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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2018

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The holiday season always causes me to do two things.First, the holidays always make me reflect. Each year seems to go by faster than the one before. I’ve never been great at keeping a journal, my handwriting being too bad to make it useful. I started a digital journal, and it’s surprising how many major events occur in the course of one year of your life. It’s worth going back over the last year to remember all the events and happenings that shaped the past year –or may have changed your trajectory.Second, and more importantly, the holidays make me grateful. If you missed yesterday’s newsletter, it was about “your people,” the people you belong to and the people that belong to you.I am grateful for all my families, starting with the one in which I was born into. None of us gets to choose this family, but if I could choose, I would happily take this one.I’m also grateful for the family that I started with my wife and partner, Cher. There is an element of luck here that can’t be overstated, as I am not sure how we ended up being perfect for each other, or how we helped make three wonderful people.There are other families I am grateful for, the families that I have chosen or that have chosen me. Along this path, you discover that you have brothers and sisters that were born to different parents. You go most of your life never knowing them, and then you meet them and you recognize that these are your people.Then there is this community, the people who read this blog, subscribe to the newsletter, and watch the YouTube show. Every week I am humbled by your replies and your notes, and I am grateful for you sharing your stories, thoughts, and ideas with me. Thanks for being part of my families!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!last_img read more

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TMC to contest Assam rural polls

first_imgThe killing of five Bengali villagers by suspected extremists in eastern Assam on November 1 has apparently given the Trinamool Congress a window of opportunity to contest the State’s panchayat elections for the first time.The rural polls are scheduled in January 2019.Condolence meeting West Bengal’s Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim flew in to Guwahati on Monday to attend a condolence meeting for the five who were gunned down at Bisonimukh-Kherbari village. The TMC’s State unit had organised the meet.His was the second visit to the State by the TMC leaders in a week. On November 5, a delegation of four of the party’s lawmakers, including MP Derek O’Brien, had visited Bisonimukh-Kherbari to stand by the victims and provide them assistance.‘Feeling insecure’“It is not just the Bengalis that are feeling insecure in Assam under a BJP-led government. Other communities are feeling threatened too,” Mr. Hakim said, criticising the slow progress of the investigation into the killings.He also said that the TMC would be contesting the panchayat polls where the BJP’s ruling ally Asom Gana Parishad is keen on contesting on its own and the pro-minorities All India United Democratic Front wants to tie up with the Congress to keep the BJP out.Monday also saw the leaders of the pro-talks faction of the extremist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) holding a “brotherhood meeting” with some Bengali intellectuals and activists of the State headed by Pradip Sen Sharma.The Assam government had after the November 1 killings arrested two pro-talks ULFA leaders – Mrinal Hazarika and Jiten Dutta – for provocative statements.‘Situation deteriorating’“The situation in Assam is deteriorating due to some misunderstanding among the communities. Some third party is taking advantage to create a violent rift between the Assamese and Bengalis in the State. We met in a bid to iron out the differences,” ULFA leader Anup Chetia said.“Both groups agreed that the Centre’s move to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has strained the cordial relationship the two communities have been enjoying for decades now,” Mr. Chetia said.“We can see a deep conspiracy behind the attempts to divide the two communities,” Mr. Sen Sharma said.last_img read more

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Kashmir parties criticise Governor Satya Pal Malik

first_imgA slew of decisions taken by the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday sparked sharp reactions from Jammu and Kashmir’s regional parties, which suspected that these moves were “motivated”.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former State Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan said his party warned the Governor’s administration against “fiddling with the existing State subject laws”.He described the administration’s move to amend rules of Jammu & Kashmir Protection of Human Rights Act — by virtue of which the State Human Rights Commission will be unable to investigate any complaint of human rights violation submitted one year after the incident — “an act beyond its mandate”.“The Governor’s rule is a transitory arrangement and Governor Malik should avoid disrupting the existing laws and procedures. People here have been worst victims of human rights violations and there is no time-frame for the problems they have faced,” Mr. Haq said.Engineer Rashid, who heads the Awami Ittehad Party, said the order issued regarding SHRC functioning “should be immediately revoked”.“With lack of accountability for men in uniform, the SHRC is still a ray of hope. The Governor’s move is part of a well-crafted strategy to suppress the voice of the masses,” Mr. Rashid said.The administration’s move to “change and ease” procedures for issuing Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), a certificate issued to domicile citizens of J&K, has also come under cover of suspicion.“Mr, Malik is going into the most crucial and important territory of PRC, which could further disturb the situation on the ground. It is well advised to the Governor administration not to fiddle with existing systems and procedures,” said PDP’s Khan. “The system of granting the PRC is an established practice and should not be diluted at any cost. This is a matter of the identity of the State and any attempt to relax it will meet with resistance. It can open a Pandora box if the procedure is relaxed in any way,” he added. Under criticism, a government spokesman said the process for issuance of PRCs in J&K “remains unchanged”. “But district development commissioners have been asked only to explain the causes of delay on the complaints alleging unprecedented delay in its issuance,” said the spokesman.Meanwhile, the National Conference on Saturday staged protests at all district headquarters of the State and sought a rollback of the SAC decision of declaring J&K Bank a public sector undertaking.“The decision will downgrade and put the prestigious institution at par with any other state public sector undertaking,” said a NC spokesman.last_img read more

