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Coutinho stunner ensures perfect Iniesta send-off

first_imgBarcelona 1 Real Sociedad 0: Coutinho stunner lights up Iniesta’s farewell Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 04:43 5/21/18 Andres Iniesta - cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning goal as Barcelona marked Andres Iniesta’s final game for the club with victory over Real Sociedad. Andres Iniesta’s illustrious Barcelona career came to an end with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at a Camp Nou in celebratory mood.The 34-year-old had announced in April that he would leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season – just two days before Ernesto Valverde’s side beat Deportivo La Coruna to confirm a 25th LaLiga title.Played out against that backdrop it was hardly surprising that, at times, it felt more like a testimonial match rather than the final league game of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Iniesta demonstrated his abundant repertoire in a dominant first-half display, finding his team-mates with an array of precise and inventive passes, something he has done with distinction since his debut in the 2002-03 campaign.While the World Cup winner was not involved in the game’s solitary goal, he will have surely looked on admiringly as Philippe Coutinho whipped in a fine finish from outside the area after 57 minutes.The curtain eventually came down on Iniesta’s time with Barca in the 81st minute, the midfielder leaving the field to a rapturous reception and handing over the captain’s armband to Lionel Messi in a symbolic gesture.Final whistle!FC Barcelona 1-0 Real SociedadCoutinho #BarçaRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/2GXTOv5s5O— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 20, 2018 In a bright, open start it was the visitors who carved out the first clear sight of goal though, Willian Jose heading straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Adnan Januzaj’s clipped cross.The Belgian winger then tested Barca’s goalkeeper himself soon after with a whipped effort from outside the penalty area before Iniesta came close to a fairytale goal – his low strike flashing past Miguel Angel Moya’s right-hand post and into the side netting.A rejuvenated Ousmane Dembele then delivered two fine crosses in quick succession that should have resulted in an opener. First, an unmarked Ivan Rakitic failed to locate the target with a header from 10 yards and then Luis Suarez scuffed a shot wide from the Frenchman’s low ball into the box.Sociedad were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men moments before the interval when Raul Navas hacked down a marauding Dembele, referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero opting to give the defender just a yellow card. Last game for these one club legends.@xabiprieto10 & @andresiniesta8 @fcbarcelona @realsociedadThanks! ¡Gracias! Eskerrik asko! pic.twitter.com/d6UHma5WOX— FC Barcelona  (@FCBarcelona) May 20, 2018Barca started the second period with a spring in their step and were rewarded with a goal of the highest calibre from Coutinho.The Brazilian – who netted a hat-trick in last weekend’s remarkable 5-4 defeat to Levante, a result that ended Barca’s unbeaten record in the league this term – cut in from the left and unleashed a trademark curled finish from 25 yards that crashed in off Moya’s left-hand post.Messi almost set up a second within minutes of his introduction, only for fellow substitute Denis Suarez to shoot too close to Moya, while the Argentine forward failed to direct a header beyond the Sociedad goalkeeper from Luis Suarez’s cross. Iniesta’s long goodbye finally came to an end nine minutes from time when he was replaced by Paco Alcacer, while there was also time for Sociedad to pay tribute to their own legendary midfielder in Xabi Prieto, the 34-year-old coming on for the final few minutes ahead of his impending retirement. Key Opta stats:- Only Xavi Hernandez (767) has made more appearances for Barcelona than Iniesta in all competitions (674). – Iniesta is the second player with the most wins in La Liga in the 21st century (312, Casillas 311), after Messi (315). – No other player has scored more goals from outside the box than Coutinho in Europe’s big five leagues this season (eight, level with Messi, four with Barcelona and four with Liverpool).- Barca are unbeaten in 35 consecutive games at Camp Nou in LaLiga (W29 D6), their best unbeaten home streak since November 1993 (40 – W34 D6).- Barcelona (99 goals) have failed to reach 100+ goals in a single league season for the first time since 2010/11 (95 goals). – Prieto has made 376 appearances in LaLiga – only five players have made more for Sociedad.  read morelast_img read more

