2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

first_imgStay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media pages for when you can next see the 2014 Elite Eight finals on Fox Sports! Andrew Voss joins Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad in commentary as they bring you the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The finals were first played on Fox Sports on Wednesday, 21 May and were replayed on Thursday, 22 May. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for more announcements on times to view the 2014 Elite Eight Series and for the latest news on when the 2014 Trans Tasman Series will feature on Fox Sports as well! Related LinksElite Eight on TV!last_img read more

19 days agoInter Milan boss Conte: Sensi injury rocked us

first_imgInter Milan boss Conte: Sensi injury rocked usby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte says defeat to Juventus was a wake up call.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“I think we above all paid for Sensi’s injury the moment he went off, as we rather lost our way. We didn’t start the second half well, but then it was more balanced again and either team could score,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.“Juventus got the goal, they certainly showed all their heavy artillery in attack, all their experience in how to control a game like this. I cannot complain to the lads, as they gave their all, but as I’ve always said, we have a long road ahead of us to reach their level in terms of experience and game management.“We need to improve and that was inevitable, as we are at the start of this journey. I did see the statistics and it was a very balanced encounter, they could’ve scored and so could we. We both had chances, but experience and the quality of a big club made the difference.“We tip our hat to them, we’ll roll our sleeves up and keep working.”He added: “It’s an important game against a very strong team. I had always lost against Juventus, with Arezzo and Atalanta. I am disappointed at the defeat, not because it was Juventus. I tip my hat to them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

I want to remember Survivors families mark Broncos tragedy forever with ink

first_imgIt’s a day many want to forget. It’s the people they want to remember.“I always have him with me now,” former Humboldt Broncos hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki says after a three-hour tattoo session in Calgary.Permanently inked into the skin of his right arm is the motto of Boncos head coach Darcy Haugan: “It’s a great day to be a Bronco gentlemen.”Haugan was one of 16 people who died after the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi collided at a crossroads in Saskatchewan last April 6.Straschnitzki, paralyzed from the waist down, was one of 13 players injured.“I think everyone lives by that quote,” says the 19-year-old from Airdrie, Alta.Other players who survived have also had Haugan’s words marked onto their bodies. Straschnitzki has 10 hockey pucks as well with the jersey numbers of the teammates he lost.Chris Joseph of St. Albert, Alta., never got a tattoo in all his years of playing in the National Hockey League.He has one now, in memory of his 20-year-old son, Jaxon, who died.It’s a favourite photo of Joseph holding a crying two-year-old Jaxon at a Vancouver Canucks family skate. “We always found it funny and joked about how his hockey career almost ended before it started,” Joseph says.“I put it on my left forearm because I wanted to see it every day. The reminder isn’t of that day. The reminder is of Jaxon’s memories.“I don’t care to remember April 6 that much. It’s every single day before that I want to remember.”Kevin Matechuk of Colonsay, Sask., waited a month before his son, Layne, woke up from a coma. The 19-year-old is still suffering from a brain injury and has trouble speaking.Matechuk got the word “believe” tattooed on his arm with his son’s hockey number — 28 — under it.“We just really felt that we had to believe that Layne was going to get better,” he says. “Just about a month ago Layne wanted it too, so he got it on the same spot.“A lot of times when I get kind of depressed and feeling down and if Layne’s not around, I just look at it and it reminds me of how far he’s come and it helps.”Tyler Smith of Leduc, Alta., was also injured in the crash but recovered enough to rejoin the Broncos for a month at the beginning of the hockey season.Smith, 20, had 16 birds tattooed on his left shoulder blade to honour those who died.“I don’t know what it is about a tattoo, but it definitely just gives you a sense of comfort and peace … You have something on your body to represent them and hold that memory.”One of the birds has a pink tail, explains Smith, in memory of the team’s athletic therapist, 24-year-old Dayna Brons of Lake Lenore, Sask., the only woman riding on the Broncos bus that day.Janelle Glessman has an intricate tattoo on her leg to remember her sister. It’s a fox (because she and Brons both painted a fox at an art class), two sunflowers with brown centres like her sister’s brown eyes, and various leaves and flowers in groups of five.“She had so many fives that happened throughout her life,” says Glessman.The sisters were born five years, five months and five days apart. Brons was born in May, the fifth month. She played sports and just about every time picked the number five to wear.Brons died in hospital five days after the crash.“It took me awhile on what I wanted,” says Glessman. “Every part of the tattoo has meaning.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

