Manchester United are not playing exciting football and lack direction under Jose Mourinho according to Louis Saha.While sweeping their way to 13 Premier League titles with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, the Red Devils were renowned for their attacking mindset.A different philosophy has been adopted by the club’s current coach, with Mourinho having enjoyed considerable success as a manager who builds on strong foundations at the back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has faced criticism for that approach during his time at Old Trafford, with pressure mounting on him once more as cracks begin to appear throughout the current United team.The Red Devils are finding clean sheets and victories hard to come by at present, while there remains a lack of spark in the final third of the field.Asked by Sky Sports whether United are an entertaining side to watch, former striker Saha said: “Not as much as before, that is for sure.“It’s easy for me to say that, but I don’t know what is going on inside.“There is an indication for me as a striker that they don’t have the indication. It seems like they don’t know where to go, they don’t have the animation when you feel like there is some kind of understanding.”Mourinho is the man who must find the answers to the questions being asked of United, with a number of former Old Trafford stars having suggested that he could be on borrowed time.Saha agrees that things do not look good, with a proven tactician struggling to bring anything out of an inconsistent side that continues to do its manager few favours.The Frenchman added: “Mourinho has to deal with the nonchalance that some players could have, maybe sometimes the lack of experience that they have.“It’s all about him trying to coach and trying to give them the indication of what exactly he wants. Right now, we don’t see this.”United, who have just one home victory to their name this season from the opening weekend, have gone three matches without a win across all competitions.Their next opportunity to get back on track will see them host Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday, while another outing at Old Trafford is set to be taken in against Newcastle on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was afraid becoming pregnant in 2016 would end her tennis career, but says she returned to the game stronger after the birth of her son.The two-times Grand Slam champion was ranked sixth in the world when she left the WTA tour in July 2016 and returned to the circuit in June the following year.”I was scared, it wasn’t easy,” Azarenka told the BBC. “I knew I was going to come back but my first thought was, ‘Oh my god I’m never going to play tennis again.'”But then it was all about knowing I was going to come back, and when I was going to come back. I felt it was a blessing, but I still wanted to have my own dreams and my own career.”I’m sure a lot of women won’t be able to relate to me but I felt so much better after the pregnancy. I felt so much stronger physically, and my body became so much better. I felt like my body finally matured into being a woman.”Azarenka and Serena Williams, who became a mother in 2017, are part of a group of players who campaigned for players going on maternity leave to have their rankings protected so they did not struggle on their return.The WTA changed its rules ahead of the 2019 season, granting new mothers the right to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year period with their previous ranking to avoid meeting a seeded opponent in the first round.advertisement”We have the power to change the rules and we have done,” the 29-year-old Belarusian added. “I think that’s what I want my legacy to be, that I’m fighting for women to be more comfortable, to break those stereotypes and move the needle a little forward.”That evolution is going to continue to break boundaries and the illusion of women in sport.”Also Read | Rafael Nadal downs Novak Djokovic for 9th Italian Open titleAlso Read | Karolina Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian OpenAlso See
After finishing second place in the Big 12 and many of the key pieces of the 2015 roster still intact, Oklahoma State is once again gearing up for a big season with big expectations. The Cowboys bring back a wealth of experience as well as some intriguing players either coming off redshirt or returning from injury whose names you may not know.Not to fear, K. Boone is here to fill you in. Here’s five guys to keep an eye on as spring practice approaches.Keenen Brown – Wide ReceiverBrown is listed on the OSU roster at 6-3, 205-lbs., after coming in as part of the 2014 recruiting class as one of the most heralded receivers from the Houston area at 6-3, 180. He’s unfortunately struggled with injury issues after red-shirting his freshman year, but he is a tantalizing talent whose bound to break out – either in the spring or when fall rolls around. With the departure of Brandon Sheperd, there’s playing time to be had outside, and he could be the guy to come out of nowhere.Johnny Wilson – Offensive lineWilson played guard and center in high school, and the coaches seem to like him at the center position, where he’ll compete with Brad Lundblade for the starting gig. He came in around 270-lbs., but a redshirt year has him closer to 300. Which is just where they want him. Whether he takes the job is yet to be seen, but he’s done his work as a true freshman in taking full advantage of redshirting and beefing up.Jarrell Owens – Defensive EndOwens saw spot duty in 2015 and broke the rotation, making several impact plays and flashing some big upside in the shadow of Emmanuel Ogbah. With both Jimmy Bean, Emmanuel Ogbah and Trace Clark all gone, there’s playing time to be had. And the big man from Palestine, Texas will get his shot this year along with his fellow redshirt freshmen standouts Jordan Brailford and Trey Carter. Owens, a former high school running back, has the work ethic of Ogbah with a killer instinct. If I’m taking early bets, Brailford and Owens will be starting on opposite ends once the fall rolls around. They may be young at defensive end, but with Owens and Brailford, OSU fans should feel comfortable with very promising talent. Both kids are going to be stars.Kevin Henry – LinebackerHenry was a highly touted recruit from The Boot who was able to red-shirt last season. He was a star safety/linebacker in high school, and his versatility is a Glenn Spencer dream. He should get some run in the star linebacker position with Jordan Burton and Devante Averette. He’s got the speed to be a very intriguing player to breakout given his talent and size.Lemaefe Galea’i – Offensive GuardGalea’i broke through the rotation last season and saw limited playing time, but I’m projecting him to be a big-time breakout player in 2016 – because the Pokes desperately need it. He has the size to contribute at the guard spot, and all 6-5, 325-pounds of him makes him an easy projection. He’s had two years in the system, now is the time when Body by Glass starts paying big dividends. This guy is going to be a monster.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Lord Cultural Resources will study the costs and benefits of a new, larger facility for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Ontario-based consulting firm was the successful bidder on the feasibility study and will begin Monday, Oct. 24. The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada and the art gallery are paying for the $120,000 study, which will examine the costs of designing, constructing and managing a new Halifax facility. It will also forecast operating costs and revenue potential. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is one of our most vital cultural spaces and an asset not only to the arts community, but to the provincial economy,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “This study is a step toward a revitalized gallery that will provide even better services to Nova Scotians and visitors.” “We are pleased to help the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia undertake this strategic analysis,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt. “The gallery, its holdings and exhibits, are an incredibly important part of our region’s artistic and cultural heritage and our combined goal must be to ensure it continues to make a valuable contribution to the lives of Nova Scotians for generations to come.” Lord Cultural Resources is a global firm that has worked on more than 1,800 projects in 48 countries, developing an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the heritage, arts and culture sector. “On behalf of the board of governors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, we are pleased to be working with Lord Cultural Resources and we look forward to their completed study in the new year,” said Mark Bursey, chair of the AGNS board of governors. The consulting firm will work with Nova Scotia companies WHW Architects, RBR Development Associates and A.L. Arbic Consulting on the study, which is expected to be complete by early spring.
