ZTE under its Nubia branding has launched a new smartphone dubbed as Nubia Z17 Lite in China. The phone succeeds the Nubia Z17 smartphone which was launched back in June. The device comes in Blue, Black, and Gold colour options and is priced at 2,499 Yuan, which approximately Rs 24,700. The phone will be available for buying from September 6.Nubia Z17 Lite specsThe key highlights of the new Nubia Z17 Lite include dual rear cameras, Quick Charge 3.0 and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. Following the edge-to-edge display trend, the Nubia Z17 Lite sports a 5.5-inch Full-HD TFT edge-to-edge display with 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution. The phone features a metal unibody design and the display is protected by laying a Gorilla Glass over it.The Nubia Z17 Lite is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 653 SoC coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU and 6GB RAM. There’s 64GB of internal storage with no support for expansion. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with Nubia’s own UI 5.0 skin.Just like its predecessor, the Z17 Lite also comes with dual rear cameras. There are two 13MP cameras , one is Sony’s IMX258 sensor for colours and the other is Sony IMX258 sensor for monochromatic.Also Read: Nubia Z17 with Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM launched: Specs, price and moreThe smartphone is fuelled by a non-removable 3200mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging support. One of the other key highlights of the phone is DTS sound support for good audio playback experience.Nubia Z17 specsThe Nubia Z17 is available in China only and there are no words on its India availability yet. Like the Z17 Lite, the smartphone sports a dual camera set up at the back and is powered by powerful Snapdragon 835.advertisementThe smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 pixel resolutions and comparatively slimmer bezels than the previous Nubia phones. The device comes with dual rear cameras -23MP +12MP along with features like 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and real-time bokeh effect. There is a fingerprint sensor placed below the rear cameras. There is a 16MP camera on the front.The smartphone comes three variants- 6GB RAM /64GB storage memory, 6GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB of RAM /128GB of internal storage. The smartphone is backed by a 3200mAh battery with NeoCharge quick charging technology support.
Lucknow, Dec 14 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council witnessed uproarious scenes on the opening day of the Winter session with an agitated opposition creating ruckus leading to the adjournment of the House for the day. Right from the word go, Opposition members raised issues relating to law and order, alleged shortage of fertilisers and seeds and EVM malfunctioning in the recent civic polls in the state and trooped into the Well, derailing the proceedings. SP members sported caps with slogans written on them and displayed banners despite repeated appeals from the Chair to maintain order.Adding to the din, the BSP members kept shouting from their seats. Amid uproar, Chairman Ramesh Yadav adjourned the House for half an hour. When the House re-assembled, similar scenes were witnessed again and it was adjourned till noon.Questions listed for the day could not be taken up in the din. As the House met at noon, it was action replay. SP and Congress members again trooped into the Well and raised slogans against the government. SP members even hurled paper balls towards the podium. Some BSP members sporting blue caps stood in their seats and shouted slogans. Despite the din, some legislative business was transacted. Soon afterwards, the Chair called it a day sensing the belligerent mood of the opposition members. PTI NAV SMI DV
La Liga leaders Barcelona have signed centre-back Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for a fee of 11.8 million euros ($14 million), the club confirmed on Thursday.The Colombia international will sign a 5-1/2 year contract with the Spanish side. The 23-year-old made made 33 appearances for Palmeiras over the last two seasons, helping them win the league title in 2016. He also won the Copa Sudamericana with former club Santa Fe.”Yerry Mina now comes to Barca with the opportunity to continue developing as a footballer following his move to Europe. Without a doubt the Colombian has the potential to make it,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website. (www.fcbarcelona.com)WATCHThe addition will provide some respite to the Catalan side as Spanish media reports suggest that veteran Javier Mascherano is close to leaving to join Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.Mina’s contract at Barcelona has a termination clause worth 100 million euros.WENGER SANCTIONS COQUELIN SALE Francis Coquelin is leaving Arsenal to join Spanish side Valencia, the Premier League club’s manager Arsene Wenger has said.The midfielder, who has scored three goals in 160 appearances for Arsenal since his senior debut in 2008, has struggled to get games this campaign and featured in just seven league matches, coming on as a substitute in six of them.”He goes to Valencia. He didn’t get enough games with us this season. He had an opportunity. I let him go,” Wenger said after Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea.British media reports say that the La Liga side have agreed a deal worth around 12 million pounds ($16.20 million) for the 26-year-old Frenchman.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH: advertisement
The second Test of the five-match Test series between England and India starts today at Lord’s.After losing the first Test by 31 runs, Virat Kohli and co would be aiming to bounce back as England lead the series 1-0.And if Team India is in need of some inspiration, all they need to do is too look back at their previous performance at Lord’s in 2014.India were handed a heavy defeat in the Test series the last time they visited England in 2014. But before things turned sour, it was at Lord’s that India registered their only win of the series and took a 1-0 lead.Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestIt’s a different story that India went on to lose the next three matches as they succumbed to a 3-1 series loss.Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma were the heroes of the match as the team led by MS Dhoni dealt the first blow on the hosts by winning at Lord’s for the first time after 1986.The first Test ended in a draw at Nottingham following which the teams locked horns on a green top at Lord’s. Rahane scored one of the greatest hundreds in Indian Test history as he negotiated prodigious swing and seam movement against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Virat Kohli-led Team India are a bit ‘undercooked’, feels Nasser HussainSuch was Rahane’s class that none of the other batsmen managed to score over 36 runs, which was the next best score coming from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India made 295 and then conceded a first innings lead of 24 runs with Gary Ballance scoring a century. Bhuvneshwar took a six-wicket haul as England made 319.advertisementIndia in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsMurali Vijay (95), Ravindra Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar (52) then rose to the occasion with the bat in the second innings to help India set a target of 319 for the hosts.Ishant then produced one of the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler on English soil and picked up a record 7 wickets in the process as India bowled out England for 223 and registered a historic win at the Mecca of cricket.The victory was India’s only second win at the historic cricket ground. India’s record in Test cricket at Lord’s stands at 17 played, two win, four draws and 11 loses.India vs England, Lord’s Test: Former greats call for Pujara’s inclusionLord’s hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Team India but with his sie already 1-0 down in the series, captain Kohli would relish the opportunity to turn things around and prove the skeptics wrong.
Testimony in the first degree murder trial of 19-year-old Tran Walker of Sioux City has wrapped up with the prosecution concluding their case Monday afternoon.Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell presented a pair of videotaped statements Walker made to police the night of the alleged murders in January of 2018.The prosecution played videos of Walker’s questioning by Sioux City Police and a separate video of Walker leading police to where he disposed of the knife he was carrying the night his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and a mutual acquaintance, 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr., were stabbed to death.The knife allegedly used in the crimes was found in the snow outside of a garage in the 800 block of South Paxton Street.Campbell now has ten days to submit written closing arguments to presiding Judge Tod Deck.Walker’s defense will then have an additional ten days to present their closings and the state then has an additional week to rebut those statements.Judge Deck will then review all of the evidence and render a verdict in the bench trial held in Woodbury County District Court.
Manchester: Favourites going into the semifinals, one bad day in office ruined India’s World Cup hopes, and Virat Kohli suggested the ICC to consider introducing IPL-style playoffs in the knockout stages in future to ensure a level-playing field. By his own admission, India lost the match in the first 45 minutes of their chase of 240, shattering a billion hopes days after the team finished on top of the league stage. Asked whether IPL-style playoffs should be an option in future, Kohli said, “Who knows in future. Maybe. If topping the table means anything. I think these things can come into consideration, looking at the magnitude of this tournament.” Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”That is a really valid point. You never know when that is going to be implemented.” The Indian skipper, however, said the semifinal format has its own charm as it completely negates a team’s previous performances in the event. “But I think that’s the challenge and different kind of fun of these games as well that you have to be precise. It doesn’t matter what you have done before that. It’s a fresh day, fresh start, and if you are not good enough, you go home,” Kohli said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”So you have to accept that, as I said. It’s a different challenge for all the teams to turn up on that day and be absolutely at the top of their game and whoever does that they get the result, as you saw today.” Kohli was effusive in his praise for Ravindra Jadeja (77 off 59 balls), who, in the company of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50), stitched 116 runs for the seventh wicket to keep India in the hunt. Jadeja’s knock came after his tiff with former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who had called the all-rounder a “bits and pieces player”. “I don’t think we, any of us had to say anything to Jadeja after what happened over the last one week. He was quite ready to just get on to the park, to be honest (smiling),” said the India skipper. “And you saw the passion with which he played and we have seen it in Test cricket a few times, he’s played knock under tremendous pressure and he’s got three triple hundreds in first class cricket if I’m not wrong, so the talent has obviously always been there.” Kohli rated Jadeja’ rear-guard knock as one of the best he has ever seen of the left-hander, which raised visions of an improbable win for India. “And in my watching Jadeja for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his top quality, like best knock according to me because the kind of pressure, the stage we are at, almost out of the game and then he produces that. So he was very motivated,” he said. “Yes, at that stage, we all felt like in the changing room the game can be closed out, it can be done, but then again he played so well and then a mistake can happen at any stage — I don’t think it was even a mistake, it was lack of execution which in one-day cricket you have to take a risk here and there,” he said. “I’m really happy for him because he’s been a very understated cricketer but a top quality cricketer for India in the field, with the ball, with the bat, priceless.” Kohli was also full of praise for the Black Caps, saying he wasn’t at all surprised by the way they came out fighting while defending the modest total. “I wasn’t surprised with how New Zealand played, to be honest. If there is a low total, we knew there’s probably only one or two sides in world cricket that will put seven fielders in the ring and that was always going to be New Zealand,” he said. “We knew they were going to attack more and not let the game go to the end, they won’t take it deep, they will go all out and play the game that way because I have seen them play that way. “Today also third man was up in the ring. In the one-day game you had five catching fielders. So they know how to put pressure because they play very consistent cricket and today was an example of that,” he added.
