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In Odisha district, women offer sarees at shrine to shut out evil eye

first_imgBlinded by superstition, thousands of mothers, whose firstborn is a boy, are rushing to Tara Tarini hill shrine in Ganjam district of Odisha on Tuesdays.These women are offering new sarees among other things to the deity, praying for the well-being of their eldest sons. The reason behind this superstition is a rumour that in the coming months some great harm, maybe death, is going to happen to eldest male child of any family and through this special puja at Tara Tarini temple with new saree on Tuesday this ill fate can be averted.16 weeks and countingIt’s been 16 weeks since the rumour started in the rural areas of Ganjam, and now it has spread to the slums of Berhampur city and other urban centres of the district. As a result, thousands of mothers are thronging the temple ofTuesdays with a new saree and food material to be offered as ‘chhancha’ (offering) to the temple.Interestingly, the cost of the saree and the offerings has to be borne by the parents of the women, according to the rumour which has now become a belief among the people. After offering the saree to the deity, the mothers have to wear it at the shrine and then return home.Crowd managementOn last Tuesday (February 21) around 25,000 visitors reached this famous hill shrine of south Odisha and most of them were married women with children, said the secretary of Tara Tarini Development Board (TTDB), Pramod Panda.On the Tuesday before that (February 14), the number of visitors had gone above 50,000, he added. According to Mr. Panda, February 21 was the 16th Tuesday and the number of visitors on all Tuesdays have been as high as the crowd seen at the temple on the four Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra (between March and April), when the major festivals of the shrine are held.The majority of the women who have fallen prey to this rumour are from the economically backward families. As most of them are uneducated or semi-literate, they do not use their logic and easily believe these stories, said J. Suresh, an activist with Humanist and Rationalist Organisation (HRO). Such superstition spreads through word of mouth among the downtrodden, who fail to use their analytical skill to know the truth behind it, he added.last_img read more

Patent or perish? Jeers greet proposal to tie Australia’s academic science funding to patents

first_imgA senior minister’s suggestion that the Australian government may consider tying science funding for universities to the number of patents they generate is drawing a sharp reaction from the nation’s academic research community and some opposition politicians.“I think tying grants to patents is simply the wrong way to go,” Les Field, the secretary for science policy at the Australian Academy of Science and a deputy vice chancellor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told reporter David Mark of “The World Today,” a radio program produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Field was reacting to a speech given on 6 August by Ian Macfarlane, a former peanut farmer who last fall was named minister for industry by the conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. (The new government has drawn fierce criticism from some researchers as a result of budget cuts and other decisions.) According to an ABC transcript, during the presentation at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane, Macfarlane said:  “I am freelancing a bit here, but I’m just painting a picture. We may think about realigning block grants to commercial outcomes, and rewarding them to universities not on the basis of how many papers they’ve had published, but actually on the basis of how many patents they’ve had registered. Look this is not rocket science. I hate to tell you, but just about every other country in the world is doing it. We need to do it here in Australia, so watch this space.”Macfarlane also said that government grants are now linked to a researcher’s productivity in publishing technical papers, “which are great if you’re into producing papers, but I’m into producing jobs, and I’m into producing products that are commercialised from the IP [intellectual property] that that scientist or researcher may have developed. So I think that we need to ensure that commercialisation of IP and the registration of patents is part of the process of giving taxpayers’ money to researchers generally, not just universities.”Macfarlane was referring to Australia’s system of distributing about AU$1.7 million annually to universities in the form of so-called block grants, which are linked to a variety of metrics, including publications rates and research funding.Political opponents and researchers, however, quickly decried the idea of putting more emphasis on patents, saying it could shift funding away from basic research, particularly in areas with no obvious short-term potential for commercialization.“In Macfarlane’s world, whole branches of discovery would never have been funded,” wrote Kim Carr, a member of the Labor Party and the opposition’s shadow minister for higher education, research, innovation, and industry, today in The Guardian. “And as for the suggestion that this is what ‘every other country in the world is doing’, this is simply not the case.” The minister, he added, had “waded into waters where he was completely out of his depth,” with “very little idea of the implications of what he was proposing.”A focus on patents could create “perverse incentives,” Aidan Byrne, chief of the Australian Research Council, told Andrew Trounson of The Australian newspaper. “I have emphasised many times, it is important that one indicator, such as patents, is not considered in isolation to other indicators.”On “The World Today,” Field struck a similar tone. “One really has to recognise quality research and research excellence,” he said, according to a transcript. “[T]here may well be a commercial outcome to this and you need to facilitate that or make it as easy as possible, but some of the best developments in fact probably will come from the research which at the moment is what I call ‘blue sky’. It’s looking into the unknown, trying to tackle problems that perhaps we haven’t even identified yet.”Although Macfarlane has generated attention with his remarks, several commentators note that his ministry would have a limited role in developing or implementing any change in university research funding policy, which is primarily the responsibility of the Australia’s education ministry.last_img read more

