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Liberals Tories unveil campaign slogans and contrasting pitches to voters

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadians will be asked this fall to choose between moving forward with the Liberals or getting ahead with the Conservatives.But while they both seem to be urging voters to go in the same direction — onward — the messages underlying the two main parties’ campaign slogans are very different.The ruling Liberals have settled on “Choose Forward” as their official campaign theme, part of their bid to cast the election as a choice between building on Justin Trudeau’s record of accomplishments or rolling back the clock to the era of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.The Conservatives, meanwhile, have settled on “It’s time for you to get ahead,” with emphasis on the “you” — as opposed to the wealthy corporations and high-priced lobbyists whom Leader Andrew Scheer maintains have gotten ahead under the Trudeau government.Both parties have also released new national television and online ads that expound on their campaign themes.The Liberal ad shows a smiling Trudeau engaging with constituents in his working class Montreal riding of Papineau and delivering his campaign message while riding a transit bus.He talks about things he says the Liberals have done to help average Canadians, such as cutting taxes for the middle class, creating the Canada Child Benefit and tackling climate change — all things he notes the Conservatives have opposed.“The Conservatives like to say they’re for the people, but then they cut taxes for the wealthy and cut services for everybody else,” Trudeau says — a sly reference to the slogan employed by unpopular Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whom the Liberals are doing their level best to turn into an albatross for the federal Conservatives.The ad concludes with the prime minister facing the camera and saying that “in October we’ve got a choice to make — keep moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made, or go back to the politics of the Harper years. I’m for moving forward for everyone.”The ad is buttressed by a series of “stories” from individual Canadians talking about how they’ve benefited from various Liberal policies or why, in general, they support the ruling party.The Conservative ad features Scheer alone, talking into the camera about his plan for Canadians: “Lower the cost of living and leave more money in your pockets.”“I believe that Canadians across this country are so frustrated because they’re working so hard and they’re following all the rules, but they feel like they’re falling further and further behind or they’re barely getting by,” Scheer says.In a news release announcing the slogan, Scheer says it’s intended to draw a “sharp contrast” between who gets ahead under the Liberals and who will get ahead under a Conservative government.“We’ve seen who gets ahead under Trudeau. It’s billion-dollar companies and high-priced lobbyists like Loblaws who get generous handouts from hard-working taxpayers,” he says, referring to federal funding of up to $12 million to help the supermarket chain install more energy-efficient refrigerators.“It’s long-time corporate donors to the Liberal party like SNC-Lavalin, who Trudeau broke the law trying to protect from criminal prosecution.”Not to be left out of the moving onwards theme, the Green party is campaigning on the slogan: “Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together.”Signs for the fledgling People’s Party of Canada, meanwhile, are plastered with the phrase “Strong and Free.”The New Democratic Party, which has been using the lines “on your side” and “a new deal for people” in the run-up to the campaign, is set to reveal its official campaign slogan and its first ad next week.Trudeau has until Sept. 15 to call the election, which is scheduled for Oct. 21.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fran Drescher Honored With Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Award

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgOn May 6, 2014, more than 625 tri-state area business, healthcare and community leaders attended the 12th Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Laugh for Life: New York and raised $700,000 to benefit innovative MMRF approaches to extend patients’ lives and accelerate new treatments to lead to a cure for multiple myeloma, a fatal blood cancer.Walter M. Capone of the MMRF, Fran Drescher, Michael Reinert, Aviva Drescher and Anne Quinn Young celebrating at the 2014 MMRF Laugh for Life: New York“The MMRF Laugh for Life event provides us the opportunity to honor all who are united in our mission to cure myeloma, but especially the courage of patients, their families and friends,” said Walter M. Capone, President of the MMRF. “Thanks to those who inspire and support events like ‘Laugh,’ we are able to accelerate new and even more effective therapies for patients and advance cutting-edge research through our partnerships with the best scientists, researchers and clinicians in institutions and companies worldwide.”The MMRF was proud to honor Fran Drescher, actress, comedian, producer and President and Visionary of Cancer Schmancer Movement, with the Carol Goldschein Spirit of Hope Award presented by Celgene Corporation. This award is presented annually to a patient, caregiver or individual who exemplifies the true spirit of hope – one who generously advocates for the benefit of others, works tirelessly to help cancer patients, and inspires hope through their perseverance. Drescher’s cousin Aviva Drescher, TV personality, author and philanthropist, accepted the award on her behalf. Susie Essman, stand-up comedian, actress, writer, television producer, and voice artist, served as headliner for the comedy event. Michael Reinert, Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP and a member of the MMRF Board of Directors, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.“It’s a huge privilege to be honored by the MMRF, an organization that has had an amazing impact in advancing the field of myeloma research,” said Drescher. “No organization is doing more to shape the future of cancer research and directly benefiting the lives of so many patients.”The MMRF is a leading cancer research foundation that is developing new models and innovative means for accelerating the next generation of myeloma treatments as quickly as possible. The organization is currently spearheading the world’s first and only open access data platform in multiple myeloma, which will empower patients with information to make decisions about their individual medical choices and enable researchers and others to make faster treatment discoveries for this incurable blood cancer.“The MMRF is known for bringing great researchers, scientists and the multiple myeloma community together for a common cause, developing a plan to achieve that cause, and staying with it until the goal is achieved,” said Joel Beetsch, Vice President of Global Patient Advocacy at Celgene Corporation. “Celgene is proud to partner with the MMRF on behalf of the many, many patients and families it serves.”Upcoming MMRF events in the tri-state area include the MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run on June 8, 2014 in New Canaan, CT and the MMRF Fall Gala on November 8, 2014 in Greenwich, CT. For more information on MMRF events, please visit www.themmrf.org/events.last_img read more

