Orange Pride advisor responds to Sports Illustrated

first_imgI was sent this email by Shannon Alberg, a recruiting assistant and Orange Pride advisor from 2000-2003. Her sister, Shayla Simpson, was quoted in the article.I thought it was a pretty interesting look into how Orange Pride works (they do a lot of work!)….I can honestly say that I am deeply saddened by the allegations that have been made against Oklahoma State and the Football program. I was the Recruiting Assistant and Orange Pride Advisor from 2000-2003. When I was hired by Coach Les Miles to begin a new hostess program it was certain that he held very high expectations of me as an Advisor to oversee these girls and make sure that they represented the school and the program with the upmost respect.It was made very clear to the girls in weekly meetings that I held their responsibility as a member of Orange Pride very seriously. Their role was to be an ambassador of the school, the football program and to make the potential recruit and his family feel welcome during their visit on campus.I had an awesome group of approximately 50 girls. I was extremely proud of their behavior. I felt that the girls had respect for themselves as well as the rules of the program. When I began as the Orange Pride Advisor I know that we worked really hard to change the reputation and the program from what it was before Orange Pride began.Coach Les Miles made sure that I understood as an Advisor that he wanted this group of girls to be part of an organization that they could be proud of. I was a tough Advisor and I held high expectations for these girls. They were to be in attendance at weekly meetings, they were to dress in uniform and I even joke with them now as they are adults that I even made each of them tuck in their shirts at the game because I wanted them to look “crisp! and not sloppy!”We went over what was expected of them as an Orange Pride member. During the season when recruits came for a game they checked in the main office, they went upstairs to a large room “Varsity Room” where they ate a catered lunch with their families and the Orange Pride girls were throughout the room to sit with the families and answer any questions about the university or football program that the families may have had.The girls then directed the families and the recruits down on the field and sat in a reserved section with them for the game. This was the extent of what an Orange Pride member did on game day. During Official Visits of a prospective recruit an orange pride member was asked to attend an evening dinner with the entire group of recruits that were in for that weekend, coaching staff, myself and other football staff.This evening was more casual and often showed a highlight video of the previous season.The following morning those same girls were to eat breakfast with the recruit, their families, the coaching staff, myself and other football staff. This was often in the Student Union and then they led the recruit and their families on a tour of the campus and football facilities. After the tour they returned for lunch up in the Varsity room again with the entire coaching staff, myself and other football staff.The girls were then released to go home for the afternoon and return for dinner that evening. Dinner was usually held in the “O-Club” Room and it was more of a formal dinner where Coach Miles and Coach Henson spoke to the potential recruits and a highlight video was shown. Then it was the expection from myself for these girls to go home.They were asked to return for breakfast again the next morning in the Varsity Room where they ate breakfast with the recruit, their families, the entire coaching staff and myself. These girls put a lot of time and energy into a recruiting visit but it was never anything other than what was listed above.These girls worked very hard, were very proud of Oklahoma State and represented our football program with the upmost integrity. I never once in the 3 years I was the Recruiting Assistant or Orange Pride Advisor had any issues with the girls under me defying the rules or expectations that were set before them.I made sure that these girls knew that I held an open door policy and that if they came to me about anything that it would remain strictly confidential. I firmly believe that these girls knew that I loved them as if they were my own children and that should anything like the accusations that are being said would have ever happened that Coach Miles and myself would have addressed the issues. I never had any of the girls make such claims.Coach Miles and Coach Henson supported the rules and the expectations I set for the girls. I have kept in touch over the years with the girls who I advised in Orange Pride during the 3 years I was at Oklahoma State. These girls are devastated by the claims.They are hurt and feel that they worked super hard to maintain a professional and responsible status as an Orange Pride member. It is sad that these are the girls that Sports Illustrated chose not to interview. I have shared with the girls that have contacted me that all they can do is be honest and share the positive stories and memories that they had as an Orange Pride member and that hopefully the public will see that the way Oklahoma State ran the football program and Orange Pride organization during this time was nothing but top notch and professional.My experience with the Oklahoma State football program as a Recruiting Assistant under Coach Les Miles was nothing but an awesome experience and I never saw anything less than professional from the coaching staff.”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

Emery: I don’t know if Ozil, Kolasinac will play next week

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery has admitted that he is not sure if Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will feature in next week’s Premier League clash with Burnley.The pair were victims of an attempted armed robbery outside Kolasinac’s house two weeks ago, with the left-back fighting off the attackers while Ozil was chased in his car.After being given some time off, they played in Arsenal’s final pre-season fixture against Barcelona – a 2-1 defeat in the Joan Gamper Trophy. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, Arsenal announced on Friday that “further security incidents” had taken place that were under investigation by the police, and two arrests have been made outside Ozil’s house.A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.”Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”As a result, neither player travelled to Newcastle for Arsenal’s 1-0 opening-day win at St. James’ Park in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed the three points for the Gunners after converting Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross in the second half.And Gunners boss Emery has suggested that the two players may not play next week either, when Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.“The club is managing that circumstance [the safety of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac],” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.“We want to be with them as soon as possible and with normality in training and normality to be ready to play. I don’t know now [if they will play next week].”In their absence, Nacho Monreal will continue at left-back, with summer signing Kieran Tierney still recovering from a hernia operation after arriving from Celtic, while youngster Joe Willock and on-loan midfielder Dani Ceballos will endeavour to fill in for Ozil.The good news for the Gunners is that the club will be able to rely on Aubameyang​ to carry the load up front, with the forward having posted the best shot-conversion rate in the Premier League since his debut in the league in February 2018.last_img read more

