November 16

Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse

first_imgSimone Biles Raisman is not the only athlete to have taken issue with USA Gymnastics’ handling of the case. Another Olympian, McKayla Maroney, filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics last month, alleging that officials paid her to sign a confidential financial settlement to remain silent on the abuse.On Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said it would not seek compensation if Maroney chose to speak out about Nassar. It said: “USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing.”Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, pushed back against USA Gymnastics’ statement. “Let’s be clear. The only reason this statement was issued is because people were outraged at USAG’s behaviour toward Ms Maroney and her family. So outraged that people were kindly offering to pay the six-figure USAG penalty so McKayla could speak. Everyday Americans get that no one should be silenced about child molestation,” he said.The model Chrissy Teigen had earlier offered to pay Maroney’s fine if she spoke out. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp news US sports Biles also laid some blame on USA Gymnastics on Monday. “For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” she wrote on Twitter. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Kerry Perry replaced Steve Penny as USA Gymnastics president in November after Penny resigned. Perry was in court for Nassar’s hearing on Tuesday but declined to comment on the trial. Simone Biles breaks her silence: ‘I am not afraid to tell my story’ Topics Olympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar.Raisman’s accusation came as Nassar’s sentence hearing, which is expected to last until Friday, continued. Nassar has admitted abusing athletes, one as young as six, during his time as a doctor with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Prosecutors are seeking a 40- to 125-year prison sentence for the 54-year-old. christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. 16, 2018 Support The Guardian Play Videocenter_img Share on Facebook Since you’re here… “I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet,” Raisman told ESPN on Tuesday night. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other team-mates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”Nassar abused dozens of young athletes in his care and many of them are in court this week to testify against him as a judge considers his sentence. On Monday Raisman’s fellow Olympic champion, Simone Biles, became the latest gymnast to say she was abused by Nassar.USA Gymnastics issued a statement on Monday saying it was “absolutely heartbroken” by Nassar’s crimes. Raisman was dismissive.“Their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us,” said Raisman. “I don’t think that they care. If they cared, then the second they realized that I was abused, they would have reached out, asked if I needed therapy, asked if I was OK, asked what they could have done and they would have – they would have made a big change.“Instead, they allowed Larry to continue to work on little girls in Michigan and molest gymnasts for a very long time. I don’t know how they sleep at night. I’m so angry that, after realizing that we were abused, they let him continue to molest other gymnasts when they told me there was an investigation going on. They told me to be quiet. I thought that they were doing the right thing, and I didn’t want to tip off the investigation. I trusted them and I shouldn’t have.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’: abuse victims confront Larry Nassar – video Gymnastics 1:42 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

October 6

Discovery Air shares fall as Q2 profit cut in half due to

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 11:39 am MDT Discovery Air shares fall as Q2 profit cut in half due to acquisitions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Discovery Air Inc. shares plummeted in Tuesday trading after the specialty aviation company’s growth initiatives weighed on its bottom line despite higher revenues.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares fell nearly 11 per cent, losing 35 cents at $2.85 in morning trading.The Yellowknife-based company reported Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell to $8.9 million or 38 cents per share on a diluted basis, down from $17.98 million or 96 cents per diluted share in the year-earlier period.Excluding a $300,000 gain from the May acquisition of Northern Air Support Ltd. (NAS), it earned $8.6 million, compared to $13.7 million in the same quarter last year.Discovery (TSX:DA.A), which primarily provides air transportation services to remote areas, said its profit fell due to the significant investments it has made to grow.Second-quarter revenue rose to $74.2 million from $70.6 million a year earlier. The increase was largely due to higher demand for services provided by its aviation segment, which posted a seven-per-cent increase in revenues to $68 million.Revenues and flight hours increased from resource-based customers, incremental revenue contributed by the acquisition of SpA and NAS, along with higher forest fire and medevac services.Helicopter charter company NAS was acquired in May for $9.4 million. It serves the western Canadian mining, forestry and oil and gas seismic sectors with bases in Kelowna, B.C., and Rocky Mountain House, Alta.Other revenues fell to $6.2 million from $7.4 million a year ago due to lower exploration camp and logistics activity as well as lower revenues from the maintenance, repair and overhaul activities.Despite the five-per-cent boost in overall revenues, the increase was short of Discovery’s expectations. It experienced lower than planned revenues from the airborne training services, an unexpected decline in mining exploration revenues in northern Canada, delays in obtaining regulatory approvals for new aircraft and longer lead times to generate customer orders for the new service offerings.“Our earnings declined despite strong revenue growth due largely to significant investments we made in a short period of time to position Discovery Air to capture long-term profitable growth opportunities,” stated Brian Semkowski, interim president and chief executive.Discovery acquired the two helicopter operations, put three commercial jets into service for a new charter operation and acquired seven aircraft so far this year. Its subsidiary Discovery Air Technical also acquired a portion of the airframe business from insolvent Aveos Fleet Performance.“The acquisition, certification and operating costs associated with these recent additions in a relatively short span of time caused our expenses to grow at a faster rate than our revenues,” he stated.“We are committed to generating strong returns from our investments and expect our earnings to improve as our technical services business matures and we increase the utilization of our newly acquired aircraft.”Semkowski was appointed interim president and CEO in June, replacing David Jennings who had held the post since 2008. Jennings remains a director of the company.The June 20 announcement came less than a week after Discovery reported that it had returned to the black in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, which also recorded a 42 per cent increase in revenue — rising to $52.9 million from $37.2 million.Discovery, with some 850 employees and more than 150 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, provides airborne training to the Canadian military as well as airborne fire services, air charter services and logistics support along with a range of maintenance, engineering and certification services. read more

