first_imgArsenal ‘Arsenal should hire Vieira to replace Wenger’ – Parlour Chris Burton 17:00 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Patrick Vieira Arsenal Getty Arsenal Arsène Wenger New York City Premier League MLS Pressure is mounting on the Gunners’ long-serving manager, with the club being urged to turn to a former talismanic captain to get them back on track Arsenal should turn to Patrick Vieira as pressure continues to mount on Arsene Wenger, says former Gunners star Ray Parlour.Serious questions are once again being against of a long-serving coach in north London, with a disappointing display in the Carabao Cup final sparking talk of an imminent change in the dugout.Similar suggestions were offered 12 months ago, only for FA Cup success to earn Wenger a reprieve and a new two-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley means that only the Europa League can offer another route to silverware, and Parlour believes that Arsenal should be sounding out potential managerial alternatives – with former captain Vieira an obvious choice to take the reins.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told Sky Sports: “The club need a plan behind the scenes now.”They may decide to go with an inexperienced person like Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry.”Or do we want to go with someone who has Champions League experience like Diego Simeone?”Obviously then there’s Carlo Ancelotti, who has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world.”But the one I would take a gamble on, and I think he’d be given time, is Patrick Vieira.Patrick Vieira to Arsenal Ray Parlour“He’s managed in New York. He knows the club very well and he knows the history of the club.”I think he could attract big players and I think the fans would give him a chance as well.”Vieira moved into coaching after hanging up his boots in 2011, with an initial role taken up within Manchester City’s academy ranks.He then made a first foray into management when being appointed as the new boss at MLS side New York City in November 2015.Vieira has spent 74 games in that post, suffering just 24 defeats, and may be tempted to further his career by returning to England.A World Cup winner and three-time Premier League champion during his playing days, the Frenchman will have taken plenty from his time spent working under Wenger and would help to open an exciting new chapter at Emirates Stadium if he is offered a glamour post in Europe.last_img read more

first_img Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference. Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference.The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, have confirmed their attendance, in addition to some seven industry ministers, technocrats, manufacturers, distributors and micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) groups across the region.Dubbed ‘Collaboration for Caribbean Sustainability’, the conference will present opportunities for small-business associations to better serve and support economic growth, while creating a space to address areas critical to the sustainability and livelihood of MSMEs within the region.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (July 5), President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), Hugh Johnson, said the three-day event will include meetings, plenary and breakout sessions focusing on MSME financing; policy framework to facilitate growth locally and regionally; and matters related to trade within the region.“We think it’s high time for the small players within the region to get to know each other, to come together and to forge a path for themselves, along with the regional Governments, to get businesses among themselves moving,” he argued.Mr. Johnson pointed out that the small-business sector, key stakeholders, policymakers and technocrats will discuss best practices and initiatives that will allow for greater collaboration with businesses in the Caribbean; regional competitiveness to increase economies of scale; and the removal of impediments to trade among member States.Day one of the conference will facilitate registration, the opening ceremony and a mini-expo which will showcase the products and services of small-business operators within the region.Days two and three will feature three sets of concurrent breakout sessions.Topics for day two include managing the business risk for survival and sustainability; formalising businesses for increased market access; tendering government contracts; equity financing options for small business; and gaining competitive advantage through improvement in information and communications technology, and physical infrastructure.Discussions on day three will focus on free movement of skilled labour within CARICOM; registering businesses regionally; developing the human capital to increase global competitiveness; creating a regional venture capital fund for MSMEs; and MSME policy impact on enterprise culture.There will also be closed sessions for the Ministers and technocrats to discuss critical issues impacting the region.Key participant at the conference will be President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Jonathan Ortmans.Regional groups will include The Caribbean Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (COESL); Caribbean Farmers Network and Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP).“We will have experts from around the region discussing these issues in detail, so that we can present meaningful, tangible deliverables that can propel the sector forward. So, it is about creating workable solutions to move the MSME sector forward,” Mr. Johnson said.The SBAJ, in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, will be hosting the conference, with major sponsorship from the Jamaica National Group, RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, Flow, Development Bank of Jamaica, Caribbean Development Bank, the Spanish Court Hotel, and Caribbean Airlines.Other partners include the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).For more details on the upcoming conference, persons may visit:; email or call 978-9191. The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, have confirmed their attendance, in addition to some seven industry ministers, technocrats, manufacturers, distributors and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) groups across the region. Story Highlights Day one of the conference will facilitate registration, the opening ceremony and a mini-expo which will showcase the products and services of small-business operators within the region.last_img read more