ShoreBased Jobs Big Opportunity for Women to Join Maritime

first_imgThe shipping industry has long been male-dominated due to its characteristics of being physically demanding, dangerous, and requiring long periods away from home. Most cultures have traditionally protected women from such jobs, which led to a significant gap between the number of men and women in the maritime industry.Although things have changed when looking at the global industry, the maritime sector is still a comparatively dangerous one even in countries in which women are encouraged to play an active role in the workforce.KD Adamson, Futurist & Chief Executive Officer, Futurenautics GroupIn an interview with World Maritime News, KD Adamson, Futurist & Chief Executive Officer, Futurenautics Group, explained the reasons behind the issue and spoke on the ways to shrink the gender gap.Adamson, who will be speaking at the Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 conference, which takes place 14-16 March 2018, said that, on a broader level, what is important is not more committees, it is initiatives within organisations to bring equality in the maritime industry.She cited data from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which has been tracking diversity and inclusion in the workplace for many years now, leading to conclusions that diversity and inclusion form part of a cultural change which starts at the top with real CEO and board engagement. Adamson commented that a change in the culture of maritime organisations has to come from within and requires different thinking. As more maritime companies embark on digital transformation, they are beginning to embrace different thinking.“I don’t think we are ever going to substantially shrink that gender gap in seagoing staff. What will happen is that seagoing jobs will increasingly no longer prepare individuals for the management positions ashore and that will open the industry up to qualified women from other industries and disciplines,” Adamson said.“At the same time automation and digitalisation will see new kinds of operational jobs which are shore-based, and will appeal to a far larger number of both women and men.”“The digital transformation of shipping will see it become part of larger intelligent mobility ecosystems, and that will create a variety of highly-skilled roles which have nothing to do with the sea. That’s a big opportunity for women to join maritime. However, the percentage of women in technology is almost as appalling as the percentage of women in maritime.”Digital transformation will create a variety of highly-skilled rolesAdamson also stressed that there is a need to attract more women and provide them with training opportunities in software and mechatronic engineering to develop the emerging human-machine interfaces and AI driven services and operations that intelligent mobility is going to require.Commenting on the ways in which leading companies in the maritime industry could help push for gender equality in their businesses, Adamson said that it takes a personal and visible commitment from the men leading these companies. She added that they need to ensure female talent pipelines are created and be prepared to mentor women.Furthermore, speaking on her own experiences with gender pay gap in the maritime industry, Adamson said that her fees are the same in every industry and that no client in shipping and maritime, or anywhere else, has ever expected to pay less because of her gender.Finally, Adamson said that practical, social and cultural differences that hinder the integration process present a global issue which every industry is grappling with.“There are no simple answers or one-size-fits-all solutions I can give you in a sentence, and anyone who tries to doesn’t understand the problem.”In relation to the #MeToo campaign, Adamson said that a Swedish survey showed that there were more than 1,000 instances of sexual harassment reported by female seafarers at the end of 2017. Additionally, Adamson mentioned the instance when the journalist Rose George was described by a British maritime PR practitioner as “Shipping’s Mary Whitehouse” for objecting to the appearance of semi-naked painted women at Nor-Shipping in 2015.“Those two things are connected. When the industry works that out it’ll have a shot at creating comfortable working environments for both men and women.”Interview conducted by Erna Penjic, Editor, World Maritime Newslast_img read more

Ontario Childrens Aid Societies apologize for harm done to Indigenous Peoples

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies has apologized for harm done to Indigenous children and families in the province.The association says it made the apology Tuesday during a gathering at Rama First Nation.Association CEO Mary Ballantyne acknowledged and apologized for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario’s Indigenous children, families and communities.Indigenous participants — including survivors of the ’60s Scoop and residential schools — spoke to the gathering about the devastating impact the child welfare system has had on their communities.Following the acknowledgment and apology, leaders and elders from Indigenous communities across the province were invited to respond.The association says the apology was met with strong emotion and insistence that the words be matched by action and accountability.“We apologize to the children, mothers and fathers who have been hurt by the ’60s Scoop, which saw thousands of Indigenous children taken from their home, families and communities across Canada,” Ballantyne said.“The ’60s Scoop and many current practices have resulted in cultural genocide for the Indigenous people of Ontario,” she said.Chief Marcia Brown Martel, lead plaintiff in the ’60s Scoop lawsuit, Renee Linklater, and Rodney Howe all shared their experiences of being apprehended by child welfare and Brown Martel called the apology “encouraging.”Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of Mushkegowuk Council said he recognized the “good intention” behind the apology.“At this time, I cannot accept the apology,” Solomon said. “How do you say sorry to parents who saw their child come home in a casket?”last_img read more

