Replacing Ronaldo’s goals at last? Why €70m Jovic is Real’s saviour

first_imgIn the 2017-18 La Liga season Real Madrid scored 94 goals, but this was down to 63 in 2018-19 as Los Blancos went through multiple managers. Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and finally Zinedine Zidane all attempted to make up that 31-goal void, but could not magic goals out of nothing.Coincidentally, but also tellingly, 31 was the number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in during his final league season in Madrid, scoring 26 times and assisting on five more goals.Mariano Diaz was bought for €30 million (£27m/$35m) and inherited Ronaldo’s number seven shirt, but had none of the traits of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, finishing the season with just three league goals. Madrid were able to convince Zidane to return to Real, but replacing Ronaldo’s goals still remains their biggest priority. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Karim Benzema was far and away the club’s most potent player, finishing with 30 goals in all competitions, his second-best season in 10 years at Santiago Bernabeu. He scored exactly a third of Real’s goals in La Liga, finishing with 21. No other player finished in double figures.The French forward turns 32 this year, so is approaching the end of his career and the end of his successful spell in Madrid. He can still be relied upon by Zidane, but the coach needed someone new to take over and provide the goals the team has been desperately lacking.Enter Luka Jovic.On Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed the Serbian striker is joining Madrid this summer on a five-year contract, pending a successful medical.The 21-year-old is seen by Zidane as a possible partner for Benzema like Ronaldo was, or even as a lone striker thanks to his excellent all-round ability and hold-up play.Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt 2018-19However, he won’t come cheap for Los Blancos, with Eintracht Frankfurt receiving around €70m (£62m/$79m) for his services after signing him for just a tenth of that price from Benfica.Jovic helped Eintracht reach the semi-final of the Europa League last season, where they were only beaten on penalties by eventual winners Chelsea. He was the competition’s second top scorer, with 10 goals in 14 games. He also finished joint-third in the top scorer race in the Bundesliga, netting 17 times in 32 games for Frankfurt as they qualified for the Europa League once more.As a result, it is not surprising that Zidane singled the young forward out as the player who can bring goals back to Santiago Bernabeu. Frankfurt legend Jan-Age Fjortoft has watched Jovic up close on many occasions and believes he will be the perfect fit at the Liga giants, backing him to improve even more with better players around him.”He is one of the most talented young strikers in the world at the moment,” Fjortoft told Goal. “Those kinds of clubs should always be interested in those kinds of players. Jovic has scored more than 20 goals, he’s young, he’s powerful.”He will certainly develop even more. He will get more mature. He is a guy that will score goals wherever he goes. Being in a team like this, he will score goals.”Jovic also assisted five goals for his team-mates in one of Europe’s most dynamic attacks. Together with Ante Rebic and Sebastien Haller, they fired their way through Europe, exceeding all expectations under new head coach Adi Hutter following the departure of Niko Kovac for Bayern Munich.The striker will find himself in a similar situation at Madrid, where strong striker Benzema could play a similar role to his partner Haller. Rebic usually slotted in behind the duo, but was given a licence to roam by Hutter, opening up defences to allow Jovic to get into space and get on the scoresheet.Zidane’s Madrid have plenty of players capable of unlocking opponents but need to be more clinical up front if they are to return to the glory days of his first spell at the club. Jovic is exactly the sort of ruthless attacker needed to be the missing link for Los Blancos. He is able to score all sorts of goals, adept with both feet or with his head, timing his runs perfectly into the area to meet crosses and even willing to shoot – and score – from long range if there are no better options available.GFX Fjortoft on JovicEveryone who has played with him or against him tells the same story, describing how lethal Jovic is when the goal comes into range. Former team-mate Alexander Meier was impressed with the young Serb from the moment he arrived in Frankfurt. “He is the best finisher I ever played with,” Meier told the Guardian. “Nobody from our team really knew him when he arrived. But in training you could see immediately that he’s just amazing in front of goal. He has everything. Heading, shooting, left foot, right foot. Inside the box he knows exactly where the ball will fall down. He was so young but already so cool and confident; you could tell he would score many times.”Former Serbia international Savo Milosevic called Jovic a “natural-born killer”, while current international boss Mladen Krstajic said the forward Jovic most closely reflects is Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan finished with 21 La Liga goals this season beside Lionel Messi’s 36. If Jovic can provide similar numbers at Barcelona’s main rivals, then he may finally prove to be the worthy replacement Real need for Ronaldo.last_img read more