first_imgAt least five people have died recently from falling into tree wells while skiing or snowboarding in the mountains of Western Canada and the United States.The deaths have mountain experts warning outdoor enthusiasts about the natural snow hazard — a space of loose, deep snow that can form around tree trunks.They are most common around evergreen trees and can be deeper in heavy snowfall years.“Calculating (five) fatalities in tree wells is almost kind of shocking,” said Jeff Bullock, a certified guide who is mountain programs manager at the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre.“Honestly, I don’t recall a year where there have been multiple fatalities in tree wells.”On March 2, a Calgary man was found dead in a tree well at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Charles Herr, 56, was skiing at the Montana resort with a friend when they lost sight of each other.Herr’s death was the fifth tree-well fatality in the western provinces and states in the same week.A 19-year old female skier and a 24-year old male snowboarder fell separately into tree wells at Mt. Bachelor ski resort in Oregon, also on March 2.A day earlier, an Alberta man died near Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park on a backcountry ski trip.And on Feb. 26, a Vancouver man died near Keefer Lake Lodge in B.C.’s North Okanagan. The skier became separated from his group during a cat-skiing tour and was found unconscious in a tree well. He died in hospital.The Vancouver man has not been publicly identified, but his friend Adam Campbell of Canmore, Alta., said his death hit close to home.“It would just be a horrible way to go. You’re suffocating and you know you’ve got friends close by,” Campbell said.“You get stuck in this environment with people close by and, for whatever reason, they can’t hear you.”Campbell, who regularly skis in the backcountry, said tree wells are one of the many hazards in the mountains.“Avalanche awareness is huge — as it should be — but there’s a lot of other risks out there as well and that’s one of them,” he said. “It’s not talked about as much.”Mountain experts say tree wells can be dangerous in the backcountry as well as at controlled ski resorts.“Anywhere there is a tree and there’s a hole there, there’s certainly potential that could happen,” said Steve Holeczi, a visitor safety specialist in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.Holeczi said it’s important to always ski with a friend and try to stay in visual contact and within earshot.“You should always travel with a partner and be really cognizant of where your partner is,” he said. “If you are … falling in a tree well, your most likely chance of getting rescued is by that person.”Bullock advises it’s important to get your skis or snowboard off if you do get stuck in a tree well. That makes it easier to flip around and breathe.If that’s impossible to do, it’s important to remain calm and try to find an air pocket.Any rescue needs to be done with a sense of urgency, he said.“It may not seem as serious as an avalanche but, as we are learning, they are fairly serious.”— Follow @cderworiz on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHAMILTON — The federal NDP says if it is elected this fall it will expand Canada’s health-care system, starting with fast-tracking a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a national pharmacare program.The NDP proposal would see the pharmacare program start sooner than an expert panel recently recommended.The panel said a national list of prescription drugs for pharmacare should be established by Jan. 1, 2022, and be expanded no later than Jan. 1, 2027.The NDP policy comes in a new “commitments document” — dubbed A New Deal for People — unveiled today at the Ontario NDP convention in Hamilton.In remarks provided to the media in advance of his convention speech Sunday morning, Singh says the plan would save families who already have insurance coverage $550 a year.“For the first time, every single Canadian can count on this,” he said. “If you need medication, if someone you love needs medication, you can get it — period. Paid for with your health card, not your credit card.”Singh said the NDP plan would also eventually expand universal coverage to dental, vision and hearing care as well.The 109-page document also contains promises to create 500,000 more affordable housing units, expand grant programs for post-secondary education and address the cost of cellphone service and high-speed broadband.The party is pledging to spend a billion dollars in 2020 to enhance child care across the country.The document also promises to restore door-to-door mail delivery to all communities that have lost it — which would cost $100 million — and to establish a gasoline-price watchdog to monitor fuel prices and prevent “gouging.”The party says it would raise government revenues to pay for its policies through a number of measures including increasing corporate taxes and by creating a so-called “wealth tax.”Taxes on the richest Canadians — those with net worth of $20 million or more — would jump by one per cent, generating several billion dollars annually in revenue.“The Liberals and Conservatives have been working for the people at the very top instead of working for you,” Singh said. “We are going to change that.”The party would roll back corporate tax cuts provided by previous governments to 2010 levels, an increase from the current 15 to 18 per cent, generating billions more for government coffers a year.Singh said the party would also institute a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax on residential purchases to prevent housing markets from overheating.The NDP does not make a specific promise to balance the federal budget.“In all cases, we will manage debt and deficits responsibly, borrowing when required to defend the services that Canadians and their families rely on, and moving to balance when prudent,” the document says.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 5:00 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Wednesday amid optimism about the Chinese economy and cautious hopes about the pace of negotiations aimed at heading off a serious U.S. fiscal crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index was 20.11 points higher to 12,157.29 as the market also found support from major acquisition activity in the real estate sector and significant cost-cutting moves from Canadian Pacific Railway(TSX:CP).The TSX Venture Exchange was down 8.32 points to 1,184.54.The Canadian dollar rose 0.16 of a cent to 100.84 cents US.Traders also looked to possible progress on a deal to avert the so-called U.S. “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the start of the new year. Without a deal, the U.S. could well fall back into recession and push much of the world down with it.