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WrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. WrestleMania XXVIII was held on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.WWE first produced the event in 1985 to be its premiere annual event and has since then produced twenty-seven editions.WWE regards it as a flagship event due to it being the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history. WrestleMania was conceptualized by WWE owner Vince McMahon.WrestleMania’s widespread success helped transform the professional wrestling industry and make WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world.Results: WWE Tag Team Championship: Triple Threat Tag Match (Pre-Show): Primo & Epico (c) def. Jimmy & Jey Uso and Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel by Primo (c) pinning Justin Gabriel following the BackStabber to retain.World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan (c) by pin following the Brogue Kick to win the World Heavyweight Title. Kane def. Randy Orton by pin following a super chokeslam. Intercontinental Championship: Big Show def. Cody Rhodes (c) by pin following the W.M.D. to win the Intercontinental Title. Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly def. Eve & Beth Phoenix by Maria Menounos rolling up Beth Phoenix. “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell Match: Special Referee- Shawn Michaels: The Undertaker def. Triple H by pin following the Tombstone Piledriver to increase his undefeated WrestleMania streak to 20-0. 12-Man Tag Match: Team Johnny- David Otunga (Captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, & The Miz (with John Laurinaitis, Eve, and Vickie Guerrero) def. Team Teddy- Santino Marella (Captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T (with Theodore Long, Hornswoggle, and Aksana) by The Miz pinning Zack Ryder following the Skull Crushing Finale. As a result, John Laurinaitis gets total control of both RAW and SmackDown. WWE Championship: Title Changes Hands on a DQ: CM Punk (c) def. Chris Jericho by submission to the Anaconda Vise to retain. “Once in a Lifetime” Match: The Rock def. John Cena by pin following the Rock Bottom.advertisement
Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are now available for purchase in India. The devices were first unveiled at the recently concluded MWC event last month. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were earlier up for pre-order via online retailers like Flipkart, Amazon India, Infibeam and Snapdeal. They are now available for grabs, starting at Rs 49,900.Both the handsets will be available in three internal memory variants: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The base 32GB variant of the Galaxy S6 is priced at Rs 49,900 while the 64GB and 128GB variants come at Rs 55,900 and Rs 61,900 respectively.The Galaxy S6 Edge with its first-of-its-kind twin curved display starts at Rs 58,900 for the base 32GB variant. The 64GB and 128GB variants of the handset are available for Rs 64,900 and Rs 70,900 respectively. It must be noted that neither of the handsets support expandable storage.In terms of specification set, both the devices seem well endowed on paper. The Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protective covering.It is powered by a 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU with Mali-T760 and 3 GB RAM. The dual-SIM device runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s TouchWiz UI on top. It sports a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash. There is also a 5 MP front facing camera with Auto HDR. It is backed by a 2550 mAh battery.The Edge variant of the Galaxy S6 comes with a similar spec sheet, with design and bettery being the only point of distinction between the two handsets. The Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a larger 2800 mAh battery.advertisement
“He had some shoulder pain after his fall and he has to have tests tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, but there is no serious concern.” After the disappointment of seeing the Netherlands pip them to a place at the Nations League finals with a late Virgil van Dijk goal in Germany on Monday, Olivier Giroud’s 52nd-minute penalty gave France victory in a repeat of the two teams’ World Cup quarter-final meeting in Russia. “It was important to finish on a positive note, even in the last defeat (by the Netherlands) saw us miss out on the (Nations League) semi-finals,” Deschamps told M6. Roared on by a large crowd in Paris, France opened up the Uruguay defence in only the fourth minute, but Giroud fired a first-time shot wide of the near post with just goalkeeper Martin Campana to beat. Matias Vecino headed too close to Hugo Lloris as the visitors settled into the game, but Mbappe should have put France ahead when he raced clean through on goal, only to mishit a chipped effort well wide. – Mbappe in agony -===================The 19-year-old was left writhing on the ground in pain after a heavy touch saw him tackled by Campana, appearing to sustain a shoulder injury as he crashed to the turf. Mbappe tried to play on, but he only lasted a matter of seconds before signalling to the bench that he could not continue and was