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Paul Finebaum Doesn’t Think Michigan Loses Much With Wilton Speight Injury

first_imgPaul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.Paul Finebaum/ESPN.Michigan might have lost its starting quarterback for the season.Wilton Speight, the Wolverines’ starting quarterback, is reportedly out for the season with a broken collarbone. Jim Harbaugh has since denied the report, but did admit that the QB is hurt and will be out for a couple of days “at least.”Typically, losing a starting quarterback is reason for panic.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum says Michigan fans shouldn’t be doing that, though.“Keep your eye on the selection committee and how they weigh injuries,” Finebaum said during Monday’s College Football Live. “They’re watching this like we are right now. It’s also worth remembering Ohio State did pretty well a few years ago with a third-string quarterback.”Michigan is expected to start John O’Korn at quarterback if Speight is out. O’Korn, a senior transfer from Houston, was a heavy competitor for the starting job in the preseason, and should be able to step in and fill Speight’s role.last_img read more

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Norm Macdonalds mea culpa tour familiar ground for public relations experts

first_imgTORONTO – There’s a moment on Norm Macdonald’s new talk show where the Canadian comic muses on what is and is not appropriate to say: “I always felt that some epithets were less abrasive than others, you know,” he tells his guest, a lively Drew Barrymore.“It’s like navigating a one-inch tightrope on an ice skate,” the seasoned actress concurs. “That’s what talking feels like today in this world.”It’s an oddly prescient exchange that appears in the second episode of the new talk show, “Norm Macdonald Has A Show,” given the firestorm Macdonald has ignited in recent days.While promoting the Netflix series, which premieres Friday, he’s had to issue an apology for several offensive remarks, and then an apology for that apology after further digging himself into a quagmire.The standup veteran is known for speaking his mind, but the social conventions, celebrity culture and news industry have changed vastly since he skewered O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson as the Weekend Update anchor on “Saturday Night Live” in the late ’90s, note several media observers.Macdonald’s multiple blunders are a good reminder that celebrities are often better off just keeping their mouth shut when asked to comment on hot-button issues, says public relations guru Natasha Koifman, of the Toronto-based NKPR.“Listen, I wish they were a little more nervous,” Koifman says when asked how these blunders continually plague seemingly smart, veteran performers.“They have to be super-careful and I think that sometimes they forget that what they say actually matters.”Macdonald has since said he was “confused” when he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Tuesday that he was “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a bit” and that his famous pals Roseanne and Louis C.K. lost “everything in a day” while “the victims didn’t have to go through” what they did.The next day, he told “The Howard Stern Show” that he was misinterpreted and that he saw value in the #MeToo movement — however while trying to clarify his comments on sexual misconduct victims, Macdonald made an insulting reference to people with Down syndrome.He appeared on “The View” on Thursday to apologize for that odd comment, saying “I realized at that moment I’d done something unforgivable.”Macdonald’s former talent agent Louise Parent says she finds it hard to believe he meant any offence, nevertheless admitting she hasn’t spoken to Macdonald in years or read all the coverage about what is increasingly becoming his mea culpa tour.“I know Norm, he’s an old friend and I know how he speaks,” says Parent, who represented Macdonald in the late ’80s for acting jobs. “He absolutely is not somebody that would disregard the victims at all.”She said it’s a challenge for celebrities to speak eloquently on delicate topics they’re often asked to address with little notice.“You get put on the spot very quickly and you say something that maybe isn’t reported correctly and then you get the backlash,” says Parent, noting the 24-hour news cycle makes it especially hard to stay on top of developments.“There’s coaches and managers and publicists that are (telling them) ‘Here’s what happened in the last hour,’ or, ‘Here’s what happened in the last 10 minutes.’ … You’re supposed to be up-to-date all the time.”Then there’s the fact that, as Parent puts it: “It’s Norm, that’s how he talks.”Still, it’s no less bizarre to hear Macdonald ramble down an array of tangents during a phone interview with The Canadian Press that took place before his #MeToo comments made headlines, and the backlash that erupted.He discussed his dream to secure a residency at a Las Vegas casino, his side gig as the co-creator of a dating app called Loko, and his admiration for Toronto criminal defence lawyer Marie Henein, best known for successfully defending disgraced CBC Radio star Jian Ghomeshi against sexual assault charges.“Oh my God, she’s so beautiful. She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my life,” Macdonald exclaimed in an odd segue from noting that Hart Pomerantz, the former comedy partner of “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels, is now a lawyer.When asked why that’s his lasting memory of the 2016 trial, he adds: “because she’s so smart and so mysterious.”“I’m sure people must hate her guts for defending that guy,” he continues. “They should understand the rule of law, (defence lawyers) are not betraying all of humanity.”Then there’s his desire to return to “SNL” so he can do an impression of controversial professor and free-speech advocate Jordan Peterson.Macdonald expressed admiration for the firebrand on Twitter back in Feb. 14, with the message from his verified account stating: “You changed my life years ago and I want to say thank you.”Whether he gets the chance to actually do his impression depends on getting the greenlight from Michaels.“I have to wait until he knows who Jordan Peterson is,” he says. “Jordan Peterson is just sort of on the radar here. I mean, he’s huge, but he’s sort of a secret person.”Koifman says it’s easy for some celebrities to forget their opinions might differ from most of the mainstream public, and that’s something she’s constantly trying to address in her work.“You can have an opinion but you do have to pay attention to what the public is saying and what the public is feeling about a specific topic,” she says.“The reality is celebrities are often surrounded by a lot of ‘yes people’ — that’s part of the problem. That doesn’t give them a very good perception of what the public perception is of things.”Ela Veresiu, an assistant professor of marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business, says the old mantra that any publicity is good publicity is dead.“I feel like there is an obsession among celebrities … with staying relevant,” says Veresiu.“And then the narrative usually unfolds in a very similar fashion — they say something very controversial, either through their own social media channels or in an interview, it gets picked up, there’s a huge backlash of appearances and shows or performances getting cancelled, and then the celebrity back-pedals and eventually apologizes.“But the damage is already done.”Koifman tends to tell her clients to avoid saying anything.“You don’t always have to have a public opinion.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Natasha Koifman’s first name.last_img read more

