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52 Monday Mornings

first_imgMost businesses were closed on January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year. Christmas is on a Monday, and so are Memorial Day and Labor Day. That means you will have 52 Monday mornings, minus the 4 holidays, leaving you 48 Monday mornings.If you hate Mondays, then you have already made up your mind about 48 days in 2017. That’s unfortunate. And, it really doesn’t make any sense. If you’re the kind of person that hates Mondays, you have also likely decided to hate the Tuesday when you go back to work after a long weekend.Maybe it’s not Mondays that you hate.If you believe that your work isn’t fun and exciting, if it doesn’t bring you joy, then you may decide to be unhappy when it is time to work. You may have learned to believe that you are supposed to hate your work from your family, your friends, or the people with whom you spend time. However you came upon that infection, it won’t serve you well, and it won’t help you reach your full potential.If you haven’t given your self over to your work, you are not going to find meaning and purpose in that work. There is no work that can’t be made better through an effort to make it something exceptional. You might have also been infected with the belief that you should do the minimum amount of work possible without losing your job. You might have once heard some of your peers say, “They don’t pay me enough to do that.” But if you did “that” and made it exceptional, they’d pay you for it.It’s possible that your job really is terrible. It might be unimaginably bad, something most of us would never do. If your work is something you hate, then you owe it to yourself and your company to go do something different, something that would make you happy.You have a lot of Mondays left this year. You have even more Mondays left in your work life. Your real work is not your job. Your real work is what would cause you to spring out of bed on Monday mornings, unable to be restrained from getting to it.You can convert most of what you do at your job into this kind of work, but you have to pour your heart into it. Even on Mondays.last_img read more

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Extreme Diets Can Quickly Alter Gut Bacteria

first_imgWith all the talk lately about how the bacteria in the gut affect health and disease, it’s beginning to seem like they might be in charge of our bodies. But we can have our say, by what we eat. For the first time in humans, researchers have shown that a radical change in diet can quickly shift the microbial makeup in the gut and also alter what those bacteria are doing. The study takes a first step toward pinpointing how these microbes, collectively called the gut microbiome, might be used to keep us healthy.”It’s a landmark study,” says Rob Knight, a microbial ecologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who was not involved with the work. “It changes our view of how rapidly the microbiome can change.”Almost monthly, a new study suggests a link between the bacteria living in the gut and diseases ranging from obesity to autism, at least in mice. Researchers have had trouble, however, pinning down connections between health and these microbes in humans, in part because it’s difficult to make people change their diets for the weeks and months researchers thought it would take to alter the gut microbes and see an effect on health.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But in 2009, Peter Turnbaugh, a microbiologist at Harvard University, demonstrated in mice that a change in diet affected the microbiome in just a day. So he and Lawrence David, now a computational biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, decided to see if diet could have an immediate effect in humans as well. They recruited 10 volunteers to eat only what the researchers provided for 5 days. Half ate only animal products—bacon and eggs for breakfast; spareribs and brisket for lunch; salami and a selection of cheeses for dinner, with pork rinds and string cheese as snacks. The other half consumed a high-fiber, plants-only diet with grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. For the several days prior to and after the experiment, the volunteers recorded what they ate so the researchers could assess how food intake differed.The scientists isolated DNA and other molecules, as well as bacteria, from stool samples from before, during, and after the experiment. In this way, they could determine which bacterial species were present in the gut and what they were producing. The researchers also looked at gene activity in the microbes.Within each diet group, differences between the microbiomes of the volunteers began to disappear. The types of bacteria in the guts didn’t change very much, but the abundance of those different types did, particularly in the meat-eaters, David, Turnbaugh, and their colleagues report online today in Nature. In 4 days, bacteria known to tolerate high levels of bile acids increased significantly in the meat-eaters. (The body secretes more bile to digest meat.) Gene activity, which reflects how the bacteria were metabolizing the food, also changed quite a bit. In those eating meat, genes involved in breaking down proteins increased their activity, while in those eating plants, other genes that help digest carbohydrates surfaced. “What was really surprising is that the gene [activity] profiles conformed almost exactly to what [is seen] in herbivores and carnivores,” David says. This rapid shift even occurred in the long-term vegetarian who switched to meat for the study, he says. “I was really surprised how quickly it happened.”From an evolutionary perspective, the fact that gut bacteria can help buffer the effects of a rapid change in diet, quickly revving up different metabolic capacities depending on the meal consumed, may have been quite helpful for early humans, David says. But this flexibility also has possible implications for health today.”This is a very important aspect of a very hot area of science,” writes Colin Hill, a microbiologist at University College Cork in Ireland, who was not involved with the work. “Perhaps by adjusting diet, one can shape the microbiome in a way that can promote health,” adds Sarkis Mazmanian, a microbiologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, also unaffiliated with the study.But how it should be shaped is still up in the air. “We’re not yet at a point where we can make sensible dietary recommendations aimed at ‘improving’ the microbiota (and the host),” Hill writes. He and others are cautious, for example, about the implications of the increase seen in one bacteria, Bilophila wadsworthia, in the meat-eaters that in mice is associated with inflammatory bowel disease and high-fat diets. Says Knight, “There’s still a long way to go before causality is established.”So Hill’s best advice for now: “People should ideally consume a diverse diet, with adequate nutrients and micronutrients—whether it’s derived from animal or plant or a mixed diet.”last_img read more

