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Ashes 2017: England have to think about changes before Boxing Day Test, says Mitchell Johnson

first_imgEngland have surrendered the Ashes after their star players once again failed to impress in Australia and Mitchell Johnson now believes Stuart Broad is not up to it at the moment and Alastair Cook still carried scars from their last series down under.Johnson was the wrecker-in-chief for Australia in 2013-14, picking up 37 wickets as Michael Clarke’s side whitewashed England 5-0. That was the last time Kevin Pietersen played Test cricket while Graeme Swann retired at the end of the Ashes.The question doing the rounds is if England will take some tough calls as they trail the series 3-0. Two more matches are yet to be played in Melbourne and Sydney and Joe Root would want to win at least one of those Tests.Johnson said it was important the England thinktank took some important decisions now. (Beer, smiles, family time: Australia celebrate Ashes triumph)”Going to the next Test I think England will have to think about changes,” the 36-year-old told Reuters after training with Big Bash side Perth Scorchers at the WACA.”I’m not sure if Broad is up to it at the moment. There will be some question marks around him, (as) a senior player.”Cook is someone who I think has been thinking about retirement. (Ashes 2017: England came over very weak without Ben Stokes, says Graeme Swann)”I just wonder now with the scoreline being 3-0 whether that will take a bit of pressure off him and he’ll just go out there and score runs. I’m not sure.advertisement”I think the scars are there from the last series.”Cook, who will be 33 when the Boxing Day Test starts, scored 766 runs in England’s 2010/11 triumph Down Under but struggled with the bat as captain during the 2013/14 series. (Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?)He has managed only 83 runs in the current campaign at a paltry average of 13.83.Broad has only five wickets from the three matches at 61.80 runs apiece and came off his worst ever test figures in the third match at the WACA.With England’s lack of pace exposed on Australian wickets, Johnson doubted they could win in Melbourne or Sydney without a genuine quick, and urged selectors to recall Durham seamer Mark Wood.”I look forward to him playing if he gets the opportunity, they should pick him even if he’s slightly underdone,” Johnson said of 10-test Wood, who recovered from an ankle injury to bowl in the tour match in Perth.”From a pace point of view, someone bowling over 140-145 (km/hour) can definitely change the game.”Root, meanwhile, was a “great” player that had failed to stand up for his team with the bat while being saddled with a series of off-field distractions, said Johnson.The left-armer recalled his own wayward bowling during the 2009 Ashes in England when tabloids were awash with reports of a rift with his mother.He felt England’s boozy indiscretions during the current tour had probably taken a similar toll on their skipper’s on-field performance.”For me ’09 was a struggle when you have off-field things happening, personal things that have happened and they’re out in the public,” he said.”Because it’s the Ashes you’re definitely under the microscope a lot more. He’ll learn and he’ll definitely get better.”Johnson was naturally more generous in his praise of the home side and their captain, with Steve Smith leading brilliantly with a double-century in Perth and 426 runs for the series.The Ashes had been disappointing from a “fan’s point of view” but that was of little concern to Johnson, who enjoyed a number of fiery on-field exchanges with England players during his international days.”As an ex-player, I’d love to see a 5-0 (whitewash), I’m not really that fussed on what happens out in the middle.”I don’t like seeing close games when it’s against England, I just want to see them get thumped.” (With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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acceed: I/O modules for scalable data communication