WINNIPEG – A handwriting expert says he can’t say for sure if writing on letter bombs sent to various places in Winnipeg may have come from the same source.Guido Amsel has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and to explosives-related charges.He is accused of sending letter bombs to his former wife and two Winnipeg law offices where, in one case, lawyer Maria Mitousis was seriously injured and lost a hand in July 2015.Peter Belcastro from the FBI testified Wednesday that he found common characteristics in the documents seized by police which indicate they may have been prepared by the same writer or writers.But Belcastro says when he compared those documents to known writing from Amsel, he could not reach a conclusion because he didn’t have enough repeatable, known samples from Amsel for the comparison.The trial continues Friday.(CTV Winnipeg)
HAMILTON – Hamilton police have charged three more people and issued three arrest warrants in connection with a vandalism incident in early March.Investigators with the Hamilton Police Service say that on March 3, a group of about 30 people damaged vehicles and threw rocks at store windows while carrying a large banner that read “we are the ungovernables.”Police had previously charged a 31-year-old Hamilton resident with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and on Friday, investigators announced that three others had been arrested.Jack Duckworth, 23, of Hamilton was charged with unlawful assembly while masked and mischief over $5,000.Tammy Kovich, 32, of Hamilton faces the same charges, as well as conspiracy to commit mischief, conspiracy to commit unlawful assembly while masked, counsel unlawful assembly while masked and counsel mischief.Tyler Nadeau, 26, of Montreal is charged with unlawful assembly while masked, counsel unlawful assembly while masked, counsel mischief and three counts each over mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000.Police say they’ve issued warrants for three more people: Alexander Balch, 34, Matthew Lowell-Pelletier, 31, and David Prychitka, 34, all of Hamilton.Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
OTTAWA – The federal Liberals will ask a group of advisers, led by Ontario’s former health minister, to explore options for a national program to cover the cost of prescription drugs and report back in 2019 — ensuring pharmacare becomes a key election campaign issue.The measure forms a part of a trinity of major drug initiatives in Tuesday’s federal budget, the other two being a $231-million package of steps that aims to confront Canada’s escalating opioid crisis, including $150 million in emergency funding, and tax changes for cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will head up an advisory council to come up with options on how to create a national pharmacare program — a program that the parliamentary budget watchdog has warned could cost $19 billion a year.The work will include consulting with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups about what drugs should be included, and the costs involved for “whatever model that we choose,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said after the budget speech with Hoskins at her side.Hoskins won’t have to deliver a final report until the spring of 2019, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s election campaign and take a key talking point away from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.Following Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s speech, Singh seemed unfazed by the prospect, noting that the Liberals were only promising to examine the issue. He even dared the government to steal his party’s proposal and implement a national pharmacare plan.“What the government is proposing is not a plan. This is a fantasy,” Singh said. “We want to introduce a program now.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said “Canadians should brace themselves” about what might come, because a former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister shouldn’t be trusted to craft “any kind of plan, never mind one in the health care field.”The Liberals say they won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription once marijuana is legalized this year.Nor will the excise tax be applied to oils that contain low amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana, that are used by children with certain medical conditions.The government wants to tax legal marijuana at either $1 per gram or one-tenth of a product’s price, whichever is greater.But those medications represent a minority of those used by patients, according to one group. Canadians for Access to Medical Marijuana also questioned the wording behind a budget promise to consider retroactively reimbursing patients an unspecified amount for taxes already paid on cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.“Exempting a small minority of patients does not address the affordability issue and implies some patients are more legitimate than others. Looking into a reimbursement program implies patients can afford to pay for their medicine in the first instance. They can’t,” director Jonathan Zaid said in a statement.The Opposition Conservatives have chided the government for moving too fast on legal pot, suggesting there are outstanding public safety issues that need to be addressed.The budget outlines $62.5 million over five years beginning this year for public education programs around cannabis use, and a further $20 million over five years for research by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.The Liberals are also spending $80.5 million over five years starting this year to reduce tobacco use, particularly in Indigenous communities, and raising taxes on cigarettes by $1 per carton.On opioids, provinces and territories will receive $150 million in emergency funding this year to deal with a crisis that is projected to claim more than 4,000 lives this year.The balance of the $231.4 million will go towards public education campaigns, better access to public health data and new equipment and tools to allow border agents to better detect dangerous opioids like fentanyl before they enter the country.— With files from Geordon Omand and Lee BerthiaumeNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried a headline suggesting the government already taxes cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, and did not reflect that certain cannabis-based pharmaceuticals will be exempt from new excise taxes.