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India’s SEBI Relaxes Foreign Fund Rules For Non-residents

first_imgIndia’s market regulator on Friday relaxed norms on foreign investments by Indians based abroad after concerns over stricter regulations rattled markets earlier this month.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) said it accepted the recommendations by a panel it had set up to review the rules for foreign portfolio investments.Read it at Zawya Related Itemslast_img

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Cavaliers name Koby Altman full-time general manager

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Altman came to Cleveland in 2012 and was promoted to Griffin’s assistant last summer after the Cavs won the championship. He will be the fifth GM for owner Dan Gilbert since 2005.Gilbert said he’s been impressed with the job Altman — and other members of Cleveland’s front office — have done over the past five weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Koby Altman has led our front office group through this transition period, impressing many inside the franchise and outside the organization, as well,” Gilbert said in a statement. “We are very excited that he will now be officially leading the basketball side of our franchise. Koby has the credentials, knowledge, experience and instincts to be an outstanding general manager. In addition to these positive attributes and outstanding relationships around the league, Koby will inspire and impact the best possible culture throughout the organization.“We are going to see a capable and passionate leader who will also cultivate new ideas and innovation. The speed of the game is ever faster on the court and in the front offices around our league. I am confident that Koby is equipped and prepared to lead and succeed in this dynamic environment.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Russia enters 19 for athletics worlds despite doping ban Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Altman and Gilbert are scheduled to meet reporters on Wednesday in what promises to be an enlightening news conference.These are strange days for the Cavs. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving recently asked to be traded and LeBron James is heading into his final season under contract.Altman will now be the one with final say on roster moves going forward. He joined the Cavs as pro personnel manager and was promoted to director of pro player personnel the following year. As assistant GM, Altman was in charge of player evaluation domestically and abroad. He also oversaw the team’s scouting efforts and was involved in all aspects of the team’s basketball operations.“I am incredibly grateful to Dan for the opportunity to become general manager of the Cavaliers,” Altman said. “His confidence, support and strong commitment to achieving our collective goals is very clear to me and I look forward to continuing our efforts. I am also excited and proud to lead a front office team that will continue to be sharply focused on competing for championships. That challenge is what drives all of us.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Koby Altman. Photo from http://www.nba.com/cavaliers.CLEVELAND — Koby Altman’s summer job has turned into something permanent.The Cavaliers, who have had a bumpy few weeks since losing in the NBA Finals, named Altman their full-time general manager on Monday. Altman’s promotion had been expected for days and is a reward for the 34-year-old, who has been serving as Cleveland’s interim GM this summer after David Griffin parted ways with the club.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Hip arthroscopy

