How some whales live more than 200 years

first_imgBowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus), denizens of Arctic seas, are known to live more than 200 years, yet they show few signs of the age-related ailments that plague other animals, including humans. Even the bowhead’s closest cetacean relative, the much smaller minke whale, lives only 50 years. That suggests the larger whales (which have more than 1000 times as many cells as humans) have evolved some special natural mechanisms that protect them against cancer and aging. Now, in an effort to uncover the massive cetaceans’ longevity secrets, a team of scientists has mapped the bowhead’s genome. This is the first time that the genome of a large cetacean has been sequenced. The researchers compared the whale’s genome with that of nine mammals, including other cetaceans, cows, rats, and humans, they report online today in Cell Reports. Their comparative analysis uncovered mutations in two genes, one that is thought to confer resistance to cancer and is also linked to aging and DNA repair; the other is involved with DNA repair only. The scientists next intend to insert these genes into laboratory mice to see if they increase their longevity and resistance to disease.last_img read more

Police search for NFL’s Aldon Smith in domestic abuse case

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Michigan beats Purdue to win 2nd straight Big Ten Tournament LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders’ Aldon Smith cools off during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland , Calif. Police are searching for suspended Smith, who is suspected of domestic violence. San Francisco police said Sunday, March 4, 2018, that Smith fled a San Francisco home Saturday night after someone called the police to report a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)SAN FRANCISCO — Police were searching for suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who authorities said Sunday is suspected of domestic violence.Someone called 911 to report a domestic violence incident at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a San Francisco police spokesman said. He added Smith fled the San Francisco home before officers arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games MOST READ Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. Andraychak said investigators are asking for the public’s help finding him.The troubled linebacker has been arrested several times on charges of drunken driving, vandalism and illegal possession of assault rifles among other charges since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in 2011 in the first round. The 49ers released him 2015 after he was arrested and charged with his third drunken driving in four years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Raiders signed him in 2015 and he played nine games for them until the NFL suspended him for substance abuse violations. The 28-year-old’s application to the NFL commissioner for reinstatement was initially denied in 2016 and is still pending. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

Rondina’s parents nothing but grateful as they get to watch daughter live for UAAP Finals

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The graduating Rondina could claim her first indoor volleyball title if the Golden Tigresses beat the Lady Eagles on Wednesday after a 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 Game 1 win last Sunday put them on the brink of the championship.Mother Alona said Rondina has been nothing but a blessing for them not only as a daughter but also as a breadwinner.Rondina has played in both in the indoor and beach volleyball circuits for much of her career even representing the Philippines in the two sports.ADVERTISEMENT Sisi Rondina’s parents Arnold and Alona. Photo by Bong LozadaMANILA, Philippines—It was an unexpected gesture, but it was still a present Arnold and Alona Rondina, parents of University of Santo Tomas’ star Cherry Rondina, humbly accepted.The combined efforts of University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo communities helped bring Rondina’s parents from Cebu to Manila to watch the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals live.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid ‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss READ: UST, Ateneo team up to bring parents of Rondina, Bicar, Pacres to ManilaUST’s skipper is a four-time UAAP beach volleyball champion, two-time Philippine Super Liga beach volleyball champion with Petron, and a one-time PSL All-Filipino champion also with the Blaze Spikers.It was these several titles with Petron that allowed Rondina to build a house for her parents in her hometown of Compostela in Cebu.“It’s a huge thing for us that at her age she was able to save up and build a house for her family,” said Alona of her 22-year-old daughter. “I really thank her for that.”READ: Breadwinner Cherry Rondina buys home for family in CebuArnold, who mainly raised Rondina while Alona was working as an overseas Filipino worker in Brunei, said that it’s always been Cherry’s promise to build them a house.“She told me ‘Pa I will work so I can build a house for you,’” said Arnold. “Our house before had just nipa for a roof and when it rains it leaks but now that won’t happen.”Rondina has two older sisters, Maria Kristina, 26, Karen Mae 24, and a younger sibling in Criselda, 19.“She’s worked hard in her volleyball career, and her dream was fulfilled because of the sport,” said Alona. “I thank her for everything.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Arnold said they were contented with watching Game 2 from their home in Cebu but thanks to the joint effort from the supporters of the two schools, they get a chance to watch their daughter get a shot at the UAAP crown on Wednesday.“It was unexpected and I also told Sisi that it was okay for us just to watch in Cebu from the television screen,” said Arnold in Filipino Tuesday at UST. “I thank the UST community for bringing us here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah Has Not Disappointed in Last College Season

