Ohio State Upset RecruitJamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes’ program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State’s medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether. The situation greatly upsets Dean’s high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.HS coach of Ohio State’s Jamel Dean tells NEOMG he is angry over treatment of departing freshman http://t.co/mQBfvM3noP— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 8, 2015From Cleveland.com’s report: The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.“It’s ridiculous,” John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.“You can’t treat people this way.”Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus. Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. [Cleveland.com]
TORONTO – A former political staffer is alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of Ontario’s legislature when she was working for him more than a decade ago, the woman’s lawyer said Friday.John Nunziata, who represents the woman, said he is not willing to release the name of the accused, but identified him as a Liberal politician who once held a cabinet portfolio.Premier Kathleen Wynne said no sexual misconduct allegations have ever been raised against cabinet members who served under her or her predecessor Dalton McGuinty.Nunziata said his client, who once worked for the Liberal politician as an executive assistant, alleges the sexual misconduct took place around 2006 and 2007.“She’s not doing this for the money or for fame,” Nunziata said of his unnamed client in a telephone interview.“She has been hurt by this whole process. Not just the premier’s office at the time, but how it was handled at Queen’s Park.”Nunziata, a former Member of Parliament, said the woman shared some details of the allegations in a letter sent to Wynne’s constituency office three weeks ago.The letter, dated Jan. 26, references the man’s alleged “repulsive and adulterous groping, propositioning, and innuendo and chronic inebriation,” according to Nunziata.The complainant wrote that she reported her concerns about the man’s conduct to human resources, who ultimately directed her to the Liberal Caucus Service Bureau for reassignment.She ultimately went to work for a different legislative member, but said she was told that no further action would be taken.“I realize that these egregious breaches of trust and abuses of power were not on your watch,” Nunziata said the woman wrote in her letter to Wynne. “What I would like to underscore is that the degradation and humiliation caused by the member and the others in the premiers’ office were long lasting. The collateral damage is permanent.”Wynne expressed similar sentiments on Friday speaking at the International Auto Show in Toronto, praising the courage of women who come forward after years of bearing the pain of such experiences.She said she herself was not made aware of the allegations when they were mailed to her constituency office, but said the government’s process for addressing such allegations immediately took effect.Wynne said staff reviews the information, engages outside council, and if necessary then hires a third-party investigator to look at the claims, adding that the privacy and wishes of the complainant are always top of mind.“It’s very important to me that whenever there is an allegation, whenever there is a complaint, that that process be engaged and that action is taken,” Wynne said. “My understanding is in this case that that’s exactly what happened.”Wynne said the latest allegation had not reached the stage in the process at which she would have needed to personally be notified.Nunziata said his client is not satisfied with the mechanisms that are currently in place, saying she felt “uncomfortable” after hearing from Wynne’s lawyer and arguing that he did not constitute a true third party. The lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Nunziata said establishing a transparent process would unleash a flood of other allegations.“It’s one thing in the #MeToo movement to come forward and praise women and men who come forward, but there has to be a process. People just don’t want to walk down to the local police station,” he said. “If a process is set up, this is just the beginning, there will be many more allegations involving other people within the legislature and within the bureaucracy.”Accusations of sexual misconduct have already caused upheaval in Ontario politics. Allegations levelled against former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown prompted his abrupt resignation and touched off a leadership contest due to conclude in March.Brown vehemently denies the allegations, which were reported by CTV but not independently verified by the Canadian Press, and has recently embarked on a vocal campaign to clear his name. He announced his intention to sue CTV for its handling of the story and has publicly challenged the veracity of the accounts provided by two women.Nunziata was elected to the federal legislature as a Liberal in 1984, but was eventually tossed from caucus after failing to support his party’s budget. He was re-elected as an independent in 1997, but was ultimately defeated in 2000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly called Nunziata a former member of provincial parliament.
