Apple’s Thermonuclear Patent War Is A Farce

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#HTC#iPad#iPhone#Patents#Samsung Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The news: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has declared a huge Apple multi-touch-screen patent – the so-called “Steve Jobs patent” – to be invalid. As CNET adds, this is the second Apple patent to get a smackdown. The previous one was about Apple’s “rubber band” effect. Neither ruling is final, but still.The best analysis:Groklaw, which has been doing amazing coverage of Apple’s legal war, writes: “If you want to know why people now hate Apple for its legal swashbuckling, this is Exhibit A.”The conclusion: This whole notion of Steve Jobs launching his “thermonuclear war” on Android is a farce. A sham. A joke. It has been from the start.Apple Keeps FailingApple’s claims have been knocked down all over the world. In England a court was so appalled by Apple’s claims that it ordered Apple to run ads explaining that Samsung had not, in fact, copied Apple.Apple appealed, and lost, so the public shaming went forward. Apple brazenly snubbed its nose at the court by creating an ad that taunted Samsung even more. So the court made Apple do it again, and get it right this time.Yes, Apple won a big case in California. But that too could unravel since the jury appears to have made numerous mistakes. Samsung wants the verdict set aside. The judge is now urging Apple and Samsung to make peace.Apple, The Knight In Shining (Bogus) ArmorWhat’s especially rich is the way Apple keeps trying to act like this is some noble quest, that the fights aren’t about money but rather are about principles and “values,” as Tim Cook wrote in a letter to Apple employees after the big win against Samsung last summer. Now it appears that Apple applied for and received a bunch of lame (and apparently in some cases bogus) patents, then used them to launch a cynical war that it hoped would slow the progress of Android. Apple is using lawyers and courtrooms to do two things:First, Apple is using lawsuits as a form of marketing, a way to generate headlines and smear rivals as copycats, while depicting Apple — pure, noble Apple — as the font of knowledge from which all innovation flows.Second, Apple figures it can outspend its rivals and beat them into submission with bogus claims, tie them up with expensive litigation and distract them.This is not what courts are for. Nor is it what patents are for. This is despicable behavior.The Plan Has BackfiredWhat’s worse, it hasn’t worked. Android now has 75% share in smartphones, versus 15% for Apple. Android is also chipping away in tablets, where Apple’s share has dropped to 52%.Steve Jobs’s big “thermonuclear war” has backfired in every way. Apple is the one that has become distracted, while Google keeps chugging away.Apple had hoped to come out of this looking like a hero. But now, as another of its patents gets struck down, Apple instead looks like a bully — and a ridiculous, toothless one at that. dan lyonslast_img read more

Prior Suicide Attempts Increase Suicide Risk

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDWhile most clinicians are aware that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, the impact of previous suicide ideation and history on future suicidal behavior has not previously been studied with a military population. Bryan and colleagues (2014) [1] examined this phenomenon with two separate samples, and found evidence that suicidal thoughts and behaviors prior to enlistment were associated with increased risk for suicidal behavior in the military.[Flickr, DSCN0841 by Aubrey Arcangel, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015A large body of literature about suicide and suicide prevention exists. However, the utility of this information and the ability to interpret it is often questionable. Consistent data allow researchers to better gauge the scope of the problem, identify high-risk groups, and monitor the effects of prevention programs and policies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a set of suicide related definitions to be used by researchers and practitioners [2].In a previous blog, we discussed suicide risk in the military and research conducted by Bryan and colleagues (2014) related to suicide and the military. In this more recent publication, the researchers studied the prevalence of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITB) prior to joining the military, as well as its relationship to incidence of suicidal thoughts and attempts made during military service or as a veteran.Study MethodologyTwo samples of self-reported data were collected: one from 374 college student veterans, and one from 151 military members receiving mental health treatment. In both studies, instruments with good reliability (herself-injurious thoughts and behaviors, (STIB), The Patient Health Questionaire-9 (PHQ-9), PTSD Checklist Short Form (PCL-SF)) were used to measure SITB and suicide attempts, depression, and post-traumatic stress. The second study utilized the preceding three measures plus an additional measure of current suicidal ideation.Past self-injurious thoughts and behaviors were calculated by comparing the age of the first onset of suicidal ideation, suicide plans, non-suicidal injury, and suicide attempts with the age of the participant when they joined the military.Student veteran study resultsOf the 374 students completing the survey, 82 or 21.9% reported suicidal ideation prior to joining the military and 12 or 3.2% made a suicide attempt. Of those attempting suicide after joining the military, 18 (50%) reported having had suicidal ideations and 3 (16.7%) had made suicide attempts prior to joining the military.Active duty resultsIn the active duty sample of 151 active duty personnel receiving mental health treatment, 16.6% reported a history of suicidal ideation and 3.3% reported a suicide attempt prior to joining the military. Of those that made a suicide attempt (16) after joining the military, 8 (50%) reported suicidal ideation prior to joining the military, and 2 or 25% had made a suicide attempt prior to joining the military.ImplicationsAlthough both studies included fairly small (the authors recommended larger studies), and relied on self-report and retrospective report, both studies provided support for the idea that prior suicidal ideation and behavior increases the likelihood of suicide attempts after entering the military.Helpful tools: SAMHSA provides FREE wallet cards for mental health professionals with a mnemonic as a helpful reminder for assessing suicide risk. Similarly, they also provide FREE wallet cards with the national toll-free suicide hotline and a guide for when to ask for help following a traumatic event for the general public:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Assessing Suicide Risk: Initial Tips for CounselorsNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Having Trouble Coping? With Help Comes Hope. References[1] Bryan, C. J., Bryan, A. O., Ray-Sannerud, B. N., Etienne, N. & Morrow, C. E. (2014) Suicide attempts before joining the military increase risk for suicide attempts and severity of suicidal ideation among military personnel and veterans. Comprehensive Psychiatry 55(3) 534-541.[2] Crosby AE, Ortega L, Melanson C. (2011). Self-directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 1.0. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.[3] SAMHSA (2014) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Assessing Suicide Risk: Initial Tips for Counselors. Retrieved from: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/National-Suicide-Prevention-Lifeline-Wallet-Card-Assessing-Suicide-Risk-Initial-Tips-for-Counselors/SVP13-0153.[4] SAMHSA (2014) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card: Having Trouble Coping? With Help Comes Hope. Retrieved from: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/National-Suicide-Prevention-Lifeline-Wallet-Card-Having-Trouble-Coping-With-Help-Comes-Hope-/SVP13-0155R.This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Majerhat bridge to be demolished