APTN National NewsEarl Cook struggled with osteosarcoma, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s, before passing away late last week. He was an inspiration to many in the hockey world, including Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and TSN insider Darren Dreger.A memorial for Cook was held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, where many joined in celebrating the life of the man who had touched so many.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was there.
OTTAWA — The federal government is providing up to $6 million in funding to help Indigenous communities in British Columbia and Alberta increase their participation in energy infrastructure projects.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi made the announcement Wednesday.Funds will be provided through the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program.A statement from Natural Resources Canada describes the program as a one-ear initiative aimed at supporting Indigenous business development as well as Aboriginal communities and organizations interested in energy projects.Successful projects could include creation of business plans or feasibility studies, training programs, engagement forums or other activities designed to boost participation in energy infrastructure development.Natural Resources Canada says funding preference will go to B.C. or Alberta groups proposing projects that will be substantially completed by next March.Sohi says the partnerships program recognizes that Indigenous peoples are leaders in a cleaner, more resilient energy future.“We are proud to partner with communities to increase participation and enable the development of innovative energy projects that will have benefits for generations to come.”The Canadian Press
Under the new accord, OPEC’s Fund for International Development will finance WHO-backed projects in 12 sub-Saharan African countries, where almost 80 per cent of the global burden of HIV/AIDS is concentrated. The region hosts more than 28 million adults and children living with HIV/AIDS – nearly 10 per cent of the population in sub Saharan Africa. Worldwide, there are an estimated 40 million people living with the disease.WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland pointed to “encouraging signs” from countries such as Senegal and Uganda that the epidemic could be brought under control in Africa, but cautioned that more resources were needed to sustain these kinds of successes. “New alliances such as this one with the OPEC Fund are showing the way,” she said.”In recent years, the OPEC Fund has grown increasingly distressed at the scale of human suffering and the extensive loss of life caused by HIV/AIDS,” said Y. Seyyid Abdulai, who heads that Fund. He also drew attention to the disease’s devastating socio-economic impact. “By destroying human capital, eroding productivity and reducing growth AIDS is undermining decades of efforts to promote economic and social development, reduce poverty and improve living standards.”
“The Secretary-General welcomes the revised rules and progress made,” said Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who represented the UN chief at the high-level presentation at UN Headquarters of the revised Rules, named after the late South African President who spent years in prison. South Africa also chaired the Expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.“He notes the critical importance of protecting the human rights of all persons deprived of their liberty as one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals who risk abuse and ill-treatment,” Mr. Šimonović told those attending the event convened by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of South Africa.The senior human rights official highlighted as “important advances” the right to health of persons deprived of their liberty so that prisoners enjoy the same standard of health care as in the community and for continuity of treatment and care.“This provision is very important because the risk of transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases is much higher in prisons than in the general population,” he said, adding that the new health rules also provide an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment of prisoners.Mr. Šimonović also welcomed the revised rules because they have “much more” specific provisions on solitary confinement, notably by defining solitary confinement as the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact; restricting the scope for application of solitary confinement; and defining prolonged solitary confinement as solitary confinement in excess of 15 days.In addition, he noted the new rules provide for the first time guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, and require the prison director to report, without delay, any custodial death, disappearance or serious injury and conduct a prompt, impartial and effective investigations into the circumstances and causes of such cases.Mr. Šimonović, however, highlighted three areas where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.“The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.”“There is substantial evidence of violence and mistreatment directed against gay, lesbian and transgender prisoners,” he said.He also raised his concern over some of the language that is “at odds with terminology used by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” and the recognition that some countries may legitimately imprison persons for debt,” in direct contradiction with article 11 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Mr. Šimonović expressed his sincere hope that the ‘Mandela rules’ will continue to be a work in progress, evolving over time to afford greater protection to detainees.“That is what Mr. Mandela would have expected from us,” he said.In his remarks, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft also recalled the spirit of Mr. Mandela, noting that the late leader emphasized: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”For his part, Mr. Lykketoft said that too often, in the past, nations have failed to protect the human rights of prisoners. Too often, the driving principle behind prisoner treatment has been to see these individuals as entirely separate from our communities and our societies. “Hidden from our gaze, and indeed sometimes before our very eyes, prisoners have suffered abuse and mistreatment.”“After five years of consultations and negotiations, today we stand on the threshold of a shift away from such an outlook and a move towards a new standard for prison administration,” he said, explaining that the ‘Mandela Rules’ contain crucial revisions to the 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners.They outline that there shall be no discrimination; that the religious beliefs and moral precepts of prisoners shall be respected; and that legal representation and protection are mandated in regard to vulnerable groups within the prison populations.“The crucial challenge for member states will be to translate these rules into a reality and to increase cooperation both within and outside the UN system to improve the lives of prisoners throughout the world,” said Mr. Lykketoft.In his remarks, Oh Joon, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said it is important to note that the revised Rules are part of much wider attempts to break the cycles of prison terms and recidivism. Re-offending and a life of crime are often handed down from one generation to another, exacerbating poverty and marginalization in societies. Greater human rights, enhanced education, improved chances of rehabilitation can break these dangerous cycles. “The Revised Standard Minimum Rules represent a significant progress in the treatment of prisoners. Our goal now is to translate these rules into a daily reality for prisoners everywhere,” he said, emphasizing that ECOSOC stands ready to work together in sending a clear message that the “high walls of prisons are not a bar to access to justice, and most importantly, to human rights.”
