first_imgNick Kyrgios is known for his outbursts on court and he was at it again on Saturday as he battled against Roger Federer in the Laver Cup in Chicago.Kyrgios and his Team World captain John McEnroe got into an argument with the chair umpire after the latter ruled against the Australian’s serve in the second set.In the second set, Kyrgios was down 1-3 and defending a break-point when Hawkeye overruled a line umpire who had ruled the Australian’s serve was out.Laver Cup: Novak Djokovic loses to Kevin Anderson in second succesive matchInstead of getting the ace, the chair umpire ruled the point was to be replayed, which set Kyrgios off.”You are delusional,” Kyrgios fumed, before McEnroe jumped in as well adding that he hoped the umpire would “get a little present after the match”. Federer meanwhile, had a good laugh as Kyrgios and McEnroe had a go at the umpire. The point was replayed and a furious Kyrgios was broken again.Watch Djokovic’s priceless reaction after hitting Federer with a forehand”It was a shit judgement, everyone here knows it,” Kyrgios carried on ranting at the call but all he got was a warning from the chair umpire. Kyrgios eventually went down 6-3, 6-2 against Federer as Team Europe took a 7-1 lead against Team World.Even thought kyrgios was right arguing the chair umpire’s decision but god that behavior was intense #LaverCup pic.twitter.com/XZILVw5iMc. (@iRnn__) September 22, 2018A Nick Kyrgios & John McEnroe tandem at the #LaverCup was always going to be combustible pic.twitter.com/x7XnCucavQadvertisementJohn Casey (@JohnCasey2880) September 23, 2018The scenes during the match once again brought forward the apparent inequality between men’s and women’s tennis as Serena Williams suffered a much worse fate after calling the chair umpire a “thief” during a Grand Slam final earlier this month.US Open Final: Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexismThe tennis fraternity came out in full support after what happened with Serena in the US Open final on September 10 as the American alleged the chair umpire for double standards and said that she was a victim of sexism.WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire rowSerena was given three code violations, including verbal abuse, by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final along with a fine of USD 17000 for rule violations, and American and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenThe only difference here is Serena’s verbal abuse warning was her third of the night while the warning that Kyrgios received was his first.How the sexism row between #SerenaWilliams and the umpire unfolded at the US Open 2018 finalhttps://t.co/aBPq5AckNb https:/ pic.twitter.com/Vdq8Ndr0sGARock (@DaRealmusicprod) September 13, 2018WTA however, called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport. But that is clearly not happening in professional tennis at the moment.Stay strong black queen @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/BlY7x5Xk6Sindustry21mag (@industry21mag) September 9, 2018Novak Djokovic, who is a part of Team Europe in the Laver Cup, had also given his point of view in the matter and said that Ramos should not have pushed Serena so hard.”Just maybe changed – not maybe, but he did change the course of the match,” Djokovic said. “Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”But he disagreed with WTA CEO Steve Simon that men and women are treated differently.”I don’t see things as Mr. Simon does. I really don’t,” Djokovic said. “I think men and women are, you know, treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. It’s hard to generalize things, really. I don’t see it’s necessary really to debate that.”Tennis legend Billie Jean King had also come out in support of Serena saying, “When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.advertisementBillie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018(2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s hysterical and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s outspoken & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgA former South Sioux City educator has been sentenced on a charge that she sent nude photographs to a 15 year old male student.South Sioux City Police say 28 year old Cecilia Hermosillo entered a plea of “no contest” to Attempted Child Abuse in April.Hermosillo worked as a para-professional at Gateway To Learning, an alternative school, and resigned on September 1st of 2016.Investigators were able to obtain the nude photos she sent of herself to the student.Hermosillo was sentenced in Dakota County District Court to ninety days in the Dakota County Jail in three 30 day increments and be placed on electronic monitoring for 90 days after release from incarceration.She was also fined and must write a letter of apology to the victim’s parents and to her former employer.Photo by South Sioux Policelast_img read more

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first_imgTouch Football Australia sponsor, Sportscover, is proud to release the 15th edition of Touchline, the journal of sport and risk with an international perspective. In this edition, Sportscover has introduced some new features, including:–       At Risk: A new feature which highlights recent news stories about some of the accidents and injuries that occur in the sport and leisure world. –       Extra content: The interview with Triathlon World Champion, Peter Robertson is available on YouTube and as a Podcast, along with additional YouTube content. To view this edition of Touchline, please click on the following link:http://www.sportscover.com/touchline.asp Related LinksTouchline Journallast_img

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first_imgAngel’s Envy/FacebookTo us, cask strength bourbons are great. They pack a punch (of both flavor and strength) and, because of their usual price points, make excellent gifts when you need to impress someone (or make up for something you did while drinking cask strength whiskey).As with their previous cask strength limited releases, Angel’s Envy finished this year’s edition in port casks. Once the bourbon has aged on its own in new American Oak barrels, the Louisville-based distillery uses 60-gallon ruby port barrels that are made from French oak and imported from Portugal to finish the liquid for anywhere from three to six months (depending on the taste).In total throughout 2017, 10,000 bottles of the cask strength release were produced — a jump from the 8,000 produced last year.Appearance: Deep copper with a slight crimson hue.Nose: Caramel corn and cinnamon spice are present up front, with hints of vanilla and raisin shortly thereafter. On the end there’s a little bit of wine sweetness that evokes the barrels this bourbon was finished in.Palate: Much like the nose, caramel is one of the first and foremost flavors here, though here it is bolstered by some cassis notes. There is a nice amount of vanilla, too, with fruit flavors that end up resembling fruit cake. Clove and baking spice act as a nice balance to the sweeter notes. Some oaky tannins come through, with dark chocolate overtones near the end.Finish: Dark chocolate and oak again to finish this out. The finish is long, smooth, and pleasantly tingles the gums.Final Thoughts: The port wine sweetness blends well with the sweetness that comes from the bourbon. If you like the cask strength bourbon or the port cask-finished bourbon from Angel’s Envy, this is definitely one you need to try and get your hands on. The price may scare some people away — especially for a bourbon that is only around six or seven years old and sourced rather than made (though that will hopefully be changing soon now that Angel’s Envy has its own facility) — but if you’re looking to splurge a little, then this is one to splurge on.Angel’s Envy Cask Strength 2017 is 62.25 percent ABV and retails for around $200 (though most online outlets are selling it for $400).Feature image courtesy of Angel’s Envy/Facebook. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series last_img read more

