March elections offer Iraq chance to move beyond conflict to development Ban

Next month’s elections offer Iraqis the chance to move beyond the bloody conflict of the past seven years towards long-term political and economic stability, but armed groups may repeat their recent high-profile attacks to disrupt the process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the country.“I appeal to the people of Iraq not to be deterred, in the face of these and other criminal acts, from exercising their democratic rights,” he says, citing among other attacks the coordinated series of suicide bombings in Baghdad in December in which scores of civilians were killed and injured immediately after the successful adoption of the electoral law.“I also urge the Government of Iraq and its security forces to redouble efforts in the lead-up to the elections to ensure that the elections are as peaceful as possible,” he adds, stressing that every effort must be made to ensure that the poll is broadly participatory and as inclusive as possible.“A credible election process will greatly contribute to national reconciliation and give Iraqi leaders a new impetus to work together in a spirit of national unity to rebuild their country after years of conflict. It will also serve to strengthen Iraq’s sovereignty and independence at this key juncture in Iraq’s history as the United States prepares to draw down its military presence.”Mr. Ban pledges the full support of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which has already helped in three previous polls, for the success of the 7 March elections in providing strong technical assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission and helping to ensure that the results are widely accepted by the Iraqi people.Referring to the controversy over the possible disqualification of hundreds of candidates considered to have been closely linked to the Baath party of ousted, and later hanged, President Saddam Hussein, he calls for a transparent and non-discriminatory review, and appeals to all sided to use the mechanisms in place to submit complaints and abide by the final results once they are certified by the Federal Supreme Court.“I also hope that, once the new government is formed, the focus will shift gradually to accelerating the country’s reconstruction and development,” he writes, calling on those newly elected to resolve political and constitutional matters that could hinder Iraq’s long-term political and economic stability, by adopting a viable revenue-sharing arrangement, a hydrocarbon law and settling the issue of disputed territories between the regions.“In this regard, the Iraqi people will expect to see greater efficiency, accountability and transparency on the part of their elected officials. If ordinary Iraqis witness an improvement in their daily lives, they will begin to feel that their votes made a difference,” he says, highlighting the support of the entire UN system for a steady shift of focus from humanitarian response to longer-term development. He notes that 18.9 million voters have been allocated to some 50,000 polling stations in an election which will see 6,600 candidates nominated from 86 political entities or coalitions. The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has funded an initiative to train over 29,000 domestic observers to monitor the polls.UNAMI has helped develop key procedures for a range of polling and counting processes, including those for regular polling and counting in polling stations on election day, absentee voting for internally displaced persons (IDPs) registered to vote for their governorate of origin, and special voting using either the voter list or a conditional ballot for several categories of voters unable to cast ballots in regular polling stations on election day.UNAMI electoral advisers have also trained Electoral Commission staff on best practices, and this staff will now train 360 governorate trainers over a two-week period. This will be followed by a cascade training programme that will ultimately ensure that approximately 300,000 polling station staff are able to conduct polling and counting processes.“UNAMI is supporting the Electoral Commission in developing a robust and timely complaints mechanism to ensure that the credibility of the results is not eroded by a delay in the adjudication of complaints,” Mr. Ban adds.Reviewing the past three months since his last report, Mr. Ban cites continuing ethnic political disagreements in the Ninewa Governorate between Kurds, Arabs and others as “a matter of concern,” while noting the agreement of the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government set up joint security structures in Kirkuk, Ninewa and Diyala to ease tensions. He calls on both governments to protect the rights of minorities and end forced displacement of minorities. “During the past year, hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed in attacks that have targeted the Christian, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi communities,” he writes. Among humanitarian priorities for the coming year, he includes the impact of drought, mine action, protection for IDPs, refugees and returnees, and supporting critical social safety nets.“The protection of civilians, particularly women, children and minority groups, remains a serious concern, as do the ongoing constraints due to lack of access and security that continue to hinder the ability of humanitarian organizations to effectively assess and respond to unmet needs,” he says. “I again thank the donor community for its support in addressing humanitarian issues throughout this period and encourage continued engagement.” 12 February 2010Next month’s elections offer Iraqis the chance to move beyond the bloody conflict of the past seven years towards long-term political and economic stability, but armed groups may repeat their recent high-profile attacks to disrupt the process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the country. read more

Man injured in Hwy 6 crash

A man remains in stable but serious condition after a crash on Highway 6 south of Caledonia this morning.The highway remains closed in both directions at 3rd Line in Haldimand County after. A tractor trailer and a Volkswagen collided.The victim was originally taken to Hamilton General Hospital in critical condition. Crews are currently at the scene cleaning up, but OPP say the problem now is moving the tractor trailer.“Due to the damage of the transport, we’re no longer able to move it — full load of gasoline — because of the shape of the truck its still stable,” said Const. Mark Foster of the OPP.The road closures are expected to last for several hours. read more

Plaques laid at Peace Memorial Park to remember veterans

Five World War II veterans from Hamilton were honoured today with plaques at Peace Memorial Park in the city’s east end.One name that that many will recognize is Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Five more plaques were unveiled today ahead of Remembrance Day. They memorialize five men who so courageously went off to serve in World War II without knowing if they would ever return.As the last post was played.Dozens endured the wind and the cold to honour these late men. Stan Darch, Robert Davidson, Bill Eisan, Fred Englebrecht, and Jack McFarland.Described as heroes today, the daughter of Dieppe veteran Fred Engelbrecht, who died earlier this year, says her father never thought of himself that way.“He always said he wasn’t a hero. He was just doing what he had to do to help the country, I’m so proud of him.”One by one, the families were called to see their loved one’s plaque.God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung.Deborah Adams is the daughter of Dieppe veteran Stan Darch, who died in 2014, and sang the anthem proudly.“He fought to keep us alive and well and free and we can sing O Canada and God Save the Queen. If he and his buddies didn’t do this we would be singing a German anthem.”The ceremony was organized by the North Wall Riders, a group of bikers with the mission to serve and remember those who have fought for our freedom. President Keven Ellis hopes the new plaques will let the families of these men know, that they will never be forgotten.“We will continue to install them as the need arises to make sure that Hamilton veterans aren’t forgotten.”One veteran in the crowd today says while its important to remember the veterans of both World War I and II, he feels as though many Canadians seem to forget that there are many others who have also served.“We always have people who are serving, we’ve had veterans from the last 40 to 50 years that people just don’t seem to recognize. I think they should be recognized a whole lot more. ”A time to remember all the brave people who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.There will be many services across the region tomorrow to remember veterans. The service at Gore Park will begin at 10:45 tomorrow morning. read more

Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers

In this Friday, July 14, 2017, photo, computer scientist Andrew Ng poses at his office in Palo Alto, Calif. Ng, one of the world’s most renowned researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence, is facing a dilemma: there aren’t enough experts trained to train the machines. So when he isn’t pushing into the frontier of AI himself, Ng is building new ways to help educate the next generation of AI specialists. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers PALO ALTO, Calif. – Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email spam filters and touch-screen keyboards that make typing easier by predicting what you might want to say next.As a way to get machines to learn without supervision, he has trained them to recognize cats in YouTube videos without being told what cats were. And he revolutionized this field, known as artificial intelligence, by adopting graphics chips meant for video games.To push the boundaries of artificial intelligence further, one of the world’s most renowned researchers in the field says many more humans need to get involved. So his focus now is on teaching the next generation of AI specialists to teach the machines.Nearly 2 million people around the globe have taken Ng’s online course on machine learning. In his videos, the lanky, 6-foot-1 Briton of Hong Kong and Singaporean upbringing speaks with a difficult-to-place accent . He often tries to get students comfortable with mind-boggling concepts by acknowledging up front, in essence, that “hey, this stuff is tough.”Ng sees AI as a way to “free humanity from repetitive mental drudgery.” He has said he sees AI changing virtually every industry, and any task that takes less than a second of thought will eventually be done by machines. He once said famously that the only job that might not be changed is his hairdresser’s — to which a friend of his responded that in fact, she could get a robot to do his hair.At the end of a 90-minute interview in his sparse office in Palo Alto, California, he reveals what’s partially behind his ambition.“Life is shockingly short,” the 41-year-old computer scientist says, swiveling his laptop into view. He’s calculated in a Chrome browser window how many days we have from birth to death: a little more than 27,000. “I don’t want to waste that many days.”BUILDING BRAINS AS A TEENAn upstart programmer by age 6, Ng learned coding early from his father, a medical doctor who tried to program a computer to diagnose patients using data. “At his urging,” Ng says, he fiddled with these concepts on his home computer. At age 16, he wrote a program to calculate trigonometric functions like sine and cosine using a “neural network” — the core computing engine of artificial intelligence modeled on the human brain.“It seemed really amazing that you could write a few lines of code and have it learn to do interesting things,” he said.After graduating high school from Singapore’s Raffles Institution, Ng made the rounds of Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Berkeley before taking up residence as a professor at Stanford University.There, he taught robotic helicopters to do aerial acrobatics after being trained by an expert pilot. The work was “inspiring and exciting,” recalls Pieter Abbeel, then one of Ng’s doctoral students and now a computer scientist at Berkeley.Abbeel says he once crashed a $10,000 helicopter drone, but Ng brushed it off. “Andrew was always like, ‘If these things are too simple, everybody else could do them.’”THE MARK OF NGNg’s standout AI work involved finding a new way to supercharge neural networks using chips most often found in video-game machines.Until then, computer scientists had mostly relied on general-purpose processors — like the Intel chips that still run many PCs. Such chips can handle only a few computing tasks simultaneously, but make up for it with blazing speed. Neural networks, however, work much better if they can run thousands of calculations simultaneously. That turned out to be a task eminently suited for a different class of chips called graphics processing units, or GPUs.So when graphics chip maker Nvidia opened up its GPUs for general purposes beyond video games in 2007, Ng jumped on the technology. His Stanford team began publishing papers on the technique a year later, speeding up machine learning by as much as 70 times.Geoffrey Hinton, whose University of Toronto team wowed peers by using a neural network to win the prestigious ImageNet competition in 2012, credits Ng with persuading him to use the technique. That win spawned a flurry of copycats, giving birth to the rise of modern AI.“Several different people suggested using GPUs,” Hinton says by email. But the work by Ng’s team, he says, “was what convinced me.”TEACHING HOW TO TEACH COMPUTERSNg’s fascination with AI was paralleled by a desire to share his knowledge with students. As online education took off earlier this decade, Ng discovered a natural outlet.His “Machine Learning” course, which kicked off Stanford’s online learning program alongside two other courses in 2011, immediately signed up 100,000 people without any marketing effort.A year later, he co-founded the online-learning startup Coursera. More recently, he left his high-profile job at Baidu to launch , a startup that produces AI-training courses.Every time he’s started something big, whether it’s Coursera, the Google Brain deep learning unit, or Baidu’s AI lab, he has left once he felt the teams he has built can carry on without him.“Then you go, ‘Great. It’s thriving with or without me,’” says Ng, who continues to teach at Stanford while working in private industry.For Ng, one of his next challenges might include having a child with his roboticist wife, Carol Reiley. “I wish we knew how children (or even a pet dog) learns,” Ng says in an email follow-up. “None of us today know how to get computers to learn with the speed and flexibility of a child.”___Follow AP Technology Writer Ryan Nakashima at read more

