Amaravati(AP): The Andhra Pradesh government transferred as many as 32 IAS officers and gave postings to seven others, in a bureaucratic reshuffle. The transfer orders were issued Friday midnight. Three senior IAS officers including a Special Chief Secretary, who served in the previous Chief Minister’s Office, have not been given any postings yet, though they were transferred out three weeks ago. Two junior IAS officers of 2015 batch, V Vinod Kumar and C M Saikanth Varma, got elevated to the rank of Joint Collector and posted as Project Officers of Integrated Tribal Development Agencies at Parvathipuram and Seethampet respectively. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam issued a government order notifying the transfers and postings. Budithi Rajsekhar (1992 batch) has been moved out yet again after the government issued orders earlier transferring him from the Agriculture Department but subsequently cancelling them. He has now been made Principal Secretary of School Education. B Udayalaxmi (1993) has been posted as Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment. Finance Secretary Muddada Ravichandra (1996) has been posted as Secretary, Social Welfare, while incumbent Mukesh Kumar Meena (1998) has been shifted to the Tribal Welfare Department. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Joint Collectors of eight districts have been replaced while three major cities got new Municipal Commissioners in the rejig. K V N Chakradhara Babu (2011) has been posted as Joint Managing Director of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited. S Nagalakshmi (2012) will be the new Managing Director of AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited at Visakhapatnam, in a post that has been lying vacant. A Mallikarjuna (2012) has been given the crucial post of CEO of Aarogya Sri, the flagship health insurance scheme of the government. M Hari Narayanan (2011) has been brought in as Executive Director of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, while V Prasanna Venkatesh (2012) has been posted as Commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. Srijana Gummalla (2013) has been posted as Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. Additional Director General of Police-rank IPS officer Madireddy Pratap (1991), who is currently Director General of Special Protection Force, has been transferred and posted as Vice-chairman and Managing Director of AP State Warehousing Corporation.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MLA of Dinhata in Cooch Behar Udayan Guha’s car was allegedly ransacked by miscreants owing allegiance to BJP on Sunday morning.The incident happened when Guha was going for some party-related work. Pieces of bricks were pelted indiscriminately while his car was travelling through Nayarhat area. According to sources, the TMC leader was bound for Rashmanta area for attending a party programme, when pieces of bricks were hurled at his vehicle by some miscreants and the front window of his vehicle was badly damaged as a result. Guha somehow managed to elude the attack and took shelter at the nearby Dinhata police station. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”This is a conspiracy on the part of BJP to kill me. They are desperate to thwart our attempts of uniting people against their constant attempts to create disturbance in the district and other parts of the state,” Guha said. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim condemned the heckling of Guha and reiterated that law will take its own course regarding the incident. “One of their (BJP) MPs have won in Cooch Behar and they are trying to create disturbance. Our party believes in democracy and so we would never take law into our own hands,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi will go to Cooch Behar and speak with Guha to take stock of the situation in this connection. Meanwhile, BJP MP from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik denied BJP’s involvement in the incident and termed it as an instance of infighting within TMC. It may be mentioned that TMC had lost the Cooch Behar seat to Pramanik in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, by a margin of over 50,000 votes. The performance of the party in entire North Bengal has been far below expectations and party supremo Mamata Banerjee has brought in changes to the leadership in a number of districts in North Bengal. TMC district president of Cooch Behar Rabindranath Ghosh was also removed by Banerjee and Binay Krishna Barman was reinstated in his place. A number of TMC leaders and supporters in the district had expressed their grievances against Ghosh, prompting the leadership to take the strong stand.
New Delhi: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) said Tuesday its board later this week will consider raising up to $700 million through foreign currency bonds. The bonds may be issued in various tranches, it said. A meeting of the company’s board of directors will be held on July 12 to consider raising funds by way of issuance of dollar-denominated foreign currency bonds which may be issued in one or more tranches overseas, APSEZ is in a regulatory filing to the BSE. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said these “may be listed in any one or more stock exchanges overseas, for refinancing of existing notes due on July 2020 in accordance with applicable law and other permissible end-uses as per the Reserve Bank of India guidelines”. It also added that the total amount should “not exceed $700 million on a private placement basis or otherwise, to any persons, entities, corporate bodies, companies, banks, financial institutions and any other categories of eligible investors permitted to invest in the bonds under applicable laws”. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsLast month, APSEZ had announced plans to raise $750 million to fund its capital expenditure requirement and also to retire some of its debt. “The finance committee of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd has approved the issuance of fixed-rate senior unsecured notes aggregating to $750 million and has approved the pricing, tenure and other terms of the notes,” it had said in a regulatory filing. The company had said it intends to use the proceeds primarily for capital expenditure, including on-lending to subsidiaries for purposes, and the remainder for repaying existing indebtedness.
ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Preliminary hearing in the case of Commissioner of Competition Tribunal vs. Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation Entertainment Inc. for allegedly using deceptive ticket pricing practices, demanding it display the full price up front.— Constitutional arguments will be heard in the case of Lorne Grabher, whose surname-personalized licence plate was revoked because it was deemed offensive to women.— Fatality inquiry into the deaths of Const. David Wynn and Shawn Rehn. Rehn was out on bail when he shot Wynn in a casino. He then shot himself in a nearby home.———The Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Thursday, April 25———WILSON RAYBOULD: FEDS WANT TO JUST ‘MANAGE THE PROBLEM’ OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLESFormer justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the Liberal government made promises on Indigenous issues but backtracked on reconciliation and resolving long-standing problems after taking the reins of power. Wilson-Raybould made the comments in a speech to the First Nations Justice Council in British Columbia, saying she went to Ottawa in 2015 when the Liberals were keen to recruit Indigenous candidates. She said she faced resistance, including when she issued a directive over how federal government lawyers should handle civil cases with Indigenous people and was then shuffled to the veterans affairs portfolio.———CANADA SAYS SOLUTION COULD COME SOON TO GARBAGE DISPUTE WITH THE PHILIPPINESEnvironment Minister Catherine McKenna thinks a solution can be found in the coming weeks to the argument over who’s responsible for dozens of containers of Canadian garbage that have been sitting in a port in Manila for almost six years. A Global Affairs Canada official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are still underway, told The Canadian Press it’s expected that the garbage will be returned to Canada. The Canadian ambassador in the Philippines made similar comments to the Philippine News Agency after Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” on Canada over the trash.———FEDS OFFER PROVINCES 50/50 SPLIT ON ABANDONED BUS-ROUTE SERVICEThe federal government will split funding for bus service on rural routes abandoned by Greyhound in northern Ontario and Western Canada, but Transport Minister Marc Garneau says only British Columbia has so far taken him up on the offer. Garneau made his comments Wednesday after meeting with B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena. It was the fourth discussion between the ministers on a 50/50 cost-sharing plan to service routes that were dropped when Greyhound shut down operations last fall, citing a loss of $70 million over six years.———MANITOBA FILES CARBON TAX LAWSUITThe Manitoba government has filed its own court challenge of the federal government’s carbon tax, following similar moves by Ontario and Saskatchewan. In documents filed in Federal Court, the Manitoba government seeks a judicial review to quash the federal tax on the grounds it exceeds Ottawa’s constitutional authority. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick — all provinces lead by conservative governments — have refused federal Liberal demands to enact their own carbon levies. That prompted Ottawa to impose its own tax in those provinces, which started April 1 at $20 per tonne and will rise to $50 per tonne by 2022. A date has not been set for the hearing.———INQUIRY INTO ALBERTA RCMP OFFICER’S KILLING LOOKS AT BAIL HEARING PROCESSAn Alberta Justice official has told a fatality inquiry into the death of a Mountie that the province is right not to force prosecutors to tell bail hearings about a suspect’s criminal record. Assistant deputy minister Eric Tolppanen spoke Wednesday at the inquiry into the shooting of Const. David Wynn at an Edmonton-area casino in 2015. Career-criminal Shawn Rehn was out on bail on other charges when he killed Wynn and wounded an auxiliary constable. Tolppanen said it’s unnecessary that prosecutors be legally required to tell bail judges about a suspect’s criminal record, the nature of the alleged offence and bail history. He said such a requirement would limit the ability of prosecutors to present their cases as they see fit.———
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement For seven decades, a mysterious site on the Trans-Canada highway marked Sackville, New Brunswick. Where the hills and trees faded just past the Nova Scotia border, 13 120-metre towers rose up from the town’s Tantramar Marsh. They encompassed CBC’s Radio-Canada International (RCI) shortwave broadcasting site, built during the Second World War to send broadcasts worldwide.Like others in the area, artist and filmmaker Amanda Dawn Christie was fascinated by the site — which not only transmitted Canadian content around the world in various languages, but also relayed Radio Free Europe broadcasts during the Cold War. This week, she’s premiering Spectres of Shortwave, her experimental documentary film on the site, at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. It’s a project seven years in the making.“[The transmission site’s] purpose wasn’t for the locals,” Christie says. “So my interest was in what its relationship was to the local people who lived around it.” That relationship was more than just landscape: the transmission site affected the appliances, homes and even dreams of local residents. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge says documents about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn will stay secret, at least temporarily, despite Massachusetts Gaming Commission efforts to make them public.Commission lawyers, its investigations chief and an attorney for Wynn’s former company Wynn Resorts didn’t immediately say Friday in Las Vegas whether the ruling will stall a decision about the suitability of the company to run a $2 billion casino and hotel near Boston.Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez extended a temporary ban on releasing documents that Wynn’s lawyers say are a confidential.The Massachusetts commission obtained the documents in a probe of how the company handled reports that Wynn engaged in sexual misconduct with female employees.Wynn denies wrongdoing. He sued in November to keep the documents secret.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
The world was taken by surprise when an utterly defenceless and unsuspecting lot of people gathered to offer prayers at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosques and were gunned down simply for the names they bore. The immediate reason for this terror attack is the gun laws that make it easy for civilians to possess firearms. This grave public concern seems to have been addressed rather promptly with the Prime Minister’s announcement to alter gun laws in the country and that there isn’t a better time to do it than now – remarkably a very distinct stand to take compared to the world’s bulldozing superpower, the USA. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern advocated a wider public health approach that seeks to reduce deaths from gun violence; instead of focusing on the unrealistic change in human behavior of possible murders, she assertively talks about creating an environment where people are less likely to fall victim to gun violence. Without the rhetorics of labeling perpetrators of gun violence as good or bad or unwell, she acknowledged the seriousness of the hazard of civilians possessing weapons and that it is an inherently dangerous thing and that guns must be made much harder to get. As much as the menace of gun violence keeps the discussions going, the underlying but still much too obvious matter of white supremacy is brought to highlight by none other than Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern herself. The popular rant of ‘terrorism does not have a religion’ was empty noise until now. Ms. Ardern’s compassion and leadership have directed attentions to the underside of terrorism: just intense intolerance for the ‘other’, without any labels of religion or ethnicity. Her empathy and solidarity with the targeted community have a set a formidable example of good leadership on the global platform. Her sensitivity to the bereaved and firmness against the perpetrator of the attacks who deserves no sympathy or attention, is for world leaders to appreciate and emulate.
