Lily Tomlins Ernestine Answers Complaint Calls At SeaWorld

first_imgLily Tomlin has revived her iconic character “Ernestine” as a feisty phone operator fielding complaint calls at SeaWorld, “where everybody has a whale of a time — except for the whales.”Video: Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine Answers Complaint Calls at ‘SeaWorld’Tomlin filmed the biting spot for PETA to hit the airwaves in May as the tourist season begins. Scripted by Modern Family writer Alex Herschlag, the satire is set to make a splash as the company struggles to lure back visitors who have stayed away in droves after learning of the abusement park’s cruelty through the documentary Blackfish and nonstop PETA protests.“Yes, the orcas lose teeth gnawing on the concrete walls,” says Ernestine in the spot. “But if you were a trainer, wouldn’t you prefer to swim with a toothless killer whale?”Though SeaWorld recently stopped breeding orcas as a result of public pressure, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — is pressuring the park to release the animals to seaside sanctuaries.Tomlin, who was a double nominee at this year’s Golden Globes, returns for the second season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie on May 6. PETA especially thanks James Costa and the Archibald Family Foundation for sponsoring the “Ernestine” commercial.last_img read more

Mexican ambassador says Canada can still join trade pact after deadline expires

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – Mexico will continue to support bringing Canada into its trade agreement with the United States even if its North American neighbours fail to reach an accord by the U.S. deadline of this weekend, its ambassador says.The U.S. and Mexico are poised to present the text of their bilateral trade deal today. The U.S. Congress is pushing Canada to join the pact by a deadline of Sunday to allow Mexico’s current government to sign the deal before it leaves office on Dec. 1.“We want the agreement to be trilateral,” said ambassador Dionisio Perez Jacome after giving a speech at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., on Thursday.“Hopefully Canada can be included already in the text. If not, then the process gets more complicated but it’s also possible to come in sometimes, some days after.”He said the new left-leaning Mexican government under Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador supports the bilateral deal with the U.S. and favours an open market-based economy.Earlier, David MacNaughton, Canadian ambassador to the U.S., said he doesn’t think Canada should sign a deal it doesn’t agree with in order to meet the deadline.He said a number of issues remain to be ironed out before a renegotiated NAFTA can be adopted, pointing out the need for a “robust dispute resolution mechanism” is highlighted by the recent imposition by the U.S. of tariffs against Canada for security reasons.“We’re not going to be rushed into doing a bad deal,” he said.In a presentation, Perez Jacome praised the “deep and excellent relations” between Canada and Mexico, pointing out that trade has grown nine-fold in the past 25 years.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Toll from Pakistani rains mounts as flooding spreads UN reports

14 September 2011The toll from torrential rains in Pakistan is mounting, with 230 people killed, more than 300,000 others displaced and 1.1 million homes destroyed or damaged as flooding has inundated 4.5 million acres, cutting major roads and polluting water, the United Nations reported today. At least 5.5 million people have so far been affected, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest update, which showed in an increase in all indicators as the monsoon rains spread their damage outside Sindh province to Balochistan, threatening flash flooding in a country still reeling from last year’s disastrous floods, the worst in living memory.Two days ago the toll was put at 199 dead and 220,000 displaced, with nearly 1 million homes destroyed or damaged and 4.2 million acres flooded. UN agencies have already ramped up their support, with the World Food Programme (WFP) set to feed 500,000 people and the World Health Organization (WHO) distributing 18 emergency health kits, each covering 6,000 people with complete essential medical care drugs for a month, and 40 diarrhoea kits, each for 1,000 people a month. WHO also has a pre-positioned stock of medications to cover the needs of 1.2 million people.“Water sources are no longer considered safe, leaving the affected populations to rely on open pond waters, risking the threat of communicable diseases,” OCHA reported. “Accessibility has been greatly hampered by the damage to roads. Many heath facilities are surrounded by water, making it difficult to provide health services.”Severe accessibility problems on major link roads are hindering not only aid delivery but ongoing assessments of damage and needs, it added.OCHA noted that the Government has prioritized shelter, with most of those displaced currently living along roadsides, embankments and other areas of higher ground, as well as in public buildings including schools. Resource mobilization is a major constraint, with aid organizations using contingency stocks and diverting resources from recovery programmes to meet life-saving needs.Last year’s floods killed some 2,000 people and submerged about a fifth of the land, affecting 20 million people, as torrential rains sent swollen rivers cascading across the country from the mountainous north, inundating successive regions until they reached the sea. read more

Home construction picks up driven by buildings condos CMHC says

OTTAWA — Home construction in Canada picked up last month, driven by British Columbia and Alberta, defying expectations that homebuilding activity would cool down.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 222,324 units in July, up from 212,948 in June, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday.The ramp-up likely reflects strong demand for new housing from the end of last year into the start of this year, TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said, adding that the new construction market tends to lag real estate demand, which has started to fall.Petramala said regulatory changes over the past year including tougher mortgage qualification rules have prompted a shift for some first-time homebuyers from existing homes to cheaper, newly built dwellings.“Some of the momentum could potentially carry forward into the second half of the year before new home construction eases along with the existing home market next year,” she said.Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales figures in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years. CREA is expected to release July sales data next week.The annual pace of urban home construction increased by 5.5 per cent last month to 206,122 units, driven by a rise in multiple urban starts — generally apartment buildings, townhouses and condominiums — while single, detached home starts slowed.Multiple urban starts increased by 10.4 per cent to 141,950 while single-detached urban starts fell by 3.9 per cent to 64,172. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,202 units.Regionally, the annual pace of housing starts in B.C. surged 20 per cent compared with June while Alberta saw an eight per cent increase. The annual pace of starts in Ontario was up one per cent.“Much of the recent strength has been concentrated in B.C., where starts have rebounded back close to record highs after slowing late last year,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote in a report.The housing start data came as Statistics Canada also reported the value of building permits issued in June rose to $8.1 billion, up 2.5 per cent from May and the second highest value on record.The overall increase came despite a 0.9 per cent drop to $5.0 billion in the value of residential building permits in June. The value of permits for single-family dwellings fell 12.5 per cent, while plans for multi-family dwellings rose 12.5 per cent in June to $2.7 billion.The value of building permits for non-residential structures in June rose 8.8 per cent to $3.0 billion. read more