first_imgEmmanuel Ogbah is Oklahoma State’s most important player.I guess that should have been obvious coming into the season, but sometimes these things can be overthought. No. 38 will be the best college football player on the field in pretty much every game OSU plays this season, and he doesn’t need any preseason awards anymore to prove it.Kyle Boone wrote a nice post on how immense the defensive line has been so far this season and Ogbah is its anchor. Its stalwart. He is all over the field. He’s in the backfield chasing QBs. He’s downfield chasing RBs. He’s everywhere.Ogbah had six tackles, two and a half tackles for loss and two sacks against Texas. That led to Big 12 Player of the Week honors for him on the defensive side. He now has 19 tackles, seven TFLs and five and a half sacks in four games. Both his TFL and sack per game averages are in the top six for Big 12 linemen.Ogbah has now had at least one sack in every game this season and at least one sack in 10 of the last 12 games. But it goes beyond the sacks. Watch how much attention Texas has to pay attention to him here.Watch how he gets doubled here and frees Ryan Simmons and Miketavius Jones to chase Jerrod Heard 20 yards in the wrong direction (and Ogbah nearly gets in on the action at the end!)This is a gift for Glenn Spencer.The craziest part is that it seems like everyone has just grown to expect this. I looked for a quote or two from Spencer or Mike Gundy to throw in here about how good Ogbah was on Saturday. Maybe there’s something out there, but I couldn’t find it.No. 38 has done this for so long, it’s become commonplace (which it isn’t). If the Pokes even remotely contend for the Big 12 crown this year, it will be on the broad shoulders of their best NFL prospect in years. I think he’s probably capable of handling it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Premiership clubs seek talks with RFU over ending promotion and relegation

first_imgPremiership Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Share on WhatsApp Rugby Football Union Robert Kitson Topics Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Taking rugby into Star Trek territory needs core base to back the mission Rugby union news Share on Facebook The owners of Premiership clubs are seeking talks with the Rugby Football Union over ending promotion and relegation in England’s top flight.Fears had been raised about England’s top clubs forcing a breakaway but the league’s governing body, Premiership Rugby, has pledged to thrash out a way forward with the RFU. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger The RFU’s interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, in December branded the idea of ring-fencing the Premiership this season as “wishful thinking”.But England’s top-flight clubs agreed at Tuesday’s monthly Premiership Rugby board meeting to seek out a summit meeting with the RFU.“Our key objective is to deliver long-term financial sustainability for professional rugby in England,” said a Premiership Rugby spokesperson.“Now is the right time to sit down with the RFU, who are our partners within the Professional Game Agreement. We will be coming back to the next Premiership Rugby Board meeting on 9 April with an update.“These crucial discussions are about deciding the most effective structure for the top end of the game in England. They have to be structured, balanced and create the best long-term solution for English rugby.” PA Share on Pinterest Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Capital Health Budget Approved 200405

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Department of Health has approved the 2004-05health services business plan for the Capital District HealthAuthority. The plan includes a balanced budget of $517 million. “Nova Scotians expect us to provide a sustainable health-caresystem over the long term,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac.”We need to maintain a balanced budget in order to meet thisexpectation.” The Department of Health announced in December 2004 it wouldallow Capital Health to revise its existing business plan. Theplan is now complete and has been approved by cabinet. The department wanted to ensure Capital Health’s outstandingbudget issues were addressed, with the least impact on deliveryof health-care services. These measures prolonged the formalapproval process. Each of the province’s district health authorities and the IWKHealth Centre are currently in the process of submitting proposed2005-06 health services plans to the province. In keeping with standard practice, the district healthauthorities and the IWK will then be informed of their approvedfinal business plans following the release of the 2005-06provincial budget.last_img read more

Auction of World Cup 2002 memorabilia to benefit UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will receive the proceeds from an “unprecedented” online auction of football memorabilia set to run through the entire 2002 World Cup, the UN agency announced today.Among the items up for bid in the Internet auction, which is sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), are gear signed by Pelé as well as original home jerseys from the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa signed by those countries’ entire national soccer teams.The auction is part of a series of events at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and the Republic of Korea devoted to children, according to UNICEF. FIFA has dedicated the tournament to young people under the banner “Say Yes for Children” – the first time the World Cup has been devoted to a humanitarian cause.These activities constitute “the first major event in a global alliance forged last year by UNICEF and FIFA that promises to have far-reaching benefits for children,” the agency said. The UNICEF-FIFA partnership is also operating at the country level, where the football association is supporting agency efforts to use sport in a variety of ways, including rehabilitating children in post-conflict situations and educating young people about HIV/AIDS. read more

