Tags:#Cartoons#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… In times of horrific disaster, we want to reach out and help. That’s especially true if we’ve actually seen events unfold in front of us as they happened, whether it’s on live TV or Twitter.For the organizations and agencies that raise money to provide relief, this is a critical time. Potential donors are seized with the urgency of the situation – and are flocking to their websites.Which means usability suddenly takes on even greater importance. Add one form field too many, program in an unnecessary intermediate step, put a button here instead of there, and you can lose those donors… and the money they might have given.That might sound silly and irrational, and it is. Nobody deliberately makes the calculated decision that their compassion for another human being is outweighed by the inconvenience of a poorly-coded pull-down menu.But unconsciously, that’s exactly what happens: some part of our brain figures we’ve clicked one too many times, and bails on a cause we care about. Maybe that doesn’t speak well of us as a species, but it speaks volumes about the importance of usability testing.On the other hand, our less rational sides can sometimes make us donate when we perhaps should be taking a step back and looking critically at the recipient. The folks at Charity Navigator have a series of suggestions for you to consider before you make your contribution to help folks in Japan, and it’s well worth reading.How usability affects online fundraising is just one of the things I’ll be looking to learn more about next week at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, DC. I’ll be cartoon-blogging the event; if you’re coming too, be sure to say hi.More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts
The number of new home buyers who would be influenced by energy or water efficiency has been stable over the last few years, at 80 percent or better, but a new finding shows many of them would actually be willing to pay more for the house providing they could enjoy lower energy costs.That’s the conclusion of the annual “Energy Pulse” study from Builder Online, which published the results late last month.As in past years, the percentage of people planning on building a new house in the next three years hovered around 15 percent. And 80 percent, roughly the same as the last several years, said energy efficiency would have “somewhat/very much impact” on their buying decisions.This year, Builder said, a new question was added: How likely would buyers be to spend more for a house if it were built to higher-than-Energy-Star standards?“We actually framed the question as a value proposition, asking, ‘How likely would you be to pay more for a home that is a high-performance home, built to standards that are higher than Energy Star?” the report said. “Your monthly mortgage payments might be slightly higher, but your ongoing monthly energy costs would be lower.”Seventy-one percent said they would be likely to very likely to pay more, indicating the potential market is sizable. But buyers don’t get the buzz wordsThe findings would seem to be good news for builders who specialize in high-performance designs, but Builder also added a warning: words and phrases common in the business are going right over the heads of many potential buyers.Builder provided the 2,000 respondents with a list of common terms and asked which ones they could explain accurately to a friend.Only 14 percent said they could explain “high-performance home” (oops — we just used that one), and only 38 percent said they could explain what an “efficient home” was. What’s a “green home”? Only 28 percent knew the answer, the same percentage that could explain “indoor air quality” and slightly more than could define “low carbon footprint.”“Your communication materials and sales team talking points are likely riddled with these terms, and they’re obviously not speaking the average consumer’s language,” Builder said. “So stop assuming they know what you’re talking about. “
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#marketing#web#Web Culture fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… By 1am Pacific on Monday, messing with Mountain Dew had become the hottest activity for anyone on Reddit and 4chan’s /b/ board at that hour. It wasn’t long before tricksters added to the Mountain Dew page a link to the rock video for Rick Astley’s 1987 pop hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” (an Internet in-joke known as a rickroll) as well as Web banners “saluting” Islamic extremists. PespiCo pulled the plug on the after-hours fun, but not before someone mirrored its site to memorialize the Web reprobate party.Online promotions staged by commercial entities are an increasingly popular target of online jokers. In July, Walmart’s social media campaign with rapper Pitbull was taken over by Something Awful writers David Thorpe and John Hendren. However, in that case, the prank worked out well for the retailer, in the form of hundreds of free press mentions. Thorpe told ReadWriteWeb the Walmart Pitbull hijacking became popular because it was a “collaborative prank.”Given how easy it is to appropriate crowd-sourced marketing campaigns, perhaps marketers would be smart to design their social media campaigns deliberately to be hijack-able. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s a rough time to be a social marketer, and getting rougher: Mountain Dew announced a naming contest for its new Apple flavor over the weekend. As if on cue, Internet pranksters hijacked the contest. Not content with stuffing the virtual ballot box, they defaced the contest website with videos, offensive banners and in-jokes.PepsiCo, maker of Mountain Dew, shut down the “Dub the Dew” contest site early Monday morning. The soft drink company was by no means the first victim of the notoriously juvenile Web community known as 4chan.The hijinks began as a post on 4chan’s infamous /b/ discussion board that put out a call to take part in Operation: Gushing Granny. The operation’s stated mission was to name the new Apple-flavored drink “Gushing Granny.”A /b/ user shared 4chan’s digital mayhem on the social news site Reddit early Sunday evening under the title “/b/ Destroys Another Online Contest.” The post hit Reddit’s front page within hours. From there, the contest attracted a wider audience of miscreants, as reflected by the top contest names. “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” and “Diabeetus” soon became the top voted names. One audience member offered to raffle a virtual hat in a popular multiplayer online game in return for votes for his Mountain Dew name submission, drawing new waves of voters both for and against it. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday said it was important that farmers were given the option to adopt alternative practices to ensure proper disposal of paddy residue instead of resorting to stubble burning.Expressing concern over the environmental hazards caused by the practice, Mr. Badnore said stubble burning was not only damaging the health of people but was also causing loss of organic components in soil.“There is a need to promote horticulture, cultivation of fruits and mushrooms in a big way to break the usual paddy-wheat crop cycle in Punjab,” he said at a workshop here on stakeholders’ initiative to address crop residue burning in the State.Mr. Badnore called for formulating a comprehensive strategy, including generating mass awareness among farmers, and providing available technologies at affordable prices.“I appreciate the progressive approach of the Punjab farmers and their in-depth knowledge about the latest farming techniques. Incentives must be given to farmers who have already adopted other alternatives and are not burning straw,” he said.Suresh Kumar, Chief Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, said the government will constitute a State-level advisory group to formulate some immediate action plan to check stubble burning in the State.“I urge experts to work towards reducing the silica content in straw and making it fit for animal consumption. States like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, where there is a shortage of animal fodder, could be given the fodder at lower prices,” he added.
In North America, they’re called Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the Himalayan foothills, they’re known as yeti or abominable snowmen. And Russians call them Almasty. But in the scientific laboratory, these elusive, hairy, humanoid creatures are nothing more than bears, horses, and dogs. That’s the conclusion of a new study—the first peer-reviewed, genetic survey of biological samples claimed to be from the shadowy beasts.“There are very few reputable scientists who have ever been willing to go publicly on record as far as Bigfoot and yeti,” says anthropologist Todd Disotell of New York University in New York City, who was not involved in the new work but has performed unpublished analyses of anomalous primate samples in the past. “This study did it right, reducing contamination and following all the standard protocols.”Supposed evidence for Bigfoot and its ilk comes from observers who spot apelike creatures darting through the woods or who find giant footprints in the mud. Bigfoot believers have various ideas about what the animals are, often revolving around the survival of a prehistoric humanoid. 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They received 57 hairs from Bigfoot enthusiasts and museums around the world, including samples from Washington, Texas, Oregon, Russia, and India—a few as old as 50 years. Some “hairs” immediately turned out not to be hairs at all, but rather plant or glass fibers; others were too worn to study.The researchers, led by Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes, focused on the remaining 37 samples, isolating and cleaning a 2- to 4-centimeter segment of each hair, many of which have been extensively handled by people, contaminating them with foreign DNA. To identify the evolutionary source of each sample, the team determined the sequence of a gene—found inside the mitochondria of cells—that encodes the 12S RNA, which is often used for species identification. Unlike standard DNA, mitochondrial genes are passed only from mother to offspring.Seven of the samples didn’t yield enough DNA for identification. Of the 30 that were sequenced, all matched the exact 12S RNA sequences for known species, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Ten hairs belonged to various bear species; four were from horses; four were from wolves or dogs; one was a perfect match to a human hair; and the others came from cows, raccoons, deer, and even a porcupine. Two samples, from India and Bhutan, matched polar bear 12S RNA—a surprising finding that Sykes is following up on to determine whether some Himalayan bears are hybrid species with polar bears.“I’ve had very good cooperation with the Bigfoot community, who are generally pleased that there is now a method of identifying their quarry in a way that would be universally accepted,” Sykes says. “They are returning to the forests with renewed enthusiasm in search of the ‘golden hair’ which proves their beliefs.”The fact that the findings now appear in a peer-reviewed paper, says New York University’s Disotell, is key to bridging the gap between enthusiasts hoping to understand Bigfoot and professional scientists with access to modern labs. It also illustrates the proper protocol that’s needed to test a scientific hypothesis, he adds. “I think this study will bring home the message that you can’t go off and make any old claim you want; there are scientific methods to testing claims.”
