The 10 Favorites To Win The 2019 Heisman Trophy

first_imgDede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation.NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is still over a month away but speculation on the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner has been raging for months. While a handful of quarterbacks from the College Football Playoff contenders have held the top spots for ages, there are plenty of players who can emerge and surprise us.According to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook via 247Sports, 10 players have been given 20/1 odds or better.The top odds are actually tied between Alabama junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence at +275.Tagovailoa led Alabama to a national title win over Georgia in the 2017 season and followed that up with a Heisman trophy runner-up performance in 2018. Lawrence took over as Clemson’s starter in Week 5 and went on to lead the Tigers to an undefeated season, culminating in their 44-16 national title game victory over Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide.Three quarterbacks are tied for the third-best odds at 10/1: Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Of the three, Hurts is the most experienced and part of the program that boasts the last two consecutive Heisman Trophy winners.In sole possession of sixth place is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor at 18/1. Over the past two seasons he has rushed for 4,171 yards, a 6.9 yards/carry average, and 29 touchdowns.The final four players in the top ten are all quarterbacks from different Power Five conferences: Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.Will the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner be one of these ten players, or will another under-the-radar player surprise us all?last_img read more

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur expected to appear in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – A man accused of killing eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village is expected to appear in court today.Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old self-employed landscaper, faces eight counts of first-degree murder.Police arrested McArthur last January and eventually found the remains of seven men in large planters at a property where McArthur had worked.Investigators found the eighth set of remains in a ravine behind the same property in midtown Toronto.Lead detective Insp. Hank Idsinga has said the probe is the largest forensic investigation in the force’s history.Idsinga has said he doesn’t believe there are any more alleged victims.last_img read more

US home building slides 37 per cent in April

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer apartment buildings last month, pushing overall home construction down 3.7 per cent from March.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million in April, lowest since December. Apartment construction tumbled 12.6 per cent to 374,000. Construction of single-family homes blipped up 0.1 per cent to 894,000.Still, housing starts are up 10.5 per cent from April 2017 on a 7.2 per cent increase in single-family homes, and a 19.1 per cent surge in apartments.Home construction has grown steadily since the housing crash hit bottom in 2012. The pace of homebuilding is still below its long-run average of about 1.5 million a year, which has led to a shortage of homes on the market. Home builders are struggling with higher prices for lumber and other building materials and a shortage of skilled labourers.A healthy job market is giving Americans the confidence to shop for houses. Millennials are increasingly moving out on their own to buy their own homesDemand for housing is strong despite an uptick in mortgage rates: The rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate home loan is 4.55 per cent, up from 4.05 per cent a year ago.“We expect housing starts to continue to gain ground through 2018, supported by positive fundamentals such as low unemployment and healthy wage increases, which are expected to offset higher mortgage rates,” Leslie Preston, senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a research note. “At the same time, tight inventories and rising prices will continue to support homebuilding.”In April, housing starts fell 16.3 per cent in the Midwest, 12 per cent in the West and 8.1 per cent in the Northeast. They rose 6.4 per cent in the South.Building permits, an indicator of future construction, fell 1.8 per cent in April to a seasonally adjusted 1.35 million.last_img read more

Australia targets social media cos in new extremist footage laws

first_imgSydney: Social media executives could be jailed if they fail to remove extremist material from their platforms quickly, under controversial Australian laws adopted Thursday, in the wake of the live-streamed mosque shootings in Christchurch. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws, which make it illegal not to remove footage of “a terrorist act,” murder, torture, rape and kidnapping, and spell out that internet service, content and hosting providers will be held culpable. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPlatforms like Facebook and YouTube could face fines approaching billions of dollars — or 10 percent of global annual turnover — for failing to allow the “expeditious removal” of the offending material, while executives could face 3 years in jail. Technology companies, policy experts and lawyers pilloried the legislation — which was jammed through parliament in two days and faces an uncertain future beyond elections expected in May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is facing a difficult reelection battle, said: “Big social media companies have a responsibility to take every possible action to ensure their technology products are not exploited by murderous terrorists.” The opposition Labor party expressed serious misgivings but voted in favour of the legislation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAustralia’s Law Council described the legislation as “knee-jerk” and warned it could have “serious unintended consequences.” President Arthur Moses warned the laws could be used to curb whistleblowers, and “could also lead to censorship of the media, which would be unacceptable.” Attorney-General Christian Porter said the legislation could be used to target platforms used by the far-right like 4Chan and 8Chan. It will be up to a jury to decide whether the platforms acted with good speed to take down offending content, raising questions about how the law will be implemented. The Institute of Public Affairs described the legislation as a “blatant attack on the freedom of the media.” “Throwing media executives in jail will increase costs to taxpayers without improving community safety or addressing concerns about violent content being shared on social media platforms,” said researcher Andrew Bushnell. “Companies and executives may respond to the threat of criminal penalties by erring on the side of censorship.” The laws are expected to be followed by steps toward treating social media giants more like publishers, which would make them legally responsible for the content on their platforms.last_img read more

