Leading referee ready for NYC

first_imgJillian McRoberts never thought that challenging a referee’s decision in a game of touch would lead to her being one of Australia’s leading referees.But that split decision has changed her life.“I decided if I was going to argue with them, I may as well know the rules, so I did a referees course and that’s how I became a referee. I took the rule book out the next week and showed him that I was right and he was wrong,” she said.Almost eight years later, she has progressed through the ranks to attain her level six refereeing badge last March. She is only one of seven female referees at this week’s X Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, but is happy with the amount of juniors, especially girls, coming through the system.“It’s good to see that they [the girls] are all giving it a go, because it does take a certain type of person to be a referee. I don’t know why they choose to do it, but it’s good to see that the numbers are increasing, and we’re getting a lot of junior girls coming through,” she said.There are 56 referees at the carnival, and even though they don’t get as much recognition as the players, they put in just as much work, if not more, than the players.“We probably train harder than the players do to get to a tournament…referees run in excess of five k [kilometres] a game, and players run about 3 k a game. The referees have to put in more per game than the players do,”As part of her training she runs every day and also referees rugby league.It takes this sort of commitment to make it at the top level, but getting there hasn’t come easy for Jillian.A knee injury sidelined Jillian for two years, halting her attempt to achieve her level six badge. Also, having four step children has made her think about what’s most important.“It’s hard organising the family, to be able to get the time to train and also to get the field time to referee.”Although she’s been called all the names in the book, the criticism she cops doesn’t bother her.But she wouldn’t have it any other way.“I think the main thing that keeps me coming back is the people that I meet here. That’s just the ultimate, to be able to get away and just spend the whole week refereeing and doing what you love.”last_img read more

National Road Safety Council Urges Continued Focus on Protecting Children

first_img The scope of work included the installation of pedestrian crossings, rumble strips, signage, bus lay-bys and sidewalls and paving of sidewalks, along with bushing and painting of school environs. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is urging a continuation of the collective efforts to safeguard the nation’s children, which were evident during Labour Day activities on May 23. Story Highlights This year’s engagements, which were organised under the theme ‘Child Safety…It’s You, It’s Me, It’s All ah We’, were geared towards ensuring children’s safety as they travel to and from school, among other places. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is urging a continuation of the collective efforts to safeguard the nation’s children, which were evident during Labour Day activities on May 23.This year’s engagements, which were organised under the theme ‘Child Safety…It’s You, It’s Me, It’s All ah We’, were geared towards ensuring children’s safety as they travel to and from school, among other places.The scope of work included the installation of pedestrian crossings, rumble strips, signage, bus lay-bys and sidewalls and paving of sidewalks, along with bushing and painting of school environs.In an interview with JIS News at the Papine High School in St Andrew, one of four national Labour Day projects, NRSC Vice Chairman, Dr. Lucien Jones, said everyone in Jamaica should prioritise road safety.“Last year, for the very first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that road traffic injuries were the leading cause of deaths in the age cohort, five to 29 years. It means that the international agencies of the United Nations are all focused on making sure that we drive down road traffic injuries in all the countries, whether developing or developed countries,” he said.Dr. Jones said the NRSC has, so far, recorded 171 road deaths, of which 11 are children.“So I believe that this [focus on children’s safeguards] has come at an opportune time, whereby the Government, through its various agencies, is mobilising the whole country to begin to take road safety much more [seriously],” he said.Dr. Jones said the NRSC welcomed the opportunity to participate in Thursday’s activities and expressed the hope that the focus will not only be on Labour Day, “but for the rest of the year, because the way the trend is going now… we are going to go over 400 for this year, and we can’t allow that”.He assured that the Council will continue to collaborate with all agencies to ensure that “we make a dent in the number of children and adults who are dying on our roads”.last_img read more

Free Fishing During February Long Weekend

first_imgAnglers across Nova Scotia are encouraged to enjoy a free winter fishing weekend in February. Nova Scotia Heritage Day makes this a chance to enjoy fishing over a long weekend from Saturday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 19. “You can introduce family, friends and visitors to this sport during the annual free winter fishing weekend,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “But, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned angler, please put safety first.” A list of open lakes showing about 60 locations across the province as well as fish species and catch limits is available online at: https://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing/laws-regs/docs/winter-fishing-opportunities.pdf. Lakes open for winter offer a chance to fish for trout, perch and chain pickerel. During the regular winter season, sportfishing requires a fishing licence that can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. Sportfishing generates more than $56 million in revenue for communities around the province. The Nova Scotia Anglers’ Handbook includes a summary of regulations and is available online at:
https://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Anglers-Handbook-2017.pdf.last_img read more

