Canadian music renaissance is over but Matthew Good isnt

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement If, in the late 1990s, the Canadian music scene was like it is now, Beautiful Midnight would not exist. And neither would Matthew Good — at least not the version we know now.The seminal album of modern CanRock, which in 1999 sprung forth radio singles such as “Load Me Up” and “Hello Time Bomb,” came in a glory era of Canadian music. Bands could criss cross the country playing smaller venues and fill the rooms with fans. Producers championed Canadian music on network TV.“It was a Canadian music renaissance,” said Good, who will play Beautiful Midnight front to back in a show at FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton Place) on Saturday. He’s also promoting an EP of revamped songs called I Miss the New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited. Advertisement “I don’t think we’ll ever see the like of it again.”Smaller venues are rapidly closing, he says. Record labels investing in Canadian music are fewer and farther between. At 45, he’s still releasing music, still packing shows like the countless number he’s played in Hamilton. But if the climate now existed then, “I don’t know if I’d be in music.” Twitterlast_img read more

UN cosponsors multipartner network to respond to tourism aspects of bird flu

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said at the launch of the Tourism Emergency Response Network at a travel summit in Washington that there is currently no threat to the industry from the H5N1 virus and no case for restricting travel, but visitors to infected areas should avoid contact with live birds of any variety.Agreeing that planning for the potential evolution of H5N1 to a human pandemic is a common concern, participants committed to work closely with UN System Influenza Coordinator David Nabarro, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies, share real time information and ideas, and give clear, concise and geographically specific public messages.The Network includes UNWTO, International Hotel & Restaurant Association, Pacific Asia Travel Association, International Federation of Tour Operators, United Federation of Travel Agents Associations, Airports Council International and the International Air Transport Association.“Huge cross-border disasters have had an increasingly global impact and continually necessitate coordinated action by international bodies who are members of the UN family, with implementation by nation States,” UNWTO Secretary General Francisco Frangialli said.“We have seen this in SARS, the tsunami and now with avian flu and preparations for a human pandemic,” he added, referring to the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed 774 people, infected more than 8,000 worldwide, the vast majority of them in China, and led to a slump in Asian tourism.After the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December, 2004 devastated many resorts in Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries, UNWTO quickly appealed to the world’s media to help promote a resurgence of the industry, stressing that the return of tourists was the best way to help local communities recover from the tragedy.There have been 192 human cases of bird flu since the current outbreak started in December, 2003, 109 of them fatal, ascribed to contact with infected birds. But experts fear H5N1 could mutate, gaining the ability to pass from person to person and in a worst case scenario unleashing a deadly human pandemic.“The uncertainty of mutation of avian flu to a human pandemic means measured contingency preparation without overreaction, across the international community and with a focus at the national level,” said Geoffrey Lipman, Mr. Frangialli’s special advisor coordinating the Network.“The tourism sector is an important stakeholder in the total global preparedness effort. The Network will help us play that part responsibly and more effectively.”In a related development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the inter-governmental World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said today cats do not seem to play any discernable role in the transmission and spread of H5N1.Epidemiological findings and experimental studies have shown that some mammal, particularly cats, may be susceptible to the virus, but based accumulated data the two organizations confirmed a WHO statement of 28 February that “there is no present evidence that domestic cats can play a role in the transmission cycle of H5N1 viruses.”The species involved in the transmission and spread are essentially domestic and wild birds. But in view of the susceptibility of certain felines, they recommended that cats in infected and surveillance zones set up around bird flu outbreaks be kept indoors. read more

