Rousey’s Mom Tougher Than Her

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GLENDALE, Calif. — UFC champion Ronda Rousey isn’t sharing her opinion of her mother’s sharp criticism of her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.Tarverdyan also declined to trade verbal shots with AnnMaria De Mars on Oct. 27 during a promotional appearance for Rousey’s next title defense.De Mars called Tarverdyan “a terrible coach” and “a bad person” in a video interview with LatiNation earlier this month. De Mars claims Tarverdyan “hit the lottery” when Rousey decided to study mixed martial arts with him.“Any reaction or response I have to my mother, she’s going to hear it from me, and not a media outlet,” Rousey said, declining to indicate whether she had confronted her mother about it.Rousey’s mother is a former judo world champion who introduced her daughter to the sport and raised her to be an Olympic medalist.Rousey took up MMA after the Beijing Olympics and swiftly became the UFC’s first women’s bantamweight champion in late 2012.Rousey and Tarverdyan have been working together for five years. Tarverdyan, a veteran combat sports trainer who also has worked with boxer Vic Darchinyan and other UFC fighters, declined to say much about De Mars’ opinions.“It’s her mom at the end of the day, and that’s it,” Tarverdyan said. “I’m a person that’s never spoken negatively about anybody’s mom. I’ve always said a mom is a mom. That’s all I have to say.”Rousey (12-0) will attempt her seventh title defense when she faces Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 15. She has won her previous three fights in 64 combined seconds, establishing herself as the UFC’s most dominant champion and the world’s most famous MMA fighter.Tarverdyan initially wasn’t interested in training Rousey when she went to work at his Glendale Fighting Club, claiming he was too busy with boxers and other fighters. He changed his mind when he saw how Rousey’s judo skills would translate to MMA, particularly her formidable armbar skills.Rousey and Tarverdyan have formed a tight bond, and De Mars’ comments seem unlikely to break it. Tarverdyan and De Mars are both at cageside when Rousey fights, and both are expected to be in Australia next month.Rousey has kept her focus on training to meet Holm (9-0), a former boxing champion and a relative newcomer to MMA. Rousey was excited for a matchup with Holm to show off her boxing skills, which have progressed during her half-decade with Tarverdyan.Although the New Mexico native is among the toughest strikers Rousey has ever faced, the face of women’s MMA will carry a heaping amount of her usual confidence into the Melbourne cage.“She seems like a very nice person, a sweet girl,” Rousey said. “She’s the kind of person like, after I beat her and she makes a lot of money, I’m like, ‘Good for her! You buy yourself an Albuquerque house with that!’ … With Holly, I’ll genuinely be happy for her and hope that she accepts her loss in a healthy way and enjoys all the benefits that she got from this fight.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Indian Open: Shiva Thapa aims for a golden homecoming

first_imgFour-time Asian championship medallist Shiva Thapa is gearing up to make his homecoming special by winning gold at the second edition of the India Open boxing meet in Guwahati from May 20.Armed with a silver medal from the GeeBee Boxing Tournament and a record fourth Asian Championships medal this year, the 25-year-old once again looks sharp and agile and is hungry to prove himself.”Yes, there are a lot of expectations from me for the gold. I recently got a bronze medal from the Asian Championships and that tells me that the gold is not far off,” Thapa said the medal in Bangkok in April, when he became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals.He had won a gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 followed by a silver in 2017 at the same tournament.At the Indian Open he suffered an upset loss in the semi-finals in the first edition of the in New Delhi last year.”I am hungry to change the colour of the medal which is what I think every boxer would want to. And it will be all the more sweet if it comes at home in front of my own people,” Thapa said looking forward to the meet at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from May 20.The Guwahati pugilist has his task cut out as he will shift to 63 kg to earn a Tokyo Olympics qualification berth from the World Championships.”Performing well here will give me a huge boost of confidence ahead of the World Championships. It will be critical to analyse the players who are coming to the India Open as I’ll have to compete with quite a few of them in the World Championships as well,” he said.advertisementThapa is among six Assamese boxers who will vie for the title at the upcoming India Open.”I am very excited to get a chance to play in my hometown. Getting a chance to inspire youngsters is a major source of motivation for us. When we first began at the sub-junior level, we used to get inspired by watching our seniors and how they used to play.”Same way, if we too can motivate more youngsters to join our sport, it’s really a blessing for us. Definitely, the North-east is a powerhouse of talent. If such major tournaments keep happening in the North-east, there will be a lot many youths and youngsters who will come up and take up sports as a profession,” he concluded.35 men and 37 women boxers from India are vying for glory as close to 200 pugilists from 16 boxing powerhouses will participate at the USD 70,000 prize money tournament.Also Read | Mary Kom to make competitive 51 kg debut at India Openlast_img read more