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first_imgTANGIERS, Morocco – With an ultramodern port, high-speed train and the biggest car plant in North Africa, Tangiers is looking to profit from its strategic location overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar and its proximity to Europe.Morocco’s northernmost city, just a short boat ride from southern Spain, has always attracted foreign interest, notably in the period before independence in 1956, with its unique status as an international zone.In line with efforts to tap its potential and reverse decades of neglect, King Mohammed VI launched the “Tanger-Metropole” programme last September to boost the city’s development. The ambitious four-year, $1 billion (700 million euros) plan, which will target industrial development in particular, aims “to take full advantage of all the major infrastructure already in place,” the governor of Tangiers Mohammed Yaakoubi told AFP.First among the “Tanger-Metropole” projects is the Tanger-Med port, inaugurated in 2007, which lies around 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of the city and already welcomes two million passengers and 700,000 cars every year.Situated on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes, the port is expected to double the number of containers it handles with the construction of Tanger-Med 2, to six million annually, bringing its total cost to eight billion euros.A zone has also been given over to car manufacturer Renault, whose decision to set up a plant in Morocco caused a stir in France last year amid fears over French jobs being outsourced.The plant opened in the autumn, and its second phase will bring annual production to 340,000 vehicles, making Tanger-Meloussa the biggest factory of its kind in Africa, the group said.At a cost of more than one billion euros, the site, which has directly and indirectly created tens of thousands of jobs locally, was chosen by the manufacturer because of its proximity to Europe, low labour costs and tax-free benefits.“More than 500 businesses are now set up in Tangiers,” said Rifi Tazi, director of the “Tanger Free Zone.”Tangiers has become Morocco’s second industrial city and from 2015, it is due to be linked to the economic capital Casablanca by a high-speed railway, which could be the continent’s first when completed.It has required an investment of nearly two billion euros, a cost that also generated some controversy about the project’s usefulness.Persistent social problemsThe economic revival in Tangiers has been accompanied by a sharp rise in the city’s population, which has doubled over the past 20 years and now numbers more than a million inhabitants, bringing social problems of its own.Many residents live in poor neighbourhoods and have yet to experience any trickle-down benefits from the multi-billion dollar investments.Yaakoubi says the Tanger-Metropole projects will be carried out “with great care for the environment,” and address some of the challenges arising from the demographic boom, with a planned clean-up of the area’s coast and valleys.As for tourism, the city is looking to capitalise on its “coastal assets” – building a marina on the Mediterranean seafront and a fishing harbour on the Atlantic — as well as promoting its cultural scene, with a new arts centre and theatre planned.But the city’s geographical location, in many ways its greatest asset, also has its drawbacks. Located just 30 kilometres from southern Spain and with the Rif mountains- Morocco’s main cannabis producing region- nearby, Tangiers has become a key transit route for drug trafficking to Europe.It is also increasingly in the spotlight over the persistent problem of illegal immigration, with police coming under fire in recent months for their harsh treatment of sub-Saharan Africans drawn to the city in the hope of crossing to Europe.The death of a young Cameroonian during a police raid last month fuelled racial tensions, sparking clashes between migrants and security forces, and prompting an anti-immigrant protest by the neighborhood’s Moroccan residents.The government has promised an “exceptional operation” in the new year to sort out the status of some of the tens of thousands of sub-Saharans residing illegally in Morocco.But the challenge for the Tangiers authorities of accommodating the steady influx of immigrants will not go away any time soon.last_img read more

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15 November 2011Heavy rains and an outbreak of cholera in Kenya’s Dadaab complex is exacerbating the situation in the overcrowded refugee camp, where aid efforts were already hampered by insecurity, the United Nations reported today. There are now 60 cases of cholera in the camps, including 10 laboratory-confirmed cases and one refugee death, according to Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The cholera is believed to have started among new arrivals who had most likely acquired it in Somalia or en route to Dadaab, he told reporters in Geneva. “Rains and flooding had affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps, and we fear some refugees resorted to using unsafe water from flooded areas.” Dadaab is home to more than 400,000 registered refugees, nearly all of them Somali, with an estimated 70,000 people having arrived in July and August as conditions in their homeland rapidly deteriorated. To manage the cholera outbreak, UNHCR and its partners have set up cholera treatment centres for severe cases. Most cases can be managed through oral rehydration solutions that can be given at home or at the health posts. The agency is working with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Health to train health workers in the community-based management of diarrhoea so that patients can begin treatment at home. “We have increased levels of chlorine, which kills cholera-causing bacteria, at water points in the camps,” said Mr. Mahecic. “These are monitored to make sure they are maintained at the correct levels. “We are also promoting hygiene practices among the refugees, especially the use of latrines and hand washing with soap,” he added. Each refugee received 250 grams of soap with the latest food distribution and this will continue monthly for several months. The cholera outbreak, heavy rains and the risks of other waterborne diseases are complicating efforts to assist the hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Dadaab, where nearly 100 additional Kenyan police have been deployed in the last month, following the kidnapping of three aid workers. UNHCR is assisting them with vehicles, shelter and telecommunications equipment. “Together with our partners, we are exploring options to gradually resume full operations despite continued security incidents in and around Dadaab. In the meantime, refugees are still receiving life-saving aid, namely food, water and health care,” said Mr. Mahecic. Meanwhile, intermittent downpours in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area continue to cause flash floods in the area. The airstrip was hit by floods in the past four days and has subsequently remained out of service. Nonetheless, work continues on the fifth refugee camp in the area, Bur Amino, according to UNHCR. More than 7,600 recent arrivals from Somalia are now encamped at the transit centre, where they receive basic shelter, relief items and hot meals. Also, a nutrition survey at the Kobe and Hilaweyn camps in the Dollo Ado area has found high levels of malnutrition among children under five years of age. Refugees at both camps arrived from Somalia in extremely poor health condition, with many families losing children to malnutrition en route or after arrival in Ethiopia. Health and nutrition programmes have been set up by a range of experienced partners to address malnutrition, especially among the youngest children, but progress has been slow, said UNHCR. read more

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Former National Freedom Front (NFF) Parliamentarian Muhammad Muzammil, who was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) last month, was further remanded till July 13.He was arrested after he appeared before the FCID to make a statement over alleged misuse of Government vehicles when the former Government was in power. (Colombo Gazette)

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Analysts at the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) have continued to review the status of 411 suspected WMD sites inspected in the period from November 2002 to March 2003, according to the Commission’s latest report to the Security Council. High-resolution imagery has been examined for 378 sites, including those considered to be the most important, the report says. UNMOVIC retains a core staff of nine Iraqi nationals in Baghdad. Following the departure of a number of staff members, its total professional staff now totals 46. The report states that besides its monitoring activities, UNMOVIC has been compiling a compendium of the proscribed weapons programmes instituted by Iraq since the 1970s. An extract containing a summary of the biological section of the compendium is attached to the report. read more

