COPENHAGEN – Canada will compete for a medal at the world hockey championship for the fourth straight year.Ryan O’Reilly scored the game winner on a 4-on-3 power play with 4:57 into overtime Thursday as Canada beat Russia 5-4 and punched its ticket to the semifinals in Copenhagen.Colton Parayko and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored power-play goals while Kyle Turris and Pierre-Luc Dubois added third-period markers.Canada came into the quarterfinal as the lower seed after a somewhat lacklustre preliminary-round performance in small-town Herning. The change of scenery seemed to agree with the Canadians in their first period of action at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.Canada controlled the play, outshooting Russia 12-4 in the opening frame and taking a 1-0 lead when Parayko fired a massive slapshot to the glove side of Igor Shestyorkin at 4:45.The power-play goal snapped a 0-for-16 drought that had stretched over four preliminary-round games for Canada. It was the first of the tournament allowed by Shestyorkin, who had been perfect in seven periods of action against Slovakia, Belarus and Austria during preliminary-round play.
Saskatchewan released regulations Wednesday that will require industry to reduce methane emissions by 4.5 million tonnes annually by 2025.The regulations include penalties for non-compliance. “The prime minister has been gracious with his time when I’ve requested the opportunity to speak with him by telephone or in person and I’m appreciative of that,” he said.The premier has previously suggested the federal carbon tax is one of the biggest economic headwinds facing Saskatchewan.Moe has asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on the province is constitutional.The province argues its own climate change plan, which doesn’t include a carbon levy, is enough to reduce emissions. The two did not meet when Trudeau was in Regina earlier this month, but the prime minister said it was good to meet the premier in La Loche.“We are going to continue to work on issues that matter to folks in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe, who indicated they only talked briefly, said they discussed supports both governments are providing to communities.Trudeau went on to highlight the work by both governments that helped lead to the creation of 11,000 new jobs in the province.“That is something that governments can facilitate when we invest in the right kinds of things together, but it’s a tremendous credit to people and businesses here in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe said he had already planned to spend time with his wife when Trudeau was in Regina and that’s why the two leaders couldn’t meet. LA LOCHE, Sask. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he continues to work with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe despite their differences over the federal carbon tax.Trudeau was asked at a funding announcement in La Loche on Wednesday whether he would try to persuade Moe, who was also there, about the tax.Trudeau said he and Moe have had “many great conversations” on things they agree and disagree on.
Hanoi, the historic capital city of Vietnam, the oldest capital in Southeast Asia, founded in 1010 CE, is seductively charming – approachable and aloof at the same time. The cradle of Vietnamese civilisation is a tangle of the ancient and modern, a quaint blend of enchanting Europe and chaotic Asia. Nestled in a great bend of the Red River, Hanoi, a city with a dozen lakes and narrow congested streets, still carries the flavour of its colonialists, with its tree-lined French-style boulevards and amber villas. We are overwhelmed by the timelessness of the place as we walk its catacomb of bustling streets and feel ourselves passing through millennia-old history, tangible in its environment and sights. Its saga of struggle against the various forces – Russians, French, Chinese and Americans at various periods – is palpably ingrained in its character. Vietnam’s turbulent past and the vivacity of its present are inimitably reflected in Hanoi, the city which the French imperialists held as the capital of all of Indochina from 1902 to 1953. We take a leisurely cycle ride through ribbon-broad labyrinthine streets. The alleyways and narrow streets of its Old Quarter are still named for the crafts and trade that migrants from villages once practiced. It was here, in the Red River Delta, that several traditional arts and crafts including lacquer ware and silk crafts flourished. ‘Tube-houses’ with narrow fronts flank the streets that sell everything from eats to inexpensive souvenirs and merchandise. While we see well-to-do locals relax in trendy restaurants and coffee shops that dot the Old Quarter, the city’s pavements or sidewalks, we observe, are the happening places in Hanoi. They double up as kitchens and living rooms where cooking and entertaining happen routinely. People huddle together in low seats at street corners and engage in leisurely banter over steaming bowls of ‘pho’, the local noodle soup. The traffic scene in Hanoi is mind-boggling as it swarms with zig-zagging two-wheelers and the popular mobile taxis or ‘xe om’ as they are locally called. Vietnamese women donning conical hats, hawking flowers, fruits, vegetables and cooked food from deftly balanced shoulder poles, worm their way through this chaotic maze of vehicles. My heart skips several beats as we stand at the swarming intersections to cross over. However, I am forced to admire the manner in which