We’re getting into Fall in the Blue Ridge so time to gear up for the impending ski season. With weather patterns seeming more variable than ever before, a good set of baselayers has never been more important – the more unpredictable the weather, the more versatile and breathable your performance apparel needs to be. And the latest technologies and material combinations now available are giving baselayers a revitalized and important story to tell. Think of the right base layer combination as an insurance policy for warmth and comfort. No matter the conditions or cold-weather activity, they’ll be working to keep you warm on cold mornings and wicking away sweat when the sun peaks in the afternoon.Best Baselayers for Fall and Winter 2014:Adidas OutdoorsAdidas Outdoors is bringing a number of options to the table for Fall 2013, and first up is their men’s Winter Midlayer. The employment of Climawarm technology provides thermal insulation in cold weather conditions and this mid-layer features a half-zip for ventilation. The Terrex Icesky Half-Zip Long Sleeve, as seen below also features Climawarm technology and its construction allows for ultimate performance while in motion. The final piece in the new collection is the Terrex Swift Long Sleeve Half-Zip Tee. The Swift’s activated carbon endows it with evaporative cooling, odor management and UV protection. The Swift features a half-zip design with higher fitted collar for extra protection. www.adidas.comCore ConceptsFrom Core Concepts comes the Old Faithful, a perfect start to any three-season layering program. Idaho’s Core Concepts is an independent company that crafts authentic adventure apparel for real people that moves seamlessly from active to everyday life. The Polartec Power Dry bi-component fabric is comfortable against the skin, wicks moisture and dries quickly. The Old Faithful sports a custom designed, sublimation printed artwork in the underarm panel. www.corelayers.comISISWhen it comes to baselayers, ISIS has women covered in warmth and style. The Versa-Lite Half-Zip is made with a blend of Merino wool and polyester for excellent thermoregulation, wicking and comfort, an ideal baselayer for active cold-weather pursuits. With a long cut and slim silhouette, the Versa-Lite stays tucked in and layers easily. Flatlock stitching eliminates chafing and a metallic Lurex strip adds an element of sparkle. They’re also available in matching Versa-Lite Tights with a full-coverage, flat waistband for comfort and easy layering. Another option is the Forma Half-Zip. More than just a mid-weight baselayer, the Forma Half-Zip is a versatile performance piece. Made with a blend of polyester, nylon and spandex, the Forma uses body mapping to place wicking panels, stretch panels and support panels right where they are needed most. The Versa-Lite Crew provides an additional option, made with a blend of merino wool and polyester. This is a go-to for cold-weather sports. www.isisforwomen.comMountain HardwearMountain Hardwear’s new baselayer, the Integral Pro Long Sleeve Zip T, provides wool’s warmth plus synthetic performance. The Integral takes full advantage of Mountain Hardwear’s exclusive Wick.Q Wool technology to provide unbeatable comfort and performance in an outdoor fitness top. Wick.Q Wool is a machine washable wool/polypropylene blend that dries quickly and wicks efficiently like a synthetic, while kicking in the consistent warmth of natural wool. www.mountainhardwear.com PatagoniaFrom Patagonia comes several new pieces that will be sure to keep body parts warm during cold days. The Merino 3 Midweight Hoody provides a slim cut which allows it to layer nicely beneath a winter or spring shell. Its quick-drying, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant qualities make this a great hoody for on or off the mountain. The Merino 2 Lightweight Crew is another great option. Stronger and more durable than 100 percent wool, this combination of Merino and polyester blends to keep the active adventurer dry and comfortable even when wet. This crew naturally controls odor and wicks perspiration, and the raglan sleeve seams won’t chafe beneath pack straps during long treks. One of the more innovative baselayers out this Fall is the Capilene 4 Expedition Weight One-Piece Suit, light, breathable and able to wick away moisture while keeping you sealed up inside. With a hood for men and a high collar for women, this baselayer takes everything into consideration, including a drop-seat in the back for when nature calls. www.patagonia.comSalomon Salomon adds technological advancements for active baselayers with the EXO Jersey, made from extra-light fabric combined with EXO technology to provide postural support and muscle support in key areas to foster maximum skiing performance. The EXO Tight employs the same technology as the Jersey and features knee support to increase stability. Salomon’s new Halo Down Smartskin is a midweight layer that has stretch panels inside the arms and elbows to allow for easier movement and breathability. The Trail Runner Warm Long Sleeve Zip Tee is also a great option, comfy and warm enough to cut the early morning chill, yet breathable enough to stay cool as the day goes on. www.salomon.com ColdPrufFrom ColdPruf comes the Premium Performance Layer. “As a vertical manufacturer, we have created a unique fabrication and garment fit that is ideally suited to our more active customers. Our pricing is very competitive as well. Again, it is all about the value that ColdPruf