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Telefilm Canada announces in partnership with the industry gender parity measures for

By on October 15, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Following its announcement of September 8, 2016—to build, by 2020, a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects Canada’s population—Telefilm Canada, as a first step, is pleased to reveal its gender parity measures for feature film production financing, developed in collaboration with the industry. Telefilm aims by 2020 to achieve a balanced production portfolio (at all budget levels) that reflects gender parity in each of the key roles of: director, writer and producer.“We’re extremely proud that, together with the industry, we’re moving to quickly and concretely foster gender parity in Canadian cinema,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director. “Our goal is to level the playing field for Canadian female talent, and we encourage creators to submit projects directed and/or written by women. This can only benefit the industry as whole; increased competition can lead to better quality projects that connect with audiences whose tastes and interests are changing along with the cultural landscape.”Brabant added: “I want to make it clear that this is just a first step. We will now take the same measured, consultative approach to ensuring our feature film portfolio also better reflects cultural diversity and Indigenous communities. We have already begun work with Indigenous creators, and are taking steps to address the challenges faced by creators from culturally diverse communities. Sustainable long-term solutions are key, not interim initiatives.” Facebook Telefilm’s five-pronged action plan to achieve gender parity is as follows:Encouraging a diversity of projects: Telefilm will encourage producers to submit projects that reflect the diversity of Canada’s population.Evaluation of projects: Telefilm will now, for projects of equal quality, favour projects that have a woman as director and/or a woman as writer (as per guidelines). Based on industry recommendations that these two roles require immediate critical attention, gender parity amongst directors and screenwriters was identified as a priority. In September 2017, once Telefilm reviews its survey data (see below), the challenges of women producers will be addressed.Transparency and reporting: Telefilm will continue to respect government privacy laws. However, in order to regularly report back to the industry, other means of data reporting have been created. Industry representatives have agreed to encourage their members to provide information, via a voluntary questionnaire at the application stage, which will identify key creative members of the team (director, writer, producer). This questionnaire will also address questions regarding cultural diversity amongst key creatives, and if members are from Indigenous communities. Based on the collected information, we will re-evaluate each year what our priorities should be in order to reach our global diversity objective.Continued targeted promotion of female talent to raise their professional profile and market appeal: ex. St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Birks Diamond Tribute, Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award Pay It Forward Prize. Telefilm will continue to promote all talent in its general promotional activities.Continued support of the conversation on gender parity via research and professional development initiatives: ex. Women in the Director’s Chair, Women in Film & Television, Women in View—2 x More, CMPA study Women & Leadership: A study of global policies and programs to advance gender parity in the screen-based industries.In collaboration with the Canadian industryIn September, Telefilm created a pan-industry working group to identify areas where collective efforts should be placed in priority. Based on this consultation, for 2017, Telefilm’s first goal will be to favour projects directed or written by women, while continuing to support the works of Indigenous creators and members of communities representing Canada’s cultural diversity.Telefilm would like to thank the members of the working group on their dedication to establishing a clear target and defined measures towards gender parity in feature film production financing.Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) (also representing CUES (Canadian Unions for Equality Onscreen))Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)Réalisatrices ÉquitablesSociété des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinema (SARTEC)Union des Artistes (UDA)Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)Women in ViewWomen in Film + Television VancouverAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Maple Leaf Foods to launch rebrand of packaged meat lines this year