October 4

DuPont says 1Q net income more than doubles on sale of performance

DuPont says 1Q net income more than doubles on sale of performance coatings unit, ag results by Randall Chase, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2013 7:07 am MDT DOVER, Del. – The DuPont Co. said Tuesday that its net income more than doubled in the first quarter on a gain from the sale of its performance coatings unit and strong continuing results in its agricultural unit.CEO Ellen Jamison Kullman said DuPont’s efforts to boost long-term growth are working, despite continued tough economic conditions in Europe and some other markets, pointing to strong demand for the company’s agriculture products both in the U.S. and overseas.“Growth fundamentals and agriculture markets remain solid and we expect our product lines to perform very well,” Kullman told analysts on a conference call.As a result, the company expects full-year sales growth in the “low teens” at the agriculture business, she said. Sales rose 14 per cent in that business in the first quarter.Kullman said the company expects overall market conditions to stabilize around the middle of this year, pointing to the first quarter’s 8 per cent increase in sales volumes over fourth-quarter levels as a sign of improvement. While operating profit for the first half of the year will come in below that of the first half of 2012, the company still expects an increase in earnings for the full year, she said.DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., reported net income of $3.35 billion or $3.58 per share for the quarter ended March 31. That’s up from $1.49 billion, or $1.58 per share, a year ago.Revenue increased 2 per cent to $10.4 billion, matching Wall Street expectations, with 4 per cent volume growth in North American and Latin America. Sales were flat in the Asia-Pacific region and down slightly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Overall, global volume was up 2 per cent.DuPont’s results include net income from discontinued operations after taxes of $1.9 billion, compared to $95 million in last year’s first quarter. The latest results reflect completion of the company’s sale of its performance coatings unit, which produces automotive and industrial paints, for $4.9 billion to The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm.DuPont also took a one-time pre-tax charge of $35 million to settle claims related to use of its weed killer Imprelis, which has been blamed for damaging evergreen trees.Excluding one-time items, DuPont reported operating earnings of $1.46 billion, or $1.56 per share, for the quarter compared with $1.5 billion, or $1.64 per share, a year ago.“The first quarter finished as expected, with the strong agriculture performance and performance chemicals’ decline from peak levels last year,” said Kullman.Its shares rose $2.08, or 4 per cent, to close at $52.49 Tuesday. They are near the high end of their 52-week trading range of $41.67 to $53.98.DuPont said sales in its agriculture unit increased 14 per cent in the first quarter to $4.67 billion, as volume grew 8 per cent and prices from new seed and crop protection products increased 6 per cent. Operating earnings totalled a record $1.5 billion, up 13 per cent.In contrast, the performance chemicals unit saw sales plunge 17 per cent to $1.5 billion, as volumes slid 6 per cent and prices dropped 11 per cent. Operating earnings were down 56 per cent to $251 million. The results reflect substantial price declines in the sluggish market for titanium dioxide, a whitening pigment used in products ranging from toothpaste to paint, and weak demand for fluoropolymers. DuPont said titanium dioxide volume compared to last year’s first quarter but increased 8 per cent compared to the last quarter of 2012.DuPont reaffirmed its full-year outlook for operating earnings of $3.85 to $4.05 per share, compared to $3.77 per share for 2012.The company also announced a 5 per cent increase in its quarterly cash dividend to 45 cents from 43 cents for common stock, payable June 12 to stockholders of record May 15. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

September 28

Ohio State mens basketball takes down Michigan State

It normally spells doom for Ohio State when Deshaun Thomas struggles from the field, but Aaron Craft was there to pick up his slack against Michigan State Sunday – and then some. Craft sliced through the MSU defense and made a routine of getting to the rim on his way to 21 points (17 of which came in the second half) to help the Buckeyes secure a rare win against a ranked opponent. The junior guard shot 7-of-12 from the field and also dished out six assists in the 68-60 OSU victory. “(During the) second half he tore us apart,” Spartan coach Tom Izzo said of Craft’s performance. “He beat us every way you could beat us.” The win was OSU’s (20-7, 10-5) second in nine attempts against ranked teams this season and could prove to be valuable to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume. “This time of the year, we need to get something rolling,” Craft said. “The biggest thing is that we got a win against a great opponent. It doesn’t matter who scores, all that matters is that our team has more points at the end of the game. Hopefully, we can continue this going forward.” The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by six at halftime and nine early in the second half, but three 3-pointers, including two from Thomas, and a three-point play from sophomore center Amir Williams fueled an 18-4 OSU run that gave the Buckeyes a 45-40 lead it would never relinquish. Thomas, a junior forward, finished the game with 14 points on 4-of-16 shooting and added seven rebounds. “We made some shots,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “I told my players at halftime we had some great looks, but we have to put the ball in the basket. Defensively, we challenged Michigan State to defend us.” OSU capitalized defensively too, forcing the Spartans into 14 turnovers that the Buckeyes turned into 19 points. MSU’s gameplan was clear from the get-go. Izzo’s squad fed the ball into the post early and often and MSU’s big men were able to capitalize. Junior forward Adreian Payne scored 12 points and grabbed 15 boards while senior forward Derrick Nix added 12 points and six boards of his own. MSU’s first 10 points of the game came in the paint and by halftime, the Spartans scored 24 points inside the key. But OSU’s senior forward Evan Ravenel was able to mitigate the damage as he scored 10 points of his own and was a physical presence defensively inside. “I know Payne and Nix were the focus of the Michigan State offense today,” said Ravenel, who was wearing an ice pack on his right wrist after the game for what he called a minor injury. “They were killing us on the boards. My drive to win the game and be physical was what drove me today to do what I needed to do for my team.” The win caps a successful week for OSU. Following a 22-point loss to Wisconsin that was OSU’s worst defeat since 2009, OSU beat Minnesota by 26 points Wednesday. “We came off our loss against Wisconsin and knew we had to win,” Thomas said. “When we become a defensive team, we put ourselves in the best position to win.” The Buckeyes sit in fifth place in the Big Ten and 2.5 games back of first-place Indiana. OSU next plays Thursday against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Tip is set for 7 p.m. read more