PH jiu-jitsu team. Apryl Jessica Eppinger (extreme left), Margarita Ochoa (third from left) and Annie Ramirez (fourth from left).ASHGABAT—Annie Ramirez pocketed a second gold medal for the Philippines in an-all Filipino final in the jiu-jitsu competitions of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at the Martial Arts Arena here.Ramirez ruled the women’s Ne-waza -55kg category at the expense of Jenna Kaila Napolis, 5-0, that pushed the country’s medal production to two gold, three silver and one bronze medals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Jiu-jitsu expert Ochoa delivers PH’s 1st gold in Aimag PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Gian Taylor Dee aimed to make it three in a row but Omar Alfadhli of UAE derailed him in the finals of the men’s -56kg and settled for a silver medal following a similar performance of Marc Alexandar Lim (-69kg) earlier.Overall, Filipino jiu-jitsu fighters ended their campaign with two gold and two silver medals, surpassing the Philippine medal tally of one gold and two bronzes in the 2013 Incheon edition of the AIMAG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ
Karachi, Apr 12 (PTI) Apparently targeting India, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif today said “foreign forces” are trying to destabilise this country and its crucial economic corridor with China.Speaking at a seminar on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the coastal town of Gwadar, he said India had openly opposed the USD 46 billion project.”The CPEC is a deep manifestation of the time-tested relations between China and Pakistan. But there are foreign forces who, realizing the potential of CPEC and wanting an influential role in the region, are working to destabilize Pakistan and the project,” he said.The Army Chief said hostile intelligence agencies are averse to the CPEC but “we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan”.Describing the project as “a corridor of peace and prosperity”, he said that CPEC is a lifetime opportunity for Pakistan to improve the socio-economic equation of its underprivileged areas and populace.However, there were “external intelligence agencies who are involved in facilitating terrorists, their abettors and financiers in Pakistan in a bid to subvert the economic corridor project,” he said.He said he had told the international community to not just acknowledge the contribution of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism but to stop external forces from helping facilitators and abettors of terrorism in Pakistan.He said work on the CPEC was progressing at a fast pace and already 675 kilometres of roads had been completed in just two years time.”Transparency and good management is important for sustainability of the CPEC which will eventually benefit the people of Baluchistan and Pakistan,” he said.advertisementTalking about operation Zarb-e-Azab, General Sharif said it was not only an operation but an ideology, ideology against terrorists, extremists and corruption.”Zarb-e-Azab is in the final stages in the tribal areas. Zarb-e-Azab is not just an operation but a wholesome ideology,” he said. PTI CORR SUA AKK AKK
Rising Pune Supergiant snapped Mumbai Indians’ six-match winning run as the visitors prevailed over the table-toppers by three runs in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday. (Scorecard)Captain Rohit Sharma cracked his second half century of the IPL season but could not prevent Mumbai Indians from suffering a nail-biting defeat at the Wankhede Stadium. (More IPL News)Sharma smashed 58 off 39 balls, studded with 3 sixes and six fours, and got out in the last over to Jaydev Unadkat, who took another wicket and effected a run-out to stop MI at 157 for eight while chasing 161.There was lot of drama towards the end with Mumbai needing 17 in the last over from Unadkat after being 144 for five.Ben Stokes took a brilliant catch in the deep to pack off Hardik Pandya, the second was heaved over long-on for a six by Sharma and the third, bowled wide of the stumps, disappointed the Mumbai captain as the umpire did not declare it a wide.He had a word with the umpire and then skied the fourth ball, which Unadkat took off the second attempt, to leave Mumbai at 150 for seven.Mitchell McClenaghan was run out off the fifth ball after failing to complete the second run to end MI’s hopes even though Harbhajan smashed the final ball for a six.Rohit, who had been troubled by leg spin in the first few games and had lost his wicket cheaply to South African leggie Imran Tahir in the first leg clash, tried to hit his way out and struck him for two fours.advertisementPune made another inroad at the other end when the promoted Karn Sharma dragged a Ben Stokes delivery on to his stumps.Still troubled by Tahir, Rohit decided to take him on and carted the bowler for a six over mid-wicket one ball after he had dispatched him for a four to bring up the innings’ 100 in the 14th over.MI required 48 from the last five overs with Rohit and Kieron Pollard at the crease, but the latter departed by skying Tahir to rival captain Smith in the deep with the hosts requiring 39.Hardik Pandya smashed Unadkat for two fours, on either side of the wicket, in the 18th over to bring down the equation as Mumbai needed 24 runs off the last 12 balls.A brilliant over from Stokes, in which only seven runs could be scored, left MI with the task of scoring 17 in the last over.Stokes then brought off a brilliant diving catch off the first ball of the final over from Unadkat at deep extra cover before Mumbai fell short of the target.Earlier, Mumbai Indians came back strongly after Rising Pune Supergiant’s sound start and restricted them to 160 for six.Openers Ajinkya Rahane (38 in 32 balls) and Rahul Tripathi, who top-scored with a 31-ball 45, gave the Pune innings a solid launchpad by putting on 76 runs in less than 10 overs, but once the partnership was broken Mumbai had things under control.Skipper Steve Smith made 17, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had cracked a 34-ball 61 not out in a last-ball win two days ago, struggled in making 7 while another big-hitter, Stokes, too fell for 17.Manoj Tiwary struck a breezy 22 off 13 balls with four boundaries towards the end, but the final total appeared below par.For Mumbai, leg spinner Karn Sharma was easily the pick with the wickets of both the openers at a crucial time, while Harbhajan arrested the early run-flow to finish with fine figures of 1 for 20. Jasprit Bumrah bowled well again at the death to finish with 2 for 29.Meanwhile, Harbhajan got to his 200th T20 wicket when he dismissed Smith in the 13th over.