US factory output rises for 5th straight month in June boosting economy

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2014 8:29 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture. The modest gain underscored manufacturing’s role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.Factory production rose 0.1 per cent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, down from a gain of 0.4 per cent in the previous month. May’s data was revised slightly lower, but April’s reading was revised much higher.Despite June’s small increase, manufacturing output rose in the second quarter at the fastest pace in more than two years, providing a critical boost to the economy after it contracted sharply in the first three months of the year. Factory output climbed 6.7 per cent at an annual rate in the second quarter, the most in more than two years and up from just 1.4 per cent in the first quarter.Overall industrial production, which includes manufacturing, mining and utilities, edged up 0.2 per cent in June, down from a 0.5 per cent gain in May.Mining output, which includes oil and gas drilling, surged 0.8 per cent. Utility production fell 0.3 per cent, mostly reflecting weather patterns. Industrial production rose at an annual rate of 5.5 per cent in the second quarter, the best showing in nearly four years.“The industrial economy is in reasonable shape but the recovery is steady rather than spectacular,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Most economists are optimistic that factory output will keep rising. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said earlier this week that its regional manufacturing index reached a four-year high in July.Americans are buying more cars and businesses are spending more on steel and other metals and computers. Auto sales reached an eight-year high in June. Auto production slipped last month, the Fed said, but that followed several months of strong gains.Petroleum output fell, but mostly because of a temporary disruption at a large refinery, according to the Fed’s report.The government’s jobs report earlier this month showed that factories added 16,000 positions in June, the most in four months, and the average work week for manufacturing employees remained at a post-recession high.A survey earlier this month by the private Institute for Supply Management, meanwhile, found that manufacturing expanded in June for the 13th straight month, though at a slightly slower pace than the previous month. Growth was broad-based across nearly all the 18 sectors that the survey covers. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.The economy shrank 2.9 per cent at an annual rate in the first quarter, the worst showing in five years.But most economists expect growth returned in the April-June quarter. On average, analysts forecast the economy grew at an annual pace of 3 per cent in the second quarter, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics. While healthy, that’s down from a 3.5 per cent forecast a month earlier.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factory output rises for 5th straight month in June, boosting economy after dismal 1Q read more

UN underscores the need to celebrate indigenous peoples not confine them

“They form about 5,000 distinct indigenous groups, and speak over 4,000 languages,” Liu Zhenmin, the head of Economic and Social Affairs at the UN (DESA), told the high-level segment of a meeting to mark the day at UN Headquarters in New York, highlighting their strong spiritual connection with their lands and resources.“However,” he pointed out, “indigenous peoples are increasingly losing their ancestral lands as a result of development projects, settlement programmes, conflict and violence, and climate change,” he added.,While constituting less than five per cent of the world’s population, they account for 15 per cent of the poorest. “As a result, urban areas are now home to a significant proportion of indigenous populations,” he stated.The 2018 commemoration shined a light on Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement.While migration offers some opportunities, such as the hope of peace, security and better social services, Mr. Liu outlined the challenges, including “poverty, little or no access to education, employment or other social services, as well as human trafficking, gang-related and other violence.”And yet, indigenous peoples have created ways to revitalize their cultures and strengthen their identities.Taking the podium, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, noted that about 65 million have been forcibly displaced overall, including some 21 million refugees, three million asylum seekers and 40 million internally displaced persons.“Indigenous peoples are not on the margins of these movements,” she said, pointing out that some migrate for economic reasons, others for natural disasters, conflicts or to protect human rights.“For some Aboriginal Peoples such as Inuit, Sami, Fulani, Tuareg, displacement is also part of the traditional way of life,” she added.,Ms. Aboubakrine explained that these displacements have been handed down for thousands of years from generation to generation, as a way of preserving natural resources, the environment and biodiversity, saying that it is “crucial” for indigenous survival.She concluded by urging Member States and the international community to revise migration policies to align with international human rights treaties, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.,Elizabeth Scaffidi,Opening the panel discussion, Rosa Montezuma expressed pride in being a young indigenous woman, the first to hold the title of “Miss Panama 2018,” expressing her hope of using the opportinity to demonstrate that indigenous women are capable, talented and professional. “Indigenous peoples have the right to live with respect, free of all kinds of discrimination,” she said.  Speaking on behalf of the Tohono O’odham Nation in the US state of Arizona, Amy Juan painted a picture of enforced militarization and occupation that curtails their freedom of movement.,Ms. O’odham pointed to the establishment of the US Department of Homeland Security in 2002 after the 2001 terrorist attacks, saying: “We have come to look around us and live with checkpoints to every entrance and exit to the Tohono O’oodham nations, that consists of armed Border Patrol agents, canines, and infra-red, radiation and surveillance technology.”In his message for the Day, Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres called on Member States to protect the rights and identities of indigenous peoples and to adopt later this year the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which seeks to protect the rights of vulnerable migrant groups. read more

