Former S America football boss Napout jailed for nine years in US

first_imgNew York, Aug 29 (AFP) The former head of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL, Juan Angel Napout, was sentenced to nine years in prison today for his role in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal.The sentencing of the 60-year-old Napout came just a week after the former boss of Brazilian football, Jose Maria Marin, was jailed for four years in connection with the same case.Napout, who was also once the head of Paraguayan football, was found guilty on December 22 on three counts in connection with bestowing television and marketing rights for major events in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes.He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, but was acquitted on two counts of money laundering conspiracy.US prosecutors have lifted the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, football’s governing body, and on the largest graft scandal in the world’s most popular sport.In total, 42 officials and marketing executives, as well as the sports company Traffic, were indicted with corruption crimes totaling more than USD 200 million.The 2017 trial of Napout and the 86-year-old Marin exposed not only the corruption, but the life of privilege, luxury and excess enjoyed by members of FIFA’s executive committee.Prosecutors detailed a high-flying lifestyle for the sport’s bigwigs: personal chauffeurs, private jets, luxury hotels, meetings in idyllic resorts in the Bahamas or Mauritius, and cruises on the Danube for families.Prosecutors said Napout deserved less mercy than Marin as he was “among the most culpable” among all those indicted.advertisementHe was “personally responsible for perpetuating and expanding the corruption of soccer at a time when it was most in need of reform,” prosecutors said in a pre-sentencing memorandum.Napout received near-monthly payments from October 2010 until March 2015, totalling millions of dollars.He also tried to destroy evidence by attempting to get his computer out of CONMEBOL headquarters upon his arrest in Switzerland in December 2015.Napout did not testify in his own defense. His team argued that there was no concrete evidence that he had illegally accepted any money.Napout’s defense attorneys had asked for a lighter sentenced for the father of three and grandfather, citing his “exemplary” life, save for “this conviction.” Of the 42 individuals originally indicted, three have since died and 22 have pleaded guilty. Marin and Napout were convicted, and one other — Peruvian former football boss Manuel Burga — was acquitted.Another 14 remain in their own countries, where they have been tried by local courts, are fighting extradition or are still free.The US investigation also precipitated the downfall of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

How will Mike Gundy and Co. close out 2015 recruiting? (Part I)

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Will Chris Warren III commit to Oklahoma State? (via 247)The 2015 football recruiting cycle is nearing an end with signing day approaching on Feb. 4. Here’s a look at some of the recruits Gundy and Co. are targeting before the end of the recruiting cycle.With the news of Ronald Jones opening his recruitment up and looking outside of Stillwater, it has been clear that the Cowboys are actively seeking reinforcements at the running back position.Chris Warren III, a four-star running back from Rockwall, Texas has been a longtime target for OSU. Warren will be participating in the Army All-American game on Jan. 4 but will hold off on his announcement until signing day.The power back from Rockwall holds offers from several schools, but has narrowed down a final list to Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech and Washington.Warren is widely considered to favor the Longhorns, but he has an official visit scheduled for Jan. 16 in Stillwater along with his teammate Xavier Castille. Check out Warren’s highlights here.Castille, a three-star wide receiver from Rockwall, just recently picked up an offer from OSU. Castille is an explosive playmaker who holds offers from Washington, SMU, OSU, Kansas, and UCONN, among others.As Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World pointed out, the two teammates have a special interest in the upcoming Cactus Bowl with both Castille and Warren holding offers from UW and OSU.Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 2.23.39 PMAnother running back target who has been offered recently is Corey Dauphine, a four-star running back from Port Arthur, Texas.Dauphine has been committed to Texas Tech since July and seems to be sold on the Red Raiders, but the Cowboys are making a late run at the all around speedster and track star.An interesting recruiting situation to keep an eye on is Aca’Cedric Ware, a three-star running back and USC commit who OSU recently offered.Recent OSU de-commit Ronald Jones is turning his head towards USC and Notre Dame, and if Jones pulled the trigger for the Trojans it would immediately make for a slim outlook in a crowded backfield for Ware, who may reconsider his options if that were to come to fruition.Ware holds scholarship offers from numerous schools including OU, Florida, Arizona State and many others. Ware is from Cedar Hill, Texas but currently has no visit to Stillwater planned at this time.Bad news for OSU fans regarding long time running back commit Ronald Jones, as it seems he has officially eliminated OSU from the mix following his decision to open his recruitment back up, and he will announce his decision between USC and Notre Dame during the Under Armour All-American game.Part II to come on WednesdayTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

