If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! With an offensive system that is operating almost entirely through the air, one of the most important and useful positions for the Cowboys is still being underused.David Glidden and Marcell Ateman have emerged as the top targets for Rudolph, with Rudolph finding comfort with Glidden primarily out of the slot either down the seam or on quick outs, and Ateman developing trust with Rudolph on the outside that he can get up and grab just about anything.However what appears to be Rudolph’s strength, finding someone down the middle, has not equated to additional use of the Cowboy back.Blake Jarwin and Jeremy Seaton operate best down the middle, yet their talent is not being maximized. Jarwin, a very sure-handed back, has just seven receptions and one touchdown for 87 total yards on the season. Seaton, who is seen more as a fullback than a tight end, has six receptions for two touchdowns and 70 yards.With defenses stuffing the box to stuff the run, the Cowboy backs should [ideally] be able to soften up the run coverage by keeping the defense honest across the middle.Their statistics as tight ends are far and away better than any season I can remember, but I still feel that they are not being used in the passing game enough to maximize the offense and the talent available at the position. What do you all think?
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Update: Feldman is now correcting his report, saying that Kiffin did not interview for the Houston job as previously reported.Updating this. Am told Lane Kiffin did not interview for the Houston HC job. https://t.co/t7ss6MGzVP— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Earlier: FAU head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly interviewed for another college football coaching job this month.The Owls’ head coach was reportedly one of the candidates for the Houston head coaching gig before the school decided to hire Dana Holgorsen.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reports that Kiffin was one of a couple of coaches to interview for the job.“Among the coaches Houston interviewed for the HC job: Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source,” he reports.Among the coaches #Houston interviewed for the HC job: #Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi; #Cal DC Tim DeRuyter & #FAU head coach Lane Kiffin, per source. https://t.co/Zdnxz3Vf3k— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019Kiffin, 43, has been FAU’s head coach since 2017.Most in the college football world did not expect him to stay with the Owls’ program for long, so it’s not surprising that he interviewed for another job.Perhaps he’ll be a candidate for the West Virginia job that’s opening up…Stay tuned.
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MONTEGO BAY – The country’s agro-exporters are being encouraged to ensure that their packaging facilities are operating to international standards. Plant and Quarantine Manager at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dalton Hastings, said that the trading partners are now more rigorous in ensuring the safety of foods entering their markets, and are demanding that exporting countries adhere to the highest safety standards. He said that any deviation from safety requirements, resulting in unsafe food entering the trading system, can harm the country’s reputation. “One person can tarnish the industry. You are representing the country, so whatever you do must be of a certain standard that can protect the industry,” Mr. Hastings told exporters at a technical workshop held earlier this week at the Pelican Grill in Montego Bay. He said that all food destined for the export market, must be processed and packaged in an approved and certified facility. Packaging houses, he said, must be separate from dwellings. “You can’t pack from the back of your house. It must be of sound construction with a minimum space of 1,000 square feet,” Mr. Hastings stated. He noted further that the building must have adequate ventilation, proper sanitary convenience, adequate space for boxes, and must be separate from other activity. “You can’t have a fowl farm beside where you are packing your fresh produce as the disease of plants may be different from that of animals. There must be adequate space for loading and unloading and the building must be protected against entry of insects and birds,” he advised. “You cannot store your chemical in the same area that you have your boxes, and you are doing your processing,” Mr. Hastings said further. He said that all staff and management must be properly trained, and are required to go through an orientation session at the Plant and Quarantine Division, where they will receive guidance on best practices in exporting, including how to avoid contamination of processed foods. The Division does random inspection of packaging facilities. Mr. Hastings said that exporters must also seal and label their goods properly, as tractability is a key requirement for exporters to be certified. The training workshop was organised by JAMPRO under the FINPYME ExportPlus Programme, which is an initiative of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in collaboration with its parent organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The programme, which is in line with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Aid-For-Trade Initiative, seeks to improve the ability of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to access export markets. It involves working with SMEs in strategic sectors to improve their competitiveness in the global market. The four major objectives are: to build export readiness of SMEs; improve market access for SMEs; increase performance and exports of SMEs; and provide export development support and assistance. The programme was launched in Kingston in October 2012. Some 200 companies will have the opportunity to benefit from technical assistance workshops under the programme, through funding from the Republic of Korea, and support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development.