For Ohio State football greatness might literally be 2 steps away

Urban Meyer didn’t necessarily stare into the souls of his players, but it was close. “I watched — I don’t know, out of the blue — I started watching guys’ faces and how easy it is to be average,” the first-year Ohio State football coach said. “It’s just so easy. I mean it is. I mean, think about it, for all of us. It’s so easy to be an average whatever. It’s so easy to just be an average guy.” Not that he quite knows why, Meyer says he was just watching his players’ faces, just thinking of them. “I was just looking in their helmets and I saw the guys,” he says. Meyer’s says his gaze then turned to junior safety C.J. Barnett. In that moment, he says, he realized something. “C.J. Barnett is a guy that just does not accept to be average,” Meyer says. “And then I looked at a couple guys next to him and they do accept it.” He says it’s his job, his duty as a coach and motivator, to break average and instill a yearning for greatness in its place. Great teams, Meyer says, play through the whistle. They take two extra steps, run two extra yards. At the message’s core, great teams, do more than that’s expected of them. It’s an in-house philosophy Meyer has brought to Columbus. “Our whole thing is that if we ask you to go 10, go 12. If we ask you to go six, go eight,” he says. “You hear the whistle blow, you don’t anticipate (it)-a lot of times you see teams play slow because they anticipate a whistle.” Meyer says he wants his players to run through that whistle-even it’s for two steps. “It’s all two steps,” Meyer says. “Keep going two steps.” The former Florida coach says he “had some teams play like that.” The OSU squad he inherited in November, though, is another story, Meyer says. “This team right now doesn’t play like that,” says Meyer, who won two national titles in five years in Gainesville. The remedy? Meyer says it’s a combination of the two-step and relentless effort of going from “Point A to Point B.” “There’s a kid named Jamal Marcus. He doesn’t know which way up is right now,” Meyer says. “But he knows from Point A to Point B and he’ll run over anything in his way to get Point B.” The Marcus, of course, that Meyer is referring to is a freshman linebacker who was an All-State defensive end in North Carolina before arriving at OSU. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said going from Point A to Point B “very, very, very” fast is one of the team’s core values. The trick, the former Buckeyes interim head coach says, is getting guys to go that hard under control. Fickell says he’ll take that, though. “I can assure you I’d rather teach a guy how to control himself than try to teach him how to go very hard.” Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of those players who Fickell expects to run from Point A to Point B as fast as he can. Shazier says Meyer anticipates that sort of effort, too. But not just from him. “He looks for it in me, he looks it in everybody, he just wants everybody to get to the ball. From Point A to Point B, four to six seconds, you want everybody as hard as they can,” says Shazier, who amassed 57 tackles last season-the most by any true freshman in the last 15 years. Ask any OSU football player or coach, and the phrases “Point A to be Point B” or “four to six  seconds” seem to roll off the tongue. Arguably, it’s symptomatic of a first-year coach changing the culture of a program in line with what he sees fit. And it would seem that breaking any sort of contentment with “average” is one of those alterations. Though, Meyer says he won’t limit what exactly defines it per se. “Greatness (means) we’re going to try to push you to maximize who you are,” he says. “If you’re a 2.0 student — that’s what you are,” he says. “We’re going to push you to be a 2.0 student. If you’re a 2.0 student but you really should be a 3.0 student, we’re going to grind you.” It’s the same thing on the football field, he says. And while Meyer says he wouldn’t mind the greatness in terms of having top-shelf, elite talent at OSU, that’s not what it’s necessarily all about. “Greatness isn’t exactly a first-rounder.” read more