first_imgDefinitionHip arthroscopy is surgery that is done by making small cuts around your hip and looking inside using a tiny camera. Other medical instruments may also be inserted to examine or treat your hip joint.Alternative NamesArthroscopy – hip; Hip impingement syndrome – arthroscopy; Femero-acetabular impingement – arthroscopy; FAI – arthroscopy; Labrum – arthroscopyDescriptionDuring arthroscopy of the hip, the surgeon uses a tiny camera called an arthroscope to see inside your hip.An arthroscope is made up of a tiny tube, a lens, and a light source. A small surgical cut is made to insert it into your body.The surgeon will look inside your hip joint for damage or disease.Other medical instruments may also be inserted through one or two other small surgical cuts. This allows the surgeon to treat or fix certain problems, if needed.Your surgeon may remove extra pieces of bone that are loose in your hip joint, or fix cartilage or other tissues that are damaged.Spinal or epidural or general anesthesia will be used in most cases. You may also receive medicine to help you relax.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThe most common reasons for hip arthroscopy are to:Remove small pieces of bone or cartilage that may be loose inside your hip joint and causing painRepair a torn labrum (a tear in the cartilage that is attached to the rim of your hip socket bone)Less common reasons for hip arthroscopy are:Hip impingement syndrome (also called femora-acetabular impingement, or FAI). This procedure is done when other treatment has not helped the condition.Hip pain that does not go away and your doctor suspects a problem that hip arthroscopy can fix. Most of the time, your doctor will first inject numbing medicine into the hip to see if the pain goes away.If you do not have one of these problems, hip arthroscopy will probably not be useful for treating your hip arthritis.advertisementRisksThe risks for any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks for any surgery are:BleedingInfectionOther risks from this surgery include:Bleeding into the hip jointDamage to the cartilage or ligaments in the hipBlood clot in the legInjury to a blood vessel or nerveInfection in the hip jointHip stiffnessBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureWhether you fully recover after hip arthroscopy depends on what type of problem was treated.If you also have arthritis in your hip, you will still have arthritis symptoms after hip surgery.Outlook (Prognosis)After surgery, you will need to use crutches for 2to 6 weeks.During the first week, you should not place any weight on the side that had surgery.You will slowly be allowed to place more and more weight on the hip that had surgery after the first week.Your surgeon will tell you when it is OK to return to work. Most people can go back to work within 1 to 2 weeks if they are able to sit most of the time.You will be referred to physical therapy to begin an exercise program.ReferencesShah A, Busconi B. Hip and pelvis. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez?s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 21.Miller MD, Hart J. Surgical principles. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 2.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Joins Brandon Weeden in 400-Yard Club Against Kansas State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! On a day in which the running game was almost completely dormant, quarterback Mason Rudolph lead the team in a come from behind victory to outlast the fighting Snydercats 36-34.Rudolph finished the day with 437 passing yards, the fourth-highest in program history. The other top three belong to Brandon Weeden. Rudolph is the only QB other than Weeden (who did it seven times) to now have multiple 400-yard passing games.He’s eight games into his college football career.Going into the day, the Cowboys were without leading rusher Chris Carson and Rennie Childs due to injury, and Gundy knew he had a tough challenge ahead. In the postgame, Gundy said he had a feeling they would have to toss it around a lot.Gundy: “We had a feeling we would have to throw the ball 50 times.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 4, 2015Rudolph finished the day 34-55 passing (62 percent completion percentage) and three touchdown tosses.last_img read more

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Joel Klatt Reacts To Ohio State’s Blowout Of Nebraska

first_img In each of the last two years, Ohio State has gotten blasted on the road by a big underdog in a Big Ten West crossover game. The Buckeyes are incredibly focused this evening, while Nebraska hasn’t been able to come close to replicate what Iowa and Purdue pulled off in 2017 and 2018.Given Clemson’s struggles at North Carolina today, some have wondered if the Buckeyes are actually the best team in the nation right now.FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt hasn’t gone so far to say that the Buckeyes should be No. 1 when the new polls come out tomorrow, but he did take to Twitter to say they’ve been “the most dominant and complete team in America.”been tellin ya’ll @OhioStateFB is serious…They have been the most dominant and complete team in America so far— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 29, 2019As of now, Ohio State has outscored its opponents 262-43. It hasn’t been the best set of opponents, but teams like Clemson and Alabama haven’t been through the gauntlet yet either.Whether they stay at No. 5 or jump all the way to the top, it is hard to argue with Klatt. Ohio State looks the part of a College Football Playoff team through one month of the season. Ohio State vs. Cincinnati.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Late in the third quarter in Lincoln, Ohio State is up 48-7 on Nebraska. It has been an utterly dominant performance on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes have had tremendous balance on offense. Justin Fields has 212 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while the team has 290 yards and three scores on the ground.The defense has been just as big a part of the equation. Adrian Martinez, who some thought might challenge Fields as the conference’s best quarterback, is just 3-for-10 for 20 yards and three interceptions.As a team, the Huskers are being outgained 502-to-91.last_img read more

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La Province assure un soutien accru aux élèves les plus jeunes et

first_imgTous les enseignants de la maternelle en sont maintenant à évaluer comment leurs élèves s’en tirent sur des apects essentiels comme le bien-être physique, la maturité émotionnelle, les compétences sociales et le développement du langage. Toutes les écoles élémentaires de la province utilisent l’instrument de mesure du développement de la petite enfance, un outil qui aide le personnel enseignant à comprendre les besoins particuliers des élèves et à y répondre. Plusieurs conseils scolaires, y compris le Tri-County et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, ont fait l’essai de l’instrument. C’est donc la première fois que les enseignants de la maternelle de la province utilisent l’instrument pour réunir des renseignements afin d’aider les élèves à mieux apprendre. « À titre de gouvernement, nous nous sommes engagés à améliorer le soutien aux jeunes enfants et à leurs familles, de souligner la ministre de l’Éducation, Ramona Jennex. Les enfants arrivent à l’école avec différents degrés de préparation. « Nous avons augmenté l’aide aux élèves qui ont des difficultés dans les matières clés comme les mathématiques et la lecture, et cet instrument aidera les enseignants à déterminer les zones de vulnérabilité des élèves et à préparer des plans à long terme pour répondre à ces besoins. » Les données fourniront aux conseils scolaires un meilleur tableau des points forts et des points faibles dans leurs écoles et leurs localités. Les conseils scolaires et la Province peuvent ainsi utiliser l’information pour orienter les programmes d’enseignement, les activités et les ressources afind de répondre aux besoins les plus grands. La Meadowfields Community School à Yarmouth s’est servi de l’outil pour la première fois l’année dernière. La directrice de l’école, Linda Gallagher, dit que les résultats viennent renforcer ce que les enseignants voient dans leurs classes et montrent que l’école s’en va dans la bonne direction. « Cela nous montre combien il est utile de faire des choses comme organiser un programme de petit déjeuner, donner l’occasion aux élèves de la maternelle de jouer dans le gymnase avant d’entrer en classe, et d’utiliser les ressources Jouer-Parler-Apprendre pour aider les parents et les enfants à la maison. »last_img read more

