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Maria Sakkari Earns Biggest Career Win, Shocks Tokyo Champion Wozniacki

first_imgWUHAN, China – Qualifier Maria Sakkari earned the biggest win of her career at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday after knocking out No.4 seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.The top-ranked Greek tennis player (No.80) prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in 93 minutes and heads to the third round of the Premier 5 tournament where she will meet Russian Elena Vesnina.“It feels great [to beat Wozniacki], she’s a very tough opponent to play – she’s so solid and she comes from winning in Tokyo so she had confidence. I knew it would be a tough match, but I think I did the right preparations,” Sakkari said in her post-match press conference, according to WTA.Tokyo champ @CaroWozniacki prevails in a lung-bursting rally and remains in touch #WuhanOpen pic.twitter.com/TeALvAK0hl— WTA (@WTA) September 26, 2017TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

GOV.JM to Make Doing Business Easier

first_img Conducting business with the Government of Jamaica has now become easier with the official launch of the GOV.JM online portal.A one-stop shop for government-related information and services, GOV.JM will help to reduce cost, while improving efficiency.It is a project of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme (PTSP), Science, Energy and Technology Ministry and its portfolio agency eGov Jamaica Limited.Among the services available are tax and traffic fine payments, as well as queries; motor-vehicle registration; bill payments; and applications for passport, birth, death and marriage certificates and driver’s licences.The website also facilitates charitable donations through the National Education Trust (NET); applications for import and export permits and licences; and access to forms and links for doing business and investing in Jamaica.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the portal represents “one of the critical elements of the transformation of the public sector”.He noted that technology such as this will help to “eliminate hierarchical bureaucratic structures”.“It will change them by making (bureaucracy) flatter, increase the decision-making process and make them more efficient,” he noted further.He was speaking at the launch at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on August 9.The Prime Minister said that a public relations campaign will have to be undertaken in order to encourage Jamaicans to use the web portal.He pointed out that for some “if they do not go over the counter, hand over their cash and get a receipt that is stamped, then they have not transacted (business).”Mr. Holness assured that the website is secure, and users will not incur mobile data charges from the telecommunications providers.Meanwhile, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the launch of the web portal represents a major milestone in the provision of government services.He said it will be a “game changer” in accessing the more than 250 ministry, department and agency websites that exist.Dr. Wheatley noted that it is the business of Government to “ensure that it promotes seamless interaction and engagement of its citizens and (employ) methods that easily afford investors opportunities to invest in Jamaica”.He said the Government continues to aggressively pursue steps to make Jamaica a knowledge-based society.With GOV.JM, Jamaica joins other countries that have become leaders in providing e-Government services, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Finland, Sweden and France.GOV.JM is being funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the Public Sector Efficiency Programme.Additional services will be provided as the web portal evolves. Story Highlights Among the services available are tax and traffic fine payments, as well as queries; motor-vehicle registration; bill payments; and applications for passport, birth, death and marriage certificates and driver’s licences. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the portal represents “one of the critical elements of the transformation of the public sector”. Conducting business with the Government of Jamaica has now become easier with the official launch of the GOV.JM online portal.last_img read more

More complaints surface of Winnipeg police starlight tours AMC

first_imgAPTN National NewsA 20 year-old man who alleges  he was taken on a starlight tour by Winnipeg police says he is too afraid to file a formal police complaint.Evan Maud says he was pushed into an unmarked police car and taken to the outskirts of the city where he was dropped off and threatened he would be Tasered if he didn’t run.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is now working with Maud and his family to file a complaint. Grand Chief Ron Evans says the organization has also received similar complaints from other people who say they have been taken on starlight tours.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has more.EDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.last_img

Group urges Amazon CEO Bezos to continue with NYC HQ plan

NEW YORK — A group made up of business leaders, elected officials and others is sending an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to reconsider the decision to abandon plans for a headquarters in New York City.The letter is expected to appear in The New York Times on Friday.In the letter, the group acknowledged the loud opposition to the project.The signatories said, “Opinions are strong in New York — sometimes strident. We consider it part of the New York charm! But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone.”Amazon would have redeveloped a Long Island City site in exchange for $3 billion in state and New York City incentives.The Associated Press

Victorian Greens announce Sri Lankan as leader in lead up to polls

However, Ms Springle admitted the move could be seen as controversial. “We are a self-contained unit,” Ms Springle said.“I am sure our federal colleagues will respect our decision.”Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell said there were no other members considered during the leadership discussions. Ms Ratnam flagged a focus on pokies, political donations and removing coal from the state were all on the agenda.“I am excited, humbled and honoured to stand here today. We are excited to shake up the a Victorian Parliament,” she said.Despite being new Ms Ratnam was confident saying the Victorian Greens had a “highly competent team” to support her. “This is an exciting time for the Greens. The balance of power in both houses is within sight and we’re working hard to take the first step with a win in the Northcote by-election,” Ms Ratnam said. “It’s an honour to be appointed by the Greens MPs, who are all leaders in their own right. As a social worker and councillor I’ve witnessed state government failures first hand.“Victorians are the most progressive people in the country and we deserve a government willing to lead on the big issues.” Sri Lankan born Australian legislator Samantha Ratnam has become the new leader of the Green’s Victorian branch, the Herald Sun reported.The former Moreland Mayor was announced as the surprise choice today, with current upper house member Nina Springle taking the deputy position. Ms Ratnam is replacing retiring former leader Greg Barber in the Legislative Council, and will officially enter the chamber tomorrow. Integrity and Treasury and Finance are two new areas of focus.It is understood the new leadership is a bid to bring in a “changing of the guard” and freshen the party.The Greens are also hoping to win another lower house seat in the coming months with candidate Lidia Thorpe in a tight contest with Labor candidate Clare Burns in the Northcote by-election.Ms Ratnam ran for the federal seat of Wills, in northwest Melbourne, last year but failed to win it from Labor.She was born in Sri Lanka and fled the country in 1987 as a child before arriving in Australia with her family.The leadership announcement comes after former Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber said he would step down from his seat.Weeks before, he had flagged he would not recontest his seat in the upper house which will be taken by Moreland councillor Sam Ratnam.Mr Barber told media he was leaving politics to go fishing.“I’ve been a very busy Green, for more than 15 years,” Mr Barber said.“I’m going to have a little rest, do some fishing and think about my future plans.” read more

