Top Talent Joins Innovacorp as President CEO

first_imgClifford Gross has been appointed as president and CEO of Innovacorp, today, Jan. 18. Mr. Gross brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and product commercialization, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. His appointment takes effect Feb. 1. “Innovacorp has made major strides with its High Performance Incubation business model during the last six years, and received top national and international honours for its record,” said Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, chair of Innovacorp. “Our board and management team are poised for the next leap forward in assisting early stage companies and researchers to successfully take their technologies to export markets.” Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris also expressed enthusiasm about the appointment. “The province has committed to creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Mr. Paris. “We know the status quo isn’t enough to assure the sustainable, healthy and affordable future Nova Scotians want. “Innovacorp is a key agency for positive economic development throughout the province. We are confident Mr. Gross and his team will make the significant progress Nova Scotia needs to support its entrepreneurs and innovators.” From 1997-2009, Mr. Gross was CEO and chair of UTEK Corporation, which helped transfer university technologies to the private sector. UTEK’s unique business model helped a wide range of companies grow by using university discoveries to enhance product development. Under Mr. Gross’s direction, UTEK, which traded on the NYSE-AMEX, acquired university technology rights, established spinoff companies and funded additional research and prototype development to enhance the technologies. Mr. Gross has also served on the Listed Companies Council of the NYSE-AMEX and serves on the board of directors of the State University of New York at Empire State College and the Technology Transfer Society. He has also held senior academic and administrative positions with New York University, the New York Institute of Technology and the University of South Florida. He is a named inventor on 19 domestic and international patents on innovations from his research, is author or co-author of three books, two of which are focused on technology transfer, and holds master’s and PhD degrees in ergonomics and biomechanics from New York University. Stephen Hartlen, Innovacorp’s vice-president of mentoring and interim CEO, is leaving to become Dalhousie University’s assistant vice-president of industry relations and executive director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office. The move will strengthen the organizations’ collaborative relationship and enhance post-secondary research commercialization. Mr. Gross said he looks forward to working with the Innovacorp team and board, other agencies and business and research stakeholders. “While I’m not originally from Nova Scotia, five years ago I chose to build a home near Berwick,” said Mr. Gross. “I am passionate about this province, its people, its natural beauty, and its potential.”last_img read more

Prince Charles Visits Royal British Legion Recovery Centre

first_imgHRH The Prince of Wales last week visited The Royal British Legion-funded Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, taking the time to hear the stories of wounded Service personnel.Prince Charles visited Edinburgh House, the MOD’s only recovery centre in Scotland, and spoke with recovering personnel and veterans.Pte Paul Lambert, 32, lost both legs and suffered severe internal injuries during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2009 with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS). He spoke to the Prince about the courses at the centre that are helping him adjust to civilian life after eight years in the Army. Click here for more information about the Legion’s Personnel Recovery Centres.Source:Royal British Legion Edinburgh House opened in August 2009 and has residential accommodation for 12 personnel, with further capacity for up to 15 day attendees. The Legion took over the running costs of the centre in 2011 with the Army continuing to provide staff. The Legion is giving £5 million to fund the centre in Edinburgh until 2020. center_img “I actually met Prince Charles when I was in intensive care, he came to see me,” he said. “Today he was asking me how my rehab was getting on and how my prosthetic legs were coming on.”

Mark Steed, commanding officer of the centre, said the Prince of Wales continues to be a great supporter of the Armed Forces, especially those who are injured, wounded or sick.

”A lot of what we try to do is to build the self-confidence and self-esteem of people and I think for them to see a person like Prince Charles taking an interest and having an opportunity to chat really does boost their self-esteem,” he said. last_img read more

Canadian show Carter is inelegantly made tomfoolery

first_imgAdvertisement Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Jerry O’Connell in Carter. (PHOTO BY BROOKE PALMER/BRAVO) Login/Register With: When it comes to Canadian TV, the term “exacting standards” doesn’t apply.Take the new comedy-drama Carter (starts Tuesday, Bravo, 9 p.m. ET). The series already has some very positive coverage. That is, there have been stories about its star, the American actor Jerry O’Connell, being really enthusiastic about making the show in Canada. Specifically, in North Bay, Ont. Why, the guy even knows the words to O Canada and has sung it lustily at a hockey game. He’s made a bunch of series or movies in Canada so he is, you know, hip to the scene. Great guy, apparently.The other kind of coverage of Carter is all business. It seems the production company Amaze Film + Television successfully bypassed the conventional business model and got backing from some branch of Sony before partnering with Bell Media. Thus the show is already certain to air in several countries around the world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

