Dick Vitale Does Not Think Urban Meyer Should Be Fired

first_imgDick Vitale breaks down the NCAA Tournament.We still don’t have an answer from Ohio State regarding whether Urban Meyer is going to keep his job after the Zach Smith scandal, but one prominent ESPN personality seems to be siding with the Buckeyes coach.Dick Vitale, ESPN’s longtime college basketball announcer, does not understand why Meyer should lose his job. In a tweet Friday, he made it clear that he thinks Meyer acted appropriately and should not lose his job as a result.In fact, Vitale doesn’t think that Meyer should even be suspended. He says he reported it up the chain both in 2009 and 2015.“Those asking @OhioStAthletics to fire @OSUCoachMeyer / give me 1 reason y / what has he done to be even suspended ? He gave his superiors info about Zach Smith / police never charged Smith in 2009& 2015 / I don’t see y Urban should be blamed .”Vitale often defends coaches – but there’s usually college basketball coaches. It’s unclear what kind of relationship Vitale has with Meyer.Those asking @OhioStAthletics to fire @OSUCoachMeyer / give me 1 reason y / what has he done to be even suspended ? He gave his superiors info about Zach Smith / police never charged Smith in 2009& 2015 / I don’t see y Urban should be blamed .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 10, 2018Vitale is one of the first ESPN personalities to defend Meyer and declare himself in support of the Buckeyes coach.Meyer is currently on paid administrative leave while the school looks into how he handled 2015 allegations of domestic violence against his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.last_img read more

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Pakistan wants ICC action against Team India for wearing army caps during ODI vs Australia

first_imgPakistan wants ICC action against Team India for wearing army caps during ODI vs AustraliaThe Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team wore camouflage caps during third ODI vs Australia in Ranchi as a mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service RanchiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 14:44 IST Virat Kohli also revealed the India players were donating their match fees of the 3rd ODI to the Nation’s Defence Fund (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia players wore camouflage caps during the third ODI vs Australia in Ranchi on FridayCaptain Virat Kohli said the ‘special cap’ was a tribute to the Indian Armed ForcesBy wearing the caps, the Indian team has politicised the Gentleman’s Game: Pakistan minister Fawad ChaudhryPakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against the Indian cricket team for “politicising” the game by donning army caps during their third One-Day International (ODI) match against Australia.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced on Friday that the Indian team would be wearing camouflage caps during their third ODI match against Australia in Ranchi “as (a) mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces”.The BCCI has in fact also said that every year during any ODI game, the Indian team would be donning the army caps as a mark of respect for the armed forces.”It’s just not cricket,” Chaudhry tweeted late on Friday. “By wearing the caps, the Indian team has politicised the Gentleman’s Game,” Dawn quoted the Information Minister as saying.The minister urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against India with the sport’s world governing body ICC.”And if the Indian team does not stop wearing the caps, the Pakistan team ‘should (also) wear black bands to remind the World about Indian atrocities in (occupied) Kashmir,” Chaudhry said.It’s just not Cricket, I hope ICC ll take action for politicising Gentleman’s game … if Indian Cricket team ll not be stopped, Pak Cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir… I urge #PCB to lodge formal protest pic.twitter.com/GoCHM9aQqmadvertisementCh Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 8, 2019Many in Pakistan, including journalists Owais Tohid and Mazhar Abbas echoed similar views.”Sad to see war hysteria in Indian cricket team with great players like Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni leading it,” Tohid said in a tweet.”Heroes shouldn’t act like losers,” he added.Abbas termed the decision to wear the camouflage caps the “militarisation of Indian cricket”.”Sports can defuse tension but not like this. Don’t (drag) cricketers in(to) politics.”The development came as Pakistan and India reeled from two weeks of high tension following the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 paramilitary troopers.Also Read | Watch: MS Dhoni six brings Ranchi crowd to its feetAlso Read | Smriti Mandhana fifty in vain as England whitewash India in T20IsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Pakistan cricket newsFollow Ranchi ODIFollow India cricket army capsFollow Fawad Chaudhrylast_img read more

