RIKEN to investigate STAP papers yet again

first_imgRIKEN, Japan’s network of national labs, today announced a new investigation into two papers reporting a sensational but now-discredited way of making stem cells. A brief announcement on RIKEN’s website states that the committee will look into issues concerning the papers and related cell lines that have emerged since a previous committee probing for research misconduct completed its work. The earlier committee found lead author Haruko Obokata, of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, guilty of research misconduct for fabrications and falsifications in the papers, published online in Nature on 29 January, which describe a strikingly simple way of deriving stem cells called STAP, for stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency. Nature retracted the papers on 2 July.One possible target of the investigation is the apparent introduction of material from a mouse strain not being used in the experiments into the STAP cell lines. A RIKEN official told Science that the committee members are still being selected and that their names will not be made public until they complete their report.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A third RIKEN-appointed committee recommended institutional reforms in the wake of the debacle. Another panel reported on 27 August that so far it has been unable to reproduce the STAP results following the protocol given in the papers.last_img read more

Jallikattu ban: There can be exemptions, but should be done in due process, says Kanhaiya

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with India Today, student leader Kanhaiya Kumar spoke extensively about politics, Tamil Nadu culture and the much-debated jallikattu festival. When asked about his political aspirations and on becoming the prime minister the student leader said that the decision lies with the people of the country.”I will say the same thing, who will be the prime minister of the country, that will be decided by the people. it does not happen if an individual wishes to be. Don’t ask me this question, ask the people in this country,” he told India Today.One being asked about the issue of parallel media, parallel politics and growing support for him, he said that in politics one should not aim at winning elections and that it should be about social transformation.”We do not have a political movement these days. We need to empower the country by bringing an organic link and try to enhance what is written as what is needed in politics, we are looking at bringing into reality,” said Kumar.ON JALLIKATTU”In a democracy if the judiciary has given its decision, we can appeal against the judiciary, and if there is a sentiment of the people and they are getting into the streets, then there is something. That does not mean, we can take any extra-constitutional measure for any issue. We have sentiments associated with it, we also have the courts with us, obviously the court will take into the consideration the sentiments of the people too,” said Kumar.advertisementWhen asked if the court can change its stand towards the sport since it has come down to Tamil pride, he said that it could definitely change.”It could definitely change for example: there is a dress code or a uniform, if you belong to a particular community, you get an exemption, in the same way if you go to the bank and they write that you cannot carry arms, but if you belong to the Sikh community, you can carry a “weapon” as part of your dress code, there is an exemption there. So there can be exemptions, but it should be done in due process,” he said.Although Kumar did not state if he is in favour of the ban or not, Kumar said that he is with the people of the country and lay emphasis on the rules of PETA and the court’s decision.”According to procedure, there is are rules of PETA and the court has taken a decision , that decision is against the sentiment of the people. democracy has the option bringing both the parties to discuss about the issue and we should look at that procedure. If there is mass upsurge, then definitely court will take cognizance and some understanding can be reached. But people should not resort to extra constitutional measures,” he said.ON CRIMES AGAINST WOMENWhen asked if the government can bring such instances under control, he said that the government has to bring them under control at all cost.”Be it any government, it is their responsibility to take care of the safety of the people, and as a citizen I will keep saying, it is our responsibility that if the government does not listen to the concerns of people, then we will have to take to the streets,”said Kanhaiya.While talking about the inclusion of youth in politics, he said that youngsters at present are reduced to mere vote banks. He said that students are not being made part of the manifesto.Also read:Congress letter bomb: Manmohan called jallikattu ‘cruel’ in 2015, party calls protest legitimate now All you need to know about Jallikattu DMK calls statewide rail roko agitation tomorrow in Tamil Nadu in favour of jallikattulast_img read more

Art Briles Says QB Stidham Will Play

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Bears starting QB Jarrett Stidham’s status has been up in the air all week after suffering a back injury early in last weeks battle vs. Oklahoma. Briles confirmed to ESPN reporter David Smoak on Thursday evening that Stidham will in fact play this weekend in Stillwater. Whether he will be limited is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to assume he’s headed into Saturday with a few bumps and bruises.#Baylor’s Art Briles was concerned about the progress of @Jarrett_Stidham on Wednesday, but I just received this text, “he’s playing.”— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) November 19, 2015AdChoices广告last_img read more