first_imgThe West Bengal government will demolish the Majerhat bridge, a portion of which came down on September 4 killing three people and leaving more than 20 people injured.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the inquiry committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De has recommended razing the bridge and constructing a new bridge on Diamond Harbour Road in a year’s time. Ms. Banerjee had earlier set up a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to look into the reasons for the collapse.“He (the Chief Secretary) has pointed out two things. It was the responsibility of the PWD and their negligence is to be blamed. The metro construction work might have had an impact on the structure but it needs to be probed further,” the Chief Minister said.She also clarified that the work of Joka-BBD Bag Metro project was closed on the site of bridge collapse only for seven days for necessary inspection. “Some people have said that I stopped the work of Joka-BBD bag. How can I stop the work which I started?” she said.Clean chit Ms. Banerjee later told journalists that the PWD officials did not raise the issue of poor maintenance of the bridge with the Minister of the department, thereby giving a clean chit to Arup Biswas.She also said that talks are on with the Railway authorities on constructing a level crossing at the site. The 54-year-old Majerhat bridge is a railway overbridge on the suburban line which connects Sealdah with Budge Budge. The bridge on Diamond Harbour Road connects Behala and its adjoining suburbs to the city. “The State government has proposed to bear the entire cost of the level crossing. We can allow small vehicles and buses to use the railway level crossing. This would give some relief to the people as Durga Puja is approaching and so is Ganga Sagar Mela,” the Chief Minister said.last_img read more

US, Canada meet in early Olympic showdown among world’s best

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises For now, the Canadians and Americans know millions will be watching a game scheduled for just after noon in South Korea to allow North Americans the chance to watch some late night hockey on Valentine’s Day.Canada forward Jillian Saulnier said they try to represent the best of women’s hockey anytime they step on the ice. The Olympics only raises the stakes.“The world is watching, so for us it’s just a time to showcase our talents and skills so to be able to play against some of the best players in the world,” Saulnier said. “And some of those are on the U.S. as well, so it’s an exciting time for us.”These teams know each other very well thanks to a pre-Olympic exhibition schedule of eight games that included the Four Nations Cup. The United States won three of the first four, including two to win the Four Nations Cup title. But Canada won the final four games in December with two each in Canada and in the United States.Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game in Sochi, noted they haven’t played since Canada finalized its Olympic roster.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ “So obviously it’s going to be a big change for both of the teams,” Poulin said. “So excited to play. It doesn’t matter what happened before.”Even though the United States won the inaugural gold at the 1998 Nagano Games when women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics, Canada has won each of the past four, and the Canadians are in South Korea looking to add the only medal their country expects when playing the sport they created.United States defenseman Kacey Bellamy is playing in her third Olympics and called U.S.-Canada a “great rivalry.”“Honestly, it’s exciting anytime we play them,” Bellamy said. “We’re going to give 100 percent. We have a lot of respect for each other. Once we hit the ice, it’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be fast, and we’re excited.”Canada stands at the top of Group A, despite both teams being 2-0, thanks to having scored one more goal (nine) than the Americans (eight). Both teams have allowed one goal apiece — both to Finland. Canada beat Finland by 4-1 compared to the Americans’ 3-1 win to open preliminary play.The Americans canceled practice Wednesday after beating the Russians 5-0 late Tuesday night. The Canadians practiced after their win over Finland.U.S. coach Robb Stauber has tried to keep his players focused on only one opponent at a time, trying to ignore the inevitable game with Canada until a day away.“We know we have the next game,” Stauber said. “We know that opponent very well.” Only gold will do for the United States at the Pyeongchang Games with the Americans mired in a 20-year title drought. And this will be the first time the Americans have played their biggest rival in the Olympics since Canada stunned the United States by rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win gold at the 2014 Sochi Games with a 3-2 overtime victory.Yes, the Americans have been waiting for this moment since the final horn blew in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ve been preparing for this tournament for four years,” said Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a three-time Olympian. “The first two games we’re pretty happy with how they went. Definitely some things we can continue to get better at, but hopefully build on each and every game and be at our best when it matters.”That game is Feb. 22 when the gold medal will be up for grabs. Players from Canada celebrate after the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Canada won 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Much more than bragging rights are on the line anytime the Americans and Canadians meet, and the Olympics offers the opportunity to showcase just how good the best in women’s hockey really are these days.No medal will be on the line Thursday. Just the top spot in the best group in pool play along with the choice of jersey color and benches for the next time they play — ideally the gold medal game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenixlast_img read more

