Amazon ambassadors flood Twitter with fake messages Report

first_imgSan Francisco: There has been a surge in Amazon employees’ accounts on Twitter who are praising the e-commerce giant, the workplace and its policies on the platform, creating suspicion among former workers whether this is actually the case. The employees — known as “fulfillment centre (FC) ambassadors” — have flooded Twitter in recent times, tweeting about how much they love working at Amazon, the Vice reported on Friday. “The accounts are spread across the world, with users not just based in the US but Spain, the UK, Germany and elsewhere too,” the report said. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I suffer from depression too, and at one point I wanted to quit Amazon. But I realized it was my fault for the problems I was dealing with, and not Amazon’s. I’m allowed to talk to people, but sometimes I don’t want to. Now I have some great coworkers to pass the nights with,” tweeted Hannah, an Amazon FC Ambassador. Another Twitter account by the name of @AmazonFCRafael tweeted: “It’s true that our managers don’t have the power to improve our wages, but they can help and look out for employees like me on doing the job that we do. The wages of the FC is $15-$17/hr, with good benefits and paid tuition for school”. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India However, some former Amazon ambassadors aren’t convinced by the new claims. “That account you linked to seemed suspiciously fake. Like they hired a PR person to work as an associate for a bit or something,” one former ambassador told Motherboard. “You’d never expect to see a FedEx or UPS factory worker making posts about how great it is to work there,” the ex-Amazon ambassador added. Amazon said the accounts were indeed controlled by full-time employees. “These accounts are run by FC employees who understand what it’s actually like to work in our FCs,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. Motherboard found the vast majority of accounts posted tweets using a social media management tool called “Sprinklr”. “It appears that many of the FC Ambassador accounts are linked to an Amazon email address specifically created for handling part of the FC’s social media presence.” Amazon last year created a series of Twitter accounts for its “FC ambassadors”. “The ambassadors tweeted about the plentiful bathroom breaks offered them by their employer with a false cheer common to hostages. In exchange for their testimony, the workers reportedly received one additional paid day off, and a $50 gift card,” reports The Verge. Amazon has been criticised for “poor working practices” at its fulfillment centres. In July, Amazon workers and activists took to the streets as the retail giant’s biggest sales event of the year, Prime Day, kicked off. The workers voiced opposition protesting the company’s general culture, working conditions, pay and benefits. Activists said that workers at Amazon face long hours with few bathroom breaks and do not get a living wage.last_img read more

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Dhoni has proved age is just a number says Kohli

first_imgDharamsala: India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday yet again showered praise on M.S. Dhoni, saying there is no replacement for experience for the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman who has, on many instances, shown that age is just a number. Following the World Cup in England, Dhoni first made himself unavailable for the limited-overs series against the West Indies and then opted out of the T20I series against South Africa beginning Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. Many players have proven in the past that age is just a number and even Dhoni has done that a lot in his career,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of the first T20I. “One thing great about him is that he thinks for Indian cricket. When to stop playing cricket, is completely an individual decision. No one should give opinions regarding the matter,” he added. Voices have grown in the cricket fraternity for Dhoni’s retirement following the World Cup where he was criticised heavily for his slow batting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the recent times, Kohli added fuel to Dhoni’s retirement speculations after he posted a picture with Dhoni on Instagram. The 30-year-old remembered 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia and said that Dhoni made him run like in fitness test. However, Kohli was quick to clear the intention behind that social media post and said: “I did not have anything on my mind, I was just sitting at my home and I just uploaded the picture. It became news. It is a lesson for me about what I think about myself, the world does not necessarily see it that way.” “That game is very special, I have not openly talked about it so that is why I uploaded the picture but people took it otherwise,” he added. Following that post from Kohli, netizens were quick to draw conclusions and rumours about Dhoni’s retirement flooded the internet. But, later, BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad cleared the air, saying that the rumours were untrue and that the board was not aware about such news. Talking about the upcoming series, Kohli said the team management wants to give opportunities to guys who have been performing well in the domestic circuit with a roadmap to build the team for next year’s World T20. “We wanted to give opportunities to players who have done well for the past two years in the domestic circuit and T20 cricket in the IPL. It is about finding the best possible balance we can for the side and not necessarily stick to one particular type of balance. If other teams can bat till number nine, so why cannot we? Whatever decisions are made, they are made looking at the future,” Kohli added. “The first two to three T20I series will help us assess every situation. Definitely the roadmap for T20 World Cup in 2020 is on our mind. It is an exciting prospect looking at the new bunch of guys in our lineup,” he added.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia kicks off New Years Day polar bear dips in spite

