Amid disagreements over seat sharing within the Bihar grand alliance for the byelections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said the elections in the State would not have any impact on the health of the secular coalition.Mr. Yadav also described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a “chameleon-like” character, and ruled out any possibility in the future of him returning to the secular alliance fold.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader hit out at the BJP-JD(U) government’s response to the flood situation in Bihar, saying the entire State had helplessly watched the “insensitivity” of the Nitish Kumar dispensation and would speak out at the polling booth.“Floods, water logging, acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) deaths and Muzaffarpur shelter home case are not natural calamities but government-created disasters due to corruption,” the former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said.Asked about the disagreements over seat sharing among grand alliance constituents, Mr. Yadav said: “Let us understand this in perspective. These bypolls are for only five Assembly segments and the age of this Assembly is hardly ten more months.” Disagreements among grand alliance constituents came to the fore when Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) fielded its candidate against the RJD in Nathnagar, while the Vikassheel Insan Party led by Mukesh Sahni named its candidate for the Simri Bakhtiyarpur seat.Polling will take place on October 21 for the Samastipur Lok Sabha seat necessitated by the death of the LJP MP, as also for Daraunda, Nathnagar, Simari Bakhtiarpur, Kishanganj and Belhar Assembly seats with JD(U) MLAs and a Congress MLA elected to the Lok Sabha.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio made a beeline drive to the basket then set up Greg Slaughter for the uncontested dunk at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter.A little over a minute later, Scottie Thompson penetrated the lane before dropping a dime to Slaughter for another throwdown.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ginebra’s assist total was the most in 14 years, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.The Kings made basketball simple by moving the ball and finding the open man, assisting on 39 out of their 44 made field goals.And with Ginebra playing unselfish and getting contributions from almost everyone, Kia, which trailed by as much as 34 points, was just lost defensively.“We change good shots into great shots with our ball movement,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC halts sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those couple of plays made for two of the Gin Kings’ whopping 39 assists in their wire-to-wire win over the Kia Picanto on Wednesday.“I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of the way we’ve been assisting the ball. It just shows the unselfish mentality everybody has,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s 120-99 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“LA is the leader in that but I think the key guy is Scottie. He’s so infectious with his passing and everybody wants to do it. Joe also loves to pass and Justin also loves to pass. It becomes infectious after a while and guys really look to move the ball,” Cone added.Thompson dished out a game-high 10 assists while Brownlee and Tenorio finished with seven and five, respectively. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
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Teenage gamers worldwide are shunning mainstream education in favor of spending hours tapping away on computers and phones, attracted by a booming eSports scene where prizes at major tournaments reach millions of dollars.But perhaps nowhere is the prospect of swapping textbooks for joysticks more daunting than in Singapore, which tops global education rankings and where striving for academic excellence is deeply ingrained in the national psyche.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manKang — who is his national side’s coach and competes in multiplayer battle game Dota 2 under the moniker “Meracle” — said his belief in his own playing skills was so great he had the courage to do what most would not dare.“I stopped studying and went to pursue this passion of mine,” the 23-year-old told AFP at a Southeast Asian Games boot camp in Singapore, which was organized by the tournament’s eSports partner, gaming hardware company Razer. 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DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES “Singapore is very focused on study,” said the country’s eSports association president Ng Chong Geng, recalling how when he gave a talk at a university, not a single student expressed an interest in becoming a professional player.“Now more or less everyone graduates with some sort of degree… If you try to be an eSports athlete you have to give up on a lot of other opportunities.”Players also complain the country’s system of conscription — male citizens undergo two years of national service from the age of 18 — is a hindrance for promising gamers who need time to develop their skills.But after retirement?Kang is not alone among players heading to the SEA Games, taking place in the Philippines in November and December, in having chosen to focus on gaming rather than study.“The thing that most changed me was quitting school so I can play for the whole day, play full time,” said 17-year-old Thai Dota2 gamer Nuengnara Teeramahanon, who quit school aged 16.