Let’s Celebrate Liars

first_imgXavier Alvarez, a former member of a municipal water board in Claremont, Calif., is hardly an endearing character. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy introduces him as follows: “Lying was his habit. Xavier Alvarez, the respondent here, lied when he said that he played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings and that he once married a starlet from Mexico. But when he lied in announcing he held the Congressional Medal of Honor, respondent ventured onto new ground; for that lie violates a federal criminal statute, the Stolen Valor Act of 2005.” “Though few might find respondent’s statements anything but contemptible,”Justice Kennedy nevertheless ruled, “his right to make those statements is protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech and expression.”That’s right. The First Amendment defends the right to lie — or atleast bars the state from prosecuting liars. We want to keep it that way. As Justice Kennedy sagely reminds us: “The Nation well knows that one of the costs of the First Amendment is that it protects the speech we detest as well as the speech we embrace.”If you are wondering why, consider the implications. Here Alvarez made his false claims at a public meeting, but under the law, the government could as easily have prosecuted him for making them privately. What other “lies” might the government prosecute? After all, the motivation for enacting the Stolen Valor Act in the first place was because pretenders were perceived to dilute the value and diminish the honor of these awards. How about disrespecting the flag by desecrating it? The government attempted that too, a law the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated in 1989. Then there is the touchy issue of just which lies the government is particularly sensitive to and more inclined to penalize. After all, there is a whole lot of lying going on, by the government no less, as we well know from history. Indeed, the Stolen Valor Act distinguished the penalty between different military decorations. Guess which one Congress found most objectionable? False claims about the Congressional Medal of Honor attracted twice the penalty — one year — than false representations about other military decorations, which drew a maximum of a six month penalty. Whatever had Congressmen particularly exercized about false claims about the Congressional decoration, you might wonder? Justice Kennedy wrote: “Permitting the government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense, whether shouted from the rooftops or made in a barely audible whisper, would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable…. Were this law to be sustained, there could be an endless list of subjects the National Government or the States could single out…. The mere potential for the exercise of that power casts a chill, a chill the First Amendment cannot permit if free speech, thought, and discourse are to remain a foundation of our freedom.”Unlike other aspects of our social and public life, free speech is not, nor should it ever be, subjected to a balancing of countervailing social costs and benefits. The dangers of government overreach, the chilling effects of the penalties on critics, the historical evidence of erstwhile pernicious falsehoods that are today’s celebrated wisdoms, all render well intentioned regulations of even targeted falsehoods counterproductive in a free society. Consequently, the Supreme Court has long held: “As a general matter, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content…. The Constitution demands that content based restrictions on speech be presumed invalid … and that the Government bear the burden of showing their constitutional validity.”His Supreme Court victory notwithstanding, Alvarez is hardly celebrating on his rooftop. Long before he was charged, he had been exposed and ridiculed as a phony and a fraud. In fact, he was charged only because he had been so exposed. But we should celebrate Alvarez this Independence Day as one in a continuing line of outcasts — anarchists, Communists, flag burners, racists, fringe religious and political fanatics — to whom we owe an eternal debt of gratitude for keeping the embers of free speech alive. Related Itemslast_img read more

Barcelona’s Dani Alves undergoes medical at Juventus

first_imgBarcelona right-back Dani Alves is set to complete his move to Italian champions Juventus after the Turin-based club said the Brazilian was undergoing a medical on Monday.Alves, 33, had announced earlier he would leave Barca as a free agent after eight successful seasons, during which he won 23 titles.”Having arrived in Turin last night, Dani Alves arrived at J-Medical this morning, where he is carrying out routine tests ahead of a proposed move to Juventus,” the Seri A champions said in a statement.Alves arrived in Spain in 2002 and spent six seasons at Sevilla before joining Barca.He won three Champions League trophies, three European Super Cups, three Club World Cups and six La Liga titles with the Catalan giants.According to the Italian press, Alves is set to sign a two-year contract at Juventus to become the club’s second summer signing following the acquisition of Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Roma earlier this month.Juventus, coached by Massimiliano Allegri, won their fifth straight Serie A title this season and also lifted the Coppa Italia.last_img read more