the motorists adjust their course to pedestrians crossing the roads as long as they continue to walk slowly and calmly, unruffled by the gaggles of motor scooters. A few hundred metres away from the Old Quarter, we come upon Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, the ‘Lake of the Restored Sword’, the centre of downtown Hanoi, it is a spiritual and sociocultural hub, a tourists’ and shoppers’ paradise. If it throbs with joggers and exercise buffs in the early hours of dawn, its verdant precincts attract tourists and local picnickers during the day. According to legend, Le Loi, a 15th century emperor, received a sword from a magic turtle at the lake’s edge which he later used to drive away the Chinese from Vietnam. A little away, a red-hued wooden bridge brings us to the majestic Ngoc Son Temple. The trademark Vietnamese Water Puppet Show in the evening, serves as grand finale to our first day in Hanoi that sees us explore the Old Quarter. The Thang Long Water Puppet show with its characters, resplendent in colorful traditional attires, encapsulates Vietnamese life in an interesting way. The performance is done on an underwater stage, accompanied by native music. The spellbinding show narrates the origins of Vietnamese people, beginning with the marriage of Lac Long Quan, the dragon King, and the fairy Au Co. Compelled by curiosity, we head first to the city’s Presidential Palace area in Ba Dinh district, on the second day of our stay in Hanoi. The broad square is dominated by an imposing granite edifice where the legendary “Bac Ho” or “Uncle Ho” as Ho Chi Minh was fondly referred to, lies embalmed. We take our place in the serpentine queue to see in flesh, the national hero who led communist Vietnam’s fight against the US forces. He is on display in a glass sarcophagus at this mausoleum. It is evident that he is idolised by his people, venerated next only to God. The One Pillar Pagoda built on a lake in the Presidential Palace area, catches our attention as we see hordes of tourists proceed towards it. Considered the most unique pagoda in Asia, the structure, designed to resemble an open lotus, symbolising purity, was built in the 11th century CE by the then emperor, Ly Thai Tong. According to legend, the heirless emperor dreamt of being handed over a male infant by the Goddess of Mercy. When he did beget a male child, he built the pagoda as an act of gratitude. The original shrine, built of wood on a single stone pillar, was destroyed by the French in 1954. It was rebuilt by the Vietnamese government. The political and cultural capital of Vietnam, often termed as the city of poets, Hanoi is very much viewed as a bastion of Confucian values and Communist doctrines. Perhaps, nowhere is this better reflected than in the 1,000-year old Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s oldest university. Built in 1070 CE, dedicated to Confucius, the Temple of Literature was constructed as a place of learning rather than religion. While the university closed in 1779, it still contains vestiges of the eras gone by. It is a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture, set in lush and picturesque environs. It is laid out in a sequence of five courtyards and spanned by a trio of pathways that run the length of the Temple. Expansive gardens with a plethora of foliaceous trees, topiary animal sculptures and small ponds attract visitors to it. We wind our Hanoi trip with a visit to its infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also called Maison Centrale. Only a fraction of the sprawling complex which was originally built by the French in 1896, is now preserved as a museum. Nothing prepares us for what we see at this French-built hell-hole, Hoa Lo, literally meaning “stove”, and sardonically named Hanoi Hilton by the American POWs. We are overwhelmed by a sense of revulsion as we see the dank cells where Vietnamese revolutionaries were held captive and subsequently guillotined, various grisly exhibits showing acts of gore and the torturous suffering of prisoners. Swathes of the city witnessed complete destruction, especially during the US bombing rom 1965 to 1973. Scars of embittered wars doubtlessly remain, poignant, yet well-masked as Hanoi continues to develop and forges ahead with economic reconstruction. Tourists throng the city, the multicultural fabric of which points towards its openness as people from diverse cultures, religions and nationalities coexist in harmony.
Toronto – The Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) inked, on Thursday in Rabat, the cooperation strategy for 2017-2021. Signed by Secretary General of the Health Ministry Abdelali Belghiti Aloui and WHO representative in Morocco Yves Souteyrand, the strategy was devised by the Ministry in collaboration with key national and international stakeholders in the health sector.The said strategy takes account of the progress in the implementation of Moroccan health system reforms, and the WHO Global Program, particularly efforts made internationally to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The strategy is also in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021, which governs cooperation between Morocco and the UN.The strategy has four broad lines, namely increasing fair access to affordable and quality services, reducing health inequalities, decreasing mortality rate, and fostering governance in the health sector.The strategy will be given concrete substance via biennial working programs over 2017-2021 with WHO’s technical and financial support.