Top 2020 4-Star WR Announces Decommitment

first_imgA low-angle view of the field at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view of action between the LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A major 2020 four-star wide receiver is back on the market tonight. Memphis (Tenn.) Central’s Darin Turner has decommitted from LSU.Turner originally committed to LSU in late-March 2018. He recently added offers from Miami (Fla.) and Alabama though and also attended a Junior Day at Arkansas.Turner is the No. 18 wide receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s also the 81st-overall player in the 2020 cycle.“I would like to take a moment to thank the amazing staff and recruiting team of LSU for expressing their interest in me as a football player, however at this time I am withdrawing my verbal commitment to attend LSU,” Turner tweeted tonight.#RespectMyDecision‼️— M5gatron (@DarinTurner_5) March 14, 2019Fortunately for LSU, the Tigers still have a formidable collection of verbal commitments even without Turner. Included in this haul are four-star wide receivers Kayshon Boutte and Kris Abrams-Draine.LSU’s 2020 recruiting class ranks third nationally as of now.You can see 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings here.last_img read more

House Speaker warns MPs that heated rhetoric is starting to cross a

first_imgOTTAWA — The referee of the House of Commons has given MPs a stern warning about their use of overheated partisan rhetoric lest they find themselves in a parliamentary penalty box.Speaker Geoff Regan says he’ll cut off MPs if their comments are couched in wording that veers into pointed, personal accusations during the daily question period.For days, the Opposition Conservatives have referred to the trust fund and personal wealth of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, in attacking the Liberals over the deep deficits they’ve run while in office.The attacks sharpened after Trudeau remarked this week that low-income Canadians don’t pay taxes, which the Conservatives argued showed how out of touch he is with everyday Canadians.Before the start of Thursday’s question period, Regan took two minutes to let MPs known he was going to start putting his foot down.Regan said anyone who skirts the line between legitimate question and personal attack may be cut off and find their turn to question the government is passed along to another MP.“I have listened carefully and patiently — perhaps too patiently — to questions put forward this week, some of which clearly fell outside of the scope of permissible questions since they had little to do with the administrative responsibility of the government,” Regan said.“I will not allow such questions or such personal attacks. I will interrupt any member who asks a question that raises a matter that does not properly deal with public policy.”His words drew heckles from the Tory benches and applause from the Liberals.Regan chided both sides for their responses.Later on, he cut off Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey when he accused the Conservatives and their leader, Andrew Scheer, of “Scheer-mongering” over immigration.When question period ended, DeCourcey told the Commons he would retract the comment, and asked to insert the word “fear mongering” instead, drawing a round of jeers from the Tory benches.“Order,” Regan shouted, before counselling DeCourcey to “apologize unconditionally.”DeCourcey agreed. He said he would “retract my use of the word” — and then added a “but.”Regan cut him off — again.“Just to be clear,” Regan said, “unconditionally doesn’t mean including the word ‘but.’ There are no ‘buts.’ Now that’s enough.”NDP MP Nathan Cullen was up next.“Sunny ways, Mr. Speaker,” he said, using Trudeau’s oft-quoted mantra. Jordan Press , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Official: Morocco’s Education System Produces ‘Jobless Generation’

Rabat – The spokesman to the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, said in a meeting held in Fez on Sunday, May 5, 2019, that he blames the current educational programs for producing what he called a “jobless generation.” El Khalfi stated, “The education system is facing enormous challenges and turmoil, for which the government is severely criticized.” Speaking of some of the challenges, El Khalfi stated that the number of children who drop out of school stands at 270,000 every year, compelling the government to implement the program called Tayssir (Arabic for “facilitation”) to target families in the rural areas to help parents financially to enroll their children in primary school. Read also: Ministry of Education Suspends Administrative Measures Against Contractual TeachersTayssir will also include secondary education, according to El Khalfi, especially in remote communities, which suffer at a rate of 12% for dropouts.El Khalfi also noted that thanks to the government’s recruitment scheme within academies, which amounted to 70,000 new teachers, helped resolve the problem of overcrowding, where classrooms contained up to 60 students. Classrooms are now reduced to 30 in 95 percent.To meet the shortage, he added, there is a need for 200,000 teachers. Responding to the criticisms raised accusing the government of putting an end to free education, El Khalfi said that these people are promoting “poisonous misinformation,” adding that the budget dedicated to education has jumped from MAD 36 billion in 2006 to MAD 68 billion this year, which will possibly double next year.El Khalfi stressed that Saad Eddine El Othmani’s government  places a high priority on education and considers free education a “red line” not to cross.The government has responded with practical measures in regard to mandatory education, targeting children as young as four instead of six, and will possibly lower it down to three years old.While El Khalfi criticized the current educational programs, he applauded vocational training programs, which managed to provide jobs for more than 116,000 youths in the automobile industry over the last four years. Vocational training sets the record in terms of demand, achieving 50,000 students. read more