“Judges play a crucial role in interpreting counter-terrorism measures and promoting counter-terrorism measures within the human rights and legal frameworks,” UN Chef de Cabinet Edmond Mulet said in his opening statement to today’s event, entitled “The Effective Adjudication of Terrorism Cases.”“Member States must ensure that they provide access to justice for all and work to strengthen institutions, including the judicial,” he told the event, organized by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).He stressed the importance of “effective, accountable and inclusive” justice not only for the victims and the perpetrators, but also for ensuring public confidence in the judicial process.He pledged the UN’s commitment to strengthening support to these efforts, telling the judges that “ultimately it is your work at the local, national and regional levels that will have the most impact.”United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer provided an overview framing the issues that would be discussed in an interactive panel, namely the role of the country’s top judiciary during times of conflict. Echoing the idea that greater cooperation is useful between judicial representatives, he characterized being a judge as “not a gregarious job; it is a rather lonely job.”He began by quoting the Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, who said: “In times of war, the law falls silent.” He then noted some key judicial moments from US history, including political and social challenges when the Supreme Court’s decisions were ignored, such as immediately after the 1954 landmark case on racial segregation, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In the context of war and anti-terrorism measures, the top court cannot write the government a blank check, the Justice said, before asking – then what colour is the check? How is this done in different Supreme Courts? And how do you create a rule of law where people agree to do it?Speaking of his experience in Afghanistan, Supreme Court Justice Abdul Rasheed Rashid discussed the physical security threats facing judges in his country, and praised the people of Afghanistan for being “really courageous even if the kind of terrorism we have here is one of the worst.”Justices from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan also participated. From Pakistan, Justice Asif Khosa, stressed that the main principle of a judge is to be fair, irrespective if the perpetrator is alleged to be a terrorist or a more common criminal.“In the name of terrorism, I cannot brutalize justice,” he said. The discussion was held under the umbrella of CTED’s cooperation with the Global Center on Cooperative Security and the South Asia Judges Project, which consists of a series of workshops for judges, attended by representatives of all member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) [Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka], as well as by prosecutors and police officers from all the SAARC countries.In the second half of the event, judicial representatives discussed the cooperation and support necessary to support senior judges in leading a criminal justice response to terrorism.One of the main issues that evolved was that terrorists should not be able to take advantage of legal loopholes or differences between jurisdictions in a country or between countries, in order to absolve themselves of wrongdoing. The speakers included Chief Justice Jean Fahed, Court of Cassation of Lebanon, and Chief Justice Khaled Ayari, Court of Cassation of Tunisia. In his closing remarks, Jean-Paul Laborde, the Executive Director of CTED, said today’s event would be a first step in giving Supreme Court justices access to the global institution so that they can continue to become familiar with the international challenges and debates.“These connections between the diplomatic and judicial world are essential for the future of our fight against terrorism and for our fight against all forms of international crime,” Mr. Laborde said.He noted that judges need to be able to stay abreast of the flexibility and the speed of action of these terrorist organizations, to be fully aware of the type of response that needs to be provided at the judiciary level. “We in the Security Council and the CTC [Counter-Terrorism Committee] need to raise our voice and give judges this ability to administer justice, to be able to speak with States, to be able to take action against these situations,” he added.