Actor Shia LaBeouf debuts a bald head

first_imgTransformers star Shia LaBeouf has been spotted sporting a shaved head.The 29-year-old actor was photographed with clean shaven head during an outing in LA over the weekend, reported Aceshowbiz.LaBeouf previously had long locks, a rattail and a thick beard for quite some time. He wore a t-shirt and short pants paired with a pair of sneakers during the outing.Shia LaBeouf was spotted with a clean shaven head during an outing in LA. Picture courtesy: FlameFlynet.uk.comHe reportedly shaved head for his upcoming role in British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s new movie American Honey. He will be starring in the film alongside Arielle Holmes.Shia LaBeouf says he would have killed girlfriend Mia Goth had locals not intervened | Actor Shia LaBeouf injured on the set of American Honey Back in July, it was reported that he landed a part in American Honey.The film’s story “revolves around a runaway teenager who earns a living by selling magazine subscriptions around the US and then gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending, and young love.”The film not yet has a release date.last_img read more

LeBron: Rockets’ Morey ‘wasn’t educated’ on China tweet

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ The Lakers landed amid outrage in China with Morey’s since-deleted tweet and the NBA in general. The league and Chinese authorities decided to hold no media availability or community events with the Lakers or the Brooklyn Nets, their opponents.The Lakers passed their week in China in public silence. Although the exhibition games weren’t canceled, the league claimed it would be unfair to ask players and coaches to speak on the delicate geopolitical argument in which they found themselves involuntarily enmeshed.So the players spent most of the week in hotels or on the court, with two NBA Cares events, a fan event and other public appearances all canceled by the league or the government. Several companies and state-run offices reportedly severed their ties with the NBA over Morey’s tweet and the league’s response to it.The Lakers and Nets also met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. James said he was happy with Silver’s handling of the controversy, which led to criticism of the commissioner from supporters on both sides of the Hong Kong movement.“It was a tough situation for Adam as well, to put out a fire that he didn’t start,” James said.When asked about his thoughts on the political side of the events in China, James echoed Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s belief that he didn’t know enough to comment on the situation.“When I speak about something, I speak about something I am very knowledgeable about, something that hits home for me, something that I am very passionate about,” James said. “I felt like with this particular situation, it was something that not only was I not informed enough about, I just felt like it was something that not only myself and my teammates or our organization had enough information to even talk about it at that point in time, and we still feel the same way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James in action during a match against Brooklyn Nets at the NBA China Games 2019 in Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong province on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 (Color China Photo via AP)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.In his first public comments since the Los Angeles Lakers returned home from a strange weeklong tour of China immediately after Morey’s incendiary tweet , James’ lengthy answer to a question about whether Morey should be punished for his tweet didn’t appear to specifically address the merits of Morey’s support of Hong Kong sovereignty.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Pacquiao: Focus on sports where Filipinos can excel, win center_img Becoming his own man The Lakers superstar instead characterized the international incident caused by Morey’s tweet as a cautionary tale about the power of social media.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWhen asked to clarify his thoughts, James went further.“I believe (Morey) was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it,” James said. “But I have no idea. That’s just my belief. When you say things or do things, you’re doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it, and the families and the individuals and everyone that can be affected by it. Sometimes things can be challenging as well. Also sometimes, social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well. But that’s just my belief.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical A Rockets spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to request for comment Monday night on James’ remarks.James’ comments set off swift reaction on social media, with many listeners perceiving his comments as criticism of the democracy movement in Hong Kong. James addressed the issue again in two tweets before the Lakers’ preseason game against Golden State at Staples Center.“Let me clear up the confusion,” James tweeted. “I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that. … My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”James didn’t play, but watched from the bench when the Lakers hosted the Warriors on Monday night, just two days after they returned home from their bizarre trip to China.A typical NBA preseason promotional swing through Shanghai and Shenzhen became something else when Morey tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protesters while the Lakers were in the air on their 13-hour flight to China.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Infineon: tailored security solutions for the IoT

first_imgThe Internet of Things connects millions of devices from huge industrial machines to tiny remote sensors. Yet from one application to another, security requirements vary considerably. To develop customized solutions, Infineon Technologies has initiated the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN).At this year’s electronica, ISPN members IKV, Mocana and Wibu-Systems will present their security solutions at the Infineon booth. Although addressing various markets and applications, all demonstrations are based on embedded security from Infineon.Serviced apartments, corporate housing or holiday rentals – shared living services must be temporarily accessible. IKV’s Smart Lock with an Infineon OPTIGA Trust X Secure Element enables mutual authentication of provider and tenant and supports access control without the hassle involved in physically managing cards or keys. It enables secured identification with wearables via mobile devices based on state-of-the art encryption mechanisms.Experience what happens if an industrial robot gets sabotaged – and how smoothly it works when protected by Mocana’s TrustPoint endpoint protection software and TrustCenter endpoint management services. Leveraging the OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module 2.0, Mocana defends industrial control systems from unauthorized updates and manipulative actions that could bring production to a halt and cause huge physical and financial damages.In the age of Industrie 4.0, data has become a currency. A cocktail mixer associated with a data marketplace in the cloud will show electronica visitors how data, in this case recipes, can be monetized securely to meet customer-centric market demands. Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology powered with Infineon’s SLM 97 security controller provides IP protection for software, firmware, and data throughout the complete supply chain and enables new business models for data commerce.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Lanner: next gen industrial cyber security platformNext ERNI and Amphenol sign second-source agreement on MicroSpeed connector systemlast_img read more

