Connect with the EditorIndia has always known how to party; that was never a problem. We are wonderful at opening and closing an event. The Commonwealth Games have proved that we now know what to do in-between as well. There is a clear and coherent message in the last fortnight: a new India is crashing through the glass ceilings imposed by a thin crust, an elite which has gobbled the cream for centuries without showing any hint of indigestion. The winners of these Games are children of a silent social revolution that is all the more breathtaking because it has been non-violent.Every medallist in China is a product of state machinery; every Indian medal is a tribute to free will and talent. Mechanisation, in fact, never works in India. The preamble to the Games was not pretty, because it was controlled by the old order. The world is unable to understand the contradictions: how can such greed coexist with such grandeur? But transition is hydra-headed; and the demon heads will go, but one by one. The test of our democracy will begin when the Games are over, for without accountability freedom degenerates into chaos. There has been crime; there must be punishment.
Skipper Shahid Afridi led from the front with a scintillating five-wicket haul to help Pakistan notch up a 46-run victory over Canada in a Group A World Cup match in Colombo on Thursday. ScoreInspired by Afridi’s exploits, Pakistan shot out Canada for 138 in 42.5 overs after folding for a modest 184 batting first at the R Premadasa Stadium.Afridi, who grabbed 5-16 and 4-34 against Kenya and Sri Lanka respectively in their last two matches, became the first bowler to take three consecutive four-wicket hauls in World Cup history.Apart from dismissing Ashish Bagai (16), Jimmy Hansra (43), Rizwan Cheema (4), Tyson Gordon (9) and Harvir Baidwan (0) in his 10 overs, Afridi also produced a brilliant direct throw to sent back Balaji Rao at the fag end of the match.Chasing 185 to win, Canada were off to a disastrous start as they slipped to 44 for three in 17.1 overs. Zubin Surkari (27) and Jimmy Hansra (43) added a fighting 60-run partnership to lift Canada to 104.But with Saeed Ajmal trapping Surkari in front of wicket in the 34th over and Afridi taking two wicket in consecutive deliveries meant Pakistan was back in the game.Afridi first sent Rizwan Cheema’s off stump for a walk with his googly and then disturbed HS Baidwan’s woods with his quick ripper to reduce Canada to 114 for seven.The skipper returned again to dismiss TG Gordon with Wahab Riwaz taking a superb catch to complete his second five wicket haul here.Earlier, Canada had conjured up hopes of an upset when their bowlers bowled out the former champions Pakistan for 184 in their World Cup group A match.advertisementPakistan found the disciplined Canada attack to hot to handle as, after opting to bat, they lost wickets at regular intervals to be finally bundled out inside the 200-run mark in 43 overs.If not for the 73-run fifth wicket stand between Misbah-ul-Haq (37) and Umar Akmal (48), Pakistan could have folded up for a lesser total as they lost their last six wickets for just 44 runs.India-born medium-pacer Harvir Baidwan was the pick of the Canada bowlers with figures of three for 35 runs while Hansra (2/23), Cheema (2/33) and Rao (2/50) snared two wickets apiece to spell Pakistan’s doom.Even though there were no demons in the pitch, Pakistan were off to a shaky start as the 1992 champions lost their first four batsmen for just 67 runs after electing to bat.Opener Mohammad Hafeez started positively as he picked up Henry Osinde for special treatement in his first and innings second over, spanking the right-arm pacer for back-to-back boundaries.But Osinde took his revenge in the first delivery of his next over, trapping Hafeez lbw but not before the batsman went for the review which went against him.Baidwan struck the second blow for Canada in the ninth over, dismissing Ahmed Shehzad caught by Gordon at mid-on.Baidwan then trapped Younis Khan lbw in the 13th over with a full length delivery that was titlting in towards middle and leg, prompting the batsman to go for another unsuccessful review.And then two overs later, Kamran Akmal too departed caught at the backward point region by Nitish Kumar off Cheema to ensure a dream start for Canada.But then came in ever-reliable Misbah and together with young Umar Akmal, he steadied the rocking Pakistani ship with the 73-run stand.After the shocking start, the duo took their time to settle in as they mostly dealt with ones and twos with occasional boundaries in between during their 117-ball partnership.But after all the hardwork when it was time for Misbah and Umar Akmal to accelerate, leg-spinner Rao inflicted twin blows, dismissing both the set batsmen with the Pakistan scoreboard reading 165 for six.Rao first trapped Umar plumb in front of the wicket just two short of his half-century and then four overs later he accounted for Misbah, caught by captain Asish Bagai behind the stumps.Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi (20) and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq failed to live upto their reputation with the former becoming Cheema’s third victim.The lower-order did very little to help Pakistan’s cause as they lost their last four batsmen within a span of three runs.