Four federal party leaders square off in feisty French language debate

first_imgMONTREAL – The separation of church and state – as well as questions about personal character – took the stage during the first French-language debate of the election campaign, the first time Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau faced off against his political rivals.The controversial Quebec secularism law, known as Bill 21, that bans some public-sector employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace, featured prominently in the first section of the debate, along with abortion rights and same-sex marriage.Bill 21 is overwhelmingly popular among francophones in Quebec, where four federal leaders tried to make their marks with voters on Wednesday night, in a debate hosted by the private TVA television network and the Montreal newspaper Le Journal.Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh and Yves-Francois Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois joined Trudeau on stage as they appealed to voters in a province that could hold the key to their electoral fortunes in the Oct. 21 vote.Quebec Premier Francois Legault has urged all federal party leaders to promise to stay out of the court challenges against the secularism law and none of the party leaders has called for immediate intervention in existing cases.Only Trudeau has said a government he leads might seek to intervene and he defended that position Wednesday night.“I do not want to close the door,” Trudeau said, to the federal government one day needing to defend the rights of Canadians.“Because for me, the defence of rights, be they for women, for francophones outside of Quebec – the federal government has a role to play.”Singh, who wears a turban as an expression of his Sikh faith, has said he would not intervene to challenge the law, despite opposing it.Singh sought to counter any suggestion that his personal religion would get in the way of his strong support for secularism as a public value.“I am for the separation between church and state,” said Singh, adding that he supports the rights of women to abortion, same-sex marriage and medical assistance in dying.“I will defend these rights with all my strength,” he said.Scheer said he would not impose a secularism law federally, but that he would also not intervene in the court challenges against it.The debate became heated during a discussion about the fight against climate change, where Pierre Bruneau, the news anchor moderating the debate, noted Trudeau had portrayed himself as a champion of the environment but then bought a pipeline.Last year, the Liberal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion, after political opposition to expanding the existing pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet.Trudeau argued that Canada needs time to transition away from fossil fuels and into a greener economy and said the proceeds from the pipeline will help pay for the changes needed to get there.Scheer, who is in favour of building pipelines and has vowed to repeal the federal carbon tax the Liberals brought in for provinces that don’t have equivalent measures of their own, tried to undercut the Trudeau record on the environment in a different way, by noting the Liberal leader has two campaign planes.“You are a fake environmentalist,” said Scheer.Singh, meanwhile, took Scheer to task over his promise to create a national energy corridor to transport oil, gas, hydroelectricity and telecommunications from one coast to the other, which could be a tough sell in Quebec.TransCanada Corporation had proposed the $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline to bring western crude through Quebec to New Brunswick before being shipped overseas, but the company abandoned the project more than a year ago citing market changes and government red tape.The project faced a lot of opposition in Quebec and Legault has suggested that would be the case for any other proposed pipeline.Singh accused Scheer of wanting to impose a pipeline on Quebec. Blanchet also went after Scheer by demanding to know how many more years he thinks Canada will need to extract and export fossil fuels.Earlier, Scheer was put on the defensive as he was pressed by all his political rivals to elaborate on his personal views about abortion.“Quebecers can be confident that a Conservative government would not reopen this debate,” Scheer said in one of the debate’s first exchanges, with Blanchet.Scheer was pushed to clarify his stance on abortion this summer after it emerged that his Quebec lieutenant, Alain Rayes, had told candidates in the province that backbench MPs would not be allowed to bring forward any bills or motions on the issue.That goes against party policy and created confusion until Scheer, a practising Catholic who has voted in favour of restricting abortion rights in the past, said he would oppose any attempt to reopen the debate should he become prime minister.Scheer repeated that position on stage again Wednesday night, but his political rivals pressed him to go further.That included Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who asked him directly whether he personally believes women should have the right to abortion.“I have always been open about my personal views,” Scheer said.None of the federal parties have seen much movement – either gains or losses – in opinion polls despite weeks of campaigning, which some experts attribute variously to a degree of comfort with the status quo as well as a rise in public disillusionment and strategic voting.The Liberals and Conservatives remain locked in a fight for first place, hovering around 33 per cent support nationally, but with the Liberals apparently having a small edge because so much Conservative support is concentrated in the Prairie provinces.A strong Liberal showing in Quebec, where polls show them with a small but consequential lead, could sustain the Liberals in power; a strong Conservative showing could sink them.Trudeau was able to ride a wave of unhappiness with a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper to power in 2015 in an election campaign that saw the NDP start in the lead before giving way to the Tories, until voters rallied behind the Liberals to give them the win.Four years later, Trudeau’s record in office – including his broken promise on electoral reform and decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline – has turned off many of those same voters, especially progressives, who cast their ballots for the Liberals.Despite that disappointment with Trudeau, Christian Bourque, executive vice-president of polling firm Leger, said there does not seem to be the same overwhelming drive for change that existed in 2015, when a majority of Canadians were ready for a new direction.“So there’s this sort of comfort with the current government, even though some may be disappointed with the leader,” Bourque said. “So there’s no urge for that amount of change. And at the same time, there’s nobody convincing them of the need for change on the other side.”Of course, even though it is past the halfway mark, the election campaign is far from over and Wednesday’s French-language debate was seen as an key opportunity for the four participating leaders to talk directly to Quebecers, in particular, and start gaining some momentum.LiveInfoLiveInfoOct 310:04 AMEveryone is tired. We’re about 5 minutes away from just emotive grunting in a French accent.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) October 3, 201911SHAREOct 39:52 AMScheer attacks Trudeau on ethics in SNC Lavalin Affair. Trudeau has maintained he was protecting SNC jobs #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 201900SHAREOct 39:50 AMSingh goes after Trudeau saying he was just trying to help rich companies. Trudeau counters saying he was defending jobs. Something he has said many times in the SNC Lavalin affair. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 201900SHAREOct 39:48 AMWe are now onto SNC Lavalin in the French debate. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 201900SHAREOct 39:44 AMConservative Andrew Scheer going after the Bloc Leader. I will point out some polls show in Quebec the BQ has been seeing a recent surge and now sits in second in the province ahead of the CPC #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 201910SHAREOct 39:42 AMAs he’s been doing throughout the campaign, Trudeau is trying to lump all Conservatives into one bunch for this election. Throughout the TVA debate he is bringing up former PM Stephen Harper and Ontario Premier Doug Ford when discussing Andrew Scheer and the CPC #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 201910SHAREOct 39:19 AMI quite enjoyed Rosie Barton’s “Face to face with @ElizabethMay.” Whether holding the balance of power, or serving as Prime Minister, it’s clear Ms May will do a stellar job. #elxn43 #CDNpoli— Laurel L. Russwurm Vote 2019 (@laurelrusswurm) October 3, 201901SHAREOct 39:19 AM#AndrewScheer is such a #Boor ! Oh, I meant bore! #Satire #CluckCluck #FrenchDebate #elxn43 #cdnpoli— JohnnyCanuck (@Johny_Canuck) October 3, 201900SHAREOct 39:19 AMUnder @JustinTrudeau, the Syrian refugees he let in, go on to harass handicapped seniors with walkers. JT’s open borders lets in terrorists. This is what happens when you don’t properly vet refugees. #TeamTrudeau #elxn43 #cdnpoli @CPC_HQ @fordnation— Brent (@lockwood_brent) October 3, 201911SHAREOct 39:19 AMMeme worthy. #tvanouvelles #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Reboot Robertson (@RebootRobertson) October 3, 201900SHAREShow More PostsAdd to your sitelast_img read more