As of January 2018, there are 240 Dutch peacekeepers serving with five UN missions. The majority of them are in the West African nation of Mali, where they play a vital role in obtaining high quality intelligence that allows the UN peacekeeping mission there to operate more effectively.In December 2017, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) conducted its first all-female foot patrol with ten female peacekeepers from six troop-contributing countries – Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Netherlands. In the photo above, Lt. Colonel Ella Van Den Heuvel of the Netherlands interacting with a local resident while patrolling in Rmeish, South Lebanon.UN Photo/JHA Radio Communications Officer, W. Mayer of the Netherlands, at work at the airport in Elisabethville, in the Katanga province of what was then the Republic of the Congo (and is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Nearly 14,500 soldiers from 10 countries were part of the UN Operation in the Congo, known by its French acronym ONUC, helping to restore order and calm in the country. These countries assisted with technical and medical personnel, air transport, heavy materials, food and various supplies. (17 August 1960) UN Photo/M. GrantThe Netherlands sent 60 police monitors to Namibia, such as the one seen here speaking to a resident in Windhoek, to serve with the UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG). The mission was set up in 1989 to help ensure the early independence of Namibia from South Africa through free and fair elections, among other tasks. A total of 980 UNTAG police monitors from 23 countries were charged with overseeing the Southwest African Police, who were responsible for maintaining law and order in the territory during the transition period. (1 April 1989) UN Photo/Yutaka NagataIn the wake of the hostilities that erupted in May 1948 between the newly-proclaimed State of Israel and its Arab neighbours and the subsequent Armistice Agreements that followed, the Security Council established the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Seen here is Major Arnold Wouters of the Netherlands observing at Observation Post ROMEO, in the Golan Heights, Syria. (26 April 1973) UN Photo/Jorge Aramburu An armoured personnel carrier from the Netherlands and Canadian Battalion (NECBAT), part of the UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE) patrols the Temporary Security Zone, a buffer area along the countries’ common border. The Zone was set up following the two-year border war that ended in 2000. A Boundary Commission, jointly set up by both countries, was tasked with demarcating the border and making final decisions on contested areas. (1 June 2001) UN Photo/Marco Dormino Peacekeepers from the Netherlands serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) keep watch from their guard station on the rooftop of an abandoned building, at the site of their military camp in Gao. At the time the Dutch contingent consisted of 380 troops (including Special Forces and a logistics team) and they also contributed several helicopters. (26 February 2014)
Petits meurtres entre ennemis: quand les constructeurs rivalisent d’ironieLes rivalités entre constructeurs donnent parfois matière à des actions de communication qui font le bonheur des internautes. Mais ces “guerres de chapelle” ont-elles une vraie influence sur les ventes?C’est un clip de Samsung qui fait le tour du web depuis quelques jours. Pas le genre de vidéo déjà vue mille fois qui présente un produit sous toutes les coutures. Non, c’est une publicité qui, dans le but de promouvoir son smartphone star, le Galaxy S2, attaque de plein fouet son concurrent Apple. Si la vidéo fait rire ou rend les fans furieux, la technique de communication n’est pas nouvelle. Mais ces actions ont-elles réellement un impact sur les ventes?Buzzer à tout prixLa vidéo montre donc une file d’attente, près d’une boutique dont le nom n’est jamais précisé, mais qui ressemble comme deux gouttes d’eau à un Apple Store. Des fans de la marque, dont certains disent attendre depuis plusieurs jours, récupèrent les dernières informations sur un iPhone dont ils ne connaissent finalement pas grand chose. C’est là que se permet un jeune homme d’exhiber son Samsung Galaxy S2. Les fans d’Apple sont intrigués par ce curieux objet qui fait tout ce que propose l’iPhone mais en mieux. Le clip ridiculise la marque mais également ses adorateurs, vus comme des moutons aveugles. Motorola avait déjà stigmatisé cette secte que représente Apple dans l’esprit des gens avec une vidéo vantant les mérites de son modèle de tablette Xoom face à un iPad uniformisant. La marque avait fait le choix de parodier le clip 1984, en remplaçant les esclaves gris acquis à IBM par des jeunes en sweat-shirt à capuches blancs, affublés des écouteurs de la marque, mais tout aussi tristes et ternes. Une stratégie très agressive, surtout de la part de Samsung, et à double tranchant. Si elle fait rire la majeure partie des gens, fans d’Apple inclus, certains se sentent insultés d’être dénigrés de la sorte et représentés comme des imbéciles sans réel esprit critique ou objectif. Clins d’œil et couteaux dans le dosD’autres marques jouent cet argument de la confrontation de manière beaucoup plus subtil. Un cas d’école reste l’apparition surprise de Microsoft lors du lancement parisien de la Playstation 3 de Sony. Un petit rappel des faits s’impose. Sony avait convié la presse et les fans de la marque à un évènement sur un magasin éphémère, sur la Seine avec vue magnifique sur la Tour Eiffel. Tout était prévu en termes d’animation pour convaincre, même les plus réticents. Seulement Sony, avec une arrogance alors habituelle, a parqué les pauvres quidams dans le froid polaire de ce mois de mars 2007 pour regarder OSS 117 sur un écran géant pendant que les VIP engloutissaient les petits fours et le champagne, loin du bas-peuple.C’est à ce moment précis de désespoir pour les fans de Playstation qu’une péniche habillée aux couleurs vertes de la Xbox est passée plusieurs fois devant cet évènement on ne peut plus guindé, avec une banderole géante “Xbox 360 loves you”. Rire dans l’assistance, et agacement de la part des responsables de Sony, qui sont eux aussi devenus verts de rage selon les différentes images prises ce jour-là.Samsung aussi, décidément très à l’aise quand il s’agit de taper sur son ennemi juré Apple, a proposé des Samsung Galaxy S2 à seulement deux dollars, à quelques mètres seulement de l’Apple Store de Sydney, où se ruaient des flots de consommateurs prêts à payer leur dîme annuelle pour obtenir le sacro-saint iPhone 4S.Une “guerre de chapelles” sans effet sur les ventesCes différentes actions de communication sont en général plébiscitées par les internautes, qui raffolent de voir des entreprises jouer à la “guéguerre” par voie de publicité. Mais ces coups marketing sont en général bien vains dans l’esprit d’un client, qui a besoin de plus qu’une vidéo pour choisir son produit. Si l’on revient sur quelques uns de ses exemples, chiffres à l’appui, on remarque que ces vidéos ou actions n’ont aucune influence. Si dans le monde, Samsung a réussi à vendre quelques 10 millions de Galaxy S2, Apple quant à lui écoule 4 millions d’iPhone 4S en un seul week-end et dans seulement 7 pays. Pareil pour Motorola dont les chiffres de ventes de sa Xoom, avec seulement 100 000 exemplaires dans le monde, sont absolument ridicules face aux 46 millions d’iPad en circulation.