OMP hands over interim report to the President

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) handed an interim report containing interim recommendations to President Maithripala Sirisena today.The report was handed over to the President in Parliament. The report contains recommendations for interim relief as well as securing truth and justice.The OMP led by President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris, was established in February 2018 and since then it has met with families of the missing, particularly in the North and East. (Colombo Gazette)

It is that time of year again… traffic on campus

With another academic year upon us and in full swing, traffic congestion into and out of the University is also at its peak. Especially during the early-morning and late-afternoon rushes.Brock is experiencing record enrolments this year. And, as such, it will take time for everyone at the University to adjust their schedules to avoid delays.Campus Security will be on hand and visible during these peak congestion times to help keep traffic flowing on campus.They also have the following tips for the Brock community:* think about taking public transit* give yourself plenty of time to get to and from campus* consider an alternate entrance to campus if it is convenient* be patient and observant of pedestrians crossing at intersections

Annan recommends proposed UN mission to Haiti begin sending troops in May

“The phased relief of MIF forces in Port-au-Prince and other locations must be carefully coordinated and planned jointly between the MIF and United Nations Force headquarters; this will be followed by the deployment of additional troops to implement the broader range of tasks to be implemented by the United Nations force,” he says in a new report to the Security Council on Haiti and a future UN peacekeeping mission. The Secretary-General says the multidimensional UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will consist of 6,700 troops, 1,600 civilian police and additional international and local civilian staff, and have an initial mandate of 24 months. Mr. Annan notes, however, that the situation in the Caribbean country, caught in a cycle of violence and impunity, looks more daunting now than it did when the UN sent earlier assistance missions to the Caribbean country, though positive changes can come about, based on transparency and consensus. The UN, for its part, previously “failed to develop necessary sustainable partnerships with the Haitian society at all levels,” resulting in increased Haitian alienation, he says. “Financial aid did not bear fruit to the extent expected because it was at times ill-targeted and did not take into account the deficiencies in local absorptive capacity,” Mr. Annan says. These experiences have been taken into account in making the latest recommendations, which have been shared with the Haitian authorities, he says. “The international community should seek to strike the right balance between Haitian ownership, on the one side, and accountability for results, on the other,” Mr. Annan says. “The international community should ensure that Haitian leaders have participated fully in the design of such assistance and assume responsibility for its implementation.” While welcoming the recent Consensus on the Political Transition Pact that allows Haitian sectoral leaders to design a way forward in this transitional period, he notes, “However, this pact did not include all major political movements, as it could have.” Prime Minister Gérard Latortue signed the Pact on 4 April on behalf of the 13-member transitional cabinet, as well as by the seven-member council of eminent persons, the leaders of civil society organizations and the representatives of political groups, “with the notable exception of Fanmi Lavalas,” Mr. Annan notes. Fanmi Lavalas is the political party of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was forced to leave the country on 29 February by the armed insurgency. The report shows that the group has objected to several developments since Mr. Aristide left and the United States-led MIF took up peacekeeping duties, but it is a member of the provisional electoral council. Most Haitian stakeholders have agreed that municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections will be held before the end of 2005, with an elected President to be sworn in on 7 February 2006, the report says. The reasons why Haitian authorities have been unable to redress human rights abuses effectively include the weakness of State institutions guaranteeing human rights and the lack of financial resources to pay compensation to victims, the report says. A National Commission on Truth and Justice, established by Mr. Aristide in 1995, received 6,000 complaints about the 1991-1994 military regime, the report says. The commission’s recommendations in 1996 for institutional reform and reparations for victims, including rape victims who had been given HIV/AIDS, could not be carried out, however, due to lack of funds. “Without putting an end to impunity, no genuine reconciliation or sustainable social peace can be attained,” Mr. Annan says, urging the international community to support capacity building in such areas as justice, human rights economic development and humanitarian aid. read more