CALGARY – A coalition of First Nations is raising money through a GoFundMe campaign to mount a legal challenge to the proposed oil-tanker ban on British Columbia’s north coast.The challenge is coming from the backers of the proposed Eagle Spirit pipeline, a First Nation-led project that would bring oil from Alberta to the northern West Coast.The chiefs’ council leading the project said in a news release Wednesday that they represent more than 30 communities engaged in the project, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposed ban on tankers would harm their communities by causing them to lose out on development opportunities.They said the tanker ban came about because of pressure from U.S. environmental groups and is being imposed without the consultation of key Indigenous stakeholders.“There was no consultation, and the government is responsible to the Aboriginal First Nations to do consultations,” said hereditary chief Gary Alexcee, who backs the energy project.Transport Canada, however, said it held 75 engagement sessions to discuss the proposed moratorium, and that Transport Minister Marc Garneau engaged directly with all Indigenous groups along that would be affected or expressed an interest in the moratorium.The government held 20 meetings with Indigenous groups and received numerous letters on the proposal, said Transport Canada spokeswoman Julie Leroux.Bill C-48, known as the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, passed second reading in Parliament last October. The legislation has the support of many First Nations in B.C., including the nine members of the Coastal First Nations alliance.“We fully support the tanker ban, it recognizes the importance of protecting the coast from oil spills,” said Marilyn Slett, chief councillor of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.She said Heiltsuk had already experienced the threats of oil spills twice in the past year, with the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat and the stranding of a barge carrying 12.5 million litres of oil.“The vulnerability and risk of these types of incidents is very real, and so our position has been very strong in terms of support of the tanker ban.”The federal government announced it was going ahead with the tanker ban in November 2016, at the same time it approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB)
Pot enthusiasts celebrate 4/20 for likely that last time while non-medicinal marijuana remains illegal on April 20, 2018.In April 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. It’s legislation that is expected to be enacted by summer, 2018.In the interim, the roles and responsibilities of the province and municipalities become clearer. In Calgary, interested sellers are preparing for a business licensing lottery.“The city’s done a great job,” CEO and President of 420 Investments, Jeff Mooij told 660 NEWS.“They’ve been very proactive,” he said. “I think they’re one of the first cities in this province to start initiating some of these things, and actually getting some of the paperwork coming in to their city and their municipality for licensing.”After voting 10-4 to ban smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis in public, with an exception for those using it for medical reasons, the city is expected to begin accepting retail applications on April 24, 2018.“[It’s] a lot of hurdles, a lot of, you know, applications,” Mooij said. “A lot of paperwork, and the City of Calgary is fairly reasonable with what they’re asking for, for applications.”When it comes to marijuana responsibilities, when pot becomes legal, municipal governments will be the authority on retail locations and rules, public consumption, land use and zoning and education.“The process, right now, will be a huge lineup at City Hall on April 24,” Mooij said. “Sort of a first-come-first-served lottery, type thing, that’s happening on Tuesday morning. So, it should be a bit of chaos, should be interesting to see how many people line up.”The city clarifies that the lottery system will not be totally random, as they will review applications based on the order in which they are received and a pre-determined set of criteria.Applications can also be made online at calgary.ca/cannabisbusiness, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. When asked about the proposed Calgary bylaw, and a ban on public consumption, with medicinal exceptions, Mooij noted he was not concerned.“Medical versus recreational, outside, I mean, it’s all a moot point,” he proclaimed. “Eventually, you know, smoking’s a dying thing.”“Vape pens and edibles, that’s the future of this. Nobody’s going to be smoking outside,” he continued.Alberta Gaming and Liquor has received about 500 applications for pot-shops in the province, and with that knowledge, Mooij anticipates at least 100 businesses could be in search of a Calgary licence on Tuesday.