Who Are The Favorites In The 2019 NFL Season

Kansas CityP. Mahomes+59161510.369%50%9% Chance To… Travel distance and rest matter. We used to give a blanket home-field advantage of 65 Elo points for every game that wasn’t at a neutral site. Now, we modify our home-field effect4Which is worth a flat adjustment of 55 Elo points. using the distance the visiting team needed to travel to get to the game, docking a team by 4 points of Elo for every 1,000 miles traveled.5This effect is not applied to international games, though it is used for the Super Bowl. Teams also perform better after a bye week (including teams that don’t play during the opening week of the playoffs), so we now give a bonus of 25 Elo points whenever a team is coming into a game fresh and extra-rested. The AFC South experienced a dramatic shakeup when Andrew Luck retired two weeks ago, giving the division a whole new favorite: the Texans. Now, Houston is in somewhat tenuous possession of that distinction, with No. 6-ranked QB Deshaun Watson leading the way — despite last weekend’s bombshell trade that shipped star pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle. The Titans aren’t far behind Houston, although QB Marcus Mariota has regressed over the past few years: In Week 12 of the 2016 season, his Elo adjustment would have been 61 points higher than an average quarterback; now it’s 34 points below average. The Jaguars are right in the mix as well, thanks in part to the acquisition of former Eagles backup Nick Foles; Foles adds 14 points of Elo compared with the team’s long-term historical QB rating (i.e., Blake Bortles). Finally, the Colts went from first to last in Elo’s division prediction — literally overnight — after Luck retired. Backup Jacoby Brissett is worth about 90 fewer Elo points by himself than Luck would have been — a huge blow to Indy’s chances of making a return trip to the playoffs. Even so, this is the most uncertain division race in the league. Chance To… ClevelandB. Mayfield+915168.441252 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl New EnglandT. Brady+52164011.180%69%14% Chance To… N.Y. JetsS. Darnold-4814527.124111 L.A. RamsJ. Goff-915889.660%46%7% How we’re predicting the AFC North race OaklandD. Carr-2614135.8125<1 L.A. ChargersP. Rivers+415809.659366 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN PittsburghB. Roethlisberger+8715699.558%41%5% MiamiR. Fitzpatrick-213895.5104<1 MinnesotaK. Cousins+1215408.543273 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN CincinnatiA. Dalton-4014146.2158<1 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 29, 2019.Source: ESPN This is the tightest division race in the NFC. The Bears are favored to win again, though Mitchell Trubisky is Elo’s second-lowest rated QB in the North. (He’s 13th overall, so it mainly speaks to the quality of passers in this division.) On the other side of the ball, the amount of talent on Chicago’s defense is impressive, a necessary component as the Bears are hoping to repeat as last year’s stingiest defense in terms of points allowed. The Vikings come in slightly lower but are still 13th overall by the Elo rankings. So should we blame QB Kirk Cousins for Minnesota’s disappointing 2018 season? Probably not. Although his Elo rating wasn’t as high as during his 2016 or 2017 campaigns, Cousins was good for most of last year, and he enters 2019 as our 12th-ranked quarterback. But the best QB Elo in the division belongs to Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. Even if former coach Mike McCarthy didn’t always put him in the best position to succeed, Rodgers still had solid numbers last season and is currently ranked seventh in QB Elo. (It’s the rest of the roster that’s holding Green Bay back from a division probability better than that 24 percent.) Last, we have the Lions. They project to finish fourth, with QB Matthew Stafford coming off his worst season in years and a second-year coach already on the hot seat. But we do call for Detroit to return to its rightful place in the NFL standings, with roughly a 7-9 record, after last season’s 6-10 hiatus. The Chiefs are the second-most-likely team to win the Super Bowl, trailing only the Patriots. One of the biggest reasons: Elo ranks Patrick Mahomes as the fourth-most-valuable QB in the league behind Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. Although K.C. will probably regress some after last year’s breakout (we think the Chiefs’ point differential will fall from +144 to +79), and the defense is no better than average (it ranks 16th in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index), we think this is the team most likely to dethrone New England. The Chargers aren’t running very far behind, either, ranking sixth in overall Elo. L.A. didn’t do much over the offseason — and its trademark injury problems are already cropping up — but this remains one of the most talented rosters in the game. The gap between this division’s top two and bottom two is vast. The Broncos upgraded under center with former Ravens QB Joe Flacco, but he’s still mediocre at best. Late summer for the Raiders has been a circus even by the standards of a “Hard Knocks” team; maybe Brown will improve QB Derek Carr’s numbers, but the team has plenty of other question marks. Oakland and Denver won’t be helped by playing the two toughest schedules in the league, either. Chance To… WashingtonC. Keenum-2414276.31691 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN Chance To… TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl How we’re predicting the NFC South race How we’re predicting the NFC North race DenverJ. Flacco-1614626.82091 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl How we’re predicting the AFC East race San FranciscoJ. Garoppolo-2114807.428171 HoustonD. Watson+2915338.443%32%3% As we said above, the Patriots are not only the division favorites (for what feels like the millionth consecutive season) but are also the model’s top Super Bowl pick. Their fate is tied to Tom Brady continuing to play well at an age when basically no other QB has done that, of course, and he’ll have to do it without favorite security blanket Rob Gronkowski, who retired in March. But Brady hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down yet, and he’ll get to face the NFL’s easiest schedule7According to the average Elo ratings of New England’s regular-season opponents, adjusted for expected starting QBs and home-field advantage. in 2019. Perhaps surprisingly, Elo gives the Bills a slight edge over the Jets for second place in the East. Both teams’ sophomore QBs (Josh Allen and Sam Darnold) played well down the stretch last season, though our model likes Allen a bit more. New York had the more eventful offseason, signing Le’Veon Bell and abruptly firing GM Mike Maccagnan, but the Bills might have made steadier progress. And the Dolphins bring up the rear, though they have the division’s second-highest rated Elo QB in newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Amid questions of Miami tanking, Vegas gives the Phins 500-to-1 Super Bowl odds, the worst in football.) IndianapolisJ. Brissett-5514797.328191 Chance To… How we’re predicting the NFC East race AtlantaM. Ryan+6715338.339233 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl N.Y. GiantsE. Manning-2714246.4179<1 DallasD. Prescott+1815478.949334 TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl New OrleansD. Brees+61160410.063%46%8% ArizonaK. Murray-5013895.5106<1 Tampa BayJ. Winston+714466.61791 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN The more things change in the NFL, the more they stay the same. Fresh off of their sixth Super Bowl win with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at the helm, the defending champion New England Patriots open the 2019 season as our favorite to win again. The rest of the top contenders are similar to last season’s as well: the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles round out the top five in Super Bowl odds, according to our predictions.But our NFL Elo model has changed in a somewhat significant way. You can read more about how it all works here, but in a nutshell, we have added a number of wrinkles to make our football picks more accurate:Quarterback adjustments. We hinted at this over the summer, but we now track rolling performance