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Bate Borisov 2-4 Arsenal: Europa League – as it happened With a host of first-teamers left in London and spared the 2,500-mile trip, Arsenal’s team leaned on the knowhow of players with abundant experience. Across a starting XI that included three youngsters they still had a combined 400 international caps. With Wilshere excelling and Walcott darting around just behind Giroud, Arsenal created enough of a lead that even when Bate burst into life the result was not in serious danger. It was just as well Wenger’s front men produced as the defenders had numerous ragged moments of their own in a very open game.Part of the character of the Europa League experience is the chance to go off the beaten track and Arsenal’s first away trip took them to Borisov, the ninth-largest place in Belarus. Nestled in the woods just on the outskirts a spaceship stadium is parked, full of rainbow colour, which is home to its nation’s perennial champions.They were soon behind as Arsenal started sharply. Wilshere’s vision shone and when his creative finery picked out Walcott, the forward finished with a neat header. Arsenal added another couple in a three-minute burst midway through the first half. Bate’s last line of defence, Denis Scherbitski, dropped an exceptional clanger, popping the ball straight to Walcott who drilled in past the stricken keeper. Arsenal turned the screw and Rob Holding looked ecstatic to shin in the third from a corner.Leading with confidence made the occasion one to relish for the youngsters given a chance to pick up the experience of a European away match. Wenger’s faith in youth was interesting, especially as all three rookies played in midfield – the heartland packed in this case with inexperienced promise. At 18 years old, Joe Willock had presence in the centre alongside Mohammed Elneny, with the 17-year-old Reiss Nelson and 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles showing flashes of ability from the wider wing-back roles.Mirko Ivanic took advantage of some soft Arsenal defending to head in a goal acclaimed joyously by the home crowd. Bate scored another to cherish in the second half when Mikhail Gordeichuk rifled in from close range. Ospina had to be alert to punch away moments later. Somehow Arsenal were in danger of snatching anxiety from the jaws of a comfortable victory.They saw out the game, and headed home and back to the Premier League. A difficult week to manage has so far been handled well. Share via Email Read more Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger European club football Share on Facebook Bate Borisov There was always going to be a question of how seriously Arsenal take the group stage of this competition and it is to the credit of the senior players chosen for this trip, who did not take this game lightly, that they are coasting Group H without being wholly convincing. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are two of the club’s longest-serving players and they created the platform to help Arsenal secure maximum points from their European outings so far. Olivier Giroud, another of the senior performers, slotted in his 100th goal for the club. Walcott was on a hat-trick when a penalty was awarded early in the second half but stood aside to let his team-mate join a grand list of centurions. The Frenchman coolly placed his shot and enjoyed the moment.Wenger went straight to Giroud after the game to congratulate him on his milestone. “It is a remarkable achievement,” he said. “He is in good company. When you play football the most difficult thing is to score goals and he scored 100 for us.”The Arsenal manager was also particularly complimentary about Wilshere, who continues to improve and catch the eye with each performance since his latest injury, bringing even greater authority. Playing a more advanced role than central midfield, he was influential. “He had an outstanding first half, did fight until the end, and is on a good way back to his best,” noted Wenger. “He is at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He has only been stopped by a series of injuries. I just pray he is not hampered any more by any problems. He will get stronger and stronger. He has shown tonight he has not lost any football.” Topics Arsenal Europa League Share on Pinterest The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on Twitter match reports Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn To butcher a phrase Arsène Wenger coined many years ago, if you eat caviar every day, sometimes it is not so bad to return to sausages. After all those seasons of Champions League, Arsenal have rather taken to life in the Europa League. It is not always easy to get the blend right with a reshuffled team, a mix of older pros who are perhaps not getting as much football as they want, and kids desperate for opportunities. But Arsenal got stuck into their sausages, established enough “cohesion” to please the manager, and ended up having the better of a rollicking, bundles of chances, blast in Belarus.
