Hold my sign – don’t want to lose it

first_imgDo we really need Gartner to remind us that believing the hype can lead to bad decisions? If so, then we should thank Gartner for reminding us that cloud, OpenStack and many other topics come with a lot of hype and we should tread with caution. This is the compute industry after all.I can just see the conversation now: “Ok Jim Bob, time to deploy our cloud. Most of the industry buzz is on OpenStack so I guess we better use that one.” Well, ok then, hold my sign, I don’t want to lose it (with regrets to Bill Engvall). To be fair, I’m pretty sure this is not the class of IT that Lydia Leong over at Gartner had in mind when she wrote her article. But it does make the point that IT is generally not so bland as to just read and believe.By now there are many blogs out there on the recent Gartner coverage of OpenStack. One of my favorite blogs is from Boris Renski over at Mirantis. I’ll add my inferior attempt to that growing list.I find it especially amusing that we are surprised or critical that an open source project is dominated by vendors. I can’t see that this is news. From my world view, those same vendors are the ones that have to make it work for a real IT group so somehow I’m not too worried about them derailing OpenStack for proprietary gains. Both because they are investing in the project to address an end customer need and because the OpenStack community has shown remarkable steadfast on keeping things open and transparent. It is in fact this strong, vibrant community that attracted Intel to be a contributor to OpenStack. As a vendor, it is not surprising that our interests are to see our technology used but we only invest where there is clear line of sight to customer value – not just to get Intel widget supported. The other companies I’ve spoken to are investing in OpenStack with a similar frame of mind. So, where was the problem again?OpenStack is something like two years old and yet we are comparing it to solutions used in a different market segment that are greater than ten years old. At two years, the fact that OpenStack can make a credible response should instead be viewed as an significant compliment and a credit to the hard work of the community. Are we done yet? No, of course not. Intel IT has implemented an OpenStack based cloud but hasalso published their wish list. From my worldview, maturity therefore is in the eye of the adopter.The IT teams I’ve worked with over the years were always pretty jaded and skeptical for good reason. I really don’t think I’m going to need to “hold their sign”.last_img read more

Bulldozing Deep-Sea Reefs

first_imgDeep-water coral reefs off the coasts of Ireland and Norway, only recently explored, have already been extensively damaged by commercial trawling for fish, according to a new report. The researchers urge conservation measures to safeguard the reefs, which provide havens for marine life and valuable spawning grounds for fisheries.Tropical coral reefs are well-known for their astounding biodiversity, but coral reefs also exist in the frigid waters of the Northeast Atlantic, much deeper down, at the edges of the continental shelf. Only in the past several years have researchers begun to learn much about these reefs. Unlike their shallow-water cousins, which live symbiotically with photosynthetic organisms, these corals survive in the dark, using tentacles to feed on tiny crustaceans called copepods. Whereas deep-water reefs are built of only a few kinds of corals, they provide habitat for many hundreds of other species, including commercially valuable fishes.Now, videotapes taken with a submersible off Norway reveal that damage from commercial trawlers has left reefs there looking like a clear-cut forest, marine biologist Jason Hall-Spencer of the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, and two colleagues report in the 7 March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. The trio also found large chunks of coral in the catch hauled up by two French vessels fishing off West Ireland. Radiocarbon dating of these fragments indicates the reefs are at least 4500 years old. Although only five of 229 hauls included substantial amounts of coral, Hall-Spencer says the extremely slow-growing coral can’t recover from frequent trawling.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The study provides “unequivocal evidence that trawlers are devastating this ecosystem,” says marine biologist Callum Roberts of the University of York, U.K. Hall-Spencer says he has no doubt that protecting the reefs will be discussed when the European Union looks to revise its common fishing policy later this year.Related links Hall-Spencer’s page Fact sheet on the Darwin Mounds reef area, U.K.More on related research by Hall-Spencerlast_img read more

Darwin’s finches have nothing on these chameleons

first_imgDarwin’s finches have nothing on these chameleons When it comes to eating hard-shelled bugs, the wildly varied species in the Bradypodion genus of dwarf chameleons have evolved an incredible array of a special part for doing the work: their heads. Scientists long wondered why these closely related South African lizards had such diverse noggins—some wide, some tall, and some covered with scaly head or chin frills. So they looked at the diets of 14 of the 17 known chameleon species, and compared them with the lizards’ head type. Researchers found the size and shape of a chameleon’s head matched its preferred diet, they report in Functional Ecology. For example, forest lizards with taller heads generally ate softer foods, including butterflies, dragonflies, and even other reptiles. Those with crestlike shapes on top were able to bite harder, ideal for eating larger insects. But the plains lizards—most of which lack crests—tend to have wider mouths, which help them crunch on smaller but harder beetlelike bugs, even without the attractive head feature. The chameleons living in South Africa’s Fynbos plains are also smaller than their forest-dwelling cousins, possibly as a result of having less food available. The comparatively colorful forest morphs are likely the ancestral version of the species, which evolved as Africa’s southern forests shrank. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Joshua Rapp LearnMar. 31, 2017 , 12:30 PMlast_img read more

