10 Thoughts on TCU’s 44-31 Win Over Oklahoma State

first_imgBOX SCOREWell … I can honestly say I did not see that coming. I’ve been following Oklahoma State for 32+ years, and I was legitimately blindsided by what happened on Saturday. That might sound like foolishness to some of you, but this team had the look through three games. Then on Saturday, it didn’t.Say whatever you want about Tulsa, South Alabama and Pittsburgh, but I watched those games last year. I watched them in 2015. This year’s team looked far, far better than either of those through the non-conference slate. But TCU punched them in the mouth, and a myriad of issues started stacking up faster than Joe’s cups at your college digs.The offensive line went thin, the play-calling got weird, the penalties ran rampant, nobody was open, OSU couldn’t get off the field, the mullet blew this way and that, and poof … there goes the dream season.Here are 10 thoughts on what we watched on Saturday.1. All The TurnoversMike Gundy’s teams are now 1-9 when losing the turnover battle by 3+. You’re just not going to win games when you give teams free possessions. Gundy has been one of the biggest proselytizers of TO margin in the country, and there’s a reason. When your defense is predicated on bending but giving up field goals and also getting picks and fumbles, and you don’t do that, you’re going to lose. And you’re definitely going to lose if you give it away four times on top of that.Two and a half of the turnovers were on Rudolph — not his best game, and in front of Todd McShay no less! — a half of one was on Jalen McCleskey (more on this later), another half was on the offensive line and the last half was on Mike Yurcich. If you want to blame any specific category of egregiousness, the TOs are a pretty good place to start.Also, you can throw the holding on the punt return in the first quarter as half a TO because it gave the ball back to TCU and put another three points on the board against you.2. Where Was the mid-route game?I’m no Thomas Fleming or Adam Lunt, but it seemed like everything OSU ran through the air was either 75 yards or 3 yards. Look at all that space in the middle of the field. I’m fascinated to see one of those guys break down OSU’s playcalling at the beginning of next week.There was a slight adjustment in the second half when Rudolph started tossing those little 12-yard outs to Marcell Ateman, but props to TCU for taking away everything OSU wanted to do in the passing game. And the opposite of props to OSU for adjusting. (In retrospect, this quote might have been a tad premature!)3. Offensive Line DepletionInjuries, they’re part of football. But OSU was without starting RT Zach Crabtree, starting RG Larry Williams, and eventually backup RT Teven Jenkins even got hurt. TCU sacked Rudolph three times, hurried him twice (only because he was scrambling like Mike Vick in his prime) and disrupted pretty much everything OSU tried to do offensively.Playing a football game without half your line (all on the same side) is like trying to eat nuggets with dipping sauce from Chick-fil-A without your hands. You can do it, but it’s going to be messy, and it’s not going to look very pretty.Said it since the start of the season, it doesn’t matter who the QB is or how good the WRs are. OL is the whole show. Can’t block can’t win.— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) September 23, 20174. They tried to Ride JusticeI really liked what OSU tried to do with Justice Hill. Lots of delayed handoffs, quick pitches up the middle and other sleight of hand. But it also felt like they rode him too hard too early in the game. Also, why not J.D. King? Hill had 25 carries for 102 yards, and I get that he’s your best dude, but Chris Carson feasted on TCU last season, and it felt like King could have done the same.5. On That WR-WR PassPhilosophically, I get it. I talked to Mrs. Pistols (of all people!) about the McCleskey2Stoner pass after the game. She said something like, “well you’re swinging for the fences there … it’s either going to be all glory or it’s going to be what happened.”Unfortunately it was the latter.OK State, what are you doing? pic.twitter.com/xvkP3Lhj2u— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 23, 2017Here’s the thing: I didn’t hear many people complaining that OSU put freshman Dillon Stoner at QB at the end of the Central Michigan game last year … mostly because it worked. It was the right time for the throwback pass to succeed, too. Rudolph rolling, catch TCU napping, etc.I know it’s incredibly easy to make fun of Yurcich in that specific situation, and it’s probably deserved. But we always always always get on Gundy for OSU being too conservative. Yurcich orchestrates a 4th-quarter comeback that includes a WR-WR pass, and they’d erect a statue of him outside of Eskimo Joe’s.Part of me blames McCleskey (throw it away), and part of me is fine with the whole thing. Maybe that’s stupid of me, and it sure looked like a ridiculous play in the moment, but at least we can’t say he left any plays in the playbook (other than 15-yard throws over the middle)!6. Kenny Hill StinksI’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s very good, although OSU made him look like an All-Big 12 player at times. He throws about one out of every six passes on target and thinks he’s got enough arm to go into double