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Shares in gold miner Goldcorp fall after reporting first-quarter results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2012 2:48 pm MDT Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) is seeing improved grades at its Red Lake mine in Ontario following difficulties in the first quarter that have prompted the company to raise concerns production would be less than expected.“We’re currently undertaking a review of the mine plan at Red Lake as well as the flexibility within the rest of the portfolio over the balance of 2012 to assess the potential impact to our company-wide production,” chief executive Chuck Jeannes said Thursday.“We expect this process to be complete by the end of the current quarter and we’ll update the market at that time.”BMO Capital Markets analyst David Haughton, who rated Goldcorp an “outperform”, noted he expected Goldcorp to produce about 2.5 million ounces of gold this year compared with its current guidance for 2.6 million.However, Haughton noted that he expects Goldcorp’s production and costs to return to its expected guidance for 2013.Shares in Goldcorp were down $2.65, or more than six per cent, at $37.84 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it reported weaker than expected first-quarter results due to the problems at Red Lake.The gold miner said poor ground conditions delayed work at the mine and lower than expected grades of ore in other areas of the mine cut into production. Gold production at Red Lake totalled 114,200 ounces for the quarter, down from 186,100 ounces a year ago.However despite the problems at Red Lake, Jeannes said the company’s other operations were doing well.For the quarter, Goldcorp produced 524,700 ounces of gold, down from 637,600 a year ago, while it saw an average realized price of $1,707 per ounce, up from $1,394. Total cash costs amounted to $251 per ounce on a by-product basis, up from $188 a year ago.Jeannes played down concerns in Argentina, where Goldcorp is building a new mine, following a move by the government there to nationalize the country’s largest oil company.“We understand that the government’s action is born out of a very unique set of circumstances that have unfolded over a number of years between these parties and does not suggest a similar course of action with respect to the mining industry,” he said.Haughton said “exposure to Argentina has caused some investor anxiety recently.”After the close of markets Wednesday, Goldcorp reported a first-quarter profit of US$79 million or 51 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from $651 million or 81 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue grew to $1.35 billion, up from $1.22 billion.Excluding one-time items, the company reported an adjusted profit of $404 million or 50 cents per share, compared with $392 million or 49 cents per share a year ago.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of 58 cents per share, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Goldcorp is Canada’s second-largest gold company.The company has mines as well as exploration and development projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Guatemala and Argentina. read more

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KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State turned a late turnover into a Justin Thompson field goal with less than two minutes to play for a 13-10 victory over Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.With the Terriers facing third-and-long near midfield, Anthony Gore sacked Joe Newman and forced a fumble that was recovered by Andrew Butcher for a loss of 20 yards.As befitting the defensive struggle in the rain, the Owls went nowhere but Thompson kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:52 to play.The fourth-seeded Owls (11-1) are home against fifth-seeded South Dakota State in the quarterfinals next weekend.Other than two big plays early in the second quarter, neither of the run-dominated teams was able to muster much of an attack.Darnell Holland scored on a 53-yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter to put the Owls on the board. Holland took a pitch around right end for the longest TD run in Big South Conference playoff history. Just two snaps later Wofford answered with a 57-yard pass from Joe Newman to D’mauriae Van Cleave.The Terriers got a career-long 45-yard field goal from Luke Carter midway through the second quarter but Thompson tied it with 40-yarder on the last play of the half.Kennesaw finished with 242 yards and Wofford 236, another 43 coming on a completion on the last play of the game. Both teams had two turnovers.The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro (10) controls the ball in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRivalry games are a constant. Regardless of the trajectory of a team, players will get fired up and ready to play when they see certain teams on their schedule. The Ohio State and Penn State women’s basketball teams are no exception.The Buckeyes beat Penn State 76-71 on Jan. 17 in overtime after coming back from down double digits. Since then, Ohio State has gone 2-3 while the Nittany Lions have dropped three of their past four games. While the teams have faced similar struggles since their past matchup, their rivalry was the only thing that mattered Wednesday night when Ohio State (10-11, 6-6 Big Ten) beat Penn State (10-12, 3-8 Big Ten) for a second time 78-73.Averaging more than 15 turnovers per game, ball control has been a point of emphasis for the Buckeyes as of late. With a Penn State team averaging 7.7 steals per game coming to town, the Nittany Lions stingy defense was a tough test for Ohio State.“Penn State is good,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They’re talented, they’re a hard matchup because they’ve got some really fast, athletic guards. They were beating us off the dribble early, one guarding the ball and one in the gaps to kind of help each other.”The Nittany Lions forced five turnovers in the first quarter, but a strong defensive performance gave Ohio State the 16-12 lead heading into the second quarter.Penn State searched all night for the 3-ball in an attempt to jump ahead of the Buckeyes, but poor shooting and strong pressure from Ohio State limited the Nittany Lions to just 5-of-19 from deep, with eight of their attempts coming in the first quarter. The Buckeyes connected on 5-of-13 of their attempts from 3.The teams continued going back and forth in the second quarter with neither gaining more than a three-point advantage. After a missed layup by Penn State with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Buckeyes quickly made their way back down the court and freshman forward Dorka Juhász found the basket as the buzzer sounded to tie things up 29-29 at halftime. Juhász notched a double-double, scoring 14 points and earning 11 rebounds.“I think [Dorka] is getting back closer to 100 percent, we needed her tonight, obviously,” McGuff said. “She’s a difference maker for us and it’s great to see her play so well.”Coming out of the locker room, the Buckeyes went on a quick 6-0 run to take the lead again 35-29, though it didn’t last as the Nittany Lions responded with a 6-2 run of their own to make it a two-point game.The Buckeyes later took a 49-39 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Penn State refused to go away, finishing the quarter on a 12-2 run to tie things up heading into the fourth.Ohio State made its living at the free throw line on Wednesday, connecting on 25-of-32 attempts at the charity stripe and hitting 18-of-22 in the fourth quarter. The first eight points for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter came from the free throw line, which wasn’t broken until a layup from redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande with 5:26 remaining. Adding 14 points and four assists, Grande said she knew fouls and free throws would be an important part of the game for the Buckeyes. “We were in the bonus early in the fourth quarter, so it was either get some layups or some free throws and just rack up points because we were having some trouble moving,” Grande said. The back and forth continued late into the fourth quarter, as neither team was able to put the other away. Penn State took a three-point lead, its largest of the game, with 3:30 remaining, but Ohio State quickly responded with a 3-pointer by Grande to tie things up. Freshman guard Janai Crooms stole the ball by deflecting a Penn State pass and Grande quickly found the basket at the other end to give Ohio State a 72-68 lead, but Penn State junior guard Jaida Travascio-Green responded with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game. After a miss by Grande on the ensuing possession, Penn State junior guard Siyeh Frazier hit a jumper to take 73-72 with just 30 seconds remaining. Despite the earlier miss in crunch time, Grande came back and scored on a layup to give Ohio State the 74-73 lead.Penn State missed on its possession and the ball went out, and after a review possession was given to Ohio State and the Nittany Lions were forced to foul. Santoro was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws to make the final 78-73.Santoro finished with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting, going 11-of-13 from the free throw line.Redshirt senior Makayla Waterman, who finished with a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting, knocking down 10 of her 14 free throw attempts, said the team knew it would come down to its defense.“We knew that eventually it was going to come down to getting a couple stops in a row regardless if we’re scoring or not,” she said. “I put that in my mind and I think our whole team did, and we ended up getting a lot of good team stops at the end.The Buckeyes shot 49 percent from the field and tied a season high in points scored with 78. Four players reached double digits.Ohio State will stay home to take on Iowa at 4 p.m on Sunday. read more