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgMaple Leaf Foods Inc. will re-launch three of its flagship brands starting in April in what the company calls the “most ambitious brand renovation” in its more than one-hundred-year history.“I would say that of all the commercial activity underway in our business, the single initiative that I am most proud of and excited about right now is the brand strategy work that we’ve pursued in 2017, and it’s near launch time, ready for the second quarter of this year,” CEO Michael McCain said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings results.The company underwent a rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour and demand, he said, and worked to align the Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Swift packaged meat brands to target those spaces.“We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio.”The Maple Leaf brand, for example, will focus on the so-called responsible parenting demographic, which constitutes about a third of total demand for prepared meats.“These consumers are looking for natural food with nothing artificial. They’re looking for clean and simple ingredients, real food and they want family-friendly flavours,” McCain said.Schneiders will target about a quarter of the demand that comes from consumers looking for authentic and indulgent food, he said, while Swift will target the third of the market driven by the quick-fix diner, who is motivated by convenience and value.The company expects to enter the market with new packaging around April, McCain said, and will further discuss the initiative and roll out plans after its first quarter of this financial year ends.The company delivered “solid” results for its final quarter of 2017 and the full year, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.Maple Leaf reported a quarterly profit of $59.1 million or 47 cents per share compared with $76.2 million or 57 cents per share in the same quarter a year prior.The company announced it would raise its quarterly dividend from 11 cents per share to 13 cents.Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $876.8 million, up from $828.2 million in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned 41 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 31 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 39 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)last_img read more

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Rif Protests: Laftit Returns to Al Hoceima to Check on Development…

By on October 12, 2019

Rabat – Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit made a “surprise” visit to Al Hoceima on Monday for the second time in a month.Laftit has been accompanied by a ministerial delegation comprising of Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Aamara, his Secretary of State, Charafat Afilal and the General Director of the National Office of Water and Electricity, Ali Fassi Fihri.On his visit, Laftit will meet with the president of the regional council for Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Ilyas El Omari, and the region’s Wali, Mohamed Yaakoubi. An unnamed source stated that officials are expected to be informed on the development of projects in the region, especially those regarding sustainable development, like the Menarat Al-Mutawasat project in the Al Hoceima area.The unnamed source continued that Charafat Afilal had visited the region with the General Director of the National Office of Drinking Water in order to propose a solution to the city’s water shortages, which are particularly rife during summer.Laftit’s visit comes a day after thousands took part in a mass march in Rabat in solidarity with Rif protesters.The October 2016 death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri, who was fatally crushed to death in a trash compactor, sparked eight months of protests in the Al Houceima in northern Morocco. These demonstrations have intensified in recent weeks due to the arrest of the movement’s leader Nasser Zafzafi and detention of at least 85 other activists.In a bid to halt these demonstrations and respond to the socioeconomic demands of protesters, the Moroccan government announced on May 23 a plan to invest MAD 10 billion in the region. read more

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Gianni Infantino Set to Run for 2019 FIFA Re-Election

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Rabat- Gianni Infantino announced on Wednesday at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow that he will run for re-election as FIFA president in 2019.Infantino takes pride in the work he does for the world’s football governing body, he said in a speech following the 2026 World Cup bid vote: “I want another four years of it because I believe in what I do […] I believe in what I can do for FIFA and for football.” Infantino recalled FIFA’s “clinically dead” condition before his election in February, 2016. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter was haunted by corruption allegations leading Swiss prosecutors to subject him to criminal investigations. Blatter’s 17-year presidency over FIFA was jeopardized after he was accused of receiving bribes from Russia and Qatar to allow them to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. The allegations lead FIFA to drastically reform its host selection process. The FIFA Congress for the president’s election will take place June 2019 in Paris.Earlier on Wednesday, the joint North American bid, United 2026, won 134 votes from national football federations to host the 2026 World Cup, against Morocco’s 65. read more

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Guinea Ban Kimoon urges restraint amid reported deaths during demonstrations

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21 January 2007Concerned at unrest in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the parties there to exercise restraint amid reports of deaths during demonstrations which have rocked the West African country in recent days. “The Secretary General is closely following developments in Guinea, including negotiations between the parties, aimed at bringing an early end to the present situation, his spokesman said in a statement issued in New York, voicing concern over “the reported loss of life that occurred during the demonstrations.”Mr. Ban urged the Government, the Labor Union leaders and other concerned parties to exercise restraint. “He encourages them to avoid any action that would result in casualties and to reach a peaceful and mutually satisfactory agreement that would help restore calm and refocus the efforts of the country on poverty alleviation and development,” the spokesman said. read more

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Middle East peace conference a significant breakthrough says top UN official