California governor says scrapping cap and trade would not be smart move

first_imgTORONTO – Scrapping Ontario’s cap-and-trade system would make no sense, the governor of California said Monday as he weighed in on a key Ontario election issue.Gov. Jerry Brown, who was asked about the Tory proposal after meeting with Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, said rolling back carbon pricing delays progress and increases costs down the line.“(U.S. President Donald) Trump is already pilot testing this kind of manoeuvre and so far it’s more litigation than action,” said Brown, whose state has clashed with Trump’s administration on car emission standards and other measures related to air pollution.“The scientists are clear (on climate change), the world is clear through the Paris agreement … so that’s where the world is headed.”Ontario recently linked with California and Quebec to hold joint cap-and-trade auctions after running its own system for a year. So far, Ontario’s cap-and-trade program has raised $2.4 billion in proceeds.The Tories initially promised to replace cap and trade with a carbon tax, since federal rules require provinces to adopt one of the two systems. But the party’s new leader, Doug Ford, has vowed to eliminate carbon pricing altogether and suggested he would fight Ottawa in court if necessary.With the province headed to the polls in June, both Wynne and Brown raised the alarm Monday about what they called a step backwards in tackling global warming.Brown said carbon pricing is an area where some politicians “can make a lot of noise” and urged voters to scrutinize campaign promises.“Sometimes they’ll win a few votes, but there’s also a lot of buyer’s remorse here,” he said. “Certainly you can see that in the United States now. People didn’t know what they were getting. So people should really look and see.”Wynne said the province has come far in reducing its carbon footprint and has seen economic growth as a result.“It’s very important that we stay on track but right now we’re in a situation where we have an opponent in Doug Ford and the Conservatives who basically want to take us out of the game,” she said.The Tories, meanwhile, renewed their commitment to eliminating cap and trade, calling it an expensive tax “that makes life harder for Ontario families and our economy more uncompetitive.”“We will put money back into the pockets of Ontario taxpayers and stand up for our job-creators,” they said in a statement.last_img read more

Civilians continue fleeing clashes in northern Yemen UN reports

11 December 2009Thousands of civilians continue to steam out of northern Yemen, where the clashes between Government forces and rebels enter their fifth month, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The situation in Sa’ada province remains tense, and the situation in Razeh district is particularly worrying, as civilians’ freedom of movement is restricted and basic services such as electricity and water are lacking, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency estimates that 175,000 people have been affected by conflict since 2004, including those displaced by the latest surge in fighting between the Government and Al Houthi rebels.“Shortages of food and other commodities have pushed the prices sharply upwards and more and more people are unable to afford their basic needs,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.The massive influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is straining shelter and aid resources in neighbouring provinces. In just the past month, the number of displaced in Al Mazrak camp has doubled, with 21,000 IDPs seeking refuge in a site designed to hold up to 10,000, and “overcrowding is presently the top concern for us,” Mr. Mahecic said.At least 500 families in the camp are sharing their one-family tents, while another 1,300 families are waiting for tents, and the overcrowding has impeded the delivery of humanitarian services.Funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Al Mazrak 2 camp opened late last month. Designed to accommodate up to 1,000 families – or 7,000 people – so far 200 families have sought shelter in the new site.After reaching an agreement with Yemeni authorities this week, UNHCR experts have started planning for a new Al Mazrak camp to house the continuing influx of IDPs.In addition to displaced people seeking refuge in camps, the number of IDPs settling with the local population outside the camps has increased as well, the agency said.“In general, local communities are bearing the brunt of the continuing displacement in Yemen,” Mr. Mahecic stressed.Fighting continues in Amran province, with the security situation increasingly worrisome in the Khaiwan and Houth districts. As a result, UNHCR and other agencies operating in the area have reiterated their call for a relocation of the camp in Khaiwa. read more