Poor shooting dooms Ohio State womens basketball against Michigan

Redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion (25) looks for a shot during a game against Michigan Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 64-49.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorComing off its biggest win of the season against then-No. 17 Purdue at home Thursday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team failed to build on the momentum, falling to Michigan 64-49.As things got underway at the Schottenstein Center, OSU (11-7, 1-1) struggled to shoot the ball, only shooting 6-32 from the field in the first half. The Buckeyes headed into the break trailing 25-13 and were unable to recover in the second half.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said it was tough to lose after the game, especially to rival Michigan, on the heels of a big win.“It’s tough. It’s disappointing because all the things we were so good at on Thursday, all the things we can control we didn’t today,” McGuff said. “And that’s not to give Michigan credit because they played well and they deserved to win the game based on their effort and execution, but I was very disappointed in how we responded to a great win on Thursday.”The 13 points were a season low in a half for OSU, who also shot eight percent from beyond the arc in the game’s first 20 minutes.Despite starting the second half with a bucket on the team’s first possession, things did not improve for OSU as the game progressed.It was tied for the lowest total OSU has put up this season, only scoring 49 three times against Georgia Nov. 17, Connecticut Dec. 1 and Cincinnati Dec. 15.Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said the key to holding OSU’s offense in check was stopping the guards from penetrating the basket.“We spoke all week about trying to slow them down and trying to really zone up and gap and take away their penetration, take away their ability to get to the free throw line … that was something we really focused on,” Arico said. “Make them have to beat us from the outside.”OSU finished the day shooting 20-64, including only hitting six of 25 shots from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes also struggled turning the ball over, giving it away to Michigan 14 times in the game.Arico said she was content with letting the Buckeyes take a lot of 3-pointers as long as they weren’t getting the easy shot.“Their guards off the bounce, we didn’t think we were going to be able to contain them,” Arico said. “So we were going to try to let them score from the outside and see what happened and tonight they didn’t make as many shots.”Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes with 15 points, but was one of only two Buckeyes to reach double figures.OSU’s second leading scorer, sophomore guard Cait Craft, came into the night averaging 9.9 points per contest, but only managed two points against the Wolverines.The Wolverines (10-4, 1-0) were paced by freshman guard Siera Thompson and junior guard Shannon Smith, who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively.Thompson said the team executed its game plan well, which allowed them to pull away from OSU.“We just executed the game plan and my teammates found me and I was trying to be aggressive and attack the bigs and get them into foul trouble,” Thompson said. “Our game plan just worked out today.”It was McGuff’s first Big Ten loss as coach of the Buckeyes, and the loss ends a four game win streak for OSU.The Buckeyes will look to bounce back as they head to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Hoosiers in their first Big Ten road match, scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. read more

Top universities slip down rankings under new studentfocused system

first_imgLSE’s interim director, Professor Julia Black, said that the “challenges around TEF and the limits to the measures it employs” were “well documented”. Dr Tim Bradshaw, acting director of the Russell Group, which represents 24 of the best universities in the country, said there was “more work to be done” to improve the system. But Professor John Latham, vice-chancellor of Coventry University, which received a gold ranking, said that the results marked a “new order” for higher education.”It’s a clear message that universities must work harder for a recognised environment of success and that students are looking for more than historic reputation,” he added.Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which published the results, said: “Students currently invest significant amounts of time, and indeed money and incurring debt in their higher education. “They are quite right to expect a high quality academic experience.” Some of Britain’s top universities have slid to the bottom of the pile under new official rankings which place greater weight on student satisfaction. Under the new system universities are rated gold, silver or bronze based on measures including student experience, employment after university and dropout rate. London School of Economics, the 25th best university in the world according to the Times Higher Education university rankings, received a bronze award.University College London, the 15th best university in the world according to the same rankings, received a silver award, the same level as Wrexham Glyndwr and London Metropolitan University, which came second and third from the bottom in this year’s Complete University Guide. More than half of the Russell Group institutions that entered also missed out on the top rating, including Queen Mary University of London, which received a silver award, and Liverpool University, which received bronze status. Liverpool said it was “disappointed” with its award.The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by universities minister Jo Johnson in 2015 amid Government concerns that universities were too focused on research at the expense of teaching. This is the first year that results have been published. Of those who entered, 26 per cent gained a gold award, 50 per cent were rated silver and 24 per cent achieved bronze.  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. Sir Anthony Seldon pictured at Buckingham University, Buckinghamshire, UK Sir Anthony Seldon said the ratings would improve teaching standardsCredit:Rii Schroer Modern universities, many of whom received gold awards, hailed a “new order” in higher education. Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, told the Telegraph that he thought the new ratings would be “the biggest single catalyst to good teaching that the university sector has ever had”. The university said it had come top in the country after receiving the highest possible award in all six categories.The private university, which receives no state funding, has just 2,000 students. But the rankings have been controversial among other university leaders, who have complained that they are not an accurate measure of teaching standards and place too much weight on student opinion, including the National Student Survey. Some have also said that they have been forced to participate because the Government is set to allow only those rated bronze or higher to raise tuition fees in line with inflation from 2018.Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: “The Teaching Excellence Framework is opposed by both staff and student organisations and these results will have little credibility within higher education itself. “The fear is that students, beyond the UK in particular, will use these results as the basis for deciding which UK university to attend, which could damage some institutions.”last_img read more