coverage up 10 on the road at the end of the half.OSU did a really poor job of containing him as well as TCU in general on third downs (this is where you come for the top-shelf analysis, I know). The Frogs were 11/19 on third-down conversions ?, and with open space like this, it’s easy to see why. Your defense has to be better than letting Kenny Hill beat you at home.7. Get off the fieldI thought Oklahoma State had a chance to flip the game about three different times in the third and fourth quarters. Every time I thought it, they faced a 3rd and 6 or 3rd and 4 or 3rd and 9, and they could not get themselves off the field. Part of that is because TCU ran 85 plays and OSU was tired, but this defense was supposed to be made up of line changes like a hockey team.It certainly didn’t look the part on Saturday and gave up 3.4 points per drive. Also, TCU didn’t punt until the middle of the 4th quarter.Does Glenn Spencer stink? I don’t think so. OSU has given up 19 first quarter points in its last eight games, and its PPD numbers this year have been spectacular. The pass rush to me has left a lot to be desired, and they didn’t put Trill in enough situations where he could make Trill-like decisions. It all starts with the defensive and offensive lines, and OSU wasn’t good enough in either on Saturday.8. Felt Weird from the startThe entire first quarter had a bizarre feel to it. From the insane punt penalty that somehow gave TCU the ball back (I was told it was because the penalty came before the actual punt) to stopping the game because the refs thought Hill hit the ESPN skycam with one of his passes (that’s how bad of a ball he throws!) to TCU running 29 plays to OSU’s 8, the entire thing felt out of OSU’s control.Part of me wonders if Oklahoma State should stop deferring and just start taking the ball first in these games. Get the rock. Set the tone. Make everybody else adjust to you. Maybe that’s all kinds of revisionist history, but they’ve been intent on scoring on opening drives all year. It never really felt like they had their hands around this game.In fact, halftime felt a lot like halftime of the Texas A&M game in 2011. Unfortunately the second half did not feel even close to the same.9. Breaks to go 12-0TCU fumbled three times, and they recovered all three of them. Kenny Hill was about as ack-rut as a blind man in a field with a shotgun but only one of his passes found the hands of Oklahoma State’s DBs. These are the tiny nuances within the games that affect entire seasons and program trajectories.It takes a looooot of breaks to go 12-0 in a season, and OSU didn’t get many on Saturday (and didn’t help itself when it did). It’s pretty easy to say “fire that dude” or “the refs blew it,” but what if the ball that sat at the middle of the field for 3 seconds when Hill fumbled it had been recovered by OSU? Or what if Gundy shuts down the McCleskey pass? Or what if they get a good kickoff at the very end of the game? Or what if the call at the goal line is reversed?That’s not a TD! pic.twitter.com/uGLV7CkHHf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017So many tiny moments are so affecting. I thought OSU was good enough to overcome those, but maybe I was wrong.10. Looking to the FutureOklahoma State is still a really, really good football team. I’ll believe that until they prove otherwise over an extended period of time.It’s one thing to play your best game and not have the goods. It’s another thing to turn it over four times, incur eight penalties for 80 yards and recover 0/3 fumbles from the other team and still be in it 57 minutes in.Remember 2013 when they lost at WVU and everybody wanted Ben Grogan tarred and feathered? That season should have ended in a Big 12 title. Or how about last year after the Baylor loss? I saw “going back to the Heart of Dallas Bowl” tweets for days. Still played for the Big 12 title.What happened on Saturday is pretty similar to what happened last year against Baylor (in my opinion, from an outsider looking in).This team can do the same thing those two teams did. Will it? Who knows. There are so many variables that go into a special college football season. Injuries are one of them. OSU needs to get healthy and stay healthy. Breaks are another. They’ve gotten a boatload over the past two years, and they didn’t on Saturday.But everything is still out in front of them. I got laughed at last year for telling Carson on a podcast that it felt a little 2013ish after the Baylor game. Run the table, see what happens in December. Laughed at!I think that can happen again. Win ’em all, and you’re Big 12 champs and possibly still in the CFB Playoff. Again, I realize this sounds as preposterous as it did when I said it last year. But this team is built to withstand some adversity. That’s what good programs do, and this is a good program.Contrary to what the good people of Twitter World are telling you, Mike Yurcich does not suck. Mason Rudolph is still elite. OSU still has the best WR in the country. Its defense has to be better, yes, and they need to reorganize themselves on the offensive and defensive lines. There’s a lot to work on.So it’s one at a time now, but that’s how it was always going to be anyway.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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Suns win Men’s 50’s final at 2009 X-Blades NTL