UNHRC resolution had political motives

The government says the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC session in Geneva in March was intrusive and unwarranted and was based on political motives.External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris said this at the conclusion of the 3rd Sri Lanka – Thailand Joint Commission Meeting today. He said that Thailand extended  support towards Sri Lanka at UN Human Right Council, by standing against an intrusive and unwarranted country specific Resolution based on political motives and thereby supporting the reconciliation and reconstruction process of Sri Lanka intended to bring about a lasting solution to the needs of all the people.The Minister said that today both countries have made some important decisions in accelerating the economic partnership. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand attended the meeting. “We are grateful to Thailand for supporting Sri Lanka through trying times in the recent past and assisting in diverse manner to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka,” Minister Peiri said. Under the framework of the Joint Commission both countries are exploring the possibility of increasing trade volume up to the threshold of US $ 1 billion within the next 3-5 years.The Minister said that Sri Lanka is extremely pleased to welcome the Prime Minister of Thailand at the end of this month to Sri Lanka and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the culmination of Siam Upasampada celebrations in Sri Lanka in August.“I am happy to state that the Joint Commission meeting would no doubt provide a renewed interest to further our bilateral relations based on the accruing opportunities for co-operation,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN expert calls for red alert on resurgent global racism

“The new ideological landscape is structured both by the excessive emphasis placed on combating terrorism and the inclusion of cultural and religious elements, which create cultural conflicts and new discriminatory practices aimed at many different groups,” said Doudou Diene, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.A new, open and public form of thought was trying to justify racism and racial discrimination for security and defence reasons, and rejecting ethnic, cultural and religious pluralism, he told the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.Meanwhile, the UN observed its oldest and most widely ratified human rights convention, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, yesterday, a day which also commemorated South Africa’s Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960.”Although the principle of non-discrimination has been established as one of the foundations of international law, the persistence of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, demonstrates the need to look for new ways to address this age-old problem,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to mark the day.The General Assembly declared 21 March the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 1966, one year after the treaty was adopted and six years after apartheid South Africa’s police fired on some 20,000 unarmed black people protesting at restrictive “pass laws.” Sixty-nine blacks were killed and hundreds wounded in the incident.The subsequent achievements of South Africa, “reborn as a free nation exactly 10 years ago,” were only too rare, said Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, “for if progress has been made around the world, we are still witnesses to widespread racism and xenophobia.””There is no starker reminder of this reality than that other, grim anniversary we are marking this year: the 1994 genocide that decimated Rwanda even as South Africans were realizing their dream of liberation,” he said. “Today, people are still dying in too many places around the world because of their race or ethnic origin.”With racially-motivated violence leading to extrajudicial killings, rape, displacement and other violations, he said, “It is the duty of all States to protect their citizens against such evils.”The international community must ensure that humanitarian and human rights law covered all people without discrimination, even in situations of armed conflict, he added.The Convention, which has been signed and ratified by 128 of the UN’s 191 Member States, has been in force since 1969. Earlier this month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed the hope that all countries would soon accede to that treaty. read more

UN expert urges Sudan to reject ethnic divisions and provide security

Francis M. Deng, the Secretary-General’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), said he found that Darfur was beset by “persistent insecurity and human rights violations” during his tour of the region last week. In particular, he cited “many accounts and reports” of rape of women outside of camps, and called on the Government to ensure treatment for the victims while bringing the perpetrators to justice. Mr. Deng said that while many of the estimated 1.2 million IDPs in Darfur want to return to their homes eventually, they remain afraid to do so because of continued attacks by Janjaweed militias against local civilians. Mr. Deng, who is himself Sudanese, said he was disturbed that Khartoum was pressuring IDPs to return home before it was safe. “Return will only be sustainable if the right to return voluntarily in safety and dignity is respected at all times,” he said in a statement, adding that the insecurity is the biggest concern of the IDPs. Calling for “a comprehensive, peaceful and negotiated settlement” of the conflict in Darfur, where two rebel groups have been fighting Government forces and the allied Janjaweed since early last year, Mr. Deng said Sudan has been riven for too long by faultlines of race, ethnicity, religion and culture. He described a “new common and inclusive framework of national identity in which all Sudanese would find a sense of belonging as citizens with equality and dignity of citizenship.” “Resisting this unfolding reality would be imprudent, unsustainable and self-defeating,” he warned. Mr. Deng said that although he was heartened by Khartoum’s vows to bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations in Darfur, and to improve access for humanitarian workers, much more still needed to be done. His comments came as Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, visited Khartoum for a meeting of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM). Mr. Pronk and Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail are co-chairs of JIM, which was set up by Sudan and the UN to ensure compliance with commitments made by both sides in a joint communiqué on 3 July. JIM is meeting this week to discuss the report of an observer mission of UN staff, Sudanese officials and representatives of concerned countries, which visited Darfur early last week. That mission was attempting to verify whether Sudan was meeting its pledges to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security to Darfur, a vast, impoverished region in the west of the country. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun air drops of food to about 72,000 IDPs in Darfur who have been cut off by recent heavy rains. The first drop – consisting of corn-soya blend and lentils – took place in West Darfur yesterday. WFP’s Country Director in Sudan, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, said more money is needed from donors to pay for future planned airdrops. “Dropping food by air is always an expensive last resort, but for many parts of Darfur we simply have no other option at this time of year,” he explained. The World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing its polio and cholera vaccination campaigns in West Darfur, where UN humanitarian agencies say there is an increased Janjaweed presence. In South Darfur, ceasefire monitors from the African Union (AU) have warned aid workers to stay away from certain areas because of a fresh outbreak of fighting between Government forces and members of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), a rebel group. read more