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I may be killed Kerala nun refuses to apologise after issued showcause

first_imgThe Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) in Kerala Saturday issued a showcause notice to expelled nun Sister Lucy Kalappura, who had led protests against rape-accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The FCC demanded she withdraws her police complaint against a local superior nun and issue an apology for the same. Reacting at the notice issued to her, the nun told IndianExpress.com, “They have demanded that I fully apologise and withdraw the case. That’s not going to happen. They should apologise to me for disparaging me for the way they have been torturing me from September 2018 onwards. If they accept me, I don’t have any problems. It’s not for me only. No woman must be subject to male domination.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Sister Lucy had filed a police complaint earlier this week for wrongful confinement by the nuns at the convent. Following her expulsion, Sr Lucy was asked to leave the premises by the congregation. She, however, continued to stay there. “Just like you stub a cigarette under your feet after smoking, that’s how they are treating women like me,” she said asserting that there was no place for compromise. She added that she was not afraid no matter how many threats she received. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHolding the FCC responsible for any untoward incident that might happen to her, Sr Lucy said, “I may be killed. I have to die one day anyway. An unnatural murder maybe what’s destined for me. FCC and its province in Mananthavady will be responsible for it. I will always be here at the convent in Mananthavady. I have also asked for protection from the police. But they have not done anything so far.” The FCC officials had sent a letter to Sr Lucy’s mother, asking her to take her daughter back home since she has been relieved of all responsibilities as a nun in the congregation. Sr Lucy, meanwhile, has challenged her expulsion and sent a letter to the Vatican.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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Canadian Press NewsAlert BC to hold public inquiry into money laundering

first_imgVICTORIA — The British Columbia government will hold a public inquiry into money laundering.Premier John Horgan says money laundering has had numerous impacts on people in the province including a rise in opioid deaths and higher housing costs.The government released two reports last week estimating $7.4 billion in illegal cash was laundered in the province in 2018.One of the reports said $5 billion of that was siphoned into real estate, forcing the costs of homes up by at least five per cent.Attorney General David Eby says the problem of money laundering is bigger and more entrenched than the government thought.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen has agreed to lead the inquiry.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Liberals set to reform jury selection process following Colten Boushie case

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system, a measure that makes good on a Liberal promise to change the way juries are selected.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, 56, in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, 22, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill Thursday that, if passed, would eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.Speaking through a family friend, Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said she is pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.The prospect of something good coming out of her son’s death gives her hope for the future, Eleanore Sunchild said on behalf of Baptiste.The bill includes other measures aimed at tackling court backlogs plaguing the criminal justice system, including by restricting the use of preliminary inquiries to cases where the offender is facing the possibility of a life sentence, such as for murder, kidnapping or aggravated sexual assault.The bill will also address a Liberal campaign promise to crack down on intimate partner violence, including by reversing the onus on bail for those previously convicted of violence against a current or former spouse, common-law partner or dating partner.Intimate partner violence would also be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing; the bill would also make way for the possibility of higher maximum sentences for repeat offenders.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked Wilson-Raybould with reviewing changes to the criminal justice system and the sentencing reforms the previous Conservative government brought in as part of its tough-on-crime agenda, including the impact on Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups.That effort took on an increased sense of urgency in July 2016, when the Supreme Court imposed strict new limits on how long a case could take to make its way through the system.More than 200 criminal cases across the country were tossed out due to unreasonable delays.The bill would also make other changes aimed at tackling the backlog, including by allowing judges more discretion when it comes to what are called administration of justice offences, such as those involving breach of recognizance and others that do not involve violence or property damage.This bill, however, does not address another major promised reform to address mandatory minimum sentences, which many advocates have argued also contribute to court delays.last_img read more

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Federal panel to hear final pitches for and against Northern Gateway pipeline