England salvage Six Nations draw after Scotland’s spectacular comeback

first_img Read more Rugby union Six Nations Worse still, the man at the heart of their collapse was none other than the captain, kicker and guardian of the flame, Owen Farrell. He was charged down for Scotland’s first try towards the end of the first half, a forgivable sin, given that 31-0 lead at the time. But then he threw the pass that Finn Russell intercepted to level the scores for the first time, in only the 60th minute. A few minutes later again, another armless and late tackle, this on Darcy Graham, gave Greig Laidlaw a first chance to put Scotland into a lead that seemed incredible.Ford replaced Farrell a few minutes after that and his match-salvaging points rescued a measure of dignity for the home team. People marvelled at Wales’s comeback against France in round one, having trailed 16-0 at the break. That was a Six Nations record. Had Scotland hung on to the lead they finally established with their sixth try, with five minutes to go, they would have smashed it.The similarities would have ended there. Yes, one might question England’s mental strength – they failed to maintain brilliant starts twice in South Africa last summer and then again against France, Wales and now Scotland in this championship – but where France conspired to gift Wales their win in Paris, here Scotland more than played their part in a breathtaking match. As ever some of their tries were of the highest calibre, worthy of victory anywhere against anyone. It might be easier to score them when a cause seems as irretrievably lost as theirs, but even as potential victory hove into view they kept playing, scoring arguably the best of the lot to take the lead with five minutes to go.How absurd that prospect would have felt after half an hour had it occurred to anyone in the stadium, which it did not. England have played attacking rugby beyond that of anyone this championship, as ambitious as Scotland’s but with the invaluable upgrade of genuine power. They had muttered darkly in the week about a certain residue of ill feeling from the manner of their defeat in Edinburgh last season. They started as if they meant it, a try up after only 66 seconds.Jack Nowell cut inside four stationary Scots for that first try and something of an exhibition was under way. Tom Curry was on hand to finish a short lineout and drive for the second in the ninth minute before Joe Launchbury dummied his way to a third. Twelve minutes had gone.On the half-hour Jonny May (who else?) scored his 14th try in 14 matches, finishing after a brilliant counterattack from England’s 22, for that bonus point. The one-sidedness of the contest then felt almost sickening.Scotland finally landed a blow when Stuart McInally charged down Farrell and managed to see off May to race home. Even as early as the 35th minute, it registered as little more than a consolation – 31-7 at the break.Seven minutes into the second half a stunning inside ball by Finn Russell set Sam Johnson away from a scrum, and soon Graham was dancing to the line – 31-12. Twickenham coughed.Three minutes later they were starting to consider a full-on choke. Ali Price chipped ahead and gathered; Magnus Bradbury galloped to the line – 31-19.Seven minutes later again Scotland hit a sweeter note still, Russell the architect, the electric Graham the finisher, past Elliot Daly, no less – 31-24. Then the unthinkable: Farrell pass, Russell intercept, try, 31-31 with a quarter still to play. Share on Twitter Henry Slade dazzles but England’s kamikaze show will leave its mark Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Scotland rugby union team Read more Share via Email England were shellshocked, their second-half wobbles now confirmed as some sort of chronic condition. As in Cardiff they retreated within themselves, preferring to send the ball skywards. Farrell’s contretemps with Graham, more accident than of malice, gave Laidlaw a first chance but he missed the penalty in the 67th minute.No matter, soon his pass put Johnson through an enormous hole in England’s midfield and Scotland had a winning position at Twickenham, their dream of these past 36 years. England’s nightmare was complete. Less than five minutes and seven points between them and not even a victory, just the avoidance of a humiliation.England, to their credit, responded. They came in waves at the Scots until Ford appeared from nowhere to slide through to the posts. The conversion was a formality, the humiliation avoided. The inquests, though, are only just beginning. match reports England taking their foot off the gas is a recurring theme, admits Eddie Jones Read more Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years The championship was already decided but the drama had scarcely begun. Scotland, looking utterly bereft at Twickenham once again, resurrected themselves from a 31-0 deficit after half an hour to come within a few minutes of a first championship victory here since 1983. Only a try and subsequent conversion at the very end, both scored by George Ford, saved England the indignity of 36 years.The draw means Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since they won in Edinburgh the year after that win in 1983. They have suffered horribly from injury this year but they finish, at least, on the up.England, meanwhile, finish second, the attacking kings with 24 tries and a bonus point in four out of five of their games, but this second-half collapse was a horror show. However slick their attacking game, a tendency to go missing in the very games they light up is the biggest issue for Eddie Jones to solve. Wales had exploited it in Cardiff in round three, England imploding into a directionless kicking game then, which resurfaced here after a display of attacking rugby in the opening half-hour as glorious as any they have produced all championship – which is saying something. Since you’re here… Six Nations 2019 England rugby union team The Observer Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 teased to come with big battery that will last days on single charge