first_imgSouthern Suns have beaten Brisbane City Cobras in the final of the Men’s 50’s division at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium.The Suns came from behind to beat the Cobras – who were looking for their third successive title – 3 touchdowns to 2.Cobras made it to the final by beating the Sydney Mets 2-1, while the Suns defeated the Scorpions 4 touchdowns to 3.Cobras scored in the first five minutes to take the lead thanks to Don Baartz, but Suns soon retaliated, with Des Naughton leveling the score.Two minutes before half time, the Suns Don Barbaro scored to put the Suns into the lead for the first time in the game, resulting in the Suns going to the break leading 2-1.Paul Dallas was added to the Sun’s touchdown scoring list when he scored six minutes into the second half, to give the Suns a two touchdown lead.But the Cobras weren’t finished yet, with Kev Hickey scoring two minutes later to keep them in the hunt for the title. But the Suns held out in the last 10 minutes to give them their first NTL title in this division.last_img read more

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ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Penn State-Maryland

first_img First road trip of 2019. Let’s ride.#BeatMaryland#WeAre pic.twitter.com/8Xd0ONn9zK— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 26, 2019Heading into the game, the Nittany Lions are just 6.5-point favorites. But ESPN is predicting it won’t be that close of a game.ESPN’s computer gives Penn State a 70.9% chance to win on Saturday. As a result, the Terrapins have just a 29.1% to win. While ESPN loves the Nittany Lions in this one, could Saturday’s game be closer than expected?Maryland will be playing in front of its home crowd — it’s expected to be a raucous environment. How will Penn State respond to a feisty crowd?What’s your prediction for Penn State-Maryland? Penn State RB Ricky Slade runs for touchdown against Maryland.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Ricky Slade #4 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)The Big Ten is full of pivotal games this Saturday. Ohio State-Nebraska may be the prime-time matchup. But No. 12 Penn State faces Maryland in a game which carries heavy connotations.The Terrapins are improving each and every season as of late. They outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 142-20. But then suffered a disappointing 20-17 loss to Temple on Sep. 14. The Owls dominated on the defensive side of the ball and shut down the MD offense.Maryland has had an extra week of preparation for Penn State though due to a bye. Could that extra preparation make a difference?The Nittany Lions have looked tremendous at times, but underwhelming in other various moments. Nonetheless, Penn State is 3-0 and looking for a win in its first Big Ten game of the season.last_img read more

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Ultrabulk Braves Stormy Dry Bulk Market

first_imgzoom Ultrabulk Shipping recorded a positive result for 2014 despite the prevailing adverse and volatile conditions in the dry bulk shipping market. “This was achieved mainly due to the long term balanced book, the ability to generate margins from arbitrage business, a solid team performance, and a continued strong focus on risk management. Level of activity for the year remained stable compared with 2013,” the company said in its annual performance report.Ultrabulk Shipping posted a USD 5.39 million profit in 2014, against a USD 12.08 m for the same period in 2013.The company controlled an average of 123 vessels during 2014, which was on par with 122 vessels for the previous year.“Cargo contractual commitments made during the year were matched by corresponding long term vessel time charters whereby the company was able to maintain a balanced portfolio,” the report said.A further 22 vessels will be delivered by 2018 as physical hedge against the company’s COA cargo commitments. The newbuildings include units within all size segments where the company is active.The total number of physical ship days in 2014 increased to 42,013 days slightly up from the 40,602 recorded in 2013. Cargo lifted was stable at 40.1 million tons, compared to 40.05 million tons for the previous year.The Board of Directors proposed not to pay out any dividend for 2014, “in order to maintain Ultrabulk Shipping’s financial flexibility and thus be prepared to address the challenges and the business opportunities that may arise in 2015.”The company expects an EBITDA of USD 0-8 million based on the company’s current coverage and difficult and very volatile market conditions.End of February 2015 Ultrabulk Shipping had cargo coverage of 99% on the known vessel days in 2015.In terms of market focus in 2015,  Ultrabulk said it would resume developing partnerships and increasing earnings from operating activities.“These efforts will be directed towards further developing triangular trades, specific commodities and trades, as well as deriving further synergies and creating new business opportunities based on the company’s business platform, ” Ultrabulk added.The company expects freight rates to be lower this year amid dwindling demand.last_img read more

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Latest round in northern Manitoba hunt for BC murder suspects proves fruitless

first_imgYORK LANDING, Man. — The chief of a remote northern Manitoba Indigenous community says a massive police manhunt there for two young British Columbia homicide suspects has ended without success, although residents have been asked to remain vigilant.Leroy Constant says in a Facebook post that an extensive search Monday in and around York Landing, backed up by dogs, helicopters, drones, a police boat patrol and a military Hercules aircraft, failed to locate Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.Constant says the RCMP’s emergency response team has returned to Gillam, 90 kilometres northeast of York Landing, where the last confirmed sightings of the teens occurred a week ago.He says the Mounties’ major crime unit has also left, while 10 officers who remained in York Landing overnight were to leave by ferry Tuesday morning.Members of the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group, remain and Constant says police have asked residents to report any information or tips that could help in their search.The York Landing search was triggered by a tip from the Bear Clan Patrol that two men matching the descriptions of the 18-year-old Schmegelsky and his 19-year-old companion had been seen rummaging through the local garbage dump.York Landing is only accessible by air or a two-hour ferry crossing in the summer. There’s also a rail line that runs 25 kilometres south of the community.Constant had said he would be surprised if the pair made it to his community on foot because the northern terrain is treacherous.Schmegelsky and McLeod had previously been spotted in Split Lake, a community about 170 kilometres west of Gillam.The duo are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck.They are also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found on the Alaska Highway in northern B.C.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stars Swim With The Sharks