Hundreds march on state capital Bismarck to have their say about the

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsAfter a turbulent weekend in North Dakota over the Dakota Access pipeline, water protectors took their message straight to the capital Monday.Hundreds of supporters joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and marched on Bismarck.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

HBC RioCan joint venture explores sale of downtown Vancouver property

first_imgTORONTO – A joint venture between Hudson’s Bay Co. and RioCan Real Estate Investment trust says it may sell its downtown Vancouver property.RioCan-HBC JV says in a statement that it’s engaged with CBRE and Brookfield Financial Real Estate Group to explore a sale.The Granville Street property is currently occupied by a Hudson’s Bay department store, which has a long-term lease.Interim CEO Richard Baker says any sale would include the continued operation of the store.The joint venture also says it expects to close on a $200-million mortgage on the property and the proceeds will be distributed proportionally to its partners.The joint venture owns or controls 10 flagship properties in Canada.last_img

Aquaman outswims Poppins Bumblebee with 674M debut

first_imgNEW YORK — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theatres.The DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman,” which cost Warner Bros. $200 million to make, arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it has grossed more than $400 million in three weeks of release. Including advance previews, the Jason Momoa-led “Aquaman” reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theatres, bringing its global total to $482.8 million.“Aquaman,” directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing “Justice League” spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of “Wonder Woman.” The film garnered an A-minus Cinemascore from audiences.For the studios, the weekend was as much about setting themselves up for Christmas to New Year’s, when theatres are routinely packed through the week. With Christmas falling on a Tuesday, studio executives said the weekend was an unpredictable and distraction-filled one, competing with some of the busiest shopping days of the year.“We really kick off starting Tuesday,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, who said the “Aquaman” performance came in just above the studio’s $65 million forecast. “With kids not really returning to school until January 7, this aligns the stars for us in a really positive way.”Returns were more modest for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff, though each had reason to expect strong business through the holidays.“Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall, debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend and $31 million since opening Wednesday. That was on the low side of expectations for the musical, which cost $130 million to make.“May Poppins Returns,” which co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, will depend heavily on legs through the holiday season. On its side are good if not spectacular reviews (77 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), an A-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers and four Golden Globe nominations.“It’s a great weekend to start yourself off on a launch pad into the holiday period,” said Cathleen Taff, head of distribution for Disney. “We’re looking forward to great word of mouth building over the next few weeks. And we’re looking forward to a long run.”“Poppins” still narrowly edged “Bumblebee,” which opened with $21 million. That, too, is a soft beginning for a film that cost about $135 million to make after tax credits. It’s also far off the pace of the “Transformers” films, the last of which (“Transformers: The Last Knight”) debuted with $44.7 million in summer 2017.But “Bumblebee,” a “Transformers” prequel directed by Travis Knight and starring Hailee Steinfeld, has something the Michael Bay films never had: good reviews. “Bumblebee” was the weekend’s most acclaimed new wide release with a 94 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences also gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.“The pre-Christmas preoccupation for moviegoers affected everyone. All movies were impacted slightly by that,” said Kyle Davies, head of distribution for Paramount. “It doesn’t concern me. We played really well with great reactions. The game plan has always been that we’re now starting that play period where people go multiple times over the next few weeks, and that’s the whole point.”“To me, this weekend was a dress rehearsal for the big push that starts Christmas Day,” added Davies.Also in the mix is Sony’s well-reviewed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which slid to fourth in its second week with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The film also made one of the best debuts for an animated release in China where it was no. 1, grossing $26.1 million over the weekend.Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” added $9.3 million in its sophomore frame, bringing its two-week total to $35 million. Bradley Cooper, who co-stars in “The Mule,” could also celebrate his “A Star Is Born” crossing $200 million domestically.Largely overlooked in the onslaught at theatres was STXfilms’ “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez. The romantic comedy debuted with an estimated $6.5 million in 2,607 locations, drawing an audience that was 70 per cent female.But the weekend’s real flop was “Welcome to Marwen,” the Robert Zemeckis-directed fantastical drama starring Steve Carell as an imaginative man whose scale model town helps him rehabilitate after a trauma. The film, which cost at least $40 million to make, earned just $2.3 million in 1,900 theatres. It’s the second straight flop for Universal (which teamed with DreamWorks for “Marwen”) following “Mortal Engines.” That $100 million film debuted last weekend with $7.5 million film in ticket sales.Yet the weekend managed to nearly equal the box office of the same weekend last year when “The Last Jedi” was in its second week of release and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opened. Ticket sales for the “Star Wars”-less weekend were down a mere 2.1 per cent, according to Comscore.Year to date, the domestic box office is up 7.5 per cent and was expected to just eke past 2016’s record $11.38 billion sometime late Sunday or early Monday, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.“The collective and cumulative strength of these newcomers, particularly ‘Aquaman,’ and a huge slate of holdovers gave us a stronger weekend than anyone imagined,” Dergarabedian said. “A superhero movie in December can make up for not having a ‘Star Wars’ movie in December.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:1. “Aquaman,” $67.4 million.2. “Mary Poppins Returns,” $22.2 million.3. “Bumblebee,” $21 million.4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $16.7 million.5. “The Mule,” $9.3 million.6. “The Grinch,” $8.2 million.7. “Second Act,” $6.5 million.8. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” $4.6 million.9. “Welcome to Marwen,” $2.4 million.10. “Mary Queen of Scots,” $2.2 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Economist Piketty to study Kerala model of growth