first_imgHALIFAX – Organizers cancelled two New Year’s Day polar bear dips in Ontario because of the frigid temperatures, but not even a layer of ice could stop hundreds of people from plunging into the freezing waters of Herring Cove, N.S.Just hours before it was scheduled to begin, organizers of the Courage Polar Bear Dip in Oakville, Ont., announced they were calling off the event because of “significant” ice and rock movement that would have made the plunge unsafe.They said it was the first time in 33 years the event had been cancelled.Toronto organizers cancelled their New Year’s Day plunge on Sunday.In spite of the extreme cold warnings issued by Environment Canada that covered much of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and southern Quebec, many events went ahead.The dip outside Halifax was only delayed a few minutes while a boat chipped away at a sheet of ice covering the cove.Once the water was cleared, 83-year-old Arnie Ross took the inaugural leap with “2018” scrawled across his chest.The crowd chanted his name as Ross clawed up the icy ladder. He said the water was every bit as refreshing as it had been for his past 21 jumps.“Twenty-two years,” he exclaimed, flexing his muscles for the crowd.Robert Garnier said he has braved snowstorms, pounding surf and biting winds in his 27 years taking the plunge, a New Year tradition he said he inherited from his late father.“He said, ‘How you live this day is how you live the rest of your year,’” said Garnier. “I start it with a bang and look at it like a rebirth, if you will, or a baptism to 2018.”About 250 jumpers followed the octogenarian into the ice-cold water, organizers said, including children as young as 10, international students and burly men donning Hawaiian skirts and kilts.While temperatures were frigid across most of the country, hundreds of dippers across B.C.’s South Coast were greeted with sunshine and a high of 4 C.Garett Clayton took his first polar bear dip in Victoria.“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” he said. “My parents did it a long time ago and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever.”Wearing a festive Santa hat, veteran dipper Monica Flexhaug said she was taking part for the third time.“2018 is going to be a great year, might as well start it great and chipper,” she said.last_img read more

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Book on motherhood aims to give moms support when they struggle and