Now watch cricket through umpires’ eyes

first_imgCricket enthusiasts would soon be able to enjoy the game through the umpires’ eyes.Specially designed sunglasses for umpires would now act as cameras and would be used on Wednesday (February 1) night at the Sydney Cricket Ground for Fox Sports coverage of the Big Bash Twenty20.The glasses are fitted with a micro high definition camera that is wired to a bigger battery, a transmitter and an aerial, which would be kept in a pouch on the umpire’s belt.The new sunglass cameras would allow the TV viewers get the best possible angle for LBW appeals and run outs.last_img

The Tortured Eleven

first_imgThe historic moment has arrived for a radical revolution in the rules of the game. There is no other option, if we want to protect hapless Indian masses from severe bouts of depression, leading directly to loss of national vigour and collapse of carefully nurtured pride. Cricket must now be played according to the laws of boxing.Compared to cricket, boxing is a humane and civilised sport. It knows when to stop. If the referee feels that a contest has become a one-sided exercise in hammering, and infers that while a boxer might remain technically on his feet but his brain has become softer than an election candidate’s morals, he arbitrarily stops a bout. By all norms of decency, the Australia-India series should have been halted. It is immoral to see eleven mature men, a fusion of superb spirit and individual brilliance, pummel a patchwork coalition of Dad’s Army and Mum’s Brats with ruthless ease and consistency. One of the significant successes of 20th century diplomacy was the Geneva Pact. It has banned torture. Why then does this callous world permit such unbridled torture on the cricket field? Why doesn’t the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Amateurs) intervene in such a humanitarian crisis?Purists will argue that India lost its way when Rahul Dravid dropped Mike Hussey at Melbourne in the first Test, and Australia recovered from 27 for 4 to an unbeatable 240 in the second innings. That sort of comment might, at best, fetch you a free coffee from naive friends. Wars are not lost because an officer dropped a flag. Every Indian journalist on tour has by now met the Australian taxi driver who asked the question, “What’s gone wrong with your team, mate?” That question misses the point as inevitably as Indian batsmen miss the ball. India does not have a team. It has half-a-dozen players who are punishing their ageing limbs in search of even more cash from an indefatigable lottery. Some batsmen are more anxious about the prospect of free land from chief ministers under the spurious excuse that they are setting up cricket academies, than about their next score. A heretical question is circling around even the finest we have seen: are you playing for Bharat or for the Bharat Ratna? The formidable patrician Dr W.G. Grace, whose beard was as long as his wit was sharp, once told an uppity bowler who had the temerity to get him out that the British spectator had come to see Grace bat, and an upstart bowl. He continued at the crease. We should now apply that useful principle to Sachin Tendulkar: let him get his 100th 100, and get on with stitching together a totally new team, including at least one 17-year-old who can become our next Sachin.advertisementPerhaps it is wrong to get harsh with Sachin Tendulkar, who still has runs to offer. Cricket is not a game you can play alone. But Sachin might yet want to recall what Vijay Merchant, the great Mumbai sportsman, once said: You should retire when the public still asks why, not when. But Merchant belonged to a generation when a Test player got one pound sterling as spending money per day on a foreign tour. Those players didn’t know how to spell a five-letter word called ‘crore’.Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing unethical about the wealth that now dominates the game. But money increases accountability. Indian cricket is, instead, controlled by a crony system in which administrators, selectors, players and their chosen commentators protect one another. Australia became invincible in my book on the day its captain Michael Clarke refused to cross Don Bradman’s score when he could have easily done so. That was not merely team before self; it was homage to Australia’s history, and a young genius telling us, with astonishing humility, that he would not break an implicit honour code.If there was a Border-Gavaskar trophy for alibis, however, Indians would have returned with heaps of silver. Gautam Gambhir’s throwaway accusation that the hosts had fixed the pitch was beneath contempt. Lose, but don’t cry. It was not defeat that shamed India, but the manner in which the side crumbled repeatedly. Of course the players never allowed their performance to affect their camera-perfect preening. These guys are professional. After all, they spend more time on television than soap opera stars. Even a newcomer grimaces with distaste at the umpire after having pitched four balls short and one full in a single over. Nothing is ever his fault. And he either already has or will soon get an advertising contract to prove it.advertisementThe majestic Dr Grace had some useful advice for fellow cricketers faced with columns such as this one. “Never read print, it spoils one’s eye for the ball.” If India’s present eleven had any eye left for the ball, there wouldn’t be such print either.last_img read more