Zelenski shared, it has been a challenging project yet listening to the community by gathering information from events such as Canada Day helped start the direction for the study.The greatest input for the study came from families and woman; it was necessary for the study according to Zelenski to know what was important to users and also what are the concerns.Research obtained from eight different Regional Districts about how they planned their regional trail designs was an important step knowing this is a large scale project. Once the study has been presented. The next big step would be figuring out funding. People expressed their desire for options that include non-motorized activities. One of the challenges the study faced was to determine a starting point for the trail system and the use of private property also being an implication of where the trails would be mapped out.Nine options for trails were screened down by a series of questions, from those nine trails three were considered to have good potential as a 7 km trail, with one design being deemed a future trail extension as it would end in Beaton Provincial Park. Option A – Would connect Charlie Lake Elementary and the Tse-Kwa CavesOption B – A robust public support for this option yet more constraints FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District made a Presentation to Fort St. John City Council regarding the Connecting Communities Trails Feasibility Study.The presentation made by Jana Zelenski, Landscape Architect of Lanarc Consulting, shared the results of a feasibility study on creating a trail system to connect Fort St. John to Charlie Lake and another trail that goes from Dawson Creek to Pouce Coupe. Future Option Of the two main trail ideas presented they were close in cost to create yet held different implications to the environments in which they would run through.Option A Cost – 4.8 to 7.7 MillionOption B Cost – 5 to 7.5 MillionAt the end of the presentation, Mayor Lori Ackerman addressed her concerns that not all parties were addressed during the study such as the First Nations as Fish Creek is to remain a wildlife corridor as well as concerns as to who would be responsible for maintaining and policing the trail.Councillor Trevor Bolin spoke on Option 7 addressed in the original 9 trails and suggested that running alongside the Alaska Hwy would only involve two landowners.Council moved for City Staff to create a report on the best trail option.To view the presentation, CLICK HERE
Singapore/New Delhi: A Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai to Singapore with 263 passengers on board Tuesday received a bomb threat, prompting Singapore Air Force to send two F-16s to escort the aircraft.The flight landed safely at Singapore’s Changi International Airport on Tuesday around 8 am (local time), the airline added. “Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on March 26, 2019, at about 0800hrs (local time). “There were 263 passengers on board. We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details,” a statement issued by the airline said. The Republic of Singapore Air Force said two F16C/Ds escorted the SIA aeroplane. The RSAF said in a Facebook post that two F-16C/Ds were scrambled to intercept the SIA flight. “Our fighters escorted the airliner till it landed safely at Changi Airport,” it said. All passengers, except for a woman and a child, disembarked safely and had to undergo screening. The woman and the child were held back for questioning by the police, who are investigating the incident. Preliminary checks showed that the airline received a call after the plane left Mumbai’s airport on Monday at about 11.35pm local time. The caller claimed that there was a bomb on the plane. The plane, a Boeing 777-300ER, had departed Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 11.36pm local time on Monday, according to website FlightAware. It arrived in Singapore 31 minutes behind schedule, the site added. “There was no impact to other SIA operations,” an SIA spokesperson said. PTI
The diary of Anne Frank, a young chronicler of the horrors of the Nazis’ genocide of the Jews, offers a beacon of hope – and humanity – to the millions who read her thoughts, written while hiding with her family for two years before being betrayed and sent to the death camps. Reflecting on her life 75 years after her arrest, and death, is a travelling exhibition that has come briefly to Delhi. ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today’, an exhibition of photographs and archival information, takes visitors to Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War as it follows Anne’s journey from homeland Germany to the promise of a refuge in the Netherlands, but back to a German concentration camp. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn the exhibition’s photographs, a young Anne and her sister Margot are seen growing up from childhood to teenage. Happy family photographs and images taken at school, soon gave way to a dark place in their factory – the secret annexe where the Franks went into hiding. Recorded are quotations from her diary, a small, red-chequered notebook that went on to contain her vivid observations and experiences, and eventually become one of the world’s most popularly-read personal accounts of the Holocaust. During a walkthrough of the well-curated exhibition, the Deputy Head of the Netherlands Embassy in India, Anneke Adema, spoke of Anne’s life and the tragic experience she had. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We have a tendency to forget history, and people should see these pictures – of Auschwitz, for instance. I heard about it during my life in the Netherlands, but the moment you see it, you feel everything. You see the suitcases of the people who were gassed, the hair, the glasses, kids’ toys and shoes – we have to make it visible,” Adema said. The exhibition is open for public at the India International Centre here till April 29. It is organised by the The Anne Frank House, PeaceWorks and Embassies of the Netherlands and Israel.