RIVERDALE ENLISTS SHANNEN DOHERTY FOR LUKE PERRY TRIBUTE

first_imgThe CW drama plans to open its new season with a tribute to the deceased actor & an old pal will be showing up, SDCC learned today. The CW Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter ‘RIVERDALE’S LUKE PERRY TRIBUTE SEASON OPENER TO FEATURE ‘90210’ CAST MATE AS SPECIAL GUEST – COMIC-CONLuke Perry is gone, but the Riverdale actor will be remembered with a special tribute for the show’s Season 4 debut with a blast-from-the-past guest star, Comic-Con learned today.On the last day of SDCC50, the cast and creatives of the soapy CW teen drama revealed to Hall H that Shannen Doherty will be appearing in the October 9 “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam” episode. The exact nature of the role that Perry’s Beverly Hills 90210 cast mate will play was not unveiled. READ MOREArt Streiber/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved‘RIVERDALE’ ENLISTS LUKE PERRY’S ‘90210’ CO-STAR SHANNEN DOHERTY FOR TRIBUTE EPISODEProducers have been teasing the upcoming fourth-season premiere of “Riverdale”, which will pay tribute to late star Luke Perry, and a key detail was revealed during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode — titled “In Memoriam” — will feature guest star Shannen Doherty, who famously co-starred with Perry on “Beverly Hills, 90210”. READ MOREcenter_img Login/Register With: ‘RIVERDALE’ ENLISTS SHANNEN DOHERTY FOR LUKE PERRY TRIBUTEPerry had remained friends with his former ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ co-star and had discussed bringing her onto the CW series before his death.Riverdale’s tribute to late actor Luke Perry will include his longtime friend and former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty. READ MOREShannen Doherty (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)28 PHOTOS OF RIVERDALE’S CAST LIVING IT UP AT COMIC CON 2019Riverdale’s five biggest stars KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, and Madelaine Petsch all stopped by the Getty Images Portrait Studio delivered by Pizza Hut during their Comic Con visit yesterday. And they clearly all had a blast putting their close rapport on display for all to see. There’s a lot of great fashion, cast bonding, and power posing happening.  READ MOREPHOTO BY AARON RICHTER/GETTY IMAGES FOR PIZZA HUT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Solo A Star Wars Story falls 65 per cent in second weekend

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 per cent in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theatres, according to studio estimates on Sunday.“Solo” has now earned $148.9 million domestically, which is still shy of “Rogue One’s” December 2016 opening weekend of $155.1 million and over $135 million short of where “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.The 65 per cent drop off is one of the highest in recent “Star Wars” history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise’s last film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which slid 67.5 per cent in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $220 million debut.Internationally, “Solo” added $30.3 million, and globally the film has netted $264.2 million.Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.“Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie’s bottom line.”He noted that in comScore’s audience survey, most of the over 1,000 people polled “really liked” the movie.“Solo’s” tumble brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theatres and still managed to reel in an estimated $23.3 million to take second place. With a domestic total of $254.7 million and a crowded marketplace with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” surrounding it, “Deadpool 2” is still only about $30 million behind where the first film was in its third weekend.Shailene Woodley’s lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” ”Adrift,” from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($6.8 million), and “Action Point,” which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $2.3 million.This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” became its highest grossing film ever with $7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with “Overboard,” which is now up to $45.5 million.Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2 per cent as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” ”Incredibles 2″ and “Jurassic World.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $29.3 million ($30.3 million international).2.”Deadpool 2,” $23.3 million ($41.6 million international).3.”Adrift,” $11.5 million.4.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $10.4 million ($24.3 million international).5.”Book Club,” $6.8 million ($1.1 million international).6. “Upgrade,” $4.5 million.7.”Life of the Party,” $3.5 million.8.”Breaking In,” $2.8 million ($300,000 international).9.”Action Point,” $2.3 million.10.”Overboard,” $2 million ($1.5 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Deadpool 2,” $41.6 million.2. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $30.3 million.3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $24.3 million.4. “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island,” $23.7 million.5. “How Long Will I Love U,” $15.8 million.6. “Believer,” $9.2 million.7. “Happy Little Submarine 20000 Leagues,” $8.9 million.8. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $3.3 million.9. “Truth or Dare,” $2.5 million.10. “A Quiet Place,” $2.4 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Morocco Avantgarde Country in Adapting to Climate Change UN Official