“I just did not want to study anymore, I just feel like it’s so boring.”However, the lack of qualifications could be a disadvantage for players when they retire, which can come at a young age in eSports. In some games, players can be finished by 23 as their reactions slow.Players from nine countries will compete in six titles at the SEA Games — Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Starcraft II, Tekken 7, and Hearthstone.Supporters hope the tournament could be a step towards a spot at the Olympics although that seems unlikely any time soon, with the venerable institution so far unenthusiastic about the discipline. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ This photograph taken on September 2, 2019 shows participants attending an Esports bootcamp training session in Singapore. – Teenage gamers worldwide are shunning mainstream education in favor of spending hours tapping away on computers and phones, attracted by a booming eSports scene where prizes at major tournaments reach millions of dollars. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)In a country highly focused on academic achievement, Singaporean Galvin Kang Jian Wen did something almost unthinkable — he stopped studying as a teenager to spend more time playing computer games.He defied parental and social disapproval after his high school finals to pursue his dream of becoming an eSports champion, but believes the sacrifice has paid off as he heads with his national team to Southeast Asia’s mini-Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man MLB average attendance down 1.7%, hurt by losing teams View comments “Obviously (my parents) were not very happy about my decision because nobody wants their kids to stop studying.”Education pressureHe is the exception, however, in a country known for a strict education system, a focus on getting good exam results and where a growing number of students go on to university or another form of tertiary education.The pressure starts as early as primary school, and critics say it has contributed to the growing incidence of mental illness among the young, although the government is seeking to make things easier through steps like reducing exams.The focus on education and a choice of well-paying jobs in the affluent country mean few are willing to pursue a career in the fledgling eSports scene — Singapore has only around 15 professional gamers.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Singapore airport nature dome unveiled in fight for flights01:23Driverless electric bus trialled in Singapore02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Players who cut short their education and made a success of eSports say their families have, for the most part, accepted their choice — although they stress they are not encouraging other gamers to follow their lead.Kang used to be part of a team in the United States, where his accommodation was paid for and he received a salary and prize money. He currently plays for a Thailand-based team.“Eventually they (my parents) were convinced,” he said. “I could pay for my own food, live on my own.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Lazio boss Inzaghi upset with Celtic comebackby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi was left frustrated with their Europa League defeat to Celtic.The Biancocelesti had taken the lead and were in control only to lose 2-1 in the final stages.“That’s the ugly thing about football, you don’t get the results you deserve. It’s difficult to swallow a defeat like that,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“We must realise that we won’t lose many if we maintain this spirit for 90 minutes. It’s already happened to us this season, but I couldn’t have asked much more from my lads.“The second goal was an individual error and you pay a heavy price when a player is allowed to lose his marker. It was a performance where we certainly deserved a different result, but we need to keep working, because evidently what we’re doing is not enough. We must keep believing in ourselves and I feel we’ll go far if we play like this.“It’s a pity, we deserved more in this wonderful arena.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations For those that like to base their travel around spirits—weeks on the bourbon trail or an epic month wending your way through Burgundy, for example—more often than not, one problem arises: at the end of the day, you have to leave the distillery and go back to your hotel. Now, though, with the world’s first gin hotel, The Distillery, Portobello Road Gin has eliminated that issue.Located on Portobello Road in London, England, the four-floor concept hotel opened its doors in December 2016 and is chock full of junipery goodness. On the ground floor, you’ll find The Resting Room, a bar meant to showcase a wide range of spirits created by Master Distiller Jake Burger and a master-level team in two 30L stills located on site. Having the stills on-site means you can try one-of-a-kind gin blends and other experimental spirits, such as an avocado and olive oil vodka. Beyond that, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of spirits that have been aged in hand-built barrels housed in the bar. Not only are they housed in the bar, but they’re suspended above the bar, and your spirits are served directly from said barrels.The Resting RoomGinTonicaOn the first floor, you’ll find GinTonica, a bar and kitchen with Spanish influences that pays homage to the Spanish love of juniper (as well as the passion for local and fresh ingredients). At GinTonica, you’ll be able to order a variety of gin & tonics, garnished with everything from the usual lime to orange, lavender, or even cocoa nibs while