GAWU to take GuySuCo NICIL to court over remainder of severance

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has filed legal proceedings against the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), to which GuySuCo has transferred all of its assets, with the view of having them pay “all severance or redundancy payments or allowances due, owing and payable under the provisions of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Chapter 96:01” to the 4283 employees that were made redundant in 2017.Former Attorney General, Anil NandlallIn GAWU’s legal proceedings which is being handled by attorney-at-law (and former Attorney General) Anil Nandlall and his associates, the applicant, which is the legitimate trade union for the retrenched workers, is contending that the redundant workers were to receive their redundancy allowance/ severance payment not later than December, 29 2017, in accordance with the letter and spirit of Section 21 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay (TESPA) Act.However, GAWU in its application, which was seen by this publication, is contending that the 4238 workers who were employed at Skeldon, Rosehall and the East Demerara Sugar Estates were paid only a portion of their redundancy allowance/severance payment and despite the workers’ as well as the Applicant’s repeated demands to GuySuCo for payment of the full redundancy allowance/severance payment due, the Corporation has “failed and refused to do so.”The matter is fixed for hearing on July 20, 2018, at the High Court before Justice F. Corbin-Lincoln.In January of this year Government had announced that redundant sugar estate workers whose severance payments are $500,000 and less will be paid in full by the end of January 2018, while workers receiving in excess of the aforementioned sum would attain 50 per cent of their severance benefits by the end of January and the other 50 per cent at the end 2018.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and GAWU had decried that Government’s move to pay in two tranches was illegal, with the PPP’s leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo signalling in February of this year that they would help retrenched sugar workers to mount a legal challenge against government over their severance payments.In what is described as the largest retrenchment by a private or public corporation in recent history, state owned GuySuCo as part of its plans to restructure the sugar industry has dismissed in excess of 4500 sugar workers from various estates.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeverance pay: Despite GAWU’s court case, Govt will pay when “it promised”- HarmonJuly 5, 2018In “Court”$2.4B tabled for remainder of severance pay as workers protest outside of ParliamentOctober 18, 2018In “Business”Wales sugar workers picket for redundancy payAugust 15, 2018In “Business” read more

EHF process against Russian Handball Federation due positive doping test of three

The EHF Court of Handball has initiated legal proceedings against the Handball Federation of Russia and three of its female national team players following positive doping tests at the Women’s 19 EHF EURO played in Slovenia in July/August 2017.The doping tests were carried out by the EHF Anti-doping Unit as part of its in-competition testing programme and analysed at a World Anti-doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory.The samples provided by all three players contained the metabolic modulator Meldonium, which is listed under Class S4 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List.One player tested positive in the main round for the banned substance and two further players provided positive tests in the final round of the competition.The EHF Court of Handball has now confirmed the provisional suspension of all the three players: Antonina Skorobogatchenko, Maria Duvakina and Maria Dudina.According to Article 10 of the EHF Regulations for Anti-doping, if more than two members of a team are found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during an EHF competition period, the competent legal body shall also impose an appropriate sanction on the federation. For this reason, legal proceedings have also been initiated against the Handball Federation of Russia.All parties have now been asked for a statement and further information by the EHF Court of Handball. Each player is permitted to request a hearing. ← Previous Story Thierry Anti and HBC Nantes together until 2020 Next Story → LidlStarligue 2017/2018 start: Montpellier smash Chambery read more

House for sale in England with the dead owners buried in the

first_imgIt is important to note that the previous owners’ last wishes were to be buried in this garden, which is where both currently rest.Oh. Grand. But is it near any good schools?H/T John CoventryThis supermarket Twitter account just killed it in a length pun-off>Star man Chris Hadfield tries his hand at hurling in Dublin> YOU KNOW WHAT they say, your home is your castle.When you live somewhere for a large part of your life, it’s no surprise that you become attached to the place.But one couple in Teddington, England have taken this attachment a step further.By being buried in the back garden after they died.The couple’s rather, ahem, unusual request was revealed when Curchod’s estate agent uploaded what at first appears to be a run-of-the-mill house description. Source: CurchodsYes, that’s right. The last line reads:last_img read more

