Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is not impressed with Michigan fans this season. For the second time since the start of the year, the SEC Network host went in on Wolverines fans on his radio show.Back in September, Finebaum asserted that the Michigan fan base is the most “pathetic” in the nation, complaining about Wolverines fans lack of knowledge about the game.He reiterated that this week, calling Michigan fans completely unrealistic. To turn the knife even more, he compares them to Ohio State fans, who he believes are much more knowledgeable about the sport.From Landof10:“There’s no comparison between Ohio State and Michigan fans,” Finebaum said. “Ohio State fans are very knowledgeable people. They understand, they are supportive. Michigan fans are from another planet. I’ve dealt with a lot of Ohio State fans, particularly a couple years ago after the Buckeyes beat Alabama. Ohio State fans at least know what they’re talking about.“I don’t think they are nearly as knowledgeable as Ohio State fans when it comes to football IQ. I think they have gone all-in on Harbaugh…listen, Harbaugh is a good coach, but he hasn’t done anything yet at Michigan.”Full audio of this segment from The Paul Finebaum Show is available at ESPN.Finebaum also knocked Michigan for their lack of championships, and took a jab at legendary coach Bo Schembechler, who never won a title during his 20 years in Ann Arbor.Finebaum mostly focuses on the SEC, and has been knocked for being a homer of that league, but he is on record this season saying that he thinks the Big Ten is the best conference in college football this year. He’s just not impressed with Wolverine fans at all, now that their program is nationally relevant once again.If Jim Harbaugh’s team keeps rolling, we expect Finebaum might be getting a few more callers from Ann Arbor.[Landof10; ESPN]
Next Reuters BahrainMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 11:48 IST Bahrain Grand Prix is going to be only the second race for Charles Leclerc (middle) with Ferrari (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCharles Leclerc bagged pole position for the Bahrain GP ahead of Vettel and Hamilton21-year-old Leclerc is Ferrari’s youngest pole-sitterLeclerc will on Sunday become the 99th different driver to start a race from the frontCharles Leclerc celebrated the first Formula One pole position of his career in Bahrain on Saturday, and with it made Ferrari history.The Italian team’s youngest driver since Mexican teenager Ricardo Rodriguez in 1961, the 21-year-old Monegasque replaced Belgian Jacky Ickx (23 in 1968), as Ferrari’s youngest pole-sitter.With the second youngest pole of all time, behind current team mate Sebastian Vettel who set the record with Toro Rosso in 2008 aged 21 and 73 days, Leclerc will on Sunday become the 99th different driver to start a Formula One race from the front.Vettel is a four-times world champion and Leclerc now sits between the German and double champion Fernando Alonso in the list of youngest poles good company for the precocious talent.”I think we are all happy,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto. “He’s a good kid and being a good kid I think we will all love him as we love Sebastian. This is great for the team, great for him.”It will not be his last one.”The Bahrain Grand Prix is only the second race for Leclerc with Ferrari, after a debut season at Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) last year.The 2017 Formula Two champion is rated as a future F1 champion, good enough for the team to push aside 2007 title-holder Kimi Raikkonen to make way for him, and Saturday proved his potential.”The first pole is a dream that you set for yourself when you’re young. It only comes once, so he truly deserves it,” commented five times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who holds the Formula One record of 84 career poles.advertisementHaving made a mistake in qualifying two weeks ago at the season-opener in Australia, Leclerc topped every practice session but one at Sakhir, including each of the three phases of qualifying.Unflappable on track, he was just as composed after he stepped out of the car.”In the last race I was not very happy with my qualifying,” he said. “I really worked hard to try and not do the same mistakes here, seems that we did quite a good job with a front row lockout.”In contrast, Vettel, who has started from the front in Bahrain a record three times and won the last two races there, looked out of sorts.The German was even investigated by the stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly at one stage in qualifying.”It’s his day,” acknowledged the 31-year-old, who was limited to putting in just one flying lap in the pole-position shoot-out after traffic forced him to do an extra lap in the second phase of qualifying.”Certainly, my day wasn’t ideal but even with an ideal day it would have been very difficult to beat him today.”Also Watch:For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bahrain Grand PrixFollow Charles LeclercFollow Sebastian VettelFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Bahrain GP qualifying Bahrain GP pole will not be Charles Leclerc’s last one: Ferrari principal Mattia BinottoSebastian Vettel is a four-times world champion and Charles Leclerc now sits between the German and double champion Fernando Alonso in the list of youngest poles-sitters.advertisement