first_imgThe EDAM-4200 series I/O modules from acceed offer a good value solution for data communication with local end devices in automation and building control networks, for example for production control or remote servicing. The concept is based on merging the most frequently used I/O types in just one single module. In this manner, costs are not only reduced for setting up, but also for servicing and extensions within the network. Small DA&C systems and independent controllers are prepared fast with one or two EDAM-4200s. Thanks to two Ethernet interfaces, further modules can easily be joined as a distributed I/O architecture in accordance with the daisy chain principle.The core functions in Smart networks include the feeding of data, signals and locally collected measurement values. This is in particular true within the industrial surroundings of machine and plant control, but also for building automation and in the meantime equally for possible automation applications in the private sphere (Smart homes). Additionally, remote servicing and remote control requirements exist. Normally, the option of network connection is available. The interface for local data collection or device switching is formed by I/O modules similar to those in the EDAM-4200 series. The different models also differ in the number of input and output channels. The acceed.com website provides a clear overview of the various specifications under the search term EDAM.The EDAM-4200 series modules support the modbus/TCP protocol for application with Ethernet controllers or HMI/SCADA software with modbus/TCP drivers, which is valid as the industrial standard. Moreover, TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP and ARP are supported.The automatic DIO synchronisation function is interesting. Assignment of EDAM-4200 series modules in pairs can be defined in peer-to-peer networks. In this manner, input values are transferred directly to the allocated output channels and an output can be activated dependent on the input status. The auto-off function transfers an output to monostable operation. Here, the output reverts to the stable status following a defined time frame until a further trigger is executed. The power on value and safe value are further functions for automatically setting outputs to a defined status, for example in connection with switch-on procedures or watchdog activities. The integrated features enable the speedy setting of important basic functions without much programming work.The daisy chain connection of several modules, possible due to two RJ45 interfaces, simplifies the provision and scalability effectively in Ethernet networks. The risk of data communication interruptions in case of electricity failure at a specific point in conjunction with daisy chain topology is compensated by the automatic bypass protection. According to the manufacturer, this feature guarantees automatic resumption of the network connection already 2 seconds after electricity failure on a module.The casing for the highly compact modules is suitable for top-hat rail assembly, both in the switch cabinet and for wall assembly. Status LEDs display the most important information at a glance. Screw terminals are provided for the signal connection, the voltage range is provided via an external power supply (10 to 30 VDC). For operation, an ambient temperature range from -10 to +70°C is permissible. Optical insulation is defined with 3750 Vrms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Solid Sands: verification of optimization correctness with SuperTestNext SEGGER adds audio to emUSB-Hostlast_img read more

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Luis: Scoring against India is difficult

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Luis Norton – Scoring a goal against India is difficult Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 22:45 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) India U17 vs Colombia U17 AIFF media U17 World Cup India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 Colombia U17 The Portuguese coach shared his thoughts on what the strongest point of his team is… India scored their first ever goal in the FIFA World Cup when Jeakson Singh headed home from a corner-kick against Colombia.Although India have suffered back-to-back defeats in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Luis Norton de Matos was proud of the display.He was questioned on what he thought was his team’s strongest aspect. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We are very strong in our organization. That is our strongest point. We have good concentration and it is difficult to score against us. Of course, India’s offensive quality can be different. After Mexico, we work a lot on set pieces. In football, the most difficult part is the offensive process. It is what we need time to work more and more.” concluded Norton.India lost to USA in their tournament opener before Monday’s heartbreak against Colombia and two defeats from the first two games have hugely dimmed the hosts’ chances of knockout round progression.India will take on Ghana in their final group game on October 12.last_img read more

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Report: Duke-Michigan State, Indiana-UNC Highlight 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups

first_imgacc big ten challenge logo.Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutA pair of rematches, one from the 2015 Final Four (Duke-Michigan State) and the other from the 2016 Sweet 16 (Indiana-North Carolina) are the headlining matchups of the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted out all 14 pairings this evening. Michigan St at Duke headlines the 2016 ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Complete matchups via @JonRothstein … pic.twitter.com/OQNsxUQcmF— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) May 23, 2016This will be the third meeting in as many seasons for the Spartans and Blue Devils. In November 2014, they clashed in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis before squaring off again at the Final Four in the same city in April 2015. Duke owns the overall lead in the series, 10-2, with MSU last registering a victory in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.Indiana leads the all-time series against North Carolina, 8-6, but the Tar Heels thrashed the Hoosiers 101-86 in the Sweet 16 in Philadelphia in March. The last time these two teams met in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Hoosiers blasted the Heels, 83-59 in 2012. Besides these two games, Syracuse-Wisconsin, Notre Dame-Iowa, Virginia-Purdue and Louisville-Ohio State also look like intriguing matchups. No wonder this event is always entertaining year in and year out.last_img read more

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‘Arsenal need two new centre-backs immediately’