CANADIAN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES LAUNCH READTHECODECA

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Toronto, ON (June 10, 2018) — The Canadian Creative industries responsible for creating an industry-wide Code of Conduct have now launched a complimentary website – readthecode.ca – as a resource for industry members.“On behalf of all the industry organizations that have contributed to this process and the launch of our Code, I am happy to announce this new resource as a next step in our industry’s goal to combat harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within Canada’s creative sector,” said David Sparrow, ACTRA National president.“I am also pleased to welcome 36 live and recorded music organizations that will soon become signatory to the Code of Conduct to ensure a healthy culture with zero tolerance to all forms of harassment within Canada’s music community.” In addition to the Code, the website houses a list of Code signatories and their contact information, additional resources including downloadable, printable versions of the Code (in both English and French), and updates from two working groups on their progress. The Education, Training and Awareness Committee is producing multi-level, industry-wide education and training programs, and the Reporting Committee is creating safer and more effective reporting mechanisms. Updates from these two working groups will be made to this website as they become available.The Code and this subsequent website are all a result of the round-table discussion that took place in November 2017 when a coalition of industry stakeholders gathered together to collaborate on an industry-wide response to harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence of all kinds. The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct was officially launched on March 8, 2018, and to date, over 60 organizations from within Canada’s creative community have now become signatory.The website can be accessed through both readthecode.ca and canadiancreativeindustries.ca. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

French Immersion has seen an increase in enrollment

first_imgAccording to Stats Canada, Canadians who speak both French and English earn, on average, 10 percent more, and have a lower unemployment rate, compared to Canadians who only speak one of our two Official Languages.There are also cognitive developmental benefits of learning an additional language, such as: stronger listening skills, improved focus and concentration, increased ability to understand complex problems and higher tolerance, insight and understanding of other cultures.“Today we celebrate the strength and resilience of our multicultural and multilingual society. The continued growth of French immersion is a wonderful extension and reflection of our cultural heritage,” added Glyn Lewis, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French BC & YK.To view the report; CLICK HERE VANCOUVER, B.C. – A recent report by Canadian Parents for French British Columbia and Yukon shares the enrollment in French Immersion has increased over the past 21 consecutive years.*As of the 2018-2019 school year, 53,995 students were enrolled in French immersion across BC or 9.49% of the entire student body.last_img read more

CMC to acquire private roads in Colombo

The Deputy Mayor also said that the CMC has lost income from the Manning Market in Pettah after the UDA had decided to take it over. Perera said that the UDA has decided to erect digital display boards in parts of Colombo even when the CMC had also decided to do the same.He said that the administration of Colombo falls within the purview of the CMC and so the CMC should be informed of any street projects. Meanwhile the CMC accused the Urban Development Authority (UDA) of implementing some projects in the City without consulting the CMC. The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is to acquire several private roads in Colombo in order to ease traffic congestion in the city.The Sunday Leader newspaper quoted Deputy Colombo Mayor Titus Perera as saying that between 50-60 private roads had been identified to be acquired by the CMC. He said that most of those roads connect to or are linked to main roads in the City and so they need to be free to be used by vehicles on the streets. Perera said that the CMC budget for 2013 would allocate funds to pay compensation to the owners of the private land when it is acquired. read more