Rabat  –  Morocco is an “avant-garde” country in adapting to climate change, Deputy Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Morocco, Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labe, said here on Tuesday.Speaking at a seminar on “Climate Change Policy in Morocco: Facts and Perspectives”, Medagangoda-Labe hailed Morocco’s commitment to combating climate change and the various reforms initiated to adapt with its effects.Morocco has adopted important institutional and regulatory reforms regarding climate change, she said, underlying that the Kingdom has participated “actively” in the global efforts aimed at adapting and reducing climate change effects. For his part, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara, highlighted the different achievements Morocco has made in this field, referring to the recent inauguration of the first plant of the Noor-Ouarzazate solar complex (Noor I).He also noted that Morocco has set up COP22 Steering Committee, which will be in charge of the preparation and organization of the 22nd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP2) scheduled on November 7-18 in Marrakech.With MAP read more

Fed Chairman Powell doesnt see elevated recession risks

ITTA BENA, Miss. — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell does not feel the probability of a recession “is at all elevated,” and that the country is continuing to see solid economic growth.But in a visit to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta, Powell says that many rural areas have not benefited from the national prosperity. He says those areas need special support, such as access to affordable credit to start small businesses and high-quality education to train workers.Powell says in a discussion with students at Mississippi Valley State University that he doesn’t see signs of an economic downturn. He says unemployment remains near a half-century low and describes economic output as continuing at a “solid pace.”Jeff Amy And Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

DMK President Stalin slams Sri Lankan court ruling

In January this year, the Sri Lankan parliament passed a bill to impose a huge fine on fishermen crossing the border. “The DMK opposed the Act passed by Sri Lanka to fine Indian fishermen, but the Centre did not bother to oppose it,” he said.Stalin wanted the Centre to hold talks with the Sri Lankan government and ensure that the fishermen from Tuticorin return home. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu’s DMK President M K Stalin today expressed shock over a Sri Lankan court imposing a fine of Indian Rs 60 lakh each on eight Indian fishermen arrested on August 8 this year for fishing in the territorial waters of the island nation. Stalin said imposing such a huge fine is violation of human rights, the Times of India reported.“It is shocking to know that a Sri Lankan court, a few days ago, directed eight fishermen from Tuticorin to pay Rs 60 lakh each as fine and sentenced them to three months imprisonment,” Stalin said in a statement. He said, “Even though we call Sri Lanka a friendly country, it has hit India on its back by arresting the fishermen and imposing fine them.” Stalin said the BJP government at the Centre and the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu had not spoken out against the judgment. read more

Tilray to buy Natura for up to 70 million doubling its growing

NANAIMO, B.C. — Tilray Inc. says it will acquire Natura Naturals Holdings Inc. for up to $70 million, a deal which roughly doubles the licensed cannabis producer’s domestic cultivation capacity.Under the agreement, Tilray will obtain Natura’s 61,500-square-metre greenhouse cultivation facility, of which 14,400 square metres is licensed.Natura is a licensed cultivator under the Cannabis Act through a wholly-owned subsidiary located in Leamington, Ont.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer says this acquisition would approximately double Tilray’s cannabis cultivation capacity in Canada.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company will pay $35 million upon closing of the transaction, consisting of $15 million in cash and $20 million stock when the transaction closes.The total purchase price may reach $70 million upon Natura hitting certain quarterly production milestones during the subsequent 12-month period, payable in up to $35 million worth of Tilray shares. read more