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Y3 teased to come with big battery that will last days on single chargeOn Thursday Xiaomi released a new video teaser of the upcoming Redmi Y series phone. The teaser hints that the smartphone will have a big battery that will last long in a single charge.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 12:07 IST HIGHLIGHTS Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.Overall the Redmi Y3 is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Y2.Teaser hints that the Redmi Y3 will have a big battery.On Wednesday Xiaomi India teased the coming of a new Y series phone or the successor to the Redmi Y2. The company is yet to confirm the name of the upcoming phone but going by past records and rumours it will be the Redmi Y3. On Thursday Xiaomi released a new video teaser of the upcoming Redmi Y series phone. The teaser hints that the smartphone will have a big battery that will last long in a single charge. However, Xiaomi didn’t reveal the battery specs of the Redmi Y3.Considering Xiaomi is vouching so much for the Redmi Y3 battery chances could be it will sport a battery bigger than the predecessor Redmi Y2 which comes with 3080mAh battery. Overall the Redmi Y3 is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Y2, which was launched last year. Xiaomi’s Y series phones are always selfie-focused and the upcoming Redmi Y3 will be no exception. Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.The company announced the coming of the new Y series phone via a tweet in which it mentioned, “In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..” Compared to the predecessor the Redmi Y3 will have a huge jump in the selfie camera setup. The Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies.advertisementYou never run out of juice. Y should your phone? #YYYHow long does your phone last on a single charge? pic.twitter.com/OJxRtBEQD0Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 11, 2019Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front including Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This means expect glass body, dot drop notch, slim bezels and more. Overall the Redmi Y3 will be upgraded version of the Redmi Y2.To recollect, the Redmi Y2 features a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A40 quick review: A small wonder among giantsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmilast_img read more

Hong Kong lawyers hold silent march to support antigovernment protesters

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong lawyers held a silent march in support of anti-government protesters on Wednesday, highlighting the movement’s enduring broad appeal despite increasingly ominous warnings from Beijing. Hundreds of lawyers dressed in black marched under the scorching sun from the city’s highest court to the justice secretary’s office. The rally came as daily demonstrations have become increasingly violent and China ramped up its warnings to protesters, saying on Tuesday that “those who play with fire will perish by it”. The legal professionals — who usually eschew demonstrations — have now marched twice since early June. They are backing the protest movement’s demand for an independent inquiry into law enforcement tactics but they also said they were marching against politically motivated prosecutions from the city’s Department of Justice. “I really dislike how this government uses scaremongering and divisive tactics,” senior counsel Anita Yip told AFP. “They carry out prosecutions selectively… How would people still have confidence in the government?” she added, referring to the perceived different treatment given by police to protesters and their opponents, pro-government thugs with suspected triad links. Hong Kong police have arrested more than 500 protesters and charged dozens with rioting — which carries a maximum 10 years in jail. But they have so far only arrested 19 men for last month’s attacks on democracy protesters that hospitalised 45 people — and only on the less serious charge of unlawful assembly. Protesters accuse the police of using excessive violence against their movement and turning a blind eye to triad gangs — accusations the force strongly denies. They have also vowed to keep the movement going until their core demands are met, such as an independent inquiry into police tactics, a permanent withdrawal of the bill, amnesty for those arrested, and universal suffrage. “Law enforcement is an important element in law. If law enforcement is done poorly, how can we tell others that Hong Kong has rule of law?” said 22-year-old law student Michelle Wong, who joined the march. Tuesday march was a peaceful and now rare sight as Hong Kong buckles under increasingly violent clashes between protesters and police. On Monday the city witnessed a rare general strike and the most widespread unrest in two months of demonstrations — with police firing 800 rounds of tear gas in a single day at a dozen locations. “It’s very important to show that there can be peaceful and effective demonstrations,” said 77-year-old lawyer Warwick Haldane. “No one is going to throw anything, and I hope we’re not going to get tear gassed or charged by anyone,” he added. Some expressed sympathy with the more hardcore protesters battling police. One man, wearing a suit, donned the protest movement’s signature goggles, mask and a construction helmet. On the helmet he had written the words “Won’t sever ties even in the event of a nuclear explosion” — implying he would stand by the protesters no matter what.last_img read more

JIM CARREY RESPONDS TO SONIC BACKLASH OWNERSHIP OF ANYTHING IS GOING OUT

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Paramount video game adaptation, in which the actor plays the villain, was delayed after a fan outcry.Jim Carrey is speaking out for the first time about backlash over his upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.The film was delayed by three months after the first trailer was widely mocked on social media over the character design of Sonic, the popular Sega video game character being voiced by Ben Schwartz. In March, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler said the Paramount film would now open Feb. 14, 2020 while the team retooled the character’s look. Carrey plays the villain Robotnik in the film. Login/Register With: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Sega of America Twitterlast_img read more