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Flames lay out guidelines for arena talks including City attitude and media

first_imgBefore negotiations on a new home for the Calgary Flames can begin with the City of Calgary, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation wants to lay out some ground rules.On May 31st, the now-chair of the city’s new Event Centre Assessment Committee wrote to CSEC President and CEO Ken King, informing him of the committee’s mandate.“A goal of this committee is to reset discussions betwee the City of Calgary and the CSEC,” Ward 6 Cllr. Jeff Davison said. “Today, on behalf of ECAC, I officially ask your organization to commit a new round of conversation to assess the topic of Calgary’s new Event Centre together.”On June 4th, King responded in a letter saying while CSEC would never decline a request for a meeting, the organization still had some concerns based on past practice.“As a result, we would like to have a preliminary discussion to determine what may have changed in the City’s view to warrant our re-engaging,” King said. “Moreover, if we are to proceed, a simple and pre-emptive imperative is media silence.”“Public and/or media involvement must only be rendered in the event of an agreement.”The letters mark the first public signs of re-engagement between the two sides since talks collapsed last fall before the last municipal election.Before the letters were made public, Davison told reporters that it was still very early in the process and the focus was first to lay out a vision.“I’m not interested in the past deal and I don’t believe any past deal is relevant to what we’re going to put forward,” he said. “I think we’ll have a lot of the talking points that will eventually come out, depending on what those sticking points were, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”“This is not just a hockey problem we’re trying to solve, what does an entire district look like and how do we make that work?”King announced on September 12th negotiations with the City were ending, after he called “spectacularly unproductive’ talks.That was followed by both sides revealing their respective offers for a new facility at Stampede Park.The city offered a three-way split between CSEC, a ticket surcharge and the city’s portion, which would eventually have to be repaid through some sort of direct investment.The CSEC offer was half from its organization and the other half from a communit revitalization levy.last_img read more

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Ferrari third quarter profit doubles on oneoff tax break

first_imgMILAN – Ferrari says its net earnings doubled in the third quarter thanks mostly to one-off tax benefit.The sports car maker said Monday that net earnings were 287 million euros ($327 million) compared with 141 million euros a year earlier.The company said earnings grew 5 per cent when excluding the so-called patent box tax break, agreed on with Italian authorities, covering use of copyrights, patents, trademarks, design and know-how.Deliveries were up 11 per cent to 2,262 vehicles driven by sales of the 812 Superfast and the Ferrari Portofino, with revenues flat at 838 million euros.Europe and Middle East sales were up by double digits to 1,005. The Americas grew by 5 per cent and greater China by 7 per cent.Ferrari forecast full-year sales at over 9,000 with profits of 1.1 billion euros.last_img read more