Gonzaga, Daquis rescue Cignal spikers

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Philta sets elections MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cignal’s Rachel Ann Daquis goes for a kill against Sta Lucia’s (from left) Mar-Jana Phillips, Jannine Navarro, and Pam Lastimosa. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonWhen the going got tough, Cignal knew who to go to.Valuable acquisitions Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis did what was expected of them, lifting Cignal past Sta. Lucia Realty, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12, Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Newcomer Sta. Lucia put Cignal on its toes all match long, forcing one of the league’s title favorites into a five-setter at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“In fairness to Sta. Lucia, they played very well today,” acknowledged Gonzaga who fired 21 points, including three blocks for the HD Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDaquis scored the winning point, a solo kill-block on Sta. Lucia’s Fil-Am spiker Mar-Jana Phillips, to finish with 14 points.Cignal barely beat Sta. Lucia in attack points, 47-46, and got their reprieve only because the Lady Realtors committed more errors, 41-35. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

Aus vs NZ: Convincing 7-wicket win for Aussies against Kiwis

first_imgAustralia beat their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in a one-sided World Cup Group A match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Friday. ScoreChasing a partly 207, the Australians got off to a fine start with openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin milking away the Kiwi bowlers. The duo batted on at ease even as the Kiwis tried hard to figure out a way to stop their charge.Their bowling lacked the kill and the Aussies continued to pound away boundaries. Finally Kiwi pacer Hamish Bennett managed to break their partnership when the Aussie score was 133 runs. It was a slower ball that did the trick albeit a bit late. Haddin went for an aerial shot and ended up giving a catch to James Franklin at deep midwicket. Haddin scored 55.With the partnership broken, the other opener Shane Watson too lost his rhythm and got out in the 20th over when the Aussie score was 136/2. He was cleaned bowled by Bennett on 62.A few minutes later Aussie skipper Ricky Pointing too fell trying to play Tim Southee down the leg side. The ball was wide off the leg side and Ponting still touched it trying to play it towards the fine-leg boundary. But keeper Brendon McCullum had other plans, he collected the ball and even before Ponting could realise his error his bails were off. He scored 12 as the Australia score read 167/3.Finally, Michael Clarke and Cameron White batted on to carry the Aussies to victory in the 34th over.advertisementNew Zealand inningsNew Zealand posted a meagre 206 against Australia in their World Cup Group A match. The total could have been all the more dismal hadn’t Nathan McCullum and skipper Daniel Vettori staged a late revival at death.Man-ofthe-Match Mitchell Johnson. APIn the morning, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bowl under overcast conditions – a move aimed helping his pacemen excel. And that’s what they did with Shaun Tait and Man-of-the-Match Mitchell Johnson ripping the Kiwi batting apart.Shaun Tait started the job rather early removing opener Brendon McCullum in the fourth over of the day.However, it was more of McCullum’s fault in the way he got out. He went for a big hit right away and Jason Krejza took a fine catch in the deep. He fell for 16 as New Zealand slumped to 20/1 in 3.4 overs.Shortly after McCullum’s dismissal, the other opener Martin Guptill too walked back with Shane Watson castling him on 40/2 in the 9th over. He scored 10.But, that was just the beginning of the Aussie charge as Mitchell Johnson claimed two wickets in the space of two balls to push the Kiwis to the wall. Ryder fell for 25 while James Franklin hadn’t even opened his account, when Johnson removed them. The New Zealand score at the stage was 66/4 in 13.5 overs.Clearly the Aussies pacemen were at a party and Shaun Tait struck back to make sure he had more reason to cheer. After removing McCullum in early, he claimed seasoned batsman Scott Styris in the 15th over when the Kiwi total was 67/5. Poor Styris hadn’t even opened his account.Tait was far from satisfied and in his next over he struck again to get rid of Ross Taylor (7) with a fine yorker. Kiwis were reeling on 73/6.Six wickets down and the pitch dry by then, the Kiwis finally managed to forge a small 48-run partnership with Nathan McCullum and Jamie How sticking together for 40 minutes.The two used 12 overs and scored the rate of four runs an over helping their team cross the 100-run mark. But in the 29th over, leg-spinner Steve Smith decided to break their stand. He tossed the ball in the middle and removed How with an LBW decision. The Kiwis went for a decision review, but it proved to be unsuccessful as New Zealand slumped to 121/7.Finally, Nathan McCullum decided to stage a comeback, but it was too late for the Kiwis as he along with skipper Daniel Vettori were the last recognised batsmen in their camp. Nathan carried on and even scored the team’s highest individual total with 52 on board.However, after staying at the crease for more than an hour a change in bowling foxed Nathan as he became Mitchell Johnson’s third victim on 175/8 in the 42nd over. Once again the Kiwis decided to use the review and once again it proved unsuccessful.Skipper Daniel Vettori too departed with Brett Lee claiming his wicket. He scored a resolute 44 helping the Kiwis cross 200-run mark.advertisementEventually New Zealand were all out for a partly 206 on the first ball of the 46th over with Shaun Tait (3-35) and Mitchell Johnson (4-33) claiming seven wicket between them.last_img read more