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World no. 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach 2 weeks after 2nd major title

first_imgOsaka withdrew from this week’s Qatar Open, citing a back injury.The 21-year-old beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in the Australian Open final on Jan. 26.That added to her championship at the U.S. Open last September, when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.Those back-to-back victories made Osaka the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15.Osaka became the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 since Wozniacki at 20 in 2010 and the first tennis player from Asia to reach the top of the women’s or men’s tennis rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Osaka’s agent confirmed to The Associated Press that Osaka would no longer be working with Bajin, the 2018 WTA Coach of the Year, but said there would be no further comment.Less than a half-hour after Osaka’s tweet, Bajin responded to her on Twitter. He thanked her and wrote: “I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOsaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season.He previously worked with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes File- This Jan. 5, 2019, file photo shows Naomi Osaka of Japan talking to her coach Sascha Bajin, left, during her semifinal match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. Osaka says she has split with coach Sascha Bajin a little more than two weeks after winning the Australian Open for her second consecutive Grand Slam title. Osaka posted a tweet on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that says she “will no longer be working together with Sascha.” She also thanked Bajin and wished him “all the best in the future.” (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Naomi Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.“Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha,” Osaka posted on Twitter on Monday. “I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT She was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and moved to the United States when she was 3. She has dual citizenship and now is based in Florida.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Kevin Alas heads home after successful ACL surgery Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Manpreet Singh, Rani Rampal to Lead Indian Hockey Teams at Olympic Qualifiers

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicshockey indiaManpreet SinghRani Rampal First Published: October 18, 2019, 9:32 PM IST New Delhi: Hockey India on Friday named an unchanged women squad, to be led by Rani Rampal, along with the men’s team for the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.The 18-member men’s squad will be captained by Manpreet Singh and seasoned forward SV Sunil will be his deputy. Goalkeeper Savita will be the vice-captain of the women’s squad.The two teams are scheduled to take part in the two-legged FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha where the World No. 5 Indian men’s team will be up against World No. 22 Russia, while the World No. 9 women’s hockey side will face World No. 13 USA.The men’s team has two goalkeepers in P R Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak.Captain Manpreet leads the forward line which also includes Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and Ramandeep Singh.”After a good preparation tour in Belgium, it was always going to be a very difficult decision to pick the best 18 players for this tournament. We have chosen a well-balanced side with a number of good flexible options,” said men’s chief coach Graham Reid.”We now need to focus on strategies against Russia, and ensure we are at our best when we step onto the field on 1st and 2nd November.”The women’s team remained unchanged from its tour of England.Experienced Goalkeepers Savita and Rajani Etimarpu will guard the goal, while drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, Sushila Chanu, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi will serve as the outfield players.”We have a good balance and mixture of players in the squad. It is important to stay in the rhythm with the same players who performed well in the preparatory tour. We now focus on making sure that we leave no stone unturned when we take on USA in the two matches,” said women’s team coach Sjoerd Marijne.The winners of the Qualifiers will ensure place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Men’s Squad: Manpreet Singh (C), PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.Women’s squad: Rani Rampal (C), Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi. last_img read more

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All England Championships: Sai Praneeth stuns three-time champion Lee Chong Wei

first_imgThree-time champion Lee Chong Wei was sensationally beaten by India’s B Sai Praneeth in the first round of the All-England Championships on Wednesday, putting a firm dent into his preparations ahead of the Rio Olympics .The Malaysian second seed was beaten 24-22 22-20, which ended a promising few months where he had won his last four events.”I can’t believe I lost in the first round,” Lee told reporters. “I had pressure to win but I made mistakes and I’m shocked at how well he played.”This is a real learning curve for me.”Lee, the former world number one, was playing his first All-England since 2014 following his eight-month drug suspension ended last year.Praneeth, however, clawed his way back from 11-3 and 15-7 deficits in the first game to take control of the match and hailed the win as his best result.”It is a big shock for me too and after the last rally I cannot believe that I won,” said Praneeth, who set up a last 16 clash with Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.”I do not know how I turned it around. I think he was under pressure as it was a close match and that was a big advantage for me. Of course it is my greatest victory of all time.”Earlier, world champions Chen Long of China and Spain’s Carolina Marin were tested as they got the defence of their singles titles underway with contrasting wins.Chen to beat Japanese qualifier Kenta Nishimoto 21-18 21-12 while Marin held off South Korea’s Bae Yeon Ju in a marathon 88-minute, error-prone encounter.advertisement”The first game was challenging and I’m glad I stayed really calm,” said Chen, aiming to win his third title in four years.Unlike his chief rivals for the men’s title – compatriot Lin Dan also eased into the second round with a 21-17 21-17 victory over South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun – Chen was playing his first major match of the season.”I played some matches in the national league but it’s very different to playing international matches,” added Chen.”That’s why we sometimes take a bit of time to settle into our first overseas matches,” he added.Marin, who has broken China’s domination to reach world number one, made several uncharacteristic mistakes at the net.She had to save three game points in the opener, failed to finish the contest with two match points in the second, and then came from 9-6 down in the decider to win through.”It’s been a long time since my last Superseries event and I’ve just recovered from a shoulder injury,” Marin said after a 25-23 20-22 21-15 victory. “I have to cut out the mistakes.”last_img read more