Former NFL GM: Kyler Murray’s Not A ‘Go-Getter’

first_imgkyler murray looks to pass at the college football playoffMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Kyler Murray might not be the greatest prospect over the past few years, but the dual-threat quarterback is certainly the most polarizing. There are certain people that find him to be an elite playmaker, yet the other side of the spectrum features a strong amount of skeptics.The biggest concern with Murray is his small frame, which could struggle to handle the brutality of the NFL. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t suffer many hits in his only season as the starter at Oklahoma.Murray has the athleticism and arm strength that should excite general managers everywhere. Unfortunately, Scot McCloughan isn’t one of those executives that is completely sold on the Heisman Trophy winner.Sports Illustrated spoke to McCloughan for its feature on Murray, as the former GM of the 49ers and Redskins revealed that he doesn’t see him as a “go-getter.”On the flip side, McCloughan did go out of his way to explain that Murray’s lack of leadership shouldn’t affect his production on the gridiron.From Sports Illustrated:“To be a legit NFL quarterback you’ve got to have leadership qualities,” says Scot McCloughan, a former NFL GM who assisted the Browns in scouting Mayfield, their 2018 No. 1 pick. “Watching Kyler do an interview, it’s like, C’mon, guy, what do you got? Give me something. I’m sure they’re trying to train him up, but . . . he’s just not a go-getter. Doesn’t mean he can’t be a good QB. Just means he’s not gonna be the guy in the locker room.”The NFL Draft is set for next Thursday, where all signs point to Murray becoming the No. 1 overall pick.We’ll find out then if the Arizona Cardinals believe Murray can be the face of their franchise.[Sports Illustrated]last_img read more

Forbidden Root & Fernet-Branca Collaborate to Create “Fernetic”

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Best American Liqueur 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic When you’ve got a brewery that makes it their purpose to highlight the amazing flavors of botanicals, and a spirit that’s made from twenty-seven different herbs and other ingredients, good things are bound to happen.In this case, Fernetic happened, thanks to Chicago’s first botanical brewery, Forbidden Root and talian Amari producer Fernet-Branca.If you missed it last week, we  already wrote about why you need to check out Forbidden Root. This new collaboration, the first for Fernet, is yet another delicious reason.After working with the Branca family, the team at Forbidden Root deconstructed Fernet-Branca’s recipe in order to create the 8.4% ABV black ale.“Our goal was to find a way to translate the Fernet-Branca experience into beer and Forbidden Root was the natural partner to make this happen. Amaro and craft beer fans alike will now get to experience something that has never been done before – the first collaboration of this kind for both Fernet-Branca and Forbidden Root,” Edoardo Branca, the sixth generation Branca family member now managing the Fratelli Branca business in the U.S., said in a statement.That experience includes using ingredients such as rhubarb root, saffron, and wormwood (in addition to many of the other twenty-seven botanicals that give Fernet-Branca its distinctive flavor). The nose of Fernetic is a mix of coffee and mint, and the palate is roasty, a little bitter, and a little creamy.Fernetic is available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles (that are dipped in black wax) on a very limited basis for $14.99. Starting this month, Fernetic will be also available in Massachusetts, Florida, Rhode Island and Ohio. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