Notebook: Oklahoma State-Baylor

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! I posted my 10 thoughts here but have a whole lot of notebook to empty. Let’s get right to it.• Baylor won the toss and took the ball. I thought that played right into Oklahoma State’s hands. Injured freshman. On the road. Best defense of Mike Gundy’s tenure (maybe). I thought wrong, clearly.• The commercials after Baylor’s first TD drive lasted (much) longer than Baylor’s first TD drive.• Some of OSU’s cheerleaders didn’t wear sleeves. Baylor’s players were sipping hot chocolate on the sidelines. Just saying.• I literally wrote down this note: “how is Baylor’s offense so good. I don’t understand it.” Plug and play. Second-string QB, third-string QB, pull a rando 37-year-old out of the stands (either section) and he tosses for three fifty and four. It’s crazy.• Seeds!• One thing I noticed offensively is that our RB protection of Rudolph was pretty poor. He wasn’t exactly Johnny Football reincarnate back there with the bum ankle (leg?) either but the RB protection could have been better. Poor Raymond Taylor was getting steamrolled by Baylor’s first-rounders.• #CrootinI’m on the 2nd row at BPS. Baylor is a better team than OSU. It’s hard to accept but very true.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) November 22, 2015• Speaking of first rounds. Baylor sure has a lot of talent, don’t they? I mean, like an OU level of talent. Don’t be confused by the colors or the name, that’s a whole different animal we’re dealing with these days. Like it or not.• Real Gus Johnson quote on a Marcell Ateman official review: “Sometimes, I think we’re a little bit too precise.” Him and Joel Klatt were tremendous.• Speaking of Gus being tremendous … THE PRESIDENT!• That first Jalen McCleskey misdirection TD was a work of art. I imagined Mike Yurcich flipping off 60K as McCleskey walked into the end zone. Unfortunately for him, those 60K were all flipping him off as they exited the stadium.• Was that the deepest WR game of the season? KD Cannon, Corey Coleman, James Washington, Marcell Ateman and we’re only two deep on both side. Have mercy. Bring me Iowa in a bowl game!• One thing Baylor does well that’s underrated — they control the rhythm of the game. They bend games to their will. They take defenses and crowds out of it when they’re really humming on offense. 73 rushes for 303 yards is humming on offense.• Was this a good catch? Was this a catch?• Stidham looks a little like Zac. And that arm, sweet heavens it is good. I have no idea which Baylor QB is best. It was a treat to watch him and Rudolph sling it around to the tune of 688 yards (in just six combined quarters). It was also fun watching them gut out games in which they were both injured. Both are ballers. Both are going to be studs in the Big 12 for a long time.[1. I can’t believe Rudolph is two games from being a junior. My goodness.]• Yes!@OKStateProbs Here ya go pic.twitter.com/ki1LgQk2Du— ?????? ????? (@Brooks_Frost) November 22, 2015• Speaking of Rudolph, get out of here with your hate. J.W. was not working and they rode No. 2 like they should have. He sailed some balls, sure, but he went hard all night. He’s a really, really good QB and I hope he doesn’t get the Landry treatment from OSU fans.• The game ended on the drive at the end of the third when Washington dropped what would have been a TD and Rudolph missed Glidden for what would have been another TD. Either of those would have made it 38-28 headed to the fourth. I could be talked into coming back from 10 down in the fourth. Anything bigger than that was going to be nearly impossible.• The onside kick — meh, I just don’t really care. Either way, you were paddling upstream. I’m fine with it. Would have been find without it.• He was pretty good.Is Stidham getting Wally Pipp’d? This guy is 6’5, 225 pounds & throwing seeds.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 22, 2015• Kevin Peterson was pretty good on Corey Coleman. I realize he had five for 77 and KD Cannon burned the stadium down, but still, Kevin Peterson was pretty good on Corey Coleman.• There were as many points in the first seven minutes of this game as there were in the first 59:57 of Ohio State-Michigan State.• Yup.Good luck finding a better deep-ball passer in college football than Mason Rudolph.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 22, 2015• It’s getting harder and harder for me to justify bringing in Walsh outside the red zone when Rudolph is really flowing. I just don’t see it.• I have to say, after the Rudolph TD to tie it at 14, I didn’t think I was going to make it through the night. I actually wrote, “I’m not sure I can do a Bedlam game with this much on the line.”• Baylor is about as disciplined as you would expect Baylor to be.• OSU got so many breaks again tonight. The not-fumble in the first quarter. The weird Shock Linwood fumble-whistle-just give it to the team in orange call later on. Everything was coming up orange and OSU still couldn’t push through. It all goes back to how ridiculously difficult it is to go 12-0 in a season.Officials basically missed everything on that play, but it WAS a fumble and OSU would have recovered without a whistle.— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 22, 2015• Speaking of, only Iowa and Clemson are undefeated. Haha.• Baylor didn’t punt until 1:44 in the third. Baylor isn’t going to lose a lot of games like that.• The more I watch this play the crazier it gets.• Baylor has three QBs. TCU has two and a half. OSU has two. OU has two. Texas somehow has none.• Mike Gundy looks extraordinarily tan for it being mid-November, no?• This is sort of true.Welcome to Boone Pickens Stadium where Heisman caliber QBs play like a 3rd stringer and 3rd string QBs play like Heismans.— Jordan Woodruff (@JWTriplePlay) November 22, 2015• I wrote this at halftime and it turned out prescient: I’m not even sure if it matters if Stidham plays because they can just run us out of the building (literally). I also wrote: If we pull this off against the best offense in the country, this team is made of magic.• Iowa still sucks. The Big 12 is really good. Had to get that off my chest.• This is hilarious.Best thing ever. @BUFootball @BaylorProud #sicem pic.twitter.com/2msJWmJfKp— Lauren Lara (@lonny0907) November 22, 2015• It felt like Baylor was playing with nothing to lose and Oklahoma State wasn’t playing with nothing to lose, didn’t it?• It also felt like Yurcich hit the back of the playbook early in the third quarter. After that: hands in air, go deep, pray for flags.• Retrospectively, OSU needed a pick six (or a couple) to win that game. Strange to think about.• I laughed.Baylor DT Andrew Billings squatted 805 as a senior in high school. Assume he doesn’t throw QBs into the stands out of mercy alone.— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) November 22, 2015• Joel Klatt on Emmanuel Ogbah: “For a guy sitting on a pile of money … ” — it doesn’t even matter what he said after that.• Mason Rudolph is 12-0 against teams not named Baylor, 0-2 against Baylor.• How many different ways do you think Mike Yurcich has had his name pronounced in his life? Over/under 99.5?• Is there anybody in college football who bounces up more quickly after bigger hits than Jalen McCleskey? Kendall Hunter thinks Jalen McCleskey bounces up quickly. I would have been on the ground until Bedlam after this one.• OSU’s defense held Baylor’s offense to 45 points on 14 possessions or 3.21. That’s pretty good. That’s almost a full point less than Baylor was averaging coming into the game.• Chafin on Lampkin to seal the deal was ugly. Like an 18-wheeler against a Kia.• By the way, OSU is 10-1. Everybody was tweeting at me all night like we’re 5-6. Bedlam to tie the best record in school history and (potentially) for the Big 12 title.• What a photo.Game time! @pistolsguy #gopokes #stillwaterstrong #okstate pic.twitter.com/i4ANRF6fU5— David Jennings (@iambigfish94) November 22, 2015last_img read more