Welcome to the post-Easter addition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Well, taking a break from delving my way through the mountain loads of chocolate I received over Easter, we’re back for another edition of 60 seconds in Touch. (If only writing this burnt off what I’m eating, I’d have no problems.) With the long weekend bringing too many tragedies on the road, I hope that everyone within our sport has had a safe and happy weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. * The Senior sides have been chosen and the letters of offer sent out…the phone is already ringing hot with acceptances and deposits due by April 20th, the sides will be announced on the ATA website on April 29th so make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening via the ATA website. * Congratulations to ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle and boyfriend Duncan Grant, who have just announced their engagement! Stay tuned for an October wedding! * NSW Touch have bid farewell to Matt Kenny who has resigned from the role of Northern NSW Development Officer. Jarrat Wood has been given the position and ATA would also like to offer their thanks to Matt for the work he has put in and wish Jarrat luck in his position. Development Officers Australia-wide work long and hard hours for the sport, often without recognition and reward. Thank you to all! * There’s a new poll on the ATA website, launched this morning and asking what you think was the most memorable team performance from the 2005 NTL. There are 5 different options, could easily be more in what was the most hotly contested NTL ever, but the poll is limited to five possible answers! Make sure you check it out and get your vote in for your favourite. * The Queensland 2005 Country Cup has been postponed due to teams and officials being unavailable following events such as NTL and the Easter break, in addition the drought is playing havoc with the fields. The event will be held in September/October at a date to be advised. * The 2005 Victorian Touch Team Titles at Stephenson Reserve, Sale (April 2 & 3), are now just a couple weeks away. Interest is mounting for what promises to be another fantastic weekend of Touch footy and socializing hosted by Sale Touch Association. The VTA website has all the info for anyone interested in the event. * For a complete list of where all sides finished at the 2005 NTL and all award winners for both players and referees, check out the following story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1173&det=1 For a complete list of all the player and referee awards for 2005, check out this story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1174&det=1 * ATA is launching a new online newsletter, run by Lisa Plummer and Rachel Moyle, we’re looking for a name! There’s a $50 merchandise voucher up for grabs, make sure you think of a name and email it to email@example.com * The ATA is calling for nominations for the National Referees Panel, the nomination form is found on the ATA website, with nominations due in by the 13th April. You will find the form on the ATA website from this afternoon. * Remember if you need any help with media or stories written for your local press, please contact Rachel Moyle firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter/@11WJoe Mixon exploded for a huge touchdown, but the Oklahoma player drops ball before scoring on a 97-yard kickoff return. The refs missed what should have been a touchback.Just moments after Ohio State scored on a 68-yard pick-six by Jerome Baker, running back Joe Mixon broke the ensuing kickoff for a 97-yard return touchdown. There aren’t many players that can leave an entire Buckeye roster in the dust. Mixon is one of them.#Sooners with a quick response on the kickoff! @Joe_MainMixon 97 yard return. 14-7 #Buckeyes #OUvsOSU @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/sPSpnxXfrx— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 18, 2016A closer look, however, reveals that Mixon actually dropped the football before crossing the goal line.Unbelievable missed call here, Joe Mixon dropped the ball before he got into the end zone https://t.co/GPvJ1vUCON— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 18, 2016Yeah, maybe that wasn’t a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/DcY85eAlo1— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 18, 2016As we’ve seen multiple times already this season, most notably Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud last week, that should be a touchback. Of course, the refs didn’t catch it, and the huge touchdown stands. This is a huge response to Baker’s pick-six, which set off a litany of “basic defense” taunts in the direction back-up Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall. The freshman said that the Buckeyes’ unit was “basic,” and that Mayfield would “light them up” in the game.So far, J.T. Barrett has had the better of Mayfield. The Sooners signal caller is 4-of-10 for 56 yards and the pick, while Barrett is 3-of-6 for 16 yards and a nice fade throw to Noah Brown for a score. He also has 34 yards on the ground.Oklahoma is in the game, but is very lucky to be, because Mixon’s touchdown could have easily been overturned. College football players. Please. Stop dropping the ball before the goal line. There is literally no excuse for this.