Dwayne The Rock Johnson thanks Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner for citys support

first_imgAdvertisement The Rock in front of Surrey City Hall. (@therock / Instagram) Filming occurred Friday and Saturday on the plaza, and involved turning the public space into an emergency services set.Now, with that part of the filming done, The Rock shared some kind words for Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, City staff, and BC in general.READ MORE Login/Register With: It’s no secret that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been sharing a lot of his love with Vancouver over the last few months, as he is currently in the city filming big budget Skyscraper.And over the weekend, the production of the movie sent the The Rock and his crew to Civic Plaza outside Surrey City Hall. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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March is Distracted Driving and Occupant Restraint Month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – March is Distracted Driving and Occupant Restraint Month.Throughout the month of March, Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind you of the importance of not driving distracted and wearing the proper restraint while riding in a vehicle.According to Police, distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor in traffic fatalities, behind speed and ahead of impaired driving and contributes to more than one in four deaths on B.C. roads. RCMP say all of which are fully preventable if drivers were to slow down, leave their phone alone while driving, and refrain from driving impaired.Distracted driving includes:using an electronic device,listening to music using both earbuds,having your dog loose in your lap or arms,eating/drinking,personal grooming such as shaving or putting on makeupSince 2010, the Distracted Driving legislation has been in place and there is not a lot of leniency exercised by police or the courts.You can expect a starting penalty of $368 plus four penalty points for a minimum of $578 and further fines going up from there for using an electronic device while behind the wheel.Police say seatbelt enforcement is also a focus for the month of March.They say while people have become more diligent in wearing their seatbelts, there are still fatal collisions that occur that could have been prevented if their seatbelts had been worn. Fines for not wearing a seatbelt are $167. Additional fines can be issued for children who are unrestrained or improperly restrained with tickets for $109.For more information on distracted driving and occupant restraints, you can visit ICBC’s website.last_img read more

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Brussels Chief of Protocol strips a Qatari princess of her Niqab

Fez- Qatar and Belgium are on the brink of diplomatic tensions after the Chief of Protocol of the city of Brussels was reported to forcibly removing the Niqab of a woman who happened to be a Qatari princess (Sheikhah) travelling to the Belgian capital.It all happened Last Thursday when the Qatari princess was making her way to the famous Grand Place in the center of Brussels with two other women. The three women had to ask someone with good knowledge of the city and they couldn’t be any luckier when thy addressed Jean-Marie Pire, the Chief Protocol of the City of Brussels himself.According to media reports, Jean-Marie Pire, who was not in duty at the time of the incident, refused to answer their question. In addition, he jumped in to tear the Niqab off the woman’s face, but little did he know that he had just stripped a Qatari princess of her Niqab in the center of Brussels. ‘I said I don’t talk to anyone if I can’t see their face, the 60-year-old said’. ‘With this reply, I wanted to make it clear that the veil is banned in Belgium.” “Because the person asking me a question didn’t seem to hear me, I lifted her veil. I know I shouldn’t have done that, but what she did wasn’t legal either,” he added.The Qatari princess filed a complaint in the court in Brussels against the Chief of Protocol for assault because her earrings were torn off in the process causing cuts and bruises.The Chief of Protocol of the city of Brussels also filed a counter complaint against the alleged princess on the grounds that she was wearing the Niqab, which is prohibited by law in Belgium.Other reports suggest that Jean-Marie le Pire was intoxicated at the time of the incident, something he denied categorically saying it was ‘three o’clock in the afternoon, besides I don’t drink much.” read more

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Nicole Kidman helps break ground on UNbacked centre to end violence against

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is set to help break ground today on a new centre located in San Francisco to combat violence against women, part of an initiative between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Family Violence Prevention Fund.According to UNIFEM, data suggests that up to 70 per cent of women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime.“There is no doubt that ending violence against women remains an urgent issue and belongs on centre stage,” says Ms. Kidman, who has served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM since January 2006. “Solutions require action and investment, and strong partnerships like the one we’re announcing today between UNIFEM and Family Violence Prevention Fund,” she added. The latter works to prevent violence within the home and in the community and to help those whose lives are devastated by violence. Among its activities, the new International Centre to End Violence aims to serve as a crossroads where activists and leaders from across the globe meet to share experiences and lessons that advance policies and solutions to end violence against women and children. “We are proud to be a partner to this path-breaking global centre. It will be a space which will open doors to many whose voices are yet unheard, where practitioners, activists and survivors will share and learn from each other, and contribute to solutions on the ground,” said Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM Executive Director.Also expected to participate at today’s groundbreaking ceremony in the city’s Presidio National Park are Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and founder of the Safe at Home Foundation; and Esta Soler, President of Family Violence Prevention Fund. 8 January 2010Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is set to help break ground today on a new centre located in San Francisco to combat violence against women, part of an initiative between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Family Violence Prevention Fund. read more

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TSX closes higher on mining and energy stocks in short trading day

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended a shortened trading session higher on Tuesday amid news that one of Canada’s largest coal producers is getting out of that business to focus on metals and energy.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 69.89 points to 13,517.59.Sherritt International Corp. is selling its entire coal business in Canada to two separate buyers — Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. and Altius Minerals of St. John’s, N.L. — for a total of $946 million.On Wall Street, the Dow jumped 62.94 points to 16,357.55, while the S&P 500 saw an uptick of 5.33 points to 1,833.32. The Nasdaq climbed 6.51 points to 4,155.42.Commodities markets also rose as gold prices gained $6.30 to US$1,203.30 an ounce, while March copper saw an uptick of six cents to $3.37 a pound. February crude prices will close later in the afternoon.And the Canadian dollar fell 0.07 of a cent to 94.17 cents US.Equity markets in Toronto and New York closed at 1 p.m. ET for Christmas Eve. The TSX will remain closed until Friday while Wall Street will reopen on Thursday, which is the Boxing Day holiday in Canada. read more

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Deputy Minister Palitha Thewaraperuma attempts suicide

The Minister had earlier staged a fast against the refusal to allow a group of students to be admitted to the school. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma attempted to commit suicide inside a school in Mathugama today.He tied himself to a ceiling fan and attempted to commit suicide. He was later taken to hospital.