September 25

Lives could be at risk in British schools says husband of murdered

first_imgThe teenager had threatened to kill the mother-of-two in social media posts and had told friends he also planned to murder his head of year and another teacher and her unborn baby.This month, an investigation into her death by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LCSB) was criticised by Mr Maguire – who has called for a serious case review into his wife’s death.He told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the “disappointing” review left no-one better informed about what had happened and was a “massively missed opportunity to learn lessons”. Mr Maguire said: “This shouldn’t be about trying to make everything seem okay and hoping it doesn’t happen again.“They’re going through all this time and expense to find partial answers to these questions. If we really want to learn and protect teachers and pupils we have to know every detail of this case.“For a teacher to be murdered by a pupil in a classroom in the UK means it should be treated in the most serious of manners. We have a duty as a nation to find out as much as we possibly can because its only then we know we have learned the lessonsMr Maguire Mrs Maguire was killed in the classroom at the school where she had taught for more than 40 yearsCredit: PA Lives are at risk in British schools, said the husband of murdered teacher Ann Maguire as he criticised a review into her death.Don Maguire told the BBC he felt the “bare minimum” had been done in producing a report that found her death could not have been predicted or pre-empted.And he said until all the circumstances which led to Mrs Maguire’s death are known, it will not be possible to protect teachers and pupils.Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed during a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, by student Will Cornick. Cornick was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to the murder “These kinds of learning lessons reviews are always done when terrible events happen, and the departments always say it could have been prevented but not predicted. It feels like they’ve done the bare minimum.”The report by independent reviewer Nick Page, who interviewed the teenager, concluded: “No individual other than Will Cornick should in any way feel responsible for Ann’s murder.”Mr Page’s review said there were no warning signs known to staff or other agencies before Cornick went to school on April 28 2014 armed with a craft knife and a kitchen knife and attacked his teacher.He suggested there were a “number of suggested refinements to practice” at the school, but added: “This is in no way to suggest that if implemented previously, they would have prevented Ann’s murder.center_img Cornick was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to the murderCredit: PA “What is clear to me, as the reviewer, is that no one could have predicted or pre-empted Will Cornick’s attack on Ann Maguire.”But Mr Maguire said: “This was a disaffected youth with an agenda, it was premeditated and planned. We have a duty as a nation to find out as much as we possibly can because its only then we know we have learned the lessons.”I think it needs to be looked at from a national governmental point of view and there should have been a full inquiry into it ordered in the first place.”Mark Peel, independent chairman of the LCSB, which commissioned the review, said he fully accepted the findings when the report was published.Cornick was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to the murder, which was the only time a teacher has been killed by a pupil in a UK school.Mr Maguire added: “We need someone to be brave and say, ‘Let’s look at this properly and not leave anything unchecked’.”It shouldn’t have happened and we need to guarantee it doesn’t happen again.”A full inquest into Mrs Maguire’s death is expected to take place in 2017. Mrs Maguire was killed in the classroom at the school where she had taught for more than 40 years 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.last_img read more

September 25

Hunting enthusiasts accuse CPS of caving in to pressure from animal rights

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of caving in to pressure from animal rights campaigners after a second huntsman was cleared of assaulting a female protester in a matter of months.Hunting enthusiasts insist the case against Mark Melladay, who was filmed riding his horse towards the woman, should never have come to court – and said the decision to charge riders were being made “on the basis of who can shout the loudest”.Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard protester Elaine Barnett was trying to disrupt the hunt in February last year, by whipping the road to distract a pack of hounds with the Ledbury Hunt in Gloucestershire. Members of the Ledbury Hunt gatherCredit:DAVID BURGES Members of the Ledbury Hunt gather Mr Melladay, wearing a red hunting jacket, followed the hounds through a break in the hedgerow and then tracked Ms Barnett across the road and into a thicket. However the court said that there was no evidence of contact.The verdict came weeks after Taunton Crown Court cleared Peter Doggrell of maliciously inflicting bodily harm by galloping through a gate and knocking a female protester to the ground, at a hunt in Somerset.Nicola Rawson, 43, suffered seven broken ribs in the incident which was filmed on a hunt saboteur’s camera.According to The Times, the police who investigated the videos in both instances decided to take no further action, but the CPS brought prosecutions after they were re-examined under the victims’ right to review.Tim Bonner, chief executive of Countryside Alliance, which campaigns in favour of bloodsports, accused the CPS of bending to mob rule.He told The Times: “It is very worrying that there appears to be an increasing number of cases where charging decisions are made on the basis of who can shout the loudest, not the quality of the evidence provided by the complainant.”Even the protesters who filmed the alleged assault by Mr Melladay were surprised to see him charged with such a serious offence, insisting a lesser charge would have been more appropriate.Emma Phipps, a member of the Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs who filmed the video, said: “We didn’t think it was going to go anywhere.”If we had had any say in it all, there’s no way we’d have pushed for [assault by battery] when there would be much more of a chance of getting a prosecution for common assault.“He definitely should have gone to court. What he did was wrong.”Louise Daly, the master of the Ledbury hunt, said: “We are over the moon by the verdict. It has caused a lot of stress for poor Mark and everyone involved.”The CPS disputes claims it made the decision to charge Mr Melladay – insisting the case was charged by police.A spokesman said: “”This case was charged by the police. The evidence was then reviewed by the CPS in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and we agreed there was a realistic prospect of conviction and the case proceeded to trial.”Any suggestion the CPS is influenced in its charging decisions by outside bodies is entirely incorrect.”Fox hunting was banned in 2004 but hunts are allowed to follow dogs on horseback if they are following a false scent, in a practice known as trail hunting.Animal rights campaigners, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), claim this is just a ruse to let them break the law. If the hounds pick up a fox’s scent and catch it, it is almost impossible for the police to gather enough evidence to show it was done deliberately.Hunt saboteurs routinely try to disrupt hunts with tactics that include blowing bugles to distract the hounds and using sprays to mask the scent of a fox.Recently their tactics have evolved to target local businesses associated with fox-hunting. A hotel near Blackburn had to be evacuated because of a bomb threat when it was hosting a hunt ball, while other activists have made softer attempts to disrupt with tactics such as making fake reservations at restaurants. 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.last_img read more

September 25

Grieving mother warns of soft toy danger in cots

connie rose Dexy Leigh Walsh with her then eight-month-old daughter “I have been blaming myself as she passed away due to suffocation as I had packed down the side of her bed with teddies and placed a big one on top of the smaller teddies to stop her from falling down the side of her bed, and she did exactly that but as it was all teddy bears she went under the massive teddy and fell asleep with the angels. “All I think about now is what if I just left it empty she would still be here maybe with just a small bump on her head. It’s all what ifs now. “But I want every parent to see and be aware of this. Let them fall – don’t try to stuff small places up with soft things, just leave it empty.“She had a bed guard at one side and the smallest gap from her wall to her bed and that’s where I had put all her teddies – my biggest regret in life.”The Scottish Cot Death Trust advises against putting pillows, duvets, bumpers or soft toys in cots due to the risk of suffocation. A mother whose baby daughter suffocated in her sleep under a large teddy bear has launched a campaign to prevent the same thing happening to another child.Dexy Leigh Walsh’s 18-month-old daughter Connie Rose died in her sleep in the room she shared with her five-year-old sister at the family home in Dundee.Ms Walsh has now set up a Facebook page warning other parents about the dangers of leaving toys on children’s beds.She said she had stuffed the side of her daughter’s bed with teddy bears in an attempt to stop her falling between the mattress and the wall and hitting her head.She wrote on Facebook: “On March 6 8.01am 2018 my life changed. I woke up to get my oldest ready for school to find my youngest baby had passed away. connie rose Ms Walsh has launched a Facebook campaign 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

