The Oklahoma State-UTSA Game in Four GIFs

first_imgI’m going to try and do a better job of serving up football GIFs in the near future (side note: if you’re into OSU and are really good at making GIFs, email me!). Here are four of the best from Saturday’s game.Ramon Richards pickThat’s definitely triple coverage and I could be talked into quintuple coverage. Good decision, UTSA.Jhajuan Seales TDAdChoices广告This didn’t get much run because … defense, but man, he looks like a monster here. How about more back shoulder throws to 81 and fewer fades to David Glidden? Cool? Great pass by QB1, too.Deric Robertson TDThis was sort of a summary of every turnover OSU created on Saturday. Fumble, scoop, six.Emmanuel Ogbah danceWhen it’s Friday and you realize you have a three-day weekend. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Do you watch Futsal?

first_imgSometimes 3. Why do you watch Futsal? Maybe Volkswagen Mercedes Bundesliga Audi Yes Volvo Yes No They are too expensive 7. What is your opinion on Electric Vehicles? 5. Which of the following do you associate Volkswagen with? They are cost effective Yes Kia Faster games 4. Which of these car brands is Official Mobility Partner of UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 and UEFA EURO 2020? English Premier League Chevrolet They are safe and reliable Better goals I don’t trust them They are unreliable 0% Audi No 1. Do you play Futsal? Learn from SurveyGizmo experts that, by surveying your customers about your brand, you can gain valuable insight into specific areas of knowledge and associations. Please take my survey now Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Opel France national team Opel 3. Which of these car brands do you associate with European football? 9. Would you consider switching to driverless cars when the technology is available? Skip survey header German national team Hyundai BMW Champions League No Volvo Toyota Hyundai No UEFA Euros Toyota BMW Youth football DFB Pokal UEFA Futsal Mercedes 2. Do you watch Futsal? 6. Does Volkswagen’s association with football grow your appreciation of this brand? Ford Yes Women’s football They are good for the environment Chevrolet Spain national team vw futsol Premier League Did you watch UEFA Futsal EURO 2018? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Portugal Spain Futsal Getty Premier League Two weeks ago, Portugal were crowned European Futsal champions for the first time and now we want to know your thoughts on the sport Creative, fast-paced, skillful. Futsal has it all. And the five-a-side game is becoming more and more popular for football fans across the globe.But do you play Futsal? Do you watch it?Let us know by filling out the short survey below! Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 Nissan 8. Would you consider buying an Electric Vehicle in the future? Games are full of skill I play and so it is relatable to me Maybe Ford Volkswagen No Yes Kia Nissan last_img read more

Leicester deny Mahrez retirement post

first_imgRiyad Mahrez Leicester deny Mahrez has retired after Algerian’s Facebook account hacked Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Getty Images Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Premier League WTF The Algeria international’s social media page suggests he has been forced to hang up his boots on medical grounds, but the Foxes have denied it Leicester City have denied that Riyad Mahrez has retired from football, instead insisting that his Facebook account was hacked.A message emerged via Mahrez’s verified Facebook page late on Tuesday, suggesting the Algeria international was bringing an end to his career.However, the Foxes have now confirmed that the post was not a genuine one, and that they have had the post taken down from the social media site. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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  Riyad Mahrez Leicester City RetirementA spokesman confirmed: “Yes that’s correct. It’s not a genuine post and we’re working with Facebook to have it removed.”A picture of Mahrez had been uploaded to the popular social media platform, with an accompanying caption, which read: “After the last consultation with many doctors, I’ve decided to stay away from football.”As my time as a football player comes to an end, I would like to say few words.”I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city. You will be always in my heart.”Mahrez saw a deadline-day move to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City fall through in January and the 27-year-old was absent from Leicester for 10 days.last_img read more

Report: Plzen 2 Sporting 1 (2-3 ag)

first_imgViktoria Plzen 2 Sporting CP 1 (aet, 2-3 agg): Battaglia header sends visitors into quarter-finals Ryan Benson 04:37 16/3/2018 jesus-cropped Getty Images Rodrigo Battaglia’s extra-time goal proved crucial, as Sporting CP beat Viktoria Plzen 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 on Thursday. Sporting CP have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Viktoria Plzen, as Rodrigo Battaglia got the vital goal in extra-time in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat.The Portuguese side’s luck appeared to have deserted them when Bas Dost saw a penalty saved in second-half stoppage time, sending the game to extra-time after Marek Bakos’ brace had wiped out Sporting’s 2-0 lead from the first leg.But Jorge Jesus’ men stepped things up a notch in the first half of extra-time, making the most of their superiority with Battaglia’s header on the stroke of the interval, and Plzen – who needed another two goals in response – were left deflated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 It took the home side just six minutes to pull themselves back into the tie, as Bakos headed in at the far post following a fine Jan Kovarik cross from deep on the left flank.However, Sporting did a good job of restricting their flow of further chances, and they should have drawn level just before the break – Bryan Ruiz slamming a left-footed volley wide from about eight yards out.Sporting missed another glorious opportunity early in the second half.Bruno Fernandes’ long-range strike was parried to Marcos Acuna, whose follow-up effort bounced back off the right-hand post before he then hit the rebound over.And Plzen capitalised just after the hour mark – Bakos sweeping into the bottom-right corner from just out the six-yard box following Radim Reznik’s pinpoint cut-back.Dost was presented with the perfect chance to get a vital away goal right at the end of normal time, but his tame penalty – which he had won – was easily saved by Plzen goalkeeper Ales Hruska, securing extra-time for the hosts.Sporting’s progression, though, was ultimately sealed just before half-time in extra-time, as Battaglia headed in Fernandes’ cross, taking Sporting into the last eight.last_img read more

