Oklahoma Under Fire For Blocking Some Of Austin Kendall’s Transfer Options

first_imgOklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Austin Kendall #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma is under fire for how its handling the potential transfer of quarterback Austin Kendall. Earlier this week, Kendall’s name popped up in the transfer portal, suggesting he was seeking a transfer from the Sooners football program.Kendall graduated from Oklahoma, and thus should be eligible to transfer to another program and play immediately. However, according to a report from ESPN, Oklahoma plans to block Kendall from immediate eligibility if he transfers to one school: West Virginia.Here’s more on why the Sooners can block Kendall, despite his being a graduate.Oklahoma, however, still reserves the right under NCAA rules to keep Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia, another Big 12 school, for the 2019 season, even though Kendall has earned his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma.Kendall can transfer to West Virginia, where he took a visit earlier this week, but would have to sit out the 2019 season. The former four-star quarterback also took a visit to Auburn this week as well.Stay tuned. UPDATE: Kendall is reportedly being blocked from multiple programs, including any team on Oklahoma’s schedule of the next two years.Confirming @Jake_Trotter report. Oklahoma is blocking Austin Kendall from transferring to any Big 12 school or any school on OU’s schedule the next two years. That includes Tennessee, the school Austin was originally committed to before he flipped to OU.— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 16, 2019It’s not a great look for Oklahoma – who is reportedly attempting to land Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts.last_img read more

Sherbrooke Old Fashioned Christmas Improves Visitor Experiences

first_imgThe twelfth annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village will feature tried and true programming along with a number of innovations designed to improve the visitor experience. This year’s event will take place from Friday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 25, and will begin with the traditional tree lighting ceremony at Maple Manor seniors’ complex, followed by a candlelight procession. This year, the procession will end at the Sherbrooke Village Performance Centre, allowing participants to see the full lighting display and get a better view of the Kidd Brothers, who will provide the entertainment. There will be free hot chocolate and snacks, followed by a visit from Santa and a fireworks display. The new location will also provide enhanced parking services and better access for those with mobility issues. After the fireworks, there will be a free family skate at St. Mary’s Recplex and karaoke at the Lions Club for the adults. Another new component of opening night will be the Holiday Light Exchange, an initiative of Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, whereby people can exchange two sets of old incandescent lights for one set of energy efficient LED lights. Also new this year, in response to requests from the visiting public, more village buildings will be open during the weekend and house tours will be concentrated within the village. This year there will be no charge for the tour which will feature five houses in addition to the five working buildings which will also be open. Traditional community house tours will take place in Liscomb on Dec. 8. Again this year there will be an old fashioned Christmas button available, a souvenir item that allows participants to receive discounts at a number of paid events and free admission to others. The purchase of a $5 button offers savings off regular event costs. The weekend’s events include adult and children’s craft workshops, wagon rides, craft show and sales, holiday luncheon, guided wagon tour and a children’s scavenger hunt. Saturday and Sunday will begin with breakfast at the Lions Hall and also feature a Victorian tea, scavenger hunt, and a courthouse ceilidh featuring Roly and Ellie Burton and Joyce Johnston. Saturday will end with a dinner theatre at the Lions Club. Sunday will feature an ecumenical carol service, a Ceilidh, the groaning board Christmas feasts and Sunday night concert which will be held in St. James Presbyterian Church. The concert features some of the best local entertainers, headlined by Gertie Grant and Rusty Cage, who have become audience favorites at Sherbrooke Village. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-743-7845. A complete list of activities is also available online at www.oldfashionedchristmas.ca or call 1-888-743-7845 .last_img read more

Al Hirak Activists’ Hearing Postponed Again to November 21

Rabat – After being postponed the first time because of the presence of media, and a second time for the unruly behavior of the defendants during the hearing, the criminal chamber of Casablanca’s appeal court decided, on Tuesday, to delay for the third time the Hirak activists trial to November 21st.Nasser Zefzafi, El Hoceima protests leader, has a knack for being expelled from the courtroom. On November 7, he was again kicked out from the hearing held in Casablanca Court of Appeal, where he was appearing along with 53 other activists accused of carrying violent acts in Al Hoceima events.During the hearing, Zefzafi contested the presence of local media’s cameras by chanting slogans in the room. For the Attorney General, Zefzafi was expelled “after disrupting the hearing by speaking without permission,” adding to the Maghreb Press Agency (MAP) that “the judge of the court later allowed the other accused to leave the courtroom at their request.” The Attorney General also noted that the hearing, which took place in the presence of members of the families of the suspects and various media outlets, was marked by legal exchanges between the parties.After their involvement in the social movement in the Rif region in the North of Morocco, demanding jobs, healthcare and other social demands, the activists are facing numerous charges, including “undermining the State’s domestic security, sabotaging, killing and looting, accepting money and other material means to fund propaganda meant to prejudice Morocco’s unity and sovereignty, shaking citizens’ loyalty towards the Moroccan State and institutions, organizing unauthorized protest and holding unauthorized public rallies.” read more