In her report Pillay has demanded an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Sri Lanka, which could also monitor any domestic accountability process.She notes that while the government has made significant progress in rebuilding infrastructure and while the majority of internally displaced persons have been resettled, considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods. “The PoE Report on Sri Lanka which was commissioned by the UN Secretary General was the culmination of a private consultation that the latter sought to advise him on. As it has not received the endorsement of the intergovernmental process, it has neither credence nor legitimacy within intergovernmental fora. The PoE’s mandate did not extend to fact finding or investigation. In its Report, the three-member Panel also makes it clear that the assertions set out therein remain unsubstantiated and require a higher standard of proof. For these reasons, the government does not extend any credence or legitimacy to the PoE Report,” the government said. The government has sent its observations to the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and has requested amendments to 37 points mentioned in the report.In a response sent to Pillay’s office detailing its observations on her draft report on advice and technical assistance for the Government of Sri Lanka on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka, the government insisted that all references made to the Panel of Experts (PoE) appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon be removed. Click here for the observations by the government Pillay also calls for the establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to transitional justice.On the issue of enforced disappearances, the government told Pillay in its observations that it has on numerous occasions provided information to the UN Human Rights Council on the process adopted with regard to disappearances. The government said that the generalization made highlighting a few isolated incidents as a spike in reports of abductions and disappearances in the period last quarter of 2011 to mid 2012 is inaccurate.“As a case in point, categorizing the case of a ‘diplomat’s child’ is erroneous. Investigations have revealed that this case cannot be categorized as either an enforced disappearance or abduction and the incident appears to be of a personal nature and the child has not been forthcoming in revealing the truth,” the government said. The government also said that it is inaccurate for Pillay’s report to state that Sri Lanka “has no comprehensive national policy on IDPs”. Pillay’s report was made public last week and a draft was sent to the government two weeks ago. (Colombo Gazette) The government said it does not extend any credence or legitimacy to the Panel of Experts report as it is not the product or a request of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly or any other UN body.
NEW YORK — When David Winters’ staffers ask for financial help, advice or to borrow a company car, the answer is yes.“We have single working mothers, single working fathers, folks with four and five children,” says Winters, owner of a Screenmobile franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina. “If you don’t support the team, what’s the point?”Winters has helped his 20 staffers pay for car repairs and veterinary bills and assisted them in filing income tax returns or getting child support. He gives interest-free loans — which he often forgives.For many small business owners, being a boss means helping staffers when they struggle. Owners do it out of compassion and concern, and also to return the loyalty they get from employees. Owners realize staffers are more productive when they feel supported and aren’t worrying about personal problems. And helping staffers can make a small business better able to compete for workers in a tight job market; large companies with hundreds or thousands of employees are more regimented and often won’t bend the rules when employees are in need.Winters helps his staffers, who repair window and door screens, out of kindness but he’s also aware his help reduces their stress and makes it easier for them to be cheerful with customers and provide better service.Trivinia Barber knew that one of her staffers with young children was worried about driving them in a car with worn tires. Barber spent $300 to buy new ones.“That $300 was a drop in the bucket for me to give her peace of mind,” says Barber, CEO of Priority VA. “Her fear was taking away from her performance at work.”Barber, based in Savannah, Georgia, but with five employees and dozens of freelancers who work remotely, knows the structure of her company can create feelings of isolation, another reason to be responsive to staffers’ needs. When they’ve lost relatives, Barber has helped with practical matters.Owners who are empathic and help employees can foster a great deal of goodwill, but they should think about any problems their assistance might cause, says Rick Gibbs, a consultant with human resources provider Insperity. For example, if a boss is very selective about who gets help with financial problems.“It may feel good in the short term but it could create issues with other employees who become aware of those gifts,” Gibbs says.Bosses also need to be sure they’ll get their money back — some employees have gotten loans and left before repaying them, Gibbs says.At Foresite Commercial Real Estate, owners Bethany Babcock and Chad Knibbe have been generous with time off when staffers are ill, even one who needed major surgery right after joining the San Antonio-based company. They’ve helped pay moving expenses for a staffer with domestic problems, and bought a plane ticket for an employee who wanted to visit a nephew on life support. The rest of the staff has also pitched in, for example, with donations of frequent flyer pointsBut Babcock and Knibbe have learned some staffers might try to take advantage of them. They’ve had new employees who “seemed to develop an expectation that the company was there to solve and prevent any and all personal financial challenges,” Babcock says.She and Knibbe have learned not to offer extraordinary help until they become familiar with a staffer. But, Babcock says, “I would rather get burned 10 times than miss the one time that might have been legitimate that impacts someone’s life.”Some companies help staffers out of a business need. Reboot Online, a digital marketing company based north of London, helps staffers who emigrate from countries like Romania, Russia and Slovakia. The company recruits outside Britain because it struggles to find staffers with skills it needs. The newly arrived workers need help getting settled.