Australia crush West Indies to win series 2-0

first_imgAustralia maintained their dominance over the West Indies with a crushing 277-run victory on the fourth day of the second test in Jamaica on Sunday to claim a 2-0 series win.They have not lost to the West Indies in 14 tests dating back to 2003, winning 11 and drawing three and the gulf between the sides looked wider than ever as the hosts were bowled out for 114 in their second innings.Australia, who won the first test in Dominica by nine wickets last week, outplayed their hosts in all departments. West Indies, were already in a hopeless position at the start of the day’s play and Australia ruthlessly wrapped up the win, taking eight wickets in 34 overs.Steve Smith was named man of the match after making 199 in the first innings, while right-arm fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was voted man of the series, he took 12 wickets at an average of 8.83.”The new ball is key on these types of wickets, there was always something there if you put the ball in the right areas, ” Hazlewood said at the victory presentation.Captain Michael Clarke had declared his side’s second innings late on Saturday to set West Indies a 392-run victory target with more than two days left. “What they’ve done really well is executed their skill over long periods of time, the whole attack,” Clarke said.”Our goal is to be more consistent away from home, so a really good start in these two test matches. We’ll enjoy tonight and then look forward to what’s ahead, ” he added. advertisementWest Indies resumed at 16 for two and lost five wickets in another feeble session for the addition of 56 runs before lunch.Shane Dowrich (4), Darren Bravo (11), Jermaine Blackwood (0), Shai Hope (16) and Jason Holder (1) all fell, though Denesh Ramdin (29) offered some resistance after lunch but Kemar Roach and Taylor were out in quick succession.The Australian attack shared the spoils, with Mitchell Starc claiming three wickets, while fellow quicks Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson, and Lyon, collected two each and Medium-pacer Shane Watson chipped in with the other wicket.  The way Australia brushed past a West Indies side that drew a recent series with England will serve as a confidence booster ahead of the Ashes which starts in three weeks in Cardiff.last_img read more

Hamilton beats Rosberg to take pole position for Austrian GP

first_imgLewis Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after again edging his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying on Saturday.Hamilton left it late to clock a best lap of 1 minute, 8.455 seconds to beat Rosberg’s leading mark by 0.20 seconds. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who had been quickest in the second and third practice runs, was third ahead of Williams driver Felipe Massa.The session ended badly for Rosberg. As he went out on a last lap to try and beat Hamilton’s time, he veered too wide left in the final turn, slid off the track and up a bank, before halting in the gravel.The German driver looked furious when he climbed out of his car, shaking his head in disbelief.last_img

Russia’s depleted Olympic team heads for Rio de Janeiro

first_imgRussia’s much-depleted Olympic team has departed for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro after dozens of its athletes were excluded amid the country’s doping scandal. (IAAF confirms ban on Russia’s track and field athletes in Rio Olympics)Team members left on a charter flight on Thursday morning from Moscow’s Sheremetevo airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. (Also read: Olympic ban on Russian athletes result of political campaign, says Vladimir Putin)International federations have approved the participation of more than 250 Russian athletes, including wrestlers, in the Rio Olympics next month, the country’s Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov told Rossiya-24 TV channel on Wednesday. (Rio Olympics: Doping paradox rules whistleblower Yulia Stepanova out of Rio)More than 100 athletes from what was originally a 387-strong team have been barred from competing by international sports federations under sanctions which most Russian athletes consider unfair.(Russia judo team will go Rio, international federation chief says)As she prepared to depart, handball player Anna Sen vowed to “fight for those athletes who were disqualified.”Volleyball player Sergei Tetyukhin said “today, as never before, we need to stay united and become a family.”last_img read more

FIRE CONSUMES HOG BARN NEAR KINGSLEY

first_imgMore than 2,400 head of hogs have been lost due to a fire that completely destroyed a confinement facility on 260th Street in rural Plymouth County.Kingsley Fire Chief Paul Huth says the hog barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HOGFIRE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..started it all. :13Huth says the fire burned for a couple of hours before firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control.Photos courtesy KMEGlast_img