New Delhi: Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel that provides services in Africa, Tuesday posted a net profit of $89 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, on account of increase in data consumption and Airtel Money penetration. The company had posted a loss of $33 million in the same period a year ago. Its revenue increased by 6 per cent to $781 million during the reported quarter from $736 million in the corresponding period of 2017-18. “Increase in Data & Airtel Money penetration led to faster net revenue growth,” Airtel Africa said in its quarterly report. For year ended March 31, 2019, Airtel Africa posted a profit of $412 million while it had reported loss of $138 million a year ago.
OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Free Agent Alert: @JT_theQB4th @Colts #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/t39FoIQyZa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 29, 2018Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds).
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to the operators of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs).The allocation represents the second tranche of the $1-billion TEF/EXIM Bank Jamaica loan facility, which was launched in September 2016 with an initial $300 million capital injection by the tourism entity. The facility enables the industry stakeholders to access between $5 million and $25 million at five per cent interest for five years.Among those eligible are operators involved in spa and wellness; gastronomy – restaurants and food-related businesses; small accommodations; shopping and galleries; attractions; knowledge networks; and sports and entertainment as well as manufacturers and suppliers.Speaking at the official handover at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston on Wednesday, August 30, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the loan facility was a critical financial lifeline that had allowed and would enable more sector stakeholders to create jobs, generate growth and facilitate economic well-being.Additionally, he said it represented the Government’s acknowledgement of the entities’ integral role in the tourism value chain.“The idea was born out of the need to build capacity within the sector and provide financial support to enterprises that would better enable them to capitalise on business opportunities to better participate in the supply chain of the sector,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett advised that the first tranche of the loan facility has been fully disbursed, and encouraged other entrepreneurs not yet accessing the provision to take advantage of it to grow their businesses.EXIM Bank Managing Director, Lisa Bell, disclosed that the entity has, to date, processed more than 28 loan applications totalling $509 million under the programme. She said applications totalling $408 million have been approved, with disbursements totalling $311 million.The applications processed for approval fall in the categories of: attractions – $84.5 million; small accommodations – $105 million; gastronomy – $25 million; linkages – $32 million; shopping networks – $30 million; manufacturing – $47.5 million; services – $48.4 million; spa and wellness – $12. 5 million; and domestic tours and car rentals – $125 million.“We are very pleased about that, because we knew this programme could be revolutionary, not only because of its attractive terms and conditions but it really would put funding into the hands of those who needed it,” Mrs. Bell said.She further noted that the Bank has received an additional 25 qualified expressions of interest totaling approximately $470 million.In 2015, the World Bank noted that formal SMTEs contribute up to 60 per cent of total employment and up to 40 per of national income in emerging economies.In the Caribbean, these enterprises contribute more than 90 per cent of employment and 70 per cent of the gross domestic product.For more information on the loan facility, persons may call the EXIM Bank at (876) 630-1400 to make an appointment; visit its offices at 85 Hope Road, Kingston 6; or website at www.eximbankja.com.
The former Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Germany national team footballer has explained how he used to pass fitness testsGerman striker Stefan Kiessling played professionally from 2003 to 2018.And he just came out to explain how his wife used to help him cheat in his fitness tests.“I never did one hundred percent of the exercises in the preparation periods, not once,” he told The Talking Baws.Kiessling: Lewandowski’s back-up Martin Varga – November 2, 2017 The 33-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward’s name has been associated with a January move to Bayern Munich Potential Bayern Munich transfer target Stefan Kiessling is delighted…“You get a heart rate monitor on which all runs are saved.”“As my wife is very athletic, she did some racing with the wristband according to my specs,” he explained.“She did it so well that nobody noticed.”