Alternating warm and cold weather damages crops in southern Ontario

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Early warm weather in March, followed by sudden flash freezes, has caused devastating losses to tender fruit and apple growers in a large part of southern Ontario, industry insiders said Wednesday.Wild swings in temperature have left several apple orchards without a single viable blossom, meaning they won’t grow any fruit, said Brian Gilroy, head of the Ontario Apple Growers.Others will see a significantly smaller yield _ at least 20 per cent less than usual _ making for a short supply of locally grown apples in stores this fall, he predicted.“We’ll do the best we can to get the consumer some apples this year but Mother Nature has made it extremely difficult,” he said.Unusual weather has ravaged apple-growing regions in the northeast United States and Quebec as well as Ontario, but growers in western regions such as Washington State have remained largely unscathed so far, Gilroy said.That means struggling farmers are limited in how much they can raise prices to recoup their losses, he said.Consumers will still likely see their grocery bills rise, he said.“I would assume that prices will go up in light of the fact that supply of this part of North America is hurt so bad,” and stores will need produce from out of the province to fill the void, he added.In Ontario, the apple industry alone is worth up to $400 million, said agriculture specialist John Cline of the University of Guelph.Roughly 2,800 people are employed in the province’s apple orchards, including 2,300 foreign workers hired during the growing season.Agriculture Minister Ted McMeekin is set to tour a Niagara region orchard Thursday to evaluate the situation firsthand.“While it’s still too early to tell the impact of recent cold temperatures on some fruit crops, staff from my ministry are working with producers to assess the damage and develop management strategies,” he said in a statement Wednesday.A spokesman for the ministry said some growers are reporting second blooms, suggesting the impact may not be as dramatic as it initially appeared.But others said the outlook is grim.There are no blossoms on Steve Smith’s apple trees in Port Elgin, about 40 kilometres southwest of Owen Sound.“For the first time ever I don’t think I’m going to have a single apple to pick out of 5,000 apple trees on my farm,” Smith said. “So that’s big.”Smith said he will have other products to sell at his pick-your-own operation, including vegetables and frozen apple pies, and he’s hoping people will still visit farms this year.But the farmer has had to cancel two Mexican workers in the fall and a teenage helper over the summer, and he’s returning some fertilizer to his supplier.“If a farmer makes $100,000 you just know he’s going to spend at least 75 per cent of it in producing that crop,” he said. “There’s going to be quite a ramification here.”Cutting labour costs won’t be enough to offset the loss of revenue, Gilroy said.“There is certain inherent costs to maintaining an orchard, even if it’s got just a marginal crop, even if it’s got no crop,” he said. Alternating warm and cold weather damages crops in southern Ontario by News Staff Posted May 9, 2012 3:43 pm MDT read more

Saskatchewan carbon capture facility coming back online after issues

Saskatchewan carbon capture facility coming back online after issues by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 3:24 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – A carbon-capture facility in Saskatchewan is coming back online and officials say it will be fully operational — even if it’s not operating full time.SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh says many components have been replaced at the $1.5-billion facility at the Boundary Dam power plant near Estevan.“We have a plant that is fully operational. We continue to fix it. It’s on overhaul and has been for two months. Today, we’re bringing it back up online,” Marsh said Monday at the legislature in Regina.Marsh said the plant won’t run at full capacity — or even half-capacity — all the time, but it’s still considered fully operational.“We will run that plant where we need to run it. We will run it at half load. We will bring it up to full load. We will drop it back. We’re going to run it through all kinds of operating regimes. That’s what we do,” he said.“Fully operational means the plant is now running.”The carbon-capture facility opened with much fanfare in October 2014. It was to have opened the previous April, but faced construction delays.The goal is to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually. The facility has removed 400,000 tonnes so far this year.Premier Brad Wall has said it was accurate for him to tweet “Sask, we’re fully operational” when the facility opened, because at that moment it was capturing carbon dioxide.SaskPower and the government have been facing criticism from the Opposition NDP for boasting that the plant is fully operational. Documents leaked to the NDP show the facility has been working 45 per cent of the time.One document says SaskPower has incurred additional costs of about $80 million to fix “construction deficiencies.” Marsh said last week that the amount is a little higher now, but he would not confirm the new number because SaskPower is trying to recoup the costs through legal means.The delays also have financial implications for SaskPower, which has a contract to sell captured CO2 to Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) to be used for enhanced oil recovery.SaskPower had to pay $12 million in penalties to Cenovus last year, because the utility couldn’t deliver enough carbon dioxide. SaskPower might end up owing Cenovus about $5 million this year as well, but officials say that will be offset by $11 million that Cenovus is paying for the CO2.Marsh said it takes time to get a major facility up and running and the industry considers it normal.He acknowledged the situation could have been better communicated to the public and said things will be clearer going forward.“There’s no question that over the past year, there’s been statements made that were missing a word or two and things were taken out of context. And, yes, an overly optimistic and enthusiastic team, um, this is where things happened.“It’s something that we don’t want to see again. We want to make sure it’s cleaned up.” read more