À lire aussiWindows 10 : toutes les nouveautés du nouvel OSMicrosoft également, bien que sa Xbox 360 soit passée devant sur un plan mondial avec 57,3 millions d’exemplaires vendus contre 56 millions pour la Playstation 3 (chiffres parus en novembre 2011), cette dernière résiste en France, où sa côte de popularité n’a jamais faibli et dépasse la Xbox d’une courte tête.La qualité comme seul argument valable Si Microsoft a pu talonner de très près la machine de Sony c’est grâce à son service en ligne remarquable et ses licences porteuses, en plus du fait d’une sortie de la machine plus précoce face à ses concurrents. Si la Playstation 3 a su s’imposer, c’est grâce à une longue histoire dans le domaine du jeu vidéo. Si Apple est leader de la téléphonie en termes d’image, c’est le coup d’avance qu’elle a pris sur le smartphone grand public qui lui a permis de marquer les esprits.Faire rire les internautes est une chose mais tous ces exemples montrent que le consommateur se fait son opinion sur des faits, sur la qualité des services proposés et leur viabilité dans la durée, et non face à une publicité d’une 1 minute 30. Reste aux suiveurs à parfaire leurs expériences utilisateurs et ne pas chercher à tout prix la bataille rangée, quitte à froisser des clients potentiels.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Six petits séismes touchent le sud-est de la FranceDans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, six légers tremblements de terre ont été ressentis dans les Alpes et la Côte d’Azur. Le plus puissant était à 4 sur l’échelle de Richter. Ils n’ont fait ni dégât ni victime. La terre a tremblé ! Six séismes de faible intensité ont été détectés dans le sud-est de la France dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche. Ils n’ont heureusement fait ni victime ni dégât, même si les pompiers ont été mobilisés suite aux nombreux appels d’habitants paniqués.Au niveau des Alpes et de la Côte d’Azur, le séisme le plus puissant a atteint 4 sur l’échelle de Richter tandis que celui ressenti à Annecy ne pointait qu’à 2,7 sur la même échelle. Les petits tremblements de terre sont relativement fréquents dans la région mais le dernier à avoir causé de gros dégâts a eu lieu en 1996. Il avait provoqué l’équivalent de 50 millions d’euros de dommages divers et était de magnitude 5. Le 7 avril 2013 à 19:15 • Maxime Lambert
Paulo Dybala was naturally thrilled with his “dream” match-winner as Juventus sealed an impressive 1-0 win at Manchester United in the Champions LeagueThe Argentine forward scored the game’s only goal on Tuesday night as Juventus maintained their winning start in Group H.Speaking afterwards, Dybala described the sensation of playing and scoring at places like Old Trafford to that of those you dream of as a kid.“It was a fantastic night and I’m really happy. Playing at stadiums like this and Wembley, where I scored last year, is the stuff you dream of as a kid,” Dybala told the club website.“We played brilliantly in the first half, partly because United left us some space. They sorted themselves out in the second half, as we expected them to, but we played a really good defensive game.”Despite a difficult start to the season, Dybala has now found the net five times in 10 appearances for Juventus.“I thought that he [Dybala] put in a great performance, I have to say,” said manager Massimiliano Allegri.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He was playing well beforehand in previous games. He didn’t play on Saturday [against Genoa] because he picked up a bit of a knock to his knee on international duty.“So he didn’t play, came back and did ever so well I thought.”Juventus will next travel to Empoli on Saturday for another Serie A fixture.💎⚽️ When @PauDybala_JR scored I __________________.#MUFCJuve #UCL #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/h7N0HqwQHL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 23, 2018
One day after moving Style.com under management of the Fairchild Fashion group, Condé Nast has announced a reorganization of its overall digital operation, fusing the Condé Nast Digital sales and marketing team with the Condé Nast Media Group, forming one multi-platform and multi-brand unit. The combined sales and marketing efforts will be overseen by chief marketing officer Lou Cona.“Content for the vast majority of magazine Web sites is already managed at the brand level and now the brands will also become responsible for the digital sales and marketing,” the big consumer publisher says in a statement announcing the changes. “CN Digital will now focus on developing and implementing the corporate digital growth strategy as well as oversee content and operations for emerging digital businesses.”Condé Nast says the changes are effective immediately and will continue to be implemented throughout 2011.Drew Shutte, who previously served as Condé Nast Digital senior vice president and chief revenue officer, will become executive vice president and chief integration officer for the Condé Nast Media Group. Integrated Sales Group publisher Josh Stinchcomb will become vice president of digital sales for Condé Nast. Both will report to Cona. A Condé Nast spokesperson says Sarah Chubb will remain as president of Condé Nast Digital, and will concentrate on content and operational management on the company’s non-magazine branded sites—including Ars Technica, Concierge, Epicurious and Reddit—as well as oversight of Brides.com and Wired.com. Chubb also will focus more extensively on identifying and developing corporate digital products and acquisitions. “This is a natural progression that makes it easier to go out to and make sales in the marketplace,” says the spokesperson, who indicates that no layoffs are associated with the changes. “This is about Condé Nast using all the talent we have in house to our best abilities.”Yesterday, Condé Nast said it was moving Style.com under management of the Fairchild Fashion Group, which includes Women’s Wear Daily and WWD.com. “With WWD/WWD.com and Style.com under the same roof, Fairchild Fashion Group will serve the needs of both business professionals and fashion-obsessed consumers globally,” Fairchild president and CEO Gina Sanders said in a statement.The publisher also announced yesterday that it would utilize the newly-unveiled Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to develop digital editions of its magazines. Condé partnered with Adobe on the iPad apps for Wired and The New Yorker. Other apps developed in-house—including GQ, Vanity Fair and Glamour –will be recreated using the Adobe system.