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Council votes to hold special meeting next week on base draft plan

first_imgUPDATE: Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of receiving for information the proposed bylaw that would ban cannabis retail operations. This effectively means that Council has voted against adopting the bylaw.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council voted in favour this afternoon to hold a special committee of the whole meeting next week to have a look at staff’s first ideas to dealing with the legalization of recreational cannabis.During a committee of the whole meeting today, the city’s planning staff gave a presentation on their plan to temporarily ban the sale of cannabis in the City to buy more time to gather the community’s thoughts for how the substance should be regulated. During their presentation, planners Ashley Murphy and Renee Jamurat also posed a number of questions to Council for their thoughts on such topics as setbacks from schools and parks, hours of operation, distance between retail outlets, and total number of outlets. Planner Ashley Murphy and Planning Manager renee Jamurat give a presentation to Council on their plan to temporarily ban recreational cannabis in order to have enough time to gather sufficient public feedback. Photo by Chris NewtonSpeaking first, councillor Byron Stewart asked staff why the City would want to regulate recreational cannabis beyond those regulations that have already been proposed by the provincial and federal governments. Murphy explained that City staff want to get sufficient feedback from residents on cannabis since it is a new use. Stewart also spoke about feedback he’s heard, including the fear and confusion over the use of the word ‘ban,’ likening the fears over the ban to the plot of the movie “Footloose.” Councillor Trevor Bolin offered comment on how asking for residents’ thoughts could lead to a large and widely varied range of feedback, instead of presenting a draft plan and asking for residents’ feedback on specific parts of that plan. He compared the two different methods of feedback used by the School Board last fall when drawing up the new catchment areas in the City for the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School, saying that the process became more streamlined when the school board asked residents to comment on proposed catchment boundaries.Overall, councillors expressed their support that there be setbacks for cannabis retail locations from schools, especially after the intense opposition to liquor store that was proposed at the intersection of 112th Ave. and 86th St. Council seemed to be supportive of many of the proposed provincial regulations, including the hours of operation between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Several councillors also seemed to support concentrating any retail operations in high-traffic areas like the downtown core, and not in residential or low-traffic areas of the City. During the regular council meeting, councillors voted in favour of scheduling a special committee of the whole meeting on May 22nd to give feedback on staff’s draft plans for recreation cannabis retail operations, with the plan to have the City’s policy finalized by July 1st. The motion has effectively quashed the proposed bylaw to ban recreational cannabis operations in the City, though a vote on that bylaw, as of 3:25 p.m., has not yet occurred.last_img read more

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No delay by Maha CM on probe into rationalists killing Tawde

first_imgMumbai: A day after the Bombay High Court rapped Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the slow pace of probe into the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde defended the CM saying there was no delay on his part. The CBI is probing the Dabholkar killing case, while the state CID is investigating the Pansare case. The high court had Thursday expressed displeasure over the pace of investigation into the killing of rationalists, asking whether the chief minister did not have time to take stock of the cases. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”What is the CM doing? He holds 11 portfolios, including Home, but does not find the time to take stock of the case. His deputies do not have the time to remove obstacles in the probe?” the court had said. It is “shameful” that almost every investigation requires the court’s intervention, a bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala had said. Talking about the high court’s observations, Tawde Friday claimed that there was no delay on the part of Fadnavis as far as taking decisions on the investigation into the Pansare murder case was concerned. “As far as taking decisions is concerned, I think there is not a single decision that is pending. If there was any delay from our side then it could have a different implication,” he said.last_img read more

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UN urges States and communities to help eradicate female genital mutilation