Mom of 3-year-old model in China sorry over apparent beating

BEIJING — The mother of a Chinese child model has apologized after videos of her appearing to beat her daughter appeared online, sparking outrage.Videos surfaced online this week showing a woman kicking and slapping a toddler who appears to be posing for photo shoots.Internet users identified the child as Niuniu, a 3-year-old girl who models clothes sold on e-commerce website Taobao.Niuniu’s mother published a statement Wednesday apologizing for her actions.She wrote on social media that her “slightly large movements” were not intended to cause harm.Niuniu’s mother, who did not disclose her name, said her actions “caused everyone to misunderstand,” for which she felt “deeply sorry.”The viral videos stirred discussions about China’s highly competitive child modelling industry, in which parents enrol their children in modelling training courses.The Associated Press read more

Darfur head of UNAU peacekeeping force voices impatience for positive change

30 April 2008The head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID, said today that he is just as anxious as people on the ground are for progress. The head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID, said today that he is just as anxious as people on the ground are for progress.“It has almost been 3 months into the launch of the joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur: The people of Darfur have endured enough,” UN/AU Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada told reporters in Khartoum. “They are impatient to see positive change and I am just as impatient as they are.”At full deployment, UNAMID is expected to have some 26,000 troops and police officers, making it the world’s largest peacekeeping operation, but to date, only 10,000 unformed personnel have been deployed.According to the UN, as many as 300,000 people are now estimated to have died in Darfur since early 2003, when rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militiamen. This figure includes deaths from disease, malnutrition and reduced life expectancy, as well as from direct combat. Aside from the death toll, more than 2.7 million Darfurians have been displaced by the fighting, the vast majority still living within the arid region on Sudan’s western flank. Around 260,000 refugees have had to flee to the east of neighbouring Chad.“Underdevelopment and poverty are among the root causes of the problem and they need to be addressed,” Mr. Adada noted.While calling on the international community to provide assistance, he stressed that Darfurians, too, must play their part “by upholding the rule of law, stopping banditry and committing to a peaceful solution.”On the political front, the Representative urged all sides to reach a ceasefire.“UNAMID is a peacekeeping mission,” he said. “And peacekeepers need a peace to keep.”However, Mr. Adada emphasized that despite its challenges, UNAMID is endeavouring to help Darfurians by protecting vulnerable groups and training community policing volunteers, among other efforts.Addressing the Security Council last week, he said it was disturbing that while the region has remained near the top of the international agenda, this attention had not been matched with the necessary action to provide UNAMID with the means to accomplish the tasks assigned to it. read more

Nepal requests continued UN assistance for fragile peace process

5 May 2010The United Nations has been asked to continue providing assistance to the peace process in Nepal, where tensions have worsened amid an ongoing political stalemate over key issues such as power-sharing arrangements and the reintegration of former Maoist combatants. “Nepal’s peace process is at a delicate and critical moment, as negotiators work to resolve the current stand-off between Maoist supporters and the Government, primarily over Maoist demands for a national unity government,” Karin Landgren, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative in Nepal, told the Security Council. The Council was meeting to discuss the latest developments in the South Asian nation, which endured a decade-long civil war that ended with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and the Maoists in 2006.Nepalese Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya, voicing gratitude for the UN’s help thus far, said his Government is seeking a four-month extension of the mandate of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) – which currently runs until 15 May.“The Government and people of Nepal remain thankful to the United Nations for providing a helping hand since the beginning of our peace process,” he stated. “I am hopeful that the Council will favourably consider the request of my Government for the extension of the mandate of UNMIN until 15 September.” After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, Nepal abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. But the peace process has stalled recently, threatened by tensions and mistrust between Maoists, the Government and the army.Nationwide strikes, announced by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M), have been taking place since last Saturday, and Ms. Landgren warned of the “grave risks” to the peace process should the stand-off persist. Several clashes have already occurred in some areas between Maoists and local residents. “The risks grow from one day to the next,” said Ms. Landgren, who heads UNMIN. “This situation should not be allowed to continue, and all encouragement is needed for both sides to deepen their discussion, come to agreement, and resolve the crisis speedily.“All the elements of a solution to this impasse are acknowledged by the major parties. The main stumbling blocks in the negotiations are reportedly the timing and leadership of a new national unity government, and the modalities for the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel,” she stated. There are nearly 20,000 Maoist army personnel who, under the peace accords, are to be integrated into the security forces or rehabilitated. “The former Maoist combatants urgently need solutions, as individuals and as a key to the peace process of Nepal,” Ms. Landgren stated. According to Mr. Ban’s latest report, which Ms. Landgren presented to the Council, no substantive forward movement has been made on the main outstanding tasks of the peace process, namely resolving the future of the two armies – that of Nepal and the Maoists – and completing the drafting of the constitution by the deadline of 28 May.He also notes that at the core of the stalemate are disagreements over integration and rehabilitation, certain key aspects of a new constitution, and power-sharing arrangements, which appear to be compounded by “mutual mistrust, insufficient political will and weak mechanisms for the implementation of past agreements.”Other challenges to the fragile peace process include continuing disaffection among traditionally marginalized groups, the heightened visibility of the opposition to some agreed tenets including federalism, republicanism and secularism, and the widespread threats of fresh confrontation.“Only adherence to existing commitments and a negotiated political settlement will offer a satisfactory outcome for the future of the country,” says Mr. Ban, who calls on the political party leaders to redouble their efforts to find a solution.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said today that they are increasingly concerned about the participation of minors in the Maoist-led strikes, or bandhs, under way in the country which have closed schools shortly after the beginning of a new school year and exposed children to potentially violent situations.“People under 18 must not be forced, coerced or bribed into participating in political activities,” the two bodies said in a joint statement that follows what they said were confirmed reports of large numbers of children present, and in some cases actively participating, in the demonstrations, which were announced by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M).Calling the closure of schools “unacceptable” and a situation that violates children’s rights to education, UNICEF and OHCHR urged all political parties to live up to their commitments and duties to protect children. read more