The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up efforts to equip parents to properly raise their children.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kaysia Kerr, tells JIS News that the entity is concerned about the number of parents who are showing low coping skills and are consciously ‘opting out’, not wanting to continue the duties associated with parenting.Over the past month, the NPSC, under its ‘Be the Influence’ campaign, has been placing emphasis on three areas – planned parenthood, substance abuse and corporal punishment.Planned parenthood, as the term suggests, encourages prospective parents to plan before having children and to develop strategies for how to approach parenting.“When you think about parenting, in the same way you think about the career you want, the house you think you want to live in or the other material things you want, and sit down and craft a plan to obtain them, it is the same thing we are saying to our prospective parents,” Ms. Kerr says.She adds that “for those that have teenagers and early teens, we encourage them to sit down, and have the conversation with them about parenting and why it is important to plan”.As it relates to substance abuse, Ms. Kerr says the NPSC is providing assistance where children are purchasing over-the-counter drugs and cough syrup, which she says, are being mixed to make “dangerous cocktails”.“We want parents to explain to children why it is dangerous to ingest these substances. Don’t just say ‘don’t use this particular substance’… . You need to encourage children on a daily basis… . Remind them when they are going off to school, if they see negative things happening, they do not have to partake,” she says.Ms. Kerr advises parents to develop a relationship with their children, so that they will be comfortable speaking to them about these matters. Parents will then be able to make a report to the school that these substances are being circulated on the compound, she points out.Importantly, Ms. Kerr notes that parents must investigate the reasons their child may be taking these substances, as this may be a sign of underlying emotional issues.“You can explore, because if your child is following a fad, that is perhaps easier to correct than if there are underlying issues and the child is using the substance to self-medicate or cover up the pain that he/she is feeling. Encourage and support them, and you get to delve into whether or not your children are involved in these activities, and what they need to do to stay away from these substances,” she explains.On the topic of corporal punishment, Ms. Kerr says the NPSC is seeking to start a national discourse to eliminate this method of discipline, as it has the potential to escalate to abuse.Rather than flogging, she is encouraging parents to have conversations with children to uncover the underlying reasons for behavioural problems.“Strike a conversation, not your child… . We really don’t want children to be beaten. We want that cycle to be broken. There are other positive practices that can be employed that will elicit a better response than the potential abuse. Find out why children are behaving the way they are,” she advises.Also, Ms. Kerr recommends that parents encourage discussions about the child’s feelings.“You want to explain to them and you want to get from them what their own feelings are about these boundaries. Where possible, compromise. Parents must be prepared to compromise, but we don’t want beatings to continue,” she says.Other recommendations Ms. Kerr offers is for parents to explain the reasons for the rules they have set and why it is important that the child adhere to these rules for their well-being.The NPSC’s ‘Be the Influence’ campaign is the continuation of a three-year campaign that was launched in 2017 as a call to action for parents to strive to be positive role models in their children’s lives. She adds that “for those that have teenagers and early teens, we encourage them to sit down, and have the conversation with them about parenting and why it is important to plan”. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up efforts to equip parents to properly raise their children. Story Highlights The NPSC’s ‘Be the Influence’ campaign is the continuation of a three-year campaign that was launched in 2017 as a call to action for parents to strive to be positive role models in their children’s lives.
Municipalities now have access to four sand bagging machines thanks to a joint partnership among the Emergency Management Office, Department of Transportation and Public Works and the federal government through Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. “Being prepared is the first step to minimizing the effects of an emergency,” said David Morse, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Act. “This equipment will rapidly fill sand bags compared to the traditional shovel method and it will provide a co-ordinated response based on the needs of the communities.” The machines will be strategically located across the province at Transportation and Public Works locations in Truro, Miller Lake, Bridgewater and Sydney. Staff will transport the machines to the affected site during an emergency. “Having access to this equipment will greatly enhance the municipalities’ ability to fill sand bags in a timely fashion during flood conditions when time is critical,” said Carl Shaw, regional emergency measures co-ordinator for the Colchester region. “We hope we never have to use them, but we live in an area where there is always potential for flooding, and the product from these machines could go a long way to protecting homes or businesses in our communities.” Emergency management officials estimate 250 to 500 sand bags are needed to protect the foundation openings of a single home from river overflow or flood conditions. Each sand bag machine has the capability of filling 1,000 bags per hour. “This is the first time equipment such as this has been available from the provincial government and EMO is hoping to acquire additional sand bagging machines for other sites across the province,” said Mr. Morse. National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7 – 13. EMO is reminding Nova Scotians that it is everyone’s responsibility to plan ahead and prepare for potential emergencies. More information on emergency preparedness, is available on the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
Nova Scotians and people from around the world will have better access to museum research and publications online thanks to the Nova Scotia Museum’s new electronic publishing program. In partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and Dalhousie University Libraries, the Nova Scotia Museum has developed a system to offer research papers and books online for academics and the public. “The new publishing program opens the door to a new level of accessibility for Nova Scotians who work with, and rely on, museum research,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Past research and many new publications that examine our province’s rich and diverse culture will have a home with this program, and that will help the excellent work of curators and researchers reach people no matter where they are.” Research by museum staff and their partners is one of the fundamental activities of the Nova Scotia Museum. The goal is to publish research related to the vast museum collection to advance the understanding of the world and encourage research by others. For example, the two-volume book, The Natural History of Nova Scotia, provides a framework for natural history resources across the province. Also included will be an illustrated book, Baskets of Black Nova Scotians by Joleen Gordon, which documents the skills that African Nova Scotians brought when they came to Nova Scotia seeking freedom in the War of 1812. “Basketry is one of the oldest handcrafts in the world,” said Ms. Gordon. “Choosing it as the Nova Scotia Museum’s first electronic book is an awesome blend of old and new.” Among the rest of the first wave of publications to be available are two new reports, Curatorial Report No. 100, Osteological Atlas of the Brown Bullhead by Dr. Alfonso Rojo, and Hello Sailor! Canada: Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered Seafarers by Emily Burton and Bob Harding. Also available is a wide selection of older curatorial reports from the Nova Scotia Museum dating back to 1967. To view the electronic publishing program, go tohttps://museum.novascotia.ca/collections-research/publications .