Recent quake sends shockwaves through Chinas agricultural sector – UN

Last month’s earthquake in Sichuan, China, has caused some $6 billion in damage to the province’s agricultural sector, severely affecting over 30 million people in rural communities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake of 12 May devastated the mountainous Sichuan province, killing an estimated 69,000 people and causing extensive property damage. A recent FAO assessment mission to the area found that more than 30 million rural inhabitants have lost most of their assets. In addition, thousands of hectares of farmland were destroyed, millions of farm animals died, houses and grain stores collapsed and thousands of pieces of agricultural machinery were damaged. “In addition to the human tragedy caused by the disaster – mainly the loss of family members – many rural communities in Sichuan province have lost their means to produce food and create income,” said Rajendra Aryal, FAO Senior Regional Emergency Coordinator. “People in the villages have demonstrated great resilience and have expressed their strong willingness to return back to their fields and resume farming and food production. It will probably take three to five years to rebuild the agricultural sector in Sichuan,” he added. Most of the wheat crops could not be harvested after the earthquake due to the lack of labour as a result of deaths and injuries in farming families. Much of the wheat that was harvested before the earthquake – some 350,000 tonnes in Mianyang Prefecture, one of the areas hit by the quake – was damaged with the collapse of grain storages. Shortages of pesticides and fertilizers are jeopardizing future food production, FAO adds. In addition, thousands of greenhouses have collapsed causing severe losses of vegetable crops. Major seed growing areas in the province, producing up to 20 per cent of China’s rice seeds, have been badly hit by the earthquake with more than 20,000 hectares affected. In some villages, up to 70 percent of rice fields have been damaged. The next harvest could face a shortfall between 10 and 50 per cent, due to delayed planting, pests and water shortages. In addition, FAO noted that livestock losses are estimated at about $2 billion. Over three million pigs have been killed by the earthquake, with some villages having lost up to 70 per cent of their livestock. “Urgent provision of fertilizers, pesticides, farm tools and machinery, livestock and reclaiming damaged fields will be the main challenge for the next six months,” Mr. Aryal said, adding that Chinese authorities have asked FAO to coordinate agricultural rehabilitation efforts in the province. 30 June 2008Last month’s earthquake in Sichuan, China, has caused some $6 billion in damage to the province’s agricultural sector, severely affecting over 30 million people in rural communities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. read more

Brocks Centre for Labour Studies signs transfer credit agreement with UFCW Canada

The Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University has signed a partnership with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada union that will help members and their families turn courses from webCampus, UFCW Canada’s online training program, into Brock course credits.UFCW Canada members who have completed four relevant webCampus courses may earn one, half-credit elective toward a certificate or degree in Labour Studies, to a maximum of one credit in a certificate program and 2.5 credits in a degree program.“The agreement will help facilitate the transition from union education to a university education for UFCW members looking to obtain a degree from Brock,” says Larry Savage, Director of the Centre for Labour Studies. “The agreement also demonstrates the Centre’s commitment to working with the labour movement to provide greater opportunities for union members to obtain a Labour Studies degree.”UFCW Canada has offered webCampus training to members since the early 2000s, including many courses devoted to key aspects of Labour Studies, such as Advanced Stewarding and Understanding Collective Bargaining. However, this is the first time members will have an opportunity to gain university credits by completing them.As webCampus courses are free to UFCW Canada members and their families, the partnership will help defray costs for those looking to further their education in the Centre for Labour Studies.“UFCW Canada members believe in education, and we believe in them”, says Paul Meinema, the national president of UFCW Canada. “The partnership with Brock University is a tremendous opportunity to provide members with the empowering labour studies resources of webCampus and Brock University combined.”“The idea of democracy at work needs to be strengthened,” says Marv Funk, Director of Education for UFCW Canada. “The partnership with Brock University is an ideal way to recognize workers in their efforts.”Brock students will also benefit from sharing their classrooms with union members. “Having more UFCW Canada members in our courses will enrich the classroom experience for all Labour Studies students at Brock by diversifying our existing pool of students in terms of lived experience and union background,” Savage says.“Having different perspectives in the classroom always helps to liven debate, encourage dialogue and challenge preconceived notions.”For more information on the agreement between Brock University and UFCW Canada, visit the UFCW web site. read more

