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Anurag Thakur brings back NaMo Again hoodies and merchandise. PM Modi is a fan

first_imgApart from being an influential political leader, PM Narendra Modi has always been a style spinner.From his dhotis, to kurtas and to even his looks, numerous ethnic fashion trend have been inspired by him.But pushing the envelope forward in the Namo merchandise game, Anurag Thakur, MP, from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh walked into the parliament sporting a ‘Namo Again’ hoodie which has sparked a social media storm.- Get ReadyIt’s time for #NaMoAgain !Smarty Bro :)Parliament New DelhiAkash GuptaTeam Anurag ThakurHimachal @ianuragthakur Gupta ( Team Anurag Singh Thakur ) (@akashgu98512163) 8 January 2019The 44-year-old MP was seen wearing a blue and orange hoodie, with words ‘Namo Again!’ printed on it in saffron.Anurag’s Modi inspired style statement brought him tons of attention and also a re-tweet by PM Modi himself, saying, “looking good.”To mark their solidarity, BJP supporters were soon seen wearing the same sweatshirt and posting pictures online.Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot followed suit and posted a picture of himself in an identical hoodie, saying, ” I have worn it, have you worn it or not? You should also wear it with the pledge: NaMo Again! Let’s vow to bring Narendra Modi back as the Prime Minister in 2019.”!??#NamoAgain !2019 @narendramodi@ChouhanShivraj @Ra_THORe @KailashOnline @MPRakeshSingh @nstomar @RadhamohanBJP @arjunrammeghwal Thawarchand Gehlot Office (@TcGehlotOffice) 8 January 2019Thakur, in order to inspire other party leaders, sent out a tweet later and said, “I an wearing mine. Where is your hoodie?” Ministers like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju were hashtagged in the post.advertisementSoon after party workers took to Twitter to share pictures of themselves wearing the same hoodie. Have a look!#NaMoAgain @namomerchandise 8 January 2019Cheers guys! (@ThePlacardGuy) 8 January 2019Along with the ‘Namo Again’ hoodie, new ‘Namo Again’ T-shirts in saffron and black were also sported on BJP supporters on social media.#NamoAgain praying for namo again for a better india. Vasantha Kumar (@PVasanthaKumar9) 6 January 2019I wear the slogan of #NaMoAgain where ever I go. I wear @namomerchandise to support Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji.To get yours, refer to the link in bio. Agarwal (@iamberagarwal) 9 January 2019People also ventured into selling the Namo Again merchandise including mugs, T-shirts, magnets among others in the following ways.@ianuragthakurThanks to you I just bought my #NaMoAgain Hoodie (@parekh_virag) 9 January 2019The hoodies and other merchandise is now available online.The Central Government is thus leaving no stones unturned in the face of stronger opposition this time round in the approaching general elections.A film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is also set to hit the theaters probably before the elections.ALSO SEE: Vivek Oberoi turns PM Narendra Modi in biopic. Internet burns the actorALSO WATCH: These Three Kings hand out gifts instead of speeding ticketslast_img read more

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Spitting is reviled but is it really football’s most heinous crime?

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more When Samuel Sáiz spat at the Newport County midfielder Robbie Willmott he revived the forgotten scourge of football. After a few years away gobbing is back, effortlessly renewing its position as the No1 most offensive act in football. The only question about the seriousness of this act being; is it really?Newport had taken an injury-time lead in Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Leeds United when Willmott began strutting around, his shirt taut in front of him as if he was about to catch a falling kitten from a house fire. Sáiz, he claimed, had left a trail of expectorate on his jersey. The referee, Mike Dean, was informed, Sáiz was sent off and, on Monday, the Spaniard was given a six-game ban by the FA. comment Share on Twitter Twitter Papiss Cissé spits at Jonny Evans in another high-profile case that earned the Newcastle striker a seven-match ban. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Laws of football Pinterest Health agency tells footballers: stop spitting or risk spreading swine flu Newport County Share on Messenger Sáiz was highly penitent after his punishment was announced, proclaiming: “I give my word to all those connected to Leeds United that I will learn from this and never repeat it.” If that sounds a tad over the top (have you ever heard someone say similar about diving, never mind a reckless challenge?)it fits with the perceived seriousness of the crime.Six games is the mandatory suspension for anyone found to have spat at someone during a match. The Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé was banned for seven games in 2015 after a special independent commission investigating an altercation with Manchester United’s Jonny Evans took prior violent conduct into consideration when handing out his sentence.The FA’s tariff had been revised upwards in the summer of 2014 in order to fall in line with Fifa’s position on the matter but there is no doubt everyone in the game reviles spitting. Whenever the various bodies in the English professional game gather to discuss matters of regulation, it’s consistently agreed to be beyond the pale. Violent conduct, it is felt, is an unavoidable consequence of a contact sport, spitting on someone not so much.center_img Sportblog Read more At three matches violent conduct is punished with a ban half as harsh as that for spitting. If complaints are made about a specific incident violent conduct can be investigated and that ban extended. The only qualifier there is that it very rarely is. Mousa Dembélé earned a spit-sized ban of six matches for violent conduct in 2016 but it was a rarity. It was also at least in part down to the difficulty of arguing it was accidental when film shows a clear attempt to gouge out Diego Costa’s eyes.When it comes to spitting, no one would ever sincerely argue in its defence. But its position as a disciplinary outlier in football does look a bit odd. Each weekend seems to bring an act of petty nastiness equally worthy of a month-and-a-half time out. Spitting has apparently acquired a symbolic importance; it’s the crime squared directly against football’s original, Corinthian, largely imagined values.In the interests of being seen to treat other matters with the seriousness they deserve, perhaps the game should get over it. It appears Newport’s Willmott has. “There is absolutely no hard feelings from me,” the midfielder said after putting his shirt in the wash. “Sáiz is actually one of my favourite players in the Championship.” Why does spitting get under so many people’s skin? There is no doubt it is an uncouth act. When directed at someone else it carries a degree of psychological insult, the victim apparently considered unworthy of being treated respectfully by their assailant. A flob might also transmit infection. When the Health Protection Agency advised footballers to stop spitting altogether in 2009, there was no disguising its feelings when it labelled the act “disgusting at all times”.It does seem odd, though, that spitting should be so vilified when other, not entirely dissimilar, activities are barely even noticed. Foul language, for example, is surely more wounding of a victim and is very much seen by impressionable young fans watching on television (at least it is when players are not cleverly obscuring their mouths with their hands). Offensive language or gestures carry a mandatory ban of two matches. Topics Facebook Leeds United Share on Pinterest Newport’s Shawn McCoulsky condemns Leeds to another shock FA Cup exit Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Prediction For Notre Dame-USC