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will on Friday visit former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he has been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU). Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders visited the hospital to inquire about his condition. Owing to his health conditions Jaitley did not fight the elections this year.
MONTREAL – A commemorative plaque honouring a former president of the Confederate States of America has been removed from a Hudson’s Bay Co. building in downtown Montreal.Spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre told The Canadian Press in an email the plaque of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate states during the Civil War, was taken down Tuesday evening.A statue of Davis was removed in Louisiana last May. The Montreal plaque had been there since 1957 and was supplied by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to “honouring the memory of its Confederate ancestors.”Bourre did not specify why it was taken down, but many people had been calling for such a move in the wake of last Saturday’s violence in Virginia where the fate of a statue of Davis’s best-known general — Robert E. Lee — had become a flashpoint.Hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and others converged on Charlottesville, Va., ostensibly in an effort unite right-wing factions in the city.Rally participants clashed frequently with counter-protesters. A man linked to white nationalist groups has been charged with murder and other counts after a fatal hit-and-run that killed a woman and injured 19 others.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the Jefferson Davis plaque had been on the Hudson’s Bay Co. building in Montreal since 1967.
Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Press SMITHERS, B.C. — A meeting is underway between RCMP and hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation over the details of a tentative agreement that would allow Coastal GasLink the access it needs to a pipeline work site in northern British Columbia.On Thursday, hereditary chiefs told residents and supporters of the Unist’ot’en healing camp that the deal would see members observe a court injunction by allowing the company’s workers and contractors access to the area, so long as the RCMP agree to leave the camp intact.They are expected to discuss whether the camp can retain a gate at the site, which residents say is vital to their safety.The RCMP arrested 14 people on Monday and dismantled a nearby checkpoint erected by members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, who say the company does not have authority to work there without consent from the nation’s hereditary clan chiefs.TransCanada Corp. says it has signed benefit sharing agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the natural gas pipeline route.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would run though the Wet’suwet’en territory to LNG Canada’s $40 billion export terminal in Kitimat, B.C.The interim injunction is meant to prevent anyone from impeding the company’s work until the defendants, which include members of the Unist’ot’en camp, file a response.Representatives from Coastal GasLink, including president Rick Gateman, waited outside to join the meeting today.
Rabat – Former Moroccan middle distance runner, Fatima Aouam, died on Saturday at the age of 55. Fatima Aouam was one of the most prominent Moroccan runners in the 1980’s. She won three medals at the Arab Games in Casablanca in 1985, and was crowned champion of Africa winning two gold medals in Algeria in 1988.She also won two gold medals during the Francophone Games held in Casablanca in 1989, and reached the final rounds of the World University Games in Japan in 1985. In 1987 she broke the world record of the two miles in Italy, becoming the first Moroccan, Arab and African woman to achieve that result. And in 1988, she became the first Moroccan woman to reach the final of 1500 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. She was chosen Morocco’s athlete of the year in 1987.