first_imgArsenal need to bring in two new centre-backs “immediately”, claims former Gunners star Charlie Nicholas.There are already plenty of options for Unai Emery to consider in that area of the field.As things stand, the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are competing for starting berths at Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They boast plenty of experience between them, but have struggled to convince of late and fans have become frustrated by performances – particularly those of Mustafi.With that in mind, Nicholas believes there is a need for Arsenal to freshen up their squad during the current transfer window.Quizzed by Sky Sports on the recruitment priorities for Emery, the ex-striker said: “Two centre-backs. Immediately. They need a bit of pace – the guy who had pace was Laurent Koscielny but he kind of lost it about two to three seasons ago after the injuries.”After that, I’m happy to add bonuses in midfield and potentially a winger or another striker but for Arsenal, ultimately it has to be two centre-backs.”Arsenal under Emery have to be a unit. You have to get the defensive structure right. Nacho Monreal has actually done OK for Arsenal considering what his limitations truly were.”He was a left-back, he was never a centre-back but he had to play there and that always told me that the reality was that Arsenal’s big problem has been centre-backs.”Hector Bellerin is still a bit away from fitness and we need cover but I’m really disappointed that we haven’t got any youngsters coming through that are really threatening to take over.”If we can get a left-back like [Kieran] Tierney then great but two centre-backs are the absolute key.”Tierney is considered to have been identified as Arsenal’s top target for now, but they have been made aware that they are going to have to dig deep in order to land the Celtic left-back.If his services are secured, then it could be that attention is shifted to the heart of the defence as further reinforcements are sought on a limited budget in North London.The Gunners had reportedly been confident of securing a deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but couldn’t make the numbers add up after failing to qualify for the Champions League.last_img read more

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Brett McMurphy: There’s “Another Scenario” For Urban Meyer That Could Happen

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer in an Ohio State windbreaker.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy dropped yet another bombshell report this past Friday, which alleges that former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith ordered sex toys to the school’s football facility, photographed himself having sex with a fellow staffer in his office and took lewd photographs of himself in the White House. Monday, he joined Clay Travis on Outkick The Coverage to talk about the public’s response to the report.McMurphy dropped an interesting tidbit about Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s situation. McMurphy says there’s “another scenario” in play regarding Meyer’s potential fate.The gist? Meyer could be presented the findings of the school’s investigation and choose to either resign or negotiate an exit. In that case, the findings of the report would not necessarily need to be released by the school.So if Meyer determines he doesn’t want the findings of the report to become public, he could choose to play ball with the school. Here’s what McMurphy had to say:“I think ultimately it boils down to how Ohio State wants to be perceived as a university and does president Michael Drake want to be viewed as a cheerleader or a leader?…By law, they have to provide 24 hours notice before the meeting, so if they’re going to come out with the decision, then we’ll have at least 24 hours notice. Someone else that I talked to said there’s another scenario.If the decision is to get rid of Urban Meyer and they go to Urban Meyer and notify him of that, and then he reaches a settlement, then technically they could just come out and say “here’s the release, we’ve reached a settlement with Urban Meyer, he’s no longer the coach.”Then technically, they would not even have to answer questions about the investigation. If Urban Meyer technically stepped down on his own, maybe they still would release the results of the the investigation, but technically I don’t know if they would even have to.”McMurphy joins the podcast around the 100-minute mark:Ohio State’s investigation was supposed to wrap up Sunday, and it seems like the final decision on Meyer’s fate should be coming this week.last_img read more

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Overindulge this National Bourbon Day with Whiskey Grooming Treatments at Four Seasons Chicago

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Four Seasons ChicagoIt’s National Bourbon Day on June 14 and drinking it isn’t the only way to celebrate.When life has you over a barrel, you can retreat to the Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel for a total mind-body reset. The Spa is serving up a shot of luxury relaxation minus the hangover with bourbon infused man-tastic spa treatments that have been curated just for the boys. So, reserve, relax and rejuvenate as the professionals smooth out your rough spots. Your bourbon doesn’t have to be served in a glass to be pretty darn neat. Here’s what’s on the menu.Vintage Bourbon MassageRough night out? There’s no shortage of bourbon bars in Chi-town. So by all means, go out and indulge. Trust that the Four Seasons will have your back the morning after. Hydrate and schedule this healing massage that starts with The Bourbon Bubbler scrub, a mixture of brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon. Like a warm hug, it will get the blood flowing and your circulation moving. Chase it with a therapeutic hot stone and essential oils massage. For straight relaxation, upgrade your time from 50 to 80 minutes and follow it up with a little hair of the dog. Enjoy the Four Season’s signature Knob Creek Barrel Select Bourbon. Salud!Bourbon Hand & Foot DetailingWhether you’re toasting with a shot or rocks glass, you’ll want the condition of your hands to reflect your sophisticated spirit. This next level treatment provides intense hydration for your hands and feet while protecting them from the elements (hello, Windy City winters). Trust us; you won’t miss your dry, cracked digits after indulging in this brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon scrub that will leave your paws extremely soft. Knock back a glass of Knob Creek Barrel Select Bourbon made especially for the Allium Bar and enjoy some Midwestern hospitality. Cheers!Gentlemen’s MaintenanceWhether it’s a bourbon-fueled bachelor party or a high-pressured business meeting that brought you to the City of Big Shoulders, you can recover with a full-body tune-up. This perfect combination of luxury services is designed to meet your every need. Replenish and refuel with an energizing back exfoliation, deep relaxation massage, and facial cleanse specifically concocted to renew a man’s mug. Bottoms up!In Chicago but not familiar with the place? We’ve got a travel guide for that. Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup The Best New-School Kentucky Distillerieslast_img read more