indulging in a menu crafted by Executive Head Chef Greg Lewis of Pintura Kitchen & Bar.Heading upstairs, you’ll find The Boardroom, a private dining room and bar, fulfilling all of your executive needs, as well as three luxury boutique hotel rooms that all overlook the distillery’s namesake Portobello Road.Soon, the Distillery will also house the Ginstitute, a gin-making experience known throughout London (and the world) and headed by same Master Distiller, Jake Burger. Not only will you be able to take a trip through the history of gin, but you’ll be able to leave with your own personally-blended and one-of-a-kind gin.Guest RoomsWith such an array of ginperiences packed into one place, this seems as good a place as any to add to your bucket list if you’re a gin lover. If you’re not a gin lover, you should probably book a trip anyway, as you’re just as likely to come away loving the stuff after experiencing Portobello Road Gin first-hand. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50
zoomImage Courtesy: SBM Offshore Dutch marine energy group SBM Offshore has signed a leniency agreement with the Brazilian authorities and oil and gas major Petrobras paving way for the closure of the legal issues in the country.Under Brazilian anti-corruption law, leniency agreements are offered to entities which have practiced illicit acts but ceased to do so and have effectively cooperated with the investigations and the administrative proceedings.The deal follows previous resolutions reached by the company with the Dutch Public Prosecutor in November 2014, and the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in November 2017, to resolve criminal charges involving bribes in five countries.As disclosed earlier by DoJ, beginning by at least 1996 and continuing until at least 2012, SBM conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying more than USD 180 million in commissions to intermediaries, knowing that a portion of those would be used to bribe foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.SBM paid a combined worldwide total in criminal penalties in excess of USD 475 million.Under the latest deal, the company agreed to pay approximately USD 148 million to Petrobras, of which USD 71 million is a civil fine and USD 77 million is compensation for alleged damages. The total amount is to be paid within 90 days.The agreement also stipulates a 95 percent reduction in future performance bonus payments related to FPSOs Cidade de Anchieta and Capixaba lease and operate contracts, representing an agreed nominal value of approximately USD 180 million over the period 2016 to 2030.In return, Brazilian Ministry of Transparency (CGU), Comptroller’s General Office (AGU) and Petrobras will terminate all of their investigations against the company and refrain from initiating new legal proceedings in relation to the legacy issues in Brazil.SBM Offshore will periodically report to CGU on its compliance program for three years.As such, SBM Offshore has been allowed to participate in Petrobras’ tenders under equal conditions as other bidders.“The Leniency Agreement with CGU, AGU and Petrobras marks a key milestone towards a closure of the Company’s legacy issues in Brazil. This agreement supports the continuation of our long-lasting relationship with Petrobras and will allow SBM Offshore to successfully pursue new business opportunities in Brazil,” Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore, commented.SBM Offshore said that it continues to co-operate with investigations conducted by CGU and AGU into third parties in relation to the case.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When it was time to shoot Deadpool, 20th Century Fox wouldn’t pay writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to be on set. It was important to star Ryan Reynolds that the creative team was present during shooting, so he paid them himself.In an interview on AMC’s Geeking Out (via ComicBook.com), Reese and Wernick revealed that they were on set because of Reynolds’ generosity.“We were on set every day,” they said. “Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there; we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox interestingly wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Advertisement One of the reasons recording artists like Bob Dylan hire Jeff Price is because they’re not getting paid.Price is the founder of Audiam, a Canadian-owned company that collects royalties for major artists, including Dylan, Jack White, Aimee Mann, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.Jeff Price, founder of Audiam, says Spotify hasn’t been paying its fair share of royalties to songwriters and music publishers. (Courtesy of Audiam)Price has no qualms about going after digital streaming servicesthat millions of people use to listen to music. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Headphones are seen in front of a logo of online music streaming service Spotify in this Feb. 18, 2014 photo. Spotify is facing a $2-billion lawsuit from artists. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) Facebook “I was particularly frustrated by Spotify,” Price tells me on Day 6.Price says streaming services do pay royalties, but not always to the songwriters. That’s where he comes in.“I worked very very, very hard to provide Spotify all the information it needed to do what it was supposed to do over a three-year period, repeatedly sending information, and they still wouldn’t change the way they were operating.”Now his data is being used in a whopping $2-billion ($1.6-billion US) lawsuit brought against Spotify by artists like Tom Petty, Neil Young and Stevie Nicks.