In the news today June 12

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, June 12———ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT UPHOLDS RULING IN BOYLE CASEA lawyer for Joshua Boyle can introduce evidence of his client’s estranged wife’s past sexual history at the former Afghanistan hostage’s trial, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled. Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to offences against Caitlan Coleman, 33, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement. The Superior Court judgment upholds a decision last month by trial judge Peter Doody that was the subject of a review requested by Coleman’s lawyer Ian Carter. The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip to Asia.———LIBERALS TO DECIDE ON AMENDMENTS TO NEW ENVIRONMENTAL RULESPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is “absolutely irresponsible” for conservative premiers to threaten to tear Canada apart if the government doesn’t accept all the Senate’s amendments to new environmental-assessment legislation. The Liberals are expected to say as early as Wednesday what they want to do with the 187 amendments made to Bill C-69 in the Senate last week. The bill would revamp the way the federal government evaluates major infrastructure projects, from pipelines to interprovincial highways. The conservative premiers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, and the non-partisan premier of the Northwest Territories, wrote an “urgent” letter to Trudeau Monday telling him that he must accept every last one of the amendments or he will be threatening national unity.———B.C. FIRST NATIONS PUSH FOR CONSERVATION AREAFirst Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square-kilometre conservation area to protect major watersheds and sensitive species. The proposal would cover the ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations and would be larger than Vancouver Island, taking up a massive section of north-central B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government hasn’t said whether it supports or opposes the idea after seven months of phone calls, letters and meetings with officials from various ministries, say the project’s proponents.———HIGH DDT LEVELS FOUND IN NEW BRUNSWICK LAKESResearchers have discovered that five remote New Brunswick lakes still have high levels of a pesticide banned 46 years ago. The scientist behind the study says the findings have significant implications for today. In the 1960s and ’70s, New Brunswick was one of North America’s highest users of DDT to control spruce budworm in the province’s forests. Canada banned the chemical compound in 1972. Joshua Kurek, a biologist at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., says he was surprised to find plenty of DDT in the lakes’ most recent sediments. He says the levels are high enough to affect life in the water.———FEDERAL LIBERALS TO UNVEIL SOCIAL-FINANCE STRATEGYThe federal government is to unveil its promised strategy today, planning to use hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to finance new, experimental ways to deliver social services. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is scheduled to make a mid-day announcement in Montreal. The Liberals have been crafting a strategy for social finance, as it’s known, for years, hoping to bring private money into social services governments provide themselves or directly fund. Under the concept, private backers partner with a group or organization to fund new ways of helping people improve their job skills or health, for instance, with public dollars flowing in if the partnership produces measurable results.———GOVERNMENT TO TEST SEVERAL POSSIBLE NEW PAY SYSTEMSThe minister responsible for replacing the federal government’s disastrous civil-service pay system says Phoenix will likely be running for several years while a series of pay “experiments” are tested alongside it. Treasury Board President Joyce Murray is to announce today the next phase in creating a new human-resources and pay system for the government’s roughly 300,000 employees. For several months, the government has been working with pay-system suppliers to see which one could replace Phoenix, which has improperly paid more than half of all federal workers by depositing too much money in their bank accounts, short-changing them or in some cases not paying them at all for long periods.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make an announcement in support of women’s organizations in Ottawa.— The Special Senate Committee on the Arctic releases a report on the urgent issues facing the region.— The verdict is expected in the case of a Halifax police officer, Const. Gary Basso, charged with assaulting a homeless man outside a shelter.— A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for Lisa Batstone, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the smothering death of her daughter Teagan, 8, in 2014.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

School closed for violations leaves kids stranded

first_imgAPTN National NewsA school in suburban Winnipeg has been closed because it doesn’t meet provincial health and safety codes.The school had been used by children evacuated from the flood-ravaged Lake St. Martin First Nation since last year.About 80 children may soon be split-up and sent to different schools.It’s more bad news for the entire community of St. Martin who had to be relocated from northern Manitoba to Winnipeg because of a flood last year.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Paitpo goes inside the school.last_img read more

Hoping and praying as Manitoba flood waters rise

first_imgAPTN National NewsCommunities in Manitoba are dealing with massive flooding and some have declared a state of emergency.Heavy downpours last week have caused power outages, washed out roads and evacuations in many areas across the province.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the latest from Long Plain First Nation.last_img

