Former Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker has said he would advise younger players to avoid the Gunners and the Premier League’s other sides.Several of England’s best young talents have struggled to break into senior sides in recent season and instead, moved to the continent for more first-team opportunities.Most notable in the group is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who failed to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City, but is now a regular at the Bundesliga club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Another example is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who grew so frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Old Trafford that he left in 2012, only to be bought back four years later for a then world-record fee.Jonker spent two and half years at the Emirates before joining Wolfsburg in 2017 and experienced similar problems when trying to promote his youth players at Arsenal.“When I was at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger sometimes called up a few youth players for a couple of games in the League Cup,” Jonker told the Mirror.“But when Arsenal had a league game a couple of days later, those boys were never in the squad. And in the next 50 games, Wenger would not pick them, either.”So I have serious doubts if young talent are making the right step if they go to England at this moment. I would advise them not to go, but to play 100 games in first-team football on the continent first.”Players such as Reiss Nelson and Donyell Malen have been forced to leave Arsenal in recent seasons in search of more first-team opportunities.The former is impressing on a season-long at Hoffenheim, while Malen moved to PSV in 2017.“Take Donyell Malen,” added Jonker. “At Arsenal, he was a big talent, but he left the club just in time. He realised he was going to end up in what I call no-man’s land.“Young players in England, who have huge talent, will only go and play in an Under-18 team, and when they are improving, they then only go the Under-23 team. So, Jadon Sancho went from Man City to Borussia Dortmund – and he is a sensation there. Reiss Nelson, of Arsenal, is choosing the same route. He is getting plenty of chances and minutes at Hoffenheim.”
No pressure to return, will do it when body allows: Andy MurrayAny Murray said at this year’s Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting the sport but revealed last month that he was pain free after the procedure in January.advertisement Next Reuters LondonApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 17:16 IST Andy Murray said he is under no pressure to return to competitive tennis. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray said he will make return to tennis when his body allowsMurray underwent a hip resurfacing surgery in January this yearMurray had earlier said he would try a comeback at Wimbledon this yearFormer world number one Andy Murray said he is under no pressure to return to competitive tennis after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this year but he would attempt to make a comeback if his body allowed it.The three-times Grand Slam champion said at this year’s Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting the sport but revealed last month that he was pain free after the procedure in January.”I have been hitting the ball from a stationary position but I haven’t been doing any movement,” Murray told BBC at Sunday’s London Marathon where he was invited to fire the starting pistol for the elite men’s race.”I don’t feel any pressure to get playing again but if my body will allow, I will try.”Murray had posted a short video on social media earlier this month which showed him hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall and followed that up with a video of himself playing a round of golf.”The hip is really good and there is no pain any more,” Murray added. “I’m just a bit weak from the incision in the operation.I’m pain-free, happy and enjoying my life.”Murray had previously said he would target a comeback at Wimbledon, albeit as a doubles player. His mother Judy had said earlier this week that he was “cautiously optimistic” he would be able to play tennis again this season.This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.advertisementAlso Read | Rafael Nadal bows out of Barcelona Open, fails to make historyAlso Read | Stuttgart Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of semis with injuryAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Grand SlamFollow Australian OpenFollow Wimbledon
CALGARY – A comedian from the United Kingdom says photos of her and her colleagues were used without their knowledge in artwork funded by the city of Calgary.A series of giant photographs called “Snapshots” was installed along an underpass in the city’s southwest in 2015 at a cost of $20,000.The city has a photo of the installation on its website.Comedian Bisha Ali posted on social media that she’s upset because neither she nor any of the other subjects gave their consent to the artist for their photos to be used.She says all the photos were taken as promotional head shots for a show that she and other comedians were involved in.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he has asked staff to investigate and the city says it is working toward taking the photos down.“No one ever asked if they could use my giant face, so it was a kind of a surprise to me, and certainly (to) the photographer who took the photo,” Ali said Tuesday in a Skype interview with CTV Calgary.“Certainly, no one asked her because we’re friends. I’m sure it would have come up that this massive installation was happening.”(CTV Calgary)
“Mineral exploration and development provide real and significant socio-economic opportunities and benefits to communities and First Nations in all regions of B.C., and are essential to discovering the metals and minerals required for a low-carbon future. The mining flow-through share program, as extended for a one-year term in today’s budget is one component of reinforcing B.C.’s competitiveness on the world stage.” This incentive allows individuals who invest in flow-through shares to claim a non-refundable tax credit of 20% of their B.C. flow-through expenditures.”– Edie Thome, President & CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration.“The new BC budget’s focus on housing and universal childcare will benefit many of BC’s public school teachers. BC has several thousand young teachers who were hired following our Supreme Court of Canada win. They and many others will benefit from the start of a new affordable childcare program. This budget’s overall focus on affordability will help recruit qualified teachers from other provinces to BC to help address our province’s ongoing teacher shortage.”– Glen Hansman, President of the B.C. Teachers Federation.“This budget puts the economy on autopilot – it offers nothing for how to grow prosperity, how to get to yes on major projects, or how to attract investment to B.C. In fact, its tax hikes hinder that effort. With a razor-thin surplus dependent on a lot of things going right, B.C. taxpayers should be alarmed that the NDP Government has stopped paying attention to growing the economy. The only workforce and industry support mentioned by the Finance Minister were $18 million for arts grants and $29 million for agriculture. There’s another $144 million from the federal government for employment programs, but you can’t help but think Ottawa might be hesitant to cut that cheque right now.”– Jordan Bateman, Communications Director of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.“We want to build B.C. better, and this budget will help us get there. The significant capital investment of $15.8 billion over three years and support for apprentices and women in trades will not only benefit our industry but the province as a whole through a legacy of skills training and employability. BCBT affiliates invest more than $18 million annually in apprenticeship and training to ensure our members do their best work, and do it safely. We expect these same high standards at every institution and welcome any measures that achieve that goal.”– Dave Holmes, President of the BC Building Trades Council. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Region’s two BC Liberal MLAs say they’re concerned about the 2018 Budget tabled by the NDP government, which were also echoed by several organizations across the province.