Former Proteas all-rounder Van der Merwe makes Dutch switch

first_imgSouth African limited overs specialist Roelof van der Merwe has made himself available immediately to represent the Netherlands after receiving his Dutch passport.The 30-year-old, a left-arm orthodox spinner and hard-hitting middle-order batsman, has cut ties with South Africa after leaving the Pretoria-based Titans franchise and will now seek a team in England.He has set his sights on representing Netherlands at the Twenty20 World Cup in March and April next year, having qualified through his ancestry.”I have decided on a different path that could be beneficial to my long-term career and family life,” Van der Merwe said in a statement from the Titans on Tuesday.Van der Merwe featured in 13 one-day Internationals and 13 Twenty20 matches for South Africa in 2009 and 2010, taking 31 wickets combined.Despite being viewed as more of a limited overs player, he was the leading run-scorer for the Titans in South Africa’s domestic four-day competition in the 2014/15 season with 774 runs at an average of 55.28.Van der Merwe has previously also represented Somerset, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, and the Brisbane Heat in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.last_img read more

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This is the reason why Griezmann snubbed Barcelona move

first_img“It’s not whether I want that pink bubblegum or the blue one. It is about your future, your life. It has to do with the lifestyle of your kids and your wife. “It is a decision in which everyone has a say and one that is very tough to make. ‘Cholo’ [Simeone] and Godin came to me after the match [against Eibar] at the Wanda Metropolitano in which I was booed. “It was a message from Godin: ‘I will go to your place, so we can have a chat.’ I didn’t know that Cholo was with him and I see Cholo stepping out of the car. “I was amazed. ‘What are you doing here? What do you want?’. ‘Nothing,’ he said. ‘We have been talking and we wanted to see how you have been.’ “He told me that I didn’t have to make a decision straight away but that I had to take things calmly. “He advised me to talk it out with my relatives and close people and then [he told me] about all what I represented for the club and for himself. “I am the kind of person who is not going to let 10,000 things go through his head. I’ll tell you what’s on my mind, what I think. “Sometimes I might be wrong, sometimes I won’t. But that’s how I am. I don’t want to have my mind consumed with thoughts, neither in football nor in my personal mind. “For example we are currently in the process of setting up a home and I don’t want to know anything about it because you have to think things over and I don’t want to do that. I’ll leave that up to my wife. “However, there are times in which you get a beating and that’s how you learn though.” AdvertisementAntoine Griezmann has finally told the reason why his expected move towards Barcelona did not finalize in this summer transfer window. The French centre forward was booed because of this rumor at Vicente Calderon in the match against Eibar in the previous season despite scoring two goals against Marseille in the Europa League Final in the same week. Antoine Griezmann told to ‘ESPN’,center_img Antoine Griezmann has signed a new contract for Atletico Madrid to stay at the club till 2023. Atletico Madrid are currently two points behind the League leaders Barcelona and they are expected to put up a strong challenge to the Catalan Giants in this season with their main man Antoine Griezmann upfront. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra names India’s biggest weapon ahead of ICC World Cup 2019

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe most anticipating ICC World cup is less than a month away. It is scheduled to take place from 30th May 2019 in England and Wales.Now, former Indian fast bowler, Ashish Nehra has named India’s biggest asset ahead of the world cup. According to Nehra, current Indian seamer Mohammad Sami is going to play a very important role in the upcoming world cup.Mohammad Shami has been on a tremendous form recently, he showed his bowling prowess in the recently concluded New Zealand series which India won 4-1. In this series, Sami was named Man of the Series. He was the leading wicket-taker for India having taken nine wickets in four ODI matches.“Mohammed Shami has been really impressive, not just in this series and today’s game but for the last year and year-and-half. From South Africa tour I would say. Test cricket, he bowled really well. Bowled long spells. His fitness has been really really impressive,” Nehra was quoted as saying by CricketNext.“He is going to be a big asset for India,” Nehra added.Shami is currently in the Indian ODI squad against Australia. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also all praise for the Indian seamer as on Sunday he called Shami as the ‘lean mean pace machine’.ALSO READ:India vs Australia 1st T20 preview: Hosts look to secure yet another series win ahead of World Cuplast_img read more