Bengal’s top doubles badminton player Trinankur Nag on Monday died of electrocution.Nag suffered severe burn injuries at his workplace in Sealdah two days back and died on Monday, an Eastern Railway spokesman said.The 26-year-old shuttler came in contact with a high-tension overhead electrical wire in Kankurgachi car shed in Kolkata on Saturday.He was under treatment at Eastern Railway’s BR Singh Hospital where he died, the spokesman said.Expressing grief at the untimely death of Nag, Eastern Railway General Manager Harindra Rao said if anyone is found guilty of negligence in connection with the incident, the person will be punished.”He is a part of the railway family and we are deeply grieved,” Rao said.Nag, recruited by the Eastern Railway under sports quota, was working at the Kankurgachi car shed for the last four to five years, West Bengal Badminton Association Sekhar C Biswas said.Nag is survived by his parents.He was a member of the U-19 Indian team for a coaching camp-cum-tournament in Mauritius in July 2011, Biswas said.The current number one ranked state doubles player, Nag had represented Bengal for many years at junior and senior categories.”Nag had brought many laurels with his enviable skill and passion for the sport. His absence would certainly leave behind a deep void in Bengal badminton,” Biswas said in his condolence message.(With inputs from PTI)
Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The selection of Johnny Sexton by the British & Irish Lions for the second Test against New Zealand last year marked a turning point in the series and Ireland are looking for the fly‑half to make a similar impact against Australia in Melbourne after the 18-9 defeat last Saturday. news Rugby union Brad Shields talks ‘chip butties’ after winning starting spot for England Sexton is one of eight changes made by the Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, from the Brisbane match. Most of the players called up are, like Sexton, from Leinster, who had a hectic end to a season as they won the European Champions Cup and the Pro14.“Johnny is always happiest when he is on the field,” Schmidt said. “I thought he was superb last week and helped out Joey [Carbery, who started at 10], but he has been able to look after himself a bit more this week and get himself ready to go.”Defeat would not only cost Ireland the series but would risk their losing second place in the world rankings to Australia whose head coach, Michael Cheika, has – for the first time since taking charge of the Wallabies in 2014 – named an unchanged 23. Share on Facebook The return of the back-rower David Pocock after a year’s sabbatical made a difference with Ireland struggling at the breakdown, an area where they excelled in the Six Nations.“We were a bit flat,” said Schmidt, who expects his players to be sharp second time around. Share on LinkedIn Ireland rugby union team “Sexton is a maestro, but he is also one of the toughest roosters out there,” Cheika said. “If we put too much focus on him, he will pick us off. It was pleasing to win last week, but we need to raise our standards if we are to back it up. We had to cram a lot into the first Test because we had not played since last year and it was fair to give the guys another opportunity.” Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Australia rugby union team Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Wallabies stick with winning formula for second Test against Ireland Share on Pinterest Reuse this content The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email when it comes back next season Topics Read more
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines flips the football to running back Chris Evans #12 in the third quarter during a college football game against the UCF Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the UCF Knights 51 – 14. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program announced this evening that one of the Wolverines’ top offensive players is no longer on the team.Chris Evans, Michigan’s projected starting running back for the 2019 season, is no longer a part of the program.Rumors had been swirling about Evans’ status for the past couple of days, though nothing had been confirmed by the Wolverines.Tonight, Michigan confirmed that Evans was off the team.“Chris Evans is not a member of the football team at this time,” Michigan’s David Ablauf, Associate AD for Football Communications, announced.He added: “Privacy laws prohibit us from commenting further.”Chris Evans is not a member of the football team at this time — per David Ablauf, Associate AD for Football Communications. “Privacy laws prohibit us from commenting further.”— angelique (@chengelis) February 5, 2019Evans, a former four-star recruit, was expected to have a major role on Michigan’s offense in 2019.The running back totaled 423 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, rushing for 5.2 yards a carry.Michigan could now be forced to rely heavily on former walk-on Tru Wilson, whom Harbaugh is really high on.“He’s really seeing things well. He’s not running into the thick of defenders and is able to see the hole and go for the soft shoulder of the defender rather than trying to take him right down the middle,” Harbaugh said during the 2018 season. “His pass protection is very good. He’s continuing to improve. He’s a team favorite.”Michigan is expected to start the 2019 season ranked in the top 15.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping company Irish Ferries has confirmed that their ship Ulysses will have to be removed from service due to a technical issue.The ferry, which operates on the Dublin to Holyhead route, has been taken out of service until repairs can be completed.The company said that the cruise ferry is expected to return to normal services by the middle of next week, July 4.“Passengers on affected sailings are currently being contacted and offered an alternate sailing,” Irish Ferries added.“Irish Ferries apologies for this unforeseen disruption, and can confirm that its other ships on the route continue to operate. In addition, the company will operate additional sailings over the weekend, which may mean altering some existing schedules to accommodate these,” the company informed.Irish Ferries did not reveal the number of bookings affected by the issue.
Rabat- Toyota Tsusho has obtained the new contract to construct a marine research vessel for Morocco.A member of the Toyota Group, Toyota Tsusho, which is supported by its subsidiary, CFAO, announced the news in a statement published on October 3.The new contract for the oceanographic and fisheries vessel construction project was awarded by the National Institute of Fisheries Research of Morocco, a subsidiary organization of Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The budget for the project is estimated at 5 billion yen ($44 million) “which funds are provided under a Japanese ODA loan agreement executed by the governments of Japan and Morocco.”The project aims to improve and enhance fishery resource research as fishing has “become unstable” since the 2000s, according to the statement.The press release said that Morocco, with its long Atlantic Ocean coastline, has “excellent fishing grounds.” It also mentioned the sea products Morocco exports to Japan and other countries, including octopus, squid and tuna.According to the statement, Mitsu E&S Shipbuilding will work on the project.The completion of the project is scheduled in 2020 and delivery to Morocco planned in 2021.The statement added that the project is the first vessel “purchased by Morocco using funds from a yen loan agreement under the Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP).”The vessel will be used for conventional surveys and for deep-sea marine investigations of organisms and their environments.The statement added that Toyota Tsusho is increasing its presence in Morocco in several sectors, including healthcare and the automotive industry.Headquartered in Japan, the company also emphasized the importance of the fisheries sector in Morocco, saying, “In Morocco, approximately 170,000 persons are directly employed in fishing, and a total of about 500,000 are indirectly employed, and thus fishing plays an important role in local employment.”