Popes meteorites and marathon snogging The week in numbers

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.27,700 kilometres – That’s how close asteroid 2012 DA14 came to Earth yesterday evening. That might not seem like much, but it’s closer than any asteroid of its size has ever come to Earth. Travelling at 75,000 kilometres an hour, it would only have taken 20 minutes to obliterate any of the cities on Earth if it had been nudged out of its path and into our direction.6.17 metres – The length of ‘Lolong’, the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity anywhere in the world, who died in the Philippines last week. The townspeople went into mourning, despite suspicions that Lolong ate some of them.950 – The number of people in Russia who were injured when a meteor burned up in the skies above the city of Chelyabinsk.€18.89 – The amount that the average Irish TD, Senator or MEP declared in donations for 2012. Only three politicians out of 239 said they had received any donations that they were legally required to receive – and one of those was the use of services, while another actually fell under the legal requirement limit.210,958 – The number of seconds for which a Thai couple kissed this week – setting a new world record. That’s over 58-and-a-half hours! It’s the second time in three years that a couple from Thailand has broken the record.12 per cent – The amount by which energy usage in Ireland dropped in three years, according to Eurostat figures – which also showed that Ireland is among the EU countries most reliant on energy imports.€56,500 – The average salary of a chaplain employed by the HSE in the Dublin North East region. That’s over twice as much as the €25,000-or-so that the Archdiocese of Dublin is able to give its priests.€2.97 – The amount that a High Court jury ordered the Irish Daily Mail to pay Denis O’Brien over a defamatory article, in terms of the price per issue sold. The Mail had audited circulation of 50,515 for the first half of 2010; it’s considering an appeal against the €150,000 ruling.3 – The number of HSE staff who were rehired the day after they retired last year. That’s despite voluntary redundancy programmes and incentivised public service retirements in 2012.3 – The possible number of saints named Valentine. But, sure, let’s just have a shindig for all of them.€21,440 – The amount that the average Irish person has to spend after they pay their taxes and social insurance, according to CSO figures. A quarter of the public is now considered to be living in deprivation.598 – The number of years since the last time a pope resigned – and in that case it was only to heal a three-way split in the church by making room for a compromise pope. That sequence will be brought to an end when Benedict XVI steps down in two weeks.111 – The number of popes between the time of St Malachy and Pope Benedict XVI. Malachy reckons the 112th will be the final pope, who will see the ‘city of the seven hills’ (Rome, but possibly Jerusalem) being destroyed. No pressure, then.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces> read more

CTran expands youth bus program

first_imgC-Tran is poised to expand its free student bus pass program to all students in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts.At last Tuesday’s board meeting, the C-Tran board voted 5 to 4 to extend the Youth Opportunity Pass — previously targeted at low-income students — to all middle and high school students in Clark County’s largest districts. The passes, which come in the form of small stickers affixed to a student’s school identification card, guarantee them yearlong free ridership and access to Marshall and Firstenburg Community Centers.Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen was the most vocal proponent of expanding the program, saying the current program misses a swath of students who may not be traditionally considered low income, but whose families may not have time or resources to transport their children around town.“There are a lot more students that could be served that aren’t going to get that opportunity,” he said.The program will remain in its current state for smaller Clark County districts.Tom Hagley, Vancouver Public School chief of staff, submitted a letter of support on behalf of both Vancouver and Evergreen school districts to the C-Tran board. He noted it may be a logistical challenge to provide forms to all district students by the time they return to school next fall, but said the districts are “thrilled” that C-Tran is expanding the program.“We think it’s a great statement of support for young people in the community and clearly it has the potential to benefit many more students,” Hagley said.Vancouver and Evergreen’s corresponding school boards will need to approve the agreement to begin providing expanded services. Evergreen Public Schools will consider the agreement at next 5:30 p.m. at Tuesday’s board meeting at the district Administrative Service Center at 13501 N.E. 28th St. The Vancouver school district will consider the agreement at its meeting at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 27.last_img read more

More murders in The Bahamas over the weekend two men dead

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 16, 2017 – Two more people were killed in The Bahamas in shootings over the weekend including last night on West Street in Nassau Police on both New Providence and Grand Bahama are investigating homicides as the killing spate seems unending. Midday on Sunday a shooting in South Beach, Nassau resulted in two men being hospitalized; one in stable, one man was seriously injured. On Grand Bahama Island, Forbisher Drive and Weddel Avenue on Saturday night was the scene of the crime where a man was found dead, police would soon confirm gunshot wounds to the head and body of that man identified as Corderold Wallace. Another shooting in Freeport has resulted in a 26 year old man being in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital. The man was shot in the International Bazaar, according to reports. Related Items:#murderrate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Benchmark your organisations pensions strategy

first_imgHow is your organisation engaging employees with pension saving? What impact have legislative changes had on your organisation’s pensions strategy?This week is your final chance to take part in the exclusive Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, which is designed to help you benchmark your organisation’s pensions strategy.This is your opportunity to share your organisation’s approach to workplace pensions, and gain insight into how your strategy compares to market peers and other industry sectors.In particular, we are interested in hearing about how your organisation has adapted its pensions strategy in response to the pension freedoms, changes to the lifetime and annual allowance limits, and upcoming changes such as the introduction of the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa).The online survey will be open until Friday 30 September 2016.As a thank you for completing the survey, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. To be in with a chance of winning, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online in November and will be sent to subscribers with the November 2016 issue of Employee Benefits magazine.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