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel hails ‘perfect’ Man City win

first_imgLeicester boss Puel hails ‘perfect’ Man City winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel hailed another “perfect” performance for their 2-1 win over Manchester City.Marc Albrighton’s first half equaliser, following Bernardo Silva’s opener, and a rocket from Ricardo Pereira nine minutes from time, sealed a second successive Premier League win for the Foxes.”Three points and another good performance, another [example of] togetherness so I am very happy, it was fantastic,” he told LCFC TV at full-time.“We were fantastic with our mentality after our game against City in the League Cup [a penalty shootout defeat in the Carabao Cup] and Chelsea [a 1-0 win on Saturday].“Now, it’s another game with the same togetherness. Of course, they are special games because we played great teams with a lot of possession and a good organisation.“We couldn’t have a lot of the ball, but it was important to be patient and [in] a tough beginning, we found a good balance and we had fantastic chances to score.“We kept a good organisation against this team and I think this last set-piece was for us with a fantastic shot from Ricky [Ricardo].“It was deserved by all the team because we made a fantastic work on the pitch with the right mentality, a positive attitude, but now the most important thing is always to think about a good recovery.”These two games, Chelsea and City, were fantastic challenges and we created the upset. Okay, it’s good, it’s perfect, but now we need to maintain a consistency and our mentality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Here’s Video Of Ohio State’s Equipment Staff Creating Michigan Helmets For The Scout Team

first_imgOhio State's staff put together Michigan helmets for practice.Ohio State and Michigan square off Saturday in their biggest rivalry game in almost a decade.Ohio State and Michigan are both 10-1 heading into their big rivalry contest on Saturday, and it’s starting to look like the winner of the game will have a pretty good case for inclusion in this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, we got a look, via Ohio State’s equipment staff, at how the Buckeyes are preparing for the affair.Ohio State released a cool video showing how its staff is turning Buckeyes helmets into Wolverines helmets for the scout team. Check it out:Scout tea❌ hel❌ets are ready.(Did we get all the ❌’s this ti❌e? ¯_(ツ)_/¯)#BeatTTUN pic.twitter.com/67OIlcRqKc— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 21, 2016Yes, it seems a bit sacrilegious for the Buckeyes to have Wolverines helmets on-campus, but if it helps the team prepare better, we imagine fans are okay with it. Saturday cannot get here soon enough.last_img read more

Man Utd better off with kids than Bale or Ronaldo – Rooney

first_imgWayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to resist the temptation to target world superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale because he fears it could prove a huge waste of money.The Red Devils are in the early stages of a new era under the leadership of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have been linked with a host of established top-tier players.They are eager to rival neighbours Manchester City, who have pulled away to become the leading side in the Premier League, while United failed even to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And with arch-rivals Liverpool becoming European champions only last week, United are longing to bring back their own glory days and improve substantially on their sixth-place finish in the top flight in 2018-19.Record scorer Rooney says his old club should be patient, however, and build for long-term success at home and in Europe rather than plot a quick and expensive fix.We’re delighted to have agreed terms, in principle, with Swansea City for the transfer of Daniel James to #MUFC .Further details will be revealed in due course.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 7, 2019 Speaking on BBC Five Live’s Sportsweek show, Rooney said: “For Ole, the first thing he’s got to do is try and build the squad. I don’t think bringing one or two players in for over £100million is going to really help with the squad and with the players who are there.”I think he needs to try and look at maybe five or six players who have got potential to be top players but you’re not spending £120-130m on these players.”I think you’re spending £30-40m and then you’re trying to improve them, which will also give you longevity out of the players and allow you to build a squad around the five or six new players who come in plus a few of the players who are still there.”You could bring three players in – you could bring in Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and [Lionel] Messi, or Gareth Bale for instance – and it’s going to cost you £300-350m.”You’d get maybe two years out of Ronaldo, a couple of years out of Ramos and then you’ve written that money off.”The club needs to rebuild with younger players. But obviously they need to be good enough and allow the managers to improve them.”Wales winger Daniel James is set to join from Swansea City after the clubs agreed a deal, with the 21-year-old a player United hope will blossom at Old Trafford.Disappointing not to come away with the 3 points tonight. Well done to @USeguraCR on his 2 goals and brilliant to see Chris Odoi-Atsem back tonight after his fight against cancer, inspirational Always a a pleasure to see my good friend @BSchweinsteiger   #DCvCHI #DCU pic.twitter.com/Olv4Liqa04 — Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 30, 2019 Rooney, now at DC United, added: “I think the Man United fans will understand they’re probably not going to compete for the Premier League next year.”So, let them have that time, let Ole have that time to build a team for the next two or three years who are going to compete not only at Premier League level but at Champions League level.”last_img read more