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first_imgFormer SAS soldier 25-year-old Sgt Ralph ‘Jock’ Hay from Burghead in Morayshire 25-year-old Sgt Ralph ‘Jock’ Hay, who served with 2nd SAS The site of the shootings as it looks now. Among those captured was 25-year-old Sgt Ralph ‘Jock’ Hay from Burghead in Morayshire. His party found itself surrounded by SS Panzer troops and was forced to surrender after it ran out of ammunition following an hour-long battle.He and seven others were later driven to a remote forested spot and executed on October 15.According to the testimony of German soldiers accused of the murders after the war, the captured men were one-by-one told to strip off their uniforms and were led at gunpoint from a truck into the trees.As each was led away, those remaining listened in silence until a gun shot was heard and another captive was ordered out.As the eighth and final man was led to a pit now filled with the naked bodies of his comrades, he looked at his German guard and told him: “We were good men.”The victims were exhumed from their shallow grave in late 1945 and reburied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at the Durnbach War Cemetery.In the intervening years, the actual site of the shootings became lost. Historians believed they had found it in the 1980s and a memorial was erected, but the author believes he has now found the correct site 12 miles away, west of the hamlet of La Grande Fosse. Site where the body of Sgt. Ralph 'Jock' Hay was discovered New memorial stones will be placed at the sites of two notorious massacres of captured British SAS troops, after the locations were rediscovered in a 13-year-project to commemorate all Second World War deaths from the elite regiment.The locations in eastern France have been tracked down in research to compile the stories of each of the 374 members of the elite regiment, and its forerunner the Long Range Desert Group, killed in the conflict.The research behind the roll of honour has found previously unpublished photographs of the exhumation of some of the soldiers, as well as new pictures of the SAS team sent to investigate the war crimes after the end of the conflict. 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. Lt James ‘Desmond’ Black of 2nd SAS  The author now intends to place memorial stones at the two sites in the Vosages Mountains after he trawled war crimes trial records and military files and talked to elderly local residents to pinpoint the locations.The killings happened in the aftermath of an audacious SAS mission, codenamed Operation Loyton, to parachute behind enemy lines and attack communications lines in August 1944.The mission is believed to have been betrayed and the men of 2nd SAS found they had parachuted into an area full of German troops.After weeks of hit and run raids, starved of supplies and hunted by German troops, the SAS party withdrew to Allied lines, with many men listed as missing, believed captured.But unknown to the SAS men who had taken part in the mission, Hitler had given his now notorious order dictating that captured commandos should be executed rather than taken prisoner of war, even if they were wearing military uniform. One clue was a new photo discovered of men of the SAS War Crimes Investigation Team (SASWCIT) recovering the bodies from their shallow grave.Don Hay, 69-year-old nephew of Sgt Hay, told the Telegraph: “It’s quite horrific what happened really. The fact that they were captured in uniform and they thought when they went on that operation, if they were captured, they would be taken prisoner of war.”The site of the September 20 execution of another eight men, led by Lt James ‘Desmond’ Black of 2nd SAS, is also believed to have been found near Saint-Die.The author, who has published his roll of honour of all Second World War SAS casualties under the pen name Ex-Lance Corporal X, said: “The Germans made them strip then shot them on the edge of pre-dug pits one by one.“They then back-filled these pits, covering them over in an attempt to erase their crimes.“They buried the men’s personal effects elsewhere or burnt them. Inevitably, when tracked down those responsible all claimed to have been only the duty driver or only a sentry posted on the edge of the area.“Eventually the stories came out and many began to turn evidence against each other.”Profits from The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941-47 will go to Combat Stress and to fund more memorial headstones. Former soldier Lt James 'Desmond' Black of 2nd SAS last_img read more

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first_imgGot a dirty mouth? Don’t worry, Google will help you clean it up. When using Glass, you’re at the mercy of what Google considers acceptable language.Google’s voice-to-text translation engine is among the best on the planet. It understands a variety of languages, handles accents better than most humans, and, overall, is great at understanding what you are saying. The tool has allowed Google to build things like Google Now, which can understand complete sentences and allow an OS act on your commands. It’s one of the reasons the voice-only input for Google Glass seems like it could work, and since there’s no other way to “type” it’s not like users have any other choice.Even so, Google has imposed limited. Just like Google’s voice translation for Android, if you try and drop the F-bomb in a text message to a friend you’ll find your message is tweaked on the display.Google’s dictation engine censors any swearing that crosses its servers, and has since the beginning. The company isn’t alone in this, in fact most voice translation services will apply a PG rating to whatever you say. It stops you from accidentally swearing, or offers you some helpful alternatives just in case you meant something else. On phones, tablets, and nearly everything else with voice dictation you have the ability to go back and correct things manually. At the very least you can just fire up your keyboard and clear away those asterisks or to make it clear you are not trying to talk to some duck’s mom.If you’re using Glass, there’s no other options for text input. Much like the updated controls over SafeSearch, Google’s going to be in control here. Unlike SafeSearch, there’s absolutely no way to disable this filter. The settings give you no control over this right now, and since there’s no Off switch on any of Google’s other voice services it seems unlikely we’ll see one here.last_img read more