Why Mike Gundy Has New Life as a Coach and is Excited About the 2019 Season

first_imgDiscipline — or lack thereof — was a constant gripe among spectators last season. The team wasn’t very good as it was, but when it was, penalties and lapses in thinking often made them look worse.So Gundy’s solution? For him, it’s simple: get back to his coaching roots. That means more discipline, more physicality, and in turn, hopefully, a better team.“I feel like we need to be a more disciplined, physical, tough football team,” said Gundy. “So I’m going to make a point as I did in the spring and hopefully it carried on this summer when the players were working out and obviously we’re not out there with them, to be a more disciplined, physical football team, and I think that will help our team. So I’m excited about just seeing the results.” 20165.342 YearAvg. penalties per gameNational Rank 20175.133 ARLINGTON, Texas — The added density on the mullet and the favorable home schedule aren’t the only reasons Mike Gundy has a pep in his step as he looks ahead to the 2019 football season.At Big 12 media days on Monday, Gundy explained he is especially rejuvenated this summer for the upcoming season because of another reason: lack of success last season.“I’m more excited and looking forward to a season than I have in a long, long time,” he said. “We didn’t play as well last year as we should have, in my opinion, and it was the result of me not doing my job and holding coaches and players accountable. We weren’t a very disciplined football team. We weren’t a very tough football team. Those are two areas that we can control the outcome.”Gundy’s teams typically rate out above the national average (sometimes well above the national average, sometimes just averug) in terms of penalties per game, but 2018 was definitely a slip far below what has been the norm in the four years before it.As you can see below, from 2015-2017, the team ranked inside the top 50 each year in penalties committed. In 2018, however, OSU committed 6.8 penalties per game, ranking 95th in the country according to While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 20106.893 20136.9105 20115.551 20146.275 20186.895 20155.538 20126.684last_img read more

Legislation Formally Merges Accounting Bodies Into One

first_imgProfessional accountants in Nova Scotia will be governed by one organization, Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia, as the province completes the required legislation to merge the three former accounting bodies. Legislation introduced today, Nov. 27, will merge the certified general accountants, certified management accountants, and chartered accountants as chartered professional accountants in Nova Scotia. This is part of a nationwide initiative. “I’m pleased to see the framework is now in place for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia to assume regulatory oversight of accountants while ensuring Nova Scotians continue to receive quality service from the profession,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia and a board of directors was established in May 2015 when the new chartered professional accountant designation was created. Today’s second stage completes the merger and creates the regulatory framework for the organization to govern the membership. It will work to complete bylaws and the legislation will then be proclaimed. This is expected in spring 2016. “This legislation will create a single accounting designation in the province. The public can have full confidence that it is the highest standard in accounting and business excellence in Canada,” said Patricia Towler, CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia. “Under the chartered professional accountant banner, Nova Scotians will be served by over 4,000 accounting professionals in every sphere of business, government and the non-profit sector. We are thrilled the final legislation is now before the house.”last_img read more

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence, PM Pledges to Restore ‘Rule of Law’

Rabat – Tensions between Spain and Catalonia continue to escalate, as the Catalan parliament declared independence from the country on Friday.Seventy members of parliament voted “yes” for independence, while 10 others voted “no.” Two other ballots were left blank.After Catalonia declared its independence this afternoon, Spain’s senate gave Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unprecedented powers to impose direct rule on the region. Rajoy took to his official Twitter account immediately after Catalonia’s independence move, asking Spaniards to be calm after the Catalonia’s move.“I ask for calm from all Spanish people. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia.”Pido tranquilidad a todos los españoles. El Estado de Derecho restaurará la legalidad en Cataluña. MR— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) October 27, 2017Spain is set to hold a special cabinet meeting at 6 p.m. local time to seize control of the region. Rajoy is expected to start dissolving the Catalan government by firing its president, Carles Puigdemont.On October 22, Rajoy revealed his plans to impose direct rule on the region. He also promised to fire elected leaders, including Puigdemont. After his announcement, over half a million Catalans took to Barcelona’s streets to protest the announced measures.Rajoy will strip Catalonia from its autonomy, as the senate has granted him exceptional powers to impose direct rule under Article 155 of the 1978 Spanish Constitution. Article 155 allows the federal government to implement necessary measure to ensure compliance from regional governments. This article is only voted on in the senate if a regional government is considered as seriously undermining the interests of Spain.Rajoy said in a speech before the vote that he had “no alternative” but to apply the article, as Puigdemont and his separatist cabinet had pursued an “illegal” and unilateral path that was “contrary to the normal behavior in any democratic country like ours.Last week, Catalonia’s president denounced Rajoy’s decision, saying that Catalonia would strongly refuse to accept direct rule under the Spanish government.Puigdemont described Rajoy’s plans as the “worst attacks against the people of Catalonia since General Franco’s dictatorship.” Puigdemont was alluding to a time during the Civil War (1936-1939) in which the military dictator Francisco Franco dissolved Catalonia’s autonomy for resisting his rule.Puigdemont also accused the Spanish government of attempting to “eliminate the Catalan self-government and its democracy.”In response, Rajoy claimed that the Spanish government “had to enforce Article 155.” He continued that “it was not our desire, nor our intention. It never was.”The whole affair started after thousands of Catalan people showed up to cast their vote on a referendum, which took place on October 10. The move renewed long-standing tensions between Madrid and the region. Spanish police intervened to stop the referendum, leaving several people injured read more