IOA executive council overrules president, shifts AGM venue

first_img(Eds: Rephrasing the intro)New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) In a big blow on the authority of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N Ramachandran, the executive council today decided to shift the venue of the Annual General Body from Chennai to New Delhi against his wishes besides reversing another decision taken by him.Ramachandran did not attend the emergent executive council meeting called by secretary general Rajeev Mehta after 19 of the 27 members of the top decision making body demanded it.In Ramachandrans absence, senior vice president Virendra Nanavati chaired the meeting.Twenty-one of the 27 executive council members attended todays meeting while vice-president Anurag Thakur expressed inability to attend it as he was busy with assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.Ramachandran has already called a meeting of executive council in Chennai on November 9. He has also called the AGM on December 14 in Chennai to elect the new office bearers of the IOA, including the president and secretary general.”The decision taken today will be ratified at the Executive Council meeting called by the president on November 9 in Chennai,” Mehta said.Ramachandrans support in the council has been reduced to a few members and if some are to be believed he can be removed from his post before or during the AGM on December 14.He now faces the prospect of being outmanoeuvred by his rivals at his home turf in the IOA power struggle as all the members who attended the meeting today decided to be present in the meeting called by him on November 9.advertisement”The executive council today decided to hold the AGM in Delhi instead of in Chennai on December 14. We have also named the election commission and returning officer to conduct the elections on December 14 during this AGM. All of them are the same as those who conducted the elections in February 2014,” vice-president Tarlochan Singh said.Asked if it is legal to hold an executive council meeting on the demand of the members and not by the president, Tarlochan said, “Under the IOA Constitution, the Executive Council can also called a meeting. If the majority of members want a meeting, the president or the secretary general will have to call it.”There is overwhelming majority, 19 out of 27 wanted this meeting and today 21 turned up. This is totally legal. The president should have been graceful enough and attend this meeting. But unfortunately, he chose not to attend this. Neither he called the meeting nor attended it.”The meeting also decided to reject the arbitrators appointed by Ramachandran in the factional feud in the Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association.Another vice-president R K Anand lashed out at Ramachandran for creating unnecessary trouble despite being ineligible to contest elections as per the age limit of 70.”We are not following the Lodha Committee recommendations but we are totally following the National Sports Code as far as tenure and age limit guidelines are concerned. Ramachandran is 69 and I think he will be 70 sometime in August next year. He is not eligible to contest for the post of president,” Anand said.”The post of IOA president is four years. A candidate will have to fulfil the qualification to remain in office for four years before contesting the election,” he said.The members though did not go the extreme and did not take any decision on a motion by Hockey India to take action on Ramachandran for tarnishing the image of the IOA.HI had cited Ramachandrans recent action to appoint arbitrators on his own without consulting anybody and the attempt to recognise the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation as a clear attempt to please Abhay Singh Chautala who once headed the body.”We did not want to take the extreme step because we dont want controversy. It is better if he (Ramachandran) is sidelined automatically. If he continues to create issues we will not leave him,” said Anand, who is also the president of Jharkhand Olympic Association. PTI PDS BS PDSlast_img read more

Silicon Labs: PCI Express gen 5 clocks and buffers lead in performance and power

first_imgSilicon Labs has introduced a comprehensive portfolio of timing solutions that provide best-in-class jitter performance to meet the latest generation PCI Express 5.0 specification with significant design margin. The Si5332 any-frequency clock family generates PCIe Gen 5 reference clocks with jitter performance of 140 fs RMS, optimizing PCIe SerDes performance while meeting the Gen 5 specification with margin. The Si5332 clocks generate any combination of PCIe and general-purpose frequencies, enabling clock tree consolidation across a broad range of applications.Silicon Labs also offers the Si522xx PCIe clock generators and Si532xx PCIe buffer families, which are capable of providing two, four, eight, or twelve PCIe Gen 1/2/3/4/5-compliant outputs, making them an ideal fit for clocking a wide variety of PCIe endpoints in data center applications.Increasingly, data center hardware designs including network interface cards (NICs), PCIe bus expanders and high-performance computing (HPC) accelerators are using low-power 1.5 V or 1.8 V supplies to minimize overall power consumption. Powered from 1.5 – 1.8 V supply rails, the Si522xx and Si532xx devices are the industry’s lowest power PCIe clocks and buffers. The Si522xx and Si532xx output drivers leverage Silicon Labs’ proven push-pull high-speed current steering logic (HCSL) technology, which eliminates the need for external termination resistors required by conventional PCIe clocks using constant-current output driver technology.Silicon Labs’ new clock products are fully compliant with PCIe Gen 5 Common Clock, Separate Reference No Spread (SRNS) and Separate Reference Independent Spread (SRIS) architectures. Despite PCIe Gen 5 having more stringent jitter requirements, Silicon Labs’ new products do not require discrete power supply filtering components, simplifying PCB layout while ensuring board-level noise does not degrade clock jitter performance. Board designers can seamlessly migrate existing PCIe Gen 1/2/3/4 designs with drop-in compatible Si5332, Si522xx and Si532xx clocks to easily upgrade existing designs to take advantage of faster PCIe serial interfaces.The Silicon Labs PCI Express clock jitter tool has been updated to include the filters necessary to accurately measure PCIe Gen 5 reference clock jitter. This software greatly simplifies PCIe clock jitter measurement, ensuring the proper filters are applied as specified by the PCI-SIG Gen 1/2/3/4/5 common clock, SRNS and SRIS specifications while providing the results in an easy-to-read format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Kontron: COM Express module with AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoCNext Renesas: plastic packaged, radiation-tolerant PWM controller and GaN FET driver for smallsatslast_img read more

Watch: Ranveer Singh goes into Gully Boy mode, turns rapper at Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas reception

first_imgNo matter where Ranveer Singh goes, he is always the life of the party. It was no different at Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s third wedding reception at Taj Lands End in Mumbai last night.An inside video from the festivities shared by a fan club shows Ranveer taking over the DJ console and turning rapper. Interestingly, he will play a rapper in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, which is based on the underground hip-hop scene in Mumbai. It looks like Ranveer, who will be rapping in the film, has picked up the style from Naezy and Divine quite well. Take a look:Priyanka and Nick hosted a lavish reception party last night, which was attended by the biggest names of Bollywood, including Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. Bigwigs from the world of sports, including Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza, also made their presence felt at the bash.With their wedding festivities wrapped up, Priyanka will plunge straight into work. She will resume shooting for Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink and will also oversee the pre-production of her Bengali film Nalini at the same time.advertisementPriyanka and Nick will then jet off to Switzerland, where they will enjoy a week-long romantic honeymoon. The couple will also ring in the New Year in the picturesque country.ALSO SEE | Harman Baweja attends ex Priyanka Chopra’s Love Story 2018 bash with Nick JonasALSO WATCH | Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas get hitched in Jodhpurlast_img read more