By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – Amazigh activist and interim president of the tribal government in Algeria, called the Provisional Government of Kabylia (GPK), Ferhat Mehni praised the efforts undertaken by King Mohammed VI in order to advance the rights of the Amazigh in Morocco, highlighting that the GPK needs the help and support of the Kingdom.During his Paris meeting with Dr. Khalid Cherkaoui Samouni, secretary general of the International Organization for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, on Friday, Mehni stressed that the Amazighi GPK is betting on ‘weaving strong relations with Morocco in the event of independence.” Mehni, also an acclaimed folk singer, started the GPK in 2001 to further establish the movement for the separation of the “northern Algerian state of Kabylie.” Now living in France after his exile from Algeria, Mehni is fighting for regional autonomy in protest of Algerian efforts to “assimilate minorities” into the Arabized Berber majority.The Algerian activist said that relations been the GPK and Morocco would be different from the strained relationship between Morocco and Algeria, because the GPK does not recognize the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).Mehni said he recently visited the Tindouf area in the southwestern Algeria and met many of its inhabitants. He pointed out that the Saharawis in the area have a “great and strong loyalty to Morocco.” He expressed his opposition to the Polisario leadership and his advocacy of Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara.In the event GBK gains independence from Algeria, which Mehni said was likely to happen, the new state would depend on knowledge and technology to compete with Western countries in the age of modernity. “Algeria has failed to find a community project to help the GBK progress,” he said.Last October, Morocco declared its support for the residents of Kabylia during the 70th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, a move that took Algerian officials by surprise and signaled a new approach in Morocco’s handling of its feud with Algeria over the Western Sahara conflict.
TORONTO – The events of superstorm Sandy are raising questions about the importance of payphones in emergencies, even as two of Canada’s largest telecom companies say they will tear out some public telephones unless they are allowed to sharply raise prices.New Yorkers were forced to turn to their neighbourhood’s coin-operated phones last week as flood waters knocked out power and cellphone reception in areas ravaged by Sandy, the massive storm that swept across the Eastern Seaboard.But a push from Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) and Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX:BA) could make it harder to find those payphones in Canada during emergencies.Earlier this year, both companies made applications to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for rate hikes that could double the price of a payphone call.Under the submission, they are asked for the ability to boost the price of a local call to as much as $1 each, compared to the current price of 50 cents.Then in September the two telecom companies added extra pressure to their request by saying that without a rate increase, they would be forced to get rid of their least profitable payphones.That could mean that up to 25 per cent of their payphones in Ontario and Quebec would disappear if the CRTC doesn’t allow them to raise prices.“Bell needs the flexibility to adjust prices from the current 50 cents per cash call up to $1 to enable us to make the payphones business sustainable in the long term,” said Bell spokesman Mark Langton in an email.The matter is open to public comments until Dec. 14, while the telecom companies will respond by a mid-January deadline.Payphones have been dying a slow death for years. Malls across the country have torn the majority of them out to make way for more public seating. At bars, a payphone is more likely to be a spot for place promotional stickers or graffiti than actually used for calls.But while it might be considered an archaic technology by many Canadians who replaced them with mobile devices long ago, the hurricane served as a reminder that they still serve a purpose in emergency situations.Toronto Emergency Medical Services superintendent Kim McKinnon said that while the number of calls from payphones have “declined significantly” in recent years to “a few a day,” some local residents still turn to the payphone in dire situations.In New York, lineups formed at some payphones as people called their relatives to assure them they were safe from Sandy’s destruction. The situation was similar on 9/11 when the aftermath of the terrorist attacks left cellphone networks struggling to manage the number of calls being made.When a severe storm hits and the power is knocked out, suddenly a cell phone is only as good as its battery life and reception level.Several community groups have raised concerns about the impact on Canadians if phones were to further disappear.“We’re asking for a larger reassessment of the role of payphones in the communications system by the Commission,” said John Lawford of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, who made a submission to the CRTC earlier this year.“We do think they have a role, and not enough serious attention is being paid to the issue. It’s being allowed to drift because there was an assumption there would be local payphone competition that didn’t materialize.”Community organizations have also raised concerns that low-income Canadians would lose a crucial form of communication.“Gathering together 35 cents is possible, but higher rates means more panhandling or scraping together change to try to make those phone calls,” said Christina Maes of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.“Cell phones have become the norm for a lot of people, but there are still many people that can’t afford them, especially people that don’t have access to credit.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survival of Canadian payphones in danger, but Sandy shows their worth in crises by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2012 6:00 am MDT
“The aim is to limit the use of the name ‘Macedonian’ to the smallest possible space – and that is the space between our two ears, all while keeping our mouths closed,” said President Ivanov, adding: “It is a flagrant violation of the right to self-determination.”Negotiations on the name dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia began in 1993, and have taken place under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, led since 1999 by his Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz.In the assembly today, President Ivanov said: “As I am speaking here, in my country, the Republic of Macedonia, they are counting the last hours before the referendum on which my fellow citizens have been asked to express themselves on the Prespa Agreement,” which would reportedly change the name of his country.He denounced that Agreement, reached this past June, as a detrimental compromise, and likened it to “a bitter fruit of a tree that has been poisoned a long time ago”.Emphasizing that the right of self-determination means that only the nation itself has the right to determine its destiny, based on autonomy, he stated it is “the right of people to choose their own name and the name of the State they created.”“Only by respecting the right to self-determination will the United Nations be relevant for all peoples,” he underscored. “Still, with the Prespa Agreement, Greece is imposing a new name and is asking for an erga omnes implementation.”He railed against giving Greece a “permanent monitoring” role over his country, from its name to its institutions, from censoring children’s schoolbooks to preventing citizens from expressing their Macedonian identity.Urging his compatriots to refrain from Sunday’s vote, he indicated that if the referendum succeeds, “we will be a State only by name, but not in substance, because others will regulate our way of life.”“However, if the referendum fails, a new possibility will arise,” he said, one to discuss and explore new options for resolving the issue “by respecting our fundamental right to self-determination”Full statement available here.