By Nada AfaRabat – Salle Gérard Philippe of Rabat’s French Institute, will project the French film “Les chevaliers blancs” Tuesday 29th at 6:30pm.“Les chevaliers blancs” is a dramatic movie by Joachim Lafosse, starring Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, and Valérie Donzelli. The film tells the story of Jaques Arnault, president of the Non-governmental organization “Move for Kids,” who convinces French families struggling to adopt, to finance an operation that aims to smuggle orphans from an African country torn by war.Surrounded by a team of volunteers devoted to his cause, he has one month to find 300 infants and bring them to France. In order to succeed, he needs to persuade his African interlocutors and village chiefs, that he is building an orphanage to ensure these kids’ future while hiding his ulterior motive.The film projection will take place in the French institute tomorrow at 6:30 pm and is free of charge. There will be another screening at Casablanca’s French Institute at 7:30 pm.
9 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today unveiled a new panel on global sustainability that is tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring that economic development is environmentally friendly. “I have asked the Panel to think big,” the Secretary-General told reporters in New York today. “The time for narrow agendas and narrow thinking is over.” To be co-chaired by Finland’s President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma, the 21-member High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society in countries rich and poor. It is essential, Mr. Ban said, to promote low-carbon growth and enhance resilience to climate change’s impacts, as well as to tackle the intertwined challenges posed by poverty, hunger, water and energy security. “In short, we need a new blueprint for a more livable, prosperous and sustainable future for all,” he stressed. The Secretary-General said that he expects the new Panel to come up with practical solutions to address the institutional and financial arrangements necessary to put a new scheme into practice. The new body is expected to deliver its final report by the end of next year, ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled for 2012, as well as annual conferences of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Panel also comprises Gro Harlem Brundtland, Han Seung-soo, Yukio Hatoyama, Luisa Dias Diogo and Kevin Rudd, former prime ministers of Norway, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Mozambique and Australia, respectively, as well as Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayid Al Nahayan, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, and Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. They will be joined by Alexander Bedritsky, Aide to the Russian President on climate change; Hajiya Amina Az-Zubair, Adviser for the Nigerian President on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Zheng Guogang, Director of the China Meteorological Administration; Jim Balsillie, Chair of the board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); and Susan E. Rice, the United States’ Permanent Representative to the UN. The Panel will be rounded out by current and former environment ministers – Jairam Ramesh of India, Julia Carabias of Mexico and Cristina Narbona Ruiz of Spain – as well as Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s Commissioner for Climate Change.
Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Somalia, said in a statement that the kidnapping of Rolf Helmrich “represents an infringement of the right to life, liberty and security of person” enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Mr. Helmrich, a German national, was taken about 45 kilometres north of Kismaayo in the Lower Juba region in Somalia’s south.Stressing that the international humanitarian community must be allowed to help the Somali people unhindered, the rights expert urged the group responsible for Mr. Helmrich’s capture to release him safely without any pre-conditions.”Especially at this moment when the Somali National Reconciliation Conference is moving forward, we must all work together to support efforts towards peace, stability and progress for the Somali people,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which has experts on the ground, warned that many survivors of the 8 October quake need surgery and basic medical care. With an estimated 22,000 to 33,000 people already dead, 1 million in acute need of emergency assistance, and tens of thousands suffering from broken limbs, head and spinal trauma, and open wounds, many risk infection, severe illness and unnecessary amputations if they don’t receive help soon, the agency warned.Over 26 hospitals and 600 health clinics have been destroyed, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Hussein Gezairy said, calling for a doubling or tripling of the number of doctors, including general practitioners, paramedics and epidemiologists. Emergency supplies are also desperately needed, including anaesthetics, antibiotics, intravenous fluids, painkillers, bandages, and medicine such as insulin.The agency is currently providing emergency health kits that can cover basic health needs for 210,000 people for a month, and surgical kits for 1,000 surgeries. They will also be providing tetanus vaccines, and 100,000 chlorine tablets to disinfect water, while malaria officers will begin spraying the area against mosquitoes.In the north Pakistan, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Guebre Christo, said that additional helicopters are desperately needed to ferry victims for emergency health care.”My heart really went out to the huge number of wounded people lying by the helipad, waiting from someone to take them to an appropriate hospital,” she said, noting that the agency was negotiating for access to ambulances donated by the Republic of Korea.UNHCR has scheduled back-to-back air flights and truckloads of supplies to the hardest hit areas of Pakistan. Plastic tents, blankets, plastic sheets and jerry cans for holding water are all being delivered.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered tons of high energy biscuits to the towns of Mansehra and Muzaffarabad, and a huge airlift of additional supplies are expected to arrive on Friday. Some 12,000 people have received a two-day ration of high-energy biscuits in Muzaffarabad, the city worst hit by last Saturday’s quake. WFP staff described the scene as proceeding smoothly compared to the first day they brought relief, which was chaotic as crowds scrambled for blankets, food and other items. They also described dazed and confused survivors wandering around the ruins or simply sitting on the side of the road waiting for help.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that it had air freighted 2,000 water filters, and trucked in water containers and soap, while the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported it had purchased medicines on the local market.An outpouring of sympathy from countries around the world has continued as the situation in Pakistan has become clearer. Among them, Norway donated 33 tons of high energy biscuits, which were shipped for free by a corporate donor, TNT. Last night Canada announced it would donate $4.2 million for air operations, with Switzerland donating $500,000 and Saudi Arabia $860,000 plus 4,000 tons of dates, said WFP.The UN Foundation Board has committed $1 million to help support the UN’s immediate response in the affected countries of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, build critical communications and logistics capacities, and support with aid coordination.In addition, the UN Foundation established the South Asia Earthquake Response Fund to allow individual donations in support of the UN’s emergency relief, reconstruction, and rehabilitation efforts.”Once again, survivors of disaster have turned to the UN and the international community in their time of need,” said Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation. “The world needs the UN’s leadership in these times, and the UN needs the world’s support.”
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at its lowest level since mid-August on Friday amid sharp drops in commodity prices, while traders looked to next week’s Bank of Canada decision on interest rates.The loonie was down 0.85 of a cent to 100.68 cents US as data showed that the central bank doesn’t need to raise rates in response to higher inflation. The inflation rate for September came in at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent, which was in line with expectations.The bank is widely expected to leave its key interest rate at one per cent Tuesday. But traders will be interested in what the bank will have to say about when it might start upping rates.“Speculation has risen that the statement will omit the reference that ‘some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate’, which would shift the bank from hawkish to neutral and weigh on the dollar,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.The dollar slid 1.43 cents this past week.Metal prices particularly weighed on the commodity-sensitive currency Friday as December copper lost nine cents to US$3.66 a pound while December bullion backed off $19.40 to US$1,725.30 an ounce.The November contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost early gains and moved down 52 cents to US$91.58 a barrel.Markets were unimpressed with an agreement early Friday by the leaders of the 17 euro countries to push ahead with a single banking supervisory body. The leaders remained vague on key details, such as when the supervisor will be up and running.Some investors and analysts worry that Europe’s politicians may have lost the incentive to fix things quickly now that market turmoil has subsided. The borrowing costs of countries like Spain have eased since the European Central Bank unveiled in September a new bond-buying program. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 19, 2012 4:32 pm MDT Loonie closes at 2-month low amid falling commodities,ahead of rate announcement
“All agreed that the chapter on security and guarantees is of vital importance to the two communities,” Secretary-General Guterres said at a press stakeout at the UN Headquarters, in New York, alongside the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, late last evening.“Progress in this chapter is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement and in building trust between the two communities in relation to their future security,” he added.The leaders also agreed to continue in parallel the bi-communal negotiations in Geneva on all other outstanding issues, starting with territory, property and governance and power-sharing.The UN chief and the leaders also agreed that all issues will be negotiated interdependently, as per the joint declaration of 11 February 2014.Further in his remarks, Mr. Guterres said that his Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, would engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.In the follow-up to this meeting, the Secretary-General will reach out to the other participants of the conference: Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom and the European Union as an observer.Separately, speaking to the media today at the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Eide highlighted that the meeting between the two leaders was “frank and honest” and that while issues remained, both sides have a “shared vision of a united Cyprus”.On the upcoming talks, he said that they would be “in principle open ended” and that there would not be an end date “because the end date is when we have solved the problem or, of course, concluded that it’s unsolvable.” “We believe it will take some time, maybe […] up to two weeks.”