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), told a news conference at UN Headquarters that many communities are increasingly abandoning FGM thanks to the use of “culturally sensitive, human rights-based approaches that support the positive values within communities that want the best for their girls and women.”Over the past three years, some 8,000 communities across the world, including in 15 African countries, have abandoned the practice, he said. Last year alone 2,000 communities declared that they will no longer allow the human rights violation to continue.“It is truly heartening that social norms and cultural practices are changing and communities are uniting to protect the rights of their girls and women,” said Mr. Osotimehin.Ms. Kidjo, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a passionate advocate for girls’ education, challenged African leaders to be on the forefront of efforts to eradicate FGM, which she said “diminished” women and sought to destroy their identity.“We can have help from around the world, [but] if there is no political will… we won’t move nowhere,” Ms. Kidjo, who will tonight sing at a concert in the UN sponsored by the Italian mission, in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF.A Grammy-winning artist, Ms, Kidjo, who was born in Benin, urged all States to sign up to a draft General Assembly resolution that calls for global action against FGM.“We can’t live in a modern society with FGM still around,” she told UN Radio in an interview earlier.Ms. Kidjo said that social traditions that condone FGM need to be “tackled at the core” through making entire communities aware of the harmful consequences of the practice.“There traditions in my country and my continent that I am proud of, that I embody, that I carry, that I sing about, [but] there are some traditions in my continent that we Africans have to have the courage to face and sit together and find a solution [to],” she said.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. In Africa, an estimated 92 million girls aged 10 years or older have undergone FGM, which is also practised in some countries in the Middle East and Asia.FGM or cutting includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.FGM survivor Saran Dioubate from Guinea said the practice serves no purpose, is life-threatening and traumatizing.“My feeling about being cut is like they stole something from me because nobody asked me if I wanted to be cut,” said Ms. Dioubate, who told the news conference that she was subjected to FGM when she was about six years old.“Even though I was around six, if somebody had explained to me that it was painful I was going to say no. The practice has to end [and] for that we need collective effort by educating communities. We also have to raise awareness on the continent,” she said.The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. However, more than 18 per cent of all acts of FGM are performed by health-care providers, and that trend has been on the rise, according to WHO. 28 February 2012A senior United Nations official and the renowned singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo today urged all UN Member States and communities to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) and raise awareness about its harmful effects, especially in African countries where the practice is most prevalent. read more

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Thesis defences – posted March 23

PhD student in Psychology — Kerri MichalicaKerri Michalica, PhD student in Psychology, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F.  The title of her thesis is “Creativity and the Schizophrenia Spectrum Unveiled: The Similarities and the Differences.”  Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Lynne Angus, York University, external examiner; Harry Hunt, supervisor; Sandra Bosacki, internal examiner; Kathy Belicki and Paul Tyson, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Master of Arts, Applied Health Sciences — Dina Bell-LarocheMaster of Arts thesis defence for Dina Bell-Laroche, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, will be Monday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in WH147.  The title of her thesis is “Moving from values inaction to values-in-action: An exploration of how values can be managed intentionally by National Sport Organizations.” Thesis supervisor: Joanne MacLean; external examiner: Kim Cameron, University of Michigan (videoconference); committee members: Lucie Thibault and Richard Wolfe; chair: Hilary Findlay.  All are welcome.Master of Science in Management, Business — Shane NichollsMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Shane Nicholls, Faculty of Business, Department of Accounting, will be Tuesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Taro Hall 230.  The title of his thesis is “Y Works:  Generational Differences in Attitudes Towards Workplace Success.”  His examining committee members are Sidney Segalowitz, chair; Sean Lyons, external examiner, Department of Business, University of Guelph; Darlene Bay, supervisor; Gail Lynn Cook and Mark Julien. All are welcome.Master of Science in Management, Business — Abdul Rehman AshrafMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Abdul Rehman Ashraf, Faculty of Business, Department of Marketing, International Business and Strategy, will be Wednesday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Taro Hall 230.  The title of his thesis is “Is More Information Always Good? Investigating the Impact of Website Interface Features on E-Retailer’s Sales Performance.”  His examining committee members are Joe Kushner, chair; Leyland Pitt, external examiner, Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University; Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, supervisor; Anteneh Ayanso and Dirk De Clercq. All are welcome.Master of Science in Manager, Business — Brian MokayaMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Brian Mokaya, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Taro Hall 230.  The title of his thesis is “Search Engine Advertising in Web Retailing: An Efficiency Analysis.” His examining committee members are Felice Martinello, chair; Jeffrey Parsons, external examiner, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University; Anteneh Ayanso, supervisor; Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl and Reena Yoogalingam. All are welcome.Master of Arts — Anna NguyenMaster of Arts in Child and Youth Studies thesis defence for Anna Nguyen, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies, will be Wednesday, April 14 at 12 noon in Plaza 601(C). The title of her thesis is “Negotiating Ideologies in Early Childhood Education: An exploration of Reggio-Inspired Practice.” Her examining committee members are Maureen Connolly, chair; CarolAnne Wein, external examiner, Faculty of Education, York University; Richard Mitchell, supervisor; Shannon Moore and Karyn Callaghan. All are welcome. read more

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Deer tick range greatly expanded