Climat les ministres de lEnvironnement sengagent à renforcer leur coopération

first_imgClimat : les ministres de l’Environnement s’engagent à renforcer leur coopération Bali, Indonésie – A l’issue du forum ministériel mondial organisé la semaine dernière par le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (Pnue), les ministres de l’Environnement se sont engagés à intensifier et améliorer leur coopération en matière de lutte contre le changement climatique et de protection de l’environnement.A Bali, une centaine de pays ont reconnu l’urgence de réaliser des progrès concrets en matière de négociations sur le changement climatique, suite à l’échec du sommet de Copenhague qui s’est tenu en décembre dernier.”A peine plus d’un mois après la conférence de Copenhague, les ministres de l’Environnement ont parlé d’une seule voix, claire et sans équivoque” s’est réjoui le directeur exécutif du Pnue, Achim Steiner. Tous ont convenu de la nécessité d’une refonte du système institutionnel global, afin d’assurer la gestion des questions climatiques et environnementales. La protection de la biodiversité et la réduction des émissions de carbone sont au centre de ce remaniement.A Copenhague, aucun accord contraignant n’a été signé mais tous les pays participant au sommet ont convenu de fixer à 2°C la limite de réchauffement global à ne pas dépasser, conformément aux recommandations des experts du climat. A la date butoir du 31 janvier 2010, soixante pays dont la Chine, les États-Unis et les 27 membres de l’UE, ont présenté leurs engagements individuels de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre à l’horizon 2020.Alors que l’ONU souhaite voir ces engagements relevés, sous peine de ne pas parvenir à limiter le réchauffement à 2°C (voir article), les négociations internationales reprendront en avril prochain à Bonn, en Allemagne. Cette conférence aura notamment pour but d’élaborer un plan de travail en vue du prochain sommet mondial sur le climat qui se tiendra à Cancun, au Mexique, du 29 novembre au 10 décembre 2010.Le 2 mars 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Complaints About Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Being Too Difficult

first_img Hands-On: ‘Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’ Is Another Lavish Crash B…The Biggest Trailers From the 2018 Game Awards Upon its release in late June, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was compared to Dark Souls by some gaming outlets. Crash Bandicoot games were always challenging, but many reviewers and consumers found the remastered title exceptionally difficult. It turns out that these complaints aren’t entirely unfounded.In an Activision blog post, Vicarious Visions’ Kevin Kelly explained how Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is different from the original games. The studio wanted a more “cohesive experience across all three games.” In order to achieve that, each title has the physics of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Since that is the third game in the trilogy, it has the most updated controls. While the logic behind making all the games play the same is sound, it does make the original Crash Bandicoot harder than it used to be.“We went through rounds of internal testing, user testing, and iterations to get each game’s handling to just the right place,” said Kelly. “In the end, we ended up tuning jump differently for each game, so that the jump metrics are the same as the originals. However, there are a few subtle differences in Crash Bandicoot, chief among these being the fact that you fall more quickly upon release of the X button than you did in the original first game.”Kelly went on to say: “An increased precision is now required in the first game, which makes the gameplay experience different. Particularly if you are a new player, you may want to start with the second and third games first, and then come back to try Crash Bandicoot after you’ve had more practice. For those of you who played the originals and acquired a fair amount of muscle memory, re-learning the handling in our game may present an additional challenge you weren’t expecting. But we’re sure you up to the task.”I’ve played a little bit of the first game in this collection and can vouch for how tough it can be. But like any title, users just need to acclimate to its controls. Despite being more challenging than expected, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is still a solid and fun experience. I highly recommend it to any PlayStation 4 user. Just… be patient with it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bayern Munich chief rules out any January signings

first_imgUli Hoeness revealed there are currently no plans at Bayern Munich to invest on new players during the January transfer windowThe Bavarians suffered a third Bundesliga defeat this season in Saturday’s Der Klassiker to rivals Borussia Dortmund.The result leaves Bayern seven points behind league leaders Dortmund.However, the club’s president Hoeness insists there are no plans to panic-buy in the winter.The German revealed to Sky that they “will certainly not be active” for the January transfer window, with the likes of Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara set to return from injury,Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We get Coman back before Christmas. Thiago can play again in two or three weeks,” said Hoeness.Therefore, teenage star Alphonso Davies will be the only new arrival at the Allianz Arena from Vancouver Whitecaps in January.Although, the summer transfer window may be a different story for Bayern.“Next year, when the second step of the upheaval comes, we will certainly change the team’s face quite a bit,” added Hoeness.Bayern, who have now dropped to fifth in the Bundesliga, will next face Fortuna on November 24.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories online in MarchApril 2016