replaced by Florian Thauvin. Chelsea striker Giroud wasted another good opportunity for the French shortly after the break, heading over from the edge of the six-yard box. But he was given an even better chance to get on the scoresheet as Martin Cacares was penalised for handball after Antoine Griezmann’s shot struck his chest and his arm. Giroud stepped up and slammed a confident spot-kick into the bottom corner past Campana.”We’re a little disappointed not to be qualified in the Nations League, but it’s like that,” Giroud said. “We may have lost a game we shouldn’t have, but we had the heart to react, and I think we did it pretty well.” The world champions started to play with more confidence, and Tanguy Ndombele forced the onrushing Campana into a good save after a wonderful scooped pass by Griezmann. Substitute Jonathan Rodriguez went close as Uruguay piled bodies forward looking for an equaliser, but Oscar Tabarez’s team slipped to a second successive 1-0 friendly loss after their defeat by Brazil in London last week. “We have to understand against whom we came to play in Europe — Brazil and France,” said Tabarez. “I think the French were superior in the first 15 or 20 minutes, but after that it was relatively balanced in the second half.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided “AS-IS,” “AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Prosecutor suspects French surgeon of molesting nearly 200 children A shoulder injury to Kylian Mbappe overshadowed France’s 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay at the Stade de France on Tuesday as Didier Deschamps’ world champions ended the year on a high note.Mbappe had to be replaced in the first half after a nasty fall, continuing a miserable night for his Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel after the German had already seen Neymar hobble off injured early in Brazil’s friendly with Cameroon in Milton Keynes. PSG face Liverpool in a crucial Champions League clash at the Parc des Princes on November 28.When asked if he could give “reassuring news” about Mbappe in his press conference, France coach Deschamps said: “Not necessarily reassuring, but not worrying either.Related News Dear India, won’t you let Nala visit? England, France seal their place in Euro 2020
Australia coach Darren Lehmann will have a ‘private chat’ with Usman Khawaja after the top order batsman publicly criticised selectors for dropping him during the Sri Lanka tour.Khawaja and opener Joe Burns were omitted for the third and final Test in Colombo, which Australia lost to slump to a 3-0 series whitewash.Although both the Queenslanders struggled for runs, Khawaja told local media over the weekend he felt they were unfairly singled out.”It was disappointing that Joe Burns and I were sort of the scapegoats for not performing,” Khawaja told Fairfax Media.”I found it pretty fickle that the selectors dropped me for the third one.”Khawaja’s comments came less than a week before Lehmann and selectors Rod Marsh, Mark Waugh and Trevor Hohns, pick their squad for the three-Test South Africa series starting in Perth on Nov 3.Lehmann said he would talk to Khawaja but denied the batsman’s comments would count against his hopes of a recall.”He is not on the back foot,” Lehmann told local reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday. “(But) I will chat to him privately.”We would rather have these things played out between selectors and players.”Khawaja and Burns both enjoyed outstanding home summers against New Zealand and West Indies but struggled on the flat wickets of Sri Lanka in August where they averaged 13.75 and 8.50 runs respectively.”Being on the selection panel for the Test match, it was warranted,” Lehmann said of their omission in Colombo.”At the end of the day, there were different conditions and those two guys weren’t playing well enough – they averaged eight or seven in two Test matches.advertisement”We had to change something, but that doesn’t affect the summer at home.”We have to work out what we think the best batting line-up is for the summer.”Khawaja and Burns are hoping to impress selectors in Queensland’s day-night Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales this week.Western Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, who replaced Burns and scored a century in Colomobo, is also bidding for a top order spot as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
This is my latest Fundraising Success column – timely stuff, I think, so I’m sharing it here.It’s ugly out there, and if you’re the pilot of your fundraising endeavors, you’re getting pretty sick of the turbulence. Many of us are rendered nauseous by the sight of the goals on our development dashboards. Some nonprofits are in a fiscal nosedive. And as any financial pundit worth his market metaphors will tell you, falling is no fun, especially without a golden parachute.In situations like this, some people panic. Others get inventive. Let’s all pledge here and now to stay in the latter category. As a wise man once said, worrying is not thinking and complaining is not action.Here are five keys to pulling yourself and your message together to survive 2009. They are all variations on an important theme: give donors what they want during tough times. 