Long Point and Turkey Point have been regarded as hot-spots for the tick that spreads Lyme disease in recent years.However – based on last year’s field tests — the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has determined that the tick species at issue can be found anywhere in Norfolk, much of west Haldimand, and in a large geographic area with Dunnville at its centre.Kris Lutzi, the health unit’s senior public health inspector, told Norfolk council this week that three cases of Lyme disease were confirmed in Norfolk and Norfolk last year. This is down from seven cases in 2017 and five cases in 2016.There was discussion at Tuesday’s meeting as to whether the proliferation of invasive phragmites in waterfront areas of Norfolk has expanded habitat for the deer tick that carries Lyme disease.Lutzi said he has never seen confirmation of a deer tick from a beach sand environment. Deer ticks, he said, prefer shaded, damp forest areas with abundant leaf litter and spindly undergrowth for climbing on to potential hosts.In counterpoint, Mayor Kristal Chopp said Turkey Point residents have shared reports to the contrary.Deer ticks are one reason Turkey Point residents have been concerned in recent years with the spread of invasive phragmites on the beachfront along Ordnance Avenue.While Lyme disease trends in the local area are headed in a positive direction, the same cannot be said for West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus.Lutzi said hot, wet weather in southern Ontario in the spring of 2018 created ideal conditions for the proliferation of mosquitoes – the carriers of West Nile and EEEV.Six cases of West Nile were confirmed in Haldimand and Norfolk last year, one of which was fatal. The victims ranged in age from late-40s to mid-80s. Lutzi added there is a possibility three of the local cases were contracted elsewhere in Ontario.As part of its monitoring program, the health unit tested 59 sites last year where mosquitoes breed. Five of these produced mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus.Positive mosquitoes were confirmed in Simcoe, Caledonia, Dunnville and Cayuga. Tests on mosquitoes from Jarvis, Delhi, Port Dover and Port Rowan came back negative.The health unit isn’t sure field testing of this sort is useful given that local residents who came down with West Nile last year were not within range of areas where mosquitoes tested positive.“These results…reaffirm that personal precautions should be taken whether or not surveillance results indicate the presence of West Nile virus,” Lutzi says in his report.Also noteworthy was the return of EEEV after a nine-year absence. Four cases were confirmed in horses in Haldimand last year. EEEV is of interest to health officials because one human case was confirmed in Ontario in 2016.“Last year is a clear reminder that EEEV remains a threat locally,” Lutzi said. “Equine owners should ensure their horses are vaccinated.”“Vector-borne diseases” such as Lyme, West Nile and EEEV are monitored because they are spread by parasites that benefit from the recent trend toward warmer springs and summers.If this trend continues, Lutzi said health officials can expect to see more instances of these potentially serious illnesses.Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted by tick bites. It is difficult to diagnose because it resembles many other illnesses that produce flu-like symptoms.Lyme disease can persist for years. The most serious complication is heart and organ damage that can ultimately prove fatal.West Nile disease is believed to have arrived in North America 30 or so years ago in mosquitoes that hitched a ride on jet planes from Africa and the Middle East. Most people exposed to the virus exhibit no symptoms but in others the ailment produces long-term debilitation and death.Being an encephalitic pathogen, EEEV inflames brain and nerve tissue with the potential for long-term debilitation in victims who survive.Norfolk council serves as the board of health for both Norfolk and Haldimand due to Norfolk’s larger population.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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NSA leader Edward Snowden to speak via video at South By Southwest

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2014 8:56 am MDT NSA leader Edward Snowden to speak via video at South By Southwest Interactive festival AUSTIN, Texas – NSA leaker Edward Snowden is getting ready to speak at this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival.But the former NSA contractor won’t appear in person at the conference in Austin on Monday.He’ll participate remotely via video as Snowden remains in Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum.Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking thousands of classified documents to media outlets.Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, will be speaking to Snowden along with Snowden’s legal adviser, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner. The session begins at 11 a.m. Central Time.The ACLU will offer a live blog of Snowden’s talk on its website and the Texas Tribune’s website will host a live video stream.Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke at the conference in a similar manner on Saturday. Assange is living in asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.___Links: http://www.texastribune.org/https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/coming-soon-virtual-conversation-edward-snowden Edward Snowden talks during a simulcast conversation during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Snowden talked with American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist Christopher Soghoian, and answered tweeted questions. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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General Assembly officially adopts roadmap for migrants to improve safety ease suffering