Virat Kohli should play Ashwin ahead of Kuldeep Yadav vs England: Mike Hussey

first_imgIndia are preparing to play the first Test of the five-match series against England, debate continues over who should get the nod in the playing XI – veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.Former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey though prefers Ashwin over Kuldeep.”I don’t know what the selectors are thinking. Personally, I feel Ashwin should play ahead of Kuldeep. He has more than 300 Test wickets. Ashwin deserves his place in the starting XI,” ‘Mr Cricket’, as he is fondly called, said.Hussey’s opinion is contrary to the prevailing viewpoint of many experts, who have backed Kuldeep Yadav’s selection in the Test squad for the five-match series.READ – Dinesh Karthik nervous yet excited ahead of 1st Test in England after 11 years”Ashwin against the left-handers could play a big role. Kuldeep has done brilliantly but I feel India should persist with Ashwin. Kuldeep is young and can learn along the way,” Hussey said.Asked if India could win the Test series, he said the team has a great chance.”India is a good team playing good cricket. A lot of the players have been in England for a while, that is part of the battle. Getting used to the Duke balls, getting used to the pitches. It takes a while to get used to it,” he said.READ – Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham Gooch”One more advantage is that they are playing later in the summer. The pitches generally are a bit more flatter. Perhaps the spinners might come into play a bit more. The weather, which is currently dry and hot, that might play into India’s hands as well. One of the keys is scoring big runs. That will put scoreboard pressure on England.advertisement”England are a very good team in home conditions, they understand the conditions. They get a lot support from their crowds. I think India have some good support as well. It should be a fantastic series,” the Australian, who was batting coach of IPL champions CSK, said.READ – England bowlers’ class will make the difference vs India: Dale SteynWhen asked if veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad would have a big role in the series, he responded in the positive.”Underestimate them at your own peril. Yes, better cricket may have been behind them but you still can’t write off great players and they always come back and show their class. They always pose a threat. They are still fantastic competitors and will perhaps have a say in the way the series is played out,” he said.Hussey tipped India captain Virat Kohli to do well after facing a tough time during the previous tour to the country in 2014.READ – Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrath”The experience of last tour should help Virat Kohli. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t play for Surrey due to an injury. He will be determined to do well this time. If he gets his confidence up and spends some time in the middle, he will be hard to stop.”The former batsman said India opener Murali Vijay has been preparing mentally for this series and expected him to do well.”Vijay is motivated for this series. He has been preparing mentally for a long time. He is working hard on his game. He is willing to work things out for himself. I am watching his progress. He is a special guy and I like how he thinks about his game. He is important at the top for India,” Hussey said.READ – Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India TodayAsked who could be India’s key bowlers, he said they would feel the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, but expected the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to step up.”I would have said Bumrah but I didn’t realise he was injured. Same with Bhuvneshwar… testing the depth a little bit. I have always been a fan of Umesh Yadav. I think he is getting to a stage where is getting a better understanding of his game. He did well in the IPL and can hopefully carry that form into the series.”Mohammed Shami is also a very good bowler. He can have an impact as well if he can stay fit. I guess Ishant Sharma is there as well. They are all good bowlers, but they will miss the big two. It is going to be hard to replace the two,” he added.advertisementHussey said England picking leg-spinner Adil Rashid for the Tests was a big gamble but backed him to do well.”I guess he was not interested in playing the long form of the game at the beginning of the summer. It is a bit of a gamble I guess. He obviously had experience at this level before. Listening to a couple of his statements he has been making recently, he seems really switched on and keen to play.”Talking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hussey said the CSK skipper lives in the moment.”He doesn’t worry about the future, that’s for sure. He just lives in the moment, playing each game as it comes and gives the best he can. As a coach, there is not much I need to tell him. He understands his game so well. I just try and observe if there is something different.”More often than not he likes a one-on-one chat. He doesn’t like these team meetings. He just likes to be left to his own devices and prepare his way. He knows his game well and doesn’t need too much coaching,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Francesco Molinari: ‘As a kid I’d get angry on the course and break a club’