“I had a good meeting again with Prasad Kariyawasam Secretary 2 Ministry/ Foreign Aff. assisted by Mahishini & Satya discussing Interreligious collaboration of all religions 4 Peace & Reconciliaton in SL , thus complementing efforts of Govt. politicians & civic leaders,” Father Emmanuel tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) The head of a leading Tamil diaspora group says he had talks with Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and other Foreign Ministry officials in Colombo.Head of the Global Tamil Forum, Professor Dr.S.J.Emmanuel said that he had discussions related to reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
“Cricket is played in some of the countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. By working with the ICC and its member National Cricket Boards around the world, we hope to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and inform young people how to protect themselves from HIV,” Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Peter Piot said.ICC will work with the agency to integrate information on the disease in activities around cricket tournaments. It will also incorporate UNAIDS education and training messages and materials its global development programme and encourage National Cricket Boards to support issues in various countries. “The threat of HIV/AIDS in many of the communities in which cricket is played is acute,” ICC President Ehsan Mani said in Mumbai, India, during the announcement of the collaboration. “I hope that through this partnership the ICC is able to play its part in helping UNAIDS turn the HIV/AIDS epidemic around.” Of the estimated 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, over 12 million live in cricket playing countries. In India and South Africa alone, over 9 million people are living with the pandemic.
Against the backdrop that many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people are affected by the hardship of conflict and war, the 2017 edition of the International Day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Youth Building Peace. Considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective, this year, the Day recognizes that more and more societies around the world are recognizing the role of youth as agents of change and critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Organized by the UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with the Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, today’s event draws together experts from youth civil society, government and the United Nations to explore the various ways in which young people are contributing to building and sustaining peace. Meanwhile, in Iraq, on her first official trip, the Secretary-General’s new Youth Envoy is conducting dialogues with young people and meeting with UN officials. In December 1999, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people. “I’m truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General said a video message. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world,” he added. “In this spirit, I have appointed an impressive new Youth Envoy,” he said, introducing 26-year-old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as the youngest and “one of the most important” members of his team. “Governments must work with young people to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace,” continued Mr. Guterres. After the Youth Envoy invited everyone to join in mobilizing young people, the Secretary-General said, “Together, we can create a peaceful world for generations to come.” Participants listen to speakers at the “Youth Building Peace” event commemorating International Youth Day. UN Photo/Kim Haughton
As we approach the colder months, motorists can improve their car’s braking, accelerating and steering performance simply by fitting the right tyres.Winter tyres are a hot topic, and rightly so – for five months of the year UK temperatures average less than 7°C, a critical temperature below which winter tyres outperform regular tyres. Made of specially formulated compounds that harden less as temperatures fall, and covered in hundreds of grip-inducing ‘sipes’, winter tyres give better performance in cold, wet weather, as well as in snowy and icy conditions.SMMT invited a select group of media to put a range of cold weather tyres to the test. Journalists tested standard and winter tyres on a variety of vehicle models and on special low-friction surfaces. Watch the video to find out what they had to say after experiencing the two types of tyre back-to-back.According to the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association, a car fitted with winter tyres, braking from 62mph on a cold, wet road, will outbreak a summer tyre by around five metres. On snow at 30mph the difference is 11 metres, while the same vehicle breaking on an icy road at just 20mph would pull-up eight metres shorter – a crucial two car lengths less than a vehicle using summer tyres.