ratings1Based on a regression between Total QBR yards above replacement and basic box score numbers (including rushing stats) from a given game, adjusted for the quality of opposing defenses. for each QB in the league, which can then be compared with a team’s own rolling QB rating to adjust its Elo in games with a different quarterback starting.2This is very similar to the way we handle starting-pitcher adjustments in our MLB Elo model. (Related to this, we have a new interactive page that shows the relative quality of every quarterback in the league.)3Initial ratings for rookies are based on draft position, ranging from a 0 for an undrafted free agent to a +113 for a No. 1 overall pick like Arizona’s Kyler Murray. TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl JacksonvilleN. Foles+914987.835242 TennesseeM. Mariota-3415027.836252 Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN CarolinaC. Newton+1415158.338223 BuffaloJ. Allen-1214757.630151 SeattleR. Wilson+1415458.746314 Green BayA. Rodgers+2815228.238243 Rumors of the Steelers’ demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Despite a tumultuous offseason that involved officially losing Bell8The running back sat out all of last season as part of a contractual dispute. and also shipping receiver Antonio Brown to the Raiders, Pittsburgh remains the top-ranked team in the North. Part of that is thanks to Ben Roethlisberger, who checks in as Elo’s No. 1 overall QB, and part of it is because the Steelers have one of the league’s easiest schedules. The Ravens and Browns are neck-and-neck behind them; Elo is skeptical about Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson after he posted not-so-great numbers as a rookie, but it thinks his supporting cast is superior to Baker Mayfield’s in Cleveland — despite the Browns’ big offseason (hi, Odell) and general hype level heading into 2019. Meanwhile, the Bengals are a distant No. 4, as QB Andy Dalton has seen better days, and the team is breaking in a first-time head coach (Zac Taylor). TeamStarting QBvs. avgElo RatingProj. WinsMake PlayoffsWin DivisionWin Super Bowl BaltimoreL. Jackson-4015278.441263 DetroitM. Stafford-2214586.922121 Chance To… PhiladelphiaC. Wentz+2015869.863%49%7% Last year, the defending champion Eagles suffered a historic hangover to start their 2018 season, but eventually righted the ship to make the playoffs and even win a first-round game. Armed with Elo’s eighth-ranked QB (Carson Wentz), a talented supporting cast and one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, our model thinks Philadelphia should be division favorites in 2019 — particularly if the Eagles have better injury luck. The defending East champ Cowboys might have something to say about the Eagles being favorites, however, regardless of the holdout of RB Ezekiel Elliott. We rank QB Dak Prescott ninth in Elo, right behind Wentz. Once again trailing in the division are the Giants and Redskins; Washington has the better Elo rating but is slightly less likely to make the playoffs because of a tougher schedule than that of New York. Fittingly, both teams have mediocre veteran QBs (Eli Manning and Case Keenum) trying to fend off highly drafted rookies (Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins). At the top of the NFC South, we have Drew Brees and the Saints coming in as favorites to win the division for a third straight year. Elo rates Brees as the league’s third-best QB, even though he sputtered down the stretch of last season and will turn 41 in January. Fortunately for New Orleans, its supporting cast appears to be good enough to help ease Brees into old age, ranking eighth in QB-independent Elo.9I.e., the team’s adjusted Elo rating if Brees were to be replaced with an average starter at quarterback. As for the Falcons, Matt Ryan is No. 2 in our QB rankings, but the rest of the team ranks 25th in QB-independent Elo. That’s more an indictment of a defense that ranks 23rd in preseason projected FPI than an offense that still includes hyper-productive WR Julio Jones, but Atlanta is hoping that a coaching staff of all new coordinators can help Ryan. The Panthers are still only three seasons removed from a Super Bowl appearance, but they’ve gone exactly 24-24 since then. Elo calls for more of the same this season, with an 8-8 projected record, although Carolina does have the No. 10 QB in our rankings (Cam Newton) and a respectable 38 percent chance of getting back to the playoffs. Finally, the Buccaneers are hoping to end the franchise’s postseason drought at 11 seasons — but they need to improve on last year’s horrid defensive performance and get more consistency from both Jameis Winston and a passing attack that had the third-highest game-to-game QB Elo variance10Trailing only the Rams and the Nathan Peterman-led Bills. of any team in 2018. How we’re predicting the AFC South race ChicagoM. Trubisky+1215669.152%37%5% How we’re predicting the AFC West race The playoffs are different. We found that differences in talent between opposing teams tend to be amplified in the NFL postseason, so now Elo differentials are multiplied by 1.2 before computing the expected win probabilities and point spreads for playoff games.Altogether, these changes improved our historical predictions by quite a bit in backtesting, so we’re feeling confident that our 2019 picks will be better than ever before.6You might notice that we don’t have a dedicated factor for defense included in the model. For one thing, defense would implicitly be part of a team’s non-quarterback Elo rating; for another thing, it was difficult to find specific defensive variables (such as coordinators) which improved predictive accuracy — perhaps because defense is notoriously difficult to predict between seasons. For cases below where we do need to refer to a team’s projected defensive quality, we used ESPN’s Football Power Index projections for the upcoming season.And what are those picks, exactly? Let’s run down what our Elo model thinks of each division in the NFL, starting with… Quarterback ratings are relative to the average NFL team’s long-term rolling QB performance and are included in the listed Elo ratings. Simulations are updated as of Sept. 3, 2019.Source: ESPN How we’re predicting the NFC West race What would Vegas do? In the past, our preseason ratings would simply be each team’s final rating from the previous season, reverted to the league’s average Elo rating by one-third. But our new system also incorporates ratings derived from a team’s over/under win total according to the Las Vegas sportsbooks, giving those twice the weight of mean-reverted Elo when setting a team’s preseason rating. Chance To… The Rams are coming off a Super Bowl run, and there were times last season when they looked unbeatable, not least because of a GOAT-level performance by defensive lineman Aaron Donald. But with questions remaining about QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley — to say that neither were major factors in the playoffs would be an understatement — L.A. might be due for a regression, even if Elo does still consider the Rams division favorites. A number of signs point to a decline, from L.A.’s 6-1 record in close games last year and favorable bounces in recovering fumbles, to a more difficult schedule and even the possibility of adverse effects due to more injuries. Elo thinks the Rams’ point differential will drop from +143 to +58 this season. Behind them, the Seahawks have the division’s best (slash only above-average) Elo QB in Russell Wilson, and they did some offseason shuffling — Clowney and Ziggy Ansah will replace Frank Clark on the pass rush, for example. But Seattle mostly looks like the same good-but-not-great team it was last season. The 49ers will get a do-over with Jimmy Garoppolo after the QB was injured three games into the 2018 season. But is Jimmy G. any good? Elo’s still not sure. It ranks Garoppolo 22nd among starters heading into 2019, despite his hefty price tag. All three of those teams could potentially contend for the division, though. For the Cardinals, that looks like a long shot at best with the tandem of rookie QB Kyler Murray and first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Elo gives Arizona the worst rating and tied for the lowest playoff odds of any team in the NFL this season. read more