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said a nodal officer would be appointed to help eminent economist Thomas Piketty to study the state’s model of growth. Vijayan said this after returning from a tour to Europe, where he had a detailed discussion with Piketty. “On my visit to the Paris School of Economics, I had a discussion with Piketty and he mentioned a detailed study of India’s economic situation was not possible as the government was unwilling to share the country’s economic data,” said the Chief Minister. According to Vijayan, Piketty was keen to study the Kerala model of growth if the government shared the state’s economic data. “Since he said that, we have decided to appoint a nodal officer for it,” said Vijayan. “The French economist also expressed wish to visit Kerala and interact with economists and universities here. We have extended an invite to him,” Vijayan said.last_img read more

Morocco Moves up Six Positions in FIFA Ranking

Zurich  –Morocco’s football team moved up six positions in the FIFA world ranking to stand at the 82nd rank. Germany, the World Cup champions, stayed ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands in an unchanged top five.FIFA top 10: 1. Germany (1725 points).2. Argentina (1538 points)3. Colombia (1450 points)4. Belgium (1417 points)5. Netherlands (1374 points)6. Brazil (1316 points)7. Portugal (1160 points)8 . France (1160 points)9. Spain (1142 points)10. Uruguay (1135 points)

Annan condemns latest suicide bombing in Baghdad

“The Secretary-General is repulsed and outraged by the deaths of a large number of children, among other civilians, in the latest suicide bombing today in Baghdad,” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York.“As the Secretary-General has said repeatedly, there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of civilians – much less children, who are our hope for the future. Nothing will be accomplished by today’s killing of innocents,” the statement said.In Baghdad, Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, yesterday co-chaired a roundtable on the reform of that country’s justice system, in which he said that strengthening the rule of law was vital to restoring public order and respect for human rights in Iraq.Yesterday’s session, convened chiefly to examine the current needs of Iraq’s Justice Ministry, placed a special emphasis on Iraq’s correctional facilities and the juvenile justice system. read more

Plan B After investors pull out of BC interest in planned NS

Plan B: After investors pull out of B.C., interest in planned N.S. LNG facility up HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia company looking to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Canada’s East Coast says it’s seeing an uptick in interest since an LNG megaproject slated for the West Coast was scrapped last week.Paul MacLean with Bear Head LNG Corp., a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., says after more than a year of wooing western Canadian shale gas producers, the Nova Scotia project is getting attention.“We’ve been working with western basin producers over the last year-and-a-half presenting Bear Head as a complimentary option to what was proposed for the B.C. LNG project,” MacLean, strategic and regulatory affairs adviser, said in an interview. “It was sort of a plan B.”But with Petronas and its partners pulling out of the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia, Bear Head is hoping to become the top choice for producers looking to get landlocked natural gas to markets.“We’re not really relishing the fact that Petronas has decided to withdraw their project by any means, but we are experiencing an increase in interest as a consequence of that decision for sure,” MacLean said.In a fiercely competitive energy market grappling with a global oversupply of natural gas and a prolonged period of depressed prices, the cancellation of the West Coast megaproject appears to give the East Coast terminal an edge.The proposed $5-billion LNG export facility in Cape Breton already has construction and environmental permits as well as federal approval for a licence to export LNG and import natural gas from the United States.“We’re the only fully permitted LNG project in Atlantic Canada,” MacLean said, noting that the construction phase would require 1,500 workers while the terminal would create 150 permanent jobs. “We’re shovel-ready.”Bear Head’s sister company, Bear Paw Pipeline Corp., also has approval to building a 62.5-kilometre pipeline that would run between Goldboro, N.S., to the export facility planned for Point Tupper. The $235-million pipeline would connect to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, which runs from Goldboro to Massachusetts.The company’s ambitious proposal would see producers in Alberta ship natural gas through TransCanada Corp. pipeline to North Bay, Ont., which MacLean said is currently underutilized and has sufficient capacity. From there, Bear Head would build a new pipeline to Goldboro, a distance of more than 1,700 kilometres.Building the so-called greenfield pipeline from Ontario to Nova Scotia would require deals from producers up front, something MacLean said he’s optimistic Bear Head can obtain within the next year or so.The company plans to get pipe laid and the terminal up and running by 2022 or 2023.While western Canadian producers would be able to deliver natural gas to domestic markets from Alberta to Nova Scotia along the way, the final destination would be overseas.“Nova Scotia geographically is positioned extremely well for accessing global markets,” MacLean said.The natural gas, shipped through pipeline in a gaseous state, would be liquefied at the Point Tupper terminal, loaded onto tankers and exported to northwestern Europe or other international markets, he said.Yet Toronto-based independent energy consultant Tom Adams, a self-professed watcher of Atlantic Canada’s “energy adventures,” called the proposed Nova Scotia facility “silly talk.”“I’m a long-time skeptic of all the Atlantic Canada LNG proposals,” he said. “But this is the longest of the long shots.”While Adams called the planned Bear Head project a “theoretical possibility,” he said it’s not practical.He said western Canadian producers would be better off shipping natural gas south of the border, to the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the border between Texas and Louisiana, for example.Adams said if the market is not attractive enough to get British Columbia — positioned close to energy-hungry Asian markets — into the LNG business, then “Nova Scotia is just not even worth talking about.”Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. bought the site in Point Tupper from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in an $11 million deal that closed in August 2014. by Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 2:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New clothing text book service desk and cash back program at the