Chalk Talk: How OSU Can Use the Cowboy Back (Part 1)

first_imgThe cowboy back position is relatively exclusive to Oklahoma State. While many teams will interchange players between tight end, H back and fullback, the Cowboys are one of the only ones who have not only given them a name but also made them a focal point of the offense.In a previous Chalk Talk article, we talked about how adding a tight end or fullback brings in an extra linebacker into the box, thus making it more cluttered for the run game. But that doesn’t mean that the cowboy back should be scrapped; it can actually be a valuable weapon for any offense. In this week’s edition of Chalk Talk, we will discuss how the cowboy back can be fully optimized in a modern offense.Today, we will be specifically be looking at run-pass options involving the cowboy back at both the tight end and fullback positions.Y Pop/ Inside Zone RPOThe cowboy back can put stress on a defense in any basic run pass option (RPO). In the diagram below, the cowboy back, aligned as a tight end, runs a seam route, also called a “pop” route. This route puts heavy stress on the strong side linebacker. If the ‘backer crashes on the run, the quarterback can abort the handoff and throw behind him; and if he covers the route, the quarterback can hand off the ball with one less man in the box. The quarterback also has other pre-snap RPOs on both the strong and weak side of the formation.y pop diagramWatch as the strong-side linebacker bites on the run and leaves open grass behind him. The slot corner sees the play and tries to cover the route, but he is in bad position and can’t prevent the completion.Y_pop_CactusThe pop route/inside zone combination has the tight end as the primary target, but if he’s covered, it opens up for the packaged run play. It’s a perfect wrinkle for a team that wants to get their tight end easy receptions.Y Flat/Inside Zone RPOThere are other ways to get quick completions to the cowboy back. In this example, the cowboy back, now positioned as a ‘buck’ or upback, runs to the flat on an inside run play. The quarterback watches the play-side linebacker. If he covers the flat route, the quarterback hands the ball off. But, theoretically, if the SLB stays where he is or commits to the run, the quarterback can pull the ball and read the play-side corner, throwing to whomever isn’t covered.y flat wvuOut of the handful of times that the Cowboys have ran this play, they have yet to throw on it. In the example below, quarterback Mason Rudolph could have pulled the ball and thrown to an open flat route, but instead handed it off for no gain.y_flatMany teams will leave the end man on the line of scrimmage unblocked and read him. In that case, it becomes a two-tier post-snap read, the first one being a give/keep read and the second being a take off yourself/throw read. Creative plays like this are an excellent way to keep the tight end involved. It’s also difficult for a defense to cover because there’s so much going on.Plays like these would make defenses go crazy because they would both have to locate the cowboy back, because he can line up almost anywhere, and then worry about if he’s going out for a route. In part two, we will discuss how the CW (used instead of CB, which could cause confusion) could be used as an effective blocker in the run game.That was part one of this week’s chalk talk! Part two and three will be released later in the week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notes On Mike Gundy’s Southeastern Louisiana Press Conference

first_imgAnd we’re underway! Coach Gundy talks season opener, o-line, comes out pro pom-pom and more!Early Starters and the Opener• Sporting the Ticket City Cactus Bowl shirt immediately getting grief for The Gullet. “Yeah, I probably need to trim it up at some point before Christmas. Not much for an opening statement; but, we’re a healthy football team, practice has been going really well and we’re excited to play a game.”• Talks about the six freshmen that will probably play in the first game, or at least early in the season. Who are they? “Well the guys I’ve given you. I hope I don’t forget any names. We’ve got Bundage, he could play; we’ve got AJ Green; Stoner could play, Obi…there should be one more. Oh yeah, 27 could play in a game.” Coach is back!• Asked if Justice Hill (27) compares with Hunter, Toston and Randle regarding earning playing time as a freshman: “I’d be careful comparing him to those guys. They all three played in the NFL, or still play. He’s done very well in camp. We think the three or four we have now are better than what we were using last year with two or three.”• Coach says we’ve got three or four solid running-backs, but Jeff Carr’s name wasn’t mentioned. What’s his status? “Well, it should be. I mean, he’ll be in the mix.”• Do you foresee using five backs or would you like to see that position “skinny up”? “I would say we would need to use fewer backs at certain positions.” What? “We’ve got guys who can do certain things in our offense. A couple of them will be in two-back sets, and a couple of them won’t be in two-back sets. It’s kind of like what they do in the NBA. There’s guys we have that are really good in certain plays we have and may not be so good in others so…it makes it tougher on Yurcich, but we have to use the guys we have to make our running game better.”• Where are the next challenges for this team even with all the returning players? “We need to improve in gap responsibility and facing different styles of offense. This first offense will be completely different than what we see when we get into conference play.”• How does facing Southeast Louisiana’s option offense rank for an opener? “Option football is arguably the best style of offense there ever was or ever is, has been, however you want to look at it. So it’s a challenge because our team hasn’t seen any option football in the preseason.” So Gundy!Some QB Talk• How comfortable are you with Taylor Cornelius if Mason goes down? “Well, we’re comfortable because he’s the guy. We don’t have a choice. We all know that until we get out there and play you don’t know how you’re going to react, but he understands the program – he’s made plays.”• Is the hope right now to redshirt Wudtee and allow him to grow a little bit? “He’s getting quality work. Kolar’s getting work. But, Taylor (Corneilson) gets most of the reps in case we were to need somebody. But we’re trying to bring the other guys along – we’re not sure what we would do with him at this point.”Offensive Line• How has moving Marcus Keyes into the starting lineup made the line better? “We feel like he gives us a little more athleticism at that part – or at that point, I should say. He’s immature. He hasn’t played. But, we feel like that in the long run he gives us more than what we had.”• “We could very well play eight guys in the first game in the offensive line…with two or three guys getting 20 to 30 snaps.”• Can you get 150-175 yards out of your tailbacks? “Yeah, I don’t have any idea. I have in my mind what I feel like that we’re capable of if everybody’s healthy, and we see improvement on the offensive line, and if they play what would be a balanced defense and mix it up, then we need to rush for 125 yards a game. Now that sounds minimal but you have to look at where we were the last two years. 125 yards a game would have been like Christmas for us.”• Have you had to look close and hard for improvement in the offensive line or has it been obvious? “Well I look close and hard at it every day. It’s really the only thing I coach and am involved with. And I’ve seen improvement. We need to make our greatest strides from last season to this season in covering guys up and running the football.”Random Tidbits• Chris Carson – “Most two-year players we bring in, on a scale of 1 to 10, in their first year, if they’re doing ok, they’re about a 4. Then, based on their talent, go from a 7 to an 8. I think he’s made the transition from that level to this level. He has a better feel for our offense.”• Kickers – “We’ve got a couple guys that are doing some kicking for us in practice. We’re in a competition that’s going to end next Wednesday and that way we’ll know who’s going to kick off.”• What is this team’s greatest strength? “Have to say that our overall maturity at key positions should help us early in the season compared to where we were at last year.” Don’t you think Mason Rudolph is your greatest strength? “That’s the maturity at the key position I was referring to.”• Good to have first three games at home? “I’m excited for the fans and the students about playing at home in September. I think it’s important to start the season that way. I think it’s good for season ticket sales, the students, it generates a lot of interest. People are ready for college football.”• In favor of striping the stadium for the Pitt game? “I’m in favor of striping the stadium. I’m in favor of using pom-poms. I think that’s part of college football that builds your fan base. It excites the students.”• And finally… the app!! “We’ve developed, I think, the first head football coach app. It will be a Coach Gundy app. You can download it and put it on your phone and get instant information on everything we’re doing here – videos, interviews, roster, photos, schedule, NFL players, camp information, pictures – what? – yeah, there’ll probably be a mullet watch. We’ve got that out right now and it’s up and running. CoachGundy.com. Good stuff, you need to download it!” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