St Étienne’s unlikely band of misfits may keep them in Ligue 1

first_img3Monaco243050 Was this helpful? 15Toulouse24-1026 European club football 4Lyon242648 Giovani Lo Celso celebrates after scoring for PSG against Lille. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport/Getty Images Facebook features Three months have passed since Lyon visited the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and destroyed St Étienne 5-0, a mauling that will go down as one of the worst defeats in the club’s 99-year history. Ôscar Garcia, who was only appointed manager in the summer but had clashed with the board over transfer targets, resigned soon after the defeat – and the man brought in to replace him, Julien Sablé, proved to be a disastrous appointment.Sablé had been a promising youth coach but his lack of credentials cost the club money and points. They did not win any of his six games in charge and were fined €25,000 for each of his games in charge as the 37-year-old did not possess the mandatory coaching badges to lead a Ligue 1 club. Step forward the wizened Jean-Louis Gasset, who was installed firstly as an assistant to guide Sablé before he took over as head coach during the winter break. The club are now on their third manager of the season but Gasset seems to be turning their fortunes around. Share on Pinterest 19Troyes23-1024 • Giovani Lo Celso started his seventh consecutive match in the league for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and was again superb in midfield, showing that he is more than just a temporary solution in the absence of the injured Thiago Motta. Capping off his performance with a sublime chipped finish for PSG’s third, the Argentinian was superb throughout. In past seasons, and even earlier in the current campaign, the team would have opted for more experience, playing Marco Verratti or Adrien Rabiot in front of the back four, but Lo Celso’s growing importance is further evidence of Unai Emery picking his team on merit, rather than reputation or pressure from the media. 16Angers24-725 St Etienne 8Bordeaux24-532 Topics Read more 13Dijon23-1328 7Nice24-534 Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. 1PSG245862 6Montpellier24234 2Marseille242651 Share on Twitter 9Guingamp24-732 Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby 17Amiens24-725 Read more 5Nantes24-137 14Strasbourg24-1327 10Rennes24-531 Gasset’s incarnation of Les Verts has the feeling of a band of misfits, a group of nearly men who have ability but have seen their reputations diminish. The club’s iconic captain, Loïc Perrin, has a conspicuous lack of international caps; goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier is in self-imposed exile from the national team; and Rémy Cabella arrived on loan in the summer because he was out of favour at Marseille. Somehow, however, they have started to gel. Their wins over Caen and Amiens were both well deserved, with Ntep and Debuchy scoring, Subotic providing stability at the back alongside Perrin, and M’Vila bringing the necessary presence and stature in midfield.St Étienne previously relied on Christophe Galtier’s talent for squeezing the best out of an average talent pool but now their squad boasts a wealth of experience. That maturity will be important if they are to remain in Ligue 1 and survive one of their worst seasons in decades. Despite the progress the team have made during Gasset’s first month in charge, his stay at the club has always felt like a stop-gap measure. His tenure will depend on whether his “new movement” of misfits can maintain their form without succumbing to injury or personality clashes.Ligue 1 talking points 11Caen24-1030 PosTeamPGDPts Twitter 18Lille24-1625 Show • As lovely as Lo Celso’s goal was, Yeni N’Gbakoto’s winner against Rennes was even more spectacular, giving Guingamp a 1-0 win against their fellow Bretons and keeping alive their hope of cracking the top six. Antoine Kombouaré’s team failed to gain any ground in that race, however, as Montpellier rebounded from last week’s 4-0 loss to PSG in fine fashion, recording a 2-1 comeback win over Angers at home. The win moved Montpellier into sixth place, in front of Nice on goal difference. With their next three league matches against Metz, Guingamp and Strasbourg, the southern side are looking well-positioned to continue their tilt at a place in next season’s Europa League.• Lyon suffered consecutive losses in the league for the first time in a year, losing 3-2 away to Monaco and dropping to fourth place. Despite the hosts playing half the match with 10 men, Lyon and Nabil Fékir in particular lacked the focus and precision that have been at the heart of their best moments this season. Fekir has always been dogged by the criticism that he does not turn up often enough on the road and he did little to disprove that epigram at the Stade Louis II, having been well-marshalled by Fabinho throughout. Lyon have showed more than enough ability to finish in the top three this season, but Fékir, playing even more poorly than he had at Bordeaux a week ago, needs to offer more consistency if they are to achieve that goal. Reuse this content 12St Etienne24-1429 Hide 20Metz24-2218 Quick guide Ligue 1 results If Robben and Ribéry leave Bayern Munich, they will go as club legends Guardian Sport Network Metz lost 11 of their first 12 games this season – but might just stay up Relegation was a genuine concern when Ligue 1 returned at the start of 2018. At the halfway point of the season, St Étienne were 16th in the league and had gone 10 games without a victory. They were floundering, with no confidence or direction, but Gasset is showing his experience and insight are still of use at this level. With four wins in their six league matches since Christmas, they are now up to 12th. They were particularly impressive in their imposing 2-0 at Amiens, which followed up a similarly stubborn triumph over Caen the week before.Gasset has installed some organisation and purpose into the team, cajoling a sense of togetherness from his players. Reigniting their sense of belief has been no small achievement, given that the mood around the club had morphed from downcast to outright toxic. After the defeat to Lyon a leading St Étienne supporters’ group had described the players as “without desire, without pride and especially without courage.” The atmosphere the fans create at the ground is glorious but their increasing belligerence had only served to heighten the sense of chaos. Meanwhile, a lack of investment in players has been a long-running issue.Given the lack of funds available, their activity in the January transfer window is all the more impressive. The club contented themselves with being opportunistic, perhaps even risky, in the window, but their new signing are already proving their worth. The words “Nouvelle Tendance (New Movement)” have been emblazoned across the club’s Twitter profile under the faces of new arrivals Yann M’Vila, Mathieu Debuchy, Neven Subotic and Paul-Georges Ntep. These are all familiar names but St Étienne spent next to nothing on them given their difficulties in recent years. Debuchy, M’Vila and Subotic signed on free transfers, while Ntep joined on loan from Wolfsburg.Subotic was a hero for the Borussia Dortmund team that won the Bundesliga and made it to the Champions League final under Jürgen Klopp, but the centre-back’s form had disintegrated to the point where he was often not even making the bench at the Westfalenstadion. Winger Ntep had been on fringes of the France squad and close to a move to Liverpool while at Rennes, but injuries halted his development. Holding midfielder M’Vila, who has 22 caps for France, has struggled with disciplinary issues throughout his career, which resulted in an ill-fated run at Sunderland. And Debuchy, another former France regular, cost Arsenal £12m in 2014 but only made 13 league appearances for the club as he struggled with injuries and the emergence of Héctor Bellerín. Lyon Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Ligue 1 Share via Email Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 resultsMarseille 6-3 MetzLille 0-3 PSGAmiens 0-2 St ÉtienneMontpellier 2-1 AngersNice 0-1 ToulouseStrasbourg 0-2 BordeauxRennes 0-1 GuingampCaen 3-2 NantesMonaco 3-2 Lyon Ligue 1 table Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Sporting News Makes Bold Texas 2019 Prediction