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Job Hunt Got You Stressed? Try A 15-Minute Vacation

first_imgEngaging in competitive employment seeking is a draining, frustrating and time-consuming sport. Where you could expect a 5% response rate to your job applications 18 months ago, the number plummeted to well under 1% in the intervening months. Less than one out of 100 applications will get you a response (unless you’re a nurse and can go wherever you want to). One hundred responses will get you ten interviews. Ten interviews might get you a job or it might take 20 interviews. You do the math. It boils down to a lot of persistence in the midst of a lot of rejection.Plus, the majority of Americans are ready to change their jobs if the opportunity presents itself. Only 42% of employees are satisfied with their jobs according to Glassdoor.com company reviews. And, according to the Conference Board, 22% expect to be in a new job by this time next year.Let’s see: 22% of the workforce active looking to move now; 10% of the workforce currently unemployed; 43% ready to go if they can. Pretty much everyone who isn’t hanging on to their job for dear life is trying to get another one. It’s easy to see that this is the most competitive job hunting environment in decades (from the job hunter’s perspective).You’d think that employers would be overjoyed by the opportunity to improve the quality of their team. Instead, the gatekeepers are in disarray (see Liz Ryan’s article about defective HR Departments) and employers can’t generally figure out what to do. That means it’s a hyper-competitive market with really contradictory signs and signals.Bottom line is it’s really easy to let the seeming futility of a job hunt corner you. It’s not unreasonable for the stress to sneak up on you. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to set aside some time for meditation. Simply breathing regularly and deeply for 15 minutes can make a world of difference. A daily routine that includes a short segment of just sitting and breathing can reduce your blood pressure, help regain your optimism, give you a feeling of well being and keep the blahs at bay.Here are some basic tips for effective relaxation by sitting and breathing:1. Get in a comfortable place. (It’s a good idea to unplug and/or turn off the phone)2. Sit comfortably. No particular posture is important. For these 15 minutes, your comfort is what’s important.3. Start breathing regularly. Count to seven slowly while you breathe in. Count to seven slowly while you breathe out.4. Focus your attention in the area of your heart; in the center of your chest.5. Maintain the focus on your heart. Now breathe in and out through your heart.6. Breathe deeply and easily. Keep counting7. Try to feel a positive feeling. Remember a friend, a pet, a special occasion; Pick something that makes you feel good.Do this for fifteen minutes at a time, once a day. The instructions are based on a scientific approach to meditation called Heart Coherence. Giving yourself a vacation like this each day will increase your odds on the battlefield.last_img read more

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Preview: Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

first_imguspw 5766904 1 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireVitalsTime: 2:30 PMLocation: Norman, OKTV: ESPNOnline stream: hereRadio: Cowboy Radio NetworkOnline radio: hereAnnouncers: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell, Maria TaylorLine: OU -6.5RecordsCowboys – 7-3 (5-2)Sooners – 8-2 (6-1)FEI Rank[1. Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) College football rating system created by Brian Fremeau based on measuring the success rate of a college football team scoring and preventing opponent scores during the non-garbage possessions of a game. Like DVOA, FEI rewards playing well against good teams, win or lose, and punishes losing to poor teams more harshly than it rewards defeating poor teams. Unlike DVOA, it is drive-based, not play-by-play based, and it is specifically engineered to measure the college game.]Cowboys – #15Sooners – #5Best winCowboys – Tech (FEI rank: #42)Sooners – Texas (FEI rank: #18)Second best winCowboys – Iowa State (FEI rank: #47)Sooners – Tech (FEI rank: #42)Worst lossCowboys – Arizona (FEI rank: #34)Sooners – Kansas State (FEI Rank: #4)Strength of schedule (to date)Cowboys – 49thSooners – 30thData nerds[table id=60 /]OFEI: Offensive FEI, the opponent-adjusted efficiency of the given team’s offense.DFEI: Defensive FEI, the opponent-adjusted efficiency of the given team’s defense.STE: Special Teams Efficiency, the scoring value earned by field goal, punt and kickoff units measured in points per average game.Three stats1. OSU hasn’t beaten ranked opponents in back to back weeks since 1976. Tech was ranked last week.2. Only five humans have quarterbacked OSU to a Bedlam win since 1966.3. Clint Chelf needs 195 yards for OSU to have three (!) 1,000-yard passers this year.SpreadThe line is heading the way of the Pokes as it opened at OU -9 and as of this morning was down to OU -6.5 at a lot of places. Bill Connelley has OU projected to win by 5.7 so I think smart money is on the Cowboys. Though I’m not sure the words “smart money” have ever been used in regard to any type of Bedlam game ever. How worried I am (out of 10)Three things to watch1. How will OSU offense get it done? – So much has been made this week about the OU rush defense, which was an absolute sieve against West Virginia last week. Mike Stoops will obviously make adjustments coming into Bedlam, but I’m not totally sure he knows how he wants to defend the Pokes which put up 278 rush yards in last year’s Bedlam. Will Monken keep going with what works or will Stoops overplay the run and let Chelf have free reign of the secondary?2. Chelf factor – I know the train is chuggin’ but Tech at home is worlds apart from Bedlam in Norman. Worlds. I think in his case ignorance might be bliss but I’m also aware that this baby could go in two vastly different directions.3. Turnover will flip game – Let’s face it, both teams are really efficient on offense and defense. Both have above average special teams and are really well coached. This game is (as a lot of OSU’s do) going to come down to which team can create turnovers and flip the field in their favor. Not your daddy’s Bedlam, and it should be a dandy.PredictionsPistolsboy: (with zero confidence) 41-38 good guysMrs. Pistols: 48-45 OSU, because “it feels right”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Gattuso: I’m the worst coach in Serie A but…