first_img Facebook Tommy Fleetwood congratulates his ‘Moliwood’ partner after Europe won the Ryder Cup. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Observer Since you’re here… Read more It would be forgivable if the closing stages of the Race to Dubai revert to a crawl. Francesco Molinari’s epic 2018 must have ensured at least mild fatigue but if the Italian arrives this week for the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship running on fumes, he also has cause to be walking on air. A year kickstarted by seeing off Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship in May was enhanced further by a maiden victory in the US a matter of weeks later. “I turned to my caddie and said: ‘Frankie is just like a robot – he never seems to miss a shot, ever,’” said McIlroy of his Wentworth Sunday experience.Those assessing trends regarded Molinari as a contender for the Open. He endorsed such tips with a two-shot success at Carnoustie. This time, Tiger Woods was among those repelled. Molinari had become Italy’s first major champion. There is a smile from the 36-year-old when asked whether he should now become a multiple major winner. “Should? No, I would never say that,” Molinari says. Francesco Molinari The Observer European Tour Topics How Francesco Molinari went from missed cuts to Claret Jug – in eight weeks Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter It will be a shock if Molinari, from a position of more than €1m ahead, does not lift the Race to Dubai (order of merit) title next Sunday. It seems wholly appropriate that his closest challenger is one T Fleetwood. The pair will be first-round partners in Dubai on Thursday.“Winning this would be amazing because it is something I would have struggled to see myself do,” Molinari says. “I had always dreamed of winning a major, that if things went right I could show I was good enough to win there. But that’s one week, one thing. To win the Race to Dubai would be incredible because it’s a season-long event against such a high level of talent that is on tour right now. It really would be something special for me.“It’s fine with Tommy, we are used to competing against each other week in and week out. It has been quite funny that out of all the guys he has ended up the closest to me. It feels a bit like a fairytale ending to the season.”A season which, if Molinari has his way, won’t prove the exception. “It’s not going to be easy,” he says. “This will be a year I will always remember but I need to focus more on the things that got me to this stage; how can I keep them going, how can I make them better. There are still things I need to work on. I would have worked on them if the results hadn’t been this way. The results don’t change the process.” Share via Email “You see it with other guys but when it happens to you, of course, it is totally different. It has been a lot more time-consuming than I would have thought before but that is part of the job; if you want to be successful and you are ambitious, which I am, you need to deal with it.”To the outsider, the ability to remain emotionally neutral is crucial to Molinari’s success. It almost looks un-Italian. It was not always thus, as the man himself ruefully admits. “I learned pretty early,” says Molinari. “As a young kid, I used to get pretty angry on the course and my dad didn’t like that. I would throw a club or break a club. The punishment would be weeks or months without golf, so I have to thank my dad for that. If you speak to anyone around me, they’ll tell you there is the passion – which you need – but I manage to handle it much better now.”Molinari’s run has brought wider benefits, with the Italian Ryder Cup of 2022 – previously believed to be in jeopardy – now far more likely to happen because the host country has a player worthy of attention. Can a golfer, though, breach Italy’s football obsession? “It is changing, it takes time,” Molinari says. “It would be great not only for me to have results but for someone else to pick it up after me. When you are not a major sport, it is only results that will get people watching or following.” Read more Shy and retiring Francesco Molinari sweeps clean in Ryder Cup rout Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn features Share on Messenger Golf Pinterest Share on Pinterest “Having done it now, I know how much it takes. I think when you have won one it is harder to win another because of the expectation from everyone. Especially for someone like me from a different country, I am not just another American winning a major so there is going to be a lot of attention. It won’t be easy but the most important thing is to improve and I want to improve. After I have a rest at the end of this season I will be raring to go again. It’s going to be a great challenge to win at least another one.”Against such a backdrop of stunning individual success it is an anomaly that a team event really catapulted Molinari towards wider prominence. That he was already the Open champion was, of course, significant but Molinari’s Ryder Cup heroics – largely in the company of Tommy Fleetwood as “Moliwood” was born – afforded him fresh status once more. Footage of crowds chanting Molinari’s name as he got on the Eurostar at Gare du Nord to head home endorsed his profile. “It’s hard to say but I think probably, from my point of view, the Ryder Cup has been even bigger than the Open,” Molinari explains. “Having achieved those things so close together in time makes it a good combination and a big combination. Things have changed a lot over the summer.“You would never expect that in a train station. That probably shows you; that was one thing that would never happen after the Open, so the Ryder Cup is so special. You could see this year, especially, the special relationship we had within the team. The public bought into that and loved it.”Molinari’s glory has led to necessary adjustment. Essentially a quiet, understated individual, there is a smile once more when asked whether the requests for selfies in coffee shops in his adopted city of London has proved embarrassing. “That’s why London is such a great city, there are so many things going on that people might not really focus on you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Galaxy A80 listed on Samsung India website, launch imminent: Specs and expected price

first_imgGalaxy A80 listed on Samsung India website, launch imminent: Specs and expected priceSamsung will soon launch the Galaxy A80 in India. The smartphone has now appeared on the India website, suggesting its imminent launch.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 08:49 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A80 is now listed on the Samsung India website.Price of Galaxy A80 is expected to start at Rs 39,990.The Galaxy A80 is Samsung’s first phone with pop-up rotating camera, New Infinity display.Samsung is ready to bring the Galaxy A80 to India. The premium mid-range smartphone has been listed on the Samsung India website, suggesting its imminent launch. The Galaxy A80’s launch in India has been expected for a while and a report last week claimed that the company would be holding preview events in the country on June 8 and June 9. Samsung is yet to officially reveal a specific launch date for the Galaxy A80.The microsite on the Samsung India website highlights key features about the Galaxy A80 such as its rotating pop-up camera and New Infinity display. Samsung will announce the official price of the Galaxy A80 during its launch. A report by 91Mobiles a few days ago claimed based on sources in the retail chain that the Galaxy A80 price in India will start at Rs 39,990 and will go up to Rs 44,990.This suggests that Samsung may launch more than one variant of the Galaxy A80 in India. To recall, the smartphone made its debut in Thailand in a single 8GB + 128GB variant. The Samsung India website also lists just the one variant.The Galaxy A80 brings a few first-ever features for a Samsung phone. It sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) New Infinity display that sees no notch or hole-punch cutout on the screen. The front is all-screen with minimal bezels for the most immersive viewing experience. The second new technology employed is a pop-up rotating camera system. The top part of the rear panel that houses a triple camera system rise up and the cameras flip to the front to be used for selfies.advertisementThe triple camera setup includes a 48MP f/2.0 primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a TOF camera for depth mapping. These cameras can be used for selfies as they rotate automatically to the front when in selfie mode. The Galaxy A80 houses a 3,700mAh and supports 25W super fast charging over USB Type-C.The Galaxy A80 is also the first phone to get the newest Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset. The phone comes with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. It ships with Android Pie with One UI on top.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 may launch in India next week as company holds preview eventsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 quick review: Rises to the challenge with a rotating camera and New Infinity displayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A80last_img read more