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first_img• Project questions, concerns: Art Spillman, 503-415-6133, art.spillman@portofportland.com• Aircraft noise, overflights: Noise hot line, 503-460-4100, 800-938-6647, pdxnoise@portofportland.com• Event information/schedule a presentation: Brooke Berglund, 503-415-6532, brooke.berglund@portofportland.comA historic airport made a little more history Friday when Pearson Field debuted its first air traffic control tower.It’s a temporary installation, scheduled for a six-month stay while a renovation project at Portland International Airport alters some of the traffic density in local skies.The Federal Aviation Administration provided the mobile control center and will staff it with personnel from the Portland International and Hillsboro, Ore. airports.The south runway at PDX, which is closed for reconstruction, handled about 70 percent of the jet traffic, Scott Speer, an FAA air traffic manager, said Friday morning just after the Pearson control center went live. “Now 100 percent of it is on the north runway” — the one closer to Vancouver, Speer said.PDX air traffic will follow the same patterns as in the past on takeoffs as well as landings, but the shutdown of the south runway beginning at 9 a.m. Monday means there will be more jets closer to parts of Clark County, Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson said. The Vancouver-based air controllers will ensure that the jets “stay safely segregated from Pearson traffic,” said Laura Schnei-der, the FAA support manager in Portland.A couple of pilots who came by Pearson’s operations office earlier in the week to learn more about the transition figured that it doesn’t change things much.last_img read more