Security Council calls on all parties in DR of Congo to abide

Reading a statement to the press, the current Council President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, said members called on all Congolese parties to implement without delay the Pretoria Agreement of 17 December 2002, in order to establish a transitional government that should lead to elections in the DRC.”Council members stressed the need for early action to resolve the key outstanding issues,” the Ambassador said, “especially the question of security for all parties in Kinshasa and stressed the importance of adopting the Pretoria agreement in the framework of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue as soon as possible.”Deeply concerned at the resumption of fighting in eastern DRC and the continuation of instability in the northeast of the country, Council members urged the parties to abide by the terms of the Gbadolite Agreement signed on 30 December 2002, and in particular to cease immediately all military activities in the area. “They called on the swift implementation of the Luanda Agreement and the establishment of the Ituri Pacification Committee without further delay,” the Council President said.The massacres and systematic violations of human rights perpetrated by the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) and the Congolese Rally for Democracy/National (RCD-N) troops in the Ituri area were also strongly condemned by the members of the Council.”Jean-Pierre Bemba, as the leader of the MLC, bears the responsibility for the security of civilian populations in the territory under his control,” said the Ambassador, and “members of the Council demanded that Mr. Bemba ensure that these massacres and human rights violations cease immediately and that perpetrators be held accountable.” Taking note of Mr. Bemba’s relevant commitments, Council members also expressed their intention to continue to monitor the situation in this regard, on the basis of continuing investigations by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.Council members further stressed that it was important for the Governments of both Rwanda and the DRC to fully implement their commitments under the Pretoria Accord. They encouraged further efforts by MONUC and the Third Party Verification Mechanism to continue to verify implementation of these commitments, in particular the full withdrawal of Rwandan forces and the absence of all forms of support to the foreign armed groups by the Government of the DRC.The statement also expressed the Council member’s concern at reports of continuing sponsorship of proxy groups in the DRC, and called on both sides to cooperate fully with the verification efforts of MONUC and the Third Party Verification Mechanism. read more

Security Council calls on UN membership for more engagement in peacekeeping

After its review of UN peacekeeping operations in a meeting presided over by Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, which holds the Council’s rotating monthly Presidency for May, the Council said it understood the challenges the recent surge in demand for new peacekeeping operations meant for the UN system.’The Security Council calls upon Member States to ensure that the United Nations is provided with full political and financial support to meet these challenges effectively, keeping in view the specific requirements of each mission and bearing in mind the human and financial resource implications for the United Nations,” Mr. Akram said in the presidential statement.Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted at the outset of the meeting that an extra $1 billion will be needed by the end of the year to fund the ever-growing number of peacekeeping missions, which currently stand at 14 with operations in Haiti set to begin in June.”The Security Council calls upon Member States to contribute sufficient levels of trained troops, police and civilian personnel, including those with specialized capabilities and skills, bearing in mind the need for an increased percentage of female personnel at all decision-making levels,” he added.The statement suggested that troop-contributing countries and countries donating necessities other than troops help plan the missions and aid the Council in making appropriate, effective and timely decisions about the missions.Recognizing the need to draw on the expertise of experienced troop-contributing countries, the Council called for the establishment of peacekeeping training centres for new and emerging troop contributors.Paying high tribute to the high level of professionalism, dedication and courage of all those who have served with UN peacekeeping operations, the Council “honour(ed) the memory of those who lost their lives in the service of the United Nations and the noble cause of peace.” read more

Haitian leaders want to end human rights abuses says top UN rights

“The balance sheet of my visit is very positive in so far as all the signals transmitted to me by my interlocutors demonstrate that there is a kind of energy to move forwards and I hope also a solidarity on the part of the Haitian people stemming from its confidence in its democratic institutions,” UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour told a news conference in Port-au-Prince, the capital. “Without being naïve in minimizing the challenges facing the Government and citizens of Haiti, I think that at this moment we must be very confident. It is a unique and historic moment for the country to take a step forward which, I hope this time, will be irreversible,” she said on Tuesday at the end of a three-day visit. Ms. Arbour, who met with President René Préval, Prime Minister, Robert Fico and other Government leaders as well as numerous sectors of civil society, cited the economic and social conditions of the population as “equally alarming and deserving of the same energy” as the extrajudicial killings and prison conditions. “The indecent conditions of life suffered by the poorest members of the population constitute human rights violations,” she said. “The right to food, health, suitable housing is not respected for a very large sector of the Haitian population.” She added that the difficult conditions of life of the people in general are reflected in the “inacceptable” prison conditions throughout the country. “In Gonaïves, I could see the gravity of the situation,” she said. “Dozens of people are being detained in quasi-inhuman conditions and a large majority of them have not even been sentenced, in violation of Haitian law and the international law of human rights.” read more