All-in Allyn

first_imgBecoming his own man MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. KJ to the rescue RK Ilagan drilled five triples and wound up with 22 points for the Stags, who registered an 11-7 win-loss record after the double-round eliminations.The Stags thus arranged a semifinal meeting with the third-ranked Letran Knights on Nov. 5, where the winner faces No. 2 semifinal qualifier Lyceum Pirates. The survivor of that knockout tiff with the Pirates will advance to the best-of-three championships series versus the San Beda Red Lions.Edgar Charcos finished his collegiate career with 21 points and Kim Aurin added 20 for the Altas, who wrapped up their season with a 4-14 record.With only pride at stake, the College of St. Benilde Blazers leaned on graduating players Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu to subdue the Cardinals, 68-62, in the other game.Playing their final game in a Blazers uniform, Haruna and the Senegalese Leutcheu exchanged high fives and hugged their teammates with still 24 seconds remaining before the Blazers ended the season with an identical 9-9 record with the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Cardinals had little else to play for after their semifinal hopes were flushed down the drain following the victory by Bulanadi and the Stags.It was also the final game for St. Benilde’s Edward Dixon and Carlo Young while forwards Denniel Aguirre and Justin Serrano won’t be seeing action anymore for the Cardinals next season.Ry Dela Rosa fired a career-high 21 points capped by a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining as Jose Rizal U squeezed past Arellano, 77-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Allyn is ready for the big league and he has proven it many times over,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.The 6-foot-3 Bulanadi, whose offense is predicated on perimeter shooting, furiously attacked the rim in the crucial moments this time around, pouring 15 of his points in the final six minutes to almost single-handedly thwart the Altas’ comeback.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBulanadi’s drive inside two minutes gave the Stags a five-point cushion that they preserved by limiting the touches of the Altas in the end.“It was a difficult game, but it will be a lot more difficult in the semifinals,” said Bulanadi, who built his output around seven threes while also grabbing eight rebounds in a career-defining outing that allowed San Sebastian to shut the door on the Mapua Cardinals’ bid for a semifinal berth via a qualifying playoff match. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Allyn Bulanadi got motivated, got aggressive and got the San Sebastian Stags sealing a semifinal trip in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.The league’s leading scorer erupted with a season-high 44 points for the Stags, who fended off a late resurgence by the Perpetual Altas on the way to a 99-94 win on Friday that completed the step-ladder semis cast.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 issuelast_img read more

NOEM PICKS LARRY RHODEN AS RUNNING MATE

first_imgSouth Dakota Republican governor candidate Kristi Noem says state Rep. Larry Rhoden is her pick for lieutenant governor.Noem, currently the state’s U.S. representative, says she chose Rhoden as her running mate because he’s “plain spoken, direct and honest.”Rhoden is a state lawmaker and rancher near Union Center and currently serves as a House majority whip.Rhoden, who first started serving in the Legislature in 2001, says the team has an opportunity to do “big things without raising taxes or growing government.”He says he’s humbled to accept the offer to serve.last_img read more