Chinese tiremaker picks North Carolina site for major plant

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. – A Chinese tiremaker is moving more aggressively into the U.S. market, announcing plans Tuesday for a North Carolina factory that is to eventually employ 800 and produce six million tires a year.A state committee that administers large corporate tax breaks approved plans to coax Triangle Tire to rural Edgecombe County, about 65 miles (100 kilometres) east of the state capital of Raleigh. The $580 million plant is the first in the United States for the Weihai, China-based maker of tires for passenger vehicles, trucks and buses and heavy equipment.“We expect that this will provide a huge boost in brand awareness and interest in our products as we continue to expand our presence in the U.S.,” Manny Cicero, CEO of the company’s Triangle Tire USA subsidiary, said in a statement.Triangle Tire could get up to $152 million in state and local tax breaks, worker training and other incentives if it meets hiring targets. The jobs are projected to pay an average wage of $56,450 a year, well above a county average of $32,642.The company said in a disclosure to the Shanghai Stock Market last month that construction would start next year on a two-phase plan to first build a factory producing 5 million passenger cars a year. That would be followed by production lines churning out 1 million commercial vehicle tires a year. The company added that construction is expected to take two to three years for each project.The Triangle factory marks at least the third Chinese tiremaker to build production plants in the U.S.Wanli Tire Corp. said in June it plans to build a factory employing at least 400 people and later rising to 1,200 in South Carolina, America’s tire-producing capital. Sentury Tire announced plans in 2016 to develop a $530 million factory in LaGrange, Ga.Triangle was the third-largest tire Chinese manufacturer based on 2015 global sales, according to Tire Business, an Akron, Ohio-based trade newspaper. Triangle ranked 17th among tire companies in worldwide sales, the newspaper estimated.The plant is to be located on a nearly 1,500-acre (600-hectare) site between Rocky Mount and Tarboro, which was offered as a location to potential manufacturers needing lots of space by the economic development groups that assembled it. The site is near the major Interstate 95 road corridor and borders a CSX Transportation rail line. Triangle’s operation would use about 400 acres (160 hectares) of that site, state Commerce Department spokesman David Rhodes said.Triangle Tire has exported to the U.S. market for more than two decades and established its U.S. subsidiary in Franklin, Tennessee, nearly two years ago, the company’s website said.Its parent company, Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd., manufactures more than 25 million tires a year that are sold in more than 180 countries. The company’s manufacturing systems are highly automated and the company is working on tires with built-in chips that monitor and collect information about road conditions, temperature and tire wear and damage.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/emery .___Associated Press writer Joe McDonald contributed to this report from Bejing.last_img read more

TransCanada signs agreements with all Indigenous Band Councils along Coastal GasLink route

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – TransCanada Corporation announced this morning that its Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project subsidiary has signed community and project agreements with all of the elected Indigenous bands along the proposed natural gas pipeline’s route.The company said that the 20 total agreements demonstrate the strong support it has received from local Indigenous groups for the proposed natural gas pipeline.“This is an important milestone for the Coastal GasLink team,” said Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project president Rick Gateman. “When we first began this project over six years ago, our goal was to build more than just relationships with First Nations communities in B.C.; it was to build trusted partnerships, and that has made all the difference. We are grateful to these First Nations communities for this opportunity and appreciate the incredible support they have shown us over the years.” TransCanada says that the contracting and employment opportunities, along with the long-term benefit programs set forth in the agreements, were designed specifically for each community along the route and will provide Indigenous groups with job opportunities and sustainable sources of revenue over the life of the project.A map of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project route, along with the 20 Indigenous bands TransCanada has signed agreements with. Supplied photoAgreements have been signed with the elected leaders of the following Indigenous bands:Stellat’en First NationSaik’uz First NationCheslatta Carrier NationMcLeod Lake Indian BandSaulteau First NationsKitselas First NationWest Moberly First NationsLheidli T’enneh First NationNadleh Whut’en Indian BandBurns Lake Indian BandBlueberry River First NationsHalfway River First NationDoig River First NationWet’suwet’en First NationYekooche First NationNee Tahi Buhn Indian BandSkin Tyee First NationWitset First NationNak’azdli Whut’enHaisla NationIn addition to the agreements with the elected Indigenous leaders, TransCanada said that the project also has support from several traditional and hereditary leaders within these communities. The project continues to hold discussions with some hereditary governance groups and is optimistic that additional agreements may be reached in the near future, should the project receive a positive final investment decision from LNG Canada.“Today’s announcement is a testament to what we can accomplish when industry and First Nations work together,” said Witset First Nation councillor Gary Naziel. “This project will provide jobs, contracts and financial benefits that Witset First Nation can use to enhance programs and initiatives for our citizens, such as language and cultural programs. We look forward to continuing to work together with the Coastal GasLink project toward these common goals.”Coastal GasLink awarded approximately $620 million in conditional contracting and employment opportunities to northern Indigenous businesses back in July. The project anticipates another $400 million in contracting opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses during the construction period, bringing the total to approximately $1 billion for B.C.last_img read more