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes is set to make his preseason debut for the New York Jets on Sunday night.The former Super Bowl MVP hasn’t played a game since his infamous benching in last year’s regular season finale.Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news on Friday, saying that both Holmes and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley will face the Carolina Panthers. Their much-needed return should come as a big boost to a struggling offense that has failed to score a touchdown in the preseason. The Mark Sanchez-led first unit has yet to produce a point in eight possessions.“I hope it could be a big spark,” Kerley said. “Get some new legs out there and give Mark some [more] targets.”Holmes has been sidelined since being hit by cornerback Antonio Cromartie in an August 4 intra-squad scrimmage and suffering rib cartilage damage.The Jets’ only proven receiver returned to practice on a limited basis this week. The seventh-year pro from Ohio State started all 16 games last year, totaling 51 receptions for 654 yards and eight touchdowns.For his career, Holmes boasts 77 receiving plays of 20 yards or better and 17 that have been good for at least 40 yards. Two hundred fifty-six of his 338 career catches have gone for first downs.Holmes was named the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII after totaling nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown to help Pittsburgh outlast Arizona, 27-23. Four of his receptions and 73 of his yards came on the game’s final drive, punctuated by his spectacular game-winning catch in the contest’s waning moments.Kerley has missed most of training camp with a slight hamstring tear.Ryan said he expects his starters to play three quarters Sunday, although both Holmes and Kerley will each be limited to about 10 to 15 plays.None of the Jets starters or backup quarterback Tim Tebow is expected to play in the team’s preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 30.
The Ohio State baseball team (24-20, 8-10 Big Ten) is making a run for the Big Ten tournament – literally. OSU was eighth in the Big Ten as of Wednesday and one-and-a-half games behind Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois, all tied for fourth place in the Big Ten. The eighth-place Buckeyes are trying to steal their way back into the race for sixth place and qualify for the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have been tearing up and down the base paths so far in 2012, and were third in the Big Ten in stolen bases as of Wednesday, according to bigten.org. OSU, with 17 stolen bases, is just seven behind Big Ten leader, Illinois. The Buckeyes have blown past their base-stealing pace from last season, in which OSU tallied 35 total steals in all competitions. Players and coaches alike said stealing bases is important to a team’s offense and has multiple benefits. “Stolen bases help us out a lot as hitters,” said sophomore center fielder Tim Wetzel. “It gives us RBI chances and the whole point of the game is to score runs. And as a defense, when a team runs on you, you can’t be as loose because you have guys running around. It just helps the flow of the game and helps the offense perform.” OSU coach Greg Beals said stolen bases can influence a game and throw off an opposing defense. “As a catcher, I have a great understanding of what (a stolen base) does to an opponent’s defense,” Beals said. “What it does to pitch calling and what it does on the field, taking away from double play opportunities. It does a lot for you offensively and affects their defense quite a bit.” Beals said he likes having the ability to steal bases, but a team needs the right personnel to do so. Of the team’s 68 overall steals, 23 have come from junior infielder Kirby Pellant, a transfer in his first year with OSU. “You have to take advantage of every little opportunity to steal a base” said Pellant, the starting shortstop. “Stolen bases are a big part of the game. If you hit a single and steal a bag, it becomes a double. When you can get one to start an inning it gets the whole team going.” Wetzel, who has 10 stolen bases in 2012, said it’s important for a team to be in sync before a steal. “We talk about it a lot if we think we have a good read on a (pitcher),” Wetzel said. “Second time through, we’ll talk it out and say, ‘First pitch I’m going,’ so we’ll just know to take and let him steal a bag.” OSU’s next game is Friday at home at 7 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium against Northwestern, the first game of a three-game weekend series with the Big Ten opponent.