The World Cup has caused Pharaohs fans as much angst as a dodgy pyramid scheme

first_imgShare on Pinterest Reuse this content World Cup Fiver Egypt football team Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook Mauricio Pochettino says he’s not going to change his Tottenham team just because Toby Alderweireld is worried about his World Cup place with Belgium. “What can I do? I cannot play with 13 or 14 players,” shrieked Pochettino. “If Toby keeps working hard, he is going to have the possibility to play and compete.”Thanks to Mark Clattenburg’s flit to Saudi Arabia, no British referees will be in Russia for the tournament. The world shrugs its collective shoulders.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has revealed his team’s plan to deal with Lionel Messi in their final group game. “If Argentina wins its first two games, Messi may not want to play against us,” he cheered optimistically. “In the alternative that he plays against us, nothing is impossible. The only solution against Messi is a collective and not an individual solution.”STILL WANT MOЯE?It is farcical that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is being analysed through the prism of how it may affect Gareth Southgate’s England side at the World Cup in Russia, writes Marina Hyde.Never fear! Lionel Messi can don his cape and ride to the World Cup’s rescue, writes Barney Ronay. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Fabio Capello with England at the 2008 World Cup. Which went well. Photograph: AI Project/Action Imagescenter_img Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Leo Messi carries Argentina’s hopes. Illustration: Matt Johnstone features IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? NO, IT’S CÚPERMAN!Qualifying for the World Cup is a bit like becoming a parent. It can bring joy but opens up an enormous new vista of worries. Ever since Mo Salah scored twice against Congo in October to secure Egypt’s qualification for the tournament, Egyptians have been simultaneously dreaming of glory and fretting about how things could go horribly wrong. When a tight groin made Salah limp out of the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League flailing of Manchester City on Wednesday, an entire nation held its nads. Although Jürgen Klopp said the injury did not appear serious, Egyptians won’t be able to relax until Salah is back in action. And as soon as he is back in action, they will resume worrying about him getting injured. So it goes.You can understand Egyptian fears. Ever since their first participation in the tournament in 1934, the World Cup has caused Pharaohs fans as much angst as a dodgy pyramid scheme. For that first tournament the Egypt team made a four-day voyage to Italy, scored two goals in four minutes against Hungary but still wound up losing 4-2 amid a pong that could have tickled nostrils as far away as Rhinocoloura, the fabled city of noseless criminals. Hungary’s fourth goal came following a challenge that left Egypt’s goalkeeper, Mustafa Mansour, with a broken hooter, whereas Abdulrahman Fawzi had a goal ruled out for offside despite the fact, according to Egyptian reports, that he scored it after dribbling through the opposition Salah-style from inside his own half. If that goal had stood, perhaps Egypt would have won and Fawzi, who had already netted twice, would have become the first player to score a World Cup hat-trick for an African country, a feat that remains unattained, although El-Hadji Diouf probably says he scored five in Senegal’s victory over Brazil in the 2002 final. World Cup stunning moments: Barry Glendenning on Andrés Escobar’s deadly own goal in 1994.And another World Cup stunning moment: Scott Murray takes a ride on Scotland’s 1978 rollercoaster.Paul Pogba was colossal in France’s recent friendles but Les Bleus have problems at le back, writes Eric Devin.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!EAT YOUR HEART OUT, CRISTIANO Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Egypt’s Héctor Cúper: ‘I found a country in need. Sometimes you need that too’ After that 1934 disappointment it was 56 years before Egypt reached the tournament again. In 1990 they opened with an honourable 1-1 draw against European champions Holland but were then grabbed in a headlock by Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland before being eliminated by a freak occurrence – a successful mid-tournament tweak by England and the only goal of Mark Wright’s international career. What were the odds?Egypt then lapsed into freakishness themselves, continually finding barmy ways to avoid qualifying for the tournament despite being the best team in Africa for most of the 21st century. But now, at last, they are going back. And they’re worried. And not just about Salah’s groin or the state of Ahmed Hegazi’s mind after a season stepping on rakes at West Brom. For there’s also talk now that Egypt’s manager, Héctor Cúper, is about to be poached by a South American country. During his three years at Egypt Cúper has worked wonders of Chris Coleman proportions, devising a game plan based on solidity and giving the ball as quickly as possible to the team’s one magician. Cúper is Argentinian.According to the Egyptian FA, Cúper is close to agreeing a deal to stay put. “Cúper is not a greedy man and he is not taking advantage of the fact that we need him before the World Cup,” declared the EFA’s Tharwat Sweilam. “He said he loves Egypt and that he wants to stay put. He also said he would give Egypt the priority over any other offer if the financial gaps are not big … Most probably his contract will be extended before the national team’s next training camp in May.” That should put Egyptian minds at ease. For a few seconds.QUOTE OF THE WEEK“On TV he was talking to an audience who mostly had little knowledge of his prime as a player. Like Abramovich, they had not been present at Stamford Bridge in the mid-70s to see the young captain return an opposition goalkeeper’s clearance straight back into the net from the halfway line, or to witness him play a pass from the edge of his own area and race up the field to meet the return, scoring with a full-length diving header. Nor had they seen the teenager putting a hand on the shoulder of Peter Bonetti to console Chelsea’s veteran keeper for some disastrous error. That was the real and very remarkable Ray Wilkins” – Richard Williams pays tribute to Ray Wilkins, winner of 84 caps (10 of them as captain) and the first England player to be sent off, who has died aged 61.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in these emails, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVEЯ LETTERS“Two weeks in and no sign of a letter from Noble Francis yet? Has he been banished to Siberia?” – Phil Smyth.“It makes me slightly sad to think that whatever happens in Russia this summer, whoever wins they will never be as cool as Leonardo Cuellar and Hugo Sánchez at World Cup 1978” – Noble Francis.“I can’t work out which is the most futile. Writing to World Cup Fiver when there is not even the ultimate honour of a prizeless letter o’the week award on offer: wondering whether I can be bothered to work out how I might insert a backwards R or hoping England do well” – John Stainton.• Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com with “The FiveЯ” in the subject line. Or just “World Cup Fiver” if that’s easier. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime BST. Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSThere’s good news and bad news for England from Fabio Capello. “It is possible that these young men don’t feel the pressure, so they might play without tension!” cheered Capello, before his brows furrowed and his eyes darkened: “A key problem, in my opinion, is that they come very physically tired to compete with teams whose players are not so fatigued.”last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Law School for UTech