New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018

“Liberia has progressed dramatically since my last visit just after the brutal civil war,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour after wrapping up a three-day visit to Liberia. After commending the efforts of the Government and the Liberian people, he noted that the human rights gains are “still precarious, hence the vital need for the UN to continue our support.” With the main purpose of the visit to establish a UN Human Rights Office in the country, an agreement was signed with the Government for the new office to open in early 2018. “What we have learned in country after country is that neither peace nor development can be properly sustainable unless they are firmly grounded in human rights,” said Mr. Gilmour. He expressed his appreciation to Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, with whom he signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the new office, set to open early in 2018. This office will conduct human rights monitoring and reporting, as well as provide technical assistance to State institutions, the Independent National Commission for Human Rights, civil society and other partners. Mr. Gilmour highlighted the primary role of the Government in promoting and protecting human rights in Liberia. During his visit, the senior UN human rights official met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, cabinet ministers, several leaders of civil society organizations, and foreign ambassadors. True peace is never possible if people feel that their desire for justice has not been metUnderlining Liberia’s international human rights obligations, Mr. Gilmour expressed serious concern over the continued prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) and urged the Government to do far more within its power to discourage this and other harmful traditional practices, including trial by ordeal, accusations of witchcraft and ritualistic killings. He discussed the plight of lesbian, gay and transgender people, saying that their unbearable discrimination and abuse must be confronted. He also raised trepidations surrounding the rights of people with disabilities. While acknowledging Government efforts to address sexual violence, he stressed that the appalling frequency of rape in Liberia, including of young girls, is partly due to widespread impunity for this crime. After visiting Monrovia Central Prison, Mr. Gilmour praised the work of the wardens but remarked on the very serious overcrowding and insufficient food, which he attributed to a high number of people held in pre-trial detention owing to the slowness of judicial procedures. Concluding his stay, Mr. Gilmour visited the Palava Hut Memorial for victims of the civil war. He expressed the importance of transitional justice for national reconciliation and called for it to be a paramount concern for the new Government following the October elections – while warning against what some term a worrying rise in hate speech as election season approaches. “True peace is never possible if people feel that their desire for justice has not been met. Abominable war crimes were committed in this country, and the perpetrators of the worst crimes should now understand that justice will catch up with them,” stressed the Assistant Secretary-General. read more

Buckeye Bytes Ohio State running back Mike Weber still recovering from hamstring

Ohio State then-redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) rushes into open field during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Lantern File PhotoWith Ohio State gearing up for its season-opener against Indiana on Aug. 31, the Buckeyes are game-planning for the Hoosiers. After Friday’s practice, the media was able to speak to running backs coach Tony Alford, redshirt sophomore Mike Weber and a few backup running backs. Here is what we learned.Weber still recovering from hamstring injuryWeber injured his hamstring just over four weeks ago and has been limited in practice since then. Alford said Weber, despite his lack of practice time, would be healthy enough to start against the season-opener against Indiana, Aug. 31.“You know, we’ll monitor and bring him along at the rate we think we need to,” Alford said Friday after practice. “He feels good, so we’re going to keep going with the process that we’ve been going. It’s going pretty well. So, he’ll be ready.”Since his injury, Weber said he hasn’t been playing full contact yet. In the meantime, he said he has been watching film, taking mental reps, walking through his steps and rehabbing. “I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m getting close,” Weber said. “They’ve been holding me back all camp to make sure I don’t have problems with it throughout the season. I’m just listening to them and taking it day by day.”Last year, Weber took 182 carries for 1,096 yards, reaching the end zone nine times, and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Despite those accolades, coach Urban Meyer believes the young running back must step up and make a major improvement this year.“I’m hoping you see a different back,” Meyer said in a press conference July 26. “He was good. He wasn’t premier.”Weber’s inability to practice at full-go with the first-team offense calls into question whether the starter has made the leap that his head coach anticipated or if it is even possible given the lack of reps.McCall primarily with H-backsOne of last year’s backups to Weber, sophomore Demario McCall, might have finally found a position to stick with. The young athlete spent most of his time last year spelling Weber. But without H-back Curtis Samuel, who left Ohio State early to head to the NFL, the Buckeyes might turn to McCall as a hybrid back.OSU sophomore running back Demario McCall (30) rushes during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorMcCall said he has been working nearly exclusively with the H-backs in the receiver room for the past two weeks. However, he said he might still play running back this year, even mentioning he took a few snaps at the position during Friday’s practice.Alford compared McCall’s situation to that of Samuel last year as he has worked with running backs and receivers, familiarizing himself with both position groups.“When he’s in the game, we’re hoping to have a guy that can make some explosive plays for us,” Alford said. “He’s a year more mature and bigger and he’s obviously gained a lot of weight which has helped him.”McCall said he weighs about 192 or 193 pounds, which is 20 pounds more than he was when he came to Ohio State. Since he arrived as a freshman, he knew he had to gain weight. McCall said he expects to be up to 195 pounds by the time the season begins.Last year, McCall finished fourth on the team in rushing – behind Weber, Samuel and then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett – with 49 carries for 273 yards, scoring three touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 84 yards and a score.This year, he will likely be much more involved in the passing game, as Samuel, who led the team with 74 catches for 865 yards, was in 2016.When asked to describe himself on the field, McCall answered with just two words, “Athletic. Playmaker.” Mike Weber’s maturity is at the “opposite end of the spectrum”When Weber came to Ohio State, his maturity on and off the field was a problem for Ohio State and its coaches. But, that has completely changed. “He’s been so attentive in the meeting rooms, even with stuff that you know he knows. He’s taking notes and he’s trying to learn even the finite details,” Alford said. “When he wasn’t allowed to be in (due to his hamstring injury), he’d stand right next to me and be kind of talking to me, ‘What about this, what about that?. Did you see this, did you see that?’”Weber’s position coach said the starter has has a better understanding of the full picture, heading into his second season lining up next to Barrett in the backfield. “His attention to detail has still been at the top of the charts,” Alford said..” I don’t know what else I can ask of him that he hasn’t provided.”Depth of running back room has helpedIn the spring, McCall was primarily used as a running back, despite many people speculating he might be the best option to slide in as Samuel’s replacement at H-back. That strategy was turned on its head recently since McCall has spent most of his time with the receivers. But, the reasoning behind the position change makes sense when you consider freshman running back J.K. Dobbins’ breakout spring and fall camps. Alford said that he realized Dobbins’ potential around two weeks ago. That timeline coincides with when McCall’s time was allotted primarily to the H-back group.“You have a little more comfort in allowing (McCall) to leave the room more and learn another position that would be good for him and for our football team,” Alford said. “But at the same time, you feel like you have enough depth in the running back room that you’re able to do that and cross-train a little bit more.Along with Dobbins, sophomore running back Antonio Williams has worked hard and had a good offseason, according to Alford. “(Williams) seems much more comfortable in what we’re asking him to do,” Alford said. “(His) blocking, he’s making plays, his body weight, all those things are right. He’s gotten faster and trimmed.”Last year, Williams was buried on the depth chart, rushing just six times for 28 yards. This year, he’ll once again be a backup, this time behind Weber and Dobbins. But unlike last year, Alford and the coaches feel confident in the North Carolina product. That seems to have resulted in the coaches moving McCall from running back to H-back.“Remember now, when we started this thing last year, no one in our room had ever taken a college snap, Alford said. “And now, you’ve got some seasoned guys that have played a little bit.”Antonio Williams dealing with being the odd man outIf you have spent a year on a team, like Williams has, and a freshman, such as Dobbins, comes in and passes you on the depth chart, that could have a detrimental effect to the mind of the player who was passed on the depth chart.Ohio State sophomore running back Antonio Williams walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.But Alford has a simple answer to how he handles that type of situation and, according to the coach, it seems to be working.“Here’s the deal, if you don’t like the lot that you’re in, change. Get better. And he has,” Alford said. “But don’t come in and (say), ‘Well I don’t like my situation.’ Well I can’t help you. Get better. Improve. Study. And he’s done those things.”After Friday’s practice, Williams admitted he was frustrated at the beginning of last year, but quickly adjusted, acknowledging he could learn a lot while sitting on the bench. “I think that, you bring a young guy (in), J.K. coming in, that ramps up everybody,” Alford said. “They see somebody else making plays, well I better make mine too. And (Williams) has.” read more