A Look At The Oklahoma State-Kansas Drive Charts

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Yards per play: 6.6Points per drive (offense): 3.14Points per drive (defense): 1.43Points off turnovers: 17Average starting field position: Own 42You should be averaging over seven yards per play against KU. The PPD numbers are fine, but OSU’s offense was greatly aided turnovers that it got in great position (three times inside KU’s 30 in the second half).Kansas Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-40-amKansas actually started off nicely with scores on three of its first five possessions. But then it was held to seven points on its next nine drives. That’s not going to get it done (obviously). A few other numbers …Yards per play: 6.2Points per drive (offense): 1.43Points per drive (defense): 3.14Points off turnovers: 7Average starting field position: Own 19That average starting field position is something else. Nobody is going to win many games starting on their own 19 on average, much less Kansas.Also a note on that yards-per-play number: OSU is now No. 118 in the country in plays allowed of 30+ yards. Texas Tech and OU are both top five in the country in plays of 30+ yards on offense. Gulp. Drive charts and points scored per drive might just bore you right to tears, but I find this stuff fascinating. It matters because you can look at drive charts and PPD and determine “could that team score when it needed to, and could it get stops when it needed to.”So let’s look at the two drive charts from Saturday’s game against Kansas and a few other deep statistics that mattered.OSU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-29-amThis started off pretty poorly. OSU went punt, fumble, TD and punt in its first four drives against one of the worst teams in FBS. The Pokes closed strong though with scores on five of their last six real drives. Other key numbers to know.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Thinks Oklahoma State Should be Retroactively Award Win over Central Michigan

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Matt Leinart and Joel Klatt sat down earlier this week to discuss week 2 of the college football playoff rankings. As they went down the list discussing some of their buzz schools, they landed on the discussion of the Big 12.Oklahoma State’s an interesting team too. They control their destiny in this conference. This goes back — this is so funny — (no its not!) to that Central Michigan game with that controversial call,” Leinart said.“If their only loss was at Baylor,” Klatt interjected. “Let’s say the officials make the correct call, or the Big 12 does what it should do which is retroactively award the win, because it wasn’t a subjective foul it was a game operations [error]. You can say the game was over and they played a play for fun.”Check out the full interaction in the video below:last_img read more