TERRACE, B.C. — The proponent and opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline will make their final pitches to a federal review panel starting Monday, at the last stage of public hearings before the panel issues its decision later this year.[np_storybar title=”Listen to live audio of the review panel hearings” link=”http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/hrng-eng.html”%5D [/np_storybar]Calgary-based Enbridge is slated to be the first to officially present its final argument for its project at the hearings, but opponents made their case at a public rally Sunday in Terrace, B.C., a scenic northern city whose council passed a resolution last year opposing the project.Eric Laitinen drove from Kitimat, the would-be home of the Northern Gateway tanker terminal, to join the crowd of about 200 gathered in a downtown park.“I’ve been working in the oil industry for a long time, and I know that if a pipeline breaks, this area’s fisheries and everything is gone,” said the retired 71-year-old.“Not an oil pipeline. A gas pipeline is fine, because leaks there don’t destroy the rivers or lakes or anything.”The project proposed by Enbridge involves two 1,200-kilometre pipelines linking Bruderheim, just outside of Edmonton, to the marine terminal in Kitimat. One pipe would carry diluted bitumen, the heavy, molasses-like oil produced in the oil sands, and the other would carry natural gas condensate, used to dilute bitumen, from Kitimat east to Alberta.“I think, in the grand scheme of things, we have no right to destroy the environment for the children that are coming up,” said Terry Walker, 63, a day-care supervisor in Terrace.She said her community will be directly affected if there is a pipeline spill.“This pipeline has no part in our future,” she said as she soaked up the heat of a rare 27C day.“It’s a disaster in the making,” Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, told the crowd. “Coastal First Nations remains 100 per cent opposed to this and we will lay down our lives to stop this.”Coastal First Nations left the review panel process earlier this year, saying they were out of patience and faith that the federal government was listening.The province of British Columbia is also slated to address the panel, most likely on Monday, after announcing late last month that it believes the project cannot go ahead as proposed.In a written argument filed with the federal panel, lawyers for the B.C. government said that Northern Gateway should not be approved.“’Trust me’ is not good enough in this case,” said the submission.But the submission left the door open, and at a much-watched meeting with her Alberta counterpart on Friday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark invited project supporters to walk through.“Between the closing arguments (at the National Energy Board’s joint-review panel) and the decision, there are a few more months,” Clark said.“So we’ll see what happens with that.”The province has laid out five conditions that must be met to win its support, including undefined “world-class” oil spill response plans and a “fair share” of the economic benefits.Sterritt urged the crowd to applaud B.C.’s Liberal government for opposing the project, but Robin Austin, a local New Democrat member of the legislature, said the opponents of the project cannot count on the province.“If you look at the wording of the five conditions there’s lots of wiggle room there,” he said. “It’s not a definitive ’No’ from Christy Clark and we want a definitive ‘No.”’The project would free land-locked Alberta to expand its customer base beyond the United States, a development worth billions of dollars in additional revenues, and Northern Gateway laid out its reasons for approval in a written submission filed last month.“The evidence provided by Northern Gateway demonstrated the enormous economic benefits that the project would deliver to Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, and aboriginal peoples,” it said.“The project is urgently needed and meets all requirements for approval under the (National Energy Board) act. It is in the public interest.”While critics of the project have dominated public hearings so far, the company will have some prominent allies in the final leg of the process, with the Alberta government, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers slated to present arguments in favour of the proposal, along with industry players such as Nexen and Cenovus.Final arguments are scheduled over the next two weeks, and the panel’s report to the federal government is due by the end of the year. read more

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Anacondas born in Dehiwala

An Anaconda at the Dehiwala zoo gave birth to 31 babies last night, officials at the zoo said today.This is the third time anaconda babies were born at the National zoo. Most anaconda babies were gifted to other countries under exchange programs.The anacondas born last night are said to be in good health.

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IDPs in Jaffna expected to be resettled by end of this year

Another 104 housing units are under construction in Palali North under owner-driven concept and are scheduled to be completed in October. The authorities have also identified 250 plots in the Kankesanthurai cement factory area to resettle as many landless families. The requirements of the remaining 482 families will have to be addressed, which the authorities hope to complete by December.According to the Resettlement Ministry, discussions were on for the release of 450 acres of land in Kankesanthurai; Palai Vemankamam North and Thaiyyiddy. It would take care of 100 families. One hundred houses, being built in Keerimalai near Kankesanthurai, with the support of the Sri Lanka Army, are expected to be ready in a month. The Government will complete the resettlement of landless internally-displaced persons (IDP) in the Jaffna district by year-end. According to an earlier plan, the process was to be completed this month, The Hindu newspaper reported.A release issued by the Resettlement Ministry put the number of landless IDP families in Jaffna at 936 whereas, at the time of the Cabinet approval last month for housing, the figure mentioned was 971. Asked about the reported proposal mooted by the Resettlement Ministry for getting 1,000 acres of private land released, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi told The Hindu recently that the matter had not yet been referred to him. “At present, we are working on identifying land for the landless IDPs,” he added. read more