Dele Alli sidelined with hamstring injury, expected to return in March

first_imgDele Alli sidelined with hamstring injury, expected to return in MarchDele Alli suffered a hamstring injury in the Premier League match against Fulham on Sunday. Alli had scored a second half equaliser for Tottenham Hotspur in their 2-1 win at Fulham.advertisement Reuters LondonJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 23:58 IST Dele Alli scored in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Fulham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTTottenham’s Dele Alli is expected to be out of action until MarchDele Alli suffered a hamstring injury in the Premier League match against FulhamTottenham are third in the league standingsTottenham Hotspur’s England midfielder Dele Alli is expected to be out of action until March after suffering a hamstring injury in the Premier League on Sunday, the north Londoners said on Tuesday.Alli scored a second half equaliser in the 2-1 win at Fulham but then went off injured in the closing stages. His absence is another setback for a team chasing a top four finish and Champions League slot.”Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff with the expectation of returning to training in early March,” Tottenham said in a statement on their website.Tottenham are third in the league standings but have talismanic striker Harry Kane out with an ankle injury and South Korean Son Heung-min at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.The pair have scored 22 league goals between them this season.France midfielder Moussa Sissoko has also been out with a groin injury and is unlikely to return in time for Thursday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea. Spurs won the first leg at Wembley 1-0.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Dele AlliFollow Tottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Threeyear Agreement Benefits University Students

first_imgNova Scotia and its universities signed an agreement today, Dec.7, to cap most tuition fee increases for three years in exchangefor guaranteed provincial funding. By the last year of the three-year agreement, universities willbe receiving $34.6 million per year more from government comparedto 2004-05. On average, this new funding will avert about $1,300 in tuitionfee increases in the final year of the agreement. “This is a substantial investment by the people of Nova Scotia intheir students and universities,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “Higher education will continue to be an excellent valuefor students and our universities will continue to offer aneducation that is recognized across the country for its highquality. “This comes on top of new initiatives in student financialassistance. Education, clearly, is a priority of thisgovernment.” Colin Dodds, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia UniversityPresidents and president of Saint Mary’s University, said thememorandum of understanding is a significant re-investment by theNova Scotia government in Nova Scotia’s universities and itsstudents. “It recognizes that Nova Scotia’s universities are a strategicasset, critically important to the province’s future prosperityand quality of life,” Dr. Dodds said. “The memorandum helps ensure that Nova Scotia’s universitiescontinue to deliver high quality, nationally competitive programsand an overall experience attractive and accessible to studentshere at home, from across Canada and from around the world.” Under the memorandum of understanding, the universities will haveavailable funding of $224 million in 2005-06 (an increase of$12.3 million or 5.8 per cent over the previous year), $235.7million in 2006-07 (an increase of $11.7 million or 5.2 per centover the previous year), and $246.3 million in 2007-08 (anincrease of $10.6 million or 4.5 per cent the previous year). This is an increase of $71 million from a low of $175 million in1997-98. It is the largest increase in provincial operatinggrants to universities in history. Tuition fees will be limited to increases of no more than 3.9 percent annually for most programs during the agreement. Theagreement also limits increases to other fees such as those forlabs and residences. Tuition fees have increased by about seven per cent in each ofthe past three years. Work on the agreement began in the fall of 2003. Student needs were considered throughout the negotiations. Mr.Muir and department staff sought the views of student leaders ata meeting in October, and provided them background on thenegotiations. Mr. Muir and Dr. Dodds gave student leaders a private briefing onthe agreement Tuesday morning. The Department of Education and the universities have also agreedto meet twice yearly to discuss the progress of the agreement andto pursue new initiatives. These include making it easier for students to transfer creditsamong universities and community colleges, making highereducation more efficient, and making it more accessible to under-represented groups. Five areas of higher education are not covered by the tuitionincrease limits: medicine (MD), dentistry (DDS), law (LLB),programs for which students pay the full cost of their education,and foreign student differential fees. The agreement recognizes that universities are a $1-billionindustry vital the province’s economy, providing 7,500 directhigh quality, well-paying jobs, and 17,500 indirect jobs. Higher education represents 60 per cent of the research anddevelopment in the province. Work on the second memorandum of understanding will begin in2007-08.last_img read more