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s NDP says the emergence of a new private Halifax clinic that aims to reduce the strain on the public health-care system is “deeply troubling.”Unified Health bills itself as a “community triage centre” where patients are assessed for a fee by nurse practitioners, not doctors.Unified Health, which opened late last month, says it aims to help “redirect some of the non-emergency traffic that visits the emergency room.”In the legislature Tuesday, NDP Leader Gary Burrill suggested the clinic only exists because the provincial government has been unable to fix a chronic doctor shortage that has left many Nova Scotians without a family physician.“Is it right that a person in our province should have to pay $35 for a medical appointment?” Burrill asked Premier Stephen McNeil.“A person could fairly conclude that the emergence of a private, for-profit clinic providing a service that is supposed to be provided in Nova Scotia free indicates that the job the government is doing on providing health care is missing the mark at a pretty basic level.”In a July news release, Unified Health said patients will be re-directed to emergency services if required, but otherwise nurse practitioners “can provide both acute and ongoing care.” The centre also has on site physiotherapy, massage and osteopathic services.“This system ensures that only medical cases use medical resources and that non-medical cases don’t go untreated,” it said in the release, which says the clinic aims “to help reduce the strain” on the public system.Unified Health calls its clinic on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax a pilot project, and suggests there will be more locations. Its website says it is “bringing wellness and efficiency back into Canada’s health-care system.”“It’s not that doctors can’t or don’t want to help, we just don’t have enough of them to go around … but we do have other resources that we can start with to pre-screen certain things, like a sore back or shoulder. You just need someone to point you in the right direction,” Alan Attwater, president of Unified Health, said in the July release.A legislature committee heard last December that 42,000 Nova Scotians are actively seeking a family physician, although federal statistics place that number at closer to 100,000 — including people who simply aren’t looking for a doctor.McNeil said Tuesday the province has recruited new family doctors, created new residency positions and taken other measures to provide Nova Scotians with primary health care.As to the NDP’s questions about Unified Health, McNeil said simply: “The health care system is publicly funded in this province and we expect all of the institutions that are providing health care services to meet the Canada Health Act.”
Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen.The sold-out gala will take place Feb. 8, 2013, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Additional performers will be announced shortly.Hosted by Jon Stewart, attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Rob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate Springsteen’s exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares “Vehicle of the Year.”During the gala dinner, a live auction will feature an exciting array of items, including a customized Acura RLX. This year’s red-carpet press arrivals area will be sponsored by Galactica Park. MusiCares would also like to thank CenterStaging, Delta Air Lines, Double Platinum, Gibson, Global Art, Heineken USA, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jackson Limo, Pepsi, Sweetwater, and Trattore Estate Wines.The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees are Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.GRAMMY Week culminates with Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Source:Grammy.org
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, along with other Chambers from across the province, were recently in attendance at the 2019 B.C. Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.During the AGM, the Chamber took part in a policy session where they presented a policy to the Caucus on behalf of Fort St. John and the North Peace.Chamber Executive Director, Cheryl Montgomery, says the Chamber presented a policy that they wrote a resolution on a few months ago regarding transportation in the Region, adding that it does identify the Taylor Bridge as one of the concerns. “We presented a resolution that was written a few months ago regarding transportation and infrastructure in the whole Region. It does identify the Taylor Bridge and the South Taylor Hill as requiring a lot of improvement. But it does cover a general need for infrastructure in the whole Region.”While the issue of the Bridge and Hill are not new, Montgomery says it’s important to keep reminding the Province on the importance of investing in new infrastructure within the Peace as it plays a huge effect on the economy and tourism.Montgomery also says restructuring to the Bridge and Hill is needed immediately as the impact to the area would be catastrophic if either of those were to fail.“Where the real impact will come is if that Bridge ever fails, or if the Hill ever fails. When one of those things fail, we are going to find ourselves in a pretty economically catastrophic position.”The Policy was written and sent to the B.C. Chamber Body, where it was presented at the AGM, and then the Canadian Chamber and B.C. Chamber will eventually lobby it to be passed.This Thursday, May 30, the Chamber will be hosting a Speaker Series Luncheon with Scott Maxwell of the Ministry of Transportation, as a guest speaker, to discuss transportation needs of the Peace Region. Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber’s website.