DMK accused of betraying Tamils

The DMK was responsible for ruining Tamil Nadu by revoking prohibition, he said added that DMK government was responsible for power scarcity, which had driven investors to other States.The DMK started the freebies culture in the State and was involved in corruption, besides introducing the ‘Thirumangalam formula’ of bribing voters, Anbumani said and added that plunder of natural resources began during the DMK rule. The verdict on the Mullaiperiyar dam row was delayed due to the wrong approach of the DMK government, Anbumani said and accused the DMK of betraying the State when Katchatheevu was acceded to Sri Lanka. He also alleged that the DMK bowed to the pressure of the Centre and failed to renew the agreement on water sharing in Cauvery dispute. Karnataka built three dams across the Cauvery during the DMK regime, he said and added that the party had failed to put pressure on the Centre to gazette the order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and form the Cauvery Management Board when it was part of the UPA government. India’s PMK Chief Ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday lashed out at DMK treasurer MK Stalin, his likely competitor for the job, charging the DMK with betrayal of the Tamil people on Sri Lankan Tamils issue, besides Mullaiperiyar and Cauvery disputes, the New Indian Express reported.Referring to Stalin’s open letter to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the PMK youth wing leader in an open letter said the DMK had failed to stop the massacre of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka and suppressed the protests in Tamil Nadu during the peak of the military offensive. When LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s mother came to Chennai for treatment, the DMK government sent her back without allowing to land in the city. read more

New car market declines in July but pure EV registrations almost triple

UK new car market declines by -4.1% to 157,198 registrations – the lowest July market since 2012.1Battery electric car registrations almost triple to take record monthly market share as new EV forecast suggests full year share could double in 2020.Year-to-date performance down -3.5%, with more than 1.4 million new cars joining British roads since January.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK new car market declined again in July, with 157,198 vehicles leaving showrooms, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell by -4.1%, the fifth consecutive month of decline, as political and economic uncertainty and confusion over future government policy on different fuel types continued to knock consumer and business confidence.Declines were seen across all sectors, with private demand falling -2.0%, while deliveries for fleet and business customers were down -4.7% and -22.5% respectively. Luxury saloons and specialist sports cars experienced a rise in registrations in the month with volumes driven by increased demand for dual purpose vehicles, up 12.8% to take nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the market. All other segments experienced declines in the month, with the biggest falls seen in executive (-21.6%) and supermini (-12.1%) segments.Registrations of diesel vehicles fell for the 28th month, down -22.1%, while petrols remained stable, with 2,646 more registrations than in July 2018. Hybrid electric cars increased by a substantial 34.2%, with 7,758 of these low-emission vehicles joining UK roads. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles continued their recent decline, down -49.6%. Demand for battery electric vehicles shot up by a massive 158.1%, resulting in a 1.4% market share, the highest monthly market share on record.Manufacturers have invested heavily in a growing range of powertrain options, with British drivers now having the choice of advanced low emission petrols and diesels, and an ever-greater number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and even hydrogen cars. There are currently more than 350 models available in the UK – around 80 of them alternatively fuelled, including 21 battery electric, with more expected to arrive in showrooms later this year.SMMT forecasts this ongoing investment into new, ever more advanced powertrain technology will result in battery electric vehicles doubling their market share next year, with 51,000 registrations in 2020. However, this will still represent only 2.2% of the overall market. For the UK is to meet its zero emission ambitions, we need world-class, long-term incentives, supportive policies and substantial investment in infrastructure.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Despite yet another month of decline in the new car market, it’s encouraging to see substantial growth in zero emission vehicles. Thanks to manufacturers’ investment in these new technologies over many years, these cars are coming to market in greater numbers than ever before.If the UK is to meet its environmental ambitions, however, government must create the right conditions to drive uptake, including long-term incentives and investment in infrastructure. The fastest way to address air quality concerns is through fleet renewal so buyers need to be given the confidence to invest in the new, cleaner vehicles that best suit their driving needs, regardless of how they are powered.Notes to editors1. 143,884 cars were registered in July 2012.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Gaza physician and nobel nominee inspires grads at Brock University