New faces join Brocks 201415 senate

The votes have been counted, and Brock’s 2014-15 Senate will have some new faces. In total, 311 ballots were returned for 23 candidates vying for 16 positions. Their terms will begin the day after Spring Convocation 2014.Three-year term (13) ending Spring Convocation 2017:• Poling Bork (Faculty of Mathematics and Science) (Computer Science)• Maureen Connolly (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences) (Kinesiology)• Christine Daigle (Faculty of Humanities) (Philosophy)• Heather Gordon (Faculty of Mathematics and Science) (Chemistry)• Paul Hamilton (Faculty of Social Sciences) (Political Science)• Jennifer Li (Goodman School of Business) (Accounting)• Tanya Martini (Faculty of Social Sciences) (Psychology)• Laurie Morrison (Library) (Liaison Services)• Joe Norris (Faculty of Humanities) (Dramatic Arts)• Sid Segalowitz (Faculty of Social Sciences) (Psychology)• Hans Skott-Myhre (Faculty of Social Sciences) (Child and Youth Studies)• Donna Szoke (Faculty of Humanities) (Visual Arts)• Heather Whipple (Library) (Liaison Services)Two-year term (1) ending Spring Convocation 2016: • Dan Malleck (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences) ( Health Sciences)One-year term (2) ending Spring Convocation 2015:• Nancy Taber (Faculty of Education) (Graduate & Undergraduate Studies in Education)• Sakoieta’ Widrick (Faculty of Education) (Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education) read more

More than two million smart meters in the UK do not work

“Any first generation smart meter that has temporarily lost smart functions will be enrolled into the secure national communications system by the end of 2020 and all smart services will be restored without the need for any further action from consumers.”The nationwide installation of smart meters is a key part of the shift from standard, passive electricity grids to ‘smart grids’.These use digital technology so network operators can predict much more accurately how much electricity is needed by the country, and when, so they can better match supply with demand.The Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy told the BBC: “Since 2012, smart meters have helped millions track how much they’re spending on gas and electricity, so they can save money.”Work to ensure devices stay smart when switching is already underway and will be completed by the end of next year. Smart meters which have lost some smart functionality will be prioritised.”Energy giant SSE announced this month that it will be cutting more than 400 jobs in its retail business covering smart meter installation.Unite, which represents more than 4,000 employees at SSE, said the job cuts were a direct result of the failure of the Government’s smart meter rollout plan. Robert Cheesewright, Director of Corporate Affairs at Smart Energy GB, said: “We face a climate emergency. Smart meters are a vital upgrade to our national energy infrastructure, putting in place the foundation needed to decarbonise Britain.”Everyone with a smart meter has taken a small, but important step to contribute to a smarter, greener energy system. More than two million smart meters in the UK are not working, new research suggests, as energy customers continue to feel pressured into having them installed.Of the nearly 15 million of the devices which were installed by the end of 2018, only 12.5 million were operational, government figures show.This means that 2.3 million which have been set up for customers are not working, the BBC reports.Smart meters are an alternative to gas and electricity meters, and are designed to make controlling energy use easier. They come with a display screen to show customers how much energy they are using in money terms and usage information is sent directly to energy suppliers so there is no need to have the meter read manually.An £11 billion government plan began in 2016 to rollout 53 million smart meters into homes by 2020, replacing all current gas and electricity meters.By September 2018, energy suppliers had installed more than 13.65 million smart meters in homes in Britain, but research by Which? suggested that the rollout rate was too slow to hit the 2020 target.It is claimed smart meters are an important step to tackling climate change, but the technology has been plagued with technical glitches. Tony Keeling, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Head of Retail, at SSE Energy Services said: “Like a number of suppliers, we are facing challenges due to competition increasing, the introduction of the energy price cap and higher operating costs.”To run a sustainable business, we need to become more efficient and ensure we have the right number of employees in the right locations to best serve our customers.”We are committed to engaging and consulting openly and transparently with colleagues, our trade union partners and appropriate employee representatives and have today announced Voluntary Enhanced Redundancy opportunities for some of our customer service and metering teams.” Mark Harris from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, had his smart meter fitted a few months ago. But when he switched suppliers to get a better deal, he found that his device no longer worked. He told the BBC: “How smart is that?”Andy Bannister from Wakefield told the BBC that his smart meter has never worked.He added: “My supplier was hassling me to get one fitted, but when the installer left he said my gas box wasn’t compatible with a smart meter, and the smart reader in the house wasn’t working yet as it wasn’t connected.”The company DCC is tasked with repairing smart meters which are not working – but they have not yet developed the technology to do so.DCC told the BBC: “We’ll be supporting energy suppliers to connect millions of first-generation meters to the central DCC network, bringing consumers the full benefits of smart metering, like the ability to switch supplier without losing smart functionality.” 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