A jury is now deliberating the fate of Maria Figliola. Six months of proceedings wrapped up late this afternoon and now the jury will be sequestered until it reaches a verdict of whether or not she is guilty of hiring a hit man to kill her husband Frank in 2001.The jury knows that this is the second time Maria Figliola has faced this trial. In the first trial in 2006, the jury spent several days deliberating before coming back with a decision. Everything is taking longer in this trial. Each lawyer took two days to sum up his case and the judge spent two days instructing the jury.The Crown says Maria Figliola had her husband killed because she felt entitled to his money and he was about to leave her because he knew about the affair she was having. She told friends at work that she had the means to get rid of Frank and she had three scenarios of how it could be done, including having someone wait for him when he went for his usual walk on a lonely pathway.The Crown says she lied to police repeatedly to mislead them about her role in the murder.The Defence says Frank Figliola had a serious gambling problem that included illicit gambling, and that’s what likely got him killed. They say Frank’s gambling habit is part of what led Maria Figliola to defraud the CIBC of half a million dollars when she worked there in the 90’s. The Defence also says police manipulated witnesses into agreeing to the version of the story the police had concocted.The judge has told the jury they have to decide who to believe, and they can go over the evidence as much as they want. For example the video recordings of Figliola talking to police.The jury will probably deliberate until nine or nine thirty tonight, and if they haven’t decided they’ll go to a hotel and be back here in the morning. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
“Although some would say it is an achievement that no nuclear weapon has been used since 1945, tens of thousands of such weapons – the exact number is unknown – remain in arsenals around the world,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan. “The progress made after the end of the Cold War in reducing those arsenals must be accelerated and solidified,” he added. “Moreover, other worrisome trends have emerged in recent years, such as the acquisition of nuclear weapons by non-nuclear States, and efforts to modernize existing arsenals and to create new types of nuclear weapons. The possibility that nuclear weapons or radiological bombs could fall into the hands of terrorists has also become a major concern.” Stressing that the international community must do more to demonstrate the seriousness of its commitment to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Mr. Annan concluded: “On this day of remembrance, let us all, governments and citizens alike, reaffirm our pledge to bring closer the day when people everywhere will be free to live their lives in peace, without fear of annihilation by the world’s most horrible weapons.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:10 pm MDT US consumer debt increased $13.6B in August but credit card use fell for 3rd straight month WASHINGTON – Americans cut back on using their credit cards in August for a third straight month, a sign that consumers remain cautious about spending.Consumers increased their borrowing $13.6 billion in August to a seasonally adjusted $3.04 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That’s a record and it followed a gain of $10.4 billion in July.Once again, the increase in borrowing was driven entirely by auto and student loans. A measure of those loans rose $14.5 billion to $2.19 trillion.But credit card debt dropped $883 million to roughly $850 billion. The decline could hold back consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 per cent of economic growth.The report highlighted trends that have surfaced in the post-recession economy.The measure of auto and student loans has risen 8.2 per cent from a year ago and in every month but one since May 2010. But credit card debt is essentially where it was a year ago. And it is 16.9 per cent below its peak hit in July 2008 — seven months after the Great Recession began.Slow but steady job growth and small wage gains have made many Americans more reluctant to charge goods and services. Consumers may also be hesitant to take on high-interest debt because they are paying higher Social Security taxes this year.At the same time, the weak economy is persuading more people to attend college. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York quarterly report on consumer credit shows student loan debt has been the biggest driver of borrowing since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009.The Fed has just started separating out student loans from auto loans. But that data are two months behind the report. For June, the most recent month available, student loans totalled $1.18 billion while auto loans totalled $841 million. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.The economy grew at a modest 2.5 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Most economists expect growth slowed in the July-September quarter to an annual rate of about 2 per cent or less, held back in part by weaker growth in consumer spending.Analysts had thought that consumers would step up spending and help drive faster growth in the final three months of the year. But a partial government shutdown has now lasted a week and will leave hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks. That is likely to further dampen consumer spending and hold back growth in the October-December quarter.The consumer credit report is one of the few government reports issued since the shutdown began. The Fed kept operating because it does not depend on budget appropriations from Congress.The Fed’s borrowing report tracks credit card debt, auto loans and student loans but not mortgages, home equity loans or other loans secured by real estate.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is including research by Brock epidemiologist Martin Tammemägi in its review of the most important cancer research conduced in 2014.Tammemägi’s May 28 paper “Impact of lung cancer screening results on smoking cessation,” published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, “is featured as one of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care” in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, ASCO’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field, says the society(http://cancerprogress.net/sites/cancerprogress.net/files/cca2015_fnl_print2.pdf; see page 13)“It’s a great honour to be recognized by fellow cancer researchers and oncologists,” says Tammemagi. “The American Society of Clinical Oncology is one of the top-ranking cancer oncology organizations in the world.”In that study, Tammemägi and colleagues used data from the U.S. National Lung Screening Trial on 14,621 current smokers, 55 to 70 years old, with a 30 or more pack-a-year smoking history and who had smoked during the last 15 years.For smoking information, the authors used the results of annual study updates starting at one, two, and up to seven years later. Researchers found that the more serious the screening result, the greater the likelihood that smoking stopped. In addition, the effect appeared to be durable, lasting up to five years after the last screening.“People start taking seriously that their health is in danger and they might die,” says Tammemägi of his research’s impact. “Following the abnormal screening they are somewhat shocked into confronting reality. That scare is enough to motivate them into seriously attempting to quit smoking.”Tammemägi is also co-author of another paper that the American Society of Clinical Oncology is including on its list of 2014’s most important cancer research.“Benefits and Harms of Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening Strategies: A Comparative Modeling Study for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,” published March 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, used a micro-simulation model to describe the most effective ways of applying Computed Tomography screening for lung cancer in groups of people.That research, conducted by the Cancer Intervention Surveillance Modeling Network (CISMN), enabled the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force to make recommendations in favour of lung screening. Tammemägi is an associate member of the CISNET Lung Group.As of January 2015, under the U.S.’s Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies in the US have to pay for the cost of lung screening of qualified individuals between the ages of 55 and 65 years.