first_imgTexas QB Sam Ehlinger celebrating.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 28-21 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Texas is coming off its first 10-win season in nearly a decade. Year Two of the Tom Herman Era featured some noteworthy moments.The Longhorns beat Oklahoma during the regular season, played in the Big 12 title game and took down Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Overall, the team left fans with hope that the program was finally turning the corner.At least one college football pundit thinks they are. Sporting News’ Bill Bender released his predictions for the 2019 season today, and he has Texas in the College Football Playoff.Bender has the Longhorns facing defending national champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Though he picks the Tigers to win that game, most Texas fans would sign up for a playoff berth regardless of result. Making the playoff would mean Texas won the Big 12 Championship Game and went at least 11-1 in the regular season..@sportingnews has @CFBPlayoff and bowl projections for all 40 games, including a real stunner in the championship game. https://t.co/TxsS4qmUDo— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) May 22, 2019In addition to their usual Big 12 slate, the Longhorns will play LSU in Week Two in one of the top non-conference matchups of the season. There could definitely be some playoff implications in that game, as the Tigers are also expected to be a preseason top 10 team.Texas opens up its 2019 season against Louisiana Tech on August 31.last_img read more

Zoiglhaus Brings German-style Craft Beer to Portland

first_img Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Portland beer scene has been written about so many times, it almost seems tedious to write about it again. But write about it we shall because the newest addition to the beer hall scene is so unique and exceptional, it would be a disservice to not mention it at all.Zoiglhaus, a new German gastropub in the up-and-coming Lents neighborhood of SE Portland, has opened its doors and its kegs to a round of foamy applause. Crafted in the minds of Chad Rennaker of Pints and master brewer Alan Taylor, Zoiglhaus has done what other beer halls in Portland have failed to do: lured serious beer aficionados from across the city while retaining a decidedly neighborhood vibe on its quaffs alone.“We hired a lot of local people and we always wanted to be a community brewpub where the community comes and it feels like home,” Taylor says.The 7,500-square-foot space is open and airy, inviting one to grab a seat at the bar or at one of the many reclaimed-wood high tops scattered throughout the expansive space, which was formerly a Russian bakery-cum-disco-cum-grocery store. Taylor has been perfecting his beer recipes in friends’ garages and basements since 1997, using local ingredients to simulate German beers one may enjoy in Munich.“There are 10 beers on tap. Our five standards are a German pilsner, a Hefeweizen, a Kolsch, an IPA and a red ale. And then five rotating beers for the seasons,” he says. “They go with everything, especially our food. We wanted to pair German-American beers with German-American comfort food and I think we did a great job.”Taylor honed his beer-making skills in Germany and is considered by many in the Portland area to be the preeminent brewer of German-style beer. Humble and modest to a fault, he plays down his expertise, instead giving his co-owners and workers all the accolades.So why the name Zoiglhaus? Zoigl is derived from an old German word meaning sign and is represented by a star similar in look to the star of David. The six points of the star represent six key beer ingredients such as barley, hops and water. Zoigl houses are scattered throughout eastern Bavaria, near the Czech border, and are community spots to enjoy a locally made brew.So what’s our take on this new hotspot? The food is hearty and savory, perfectly matched with the stellar brews. While IPAs dominate the Portland beer scene, we much prefer the Schwarzbier, a dark brew with a light sweetness and hop flavor with hints of coffee on the palate. It goes great with the Zoigl-bab, a doner kabob-like dish of marinated steak, flatbread and cabbage. Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Physician Incentive Program Changes Add Flexibility Choice