Nintendo region locks the Wii U

first_imgIt’s not a huge surprise that Nintendo’s latest console is region locked, after all, the Wii and most versions of the DS and 3DS were also region locked, but fans will be disappointed that they are limited to only the games Nintendo chooses to release in their region.The news comes after a translated quote from Famitsu was tweeted by Cheesemeister3k, stating that what gamers can play will indeed be restricted by a region lock and Nintendo UK have since confirmed this news as true. This means Wii U owners can’t import games from another region without also investing in a Wii U from that region, too. No reason has been given as to why Nintendo region lock their consoles, but it will certainly irritate some gamers, and in particular early adopters.It’s not just Nintendo that region locks though, Xbox 360’s are also region restricted whereas the PlayStation 3 Best Price at Amazon and PS Vita are not. Gamers can play Japanese games on their North American PS3 if they so wish and vice versa (as long as a publisher hasn’t chosen to region lock the disc independent of the machine).It’s an attractive feature to have, especially for traveling gamers or simply because some games don’t see a release in certain regions. A lot of Japanese games never make it to the west, for example, usually due to a lack of translation budget or limited sales potential.Region locking will have limited impact on sales of the Wii U, but does mean there will be a market for importing Japanese versions of the console if a growing number of games remain locked to Nintendo’s home territory or see months of delay before reaching western markets.via IGN, Eurogamerlast_img read more

Smartphones to ship with 3GB RAM next year thanks to Samsung

first_imgSamsung has opened the way for high end smartphones to continue getting thinner while including even more RAM. Today the South Korean company announced mass production has begun of the highest density LPDDR3 mobile DRAM available to date.Take a phone like the Galaxy S4 and you’ll find 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM inside. However, Samsung is now shipping 3GB LPDDR3 modules, meaning the next generation of high end smartphones will most likely take advantage of that extra gigabyte of memory.The new DRAM consists of six 20nm 4Gb chips stacked in two sets of three chips. The end result is a chip package that’s only 0.8mm high. As well as being small, the memory is no slouch in the performance department, either. Samsung claims data transfer speeds of up to 2,133Mbps. This is achieved by linking the memory to a processor via two symmetrical data transfer channels, each connected to 1.5GB of memory.We can expect to see the new six chip 3GB modules in smartphones next year, but Samsung isn’t finished yet. Work is already underway to develop a version that uses four 6Gb chips instead, which the company says will enhance performance of the memory even further.In both cases, taking advantage of this new RAM will allow smartphones to continue getting thinner or instead include larger batteries. At the same time, more/faster memory in a phone should lead to better multitasking, video playback, and improve the performance of memory intensive apps.It’s not just smartphones that could benefit from this new RAM, though. Tablets with 3GB or even 6GB of RAM on-board should also start appearing next year.last_img read more

HTC enquête ouverte sur la possible violation de brevets par Apple

first_imgHTC : enquête ouverte sur la possible violation de brevets par AppleÉtats-Unis – Le constructeur HTC voit sa plainte évoluer. L’International Trade Commission a ouvert une enquête afin de déterminer si Apple a bien violé plusieurs brevets du groupe taïwanais pour élaborer son iPhone.La guerre est ouverte depuis plusieurs mois entre HTC et Apple. Les deux entités se reprochent mutuellement d’avoir violé leurs brevets. La plainte de HTC, déposée en mai dernier, poursuit son cours et désormais, l’International Trade Commission devra déterminer si Apple a bien violé deux brevets concernant la consommation d’énergie et trois autres concernant la numérotation des appels. Un premier avis est attendu pour le mois d’octobre. Par ailleurs, Apple a déposé plainte contre Nokia, et contre HTC, pour les mêmes raisons.Le 14 juin 2010 à 12:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LIME to bring 2016 Rio Olympics to 30 Caribbean Countries