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UKs Johnson pursues more postBrexit trade talks at G7

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked trade with the leaders of Australia and Egypt at the Group of Seven summit Monday as he sought to position his nation for a post-Brexit world.Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed at the summit in France to do a trade deal after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, a departure now set for Oct. 31. Morrison said he believed a U.K.-Australia pact could be done within a year.“But at the end of the day it’s got to be in our interests,” Morrison said. “We are not going to sign up to something we don’t think helps us and neither will they.”After a one-on-one meeting with Johnson in the beachside resort of Biarritz on Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump promised they would work out “a very big trade deal” between their nations once Brexit happens.Johnson also met Monday on the sidelines of the G-7 summit with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The two discussed their shared desire to strengthen economic, trade and security co-operation between the U.K. and Egypt.Despite the optimistic outlook given for Britain’s trade and future, the country’s departure from the EU and its single market of 500 million hasn’t taken place more than three years after voters backed leaving. Johnson said Sunday that the U.K. should prepare for an exit without a withdrawal deal in place, acknowledging that the prospect of a Brexit agreement getting approved in the next two months was “touch and go.”The British prime minister’s promise to bring his country out of the EU on Oct. 31 no matter what has raised worries about a disorderly divorce that would see new tariffs and border checks on trade between Britain and the EU, seriously disrupting business.Johnson has told European Union officials it won’t be possible to stop Britain’s departure from the trading bloc without the removal of controversial language about the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, saying they shouldn’t listen to British lawmakers who think they can block Brexit.The consequences could be costly to the EU, Johnson suggested in interviews with broadcasters Sunday. He told Sky he would withhold the bulk of the 39 billion pounds ($48 billion) the U.K. is supposed to pay the EU for the divorce if there is no deal.The British prime minister badly needs a trade deal with the United States and other big powers. Supporters of Brexit say a free trade deal with the U.S. could help make up for reduced commerce with the EU. In 2018, Britain did almost half its trade with the EU, while the U.S. accounted for 18% of U.K. exports and 11% of imports.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitDanica Kirka, The Associated Press read more

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Rules panel aims to let goalkeepers move more at penalties

GLASGOW, Scotland — World soccer’s rule-making panel says it wants to give goalkeepers more freedom to move when facing a penalty.Currently, the Laws of the Game state goalkeepers “must remain on the goal line … until the ball has been kicked.”The panel, known as IFAB, now proposes “needing only one foot on the goal line when a penalty is taken,” allowing goalkeepers to begin moving forward earlier.IFAB met Thursday to identify several changes it wants to approve at a March 2 meeting, and take effect June 1.Proposals include: ending trials with penalty shootouts to return to teams alternating kicks; cutting timewasting by forcing substituted players to leave the field at the nearest spot, writing a more precise wording for non-deliberate handball offences.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children