first_imgThe most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 15 March and 17 April 2016:Government confirms plans to limit salary sacrificeIn the March Budget, the government confirmed it is considering limiting the range of benefits that attract relief on tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) when offered via salary sacrifice arrangements  bit.ly/1MDA3SzHow the Budget 2016 will impact employee benefitsA round-up of the key announcements from the 2016 Budget, as delivered by Chancellor George Osborne on 16 March. bit.ly/1SgL0GKMercer and Thomsons Online Benefits partner on global benefitsMercer has partnered benefits software provider Thomsons Online Benefits to offer global benefits management solutions for multi-national organisations. bit.ly/1Nj0zk5Tax-free childcare to be phased in and childcare vouchers extendedThe government has announced that the new tax-free childcare scheme, to take effect from early 2017, will be rolled out throughout the year. bit.ly/1WBlUaFEmployee Benefits Awards 2016 shortlist unveiledThe shortlist for the Employee Benefits Awards 2016 has now been revealed. The winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on 3 June. bit.ly/1NxscB1Reward Gateway owner acquires PerkzReward Gateway’s parent organisation, International Benefits Holding (IBH), has acquired Perkz, an online employee benefits platform for the UK and Ireland. bit.ly/1VxLrSHEmployer contributions to public sector pensions to increaseIn the March Budget, Osborne announced that employer contributions to public sector pensions will increase from 2019-20 onward. bit.ly/1WbkLWUEmployee Benefits Connect 2016 speaker slidesWhere speakers have given approval, we have uploaded the slides for the keynote and conference sessions at Employee Benefits Connect 2016, which took place on 9 March at the Lancaster London. bit.ly/26aW81fAdmiral CEO gifts £1,000 to employeesHenry Engelhardt, chief executive officer at Admiral, and his wife, Diane Engelhardt, are personally gifting between £500 and £1,000 to each member of the organisation’s 8,300-strong global workforce. bit.ly/1XESYNhInsurance premium tax to rise to 10%The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) is to rise from 9.5% to 10% from October 2016. bit.ly/1MDzZlUlast_img read more

Julian Assange arrested in London as US awaits his extradition

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sits in a police van following his arrest Thursday. Getty Images WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody by London’s Metropolitan Police on Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he’s been living for almost seven years. Sporting a thick beard, Assange was whisked across London to Westminster Magistrate’s Court, where he was found guilty of breaching bail. That charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 12 months. Having now left the sanctuary of the embassy, Assange could also be extradited to the US. The 47-year-old faces charges stemming from his alleged role in what the US Justice Department calls “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” The Justice Department said Thursday that the arrest was pursuant to an extradition treaty between the US and the UK. The arrest took place inside the embassy after Ecuador withdrew asylum, police said in a statement. UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted to confirm Assange’s arrest. “No one is above the law,” he said. The only footage of Assange’s arrest appears to have been captured by Russian government-funded news outlet RT. 1:26 WikiLeaks described the turn of events as a travesty of justice. “Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter. The arrest comes only days after UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer warned that expelling Assange from the embassy could leave him vulnerable and “expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights.” Assange started living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges. Those charges have since been dropped, but Assange was still wanted in the UK for skipping bail in 2012. He has remained in the embassy out of fear of being extradited to the US on separate charges. What the US says On Thursday, the Justice Department unsealed court documents, dating back to March 2018, in connection with a federal charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified US government computer.” The indictment alleges that, in March 2010, Assange conspired in the endeavor with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the US Army, to access a Defense Department network. The Justice Department alleges that Assange encouraged Manning to provide him with classified records. During one exchange, the DOJ alleges, Manning told Assange “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left,”  and Assange replied by saying, “curious eyes never run dry in my experience.” If convicted, Assange would face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the Justice Department said Thursday. In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019 Commentscenter_img Julian Assange WikiLeaks 99+ After Julian Assange’s arrest, the US DoJ piles on WikiLeaks and Assange have been under scrutiny since the highly publicized 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents. In the first decade after its 2006 launch, WikiLeaks released — by its own count — more than 10 million secret documents. The leaks ranged from a video showing an American Apache helicopter in the Iraq War shooting and killing two journalists in 2007 to emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta during the 2016 presidential race. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama declined to press charges for revealing secrets, concluding that WikiLeaks was working in a capacity akin to journalism. But the case was never formally closed, and the Justice Department under President Donald Trump signaled a willingness to take another look at the case. Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he hopes that Assange will be extradited quickly to the US.  “Julian Assange has long professed high ideals and moral superiority,” Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, whatever his intentions when he started WikiLeaks, what he’s really become is a direct participant in Russian efforts to undermine the West and a dedicated accomplice in efforts to undermine American security.” Fighting against extraditionAt a press conference outside the London courthouse, Assange’s attorneys said that they would fight extradition to the US. They dismissed the US charges related to hacking allegations and said that Assange’s arrest was an attack on journalism.  “It is quite obvious that the US authorities have picked just one element of what they’ve been working on for a long time,” Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief, said at the conference. “There is no assurance that there would not be additional charges when he is on US soil.” A judge said that Assange will return to court on June 12 for extradition matters, which his attorneys and supporters will continue to fight. Outside the courthouse, protesters were chanting, “there’s only one condition, no extradition.” Assange’s attorney Jen Robinson said he had a message for the public.  “I’ve just been with Mr. Assange in the police cells, he wants to thank all of his supporters for their ongoing support, and he said, ‘I told you so,'” Robinson said. In a statement on Twitter, Robinson said she had confirmation that Assange’s arrest was “not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request.” An early warning that Assange would be evicted from the embassy came in a thread of tweets from the official WikiLeaks account a week ago. The organization claimed to have details about Assange’s imminent release from a high-level source within Ecuador. Soon after the tweets were sent, activists supporting Assange turned out with banners and tents in support of his freedom. Following the protesters came the police, who many assumed were there to arrest Assange as he left the embassy. In a video statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno said the country was withdrawing asylum due to Assange’s “discourteous and aggressive behavior.” Tech Industry Politics ‘Hopefully he will now face justice’ Sen. Richard Burr, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s chair, said in a statement that Assange and WikiLeaks had been working with the “Russian intelligence services for years.”  “Mr. Assange engaged in a conspiracy to steal classified information, putting millions of lives at risk all over the world,” Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, said. “Hopefully he will now face justice.” President Donald Trump stepped back from previous remarks about WikiLeaks. During his presidential campaign, Trump made several comments about the site. At an October 2016 rally, for instance, he said, “I love WikiLeaks.” At a press conference Thursday, a reporter asked the commander-in-chief if he still felt that love.  “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump said. “It’s not my thing.” He added that he’d be leaving the handling of the case to the Justice Department. “I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange, and that will be a determination from the attorney general.” CNET’s Richard Trenholm contributed to this report. Originally published April 11 at 2:45 a.m. PT. Updates, 6:31 a.m.: Adds information from the US Justice Department; 7:15 a.m.: Includes result of Assange’s court appearance; 7:30 a.m.: Adds comment from Sen. Mark Warner; 8:18 a.m.: Adds remarks from Assange’s lawyers; 9:07 a.m.: Includes additional details; 9:36 a.m.: Adds comments from Sen. Richard Burr; 10:01 a.m.: Includes remarks from Trump.  last_img read more