first_imgNotre Dame's offensive line lined up across from USC's defensive line.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 17: Braxston Cave #52 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish prepares to snap the ball against the USC Trojans during the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame and USC renew their annual rivalry tonight. The two teams approach the game from different directions.Notre Dame is 11-0, needing a win to wrap up an undefeated regular season. If the Irish are 12-0, they should have a spot in the College Football Playoff.USC, meanwhile, is 5-6. The Trojans’ head coach Clay Helton is likely to be fired, and all USC has to play for in this one is pride and to fill the role of spoilerNotre Dame is a double-digit favorite tonight. ESPN has updated its prediction for the game.The FPI still heavily favors the Fighting Irish.Updated Notre Dame-USC score prediction.Notre Dame and USC will kick off at 8 p.m. ET from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.ABC will broadcast the action.last_img read more

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COSCO Scraps 14 More

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed shipping company China COSCO Holdings Company Limited Group (COSCO) has disassembled fourteen vessels, including one containership and thirteen bulk carriers, from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2015 within its fleet renovation plan. The vessels, with the aggregate capacity of 924,700 deadweight tons, were disposed of as scrapped vessels to different purchasers at a total consideration of approximately RMB211 million (around USD 35.5 million).According to the company’s unaudited financial results for the month ended 31 March 2015, realized losses incurred from sending the said vessels to scrapyard amounted to approximately RMB72 million (around USD 11 million).The decommissioned container vessel was previously owned by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. (COSCON), and the decommissioned bulk carriers were previously owned by China COSCO Bulk Shipping (COSCO Bulk).As a result of the decommissioning, the average age of vessels owned by COSCON and COSCO Bulk has decreased, while the oil saving level and overall environmental friendliness of the vessels have improved, the company said in a stock exchange filing.“The Board considers that the decommissioning of the vessels is conducive to enhancing the overall operational competitiveness of the shipping fleet of the company and is in the interest of the company and the shareholders as a whole,” the filing reads.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Port of Hamburglast_img read more

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Des vents forts et une tempête de pluie entraînent des conditions dangereuses

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux Néo-Écossais de faire preuve de prudence, particulièrement dans les régions côtières. « Nous avons déjà eu notre part de tempêtes majeures et des dangers qu’elles apportent au cours de cette saison, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Il n’est pas nécessaire de prendre des risques. Rappelons-nous les risques et respectons les conditions météorologiques qui entraînent ces risques. » Mme Jennex demande à tous les Néo-Écossais de se préparer en vue d’interruptions possibles des services et de conditions dangereuses le long des côtes. Le niveau de l’eau dans les régions côtières pourrait être plus élevé que la normale. Les grands vents et les vagues déferlantes rendent le littoral dangereux. La ministre demande également aux gens de rester loin des points d’observation tels que Peggy’s Cove où les vagues et les marées imprévisibles accompagnent les tempêtes de vent. Environnement Canada prévoit que les vents et les pluies abondantes se poursuivront mardi et mercredi sur toute la Nouvelle-Écosse. Certaines régions pourraient recevoir jusqu’à 70 millimètres de pluie et des vents du sud-est avec des rafales de 100 kilomètres à l’heure, à l’exception de la région de l’ouest des hautes terres du Cap-Breton où les Suètes souffleront en rafales jusqu’à 140 kilomètres à l’heure. Les grands vents atteindront le Cap-Breton ce soir. La pluie abondante se déplacera plus lentement en direction est et atteindra le Cap-Breton mardi matin. Selon les renseignements actuels, les réseaux hydrographiques absorberont la majorité des précipitations prévues au cours des 48 prochaines heures. Toutefois, les personnes situées dans les régions de faible élévation ou les régions sujettes aux inondations doivent continuer de surveiller les conditions. Le BGU a collaboré avec Environnement Canada au cours de la dernière semaine pour surveiller l’approche de cette tempête et continue de recevoir des mises à jour régulièrement. Les partenaires, incluant les municipalités et les responsables des infrastructures essentielles, ont été avisés et sont au courant de la nécessité de réagir rapidement, s’il y a lieu. « À l’approche de toute tempête, le BGU examine attentivement les risques qu’elle pourrait entraîner, a dit Mme Jennex. La météo et ses impacts peuvent être imprévisibles. Nous encourageons fortement tous les Néo-Écossais à être prêts en tout temps et à surveiller les conditions météorologiques. »last_img read more