Mr. Mladic, who was arrested by Serbian authorities last Thursday after almost 16 years on the run was admitted to the UN Detention Unit in The Hague, where the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is based.Following a full medical examination by the detention unit’s medical staff, Mr. Mladic’s health will be continuously monitored and any treatment required will be provided, the tribunal said. His initial appearance will be announced in due course.According to the indictment, forces under the command of Mr. Mladic, who headed the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Main Staff, committed genocide, amongst other crimes, when they summarily executed more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995.He is also charged with genocide for crimes committed in eastern and north western Bosnia and Herzegovina.The indictment lists over 70 incidents of murder in 20 municipalities. It also alleges that Mr. Mladic’s forces tortured, mistreated and physically, psychologically and sexually abused civilians confined in 58 detention facilities in 22 municipalities. He is also facing charges for the shelling and sniping during the prolonged siege of the city of Sarajevo, in which thousands of civilians were killed and wounded.The indictment states that Mr. Mladic committed the crimes as part of a joint criminal enterprise whose objective was to eliminate or permanently remove Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb inhabitants from large areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 31 May 2011The Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was today transferred to the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face charges of genocide and other crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
Notorious underworld gang member ‘Army Sampath’ has been arrested by the police Special Task Force (STF).He was arrested during an operation conducted in Slave Island. (Colombo Gazette)
During the course of the past week, inhabitants at Bella Camp have been subjected to a number of measures that have increased their already substantial fears that they are about to be forced back to Chechnya against their will, according to a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).”Starting last Wednesday, all three main utilities – gas, electricity and water – have been cut off for varying periods and then restored,” Ron Redmond said at a press briefing in Geneva. “After a relatively quiet weekend, the gas and electricity supplies were cut once again yesterday, and there were reports that some of the latrines had also been removed.”Access for aid agencies, including UNHCR, has also been denied for varying periods and remains erratic, the spokesman said, adding that the agency did not in principle oppose plans to relocate some or all of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Bella Camp to other locations in Ingushetia.”Indeed, [it] has provided tents in another camp, Satsita, for some Bella inhabitants who say they wish to move,” Mr. Redmond said. “However, the possibilities for appropriate alternative accommodation elsewhere in Ingushetia have not been fully and clearly elaborated.”He said the Russian Government has given repeated assurances that Chechens will not be coerced – directly or indirectly – into returning against their will.Latest estimates put the total number of IDPs in Ingushetia at around 77,000, of whom over 11,000 are accommodated in five camps, with the rest living in temporary settlements or private accommodation.