PM Holness urges Jamaicans to take responsibility for the country

first_img “We are a self-respecting nation – proud, free and quite capable to be masters of our own destiny. We have many things to give the world. We see no special favours. There is no reason for us to be poor. With our creative human capital and fortitude in tackling our economic challenges, there is no problem we can’t defeat,” said prime minister Holness. Story Highlights The prime minister noted that the country achieved a primary surplus balance of $135.9 Billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year which was $12.9 billion above the minimum 7% target. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has come a far way in its 55 years of political Independence.In his message to mark, Independence Day 2017, prime minister Holness said Jamaica has overcome several challenges despite the odds.“We are a tough, courageous, purposeful and determined people. We have proven over and over again in our 55 years that we are equal to any task, once we put our collective minds to it. There are some challenges but I have absolutely no doubt that we can successfully defeat them,“ said prime minister Holness.Mr. Holness pointed to the country’s macroeconomic reforms. He noted the hard decisions made and the sacrifices of Jamaicans to strengthen economic independence.The prime minister noted that the country achieved a primary surplus balance of $135.9 Billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year which was $12.9 billion above the minimum 7% target.In addition, Mr. Holness pointed to the $1.46 Billion dollars earned from the tourism sector for the first six months of the year which translates to a 7.5% growth in the sector.The prime minister was also upbeat about the country’s prospects in the manufacturing, small business and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sectors.“We are a self-respecting nation – proud, free and quite capable to be masters of our own destiny. We have many things to give the world. We see no special favours. There is no reason for us to be poor. With our creative human capital and fortitude in tackling our economic challenges, there is no problem we can’t defeat,” said prime minister Holness.The prime minister paid tribute to the many Jamaicans who have done pioneering work at home and across the world and the country’s athletes. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has come a far way in its 55 years of political Independence.last_img read more

NCLH’s Q2 Income Down, Company Bullish on 2016

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise liner Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) reported its net income for the second quarter of 2016 at USD 145.2 million, compared to a net income of USD 158.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2015.The company’s quarterly revenue increased by 9.3% from USD 1.08 billion to USD 1.18 billion in the respective periods.During the first half of the year, the cruise company’s net income surged to USD 218.4 million from USD 137 million recorded in the first half of 2015, while the revenue also increased to USD 2.26 billion from USD 2 billion, respectively.Norwegian Cruise Line said that the increases were primarily attributed to the addition of Norwegian Escape and Oceania Cruises’ Sirena to the fleet as well as improved pricing, slightly offset by four scheduled dry-docks in the period.Adjusted net yield improved by 1.2% on a constant currency basis, mainly due to efficiencies in cost of sale.“While successive geopolitical events dampened North American consumer demand primarily for our Mediterranean itineraries, our management team worked diligently to identify cost saving opportunities to partially mitigate these impacts,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “It was a challenging booking environment where we remained mindful of our go to market strategy to minimize discounting and maintain our hard-fought pricing gains, resulting in lower occupancy, which in turn lowered onboard revenue and overall net yield growth compared to our expectations earlier in the year,” he added.As it experienced significant booking headwinds, Norwegian Cruise Line said it is revising the earnings expectations for the second half of the year, primarily as a result of continued weak demand from North American consumer for European sailings, the effect of a weaker British pound post the Brexit vote, an adjustment to earlier pricing expectations for Miami-based Caribbean itineraries, and the impact from maintaining pricing discipline to minimize discounting.“With this revision to expectations, we are confident we will deliver strong earnings growth for full year 2016 and grow 2017 adjusted EPS in the range of 15% to 25%,” Del Rio said, adding that, as a result, the company no longer expects to achieve its previously stated target of USD 5 adjusted EPS in 2017.last_img read more