Our Favorite Plays From Saturday’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgWe had some fun with this post last week as we looked at some of the most memorable plays from Saturday’s game. Oklahoma State posted the game highlights, but these were individual (and maybe more under the radar) moments that stood out to us.Blake Jarwin (again)This is becoming a weekly occurrence. Jarwin has at least one catch in nine of 10 games this season and exactly one in three of the last four. Almost all of them look exactly like this one.Lil Sho TDThis was just a disgusting pitch and catch. Remember when people were calling Rudolph “average” earlier this year. Yeah, LOL.McCleskey’s fumble I know this ended poorly, but man I really loved the formation and setup. Would love to see this more with No. 1.Justice For allHe’s just a complete freak. And that downfield block from Lacy was paramount.Dimes on dimes on dimesA big balls throw from No. 2 over the middle here. He loves that spot as well as the sideline comeback. It’s a joy to watch.Justin Phillips sackPhillips had 14 tackles including this takedown of Mahomes in the fourth quarter. He was awesome with Chad Whitener out.PeaceCould watch forever. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Man City: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLeague Cup Arsenal vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Carabao Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:23 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Iwobi Arsenal Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola will attempt to mastermind victory as they guide their sides into battle at Wembley Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns in the first big final of the English football calendar when they face off for the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.It is Pep Guardiola’s first shot at winning a trophy with City and the Catalan will be keen to succeed, particularly after being knocked out of the FA Cup a week before.For the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, the game is one of their few remaining opportunities to clinch a piece of silverware this season and it is one trophy that has managed to elude the French boss during his time in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The teams played each other in the league back in November with City easily coming out on top on that occasion, so Arsenal will feel they have a bigger point to prove. Game Arsenal vs Manchester City Date Sunday February 24 Time 16:30 GMT / 11:30 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN Deportes and can be streamed live online using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Gilmour, Willock Forwards Aubameyang, Welbeck, Dasilva, Nelson, Nketiah Two players who are definitely ruled out for Arsenal are Alexandre Lacazette, who recently underwent surgery on a knee injury and Santi Cazorla, who has been troubled by an ankle complaint.There had been concerns over whether Aaron Ramsey would be available, but the Wales international looks likely to be involved in some capacity.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey; Aubameyang. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Guardiola has a number of injury concerns to deal with such as Raheem Sterling, who suffered a strain in the Champions League and could be unavailable.Gabriel Jesus could potentially return to the matchday squad having resumed training, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy remains out with an injury.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, B. Silva.Betting & Match Odds Man City are favourites to win the Carabao Cup with dabblebet offering odds of 4/7 on them to beat Arsenal in the final. The Gunners, meanwhile, are priced at 9/2 and a draw – which would see the game go to extra time – is a 7/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Arsene Wenger Arsenal Pep Guardiola Manchester CityManchester City are cruising towards Premier League glory but they can collect their first bit of silverware of the season by beating Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup.Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable side had been tipped for a quadruple season, but Wigan Athletic put an end to that chat by knocking them out of the FA Cup last week. However, a treble remains a distinct possibility if they can overcome the Gunners.They will have confidence that they can do so, having already dismantled Wenger’s side at the Etihad earlier this season, beating them 3-1, but, at the same time, they will not have forgotten last season’s FA Cup semi-final, in which Arsenal emerged victorious.A win for City will see Guardiola claim his first ever trophy since arriving in England in 2016, but an Arsenal win will also be a first for his counterpart Wenger, who has never hoisted the cup over his head in his two-decade-plus reign in North London.Arsenal last won the competition 25 years ago in 1993 when George Graham was at the helm and a triumph would see the Frenchman add it to a trophy cabinet that contains seven FA Cups and three Premier League titles.Not only that, but it would have the effect of ensuring continental football in the form of the Europa League and adding a silver lining to a season that has been beset with a myriad of problems.last_img read more