“These have included reviewing hours of CCTV from across the area, carrying out house-to-house inquiries, talking to commuters at the railway station, checking potential vehicles matching the description and missing children databases, receiving more than 100 calls from members of the public in less than 24 hours, all of which takes a significant amount of time.“Once again we are extremely grateful for the support from the public and the media.”The man has been released on bail. The witness has been re-interviewed at length about their account and at this stage and as a result of our enquires no further information has come to light to corroborate the reportSenior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Pete Fulton Police found a child’s bike which was later discounted Credit:SWNS The abandoned child’s mountain bike was later discounted Credit:Surrey Police “We will continue to work with the community and realise that this has been disruptive and had a large impact, however I hope that you are reassured that we take your safety extremely seriously.“The witness has been re-interviewed at length about their account and at this stage and as a result of our inquiries no further information has come to light to corroborate the report.“There has been no report of any missing child in connection with the case and we have carried out extensive enquiries. A man who sparked a huge police search after reporting seeing a child being bundled into the back of a van,has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.He was detained and questioned after detectives were unable to find any evidence to corroborate his claims of a child abduction. The man came forward on Thursday afternoon claiming to have seen a child being forced against their will into the back of a Volkswagen Transporter van on Redstone Hill in Redhill, Surrey. A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “Officers had no reason to disbelieve the account of the witness and had to act quickly in order to prevent what was suspected to be a risk to the life of a child.“In the days since, officers have carried out an extensive and thorough investigation into this report which has not brought about any evidence to corroborate it.” Police described the witness as “credible” and, despite the fact no child had been reported missing in the area, launched a huge operation.Officers scoured the scene, undertook forensic searches and even sent up the force helicopter in a desperate bid to establish what had happened.Detectives issued CCTV images of a black van they believed had been involved but later ruled the driver out of the inquiry after tracing the vehicle. Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Pete Fulton, said: “The risk to life and safeguarding children are our first priorities when presented with a report like this, which is why we took the course of action we did.“Time was of the essence, which is why we asked for help from the public and media to find out what happened as soon as we could.“Reports of this nature are extremely rare and we are sure the public understands that when information such as this is received we treat it extremely seriously and must do all we can to find out investigate what’s happened.”He went on: “It is understandable this has caused a considerable amount of concern and confusion in the area, which will last beyond just these few days. A child’s mountain bike that was found near the scene was also later discounted when a local landlord admitted dumping it there.Surrey Police also made a series of public appeals for information in a bid to find out more, receiving more than 130 calls from concerned members of the public.But after being unable to find any evidence to corroborate the witness’s claims, he was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Surrey Police have now said there is no corroborating evidence to support the claims 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.
AROUND 300 PEOPLE turned out for a pro-choice rally in central Dublin today.Brendan Young, spokesperson for Action on X, told TheJournal.ie that it was a “very positive, upbeat” rally that focused on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.The bill will continue be discussed this coming week in the Oireachtas.He said the main concern of all the speakers was the criminalisation provision in the bill, which they believe should be removed. He said a second concern was the number of doctors required to sign off on an abortion as set out in the proposed bill.They also called for the inclusion in the bill of abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities. The attendees were concerned about the appeals procedure and the referrals procedure, and how minors would be dealt with under the bill.Speakers included TD Clare Daly, Ethel Buckley of SIPTU, Taryn Trainer of UNITE, and Laura Harmon of the USI welfare office.Young also claimed that posters put up by Action on X advertising the rally had been taken down during the week on Dame St, College Green, Parnell St, Parnell Square, Liffey St, and the quays. He said that the posters put up on Tuesday were gone on Wednesday, and that more posters put up on Thursday were taken down that very night.He described the removal of the posters as “systematic”. Young said that a number were placed on poles by people standing on ladders, so whoever removed them would have needed a ladder, indicating that they were not random incidents.
An estimated 30,000 undocumented people including families and children live and work in Ireland. The Migrants Rights Centre Ireland says these people are part of our communities now – they are our co-workers, our friends and our neighbours, which is why they are calling for an introduction a regularisation scheme in Ireland, which they state will show leadership and vision and demonstrate the Irish Government’s commitment to solving the situation of the undocumented in Ireland and the US. Here Mary tells us about her life in Ireland and why she feels this is now her home. She writes: IN 2004 WE were attracted to Ireland by the vast employment opportunities and quality of life. My husband was the first to come, then me and our daughter who was then eight years old. The idea was to stay for a while working and then to go to Brazil at some point. But over the months, we integrated into Irish life and were totally delighted with your way of life here.People are so well-educated, Ireland is safe, and your quality of life is unique. The perfect place to create an honoured citizen, who