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FEU didn’t show its real game in Ateneo loss, says Pons

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Far Eastern University entered its match against Ateneo on Wednesday as the hottest team in the league with a four-game winning streak in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus FEU lost in every scoring area of the game with Ateneo taking a 38-27 advantage in spikes, a 6-4 edge in blocks, and a 5-3 lead in aces.“We had really high morale after the first round because we just came off a win so we were really confident that we can beat Ateneo,” said captain Bernadeth Pons in Filipino. “But that confidence was gone when we played, our desire to win didn’t materialize.”Pons, who was averaging 16 points a game before Ateneo, scored a season-low five points but she’s confident they can improve on their 5-3 record.“We have to find ourselves once more because what we displayed in that game wasn’t our real game,” said Pons. There are still more opponents for us to face so we’ll just have to bounce back.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img The Lady Eagles, though, had no plans letting them stretch that to five.Fresh from their four-set loss against De La Salle at the end of the first round, the Lady Eagles only had one thing in mind and that was to get back on the winning track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Tamaraws, who were still at cloud nine before the start of the match, came crashing back to earth when the Lady Eagles swooped down on them in quick fashion, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.“We were coming off a win, so the tendency was we would kind of relaxed a bit so we would slow down,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Ateneo was coming off a loss so they had nowhere to go but up.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Compton rues Alaska’s freethrow woes in quarterfinals exit Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

(Reopens FGN 11)

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first_imgChina sent 710 athletes, coaches and officials to the Rio Games ? its largest ever delegation to any Olympics away from home expecting a comfortable second place in the table of gold medals, as it achieved in London four years ago.Its delegation included 35 Olympic gold medalists ? 27 from the London Gamesand Beijing hopes soared as one of Chinas biggest competitors, Russia, had seen its medal hopes seriously hit by the International Olympic Committees decision to ban many of its athletes on suspicion of doping.”Some in mainland media have already started to find excuses and scapegoats for the under performances of Chinese athletes, blaming judges for giving low scores to Chinese competitors in boxing, gymnastics, fencing and sailing,” the SCMP said.”But such accusations, a source of complaints at every Games, are unconvincing. There has been no credible evidence that Chinese athletes have been singled out,” it said.A Xinhua commentary criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to grant a rerun for the US womens 4×100 meter relay team after sprinter Allyson Felix who dropped the baton in the relay blamed it on a Brazilian runner.”The redo is widely regarded as ridiculous and unfair. Even Felix herself said it was “really weird” and “running without competitors is just strange,” the Xinhua commentary said.The IAAF decision ruined Chinas chances to enter final.”The IAAF appeared to be leaning toward the US as perhaps it was worried that a final without one of the worlds top teams would not be a good show,” state-run Global Times said in its editorial.advertisementHowever, the SCMP said it is indisputable that China is not able to replace its aging athletes.”What is not disputable is that the overall level and capabilities of the Chinese athletes in those events in which they traditionally do well have fallen sharply. For instance, China won only one gold in swimming at Rio (it won five in London), and Chinese gymnasts clinched only two bronzes, compared to nine golds in Beijing.”By contrast, the US, Japan and South Korea have made rapid advances in events once dominated by us,” it said.”More importantly, the under performances highlight a critical phase for China. The medal winners from previous Games may be long past their prime, but the younger generation are not yet capable enough to take over,” it said.”Finally, the problems inherent in the state-sponsored sports system, which focuses resources on winning gold medals, are such that it is experiencing a cyclical low and is crying out for further reforms ? much like the Chinese economy, which has slowed from nine per cent growth in 2008, when China scored 51 golds, to somewhere about 6.7 per cent this year,” the Post commentary said. PTI KJV SUA SUAlast_img read more