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Advanced human recognition using gait analysis

first_imgArawat DadwalNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) At a time when security is a major concern, a team of three engineering students from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani is working on an innovative way for human recognition using gait and other body features which can be used in major security prone areas like defence, research labs, government offices, banks and other institutions that have predefined people using the system.Gait is a systematic study of animal locomotion or specifically, a study of human motion, using eye and the brain of observers. This is augmented by instrumentation for body mechanics, measuring body movements, and the activity of the muscles.The technique is also commonly used in sports biomechanics to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement-related problems in people with injuries.Headed by Chandradeo Arya, a third year computer science student, the team is working towards a reliable way of human recognition which provides an alternative way to currently established system based on face, fingerprint and iris. The project was submitted under the synopsis- Human recognition using gait analysis and other body features based on Microsoft Kinect sensor.”It will act as an additional alternative to the currently used systems based on fingerprint and facial recognition due to its non-intrusive, reliable nature and will enable better bio-metric data privacy,” says Arya whose team is one of the three to win Ericsson Innovation Awards India held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi here.The final product is set to be a complete software solution which will require kinect (a sensor) and one small computing device, a computer system and an embedded system in coming time which can recognise people from distance without requiring them to stop and follow the checkpoint.(MORE) PTI ARK TRS ANSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Germany held scoreless again in loss to Netherlands

first_imgVirgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low’s men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.Liverpool defender Van Dijk pounced to nod home the loose ball on the half-hour mark after Ryan Babel had struck the crossbar with a header following a corner from Depay.Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They were also denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the final 10 minutes when Arnaut Groeneveld tripped Matthias Ginter.However, Depay added an 86th-minute second on the counter-attack and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rifled in a third in stoppage time, securing Oranje’s biggest ever win over Germany.It leaves Low’s side in danger of relegation in League A Group 1, of which they are bottom, having drawn 0-0 with France in their first game.3 – The Netherlands have beaten Germany with a 3+ goal margin for the first time in history. Historic. pic.twitter.com/rDscgOKO64— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 13, 2018Germany enjoyed a bright start as Timo Werner poked wide when through one-on-one before Jasper Cillessen denied Thomas Muller’s first-time effort. However, Netherlands went ahead in the 30th minute, Van Dijk nodding into the net having reacted quickest after Babel’s header from Depay’s corner came back off the crossbar. Sane was guilty of squandering the best of Germany’s second-half openings as he fired wide when it seemed easier to score having been put through by Joshua Kimmich. Low’s side were then denied a penalty when Groeneveld looked to have tripped Ginter from behind, but referee Cuneyt Cakir was uninterested. Depay then secured the victory with four minutes to spare, staying onside to collect Quincy Promes’ pass and finish past Manuel Neuer, despite the keeper’s best efforts. There was still time for Depay to hit the crossbar before Wijnaldum steered into the bottom-left corner of the net after bamboozling Jerome Boateng to give Netherlands a win over Germany by three goals or more for the first time in history.Afgelopen! Oranje wint de derby met 3-0 van Duitsland!Lekker mannen!#NEDDUI pic.twitter.com/shXRytO8OQ— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) October 13, 2018What it means: Germany still suffering after dire display in Russia The 2014 World Cup winners were dreadful in their title defence in Russia yet decided to stick with Low. After two Nations League performances, there have to be questions about his ability to restore this team to the top of world football. Netherlands, meanwhile, look a force under Ronald Koeman.  Depay is the main guy Netherlands were under the cosh for much of the second half but in Depay they had an outlet. Germany’s defence were constantly stretched by the Lyon forward, who kept his cool to add a crucial second.  Woeful Werner misfires again Germany were hoping that Werner would be their talisman in Russia, but he has not found the net since a June friendly with Saudi Arabia. He looked short on confidence here and Low needs a reliable goalscorer if he is going to turn things around.  What’s next? Koeman’s team travel to World Cup semi-finalists Belgium for a friendly this Tuesday. The Germans travel to France, the team that succeeded them as World Cup champions, for a meeting with the other team in this Nations League group. read morelast_img read more

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A 3-0 Start But Giants Worried

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A 3-0 preseason record can’t mask the New York Giants’ problems.There are major concerns on the offensive end for the Giants, who play two more exhibition games before the season opener against the Detroit Lions Sept. 8.Quarterback Eli Manning appears lost in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast system. Manning is 1-for-9 for 6 yards in two games he has played.Coach Tom Coughlin would never criticize his franchise quarterback, but Coughlin knows that there has to be changes with Manning and the offense.“Any time you set up something like the offense, you expect them to be at certain points along the way,” Coughlin said Aug. 17 during a teleconference.“It is disappointing to not be advanced where we are. I don’t think there’s any way else to put it. We’ve had some unproductive games in the preseason. We have yet to be able to come out and play well. Is that a concern? Sure, it’s a concern.”The Giants couldn’t muster much of a running attack in a 27-26 victory against the Colts on Aug. 16 until the fourth-quarter comeback.Free agent acquisition Rashad Jennings, who looked so promising after his 73-yard touchdown jaunt a week prior against the Pittsburgh Steelers, managed 17 yards on seven carries against the Colts.Rookie Andre Williams, the team’s fourth-round draft pick out of Boston College, who showed a ton of promise in the early preseason, gained 19 yards in eight attempts against the Colts.“It’s obvious that we have to work on a lot of things,” Coughlin said. “We have to work on everything. We didn’t throw well. We didn’t run it. No one was open. We had protection breakdowns. Just getting the ball out of the quarterback’s hands. Things have to be done and we only have a three-day practice week.”The Giants play the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium the night of Aug. 22.“We don’t have the time to work on just one or two things,” Coughlin said. “We have to try to improve on all areas. Not enough plays are being made by our offense. All of a sudden, the preseason is flying by and we still have a lot left to accomplish.”Coughlin also cited a lack of cohesiveness between an offensive line that is made up mostly with newcomers.“They need to work together,” Coughlin said. “They have to communicate together with just split second timing. The results have been frustrating.”Coughlin said he has not decided yet on a first-string offensive line, thus the reason why second-round draft pick Weston Richburg was used at center and both right and left guard.“Just because five guys trot out there doesn’t mean they’re the first unit,” Coughlin said. “It’s a work in progress. We’re looking at all possibilities.”Coughlin was asked if there was a sense of urgency with the offensive first unit. “There better be,” Coughlin said. “Nothing is written in stone. We still have some work to do along those lines.”There were positive signs that came out of the victory.Second-year quarterback Ryan Nassib was solid, completing 11-of-15 passes for 158 yards, engineering the two late touchdown drives. Nassib might have taken a step ahead of veteran Curtis Painter for the right to be Manning’s understudy.Free agent receiver Corey Washington caught three passes, including the game-winning touchdown from Nassib with 55 seconds remaining.Washington now has a touchdown reception in each of the Giants’ three preseason games and the lanky undrafted free agent from Newberry College has definitely enhanced his chances of making the 53-man roster.(JIM HAGUE)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ole at the wheel