Moroccan Pilgrims in Hajj Complain of Lack of Food, Transport, Shelter

Rabat- Several Moroccan pilgrims complained about their struggles in Mecca due to non-existent management—leaving them hungry, without transport or shelter.While Morocco’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mustapha Mansouri was saying that Moroccan pilgrims’ Hajj experience in 2018 was positive, a video was posted online offering a different picture. Moroccan pilgrims were recorded complaining about the bad conditions in Mecca.The video, which has swept Moroccan social media, shows a number of Moroccan men distressed because they were not able to perform Hajj rituals, such as the “stoning of the devil,” a major ritual. They were prevented because there were “no delegates or coordinators” to guide them. The ritual marks the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage in Mina, 5 kilometers to the east of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.Some elderly Moroccan men can be seen lying on the floor, their bodies weary from lack of nourishment. One man told the camera: “We send this message to the minister in charge of Hajj management, this is an insult to us. We paid for Hajj and we never got to eat a decent meal.”“People are dying of hunger here, some didn’t eat for three days,” the cameraman commented. The pilgrim claimed that people from other countries were able to travel smoothly from Mount Arafat to Muzdalifah (13 kilometers away), two parts of the Hajj pilgrimage, but Moroccans could not.Pilgrims traditionally arrive in Muzdalifah after sunset on the 9th day of the Islamic month Dhu al Hijjah, the second day of Hajj. Moroccans in the video said that they arrived at dawn on the 10th day due to delayed transport.One of the men said that the bus driver stopped midway and left passengers behind, adding that Moroccan pilgrims were wandering directionless in Mecca because they had no guides accompanying them.“They lied to us, they took our money, there is no transport, no managing delegation, no guides….nothing,” another one stated.Approximately 32,000 Moroccan pilgrims performed Hajj this year, according to Morocco’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia.A commenter in the video claimed that there were 2,000 Moroccan pilgrims experiencing the same problems.Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies allegationsIn a statement to the state owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs stated that “some allegations reported by some media outlets” were “lies dating back to previous years,” claiming that information about pilgrims losing their way in Mecca was also false.The statement strassed that “the Moroccan delegation for this year are numbered at 105 to 112 delegates.” The ministry insisted that the conditions of stay in Hajj for Moroccans are positive. read more

UN health agency appoints Ethiopian supermodel as goodwill ambassador

With half a million women dying during childbirth each year and 11 million children never seeing their fifth birthday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today appointed Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede to the post of Goodwill Ambassador to highlight the problems and the solutions.As Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Mrs. Kebede will help WHO in its campaign to improve these areas, especially in developing countries where the death toll is highest.“Liya is a perfect ambassador for this issue – not only is she a young woman and a working mother – she is an Ethiopian who has risen to the top of her industry. She has experienced firsthand the huge gap that exists between two very different worlds and she passionately wants to use her global success and visibility to help bridge this gap,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said at the ceremony in WHO’s Geneva headquarters.Her first official function will be to take part in the global World Health Day celebrations on 7 April in New Delhi, India, when the World Health Report focusing on mothers and children will be launched, WHO said.Noting the high proportion of women and children who die in her own country, the New York-based Mrs. Kebede said, “I am completely committed to using my profile to help ensure that these women and children’s deaths no longer go unnoticed and unchallenged.”One of the goals of the Millennium Declaration, agreed at a UN summit in 2000, is to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters and child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. read more