Natasha has her own individuality

first_imgMumbai: Actor Varun Dhawan says he is with Natasha Dalal because she has her own individuality, and he wants to be supportive of her dreams. “Where me and Natasha are concerned, I think, eventually, after we get married, we are together all that stuff, she has to, she has her own individuality,” Varun said. “That’s why I’m with her because she has her own individuality, she has her own voice which is super strong with things she wants to do and things she wants to achieve in life. And, as her partner, that is something I want to support, you know. And, she has been so supportive where my career is concerned, always, from day one actually,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotVarun opened up about his relationship when he appeared on an episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’ season 6. The unseen footage from the episode will air on Star World on Sunday, read a statement. Looking back, Varun said: “Because I have known her, we were in school together. We were just friends, we weren’t dating then. But since day one she has been supportive of my dreams and it has to be the same. It has to be equal from my side. From my side, I have to be supportive of her dreams also, or what she wants to achieve, or what she likes. I think as a couple you want to evolve together.”last_img read more

UNbacked Western Sahara talks begin in New York amid clashes on the

8 November 2010The parties to the dispute over Western Sahara met today in New York for the start of the third round of United Nations-backed informal talks, while clashes on the ground between Moroccan security forces and Saharawi protesters have reportedly resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. The security forces engaged in an operation this morning to close the camp set up by Saharawi protesters outside the city of Laayoune a month ago, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“The information available to us to date as to the reasons for this operation, the level of force employed, the reaction of those in the camp, and the number of casualties among the protesters and security forces is sketchy and contradictory,” he stated, adding that, by all accounts, there are a number of dead and wounded. UN personnel in Western Sahara are attempting to gain a more complete picture of the facts.“It is highly unfortunate that this operation and the events preceding and following it have affected the atmosphere in which these talks are being held,” said Mr. Nesirky. “We call on all parties involved to exercise the utmost restraint in the hours and days to come.”The talks between the parties – Morocco and the Frente Polisario – are taking place on Long Island at the invitation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. The two-day discussions also include representatives of the neighbouring States of Algeria and Mauritania. The UN has been involved in efforts towards a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. A UN mission, known as MINURSO, has been entrusted with monitoring the ceasefire reached in September 1991 and organizing a referendum on self-determination. read more

President heads to China

The two countries have regularly exchanged high-level visits resulting in a variety of agreements. China has emerged as one of Sri Lanka’s key development partners in the post-conflict period.The President’s office noted that Sri Lanka was among the first countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China. China has consistently supported Sri Lanka in combating terrorism and at many international fora, including the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC). During his stay in China, President Rajapaksa is expected to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart as well as Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Vice President Li Yuanchao, Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan and Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng. The President is also scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremonies of the Global Service Forum – Beijing Summit and the 2013 International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).Since the establishment of full diplomatic ties in1957, Sri Lanka has continuously maintained close and friendly relations with China. President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in China today (Monday) on a four day state visit on the invitation of the President of China Xi Jinping, the President’s office said.President Rajapaksa is among the first few foreign leaders to visit China since the new leadership assumed office in March. The talks will center on further enhancing cooperation between the two countries in areas of trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and technology, defense, and regional and international affairs. read more