It’s been a busy summer of planning for the Campus Store and students will benefit from the changes.With the first day of classes around the corner, the Campus Store “is excited about the new initiatives that we are bringing to our customers,” says Director Dan Lewis.“Last year we kicked off the dynamic pricing model for textbooks where we compare prices daily with competitors and this year we have continued to identify ways to add value and source affordable options for the students at Brock.”Along with opening a textbook service desk and sourcing more used and rental book options, the Campus Store has launched the Campus Store Cash program where students receive $5 of Campus Store Cash for every $100 spent on textbooks. The cash can be redeemed on any regular priced item at all of the Campus Store locations.In the clothing department, results of the successful Would U Rep It event have hit the retail floor.“The new ‘Student Choice’ line is identified in store by a gold sticker that indicates products that were voted on by our customers,” Lewis says, noting 400 students participated.The new product line brings brands such as Campus Crew, Cutter and Buck and 47 Brand into the mix along with fashion-forward styles that resonate with the student body.Also new this year is a partnership with the Goodman School of Business, where a Goodman product line will be sold in the store with a percentage of the proceeds going back the Goodman student“The product line is in its infancy however the possibilities are endless,” says Lewis.He said the Campus Store continues to evolve to meet the needs and wants of Brock students.“Continual improvement is important to us and ensuring that we are enhancing the Brock student experience is at the forefront of our decisions” says Lewis. read more

Michael Vick To Wear Special Flak Jacket To Protect

The Philadelphia Eagles have taken new measures to protect Michael Vick’s oft-injured ribs.The team’s franchise quarterback will be under center for the team’s Sept. 9 regular season opener at Cleveland, only this time sporting a unique Kevlar flak jacket/vest that will cover up more of his torso than the one he was wearing when he took a helmet to the ribs in the Eagles’ second exhibition game at New England.“I really can’t explain what goes into this type of material,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday. “I’m just trying something different – that’s all I can tell you.”NFL quarterbacks have been wearing flak jackets for roughly 30 years to better protect the ribs they expose while passing the football.Some in the past have proven too bulky and restrictive, while some quarterbacks have just found wearing them at all to be annoying.But Vick, who says he’s still sore from the shot he received from Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham that knocked him out of his second preseason game in as many weeks, says he doesn’t foresee any problems.“It’s Kevlar,” he said, adding that his current one is a much lighter version of the one he first tried. “I’m looking forward to it … to give me protection and just to see what comes out of it. It’s going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it’ll be a better fit.“You can barely feel them, the way we get them fitted.”X-Rays taken at Gillette Stadium last weekend showed no broken bones or fractured cartilage, as were the MRI and CT scan he underwent on Tuesday. Vick, instead, bruised his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-Rays on his thumb, which were also negative.The 32-year-old four-time Pro Bowler has completed just one full season (2006) over his 11-year NFL career, leading some to question whether he will have to alter his style of play to stay healthy. Rib injuries have sidelined him for three games in each of the past two seasons.Philadelphia, which is expected to be a strong NFC contender this year, hosts the Jets on Thursday to wrap up the preseason. read more

Geek deals 269 for 24inch Dell IPS WUXGA LCD with 3 year

first_imgLCD monitors can actually be a very mixed bag. While we all know that you typically do get more from a product with a higher price tag, there is such a huge variety of different monitors and the technology that underpins them that it very much pays off to be a more educated consumer.At the top of the huge variety of consumer LCDs are IPS-based monitors. These use an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel, which is able to transmit more of the light passed through each pixel and do so with a wider viewing angle. So not only do you get an LCD monitor that doesn’t wash out or invert colors when you view it off-center, but it also means that the colors are more vibrant and true.Typically these monitors are significantly more expensive than their less ideal TN and PVA panel counterparts, but a newer version of the technology called eIPS has helped reduced costs and bring it into mainstream LCDs.Dell’s Ultrasharp line has long been a good combination of technology, features, and value. The U2412M is their 24-inch model, offering up a 1920 x 1200 resolution delivered over your choice of VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort connections. The latter digital connections can also be easily adapted to nearly any connection-type you like, including HDMI. We especially like the 16:10 WUXGA resolution, offering more vertical pixels than the usual 1080p display.The U2412M also has a four port USB hub built-in for convenient connection of your peripherals. The other real star feature of the U2412M isn’t in the technology, but rather the service. It comes with a 3 year advance exchange warranty, meaning Dell will send you a replacement monitor should yours ever need service. Then you just send yours back in the pre-paid box and you are left with minimal downtime.While the U2412M goes on sale at Dell fairly often, this is the lowest price we have seen yet. Under $300 for a premium 24″ LCD is a good deal to start with, but when you add in the IPS panel and warranty coverage, this is a downright smoking hot offer.Click here to start at Apply coupon code: DTJHR33$9BQ744 for total $99.90 instant savings. This deal expires September 22 or sooner.last_img read more