Until recently, Aaron Hernandez had successfully left a troubled early life behind him. After a drug-plagued college career that caused him to drop in the NFL Draft, he quietly turned into a big-contract star for the New England Patriots. Now it seems the team took a risk on the player that didn’t pan out.Currently, the former star tight end is sitting in a jail after being charged with murder. Of course, this is America and “innocent until proven guilty” must be taken into account. But the damage is done and it seems as though Hernandez has already been judged.After his arrest and charge, the Patriots realized they made a mistake drafting Hernandez and separated themselves from him.Was it a dumb risk for the Patriots to draft Hernandez?
Michigan State’s Demetrious Cox (7) tackles Wisconsin’s Corey Clement (6) during second-half action on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. Wisconsin won, 30-6. Credit: Courtesy of TNSLast week, even after a 38-17 victory over Indiana at Ohio Stadium, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were disappointed in the team’s performance as a whole. After struggling to find a rhythm against the Hoosiers in the passing game and giving up a few big plays, the Scarlet and Gray will be facing their biggest test of the year this Saturday against Wisconsin.The Badgers have been a tough team to beat this season, losing just one game to Michigan in the team’s last contest. The loss did not force Wisconsin outside of the top 10, and the hard fought 14-7 game against the Wolverines proved the validity of the team in this year’s playoff picture. Presenting one of the best defenses in college football, Wisconsin will be hosting OSU in the comforts of Camp Randall Stadium, home to historically rowdy fans that can create a difficult atmosphere for opposing teams to play in. If OSU wants to keep a perfect record, the errors from the Indiana game will need to be corrected, and the Buckeyes will need a team effort to pick up a win in Madison, Wisconsin.Last time the teams met, OSU put a 59-0 thumping on Wisconsin during the Big Ten championship. This year, the team is different, and Meyer knows it.“(The championship game) really has nothing to do with this one,” Meyer said. “But, obviously, it was a historic moment.”OffenseIn years past, the Badgers have enjoyed a high-powered offense. Most recently, now San Diego Charger Melvin Gordon led the offensive attack for Wisconsin from the backfield, but this is not the same kind of unit that faced OSU in the 2014 Big Ten championship.Wisconsin has depended on the play of both redshirt senior Bart Houston and redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook at quarterback to lead the offense. Both players have struggled with consistency this season, accumulating a 59 percent completion average and just six touchdowns, along with seven interceptions.Hornibrook was the go-to guy for Wisconsin in its last contest. However, he failed to impress, going 9-for-25 for just 88 yards, one touchdown and three picks. Although he still is listed as the starter, more inconsistent play by the redshirt freshman might pave the way for Houston to make an appearance against the Buckeyes.Wisconsin junior wide receiver Jazz Peavy leads the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions, but has yet to truly shine with a lack of consistent quarterback play. To score, the Badgers have leaned heavily on the run.Totalling five touchdowns on the ground, senior running back Corey Clement has more scores responsible for than either quarterback from Wisconsin. Averaging 3.9 yards per carry, Clement has the speed to break an outside run, but the strength to push through the trenches. Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said he feels his unit will be vital in stopping Clement and the rest of the Wisconsin rushing attack.“I feel like we’re a very physical secondary even from the first week of the season,” he said. “I feel like we’re just coming up and making good plays and supporting the run. I just feel like we are doing what we’re supposed to. We’re covering, and we’re coming down and supporting when we are needed.”Wisconsin might have an offense that fails to produce eye popping numbers in major statistical categories, but is more than enough to supplement its stout defense. DefenseThe true star of the Badger defense is junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt, brother of NFL Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native has been a disruptive force off the edge all year long.“He’s a good player; he’s like a walkout linebacker, D-end type of guy” said junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones. “He’s a pretty good pass rusher. He’s good with his hands and stuff, so we have our work cut out for us. We have to come in with a game plan and execute and use our techniques and stuff.”Watt has earned 5.5 sacks this season, which accounts for a third of the team’s sacks overall. Wisconsin has given up just 61 points through five games this season, averaging out to 12.2 points per game.The Badgers defense gives up fewer than 300 yards per game, and is one of the best defenses in the nation at halting offensive attacks in the redzone. OSU has a high-powered offense that depends on big plays to move down the field, but Wisconsin has the kind of defense that is efficient at limiting long gains and potent scoring.The key for OSU will be to attack quickly, not allowing the Badger defense to dissect each formation and play. Meyer said Wednesday he feels his team has been most successful through the years with an up-tempo approach, but will need to focus on moving the chains.