“They often don’t have the credit rating to rent a house, buy a car,” Managing Director Naomi Aharony says. “So financial guarantees and personal references from us as U.K. company directors are needed.”But the company’s efforts don’t guarantee employees will stay.“In the past we have leased cars and acted as guarantors for employees and have been left to foot the bills when the employee decides to go back home after six months,” Aharony says.For Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, giving advice when staffers ask is the right thing to do. Giving advice on health is natural for the Manhattan plastic surgeon, but employees also seek Rothaus’ wisdom about apartments and cars. He’ll listen to personal problems, but doesn’t offer suggestions unless the staffer specifically asks.“There are certain boundaries you shouldn’t cross,” he says.Danielle Roberts and her husband and business partner, David Kunkle, have helped staffers struggling with some of the worst things that can happen — in one case, supporting and listening to a mother whose son committed suicide.“When it was clear she was struggling to cope I helped her research support groups for grieving parents of children who committed suicide,” says Roberts, whose insurance agency, Boomer Benefits, is based in Fort Worth, Texas.They’ve helped in smaller ways, advancing money so a staffer could go to an urgent care clinic, and paying for a car service for another whose car had a flat tire.“All employees were appreciative but the outcome or the gratitude is irrelevant. We have sometimes just done what felt right as human beings and we never regret it,” Roberts says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
It is with sad and heavy hearts we say goodbye to our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Peter Tomadakis. Pete passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 at age 79. He was born on July 19, 1939 to Bill P. Tomadakis and Katherine Douros in Price, Utah.Pete graduated from Carbon County High School, then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962. He married Rowena Ericksen on December 28, 1963 in Spanish Fork, Utah. Pete was a proud member of the Utah Sheet Metal Workers, Local 312, for 56 years. He enjoyed fishing, farming, taking pictures, hunting, camping with his family, and spending time with his grandchildren. Pete had a big heart and was a friend to all.Pete is survived by his wife and children: Bill (Tamilee) Tomadakis of Nephi, Lisa (Scott) Smith of Cedar Hills, Dena (Mike) Hymas of Saratoga Springs, Paul (Alece) Tomadakis of Spanish Fork, Tara (Chad) Whitelock of Payson, 17 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Donna) Tomadakis of Price, Utah, George (Bea) Tomadakis of Tillery, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Breken Kelsey.A visitation will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 between 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Walker Funeral Home located at 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:00 am in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel located at 585 North Main, Spanish Fork, Utah. A visitation will also be prior to service from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Salem City Cemetery.
Associate Prof. Gregory Betts in the Department of English Language and Literature is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence for 2014-2017.Associate Prof. Gregory Betts in the Department of English Language and Literature is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence for 2014-2017.Betts’ decade-long research is in the field of Canadian avant-garde writing. Betts will use his Chancellor’s Chair to focus on the writings and impact of Canadian poet bpNichol, “offering the first holistic study of his poetry, prose, visual art, sound and music compositions, comic books, children’s television, computer art, and more.”Nichol, who died in 1988, is noted for his “concrete” poetry, groupings of words hand-etched into concrete. Noteworthy works include the “visual book” Still water, the booklets The true eventual story of Billy the Kid and Beach Head as well as the anthology of concrete poetry, The cosmic chef, which won the Governor General’s Award for poetry.bpNicholBetts calls bpNichol a “radical figure” who taught people how to produce books.“Canadian literature proliferated in the 1960s in large part because of the groundswell of small press activity, and he was one of our greatest champions of the small press,” Betts says. “What was particularly striking about his work was that he systematically pushed as many boundaries of literary publishing as he could – testing the limits and always expanding them.”With his Chancellor’s Chair, Betts aims to produce a three-day symposium (November 2014), an edited collection of essays (2015), a public lecture (2016 or 2017) and a scholarly monograph focused on Nichol’s award-winning work and transnational impact on various literary communities (2017).The Chancellor’s Chair “will also facilitate the creation of an international scholarly network of academics and library staff to be centred at Brock University and focused on Canadian experimental writing and publishing, especially in relation to Nichol’s work and influence,” he says.The Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence consists of an annual research grant of $20,000 over three years. Up to $7,000 per annum may be taken as a release-time stipend.Recipients of the award present a public lecture as a way of sharing their contributions to scholarship with the university and wider community. They often receive invitations to present at other universities and events.Offered since 2001 by Brock University to recognize the excellence of the scholarship of faculty, the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence award is intended to encourage and sustain high levels of scholarly performance of faculty and to retain high quality faculty who have made or will make exceptional contributions to scholarship in their field.