OTTAWA – One of Canada’s newest cabinet ministers is tasked with making progress on a long-running challenge: encouraging more businesses to chase opportunities beyond the comforts of North America.Adding to the pressure, Mary Ng, named to the Trudeau cabinet in July, is taking on the role as minister of small business and export promotion at a deeply uncertain time for the critical Canada-U.S. trading relationship.Industry leaders say there is a growing urgency to help Canadian businesses find overseas markets, pointing to the unknown future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a cross-border tariff dispute and threats by U.S. President Donald Trump of more American duties on the important automotive sector.“The U.S. is an important trading partner — they will always and continue to be an important trading partner — but looking beyond to other markets for Canadian businesses is the right thing to do and it’s an opportunity,” Ng, a Toronto-area MP who worked in the public sector for 20 years, said in an interview.“I always think it’s good to diversify.”Ng’s small business portfolio comes with an additional responsibility and title compared to her predecessor — export promotion.She is one of three federal ministers focused on trade. International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is leading NAFTA negotiations, round out the trade trio.Ng’s focus will be spreading the word to companies about overseas markets and directing businesses to government services designed to help them take advantage of numerous trade deals Canada has struck in recent years.“(Carr)’s the one who’s going to open the door and I’m here to help our companies, our SMEs, walk through that door,” she said.The treaties include recent agreements with the Pacific Rim — known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP — and Canada’s free-trade deal with the European Union, also known as CETA.The Asia-Pacific and EU deals will open up access to a billion potential customers, but getting small businesses to explore those markets won’t be easy. Only about 11 or 12 per cent of smaller Canadian firms are currently exporting their goods or services abroad, she said.“We have a low number of SMEs that are exporting right now,” said Ng, who worked in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office before winning a 2017 byelection.“We need to do better.”She said she knows from her own experience that small business owners are often too busy running their day-to-day operations to figure out how to get access to a new, faraway market. Ng grew up in a small, family business and, later on in her career, said she worked with startups and small companies.Liberal and Conservative governments have made considerable efforts in recent years to get more of Canada’s small- and medium-sized companies to pursue new opportunities outside North America.For most business owners, however, the massive American market — with its proximity, familiar regulatory environment and common language — has been more than enough.Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, said uncertainty related to the country’s largest trading partnership has “magnified the need for us to look beyond the U.S.”The new trade agreements are helpful, but he recommends the government streamline access for SMEs to its current services. Even with that, patience will be needed, he said.“This is going to take a significant amount of effort, I’d say, over the next decade to really take advantage of these two big trade agreements,” Darby said, referring to the CPTPP and CETA.Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said after the 2007-08 financial crisis there was a “noticeable uptick” in the number of smaller firms that pursued trade beyond the then-struggling U.S. market. The U.S. rebound, however, has led more businesses to revert back to what’s easiest — the giant market right next door.He suggests Ottawa focus on a facilitating role by helping provide fresh ideas and building up capability for firms to take advantage of trade deals like the CPTPP and CETA.But a government can only do so much, Kelly said.“There is a natural limit to export promotion and we need to be conscious of that,” he said.“Nobody starts exporting to Japan or to Lithuania because the government tells them it’s a good thing.”Kelly and Darby say they’re encouraged by the government’s decision to expand Ng’s portfolio to emphasize export promotion.Conservative MP Blake Richards, the parliamentary critic for small business, export promotion and tourism, said it’s “laudable” the government’s made export promotion clear cabinet responsibility.But he argued the federal Liberals have, at the same time, made it more difficult for small businesses to explore foreign markets because of competitiveness challenges at home — from regulations to the tax burden. Richards pointed to the federal carbon tax as an example.