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Opinion 5 things to watch for during the Buckeye bye week

Coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing games against Cincinnati and Maryland in which the Buckeyes combined for more than 1,200 yards, they are facing what could be their biggest opponent yet: another bye week.After seeming to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, the Buckeyes will be left watching from the couch Saturday for the second time in a month.But even though OSU will not take the field this week, I compiled a list of things you should look for around the college football landscape. 1. Could this week be the most exciting week in 2014 for college football?During the Buckeye bye week, there are five matchups scheduled that will pit ranked opponents against each other, with two of those games involving top-five teams. Those matchups feature No. 5 Baylor against No. 9 Texas Christian and No. 2 Auburn against No. 3 Mississippi State. Both games are battles of unbeaten teams and will no doubt make or break each team’s season, as well as their dreams of making it into the first ever College Football Playoff. So if the Buckeyes get bored just sitting around, all they will have to do is flip on the TV and enjoy. 2. Can OSU’s rival Michigan get out of its current rut?Ever since the fallout from the Shane Morris incident in which the sophomore quarterback was put back into a game after seemingly suffering a concussion, Michigan has not looked in more of a state of disarray since the Rich Rodriguez era. Rodriguez was ousted from Michigan after just three seasons in which the Wolverines made just one bowl appearance.  After the team’s loss to Rutgers in its last game, Ann Arbor, Mich., is ready to implode. All is not lost for the Maize and Blue, however. The Wolverines are scheduled to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at home under the lights. If there is anything that can give a program hope for the future, it’s a win during a night game at home (see: OSU vs. Wisconsin in 2011).The Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week, one that came a week after they were embarrassed at home by Northwestern, 29-6. If there was ever a time for Michigan to turn around its season, this weekend’s game is the opportunity it has been waiting for. 3. Will a team emerge as the country’s clear No. 1?Going into its seventh week, the college football season has yet to provide us with a clear, dominant team, despite what the polls may have us believe. The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles are still undefeated and remain atop most polls, however they have not impressed like they did a year ago.Just last week, it took the Seminoles nearly a full half of football to start scoring against the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons before pulling away late to win, 43-3. In addition, the Seminoles have played just one ranked team on the season, and are currently set to play just one more ranked foe for the remainder of the season against Notre Dame. With that said, this leaves the door open for teams like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Baylor and many others to make their mark on the college football world.4. The Big Ten as a whole is a must-miss this week.Aside from the Michigan-Penn State matchup, you might want to stay away from watching Big Ten football this weekend.With OSU on an off week, the only ranked Big Ten team in action, No. 8 Michigan State, is set to take on conference bottom-dweller Purdue.Not exactly the most riveting game. However, if matchups such as Northwestern against Minnesota or Indiana against Iowa pique your interest, I encourage you to tune in (at your own risk). 5. Will two early bye weeks end up hurting the Buckeyes in the long run?How could they not?Any time two bye weeks are scheduled within a month, it could very well lead to players, and even coaches, becoming lackadaisical.While OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will not allow this to happen, one has to wonder what the Buckeyes’ mindset will be like going into their Oct. 18 matchup with Rutgers.And even if they come out firing on all cylinders and bring down the Scarlet Knights, a straight stretch of games from Oct. 18 through Nov. 29 could mean players missing time because of injury. Injuries are part of the game, there is no denying that, but not having time to heal from these injuries could prove crucial for the Buckeyes.We will find out as the season presses on.OSU’s matchup with Rutgers is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Who Didnt Expect This Final Four