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:john reid, lime, national olympic committee, olympics TCI Haye-Smith runs Olympic standard time Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Apr 2015 – It is the first major sponsorship of the combined Columbus Communications and LIME and it will bring the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to the Caribbean on TV. LIME was earlier this week named official broadcast sponsor and exclusive telecoms partner of 2016 Rio Olympics. The arrangement, fostered through the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees secured exclusivity for LIME in 20 English speaking and 10 non-English speaking countries which make up the Pan-Caribbean. New President of CWC’s Consumer Group, John Reid said: “It truly is a privilege to offer our customers unparalleled access to this significant international sporting event, and we are excited to work with CBI, who are committed to ensuring that viewers in our region can enjoy the spectacle of their hometown heroes competing on the world stage.” The arrangement promises to give Caribbean athletes special broadcast exposure. The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

Baird speaks at fundraiser for program that aids youth

first_imgWhen Brian Baird was 12 years old and attending summer camp, he watched his older, fully clothed brother swim across a lake and start to tread water for five minutes — as per the camp’s swim challenge.His brother went down, came up, went down again for longer, came up again and started crying for help. Baird, now 56, a clinical psychologist and a former Democratic congressman from Southwest Washington, remembers his feeling of helpless agony as he mistakenly thought his brother was drowning — while he couldn’t do a thing.“If there’s nobody there to help you, you’d feel the way I did,” he said: Guilt and fear, anger and heartbreak. “That’s what parents of children with severe emotional disturbances feel,” he told several hundred people who turned out for a fundraising banquet put on by the Children’s Center, a Vancouver mental health clinic catering to poor children and families. Except, he added, that feeling is every single day.And if somebody turns up to save the day, of course, you feel liberated and endlessly grateful. Twelve-year-old Baird didn’t notice an older, trained lifeguard hurrying out to save his brother until the job was done.“When help arrives, it is beyond words just how valuable it is,” he said.Baird was keynote speaker at the Children’s Center event at a time when caseloads are expanding and public health budgets are shrinking. Economic stress means personal and family stress, he pointed out. The Children’s Center serves 400 children per week and a total of 1,300 families per year, over 90 percent of whom live below the poverty line, according to board member and Vancouver Public Schools associate principal Mike Stromme.last_img read more

Nordberg first to challenge Arp in Hockinson race

first_imgRon Arp Ron ArpAge: 50.Occupation: President of Amplify Group, a public relations and communications firmPolitical/community involvement: Current chair, Hockinson School Board (appointed 2008, elected 2009). President, Butkus Foundation, since 2008. Executive committee, Identity Clark County, since 2011. Volunteer, Land Here, Live Here regional identity program, 2010-present. Board of Directors, Taylor Hooton Foundation (appointed 2007). Former board member, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (approx. 2005-2008). Former board member, Liberty Bible Church. Former board member, University of Nebraska college of agriculture alumni.Endorsements: “I have not sought any official endorsements. I think it’s better that way because I’m not receptive to being swayed by special interest groups.”Campaign finances: Less than $1,000.Contact information: rarp@amplifygroup.com or 360-601-2991.Kathy NordbergAge: 69.Occupation: Retired Hockinson classroom teacher.Political/community involvement: Political caucus member, poll watching, campaigning for school levies and U.S. House candidate (Brian Baird). Community-preschool grandparent volunteer, Sunday school teacher, Study Buddies teacher for at-risk students, Hockinson carnival volunteer, Hockinson Fun Days volunteer. Washington Education Association(WEA)/retired member, Hockinson Report Card Committee, initial Hockinson High School Planning Committee, Hockinson Education Association (HEA) negotiator, HEA officer (treasurer), Hockinson Superintendent Search committees, Hockinson Instructional Materials Committee.Endorsements: Hockinson Education Association, Hockinson Education Support Professionals, Save the Music in Hockinson.Campaign finances: None reported.Contact information: kathynordbergcares@gmail.com; 360-892-9279; www.nordbergcares.com; Facebook.com/kathy nordberg for hockinson schools.Ron Arp, a member of the Hockinson School Board since 2008 and its chairman since 2009, has drawn a challenger for the first time — inadvertently, you might say. Kathy Nordberg, a retired Hockinson classroom teacher with 30 years experience, is running for Arp’s four-year post — but, she confessed, she had hoped to run for a different, vacant seat. It wasn’t until she was busy filing to run that election workers got out a magnifying glass and determined that Nordberg’ house is just inside in Arp’s district.That’s OK, she decided, because a lot of what she wants to bring to the Hockinson School District is openness. “The school is the hub of the whole community,” she said. “We need to communicate better with the community, provide transparency and involve more community members. My goal is to listen.”last_img read more