first_imgMilan Gattuso: ‘Perhaps I am the worst coach in Serie A, but I always want to win’ Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 15:55 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GennaroGattuso-cropped Getty Images Milan Coppa Italia Milan v Internazionale Internazionale The AC Milan head coach wants his team to prove their Coppa Italia win over rival Inter was no fluke Gennaro Gattuso said “perhaps I am the worst coach in Serie A but I always want to win” as the AC Milan head coach called on his team to prove their derby victory over Inter was not a fluke.Milan advanced to the Coppa Italia semi-finals thanks to a 1-0 win against neighbours Inter after extra time on Wednesday.Teenage sensation Patrick Cutrone was the hero again for struggling Milan, the 19-year-old scoring in the 105th minute to settle the quarter-final fixture at San Siro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Milan midfielder Gattuso was happy with the victory as it gave the Rossoneri — 11th in Serie A following just one win in six matches – some breathing space.”Perhaps I am the worst coach in Serie A, but I always want to win, even playing in the garden with my son,” he told Rai Sport. “I want my lads to prove that what I saw tonight was not a fluke, then we’ll take it one game at a time.”Now there are two difficult games coming up in Serie A and we need points to climb the table. I didn’t see much difference between this performance and the defeat to Atalanta. Some might call me crazy for saying that. We had the game with Verona in hand too until we conceded the first goal like dummies.”This is a team that does well until it runs into the first hurdle and today we overcame the hurdles.”Cutrone the extra-man: the derby is ours Patrick scores in extra time to give us the #TIMCup semifinalsRead the match report of the #DerbyMilano  https://t.co/UYwupwVpSv pic.twitter.com/6aHsWToPZc— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 28, 2017Gattuso added: “We were coming off a negative period, so this game was fundamental.”I knew from day one what I was going into with the Milan job. It’s a big club that won for many years and changed a lot of players recently. We are struggling, but this side has quality and was at times missing that bile. We showed tonight that we can battle it out and then the quality emerges.”I want to compliment all the lads. I won everything as a player, but as a coach I’m well aware that I’m just starting out. I worked in Cyprus, at Pisa, I’ve been through it all, but I am happy at Milan and the club is planning things very well.”In January I’ll turn 40, so I still think like a player, believing that with hunger and a sense of belonging, you can go far. I don’t hold back, if I have something to say to someone, I’ll say it to their face. There’s a lot of work to be done, we’d be hypocrites to say this victory resolves all our problems, but it does give us some breathing room.”last_img read more

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Guinness World Record Attempt

first_imgThe Mackay Touch Association will this weekend attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest game of Touch Football ever played. The attempt was initially meant to be completed in May, but due to inclement weather was postponed until this weekend. The game will start at 7am on Saturday, 26 July and will go through until at least 10am on Sunday, 27 July, a total of 30 hours straight!And it’s all for a good cause. The weekend is acting as a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia. Many other activities will also occur over the weekend, with an Emergency Services tri-series on Saturday afternoon as well as a junior sign on occurring on Sunday morning. Touch Football Australia wishes the Mackay Touch Association all the best for their upcoming Guinness World Record attempt. For more information about the event, or to donate to the cause, please click on the links below:http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-909-0-0-0&sID=115387 https://fundraiseforprostatecancerfoundation.everydayhero.com/au/mackay-touch-association-guinness-world-record-attemptRelated LinksWorld Record Attemptlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd Loan Watch: Five players Solskjaer could recall in January