Voluntary Sector Funding Open for Applications

first_img Ruth M. Schneider, West Tarbot, Victoria Co., co-chair. Ms. Schneider sat on the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) international board of directors for six years and is on the board of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. She lives in Cape Breton where she was program co-ordinator for the Centre for International Studies and continues to be an active volunteer. — Jim Ellsworth, Dartmouth, co-chair. Mr. Ellsworth has worked with the federal government for over 30 years and has experience with international voluntary sector organizations and initiatives including the International Association for Public Participation, the International Stewardship Exchange and the European Centre for Nature Conservation. — Allister Surette, Lower Argyle, Yarmouth Co. Mr. Surette served as president-CEO of Collège de l’Acadie from 1998 to 2003 and is currently vice-president of Development and Partnerships at Université Sainte-Anne. He was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the institution beginning July 1. — Kathy Moggridge, Halifax. Ms. Moggridge worked for many years for the federal government and worked on policies concerning the development of the social economy and the strengthening of the voluntary sector across Canada. She now volunteers with many community based organizations. — Wendy Robichaud, North River, Colchester County. Mrs. Robichaud has been a member of the Nova Scotia Rural Team, the Rural Communities Impacting Policy project. She is a representative on the Nova Scotia Volunteer Community Advisory Council, the Colchester Regional Development Agency Immigration Committee and the Rural Coastal Communities Network. — Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Halifax. Ms. Hamilton-Hinch is currently an assistant professor at the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and is involved in a number of community groups. She is also involved locally and internationally with a number of community groups focusing on marginalized, diverse, and disenfranchised populations. — Alexa McDonough, Halifax. Ms. McDonough is a former provincial and federal party leader, and former Member of Parliament. She served as interim president of Mount Saint Vincent University has also worked as a social worker and is involved in many non-profit organizations with a focus on social services in communities. “All Nova Scotians benefit from a strong and vibrant voluntary sector,” said Mr. Ellsworth. “This investment in the voluntary sector will pay dividends to all Nova Scotians well into the future.” “This trust offers organizations an opportunity to work together building a voice and strengthening the Voluntary Sector.” said Ms. Schneider. Applicants must submit an expression of interest demonstrating their need and how the funding will help by May 31. For more information or to apply, visit http://gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism/ . Non-profit organizations can now get help attracting and developing a strong workforce, improving their ability to deliver programs and services across the province. The province’s $800,000 Voluntary Sector Professional Capacity Trust is now accepting applications for funding to support developing human resource policies, business planning and assessing the needs of an organization. “Over 24,000 Nova Scotians are employed by the voluntary and non-profit sector,” said Marilyn More, Minister of the Voluntary Sector and Labour and Advanced Education. “These organizations deal with many of the same issues facing other industries in finding and keeping skilled professionals. This funding will help support these organizations as they plan and build for the future while continuing to provide essential programs and services to Nova Scotians.” The province has appointed a board of trustees who are responsible for managing the trust, reviewing applications and distributing the funding. The board is:last_img read more

Waterton Lakes National Park reopens to public but wildfire still active

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Parks Canada has reopened the townsite in Waterton Lakes National Park to the public, but advises that all other areas in the park remain closed.The powerful fire that shut down the park and forced everyone out almost two weeks ago has been held for several days and remains at about 380 square kilometres.Residents, business owners and lease holders were allowed to return to the town on Tuesday to clean up ash and debris.Parks Canada is urging visitors to come with basic supplies as not all businesses may be open.A trail that loops around the town site is open, as are some picnic and day-use areas, including at Cameron Falls, which is a focal point in the village.Camping at the in-town campsite is not yet permitted.Only the Entrance road, Chief Mountain Road and the streets within town are open.“All other roads and areas in the park remain closed for safety reasons,” Parks Canada said in an update Thursday. “Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of danger trees, rock falls and other hazards that remain throughout the park.”A cold front with cooler temperatures and limited precipitation is expected to remain in the area for another day or two. Temperatures are expected to return to the mid-teens on the weekend.The fire started in British Columbia, but it eventually tore through the park. Fire crews managed to stop it from spreading into town and also saved the iconic 1920s Prince of Wales Hotel standing high on a bluff over the town.last_img read more

Casablanca Launches Operation to Control Public Baths

Rabat – After the explosion of a boiler in the Ziani public bath (Hammam) in the Benjdia neighborhood of Casablanca on January 11, the city authorities have set up a committee to ensure that other public baths respect local safety requirements. The boiler at the Ziani public bath for women in the Benjdia neighborhood of Sidi Belyout exploded, causing burns to seven people, including four male employees of the bath.Following the boiler blast that caused many casualties in January, the City Council has set up a committee consisting of representatives of the Urban Commune of Casablanca and the members of the police. The representatives, together with representatives of districts, visited more than thirty public baths located in the districts of Maarif, Anfa, Sidi Belyout and Roches Noires in order to review their compliance with basic safety requirements and appropriate equipment. These institutions were put through a series of tests, particularly to check the conditions of boilers.Following these visits, “more than half of the hammams were forced by the city authorities to temporarily stop their services until they do the necessary reparations,” says an elected official, according to La Vie Eco.According to the same source, the City Council is preparing specifications concerning the conditions necessary for opening steam rooms and Spas (hammams). read more

Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Trump administration has approved two coal mining projects in southern Utah, including one near a national park.The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the mining projects in a news release Thursday declaring “the war on coal is over” and touting new jobs they will create.A $12 million project by Alton Coal Development LLC will mine coal on land about 10 miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Interior says approvals of two lease modifications at a Sufco mine in Utah will extend the mine’s life by five years.Conservation groups oppose the mining projects.The Trump administration’s pro-coal policies to date have failed to stop the industry’s ongoing slide, as electric utilities across the U.S. continue to turn to cheaper and cleaner alternatives such as natural gas, solar and wind.Brady McCombs, The Associated Press read more

EritreaEthiopia relations terribly polarized head of UN mission says

Speaking to the press following his briefing to the Security Council on the latest developments in the region, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila said the only forum where both parties had agreed to sit down together was the Military Coordination Commission. “Otherwise, they will not let the Mission try and get them together, especially at a political level,” he said, referring to the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is known as UNMEE.The Mission’s most important achievement so far has been the separation of the forces, which was completed on 18 April, he said. “The forces are now 25 kilometres apart, with the Ethiopians on the southern side of the southern border of the [Temporary Security] Zone and the Eritreans on the northern side of the northern border,” Mr. Legwaila said.The Mission chief said he was concerned that a delay in normalizing the relations between both countries might make it “longer and harder” for them once the UN had left. “There is so much they can do together, so much they can gain from each other,” he said. The bitterness between the two parties, he said, was a consequence of the war they had just fought. Prior to the outbreak of the latest war, they had been friends and had fought together. “I have tried to keep reminding them that they had been friends before and, therefore, could be friends again,” Mr. Legwaila said. “I do not believe that the bitterness is something they cannot overcome.”On the Temporary Security Zone, the UNMEE chief said it had been a difficult process to negotiate the map by which the area was demarcated. Even today, the parties have not officially accepted the map, but they have lived with it and cooperated with the UN in the management of the Zone. The internally displaced persons have returned to their villages within the Zone, have plowed their fields, and are tending their cattle and reconstructing their homes with the help of UNMEE, the UN agencies and the international community, he said. Looking ahead, Mr. Legwaila said the UN could not complete its mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia until the Border Commission had accomplished its work – estimated to be achieved by 2002 – and both parties had accepted the Commission’s decision. read more