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CAC Sensitizing Consumers and Vendors

first_img Parties should endeavour to settle issues using the CAC’s conciliation process and resort to the tribunal only where necessary Story Highlights CPA enacted in 2005 CAC seeking to heighten awareness of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is seeking to heighten awareness of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), as well as the rights of providers and users of goods and services.This is being done through activities such as its CPA sensitisation workshop, which was held on Wednesday, September 19, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston under the theme: ‘The CPA and You: Balancing Business Responsibility and Consumer Protection’.CAC Chairperson, Lorna Green, in her address at the opening ceremony, argued that, for years, vendors and consumers have “been at odds’ over matters pertaining to their rights.She said the workshop presents an opportunity to “get you all together, (and) doing the education that is necessary to ensure that we have consumers who are informed, who are advocates, and who will ensure that their rights are protected. This (also) forms part of a comprehensive business education programme designed especially for you, the business community, who have expressed a desire for such a forum.”In addition to providing a general overview of the CPA, which was enacted in 2005, presentations at the workshop also focused on: how the Act’s original provisions, and subsequent amendments effected during the 2012/13 parliamentary year, impact business processes; consumers rights and responsibilities; redress mechanisms; sanctions imposable under the Act; and the role of the newly established Consumer Protection Tribunal (CPT), among other matters.“Through the staging of (this) workshop and our interactions, I sincerely hope that a better understanding and appreciation of the dynamics necessary to create the balance between businesses and consumers will be developed. However, this can only happen through frank discussions and a willingness to see the other side,” Mrs. Green said.In her remarks, State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, cited the workshop’s timelines, pointing out that “it is very important that we understand…and have the (necessary) information” pertaining to business transactions.Consumer Protection Tribunal (CPT) Chairman, Kent Pantry, Q.C., said while the CPT is empowered, under the amended CPA, to preside over disputes between consumers and vendors, and make rulings on matters deemed in breach of the Act, parties should endeavour to settle issues using the CAC’s conciliation process and other provisions in the Act, and resort to the tribunal only where necessary.“There are mechanisms in the Act to settle disputes. So these (CPT) referrals should be matters which, after all the other resolutions are attempted, and cannot be resolved, then we get to the stage of having the matters brought before the tribunal,’ Mr. Pantry said.last_img read more

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Blood Pressure Come on Nova Scotia Check it Oped

first_imgOnly half of adults with high blood pressure know they have it. Whether people have normal or high blood pressure, it is important they know the higher their numbers, the higher the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. If high blood pressure is detected early, and treated, it can decrease risks. The first step is simple; blood pressure should be checked regularly. People should keep a record of their numbers, and remember them as they do their height and weight. They should ask their health-care provider what their pressure number should be. In other words, they should know their blood pressure and encourage family and friends to do the same. World Hypertension Day was May 17, but maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important year-round. Countries around the world have been challenged to support blood pressure screening clinics and track the number of people that have their blood pressure checked. In Nova Scotia, each May employers are encouraged to provide blood pressure screening events as part of the Come on Nova Scotia … Check it! challenge. These events encourage employees to have their blood pressure checked and learn more about blood pressure through the provincial My Blood Pressure wallet card, pamphlet and posters. Challenge kits provide instructions on how to hold a workplace challenge and include tools and educational materials. More than 3,000 people had their blood pressures checked during last May’s challenge. The goal is to increase that total this year. To learn more about blood pressure, and how to use the My Blood Pressure card tools, visit www.gov.ns.ca/bloodpressure . -30-last_img read more