first_imgEven before Quinton Fortune set foot inside the conference room – where he was to face a couple of reporters – a die-hard Manchester United fan in him screamed: “Is there any Manchester City or Liverpool fans here? If no, then we can carry on.”United’s fiercest rivals are in tussle for the 2018/19 Premier League trophy but for Fortune’s Red Devils, the competition to even get a Champions League berth is formidable.Gone are the treble-winning days of Sir Alex Ferguson and behind the wheels now is Fortune’s former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, hand-picked by the club after Jose Mourinho’s miserable start to this season, has changed the atmosphere at the club and is also backed by Ferguson to drive the team to the glory days again.Recent results reflect a different tale to Solskjaer’s start to life as a manager at the club, but 41-year-old Fortune believes the Norwegian is the right man for the job.”Ole was an amazing teammate. We knew, when we gave him the ball, he’ll score. It wasn’t luck – he was just like (Cristiano) Ronaldo, putting in the hard work at training. I saw the same determination and attention to detail in Ole as a manager,” said Fortune, who was at the Shiv Nadar School here on Saturday to be a part of the Manchester United Soccer School programme.”I think my period, when I worked with him at Cardiff City; he had a great way of speaking to players. Ole is usually quiet, but he also had another side to him. He can be very tough at times and I think it is this side he doesn’t want people to see. Ole can take care of himself, he’ll let players know when they are not playing well while motivating them to do better,” added the South African.advertisementFortune had the chance to meet Solskjaer during the time he took over the reign from out-going Mourinho.Speaking about his experience from the training ground, the former midfielder added: “Yes, I spoke to him. I went to the training centre a few times. It was joy to see him with the players. They had been through difficult times with the previous manager. The place was down and body language was also down, it was a negative environment.”And as soon as Ole came in, he changed the environment. The energy changed. People started believing again. Ole reminded the players that they’re playing for Manchester United. It’s the most amazing blessing. The red jersey means everything. You can see the attitude was unbelievable,” he said.Fortune doesn’t expect change overnight, with the team currently struggling to find form. He believes, with the presence of Sir Ferguson in the stands, Solskjaer will be able to get United back to the top.”Of course, why would you not want to have someone like the boss (Ferguson) around you? I would call him every day and talk about things. It’s always good to have a presence on top of you, especially of someone like the boss and hopefully it will work for the club,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Roundtable: Underwood Love, KSU Fear and Those Throwback Helmets Need To Stay