Canadian airlines allow passengers to change flights over Zika virus

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 11:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Courtesy: Wikipedia MONTREAL – Three of Canada’s largest airlines are allowing passengers to change bookings to destinations in Central and South America as well as parts of the Caribbean amid concern over the Zika virus.The move by the Canadian carriers comes after several global airlines, including United Airlines and American Airlines in the U.S., announced they were offering refunds to passengers concerned about the virus, believed capable of causing serious birth defects.The Public Health Agency of Canada has warned pregnant women to take precautions against mosquito bites when travelling to areas in Central and South America where there have been Zika outbreaks.Since Zika became endemic in Brazil last year, about 4,000 infants have been born with small heads and underdeveloped brains, a condition know as microcephaly.WestJet says any passenger can change or cancel a booking prior to travelling to infected areas. No medical notes are required.“We are not going to ask someone to prove they are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant,” spokeswoman Lauren Stewart wrote in an email.The Calgary-based carrier said refunds will be given in the form of future travel credit.The operator of Air Transat says pregnant passengers with a medical note and companions in their immediate family can reschedule or change destinations if they were booked to fly to countries that have been listed by the Pan American Health Organization as having the virus.The company is not offering refunds and changes are only permitted for those staying in the same hotel room.Sunwing Vacations says if provided with a doctor’s note it would consider accommodating customer requests for changes.Air Canada is allowing woman and their travel companions to change bookings or receive a refund. The policy applies to those scheduled to travel on a flight operated by the carrier between Jan. 28 and June 26 with a ticket issued no later than Jan. 26.The airline says customers will need to provide a doctor’s note that says they are at risk if travelling to Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadaloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.“The decision to provide a woman with a certificate that she should not travel is at the discretion of her health-care professional,” said Air Canada’s travel advisory. Canadian airlines allow passengers to change flights over Zika virus read more

Letter Days after procurement tampering corrupt practices unearthed Govt still mum