jakelourim (Jake Lourim, contributor): If you look at last week’s chat, that makes Neil Captain Obvious, right?neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): I wish I could say I had a fancy analytical model to make these picks, but I spent an entire podcast segment saying I was selectively ignoring stats and picking with my gut. The most anti-FiveThirtyEight way to get a perfect Final Four possible.jplanos: I think the big winner is Under Armour getting two Final Four teams, but Duke (the top overall seed) falling probably takes the cake.neil: Yeah, Duke losing before the Final Four has to be the headline surprise, I think.Although one could make an easy case that the Blue Devils were lucky to even make it as far as they did…gfoster: Were you that surprised by Duke losing? That game had the smallest spread of the last four, and Duke had aggressively flirted with death against Virginia Tech and UCF.jplanos: I wasn’t because Michael Avenatti called it, but the Blue Devils were the Icarus of the tournament. It felt like they trailed at halftime of nearly every game.neil: This Duke team was fascinating because, in terms of talent, nobody can match that group. And when Zion was taking over, it was difficult to envision how they could lose. Yet they did not consistently play to their abilities, particularly in this tournament. Even in those close wins, they left you wanting more.jplanos: Shoutout to Alex O’Connell getting the start and finishing with three total minutes. When was the last time a starter finished with less than five minutes played and wasn’t injured or ejected?gfoster: The story before the tournament was that Michigan State got handed an awful draw because the Spartans won the Big Ten tourney and still got put in Duke’s region. Now I wonder whether it was Duke that got the bad draw.Can Cassius Winston one-man-army his way to a title? We’ve seen versatile point guards do this before in March Madness.jplanos: He’s this season’s Kemba Walker. He started off pretty tepid against Duke and then exploded for 20 points and 10 assists, with four steals and one turnover, which, when you consider the ball is effectively always in his hands and he was lined up against an on-ball hound in Tre Jones, is absurd. I came away extremely impressed.neil: Winston also got some help when he needed it late against Duke. Xavier Tillman had 19 in the game, and Kenny Goins overcame a horrendous shooting game to make a huge shot in the final minute.jakelourim: Winston really can do it all. He’s had to do so much since Michigan State lost Joshua Langford in December, and through the Big Ten season, Big Ten tournament and then this weekend, I kept waiting for the Spartans to run out of magic. But they haven’t. It seemed throughout Sunday that Winston always knew the right play to make, and Duke didn’t. What was up with Zion not taking the last shot(s) in the final minute?jplanos: The RJ Barrett Show seemed like a suboptimal approach down the stretch.neil: People were really killing Barrett for taking so many of Duke’s final shots.jakelourim: I did think that Michigan State had the best game plan (outside of Syracuse and the 2-3 zone, which is unique) for slowing down Zion. Tillman was outstanding on defense and made himself a lot of money on Sunday.neil: Barrett also missed the free throw he was supposed to make, and made the one he was supposed to miss.Sheesh. jakelourim: Michigan’s loss to Texas Tech generated the Wolverines’ seventh-worst offensive efficiency rating of the KenPom era and fourth-worst under John Beilein.jplanos: I don’t know what being put in a straightjacket feels like, but I imagine it’s similar to playing the Red Raiders.gfoster: Virginia is now the betting favorite in the tournament at 3-2. Would you have guessed that the Hoos would be the lone ACC No. 1 seed to make it through? It wasn’t long ago when I was momentarily planning how FiveThirtyEight would react to a UVA loss to Gardner-Webb.jplanos: I certainly wouldn’t have. If we get a Virginia-Texas Tech national title game, will next year’s NCAA Tournament even be televised? And will it set back college basketball 15 years?gfoster: First one to 50 points wins!neil: I think Virginia also benefited from a relatively easy path to Minneapolis. According to our power ratings, the rest of the South contained the eighth, 10th and 16th best teams in the Sweet 16.jplanos: Considering the moment, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more impressive baseball-style pass than the one Kihei Clark (A FRESHMAN) beamed to Mamadi Diakite for Virginia’s buzzer-beater against Purdue. That was a rocket. jakelourim: Virginia hasn’t been particularly impressive in any of its four games — not like the Hoos were during the regular season — but it does seem like experience and chemistry won out in the regionals after a chalk-filled first weekend. I keep thinking about the moment at the end of the Michigan State-Duke game when Xavier Tillman motioned for Cassius Winston to hurry down the floor and run out the clock. That’s a savvy move. It was frustrating that it was never reviewed. Isn’t this exactly what replay in basketball is for?jplanos: Not a great tournament across the board for officiating out-of-bounds calls. gfoster: MSU tends to struggle in the third weekend: eight Final Fours now but just one title for Tom Izzo. Is Michigan State essentially the 1990s Atlanta Braves? Loads of playoff success and the one token title to ward off Geoff making Buffalo Bills comparisons.^ Third-person alert.neil: I think Izzo was motivated to take back the “best performance vs. seed expectations” crown from Jim Boeheim.Izzo’s teams have a long history of exceeding expectations en route to the Final Four, but maybe that’s why they don’t win titles. Overachieving can only get you so far.jakelourim: It has always seemed to me that the talent differential has caught up to Michigan State in some of those Final Fours. I thought it was interesting that Tom Izzo said privately before the 2009 title game that if the Tyler Hansbrough/Ty Lawson UNC team played well, Michigan State would lose. “There’s just more talent there,” Izzo said. (And MSU did lose.) But if the talent didn’t catch up to the Spartans against Duke, when will it happen?jplanos: Zion was clearly gassed, but he also was unquestionably the team’s best option on offense. And then he … stopped getting the ball. I was surprised that Coach K didn’t dial up any isolations for him over the final possessions or demand some sort of clear-out.gfoster: At least Duke has Zion and Barrett for three more years where they can continue to grow as upperclassmen and take home multiple championships…….neil: LOLjplanos: My question is: Can we still get a Zion cam? Can we watch the kid ink his shoe deal during the Final Four?gfoster: It is frustrating we don’t get more college Zion. He’s so entertaining.jakelourim: It’s fair to wonder if/when we’ll ever see another college player like him again, right, with the NBA apparently set to change the one-and-done rule in 2022?jplanos: I can’t remember seeing a team win an Elite Eight game (or any NCAA Tournament game) having made just two free throws, like Michigan State did. **cue Sports-Reference search**neil: It’s actually astonishing when you look at the stats of that game in general that MSU won.Duke shot better on FGs, 3Ps and FTs and had more rebounds. The turnovers were the only main category where Duke lost, and they lost big.jplanos: Full transparency: I was ready to call curtains when the Blue Devils had that 21-5 run in the opening half.jakelourim: What was stunning to me was that Duke turned the ball over 17 times. (Back to the point of “If they play well, they’ll win” — they did not play well.) Michigan State is 342nd in defensive turnover rate at 15 percent, according to Ken Pomeroy, and that’s counting Sunday’s game.neil: Which just lent more credence to the idea that the only team talented enough to beat Duke was … Duke.gfoster: Let’s talk about what’s not as entertaining: Texas Tech’s defensive domination. The Red Raiders made Michigan shoot like my JV basketball team when the bench had been emptied in the final minutes. Then did a similar suffocation of Gonzaga, holding the Bulldogs and the nation’s most efficient offense to just 69 points.jplanos: The Red Raiders indeed smothered Michigan and then turned the second half of their win over Gonzaga into a rock fight. To see the nation’s