Students gather for mass beatboxing

First, they conquered the Guinness World Record for air guitar. Now the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) has its sights set on another goal — the largest ever human beatbox ensemble.On Monday, Sept. 6, BUSU will lead students in a round of mass beatboxing. The attempt coincides with BUSU’s annual Tower Party, which will be in front of the Schmon Tower at 9 p.m. The beatboxing attempt will be at 10:45 p.m.This week, Ryerson University broke the previous record of 327 with 961 people.Brock student Justin Boutilier will lead the attempt. St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan will be on hand to oversee and confirm the number of people beatboxing. He will also announce the results of the world record attempt to more than 1,500 students expected to attend.A year ago, Brock students already set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people (1,436) simultaneously playing air guitar.Link:• BUSU read more

Listen To How Walt Hickey And Neil Paine Tried To Break Madden

Neil on the statistical importance of Madden ratings:“It can be a kind of strange archival record of who was good or who was bad in a given year. And the players take it very seriously.” Walt on how the piece came together:“We came up with the originally that was, ‘What would the ratings of a normal person in Madden be?’ This was originally going to be a quick blog post, and then it just started snowballing. And then they [EA Sports] said, ‘OK, cool, how many people do you want to do?’ That wasn’t a question we were expecting.” (This is part of the prelaunch experimentation for the FiveThirtyEight podcast. We’ll be posting audio of different kinds on SoundCloud and then launching the actual podcast later this spring. Stay tuned! And let us know what you think by tweeting our podcast producer/host, @jodyavirgan, or emailing us.) Neil on whether Madden Ratings Czar Donny Moore is basically a scout:“Scouts are trying to project what a player will do, perhaps five or even more years down the road. … Donny [Moore’s] process is a little different — he’s just trying to capture a snapshot of how good a guy is at this moment.” Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fivethirtyeight_maddenpod.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight, Walt Hickey and Neil Paine have a two-part opus describing how EA Sports makes the wildly popular Madden video game. Go read it if you haven’t.The story doesn’t end there. Listen to the two talk with podcast producer/host Jody Avirgan about how the piece came together, what they learned about Madden — and how Walt’s totally inept avatar got Tom Coughlin fired, over and over.Play or download using the player above. Some highlights from the conversation are below. Walt on trying to break Madden:“It was a cool challenge, seeing how bad someone could get.” Walt Hickey tells Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan how awful his Madden self was at quarterback. read more

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Les neutrinos ne vont pas plus vite que la lumière daprès de