brings to the market,” said John Willingham, president of Indera Mills, the 99-year-old parent company of ColdPruf. Available for both men and women, this set of trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirts are great for fall and winter weather. This industry up-and-comer keeps the active athlete warm and comfortable while exerting high amounts of energy during colder months. The presence of spandex (85/15 blend of performance polyester and spandex) allows for optimal flexibility while the moisture-wicking Coldpruf technology keeps things dry from the inside out. www.coldpruf.comSmartwoolThe men’s or women’s PhD NTS Light 195 Wind Zip T from Smartwool is a specialized top from the baselayer collection with a windproof front panel that provides warmth and protection from the elements. The top was designed for high aerobic activities in cold weather. Lightweight fabric on the back and sleeves and a venting center front zip allow for efficient cooling. Body-enhancing fit and design lines are seen in the sculpted side panels, eliminating side seams for reduced chafing, and in the contoured sleeve cuff and drop tail bottom hem for increased coverage. The Women’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Hoody is 100 percent Merino wool and features a form fit interlock knit along with a back body seam that wraps to front for an enhanced fit. The performance fit hood with two ponytail exits can be worn underneath a helmet while flatlock seam construction is designed to eliminate chafing. Also with a form fit interlock knit, the Men’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Crew is a 100 percent Merino wool layer complete with shoulder panels to eliminate top shoulder seams. www.smartwool.com CraftCraft provides an innovative layering system of the highest quality, ranging from the warmest and most active to windproof and warm, and are ideal for alpine and Nordic skiing, running and cycling. Craft offers three collections to choose from: Stay Cool, Be Active and Keep Warm lines. Each is specifically designed for the temperatures one can expect to be in. For winter endeavors the Keep Warm line has you covered, designed for temps ranging from 32 degrees to as low as 22 below zero. New this season is their Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve, made of a thin, lightweight and elastic fabric that is channel-stitched with two high-tech polyester fibers. A hexa-channeled fiber against the skin enhances moisture transport, which cools the body. On the outside, a hollow fiber offers insulation as well as transport of moisture to the next layer. Pieces are engineered to keep odor away. A second option is the Cool Concept Piece Short Sleeve, designed to keep you cool while exercising in warm conditions, both indoors and outdoors. The garments feature unique multi-channeled fiber constructions that effectively pull perspiration away from the body. 3D construction ensures optimal freedom of movement and a perfect fit. www.craftsports.usObermeyerNew this year, Obermeyer has engineered a smart, lightweight, 100 percent nylon-treated Dri-Core fabric used within their new baselayers for 2013. The fabric works in unison with the brand’s chosen insulation and shell goods for the ideal waterproof-breathable ski-specific combination. The first baselayer in the lineup is the Flex Dri-Core First Layer Top, a men’s full half-zip base layer body mapped to optimize moisture control performance. The Cocona, fast-drying fabric is mapped under the arms to accelerate the moisture transfer away from one’s core. The next option is the Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top, a multi-purpose technical baselayer for cold-weather activities. The Dri-Core fabric allows for superior breathability, is lightweight, and aids in insulation as the layer closest to your skin. www.obermeyer.comColumbia SportswearFrom Columbia Sportswear comes their new Heavyweight Baselayer for both men and women. With a retro-waffle feel, this baselayer is getting back to the basics while still implementing new-age Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology. The durable top also features Omni-Wick technology under the arms for breathability. This lightweight baselayer with ergonomic seaming is a great option for very cold weather at a value. www.columbia.comThe North FaceAs usual, and for Fall 2013, The North Face has a number of baselayer options for all activities. In performance, check out the Men’s Isotherm Half-Zip, an innovative hybrid top constructed with wind-resistant core, wool blend and FlashDry mesh ventilation panels, to keep you protected and warm on cold-weather runs. For winter action, the Women’s Expedition Tight is an expedition-weight baselayer for low- to- medium-intensity activities and features an innovative two-layer, one-way moisture-transport construction and FlashDry technology, which works with your body to improve dry time. The Men’s Alloy Merino Top is a technical wool-blend baselayer that utilizes Thermo3D design, FlashDry technology and multiple fabric weights to provide optimum warmth and temperature regulation in a 10.22-ounce package. www.thenorthface.comIcebreakerIcebreaker has a host of new styles that combine the natural benefits of premium wool with high-tech weather protection. Debuting in Fall/Winter 2013 are two water-resistant technical tops for trans-season running, cycling and other outdoor sports. The Dart LS Half-Zip for women and Drive Long Sleeve Half-Zip for men are lightweight