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Oliver Stone to interview Edward Snowden in live Cineplex preview

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Oliver Stone is offering up a sneak peak at his biographical political thriller “Snowden.”Canadians in select cities will get a chance to preview the film two days before its release Sept. 16. Facebook The screening will be followed by a live interview between Stone and whistleblower Edward Snowden, with the Oscar-winning filmmaker speaking from New York and Snowden appearing via satellite from Moscow. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Reiterates Morocco’s Decision to Return to African Union

Tetouan – The decision of Morocco to return to its African institutional family does not mean that the Kingdom will relinquish its legitimate rights on its Sahara, King Mohammed VI said in a speech to the Nation, on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the Throne Day.The decision of Morocco to return to its African institutional family does not mean that the Kingdom will relinquish its legitimate rights, nor recognize a pseudo entity lacking the basic elements of sovereignty which was imposed on the African Union, in flagrant violation of the latter’s charter, the King noted.The Sovereign underlined that Morocco’s return to “its natural place reflects our keenness to continue defending our interests from within the African Union and to enhance cooperation with our partners, at the bilateral and regional levels.” This return will also open up new prospects for Morocco, mainly in East and Equatorial Africa, and consolidate the country’s position as a player with regard to the continent’s security, stability, human development and solidarity, the King said.The Moroccan monarch took this opportunity to thank all African sister nations for supporting Morocco in defending its territorial unity and for responding positively to its decision to return to its institutional family, “particularly leaders of the 28 states which have signed the statement, as well as those who have contributed to the initiative.”The King also expressed His gratitude and esteem to the Republic of Rwanda, which hosted the summit, and to its president, His Excellency Mr. Paul Kagamé, for their support and collaboration.In another vein, the King noted that in addition to being open to major economic and political spaces, such as Russia, China and India, “we remain committed to consolidating our strategic partnership with our French and Spanish allies.”“We also work with the European Union to develop our traditional partnership on solid bases,” the King added.“This diversification of partnerships is based on mutual esteem and the commitment to boost win-win cooperation, as illustrated by the strategic agreements signed in vital sectors, such as energy, infrastructure, agriculture, the fight against terrorism, military cooperation, etc,” the King noted.Morocco is a key partner in the fight against terrorism, both at the level of security cooperation, with a number of sister and friendly nations, and through its unique approach to managing the country’s religious affairs, he said. “This position allowed Morocco to co-chair, with the Netherlands, the Global Counterterrorism Forum.”“Our country is also actively involved in international efforts to fight climate change and, in November, is hosting the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the Sovereign added.As a major player in triangular cooperation, Morocco has also placed development issues, particularly in Africa, at the top of its political agenda, the King stressed.With MAP read more

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CAF to Launch New Tournament, ‘African League of Nations’

Rabat –The Confederation of African Football  (CAF) will launch the “African League of Nations” tournament on December 28 in Cairo.The competition will have four divisions. The first division, to which Morocco belongs, has 12 teams, and the other three have eight teams.An African Super Cup will take place between the champion of both the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) and the African League of Nations. The matches of the new African tournament will be held for two years after CAN 2019, starting in August 2019. The tournament will come on the heels of CAN 2019, which will be played June 15 to July 13.Read Also: CAF Awards 2018: Shortlist Features 2 Moroccan Footballers, Herve RenardThe 36 African nations to compete in the League of Nations and their divisions are as follows:Division ASenegal – Tunisia – DR Congo – Ghana – Cameroon – Nigeria – Burkina Faso – Mali – Cape Verde – Egypt – Algeria – MoroccoDivision BCôte d’Ivoire – Guinea – South Africa – Zambia – Uganda – Congo – Gabon – BeninDivision CAngola – Guinea Bissau – Madagascar – Mauritania – Niger – Togo – Zimbabwe – KenyaDivision DTanzania – Comoros – Seychelles – Libya – Malawi – Ethiopia – Liberia – Sierra Leone read more

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Condoleezza Rice Joins College Football Playoff Committee