first_imgMan Utd Loan Watch: Five players Solskjaer could recall in Januaryby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIn the past Manchester United were revered for always giving youngsters an opportunity to break into the first-team set-up.While football isn’t what it used to be, United still practice that tradition in some form, often giving young players a chance to prove themselves in the Premier League. But considering the quality within the club’s ranks, the criteria for becoming a first-team player at United is quite high which is why the club sends young players out on loan to assess their performances at clubs in various leagues including the Premier League.Here’s a look at five Manchester United youngsters currently out on loan:Joel Pereira22-year-old shot-stopper Joel Pereira was sent out on loan to Liga Nos outfit Vitoria Setubal back in August to aid his development considering the competition he’d face if he remained at United this season. He’s put up some great performances for Vitoria Setubal and has quickly become a fan favourite and regular starter at the club – and deservedly so. He’s made 20 saves and kept 2 clean sheets in 720 minutes for Setubal. With Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper being David De Gea, it’s hard to imagine Pereira taking his spot in the near future. But should De Gea opt to leave Old Trafford anytime soon, the Red Devils are likely to give Pereira an opportunity to become United’s number one goalkeeper.Timothy Fosu-MensahFosu-Mensah made a couple of appearances for United in Pre-season and showed why he’s regarded as one of the best young full-backs in Europe. He’s agile, fast, and capable of reading and intercept passes, plus he’s great at crossing the ball; he’s still quite young so he’s prone to mistakes every now and then, but for the most part he’s a quality player which is why most United fans were unhappy about his loan exit.He’s currently on loan to relegation-strugglers Fulham, who have failed to get their act together since making their way to the Premier League. Fosu-Mensah has not featured for Fulham since being subbed off at half-time in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield. He doesn’t appear to be in Claudio Ranieri’s plans as the Italian tactician has not included him in any of his match day squads since taking over at Craven Cottage.Fosu-Mensah, though, remains a talented player and should Ranieri give him the nod going forward, he’s sure to do his best for Fulham.Axel TuanzebeEver since moving to Aston Villa on loan at the start of the season, Alex Tuanzebe has become a mainstay in the team. After struggling with the Championship’s pace in his first few games at Villa, Tuanzebe quickly became accustomed to the league and has since made a name for himself as one of the best defenders in the division.He’s great in the air as evidenced by the 63 aerial duels he’s won thus far – Tuanzebe has also managed 17 interceptions which is pretty decent considering his age.The 21-year-old still needs a lot of time to develop into a centre-back capable of playing for a top Premier League side, but judging by his progress with Villa he’s definitely on the right track.Cameron Borthwick-JacksonCameron Borthwick-Jackson currently plies his trade in League one side Scunthorpe where he features as a left-back. He’s made 17 appearances out of a possible 21 games as Stuart McCall believes him to be the best left-back in the club at the moment.He’s bagged two goals for Scunthorpe so far, both of which coincidentally came in the same game against Charlton Athletic back in October.Scunthorpe currently sit in 20th-place having garnered just 21 points thus far. Whilst Borthwick-Jackson has played well for them so far, he hasn’t been particularly outstanding bar a few games.James WilsonOnce compared to Liverpool legend Ian Rush, James Wilson is yet to live up to the billing despite enjoying a successful career in Manchester United’s youth set-up. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen and has not managed to secure a regular starting berth under manager Derek McInnes. He’s made just seven starts so far and has bagged two goals. TagsOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoValencia coach Celades: Lille never let us relax

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Celades: Lille never let us relaxby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Albert Celades admits they were lucky in their 1-1 draw with Champions League opponents Lille.Jonathan Ikone came off the bench to cancel out Denis Cheryshev’s opener in stoppage time to give Lille a 1-1 draw against 10-man Valencia. Valencia had Mouctar Diakhaby sent off five minutes from time after being shown two yellow cards in quick succession.”We have never been comfortable. It cost us a lot with the ball and has been the tone throughout the game,” said Celades.”We improved in the second-half, but in the first-half it cost us. In general, we have had little fluidity in the game because we have been pressed and pressed. They have generated many chances.”All matches are crucial in the Champions League because there’s only six. Everything matters a lot and penalises you for any mistakes. We continue with our advancing options intact and now everything hardens more.” last_img read more