African Entrepreneurship Award Names 12 Winners from 9 African Countries

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The BMCE Bank of Africa Group has just revealed the list of winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.Among the 40 finalists selected for the Boot Camp that took place in Casablanca from December 6 to 10, 12 winners from nine African countries were announced by a presidential jury, chaired by the Moroccan businessman and chairman of BMCE Bank of Africa, Othmane Benjelloun. This award, with an annual envelope of USD 1 million, is intended to reward projects with social and sustainable impact in the three program areas, namely education, environment and uncharted fields.To the BMCE of Africa group, the African Entrepreneurship Award initiative seeks to promote entrepreneurship through business development and job creation, thus contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of African communities.According to the organizers, the 2017 edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award has reached more than 12,000 project proposals from 132 countries, including all the 54 African countries, and hosted more than 112 entrepreneurs, accompanied by more than 180 mentor from Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.Louise Williamson from South Africa was awarded the first prize of USD 100,000 in the education category, for the production of sustainable fuel ovens for schools in remote areas.In the environmental category, the second prize went to Allen Kimambo from Tanzania for his project to collect and recycle paper for environmental protection, and to Folashade Amusa from Nigeria for his project on the collection, treatment and recycling of residual material with a reward system for households.Awards also went to Adan Mohammed from Kenya for the animal food production from insect and larvae, to Sylvester Mujakperuo from Nigeria for the processing of used paper and cardboard into new paper products, and finally to Kwame Ababio from Ghana for the optimization of the cultivation and exploitation of palm oil.In the uncharted fields category, the prize went to Flavien Simo from Cameroon for his aquaponics production project that combines fish farming and plant breeding, and to Paul Bartels from South Africa for his project that develops waterbok community fire-fighting carts.The pioneer award of USD 50,000 was attributed to Meryam El Ouafi from Morocco for creating a prototype of new irrigation technology for optimizing water consumption.The same prize went to Badr Idrissi, also from Morocco, for creating intelligent drones to combat illegal fishing, to Geoffrey Ssekatawa from Uganda for the collection and recycling of lubricants, and to Christelle Kwizera from Rwanda for a project that purifies and distributes drinking water to vulnerable communities. read more

After topping 100 last week oil continues 4day plunge closes below US94

In this July 26, 2011 photo, a worker hangs from an oil derrick outside of Willisburg, N.D. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gregory Bull by The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 2:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil extended a week-long plunge Friday, falling 1.6 per cent to below US$94 a barrel as a rebounding U.S. economy drove the dollar higher and signs continue to emerge that there is an ample supply of crude worldwide.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery fell $1.48 to close at US$93.96 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international crude processed by many U.S. refineries, fell 89 cents to close at US$106.89 a barrel in London.U.S. crude fell by $2.98 on Thursday, the biggest one-day drop since November of 2012. Prices have fallen 6.4 per cent over the past week, after oil closed above $100 last Friday for first time since October.A financial recovery in the U.S. would typically drive oil prices higher, given the appetite of the world’s largest economy. But that recovery has been driven in part by a massive bond-buying program at the Federal Reserve that has encouraged investors to buy commodities, which had pushed prices higher.The Fed recently began winding that program down, however. That is helping to boost the value of the dollar and leading investors away from oil.A stronger greeback makes commodities such as oil that are priced in dollars more expensive for buyers using other currencies.Meanwhile, although demand is rising in the U.S., supplies appear to be sufficient. The U.S. Energy Department reported Friday that average petroleum demand over the past four weeks rose 3.3 per cent compared with last year. While oil stocks fell by seven million barrels, that is “above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year,” according to the weekly status report.U.S. oil production is rising dramatically and there is a chance that additional sources of crude may soon become available.Protests at one of Libya’s largest oil fields reportedly ended Thursday, which could allow the field to restart production and deliver more than 300,000 barrels of daily production to the global market. Libya remains unstable, however, and on Sunday a militia group that shut down most of the nation’s oil terminals for months threatened to cut off natural gas deliveries to the capital.“While recent announcements of a similar nature have failed to materialize and the situation in the east of the country remains in a deadlock, the potential of additional sweet crude supplies are serving to weigh further,” JBC Energy said from Vienna.In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline fell 4.6 cents to close at US$2.649 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 4.8 cents to US$2.939 a gallon and natural gas fell 1.4 cents to US$4.282 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) After topping $100 last week, oil continues 4-day plunge, closes below US$94 read more