most efficient offense reduced to 32 second-half points and 16 total turnovers was really something.neil: According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Texas Tech is the nation’s best defensive team. The Red Raiders certainly played like it.jplanos: If you had told me that Texas Tech would advance to the Final Four on a terrible Jarrett Culver shooting performance (5-of-19 from the field, 2-of-8 from three), I would have laughed in your face.neil: Or that they would win despite Rui Hachimura having a pretty good game (22 points).jplanos: It really seemed like the Zags missed the part of the game plan detailing turnovers. Texas Tech ranks 11th in opponent turnover percentage, according to KenPom, and lives by the deflection, especially on entry passes. It seemed like there were 10 bounce passes into the post that were immediate turnovers. YOU CAN’T POCKET PASS THIS TEAM.jakelourim: (Just finished that sports-reference search, Josh: No team has won an Elite Eight game with two free throws or fewer since at least 2011.)jplanos: You know who didn’t show up for the Wolverines? Two upperclassmen: Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson.Simpson finished 0-5 against Texas Tech with one assist and four turnovers. Not exactly what you’re expecting from a second-team all-conference player. And in the final game of his college career, Matthews had a team-high five turnovers and finished 3-9 from the field and 0-4 from 3-point land.gfoster: Let’s put it this way and move on: Michigan’s performance in the Sweet 16 was the worst I’ve ever seen a basketball team play.jplanos: LOLneil: And you watched that UConn-Butler final from a few years back.gfoster: I generally don’t like to talk about blown calls. But the Tariq Owens block play against Gonzaga was a pretty bad one to miss at a key moment: neil: (And we can really talk savvy when we discuss Auburn’s Jared Harper…)jakelourim: Mike Krzyzewski talked all weekend about how minor injuries disrupted the continuity of his freshman-led team, and I could feel eyes rolling out of heads. But does a freshman core that’s only played a handful of games together have the ability to do that? I’m not sure.neil: Right. It seems like a big legacy of this one-and-done era will be of mostly unmet expectations for these freshman-star-laden teams.gfoster: We joke about how boring the Cavs are (and make no mistake, they are mostly drying paint basketball), but the Purdue-Virginia game might have been my favorite of the tournament. Before overtime, Carsen Edwards’s game was unreal. It must be discouraging to get that type of performance from your star in the Elite Eight and still lose.jplanos: Edwards was a one-man wrecking ball the entire tourney and, frankly, it feels unfair that he had to lose. I think there’s a sound argument to be made that it’s less than optimal to have one player responsible for nearly all of your offensive production, but man was it entertaining.In arguably the two biggest games of his life, Edwards put up 71 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and went 15-33 from 3-point land. The degree of difficulty on most of those shots was superhuman.Also, long live Ryan Cline. That performance against Tennessee will get washed over because of Carsen and the excitement of the Elite Eight slate, but man…jakelourim: It really was unfortunate that one of those teams had to lose. Because on the other side, you have Tony Bennett trying to exorcise his Final Four demons and erase the memory of last year. He has made a tremendously successful career out of coaching the pack-line defense and forcing opponents to take shots like the ones Purdue took Saturday night. And then Carsen Edwards goes and does that.gfoster: Kyle Guy stepped up. If he doesn’t repeatedly answer Edwards’s threes with ones of his own, UVA is gone.neil: It was unfortunate that Edwards started to run out of gas at the end of OT. He missed a heat check late — which he’d earned the right to take, given the previous bombs — and had a tough turnover on a pass out of bounds in the final seconds. He’d been so brilliant that you expected him to keep making the superhuman look routine.jplanos: I usually abide by a never-trust-a-man-with-two-first-names mantra, but I’m willing to make an exception for Kyle Guy.No other Boilermaker had more than 7 points in that game. Yikes.jakelourim: Good point, Josh. Nobody else even took more than seven shots! And that’s including five extra OT minutes.neil: Edwards personally scored 56 percent of Purdue’s total — which was the second-most points UVA gave up in a game all season.jakelourim: He also scored more points than Coppin State and William & Mary did as TEAMS against Virginia.gfoster: The last team in the Final Four is Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers, who are the lowest remaining seed. A lot of people wrote off their chances of beating UK when Chuma Okeke when down. How do you think they will fare against UVA?jplanos: I’d like to take this time to apologize for openly scoffing at Geoff picking Auburn to advance out of the Sweet 16. I even wrote it down in my diary and laughed!jakelourim: This thought stuck in my head all of Friday night and Sunday afternoon: Remember how much of a spectacular mess Auburn was in the final seconds of its first-round game against New Mexico State? I did not watch that team and think, “Yeah, they’ll probably get to the Final Four.”jplanos: This weekend was a big one for the EVERYBODY COUNTED US OUT crowd. I count all four teams citing it, which means, yep, that slogan remains undefeated.jakelourim: Yes, we’re deep into “Why Not Us?” season.neil: To your question Geoff, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper are going to have to keep scoring! The backcourt duo combined for 50 points against UK, with each taking turns taking over the game.Special props to Auburn, btw, for avenging its 27-point loss at Kentucky from a few weeks earlier.jplanos: I love that Virginia has to go through Auburn, a team with a style that must be anathema to the Hoos.gfoster: Also this game served as a PSA against making banners where you openly mock injuries.jplanos: If only we had known beforehand that Kentucky’s fan base has no limits…jakelourim: Enjoyed that Bruce Pearl actually admitted to the popular strategy of “We’re going to get the ball to Jared and Bryce, and everyone else get the fuck out of the way.”neil: It made sense. I am totally enamored with Harper in particular. He just has a sense of where everyone is on the court and what is the right play to make. Such a smart player.jplanos: I think I fell in love with Auburn’s style this weekend. There was a slow-motion replay in the second half that captured an Auburn player swatting a Kentucky player’s shot at the rim while clearly mouthing “GIVE ME THAT SHIT,” and it was wonderful and emblematic of how the Tigers approach the game on both ends. Every play is a highlight to be made.jakelourim: I also think this draw continues to favor Virginia. I don’t think Auburn is going to be the team to speed up Virginia in the semifinals, and in the final, neither Michigan State nor Texas Tech is going to bombard Virginia with unmatched athleticism, as Duke did in both of their regular-season meetings.gfoster: So is that your prediction Jake?jakelourim: Yes, my champion pick is still alive, so I’m sticking with Virginia.jplanos: I like Virginia to advance and play Texas Tech, which will be … a game of basketball.neil: I must keep my original predictions, so I’m taking UVA and MSU, with the Cavs winning it all.gfoster: I’m riding Auburn!!!!! … for one more game. I think they do shoot their way past Virginia’s defense. And then lose to Michigan State in the final. And we all get our dream fulfilled of seeing more Tom Izzo dancing videos like this: Check out our latest March Madness predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s Final Four chat! After the chalk prevailed in the first weekend, the second weekend finally provided some upsets. In the Elite Eight, three of four underdogs won outright, and the fourth, Purdue, probably should have won — but Virginia’s last-second heroics and overtime win make the Cavs the lone No. 1 seed left in the tournament. What was the biggest surprise of the weekend?jplanos (Josh Planos, contributor): I think we should just cede the floor to Neil, who can discuss his perfect Final Four choices: From ABC News: read more