first_imgWith Discovery’s Shark Week in full swing, sharks are at the top of everyone’s minds!Check out some stunning photos of Oceana’s celebrity supporters swimming with sharks. January Jones and Kate Walsh have been active Oceana supporters for years.January Jones visited the Bahamas with Oceana to help promote that we should be scared FOR sharks, not of them.January Jones get’s a hand on shark protection in the BahamasCredit/Copyright: Tim Calver via OceanaKate Walsh swam with Nurse Sharks in Belize to promote the protection of the famous barrier reef and the sharks that inhabit it. Belize’s barrier reef is the second largest in the world and is threatened by offshore oil drilling.Kate Walsh swims with a nurse shark in BelizeCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tony RathKate Walsh in BelizeCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tony RathOceana is a proud conservation partner of Shark Week, and actively tries to protect sharks all over the world. Just last week, Oceana filed a petition to put West Coast Great White Sharks on the endangered species list in order to protect this threatened population. Oceana also successfully pushed for the US Shark Conservation Act which ended shark finning in all US waters.last_img read more

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Senate rejects Prez Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

first_imgWashington: In a stunning rebuke to Donald Trump, a dozen Republican senators broke party ranks and sided with Democrats to terminate the US President’s declaration of a national emergency on America’s border with Mexico. In a 59-41 vote, 12 Republicans joined every Senate Democrat on Thursday in a rare move to block the president’s effort to divert billions in funding to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last month backed the measure. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Republicans joined Democrats in voting down the emergency, arguing that the president had exceeded his powers in trying to build a border wall over Congress’ objections, the New York Times reported. Following the vote, President Trump tweeted, “VETO!” Trump slammed the vote, calling it a “Democrat-inspired Resolution”. “I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,” he said in a tweet. “I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!” Trump said. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpCongress needs a two-thirds majority of both chambers to override a presidential veto, which is viewed as unlikely in this case. “Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee. Trump had sought to frame the vote publicly as not only a declaration of support for his border security policies but as a sign of personal loyalty, the report said. “It’s pure and simple: It’s a vote for border security; it’s a vote for no crime,” Trump told reporters before the vote, which he declared on Thursday morning on Twitter to be “a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!”. But he could not overcome concerns among Republican senators about the legality of redirecting USD 3.6 billion from military construction projects toward the border wall, even after Congress explicitly rejected the funding request. “I believe the use of emergency powers in this circumstance violates the Constitution,” said Senator Jerry Moran, Republican from Kansas, in a statement. “This continues our country down the path of all powerful executive something those who wrote the Constitution were fearful of,” Moran was quoted as saying. The Republican senators who stood by Trump insisted that there was an immigration crisis at the southern border and that the order was well within the jurisdiction of the National Emergencies Act, which gives presidents wide-ranging latitude to declare a national emergency.last_img read more

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Rat poison kills 2 kids

Both young boys had fallen very sick after consuming the rat poison and were rushed to hospital.However the two brothers had died on admission to hospital this afternoon. Two children were killed today after they had consumed rat poison found in their house at Kumburupitiya.The police said that the two boys aged 6 and 3 had died on admission to hospital. Police investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

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Cases filed on 778 people during crackdown on dengue

The pregame was carried out in the Western Province and in the Kegalle, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Putalam, Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Ampara districts. (Colombo Gazette) Cases have been filed on 778 people during a crackdown launched by the Ministry of Health on the spread of dengue in the Western Province and seven identified districts.The Health Ministry said that during a three day program which ended yesterday officials were able to identify several mosquito breeding grounds. Accordingly notice was issued on 5656 people and cases were filed against 778 people for having mosquito breeding grounds in their property. During the program, officials had found a number of mosquito breeding grounds in Colombo, the Health Ministry said today. read more

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Suspect linked to underworld arrested with heroin

He is said to be a relative of underworld member Keselwatte Dinuka. (Colombo Gazette) A suspect linked to the underworld was arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF) in the Keselwatte area today with heroin.The suspect, identified as ‘Alaranji’, was arrested based on information received by the STF.

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Supreme Court sides with cable satellite companies on fee system