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Urban Meyer’s Wife Addresses Whether They’ll Move If He Takes The FOX Job

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)With former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer possibly joining FOX Sports as an analyst, many people are wondering if Meyer and his family will pack up and leave Ohio. Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, addressed the concerns on Friday.Taking to Twitter on Friday morning, Shelley Meyer responded to a concerned message and stated that the family is not moving.She explained that their grandkids are still in Ohio and that her son Nate plays baseball at UC.Not moving!! Babies here, kids here-@nxmeyer15 at UC playing baseball. We want to go see him a LOT. ?— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) January 18, 2019Urban Meyer announced that he would be leaving the Buckeyes football program back in December.In seven seasons at Ohio State, Meyer finished with a record of 83-9 and never lost more than twice in a season. He led the Buckeyes to seven straight division titles, three Big Ten Conference titles, and a national championship by winning the first-ever College Football Playoff tournament.His final game came in the Rose Bowl against Washington. The Buckeyes won the game 28-23 in a game that was much more lopsided than the final score would indicate.Meyer’s college career includes stints with Bowling Green, Utah, and more famously, Florida. His all-time record as head coach is 187-32.He led the Gators to two BCS National Championship titles in 2006 and 2008.last_img read more

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Top News of the Week April 14 – April 19, 2014

first_imgzoom NYK Introduces Eight New BoxshipsNYK has reached time charter agreements for eight new containerships, to be built at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Co. Ltd., each capable of carrying 14,000 TEUs.UAE: Drydocks World to Build Two Unique Jack-Up RigsDrydocks World has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design.Havyard Bags Hybrid Battery-Powered Arctic PSVHavyard Group AS and Fafnir Offshore have signed a $56.6 million contract for the construction of Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel.Heerema and Technip Win Kaombo ContractThe consortium, comprising Heerema Marine Contractors (Heerema) and Technip, was awarded a major lump-sum contract by Total E&P Angola for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation (EPCI) and pre-commissioning for the SURF (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) part of the Kaombo project.Lockheed Martin’s First LNG Tank Ready for IntegrationLockheed Martin’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tank has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wärtsilä LNG propulsion system.last_img read more

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Margaret Atwood Glenn Ligon Honored At Hammer Museum Annual Gala In The

first_imgOn Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Hammer Museum welcomed cultural and civic leaders, artists, collectors, patrons of the arts, and entertainment world notables to the 16th Annual Gala in the Garden.Zoe Saldana Attends Hammer Museum Annual Gala In The GardenCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe Gala raised a record-breaking $2.6 million to support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs, which are free to the public. International shopping destination South Coast Plaza partnered with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s event.Over 500 guests attended the Gala – held in the museum’s outdoor courtyard – which honored award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon with tribute speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, respectively. Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges performed “Lisa Sawyer,” “Bad Bad News,” “Beyond,” and “River.” Event co-chairs included Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star. The menu for the seated dinner was created by Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques.Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin welcomed guests including Richard Buckley & Tom Ford, Marcy Carsey, Troy Carter, Elizabeth Chambers & Armie Hammer, Judy Chicago, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Will Ferrell & Viveca Paulin Ferrell, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Frank Gehry, Annabeth Gish, Laura Harrier, Barbara Kruger, David LaChapelle, Joel McHale, Catherine Opie & Julie Burleigh, Lari Pittman, Wolfgang Puck, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, Mark Ridley Thomas, Katherine Ross & Michael Govan, Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego, Susan Smalley, John Waters, and many more.The evening began with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres on the third-floor terrace as guests enjoyed Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, an exhibition that sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic practice as a draftsman, and Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016, the most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of Piper’s work, featuring more than 270 pieces. During the dinner remarks, Ann Philbin applauded the many achievements of gala honorees Margaret Atwood and Glenn Ligon. Philbin’s praises were followed by moving tribute videos dedicated to each honoree. Bryan Stevenson introduced Glenn Ligon with many praises, and Ligon gave a powerful speech on the importance of truth. Michael Chabon honored Margaret Atwood’s rare gift of storytelling and Atwood took the stage to leave the audience with a message of hope.last_img read more

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UN expert voices serious concern over detention conditions for immigrants in Australia

In his report, P. N. Bhagwati, the Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a former Chief Justice of India, welcomes the positive efforts underway to improve the situation, but voices “serious concern” about what he witnessed during visits to two detention centres while in Australia from 24 May to 2 June.The situation of immigrants at the Woomera centre, in particular, could in many ways be considered inhuman and degrading, according to the report, which documents how the expert met men, women and children who had been held for up to two years. “In virtual prison-like conditions in the detention centre, they lived initially in the hope that soon their incarceration will come to an end but with the passage of time, the hope gave way to despair,” he states, calling what he saw “a great human tragedy.”The expert decries conditions at Woomera facing young boys and girls “who instead of breathing the fresh air of freedom, were confined behind spiked iron bars with gates barred and locked preventing them from going out and playing.” Traumatized by the experience, many children, out of “utter despair,” ended up harming themselves.In addition to calling attention to the problem of children in detention, the expert raises concern about the fact that some individuals are held for “unduly long periods,” the absence of proper judicial review of the detention itself, detainees’ lack of adequate information about their rights, and the absence of an independent body to continuously monitor the situation.The Australian Government had agreed to the visit following a request by High Commissioner Mary Robinson earlier this year. Today, the High Commissioner “fully endorsed” the report, and urged the authorities to review the concerns expressed and seek appropriate ways to address them. read more

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China hails human rights progress amid calls to close detention camps

At the session in Geneva on Monday, which is part of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process of all UN Member States, China’s head of delegation and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Le Yucheng, said that “four decades of economic reform and opening up” had brought about “remarkable progress” in human rights.Mr. Le’s words are spoken by an interpreter:“Nearly 1.4 billion people have shaken off poverty and are now enjoying a moderately prosperous life…we established the largest education, social security and healthcare systems in the world, moreover, we are promoting ecological conservation and taking firm steps to control pollution…By 2020 all the rural population living below the current poverty line are expected to escape poverty.”Under the review system, all UN Member States can participate in the dialogue with the country under review.No less than 150 did so – the highest number to date in this latest UPR cycle.They included Australia, which welcomed progress in “some economic and social rights” in China, before calling for an end to the detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang, “and other Muslim groups”.In addition, Australia urged to allow the UN and journalists into the western province to investigate the rights of minorities.The status of the Uighurs and other minorities was a theme picked up by more than a dozen other States including France, Germany, Switzerland, in addition to the United States, which recommended the abolition of all internment camps and the immediate release of “hundreds and thousands – possibly millions” of people.In response, China’s delegation explained that the Xianjang centres in question offered alternatives to terrorism and extremism. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerreA general view of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in session.Vocational training is offered free of charge there, along with help learning languages and combating extremism for those “who have been lured into terrorist activities”, China’s representative insisted, adding that the approach “is nothing to do with religion”.Potential threats to individual liberties in China were also highlighted by Austria, which asked the People’s Republic for clarification that organ removal was carried out with the “free, informed and specific consent of the donor, without exception”.The United Kingdom, meanwhile, after welcoming progress on economic rights and reductions in death penalty offences – an issue raised by at least seven Member States – warned that political and civil rights had deteriorated, including freedoms of assembly, expression and religious belief, including in Hong Kong.In further remarks, China’s head of delegation Mr. Le insisted that his country had successfully promoted human rights and had accepted 204 out of 252 recommendations made at its last country review at the UN in 2013.Mr. Le also said that an invitation had been extended to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit China, as well as to other independent experts that report back to the Human Rights Council, including the Special Rapporteur for people with disabilities.On the issue of religious and personal expression in Tibet, Member States heard that the autonomous region and its 46,000 nuns and monks experienced no restrictions, while the autonomous region also had television and radio in Tibetan and Mandarin.Rejecting what it described as attempts to politicize human rights and question its territorial integrity, Mr. Le insisted that China’s achievements showed there is “more than just one path towards modernization and every country may choose its own path of development and model of human rights protection in the context of its national circumstances and its people’s needs”. read more

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Prince Charles nightmare of plastic in oceans will only get worse

first_imgPlastic waste washed up in Cornwall earlier this yearCredit:Surfers Against Sewage A turtle caught in plastic filmed for BBC’s Blue Planet IICredit:BBC At the meeting, he praised collaborative and integrated efforts to solve the problem of plastic waste.He said: “In a culture where the forces of competition so often swamp the imperative of co-operation, breaking out of the silos that slow down progress is even more of an achievement.” Attendees at the “Keeping plastics and their value in the economy and out of the ocean” conference included representatives from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, PepsiCo UK, and Sky Ocean Ventures Fund.Reacting to today’s speech by The Prince of Wales on plastic pollution, Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett, who attended the meeting, said:“The Prince of Wales has been championing the environment for decades, so we’re delighted he is bringing his considerable influence to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution.“We share the Princes’ frustration at the slow pace of action on this issue.“Theresa May rightly recognises the need to act – but speedier efforts are needed to slash waste, boost recycling and stop the tsunami of plastic pouring into our oceans.” A turtle caught in plastic filmed for BBC's Blue Planet II Prince Charles, long known for his interest in environmental causes, was attending a meeting of the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which he established in 2010 to help tackle issues such as deforestation, climate change and marine health.”Over the last few years, the awareness and science about the negative impacts of plastic waste in our ocean have grown significantly,” he added.”Many of you, I know, shared my deep frustration that the world was seemingly just turning a blind eye to this mounting evidence.”Thankfully, the level of concern has now changed, not least because of your efforts.”Even though the challenge at hand is extremely grave and unbelievably urgent, I for one at least find some encouragement from the fact that the legacy of plastic in the environment is now very much on the global agenda and in the public consciousness.”center_img Chemicals leach into the water, and it has been shown that even humans who eat seafood ingest 11,000 pieces of microplastic each year.   The Prince of Wales has spoken about the ‘nightmare’ of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans, saying he fears it will get worse.Prince Charles delivered a speech at a meeting of environmentalists and business leaders at The British Academy in London to discuss the issue on Wednesday.The heir to the throne spoke of his ‘deep frustration’ at the world ignoring the problem and called on companies to make changes to cut their plastic waste. “The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year is set to get worse rather than better,” he told delegates. “We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue… I do fervently pray that you will all do your utmost to work together in the coming year to make real, substantial progress.”It could not be more critical that you succeed.”Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and at least eight million tonnes ends up in the sea.  It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.Not only is the floating haze of scum unsightly, it is also swallowed by marine animals that cannot digest it. Plastic waste washed up in Cornwall earlier this year 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

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Aron Kristjánsson new Iceland coach

gudmundssongudmunssonIcelandIceland handballkristjansson Gudmundsson, the successful Rhein-Neckar Lowen coach, and until the Olympics Icelandic national team coach resigned from the post, this meant that Aron Kristjánsson will take his post. Previously in 2008 he was offered the job, but refused to take it due to family reasons. Now he seems ready to take the position, and the chance by the federation was given to him. ← Previous Story Rutenka shoots 7m – ball goes in out! (VIDEO) Next Story → Sigurdsson to stay in Berlin until 2017 read more

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iPad 2 Amazon commet une bourde

first_imgiPad 2 : Amazon commet une bourdeAlors que le nouvel iPad doit être présenté seulement ce soir à San Francisco, le portail allemand du site de vente en ligne a publié la fiche de la tablette tactile griffée de la pomme.Pour l’effet de surprise, il semblerait que ce soit raté pour Apple. Le site yourdailyapple.net a relevé une bourde commise par Amazon et en a même fait une capture d’écran. La version allemande du site a dévoilé aujourd’hui avant l’heure la fiche de l’iPad 2, alors qu’Apple doit présenter son nouveau terminal ce soir à San Francisco.Si les informations mises en ligne par erreur sont vérifiées, plusieurs caractéristiques de l’iPad 2 ont fuité. Celui-ci sera doté d’un  écran 9,7 pouces comme son prédécesseur, du Wi-Fi, du Bluetooth et de la 3G. La nouveauté se trouve du côté du processeur cadencé à 1,2 GHz et d’un port Thunderbolt. Finalement, il se pourrait que le terminal soit doté d’une caméra uniquement et non de deux, comme les rumeurs le laissaient supposer.D’après la fiche Amazon, l’iPad 2 serait commercialisé à partir du 17 mars 2011 au prix de 499 euros.Il faudra attendre la keynote d’Apple ce soir pour confirmer ces fuites.Le 2 mars 2011 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les astronomes découvrent un nouveau type de supernova