The BBC gives Nicola Sturgeon a gorilla toy to apologise for showing

first_imgBBC Breakfast The presenters trying not to laugh Credit:Geoff Robinson/BBC Confusion arose when BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty explained that the SNP leader and First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, was due on the programme as a guest.Unfortunately the show’s producers chose that precise moment to cut to footage of the large silverback gorilla. Kumbuka the gorilla flashed up on the screen instead of Nicola SturgeonCredit:Geoff Robinson/BBC The BBC has apologised for mixing Nicola Sturgeon up with an escaped gorilla at London Zoo by presenting her with a cuddly toy version of the animal.Viewers were left puzzled about why the BBC seemed apparently unable to tell the difference between the 46-year-old leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the 29-stone western lowland gorilla that was on the loose on Thursday.  It’s not the first BBC news gaffe to go viral, after presenter Simon McCoy picked up a stack of printing paper instead of his iPad for an on-air presentation about drunkenness. An awkward moment for BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt Fortunately her co-presenter Charlie Stayt realised something was amiss.“I’m sorry we’ve … err… very clearly run the wrong pictures over that particular sequence. My apologies there” he said. “The story we will be taking about later, as you’ve probably guessed from the pictures, is about the escaped gorilla at London Zoo.”The presenters saw the funny side  An awkward moment for BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie StaytCredit:BBC Breakfast Nicola Sturgeon, not a gorilla, makes her appearance Credit:Geoff Robinson/BBC The BBC has presented Nicola Sturgeon with an ape to apologise for this morning’s mishap. #snp16 pic.twitter.com/bgCZAJDdID— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) October 14, 2016 And here’s what happened when BBC News interviewed the wrong Guy – the legend that is Congolese taxi driver Guy Goma. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img .@NicolaSturgeon receives official apology from @BBCNews over today’s #gorilla incident at #SNP16 #MediaDrinks @ScotParlJournos @BBCNaga pic.twitter.com/M4uy21CKt0— Lang Banks, WWF (@LangBanks) October 14, 2016 The footage was shared by Twitter user @johnnyTR70. They eventually found the correct guest Pictures posted on social media on Friday evening suggested Ms Sturgeon was delighted, if a little bemused, by the apology gift.She was given the cuddly ape as the SNP party conference took place in Glasgow. When you interview someone it is best to make sure you are interviewing the right person. In this interview BBC… https://t.co/8VFSF2SrSn— Media Training SA (@Mediatrain_SA) October 5, 2016 While this is the shocking moment a TV host was impaled by a nail in a failed magic trick.  Gorilla mix-up with Nicola Sturgeon on BBC Breakfast Nicola Sturgeon Meanwhile, a wildlife group has called for an inquiry over the London Zoo gorilla escape. In April,  this racing pundit ended this live interview in the most spectacular way.  After a slight mishap on BBC Breakfast this morning, the corporation presented the First Minister with an apology. pic.twitter.com/vYB5iBJgJJ— BBC Andrew Kerr (@BBCandrewkerr) October 14, 2016 Kumbuka had expressed his own desire for independence on Thursday by escaping his enclosure at London Zoo, before being tranquilised by his keepers.“We’re going to be joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,” explained Munchetty on BBC Breakfast as Kumbuka popped up on screen. “We’ll talk to her about plans for a second referendum on independence.”last_img read more