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Lanka expresses grief over Pakistan crash

“The Government and people of Sri Lanka express its heartfelt condolences to the family members of the bereaved passengers. While sharing their grief and sorrow, the Government and people of Sri Lanka are confident that their courage and fortitude will help them overcome the irreparable loss and wish those injured a speedy recovery,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today expressed its heartfelt condolences to the family members of the bereaved passengers of the Pakistan helicopter crash.A Foreign Ministry statement said that the Government learned with deep shock and consternation the unexpected crash of the Pakistan Army Helicopter in a mountainous area in Northern Pakistan on Friday, and the tragic loss of lives including the Ambassador of the Philippines and Ambassador of Norway and spouses of the Ambassador of Indonesia and the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan. read more

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Preparations continue for UN peacekeeping deployment in southern Sudan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Jan Pronk is now back in Khartoum, the national capital after meeting yesterday in Rumbeck, the provisional capital of southern Sudan, with SPLM/A Chairman John Garang.Talks will continue with both sides to expedite deployment of the UN mission and keep up the momentum for peace. Earlier this month the two parties agreed to end the civil war that has left more than 2 million people dead and displaced nearly 4 million others since it began in 1983. The deal includes provisions on power-sharing, some autonomy for the south and more equitable distribution of economic resources, including oil.Mr. Pronk earlier met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the Chairman of the African Union (AU) commission, Alpha Omar Konaré, on UN-AU cooperation.The two also discussed the situation in Sudan’s western Darfur region, where tens of thousands of people have died and nearly 2 million have been uprooted in fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels in a separate conflict.The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said today that several security incidents were reported last week in Darfur, including an attack by an armed group on an Arab convoy and clashes involving Government forces and armed tribesmen. read more

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Procter Gamble to split off its Duracell business as part of overhaul

Procter & Gamble to split off its Duracell business as part of overhaul AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michelle Chapman And Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2014 5:30 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.The world’s largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, P&G said it will be left with about 70 to 80 brands.If a split-off of Duracell occurs, P&G said its shareholders would have the option of exchanging some, none or all of their P&G shares for shares of the new Duracell company.Jon Moeller, the company’s chief financial officer, said during a call with reporters that Duracell is an “attractive” business that generates about $2 billion a year in sales. But he said P&G wants to focus on products that are “even more attractive.”P&G also makes Tide detergent, Pampers diapers and Olay skin care.The Procter & Gamble Co., based in Cincinnati, said Friday it prefers a spinoff of Duracell, but that it’s considering a sale or other options for Duracell.The decision to sell or discontinue 90 to 100 brands — many of them smaller, regional products — comes as Procter & Gamble fights to boost sluggish sales. In the latest quarter, for instance, the company said sales volume declined in its beauty, hair and personal care unit. Volume also fell in its grooming unit, with blades and razors declining in developed markets.Under pressure to boost its performance, the company brought back A.G. Lafley as its CEO last year.Lafley has said the company’s expansive portfolio is the result of a natural evolution of multinational companies, which have a tendency to create or acquire brands over time. But P&G had already been trying to slim down in recent years, including the sale of food brands including Jif peanut butter, Folgers coffee and Pringles chips.Looking ahead, P&G said it now expects sales in 2015 to be flat to up to low-single digits. It previously forecast growth in the low single digits.It stood by its guidance for core earnings per share to grow in the mid-single-digit range.For the quarter ended Sept. 30, it earned $1.99 billion, or 69 cents per share. Not including one-time items, it earned $1.07 per share. That matched the consensus of analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue slipped to $20.79 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $20.76 billion.Shares of P&G climbed $1.52, or 1.8 per cent, to $84.75 in premarket trading about 90 minutes ahead of the market open. read more