“Probably, historically, that’s been the case,” Meyer said. “We’ve had good conversation about that, so the one thing (is) you better get first downs when you go up-tempo.”A tough run defense for Wisconsin is backed by a more than capable passing defense. Junior cornerback Derrick Tindal leads that unit, having earned three interceptions and five pass breakups to this point. OSU might struggle against the most formidable defense it has faced all year, but look for redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel to carry the load for the OSU offense.BreakdownThis game has the making of a knockdown, drag-it-out brawl between two football powerhouses. Two stout defenses that lead the nation will clash against opposing offenses that find success in different ways.While the defense of Wisconsin has the ability to shut down even the most prolific offenses in the nation, the Buckeyes offensive attack is unlike any other in the country.Look for a bounce back game for OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who struggled last week. Although the pass rush for Wisconsin might cause problems on deep passes, the athleticism of the Texas native could create coverage problems for the Badgers.The defense for the Buckeyes has forced turnovers in all but one game this year, and this game is shaping up to have more than one change of possession. Whether it be Houston or Hornibrook, the secondary for OSU has a good chance to snag another interception.Even if these elements are in play for OSU, expect this one to come down to wire, with some late game heroics being the deciding factor. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he’s never been to Camp Randall Stadium, but is excited for the crowd to be against him and his teammates. Feeding off the negativity of the away crowd has been a talking point for many of the Buckeyes all week, and they will need it if they hope to come out on top.Strap in ladies and gentleman, this one is going to be good.
“First, toilet twinning, a charity building and maintaining flushing toilets in the developing world. 60% of people worldwide don’t have access to a flushing toilet.”Second, to the firefighter’s charity. The guys who came to the house were brilliant, took everything in good humour, and professional.”Avon Fire and Rescue service confirmed they received a call on August 7 to Mr Smith’s address.A Fire service spokesman said: “We received a call at 22:41 to one female trapped between interior and exterior glass.”Two crews were sent from Temple station and she was rescued using hand tools.”Mr Smith added that despite his date’s awkward ending he did see the woman again.”We did go and meet for a drink to discuss setting up the crowdfunder,” he said.”She’s a lovely girl – I’m not sure what’s going to happen – I’m really busy with my dissertation at the moment but I’d certainly be open to seeing her again.” “After our meal, we repaired back to my house for a bottle of wine and a scientology documentary.”About an hour in to Louis Theroux and chill, my date got up to use the toilet. She returned with a panicked look in her eye, and told me she had something to tell me.”‘I went for a poo in your toilet’, she told me ‘and it would not flush. “Bristol’s finest were on scene sirens blaring in a matter of minutes.”Once they had composed themselves after surveying the scene in front of them, they set to work removing my date from the window using all of their special firemen hammers and tools.”It took them about 15 minutes.”Unfortunately, although they rescued my date unharmed from what must have been a rather unpleasant confined space to find yourself in, in the process they had to completely destroy the window with their special fire tools.”I’m not complaining, they did what they had to do. Problem is, I’ve been quoted north of £300 to replace the window.”As a postgraduate student, that is a significant chunk of my monthly budget (in fact, that is my monthly budget).”Mr Smith has turned to the internet for help to raise £300 to repair his broken window – a target which has now been exceeded.He said: “If the window is not replaced my landlord may well kill me, so you would be literally helping to save a life.”If by some miracle I manage to raise more money through this page than the cost of the window, any remainder will be split 50/50 between two charities: She had no choice but to confess to Mr Smith, who bravely helped lower her out of the bathroom window into the gap between the houses in an attempt to retrieve it.But she got wedged upside down and eventually had to be rescued by firefighters who were called to Mr Smith’s house in Bristol.He has now launched a GoFundMe page to replace the broken window – which raised £300 in the first three hours.Recounting the hilarious story, Mr Smith – a postgraduate studying sociology at Bristol University – said: “I recently took a girl I met on tinder to Nandos.”We had a lovely evening, and enjoyed each other’s company very much. Liam Smith, who had an extraordinary Tinder dateCredit: Liam Smyth / SWNS.com “Seeing only one solution, I messaged our house group-chat, and went upstairs to find a hammer and chisel to smash open the window.” Firefighters try to rescue a girl from behind a window after Liam Smith’s extraordinary Tinder dateCredit:Liam Smith / SWNS.com But Mr Smith said his date had other ideas.”Being an amateur gymnast, she was convinced that she could reach