Successful Heating Assistance Rebate Available

first_imgNova Scotians who are most in need will once again benefit from the province’s home heating rebate. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program, an application-based program, offers a rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets. propane, electricity or coal. “We recognize the pressures facing today’s families with the increasing cost of home heating,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “We will continue to help Nova Scotians who are most in need heat their homes this winter. I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to apply for the rebate. This is another fine example of how government is helping to make life better and more affordable for families.” Households with net annual incomes of less than $42,000 and single people making less than $27,000 and who purchase home heating fuels, qualify for the rebate. Last year, more than 50,000 Nova Scotians received the rebate. Applications have been mailed to last year’s recipients to encourage them to re-apply. They must meet all program requirements for this year to receive the rebate. “This rebate assists many seniors who struggle heating their homes during the winter months,” said Bill VanGorder, board member and past president of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. “We appreciate any ongoing support that helps to enable seniors to stay in their homes longer.” Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca , or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.last_img read more

Film Production Announced

first_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca . -30- Quick facts: the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour or goods and services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIcenter_img Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Jan. 9. A documentary, Decoding Life: The Epigenetics Revolution, produced by Decoding Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $40,303 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $138,977. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. last_img read more

Maha IAS officer faces backlash after sarcastic tweet on Mahatma

first_imgMumbai: Opposition Congress and NCP have demanded suspension of an IAS officer for her controversial tweet in which she has called for removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues and “thanked” his assassin Nathuram Godse. In the tweet, which has since been deleted, BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Nidhi Choudhari had called for removal of Mahatma Gandhi’s statues from across the world and his images from the Indian currency notes. She also “thanked” Godse. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistAfter a row erupted, the officer clarified that the tweet was “sarcastic” and that it was “misinterpreted”. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan and Nationalist Congress Party leader Jitendra Awhad have separately demanded suspension of the IAS officer. “The tweet is condemnable. It only shows her low thinking. The need of the hour is to stop such a thought,” the former chief minister said Sunday. Chavan said the state government should make its stand clear on the issue, which would be seen into what action it takes against the officer. “The government should show whether it is with Gandhi’s ideology or that of Godse,” he said. On Saturday, NCP leader Jitendra Awhad demanded suspension of Choudhari for posting the “derogatory” tweet and “glorifying” Godse. “She glorified Godse by posting a derogatory tweet about Gandhiji. This shouldn’t be tolerated,” he said.last_img read more

Dad says NS restorative justice helped heal after sons jail cell death

first_imgA series of restorative justice meetings between the father of a man who died in a holding cell and staff who oversaw the inmate’s last hours is being praised for bringing reforms and moments of healing.Last year, Ernie LeBlanc opted for the face-to-face encounters rather than pursuing civil action over errors made when Jason LeBlanc died of an opioid overdose at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre in the early hours of Jan. 31, 2016.The 42-year-old was captured on video gasping for breath less than 14 hours after being admitted into the prison without proper searches being conducted or a standard medical form filled out that could have identified his addiction issues.He was there for an alleged parole violation after being caught overnight in a snowstorm and missing a curfew at his halfway house.“As far as civil compensation, I didn’t give a hell about the money. Money wasn’t going to answer my questions or … help me be told how things happened,” said Ernie LeBlanc, adding his wife Eileen agreed.“I’m doing this so Jason didn’t die in vain.”The restorative justice report contained 17 recommendations — six of them completed so far — for changes in the system.They include a plan to install X-ray scanners for body searches, calls for the Nova Scotia Health Authority to be more open about co-operating on investigations in its jail clinic, and an annual scholarship in Jason’s name to help educate guards.There’s also a policy now in place that requires a simple form be presented on admission to the jail to indicate whether a person has addictions and other health issues.In addition, the 66-year-old father says he was able to hear directly from workers who expressed remorse and offered apologies during emotional gatherings.“It meant everything to me. I thanked them,” he said during an interview last week. “I accepted (their apologies) in a way. I could tell they meant Jason no harm. It’s just a lack of knowledge.”Jason LeBlanc had been brought to the jail on Jan. 30, 2016. Some of the officers there knew and liked him, as he’d served a few months there for a drug crime.The report says the “talented tradesman” had happy years in Sydney Mines filled with athletic pursuits, but later in life became caught up in Canada’s national epidemic of opioid addictions. Money earned during well-paid sojourns working in Alberta helped pay for his habit and his addictions led to troubles with the law.It also says his efforts to seek help in the health system and take advantage of community resources for addicts brought “few results.”A police report said after Jason LeBlanc was admitted, he appeared intoxicated and had told the nurse employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority he had taken “nerve pills.” However, he was never sent to a civilian hospital’s poison control centre for a check.It’s been a long journey for the LeBlanc family, who are finally hearing how all of this unfolded.Heavily censored investigation reports said errors occurred, but left “the family with more questions than answers” on the details, according to the review provided to The Canadian Press. It said the Nova Scotia Health Authority initially provided the LeBlancs with limited information about his treatment in the jail clinic, causing them further frustration.The family pursued the restorative justice route at the suggestion of their lawyer Michael Dull, accepting an undisclosed financial settlement at the outset in return for guarantees they wouldn’t refresh the legal action after hearing from staff.Some of the ideas emerged directly from the discussions, such as the $2,000 per year bursary dedicated to Jason.“It’s a way of keeping Jason’s memory alive,” the senior LeBlanc said.Plans to install X-ray body scanners and a system for assessing and tracking prisoners with opioid addictions were already in place in separate processes before the LeBlanc’s restorative justice case.However, Sean Kelly, executive director of Correctional Services, said the restorative process overseen by Dalhousie University professor Jennifer Llewellyn went from a time when there was “a wall of mistrust,” to a point where it shows promise for use in other cases.“I’d have to say it was transformative. It’s one of those things where you have to be there to truly experience it and see how meaningful it is to the participants,” he said in an interview.Devin Maxwell, a lawyer who represents the family of a 23-year-old man who died from an overdose in a Halifax provincial jail, said that while he supports restorative justice, he’s concerned the province’s jail system needs deeper reforms.He said the family of Clayton Cromwell, who overdosed in his cell in 2014 while awaiting a court appearance, has been offered a “take-it-or-leave-it” damage settlement that is inadequate compensation.“There is a serious problem in the prison system in this province. My impression is they think they’re doing all kinds of great things to make the system better, but it remains broken,” he said.The report also notes that from the outset of the case, the involvement of the health authority has been a problem, as it claimed health privacy laws limit its requirements to talk about the cases.“Privacy issues prevented a joint or integrated investigation of the events surrounding Jason’s death,” says the report. “It remains an issue that will require further consideration in terms of its implications for future processes.”Still, Ernie LeBlanc said he feels a civil damage settlement and never learning the details of his son’s final day would have been far worse.“I wanted to do it my way, the way I felt. I was doing it for Jason — for Jason and for me to get the answers I couldn’t get.”—Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