Cameron faces dissent in the ranks over gay marriage bill

first_imgBRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron faces further dissent from within the ranks of his Conservative Party as a bill to legalise gay marriage returns to Parliament today.Cameron faces a setback in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, if the opposition Labour Party joins forces with Tory rebels in a vote on his bill.While Cameron, several senior party colleagues and his Liberal-Democrat coalition partners back the bill legalising gay marriage, large sections of his Conservative party are fiercely opposed to the idea.Dozens of disgruntled lawmakers are expected to deliver heavy blow to Cameron’s agenda by backing an amendment Monday calling for civil partnerships to be offered to heterosexual couples.A convincing caseDowning Street called it a “wrecking amendment” which could cost £4 billion (€4.7 billion) in pension changes and delay the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by up to two years.Labour however, while it backs gay marriage, is set to join the rebels, arguing that the government has not made a convincing case against extending civil partnerships.France on Saturday became the 14th country to legalise gay marriage when Socialist President Francois Hollande signed it into law. The measures were bitterly opposed by France’s main opposition right-wing UMP party.In Britain however, the ruling Conservative party appears to be at war with itself over the issue.A letter signed by more than 30 current and former Conservative association chairmen, handed to Cameron on Sunday, gave an indication of the bitterness felt by some sections of the party.They accused him of “treating the membership with contempt” over the issue.“You have failed thus far to keep the manifesto promise you made to recognise and incentivise marriage through a tax break for married couples,” it said.“The [gay marriage] Bill could cost us the election…therefore, Prime Minister, for the sake of the wellbeing of the country and the integrity and future success of the party, we urge you not to continue with your policy of re-defining marriage,” it urged.‘Mad, swivel-eyed loons’The vote comes just days after a member of Cameron’s inner circle fiercely denied claims that he had branded grassroot party members as “mad, swivel-eyed loons”.Party co-chairman Andrew Feldman has strenuously denied Internet rumours linking him with the statement and said he was considering legal action.Cameron is already under pressure from the right-wing of his party over Europe.Senior members of the Conservative Party are concerned about the rise of the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) after its unprecedented gains in recent local elections.That threat prompted around 114 Tory MPs last week to back a motion in parliament expressing regret that the coalition government’s plans for the year contained no guarantee of a referendum on EU membership.UKIP leader Nigel Farage has placed a full-page advertisement in Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, urging more Tory voters to switch allegiances. Seizing on the alleged “loons” comments, he described them as “the ultimate insult” from party leader.“Only an administration run by a bunch of college kids, none of whom have ever had a proper job in their lives, could so arrogantly write off their own supporters,” he wrote. – © AFP 2013.Read: Most LGBT Europeans still afraid and threatened: report>Read: ‘Marriage for all’ in France as Hollande signs a bill and makes it law>last_img read more

Une pyramide maya de 30 mètres détruite au bulldozer au Belize

first_imgUne pyramide maya de 30 mètres détruite au bulldozer au BelizeUne pyramide maya élément précieux de la civilisation précolombienne a été détruite cette semaine par une société de construction au Belize. L’incident n’a pas manqué d’alerter les autorités locales et d’indigner l’Institut archéologique du pays.Le site de Nohmul porte cette semaine le deuil d’une de ses pyramides. L’édifice a été détruit au bulldozer par une société de construction dans le but de récupérer du gravier afin de construire une route. Un acte perçu comme criminel qui ne sera pas sans conséquences. Les vestiges datant de l’époque précolombienne (plus de 2.000 ans) étaient sous la protection de l’Etat malgré l’occupation de parcelles privées. La police est désormais chargée par le ministère de la culture et du tourisme d’enquêter et de déterminer les circonstances de la destruction. Mais certaines parlent d’ores et déjà de charges qui pèseront lourd sur cette société avec un risque d’emprisonnement d’une durée de 10 ans ainsi qu’une amende s’élevant à 10.000 dollars (plus de 7.700 euros).Des siècles écroulés en quelques minutesAu Belize, l’incompréhension règne et les faits, découverts la semaine dernière ont provoqué de violentes réactions. L’Institut d’archéologie du pays parle d’un “énorme sentiment d’incrédulité face à l’ignorance et l’insensibilité des gens”. Le site avait été le sujet de nombreuses entreprises, projets archéologiques et recherches en tout genre. De la pyramide haute de 30 mètres environ et vieille de 2300 ans, il ne reste aujourd’hui que des gravats. “C’est un sentiment d’une incrédulité incroyable en raison de l’ignorance, de insensibilité… Ils utilisaient cela pour remplir une route. C’est comme recevoir un coup de poing dans l’estomac, c’est tellement épouvantable”, a commenté James Awe à la tête de l’Institut cité par le Huffington Post. Au vu de sa taille, le spécialiste estime qu’il est impossible que les ouvriers n’aient pas compris qu’il s’agissait d’une pyramide maya. “Ces hommes savaient que c’était une structure antique. C’est juste de la foutue paresse”.  De son côté, un groupe d’action du Belize nommé Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action a qualifié cette destruction “d’exemple indécent du manque de respect envers l’environnement et l’histoire”. Une grande campagne de protection et de préservation des sites archéologiques du Belize va être lancée afin d’éviter qu’un incident de ce type ne se reproduise. Mais il faut dire que c’est loin d’être la première fois.  Des destructions fréquentesSituée en Amérique du Sud, le Belize est particulièrement connu pour les vestiges de la civilisation maya qu’il abrite, une des trois plus grandes civilisations précolombiennes étudiées (avec les Aztèques et les Incas). Les Mayas occupaient l’actuel Mexique, le Guatemala, le Salvador ou encore le Honduras du XVIème siècle av J-C au IVème. Le Belize compte ainsi des centaines de ruines mayas, mais peu aussi large que celle qui se trouvait sur le site de Nohmul. Ce dernier se situe sur l’ancienne péninsule est du Yucatàn. Toutefois, certains ne semblent pas tenir compte de cette richesse archéologiques. “Raser au bulldozer des structures maya pour construire des routes est un problème endémique au Belize. Tout le centre de San Estevan a disparu, des pyramides majeures à Louisville, d’autres structures à Nohmul et plusieurs autres sites plus petits, mais celui-ci semble être le plus grand” à avoir été détruit, a expliqué dans un mail Norman Hammond, professeur émérite en archéologie à l’Université de Boston.  “Je ne pense pas exagérer si je dis que chaque jour, un monticule maya est détruit pour la construction dans l’un des pays où ont vécu les Mayas. Malheureusement, cette destruction de notre héritage est irréversible mais beaucoup ne la prenne pas au sérieux”, a précisé Francisco Estrada-Belli, professeur au Département d’anthropologie de la Tulane University. Des structures précieuses pour les archéologues Les pyramides représentaient de manière symbolique pour les Mayas les paysages sacrés créés par les dieux. Apparues au Ie millénaire avant notre ère, on leur prête toutes sortes d’utilités (lieu de sacrifice et de rite), elles fournissent ainsi de précieuses informations aux archéologues afin d’en savoir plus sur cette civilisation. Une importance trop peu négligé selon les spécialistes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le seul moyen de stopper [ces destructions] c’est de montrer que c’est un crime majeur et que des personnes peuvent et iront en prison pour cela”, a conclut Francisco Estrada-Belli.  (crédits photo : / Jules Vasquez)Le 16 mai 2013 à 17:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Government Officials Have Been Spying on Love Interests