The Big 12 May Want an Expanded Playoff, but They Won’t Say it Publicly

first_imgPossible new talking point from Power Five commissioners re: possible Playoff expansion. —> Essentially: Yeah, we’re not gonna discuss publicly whatever we might be discussing. (It’ll be interesting to hear the other commissioners this week and next.) https://t.co/6OczCUBUW6— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 15, 2019Regardless, it echoes what Bowlsby said early in 2019 as last season was winding down and Alabama and Clemson were hurtling toward one another.“I just don’t think we can be tone deaf,” Bowlsby told ESPN regarding CFP expansion. “We’ve got to be open-minded about it. Just because we talk about something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.”The Big 12 has had a representative in three of the five playoffs (and by “a representative,” I mean OU has played in three of the five playoffs thus far). But Bowlsby is simply acknowledging what all of us already know: That the path to an eight-team playoff is paved with literal gold bricks and cash-lined banana stands.ESPN’s Heather Dinich has done some really good reporting around this, and you can read all of it here. This was the money shot for me (the actual 🤑 shot).According to CFP executive director Bill Hancock, each Power 5 conference will receive an estimated $62 million base payout from the CFP, including $300,000 for each team that meets the NCAA’s APR for participation in a postseason football game. The SEC, Big 12 and ACC each will receive $6 million for their teams’ having participated in the semifinals. Notre Dame also will receive $6 million. Each conference will receive an additional $4 million for its team having played in the Fiesta and Peach Bowls (American, Big Ten and SEC times two). [ESPN]That is … a lot of money.And it’s all part of a 12-year, $7.2 billion (b, not m) deal between ESPN and the CFP. That deal runs through 2026, at which point many people who know things think it could increase by 50 percent as long as the CFP is expanded.The College Football Playoff will eventually expand to eight teams within the length of the current contract and be worth at least $10 billion, former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson predicted in a conversation with CBS Sports this week. [CBS Sports]That’s staggering, but I’m also a little dubious at the numbers. Ratings for these playoffs are all over the place. What will they look like in 2026? Will there be enough momentum to increase the contract that much.Even if there isn’t — even if they only increase it 10 percent or 5 percent — you’re telling me that the conferences (in association with the CFP) are going to look at an expanded playoff and say, “You know, getting more teams into this for more money seems like a bad idea. I say we don’t do it.”Because sports organizations have a long history of doing that.So yes, CFP expansion is coming — I’m excited for the 2024 season when OSU goes 12-1, finishes fifth, and ushers it in! — and it’s going to be lucrative and awesome. You can bet that Bowlsby sees this writing on the wall and is trying to figure out how to get everyone else to see it too. The College Football Playoff will eventually expand. It won’t happen in 2019 or 2020, and it probably won’t happen in the few years after that, but at some point four teams will become six or eight or maybe even 10, and I think we all know the reason for that.But first … Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby was asked about all of this on Monday at Big 12 Media Days, and his primary talking point might make you think all is well behind closed doors.“As we think about the evaluation of the CFP and considerations on a look-in basis as to what the future looks like, we have to remember that the aspirations that we had at the outset have been more than achieved and it’s been a success well beyond any comparison to any sort of predecessor organizations or playoff,” said Bowlsby.There are a lot of buzzwords in there, but I’ll translate for you: It’s paying well, and it seems relatively fair. Let’s not rock the boat.Howevah! Bowlsby didn’t stop there. When pressed again later, he gave a more … robust answer to the ever-pervasive question.“I’m looking at the back row and been looking at Kirby Hocutt and Bill Hancock. Bill is anxiously awaiting my answer to this. He knows that I’m capable of going off the reservation,” said Bowlsby.👀👀👀“We have had a lot of discussions. We are evaluating the current environment, which as I stated earlier I think we all agree is superior to any of the predecessor organizations but I’m not going to get into any of the specifics of what we’re talking about.“We have had some conversations. We’re going to have some more. We will take a look back and we will take a look forward, and eventually we will have some recommendations. In the interim we’re just not going to spend anytime talking about what our discussions are about.”As George Schroeder pointed out, maybe this was a purposeful bit of … what … leverage? A power play? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch IND vs AUS 1st ODI match on Sony Liv

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 15:17 IST India will be hoping to start the three-match series with a win in Sydney (@BCCI Photo)Hit hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will look to fine tune their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series against an under-fire Australia, beginning in Sydney on Saturday.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has provided a big distraction for the Indian team by making “inappropriate” comments on women during a TV show.Rahul was unlikely to get a go owing to both his poor form and the presence of a well-settled opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The bigger question though is regarding Pandya’s absence, for the all-rounder provides crucial balance to the ODI side with his ability to bowl 10 overs as well as bat in the middle order.Pandya’s absence could mean that India might have to rejig their bowling attack. Jasprit Bumrah has already been rested for this series, as well as the tour of New Zealand, and this allows the think-tank to conduct one final experimentation with their bowling attack.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a shoo-in, and thereafter it depends if Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya’s loss.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs Australia start?The 1st ODI starts at 7:50 AM IST on January 12, Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementWhere will the 1st ODI between India and Australia be played?The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 1st ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 1st ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed ShamiAustralia: Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton TurnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow Sydney ODIFollow KL RahulFollow Sony SixFollow Sony Liv India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch IND vs AUS 1st ODI match on Sony LivIndia vs Australia: With the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul being a distraction, India start a three-match ODI series against the hosts in Sydney on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