“It’s great to say we want to help give this opportunity to promote ourselves, but the other actions you’re seeing don’t match up with that,” Richards said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Rabat – Morocco supports all efforts seeking to reach a just political solution in northern Mali, which respects the country’s unity and sovereignty, said Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, noting that the Kingdom will spare no effort to achieve this goal.Mezouar, who received on Friday in Rabat a delegation from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) led by its secretary general Bilal Ag Acherif, told the press that “Morocco is for all serious regional and international initiatives seeking to ensure peace and stability in Mali through a consensus between the parties to the conflict while respecting the will of all components of the brotherly Malian people.”“Morocco remains alert to all attempts threatening stability in the region,” he underlined. Given the spiritual and historical ties between Morocco and Mali, King Mohammed VI is determined to contribute to efforts meant to reach a political settlement that is accepted by all the parties, under Mali’s territorial unity, and lay lasting bases for a compromise to face extremist and terrorist movements which threaten the Sahel-Saharan region and the Maghreb.Bilal Ag Acherif thanked King Mohammed VI for his role in Mali’s stability and his people’s prosperity, and said that Malians welcome any Moroccan initiative to put an end to differences between Malian parties given the Kingdom’s pivotal role regionally and internationally.
Rabat – A Moroccan little girl posted a video to YouTube in which she expressed her feelings in the wake of the Tan Tan tragedy last week that claimed the lives of 34 people, including little children between the age of eight and fourteen.She asked King Mohammed VI to fulfill a wish she shares with a number of her peers which is to live a life free of fear.The girl said that children her age now fear being swept away by floods whenever it starts to rain, or to be killed in road accidents while on a school field trip. She added that King Mohammed VI is the only person capable of fulfilling her wish.
A wave of deadly bombings struck the capital, Baghdad, today, while the governor of Anbar province reportedly escaped an assassination attempt when bombs exploded near his convoy, injuring four of his bodyguards. This follows a number of bombings in Baghdad on Monday that killed more than 50 people.Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), condemned the attack against the governor’s convoy.In a news release issued in Baghdad, he also voiced his dismay at the horrific toll of lives lost following the “new criminal wave of attacks against innocent civilians,” particularly targeting the capital. “Systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment if all Iraqi leaders do not engage immediately to pull the country out of this mayhem,” Mr. Kobler stated, reiterating the call he made on the country’s leaders earlier this week. Yesterday, in an exchange of views with European parliamentarians, Mr. Kobler voiced serious concerns over the heightened level of violence in Iraq and the dangers of the country falling back into sectarian strife, if decisive action is not taken by its political leaders. “The country stands at a crossroads,” he stated, calling for a stronger European Union role in dealing with the developments unfolding in the country, and for increased interaction with the Iraqi Council of Representatives.
A new LOESCHE vertical roller mill is in the process of being assembled at Aluminium Corp of China’s (Chinalco) copper smelting plant in the southern Chinese province of Fujian.The three-roller mill will be operated by Chinalco’s Southeast Copper Ltd subsidiary and is able to grind 100 t/h of copper matte to a fineness of 20% with a sieving residue of 0.074 mm, according to LOESCHE.Chinalco is managing the project as a joint venture with the provincial government of Fujian. The plant, in Ningde Zhangwan Industrial Zone, will be completed in the second half of 2018 and is due to produce 400,000 t/y of copper.The LOESCHE mill has already been delivered and is now in the process of being assembled, the company noted.The contract partner of LOESCHE and the planner of this plant is Changsha Nonferrous Metallurgy Design Institute Co Ltd from Changsha, China.