September 24

New industryresearch centre launched in Australia

first_imgThe University of Newcastle has launched its first Doctoral Training Centre focused on the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. The Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre, its aim is to deliver innovation.Doctoral Training Centres are platforms to connect industry with researchers to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation. PhD candidates focus on industry problems in partnership with peak bodies, providing the research students with greater breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise about the METS sector.The centres increase the skills and employability of the students as well as provide industry with greater access to academia and engagement with researchers.For academics, centres are an avenue for increased funding opportunities and the multidisciplinary programs enhance research breadth. The advantages for industry partners include:• access to the University of Newcastle’s researchers• engagement with researchers and businesses to deliver innovative solutions, driving commercialisation and business development• utilisation of the University of Newcastle’s knowledge and facilities• an established platform to support researchers and research projects• the creation of a network/hub for industries.Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Kevin Hall, said Australian METS companies were global leaders in providing products and services throughout the mining value chain.“While the METS sector continues to play a key role as a sector of national significance, there are emerging skills and technology challenges,” Hall said.“The aim of the DTC is to enhance the success of the sector by building a collaborative research platform with academia. Through this doctoral training centre, the University of Newcastle is committed to engaging industry with our researchers and businesses to deliver solutions to real industry challenges.”METS Ignited General Manager Education and Leadership Skillls Sarah Boucaut (second left in the picture) was proud to support the program at the launch with Associate Professor Ken Williams, Director of NEIR Professor Alan Broadfoot, Chancellor Paul Jeans and Dean of Graduate Research Professor Lucy Johnston. METS Ignited will participate as part of the Advanced METs Doctoral Training Centre steering committee.last_img read more

September 22

Dutchman Iso Sluijters in San Antonio

One of the most promising Dutch talent, right wing – back, Iso Sluijters (21) will play in San Antonio (Amaya Sport) in the next two seasons.  Promising young player, Sluijters began this season in Spanish side, Alcobendas and he must, after big economical troubles in the team, to move to German second Bundesliga member, HC Erlagen. His appearances was the main reason, why people from Navara became interested…Amaya Sport San Antonio finished 7th in ASOBAL 2010/ EHF ← Previous Story Pribanic and Zubai two line players of Pick Szeged Next Story → Kristina Bille Hansen in Krim Mercator Amaya Sport San AntonioIso Sluijters read more

September 20

HTC va dévoiler un nouvel appareil

first_imgHTC va dévoiler un nouvel appareilLa marque de smartphones et de tablettes va dévoiler un voir plusieurs appareils le 27 juin prochain. Lors d’une grande conférence le 27 juin prochain à Londres, le fabricant HTC va annoncer la sortie d’un ou plusieurs produits. A en croire l’historique de la société, l’annonce sera importante. A chaque évènement organisé chez les Anglais, HTC met les petits plats dans les grands et dévoile des produits importants. En 2009, HTC avait présenté le HTC Hero et le HTC Sense. En 2010, la marque avait présenté les appareils HD Désir et Desire Z.Le blog Planet Android pense que l’entreprise taïwanaise devrait dévoiler aux yeux de tous non pas un smartphone mais une tablette. La Puccini dont la sortie commerciale est prévue pour septembre. Plus d’infos la semaine prochaine.   Le 22 juin 2011 à 09:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 11 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 11 marsUne fusion nucléaire bientôt réalité, des lions d’Asie en augmentation et un vaisseau spatial qui détruit les astéroïdes, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 11 mars. – La fusion nucléaire pourrait devenir prochainement réalité. C’est du moins ce qu’affirment des chercheurs du MIT. Selon eux, cette technologie pour le moment difficile à maitriser pourrait être implantée aux Etats-Unis à l’horizon 2033. Si tel est le cas, elle constituerait une vraie révolution dans le domaine de l’énergie. – Des scientifiques viennent de créer de la musique parfaite pour les chats. Plutôt étrange à l’écoute, elle mêle différents types de son tels que des cordes et des ronronnements. Testés sur des matous, ces derniers se sont montrés bien plus excités face à cette musique que face à du Jean-Sébastien Bach. – Certaines cellules de notre cerveau seraient encore plus précieuses qu’on ne pense. Une nouvelle étude suggère en effet que certains neurones ne se renouvelleraient plus à l’âge adulte. Les neurones en question se trouvent dans l’hippocampe, une région impliquée dans l’apprentissage et la mémoire. Si cette découverte se confirme, elle aurait de nombreuses implications sur la connaissance de notre cerveau. – Bonne nouvelle pour les lions d’Asie. Selon un récent comptage, la population de cette sous-espèce seraient en augmentation en Inde. Alors qu’ils n’étaient plus que 180 dans les années 1960, le nombre de lions atteindrait désormais la barre des 600 dans l’Etat du Gujarat. C’est la dernière région où les lions sont présents à l’état sauvage.- La vitamine D pourrait protéger contre le cancer. En menant une étude sur plus de 30.000 Japonais, des chercheurs ont établi un lien entre des niveaux élevés de cette vitamine et un risque réduit pour la plupart des cancers. Pour le cancer du foie, le risque a même semblé diminuer jusqu’à 50%. À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 août- Détruire un astéroïde menaçant en lui envoyant un vaisseau spatial. Non ce n’est pas le scénario d’un prochain film hollywoodien mais le plan récemment dévoilé par des chercheurs américains. A l’état de concept pour le moment, leur vaisseau spatial se nomme HAMMER et agira de deux façons. Face à un petit astéroïde, il se contentera de le percuter pour dévier sa trajectoire. Face à un objet plus gros en revanche, les chercheurs pensent l’équiper d’une charge nucléaire. – Un fossile de reptile vient de révéler une étonnante découverte. Il y a 289 millions d’années, certains lézards pouvaient déjà se séparer de leur queue pour échapper aux prédateurs. C’est la plus ancienne trace de cette capacité découverte chez une espèce de lézard par les chercheurs.- Google a révélé son tout dernier processeur quantique. Avec ses 72 qubits, le processeur appelé Bristlecone, est le plus puissant jamais conçu. Une technologie qui pourrait permettre à l’informatique quantique de franchir une nouvelle étape et de la rendre notamment bien plus accessible. Le 11 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 18