first_imgThe province has changed its existing physician incentive programs to encourage more doctors to choose Nova Scotia. Geographic restrictions for the Tuition Relief Program, the Family Medicine Bursary and the Debt Assistance Plan have been removed to support recruitment of family doctors to urban communities. Previously the programs were available for doctors in rural areas. These changes are effective immediately. “Doctors and medical residents have asked for more flexibility, and we’ve listened,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We need family doctors in urban and rural communities. Removing these restrictions and expanding eligibility offers more choice and added incentive to practise in Nova Scotia.” The three programs will now also be available to those working in full-time, part-time and locum positions. “We are pleased government is expanding these incentives, increasing the flexibility and opportunity for new physicians to access these funds,” said Dr. Caitlin Lees, president, Maritime Resident Doctors. “The debt new physicians bring into practise from their training is a great concern and assistance paying off that debt can significantly impact where they set up practice. We believe increasing these programs can do nothing but make Nova Scotia more attractive for new physicians.” The Tuition Relief Program repays up to $120,000 of a physician’s medical school tuition in exchange for a five-year commitment to practise in Nova Scotia. It is now available to eligible family doctors who want to practise in urban areas. Other eligibility changes include: availability to those on either full or defined licences specialists in urban areas may qualify if they agree to provide some services in underserviced areas physicians with return of service agreements through the International Medical Graduate clerkship or residency programs are now eligible The Family Medicine Bursary provides residents $60,000 to establish a family practice in exchange for a three-year commitment to practise in Nova Scotia. Other program changes give residents more choice through expanded practice location options and more time to select and finalize a practice site. The Debt Assistant Plan offers eligible physicians who choose to practise in Nova Scotia between $20,000 and $45,000. “It’s important physicians are incented to work in communities that not only need their services, but are also a good fit for them and their family,” said Nancy MacCready-Williams, CEO, Doctors Nova Scotia. “Adding more flexibility to the incentive programs means physicians have more choice in where they live and work, which makes Nova Scotia a more attractive place to practise medicine.” The province also offers educational incentives for international medical graduates to help them prepare for and complete residency training before practising in Canada. Participants in the International Medical Graduate clerkship and residency programs will also have more time to select a practice site. Visit https://physicians.novascotia.ca/support.html for more information on the province’s physician incentive programs.last_img read more

Final Presenters Added to THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS June

first_imgMuch and iHeartRadio Canada are partnering with Twitter for the first-ever global live stream of the IHEARTRADIO MMVA PRE-GAME, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. ET on mmvas.twitter.com. Hosted by Much Digital Studios creators Alayna Fender, Dan Rodo, Marlon Palmer, and Michael Rizzi, the pre-show gives fans an exclusive first look at all the MMVA stars as multiple awards are handed out live on the red carpet.Hosted by Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas, alongside co-hosts Liz Trinnear and Tyrone Edwards, the iconic awards show simulcasts live in 4K on Sunday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV, VRAK, and the iHeartRadio app. The night kicks off with THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET pre-show at 8 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, and E!, hosted by ETALK reporter and E! host Chloe Wilde and iHeartRadio’s Patrick Langlois.Fans can continue to count down to THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs on Much.com, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest announcements and the chance to win big prizes.Official partners of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: LG Electronics Canada, Coca-Cola®, Virgin Mobile Canada™, M&M’S Caramel®, and Fruit by the Foot™.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:@Much@iHeartRadioCAAbout THE IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS:Much gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. The show airs live on Sunday, June 18 on Much, CTV, VRAK, and the iHeartRadio app. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Gigi Hadid, Hedley, James Bay, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, June 12, 2017 – Yasss! THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS has reached the boiling point as Much and iHeartRadio Canada confirm its final roster of stellar presenters for this Sunday‘s live broadcastat 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV, VRAK, Much.com, and the iHeartRadio app.The lineup includes appearances by Carly Rae Jepsen, David Mazouz, Dove Cameron, Jus Reign, Kat Graham, Lights, Massari, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tatiana Maslany, Torrance Coombs, Tyler Oakley, and Tyler Shaw.It was also confirmed today that Jessie Reyez is set to kick off Sunday’s epic street party with an exclusive red carpet performance, and Kardinal Offishall returns to DJ on THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET at 8 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, E!, and Much.com.The latest influx of stars join previously announced performers Arkells, Camila Cabello, DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jazz Cartier, Julia Michaels, Lorde, Niall Horan, and Post Malone, and presenters 4YallEntertainment, Bea Miller, Brandon Flynn, Hedley, Keke Palmer, KJ Apa, Lilly Singh, Martha Hunt, Nikki Bella, and Shay Mitchell. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP seeking volunteers to help prevent crime