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Because I am curious, one word to describe your attitude toward OSU basketball?Kyle Cox (Contributor): One word? Optimi-realistic.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Stoked. ?Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Rowdy.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Sanguine.Caleb Deck (Intern): Anticipatory? Is that a word? Anticipation-filled.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Mine is thrilled. KB can attest to this, but the last few years of watching and writing about games has been such a slog. It felt like, I dunno, work. Now I’m genuinely excited to tune in.Boone: A basketball post was one of the top reads on the site today!Caleb: I’d also say relief. Watching the Pitt St. exhibition in GIA was great and seeing the ball movement and spread offense and talent of the freshmen is more like what I remember as a kid and less like my collegiate years.Cox: I said this last night but I really think Waters is going to be good. Even with the level of competition plenty of true freshman would have had hesitation or mistakes and I didn’t see that from him one time. Looked like he knew where he was supposed to be on defense and was confident offensively. His length will help him on D as well.Fleming: I really do think they’re going to surprise people. And it’s a win-win because in this non-con schedule, they’ll be underdogs for a good amount of games (WSU, Maryland, etc.) and we’ll get to see how good this team can really be with no pressure or expectations.Aldrich: They’re going to struggle with lack of height inside, but you can go a long ways with that kind of a back court. Mitch is hugely valuable to this team, as terrifying as that is to say. Can’t be on the bench with two fouls five min. into the game like he was so often last yearCox: Right… N’Guessan is not ready, just in terms of size. Solomon still isn’t much of a bruiser anyway. McGriff can be useful cleaning up the boards but, like you said, undersized.Fleming: I think McGriff is the next Kamari Murphy. He’s going to be really important.Cox: He’s going the U? But, yeah I agree he’s important.Caleb: It looks like McGriff could be an amazing 4 if we can pick up a big boy to play the 5 in the next recruiting class or two.Fleming: Yeah the Netherlands transfer is not the answer. Anthony Allen 2016.Porter: @boonek, you know the basketball landscape pretty well — how will they fit in this year in the Big 12?Boone: After one game it’s hard to get a read especially against Pitt State, but they do look improved in pretty much every area. Better disciplined on defense and really good ball movement on offense. They nearly had 30 assists and hung 117 in the first exhibition, so thats encouraging to see team ball return.Southwell: Can we apply for whatever Perry Ellis did for Markel Brown? I feel like he should get another three years at least.Boone: Ha! Kansas is still going to run the show this year though.. I think OSU being picked 7th in preseason may be about right. This is still somewhat of a rebuild.Porter: You say “this year” like it’s not on repeat for the last decade. Does anyone else think we’re going to lose to KSU this week like I do?Cox: I feel like we have to force turnovers to get stops on D. So I’m torn at this point since its KSU.Boone: Nah, I think OSU comes back from Manhattan with a dub, surprisingly. In Mason we trust.Southwell: We have too much momentum to lose to KSUCaleb: I think Pokes can win this weekend. Originally thought we wouldn’t and I still think it will be tougher than it may appear, but with Mason really tightening up those short-intermediate throws I feel more confident.Steven Mandeville (Contributor): Gosh, if they hadn’t given us a run for our money with a wide receiver at qb at home I’d feel pretty good. They always play us well (they win in manhattan, take us to the wire in Stillwater). Scared they won’t pass it enough for Ramon to get enough shots at an interceptionPorter: Does Oklahoma State play OU for the Big 12 title in Norman? (i.e. win out and Baylor lose at least one other game)Carson Cunningham (podcasting): They are already talking about OU.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-44-14-pmCox: Ehhhh… yesssss???Boone: No. I don’t think Baylor will lose again, and I think OSU trips up before their showdown in Norman. TCU in Fort Worth will be tough, with or without Kenny Trill.Aldrich: I’m gonna say no. Pokes lose once more before then, and I don’t know if Oklahoma will lose again (before they get inevitably stomped in a bowl, of course).Southwell: It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Maybe I’m too high on the performance against WVU, but if they continue to play like that, OSU can win out.Aldrich: And to answer @porter yeah, I do kind of feel a loss coming this weekend. K State absolutely refuses to turn the ball over, and our defense is pretty reliant on TOss. Mixed with Road Mason, and The Windbreaker at home, not very confident.Caleb: I think it’s definitely possible but I’m not sure of the likelihood. Baylor still has TCU, @OU, KSU, TTU, and @WVU. That’s no cake walk and I think they lose, but I’m not sure about the Pokes. We have the potential but I’m not fully confident in us holding our nerve on the road so much.Thomas: The chances of OSU going big 10 again are high in my opinion. They’re not going to go tempo and let KSU control the clock the entire game. Too strenuous for defense.Cox: That would be good as long as they don’t commit turnovers. Solid strategy… Hope it works.Mandeville: I don’t think so, the league is really open at this point but this feels so much like 2010 it’s not even funny.Porter: Last one — is the Homecoming black helmet your new favorite? If not, where does it rank?Cox: It’s the best one they have in my opinion.Porter: “In our opinion”Carson: “You let us make that decision!”Cox: They could do an orange/white or white orange or even black/orange and make my life complete. Actually, that should be the only helmet design and all others should be considered alternates. Hope I’m not being too vague.Carson: It’s top 5. I’m a matte black homer. Best helmet look they have.Cox: I’m saying make last week’s an orange sticker and it’s all-time. Old School brand > new school brand. Not even close in our opinion.Caleb: Gosh this is a brutal question. I think if it was the classic orange OSU on white shell it would be totally unstoppable for me. I loved the bronco rider helmet too, but i’ve always had a penchant for the Oklahoma A&M era stuff (that was kind of in the transition time of A&M to State). I think the 80s logo is still my favorite though, even in white/chrome on black.Fleming: Top 5. I do love it a lot.Aldrich: Easily top 5. I’m a sucker for anything throwback.Porter: Me too.Southwell: It’s great. I’m ready to rank the helmets again at the end of the season. I’ve really become a fan of the white alt – black brand w/ black stripe. (Iowa St 2013) So that might be my number 1 now. But I’ve always loved the black helmet with the Bedlam win and Fiesta Bowl win. I’d say it’s top 3, and I’d love to see the updated white logo (carbon fiber) on a matte black helmet.Caleb: I would still prefer this over anything ever. Ultimate Oklahoma State logo.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-52-27-pmIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Sarri called Higuain about Chelsea move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Sarri called Higuain about Chelsea moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is in direct contact with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain about a move to London, it has been revealed.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain’s struggles at Milan has seen talk raised of his deal being cut short next month.And Sport Mediaset says Sarri is actively working behind the scenes to bring his former Napoli striker to Chelsea.Having urged the two clubs to step up negotiations for a short-term exchange of loans, Sarri also rang Higuain last month to discuss his situation.It’s claimed the conversation took place after Higuain was sent off in the defeat to his old club Juventus, resulting in a two-match ban. last_img read more

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Defenceless! Injury crisis could derail Arsenal’s season

