10 months agoPSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are making an opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Mirror says PSG are keen on a £9million January move for Ramsey.The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season after the north Londoners withdrew their offer of a new contract this season.The French champions are ready to move for him when the transfer window reopens to head off interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.PSG want to strengthen their midfield options with Adrien Rabiot expected to move to leave the club either in January or next summer. last_img

Abilities Foundation Launches Unit for Training

first_img Senator Reid lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation and reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an inclusive education system for all. For her part, Project Director for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH Programme, Elsa Marks-Willis, lauded the partnership of the Abilities Foundation and Digicel Foundation, noting that these partnerships have helped the Ministry to position itself towards the achievement of its mandate of the protection of the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities. Story Highlights The Abilities Foundation has launched its new Beauty Services Unit, as part of its mandate to provide more training opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Abilities Foundation has launched its new Beauty Services Unit, as part of its mandate to provide more training opportunities for persons with disabilities.The unit, which was launched on November 28 at the Abilities Foundation’s Constant Spring Road address in Kingston, is a renovated classroom outfitted with five stations for nail and make-up artistry as well as a hair dressing area to facilitate cosmetology training of the students.It was established at a cost of $1 million, with proceeds from the 2016 Digicel 5K Run for Special Needs initiative and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who addressed the launch, welcomed the programme.“This is another forward step in the vocational training programmes offered to persons with disabilities, which allow them to function as creative and productive citizens,” he said.Senator Reid lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation and reiterated the Government’s commitment to creating an inclusive education system for all.For his part, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris expressed pleasure at the increasing public- and private-sector support for this vulnerable community.“This programme is evidence that something is happening where disability is concerned. We must intensify these efforts to ensure that the lives of persons with disabilities are transformed and improved, so that we can have a truly inclusive and responsive society,” he said.For her part, Project Director for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH Programme, Elsa Marks-Willis, lauded the partnership of the Abilities Foundation and Digicel Foundation, noting that these partnerships have helped the Ministry to position itself towards the achievement of its mandate of the protection of the rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities.In her review of the project, Managing Director of the Abilities Foundation, Susan Hamilton, thanked the various stakeholders for their support to equip the students with the requisite training and certification to become productive members of the society.The curriculum is a customised seven-month course in nails technology and make-up artistry. The HEART Trust/NTA College of Cosmetology and Beauty Services is providing the training.It will be further expanded to offer certified training in a range of beauty services, including natural-hair care, and barbering for young men.The first cohort, consisting of eight students, began training in nails technology in September of this year. Assessments will be conducted in December.Funding for the programme is provided through the Workforce Inclusion Project, a partnership between the Government and the World Bank.Additionally, Digicel Foundation donated some $2.9 million to the Abilities Foundation for the purchase of equipment.Also attending the function were Chairman of Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie-Chin; Executive Director of the Combined Disabilities Association, Gloria Goffe; and Country Representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mark Connolly.last_img read more

Giving Back Fund Presents 6th Annual Sports And Entertainment Philanthropy Summit

first_imgThe Giving Back Fund will host the 6th Annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit in LA from July 25-27.This is your chance to hear from Olympic gold medalists such as Nadia Comaneci, Meryl Davis, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Sebastian Coe and more.The Giving Back Fund periodically brings together the top leaders in the sports and entertainment philanthropy community through its Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit. Executive directors, development directors, representatives from the sports leagues, entertainment agencies, and family members of philanthropic celebrities gather for for this event to learn from and interact with their peers and top experts from all areas of philanthropy. Topics include strategy, programming, marketing, fundraising, social media, special events, law and governance, sponsorship, cause-marketing and many other relevant topics.This year’s Summit will span three days commencing Saturday, July 25, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the DOHA GOALS (Gathering Of All Leaders in Sport) Forum being held in conjunction with the Special Olympic World Games. Attendees of the GBF Summit will also receive complimentary registration at the exclusive invite-only DOHA GOALS Forum, making this particular Summit one not to be missed.The event will feature speakers such as Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver, former NBA star Jamal Mashburn and Conversation Farm founder John Duschinsky.For more info and registration, click here.last_img read more

A Website Went Offline And Took Most Of Womens College Basketball Analytics

If you’re filling out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and want some statistical background to the broader forecasts, you have a slew of options. Start at Sports-Reference.com: powerful search tools; team rankings for anything from pace to point differentials adjusted for strength of schedule; and player pages with stats such as usage percentage, win shares and Box Plus/Minus. Ken Pomeroy’s site offers more detailed and adjusted team rankings and a wide array of individual player metrics. For $100 a year, Shot Analytics delivers detailed spatial analysis of shot selection, including weighted shot charts.If you’re looking for similar information to help you fill out an NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket, you’re out of luck.Last week, leading into the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sue Bird wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune about this analytic gender gap, noting, “The disparity between NBA data — even data across all male sports — and WNBA data is glaring. Data for the WNBA is relegated to basic information: points, rebounds, steals, assists, turnovers, blocks. While worthy of being noted, those are the most rudimentary numbers in our game.” There are a few slightly richer sources of data for the women’s professional game — Basketball-Reference.com will let you see the true shooting percentage and usage rate for WNBA players, for example — but Bird’s overall characterization of the data disparity is dead-on, and the effect is even stronger in college basketball. That’s true this month more than most.Until recently, the one repository for advanced statistics such as usage, true shooting percentage, pace-adjusted player statistics and adjusted team ratings for women’s college ball was WBBState.com, a vertical of data company National Statistical. But that source disappeared Feb. 29, when ServerAxis, the company that provided server space to National Statistical’s hosting company, suddenly took all its equipment offline. There are reports that ServerAxis was having financial problems, but the company has so far not responded to requests for comment. National Statistical also declined to comment on the situation on the advice of lawyers as it works to recover its data and bring the site back online.Exactly how a web hosting company pulls up anchor, ditches its Miami headquarters, and ends up 1,300 miles away in Chicago, allegedly waiting for its servers to find their way home, is almost certainly a fascinating story, but it’s secondary to the reality that an entire sport’s advanced metrics wing can be wiped off the map by a few nerds absconding with a few hard drives and turning off their phones. This is a corollary to the more global lack of statistical interrogation of women’s basketball — the data isn’t just shallow, it’s scarce, and that scarcity makes it fragile.What’s left behind is a patchwork collection of disparate scraps of data. ESPN has some statistics available for players and teams, but these cover only basic stats and are organized as leaderboards, so they can’t be searched or sorted beyond the top 50. You can find the full lists for most of those statistics, and a few others, on the NCAA’s website. It’s a thin statistical slice, and they are available for only the current season. Right now, if you wanted to find out where Breanna Stewart’s true shooting percentage ranked this season, or how many points per 100 possessions Baylor allowed, you’d need to scrape the data and calculate it yourself.A paucity of data in any sport doesn’t just trim down the “analytics” branch — it fundamentally changes the types of stories that can be told about teams and athletes. “The more data you have,” says Howard Megdal, a contributing editor for the women’s sports site Excelle Sports, “the more you have the ability to parse it, and to compare it, and to do it more easily, the more stories that are out there.”That’s no small point. In the landscape of women’s sports, college basketball in general and the NCAA Tournament in particular are enormously important. The nation’s attention has turned to college basketball, expecting rich, compelling and thorough analysis, and the women’s side, already handicapped by neglect, has lost one of its legs to a freak woodchipper accident. This leaves the writers who cover the tournament, missing servers be damned, in quite the lurch.“The NCAA has the standard points and rebounds,” Megdal says, “but I’m writing today and trying to make the point that South Carolina’s offense is actually more efficient than its defense. You know people talk about South Carolina’s defense all the time. I only knew that because of WBBState, and being able to see the tempo-free stats. So when I went to go and prove it, I can’t right now; I can’t reference those numbers. All I can do is say that they’re 17th in points per game, or whatever. And as I’m doing it, I’m well aware that I’m using a highly flawed stat that doesn’t begin to capture what I’m after.”In a way, that sums up the state of analytics in women’s basketball: Everyone knows that there are more powerful tools of observation waiting just out of reach, but there just isn’t much to do about it. Sometimes that’s because women’s leagues lack the financial might or institutional support to run in the lead pack; other times it’s because the wrong web host picked the wrong month to blow town. Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Ian Levy read more

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Tennessee advances to second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season. OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later. The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests. The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker. “For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.” The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. read more

Ohio States Devin Smith electrifies Buckeye offense

OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith attempts to catch a pass during a game against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Aug. 30. Smith finished with 94 yards receiving on the day and one touchdown.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn the last four years, senior wide receiver Devin Smith has made his mark on Ohio State football history.From the game-winning catch against Wisconsin in 2011, to his 80-yard, go-ahead score Saturday against Navy, Smith seems to have a knack for making things happen.His score against Navy put the Buckeyes up for the remainder of the game, something he said he believes helped electrify the offense.“We had a slow start, and we were just trying to find ourselves,” Smith said Monday. “We had a few good plays leading up to that … Coach (Urban) Meyer took the shot and we executed very well.”Meyer, who named Smith as one of the OSU offensive champions of the week, said the wide receiver is one of the most explosive players he has ever coached.“I want to say one of the best (deep) ball players we’ve ever had. He adjusts so well to the ball,” Meyer said Monday. “He caught someone said 18 or 19 touchdowns, average (more than) 40 yards per catch on a touchdown. That’s unique. Extremely fast. Tracks the ball down very well.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he thinks Devin Smith’s ability to beat defenses deep is a luxury, especially when the offense is able to run the football.“At some point, they (opposing defenses) have to decide what they are going to be weak at. Whether they are going to play softer and give you the underneath routes, or if they are going to tighten down to stop the slow, painful death and now they are susceptible to the deep shot,” Zach Smith said. “They have to pick their poison on a kid like that.”Zach Smith said Devin Smith’s speed isn’t the only thing that makes the senior wide receiver a threat.“Obviously he has elite speed which is probably the first skill you need, but he has an uncanny ability to track a football and he has really good ball skills on the deep ball,” Zach Smith said.Devin Smith — who has scored go-ahead or game-winning touchdowns against Wisconsin (2011,2013), Michigan State (2012), Iowa (2013) and now Navy, and holds the record for longest play from the line of scrimmage in school history with a 90-yard scoring catch against California (2013) — said he is just doing what he’s told to do to be successful.“Whenever coaches need me, I’m going to do my part and do everything I can to make that play for the football team,” Devin Smith said. “It is all about just trusting in my training and believing in the coaches and them believing in me.”Devin Smith entered his senior season with 1,572 career receiving yards and 18 touchdowns before adding 94 yards and a score against Navy. In comparison, former Buckeye speedster and current Arizona Cardinal Ted Ginn, Jr., totaled 1,943 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns during his three years in Columbus.Although Devin Smith excels at the long ball, coach Smith said the Massillon, Ohio, native could improve in other areas, particularly being more productive in the short-to-intermediate passing game.“That is one of the things that he was really committed to in the spring and in training camp when he was out there is becoming a more complete receiver,” coach Smith said. “That is a battle that everyone is fighting, and he has done a good job of that.”Devin Smith said the distinctive defense that Navy ran prevented him and the OSU offense from opening up the playbook, but added that when the Buckeyes dive into the offense deeper, people will see what he and the offense can do.“That is one thing we worked on all summer during practice and in the spring also,” he said. “It is a matter of time of just showing it. I think from now on, each and every game is going to be different, so you will get a chance to see different guys do different things.”While the Buckeyes are without senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the 2014 season after he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder in late August, Meyer said the offense has to improve around redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett in order for the coaches to open up the playbook.“I think Barrett’s part of it. The offensive line is a big part of it. What can those guys do and what can they do well?” Meyer said. “We’re expecting them in next couple of weeks to be able to do it all well. It’s not just J.T. When we say expand the playbook, it’s for J.T. and it’s for the offensive line.”Devin Smith said that despite Barrett’s relative inexperience, he is confident the offense and Barrett will continue to produce.“He is very mature. He acts like he is a starter,” Devin Smith said of Barrett. “I know how hungry he is, you can see it every day when he practices. I think with how hard he works, he is going to do everything he can to help this football team.”Devin Smith and the rest of the Buckeyes are set to take on Virginia Tech on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Football JT Barrett named finalist for Davey OBrien Award

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to throw a pass in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award Monday.Barrett joins Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as the three finalists for the award, given out annually to the nation’s top quarterback.Barrett, who was named one of 18 semifinalists on Nov. 7, has thrown for 2,698 yards and 32 touchdowns, the fifth-most in the country. He has rushed for eight more touchdowns and 605 yards.Troy Smith won the Davey O’Brien Award in 2006, the only Buckeye to do so.Mayfield, whose Sooners are No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, has thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 scores. His completion percentage of 70.8 is No. 1 in the nation.Rudolph has the most passing yards in the country, with 4,115. He has also tossed 33 touchdowns.The winner will be announced Dec. 7 at the College Football Awards. read more

Frances World Cup winners given heros welcome

first_imgFrance’s World Cup winners returned home to an exuberant reception by the hundreds of thousands of supporters that turned up at Paris on Monday to greet the starsLes Bleus ended a wait of 20 years to win the second world title on Sunday, where they defeated first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 at Moscow to lift football’s most prestigious trophy once more.Since the victory, there have been non-stop celebrations back home with the fans clustering the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ most famous avenue, after the final.And upon their return on Monday morning to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, head coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris were the first to appear with the World Cup trophy in their grasp.The team then embarked on a parade through the streets of Paris in an open-top bus as they were driven down the Champs-Elysees amid clouds of flare smoke.Que c’est bon ! Le bonheur partout… Toutes les communes de France ont résonné de cris de joie et de chants pour cette 2ème étoile. Encore ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/L76vY6he4z— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Once they arrived at the Elysee Palace, the players then met with president Emmanuel Macron.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Équipe fière de la reconnaissance de notre République. #FiersdEtreBleus #VivelaFrance #VivelaRépublique pic.twitter.com/uyiQSbaIzj— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 16, 2018Several metro stations had in fact been renamed after some of the squad temporarily with Champs-Elysees being renamed Deschamps-Elysees.Every member of France’s World Cup-winning team were awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest recognition the country can give for “exceptional service”.CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018last_img read more

Javier Hernandez staying at West Ham says Pellegrini

first_imgJavier Hernandez has been assured that he remains a vital part of West Ham United for next season, says new manager Manuel PellegriniAfter a stellar spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez made a return to the Premier League last summer with West Ham in a reported £16m deal.However, what promised to an exciting partnership instead turned sour with Hernandez being close to leaving the Hammers in the winter transfer window after the appointment of his former Manchester United coach David Moyes.After ending his first season at West Ham with a return of eight goals in 28 Premier League games (12 of those coming off the bench), Hernandez’s future at the London club appeared to be set in stone following the arrival of Pellegrini.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while the Chilean continues to add some big-name signings this summer, he has now assured Hernandez that he is a part of his plans for next season.“I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup, when I signed here,” revealed Pellegrini, according to Kumb.“I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”Hernandez impressed at the World Cup this summer for Mexico and managed to score the one goal and add an assist as El Tri impressively reached the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more

Craig Levein reflects on embarrassing defeat

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein says he’s embarrassed after his side lost 5-0 to Livingston to Friday in the Scottish Premier League.It was goalless until the 72nd minute when Livingston were awarded a penalty and Hearts went on to concede four more goals in 18 minutes, leaving Levein humiliated by the final scoreline.“Horrible. Embarrassing. I just didn’t see it coming. We had things go against us in a short time frame, starting with Clevid (Dikamona) having to go off,” Levein told Sky Sports.“We’ve got injuries at centre-half without that happening. The second half, we started reasonably well. I felt we were better than the first half.News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“Then we’ve had a mad spell around the first goal when Bobby (Zlamal) has spent far too long making his mind up whether to come for the ball, and paid the penalty.“We lose Arnaud, I thought it was harsh, but it wasn’t what led to us losing five goals. That was down to us capitulating. We made them look like Paris St Germain at times.“Some people went in their shell and started looking after themselves. It’s embarrassing, it really is.“I have to give credit to Livingston but my main concern is making sure that, for our supporters, in particular, that doesn’t happen again. Because that just wasn’t acceptable.”last_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains focused at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery remains pleased with Aaron Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch and will respect whatever decision he makes over his futureReports emerged earlier today claiming that Ramsey has agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer.Apparently, a pre-contract agreement between Ramsey and Juventus will be sorted out after the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan next Wednesday.But Emery refused to shed any light on Ramsey’s future and instead praised the Welsh star’s commitment to Arsenal.“I cannot say more about his situation,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Ramsey played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Blackpool.“In the last match I was very happy with him,” added Emery.“I asked in the last match at Blackpool if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us.“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”The Spaniard also announced that Arsenal will only be able to do loan signings this month.last_img read more

UPDATE US Withdraws From Historic Paris Climate Agreement Mayors Say They Will

first_img “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States”, Trump said. The agreement, the president said, gives “countries an economic edge over the United States,” adding, “that’s not going to happen while I’m president.” He added that he is seeking to create a “level playing field” and establish the “highest standard of living, highest standard of environmental protection.”And, he stressed: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”National reactionsThe announcement fulfills one of Trump’s top campaign pledges. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.The U.S. had agreed under former President Barack Obama to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 — about 1.6 billion tons.Obama said right after the announcement that the Trump administration is joining “a small handful of nations that reject the future” by withdrawing from the Paris climate change pact. APPresident Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)The United States will no longer be part of the landmark 190-nation agreement to reduce earth-warming gases,  but will begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement, President Donald Trump announced Thursday at the White House.“We are getting out but we will start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that’s fair”, Trump said, as he highlighted that although the U.S.  is pulling out from the agreement, the country will look to modify the accord to re-enter it. The president said that the nation would stop adhering to the emissions reductions standards immediately. The agreement was nonbinding. Trump painted the original deal as “unfair” to American workers and taxpayers, suggesting that other countries had more favorable agreements.Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposes Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris  accord and vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Houston is one of the cities sticking to the climate accord, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  Only few hours after the president’s announcement, Turner confirmed that Houston has joined over 60 so-called climate mayors from across the U.S. in vowing to honor the Paris Agreement’s goals to fight climate change. “Cities are front and center in the fight against climate change and we have to take action.  We must not let the President’s decision today slow our efforts.  As the energy capital of the world and the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, Houston is leading by example and living proof that large, industrial cities can have a robust economy and also fight climate change”, Turner said in a statement. The mayors had previously released a statement immediately after the news stressing that the U.S. and other nations need to address climate change to become energy independent, self-reliant and resilient.New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group’s vice president, called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities, the nation and the world. He said that if unchecked, sea-level rise caused by climate change could mean that New Orleans and other coastal cities “will cease to exist.”Landrieu said withdrawal from the Paris agreement “is shortsighted and will be devastating to Americans in the long run.” Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, said his city won’t stop fighting climate change.The Paris agreement, considered the framework convention on climate change, requires that all parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts. It entered into force on 4 November 2016, 30 days after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55  per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions signed in. .@realDonaldTrump, you’re leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness. Today, you’ve surrendered the hopes and future of a nation.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017He accused Trump of “leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness” and surrendering the nation’s future.Fox concludes: “United States has stopped being the leader of the free world. @realDonaldTrump, single handed, took care of that.”The European Union’s top climate change official also reacted to say that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord makes it “a sad day for the global community.”The EU’s climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete , said in a statement Thursday that the bloc “deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration.”Canete says the 2015 accord is “ambitious yet not prescriptive.”The #ParisAgreement will endure. The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) June 1, 2017He says the agreement will endure, and he pledged that “the world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership.”Canete also predicted that the EU would seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as U.S. businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.He added: “We are on the right side of history.” Share In a separate statement, mayors of the world’s megacities also committed to addressing climate change despite the U.S. move. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said climate change “poses a unique threat to the future of our planet, and puts in peril the health, prosperity, security and the very survival of our children and grandchildren.” Hidalgo said she’s urging the Trump administration to reconsider the decision.Former Vice President Al Gore, who has been extremely active on educating about climate change in the last decade, called the decision to exit the Paris agreement “a reckless and indefensible action.”Gore said the move “undermines America’s standing in the world.” He released the statement as President Donald Trump was speaking at the White House Rose Garden.My statement on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement: https://t.co/eDEFv5b1nS pic.twitter.com/SzHJU3D0Mr— Al Gore (@algore) June 1, 2017The former vice president has defined his postgovernment life as a climate champion. He urges mayors, governors and the business community to take up where Trump is leaving off, especially by focusing on clean energy.Gore says: “We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president.”International reactionsFormer Mexican President Vicente Fox  harshly criticized President Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement.Fox has clashed with Trump since last year’s presidential campaign, and he let loose Thursday with a series of tweets saying the decision “condemns this generation and those to come.”Fox tweets of Trump: “He’s declaring war on the planet itself.”Withdrawal from #ParisAgreement, @realDonaldTrump condemns this generation and those to come. He’s declaring war on the planet itself.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017last_img read more

Anna Stevenson Joins Volleyball Roster

first_imgAwards and Honors Anna Stevenson, a 6-1 middle blocker from Laurens, S.C., has joined the University of Louisville volleyball roster as a transfer from Auburn University. Her .90 blocks/set average ranks tied for eighth all-time on Auburn’s career records list and she set a new Auburn single-season record in 2018, averaging 1.15 blocks/set. Her 91 total blocks in 2018 ranks seventh, while her 18 solo stuffs finished tied for second on the season list. Last year as a sophomore, she played in 22 matches with 21 starts and was fourth on the team with a 2.14 kills/set average, tallying 169 kills on the year. Her .269 hitting percentage was third on the squad and she had seven matches with double-digit kills. She tied her career high in kills in two different matches with 13 vs. High Point and at Ole Miss along with notching two 12-kill performances – at No. 25 Alabama and versus Mississippi State.  Her 1.19 blocks/set mark vs. SEC opponents came in third in the league. She recorded back-to-back nine-block performances to reach a career high at Mississippi State and at Ole Miss. She finished with seven blocks vs. Ole Miss and had six blocks in three other matches. She notched a season-best .625 hitting percentage (11-1-16) against Arkansas. She went 8-0-15 vs. Eastern Illinois for a .533 mark. 2018 War Eagle Invitational All-Tournament Team 2017-18 First-Year SEC Academic Honor RollPrint Friendly Version “Anna is a fantastic addition to our 2019 roster,” said Dani Busboom Kelly, UofL head coach. “Our entire staff was impressed with her mindset and her drive to be great. She has proven that she can physically compete with the best players in the country and is excited about the goals for Louisville volleyball.” She played high school volleyball at Laurens District 55 and was a member of Upward Stars Volleyball Club and was named to the 2016 Under Armour High School All-America Third Team as well as being a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace. She helped 18U team win the 2016 AAU National Title and was the 2016 Index Journal Player of the Year. She was named to the 2015 AVCA Phenom list and made the 2016 All-State squad. She was a three-time All-Region selection and a four-time team Most Valuable Player (2013-16). Story Links As a freshman, she played in 26 matches in 89 sets at middle blocker for the Tigers and was fourth on the team with 188 kills and a 2.11 kills/set average. In all, she had six double-digit kill performances and led the squad with 61 blocks, having 12 solo stuffs and 39 block assists for a .69 blocks/set average. She totaled a career-best 13 kills and eight blocks in her home state as Auburn topped South Carolina in four sets and had 12 kills and five blocks vs. South Alabama, She finished with 12 kills at Texas A&M, adding six kills and a .667 hitting percentage at Georgia Tech in her first career start. She had seven kills on 14 swings for a .500 clip versus nationally-ranked Kentucky.last_img read more

Fandango to Sell Imax Enhanced Movies Exclusively in US Initially on Sony

first_imgFanangoNow was one of the first digital retailers to offer 4K content — back in 2014, when the service was called M-Go, a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, before Fandango acquired M-Go in 2016. Today, FandangoNow claims to be the leading retailer of 4K movies, with more than 20% of transactions for 4K versions when that format is available.FandangoNow offers more than 80,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows for rent or purchase, including almost 1,000 titles in 4K. The service competes with the likes of Apple’s iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Walmart’s Vudu. In addition to the FandangoNow partnership, Imax announced deals with China’s Tencent Video and Rakuten TV for Europe to stream Imax Enhanced content to certified devices beginning in 2019.“This feels like a game-changer,” said Cameron Douglas, Fandango’s VP of home entertainment. “I see it as a differentiator for us, for people looking for the best 4K content.”Douglas said Imax Enhanced content, when viewed on compatible HDTVs, is like “HDR on steroids,” referring to High Dynamic Range, a spec that dramatically expands contrast levels and color palette of video.Imax Enhanced represents a new rival for Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos enhanced video and audio technologies. FandangoNow doesn’t support content in Dolby Vision, which is available through services including Apple iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Vudu.A feature of Imax Enhanced is that it lets content owners control technical aspects of how their works are played back on TVs and audio equipment — ideally, as close as possible to the filmmaker intended. That includes establishing a preset “Imax mode” on the devices, which may include disabling the “motion smoothing” on HDTVs (a controversial feature decried by Tom Cruise and others). In addition, Imax Enhanced titles that were shot with Imax cameras or specially formatted for Imax theaters also will include an expanded aspect ratio for the film’s home release.Terms of Fandango’s pact for Imax Enhanced weren’t disclosed; it’s not clear whether money is changing hands among the parties. Under the promotional pact, FandangoNow is the exclusive U.S. transactional VOD service for Imax Enhanced titles.Companies that have signed on to the Imax Enhanced initiative, announced in September 2018 in partnership with Xperi’s DTS, include Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Sound United, whose home-entertainment brands include Denon and Marantz.Other device partners for Imax Enhanced include Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov, with products expected to go on sale in select regions beginning in 2019. Fandango’s FandangoNow will become the first U.S. digital retailer to sell Imax Enhanced films released to home video, expected beginning in the second quarter of 2019 on Sony’s Bravia TVs.Imax Enhanced establishes specs for content producers and consumer-electronics makers for Imax’s digitally remastered 4K HDR and DTS audio content — a proprietary encoding layer on top of the industry standards that Imax and its partners claim delivers unparalleled sound and video quality.The first Imax Enhanced movies coming to FandangoNow are set to include Sony Pictures/Marvel’s “Venom” and Sony/Studio 8’s “Alpha,” as well as more than 100 Imax documentary feature titles. Additionally, Paramount Pictures will launch its first Imax Enhanced titles in 2019. FandangoNow will sell the Imax Enhanced titles for the same price as 4K Ultra HD versions. The announcement was timed for CES 2019. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Researchers find signs of western Eurasian genes in southern African Khoisan tribes