Finance Ministry announces tax and duty reductions

The Finance Ministry also said that the production tax on mini trucks and single cabs will be reduced from Rs. 10,000,00 to 700,00 from tomorrow. State Minister of Finance Eran Wickremeratne said that the duty and tax reductions are not targeting an election but part of pre-budget concessions. (Colombo Gazette) The Finance Ministry today announced some tax on duty concessions, during a press conference at the Finance Ministry.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the 10 percent Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) levy imposed on internet services will be removed from September. The 90 percent tax imposed based on the value of motorcycles less that 150cc has also been removed. read more

UN Security Council calls on Eritrea Ethiopia to cooperate on marking boundary

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council urged the two Horn of Africa countries “to cooperate fully and promptly with the Boundary Commission and to create the necessary conditions for demarcation to proceed expeditiously, including through the unequivocal restating of Ethiopia’s acceptance of the Boundary Commission’s decision, the appointment by Ethiopia of field liaison officers and the payment of its dues to the Boundary Commission.”The two countries should normalize their relations and “refrain from any threat or use of force against each other,” the Council said.It noted that the UN, the United States, Algeria, the African Union and the European Union – witnesses to the December 2000 Algiers Agreements on a ceasefire between the two parties – maintained unanimous support for Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy and the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).It reminded the two countries that delays in marking the boundary were imposing “additional operational costs” at a time of “increasing demand for United Nations peacekeeping and resources from the international community.”In that regard, the two Governments should quickly establish a high-altitude flight route between Eritrean capital, Asmara, and the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to “relieve the unnecessary additional cost to UNMEE and member States,” the Council said. read more

Domestic violence in Afghanistan is endemic perpetrators go unpunished – UN study

Domestic violence against Afghan women appears endemic, and attacks against them usually take place with impunity, according to a disturbing new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).Uncounted and Discounted, a study of more than 1,300 cases reported to authorities between January 2003 and June 2005, found that violence against women – whether sexual, physical or psychological – affects all branches of Afghan society, regardless of the woman’s marital status or her level of education or employment.At a briefing in Kabul today, UNIFEM’s Afghanistan Director Meryem Aslan told reporters that local women seeking help from violence need improved access to public services, given that the traditional support structure for women – the family – is often the source of the violence.“I would guess if Afghanistan progresses better economically, and women and men in this country get a better economic situation, women will at least be able to seek help more easily,” she said.More than eight out of every 10 acts of violence is committed by a family member such as a husband, father-in-law, son or cousin. In many of the remaining cases the perpetrator is someone known to the woman. The study found that women committed about 10 per cent of the violent acts.Ms. Aslan cited several examples of cases examined in the study, including one where village elders ruled that a six-year-old girl who had been promised in marriage to an older man who then died should marry another member of his family instead, despite the girl’s refusal. In another case, a woman was charged and jailed for adultery was then raped by prison guards and not allowed to see her children.The study was conducted in part because there is very little research or formal records of violence against in women, Ms. Aslan added, and most experts suspect that the violence is widely under-reported.But she said there are limited attempts to tackle the problem, including safe houses for victims of domestic violence in the cities of Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif and some legal aid programmes. read more

Brock recognizes profs for creative teaching and research

Nancy FrancisBrock students benefit from the commitment and expertise of faculty who give them an innovative and student-centred environment. Their influence engages students to think creatively and critically inside and outside the classroom.Brock will honour two professors for their outstanding contributions to teaching and research at Fall Convocation on Saturday, Oct. 22.Vincenzo De LucaNancy Francis from the Department of Kinesiology will receive the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching. Vincenzo De Luca from Biological Sciences will receive the Brock University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity.The Brock Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant commitment to giving students a quality learning experience. It also acknowledges contributions to curriculum development and the mentoring of colleagues.Francis will receive her award at Saturday’s 10 a.m. ceremony. She will also deliver the Convocation address at the 2 p.m. ceremony.The Brock Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding research achievements, contributions to the training of future researchers, and consistent scholarly or creative performance.More than 800 students are expected to receive their degrees at Fall Convocation. All ceremonies will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium. There will be a reception for graduates, family and other guests after each ceremony.• Read more about Francis and De Luca’s achievements read more