The Great American Soccer Hope Is Here For Real This Time

There have been roughly 100 million males born in America in the past 50 years. Among that total, there appears to finally be one who can safely be called a legitimate international soccer star.Eighteen-year-old Christian Pulisic of the U.S. men’s national team scored twice on Thursday night in Colorado, lifting the USMNT to a critical World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago. With the game tied 0-0 in the 52nd minute, Pulisic’s smart run and cool finish put the U.S. up a goal, and 10 minutes later the teenager slipped in behind the defense to double the lead. This has become typical for the Americans. Against Panama, Pulisic held off two defenders in the box to get free and feed Clint Dempsey for the USMNT’s lone goal. He scored one and assisted two in the 6-0 romp over Honduras. All told, over its crucial last three competitive matches, the U.S. has scored nine goals and Pulisic has scored or assisted six of them.1Sebastian Lletget’s goal against Honduras came from a rebound off a saved Pulisic attempt, and Dempsey scored a free kick after Pulisic won a foul, so you could count eight. Pulisic has been one of the best teenagers in Europe since 2010-11 Pulisic was one of the most dangerous players in Germany 11Salomon KalouHertha BSC0.210.190.40 82015-16Kingsley ComanBayern Munich0.51 5Emil ForsbergRB Leipzig0.180.430.61 15Thiago AlcantaraBayern Munich0.210.160.37 12016-17Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.72 13Nicolai MullerHamburg0.260.130.39 122013-14Leon GoretzkaSchalke0.41 14Raphael GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund0.240.150.39 132012-13Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.41 8Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.220.300.52 10Kerem DemirbayHoffenheim0.160.250.41 152010-11Jack WilshereArsenal0.37 22013-14Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.67 PLAYERCLUBGOALSASSISTSGOALS + ASSISTS 62015-16Leroy SaneSchalke0.52 2Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.260.470.72 Statistics for the 2016-17 season.Source: OPTA The team that has never quite had a scoring force to build around now seems to have a one-man army. As a result, the USMNT has nearly climbed out of the hole it dug under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it lost its first two matches in the “Hex,” as the North and Central American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is known. With two wins and a draw in its last three qualifiers, the U.S. has raised its chances for making the tournament from 60 percent to 83 percent percent.Evidence of Pulisic’s quality is not limited to matches against Caribbean nations and middling Central American challengers. He has proved himself for German power Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. This past season, Pulisic scored four goals and assisted eight in the Bundesliga and Champions League. And there’s good reason to believe these numbers were no fluke or merely a function of a hot finishing run. By expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, Pulisic’s shots and passes created chances with an estimated value of roughly five expected goals (xG) and seven expected assists (xA). Among nonstrikers with at least 1,500 minutes played, Pulisic was eighth in the Bundesliga in xG + xA per 90 minutes, slightly behind Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa. 6Paul-Georges NtepWolfsburg0.250.280.54 9Marco FabianEintracht Frankfurt0.310.130.43 102015-16Julian BrandtBayer Leverkusen0.47 3Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund0.290.410.70 92013-14Bruno FernandesUdinese0.49 4Franck RiberyBayern Munich0.260.370.63 EXPECTED PER 90 MINS 52015-16Marco AsensioEspanyol0.52 142011-12Julian DraxlerSchalke0.39 72016-17Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.52 42012-13Julian DraxlerSchalke0.54 1Arjen RobbenBayern Munich0.390.360.75 112015-16Ousmane DembeleRennes0.44 7Douglas CostaBayern Munich0.190.340.53 The more advanced numbers show that the young American is not limited to shooting, either. For the Panama goal, Pulisic had to beat two defenders in close quarters. His ability to break a defense by winning one-on-ones helps his team create chances even when Pulisic doesn’t get the goal himself. With 72 successful take-ons (beating a defender in an open-field contest), Pulisic was fifth among Bundesliga players in take-ons per 90 minutes, just ahead of Bayern Munich’s world-class veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.And last night against Trinidad and Tobago, Pulisic scored twice after runs off the ball into dangerous areas. His ability to read space and slip unmarked into the penalty box is already elite. Thirty-six times in the last season Pulisic made a run to receive an entry pass into the penalty area, and 16 times he dribbled by a defender to get into the penalty area. In this statistic, Pulisic led all Bundesliga players. He outpaced even Bayern’s Thomas Muller, the 2014 World Cup hero for Germany who had made his name ghosting into scoring positions without alerting the defense.Just this level of production would be enough to make Sam’s Army salivate. But at 18, Pulisic is hardly a finished product and has room to get even better. If you compare his production to players under 20 years of age in the top leagues in Europe, he stands out all the more. 32015-16Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur0.58 YEARPLAYERCLUBEXP. GOALS AND ASSISTS PER 90 MINS 12Joshua KimmichBayern Munich0.310.090.40 Includes players age 18-19 with highest goals and assists per 90 minutesSource: Opta Pulisic’s 0.52 expected goals+assists per 90 minutes is the best mark by any 18-year-old nonstriker in the top five leagues since 2010-11. Among under-20s, Pulisic is seventh and surrounded by high-priced stars such as Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s Marco Asencio. In terms of receiving or dribbling the ball into the penalty area, he ranks only behind Manchester United’s young star Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, whose market value is reportedly north of $130 million. Right now Pulisic is not considered to be on the market, but high eight-figure fees are common for players at his level and age.For the U.S. team, the emergence of a true star creates new tactical concerns. Opposing teams will key on Pulisic and look to shut him down. At home against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, manager Bruce Arena — who took the reins after Klinsmann was fired in November– played Pulisic at the tip of a diamond midfield to give him freedom. Pulisic paid it off not only with goals but by being a consistent outlet all over the attack third. But at Panama, Pulisic mostly stuck to the wing, as he had under Klinsmann. These two maps show where Pulisic received the ball in the final third when playing a central role behind the striker as opposed to his pass receptions as a winger. As a winger, Pulisic plays on the wing or moves from the wing into the penalty area, whereas from the 10 he can move across the width of the field in the final third. The toughest game the USMNT will play in the Hex is this Sunday in at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, where it has never won a competitive fixture and only drawn twice in nine matches. Arena is unlikely to use the same attacking tactics he used against Trinidad and Tobago with the diamond and will most likely choose a more defensive formation with Pulisic on the wing. But if he wants to maximize the Americans’ chances of stealing a rare win in front of nearly 90,000 at the Azteca, he should look into finding a way to play Pulisic in the hole behind the striker rather than leaving him on the wing where his positioning is more predictable and he can be more easily contained. To play a more defensive formation while keeping Pulisic central would probably require benching the veteran Dempsey, who typically plays as the more reserved of two strikers.A U.S. manager has never had the luxury of such a decision. But the moment to commit to Pulisic and the future of the USMNT may be Sunday. read more

Britains top family judge attacks hypocrisy of law that forces unhappy partners

first_imgUnder a law which has remained unchanged since 1969 couples must cite either adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion as the reason for their split, unless they have lived apart for more than two years.  Britain’s most senior family judge has attacked laws which force unhappy partners seeking a divorce to prove that their husband or wife has behaved unreasonablyIn a scathing judgment Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said that divorce law was based on “hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty” and that couples must engage in “consensual, collusive, manipulation” of the law.He added that because the law says a “wretchedly unhappy” marriage is not a good enough reason to grant a divorce, he has no choice but to force a woman to stay married against her will. Sir James ruled in the Court of Appeal that Tini Owens, 66, cannot get a divorce because her husband of almost 40 years, Hugh Owens, 78, will not admit that the marriage has broken down.Mrs Owens said her husband had acted unreasonably by snapping at her in public and in front of their housekeeper and once spending a pub dinner “with his head resting in his hands”.These are not sufficient grounds for divorce, meaning she must stay married even though the marriage is “loveless and desperately unhappy”, a panel of judges ruled.  But Mr Owens said her accounts were “exaggerated and inaccurate”, and that he had been quiet during the pub dinner because he was tired following “a day in the garden”. Judge Robin Tolson, in the family court, said last year that Mrs Owens was “more sensitive than most wives” and these had been “minor disputes” and not serious enough to warrant a divorce. In his judgment Sir James said: “The simple fact, to speak plainly, is that in this respect the law which the judges have to apply and the procedures which they have to follow are based on hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty.”Sir James said that Mrs Owens had no choice but to wait until February 2020 for a divorce, “assuming that she and her husband are still alive”, under laws which require couples to live apart for five years if one partner does not agree. Hugh Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where his wife, Tini Owens, who wants to divorce her husband of nearly 40 years is waiting to see whether she has won an "extraordinarily unusual" Valentine's Day court fight. Mrs Owens described several disputes which she said left her “embarrassed and upset”. They included an argument the pair had had in an airport in Mexico over a gift for their housekeeper. Mrs Owens alleged that her husband “lost his temper” when she bought a silver tortoise necklace instead of the gift that he had thought was suitable. Mr Owens had once spent a pub dinner sitting in silence and “often with his head resting in his hands and his eyes closed,” she added. On another occasion he had upbraided her in front of the housekeeper for failing to put cardboard into a skip correctly, she said.  His comments follow a campaign led by family lawyers for “no-fault” divorces, which would allow couples to split without having to cite the bad behaviour of one partner as the reason. Lady Justice Hallett said that she agreed with the ruling “with no enthusiasm whatsoever” and urged Mr Owens to reconsider. “I very much regret that our decision will leave the wife in a very unhappy situation,” she said.  Hugh Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Lawyers said the ruling would lead to couples making more lurid allegations against each other in order to be sure of a divorce being granted. Jo Edwards, head of family law at law firm Forsters, said that almost two-thirds of divorce cases currently involved “fault”. She said: “There is a pressing, overdue need for government to look at reform of the law.”An attempt to introduce no-fault divorces as part of a 1996 law failed after it was described by the Government as “unworkable”, and was eventually repealed in 2014. Earlier this year justice minister Lord Keen of Elie told the House of Lords that the Government had “no current plans” to update divorce laws.  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

Johnson Matthey announces compliance clinic

first_imgJohnson Matthey, a speciality chemical company focused on catalysts, precious metals and fine chemicals, is to provide an expert ‘compliance clinic’ to help explain the significance of increasingly stringent and complex emissions regulations. The clinic is to be held at Bauma 2007.Delegates at Bauma 2007, to be held in April, will be able to drop in and benefit from expert counselling. Strong interest is expected from engine and equipment manufacturers, dealers, owners and operators, all grappling with Tier 4 and other emissions limits. New emissions regulations represent a particularly significant challenge to engine designers and technologists. Under new regulation, many new non-road machines will require an exhaust catalyst for the first time, a requirement affecting the way they are designed. Meanwhile, the clinic will also be able to provide valuable advice to equipment dealers, owners and operators wanting retrofit systems to help them meet local environment or occupational health regulations.“Because we have more than 30 years experience in the technology, the applications and the market, we are ideally placed to explain the regulations as well as provide catalysts and systems to enable compliance”, said Joe Stevenson, Non-Road Product Manager for Johnson Matthey. “Bauma is an excellent forum for providing engine and equipment manufacturers, dealers, owners and operators with sound advice on their options for meeting the new standards.”Since making the first catalysts to control vehicle pollution in 1974, Johnson Matthey has supplied one in three of all autocatalysts ever made. A global leader in catalytic systems for emissions control, Johnson Matthey has 12 manufacturing sites and six technology centres around the world. Its technology and expertise is as applicable to non-road machinery as to on-road vehicles. The compliance clinic will be available throughout Bauma 2007 in Munich, Germany, which runs from the April 23 to 29, 2007. It will be on the Johnson Matthey stand A509 in Hall A5.last_img read more

Students launch petition after Law Society exams date moved

first_imgLAW STUDENTS HAVE launched a petition against the moving of their entrance exams for the Law Society, which they say will now take place two weeks earlier than they were initially told.An email seen by TheJournal.ie purportedly from the Law Society to a student who had already paid their fees for the exams – known as FE1- stated that “due to circumstances beyond our control it has been necessary to change the dates of the Spring 2014 sitting of the FE1″.The email ended with “sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this unavoidable change to the timetable”.PetitionA petition against the change has so far received 351 signatures. The exams are the only means of entrance into the Law Society’s Professional Practice Course for trainee solicitors.Most of the students have contracts conditional on them passing all eight exams.There are two sets of FE1s, one in the autumn, usually September or October, and another set in the Spring, usually April. It costs over €100 to sit each of the eight exams, but some large firms will pay that for trainees.One student who is involved with the campaign to get the exams moved back told TheJournal.ie that while they personally have four exams to sit, some students might have all eight exams to sit, and so they are concerned about have two fewer weeks in which to study.“I sat four of them in October and was aware of the April dates since then,” they said. “Over winter I made my preparations to study for April.” He said that the news of the change of date had broken on Facebook due to people who had already paid for the exams posting the email they had received.He said that the Law Society had originally published a date of 31 March but 1 April was when exams were due to be sat.The new date for the exams to begin is 19 March.“Suddenly a fifth of our study time was taken away. It was a shock to everyone,” he said. “I have to get my final exams passed by this sitting.”One lawyer, who is not connected with the petition campaign, explained that she doubted in general if a law firm would withdraw the offer of a training contract if a student had to re-sit exams. But she said that in the case of some smaller firms, a trainee’s contract could possibly be jeopardised if they failed exams.If people don’t pass their entrance exams, in any year, they can re-sit the exam during the next round, which may push out their start date as a trainee. Trainees have to have all eight FE1 exams passed before they start in their office.Moved backThe students said that if the reason for the change is due to Easter or an issue booking a venue, they would ask that the exams be moved back for two weeks, rather than forward.The student described the exams as “extremely stressful”. He added that if he had eight exams to do, “at this stage I would have a week per subject” to study.“I‘m not sure the Law Society quite appreciate what a big impact what they are doing would have,” he said.“If they had said [about a new date] back in November it wouldn’t be a big deal. We’ve suddenly been thrown into position where we have to prepare suddenly,” said the student.TheJournal.ie contacted the Law Society on a number of occasions but as yet has not received a reply to its queries.Read: Majority of solicitors don’t expect legal change to cut fees>last_img read more

Apple devient la marque la plus puissante au monde devant Google

first_imgApple devient la marque la plus puissante au monde devant GoogleLe classement annuel des 100 marques les plus puissantes du cabinet Millward Brown laisse apparaître la domination de la firme de Steve Jobs. Apple a détrôné Google de sa première place et apparaît ainsi comme la marque la plus puissante de la planète selon le classement annuel du cabinet Millward Brown, relaie L’Express. En un an, la marque à la pomme a vu sa valorisation décoller de 84% pour atteindre les 153,28 milliards de dollars. Surtout, depuis 2006, elle a progressé de 859%. “En enrichissant sa marque et en innovant constamment, Apple a gardé sa capacité à vendre ses produits avec un prix ‘premium’ même en période d’incertitude économique, et à écrire une belle histoire dont d’autres marques peuvent aujourd’hui s’inspirer”, explique Eileen Campbell, PDG de Millward Brown. Les firmes technologiques dominent ce classement puisque l’ancien numéro 1, Google, reste deuxième à 111 milliards de dollars (-2%) tandis qu’IBM complète le podium (100,85 milliards de dollars, +17%). Quant à Microsoft, le géant de l’informatique est cinquième (78,24 milliards de dollars, +2%), derrière McDonald’s et devant Coca Cola. La première marque française, Louis Vuitton, est 26e avec une valorisation de 24,3 milliards de dollars, en hausse de 23%. Le 9 mai 2011 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le daman des rochers des phrases sonores à la syntaxe complexe

first_imgLe daman des rochers, des phrases sonores à la syntaxe complexeUne étude menée sur les damans des rochers par des chercheurs de l’Université de Haïfa révèle chez ces petits mammifères d’Afrique une étonnante capacité à émettre des sons formant une syntaxe complexe des chants qu’ils composent.  Les oiseaux ne sont pas les seuls à maitriser l’art du chant. Un petit mammifère d’Afrique, connu sous le nom de daman des rochers est capable lui aussi de composer de longues “mélodies”. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Haïfa, en Israël, ont étudié de près ces compositions sonores qui permettent aux mâles dominants d’une colonie d’assumer son autorité.Aussi étrange que cela puisse paraître, le chant des damans s’avère être extrêmement complexe. Les “phrases” vocales se présentent comme une combinaison de sons différents et ne se répètent jamais. Les chercheurs ont par ailleurs noté des caractéristiques sonores communes à chaque région où vivent les animaux. Une sorte de dialecte née de la tendance générale des mâles à copier les arrangements vocaux de leurs confrères des colonies voisines.Une syntaxe formée de cris, grognements, grincements, gazouillisArik Kershenbaum, membre de l’équipe de recherche, explique à LiveScience : “Nous ne prétendons pas que les damans aient une langue mais il s’avère que les chants qu’ils émettent présentent quelques-unes des caractéristiques propres au langage”. Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, le scientifique et ses collègues ont enregistré 549 appels de damans des rochers en Israël. L’analyse des bandes sonores a consisté à mettre en évidence la syntaxe des chants, à savoir la façon dont est agencée une combinaison de syllabes différentes comme un cri, un grincement, un grognement ou encore un gazouillis. Les résultats, publiés le 18 avril dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, révèlent que les “phrases” sonores émises par les damans résultent généralement de l’association de 30 syllabes différentes. En outre, si cette syntaxe, diffère à chaque appel, elle présente une tendance générale caractéristique de chaque zone où s’est opéré l’enregistrement. Selon Arik Kershenbaum, cette forme de “dialecte régional” “semble impliquer une sorte de transmission culturelle d’un animal à l’autre”. Il poursuit : “Un jeune mâle pourrait vouloir faire sonner ses appels comme un adulte à forte autorité”.Le point de départ de l’apparition du langage ? Bien que ces combinaisons sonores ne soient pas de l’ordre d’une langue, la capacité des damans à détecter, séparer et répéter par l’apprentissage social différentes syntaxes représente pour les chercheurs une caractéristique propre au développement du langage. Ils indiquent dans un communiqué : “Il est étonnant de découvrir de telles capacités chez un mammifère primitif”.  Cette nouvelle étude pourrait bien représenter le point de départ d’une meilleure compréhension de l’apparition du langage chez l’homme.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Quelque part, le long de échelle de l’évolution, les animaux ont commencé à utiliser la syntaxe, et probablement ils ont commencé à l’utiliser de manière arbitraire. Cette capacité leur a permis de développer une manière d’être conscient de la séquence des notes qu’ils chantaient” conclut Arik Kershenbaum.Ecoutez le chant des damans des rochers en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 22 avril 2012 à 13:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Thieves take hundreds of bikes helmets meant for needy kids

first_imgThieves stole hundreds of bicycles and helmets promised to needy kids around Clark County Tuesday morning, according to charity organizer Waste Connections, which builds then distributes the items through its annual Scott Campbell Christmas Promise event.The stolen disassembled bikes and accompanying helmets were stored in a semitrailer parked behind the Walmart at 192nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, said Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections.Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, thieves broke into the trailer and took about 200 of the 700 donated bikes and about half of the helmets, she said.Waste Connections’ charity arm bought the disassembled bikes and helmets through Walmart. Fortunately, Holloway said, Walmart told Waste Connections it will replace the stolen items.The retailer is scrounging for more bicycles and helmets, she said, but finding that number of bicycles, many of which are meant for small children, is difficult during the Christmas shopping season. The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the thefts, she added.last_img read more

Once dominant State of Union now has much competition

first_imgWASHINGTON — Before cable television, Netflix, YouTube and other attention-grabbers on the Internet, American presidents had little competition for viewers when they delivered their annual State of the Union address. But, oh, how the big night has changed.Sure, the pageantry and theatrics of the annual presidential address will all be there when President Barack Obama stands before a joint session of Congress with a stem-winder of a speech Tuesday night. There will be standing ovations from his supporters, and strategic smirks and scowls from his opponents. Along with wall-to-wall media coverage and cable news countdown clocks.But viewership is falling, with 20 million fewer people watching last year’s State of the Union compared to Bill Clinton’s address at the same point in his presidency. Congress rarely follows through on the policy proposals the president unveils. And this year, the battle lines between Obama and the new Republican-led Congress will have already been set before the president arrives on Capitol Hill for the annual address to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions.The dwindling impact of the big speech has sent the White House searching for new ways to break through. It’s now thinking of the State of the Union as an “organizing principle” rather than a single, communal event.So instead of waiting until Tuesday night’s address to announce new initiatives, Obama has spent the past two weeks unveiling them in a series of speeches around the country and social media posts. The White House is aiming to get people who don’t tune in to the 6 p.m. PST address to catch up with at least parts of it later. And the president’s first big post-speech interview will go not to a big newspaper or TV network but to YouTube, in hopes of capturing the attention of some of those less likely to have watched the actual speech.last_img read more

3Man Seattle Team Wins Inaugural Race To Alaska

first_imgTeam Excellent Adventure checks in from the Inside Passage during the “Race to Alaska” event. Photo by R2AK.In the promotional video released for the first-ever Race To Alaska, a man walks past a sign in the woods saying “Welcome to Alaska.” He nails $10,000 to a tree and blows a fog horn. The premise was simple: no motors, first boat to Alaska wins.Just before 1:00 p.m., five days and fifty-five minutes after leaving Victoria, British Columbia, the three-man crew of the Elsie Piddock sailed across the finish line.“Cover your ears” cannon and cheering.As Al Hughes, Graeme Esarey and Matt Steverson stepped onto Alaskan soil — in this case a wooden dock — race organizer, Jake Beattie was there to greet them with a handshake and $10,000 nailed to a piece of firewood.Steverson says he’s not sure what will happen to the prize money.“We didn’t do it for the money, bottom line. I don’t think we’ve talked about it.”He says for him, it was all about adventure. The adventure included sleeping about two hours, twice a day, a constant drum of water against pontoons, and food.“We ate a lot of fish, salmon and tuna. We did Israeli couscous, and pasta, and macaroni and cheese. Yeah, salmon macaroni and cheese was pretty good, you have to get the recipe from Matt.”The men and the boat all are from the Ballard area of Seattle. Elsie Piddock, the winning carbo- fiber trimaran was borrowed from a friend, whose daughter named the boat after her favorite book.“It’s an English children’s story about a young girl who skips rope and learns how to be the super duper rope skipper and eventually saves her town from the evil landlord. ”Hughes says he is proud of the crew and of Elsie in particular, which he credited as their winning weapon.Second prize is a set of steak knives, and has yet to be claimed. Team Por Favor is in second-place, but is still 200 miles away from the finish line in Ketchikan.last_img read more

IU official suspended for taking bribe

first_imgKushtia Islamic UniversityThe authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia suspended one of its section officers temporarily for allegedly taking bribe from a student of the university, reports UNB.The decision was taken at an emergency meeting with IU vice-chancellor professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari in the chair, sources at IU registrar office said on Thursday morning.The vice-chancellor issued the suspension order against Moktar Hossain, a section officer of IU Controller of Examinations Section, under the university’s Employee Efficiency and Disciplinary Act, said IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif.The university authorities also formed a three-member probe body, headed by English department professor M Maher Ali to investigate into the matter.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday October 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.National politics with political strategist Catalina Byrd and commentator Sean Breeze, including the ongoing political fallout from last night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, being characterized as the sleaziest presidential debate in American history. Also, we’ll discuss former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s planned write-in campaign for the General Election on November 8.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more

Star Wars Fans Transform German Observatory Into Enormous R2D2

first_imgStay on target If you would like to visit the R2-D2-inspired observatory, you’ll have to go to a galaxy far far away (also known as Germany), but the trip could be worth it if you want to cross this Star Wars landmark off your bucket list.More on Geek.com:New Clone-Like Spiders Named After ‘Star Wars’ StormtroopersDisney’s ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Theme Park Lands Will Open This Year‘Star Wars: Always’ Trailer Is Topher Grace’s Moving Montage The R2-D2-inspired observatory recently caught the attention of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who recently posted about the cool building on Twitter. “R2-D2 observatory transformed Germans into giant nerds,” Hamill quoted in the Twitter post, which has received more than 8,000 likes.R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds https://t.co/s4vUwKGxEP via @LaughingSquid— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 22, 2019Before, the dome-topped observatory was a dull white shade, however, Zitt, who holds science fiction lectures at the University of Kaiserslautern, recruited a small team of people to redesign the building into the Star Wars character. Curbed noted that the team painted R2-D2’s markings with a cobalt blue color, the building’s roof contains the robot’s eye, and the doors feature his square-shaped buttons. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… center_img This isn’t the first R2-D2 structure either: In 2010, Goodsell Observatory in Northfield, Michigan, was temporarily transformed into the astromech droid with a shiny dome decoration and spray-painted fabrics. A group of Star Wars enthusiasts transformed a German observatory into a massive R2-D2, and the end result is an intergalactic masterpiece.Hubert Zitt, a physics professor and Star Wars fan, worked with painter Klaus Ruffing and some students to repaint the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association, which is located in Zweibrücken, Germany, to resemble the famous astromech droid, Designboom reported. The team completed the paint redesign in September 2018, and many Star Wars junkies have visited the quirky structure.last_img read more

Does Ending a Text with a Period Make You a Cold Unfeeling

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read We all know it’s a slippery slope when you — on your own or with a little help from your friends — start parsing texts for hidden meaning. Not only is it tough to gauge tone through text, you can ascribe all sorts of nuance to emojis too. But it turns out that one of the most offending things you can send via text message is perhaps the most unlikely of them all – the unassuming period.A study conducted by Celia Klin, an associate professor of psychology and associate dean at Binghamton University, which was recently published in Computers in Human Behavior, found that subjects perceived a message to be more insincere when a period was used.Related: 4 Communication Habits That Will Make You and Others Feel GoodKlin and her research team asked 126 undergrads — 91 women and 35 men — at the college to look at the same conversations as both text conversations and handwritten notes. Sixteen of the exchanges were questions and the reply was one word — “Okay,” “Sure,” “Yeah” or “Yup.”The students were given two different responses, one that ended with a period and one without. They were then asked to rank the response’s sincerity. The text message replies that ended with a period were rated as less sincere than the ones that did not. However, that wasn’t the case when the message was written out.Related: The 10 Communication Skills Every Entrepreneur Must MasterIn a statement from the university, the professor noted that short of being able to read body language and inflection like you would in an IRL conversation, it seems that punctuation and well-placed emoji’s are the best we’ve got to understand nuance when it comes to texting.”Punctuation is used and understood by texters to convey emotions and other social and pragmatic information,” Klin says. “It’s not surprising that as texting evolves, people are finding ways to convey the same types of information.”We want to hear from you: Are you put off when a text message response ends with a period?— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) December 11, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img December 11, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

Beatrice Tollman inducted into British Travel Hospitality Hall of Fame

first_imgBeatrice Tollman inducted into British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Britain, Red Carnationcenter_img Friday, May 10, 2019 TORONTO — Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, part of The Travel Corporation, is the latest inductee into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame.Each year, the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame event honours the greatest achievers in travel, hospitality, tourism and leisure, each having led their business to success while simultaneously inspiring and shaping the industry.In a career spanning more than 60 years, Tollman has used her service ethos, “no request is too large, no detail is too small”, to build a collection of four- and five-star boutique hotels in the U.K., Ireland, Geneva, Florida and South Africa.Receiving the award last week at the Four Seasons Hotel in London, Tollman said: “This wonderful award means the world to me, it’s quite overwhelming and I’m so appreciative of the kind words. The hotel industry is very competitive and you can only be a success if you’ve got your staff and teams working with enthusiasm and passion, and I do try to inspire them and show that I am always there to help them in any way I can.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSome of the most inspiring ways Tollman motivates her staff include holding an Annual Staff Appreciation Party, which is considered the Oscars of Red Carnation, operating an award-winning training program, and personally selecting holiday gifts for the more than 2,000 employees across the business.Notable properties in the Red Carnation Hotel Collection include Ashford Castle in West Ireland, the Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa (the Best Hotel in South Africa according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice), and the newly five-star rated Rubens at the Palace in London. In 2018, the collection was recognized by Travel & Leisure as the number two hotel brand in the world. The Travel Corporation’s list of brands is long and varied and includes Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Trafalgar, Contiki, Lion World Travel, U River Cruises, Uniworld and many more.For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit redcarnation.com. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Analysis South Remains Strong for Investment Opportunities

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-09-26 Chibundu Nnake Share in Data “”HomeVestors of America””:http://www.homevestors.com/ and “”Local Market Monitor””:http://www.localmarketmonitor.com/ together released a ranking of the most promising markets for the third quarter of 2013, insisting that “”investing in single family homes as rental properties remains a good bet, even as home prices continue to rise.”” [IMAGE]””The data clearly shows that investing in rental properties will be an attractive proposition for many years because of the increasing numbers of people who can’t afford to be homeowners, but the added opportunity of investing in undervalued markets won’t last long,”” said Ingo Winzer, founder and president of Local Market Monitor.The top 10 cities to make these investments all had strong job growth, and many also displayed strong home price appreciation in the past year–though they remain undervalued. “”In these undervalued markets, both rents and home values will be increasing rapidly as the local economy improves and demand for housing runs up against the fact that there has been very little new construction in recent years,”” Winzer said.The Top Ten list favors the South and Southwest, with Las Vegas, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Little Rock, Stockton, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Baton Rouge all ranking. The two other spots were occupied by Midwestern markets: Columbus and Indianapolis.Outside of those cities, HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor observed a decline in investment risk in all markets across the country. According to HomeVestors co-president David Hicks, a majority of the markets out of the top 100 are ranked as “”low risk”” or “”medium risk,”” with only six classified as “”speculative,”” including Los Angeles, Toledo, and Cleveland.””Most of these markets have higher than average unemployment rates, but have other factors such as undervalued home prices that make them attractive, albeit more risky, investments,”” Hicks said.center_img September 26, 2013 489 Views Analysis: South Remains Strong for Investment Opportunitieslast_img read more