The Elders Urge Zimbabwe To Cease The Violence

first_imgThe Elders today call on all parties in Zimbabwe to show restraint and calm as the country decides its future.Led by Kofi Annan, The Elders condemn the violence and tragic deaths that followed the 30 July vote.Following a pre-election visit to Harare in July to encourage a free, fair and transparent process*, The Elders urge all political parties to publicly recommit and adhere to the Peace Pledge signed on 26 June, refrain from violence and its incitement, and confine any challenge to the election result to the due process of law.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, the Kofi Annan Foundation and Nobel Peace laureate, said:“The scenes of violence that have erupted in parts of the country after the election are completely unacceptable. We call on all those responsible to step back from the brink, and give the people of Zimbabwe the opportunity of a peaceful transition to democracy.“The election process must be completed fairly, freely, and with the utmost transparency. Nothing other than the democratic will of the people should be allowed to determine the future of Zimbabwe.”The Elders commend the Zimbabwean citizens who voted peacefully in huge numbers, making this one of the largest voter turnouts in Zimbabwe’s history.The Elders welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of an independent investigation into the violence in Harare on 1 August and urge him to make every effort to curtail any further excessive use of force by the armed forces. The Elders also welcome the statement of the International Election Observation Mission condemning the violence and encouraging all sides to show restraint.Furthermore, The Elders call on the MDC Alliance and all opposition parties to promote peaceful engagement, await the announcement of official results, and to use the courts and legal channels to air any grievances regarding the electoral process.The Elders also appeal to the armed forces to remain neutral during these testing times, and allow the police authorities to manage issues of public order.Mary Robinson, Elder, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said:“We are deeply saddened by the scenes of violence that have followed the largely peaceful voting in Zimbabwe.“Whatever the facts of the election result, it is clear there has been a significant breakdown of trust in the process across Zimbabwe. The country’s political leaders and its military must lead by example by demonstrating restraint, respecting due process, and appealing in the firmest terms for calm.“The Elders urge all those who seek a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe to return to meaningful dialogue and put the long-term future of the country and its citizens centre stage.”last_img read more

HGTV CANADAS REAL ESTATE EXPERT RISKS IT ALL FOR BIG REWARDS IN

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment New episodes of Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray will be available On Demand and at HGTV.ca each week after broadcast. Later this spring, catch Scott as he returns for Season 3 of HGTV Canada’s Home To Win, premiering Sunday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray is produced by McGillivray Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada and Scripps Networks Interactive..HGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPR  Watch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caFollow HGTV Canada on Twitter @hgtvcanada and Facebook at Facebook.com/hgtv.ca#BuyersBootcamp Advertisement TORONTO, Canada – Investment property specialist, Scott McGillivray, is taking his passion to the next level by teaming up with renovation rookies for the opportunity of a lifetime in the new Canadian original series Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray (10×60). Premiering Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT onHGTV Canada, the series follows Scott as he works with first-time house flippers and invests his own money and expertise to renovate rundown homes. Along with his new partners, Scott will work night and day to get each renovation completed on time and on budget. If they succeed, they split the profits, and if they fail, they fail together.After years of successfully transforming properties into income-generators, this time Scott is offering his knowledge to newbies in a high stakes, real-life training ground. In each episode, Scott tours two potential partners’ homes to identify what needs to be done to earn top dollar when it hits the market. Scott takes into account the total budget, the time required, as well as the skills and sweat-equity each homeowner can offer. Once the partner is selected, Scott puts his money where his mouth is and personally invests in the project. He then leads the charge in tackling the renovation, giving his new partners invaluable hands-on lessons to successfully overhaul a home in time for an open house.CIBC continues its five-year partnership with HGTV Canada and Scott McGillivray as the series’ exclusive sponsor. The financial institution will provide viewers with helpful tips on how they can make the most of their own home investments through digital content on the series’ website and weekly videos posted on HGTV Canada’s social media platforms, in addition to organic integrations throughout the show. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Neymar banned for 3 CL matches over referee insult

first_imgLausanne: Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches by UEFA on Friday for insulting match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock Champions League loss to Manchester United. The Brazil star missed the 3-1 second leg last 16 defeat on March 6 through injury, but told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” on social media after watching on from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes. Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, European football’s governing body announced in a statement.last_img read more