first_imgStay on target Trump Expected to Sign Bill Renewing Internet Surveillance ProgramMark Zuckerberg tapes up his webcam and Snowden says you should too One of the big reasons people are afraid of letting surveillance technology get out of hand is that we all know that someone, somewhere is going to use it improperly. Whether it’s a government overstepping their authority, or something a bit more innocuous doesn’t really matter. The fact that that potential exists is concerning enough.That fear was proven to be an alarmingly rational one recently when Tara Lenich, a prosecutor from the Brooklyn district attorney, was arrested. She allegedly used an illegal wiretap to spy one of her coworkers and an NYPD detective.  Why? Because, according to the New York Times, she was caught in a “love triangle gone wrong.”“She also tried to avoid suspicion by telling fellow prosecutors that she had undertaken a secret investigation on behalf of the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and was the only person who could have access to the wiretap,” the Times said.Lenich had to forge several signatures to pull off the tap on top of bypassing several safeguards to prevent this type of abuse. Wiretaps, for example, usually only last a month, but Lenich, thanks to forged documents, was able to keep it running for almost a year.  And Lenich is far from alone in this kind of snooping.In 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported on the many ways some NSA employees abused their power.“The [procedure] violations involved overseas communications,” the WSJ said, “such as spying on a partner or spouse. In each instance, the employee was punished either with an administrative action or termination… Most of the incidents, officials said, were self-reported. Such admissions can arise, for example, when an employee takes a polygraph test as part of a renewal of a security clearance.”A similar report from the Associated Press noted hundreds of such violations across many law enforcement agencies. That puts this well within the realm of “uncomfortably common.” Obviously, there are plenty of good cops and agents out there, but again, the issue is that people are fallible. We get jealous, petty and insecurity. And without very, very rigorous oversight (and sometimes even with it) we will use whatever tools we can get our hands on to be shitty to one another.Let this be yet another reminder to take stock of your digital security. The more you can lockdown, the better. Even if you aren’t doing anything wrong, we should collectively work to elevate our privacy baseline. Leaving each other alone except in the most extreme cases should be our normal, not some radical idea peddled by paranoid cyber-nuts.last_img read more

Taking the Polar Plunge at Klineline

first_imgThe Lunds started a new family tradition this year — jumping into a frigid pond after a long run on Thanksgiving morning.After participating in the 10K run at the 16th annual Turkey Trot at Salmon Creek Park, Tracey, Eric and Chase Lund joined more than 100 other people and jumped into Klineline Pond to take the Polar Plunge.“It was cold, but it was good — kind of exhilarating,” Eric Lund said while drying off on shore and wearing a hat with turkey head proudly standing out at the front. “First one I’ve ever done. I’ve always wanted to do one. I almost backed out, but we did it.”Running down the gently sloping beach into the water might have been even worse than just jumping straight in, according to Tracey Lund.“(Running in) you’re feeling the cold creep up,” she said with a laugh.The Lund family was three of hundreds of people who ignored the rain Thursday morning and came to burn off a few calories before a big holiday meal later that night.Salmon Creek Park was mobbed with tutus, running shoes, and holiday-themed hats during the Turkey Trot.The proceeds of the event — the Polar Plunge and race registration fees and T-shirt sale revenue — all went to the Clark County Food Bank. According to a news release on the event, the proceeds are enough to provide tens of thousands of meals to people throughout the county.The event sold out days before the start of the race. More than 1,200 people registered to run or walk the 5K or 10K, but the actual number of participants was likely much higher, said Vandella Jasso, who’s with the food bank and is one of the event’s organizers.last_img read more

Over 100 varieties of tomato to go on sale for TomatoMania

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon where over 100 varieties of tomato will go on sale for TomatoMania. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2018 Allie Wagner, Allie Wagner March 7, 2018 Over 100 varieties of tomato to go on sale for TomatoManialast_img read more

1992 Honda Accord is states moststolen vehicle

first_imgSEATTLE – The vehicle thieves target most often in Washington and Oregon is the 1992 Honda Accord, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Wheels Report for 2009.Washington is a hotbed for car thieves, traditionally ranking high in auto theft over the years. In fact, Yakima ranked sixth-highest in the nation for auto theft rates in 2009, down from third in 2008. Spokane jumped to 18th in auto theft last year, up from 35th in 2008. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area fell from 26th in 2008 to 37th in 2009. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton ranked 77th in the nation.Last year, 26,684 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington, a 15.8-percent drop from 31,681 in 2008. That’s still an average of 73 stolen vehicles per day and three vehicles an hour. While the decrease in thefts is encouraging for drivers, auto theft is still a costly crime vehicle owners pay for through their insurance premiums.“Consumers literally pay billions each year for auto theft,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “The cost to replace stolen vehicles and repair those that are recovered is reflected in your insurance rates.”Vehicle theft is the nation’s number-one property crime, costing an estimated $7.4 billion each year. In 2009, auto theft cost more than $180 million in Washington alone.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time Bookkeeper/Office Manager at Back Bay SignFull-Time Sales Operations Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Store Sales Manager at AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car CarePart-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time Sales & Management Trainee at U.S. Electrical ServicesFull-Time Sales Operations Product Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at ConformisFull-Time Graphic Designer at 3STEP SportsFull-Time Digital Diecutter at Smyth Companies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Amazons Lord of the Rings prequel gets it first cast member