Messi could be on a mission as Argentina trains

first_imgLionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16, reports The Nation.Argentina were almost eliminated after a shameful 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria´s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline. A win over Nigeria in their final Group D match in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday would send Argentina up as runners-up if group leaders Croatia avoid defeat against Iceland.Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and midfielder Lucas Biglia trained separately from the rest of the squad in the gym as they recover from minor knocks. Defensive pair Mercado and Otamendi suffered ankle injuries in the loss to Croatia but are expected to be fit to face Nigeria.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Coach Jorge Sampaoli was roundly criticised for his approach against Croatia, sparking rumours the 58-year-old would be sacked during the tournament. It had been suggested that 1986 World Cup winner Jorge Burruchaga, the team´s technical director, would replace Sampaoli, but the claims were strongly denied by the Argentina Football Association (AFA).Messi was kept quiet as Argentina suffered their heaviest first-round group stage defeat since 1958, but the Barcelona forward could yet have his say at what is likely his fourth and final World Cup.Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be dropped following his mistake for the opening goal against Croatia, with River Plate´s Franco Armani possibly in line to make his international debut.last_img read more

September 18

Cutrone enjoying the benefits of playing with Higuain

first_imgMilan striker Patrick Cutrone admits he is feeling the benefit of playing with Gonzalo Higuain.The Argentine joined the Rossoneri on loan from Juventus in the summer, and while he’s gone six games without a goal his impact is still being felt at Milanello.Cutrone was recently honoured with the Italian Golden Boy award after missing out on the European version that was awarded to Ajax skipper De Ligt.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Football Italia via Tuttomercatoweb.Coach Gattuso wanted to congratulate Patrick Cutrone on winning the Italian #GoldenBoy2018 award 🏅I complimenti di Mister Gattuso a Patrick Cutrone, vincitore del Golden Boy italiano 2018! 👏🏻— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 17, 2018Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusHiguain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.”With Milan out of Europe, Gattuso’s men are focused on securing another European spot and in the top four spots of the Italian League.And they’d need the duo of Cutrone and Higuain to fire them to glory.last_img read more

September 16

Actor Tony Curtis dies

first_imgHENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Tony Curtis shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Some Like It Hot.”The Oscar-nominated actor died Wednesday eveningof cardiac arrest at home in the Las Vegas-area city of Henderson, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Thursday. He was 85.“He died peacefully here, surrounded by those who love him and have been caring for him,” his wife, Jill Curtis, told The Associated Press outside their home. “All Tony ever wanted to be was a movie star. He didn’t want to be the most dramatic actor. He wanted to be a movie star, ever since he was a little kid.” Curtis began in acting with frivolous movies that exploited his handsome physique and appealing personality, but then steadily moved to more substantial roles, starting in 1957 in the harrowing show business tale “Sweet Smell of Success.”In 1958, “The Defiant Ones” brought him an Academy Award nomination as best actor for his portrayal of a white racist who escaped from prison handcuffed to a black man, Sidney Poitier. The following year, he donned women’s clothing and sparred with Marilyn Monroe in one of the most acclaimed film comedies ever, Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.”last_img read more

September 12

2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri Chucho Valdés Dyango More

first_img Email Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others 2018-latin-grammy-special-awards-honors-yuri-chucho-vald%C3%A9s-dyango-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others Facebook 2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri, Chucho Valdés, Dyango & More The celebratory evening honoring these nine people was filled with applause, gratitude and even a few tearful moments as the artists reflected on their achievements and what it took to get there. Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. and singer Raquel Sofia hosted the event, which, as Abaroa highlighted when opening the event, the awards presented are not “extra GRAMMYs,” as they don’t honor an album or a song, but a career and legacy of an artist. A touching video showcased each artists’ achievements and milestones, and each award was given by a different presenter, who highlighted some of the honoree’s most notable career moments, with Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow handing off the first award. The event was livestreamed on Facebook, with fans from around the world sharing in the excitement and celebrating each artist.”We are proud to pay tribute to this remarkable group of talented artists and music professionals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefitting Ibero-American music, providing innovation and a unique vision in favor of all music lovers.” Seven iconic Latin music artists were awarded with the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, plus two industry veterans received the Trustees Award during the celebratory event last nightAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Las Vegas is the place to be this week for the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place this Thursday. The Latin GRAMMY Week festivities officially kicked off Nov. 13 as the Latin Recording Academy honored influential Latin music artists Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with their Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Special Awards ceremony. Visionary label executives Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz received the Trustees Award. Both awards celebrate the honorees outstanding and lasting contributions to Latin music. News Twitter The first to be honored was the great Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés, born to a musician father, who he released a touching duet album with, followed by Brazilian rocker Erasmo Carlos, whose music transcended genres, often with psychedelic influences. Next to be presented the award was Barcelona-born singer Dyango, aka “La Voz del Amor” (The Voice of Love), whose passionate ballads gained him a loyal following in Latin America, and Puerto Rican salsa legend Andy Montañez from Puerto Rico, a lead artist of the growing salsa romántica sound in the ’80s. The fifth award went to Mexican singer José María Napoleón, aka “El Poeta de la Canción” (The Song’s Poet), who got teary-eyed with gratitude as he said, quite poetically, “gracias por este tesoro gran precioso” (thank you for this beautiful treasure).The excitement and positivity stayed high throughout the evening, with each presenter having plenty to talk about for each monumental honoree. The second to last Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dominican merengue artist Wilfrido Vargas, a trumpet player and bandleader who led the genre forward for years, even mentoring the next generation of artists including Las Chicas de Can, the first all-female merengue group from the Dominican Republic.The final artist honored—which many Facebook viewers seemed to be waiting for the whole time—was Mexican genre-defying popstar and actress Yuri, aka “La Güera” (The Blonde), or as she’s often referred to, the “Global Pop Diva.” She shared how thankful she was to her many fans for making her 40 years of work worth it, although she knows she has plenty more work to do. As the presenter of her award said, “Su talento no tiene limites” (her talent has no limits).Horacio Malvicino, a label executive and jazz musician from Argentina, and Tomás Muñoz, a label executive from Spain who worked with the likes of Julio Iglesias, were both honored with the Trustees Award.As excitement mounts for Thursday’s presentation of this year’s Latin GRAMMYs, which recognize the finest artists and projects of the year, the Latin GRAMMYs Special Awards remind us where we come from, celebrating those artists and industry players who paved the road for so many of today’s stars.Thalía, Fonseca, Miguel Bosé & More To Join 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards PresentersRead morelast_img read more