first_imgNORTH GRENVILLE, Ont. – Motherhood isn’t easy. Women around the world are expected to balance raising their children and personal and career growth, all while maintaining a Pinterest-perfect living space.And talking about their struggles that happen behind closed doors is taboo and stigmatized. One woman is aiming to open the doors for moms to share their struggles and find support from people just like them.Author and art therapist Anne Walsh has released her newest book–Out of the Mouth of Moms, from the Trenches of Motherhood— just in time for Mother’s Day, in hopes of giving other mothers something of a support group.“As an art therapist, I have a studio in our barn and I decided to start working with moms–with women in general, but I had a lot of moms coming in,” said Walsh, describing how her book came to be.“And they would come in looking like they had everything under control. There was no indication that they were struggling. But they would come in and start telling me all these doubts they had or that they had failed–that they screamed at their kid this morning or that they missed an appointment or that they worked and couldn’t go to their kid’s play. Or something like that.”It was then Walsh says she realized moms are more alike than they might know.“Because we don’t talk, we don’t know that we’re all struggling! That visual of all these moms in their homes individually struggling, feeling isolated–it was painful to think of that,” she said.“But what if we just talked? What if we actually stopped pretending and we just said, ‘I’m having a really hard day. It’s much harder than I thought and I could really use a friend right now’? Maybe the person two doors down is having a great day and they can come over and they can be your person to talk to. And when they’re struggling, they can feel comfortable coming over and saying ‘I’m really struggling today’ and we can help each other that way… as opposed to crying in the shower and then going out with your makeup done and your hair done and smiling and pretending everything is hunky dory when it’s not.”Book cover of ‘Out of the Mouth of Mothers’ by Anne Walsh. (SOURCE: Anne Walsh)Walsh hopes her book, which is a collection of other mother’s stories of their struggles and their triumphs, will help moms also having a tough time realize they are not alone.“What we struggle with might be different…but if we look at what we’re doing–we’re all doing the same thing. We just want to do the best job we possibly can raising our children so they grow up to be well-adjusted children.”On top of that, there’s very little recognition, validation, or support for moms.Walsh says that there should be a designated support system for mothers, built into everyday things. She uses the example of going to the gym.“I wanted to work out and there was no gym in my area that had a daycare attached. Some gyms have that but that wasn’t an option where I lived. And I remember I couldn’t go work out [because of that]… It would be nice to know that in your community you can go and work out somewhere where they’re taking care of your child so you can do that and not organize daycare or a babysitter or whatever, just to get out the door. And the same goes for groceries.”Every mom has a nightmare story of their child throwing a tantrum in aisle five and they have to decide if they should power through the rest of their trip or if they need to abandon their cart and return to the sanctuary of their car. Part of the book includes a few concrete ideas and tangible changes communities make to better support parents, like adding a daycare or supervised play place parents can leave their kids in while they grocery shop.Those changes are welcome ideas for Jennifer Luckhardt, first-time mom to a five-month-old girl. She hopes that some employers will take a look at being more flexible and supportive for parents.“Women are set up to fail. I know that things are getting better for women in terms of jobs and stuff, but what if I want to stay at home [longer]?” Luckhardt says with her job, her schedule is inconsistent with shifts that flip flop, making being a working mom difficult.“Now, I am lucky, because my company is looking into helping me working from home, which they didn’t do before. And other jobs won’t do that.” And it goes beyond the workplace, says Luckhardt, adding support systems in general need to be stepped up.“When you become a mother, if you don’t want to go back to work and you want to raise your own child, you are only a mother now. I am struggling so much to maintain my identity and it is so difficult,” she said, adding there are still other people who may not have the supportive families that she does.“My identity is so important [to me]. I was so afraid to lose who I was and just become ‘mom’. I have so many goals, but when you become a mother you have so little support that your only goal becomes your child–and that’s wonderful for some people–but I want to be something for me and I want to progress, but that’s so difficult to do on my own. But western society expects us to do it on our own.”She echoes Walsh, saying there’s a lot of stuff she wants to do, but can’t tackle some personal goals due to a lack of societal support. “We idolize maternal sacrifice, but at what cost? Why aren’t we concerned about a mother’s happiness?”Luckhardt also wants to eventually see the stigma surrounding the title of stay-at-home mom be broken down.Some of the proceeds of the sales of Walsh’s book will go to helping moms in need in her community south of Ottawa.last_img read more

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Magic Johnson Addresses The Nations High School Dropout Rate

first_imgIn an effort to increase the number of former dropouts receiving their high school diploma, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, two-time NBA Hall-of-Famer and business titan, is making new friendships to take action in addressing the high school dropout epidemic.This new organization, called Friends of Magic, will be a network of individuals, foundations and companies whose mission is to provide Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy students who are at risk or have dropped out the resources and assistance they need to not only graduate high school, but the opportunity to build their future through educational resources, internships and real world experiences.“As many as one quarter of our nation’s students are not finishing high school,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks, and that all students have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”According to Natalie Williams, Vice-President of Strategic Alliances, the intent behind the Friends of Magic organization is to be a thought leader in dropout recovery and prevention solutions by providing valuable educational resources in urban areas. The resources received will be directed to provide scholarships, internships and program enhancements for students who attend the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies across the country.Williams also stated that in addition to securing resources, the Friends of Magic organization plans to recruit legions of volunteers to drive the dropout recovery and prevention mission at a grassroots level.“Our goal is to see more young people reach their fullest potential,” said Williams. “Friends of Magic will put the resources where they are needed the most. This includes providing scholarships, mentoring programs, and internships that propel each and every high school graduate toward their goals.”To officially launch the Friends of Magic movement nationally, Magic Johnson is hosting a press conference in Chicago.The very first “friend” of the Friends of Magic organization is Chicago-native rapper/actor Common. The hip-hop star will participate in the press conference and lend his support to the movement.“I have always admired Magic’s commitment to bring business and services to our community. In Chicago, the violence is so bad that we all need to band together whenever possible to provide real alternatives and give young people a reason to hope and to dream for a brighter future for themselves,” Common said. “I think this opportunity is a step in that direction for so many students. I’m honored to be a part of the launch of Friends of Magic and to work with Magic, through Common Ground Foundation, to do what we can for our youth in Chicago.”last_img read more