Villanova Is Basically Starting From Scratch

2012-13Louisville31–6–Sweet 16 2014-15Duke425.5– 2011-12Kentucky736.3– SeasonChampionNumberWin Share 2010-11Connecticut513.4– 2017-18Villanova726.1– 2006-07Florida1033.7– 2008-09North Carolina20–17–NIT Back-to-back has become a pipe dreamHow men’s NCAA champions have fared the following season in college basketball’s one-and-done era 2011-12Kentucky21–12–NIT 2015-16Villanova32–4–2nd Round 2017-18Villanova2–0? 2005-06Florida35–5–Champion 2008-09North Carolina926.6– 2005-06Florida21.5– The NCAA Tournament’s First Four was known as the First Round until the 2015 tournament.Source: SeasonChampionWinsLossesPostseason Source: 2013-14Connecticut20–15–NIT Villanova fans might choose to view things in a more optimistic way, instead thinking themselves as fortunate that they only lost four players, especially seeing the Wildcats of Kentucky lose an unimaginable six players after their championship in 2012 and then stumbling into the NIT a year later. Nova’s relatively tiny rotation last year — Villanova ranked 302nd in total bench usage, according to KenPom — could be a blessing in disguise as the likes of Eric Paschall and Phil Booth are still available to make the leap to the top of the college ranks and potentially beyond.Still, Villanova fans thinking of a repeat might want to curb the enthusiasm.Any team not named Duke, Kentucky or Kansas — whose recruiting prowess means a revolving door of NBA-bound super freshmen — has struggled to be relevant again immediately. If you look past these three blue bloods, Louisville is the only reigning champion to reach the Sweet 16 the year following championship in the last dozen years. It’s why the 2010 North Carolina Tar Heels couldn’t even make the NCAA Tournament after winning the whole thing a year earlier. It’s why last year’s Tar Heels were swept aside in the second round of the tournament by Texas A&M. 2010-11Connecticut20–14–2nd Round The Villanova Wildcats produced one of the most dominant seasons in NCAA history last year, going 36-4, including a complete dissection of a strong Michigan team to win the championship game. The Wildcats scorched teams on offense, ranking No. 1 in the country in offensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage, according to college basketball stats guru Ken Pomeroy. This helped them beat the Wolverines by 17 points.But the team that is defending that title — currently ranked eighth heading into Wednesday’s rematch with Michigan — is hardly recognizable eight months later, as four of coach Jay Wright’s stalwarts from a season ago are now in the NBA.The departure of Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges — a pair of juniors left over from the 2015-16 national title-winning team — has left a crater in Wright’s lineup. Along with the exits of Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman, the outgoing quartet combined for a whopping 26.1 win shares last season1Win shares represent the number of estimated wins that a player produces for their team.It’s typical for reigning national champions to lose a large chunk of their talent the following season, especially in the one-and-done era. And while the Wildcats may not have lost the most win shares of past champions, the immediate exodus of talent will have huge consequences for their prospects to repeat as champions this season. This is perhaps a long way of saying winning back-to-back titles, or even coming close, has become very difficult in college basketball — and for good reason. The Florida Gators, in 2006 and 2007, and the Duke Blue Devils, in 1991 and 1992, are the only programs in the past 45 years to repeat as NCAA men’s basketball champions, after John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins capped off seven consecutive titles. Back then, Wooden had the luxury of coaching future NBA Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2Then Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton for three seasons, something that is largely unheard of in today’s game.3Ironically, those two weren’t allowed to play their freshmen years because of a bygone rule, skipping what likely would be the only year they would play at UCLA today. Likewise, Mike Krzyzewski was able to develop chemistry with college stars like Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, and Bobby Hurley — all of whom stayed a full four years.And when it comes to the one-and-done era, the Gators are an anomaly themselves, as Donovan managed to persuade the likes of Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer to remain in Gainesville for their junior years before winning another title and then moving to lengthy careers in the NBA.For most champions, winning a national title usually means saying goodbye to their best talent — the nation’s top freshman are forced to use college as a stopgap for a year before jumping to the NBA, and upperclassmen often ride their team’s success to test the NBA’s waters. For his part, Wright did well to keep Brunson and Bridges in Philadelphia for another two years after winning their first title, which built a bridge to that second championship.But the team that cut down the nets last year has been gutted, particularly on the offensive side. Among the top four players of each champion since 2006, when the one-and-done began, Villanova’s departed quartet leave the greatest offensive hole for a reigning champion, a hole that might be too great to overcome. 2007-08Kansas27–8–Sweet 16 2016-17North Carolina26–11–2nd Round Departing players Season after championship … 2015-16Villanova511.4– 2016-17North Carolina721.8– 2013-14Connecticut719.8– 2012-13Louisville412.3– 2009-10Duke32–5–Sweet 16 2014-15Duke25–11–Sweet 16 Villanova’s departures have left a sizable holeTotal win share of players who left NCAA championship teams the season after their championship, since the beginning of college basketball’s one-and-done era 2006-07Florida24–12–NIT 2007-08Kansas935.3– 2009-10Duke620.7– Joining senior Paschall, who’s being touted as a first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and redshirt senior Booth, who netted 23 in his season debut last week, is the 12th best recruiting class, according to ESPN. Five-star recruit Jahvon Quinerly is considered one of the best freshman point guards in the nation, and four-star forwards Cole Swider and Brendan Slater both also have a place on the ESPN 100. Whenever this is enough for Wright’s team to make waves again in March is a question for the season ahead. However, with currently the fifth-best ranked recruiting class for next year, Wildcats fans may have another title-winning team in the not-too-distant future, maybe just not in the immediate one.CORRECTION (Nov. 14, 2018, 3:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Florida Gators were the only team in 45 years to repeat as national champions in men’s college basketball. Duke also did, winning back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992. read more

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Bucks comfortable with Bauserman as backup

Bauserman entered into the pros before playing at OSU, not for football, but as a minor league baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It’s been three years since the backup quarterback walked on for the Buckeyes, and he still feels content about switching sports. “I miss the game,” Bauserman said. “But I certainly don’t miss the business.” Before he ever played at the professional or collegiate level, Bauserman was making waves in both Virginia and Florida, where he played high school ball. He made all-state for both football and baseball, and was verbally committed to OSU before choosing baseball as his destination after high school. Since Bauserman left the minor leagues and returned to his college of choice, he has moved from zero playing time to third string and finally to his current position as backup quarterback to Terrelle Pryor.  His improvement is something that quarterback coach Nick Siciliano has certainly taken note of. “He’s been trying to get better consistently,” Siciliano said. “It always gets better when you’ve played two sports and you’ve been doing it so long; things get clearer for you. It’s just a case of him getting better and better at his craft.” In the past three years, Bauserman has also noticed a change in his game.  Unlike other players at Ohio State, Joe Bauserman didn’t head into the college football scene right after high school. Instead, he skipped a step. “I’ve gotten better at the whole running thing,” Bauserman said. “Now I know if you get four yards, you get four yards. You don’t try running around for 15 yards wasting time.” “My overall consistency is better as well,” he said. “I’ve been making the right reads, taking what I can get. It’s the little things.” Despite not having the starting job, Bauserman continues to battle against the other quarterbacks during practice, trying to prove himself in every aspect of his game. “I feel strongly about the way I perform in practice nine times out of 10,” he said. “I just jump in and take it as it comes. I’m always coming in competing and trying to beat the next guy.” As a backup, Bauserman usually doesn’t see time until the fourth quarter of a game that has already been decided. For him, taking over for Pryor at the end of games is bittersweet. “It’s a good feeling, getting in there, but it’s hard,” Bauserman said. “You’ve been standing there on your feet for two hours, and then you have to go get warmed up.” Some players might get restless spending their time as a backup, but Bauserman is just trying to make the most of his experience at OSU both on and off the field. “It’s just another year under my belt. Any time you can get more experience, it helps you out,” he said. “Everybody’s just trying to get out of college, but I’m just trying to sit back and enjoy the time I’ve got left.” read more