Facebook has community standards that prohibit hate speech, nudity, violence and other offensive content. Misinformation and clickbait, though, don’t always violate Facebook’s rules, unless there’s a risk of offline violence or the content is trying to discourage or prevent people from voting.Antivaccine content, for example, can fall in a “gray area” because it’s challenging to link content to something that happens offline, said Tessa Lyons, Facebook’s head of News Feed integrity. Facebook said it’s been using technology, human reviewers and user reports to flag and remove content in groups that violates its rules, even if the groups aren’t public. That’s allowed Facebook to proactively detect offensive content even before someone reports it to the company, Rosen said.The company said it’ll also soon let people remove their posts and comments from a group even if they’re no longer a member.This week, Facebook is also adding a verified badge for high-profile people in its messaging app, signaling to users whether a scammer is impersonating someone else. Earlier this year, as part of an effort to combat misinformation, the company released a tool to let users know if a message has been forwarded. We can now proactively detect many types of violating content posted in groups before anyone reports them.” Facebook execs Guy Rosen and Tessa Lyons 4:06 2 Getty Images Facebook has said its users are posting more in the social network’s private spaces, including groups and messaging, a shift that could make it tougher for the tech giant to police offensive content.On Wednesday, the company said it’s taking new steps to stop misinformation, scams and other “problematic” content from going viral on the platform, with some of the changes applying to private Facebook groups, which let users post content only group members can see. The company has been criticized in the past for not doing enough to stop misinformation about vaccines and other topics from spreading in groups.The new steps provide a glimpse into how the world’s largest social network, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, is moderating content as users pivot to sharing more information privately. Facebook’s vice president of Integrity, Guy Rosen, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday at the tech company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Queenie Wong/CNET “Ultimately, the balance between protecting people’s privacy and protecting public safety is something that societies have been grappling with for centuries probably, and we’re certainly grappling with it,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said during a press conference at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.The company said that in the coming weeks it’ll start looking at how administrators and moderators of Facebook groups decide what content to keep up. That’ll help Facebook determine whether a group is violating the social network’s rules. The company is also releasing a Group Quality feature so group administrators can see what content was removed and flagged, including fake news. Facebook groups that repeatedly share misinformation will show up lower on the social network’s News Feed. Facebook is putting women on the front line of its war… The social network unveiled a variety of other steps it’s taking to combat fake news, following criticism that its efforts aren’t working well enough. Facebook said it’s working with journalists, fact-checking experts, researchers and other groups to find new solutions to fight misinformation more quickly. The Associated Press, which reportedly stopped fact-checking for the company in February, is returning to fact-check videos and Spanish content in the US.Facebook acknowledged it still has more work to do as user behavior on the site changes.Users are sharing photos and videos that vanish in 24 hours via a feature called Stories. That makes policing the content challenging.”Now there’s a clock ticking and that’s actually a huge amount of pressure,” said Alex Deve, Facebook’s product management director who works on Stories.Users can also use text, stickers or drawings to change a photo or video in a way that violates Facebook’s rules. Someone could also string together images of a product, price tag and email to sell an item that the social network doesn’t allow like guns and drugs. Individually, each image might be okay, but put together it would violate Facebook’s rules. “We actually don’t have all the answers,” Deve said. “There’s a lot of things here we are learning.”Originally published April 10, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 12:17 p.m.: Adds remarks from Facebook’s press conference.Update, 2:20 p.m.: Adds more background about Facebook Stories. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Security Tech Industry Tags Comments Facebook
A small camp in the woods near the Chester Creek Trail (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Officials in Anchorage are pushing forward with a new plan clearing away unlawful camps in the city’s parks and greenbelt more quickly. Critics say homeless people in the camps are trashing the woods, committing crime and making the city’s public trails feel less safe. But others say the encampments are one of the only options for people with nowhere else to go.Listen nowAs rain trickled down on a recent morning, John Weddleton poked around in the woods, looking for things that aren’t supposed to be there.Like an improvised fort tucked back in a thicket.“Tarps over the sticks,” Weddleton observed, “and a tent inside.”It was a small homeless camp, scraps of trash strewn about, along with alcohol and soda bottles. The owner was either asleep or away.Weddleton is a member of the Anchorage Assembly, representing communities in the southern part of the municipality. He is keenly interested in one of the body’s most persistent and hotly contested questions: what to do about people setting up unlawful encampments throughout public green spaces.As civic consternation has grown more intense, with increasingly vocal community groups pressing officials to act, the Assembly has budgeted more funds for cleaning up abandoned camps. And they recently passed a measure speeding up the timeline for disassembling encampments that are close to trails, ball fields, schools and other public recreation facilities. The details of that change are still being worked out, and it remains to be seen what difference it will make.Weddleton followed trodden footpaths that resemble game trails winding through the woods near Chester Creek. The area feels remote, but in fact, just past a small knoll is an apartment complex.“One thing that’s so offensive about these is they’re scary because they’re so trashed,” Weddleton said. “It’s just disgusting, I mean they’re hazmat sites.”On a given day, there are around 1,100 homeless people in Anchorage, according to the city Homelessness Coordinator Nancy Burke. A portion of them stay in improvised shelters and encampments throughout the city’s sprawling green belt. Many of those most familiar with the camps say they can be extremely dangerous to occupants’ health and safety.Trash near an abandoned camp site, including used needles. (Photo courtesy of Russ Webb)Weddleton strikes up a conversation with a woman dressed all in black passing in the opposite direction, and asks if she feels unsafe walking along the trails given all the camps.