The UN Secretary-General explained in a statement released after the vote that the document “reaffirms the foundational principles of our global community, including national sovereignty and universal human rights, while pointing the way toward humane and sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants themselves”.Mr. Guterres stressed that the Compact “calls for greater solidarity with migrants in situations of appalling vulnerability and abuse,” that it “underscores the need to anticipate future trends”, and that it “highlights the imperative of devising more legal pathways for migration.”Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, who led the conference deliberations over the Compact in the Moroccan city of Marrakech last week, said that he formal endorsement “represents a resounding commitment to an international migration framework based on fact, not myth, and to an understanding that national migration policies are best implemented through cooperation not in isolation.”The document, the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions, was adopted by the General Assembly with 152 votes in favour, 12 abstentions, and five votes against, namely by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the United States of America. An additional 24 Member States were not present to take part in the vote.Though non-legally binding, the Compact is the outcome of a long negotiation process and provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration, drawing on best practice and international law.Thanking all those who “helped to bring this landmark step to fruition,” including civil society, migrants, diaspora communities, the private sector, trade unions, academic experts and municipal leaders, the UN chief said he hoped the “countries that have chosen to remain outside the process will come to see the Compact’s value and join this venture”.In statements explaining their decisions, countries that voted for the document stated often stressed the fact that this document is only a first step and that its realization will be where the work really starts. The sentiment was echoed by the UN chief who said that “leadership will be crucial in bringing the Compact to life, and in avoiding the myths and disparaging discourse that have become all too frequent”. The UN Secretary-General noted that the United Nations, through the newly established UN Migration Network, stands ready to support Member States and all partners “to make migration work for all.” read more

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Mens Volleyball No 5 Ohio State taking time to find stride after

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterMuch like many of the other teams across Ohio State athletics, the No. 5 men’s volleyball team (5-2) has a history of excellence. After all, the Buckeyes are back-to-back national champions. But this year, Ohio State has dropped two early-season matches, one against No. 6 BYU on Jan. 13 and one to No. 2 UCLA on Jan. 20. After its second loss in five games into the season, the Buckeyes’ chances of winning the conference and qualifying for the NCAA championships seemed unfavorable. Head coach Pete Hanson said after his team’s loss to UCLA this season will not be a repeat their 2017 season.“We’re not going to go 32-2, you know? Let’s put that to bed right now. We’re going to lose some more matches this year just because of who we are. We’re different than we were last year,” Hanson said on Jan. 25. “It’s not about what your record is when you get to the tournament. It’s, ‘Can you win three or four matches in a row, the last three or four matches of the season and become a national champion?’”Ohio State faced challengers Saint Francis and No. 9 Penn State on Jan. 25 and Sunday, respectively, sweeping both teams 3-0. The Buckeyes claimed their first top-15 win against Penn State. Though his team has a top-15 win and is sitting at 5-2, Hanson said Tuesday the 2018 team has yet to reach its full potential, though it’s not too far off. He said the new group of starters are still working to learn to play together and trust one another, a process that takes more than a few weeks.“You have to begin to develop that trust with a teammate in terms of, in a certain situation, what are the expectations for the guy next to you or the guy two spots away from you, and for the last three years we had that same group of guys together,” Hanson said. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson added to Hanson’s sentiment, saying much of the team’s improvement will come from adjusting to having four new starters and learning each other’s style of play. “Once you figure out how everyone functions and how they play, you can start balancing them out and complementing each other’s strengths and helping to boost each other’s weaknesses,” Leeson said. “I think that we’re not even close to the top of the bell curve.” Though they have not yet reached their full potential, the Buckeyes are winning matches. Hanson said challenging their opponent’s offense so Ohio State can be the aggressors of the match is something they do well. “If you’re going to ask an opposing coach, ‘hey, what does Ohio State bring to the table?’” he said. “I think they’re going to tell you that we’re going to serve the ball very aggressively, we’re going to try to put their offense under a lot of pressure and create opportunities to score with our block and with our transition defense.”While one of Ohio State’s strengths might be the offense, Hanson said its defense is the biggest step it can take as a group to take control of the game and score more points. Hanson said looking forward, the top three teams he anticipates playing are Lewis University, Loyola University and Ball State. Because all three schools are in the MIVA conference with Ohio State, winning the matches is imperative for the prospects for the conference playoffs to be held at St. John Arena.Ohio State travels to Charleston, West Virginia, for a matchup against Charleston at 7 p.m. Friday. read more