Porter to start for Ireland as Furlong and Henderson set to miss

first_img Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:04 PM Feb 21st 2018, 7:04 PM Short URL By Murray Kinsella 150 Comments Porter to start for Ireland as Furlong and Henderson set to miss out James Ryan is set to return to Ireland’s second row for the Six Nations clash with Wales. JOE SCHMIDT IS set to hand Andrew Porter his second international start in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales in Dublin on Saturday [KO 2.15pm], as Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson could miss out through injury. Porter is set for his second start for Ireland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO22-year-old Porter is set to take over from Furlong in Ireland’s number three shirt, with the Wexford man struggling due to a hamstring injury.While Ireland refused to rule Furlong out yesterday, it increasingly looks like he will not feature against the Welsh.Head coach Schmidt could also be without second row Henderson, with the Ulster man carrying a hamstring issue since the clash with Italy two weekends ago. Again, Ireland stated yesterday that the lock was ‘hitting his markers’ but he may not be fit in time to face Wales.21-year-old James Ryan is set to return to Ireland’s starting team after recovering from a groin issue and he could partner Devin Toner in the second row.Dan Leavy is set to join Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander in Ireland’s back row, while Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will line up in the halfbacks again.There is a tight call for Schmidt to make at loosehead prop, with Cian Healy and Jack McGrath both having shown good form, but Healy may edge that battle.Chris Farrell is set to take over from the injured Robbie Henshaw at outside centre, partnering Bundee Aki in the midfield, while Schmidt looks likely to name a settled back three of Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale and Rob Kearney. Farrell is set to be included at 13. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOFergus McFadden is favourite to return to Ireland’s 23 shirt, while Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion are set to be the other backline replacements.Jack Conan’s ball-carrying impact may see him edge out Jordi Murphy for the back row spot on Ireland’s bench – both were involved in last week’s training camp in Athlone – while John Ryan, McGrath and Sean Cronin could provide the front row cover.Schmidt is set to officially name his team at 1.45pm tomorrow.center_img Follow us: 41,657 Views Possible Ireland team v Wales:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Chris Farrell12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Andrew Porter4. James Ryan5. Devin Toner6. Peter O’Mahony7. Dan Leavy8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Sean Cronin17. Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Quinn Roux20. Jack Conan21. Kieran Marmion22. Joey Carbery23. Fergus McFaddenThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Scotland name side aiming for first Six Nations win over England in a decadeBastareaud back from ban as France make 5 changes for Friday night’s game against Italy Share93 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man dies trying to avoid fine

first_imgA 19-year-old man has died in Athens after jumping from a trolley bus when he was caught travelling without a ticket.The incident occurred late on Tuesday night on the Number 12 trolley bus, which was heading from central Athens to the western suburb of Peristeri.The exact circumstances remain unclear but the teenager, named by some reports as Athanasios Kanaoutis, struck his head when he jumped from the vehicle.He was taken to Aghia Olga Hospital in Nea Ionia but at around 1.30 a.m. he was moved to the Geniko Kratiko Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.The trolley bus driver and ticket inspector have been arrested and are being questioned in connection with the incident.There are conflicting reports about what happened on the vehicle. OSY, the public company that manages road transport, alleges that the 19-year-old argued and fought with the inspector when he was discovered to be travelling without a ticket.This has not been confirmed so far by the police. Other reports suggest that the passenger said he and his parents were unemployed and unable to pay for the 1.40-euro ticket or any fine before he jumped from the trolley bus.Transport authorities recently stepped up efforts to tackle fare dodging, employing volunteer inspectors who receive a 10 percent share of the fines they issue. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece rejects UNs proposal on FYROM name issue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in a longstanding dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s official name, on Monday described as “very constructive” talks in Athens with Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos that focused on the envoy’s new proposal for a settlement.Despite the fact that Athens rejected Nimetz’s new proposal for the name Upper Democracy of Macedonia to become FYROM’s official name – objecting to the fact that the determinant “upper” is not geographical – the mediator said he had gained “a much clearer understanding” of Greece’s stance which would help him in his effort to find a solution.According to sources, Venizelos set out Greece’s objections in detail but emphasized that Athens is ready to contribute actively to the continuation of negotiations with the aim of finding a mutually acceptable solution. In the event of a settlement, Athens is willing to seek ways of supporting Skopje by boosting trade and supporting the country’s bid to join NATO and the European Union, Venizelos reportedly said.Nimetz left Athens later in the day to fly to Skopje, where he is to meet with FYROM government officials and seek their response to his proposal, which was submitted to both Athens and Skopje in April.The mediator reportedly emphasized that the negotiations would be tough and that both sides should show understanding for each other’s position if progress is to be made.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

