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Vulnerabilities show in Houston Astros’ rout of A’s

first_imgEvery ball a Houston Astros batter knocked out of Minute Maid park is met with a symphony of fireworks, train whistles and echoed cheers. That symphony turned into a raucous cacophony throughout Homer Bailey’s short-lived second start for the Oakland A’s, culminating in a 11-1 loss on Monday night in Houston.Related Articles What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home …last_img

Jharkhand to develop six backward districts

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Calcutta HC extends stay on sops to puja committees

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2007 VOLUNTEER SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANTS CLOSING SOON

first_imgThe 2007 Volunteer Small Equipment Grant applications are soon closing with the deadline this Friday 22 June. For more information about this fantastic opportunity please see the website: http://www.facsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/sfsc-vseg_2007.htmor contact your relevant State Office or Game Development Officer.last_img

a month agoEngland No2 Holland at Chelsea tonight for Abraham check

first_imgEngland No2 Holland at Chelsea tonight for Abraham checkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland assistant Steve Holland will be in attendance at Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Holland will be in the stands to run the rule over Tammy Abraham, according to The Telegraph.Abraham has scored seven goals in his last three games for Chelsea, including a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves.The 21-year-old is competing with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson for the role of Harry Kane’s deputy.Nigeria are attempting to convince Abraham to switch his allegiance to them as he qualifies for the Super Eagles through his father. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5-Star LB VanDarius Cowan Flips To Alabama From Florida State

first_imgNick Saban reacting during an Alabama game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama just scored a major recruiting coup, flipping Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan from Florida State. Cowan committed to FSU in December but took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Roll Tide pic.twitter.com/MMF3uXdtBc— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016Familypic.twitter.com/sOXSSguqA3— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Cowan is the No.5 outside linebacker in the 2017 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

Child experts Just say no to Facebooks kids app

first_imgBOSTON – Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children — the app is intended for those under 13 — aren’t ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.Facebook launched the free Messenger Kids app in December, pitching it as a way for children to chat with family members and friends approved by parents. It doesn’t give kids separate Facebook or Messenger accounts. Rather, the app works as an extension of a parent’s account, and parents get controls such as the ability to decide who their kids can chat with.The social media giant has said it fills “a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.” But critics see the move as a way for Facebook to lure in a younger audience before they could move on to a rival service such as Snapchat.“TARGETING YOUNGER CHILDREN”A group of 100 experts, advocates and parenting organizations is contesting Facebook’s claims of filling a need. Led by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the group includes psychiatrists, pediatricians, educators and the children’s music singer Raffi Cavoukian.“Messenger Kids is not responding to a need — it is creating one,” the letter states. “It appeals primarily to children who otherwise would not have their own social media accounts.” Another passage criticized Facebook for “targeting younger children with a new product.”In a statement, Facebook said on Monday that the app “helps parents and children to chat in a safer way,” and emphasized that parents are “always in control” of their kids’ activity. The social media giant added that it consulted with parenting experts and families, and said “there is no advertising in Messenger Kids.”KIDS AND FACEBOOKA variety of experts and technology insiders have begun questioning the effects smartphones and social media apps are having on people’s health and mental well-being — whether kids, teens or adults. Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, said late last year that the social media platform exploits “vulnerability in human psychology” to addict users. A chorus of other early employees and investors piled on with similar criticisms.Many preteens have already found their way onto Facebook and more youth-oriented social media platforms such as Snapchat and Facebook’s own Instagram, despite internal rules that require users to be at least 13 years old. Those rules are based in part on federal law, which prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on children without their parents’ permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them.Some companies have offered parental controls as a way of curbing unauthorized preteen use of their platforms. But Facebook’s new kid-focused app, which features animations and emojis, seems to cater to a younger audience, said Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.“It looks like something that would appeal to a 6-year-old or 7-year-old,” he said.He said the app gets those younger ones used to Facebook’s platform “and then they transition to the mature version of Facebook.”UNCERTAIN IMPACTFacebook wouldn’t answer questions about how popular the messaging app has been. But App Annie, an app analytics firm, said Messenger Kids has been downloaded about 80,000 times on Apple’s iOS devices — iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch — since it launched on Dec. 4. It’s been in the top 40 most popular kids’ apps since then. That sounds like a lukewarm reception at best.University of Michigan developmental behavioural pediatrician Jenny Radesky, who co-signed the letter, said she’s never met a parent who was clamouring to get their children onto social media at an earlier age.“One can only assume that Facebook introduced it to engage users younger and younger,” Radesky said.That’s troubling, she said, because younger children haven’t yet developed the cognitive skills that enable them to think about and regulate their thoughts and actions and “allow them to realize when persuasive technology design might be manipulating them.”At the time it launched Messenger Kids, Facebook said it won’t show ads or collect data for marketing to kids. And it stressed that it won’t automatically move users to the regular Messenger or Facebook when they get old enough — though it might give them the option to move contacts to Messenger down the line.___Ortutay reported from New York.last_img read more