Libya UN condemns horrific week of human rights violations amid countys rising

“We have been shocked by the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea, following the reported deaths of several hundred individuals seeking to escape the violence in Libya,” OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville told the bi-weekly UN press briefing in Geneva. “Many of those fleeing Libya are migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in an extremely vulnerable situation in Libya. Amidst the violence and breakdown in law and order, they are at risk of killings, torture, abduction, and physical assault,” he explained.Mr. Colville said that following visits to a number of detention centres inside Libya, the human rights division of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) had reported conditions of grave concern including chronic overcrowding, poor sanitation, health care, and insufficient food. “The division also received consistent reports of physical or verbal mistreatment, labour exploitation, sexual violence, and confiscation of identity documents,” he said. The human rights spokesman also noted that reports were received of the death of several members of the prominent Al-Harir Al-Mansouri family by individuals affiliated with the so-called ‘Islamic State in Libya.’ “It was reported that armed men attacked the family’s residence after Ibrahim Al-Harir al-Mansouri resisted arrest,” he explained, adding that “three members of the family were publicly hanged in the city” in an apparent bid to send a message to those challenging the group.Also this week, Mr. Colville said, a group affiliated with the Islamic State in Libya released a video showing the execution of at least 28 Christians in two separate incidents. “We condemn the brutal killings of these individuals who we understand are mostly Ethiopian nationals and who appear to have been targeted on the basis of their religion,” he said. “In February of this year, the High Commissioner condemned the beheading of 21 mostly Egyptian Coptic Christians, and further urged Libyans to unite against extremists launching attacks based on religious, ethnic, national, racial, or political grounds and we reiterate that call today.”Mr. Colville urged all parties in Libya involved in talks facilitated by the UN to redouble their efforts to reach an agreement as soon as possible so as to begin the process of rebuilding institutions that would ensure the rule of law and the protection of human rights for all those residing in Libya. read more