works hard and values the world we live in and what is important.This is our homeOur daughter started attending school and making friends. She is very clever, bright and did very well in her school. The years went by and she was growing up in this place, so blessed. She is in fourth year and cannot imagine her future away from here, her home.Currently we live on the edges. We live in fear, that all that bright future she has will be affected by the current status we are at: undocumented. I work as a childminder and love what I do but I despair to think that one day we could be told to get out of Ireland and have no more contact with the children that I love with all my heart.My husband was a lawyer in Brazil and feels very frustrated not to pursue a better job, a job that he can show his real ability. He works as a cleaner here. This has also affected our married life. But I admire him immensely for everything he does.Not able to travelWe want to stay here and know that better days will come. Two years ago my father-in-law died, we could not get home to the funeral. We were heartbroken. I have not seen my parents for four years (my mother is a doctor and works very hard in Brazil) and it’s sore, deep in my soul, that something might happen to them there and I cannot go to see them.Ireland is our home now. We are here over nine years, we feel like we belong here, our lives are here and we contribute every day to the economy. We have lots of Brazilian friends who were living here for years but they decided back home for good after the recession. But we didn’t, because we are not here because of the money.We are here because this is our HOME.I want to share my story but I am one of thousands of people in this situation. We are asking for a chance to be recognised and contribute more formally to Irish society.I know that Irish people value fairness, equality and justice and I hope that you will be able to understand our situation and help us to get a solution.Read: Undocumented in Ireland will celebrate St Patrick’s Day ‘in the shadows’>Read: Gilmore rings US Senators as pressure grows for deal on Irish illegals>
A Clark County man was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of hitting three cars while trying to elude police in a stolen vehicle. A Vancouver Police officer attempted to stop a Honda Civic for failing to display a front license plate. The driver, Joshua Roland, 26, of Clark County, sped north on Northeast 72nd Avenue, passed vehicles on the right and through a red light at Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive, according to police. Continuing north on Northeast 72nd Avenue, Roland struck a vehicle turning left and slid into two unoccupied parked vehicles, police said. Exiting the vehicle, he fled on foot into an apartment complex. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Portland.Roland was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude law enforcement, possession of a stolen vehicle and multiple counts of hit and run. He was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries sustained in his collision with the parked vehicles, police said. Occupants of the first vehicle were not injured, police said.Law enforcement shut down Northeast 72nd Avenue from Vancouver Mall Drive to the 5100 block for about 45 minutes.
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and left for dead near a library in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police are investigating the horrifying hit that put a woman, who was walking in the area of Southwest 280th Street and 148th Avenue, in the hospital early Friday morning.Officials said the motorist driving an older model Chevy SUV with dark tinted windows hit the victim near Naranja Branch Library and then fled.The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.Police said the car has front-end damage and a missing driver-side mirror after knocking down a tree in the area.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
No lay-offs are associated with the move and Weitzner says it’s not driven by cost-savings. “People hear print and say, ‘Oh, you’re not going to publish eWeek but we are going to publish eWeek,” he adds. “We will publish it in the same way–it will go through the same editorial process, the stories will get vetted, they’ll be laid out by art, we just won’t print it or mail it. We’re going to invest that savings in content. We’ll be able to add editors for the first time in a while-we’ve been adding but we’ll be able to make a substantial investment in content-we’ll have more vehicles, so we’ll need it.” In going all-digital, Ziff Davis Enterprise follows the example of its former parent company Ziff Davis Media, which stopped publishing print magazines in 2009. Ziff Davis Enterprise has launched a new strategy called OmniDigital that will take the company all-digital with emphasis in four keys areas–traditional websites, mobile websites, tablets and digital editions. The company will convert its remaining three magazines–Baseline, CIO Insight and eWeek–to digital editions starting in January. As digital editions, Baseline and CIO Insight will double their frequency to monthly, while eWeek will go biweekly (up from 19 issues per year in print). Next month, the brands will launch a series of optimized sites and native apps for a variety of smartphone and tablet including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian/Nokia-powered smart phones, as well as iPad, RIM Playbook and Android-powered tablets. “As an ex-editor, I haven’t enjoyed it much, but what we’ve been doing for the last few years is cut the frequency and cut the reach of print due to rising postal costs and rising paper costs while the ad base has done nothing but go down,” Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner tells FOLIO:. “It got to the point where we ran print issues mostly for getting net new names, but not as a business. Meanwhile you watch the rise of all-digital platforms and see the usage in the general populace but especially with our IT audience. In that world, the IT guy needs to be looking at every smartphone and every tablet, because that’s where the user is going.”Ziff Davis Enterprise will work with Texterity on the digital editions. “At the outset, these will be very magazine-like, but the plan is to take the technology and move in a direction that’s specifically digital,” says Weitzner. “It will still be like a magazine in that it’s editorial content-our edit calendar is available for all those brands today for 2012.