1. Give donors what they want: to feel good.That’s right. Donors want to feel good, especially right now. They want a helper’s high. They want to have an impact, make a difference and attain an emotional ROI. You don’t give that to them with a desperate, doom and gloom message about your dire need. Even if you’re feeling negative, there is no need to share that emotion unless there is a happy windup to your appeal. Who can the donor save? What can they make possible? How can they be a superhuman life-changer for a small sum? Tell them that. It’s good stuff. It’s motivating stuff. It works. DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THIS. Times are tough and if you can make people feel good about themselves and what they’ve done, that’s worth a lot to them.2. Give donors what they want: to hear from people they know.Now’s a good time to change up the messenger. People are going to be in a kind of mental fetal position this year, clinging to their nearest and dearest in this scary world. So if you put your cause in the mouths of their friends and family, you’re going to get much further than you would messaging alone. Ask your supporters to spread the word about you. The messenger will be key this year, and it’s best if it’s not you.3. Give donors what they want: tangibility.People are pinching pennies and seeking value this year, whether in the aisles of Wal-Mart or when giving money. You need to show you’re going to be a very trustworthy, efficient and effective steward of their money, and there’s no better way to do that than to be very concrete. Where will the money go? What dollars buy what change? What good is going to result from a gift? Answer these questions many times: when a donor gives, after they give, and next time you contact them for help. 4. Give donors what they want: flexibility.Not everyone can give as they have in more prosperous times. So recognize that fact and give them flexibility in how they support you. How can they volunteer their times or talents? How can they assist you in spreading the word? How about monthly giving – modest amounts deducted from their credit cards? Make it easy for people to help, no matter how hard the times.5. Give donors what they want: personalization.Last, don’t forget to do everything you can to personalize your messages. Donors are going to be hit up for money left and right by desperate parties this year. If you show you see them as a person and not a walking wallet, you stand a better chance of standing out. Ask them about their interests so you can cater to them.I’ll also add a bonus sixth point, which is that if these things aren’t working at all, that tells you something. One explanation is hard times, but that’s not the whole story. If you can’t prove your relevance to donors or supporters, you have more than the recession to blame. You need to call up a few folks and find out why you’re failing to connect. Or ask yourself if you are targeting the wrong audience. Or question if you need to join forces with an organization better positioned for outreach. Keep looking till you know why you’re failing – and then have the courage to fix the underlying problem. The more you think instead of panic, the greater your chances of pulling out of your nosedive and taking flight.
Premier League Ultra-aggressive Guardiola constructing a fearsome knockout machine Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Getty Images Premier League Guardiola Leroy Sané Raheem Sterling Sergio Agüero Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester City Crystal Palace Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Opinion The league leaders have overwhelmed their last three league opponents with Pep in the midst of building his most formidable ever attacking team Manchester City missed too many chances for Pep Guardiola’s liking last term. To correct that failing he has assembled not only the most offensive, but the most aggressive team he’s ever had.It may still only be September but the Catalan already has goal difference on his mind. The sole way he can ensure his team win the matches they are expected to win and stay ahead of title-chasing rivals is to set out to obliterate every opposition team from first whistle to last.Man City 10/1 to beat Shakhtar 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing When they hit their stride, there is simply no stopping them.You might expect in any football team that the defenders play at the back – doing most of their work in their own half – and the attackers go to the front.Pep has turned that paradigm on its head. He’s lifted the defensive, midfield and attacking sectors of the team and plonked them far, far closer to the opposition goal, setting up a hyper-aggressive attacking unit that – in possession – appears in a unique and dominant 2-1-4-3.Without the ball? Don’t worry about that; they are never without the ball for any significant spell.Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones – with Fernandinho splitting them – played mostly on the halfway line against Crystal Palace. The midfield of Benjamin Mendy, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker were much closer to the opposition goal. Up front were Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane who gorged themselves on the pitiful Palace defence.Silva and De Bruyne are the engine room but they prowl and probe around the other team’s box. That’s where City are plotting their midfield now. And everything City do well emanates from those two.Against Palace they completed 180 passes between them – 91 for De Bruyne and 89 for Silva. De Bruyne had 78 of his in the Palace half. For Silva that figure was 65. De Bruyne put in six crosses and Silva seven. De Bruyne played three of what Opta describes as key passes. Silva hit six. De Bruyne had two second-assists – that is the pass before the pass – while Silva had two assists of his own.Their shots? One between them; for Silva. Guardiola knew last season that Silva and De Bruyne would be influential in any successful City team but was also aware of their limitations in front of goal.Now they load the bullets, they switch play, cross accurately and play cute through balls. It is their industry that has allowed Sane and Sterling further forward to flourish.If you can imagine Chelsea’s highly successful 3-4-3 from last season without any semblance of caution and about 500 per cent more venom then you would be close to seeing Pep’s current City team for what it is.That bloodlust is necessary and it’s frightening. City have won their last three league games 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0. They scored four more in the Champions League.This was a glimpse of the power City possess when firing on all cylinders. There is simply no let up.That said, Guardiola might well have been pulling his hair out in the first half here if he had any left. He was instead compelled to kick a chair on the Etihad sidelines to channel his frustration at a team too slow in possession and too compliant in allowing the opposition to settle into a defensive shape.Guardiola’s teams in the past – at Barcelona and Bayern Munich – were criticised for a kind of sterile dominance. They would keep the ball for long stretches of the match without actually looking like scoring.City were lulled into performing like that here momentarily and Guardiola was not going to tolerate it. He put his arm around a ball boy at one stage and demanded he be quicker in returning balls to the field. He barked orders every time the ball went dead at a player who wasn’t shifting the ball quick enough.City’s lull lasted maybe half an hour until Pep got them through the Tunnel Club and into the environs of the dressing room.From then on it was all about overwhelming the opposition – not only in possession – but in speed, purpose and chance creation too. Guardiola expects rapid ball circulation as a matter of habit in his City players and when they are not giving it to him he is not shy about reminding them. What came after the break was utter destruction.Every month the world of boxing seems to throw up a superfight these days. Well, there would appear to be another heavyweight contest looming at the top of the Premier League too as two old foes step on the scales.Let’s have the tale of the tape.In the red corner Jose Mourinho. He delivered another masterclass in Floyd Mayweather football against Southampton on Saturday. Cover up, break through occasionally, win the rounds.If Manchester United are going to hang at the top of the table, it is going to be like this; cautious and a clean sheet at all costs.In the blue corner Pep Guardiola. These days he’s like Vasyl Lomachenko – the Ukrainian featherweight who’s stopped his last six opponents on the road to superstardom.And Pep’s City team appear like a boxer performing deep inside hostile territory where he can’t trust the scorecards; no option but to go for the KO every time. Crystal Palace corner would have thrown the towel long before the 90th minute on Saturday afternoon if they’d had their chance.And on this form, no defence looks enough to contain them. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for three games for a violation of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. The decision came on Thursday at the conclusion of a league investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016.The NFL “concluded that Winston violated the personal conduct policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.”Winston accepted the suspension and apologized in a statement on Facebook. “First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize,” Winston wrote. “In the past 2 1/2 years my life has been filled with experiences, opportunities and events that have helped me grow, mature and learn, including the fact that I have eliminated alcohol from my life.“Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook news Topics Since you’re here… Uber As a result of the suspension, Winston will forfeit $124,000 of his $705,000 base salary next season. Next year, Winston is due for a raise to $20.9m. “All members of our organization are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Personal Conduct Policy of the NFL,” the Buccaneers said in a statement. “We are disappointed that Jameis put himself in a position that has been found to violate the policy and accept today’s decision by the Commissioner.”Winston will be required to obtain a clinical evaluation as part of his punishment. The league said future violations for Winston under the policy will “result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL.”A female Uber driver in Arizona accused Winston of groping her in March 2016, and the league began its investigation last November. Winston had publicly denied the allegations. The driver came forward in a story for Buzzfeed, she also alleged that Winston shouted homophobic slurs at pedestrians during the ride. The No 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after a decorated collegiate career, Winston has worked to rehabilitate his image after he was the subject of a high-profile sexual assault complaint by another student at Florida State.He was never charged over the 2012 incident, and following an investigation the university found he had not violated the student code. Winston settled a lawsuit with the woman in December “to the satisfaction of the parties”. In January 2016, FSU agreed to pay $950,000 to settle the Title IX lawsuit filed by the woman against the university.In March of this year, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started three games and went 2-1 last season. Fitzpatrick was in the line-up after Winston injured his shoulder at New Orleans. Fitzpatrick finished with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in 2017.Tampa Bay open the season against the Saints in New Orleans before hosting the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, and then facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium.Last season Winston completed 63.8%of his passes for 3,504 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Winston has an 18-27 record as a starter in his three NFL seasons. Support The Guardian Share via Email NFL Reuse this content US sports NFL looking into claim that Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston groped Uber driver Share on Pinterest Tampa Bay Buccaneers Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)The NCAA continues to be its own worst enemy.Former Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Brock Hoffman transferred to Virginia Tech following the 2018 college football season.The NCAA requires non-graduate transfer players to sit for a season if they choose to transfer to an FBS program, unless they receive a waiver.Hoffman attempted to receive a family medical hardship waiver from the NCAA, but was denied. He plans to appeal the decision and took to Twitter to vent his frustration.Hoffman revealed his mother had a brain tumor removed and is still suffering from facial paralysis and eye sight issues.He transferred to Virginia Tech so he could be closer to home and help take care of her, but now has to sit out the 2019 college football season after being denied a waiver.He pleaded with Hokie Nation to help him in his appeal process.#HokieNation I NEED YOUR SUPPORT!! pic.twitter.com/LDOXy4vRMV— Brock (@BrockHoffman76) April 23, 2019Several quarterbacks received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately with their new school. Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia, forcing Tate Martell to transfer from Ohio State to Miami.Both were ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA.Hoffman seems to have a legitimate reason to apply for a waiver, but was denied. College football fans trashed the NCAA for its decision.The former two-star recruit started all 12 games for Coastal Carolina in 2018.
This year Elton John will be performing a solo set on piano for the 13th annual An Enduring Vision gala to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.The event will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will return for a seventh year as host of the event, and the Foundation will honor Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Hendon, Jay Jopling, and Nathalie and Pablo Salame for their leadership in the fight against AIDS and outstanding support of EJAF’s work.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at 212.219.0670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundation
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Marijuana industry titans will gather in New Brunswick next week to discuss how to market cannabis in a competitive legal marketplace, and other issues raised by the dawn of government-run weed.The World Cannabis Congress will host 450 industry leaders starting Sunday evening in Saint John.Topping their agenda is the branding challenge: Health Canada is requiring marijuana packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a health warning.“We have to find creative ways to market our product and differentiate ourselves while remaining within the regulations,” said Ray Gracewood, chief operating officer for Organigram, a Moncton, N.B., based medicinal cannabis producer that is ready to enter the recreational market.Gracewood said the market needs to be able to develop brands when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada later this summer.