first_imgThe knockout blow may not have arrived until late on but Arsenal never truly recovered from being sucker-punched twice by Manchester United in the space of just 149 seconds in Friday night’s FA Cup clash at the Emirates.The old tournament has traditionally proven a happy hunting ground for the Gunners, who have won the trophy 13 times, once more than their illustrious opponents in north London. However, the hosts’ hopes of lifting the cup for the fourth time in six years effectively ended the moment Sokratis Papastathopoulos was forced off just 20 minutes in after appearing to turn his ankle during an awkward landing.  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? The Greek’s withdrawal unsettled Arsenal’s already injury-ravaged defence, who almost immediately began to struggle with United’s counter-attacking prowess, and his absence was further compounded by the loss of Laurent Koscielny to a facial injury during the second half.The game certainly didn’t lack drama or talking points, that’s for sure. On top of the injuries, there was also Alexis Sanchez netting from an acute angle against his former club – much to the frustration of the home fans, who booed the Chilean throughout.However, Alexis wasn’t Arsenal’s tormentor-in-chief. That role belonged to Romelu Lukaku, a surprise selection on the right wing but one that repeated dividends, with the Belgium striker setting up Alexis for the opener, and then Lingard for the quickfire second. The two goals came from United’s first two shots on target, merely emphasising just how vulnerable Unai Emery’s side can be when their tactics are disrupted mid-game, with both strikes the result of ill-timed attempts at offside traps.On the plus side, Aaron Ramsey impressed yet again, after shining in last weekend’s crucial 2-0 Premier League win over top-four rivals Chelsea.Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Paul Pogba Manchester United FA CupIndeed, it was the Welshman’s creativity which helped drag Arsenal back into the game, as he beat Eric Bailly on the left-hand side before seeing his cut-back tapped home by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the box.However, Koscielny’s exit came as another hammer blow to the Gunners’ threadbare defence. As it stands, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are both out for the rest of the season, while Sokratis faces a scan on Saturday to learn the extent of his ankle problem, meaning that a defensive acquisition is required before the close of the January transfer window more than ever before.Of course, Emery has already admitted Arsenal can only make loan signings this month and he now has less than a week to work with. Denis Suarez and Christopher Nkunku have been targeted but neither player would fill the gaping holes that Arsenal now have at the back. Dinos Mavropanos is considered a capable back-up but he hasn’t played a competitive match since the back end of last season, which means an experienced addition is vital if the Gunners are to have any chance of catching fourth-placed Chelsea.An FA Cup exit at the hands of old rivals United will definitely sting. Arsenal have now lost six matches in all competitions at the Emirates against the Red Devils – no opponent has won more games at the ground. However, Emery now has bigger problems to resolve, namely a mounting injury list that could well scupper his hopes of securing a return to the Champions League, either by finishing fourth or winning the Europa League.last_img read more

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Province Encouraged by Public Response to Campaign 911

first_imgOne year after the launch of Campaign 911, Nova Scotians are continuing to help keep the province’s roads safe by reporting suspected impaired drivers. “Nova Scotians deserve to have their roads free of impaired drivers,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “With the help of our citizens, Campaign 911 has proven to be a great tool in the fight against impaired driving.” The province and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) launched Campaign 911 in December 2009. Since that time, police agencies and RCMP have noticed a dramatic increase in calls from the public reporting suspected impaired drivers. Forty per cent of impaired driving incidents investigated by Halifax Regional Police in the last year were called in by concerned citizens. “Halifax Regional Police are encouraged by the number of citizens playing a role in keeping our roads and communities safe. By taking the time to report suspected impaired drivers, citizens are sending a strong message that impaired driving is not socially acceptable and will not be tolerated,” says Chief Frank Beazley. Campaign 911 is a nationwide campaign that encourages and empowers citizens to report suspected drivers by calling 911. Impaired driving kills about 22 Nova Scotians each year. “MADD Canada is extremely pleased that Nova Scotians have shown their support of this program by making that 911 call, said Margaret Miller, past president of MADD Canada. “It’s about every voice and every call making a difference. It’s about saving lives and preventing injury.” The province has taken important steps through legislation, education and enforcement to get impaired drivers off Nova Scotia roads including the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program, Operation Christmas and increased penalties for those who drive with a blood alcohol level between point-zero-five and point-zero-eight.last_img read more

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2 die in mishap amid NRC reverification rush in Assam

first_imgGuwahati: At least two persons, including a woman and a child, were killed and 38 others were injured in the wee hours of Wednesday in Assam after the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside tree and overturned while on its way to a re-verification hearing of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The bus with 40 people on board was returning to their village under Chaygaon area in Assam’s Kamrup district. “We were told that the 40 people had gone to Golaghat to appear in the re-verification hearing of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) scheduled for Tuesday,” police said adding that while two people died on the spot 13 of them received serious injuries. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The incident took place around 2.30 a.m. today (Wednesday). The 13 seriously injured were admitted in Guwahati Medical College and Hospital,” police said adding that the two deceased were identified as Chhaymur Nessa and Arjuma Begum. Prior to this several vehicles carrying people heading for the NRC re-verification process had met with accidents in different parts of the state, that killed a few people and injured over 50 others. One elderly woman summoned for NRC re-verification died at Kaliabar in Assam due to heatstroke on Tuesday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K NRC authorities have started a re-verification of some of the people whose names figured in the draft NRC published last year. The authorities have started the process suddenly giving just 24 to 48 hours to people to appear for re-verification at NRC Seva Kendras located over 500 kms from their hometowns. Several organizations in Assam including the opposition Congress have reacted strongly to the re-verification process started by the NRC authorities and demanded a clarification on the issue by the NRC state coordinator. While the Forum against Citizenship Bill has condemned the sudden re-verification started from August 5, Assam Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora has demanded the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to stop the re-verification. The Supreme Court which had been monitoring the NRC updation process, had recently turned down a petition from the Assam government as well as from the Central government seeking sample re-verification of 20 per cent of people in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10 per cent sample re-verification for people in other districts.last_img read more

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Sports minister asked IOA to come back after meeting CGF chief Batra

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has asked the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to meet him again after talking to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief on the proposal to boycott the 2022 CWG for dropping shooting. IOA president Narinder Batra met Rijiju on Friday along with Boxing Federation of India chief Ajay Singh. “We discussed on the CWG 2022 participation/boycott issue. Hon’ble minister heard up patiently and asked us to meet with the president of CGF who has offered to come to India to meet with the president and secretary general of the IOA and then have another meeting with the hon’ble minister with the outcome,” Batra said. In protest against the exclusion of shooting, the IOA had proposed boycott of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, and sought the government’s approval. In its Executive Board meeting in June, the CGF left out shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games while recommending the inclusion of three new sports. The sport has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. The CGF, on its part, had said it would want India to participate wholeheartedly in 2022 and look forward to meeting the IOA officials regarding the issue over the coming months. The CGF had taken the position that it was the host nation’s prerogative to decide the fate of shooting, which has always been an optional sport in the CWG.last_img read more