“That’s what markets are focused on, will the U.S. careen off the fiscal cliff or not?” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc. He observed that the laser-like focus on the fiscal issue has resulted in markets, “whether they be oil markets, gas markets, bond markets, equity markets, moving together instead of moving by their fundamentals.”“(The cliff) is the main story right now and everything else is secondary.”New York markets were mainly higher after Bloomberg reported that some 40 Republicans have signed a letter calling for exploration of “all options” on taxes and entitlement programs, a signal that some rank-and-file members could be ready to bargain.House Republicans have so far proposed a 10-year, US$2.2 trillion blueprint that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits.But the White House has dismissed the GOP plan since it fails to raise the top two tax brackets for upper-income earners — a core promise of President Barack Obama’s election campaign and a central demand in the current talks.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 82.71 points to 13,034.49, the Nasdaq declined 22.99 points to 2,973.7, paced by a 6.4 per cent drop in Apple Inc. shares, while the S&P 500 index was up 2.23 points to 1,409.28.Markets had started the session off on a positive note on hopes that China’s new leadership will back new measures to stimulate the world’s second-biggest economy.The catalyst to the optimism had been a Chinese government pledge to maintain policies intended to strengthen the economy and an expression of willingness to “fine tune” them and make them more effective.There were also reports that the government lifted investment limits for insurance companies and that the new Chinese leadership will remain focused on urbanization, which could ramp up infrastructure spending.China has been a major prop for a global economy still trying to recover from the financial collapse and subsequent recessions of 2008. Signs of stimulus are welcome because the Chinese government had to take steps to weaken the economy over the last couple of years to deal with higher than acceptable inflation.A group led by KingSett Capital is proposing a $4.4-billion takeover of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:PMZ.UN), one of Canada’s largest shopping mall operators.At the same time, industry leader RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN) has conditionally agreed to buy five regional malls and three other shopping centres currently owned by Primaris. RioCan values that part of the Primaris portfolio at $1.1 billion. Primaris units surged 14.58 per cent to $26.40 while RioCan units rose 34 cents to $27.30.Canadian Pacific Railway plans to bring down operating costs by cutting about a quarter of its workforce, or 4,500 employees, by 2016. The cuts are part of a plan to increase annual revenue growth between four and seven per cent from 2012 levels as well as reduce its full-year operating ratio, a closely watched measure of how much revenue is required to run the business, to the mid-60s range by 2016. CP shares ran ahead $3.82 or 4.11 per cent to $96.82.Commodity prices were mixed and the mining sector led advancers, up 1.79 per cent as March copper edged up three cents at US$3.66 a pound on the Chinese reports. The country is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether because it is used in so many industries. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 95 cents to $34.20 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 47 cents to $20.85.The energy sector gained 0.67 per cent with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 62 cents to US$87.88 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was ahead 35 cents to $27.7.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down 2.74 per cent while February gold fell $2 to US$1,693.80 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) dropped 78 cents to $10.66 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was off $1.24 to $36.61.Traders also took in some weak jobs data. Payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 118,000 jobs during November. The U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for November on Friday and economists expect the economy created only about 95,000 jobs. But they agree that job creation was impacted by Superstorm Sandy.Other data showed increasing expansion in the U.S. service sector.The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 54.7 from 54.2 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. A measure of employment fell sharply but still showed companies added workers last month.In other corporate news, resource giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold says it is buying oil companies Plains Exploration & Production and McMoRan Exploration for about US$9 billion. The additions of the oil and gas drillers are expected to create a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia and Africa. Freeport shares tumbled 16 per cent to US$32.16 in New York. Stocks rise, hopes for Chinese stimulus compete with fiscal cliff worries read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Penn West CEO sees big culture shift away from output, toward profitability by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 4:15 pm MDT CALGARY – The CEO of Penn West Petroleum Ltd. says the company is in the midst of a big cultural shift, focused less on churning out as much oil as possible and more on profitability.“I lot of people get hung up on barrels,” said David Roberts, the former Marathon Oil executive who took the reins of Penn West in June. “Barrels don’t matter unless you’re making money.”Roberts defended his company’s new strategy following a nearly 13 per cent slide in its share price over the past two days. On Tuesday, Penn West announced the sale of $175 million in non-core Alberta properties and an update to its production and cost outlook.On Wednesday, the stock lost nearly nine per cent, and on Thursday it lost another four, to close at $7.89 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“I’m not going to say the market’s wrong. I would speculate they overreacted,” Roberts told a CIBC investor conference in Whistler, B.C., on Thursday.Some analysts were underwhelmed by the asset sale, which follows the closing of $486 million in divestitures late last year. As part of a new strategy announced last November, Penn West has said it aims to divest of up to $2 billion in assets by the end of 2014.