Urban Meyer on victory against Penn State Arguably our best team win

OSU players pile up on Penn State running back, Zach Zwinak (28). OSU won against Penn State, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium Oct. 26.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorTwenty games. Twenty victories.Coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team appear as if they can do no wrong.The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) dominated from the outset Saturday, sending Penn State (4-3, 1-2) back to Happy Valley on the wrong side of a 63-14 outcome. Such a lopsided victory on national television might seem like Meyer and company were looking to impress the national media and change the perception of the Big Ten’s inferiority, but the OSU head coach won’t be saying that anytime soon.“That was certainly not our mindset,” Meyer said following the win. “Our mindset is ‘find a way to win this game against a very talented team’ … I’d be disappointed if I said (making an impression is) our focus. That’s not our focus.”OSU has held steady at No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll since week three of the season and is currently in the same spot in the BCS standings behind unbeaten Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. If the Buckeyes have hopes of playing for a national title in January, winning by large margins might be the only way to do so with the Big Ten currently lacking national respect.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett agreed with his head coach, though, and said the only thing his team can do is take care of its own business.“We don’t really worry about (polls). We don’t really focus on that,” Barnett said. “All that stuff will take care of itself … If we win all our games and take care of our business, I don’t think it will be a problem. I think that we can only handle what we can handle. That’s all we control, is how we play.”Impressing the voters, though, was a priority for some players heading into Saturday.“This was definitely a statement win,” redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said. “That’s the attitude we carried to this game, that we were going to make a statement on prime time when everybody was watching, and that’s what we did.”OSU kept Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg under wraps for most of the game, picking him off twice and sacking him four times. Hackenberg left the game in the third quarter with an injured shoulder.One of those sacks came at the hands of junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who led OSU with 10 tackles. Shazier sided with Meyer and Barnett, saying that winning games is all the team cares about, not the polls.“We (are) trying to go out there and just win every game and try to win them handily like we should,” Shazier said. “We’re just trying to go out there trying to win every game, and at the end of the day, things (are) going to happen how it’s supposed to.”Meyer called the victory “arguably our best team win” of 2013, and said he felt the Buckeyes played well on offense, defense as well as special teams, but particularly the pass rush.“I like where we’re at right now. I like where we’re at as a team,” Meyer said. “We all needed to see some pass rush and pass defense and guys step up and they certainly did. That was the most impressive part of the game to me.”OSU scored on six of its seven first half possessions, taking a 42-7 lead into halftime after Miller threw a dart to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown from 25 yards out with only seconds left. Freshman running back Dontre Wilson, who scored his first touchdown since the San Diego State game Sept. 7, said the Buckeyes did want to prove something to their doubters.“It’s a pretty big statement because everybody always downgrades us and puts us down,” Wilson said. “So for us to come out with this performance against Penn State, a good team that just beat Michigan, it’s a pretty big statement.”The Buckeye offense racked up 686 total yards, good for third best in program history. A total of 408 of those yards came on the ground, as junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde and redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton ran for a pair of scores each. Miller also threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and said he is “very comfortable” with what the passing game is doing right now.“I know what I’m doing and (the) defensive coverage, and I know where the guy is going to be,” Miller said. “It’s exciting to see a (teammate) with the ball in his hand do something with it.”With this kind of strength on the ground and a multitude of players playing at such a high level, the end result was something worthy of recognition, Barnett said.“We definitely want to make an impact on the country and have people notice us. We like that,” Barnett said. “We would love for every game to be like that. Hopefully we can just come out and execute like we did tonight.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday to take on Purdue (1-6, 0-3). Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1981Pittsburgh12 ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1967Michigan State8113.7 1987Penn State13 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 1944Notre Dame13 1975USC14 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1945Notre Dame15126.2 1988Oklahoma13 1993Notre Dame9114.0 1975Ohio State13 2015Florida State11101.7 1944USC12 1945Notre Dame15 FSVonn Bell618.4 1944Texas12 TENick Vannett945.7 2016Ohio State12 2004Ohio State14 Source: Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. 2006USC11102.8 1952Maryland12 1976Colorado12 2000Tennessee9102.6 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: CBEli Apple1019.9 1953USC15 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1940USC9100.3 1971Ohio State13 1982Texas12 1950Minnesota13 1988Miami (FL)12 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 1968USC11122.2 Source: Total OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1947UCLA9103.1 1974UCLA12 Source: 1946Notre Dame16 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 2008USC10107.1 1977USC13 1954Notre Dame12 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1984Texas17 WRBraxton Miller856.3 2016Ohio State12151.2 1942Texas10100.6 1954Notre Dame12121.7 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 2006Ohio State9111.5 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1975Nebraska12 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing 151.2 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1948Alabama6103.8 2010Oklahoma7112.9 YEARSCHOOLPICKS QBCardale Jones1393.2 2012Alabama898.7 1950Notre Dame12 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. read more