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first_imgLast month, ABM’s Business Information Network reported b-to-b ad pages fell 27 percent in January 2009 compared to January 2008— the largest single drop in a year (representing nearly 30 straight months of decline for b-to-b magazines). One week later, the Magazine Publishers of America announced that consumer ad pages fell 25.9 percent in the first quarter. Executives who at this time last year confidently claimed, “We’ve been here before,” now say, “We’ve never seen anything like this.”With plunging revenue the norm for many publishers, controlling costs and reexamining revenue opportunities is essential. At the FOLIO: Growth Summit in March, Kerry Gumas, president and CEO of Questex Media, offered a presentation on productivity, efficiency and a new look at evaluating costs. Some of it included steps publishers have used all along—but Questex has managed to leverage them to identify missed opportunities and areas of potential exposure.That doesn’t mean Gumas has come up with a magic bullet. In 2008, Questex enjoyed double-digit revenue growth through the first three quarters of the year, but with the majority of its events occurring in the first part of the year experienced a rough fourth quarter that left the company with overall single-digit growth. “We’re coming off a strong year but in the second half, the print business in particular slowed down significantly,” says Gumas. “As we come into 2009, we are experiencing across-the-board declines in ad volume. A small number of our titles are experiencing year-over-year growth through March but most are experiencing a decline. This has the feeling of us being the last guys to show up at a party that we didn’t want to be at in the first place.” Last month, Questex laid off more than 40 employees, with cuts coming across a variety of different functions, due to the economic slowdown and to the decision to expand outsourcing in certain areas such as production and creative services. In March, Moody’s Investors Service listed Questex among a list of 283 companies most likely to default on their debts. Still, this could be the resume of almost any publisher right now. While Questex is having to make hard choices in terms of headcount and business direction, the company has come up with a formula that is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in certain areas, and revealing revenue opportunities that could be worth millions. “Print is under significant pressure and we’re doing what we have to do to readjust the size of our business,” says Gumas. “An assessment of the long-term view is important—we don’t think this is just a couple quarters of decline and then the market will bounce back. This is a fundamental change.”In the story that follows, Gumas examines how Questex is re-assessing metrics in profitability, production, customer, sales and content and audience metrics. Profitability: Make It PersonalQuestex weighs a number of profitability measures (many of which are used by other publishers), such as process productivity and profitability, contribution margin, EBITDA and net income and free cash flow. But the key for Questex is to make sure all managers are on the same page. “The starting point is we make a concerted effort to make sure managers at all levels understand their responsibility for profitability measures within their control as well as their contribution to overall company profitability,” says Gumas. “That is pretty important—if you just use the word ‘profit,’ that means so many things to different people.”Questex establishes a baseline of understanding for what people’s personal responsibilities are—which ultimately affects their compensation. “In terms of specific measures such as contribution margin, we track it on individual business units,” says Gumas. “That’s part of the compensation plans for senior managers such as the publisher and editor-in-chief in each group. It starts with basic access to numbers. The more access, the more visible they are, the more people work to manage them.”Controllers work with each group on budget planning but managers generate the budgets themselves, rather than the company applying a top-down budget from corporate. “We always began our planning process from the business unit up rather than corporate level down,” says Gumas. Questex takes revenue forecasts and adjusts costs accordingly on a routine basis. That includes focusing on some metrics that publishers haven’t really weighed that heavily in the past. “Take something very traditional like the ad/edit ratio. At some places it’s reported more as a consequence of people’s individual decisions,” says Gumas. “We use it as a real tool to drive the number of pages from the beginning of the cycle. When you’re producing many magazines, a deviation off the edit ratio can lead to a lot of incremental costs.” Profitability Metrics• Process Productivity and Profitability• Product/Property Profitability• Contribution Margin• EBIDTA• Net Income • Cash Flow  Customer/Market Metrics: Saving $100K+ on the Rate Card Evaluating customer and market metrics is a multi-tiered process. Questex uses traditional approaches, such as looking at existing customers and prospects in terms of what they’ve spent with Questex properties in the past and the client’s market share, which the publisher can equate into spending that’s part of their marketing budget.But the company also employs some non-traditional methods such as an active survey process (both formal survey and dialogue) of its customer base about spending allocations, including whether they are allocating more money to print or digital (and what part of digital, such as e-mail or search). “We try to build perspective and understand where their priorities are to develop the right product line and put solutions in front of them,” says Gumas. “From a cost standpoint, this helps allocate resources where there is a real demand right now.”That process can yield some unexpected opportunities for savings and revenue. An example is the unit analysis that Questex did on its rate cards. “We had many options for fractional pages on our rate cards,” Gumas says. “When we looked at the marketplace over time, we learned that many of those options are not transacted very frequently. Why should we have them on the rate card at all? It sounds very simple but that means fewer steps for setting up the billing templates, it means fewer one-off ad orders, it means less  requirements from the classified department or even creative services. The one-off costs that tend to get lost in the equation, they go away.”Using this approach, Questex’s Home Media magazine saw that 10 key accounts drive 80 percent of its revenue. Optimizing the rate card meant compressing more than 140 different rate options to a dozen. “Dollars, market share and customer renewal rates have all gone up,” says Gumas.Rate card optimization has enabled Questex to save significantly on production and creative services across the company. “Simply from rate card optimization, we saved a couple hundred thousand dollars over a one-year period,” says Gumas.Customer/Market Metrics• Customer Objectives• Customer Satisfaction• Customer Renewal/Churn Rates• First-Time Customer Renewal Rates• Mix: Allocation of Marketing Budget• Share: Customer Buying Trends• Media Channel Preferences & Plans• Customer ROI Benchmarks• Media-specific MetricsA LOOK AT QUESTEX’ RATE CARD ANALYSISSales Metrics: When the Little Guys Really Add Up In recent years, Questex titles enjoyed growing advertising revenue. However, a closer examination of the sales side revealed how a rising tide can hide significant inefficiencies.“We had a magazine that grew its revenue consistently over a three-year period,” says Gumas. “But when we did the analysis, specifically of renewal rates and retention over that period, we saw there was a significant loss experienced. Although it looked like we were improving, what was really happening was a significant loss of economic opportunity.”As Questex extended that analysis, the danger became even more apparent; the company had lost smaller accounts that totaled $3.4 million. “By taking the renewal retention analysis and revenue per account metrics and ad unit analysis, one of the conclusions was that we had a sales force performing extremely well at the major account level where the ad buy was significant premium pages or run-of-book,” says Gumas. “If the advertiser was smaller and buying smaller units, that was where we had exposure. Over time we had developed a sales force that was field sales oriented with not enough focus on mid-sized accounts.”Questex began shifting sales resources to a more balanced in-house and outsourced approach. “In Cleveland, we have a sales center where we have people doing nothing but selling to that middle market,” says Gumas. “From a cost standpoint, that allowed us to reduce the cost of sales, and from a revenue standpoint, it gave us capacity to increase revenue.”Sales Metrics• Number of accounts existing and new• Number and dollar value of missing accounts and non-renewals• Sales and revenue• Cost of sales• Dollar value of orders, transactions• Total activities• Face-to-face appointments/Call-meeting activities• Proposals and IOs sent• Ratios • Number of activities and proposals• Number of activities/IOs sent• Number of activities/deals closed• Revenue Per Rep (per time period)• CoS/repCHURN ANALYSIS AND LOST REVENUE Production and Distribution Metrics: Digital GrowthToday, most publishers are grappling with the fundamental issue of print economics versus digital economics. “We’ve established over time a broad range of metrics for helping us manage print economics,” says Gumas. “In our case, we’re going through a managed process of taking costs out of print business, doing so in manner that we hope would produce efficiency without a decreasing quality of the product.”The goal for Questex was to deploy savings into the digital businesses. “We’re moving all of our brands from reliance on single platform data to multi-channel data,” says Gumas. “The strategy is to provide customers the ability to reach the audience. We let the audience consume information in whatever format makes sense for them and give the advertiser as many different platforms.”  That means significantly increasing total audience delivery by increasing the digital reach—whether that’s a digital edition, subscription newsletter, Web site or Webinar. “The economics of digital distribution are clearly less expensive than print and we’re going back to the market metrics at the beginning and asking our editorial and publishing teams to rethink what audience segments are the most attractive,” says Gumas. Production and Distribution Metrics• Press run• Number of copies• Prepress• Printing• Paper• Postage (domestic and international)• Number of copies mailed• Book pages printed (ad, edit, revenue, NR pages)• Magazine pages mailed (domestic, international, show/office/Fed Ex copies)• Magazine pages printed (mechanical costs per page, prepress, printing, paper, postage)Content & Audience Metrics: Creating an SEO ScorecardMost publishers are scrambling to build out their digital products but most are also less than scientific about it. However, Questex has developed an approach that not only monitors the online progress month-to-month but holds individual staffers responsible for certain tasks. “All of this in my mind, gets to the effectiveness of the content being produced, which translates directly to the cost and revenue side of it,” says Gumas.   The process began with Questex search manager Alison McPartland educating the entire portfolio—from publishers to editors and techies—on SEO best practices, including organic and paid search.  “The way the CMS was set up, a lot of editors created content then shipped it off to someone else rather than being hands-on with the site itself,” she says.  McPartland launched an internal wiki and a blog to aid group training efforts such as Webinars. She also created a Search Engine Optimization Task List with more than 100 functions but narrowed the list to five key responsibilities—indexability, linking, accessibility, keywords and meta tags—that can be weighed via an SEO Scorecard. “Hundreds of factors go into a search engine’s algorithms but we’re looking at five main factors that can be tied to a specific role, whether that’s editorial or the site manager or someone else,” says McPartland. Indexability: The amount of pages indexed in the search engines versus the actual pages in the CMS. “We need to make sure that the pages indexed are ones that we want indexed and not just our comments page getting indexed 5,000 times,” says McPartland. “If 20 percent of the pages Google is reporting are PDFs, that’s not the quality pages we want. If we get 10,000 links, that’s great. But because Questex is a portfolio and we have so many sites, maybe 5,000 links are from other sites. That’s not really a negative for ranking but it means we’re not reaching the right audience or not getting as many as we thought we were.” Linking Ratio: “If we identify certain areas of a site that we want to sell or have people read, what is that ratio versus the homepage or sub page?” says McPartland. “We want to see a good balance of homepage versus sub page sources for links.” Accessibility: This measures the spiderability of the site. “We look to make sure nothing is keeping search engine spiders from indexing our pages,” says McPartland, who adds that Questex uses an internal crawler to go over the site before it’s presented to the major search engines. “If there is a road block, we want to identify that and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”Keywords: The ability to track the number of keywords the site is optimized on, and measure ROI.Meta Tags: Meta tags can boost a site’s visibility with specific key terms. “Do we have unique meta tags across the site?” says McPartland. “With CMS platforms, there’s a lot of omission and a lot of times things get duplicated.” Checking meta tags can be incredibly time consuming, so Questex looks for red flags, such as descriptions that might be too short. “If something is short, we pull a report on it to check,” says McPartland. “That may be a sign that it isn’t unique enough to be optimized for the search engine.”Content Metrics• Circulation/uniques subscribers• Edit cost per audience unit• Edit cost per page, copy, issue• Ad/edit ratio• Edit pages/editor• Page views• Open rates• Clickthru-rates• Openers• Forwards• Audience Comments/Posts• SEO ScorecardBUILDING AN SEO SCORECARDMaking It Clear to the StaffAssigning responsibility and day-to-day tasks in terms the staff could understand was key to growing the Web sites. The goal was to create a quick-access benchmark system for publishers. With Cadalyst.com, McPartland identified three core roles—Web producer, editor and development team—for managing the five main SEO factors. Each factor is weighted and assigned a performance score.  “That way people can say, ‘If there’s one thing you do for SEO, it’s your title tag,’” says McPartland.Each SEO Scorecard is also color-coded (green is good, red is poor, yellow is fair) to offer a quick reference on which SEO factors the staff is handling well and which need immediate attention. “The idea of green, yellow and red was to say ‘Okay, meta tags are green so they’re pretty good but linking is red, so that’s what we need to focus on,” says McPartland. “We can hone in on who’s responsible for that, whether that’s a Web producer who should be doing something about accessibility issues or whether it’s an editor who should be rewriting their meta tags or keywords because there are duplicates. We can run a report and say to the groups, ‘The Web producers are doing a great job but the meta tags are still a problem, which means we’re not getting through to editorial, so we need to work more with them.”McPartland has recently started running reports against editorial identifying Web performance trends such as the Top 25 articles across all Questex sites, specific keywords that drove traffic and the author that the story is tied to. “We can go to them and say, ‘Here’s what you did right, here’s what can be improved,” says McPartland. “SEO results can take two or three months and by that time the ranking and indexing has lost the editor’s interest. Now we’re going to run quarterly SEO Scorecards for each site but also generate monthly reports on the top articles for that site, indicating who that the author was and what keywords brought readers to that article.”last_img read more