“We are encouraged that the company is making traction with additional asset sales, but at the same time this small sale does not really move the needle in terms of improving the company’s (debt to cash flow) ratio,” said Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Securities, who described the metrics of the deal as “not great.”On a more positive note, Penn West is seeing 25 to 35 per cent cost improvements in its main operating areas.“Despite the positive strides in terms of cost reductions, more meaningful non-core dispositions are needed to get debt levels down to what we believe will be considered a manageable level for a dividend-paying corporation,” wrote Zack.“We still believe that we are in a buyer’s market and, as a result, there is still execution risk in selling assets.”Dundee Capital Markets analyst Brian Kristjansen agreed the price Penn West got for the assets was “low.” Although the sale has the benefit of lowering operating costs, it means a reduction in cash flow.However, Roberts said Thursday: “People tend to focus on the wrong metrics. They looked at this in terms of the cash flow per flowing barrel.”He said the deal means Penn West has now exited a region of Alberta it didn’t want to be in and moved 1,800 wells out of its portfolio, improving focus.“That’s a significant metric for a company like ours as we go forward.”Taking into account the dispositions so far, Penn West says its 2014 production is expected at between 101,000 and 106,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, down from an earlier forecasted range of 105,000 to 110,000. It has also chosen not to restore 3,200 barrels per day in production that had been disrupted in 2013.“No offence to the past, because it is what it is, but production was king,” said Roberts.“This is a business about making money, not barrels and that’s a significant culture shift for this company and I think it’s going to continue to bear dividends as we go forward and that’s the reason why I don’t get too hung up on the short-term production issues.”Some of Penn West’s peers, such as Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) and Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA), have taken a similar tack in recent months, focusing less on production growth and more on driving down costs.In addition to replacing its CEO, Penn West has also halved its dividend and cut its workforce to 1,400 from 2,300.A year from now, Roberts said Penn West will be a better-performing company “that no longer has just barely got its chin out of the water relative to its debt structure.”“It’s just going to be a cash machine and I think people are going to be happy with that.”Follow @Lauren Krugel on Twitter read more

US safety agency looking into low-speed unintended acceleration in older Toyota Corollas by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2014 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past.The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the 2006 to 2010 model years. The agency said in documents posted Monday on its website that the inquiry will determine whether a formal investigation is needed.There have been at least 141 complaints filed with NHTSA about unintended acceleration in Corollas, reminiscent of 2009 and 2010, when Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand vehicles were plagued by complaints of unwanted acceleration as well as investigations and recalls.Back then, Toyota blamed the problems on drivers hitting the gas instead of the brake, floor mats that could trap the gas pedal, and sticky gas pedals that could cause unwanted acceleration.In the petition released Monday, electronics engineer Bob Ruginis of Bristol, Rhode Island, said a 2010 Corolla driven by his wife, Kathy, surged at low speeds several times, and a dealer couldn’t find the cause. The car already had been repaired under sticky-gas-pedal and floor-mat recalls, he said.On June 8, the Corolla surged as Kathy Ruginis was making a slow right turn into a parking space on High Street in Bristol, and it crashed into an unoccupied Jeep, Bob Ruginis said in an interview. The brakes, he said, failed to stop the car in time to prevent a crash. No one was hurt.Bob Ruginis, who specializes in consumer electronics, provided a report from the car’s event-data recorder showing that the gas pedal was in the idle position starting 4.8 seconds before the crash. It rose to slightly above idle at 2.8 seconds before impact, but returned to idle a second later and stayed there until the crash. The Corolla’s speed, though, was 3.7 mph until 0.8 seconds before the crash, when it rose to 5 mph. It was 7.5 mph at impact.Revolutions per minute stayed constant at 800 until doubling at the time of the impact, the report said. And Kathy Ruginis’ foot was off the brake until the moment of impact, which her husband says is consistent with a driver slowly entering a parking space and being caught off-guard by acceleration.“She told me she that the car started going, she hit the brake and it kept accelerating,” he said, adding that a passenger in the car whom he declined to identify saw Kathy’s foot on the brake at the time of the crash.Now, Ruginis says he’s stuck with a car that his wife won’t drive and his conscience won’t let him sell.“Maybe I can help prevent an accident, to get people to look at it, to get Toyota to invest the time and money to figure out what’s wrong and make a change,” he said.Toyota said in a statement that it is co-operating with the NHTSA investigation, but declined comment on Ruginis’ allegations.Last year, the company paid a record $1.2 billion to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation. Toyota admitted that it hid information about defects that caused vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly, causing injuries and deaths.Eventually Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles to fix sticky pedals, ill-fitting floor mats and faulty brakes. From 2010 through 2012, it paid more than $66 million in fines for delays in reporting safety problems. Investigations by NHTSA and NASA found no electronic cause of high-speed unintended acceleration in Toyotas.Ruginis also complained to David Kelley, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed by the Justice Department to monitor Toyota’s compliance with the settlement. In a letter to Kelley, Ruginis contends that Toyota may have broken the settlement terms by making misleading statements and concealing information.After NHTSA received Ruginis’ Sept. 11 complaint, an investigator contacted him and said NHTSA wanted to lease his car for testing, but said that would have to wait for the agency’s new budget year to start in a month or so.NHTSA’s documents say there have been only one crash and no injuries from the problem, but Ruginis said his analysis of complaints filed with the agency show 83 crashes and 34 injuries. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 7:21 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home Capital delaying the release of its first-quarter earnings TORONTO – Canadian alternative mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. says it is delaying the release of its first-quarter earnings.The company was scheduled to report the first-quarter results Wednesday after markets close and host an analyst conference call Thursday.In a news release Tuesday, Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says results for the period that ended on March 31 will be issued May 11.The embattled company says the change allows the management’s discussion and analysis section of the results to be updated “for events that have occurred since the close of the first quarter.”Home Capital has seen its stock price tumble following allegations from Ontario’s securities watchdog that it misled investors. The Toronto-based company has said the allegations are without merit and pledged to defend itself.The subprime lender, which provides loans to borrowers who don’t meet the more stringent criteria of one of the big banks, has also had to secure a $2-billion credit line after depositors suddenly withdrew hundreds of millions of dollars from its high-interest savings accounts. read more

Lissa Paul is studying children’s literature leading up to the First World War and how it encouraged children to grow up and go to war.Viewed in 2010, some of the early 20th century children’s books Lissa Paul is studying look a little surreal.There’s An ABC for Baby Patriots, where B stands for battles and C stands for colonies. There’s an ad that encourages kids to dress up a male paper doll, pictured on a missile-firing battle ship, in Navy regalia.In the years just before the First World War, the professor of Education says, children’s books and popular culture promoted proud support of the British Empire. So when war was declared in 1914, young boys were already primed to fight for their countries.As the 100th anniversary of the First World War approaches, the UK’s Leverhulme Trust is funding three international conferences to study children’s literature and culture in the years approaching the First World War. Paul is organizing the Canadian conference.From the Boy Scouts, formed in part to train boys for future military life, to books promoting the virtue of supporting king and country, children’s literature presented the glory of war strongly enough to suppress all instinctive, religious and cultural imperatives against killing, Paul said.“If you’re going to get young people to overcome those instincts, you have to work pretty hard to create a culture that makes it not only acceptable, but desirable,” she said.By studying children’s literature and culture in the pre-war years, “we’ll gain insights into how children were enculturated,” she said. “If we’re ever going to stop war, we have to understand what encourages people to fight.”The conferences, part of the international research project Approaching War, will take place in Australia, Canada and England in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Australian conference, located at the University of Technology Sydney, will be in November or early December of this year. A three-day conference is being tentatively constructed for May 9 to 12, 2012, in Canada, starting at Brock and moving to McCrae House in Guelph, birthplace of In Flanders Fields author John McCrae. The third conference will be in Newcastle, UK. Newcastle University, the University of Technology Sydney and the Toronto Public Library (through its Osborne collection) are part of the research project.Paul, who has been at Brock since 2005, has a long-time interest in children’s literature. Her new book, The Children’s Book Business: Lessons from the Long Eighteenth Century, was published Dec. 14 by Routledge. She is an associate general editor of The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (Norton 2005),authored Reading Otherways (Thimble 1998) and was the content editor of Growing with Books: Children’s Literature in the Formative Years and Beyond (Ontario Ministry of Education 1988).When it comes to relationships between children’s culture and war, the First World War is particularly interesting, she said. Its iconography, from Snoopy’s Red Baron to imagery in war games, endures even now.“Through the First World War, boys especially were encouraged to believe that war was an exciting adventure, a noble thing in which people should engage,” she said. “What were the conditions that allowed that war to take place? What were boys seeing that made them say ‘This is what I’m going to do: kill or be killed?’” read more

Ohio State answered one big question Wednesday among several uncertainties about the upcoming 2011 football season: Who will coach while Jim Tressel is suspended? Luke Fickell. OSU announced Wednesday that co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, Fickell, has been promoted to assistant head coach. Fickell will serve as interim head coach during Tressel’s five-game suspension to start the season. Fickell will retain his role as linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “I am humbled and excited about the opportunity,” Fickell said. “I’m truly proud to be able to stand up here and accept this role.” Fickell spoke to reporters, but offered few details on how the coaching roles would change for next year. “We coach by committee. It never has been, never will be about one person in particular,” Fickell said. “This is still Coach Tressel’s team.” Fickell spoke about the struggles that will come along with Tressel’s five-game absence. “It will be difficult,” Fickell said. “We have to know whose team it is. It’s our team. It’s the seniors’ team.” Tressel acknowledged that it will be hard. He said OSU deserves his time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This year,” he said, “it may be 24/6.” Fickell is a Columbus native and a 1997 graduate of OSU. He played nose guard for the Buckeyes from 1992–96. He redshirted his first year and started the remaining four. Fickell said he was honored to have this kind of opportunity at his alma mater. This is Fickell’s 10th year on staff at OSU, with his responsibilities ranging from overseeing the punt team to being co-defensive coordinator. “A final version of Fickell’s updated contract has not been completed,” the university said in a press