Sir Clive Sinclair divorces wife 36 years his junior he met when

first_imgOver the course of her seven-year marriage to Sir Clive, she divided her time between London and a home in Nottingham which she shared with her mother, Shirley.Sir Clive, who also designed the “A-Bike”, a compact folding bike intended for commuters, and a hand-held computer gaming device which failed to take off, sold the Sinclair name to then-competitor Sir Alan Sugar for £5 million in 1986. Sir Clive and Angie Sinclair Sir Clive and Angie Sinclair at their London home, overlooking Trafalgar SquareCredit:David Rose/Telegraph Now, however, it appears to be game over for the couple’s seven-year marriage, after Sir Clive filed divorce papers from his hospital bed.Furthermore, the electronics genius is understood to have rekindled his relationship with Elaine Millar, 69, almost a decade after their association was thought to have gone the way of the Sinclair C5 electric vehicle. Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair demonstrates his battery-assisted pedal-powered C5 tricycle at Alexandra Palace, London, in 1985.Credit:PA Sir Clive, 76, divorced his first wife and mother of his three children, Ann Trevor-Briscoe, in 1985, after 23 years of marriage. Design Museum curator Eleanor Suggett looking at bikes of the future exhibited on the walls, including a Sir Clive Sinclair designed "X-Bike" He was credited with inventing the first low-cost pocket calculator and revolutionising the British consumer electronics industry. She was a lapdancer at Peter Stringfellow’s famous nightclub who went by the name “Paris”.So, when Sir Clive Sinclair opted to end a 25-year relationship with his devoted former secretary to marry Angie Bowness, 36 years his junior, friends of the inventor could have been forgiven for thinking: “Does not compute.” He then lived in a flat on Trafalgar Square adjoining that of Ms Millar, who helped him run his business – at one point valued at more than £100 million – and accompanied him to public events. Sir Clive Sinclair at his Kings Cross loft flat Sir Clive Sinclair with Alan Sugar after announcing a £5 million deal to sell the Sinclair brand name Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair demonstrates his battery-assisted pedal powered tricycle at Alexandra Palace, London January 10, 1985. Sir Clive Sinclair at his Kings Cross loft flatCredit:Andrew Crowley They lost contact after Sir Clive’s second marriage, and Ms Millar moved to Harrogate, Yorkshire.Lady Sinclair’s first marriage was to businessman Mark Thornton. The couple had a son, now 19, but separated not long after his birth. Sir Clive and former prime minister Harold McMillan Ms Bowness, Lady Sinclair, who described herself as “over the moon” after their 2010 wedding in Las Vegas, was reported to have burst into tears and said she was “too upset” to comment when asked to confirm the split by The Mail on Sunday.However representatives acting for the inventor – a former chairman of Mensa with an IQ of 159 – issued a statement on his behalf. “Following a prolonged hospitalisation in 2016, Sir Clive filed for divorce before his discharge from the hospital,“The divorce became final in January 2017. Financial settlement proceedings are ongoing and Sir Clive has asked that he be allowed to conduct this matter in private.” Design Museum curator Eleanor Suggett looking at bikes of the future exhibited on the walls, including a Sir Clive Sinclair-designed “X-Bike”Credit:Julian Andrews/Eye R8 Productions Sir Clive and former prime minister Harold McMillan Sir Clive Sinclair with Alan Sugar after announcing a £5 million deal Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Video proves runways can just disappear in heavy rain

first_imgHave you ever been on a flight that’s coming into land and then suddenly powers the engines back up and goes around for another attempt? It may be a poor approach, instruction from the tower, or the decision could be taken simply because the runway has disappeared.That last one seems unlikely, right? But the video below proves that in the right weather conditions the pilot’s view of a runway can quite suddenly disappear.The cause in this particular case is a very heavy column of rain that adjusts the pilot’s visibility to just about zero. In this case it didn’t get too severe until they had gone past the 200 feet mark. The pilot believes when they pulled the aircraft up it was only around 50 feet off the ground. The crew were also prepared for this to happen and that’s why the whole thing went so smoothly, it’s also why he had his phone camera positioned to record the event.As a passenger, when this happens it can be pretty scary because you don’t know what is going on, but ultimately it was the safer option to take than attempting to continue the landing.Apparently this particular flight was a Boeing 737 business jet and it had plenty of fuel on board. They landed around 15 minutes later when the rain had cleared and the sun was shining. Such aircraft do have instrument landing systems on board that can make a landing in very poor visibility, but even they have their limits and in this case the crew thought better of relying on it.last_img read more

PASOK and ND in damage control

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK’s political council is due to meet on Thursday, when it is expected members will decide to speed up the process for electing a new party leader. New Democracy, meanwhile, is trying to contain the damage caused by the expulsion of 21 MPs who failed to support Greece’s new loan agreement in a parliamentary vote early Monday. PASOK also lost 22 lawmakers as a result of differing views over the so-called second memorandum. One of those, former Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis, blasted party leader George Papandreou on Tuesday. Kastanidis had backed Papandreou last November when he suggested a referendum be held to decide whether Greece should adopt a new bailout. The ex-minister said he felt it was wrong to approve the terms of the new loan deal in Parliament and not give voters a chance to express their views. “Mr Papandreou decided to expel his own conscience, not me,” Kastanidis told Skai TV. He did not rule out forming a new parliamentary group with the other ousted PASOK MPs.At its meeting tomorrow, the Socialist party’s political council is due to assess the fallout from a tumultuous few days and is also likely to agree on a process to choose Papandreou’s successor after government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis confirmed that snap elections would be held in April. New Democracy is also reeling from the fallout of the bailout vote. Former MP and outspoken conservative unionist Yiannis Manolis quit the party and launched an attack on ND president Antonis Samaras. “He decided to follow a different path, to make an about turn… you can continue on your own, Mr President.” In a bid to shift the focus to security, traditionally a strong area for the conservatives, Samaras visited police officers who were injured in Sunday’s rioting. “I do not think there are police forces in other European countries who have to put up with what ours does,” he said after leaving the hospital. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Windows 8 vraiment meilleur que Windows 7