“Tyres can have a major effect on a car’s performance, improving its safety and keeping it moving in winter conditions,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Winter tyres provide greater grip and handling, reducing braking distances in cold, wet conditions as well as on snow and ice. With temperatures starting to drop and the wetter seasons approaching, motorists should make sure they have the best tyres for the road and climate conditions.”A set of winter tyres should not be viewed as a cost, but an investment. By swapping from summer to winter rubber for half the year, both sets will wear half as much, lasting twice as long as a single set of tyres. Franchised dealers and Motor Codes garages can advise drivers on the most appropriate tyres for their needs and will ensure that choices match manufacturer specifications.On the Continent, many countries have legislation that requires the fitment of tyres appropriate for the climate with a summer/winter tyre change a common occurrence. In Germany, winter tyres represent 48% of the market while even the likes of Holland and Belgium have 18% and 16% uptake respectively. In the UK, the past two harsh winters saw the cold weather tyre market grow significantly, with the market 10 times bigger than in 2003/4 but the size of the market is still tiny compared to other European countries, with just 0.4% of the market using winter tyres.To find out more about winter tyres, visit your local dealer (you can search for your nearest reputable garage using the Garage Finder tool at www.motorcodes.co.uk).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
This matches the existing research on a home-court scoring partiality in basketball — both in the NCAA and the NBA — in addition to the home-rink bias present in the recording of hits and blocked shots in the NHL.But although there appears to be some hometown favoritism involved with the NHL’s second assist, it might be difficult to do anything about it. Indeed, judging when a player should receive a secondary assist is not always clear cut. Let’s look at a pair of goals scored last season — one by the home team and the other by the away team — at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, the rink with the NHL’s third-biggest home second-assist bias since the lockout.First, does Anton Stralman, who lost possession by flipping the puck into a New Jersey Devils defender, deserve a secondary assist on this play?Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_44_njd_tbl_1415_h_discrete_t-b439_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.We would argue that he does not, but Stralman’s home-arena scorer thought differently.In the next clip, former Capitals center Eric Fehr carries the puck into the zone and sends it toward the slot before it eventually finds the stick of Brooks Laich, who buries it in the net. Fehr was not awarded an assist for this play, though he very well could have under the second-assist rule.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_414_wsh_tbl_1415_h_ingame_t-b238_goal_1_1600k_16x9.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding to a request for comment via email, NHL Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told us, “The standard for what constitutes an assist is clearly detailed for all of our off-ice officials and the expectation is that that standard will be applied.” But, clearly, that standard is applied differently across the board. In each of the above cases, the rules for awarding secondary assists left much up to the individual interpretation of the official scorer.So if there’s no way to standardize how they are awarded, perhaps the problem with secondary assists isn’t how they are handed out, but the fact that they exist at all. Since all goals and assists count equally in a player’s point tally, second assists are valuable — too much so to be awarded with such inconsistency.As Simon said: “The fact that there’s no difference [in points] between a secondary assist and a goal is pretty silly, isn’t it?” Even when factoring in home teams’ tendency to score more frequently, the number of superstar players with extreme home-slanted secondary assist numbers is peculiar.1For instance, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby are all household names; on the other hand, most people haven’t heard of Alex Goligoski. In addition to Crosby, other big names with many more second assists at home include Evgeni Malkin (43 more; or a 56 increase), Steven Stamkos (41 more; 121 percent) and P.K. Subban (39 more; 91 percent). These home-cooked assist totals can add up: The Art Ross has gone to either Crosby or Malkin in four of the last 10 seasons, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes (plus three more for Stamkos and Ryan Getzlaf, another home-assist beneficiary).2Malkin’s 2008-09 Art Ross win is especially suspect; he beat Alex Ovechkin that year by only 3 points (113-110) after recording 13 secondary assists at home and only four on the road.Although Rand Simon, an agent with Newport Sports Management — a firm whose clients include Stamkos and Subban — said he couldn’t remember a time when a player’s second-assist tally came up in negotiations, he admitted it’s a stat that he and his team are aware of when they sit down across from general managers. “When we prepare and do research for contracts, it’s something we always look at,” Simon said over the phone. “If he does have a significantly high number of primary assists, it’s something that we keep in the back of our mind and talk about. Conversely, if there’s a player that the club is comparing him to and he’s getting a lot of secondary assists versus primary, it’s something we want to know.”