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Footage of Dublin riots used as scenes of Norway in American TV

first_imgStrangely, the episode does actually end up in Ireland where one of the characters has apparently stored an important item in a monastery.Alas, the scenery there wasn’t exactly accurate either.  The ‘monastery’ looked like this on the outside:And this on the inside:Anyone ever been to a church like that in Ireland?Have in iPhone? This short film is calling you an idiot>Washington Post writer gives some useful advice to homophobic parent> IF YOU’RE A fan of Marvel’s new series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you may have noticed some familiar footage during the latest episode.In a scene which purported to be in Oslo, shots of Dublin during the 2006 riots were used.  Dublin is easily identified by the Parnell Monument which bears a golden harp.last_img

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NCADs decision not to replace a furnace tells a bigger story about

first_imgTHE NATIONAL COLLEGE of Art and Design has told students studying glass that it will not replace a furnace used in glass blowing – because of a shortage of resources.The previous furnace had broken down in early October of last year. Students in their last year of the subject had arrangements made in Leitrim and Waterford to use facilities there.In a letter sent to students on the course, the Director of NCAD Professor Declan McGonagle says that the college remains committed to teaching the medium, but says the decision came down to resources.“We will return to the furnace issue when we have set out a new development process for Glass at NCAD, that is viable in teaching and learning, technical, staffing and financial terms, in the context of the new configuration in Fine Art, relative to Design.“The only source of capital resourcing for a furnace would have been from the income generated by areas of Design and there have been a range of substantial calls on that funding already. Neither has it been possible to confirm that the ongoing operation of a furnace and related activities could have been carried on, in the immediate future and with our current staffing resources, without the possibility of straying across Health and Safety limits in the longer term.”Speaking to, McGonagle said that the college hasn’t received capital investment for four years.“We would struggle to find the capital involved in finding a furnace, installing one and running it. There are areas in design that have been commercially successful and we had in mind to use that money but other calls meant that is not feasible.“There are real financial pressures in the sector and the college.“The board is keen that there be a future for glass, that it not suffer alone.”McGonagle added that meetings will take place to discuss the future of the subject.SufferingNoel Kelly of Visual Artists Ireland said that he felt sympathy for NCAD and that the loss of the furnace would be a “negative”.He said, however, that the story was a smaller case in a bigger tale.“More specialised areas are the ones that get shelved first. If more people want to do, for example, ceramics and only a few want to do something else, then the one that wins is ceramics.“It’s a business decision, but that’s a pity. Business decisions made in arts are damaging because it restricts creativity.“Funding for the arts has been very difficult in general. There have been no calls for capital funding in four year and artists studios are suffering across the country because of that.”Read: Calling all harpers: The Arts Council wants youlast_img read more

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Des insectes pollinisateurs vieux de plus de 100 millions dannées

first_imgDes insectes pollinisateurs vieux de plus de 100 millions d’annéesDes chercheurs ont observé, piégés dans de l’ambre venue d’Espagne, des insectes pollinisateurs vieux de plus de 100 millions d’années. Ils constituent la plus ancienne trace de pollinisation à ce jour découverte.La plus ancienne preuve de pollinisation a été découverte au Pays Basque, en Espagne, dans des résidus d’ambre. Elle date de 105 à 110 millions d’années, durant l’ère du Crétacé, indiquent dans une étude publiée par les Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences les chercheurs qui l’ont observée.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Piégés dans des morceaux d’ambre, les insectes couverts de pollen sont minuscules. Il s’agit de spécimens de la famille des thysanoptères, également baptisés thrips, qui mesurent deux millimètres à peine de long. Grâce à leurs ailes très fines et leur longue frange ciliaire, ces insectes peuvent récolter d’importantes quantités de pollen. Au total, les scientifiques ont découvert six femelles dans l’ambre dénichée en Espagne. C’est sur des cycadales, ou des arbres appartenant à la famille du ginkgo, qu’elles auraient recueilli le pollen dont elles sont couvertes.Les chercheurs tentent désormais de comprendre pourquoi ces insectes, baptisés Gymnopollisthrips, ont ainsi butiné du pollen. Dirigés par Enrique Peñalver, ils pensent que les femelles déposaient leurs larves dans les organes reproducteurs des plantes pour qu’elles s’y développent. Les insectes se nourrissaient du pollen dont ils étaient alors couverts, expliquent-ils cités par Sciences et Avenir.Le 20 mai 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NBB Responds to EU Trade Policy Blocking US Biodiesel Calls Congress to