“No, I’ve live in these camps for three years,” Toni Anaruk responded. “These woods are crazy. Everybody lately, honestly, has been getting out.”The area feels scarier, more dangerous, Anaruk said. There are heroin deaths. Bear encounters that have sent people looking for camp spots further away. And there is violence. Two years ago, Anaruk herself was brutally attacked.“I was chopped up in Valley of the Moon,” Anaruk said.An article in the Anchorage Daily News from August of 2016 described an unnamed woman attacked with a machete in the same area by a 19-year-old acquaintance she accused of stealing from her.Anaruk was the woman. She pulled down the edge of her shirt by her shoulder to show Weddleton a thick red scar running all the way across her back.“Holy smokes,” Weddleton gasped.“That’s just one of six, the other one’s right here on my neck,” Anaruk ticked off. “Across my head, right here, my hand.”The young woman did not stick around to answer other questions.Nearby was a section of the Chester Creek Trail that tends to be the most densely filled with encampments. Earlier in the week, clean up crews from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department had cleared away most of the tents, tarps and abandoned garbage.Many people say the size and scale of encampments has increased in recent years, with elaborate objects like solar panels, generators, and wood stoves brought into the woods. Pictured here is a cast iron chimenea. (Photo courtesy of Russ Webb)Abating camps this way is one of the city’s main approaches to managing homelessness: telling individuals their camps are unlawful, then returning 10 days later to dismantle and clear anything left.“We cleaned out over there, all the way to Gambell,” Greg Jacobsen said, referring to a swath of land behind the Ben Boeke Ice Rink to the arterial highway where Ingra and Gambell streets merge.For years Jacobson has overseen municipal camp cleanup efforts. He showed off raw patches of dirt not far off the paved trail where trees have been stripped out for fire wood or shelter. There were mounds of black trash bags waiting to be hauled out, filled with “lots of clothes brought in, bike parts, needles.”Simply managing all the waste generated by the encampments is a significant part of abatement. For one thing, the volume is tremendous. According to Parks and Rec Director John Rodda, as of mid-July the municipality had removed 92 tons of garbage since the start of the year. And a lot of that trash is hazardous to health and safety: Hundreds of propane tanks, food scraps that invite bears and piles of human excrement that seep into the nearby waterways.There is criticism this strategy is fundamentally flawed, that it basically pays city employees to shuffle homeless people around.Jacobson touched on this sentiment as he surveyed a site that crew members were almost finished cleaning.“Because it’s all cleared out like this, somebody’s gonna move back in real quick,” Jacobson said with a hint of resignation. “We’re house-keeping.”The mayor’s administration is adamant that dealing with camps is one piece in a larger, long-term approach to getting people off of the streets, into housing and connected with supportive resources. According to Anchorage Homelessness Coordinator Nancy Burke, social workers piggy back on the abatement process to make contact with individuals that can be tricky to otherwise find, gathering data in the process.“We’ve been using the camp ordinance and the processes that go around that as an organizing principal for outreach, basically,” Burke explained.Burke concedes that many residents are frustrated with a camping situation that appears to them to have worsened. But Burke, as well as others from the administration and assembly, say that more individuals, many with severe mental health and substance abuse problems, have gotten off the streets as a result of policies expanding housing opportunities.“The visual doesn’t always match the progress,” Burke said, adding that according to her office’s data, homelessness in the municipality overall is trending downward. “But the residents are not feeling that, and so what I need to make sure I’m doing is helping them understand the long-term play. It is a very complex system.”Even with an overarching strategy for addressing homelessness, there are sympathetic critics who feel the current policies toward camps is unacceptable. Russ Webb is a former board chair of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority spent decades with the State of Alaska working on issues connected to substance abuse and mental health. He regularly takes photos of sprawling encampments along the trails near his neighborhood to report for clean up.“That kind of squalor is unsafe for the people camping there, and certainly for the people using those public green spaces. Including kids,” Webb said.Russ Webb shows photos he’s taken of camps in the areas near his neighborhood (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)The population camping along the trails is heterogeneous, according to Webb, and he is quick to give credit to recent progress moving many of the city’s most vulnerable into better shelter situations.But people live on the streets for lots of different reasons, and in Webb’s experience there are folks with no interest in housing that the administration’s current tools have no recourse for dealing with. He believes the policy focus on long-term solutions has in the meantime created “passive acceptance” of what’s happening now.“What we haven’t done is focus on the campers who are young, capable, involved in criminal activities and victimizing others,” Webb said. “Other campers, as well as others in the community.”Webb doesn’t believe there should be an either-or approach to homelessness, with long-term plans on one side and reactive safety concerns on the other. In Webb’s view, it needs to be both.
Bolarum: Army Public School (APS) Bolarum organised investiture ceremony by appointing new members of the School Cabinet and the Student Council for the year 2019-20. The event was presided over by Brigadier Sandeep Bhalla, Commandant, 1 EME Centre and Chairman, APS Bolarum complimented the achievers reminding them of the obligations that accompanied the authority vested in them. He also advised them to make good use of the opportunity to better themselves and uphold the trust vested in them by their mentors. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The Principal, Smitha Govind, in her welcome address congratulated both the appointees and their parents heartily and expressed hope that the children would live up to the expectations of the school and discharge their duties with diligence. The grounds of APS Bolarum reverberated with the marching footsteps of contingents led by the Captains Angad Singh Gandhi and Anhaita Zahl. They consisted of the newly appointed Student Cabinet and the Student Council along with members of the four houses and NCC Battalions. With stars on their shoulders and their sights set on stars and beyond the proud achievers marched towards the saluting base to take an oath to perform their duties with dedication.