Exhostage Joshua Boyle arrested charged with sex assault forcible confinement

first_imgA Canadian man recently freed with his wife and young children after years of being held hostage in Afghanistan has been charged with at least a dozen offences, including sexual assault, his lawyer said Tuesday.Joshua Boyle, 34, was arrested in Ottawa, his lawyer, Eric Granger, told The Canadian Press.Ottawa police declined to provide any details on the case.The 15 charges against Boyle, according to court documents, include eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” an antidepressant.There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and another of misleading a police officer. The purported acts allegedly occurred between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 after Boyle returned to Canada.Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant at the time and the couple had three children in captivity.“He’s never been in trouble before,” Granger said. “No evidence has been provided yet, which is typical at this early stage. We look forward to receiving the evidence and defending him against these charges.”Granger said his client is “coping.”“He’s as OK as anyone is who is suddenly and unexpectedly facing charges for the first time,” he said.A publication ban bars any information that could identify the alleged victims or witnesses in the case.A man who answered the phone at the residence of Boyle’s parents in Smith Falls, Ont., on Tuesday said he did not want to comment.The Prime Minister’s Office also said it would not comment since the investigation is ongoing.A government official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Boyles at the family’s request.The official said the prime minister would generally meet with any returning hostage with connections to Canada, and discussion of the hostage-taking was the main purpose of the meeting with the Boyles.Boyle has said he and his wife were helping ordinary villagers in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan when they were seized. He told The Canadian Press that conditions during their five-year ordeal changed over time as the family was shuffled among at least three prisons.He described the first as “remarkably barbaric,” the second as more comfortable and the third as a place of violence in which he and his wife were frequently separated and beaten.Boyle said their captors from the Taliban-linked Haqqani network raped his wife and had also caused her to suffer a miscarriage. Shortly after landing in Toronto after being rescued, he demanded that his kidnappers be brought to justice.In an interview with ABC News, Coleman, who is from Stewartstown, Pa., recalled that guards dragged her husband from their cell, and one of them threw her on the ground, shouting, “I will kill you, I will kill you” before assaulting her.She also said their captors beat their eldest son with a stick.The couple and their children had gone to Boyle’s parents home in Smiths Falls, Ont., after being rescued.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mint marks 150th anniversary of Royal Astronomical Society with meteorite coin

first_imgMONTREAL – The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a pure silver coin containing a small chip from a meteorite to mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.The society’s executive director, Randy Attwood, says each one-ounce coin contains a small chunk of the Campo del Cielo iron meteorite, which fell onto Argentinian soil centuries ago.He says the mint had to go with an Argentinian rock because there aren’t enough meteorites in Canada to break up and stick on a coin.Attwood says the mint has 5,500 meteorite coins that will start shipping in August to customers in the United States and Canada for about $150 each.Canada Post will also be issuing two astronomy stamps on Friday to celebrate the astronomical society, which was founded in 1868.The stamps will feature photos of the Milky Way and the northern lights taken by astronomical society members.last_img read more

Liberals drop contentious antiabortion test for summer jobs funding

first_imgOTTAWA — Contentious wording in Ottawa’s summer jobs program that tied pro-abortion beliefs to funding eligibility is being dropped after a backlash to what was styled last year as a values test.Instead, the federal Liberals have re-tooled the 2019 version of the Canada Summer Jobs program to require applicants to declare they don’t work to infringe on any Canadian’s legal rights.Wording on the application for the 2018 version of the program required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says the change — made after informal consultations over the past few months — should clear up concerns from faith-based groups who expressed outrage over this past year’s requirements.“They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart,” Hajdu said in an interview.“We’ve been working on making sure we do what we intended to do, which is to stand up for the rights of Canadians…but that we also work closely with faith-based groups and others so that they can see how they themselves would fit into this program.”Additional changes have been made to the program’s eligibility criteria to disqualify any project or summer job that tries to restrict access a woman’s ability to access sexual or reproductive health services. Other disqualifying traits include jobs that restrict the exercise of human rights or that discriminate based on sex, religion, race or ethnic origin.“This is a program about quality jobs for kids, so we shouldn’t be asking kids in any circumstance to do work that would put them into a position to have to undermine or restrict the rights of others,” Hajdu said.“That’s not the kind of job experience we would want young people to have, especially for, often times, their first (job).”The change is one of several made to the popular program to be outlined today to MPs. Employers can begin to apply later this month.The Liberals are opening the program to any young person age 15 to 30, no longer requiring them to be students in order to have their position qualify for funding. Widening eligibility is a step towards a revamp of the summer jobs program that a government-struck expert panel called for last year.The panel’s final report recommended the Liberals expand eligibility for the Canada Summer Jobs program to include those who are not in post-secondary studies and make funding accessible throughout the year and not just during the summer months.Available positions will also be posted on a newly released mobile app that lets users search through the federal government’s job bank.At the end of the summer, employers and employees will be required to fill out a survey so the government can get better feedback about their experiences to help fine-tune the program going forward. Hajdu said employers will also be required to follow mentorship plans for their workers as part of efforts to ensure only “quality” jobs are funded.The data collected won’t be used to screen out employers in subsequent funding years, but to evaluate the program overall, Hajdu said.“This is a really great jobs program for kids, they make some money, they get that experience, but we want to make sure it is actually resulting in quality experience,” she said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing Bell Gold stocks weigh down TSX amid thin holiday volumes