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies said that the large amount of tax increases that were contained in Tuesday’s budget was especially concerning, especially the increased tax burden on businesses in B.C. Davies specifically cited the NDP’s plan to eliminate MSP premiums by January 1st, 2020, and make up for the loss in revenue with a new plan to implement a payroll tax of 1.95 percent on all business payrolls over $1.5 million. The government said that new tax will bring in $1.9 billion, not quite making up for the $2.6 billion brought in by MSP premiums in 2017.Davies explained that the increased taxes on businesses will lower the competitiveness of B.C., and the province could see businesses decide to move to other jurisdictions because of the increase in taxes. His concerns were echoed by BC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Val Litwin. Litwin said in a statement that “this new burden, shifted entirely onto the shoulders of business owners, flies in the face of an innovative economy – a phrase that featured prominently in every Ministers’ mandate letter in July, but very little in today’s speech. This new tax will have a negative effect on growth and investment.” Both Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier also expressed concerns about a lack of concrete spending that was announced for rural B.C., adding that the budget seemed to be focused on announcing spending in the Lower Mainland area.“They didn’t have anything highlighted for specific major four-landing projects around the area,” said Bernier. “There wasn’t a lot in this budget that I see is going to benefit people in this region. Mining and the resource sector wasn’t mentioned once. They hardly had any supports that I saw for agriculture or forestry.”Meanwhile, BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, whose party’s support is required to keep the minority NDP government in power, had positive things to say about the budget, though he also expressed a concern that climate change was not receiving adequate attention.“It is encouraging to see such a significant emphasis on child care,” said Weaver in a statement. “This is a core commitment to our Confidence and Supply Agreement and we have been working diligently to consult with the government on how we can best achieve our shared goals. However, we are still concerned that the challenges presented by the emerging economy, and the challenge of climate change in particular are not receiving adequate attention. Without a clear vision and decisive action we risk undermining all of the progress we could make on childcare and housing. Over the coming days and weeks our caucus will be seeking more information from the government about the specifics of their budget policies.”Other organizations had both positive and negative things to say about the budget.“This provincial budget shows it is possible to prioritize the wellbeing of our communities and families in tandem with addressing the climate challenge. Investments in wildfire preparedness, energy-efficient social housing, and carbon-tax rebates for lower income households are prime examples.”– Karen Tam Wu, acting B.C. director at the Pembina Institute.“This is robbing Peter to pay Paul, and we worry that employees will suffer for it. It was good that the government committed to axing the unfair MSP health tax, but they are now pinning it on employers who will have to find that money somewhere. Employers don’t have a magical pot of money to hand to government and they will do things like freezing wages, halting hiring and ceasing expansion. That punishes growth and innovation. If the BC government could take the ICBC anchor off its neck, this budget would be much more buoyant. It would be a relief to change ICBC into a co-op, putting it into the hands of drivers who choose it and opening it up to competition.”– Kris Sims, BC Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Our economy grows when businesses are supported, taxes remain competitive with global competitors such as the US, and businesses are optimistic about hiring and investing. Given this government’s emphasis on innovation and the ’emerging economy’, we expected to see a more holistic plan put in place for the reduction of red tape that has always proven to spur growth and, for example, more incentives to drive innovation and early adoption of new technologies.”– Val Litwin, President & CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
25 November 2008Violence against women is the least punished crime in the world, United Nations officials said today, urging governments to end the widespread impunity and to take measures to ensure that the laws and policies that aim to protect women and girls are enforced. In separate messages to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed today, the heads of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) called on policymakers to harness the momentum generated by recent global efforts against the scourge.UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid described the battle to end violence against women as “a major challenge of our time,” alongside climate change and the global financial crisis.“Violence against women is the most prevalent and least punished crime in the world. It is also a grave threat to health and well-being,” Ms. Obaid said in a statement, adding that it was disturbing that it still persisted 60 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.In her message, Ms. Obaid underscored UNFPA’s commitment to support women’s empowerment, gender equality and reproductive health and rights and said that tackling violence against women and girls was critical to ensuring the success of these efforts. UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi pointed to two significant events this year that she said have marked a defining moment in the global drive to end violence against women.In March Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his global campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women with a 2015 deadline to coincide with the target date for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of internationally agreed objectives for eradicating poverty and other social ills, including gender inequality. “[It] is a challenge for all of us, governments, civil society as well as the international community to take the actions needed to stop this prevalent human rights violation,” said Ms. Alberdi.She added that the Security Council reached another milestone in adopting resolution 1820, which recognizes sexual violence in situations of armed conflict as a threat to national and international peace and security and calls for decisive actions by all involved in the conflict to protect women and girls.The UNIFEM campaign, which aims to gather one million names on its “Say No to Violence against Women” website, also wraps up today and the signatures will be handed over to Mr. Ban to coincide with the Day.“Now, we must use this momentum to get governments to implement the laws and policies already in place. Despite the fact that more governments than ever have passed such laws, there is still a wide implementation gap,” said Ms. Alberdi.Mr. Ban, in his message for the Day, noted the progress that has been made but also highlighted the need to address existing gaps. “We need to do more to enforce laws and counter impunity. We need to combat attitudes and behaviour that condone, tolerate, excuse or ignore violence committed against women. And we need to increase funding for services for victims and survivors,” he stated. “All of us – men and women, soldiers and peacekeepers, citizens and leaders – have a responsibility to help end violence against women. States must honour their commitments to prevent violence, bring perpetrators to justice and provide redress to victims. And each of us must speak out in our families, workplaces and communities, so that acts of violence against women cease,” he stressed.Adding her voice to the call to ensure justice for women, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that despite many advances over the past century, some level of impunity for sexual and other forms of violence against women occurs all across the world, and in virtually all societies. “In some societies, men are fully aware that if they beat or injure – or, in some cases, even kill – their wives or daughters, they will not end up in court,” the High Commissioner said in a statement. “What kind of lesson does a State pass on to the next generation, when it turns a blind eye to the abusive treatment of one parent by the other? “Efforts to combat violence against women will never be fully successful while national legal frameworks to protect them, and grant them the possibility of economic and social independence, remain inadequate,” Ms. Pillay added. In Iraq, women and girls are becoming “the soft targets of violence and the invisible victim of the conflict,” said Yakin Ertürk, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.Ms. Ertürk described a dire situation for women in the Middle Eastern country, who are the victims of rape, sex trafficking, forced and early marriages, murder and abduction for sectarian or criminal reasons and are either forced or driven into prostitutionShe also expressed deep concern about the increase in violence within families, in particular the rise of so-called honour killings. “Honour killings are among the primary causes of unnatural deaths among women in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and a number of reports are also documenting the practice of female genital mutilation,” Ms. Ertürk said in a press release. Faced with the despair of not even being able to report sexual attacks for fear of being ostracized or killed by their own families, many women are turning to suicide to escape the cycle of violence.
Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Matthew Harris (27) blocks Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell (80) from making a catch during the second quarter at Ryan Field Oct. 18, 2014, in Evanston, Ill.Credit: Courtesy of TNSMike Riley has it all.He’s a recognizable name in the college coaching world, he has an NFL background, he played under legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his Oregon State teams have been hugely successful throughout his time in Corvallis, Ore.At least, that’s if you consider a 93-80 record with just one 10-win season over 14 years to be successful.Apparently, Nebraska does, as the Cornhuskers chose to hire Riley the same week they fired Bo Pelini. That hire happened to come almost simultaneously with Florida hiring former Alabama assistant and current Colorado State coach Jim McElwain.The Gators chose a man who turned the Rams into a 10-2 team, while the Cornhuskers settled for a name with mediocre results.For a program like Nebraska, firing Pelini in the first place does make some sense. The Cornhuskers are historically one of the best programs around, but didn’t find themselves competing for national titles during Pelini’s seven-year tenure.He never had an awful season — going 9-4 three times and 10-4 three times before finishing the 2014 regular season with a 9-3 record. But Pelini was never quite great, even though he did tally Gator Bowl wins over both Clemson (2008) and Georgia (2013) during his time in Lincoln, Neb.That’s right, Pelini beat Georgia — a powerhouse team from the almighty Southeastern Conference — less than 12 months ago, then went 9-3 since, yet was fired after a win over Iowa to finish out the season. With those results in mind, Nebraska decided Pelini didn’t even deserve to coach his team through a bowl game this season.Instead, the Cornhuskers opted to hire a man who couldn’t even guide his team to bowl eligibility in place of a coach who’s never missed a bowl game as the head honcho.Pelini never lost more than four games in a season, Riley has never lost fewer than four. On Riley’s Oregon State biography page, there is an accomplishment listed with his record for each season.In 1997 — Riley’s first year as the Beavers’ head coach — his accomplishment is listed as “total revamp of the program.” Oregon State finished that season 3-8. The next year, the Beavers came out of nowhere to play to an impressive 5-6 losing record.Riley left Oregon State the next year for a three-season run as an NFL head coach with the San Diego Chargers — with whom he compiled a 14-34 record, just missing out on the Super Bowl with a whopping 1-15 record his second year — and then spent one year as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints.He coached his way back to Oregon State in 2003 and won back-to-back bowl games — the touted Las Vegas Bowl and the what-even-is-the-Insight Bowl. Then in 2005, Riley’s Oregon State managed to miss a bowl game by going 5-6.In total, his Beaver teams missed bowl eligibility six times. Pelini’s Cornhuskers won at least nine games each year he was in charge, and only six wins are necessary to make a bowl game.In short, Nebraska fired a man who hadn’t had a bad season in order to hire a man who has rarely had a good one.According to ESPN, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said Riley is the “one coach who fit all the characteristics” he was looking for to lead Nebraska’s “tradition-rich football program.”Well, congratulations, Shawn, you found your guy. Although, I must say, I’m surprised a coach whose career is chock-full of mediocrity fits the mold to coach one of the top-five winningest programs in college football history.Nebraska pulled the trigger on a name, instead of finding someone who is actually equipped to lead its program to the promised land.The Cornhuskers fell into the trap of hiring a name with an NFL background, but just ask Lane Kiffin — that doesn’t always work out. Florida, on the other hand, followed the path more likely leading to success. Sure, Riley hasn’t been awful, but he’s never proven to be able to raise a program to the next level.McElwain has, and Pelini at least never sunk a program to the depths of a losing record.Riley could be perfectly successful, but I’d be surprised to see the Cornhuskers back in the national picture during his tenure, especially with savvy hires like McElwain raising the competition to the next level.
Coach Thad Matta calls to players. Lantern file photoThe talk of this summer’s NBA free agent frenzy has been all about LeBron James coming back to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, another reunion of sorts is taking place elsewhere — and it isn’t in Ohio.The Boston Celtics brought in former Ohio State Buckeye forward Evan Turner on Monday to improve a young roster with a young coach. That coach, Brad Stevens, also has an interesting tie to OSU.Stevens coached under current Buckeye coach Thad Matta while Matta was the head man at Butler University. Stevens went on to take the same position and led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Championship Games, but fell short in both.Now, Turner joins Stevens and fellow Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger, who could have played with Turner had the 2010 No. 2 overall pick not bolted for the NBA following his junior year.The Matta player/coaching tree can be felt all over the league as Turner leaves a team in Indiana that included another Matta star, forward David West. West won the Associated Press Player of the Year under Matta at Xavier in 2003 as Turner did in 2010 for the Buckeyes.So what’s next for Turner as he joins his third team in two years? Hopefully a bigger role than he had in Indiana.When Turner was dealt to the Pacers in February, he was on pace for a career year as he was averaging 17.4 points per game and six rebounds per game in 54 games with Philadelphia.Once he arrived in Indiana, though, he was reduced to a reserve role and averaged just 7.1 points per appearance, starting just two games as a Pacer.Turner will now be coached by a Matta disciple and, with any luck, will be able to jumpstart his career. His learning curve will likely be reduced as Stevens’ terminology and schemes almost certainly mirror what Matta taught at OSU.If Turner should need any guidance other than that of his coach, he needs to look no further than Sullinger, who has gone through just as much adversity as Turner.Sullinger, who dominated the Big Ten with his strong frame, was thought to be undersized and injury-prone coming out of OSU, causing him to drop to the No. 21 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.Despite suffering a season-ending back injury during his rookie year, Sullinger was able to bounce back during his sophomore season by more than doubling his points per game average from 6.0 in 2012-13 to 13.3 last season.His coach during his second season? First-year NBA coach Brad Stevens.With the Turner, Sullinger and Stevens trio in Boston, I look for the two former Buckeyes to turn into leaders on a team that only includes three players over the age of 30 and maybe even make the now wide-open Eastern Conference that much more interesting.