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first half against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs are welcoming all competition. UGA football made big news today, scheduling ACC powers Clemson and Florida State down the road.The Dawgs and Tigers will renew their rivalry in 2032 in Athens, with a return game at Death Valley the following year. That adds to the two previously-scheduled games in 2029 and 2030.The two sides have faced off 64 times, with the last series being played in 2013 and 2014. Georgia owns a heavy advantage, though of course, the Tigers are a much different program now than they’ve ever been.The series with FSU comes in 2027 and 2028, with the ‘Noles hosting the first leg.Why the crazy scheduling? Kirby Smart made it known that he wants his Georgia football program challenged.Athletic director Greg McGarity said as much in a discussion with DawgNation.com:UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told AJC-DawgNation on Tuesday that “We’re not done yet” where adding marquee opponents to future schedules is concerned.[…]“Kirby is very eager to play a schedule that challenges our team,” McGarity said. “I think we’ve done a very good job of that over the years, scheduling two non-conference Power 5 opponents per season.”Smart’s message is clearly received. Hopefully, for Georgia fans’ sake, Smart is still in Athens and has the program on this same trajectory as they are on now.Georgia already has its long-term annual game with Georgia Tech locked in for the foreseeable future, as well as games against Notre Dame (2019), Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022), UCLA (2025-26), and Texas (2028-29). there are plenty of exciting opponents on the horizon for the Dawgs.[DawgNation.com]
zoom Amid poor ordering activity and accompanying work shortage, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be closing a dock in Ulsan for three months to save money, the Korean daily Pulse informed.The dock number four, the smallest of the shipyard’s four units with 350,000DWT capacity, is said to have been idle since August 17 when the yard completed its last vessel on order.Full operation is expected to resume in December when construction on a RORO ship is scheduled to commence, the daily reported citing a company official.Furthermore, the shipyard is said to be in talks with its union on a proposal for workers to take unpaid leave in order to cut costs amid insufficient workload. A similar proposal has been made by the company’s parent builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) which has been faced with over 5,000 of idle workers.In June this year, Hyundai Mipo launched negotiations with workers on a collective wage deal.“In the face of a dire situation where the workload is rapidly shrinking, we should stand united. If management and labor join forces together, we believe we can lay a solid foundation for take-off,” Young-seuk Han, President and CEO of HMD said on the occasion.The announcement on the dock shutdown comes on the heels of an order for the construction of four bulk carriers from Bahri worth USD 120 million.The bulkers are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2020.World Maritime News Staff
Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police, on Tuesday, have arrested three minor boys in connection to a series of bike thefts at various areas of Ghaziabad and nearby districts. Cops said that the minor children aged between 15 to 17 years. According to police, the boys were doing theft only because they wanted to have fun and make some extra pocket money. “During routine vehicular checking, police noticed a black pulsar motorcycle which was being driven by a minor boy and signalled him to stop. While checking the papers with the vehicle, police found that the registration number was fake and the minor boy was held for questioning. Upon interrogating, he told police that he along with his two other friends has stolen the vehicle from Indirapuram area in Ghaziabad. Police began tracing the other two boys and they were also held,” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Indirapuram police station. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe officer further said that the trio had been stealing motorcycles from past two years and confessed to have stolen nearly 50 bikes during this period. “During questioning, it came to light that the trio had been stealing vehicles that were parked on the roadside from Ghaziabad, Noida and Delhi. The boys told police that they wanted to ride different bikes so they committed the crime. They used the bikes for racing and earn rewards. Also they loved clicking pictures with these bikes and brag in front of their friends. Police have recovered six vehicles, collectively worth Rs 1 lakh, from their possession,” added Singh. Police said that one of the boys is a student of class 10th at a private school in Ghaziabad.