technical tops that contain tiny nano particles with a ridged surface that reduces contact area, allowing water, mud and oil to simply run off. The Dart and Drive also feature Icebreaker’s Free Seam – a seam that is smooth against the skin to prevent chafing – and breathable eyelet panels. Both can be worn solo or under another layer. Also new this season are the men’s and women’s Quantum+ Hood, an upgraded version of Icebreaker’s best-selling hoody, with nanotechnology for water resistance. Stylish and dynamic, it’s ideal for running and technical sports, and for the outdoors. us.icebreaker.comPolarmaxNew for 2013 from Polarmax is the ultra-soft Micro H1 and H2 and the company’s lightest base layer to date, Travel Silk, all part of their All-Year Gear line of Casual Base Layers, developed to be layers you can wear all year long from snow to summer. Made from 100 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester, Travel Silk, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, builds on the success of their lightest weight base layer, Tech Silk. At 2.8 oz per square yard, Travel Silk is by far their lightest layer ever. With its Acclimate Dry Moisture Wicking treatment this garment will help keep you dry no matter how strenuous your plans for the day are. Micro H1, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, is made from 94 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester and 6 percent Lycra. With the interest in their soft heather fabric debuted at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012, Polarmax put the fabric to work in their new Micro H1 line, feeling reminiscent of bamboo or merino. With Lycra for stretch and a relaxed fit, this base layer is certain to be a hit year round. The Micro H2 tops and bottoms, uses the same fabric as the H1 line but with a plaited construction so it is twice as thick. With an athletic fit for the bottoms to be worn under pants without extra bulk and a relaxed fit in the tops for comfort, these layers are the best of both worlds. Polarmax has been manufactured with everything sourced within a 15-mile radius of West End, NC, for more than 30 years. Everything from making the thread to weaving the fabric, to the cut and sew, to the final shipping is done within 15 miles of their headquarters, allowing them to quickly make changes to product at any step of the process. www.polarmax.comTascTasc debuted its new Performance Bamboo:Merino Base Layer System at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013, with even more exciting updates at Summer Market, including briefs and socks. They offer both men and women’s styles in two thicknesses, level A and level B. The main characteristics of these base layers are: comfort, temperature regulation, moisture wicking, UPF 50+, anti-odor and chemical free. “We created the base layer system by mixing merino wool and viscose from bamboo to complement and enhance the natural fibers’ ability to wick moisture and fight odor. The bamboo fibers also give the fabric a much softer hand and feel than pure merino wool competitors. All performance attributes are inherent to this mixture of natural fibers,” said Tasc’s Jessica Walther. www.tascperformance.com
Lazar Markovic is red carded against Basle Lazar Markovic has been suspended for four European games following his sending off against Basle in December.The Liverpool winger was shown a straight red card in the Reds’ final Champions League group game for catching Behrang Safari in the face with a flick of his hand.The decision to dismiss the Serbian was blasted by Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool supporters and a host of pundits, and was branded the “softest red card ever”.But the Merseyside club did not launch an appeal and a UEFA disciplinary committee has now handed out a strict punishment, with Markovic given an extra game on top of the normal three-match ban for violent conduct because he was sent off when playing for Benfica in a Europa League match last May.He will miss both legs of the last-32 Europa League clash against Besiktas, the first of which is at Anfield on Thursday, as well as the home and away last-16 matches should the Reds progress. 1
OK for ozone, bad for climateWith XPS, the blowing agent HFC-134a has a GWP of 1,430, meaning that it’s 1,430 times as potent as carbon dioxide (which is defined as having a GWP of 1). Nearly all closed-cell SPF is made with the blowing agent HFC-245fa, which has a GWP of 1,030. RELATED ARTICLES Relative to global warming, these blowing agents aren’t as bad as the CFCs that were used originally, but they are as bad as the HCFCs (hydrochlorocfluorcarbons) that were adopted as second-generation blowing agents. (Both HFCs and HFOs are considered totally safe for the ozone, which is why CFCs and HCFCs have been phased out.) Insulation: good news, bad newsInsulation materials help our homes save energy and, in so doing, they reduce the combustion of fossil fuels and the release of greenhouse gases.But if the insulation material itself is made with a very-high-GWP blowing agent that may ultimately escape from the insulation, adding a lot of insulation may actually be a bad thing from the standpoint of mitigating climate change. All that was spelled out in my blog post two years ago, “Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation” and, in greater detail, in the EBN feature article on the same topic. Efficiency boost an added bonusFurther, Solstice HFO will boost the R-value of the insulation material slightly. Compared with HFC-245fa, this HFO produces insulation with 2% higher R-value, and compared with hydrocarbon blowing agents it offers an 8% to 10% improvement, according to Honeywell.While the change is exciting, it is not immediate. The HFO has just received its approvals from the government, and it will take a while to ramp up production and convert refrigerator factories to the new foam. Whirlpool expects to begin incorporating the new blowing agents into its refrigerators in late 2013. Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam Insulation Are there closed-cell spray foam products that have low global warming aspects on the market now? Not a great time to invest in productsBoth the SPF and XPS industries have already gone through two major transitions: from CFC to HCFC blowing agents and then from HCFC to HFC blowing agents.With a weak building economy and depressed sales of building materials, enthusiasm for a third major conversion has been limited. But I believe that there will be growing demand to produce products with as little impact on global climate change as possible — and if this year’s heat and drought continue, that demand may well grow.Let’s hope so. Spray-foam manufacturers slower to adopt HFOsBut what about the closed-cell SPF insulation that is commonly used to insulate buildings?SPF manufacturers will probably be replacing the HFC-245fa with HFO … but it’s unclear exactly when that will happen. Rick Duncan, the technical director at the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the trade association serving the SPF industry, told me that some SPF manufacturers (“system houses”) are conducting field trials with the new HFO blowing agents, but not all of them. (At least one manufacturer, Icynene, also makes a water-blown, medium-density foam, MD-R-200, which insulates to R-5.2 per inch and is referred to as both an open-cell and closed-cell product on the Icynene website; most other water-blown SPF products are believed to have been discontinued.)Unlike in 2003 when federal regulations mandated a switch from HCFC to HFC blowing agents due to ozone depletion concerns, there are no similar regulations requiring a switch from HFCs to HFOs. It’s up to usAnd the conversion takes time and is expensive — about one year and at least $100,000, says Duncan. With the building industry still in an economic slump, producers aren’t looking to spend a lot of additional money on product development.Duncan believes, however, that when a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) report on SPF comes out that SPFA is now finalizing, customers will begin asking for lower-GWP foam and manufacturers will respond by producing it. From an environmental standpoint, open-cell SPF (which doesn’t include HFC blowing agents) has just 1/20th the global warming impact of closed-cell SPF. I’ve been pretty vocal about a big problem with some of our most common insulation materials: that they are made using blowing agents that are highly potent greenhouse gases.All extruded polystyrene (XPS) and most closed-cell spray polyurethane foams (SPF) are made with HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) blowing agents that have global warming potentials (GWPs) many hundreds of times greater than that of carbon dioxide. (My apologies for contaminating this column with so many acronyms!) Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Blowing agents: the next generationAnyway, given all this, I’ve been closely following the developments by industry in coming up with alternatives that are neither ozone depleters nor significant greenhouse gases.Two years ago, it appeared that the leading candidates were HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins), and Honeywell announced the development of such a product in 2011. And indeed, it was just announced last week that Whirlpool, the nation’s largest appliance manufacturer (with such brands as Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, and KitchenAid, along with Whirlpool), was switching to a new HFO blowing agent for the polyurethane insulation in all of its refrigerators.Whirlpool will be using the new Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent made by Honeywell, one of the nation’s three producers of blowing agents (along with DuPont and Arkema). Solstice HFO has zero ozone depletion potential and a GWP of just 4.7 to 7.0—similar to that of the various hydrocarbon blowing agents used in expanded polystyrene and polyisocyanurate — and insignificant relative to global warming. Less action in the XPS campI was not able to get as much information from the extruded polystyrene industry about when the HFC-134a might be replaced with a lower-GWP blowing agent and whether there is a gaseous form of HFO that could work for that industry. (While a liquid blowing agent is used in producing SPF, a gaseous blowing agent is required for XPS.)Jan McKinnon, the senior communications manager at Dow Building Solutions (manufacturer of Dow Styrofoam XPS), says that the company is looking for ways to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. “Since the launch of our new formulation in 2010 [converting from HCFC-142b to HFC-134a], we continue to look at lowering our blowing agent global warming potential, and we have an active process in place to reduce it by 15%,” she told me. She said that they are actively evaluating alternative blowing agents for XPS, “but most of these technologies are still in their infancy.”