The USWNT Is On To The Next Challenge — With An Eye

TeamThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff. Japan5638-183226-663-3 China3257+251017+7110 How the odds have changedOdds of advancing in the Women’s World Cup before the tournament started and after the group stage Norway3534-11313021-1 Italy14%43%+293%10%+70%0%0 France8077-35440-142019-1 Cameroon316+1314+3000 England6584+194150+9109-2 Spain3922-17147-6220 Germany7291+193552+171115+4 Nigeria129-332-1000 Australia6566+13133+275-2 Make QuartersMake SemifinalsWin World Cup Below the top three, it’s a bit of a crapshoot. England won all of its group-stage matches but is scoring less than xG suggests it should be. And it will have to contend with a Cameroon side that advanced to the knockout stages in dramatic fashion on Thursday thanks to a stoppage time goal from forward Ajara Nchout. The Netherlands won all of its group-stage matches and is the current European champion, but the Dutch are scoring more goals than xG suggest they should be and will have to beat a Japanese team that has underperformed so far.Australia’s World Cup has been a bit of a mixed bag, but the Matildas boast one of the best players in the world in Kerr. Canada has Christine Sinclair — who’s just two goals shy of tying Abby Wambach’s all-time international goal-scoring record — but it has to beat a very strong Sweden side next. All of this indicates that this tournament has already lived up to its billing as the most competitive in Women’s World Cup history, and we expect more of the same going forward.Still, the marquee potential matchup remains the U.S. vs. France next Friday. If both teams do what’s expected of them in the round of 16, the eventual World Cup champion might be decided by a quarterfinal at the Parc des Princes in Paris next week.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. USA7178+7464601824+6 Netherlands4762+152847+1979+2 Canada4359+152529+467+1 Brazil5323-29227-1642-2 Sweden5141-102217-443-1 The U.S. women’s national team faced its most difficult test at this World Cup so far in its match Thursday against Sweden, and it wasn’t much of a test at all. The 2-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect it, but the Americans dominated the Swedes from the first whistle to the last. They possessed the ball 61 percent of the match and created 13 scoring chances.1According to data from Opta Sports. Sweden, on the other hand, created just four chances and rarely looked threatening otherwise.Judging the U.S. women’s probability of winning the World Cup after their first two matches was tricky. They obliterated newcomers Thailand 13-0 and then handily swept Chile to the side 3-0, but neither opponent was expected to advance beyond the group stage, let alone make a run. The Americans were always favored to win those matches with ease. But Sweden entered the tournament with a chance — albeit a small one — of winning the whole thing, and the team has been a thorn in the USWNT’s side in the past.Blowouts in the first two matches didn’t say much about what the USWNT is capable of against top competition (although Norway, which won the World Cup in 1995, proved that blowout wins in the group stage can be a good omen). But the assertive performance against Sweden proved that the USWNT is ready for all comers.2Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson rested some starters, notably defender Nilla Fischer.Having finished atop Group F, the Americans will play Group B second-place finishers Spain in the round of 16. The FiveThirtyEight model gives the Spanish a 22 percent chance of beating the Americans and advancing to the quarterfinals. Spain’s defense has been stingy — it has conceded just two goals in three group-stage matches — but the team has struggled to find the back of the net. The Spanish are scoring just one goal per 90 minutes — 1.2 goals fewer than their expected goals (xG) tally suggests they should be scoring.The upside for the Spanish: They are creating chances. The downside: They’ll be going up against an American side that hasn’t given up a goal and has conceded exactly zero big chances in their first three matches, according to data from Opta Sports. If Spain hopes to pull off the upset of the tournament, Jennifer Hermoso will have to capitalize on whatever chances she gets. The forward scored twice in the group stage, but her mark of 0.67 goals per 90 minutes is below what xG suggests she should have. If Hermoso can’t cash in, the Americans will probably advance to the quarterfinals.The USWNT’s likely opponent in the quarterfinals is host nation France. Les Bleues won all three of their group-stage matches — although one of those wins came as the result of a *cough* controversial VAR decision *cough* that gave star defender Wendie Renard two shots at scoring from the penalty spot against Nigeria — and the FiveThirtyEight model gives them a 77 percent chance of beating Brazil in the round of 16.But France might have preferred an opponent that didn’t include Marta. At 33, the Seleção legend is decidedly past her prime. But she’s the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the World Cup — men’s or women’s — for a reason, and she’s still capable of inspiring awe. And Magic Marta isn’t alone: Brazil forward Cristiane Roziera has four goals at this World Cup, which places her one behind Australia’s Sam Kerr and the U.S.’s Alex Morgan in the race for the Golden Boot. If Cristiane draws level with — or overtakes — Kerr and Morgan, the quarterfinal match everyone is anticipating might not even happen. That said, Brazil has to be the least happy of any team with its draw. According to our model, its odds of making the quarters dropped by 29 percentage points, the most of any team remaining.The Americans and the French might be the two most likely teams to win the tournament, but that doesn’t mean anyone should sleep on Germany. The Germans won all of their group-stage matches with relative ease and, along with the Americans, conceded the third-fewest shots on goal per 90 minutes. Not coincidentally, the Germans, like the Americans, didn’t concede a goal in the group stage. Our model gives them a 91 percent chance of beating Nigeria to advance to the quarterfinals and the third-best chance of winning the tournament.Indeed, the group stage didn’t end up telling us a whole lot that we didn’t know entering the World Cup. The top of our model looks a lot like it did before the tournament began. On June 7, it gave France the best chances of winning, the U.S. the second-best and Germany the third-best. France and the U.S. have since flip-flopped — the U.S. chances to win jumped from 18 percent to 24 percent, while the French chances to win fell to 19 percent from 20 percent. Germany’s chances to win jumped from 11 percent to 15 percent, but its chances to advance to the quarterfinals jumped by an astounding 19 percentage points to 91 percent. read more

Saint Raphael gives title to PSG Handball

13.Saran244218683:76510 2.Montpellier252113734:61743 Montpellier Handball lost first place in Frenc LidlStarligue in Round 25 after defeat in away clash with Saint Raphael 26:25. PSG Handball and Montpellier Handball now have the same number of points, but team from the “City of light” is better in direct encounters.Saint-Raphaël: Popescu (2/13), Demaille (5/16). Krantz, Barachet (2/5), Abily (5/7), Sarmiento (6/7), Lynggaard (0/3), Jurka (3/4), Caucheteux (4/8), Vigneron (2/3), Trottet (0/1), Krakowski, Dipanda (2/4), Karalek (2/3), Eponouh, Hmam (0/1).Montpellier: Gérard  (13/39), Portner. Simonet (3/6), Villeminot, Caussé (0/1), Truchanovicius (1/6), Guigou (2/4), Richardson (1/3), Kavticnik (5/6), Bonnefond (3/5), Faustin, Fabregas (1/1), Porte (8/11), Bingo, Soussi, Mamdouh (1/1).HBC Nantes won in Chambery 29:25 in the last test before trip to Cologne.STANDINGS: 12.Cesson Rennes-Metropole244515620:67113 4.St. Raphael251537705:66633 1.Paris SG252113766:64843 ← Previous Story Luka Karabatic to miss VELUX EHF CL Final4 2018 Next Story → HANDBALL ECONOMY: RK Vardar became EHF CL winner and lost 712.000 EUR! 11.Ivry246216602:69114 PHOTO: SRVHB Facebook 3.Nantes251636773:69135 10.Tremblay256217706:75014 9.Chambery Savoie2510312691:70223 6.Aix241428683:65330 Montpellier handballPSG HandballSaint raphael handball 7.Nimes2411310674:66625 8.Toulouse2411112708:72223 14.Massy Essonne242220553:6636 5.Dunkerque241428639:63230 read more