If you’ve never had an Xbox Live Gold subscription before to know what it’s all about, fear not, as Microsoft is running a free Xbox Live Gold weekend.This means you can play games online, browse the Internet, talk to your friends using Video Kinect, use TV and movie services such as Netflix, NBA Game Time, Rogers Anyplace TV and Crackle plus, and access music services like Xbox Music, MUZU.TV and Vevo. The free Gold weekend is available to residents of the US, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.Essentially, it’s available to everyone except Europe, which has caused a number of complaints. However, Major Nelson, director of programming at Microsoft, commented that they alternate regions when it comes to free Gold weekends so it “all equalizes out in the end.” If your country isn’t included, you can guarantee Microsoft will get around to you at some point. Case in point, the UK recently had an exclusive free Gold weekend.The free Gold weekend started November 29th and will end on December 3rd at 9:00am PST. So if your Gold subscription has run out recently, or if you simply want to see what the service is like, get on your Xbox 360 now. Enjoy the likes of Halo 4‘s multiplayer and a huge variety of entertainment services while you can.More at Xbox via Major Nelson
He was booked into the Washington County jail until his release at 11:23 this morning. According to the department website, a preliminary hearing regarding the charges is set for Monday.It’s a bad start to the year for Mayfield, who opted to return to Norman for his senior season after finishing last year as a Heisman finalist. Nothing good ever happens after 2:00 AM if you’re a star athlete. Nothing.It’s only a matter of time before video of the incident drops, and judging from the description in the report, it won’t be too pretty.Link to the Washington County Sheriff Department website booking report for Mayfield. Advertisement Any college football coach will tell you, getting a call in the early morning hours of the offseason is rarely good news. Last night was no different.According the Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff Department website, Oklahoma quarterback, and Heisman finalist, Baker Mayfield was arrested early this morning by the Fayetteville Police Department and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing, and resisting arrest.According to a preliminary police report regarding the incident obtained by ESPN, Mayfield was arrested at around 3 AM after the police were called to a scene regarding a potential battery. According to ESPN, the report states that Mayfield became belligerent with cops and was slurring his speech.Mayfield eventually attempted to flee the scene, but was chased down by cops and arrested. Playing in the Big 12, it may have been the best defense he faced all year.
The future for blockchain-based systems is promising, but we need to be very clear about what blockchain can do that no other technologies can to today. Otherwise, its value will be obfuscated by a wave of misguided pilots. Three out of every four blockchain companies that I speak with today are not selling a solution, but are rather looking to buy a business case. Yet, when we look back on blockchain in 20 years, its impact may be as big as the internet.Related: More Than Just Bitcoin: Blockchain Has Value Across Multiple IndustriesAs a technology foundation for decentralized business ecosystems, there are many, yet specific, use cases that hinge on the unique strengths of blockchain. Blockchains, or distributed ledgers, provide a new way to handle transactions with virtually anyone, anywhere, with confidence. They can encode all manner of attributes like value (cryptocurrencies) to just about any kind of digital record that are added to an immutable ledger across a network with no middlemen to slow things down or add costs.With such opportunity, it’s alarming that what we are largely seeing today are specious projects based on centralized designs and other misconceptions that nullify the premise of blockchains. If we are to give the technology the proper runway, we need to convert the hysteria into productive and realistic expectations that shorten blockchain’s slide through the “trough of disillusionment,” which could be around the corner littered with pointless proofs of concept.Related: 3 Major Industries in Which Blockchain Technology Is Changing Life As We Know ItLet’s myth-bust seven common ideas that set unrealistic expectations on blockchain:Myth 1: It’s highly scalable,Blockchain deployments are not truly scalable compared to conventional (server-based) transaction methods and transaction times are currently on the slow side. They are only scalable for certain types of transactions, small payloads and up to certain limits. You can’t just pile information on the blockchain.Myth 2: It’s secure.While blockchain is based on cryptographic standards, the methods to ensure privacy are entirely outside of any blockchain standards and implementations. Blockchain integration is only really understood and verifiable by cryptographic experts. But, it’s every implementer’s responsibility to ensure security, so that is handled largely as it is in the old world of financial transaction management.Related: 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond CryptocurrencyMyth 3: It’s trustworthy.Blockchain ensures the integrity of transactions and information, otherwise