first_imgThe parents were seriously involved in drug abuse at the time and there was also reports of domestic violence.A clinical psychologist gave evidence that the father had a personality disorder and was the dominant member of the couple.The mother adored her child, but carried deep emotional wounds from her own background and she had not had an opportunity to develop the normal skills of adult living.“If she got out of the relationship and found someone she could work with she could do very well”.The judge granted the care order until the baby was 18 and asked for a plan for the baby to be brought to court in two weeks’ time.Care OrdersThe reports are available online at childlawproject.ie.They show that when the CFA seeks a care order, it’s by no means inevitable that it will be granted by the courts.There were four cases where the children were reunited with their parents after a period in care, where the issues which led to them being brought into care were addressed.The Child Care Law Reporting Project said that,The chaos in the lives of some families which leads to them coming to the attention of the social services is revealed in the fact that one hearing was interrupted three times by the collapse and hospitalisation of the father during the proceedings, followed by the collapse and recovery of the mother, only for her to collapse again.“The pressure on family law courts, especially outside of Dublin, is revealed by the fact that there were 60 cases on the list in one “family law day” in a rural town”.Read: Legislation published to place ‘duty’ on Child and Family Agency to provide aftercare> DRUG AND ALCOHOL abuse, mental illness and social isolation are the main causes leading to care proceedings, according to the latest reports by the Child Care Law Reporting Project.A case in which both parents had drug issues heard how the couple moved to Ireland after their older child was taken into care in another jurisdiction.The couple then fled Ireland when they had a second baby here and learned that this baby was also likely to be taken into care.The Child and Family Agency (CFA), which has taken over the HSE’s child welfare functions, obtained a care order for the young baby after 18 months of renewals of interim care orders in Dublin District Court.The parents were attending a drug treatment centre and were on methadone. The doctor described them as “in the top 10 to 15 per cent of those attending in terms of controlling their drug use”.Following about a year of renewals of interim care orders, during which the parents had access to their baby five days a week, an application was heard for a full care order.By now the parents had moved back to the other jurisdiction and did not participate in the proceedings.A social worker from the other jurisdiction gave evidence of the circumstances leading to the first baby going into care.He had been found in very unsanitary conditions, extremely dirty and hungry, with dark shadows under his eyes.last_img read more

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Le National Geographic dévoile le gagnant de son concours photo annuel

first_imgLe National Geographic dévoile le gagnant de son concours photo annuelLe grand magazine dédié à la nature organise chaque année un concours récompensant les plus belles images de la planète. Les grands favoris du jury et le gagnant ont enfin été annoncés. Les résultats du concours photos annuel du National Geographic ont été enfin dévoilés. Le cliché gagnant du Grand Prix a été choisi parmi plus de 16.000 images et son auteur répond au nom de Aaron Lim Boon Teck. Originaire de Singapour, l’homme a capturé des randonneurs observant une éruption volcanique tandis que la lune se levait.À lire aussiSaurez-vous reconnaitre à quel objet du quotidien appartiennent ces gros plans ?Les photographes avaient jusqu’au 30 novembre pour proposer leurs images dans cette compétition annuelle (voir notre article). National Geographic avait publié sur son site plusieurs clichés reçus, avant le verdict. Le public a pu ainsi découvrir de nombreuses images d’animaux et de paysages inédits en provenance des quatre coins de notre planète, la révélant dans toute sa splendeur. Le gagnant remporte la somme de 7.500 euros. Découvrez la photographie gagnante ainsi que les clichés des finalistes sur Maxisciences. Le 17 décembre 2010 à 18:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Chiles Diego Valdes apologises for racist gesture

first_imgChile international Diego Valdes has apologised for his actions in South KoreaThe 24-year-old midfielder appeared to make a derogatory gesture with his eyes posing with a South Korean supporter for a photograph on Monday.The picture has since been widely circulated by South Korean media.“In relation to the photograph that has appeared on social media, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended,” Valdes wrote on social media.Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to make a comment on the controversy before yesterday’s goalless draw with South Korea.Lautaro Martinez, ArgentinaLautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.“This is a press conference to talk about soccer,” Rueda said.“I am not here to talk about things not related to soccer.”Valdes, who plays for Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, featured for Chile last night but was unable to have much of an impact on the game itself.Colombia’s Edwin Cardona made a similar gesture in November 2017 to South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yueng and was banned by FIFA for five games.last_img read more

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Condé Nast Promotions Follow Restructuring

first_imgIt didn’t take Condé Nast’s David Carey and Tom Florio long to make major management changes after their respective promotions were announced last week.Carey has named William Li as publisher of Condé Nast Portfolio. Most recently, Li was publisher of Men’s Vogue. Li’s replacement at Men’s Vogue has not been named yet, a Condé Nast spokesperson tells FOLIO:.At Vogue, Florio has promoted associate publisher Connie Anne Phillips to the newly created position of managing director. She will oversee sales, marketing and creative services departments and run Vogue’s day-to-day business operations. Laura McEwen replaces Phillips as associate publisher.Last week, Condé Nast announced an executive personnel restructuring, including the naming of three senior vice presidents. As part of that restructuring, Carey’s post as Condé Nast Publications’ group president and publishing director was expanded to include Wired Media and the company’s Golf Digest Group. Florio was named senior vice president and publishing director of Vogue, Men’s Vogue and Vogue Living.last_img read more