New York Giants President John Mara said Tuesday that the NFL would probably not expand its postseason field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season. But make no mistake, expansion is coming sooner or later. The television ratings for playoff matchups — even for early rounds — are so monstrous that it makes sense from a revenue-maximizing perspective to add postseason games.But how about from a football perspective? ESPN’s Stats & Information correctly points out that, even with 14 playoff qualifiers, only 43.7 percent of NFL teams would earn postseason berths, which is still lower than the 53.3 percent qualification rates in the NBA and NHL. Then again, both of those sports play best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the next round; the NFL’s postseason is a single-elimination tournament. (And, 2013 excepted, the NFL playoffs are trending toward less predictable outcomes as it is.)Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in “true talent” wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement. For both formats, I assigned each team a true-talent rating at random (from a normal distribution with a mean winning percentage of .500 and a standard deviation of .146) and simulated the 2013 NFL schedule 10,000 times, recording how often a team of a given talent ranking won the Super Bowl. Here are the results:As it turns out, a 14-team playoff format wouldn’t change much for the favorites’ chances of a Super Bowl victory. The No. 2 seed in each conference would be forced to play an extra game (rather than receiving a bye during the wild-card round), but that doesn’t move the needle a lot — mainly because the No. 1 seeds still get byes into the divisional round.What would really shake things up, though, would be a move to a 16-team bracket, which would give the NFL a playoff participation rate closer to the NBA and NHL (although the NFL would still be lower). If we run the same simulation process above but plug teams into a 16-team playoff format, the following probabilities emerge:Forcing the top seed in each conference to play an extra game would drastically shift the Super Bowl odds for the NFL’s three most talented teams, redistributing much of their current probabilistic advantage across the rest of the league. The move to a 16-team playoff would be a much bigger change than from 12 teams to 14.The remaining question is whether that’s a bad thing. A 16-team playoff would increase the role of chance in the NFL’s postseason — an element which has already been on the rise in recent seasons. The NFL’s landmark popularity over the past decade suggests that such parity has moved the league closer to the optimal mix of determinism and randomness. (By contrast, a system designed to turn the NFL playoffs into a science experiment always yielding the most deserving champion would be tedious and unpopular.) But it’s not clear whether there are diminishing returns to the NFL’s parity formula.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship meet with different goals. The men’s team is moving up in the national rankings and the women’s team is hoping for a big finish at the regional meet to secure a spot in the NCAA National Championship meet.After a disappointing 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National meet Oct. 17, the men’s team has been on a roll. It finished with 11 runners in the top 13 at the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic meet on Oct. 23 and second overall at the Big Ten Championship meet Nov. 1.When the national rankings were released Nov. 2, the men’s team was ranked in the Top 30 for the first time this season at No. 28.The men’s team needs to finish in the top two at the regional meet to be guaranteed a spot in the National Championship meet. If the Buckeyes finish third, they could get an at-large berth.The competition at the regional meet will be tough with two other nationally ranked teams, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 26 Butler, in attendance.“I think Wisconsin has to be the favorite once again, but I absolutely expect us to be second,” senior runner Jeff See said. “There are a few other teams that should be tough to beat. We just have to stay focused throughout the whole race.”The key to the race is formulating a plan and sticking to it, See said. At the pre-national meet, the team did not have a plan and placed poorly. At the Big Ten Championship meet, they had a plan and executed it to perfection en route to a second place finish.See said the X-factor for the team will be redshirt sophomore Taylor Williams.“I think it’s really important for Taylor Williams to have a big day,” See said. “He’s been ourbackbone for a lot of the ups and downs we’ve faced this season, and if myself and the rest of the team sees him out there having a huge day, we will all follow suit.”The women’s team finished eighth at the Big Ten Championship meet, which hurt its opportunity to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championship meet by dropping them to a No. 5 ranking in the region.“The race was tough, but we all took something away from the experience and I think that as a team, we’ve come away with that much more focus and determination for regionals,” junior Jordan Jennewine said.The top two teams at the regional meet automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet. Without a top-two finish by the Buckeyes, the outlook for a place at the National Championship meet seems bleak.“It’s definitely our goal to finish in the top two at regionals and not leave anything to chance. That’s a very realistic goal for us and that’s what we’ve all been focused on since the conference meet,” Jennewine said.The NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet takes place Saturday at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