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of nine people expected to be part of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that begins in 2014.George Schreeder of USA Today Sports wrote: “A person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the committee has not been announced, also confirmed the following members: Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, USC athletics director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck and Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich, in addition to Rice, former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, former NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese all to be selections.”Apparently Rice’s appeal came from her diverse background, she holds degrees from the University of Denver and Notre Dame, and is currently a professor of political science at Stanford. She served as national security advisor from 2001-05 and secretary of state from 2005-09.Rice and the others are expected to be charged with weighing in on head-to-head competitions, comparable opponents, conference championships and how key injuries might influence a team’s performance.“It’s an all-star cast,” the source boasted.This information was supposed to be kept confidential until an official announcement was made, but obviously that didn’t happen. read more

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What If Tom Brady Missed Four Games Every Year

201411 201325Bye 200711 200644 20093T4Possible playoffs 201111 This one looks a lot worse. If you took one win away from every Pats team since 2001, not only could they have missed the playoffs two more times (depending on whom they lost to), but they would also lose a playoff bye at least twice and possibly four times, again depending on which game they lost and by how much. It’s also probably worth noting that the 2008 Patriots, who had Brady for less than one quarter of one game, would have been a No. 3 seed if they could have squeezed out one more win, or even been a bye team if they managed two more wins. Instead, they missed the playoffs.More importantly, losing one more game would have had negative effects on New England’s playoff position in three of its four Super Bowl-winning years. And that’s why four games of Brady might be even more valuable than the draft pick — to the Patriots. For most teams, a first-round draft pick is probably worth more than a single win. But if that one win is crucial to your Super Bowl chances, you take it. 200422 20031T1Possible home adv. 20012T4Bye 20132T2Possible bye 2002outout YEARSEEDSEED W/ ONE FEWER WIN IN FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 2008outout 20054T4Possible playoffs But that version of this examination is probably too granular. In the Patriots’ four games without Brady, there are only so many outcomes — they can only win zero, one, two, three or four games with or without Brady. While technically every swing has some probability (they might have won zero games with Brady but now win four games without him), the most likely effect is that the Patriots drop zero or one games — that’s the outcome the 7-point estimate produced in 10 of the 12 years in which Brady played in all of the season’s first four games. That is, if they would have gone 3-1 with Brady, without him they’d probably stay at 3-1 or drop to 2-2. Now let’s focus on the most likely negative scenario. What would happen if we just took one teensy-tiny win away each season? 201011 2008outout 201223Bye 2002outout 201011 20111T1Possible home adv. Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP; Tom Brady, NFL icon; Tom Brady, scofflaw. The Deflategate punishments have been handed down by the league office, and the official report on the incident refused to speculate about whether the New England Patriots got any advantage from their deflated balls, saying: “It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was.” But suspending Brady (and taking away draft picks) is almost sure to have an effect.The Patriots owe the league $1 million, one first-round draft pick in 2016, and one fourth-round draft pick in 2017. All of that for “violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.” Meanwhile, for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” Tom Brady — the Patriots’ reasonably well-known quarterback — received a 4-game suspension, which he is planning to appeal.The best spin on this news for Patriots fans is that Brady’s value is relatively unknown. While he has a history of great accomplishments and stats, QB success is much more of a team accomplishment than an individual one. Unlike certain other quarterbacks who have played for multiple teams and multiple coaches, Brady has only played for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. We don’t know if the Patriots would collapse without him — the one season where he missed significant time (in 2008), the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center.1I certainly look forward to some empirically significant games next year if Brady’s appeal fails. The Patriots’ backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, actually had a higher passer rating than Brady last year, though he only had 27 attempts and was sacked five times.But while I don’t know what Brady is really worth, I can lay out a couple of estimates and see what the effects of his suspension might be. Let’s use history as our guide and look at the past 14 years to see what might have happened had Brady been forced to sit the first four games of each season.While I’m not always in love with how Vegas values QBs, it’s a decent place to start: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the betting line in the Patriots opener against the Steelers has shifted by about 5 points, though Bell claims gamblers usually consider Brady’s value to be closer to 7 points. So for this first test, I took each game that Brady played for the Patriots in the first four team games of each season and took away 6.5 points. In other words, if the Patriots won by 7 or more, I assumed that they would have won even without Brady, while if they won by 6 or less I counted it as a loss (if he didn’t play, I left the result as is). I then re-jiggered the playoff standings to see how the Patriots’ new record would have affected their playoff position each season. This recalculation cost the Pats eight wins since 2001, knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2009, and cost them a first-round bye in 2013.2Assuming everything else had played out the same — which is unlikely, but counterfactuals are pretty much always just mind candy. However, it also leaves all of their Super Bowl-winning seasons unscathed: 20054outPlayoffs 20093outPlayoffs YEARSEEDSEED W/ BRADY OUT FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 200644 20141T2Possible bye 200422 200711 201222 200122 200311 read more