Justice Department Sues California Over Impeding Immigration Enforcement

first_imgCharles Reed/APForeign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 2017.Updated at 9:20 p.m. ETThe Justice Department is suing California and two top state officials, accusing them of interfering with federal immigration efforts by passing and enforcing state laws that hinder U.S. operations against undocumented people.The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., points out that the Constitution gives the U.S. government sweeping authority over immigration.Justice Department lawyers argue that California is blocking enforcement efforts by the Department of Homeland Security and imposing other, impermissible obligations on the federal government. Federal authorities said that evades common sense and has the potential to endanger communities in California and beyond.The new federal case represents an escalation of the long-running battle between the Trump administration and California, whose Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, and attorney general, Xavier Becerra, have positioned themselves as ideological opponents to the White House on matters from immigration and climate change to criminal justice.Echoing the tone and favored language of President Trump on Twitter, Gov. Brown issued a statement Tuesday night that called the federal lawsuit “SAD!!!” and a political stunt.Last year, California lawmakers passed three immigration-related laws that feature prominently in the new lawsuit. One bars private employers from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration officials and requires businesses to notify workers in advance of a federal raid.A second law restricts state and local law enforcement from voluntarily sharing information with the feds about the release dates of undocumented people in their custody. That law also bars the transfer of undocumented people into federal custody. The third law under federal challenge covers state inspections of detention facilities that hold noncitizens in federal custody.The Justice Department is asking for a preliminary injunction to block those three laws. To advance their cause, federal lawyers cite a 2012 Supreme Court dispute, in which the Obama administration sued Arizona over its punitive law meant to crack down on immigrants there.A divided Supreme Court eventually ruled parts of the state law were “pre-empted” under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. In essence, the court’s five-justice majority said that federal law trumps state law in the immigration area, lest each state develop its own policy toward immigrants.Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime proponent of immigration restrictions, will speak Wednesday at an annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers’ Association in Sacramento.“The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you,” Sessions will tell that group, according to an advance excerpt of his remarks. “We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America.”Becerra, a former Democratic representative, will speak to the same group later Wednesday.In his statement, the state’s governor took on Sessions. “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America,” Brown said. “Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”In D.C., senior Justice Department officials said California had acted in “quite obviously novel ways” and that the state laws there were “glaring and in some respects go beyond what we’ve seen” elsewhere. Those officials said the Justice Department is in the process of reviewing other state immigration laws.The U.S. Justice Department is also locked in courtroom battles with California and other jurisdictions over its threats to withhold federal law enforcement grant money from sanctuary cities, which refuse to voluntarily share information with immigration agents.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more