A British woman who vanished for five days after walking barefoot into Brazilian jungle only wanted “time alone” to meditate, her mother has said after she was found alive.Dr Diane Brewster said her daughter Katherine called her to say she was “amazed” to discover how much of a “fuss” had been made over her welfare.The 27-year-old had been missing since she was last seen disappearing into the wilderness to meditate at a remote beauty spot.Police in the country had been looking for Ms Brewster, from Brighton, East Sussex, ever since she left a family that she had been staying with on the outskirts of a hippie commune in Alpestre, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, and failed to return.She was rescued at around 12.30 local time. Katherine Brewster after she was foundCredit:Caters Dr Brewster told the Daily Telegraph: “We are extremely relieved and thankful. She’s absolutely fine. She went out on a kind of meditation and has come back to find it all kicking off.”She’s been really quite surprised by it all. She really wasn’t expecting it. As far as she was concerned everything was fine and she’s come back to find this fuss.”I’ve spoken to her phone and she’s fine. She’s just finding out what she’s caused but is giving interviews to Brazilian media.” The family said they didn’t know when she was due to return but they were thankful she was safe.The people of the UniPermacultura alternative community, based in the village and which is founded on the ideals of sustainable living, reported her disappearance on Tuesday when she left all her belongings behind – taking only her passport and credit card.They have shared a photograph showing she was wearing the same clothes she had left in, with her legs covered in scratches after apparently getting lost in thick undergrowth.In a Facebook post, local resident Neli da Terra said she was “a guest for a period of 32 days, in search of a contact with earth and nature, always with a quiet behavior and relationship and without causing any damage to the community and our family”.Police carrying out searches feared the worst and claim they were hampered by “rugged terrain”. The 27-year-old disappeared on SundayCredit:Kat Brewster/Facebook Sister Lizzie added: “We’re delighted.” 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.
Bees must become city dwellers to in order to survive, according to a new study which found the insects now fare better in towns.Scientists compared the progress of colonies in urban, village and rural environments and found numbers are roughly three times healthier in built-up areas than in the country.The researchers at Holloway University believe predators, agricultural pesticides and a reduction of food in rural areas mean city gardens and other green spaces have now become safer and more nutritious for bees than their traditional habitats.The crucial pollinators are under significant strain, partly due to the intensification of arable farming.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But there has been an increase in the number of urban beehives as more people take up beekeeping as a hobby. The team captured 176 foraging queens from Windsor Great Park in Surrey and then reintroduced them across 114 sites in London and the South East.They found the numbers of sexual offspring, the size of food stores, and ability to avoid parasite invasion was all improved in towns.Published in the Royal Society Journal, the 10-week study is believed to be the first to show a species to demonstrate a direct relationship between ubranisation and reproductive success.“Reductions in forage availability in modern agricultural landscapes have been identified as a potential major driver of bee population declines,” the authors wrote. Show more “Accordingly, we found less stored pollen and nectar in agricultural colonies than in city or village colonies, suggesting forage availability may be a contributing factor to poor performance at agricultural sites.”Last month it was announced an insect “road network” should be created throughout Britain to protect species such as bees, butterflies and moths from decline.The Ministry of Justice and The Environment Agency are already working with the charity Buglife to identify sites such as prisons, seawalls and floodplains where they could create wildflower habitats. 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.
“I am left handed and my left middle finger was in a cast at the time due to an injury. This meant I could only hold onto my father with my right hand, and I just was not strong enough to move him.”I knew that I would have to get help.”I ran to leave our flat and as I did I looked behind me and I could just see a wall of fire through the window behind my father. I shouted at him to come with me.”Samuel Daniels continued: “I opened the front door again and thick, black smoke came pouring in.”I closed the door again and shouted at my dad, ‘Come on, come on. Get out.'”He was not responding to me at all; he was in a daze.”I opened the door again and more smoke came in. I was breathing it in and I could feel myself starting to lose consciousness.” “It did not feel safe for him to be on the 16th floor due to his limited mobility combined with his mental health difficulties. I worried about what would happen if there was a fire.”It turns out my concerns were warranted; my father would have been able to escape the blaze if we had lived on a lower floor.”Talking of the initial stages of the fire, he said he first noticed a smell of smoke before 1am but thought the blaze was outside the tower as he could not hear any fire alarms.He later opened his front door and saw thick dark smoke in the corridor, and he could see flames reflected in the panels on a school building when he looked out of a window in his 16th floor flat.This, combined with the noise of “shouting and panicking” from elsewhere in the building, prompted him to tell his father they had to leave.He said: “I shouted at my dad to forget his shoes and to leave with me, but he was disorientated and frozen in a daze.”I grabbed him to try and pull him out with me.”I told him that we had to go now; I was shaking him and pulling him but because he used to be a bodybuilder he was still strong. In his written statement to the public inquiry, Mr Daniels said his father had poor mental and physical health at the time of the fire, and had been diagnosed with dementia in 2015.He was not registered as disabled but had “limited” physical abilities, rarely left his flat and never used the stairs.Mr Daniels, who was a full-time carer for his father at the time of the fire, said: “I had a lot of concerns about my father’s health and safety in the flat. After establishing they were on the 11th floor, the fire crew ascended for a second time.Mr Daniels said: “By this time I felt sure that my father was either unconscious or dead already. Shortly after, they came running down looking totally petrified.”It was as if they were literally running for their lives. I asked the last one about my father. He said that they could not do anything.”He told me no one could go up there and I had to leave. I turned to the fireman I had been waiting with and he just said to me to get out.”I ran with the firemen, and it felt like I was running away from my father.” 