first_img Prime Day breaks records, Elon Musk wants your brain Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express TV and Movies Culture $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Earlier this month, Amazon revealed that J.A. Bayona (director of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will be directing the first two episodes of the show. In May, Game of Thrones writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman was linked to the show as a consultant.It’ll be set during the Second Age, which is the pre-Fellowship of the Ring era when Sauron’s Rings of Power were forged.Neither Amazon nor Kavenagh’s representative immediately responded to requests for comment.First published at 4:36 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:10 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Amazon Read the Rylo camera previewcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Post a comment Comments Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Markella Kavenagh has reportedly been cast in Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings prequel series. Hanna Lassen/WireImage via Getty It seems we know at least one person who’ll be making the journey to Middle-earth in the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings prequel series. Markella Kavenagh is in talks to play Tyra, according to Variety, which cited multiple anonymous sources.Tyra isn’t a name we’ve heard in any of the books by J.R.R Tolkien (pronounced Tol-KEEN) or the Peter Jackson’s adaptations, so she’s likely a character or that’s some sort of code name. Kavenagh previously had roles in Picnic at Hanging Rock (also an Amazon Prime show) and The Cry, along with the Romper Stomper sequel series. Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon Prime Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 0 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It $999 See It $999 Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET Tags See It Boost Mobile $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal 1:15 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 2019 movies to geek out over The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone Xlast_img read more

AP Assembly uproars over seat allocations

first_imgAmaravati: An heated argument broke out in AP Assembly over the seat allocations on Wednesday. The TDP president and Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu have demanded special seats for the deputy leaders in the House. Responding to this, the YSRCP members said that according to the rules, the seat had been allocated to the deputy leader Atchannaidu. Chandrababu stated that the traditions of the House should be followed. Over this, Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram clarified he’ll examine the issue and allot the seat to the memberslast_img read more

IMF scales down Indias growth forecast economy to grow at 73 in

first_imgInternational Monetary FundCredit: ReutersThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed India’s growth projection for the current financial year by 20 basis points to 7.3 percent. Lately, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also has cut down India’s economic growth projection due to loss of momentum. Both the institutions, last week cut their FY20 growth projection for India to 7.2 percent from earlier 7.4 percent. The reason attributed to the slowdown included rising risks to global economic activity as well as weakening domestic investment activity.In its latest World Economic Outlook report, IMF said “In India, growth is projected to pick up to 7.3% in 2019 and 7.5% in 2020, supported by the continued recovery of investment and robust consumption amid a more expansionary stance of monetary policy and some expected impetus from fiscal policy. Nevertheless, reflecting the recent revision to the national account statistics that indicated somewhat softer underlying momentum, growth forecasts have been revised downward compared with the October 2018 WEO by 0.1 percentage point for 2019 and 0.2 percentage point for 2020, respectively.” The International Monetary Fund logo is seen during the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S.,Reuters fileNotably, the Indian economy slumped to a five-quarter low of 6.6% in December quarter of the running fiscal year post which the Central Statistics Office cut down its 2018-19 forecast from an earlier estimate of 7.2 percent to 7 percent. The economic slowdown has forced the central bank to shift its focus from controlling inflation to sustaining growth. In its last two meetings, the Monetary policy committee (MPC) announced rates cuts by 25 basis points each. The manufacturing activity also looked sluggish lately with the index of industrial production (IIP) growth slowing down to 1.3 percent in January. Major sectors like automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and machinery and equipment dragged down the IIP growth.The IMF also recommended continued implementation of structural and financial sector reforms to secure the growth prospects of the economy. The report also added “In the near term, continued fiscal consolidation is needed to bring down India’s elevated public debt. This should be supported by strengthening goods and services tax (GST) compliance and further reducing subsidies.” The IMF report also called for enhancing governance of the public sector banks (PSBs). It also stressed on creating more jobs in India, which has witnessed a downfall in recent years. A worker operates a hydraulic press machine at a workshop manufacturing flanges for automobiles in Mumbai, India, May 29, 2017. Picture taken May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReutersMoreover, the IMF has also scaled down its global growth forecast for 2019 by 20 to 3.3 percent citing downside risks, the trade war between the two largest economies, US and China and uncertainties over Brexit.last_img read more

Upper Marlboro Mayor Resigns

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThe County seat of Prince George’s County will be looking for new leadership after the resignation of Upper Marlboro Mayor and President of the Board of Commissioners Tonga Y. Turner which takes effect June 30.Turner is the first Black mayor in the town’s history and made the announcement that she was first resigning at a community meeting on Monday June 10, where representatives from the NAACP were in attendance.  Initially the outgoing mayor announced she was relinquishing her authority on June 21.Upper Marlboro Mayor Tonga Turner resigned, claiming because she wanted more time to spend with her family, particularly after missing her 3-year-old son’s preschool graduation. (Courtesy Photo)“The Town of Upper Marlboro has been plagued with a dark history and past,” Turner wrote in her resignation letter posted on the town’s website. “But my hope is that in the past two years under my leadership, each of you has seen the great promise for our future.”However, NBC Washington spoke to several members in the community who spoke of incidents involving her tires being slashed and receiving threatening emails throughout her 18 months in office. According to one of her constituents, a former County commissioner who routinely attends meetings, was caught sketching swastika symbols on a notepad while she was speaking.  Those were made available to the TV station by resident Monica Wilson and used as part of the report which prompted her public announcement before assembled media members June 11.“There have been some things that have happened during her year and a half as mayor that she did talk about at the town meeting last night,” Upper Marlboro town spokesman Ray Feldmann said on camera during the broadcast report. “There have been some incidents that she’s had to deal with, but those were not incidents that had anything to do with her resignation.” Tonga claimed in her public address on the steps of the Town Hall the June 12 that despite those apparent racially motivated attacks against her, that the desire to spend more time with her family was the only reason she chose to relinquish her leadership position in what amounts to the capital of the County. The outgoing mayor said while also working a full-time job in addition to her mayoral duties, she was spending extensive time on professional responsibilities, which were affecting the quality of her family life.  Her tipping point was when she had to miss her 3-year-old son’s preschool graduation and came home around 9 p.m. to a disappointed family and didn’t realize she’d missed the event.“I am not ending my term as the mayor of Upper Marlboro due to any racism or bigotry,” she said in her video statement on the town’s Facebook page.  “My decision was based on wanting to spend more time with my two small children who are under the age of 10 and my family period.”During her truncated leadership Tonga had begun aggressively positioning the town’s revitalization by securing over eight hundred thousand dollars in grants, which was the largest amount of grant support ever received in its history.  She worked to pass several key pieces of legislation to support economic growth and development in one of the few areas of the County that was that wasn’t benefitting from private sector investments. Turner was proposing plans to expand the town’s limits. Upper Marlboro boundaries are reportedly one mile across and a half-mile-wide with just 675 residents according to the 2008 Census. Her administration had begun implementing changes to improve the Town’s beautification efforts, and was reportedly moving to strengthen partnerships with County, State and Federal stakeholders. It was reported that her house is now for sale.last_img read more