PM Breaks Ground for Apartment Complex in New Kingston

first_img“I can count, probably, about seven or eight major developments that are under way or have already taken place within a two-mile radius. The entire landscape of New Kingston is changing,” he said.The Cambridge will comprise two towers – the Cambridge Edge and the Cambridge Elites, and will feature super studios; one-bedroom units with two full bathrooms; and two-bedroom, two bathroom units. Amenities will include a swimming pool, tennis court, gym, and jogging trail.Last year, Guardian Life broke ground for construction of The Hampshire, located on Comlin Bank Road, which will soon be completed.This development, along with The Cambridge, represents an investment by the company of approximately $10 billion in the real estate industry. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Thursday (March 21) broke ground for Guardian Life Limited’s 176-unit luxury apartment complex in New Kingston.The $4-billion housing development, dubbed ‘The Cambridge’, will be built on three acres of land located at 2 to 4 Musgrave Avenue, Kingston 5.Mr. Holness lauded the financial services company for investing in its second real estate project.“The Government appreciates what Guardian is doing. I want to commend you. I want to use you as an example to other investors. It doesn’t have to be housing, but there are other areas of the economy where real investment can make a difference – investment that is going to bring employment and investment that is going to transform the built environment,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that this latest investment is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to transform Kingston and stimulate further growth.“The strategy of the Government is to encourage the development of the city and to attract more people. This reduces the cost of the infrastructure; it reduces the cost of the delivery of service; it improves administration, and at the end of the day, it improves quality of life,” he said.In his remarks, President of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin, noted that the investment in real estate is not only in keeping with the company’s strategic objectives, but a demonstration of its confidence in Jamaica’s economy.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), converses with President of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin, during a ceremony to break ground for a 176-unit luxury apartment complex in New Kingston on Thursday (March 21). The $4-billion real estate project is being undertaken by Guardian Life at its Musgrave Avenue property. “We are committed to making our contributions to the economic growth of our country and to providing opportunities for our people to accomplish their goals,” he said.He noted that the new housing development is Guardian Life’s response to the high demand for top-quality, affordable housing in Kingston.Mr. Hosin informed that the development will provide 320 new jobs over the two years of construction.Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, Julian Robinson, also welcomed the housing project.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), listens to a point from President of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin (right), during a ceremony to break ground for a 176-unit luxury apartment complex in New Kingston on Thursday (March 21). At left is Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Courtney Campbell. Occasion was a ceremony to break ground for a 176-unit luxury apartment complex in New Kingston on Thursday (April 21). The $4-billion real estate project is being undertaken by Guardian Life Limited at its Musgrave Avenue property. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Thursday (March 21) broke ground for Guardian Life Limited’s 176-unit luxury apartment complex in New Kingston. The $4-billion housing development, dubbed ‘The Cambridge’, will be built on three acres of land located at 2 to 4 Musgrave Avenue, Kingston 5. Story Highlights Mr. Holness lauded the financial services company for investing in its second real estate project. last_img read more

Wisdom Marine to Order I-Star Vessels (Japan)

first_imgWisdom Marine, January 5, 2014 zoom Taipei-listed owner WISDOM Marine is about to order new vessels from a Japanese yard.The company’s board approved purchase of three 63,000 dwt bulk carriers from Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The new vessels will use NEW I-STAR design.NEW I-STAR bulker is based on I-STAR, with increased deadweight by 2,000tons, and decreased fuel consumption by around 12% as a result of reviewing the main propulsion unit and energy saving technologies.The total value of the contract is about $86 million. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img

Premier Announces Senior Leadership Changes

first_img Margaret MacDonald, deputy minister of Treasury Board, becomes deputy minister of the new Department of Finance and Treasury Board Laura Lee Langley, leaves as deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, to become Commissioner of the Public Service Commission Liz Cody, deputy minister of Finance, becomes deputy minister of Environment Kelliann Dean, Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, becomes deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Kevin Malloy, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, becomes chief executive officer of Housing Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to government’s senior leadership team, today, Oct. 23. Kevin McNamara, Department of Health and Wellness Carole Olsen, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Sara Jane Snook, Department of Environment “On behalf of the province, I extend my sincere thanks to the outgoing deputy ministers for their years of service and dedication to serving the public,” said Premier McNeil. Acting deputy ministers will be appointed, in the coming days, to oversee the portfolios of the departing deputy ministers until new deputy ministers are appointed. “In the coming months, we will work with the Public Service to explore how government departments can most effectively work together to deliver services for Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “These changes are part of the groundwork required to enable this to happen.” Premier McNeil praised all public servants for the work they do on behalf of Nova Scotians every day. “I want them to know I am committed to creating conditions within the public service that will enable them to achieve their full potential and to derive maximum satisfaction from their jobs.” In addition to these changes, the following deputy ministers will be leaving the public service effective immediately: last_img read more