first_imgLes astronomes découvrent un nouveau type de supernovaDes astronomes du centre d’astrophysique de Harvard ont révélé avoir découvert un nouveau type de supernova. Ce phénomène baptisé “type Iax sypernova” est d’un rayonnement parfois 100 fois inférieur à celui habituellement observé. Une supernova apparaît lorsqu’une étoile explose. Cela entraîne un puissant éclat de lumière, souvent visible depuis la Terre. Mais cet événement relativement rare dans notre galaxie (deux par siècle en moyenne), n’est pas tout à fait unique en son genre. Il en existe en effet plusieurs types. Jusqu’ici, les supernova étaient classées en fonction de la présence ou non d’hydrogène dans son spectre mais aussi du mécanisme qui leur a donné naissance.Ainsi, les supernovae dites “à effondrement de coeur” correspondent à l’explosion d’une étoile 10 à 100 fois plus massive que le Soleil. Les supernovae Ia sont elles dues à la transformation complète d’une naine blanche. Mais les scientifiques du centre d’astrophysique de Harvard ont semble t-il découvert un tout nouveau type de supernova dégageant bien moins de lumière, mais dont l’apparition serait beaucoup plus fréquente, en particulier dans les galaxies jeunes comme la Voie Lactée. Il s’agit de mini-supernovas que les chercheurs ont baptisées “supernova de type Iax”.Un mécanisme de formation encore floue Au total, l’équipe a observé 25 exemples de ce type de supernova. Aucune d’entre elle n’est apparue dans des galaxies elliptiques qui sont remplies de vieilles étoiles. Ceci suggère qu’elles seraient donc issues de systèmes jeunes mais ne peuvent pas encore être expliquées avec certitude. Grâce à leurs travaux, les astronomes ont émis l’hypothèse qu’il pourrait s’agir de naines blanches dont l’étoile compagnon se serait vidée de son hydrogène, lui permettant d’accumuler de l’hélium.Ceci pourrait alors soit déclencher une fusion nucléaire, soit modifier la température intérieure de l’étoile, forçant l’oxygène, le carbone et l’hélium à créer une réaction explosive. Toutefois, ceci reste encore à confirmer. Quel que soit le mécanisme, les astronomes ont cependant constaté que dans de nombreux cas impliquant ces supernova de type Iax, la naine blanche n’était pas complètement détruite et semblait avoir survécu à l’explosion. Des supernovae qui ne détruisent pas complètement les étoiles “Ces naines blanches subissent des dégâts, mais elles peuvent y survivre”, explique ainsi Ryan Foley, directeur de l’étude cité par Wired.co.uk. “Depuis plus d’un millier d’années, les humains ont observé les supernovae. Et tout ce temps, cette nouvelle classe s’est cachée dans les ténèbres”, ajoute t-il. Pourtant, celle-ci serait trois fois plus commune que les types Ia mais elle aurait “profité” de sa plus faible luminosité pour passer inaperçue sous les yeux des astronomes.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMaintenant qu’elle a été repérée, les chercheurs ne comptent donc bien pas s’arrêter là. “Nous ne sommes pas sûrs de la raison pour laquelle seulement des parties de l’étoile sont détruites, c’est une question complexe sur laquelle nous travaillons”, ajoute le scientifique du Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. (Crédits photo : Christine Pulliam / CfA) Le 28 mars 2013 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Redknapp says England have nothing to fear against Croatia

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp insists that England should be unafraid heading into their World Cup semi-final in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday.Redknapp spoke to Sky Sports about England’s chances going into the match and he firmly believes that Gareth Southgate’s men are more than a match for Croatia.“I’ve watched a lot of Croatia and it’s a team that’s talented but should we be scared of them? Absolutely not.” said the former Liverpool midfielder.“Player for player I feel we’re as good as they are. It is going to be extremely difficult and it might be a game of fine margins. It might even go to penalties again which is going to be heart stopping for the whole nation but we do have the ability in this team to win this game.”“Everyone is so proud of what they’ve achieved so far and they have nothing to fear against Croatia.”Croatia are the only thing standing between the three lions and their first appearance in a World Cup final since they won the Jules Rimet trophy back in 1966 and Redknapp credits Southgate for leading the team to such dizzy heights.“I think Southgate deserves so much credit,” he added. “There have been so many positives and when you look at the decisions he has made, they’ve all been spot on.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s picked a system, he’s got the players playing in the right way, the team is full of pace and he’s done a great job.”“He deserves so much of the credit for how this England team has performed.”He also highlighted captain Harry Kane as the man that can make the difference for England, citing his history with Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren as a cause for optimism.“Dejan Lovren has struggled so much against Kane over the past couple of seasons.”“Kane will have a great feeling about playing against Lovren and Lovren will have a bad feeling about playing against Kane again because he knows how much damage he can do to him.”last_img read more

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