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Les Egyptiens momifiaient aussi la viande pour nourrir les défunts

first_imgLes Egyptiens momifiaient aussi la viande pour nourrir les défuntsPour que leurs morts puissent se nourrir dans l’au-delà, les Égyptiens momifiaient autrefois des morceaux de viande. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Bristol viennent de mettre en évidence le protocole et les ingrédients nécessaires pour réaliser cette pratique. Momifier un défunt dans les règles de l’art édictées par la culture d’Egypte antique est un sacré labeur ! Tout d’abord, il faut s’assurer que les organes du trépassé aient été soigneusement retirés. Ensuite il convient de traiter le corps avec un mélange d’onguents bien particulier avant de procéder à la mise en place des bandelettes. Après quoi vient la mise en tombeau, celui-ci ayant été préalablement rempli de richesses et d’animaux de compagnie momifiés. Au sein de ce lieu luxueusement meublé, le défunt pourra finalement profiter pleinement de sa vie après la mort. Seulement une question se pose : comment réussira-t-il à se nourrir pour le reste de son éternité ? 
Il existe bien évidemment une solution à cette problématique quelque peu rudimentaire. A l’époque, les Egyptiens faisaient sécher des fruits et des céréales. Par ailleurs, les sépultures contenaient généralement de la viande momifiée afin que ceux de l’au-delà puissent profiter d’un éternel apport en protéines. De nombreux morceaux ont été retrouvés dans des tombeaux égyptiens, le plus vieux remonte à 3300 ans avant J.C. Cette tradition particulièrement étendue a même profité au célèbre pharaon Toutankhamon. En effet, 48 filets de bœufs et de volaille momifiés ont été retrouvés au sein de son lieu de sépulture.Une momification particulière Pour traverser les âges, les denrées animales étaient parfois traitées avec de la graisse, de la résine et de la cire d’abeille. Ces ingrédients ont été dévoilés pour la première fois par des chercheurs de l’Université de Bristol. Le protocole de cette momification bien spécifique a fait l’objet d’une étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Pour parvenir à dévoiler les secrets du processus de conservation, les scientifiques ont analysé avec des techniques de spectrométrie de masse, des échantillons de bandelettes prélevés sur quatre morceaux de viande momifiés. Un premier de bœuf, estimé entre 1386 et 1349 avant J.C, un second de veau daté entre 1064 et 948 avant JC, et les deux autres de chèvre et de canard momifiés en 1290 avant J.C.Une recette raffinée pour le boeuf À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?

Les résultats indiquent la présence de composés dérivés de graisses animales sur les bandelettes externes entourant la viande de veau. Ces composés étaient surement contenus autrefois dans un onguent. Des substances similaires ont été relevées sur les bandelettes de la viande de chèvre momifiée. Le canard quant à lui ne semble pas avoir été soumis à ce genre de traitement. Quant à la recette de momification la plus raffinée, elle est détenue par la viande de bœuf qui présente non seulement de la graisse animale, mais également de la cire d’abeille et de la résine de pistachier lentisque, une substance considérée comme un produit de luxe dans l’Egypte Antique. (Crédit photo : PNAS) Le 24 novembre 2013 à 16:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Facebook Starts Testing TinderEsque Service

first_imgStay on target Facebook is continuing its push to be the absolute center of our collective social lives with a new initiative to incorporate a Tinder-esque service into its messenger app. Geek.com sister site, AskMen notes that you can already pay your friends back, order pizzas, and, of course, send bomb-ass vaporwave-themed gifs via Messenger. Why not skip a few steps and go Dutch on a pizza while listening to vaporwave with someone you found in the app?Reporting for Motherboard, Jacob Dubé says that he noticed a new feature that seemed like it was setting him up with some of his friends. Obviously, not everyone on Messenger (which, sometimes seems like EVERYONE) would be down for propositions, so Facebook only proceeds if everyone opts-in.“When I opened the link,” Dubé writes, “I was taken to a page with photos of my Facebook friends and a question: ‘Want to meet up with [name redacted] this week?’ It indicated that my response would be private unless we both said yes. Tap ‘No Thanks,’ and that’s the end of it.”The option isn’t currently available for most people, and it’s only in Beta for now. According to a statement from Facebook: People often use Facebook to make plans with their friends. So, we’re running a very small test in the Facebook app to make that easier. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback.”For now, the service is only live in parts of Toronto and New Zealand (odd choices, but alright), and it’s also meant to be a bit more than just another hook-up app. The intention, it seems, is to connect possible romantic interests as well as friends who are just looking to hangout in-person. If so, then this could simply be the latest iteration of a family of location-based Facebook features the tech giant’s been toying with for a while. Some may recall the “meet-ups” feature from a couple of years back that would let friends know if you were nearby and might be down to join up for some shenanigans.I dunno about you, but I’d be totally down for a “Tinder but for friends you already know.” Social planning can be tough, and sometimes I just want to see if who is around. It’s hard to plan spur-of-the-moment things with some, so this could easily bridge that gap and help smooth out my social calendar. What about you? Any interest in something like this?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsNew Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin’ last_img read more