Mining companies boost collaboration to address water scarcity report finds

first_imgWater scarcity poses a risk to companies in the mining and metals sector, but it also represents a significant opportunity–to catalyze collective solutions that improve water security and sanitation for all, according to a new report from the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.Released ahead of World Water Day, the report, Shared Water, Shared Responsibility, Shared Approach: Water in the Mining Sector, finds that mining companies are increasingly thinking more collaboratively–with local communities, government and other industries–about shared water use. Such partnerships have already resulted in improved infrastructure and better water management. But much more must be done, given that access to water remains one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century.“Water is a critical resource for everyone,” said ICMM CEO Tom Butler. “It is essential that all users—communities, businesses, governments–collaborate to optimise the use of water. Although every location has its own challenges, this joint IFC and ICMM paper shows that positive collaboration is beneficial for all.”Lance Crist, IFC’s Global Head of Natural Resources, said: “IFC and ICMM have a common goal of improving mining’s contribution to sustainable development. We believe that the industry can be a partner for inclusive economic growth—by sharing knowledge about the practical challenges of access to water, and by learning from the experience of companies and local partners that have overcome them successfully and sustainably.”Such collaboration and knowledge-sharing was critical to the development of the Oyu Tolgoi mining project in Mongolia—which is expected to boost the country’s economic output by as much as 30 percent over time. IFC brokered a set of water-management principles for mining companies—the Voluntary Code of Practice. Eight mining companies operating in the country became signatories to the code and have worked for more than three years on a coordinated and consultative approach to water management.“Water is life. Water is a precious resource. No one can live without water. By participating in the water monitoring program I can now see what is the water level, quality of water of my well and whether it is affected from mining or environment impact. By learning this, you can protect your water from contamination and find solutions to keep water safe in the future,” Jargal Sumya, Herder participant in Energy Resources’ co-monitoring program, Tsogtsetsii soum.Picture courtesy of Anglo American.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Monday 1 Apr 2019, 4:55 PM Image: Shutterstock/Jade Coulombe Share1 Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #COME WHAT MAY: The EU has warned that ‘patience is running’ out as MPs still can’t agree on what to do about Brexit.2. #MR MOONLIGHT: The court heard that fingerprints in Bobby Ryan’s van did not belong to the accused Patrick Quirke.3. #HOMELESSNESS: Some 21% of newly homeless families in Dublin last year were non-EU citizens.4. #HOT WATER: Garda representatives have welcomed the withdrawal of Finian McGrath’s comments about political policing, saying they had “no basis”. 5. #RIP: Popular RTÉ Sport broadcaster Pat McAuliffe has died aged 61.  By Sean Murray Apr 1st 2019, 4:55 PM 7,583 Views No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Jade Coulombe Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dreams turn into nightmares for female workers

first_imgHundreds of Bangladeshi women working as domestic helps in Saudi households have accused their employers of committing severe physical, mental and sexual abuses.Deutsche Welle spoke to some of the women about their plight.”Once I returned to my country, I had to get admitted into a hospital for 20 days. I could not even walk,” said 25-year-old Shefali Begum, a Bangladeshi domestic worker who spoke with DW about the terrible suffering at the hands of her employer in Saudi Arabia.She is just one of the thousands of Bangladeshi domestic workers who have migrated to the Middle Eastern nation over the past several years in search of higher wages and a better life. “They used to beat me with wires and canes. My thighs are full of marks of torture,” Shefali said. Her employers also provided her food only once a day, she complained. “Whenever I asked for food, they beat me.”Shefali hails from a small village in Manikganj district. Her travel to Saudi Arabia was arranged by a middleman back in her village. After arriving in the country, however, it was not long before her hopes of a better life were shattered. She said she managed to endure her employer’s torture for just three months, according to the Germany’s public international broadcaster.”The day before the recruiting agency sent me back to Bangladesh, my Saudi employer severely beat me. The daughter of the house’s owner even broke my finger. I was sick,” Shefali said.”My employer’s family threatened to cut out my tongue and kill me if I exposed their wrongdoings to anyone. They did not allow me to even talk to my family on phone,” she said, adding that the family did not pay her full wages.An insidious issueShefali is one of the at least 6,500 Bangladeshi domestic workers who have returned from Saudi Arabia since 2015, said BRAC.According to BRAC, between 1991 and 2015, only 32,317 female workers from Bangladesh relocated to Saudi Arabia for work.But that figure has risen exponentially since the governments of the two nations signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015. About 218,131 Bangladeshi women have left for Saudi Arabia over the past three and a half years.Shariful Hasan, an expert on migration at BRAC, told DW that Bangladeshi domestic workers face an array of problems in Saudi Arabia. They face food and wage deprivation, physical torture and sexual exploitation, among other abuses, he said.”We know cases where these girls came back pregnant after suffering serious sexual abuse at the hands of their male employers. Others have faced severe physical torture, including broken hands and other body parts. Some report of not receiving wages for months or even proper food,” Hasan said.Activists say many of these girls and women are kept isolated from the outside world by their Saudi employers. “Many of them have no means of communication with outsiders. The only way out is to flee and surrender to the police or seek help from fellow Bangladeshi workers,” Hasan said.The expert pointed out that their suffering doesn’t even end there. “At times, these people are again placed in other homes via middlemen. There they again face torture and abuse, until they flee or are put in safe shelters in either Riyadh or Jeddah. Then with the help of the Bangladeshi embassy, they return home,” he underlined.Women don’t receive supportLocal media outlets in Bangladesh report that even after their terrible experiences, these women don’t usually receive much support form the government.Officials working for the Wage Earners’ Welfare Board, a government body responsible for the welfare of expatriate workers, told local newspaper New Age that although the numbers of returnees are increasing, they have yet to put in place a program to ensure support for the returning women.Still, government officials deny the accusation that they aren’t addressing the problem.Nomita Halder, secretary of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, told DW that they have had several meetings with their Saudi counterparts to tackle the issue.”Because of Saudi Arabian regulations, our embassy or the recruiting agencies have no access to the houses where our women are working. Only the recruiting agency from their side has that access. So they have to take more responsibility. We have told them several times,” Halder told DW.She also blamed the language barrier as one of the reasons behind the woes of these women. Halder said, “We are now focusing more on language and other training before sending these women so that they can at least communicate properly.”While some say the percentage of women workers abused in Saudi Arabia is not that high when compared to the total number of women migrants to the country, Hasan disagrees. “Even if one woman is beaten, sexually abused or tortured, it is shameful for us,” he said.Despite returning to safety in Bangladesh, Shefali is looking at an uncertain and difficult future.”My son has a brain tumour and my husband’s shop was burned to the ground, leaving us penniless. It prompted me to move to Saudi Arabia to find a way for my family’s livelihood. But it ended up as a disaster for my family,” Shefali regretted.last_img read more