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What gaming can learn from Minecraft

first_imgAfter five million sales, a convention that drew more than 4500 people, and countless YouTube tutorials, it’s safe to say that Minecraft has been a hit, but not a hit like most others. More than just a well-executed rehash of the classic formulas, Minecraft became a phenomenon because it felt fresh and unique, and players hadn’t experienced anything quite like it.Now that the gaming world has had time to digest Minecraft’s official release, one has to wonder what kind of impact such a unique and popular title will have in the long run. Years from now, will we look back and see Minecraft’s most interesting elements in the games that come after it? Here are three lessons that future titles could, and hopefully will, learn from Minecraft.The Power of InfinityMinecraft worlds aren’t truly infinite, but their maximum size is thousands of times the surface of the Earth, so they’re infinite for most practical purposes. As a player moves into new areas of the map, the game algorithmically generates his surroundings in all directions (including deep underground), continually combining various terrains and biomes into blocky, Monet-esque landscapes. Despite a few logical oddities, like arid deserts that butt up against snowfields, the game’s unpredictable environments create a sense that this virtual world is a real place where new sights are always waiting a little further ahead.In most games, the boundaries of the play space are obvious, no matter how many conveniently locked doors or for-some-reason-impassable shrubs developers use to cover the world’s edges. With a little suspension of disbelief, players can look past those hard limits, but invisible walls always hamper the sense of immersion. Minecraft demonstrates the value of creating worlds that aren’t so claustrophobic.Not every game could adopt Minecraft’s form of algorithmic near-infinity, but the technique is a natural fit for genres where exploration is a focus. The fantasy world of a dungeon crawler, for instance, would feel far more genuine if it seemed to go on forever. Developers could even create fixed, well-crafted dungeons, then let the automated map decide where to place the entrances (as long as those entrances were kept reasonably close to the starting point, of course).The Power of InventionEven games that focus on user creation, like Little Big Planet and Spore, can’t match Minecraft’s level of authorial power. Every last cube of space within Minecraft’s upper and lower boundaries can be filled in or emptied, which lets players create any sort of structure they want, from houses to castles to secret lairs inside hollowed-out mountains. But the inventive power truly opens up because of redstone, the wiring material that runs Minecraft machinery. Using combinations of block-pushing pistons, powered torches, and other basic mechanisms, Minecraft players have made some mind-boggling devices within the game world: auto-loading cannons that fire explosive rounds, automated minecart-based inventory systems, and lightning fast elevators just to name a few.More focused interactive experiences can’t be expected to match Minecraft’s moldability, but the basic lesson is one other games should take to heart: “crafting” can be deeper than just creating a better sword. When virtual worlds are malleable, they seem more genuine, and more like the real world; when they’re static, they seem flat and fake. If players can design their own devices, and make meaningful changes to a persistent game world, their incentive to create is incredibly strong.The Problem of OwnershipMinecraft’s virtues have a lot to teach gaming, but so do some of its drawbacks. The game’s impressive level of player freedom makes griefing a serious problem. If one player builds a gigantic pyramid in Minecraft, there’s nothing to stop another player from blowing it to pieces. Likewise, when a player stores hard-earned materials in a chest, he has to hide it well because there’s no way to lock it. As you might expect, servers that host large number of users often rely on anti-griefing mods to keep the peace.The items a player acquires and the things he creates are a part of his investment in a game, and it’s disheartening when those things are taken away unfairly. It’s likely that many Minecraft players have abandoned a particular server or the game itself because they found their hard work undone by some anonymous party. Encouraging players to explore, build, and create is meaningless if they have no way to protect their investment. Designers of persistent world games must carefully walk the line between allow player freedom and preventing player abuse.last_img read more

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Barnes and Noble lance une Nook à 199 dollars