Cards Fall 40 to Florida Atlantic in First Round of ITA KickOff

first_imgNext Match: vs. William & Mary 1/27/2019 | 9:00 a.m. Preview Florida Atlantic 4, Louisville Men’s Tennis 0Jan 26, 2019 at Gainesville, FL(Linder Stadium at Alfred A. Ring)Singles1. Jason Legall (FAU) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-12. Kirac Bekisoglu (FAU) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 7-5, 6-23. Fabien Salle (LOU) vs. Gabriel Sidney (FAU) 7-5, 5-6, unfinished4. Sergio Ramirez (LOU) vs. Mehdi Laalej (FAU) 7-5, 0-6, 2-3, unfinished5. Federico Gomez (LOU) vs. Ignacio Garcia (FAU) 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished6. A. Fernandez Horta (FAU) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-2, 6-1Doubles1. Jason Legall/Ignacio Garcia (FAU) def. Fabien Salle/Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-42. Brandon Lancaster/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Gabriel Sidney/Mehdi Laalej (FAU) 6-33. Kirac Bekisoglu/Thomas Guy (FAU) def. Federico Gomez/Sergio Ramirez (LOU) 6-2 Print Friendly Version “FAU played extremely well and competed hard,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “The doubles point was key. We lost No. 3 then won No. 2 and we were up most of the match at No. 1, but they came back and took it. Fabien and Fede were up in their singles matches when FAU clinched. Our freshmen will continue to get experience and our seniors will get healthier. We play a good William & Mary team tomorrow who pushed host Florida on the other set of courts.” In singles action, FAU picked up straight set wins at Nos. 2 and 6 to push the score to 3-0. At the No. 1 spot, Morin-Kougoucheff bounced back from a 6-3 first-set loss to Jason Legall to register a 6-4 win in the second. Legall took the third set 6-1 to end the match. The Owls (4-3) took a highly competitive doubles point to start the match. Louisville senior Federico Gomez and freshman Sergio Ramirez fell 6-2 to Kirac Bekisoglu and Thomas Guy at No. 3. Senior Brandon Lancaster teamed with freshman Alex Wesbrooks evened the tally with a 6-3 win over FAU’s Gabriel Sidney and Mehdi Laalej at the two-spot. The first point of the match was decided on court one where Jason Legall and Ignacio Garcia topped senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle 6-4.center_img Matchup History Full Schedule Roster Louisville (3-2) will face William & Mary in the ITA Kick-Off consolation match The University of Louisville men’s tennis team fell 4-0 to Florida Atlantic in the first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend Saturday afternoon at Florida’s Linder Stadium.last_img read more

How Flappy Birds physics are cheating you

first_imgFew mobile games have reached such unexpected levels of popularity as Flappy Bird. This simple experience borrows from a legacy of old Flash games and Super Mario graphics to create something people seem happy to pour hour after hour into.Many players allege the physics are unrealistic in order to make the game more difficult, but are they? Maybe gravity was pulling more insistently in the game than in real life, causing players to collide with more pipes and hurl their phones across the room. Someone decided to spend time looking into the physics of Flappy Bird to find out.Frank Noschese used Logger Pro to analyze a video taken of Flappy Bird running on the iPad. This tool was able to track the fowl’s vertical position in the app to see if it was really falling realistically. Using the realistic assumption that the bird in the game would be about the size of a robin (24cm across), Noschese came up with a gravitational acceleration of 9.75m/s^2. In the real world it’s 9.8m/s^2, which is pretty close.Why do people feel like Flappy Bird is cheating them, then? It probably has something to do with the way other games are designed. When flinging something through the air, most games slow things down. For example, the gravitation acceleration in Angry Birds is about 25% of Earth. This makes it more enjoyable to play — Flappy Bird doesn’t bother with trivial things like “fun.”The other aspect to consider is the velocity after a tap. Since there is no difference in the strength of each flap, it should be uniform. However, upon closer inspection, Noschese found that the impulse provided by the taps isn’t realistic. The upward momentum changes based on the pre-tap velocity to produce the same post-tap velocity. In real life, the change in velocity would be the constant.So Flappy Bird is realistic in some places, and not in others. Perhaps the mix of accurate and wildly inaccurate physics is what makes the game so annoyingly difficult.last_img read more