India enter the final phase of their preparations for next month’s World Twenty20 with the Asia Cup starting on Wednesday but a cloud of uncertainty over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s availability threatens to disturb the side’s momentum going into the opener against Bangladesh in Dhaka.The skipper’s fitness is a concern going into tomorrow’s match against the sprightly hosts, who have built a reputation of being giant-slayers on more than one occasion. (Asia Cup: Time for India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be scared of Bangladesh) The continental championship will be played in a Twenty20 format from the usual ODI keeping the World T20 in mind and the need for the Asian teams to get some much-needed match time before the marquee event starts next month.For India, who are considered as title contenders, a good Asia Cup performance will give them the much-needed boost going into the World T20. (Asia Cup: Don’t take Bangladesh lightly, Ravi Shastri warns India)While Dhoni has always stated that “revenge is a very strong word in sport”, the Indian team will be keen to get even against a strong Bangladesh side that beat them fair and square in a three-ODI series at the same venue last year under hostile circumstances with a partisan crowd backing its team. (Virat Kohli appreciates Mustafizur Rahman’s growing stature in international cricket)This was against the backdrop of the controversial Rohit Sharma decision during the quarter-final of the 50-over World Cup in Melbourne.The ODI series last year saw the emergence of left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahaman, who bamboozled the Indian batsmen with his variations. This tournament will also give ‘Men in Blue’ an opportunity to crack the ‘Mustafizur Code’, having failed miserably the last time round. advertisementThe Indians have started their T20 preparations in right earnest having won back-to-back series against Australia ‘Down Under’ and Sri Lanka at home.In the six T20 internationals played this year, India have won five of them with the only defeat coming against Sri Lanka on an unusual Pune pitch in the last series. (Asia Cup T20: United Arab Emirates qualify for main draw)If India reach the finals of the Asia Cup, it will be another five T20 matches, taking the number of matches to 11 before the start of the World T20, and according to Team Director Ravi Shastri would be “just what the doctor ordered”.The team under Dhoni has looked set in the shortest format but the real test starts with the Asia Cup as the business end of the preparations commences.Momentum will be key from now onwards and Dhoni’s men will be keen to seize the initial advantage even though it won’t be easy by any means against a Bangladesh side, which will be more than a handful on home soil.The Indian captain has indicated that he will like to give game time to all the 15 players in the squad although it is the winning combination that is expected to play against Bangladesh tomorrow.The batting order looks set with the tried and tested combination of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the top of the order. Virat Kohli comes back at No. 3 after a much needed three-week break from cricket post Australia tour.India’s premier shortest format specialist Suresh Raina will be at No. 4 followed by Yuvraj Singh, who is slowly coming back in his elements, since that last over six in Sydney.Ravindra Jadeja and the big-hitting Hardik Pandya make it a strong top eight for India as far as batting in the T20 format is concerned.Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah complete the line-up. Bumrah, however, did not train yesterday and team sources said he is a “little under the weather and advised rest”.The batting order may have a lean day in office here and there otherwise are in an “auto-pilot mode”. But the Indian bowling will certainly be expected to get its act together on sluggish sub-continental pitches with Ashwin being the leader of the attack.After an indifferent performance in a high scoring ODI series in Australia, Ashwin found his mojo back at the start of the T20 series with 13 wickets from last six T20 games.In the series against Sri Lanka, he was virtually unplayable, grabbing nine wickets in three games with career-best figures of 4/8 in the decider in Visakhapatnam.Nehra and Bumrah make a good pace attack with one having loads of experience and ability to read match situations effortlessly, and the other with an unusual action able to rattle the batsmen bowling yorkers at will.advertisementBangladesh’s strength is their bowling attack with Mustafizur, Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain expected to pose a lot of challenge for the Indian batsmen.With a handsome IPL contract, Mustafizur may again intimidate the Indian batsmen with Taskin and Al-Amin for support.Not to forget the enormous experience of skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The duo on their day along with former captain Mushfiqur Rahim could tilt the scales in home team’s favour.Left-handed batsman Soumya Sarkar, World Cup hero Mahmudullah make it a decent batting line-up for Bangladesh.Squads:India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel.Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider, Mohammad Mithun, Arafat Sunny.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/G0W1dB7zzD— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.