first_imgUsing portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in school and playground zones, high crash zones, and neighbourhood streets. Volunteers record the speed of vehicles and forward these reports to police and ICBC. Areas with high incidents of speeding will be considered for future RCMP enforcement.Cpl. Francoeur said that the program is now also able to be expanded to include distracted driving campaigns.The Block Watch program is a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. It is a neighbour-helping-neighbour program that teaches citizens to secure their property, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activities to police.Block Watch contributes to more cohesive neighbourhoods as a result of encouraging camaraderie between neighbours and can also facilitate the resolution of minor issues locally.“Volunteering with the RCMP is an opportunity to invest in safety and security of the community,” added Cpl. Francoeur.To inquire about volunteering with the RCMP, call the Fort St. John detachment at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is currently recruiting volunteers for several crime prevention programs in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur says that the RCMP has partnered with the North Peace Justice Society for the Speed Watch and Block Watch programs.Speed Watch is an educational program sponsored by ICBC that is aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. This program not only provides awareness to drivers who are speeding, but also provides valuable data to the RCMP and ICBC in areas where speeding is a significant problem.last_img read more

UN reports more Pakistanis in need of help as unrelenting floods spread

“We are working day and night to bring relief to millions of women, men, and children, but the floods appear determined to outrun our efforts,” said Martin Mogwanja, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan. “We have been scaling up, but must scale up even further,” he added.The Indus River is raging at 40 times its normal volume, with the largest surge of water now in the Thatta district of Sindh.“People had been warned. But only after the river broke its banks and the water started to inundate their villages, they escaped,” said Andro Shilakadze, head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sindh’s provincial capital, Karachi. “It was very sudden. People had to leave in a rush, many of them during the night, taking almost nothing with them. Many are still stranded, and are now being rescued by the national authorities.”The UN and its partners are providing assistance to millions of people in all flood-affected areas. In Sindh, emergency shelter has reached approximately 120,000 people, out of 1.1 million reached nationwide, while clean water is being provided on a daily basis to only 50,000 people.“We are scaling up response to reach all those in need,” said Manuel Bessler, head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Pakistan. “But with 1 million more displaced people in Sindh over the past two days, and thousands more people being affected almost every day, needs quickly outplace our capacity, our supplies, and our resources.”An estimated 17.2 million people have been affected across the country, from the Himalaya mountains in the north, to the Arabian Sea in the south. “The closer we get to our targets in terms of beneficiaries to be reached, the more these targets increase,” said Mr. Bessler.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it is facing a $90 million shortage in the funding it needs to continue providing assistance those affected, and urged donors who have already made pledges to expedite disbursement.WFP’s portion of the $460 million Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan launched earlier this month is $150 million.The funds are needs quickly to ensure that the food pipeline for flood survivors does not break as the number of those in need rises, WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva.WFP is also responding to the needs of those with special nutritional needs, particularly children, some of whom require supplementary ready-to-eat foodstuff to prevent malnutrition, she said.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said there were increased risks of disease outbreaks, particularly waterborne diseases, especially in Sindh and Punjab. People were seeking treatment mainly for acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, skin infections and suspected cases of malaria, said WHO’s spokesperson in Geneva, Fadela Chaid.The UN Children’s Fund said more than 1 million children and women had received vaccinations against various health problems. 27 August 2010The surging Indus River in Pakistan continues to inundate more areas and swell the numbers of people in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations reported today, saying another 1 million people have been displaced by floods in the southern province of Sindh during the past two days alone. read more

Libya UN adviser on postconflict planning begins talks with interim authority

3 September 2011The Secretary-General’s special adviser for post conflict planning in Libya, Ian Martin, arrived in the Libya capital, Tripoli, on Saturday and began discussions with representatives of the country’s interim authorities on the form of assistance the transitional body will require. Mr. Martin’s mission to Tripoli for talks with the National Transitional Council (NTC) follows the International Conference in Support of the New Libya in Paris on Thursday when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged the United Nations continued assistance to Libya tackle its humanitarian challenges and build a democratic and stable nation.Mr. Ban told the gathering in Paris that the immediate challenge is on the humanitarian front, with some 860,000 people having left the country since February, when opposition forces rose up against the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi as part of a wider pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East.In addition, public services are under severe strain, including hospitals and clinics and there is a major water shortage, as sporadic fighting continues, particularly in the country’s south.The Secretary-General had on Thursday announced Mr. Martin’s trip to Tripoli to begin laying the ground work for UN operations there. read more

Sri Lankan immigrant racket busted in Europe

The Sri Lankan authorities quoted Europol as saying that judicial authorities and officers from the Finnish Border Guard, French Police (O.C.R.I.E.S.T) and Belgian Federal Police, ran a joint operation against the Sri Lankan criminal network this week and so far a total of 27 suspects have been arrested and interrogated in Finland, France and Belgium. The network is suspected of facilitating the illegal entry of people from Sri Lanka to France, frequently using a route through the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and Finland. A racket involving the transport of illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka to Europe has been busted by the European police, the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said on Friday.The Ministry said that the racket was busted following more than a year of joint international efforts at police and judicial level. The main suspect was arrested in Saran, France. He was interrogated at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris in the following days and charged with being suspected of facilitated illegal immigration.In addition, 23 searches were conducted in the Member States involved, where documentary evidence and goods were seized. A Europol Operational Centre was set up in Paris, in direct communication with Eurojust’s Co-ordination Centre in The Hague, to support the simultaneous execution of the operation in the three Member States involved.Over 100 European officers were involved in the operation, the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said. read more