Ten years of being Khoj

first_imgKhoj, a Delhi-based multi-disciplinary cultural NGO, is celebrating 10 years in Khirkee Extension, and doing it in style. No, there is no fancy cocktail opening here; it’s the residents of Khirkee who will get a chance to double up as artists, musicians, actors and cooks in the three-day festival titled Khoj Dus Tak that will kickstart on 23 November. With as many as 21 projects and six events created as a collaborative effort between Khirkee residents and over 25 artists, the event will also witness the launch of the new Khoj building. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Says Pooja Sood, Director, Khoj: ‘Khoj engagement with Khirkee in the last decade — the location, its (often changing) inhabitants and its surrounding areas — have given various artists the opportunity to facilitate creative workshops, events, research projects and other participatory activities with different sections of the community. Such community programmes have always been led by the Khirkee Extension community to produce collective visions and ideas about creative and urban development. It is to celebrate this continuous process of community engagement that we have organised Khoj Dus Tak.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition will be displayed in the newly renovated building and will present a history of Khirkee, with old maps and audio narratives from older generations currently residing in Khirkee. It will also revisit some of Khoj’s old and new community projects. For instance, Window into Khirkee, will conjure a history of Khirkee through old maps, audio recordings of conversations with one of the oldest residents of Khirkee, who is fondly called Masterji. Posters and 3D models from architect and urban planner Sudeshna Chatterjee’s project of May 2011 titled Play @ Khirkee will also be a part. The project explored the landscapes of play in Khirkee and its surrounding areas. Taking a socio-spatial perspective and using ethnographic field work, it explored how play is perceived by the community, how spaces for play are conceived and how children play in urban spaces.Apart from the above exhibition, the festival will also witness some unique new projects. A Photo Studio will be created in one of the rooms for three days and the residents will be invited to get their photographs taken. Khirkee will also change its façade with the Shop Makeovers project where eight artists — Upasana Mehdiratta, Gaurvi Sharma, Vinima Gulati, Ram Bali Chauhan, Tulsi Ram, Amitabh Kumar, Sanjib Roy — will work in collaboration with five shopkeepers to exchange ideas and develop a collective method of art-making.Then there is Khirkee Raag, where Tarik, a band based in Delhi and Shillong collaborates with three musicians from Khirkee to create an original song about Khirkee. Khirkee Se which brings together three sound projects that will be played in public spaces like barber shops and tea stalls, Khirkee ka Khana & Recipe books project, on each day of the festival, where Khoj will invite five women of Khirkee to cook special food items of their own creation.last_img read more

Five arrested over St Pauls College ragging case

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata police have arrested all the five accused who were named in the FIR in connection with the St Paul’s College case.They have been identified as Arnab Ghosh, Abdul Qayum Mollah, Sk Inamul Haque, Avijit Doloi andAnanta Pramanik.The FIR registered with the Amherst Street police had named St Paul’s students Arnab Ghosh and Avijit Doloi, clerk Ananta Pramanik, and TMC leadersAbdul Qayum Mollah and Sheikh Inamul Haq for ragging and making a nude video of a junior student in college premises. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned here that state Education minister Partha Chattarejee instructed the college authorities to take prompt action against those responsible behind the incident.Chatterjee had sent out a strong message that none of the culprits would be spared in this ragging case.The incident not only embarrassed the institution but also made the students scared. The college authorities, however, took a stringent action against the students and rusticated them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe incident took place on May 17 when the junior student was stripped naked and beaten on camera for allegedly asking about the expenditure of a certainfundraising event.The video went viral, triggering furore across the state. The college authority lodged a complaint with the police and set up an internal inquiry board to probe the matter.Following a probe, the college authorities rusticated students Arnab Ghosh and Avijit Doloi, and sacked Ananta Pramanik earlier this week.The college authorities have now mandated ID cards after it was found that among the accused two were not even college students.last_img read more

Ancient DNA Sheds Light On Unknown Siberians Reveals Missing Link Of Native

first_img All Search Close Ancient milk teeth unearthed from Siberia has led to the discovery of a previously unknown population who lived in the region during the last Ice Age.The DNA from the teeth are dated to more than 31,000 years ago, making it the oldest genetic material ever found in Siberia.As part of the same wider study, researchers also revealed that another site in Siberia yielded 10,000-year-old human remains found to be genetically related to the Native Americans. Ads by Amazon ENDS IN It’s the first time close genetic associations to Native Americans have been found outside of the United States.Ancient North SiberiansEven in modern times, winters in Siberia is a perilous experience. Ancient Siberia is infinitely more treacherous, especially in the middle of an Ice Age.To fill the gaps on the population that was able to live through the harsh conditions, researchers analyzed the milk teeth from Yana Rhinoceros Horn Site where over 2,500 artifacts have been recovered.Mobile and highly adaptive, the Ancient North Siberians survived in the region’s extreme conditions by hunting woolly mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, and bison, according to the new research published in the journal Nature.The study authors estimated that there would have been 40 individuals at the site with a wider population of about 500. There were no evidence found of inbreeding in the DNA, which were quite common at the time when Neanderthal populations were dropping.”These people were a significant part of human history, they diversified almost at the same time as the ancestors of modern day Asians and Europeans and it’s likely that at one point they occupied large regions of the northern hemisphere,” study author Eske Willerslev of St John’s College, University of Cambridge said in a statement.Tracing The ‘Missing Link’ Of Native American AncestryMany experts accept that humans traveled from Siberia to Alaska in the Americas via a land bridge across the Bering Strait. In the second paper published in same Nature edition, scientists suggest that some of the humans who made it to the Americas are Asian people mixed with Ancient North Siberians.These first humans would have been the ancestors of Americas’ indigenous people.Researchers reached this conclusion after analyzing the DNA of a 10,000-year-old male fossil near the Kolyma River in Siberia. Their analysis reveals genetic ancestry that’s a mixture of Ancient North Siberian and East Asian, which closely resembles the genetic makeup of Native Americans.Until now, no human remains have been found outside the United States that are this closely related to Native American populations.”It is an important piece in the puzzle of understanding the ancestry of Native Americans as you can see the Kolyma signature in the Native Americans and Paleo-Siberians,” Willerslev explained. “This individual is the missing link of Native American ancestry.” TAG Siberia, Native American, Ancient humans Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Single broke males are the perfect passengers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J If you’re a 30-year-old male travelling alone and flying in economy, then you’re more likely to get a big friendly smile from your cabin crew, according to a new study.Skyscanner’s search for the perfect passenger revealed that cabin crew most prefer male passengers, particularly those not travelling for work and unable to afford premium or business class tickets.Meanwhile, 26 percent of crew said the most annoying passengers were those who insist on clicking fingers to get attention, while 13 percent find passengers leaving their seat before the light goes off an irritating quality.Other annoying habits at 30,000 feet include stuffing too many bags into the overhead lockers, complaining there’s no space for bags in the locker, talking through the safety demo and asking for more blankets and pillows. Skyscanner’s Sam Poullain said results were unexpected and “contrary to stereotypes”.“It’s interesting to see that it’s the men who get the vote for the perfect passenger, while cabin crew prefer to work in economy rather than premium class,” he explained.last_img read more