A grave disservice

first_imgLambis Englezos – the man who helped unearth the remains of WWI Diggers buried anonymously at Fromelles in northern France – has embarked on a new campaign, to ensure all war graves in Australia are properly maintained. A voluntary advisor to the Office of Australian War Graves and the Victorian RSL, Mr Englezos has become the spokesman for a group of historians who have identified scores of WWI soldiers’ graves in barely marked plots at Heidelberg’s Warringal Cemetery and elsewhere. The evidence at Heidelberg – neglected graves of soldiers who died of war-related causes having returned from the Western Front damaged psychologically – is compelling. With their original headstones removed (part of a decommissioning process that began in the 1960s and has only recently come to light), the soldiers’ names are hardly recognisable on small metal plates affixed to the broken headstone. No details of their war service are included. Some of the soldiers’ names and service details are included 30kms away on commemorative plaques at Springvale Garden of Remembrance. The matter has brought into sharp relief the Commonwealth’s policy of only maintaining a single place of commemoration. Gardens of Remembrance have become the focus for official commemoration of Australia’s war dead, seemingly often at the expense of grave sites, which are left to families to maintain. Where the serviceman has a plaque in a Garden of Remembrance, under the Office of Australian War Graves’ policy, the department does not automatically maintain the grave. The servicemen buried at Warringal Cemetery – who suffered from shell shock – died in the Military Mental Ward (Asylum), 16th AGH, Mont Park, Victoria, (now part of La Trobe University campus) in the 1920s. “It’s not good enough. We have a duty to give these soldiers back their dignity and identify these men properly where they lie,” Mr Englezos told Neos Kosmos. “We need to acknowledge their service. Ashes and headstones of WWI soldiers are being removed from cemeteries and hundreds lie in unmarked dirt plots.” President of the Hellenic sub-branch of the RSL, Steve Kyritsis said he shared Mr Englezos’ concerns over the Warringal plots. “These soldiers deserve a proper grave,” he said. “The Australian government has an obligation to honour these servicemen at their place of burial. Though it’s a federal issue I think the state government should also look into this matter. It’s a government responsibility.” Mr Englezos is also concerned over reports of veterans’ ashes – supposedly held in perpetuity – being thrown out, as Melbourne cemeteries look for more space. The Albert Park-based campaigner and fellow activists are lobbying state government to amend the Victorian Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 to prevent cemeteries dispensing with ashes without the agreement of families of the deceased. Current legislation allows cemeteries to disperse ashes if a family do not request an extension to their safe-keeping beyond 25 years. In a statement provided to Neos Kosmos by the Victorian government, Hugh Delahunty, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, said the issue of the war graves at Warringal Cemetery “has been and remains a matter for the Commonwealth Government through the Office of War Graves”. This issue of ashes removal is due to be considered by a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Cemeteries and Crematoria under the portfolio of Victoria’s Health Minister David Davis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Piéger le CO2 dans les fonds marins grâce au phytoplancton

first_imgPiéger le CO2 dans les fonds marins grâce au phytoplanctonSelon une étude publiée dans la revue Nature, piéger le CO2 dans les grands fonds marins seraient envisageable. Pour cela, des expériences de “fertilisation” des océans avec du fer ont lieu. Cette méthode favorise la floraison de phytoplancton qui capte le CO2.Avec le réchauffement climatique en cours, de nombreux scientifiques cherchent de nouveaux moyens pour capter le CO2 qui est un des principaux gaz à effet de serre (GES). Parmi les méthodes envisagées : piéger le dioxyde de carbone au fond des océans. Comme le rapportent des chercheurs dans une étude publiée hier par la revue Nature, “la fertilisation de l’océan en ajoutant des composants à base de fer a provoqué une floraison de phytoplancton, dominé par des complexes d’espèces microscopiques, poussant une quantité considérable de dioxyde de carbone vers le fond des océans”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’expérience a été menée en 2004 dans les mers australes par l’équipe dirigée par Victor Smetacek, de l’Institut de recherche marine de Bremerhaven en Allemagne. Mais les scientifiques restent prudents. Selon eux, cette étude n’a pas permis “d’évaluer avec certitude la durée de la séquestration” de ce carbone. Toutefois, au cours des cinq semaines d’observations la floraison de la diatomée (un complexe d’espèces de phytoplancton) était à son apogée quatre semaines après la “fertilisation”. Or, les floraisons de phytoplancton fertilisé au sulfate de fer “peuvent séquestrer du carbone sur des échelles de temps calculées en siècles dans les couches d’eau juste au-dessus des fonds marins et même pendant plus longtemps dans les sédiments à [plus de 1.000 mètres de] profondeur”.Pour résumer les résultats de cette étude, Michael Steinke, de l’Université britannique d’Essex, explique : “comme les plantes sur la terre ferme, le phytoplancton, issu de la photosynthèse, et flottant dans la mer, capte le CO2 à la surface de l’océan et lorsque ce phytoplancton meurt, il coule au fond de l’océan où une grande partie est piégée dans les sédiments profonds pour des centaines d’années”. Selon le scientifique, ce transfert de CO2 contribue ainsi à maintenir la température dans des normes viables sur Terre.Bien que cette méthode soit très intéressante pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique, M. Steinke estime qu’elle ne sera pas réalisable à grande échelle. Le principal problème, selon lui est de “trouver le bon endroit pour de telles expériences” ce qui est “difficile et coûte cher”.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 18:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more