‘There is no place for you’, I was told. Time stopped and my heart stopped too. I couldn’t even hear what he was saying after that. I got off at St Stephen’s Green and walked back to Belvedere College. The rest of the day was a bit of a blur but I didn’t go out that night to celebrate my results.“That was the bottom for me. You realise that all the training you did, all the work you put in, was for nothing.”Despite the unfortunate timing of the call to Hart, Leinster can justifiably argue that they made the right call. With spots for just two scrumhalves for the Academy that year, the Blues went with John Cooney and Luke McGrath. The former appeared off the bench in Leinster’s Heineken Cup win over Ulster, in 2012, while the latter has excelled for Ireland U20s and made his senior debut at the tail-end of last season.The disappointment has faded for the 22-year-old, who is now in his third year at Grenoble. After two solid years in the French club’s academy, Hart appeared for the club near the end of last season and was expecting another season on the fringes. He was told, during the summer, that he may play ‘five or six times’ and had targeted the Amlin Challenge Cup as his window of opportunity. JAMES HART RECEIVED a call that would tip his life ambition on its head when he was riding the 46A bus out to Donnybrook.The Irish scrumhalf, who has earned a three-year contract with Grenoble after a string of impressive performances, had just received his Leaving Cert results and was heading back to meet up with friends. 395 points was a very good return but he felt he was capable of a 400+ return. Still, Hart was pleased with his efforts.He answered his mobile phone and was greeted with some unfortunate news by his coach at Leinster — he would not be offered a spot at the province’s Academy. Hart recalled: He took his chance, off the bench, as Grenoble rotated their squad to cope with 10 league games in the opening two months. A start away to Clermont followed before Hart put in an excellent performance in an impressive win over Jonathan Sexton’s Racing Metro. Hart scored a fine try [go to 1:30] and kicked two penalties and was named star performer of that weekend’s league fixtures by Midi Olympique.YouTube credit: Ballboll81He told TheScore.ie, “The attention I’m getting now doesn’t necessarily mean you are better than you were three months ago.”“At the start of the season, I was thinking that I needed to express myself and show a bit more of what I could do. People come up to me now and say how lucky I am. I agree that you need a bit of luck but behind every game I’ve done well in, there has been hours and hours of work put in to get to those moments. The big games are the easy part. The hard part is the training, the extra sessions; not giving in when it gets tough. I’m going to keep doing the hard part.“Whenever I’m a bit tired or think I might not do an extra passing or kicking session, I tell myself that I don’t want to go back to those days [of the Leinster disappointment]. I don’t want to feel like that again.”The dorm room at the Grenoble academy has been replaced by an apartment and the Irish contingent has increased at the club. Mike Prendergast and Bernard Jackman [now full-time] are on the coaching staff and Shane O’Leary made his debut, at outhalf, earlier this month.Hart is also capable of playing outhalf and his placekicking talents make Ruan Pienaar comparisons and easy one for Irish rugby fans. The Irishman is a massive fan of the Springbok, who ‘always looks in control’, but cites former teammate Jonathan Pélissié [now with Montpellier] as a role model. Jonny Wilkinson is another. Hart will be 26 by the time his new Grenoble contract expires and he sees his future, for now, making a name for himself in France. “I would love to come home and play for Leinster, for Munster, for any of the Irish teams. Unfortunately, the path I have taken has taken me somewhere else.I’ve so much to prove, now, over here. The day I’m ready to come home, be it in one, two, three or four years, I’ll definitely consider it. I don’t want to come home to be second or third choice. I wouldn’t go to make up the numbers.”Hart starts against Oyonnax in the Top 14 this evening and a continuation of his upward trajectory may soon lead to questions about his international ambitions. His stint at the Grenoble academy has secured qualification to play for France, if he so chooses.“That is completely down the road,” he commented, “and I would have to be playing regularly and at a high level. If it ever was to come down to it, it kind of depends on who comes to me first.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >This is the 22-year-old Irish scrumhalf that upstaged Racing Métro’s Jonny Sexton