New tech automates insulin for diabetics

first_img Health and Wellness Jul 29 • Elvie’s wearable breast pump feels like breaking out of jail The Bigfoot closed-loop insulin system consists of an Abbott Freestyle Libre wearable wireless glucose monitor (not shown), a blood glucose computer (left) and an insulin pump (right) connected via a thin tube to a cannula for injection. The two main parts shown snap together in use to form a single compact unit. CNET From the outside, diabetes may look like a simple condition to manage but it’s actually a constant math test where the right answer is nebulous and the stakes range as high as death. But a new technology about to get broader commercial release could make insulin management the self-driving car of endocrinology.People managing diabetes today can wear a wireless stick-on sensor to track blood glucose without finger sticks, and a pump to administer insulin without an injection pen or syringe. But the person remains in the loop, between the sensor and pump, managing and authorizing insulin delivery throughout their day. Closed-loop technology mostly removes the person from the process and delivers insulin to their body in a smart, real-time trickle, with the exception of mealtimes when a manual extra dose is still required.   Jul 23 • Apple Watch ECG vs. hospital EKG: Not the results I was expecting Bigfoot Biomedical is one of several startups planning to bring this tech to a broader market in 2019. Its system gets blood glucose data from an Abbott Freestyle Libre stick-on monitor. Then Bigfoot’s proprietary smart pump calculates and delivers an appropriate trickle of insulin through the day via a thin tube and a small wearable injection patch. It’s a lot of paraphernalia, but people who need to administer insulin are used to that. The results of moving from occasional finger sticks and self-dosing to a system that delivers insulin automatically and dynamically could be dramatic for people managing diabetes: Eliminating high or low glucose swings that result from inattention, inexperience or sleep, while virtually eliminating the constant “math test” insulin calculations as well.vlcsnap-2019-03-14-12h15m51s951Bigfoot’s pump module is an exercise in miniaturization, using a standard battery that doesn’t need recharging and a standard cartridge (upper right) of the type of insulin required. This half of the smart pump is actually discarded after use but Bigfoot plans to offer a recycling program for it. CNET Bigfoot is far from the only firm moving in this space, a sign that it’s a vital one: Medtronic’s 670G was the first closed-loop system on the market in summer of 2017, Tandem Diabetes Care is planning a launch in second half of 2019 and Tidepool is working to formalize the DIY community’s Loop system in a model not unlike that which grew Linux.The closed-loop concept began with users frustrated that managing diabetes in children, during sleep and in general was a time-consuming, often hit-and-miss process well into the 21st century. Nearly a decade ago some of them began to hack their own closed-loop systems and OpenAPS (Open Artificial Pancreas System) open-source software arrived about five years ago to run on a Raspberry Pi and codify closed-loop DIY hacks.The wearable wireless sensors that all closed-loop systems use offer a less direct measure of glucose than a simple blood-drop test, and a wearable pump, line and cannula may seem a bit like Frankenstein’s monster to some people. But a closed-loop revolution is coming in several areas of connected health, and diabetes may be a key initial battleground in adjusting consumer expectations while also driving manufacturers to make the tech more transparent.The diabetes hacking community’s slogan is #wearenotwaiting. This is a technology that shouldn’t have to worry about finding a market. Share your voice Wellness Now playing: Watch this: Tags Aug 19 • The LavvieBot S litter box is the smartest place for your cats to poop Aug 1 • National rollout of Burger King’s Impossible Whopper is here See All Health and Wellness • Post a comment 0 5:53 Hackers inspired the next big thing in diabetes reading • Closed-loop insulin tech for diabetes will change liveslast_img read more