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt will have no legitimacy after Sept. 18 – JagdeoAugust 8, 2019In “Local News”LETTER: President Granger must share responsibility if there is a constitutional crisisFebruary 6, 2019In “latest news”Ramjattan admits constitutional crisis loomsFebruary 24, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,It must be noted that based on the timeframe specified by GECOM for nominations day for any election, Guyana can be considered to be in a ‘constitutional crisis’, unless a two-third majority in Parliament extends the legitimacy of the APNU/AFC Government within the constitutional deadline.Constitutional Crises can are considered to be ‘manmade’ because of the refusal of President David Granger to dissolve Parliament and call a date for elections in a reasonable timeframe. The Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, said that he is committed to meet with President David Granger if the date for the elections would be decided. Based on the Opposition Leader’s cooperative approach to the President, he might even consider the Government’s legitimacy based on the agreed elections date.With the ongoing elections court cases in mind and considering GECOM’s readiness, then the elections date can’t pass April 30, 2019, which is approximately 129 days after the successful passing of the no-confidence motion.The excuse for a house-to-house registration before elections is comical and impossible since we must respect the Constitution and many other factors should be considered for example electronic voting etc, at the same time to ensure that the electoral system is free, fair and transparent, since the electoral system is one of the most important institutional decisions for any democracy.The President’s deliberate refusal to announce the date for elections is well noted since uncertainty resulting from the political situations is reducing investment, business confidence and political tension. While the uncertainty of election or electoral outcome is expected in every country, it is vital that this does not translate to uncertainty to the overall political stability of the nation since Guyana is vulnerable to these kinds of situations.President David Granger’s tenure can be summed up by the idiom ‘you can’t flog a dead horse’, this means that whatever particular effort is made is waste of time since there would be no outcome. We are urging that good sense prevails and President David Granger announce the date for the General and Regional Elections. The power is in your hands. Don’t disappoint Guyanese.Regards,Zamal Hussain
A CHINESE PROBE into Microsoft is probably targeting its “monopoly” of the country’s operating systems market, state media said Tuesday, after the US software giant became the latest foreign firm under Beijing’s scrutiny.Microsoft confirmed in a statement late Monday that it was under investigation in China, without disclosing details.“We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have,” it said.The inquiry comes after China in May banned the use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system on all new government computers, amid reports alleging security concerns.Also in May, the United States indicted five members of a Chinese military unit for allegedly hacking US companies for trade secrets.Officials of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) have visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, commercial hub Shanghai, southern metropolis Guangzhou and southwest Chengdu city for enquiries, state media said Monday.“Microsoft’s operating system software occupies a 95% share of the market in China, forming a de facto monopoly,” the National Business Daily said Tuesday.An employee of Microsoft China linked the visits to the company’s monopoly in China’s operating system market, the China Business News said Tuesday, without naming the individual.It quoted another industry source tying the case to Microsoft’s practice of bundling its products together for sale.SAIC officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment by AFP.Microsoft has previously faced antitrust investigations in other markets for tying its Windows system to other products.The US company was fined $731 million (€544 million) by the European Commission in March last year for failing to offer users browser choices beyond its own Internet Explorer.Since last year, China has launched a sweeping probe into alleged wrongdoings by foreign companies in several sectors, including the pharmaceutical and milk powder industries.- © AFP, 2014Read: Opinion: Twinning with China – money maker or moral maze? >Read: Amazon opens up 3D printing store for creating personalised items >
Feb 26th 2019, 2:58 PM By Rónán Duffy Man dies after his car crashes into bridge wall in rural Sligo The crash happened on the Tubbercurry Road in the Doomore area. Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 2:58 PM Gardaí in Ballymote are investigating the crash. Image: Google Maps Short URL 15 Comments 21,244 Views https://jrnl.ie/4514001 Gardaí in Ballymote are investigating the crash. Share21 Tweet Email2 A MAN IN his 60s has died after the vehicle he was driving struck a wall at a bridge in rural Sligo. The crash happened this morning at about 9.45am on the Tubbercurry Road in the Doomore area. Gardaí have said that the car the man was driving was the only vehicle involved in the collision.His body was taken from the scene to the mortuary at Sligo University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place. A technical examination of the scene is being carried out by gardaí and traffic diversions are in place. Any witnesses to the collision are being asked to contact Ballymote Garda Station on 071-9189500 or any other garda station. Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on Friday evening following the formation of her new government through the eleventh parliamentary election.State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will simultaneously broadcast the prime minister’s address from 7:30pm, said prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim on Thursday.Private television channels and radio stations will also air the speech.Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive term following her party Awami League’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election.The new cabinet was formed on 7 January last and the maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on 30 January.