Suprise Flashpoint Matters Again on The Flash

first_imgStay on target Last night’s Flash made a few missteps but ultimately made up for them with a few major developments. For example, Flashpoint still exists somewhere. That’s a pretty big deal. The show opens on an upbeat and exciting note with The Flash and Kid Flash racing through Central City. Wally is getting a lot faster, and the two heroes are neck and neck the whole way through. In the end, Barry winds by phasing through a building that Wally has to run up. When Wally Protests, Barry says he has to be ready for anything.This is essentially what Barry’s character arc is about in this episode. He’s embracing his role as Wally’s teacher and learning how to do it better. It doesn’t go well at first. Barry tries to teach him to phase through walls but has trouble explaining how in a way Wally can understand. No matter how much he tells Wally to connect with his body, he keeps running into the wall.The two Flashes aren’t the only one whose relationship is improving. Julian and Barry are investigating a crime scene without hurling insults towards one another. The victim in question has only been dead for eight hours, but his body is already in advanced stages of decay. They take the body back to S.T.A.R. labs for an autopsy, but the body has turned to dust in the bag. Hmm… which of The Flash’s rogues can do that? It’s not long before we find out. It’s Clive Yorkin, a metahuman with the power to drain the life out of anyone he touches.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Tom Felton as Julian Albert and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)When another man turns up dead and decaying, Barry notices a pattern. Both men were cops in the Flashpoint universe. Barry rushes both Julian and the body to S.T.A.R. labs for an autopsy. Julian and Caitlin work together (while arguing because Julian still has no social skills) to find out what killed the man. Examining a foreign piece of DNA found on the body, Julian sees a familiar element. One present in the husks Alchemy left behind. This metahuman murderer was created by Julian.Joe probably has the best storyline of the episode. Iris and Barry are still frustratingly keeping her impending death a secret from him. Because they somehow still haven’t learned that keeping big secrets is a waste of time and only hurts people in the long run. Anyway, Cecile’s daughter is in town and she sets up a big family meet-up at Jitters. Cecile’s daughter asks Joe whether The Flash or Kid Flash is more of a hero, making things super awkward for a second. They’re interrupted by Yorkin, who’s there to kill Joe. Joe fires a few shots at Yorkin, but it turns out anything that touches him starts decaying instantly. Including bullets. Fortunately, Wally was able to change into Kid Flash and, with Barry’s subtle instruction, creates a whirlwind to fight him off. For now.That brush with death is enough to finally convince Iris that she shouldn’t lie to her father anymore. She tells him everything about what Barry saw in the future. He’s pissed that his kids have kept such a large secret from him for so long. The fact that Barry and Wally are trying to fix it is small comfort for Joe, who is especially angry at Barry. Barry, he says, should know how much Iris means to him. This heartbreaking performance serves as a  reminder that Jesse L. Martin is one of the best actors on TV.Candice Patton as Iris West and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)He might lose Iris sooner than he thinks, though. Yorkin breaks into Iris and Barry’s apartment and attacks Iris. Wally rushes to her rescue but isn’t fast enough to save her. Yorkin touches her arm, and the decay begins. The only way to stop the decay from spreading is for Caitlin to use her Killer Frost powers and freeze her arm. It adds a nice bit of drama to the episode, as every second Caitlin uses her powers, she risks losing control. As the decay spreads despite Caitlin’s efforts, Barry sees her turning into Killer Frost. Fortunately, Julian is able to convince her to regain control and save Iris’s life.Probably the coolest development of the episode has to do with Flashpoint. Even though Barry erased it, there is a universe where Flashpoint still exists. Yay quantum mechanics! Cisco and H.R. come up with a plan to Vibe Flashpoint and figure out who Yorkin’s next target is. This has exciting implications for the rest of the season. Flashpoint is too big a story to be confined to one episode at the beginning of the season.They figure out Yorkin’s next target: A private investigator named Laura Stone. Joe finds her at a train station, and Yorkin isn’t far behind. They board the train and Yorkin touches a bridge to form a pile of concrete directly in the path of the train. Barry runs aboard the train and is able to make it vibrate fast enough to phase through the obstacle. Seeing Barry do something he’s never been able to do before is enough to inspire Wally to do the same. Following Barry’s instruction, he’s able to phase through Yorkin with a cut on his hand. With Wally’s rapidly-regenerating blood inside Yorkin, his powers of Decay no longer work.Matthew Kevin Anderson as Clive Yorkin. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)With Yorkin’s blood stabilized, the team can synthesize an antidote from it and save Iris. Joe declares that if they’re going to defeat Savitar, they need to not lie to each other anymore. How many times have they learned this lesson now? Hopefully, it sticks this time. Julian and Caitlin go out for a drink, setting the stage for a flirtation that will probably develop over the rest of the season. As the episode ends, Wally is practicing his new phase ability when Jesse Quick shows up. Her father has been kidnapped by Gorilla Grodd and taken to Gorilla City! Oh hell yes. He’s back.This episode as equal parts frustrating and fantastic. Barry learning to become a better teacher to Wally is a step forward for their storyline. The Julian-Caitlin flirtation that’s building is promising as well, considering neither character has had all that much to do lately. The villain of the week was also really cool, though the didn’t do all that much with him. These minor villain episodes would work a lot better if they were in it more. Give us at least one good fight. In this case, each confrontation with Yorkin was over so quickly; there was no excitement to be had. Iris also had frustratingly little to do this episode. She was so cool in her take-charge reporter mode, and it’s disappointing that the show dropped that so quickly. Fortunately, it looks like there’s plenty of excitement to be had next week. After all, the best villain in Flash history is coming back. Get ready for Grodd. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

Metal Gear Solid Movie Finds its Screenwriter

first_imgStay on target It appears the Metal Gear Solid movie is finally gaining some traction. Variety reports that Jurassic World screenwriter Derek Connolly has been tapped to pen the video game adaptation. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct the film, with Avi Arad acting as producer. Derek Connolly and Jordan Vogt-Roberts previously worked together on Kong: Skull Island.For those who (somehow) don’t know, Metal Gear Solid tells the story of a special-ops soldier code-named “Solid Snake.” In the seminal 1998 video game, Snake infiltrates an American military base in Alaska that has been taken over by terrorists who plan to launch a nuke. Along the way, Snake faces off against an assortment of weird and wild antagonists. He eventually has to fight the series’ titular Metal Gear, which is a giant bipedal mech.Vogt-Roberts has been attached to the Metal Gear Solid movie since 2014. The director has an appreciation for the project and understands how unique it is.AdChoices广告“Everyone understands that it would be such an easy thing to do wrong,” said Vogt-Roberts in an interview with Slash-Film. “It would be so easy to sort of say, Metal Gear Solid is Mission: Impossible. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is G.I. Joe. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is X. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is Metal Gear Solid. There’s nothing like Metal Gear Solid on the planet tonally, visually, regarding characters. Like the characters are walking philosophies.”He continued by saying: “There is nothing like the voice of that game and it’s so idiosyncratic to Kojima. And to his team. And unlike comic books that have had writers, hundreds of writers over the course of decades, you’ve essentially had one person guiding one massive, massive story. And so it’s so specific to his point of view. And my job right now when working on the script with the studio is to capture that. Because there would be no greater offense to me on the planet than making a bad Metal Gear movie. That would be a like a Scarlet Letter of epic proportions that I would not be able to live with myself with.”The Metal Gear Solid film currently has no planned release date. However, now that it has a director and screenwriter, we might hear more information soon. I’m personally wary of a Metal Gear Solid movie, but it is possible this could turn out at least okay. Stay tuned for more news as it develops. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Keanu Reeves Mod Makes ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Even More Breathta…Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