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Health Canada gives short notice for temporary closure of 2 nursing stations

first_imgAPTN National NewsHealth Canada gave two remote First Nations a two-day notice that their nursing stations would close temporarily according to a statement released Thursday by Nishnabe Aski Nation (NAN) Thursday.According to the statement, Health Canada plans to close the stations in Keewaywin First Nation and Summer Beaver (Nibinamik First Nation) until mid-September. It’s not clear why the stations are being temporarily closed but according to NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler it seems that staffing shortages are the reason.“It is unacceptable that two of our remote communities were given as little as two days’ notice that their nursing stations will be temporarily closed and that the few nurses in their communities would be pulled out as soon as today,” said Fiddler in the release. “We recognize the challenges Health Canada is facing with the recruitment and retention of qualified nursing staff, but giving our leaders such short notice that their only health care services are closing, even on a temporary basis, is intolerable.Fiddler said that Canada wanted to put in place an “alternative service delivery plan” until a solution could be found.“It is unacceptable for remote and isolated First Nations to face the possibility of their nursing stations closing, even temporarily, and I strongly disagree with Health Canada’s reliance on alternative sites for health care access and telemedicine as temporary solutions,” said Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy. “Residents of remote fly-in communities cannot simply drive to neighbouring communities.”Health Canada had not responded to requests for comment as of the posting of this story.But NDP Indigenous Affairs critic Charlie Angus said this is not the way to move forward with reconciliation.“NAN declared a health state of emergency and the government ignored them for months,” wrote Charlie Angus in a statement to APTN National News. “People have been dying from a lack of the most basic medical services. And this government’s response to the crisis is to send two days’ notice that they will be shutting down nursing stations in remote fly-in communities?”Angus said the move flies in the face of the Liberal’s promise of a “new relationship” with Indigenous people, adding “it’s simply more of the same old, same old disinterest that we saw with the last government.”last_img read more

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La Provincia Iran Colludes with Polisario to Destabilize North Africa

Rabat – The Islamic Republic of Iran is reportedly growing its geostrategic weight in Africa, using Hezbollah to “destabilize North Africa.”According to Spanish newspaper La Provincia, Tehran’s geopolitics in recent months suggest a long-term plan to establish a strategic stronghold in North Africa, a region traditionally allied with Washington on security, especially in the fight against terrorism.“Iran colluding with Polisario to wreak havoc in North Africa,” the newspaper headlined its report, backing Morocco’s claim that Iran is using its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to train and equip the Polisario Front, the secessionist militia in Western Sahara. On May 1, Morocco made headlines in diplomatic circles with a brisk announcement that it was immediately severing diplomatic ties with Tehran. In a statement explaining Rabat’s move, Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s foreign affairs minister, said that Moroccan security cameras had garnered “strong evidence” that Tehran-backed Hezbollah was providing guerilla training and heavy weaponry to the Polisario Front. “We have strong [and indisputable] proof, including names and specific incidents, that indicate that Hezbollah is logistically and strategically supporting the Polisario Front,” Bourita said. He explained that “Hezbollah sent military officials to Tindouf,” the Polisario Front’s de facto capital, “provided the front with weapons, and trained its troops on urban warfare.”American Support for Morocco’s Position in Western Sahara Following Morocco’s denunciation of Iran’s alleged desire to destabilize Morocco and undermine its interests, the US expressed support for its North African ally. Rabat, as a bastion of anti-terrorism, sociopolitical stability, and “tolerant Islam,” is Washington’s surest ally in a traditionally unstable North African region, Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon analyst, wrote in the aftermath of Rabat’s move to sever ties with Iran.Citing a more recent case of senior US lawmakers supporting Morocco in its diplomatic and ideological rift with Iran, La Provincia quoted Congressman Joe Wilson as saying that Iran is known for financially backing “terrorist” groups like Hezbollah and providing them with logistical support.The Spanish newspaper added that, like Congressman Wilson, a number of legislators in Washington think Iran-Hezbollah-Polisario collusion in North Africa is hardly surprising. Iran, they reportedly argue, has a vetted interest in undermining not only American strategic interests, but also those of US allies.As the US fears that Tehran may establish a North African security backdoor via the insecure and porous borders under the control of the Polisario Front, La Provincia explained, Washington is increasingly pushing for a politically negotiated peace in the Western Sahara territorial dispute.And while the US’s desire to thwart the Iranian threat in North Africa is primarily grounded in a need to secure America’s strategic interests, the US genuinely believes that Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara is “credible, serious, and realistic,” La Provincia concluded. read more