Ashlie Rodriguez, How San Diego is handling the homeless on cold nights February 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A cold snap that settled over Southern California left many wondering what would happen to the homeless men and women living on San Diego’s streets.A representative from the San Diego Housing Commission said temperatures have to fall below 50 degrees and there has to be a 40 percent chance or higher of rain before additional beds would be available at Father Joe’s Villages.If the temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the dining area at Father Joe’s Villages will open, creating additional space for beds.Three bridge shelters are currently in operation catering toward families, veterans and single adults providing 700 additional beds to the homeless.The extra-cold winter conditions led to minimum readings of 23 degrees in Ramona and 29 degrees in Vista.In Oceanside, Tuesday morning’s low-temperature mark of 35 degrees tied the prevailing record for the date, set in 1945.Due to the ongoing frigid conditions, an NWS frost advisory indicating a likelihood of thermometer readings as low as the mid-20s will be in effect for a second straight night tonight in local valley communities. The warning will extend from 10 this evening until 8 a.m. Wednesday.A slight warming trend is expected for the remainder of the workweek, though temperatures will remain below average at least through the end of the month, according to forecasters. Posted: February 20, 2018 Updated: 10:23 PM Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Homelessness, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Weather FacebookTwitter
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service filed its objection to Source’s plan, claiming it owes more than $10 million in unpaid taxes. The objection said Source’s reorganization plan cannot be confirmed because it does not ensure adequate payment of the IRS’ tax claims. The IRS said Source and its affiliates have not filed a “staggering” number of federal tax returns.It was not immediately clear how the IRS objection, or the stakeholders’ motion, will effect Source’s emergence from bankruptcy protection. A Source spokesperson did not return a request for comment. An attorney with Source’s legal counsel, Pachulski Stang & Hutz, also did not return a request for comment.Bankruptcy BackgroundLast month, the company, controlled by billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection—saying it reached an agreement with its lenders to “eliminate approximately $1 billion dollars of existing debt” and privatize the company. Source’s lenders agreed to funnel $100 million in additional liquidity into the company. Source, in turn, agreed to pay “all of its vendors in full and on time.” Source said it expected to emerge from bankruptcy protection within 35 days.The company also is seeking permission to borrow up to $385 million in post-petition financing as part of its plan to eliminate $1 billion in debt, according to a report on Law360.com. Source reportedly owes its creditors about $733 million.A number of other creditors have also filed objections to Source’s plan of reorganization. According to a Law360.com report, SINV LLC, one of Source’s landlords, filed an objection stating that the planned consolidation of Source’s affiliates could “hurt its claims.”Automotive media company eVox Productions also objected, claiming, the plan violates a licensing agreement it had with Source.According to a report in the New York Post, a Source attorney said the IRS claims are current payroll taxes, not past-due back taxes.A hearing about Source’s plan of reorganization is scheduled for today. A group of stockholders and the Internal Revenue Service are among those that have filed objections to Source Interlink’s pre-packaged plan of reorganization.On Wednesday, the magazine publisher and distributor filed its own objection in Delaware’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court, asking the judge to deny an emergency motion filed by an ad hoc group of stockholders requesting a 45-day delay of the plan’s confirmation and to form an official committee of equity holders. According to the motion, Source’s plan includes a debt-for-equity swap with lenders and rewards management “responsible for present circumstances” with equity stakes in a new company.In its objection, Source said the ad hoc group is made up of investors who hold only about 2 percent of the company’s outstanding shares. Source said forming a committee is not necessary because, according to the plan, the stockholders are not expected to receive a meaningful distribution.