Greinke Sharp, Diamondbacks Beat Struggling Yankees, 5-3

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first_imgPHOENIX — Zack Greinke piped his fastball to the spots he wanted and had hitters pounding his changeup into the dirt.So what if he got a little tired in the eighth inning. This was the kind of start the Arizona Diamondbacks had hoped for from their new ace and maybe one he can build upon.Greinke struck out seven and pitched effectively into the eighth, helping the Diamondbacks clinch their first regular-season series over the New York Yankees with a 5-3 victory the night of May 17.“He threw the ball well,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “He used his changeup, was really working the ball down. We saw in the eighth there, he started to elevate and they got a couple hits on it, but before it was a knockout pitch for him.”Arizona blew out the Yankees 12-2 in the series opener and withstood a late rally to win a regular-season series against the Bronx Bombers for the first time in six tries.Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer off Michael Pineda (1-5) and the Diamondbacks, who beat New York in the 2001 World Series, had 10 hits to win consecutive home games for the first time this season.Greinke (4-3) looked the part of an ace the Diamondbacks were expecting after signing him to a six-year, $175 million contract, giving up a solo homer to Starlin Castro in the second inning but not much else before tiring late.Brad Ziegler worked around a walk in the ninth for his eighth save and 36th straight overall.“It was good everything,” Greinke said. The Yankees had little go right.Pineda continued his season-long struggles, extending his winless streak to seven straight starts.Chase Headley had an error on a perfectly thrown ball on a steal attempt at second — he was shifted over — and catcher Brian McCann compounded a passed ball to allow Chris Owings to race all the way from first to third.“You can’t play like that and win,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Greinke has gone through an up-and-down start during his first season in the desert, entering the game with a 5.26 ERA after leading the majors at 1.66 last season.He struggled the last time out, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings in a loss to San Francisco.The 2009 NL Cy Young Award winner was sharp against the Yankees, mixing a low-90s fastball with a curveball that dropped all the way to 67 mph.Greinke had the Yankees swinging and missing or hitting the ball into the ground, racking up 11 groundball outs.His one big mistake: A fastball that Castro launched for a towering solo homer to center in the second inning.Greinke was lifted after allowing two singles to open the seventh and the Yankees followed with a pair of run-scoring singles off Daniel Hudson.“Got a lot of groundballs, so it (changeup was definitely a valuable pitch,” said Greinke, allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings. “Good fastball location and the slider was pretty good as well.”Pineda had allowed 28 runs in seven starts, with all but eight of those coming in the first two innings.Working on an extra day’s rest, Pineda limited the damage in the first two frames to a run-scoring single by Nick Ahmed in the second.The problems came later.Arizona scored two off him in the third on run-scoring singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Wellington Castillo, then Lamb launched a two-run homer into the pool deck in right-center to put the Diamondbacks up 5-1 in the fifth.“I know I am better than that,” said Pineda, who allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out nine in five innings. “I am struggling again. I need to keep working hard and be better.”(JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Degefa Runs Away With Women’s Boston Marathon

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first_imgBOSTON — The wind slowed down and the rain stopped.Worknesh Degefa never did.The 28-year-old Ethiopian broke away from defending champion Des Linden and the rest of the women’s pack in the Framingham flats and ran alone to her first major victory on Monday, winning the Boston Marathon by 44 seconds.Degefa finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 31 seconds to become the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race and the third in seven years. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was second, American Jordan Hasay was third and Linden was fifth.One year after an icy rain and a near-gale headwind resulted in the slowest winning times in four decades, race organizers again prepared for the foul New England weather. But overnight thunderstorms moved on before the runners left Hopkinton; the sun even made an appearance about halfway through.Linden took advantage of last year’s storm to splash her way to the first win for an American woman since 1985.But with conditions back to normal, so were the results: East Africans from Kenya and Ethiopia dominating the podiums.A field of 30,000 runners followed the elites, ditching their trash bags and ponchos on the Hopkinton Green before embarking on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. It’s the first time the race has been run on April 15 since the 2013 attacks; officials planned a ceremony at 2:49 p.m. to honor those killed or maimed by the two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line.Daniel Romanchuk, 20, became the youngest-ever men’s wheelchair champion in Boston. He finished in 1:21:36 for the fastest time ever for an American.Manuela Schar won the women’s race for the second time, adding it to her titles in in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the World Marathon Major series.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