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TD Bank hikes dividend as earnings beat market expectations

TORONTO — TD Bank’s first-quarter net income fell seven per cent from a year earlier to $2.35 billion as a result of special items but its adjusted earnings came in ahead of analyst estimates.Removing the impact of a $405 million charge related to U.S. tax reform and other items, the Canadian lender had $2.946 billion, or $1.56 per share, in adjusted diluted earnings per share.That was up 15 per cent from a year earlier and above the analyst estimate of $1.46 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters.Laurentian Bank says progress being made on problematic mortgagesScotiabank hikes dividend amid solid earnings as international banking focus pays offRoyal Bank’s mortgage juggernaut shows little sign of slowingThe bank says its quarterly payment to common shareholders will increase seven cents or 11.7 per cent to 67 cents per share.TD Bank is the last of Canada’s six biggest lenders to report its results for the fiscal first quarter ended Jan. 31.Like the others, the bank’s earnings got a lift from strong growth at home and internationally.Its Canadian retail banking arm reported net income of $1.757 billion, up 12 per cent from a year ago, while its U.S. retail banking arm posted a 19 per cent jump in net income to $952 million.“Our businesses continued to deliver good revenue growth this quarter and we further accelerated our innovation agenda by investing in capabilities to make the Bank successful well into the future,” said Bharat Masrani, TD’s chief executive officer in a statement. read more

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Sri Lanka to draft new laws to implement Ottawa Convention

Commonly known as the Ottawa Treaty, the Convention was concluded by the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway on 18th September 1997. There are currently 163 State Parties to the Treaty This month the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention came into effect for Sri Lanka as of 1 June 2018.As of this date and in accordance with treaty provisions, Sri Lanka undertook to “never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines.” In addition, Sri Lanka has undertaken to destroy its stockpiled mines within the next four years, remove anti-personnel mines from affected areas within the next ten, and committed to assist victims and survivors of these weapons to live on an equal basis with other members of society. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to draft new laws to implement the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction.Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorala to advice the Legal Draftsman to drat legislations enabling the provisions of the convention in Sri Lanka. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka last year deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Ottawa Treaty at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York. read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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OMA and Barrick celebrate 25 years of successful production at Hemlo gold