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Siren Has a Wonderfully Strange Atmosphere but the Storys a Slog

first_imgStay on target Best Trailers from NYCC 2018’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: The Siren Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img There’s so much to like about Freeform’s new supernatural mystery show, Siren. It’s take on mermaids is new, unique and very cool. Whenever they’re on screen, the show gets ten times better. Then there’s the vaguely unsettling, otherworldly atmosphere its setting. It feels like both a real place in the Pacific Northwest and an anachronistic fantasy setting. It’s a well-done take on the “small town with a secret” concept, never laying the strangeness on too thick. It feels like an authentic, lived-in Northwest coastal town, even if the actors can’t always decide what accent Washingtonians should have. (Seriously though, why does the richest family, who’ve been there for generations, sound like they’re from New England?)Then there are the mermaids, easily the best part of this show. Almost all of last night’s two-hour premiere focused on establishing exactly what kind of creatures these are. They’re not friendly, their songs don’t sound like Alan Menken and they have no interest in being part of our world. The end of the first hour and beginning of the second makes it clear that these are predators. If you go in their water, their instinct is to eat you. These are the mermaids of old legends. The ones who would lure sailors into rocks with their Siren songs. We’re shown early on how effective their songs are. When the main character Ben rescues a strange naked girl who walks into the road, she sings an eerie tune. From that point on, he can’t get her out of her head. He’s unnaturally determined to find and help her.Alex Roe, Eline Powell (Photo via ABC)They look amazing in mermaid form too. The special effects on this show are fantastic, perfectly living up to the brilliant creature design. These mermaids look like monsters. They’re scary, their fierce and the actresses who play them both have eyes the pierce into you. Even though the script can’t quite get you to suspend your disbelief, these creatures do all the heavy lifting. They’re the ones who make you believe. Whoever did the creature design on this show found a surreal balance between horror and beauty. In their fish form, they move with a grace and speed that’s as mesmerizing as it is scary. Everything about their look conveys power and danger, but at the same time, you’re struck by the color and intricate designs of their form. The way they transform is some unsettling body horror you don’t normally expect from Freeform. And still, the end result makes you believe that sailors would maroon themselves for these creatures.I really can’t say enough good things about the production design of this show. Even the direction tells you exactly what kind of creatures these are when they’re on screen. Suddenly, the show starts to feel like a horror movie. When Ben dives into the water to search for the main mermaid, Ryn, she’s no longer the small, big-eyed girl he’s known. She’s a fierce creature of the deep. Suddenly, the scene is shot less like a TV drama and more like a creature feature. In these scenes, you can see something really great and weird buried in this show.And yet. When I say buried, I mean buried. There’s a lot of cool stuff in this show, but it’s all completely let down by its story. It starts out promising enough. A fishing boat captures a strange creature that gives one of the crew members a bad bite. The captain calls for help, and some unnamed military organization shows up, takes the bite victim and the creature, and disappears into the night. We’re introduced to the setting, a small tourist town basically owned by the descendants of the founder. They sell a story of a sailor falling in love with a mermaid, then never seeing her again. One of the sons of the family has estranged himself, preferring to save local wildlife rather than perpetuate a squeaky clean image for the towns tourism industry. It’s not a bad premise. The premise has promise. The problem lies in the execution.Rena Owen, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola (Photo by Eike Schroter, via Freeform)Two hours later, that’s still basically where we are. The plot moves along so slowly; you start longing for something, anything to happen. It’s biggest developments are telegraphed so far ahead, they barely register as reveals. Oh, the founder actually slaughtered all the mermaids, rather than falling in love? Who could have guessed? The two hours are so awkwardly paced it becomes hard to tell exactly when these scenes are happening or how much time has passed. Was Ben’s girlfriend trying to call him before he got on the boat or after? Did he know she was trying to call or did he find out later? Why does Ryn do her creepy snap-awake thing in the woods in early daylight, but when we cut back to the fishing boat, it’s nighttime? These are just the things that would have been easy to fix.The bigger problem is that once the cool premise is established, these episodes don’t have anywhere to take it. So we have a bunch of characters running around, chasing after one thing or another. Find the mermaid, she runs away. Find her again, she sticks around for a bit. Find the government tracking device, it gets taken. Find it again, get it back. All the while, argue about who knows what and who should have been told what. The line “you gold her/him?” is repeated so many times over these two hours that I started audibly groaning every time someone said it. Each time, I knew it would lead to more precious minutes of screen time being wasted justifying why this new person is cool. It’s that pattern played out over and over again, thankfully broken up by those really cool scary mermaid moments. But only like two and a half per hour.Eline Powell (Photo via Freeform)The bad guys are also really not sticking for me at this point. It’s a military conspiracy to capture mermaids for… reasons. We’re not told what branch of the military, what operation, what team, nothing. They’re just “The Military.” It just feels weak. It’s one step above telling me your big bad guy is The Man. The scenes we’re shown in the military base don’t really tell us much at all. Nor do they really go anywhere. They’re taking samples of the mermaid and keeping the bite victim sedated because… because. What could be good, scary mystery-building scenes are rendered dull and pointless because so little actually happens in them. At the very end, we see one of the scientists start to fall under the captured mermaid’s spell. That’s the one part of all this that could be interesting. In future episodes, I mean, because it certainly isn’t going anywhere right now.Siren is the coolest, most original show I’ve ever been this bored by. It has fantastic ideas, mesmerizing direction and production design, and beautiful creature effects. It provides us with a cool and interesting world you really want to spend more time in. Until you do. Then, you see how slow things move in it. How little the story advances in two hours. The setting and atmosphere are interesting and weird enough, that I can totally see this turning into something great. But first, it has to figure out what story it’s trying to tell and tell it faster.last_img read more