Centerras Öksüt expected to pour gold in Q1 2020

first_imgCenterra Gold’s Öksüt project is a gold deposit situated in Turkey some 300 km southeast of Ankara and 48 km south of Kayseri, the provincial capital. The nearest administrative centre is at Develi (population 64,000) located approximately 10 km north of the project. Öksüt Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (OMAS), a subsidiary of the company, owns the rights to mine and explore Öksüt. 2018 developments:In January 2018, received the pastureland permit, which was the last remaining permit needed to begin developmentIn February 2018, the Öksüt project received Board approval for the construction and development of the property. OMAS also received an Investment Incentive Certificate (IIC) from the Turkish Ministry of Economy which provides Öksüt with tax related advantages for the development of the projectIn late March 2018, construction activities commenced with the contractor mobilizing equipment and breaking ground on main road access construction.As at June 30, 2018 the project construction is approximately 14% complete. Following receipt of the pastureland permit and construction approval, activities focused on providing access to the site with the construction of the main access road.Work on access roads began in April 2018. The road to the main gate and the extension to the administration buildings are expected to be completed in early and mid-August 2018, respectively.Stripping of top soil on the waste rock dump in the north valley started April 2018.Excavation of the main sub-station was completed in early July. Construction of the sub-station is due to begin in early August 2018.Excavation of the absorption, desorption and refining (ADR) plant was completed at the end of July 2018, with construction of the ADR structures due to start in late August 2018.Topsoil stripping and main excavation of the crusher area has begun and is due to be completed mid-August 2018. Mobilization and construction of the secondary crusher/radial stacker/ crusher laydown area, is due to commence mid-August 2018.Phase 1 stripping of the top soil in the heap leach area was started in April 2018, and included toe filling and heap leach haul road construction.Blasting works at the admin/truck shop campus has been completed. Earthworks in this area are ongoing.Construction of the boundary fence started in July. All material for the fence is onsite.Earthworks activities in the well area are completed. Construction of the water infrastructure started in late July 2018.Clay screening started in early July 2018.Earthworks of cyanide and reagent storage area started in July 2018 and is due to be completed mid-August 2018.The first gold pour is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2020.On June 26, 2018, all conditions precedent on the $150 million Öksüt credit facility were satisfied and an initial draw of $15 million was made.During the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company spent $9.9 million and $15.5 million respectively, mainly on fees associated with the pastureland permit and on development activities as explained above.In the comparative periods of 2017, the company spent $2.1 million and $4.8 million in the first three and six months of 2017 on development activities to progress access and site preparation and detailed engineering plans.The picture shows crusher area excavations.last_img read more

Hungarian Handball Federation to investigate the MKB Veszprem – THW Kiel match

champions leagueEHF Champions LeagueEHF CLfazekashandballHungaryLaszlo NagyMKB Veszpremnandor fazekasveszprem ← Previous Story EHF CUP: Danish Holstebro booked ticket for Nantes! Next Story → EHF CUP F4: German clash in semi-final The President of the Hungarian Handball Federation (MKSZ), Vetési Iván, has announced that he asked the Federation Refereeing Subcommittee to investigate the match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel and share their point of view, which ended with narrow THW Kiel win which saw them going to the F4 in Cologne. The players of MKB Veszprem, as well as numerous journalists and the fans as well, have heavily criticized the match between MKB Veszprem and THW Kiel, saying that the Danish referees were largely in favour of THW Kiel. Nandor Fazekas called the referees to be unfair to the Hungarian side, while Laszlo Nagy named the whole match on his twitter page as “Scandal EHF”. read more

Talant Dujshebaev about Alexs mother dilemma She support the one who brings

Alex DujshebaevTalant Dujshebaev Vive Tauron Kielce’s coach Talant Dujshebaev has stated for that his team goal would be place at EHF F4 in Cologne next May. The new Hungarian head-coach answered also on one funny question for the end of the interview – who will have support of Dujshebaev’s wife – Alex (son, who playing in RK Vardar Skopje) or Talant in possible clash…– This answer is very easy. Alex has his own bank account in Skopje, my wife and me have a common bank account. So she must support the one, who brings the money home – said Talant. ← Previous Story LNH (Round 6): Montpellier win and join Nantes on top of the table Next Story → Aron Palmarsson out for a few weeks! read more

Magenta founder, artistic director updates her 2008 hit

first_imgThose beautiful, talented, seemingly perfect people — they’re the worst, aren’t they? The folks you really want to hang out with are the slobs and neat freaks, the neurotic worriers and bumbling stumblers. They’re the fun ones, the real human beings.“If you lived in my mind, I guess that’s how it would look,” said Jaynie Roberts, the founder and artistic director of downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater. “I wanted to write something quirky and fun with unusual characters. It has a lot of English humor in it. And it has a lot of unfortunate people in it, the poor things.”As Roberts’ fictional fairy godmother says: “Every family’s got their problems, and there’s no predicting what will swim out of the gene pool, is there?”“Once Upon a Palace Purple,” Roberts’ original musical-comedy-fantasy, returns to Magenta Theater this month after a decade of mounting demand for a revival. It’s a revision of the same wry, whimsical show that proved a popular local hit and helped put Magenta on the map in 2008 — a time when the DIY theater troupe could not be found on any map. In those days, Magenta rented space for performances in the church across from the Main Street Dairy Queen.Since then, Magenta has gone on to greater and greater things — from a shoebox theater on lower Main to a big, bright auditorium in the heart of downtown — and Roberts kept on generating the occasional original comedy for the group. She’s had success with a few, she said, and there really was demand for a “Palace Purple” redux, but there was also sufficient skepticism to keep her saying no. Until she finally said yes.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday June 13 2019

first_imgJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Federal review finds gaps in Alaska ‘critical incident’ reporting As the debate rolls on over the proposed development of Pebble Mine, some government officials made their way from Washington D.C. up to Bristol Bay to talk to people in the area. ‘Pretty unbelievable,’ says Kotlik hunter who helped document recent spike in seal deaths Former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey standout Colton Parayko helped the St Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup last night. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska Two local high school students were killed when a truck plunged off the cliffside and fell about 900 feet to the shoreline below. Authorities said they hope to have an explanation by the end of June. Dunleavy calls for round two in Wasilla after Alaska Legislature adjourns first special session Corrections commissioner cancels prison’s Father’s Day event Gov. Mike Dunleavy has called for a second special session to be hosted in Wasilla next month. The session’s agenda is limited to PFD funding. A new report by a federal watchdog agency finds that Alaska health care providers and administrators failed to correctly report and monitor critical incidents involving people with developmental disabilities. Murkowski differs with Trump on campaign help from foreign powers Why fishermen are mailing corks to Murkowski Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Bristol Bay fishermen who oppose the Pebble Mine are adding an unusual task to their pre-season chores: They’re writing messages on cork floats and mailing them to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Alaska’s attorney general is hailing a federal judge’s ruling that could ease road building throughout Southeast Alaska. The ruling came in after the state sued the U.S. Forest Service in 2016 over a disputed road easement near Ketchikan that runs through Tongass National Forest. U.S. senators from Alaska and three other border states have written to British Columbia’s premier expressing concern over transboundary mining. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Alaska’s Corrections commissioner has canceled an upcoming Father’s Day event at Goose Creek Correctional Center near Wasilla a couple days before it was set to take place, due to concerns about contraband and safety, the department says. Former UAF hockey player part of Stanley Cup-winning Blues Three women removed from state human rights commission without much explanation Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks EPA officials hear concerns over Pebble Mine during Bristol Bay visit State attorney general praises federal ruling on road-building in Southeast Partnering with FBI, Unalaska police aim to finish Ballyhoo crash investigation Three members of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights have been abruptly removed from their positions with several months left in their five-year terms. Alex Hager, KDLG – Dillingham Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome Harold Okitkun counted 18 dead seals north of Kotlik — a number he says he’s never seen or heard of other people in the village seeing. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was not happy to hear President Trump say he would accept foreign intel on a political opponent. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Alaska’s US senators express concerns over transboundary mines in BC letterlast_img read more