into the window and pull the poo out, using the tried and tested ‘inside out bag as glove’ technique.”Unfortunately she couldn’t reach. She climbed further in and had the same problem. Eventually I agreed to give her a boost up and into the window.”She climbed in head first after her own turd, reached deeper into the window, bagged it up, and passed it out, over the top and back into the toilet from whence it came.”She called out to me to help her climb out from the window, I grabbed her waist and I pulled. But she was stuck. Stuck fast.”Try as we might, we could not remove her from the window. She was stuck fast, upside down in the gap.”Unfortunately for my date, at this stage I could see only one way out of our predicament.”She had been upside down in the window for around 15 minutes at this point, and I was starting to grow concerned for her health. I called the fire brigade. “She continued, I don’t know why I did this, but I panicked. I reached into the toilet bowl, wrapped it in tissue paper, and threw it out of the window’.”Liam went on: “I was understandably concerned, and told her we would go outside, bag up the offending poo in the garden, bin it, and pretend the whole sorry affair had never happened.”Unfortunately, owing to a design quirk of my house, the toilet window does not in fact open to the garden.”Instead, it opens into a narrow gap of about a foot and a half, separated from the outside world by another (non-opening) double glazed window.”It was into this twilight zone that my date had thrown her poo.”As can be seen in the picture, the inside window opens at the top, into the gap that is separated from the garden by a non-opening double-glazed window pane. A woman had to be rescued by firefighters during a Tinder date – after getting stuck in a window while trying to retrieve her own poo.The unnamed girl had been for a romantic meal at Nando’s with student Liam Smith, 24, before they went back to his place for a nightcap.But a bizarre chain of events unfolded after she went to the lavatory and blocked it.In panic, she picked up the stool and threw it out of a window – but it fell down into a narrow gap between the neighbouring property. Firefighters try to rescue a girl from behind a window after Liam Smith’s extraordinary Tinder dateCredit:Liam Smyth / SWNS.com 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.
In yet another example of a successful video game franchise dying after a new console generation appears, the TimeSplitters series came to a screeching halt after the transition from PS2 to PS3. Now, years later, the developers are candidly dishing out the scoop on what happened behind the scenes.If you owned a PS2 and have even a strong interest in shooting games, chances are you owned a game that was a part of, or you at least heard about, the TimeSplitters franchise. The first title was an exclusive launch game for the Sony system, which obviously drew immediate buzz.From there, developer Free Radical Design would release two sequels, TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. The company announced in the late 2000s that it was planning on releasing TimeSplitters 4, but in 2009 confirmed that the game was on hold.It may seem like this was due to the fact that Free Radical had to start shifting its focus to the PS3, but really what happened was a big mess behind the curtain. Free Radical ended up being acquired by once-rival company Crytek, but even under the new ownership, work on TimeSplitters 4 continued.Developers showed off playable demos to a number of publishers in order to get it picked up, but no one was convinced. The biggest issue appeared to be skepticism over Free Radical’s PS3 release Haze, which garnered poor critical reviews and flat sales. Does that mean a PS3 TimeSplitters would have had the same result? Maybe, maybe not.But the other point is that the marketing of video games has changed in the last few years. While there was no challenge to getting publishers on board for the first three TimeSplitters, suddenly everyone started saying that the fourth installment did not have a clear and concise message that could be communicated to gamers. The days of creating masterful games that don’t reach critical mass are coming to an end, making way for games that are mediocre but appeal to a broad base.So unless something drastic happens, the TimeSplitters franchise will be left as a memory of the PS2 era. Despite a recent petition garnering more than 300,000 signatures, Crytek still doesn’t see any sort of future success for the series.via Eurogamer
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Eurogroup of finance ministers declared that “ensuring debt sustainability and restoring competitiveness” are the goals of the second bailout for Greece which received the seal of approval last Tuesday following marathon talks. The unspoken aim of the new bailout deal is to ensure there will be no chaotic default on 20 March, when a 14.4 billion euros bond repayment falls due. The package envisages pain on all sides: for Greece, for the private-sector lenders to Greece, and for the official lenders to the country, such as the European Central Bank. As before, the ambition is to reduce Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio from its current level of 160 per cent to roughly 120 per cent by 2020. The new package follows the Greek parliament’s recent approval of an extra 325 million euros of spending cuts – including deep cuts to pension payments – to fill a gap in the 3.3 billion euros of extra budget savings this year which the EU and IMF had demanded. There are six main elements of last Tuesday’s agreement: 1. Greece will have to accept non-Greek inspectors in Athens. According to a statement issued after the meeting, European monitors will move into Athens for “an enhanced and permanent presence on the ground in Greece”. 