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower on Monday as gold stocks continued to add to the huge losses already racked up this year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,581.39 -6.59 -0.05%S&P 500 — 1,841.07 -0.33 -0.02%Dow — 16,504.29 +25.88 +0.16%Nasdaq — 4,154.20 -2.40 -0.06%The S&P/TSX composite index shed 6.59 points to 13,581.39 amid thinner than usual volumes as 2013 trading winds down.“(Traders) are looking at 2014 and thinking, what is the investment thesis, what do we feel good about, what’s going to be different next year. That’s what we’re doing,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company, who added that 2014 looks challenging for the TSX.“I think you will see a lot of dissimilar things in terms of the U.S. outperforming Canada. You’re going to continue to see a slowing of growth coming out of China which will impact the commodity space.”The Canadian dollar clawed back a chunk of Friday’s three-quarters of a cent tumble, up 0.56 of a cent to 93.98 cents US. New York markets turned in a mixed performance with the Dow Jones industrials up 25.88 points at 16,504.29, the Nasdaq lost 2.39 points to 4,154.2 and the S&P 500 index dipped 0.33 of a point to 1,841.07.On the economic front, traders took in U.S. data on pending home sales for November that suggested sales are stabilizing after several months of declines.The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index ticked up to 101.7 from 101.5 in October. The figure for October was revised lower from an initial reading of 102.1.Later in the week, the latest readings on house prices, consumer confidence and the American manufacturing sector will be released.The gold sector led TSX decliners, down about 3% and adding further damage to a sector already down about 50% for the year. The latest decline came as February bullion lost $10.20 to US$1,203.80 an ounce, bringing the overall price drop for the year to about 28%.Gold prices have taken a big hit this year as the global economy gradually improved and the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to cut back on a key area of stimulus, its monthly bond purchases.“You had the perfect storm,” said Pashootan.“On a valuation basis, the shares weren’t cheap because they had appreciated considerably for the last decade, especially the last five years, so it was at a much higher (valuation) than we had seen in the last 10 years. Then you had every factor work against it, with the economy improving, with the Fed tapering, this type of thing.”Goldcorp (TSX:G) gave back 86 cents to C$22.25 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) fell 21 cents to $3.50.The energy sector was 0.36% lower as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $1.03 to US$99.29 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was down 36 cents at C$36.88.The consumer staples component led advancers, up 0.67% with grocer Loblaw (TSX:L) up 55 cents at $42.55.The tech component was ahead 0.57% with Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) ahead $9.62 to $226.23 while MacDonald Dettwiler & Assoc. (TSX:MDA) climbing $1.56 to $82.48.The base metals sector gained 0.25% with March copper on the Nymex unchanged at US$3.38 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 47 cents to C$19.12.The TSX is preparing to end 2013 with a respectable advance of about 9%. Gains would have been greater if not for deep losses in the mining sectors. In addition to the big losses in gold, the base metals component has retreated 22%.In sharp contrast, the Dow industrials has plowed ahead 26%.This has also been a strong year for many overseas markets, with Frankfurt’s DAX up 26%, the Paris CAC up 18.4% and London’s FTSE 100 gaining 14%. But none matched Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, which soared 56.7% in 2013 on renewed confidence in the economy after years of feeble growth.In corporate news, Montreal-based TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI) has come out the winner in a two-way bidding war for Vitran Corp. (TSX:VTN), another Canadian trucking and logistics company. Toronto-headquartered Vitran is now supporting TransForce’s offer of US$6.50 per share in cash for the stock it doesn’t already own. The deal is valued at US$136 million, including US$29 million of debt that will be assumed by TransForce. TransForce shares ran ahead 20 cents to $25.11 while Vitran was 25 cents lower at $6.88.U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE:CTB) is calling off its proposed $2.2-billion buyout by India’s Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world’s seventh-largest tire company. Cooper said Monday that financing is no longer available and that it still believes Apollo breached the terms of the agreement. Cooper shares ran up $1.24 to US$24.20.TOP STORIESCanadians heading into 2014 with rosier outlook on the economyTransForce’s US$136M offer for Vitran comes out on top after bidding warOil headed for second straight year of losses, forecasters sayU.S. pending home sales up in November, hint at stabilizationWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES9 a.m. S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index (Oct)9:45 a.m. Chicago PMI10 a.m. Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (Dec) read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 — No 2 Taylor Decker