CB chief appears before SPC on bond scam

The three member commission comprises Supreme Court Judge K.T. Chithrasiri, P.S. Jayawardena and Retired Deputy Auditor General K. Velupillai.The President had said that the commission will complete the investigations in three months. Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy appeared before a Special Presidential Commission (SPC) today investigating the alleged treasury bond scam.President Maithripala Sirisena had appointed the three member commission to investigate the Central Bank treasury bond issue. Parliament had earlier debated the report by the Parliament Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on the alleged bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)

Tiger Woods No Major Championship Trophies This Year

Another year of major championship golf has passed without Tiger Woods hoisting the trophy above his head. It has been four years now, and he has to be getting anxious to get one to reaffirm his standing.Last weekend, Woods crumbled over the weekend – again —  after leading the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island after two rounds. Saturday is called “Moving Day” in golf, and Woods moved in reverse, while eventual champion Rory McElroy took leaps forward.Remarkably – remarkable in an unbelievable way —  Woods said he falter on Saturday because “I came out with probably the wrong attitude,” Woods said after a final-round 72 left him 11 shots back of McElroy, tied for 11th place. “I was too relaxed, and tried to enjoy it, and that’s not how I play. I play intense and full systems go. That cost me.”Not saying that’s a bunch of hogwash, but that sounds like a bunch of hogwash.It wasn’t as if Woods was out there slapping high-fives with folks in the gallery or chatting it up with his playing partners. What, exactly, does “too relaxed” mean in Tiger Woods world?“I was trying to enjoy it, enjoy the process of it,” Woods said. “But that’s not how I play. I play full system go, all out, intense, and that’s how I won 14 of these things. That’s something I rectified (Sunday) and I played a lot better because of it.”Better was only even par, which was hardly enough to challenge for his 15th major. Woods began the fourth round five shots behind McIlroy and finished 11 shots back. You do the math.He shot 74 Saturday and 72 Sunday, meaning this year he did not break 60 on any of eight weekend rounds of the majors. That’s so unTiger-like.Woods has four top-five finishes in majors; he’s played well enough ot contend, not well enough to win.“The thing is to keep putting myself there,” he said. “I’m not going to win them all and I haven’t won them all. I certainly have lost a lot more than I’ve won. But the key is putting myself there each and every time and I’ll start getting them again.” read more

Charlie Gards parents spend last precious moments with son after ending legal

first_imgMr Justice Francis in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.Charlie’s parents subsequently failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London. Bosses at Great Ormond Street Hospital have not said when Charlie’s life support equipment will be turned off.But in late June, when litigation appeared to have come to an end after European judges refused to intervene in the case, a hospital spokeswoman had said there would be “careful planning and discussion” before life-support treatment ended.Mr Gard and Ms Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, had asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in New York. 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. Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the High Court on MondayCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with the terminally ill little boy after abandoning attempts to persuade a judge to let him travel to America for experimental therapy.Lawyers representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates say they want to spend the “maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie”.The little boy would turn one year old on August 4, but Charlie’s parents say he “unfortunately won’t make his first birthday”.His parents accused Great Ormond Street Hospital of delaying treatment until it was too late, with 31-year-old Miss Yates complaining that the world-renowned children’s hospital had “wasted time” in refusing to allow doctors from abroad to treat her son. Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help. They said life-support treatment should stop. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie before he became unwellCredit:PAcenter_img Ms Gard read a statement during a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.”We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday in just under two weeks’ time,” she said.”Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.”Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.” They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.But the couple had recently returned to court, saying they had new evidence and they asked Mr Justice Francis to change his mind.The couple abandoned their legal fight on Monday after concluding that Charlie had deteriorated to the “point of no return”. Chris Gard and Connie Yates Show more Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the High Court on Mondaylast_img read more

Significant breakthrough in new coring data technology

first_imgCoretrack has successfully completed a series of pressure and temperature tests of the transducer used in the intermediate telemetry system of its Core Level Recorder (CLR). The transducer has been tested from ambient temperature to 135°C in 25°C increments. At each test temperature, the transducer was also pressure tested between ambient and 552 bar. During temperature and pressure testing, four parameters were recorded. Of these, only one parameter was found to vary outside of tolerable limits, a variance which can easily be overcome by individually tuning the transducers. This tuning process will ensure optimal performance of data transmission from down hole to the rig floor. To ensure the viability of the proposed spot temperature and pressure tuning method, Coretrack will be conducting further tests on the test transducer to ensure repeatability of these results. Coretrack will also test other, similar transducers to ensure comparability of results.  While focussed on oil drilling at present, this core data transmission system is likely to transfer to ore drilling at some stage.“These results are very significant and an exciting development for Coretrack – bringing the company significantly closer to completion of a world first system that is able to transmit coring data to surface in real time”, said Nanne van ‘t Riet, Coretrack’s CEO and Managing Director.Following completion of the current tests, a field test of the intermediate telemetry system is planned at MTH-4 Mt Horner, near Dongara. This will involve lowering a 54 m long inner core barrel (with the telemetry system inside) down a well until it is fully submersed. The inner barrel will be filled with drilling fluid, including suspended solids. Once fully submerged, the entire transmission up to the mud pulser will then be tested. This will be as close to a real well situation prior to Coretrack running the entire system in an actual operating well.Coretrack is in close contact with a number of oil and gas companies and coring contracting companies to schedule a test run in an operating well as soon as possible following the completion of the tool.The Core Level Recorder (CLR) is a measuring and recording device that is placed inside the inner core barrel.  During coring the unit rests upon the column of core that is entering the barrel and records the amount of core captured. This data collected will inform geologists from what depths core was captured and conversely, where core was lost, if a full recovery was not obtained.  Coretrack has run the CLR (without the telemetry to surface) with a number of major operators & the tool is market ready now.Coretrack has designed and is in the process of completing development of the Core Level Recorder System (CLR with real-time telemetry) – a coring tool that will enable an explicit measurement of the acquisition of a core sample during a coring operation. The availability of real time data on the rig floor will ensure substantial cost savings to  exploration and production companies.last_img read more