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30 November 2007This week’s conference in the United States was “the most significant breakthrough” in the Middle East peace process in several years, but the difficult humanitarian and security situation on the ground should not be overlooked, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today. This week’s conference in the United States was “the most significant breakthrough” in the Middle East peace process in several years, but the difficult humanitarian and security situation on the ground should not be overlooked, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said violence continues to plague both Palestinians and Israelis and the humanitarian conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially the Gaza Strip, were “a source of acute concern.” But Mr. Pascoe stressed that the conference, held in the city of Annapolis earlier this week, offered a “clear way forward” to end the conflict, with the leaders of the two sides having agreed to launch immediately good-faith negotiations to try to conclude a peace treaty by the end of next year that resolves all outstanding issues. “For 60 years the Israeli State has feared for its survival and the survival of its people,” he said. “For 60 years the Palestinian people have wandered and suffered in search of a State. It is time for the Palestinians to have a home of their own. It is time for the Israelis to feel at peace in their home. The time to act is now. Let us go forward and each play our part.” Reiterating the full support of the UN for the peace process, the Under-Secretary-General said more efforts have to be made to ease the situation on the ground, which remains tense. Since his last briefing to the Council, Mr. Pascoe said 42 Palestinians had been killed, 133 others injured and at least 346 detained by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), while two Israelis were killed and six others injured as well. In Gaza, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit entered his eighteenth month of captivity, and Palestinian militants fired over 116 rockets and 121 mortars. Factional fighting among Palestinians also intensified. Mr. Pascoe noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has raised his strong concerns about the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip, where the closure or restrictions of border crossing points into Israel have hurt the economy and made it difficult for local Palestinians to obtain vital health care and other services. Turning to Lebanon, he said that the extensive diplomatic efforts to mediate between the parties – which have been divided for months over the appointment of a new president to succeed Emile Lahoud, whose term ended last week – are ongoing, aimed at bridging the political divide. Meanwhile, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said it has observed a significant number of Israeli overflights in the past few days and is reporting these incidents to the Security Council via the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Gen. Claudio Graziano, the UNIFIL Force Commander, has also raised the issue with the Israeli army commander, voicing his serious concern and asking them to stop the violations. In related news, the General Assembly today concluded a two-day debate on the Question of Palestine and also held a meeting on the situation in the Middle East. The UN Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People also issued a statement welcoming the holding of the conference in Annapolis and the Joint Understanding that was reached by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Ehud Olmert. read more

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UN health agency calls for end to abuse of people with mental

By on October 6, 2019

Alarmed that many of the 450 million people with mental disorders around the world are still stigmatized, abused and locked up under inhuman conditions, the World Health Organization (WHO) is dedicating International Human Rights Day, 10 December, to ending these practices. “There are still far too many violations of the human rights of people with mental disorders. However, too often both the health and human rights agendas overlook these problems, and as a result, they slip between the cracks,” said Dr. Lee Jong-wook, Director General of WHO. “We have solutions to reverse the situation, in rich and poor countries alike,” Dr. Lee added, urging all concerned to take a “hard look” at the conditions endured by people with mental disorders.To call attention to the issue on Human Rights Day, WHO is mounting an online photo essay entitled Forgotten People: Mental Health and Human Rights, which highlights some of these human rights violations, and gives examples of how they can and must be stopped.More than 450 million people throughout the world have mental, neurological or behavioural problems, according to WHO. Yet 64 per cent of countries do not have any mental health legislation, or that which exists is out-of-date. Misunderstanding and stigma surrounding mental ill health are widespread, the agency said. Despite the existence of effective treatments for mental disorders, there is a belief that they are untreatable or that people with mental disorders are difficult, not intelligent, or incapable of making decisions. This stigma can lead to abuse, rejection and isolation and can exclude people from health care or support. As the WHO photo essay reveals, some people are isolated and locked in cage-like rooms or restrained to their beds for extended periods of time with little or no human contact. Others are subject to the misuse of psychotropic medications. In some institutions patients lack proper clothing, clean water, adequate food or functioning toilet facilities. On the positive side, WHO said that more and more countries are modernizing their mental health policies, services and laws. The health authorities of some 30 countries have recently joined a new WHO project which provides guidelines to improve access to high quality care in the community, end cruel and abusive treatment, eliminate stigma and discrimination, promote and protect human rights, and ultimately improve the lives of people with mental disorders.“There has been a growing commitment to human rights in some of these policy and legal reform efforts,” said Dr Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development at WHO. “However an enormous amount of work remains before us. We must continue to do everything in our power to end human rights violations, discrimination and stigma.” read more

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Brock Australian university sign agreement on sustainability research

By on October 2, 2019

Brock University has signed an agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia that will enable Brock students to pursue a PhD in sustainability at USC.The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed March 14 by Brock Professor and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) member Gary Pickering and the Director of USC’s Sustainability Research Centre Tim Smith, formalizes a long-running research relationship between Brock and USC in the areas of global change, sustainability and resilience.For several years, USC has offered a transdisciplinary PhD program in sustainability that synthesizes research in the social, economic and behavioural sciences to address environmental and societal concerns.This new agreement will allow researchers from Brock’s ESRC to supervise students in the sustainability PhD program, and give students the opportunity to study in Australia and Canada.“The ESRC is tremendously excited to sign this MOU with USC. It will allow for deeper research partnerships between Brock and USC and it will bring doctoral students into the Centre who can contribute to its burgeoning research culture. This is a great step forward in the development of the ESRC,” says ESRC director Tim Heinmiller.“This MOU builds on existing, high impact research collaborations between the Sustainability Research Centre at USC and the ESRC at Brock. All involved intend this to be a very active MOU, and together help build the capacity in our young researchers and scholars to meet the global challenges in sustainability that we face,” adds Pickering.To strengthen this new partnership even further, USC has established a new PhD scholarship in Social Dimensions of Global Change. Under the MOU, Brock students can apply for this scholarship, which will cover tuition, living, and travel expenses.USC is offering one scholarship for this program. The deadline is April 29. For more information click here.To learn more about the PhD program click here. read more