Urban Meyer watches the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin from the sidelines in the third quarter. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFive-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman had been Ohio State’s No. 1 target for months. He was the top-ranked player at a position of need and the top player in Ohio.In the end, Urban Meyer and his staff couldn’t seal the deal, and Carman ditched home for another top program — Clemson.Carman, along with defensive end Brenton Cox, safety Jaiden Woodbey and quarterback Emory Jones all left Ohio State for other programs in the final two weeks leading up to Wednesday’s decision date, leaving Meyer without even more transcendent talent than the 20 players that signed to his class Wednesday.On paper, the 2018 class is perhaps Meyer’s best ever as a head coach. However, it should not be overlooked. For a time, Ohio State had four five-star recruits with a chance at five. It ended Wednesday with two, while conference rival Penn State added its third.Carman wasn’t committed to Ohio State at any point in time like Cox, Woodbey and Jones. But it’s expected that the Buckeyes should land the top prospect in Ohio every year. Since Meyer arrived in Columbus, he has landed the top recruit in the state of Ohio every year with the exception of 2016 when five-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer went to Notre Dame. As for the other three, it’s difficult for a program to keep players who further from the school committed for a long time, when top programs close to home are knocking on the door.Woodbey, a five-star safety from California, committed in February, but flipped and signed with Florida State Wednesday. Cox, a five-star strong-side defensive end from Georgia, committed to Ohio State in April before decommitting Dec. 6 and signing with the Georgia Bulldogs Wednesday. Jones, a four-star dual-threat quarterback committed to the Buckeyes in July 2016, before flipping and mailing his letter of intent to Florida Wednesday.Those three decommitments in the last two weeks of the early signing period hurt Ohio State and have great implications.The first impact is the optics. Losing three players in less than two weeks, with two being five-stars and another being a highly rated dual-threat quarterback, makes it look as if the coaching staff is losing its touch. That’s probably not the case because Meyer has been an excellent recruiter his entire career and his 2018 class is still ranked as the top class. But given that Penn State landed a five-star Wednesday when Ohio State lost two, that’s added pressure for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff to hold onto prized recruits.Second, Meyer, and quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day had to find a second option to Jones late in the process. Now, they ended with a solid option in three-star Matthew Baldwin from Austin, Texas, who led his team to a state championship game Saturday, but Meyer probably would’ve liked to not rely on flipping a quarterback late to have one for this recruiting class. Baldwin was previously committed to Colorado State.Ohio State’s depth at safety isn’t hurt too much with Woodbey’s departure from the class, but with Cox’s decommitment, Ohio State had to flip three-star Alex Williams from West Virginia just to have one end in the class. Without Carman, it has just one offensive tackle in four-star Max Wray. Both are positions of need.Meyer has already had discussions to play Williams at tight end, so Ohio State would only have three defensive ends for next season, pending a potential commitment from four-star Tyreke Smith. Wray is the fourth offensive tackle on next year’s roster.Ohio State finally beat Alabama in a recruiting class, but it limped to the first finish line Wednesday with key misses that can impact a program for years. That’s something Meyer will have to live with.
← Previous Story ROMANIAN POWER: Dan-Emil Racotea to Veszprem in 2019? Next Story → MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2018 – Ready for a new handball experience? It looks that Croatia will stay without goalkeeper Filip Ivic for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 on home soil. The 25-years old goalie of Polish PGE Vive Kielce left preparation camp of his national team in Ivanic Grad due problems with knee.Ivic missed last two months of the season due meniscus surgery and recovery after it. He came back just before winter’s break.As medical staff of the Croatian team announced, “Ivic isn’t injured, but his knee reacted on a tough training process”.Three other goalies on Lino Cervar’s list are Mirko Alilovic, Ivan Pesic and Ivan Stevanovic.PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Zsolt Melczer Croatian handball teamFilip IvicMen’s EHF EURO 2018
Les chimpanzés peuvent dormir aussi au sol. Et Lucy ?Guinée – Publiant leurs travaux dans l’American Journal of Physical Anthropology, des chercheurs britanniques et japonais ont découvert que certains chimpanzés passent la nuit au sol, et non dans les arbres comme la plupart de leurs congénères. Les préhumains faisaient-ils de même ?Koops Kathelijne, de l’Université de Cambridge, et ses collègues de l’Université de Kyoto ont étudié les pratiques de couchage des chimpanzés (Pan troglodytes) des Monts Nimba, en Guinée. Sur 634 nids nocturnes découverts, 90 se trouvaient au sol et non dans les arbres. L’analyse de l’ADN des poils recueillis dans 46 de ces nids au sol montre qu’au moins 12 individus ont ce comportement, considéré dès lors comme assez répandu.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Beaucoup de spécialistes pensaient que, dans la lignée humaine, cette pratique n’avait pu apparaître qu’après la domestication du feu – qui protège des prédateurs – par Homo erectus, il y a 1 Ma au maximum. “C’est bien d’avoir une étude qui indique que coucher au sol n’est pas nécessairement lié à l’adoption de feu”, remarque Tim White, de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley.Un facteur qui peut avoir été essentiel dans le développement cognitif des préhumains, selon Thomas Wynn, de l’Université du Colorado à Colorado Springs : cela leur aurait permis de passer plus de temps en phase de sommeil paradoxal, important pour la mémoire et la cognition, mais qui entraîne une certaine paralysie musculaire, gênante lorsqu’on dort dans les branches…Le 13 avril 2012 à 20:30 • Maxime Lambert
The sculptor Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos has recreated his iconic Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture that caught the attention of the whole world last yearIn honour of their Real Madrid star, Madeira’s Fuchal Airport was renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport with a bust having been made for the legendary forward, who captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 trophy.Ronaldo, who attended the opening ceremony of this special event, was presented with a bronze bust of his face, that quickly went viral on the internet with British comedian James Corden famously saying: “It looks like his face was bended like Beckham!”But Bleacher Report has now recently tracked down Silva Santos and convinced the now-famous sculptor to give it another try.29.03.2017 vs. 29.03.2018Emmanuel Santos’ shot at redemption. pic.twitter.com/A91RjDJCOF— B/R Football (@brfootball) 29 March 2018Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The new version certainly looks to be an improvement, but Ronaldo did make one last request for the sculptor before unveiling to the world.“[Ronaldo’s] smile is ripped to the left side.” the sculptor told Bleacher Report“As we know, Ronaldo is vain. He likes to be all groomed up!“When they tried it they—instead of thinning them out slightly—added a few strokes so [as] to conceal the wrinkles. It wasn’t a detail of great relevance and it didn’t change much of the wrinkles it had.”Following a difficult start to the season, Ronaldo has had a resurgence of his own at Real this season with the Portuguese star having scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances for the club.