Facebook Christophe Morin/IP3 / Getty Images Snopes said Friday that it won’t be renewing its fact-checking partnership with Facebook, which kicked off at the end of 2016 to help curb the spread of misinformation. “At this time we are evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party fact-checking services, and we want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication and staff,” Snopes said in a post on its site.The fact-checking platform said it hasn’t ruled out working with Facebook in the future, and hopes to continue to discuss ways to combat misinformation. Snopes also said it hopes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with fact checkers following his 2019 resolution to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society.”Facebook has faced scrutiny for not taking more action against fake news and misinformation, including interference by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. Last year, the social network landed in hot water after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users.”We value the work that Snopes has done, and respect their decision as an independent business,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Fighting misinformation takes a multi-pronged approach from across the industry. We are committed to fighting this through many tactics, and the work that third-party fact-checkers do is a valued and important piece of this effort.”Facebook says it has relationships with 34 fact-checking partners around the world for content in 16 languages, and it plans to add new partners and languages this year.Snopes didn’t receive financial compensation when it first joined Facebook’s fact-checking effort, but later accepted Facebook’s offer for payment, it said. “Forgoing an economic opportunity is not a decision that we or any other journalistic enterprise can take lightly in the current publishing landscape,” Snopes’ post reads. “A change like this means that we have less money to invest in our publication – and we will need to adapt to make up for it.”Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Tech Industry 5 Comments Tags Share your voice
a female aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe children who are older than six years are at a greater risk of dengue infection since they spend more time in crowded places like schools and parks, says a new study of icddr,b.Under the study, two household serosurveys were conducted in 2012 to assess the seroprevalence and seroincidence of dengue fever virus (DENV).During the period, information on demographic, socioeconomic, and other relevant characteristics was collected from the study participants using a structured socioeconomic questionnaire. The findings have been released recently.The study combines serological surveys of blood samples with participant interviews to determine various socio-cultural risk factors that predict DENV infection.Serological surveys measure the presence of circulating antibodies in blood samples to objectively determine whether each participant has been infected with DENV in the past.The study identifies various household and community level risk factors that increase the risk of dengue infection. At the household level, the presence of ornamental potted plants, potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes was found to increase the risk for DENV infection.According to research investigator at icddr,b and co-author of the study Kishor Kumar Paul, home-based interventions such as removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, as well as vector control measures in public parks, will reduce the exposure to dengue infections among the city dwellers.Dengue is spread by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses.Multiple dengue outbreaks have occurred in Bangladesh since the first major outbreak in 2000. The vast majority (91 pc) of reported dengue cases between 2000 and 2009 occurred in Dhaka.Official data show that so far over 660 dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported this year in the capital. Of them, 121 dengue cases were reported in May, followed by 202 in June and 84 up to 16 July 2017.The new study found a very high degree of seroprevalence for DENV across Dhaka city, with the highest seroprevalence in the older, more densely populated areas. It is an indicator of significant unreported dengue virus-associated illness.There are also many new infections that occur between the pre- and post-monsoon period, suggesting that DENV was circulating through the city quite intensely during the study.Findings of this study indicate that home-based interventions like removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, in addition to vector control measures in public parks, would reduce exposure to DENV and further decrease risk of viral associated disease.Principal investigator of the study W Abdullah Brooks said this study demonstrates that formulation of an active DENV surveillance system is urgently warranted, particularly to estimate the impact of DENV disease burden in Dhaka and other urban areas of the country.