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Sullinger Matta prove to be Big Tens best

By on September 28, 2019

You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation. read more

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Football What three things to watch for heading into spring practice

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The ref rules OSU freshman wide receiver Binjimen Victor’s (9) catch a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAs the Ohio State football team gears up for spring practice this week, the Buckeyes look to replace some key components at multiple positions while also enshrining a new offensive coordinator. From the start of practice on March 7 to the annual spring game on April 16, the Buckeyes make their first steps toward the 2017 season that will bring the same heightened expectations of competing for a national championship, despite several players departing early for the NFL draft.There are three particular storylines heading into spring practice that will have an integral impact on the 2017 season.Kevin WilsonThe lack of explosion in OSU’s offensive attack last season was inexcusable to the fanbase. While an appearance in the College Football Playoff is impressive, the Buckeye offense was underwhelming on the biggest stages.As former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson comes in to replace Tim Beck and Ed Warinner, who left for Texas and Minnesota, respectively, his effect on the young Buckeye offense during spring practice should be a wakeup call for an offense that possesses the tools necessary to average 500 yards of offense per game.At Indiana, Wilson’s offenses continually put up commendable stats against Big Ten opponents with lesser-recruited talent. Indiana averaged 6 yards per play in 2013 and 2015. In the final season with redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, Wilson is arriving at precisely the right time for the offense. Veterans like redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell along with redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin could thrive with this change of system, alongside younger receivers like redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomores Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack. OSU also brings in three 6-foot-4, true freshman wide receivers who will arrive in Columbus in the summer.The production of redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber, and possibly, sophomore Demario McCall at H-back, should supplement Wilson’s offense in OSU’s journey to recalibrate the offense back to what is was under former offensive coordinator Tom Herman in 2014.Linebacker leaderAs Raekwon McMillan prepares for the NFL draft — one of six early departures for OSU — the defense must replace its former strength and its unquestioned leader on that side of the ball. When then-junior linebacker Dante Booker went down with a lingering injury last fall, the emergence of now-junior linebacker Jerome Baker in the latter part of the season was crucial for the Buckeye defense.Alongside Baker and McMillan was then-redshirt junior Chris Worley, who had a formidable season with 69 tackles and 4.5 for loss.Realistically, Booker, Baker and Worley could play each linebacker position, but the coaching staff will have to determine who the face of that unit will be.Secondary overhaulFollowing the 2016 season, the OSU secondary had several holes to fill. Eli Apple was a top-10 pick for the New York Giants, Vonn Bell went in the second round to the New Orleans Saints and Tyvis Powell joined with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. Fast forward to this spring and the Buckeyes must replace another three first-round potential athletes from the secondary. Safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are off pursuing their NFL dreams, as another talented group joins the fray.Senior safety Damon Webb and junior cornerback Denzel Ward return as starters, leaving another two spots to be filled. Redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette also contributed to the secondary, amassing 21 total tackles.Junior cornerback Eric Glover-Williams is transitioning from the secondary to the wide-receiver room.OSU also welcomes in three of the top defensive back recruits in the country — Jeffrey Okudah, Kendall Sheffield and Shaun Wade.Sheffield is transferring from Blinn College, a Texas junior college,  and could realistically start in his first season with the Buckeyes. Okudah and Wade could also be major contributors at those spots in the fall. Along with those three new enrollees, the Buckeyes signed four other defensive back recruits.Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller is viewed as the most likely replacement for Hooker. read more

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Xboxcom gets 4 free PopCap games including Plants vs Zombies