Ohio State sports information director Jerry Emig (left) and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (right) survey the media at the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Just as he has the past six seasons, Kevin Wilson will open the season at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. But instead of crimson and cream, the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach will be donning scarlet and gray. From 2011 to 2016, Wilson was the Hoosiers’ head coach, improving them from 1-11 in his first season to 6-6 in his final year. Indiana possessed one of the Big Ten’s top offenses and made bowl games in his final two seasons. He resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 amid off-the-field issues concerning player mistreatment. Despite the rocky departure, Wilson said he still reflects positively on his time coaching the players.“You hugged them all, you love them and that to me is the tough thing because you lost a relationship with the kids you love because those kids played very, very hard for us and I’ve got a lot of respect for them,” Wilson said.Many of the players now playing against Wilson are familiar with the former Indiana head coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator. Seven starters on last year’s Indiana offense, including quarterback Richard Lagow, and nine starters on defense, led by AP preseason second-team All-American linebacker Tegray Scales, return for the 2017 season.OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) holds onto the ball against Indiana’s defensive back Rashard Faint (16) during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe familiarity extends from the players to the coaches, as well. Tom Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after Wilson’s exit. On Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Allen said he and his team have watched some of Wilson’s games at Indiana from last year to scout the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator.But Wilson — who will be in the press box with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day during the game — said that won’t help Indiana very much. “I mean I never had a playbook,” Wilson said. “You go with what works and what the guys are in the way you attack and you have a game plan and as soon as you get hit in the mouth, things happen and you wad it up and you’ve got the ability to adapt and adjust is what makes it so.”Last year, the Wilson-led Indiana offense relied primarily on Lagow, a pocket passer. This year, with J.T. Barrett, who rushed for 845 yards in 2016, Wilson believes the offense will look very different from Indiana’s last season.The co-offensive coordinator isn’t only focused on putting points on the scoreboard. He has also played a role in preparing Ohio State’s defense for an offensive unit he coached.“[Wilson] and [defensive line] coach [Larry] Johnson have been working together to talk about some things,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said. “Coach Johnson is giving us cues and stuff every day in meetings. [Wilson]’s helping a lot.”How much Wilson can truly offer defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Johnson and the rest of the defense is unknown. The former Indiana head coach was replaced by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Debord, who runs a different style of offense. But, the personnel remains largely the same. The quarterback, two wideouts, the tight and end three offensive linemen who started last season all return. “I know the way that we’ve played [at Indiana] in years past and I [have] respect for coach Allen, those defensive coaches — all those guys were there with us,” Wilson said. “I know the way they’re coached, I know the way they’re prepared and there’s a reason they’ve been battling and been so good. We’re going to get a tremendous challenge.”
MOL Pick Szeged will decide about the winner of Group B in direct encounter with PSG Handball. That is the most possible scenary after five matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League season.The Hungarian champions beat SG Flensburg Handewitt 30:28 (15:14) to make a gap between two teams even bigger….Szeged – Flensburg 30-28 (15-14)Szeged : Mario Sostaric 6, Jorge Maqueda Pena 4, Bence Banhidi 4, Dean Bombac 4, Stefan Sigurmannsson 3, Jonas Kallman 2, Zsolt Balogh 2, Richard Bodo 1, Joan Canellas Reixach 1, Marin Sego 1, Alen Blazevic 1, Dmitry Zhitnikov 1Flensburg : Holger Glandorf 5, Magnus Rod 5, Anders Zachariassen 4, Magnus Joendal 3, Goeran Johannessen 3, Hampus Wanne 2, Jim Gottfridsson 2, Johannes Golla 1, Simon Hald Jensen 1, Lasse Svan 1, Simon Jeppsson 1STANDINGS: 4.Flensburg-H.5203142:1394 8.Celje410394:1132 ← Previous Story Pick Szeged and PSG Handball only on 100%, RK Vardar stopped in Kielce Next Story → KIELCE IN SERIES: Polish champions beat RK Vardar 2.Szeged5500149:13410 5.PPD Zagreb5113133:1513 6.Nantes4103128:1262 7.Motor Zaporozhye5104152:1622 1.Paris SG5500161:12910 3.Skjern5212146:1515
A spokesperson from Lidl’s customer service told TheJournal.ie that the ring was found on Tuesday 5 March in their Rathfarnham shop by a member of staff.After spending a week in the shop safe, it now resides in Lidl’s customer service centre in Kildare, and is waiting to be reunited with its owner.Read: $150k raised for homeless man who returned valuable engagement ring > IF YOU’RE FEMALE, engaged (congrats!) and shop in Lidl in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, read on.Is there an engagement-ring-shaped outline where there used to be an, eh, engagement ring?If so, you might want to ring (geddit) 1800347447.