first_img Scientists believe humans evolved from ancestral primates in Africa several hundred thousand years ago, but it wasn’t until approximately 65,000 years ago that they made their way out of Africa and into the Middle East and eventually the rest of the world. Until recently, that migration has been viewed by most scientists as a one-way trip. Gene studies over the past several years has turned that thinking around, however, as its been found that many people in several parts of Africa have European or Asian gene segments in their DNA. In this latest study, the researchers have found evidence of Eurasian genes in tribespeople who were thought to have a purely African ancestry.The Khoisan tribespeople of today still live much as their ancestors did—they are hunter-gathers who are also pastoralists—they are most familiar to westerners as the people who speak with distinctive clicking noises. Until now, they were believed to have the purest African gene pool due to their thousands of years of isolationist practices. The team acquired DNA samples from 32 people living in Khoisan tribes in southern Africa—an analysis revealed Eurasian gene segments in all of them. But that wasn’t the end of the story. To understand how the gene fragments got into the Khoisan tribespeople, the researchers turned to archeological and linguistic evidence to build a possible time-line of events. In so doing, they’ve found what they believe to have been a migration back into Africa by people of the Middle East (ancestors of the people that migrated to Europe and Asia) approximately 3000 years ago. Those people made their way to various parts of the continent, including a part of eastern Africa from which the Khoisan tribespeople had migrated south approximately 900 and 1800 years ago.The researchers found something else—the Khoisan tribespeople also had snippets of Neanderthal DNA in their genes as well—courtesy of their Eurasian heritage. 33-year-old San tribesman from Namibia. Image: Wikipedia. Genetic admixture in southern Africa: Ancient Khoisan lineages survive in contemporary Bantu groups (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with representatives from the U.S., Germany and France has found evidence of western Eurasian genes in Khoisan tribes living in southern Africa. This suggests, the researchers conclude in a paper they’ve had published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that a migration from the Middle East back to Africa occurred approximately 3000 years ago. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Ancient west Eurasian ancestry in southern and eastern Africa, Joseph K. Pickrell, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1313787111AbstractThe history of southern Africa involved interactions between indigenous hunter–gatherers and a range of populations that moved into the region. Here we use genome-wide genetic data to show that there are at least two admixture events in the history of Khoisan populations (southern African hunter–gatherers and pastoralists who speak non-Bantu languages with click consonants). One involved populations related to Niger–Congo-speaking African populations, and the other introduced ancestry most closely related to west Eurasian (European or Middle Eastern) populations. We date this latter admixture event to ∼900–1,800 y ago and show that it had the largest demographic impact in Khoisan populations that speak Khoe–Kwadi languages. A similar signal of west Eurasian ancestry is present throughout eastern Africa. In particular, we also find evidence for two admixture events in the history of Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ethiopian populations, the earlier of which involved populations related to west Eurasians and which we date to ∼2,700–3,300 y ago. We reconstruct the allele frequencies of the putative west Eurasian population in eastern Africa and show that this population is a good proxy for the west Eurasian ancestry in southern Africa. The most parsimonious explanation for these findings is that west Eurasian ancestry entered southern Africa indirectly through eastern Africa.center_img Explore further Citation: Researchers find signs of western Eurasian genes in southern African Khoisan tribes (2014, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-western-eurasian-genes-southern-african.html © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more