Tensions Mount Between Daoudi and Guerraoui over Fuel Price Regulation

By Mohammed Amine BenabouRabat – There is mounting tension between Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s minister of public affairs and governance, and Driss Guerraoui, the Competition Council president. Following a conference held by the council on February 14, Driss Guerraoui expressed surprise over Lahcen Daoudi’s refusal to provide him with the government’s study on regulating oil prices. Daoudi stated that it is not the responsibility of government institutions to hold MPs accountable. The role of these bodies, he said, is to consult but not to evaluate. Daoudi has reportedly caused the tension with Guerraoui by claiming the report is confidential.Another cause of the tension was Daoudi’s refusal to attend an ad hoc meeting requested by Guerraoui to discuss with Lahcen Daoudi the legality of price capping, after Daoudi had consulted with the General Secretariat. Guerraoui said in a press interview that the government’s decision was illegal. He said it does not comply with the requirements of Article 4 of the Law on Freedom of Price and Competition.Under the law, the administration may “take temporary measures against excessive price increases or decreases caused by exceptional, catastrophic or manifestly unusual market conditions in a sector after consulting the Competition Council.”Read Also: Lahcen Daoudi: Oil Companies Agree Price-Capping is ReasonableLegally, the government could only cap oil prices for a six-month period, and only a one-time extension is allowed.Guerraoui claimed he received only one document containing fuel company revenues from the liberalization of fuel prices in 2015 to 2018. He said he wants to know “the basis on which the government made the decision.”He argued that the document was insufficient and that it is legally imperative that all administrations and institutions provide all documents requested by council.In a an interview with Moroccan outlet Al3omk, Guerraoui stated that he considers the measures “insufficient and inefficient” economically, competitively, and for social equality.He added that the same decision to cap prices, effective December 2014 through December 2015, proved unsuccessful.Daoudi said Morocco would begin regulating fuel prices “between the end of February and mid-March.” read more

Closing Bell TSX positive traders eye earnings reports testimony from Fed chair

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Monday as traders hoped a strong report from the American financial sector indicated another upbeat earnings season from North American corporations.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,171.23+45.73 0.30%S&P 500 —  1,977.10+9.53 0.48%Dow — 17,055.42+111.61 0.66%Nasdaq — 4,440.42 +24.93 0.56%The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 45.73 points to 15,171.23, but was well off the highs of the session as mining stocks fell alongside sliding prices for copper and gold.The Canadian dollar rose 0.17 of a cent to 93.33 cents US two days before the Bank of Canada makes its next interest rate announcement.The Dow Jones industrials closed up 111.61 points to 17,055.42 as Citigroup posted quarterly earnings per share of US$1.24, beating forecasts of $1.06 a share and its stock ran ahead 3.02% to $48.42. The bank also said Monday it will pay US$7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis.The Nasdaq advanced 24.93 points to 4,440.42 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 9.53 points to 1,977.1.Elsewhere in the financial group, Bank of America reports earnings on Wednesday.On the tech front, chip giant Intel posts results Tuesday while Google reports on Thursday. The week is capped by earnings from General Electric on Friday.The flood of Canadian corporate earnings reports generally lags the U.S. by a few weeks. The major domestic report of the week comes from Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) on Thursday.Walter Spracklin at RBC Capital Markets has reduced his earnings per share forecast for CP Rail for the second quarter to $2.13 from $2.16, reflecting higher costs and lower per tonne grain revenue. However, he also raised his forecast for earnings per share in 2015 to $9.75 from $9.48 “on the expectation for grain volume strength to continue, which lifts our price target to $175 (from $171).” CP shares declined 31 cents to $196.07.Meanwhile, Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, says he is expecting earnings growth among Canadian and U.S. companies to come in around the mid-single digits for the quarter.“All told, we will get another year of record profits for the S&P 500 and the TSX and that’s largely supportive of the markets at this point.”Investors will also focus on monetary policy testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday and Wednesday. They’re hoping for some hint as to the timing of future interest rate increases.The energy sector was the leading TSX advancer, up 1% as the price of oil edged higher after suffering its biggest one-day drop since April on Friday amid expectations of more supplies from Libya. August crude added eight cents to US$100.91 a barrel.The gold sector was the biggest TSX drag, down about 2.65% as August bullion dropped $30.70 to US$1,306.70 an ounce while investors took profits in the wake of recent gains. Gold prices had advanced for the past six weeks.The base metals group lost 0.32% while September copper was down two cents to US$3.25 a pound.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.B) signed a number of agreements at the Farnborough International Airshow for its new CSeries aircraft. Bombardier says Chinese company Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co. has signed a letter of intent for 20 CS100 airliners that would be worth US$1.28 billion if all the orders were exercised.Before the show began, Bombardier had announced on Saturday that U.K.-based Falko Regional Aircraft Ltd. signed letters of intent for up to 24 CS100 jets. Bombardier shares gained six cents to $3.83.TOP STORIESCanadian housing still 20% overvalued says Fitch in call for more cooling actionWorld economy ‘more fragile than before great crash of 2007,’ warns watchdog as global debt piles balloonBombardier’s CSeries winning billions in potential orders despite absence from premier air showCitigroup shares jump higher as profit takes sting out $7-billion settlement over flawed mortgage securitiesWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA9 a.m.Existing home sales (June) MLS home price index (June) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (June): Economists expect 0.6% rise Import price index (June): Economists expect 0.4% rise  Empire State Manufacturing Survey (July): Economists expect a reading of 17, down from last month Business Inventories (May): Economists expect 0.6% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESGoldman Sachs Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.08 a share Intel Corp.  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ a share Johnson & Johnson Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.54 a share JPMorgan Chase & Co.  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.29 a share Yahoo, Inc.  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ a share read more