49 Voices Tribute to Annie Feidt

first_imgThis week on 49 Voices, we’re doing something a little different. Our long-time editor and producer Annie Feidt will be leaving Alaska News Nightly to manage Alaska’s new Regional Journalism Collaborative focused on energy and environment. While she’ll still be heavily involved in making statewide news, she won’t be the one editing frazzled reporters, wrangling deadlines, and making sure there’s a show to air every night. As our editor she may very well be furious that we changed to tonight’s program without her permission, but we thought it was important to let her know how much she’ll be missed.Annie Feidt (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage)Download AudioProviding their tributes to Annie were:Angela Denning with KFSK in Petersburg.Ed Schoenfeld with CoastAlaska in JuneauAnne Hillman with KSKA in Anchorage.Quinton Chandler and Daysha Eaton with KBBI in Homer.Ed Ronco with KPLU in SeattleEmily Kwong with KCAW in SitkaAshley Gross with KPLU in Seattlelast_img read more

Throwback When MS Dhoni had an affair with CSKs brand ambassador Raai

first_imgMS Dhoni, Raai LaxmiGetty Images/TwitterMost of the people might not be aware that MS Dhoni had an affair with the South hottie and today’s birthday girl (May 5) Raai Laxmi a decade ago. At that time, Raai was the brand ambassador of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which was captained by MS Dhoni in 2008. It was being said that Dhoni and Raai had hit it off instantly during the actress’ tenure in the team but things didn’t work out between them and the two went separate ways within a year.After breaking up with Raai, Dhoni found love again in his childhood friend Sakshi Rawat and they began dating in the same year. The two got married on July 4, 2010 after keeping their love affair a secret. The couple has a daughter named Ziva who was born on February 6, 2015. Even Raai moved on in life and went on to have three or four relationships after Dhoni.But the past began to haunt Raai when the news of Dhoni’s retirement from test cricket had started doing the rounds. People had started talking their failed relationship and it affected Raai a lot and even went to call her relationship with Dhoni a ‘scar’.”I’ve begun to believe that my relationship with Dhoni is like a stain or a scar which won’t go away for a long time. I am surprised that people still have the energy and patience left to talk about it even now. Every time TV channels dig into Dhoni’s past, they make it a point to bring up our relationship. I dread to think that someday my kids in future will see it on TV and ask me about it,” Raai Laxmi had opened up about dating MS Dhoni in an old interview with The Times Of India.She had further added, “I have had three or four relationships after Dhoni, but no one seems to have noticed it. I knew him really well and don’t know if I can call it a relationship because it never worked out. We still have respect for each other. He has moved on and gotten married. That’s the end of the story. I am a very happy person right now and work is my priority.”In fact, Dhoni has never been questioned about his past girlfriends but Raai was when she had started promoting her Bollywood debut film Julie 2 wherein she had shedded her inhibitions for performing bold scenes and soon became the talking point in the industry.She had even hoped that the makers of MS Dhoni biopic won’t be talking about their relationship in the movie as she had not given any such consent.last_img read more

WATCH Trump Abe Hold Joint Press Conference Wrapping Up 2 Days Of

first_imgPresident Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are fielding questions from reporters Wednesday evening as they near the end of two days of meetings at the president’s private, South Florida resort.Much of their conversation has focused on the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Trump is preparing for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president confirmed Wednesday that he sent CIA Director Mike Pompeo on a secret mission to North Korea over Easter weekend to begin laying the groundwork for that meeting. The clandestine diplomatic trip was first reported by the Washington Post.Pompeo “had a great meeting with Kim Jong Un,” Trump told reporters. “Got along with him really well, really great.” Earlier the president tweeted that “a good relationship was formed,” paving the way for possible denuclearization.Abe is nervous that Trump might come away from his meeting with Kim after agreeing to something less than a full dismantling of the North Korean nuclear program. The Japanese prime minister stressed that denuclearization must be “complete, verifiable, and irreversible.”The two leaders have also discussed trade. Trump complains the U.S. had a trade deficit with Japan last year of $56 billion. He has leveled 25 percent tariffs on steel imports from Japan, while granting an exemption to other big steel exporters such as Canada and South Korea.Last week, in a meeting with farm-state lawmakers and governors, Trump floated the idea of rejoining a trade deal with Japan and 10 other countries that the Obama administration negotiated. Abe would welcome that, but Trump quickly backtracked, tweeting on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a good deal for the United States.Trump and Abe are both avid golfers and conducted part of their meeting on the links Wednesday at one of the president’s namesake courses.Most of their talks took place at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s ornate Palm Beach club, with the closing news conference planned for a gilded ballroom beneath crystal chandeliers. Share President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take part in a bilateral meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more