Federal use of AI in visa applications could breach human rights report

first_imgOTTAWA – A new report is warning about the federal government’s interest in using artificial intelligence to screen and process immigrant files, saying it could create discrimination, as well as privacy and human rights breaches.The research, conducted by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab outlines the impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions within the technology could lead to “life-and-death ramifications” for immigrants and refugees.The authors of the report issue a list of seven recommendations calling for greater transparency and public reporting and oversight on government’s use of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to automate certain activities involving immigrant and visitor applications.“We know that the government is experimenting with the use of these technologies … but it’s clear that without appropriate safeguards and oversight mechanisms, using A.I. in immigration and refugee determinations is very risky because the impact on people’s lives are quite real,” said Petra Molnar, one of the authors of the report.“A.I. is not neutral. It’s kind of like a recipe and if your recipe is biased, the decision that the algorithm will make is also biased and difficult to challenge.”Earlier this year, federal officials launched two pilot projects to have an A.I. system sort through temporary resident visa applications from China and India. Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, says the analytics program helps officers triage online visa applications to “process routine cases more efficiently.”He says the technology is being used exclusively as a “sorting mechanism” to help immigration officers deal with an ever-growing number of visitor visas from these countries by quickly identifying standard applications and flagging more complex files for review.Immigration officers always make final decisions about whether to deny a visa, Genest says.But this isn’t the only dive into artificial intelligence being spearheaded by the Immigration Department.In April, the department started gauging interest from the private sector in developing other pilot projects involving A.I., or “machine learning,” for certain areas of immigration law, including in humanitarian and compassionate applications, as well as pre-removal risk assessments.These two refugee streams of Canada’s immigration system are often used as a last resort by vulnerable people fleeing violence and war to remain in Canada, the Citizen Lab report notes.“Because immigration law is discretionary, this group is really the last group that should be subject to technological experiments without oversight,” Molnar says.She notes that A.I. has a “problematic track record” when it comes to gender and race, specifically in predictive policing that has seen certain groups over-policed.“What we are worried about is these types of biases are going to be imported into this high risk laboratory of immigration decision-making.”The government says officials are only interested developing or acquiring a tool to help Immigration and Justice Department officials manage litigation and develop legal advice in immigration law.“The intent is to support decision makers in their work and not replace them,” Genest said.“We are monitoring and assessing the results and success of these pilots before we launch or consider expanding it to other countries and lines of business.”In April, Treasury Board released a white paper on “responsible artificial intelligence in the government of Canada,” and is currently consulting with stakeholders to develop a draft directive on the use of automated decision-making technologies within government.Molnar says she hopes officials will consider the Citizenship Lab’s research and recommendations, including their call for an independent, arms-length oversight body to monitor and review the use of A.I. decision-making systems.“We are beyond the conversation whether or not A.I. is being used. The question is, if A.I. is here to stay we want to make sure it is done right.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

Pot producer Sun Pharm to become Zenabis via reverse takeover

first_imgVANCOUVER – Medical marijuana producer Sun Pharm Investments Ltd. is moving to create Zenabis Global Inc., a publicly-traded company with growing operations in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and eventually in Nova Scotia.The privately-held cannabis company is merging with a subsidiary of propagated agricultural plants supplier Bevo Agro Inc. via reverse takeover, in which a smaller firm takes over a public company.Bevo is currently listed on the TSX Venture exchange and after the transaction and amalgamation, the company will change its name to Zenabis, taking after one of Sun Pharm’s cannabis brands.Sun Pharm says it currently has two licensed production facilities in British Columbia and New Brunswick, with a third due to come online shortly in Nova Scotia, together, encompassing more than 61,000 square metres of growing space.After the transaction is complete, the companies say Bevo’s greenhouse facilities in Langley are intended to be expanded and retrofitted.On completion of planned expansions, the companies say the combined entity will have more than 320,000 square metres of indoor and greenhouse space across the three provinces.Companies in this story: (TSXV:BVO)last_img read more

Sensex slips from lifetime high on profit booking

first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex retreated from its lifetime high to close 135 points lower Thursday as investors booked profits at higher levels amid weak global cues. After rising to an intra-day record of 39,487.45 points, the 30-share index turned negative to settle 135.36 points, or 0.34 per cent, lower at 39,140.28. The broader NSE Nifty slipped 34.35 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 11,752.80. The benchmark indices had closed at record highs on Tuesday on earnings optimism and forecast of a near-normal monsoon. Markets were closed Wednesday for Mahavir Jayanti. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “After a period of significant momentum ahead of the general elections, the market may take a pause in some kind of an interim profit-booking,” said Joseph Thomas-Head Research, Emkay Wealth Management. “The accelerating scenario of a slowdown in global growth as also the definitive prospects of higher fuel prices and a weaker currency may also be working on the minds of the market participants at this juncture, he added. Top losers in the Sensex pack included Yes Bank, Vedanta, IndusInd Bank, Tata Steel, L&T, SBI, NTPC, Kotak Bank, HDFC, HDFC Bank, PowerGrid, Infosys and ITC, falling up to 4.18 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On the other hand, RIL was the biggest gainer on the index, rising 2.79 per cent ahead of its Q4 results. Tata Motors, Asian Paints, TCS, Coal India, Hero MotoCorp, Axis Bank and HUL also ended in the green, rising up to 2.32 per cent. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased equity worth a net Rs 1,038.58 crore on Tuesday, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 37.22 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, markets in Japan, China and Korea ended in the red. In Europe, bourses in Germany, France and the UK were trading on a mixed note in early deals. Global crude oil benchmark Brent futures fell 0.17 per cent to USD 71.50 per barrel. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated 5 paise to 69.55 against the US dollar intra-day.last_img read more