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Opposition takes notice of Joey Bosas play for Ohio State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates after making a sack during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team rolls into town on Saturday, Penn State coach James Franklin knows which player to keep a close eye on.And when it comes to that particular player, he knows the numbers down to the last detail.“Joey Bosa, No. 97, is the guy that jumps out to us the most,” Franklin said at a Tuesday press conference. “He’s a 6-foot-5, 280 pounds defensive tackle and has a team-high nine tackles for a loss and five and a half sacks.”It was a good try by Franklin, but he didn’t quite have Bosa’s measurables correct. The sophomore defensive lineman is actually listed at 278 pounds on the OSU roster.But outside of that two-pound difference, the first-year Penn State coach had Bosa’s numbers spot on. He also knows exactly how the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native stacks up against other players in the Big Ten.“He leads the Big Ten in tackles for a loss and forced fumbles, and is No. 2 in sacks,” Franklin said.The praise for Bosa didn’t end there. Franklin said he has a “rare combination” of strength and athleticism that makes him difficult to stop.“Those guys are hard to find and they don’t come around very often,” he said. “I think that’s what makes him a challenge. Obviously, we need to be aware of him.”Bosa is no stranger to coaches singing his praise, as he was a big name in college football even as a high school athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas. He said he knows what coaches — even from opposing teams — have to say, but added he simply tries to block it out and stay focused.“I just don’t really pay attention to any of it,” Bosa said Wednesday. “I just keep working, keep doing what I do and try to get better every day.”No matter whether Bosa listens or not, Franklin knows his game inside and out. But there’s one portion of No. 97’s play the Nittany Lions’ coach failed to mention: his sack celebration.In recent weeks, Bosa has been seen shrugging his shoulders and putting his hands out to the side after taking down an opposing quarterback. Immediately popular with the Buckeyes’ fan base, Bosa said the celebration came from “nowhere” at all.“(It) just happened,” he said. “And I guess a bunch of people like it, so now I feel obliged to, like I have to do it every time I get a sack.”While Franklin didn’t mention the celebration, Bosa said his own coach — Urban Meyer — took note during the Buckeyes’ win against Maryland on Oct. 4.“Maryland, I held it too long apparently, ‘cause coach Meyer got on me a little bit about how Oregon lost about that excessive celebration,” Bosa said. “So I have to flash it really quick now.”But if he wants more reasons to flash his celebration, Bosa will have to continue finding ways to get to the quarterback. He said part of keeping up his production is making sure that he stays energized.How active he can be is up to how many snaps defensive line coach Larry Johnson — who was an assistant at Penn State for nearly 20 years — leaves him on the field for, Bosa said.“He holds me in for as long as he wants,” he said. “Obviously rotating helps me being fresh. I want to rotate because it will give me rest and let me play at 100 percent.”On Monday, Johnson said he does what he can to keep his top defensive lineman fresh throughout each contest, and added that could benefit the Buckeyes in the future.“When you have good players, it’s tough to take those guys out,” Johnson said. “Right now I’m just trying to rest them. You think about last week, Joey Bosa played 51 plays, opposed to playing 67 plays. That’s going to help us down the road.”For the Buckeyes, the next stop down the road is in State College, Pa., where they are scheduled to play the Nittany Lions on Saturday at 8 p.m.But if the Buckeye faithful who make the trip to Penn State want to catch a glimpse of Bosa’s celebration, they’ll have to keep a close watch, because he said it won’t happen more than once.“At least once a game,” Bosa said. “If I get more (sacks) than one, I’ll have to do something else.” read more