Rape used as widescale weapon of war in Syria UN

first_imgPeople walk with their belongings as they flee the rebel-held town of Hammouriyeh, in the village of Beit Sawa, eastern Ghouta, Syria March 15, 2018. ReutersSyrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities – acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN investigators said on Thursday.In a gruesome report, they found that opposition groups in Syria’s protracted civil war had also committed crimes of sexual violence and torture although these were “considerably less common”.The report also said Islamic State (IS) and other armed extremist groups have executed women, men and children on charges of adultery, forced girls into marriage and persecuted homosexuals.”It is utterly repugnant that brutal acts of sexual and gender-based violence continued to be perpetrated throughout seven years by most warring parties,” Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told a panel event.The 29-page report, issued as Syria enters its eighth year of war, is based on 454 interviews with survivors, relatives, eyewitnesses, defectors, lawyers and medical staff.Karen AbuZayd, an American commissioner on the panel, said the documented cases represented the “tip of the iceberg”.Government forces raped civilians of both sexes during house searches and ground operations in the early stages of the conflict, and later at checkpoints and detention facilities, the report said. The youngest known victim was a nine-year-old girl.”Rape of women and girls was documented in 20 government political and military intelligence branches, and rape of men and boys was documented in 15 branches,” the report by the UN war crimes investigators said.The independent experts – who have compiled confidential lists of suspects since 2011 – did not name individual perpetrators but said they had documented “numerous” cases of rapes by high-level officers.SHAME, REJECTION, SUICIDESBranches where rapes took place included Aleppo, Deraa, Homs, Hama and Damascus, as well as Sednaya military prison and the air force intelligence branch at Mezzeh military airport, both near the capital, the report said.”Sexual violence against females and males is used to force confessions, to extract information, as punishment as well as to terrorise opposition communities,” the report said.Victims suffered shame, depression, incontinence, impotence and miscarriages, and rejection by their families, it said.”Some interviewees have indicated it is worse for a girl to be raped than to be killed,” AbuZayd said. “A number of women and girls sometimes commit suicide due to the verbal abuse they suffered in their homes or communities.”The investigators found “no evidence of a systematic practice” on the part of armed groups to use sexual and gender-based violence to instil fear, but said that incidents had occurred in the context of sectarianism or revenge attacks.Throughout Syria’s conflict, UN investigators had received allegations of extremist and terrorist groups imposing “mediaeval punishments on men accused of homosexuality”.”On Islamic State, we recorded women being stoned for adultery, frequently for violations of the dress code, detention and beatings of women including pregnant women for minor violations, and forced physical examination to determine virginity,” said Hanny Megally, a UN commissioner.”We apologise for presenting such a starkly horrific report, but it important we get the information out,” he said.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Flood

first_imgYou know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Grab a towel and settle in for this soggy scoundrel.Andy Stone is the Flood’s first victim (via BBC)THE FLOODFirst appearance: “The Waters of Mars” (2009)—third episode of 2008-10 specialsHome planet: MarsDoctor: TenthCompanion: Adelaide BrookeIf Elon Musk gets his way, humans will populate Mars by 2020. Just don’t drink the water.Much worse than traveler’s diarrhea, you may be infected by a millenia-old sentient virus.When the Flood—imprisoned in a glacier on Mars thousands of years ago by Ice Warriors—is unwittingly released by the crew of Bowie Base One, the Doctor must decide whether to use his knowledge of their fate to change history.The Martian species, whose natural state is liquid water, needs a physical form to survive. In this case, the seven-strong team of human colonists; homegrown heroes sent to the red planet for a five-year exploration mission.But thanks to an improperly fitted water filter, the pathogen easily spreads through the first human community on the planet (named after the late David Bowie, who famously asked is there life on Mars?), taking lives one by one—starting with officers Maggie Cain (Sharon Duncan Brewster) and Andy Stone (Alan Ruscoe), the latter contaminating Dr. Tarak Ital (Chook Sibtain).Alan Ruscoe as Andy Stone and Chook Sibtain as Dr. Tarak Ital (via BBC)The infection is not hard to spot: cracked skin around the mouth, ghoulish growling sounds, water pouring from various orifices. Just one drop, and you’ll almost instantly develop blackened teeth, faded blue eyes, internal fission, and a pretty nasty case of hypersalivation.A patient and intelligent pathogen, the Flood, like any galactic threat, does have its weaknesses: Electricity, for one (“Water and electricity: a bad mix”). Heat, nuclear explosions, and freezing temperatures, as the Ice Warriors proved, also help contain the microbe.Despite the crew’s best efforts to suppress the surge—now leaking through allegedly air-tight cabins and “10 feet of steel combination”—deputy Ed Gold (Peter O’Brien) and technicians Steffi Ehrlich (Cosima Shaw) and Roman Groom (Michael Goldsmith) become saturated, joining the Flood hivemind in what looks like some sort of ritual water sacrifice.The Tenth Doctor must make an important decision (via BBC)The Doctor, usually a real stickler for not screwing with fixed points in time, watches and listens as the increasingly moist scene plays out.According to historical records, the base is destroyed by a nuclear blast, inspiring future generations to explore the universe and meet interstellar life forms.But the Time Lord leaves no man, woman, or robot behind. And after coming to the imperious realization that “the laws of time are mine, and they will obey me,” he returns to save the remaining team members: nurse Yuri Kerenski (Aleksandar Mikic), geologist Mia Bennett (Gemma Chan), and Captain Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan, of Mansfield Park, Alice in Wonderland, Birdman, Sherlock).The Doctor and Captain Brooke uncover the mystery of the Flood (via BBC)The drooling zombies are enough to give you nightmares for at least a week. But if you thought these dripping victims are terrifying, just imagine the original concept drawings, which, according to BBC America, were deemed “too scary” for the intended audience.The finished product, which boasted the same special effects as a ’90s slasher flick, was actually a pared-down version of writer Russell T Davies initial concept. A planned effect of liquid dripping down the creatures’ faces made it impossible for actors to deliver their lines, as water kept getting in their eyes. Costume designers were forced to reconfigure the masks, so water emerged only from the mouth.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Statistics suggests that unanimous agreement in witnessed events may be sign of