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Butterfly garden a hit at Eco Park

first_imgKolkata: The butterfly garden inside the Eco Park has become enormously popular people particularly among the research scholars and students working in the field of biodiversity.The three-acre butterfly zone now has 300 to 400 butterflies belonging to 20 variety. The zone is closed at 5pm to allow the butterflies to sleep. The zone has become immensely popular among the research scholars, students and professional photographers who spent several hours to have a glimpse of the butterflies that often stay behind the leaves. The attractive colour of the butterflies is a spectacle to observe. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”We are really indebted to Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) for creating such a beautiful area where one can study biodiversity and spend the whole day. Many young people are pursing photography and several photography clubs have come up in and around Kolkata. The youngsters like to go for nature photography and the zone provides them with enormous opportunity,” said Anik Bose, a nature photographer. Jolly Banerjee, who teaches in a well known school in Kolkata, said students should be taken to the butterfly garden to develop their love for the plants and bio diversity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is a pleasure to see the colourful butterflies and nature is the best teacher,” she said. The transformation of caterpillars to butterfly can be observed in a laboratory set up at the butterfly park. The visitors have been asked not to touch the leaves or destroy the plants or hit the butterfly with sticks. Eco Park has come up as the biggest urban park in Eastern India with over 400 acres of land surrounded by 112 acres of water body. There is rose garden, Japanese garden and zones where people can enjoy cycling and a joggers’ ally. The miniature seven wonders have attracted people from all over India. The USP of ECO Park is cleanliness and on special days like Christmas Day, New Year’s Day special arrangements are made to help the visitors many of whom come from far off places.last_img read more

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We all knew he was like this Salman Rushdie unsurprised by Trump

first_imgTORONTO – As Donald Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” at a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., celebrated author Salman Rushdie says he’s not surprised by the embattled U.S. president’s behaviour.“If you’ve lived in New York as I now have the last almost 20 years, we in New York, we’ve seen Trump,” Rushdie said in an interview Wednesday for his novel “The Golden House,” which is set against the backdrop of the last eight years of U.S. politics.“He’s been around, and people in New York got his number a long time ago. Everybody knew who he was, and it’s as if America is now discovering what New Yorkers have known for a long time. So, it’s no surprise Trump would behave like this.”In a news conference Tuesday, Trump appeared to equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.Violence broke out Saturday in Charlottesville after a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists assembled to protest the city’s decision to remove a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heather Heyer was killed when a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Heyer’s memorial was held Wednesday.Trump’s remarks were met with swift condemnation, including by those within his own party. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a statement saying the president’s words were “dividing Americans, not healing them.”“He seems to have a great difficulty in condemning neo-Nazis. It seems to actually be physically difficult for him to do so,” said Rushdie. “As a result, he goes into these bizarre rants where he makes false moral equivalencies between the extreme right and the left.“If he weren’t the president, it would seem like the ranting of an idiot. But since he’s the most powerful man in the world it’s deeply alarming to see him issuing a series of dog whistles which are… picked up quite clearly by the extreme right even to the point to which (former Ku Klux Klan leader) David Duke texts or tweets his thanks to Trump during the press conference. …“The destruction that has been wrought in these six months is impossible to overstate,” he added.When asked if Trump would serve out his full term, Rushdie said he was “bad at forecasting the future,” but seemed less than thrilled by the other potential contenders for the office.“Like anybody else, I’m watching the (Robert) Mueller investigation with great interest,” he said of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.“If we lose Trump we get (U.S. Vice-President Mike) Pence and if we lose Pence we get (House Speaker Paul) Ryan. If we get Ryan, we get Orrin Hatch. It’s not particularly an optimistic forecast.”— With files from The Associated Press—Follow @lauren_larose on Twitterlast_img read more

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DRAKE MADE 6IX A THING IN TORONTO BUT HE JUST LOST HIS

first_img Facebook Advertisement Drake (Getty Images) Drake doesn’t own the 6ix — at least, he doesn’t own that trademark after a decision from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).The 6ix is, of course, one of the star rapper’s favourite nicknames for Toronto, and his company, October’s Very Own, applied for the trademark in the late summer of 2015.But, the CIPO found 6ix actually belongs to Michael Di Cosmo, a local electronic dance music DJ and producer, who applied for the trademark way back in 2000. Drake was a teenager at the time. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Mandela to be buried with eagle feather