“I could see it becoming a negotiation point, especially in the case of extremes,” he said. “Or in the case of maybe the club being critical of a player because his assists were off from one year to the next. Maybe the agent can point out that it was all secondary assists; the primary assists stayed the same.”That inconsistency affects entire teams’ stats, not just those of star players. The chart below shows second-assist rates for both home and away goals, split by the hometown team: Depending on the arena, the rate at which secondary assists are awarded varies from 70 percent of a game’s total goals (Ottawa) to 80 percent (Colorado). In effect, this means that roughly once every two games, there’s an extra secondary assist given out in Colorado that wouldn’t have been in Ottawa.That’s for all goals scored by both teams in a game; the numbers also suggest scorers might show implicit bias when awarding second assists on home goals, specifically. For roughly a third of the home rinks we studied,3Specifically, 11 of the NHL’s 30 arenas. the difference in second-assist rates between the home team and away team was statistically significant, meaning it could not reasonably be explained away as the product of natural fluctuations. This is even true across game situations; that is, if we account for score effects (in case there are more second assists when the leading team — i.e., the home team more often than not — scores) or isolate 5-on-5 play only (accounting for possibility of more second assists on power plays, which the home team also tends to get more of), the same conclusion holds. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is one of the most talented players in the National Hockey League. But sometimes, he also gets lucky.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_1132_car_pit_1314_h_discrete_pit85_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This clip comes from the 2013-14 season, when Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer. On the play, the Consol Energy Center’s official scorer awarded Crosby a secondary assist even though the pass he attempted to shovel back to a teammate resulted in an apparent turnover. This type of judgment call frequently went in Crosby’s favor that year; he recorded 22 secondary assists at home, versus just 12 on the road.And it wasn’t just a one-season aberration. Few players benefit more than Crosby from the secondary assist, one of the league’s most inconsistent and superfluous stats. Over the course of his career, Crosby has recorded 150 second assists at home and only 112 on the road, a 38-helper difference that ranks seventh in the NHL since 2005-06.Like pitcher wins in baseball and quarterback rating in football, the NHL’s second assist isn’t a great barometer of talent. Carolina Hurricanes analyst Eric Tulsky once showed that secondary-assist totals for forwards at even strength are mostly noise, not a reflection of player skill. But we’ve also identified another problem with the second assist: The likelihood of one being awarded varies greatly depending on the arena and, in certain cases, whether the player is wearing the home team’s uniform. (This despite the fact that each arena’s official scorer is assigned by the league, not the team itself.)Point totals have a demonstrable effect on awards such as the Art Ross and Hart trophies (MVP); Crosby, for instance, doubled up on those honors in 2013-14, one of six times an Art Ross winner also took the Hart in the 11 seasons since the 2004-05 lockout — with a seventh likely coming this season in the form of Patrick Kane. They also help determine player salaries and incentive-based bonuses. So it’s worth asking whether certain players have been unfairly valued because of the way different official scorers award secondary assists.In fairness to Crosby, he’s far from the only player who earns a disproportionate number of secondary assists at home. Check out the scatterplot below, which shows career home and road second-assist numbers for players with at least 70 assists since the 2005-06 season. The dotted line is where we’d expect players to fall after accounting for the fact that NHL teams score about 10 percent more often at home than on the road. The further a player is above it, the more disproportionate his tendency to rack up secondary assists at home.
AT ONE POINT, Munster looked certain to continue their winning run and become the first Pro12 side to claim 15 points in the opening three games.That dream was soon thrown out the window however as Treviso staged a stunning fightback to claim a 29 – 19 win as Rob Penney’s side were reduced to 12 men.Munster had gotten off to a flying start and led 9 – 12 at half time thanks to a brilliant move rounded off by Keith Earls in the seventh minute and a 28th minute penalty try.Earls’ score was the third of Munster’s early line-breaks; Earls also made the first with Duncan Williams following soon after.The try came thanks to Casey Laulala’s burst and he let James Downey forced defenders further back before Simon Zebo injected pace and passed for Earls to speed over.A Niall Ronan yellow card came in between Matt Berquist penalties which put the home side into the lead. However, Munster reasserted their dominance with an eight-man shove after Earls had been judged to have been held up by the TMO.Three scrum penalties came and went before the referee finally awarded the penalty try as Williams failed to dot the ball down.The second half started like a procession with Stephen Archer claiming a try off a fluid maul. Keatley’s conversion made the lead 9 -19.That’s when the comeback began. Ludovico Nitoglia finished outside Simon Zebo after a simple skip pass caught the Munster defence flat-footed.Berquist’s conversion was initially ruled missed after hitting the post but a TMO review spotted the ball’s shadow on the inside of the post and the three-point gap was erased