If you thought that the era of copyright holders suing individuals for huge sums of money because they shared or downloaded copyrighted material on the Internet were over, think again. The US Copyright Group recently won a court ruling by a federal judge in Washington DC that will allow the group to, on behalf of their clients, subpoena ISPs across the country to turn over the identities of users who have used BitTorrent to trade in copyrighted material at any point in time. The federal judge ruled only that the US Copyright Group had the legal right to query ISPs for the information and that the ISPs were legally obligated to turn over the material in compliance with a subpoena. He left plenty of room for individuals who are identified in the process to offer their own defenses, have their cases disjoined from the thousands of other users the Group wants to bundle them in with, or have their cases move to the jurisdiction in which they live. Civil liberties and privacy groups like the ACLU have battled the lawsuit for years and are likely to protest the ruling, but for the time being, the ruling stands and there’s little to stand between the group obtaining file sharers’ personal information, mailing them a letter threatening them with legal action and offering an out-of-court settlement for some sum of money, and eventually scaring those users into submission and out of their money. [via Ars Technica]
https://jrnl.ie/4555265 Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: Frustrated with a lack of progress? Time to redefine winning Sisters Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski have written a book on burnout – and in this extract, they explain that redefining winning can help you reach your goals in a way you didn’t expect. 13 Comments By Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski SISTERS EMILY NAGOSKI PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA know all about burnout.They’ve written the book on it: Burnout – The Secret to Solving the Stress Cycle.The book explains why women experience burnout differently than men – and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimise stress, manage emotions and live a more joyful life.In this extract, they look at the idea of redefining what winning is – if you feel like your progress is slow, or stagnant.The ‘Monitor’ they mention is a concept introduced in the book – think of it like that internal voice that wants you to do well, but which can sometimes get in the way.Change the Expectancy: Redefine WinningPlanful problem-solving and positive reappraisal are evidence based ways to change the effort you invest as you move toward a goal. They’ll reduce your frustration by keeping you motivated and moving forward. But suppose you do all that, and it works . . . except . . . it’s much more difficult or much . . . slower . . . than . . . you . . . expected.Even as you’re succeeding, you grow frustrated because your progress is not meeting your Monitor’s expectation about how effortful the task should be. In this case, you need to change your Monitor’s expectancies about how difficult it will be or how long it will take.Expectancies are the plan.“Twenty minutes to the mall” is an expectancy.“Four years to finish my degree” is another.So is “married with a kid by the time I’m thirty.”When you’re frustrated by the slow or interrupted progress toward your goal, and planful problem-solving and positive reappraisal don’t help with the frustration, you need to redefine winning.Here’s how:Say your goal is to climb Mount Everest. If you start marching up the mountain expecting that you’re going to zip smoothly to the peak, as soon as it gets difficult your Monitor will start to freak out.You might give up. You might start to wonder if there’s something wrong with you — after all, somebody told you it was supposed to be easy, and it turns out it’s hard, so it’s not the mountain that’s the problem, it’s you!But if you begin the climb knowing ahead of time that it’s going to be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done, then when it begins to get difficult, your Monitor will recognise that without getting frustrated. It’s just a difficult goal, so it’s normal that you’re struggling.If you’re trying to do something where you will inevitably fail and be rejected repeatedly before you achieve your goal — like, if you’re recording music or you’re an actor or you sell insurance or you’re trying to raise a teenager to be a reasonable adult— then you will need a nonstandard relationship with winning, focusing on incremental goals.Amelia tested this strategy one summer, at a choral recording session.If you were to imagine a recording session, you might visualise a group of musicians jamming together for hours, or maybe a singer in gigantic headphones, singing her heart out into a microphone, and the musicians leave hours later, filled with the joy of artistic expression.Maybe that’s what it’s like sometimes. But most of the time, a musical recording session is more like being stuck in heavy traffic on your way home from work. It’s stop-and-go when all you want to do is get home.In a recording session, the goal is perfection, and humans are not perfect, so it’s six measures (maybe fifteen seconds of music) over and over, with a guy behind a window saying, “Great singing, choir; let’s do one more,” in between.After 20 minutes of singing the same six measures of music over and over, you start to get bored. After 40 minutes, the music no longer has feeling. And then the guy behind the window says, “Lovely singing, choir. It sounds a little dry. Can we make the colour more specific this take?”And you want to rip your hair out because no, we can’t make the colour more specific, because all the neurotransmitters associated with emotional (and therefore timbral) specificity were burned up 15 minutes ago when measure two was out of tune. So, no. But you have to. It’s a recording session, and the goal is perfection — every take, every snippet, every moment. Six to eight hours of artistic and vocal perfection is the goal.