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Nintendo 3DS One week in

first_imgAfter waiting for Nintendo’s 3DS for over half a year (which isn’t actually too long when it comes to a major hardware release), it’s been a great week having it around. I’ve used the handheld for hours but keep in mind that I’ve still only spent a about a week with it, so I’ve yet to make final conclusions. Also, there are very few people in the US with one of these so I haven’t been able to test all the social/online features.I’ve already posted my first impressions of the 3DS, and not a whole lot changed after my being able to unbox it. The device is plastic-y but nicely built and I’m sure it’ll be able to take a few drops. The hardware is more polished than it was on the DS Lite/DSi and it features improvements to the buttons found on the DSi/DSi XL. The single biggest improvement is to the upper display, which is large, wide, and quite crisp, but the addition of a sliding control pad (like that on the PSP) is huge as well. And of course there is the 3D, which will define the product despite it simply being just another feature. The 3D is customizable with a slider on the side of the display and can easily be turned off at any time.As improved as the hardware is, with its nice angles and clicky buttons, the 3DS still suffers from some of the same issues as the older products. My main problem is with the placement of the lefthand controls–the slide pad is a great addition but it pushes the d-pad down and makes it rather hard to use. Even the slide pad puts your thumb at an uncomfortable angle so that after an hour of playing I’m starting to feel a cramp is forming. The good news is that the extendable stylus stays firmly in its holder (a major annoyance with older models) and that the Select/Home/Start buttons are tactile and easy to use. I don’t like the Power button being placed on the inside of the 3DS–this makes it seem like it’s an alternative to the Home button, and it’s really not.The included software suite is pretty robust, but it had to be given all the competition the 3DS is facing. Features include a 3D camera (2D capable), a front-camera (2D only), AR games, Face Raiders (an AR shooting game) 3DS Sound (to record and edit sounds), Mii Maker, Mii Plaza, Download Play, and an Activity Log. The Activity Log is surprisingly useful and I have been checking into it a lot. It tells me how much I’ve used the 3DS, what I’ve played, the number of titles I’ve played, and the built-in pedometer tells me how many steps I’ve taken with the 3DS. It even has a software library which gives me an icon for each game (included DS) that I play. There are no game changers here but they are all nice to have.One drawback with the 3DS’ software is that it can’t multitask. As soon as you try to leave a game or open up a program you’ll get a warning saying that you are about to close whatever you were doing. When you do that the program is closed and your unsaved progress is lost. It’s not a huge surprise given what we’ve seen from the the DS and the Wii, but some extra planning here could have gone a long way. It’s not at all a fatal flaw for the 3DS, but if the device is going to do more than play games, features like this are important.Battery life is a huge issue with the 3DS and we know it took a significant hit in the battery department relative to the DSi/DS. Nintendo said to expect 3-5 hours and it looks like they are about on the money, if a bit optimistic. In my first gaming sessions after giving the new 3DS a full charge I managed to get exactly 3 hours of gaming and about 8 hours of idle time (with the device closed). This was with the backlight at 50% and some WiFi, but mostly with WiFi off. After my next full charge I tested with no idle time, WiFi always off, and only 3D gaming and the battery life was 3.5 hours. On average you can expect about 3-4 hours of gaming. You can land on the high side of that range if you keep the backlight down and the WiFi off. I haven’t seen any evidence that turning off 3D will help the battery life, but it’s something I’ll be testing further.If you want to boost the battery life, the best thing to do seems to be play DS games. You should get about 5-8 hours when playing older titles. So if you plan on travelling with the 3DS, you’ll definitely want to consider some sort of battery enhancement, like the Nyko Power Pak+.So far I’ve extensively tested Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Steel Diver, Madden Football, and Lego Star Wars III, but I played a number of other games at the 3Ds’ NYC launch event. I’d say that so far all the game I’ve played are good, but nothing so far is great. SFIV is the best, but that’s really just the port of a very good game to the system, the impressive part is that they managed to pull of portable Street Fighter. Madden seems competent (I’m not a sports gamer) and Lego Star Wars and Steel Diver are both fine but not nearly enough to make me rush out and buy a 3DS. In fact there is no reason to rush out and buy the 3Ds on the release date unless if you are a huge Pilotwings fan.There is no Mario, or Metroid, or Zelda now, but we do know that we’ll be getting a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and some sort of Mario Kart game some time in 2011. Until that point the selection will be very limited.As much as I like the 3DS, aspects of it do feel a bit rushed. The meager selection of games might put this idea in your head and then you’ll notice the lack of a 3DSware (aka 3DS eShop), and the fact that while Nintendo has talked about it, no launch date has been announced. Then when you try to use the internet browser you’ll see that it won’t work until your system is updated.It’s not that the 3DS is incomplete, it just feels like Nintendo wanted it to be out by a certain date and make sure they hit that, even if it had to ship without a must-have title or some pretty basic functions. We all know that these days platforms can live and die based on their apps, and while this doesn’t fully apply to Nintendo (yet) it would be nice to see the company taking the downloadable market more seriously. My hope is that they are taking the extra time to really improve the shopping experience relative to the mess found on the Wii.And finally, the 3D. This it the biggest feature in the product, but also the most divisive. Personally I found that the 3D works quite well. Glasses-less 3D seems like a technology from the future, but it works very well on the 3DS and you can certainly perceive depth on the tiny screen. Anyone who was expecting this feature to flop is going to be quite surprised.As well as the 3D worked it’s not perfect–far from it in fact. First of all, it limits my play time. After an hour or so I started feeling the effect of the 3D in my head, not necessarily as a headache, but definitely some sort of fatigue. Also, after playing for a while and I reclined in my chair or leaned to the side (etc.) I’d throw off my view of the display and it would just start looking blurry. The 3D display does not have much wiggle room, there is just a small window where it works well. Finally, even with the slider adjusting the level of the 3D, some games worked better for me than others. For example, I was fine with Street Fighter and Lego Star Wars, but I never could get used to Ridge Racer. It doesn’t help that this is a game where it’s easy to get a bit enthusiastic, sort of steer with the device (everyone does it), and remove yourself from the 3D sweet spot.It’s too early to put out any definitive verdict on the 3DS, but so far this is a very promising device. I don’t have high expectations for what I wasn’t able to test–like internet browsing or 3D movie watching–but at least those features will be present. What’s important is that the 3DS accomplished its goals without them. The 3DS is a very good gaming device with good social features and well implemented 3D. If for any reason you don’t like the 3D, you can just shut it off with the handy slider and you are left with a great looking 2D experience. It’s a seamless transition and the main problem with it seems to be the feeling that I should be playing in 3D, while I really enjoy the 2D just as much (often more). The battery life remains a problem and traveling with the charger will help, but the device takes some time to charge so a battery accessory will be the best bet. This isn’t enough to greatly diminish my enjoyment of the 3DS, but it’s tough to move away from the fantastic battery life of the DSi/DS Lite.Overall the 3DS is a nice upgrade and it deserves the spotlight for now. Once Sony’s NGP shows up and the iPad 2 becomes fully available the $250+ handheld market is going to be a confusing place for a little while, at least until the winners emerge. Nintendo seems to be in a great position in the short run, but it is going to have to adjust if they want to be prepared for the app-based gaming world of the future.nintendo_3ds_geek_06nintendo_3ds_geek_06nintendo_3ds_geek_05nintendo_3ds_geek_04nintendo_3ds_geek_03nintendo_3ds_geek_02nintendo_3ds_geek_01The 3DS used in this review was a US retail model, provided by Nintendo.last_img read more