Confirmed Google apps run better on the iPad Mini than the Nexus

first_imgIt seems to increasingly be the case that you can’t just trust the specs. Despite being underpowered on paper, after a few weeks of using the iPad Mini on a regular basis I have found a number of apps that run better on the smaller iPad than Google’s Nexus 7Best Price at Amazon. What really surprised me was when I realized that some of those apps were made by Google.Google is no stranger to favoring their own platform, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t. Apple and Google have been at odds for a little while now, and as the two companies grow further apart it only seems logical that you would find the latest and greatest in Google’s software on Android. Recently, Google brought a number of their iOS apps up to speed. When YouTube was removed from iOS, Google responded with the Search app to offer a web portal for all of their services on iOS. On top of this, Gmail for iOS saw a huge update recently that finally made the app usable over iOS’ Mail app. In summary, there’s quite a few Google Apps on iOS, and several of the recently updated ones are much nicer on iOS than on Android.The app that gets more attention from Google on iOS than any other is Google+. As Google seeks to increase the size of its budding social network, it is important to appear only slightly biased to their own platform. As a result, the Google+ iOS has gotten a lot of attention. The app takes full advantage of Apple’s design flourishes, causing swipes of the screen to travel down the feed much further than the Nexus 7. Refreshing your feed takes advantage of the pull down refresh that so many iOS apps have, while the Android version of the app uses a refresh button. Check out the video for evidence of this.The most recent Gmail update pulled from a lot of Apple’s design tools as well, though it managed to implement more than a few of Google’s own techniques. The Inbox and related controls are in a fly-in menu, which is something Google has been using on a lot of their apps in Android recently. The dam pull down refresh exists in this app, and the animations for selecting multiple messages. The iOS version of Gmail shows you the inbox and a message preview, which is a standard for desktop mail clients. For Android, you see things one pane at a time, and messages get viewed in full screen.Finally, Google’s bread and butter. The ability to search with your voice isn’t new, but with tools like Google Now and Siri they have grown more useful. Google’s search app for iOS includes a voice search that combines a lot of the basic tasks from Google Now, but stumbles in terms of functionality. The app is smooth, and lightning fast, but the voice search buttons only work on the home page of the app, which is difficult to get back to after a failed search attempt. If the voice command gets it right the first time, the experience is easily just as smooth as it is on Android.Even with Google at the helm, pushing more features to Android than iOS, Apple has provided an SDK that allows for these visual flourishes to make apps seem much higher quality even on lesser hardware. The iPad Mini is in no way as powerful as the Nexus 7, but you’d have a hard time proving it by using the same apps on both pieces of hardware.last_img read more

Top Canadian minister quits Justin Trudeaus crisisladen cabinet

first_imgTop Canadian minister quits Justin Trudeau’s crisis-laden cabinet The Canadian Prime Minister has been accused of pressuring his former Attorney General not to prosecute a major engineering firm. Share46 Tweet Email It grieves me to resign from a portfolio where I was at work to deliver an important mandate. I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.— Jane Philpott (@janephilpott) March 4, 2019 Image: Sean Kilpatrick Source: Jane Philpott/Twitter The current scandal (you can find more detail in our Explainer here) centres around claims that Trudeau’s former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was inappropriately pressured by the Prime Minister to prevent the prosecution of a major Canadian engineering firm accused of fraud and bribery. The affair has been politically costly to date. Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s closest adviser and a longtime friend, resigned two weeks ago, according to The Guardian. Wilson-Raybould has also resigned. Stating that concerns had been raised by her constituents and other Canadians, Philpott said tonight:“It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases.”- with reporting from Hayley Halpin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By AFP CANADA’S BUDGET MINISTER Jane Philpott has abruptly resigned, saying she no longer had confidence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which is embroiled in a major political crisis.“I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet,” Philpott said on Twitter.“The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system. Image: Sean Kilpatrick Mar 4th 2019, 10:38 PM 16,556 Views Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:38 PM 18 Comments Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised. last_img read more

Status Orange wind warning issued for 5 counties as Storm Hector blows

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share114 Tweet Email1 By Cormac Fitzgerald Status Orange wind warning issued for 5 counties as Storm Hector blows in A lesser Status Yellow warning has also been issued for six other counties. Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 1:09 PM 37,691 Views Image: Jun 13th 2018, 1:09 PM 19 Comments A STATUS ORANGE wind warning has been issued for five counties for tonight, with gusts of up to 125 km/hr expected.According to Met Éireann, counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo will be covered by the warning, which comes into effect this evening at 9pm and lasts until 10am tomorrow.The winds are associated with the incoming Storm Hector, with mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/hr with gusts of 110 to 125 km/hr. The winds will be strongest in coastal areas.A lesser Status Yellow warning has also been issued for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare and Kerry.In those areas winds are expected to reach mean speeds of 55 to 65 km/hr with gusts of up 90 to 110 km/hr.In general, the weather is set to remain cloudy this afternoon and become more unsettled as the day progresses.More severe wet and windy weather will hit most areas this evening.Tomorrow will start very windy in the areas affected by the warnings, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers across the country. Image: Short URLlast_img read more