with the ex-Leinster man’s next kick at goal.YouTube credit: RaboDirect Pro12The momentum was all Italian. And the Forza rained down from the stands as Nitoglia dived in for his second try just after the hour mark. Despite the difficult angle, Berquist again found the target and Munster were suddenly paddling upstream and discipline left them.First Duncan Williams was sin-binned, then his replacement scrum-half Cathal Sheridan followed suit. With Munster desperately hanging on and the hosts seeking an overlap Archer was the fourth Munster man to be issued a yellow, this one for a high tackle. Treviso’s comeback rounded off a perfect night for Italian rugby as Zebre stunned their hosts in Cardiff by claiming their first ever Pro12 win with a three-try 30 -25 victory.In Glasgow, Leinster also suffered their first defeat of the season after putting in a dysfunctional display in a 12 -6 defeat.Jimmy Gopperth had given the eastern province a first-half, but Leinster were forced into a reshuffle as (late replacement for Darragh Fanning) Lote Tuqiri himself cried off on his debut with a hamstring injury. Ian Madigan moved to the wing as Rob Kearney was called from the bench to fill his favoured role at fullback.They held the lead until late in the opening half when Chris Fusaro found a gap in the defence and kepthis legs pumping until he found the space to ground the ball near the posts.YouTube credit: RaboDirect Pro12The second half brought even less for the reigning champions to call a positive. Gopperth narrowed the gap to just a single point, but even with Stuart Hogg in poor form, the Warriors rarely looked like coughing up the points.And with five minutes to go, they sealed their third victory in three games with a now trademark late try, Jerry Yanuyanutawa grounding from a powerful maul.Keith Earls finishes off brilliant Munster try
THE GOVERNMENT IS to consider making nicotine patches freely available to pregnant women in a effort to reduce the number of those smoking while pregnant.Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White told the Dáil yesterday that it is estimated that between 18 per cent and 21 per cent of Irish women smoke during pregnancy.The Minister of State said that research has shown that age and socioeconomic factors are key determinants of smoking in pregnancy.White was speaking in response to a question from Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne who spoke of her concern in seeing heavily pregnant women smoking outside the Coombe Hospital in Dublin.The deputy pointed to the findings published in the US journal which she said showed that babies born to mothers who have smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing a wide range of infections.“They are 50 per cent more likely to be hospitalised or die as a result of these infections, compared with babies born to mothers who did not smoke during pregnancy, ” she said.Byrne said combatting this problem was primarily an issue of education but also suggested that the Government follow the lead of other countries in providing subsidised quit supports for pregnant smokers:Will the Minister of State consider making a medical intervention such as is found in other European countries, for example, England, where nicotine patches are made freely available to pregnant women as a matter of course? This could be the first step in making a difference in the lives of a mother and her unborn baby.White confirmed that the suggestion would be discussed and raised with Minister of Health James Reilly.Read: Smoking banned in all areas of Dublin maternity hospitals >Read: New York bans sale of cigarettes to under 21s >
Next year sees the Olympic Games 2012 head to London. For the athletes, it means lots of training and preparation. For viewers, it’s hopefully a chance to see a few world records broken. Finally, for big brands it’s a chance to advertise to the world and sell a lot of extra product.Samsung is looking to take full advantage of the Olympics this time round, and in conjunction with Visa is set to launch an exclusive, and apparently “iconic” Olympic smartphone.As you’d expect with Visa’s involvement, this phone will ship with NFC on board for those all important mobile payments. Other than that, very little is known about the phone. Samsung has yet to comment, and news this phone is in development came via Visa Europe’s European Security Summit being held in Frankfurt.Even though we don’t know much about the handset yet, with Samsung setting the bar for Android smartphones at the moment, I think it’s safe to assume it will be an Android device probably based on an existing model, but with some clearly visible Olympic and even Visa branding. By the middle of next year we’ll be a few generations on in terms of processors, screen resolutions, and Android versions, so unless Samsung is going to rush out a cheap device we should expect a very capable phone.The question mark that always hangs over such products is how long are they going to remain a desirable device once the Games have ended? In the case of a smartphone, you are stuck with it (and the case branding) for a couple of years on contract, so this handset is only really going to appeal to the biggest of Olympic Games fans.via Pocket-lint