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Eee Pad Asus proposera ses tablettes tactiles lannée prochaine

first_imgEee Pad : Asus proposera ses tablettes tactiles l’année prochaineTaïwan – Si Asus s’est fait attendre sur le marché des tablettes internet, le fabricant taïwanais devrait enfin proposer ses produits l’année prochaine. Apple et son iPad peuvent voir venir.Lors d’une conférence sur les résultats du deuxième trimestre de l’entreprise, Asus s’est livré à quelques confidences concernant l’Eee Pad, sa tablette internet. Deux versions seront proposées :  l’Eee Pad 121 est une tablette douze pouces animée par Windows 7 et dotée d’un processeur Core 2 Duo qui sera proposée au prix de 1.000 dollars (soit 780 euros environ). L’autre appareil est une tablette dix pouces tournant sous Android 3.0. Son prix est bien plus modeste, puisqu’il devrait avoisiner les 400 dollars (environ 310 euros). Ces produits apparaîtront sur le marché dans le courant du premier trimestre 2011.Le 16 août 2010 à 13:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gary Locke confirmed as US ambassador to China

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has unanimously confirmed Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as U.S. ambassador to China.Locke, a former two-term governor of Washington state, will be the first Chinese-American to serve as ambassador to China, the largest nation in the world and a major trading partner. It is also the top foreign holder of U.S. debt.Locke was approved by voice vote and replaces Jon Huntsman, who resigned in April to explore a GOP presidential run against President Barack Obama next year.last_img

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February 28 Current Target Date For AK LNG Draft

first_imgOfficials with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced to FERC that they plan to start building construction camps and access roads to the proposed LNG plant site in Nikiski by 2020. The latest timeline projection for the first liquefied gas production is by fall of 2024. The corporation plans to spend between $3 million and $4 million a month in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2019, according to the presentation by the AGDC. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享February 28 has been listed as the ‘current target date’ for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaska LNG project, according to the permitting dashboard for federal projects. FERC has served as the lead federal agency in coordinating the EIS and issuing an order authorizing construction and operation of the project. Federal regulators began the work on the draft EIS back in early 2017. The mainline of the Alaska LNG Project will traverse over 800 miles from the gas treatment plant within the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) on the North Slope through several boroughs before it crosses the Cook Inlet and connects with the liquefaction plant and marine terminal in Nikiski.last_img read more

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Selectmen To Create New Procedure To Tackle Wilmingtons 30 Miles Of Unaccepted Ways

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Town Manager Jeff Hull, published in the latest Town Topics newsletter:Do you live on a Town road? Most residents would likely say, “Sure, I use it every day to get to and from my house.” Others might say “Ya, it’s a Town road all right and it is really in tough shape. I wish the Town would fix it.”The Town is not responsible for all roads in Wilmington. Main Street (Route 38) is owned and the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Town is responsible for approximately 100 miles of streets. Wilmington, like most other communities, has unaccepted or private ways. Unaccepted “ways” may look like any other street but the physical property that the “way” is located on is not owned by the Town of Wilmington. The abutting property owners to that “way” cannot block travel even though they have ownership rights to the centerline of the “way.” Thirty miles of streets in Wilmington are unaccepted ways.Under Massachusetts General Law, municipalities cannot spend public funds on the construction or reconstruction of private ways. Essentially doing so would be the equivalent of the Town paving the driveway or paving a basketball court on a resident’s property.The Public Works Department will patch potholes and, on roads that are gravel packed, may grade the road if it has significant potholes and unevenness. Emergency services, trash and recycling collection and snowplowing are all provided to residents on unaccepted ways.Over the next several months, a procedure will be developed and presented to the Board of Selectmen to address the means by which unaccepted ways can be presented to Annual Town Meeting for approval as public ways. Ultimately, a majority vote at Town Meeting is required for the Town to assume ownership and responsibility for any unaccepted ways.Issues to be included in the procedure are: criteria for determining the order for accepting “ways,” who will be responsible for upfront survey, legal and engineering costs, engineering design standards that will be deemed acceptable, a funding source for costs associated with upgrades or full depth reconstruction of the “ways” so that they are safe and meet Town standards.The cost for the construction or reconstruction of unacceptable ways and installation of proper drainage systems so that they can be recommended for approval as public ways is expected to be in the millions of dollars and will take many years to complete. In the words of Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles (or in Wilmington’s case 30 miles) begins with one step.”(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Town Topics Newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”Town Officials Want To Do Something About Wilmington’s 200+ Unaccepted Ways (That’s 30+ Miles Of Roadway!)In “Government”last_img read more

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In NC a religious coalition welcomes the formerly incarcerated home