first_imgWindows 8 vraiment meilleur que Windows 7 ?Le futur successeur de Windows 7, qui devrait arriver à l’automne 2012, s’annonce comme une petite révolution des systèmes d’exploitation. Mais est-ce vraiment le cas ?Si Windows 7 vit actuellement ses derniers mois en tant que système d’exploitation principal de Microsoft, son remplaçant, Windows 8, est-il vraiment plus performant que lui ? C’est la question à laquelle s’est attelé le site Les Numériques à travers une batterie de tests des deux versions sur deux PC, l’un équipé du processeur AMD FX-8150 et l’autre du processeur Intel Core i7 2600K. Les critères de test sont les suivants : encodage, rendu 3D et retouche photo, traitement audio, compression de fichiers et jeux vidéos.Notons qu’il s’agit de la dernière version de démonstration de Windows 8, la Consumer Preview 64 bits qui est testée, face à Windows 7 Édition Intégrale 64 bits SP1. Et les résultats sont pour le moins étonnants, selon la catégorie et le processeur utilisé. Au niveau de la retouche photo , c’est bien Windows 8 l’emporte, sous AMD ou Intel, grâce à un temps bien moins important. Pour le rendu 3D, c’est en revanche une égalité quasi parfaite. Autre domaine où les deux système ont du mal à se départager, le traitement audio, même si Windows 7 y possède un très léger avantage.L’encodage audio et vidéo dépend en grande partie du support utilisé, iTunes, Handbrake en x264 ou Windows Live Movie Maker. Sous AMD, Windows 8 l’emporte pour iTunes, Windows 7 sur Live Movie Maker, et les deux se valent pour Handbrake. Sous Intel, c’est bien Windows 7 qui est devant pour iTunes et Live Movie Maker alors qu’une fois encore, Handbrake ne les départage pas. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La compression de fichiers est différente selon les processeurs. La plateforme d’AMD étant plus favorable à Windows 7 alors que celle d’Intel avantage Windows 8. Enfin, pour les jeux vidéos, les différences moyennes selon les jeux et les processeurs s’équilibrent quasiment. En résumé, le nouvel OS de Microsoft fait finalement jeu égal avec son prédécesseur, n’améliorant pas les performances mais ne les faisant pas non plus diminuer. Mais attention, les drivers pour Windows 8 n’étant pas encore optimisés, le futur système d’exploitation Microsoft peut réserver encore des surprises…Le 25 avril 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Twitter Can Possibly Determine How Successful a Movie Is

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on target Think for a second about how much of a movie’s budget goes toward marketing. Sending actors out on the late night circuit, organizing press events and cutting eye-catching trailers. Then some snarky teenager makes a comment on Twitter that catches on and the movie flops. All that effort, all that money, all for naught.Maybe that’s a bit of exaggeration, but Twitter can have an impact on how well a movie performs, according to a recent study at Emerson College. The study was conducted to supplement an earlier study on the effects of word of mouth on box office performance. As there is no reliable formula for box office success, word of mouth has long been thought to be the only reliable predictor. But now, we have scientific confirmation that a correlation exists.Since Twitter forces people to distill their thought into 140 characters or less, it’s a pretty great place to get a feel for how a movie will perform. The study analyzed a sample of 12,000 tweets about 17 movies in the fall of 2016. They were only able to use data from 11 of those movies, though because some low performers didn’t have enough tweets for researchers to gather any data. They found a strong correlation between the use of a movie’s official hashtag on Twitter and its revenue the following weekend. If a film’s hashtag was used a lot, it’s revenue would increase over the previous weekend. If fewer people tweeted about it, the movie would make less money.Exhibit One from the study shows a strong correlation between hashtag use and revenue. (Via PR Newswire/Emerson College)It all comes down to word of mouth. No matter how good a trailer looks, no matter what A-list stars you cast, if you can’t get people talking about your movie, no one will see it. At the end of the day, that’s really what marketers are trying to generate: positive word of mouth. It all seems to make sense and can easily be applied to recent high-profile hits and flops.Anecdotally, remember Passengers? Of course, you do, the advertisements were impossible to miss. TV spots started showing up two months before it even came out. There’s a movie that seemed to have everything: sci-fi action, two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a marketing push that would make Marvel blush. That seemed to backfire, as, by the time the movie came out, nobody really cared. There wasn’t much social media buzz, though to be fair, it was going up against Rogue One. And it certainly didn’t help that what little word of mouth there was pretty negative. (Seriously, by most accounts, it was a real piece of crap.) As a result, the movie failed to bring in the numbers it was aiming for.So there you have it. If you want an idea of whether or not a movie will do well, just check Twitter. See? It’s not a terrible cesspool of angry eggs all the time.last_img read more