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgMicrosoft has quietly added browser-based versions of four PopCap games to Xbox.com that are playable for free.Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled 3, Zuma’s Revenge and Text Twist 2 have all been placed on a new section within Xbox.com labeled Xbox Live Web Games. All four are free, ad-supported, and are essentially trial versions of the games.AdChoices广告The page itself doesn’t yet appear to exist within the typical navigation either for Xbox.com or for GamesforWindows.com. Any game shows a 30-second “pre-roll” video ad before the game is playable, and leaderboards are supported using Xbox Live logins. On the game page, the player’s Xbox Avatar is visible and animated, if the user is logged in with the Windows Live email connected to their Xbox Live account.Plants vs Zombies is PopCap’s take on tower defense. Players place plants on six rows to take out advancing zombies. Bejeweled 3 is the latest entry in the long running, and oft-imitated, match-3-shapes puzzle genre. Zuma’s Revenge is a puzzler that involves shooting orbs into sprawling chains of more orbs. Matching 3 or more destroys the orbs and shortens the chain. If the chain gets too  long, the player loses. Lastly, Text Twist 2 is a revision to the word-formation game where players are given six letters and told to make as many words as possible from those letters in 60 seconds.The games are limited versions when compared to full versions purchased on various app stores or on PopCap’s own site.  Plants vs Zombies, for example, comes with a short campaign mode and restricts access to advanced modes. Still, if you have 10 minutes to fill these are perfect sized chunks of gameplay to keep you entertained.Read more and play the games at Xbox.com.last_img read more

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Facebook Is Reportedly Integrating Its Social Messaging Apps

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgStay on target Facebook plans to unify Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, following the company’s ongoing privacy protection efforts.On Friday, Facebook staff spoke with The New York Times about the integration, which is still in its early stages and most likely won’t launch until later this year or early 2020.Even though Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp will operate as three separate apps, their messaging infrastructure will be brought together. With this update, people can easily send messages across Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.Photo Credit: Freestocks.org/Unsplash“We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,” Facebook told The New York Times in a press statement.The apps will also contain end-to-end encryption, which will enable messages to stay private and only be viewed by conversation participants. Following this update, Facebook users could send encrypted messages to people who only have one of the other apps, such as WhatsApp. This feature is not available now, since all three messaging apps run separately on smartphones.Facebook’s integration move comes on the heels of other privacy initiatives, as the company continues to crack down on fake news. Earlier this week, Facebook introduced a new page quality tab and an updated recidivism policy. Both will help Facebook reduce spammy pages and false content on its website.More on Geek.com:Facebook to Discontinue Moments Photo-Sharing AppFacebook’s New Page Initiatives Aim to Crack Down on Fake NewsThis Startup Claims It Will ‘Brainwash’ Facebook Users for $29 Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

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Chain saw carver makes art from Columbia Springs stumps

By on September 19, 2019

first_imgHe looks like a Halloween-season hazard as he stalks the forest with a chain saw, but George Kenny knows there’s nothing to worry about. He’s only there to add to the natural beauty.Escorted around the Heron Loop trail at Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center by Executive Director Maureen Montague and Events Coordinator Kayla Dansereau, Kenny pauses to consider dead tree stumps and fallen logs that could become palettes for his art. One maple stump is big and broad, but soft and disintegrating; Kenny guesses it’ll be gone within a few years.But a big, hard cedar trunk beside the trail is perfect for a heron — and Kenny has a convenient model too, a few yards away: one stationary bird who hangs out at the edge of the pond like whole the place belongs to him, Montague said.Kenny revs up his saw and sets to work on a heron in profile. Sawdust flies, but only for about three minutes, and then it’s there at eye level: a graceful long-necked bird.After decades of doing this, he rarely needs any model, Kenny said — unless there’s something tricky about the creature he’s creating. Maybe it’s turning or twisting in a way that could use a little examination; maybe the fur or feathers or scales need some natural irregularity. Kenny doesn’t want his woodland creatures to look like they just visited the hairdresser, he joked.last_img read more

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Review Real Madrid – Liverpool