L’obésité en légère baisse aux Etats-Unis en 2011Selon un sondage conduit par l’Institut Gallup qui étudie le poids des habitants du pays, le nombre d’adultes obèses a légèrement diminué aux Etats-Unis en 2011.A l’heure où l’obésité est devenue un réel problème de santé publique, c’est une bonne nouvelle qu’a annoncée l’Institut Gallup qui étudie le poids des Américains depuis 2008. D’après un sondage qu’il a réalisé, le nombre d’adultes obèses aurait légèrement baissé en 2011, passant de 26,6% en 2010 à 26,1% aujourd’hui. C’est la première fois que ce taux baisse depuis 2008 où celui-ci s’élevait à 25,5% contre 26,5% en 2009. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageDe même, en 2008, le pourcentage de personnes obèses et en surpoids était de 62,2%, augmentant en 2009 pour passer à 63,1%, avant de baisser à nouveau en 2010 à 62,9% et en 2011 à 62,1%, rapporte l’AFP. Pour arriver à ces chiffres, l’Institut a réalisé son enquête auprès de 335.050 adultes américains, à partir de leur indice de masse corporelle, du 1er janvier au 31 décembre 2011, avec une marge d’erreur de 0,2 à 1%. Celle-ci a d’ailleurs indiqué qu’en 2011, comme pour les années précédentes, les personnes les plus susceptibles de souffrir d’obésité étaient les Noirs, les personnes à bas revenus et les personnes âgées de 45 à 64 ans. Selon Gallup, la légère baisse du nombre d’adultes obèses “est une inversion positive de ce qui était autrefois une tendance négative. Le coût de l’obésité est si élevé qu’une amélioration, même légère, peut faire épargner beaucoup d’argent à l’économie américaine”. L’Institut note en effet que l’obésité et les maladies chroniques associées coûtent aux entreprises seules environ 150 milliards de dollars par an. Toutefois, “avec un adulte obèse sur quatre, le pays a encore beaucoup de chemin à parcourir avant de changer”, estime l’Institut.Le 11 janvier 2012 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target The Witcher’s ‘Gwent’ Coming Soon To MobileSteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming Headset Qualcomm is kicking off the 5G party with new antenna technologies to power superfast smartphones.The company on Monday unveiled “the world’s first fully-integrated 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz RF modules for … mobile devices.”Don’t worry—I don’t know what that means, either.As translated by Geek sister site PCMag’s resident device expert Sascha Segan, it appears we’re in for a real treat with this next-generation mobile tech.“The super-high-speed varieties of 5G will rely on millimeter wave, a type of frequency that hasn’t been used in mobile devices before because it’s short range, doesn’t penetrate walls well, and (until now) required complex antenna arrays,” Segan explained.Qualcomm, however, plans to change that with mmWave antennas “shorter than the tip of your finger and about a quarter of the width,” Sherif Hanna, staff manager for technical marketing at the firm, told PCMag.This announcement, according to Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon, “represents a major milestone for the mobile industry.”“Qualcomm Technologies’ early investment in 5G has allowed us to deliver to the industry [technology] that was previously thought unattainable,” he said in a statement. “Now, these type of modem-to-antenna solutions … make mobile 5G networks and devices, especially smartphones, ready for large-scale commercialization.”Upcoming 5G-enabled smartphones—expected for launch in 2019—will feature four modules, each covering up to 800MHz of frequencies in the 26, 28, and 37GHz bands.And while mmWave is best suited for providing coverage in dense urban areas and crowded indoor spaces, Qualcomm will achieve broad 5G NR coverage using sub-6 GHz spectrum bands.But don’t worry about strained battery life: 5G shouldn’t impact phones the way its predecessor did, when handsets were required to run 3G and 4G modems at the same time.Of course, this is a “1.0 technology, and we will have teething pains,” Hanna warned.There is good reason, though, to get excited about what’s next for mobile networks and devices—particularly OnePlus, Verizon, and AT&T smartphones, which are expected to be among the first to fit mmWave 5G frequencies into their products.“With 5G, consumers can expect gigabit-class Internet speeds with unprecedented responsiveness in the palm of their hands, which stand to revolutionize the mobile experience,” Qualcomm’s Amon said.Still confused? See PCMag’s guide to all things 5G to learn more about the technology.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Updated: 10:03 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Qualcomm Inc. announced Wednesday they would be cutting jobs as part of a promise to cut annual costs by $1 billion.“As part of the cost reduction plan announced in January, Qualcomm is conducting a reduction of our full-time and temporary workforce,” Qualcomm said in a statement.According to Business Insider, the layoffs could ultimately affect as many as 1,000 jobs, though Qualcomm has not confirmed a total.“We first evaluated non-headcount expense reductions, but we concluded that a workforce reduction is needed to support long-term growth and success, which will ultimately benefit all our stakeholders,” the company said.According to Reuters, Qualcomm said it offered a severance package to employees affected by the layoffs. It employed about 33,800 full-time, part-time and temporary employees, as of Sept 24. Qualcomm begins layoffs as part of promise to cut annual costs by $1 billion KUSI Newsroom April 18, 2018 Posted: April 18, 2018