December 8, 2016: There is no record on the NPTA website of the opening of bids/Expressions of Interest for the Consultancy for the Feasibility Study and Designs of the new Demerara River Crossing on December 8th 2015 or any other date. Nor in fact, are there any minutes that reflect the submission of these 22 companies. September 4, 2017: This is a deadline for contractors, who have less than a month within to make expressions of interest. However, there is no record between September 4, 2017 and now of NPTAB opening such a process. August 21, 2017: Government moves to pre-qualify contractors. March 4th, 2017: the Minister of Public Infrastructure made a presentation to the Cabinet on the new Demerara River Crossing. However, following his July 25, 2017 letter, Vaughn, on July 28, 2017, wrote again to the bidders saying, “The Ministry regrets to inform you that a decision was taken by the executing agency to annul this bid.” March 7, 2017: The feasibility study’s first phase had begun by LievenseCSO and that the value of the contract was USD $ 709,091 USD or GY $ 146.3 M. There is also no record on the NPTAB website with regard to the Award of Tender to LievenseCSO in November 2016 or any other date as announced by Minister Harmon on November 24, 2016. November 24th and 26th, 2016: Minister Joseph Harmon announced that LievenseCSO, a Dutch company, had been selected by the National Tender and Procurement Administration Board to do the Feasibility Study for the new Demerara River Crossing. Dear Editor,It is now 48 hours since the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, addressed the media corps and provided operatives with documentary evidence as it relates to the procurement tampering and corrupt practices at the Public Infrastructure Ministry.These actions relate to tampering with the tendering process on several projects, the annulling of bids and frustrating the process to guarantee a desired outcome.The projects in question include, but are limited to: the Wismar Bridge, the new Demerara River crossing; the works at the administrative block of the Georgetown Prisons; the Kitty roundabout; and the constructions of pedestrian overpasses on the East Bank of Demerara.PEDESTRIAN OVERPASSESOn the issue of the pedestrian overpasses, the timeline of actions raises many questions:On February 22, 2017, contractors were invited to bid for the works. Several companies entered bids for the project. All 20 companies were informed of this on July 25, in a letter from the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn. The July 27, 2017 site visit was then rescheduled by the Ministry’s Work Services Group Manager, for Procurement and Contracts, Philip Bryan. In an email to the 20 companies, Bryan explained that the site visit was now fixed for July 28, 2017. January 2017: There is no Award of Tender for the Consultancy for the Feasibility Study and Designs of a new Demerara River Crossing under Awards of Tenders on the NPTA website between October 2016 and January 2017. January 4, 2016: The Public Infrastructure Ministry Chief Works Officer, Geoffrey Vaughn, disclosed that the Ministry had already evaluated the tenders and handed over the list to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for processing. This was raised in the National Assembly on August 3, 2017, during the consideration of Financial Paper Number 2 of 2017. The Minister failed to acknowledge the annulment, as was outlined in the letter dated March 23, 2017. He, instead, proffered an unsubstantiated excuse that the letters, in fact, related to the vehicle overpass project. The letters provided by the Opposition were left in the possession of the Clerk of the National Assembly. The companies were informed that they then had two days after the site visit (the deadline being July 31, 2017 at 11:00hours) to deliver sealed bids to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). March 15th, 2017: The media reported that LievenseCSO had completed the first stage of the feasibility study which it had commenced on January 15, 2017 and this was presented to the Minister. In a letter dated March 20, 2017, companies that bid for the project were informed that B&J Civil Works was awarded the contract for the “Construction of Pedestrian Overpasses” to the tune of over US$1M. April 26, 2016: As of this date, one company seemed to be in the running. However, seven months later another company that never showed any interest by tendering was engaged. This is highly suspect. The companies were given one day, the deadline being July 28, 2017, to respond and indicated their intention to bid for the works. October 17, 2017: This is the deadline given for contractors to submit final proposals for the new Demerara River crossing project. Three days later, the companies received another letter, dated March 23, 2017, stating that “a decision has been taken by the Executing Agency (The Ministry of Public Infrastructure) to annul the bid process.” The 20 shortlisted companies had until July 28, 2017 to indicate their intention to bid for the works, but on the same day, they were told that the tender process was annulled.The Minister of Public Infrastructure is still to explain to the public how monies appropriated for the Ministry of Public Security is being expended by his ministry and answer questions on why the rules of the tendering process was not followed.NEW DEMERARA RIVER CROSSINGSimilarly, the timeline of actions taken in conducting a feasibility study for the new Demerara River Crossing also raises questions.January 4, 2016: Twenty-two (22) companies in response to a public advertisement, both in the Guyanese and foreign media, submitted Expressions of Interest for a Consultancy for the Feasibility Study and Designs of a new Demerara River Crossing. The suspect timeline of actions after the July 25, 2017 letter is as follows:The companies were invited to conduct a “mandatory” site visit on July 27, 2017. January 2017: Geoffrey Vaughn had said LievenseCSO been awarded the GYD$146.3 million (US$706,091) contract to conduct the six-month feasibility study. CAMP STREET PRISON WORKSWith the works at the administrative block of the Georgetown Prisons, a total of 20 companies were shortlisted from a pre-qualification process. September 28, 2017: The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) says it will select bidders to finance, design, build and maintain the new Demerara Harbour Bridge through a restricted bidding process and only three shortlisted companies will be able to tender. This project will cost the Guyanese people almost $40B and the spending of these billions cannot be determined in the secrecy of a minister’s office – a minister who has been less than honest, as exposed in his public utterances as it relates to other projects.SILENCEIt is strange that a Ministry, which responded within hours to the complaint of PPP/C MP, Gail Teixeira, to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) as it relates to the feasibility study for the new Demerara River crossing, has remained silent on questions raised relative to multiple issues since then.The Ministry’s silence is now suspect. This is in light of the fact that the Opposition Leader has publicly thanked public servants for supporting efforts to expose the corruption at government ministries. Information reaching the political Opposition is that as the Ministry continues to avoid core and substantive issues, it is now engaged in a shakedown of public servants, in an effort to ascertain the identities of whistleblowers.We in the PPP/C maintain our call for transparency, accountability and good governance – all of which were platform issues of the APNU+AFC Coalition during the 2015 General and Regional elections’ campaign.As a representative of the people, I call on Minister Patterson and the David Granger-led Cabinet to come clean with the people of Guyana. They are expected to answer because they promised to do so. They are being judged on their own standards. And their answers cannot be their usual charade where they obfuscate issues by referring to the PPP/C and seeking to blame the PPP/C for their own incompetence, mismanagement and corruption.Bishop Juan Edghill, PPP/C MP. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic Infrastructure Ministry tampering with tendering process- Opposition leaderSeptember 28, 2017In “Business”Patterson’s excuse for annulling Prison contract reflects either ‘gross incompetence or a cover up’- PPP/COctober 2, 2017In “latest news”Georgetown Prison contract was annulled to have it transferred- PattersonOctober 2, 2017In “Business” read more

Google Glass FCC docs uncovered SAR data included

first_imgAs Google completes a week of events designed to show off the details regarding Project Glass to the participants of the Glass Explorer Program, the FCC has unsealed the filing documents for these unique headsets. With these two facts in place, it looks like it might not be long before the first batch of Glass is available for purchase.Project Glass way made available in a sort of pre-order at Google IO this year. Those who requested to be a part of the Glass Explorers Program were given a numbered GRID block and told that when the time came they would be asked to part with $1,500 to be one of the first to take part in developing for this new platform. It’s been a little while since the impressive aerial stunt that helped unveil Glass, but Google has done well to make sure there’s no shortage of Glass sightings and leaked details regarding the hardware. Now, as the Glass Foundry week comes to a close and the FCC documents for the hardware become unsealed, we’re not likely far from Glass Explorers being able to purchase their headsets.The FCC documents didn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know about the headset, which is not a shock given the amount of public time the hardware has had. Glass will only have an 802.11 b/g WiFi radio on-board, which is only slightly disappointing. Other specs include the much more important Bluetooth 4.0 and audio via bone conduction instead of a speaker, something we discovered ourselves a little while ago. Glass will charge via a microUSB port, though details regarding the size of the battery are still unknown. Interaction with Glass will happen though voice, head gestures, and the trackpad on the side of the headset, with a single button for selecting items and taking photos.They do include, as expected, a number of SAR measurements. These might not mean a lot to the layman, but they do make for some really cool charts. It’s great to know that the Glass Explorers aren’t going to be waiting for long, but there’s a big difference between this Explorer program and the commercial release of Project Glass. Given that we’re only a few short months from Google IO, it’s likely that there will be more details regarding a commercial release of Glass at the conference in May.last_img read more