Comcasts 1Q earnings rise 30 on Super Bowl advertising more broadband

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast Corp., the country’s largest cable company, reported a 30 per cent profit increase in the first quarter, beating expectations on the strength of Super Bowl advertising and its popular broadband service.The Philadelphia-based cable company said Wednesday that its net income rose to $1.224 billion, or 45 cents per share, for the January to March period from $943 million, or 34 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of 42 cents per share for the latest quarterRevenue rose to $14.9 billion, above analysts’ expectation of $14.4 billion. The increase was 9.6 per cent compared with the combined cable and NBC Universal results a year ago.Comcast’s acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal, which owns TV channels and movie studios, closed at the end of January last year.NBC Universal’s results shone in the quarter. It accounts for a third of Comcast’s revenue, but grew much faster, at 18 per cent from last year. Revenue at the NBC broadcast network grew 37 per cent thanks to the Super Bowl. Fox broadcast it last year.Excluding the Super Bowl, NBC’s revenue grew 17 per cent, helped by improving prime-time ratings and shows like “The Voice” and “Smash.”At Universal Studios, revenue grew 22 per cent on the theatrical success of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” and “Safe House.”Comcast’s more predictable cable business revenue grew at lower pace — 5.7 per cent from last year.CEO Brian Roberts has suggested that Comcast might be able to reverse the long-standing industry-wide trend of cable-TV subscribers cancelling in favour of satellite and phone-company TV services, but that prospect was not in evidence in the first quarter: Comcast lost 37,000 cable subscribers, roughly the same number it lost in the same quarter last year.“We believe we can continue to make steady progress” in retaining video subscribers, Roberts told analysts on a conference call Wednesday. As one of the improvements the company is making, he mentioned Streampix, a Netflix-like Internet video service that Comcast launched in February, only for its video customers. “A couple of million” of customers have access to it, he said.Comcast added 439,000 Internet subscribers. That was the best quarterly result in four years. Meanwhile other cable companies report a slowdown in the recruitment of new subscribers, since most households already have broadband. Comcast appears to be gaining subscribers from households with slower phone-company “DSL” broadband.Comcast shares fell 83 cents, or 2.7 per cent, to $29.77 in morning trading Wednesday. On Tuesday, the shares hit $30.88, the highest price in 12 years. Comcast’s 1Q earnings rise 30% on Super Bowl advertising, more broadband by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 11:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Andy Murray Wins Gold By Doing What He Couldnt

WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Murray stood with the Union Jack draped over his shoulders, an Olympic gold medal around his neck, flanked by the man he had just beaten, Roger Federer, and basking in the roar of the Centre Court crowd.No wonder the often dour Scotsman was grinning.Murray won one for the home team Sunday, beating Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.The victory marked a career breakthrough for Murray. He has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer, including Wimbledon a month ago.“It has been the best week of my tennis career by a mile,” Murray said. “I’ve had a lot of tough losses. This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I’ll never forget it.”For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the Games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but settled for silver — his first singles medal.“Don’t feel too bad for me,” Federer said. “I felt like I won my silver, I didn’t lose it. So I feel really happy.”Murray swept nine consecutive games to take control, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row, his inspired play a reflection of raucous crowd support. He erased all nine break points he faced.“He never looked back,” Federer said. “His credit for getting in the lead and using the crowd to come through. He did an unbelievable job.”The match capped the most memorable Olympics for tennis since it returned to the Games in 1988 after a 64-year absence. The event transformed staid Wimbledon into a more festive place.Murray became the first British man to win the gold in singles since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. Those games took place at Wimbledon, too.Read more: ESPN read more