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Executive Perspectives Part 2

first_img This is the second half of our “Executive Perspectives” series. The first part of the series can be found here.  Sometimes, as in our cover story this month, the empirical data tells the story. Other times, it’s valuable to understand what people are thinking about. Ultimately, a combination of the two — data plus insight — produces the most promising path forward. Here, we selected 17 executives from among publishers and the supplier companies that help them, and asked them to candidly share their points of view on pressing issues and emerging opportunities. COO / U.S. News & World Report  Which types of new positions or skill sets are you currently hiring for? We are increasing our staff by 25 percent by 2017. We are focusing on technical developers, analysts, and ad sales. What will be the biggest challenge facing your business over the next 12 months? The biggest challenge — and also the biggest opportunity — is to diversify how we reach our audience while also increasing it. As recent news suggests, it does not serve publishers well to be too reliant on any one platform or source of web traffic. Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browsecenter_img Prev1 of 7NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse While the responses are widely divergent — touching on all aspects of a changing business — there’s nevertheless a core thread running through our Q&As: How to generate new revenue by serving the industry in contemporary ways, through innovation and fresh ways of looking at longstanding challenges. We were impressed by the insights these folks shared, and the relevance for all kinds of magazine-media companies.  What does the term “21st century media company” mean, from your perspective? Media is changing rapidly. Today’s 21st century media company has to be committed to creating good content, and nimble in the way it presents and distributes that content. Understanding your audience, and their interests and behaviors, will be a key to most revenue models.  Karen Chevalierlast_img read more

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Victory Lap Nieman Reports Explores Diversity and a B2B Title Gets a

first_img “The transfer of content is ongoing,” Berry adds. “It’s all there, but not yet all categorized. We spend a couple of hours every day categorizing.” Association / Non-Profit – Series of Articles Given the sheer volume of content — Berry estimates that U.S. Builders Review has a library of over 4,000 case studies alone, and about 6,000 total pages to transfer from the old Drupal site to the new WordPress one — the transition process from old site to new was labor intensive. ► Click here for the full list of 2016 Eddie and Ozzie Award winners. In line with its mission of equipping journalists with insights and best practices to help them better cover their communities, Nieman Reports, the quarterly journal produced by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, published a series of articles addressing an especially prescient challenge for today’s newsrooms: covering minorities — both with accuracy and sensitivity. One of the biggest realizations for the industry in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election, says Geary, was the need to address other overlooked minorities, like educational or socioeconomic diversity, what Geary calls a “prevailing lack of coverage of Middle America.” The process may be ongoing, but the response has been positive. Readers are sharing, sponsors are buying, and the website will soon expand to include native placements to meet interest from advertisers. “Our old site was very outdated,” Erica Berry, director of digital marketing and business development at parent company TrueLine Publishing, tells Folio:. “It didn’t have the functionality we felt it needed, and it didn’t give our vendors much credit. We didn’t give them much incentive to advertise.” “We have advertisers who want that digital exposure, so we want to make sure we give them those opportunities,” says Berry.  Each of the four pieces were meant not only to reflect upon the ways newsrooms cover these populations, but to provide practical strategies on how newsrooms can improve their coverage. Often, the reports found, the issue is not just that newsrooms are ill-equipped to cover issues facing minorities, but that newsrooms aren’t aware of the issues to begin with. The goal was to infuse the site with a responsive, modern-looking design that would showcase the brand’s extensive library of features, case studies, and content from sponsors — a look and feel that would encourage readers to share with their peers. U.S. Builders Reviewcenter_img “We tried to quantify, as much as possible, the actual practical impact of diversity or lack of diversity,” Nieman Foundation deputy curator James Geary tells Folio:. “The thread that connects all of these stories is just trying to raise awareness of all of the different facets of diversity, and how those play into really crucial editorial decision making. It goes beyond how you cover a story, but whether you even recognize that something is a story.” TrueLine Publishing In February, U.S. Builders Review, a trade journal serving the construction industry, set out to update its website to match the recently redesigned print edition in an effort to meet the evolving needs of both readers and advertisers. It’s at times a challenge, Geary admits, approaching such issues with the depth of coverage they deserve while keeping things rooted in practical strategies that news organizations can actually incorporate, but all four articles walk the line with graceful tact. Four articles provided an in-depth examination of four different communities — respectively, African-Americans, transgender men and women, Native Americans, and the disabled. For Nieman Reports, the mission to keep journalists in the know continues. “Covering Minorities”  B-to-B – Site Design “It’s relatively easy to identify the problem and to decry it,” Geary continues. “What’s a lot harder is knowing what to do next, giving journalists the tools to think that through and to change if what they’re doing isn’t up to the task.” Nieman Reportslast_img read more

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Genocide committed against Rohingyas says Holocaust Museum