Sexy Robots Help Cure Erectile DysfunctionApple, Samsung Join FDA’s Digital Health Software Program Stay on target Video gaming is good for a lot of things. There’s science that shows it can improve reflexes, critical thinking, and other super useful stuff. But for the most part it isn’t a real driver for physical fitness. Outliers like Wii Fit and Just Dance excepted, the vast majority of gaming is spent in a fairly motionless position on couch or chair.That’s… not great for your body. From early reports of “joystick thumb” to modern-day eSports athletes getting their aching wrists repaired, gaming at the hardcore level can take its toll. One of the biggest and most important areas for humans to take care of is the back.Lower back pain is a big issue for gamers. When you get absorbed in a digital world, it’s all too easy to forget about good posture. Some of the symptoms you might have noticed include aches and pains, restricted movement and tingling or weakness in the legs.AdChoices广告Even if you haven’t started feeling aches and pains in your lower back, practicing some of these techniques will shore up your core. It will also prevent bad times in the future.via pixabayWhat Causes Back PainThe human body is a remarkable device, capable of performing a wide variety of physical feats. However, it also craves variety. Sitting in the same posture for too long can be harmful to your muscles and joints. And when you’re gaming, it’s a pretty fair bet that you’re not thinking about your posture.Taking a look inside, it’s fairly simple to see how that part of the human body works. The spine runs down the center of your back, a column of separate bones enclosing a bundle of nerves that send sensations and information to and from the brain. In between the bones are disks of cartilage, which allow you to bend and twist your back in a variety of ways. The whole setup is supported and facilitated by a network of muscles.Back pain can result from a number of different issues. The simplest is a strain or sprain in one of those muscles, either through vigorous activity or (more likely for gamers) extended time sitting in bad posture. That is, thankfully, also the easiest to repair on your own.More dangerous is damage to the disks in your spine, which is often caused by bending motions where your back is rounded, not straight. Those disks can push into the nerves of the spinal cord, causing constant pain, paralysis and more. Definitely not what you want to do to your body.via pixabayPause ButtonThe absolute best piece of advice we can give gamers worried about lower back pain is simple: walk away for a little bit. Modern games have pause buttons for a reason, and most of them also come with warnings when you boot them up that explicitly tell you to keep your sessions to a reasonable length of time. Yes, we know that’s not always possible – you can’t pause a raid in an MMORPG, for instance – but it’s very valuable to take five to ten minutes out of at least every hour you play and go for a short walk, rest your eyes, and stretch your muscles.These don’t have to be massive breaks, but your body will thank you for them. And yes, this does reduce your total gaming time on the whole, but it’ll enable you to perform better for longer.via AmazonFix Your SetupConsciously remembering to adjust your posture while you’re caught up in a game is pretty difficult. But you can do a little bit of prep work before you power up your battle station to prevent physical damage. Here are some quick tips.Neck alignment is a big driver of back pain, and the simplest adjustment you can make involves your field of vision. For pretty much any media consumption, you want the top edge of your monitor to be at natural resting eye level. Way too many people, especially if they’re gaming on laptops or portable devices, curl up and hunch over to play. That puts pressure on the neck and spine. By keeping your head perpendicular to the floor, you force your spine to be straight.The second half of this method involves making sure your feet are planted flat on the floor. This helps move your pelvis into a position that supports your core and lower back. The combination of head and feet in proper position will take a little getting used to, especially if you’re a sloucher, but it will pay real dividends.Finally, a little bit of furniture adjustment might be able to help you forestall back pain during marathon sessions. If you think “gaming chairs” are just corny wastes of money, think again. The best of them are designed specifically for long-term usage and help automatically shape your body into the best position. If you can’t afford a good chair, one piece of advice is to insert a rolled up towel between the top of your tailbone and the chair’s back to remind you to keep it straight.via pixabayAfter The InjuryFor some of the geeks out there, it might be too late. You could already be suffering from gaming-related lower back pain. As a caveat before we launch into this next section: we’re not doctors. We’re not even Time Lords. So we can’t dispense medical advice. Before starting any program of exercise, talk to a physician.The absolute best thing you can do for your back is stretch on a daily basis. Stretching increases flexibility, works out strains and strengthens your core muscles, so they support your spine better. Here’s a quick regimen of floor stretches that you can do on any relatively soft surface with no additional equipment.– On your back, bend one knee and plant the foot flat on the floor. With the other leg, bring it straight up above your pelvis (it’s OK to have a slight bend in your knee) and put your hands on your calf. Pull towards your head to stretch your hamstring and lower back. Hold each leg for 30 seconds.– Still, on your back, straighten one leg with your toes pointing towards the ceiling. Bring your other knee to your chest, holding just below the kneecap with both hands, and keep it there for 20 seconds. This helps relax your glutes – the muscles in your butt that you use for sitting.– Staying on your back, rotate your head to one side of the room and your torso to the other side, twisting gently through your spine. Keep the bottom leg straight and bring the top leg out, bent at the hip and knee. Rest the hand of the arm on the torso side on top of the bent knee and hold each side for 20 seconds. This is a great one for sciatic nerve pain.via pixabayAt The GymAn exercise program can also help you build your body to a point where marathon gaming sessions won’t do quite so much damage. Exercises like Pilates or yoga can improve flexibility and long muscle strength, allowing you to naturally pursue better posture.There are even companies looking to gamify back health itself. Valedo is a wearable device consisting of a pair of sensors that attach to your lower back and chest that sync with an iPhone game where you run through an obstacle course. The body movements that the game requires help strengthen lower back muscles, but the downside is that the device costs $359, which is pretty steep.Whatever you decide to do, the first step is recognizing that lower back pain isn’t something any gamer should have to live with. You have the power to get rid of it, so get your stretch on, and we’ll see you back here in a few minutes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The city saw the best of theatre from around the world under one roof when the 18th edition of ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ was held in the national Capital. From international to Indian plays, Delhiites witnessed amazing performances by theatre artists, who brought life into the plays written by renowned playwrights. The 18th edition of ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ came to an end as the valedictory ceremony of the annual international theatre festival of National School of Drama’s was held on Sunday at Kamani Auditorium in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (independent charge), Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India was the Chief Guest for the evening, while Mannu Bhandari, renowned Hindi writer was the Guest of Honour. Famous Pandwani artist Teejan Bai was the special guest and the ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society. Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama was also present during the occasion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDuring his address, Dr Mahesh Sharma said: “National School of Drama is an institution of great importance to our country. The government has already earmarked a budget of Rs 180 crores for constructing the new building of NSD, and we are also hoping that the institute gets its status as an institute of national importance in the near future. We are very happy to see that the youth at this institution is actively participating to promote theatre.” Mannu Bhandari, renowned Hindi writer shared some wonderful anecdotes related to her experiences with National School of Drama and the theatre field and said that this is the time for the new generation to take forward the legacy.Famous Pandwani artist Teejan Bai said: “I congratulate National School of Drama for celebrating the art of theatre with such splendour. I wish that every artist of this country achieves great heights and promote the culture and heritage of India.”The 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, which was organised from February 1-21, was held across leading venues in the national Capital where best of plays from around the world were staged. The parallel festivals this year took place in Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Thiruvananthapuram from February 3-14. Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society said: “It was an unforgettable experience of plays during the 21 days of the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. As it concludes, I thank everyone for their wholehearted participation for this edition and hope that the 19th edition in the spring next year is an even better success.”Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said: “The 18th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav saw over 80 plays from 11 countries (apart from India) being staged and I thank them for making this a truly memorable festival.”