Norfolk supports action against activist lawbreakers

Municipalities are backing farmers who fear the Ontario legal system is unwilling to protect them from activists who break the law in the name of animal rights.Norfolk council recently endorsed a resolution from the Township of Warwick calling on the Ford government to defend the rights of farmers who have been harassed.The resolution calls on Attorney General Doug Downey to “work with his fellow MPPs and agricultural leaders to find a better way forward to ensure stronger enforcement of existing laws – or new legislation – to ensure the safety of Ontario’s farm families, employees and animals.”Warwick Township council is based in Watford. The June 17 resolution notes that “in recent months, there has been a steady increase in harassment of farmers and livestock transporters by activists opposed to animal agriculture and the consumption of animals.“The protests have become blatantly illegal in nature with extremist groups trespassing onto private property, unlawfully entering into buildings, and removing animals without fear of prosecution and even promoting and publishing their crimes on social media.”Vittoria Coun. Chris Van Paassen moved approval of the Warwick resolution at the July 9 meeting of council.“People are quite concerned about their safety and the safety of their livestock,” Van Paassen said.Farmers and the organizations representing them sat up and took notice last spring when an animal rights activist broke into a Lucan-area barn and removed an allegedly sick piglet.The Toronto woman was charged with break-and-enter and mischief. However, the London Free Press reported May 12 that Crown attorneys dropped the charges because “there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.”On social media, the activist declared this a landmark win for “the right to rescue.”A spokesman for Ontario Pork said this is worrisome because it will embolden like-minded individuals.The Ontario Federation of Agriculture agrees and is also advising the Ford government to enforce the law.“That’s true,” said Larry Davis, Norfolk, Haldimand and Brant’s representative to the OFA.“We really feel pressure from these people. That’s really upset the OFA. These actions need to be dealt with. We need to keep on top of it.”Davis added: “I’m glad Norfolk County has addressed that resolution. That’s good for agriculture.”Unauthorized individuals breaking into livestock facilities can cause an enormous amount of damage and suffering.Many facilities are bio-secure to guard against pathogens. Some bacterial, viral and fungal agents can result in the destruction of entire herds and flocks to prevent their spread to other farms. Transmission by footwear is a common means of infection.Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said the local force will charge anyone engaged in trespassing, break-and-enter and theft.Sanchuk recommended that livestock operators fit their buildings with high-quality video cameras.Even where offenders obscure their faces, there is usually something identifiable when surveillance equipment produces good-quality images, he said.“If there is evidence to support charges, charges will be laid,” Sanchuk said. “There’s nothing like having direct evidence for a crime in front of you.”Sanchuk added that incursions of this sort are often advertised and organized on social media. He said anyone spotting such activity should call local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Three Canadian banks surprise analysts with better lending results

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2013 11:00 am MDT Three Canadian banks surprise analysts with better lending results TORONTO – Three of Canada’s biggest banks delivered first-quarter results on Thursday that outshone analyst expectations, helped by improvement in their lending operations.Both Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) boosted their quarterly dividend payments, leaving CIBC (TSX:CM) as the unexpected lone wolf to keep its payouts at their current level. But aside from the disappointment, the results from the banks included more positive surprises than negative ones.Royal Bank said that net income rose 12 per cent to $2.07 billion, or $1.36 per share, in the period. Adjusted earnings amounted to $1.38 per share, beating analyst estimates by six cents, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.TD Bank’s earnings grew 21 per cent to $1.79 billion, or $1.86 per share. Adjusted profits were $1.92 billion or $2 per share, eight cents above a consensus estimates.CIBC delivered the weakest overall results with profits falling more than four per cent to $798 million, or $1.91 per share, affected by a $148 million loss booked in its structured credit business. The bank said when filtering out those costs, adjusted earnings rose to $868 million or $2.15 per share, seven cents above the consensus estimate.Concerns the banking sector is headed towards more challenging times didn’t appear to be quite as evident as some analysts had anticipated before the quarterly reports began earlier this week.The banks demonstrated that their personal and commercial loans businesses are still solid, even as expectations point to consumer lending growth slowing in the coming quarters amid persistent economic weakness.“The results that have come out of the domestic businesses have just been much better than my expectations,” said Tom Lewandowski, a financial services analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I’ve held the contention that as you see slower growth (the banks are) going to have to reposition your balance sheet into lower yield securities. If business growth continues to keep up with what we’ve seen here in the first quarter, that … may be less of a concern.”On the dividend front, Royal Bank will rise five per cent to 63 cents per share. TD’s payout will rise by four cents to 81 cents per share. CIBC will keep its dividend unchanged, despite expectations from analysts to the contrary.CIBC president and chief executive Gerry McCaughey defended the bank’s decision to holding steady on the dividend when asked by an analyst on the earnings conference call.“I wouldn’t read too much into our not raising the dividend this quarter,” he said.“On the capital front, we’re also in the middle of a (stock) buyback program that’s going at an accelerated pace. As I said before, to the extent that you have a buyback, it does allow you to raise your dividend more rapidly and stay within your payout ratio.”He said the bank is still considering “the exact mix” of its buyback program, which would determine what happens to dividend increases in the coming quarters. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 8 November 2013

DOWNLOAD1. Government publishes call for evidence for £500 million ULEV funding2. £75 million fund for APC projects announced3. Perkins Review of Engineering Skills published4. October shows growth in new car, commercial vehicle and bus and coach registrations5. Commission launched to address second hand car complaints6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)