Quota reform leader Rashed arrested 6 RU students assaulted by BCL men

first_imgQuota reform movement joint convener Rashed Khan. Photo: Prothom AloPolice have arrested Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, the platform demanding civil service quota reforms.Rashed has been arrested in a case filed by a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media wing, Masudur Rahman, confirmed this to Prothom Alo at 1:30pm on Sunday.Earlier, family and friends alleged Rashed was detained around 12:30pm Sunday. They said another person, Mahfuz, was also detained along with him at the time.Rashed’s friend Din Yamin said, he along with Rashed and Mahfuz were in front of a relative’s house at the Majumdar intersection in Bhashantek around 12:30pm Sunday. A police officer in uniform along with several others in plainclothes asked their identity. There were several local BCL leaders along with them, he added.Yamin said, Rashed left the place and took shelter in a neighbouring house as the law enforcers’ movement seemed suspicious. He went missing from there and his cell phone was found switched off.Mahfuz also remained missing along with Rashed.Rashed’s sister Rupali Begum was crying. She said, “I want my brother back.”Sabbir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Bhashantek police station said, “The media has beem asking about the issue, but we don’t know anything about this. None from our police station has detained Rashed.”Meanwhile, six activists of quota reform movement were injured in an attack reportedly by the activists of BCL near the central library at Rajshahi University campus on Sunday, reports UNB.Witnesses said some activists of quota reform movement gathered in front of the central library to form a human chain as part of their scheduled programme protesting at the attack on the leaders and activists of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council at Dhaka University around 11:30 am.At one stage, a group of BCL men, numbering 40-50, led by BCL president Golam Kibria and its general secretary Foysal Ahmed Runu swooped on them and chased them.They also assaulted some students, forcing them to leave the place.Morshed Alam, co-convener of RU unit of the council, said six students were injured as the BCL men assaulted them while they were preparing to form a human chain as part of their scheduled programme in the morning.Earlier on Saturday, at least six leaders of the central committee of the council were injured in an attack allegedly by some BCL activists on Dhaka University campus.Protesting at the attack, the students’ council called for an indefinite boycott of classes and examinations in all universities and colleges across the country from Sunday.last_img read more

Hundreds Of Mumps Cases In Texas Immigrant Detention Facilities Controversial State Tax

first_imgThursday, May 30, 2019Top afternoon stories:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped mumps virus particle.Hundreds Of Mumps Cases In Texas Immigrant Detention FacilitiesReports from the Texas Department of State Health Services show 167 mumps cases have been detected in federal immigrant detention facilities in 2019 so far.That’s in addition to the 117 cases recorded from October 1 through the end of 2018, making for a total of 284 cases stemming from an outbreak last fall. And the numbers keep climbing.Information requested by News 88.7 from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that on May 9, 2019, a total of 159 cases were reported for the year. On May 22, that count increased to 167 cases.“To have this many cases concentrated in this relatively small population is distinctly unusual in the United States,” said Dr. Jody Rich, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University.Asked about their policy of administering vaccines in the case of a mumps outbreak a spokesperson from ICE provided a written statement saying, “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps (IHSC) recommends that adult immigration detention facilities administer MMR vaccine to detainees with known exposure to at least one laboratory-confirmed person with measles, mumps or rubella. IHSC recommends catch-up vaccinations for minors who are younger than 18 years old.”Officials did not say outright whether or not vaccines are being administered to detainees in affected Texas facilities.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston City Hall.Controversial Harvey Damage State Tax Credit For AIGGlobal insurance company AIG could receive a $2.5 million tax credit from a Texas economic development fund, but some Houston city councilmembers are asking why that money isn’t going to local businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.The tax credit is an incentive for companies to promote job growth and capital investments in Texas Enterprise Zones, which are areas with higher poverty rates.At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Councilmember Mike Laster opposed the decision, saying the selection process should have prioritized local companies over AIG.“They’re not even in an economic zone,” Laster said. He argued that other Houston businesses should have been urged to apply.Houston’s Chief Development Officer Andrew Icken said AIG got the nomination because it’s one of the only firms that applied to the city that also met the state qualifications. The deal requires the company to hire locally or create jobs for low income people.Harris County Flood Control DistrictHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (left) and Harris County Flood Control District Deputy Director Matthew Zeve.More Than 50 Flood Control Projects Underway In Harris CountyHarris County currently has more than active 50 flood control projects that are part of a $2.5 billion bond program voters approved in August 2018.Overall, the bond program includes more than 200 projects to reduce flood risk throughout Harris County. They include channel modifications, storm water detention basins and engineering studies of specific watersheds.Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced this week the launch of the website It provides interactive information about the projects, including the location, budget and the current stage of each project.The active projects are underway in all parts of Harris County, including infrastructure being repaired and built on Brays Bayou, as well as detention basins along Greens and Hunting bayous, and other waterways.According to Harris County, there are $2.5 billion in potential additional funds provided by the federal government and local entities, and the federal grants that have been approved amount to $1.7 billion.Wikimedia CommonsMontgomery County Judge Sued Over Practice Of Courtroom PrayerA judge in Montgomery County is facing another lawsuit over the issue of prayer in the courtroom. A national organization is suing both the judge and the State of Texas for allegedly violating a lawyer’s First Amendment rights.Judge Wayne Mack, a justice of the peace, opens his court sessions with a chaplain-led prayer. Lawyers present have the option of leaving the courtroom if they do not wish to participate in the prayer.Sam Grover, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, represents the plaintiff, an unnamed lawyer who says he felt pressured to participate or risk bias against his clients. “By opening each session of court with one specific person’s religious belief, you’re sending a message to the community that some people are favored while the non-religious are not,” Grover said.But Mike Berry, of the First Liberty Institute, which represents Mack, said two Supreme Court rulings are on the judge’s side. “We think it’s actually a bit ridiculous that this group has once again decided to continue to fight this rather than just following Supreme Court precedent,” Berry said.An earlier lawsuit against Mack was dismissed, on the grounds it incorrectly named Montgomery County as a defendant. Sharelast_img read more