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgTwo horrible mistakes by Loris Karius and a wonder goal by Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in a final that was overshadowed by Sergio Ramos dislocating Mohamed Salah’s shoulder.Since this was a Champions League final, the chances of coaches coming up with something unexpected in the starting lineups were extremely low. Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp went with their best available. For Real Madrid those players were: Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Liverpool’s starting eleven were: Loris Karius, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool was off to a furious start. Its high pressing was choking Real Madrid, not affording its technicians space to manoeuvre. Klopp’s team was showing electric energy. There were a couple of situations on both sides where goalkeepers had to intervene in order to prevent potential danger. Real was trying to calm the pace and curb Liverpool’s enthusiasm. A mistake by Firmino gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first shot of the match in the 16th minute. It went slightly over the cross bar. Before that, Real’s defenders blocked three consecutive shot attempts on the other side of the pitch.In the 26th minute, Sergio Ramos made a vile move by hooking Salah’s arm while tackling him to the ground, dislocating the Egyptian’s shoulder. There was definite intent in Ramos’ actions. Salah tried to continue, but couldn’t. With tears in his eyes he left the field in the 30th minute. Madrid’s captain had destroyed the final and went unpunished. Much like with Robben in the semi-final, Real got lucky again. We can only hope that this year’s best player in Europe will recuperate in time for the World Cup. Adam Lallana came in to replace him. Unbelievably enough, another player was crying on the pitch five minutes later. It was Dani Carvajal, who had suffered a muscle injury that by the look of his reaction was serious. Nacho replaced Spain’s right back.In the 43rd minute, Loris Karius made a fantastic reaction save on Cristiano’s short-range header. Benzema scored on the rebound, but he was offside. Replays showed Ronaldo was also slightly offside, but the assistant referee didn’t raise the flag on his attempt. Liverpool’s fans, who were singing and shouting, became silent after Salah’s exit. The atmosphere in the stadium had completely died out. The electricity was gone. After three minutes of injury time, Milorad Mazic sent the players to their locker rooms.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.At the beginning of the second half, we saw the clearest opportunity of the final. A mistake in midfield and a careless clearance by Lallana led to an open shot for Isco, who should’ve scored. Instead, Real’s player hit the cross bar. What happened in the 51st minute will go down as the biggest mistake by a goalkeeper in Champions League final history. I can’t understand what Karius was thinking. He tried to hand the ball off to his teammate while Benzema was right in front of him, almost as if the German didn’t see the French striker. Karim stretched his foot, blocking Karius’ pass and scoring a ridiculous goal for any match, let alone a CL final.Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s most active player during the first half, equalized four minutes after the opener. It was a response Klopp and his lads needed desperately. It happened during a corner kick, which ended up on Lovren’s head. The Croatian’s header was closely followed by the aware Senegalese, who tapped the ball in, tying the score at 1-1. In the 61st minute, Gareth Bale substituted Isco. If Benzema’s goal was absolute nonsense, Gareth Bale’s overhead strike three minutes after he entered the pitch was an absolute wonder goal. Marcelo sent a cross with his weaker right foot, the Welshman went up in the air and did his best Ronaldo impression while scoring a spectacular goal that gave the lead back to Real Madrid. It was a very similar goal to Mario Mandzukic’s in last year’s final and a goal that will be on Champions League highlight reels for years to come.In the 70th minute, Sadio Mane hit the post with a shot from just outside Real’s penalty box. In the 74th minute, Andy Robertson’s perfect last-moment tackle saved The Reds from going down by two. Ronaldo was in an excellent position to score. The fact that he was on his weaker left foot gave Robertson just enough time to react and block his shot attempt. If you thought Karius couldn’t do anything worse, he did. In the 84th minute, Bale fired a shot from about 25-30 meters out. The ball was coming right into Karius’ hands, yet he somehow managed to let it slip through his fingers and allow it to go into the net. I just have no words to describe how pathetic his performance was tonight – the worst I’ve ever seen in an important match in my life. He basically gifted the title to his opponent. A true disgrace. If I was a manager, I wouldn’t let him step on a football field ever again.Zidane made his last switch two minutes before the end, changing Benzema with Asensio. That was it. Real Madrid is the back-to-back-to-back champion. Congrats to Los Blancos! They won in what was one of the weirdest finals I’ve ever seen. Gareth Bale was the difference-maker and the final score was 3-1, just as I predicted.last_img read more

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Bahamas Prime Minister outlines plans to fight crime and corruption

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas’ fight against crime and corruption will be comprehensive and vigorous, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said.   This includes working with community-based partners to change the culture of violence in local communities through the establishment of neighbourhood safety programmes, the elimination of habitats where criminality flourishes, and the use of state-of-the-art technology to fight crime including gunshot detection devices; social media exploitation technologies and drones, etcetera.Plans will also include the establishment of a National Neighbourhood Consultative Council “to oversee and promote Neighbourhood Watch Programmes and organizations.”Additional plans call for the strengthening of Defence Force satellite bases presence/operations in the northern, central, southern and southeastern Bahamas and implementing aggressive measures to address trafficking of narcotics, firearms, trafficking in persons, illegal immigration and poaching.“We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“As a society, we too often ignore the causes of crime and the criminal elements in our midst. The fight against crime is the responsibility of all Bahamians and residents.”Delivering the keynote address during the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, Monday, Dr. Minnis said his Administration will implement a number of other strategies to fight crime and corruption in The Bahamas.   These include developing a no-tolerance attitude for all crime including minor infractions of the law such as road traffic violations; indiscriminate dumping; broken lights; tinted windows on cars; and the non-use of seat belts.The Government will also develop a modern, efficient crime-fighting machine properly manned, trained and equipped to prevent crime where possible, detect crime when it occurs and bring those responsible to account before the courts.Prime Minister Minnis said additional plans call for the conduct of a comprehensive review of Police Officers’ compensation; reinstitution of Term Limits for the Commissioner of Police; institution of Term Limits for the Commodore of the Defence Force and Commissioner of Corrections; and reorganization of the Police Reserves.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

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State planning to reopen highway at Oso mudslide