Vancouver man gets work release in child porn case

first_imgA Vancouver man who possessed video files containing child pornography was sentenced Thursday to a year in the Clark County Jail’s work release program, which allows him to work outside in the community and be confined when he’s not working.Jason J. Evans, 25, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty requested that Evans serve a 30-month prison sentence. But Evans’ defense attorney, Katie Kauffman, argued for local jail time, which falls outside the standard range.A pre-sentencing investigation conducted by the Washington Department of Corrections also stated a downward exceptional sentence would be appropriate, in part, because two evaluators found Evans poses a low risk of re-offending.Judge Derek Vanderwood agreed that a lower sentence was appropriate but opted for 12 months, as opposed to the defense’s request of three to six months and DOC’s recommendation of eight months.last_img read more

MiamiDade Mayor orders jails to comply with federal immigration authorities

first_img“What I suspect would happen is you would be questioned, you would be detained and then you would be communicated to immigration officials as being an undocumented immigrant here in South Florida, and then, subsequently, likely, deported,” Fonseca said.Giminez spoke about his decision on Fox News, Friday morning. “The message of Miami-Dade County has been: We are not a sanctuary city. We have never been a sanctuary city,” Giminez said. “We provide the federal government with information whenever we arrest somebody who is an illegal immigrant.”“We took an oath when we took office, that we would defend and protect the constitutional laws of the United States, the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County.”When the news of Gimenez’s decision was made public before 6 p.m., dozens were already protesting Trump’s orders, including one to halt the immigration of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the U.S., in Downtown Miami. Nearly a hundred protesters gathered later in the protest.“As a resident of Miami, growing up in Miami, I know that refugees helped make this city what it is, and I just can’t tolerate this treatment,” Emily Nostro said.“If he wants to keep and be reelected next year, he should really stand with his community, as well as not fall into Trump’s hate,” Mariana Martinez said.Besides taking steps to stop accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S., Trump is expected to suspend the United States’ broader refugee program for 120 days, which includes suspending the practice of issuing visas for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of these countries are torn by warfare. In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security.Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate whit the federal government. I will partner with the Board of County Commissioners to address any issues necessary to achieve this end.”Trump praised Gimenez’s decision in a tweet. Groups seeking to help those from these countries agree Trump’s plan is a step backwards.“We do have in place, and we have had in place, a very effective system of scrutinizing our immigrants and scrutinizing the refugees that come to this country,” said Wilfredo Ruiz, Communications Director of the Center of American and Islamic Relations (CAIR), “so Mr. Trump is just continuing his campaign.”Trump’s orders were a step in the wrong direction, Jane Atchison said at Thursday’s protest.“As a Jewish person, I feel that when you start banning a group of people and registering them, that you’re stepping toward Hitler-dom,” Atchison said.Frank Bersach said that Trump’s orders should be embraced.“Maybe the extreme is too extreme, but we want safety, and that is what a lot of people are concerned about. That’s why the election swung a certain way.”Organizers said the protest would last a few hours and not move from the Torch of Freedom. However, Friday afternoon, protesters gathered again to voice their disapproval at Giminez’s order. Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017Trump’s order threatened to cut off federal grants worth millions. The mayors of some major “sanctuary cities,” such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston and New York, have said they would resist Trump’s immigration order with legal action.RELATED: ‘Sanctuary cities’ undaunted by Trump move to cut funding 7 News political expert and Florida International University professor Brian Fonseca said that Gimenez’s decision will likely have a big impact on the South Florida community.“I think it’s gonna have a profound effect,” he said. “One thing is the undocumented immigrant that gets detained by law enforcement, but then it’s the family and friends that also are implicated in this as well.”Fonseca said it is not surprising that the county will comply because it is one of the largest recipients of grants from the Department of Justice. The county receives about $10 million in grants from the feds, and Gimenez likely believes the threat is real, Fonseca said.“It essentially means that Miami-Dade County will no longer defy federal immigration laws,” Fonseca said. “So now, when undocumented immigrants are detained, there’s an obligation on behalf of Miami-Dade County to, essentially, process them to immigration and whatever follows after that.”Fonseca emphasized that this will not mean a deportation force will be put on the streets targeting undocumented immigrants.“What this does not mean,” Fonseca added, “and I think is very important for our viewers, is that this isn’t a deportation force. A lot of people thought that there’d be people out on the streets targeting undocumented immigrants and detaining them intentionally with the purpose of deportation. That’s not what this is.”Fonseca said that if an undocumented immigrant, who can’t have a driver’s license, was to be pulled over, police would tell federal immigration authorities. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration authorities in a memo sent on Thursday, effectively ending the county’s status as an immigrant “sanctuary.”The memo follows President Trump’s executive order, signed on Wednesday, threatening to cut federal funding to counties and cities that don’t work with federal immigration authorities.Since 2013, Miami-Dade has not indefinitely detained inmates who may be in the country illegally unless reimbursed by the federal government. Now, Gimenez said, losing federal funding would not be worth those costs.“We will comply with the federal government’s request to keep a prisoner in our custody that may be a illegal immigrant,” Gimenez said, “We’re taking away any kind of excuse or any kind of reasons to why the federal government could withhold any federal aid to Miami-Dade County.”Gimenez said the county would still try to obtain federal reimbursement for the detainment.Gimenez’s memo to Interim Correction’s Director Daniel junior read:“Yesterday, January 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more