How Much We Have Left Saying Goodbye to Tony Stark

first_img What to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America Stay on target In the world of comics, superheroes don’t get to end. Sometimes they die and sometimes they get retconned out of existence but at this point, suspension of disbelief is impossible. We know they’ll be back, often within a calendar year. Individual stories, arcs, and crossovers may reach their own conclusions but the characters will always live on. There is always the next issue.There’s much to be said about what comics can do that television and film can’t, but there’s plenty the screen allows for that comics don’t. Beyond movement, beyond actors bringing life to written word, the adventures of superheroes on screens have the unique opportunity for finality. Often a cinematic superhero’s ending is the result of a reboot or cancellation of a series rather than an intentional choice by the director. And even in the few instances characters do get those intentional endings like in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, there’s almost always a new Batman or Wolverine on the horizon shortly after. But a planned ending, one with real intent and finality, is rare. And that’s a shame because when you do ‘em right, endings are everything. Endings elevate stories and bring resolution to character arcs. They allow the audience to fully comprehend what the story they’ve been following is all about. And they allow them the chance to say goodbye.This year I said goodbye to Tony Stark.Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Photo Credit: Marvel Studios)I don’t know what 16-year-old me expected when his mom dropped him off at the movie theater in May of 2008. I know he’d heard this new Iron Man movie was shockingly good, but his The Dark Knight tunnel vision had consumed his movie hype quota for the summer. Nonetheless, going to the movies on Friday nights was this kid’s go-to move. See, he didn’t have a ton of friends, largely thanks to having that all-too-common problem of always saying too much or not enough, and in either case whatever was said was never the right thing. He played in a few crappy punk bands, read comics, and watched movies. Maybe you’ve heard that story before.I still remember what it was like seeing the first couple of minutes of Iron Man for the first time. From the AC/DC needle drop to, “Please, no gang signs.” to the explosion that disrupts his deliberate banter, I knew I loved Tony Stark. More specifically, I knew I loved Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.We so often look to superheroes as aspirational figures and in Iron Man I’d finally found one that spoke to me in a way one never had. Here was this guy who was unquestionably cool, who always knew what to say, and whose greatest asset was his boundless creativity.Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in ‘Iron Man’ (Photo Credit: Marvel Studios)I didn’t dive into weapons manufacturing or decide I wanted to major in engineering when I graduated or anything, but by the time Iron Man 2 dropped in 2010 I was a high school graduate who finally felt a little more comfortable in social spaces, thanks in part to spinning an Iron Man DVD on repeat for two years straight and studying its main character. But having an index of quips at the ready and getting a little more comfortable in my body didn’t fix everything. It’s one of the central themes of that movie, actually. Tony’s persona — the one I’d latched onto as aspirational a mere two years before — was now so clearly a coping mechanism, a means of control over insecurity, anxiety, and fear. He’s only capable of growth — and of being a hero again — after embracing introspection.I wish I could say I learned that lesson immediately after seeing the movie but it took a little bit longer to take for me. Through my first two years out of high school I used those same tools — humor, flirtation, and self-aggrandizing — to deflect, to avoid silence, to avoid being alone. I’d become an introvert out of habit as a kid but as a young adult I was growing into, and quickly not knowing how to manage, my newfound extroversion. It quickly gave way to bad habits.It feels appropriate, then, that Tony re-centers himself in Iron Man 2 by getting back to what he does best: creating (please don’t read this as a defense of synthesizing a new element as a plot point, it is still incredibly weird nine years later). I settled into my life at college and poured myself into school (even the classes I didn’t love) and writing. In March of 2013 that hard work started to pay off in the form of an internship at, of all places, Marvel. By the time spring rolled around I had finally found a reliable, healthy friend group around whom I never had to put up a front or keep at bay with projections of ego. One of the most memorable nights I spent with them was the night Iron Man 3 came out.Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in ‘Iron Man 3’ (Photo Credit: Marvel Studios)That was the night I saw my favorite onscreen superhero not as an aspirational figure but as a reflection of myself. Maybe he had been that the whole time but this was the first time I was mature enough to recognize this in the moment. Seeing a film directly take on Tony Stark’s neuroses, anxieties, and traumas and do so by stripping him bare of his literal and figurative armor, challenging him to remember who he is and what he’s worth shook me to my core — in the best way. By the time the film triumphantly concludes, Tony has recognized that his identity isn’t bound to a high-tech metal suit. He is Iron Man, armor or not.I could go on. I could talk about how The Avengers came out during the loneliest time of my life and encouraged me to remember that even Tony Stark needed friends, or how Age of Ultron, the film in which Tony leaves the Avengers, came out the summer I was supposed to graduate college (only for me to have to come back for one final semester the summer that Civil War came out, a semester that led to some messy friendship splits). But I think I’ve made my point.We often latch onto fictional characters because they provide for us something we don’t have in real life — role models, gods, siblings, even parents. And while it’s vital to acknowledge that the Marvel characters we all love have been around for quite some time, these particular cinematic incarnations have been a steadfast presence in my generation. For a whole lot of people these are these characters. The definitive Captain America for so many of us isn’t Ed Brubaker’s or Jack Kirby’s or Mark Gruenwald’s. It’s Chris Evans. And there may not be a single character for whom this is more true than Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Photo Credit: Marvel Studios)These characters have been with us for most of our young lives, following us through youth into something resembling adulthood. As we’ve struggled to grow, to find our place in the terrifying and at times enthralling world of the 21st century, we’ve been able to turn to them when we needed someone to look up to or just someone to show us that we’re not alone, that our imperfections don’t demonize us — that, rather, they are what we make them. They’ve been with us for years, some even over a decade. We’ve watched them grow and they’ve helped us do the same alongside them.Now it’s time to say goodbye.And yeah, that’s hard. It sucks, not gonna lie. For all of the exhaustion and cynicism that can grow inside of you after professionally writing about pop culture for an extensive period, I’m going to miss Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in a way I’ve never missed a character before. But I’m gonna be okay. We’re all gonna be okay.‘Avengers: Endgame” (Photo Credit: Marvel Studios)Listen, I hate talking whimsically about storytelling decisions that are ultimately made by movie studios and billionaire actors but I also have to believe that stories and characters are important, that they have a life of their own. Stories come into our lives when we need them and, when done right, end when it’s time for their spectators to let go.Over the past decade-plus, Iron Man has helped me grow up, helped me become who I am today. If things ever get rough again, I’ve got the Blu-rays. I can revisit the journey of Tony Stark if I ever need to remind myself of where I’ve been or who I am. But Tony Stark, the storytellers who brought him to life, and Robert Downey Jr. have done their part. It’s time to make way for the next generation. It’s time for the high schooler whose mom dropped them off at the theater the weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming or Captain Marvel came out to have their turn. They’re going to grow up with a new incarnation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one that guides them through growing up the way that ours did. And one day, years and years from now, they’re going to have their own Endgame. When they do, they’ll be ready. It will be time.That’s the thing these movies can do that comics can’t. They can end. They can let these characters go, knowing good and well that the next generation is waiting for them. And in doing so, they can allow us to say goodbye. To get that resolution, to know that Steve and Tony and Natasha don’t have to fight anymore. They did their part, both in saving their world and changing ours. Part of the journey is the end, as they say. All we can do is remember what they taught us — and make sure the skies are clear for whatever heroes may come next.More on‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer: ‘The World Needs the Next Iron Man’Iron Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box-Office Records With $1.2 Billion Openinglast_img read more