“Without the opportunity to develop a brand that’s targeted in a responsible way to responsible adults, it allows the industry to be exposed to the illicit market and the continued growth of the illicit market where brands do exist and amazing packaging does exist,” he said.Organigram recently announced a number of brands, including Trailer Park Buds, through a partnership with the people responsible for the “Trailer Park Boys” television show. The firm’s Moncton facility has expanded several times and now has more than 260 employees.Gracewood said unless producers are able to be competitive within the regulations, people will be forced to look for loopholes.“I don’t think that is the intention, but there is a good chance that may become the end result.”Rock stars are becoming one early differentiator.In March, Vancouver-based licensed producer Invictus MD brought on KISS co-founder Gene Simmons as “chief evangelist officer” and investor.Simmons, who maintains that he has never smoked cannabis in his life, said he is “bullish” on Invictus. He has purchased $10 million in stock in the company.The Tragically Hip, meantime, are a creative partner and shareholder in Newstrike Resources Ltd., an Ontario marijuana producer.Derek Riedle, publisher of cannabis culture magazine “Civilized” and co-chair of the conference, said the invitation-only event is an opportunity to draw on the experience of other jurisdictions around the world.“A brand is something we can talk about here in Canada but there are remarkable differences between the way Canadian and American companies need to behave in those marketplaces. It is not just within the Canadian context,” he said.The conference agenda includes other items such as impaired driving and the unanticipated impacts of legalization.Riedle said they will also explore the lessons learned in different jurisdictions in the United States and elsewhere around the world, but he said all eyes are on Canada.“Because Canada is moving towards a legal recreational market first and before the vast majority of other jurisdictions around the world, we really are viewed as global leaders. The rest of the world is interested in what’s going on here in Canada,” he said.But Riedle stresses there are many lessons to be learned and Canada is still very early in the game.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version spelled Riedle incorrectly
Rabat- The teacher who shockingly suggested that the best lesson for the woman and van driver accused of engaging in a sexual act in Ramadan is to be stoned to death, has publicly shared his residential address on Facebook as a challenge to social media users who largely criticized and condemned his statements.The teacher, Toufiq Tajkani from Tetouan who claims to work at the Ministry of National Education, must have thought it brave to share his personal address following a new controversial post, before he changed his mind and disabled the post later:“Stoning to death is one of God’s punishments that Islam brought to fight eroticism and profanity,” he wrote on a Facebook status with a background symbolizing Ramadan. In a follow-up post he displayed the address of places he frequents in Tetouan as well as his personal address.Tajkani remained firm on his previous remarks when he said that he felt sorry because the assaulted woman and van driver were not stoned to death instead of being beaten with sticks.Tajkani’s post sparked widespread condemnation from social media users who personally attacked him and deemed his statements brutal, siding with the abused individuals. The woman said to her attackers she was only riding with the driver to run an errand.Following the wide social media circulation of the video showing masked men beating a woman and van driver, the King’s Attorney General at the coastal city of Safi’s Court of Appeal has opened an investigation to examine the incident’s circumstances.
Get a sneak peek of BlackBerry 10, the next generation mobile platform that will change everythingTORONTO — Some of Ottawa’s key government officials will be among the first to get a sneak peek of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.The Canadian Press has learned that Research In Motion has sent invitations to a list of select politicians for an event in the nation’s capital on Nov. 7.Designed to drum up excitement on Parliament Hill, RIM will host a walk-through of the new system at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Politicians will also have a chance to mingle with executives of the company.Invitations were sent to MPs, their assistants, members of Industry Canada, and regional caucus members.“Get a sneak peek of BlackBerry 10, the next generation mobile platform that will change everything,” the invitation reads.