first_imgLes neutrinos ne vont pas plus vite que la lumière, d’après de nouveaux calculsUne nouvelle expérience réalisée par une équipe du CERN a montré que les neutrinos ne dépassaient pas la vitesse de la lumière. Des résultats qui confirment de plus en plus que des erreurs ont eu lieu lors des expériences qui avaient abouti à une conclusion contraire.  C’est le 23 février dernier que la revue Science a révélé la chose : les expériences qui ont conclu que les neutrinos pouvaient aller plus vite que la lumière, ont pu en fait être victime d’une erreur expérimentale. Une hypothèse qui avait été envisagée lors de l’annonce de la découverte révolutionnaire mais qui n’avait pas été prouvée. Aujourd’hui, le doute demeure donc toujours alors que les équipes tentent de recommencer leurs expériences. Le CERN a ainsi annoncé vendredi que l’expérience d’une de ses équipes avait conclu que les neutrinos n’allaient pas plus vite que la lumière.Semblant confirmer l’erreur, ces nouveaux résultats montrent que la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein avait sans doute été un peu vite contredite. Sergio Bertolucci, directeur de recherches du CERN, explique : “il commence à y avoir des présomptions selon lesquelles les résultats d’Opera seraient liés à une erreur de mesure. Mais il est important d’être rigoureux”. Les mesures effectuées en septembre dernier par Opera montraient que sur une distance de 730 kilomètres entre les installations du CERN à Genève et le laboratoire souterrain de Gran Sasso (Italie), les neutrinos arrivaient à destination 20 mètres (ou 60 nanosecondes) avant la lumière. Un calcul (surprenant) que trois tests ultérieurs ont confirmé ensuite fin octobre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais les dernières mesures d’ICARUS ont révélé des résultats différents. “Selon les mesures d’ICARUS, la vitesse des neutrinos ne dépasse pas celle de la lumière. Il s’agit de mesures sensibles et difficiles à réaliser, elles soulignent bien toute l’importance des procédures scientifiques”, a expliqué Carlo Rubbia, porte-parole de l’expérience et prix Nobel de physique. Pour être totalement sûr de l’erreur expérimentale, d’autres expériences seront néanmoins réalisées en mai “afin d’aboutir à un verdict définitif”. Mais quels que soient les résultats qui seront obtenus, l’équipe d’Opera “s’est comportée avec une parfaite intégrité scientifique en soumettant ses mesures au plus grand nombre et en appelant à faire des mesures indépendantes. C’est ainsi que la science fonctionne”, insiste M. Bertolucci.Le 16 mars 2012 à 19:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Veolia va aider New York à gérer son eau

first_imgVeolia va aider New York à gérer son eauLe groupe Veolia Environnement va aider la ville de New York à optimiser la gestion de son eau. Le contrat qui a été signé pour une durée de quatre ans devrait rapporter environ 36 millions de dollars au groupe français.Dans un communiqué, le groupe français Veolia Environnement a confirmé avoir signé un contrat avec la ville de New York pour aider celle-ci à optimiser la gestion de son eau. Tout en confirmant l’information qu’avait livrée le quotidien les Echos, Veolia a indiqué que ce contrat de quatre ans pourrait rapporter 36 millions de dollars en fonction du montant des économies qu’il permettra à son client de réaliser.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’objectif de la municipalité américaine est de réduire sa facture. En effet, celle-ci s’élève à 1,2 milliards de dollars annuels pour alimenter 8 millions de citoyens américains. Grâce aux conseils et à l’expertise du groupe français, la ville espère réaliser entre 100 et 200 millions de dollars d’économie chaque année, notamment dans le domaine de la gestion et de la maintenance.”Le contrat signé avec la ville de New York est l’illustration des nouveaux types de partenariats que Veolia Eau souhaite proposer aux décideurs publics”, a expliqué le groupe dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP.Il s’agit de “permettre aux collectivités en régie de s’appuyer sur l’expérience de Veolia Eau pour accroître la performance de leurs services publics, préconiser de nouvelles solutions techniques, technologiques, logistiques, tout en maîtrisant les risques environnementaux et en réduisant les coûts de fonctionnement”, a-t-il encore précisé.Le 11 avril 2012 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