BrockTV to broadcast River Lions home games

When the Niagara River Lions kicked off their Canadian professional basketball season Thursday, May 9, they did it with some behind-the-scenes support from Brock University students.The River Lions are one of six teams in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which opened its inaugural season with Niagara playing on the road against the Saskatchewan Rattlers Thursday night.The team is working this year with BrockTV, the on-campus broadcaster run by the Brock University Students’ Union.Running from May until mid-August, the River Lions’ season lines up with what is typically a quiet time for BrockTV.Executive Director Mitch Morrone struck up a deal with the basketball team to be the official broadcaster for all 10 home games at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, providing live streams of each game, post-game wrap up videos and a five-part behind-the-scenes documentary on the team.“It helps us build a sense of community, getting out there and reaching different partners,” Morrone said. “We want to let people know we don’t only cover Brock events.”It’s a mutually beneficial partnership, said River Lions Director of Operations Michelle Biskup.“Not only will they help deliver a high-quality live stream for CEBL.TV at all home games, but they have already contributed in taking our online presence to the next level with our Inside the Den documentary series,” she said. “We have been very impressed with the professionalism of the BrockTV crew and are thrilled that we are able to provide an outlet for Brock students to gain experience outside of campus.”From September to March, BrockTV provides live broadcasts of all Brock Badgers men’s and women’s basketball and hockey games, as well as select soccer, volleyball, rugby and lacrosse matchups.The outlet gives nearly 20 students part-time work in roles such as camera operator, director or commentator. The deal with River Lions allows BrockTV to employ eight students through the summer.“It’s a professional development opportunity for the student employees we have working in the industry,” Morrone said. “It gives them the sense of a different scale and working in a bigger environment.”In addition to their work with Brock Sports, the student-funded BrockTV has also stepped up its video support services for others around the University.Anyone interested in working with BrockTV should reach out to ed@brocktv.ca or visit BrockTV.ca read more

Kevin Love Broke Hand Doing Knuckle Pushups

Well, at least Kevin Love did not do an Amare Stoudemire and knowingly thrust his hand into harm’s way. But how the Minnesota Timberwolves all-star and Olympic forward broke his hand is almost as bizarre.Unlike Stoudemire, who was so frustrated after a playoff loss to the Miami Heat that he crashed his hand through a glass fire-hydrant case, causing a huge gash, Love accomplished his injury by, of all things, excercising.Yes, Lowe, the team revealed, fractured his hand doing knuckle push-ups with trainer Rob McClanaghan at his condo prior to the team’s practice. No surgery will be required and Yahoo Sports reports that Love could miss less time than first expected six to eight weeks.Here’s Love via a statement:“Yesterday, I had a post-practice commitment and decided to work out at my home with my personal trainer before heading to Target Center. While doing various pushups, including knuckle pushups, which are part of my regular workout routine, I hurt my hand. I immediately knew something was wrong and called head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam.“Although I’m disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible. We have added a lot of depth to our roster this season, and I have complete confidence in my teammates and coaching staff that they will step up and we will be successful during this time. I’m looking forward to supporting our team and helping out any way I can until I get back on the court.”Coach Rick Adelme said, “”I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe it. Here we’re trying to get ready and then we have something like this happen. I learned a long time ago. I’ve had so many injuries to good players, I’ve started to think maybe it’s me.”Any missed time by Love will be detrimental to a young team looking to make noticeable advances this season. Second-year forward Derrick Williams of Arizona — who had moments of outstanding play as a rookie — will assume many of the minutes available in Love’s absence. read more