first_imgInformation provided by the National Biodiesel Board. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released the following statement from Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs, regarding the European Commission’s decision announced Tuesday to extend protectionist trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from the European market since 2009:“The European Commission has decided to continue a policy that is clearly aimed at giving European biodiesel producers an edge over their competition and a lock on the European market. It is disappointing, and we will continue evaluating our options for fighting these protectionist duties.”“This decision highlights why the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive should be reformed and converted into a domestic production credit so that we have a level playing field. When the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive is in effect under the current structure, European biodiesel can be shipped to the United States only to be rewarded with a $1-per-gallon incentive, while at the same time U.S. biodiesel shipped to the EU is slapped with punitive duties. This is obviously unfair to American companies and workers.”The punitive duties were first imposed by the European Commission on July 7, 2009, and were slated to expire last year. However, in July 2014, the European Biodiesel Board pushed to extend them for another five years, and the Commission has been conducting an “expiry review” for this purpose. The EU has cited the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive in the U.S. as a reason to extend the duties, ignoring the fact that the biodiesel tax incentive is currently expired and that European biodiesel was eligible to receive the tax credit so long as it was blended in the U.S.In challenging the duties throughout the expiry review, NBB emphasized that European biodiesel producers are able to sell biodiesel in both Europe and the United States without duties or limitation and can freely participate in U.S. policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and, before it had expired, the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive. In fact, U.S. imports of biodiesel from the EU have grown in recent years while EU imports of U.S. biodiesel have been virtually eliminated since the EU duties were imposed.Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel produced on a commercial scale nationwide. It is produced in nearly every state in the country from a variety of fats and oils including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. Americans consumed about 1.8 billion gallons last year.  The industry supports more than 62,000 U.S. jobs.last_img read more

Downtown Houston What Will It Take To Make It A Destination Neighborhood

first_img Listen X 00:00 /03:41 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Brien StrawBob Eury, executive director of the Downtown District, talks about the transformation of Houston’s core.Downtown Houston continues to become more of a destination for both visitors and new residents. The new light rail lines are complete and ongoing construction will result in several new hotels and office space.Henry Han, Creative Commons licenseDowntown Houston as seen from Hilton AmericasBut there is also some criticism of how the city is trying to boost the number of residential buildings.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, News 88.7’s Florian Martin spoke with Bob Eury, executive director of the Downtown District. Click the audio play button below to listen.last_img read more

Get the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update early

first_imgGet the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update early by Martin Brinkmann on April 03, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: April 26, 2018 – 29 commentsWindows 10 users and administrators who can’t wait to upgrade PCs to the soon to be released Spring Creators Update for the operating system may download official files right now to run the update early.Tip: check out our overview of new features and changes in the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, or our guide on delaying the upgrade on Windows 10 machines.Windows 10 1803 build 17133 is the official version of the Spring Creators Update. It is available on Microsoft servers as ESD files which you can convert to ISO and then install on Windows 10 PCs.The very first thing that you need to do is download the right version from Microsoft. You can check out the master list of available versions on Pastebin.Update: Microsoft skipped the designated RTM due to a last minute bug. The new RTM for the (now called) Aprils Update has been produced and it is now already available. All you have to do is download this XML file from Microsoft, locate the version you require, and copy the download URL displayed next to it to download the release. EndThe list is divided into different groups:Bootable Client Consumer Multi ISO Edition in 32-bit and 64-bit versions:Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home NWindows 10 Home Single LanguageWindows 10 EducationWindows 10 Education NWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro NBootable Client Business Multi ISO Edition in 32-bit and 64-bit versionsWindows 10 EducationWindows 10 Education NWindows 10 EnterpriseWindows 10 Enterprise NWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro NCopy the right download URL, e.g. for the 64-bit U.S. English consumer version and load it in your browser. The ESD includes all listed editions of Windows 10.The 64-bit downloads have a size of around 3 Gigabytes, the 32-bit versions a size of about 2.2 Gigabytes.Decrypt the ESD fileNow that you have the ESD file on your device, it is necessary to decrypt it so that it is turned into an ISO image.You need the program Wimlib for that which you may download from here. Additional downloads for the ESD Decrypter tool are listed on Pastebin.Note: The program comes as a 7z archive which you need to extract using a compatible archiver. You may use 7-Zip for that or another archiver such as Bandizip.Copy the downloaded ESD file to the same directory that you extracted the archive to.Right-click on decrypt.cmd and select “run as administrator” to run it with elevated rights.Select “Continue including all editions” on the first prompt. You may use other options here, for instance to continue by including a single edition instead.Select “Create Full ISO with Standard install.wim” on the next prompt.The process may take a moment to complete. It depends largely on the performance of the system but should not take longer than a couple of minutes.The batch file creates an ISO image that you can burn to DVD directly or copy to USB by using the Windows USB/DVD Download tool. If you prefer a third-party tool, use the excellent Rufus instead.Closing wordsI will wait at least a month before I even think of upgrading production machines to the new Windows 10 version. Past releases have shown that things can go wrong terribly during upgrades and that Microsoft is busy fixing issues that come up after the release of the new Windows version. (via Deskmodder)Now You: Which version of Windows do you run right now, if any?SummaryArticle NameGet the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update earlyDescriptionWindows 10 users and administrators who can’t wait to upgrade PCs to the soon to be released Spring Creators Update for the operating system may download official files right now to run the update early.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Break into an InDemand Career with This FREE AllAboutAndroid Coding Bundle

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you have always wanted to learn Android app development, today’s the best day. It could never get any better than free, and today Wccftech Deals brings a five-course Android coding bundle for absolutely free!FREE five-course Android coding bundle:Many of our readers keep asking us about tools and training support to learn Android or iOS development. As these have become two of the best and most used mobile operating systems, Android and iOS development jobs have also become one of the most successful careers in IT industry. Today, we bring you a five-course Android coding bundle for absolutely nada – free!No matter if your interest is in Android gaming development, learning material design or building Android apps, this bundle has focused on every aspect of Android development. Create a viral mobile game or a build a properly designed app, you can now do it all and become a professional developer. This introductory bundle includes courses on the following topics:Create an Android Game from Scratch Using AndEngineUsing Java for Android & Advanced ApplicationsPublish an Android Game AppAndroid Material Design: Learning Through ExampleAdvanced Android Programming SkillsGet this free Android Coding bundle, and break into an in-demand career with this completely free 23-hour training.last_img read more