[np-related /]“You’re invited to join BlackBerry Government Forum 2012 for an exclusive invite-only presentation.”RIM is preparing to launch its new operating system and BlackBerry devices early next year, though a specific launch date hasn’t been set. A touch screen version of the smartphone is expected to debut first, followed by a keypad variation of the device.Government workers have been heavy BlackBerry users since the early days of RIM, particularly because the devices are known for their encryption system, which adds another layer of protection to confidential information.Despite the onslaught of competitors in the North American consumer market, including Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3, the BlackBerry remains the dominant phone on Parliament Hill.Each Member of Parliament is issued a BlackBerry smartphone when they take the job, and the BlackBerry Messenger service has become the substitute for a quick email.RIM’s PlayBook tablet device hasn’t proven as successful, though, and House members are often seen using iPads instead.In other countries, the BlackBerry has also been a staple of politicians, including in the U.S. where President Barack Obama said during his first campaign that he relied on the device.However, several companies have jumped ship from RIM phones to other devices in recent months, primarily due to several delays in the roll out of the latest version.On Friday, U.S. government adviser Booz Allen Hamilton said it was shutting down its BlackBerry server and allowing its employees to use iPhones and Android devices.The Canadian Press
In a ceremony which took place today at Puerto Coloso, Antofagasta, Minera Escondida inaugurated a 2,500-l/s desalination plant to supply the mine’s needs. The new plant is in addition to the company’s 525-l/s plant, which has been in operation for twelve years.The new plant is at the heart of the company’s water strategy, which consists in increasing the use of desalinated water and recovering more water from its processes as a means of gradually reducing withdrawals from aquifers.Construction of the plant required an investment of $3,430 million. This included two 42” pipelines to transport the water to 3,200 m above sea level, four high-pressure pumping stations, a reservoir at the mine and high-voltage electricity infrastructure to operate the system.In order to ensure the electricity for pumping the water, BHP awarded a long-term contract for the development of the Kelar Power Plant, which was originally designed to use coal but was converted into a combined-cycle natural gas plant in order to have energy from a cleaner source.“The plant we are inaugurating today required 45 million man-hours of work, a challenge that was notable for an outstanding performance on safety, our most prized value,” said Mauro Neves, President of Minera Escondida. “At present,” he added, “we are operating three concentrators simultaneously, an unprecedented situation in the mining world, giving us a greater processing capacity with which to maintain our copper output. In this, the new desalination plant plays a crucial role.”Daniel Malchuk, President of BHP Minerals Americas, indicated that “this plant reflects our deeply held belief that it is possible to practice sustainable mining, which is both an ethical imperative and a fundamental condition for the business. In Chile, we aspire to cease using fresh water altogether as from 2030. We have progressed in this transition and will continue to do so gradually over the next ten years.”
Over the weekend an ask me anything thread was started on Reddit by an individual claiming to be an Xbox One operating system developer. Proof was given to the Reddit moderators that the developer was legitimate, albeit he wanted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.The stand out piece of information this developer revealed was how important the new Kinect sensor succeeding is to Microsoft. The mandatory Kinect peripheral was decided upon so as to guarantee developers had access to it for every game they developed. The developer also pointed out gamers dismissing it outright were being shortsighted. The way it works is meant to be integral to the Xbox One experience and we will see that upon release.But Kinect being successful is important to Microsoft because of cost. According to this developer, manufacturing the Kinect costs almost as much as the Xbox One console itself. If no one uses it, then that’s going to be a huge waste of money for every console shipped.This also clears up the reason why the Xbox One is $499 and the PS4 is $399. As the Kinect costs so much to make, matching Sony at $399 wouldn’t just cost Microsoft profit, it would be a huge loss incurred for every console sold. Clearly Microsoft isn’t willing to take that hit. It will also makes it more difficult for Microsoft to reduce the cost of the Xbox One in the years after its launch. With two expensive devices in the box, you just can’t save as much money on manufacturing costs as you can with just a console.I am of the opinion that mandatory Kinect is a mistake. Microsoft is positioning it for use in any and all games, but motion control just doesn’t work for all games, and even if it does, it is done so in a limited form. A good example is Kinect use in Battlefield 4, which developer DICE has already admitted will be limited. If there is an integral experience Kinect provides on Xbox One, then Microsoft really needs to start showing that off now so we as gamers can understand exactly what it is and get excited about it.Microsoft has already U-turned on the Xbox One being an always connected console and controlling used game sales. It seems very unlikely they will do the same thing with mandatory Kinect even if the negativity towards it continues. If games in general don’t take full advantage of it, though, then most Kinect sensors will sit gathering dust on top of your TV.