Codemasters is joining THQ in using activation codes to thwart used games

first_imgTraditional publishers have a lot of hate for the used game market, perhaps best encapsulated by a quote from THQ’s Cory Ledesma, who said that THQ “doesn’t care” if gamers who pick up a user copy of a title get upset because THQ has held some of the content of a game back from them, because “when a game’s bought used we get cheated.”I’m sympathetic to the situation that game publishers are in as brick and mortar stores like Gamestop buy up used games for pennies on the dollar and bump the price down by five or ten bucks: brick and mortars are now making most of their money on used games rather than new games, and that’s bad for the bottom line.AdChoices广告That said, it’s a basic principle of economics that a finite good’s value is increased by it being resellable, because people are more likely to lay out money for something if they think they can get most of that money back in the future. I don’t understand why game publishers don’t get this basic fact, which is why I’m disappointed to see that Codemasters intends to go the THQ route by requiring one-time activation codes to get full access to a game’s features. Codemasters’ Rod Cousens explains how it will work:“It’s not inconceivable to say that we send out a Formula One game that’s not complete – maybe it’s got six tracks. Then they have to buy their next track, and you follow it around the world. When you turn up in Abu Dhabi you have to pay for the circuit, and whatever the changes are to the cars that are put through. That, I think, would deal with a lot of it, and also address the pre-owned.” Yeesh. If you want to eliminate used games, switch over to a digital delivery model, but quit punishing gamers for adding value to your titles by wanting to buy them used.Read more at Crunchgearlast_img read more

Samsung de nouveau autorisé à vendre la Galaxy Tab en Australie

first_imgSamsung de nouveau autorisé à vendre la Galaxy Tab en AustralieLa cour de justice australienne vient de lever l’injonction contre Samsung, qui pourra vendre sa tablette de nouveau à partir de vendredi. Sauf en cas d’appel de la part d’Apple. Apple et Samsung sont engagés dans des procédures contentieuses dans une dizaine de pays. La guerre des brevets n’est pas gagnée, mais Samsung gagne ici une petite bataille. À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Depuis le 13 octobre, la Cour fédérale de Sidney avait interdit la vente de la tablette. Cette décision préliminaire, en attendant de savoir si Samsung a oui ou non volé des brevets d’Apple, est lourde de conséquences. Un tel produit ayant une durée de vie de 12 mois, l’interdire même temporairement aurait « pour effet de tuer la Galaxy Tab 10.1 en Australie », soulignent les juges. Ils sont donc revenus sur leur décision.Apple pourrait néanmoins contre-attaquer. Des faiblesses existant dans son argumentaire pourraient être corrigées, et surtout le groupe américain pourrait saisir la Haute cour afin d’obtenir une suspension au-delà de vendredi. Car si les ventes commencent il devient bien plus compliqué d’interdire la tablette, créant une pénurie. La même bataille avait déjà eu lieu en Allemagne. Début septembre, Apple l’avait emporté et la Galaxy Tab 10.1 avait été interdite. En novembre Samsung a annoncé avoir modifié la tablette pour le marché allemand, qui l’attend toujours…Le 30 novembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Occupancy rate of Macaus 4star and 5star hotels falls in July

first_imgThe occupancy rate of Macau’s hotels saw a slight 0.4% increase to 93.5% in July 2019, despite a decline in the rate at the city’s 5-star and 4-star hotels.The occupancy rate of 5-star hotels fell from 94.8% in the prior year period to 94.4% in July, while 4-star hotels experienced a 6.3% decline to just 88.1%. Macau’s overall figures were salvaged by a 10.5% increase in occupancy at 3-star hotels, which jumped from 86.3% in July 2018 to 96.8% this time around. The average room rates increase at all levels to an average of MOP$1,355.50 for the month.Macau’s average occupancy rate for the first seven months of 2019 is up 1.2% year-on-year to 92.5%, with 5-star hotels up 0.4% (93.2%) and 3-star hotels up 10.3% (95.1%) while 4-star hotels are down 2.7% (89.4%). Load More RelatedPosts Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge helps Macau visitation climb 16.3% in Julylast_img read more