Lots of insurance options for young Canadians without employer benefits

OTTAWA — The period of time between graduating from school to landing a full-time job with benefits can stretch on for months or years for young Canadians, meaning they lack extended health and dental benefits since they’re too old to be covered by their parents’ plans.And with the growing use of contract employees who don’t receive benefits, that means young Canadians must fend for themselves and buy their own supplemental health and dental insurance.Provincial health insurance doesn’t cover everything. Whether it’s a prescription for penicillin, a crown that needs to be replaced or an ambulance ride to the hospital, if you don’t have insurance, you’ll end up paying out of pocket.What’s your body language telling job interviewers?When buying cars, millennials choose used and practical over new and flashyLoretta Kulchycki, vice-president of group marketing at Great-West Life, suggests consumers start their hunt for health and dental benefits by deciding how much coverage they’re going to need and researching their options online.“If you are young, you will tend to be healthier, and in that case would probably have lower premiums than somebody who, say, is planning for a retiree product,” she said.Insurance companies generally offer a choice of the level of coverage, from bare bones plans that provide basic prescription drug coverage and dental checkups to comprehensive options with higher limits and a broader range of coverage.How much you want to spend will depend on your budget and what you expect your needs to be since costs can quickly escalate depending on how much coverage you’re looking to buy.“It is really about taking a look at: ‘What do I think I’ll actually use?’ as a starting point,” Kulchycki said.How often do you think you’ll go to the dentist? Do you wear glasses? Do you think you’ll need the services of a physiotherapist? Those are all questions you should ask yourself when considering coverage.Laurel Pedersen, assistant vice-president of health insurance product development at Sun Life, says if you have a pre-existing health condition, you have some choices.A “guaranteed issue” plan may be more expensive, but will cover a pre-existing condition, while a fully underwritten plan may be cheaper, but exclude costs connected with your outstanding health issues.Pedersen says an adviser can walk you through your options, and will understand what the different plans will cost, how they work and what might be in your best interest.“They’re exactly there to walk them through their broader budget considerations,” she said.Sue Reibel, senior vice-president of consumer solutions at Manulife, says if you’re coming off your parents’ group plan or another insurance plan, time is of the essence. You generally have about 60 days when you can roll yourself into an individual plan without going through underwriting.“You’ve got an opportunity to get a preferential purchase,” she said. “If you pass that time frame, then you’re buying (while) taking all of your individual circumstances into account and it may affect your price.”Reibel noted that when insurance shoppers consider what they need, it’s important to understand what other coverage they already have and what they need so they don’t end up paying for non-essential items or lacking insurance for something they could have anticipated.“It is understanding where your personal gaps are,” she said. “It takes some time to really think about your personal situation and reflect. It is not a big investment of time, we’re talking about half an hour of thinking that can save you a lot of money.” read more

Sri Lanka assures support to achieve objectives of BIMSTEC

Inaugurating the First BPWC, Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka Ravinatha Aryasinha reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment towards achieving the objectives of BIMSTEC and to steer the common goals of the organization by strengthening its institutional framework.Secretary General of BIMSTEC, M Shahidul Islam in his special remarks expressed deep gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka for hosting the First BPWC. He underscored the importance of the Meeting since it would deliberate on key issues such as the BIMSTEC Charter, Rules of Procedure for the BIMSTEC Mechanisms, the BIMSTEC Development Fund (BDF), rationalization of areas of cooperation and strengthening BIMSTEC Secretariat. Sri Lanka has assured support to achieve the objectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), the Foreign Ministry said.The First Meeting of the Permanent Working Committee (BPWC) of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was held in Colombo on 17 – 18 January, 2019 with the participation of representatives from all Member States and the Secretary General of BIMSTEC. The BPWC was established following the decision made by BIMSTEC leaders at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, held in Kathmandu with a view to dealing with administrative and financial matters of the BIMSTEC Secretariat, BIMSTEC Centers and Entities. This was the first BIMSTEC meeting hosted by Sri Lanka after assuming Chairmanship of the organization. Director General, Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saroja Sirisena chaired the meeting. All Member states reiterated their commitment to deploy a Director each from respective countries to increase the number of Directors at the Secretariat. Sri Lanka will be eligible to nominate a Director to the Secretariat in 2020. The Meeting also finalized the draft Terms of References (ToR) for the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks (BNPTT).Sri Lanka, as the lead country for Technology sector, reiterated its resolve to effectively implement the BIMSTEC Technological Transfer Facility in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also announced that it would host the core BIMSTEC meetings in 2019; the 2nd Meeting of the Permanent Working Committee, the 20th Senior Officials Meeting , the 17th Ministerial Meeting of BIMSTEC in addition to hosting the 04th Meeting of the BIMSTEC Expert Group on Immigration Visa Matters.Secretary General of BIMSTEC M Shahidul Islam called on Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, on the side-lines of the Meeting. The two senior officials noted that BIMSTEC could play a pivotal role in strengthening regional cooperation, as a bridge between South East Asia and South Asia. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ontarios former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs over concerns personal data