French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waits prior to take part in a broadcast interview at a set of French TV group France 2 in Paris. Photo: AFPFrench conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Sunday staged a show of support to bolster his flagging campaign before bluntly rejecting demands from within his party to quit over an expenses scandal.After holding a flag-waving rally in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, Fillon defiantly said he would pursue his campaign, even as rumours spread of plans to dethrone him as his party’s candidate.Asked in a TV interview whether he would quit, Fillon said: “My answer is ‘no’. Above all else, I see no reason to do so.”“No-one today can prevent me being a candidate,” he said.Senior members of Fillon’s Republicans party have called for the 63-year-old to step aside as he is to be charged over allegations he gave his wife a taxpayer-funded fake job.Fillon had previously promised to quit if he were charged but has since pulled back from the pledge.He portrays himself as a victim of injustice who intends to put his case directly to the people.The party leadership is to meet Monday evening to discuss Fillon’s candidacy, but he dismissed suggestions they could remove him.“Withdrawing my candidacy would lead to a political impasse for the right and the centre,” Fillon said.Fillon was the frontrunner in the race until Le Canard Enchaine newspaper alleged in mid-January that he paid his wife Penelope and two of their children nearly 900,000 euros ($950,000) as his parliamentary assistants.A new poll released Sunday confirmed he was losing support fast and would be eliminated in the first round of the election on April 23.Most surveys show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron would progress to the runoff on May 7.Waiting in wingsEarlier Sunday, Fillon gave a speech to tricolour-waving supporters at the Trocadero Square on the opposite bank of the Seine to the Eiffel Tower.He apologised for the expenses scandal but said he was sure he would be proved innocent.His team claimed 200,000 people attended the rally but AFP reporters put the turnout in the tens of thousands. Police said the maximum capacity of the square was about 40,000.Alain Juppe, a 71-year-old former prime minister, indicated to AFP on Friday through his entourage that he could be ready to replace Fillon as the rightwing candidate.Juppe tweeted on Sunday that he would make a statement at 0930 GMT on Monday in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, where he is mayor.The same Kantar Sofres OnePoint poll released Sunday showed Juppe would qualify for the second round if he ran in Fillon’s place. The survey of 1,027 people was carried out on March 2-4 and therefore before Fillon’s Paris speech.A replacement would have to be named before a fast-approaching March 17 deadline to collect the 500 signatures from elected officials that a candidate needs in order to stand.Despite Fillon’s defiance, there were fresh calls for him to stand aside.Christian Estrosi, who leads the southern region around Marseille, said he and two other senior rightwingers would meet Fillon on Monday to urge him to “withdraw graciously”. Key members of Fillon’s team have already abandoned ship.In the TV interview, he again alleged the fake jobs probe is politically motivated.“Of course it is aimed at stopping me being a candidate,” Fillon said, complaining that rumours had even circulated that his wife had tried to commit suicide over the scandal.British-born Penelope Fillon broke her silence earlier Sunday, telling Le Journal du Dimanche she had carried out “a lot of different tasks” for her husband during his lengthy career.She had also urged him to “keep going to the end” but said only he could make the final decision.Police raided the Fillons’ country manor house near Le Mans on Friday and their Paris apartment was searched a day earlier.Authority undermined? Fillon, a devout Catholic and a former premier, beat Juppe in the Republicans’ primary in November, pulling off a surprise victory by campaigning as a “clean” candidate.He has pledged to slash 500,000 civil servants’ jobs but the allegations about his expenses have led to barbs that his moral authority has been undermined.Juppe, who is more centrist than Fillon, was given a suspended jail sentence in 2004 over a party funding scandal.The accusations against Fillon have added to an already unpredictable race.Le Pen, 48, campaigning on an anti-immigration and anti-EU platform, has sought to capitalise on the anti-establishment sentiment that propelled US President Donald Trump to power and led to Britain’s vote to leave the EU.Polls currently show however that Le Pen would be beaten in the runoff by either Macron or the conservative candidate.
Listen X 00:00 /00:48 Ed Mayberry | Houston Public MediaISS crew members Alexander Gerst, Sergey Prokopyev and Serena Aunon-Chancellor.Alexander Gerst from Germany will join the other two for Expedition 57. It’s Gerst’s second trip to the space station. He said before his first flight, he saw space as a very special place.“When I was up there, I actually learned that it was the opposite. So the real special place — and that’s what you realize in space — is actually our planet Earth. And that was a very beautiful thought, and it left me with the longing of coming back.”Sergey Prokopyev is commander of the Soyuz spacecraft that will ferry the three to the space station. It’s his first trip, and it’s also the first time for NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. She’s a physician and will be conducting medical experiments on fellow crew members. It’s part of research for preparing for a multi-year mission to Mars. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Packing it all in for the holidays: Scientists see how many polyhedrons can fit into a box More information: Phys. Rev. X 4, 011024 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024 . http://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011024ABSTRACTPackings of hard polyhedra have been studied for centuries due to their mathematical aesthetic and more recently for their applications in fields such as nanoscience, granular and colloidal matter, and biology. In all these fields, particle shape is important for structure and properties, especially upon crowding. Here, we explore packing as a function of shape. By combining simulations and analytic calculations, we study three two-parameter families of hard polyhedra and report an extensive and systematic analysis of the densest known packings of more than 55 000 convex shapes. The three families have the symmetries of triangle groups (icosahedral, octahedral, tetrahedral) and interpolate between various symmetric solids (Platonic, Archimedean, Catalan). We find optimal (maximum) packing-density surfaces that reveal unexpected richness and complexity, containing as many as 132 different structures within a single family. Our results demonstrate the importance of thinking about shape not as a static property of an object, in the context of packings, but rather as but one point in a higher-dimensional shape space whose neighbors in that space may have identical or markedly different packings. Finally, we present and interpret our packing results in a consistent and generally applicable way by proposing a method to distinguish regions of packings and classify types of transitions between them. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: E. R. Chen et al., Phys. Rev. X (2014) Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55,000 different shapes (2014, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-maximum-density.html A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has used computational and analytical analysis to find the maximum packing density of 55,000 uniquely shaped particles. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used two parameters: edge and corner truncation, to find the most efficient way to pack various structures. , Physical Review X In everyday life, packing things most efficiently is desired at the grocery store or when moving personal effects to a new home. In science, chemists or nano-scientists would like to be able to calculate the most efficient way to pack nanostructures. Unfortunately, while there obviously are known formulas for calculating the volume of a structure such as a sphere or pyramid, there is no such math that can reveal how to fit the most number of spheres or other objects into a not-so-simple structure. Currently, most who look to do so find themselves trying a large number of configurations and then choosing the one that is the most efficient—by calculating the amount of volume of empty space, or more simply via measurement such as filling a box with spheres and then measuring how much water can be poured in.In this new effort, the researchers have not devised a formula, or even a proof, instead they have calculated the optimal packing density of a very large number of structures—the results of which can be used by researchers working with such structure shapes, such as those formed by crystals.To find the most efficient way to pack objects into a given shape, the researchers turned to computation and analytics—they created a computer model that holds the properties of a shape, such as a dodecahedron and the objects which are to fit inside—generally identically sized spheres. Once they had models for ordinary shapes, they added two more parameters to allow for truncating the edges or corners of those shapes, thus adding nearly an infinite variety of new structures to their group of possible study shapes. That allowed them to find the most efficient way to pack objects into 55,000 different shapes.In adjusting the parameters, the team found that their simulation also allowed them to discover patterns in the ways that changing a structure can impact packing density. They found, for example, that sometimes making small changes to corners or edges had little impact on packing density, while in other instances it had a major impact. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
When Anurag Kashyap made Gangs Of Wasseypur, the [in]famous dialogue of the film became an instant jargon for youth. Teri Keh Ke Lunga was the next rage lingo thing.The Capital last weekend was under the spell of the words as it was performed on stage by Desires Unlimited. They brought together the double dhamaal package Teri keh Ke Lunga by combining a stand-up act ‘Humorously Yours’ and a comedy play Do Mastane.‘Do Mastane takes a comical dig into the lives of two poets namely Raj Shekhar [Madmast] and Devki Nandan [Majnu], who were once best friends but have now turned into biggest enemies. The fact that their competitive talent clashed, it instigated enmity between both which eventually sorts out,’ said Tarun Singhal who played Raj Shekhar aka Madmast. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Raj is a immature young guy who impresses all through his couplets, shayari and poems in Hindi. According to me this was the major highlight of the play which clicked instantenously,’ said Tarun.‘Do Mastane is our improvised effort originaly penned by Hindi writer Amarkant. It was an attempt to bring forth the poems, couplets etc in a comical way to appeal to the theatre audience,’ he added.The next attraction, Humorously Yours, a stand-up comedy act put up by Vipul Goyal, tickled the funny bone of the audience on a variety of topics like drinking and dry days, airlines, Bollywood, marriages, cricket, advertisement, Facebook and other shrewd observations from day to day life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis pick of the day like, the traffic in Mumbai is so bad that even the terrorists come there by sea, all Facebook users have a past, a dark past, which they are not proud of, It’s called Orkut and Rahul Dravid is one such player who bats slow even in the highlights left everyone in splits.‘The attention span of the audience is usually very less. If you can pull out a decent laugh riot, that’s actually a feat in comedy. My act consisted of various permutations and combinations,’ said Vipul.‘My material is observation based which includes universal punches through tried and tested techniques. I have over the period of two years realised that if your content is good, it clicks irrespective of the diverse audience. Delhi has a funny bone, so I enjoyed it thoroughly, Vipul signed off.