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Global refugee numbers reach new high US and Canada take in record

first_imgOTTAWA – On a day when newly released data showcased in tangible numbers the stark realities of the growing global refugee crisis, the United States — long considered a haven for the oppressed — doubled down on anti-migrant rhetoric while Canada struck a decidedly cautious tone.The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was released Tuesday, showing the worldwide total number of displaced people reached a record 68.5 million last year, due to global wars, violence and persecution.In 2017 alone, more than 16 million people were newly displaced.The statistics also show Canada became the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers, more than doubling the number of claims in a single year at 47,800.And for the first time in five years, the United States became the largest recipient of new asylum applications with more than 330,000 claims lodged in 2017 — a 27 per cent jump from the year before.But U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that asylum seekers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are not welcome in America.In a speech Tuesday, Trump accused many of these migrants of being child and human smugglers who try to “game the system,” invoking references to the notorious international criminal gang MS-13 attacking children with knives, not guns, “because it’s much more painful.”“And we’re allowing these people into our country? Not with me. We’re taking them out by the thousands,” Trump said.The Trump administration has come under fire for its so-called zero-tolerance policy, in which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children. The children are being detained in guarded, fenced enclosures, prompting widespread condemnation and protest.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called upon to lend his voice to the chorus of condemnation, but so far Trudeau has demurred.On Monday he would only say he would not “play politics” on the issue, and he did not attend question period in the House of Commons on Tuesday.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale largely repeated comments made Monday, in which they said they found the images of children being torn from the arms of their parents and kept in cage-like detention areas “troubling.”Transport Minister Marc Garneau went a step further, saying the situation involving child migrants in the U.S. is “simply unacceptable.”But it wasn’t far enough for NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan. She wants Trudeau to “state the obvious – that the United States is no longer a safe country for migrant children.”“Canadians are calling for action. It is about lives, real lives, real people, real children being subjected to torture,” she said.“Canada must not be complicit in this inhumane treatment of children. Will the prime minister find the courage and suspend the safe third country agreement?”Hussen repeated that Canada is monitoring the changes in U.S. immigration policy and what effects it will have on asylum seekers in the United States.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel, who formerly has been critical of the Trudeau government’s approach to irregular border crossers in Canada, seemed to support this more measured approach Tuesday.“The safe third country agreement when it was negotiated included very strict objective criteria that are constantly monitored by government to ensure that the U.S. remains a safe third country,” she said.“I think it’s very important for us as a country to make that determination based on that objective criteria rather than political media reports.”Antonia Rodriguez, a delegate of the UN Refugee Agency and an advocate for child refugees and the rights of children, says the U.S. child migrant policy is “inhumane.”“Being inside a family and being separated and caged, it’s terrible. It cannot be accepted by the international community and we have to do something,” she said.She believes Canada should explore the possibility of taking more refugees than it currently accepts.Global trends indicate that new, more collaborative solutions are needed to ensure countries and communities aren’t left alone to deal with influxes of migrants, said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach,” he said.“No one becomes a refugee by choice, but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help.”Meanwhile, the Trump administration announced late Tuesday it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to an alleged bias against Israel — this move coming just one day after the human rights chief of the council called the U.S. child migrant policy “unconscionable.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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Trace Adkins Launches Hard Rock Limited Edition Red Cross Pin

first_imgThis week, country superstar and American Red Cross spokesman, Trace Adkins, visited Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA to reveal a new partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross and Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross pin.Trace Adkins launches a partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross in support of American Red Cross MonthCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APHard Rock’s limited-edition pin features the globally recognized Red Cross logo embedded in Hard Rock’s signature guitar. It will be available online at www.hardrock.com, as well as in US cafe, hotel and casino locations, with 15% of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Adkins revealed Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross Pin, with a portion of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Credit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APTrace Adkins, center, appears with Red Cross representatives Boo Gonzalez, Jackie Nelson, Selma Bouhl, and Hard Rock representative, John PasqualeCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APlast_img read more

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PM Trudeau to speak in Calgary on oil market access

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is hoping the Prime Minister has some answers as to why there was next to no mention of dealing with the Western Select oil price differential issue in Wednesday’s economic update.Trudeau is in Calgary on Thursday in order to make a few stops. Trudeau will be making an affordable housing announcement, speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, talking with energy leaders along with Energy Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Finance Minister Bill Morneau made a short mention that the oil and gas sector was suffering on Wednesday, but nothing more.Chamber President and CEO Sandip Lalli said this deserves as much attention as several other sectors received in the report.“The sense of urgency to address that oil price differential that’s costing Canadians $80-million a day, I mean it’d be great to address that with the same sense of urgency that the federal government has addressed other sectors in other regions of the country.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the Chamber of Commerce about market access.last_img read more

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Under new federal rules what are environmental effects Prosperity panel asks