TORONTO — Ontario’s former privacy commissioner has resigned from her consulting role at a company that is preparing to build a high-tech community on Toronto’s waterfront, becoming one of many to step away from the project due to concerns about how personal information and data will be managed.Ann Cavoukian resigned from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs on Friday after she said a privacy framework she developed was being overlooked when Sidewalk Labs said it couldn’t guarantee people’s personal information would be protected.“What I wanted was a wake up call,” said Cavoukian of her resignation.She wrote a letter of resignation following a meeting earlier in the week when Sidewalk Labs said while it agrees to follow her framework, called Privacy by Design, it cannot ensure that other companies involved in the project would do so as well.Sidewalk Labs CEO says company is listening and learning on smart city proposalFacing privacy backlash, Sidewalk Labs proposes giving data to a public trustSidewalk Labs advisory panel member Saadia Muzaffar quits, citing ‘deep dismay’“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” said Cavoukian in the letter.Last October, Waterfront Toronto announced it had chosen Sidewalk Labs to present a plan to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside development, which is along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.Since then, the Alphabet Inc.-backed project has faced controversy because critics have complained that few details have been shared including how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.“It became clear that Sidewalk Labs would play a more limited role in near-term discussions about a data governance framework at Quayside,” said a statement from Sidewalk Labs.“Sidewalk Labs has committed to implement, as a company, the principles of Privacy by Design. Though that question is settled, the question of whether other companies involved in the Quayside project would be required to do so is unlikely to be worked out soon, and may be out of Sidewalk Labs’ hands.”Cavoukian said she resigned to “press” Waterfront Toronto to guarantee it would protect people’s personal information.Cavoukian said a crucial feature of Privacy by Design is that when personal information is collected by surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or “anonymized” immediately.Cavoukian said personally identifying data is not just a person’s name, and there is information that can be indirectly identifying — such as the specifics of where a person is travelling — that can be linked to that individual.“You must de-identify data. Waterfront Toronto can do that, so that’s why I’m pressing upon them to do it,” she said.Waterfront Toronto released a statement that said it will go beyond meeting all Canadian privacy legal requirements in the project.“Waterfront Toronto has great respect for Dr. Cavoukian and Privacy by Design, the excellent tool she has developed based on best practices. Waterfront Toronto also recognizes and respects the obligation to adhere to Canadian privacy laws, which go beyond Privacy by Design,” said the statement.Cavoukian’s resignation comes after a member of the panel guiding the plans stepped down earlier this month after she developed “deep dismay” and “profound concern” over a lack of leadership from Waterfront Toronto with ensuring public trust around privacy.In a letter, TechGirls Canada founder Saadia Muzaffar said she is stepping away from her role with the Waterfront Toronto Digital Strategy Advisory Panel because Waterfront Toronto has shown “apathy and a lack of leadership regarding shaky public trust” and has dodged questions around privacy and intellectual property.For months Sidewalk Labs have been dogged with questions around privacy and ownership of intellectual property. Dan Doctoroff, the chief executive officer of Sidewalk Labs, said at the Fortune Global Forum on Wednesday that he hoped concerns had been quelled after his company released its privacy proposal for the Quayside development on Oct. 15.The plans show Sidewalk Labs does not intend to own the data it gathers in public spaces and instead will relinquish control of it to an independent organization to be set up and called the Civic Data Trust. The Trust will set the rules around data use, make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection and ensure that Sidewalk Labs does not receive any special status or rights when it comes to data access.The plan mentions little of intellectual property, which has been a prime concern for many in Canada who have spoken out against foreign technology companies infiltrating the country and using Canadian talent to build intellectual property that ends up sending revenue to other nations.Cavoukian said there is an increasing number of data breaches and cyber security attacks around the world that has led to a growing concern over privacy and personal information.“Privacy is consistently at the highest rate of concern I’ve ever seen in over 20 years that I’ve been in this business,” she said.“When you have such high levels of concern associated with privacy and a total deficit of trust — trust is non-existent — you have to go to great lengths to assure the public, your personal data is safe.” read more