See All Google’s efforts were impressive, but Duplex didn’t sit right with all of us. “In this age of disinformation, where fake news thrives and the public has trust issues with technology, Google designed a machine that can deceive humans,” wrote CNET’s Bridget Carey, who also voiced concerns over the fact that Google’s Assistant never identified itself as a robot. “Gosh, what could go wrong?”Two days after that editorial, Google told CNET explicitly that it will launch Duplex with “disclosure built-in” for better transparency.An Amazon Key in-home delivery: not as creepy as we expected! Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then there’s Amazon Key, which looks to leverage smart lock tech at your front door to let delivery people drop Amazon packages off inside your home. The Amazon Key Home Kit even includes an Amazon Cloud Cam to let you watch the delivery in real time right from your phone (more on cameras in just a bit, by the way).The idea of granting a stranger authorized access to your home was unnerving for many of us — but in the end, Amazon Key wasn’t nearly as creepy as we expected. In fact, the most we ever saw of the delivery people was an arm reaching inside the cracked door to drop a package off just inside. From Megan Wollerton’s recap:”While I started out hesitant about in-home delivery, I’d be comfortable enough to use it going forward (and to recommend it to frequent Amazon customers) — as long as I can keep an eye on whoever’s delivering the packages from my phone.”Camera creep2018 might be the year when the mainstream smart home opened its eyes, with a flood of new camera-equipped products and services designed to help us keep watch over our homes or stay in touch with loved ones. Early in the year, for instance, Amazon bought the home security startup Ring and its popular video doorbell. Now, a new app for Ring users called Neighbors lets you share, view and comment on local crime activity, complete with video clips from Ring cameras and doorbells in your community.The Nest Hello video doorbell is one of a growing number of smart home products using cameras equipped with facial-recognition technology. Chris Monroe/CNET That’s an appealing pitch to some, but consider the company’s recent patent applications focused on facial recognition. Each considers ways to use Ring cameras to identify “suspicious” people (convicted felons, sex offenders, etc.), then automatically alert law enforcement. That raised fresh surveillance state concerns from the American Civil Liberties Union.”Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future,” the ACLU’s Jacob Snow said in a statement, “with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells.”We expect to see more uses of facial recognition technology in the coming year, including from cameras that are already equipped with the feature, like Google’s Nest Hello video doorbell. In other words, don’t expect this issue to fade from sight.And it’s not just the front door — from night-vision security cameras to connected baby monitors, people are parking cameras inside their homes, too. Doing so might require you to wrap your head around some potential privacy vulnerabilities. For instance, earlier this year, researchers from Kaspersky Lab warned that hackers could turn your own cameras against you by spying on you, or by fooling you with a duplicate, “cloned” feed. Your next vacation rental might have security cameras inside, too, which raises concerns about whether or not you could be filmed without realizing it during a weekend getaway. That brings us to smart displays, a new smart home category that promises to bring even more cameras into people’s kitchens and living rooms. Amazon was first into the space with the Echo Show and Echo Spot, and Google soon followed suit with a suite of its own Google Assistant-powered touchscreens, including the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View. Tellingly, Google opted not to include a camera in its flagship, first-party smart display, the Google Home Hub.Of course, there’s another smart display worth mentioning. In fact, it gets the next section of this post all to itself. Chris Monroe/CNET Smart home hubris from FacebookThere was a collective “you’ve gotta be f***ing kidding me” from many of us who write about tech when Facebook, in the midst of scandal after scandal after scandal over the misuse of user data, unveiled the new Facebook Portal in-home video chatting devices. Because sure, why not let a transparency-challenged company that’s been — at best — wildly irresponsible with user data bring person-tracking cameras and always-listening microphones into your living room? They promise they’ll behave! Tags CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now More recently, a judge in New Hampshire ordered Amazon to hand over the Alexa audio of a user accused of two counts of first degree murder. For now, Amazon is fighting the ruling.”Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNET. “Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.” Concerns about silent, “ultrasonic” audio attacks also raised our collective assistant anxiety this year, with researchers claiming that the most popular voice platforms were vulnerable to audio cues at frequencies too high for humans to hear. Researchers at UC Berkeley claim they were even able to fool Mozilla’s open-source DeepSpeech voice-to-text engine by hiding ultrasonic audio cues within brief snippets of music.Maybe most disconcerting — to date, none of the major tech companies responsible for these voice platforms have denied that attacks like these are possible.Enlarge ImageWith Google Duplex, Google Assistant will call restaurants and salons to make reservations on your behalf. Google’s demo was one of the most convincingly life-like AI use-cases we’d ever seen. James Martin/CNET Big moonshots, big questions2018 saw some notable new ideas about where smart home tech may be headed — and some of those ideas raised a lot of questions.Let’s start with Google Duplex, the search