10 Best Geeky Gifts for Valentines Day

first_imgStay on target This Bird Attracts His Valentine With His Heart-Shaped Red Throat SacThe 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant Other Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you’re not into typical gifts, we hear you. Sometimes when a box of chocolate or a floral arrangement doesn’t cut it, there are other geek-centric presents to satisfy your heart (and someone else’s).The sky’s the limit when it comes to the day of love. From Star Wars plush bouquets to Avengers friendship hearts, here are the best gifts for the favorite nerd in your life.Harley and Joker Valentine’s MugPhoto Credit: Think GeekGotham City’s Queenpin and the Joker might not have the best relationship, but they look so darn cute together on this mug.Buy it HereBob’s Burgers Tina Hearts Butts HatPhoto Credit: AmazonTina Belcher is a wild one: You can show your appreciation for Bob’s Burgers (and butts) with this blue hat.Buy it HereStar Wars Plush BouquetPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekYou might rather kiss a Wookie, however, you can gift your love this adorable Star Wars plush bouquet.Buy it HerePokemon Poke Ball Heart Earrings SetPhoto Credit: AmazonCatch ’em all (and their heart) with this three-piece Pokemon poke ball heart earrings set.Buy it Here8-Bit Hearts WatchPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekInspired by old-school gaming health meters, this 8-bit hearts watch is a great token of appreciation.Buy it HereLove Formula T-ShirtPhoto Credit: AmazonKnow someone special that digs math? Well, you can gift them this funny shirt that shows the “equation of love.”Buy it HerePixilated Beanie and Scarf SetPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekWinter is still on, but you can keep your special someone warm with this pixilated beanie and scarf set.Buy it HereAvengers Valentine’s Day Friendship HeartsPhoto Credit: AmazonIf your squad is pumped for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie, you can give them these superhero-themed friendship hearts for Valentine’s Day.Buy it HerePlush Science of Love BouquetPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekErlenmeyer flasks, dopamine, and serotonin make the perfect pick-me-up in this quirky plush science of love bouquet.Buy it HerePusheen Cupid PlushPhoto Credit: AmazonRoses are red and violets are blue, but this Pusheen cupid plush offers lots of cuddles for you.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Amazon Is Discounting Devices Just in Time for Valentine’s DayThis Zoo Wants to Name a Snake After Your Ex for Valentine’s DayWebsite Offers ‘Beard Bouquets’ for Valentine’s Daylast_img read more

Paul Pogba determined to erase Man Utd defeatshame with Tottenham

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to erase Red Devils 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last year August by putting up an impressive performance in their Sunday match against the same club.Pogba missed the win over Reading FC in the Emirates FA Cup third round was a result of an injury he picked up after Newcastle United during their last Premier League outing.“I remember the first game [against Spurs] when we lost 3-0 at home,” he told official Man Utd website.”I’ve still got it in my mind. We don’t want to let this happen again.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s Tottenham, you know. They’re a very good team, they’re in the top four, so it’s going to be a big game. It’s going to be a tough one. We need points and they need them as well. We’ll see – it’s going to be a tough one.”Pogba is confident they have more glass ceiling to break even though they added five successive victories in all competitions in their cart making other clubs looking over shine.”We’re still far [away] but it’s good that people forget about us a bit,” he said.“We’re just coming our way, staying focused and trying to do our things – that’s what we need to do.”last_img read more

Egypt votes in referendum to extend Sisis rule

first_imgAn Egyptian man, living in Kuwait, gives the thumbs up as he waves a placard bearing the portrait of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before casting their votes in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait City on 19 April. Photo: AFPEgyptians start voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader presenting himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.Despite protests from rights groups, the three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend Sisi’s term until at least 2024 in the Arab world’s largest state.Beyond that, the amendments would allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life.The referendum bucks the trend of the region’s mini-Arab Spring, in which mass pro-democracy protests this month swept away veteran presidents in Algeria and Sudan.Sisi made his grab for power in the turbulent years after the original Arab Spring protests of 2011 toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was followed in office by Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Sisi overthrew Morsi in 2013 and the following year won his first term as president. He was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97 per cent of the vote after standing virtually unopposed.International observers slammed both elections while Sisi’s government has been widely criticised for sweeping repression of its opponents — both Islamists and secular groups.Human Rights Watch charged the constitutional amendments aim to strengthen Sisi’s “authoritarian rule”, while Amnesty said that parliament, having already backed the changes, had shown a “complete disregard for human rights”.Grip on regimeFor the past few weeks, Egypt’s streets have been awash in banners and billboards urging citizens to “do the right thing” and vote “Yes”, while popular folk singers have also exhorted voters to go to the ballot box.A muted “No” campaign mounted from the diaspora and online has been thoroughly muzzled as authorities have blocked over 30,000 internet domains.Despite the deep concerns of rights groups, Sisi has earned the support of many Egyptians and some Western powers by presenting himself as a bulwark against Islamist militancy and turmoil at a time when fighting again rages in neighbouring Libya.Many voters, such as retired banker Ramez Raouf, view Sisi as a champion of stability.”Look, I am against a few of the changes such as extending the president’s terms … but I am still going to vote ‘yes’ anyway,” Raouf, 63, told AFP.When asked why, he said “because the military will protect the civilian nature of the state, and that’s important to me”.Parliament has already voted overwhelmingly this week to approve the changes, including extending presidential terms from four to six years.The referendum also proposes other changes to the five-year-old constitution, among them the creation of a second parliamentary chamber and a quota ensuring at least 25 per cent of MPs are women.Think-tank the Soufan Center said the main effect of the referendum would be to “solidify Sisi’s grip on the Egyptian political regime” in a country that “has become even more autocratic than it was under Mubarak”.last_img read more