Judith Rubin and her brother David show a poster of their statue at a luncheon at the National Press Club. (Photos by Liz Ruskin/APM.)On the anniversary of the treaty with Russia to buy Alaska, a Ketchikan artist went on a mission in Washington, D.C.: to find the spot where William Seward signed the Treaty of Cession, exactly 150 years prior.Listen nowDavid Rubin looks something like an Alaskan prospector, all gray and whiskery, in a felt brimmed hat. He moved to Alaska decades ago. But lately, he and his sister Judith have spent a lot of time in their mother’s basement in New York state, sculpting a life-size statue of William Seward, a bronze that will stand in Juneau. It’s at a foundry now on the East Coast. But the artists and a small group of supporters brought an 8-pound hunk of the statue out for a walk in downtown Washington last week. The bronze chunk was wrapped in bubble wrap, carried in a tote bag. David says it’s a special part of the statue.It’s a “replication of the Treaty of Cession. It’s going to go in the statue of Seward hand,” Rubin said.Wayne Jensen, of Juneau, takes a picture of the Rubins and their friend Lorelei Lafleur at the site where the treaty was signed. Rubin is holding the bronze replica.Rubin hoped bringing it to the spot where the real treaty was signed would impart a touch of authenticity to the replica, a thread tying his work to history. His friend Lorelei LaFleur offered to schlep it.“Wow! Holy smokes!” she said, when the full weight of the bronze was in her hands.First stop: Seward’s home, on Lafayette Square, steps from the White House,At that house, a man working in league with John Wilkes Booth arrived to assassinate Seward on the same night Lincoln was shot. Rubin said Seward’s son confronted the would-be killer on the staircase. The man turned to leave, then spun around with a gun in his hand.“And the gun misfired. It jammed,” Rubin said. “And that was Alaskan history – not yet made but that was key.”The intruder, though, had a knife. He made it into the bedroom where Seward lay in a neck brace, recovering from a carriage accident.“And he’s attacking him with a Bowie knife. The metal brace from the accident saved his life,” Rubin said.Seward was forever disfigured. Rubin says they decided to sculpt his face with scars, in part because they learned the Tlinglits, who met Seward when he visited Alaska in 1869, were impressed by his injuries. Still, Rubin sid it was a tough artistic choice.“Yeah, he didn’t like his picture being taken after that,” Rubin said, “so we were worried he’d be upset, but we said. ‘No, no. They see you as a great warrior.’”Seward’s house, the Alaskans found, is gone. Wayne Jensen, of Juneau, searched a street bordering Lafayette Square for a plaque to mark where the house was. No such luck.“It might’ve been where that brick building is,” Jensen said, “that new brick building, which is a federal building, it looks like.”Jensen is a member of Alaska Historical Commission and he co-chairs the committee that picked Rubin to make the statue. Jensen said a key moment for the Treaty of Cession happened at Seward’s house, the night before the treaty signing.“On the 29th, Seward and his family were playing whist,” Jensen said. “Which is a form of bridge I understand. About 10 o’clock at night, and Edouard de Stoeckl came to the house.”De Stoeckl was the Russian ambassador. Jensen says he came bearing news that the czar had agreed to sell Alaska.“He said ‘I can meet in your office tomorrow morning, and we’ll finalize the negotiations,’” Jensen said. “And Seward, who knew that the Congress was about to adjourn, said ‘why wait until tomorrow? … Let’s just do the treaty tonight!’”The men met at midnight, at the State Department, a mile away. So that’s where the artists and their entourage walked with the bronze treaty.Along the way, Rubin said he’d learned Seward was short and disheveled. Many people found him annoying, Rubin said, but he changed world history.“He was a kind-hearted person. I know that,” Rubin said. “I know that there’s a lot of controversy about him being the face of Manifest Destiny. But he was a total abolitionist.”In 1869, when Seward was in Sitka, he spoke disdainfully about Alaska Natives, and many first Alaskans see the treaty as a tool of their colonization.Rubin, though, points to Seward’s active opposition to slavery. Seward’s home in New York was a stop on the Underground Railroad. He supported Frederick Douglass and had a long association with Harriet Tubman.As the small party of Alaskans walked north, downtown gave way to a gentrifying neighborhood. Liquor stores and vacant storefronts mixed with trendy new shops.Eventually, the crew reached an unlovely intersection. It was the site of a 19th century orphanage that, for several years, was leased to the State Department.“Is this the corner?” Rubin asked. “This is it? Oh my God.”Lafleur set down the bronze burden to double check on her phone.“OK, ‘Orphans Asylum and State Department. Vacated by both. And then razed,’” Lafleur said, reading from the small screen. She looked up to get her bearings.“So that was the gas station that was used for storage,” Lafleur said, pointing to one corner. Then she turned to face the nearest building. “So were looking at the State Department. It’s beautiful! “It is not. It’s now a block of 1970’s era housing. Rubin wasn’t disappointed. He and his sister walked past the security fence and took a spot on the small lawn. They unwrapped the bronze replica treaty.Rubin giggled as he posed for photos. His sister encouraged him to read the engraved words from the bronze.“Read it? ‘Whereas a treaty, between the United States of America and his majesty the emperor … ‘”Judith Rubin holds the bronze treaty. She says it will go back to the foundry to get the patina applied, which will change the color.The scene attracted a curious guy from a nearby bus stop.“Did this happen at this particular spot?” the man inquired. “What year was that?Lafleur filled him in. She told him it was the 150th anniversary of the treaty.“What came of it? … Oh right. Seward’s Folly,” he said.Rubin wrapped up the chunk of bronze to leave.“We’re now going to take it and place it in Seward’s hand, in the statue’s hand, and weld it there forever,” Rubin said. “But it was here! Where it was actually signed! This is it!” he said, breaking into a giggle. “This is it! We did it!”Rubin’s statue of Seward will be erected in Juneau, across from the Capitol, in July.
ASEANASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Progressive Voice on Wednesday said the government of Myanmar must ensure that the human rights of the Rohingya community are protected and respected.The organizations said safe conditions should be in place in Rakhine state before any Rohingyas are repatriated from Bangladesh.The organisations made the call as Southeast Asian leaders are preparing to meet in Bangkok, Thailand for the 34th ASEAN Summit between 20-23 June.Earlier this month, a leaked copy of a preliminary needs assessment in Rakhine state carried out by an ASEAN body failed to acknowledge Myanmar military atrocities and ongoing human rights abuses against the Rohingya.”ASEAN needs to stop turning a blind eye to Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya, and cease lending legitimacy to the repatriation process,” said Eva Sundari, Indonesian MP and APHR board member.Sundari said they all know the Rohingya population in Bangladesh and elsewhere will not be returning home voluntarily until the situation on the ground in Rakhine state dramatically alters.”A huge political shift is needed for things to start moving in the right direction. Not one thing that the Rohingya themselves have identified as prerequisites for their return, and which has been echoed by rights groups and other experts, has been taken on board in any serious way by the Myanmar authorities.”More than 700,000 Rohingya fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a vicious “clearance operation” in August 2017, killing thousands of people and burning villages on the ground.An UN-mandated fact-finding mission in September 2018 called for the Myanmar military top brass to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.On 7 June, a copy of the “ASEAN Preliminary Needs Assessment for Repatriation in Rakhine State” report by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) and their Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) was leaked to the media.The draft report ignores the root causes of why hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were forced to flee their homes, including the atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces and their proxies as well as the institutionalised discrimination imposed by Myanmar authorities against the minority in Rakhine state for decades. Furthermore, the draft report fails to mention the word “Rohingya”, instead calling the community “Muslims”.Khin Ohmar, chair of Progressive Voice Advisory Board said unless concrete steps towards international accountability for the genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are taken, ongoing impunity will only embolden the Myanmar military to commit more such atrocities.”And any returned refugees will be vulnerable to the same violence that caused them to flee in the first place; this will be like sending them back to the killing fields to be re-victimized.”Clashes between the Myanmar security forces and the Arakan Army ethnic armed organisation have displaced at least 30,000 people since the beginning of the year, further underlining the precariousness of the situation in Rakhine state.As the ASEAN report on the refugee repatriation process is expected to be officially released to the public in the coming weeks, APHR, FORUM-ASIA and Progressive Voice call on ASEAN to ensure that the bloc does not become complicit in the forced or premature repatriation of Rohingya refugees.ASEAN must also take meaningful steps toward the promotion and protection of the rights of the Rohingya community, including through acknowledging their identity, restoring their full citizenship, and through ensuring their participation in all decisions concerning them.John Samuel, executive director of FORUM-ASIA said ASEAN has so far remained shamefully silent in the face of the serious human rights violations taking place in one of its member states.”With the second anniversary of the Myanmar military’s latest ‘clearance operation’ approaching, continued inaction by ASEAN will send a dangerous signal that the bloc is indifferent to the plight of the Rohingya and that human rights violations can be carried out with impunity.”
Fire and smoke rises from a wheat field on the outskirts of Mosul. Photo: ReutersIraqi farmer Riyadh woke on 13 May to find his wheat crop ablaze. In his fields in Diyala province, he found the remains of a mobile phone and plastic bottle which he believes was an explosive device detonated in the night to start the fire.Riyadh and his neighbours in Sheikh Tami village put out the blaze and saved most of his crop but hundreds of other farmers in Iraq have been less fortunate since Islamic State urged its supporters to wage economic warfare with fire.Since the harvest began in April, crop fires have raged across Diyala, Kirkuk, Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces while the government, battered by years of war and corruption, has few resources to counter a new hit-and-run insurgency.The government in Baghdad is playing down the crisis, saying very few fires have been started deliberately and only a fraction of the country’s farmland has been affected.But officials in Iraq’s breadbasket province Nineveh warned that if the fires spread to storage sites, a quarter of this year’s bumper harvest could be at risk, potentially ending Iraq’s dream of self-sufficiency after years of disruption due to drought and Islamic State rule.Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.In recent weeks, IS has published detailed instructions online about how to carry out hit-and-run operations and weaken the enemy by attrition – without taking losses.”It looks like it will be a hot summer that will burn the pockets of the rejectionists and apostates, as well as their hearts,” Islamic State wrote in its al-Naba newspaper last month, referring to Shi’ite Muslims and Sunnis who do not subscribe to its interpretation of Islam.Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said last week that only about a 10th of the fires were the result of sabotage, with the rest caused by electrical faults, cigarette butts or faulty agricultural machinery.He said just 40,000 donums (10,000 hectares) of wheat and barley had been destroyed by fire nationwide, a tiny proportion of the estimated 13 million donums of cultivated land.”We are following up on the issue but it must not be blown out of proportion,” he told a weekly news conference on June 11.Iraqi farmers and other residents attempt to put out a fire that engulfed a wheat field in the northern town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul. Photo: Reuters’Invisible Hands’Figures cited by federal officials, however, don’t tally with data given by officials and farmers in 10 areas of Diyala, Nineveh and Salahuddin provinces visited by Reuters. Based on their figures, at least 145,000 donums had gone up in flames in those areas alone by June 16.The prime minister said there had been 262 fires nationwide this year, but Salahuddin’s civil defence chief told Reuters there were 267 fires during May in that province. Officials in Diyala also said the federal figures were too low.In Nineveh, which accounts for almost half Iraq’s cultivated land with 6 million donums devoted to grain, officials recorded 180 fires between May 18 and June 11. By June 10, 65,000 donums of wheat and barley had gone up in flames in the province, well above Baghdad’s estimate for all of Iraq.”Some days we have 25 fires reported,” Nineveh’s agriculture chief Duraid Hekmat told Reuters in his Mosul office.During a 48-hour visit to Nineveh, Reuters witnessed five major fires and thick black smoke regularly clouded the skies.Nevertheless, Nineveh is still expected to produce 1.3 million tonnes of grain this year, which would help it regain its status as the country’s breadbasket.In the town of Alam in Salahuddin, council chairman Jassem Khalaf has spent much of this year’s harvest consoling distraught locals who have lost a combined 250 hectares to fire.On 15 May, his entire 50 donums of land caught fire too, destroying an estimated 60 tonnes of wheat that would have earned him 40 million Iraqi dinars ($34,000).”It went up in flames in a moment,” he said, standing in his scorched field of blackened crops holding a lone golden bushel.Khalaf was adamant some of the fires were man-made and said they could have been caused by Islamic State, also known as Daesh, or other groups.”In the past we would hear of one field being burned once every few years. This year, the situation is out of the ordinary,” he said. “Maybe there is short-circuiting, but there are also culprits and hidden hands.”Member of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces attempts to put out a fire in the northern town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul. Photo: ReutersTale of Many ArsonistsWhile scorching temperatures and tinder-dry fields in Iraq lead to fires every year, local officials said there are far more than usual this season and they’re finding more evidence that blazes have been started deliberately.Islamic State has claimed responsibility for burning hundreds of hectares of farmland in Diyala, Kirkuk and Salahuddin provinces as well as Syria. But it was impossible to determine how many fires had been started by the militants.The challenge for the government is even greater because some have taken advantage of fires sparked by militants to start their own – to settle scores or ethno-religious feuds, farmers said.Some farmers accused Shi’ite militias of burning the land of Sunni farmers they believe supported IS during their reign. They also said some security forces were burning fields to flush out insurgents holed up in farms.Ali al-Hussaini, a spokesman for the mainly Shi’ite paramilitary groups in northern Iraq, rejected the accusations and said they had helped many times to put out fires in Diyala and Kirkuk.”Terrorist Daesh media have repeatedly published footage of burning wheat farms across Iraq and they have also claimed responsibility. Why would we destroy our food? Won’t all these wheat crops end up as bread for our children to eat?” he said.Army colonel Mohammed al-Jubouri, whose division is based between Kirkuk and Tikrit, said almost all the intelligence and security force reports and investigations had proved that the majority of fires were started by Islamic State.”Sometimes we set fires to deserted bush areas to make sure terrorists will not use it as a hiding place but we never do this if it is close to wheat farms or orchards,” he told Reuters. “All accusations that the army is recklessly setting fires are enemy propaganda.”Local officials said the kind of device discovered by Riyadh in his burnt fields in Diyala was an example of just one method being used to start fires this year.Riyadh, who declined to give his full name for fear of reprisals, shared a photo of the device. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the evidence.Local officials said magnifying glasses have been found in many scorched fields in western Nineveh and south of Mosul. They said gunpowder had been placed under the lenses in the hope it would ignite under prolonged exposure to the sun.”This gunpowder doesn’t go in one direction, it goes into several directions to spread into a wide fire,” said Nineveh’s agriculture chief Hekmat.Explosive devices have also been planted to target fire trucks as they arrive to battle the flames. Two of the 53 fire engines serving Nineveh province have been hit, stretching already meagre resources, said Colonel Hossam Khalil, chief of Nineveh’s civil defence unit.”It is not enough, but we are working with what we have,” he told Reuters.Silo RiskHazem Jebbo, a farmer in the Christian town of Qaraqosh southeast of Mosul, knows the blaze that destroyed most of his crops was not started by Islamic State. He blames the authorities for negligence.Jebbo, 63 fled in 2014 when Islamic State burnt down his 100 olive trees, used his chicken coop as a shooting range and dug tunnels beneath his house. He returned to pick up the pieces in 2017. For two years nothing grew due to drought but then the rain came and his crops flourished.But a bullet-riddled electricity pole in the middle of one field fell over on May 31 and the live wire sparked a fire. The district’s only fire truck arrived swiftly but its water pump failed and Jebbo lost 122 donums, the bulk of his crops. Forty other farmers lost land that day as the blaze spread.Jebbo said he had begged the local authorities to fix the damaged pole for more than a year. They did – an hour after the fire had died down.”Let them hear me carefully,” he said in tears in the charred remains of his farm. “Their negligence burned hundreds of donums, led to these losses.”In Nineveh, agriculture chief Hekmat said grain silos were now his biggest concern, a worry shared by security experts.”All our efforts are stored there. If something happens to these areas it will be a catastrophe,” he said.Abdul Khalek Jassem, director of the Bazwaya silo in Nineveh, said they had stationed security forces at the entrance of the silo, which can hold up to 130,000 tonnes of wheat. The centre has a single checkpoint manned by a Shabak paramilitary force affiliated to Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.Jassem reassured that all was under control, as thick black smoke rose from a new blaze in the fields beyond the silo. The emergency services took an hour to arrive and the fire had killed one person by the end of the day. ($1 = 1,186.4300 Iraqi dinars)