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgDARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As the search continues for seven people still missing in the Oso mudslide, Snohomish County and the state Transportation Department are making plans to reopen Highway 530.About a mile of the highway is covered by debris from the March 22 slide, blocking the main route between Darrington and Interstate 5.Officials are holding a community meeting to discuss the highway tonight at Darrington, a 7 p.m. at the Darrington Community Center. Similar meetings are planned Tuesday at the Oso Community Chapel and Wednesday at the Stillaguamish Senior Center in Arlington.last_img read more

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Dan Carlins WWI VR Experience War Remains Opens in Austin

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgThought VR was just for gamers? Think again: Fans of Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” podcast can now explore the drama of World War I in a historic immersive reality experience narrated by the podcaster. “War Remains,” which has been produced by MWM Immersive with development by Flight School Studio and audio design by Skywalker Sound, opened its doors in Austin, Tx. Monday.The experience allows participants to explore a set with physical cues, including rumbling floors and wind machines, that is tied to a story playing in VR. It transports viewers to the Western Front battlefield of World War I, complete with dark and scary trenches under fire from advancing enemy troops.“I’ve always said that places like the Western Front at their worst were inconceivable to those who hadn’t seen it first hand, but one of the valuable parts of this experience is it uses the latest technology and techniques to make it easier to imagine,” Carlin said when the piece first debuted at Tribeca earlier this year.“War Remains” is just the latest location-based VR experience from MWM Immersive, which also produced “Chained: A Victorian Nightmare,” a piece that combined VR with immersive theater. MWM Immersive executive producer Ethan Stearns said that the company never once worried about the fact that “War Remains” was a lot darker than a lot of the other location-based VR experiences out there. “There are lots and lots of people who are trying to seek out deeper understanding of historical events,” he said. “To us, it made sense.” Popular on Variety “War Remains” will show in Austin until September 1, but Stearns said that the company was looking to bring the experience to other spaces, including possibly museums, as well. As with “Chained,” MWM Immersive is also looking at ways to bring a version of the title to home-based VR headsets at some point in the future. “We want to bring these experiences to as many people as possible,” Stearns said.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Case Closed New iOS 8 Encryption Is Impenetrable to Law Enforcement

By on August 30, 2019

first_img Apple has taken a staunch customer privacy stance that many law enforcement and government officials find problematic, even unacceptable. IOS 8 features significant improvement to mobile device encryption. Apple states, “We have also never allowed any government access to our servers. And we never will.”Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a WarrantThe tech giant published a “Government Information Requests” statement on their official website, along with statistics regarding law enforcement device requests and account information requests. The transparency reports are extremely revealing, stating that the customer initiates most of law enforcement requests (93 percent).For example, a customer might ask police for help in locating their own lost or stolen phone. Apple explains that iOS 8 has changed the stakes when it comes to consumer privacy. The company claims that it’s “not technically feasible” for Apple to provide law enforcement with data on any device running iOS 8, due to its extreme encryption.However, some law enforcement officials are voicing concern regarding Apple’s outspoken stance against sharing private data.According to King County, Washington, Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff, the new security features paired with Apple’s stance against assisting law enforcement create a bad situation for investigators and courts. “You’re not protecting it from the community or nefarious individuals,” explained Ernsdorff to KIRO Seattle. He describes a number of criminal cases that were solved because of evidence pulled off of smartphones, including a murder and theft investigations.Related: With iOS 8 Update, Apple Will No Longer Provide User Data to PoliceHowever, it doesn’t seem too surprising that Apple is taking this stance, especially in a post-Snowden and WikiLeaks climate that has caused widespread public distrust regarding government surveillance. A number of tech and telecom companies were implicated during the NSA scandal. After the events surrounding Edward Snowden’s leaks, mass surveillance fears became more of a mainstream reality, when they were previously relegated to the realm of fringe conspiracy theory.In fact, Apple also addresses concerns regarding national security requests. They explain that due to legal issues, they cannot disclose the details of these requests. However, Apple notes that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has awarded them a perfect score in the “Who Has Your Back?” report.This EFF document assigns scores to tech companies based on six benchmarks: whether the company requires a warrant for content, privacy rights advocacy in Congress, advocacy in courts, publishes law enforcement guidelines, publishes transparency reports and informs users regarding data requests. Aside from Apple, only a handful of companies have been distinguished with a perfect score, including Yahoo, Twitter, Sonic.net, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Credo and Dropbox.While Apple’s strict stance regarding privacy might win them points amongst consumers, it’s difficult to say how this will change the way law enforcement officials proceed with acquiring data that is necessary for a case. For now, these organizations will need to refer to Apple’s Legal Processes Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement entities. This document details the processes. However, the document explicitly states that “for all devices running iOS 8.0 and later versions, Apple will no longer be performing iOS data extractions.”But the document also notes that Apple will continue to perform data extractions on devices running previous operating systems, so long as law enforcement agencies can provide a valid search warrant.Related: The NSA Is Using Angry Birds to Spy on You Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read October 22, 2014last_img read more

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