first_img “So, although Cabinet is minded to pursue that option, the University of Technology has said that they are not necessarily pursuing that. What they would prefer is to have their own law school, and to that Cabinet has expressed its affirmative position. That is why I am able to indicate that the Government, by policy, is supportive of this particular development,” he added. Cabinet has given approval for the establishment of a law school at the University of Technology (UTech).This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at the official opening of a shared facility building at UTech’s Old Hope Road Campus in St. Andrew on December 14.“I am quite aware of the agreement with CARICOM for the establishment of the Norman Manley Law School and its particular and special relationship with the University of the West Indies (UWI), so for us to change that arrangement to allow equity in access to the Norman Manley Law School, we will have to go back and have some amendments to the Treaty of Chaguaramas. That’s one option,” the Minister noted.“So, although Cabinet is minded to pursue that option, the University of Technology has said that they are not necessarily pursuing that. What they would prefer is to have their own law school, and to that Cabinet has expressed its affirmative position. That is why I am able to indicate that the Government, by policy, is supportive of this particular development,” he added.The Minister said this will allow for more trained and certified persons in the profession and can position the country to becoming a hub in providing services in knowledge process outsourcing and legal process outsourcing.Senator Reid pointed out that this forms part of the Government’s position of expanding opportunities for education and training of the workforce.He said the Norman Manley Law School is unable to accommodate all the students who have been pursuing law degrees.In an interview with JIS News, President, UTech, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, said steps will be taken immediately to introduce the law school.“We hope that we can begin in September of the coming year to take our first batch of law school students,” he said.Professor Vasciannie noted that the school will allow graduates of the faculty of law at the university to proceed with their lifelong dream of becoming attorneys-at-law.“I am elated. It is something that I have pushed for quite some time, and members of the Faculty of Law and of the University, generally, are very happy to hear this news,” he said.UWI graduates with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree gain automatic entry into the programme at Norman Manley Law School. This is facilitated by Article Three of the Treaty of Chaguaramas.Students earning LLB degrees from other institutions must sit an entrance test and earn a passing grade, which does not guarantee admission.Turning to the significance of the state-of-the-art shared facility, the Minister said it will contribute to improved teaching and learning at the institution.“This has been the single largest infrastructure development for the University of Technology since it transitioned from CAST (College of Arts, Science and Technology), so the Government is very happy about that and it is again consistent with our commitment to continue to invest in education,” he said.The Minister added that the Government will continue to partner with UTech to further expand their capacity to welcome more students. The Minister said this will allow for more trained and certified persons in the profession and can position the country to becoming a hub in providing services in knowledge process outsourcing and legal process outsourcing. Cabinet has given approval for the establishment of a law school at the University of Technology (UTech). Story Highlightslast_img read more

King Abdullah Ports Box Volumes Rise by 21 Pct

first_imgzoom Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port became the country’s second largest port in terms of container handling as it witnessed a rise of 21 percent in container volumes in 2017.The port handled 1.69 million TEU by the end of 2017, up from 1.4 million TEU seen in the year before.The increase in annual throughput was mainly due to the increased activity in imports and exports, amounting to an average of a 4 percent increase, with exports at 3 percent and imports at 5 percent. “The port’s success in reaching second place in container handling in the Kingdom after only four years of operations proves that we are confidently moving towards becoming a main hub on the maritime navigation and logistics map, both locally and regionally,” Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said.King Abdullah Port’s transshipment volume also surged by 28 percent in 2017, while the number of vessels received by the port increased to 820 vessels, with a 14 percent increase compared to 716 vessels received in 2016.Qutub added that the port is moving forward with executing its development plans to utilize best practices in the field of developing and operating ports and logistics support services.last_img read more

Britain’s Sky Sports News returning to US television

NEW YORK — Britain’s Sky Sports News is returning to U.S. television this week for a transfer-deadline show on the NBC Sports Network.NBCSN will simulcast SSN’s deadline show in London from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Thursday. It will then follow with three hours of its own coverage from its studio in Stamford, Connecticut, with host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe.Sky Sports News concentrates on British and European soccer. It was a staple of the Fox Soccer Channel but was dropped in 2017 when NBC took over U.S. broadcast rights to England’s Premier League from Fox.Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, outbid 21st Century Fox in September to take control of Sky.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press read more