Des portables sous Google Chrome à partir du 15 juin

first_imgDes portables sous Google Chrome à partir du 15 juinLe moteur de recherche américain va lancer des PC portables équipés du système d’exploitation Chrome à partir de la mi-juin.Google veut s’imposer sur un marché dominé depuis toujours, ou presque, par Microsoft et Apple. La société californienne va en effet lancer le 15 juin ses premiers ordinateurs portables équipés du système d’exploitation Chrome. Ce sont les marques Samsung et Acer qui vont produire les premiers “Chromebooks”, vendus 349 dollars en ligne aux Etats-Unis, en France, en Grande-Bretagne, en Allemagne, en Italie, en Espagne et aux Pays-Bas, révèle Le Nouvel Obs.À lire aussiGoogle coupe les ponts avec Huawei : ce que risquent les utilisateurs d’AndroidGoogle espère notamment que son activité de publicité en ligne sera dopée en attirant ses utilisateurs sur Internet, où ils devraient se connecter plus souvent et lancer plus de recherches. En effet, les PC équipés de Google Chrome seront optimisés pour la navigation sur Internet, via évidemment le navigateur Google du même nom.   Le 12 mai 2011 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tesla Model X Gets Perfect Safety Score

first_imgStay on target Surely by now we’re all well-acquainted with electric automaker Tesla. The company’s made waves with their advanced autopilot system (a pseudo-autonomous mode that’s working in vehicles today), their super-highly rated sedan, and their ability to engineer cars that perform stunningly well. Granted, not all news has been good, Teslas are expensive to maintain and can explode at times, but they’re still some of the safest cars around. At least according to the last crash test data on the upcoming all-electric Model X SUV.After extensive testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the agency that regulates these things) said that the Model X got top scores in all three of its categories: front impacts, side impacts, and rollover. Tesla is understandably quick to brag about their stellar report card. According to the tests, if you’re involved in an accident while in a Model X, you have a 93% chance of walking away without serious injury. This makes the SUV one of the safest cars ever made.Testing simulated everything from head on collisions as well as skidding into a pole or a tree. Data were collected from crash test dummies so teams could work out what kinds of injuries everyone inside may have suffered were it in the real world.If you’re wondering just what keeps passengers so safe, it really comes down to one thing: engineering. For starters, SUVs, despite their reputation for being some of the safest vehicles around, are really unstable. They ride so high that they often rollover — seriously injuring those inside. The Model X has an advantage here — its batteries and motors are all the floor of the car. That keeps the weight far lower than you’d see in a traditional SUV. As a result, the platform is more stable and unlikely to roll over in the first place.On top of that, Tesla’s have a lot more room to absorb impact. In crashes, the more mangled the car, the more kinetic energy from the car has been “spent” on twisting and warping the chassis. That’s why cars are designed with “crumple zones.” That helps dissipate energy and keep that from harming you. Because all of Tesla’s critical hardware is at the base of the car, Teslas actually have two trunks — front and rear. That gives the vehicles more space to absorb that impact. The Model X is so safe, in fact, that it is the second safest vehicle the NHTSA has ever tested. What’s the first, you ask? Well… Tesla’s Model S, of course. Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

Our Galactic Core Has Thousands of Black Holes

first_imgIt’s common knowledge these days that we have a supermassive black hole at the century of our galaxy. It contains millions of suns’ worth of matter, all compacted into a colossal void in space and time. And it’s not alone.A new study suggests that there are tens of thousands of smaller black holes nearby. Believe it or not, this makes quite a bit of sense. In the same way that the heaviest balls on a trampoline will naturally swirl inwards and pool in the center, black holes were thought to “sink” into the cores of galaxies and whorl around there. “This is just kind of astonishing that you could have a prediction for such a large number of objects and not find any evidence for them,” astrophysicist Chuck Hailey of Columbia University told NPR. Hailey and his colleagues were trying to find these missing black holes. Singular black holes, because are… y’know, black, are almost impossible to spot, unless you get really lucky with gravitational lensing. But black holes near other objects, especially stellar nebulae, or even whole stars, will interact with one another. “So we’re looking at the very, very, very center of our galaxy. It’s a place that’s filled with a huge amount of gas and dust, and it’s jammed with a huge number of stars,” Hailey said. The results, published in Nature, include observations of dozens of black holes and stars and gas clouds, all interacting and spewing out X-rays — that have since been picked up by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.This isn’t just significant because it’s evidence confirming past hypotheses, either. This is also more black holes than we’ve ever seen. Across the whole of our galaxy, we’ve spotted perhaps 50 or 60 black holes. Now we have tens of thousands. “I find black holes really cool,” Hailey says. “Finding large numbers of black holes is just really neat because it’s just a larger population to study. These are really exotic objects. The more that you can have of them, the more fun you can have studying them.”These results are, of course, preliminary, but according to Fiona Harrison, an Astrophysicist at Caltech who was not involved in the study, said that the X-rays “have the right distribution and the right characteristics to be a tracer of this otherwise completely hidden population.”In a related note, I think scientists have also just found the most metal way to die. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sunlight Supplys new owners making moves in Vancouver