giant’s effort to let the artificially intelligent Google Assistant make phone calls on your behalf. Google touted the feature as a way for the Assistant to book things like haircuts and dinner reservations — and the demo was pretty mind-blowing. Watch for yourself below: 1 Consumer Product Safety Commission asks: How dangerous is the internet of things? Here’s what Congress wants to know about Amazon’s Echo Dot for kids Senators call on FTC to investigate smart TVs tracking viewers’ data Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid, researchers say California governor signs country’s first IoT security law Comment Google’s Duplex: AI that makes you think you’re talking to a human Voice of concern: Smart assistants create new openings for hackers Watch Google Assistant fire a gun Robot or human? Google Assistant will leave you guessing And hey, amid escalating scrutiny, perhaps they will. “We have a responsibility to protect your data,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a March 21 statement following the company’s Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal. “And if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”Just keep in mind that since then, Zuckerberg’s company has come under continued fire for not doing enough to deal with a flood of fake news and Russian trolls on its platform during the 2016 US election. In July of this year, the company admitted to sharing user information with hardware and software partners even after claiming to discontinue the practice in 2015. Just this week, the New York Times reported that Facebook used “special arrangements” like those even more than the company initially disclosed — namely, to give Microsoft’s Bing search engine access to the names of all Facebook users’ friends without consent, and to allow Netflix and Spotify to read Facebook users’ private messages.Netflix denies that it ever accessed people’s private messages on Facebook, or asked for the ability to do so. Spotify didn’t immediately return a request for comment.At any rate, we are well past the point of taking Facebook’s word for anything when it comes to protecting your private data. But, if early market indications showing lots of interest in smart displays this holiday buying season are correct, that’s exactly what some people might be doing. That, or they’ve been drawn in by Facebook’s admittedly slick user interface — enough so to shrug off some extremely valid privacy concerns.After the year we’ve had, maybe that’s what creeps me out the most. reading • 2018: A year of creepy AF smart home headlines Microphone mishaps (no laughing matter)Things typically get a bit quiet in tech during the months following January’s big CES expo in Las Vegas. This year, a mysterious and disconcerting bout of laughter echoed out of the silence.The cackle in question came from Alexa, when users of Amazon’s popular voice assistant began sharing clips of eerie, unprompted laughter emitting from their Echo devices. Once the phenomenon began to trend on Twitter, Amazon confirmed the issue and told us it was looking into a fix.2018 saw a number of stories about Echo devices acting strangely. Chris Monroe/CNET “In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase ‘Alexa, laugh,'” the company ultimately explained. “We are changing that phrase to be ‘Alexa, can you laugh?’ which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance ‘Alexa, laugh.’ We are also changing Alexa’s response from simply laughter to ‘Sure, I can laugh’ followed by laughter.”In another Alexa headache this May, a family in Oregon claimed that their Echo device recorded audio of a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact without warning. Amazon’s explanation? It was the Alexa equivalent of a butt-dial.”[The] Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa,'” an Amazon spokesperson told CNET. “Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud, ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.'””As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely,” Amazon added.Still, accidents happen. Just today, Reuters reports that Amazon mistakenly sent the wrong files to an Alexa user in Germany who had requested his Echo recordings. As a result, he was able to download and access 1,700 recordings from another user’s household. Per Reuters, Amazon called this an isolated incident, and the result of human error.Assistant anxietyAmazon also found itself navigating potential legal battles over user privacy when Alexa became an apparent witness to not one, but two separate cases of homicide. The first came to a conclusion in March when Amazon agreed to hand over the Alexa audio recordings of a user in Bentonville, Arkansas, who stood accused of of first-degree murder, but only after that user consented to the release. Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 2018 is just about over, and it’s common for tech reporters to dig back into their beats to try and sum up the year’s news. And, as the CNET Smart Home team took a look back for our own year in review, there was one takeaway we just couldn’t escape:The smart home was… kinda creepy this year.To wit, there were evil cackles from Alexa, fake phone calls from Google Assistant, and concerns a-plenty about the connected cameras and microphones filling our homes. That’s not to mention the well-founded fears about the mass amount of data that these devices are asking to be trusted with (looking right at you, Facebook Portal. No thanks.)So, yeah, if the smart home had you a bit creeped out in 2018, I can’t say I blame you. Here’s a look back at the stories that probably played a role. Tough questions for the smart home in 2018 So Alexa decided to laugh randomly while I was in the kitchen. Freaked @SnootyJuicer and I out. I thought a kid was laughing behind me. pic.twitter.com/6dblzkiQHp— CaptHandlebar (@CaptHandlebar) February 23, 2018 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 4:25 Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2018 in creepy assistants CNET Smart Home • Smart Home