Marylanders May Get To Weighin on Legalization

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROWhen the Maryland general assembly was deadlocked on passing a law to legalize gambling nearly ten years ago, it deferred to voters in the form of a referendum called Question 2 in 2008 to decide.  Legal gambling was ultimately approved by a ratio of 3-to-2 votes.Baltimore City Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43), says he plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming General Assembly, that would allow Maryland voters to decide whether the state should legalize the recreational use of marijuana. (Courtesy Photos)Now a key state legislator wants to give the people the same opportunity to weigh in on another controversial issue, legalized marijuana.  The question is, will the state’s political establishment allow it?“We’ve got a new strategy this year to introduce a bill that would simply put it on the ballot for referendum and let the people decide,” State Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43) told the AFRO.During the upcoming session in Annapolis, which begins in January, Anderson said he plans to introduce a referendum that would allow voters to approve the legalization of marijuana directly.  He said his bill would put the question on the ballot for the 2018 midterm elections.“We feel that folks who have not supported this bill in the past could support the idea of allowing Marylanders to decide,” he said.It’s the latest in a series of efforts by the veteran lawmaker to help Maryland join a nationwide trend to remove the plant from under the auspice of the criminal justice system.For Anderson and other supporters, legalizing marijuana is not just about loosening restrictions on a now illegal drug, it’s a criminal justice issue with deep roots in the state’s proven bias towards arresting African-Americans for marijuana related offenses.As recently as 2014, over 90 percent of the Baltimore’s marijuana arrests were targeted at African-American residents, a number disproportionate to the population.  In fact, a 2013 report by the Maryland ACLU found that racial disparities tied to marijuana arrests increased between 2001 and 2010, with the rate of arrest rising faster for African-Americans than Whites.   In all, the report concluded, the state spent nearly $105 million in 2010 prosecuting pot related offenses.In 2014, Anderson in conjunction with the state’s Legislative Black Caucus was instrumental in passing legislation that made possession of less than ten grams of pot subject to a criminal citation.  It’s a law Anderson says has proven both popular and effective, which is why he wants the public to weigh in on the broader question of legalization.“This will be referendum on whether or not if should be legalized like Oregon and Washington State,” he said. According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state brought in $50 million more than expected from marijuana tax receipts in 2016.“We want to know what Marylanders think.”The move comes amid another controversy over marijuana, the state’s exclusion of majority Black owned firms from the small group of firm awarded licenses to grow medical pot.   The oversight prompted State Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-45) to call for the caucus to ‘take a knee’ during the upcoming legislative session unless state leaders give a license to an African-American controlled firm.A threat she said still stands.“We expect when we go back to session to have an emergency bill to go out right away,” Glenn said.  “We will be holding a press conference on the first day of session to announce our strategy.”However, despite her push for more equity in medical marijuana licensing, Glenn says she is not ready to throw support behind Anderson’s proposal.““At this point I am not ready to support recreational marijuana,” Glenn said.  “We need to get medical marijuana done first.”The office of Governor Larry Hogan did not respond to a request for comment by press time.last_img read more

House approves adventure park acquisition project

first_img Kesto: Partnership will create entertainment location Categories: Kesto News,News 09Feb House approves adventure park acquisition projectcenter_img The Michigan House recently approved funding for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects, including a $2.9 million plan to acquire land in Holly Township to create a multi-use adventure park, said state Rep. Klint Kesto.The project included in House Bill 4078 is among 69 land acquisition and recreational development projects throughout the state totaling $24.7 million supported with revenues from the NRTF.The project involves the acquisition of 314 acres of land in Holly Township adjacent to Interstate 75. The land would be developed into a multi-use adventure park, including mountain biking, trail running and off-road vehicle technical driving over obstacles and challenge elements. Successive phases of development could include waterskiing, wakeboarding and scuba diving.“This adventure park will be a wonderful addition to our community for residents as well as tourists from all across the state,” said Kesto, R-Commerce Township. “This money is constitutionally restricted for the purpose of acquiring land and developing recreational projects, and this project will make it possible for families to enjoy high-adventure sports in a local park.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####last_img read more