first_imgSunlight Supply Inc.’s new owners could soon arrive in Vancouver with supplies of their own.Hawthorne Gardening Co., a subsidiary of lawn care giant Scotts Miracle-Gro, is pursuing a lease at a 125,000-square-foot building owned by the Port of Vancouver, where it says it would employ 50 people to make plastic containers and air filters.It’s unclear how many of those 50 jobs would be new hires or relocated workers from other facilities. Representatives for Scotts could not be reached for comment.Scotts absorbed horticulture supplies company Sunlight Supply early this month for $450 million and folded it into the Hawthorne brand. The acquisition is among the most expensive in Clark County history.The Port of Vancouver board of commissioners will vote on the lease Tuesday. The lease would last five years, costing Hawthorne just north of $3 million total, and give the company options to extend the lease for up to six more years.Hawthorne would be the first tenant at the Centennial Industrial Building, at 3300 N.W. 32nd Ave. The port spent nearly $10 million developing the building on spec, and it opened in March.last_img read more

Gattuso Suso deserves a contract renewal at AC Milan

first_imgManager Gennaro Gattuso believes that Suso deserves a contract extension at AC Milan based on his contributions to the team.Since arriving from a lacklustre spell at Liverpool in January 2015, Suso has emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in the Serie A.In light of this, the four-time Spain international had been linked with a return to Liverpool along with a switch to Tottenham in the Premier League last season.Suso is contracted at Milan until June 2022, but has continued to be of great interest to rival clubs with reports stating that he’s got a €40m release clause.And now Gattuso hopes the Rossoneri board will award his star playmaker with a deserved new contract.“My job is to coach, I am not an agent or a sports director. He deserves a contract renewal, but it depends on the management,” said Gattuso on Twitter.“There is great respect for Suso and he is contributing a lot to the team.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He immediately made himself available after coming back from a leg injury [in January].”Suso has managed six goals and eight assists in 26 appearances across all competitions for Milan this season.Gattuso’s side will now turn their attention towards Saturday’s visit to Atalanta in their Serie A match, where they hope to grab victory to hold on to fourth-place in the table.And the Milan coach warned his players that nobody is “untouchable” when it comes to a spot in his starting line-up.“We are doing well and we must keep this up,” said Gattuso.“I don’t like to talk about untouchables, as every player must fight for their place. Important teams are born out of respect, I like the fact that different players are starting to take responsibility both on and off the pitch.The Atalanta and Milan game will begin at 8:30 PM (CET) on Saturday.MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 10: Krzysztof Piatek (2nd L) of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)last_img read more

With Persistent Lead Sullivan Heads to Washington

first_imgWith more votes counted in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Dan Sullivan still leads Democrat Mark Begich by about 8,000 votes. The Associated Press is calling Sullivan the winner. While Begich hasn’t conceded, the former attorney general seem to be claiming his victory.Download Audio“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve my fellow Alaskans in the United States Senate,” Sullivan said in a written statement issued a few hours after the Division of Elections announced the results of some 17,000 late-counted ballots. Begich made slight gains in the latest count and now trails by 3.2 percentage points. The state still has more than 30,000 ballots left to count, though they’d have to break very differently to affect the outcome.Campaign spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan would be en route to Washington today and plans to participate in Republican organizing conferences Thursday.In the U.S. Capitol today, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met with the incoming GOP freshmen, minus senators-elect from Alaska and Louisisana.“We’re really excited about having a great new bunch here, and were hoping to be joined by Dan Sullivan and Bill Cassidy shortly,” McConnell said.The new members of both parties meet this week for freshmen orientation. They don’t take office until January.last_img read more