Football Dwayne Haskins is the Heismancaliber quarterback he knew he was

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins came into this season with big shoes to fill.Following behind J.T. Barrett, who held a handful of Ohio State records and was a part of the two teams that made the College Football Playoff, the redshirt sophomore was not expected to immediately become the next legend under center.But Haskins did that and more this season, and he hasn’t shown it in a more spectacular fashion than he did in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.For many, all this success from a first-year starter came as a surprise. But for Haskins, he knew he was going to win the job in the offseason.He knew he would be the star that he eventually became.“I knew I was gonna be the guy, just a matter of time before [Urban Meyer] made the decision,” Haskins said. “I always wanted to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was gonna be a quarterback here, knew we were gonna do great things this year, and that’s me birthing it into existence.”Haskins completed 34-of-41 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The completions, yards and touchdown passes were all records for the Big Ten Championship.During the most impressive performance of his collegiate career, Haskins passed Barrett for the most total touchdowns in a single season in Big Ten history.He beat his own program record of 470 passing yards he set in the loss to Purdue, and earned his fifth game of 400 passing yards or more. Every other quarterback in Ohio State history has combined for one of those games.“I mean it is what it is, he be doing it all year,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “I feel like he should be in New York and win the Heisman.”The Heisman race has officially opened up after Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the third quarter after throwing 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.Tagovailoa, Haskins and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray appear to be the lead candidates after Saturday’s games, and Haskins still may be the least likely of the trio to end up with the trophy.But the redshirt sophomore has found a way to win games like Saturday’s Big Ten Championship all season long.With the Ohio State run game regressing to 2.3 yards per carry, Haskins opened up Northwestern’s zone defense — designed to allow short-yardage plays, but stop deep balls — with touchdown passes of 29 and 42 yards, as well as another 63-yard throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The 42-yard score was to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride over McLaurin’s shoulder on the right sideline.McLaurin said he often doesn’t have to do much because of his quarterback’s accuracy.“It makes my job a lot easier,” McLaurin said. “A lot of my passes this season have been right in my bread basket. All I gotta do is catch it.”Haskins’ day was not without errors.In the second quarter, Haskins had Hill open on the left side of the field, but the redshirt sophomore overthrew it, giving the Wildcats an easy interception.But for the crucial error in the first half, there were plenty of highlight moments to make up for it.Haskins showed his improved footwork with a 16-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to get Ohio State up early. In the second half, Haskins found Dixon on the 63-yard throw, the entirety of the yards picked up through the air.Whether he is going to the College Football Playoff or, more likely, the Rose Bowl, Haskins is satisfied with the season his team has put together.“Any team would want to be 12-1 and win a conference championship, so whether that’s in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, you know it’s just an opportunity to play for the university, play for each other,” Haskins said. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, and I’m just happy to be a part of this team.”Haskins, 13 starts later, now sits atop as one of the most prolific passers Ohio State has ever had.The redshirt sophomore who was once committed to Maryland, who knew the whole time he was going to be the guy, has become the guy who nearly threw for 500 yards in the Big Ten Championship.Only time will tell if Haskins has done enough to be invited as a Heisman trophy nominee. Haskins said he feels he has “a pretty good shot,” but to head coach Urban Meyer, there should be no doubt.“He’s without question a Heisman candidate. I’ve seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there’s no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.” read more

Ofsted chief warns over Steiner schools as she reveals that three quarters

He demanded that Steiner schools – both private and state funded – are subjected to “additional scrutiny” by Ofsted.The move followed a long-running Telegraph investigation into fears about child safety at the schools, as well as revelations that their official staff handbook suggests that teachers should visit children in their homes and reward them with chocolate.Two private Steiner schools have closed down in the past year, while three of the four Steiner state-funded academies are in the process of being taken over by multi-academy trusts.Ms Spielman added that inspectors did find some “encouraging signs of good practise and change” in some schools. A spokesman for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship,  the umbrella organisation which runs Steiner schools in the UK and Ireland, said it welcomes the “informed feedback” from Ofsted. “Amanda Spielman’s letter highlights several of the steps that SWSF is taking to guide school improvement and we ‘share a common purpose’ to ensure all our children are well-educated and safe,” they added. “There is no compromise where the education or safeguarding of pupils is concerned. As a Fellowship, we are committed to providing high-quality teaching built on the internationally valued principles of Waldorf education and we continue to work closely with our schools and Ofsted to achieve this goal. “Steiner schools have responded well to Ofsted’s new inspection framework and remain popular with parents. Our approach to the curriculum provides an unhurried approach to education, enabling children to learn effectively without added pressure. ” The head of Ofsted has issued a warning over Steiner schools after more than three quarters failed their inspection.Amanda Spielman revealed that of the 26 Steiner schools that have been inspected by Ofsted over the past year, 13 were branded “inadequate” and seven were rated as “requires improvement”.In a letter to the Education Secretary, Ms Spielman said: “The performance of Steiner schools overall remains poor, and there are areas of weakness that need to be addressed.“Most worryingly, inspectors found that a significant minority of the schools had ineffective safeguarding practices, and I continue to be concerned about the provision for pupils with SEND [special education needs and disabilities] about quality of education more generally and about leadership.”All but four of the Steiner schools in England are private, meaning they must adhere to independent school standards. But Ms Spielman revealed that 15 of the 22 fee-paying schools failed to meet these standards.Favoured by liberally-minded middle-class parents, Steiner schools base their curriculum on the spiritual philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, called anthroposophy, which emphasise child creativity and the importance of rearing free spirited individuals.Last year, Damain Hinds wrote to the chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, ordering Ofsted to carry out urgent inspections of Steiner schools in England. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Verizon iPhone may cost 30 more to manufacture