Maxime Bernier declared open war on his own party Thursday as the outspoken and controversial Conservative MP abruptly quit the Tory caucus, announced plans for a new political movement and derided his former leader and colleagues as “intellectually and morally corrupt.”With Conservative caucus members gathering in Halifax for a policy convention that was expected to bring the Bernier boil to a head, the Beauce MP instead stayed behind, summoning journalists to a snap news conference that proved breathtaking in its defiance.“I am no longer a Conservative,” he declared after reading a scathing diatribe against his party and its leader, Andrew Scheer — the Saskatchewan MP who narrowly edged Bernier out of the leadership job last year in a loss some have suggested he never got over.“I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government,” he said.“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.”With the aftershocks still reverberating, Scheer emerged in Halifax to fire back.Bernier “is more interested in advancing his personal profile than advancing Conservative principles,” Scheer said.“He has decided that he is more important than his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative party. He has traded an opportunity to influence policy in government for his own personal ambition.”Bernier said he plans to contact Elections Canada immediately about the path towards creating a new party and will spend the next several weeks travelling the country to meet with people interested in joining his cause.“I hope that the majority of Conservatives will join our new party if they want to beat Justin Trudeau,” he said.Bernier said it’s the party and its current leader that has lost its way, not him. Scheer, he said, is too focused on polls and focus groups, and too afraid of being attacked by people on the left and in the media to make good Conservative policies.He specifically pointed to Scheer’s support for retaliatory tariffs against the United States, saying he was told internal party polling showed Canadians supported the Liberal plan and the Conservatives would therefore support it unless the polls changed.Bernier’s decision comes with the Conservatives gathered in Nova Scotia and marks the culmination of months of turmoil — much of it fomented on Twitter — between himself, Scheer and many Conservative MPs who felt he was jeopardizing their chances in the next election.Bernier’s insistence on supporting an end to supply management, in defiance of Conservative policy, and his recent reflections about the perils of “extreme multiculturalism” had Scheer distancing himself from Bernier and his comments.Earlier this week, Alberta MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel all but challenged Bernier to pick a side — and on Thursday, he did just that.“The Conservative party has abandoned conservatives,” he said. “It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.“If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction. That is what I want to do.”As recently as three weeks ago, Bernier had said he was planning to run for the Conservatives in the next election despite Scheer’s decision earlier this summer to strip him of his portfolio in the Tory shadow cabinet.Bernier said he decided to quit the party Aug. 14 after speaking to Scheer, just prior to the Tory leader’s statement criticizing Bernier’s comments about too much diversity being bad for Canada.“We had a very polite discussion. After that discussion, I realized that I don’t have any place in that party anymore.”The news appeared to catch most Conservatives completely by surprise, including some who supported Bernier in the leadership race.Ontario MP Tony Clement says he wasn’t sure what Bernier’s decision would mean for the Conservatives, but it likely won’t end well for the longtime MP from Beauce, near Quebec City.“History teaches us that people who quit are replaceable and forgettable,” Clement said.British Columbia MP Todd Doherty took his anger straight to Bernier’s favoured medium: Twitter.“You had every opportunity to stand in caucus to share your views and provide input,” Doherty wrote.“When given the opportunity — you stayed silent or blamed it on others around you. You’re Twitter tough … all bark no bite.”How any new right-of-centre party will impact the political scene in Canada depends a lot on how much money Bernier can raise and how many Tory supporters and donors he takes with him. It also depends on how many candidates he recruits.Steven Fletcher, a Bernier supporter and former Conservative cabinet minister who was recently denied the chance to run for the party again in the next election, said he thinks Bernier won’t have trouble getting a following.“There are a lot of people that will support Bernier,” and not just in Quebec, Fletcher said.“In Winnipeg, Bernier won every (leadership) ballot by a convincing margin. This is amazing for a guy from Quebec, but his policies around aerospace and supply management have a lot of support in Winnipeg.”
APTN National NewsSaskatchewan’s children’s advocate has released a progress report on the state of foster care homes.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has this story.