China releases 600 million wasps to combat moths

first_img The American White Moth, known in the U.S. as the Fall Webworm, (though some call them “forest locusts”) creates, during its larval stage, the familiar webbed nests seen on hardwood tree limbs all across the country. It is one of the few insects that have migrated from North America to other parts of the world. The Fall Webworm doesn’t generally harm the trees where it lives, though it does reduce the amount of leaves on them, which isn’t considered all that much of a problem until it moves to orchards where large swarms of them can actually totally denude a tree, leaving it with little means to collect sunlight for converting to energy for growing fruit.The American White Moth was first seen in China in Liaoning province back in 1979 and has been considered a pest ever since. This year alone, Chinese experts estimate that the moths have infested approximately 20,000 hectares of farmland and forest in and around the city where the insects were released.Professor Yang Zhongqi, a Chinese entomologist is credited with discovering that wasps, known as “chouionia cunea Yang,” could be used as a natural moth control vehicle when he found that a type of bee use their stingers to bore into the moth pupae and kill the larva inside in order to eat them. Zhongqi is also credited with giving the moth’s their Chinese name.Chinese entomologists breed the wasps on a huge scale employing silkworm cocoons, which they hang on trees in the areas where the moths are known to reproduce. Locals have given them the nickname “forest defenders” because of their ability to effectively control populations of the moths.In prior years, the wasps have been used to fight moth infestations in other provinces as well, and even in Beijing, and while releasing wasps does seem to be an effective and eco-friendly way to control the pests, experts warn that releasing wasps as a sole means of eradicating the American White Moth, is likely to be insufficient. ( — Chinese forestry officials have released some 600 million parasitic insects into the north China city of Baoding to combat the spread of the American White Moth that has been (in their caterpillar stage) eating the leaves off of forest and domestic orchard trees, as well as some farm crops. This is the fifth year in a row that Chinese officials have released wasps hoping to reduce the damage caused by the moths. Explore further © 2010 More information: Corrected version: 8/11/2011 6pm.via Xinhuacenter_img Can wasps help save Britain’s conker trees? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: China releases 600 million wasps to combat moths (2011, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