“So we have two choices,” Amelia said to a choir of 40 professional singers.“We can stuff the frustration down deep where it will cause us to explode at someone else at a later date or otherwise adversely affect our art and our health … or we can redefinewinning. “The goal, with each take,” Amelia proposed, “is to fill Andrew with joy.” Andrew was their guy behind the window, the recording engineer — and not just any recording engineer. Andrew was the Grammy-winning recording engineer who had worked with some of the most prestigious performers of the 21st century.It didn’t hurt that he was also a cutie patootie — blond, British, bashful. Everyone in the choir was pretty giddy to be working with him.Forty singers smiled at the possibility of filling Andrew with joy, and the energy in the room shifted. “It’s better already, isn’t it?” Amelia observed.It was.On the third day of trying to fill Andrew with joy, when it was getting pretty tough to stay focused but they still had another track to lay down, a soprano asked Andrew, “Andrew, are you filled with joy?”Andrew paused in moving a microphone cable, considered for a moment, and nodded. He said, “Yeah. I really am.”Redefining winning made the recording session far less agonising.Burnout, published by Penguin Random House, is out now. 11,117 Views Share3 Tweet Email1 Apr 9th 2019, 7:00 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus and a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday over a challenger who attacked her as insufficiently supportive of President Trump. Trump, however, tweeted an endorsement of Roby last month, a culmination of her efforts to make amends with the president after opposing his candidacy in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” tape, reports Politico.Photo by Will Noonan
Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Stay on target DC Comics crossover and collaboration game has been strong lately, with a slew of titles across multiple publishers. A ton of great series, including Justice League/Power Rangers, Batman/TMNT, and now the newest crossover, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern comes to us courtesy of DC Comics and BOOM! Studios.Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1(W) Robbie Thompson & Justin Jordan (A) Barnaby BagendaBOOM! Studios and DC are proud to bring together two classic properties in an unprecedented crossover event. When the Forbidden Zone is thrown into chaos, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything the universe has ever seen. As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…THE PLANET OF THE APES.While the rebooted Planet of the Apes movie franchise is currently in its baby steps, still years away from getting to a true planet of apes, this comic instead focuses on the classic 1968 film. Following the chimpanzee archaeologist, Cornelius, as he follows the humans Taylor and Nova into the Forbidden Zone, the series kicks off with a mysterious portal being opened to the DC Comics Universe. Writers Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan do an excellent job here, with Thompson’s plot being a ton of fun, which is no surprise given how enjoyable his Silk series is at Marvel. Jordan’s script nails the voices of the classic movie characters, as he is no stranger to the Green Lantern mythos, having worked on Green Lantern: New Guardians during the New 52. The tone of the series has just the right amount of over-the-top cheesiness needed to make a premise like this work, and it does.Artist Barnaby Bagenda is also familiar with the Lantern populated corners of the DC Universe, having been the artist for the critically acclaimed Omega Men series, by him and writer Tom King, which ended last year. His style is loose and energetic, which works well with all of the abstract designs and shapes that come with the Lantern-verse. Strangely enough, his art seems to shine more during the scenes that focus more on the apes. They are strongly designed, and the pages with them just seem to pop. The colors here by Alex Guimaraes help make the somewhat dull design of the apes’ world still manage to be eye-catching. Bagenda is one of those artists where I feel as if their art is a selling point for a book alone. Thankfully, this first issue has it all, with great art, a solid script, and all of the ridiculous ideas that get brought out of the premise.Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 is written by Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan, with art by Barnaby Bagenda, and published by DC Comics & BOOM! Studios. Next Wednesday, February 1st, the first issue of the series will be available in stores and online at Comixology.com.
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