Aviareps adds Azerbaijan and Georgia in its portfolio

first_imgAviareps has expanded its international portfolio by establishing its 61st office in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku; extending its network to 46 countries worldwide.The new office is responsible for conducting General Sales Agent (GSA), marketing, PR and trade promotion activities for airlines, destinations, tourism services and other representative activities for both the markets of Azerbaijan and neighbouring Georgia.Edgar Lacker, Chief Executive Officer, Aviareps, said, “With our new office opened and specialised team in place, we are extremely proud and excited to become part of the Azerbaijan and Georgia corporate landscapes. Through our new Baku office, we look forward to not only providing our clients with the professional support and expertise for them to grow in these markets, but also to reach out to Azerbaijani entities and corporations to further expand their international footprint through the AVIAREPS global network.”With a population of 9.9 million, Azerbaijan is the fourth largest economy in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In 2016, over 5.1 million outbound trips were taken by Azerbaijanis, making it an attractive emerging market with numerous opportunities for airlines, tourism authorities and retail attractions to increase their arrival numbers and mix, as well as visitor expenditure.The Aviareps Azerbaijan office opened its doors already as the GSA for two clients, including Singapore Airlines (starting April 2017) and AVIS Rent a Car.The Aviareps Azerbaijan office will be headed by Ayan Zeynalova as its Country Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Azerbaijan Tourism Institute and from the Krems University in Austria, specialised in Tourism and Leisure Management. Her professional acumen also includes previous positions at the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau, where she was focused on the promotion of Azerbaijan internationally, as well as specialising in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) development.last_img read more

CFPB Consumer Complaints Nearly Double in 2013

first_imgCFPB: Consumer Complaints Nearly Double in 2013 Share April 1, 2014 405 Views Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) nearly doubled over the course of 2013, the agency revealed in an annual report.According to CFPB’s figures, complaint volume last year totaled 163,700, an 80 percent increase from the 91,000 recorded complaints in 2012. Including this year, the bureau has received more than 310,000 complaints to date.The leap in volume underscores the challenges that still remain despite the progress made by financial industries in the last few years.“Consumer complaints have become central to the work of this agency. They enable us to listen to, and amplify, the concerns of any American who wants to be heard,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “They are also our compass. They make a difference by informing our work and helping us identify and prioritize problems for potential action.”Areas of dissatisfaction ranged from bank accounts to debt collection to all manner of loans—including mortgages, which represented the greatest share of complaint volume at 37 percent.At 59 percent, the greatest share of mortgage-related issues came up when borrowers were unable to pay, “such as issues relating to loan modifications, collections, or foreclosures,” CFPB said in its report. At a distant second in volume was “making payments” (26 percent), followed by complaints about applying for a loan (8 percent).“For consumers applying for a mortgage loan, consumers raise issues related to interest rate-lock agreements, such as lenders refusing to honor rate-locks, or assessing penalties when the loan does not close,” the agency explained.Upon receiving a complaint, CFPB expects companies to respond within 15 days and to provide a description of the steps taken or planned. According to the bureau, companies have responded to more than 93 percent of complaints sent to them, and consumers have disputed 21 percent of those responses.About 7 percent of complaints end up with some form of monetary relief, according to CFPB, with the median amount coming to $460 for mortgage-related complaints.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News 2014-04-01 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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7 Amsterdam Holland Struggling to find presents