How does a better ageing bootcamp in St Tropez o

first_imgHow does a ‘better ageing’ bootcamp in St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur sound?The La Reserve Ramatuelle in France is embracing the wellness arena and has created the Nescens Better Ageing Bootcamp based on programs from the Anti-Ageing Centre at the Clinique de Genolier in Switzerland, and with the medical expertise from the Nescens brand.At La Réserve Spa Ramatuelle, the multi-disciplinary team offers you two better-ageing programs. Whatever your goal: slimming, toning, wellbeing, these two programs offer a global approach combining spa treatments, exercise and tailored, balanced meals. During three to six days for optimal effectiveness, you benefit from a fully personalisd program.Lunches and dinners are served in the La Voile restaurant, where the Michelin starred chef Eric Canino interprets Mediterranean flavours through light, finely balanced cuisine and using produce from the culinary garden of La Réserve Ramatuelle. You’ll be in good company as there are many celebrities who flit in and out of this stylish abode.La Reserve is a hidden oasis just outside of St Tropez with its 11,000 square foot spa and Crème de la Mer facials. There are 23 spacious rooms and suites, all with terraces or private gardens, and spectacular sea views.This is no frumpy property from the Cote d’Azur. La Reserve offers floor to ceiling windows, natural stone in ochre and white with touches of unfinished wood to create a modernist effect. The subtle design palette extends to minks, taupes and caramels whilst outside the blue sea on sky, dense green trees and biscuit-coloured sand may beckon you away from your sundeck hugging the 100 foot long swimming pool. However, this is much less crowded than Pampelonne with its bikini-clad Bardot wannabes and millionaires and Hollywood Stars.The Nescens boot camp costs from 1950 euro for three days excluding accommodation. Your camp offers you a global program combining Nordic Walking, spa treatments and the benefits of a light Mediterranean cuisine.Lea Seguier heads up the newly opened La Reserve representation office for Australia and New Zealand based in Sydney. @leaseguier ctc 02 9299 0971 FrancehotelsLa Reserve RamatuelleSpaSt Tropezlast_img read more

Even though I think EarlThomas is a better pure

first_imgEven though I think @Earl_Thomas is a better pure safety than me, I’ll take the nod.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 21, 2016Eight out of 19 voters named Mathieu as the best safety in the game.Here’s a sampling of what some of Mathieu’s supporters had to say:Elliot Harrison: “This year, the Seahawks will have two All-Pro safeties … but one of them will have to accept second-team honors. Honey Badger = Defensive Player of the Year.”Michael Robinson: “Mathieu plays nearly every position in the secondary and is the key piece to the Cardinals’ D.”Marcas Grant: “Mathieu is arguably the glue that holds together one of the league’s best defenses.”Solomon Wilcots: “Honey Badger’s overall versatility makes him the most useful safety in the league.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact What position does Tyrann Mathieu play exactly?Good question, and one that is being considered heavily as the Arizona Cardinals continue to work on a new contract for their stud fourth-year defensive back.While position may have a huge impact on future earnings for the “Honey Badger,” it’s immaterial when it comes to the game. Mathieu is a force no matter where he lines up in Arizona’s defense. is conducting its NFL Summer Games, in which a panel of experts votes for their gold, silver and bronze medal winners at each position (in a nod to the upcoming Rio Olympics), and Mathieu won the gold medal in the safeties competition, beating out Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Minnesota’s Harrison Smith. Dave Dameshek: “Move over, “QB League”: The NFL is now about hybrid players — and the Honey Badger is the best of the bunch.”Ike Taylor: “Mathieu’s versatility makes him the best safety in the game, and he’s close to cracking the lineup as a corner, as well — especially since he took more than 60 percent of snaps at slot corner.”Eric Davis: “Honey Badger can line up anywhere on the field, across from any player. ”Jamie Dukes: “Mathieu is a special player. And what I appreciate most about him is how he rebuilt himself as the gold standard — as a player and person. ”Mathieu was a strong contender for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season before a knee injury suffered in Week 15 against Philadelphia sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. The former LSU star had 90 total tackles — good for second-most on the team — with one sack and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in a Week 3 win over San Francisco.Other safeties who were mentioned in the voting were Kansas City’s Eric Berry, Seattle’s Kam Chancellor, Miami’s Reshad Jones, Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins, free agent Will Hill and New England’s Devin McCourty. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) misses the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Adventure travel specia

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAdventure travel specialist G Adventures have introduced a new Scottish land-based itinerary as an optional addition to three of its Norwegian expedition adventures for 2020. The new three-day itineraries include two days in Edinburgh and one in the Scottish Highlands, offering travellers a taste of Scotland in addition to their Norway Expedition.The new Scottish itinerary will include a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, taking in the sites of the Scottish Capital, including Edinburgh Castle and the National War Museum and a day trip to the Scottish Highlands. Travellers will explore the old town of Stirling, visit Wallace Monument and learn about the infamous battle of Bannockburn before visiting Deanston Distillery to taste real single malt scotch whiskey.The three new itineraries for 2020 include:Explore the Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Highlands: This 16-day adventure offers a taste of real Scotland before heading into the Norwegian Sea to explore the otherworldly fjords of Norway. Taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Standing Stones of Stenness and the mystical Ring of Brodgar, this expedition travels as far north as Tromsø, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”.Departures start 2 May 2020. Prices from AU$7,399 per person*.Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with Scottish Highlands: Setting sail from Tromsø aboard the G Expedition, this 16-day adventure journeys south along the icy cold waters of the Norwegian coastline and fjords. With experts on board, travellers will learn about wildlife and marine conservation along the way before enjoying a warm Scottish welcome and the opportunity to explore Edinburgh and the Highlands. Departures from 17 May 2020. Prices from AU$6,799 per person*.Norwegian Arctic and Scottish Highlands Encompassed: Scotland’s bustling capital city and stunning highlands kick off this 18-day adventure. Travellers will find their sea legs cruising along the Norwegian fjords to Tromsø before heading further north to the Arctic regions of Bjørnøya, Hornsund and Svalbard. Wildlife enthusiasts will revel in this Arctic region, which is home to walruses, reindeer, Arctic foxes, whales and the infamous polar bear.Departures from 26 May 2020. Prices from AU$9,399 per person*.*Prices based on shared cabins and are excluding flights.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Cypriot business community upset over Greeces punitive tax

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesCyprus’s business community is upset over the pending introduction of a punitive tax in Greece on imports from other countries including Cyprus which aims at combating fictitious transactions, a business group official said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more