RED CROSS VOLUNTEER TRAINING INFORMATION SESSION TONIGHT

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first_imgThe Siouxland Red Cross will hold a community information session tonight for people interested in training to become a disaster volunteer.Many people have come forward recently asking how they can help with the relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.The recovery effort in Texas could last several months.Those interested should go to the Siouxland Red Cross at 4200 War Eagle Drive this evening.A meal will be served starting at 5:30p.pm with the session running from 6-8pm.last_img

FIVE INJURED IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY ACCIDENT

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first_imgFIVE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.SGT. RICK SINGER OF THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ACCIDENT BETWEEN A STRAIGHT TRUCK AND A CAR OCCURRED AT THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD C-38 AND OTTER AVENUE AROUND 1:20P.M.SGT. SINGER SAYS THE INJURIES RANGED FROM CRITICAL TO MINOR:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CRASH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AT THE INTERSECTION. :10A FIVE-YEAR OLD GIRL WAS AIRLIFTED BY MERCY AIR CARE TO SANFORD PEDIATRIC CARE CENTER IN SIOUX FALLS.TWO VICTIMS WERE TRANSPORTED TO FLOYD VALLEY HEALTH CARE IN LE MARS.WITNESSES SAY THE CAR FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN AND WAS STRUCK IN THE SIDE BY THE TRUCK.THE IMPACT FLIPPED THE CAR ON ITS TOP.AUTHORITIES CLOSED COUNTY ROAD C-38 TO TRAFFIC THROUGH THE AFTERNOON TO ALLOW OFFICIALS TO INVESTIGATE THE SCENE.PHOTOS BY DENNIS MORRICElast_img read more

PM Expresses Condolences to Families of Tornado Victims

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first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, to the families of those killed during one of the strongest tornados ever to hit the United States of America.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, informed at the Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, May 22, that the Prime Minister sent a letter to US President, Barrack Obama, in which she expressed sorrow at the widespread destruction and tragic loss of lives in the state of Oklahoma.Following is the text of the letter:“I am deeply saddened to hear of the many tragic deaths and the widespread destruction of property caused by the passing of a tornado, described as among the deadliest and most destructive in the history of the United States, through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday.“The news is particularly discomforting as reports indicate that the death toll could escalate, with a significant number of missing persons including children from two elementary schools. I am also concerned about the threat of additional tornado strikes and the possibility that other towns and cities remain at high risk.“The Government and people of Jamaica join me in expressing profound condolences to the bereaved relatives and friends of the victims, as well as our deepest sympathy to those who have suffered injuries and been displaced as a result of this disaster.“Our prayers are with the American People, especially those in Oklahoma City and its immediate environs, as you commence the daunting task of rehabilitation and reconstruction.“Please accept, Mr. President, my best wishes and support as you comfort and encourage your people.”It is reported that the tornado, which killed at least 24 persons and destroyed over 2,400 homes, was 1.3 miles wide as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The estimated peak wind ranged from 200 to 210 miles per hour.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Premiers Award Celebrates Outstanding Adult Learner

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first_imgAn exceptional adult literacy student will be recognized for his or her accomplishments this fall with the Premier’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Premier Rodney MacDonald called for nominations today, March 17. The winner will be honoured during the annual International Literacy Day ceremony on Monday, Sept. 8. “Nova Scotians who improve their literacy skills open up a world of opportunities for themselves while contributing to the strength of the workforce, economy and way of life in this province,” said Premier MacDonald. “Through the government’s Educating to Compete priority, we’re taking steps to build the skilled and educated workforce we need to achieve our province’s prosperity potential.” Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders created the award in July 2004, which is given annually to one recipient in each province and territory who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in literacy. In Nova Scotia, the award will be presented to an adult learner who has made outstanding progress in his or her learning journey. Individuals must complete a nomination package to nominate an adult literacy learner for the award. Nomination materials are available at adult literacy organizations throughout the province, including Literacy Nova Scotia, community-based literacy groups, Nova Scotia Community College, adult high schools and workplace education partners. To download a nomination form, or for more information about the award, visit the website at www.goNSSAL.ca Last year’s winner, Julie Champagne from Pictou, went back to school after 19 years to be a better role model and provider for her children. In 2007, Ms. Champagne graduated with her high school diploma as class valedictorian and is pursuing a career in nursing. Ms. Champagne said getting her diploma has given her the confidence she needs to pursue her dream to help others. The Department of Education works with other organizations to help adult Nova Scotians improve their literacy and math skills through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. To date, more than 3,000 Nova Scotians have received their high school diploma through Adult Education. Nominations for this year’s Premier’s Council of the Federation Award are due by Friday, April 25. The winner will be notified in July.last_img read more