Encana vows to grow production after Q1 output and income miss expectations

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — The chief executive of Encana Corp. says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.“We are well-positioned to execute another year of strong growth for Encana as we prepare to cross the 400,000 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day milestone later this year,” said Doug Suttles on a conference call.Encana reported first-quarter production of 324,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 145,200 barrels per day of more valuable oil and natural gas liquids and the rest dry natural gas. Revenue in the quarter came to US$1.3 billion, beating the forecast for US$1.26 billion, and up from US$1.29 billion in the same quarter last year. That’s up from 317,900 boepd in the same period last year, but short of analyst consensus expectations of 338,000 boepd, according to a report from analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets, who had forecast for 331,500 boepd.He said the miss is partly due to timing of drilling wells and producing from them.“In the second half of last year, and particularly in the Duvernay and the Eagle Ford, we ramped down activity and we restarted and ramped up that activity here in the first quarter,” said Suttles. “We’ll actually see production build in the second half of the year in those two assets.”Encana is focused on four areas, the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Montney and Duvernay regions on the Alberta-B.C. border. It said most of its growth this year will come from its more highly developed Permian and Montney assets while output from the other two will remain flat.Encana said it expects fourth-quarter production this year to be between 400,000 and 425,000 boepd. It left its 2018 spending plan unchanged at between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion.The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, had operating income of US$156 million in the three months ended March 31, missing analyst expectations of US$168 million according to Thomson Reuters. A year ago, its operating income was US$104 million.last_img read more

FSJ RCMP need help identifying Break Enter suspect

first_imgapproximately 5’10 to 6 feet (178 – 183cm) tall,wearing:baggy jeansa grey jacket with a dark hoodiedark glovesblack shoes with distinct white stripescarrying a small back packThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in identifying the suspect, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are investigating a Break and Enter at a multi-resident complex located at the 9800 block of 108th Ave.Fort St John RCMP secured and reviewed video surveillance.  A man entered the complex through an unlocked window and was seen attempting to break into mailboxes inside the facility.  The man proceeded to steal a television, a laptop, as well as cash and gift cards before leaving the building.The man is described as:last_img read more