Supreme Court sides with cable, satellite companies on fee system by Stephanie Levitz and LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 4:17 pm MDT The CRTC does not have power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their TV signals, a decision handed down Thursday by the Supreme Court of Canada that one analyst said should be a win for consumers.While the decision was hailed by one major cable company as a step forward for customers, broadcasters said the very survival of local TV is at stake.The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that setting up such a system is not within the scope of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. In doing so, the justices overturned an earlier Federal Court of Appeal decision.The Broadcasting Act can’t be interpreted to give the CRTC that power, Justice Marshall Rothstein wrote for the majority.“First, a contextual reading of the provisions of the Broadcasting Act themselves reveals that they were not meant to authorize the CRTC to create exclusive rights for broadcasters to control the exploitation of their signals or works by retransmission,” Rothstein wrote.“Second, the proposed regime would conflict with specific provisions enacted by Parliament in the Copyright Act.”Telecom analyst Troy Crandall said at this point it’s the status quo for consumers, who won’t have to bear any costs of a fee-for-carriage system.“It looks like a win for consumers right now because it’s not going to have an immediate impact,” said Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier in Montreal.Traditional broadcasters will have to find other ways to raise revenues, supplement advertising and support local programming. If the Supreme Court would have agreed to allow traditional broadcasters to charge such fees, a basic cable subscriber would have seen his bill go up, he added.“Now, it probably won’t because the majority of your channels won’t be allowed to have fee for carriage.”In their dissent, Justices Rosalie Abella and Thomas Cromwell argued that seeking a system that would be beneficial to local television stations was well within the mandate of the CRTC.“As an expert body, the CRTC, not the courts, is in the best position to decide what measures are necessary to save local stations from going bankrupt,” they wrote.The CRTC had decided in 2010 to launch what’s known as a value-for-signal system as a response to a changing broadcasting landscape that saw local broadcasters struggling for revenue.The CRTC declined comment on the high court’s decision, except to say they’re reviewing it.Currently, cable and satellite providers pluck TV signals out of the air for free and then redistribute them to their subscribers, who pay for access.Bell Media said it’s disappointed that the Supreme Court has found that the CRTC doesn’t have the jurisdiction to implement such a system. TV viewers across the country would have benefited from long-term stability for their local television stations, which can no longer rely on advertising to cover their costs, said Bell.“Local news, entertainment and other programming distinguishes Canadian broadcasting from everything else on TV,” said Mirko Bibic, Bell’s chief legal and regulatory officer.Bell (TSX:BCE) said the television industry needs to find another way to help local TV survive, noting that 87 per cent of Canadians get their local news form TV stations.“With its reliance on an uncertain advertising market, the financial model for local television is broken,” it said.“Bell Media believes the Canadian television industry as a whole must work together toward a new model for local TV, one that provides viewers with stable local TV stations well into the future.”Cable provider Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) welcomed the decision, saying it’s good for consumers.“There have been dramatic changes to the industry in Canada since the CRTC first looked at the issue more than two years ago,” said Phil Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications.“We believe that value for signal has no place in today’s broadcasting landscape where the major players are enjoying significant profits.”Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau said the “issue will never be settled because the TV landscape is forever evolving for a very simple reason that nobody can control but that benefits everyone — technological advances.”Peladeau said regular TV channels will continue to be eroded, not because of insufficient investment but because there will be more and more specialty channels.”The CRTC will have to look at the consequences of this decision and determine whether it wants to keep seeing the decline of regular TV channels,” he said while attending a museum-related event in Quebec City.The new system would have allowed the broadcasters to charge the cable companies for taking their signals and possibly withhold programming if the companies wouldn’t pay up.But first, the commission went to the Federal Court of Appeal to see if it had the jurisdiction to implement the changes.In a 2-1 decision, the Appeal Court agreed that the Broadcasting Act gave the CRTC the broad mandate to regulate and supervise all aspects of the Canadian broadcasting system and there was no conflict with the Copyright Act.The cable and satellite companies appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, arguing specific provisions in the Copyright Act denied the CRTC the power to force them to pay for signals.They also argued that any costs incurred by them would just be passed on to consumers.The television networks said the fees were essential to the survival for local programming and the new system was consistent with the CRTC’s role as the national policy-maker for broadcasting. read more

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Mass executions in Syria may amount to war crimes senior UN official

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a news release that it has received reports in the past two weeks of a succession of mass executions of civilians and fighters who were no longer participating in hostilities in Aleppo, Idlib and Raqqa by hardline armed opposition groups in Syria, in particular by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “While exact numbers are difficult to verify, reliable eyewitness testimony that we have gathered suggests that many civilians and fighters in the custody of extremist armed opposition groups have been executed since the beginning of this year,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay.Reports suggest that in the first week of January, numerous individuals were executed in Idlib by armed opposition groups. On 6 January, in Aleppo, three individuals who had reportedly been held by ISIS at its base in Makhfar al-Saleheen were found dead, handcuffed, with bullet wounds in their heads. On 8 January, in Aleppo, numerous bodies, again mostly handcuffed and blindfolded, were found in a Children’s Hospital which had been used as a base by ISIS until it was forced to withdraw after a raid by other armed opposition groups. An eyewitness interviewed by OHCHR identified at least four local media activists among the dead, as well as captured fighters affiliated with various armed opposition groups. “Information from Raqqa has been more difficult to verify, but there are deeply disturbing reports emerging of mass executions by ISIS when the group withdrew from Raqqa at the beginning of this month, and when it regained control earlier this week,” Ms. Pillay said. The High Commissioner reminded all parties to the conflict that international law prohibits violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture at any time and under all circumstances. “The execution of civilians and individuals no longer participating in hostilities is a clear violation of international human rights and international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes,” she stated.“These reports are particularly alarming, given the large numbers of people, including civilians, that armed opposition groups in Syria are believed to be holding in custody. The taking of hostages is prohibited under international humanitarian law and may also constitute a war crime.” The High Commissioner reiterated her call on all parties to the conflict to treat individuals held in their custody with humanity and to immediately release all those who are deprived of their liberty in violation of international law. “I further urge all parties to the conflict to strictly respect their obligations under international law and remind them that everyone involved in serious crimes must be held accountable.”The conflict in Syria, which will soon enter its fourth year, has led to more than 100,000 deaths and left over 9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. It has also been marked by grave human rights violations committed by both pro- and anti-Government forces, including enforced disappearances, torture and arbitrary detentions. read more