nothing is inherently trustworthy about any fact stored in the blockchain. You need to ensure trustworthiness by ensuring that the parties who store facts in the blockchain are trustworthy and that the facts are true — just as you would outside of the blockchain. A governance model allows multiple parties to take joint responsibility for an infrastructure, while secure access is needed to store facts in the blockchain.Myth 4: You can put anything in the blockchain.Blockchain is a protocol expressed in code and is not defined in terms of any standard. There are no standards bodies to provide sanctioned implementation rules or guidance.Typically, you can only deal with small payloads, and you still need agreed standards between all participants for anyone to make sense of what is stored. When you comb through “first out out of the gate” vendor marketing, in most cases, you will see a pattern of assumptions that blockchain is an application-level solution, that it will allow for interoperability between products that aren’t yet real, and that today’s leading platforms will dominate tomorrow. Remember MySpace?Related: 9 Blockchain Influencers for You to Follow — Who All Happen to Be FemaleMyth 5: You can express anything in a smart contract.While this is technically true, in practice, blockchain is limited to simple and well-understood use cases. Smart contracts are essentially rocket science. By design, once published, you cannot revise or bug fix them. They involve remarkably complex interactions and irrevocable consequences. The DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization), an Ethereum-based blockchain investment authority, is one such example that cost participants tens of millions of dollars in a few hours. Its resolution nearly broke the community. You really must find the right use cases and not assume they are all going to be safe.Myth 6: If you don’t like a public blockchain, go private.Private blockchains are not the answer to privacy or restricted access to information. In fact, you can argue private blockchains should not even be on the table as an option. Nonetheless, enterprise blockchains may fail to realize any of the inherent benefits of the blockchain technology and privately developed blockchains may lack the community and academic scrutiny that is necessary to ensure their properties.Myth 7: “We have created a new blockchain with feature X.”Community-driven blockchain products are being forked left and right by private players who enhance them in various ways. But, the large communities comprised of adopters, users, academia and implementers are the only force ensuring the cryptographic properties of the implementation. Only the open source blockchains with the largest communities and install-plus-adoption bases will persist. The rest can be considered lab experiments and 99.9 percent of these will die horrible deaths.Related: Thanks to Blockchain, Decentralization — and Data Security — Are the FutureWith the myths busted, where does that leave us? Savvy technologists will move forward with uses cases with a set of first principles in mind. For one, there will probably never be one blockchain to rule them all. Two, different use cases require different blockchains. Some will have many participants, some few, some will require strong privacy around the facts, some full transparency.Most candidate blockchain applications will require industry-driven standards created within the verticals they target. Many will require strong validation of the facts represented in them. Implementations will require use-case specific authentication of the identities involved in the transactions.As a final note, blockchain techniques have already been commoditized. Cloud implementations widely allow blockchain nodes based on every popular code base (such as Ethereum and Hyperledger). Blockchain is not itself a differentiator. Differentiation is derived from the use case, the governance, the ability to create adoption, and the implementation around a specific blockchain algorithm.With all of the above in mind, the best thing we can collectively do now is get creative, attack real business problems, and launch proofs-of-concept to better understand the power of blockchain. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 9, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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GAYSTARNEWS- Some of the male cast of the popular comedy TV show, Arrested Development. have defended costar Jeffrey Tambor after ‘bad’ on set behavior.Arrested Development stars, Jessica Walter, Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, David Cross, Alia Shawkat and Tambor sat down for a round table interview with the New York Times. I’m glad about this Arrested Development interview. I’m glad people get to see, at least once in a while, what it’s really like for women in Hollywood. 99% of your fave dudes are problematic. Don’t @ me— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) May 24, 2018 The discussion was supposed to be about the upcoming fifth season of the show. But things soon got ‘raw’ when the topic turned to allegations of Tambor’s sexual misconduct on the set of the landmark show about trans people, Transparent.Walter who plays Tambor’s wife, Lucille Bluth, described an intense incident on set where he verbally abused her.