Voyages-sncf : une faille laisse fuir les données confidentielles de millions de clientsFrance – Après avoir publié par erreur un communiqué annonçant une explosion dans un TGV et la mort d’une centaine de personnes, le site de la SNCF se retrouve au coeur d’une nouvelle polémique. Un hacker a en effet révélé l’existence d’une faille de sécurité rendant accessibles les données confidentielles de millions de voyageurs.Comme l’a expliqué un pirate informatique au Canard Enchaîné, une béante faille de sécurité permet en toute simplicité d’accéder aux coordonnées des millions de clients possesseurs d’une carte fidélité SCNF, via le site Internet du groupe.Grâce à un numéro de carte d’abonné et seulement quelques clics, les noms, adresses, numéros de téléphone et dates de naissance des usagers deviendraient accessibles. Une faille qui ne concerne heureusement pas les coordonnées bancaires des clients.En 2009, 55 millions de billets ont été vendus sur voyages-sncf.com, le plus important site commercial en ligne de France. Un énorme fichier clients qui, une fois piraté par un individu malveillant, pourrait être vendu une petite fortune.D’après le Canard Enchaîné, la SNCF est depuis longtemps au courant de cette faille. Assurant en avoir seulement été averti lundi, le groupe a déclaré au point.fr que son “équipe technique s’est aussitôt mise au travail et a finalement pu remédier au problème”. Et la SCNF d’indiquer avoir ouvert une enquête interne pour s’assurer que personne ne se soit emparé des données de ses millions de clients.Le 17 mars 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ahh, the great outdoors: the sunrise over the mountains, the sounds of a babbling brook, that claustrophobic feeling when you’re cocooned in a hammock with no escape plan.Troika Outdoors wants to rescue campers from the cramped confines of traditional hanging beds.The Indiana-based startup is crowdfunding its three-point Troika Outdoors Hammock—still far from its all-or-nothing Kickstarter goal of $15,000.Troika“Whether it’s a night out under the stars, a day out by the water, a weekend camping trip, or just some backyard leisure with a good book and good company, the Troika Outdoors Hammock is the perfect piece of any moment,” the project page said.Weighing less than four pounds (with straps), the high-tension sleeper mounts to any three fixed objects within a 30-foot distance. Industrious campers can even stack hammocks on top of each other to create a rainfly or sunshade.“This simple and unique feature creates a ‘roof’ for protection, while still avoiding the claustrophobic sensation of a two-point hammock,” according to Troika.Built-in support rings at each corner make it easy to hang hiking gear and other kit off the ground using any clip, ring, or carabiner. The hammock comes in 13 colors (shades of blue, green, and red; white, orange, yellow, gray, black; even camouflage) and is machine washable.Early-bird buyers can still snag a hammock, three support straps, and mesh travel pack for $84—30 percent off the $119.99 retail value. Troika also offers bundles of two to 12 cots for up to $878.Not everyone is wild about the wild. But if you want to show your support for the company and its mission, a $25 pledge comes with a pair of custom Troika Outdoors wayfarer sunglasses or a T-shirt (and handwritten thank-you card).TroikaAs of press time, 81 backers contributed more than $5,780; the project will only be funded if it reaches its target by April 1.“We are delighted to announce that for EVERY Troika Outdoors Hammock sold, we will have a tree planted in your honor,” the company announced. “We want you to know that we care about our home and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do our part on a global scale.”
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A man attacked a Doral convenience store clerk with a stun gun during a robbery, Monday night.Surveillance video shows a man walking into Brazil Mart along Northwest 25th Street and 79th Avenue and approaching the clerk. He attacked her with a stun gun, then snatched her purse and the store’s money bag.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade School Police have arrested a student for bringing a weapon to a Northwest Miami-Dade school.Police made the arrest, Monday, at the William Turner Technical Arts High School along Northwest 19th Avenue near 103rd Street.According to officials, someone spotted the gun in a classmate’s backpack and alerted a School Resource Officer.The student was subsequently arrested and the weapon was confiscated.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2 Comments Share your voice JBL’s Stage A 170 tower speakers JBL In late 2018 I spent some quality time with a couple of high-end JBL horn speakers, the 4429 and S3900. Nice, but the 4429 sells for $5,000 a pair and the S3900 for $10,000 a pair! High-end to be sure, so I also wanted to spend some ears-on time with JBL’s considerably more affordable speakers and see how much of the magic trickled down. A few emails were exchanged and the company sent the Stage A170 tower speakers to my home. They sell for just $200 each on Amazon, how would they fare?The A170s cost as much as a decent set of stand mount speakers, but they take up the same amount of space and you don’t need to buy stands.It’s a “two and a half way” design with a pair of 5.25-inch polycellulose woofers, and a 1-inch aluminum tweeter set into a waveguide that focuses the A170’s high-frequency dispersion. The two and a half part means the two woofers are assigned slightly different tasks. The lower woofer works only as a woofer; the upper woofer goes just as low, but also reaches higher to blend with the tweeter. The A170’s impedance is rated at 6 ohms.The black vinyl wrap finish isn’t fancy, but the overall build quality is good. Black