It was an empowering message of peace from a man who has every right to be filled with hate.Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician who has become an internationally recognized human rights activist, was awarded an honorary doctorate Tuesday afternoon from Brock University.In his convocation address to graduates in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee said bullets are the “weapons of the weak,” but added that the wisdom of today’s generation is a means to peace.“A refusal to hate is the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of a human,” Abuelaish said in a powerful 20-minute address. “Words are stronger than bullets. Even if words can’t stop bullets, they can deflect the poisonous hatred that stem from them.”In spite of unthinkable tragedy around him, Abuelaish believes health is a vehicle for peace. Born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to receive an appointment in medicine at an Israeli hospital.On Jan. 16, 2009 the consequences of war hit Abuelaish in the most horrific and personal way — three of his daughters and his niece were all killed by Israeli shelling.I refused to fall victim to despair and instead vowed to fight for all, regardless of religious or political beliefs.“People expected me to be drowning in an ocean of hatred,” he said. Instead though, he used the girls’ deaths as the motivation to fight for peace and equality for women.“I refused to fall victim to despair and instead vowed to fight for all, regardless of religious or political beliefs,” he said. “I am determined to keep my beloved daughters alive in your minds through good deeds.”Abuelaish has devoted his life to advancing health and educational opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East through his charitable organization, The Daughters for Life Foundation, which is based in Canada.A year after the loss of his daughters, he wrote a bestselling autobiography, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.“Tragedy can’t be the end of our lives. We can’t allow it to control and defeat us,” said Abuelaish, who now lives in Toronto with his five children and works as an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.He challenged the graduands to be people of leadership and values.“Now it’s your turn. We have to hand the torch and the baton to you. You are the hope, the new blood and the new leaders with a new vision,” he said.“Go with faith and hope and without fear. The world is waiting for you.”Also receiving an honorary doctorate from Brock Tuesday was Liz Palmieri, the recently retired executive director of the Niagara Community Foundation.Read full coverage from the first day of Spring Convocation.Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish receives a Brock University honorary doctorate from Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo.Watch the honorary doctorate ceremony and Dr. Abuelaish’s convocation address below: read more

UAB coach Bill Clark agrees to new fiveyear deal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB says Bill Clark is poised to become the highest-paid coach in Conference USA.Blazers athletic director Mark Ingram said Friday that Clark has agreed in principle to a new five-year deal. Clark’s pay would start at $1.45 million and rise to $1.65 million in the final year, 2023-24.The contract is pending approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.Clark has led the Blazers into the Conference USA championship game Saturday at Middle Tennessee. UAB is 17-8 since restarting the program after it was shut down for financial reasons, including a school-record nine wins so far this season.Ron Gray, president pro tem of the trustees, says the board’s compensation committee will hold a special meeting “in the coming weeks” to formally review the deal.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

ER Visits High Still ChikV and Dengue Remain Problematic

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 -Emergency visits are up by 45% at hospital here in the Turks and Caicos for September and October with Dengue Fever and Chikungunya bringing residual health problems identified as respiratory tract infection. Between October 19 and November 1st there were 41 cases of acute respiratory infection, 37 cases of Dengue Fever and 31 cases of Chikungunya Virus. Public Relations Officer from the Turks and Caicos Islands hospitals today said they “can confirm there has been an increase in patients presenting with viral-illness type symptoms over the past three months.” What could not be confirmed is whether or not that new strain of Chikungunya has been detected in the islands; It was explained to Magnetic Media that: “If there is a new strain identified within the region, that information will be supplied to us via the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the National Epidemiology and Research Unit.” In the end, the InterHealth Canada managed facilities advise all residents to continue to wear mosquito repellant, avoid aspirin and consult with your local health care provider if you have a fever. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:Chikungunya, chikv, Dengue, emergency, Ministry of Health and Human Services, tci hospitals Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

Fireball streaks across Florida sky

first_imgThe American Meteorological Society received 93 reports across west and central Florida, of what scientists believe was a meteor entering Earth’s atmosphere.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. North Port Police also posted the incredible video on social media from two of their patrol car cameras. VENICE, Fla. (WSVN) — Police dash cameras in southwest Florida captured an incredible sight: a huge streak of bright light across the night sky.Police in Venice, about an hour south of Tampa, shared dash cam footage that caught the massive fireball Monday night.last_img

Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) introduced a bill Wednesday to permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process. “This bill is about sending a clear message: that the days of pork-barrel spending ended in 2011,” Budd said in a joint press release. “It represents a permanent solution to the earmark problem, and gives the current ban the force of law.” The Earmark Elimination Act would prohibit the House from considering any legislation containing earmarks — or “congressionally directed spending” — and it would strip any earmarks found in a bill being considered by the chamber before it may proceed. The measure comes as the House GOP plans to reassess its existing moratorium on earmarks later this year.last_img read more

Iditarod mushers react to rules reducing max dog team size from 16

first_imgA dog team heading toward the Yentna Station checkpoint. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Iditarod mushers racing their dogs to Nome this year are doing it with a smaller team on the gangline. The race reduced the maximum team size from 16 to 14. This means quite a bit for race strategies, speeds and the trade-offs that mushers face as they travel across Alaska. 24 hours before the race began, defending Iditarod champion Joar Liefseth Ulsom, was facing a tough decision on which dogs to bring to the starting chute.He hadn’t chosen his 14 dogs.This year, competitive mushers like Leifseth Ulsom had to be extra choosey in building their lineup.“I really thought 16 dogs was one of the things that made this race unique and special, one of things,” Leifseth Ulsom said. “I personally would like to run 16 dogs, we’ll see how it goes this year, maybe I’ll like it, we’ll see.”Over the course of a race, there are eight fewer booties to change, less food to pack, and eight fewer paws that need ointment. And that’s one of the main reasons why the Iditarod Board changed the rule- because of the potential for enhanced dog care. But more dogs mean more pulling and climbing power for mushers looking to move quickly across the country.Nenana musher Aaron Burmeister says he has mixed emotions. He likes racing 16 dogs and even the 20-dog teams that were allowed when he first started racing.“Do we need that dog power? No? In today’s Iditarod with the nutrition, the training, the evolution of the sled dogs, and they you really don’t need more than 12,” Burmeister said. “They’re incredible powerful athletes.”The Iditarod joins other top races in restricting mushers to smaller teams. The 1000-mile Yukon Quest only allows 14 dogs, and a few years ago Kuskokwim 300 dropped from 14 to 12 dogs. Four time winner Martin Buser doesn’t like the new rule, saying it puts heavier mushers at a slight disadvantage.“I want to maintain an open mind. Maybe we’re selecting if 16 or 20 you can take a dog that could be left behind,” Buser said. “I don’t mind going one year with 14 dogs, even though we know it’s not because of strategy or race statistics. It’s simply done for money savings for the race committee, and that’s why I don’t agree with it.”Buser is referring to the hundreds of dogs are dropped each year in remote checkpoints. Veterinarians and volunteers in checkpoints watch over the dogs before the Iditarod Air Force flies them back to Anchorage.Mushers have never been required to start with 16 dogs, and some teams chose in the past to start with a smaller string. But more dogs means more options. Mushers can bring a young dog that will gain valuable racing experience, but doesn’t need to make the full trip to Nome. And in recent years, some mushers have experimented with carrying a few dogs in the sled bag or in a trailer to both modulate speed and bank extra rest. A smaller team complicates the developing strategy.2017 winner Mitch Seavey would prefer to stick with 16.“I predict mushers more reluctant to return dogs from the trail. I think they’re going to want to keep them as long as possible,” Seavey said. “Personally I would rather see it at 16. It’s a diminished race. I think it’s a little more stress and pressure placed on fewer dogs. We’ve shown we can handle 16 year after year, that’s really not a problem.”Once the race is down to the last few days, mushers typically drop their slower dogs and sometimes finish with small teams. When they pass beneath the burled arch, they can finish with as few as five.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Golden Company to betray Cersei

first_imgCersei Lannister’s look in season 8.Twitter/Official Game of Thrones pageIn the recently released episodes of Game of Thrones season 8, we witnessed the 20,000 men of the Golden Company, coming together to support Cersei Lannister. After Euron Greyjoy’s Iron Fleet and her own Lannister army, the support of the Golden Company puts Cersei in the lead. There is a popular theory that suggests that the Golden Company is going to betray Cersei before her final battle against Daenerys Targaryen.If you are thinking that the Golden Company is going to betray Cersei Lannister because of Euron Greyjoy, then you are not completely wrong. Yes, Euron Greyjoy might leave Cersei after learning the truth that the child she is carrying actually belongs to her twin brother, Jaime Lannister. But as well know that the Golden Company has remained loyal to the Lannisters and they were offered a good sum to fight for them in the forthcoming battle.If you have read the books written by George RR Martin, you are aware of a character named Griff. The young boy claimed to be the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell, which makes him Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen’s stepbrother. As per a popular fan theory, Griff is being helped by Lord Varys and Illyrio Mopatis (the magister who once gave shelter to Daenerys and her brother Varys). The character is not introduced in the entire run of HBO’s Game of Thrones and as per Vogue, it is unlikely that we get to see him in the remaining two episodes. Pilou Asbæk as Euron GreyjoyYoutubeThat being said, from the looks of “The Last of Starks” we learned that Lord Varys is ready to betray Daenerys Targaryen as he has realized that Jon Snow would serve as a better ruler than Dany. As per a popular belief, Lord Varys will make Illyrio Mopatis turn the Golden Company against Cersei Lannister and join their hands so that they will be able to conspire against Daenerys and put a true Westeros-born Targaryen on the Iron Throne.By doing this, the Golden Company will stay against Daenerys Targaryen but at the same time, will stop supporting Cersei Lannister. If this happens, then it would be an extremely bold move by Lord Varys. More will be revealed when Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 will air on Monday morning at 6:30 am on Hotstar.last_img read more