Marko Markis owner of handballgktrainingcom Knowledge is power

Handball-Planet.com is interested in interesting handball stories and projects. One of them is made by Marko Markis, goalkeeper coach and owner of handbalgktraining.com. His evolution of trainings give as opportunity to see handball future in present time.What is Handball GK training?– We are certified company dedicated to develop new level of handball goalkeeping. My mission is to inspire goalkeepers, trainers in their work and show them the right way how to evolve their expertise. After six years of hard work and building new strategy through researches and work with elite goalkeepers I decided to unite my knowledge and experience into company.Who can benefit from buying your materials?– Goalkeepers, coaches, handball enthusiasts. Our goal was that this exercises are adapted and explained for any age or level of expertise. Advantage of this materials that they are developed through researches in top end sport laboratory using most advanced available technology (EMG). Its first time in the world that this kind of researches used for handball goalkeeper. Exercises are divided in genres warm up, technique, physical fitness, reaction time, footwork and they are all in methodical order. Demonstrator of exercises is Filip Ivic one of the biggest talents in the world and all the videos are filmed in HD resolution.What you accomplished as a coach in your field of expertise?-For last six years I worked with dozen national team goalkeepers from Croatia, Sweden and Slovenia such as Filip Ivic (RK PPD Zagreb), Matej Asanin (Ballingen), Mikael Appelgren (RN Lowen) etc. For me personally biggest accomplishment is developing goalkeeper training on new level by using knowledge and technology. I must mention that few week ago I was lecturing for Swedish handball federation and proud that they accept my way of thinking and put my materials in their education for goalkeeper coaches.How important is goalkeeper in the team?-Most of the coaches would say that a goalkeeper is at least 50% of the team. Especial you can see that in EHF Euro 2016 in Poland. Without support of goalkeeper there is impossible to achieve any positive result.What things do you currently do in your trainings that are keys of success?-The key to be successful as a goalkeeper coach is first of all that you approach goalkeepers individually. It means that every goalie is different in their anthropology, mental characteristics, genetic predispositions, technical and tactical knowledge. Only when you recognize goalie “skills” you can develop periodization of training to take effect. In top level competitions video analysis are crucial advantage because automatisation in players shots always occure.Who is a top goalkeeper for you?-Top goalkeeper is nothing but the person able to reduce posibility of mistake on the desirable level. In order to process some movements we can use up to 600 muscles in a specific order. Greater force we use and more variables we involve in movement processing it is greater probability for mistake to occur.What is your challenge in the future?-Till end of February I will be in Sweden and after that I am open minded for cooperation with clubs, individual trainings, video analysis or lectures.What would be your ultimate achievement?-For me Olympic games are holy grail of sport – concluded Marko Markis.You can find more about this project on:Website: www.handballgktraining.comemail: marko@handballgktraining.cominstagram: @handballgktrainingyoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNMn1OmZD7gpMJkC2ZamhXwlinkedin: https://hr.linkedin.com/in/handballgktrainingfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/handballgoalkeepertraining/ ← Previous Story “El Loco” Željko Babić: Jesus, thank you my friend! Next Story → EHF EURO 2016 breaks record in number of fans read more

Whats the speed limit in France Or Spain

first_imgIf you’re planning on driving in the EU this summer, you might find a new app outlining the local road safety information by country very useful.The ‘Going Abroad’ app, released today by the European Commission, details regulations for speed, alcohol and drug limits, as well as mandatory safety requirements around the EU. For example, rental cars in Malta must have a fire extinguisher on board, while drivers in Belgium must wear a safety vest when working on broken-down vehicles on motorways or roads where stopping/parking is prohibited.Other useful road safety information provided on the app includes details on which lanes are forbidden for stopping in or are reserved for particular road users, such as trucks or farm vehicles.The free iPhone, Android and Windows smartphone app also carries a quiz game for drivers to test their new-found knowledge of EU road safety regulations.EU Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said that while the summer holiday period is the busiest on Europe’s roads, “many people don’t realise that rules and road signs differ across the EU”.July and August are the most dangerous months on EU roads, with an average of 50% more road deaths compared to the ‘safest’ month, February.last_img read more