BNP rejects reports on Khaledas release on parole

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday termed ‘baseless’ different media reports on their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release on parole saying that there has been no decision yet in this regard.”Several newspapers have been publishing news with different headlines on the issue (of parole) for a few days. I would like to clearly say Khaleda Zia didn’t give any decision to go (abroad) for treatment on parole,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at the annual general meeting of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the National Press Club.About their meeting with Khaleda at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, he said as prisoners are allowed to meet their relatives and friends on the special occasions like New Year, they took the chance and met their chairperson. “But there’s nothing to invent from such a meeting.”Reacting to a media report on Khaleda’s release on parole for going to the UK, Fakhrul said an English newspaper ran news with specific date and day of their chairperson’s release on parole. “It’s very unfair.””It’s also regrettable that they (the English daily) contacted me for comment, and I said it’s completely baseless and untrue. Even after that, they published it prominently. We urge all to refrain from exercising such yellow journalism and not to confuse people,” he said.The BNP secretary general also called upon journalists to talk to responsible BNP leaders before running any news on important issues relating to their party.He also observed that social media platforms are now being used for the character assassination of people, including the politicians. “It’s a social crisis, and the media people should think about it.”The BNP leader alleged that a ruling party-backed quarter is controlling the media in a planned way and working to build society as per the government’s desire.He said the media is being controlled in such a way by creating an appalling situation that many popular intellectuals now cannot join television talk shows. “Now, it has become difficult to provide authentic information.”Fakhrul said many journalists who tried to present accurate information lost their jobs after the national election. “A section of journalists is now in a good position, but not majority ones while many are jobless.”He called upon all to mobilise public support to change the current situation and protect press freedom and people’s rights.The BNP leader alleged that the law-and-order situation has badly deteriorated in the country as the current government has no accountability to people. “The law enforcers have taken a position against people.”Fakhrul also bemoaned that politics has now got polluted so badly that it is difficult for good people to survive in politics.last_img read more

Why Musicals For The Deaf Are Not A Contradiction

first_img – / 5Please Sir, I want some more.Even for people unfamiliar with the story of Oliver Twist, many still know that famous line.Now, imagine someone saying it in sign language.Recently, Theatre Under the Stars gave a performance of the musical Oliver!. But on this night at the Hobby Center, there aren’t just actors onstage. On the floor to the right, in the dimly-lit performance hall, there’s another spotlight on two people dressed in black and gray, acting out the scenes in American Sign Language, or ASL.A musical for people who can’t hear? It may seem contradictory at first.“Deaf people get music,” says the Hobby Center’s Audience Services Manager Judi Stallings. “Just because they can’t hear everything, it doesn’t mean they don’t understand it. They get the rhythm, the flow, the fluidity of the music.”The Hobby Center is partnering with TUTS and the University of Houston’s American Sign Language Interpreting program to make the arts more accessible to Houston’s deaf community. It’s the first time they’re trying something like this.Brittany Best is majoring in American Sign Language Interpreting at UH and is one of the seven seniors responsible for translating the lines of the 58 characters in Oliver!. It’s pretty demanding.“I’ve got to know the actors’ lines; I’ve got to know my interpretation of those lines; and I’ve got to know what they’re doing onstage, because I’m not looking at them,” Best says. “So I’ve got to know all three and keep in line with the music (and) the tempo of the song.”The preparation began weeks in advance.“They engaged in complete script analysis and, along with me, worked through the script line, by line, by line,” says Sharon Hill, Program Coordinator and faculty member for UH’s ASLI program. She’s been instrumental in getting the project started.ASL is its own language and doesn’t have the same sentence structure as English, which means that translating word for word doesn’t always work. That’s also why subtitles aren’t usually ideal when trying to translate dialogue and music.“As Long as He Needs Me is really a challenging song,” says UH senior and ASL interpreter Barae Frizzel. “I almost spent a day just trying to study that piece. (There are) no signs that you can match to it. It’s more of a feeling and emotion that you have to connect with your audience.”When the lights come up at the end of the show, some people up front are waving their hands in the air. (Think jazz hands, but with more excitement.) That’s the deaf version of applause.Kristina Rodriguez, another student who was signing in the performance, has a unique experience with sign language. Both her parents are deaf and she grew up speaking ASL. This was her mom’s first time to a TUTS show.When she was asked what it was like to see her daughter in a live performance.Kristina translated the question and answer: “I’ve never seen my daughter act that way and have so much expression on her face. It was really exciting to watch. I’m just really happy to see her here.”It was also the first time for Robyn Brittan, another member of the deaf community.Sharon Hill translated her comment: “I see, as a deaf person, that I have access in my language. I miss not one piece of the show.”Stallings says this is a test-run to see if it’s something the Hobby Center can begin to offer more often as part of their accessibility initiative they began this year.“People that I know in the deaf community have assured me, ‘Don’t leave me out just because you think I can’t hear the music,’” she says. “There’s still something there for them.” 00:00 /04:01 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more