September 10

Honda dials back Accord and Civic production amid shifting demand

first_img 2019 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T review: The driving enthusiast’s family sedan 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Honda Comments 3 32 Photos Review • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: The efficient sedan that does it all, and well The 2019 Honda Accord is stylish and sensible More about 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid More From Roadshow 4:28 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: A great midsize sedan that… Sedans Car Industry 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Enlarge ImageHonda still has faith in its midsize sedan, despite popular crossover models. Jake Holmes/Roadshow The market’s unending appetite for crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks is taking a toll even on some of the best-selling sedans in the US. To battle slumping Accord and Civic sales, Honda is set to temporarily suspend a second shift for the production line that cranks out the two sedans.The Detroit Bureau first reported the production shifts on Monday, while Motor1 on Wednesday reported on the Accord and Civic specifically. Honda told Motor1 that production line one at its assembly plant in Marysville, Ohio is the target.A Honda spokeswoman confirmed the production adjustment with Roadshow and clarified the company made the news official this past April. “This time will be used to update manufacturing capabilities to prepare for new technologies including electrification,” it said in a statement. “While market demand continues to shift from sedans to light trucks, Honda remains committed to a robust sedan business as passenger cars remain popular, particularly among young and multicultural car buyers, who are critical to Honda’s future.”While the line also builds the CR-V, ILX and TLX, Honda stated that the production shuffling “primarily affects” the Accord and Civic. CR-Vs that roll off the Marysville production line will now shift to the company’s Indiana assembly plant, which already builds the crossover. Acura production, as of now, is not affected. Although the Accord and Civic remain popular models for the Japanese automaker, the CR-V has largely taken over bread-and-butter duties. Sales figures show the compact crossover is Honda’s best-selling model in the US, with a 2.5% sales increase in July.Honda’s moves to reduce sedan production follow major shifts in the US auto market. Most recently, Ford opted to exit the passenger car market entirely, save for the Mustang. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pared back its sedan offerings years ago and General Motors axed all but one mainstream sedan from its portfolio of brands. Hondalast_img read more