Alarm sounded on care for seniors

A coalition of groups that monitors seniors care says the system has become dangerous for residents and employees alike due to funding shortfalls and a lack of resources.In a recent report, the Ontario Health Coalition says 27 resident-on-resident homicides occurred in the province’s seniors homes from 2012 through 2016.With nearly 80,000 Ontarians in long-term care at any given time, OHC says this works out to an annual murder rate of seven per 100,000 population. This compares with the murder rate in Toronto, which in 2016 was 1.55 per 100,000.“Long-term care is a very dangerous place to be on a daily basis,” Bryan Smith, chair of the Oxford County Health Coalition, said at a news conference in Simcoe Monday.“The rates of injury for long-term care workers is skyrocketing due to punching, hitting, kicking and pushing. A lot of this is due to dementia in the elderly population.”The coalition is worried that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care doesn’t have a plan. Even as the population ages and the needs of seniors with dementia and other mental impairments grow, the coalition says the province is closing down long-term care and chronic-care beds in hospitals and other public institutions.Meanwhile, the elderly population that used to rely on hospitals is directed to private-sector homes that don’t have the staffing or expertise to meet their needs.“We have a grey tsunami coming and no government has a sustainable long-term care plan in place,” says Brenda Cowen, a Norfolk woman with a parent in care and a member of the Family Council Network 4 Advocacy group.“The province has been doling out money, but in terms of a sustainable, long-term plan as to how this grey tsunami will be addressed, no one has done that.”Monday’s news conference is one of several OHC has staged across Ontario in recent weeks. The findings Smith and Cowen shared are contained in a 40-page footnoted report titled Situation Critical: Planning, Access, Levels of Care and Violence in Ontario’s Long-term care.The major problem, Cowen said, is that public- and private-care homes do not have the funding to provide the proper level of care, especially to clients who suffer dementia, Alzheimer’s and other complex conditions that impact behaviour.Often, Cowen said, a resident who lashes out does so out of neglect and frustration.Cowen said the trigger could be hunger or thirst or a soiled diaper that has begun to irritate them.Or it could be anxiety-inducing isolation that wouldn’t arise if a sufficient number of care workers were on hand to socialize and calm them down with touch and gentle words.Ideally, Cowen said, each resident would have four hours of care and interaction with nursing home staff per day. Family Council Network 4 Advocacy is pressing the Ford government to adopt this as a minimal service standard in Ontario care facilities.“Prevention is a whole lot better than having to cure a crisis,” Smith said. “To me, abuse and neglect are the same thing.”These sentiments are echoed in the Situation Critical report:“There can be little doubt that the inadequacy of care levels is a central contributing factor,” the report says in a chapter titled Escalating Violence.“This is a policy choice — not a necessity – and this data should raise a serious question for policy makers: How much longer can we tolerate a situation in which living or working in a long-term care home is more dangerous than working or residing virtually anywhere else in society?” read more

UN chief highlights importance of preparedness to reduce tsunami risks

“Tsunamis may be rare but, like any other natural hazard, if we fail to prepare and raise awareness, then we risk paying a heavy price,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the Day. “This should be a clear guiding principle for all those working in the public and private sectors who have to take decisions on major infrastructure projects in seismic zones and near exposed coastlines,” he added. World Tsunami Awareness Day, marked on 5 November, commemorates the actions of a Japanese village leader, who on that day in 1854, recognized the signs of an approaching tsunami and set fire to his rice sheaves – an improvised but remarkably effective early warning system – saving the lives of the many villagers who saw the smoke and ran uphill to help put out the flames. In the years since, early warning systems have grown more sophisticated, particularly since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed nearly 226,000 lives and caused great devastation in many countries of South and South-East Asia. The waves reached as far as South Africa and Yemen. Further highlighting the scale of destruction and human suffering caused by tsunamis, the UN chief noted that since 1996, 250,900 people have died in 21 countries affected by 30 tsunamis. “Tsunamis also pose a significant threat to major infrastructure either already built or planned for coastal areas,” he added, recalling the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which killed many people, left thousands more homeless and triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Lives lost to tsunamis can be saved and the risk reduced through better early warning systems (UNISDR video)The theme of the 2016 World Tsunami Day is Effective Education and Evacuation Drills.Similarly, in a news release issued by the UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction warned against complacency in confronting the threat of tsunamis. Speaking at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in New Delhi, India from 2 to 5 November, Mr. Glasser underscored that many years of data have shown that devastating tsunamis can impact most regions of the world. “Europe and the Americas are vulnerable as well as the countries surrounding the Indian and Pacific Oceans which have suffered considerably over the last 20 years,” he said, referring to a report assessing tsunami hazards over the last 400 years. The report, prepared by Tohoku University, was launched at the Ministerial Conference.The importance of preparedness was also emphasized in the UNISDR study ‘Tsunami Disaster Risk 2016: Past impacts and projections’ which also drew attention to the fact that population growth has greatly increased risk to tsunamis and other hazards in many regions. In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day, calling on all countries, international bodies and civil society to observe the day, in order to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction. read more