UNP will not recognise new Leader of the House

He said that a majority of the members of Parliament have already signed and submitted a motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya saying the prorogation of Parliament and appointment of a new Leader of the House was unconstitutional. United National Party Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella was earlier the Leader of the House. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it will not recognize the new Leader of the House.UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the appointment of Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House was not legally valid. Political parties in the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had decided today to appoint Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House.Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the decision to appoint Gunawardena was taken at a meeting held between political parties represented in the Government at the Prime Minister’s office today. As a result, he says the UNP will not accept or recognise the Leader of the House appointed by the United People’s Freedom Alliance. read more

Florida lieutenant governor resigns 57 others charged in gambling scandal involving charity

by Mike Schneider, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 6:42 pm MDT Florida lieutenant governor resigns, 57 others charged in gambling scandal involving charity ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a scandal involving a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was a front for a $300 million gambling operation.The organization, Allied Veterans of the World, runs nearly 50 Internet parlours with computerized slot machine-style games, which have come under scrutiny in Florida but are in a grey legal area.Even so, investigators said the charity was a fraud and executives gave precious little to veterans while lavishing millions on themselves, spending it on boats, beachfront condos and Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the alleged scam “callous” and “despicable” and said it “insults every American who ever wore a military uniform.”Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was not among those charged but resigned a day after she was questioned by investigators.The public relations firm she co-owned, 3 N&JC, did work for St. Augustine-based Allied Veterans. A Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War, Carroll also appeared in a TV ad in 2011 promoting the organization’s work on behalf of veterans and their families.Authorities refused to discuss any ties between the 53-year-old Republican and the investigation. Her aides had no comment.Carroll said in a statement Wednesday that neither she nor the public relations firm was targeted in the probe, and she stepped down so that her ties to the organization would not be a distraction for Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.The investigation involved 57 arrest warrants and 54 search warrants issued in Florida and five other states: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Nevada and Pennsylvania. As of midafternoon, 49 people had been arrested. Allied Veterans’ 49 parlours in Florida were raided and shut down.Authorities said they seized about 300 bank accounts containing $64.7 million, as well as sports cars and other property.Bondi said that when charges are formally filed next week they will include racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of slot machines.“It is shameful that Allied Veterans of the World allegedly attempted to use the guise of charitable organization to help veterans in order to lend credibility to this $300 million gambling scheme,” she said.A telephone number listed for Allied Veterans was disconnected. Emails to an address on the group’s website were not returned. The address Allied listed as its headquarters appeared abandoned, the long, grey cinder-block building bare inside.Gerald Bailey, commissioner of Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement, said the arrests are only the first wave of the investigation and the second wave will look at the “large sums” of money spent on lobbying and donations to political campaigns. He would not give details.Allied Veterans was founded in 1979 and evolved from a charitable organization that ran bingo games and held bake sales for veterans to a group suspected of widespread illegal gambling around Florida, according to an Internal Revenue Service affidavit. The IRS pronounced the charity a fraud.One of those arrested, Jacksonville lawyer Kelly Mathis, was identified by authorities as the mastermind of the scheme. He allegedly made about $6 million from the operation.A woman who answered the phone at Mathis’ law firm said no one was available to talk about his arrest.From 2007 to early 2012, investigators said, they found evidence of nearly $6 million in what appear to be charitable donations by Allied Veterans. That was only about 2 per cent of the more than $290 million made from gambling during that period, they said.Most of the money went to for-profit companies and the operators of Allied Veterans, authorities said.To play games at one of the Internet cafes, a customer gets a prepaid card and then goes to a computer. The games, with spinning wheels similar to slot machines, have names such as “Captain Cash,” ”Lucky Shamrocks” and “Money Bunny.” Winners go back to a cashier with their cards and cash out.Each of the locations had rows of computers and a big sign that read: “This is not a gaming establishment.” On the walls were photos of company executives making donations and letters of recognition from some of the charities that supposedly benefited.Prosecutions of similar electronic gaming parlours have had mixed results in Florida courts, with owners saying they fall under a sweepstakes law, much like a fast-food restaurant’s contest. Prosecutors have said they are slot machines, which are illegal except at the South Florida horse and dog tracks and American Indian casinos.In Anadarko, Okla., the owner of International Internet Technologies, a company accused of supplying the cafes with software, was arrested along with his wife. Chase Egan Burns, 37, and Kristin Burns, 38, face charges including racketeering and conspiracy.International Internet Technologies made $63 million from the Florida operation from 2007 to 2010, according to the IRS.“What we do is legal,” Chase Burns told The Oklahoman on Monday.Carroll served 20 years in the Navy, working as a jet mechanic before retiring as a lieutenant commander. She was elected Florida’s first black lieutenant governor in 2010, winning office as Scott’s running mate. She is also a former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.A married mother of three, Carroll has a son who plays for the Miami Dolphins.Carroll became embroiled in a short-lived scandal last year when a fired staffer claimed that she walked in on Carroll and a female aide in a compromising position. Carroll denied that.She became the brunt of late-night talk show hosts after she told a TV station that black women who look like her “don’t engage in relationships like that.” She later apologized for any implication that black lesbians are unattractive.___Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and Kelli Kennedy in Miami; Jeff Donn in Plymouth, Mass.; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Tim Talley in Anadarko, Okla., contributed to this story. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Braxton Miller sits in OSUs victory against Toledo