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Kotzebue brothers make first app for all 20 Alaska Native languages

first_imgThe new Chert app consolidates characters from all 20 Alaska Native languages on an iPhone keyboard. (Image: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)When Barrow officially changes its name back to Utqiaġvik on December 1st, people all over are going to encounter the same typographical issue: writing out the “ġ” character.Listen Now Alaska Native languages have faced a growing technological challenge: meshing alphabets with all the new tools for communicating, like texting or Facebook. But as of Wednesday night, there’s now an app for that.For the first time ever, you can find all the characters for the 20 recognized Alaska Native languages in one place: a keyboard, downloaded right onto your iPhone. An app called Chert pulls in all the characters you need to spell out words in Yupik, Iñupiaq, Tlingit and more.Chert was designed by two brothers from Kotzebue, Reid and Grant Magdanz.“Honestly, I think the main reason I wanted to do it is because I was trying to learn Iñupiaq,” Reid Magdanz said by phone in Kotzebue. “There’s all sorts of cool apps that you can put on your phone, but if you can’t type the characters right they’re not very useful.”Magdanz was also frustrated he couldn’t text other language learners in proper Iñupiaq.So last Christmas, he and his brother Grant, who lives in California, spent a week making a similar keyboard just for Iñupiaq. It was a success, and over the last six months, the two expanded their efforts.Magdanz, who works as a legislative staffer for Sitka Democratic house member Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, reached out to language experts around the state collecting the right characters for all the alphabets. Grant did the coding.The brothers aren’t making money from the free app. They see it as a contribution to the state’s ongoing language revitalization. Magdanz explained that historically, colonial governments, educators and missionaries saw Alaska’s indigenous languages as “backwards,” simplistic and “anti-Modern” — a falsehood he thinks technology can correct.“This app is kind of a small step, (but) it’s also something of a symbolically important one, because it is saying to the world not only can these languages be modern, but they are modern,” Magdanz said. “I mean, you can type them on your phone, you can text them, you can send a Snapchat. What’s more modern than that?”The name Chert, came from a stone “traditionally used…to fashion spear points, arrowheads, and other tools,” Magdanz wrote in a message. He and his brother wanted a name that symbolized a connection between the “past and present,” a bit like the way a language connects speakers to the people who came before them. Unlike a spear point, this Chert takes just a few minutes to locate and install.“You just go to the app store and search Chert,” Magdanz said.So far they’ve only developed the app for the iPhone’s operating system, but they are working on one for Android devices as well.last_img read more

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Mexicos next president is stubborn leftist