first_imgBarnes and Noble lance une Nook à 199 dollarsPour affronter le Kindle Fire d’Amazon, Barnes & Noble sort une version 8 Go de sa tablette Nook et baisse tous ses prix.La Nook et son écran LCD couleur revient dans une nouvelle version, avec 8Go de stockage, 512 Mo de mémoire vive, comme sa rivale la Kindle Fire, et un prix extrêmement inférieur à coté celui des fameuses tablettes Apple.  En software, elle propose des outils vraiment intéressants pour la vidéo et le surf sur internet.Sur ce segment tablette, Barnes & Noble et Amazon se livrent une terrible bataille aux États-Unis. Les deux tablettes sont proches, à la fois liseuses accédant à un catalogue d’ebooks dédié et tablettes polyvalentes pour la consultation du Web ou l’accès à des contenus multimédia. Le tout depuis un OS dérivé d’Android.Mais la Kindle Fire était jusque-là un peu moins chère, surtout parce qu’elle embarquait moins de mémoire vive et d’espace de stockage. Le nouveau modèle de Nook s’aligne donc entièrement sur son opposante, à la fois au niveau hardware et au niveau du prix. Il existe d’autres appareils du même genre chez Barnes & Noble. Le prix de la Nook Color (lien non disponible) par exemple, baisse également, pour la deuxième fois en quatre mois, et atteint 169 dollars (environ 126 euros – Elle coûtait 249 dollars à l’origine !) Barnes & Noble propose également la Nook Simple Touch, une liseuse noir et blanc à 99 dollars (environ 74 euros).  En ce qui concerne la Nook Tablet, il existait déjà une version 16 Go, mais le prix de celle-ci reste inchangé à 249 dollars (un peu plus de 180 euros).Fin 2011 Amazon se plaçait en seconde place mondiale des ventes de tablettes, derrière l’iPad. Barnes & Noble ne fait pas aussi bien, mais leurs volumes de ventes ont tout de même progressé de 64 % sur un an. Le 24 février 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Boys basketball Union places third at state

first_imgTACOMA — The Union boys basketball team shook off Friday’s night’s tough loss in the Class 4A state semifinals and took a wire-to-wire victory in the third-place game Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.Jordan Chatman, who made a length-of-the-court shot Friday night, buried six 3-pointers Saturday and finished his high school career with a 32-point performance to lead the Titans to a 62-51 victory over Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma.The Titans (20-8) have taken home state trophies in three of the past four seasons. This was Chatman’s first year at state, and he made sure to soak it all in.“The whole experience was a lot of fun. It was a crazy atmosphere, and a lot of crazy games we played in,” said Chatman, who was named the 4A tournament’s MVP. “It was just a blast.”The Titans won their opener Thursday in overtime, then lost by a point in the semifinals. Chatman made that epic shot that was the buzz of the tournament, even in defeat.“It was a tough loss last night. We knew this was our last game, and we wanted third place,” Chatman said. “That motivated us.”last_img read more

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2 militants killed in gunfight in JK

first_imgSrinagar, July 27: Two militants were killed in a gunfight with the security forces at Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Police said security forces started a cordon and search operation in Bonbazar area of Shopian town early on Saturday after receiving information about the presence of militants there. “As the cordon around the hiding militants was tightened, they fired at the security forces triggering an encounter in which two militants were killed,” police said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us “The exact identify and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained, they added. In another unrelated incident on Saturday morning, Lance Naik Rajender Singh of 57 Rashtriya Rifles was killed in Pakistan ceasefire violation on the Line of Control in Machil sector of Kupwara district . “Lance Naik Rajender Singh suffered critical injuries in unprovoked Pakistan firing. He was taken to a nearby medical facility, but he succumbed to critical injuries,” sources said.last_img read more

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Businessman found with gunshot wounds in his car in Hyderabad

first_imgRepresentational imageCreative Commons Zero – CC0A man in Hyderabad in Telangana was found with gunshot wounds in his Mercedes Benz car. Faizal Ahmed (32) was found alone in the driver’s seat of the luxury sedan on Outer Ring Road on the outskirts of Hyderabad.The incident is said to have occurred on Thursday afternoon. The traffic police found Faizal’s car and raised an alarm. Faizal was still alive when they found him. The case was investigated by the Narsingi Police who claim that Faizal tried to take his own life, reports The News Minute.  “We found that he was still alive when we reached. We sent him to Care Hospitals. We found his cell phone and a pistol in the car, along with some empty cartridges,” the police said.They added, “His condition is critical. The bullets were fired to his head so the injuries were critical.” Faizal has been shifted to Care Hospital at Banjara Hills.After further investigation, it was discovered that Faizal ran an outsourcing firm in the city. It is not known if the weapon Faizal used was his own but the police have launched a probe into the case.This is not the only serious incident on the Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad over the past few days. There have been three deaths and 15 injuries in the outskirts of Hyderabad, near Keesara.In one incident, a truck, which was carrying 15 people, had rammed into a divider on the Outer Ring Road near Keesara. A couple, sitting next to the driver, died and 13 others were injured and were shifted to the hospital to undergo treatment.last_img read more

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