Deep in the Honduras rainforest, a team of scientists has found the archaeological site known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God”– and it is home to several species that were assumed to be extinct as well as many, many other incredible types of birds, reptiles, and mammals. It was once thought that this settlement was a myth dreamed up by conquistadors in the 16th century. There’s long been a rumor of a pre-Columbian settlement in this region, sometimes known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God” or “La Ciudad Blanca.” Aviator Charles Lindbergh once said he saw it from the sky while he was flying over the area in the 1920s — and many explorers have tried to track down the legendary spot. In 2015, an archaeological site was identified.RAP in Honduras, 2017.The Ciudad del Jaguar (City of the Jaguar) area features a variety of freshwater habitats that support a wide diversity of life, from crabs to otters. Numerous small streams feed into the main river from the surrounding ridges, each creating distinct microhabitats that support unique plant and animal communities.The new team of scientists led by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) in coordination with the Government of Honduras arrived to make a survey and found rare species. In one area of the complex, called City of the Jaguar, they discovered at least three species thought to have been extinct. They also found one previously undocumented fish and many other amphibians and mammals close to extinction.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsCamera trap images from Honduras, 2017.A thriving population of white-lipped peccaries, a pig-like species extremely sensitive to deforestation, not found in Central America anymore because they require vast areas of intact forest to survive. When startled or threatened, they produce loud barks and clacking noises with their teeth.“It’s so exciting to get to visit places where literally there’s so few ways to get there,” Trond Larsen, director of Conservation International’s rapid assessment program, told CNN. “There’s no roads, there’s no logistical infrastructure to access, so you have to helicopter in. And when you do that, you end up visiting places where wildlife tends to be much more abundant.”RAP Honduras, 2017.In a rarely observed event, an Ornate Hawk-Eagle preys upon an endangered Great Green Macaw. Fewer than 2,500 mature Great Green Macaw individuals are thought to be surviving in the wild. Considered to be decreasing due to deforestation, the Ornate Hawk-Eagle is currently listed as Near-Threatened by the IUCN, and is rarely seen in Honduras.The government of Honduras wanted to know what wildlife was living in this undisturbed region and commissioned this extensive survey of the area’s biodiversity, with exciting results. Overall, the team recorded 246 species of butterflies and moths, 30 bats, 57 amphibians and reptiles, alongside many plants, fishes, mammals, and insects.RAP Honduras 2017.The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) represents one of 22 amphibian species that were documented, included rare and endangered frogs.Located in northeastern Honduras, the Honduran Mosquitia is the largest protected area in the country and constitutes one of the least explored and most pristine areas of lowland rain forest remaining in Central America. Its 865,000 acres supports the highest biodiversity in Honduras “yet the Honduran Mosquitia remains unexplored and poorly known scientifically,” the researchers wrote.The False Tree Coral Snake was rediscovered for Honduras, a species that had not been recorded in the country or for northern Central America since 1965. Eight of the species found were documented for the first time in the core of the Reserva del Hombre y la Biosfera del Río Plátano and several more are threatened, rare and poorly documented for Honduras.RAP in Honduras, 2017.The false tree coral snake (Rhinobothryum bovallii), discovered on the expedition, was believed to be extinct in Honduras since 1965.Forty small mammal species were identified, representing 30 bat species and 10 rodent species. Of the bats detected, one species is a new record for Honduras, three others have very restricted distributions and few previous records for the country, and another — the Pale-faced Bat — has not been reported in Honduras in more than 75 years. Larsen told CNN that the creatures that live in the area aren’t used to human interaction, which allowed for some incredible moments of interaction.RAP in Honduras, 2017.The Pale-faced Bat (Phylloderma stenops) was rediscovered during this survey after more than 75 years since it was last documented in Honduras in 1942.“Large groups of monkeys, for example, hang out and try to figure out what you are and what’s going on, there’s an opportunity to see tremendous amounts of wildlife,” he says.RAP in Honduras, 2017.A venomous Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) uses its tongue to ‘smell’ thesurroundings.The salamander Bolitoglossa mexicana is an excellent climber and is usually found in trees and shrubs.While commonly seen in much of North America, salamanders are rare in the Neotropics.RAP in Honduras, 2017.Check out that long tail! This species of worm salamander (Oedipina quadra) represents a top conservation priority due to its high vulnerability and restricted geographic distribution.RAP in Honduras, 2017.A male Harlequin beetle (Acrocinus longimanus). The scientific name refers to the extremely long front legs of the male, which are used to attract females.RAP in Honduras, 2017.Fresh water crabs were common and provide important food for many animals in the area.RAP Honduras 2017.A pair of Great Curassow walking down the path looking for fruit. The Great Curassow has been depleted throughout much of its range due to hunting, but is common at Ciudad del Jaguar.RAP in Honduras, 2017.Morpho butterflies, such as the above Morpho helenor, are among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Morpho butterflies are affected by habitat degradation.The explorer also highlights the beauty and serenity of the area. “There’s big, old-growth trees that you often just don’t see in places that are more impacted by people. So these massive trees that are hundreds or even thousands of years old, that are just overwhelming in size, it’s amazing to see.”Related Article: A Giant Galapagos Tortoise Once Thought Extinct Reappears After a CenturyMore information about this exciting trip to the Lost City of the Monkey God and Conservation International’s other wonderful efforts to preserve and study the beauty of our world can be found at their website: Conservation International
July 16, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Scorching heat. Oppressive humidity. This is the forecast for most parts of the Northeast and Midwest U.S. this week. For the next few days, temperatures are expected to be in the 90s, and the heat index could reach 100 degrees or higher, according to the National Weather Service.In these sauna-like conditions, the power grid in these regions will likely be put to the test, as fans and air conditioners in homes and offices will undoubtedly be turned up full blast. If power sources fail, it could spell bad news for busy entrepreneurs. Nothing’s worse than being stranded in the dark with no electricity to keep your smartphones, tablets and other devices powered up and productive.Related: Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do BusinessWhile far from an exhaustive list of options, here are a few tools that can help keep your devices going and keep you productive for a few extra hours during any type of power-zapping situation:1. A back-up power source: When the lights go out, rely on a back-up power source to keep your devices on. One way to go is to carry (and keep charged) a portable battery, such as a myCharge universal power pack from RFA Brands. Starting at about $50, these extended batteries can recharge Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.If you’re looking to charge multiple devices, one option is the Powerbag, a backpack that includes a built-in battery that can charge up to four mobile gadgets and laptops. Backpack designs start at $140. Briefcases start at $150. Battery size and charge capability vary.2. A mobile hotspot: If your power goes out and your internet connectivity goes along with it, try using a mobile hotspot to get your devices back online. Turn it on and connect to it like any other Wi-Fi network.While many smartphones have hotspot capabilities built in, you can purchase a hotspot device from cellular carriers such as Verizon and AT&T. For instance, Verizon’s “Jetpack” line of hotspots can allow you to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices on its 4G LTE network. The 890L model starts at $19.99 with a two-year service contract.3. Self-generated power: There’s not much you can do when you’ve been without power so long that all your back-up battery power is gone. When that happens, consider using gadgets that run on energy you can generate yourself.One example is a hand-crank powered flashlight with radio and USB charging port from ER Emergency Ready. For about $35, this handy tool comes with a LED bulb for emergency light, a radio that picks up AM, FM and all 7 NOAA Weather Band Radio Alertchannels, and a universal USB for charging a mobile phone so you can make short calls or send text messages. You turn the crank and it generates energy for an internal battery.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessThis is an update of a piece that ran previously.