first_imgPresidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the Morena party, during general election in Mexico City, Mexico, on 1 July. Photo: AP “Stubborn” is among the many insults that have been hurled at Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the veteran leftist who swept to victory in Mexico’s presidential election Sunday.He considers it a compliment.The man known as “AMLO” kicked off his third presidential bid vowing to use his headstrong personality to fight for the change that so many Mexicans are demanding this election year.“I’m stubborn. It’s a well-known fact,” he said.“With that same conviction, I will act as president… stubbornly, obstinately, persistently, bordering on craziness, to wipe out corruption.”Those close to him can vouch for that.“We’re talking about a man whose main quality is his tenacity,” Mexican writer and historian Paco Ignacio Taibo II, an outspoken supporter, told AFP.Lopez Obrador, 64, is one of the most divisive figures in Mexican politics: his critics hate him as fervently as his fans love him.But his vows to fight for a “radical turn” in Mexico worked in a nation fed up with seemingly endless corruption scandals and a horrifically violent drug war.According to exit polls, the former Mexico City mayor won the vote by a large margin, leading his rivals to concede defeat.Fire and iceLopez Obrador’s fiery attacks on the “mafia of power” tapped the frustrations of voters sick of the two parties that have governed Mexico for almost a century: the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN).But the two-time presidential runner-up also managed to present a cooler side this time around, answering criticism with humor and laughing off dire warnings about how he would wreck Latin America’s second-largest economy.When enemies accused him of ties to Russia, he slyly turned the insult to irony, donning a Russian ushanka hat and calling himself “Andres Manuelovich.”When the three other candidates took turns attacking him during debates, he calmly stayed above the fray-at one point whipping out a chart with the latest poll numbers by way of rebuttal.“I don’t want to brag, but I humbly submit to you the latest poll,” he said.It turned out his confidence was justified.Anti-graft poster boyAs his rivals battled each other to sound the toughest on corruption, Lopez Obrador easily emerged as the anti-graft poster boy, vowing to lead by example.Supporters of the presidential candidate for the `Juntos haremos historia` coalition, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, celebrate at the Zocalo square in Mexico City, after getting the preliminary results of the general elections on 1 July. Photo: AFPHe vowed to halve the presidential salary if elected, live in his modest home instead of the presidential residence, and sell the presidential jet.“Not even Donald Trump has a plane like that,” he was fond of saying.He clashed with Mexico’s business community, with some warning he would pursue Venezuela-style socialist policies.Seeking to ease those fears, he appointed a team of market-friendly advisers and backpedaled on some of his most controversial proposals.In fact, it is hard to guess just what his policies will actually be.Many Mexicans are not quite sure what he represents, other than something new. In these elections, that proved to be enough.No return to ‘Chingada’However, Lopez Obrador also has a knack for shooting himself in the foot.In 2006, he led for most of the race. Then he lost his cool in the home stretch and insulted the sitting president, Vicente Fox, as a “big-mouth” (loosely translated).Many observers have said that may have cost him the race.Lopez Obrador refused to accept his narrow defeat, proclaiming himself the “legitimate president” in a faux inauguration and setting up a protest camp in the heart of Mexico City that plunged the country into weeks of uncertainty.He has never hesitated to burn political bridges.A native of the southern state of Tabasco, he got his start in politics in the 1970s with the ruling PRI party-now his enemy.He helped launch a left-wing breakaway, the PRD, in the 1980s.He made an unsuccessful run for governor of Tabasco in 1994, then leapt to the national political scene when he was elected Mexico City mayor in 2000.He left the job to run for president in 2006. After a second unsuccessful presidential run in 2012, he spurned the PRD to found his own leftist party, Morena-which now appears to be on track to become the dominant force in Mexican politics.Lopez Obrador had vowed this would be his last campaign. If he lost, he said on the campaign trail, he would retire to “La Chingada,” his ranch in the south. The name is another joke: the statement roughly translates as “go to hell.”In the event, he will not be retiring there for the next six years.The widower remarried journalist and writer Beatriz Gutierrez Muller in 2006. He has four sons.last_img
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Apples Tesla Challenger Could Roll Into the Market By 2019