A Dogs Purpose filmmakers accused of animal cruelty

first_imgAnimal lovers on Wednesday called for a boycott of the upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” after video footage emerged of an apparently terrified dog on the set being forced into rushing water.The video shot in 2015 and published by the celebrity website TMZ shows a German Shepherd struggling to get away from his handler at the edge of a pool with swirling water.“He ain’t gonna calm down till he goes in the water, you just gotta throw him in,” someone is heard saying on the video, as the dog claws at the edges of the pool and is finally pushed into the turbulent water.The one-minute video, which TMZ said was shot near Winnipeg, Canada, during the movie’s production, ends with the dog going under the surface after running into the wall of the pool. Crew members are then seen rushing to recover the animal.Animal rights groups expressed outrage over the footage and urged a boycott of the movie as many took to social media to express their anger.“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props,” Lisa Lange, vice president for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told AFP.Another Canada-based group, Animal Justice, said it had filed a complaint with Canadian authorities calling for the filmmakers to be charged with animal cruelty.“It is illegal to inflict suffering and anxiety onto animals, and there is no loophole that lets Hollywood moviemakers get away with abusing animals on a film set,” said Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice.American Humane, the organization that oversees animal safety on film sets, said it was investigating the incident.Officials at Universal Pictures, which is releasing the movie that stars Dennis Quaid on 27 January, could not be reached for comment.But in a statement to TMZ, the company said “fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film.”last_img read more

Why Men Rank Higher than Women at Chess Its Not Biological

first_imgViswanathan Anand is the current World Chess Champion. (PhysOrg.com) — In the recorded history of chess, world champions have always been male, not female. Further, there is currently only one woman in the top 100 chess players in the world. Because chess is often considered to be the ultimate intellectual activity, male dominance at chess is often cited as an example of innate male intellectual superiority. But rather than resort to biological or cultural explanations, a recent study proposes a different explanation. A team of researchers from the UK has shown that the under-representation of women at the top end in chess is almost exactly what would be expected, given the much greater number of men that participate in the game at all. Researchers Merim Bilalic, et al., have published their research on this statistical sampling explanation in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.The authors analyzed the population of about 120,000 German players as recorded by the German chess federation in April 2007. Based on more than 3,000 tournaments per year, the German chess federation measures the skill level of all competitive and most hobby players in the country (the rating correlates highly with the widely known Elo rating). The sample population included 113,386 men and 7,013 women (a ratio of 16:1).First, the researchers estimated the expected performance of the top 100 male and top 100 female players. Then, they compared the expected differences in points between these high-ranking male and female players with the actual point differences. Theoretically, the size difference between the male and female groups should correspond to the point differences between the top performers in the two groups.The results showed that the top three women had more points than expected, the next 70 or so pairs showed a small advantage for the men, and the last 20 pairs showed a small advantage for the women. Overall, men performed slightly better than expected, with an average advantage of 353 points, whereas the expected advantage was 341 points. Nevertheless, about 96% of the actual difference between genders could be explained by the statistical fact that the extreme values from a large sample are likely to be larger than those from a small one.In the study, the scientists also discussed the question of why so few women participate in chess at all. While it’s possible that there exists a self-selection process based on innate biological differences that leads women to drop out of chess early on, this argument rests on a controversial assumption, the researchers say. That is, it requires that there is an innate difference between genders in the intellectual abilities associated with chess – an assumption that has little empirical evidence to support it.Whether or not statistical sampling covers all the bases of explaining male superiority in chess, the researchers hope that the explanation will be considered by both experts and laypeople. In previous discussions of gender difference, there is often no mention of participation rates, although a wide range of other reasons receive attention (e.g. different interests and gatekeeper effects, etc.). In addition, the researchers question whether a statistical sampling explanation might explain the predominance of men at the top of science and engineering fields – although performance in these activities is much more difficult to measure than in objectively ranked chess populations.More information: Bilalic, Merim; Smallbone, Kieran; McLeod, Peter; and Gobet, Fernand. “Why are (the best) women so good at chess? Participation rates and gender differences in intellectual domains.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1576.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Why Men Rank Higher than Women at Chess (It’s Not Biological) (2009, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-men-higher-women-chess-biological.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Freedom Mortgage Resolves FHA Allegations