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Torreira explains the why of his success

first_imgThe Uruguay international footballer is having the time of his life with Arsenal in the English Premier League.Defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira joined Arsenal this summer, after playing with Sampdoria in the Italian Lega A.And the 22-year-old is feeling really well in the English Premier League.“I think the most important thing for me is hard work and that day-to-day learning,” he said to the club’s official website.“I’m part of a squad that has got some stars within it, people who have achieved a lot throughout their entire careers.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m very young but I’m obviously within that squad and able to learn as a result of that. For me, I’m the kind of person who really likes to work hard,” he added.“I like dedicating a lot of time to what I love most, which is football. Then when I’m on the pitch, I try to give 100 percent and try to help the team in various aspects.”“I’m really motivated to be a part of this team and I want to continue growing as part of this squad, which I think is a very good one,” he commented.“It’s incredible really to be able to be in the same squad as a player like Mesut Ozil and obviously other players too, players that have achieved a lot and have great quality. It makes me proud.”last_img read more

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ASA Announces Top Recruiters and State Associations for 2014

first_imgCORRECTION In the Oct. 9 issue of ASA’s Weekly Leader Letter, a story incorrectly announced the State Level 1 top recruiters for the 2014 membership year, with Jeff Sollars in second place and John Simon in third. Correction: Doug Toreen (MN) is second with 60 members recruited and Jeff Sollars is third with 57 recruits. ASA apologizes for the error and congratulates all of the recruiters on their hard work and dedication to building ASA membership.: ASA thanks and congratulates member recruiters for another outstanding year! Membership for 2014 held steady at 22,265 active members.“ASA appreciates all of the efforts of our recruiters and state associations in telling ASA’s story and engaging soybean producers,” said Bob Worth, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee Chairman, “We look forward building on our past successes and even stronger membership in 2015.”Our top recruiters for 2014, three from Level 1 (1,000 + members), three from Level 2, (300 to 999 members), and three from Level 3 (50 to 299 members) were the drivers that helped ASA cap off a good year.Robert Nelsen (Minnesota) earned top recruiter for Level 1 with 156 members recruited. Robert was also the top recruiter for Level 1 in 2013. Doug Toreen (Minnesota) is second with 60 members. Jeff Sollars (Ohio) placed third with 57 members recruited.Marvin Wahl (Kansas) earned the top recruiter for Level 2 for recruiting 135 members. This is also Marvin’s second year as top recruiter for his division. Jerome Schmitz (South Dakota) placed second with 106 members recruited and Harvey Morken (North Dakota) placed third with 73 members recruited.Tommy Hines (Virginia) earned the top spot for Level 3 with 113 members recruited. Hines is a six-time winning recruiter for Level 3 (2009 – 2014). Tommy has recruited more than 315 during this time. Todd Dumond (New York) and James Robertson (Mississippi) tied with 15 members recruited.ASA also is excited to announce that North Dakota is a dual winner of the State Association Award. North Dakota was the state with the highest overall membership growth with a 179 member increase and the state with the highest overall percentage increase with a 26 percent increase.Nelsen, Wahl and Hines, along with a representative from North Dakota will be honored at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories 28 November 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 2 and 8 November 2017 were:Deliveroo to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wageAsda adds evouchers to recognition schemeLiving wage rate increases by up to 4.6%35% of employers implement financial support as a global wellbeing initiativeMichael Jackson is named 2017’s highest-paid dead celebrityMitie Cleaning and Environmental Services agrees pay deal for 200 staffGoogle and Nokia recognised for employee share schemesHeathrow Airport gains living wage accreditationAer Lingus employees vote in favour of 8.5% pay risePiala introduces paid leave for non-smokerslast_img read more

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