UN to reopen aid office in key city in Yemens conflicthit north

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26 March 2010United Nations aid agencies in Yemen are have been granted permission to reopen offices in the main city in the conflict-affected north of the country, a move expected to improve humanitarian access to hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced as a result of the conflict. The offices were closed in August last year after fighting escalated in the city of Sa’ada. The Yemeni Government gave the green light to reopen the offices following a high-level mission of UN agencies and international NGOs to Sa’ada on Wednesday. The mission was accompanied by two senior Government officials who work on relief issues and the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). During the mission, the local authorities requested additional assistance to deal with the consequences of displacement and to facilitate the return of IDPs to their homes. “There is an urgent need for humanitarian relief in Sa’ada,” said Aboudou K. Adjibadé, acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen. “Our paramount concern at this time is securing unhindered and immediate access to the affected people. We therefore welcome the fact that we can now re-establish a UN office in Sa’ada, but we continue to call for access to the entire Sa’ada governorate,” he said. Fighting between armed groups and Government forces has in the past cut off large areas of Sa’ada from humanitarian assistance, but a ceasefire announced on 11 February paved the way for increased access. “Sa’ada is one of the governorates hardest hit by the sixth round of fighting. Our tribute and thanks go especially to humanitarian workers who continued to provide assistance to thousands of people during the war and saved hundreds of life,” said Gian Carlo Cirri, UN World Food Programme (WFP) representative, who led the mission. Access is also needed for other areas in Sa’ada and the governorates of Al-Jawf and Amran. Insecurity and landmines have hampered or delayed distribution of humanitarian aid in parts of these governorates. Some 250,000 IDPs are receiving assistance across five conflict-affected governorates: Hajjah, Amran, Sa’ada, Al-Jawf and Sana’a. Approximately 10 percent are living in camps, while the remaining 90 per cent are hosted in local communities or scattered in various locations. Funding to the humanitarian operation remains a source of great concern. Of the $177 million requested for humanitarian aid in Yemen this year, only 20 per cent ($35 million) has been received. Several UN agencies have had to resort to internal borrowing from other aid programmes to maintain life-saving activities in Yemen. read more

Former nurse accused of killing 8 seniors waves right to preliminary

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A former Ontario nurse charged with killing eight seniors and injuring several others in her care has elected to go straight to trial.Elizabeth Wettlaufer waived her right to a preliminary trial during a court appearance Friday in Woodstock.The 49-year-old former nurse was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder last October and an additional four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in January.She is scheduled to appear in court on April 21.

Austrias Max Franz wins seasonopening World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Max Franz of Austria won the season-opening World Cup downhill Saturday in Lake Louise, Alta.Franz was the first man down the course and his time of one minute 46.18 seconds held up for the victory.Christof Innerhofer of Italy had the No. 2 start bib and finished second in 1:46.46.His Italian teammate Dominik Paris was third just over half a second behind Franz.Ben Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was the top Canadian in 15th.The Canadian Press

Ubisoft Curbs Michael Jackson Game Piracy Via Vuvuzela

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first_imgDon’t steal from Michael Jackson. I mean, I shouldn’t have to tell you that, right? In case you are silly enough to try it, however, be warned: the results won’t be pretty. Take Ubisoft’s new game, Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Nintendo DS. Try to pirate the thing and you get a layer of vuvuzela blowing over the Kind of Pop’s tunes.The sound kicks in whenever you attempt to pause the game. Ubisoft fessed up to the anti-piracy tactic, telling the press, “the development team worked this feature in as a creative way to discourage any tampering with the retail version of the game.”AdChoices广告There has apparently been something of an outbreak of Nintendo DS piracy. Pirating games for the handheld system simply requires downloading a game and loading it onto one of the device’s storage card. Nintendo is reportedly working on a more heavy-duty anti-copying measures for the Nintendo 3DS.Video of the in-game vuvuzelas in action, after the jump.last_img read more