first_imgAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo performs a ceremony in honour of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo courtesy of the AFNAPTN National News GATINEAU, Que.–Nelson Mandela will be buried with an eagle feather brought to South Africa by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, it was announced at a special chiefs assembly Wednesday.The eagle feather will travel with Mandela’s body to Qunu, the place where the man known to his people as Madiba grew-up and which will be laid to rest. Mandela will be buried there Sunday.Atleo gave the eagle feather to Canada’s high commissioner to South Africa who has the task of ensuring the feather gets into the hands of the South African government for Mandela’s final journey. Atleo also gave a smaller eagle feather to the high commissioner as a “gesture of friendship” and a symbol of the importance of the task.“The eagle feather was given to the high commissioner who has been charged with the responsibility,” said Ovide Mercredi, a former AFN national chief, who broke the news Wednesday morning to chiefs gathered in a Gatineau, Que., casino this week for their yearly winter assembly.Mercredi said the eagle feather was handed over following a ceremony in Mandela’s honour requested by Atleo involving the Canadian delegation, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Atleo sang a song from his nation used to honour the death of hereditary leaders, said Mercredi.Mandela was not only once president of South Africa and a leader in the fight against apartheid; he was also a hereditary leader among the Xhosa. His father was a tribal chief in Transkei and named Mandela Rolihlahla at birth. Rolihlahla means “pulling branches of a tree,” but colloquially it also means “troublemaker,” according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s website.“Our national chief was given the opportunity to perform a particular ceremony while Mandela was lying in state,” said Mercredi. “Our national chief said his prayer and also sang a song that is particular to his nation, a song that they used to recognize leadership and in particular hereditary chiefs and the name as you know that Mandela has been given is Madiba which is in recognition of his status within his nation, with his own people as a hereditary leader.”Madiba is the name of Mandela’s clan and stems from the name of a Thembu chief  who ruled in the Transkei during the 18th century, according to the foundation.Mercredi said the ceremony included Harper, three former prime ministers, two former governor generals and the premiers who were part of the Canadian delegation. Former governor-general Adrianne Clarkson held an eagle feather during the ceremony.Mercredi also said that Atleo also discussed Mandela’s legacy and the current relationship between Canada and its Indigenous population with former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Joe Clarke.“(They discussed) the importance of bringing to Canada the teachings and lessons provided by Mandela with respect to peace and reconciliation,” said Mercredi. “That leadership needs to be demonstrated in this country…The national chief is reporting to us that he has begun that dialogue of reconciliation of justice with the leaders he is travelling with.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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TNA and TPA decide to work together

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) have decided to work together to address new challenges faced by the Tamil.TPA leader Mano Ganesan said that both the TNA and TPA met in Parliament today and discussed the way forward. “TNA & TPA decided to work collectively to address common new challenges faced by the country especially Tamil community upon the emergence of Islamic State Fundamentalism in SriLanka. Constructive discussions held between both parties at Parliamentary complex today,” Ganesan said. read more

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Manitoba dam blockade Chief demands revenuesharing help lowering hydro bills

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says he’s willing to consider the demands of protesters from a northern First Nation occupying the grounds of a key power-generating station.Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation want a revenue-sharing agreement with Manitoba Hydro, as well as a public apology, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills which hover around $600 a month in the winter.The First Nation has some long-standing concerns that need to be addressed, Selinger said.“Some of these concerns are long-standing issues that go back several decades,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Thursday. “They’re asking for that to be paid attention to.“We all believe in a spirit of reconciliation around these long-term flooding issues that happened decades ago, and we need to continue working on them.”While Selinger was enthusiastic about energy efficiency programs to lower the cost of hydro bills in the community, he said bringing in a revenue-sharing agreement is more complex.“It’s not easily done but we think there’s (a) possibility of doing that and we’re open to that discussion as we go forward.”Cross Lake Chief Catherine Merrick said Manitoba Hydro has violated her people’s treaty rights and must make amends. The band signed an agreement in 1977 after the Jenpeg dam was built, but Merrick said the Crown corporation and the provincial government haven’t fulfilled their obligations.Traditional lands are regularly flooded and the fragile shoreline is eroding, Merrick said. A handful of Cross Lake residents are employed by the dam, but there are none of the promised programs to “eradicate mass poverty and mass employment.”“If you’re not going to be kind to my people, then we’ll take back our land,” she said Thursday before a rally at Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters in Winnipeg. “That’s exactly what we did.”Hundreds of protesters from the First Nation north of Lake Winnipeg marched to the hydro dam a week ago. While they have allowed employees to leave, Manitoba Hydro personnel have not been allowed to enter.The dam is a stone’s throw from the community, Merrick said, but many people get disconnected because they can’t pay their bills. The dam employs about 10 people from the Cross Lake community.“If my people were able to work, they would be able to pay their hydro bills,” she said. “Our elders, their average income on their pension is $1,200 a month. They pay between $600 to $700 on their hydro bill.”The occupation at Jenpeg is peaceful but will continue until there’s some real progress, Merrick said.Hydro President Scott Thomson and Stan Struthers, cabinet minister responsible for the corporation, met with protesters at the site. But Merrick said they want a visit from Selinger, who bowed out of a planned trade mission to China because of the occupation.But he hasn’t directly contacted the protesters, she said.Selinger wouldn’t say whether he plans to go to the site for a meeting.“I’m certainly keeping an open mind on that as we work our way through the process.”Manitoba Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said employees are still working at the dam and it continues to operate. The utility is continuing to work with the First Nation, as well as with the federal and provincial governments, to resolve the situation, he said.“Things are moving forward,” Powell said. “The factors underlying the whole situation are pretty complex and they’ve got a long history. When they involve so many different parties, it’s a complex situation.”Jenpeg, which cost $310 million to build, is about 525 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is key in Manitoba Hydro’s northern electricity generation. The dam helps regulate the level of Lake Winnipeg, which has become swollen in recent years due to flooding. It also acts as a reservoir for other northern generating stations. by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba dam blockade: Chief demands revenue-sharing, help lowering hydro bills read more