2. The Greek government will have to service its debts from a special, separate account, depositing sums in advance to meet payments that fall due in the following three months. This operation will be supervised by the so-called troika: the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank. This arrangement reflects lenders’ deep scepticism about the Greek government’s ability, or willingness, to stick to the austerity programme and meet spending targets. So, too, does the demand that Greece rewrites its constitution to give priority to debt servicing. 3. Deeper losses for the private-sector holders of Greek bonds is the biggest surprise in the deal. Last October the private debtors agreed to accept a 50 per cent reduction on the face value of their Greek IOUs; the “haircut” will now be 53.5 per cent, and in addition their replacement bonds will carry a lower interest rate than previously discussed: approximately 2 per cent for the first three years, 3 per cent for the next five years, and 4.2 per cent thereafter. This equates to a debt write-off of about 100 billion euros. This PSI (private sector involvement) element was increased because reworked projections showed that Greece, even with a 130 billion euros bailout, would still fall short of the 120 per cent debt-to-GDP target by 2020. The demand that bondholders should bear bigger losses was one of the sticking-points that turned the talks into a 14-hour meeting.The private-sector bondholders (banks, insurers, pension funds and investment funds) are still only being “invited” on a voluntary basis to participate. But Charles Dallara of the Institute of International Finance, the chief negotiator for bondholders, appeared to accept when he said the package was “a fair deal for all parties”. 4. Greece’s official lenders (the European Central Bank, the eurozone’s bailout fund and the IMF) have agreed to cut the interest rate on existing bailout loans. Unlike private-sector holders, however, these official lenders will not suffer a haircut. For the time being at least, the real value of a Greek bond depends on the identity of the owner. For its part, the ECB says it will distribute to euro-member states any profits it makes by owning Greek bonds. 5. The IMF will pay a 130 billion euros bailout, or loan. The big unanswered question is exactly how much the IMF will cough up – the statement spoke only of “a significant contribution”. The cash will not be handed over immediately. Instead, the Eurogroup ministers want to see if private-sector bondholders do indeed “volunteer”, as the deal sets out, for a sharper haircut than they had been expecting. The Eurogroup is also demanding that Greece give evidence of the legal framework that it will put in place to implement the “prior actions”, meaning spending cuts. 6. If the plan proceeds on schedule, the bailout will happen early next month, in time to meet the critical bond repayment on the 20th of the month.
Stay on target Researchers developed a new way to manage the collective movement of nanorobots. (No, not through mind control—though how awesome would that be?)A team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong applied swarm behaviors to small-scale bots, allowing “controlled morphological changes and splitting.”Think of it as the animal kingdom: Ants chain their bodies together to traverse difficult terrain; fish swim in social groups to enhance foraging success; a massive flock of birds helps defend against predators.A mob of teeny robots—fitted with magnetic nanoparticles tuned to a specific field—can cooperate to accomplish tasks.“This new microswarm provides a promising solution for industrial applications such as microfabrication and micromanipulation,” team leader and CUHK professor Li Zhang said in a statement. “It also has a high potential application for in-vivo targeted drug delivery.”The nanorobotic swarm is inspired by animal behaviors, including ant swarms (via Chinese University of Hong Kong)Nanobots, the research suggests, could be programmed to assist surgeons in complex tasks, like passing through tiny spaces in the human body.Zhang & Co. are working with the CUHK medical school to “explore and understand the potential” for using these controllable droids for clinical applications.The full study was published last month in the journal Nature Communications.I wonder where they got the idea for small-scale machines designed to connect together through electromagnetism, forming shapes and perform cooperative tasks…The biggest difference between CUHK’s artificial microswarm and the one Disney depicted in Big Hero 6 is the neurotransmitter—a wearable that links user and robot via thought.This isn’t Zhang’s first miniature robot rodeo, though: The professor in 2013 created magnetic microrobots capable of transporting cells and delivering drugs to specific locations inside the body. The results were featured as a cover story in the journal Advanced Materials.Elon Musk may believe nanotechnology—the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supermolecular scale—is “BS.” But scientists are making great strides in the field of nanorobots, which have been applied to shrinking tumors. Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain