaire Dennis Tito, recently made the announcement, saying that the plan is to send a male and female duo on the mission. The duo is preferred to be beyond child-bearing years, as the trip will be long and lonely and it would almost certainly screw up the logistics if a third, newborn human suddenly joined the crew. Also, probably more importantly, there’s a radiation risk that could prevent a younger couple from being able to reproduce after the mission is complete.Incredibly, the trip would not result in the crew actually landing on Mars. The pair would simply travel to Mars and return home — a much easier goal than landing on the planet and taking off again, as made clear by the Curiosity landing this summer. The point of the trip is to instill inspiration, rather than take the first to step on the planet.The journey is planned for 2018, not because the team planning the trip requires that specific amount of time to prepare (even though, yeah, they probably need a few years), but because Mars will be closer to Earth that year — 36 million miles away — than it normally is. The cost of the trip would total around one billion dollars, but that seems worth going to Mars. The total cost of the Mars Science Laboratory mission was said to be $2.5 billion, so, while there is no landing, at least the trip is being done on-the-cheap.Though the crew wouldn’t be gracing Mars with a human’s presence, they are projected to come within just 100 miles of the planet, which would certainly be closer than any human has ever previously managed. For more information about the journey, head on over to the foundation dedicated to making it happen, Inspiration Mars. Even if going to Mars but not actually going there might seem like an incredible tease.
Climat : la feuille de route de BruxellesMardi, la Commission européenne a approuvé la feuille de route visant à accompagner les Etats membres de l’UE dans le verdissement de ses modes de vie et de production. Réduction des émissions de CO2, économies d’énergie, développement des filières vertes : une série de recommandations est ainsi proposée, afin d’aider les 27 à atteindre leurs objectifs.L’Union européenne s’est engagée à de réduire de 80 à 95% ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici à 2050, et ce par rapport à leur niveau de 1990. La feuille de route présentée par la commissaire européenne en charge des questions climatiques, Connie Hedeggard, est censée définir les moyens de réaliser cette ambition.”Nous devons amorcer la transition vers une économie sobre en carbone maintenant”, a insisté la commissaire, dont les propos sont rapportés par le site enviro2b.com. “Et la bonne nouvelle est que nous n’avons pas besoin d’attendre des percées technologiques. Nous pouvons mettre en place une économie sobre en carbone en poursuivant le développement des technologies performantes déjà disponibles”, a-t-elle assuré.Pour parvenir à une réduction des émissions de GES de 80% en 2050, une diminution de 40% devra être atteinte d’ici à 2030. En 2040, l’objectif devrait être fixé à 60% par rapport aux niveaux de 1990. Or si les gouvernements européens ne fournissent pas plus d’efforts qu’à ce jour, les émissions ne pourront pas être réduites de plus 40% en 2050.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Bruxelles insiste sur les efforts qui devront être faits en matière d’économie d’énergie. “La mise en place dans l’UE d’une économie sobre en carbone nécessitera un niveau d’investissement annuel supplémentaire sur les quarante prochaines années équivalent à 1,5% du PIB de l’UE, soit 270 milliards d’euros, au-delà du niveau d’investissement actuel de 19% du PIB”, note la Commission. Des investissements qui devraient être compensés par une réduction des factures pétrolière et gazière, qui permettra des économies d’énergie estimées entre 175 et 320 milliards d’euros par an. Investir dans le développement des technologies propres permettra en outre de réduire la dépendance énergétique de l’UE, et sa vulnérabilité face à de potentiels chocs pétroliers, tout en favorisant sa croissance économique, souligne la Commission. D’ici à 2020, les 27 se sont engagés à réaliser 20% d’économies d’énergie. Mais l’objectif ne sera pas atteint si de nouvelles mesures ne sont pas prises, avertissent Connie Hedegaard et le Commissaire en charge de l’Energie, Gunther Oettinger.Le 9 mars 2011 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Ron Heck, from Perry, Iowa, as President, and Dwain Ford of Kinmundy, Ill., as Chairman. Board members also elected Neal Bredehoeft from Alma, Mo., to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Bredehoeft in line to be ASA President next year. Also elected were Corwin Fee from Knoxville, Iowa, as Secretary, and Rick Ostlie from Northwood, N.D., as Treasurer. Four Vice Presidents were elected: Bob Metz from Browns Valley, Minn., Johnny Dodson from Dyersburg, Tenn., Darryl Brinkmann from Carlyle, Ill., and Gary Joachim from Claremont, Minn. These soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held during ASA’s summer Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.”U.S. soybean producers must be competitive in the global marketplace,” said new ASA President Ron Heck. “It is in our country’s best interest that the United States negotiate trade agreements favorable to U.S. agriculture, guard against unfair and illegal trade practices that disadvantage U.S producers, and appropriate funding for lock and dam improvements along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to modernize our transportation infrastructure.”New First Vice President Neal Bredehoeft said, “U.S. soybean farmers benefit greatly from the work of the American Soybean Association. My priorities include communicating the importance of a strong domestic livestock industry, passage of a tax incentive for biodiesel, and improving market access for biotech-enhanced crops.”Following the elections, committee assignments were announced. The Public Affairs Committee Chairman is Neal Bredehoeft. Committee members are Dan Beenken (IA), Lorraine Birschbach (WI), Darryl Brinkmann (IL), Marc Curtis (MS), Johnny Dodson (TN), Scott Fritz (IN), Ed Hegland (MN), Doug Hartz (AR), Joe Layton (Mid-Atlantic), Liam McCreery (Canada), Bob Metz (SD), Barb Overlie (MN), Bart Ruth (NE), Ward Shaw (NC), Curt Sindergard (IA), Joe Steiner (OH), and Carl Weets (TX).Corwin Fee was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Western World and Middle East Sub-Chair is David Hand (OH) and Vice Chair is Dennis Friest (IA), with committee members Dwain Ford (IL), Roger Hadley (IN), Glen Janssen (IA), and Charles Skalsky (VA). Asia Sub-Chair is Bob Rikli (NE), and Vice Chair is Ron Gibson (MO), with committee members Dennis Jaeger (SD), Brad Mathson (WI), Rick Ostlie (ND), and Bill Wiley (KS).The Membership Services & Corporate Relations committee Chairman is Gary Joachim, with Tony Anderson (OH), Greg Leonard (OK), Charles Cannatella (LA), John Cooper (AR), Roger Dale (MN), Randy DeSutter (IL), M.D. Floyd (SC), Gary Langel (IA), Jack Trumbo (KY), Joseph Mills (AL), John Hoffman (IA), Bart Waller (GA/FL), and Andy Welden (MI) serving as committee members.Rick Ostlie was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Tony Anderson (OH), Bart Ruth (NE), M.D. Floyd (SC), Dennis Friest (IA), Doug Hartz (AR), and Joe Layton (Mid-Atlantic) serving as committee members.The Board welcomed five new members who are Ed Hegland (MN), Liam McCreery (Canada), Joe Steiner (OH), Jack Trumbo (KY), and Andy Welden (MI). ASA also recognized retiring Directors Ken Bee (Canada), Pete Crawford (MI), Bill Foell (IA), Brian Hansen (MN), and Jim Long (KY) for their years of service.
Four nominees to replace an outgoing state Supreme Court justice have been submitted to Governor Bill Walker for review. Walker now has about six weeks to name replacement on the bench.Download AudioChief Justice Dana Fabe, the only woman on the Alaska Supreme Court, who will be departing from the Alaska Supreme Court. (Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)The nominees are attorneys Susan Carney, Andrew Guidi, Jahna Lindemuth, and Phillip Pallenberg, all of whom have practiced law in Alaska for decades.The four were selected by the Alaska Judicial Council, a body made up of three attorneys, three non-attorneys, and the state Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, a position currently held by Craig Stowers.The departing Justice is Dana Fabe, currently the only woman on the state’s highest court. If her vacancy is filled by a man, Alaska will join just two other states, Idaho and Iowa, in having no women on the highest judicial body. Nation-wide, women hold just 31 percent of state court judgeships, according to data from the National Association of Women Judges.
(Wikicommons photo by Jericho)Alaska is still in recession- and the state’s economic engine is significantly smaller than it was three years ago. But job losses have slowed. So is there an end in sight for the first state recession in three decades? And what will it take to stage a real recovery?LISTEN HEREHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Mouhcine Guettabi – economist at ISERNeal Fried – state economistJon Bittner – executive director of the Small Business DevelopmentCenter in AnchorageParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
Shoaib Akhtar is a man who needs no introductions. From his sensational balling on the field to his unfiltered statements off it, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ never ceased to remain in the headlines. While the man made many women and girls go weak in their knees, it was our Indian beauty, Sonali Bendre, who took away his heart.Yes, you read it right. Shoaib was madly-in-love with Sonali Bendre ever since he had seen her in the film – English Babu Desi Mem. As per a report in Economic Times, the cricketer had revealed in a chat show that he used to carry Sonali’s photo in his wallet and also had many of her posters in his room. Not just that, the cricketer also revealed that if Sonali refuses his proposal, he would have to kidnap her then.When Sonali was being asked about Shoaib’s obsession with her, the actress had said, “I don’t know any Pakistani cricketer named Shoaib Akhtar as I’m not a cricket fan at all. It’s funny that every time India plays Pakistan, the media swamps me with calls to find out about him. I’ve heard he’s my fan. All I can say is I’m thankful for that.”Actress Sonali Bendre is currently in India after completing her chemotherapies for her high-grade metastatic cancer in New York. She had discovered her illness only after reaching a critical stage in July, last year. ” There is pain and you go through it and it is hard. The toughest part was the post the surgery. I have a scar which is 20 inches in the midriff. My sister hugged me when I was going, I said don’t be dramatic, I’m coming back. I think it was love that took me through it. We have to love ourselves to get through this. It was love that saw me through. For me spirituality is to love,” the actress said at the India Today Conclave 2019.
A digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The reported government move to scrap a surcharge on the super-rich and other global and domestic factors have buoyed the markets.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesReports of a likely rethink of the tax proposals in the Union Budget 2019 have continued to buoy the markets for the second successive day on Friday. Sensex had posted its biggest single-day gain since January 31 on Thursday and Nifty zoomed past the 11,000-mark on reports that the government was planning a rollback of the higher tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), media reports say.The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark index Sensex that opened at 36,808 points on Thursday topped 37,754 points by noon on Friday, marking an increase of 946 points or 2.57 percent. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty’s 50-stock index that opened at 10,899 points on Thursday touched 11,161 points by noon on Friday, marking a rise of 262 points or 2.4 percent.With the markets underperforming since the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power after the April-May general elections 2019 and the Union Budget 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been under pressure to roll back some controversial tax measures. Foreign investors have been pulling funds out of the Indian markets since the budget proposed to enforce a surcharge on the super-rich and automakers and other manufacturers have been reporting falling sales leading to massive job cuts. Sitharaman has commenced a series of meetings with industry participants to address their concerns and decide on steps needed to bolster the economy, according to a report in Business Standard. The Budget slapped increased personal income taxes on those with an annual income of more than Rs 2 crore. Reports suggest the government is likely to exempt foreign portfolio investors from the increase in taxes. Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 36th GST Council meeting, in New Delhi on July 27, 2019. Also seen Union MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur.IANSBesides optimism over some positive announcement from the government, a sharp slide in the oil prices amid a lull in tension in the Middle East between the US and Iran helped ease some concerns on the macroeconomic front. Brent crude prices have declined 12 percent to $57 a barrel this month. The easing of concerns about any further escalation of the US-China trade wars has also helped the market, according to observers. China’s move to fix the yuan rate at a stronger-than-expected level has helped assuage fears of a currency war and a further flare-up in trade tensions. Most global markets, too, rallied on Thursday, reports say.Domestic stocks have seen extensive correction following the Union Budget presentation on July 5. Budget proposals such as an increase in tax surcharge on FPIs, the introduction of 20 percent tax on share buybacks, and the move to increase the free float in all listed companies by 10 percent to 35 percent met with investor disapproval. Also, the perception of an economic downturn pushed the indices down more than 6 percent since the Budget.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend an NYCC press junket for Robert Kirkman’s new comic at Image’s Skybound imprint, Oblivion Song. We discussed the first three issues of the book and more!Oblivion Song pairs Robert Kirkman with co-creator and Italian artist Lorenzo de Felici in his first American comic. They’re joined by colorist Annalisa Leoni and letterer Rus Wooton.Okay, here’s the synopsis via Image: “A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?”The artwork is absolutely stunning. Lorenzo’s linework is gorgeously enhanced by Annalisa’s colors that bounce back and forth between our world and the world of Oblivion. This will be an ongoing series, and we were promised a good twist once we get about six issues in. Unlike The Walking Dead, the question of why these events happen to play a critical role in the story. The team also confirmed the first nine issues are already in the can so this comic will be shipping on time. I also confirmed with Robert Kirkman that choosing Philly was because of its status as one of our oldest cities, a former capital of our nation, and that too many stories take place in New York and LA which is absolutely true. He did attempt to say that Lorenzo was an Eagles fan though, which you just don’t do in New York. While Lorenzo is not actually familiar with the Eagles, he does love It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Kirkman noted his script to make sure there wouldn’t be too many It’s Always Sunny references in the background.Oblivion Song will be available everywhere Image Comics are sold March 7th. In the meantime, check out all these exciting preview pages!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.