September 2

Opinions Vary On Possible DallasHouston Bullet Train

first_imgWe Love Japan Twitter accountAn image of the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train, from Twitter. August 14th, 2017.William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else’s future.The Houston Chronicle reports he has spent more than five years rebuilding his family’s ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of leaving it or the 250-acre farm that has been in his family since 1851.Two years ago, surveyors started showing up, wanting a clear idea of his property lines for Texas Central Railway, the company behind plans for a 200-mph “bullet train” connecting Houston to Dallas. The proposed route would go through Shelton’s farm.“I guarantee I will be restoring that house until that first train comes over that hill,” Shelton said.Down in Houston, Melanie Sowell dreams of being on that train and 90 minutes away from family rather than four hours.Her Texas ties go back as far as Shelton’s. The Latino side of her family crossed the Rio Grande when Mexico still controlled the land on the north side.“I know what this land means to people. Believe me, I do,” Sowell said. “I also know Texas isn’t stuck in place.”The fight over Texas Central Railway — aka. the Texas Bullet Train — rests on many of the contentious fault lines that shape the Lone Star State. City interests versus rural identity. Urban dwellers versus people who want their stars at night to shine big and bright.Mostly, it is about land. Who controls it, what’s the best use for it and how much of it can the two metro areas — Houston and Dallas — claim so their economic futures are secure.“How do you achieve that balance?” Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle asked. He supports the project despite the strong opposition of many in his district. “They don’t want to have that next generation of development, and you have to be sensitive to that.”Texas Central PartnersA map of the planned location of the Dallas terminal of the Texas bullet train.Sensitivity, however, has not dissuaded local officials from full-throated support of the project.Supporters call the project an honest attempt at taking Texas’ size and shrinking it so the metro regions will prosper. The train and its tracks — 200 feet wide, 240 miles long — are an all-electric attempt and a new option for convenience and conveyance, for Americans.“It is just marvelous to go from the downtown of one city to the downtown of another city,” said Felix Madrigal, a Hutchins resident who came to support the train in Dallas at a Jan. 29 meeting held by the Federal Railroad Administration.When both metro areas have 10 million or more residents — which demographers expect over the next 25 to 30 years — Interstate 45 will be overloaded. Widening it won’t handle the anticipated travel demand, even with autonomous cars cruising at more than 90 mph.“It is false security to think automated technology will solve our travel,” said Sam Lott, an engineer and professor who has overseen dozens of rail plans and feasibility studies in a roughly 40-year career.Texas Central wants to build another way to move. It is seeking federal approval for a privately-funded high-speed rail line using Japanese Shinkansen trains. The line would be a sealed corridor between a station on the southern end of downtown Dallas and Northwest Mall in Houston at Loop 610 and U.S. 290.Trains would operate every 30 minutes, with the trip taking 90 minutes end-to-end. A third stop is planned in the Roans Prairie area northeast of Navasota, aimed at luring travelers from College Station and Huntsville.A ticket for the train would be comparable to airline prices, which average $199 each way for Houston-to-Dallas flights. Like airline tickets, prices would fluctuate based on sales and how early in advance someone purchases a fare.“We have different prices for families,” Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said, noting his priority is making the trains tempting for all travelers.The company expects at least 5 million people to hop aboard annually, as airlines focus on other connections and travel times via I-45 prompt some to look for alternatives. A Federal Railroad Administration draft environmental report estimated ridership as high as 7.2 million a year.The ridership estimate, which opponents call preposterous, is ambitious, compared to the roughly 700,000 travelers who fly between the metro areas each year.Company officials, however, say their economic analyses show it is reasonable. If not, they said, lenders will not loan them the money. The government, they note, is not on the hook.“We’re not looking for grants from the government… We’re doing this with private funds,” said Drayton McLane, chairman of Texas Central’s board and former owner of the Houston Astros.Aguilar said he hopes to have a record of decision, one of two major federal approvals needed, by the end of the year.The company said the release of the FRA’s draft environmental report, which assesses a host of conditions — noise, watershed effects, air quality, historic properties — clears up a lot of the misconceptions about the project.Amid more than 5,600 pages of studies and maps, the report lays out the project more specifically than anything before it. From it, the federal government has narrowed a long list of options to a proposed route, that generally follows a utility alignment. That means the train would cut a path through the Texas brush, along rolling hills and cattle pastures and close to more than a dozen small towns and rural communities.The release of the draft environmental report on the project has led to more questions than answers for many critics, who packed by the hundreds into schools to scold federal officials for even getting this far without writing the project off as a fraud.Rendering courtesy of Texas CentralHouston’s Northwest Mall is the preferred site to build the train station that will connect the city with Dallas with a high-speed rail line, popularly known as the Texas bullet train, according to an announcement made on February 5th 2018 by Texas Central, the company behind the project.“The FRA is just going through the motions,” said Glenn Mannina, a vocal critic of the train who spoke at five of the public hearings, pointing out a litany of problems he has identified with the environmental report.Mannina, and others, have said the lack of a feasibility study in the federal report is a glaring omission, as they believe the project cannot possibly make money. Critics have said noise studies used by Texas Central are inadequate because they rely only on the noise from one train — not two trains passing each other.The Japanese trains, meanwhile, operate on similar tracks but cannot share the line with anyone else. Mannina said he believes the goal of Japanese supporters is to get Texas Central to build the line, fail to operate it profitably, and then swoop in and acquire it for pennies on the dollar once they write off federally-backed loans.“When they get the assets, all they have to do is operate for positive,” Mannina said.Texas Central stands by its ridership projections, calling some of the speculation misinformation intended to confuse residents.“We are a private-sector company and we have spent millions of dollars on advanced research to show our investors they will not lose money,” David Benzion, communications director for Texas Central, told the Gulf Coast Rail District. The district, made up of officials appointed by various cities and counties, is aimed at advancing passenger rail and freight projects in the region.What some landowners have seen from the company makes them wary. Repeatedly, residents in Waller, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Navarro and Ellis counties have accused Texas Central of dubious practices, ranging from vague economic projections to a lack of public scrutiny, in addition to what they see as aggressive efforts to enter private lands to conduct surveys.In Leon County, where opposition among elected leaders is universal, Sheriff Ken Ellis said his department already has responded to calls regarding surveyors seeking access to private property.Ellis said no arrests were made, but deputies repeatedly were called when residents saw surveyors near private land, or placing equipment on county roads and rights of way. Residents reported when surveyors asked for access to property, were declined, and then demanded residents sign a document saying they refused access.When landowners balked at signing, Ellis said, some called the sheriff’s office.“If those surveys were taken illegally, those surveys should be discarded,” said Kyle Workman, president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail, a group formed to oppose the project.Workman and others urged federal officials to extend the comment period, citing the huge amount of information the environmental review provided. Authorities added 15 days, making the final day to comment March 9. Even that irked opponents.“They had three years to develop this, we have 75 days,” said Donovan Meritic, who worries his autistic son — the reason he moved to 25 acres away from lights and noise — will be affected by the train.Beyond concerns over the plan and rural lifestyle effects, Texas Central faces a virulent opposition based solely on the company’s planned use of eminent domain. Though state lawmakers essentially have barred the company from using state authorities to condemn property, Texas Central maintains it has some options via federal authorities as a railroad, under Texas law.The certainty of that, however, is murky, and something Texans Against High-Speed Rail has challenged in court.The notion of a private company having condemnation power riles residents along the line and political supporters from across eastern Texas.“It is fundamentally immoral for private land to be taken from landowners, some of which has been in their families for generations, and be given to some company,” said Reagan Reed, a Montgomery County resident active with local conservative groups and the Austin-based Empower Texans.Candidates for elected offices also lined up in droves at the federal meetings to declare their opposition to the bullet train, citing eminent domain concerns.Texas Central has said it needs 8,000 acres for the project. The company says it has 30 percent of the parcels needed for the route, but officials have not specified where those tracts are located or how much of the 8,000 acres they include.Company officials said they still are negotiating with many landowners even as the federal project narrows the route.“We are paying above fair-market value,” said Michael Moore, regional vice president for Texas Central in the Houston area.Still, any condemnation is a concern for opponents, along with a host of powerful politicians who have lined up against some of Texas Central’s plans. That includes Rep. Kevin Brady, a Woodlands Republican and one of the most powerful members of Congress as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that prepares the federal budget. Brady has said he opposes the project moving forward, if it does so over the objections of most people north of Houston.“While I don’t oppose high-speed rail as a concept, and strongly support infrastructure that addresses the dynamic growth of Texas, transportation improvements need to work for local communities, not against them,” Brady said in a statement.Brady said he would prefer the train line rethink running parallel to I-45, a route the company and federal railroad officials discounted as more damaging than the utility path. He added he would oppose any efforts to allow Texas Central to use eminent domain, or acquire federal funds.“Your tax dollars should not go to split your land in half,” Brady said in a statement his district director, Heather Washburn, read aloud to federal officials in Navasota, to thunderous applause from local opponents.Up and down the proposed train’s 240-mile path, there is anger, fear and frustration.“It is hard on us people who live out in the country to see our way of life going down the drain,” Pam House told a standing-room-only crowd at a Federal Railroad Administration meeting in Cypress.Barbara Miles, a longtime Leon County resident, compared plans for the train line to catastrophic floods, raids by Native American tribes against early settlers and another rail line planned in the late 1980s.“It too threatens to destroy our way of life,” Miles said. “We will defend our homes and way of life here until this latest obstacle is overcome.”It is not about opposition to progress, many insist. It’s about preservation of their communities and their character. The train is just the latest thing bearing down on them, they say.When the Shelton House was first built, Cotton Gin was booming. It went bust when the Houston and Texas Central Railway — ironically sharing a similar name to the current company — took its tracks through Mexia, 6 miles to the west, instead.The Sheltons stayed, and over time the home became more than a shelter. It became a portal.“It is so unique for any family to be able to stand in the very rooms in which seven generations were conceived, born, christened, wedded, and hosted their funerals,” William Shelton said.That’s why, when surveyors started coming down the road to look at his land, Shelton nailed a notice to his front gate: “No trespassing. Violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again.”The bullet train project has put many farmers who live quiet lives in the uncomfortable position of having to make noise. Often pausing for the right words, dozens descended on the FRA meetings to make their feelings known.“I have three minutes to save the land that has been in my family for six generations,” Logan Wilson said, before reading remarks prepared by his daughter.“This land is irreplaceable to us,” Wilson said later, stiffening and talking more forcefully. “I believe we have the right to keep what is ours.”This train episode ends one of two ways for Wilson, he said: His family gathers on his farm near Personville, in rural Limestone County, for one of its camp-outs to celebrate the death of Texas Central Railway. Or the family camps out one more time to say goodbye to the land it loves.“There is no other choice,” Wilson said later. “That’s it.” Sharelast_img read more