first_img © 2016 Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A Citation: Statistics suggests that unanimous agreement in witnessed events may be sign of an error (2016, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Overwhelming evidence? It’s probably a bad thing (—A team of researchers with The University of Adelaide and one with University of Angers has found that the probability of a unanimous agreement in witnessed events is low enough that instances of such are likely a sign of an error. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the researchers suggest their findings could have an impact on fields as diverse as legal proceedings, archaeological assessments and even cryptographic testing. Explore furthercenter_img When a jury is given testimony by many witnesses to a crime, all fingering the same person, the consensus is generally that the police have caught the right person. But, a statistical assessment of such instances by the research team suggests that may not always be the case. They suggest that the opposite may in fact be true, that the more witnesses fingering the same person, the greater likelihood there is that the wrong person has been caught.The reasoning by the team goes along the lines of logic; if 100 people observe an apple sitting on an otherwise bare table and all confirm it was an apple, than there is a strong likelihood that it was an apple sitting there. But, what happens when the observation is not so simple—for example, what if 100 people see a man carrying a bag of money out of a bank after a robbery, and all 100 agree that it was the man police have identified as the robber. That might be a problem because prior research has shown that when asked to identify a person that witnesses have seen for just a few seconds, especially if that person is running away, can be as low as 50 percent correct. When performing Bayesian analysis on such scenarios, the team reports, the numbers grow worse as the number of people unanimously agrees on something they believe they have seen. Put another way, statistically speaking, it is nearly impossible for 100 people to all correctly identify a person in such a situation—thus, if they do, it calls into question the validity of the results.The researchers note that their findings apply to other areas as well—if 100 archeologists agree on the source of a find, for example, the odds are great that there is an error somewhere, because statistics suggests there should be at least some differences in the results. More information: Lachlan J. Gunn et al. Too good to be true: when overwhelming evidence fails to convince, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2015.0748AbstractIs it possible for a large sequence of measurements or observations, which support a hypothesis, to counterintuitively decrease our confidence? Can unanimous support be too good to be true? The assumption of independence is often made in good faith; however, rarely is consideration given to whether a systemic failure has occurred. Taking this into account can cause certainty in a hypothesis to decrease as the evidence for it becomes apparently stronger. We perform a probabilistic Bayesian analysis of this effect with examples based on (i) archaeological evidence, (ii) weighing of legal evidence and (iii) cryptographic primality testing. In this paper, we investigate the effects of small error rates in a set of measurements or observations. We find that even with very low systemic failure rates, high confidence is surprisingly difficult to achieve; in particular, we find that certain analyses of cryptographically important numerical tests are highly optimistic, underestimating their false-negative rate by as much as a factor of 280. Credit: George Hodan/Public Domain 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

Windwhipped rains lift Venice tide to 6th highest

first_imgVENICE, Italy (AP) – Heavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and brought the lagoon city’s high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago.Italian news reports said the same weather system that put 70 percent of central Venice under water on Sunday was wreaking havoc elsewhere in north and central Italy, with some 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Flooding is common in Venice this time of year and Sunday’s high tide mark of 150 centimeters (59.06 inches) marked the sixth-highest level since 1872, according to the ANSA news agency.Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Bvlgari Hotel ShanghaiChinahotelsspecial offerVirt