Then-sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith less than two weeks until Ohio State kicks off against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, The Lantern countdown of the most important Buckeyes enters its final stages.No. 2: Taylor Decker, junior offensive linemanOn an offensive line littered with competition and unknowns, one bastion of the block stands tall.When he first arrived on campus in 2012, the 6-foot 7-inch, 315-pound behemoth was described by coach Urban Meyer as glossy-eyed and unsure of his place in the OSU football program.Now, Meyer uses words like “captain” and “leader” in reference to No. 68.In what will be his first season as the premier pass-blocker on the offensive line at left tackle for the Buckeyes, Taylor Decker is going to need to live up to his coach’s hype if the Buckeyes are to succeed in 2014.Two days ago, I might have typed that last phrase with a grain of salt, but today, following the news of Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury, it might be understated.With Miller’s incredible ability to be an improvisational playmaker on the field, Decker might have gotten away with “decent” performances game in and game out.But instead, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, a much more pocket-friendly passer, will line up for the Buckeyes behind center, and the moment he does, Decker’s play will be increasingly magnified.That magnification follows the initial change that comes with Decker’s move from right to left tackle.Those who know the “x’s and o’s” of right tackle surely understand that right tackles, while definitely important to any football team, are certainly not in the same league as left tackles.Left tackles are most often the strongest offensive linemen in terms of their size, their footwork and their technique because they’re employed to protect the quarterback and — if he’s a right-handed passer — his “blindside.”When there comes a failure of a left tackle to protect a quarterback’s blindside, a domino-effect of issues gets set in motion.Unaware of the pressure coming from a defensive end as the result of a bad effort from the left tackle, the quarterback will often get sacked, starting that domino-effect. When a quarterback gets sacked too often, more bad things start to happen. He might fumble the ball, or he might get antsy and start making bad throws or interceptions — all as the result of failure from the left tackle.So, the pressure of the left tackle position is squarely on the shoulders of Decker. That pressure might have been alleviated a bit by a quarterback like Miller — who made a living off of avoiding pressure with uncanny speed and awareness — but instead, will be amplified by a quarterback like Barrett, who likes to stick in the pocket.Now, to add even more pressure onto the massive shoulders of Decker, the rest of the offensive line is unsettled, so he has the responsibility of leading the younger, more unexperienced players that will eventually make up the protective unit up front.If all of this doesn’t convince you that Decker could arguably be the absolute most important Buckeye heading into the 2014 season, I don’t know what will.Luckily for OSU fans, the once-mystified Decker seems to now be ready to shoulder the massive responsibility and pressure that surrounds him. read more

CBeebies wont broadcast  Josh Hommes Bedtime Stories after he kicked a woman

first_imgpic.twitter.com/JCtdOAFEbq— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017 Video footage shows the musician moving around the stage during the Christmas concert before aiming a kick at the woman in the pit. She maintained the kick was “intentional” after she posted a video showing the assault, writing : “I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?” The 44-year-old singer has posted two apologies on social media.”I’d just like to apologise to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re okay,” he said in a YouTube video.”I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, and last night was definitely one of them,” he added.In an earlier statement, he said that he was “in a state of being lost in performance” while it happened. CBeebies has said it will not broadcast two pre-recorded episodes of Bedtime Stories which feature Josh Homme, the musician who kicked a female photographer in the head.A spokesperson for the BBC channel told the Telegraph that programmes featuring the Queens of the Stone Age singer will not be shown on CBeebies “until the matter is resolved.”He had recorded three Bedtime Stories in one go, one of which has been broadcast.The other two will not be shown on the channel for the forseeable future.The spokesperson said: “we won’t broadcast any new material or re-broadcast his previous story.”Other high-profile celebrities who have appeared on Bedtime Stories include Dolly Parton, Chris Evans, Tom Hardy and David Hasselhoff.Mr Homme has apologised after kicking Chelsea Lauren, who was treated at hospital after Homme kicked her camera when she was in the photographer’s pit at the LA Forum on Saturday.center_img “I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” she said. “He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. “The photographer said she will file a police report. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more