Zynga totalement dépendant de Facebook

first_imgZynga totalement dépendant de Facebook ?L’éditeur de jeu en ligne a dévoilé son accord de partage de revenus avec Facebook alors qu’il s’apprête à faire une entrée remarquée en bourse. La future introduction en bourse de Zynga a forcé l’éditeur de jeux en ligne, tels que CityVille, FishVille, Treasure Isle, Café World, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Live Poker ou Farmville, à publier son accord de partage de revenus avec Facebook. Le réseau social, en charge de la vente d’espaces publicitaires autour des jeux développés par Zynga, lui reverse donc une partie de ses gains et l’aide à obtenir les résultats escomptés en terme de croissance, explique Clubic. À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinMais tout cela a un coût pour Zynga, qui doit en contrepartie faire quelques sacrifices, comme prévenir Facebook de la sortie d’un jeu une semaine à l’avance et surtout lui réserver l’exclusivité pendant toute la durée de l’accord entre les deux partenaires. La dépendance de Zynga à Facebook est donc importante, d’autant plus importante que l’éditeur a également accepté un partenariat exclusif pour l’utilisation des Facebook Credits plutôt qu’un autre moyen de paiement sur ses jeux l’été dernier, et ce pour une durée de cinq ans. Mais Zynga n’est pas seulement dépendant de Facebook révèle Clubic.com. La publication de ses comptes a en effet indiqué un autre investisseur, inconnu jusque-là : le géant américain Google, aujourd’hui devenu avec Google + l’un des principaux concurrents de Facebook. Il n’est donc pas exclu que les jeux en ligne fassent prochainement leur apparition sur le nouveau réseau socia… Le 20 juillet 2011 à 14:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook double son chiffre daffaires au premier semestre 2011

first_imgFacebook double son chiffre d’affaires au premier semestre 2011Selon l’agence Reuters, Facebook a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 1,6 milliard de dollars pour un bénéfice net de 500 millions de dollars, au cours du premier semestre de l’année 2011. Une progression qui peut réjouir le réseau social. Facebook poursuit sa croissance insolente, sans marquer le pas. En effet, selon les derniers chiffres révélés par les financiers, le réseau social a enregistré un chiffre d’affaires estimé à 1,6 milliard de dollars au cours du premier semestre de l’année 2011, soit un bénéfice net de 500 millions de dollars. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteSi la firme de Mark Zuckerberg n’a pour le moment pas confirmé ces résultats, ceci démontre bien une nouvelle progression pour le réseau social. Sur les neuf premiers mois de 2010, Facebook affichait un chiffre d’affaires de 1,2 milliards de dollars pour 335 millions de dollars de bénéfice. Alors que le site prévoit une entrée en bourse pour 2012, la valeur de son action pourrait alors atteindre jusqu’à 80 milliards de dollars selon le Journal du NetPar ailleurs, avec plus de 750 millions de membres, le réseau social vient concurrencer directement Google et Yahoo! en ce qui concerne les bannières publicitaires en ligne. Selon Le Monde, les revenus de Google demeurent néanmoins supérieurs à ceux de Facebook : au premier trimestre 2011, Google a présenté un chiffre d’affaires estimé à 17,6 milliards de dollars pour un bénéfice net de 4,3 milliards de dollars. Le 9 septembre 2011 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Intel NUC enfin de la concurrence pour le raspberry Pi

first_imgIntel NUC : enfin de la concurrence pour le raspberry Pi !Intel a fait part de son intention de se lancer dans la vente de Mini PC. Et le fabricant de processeurs a dévoilé le NUC, qui présente une configuration musclée…Le fabricant Intel va se lancer dans la commercialisation de Mini PC. Après avoir lancé la dernière génération de processeurs Ivy Bridge, Intel ne chôme pas et va maintenant tenter de concurrencer le Raspberry Pi. Le Mini PC d’Intel, le NUC, sera d’ailleurs fort logiquement pourvu d’un processeur Ivy Bridge.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le NUC (Next Unit Computing) a été présenté à l’occasion du Platinum Summit de Londres. Ses dimensions sont de 100mm x 100 mm. Il sera doté d’un processeur double-coeur Core i3 ou bien Core i5. Ensuite, ce Mini PC proposera deux emplacements DDR3 et deux ports PCI-Express. Le NUC pourra traiter la vidéo HD car il possèdera une sortie HDMI. Il sera aussi compatible avec les normes USB 3.0et Thunderbolt. Enfin, aux dernières nouvelles, cet ordinateur de poche pourrait être vendu autour de 75 euros. Près de trois fois plus cher que le Raspberry Pi en définitive mais la différence de prix se justifierait amplement car les équipements proposés n’ont plus rien en commun…Le 3 mai 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We Are Almost Out of Options for Climate Change