Hacker turns down Sony interview due to treatment of Geohot

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first_imgWith all the news surrounding Sony focusing on trying to prosecute Geohot for his PS3 jailbreak, it’s easy to forget the Japanese company is also busy creating in-house games and researching new ideas and new hardware solutions. Part of that effort is identifying talented individuals and offering them positions at Sony to help with those projects.One such individual approached by Sony is prolific hacker Koushik Dutta. He’s well-known for his work creating popular apps such as ROM Manager and Clockwork Recovery Image.Sony’s internal recruiter Sarah McRae sent Dutta an e-mail stating that the Talent Acquisition department at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) had been looking at his website My Brain Hurts. She then proceeds to ask Dutta if he’d be interested in a phone interview for a new software engineering position that was just opening up with the PlayStation division. You can view the e-mail exchange below (click to enlarge):A position at Sony working in the PlayStation department may sound very tempting to many a developer, especially if Sony decided to head hunt you themselves. But Dutta took the moral high ground and politely declined the invitation. It wasn’t because he already had a job, it was specifically because of, as Dutta puts it, “Sony’s recent treatment of a fellow hacker.” The hacker Dutta is referring to is George Hotz or Geohot as he is now better known.We have to assume Sarah McRae is aware of the situation with GeoHot and we wonder if she decided to respond to Dutta’s message or just walk away. Whatever the case, I doubt Sony ever thought that targeting a hacker would have an impact on its ability to employ talented software engineers. It’s also a reminder of the feelings surrounding this action by Sony, which are anything but positive.Read more at Geekosystem (e-mail image via yfrog)last_img read more

Windows 8 Release Preview download links may go live today

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first_imgScheduling blog posts can be a tricky business, and sometimes when you mess up there’s information that trickles out into the wild sooner than you’d like it to. That happened late yesterday afternoon on the Windows Hardware and Driver Blog, where a post announced that the Windows 8 Release Preview will be made available for download today.Now, May 31st doesn’t jive with what’s been previously announced by Microsoft, but this could be a case of the company wanting to give developers access slightly ahead of the impending public download deluge. Then again, Microsoft VP Chuck Chan was speaking about the Windows Dev Center and the links he shared are open to the general public. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads from the Dev Center point to the same page that non-developers were sent to. It’s not as though he was directing developers to their MSDN or Technet dashboards.It’s also possible that “today” meant whatever day Chan’s post was supposed to go live and that it snuck out several days ahead of schedule — though the signature line on the post does say May 31 (contrary to the May 30 timestamp at the top of the post). Over on the SkyDrive blog Microsoft recently said that the Windows 8 Release Preview would arrive in the first week of June — which technically starts tomorrow.The post has now been pulled down, so it’s a waiting game once again. That is, of course, unless you’re the intrepid type and don’t mind installing the leaked Chinese version of the Windows 8 Release Preview.More at The Next Weblast_img read more