first_imgBvlgari Hotel ShanghaiChinahotelsspecial offerVirtuoso The Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai debuts 20 June 2018 and, as an opening offer just for clients of Virtuoso advisors, travellers will receive a guaranteed upgrade to the next category of room at the time of booking, valid until 31 December, 2018. Guests who book their stay with a Virtuoso travel advisor will also receive the following complimentary benefits: Breakfast for two daily (including room service), available 24/7Hotel credit valued at USD$100Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)Wi-FiBvlgari Hotel Shanghai, the sixth jewel of Bvlgari’s hospitality collection, is authentically Italian, including the design, hand-crafted furniture, fabrics and detailing. The hotel is situated in a tranquil riverside location amid private parks and gardens in the heart of the city, only minutes from attractions including the iconic Bund, the museums of People’s Square and shopping. For additional convenience, the hotel provides complimentary Maserati limousines within the city center so that guests can visit all of these attractions in comfort and style.The contemporary 48-story tower offers perhaps the city’s best views of the Bund and the skyscrapers of Pudong. True to its location, the hotel combines modernity with heritage, as its Chinese fine-dining restaurant and opulent ballroom will be housed in the restored Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, one of the city’s most historic buildings. The 63 rooms and 19 suites offer some of Shanghai’s most spacious accommodations. The chic guestrooms boast stunning views from the top eight floors of the tower, and include walk-in closets, double washbasins, marble bathtubs, separate rain showers and heated toilets. Rooms average 650 square feet, while suites range from 870 square feet to the 6,000-square-foot Bulgari Suite. Guests at Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai will enjoy a host of complimentary benefits including in-room check-in; Wi-Fi hotspot for roaming throughout the city; carbon-fiber MOMO bike usage; BVLGARI toiletries; turndown perfume; turndown tea infusion service; clothes pressing; and Berluti shoe polishing. The hotel offers tours of Shanghai’s art and heritage, which include visits to collections of Tang and Ming Dynasty treasures and the studios of some of the city’s top artists. The six food and beverage outlets include Il Ristorante – Niko Romito and Bao Li Xuan, a Chinese haute-cuisine restaurant. Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is curated by Niko Romito, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs with three Michelin stars for his Reale restaurant in Abruzzo, and presents a carefully curated canon of contemporary Italian cooking.A 21,500-square-foot spa and fitness center contains eight treatment rooms including soothing vitality pools; salt saunas; aroma steam rooms; rainforest showers; foot massage room; half-Olympic-sized indoor pool; yoga and Pilates studio; and 24-hour gym. IMAGE: Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai Lobbylast_img read more

Sydneys annual celebration of Light Music and Id

first_imgSydney’s annual celebration of Light, Music and Ideas is the perfect opportunity to perfect the intricacies of night photography. Canon and acclaimed travel photographer, Richard l’Anson, took the time to guide media guests, including LATTE, along the Vivid Sydney 2015 trail with a Canon EOS 70D DSLR at their side. With different sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, guests gathered at Canon HQ in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to learn the functions and capabilities of the camera, before setting out on a tour through the fantastical light displays through The Rocks and Circular Quay. Guests captured some of Richard’s Vivid highlights, including the MCA and from the roof of The Argyle in The Rocks.Thanks to walking the trail in small groups, everyone was given the opportunity to perfect the skills of night photography, long exposure and short exposure with a Canon professional. After visiting four main sites, the group returned to Canon HQ to print out their best photo in A3.For those who would like to learn more about photography, Canon is running Walking Tours throughout Vivid until 7 June 2015, including a free SD card, use of a Canon EOS 70D camera with an EF-S 18-135mm STM lens and an A3 print of their best read more

July 16 2014On June 24 2014 the Pavilion Stage a

first_imgJuly 16, 2014On June 24. 2014 the Pavilion Stage at Taliesin was set up with nine 4×7 foot photo murals featuring and describing the work and mission of the “Two Worlds Community Foundation.” This 501(c)3 Public Charity is a design-based educational organization focused on all aspects relating to how we live with each other as well as the relationships between all of humanity and the workings of nature upon which all else depends.[photo and text by Vern Swabeck]The evening began with informal discussions regarding the design-related displays prepared for the event. Once seated, the program started with a performance by the Charles Lewis Quintet, using the improvisational interplay between the musician to illustrate the dynamics and artfulness of community. The audience was at all times invited to make comments or ask questions.Other presenters included the pioneering work of Bryan Bealieau who is currently developing a program to involve 4th and 5th graders all over the world in the research and development of a 440 foot diameter model of the earth, which will be under continuous redevelopment, not only to tract the changing dynamics of the world, but to enlist each new generation of the world’s 4th and 5th grade children.Trisha McCarty is the award-winning founder and President of StarShine Academy and the StarShine concept for extending educational outreach all over the world. She presented her “School in a Box” concept along with an account of her pioneering work to date. Vernon Swaback, a former Taliesin apprentice, architect, planner and crusading author discussed the dynamic changes which are reshaping both our American way of life and the greater world beyond, all in the context of design.The most global view concerning the changing dynamics of community was presented by Jeff Stein. Jeff is an award-winning architect, writer and educator who was the long-time Dean of the Boston Architectural College and is now president of Cosanti Foundation, the urban research organization founded by Paolo Soleri.The common denominator of the multi-themed program centered around the urgent joy of community – urgent because without mastering the art of community, there can be no human future; and joyful because there is nothing more exciting than what Frank Lloyd Wright demonstrated and described as “taking a positive hand in creation.”last_img read more

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and that as many as 11 million vehicles could have similar software installed worldwide. 26,3m) worth of fur items were imported from Finland in the last five years.When you think of Arctic foxes students are helping to meet the rural health needs of their communities.Last year, an analyst at IDC,twitter. The clergyman said God told him that President Muhammadu Buhari will know his real enemies who are close to him this year. “Atiku should pray that his presidential ambition is not twatted by forces stronger than him out of the race.
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