September 1

15M Settlement for Muslim Workers Fired in Prayer Dispute

first_imgBy JAMES ANDERSON, Associated PressDENVER (AP) — A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday.Cargill Meat Solutions, a division of Minnesota-based agribusiness company Cargill Corp., also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim employees’ prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef processing plant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.In this Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, dawn approaches over the meat processing plant owned and run by Cargill Meat Solutions, in Fort Morgan, a small town on the eastern plains of Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)Wichita, Kansas-based Cargill denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to avoid further litigation, the federal agency said. The dispute dates back to the firings of the workers in late 2016 after management rescinded policies allowing Muslim employees to take short breaks for prayer.In 2017, the agency found that the workers had been harassed and discriminated against for protesting the unannounced policy change that denied them opportunities for obligatory prayer. Hundreds of Somali-Americans work at the plant in Fort Morgan, northeast of Denver.In a related announcement, a Teamsters union local that was supposed to represent the workers will pay them $153,000 to settle discrimination complaints.The federal agency said it determined that Teamsters Local Union No. 455, based in Denver and in Fort Morgan, failed to advocate for the Muslim workers in their dispute with Cargill and even harassed them because of their race, religion and national origin. The workers were dues-paying union members.Union officials denied wrongdoing. But the local unit agreed to pay the workers, undergo training in handling grievances, and publicize employee rights to be free of discrimination based on race or national origin.“In its capacity as a bargaining representative for its members, labor unions have an obligation to represent their members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability,” Elizabeth Cadle, the federal agency’s regional district director, said in a statement.Like other U.S. firms that employ Muslim line workers at meat packing and processing plants, Cargill managers must balance religious accommodations with demands of processing meat in an operation that frequently runs 24 hours. Managing possible disruptions not only slow production but can create safety issues for line workers.“Providing our employees with religious accommodation is an important part of engaging and supporting our employees, and our policy has remained consistent for more than 10 years,” Cargill Meat Solutions president Brian Sikes said in a statement.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, and Qusair Mohamedbhai, a Denver attorney who represented the workers praised the settlement.Mohamedbhai said in a statement that he welcomed “Cargill’s commitment to continue to communicate its longstanding prayer accommodation practices.”last_img read more

September 1

Netflix Pulls RealLife Rail Tragedy Clips From Bird Box

first_imgStay on target In January, Netflix publicly apologized to the people of Lac-Mégantic, after it discovered that Bird Box used actual footage of the Canadian town’s fatal rail tragedy. At that time, Netflix said it wouldn’t alter the finished content, however, the streaming giant has now changed its mind.On Thursday, a Netflix spokesperson told BBC News that the company and Bird Box’s filmmakers decided to remove the clips. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community,” the streaming giant said in an emailed statement to BBC News. Netflix did not disclose the reason for pulling the clip.After initially refusing, Netflix concedes to remove Lac-Megantic footage from ‘Bird Box’— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) March 14, 2019The streaming giant and people who created Bird Box were criticized for using real-life video of the 2013 rail accident to show a “nuclear attack,” Engadget reported.  The rail tragedy occurred when a 74-car freight train transporting crude oil derailed and caused an explosion. Forty-seven individuals were killed in the incident, and many homes and buildings had to be demolished due to damage.Back in January, Julie Morin, Lac-Mégantic’s mayor, and members of the online community, asked Netflix to delete the footage from the film. Even though Netflix wasn’t intentionally depicting the rail tragedy, Morin and other people felt that it was wrong for the streaming giant to air the short clips in Bird Box.“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that…they are going to remove them,” Morin told The Globe and Mail. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”Utilisation d’images de la tragédie de @VLacMegantic par @Netflix et ses partenaires: voici l’intégralité de la lettre que j’ai envoyée hier à son PDG @ReedHastings.@Netflix_CA #Netflix #LacMegantic #MCC #PolQc #AssNat— Nathalie Roy (@NathalieRoyCAQ) January 19, 2019Canada’s House of Commons even passed a motion, which asked Netflix to take down the clip and compensate the town. Nathalie Roy, Quebec’s Ministre de la Culture, also penned a letter to Netflix’s CEO to have the footage removed from the movie.Netflix expects to replace the clips worldwide with TV series outtakes within the next few weeks.More on Allegedly Used Real-Life Train Derailment Footage in ‘Bird Box’ Netflix ‘Doubling Down’ on Interactive Content Like ‘Bandersnatch’ Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban it From Oscars What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

August 19

2 days before the World Cup Costa Rica loses another player to

first_imgVersatile defender Heiner Mora became the latest casualty on Costa Rica’s World Cup roster.X-rays on Tuesday showed Mora has a micro-fracture in his right heel. Officials for the Costa Rica Football Federation confirmed the news at an afternoon press conference in Santos, Brazil, where the team is preparing for the World Cup. The Ticos play their first match Saturday against Uruguay. The tournament begins Thursday with a game between Brazil and Croatia.Mora started at right-back in the team’s final friendly, a 1-1 tie with Ireland last Friday. He performed admirably against the Irish, although a foul by Mora late in the game led to a penalty for Ireland (which Patrick Pemberton saved to keep the score even). After the match Mora felt discomfort in his right foot, and sat out the team’s practice Sunday in Costa Rica.The Ticos flew to Brazil on Monday, and Mora tried again to practice Tuesday. The pain returned and doctors confirmed the micro-fracture, which will need at least a couple weeks to heal.Mora is capable of playing multiple positions on defense and in the midfield, and he likely would’ve backed-up right-back Cristian Gamboa at the World Cup. However, Mora’s strong play against Ireland did have some supporters calling for the Saprissa defender to start in Brazil.Instead Mora becomes the third Tico in the past five weeks to lose his spot in the World Cup due to injury. Starting left-back Bryan Oviedo was declared out in early May after failing to recover in time from a broken leg injury. Forward Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rica’s top scorer in qualifying, fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot in late May and needs three to four months to recovery from the injury.Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has called up Herediano’s Dave Myrie to take Mora’s roster spot.Defensemen Michael Umaña and Junior Diaz also missed practice time Tuesday due to illness. Both should be fine for tournament as Costa Rica tries to avoid anymore bad news before the games get started. Facebook Comments Related posts:A sigh of relief for Costa Rica as Cristian Gamboa’s knee injury won’t require surgery Costa Rica unveils preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup Costa Rica completes 23-man roster for World Cup With Saborío out for World Cup, a broken-up Pinto says team must move forwardlast_img read more