New site to use crowdsourcing as means to translate the internet

first_img Citation: New site to use crowd-sourcing as means to translate the internet (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Google adds automatic translation to Gmail © 2010 After figuring out a way to make good use of those annoying CAPTCHA’s, by using scanned text from old books to create digitized versions (reCAPTCHA) while still just a grad student, and then selling the results to Google, and then following that up by figuring out a way to get people to label pictures for free to improve image searches (Google Image Labeler), Ahn is now set to apply his impressive crowd-sourcing skills to the areas of both language learning and translation. He believes Duolingo will attract some portion of the estimated billion people who are interested in learning a new language, because unlike other good language-learning sites, Duolingo will be free.Working with PhD student Severin Hacker, for the past year and a half, the pair struggled with ideas on ways to convince millions of people to translate language text, for free, until hitting on the idea that it would have to be associated with something they’d want to do without prodding; in this case, learn a new language. And then, like Wikipedia, the results of the amateur’s translation process as they learned, would be honed as others worked on the same piece until the text reached some point of maturity, whereby it would be released to the web.Ahn claims the results of his crowd-sourced translation process creates text that is just as good as a professional service, which means that if history is any kind of gauge, sometime in the near future, when you use Google’s translation feature on a foreign language site, the results will likely be far superior to what you get currently when a machine does it for you. 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. ( — If you’re Google and you’re looking for the next crowd-sourcing piece to add to your already massive portfolio, it would seem Professor Luis von Ahn, of Carnegie Mellon, would be your man. After several previous successful ventures, Professor Ahn now believes he has a workable way to get millions of web users the world over to translate the Internet into every conceivable language, for free. The site, now sitting on the cusp of release, is to be called Duolingo, an appropriate name if ever there was one, for a site that will make creative use of people learning foreign languages by having them translate actual web content. Explore furtherlast_img read more

A Foundation of Trust Is How the Sharing Economy Thrives

first_img Like many of you, I absolutely love the sharing economy. Just today I used an Uber lift-riding service, booked an Airbnb house in Cape Town and hired some temporary workers through Wonolo. I trust that my 20-something kids will take Uber or Lyft when they have been celebrating with drinks at night. I trust that the Airbnb house in Cape Town will be clean and safe. I trust that the workers we hired will meet our expectations. How did we get to this state of the sharing economy, and how did it become so successful so quickly? It is about convenience, cost and trust in the service. Of those three, I believe that trust is what truly makes the sharing economy — and any successful business — hum. Related: 3 Ways to Harness the ‘New Power’ That Let Airbnb, Kickstarter and Other Companies Climb to the TopAmong sharing economy companies, trust is the very core of their business model. It is not limited to a risk-mitigation line item expense. Trust is about being sure that the very best people are fulfilling the promise of your brand service. These trusted folks are the face of your sharing economy brand.Strategic vetting can bring motivated, qualified and competent workers who burnish your brand. Fail to vet accurately or get it wrong, and you’re likely to get bad publicity and dissatisfied customers who take their business elsewhere and trash your brand on social media.The following eight tips for an effective screening program come from our work with dozens of executives at sharing economy companies who detailed their requirements, their challenges and their processes. 1. Accuracy.This is the core of a vetting service. The results must be accurate or huge mistakes will cost you. Imagine missing a person’s sexual offender record or DUI conviction, and then having that person drive your 8-year-old son or daughter to school. Imagine allowing a known terrorist to be a visiting professor at your college. Unfortunately, these scenarios have occurred, resulting in victims who have suffered tremendously. Trust is built on transparency and confidence. If you don’t have it, your brand will be hurt.2. Applicant user experience.In order to grow, companies need supply-side and demand-side participants. Some companies only vet the supply side, while others vet both supply-side and demand-side participants. If you want supply-side people to provide your brand service, such as drivers, grocery delivery and gig workers, the ability to join quickly and seamlessly is critical. The user experience of onboarding must be as frictionless as possible, and this includes information required for screening. Solutions such as mobile onboarding and entering just a few pieces of personally identifiable information can become a core brand issue.3. Fast turnaround.In these times of low unemployment, the onboarding of service people must be as quick as possible. There are screening searches that are immediate, such as searching against sexual-offender or multi-state criminal databases, but there are also manual processes required for checking criminal records in various states or in various countries. Look for screening services that can respond with immediate initial results, then quick follow-ups after validation. Our customers increasingly demand immediate results of database searches, followed by a complete report in fewer than two days.Related: How Well Do You Know Your Job Applicants? A Four-Stage Approach To The Recruitment Process4. Customized packages.Each sharing economy company is a little different, with differing screening requirements. Hiring a driver for a ride-sharing service should include identity, sexual offender, multi-state criminal record, negative watch list, motor vehicle and insurance verifications. Matching a gig economy engineer with a company should include verification of degrees and prior work experience. The requirements are different, and each type of sharing economy company should follow or establish best practices for their requirements. Work with your screening provider to match your requirements to the appropriate screening solutions.5. Unobtrusive monitoring.Once you have vetted and hired a participant in the delivery of your brand services, there continues to be a need to protect your brand and mitigate customer risk. Will a driver get a DUI and have their license suspended and their insurance canceled? Will an Airbnb host get convicted for sexual assault? These are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed on a constant basis. Understand your brand. Understand why customers love you, and protect those customers constantly with a monitoring program based on an incident or a calendar schedule.6. Global trust.Even if companies aren’t global (yet), they likely are hiring people who have work histories in other countries. Your screening company needs to work globally, too. As sharing economy companies strategize for global growth country-by-country, they need a single platform for the trusted screening of candidates for every country. This platform needs to be automated and ensure that data privacy and best practices by country are built on the single platform.7. Ideal use of technology.Accurate results. Applicant user experiences. Speed. Customized packages. Continuous monitoring. Efficient global vetting. It is critical to determine whether your screening provider can deliver all of the above. This includes RESTful API integration with whatever systems are used internally by a sharing economy company. From these basics, scale up in terms of automated rules-based platforms, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in combination with your own internal data. The most-effective screening programs use multiple data inputs to ensure high-quality, accurate results.8. Compliance and experience.There are still no precedents for some areas of screening in this new trust economy, and regulatory battles rage on state-by-state and country-by-country with regards to data privacy rules. In this case, take a conservative approach to protect all parties in the vetting process. Be sure your screening company adheres to such established frameworks as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Make sure that rules are not bent or overlooked by engaging with reputable screening companies, regulatory attorneys and your own in-house counsel.Related: How Small Businesses Can Survive in the Age of GDPRAs a consumer of sharing economy services and an experienced global expert of vetting people and companies, I am a strong advocate of transparency and trust. I believe in a global trust economy because of its numerous advantages to create employment opportunities and provide greater convenience to consumers, often at a lower cost.The underlying foundation of this global sharing economy is trust. Screening companies play a small yet vital role in building this foundation of trust. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more October 3, 2013 — At RSNA 2013, GE Healthcare will showcase a range of molecular imaging tools designed to enable treatment evaluation earlier in a patient’s care pathway. Q.Suite, a collection of capabilities designed to extend quantitative positron emission tomography (PET) by generating more consistent standardized uptake value (SUV) readings, enabling clinicians to assess treatment response. Q.Suite is designed to help improve consistency of quantitative measurements in every key area: daily quality control, scanner workflow, motion correction, reconstruction algorithms and analysis and reporting applications. Controlling these variables to increase consistency can improve the clinician’s confidence that an SUV change has useful clinical meaning.GE Healthcare’s latest Xeleris Processing and Review workstation software enables automation, personalization, access and advanced applications. Nuclear medicine clinicians will gain access to specific image results where and when they are needed using Xeleris. The availability of Xeleris applications extends not only to GE Centricity PACS systems and Xeleris Floating clients (XFL), but now includes an open application for virtually any picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and the GE AW Server workstation environment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | October 03, 2013 GE Xeleris, Q.Suite SpeedNuclear Imaging Workflow News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more last_img read more

Could a sharkfinning trial restore loophole in Costa Rica law

first_imgRelated posts:Judge’s ruling opens the door to legalized shark finning in Costa Rica, conservation groups say Judge orders Costa Rica gov’t to reimburse ship captain for seized shark fins High-profile shark-finning trial continues this week Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Facebook Comments A Puntarenas court will reconvene Friday for a shark finning trial that could re-establish a gruesome loophole in the law that bans finning in Costa Rican waters.The case started in 2011, when a boat belonging to the case’s defendant, Taiwanese-Costa Rican Kathy Tseng Chang, docked in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Fishermen on Tseng’s boat had allegedly carved out all of the meat, bones and innards of 36 sharks, leaving only the spinal column with the fins attached by strips of skin. Tseng claims that the meat was used for bait and as food for the crew, both legal when fishing sharks.The practice of shark finning is credited with the decimation of more than 90 percent of the world’s sharks, and it fuels the demand for shark-fin soup, an Asian delicacy that can fetch more than $100 a bowl.  To save room in the hulls and maximize profits, fishermen often slice off the sharks’ fins and toss the bodies overboard. Landing shark fins without a body attached has been illegal at Costa Rican docks for more than a decade.After word got out about Tseng’s fishing expedition, the president of the Pacific Coast Fishermen’s Union, Javier Catón, filed an official complaint that the fins were not “naturally attached” to the shark’s body per Costa Rican Law. The complaint prompted the Puntarenas Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation.Three years later, the case is now seeing light in court and assistant prosecutor Tatiana Chaves says a non-guilty verdict could have broad consequences for shark-finning as a whole.“If the court does not condemn this practice it is possible that people could interpret that to mean that it is legal to bring in sharks in this manner,” Chaves said. “I do not think that would happen, but it is a possibility.”In case of a not-guilty verdict, the legality of Tseng’s finning method is left open to interpretation. It would be up to the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) to decide whether or not to allow future boats to land sharks in the same condition as on Tseng’s boat, Chaves said.Luis Dobles, executive director of Incopesca, originally authorized Tseng’s ship to unload its cargo, and is under investigation for a related case. Dobles has denied wrongdoing and mantained that Tseng’s actions were legal.“Using shark meat as bait could be considered an integral part of shark fishing,” Dobles wrote in the resolution that allowed Tseng’s ship to dock. “There are not methods that exist to verify that that is actually what the meat was used for.”Environmentalists fear that regardless of enforcement, the uncertainty of a not-guilty verdict would bring back many of the boats that had left Costa Rica following the passage of stricter regulations.“If [Tseng and Dobles] both get away with this then we can start expecting a wave of Taiwanese ships to arrive in Costa Rica that had left,” said Randall Arauz, president of the ocean conservation organization Pretoma. “We will be the jokes of the whole world. That will happen.”If Tseng is found guilty she will face a fine and up to one year in jail, a penalty Chaves said the defendant would be unlikely to serve due to prison overcrowding. The verdict could come in as early as today.“People don’t consider it a very important crime here,” said Chaves, “but even if the case does not effect shark finning directly, it is important that we send a message that we will not tolerate this in our waters.”last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   • Most Receiving Yards by a Cardinal: 171 by Larry Fitzgerald – Dec. 30, 2007 in a 48-19 win over St. Louis• Most Receiving Yards by an opponent: 253 by Brian Hartline of Miami – Sept. 30, 2012 in a 24-21 Cardinals’ win• The Cardinals have beaten the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks more than any other teams at UOP Stadium. They’ve beaten each six times.• The Cardinals have beaten the Detroit Lions more than any other non-division foe at UOP Stadium, with five wins.• In all, the Cardinals have defeated 23 teams at University of Phoenix Stadium since 2006. The eight teams they have not beaten in Glendale are the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.• Arizona is 0-2 at UOP Stadium against the Bears and Giants and 0-1 versus the Buccaneers. The Bengals, Jaguars, Patriots, Jets and Titans have yet to play the Cardinals in a regular-season tilt in Glendale. 4. Cardinals 24, Eagles 20 – Oct. 26, 2014 – Two of the NFC’s top teams got together at UOP Stadium in a late-October showdown that lived up to the hype. The contest was close throughout, and the Eagles grabbed a 20-17 lead when Cody Parkey hit a 20-yard field goal with just 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Cardinals weren’t done. On a 3rd-and-5 from their own 25-yard line, quarterback Carson Palmer hit a streaking John Brown, who made a great over-the-shoulder catch and outran two Philadelphia defenders for a 75-yard touchdown that put the Cards up 24-20. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles calmly drove his team down the field — gaining access to the red zone after a 19-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin to the Arizona 16 with :13 left. But the Eagles would go no further as the next three Foles’ tosses to the end zone were incomplete, including a last-ditch shot to Jordan Matthews, that was caught, but ruled out of bounds. The win was the third in a string of six in a row for the Cardinals, who finished with 11 wins and clinched an NFC Wild Card spot.3. Cardinals 30, Cowboys 24 (OT) – Oct. 12, 2008 – An NFL game had never ended on a blocked punt in overtime, but that’s exactly what happened on this Sunday in Glendale. The game had a wild start — Arizona’s J.J. Arrington returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to put the Cardinals up 7-0. Tony Romo rallied the Cowboys, throwing two touchdown passes that gave Dallas a 14-7 lead in the third quarter. Then, it was Kurt Warner’s time to respond, and the veteran did, hitting Larry Fitzgerald on a 2-yard score and then Steve Breaston on an 11-yard strike to put the Cardinals back up, 21-14. Neil Rackers added a 41-yard field goal and Arizona had a 10-point bulge, 24-14, with 3:21 to go. Dallas wasn’t done. Romo hit running back Marion Barber on a dump-off pass over the middle. Barber broke it to the outside, broke a couple of tackles and out-manuevered Antrel Rolle to get into the end zone on a 70-yard play. The Cardinals could do nothing on their next drive, going backward in three plays, and had to punt. Romo then drove the Cowboys to the Arizona 34-yard line, and Nick Folk booted a 52-yard field goal with :04 left to force overtime. Dallas got the first possession and Chike Okeafor sacked Romo on first down for a 7-yard loss, putting the Cowboys behind the sticks. They’d end up having to punt and Sean Morey broke through and blocked Mat McBriar’s offering and Monty Beisel recovered in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. The win pushed the Cardinals’ record to 4-2. They’d go on to finish 9-7, win the NFC West and of course, play in the Super Bowl for the first and only time in franchise history. 