release. The university suspended Tressel for five games for not reporting known NCAA violations to superiors. Terrelle Pryor and four other players received improper benefits by selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos in 2009. Athletic department spokeswoman Shelly Poe said OSU is awaiting the results of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and no questions regarding the investigation could be answered. Poe also acknowledged that the university has become aware of allegations from an HBO “Real Sports” report that former recruit Anthony McClover said he received sexual favors while on an official team visit in 2003. Poe would not say whether OSU would be investigating this and that said the university will not comment on the matter until more information is known. Tressel took the opportunity at the spring practice press conference to again publicly apologize. “The largest regrets I’ve had, have been when I’ve disappointed people, when I’ve let people down,” Tressel said. “The mistakes I’ve made are very disappointing. Certainly, I‘m sorry for that. Tressel said he has received encouragement from many people throughout the ordeal. “The strongest inspiration I’ve gotten has been from our tremendous administration, our staff and most especially, our team,” Tressel said. OSU will begin spring football practice today, and Tressel said he is looking forward to how the new team is going to look. “We’re excited that spring begins tomorrow. We begin that focus on these 2011 Buckeyes,” he said. “It’s going to be a little different team; there are a lot of new faces.” read more

Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn one of the most dramatic, come-from-behind wins in recent memory for Ohio State, there are a lot of statistics to unpack. The No. 6 Buckeyes won 39-38 against No. 2 Penn State, holding the Nittany Lion offense to just 283 total yards and racking up 529 yards against one of the best defenses in the nation. Here are some important statistics from the game.16 – consecutive completed passes by J.T. Barrett to finish the game. From the final minutes of the third quarter through the entire fourth quarter, Barrett completed 16 straight passes, setting an Ohio State record. Just when he needed to be, Barrett was at his finest and systematically picked apart the Penn State secondary, completing three touchdown passes during that span and completing Ohio State’s comeback.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe term “surgical precision” is often used to describe a quarterback fitting passes into tight windows. Such a term could be accurately linked to Barrett against Penn State, as the redshirt senior completed 33-of-39 total passes. His teammates said it could have been even more. “I don’t know his stats but we had four drops so those weren’t completely on him,” redshirt junior Terry McLaurin said. “We kind of left some plays on the field, but the way he played, that’s Heisman candidate right there.”41 – average starting field position by Penn State. Ohio State’s struggles with kickoffs has been well documented. It nearly cost them the game Saturday against Penn State. Right out of the gate, running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Later in the game, another Ohio State kickoff resulted in linebacker Koa Farmer taking the football to the Ohio State 23-yard line.Ohio State’s issues with flipping the field extended beyond the kickoff coverage, however. The Buckeyes had two turnovers, which put Penn State in Ohio State territory. The Nittany Lions also were the beneficiaries of a muffed punt that redshirt freshman punter Drue Chrisman dropped, then shanked before it rolled to the Penn State 38-yard line. Only two of those aforementioned issues did not see the Nittany Lions put up seven points. The special teams and overall sloppiness of Ohio State nearly cost the Buckeyes in the end. Given that a loss from this point forward ends the Buckeyes’ hopes of winning a championship, they cannot afford to have many more games littered with similar blunders.44 – rushing yards by Saquon Barkley. Ohio State has never fully stopped Barkley before. It allowed him to gain 99 yards on the ground last season. In 2015, he had 194 rushing yards. Saturday was a different story. Barkley had 21 carries and mustered only 44 yards in the midst of a season that has many clamoring for him to win the Heisman Trophy.Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPerhaps even more remarkable than the 44-rushing-yards statistic would be the fact 36 of those came on one carry. Remove that one carry and his 2.1 average yards per carry dips to 0.4. His lack of success was not necessarily due to him being ineffective, but rather the result of an Ohio State defensive line that simply bullied Penn State’s offensive line all game long. Barkley was on the receiving end of nine of Ohio State’s 13 tackles for a loss. Heading into the game, the Buckeyes needed to slow down Barkley if it had any chance of winning. They not only slowed him down, but they effectively stopped him. And they won.13 – carries by J.K. Dobbins. Penn State handed the football off to a running back who proved largely ineffective. Ohio State seemingly refused to hand the football off to a running back who was one of its most productive weapons. In the second quarter, Dobbins did not touch the football. In the fourth quarter, Dobbins rushed it once. Yet he finished the game with 88 rushing yards (6.8 yards per carry), including four rushes for 10-plus yards.This has become somewhat of a trend for Ohio State this season. Despite head coach Urban Meyer often stating his willingness to run the freshman running back into the ground with how often he is used, the coach has appeared reluctant to turn to his budding star. Perhaps the Buckeyes wish to save their prized talent for games later this season. Maybe they’re resting him for the next two seasons when he is counted on as their top offensive weapon. But after his fifth game with an average of more than six yards per carry and fewer than 15 carries, Ohio State fans have to wonder if Dobbins is being maximized to his full potential.Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor9 – receptions by Ohio State players.This has been a statistic that has been featured plenty in this series of articles. However, it usually receives a qualifier that the primary reason for the high number of players to receive a catch was due to the blowout lead Ohio State had, and that many of the backups were in because the Buckeyes played against a weaker opponent.That wasn’t the case Saturday. Nine players made receptions in this game largely because that is just how Ohio State is going to play moving forward. The high number of players having an impact on the game might not be solely because Ohio State has played lesser opponents. Perhaps it is simply because it has a wide array of players capable of making plays.At the beginning of the year, many doubted the players and coaches who said all six wide receivers were good enough to start for Ohio State. Perhaps the players and coaches were right. Every week, someone new happens to step up and make plays for the Buckeyes. This week and last it was redshirt sophomore H-back K.J. Hill. Against Maryland, it was sophomore Binjimen Victor. Against Rutgers, it was redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon. Any game, against any opponent, any receiver might step up. Perhaps it’s time to stop doubting that and accept that the Buckeyes’ receiving corp might be championship-caliber. read more

first_imgThe rumors of a fingerprint scanner in the new iPhone have been circulating for months, and at least this time, the rumors were right. The Touch ID sensor is one of the headlining features of the top-of-the-line iPhone 5S. Biometric security measures have the appeal of being easy to use, but a password is something you can keep to yourself, whereas a fingerprint is something you leave all over the place. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to beat the Touch ID sensor, but it’s surprising it happened this fast. The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) claims to have defeated the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner in only a few days.According to the CCC, the hack was accomplished with standard household items. In fact, it links to a 9-year-old how-to on recovering and copying fingerprints from surfaces that details the process used. It all starts with finding the target print. It can be visualized on a surface with superglue or graphite powder — dusting for prints, basically. Then it needs to be captured in a digital image or scanned at about 2400dpi, which is high, but within the realm of a high-end consumer camera. So now you have captured the target’s print, but things get a bit more complicated from there.The digital version of the print is probably imperfect, so some Photoshop work might be needed to clean up any debris or troublesome wrinkles in the ridges. This tweaked image should be a close enough approximation to fool most scanners. The next step involves printing the image onto a clear plastic sheet or transparency slide using a standard laser printer with a heavy toner setting. This produces a negative mold of the finger, which can be coated with wood glue or any number of resins to create a flexible copy of the original print.There is a video that seems to show such a dummy print being used to unlock an iPhone 5S. This appears legit at first glance, but there could be something sketchy going on. For example, the second finger using the casting could actually be enrolled in Touch ID as well.Apple really talked up the Touch ID sensor as a marvel of security that would know the difference between a real finger and a lump of inorganic matter. It supposedly uses capacitive technology to scan and identify fingerprints, but maybe a thin layer of glue with a warm human digit underneath is close enough.last_img read more

first_imgLeo still more popular than Micheál Martin but 1 in 5 think neither would do good job as Taoiseach Last month, Varadkar’s approval rating fell to its lowest level since he became Taoiseach. Share6 Tweet Email1 ALMOST ONE IN five people don’t think that either of the men leading the two biggest parties in the Dáil would make a good Taoiseach, but more people think the current man occupying that role is doing a better job than his main rival on the opposition benches, a new poll has found.A Red C poll of 1,000 Irish adults conducted last month asked people – when they put aside their own party preference – whether they thought Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar or Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin would do a better job as Taoiseach.43% of people said Varadkar, 29% said Martin while 19% said neither of them. A further 9% said they didn’t know, when asked. The poll, conducted in March, came before the latest controversies around CervicalCheck that has seen the government come under heavy criticism.That scandal has the potential to become a further headache for the government this week, with Health Minister Simon Harris due before an Oireachtas committee to face questions about his decision to offer free repeat smears last year. It also comes after a separate poll last month saw Varadkar’s approval rating fall to its lowest level since he became Fine Gael leader.The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll found that Varadkar’s satisfaction rating has dropped to 43%, down eight points from 51% last October. Despite remaining the most popular party leader, today’s figure is the lowest satisfaction rating he has ever received during his time as head of Fine Gael. That same poll also saw Micheál Martin’s approval rate dropping, by 4% to 35%. With reporting from Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 8th 2019, 6:01 AM 13,558 Views Monday 8 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM Image: PA Images By Sean Murray Short URL 65 Comments Image: PA Imageslast_img read more

first_imgThe Victorian government has announced new measures in tackling family violence in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.The Victorian Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge announced $550,000 worth of funding for a new project to tackle violence prevention. The new initiatives will aim to raise awareness about the physical and psychological damage caused to women and children because of family violence.The push by the Victorian government recognises that women (and children) from diverse cultures may require further preventative methods against violent partners. It will aim to assist communities that lack familial networks and support structures, people alienated or foreign to governmental systems and networks, and those who do not have the finances and infrastructures to garner support.Ms Wooldridge has called on agencies with experience in preventative programs to submit blueprints for further programs to prevent violence amongst CALD communities.The minister stated that the initiative, led by The National Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children (The National Foundation), would convey that violence against family members is never acceptable.“There are many inhibitors to speaking up about violence in culturally diverse communities – we are seeking to empower community members to speak out,” the minister said.The program will also aim to tackle broader preventative methods across Victoria and Australia. It encourages agencies to create and increase community sector partnerships, tools, guides, resources and a community implementation plan, with guidance from The National Foundation. “We know that sometimes a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. We are seeking to develop innovative approaches that work for specific cultural communities in a way that best benefits them,” Ms Wooldridge said.The Victorian government’s implementation will complement measures already taken at the federal level, with the Second National Plan to Prevent Violence launched in June by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.Expressions of interest close September 22, 2014. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgComment mangeaient les vertébrés quand la mâchoire n’existait pas encore ?Les premiers vertébrés ne disposaient de mâchoires. Pour manger, une langue dentée, mue par un système de “poulies” leur permettait de mâcher, révèle une étude suisse publiée dans la revue des PNAS.Les biologistes ne savent pas exactement  quand et comment les mâchoires ont fait leur apparition au cours de l’évolution animale. Certains éléments de réponses viennent d’être apportés par l’étude de fossiles d’animaux marins, les conodontes. De très petite taille (parfois moins d’un millimètre), ces vertébrés qui s’apparentaient à des anguilles se sont éteints à la fin du Trias, il y a 200 millions d’années.À lire aussiDes archéologues découvrent l’incroyable fossile d’un banc de poissons préhistoriquesCes animaux préhistoriques très fragiles ont pu être étudiés au Synchroton de Grenoble qui a permis de reconstituer leur bouche et a montré comment ils mangeaient, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Le modèle 3D animé, mis au point grâce aux données fournies par le Synchroton et grâce aux fossiles articulés présentant une configuration particulière, montre que les conodontes possédaient deux lèvres supérieures. Chacune d’elle était munie d’une espèce de croc, leur langue étant couverte de dents pointues ou en forme de peigne. Celle-ci était déplacée d’avant en arrière grâce à un système musculaire organisé autour de son support cartilagineux, un peu à la façon d’une poulie.Les conodontes se nourrissaient donc  en se servant de leur langue et de leurs lèvres. Deux paires de dents plus importantes ont également été retrouvées à proximité du pharynx, tout au fond de la gorge. Elles auraient quant à elles permis de découper ou de mâcher les aliments. Aussi curieux que cela puisse paraître, les lamproies actuelles se nourrissent encore de cette façon de nos jours. Cette découverte a donc également confirmé le fait que les conodontes étaient très certainement les vertébrés primitifs les plus proches des lamproies.Le 29 mai 2011 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Right before Christmas, Earth will have a close encounter with a comet that’s set to be the brightest comet of the year.Dubbed the “Christmas comet,” Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be making a close pass of Earth on December 16, according to NASA. It will be at its closest distance to Earth in over four centuries.But you don’t even have to wait until the 16th to get a glimpse of the Christmas comet, which is a member of the Jupiter family of comets. 46P/Wirtanen is bright enough to see with the naked eye above the eastern horizon all month long, and can be seen even better with a telescope or binoculars.And stargazers are in luck: The comet is not the only bright show gracing the sky this month. The Geminids, 2018’s best meteor shower, peak the night of December 13 (and morning of December 14). At its peak, close to 100 meteors per hour will streak across the sky in a brilliant light show.The Geminids are active every December, when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird, rocky object named 3200 Phaethon. The dust and grit burn up when they run into Earth’s atmosphere in a flurry of “shooting stars,” NASA posted on its Watch the Skies blog.So how can you view the meteor shower?The nearly First Quarter Moon sets around 10:30 p.m. local time, so wait until then to go out, NASA advises. The light from the Moon washes out the fainter meteors, which are more numerous. Find the darkest place you can, and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adapt to the dark. If you can, try to avoid looking at your cell phone, as it will mess up your night vision.As the night progresses, the Geminid rate will increase, hitting a theoretical maximum of about 100 per hour around 2 a.m.More on the Sun’s North Pole in This Eerie Photograph35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes From SpaceWatch: This Is the Longest Continuous Time Lapse Shot From Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus helped battle bullying at a Miami elementary school, Wednesday.Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and his sidekick, Paulo, spoke to fifth graders at Eneida Massas Hartner Elementary School, where they recounted their own experiences with bullying and provided tips to help students learn to combat it.“We went through the challenges,” Iverson said. “We were bullied. We went through the bouts of confusion and the teen anguish. The whole bit. It’s a journey. The world is round, and you can come out on the better side of it, and we really want to just be here as examples of that.”According to studies, school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25 percent.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.0150 rupees and the euro 66.1776 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 7, 2012) were 50.5733 rupees and 66.4959 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.0087 as against 79.5670 on the previous day (March 7, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 61.31 as against 62.63 the previous day.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharecenter_img 00:00 /02:00 Listen X Amy BishopFareena Arefeen, a junior at Houston’s HSPVA, was named Houston’s second Youth Poet Laureate by the literary non-profit, Writers in the Schools.Hear News 88.7’s Amy Bishop chat with the 16-year-old Bengali-American, whose immigrant experience has played an instrumental role in her poetic inspiration – and how she plans to bring poetry to the least expected places. Click the audio play button above to listen. You can listen to one of her poems by clicking the play button below:  00:00 /03:35last_img read more