The NeurIPS Conference 2018 being held in Montreal, Canada this week from 2nd December to 8th December will feature a series of tutorials, releases and announcements. The conference, previously known as NIPS, underwent a re-branding of its name (after much debate) as some members of the community found the acronym as “sexist”, pointing out that it is offensive towards women. “The Adversarial Robustness: Theory and Practice” is a tutorial that was presented at NIPS 2018 yesterday. The tutorial was delivered by J. Zico Kolter, a professor at Carnegie Mellon and chief Scientist of Bosch AI center and Aleksander Madry from MIT. In this tutorial, they explored the importance of building adversarially robust machine learning models as well as the challenges one will encounter while deploying the same. Adversarial Robustness is a library dedicated to adversarial machine learning. It allows rapid crafting and analysis of attacks and defense methods for machine learning models. Alexander opened the talk by highlighting some of the challenges faced while deploying Machine Learning in the real world. Even though machine learning has had a success story so far, is ML truly ready for real- world deployment? Also, can we truly rely on machine learning? These questions arise because developers don’t fully understand how machine learning interacts with other parts of the system, and this can lead to plenty of adversaries. Safety is still very much an issue while deploying ML. The tutorial tackles questions related to adversarial robustness and gives plenty of examples for developers to understand the concept and deploy ML models that are more adversarially robust. The measure of machine learning performance is the fraction of mistakes made during the testing phase of the algorithm. However, Alexander explains that in reality, the distributions we use machine learning on are NOT the ones we train it on. These assumptions are sometimes misleading. The key implication is that machine learning predictions are most of the time accurate, but they can also can turn out to be brittle. For example, the slightest of noise can alter an output and make the wrong prediction which accounts for brittleness of the ML algorithms. Besides, rotation and translation can fool state of the art vision models. Brittleness and other issues in Machine Learning Brittleness hampers the following domains in machine learning: Security: When a machine learning system has loopholes, a hacker can manipulate it leading to a system/data breach. An example of this would be, adding external entities to manipulate an Object recognition system.Safety and Reliability: Alexander gives an example of Tesla’s self-driving cars, where the AI sometimes drives the car over a divider and the driver has to take over. In addition, the system does not report this as an error. ML alignment: Developers need to understand the “failure modes” of machine learning to understand how they work and succeed. Adversarial issues occur in the inference models. The training phases also involves a risk called ‘Data poisoning’. The goal of Data poisoning is maintaining training accuracy but hampering generalization. Machine learning is always in need of a huge amount of data to function and train on. To fulfill this need, sometimes the system works on data that cannot be trusted. This occurs mostly in classic Machine learning scenarios and less in Deep Learning. In deep learning, data poisoning causes training accuracy but hampers classification of specific inputs. It can also plant an undetectable backdoor in the system that can give it almost total control over the model. The final issue arises in Deployment. During the deployment stage, restricted access is given to a user- for example, just access to the input-output of a model can also lead to Black box attacks. Alexander’s Commandments of Secure/Safe ML 1. Do not train on data you do not trust 2. Do not let anyone use the model or observe its outputs unless you completely trust them 3. Do not fully trust the predictions of your model (because of adversarial examples) Developers need to re-think the tools they use in machine learning to understand if they are robust enough to stress test the system. For Alexander, we need to treat training as an optimization problem. The aim is to find parameters that minimize loss on the training sample. Zico then builds on the principles put forward by Alexander, showing a number of different adversarial examples in action. This includes something called convex relaxations, which help to train and find the most optimal models for a given training set. Takeaways from the Tutorial After understanding how to implement adversarily robust ML models, developers can now ask themselves how does adversarial robust ML differ from standard ML. That being said, adversarial robustness comes at a cost. Optimization during training is difficult and models need to be larger. More training data might be required. We also might need to lose on standard measures of performance. However, adversarial robustness helps machine learning models become semantically meaningful. Head over to NeurIPS facebook page for the entire tutorial and other sessions happening at the conference this week. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon re:Invent Day 3: Lamba Layers, Lambda Runtime API and other exciting announcements! Amazon re:Invent announces Amazon DynamoDB Transactions, CloudWatch Logs Insights and cloud security conference, Amazon re:Inforce 2019
Related posts:Costa Rica’s capital wins ‘Travel Oscar’ Weekend tourism fair hopes to draw local tourists with special travel deals Sport fishing season in the South Pacific could generate up to $331 million, study says Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays The Costa Rican Hotels and Restaurants Expo, Exphore, took over the Pedregal Events Center in Heredia from Tuesday to Thursday this week.More than 150 business had booths set up in an attempt to lure in Costa Rica’s hotels — hocking everything from craft beer to frozen foods to industrial washing machines.A valuable piece of the trade show is the ability for Costa Rica producers to connect with other homegrown business. Expohore 2019 featured more than 150 booths. (Jacob Spetzler / The Tico Times)Coby Lang, the owner of Zazel Hot Sauces, a family business, had a booth set up near the front of the events center. The trade show gives a chance for small operations like his to get beyond the numbers with potential buyers. His hot sauces are made from the chile perro, and he claims to have the only industrial hydroponic system growing the peppers in the world, a fact he cheerfully proclaims from behind his row of hot sauces set up to taste.Across from his booth stood a row of taps showing off products made with Tico Birra, a beer brewing supply chain that specializes in helping hotels and bars set up their own brewing operations. On the other side of the event center was another beer booth, OS Beer, which has been working with Tico Birra since their beginnings as a brew pub in Los Yoses.There were also several smaller events inside of the event, including a cocktail mixing show and chef competition. Cheese on display at Expohore 2019. (Jacob Spetzler / The Tico Times)Exphore 2019 marked the trade show’s 19th year, and it has grown exponentially since it began. According to Karl Hempel, the director of Exphore, the trade show has gone from a mere 700 meters in 2000 to its current size of 5,000 meters. He attributes the growth of Exphore to the growth of the tourism industry in Costa Rica at large. Facebook Comments