Amid concerns over a demonetisation-induced economic slowdown, most of the life insurance companies in the country posted sound premium growth figures in November with insurance behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) leading the race.According to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) data, India’s largest life insurer LIC recorded around 142 percent rise in its premium collections in November this year against the same period last year.Total premium collections of LIC stood at Rs 12,528.07 crore in November this year against Rs 5,182.50 crore reported a year earlier.Notably, after government’s announcement of banning high-value currencies like Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, economic activities in the country have been badly hit owing to the ongoing cash crunch. However, insurance companies have witnessed larger inflows after this move with LIC becoming the major gainer.Not only LIC, even private sector insurance firms seems to have benefited from the note ban. Total premium collections of private sector insurers in November stood at Rs 3,533.33 crore, up 49 percent year-on-year. Private sector life insurer ICICI Prudential posted 91 percent rise in its collections to Rs 740.88 crore during this period. Similarly, while SBI Life’s premium jumped around 61 percent to Rs 730.66 crore; HDFC Standard Life saw its collections growing to Rs 521.23 crore, up 34 percent over the same period last year.Meanwhile, collections for the whole industry more than doubled to Rs 16,061.40 crore last month over the corresponding period last year. During April-November period of this fiscal, total premium stood at Rs 1,03,404.60 crore, up 39 percent over April-November period of last fiscal.Interestingly, insurance companies see such growth figures towards the fag end of any financial year, usually during January-March period, as most people buy insurance products for tax savings during the last quarter. RelatedLIC likely to improve market share by end of this fiscalSBI Life Insurance posts 5% rise in net profit at Rs 428 crore in H1 of FY17ICICI Prudential lifts 2016 IPOs to a 6-year-highLIC sells its costliest policy of Rs 50 crore to Mumbai businessman
A group calling themselves biohackers, from the San Francisco Bay area has created an Indiegogo project called “Real Vegan Cheese!” Their goal is to create cheese that is every bit as good as that made from mammalian milk, without using the mammal. The team wants interested parties to note that the resultant cheese does not contain mammal DNA or genetically engineered material—all that stuff is in the yeast, which does not end up in the cheese. The goal is to create four proteins needed for cheese making, and then to make real vegan cheese. As part of their desire to promote veganism, the team will also be making the details of their research public so that others can make vegan cheese as well. Also, they note that everyone on their team is a volunteer. The goal is to create vegan cheese, not make money.Initially, any cheese produced by the team will be sold as “not fit for human consumption” because as a food product it cannot be legally sold without approval of the FDA. Team-members are confident that once the process is firmly established there won’t be any problems with approval, even with a type they are considering based on human milk-protein genetic sequences—it would be easier to digest and would reduce allergens. Those who adhere to veganism eschew anything made from animal parts, thus in addition to avoiding eating meat, they also stay away from dairy products such as cheese. Many people have tried to create a palatable substitute, but most would agree, the results have been less than satisfactory. In this new effort, the researchers are attempting to recreate the process from the beginning by mimicking Mother Nature, without involving cows. They have been engineering milk-protein genetic sequences and inserting them into baker’s yeast, which is then used to create cheese in the usual way, i.e. adding sugar, water, oil, etc. and then allowing fermenting to take place.The effort is still apparently in the beginning stages, and costs a lot of money, hence the Indiegogo campaign—they team is looking for $15,000 in backing (which they’ve already surpassed) to further develop the process which will involve learning about whether the cheeses that are made will taste good, feel good in the mouth and of course whether it might be possible to mass produce the result so that it can be sold alongside regular cheeses in grocery stores (pending FDA approval, of course.) Life on cheese: Scientists explore the cheese rind microbiome More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/real-vegan-cheese 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. Explore further Citation: Biohackers reengineering baker’s yeast to make vegan cheese (2014, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-biohackers-reengineering-baker-yeast-vegan.html © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state was prepared to combat the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that is likely to affect six southern districts, while urging people to stay alert and not to panic. The cyclone made landfall on neighbouring Odisha’s eastern coast on Friday morning. Despite extensive damage caused by near 200 kmph winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall, no loss of life has been reported so far. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata It is now located 418 km southwest of Kolkata and 364 Km, southwest of the East Midnapore district sea resort Digha. Six districts in Gangetic West Bengal likely to be affected are East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Kolkata. “I am constantly monitoring the situation. Our party has cancelled all the political programmes and electoral campaigns for the next 48 hours. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to cancel all engagements and work in close coordination with the disaster management teams there. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “I urge people to stay alert and not panic,” said Banerjee, who was in West Midnapore district’s Kharagpur for a pre-scheduled party event. “Our administration is fully prepared to tackle the impending disaster. Relief materials were sent to the respective districts and NDRF personnel have been deployed. I would appeal to people to remain indoors and stay away from water-bodies or electric poles. “Those who are staying in houses identified as dangerous by the municipal bodies should take shelter somewhere else for the next two days till the disaster is over,” she said. The Bengal administration has issued a high alert in the coastal regions and asked people living in mud houses to move to various cyclone shelters and school buildings in the region. All precautionary measures like flight cancellation at airports, cancellation of trains and water transport services have been taken.