VANCOUVER – A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing in the wake of federal changes to the environmental assessment process.The billion-dollar New Prosperity mine proposed by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) was already rejected once by a previous Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, although it received provincial approval.The company changed the plan for the mine near Williams Lake, B.C., and the revised project was referred to the federal agency for assessment in November 2011.Then, last year the Conservative government made changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and last August Environment Minister Peter Kent amended the terms of reference for the panel.Those changes were to “clarify the reporting requirements to ensure the panel’s report identifies those conclusions and recommended mitigation measures that relate to the ‘environmental effects’ to be taken into account…,” Kent said in a letter to the panel.But it appears they do anything but.The definition of “environmental effects” is different in the new terms of reference than it is under the new act.In a March 4 letter to the federal environmental assessment agency, the panel asked which definition should guide their review.The difference could be significant.Jay Nelson, the lawyer for the Tsilhqot’in National Government, said the old definition was broad but the new definition lists specific areas for consideration.“The whole point of this second review is meant to see whether the company has really addressed these fairly substantial cultural and environmental impacts,” Nelson said.“Now the company is arguing that this new panel shouldn’t be able to look at the same environmental effects that the original panel did, that it’s range in narrower … If that’s the case, it calls into questions the whole purpose of this second review.”For example, the original panel found the project could have significant impact on grizzly bears.“Nobody knows the exact scope of this new definition, so it’s hard to say with certainty what’s in and what’s out.” Nelson said. “When we look at the new definition, it’s not clear that that definition captures impacts on grizzly bears or any other wildlife, for that matter.”The company, in submissions to the panel, said the amended act clearly limits the effects to be considered and it is “absurd” to contend that the minister can supersede that definition.The discrepancy is “simply an oversight,” said a letter sent last month to the panel by Karl Gustafson, Taseko’s lawyer.“We believe that the minister has no legal authority, by establishing terms of reference, to effectively override the statutory definition of ‘environmental effects’ for the purposes of an environmental assessment under CEAA 2012,” the letter said.“Moreover, we do not believe that there is any indication that the minister ever intended to do so.”Groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Amnesty International and Mining Watch Canada urged the panel to consider the broader environmental effects that led the first panel to reject the mine.The primary reason for the failure of the original project was a plan to drain Fish Lake, a lake of cultural significance to local First Nations, for use as a tailings pond. The revised plan preserves the lake, but Ramsy Hart, of Mining Watch Canada, said there were other issues identified by the first panel.“We feel very strongly that to fulfil its mandate, the panel needs to address the issues that were raised in the past process,” Hart said.Taseko said the mine 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake would create 550 direct jobs, and contribute $340 million in gross domestic product for B.C. annually. Over the 22-year life of the project, it would contribute more than $1 billion in government revenues.The company resubmitted its environmental impact statement last week. The panel has 235 days from the time the company submits the final environmental impact statement to issue its report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2013 1:47 pm MDT Under new federal rules, what are environmental effects? Prosperity panel asks read more

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Charles Barkley Doesnt Love Analytics But Analytics Sure Love Him

During TNT’s studio show following the Houston Rockets’ victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, Charles Barkley ripped Rockets GM Daryl Morey — and the NBA’s burgeoning advanced stats movement by extension — saying: “I’ve always believed analytics was crap. … I never mention the Rockets as legitimate contenders ’cause they’re not. And, listen, I wouldn’t know Daryl Morey if he walked into this room right now.”“The NBA is about talent,” Barkley added. “All these guys who run these organizations who talk about analytics, they have one thing in common — they’re a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school, and they just want to get in the game.”The debate over using advanced metrics in sports is nothing new, and Barkley’s comments aren’t out of place with what baseball traditionalists were saying after “Moneyball” was published more than a decade ago. But what I found humorous in Barkley’s remarks is that there are no greater champions of Barkley’s legacy as a player than proponents of advanced metrics.As Will Leitch pointed out, Barkley’s sentiments echo those of baseball’s Joe Morgan, the player-turned-broadcaster who famously hated sabermetrics despite posting numbers that statheads could only drool over.Yes, Barkley is well-regarded by the establishment — he is a Hall of Famer, after all. But his career has been dogged by the criticism that weighs more on stars in the NBA than any other sport: He never won a championship. Fellow power forward Tim Duncan, on the other hand, has won five — and counting. Barkley also lacked the sheer stat totals of Karl Malone, another contemporary at the position, who came within 1,459 points of setting the NBA’s all-time scoring record. These time-honored considerations are what keep Barkley a distant third behind Duncan and Malone on most mainstream “Greatest Power Forward Ever” lists.Statheads, on the other hand, often decry the outsize role that championships have taken in assessing NBA players’ legacies and have little use for raw numerical accumulation. Instead, they marvel at numbers such as Barkley’s outrageous per-possession offensive efficiency rating, which is the highest ever among players who used as many possessions as he did.Malone may have outscored Barkley by 13,171 points (and Barkley even trails Malone in points per game), but according to more advanced metrics, there’s little doubt that Barkley was the better player. Over a common range of ages (22-36), Barkley was worth about 2.1 more points per 100 possessions to his team’s efficiency differential than Malone (in the estimation of Box Plus/Minus) and produced about 10 more wins of Value Over Replacement Player (VORP). For BPM nonbelievers, Barkley also leads in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares per 48 minutes.And as much respect as we have for Duncan, it’s not clear that he performed better in his prime than Barkley did, either. Over the same range of ages, Barkley leads Duncan in BPM — by a whopping 1.8 points per 100 possessions — VORP and WS/48. (Granted, Duncan’s PER does edge out Barkley, 24.7 to 24.6.)Now, Malone and Duncan each logged more minutes than Barkley — in Malone’s case, about 323 full, 48-minute games’ worth — and there’s value to be added in simply showing up and playing at a high level day in and day out. But when you look at the career leaderboard for VORP, which blends per-possession effectiveness with durability, Barkley outpaces Duncan and is within 9.0 units of Malone’s total despite the latter’s huge playing-time advantage.In other words, the advanced stats tend to hold Barkley in much higher esteem than the conventional wisdom does. Barkley may not care for analytics, but his legacy as a player would benefit from greater acceptance of the analytical point of view. read more

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