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories In that vein, he decided to mark the 50th anniversary of the council with the launch of a “Year of Faith,” precisely to remind Christians of what the council truly taught and seek to “re-evangelize” those Catholics who have fallen away from their faith in the decades since.He lamented Thursday that a “spiritual desertification” had advanced where people think they can live without God.“In the council’s time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us,” he said, referring to the totalitarian, atheistic regimes of the 20th century. “But it is in starting from the experience of this desert, from this void, that we can again discover the joy of believing, its vital importance for us, men and women.”Benedict was the Rev. Joseph Ratzinger, a young priest and theological consultant to German Cardinal Joseph Frings when Vatican II began, and he has recently reminisced about what the council sought to accomplish, where it succeeded and where it erred.“It was a splendid day on 11 October, 1962,” Benedict wrote in a forward to a commemorative book about the anniversary published this week by the Vatican newspaper. “It was a moment of extraordinary expectation. Great things were about to happen.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council _ the church meetings he attended as a young priest that brought the Catholic Church into the modern world but whose true meaning is still hotly debated.Benedict celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square, attended by patriarchs, cardinals, bishops and a dozen elderly churchmen who participated in the council, and later will greet the faithful re-enacting the great procession into St. Peter’s that launched the council in 1962. In his homily, Benedict urged the faithful to return to the “letter” and “authentic spirit” of the council found in the Vatican II documents themselves, rather than rely on the distorted spirit promoted by those who saw in Vatican II a radical reform away from the church’s tradition.“The council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient,” Benedict said from the steps of St. Peter’s. “Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change.”The anniversary comes as the church is fighting what it sees as a wave of secularism erasing the Christian heritage of the West and competition for souls from rival evangelical churches in Latin America and Africa. Clerical sex abuse scandals, debates over celibacy for priests, open dissent among some priests in Europe and a recent Vatican crackdown on liberal nuns in the United States have also contributed to erode the church’s place in the world.The pope has spent much of his pontificate seeking to correct what he considers the misinterpretation of Vatican II, insisting that it wasn’t a revolutionary break from the past, as liberal Catholics paint it, but rather a renewal and reawakening of the best traditions of the ancient church. Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Indeed, by its conclusion in 1965, the council had approved documents allowing for the celebration of Mass in the vernacular rather than Latin, and revolutionizing the church’s relations with Jews, Muslims and people of other faiths.Yet as great as that document on relations with other faiths was, Benedict wrote, a “weakness” has emerged in the ensuing years in that “it speaks of religion solely in a positive way and it disregards the sick and distorted forms of religion” that have become all too apparent.Ratzinger was joined at Vatican II by another young theologian, Hans Kueng, who subsequently brought him to Tuebingen University in southern Germany as professor of dogmatic theology, helping promote an academic career that resulted in a papacy.In the years since, Kueng has become one of Benedict’s greatest critics, complaining that there has been no progress in reforming the church since Vatican II and calling for a grassroots revolt against the church hierarchy to carry it out.“The council was unable to guarantee that the reforms would be implemented,” primarily because the Vatican bureaucracy was and still is opposed, he said in an interview with German news website ntv-de this week. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up Kueng, who lost his official license to teach Catholic theology but continues to teach, has opposed Benedict’s outreach to traditionalist Catholics and his reintroduction of the old, pre-Vatican II Latin Mass.“Ratzinger and his peers spiritually live in the Middle Ages,” Kueng told n-tv.A similar complaint was made recently by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, one of the last liberals in the College of Cardinals, who died Aug. 31. Martini was quoted as saying in his final interview that the church was in need of radical reform and was “200 years behind the times.”___Follow Nicole Winfield at http://www.twitter.com/nwinfield Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Voyages has announced the launch of an exclusive fine dining experience, Mayu Wiru, which will commence nightly at Ayers Rock Resort from 22 October 2017. Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is a premium experience for a maximum of 16 guests that will combine fine dining together with a premium Field of Light experience.Ray Stone, Executive GM Sales, Marketing and Distribution for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, commented, “We have been overwhelmed by demand for premium experiences, and we are delighted to introduce the new Mayu Wiru concept, which will be on offer during the warmer months. This very special evening will combine an exceptional gourmet menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with the most exclusive way to experience Field of Light Uluru”.The evening begins with champagne and bush tucker-inspired canapés at a private lookout within the grounds of Sails in the Desert hotel, followed by a three-course table d’hôte Indigenous-inspired menu with matched wines in the hotel’s private dining room. After dinner, guests are transported to a dune top for a nightcap and to enjoy views of the Field of Light Uluru and a star talk on the southern night sky. The special evening ends with a private 30-minute escorted walk through the magical art exhibition.Mayu Wiru will run daily from 22 October to 24 March each year, during the hiatus of Tali Wiru. Prices start from $295 which includes return hotel transport, full menu, matched wines and entertainment.
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