Envoyer vos voeux aux astronautes de l’ISSLe site de la NASA vous propose d’envoyer vos voeux à l’équipage de la Station spatiale internationale à l’aide d’une jolie carte postale ou par l’intermédiaire de Twitter. Illuminations féériques, menu de fête en préparation, vendeurs de sapin dans les rues, pas de doute Noël approche. Mais si nous serons comme chaque année des milliards à fêter Noël entourés de nos proches sur la terre ferme, certains le célèbreront loin, très loin au dessus de nous… dans l’espace ! Cette année, c’est en effet au tour de l’astronaute américain Dan Burbank et des cosmonautes russes Anton Shkaplerov et Anatoly Ivanishin de fêter Noël à bord de la Station spatiale internationale où ils vivent déjà depuis 15 jours. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais il ne seront pas que trois, puisque le 22 décembre prochain si tout se passe comme prévu, ils seront rejoints par trois nouveaux spationautes, l’Américain Don Pettit, le Russe Oleg Kononenko et l’Européen Andre Kuipers. A six, ils pourront alors dignement célébrer la fin de l’année en… lisant les cartes de voeux envoyées de la Terre. En effet, la NASA nous propose sur son site d’envoyer un petit message à l’équipage à l’aide de cartes ‘postales’ virtuelles ou par l’intermédiaire de Twitter. L’occasion de passer le bonjour (voire plus si affinités) à cette 30e expédition de l’ISS, station inaugurée en octobre 2000 par un tout premier équipage composé de l’Américain William Shepherd et des Russes Yuri Gidzenko et Sergei Krikalev. Le 3 décembre 2011 à 10:02 • Maxime Lambert
The former Spain and Barcelona star appeared on Three Kings Day dressed as one of the kings with his face covered in black.A tweetstorm happened on Three Kings Day after Andres Iniesta published a photo on his Twitter account.Former Spain and Barcelona star published a photo where he was dressed as one of the kings, with his face covered in black paint.“Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Magic Kings at his house and decided to photograph themselves to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks,” an agency representing the player told Sports Illustrated.“With this post, Andres Iniesta wanted to show the world the children’s illusion in this magical and special day.”Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year,” the agency added.“At no time, Andres Iniesta wanted to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologizes to those people who may have been offended.”👑👑👑💫💫💫 pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019
Posted: July 15, 2018 MISSION VALLEY (KUSI) – A dead man was found in a Mission Valley freeway interchange, his smashed-up motorcycle in the nearby ice-plant, officials announced Sunday.The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said it was at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday when a CHP officer noticed a man lying in a gore point on the transition ramp from eastbound Interstate 8 to northbound state Route 163, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.Responding emergency personnel found a heavily damaged motorcycle in an iceplant near the man, who was already dead.The man was identified as Jeffrey Rodriguez, 24, of San Diego.It was unclear what caused the crash, or when it occurred. KUSI Newsroom, July 15, 2018 Motorcyclist found dead at Mission Valley freeway interchange KUSI Newsroom Updated: 12:36 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Participants from Central America at the ASA/WISHH Soy in Cooking Course hosted by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois.Last month, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Program (ASA/WISHH), invited three representatives from a commercial food processing company in Guatemala, and one representative from a government feeding program in El Salvador, to a soy in cooking course.The course was held at the University of Illinois and hosted by the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL). Participants reported the course to be a great success and one company has already reached out to a U.S. supplier looking for new soy products to include in their product lines and the other organization is committed to using soy in their programming next year.NSRL and ASA/WISHH are partners in the region and will continue follow up with these projects in 2014.
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19.Focus: Educational Justice: Creating Awareness and Challenging Inequities Within Our School System.Workshops and children’s activities. Lunch provided.Details: visit http://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-diversity/mlkCarrying hand-lettered signs that read “Black lives matter” and “We the people,” about 75 students, staff and faculty gathered in front of the library at Washington State University Vancouver on Wednesday to speak out about police treatment of black men.The Justice for Black Lives Rally is one of many organized at college campuses and public squares across the country in response to a grand jury decision to not indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.“We are wearing black clothing to respond to all the black lives lost to police brutality,” said student Cetara Davis, who stood on a bench to address the crowd standing under a crimson WSU Vancouver awning as rain pelted the campus.Davis is one of the students who organized the rally through the campus Student Diversity Center and a new campus group, Black People United. Isaiah Miller, 20, a junior majoring in hospitality business management, took Davis’ place on the bench.“I am going to read names of some of the unarmed black men killed by police brutality,” he said.After he read the names of 42 unarmed black men killed by police since 2010, he said, “I’m a black man on this campus of predominantly not color. If you would join me in taking a moment of silence for these fallen brothers, I would appreciate it.”