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. “I realised that if I became unconscious we would both be dead,” Mr Daniels said. “I covered my face with my hood and went out of the door into the corridor. I left the door open in case my father came behind me.”Mr Daniels ran down the stairs and met a fireman on what he said was the 11th floor, who radioed for a crew to come and help.Within five minutes, four firemen arrived and went up the stairs, but returned within minutes reporting they could not tell what number floors they were on due to no signs. A Grenfell Tower survivor has told how he had to leave his dementia-suffering father behind as the fire engulfed the tower block. Former bodybuilder Joseph Daniels lived on the 16th floor at Grenfell and his son Samuel had voiced concerns about his vulnerable father’s safety. As the blaze ripped through the flats, Mr Daniels tried desperately to drag his father out of their home, but the 69-year-old had frozen in a dazed state. Mr Daniels, who was his father’s full-time carer, had broken the middle finger on his dominant left hand which meant it was in a cast. Having shaken him, shouted and tried to pull him through the door, he told the inquiry of the tragedy where he had to leave his father to avoid them both dying.
Graham is living in Vienna and a part of me is there with him!Organ Donor Awareness Week takes place from 1-8 April. Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association LoCall 1890 543639 or Freetext the word DONOR to 50050. You can also download the IKA’s new digital donor card by visiting www.donor.ie on your smartphone.Read: ‘I feel more alive and can think clearly’: Seven members of Donegal family undergo kidney transplantsRead: ‘After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white’ Share36 Tweet Email Apr 7th 2017, 9:52 PM 12 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3330170 A FATHER AND son from Co Wexford are encouraging others to signup for an organ donation card after their successful experiences of organ donation last March.Fintan Bright, aged 67, from Wexford town, travelled to Vienna to donate one of his kidneys to his ailing son Graham.They’re sharing their story in support of the Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week which comes to a close this weekend.Graham had been living in Vienna for over a decade and decided to return home to Ireland as he had a secured a job with Facebook. But within four days of him starting his new job, he was in St Vincent’s Hospital with end-stage kidney failure.For a while, Graham struggled with a form of home dialysis and some infections. He was then transferred to a hospital haemodialysis which worked better from him.Six months later he returned to Vienna, and underwent a form of home dialysis which worked for a short while.His concerned father Fintan visited him in Vienna at least six times that year and could see that his son’s health and spirit were deteriorating.This motivated him to consider donating one of his kidneys to his son.Fintan said, “while I went to see my son at a dialysis centre in Vienna one Friday in October 2015, I asked to see someone about could make an appointment to discuss living kidney donation. ‘A part of me is with him!’: Wexford father donates kidney to ailing son Graham Bright had just begun a new job in when he ended up in St Vincent’s Hospital with end-stage kidney failure. 13,137 Views Friday 7 Apr 2017, 9:52 PM Within 10 minutes a consultant came to see me and took my blood pressure and asked me to do a 24 hour urine test over the weekend. The following Monday results of my blood urine samples were back within two hours.“I travelled to Vienna twice more before the operation proceeded. In January I underwent some final tests including medical and psychological assessments and it was announced that I was a perfect match to donate a kidney to my son.”“The day of the transplant, 15 March, has particular significance, as my own father passed away on that date. My wife Margaret and daughter Louise travelled over with me to Vienna to support both of us. My son Ian stayed in Wexford as he anxiously awaited news from Vienna.”The operation was a great success and both father and son made a swift recovery.“My kidney started working straight away,” Graham said.“I am over the moon that my life is back on track now, and I’ve my father to thank for this. I would encourage everyone to consider organ donation as it has the power to save and transform the lives of so many people like me who experience organ failure.”Graham is now living a normal life away from dialysis and Fintan feels “fit and well with my one remaining kidney”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
KALAMA — State and federal officials are responding to an oil spill on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.Coast Guard officials said the oily sheen was estimated at about 3 miles long Wednesday afternoon and appeared to be dissipating since it was first reported that morning.Officials said the source of the spill was no longer actively discharging into the river and pollution responders also determined that the oil was too thin to recover.The spill was first reported near Kalama and was moving downriver.Responders with the state Department of Ecology also went out on the water to collect samples to find the spill’s source.Officials said there have been no signs of animals in distress.