APTN National NewsAfter indicating during a town hall last month that he was thinking about wearing moccasins on the day the federal Liberal government unveils its first federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has opted for a pair of lace-up dress shoes.Finance ministers have traditionally chosen footwear before federal budgets meant to symbolize the focus of the upcoming spending plan.Morneau put on the pair of Canadian-made shoes at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Toronto earlier Friday.“I double-knot my shoes,” said Morneau, to the group of children around him.The shoes were made by Canadian shoe-designer Ron White.During a town hall on Feb. 22, Morneau complemented an Indigenous man in the audience on the vest he was wearing before indicating he was thinking of wearing moccasins on budget day.“They’ve asked me for the budget in the news to wear moccasins,” said Morneau, who then pointed to the side of his head indicating he was thinking of it.“I have some, if you want to wear them,” said the man.Morneau was referring to a report in a newspaper suggesting he should wear the moccasins given his government’s expressed commitments to First Nation people.The Liberals said the choice of footwear, which cost $179.99, and location of the event was meant to show the next budget is targeting children and middle-class Canadians.Former Mulroney-era cabinet minister John Crosbie once wore mukluks on budget [email protected]@APTNNews
LONDON – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox increased Wednesday its bid to take full control of lucrative European pay TV service Sky in a prolonged battle with U.S. rival Comcast.Fox raised its bid to 14 pounds ($18.58) a share as it seeks the 61 per cent of Sky not already under its control.The company says this is 12 per cent higher than the last bid from Comcast and values Sky at 24.5 billion pounds ($32.5 billion). Fox has increased its bid by just over 30 per cent since its first offer in December 2016.Shares in Sky Plc were down 0.8 per cent at 14.90 pounds, suggesting investors believe Comcast could come back with another improved offer.Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Italy as well as the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Murdoch’s company still faces significant regulatory battles in Britain, including the culture secretary’s statement that Fox would have to sell Sky News to win government approval because of concerns about media plurality.Fox’s bid for Sky is the most recent episode in Murdoch’s long-running effort to take full control of the company.His last bid foundered amid a 2011 phone-hacking scandal, in which journalists working for Murdoch newspapers were accused of gaining illegal access to the voicemail messages of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family. News Corp., which is controlled by the Murdochs, withdrew its bid for Sky soon after.The effort to buy Sky comes as Fox itself is the object of a takeover battle by Comcast and Disney. Disney said in June it is offering more than $71 billion for Fox’s entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast’s nearly $66 billion offer.The companies want Sky in order to amass programming and better compete with technology companies like Amazon and Netflix for viewers.