first_img7. Amsterdam, HollandStruggling to find presents for your nearest and dearest? We suggest heading to Holland’s capital, our new favourite shopping mecca. It’s just a short flight away, although you can also hop on the overnight ferry which will whisk you from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. From there it’s just a short train ride to Amsterdam, where you’ll find beautiful fairy light-adorned bridges spanning its famous canals. For the best of both worlds, head to the beautiful The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) area where you’ll find gorgeous architecture and fantastic shops. For designer labels, it’s got to be P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam’s most exclusive street, while De Bijenkorf, the huge department store on Dam Square in the city centre, is a one-stop shop for present hunters. 5. Edinburgh, ScotlandHead north to Scotland’s capital for a double shot of Christmas spirit. Start on Princes Street, which has all the high street names we know and love (along with the historic Jenners department store) then nip over to the Old Town for independent boutiques and all things Scottish – this is where to find the best whisky and the finest Scottish wool. The Grassmarket and Cockburn Street are some of our favourite Old Town spots. When it comes to friends and family who like the finer things in life, you can’t go wrong with a stroll down George Street in the New Town, which is where you’ll find the highest density of designer brands. 6. Manchester, United KingdomManchester’s easy to get to and has some of the best restaurants and bars to check out once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped. The best shopping areas in Manchester include Spinningfields for independent, quirky boutiques, the Northern Quarter for its vintage stores and of course the legendary Trafford Centre with its endless shopping opportunities. The best bit? The latter is now even easier to get to, thanks to the recently-launched Manchester Water Taxi service. 1. Orlando, U.S.ABear with us here. Orlando might not be famous for its Christmas markets but you can certainly shop until you drop here, and you’ll be scorching, not shivering – if you go in November or December you’ll enjoy temperatures of around 25°C. Our favourite shopping destinations? Orlando International Premium Outlets, where you’ll find the world’s top brands offering discounts of up to 25 to 65 per cent. Then there’s Universal’s CityWalk, where you’ll discover plenty of places to pick up quirkier gifts, along with some fantastic restaurants to check out when energy levels dip. Another essential spot is the East End Market, home to a fantastic selection of local artisans. For awkward uncles and fussy fathers, pick up some fragrant grooming products from Freehand Goods, and for some truly unique homewear, head to Porch Therapy, one of the market’s most popular concessions.2. Cologne, GermanyCologne, just a short flight from the UK, has some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, all set against the backdrop of a frosty Rhine, making it one of the best places for a Christmas shopping trip. Start with the market in the shadow of Cologne’s cathedral (known as the Kölner Dom). If you fancy a few laps around an ice rink, head to the one at Heumarkt. For families, it’s got to be “Nikolausdorf” (St. Nick’s Village) on Rudolfplatz. Traditional Christmas tree ornaments should be at the top of your list, followed by wooden nutcracker figures and carved ornaments. And when you’re all shopped out, head to the Früh am Dom, a beautiful, traditional beer house in the shadow of Cologne’s cathedral. Check out 12 more of the best Christmas Markets in Europe.3. New York, U.S.ANew York is regarded as one of the world’s best shopping cities – what can possibly beat splashing the cash on Fifth Avenue followed by a few laps of the ice rink at the Rockefeller Center? And then there are New York’s best shopping department stores: Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Although there aren’t any outlet centres in New York City itself, there are plenty nearby, including Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which has the largest collection of designer outlets in the world, and Tanger Outlet on Long Island, which is great for those on a budget, due to the large selection of high street brands like Forever 21 and H&M. If you’re ready to come up for air, these museums and art galleries in New York provide a little cultural relief.4. MoroccoLet’s face it, the pound’s having a bit of a rough ride at the moment. So where is the pound strong? Argentina, South Africa and Mongolia are three of the destinations where you’ll get most bang for your buck – not destinations known for their fantastic shopping opportunities. But don’t panic – the pound’s also doing pretty well in Morocco, and the country’s labyrinth-like souks are the ideal places to pick up presents for loved ones. Although most head to Marrakesh, some of the best souks in Morocco can be found in Fes – just don’t forget to haggle! There’s plenty to see and do in Fes and Marrakesh once you’ve given the credit card a hammering, too. The best bit? According to Lonely Planet 200 dirhams (£15) will be more than enough to cover the cost of a meal for two. More mince pies for us then. 8. Paris, FranceParis’s capital isn’t just the city of love – we like to think of it as the city of shopping, too. Getting to Paris couldn’t be easier – simply hop on a flight or jump on the Eurostar. Its close proximity means it’s possible to get there and back within the space of a day, although there are plenty of cheap hotels in Paris if you’re taking a little longer – we’ve got a particular soft spot for Hotel Le Relais Montmatre, which can be found in one of the city’s leafier neighbourhoods. It’s also a great base from which to explore the city, whether you’re splashing the cash on the chic Champs-Élysées – home to some of the best shops in Paris – or making a beeline for the quirky boutiques on Canal St-Martin and the 10th Arrondissement. Related11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…5 of the world’s craziest Christmas eventsFrom jet-skiing Santas to parading turkeys and pooing celebs, we present five of the world’s funniest festive events.11 best Christmas markets in the UKYou no longer have to head to Germany or Austria to browse the stalls of a traditional Christmas market – some of the best are closer to home. So throw on those extra layers, finish writing that Christmas present list and head to one of the following for some Glühwein-fuelled…center_img 10. Vienna, AustriaVienna comes alive in winter. Head to the beautiful ice rink which appears in the centre and you’ll also find a gorgeous ski chalet-style bar where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine. But back to the business in hand: shopping. The Museum Quarter has some wonderful gift shops for discerning friends. Equally upmarket is the Goldenes Quartier between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse and Am Hof. Head here for luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen. For something more affordable, make a beeline for Kärntner Straße, a shopping street packed with the biggest brands. And when all those bags start to weigh you down, hop in one of the city’s famous horse-drawn carriages. Are you a retail therapy addict? Feed your addiction with the following guides:The world’s most beautiful bookshopsBuying for bookworms? These beautiful shops tick all the boxes.Six best budget sleeps in LondonHeading to London to shop for a festive shopping foray? Here’s where to to crash!The best places to shop in New YorkNothing beats the Big Apple when it comes to retail therapy.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 9. Lisbon, PortugalLisbon might not sound like an obvious choice but that’s exactly why we rate Portugal’s crowd-free capital as a fantastic shopping destination. It’s close enough to nip over there for a long weekend, and in November and December you’ll still enjoy wonderfully warm weather, with daytime averages of around 18°C. Two of the main shopping streets are Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade. You’ll find all the big brands here (but much cheaper prices) and plenty of cute cafés for that all-important caffeine fix (and Lisbon’s famous custard tarts). For hard-to-please relatives, head off the beaten path, down the winding side streets in neighbourhoods like Bairro Alto, famous for its independent clothing and jewelry stores. We also love Lisbon’s markets. Feira da Ladra (Campo de Santa Clara is 1,000 years old and it’s a great place to pick up vintage knick knacks. We recommend staying in the Alfama, which is the city’s oldest neighbourhood. It’s quiet and colourful, and the perfect place to relax after a hard day pounding Lisbon’s streets. This is where you’ll find Santiago de Alfama, one of Lisbon’s best boutique hotels.last_img read more