first_imgLater today Verizon is holding an event in New York where we expect to hear details of a CDMA iPhone launch. But while consumers may be looking forward to leaving AT&T, or using existing Verizon data plans, the phone itself may come at an extra cost.According to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, the cost of the CDMA components for the Verizon iPhone is more expensive and could see the manufacturing price jump $30 compared to the current UMTS-equipped iPhone 4. That cost would inevitably be pushed on to the consumer directly or the network operator who would factor it into contract pricing.Anyone frustrated by the poor coverage AT&T gives to certain areas of the U.S. probably won’t care and will happily pay another $30 for a reliable connection. AT&T on the other hand may jump on this fact and use it in any iPhone marketing campaigns it has planned over the coming months.Read more at AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Antibiotiques Si on les utilise à tort ils deviendront moins forts

first_imgAntibiotiques : “Si on les utilise à tort, ils deviendront moins forts”France – Après “les antibiotiques, c’est pas automatique”, la Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie lance une nouvelle campagne de prévention contre le mauvais usage des antibiotiques. Son nouveau slogan : les antibiotiques, “si on les utilise à tort, ils deviendront moins forts”. Utiliser des antibiotiques de manière inappropriée peut entraîner des résistances bactériennes, c’est pourquoi la Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie avait lancé en 2002 une campagne de prévention contre ce mauvais usage. Tout le monde connaît aujourd’hui le slogan populaire qui rappelle que “les antibiotiques, c’est pas automatique”.Cette année, après huit ans de bons et loyaux services, un changement s’impose. Les concepteurs se sont amusés une nouvelle fois avec un slogan tout en rimes : les antibiotiques, “si on les utilise à tort, ils deviendront moins forts”.Grâce à la campagne de 2002, la consommation d’antibiotiques a connu une baisse de 15%, cependant ces deux dernières années, une nouvelle hausse a été constatée, d’où le choix du renouveau.Cette dernière campagne vise particulièrement angines et bronchites, qui constituent d’ailleurs le sujet du film illustrant la campagne, visible dès ce soir sur le site dédié et dès mi-juin sur les chaînes de télévision. Le 20 mai 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

US v Russia Moon Race Is On Like Donkey Kong

first_img The US and Russia are taking their fight outside—of Earth’s atmosphere.Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos this week unveiled plans for the construction of lunar bases by 2040. NASA, meanwhile, expects to have a continuous manned presence on the Moon within a decade.As The Next Web pointed out, the stars and stripes, stuck into the rocky landscape nearly 50 years ago, remains the only territorial banner on the Moon’s surface.But that may one day change, as other nations set their sights on Earth’s closest neighbor.“The interest of mankind to the Moon is associated primarily with the fact that unique regions with favorable conditions for the construction of lunar bases were discovered on the satellite,” according to Roscosmos.In August, scientists spotted evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. Located in the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, the patchy deposits could be ancient. More importantly, they could open the door to future lunar exploration.Global space agencies are also examining the possibility of “lunar masonry,” i.e. 3D printing building blocks and stone walls using processed lunar soil.Buoyed by advanced science and new revelations, Roscosmos has pushed a Moon base to the top of its priorities.A three-stage strategy includes the launch of an orbital station, a manned mission, and construction of a permanent base, as reported by The Moscow Times. Hundreds of aspiring cosmonauts have reportedly submitted applications in hopes of being one of the first Russians to land on the Moon.On the other side of the world, NASA is building the “Gateway” space station—a command module that will orbit Earth’s satellite, sending reusable landers back and forth to the planetoid.“We think we can achieve this in about 10 years,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told The Hill this week. “The idea being [to] prove the capability, retire the risk, prove the human physiology, and then go on to Mars.”Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon, President Trump signed a mandate to send U.S. astronauts back to the mysterious orb.The United States remains the only country to have successfully conducted manned missions to the satellite, the last departing its surface in December 1972.More coverage on Geek.com:Who Owns the Moon, Anyway?NASA Announces First Commercial ‘Moon Partnership’Astronaut, Cosmonaut ‘In Good Condition’ After Emergency Landing Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more