‘He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologise. I have to let it go. And I have to give you a chance to, you know, for us to be friends again,’ Walter said.‘But it’s hard because honestly — Jason [Bateman] says this happens all the time.‘In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now.’It gets worseEven though the incident sounded very traumatizing for Walter – she actually cries during the interview – it was the way Tambor’s male costars defended him that has attracted the most criticism.Tony Hale who plays Walter’s son Buster on the show said: ‘We’ve all had moments.’To which Walter replies: ‘But not like that, not like that. That was bad.’Lead actor Jason Bateman said in an extended monologue that he did not want to ‘belittle’ Walter’s experience but he had ‘zero complaints’ about the show.‘But this is a family and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments — again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years,’ he said.‘And I can say that no matter what anybody in this room has ever done — and we’ve all done a lot, with each other, for each other, against each other — I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I have zero complaints.’‘Again, not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult’.‘It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes.’ Jessica Walter made her screen debut before most of the other Arrested Development cast members were born, yet here they are talking over her to explain set dynamics.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) May 23, 2018 You can hear Walter crying in this clip:Here’s audio of Jessica Walter CRYING, standing up for herself after all the men in the AD cast try to gaslight her into thinking Tambor’s harassment isn’t THAT bad. This is horrific. pic.twitter.com/innJv8LIYF— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) May 23, 2018Gaslighting WalterPeople took to social media accusing the men of gaslighting Walter and talking over her about her own experiences.this is the story of a wealthy group of men who are willing to excuse everything; and the two women in the room who had no choice but to keep them all bouyant even as they were crying https://t.co/qZebwO3Vd0— rachel syme (@rachsyme) May 23, 2018 Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor is officially fired from the seriesUganda LGBT Pride Week Marred by ArrestsLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/arrested-development-cast-defend-jeffrey-tambors-on-set-harassment/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This interview is really a perfect distillation of how people feel the need to protect and comfort powerful men at the expense of the people they’ve hurt. She was in the room. Crying. Everyone but Shawkat just wanted to defend him and move on. https://t.co/1bv4JHesW2— Marin Cogan (@marincogan) May 23, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This is, uh, not great. (I mean, the piece is good. But the men are not listening to the women in this conversation. Hard-core, almost across the board.) https://t.co/6iEzqiFw9y— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) May 23, 2018
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In this July 25, 2017 photo, Barbara Carlson chats in apartment in Minneapolis. Carlson, a former radio talk show host with a bold, unfiltered personality, died Monday, July 9, 2018, at the age of 80 after battling lung cancer. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP) Talk show host, politician Barbara Carlson dies at 80 MINNEAPOLIS – Barbara Carlson, a former radio talk show host with a bold, unfiltered personality, has died at the age of 80.Carlson’s daughter, Anne Carlson, said her mother died Monday surrounded by family and friends. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Anne Carlson told the Star Tribune that before her mother died, she said: “I wasn’t a great mother. But, damn, I was a fun mother.”Barbara Carlson’s brother, George Duffy, confirmed her death Tuesday to The Associated Press.Barbara, known as “Babs,” divorced Arne Carlson in 1977, before he became Minnesota’s governor.She gave up her career in real estate and became a politician herself, serving on the Minneapolis City Council in the 1980s. In 1990, her life became even more public as she began her career as a bombastic talk show host on KSTP radio. Her show was known for being outrageous, sometimes airing from her hot tub.The show was popular, partly because fans could never predict what Carlson would say. On the air, and in her 1997 book “This Broad’s Life,” Carlson shared intimate details about sex, divorce, depression, alcoholism and stabbing Arne Carlson twice during a tumultuous marriage.She retired from radio in 2002 after a series of health issues.After Carlson learned she had stage 4 cancer, she threw a party in February, while she could still enjoy it. About 300 people showed up.Carlson was a Republican, but leaned left on social issues, like abortion. She had a high-profile falling out with the Republican Party in 1984.Anne Carlson said it was sometimes a challenge to have a mother with such a huge personality.“But she loved so much. She was quick to anger. Quick to forgive. And quick to love. And I am a better person for having known her,” Anne Carlson said.___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com by The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2018 8:36 am PDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email