Ban voices hope ahead of final leg of negotiations on climate change

In an address to the University of Copenhagen, Mr. Ban highlighted the success of the largest climate change summit in history, held at the United Nations last week and attended by 101 heads of State and government.“Climate change – and the imperative to reach agreement at Copenhagen – is now at the top of the international agenda. This is where it belongs.” he said. “Tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all.”Mr. Ban said that the summit helped “turn up the heat” on world leaders and focus their attention on the urgent need for action, especially on finalizing a deal on global greenhouse gas emissions when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. “Leaders voiced broad support for setting a long-term goal to limit global temperature increase to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius,” said Mr. Ban. “World leaders acknowledged the scientific imperative to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.”He said that most importantly, they all recognized that a deal in Copenhagen was possible and showed a keen willingness to achieve the goal.Underscoring the importance of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, Mr. Ban said that many leaders rallied around a proposal for providing $100 billion per year over the next decade.In his address to the XIII Olympic Congress, which was meeting in Copenhagen this week to vote on the host for the 2016 Summer Games, Mr. Ban noted that their sporting partnership with the UN extends across the world. “The Olympic movement is making great strides in helping to protect the environment. The fight against climate change urgently needs your support,” he said in the message, in which he congratulated Rio de Janeiro for winning the bid to host the 2016 Olympics.“It carries out scores of projects to help refugees, educate children and protect our planet,” said Mr. Ban. “But there is perhaps no area where we cooperate more closely than in protecting our global environment.” Welcoming the IOC’s agenda for Sport and Environment and the concept of ‘Green Games,’ he pointed to last summer’s Beijing Olympics that set new records with more than a fifth of all energy used coming from renewable sources.“I am pleased that Vancouver and London, next year and in 2012, are committed to greening the games they will host,” he said. “In a few weeks, an Olympics of another sort will take place right here in Copenhagen.”Sealing a deal on climate change will take an Olympian effort, said Mr. Ban. “We are all running a race against time.”Last month’s summit at the UN laid a solid foundation for this effort when world leaders unanimously called for a deal, he said. “Tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all, but half-measures or business-as-usual will set the stage for catastrophe,” he warned. 3 October 2009The frozen positions preventing governments from making progress in negotiations for a new greenhouse gas emissions treaty are beginning to thaw, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday in a series of speeches in Copenhagen, aimed at cranking up the pressure on nations to finalize an ambitious new pact at a conference in the city this December. read more

Canadian firm applies to build 10billion Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon

CALGARY — The Canadian company whose proposal to build an LNG export terminal in Oregon was derailed by U.S. regulators last year has resubmitted its application for a bigger, more expensive project.Calgary-based Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN) said Thursday its Jordan Cove project is now estimated to cost about US$10 billion to build, up from US$7.5 billion under its previous proposal, and would have capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per year, up from six million.The project includes a liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., and a 370-kilometre pipeline that will bring natural gas originating in the U.S. Rockies and British Columbia from a southern Oregon hub to the terminal.Veresen CEO Don Althoff said the new proposal submitted to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has undergone changes to overcome landowner complaints that led to FERC’s ruling in 2016 that its negative impacts outweighed its public benefits.FERC also found that demand for the project had not been adequately demonstrated.“Our significant efforts to optimize the design to minimize its environmental footprint and accommodate landowner requests, as well as the support of our world-class LNG buyers, should result in the receipt of the positive regulatory decisions required to build Jordan Cove,” Althoff said in a statement.The company said Friday it would not provide further comment.AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever said the routing changes should make FERC approval more likely.“(The previous application denial) really came down to eminent domain. To build the pipeline, you’re … going on people’s property. So they changed the routing so it goes on less people’s property,” he said.The new Jordan Cove application eliminates a 420-megawatt power plant, makes more than 50 pipeline route adjustments and promises to use trenchless drilling techniques to minimize environmental impacts at water crossings, Veresen said.Lever said a soon-to-close $9.7-billion friendly takeover of Veresen by Calgary-based rival Pembina Pipeline (TSX:PPL) improves chances the LNG project will be built because the resulting company will be much larger with more financial clout.He said Jordan Cove would be the first LNG export facility on the U.S. West Coast, where it will have an advantage over existing facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast because it is closer to key Asian markets.Veresen said it hopes to make a final investment decision on the project in 2019 and start shipping LNG in 2024 provided that FERC issues a draft environmental impact statement early next year and approves the project by the end of next year.Canada’s LNG export industry has stumbled recently, with the $28-billion Aurora LNG project cancelled earlier this month and the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., shut down in July, both due to poor market prospects for LNG.A small project called Woodfibre LNG is the only Canadian West Coast LNG export project approved by its owners.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Brock researchers partner with community groups on unique childrens learning initiative