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Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector cites drought

EDMONTON – The Alberta Energy Regulator is restricting how much water oilsands and other energy projects can withdraw from part of the Athabasca River and other rivers in the province.It cites dry weather and low flow conditions for its decision that suspends water withdrawals under some temporary diversion licences.AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says licensees will need to look for alternative water sources.The temporary licence suspensions affect companies that operate in the Upper Athabasca River basin.Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada Ltd. and many other major oilsands firms operate in the Lower Athabasca region.The AER is also encouraging oil and gas operators to voluntarily reduce their water consumption from rivers with lower than normal streamflows that are not covered by mandatory restrictions.Temporary diversion licences are issued for a maximum of one year and are normally used for drilling fluid, dust control and bridge washing.The AER is also suspending some licences granted to energy companies to divert water from the North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan and Peace rivers.“The AER is working with Alberta Environment and Parks to monitor water flow in Alberta’s rivers and will lift the restrictions when river flows return to acceptable levels,” the regulator said Monday in a release. (The Canadian Press, CHQR) The Athabasca river, highway construction and suburbs seen from a helicopter in Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 10, 2012. The Alberta Energy Regulator is restricting how much water oilsands and other energy projects can withdraw from part of the Athabasca River and other rivers in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 9:09 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector, cites drought read more

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Expressing concern about planned Israeli settlements UN urges return to negotiations

In a statement, Stéphane Dujarric, reiterated that unilateral actions threaten to unravel plans for a two-State solution between Israelis and Palestinians. “We once again warn against any unilateral actions that can be an obstacle to a negotiated two-state solution,” Mr. Dujarric said. He added that the UN calls on both parties to return to “meaningful negotiations” based on relevant Security Council resolutions and in accordance with international law, and is ready to support that process. read more

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Bradley Roby becomes the first Buckeye to be ejected for targeting