first_img Freedom Mortgage Corp., is the latest company to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting single-family mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that did not meet the mortgage insurer’s requirements.The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that New Jersey-based Freedom Mortgage will pay $113 million resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act from 2006 to 2011. According to the Justice Department, today’s settlement resolves allegations that Freedom Mortgage “failed to comply with certain FHA origination, underwriting, and quality control requirements.”“It is imperative that mortgage lenders that participate in the FHA insurance program follow the rules and requirements set forth by HUD,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, Head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will continue to work with our partners at HUD, its Office of Inspector General, and U.S. Attorneys around the country to protect homeowners and taxpayers from those who knowingly seek to abuse the FHA program for their own gain.”U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey added, “Freedom Mortgage did not properly comply with FHA rules for the mortgages it was generating and did not adequately monitor early payment defaults. It also failed to report to HUD the defaults it did discover, as required by its participation in the program. Today’s settlement recognizes those failures and imposes an appropriate sanction.”Freedom Mortgage was not immediately available to comment at the time of publication of this article.The Department noted that as part of the settlement, Freedom Mortgage Corporation admitted to the following facts:Between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2011, it certified mortgage loans for FHA insurance that did not meet HUD underwriting requirements and were therefore not eligible for FHA mortgage insurance.Additionally, Freedom Mortgage Corporation did not adhere to FHA’s quality control (QC) requirements. Between 2006 and 2008, Freedom Mortgage Corporation did not share its early payment default (EPD) QC reviews with production and underwriting management, nor did it require responses to its EPD QC findings from its production or underwriting staff.Due to staffing limitations between 2008 and 2010, Freedom Mortgage Corporation did not always perform timely QC reviews or perform audits of all EPD loans, as required by HUD. An EPD is a loan that becomes 60 days past due within the first six months of the loan. The EPD QC reviews that Freedom Mortgage Corporation did perform revealed high defect rates, exceeding 30 percent between 2008 and 2010. Yet, between 2006 and 2011, Freedom Mortgage Corporation did not report a single improperly originated loan to HUD, despite its obligation to do so.Additionally, in 2012, after identifying hundreds of loans that “possibly should have been self-reported to HUD,” it reported only one. As a result of Freedom Mortgage Corporation’s conduct, HUD insured hundreds of loans that were not eligible for FHA mortgage insurance under the DEL program, and that HUD would not otherwise have insured and subsequently incurred substantial losses when it paid insurance claims on the ineligible loans approved by Freedom Mortgage Corporation.Click here to view the full announcement. FHA Freedom Mortgage Origination Underwriting 2016-04-15 Staff Writer Freedom Mortgage Resolves FHA Allegations in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Share April 15, 2016 784 Views last_img read more

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first_imgTemperatures will be slightly lower than average on Thursday in the Nicosia region, reaching 34C.Rain is also expected inland and on the mountains.On the west coast, the top temperature is expected to be 29C, in other coastal areas 32C and in Troodos 26C.Some fog and low clouds will form in the evening and temperatures will drop to 22C in most areas.During the weekend, the weather will be sunny with slightly higher temperatures. You May LikeGolden GlimpseWhere Does Bob Barker Live In 2019?Golden GlimpseUndoAfrican Safari Packages | Search AdsTailor Made Luxury African Safaris – Discover Africa in 2019African Safari Packages | Search AdsUndoHealthy MixerLiquid Gold: 35 Health Benefits of Natural HoneyHealthy MixerUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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