first_img.The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has said there is compelling evidence that the Myanmar military committed ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingya, the Muslim minority population of Myanmar.The Museum came to the conclusion based on: a careful analysis in consultation with an advisory group of atrocity experts; its own on-the-ground, original research that resulted in a joint report in 2017 with Fortify Rights; and information recently released in the Department of State’s documentation report and the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission.“The Burmese [Myanmar] military’s campaign against the Rohingya, especially the attacks of August 2017, have been deliberate, systematic, and widespread,” said Lee Feinstein, a member of the Museum’s governing Council and the Chairman of its Committee on Conscience, which advises the genocide prevention work of the Museum.“For the sake of the remnant community of Rohingya still in Burma and those threatened with being returned, we hope this announcement prods action,” Feinstein added.For decades, the Myanmar government has persecuted the Rohingya, stripping them of citizenship and subjecting them to waves of mass violence, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.In March 2015, the Museum issued a report warning that preconditions of genocide against the Rohingya were clearly evident. Other organisations also issued warnings that went unheeded. The Burmese government has consistently denied any wrongdoing.In August 2017, attacks on the Rohingya community by the Burmese military and others included mass killing, rape, torture, arson, arbitrary arrest and detention, and forced displacement of more than 700,000 people.The 2017 report issued by the Museum and Fortify Rights, “They Tried to Kill Us All,” documented these atrocities.“Our analysis concludes there is compelling evidence that Burmese authorities have intentionally sought to destroy the Rohingya people because of their ethnic and religious identity,” said Naomi Kikoler, Deputy Director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.“The Rohingya victims we work with feel abandoned. The world has turned a blind eye to their persecution – just as it did for victims of the Holocaust,” Kikoler said.The Museum’s reporting shows that other religious and ethnic communities in Burma, including the Kachin and Shan, are also at risk of mass atrocities at the hands of the Burmese military.In order to respond to crimes of this magnitude, Kikoler said, the Burmese government needs to be pressed by other states to undertake genuine efforts to prevent further atrocities; protect all vulnerable communities, including the Rohingya who remain in the country; cooperate with international investigations and assistance programs; hold perpetrators accountable in a credible and independent court; and undertake significant reforms to end discrimination against the Rohingya and restore their citizenship.A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.The Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide works to make the prevention of genocide and related crimes against humanity a national and international priority.The Museum’s far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Cardinals were announced on the Golf Channel as one of 18 programs selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf East Lansing Regional in East Lansing, Mich. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played May 6-8 at Forest Akers West Golf Course. The Cardinals are looking to build off their postseason performance from 2018, when they took fourth at the NCAA San Francisco Regional to qualify for their second-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the sixth consecutive season and 12th time in program history, the University of Louisville women’s golf team is headed to a NCAA Regional. For Louisville, the six straight appearances are the longest streak in program history. The Cardinals are the No. 11 seed in the 18-team region that features six teams inside the top 25 of the latest Golfstat rankings. The top eight teams after 72 holes of play will be placed into a bracket with match play to determine the national champion. Story Links “We are thrilled to be going to Michigan State,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “It will be very familiar grasses, so we look forward to playing in conditions we are accustomed to. NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Stanford Regional Championship (by seed)1. Stanford2. Arizona3. Kent State4. UCLA5. Michigan State6. Campbell7. Illinois8. Baylor9. North Carolina10. Georgia11. Louisville12. Augusta13. LSU14. Indiana15. Long Beach State16. Xavier17. Harvard18. IUPUIPrint Friendly Version Fourth-ranked Stanford and fifth-ranked Arizona headline the East Lansing Regional. No. 12 Kent State, No. 14 UCLA, No. 20 Michigan State and No. 21 Campbell are all in the field as well. The 24 advancing teams and 12 individuals will complete 54 holes of stroke play. Following 54 holes of competition, the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match-play competition and the 72-hole stroke-play individual champion. Margot Bechadergue put together the best performance of her career at last week’s ACC Championship, tying for 10th place overall at 2-over par. Bechadergue has two other top-20 tournaments this season with a stroke average of 75.18. Mairead Martin has had a strong first season with the Cardinals, ranking second on the team with a 74.15 stroke average. The freshman turned in back-to-back top-10s at the Cardinal Cup and Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate last October. In 10 tournaments this season, Louisville owns a victory at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate as well as a runner-up finish at the Moon Golf Invitational. The Cardinals also tallied two third-place showings and two additional top-fives. The top six teams and top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship, held May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. “In any regional you have to prepare to play great and we will work hard to be ready!” Louisville is coming off the program’s best finish in five seasons of competing at the ACC Championship, taking fifth last week in Greensboro, N.C. The conference had 10 schools earn NCAA Regional bids. Lauren Hartlage leads the Cardinals into the postseason ranked No. 46 in the most recent Golfstat rankings. The junior owns five top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the Moon Golf Invitational.last_img read more

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Netflix Worst Offender in Showing Smoking in TV Shows Watchdog Group Says

first_imgTruth Initiative has been among the leading groups urging Hollywood to cease or cut back on depictions of smoking. The MPAA last year announced that it would consider scenes showing adults smoking (along with historical context) as a factor in movie-ratings decisions. According to research cited by the Truth Initiative, 37% of youth smoking initiation in the U.S. is attributable to exposure to smoking in movies.The Washington, D.C.-based antismoking org (formerly known as Legacy) was formed by and is funded under the landmark 1998 settlement agreement between major U.S. tobacco companies and 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.Pictured above: David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season 1 Popular on Variety ABC’s “Modern Family” had 20 “tobacco incidents” during the 2015-16 season; FX’s “American Horror Story” had 15; and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” had nine, according to Truth Initiative. The org also looked at Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” season 2 and found no depictions of tobacco use.Asked for comment, a Netflix rep said: “While streaming entertainment is more popular than ever, we’re glad that smoking is not. We’re interested to find out more about the study.” Truth Initiative released the study Friday.Of the Netflix shows cited, “Stranger Things,” “Making a Murderer” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are rated “TV-14” by Netflix (suitable for viewers 14 or older), while “House of Cards” and “OITNB” are rated “TV-MA” (for adult audiences only). “Fuller House” is rated TV-Y7, intended for audiences over 7.Overall, according to Truth Initiative’s analysis, 79% of the TV shows it analyzed prominently depict smoking. The org analyzed 14 series that were the most popular with American consumers 15-24, based on nationally sourced sample data.The group says tobacco use is more prevalent in digital content than traditional TV. And that’s worrisome because younger consumers have gravitated toward streaming services like Netflix while watching less traditional TV, it noted. Truth Initiative cited a UC San Francisco study of 2015-16 top-rated TV shows that found 54% of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu shows sampled were associated with tobacco incidents, compared with 38% of broadcast TV shows and 22% of cable TV shows.The rise of subscription VOD services has resulted in “a pervasive reemergence of smoking across screens that is glamorizing and renormalizing a deadly habit to millions of impressionable young people,” Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative, said in a statement.Among the measures Truth Initiative outlined to take action on the issue: working with producers to exclude tobacco imagery from shows; enforcing stricter parental-guideline ratings for content that includes tobacco use; and changing state film-production subsidy policies to provide tax and other incentives for productions that do not promote tobacco use. Netflix’s original series contain the highest number of smoking depictions — by far — among TV shows that are popular among young people, according to a new study by antismoking group Truth Initiative.Netflix shows contained 319 “tobacco incidents” — more than twice the number in broadcast and cable TV shows, which had 139, per the watchdog organization’s analysis of top series for the 2015-16 season.Season 1 of supernatural thriller “Stranger Things,” a breakout hit for Netflix, had a whopping 182 tobacco incidents, the highest total among the shows examined. No. 2 was AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” with 94 scenes showing tobacco use, followed by four Netflix shows: “Orange Is the New Black” (45), “House of Cards” (41), “Fuller House” (22), and docu-series “Making a Murderer” (20), according to Truth Initiative. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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