It seems Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell has made his decision about who his starting quarterback is. Senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was under center for the entire game against Toledo on Saturday afternoon. True freshman quarterback Braxton Miller did not see a single snap. With OSU’s back up against the wall, trailing to Toledo in the second quarter, Fickell opted to go with the senior instead of the freshman in the game. Fickell said after the game that the game plan was to have Miller play in the second quarter. “We were going to use him, we had a plan maybe to be in that second quarter, very similar to last week,” Fickell said. “It just didn’t work out the way we had probably planned it in our head, and we’ll continue to move forward.” Bauserman did not play to the standards he set for himself last week, passing for 189 yards and a touchdown. He completed just more than 50 percent of his passes, but did not turn the ball over. “I want to get back and look at the film. There were a lot of throwaways down there,” Bauserman said. “Maybe I could have squeezed them in, but most important thing is no turnovers.” Fickell described the decision to not play Miller as a gut decision. “It’s just one of those gut decisions you’ve got to make out there,” Fickell said. “We’ve made some changes defensively that we had planned that maybe we were going to go with, and things just weren’t going the way we had them planned.” While Miller has the play-making ability that comes with a running quarterback, clearly Fickell will look to rely on the experience of the senior. When asked about the added pressure that comes with being the starting quarterback, Bauserman said that he expects to be the guy to go out there and play. “I expect to be in until they tell me not to be,” Bauserman said. “Got to be ready.” Bauserman talked about Miller’s attitude on the sideline during the game. “You’re always going to be frustrated when you’re not playing.” Bauserman said. “He came here to play… He’s learning and he’s got to be ready.” Bauserman said that regardless of who is going to be quarterback, he’s always got to be ready to play. Fickell has decided, without saying it, that Bauserman is his quarterback. “It shows that I have consistency and leadership,” Bauserman said. “If you don’t have the confidence, you can’t do that.” read more

Sommet de Copenhague un échec à 1000 milliards de dollars

first_imgSommet de Copenhague : un échec à 1.000 milliards de dollars ?A moins d’un mois de l’ouverture de la conférence internationale sur le climat de Cancun, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE) pointe du doigt le très coûteux échec du sommet de Copenhague. Une conférence sur la lutte contre le changement climatique, qui n’avait abouti qu’à un semblant d’accord non contraignant et ne précisant pas les moyens de parvenir à une hausse limite du réchauffement de la planète de 2°C.Dans son rapport annuel sur les perspectives énergétiques mondiales, l’AIE estime à quelque 1.000 milliards de dollars le coût de l’échec de Copenhague. Dans son rapport de 2009, publié juste avant le sommet sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, l’agence concluait à la nécessité d’investissements supplémentaires d’un montant de 10.500 milliards de dollars, et ce jusqu’en 2030, pour infléchir les politiques énergétiques et éviter les pires scénarios redoutés par les experts du climat.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Cette année, alors que plus personne ne croit en la possibilité d’un véritable accord lors de la conférence qui s’ouvrira au Mexique à la fin du mois, l’AIE évalue à 11.600 milliards de dollars d’ici les vingt prochaines années, les dépenses supplémentaires nécessaires, soit plus de 1.000 milliards de plus que les estimations de l’année dernière.A l’issue du Sommet de Copenhague, une poignée de dirigeants avaient obtenu à la dernière minute la signature d’un accord non contraignant qui se contentait de suivre l’avis des climatologues en fixant à 2°C la limite du réchauffement global de la planète à ne pas dépasser. Respecter cet objectif nécessiterait selon l’AIE, “une transformation profonde du système énergétique mondial”. Or pour l’instant, les engagements de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre annoncés par les Etats présents à Copenhague, ne sont dans l’ensemble pas à la hauteur de l’objectif. Pour ne pas dépasser la limite des 2°C, seule “une impulsion politique phénoménale” représenterait un réel espoir, conclut l’agence.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LIran atil réussi à isoler le virus Flame

first_imgL’Iran a-t-il réussi à isoler le virus Flame ?Selon le ministre de l’Information et des Technologies de Communication, l’Iran disposerait d’un outil de détection permettant d’isoler le virus Flame.Le gouvernement iranien aurait trouvé une parade au virus Flame. En effet, selon le ministre iranien de l’Information et des Technologies de Communication, “des outils destinés à reconnaître et supprimer ce malware ont été développés”. Ce dernier a également ajouté “nous les mettons à disposition des entreprises iraniennes dès aujourd’hui.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les autorités iraniennes n’ont pas donné davantage de précisions, ce qui ne rassurera donc pas les sceptiques. La société qui a permis mis en évidence le virus, Kaspersky, avait pour sa part indiqué qu’il contenait beaucoup de lignes de code, bien davantage que Stuxnet par exemple.Pour l’Iran, principale victime de ce programme malveillant, ce dernier serait l’œuvre des États-Unis et Israël. Une accusation que n’avait pas démenti le ministre israélien des Affaires stratégiques et vice-premier ministre, Moshé Yaalon, mardi. Il invoquait alors une mesure de protection face à la menace nucléaire iranienne. Le 30 mai 2012 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more