Psychiatrie mobilisation de tout le secteur contre le projet de réforme

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first_imgPsychiatrie : mobilisation de tout le secteur contre le projet de réformeFrance – L’assemblée qui réunissait 1.000 des divers acteurs de la psychiatrie, de la santé mentale et de la société civile a débattu du projet de loi actuel qu’elle a qualifié d’inhumain. Elle a affirmé son refus de la loi et a demandé son annulation sans amendement. Le ministère de la Santé envisage une loi en deux volets dont l’un concerne une réforme de l’hospitalisation d’office. Également contesté, le projet de loi sur les soins en ambulatoire sans consentement a fait réagir tous les acteurs des débats.À lire aussiSchizophrénie : une nouvelle piste de recherches grâce à des neurones recréésLes partis politiques représentés, PS, PCF, Europe Écologie – Les Verts, Parti de Gauche, NPA, ont affirmé leur rejet total de ce projet de loi et se sont déclarés favorables à son retrait. La CGT, au nom de la Fédération de la santé et de l’action sociale ainsi que le syndicat SUD Santé-sociaux se sont aussi prononcés pour le retrait du projet de loi. Guy Baillon, psychiatre des Hôpitaux de Paris, l’exprime : “Nous mesurons l’ampleur de ce qu’il reste à faire. En premier lieu, demandons l’annulation de la loi, ensuite élaborons l’avenir. Entretemps “soyons présents auprès des usagers”. Nous gardons cette certitude : aucun débat sur la folie ne peut se tenir ni se clore sans demander ce qu’en pensent les usagers et les familles réunis en associations nationales.”Les débats qui ont eu lieu ont laissé apparaître dès le matin qu’un tel projet de loi, liberticide, avait pour seul but de renvoyer “les schizophrènes en Schizophrénie”. Les jeunes infirmiers ont aussi témoigné des lacunes de leur formation en psychiatrie et exprimé que certains de leurs collègues vivaient, du fait de cette formation insuffisante, “dans la terreur” des patients.Le 30 septembre 2010 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

A Giant Leap for Saudi Women In a first women allowed to

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first_imgRiyadh: Women in Saudi Arabia will now be allowed to obtain passports and travel abroad without a male ‘guardian’ to accompany them, according to a change in the law published on Friday ending a long-standing practice in the kingdom that has drawn international criticism. The change in the law allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport without a male sponsor and to leave Saudi Arabia unaccompanied. It was not immediately clear when the change would take effect. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us “A passport will be granted to any Saudi national who submits an application,” the ruling, published in the government’s official gazette, said. The pro-government Saudi Gazette newspaper described the decision “one giant leap for Saudi women.” The changes are part of a set of decrees that also allow women for the first time to register a marriage, divorce or the birth of a child and to obtain family documents — a move that would make it easier for them to obtain identity cards or enrol children in school. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The decision follows the high-profile case in January of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room to prevent her family from returning her to Saudi Arabia. She was eventually granted asylum in Canada. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been undergoing a gradual liberalization under crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. However, despite his easing of restrictions, MBS, as he is popularly known, has shown an unwillingness to tolerate dissent. Western intelligence agencies have concluded that he ordered the gruesome killing and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an incident that sparked international outrage. The crown has denied any involvement.Other Muslim countries, however, do not have similar restrictions on women’s travel.last_img read more

UPDATE Manhunt Underway For Gunman In Maryland Office Park Shooting

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first_img___ Twitter user @musicnews_daily A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had “beefs” in the past, wounding him, police said.The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs displayed a description of Prince’s sport utility vehicle and its Delaware license plate. The FBI assisted state and local authorities in the manhunt.“This is a person with no conscience,” Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said. “He’s desperate right now.”Authorities said it wasn’t clear why Prince open fired with a handgun on his colleagues.Prince is a felon with 42 arrests in Delaware. Court records showed he had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.The rampage began Wednesday about 9 a.m. at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. Deputies arrived in four minutes but Prince had already fled.Kevin Doyle of Thornhill Properties said he was getting tools from his truck when he heard screaming and saw three men running from the office park. The men told him someone was shooting and he asked if they had called 911. They said no, even though, Doyle said, they had phones in their hands.“I think they were just so scared, they didn’t (call 911). They had a look of terror,” he said.The victims and the suspect worked for Advanced Granite Solutions, which designs and installs countertops, the company owner told The Associated Press. Prince has been an employee for four months, working as a machine operator, owner Barak Caba told AP in a brief telephone interview. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who spoke at an unrelated event, said authorities in helicopters and on the ground were searching for Prince, who may be driving a black 2008 GMC Acadia with the Delaware license tag PC64273.The second shooting took place at the 28th Street Auto Sales and Service shop in Wilmington, Delaware. The police chief wouldn’t elaborate the history the victim and Prince had, other than to say: “This individual knew the people he wanted to shoot.”The victim was shot in the vicinity of his head and once in the body but was expected to survive.Police followed Prince briefly, but they lost him and haven’t seen or heard from him since, the chief said.Prince was fired from JPS Marble and Granite earlier this year and scared his previous employer so badly that he tried to get a restraining order in February.At one point, Prince’s former boss Philip Siason said: “He came to see me, cursed and yelled at me about unemployment benefits. I felt very threatened because he is a big guy and very aggressive on me.”A Harford County District Court judge denied the order, saying the case didn’t meet the required burden of proof.Investigators were treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and didn’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office.Since November 2014, Prince has rented a three-bedroom town house in Elkton — about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the office complex — with his girlfriend, according to a Maryland property manager.Prince often paid his rent late, but was always polite and cooperative, said Heather Todd of Homes for Rent. The company filed eight petitions for nonpayment against the couple, but they always ended up paying and the company never had to schedule an eviction.Prince faced several gun charges in March 2015 in Cecil County, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a handgun in vehicle. However, the charges were dropped about three months later. It’s not clear why.Wilmington, Delaware, police said Prince had 15 felony convictions there. In King County, Washington, in 2014, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license, according to Komonews.com.Court records also showed that he was required to undergo drug and alcoholism counseling at the time.Prince racked up four traffic citations in King County in 2012 and 2013, mostly for speeding. A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood. Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting. The owner of a home improvement company in the office park said the victims and the suspect all worked for him at Advanced Granite Solutions. Barak Caba told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview that the suspect has been an employee for four months. He said the man was a machine operator. Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details. The wounded were in critical condition, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The FBI is assisting local authorities to find Prince. Investigators are currently treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and don’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office. Nearby schools have been locked down as a precaution. The business park is just south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 24.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Plans to Raise 2 Billion in New Debt to Fund Content

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The proposed $2 billion debt offering comes less than a week after Netflix blew past expectations for subscriber growth for the third quarter of 2018, netting 7 million new streaming customers for the period (including 1.09 million in the U.S.).Netflix continues to burn cash — and, as it has repeatedly told investors, that will continue for at least another year. Netflix’s free cash flow in Q3 was -$859 million (compared with -$465 million in the year-earlier quarter). For full year 2018, the company expects free cash flow will be closer to -$3 billion than to -$4 billion, and that negative free cash flow in 2019 will be roughly flat with this year.In addition to its rising debt load, Netflix has billions in off-balance-sheet content-spending obligations mostly due within the next five years. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the company had $18.6 billion of obligations, which includes $10.2 billion due in one year or beyond.“We recognize we are making huge cash investments in content, and we want to assure our investors that we have the same high confidence in the underlying economics as our cash investments in the past,” Netflix said in its Oct. 16 letter to shareholders. “These investments we see as very likely to help us to keep our revenue and operating profits growing for a very long time ahead.”According to Netflix, for the $2 billion in new debt (the principal amount which may change), the interest rate, redemption provisions, maturity date and other terms will be determined by negotiations between the company and the initial purchasers. Popular on Variety center_img Netflix is again going to debt markets to fund its enormous appetite for content, announcing plans Monday to raise $2 billion in financing through debt securities.As of Sept. 30, 2018, Netflix reported $8.34 billion in long-term debt, up 71% from $4.89 billion a year prior. The latest proposed debt offering is the sixth time in less than four years that the company is raising $1 billion or more through bonds.Netflix shares fell more than 3% in early trading Monday after the announcement of the plans to issue $2 billion in new debt. [UPDATE: The stock recovered a bit, closing down 0.9% for the day to $329.54 per share.]On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a “Ba3” junk-bond rating to Netflix’s proposed offering, indicating a non-investment grade “speculative” security. The outlook for Netflix remains “stable,” according to Moody’s, which “reflects our expectation that Netflix’s operating results will improve gradually and the company will de-lever through revenue, EBITDA and margin growth.”last_img read more

Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrows temps

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first_img More information: robb.cc/ He shows an aluminum cube that was designed to let you feel what tomorrow’s weather will be. Beyond numbers, beyond weather-page icons, he has devised what is intended to be a useful way for people to get a sense, literally, of the temperature for the following day.“One year ago,” he said, “I designed and built a small wooden cube with a metal surface on top. This device’s only function was to get very cold. It was a conceptual piece which I presented as a sort of desktop dynamic sculpture. Recently I was thinking about ways information about weather is conveyed. I found myself disappointed in systems that rely on numbers which have little to do with how humans perceive hot and cold. I sought to develop a device that conveyed the forecast in a manner which left nothing to the imagination.” Godshaw also said that “The Cryoscope shows the user exactly what to expect outside by haptically exhibiting exactly how cold or warm it is to be outside. The user simply touches an aluminum cube that has been heated or cooled to the appropriate temperature. The unit fetches weather data from the internet, and translates it to the cube physically, pumping heat in or out of the cube.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Will it be an invention joining a storage room of other inventions? Or kicked further up to gadget boutiques for the very rich? Or a popular gadget for many worldwide? Whatever its destiny, the device concept of a haptic weather cube has been making the rounds of tech-gadget sites. Robb Godshaw is the creator of the device, which he calls the Cryoscope. This, he says, is a haptic weather forecaster, which he demonstrates in a video. The math of the Rubik’s cube Explore further An Arduino controller connected to the cube is the brains behind the operations. As the concept goes, the user enters location information into a web application. The cube is automatically adjusted to the temperature according to the next-day forecast. Then, the user touches the Cryoscope to feel that temperature. Inside the cube is a Peltier thermoelectric element, which is used to pump heat in and out of the chassis, said Godshaw. Also encased in the cube are heat sink and cooling fan. The neutral state of the cube is about 85°F(30°C), which is perceived as neutral by the skin. The cube is then adjusted by the number of degrees that forecast differs from typical room temperature (73°F/23°C), according to Godshaw.Godshaw describes his work as “tinkerer” at Syyn Labs and “a maker of funky whats-its.” (At Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, he developed edible cupcake liners and a no. 2 pencil making machine.) At the Los Angeles-based Syyn Labs, which creates interactive art for agencies, brands and production companies, his official title is associate engineer. While the Cryoscope is not to be found on store shelves any day soon, Godshaw said that, “As far as commercialization, the prospect is being seriously considered.” Citation: Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrow’s temps (2012, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-haptic-cube-tomorrow-temps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata appeals to agitating doctors in Facebook post

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post on Thursday reiterated that the agitating doctors should withdraw their ceasework at NRS Medical College and Hospital, as it has crippled health services across the state.”I appeal to all to restore normal healthcare services to the patients without any further delay. Our government has taken full care of the injured doctor. We pray that he recovers quickly. As per information received, he is stable and improving,” Banerjee said in her Facebook post. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also assured that her government is extending full cooperation and taking all necessary action. But, in spite of that, provocations are coming from other political parties. Calling the NRS incident ‘unfortunate’, Banerjee said: “An unfortunate incident took place in NRS Hospital 3 days ago. I sent my colleague, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, minister of state, Health and Family Welfare, to visit the injured doctor, talk to a section of the junior doctors who are agitating and request them to withdraw the agitation as people are not getting treatment. Cancer patients, kidney patients, accident victims and even children coming from distant places are suffering.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe also posted: “I sent Commissioner of Police, Kolkata to talk to the junior doctors. Five persons have been arrested and their bail prayers were rejected by court. One person died and a complaint of negligence of treatment has been lodged. An enquiry has been started to look into the issues from all sides. Our additional chief secretary, Health, visited the injured doctor and met a section of the agitating junior doctors and appealed to them to resume services.” “Today when I visited SSKM, I saw a gathering of outsiders from different political parties shouting slogans in the silence zones of the hospital and stopping emergency services. The family members were crying and outdoor services remained closed. I sent some patients to private hospitals for immediate treatment,” she maintained in her post. Banerjee also stated: “I am grateful to senior doctors and professors who are offering full services to the people. My humble regards to them for their cooperation. Some misinformation is being spread on social media by some political parties.”last_img read more