2. Cardinals 51, Packers 45 (OT) – Jan. 10, 2010 – A week earlier, these teams met in what amounted to a meaningless regular-season finale and the Packers won 33-7. Seven days later, the two squads staged one of the more entertaining playoff games in recent memory. When Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald on an 11-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to give Arizona a 14-point lead, things looked pretty settled. That was far from the case as Aaron Rodgers engineered three different fourth-quarter touchdown drives to tie the game. The last ended in an 11-yard touchdown pass to fullback Spencer Havner with just 1:52 remaining. The game went to overtime, where the Packers got the first possession. A holding penalty on Green Bay’s Daryn Colledge backed the Packers up to their own 10-yard line. On 2nd-and-20, Rodgers hit James Jones on a 14-yard completion. On third down, Rodgers was sacked by blitzing cornerback Michael Adams (who probably got away with a facemasking penalty), forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Karlos Dansby and returned 17 yards for a touchdown to push the Cardinals to the next round of the playoffs. The game, which turned out to be the penultimate one for Warner, was arguably his best as a pro quarterback. He completed 29-of-33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdown passes. 1. Cardinals 32, Eagles 25 – Jan. 18, 2009 – The Cardinals had a strange season in 2008. They won the NFC West with a 9-7 record and clinched their first postseason spot since 1998. But they also suffered several blowout losses during the year — a 21-point road loss in New York to the Jets, a 28-point blowout on Thanksgiving night in Philadelphia and a 40-point embarrassment in snowy New England in Week 16. But maybe the weirdest part of the year was that by virtue of their own postseason play and some luck (Philadelphia beating the New York Giants), the Cardinals got to host the NFC Championship Game against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. And it looked like it would be a cake walk. Kurt Warner threw three touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald in the first half to give Arizona a 24-6 lead at the break. But the Eagles regrouped at halftime and dominated the second half. McNabb threw two scoring passes to Brent Celek in the third quarter to shrink Arizona’s lead to five points. With under 11 minutes to play, McNabb hooked up with DeSean Jackson on a 62-yard touchdown pass that gave the Eagles a 1-point lead after a missed two-point conversion attempt. What happened next was pure poetry. The Cardinals, who had been known for their quick-strike offense led by Warner and Fitzgerald, went on a methodical march down the field — a 14-play, 72-yard masterpiece that took almost eight minutes off the clock. Early in the drive, Arizona faced a 4th-and-1 at the Philadelphia 49-yard line. Rookie Tim Hightower picked up six yards to move the chains. Later on, Hightower converted a 3rd-and-1 with a 5-yard run that gave the Cardinals a 1st-and-goal at the Eagles’ 9-yard line. So it was only fitting that on the next third down, Warner found Hightower, who bulled into the end zone from 8 yards out with under three minutes to play to give the Cardinals the lead. With time remaining, McNabb drove the Eagles to the Cardinals’ 47-yard line, but four straight incomplete passes killed the drive and allowed Arizona to punch its ticket to the Super Bowl in Tampa. Nestled on land just east of Loop 101 in between Glendale and Bethany Home Avenues, UOP Stadium will host its 100th Cardinals game Sunday night when Arizona hosts the Cincinnati Bengals.“This is our tenth season at University of Phoenix Stadium and this will be our 100th sellout,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Doug and Wolf Thursday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think when we started this journey, people were saying ‘gee, they might not sell it out at all, they might sell out one game, they might sell out one season.’ “We’ve not only sold it out, but we’ve created an atmosphere that is the most intimidating atmosphere to come into as a visiting team.”To commemorate the milestone, here’ a look back the first 99 games at “The Nest.”Top 5 Games5. Bears 24, Cardinals 23 – Oct. 16, 2006 – The first Monday Night Football game at the new stadium was one for the ages — not because it was a great performance by the home team. Led by rookie quarterback Matt Leinart, the Cardinals jumped out to a 20-0 lead over the heavily-favored Bears, who came into the contest with a 5-0 record. Midway through the third quarter, the Bears got on the board via a 23-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Cardinals answered, getting a field goal from Neil Rackers later in the third to push the lead back to 20 points. Then the wheels fell off. A Leinart fumble was recovered by Mike Brown and returned 3 yards for a touchdown with just :08 remaining in the period. In the fourth quarter, running back Edgerrin James fumbled and that was returned 40 yards for a score by Charles Tillman to pull Chicago within six points at 23-17. The next Cardinals’ drive stalled and Devin Hester completed the comeback by returning a Scott Player punt 83 yards for a touchdown. Arizona still had time, and Leinart drove them into field goal territory, but Rackers missed a 41-yard attempt. The Bears had come back from a 20-point deficit despite turning the ball over six times and not scoring an offensive touchdown in the game. Legend has it, Cardinals head coach Dennis Green had quite the meltdown during his postgame press conference, but we can’t remember what he said. Kidding. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling University of Phoenix Stadium is shown reflected in the water prior to an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Facts and Figures on the First 99• Cardinals preseason record: 7-13• Cardinals regular season record: 49-27• Cardinals postseason record: 3-0• Cardinals overall record: 59-40• Biggest Cardinals’ win (point differential): Arizona 47, San Francisco 7 – Sept. 27, 2015• Worst Cardinals’ loss (point differential): Seattle 35, Arizona 6 – Dec. 21, 2014• Highest-scoring game (combined points): Arizona 51, Green Bay 45 (OT) – Jan. 10, 2010• Lowest-scoring game (combined points): Arizona 14, Detroit 6 – Nov. 16, 2014• Most Yards Gained by the Cardinals in a single game: 552 – Nov. 25, 2007 in a 37-31 overtime loss to San Francisco• Most Yards Gained by an opponent in a single game: 596 – Dec. 21, 2014 in a 35-6 loss to Seattle• Most Yards Passing by a Cardinal: 484 by Kurt Warner – Nov. 25, 2007 in a 37-31 overtime loss to San Francisco• Most Yards Passing by an opponent: 431 by Ryan Tannehill of Miami – Sept. 30, 2012 in a 24-21 Cardinals’ win• Most Rushing Yards by a Cardinal: 154 by Andre Ellington – Oct. 27, 2013 in a 27-13 win over Atlanta• Most Rushing Yards by an opponent: 165 by Adrian Peterson of Minnesota – Dec. 14, 2008 in a 35-14 Vikings’ win The St. Louis Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, yet the Valley didn’t feel like a true NFL market until 2006.That’s because after playing 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the Cardinals finally got their own place — sparkling, new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Not only did the game day experience for fans change with a move to a new home, so did the franchise’s fortunes. In 18 years at Sun Devil Stadium, the Cardinals posted a 64-80 home record (.444). Since moving in 2006, Arizona home wins have become a lot more frequent, to the tune of a 49-27 (.658) record. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Steve Wilks definitely has some grit,” Bynes told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf on Friday. “He is definitely a coach that wants to be productive right now.”Related LinksCardinals hit the field for OTAs; David Johnson, Josh Rosen impressUnder first-year DC Al Holcomb, talent gives Cardinals a head startArizona Cardinals re-sign linebacker Josh BynesPart of the production starts with the Cardinals’ new-look defense. Switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense under Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, putting players in situations that best fit their abilities has been the key for the coaching staff this offseason.Bynes believes Wilks has been successful thus far in doing just that.“I think that he is doing a phenomenal job in putting us in the right direction and putting everybody in the best position on the field,” Bynes said. “That’s the perfect time for these OTAs, seeing what we can and can’t do.“He’s doing that, the staff is doing that. The expectations are really high for each and every one of us.”Part of the transition with the defense involves Bynes making the move to middle linebacker next season, filling the void left by Karlos Dansby.Familiar with the position from his time in high school and in college at Auburn, Bynes is embracing his new role as the center-piece of the defense. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Despite being a first-year head coach in the NFL, Steve Wilks has proven in his short time at the helm of the Arizona Cardinals that he has a commanding presence among players and staff.As the Cardinals hit the field this week for their first round of organized team activities (OTAs), Wilks wasted little time setting the standard and raising the bar of expectations on the field.For veteran linebacker Josh Bynes, the direction the team is headed in a short time is a welcoming experience. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I just love being the guy in the middle, dictating the defense and taking control,” he said. “I love having that feeling of knowing that everybody can trust that I can give them the right call in the right situation.”Bynes joined the Cardinals in August after spending three years in Detroit and Baltimore. He was re-signed by the Cardinals in March to a reported three-year contract worth up to $10 million.Last season, he played in 14 games — starting in one — for Arizona. Bynes made 24 tackles to go with 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles and one interception.He will now lead a defense that ranked sixth in the NFL last season in fewest yards allowed per game, as well as the fewest rushing yards.And with key starters returning to the front-seven next season — including defensive end Markus Golden from injury — Bynes is confident the defense will have yet another strong showing.“We’ve got some really good guys up front,” he said. “It’s going to be tremendous to see.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA — The National Arts Centre says its upcoming lineup will give centre stage to female and Indigenous artists.The performing arts institution says programming will highlight women’s contributions to classical music and include more works by female composers and soloists, such as Venezuelan musician Gabriela Montero’s rendition of a piano concerto by Clara Schumann.Other musical offerings include a salute to Canada’s Indigenous composers, and the reimagined symphony for children “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood” accompanied by puppetry, animation and a live Foley artist.The 2019-2020 lineup will also present several collaborations with the centre’s Indigenous Theatre, which will unveil its inaugural season this spring.Featured Indigenous artists include Oscar-winning songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, Inuk singer Susan Aglukark, Dancers of Damelahamid and playwright Marie Clements.Also among the highlights are a new French play based on the life of rocker Patti Smith, a concert by Indigenous tenor-composer Jeremy Dutcher and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2019 3:00 am PDT National Arts Centre spotlights Indigenous and female artists in upcoming season Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about diversity and inclusion at the Belong Forums, a public lecture series as part of the Year of Belonging, in honour of Dalhousie University’s 200th anniversary, in Halifax on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The National Arts Centre says its upcoming lineup will give centre stage to female and Indigenous artists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2019 6:54 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wife of reality TV bounty hunter in medically induced coma FILE – In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013, file photo, Duane “Dog” Chapman, right, and Beth Chapman present the award for CMT performance of the year at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Beth Chapman is in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit of Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday, June 23, 2019. Chapman was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2017 and said in November 2018 that the cancer had returned despite surgery. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File) HONOLULU — The wife of reality TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman is in a medically induced coma, a report said.Beth Chapman is in the intensive care unit of Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday.A representative for the family released a statement Saturday night saying that only immediate family have been given access to the 51-year-old.The Chapmans starred in the reality TV series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and recently appeared in “Dog & Beth: On the Hunt,” both of which were filmed in Hawaii.Chapman was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2017 and said in November that the cancer had returned despite surgery.Chapman was hospitalized in April because of fluid accumulation in her lungs and underwent a procedure to relieve pressure, the family said.The couple’s Da Kine Bail Bonds office in Honolulu and a storefront for a Dog the Bounty Hunter shop closed in January.The family asked the general public to “please pray for Beth” while also sending “sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers throughout Beth’s battle with cancer,” the statement said.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more