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BUSU hands out teaching awards

Brock University’s Students’ Union recently handed out its awards for teaching excellence. They are the heroes of lecture halls and the ones who made 8:30 a.m. classes a breeze through which to sit.Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) handed out its awards for teaching excellence recently, giving seven professors and teaching assistants the nod for a job well done at the head of the class.“When you have professors who are very skilled at their jobs, the best thing you can do is recognize them,” said Steven Nicholls, BUSU’s vice-president of university affairs.This year, there were 20 nominees for awards, with one given per faculty. Students nominate professors and lab instructors in April, a time when Nicholls said they likely have more on their minds than recognizing those professors who stood out during the academic year.And that’s what makes the nominations so meaningful, he noted.“This is straight from the students, straight from the horse’s mouth, you could say,” Nicholls said. “Getting 20 nomination forms in April when exams and essays are due is fairly impressive.”Word about the annual awards is spread using social media, Nicholls explained. Students fill out a one-page nomination form and then it’s up to Nicholls and a committee in the students’ union to select which of the nominees best exemplify teaching excellence.“We’re looking for teacher quality. Were they able to connect with students, take a lecture and deliver it in a way that people understood,” Nicholls explained. “The people who nominated (teachers) are all very proud of their professors. That came through in the letters. There were professors who were liked and professors who were adored.”Though the awards are a token of thanks for top-notch teachers, Nicholls said they’re also meant to reinforce the good works of those who stand out.“The awards aren’t meant to motivate bad professors to get better but to encourage good professors to push on.”The recipients of the 2012 BUSU teaching awards are:TA/Lab Instructor: Cor Vandermeer (Political Science)Education: Vera Woloshyn (Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education)Applied Health Science: Garrett Hutson (Recreation and Leisure Studies)Math and Science: Heather Gordon (Chemistry)Business: David Bouckenooghe (Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics)Humanities: Diane Bielicki (Modern Languages, Literatures and Culture)Social Science: Mark Williams (Political Science) read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Administrative Assistant (Director of Athletics) at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Transitions Program) at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Specialist Graphic Arts at Charles River LabsPart-Time Medical Assistant at AllOne Health GroupFull-Time Capacity Planning at Analog DevicesFull-Time Customer Success Manager at Casamba LLCFull-Time 2nd Shift Computer Operator at UniFirstPart-Time Retail Sales Associate at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Retail Sales Representative at Verizon WirelessFull-Time Salesperson at Advanced Auto Parts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Ketchikan shutdown family met with kindness empathy

first_imgJenn Tucker paints inside the Tongass Historical Museum, one of the part-time jobs she was offered to help her family get through the partial federal government shutdown. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)As the partial federal government shutdown enters a fourth week, federal workers throughout the United States are staying home, unpaid — or in the case of “essential” employees, are going to work but still aren’t getting paid.Depending on how much savings a family has, that means no money for bills, the mortgage or groceries. “It’s not that we don’t have money. It’s that I need to hoard our money,” Tucker said. “I can’t have money going out because I have no idea when more money is going to be coming in.”Money needs to be saved for daily essentials, like groceries for a family of five; gas to ferry three kids to various activities; heating oil.So Tucker recently made the rounds of local bill collectors.“And I really was prepared for a lot of pushback,” she said. “You don’t go to a bill collector thinking that when you tell them, ‘Hey, I can’t pay you!’ that they’re going to be understanding. But everybody I went to was really understanding and compassionate.”A Ketchikan Public Utilities representative, for example, was so empathetic, “I walked out and had to, like, gather myself because I was so emotional over the fact that she was so kind to me.”Tucker said she had a similar experience at GCI. They didn’t even ask for documentation.“It wasn’t official. It was very human. It wasn’t a process that I felt like a number. I really felt like a human being,” she said. “And even Wells Fargo — which they don’t have the best reputation in dealing with people — but when I called them, it wasn’t like, ‘OK, we’ll suspend things until this is over, let us know,’ like everybody else, but they were like, ‘We have programs, we have ways to work with you.’ And again, they treated me like a person and not a number.”Tucker said the community has shown support in other ways. She normally works seasonally during the summer cruise months and then focuses on her family’s needs during the winter.But with the overriding need for cash, Tucker is taking on odd jobs that people are happy to offer.“In fact, I’m starting to get more work than I can actually do, which is wonderful,” she said. “You tell one person you need something and all of a sudden, this community of Ketchikan just pours in.”She said many businesses — small and large — are stepping up to help, and friends have definitely shown the love.“It’s actually a little awkward for me. I’m not normally a receiver,” she said. “My family, my husband and I, we work hard. We don’t want handouts. But there’s all this love coming in. You can’t not accept it, but it is an awkward situation.”Because it’s so much easier to give than receive.“I’m happy to help anybody, but asking for help is really hard for me,” she said. “So, yeah, it was a day that was so difficult but so uplifting.”Out of concern for her husband’s job, she didn’t want to talk about the politics surrounding the shutdown. But Tucker was willing to address the frustration.“This is a really stressful thing. It’s always there in the back of your mind,” she said. “We’ve done everything right. We pay our bills. We do those things. It would be really great if the government could figure out how to do that, too.”And that’s essentially what’s happening, Tucker said: The government isn’t paying its bills.“You don’t get to not pay your bills just because you’re in an argument with your spouse,” she said. Jenn Tucker’s husband works for the Transportation Security Administration in Ketchikan. He is an “essential” employee, so he’s going to work every day. But there’s no paycheck. There hasn’t been one for a while, and there’s no prediction about when one will arrive.last_img read more

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How a Strong Dollar is Affecting NonUS Business of Indian IT Companies

first_imgA strong dollar is good for Indian IT companies but can have an equally negative impact, affecting their business in countries other than US, as depreciating local currencies put pressure on the revenues from those countries.The dollar’s rally against its major counterparts is hurting revenues of domestic software services firms in the non-US markets such as Europe, where the demand is already slowing due to a sagging economy.Revenues from Europe have doubled in the past five years for India’s top IT companies, as they diversified their market presence after having been hit severely by the financial crisis in the US in 2008.The US currency gained 9% versus the euro in January-March period compared to same quarter last year due to monetary policy divergence between the US and Europe. Foreign exchange rates are highly impacted by monetary policies of respective central banks.The dollar’s appreciation is underpinned by growing expectations for interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, the US central bank, while the euro is weakening on the back of policy easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) to boost the economy of the region.Since Europe is the second-biggest market for IT exports from India, recent rupee’s strength against the euro has become a headwind for the companies. The rupee appreciated 12.4% against the euro, a record quarterly gain.Recent strength in rupee is due to softening economic data in the US, which pushed back the expectations on timing of rate hike by the Fed, temporarily easing concerns on capital outflows from emerging markets, including India.The resulting cross-currency headwinds crimped quarter-on-quarter revenue growth of India’s $146 billion IT industry by 2.25 to 3% in the final three months of the fiscal year ended on March 31, Reuters said, citing a report from CLSA, a brokerage and investment group.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT firm, said that its margins would be down 40 basis points in January-March quarter due to currency fluctuations. TCS is scheduled to release its Q4 earnings results on April 16.The impact of depreciation of global currencies against the USD was at 200-250bps on the sequential revenue growth of the top five IT players, viz., TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra, IDFC’s IT analyst Hitesh Shah told The Times of India.last_img read more

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Putin to meet Saudi prince amid Syria tensions Aide

first_imgPutin will meet Prince Mohammed bin Salman, believed to be a favoured son of King Salman, on Thursday on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed, aged 29 according to the website of the Saudi embassy in the US, was elevated to the post of defence minister the day Salman acceded to the throne in January.Ushakov said Putin and the Saudi prince would discuss a range of international issues including the Syria crisis and the fight against Islamic State radicals as well as ramping up economic ties. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“Undoubtedly the (meeting) is very important and speaks of the interest of both sides — Russian and Saudi — in ramping up ties to a wholly new level,” Ushakov said.He said he was not aware if Russia and Saudi Arabia — a traditional ally of the United States — would discuss oil prices.The two countries are set to ink a number of agreements on the forum’s sidelines, the Kremlin said.The Saudi prince will be one of the few guests of honour at the Saint Petersburg forum amid Russia’s confrontation with the West, which has slapped sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanPrince Mohammed visited a major exhibition of military hardware which opened outside Moscow yesterday.“I am interested in all kinds of telecommunications — land-based, satellite and encryption for data transmission,” he was quoted as saying by Voentelecom, one of the firms taking part in the exhibition, on Wednesday.Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have been strained in recent years over Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Riyadh opposes.More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011 and descended into a civil war after a regime crackdown.last_img read more

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What to Consider When Creating Responsive DesignFriendly Content

first_imgApril 9, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Many small-business websites were created to look gorgeous on a full-size computer monitor. But with more people accessing the web over mobile devices, it’s no longer one-size-fits-all.One of the more efficient and effective ways to serve all your users well is to build — or redesign — your site using responsive web design. This includes creating content that supports user actions regardless of the type of device they have.Responsive web design means your site will automatically reconfigure itself, or “respond,” to suit the size and type of device a visitor happens to be using. It’s all about enhancing the user experience, particularly to enable people to easily do or find what they want over mobile. That means pages need to load quickly, and site design should minimize the need for resizing, typing, scrolling and panning.What do you need to know when developing content for your mobile-friendly websites? Keep these five critical elements in mind:Related: How to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly With ‘Responsive Design’1. Consider smartphone users first.To create a compelling and responsive website, it helps to focus first on smartphone users. Start your design for small touchscreens and scale up from there. This can help ensure that your site satisfies users on any device and loads quickly on any type of internet connection.2. Think in terms of supporting actions. Ask yourself what information users most want to find and what they most hope to do on your site:To see whether you offer the products or services they desire? Which means you should offer a prominent product search box or a link to a list of services.To find your location? Make sure to include your address and a map.To make an appointment or reservation? To sign up for email or text alerts of your special offers? Widgets or links can connect people to these services.To call you? These are phones, after all.Yes, you can still include attractive images and colors on the smallest version of your site design–as long as they load quickly, appear legible on a small screen, and most important, don’t interfere with users taking action.3. Scale up to tablets.Once you’ve designed an attractive, efficient and useful site that meets the needs of smartphone users, you can start deciding which content to add or swap for tablet users.You probably won’t need to change your content or layout much to accommodate users of smaller tablets such as the iPad Mini or Kindle Fire. But for larger tablets such as the full-size iPad, you might want to use larger images or add more content to your home page, such as customer testimonials or announcements of events or specials. You might also consider offering video content — just make sure it uses HTML5 because Adobe Flash video doesn’t work on many mobile operating systems.Related: 5 Tips for Hiring a Great Web Developer4. Scale up to computers.For laptop or desktop users, you can offer still richer content — perhaps more photos, a brief history of your business or an explanation of the value and advantages of your products or services. This information would also be available for smartphones users, but tucked behind an “About us” menu item rather than displayed on the home page.5. Plan for analytics and updates.It’s one thing to guess how visitors will use your site, and quite another to actually see what they do there. Make sure to use web analytics tools such as Google Analytics on your site. Pay close attention to how mobile traffic differs from computer traffic, and adapt which content you include and where accordingly. For instance, if you see that many mobile visitors are using your search box to find a certain kind of content on your site, consider adding a corresponding item for that to your main menu. This satisfies a need while reducing the need for touchscreen typing.Ideally over time, you’ll see the mobile portion of your web traffic grow. And by staying focused on user actions rather than page views, you’ll be able to more accurately track how your website helps build your business.There are many more ways you can fine-tune your responsive website design and content. Most of them are addressed in detail in Content Strategy for Mobile (A Book Apart, 2012) by web user experience expert Karen McGrane. But if you simply follow the tips above and work with a designer who has a track record for developing responsive websites, you should soon be giving your users what they really want — on any device.Related: 5 Things That Belong on the Front Page of Your Website Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 28, 2010 3-D Platform Offers Advanced Features The Infinitt 3D is built on advanced technology that provides real-time, interactive and comprehensive diagnostic tools. It features 2-D editing and segmentation, MPR, 3-D volume rendering, MIP/MinIP and endoscopy views. It also features a GPU that provides fast access to large volumetric studies. Advanced diagnostic tools include virtual colonoscopy, vessel analysis, calcium scoring, brain angio subtraction and several other tools for treatment planning and evaluation.For more information: www.infinitt.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Cabinet greenlights next step towards hospital autonomy

first_imgThe cabinet has approved the regulations for the state health services organisation that will oversee hospital autonomy, it was announced on Wednesday.According to the health ministry, the cabinet’s move aims at ensuring that the timeframe set by political party leaders last year on the introduction of the national health scheme (Gesy), is kept.Hospital autonomy is the first step toward the implementation of Gesy, as state hospitals must be administratively and financially autonomous to be able to compete with private hospitals after the health scheme kicks in. The new organisation in question will oversee the autonomous hospitals.“According to the decisions of the meeting of the political leaders, the bills on (hospital) autonomy and the Gesy will have to be passed by parliament before June 1, 2017,” the ministry said. The two bills were tabled to parliament in mid-October.It added if amendments are required as a result of the ongoing consultations between health professionals and the government, they would be made during discussions at the House health committee.“The health minister makes a plea to all political parties to cooperate to achieve the goal of voting the first bills on the Gesy and autonomy so that the June 1, 2017 timeframe is kept,” the announcement said.Following the meeting of political leaders with President Nicos Anastasiades last year, it was announced that by June 2017, a public organisation would be set up to oversee hospital autonomy, while by June 2019 outpatient care would be introduced. The ultimate date for the full implementation of Gesy is June 1, 2020.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said last month that the signing of a deal on the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) and IT company NCR Cyprus for the development of a software programme for Gesy, meant no more excuses for those blocking laws for the national health scheme. The government, he said, had done its bit as it had overseen the two bills on hospital autonomy and Gesy tabled to the House and the award of the contract for the software programme. It was now up to the political parties to approve the bills he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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