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — In the three years since Charles Horry was released from prison, he has come to realize that being out doesn’t mean doing things on your own.“You can’t do it alone,” he said. “You have to have God on your side.”And maybe a little help from your friends.On Thursday (April 25), Horry stood before about 150 people gathered in the sanctuary of a Presbyterian church at a celebration thrown for former prison inmates called a Reentry Homecoming. Talking about how he had reached his three-year milestone, Horry credited, in addition to a county agency that provides peer counseling, substance abuse treatment and job training, his “faith team.”“They showed me so much love,” Horry said.This week, a Bureau of Justice Statistics report showed that the number of people held in American prisons declined again in 2017, continuing a trend that began in 2009.Charles Horry tells his life story at a ‘Reentry Homecoming’ celebration at Durham, N.C.’s First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, April 25, 2019. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronBut as inmates are being released from prison — 22,000 inmates are released from North Carolina’s state prison system each year alone — states, cities and municipalities are recognizing the need to provide services to help people reenter society if they are to remain out of prison.In Durham County, whose core is this city of some 267,000 people, the need is being answered in part by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, which works with the county’s Criminal Justice Resource Center to match former inmates with a five-member faith team like Horry’s. The team offers them support and friendship beyond the usual social services, as well as an opportunity to develop that most critical of social skills for former prisoners: relationships.The coalition currently fields 20 faith teams, each of which has signed one-year covenants with a former inmate to meet twice a month for one year. The teams — organized through the city’s churches and synagogues — don’t offer financial support. They’re there to give advice and encouragement on how to navigate life’s challenges outside prison walls.The Durham coalition has so far paired 100 former inmates with volunteer faith teams since the project began in 2003. A total of 28 of the region’s houses of worship, including Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and Quakers, in addition to Catholic and Jewish congregations, have organized such teams.“The idea behind the faith teams is to create a sense of community and to create a place where returning citizens are loved, because everyone deserves love, compassion and belonging,” said Drew Doll, reentry coordinator for the coalition.The 20 faith teams took on only a minuscule fraction of the 743 “returning citizens” Durham absorbed last year, but their mission is not to reach them all. Faith teams are paired only with those who have been incarcerated for a long time and have few or no family members and no real social support.They are people like Horry, 67, who had spent most of his adult life in prison. At Thursday’s celebration, he recounted how “this is as long as I’ve ever been out of prison,” and he beamed with pride describing his job as manager for a franchise of Buffalo Wild Wings.Sitting in the front pew at Thursday’s homecoming at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham was Wilbert Pipkin, also 67, who was released two years ago after serving a total of 36 years.A former heroin addict, he now lives in a recovery house and spends much of his time preaching the good news of the city’s reentry efforts.Wilbert Pipkin spent 36 years behind bars. After getting out, he received help from a faith team. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronThat first year after he was released, Pipkin said, faith team members called him every day to check on him, drove him to doctor appointments and lifted him up one night after he relapsed.“Normally, when I get high one time, that’s it; it’s over,” he said. “But through them encouraging me and showing me so much love I was able to get (back) on the path.”The effort is based on the so-called Circles of Support and Accountability model, or CoSA, which is used around the country and in Canada to help reintegrate formerly homeless families as well as sex offenders.The idea is that such circles can help reduce a person’s likelihood of reoffending, a theory that in the coalition’s 16-year history has been shown to be true. Whereas North Carolina’s three-year recidivism rate is about 40 percent (though the re-conviction rate is lower), coalition Director Ben Haas said only 15 percent of former inmates who completed the one-year faith-team commitment were re-arrested or jailed.The faith teams are not intended to proselytize, and the coalition ensures former inmates are matched according to belief or nonbelief. Some teams spend their time together cooking; some play the dice game Yahtzee; others read and discuss books, said Doll.Most meet for a meal.Dale Herman, a retired volunteer on his second faith team, said the benefits run both ways.“It’s an education for all of us to learn what it’s like coming out of prison and broaden our perspectives about what life is like for a lot of people in society,” said Herman, 76, a resident of Durham. “It’s good for us to understand what the systems are doing to our society.”Besides helping former inmates individually, the coalition and many of its volunteers have advocated for the “ban the box” campaign, a national initiative aimed at removing the check box on job applications that asks if applicants have a criminal record. (The city of Durham has banned the box for city employees, but most private companies in the city have not.)Others support bond reform and an end to money bail, which forces people who have been arrested to pay money to secure release before trial.Mark-Anthony Middleton, a city council member who attended the homecoming celebration, said he was glad to support city conservation initiatives, such as planting trees and buying electric buses. But helping integrate former inmates, he said, was just as important.“If we’re not conserving opportunities,” he said, “our conservation is for naught.” As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron TagsBan the Box criminal justice faith groups homepage featured mass incarceration reentry Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Franklin Graham challenges Pete Buttigieg, but voters unlikely to care center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! News Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Share This! 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Soldier dies of suspected Nipah virus infection in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday.Seenu Prasad, who hails from Kerala and posted at the Eastern Command headquarters Fort William, was admitted to the Command Hospital here on May 20 and passed away on May 25, the spokesman said.Prasad had been on a month’s leave to Kerala before rejoining duty on May 13.His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not.”Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it cannot be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not,” the spokesman said.last_img

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Why women are better at reading mind

first_imgEver wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes – known as cognitive empathy.The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum – which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy,” said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge.Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test.For the new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the team analysed cognitive empathy in 89,000 people on this test. The results confirmed that women on average do score better on this test because of gene’s influence. In addition, the researchers found that genetic variants that contribute to higher scores in the test also increase the risk of anorexia, but not autism, the researchers noted.”We are excited by this new discovery, and are now testing if the results replicate, and exploring precisely what these genetic variants do in the brain, to give rise to individual differences in cognitive empathy.”last_img read more

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Home Depot announces billionpeso investment across Mexico stores

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Home Depot has announced a major investment in its stores across Mexico that will include remodeling, online shopping and the opening of new stores.The announcement came in a statement from the company who said that during 2018, Home Depot will invest more than 1.7 billion peso throughout its Mexico operations. The investment will go toward improvement of its online store, new openings and the remodeling of existing stores.“This year we will continue to increase our growth in Mexico based on the strategy we have defined and which is comprised of three pillars: customer service, product authority, productivity and operational efficiency,” said Sergio Gutiérrez Osuna, president and CEO of Home Depot Mexico.According to the company statement, one of its objectives for this year is to strengthen its omnichannel strategy, which allows the company to serve its customers at any time and from any place.This strategy allows customers to shop from any mobile device as well as have the option to receive the products at home or picked up directly.“This year, improvements will be made in the supply chain and logistics systems to strengthen the value offer in terms of customer service levels and extended product proposal,” the report explains.At the end of last year, the company registered 122 stores in the 32 states across Mexico, four of which were new. Last year, Home Depot recorded more than 65 million in-person customer visits nationwide with another 59 million visits through their website.The company employees approximately 15,500 people in Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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