Mens basketball Players excited for beginning of Chris Holtmann era

OSU junior forward Jae-Sean Tate (1) watches as redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) prepares to shoot a free throw during the Buckeyes 78-68 win over Navy in their season opener on Nov. 11. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA coaching change can bring about a lot of uncertainty in returning players. Especially when the coaching change happens just at the beginning of summer workouts.As such, it was important to Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann to meet with the team shortly after being hired to sit down and talk with the entire team about his vision for the program.“Gene and I were just so adamant about making that happen because these days, there’s so much coming at you. I just don’t want the really important stuff to get ignored. And they’re the really important stuff,” Holtmann said. “So I’ve tried to focus on that in these few days as I’ve been hit from all different angles.”The decision to go speak with the players, though nothing more than a simple discussion with his team, sent a powerful message to Holtmann’s squad. “He gave us a great impression for that first day, that first meeting,” redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “He said he flew back just to meet us. That gave us a great impression that he’s trying to get a great connection with us early.”The meeting with Holtmann did more than just establish an early relationship between the players and new coach. It also eased what had been several days of unease for the players. “It was really the unknown that was killing us,” Bates-Diop said. “Like, who’s it going to be? What’s going to happen? It happened all so fast. We didn’t know what to do. So then when they finally announced that it was going to be him, it was a relief.”The first step of the meeting between the two was a group discussion where the players all had an opportunity to ask Holtmann questions and learn more about him, Bates-Diop said. The answers provided to their questions served as a foundation for the players, as they had an opportunity to learn more about the coach and his family, as well as any details about future assistant coaches, recruitment plans and style of play. “I definitely just wanted to know what his goals were for the team,” senior forward Jae-Sean Tate said. “I wanted to know what kind of coach he was and everything he said in the meeting, I was excited to be able to be coached by him this year.”And though the players still have a long way to go in connecting with their new leader, and will require some time to fully adjust to the change in leadership from Thad Matta to Holtmann, Tate said his team is excited for the season to begin and looking forward to working with Holtmann.“I would just like to say that although coach Matta’s era has ended,” Tate said, “the team and I are looking at this as a new era and we’re going to be the first ones to be able to start a new era for coach Holtmann and we’re very excited for that.” read more

SYRIZA reelects Tsipras

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras was reelected on Sunday at the presidency of ruling leftist party SYRIZA.The voting took place during the party’s second Congress in Paleo Faliro, Greece with Tsipras receiving 93.54 per cent of the delegates’ support and only 210 opposed. This is a significantly bigger percentage than the 74 per cent the PM had got back in 2013.“The renewal of confidence in me constitutes a renewal of responsibility for a SYRIZA that is more massive, more inclusive, more efficient in the difficult battles awaiting us, for a Greece of justice and prosperity,” the PM wrote on Twitter after his reelection.Earlier on Saturday, Tsipras had vowed to push for a new round of debt relief by the end of the year, based on the outcome of the bailout’s second scheduled audit, scheduled for Tuesday.“We intend to conclude the second review immediately,” Tsipras said reassuring his government is fulfilling all of the creditors’ demand.“Delays, stalling tactics and postponements cannot and will not be accepted. We claim all that was foreseen in the agreement, immediately,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le CNN soppose au blocage des sites web demandé par lEtat

first_imgLe CNN s’oppose au blocage des sites web demandé par l’EtatLe Conseil national du numérique (CNN) s’est opposé au projet de décret fait par le gouvernement concernant la possibilité de procéder au blocage de sites Internet sans passer par la justice. Le ministre de l’Economie numérique Eric Besson a saisi, le 12 juin, le Conseil national du numérique (le CNN mis en place le mois dernier par l’Elysée) pour lui demander de se prononcer sur un projet de décret gouvernemental prévoyant d’imposer un certain nombre de blocages de sites Internet. Ce décret d’application de l’article 18 de la loi de 2004 sur la Confiance dans l’économie numérique (LCEN) prévoit d’autoriser l’administration de l’Etat à restreindre l’accès à des sites selon certaines conditions.Il s’agirait notamment de bloquer les sites qui présentent un “risque sérieux et grave d’atteinte au maintien de l’ordre et de la sécurité publics, à la protection des mineurs, à la protection de la santé publique, à la préservation des intérêts de la défense nationale ou à la protection des personnes physiques”. Les ministères compétents pour procéder à ce type d’interdictions seraient ceux de la Défense, de la Justice, de l’Intérieur, de l’Economie, de la Consommation, de la Santé et du Numérique ainsi que l’agence de sécurité des SI (l’ANSSI).Le décret envisage de donner le pouvoir de “mettre en demeure l’éditeur d’un site, l’hébergeur ou le cas échéant les fournisseurs d’accès internet, de faire cesser toute “activité” comportant à leurs yeux un “risque sérieux et grave d’atteinte à l’ordre public” sans passer par la case juridique aujourd’hui incontournable. Le gouvernement souhaite également, grâce à ce décret, pouvoir imposer aux hébergeurs français de “retirer ou de faire cesser la diffusion des contenus en cause dans un délai qu’elle fixe et qui ne peut être inférieur à soixante-douze heures” sous peine de sanction pénale. Le CNN s’est opposé à ce projet et a fait un certain nombre de remarques et de recommandations.Seul un juge peut demander un filtrage Internet pour le CNNÀ lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour le CNN, seul l’auteur d’un texte jugé menaçant pour l’ordre public pourrait être visé et pas les différents intermédiaires ou hébergeurs. Ceux-ci ne pourraient être verrouillés que dans le cas où il ne serait pas possible d’intervenir directement sur le contenu et de mettre en demeure son auteur. De plus, le CNN souhaite que soit indiqué de façon claire le délai imparti pour procéder au retrait de contenu. Concernant les sanctions prévues pour les hébergeurs le CNN estime que “du seul fait de l’absence de retrait d’un contenu notifié par l’administration”, se pose un problème d’ordre juridique puisque aucun juge n’interviendrait dans cette demande. Concernant la possibilité pour l’autorité administrative de faire cesser l’accès à ces contenus en lançant une injonction auprès des fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) “il s‘agit donc, par l’intermédiaire d’un décret, de l’octroi à l’autorité administrative d’un pouvoir de blocage d’un contenu internet et ceci sans recours préalable au juge”, ce que dénonce le Conseil du numérique.Pour le CNN seul un juge peut être habilité, au terme d’un débat contradictoire, à demander un filtrage internet. “L’autorité publique ne peut être en mesure d’obtenir le blocage d’un contenu diffusé sur internet que par voie judiciaire”, estime le Conseil. Enfin, l’auteur serait passible d’une contravention de cinquième classe, le décret proposant la “confiscation de la chose qui a servi ou était destinée à commettre l’infraction ou de la chose qui en est le produit”. Le CNN comprend mal comment les serveurs des hébergeurs ou les infrastructures de télécommunications pourraient être confisqués. Le porte-parole de l’association La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann, pense quant à lui que ce décret “vise à donner au gouvernement un pouvoir de censure sur tous les sites et contenus du Net qui serait totalement disproportionné”. Il estime qu’il doit “à tout prix être rejeté”, puisqu’il s’agit selon lui d’”une dérive extrêmement inquiétante, dans la droite ligne des politiques sécuritaires du gouvernement en matière d’Internet”.Le 21 juin 2011 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Snatch no grab in Grace Bay – Robbers hiding in bushes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDays after the Premier announced that a partnership will see CCTV installed in more areas of Grace Bay for greater protection of the visitors to our destination; there is report of yet another upsetting mugging reaching our newsroom. A couple of tourists, on Saturday night, were attacked by men who jumped from nearby bushes as the guests made their way back to their resort. According to reports, the target was a handbag, the owner of that bag fought her assailants and it got so intense that she fell to the ground in the struggle and was dragged by the attackers, who still could not wrench that bag from the victim. Eventually, the attackers gave up when they spotted an approaching vehicle and ran off. There is little information on this incident at this stage, but our details here are confirmed by Police. The Premier on Friday said an effort to beef up surveillance is coming; it will include an adopt a CCTV camera program, where companies can sponsor the video surveillance.last_img read more