cloth grilles are included, and the rear baffle hosts two bass ports and sturdy bi-wire speaker cable connectors. The A170 is 37 inches tall, but just 7.5 inches wide and therefore might be accidentally tipped over, so JBL includes outrigger feet that can be fitted with either carpet piercing spikes or rubber feet to enhance stability.The Stage lineup features two more larger towers, the A180 ($280 each) and A190 ($360 each), and two bookshelves, the A120 ($160 a pair) and A130 ($250 a pair). If you’re interested in a home theater multichannel setup add one of the Stage center channel speakers, the A135C ($250 each) or A125C ($200 each), and a powered sub, either the A120P ($450) or A100P ($350). Coming up in a few weeks I’ll review the A130 bookshelf speaker.The complete JBL Stage lineup JBL The sound of JBLI auditioned the A170 with a NAD C 316BEE integrated amp and an Oppo UDP-203 Blu-ray player for most of my listening tests. Late in the review I moved up to a Schiit Aegir power amp running directly off the ‘203’s analog outputs, and my respect for the skinny A170s sound only grew stronger. The A170 made very ample bass, and it wasn’t just the quantity of the bass, but also the quality of it. The sound took me back to the heady days of the 1970s when JBL was nearly every rock music fan’s dream speaker. Those roots run deep.The heritage shone through: This speaker made a joyful sound; even when played pretty loud it didn’t overtly strain or turn harsh. Bass definition was good, but it’s the midbass texture/definition that grabbed and held my attention. When the need arose the A170 could deliver the warm growl of a baritone sax or the woody resonance of an acoustic bass. The midrange was nicely handled as well, there was a good sense of body and warmth on vocals. The tweeter could sound a tiny bit aggressive when the speakers were angled in, firing directly at the listening position. The fix was easy enough: Just reduce the toe-in; the treble smoothed out, and the sound was sweeter that way. The A170 wasn’t as vivid as the Klipsch RP 600M bookshelf speaker ($550 a pair), and that one’s dynamics kicked harder overall. Then again, the ‘600M didn’t have close to the bass oomph of the A170. Both were terrific, but most A170 owners wouldn’t need to add a subwoofer for music, the ‘600M would benefit with some low bass assistance. Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 2010 album Mojo had plenty of get up and go. I like that the sound of this album is straight ahead, without flashy studio tricks, just a well honed band laying down terrific tracks. Especially Steve Ferrone’s drumming, he’s driving the tunes, and the A170s really delivered the goods. German prog-rock pioneers Can’s Future Days album positively lit up the A170s! The fierce polyrhythms were played with gusto, and the sheer beauty of the melodic lines of this 1972 album could still floor me. Future Days’ stereo mix is expansive, and the A170s did a good job presenting the soundstage depth that makes this music so special.The JBL Stage A170 is a slam-dunk winner, and positive proof that “large” speakers have it all over similarly priced bookshelf, aka stand mount, speakers! If you’re just now starting to get serious about the sound of your music, the A170 deserves your full attention. Tags The Audiophiliac Speakers Home Entertainment
Three members of a family attempted suicide in Miryalaguda of erstwhile Nalgonda district on Tuesday. Of them, two died while undergoing treatment and one is battling for life. Chitrakala (40) and her son (12) were declared dead while her husband Lokesh is in a critical state. According to the locals, financial constraints have ensued them to attempt suicide. The police registered a case and began an investigation. Meanwhile, they sent the bodies to morgue for post-mortem. In a similar case, a Punjabi family committed suicide here in Hyderabad earlier this week. Of the four who attempted suicide, two were declared dead.
Microsoft has decided to sweeten the deal for anyone who is both an Xbox Live Gold subscriber and holds a Gamerscore of 3,000 points or more. It’s being called the Xbox Live Rewards MyAchievements, and promises both a birthday gift and Microsoft Points refunds depending on how high your Gamerscore is.MyAchievements is split into three tiers of rewards. Tier 1 is for any Gold subscriber with a Gamerscore of at least 3,000 points. You will be entitled to a birthday gift during the month of your birthday worth a grand total of $0.25. Tier 2 eligibility requires a Gamerscore of at least 10,000 points. As well as the birthday gift you will receive a 1% refund on purchases using Microsoft Points. The only purchases that excludes is buying an Xbox Live Gold subscription or actual Microsoft Points.Tier 3 is the top level and requires a Gamerscore of at least 25,000 points. Such dedication will again earn you the birthday gift, but ups your Microsoft Points refund to 2%.The refund is a nice extra for anyone who has a high Gamerscore, but the low percentage means it’s going to take a while to accrue enough free Microsoft Points to buy anything. For example, spending 1,200 points with a Tier 2 Gamerscore will earn you just 12 points, where as a Tier 3 Gamerscore gets you 24 points.Microsoft is clearly introducing MyAchievements in an attempt to get gamers to spend more in return for a (minimal) reward. It’s great to see additional rewards added to Xbox Live Gold, but I’d like to see those percentages be pushed a bit higher (2% and 5% perhaps?).More at Xbox.com