There is more to do Trudeau boasts of triumphs worries about polarization

first_img“Yes, there is more to do. There is always, always going to be more to do. I think we’ve demonstrated really good capacity to move in the right direction.”However short of expectations Trudeau has fallen, there is still something of a celebrity aura about him. At Hamilton’s Labour Day parade, a small group of vocal protesters grabbed the spotlight but, for the most part, paradegoers seemed thrilled to see the prime minister, flocking to him for a chance to shake his hand and pose for selfies.“This is my first time seeing Trudeau and I’m kind of dazed. Whoa,” gushed one young woman to a friend.“I don’t vote on it but he does have far nicer hair than I do,” joked a more dispassionate, balding man. “I’m envious.”Trudeau insists he’s committed to the sunny way of doing politics: appealing to Canadians’ better angels, eschewing the politics of fear and division that he accuses the Conservatives of practising.That said, he defines the sunny approach to politics narrowly: it doesn’t mean he won’t have “sharp disagreements” with his opponents. He’ll just avoid what he considers personal attacks.Reminding voters that Scheer has long opposed abortion, voted in the past against same-sex marriage and has never marched in a Pride parade does not, in Trudeau’s mind, constitute a personal attack — notwithstanding Scheer’s pledge that a Conservative government would not reopen either issue.“You’re right, we shouldn’t be overly critical about what someone’s faith or personal beliefs are,” says Trudeau.“But if they have implications for how he would govern, I think it’s absolutely right for Canadians to be asking questions and for us to be highlighting that, in my mind anyway, a leader is someone who stands up for people, he doesn’t just reluctantly obey the law.”Like Scheer, Trudeau is a practising Catholic. “My faith informs the person I am in my own values, in my approach and my desire for service,” he says. “But I disagree with the Catholic Church’s teachings on women’s rights and on the rights of the LGBTQ2 community.”He became the first prime minister to join Pride parades, celebrating people who have faced treatment that he says “is almost the embodiment of what discrimination is.” And he sees that as a vitally important part of the job.“This is a community that was told explicitly or in subtle ways that they should be ashamed of who they were, of who they loved, that they should hide in the closet … So that is where, when a prime minister walks in Pride, you’re saying, ‘No, this is something to celebrate, this is who you are, don’t let anyone tell you you should be ashamed.’”It’s a message, he adds, that’s important not just for the LGBTQ2 community but for all minority communities “who’ve been marginalized, who’ve been ignored, overlooked or pushed aside.”But asked about his biggest regret from the past four years, he chooses his inability to prevent the global forces of polarization from seeping into Canada. He muses that “perhaps some of the things we do challenging people on LGBT rights or diversity in immigration or feminism has created backlashes that I wonder if I could have been just as strong in standing up for what is right and what I deeply believe in without making it a source of polarization or making it a place where other people could choose to polarize.”He cites “the mild resurgence of a separatist movement in Alberta” as another example of polarization that worries him. He never expected conservative Albertans to love him, he says, but he did hope he’d at least get credit for trying to help, including by spending $4.5 billion to push a major pipeline project forward.As for his proudest achievement, Trudeau chooses the single, means-tested, tax-free Canada Child Benefit — a measure he boasts has lifted 300,000 children out of poverty and has made a tangible difference to families struggling to make ends meet.Like Trudeau himself, his own children — Xavier, 11, Ella-Grace 10, and Hadrien, 5 — have never faced deprivation. But they do have different challenges, among them coping with insulting things said about their dad. Trudeau says he and Sophie are trying to raise them the way his late father, Pierre Trudeau, raised him: “Nothing (critics) say actually gets to define who I am and nothing anyone says about you gets to define who you are and you just have to build a strong core yourself.”They’re also trying to impress on them that being born into privilege carries a responsibility “to do right by the chances and opportunities given to you and make sense of your role in the universe by making a positive difference in the world around you.”Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau likes to warm up for an uphill election contest by literally climbing uphill.In the 2015 campaign, as he attempted to vault his third-place party into the lead, the Liberal leader took time out to tackle the Grouse Grind, the gruelling 2.9-kilometre trail up the steep face of a mountain overlooking Vancouver.He managed to scale “Mother Nature’s StairMaster” in 54 minutes and 55 seconds, well under the average 90 minutes. He left some sweating reporters, photographers and assorted followers in his dust — and did the same a few weeks later to his older rivals Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair on election day. Late last month, on the cusp of a campaign for a second term, Trudeau managed to shave two minutes off his 2015 time, even with pauses for selfies with other hikers.“I was (thinking), OK, I’m four years older, I’m four years into this job, let’s make sure I’m still in shape’ and I managed to cut two minutes off my time, which means I may be a little older but I’m not that much older,” he said with a grin a few days later, during an interview in a Hamilton coffee shop after participating in protest-interrupted Labour Day festivities.This time, at 47, he’s the oldest leader of any of the three traditional parties. And he’s hauling political baggage with him.“When you’re running for the first time, people get to project all their hopes and dreams onto an individual and I was honoured to carry those hopes and dreams,” Trudeau says now.But inevitably, Trudeau has not lived up to those expectations, some of them encouraged by his own soaring rhetoric and ambitious platform promises in 2015.He’s disappointed some by abandoning his promise to change Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system, others by reneging on a promise to run modest deficits for a couple of years before balancing the federal books. Environmentalists complain he’s not done enough to combat climate change, while for others he’s done too much, hobbling Alberta’s oil industry and slapping a carbon tax on consumers.center_img He’s faced accusations that his agenda of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is more talk than action. He’s been ridiculed for playing dress-up during an ill-fated trip to India last year. He’s been found to have violated the ethics code for parliamentarians, twice. Two prominent cabinet ministers resigned over the SNC-Lavalin affair.As a result, Trudeau’s Liberals are entering this campaign roughly tied in national popular support with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives — slightly ahead or slightly behind, depending on the poll — with neither party positioned to win a majority.Trudeau is hoping Canadians will conclude that he’s at least taking the country in the right direction.“I’m not going to make any apologies for being very ambitious about what we wanted to do (in 2015),” he says, insisting that his government has delivered “massive things” on the environment, support for the middle class, Indigenous reconciliation and international trade.last_img read more

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