Just how good are Teslas Easter egg Atari emulations

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Games and Apps Electric Cars Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Incredibly cool Tesla Easter eggscenter_img 21 Photos Post a comment Tags Tesla Tesla owners love Easter eggs, and one of the more popular ones to come out featured the ability to play Atari games on your vehicle’s center screen. A car’s controls, even a touchscreen, aren’t necessarily ideal for gaming, so the folks from Tested figured out a way to rig up both an Xbox controller and an original Atari 2600 controller to a Model 3 in a video released on Monday.Norm and Jeremy from Tested were also curious how good Tesla’s Atari emulations were, so they fired up everything from Asteroids and Lunar Lander to Millipedes and Pole Position. What did they think?Well, they seemed impressed. Some of the integrations with the Tesla’s controls are better than others. For example, maneuvering and firing in Asteroids seemed more difficult with the steering wheel, while the steering wheel and brake pedal controls on Pole Position were a natural fit.The small device that Jeremy created to turn outputs from the Atari joystick into the Xcode that the Model 3 can understand worked well, and he posted his designs to Github, so you enterprising nerds can make your own adapter for the ancient controller of your choice. Teslalast_img read more

After pool party Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girls Erica Hina and others

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girls Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan and Pooja BanerjeeinstagramKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 ladies Erica Fernandes aka Prerna, Hina Khan aka Komolika, Pooja Banerjee aka Nivedita and Shubhaavi Choksey aka Mohini Basu enjoyed a break from their hectic shooting schedule. The girls were spotted having an amazing time as they went out for dinner together. A day earlier, they had a pool party in sexy swimwear, pictures of which were later shared on their social media accounts.While the pool party was missed by Shubhaavi, she made sure to attend the dinner date with the girl gang. Hina posted a few pictures from the fun night where her colleagues are chatting over dinner. Recently, Shubhaavi, while shooting for a dramatic act on Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 set, mistakenly slapped Hina instead of Erica.Talking to SpotboyE, Shubaavi, who plays the role of Komolika’s mother-in-law, said: “It was such an unintentional act and I feel very guilty about the same.” She further elaborated saying: “There was a scene where my character Mohini had to slap Prerna (Erica). I was in my own zone as I needed to prepare myself. Unfortunately the marks got changed and accidentally I slapped Hina Khan. I did not realise the mark for closure. This is the first time something like this has happened in my career and I was very uneasy and sad after the incident.”Hina took to Instagram to clear the air after speculations started doing the rounds regarding the reason behind Shubhaavi sending flowers to her. “A lot of you must be wondering why Shubvi sent me flowers in the morning. It was totally unintentional but I kind of zonked out. Shubhaavi has apologised to me a zillion times but it’s really not required. It happened by mistake and after realising what happened, she grabbed me and hugged me,” she said. Erica Fernandes with Hina Khan and other Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girlsinstagram Hina Khan with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 girlsinstagramlast_img read more