New Delhi: Starting this year, student who wish to apply at Delhi University under the Extra Curricula Activities (ECA) category and sport trials would witness a change in the admission process in the academic session 2019-20. In fact, the administration is preparing to make the quota admissions more student-friendly, that even before the start of the session, said an official. Moreover, the announcement has already been made by the admission committee that this time the trial of these quota will begin from May 20. “And the aspirant of this quota will not have to wait for cut-off,” he added.Earlier, only after the cut-off was released in the DU for past year, student can apply for ECA and sports but this time aspirant will undergo through the trial from the third week of May. However, in the last year of the DU, 60 per cent of the sports quota admission and the weightage of 40 percent of certificate was considered. And this time there may be a change in this also,” he added. Moreover, the discussions on how to keep the weight of the trial and certificates are still going on, he said. By 2017, students had to upload only one certificate for sports, but arrangement had been made to upload three certificates last year but this time committee is discussing that if administration would continue the previous year arrangement or implement the 2017 system to upload the certificate. “In short, the administration is all set to prepare to make ECA and sports trials more students friendly than earlier, so that the process will be simple and hassle free for both students and the DU administration,” official added. Mpost
London: Britain will make social media bosses personally liable for harmful content and shut down offending platforms under a government action plan published Monday — the first of its kind anywhere. The long-delayed and eagerly anticipated proposals lay the groundwork for legislation that could be passed in the coming months. They were drawn up after consultations with social media moguls such as Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and have faced little resistance from other platforms that have also been blamed for allowing the spread of hate and abuse. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome of the proposals have sparked concerns from free speech groups. “What we’re proposing today is that companies that deal with user-generated content should take greater responsibility for keeping those users safe,” culture and media minister Jeremy Wright told BBC radio. “These are world-leading proposals. No one in the world has done this before.” The proposed regulations would see social media companies accept “duty of care” obligations that require them to identify and remove “online harms”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThose that fail would be first issued warnings and then hit progressively with more punitive sanctions. The government paper suggests that these include “the creation of new liability (civil fines or extended to criminal liability) for individual senior managers”. The most serious would see internet service providers block non-compliant websites and apps. “This would only be considered as an option of last resort and deploying such an option would be a decision for the independent regulator alone,” the plan says. The regulations would only apply in Britain and should have no immediate impact on users elsewhere in the world. But they may prompt other governments to take notice and follow suit. Wright suggested the fines would be substantial. He noted that those available to European Union authorities implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules on data privacy reached “up to four percent of a company’s turnover”. “We think we should be looking at something comparable here,” Wright told BBC television. Wright’s office is navigating a minefield of problems regulating an industry that largely functions outside the bounds of existing legislation — and whose harms are open to interpretation and remain undefined. A joint letter sent by media executives to the British government in February stressed that legislation must be “technically possible to implement in practise… (and) “be targeted at specific harms”. The government paper lists both “harms with a clear legal definition” and “harms with a less clear legal definition”. The first include terrorist activity and a range of cyber-stalking and hate crimes. The second lists disinformation and “violent content” as a whole. What types of harm fall where would be established by a new regulator whose enforcement powers would be funded by the social media companies themselves. The social media boom was born in the spirit of a libertarian Silicon Valley ethos of innovation and non-interference from government. But the industry is now facing a litany of dangers that range from the spread of state propaganda to promotion of teen suicide and — most graphically last month — the live broadcast of the slaying of 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand. The techUK industry lobby group admitted Monday that platforms’ attempts at self-regulation have fallen short. But it also urged the government to avoid “creating discrepancies in law between the online and offline worlds”. “Government have said that this will apply to all user-generated content (and) not only to big tech firms,” techUK policy chief Vinous Ali said. “If we are going to throw the net out so widely we need to make sure the proposed regulator takes a risk-based and proportionate response.” Britain’s Article 19 free speech group also warned that the proposed legislation “could violate individuals’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy”.
Kolkata: A fruit seller was shot dead by some miscreants at Kamarhati on Monday night.Later police arrested three youths from Kamarhati area. The deceased identified as Saheb Ali of Kamarhati used to sell fruits near the Kamarhati police outpost. On Monday around 7 pm an altercation broke between three youths and Ali over some issue. After a few minutes, local residents heard a firing sound and saw Ali fell the ground. Immediately, the three youth fled from the spot. Ali was immediately rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Meanwhile, Belgharia police station was informed. Later, his family members lodged a murder complaint. Police started a probe and came to know that the three youths were talking about some monetary transaction. Police came to know that Ali had borrowed money from one Asif of Kamarhati for business. To be clear about the motive police started searching for Asif. After he was detained, Asif confessed that he had gone there to recover his money along with two others identified as Pappu and Nepali. They had plan to threat Ali. To terrify him, Nepali brandished a gun at the time of altercation. But the bullet fired accidentally. After Asif’s statement, police nabbed Pappu and Nepali from a hideout in Kamarhati area. The accused persons have confessed to the crime.