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on target Alright, seriously, we can stop now. I know none of us want to, none of us think we can, but we absolutely have got to stop cranking out so many greenhouse gasses. Yes, it’s critical. Silly, ill-conceived op-eds aside, we also know that this is going to be really, really bad. It’s not just the polar bears; it’s everything. But we’ve been so slow to act that unless we totally changed course yesterday, we are headed for absolute disaster. Then again… maybe not. If all else fails, we could always terraform Earth. Scientists have been kicking around the idea for a while, but it was often pushed aside as being far too risky (and yeah, you bet your fucking ass it is). Now, as we continue our beeline towards doom, researchers are starting to reconsider that. To be clear, no one is planning on doing anything just yet. But there is pressure to at least research geoengineering. Last month, no less than Harvard started a program to bring experts together and explore plans that could stop climate change. While there are lots of ways we could theoretically do this, like by doping the oceans to trigger algal blooms, most methods are… again… really freaking risky. It’s important to stress that. Global warming could be bad, but we don’t really know what could happen if we totally break Earth because of an accident. And the fact that scientists are even considering this plan should sear into our collective consciousness how dire our situation is. That miniature diatribe aside, the Solar Geoengineering Research program centers on plans to disperse or block solar rays by chemically altering the composition of the stratosphere. Think controlled nuclear winter. And yeah… that is pants-shittingly terrifying, but climate change could very well be worse (I cannot hammer this point home enough).Frank Keustch, an atmospheric scientist at Harvard, told Gizmodo, “The research we want to do is better quantify the risks of static engineering… We want to choose knowledge over ignorance.”And he’s got a good point. We should really know what all our options are for unfucking this situation. I mean… it’s wrecked, but we need to know exactly how wrecked. It’d also help to know whether the plan would even work at all. Hypothetically, yeah, we could probably dump a bunch of crap into our atmosphere and block some sunlight, but we might find that it’s impossible to make however much of whatever chemical we’d need.This think-tank has big-backing, too. Mega-financiers like Bill Gates have funneled cash into the project. Harvard will be doing super small scale field tests soon, testing whether the principle at least works in the real world. Then we can start looking at what the risks are and what we’d have to do to pull this off and if it’s worth it. Already we know there will be at least a few hurdles. Sulfate particles, like the ones the program will be studying, are known to destroy ozone. In trying to stop one form of radiation, we could fry ourselves with another.“The idea of trying to do something like that is really, quite terrifying,” Keustch said.There have been other proposals, mass-scale carbon sequestration, for example. Not to mention, illegal experiments with algal blooms. The latter hoped to lock carbon dioxide on the sea floor — essentially putting the fossil fuels back into the ground. But the fact that we are even talking about this means we need to get on this ball. No, the planet isn’t screwed if sea levels rise — WE ARE SCREWED. More than a billion people will be displaced, many of us will be hit with far more severe storms and natural disasters. Food will become more expensive. This is so fucking certain that even the US Military has done strategic analyses on the threats to national security (a global state of constant war) that climate change will bring. Lucasfilm/DisneyThere are critical moral issues on all sides, but the science is set. The planet is warming. We have to intervene now. There is no other sane option. You must exercise every form of political power you wield to help leverage major action. And there’s absolutely no reason not to. Some may say it will destroy business or innovation, but bankers and financial analysts have repeatedly said that the global economy stands to hemorrhage tens of trillions of dollars every year if we do not act.There is absolutely no stance that permits inaction. We, as a species, must get this shit under control or billions of us will likely die. “In isolation, solar geoengineering is terrifying,” Gernot Wagner, executive director of the project, said. “You might even describe it as nuts. The question is, nuts compared to what? Or terrifying compared to what? The world we’re heading toward, with more or less unmitigated climate change, is that itself terrifying? This is where context matters.”last_img read more

Geek Deals The Complete Python Programming Bundle for 79

first_imgPython is a very powerful programming language, and it’s used in countless websites and apps both large and small. And since many other languages (like Apple’s Swift) have similarities to Python, it’s a very practical starting point. So, if you want to know more about the nitty gritty of this language, today’s StackSocial deal is a must-have. • The Complete Python Programming Bundle for $79 (List price: $1176)With your purchase, you’ll get the following courses: • Python Programming for Beginners (a $168 value) • Learn Python Django from Scratch (a $168 value) • Python Game Development: Create a Flappy Bird Clone (a $168 value) • Python Web Programming (a $168 value) • Python Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals (a $168 value) • Data Analysis with Python and Pandas (a $168 value) • Data Visualisation with Python and Matplotlib (a $168 value)With hours of content spread over hundreds of lessons, you’ll have a lot to work on when you invest in this suite of courses. Whether you’re a long-time programmer looking to shake some rust off, or a total newbie looking to start a new career, there’s something here for you.These seven courses would normally sell for over eleven hundred bucks, but StackSocial is offering the whole lot at a 93% discount. And thanks to the 15-day satisfaction guarantee, you’re covered if you find that these lessons aren’t a perfect fit for your needs.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

Belgiums victory will motivate next generation

first_imgBelgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his aim of winning third place play-off against England, isn’t only to get a good place in the 2018 FIFA world cup, but also to inspire their next generation of Belgium football players.“Belgium football is very strong and the concepts that we have is something we want to inspire in the next generation… You have to be very, very good at what you do in order to win, but for us the way you play is essential… We want to develop the younger players in the same manner that’s why it is essential for us to perform tomorrow in a typical Belgian way and make sure we do that at the high performance [level],” Martinez told journalists as quoted in Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Belgium team in the semi-finals lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday leaving them to battle with England for third place of the FIFA 2018. This, however, isn’t their first meeting in this world cup, as they beat England 1-0 during the group stage.“This will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the sides, I think there is clarity of how England has been successful in this tournament. I think they are very dynamic, very quick, you can see the pace of players like [Raheem] Sterling, Harry Kane… This will be a challenge for us, we have to have concentration, be able to cope. But I don’t think this will be a surprise [comparing to] the group [stage],” the head coach said.last_img read more

Puel Leicester must keep up good form

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel admits that changes to the line-up may happen ahead of their Carabao Cup Third Round tie against Wolves, but warned the squad that the quality must remain the sameThe Foxes secured their third win of the Premier League season after beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Saturday to move up to ninth place in the standings.Ahead of tonight’s tie with Wolves, changes are expected from both sides.Although Puel expects his side to have the quality to win, regardless of who he selects.“We will see,” said the Frenchman on the club website.“Of course, we have a good opportunity to maintain a good level in the team on the pitch, but with different players.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have a good squad and it’s important to continue in this competition and also important to give some game time to some players, young and experienced.“It’s an opportunity for us because we have a fantastic squad and we want to give them game time. I will pick a team with the ability and the quality to win the match.“If we’re going to be successful in this competition, it will be because of the quality in the squad, because 11 players cannot continue to play every three or four days every week.“We have players in the squad with quality and experience, young players as well, and I am confident in their quality.“I am sure we will put in a good performance and I hope for a good performance.”last_img read more