The Child and Youth Studies professor and her team have been working with teachers, parents and children at the St. David’s school collecting data since September.“As child educators, we see the value of being involved with this kind of research at our school,” says Tammy Chilcott, principal of St. David’s Public School.“We’re pleased to be a community partner on this initiative that will help us to better understand the social and emotional development of our children, along with the value of special supports we put in place to strengthen learning,” says Chilcott. “We believe that nurturing the social and emotional development of children makes them more ready to meet diverse learning challenges each day.”Researchers have collected pre-test baseline reading level scores and social-emotional outcome measures – like shyness and social preference – as well as empathy measures and data on the children’s attitudes toward and treatment of animals. Every week since then they’ve collected observational data of the children reading with the dogs to capture overall reading enjoyment and confidence levels.Thanks to the co-operation of parents, researchers have also been able to embed a comparison group into their project. Another group of children will begin reading to the dogs this month so researchers will be able to compare this group’s pre-test results to data from the group of children who have been working with the dogs since September.“A group of parents were generous enough to say that, ‘it’s ok if my children take part in the study now, but do not start actually reading to the dogs until January for the sake of strengthening the research study,” says Tardif-Williams.“When we look at previous programs in the literature it’s really hard to get a comparison group, so that’s the really exciting thing about this project,” she says. “This is something happening in the community that will have a significant impact on our understanding of children’s relationships with animals and the connection with children’s social and emotional development.”Researchers will begin collecting post-test data and crunching the information they’ve already collected later this term. Once the analysis is completed Tardif-Williams will take a full-year sabbatical to write up her findings.This research collaboration between Tardif-Williams, the District School Board of Niagara and Therapy Tails Ontario also includes Sandra Bosacki, a professor with Brock’s Faculty of Education, graduate student Chilise Jones-Cowser and research assistant Breanna Elliotson. Child from St. David’s Public School interacts with his “dog buddy” while taking part in a reading activity at the schoolThanks to community support from a local Niagara school board and dog therapy program, a Brock University professor is researching the role that animals play in promoting basic social and emotional competencies in children.The project, led by developmental psychologist Christine Tardif-Williams, is looking at children from St. David’s Public School who have been taking part in a “reading buddy” program offered by Therapy Tails Ontario, a non-profit group from Welland, Ont.Every week Grade 1 and 2 students at the school are paired with a dog that they interact with and read to for about 20 minutes. The goal of the activity is to help develop a companion animal bond for the children in the context of a reading activity.But Tardif-Williams’ research is about more than just observing children reading to a “dog buddy.”“The research suggests that companion animals can serve as a social lubricant for shy children,” she says. “So the question we’re examining focuses on the impact of pairing children with a dog ‘reading buddy’ over the course of a year.”“To what extent does this experience with the animals promote reading enjoyment and confidence and more empathic and prosocial responses toward both companion animals and peers following the program?” read more

Teenager clings to her horse as its hounded by out of control

first_imgThe dog Rottweiler horse riding The Rottweiler hounding Mrs Smith’s horseCredit:Caters She said: “A horse’s reaction is to flee danger and that’s what Ella’s was trying to do. There was nothing that could be done because we usually stop and stand to let dogs pass, but because it was at the horse’s legs, it wouldn’t stand still.“These incidents happen quite often where dogs are out-of-control near the horses. It was scary for my daughter. As soon as the dog got close, her horse was up in the air on two legs.”Mrs Smith, 40, has been a victim of a similar previous incident when a dog ran at her horse causing her to fall and leaving her with broken ribs.During the Rottweiler incident, which Mrs Smith filmed, she says the dog’s owner couldn’t hear her screams as their horses were harassed. Mrs Smith added: “It’s a worry for horse riders when you come across dogs off-lead because you never know how they or the horses are going to behave. I usually shout ‘the horse will kick’ and give the owner time to put their dog on a lead while we stop and stand.” A mother has shared footage of the terrifying moment her daughter was accosted by a snarling Rottweiler while out horse riding.Tracy Smith can be heard desperately screaming for the dog’s owner to control the pet as her daughter Ella clung on during the three-minute ordeal in Oxford.Fortunately Ella, 14, is an experienced rider and was able to stay mounted. However Mrs Smith has called for dog-owners to be more responsible when their pets are around horses. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dog-owners are advised to train a reliable recall for their pets or keep them on a lead when a horse is nearby. 14-year-old Ella chased by ‘out of control’ Rottweiler Credit:Caterslast_img read more

Andrej Klimovets signed for MT Melsungen

Andrej KlimovetsMT Melsungen ← Previous Story Season in Germany begins with Super Cup (Tuesday – 20h) Next Story → HSV won first trophy – Super Cup 2010! A very experienced line player, Andrej Klimovets (36) is found a new team – MT Melsungen. With a team from lower part of Handball Bundesliga standings, former World Champion with a National team of Germany (2007) signed one year contract (until 2011).  He is born in Gomel, Belarus, where he played for local club and also,Belarus NT (112 games), after he moved to Germany, where he became a worldwide star and took German passport. He played for Rheinland, SG Flensburg and Rhein Neckar Lowen. read more

Excerpts from former FBI Director James Comeys testimony

first_imgQuotes from James Comey’s testimony Thursday:• Asked why he believes he was fired by President Trump:“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired, in some way, to change — or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted. That is a — that is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me. The nature of the FBI and the nature of its work requires that it not be the subject of political consideration.”• Asked about his statement that Trump told him he hoped Comey would end an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn: “I mean, this is the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope’ this. I took it as, this is what he wants me to do.”• Asked about Russian election meddling:“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.”• Referring to Trump’s tweet that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes” of their conversations:“Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”• Asked about the White House explanations for his dismissal:“And although the law required no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I’m so sorry that the American people were told them.”last_img read more