This means that for pedestrians walking along primary roads, the walk signal will be displayed by default when the traffic light turns green, without the need to push the activation button. For pedestrians crossing primary roads, even if the activation button is pressed after the light has turned green, the walk signal will be displayed during that light cycle, provided the minimum green timing is not exceeded. The changes mean that it will be less likely that pedestrians will need to wait for a traffic light to complete a full cycle before the walk signal displays allowing them to cross the road. However, Shopland said that advance left turn signals will also display before the pedestrian signal if they have been activated by the presence of a vehicle in the left turn lane.Shopland also said in his report that a chirper will be added to the crosswalk at the intersection of 100 Ave. and 96 St. He added that with the change to a rest in walk state, the unit will chirp continually, and staff are investigating what will be required to activate this feature only when the button is pushed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Crosswalks in Fort St. John will be getting a bit more pedestrian-friendly in the near future after councillors voted in favour of modifying intersections to display the ‘walk’ symbol by default.Earlier this month, Council voted in favour of a motion by Mayor Lori Ackerman for staff to look at ways of making intersections in Fort St. John more pedestrian-friendly. The Mayor’s motion was made in the wake of recommendations from Urban Systems on how to improve the quality of life in Fort St. John during the winter months.At Monday’s council meeting, Integrated Services General Manager Victor Shopland recommended that staff modify the traffic control signals to allow for non-actuated coordinated and pedestrian recall walk signals on primary streets, as well as pedestrian-activated walk signals on side streets. A pedestrian in Fort St. John misses a green light in Fort St. John. New changes to traffic light operation mean that the walk signal will be displayed by default along primary roads. Photo by Chris Newton. A green traffic light in Fort St. John with the advance left turn signal lit. Photo by Chris Newton
OTTAWA — Environmental regulations for Canada’s oil-and-gas sector are in their final stages, the environment minister said Tuesday.The regulations would seek to curb the sector’s greenhouse-gas emissions to help Canada meet a 2020 target for a 17 per cent cut in overall emissions from 2005 levels.Rules are already in place for the transportation and coal-fired electricity industries, but estimates suggest they get Canada only halfway to that goal.Environment Minister Peter Kent told a House of Commons committee his objective is for the regulations on the oil and gas industries to help close the gap.“We’re in the final stages now of setting the stringency levels and I would hope that certainly by mid-year we would be in a position to share those,” Kent said.The regulations have been in the works since fall 2011, but they are taking longer than expected, Kent said.“They haven’t been delayed, it’s just been the capacity of the department,” he said after his testimony.“We spent more time than originally intended on the coal-fired electricity generation sector but we’re in the final stages now and that’s always the toughest area in terms of setting stringency.”It took more than two years to introduce regulations on coal-fired power plants, and opposition from industry and provincial governments helped delay them until last fall.Meanwhile, most of the benefits may have little impact on overall 2020 targets as they apply mainly to new operations.Kent said he was trying to avoid a repeat of the process that bogged down the coal regulations by consulting widely ahead of time.As home to the oil-and-gas industry, Alberta opened an office in Ottawa this year to ensure its voice is heard in the process, and the province has been central in the talks to create the new rules.It’s expected the regulations will contain a provision that will allow provincial governments to administer the regulations themselves, as long as they meet or exceed federal standards.The Conservatives have announced a flurry of climate-change-related initiatives in the last few weeks, partly seen as a response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s state of the union address, in which he promised to act on climate change.A senior Environment Canada official told MPs that what happens in the U.S. is taken into account in crafting policy north of the border.“The recent announcements, the president’s inaugural speech, and the increased intensity of climate change discussion in the U.S. is obviously important to us,” deputy minister Bob Hamilton said.He noted Canada has aligned its greenhouse-gas reduction targets with the U.S., and worked with Washington on regulations for the transportation sector.“What the U.S. does or thinks about climate change is obviously something important we have to consider within our policy structure and framework,” Hamilton said.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in the U.S. on Tuesday, urging Americans to think twice about rejecting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline on environmental grounds.Last week, the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental assessment of the project and determined the pipeline wouldn’t contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions, nor would it spur further oilsands development.Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, began a four-day visit to the U.S. capital that includes meetings with several top officials, including Kerri-Ann Jones, an assistant secretary of state on international environmental affairs, and Eric Cantor, majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.