first_imgSeptember 22, 2015 Look out, Tesla. Apple is speeding into your rearview. The Cupertino, Calif., colossus is gearing up to release an electric car by 2019 and it’s hiring 1,200 more employees to get the show on the road, reports the The Wall Street Journal.Finally, after a year of weighing the possibility of its own branded wheels, Apple appears to have the green light to forge ahead. An earlier report had a new iCar (we’re guessing at its name here) slated to arrive in 2020, but it’s reportedly scheduled to debut even earlier. News hit yesterday that the company has just stamped the initiative a “committed project,” sources close to the matter told the Journal.Apple’s ambitious shift from the consumer electronics market into the automotive fast lane comes on the heels of a meeting with officials at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. On Aug. 17, an Apple senior legal executive talked with a Golden State autonomous vehicle expert, along with the DMV’s chief of strategic planning, according to documents acquired by The Guardian. The hour-long meeting fueled rumors that Apple is indeed serious about driving into the car market, just as Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and countless others in and outside of Silicon Valley have long predicted.  Related: With Apple’s ‘CarPlay,’ the Race for Flashier In-Car Touchscreen Controls Revs Up As for Musk, he recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that Apple was tempting his Tesla employees to jump ship by offering 60 percent salary increases and $250,000 signing bonuses.  “Apple tries very hard to recruit from Tesla,” he said. “But so far they’ve actually recruited very few people.” Whether poached from Tesla or not, Apple is reportedly tripling its existing 600-person team for the vehicle product program, which is said to be codenamed “Project Titan.”Those hoping Apple’s first whip would be a self-driving machine will probably be disappointed. Sources familiar with the project say Apple is not looking to make its inaugural vehicle entirely autonomous, despite reportedly onboarding an unknown number of driverless car specialists. However, if individuals close to venture prove right, a self-driving option will likely be available over the long-term.Related: Elon Musk Admits to ‘Conversations’ With Apple About TeslaMeanwhile, Tesla, the undisputed electric car market frontrunner for the moment, is still working out the kinks on an autopilot semi-driverless software update for the Model S. Musk has publicly teased the feature for months. The upgrade will merely assist drivers, not entirely replace them. Google, for its part, is potentially driving in a different direction, per an executive at the search giant, who recently said her employer is considering selling its driverless tech directly to existing automakers.As for how much an Apple car might cost, that remains one of the many unknowns surrounding Apple’s pivot into the luxury electric car race. We imagine the term “sticker shock” won’t even begin to cover it.Related: Apple Says It’s Cleaning Up the App Store After Its First Large-Scale Malware Attack Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readlast_img read more

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Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for 199

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite.As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad.No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires Joy-Con motion input, for example, 1-2 Switch or Pokemon Let’s Go, you’ll need to purchase a set of Joy-Cons separately to use with the Lite. The kickstand is also gone, which nobody will complain about, right?As it’s a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can’t be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Currently all games support handheld mode and now all future games will need to.So the Switch Lite is smaller, less versatile, and is missing some key features of the original Switch ($299.00 at Amazon). However, that does come with some positives. For one, the Switch Lite is $100 cheaper at $199. It’s noticeably lighter than the Switch and battery life is expected to be slightly better. There’s also going to be three color options at launch on Sept. 20, with the choices being yellow, grey, and turquoise. A Pokemon Sword and Shield edition is also planned.The price alone should make the Switch Lite a very popular choice and we could see the original Switch left on stores shelves. Isn’t this also the clearest sign yet that Nintendo has no intention of replacing the 3DS? This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 10, 2019last_img read more

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PS4 and PSVR Both Surpass Big Sales Milestones

first_img Share Tweet Submit The PlayStation 4 may be entering its fifth year on the market, but the console’s momentum hasn’t slowed at all. Today Sony announced the PS4 has surpassed the 70 million units mark, a milestone only a handful of other consoles have achieved. As a bonus, PlayStation VR has surpassed 2 million units – not as impressive as the PS4 numbers, but still enough to qualify PSVR as the most successful VR headset on the market (excluding cheap solutions like Google Cardboard).Here are the full details, courtesy of Sony:PS4 has sold through more than 70.6M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017.More than 617.8 million copies of PS4 games have been sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads as of December 3, 2017.Based on strong momentum of PS4, PSVR cumulatively sold through more than 2M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017.150 titles have been released for PS VR, achieving more than 12.2 million copies sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads as of December 3, 2017.Here’s what Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Andrew House had to say about the continued success of the PlayStation brand:“We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction. I cannot thank our fans and partners enough. Their support, since the launch of very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming network in the world.  We will continue to work closely with partners to maintain this momentum and remain steadfast in making PS4 the best place to play.”Earlier this year, Sony announced the PS4 had sold 60 million units as of March 31, meaning the system sold an additional 10 million units in around nine months. Again, not bad for a system that’s over four years old. At this rate, it seems likely the PS4 will easily best the PS3s total sales (83 million units), and may have a shot at surpassing the PSOne (102 million).Speaking of sales, Sony is looking to continue their 2017 momentum by offering deals on the PlayStation 4 Pro ($350) and PSVR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle ($200). These deals go into effect on December 10.last_img read more

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