Redshirt-junior Bradley Roby (1) is ejected for a targeting penalty during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Photo illustration by Shelby LumThe Ohio State football team (7-0, 3-0) won its 19th straight game Saturday, beating Iowa (4-3, 1-2) 34-24, but did so without redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby for a majority of the game. Roby was ejected from the game late in the first quarter for a targeting personal foul.Boos rained down from the Ohio Stadium crowd after the call was made against Roby, which disqualified him from the game. It was the first time an OSU player has been called for targeting in 2013.The personal foul was called after Roby made an above-the-shoulders hit on Iowa senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz at the end of an 11-yard catch. The foul, which also resulted in a 15-yard penalty, was automatically reviewed by instant replay and ultimately confirmed to be a targeting penalty.At least one OSU player thought Roby’s disqualification was unjustified.“I think it was a real bad call,” junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant said after Saturday’s game. “He led with his shoulder … your head is connected to your body so it’s going to be in there on the hit. I just thought it was a bad call.”By definition, however, Roby’s hit was a penalty because he was ruled to have initiated contact with Fiedorowicz’s head or neck area, who was ruled to be a defenseless receiver.Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA rulebook states “no player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.”OSU coach Urban Meyer refrained from commenting the penalty after Saturday’s game.“I got fined $30,000 one time for going after an official, so I’m not going to do that,” Meyer said.Roby, though, took to Twitter after heading to the locker room.“We still gon get this W, believe that,” the tweet read.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett might not have agreed with the penalty, but he said he understood why the call was made.“I’m not a referee, happy that I’m not,” Barnett said. “From my perspective, I think it was a great hit. It sucks that it had to get him thrown out of the game, but player safety is the most important thing.”Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said the Buckeyes, who were trailing Iowa by a score of 7-3 at the time, had to keep their focus on making a comeback in the game and not on Roby’s disqualification.“The officials made the call they did. We don’t have to agree with it,” Fickell said. “At that point in time, we were a little worried and a little focused on something else.”Fickell said OSU worked on how to avoid targeting penalties in training camp prior to the season, but said the coaching staff will evaluate Roby’s penalty to determine if the players need to be taught more about how to avoid targeting penalties.“We got to go back and see what we can do better and how we can coach our guys up better to make sure that things like that don’t happen,” Fickell said.Sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, who started the first two games of the season in Roby’s place after he was suspended one game for his involvement in a incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, filled in for Roby following the disqualification.Although Reeves was victimized on two of the Hawkeye passing touchdowns, his defensive teammates said they have confidence in his ability to step in for Roby.“He goes so hard in practice, he’s a really good player,” sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said. “Like any other young guy, he makes some mistakes but I count on him to do his job.”Roby’s disqualification left the Buckeyes with only two regular starters in their secondary, Barnett and junior cornerback Doran Grant, with senior safety Christian Bryant already out after breaking his ankle in the Buckeyes’ win against Wisconsin Sept. 28.Without those players, the Buckeyes’ defense had its share of struggles. The Buckeyes allowed 245 passing yards and 375 total yards of offense and allowed the Hawkeyes to convert on eight of 13 third-down conversion attempts.But while the OSU defense gave up 17 points in the first half, including a touchdown drive on Iowa’s first possession of the game when Roby was still on the field, sophomore tight end Jake Duzey’s third-quarter touchdown was the only scoring play of the second half for the Hawkeyes. As a result, the Buckeyes were able to overcome a 17-10 halftime deficit to win the game.Perry said the toughest aspect of the disqualification was losing Roby’s vocal leadership on the field, but said Barnett stepped up in that capacity.Fickell said the biggest impact of losing Roby was not putting Reeves in the lineup, but that it gave the Buckeyes one less defensive back to work with in third-down situations where they often play with six or more defensive backs on the field.“Our third corner (Reeves) is really our dime guy so it put us in a little bit of a bind and we had to regroup and gather ourselves,” Fickell said. “Reality was in the first half was we didn’t get them in a lot of those third down situations we needed to get them into.”Nonetheless, junior defensive tackle Joel Hale said he did not think about the impact of the penalty when he was on the field because it was a call he had no control over.“I don’t have any say in it,” Hale said of the penalty. “It is what it is. Next man up, that’s what we got to do.”Since his penalty occurred in the first half of Saturday’s game, Roby will not be required to sit out any additional time for his disqualification, so he is expected back in the lineup when the Buckeyes play Penn State at 8 p.m. next Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

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The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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Cancer patients in Greece line up for drugs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of cancer sufferers and carers lined up outside pharmacies across the country Tuesday after an agreement between caretaker Health Minister Christos Kittas and pharmaceutical companies led to fresh supplies being channeled to the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), the country’s main healthcare provider.According to a statement released by EOPYY, the process of sending out orders for the anti-cancer medicines was completed Tuesday and pharmacies were being stocked with the drugs. It was expected that pharmacies would be fully stocked in the next two days, EOPYY said. Cancer patients can telephone the hotline 184 from noon Wednesday for information about where to procure their drugs while most pharmacies in Attica will not close at lunchtime, as is usual on Wednesdays, but will stay open until 7 p.m.The head of EOPYY, Gerasimos Voudouris, told Kathimerini that he hoped people would not besiege pharmacies unless they have an immediate need for the drugs. “It is crucial that people remain calm,” he said. “Those who need their drugs on Thursday or Friday can go tomorrow [Wednesday] but those who do not need them until Monday can leave it for another day so we avert a rush,” he said.Meanwhile, unionists representing the country’s pharmacists are refusing to provide medicines on credit until EOPYY settles debts of some 250 million euros for prescriptions issued in March.Following talks with Finance Minister Giorgos Zannias, Kittas said that 70 million euros which has been secured for the repayment of EOPYY’s debts for March would only be released to pharmacists if they resume giving out medicines on credit.As the deadlock in the health sector continues — and after hospital suppliers suspended deliveries to six major institutions Tuesday over 150 million euros in unpaid debts — a second prosecutor was asked to bolster a probe into the shortage of crucial medicines. Athens Court of First Instance prosecutor Antonis Eleftherianos is to help prosecutor Popi Papandreou probe possible criminal charges against pharmacists and pharmaceutical firms that have failed to provide medicines to patients with serious illnesses.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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