first_imgBarrick’s Hemlo operations organised a series of educational and celebratory events to mark the 25th anniversary of gold production in the Hemlo gold camp in Northwestern Ontario, near Marathon. The Ontario Mining Association was pleased to participate in the activities. Lesley Hymers, OMA Environment and Education Specialist, was on hand with an interactive display booth promoting careers in mining and the OMA high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining. Back in the 1980s, Hemlo was the industry newsmaker and headline driver in Ontario. It was the most exciting and largest mineral development in the province since the Kidd Mine in Timmins in the 1960s. The Hemlo orebody supported three mines originally. Good old fashioned prospecting smarts, innovative geological thinking and interpretations and perseverance led to the discovery and development of this gold mining complex. At the time, it was improbable to think that three headframes not more than two kilometres apart located within snowball throwing distance of the Trans Canada Highway were producing gold on previously explored ground.The mine in the middle – Golden Giant mine – began production in 1985 and it closed in 2006. The mine in the east, David Bell, and the mine in the west, Williams, are still in operation today and part of Barrick’s fleet of global gold mines. The Williams and David Bell mines share milling, processing and tailings facilities and the ores are co-mingled for the extraction process. In 2009, these mines produced 275,000 oz gold. Estimated proven and probable ore reserves contain more than 1.3 Moz of gold.Barrick’s Hemlo Mines, the OMA, PDAC Mining Matters educational program, Sandvik, Manroc, Science North, Toromont, Pukaskwa National Park and the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry all provided exhibits and information. More than 300 students and teachers attended a day dedicated to secondary schools and more than 300 also attended a day for elementary schools. Eleven schools participated in the program.At a public open house, more than 1,800 people attended a community event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of gold production at Hemlo. Along with local officials, Mike Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development Mines and Forestry, spoke at the event. Chris Woodall, General Manager at Barrick – Hemlo Mines, and Roger Souckey, Organisational Development Coordinator, and the team at the Williams and David Bell mines did a superb job organising this celebration not just for employees, or Marathon, or Northwestern Ontario, but for all Ontario.“It was a remarkable week and it was great to see all the people support our 25 years of operation at Hemlo,” said Mr. Souckey. “Students had an excellent couple of days learning about mining and the benefits a mine brings.” This province is blessed with long term orebodies which bring wealth creation and social and regional development which benefit all Ontarians. For example, the Golden Giant Mine, which operated for 21 years in the Hemlo gold camp created revenues of $3.2 billion, paid corporate taxes of $660 million, paid local taxes of $24 million and paid wages and benefits to employees of $440 million over the course of its operating years.In a typical year of operation, Golden Giant had about 250 employees and supported a payroll of $20 million ($770,000 every two weeks) and paid local suppliers $5 million. That mine has moved on to the closure and rehabilitation stage. However, after 25 years of production, Barrick – Hemlo Mines and the Williams and David Bell Mines are continuing to create their own stories and make contributions to the society and economy of Ontario. The Williams and David Bell Mines currently have a total of 650 employees.last_img read more

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UKIP MEP whacks journalist on the head and defends his use of

first_imgIT’S BEEN A rough day for UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom.It takes a lot to overshadow your party leader after he has been shown on tv with an accidental Hitler moustache, but the 63-year-old senior politician managed to draw a lot of attention on the first day of his party’s annual conference in London.In less than 12 hours, Bloom whacked a journalist on the head with a UKIP brochure, called him a racist, had to defend his use of the word “sluts”, and ended up losing the party whip.First things first: here’s Bloom’s run-in with Channel 4′s political correspondent Michael Crick.Crick had asked Bloom his thoughts about the fact that none of the many people shown on the cover of the UKIP conference brochure are black (UKIP has been criticised over its anti-immigrant policies and has had to repeatedly deny accusations that it is racist).However, Bloom fiercely resisted Crick’s question. “What a racist comment is that? How dare you?,” he bellowed. “That’s an appalling thing to say. You’re picking people out for the colour of their skin. You disgust me”.(Video: Channel 4 News/YouTube) That wasn’t what lost Bloom the party whip, however. That happened after Bloom was recorded referring to women as “sluts” for saying that they did not clean behind their fridges.Bloom was at a party forum on Women in Politics when he made the comments.He defended himself afterwards by saying that he had been making a joke and that all the women in the room had laughed.However UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he would recommend sanctions against the Yorkshire MEP, saying that Bloom had “gone beyond the pale” and had “destroyed” the conference. Bloom will remain an MEP but has been suspended from formal involvement in party business.“Increasingly, over past months, his [Bloom’s] statements have left us in a position where, frankly, what we stand for and what we campaign for are irrelevant,” Farrage told an audience this evening. “Because all anyone wants to know is Godfrey’s latest comment, I’ve had very sharp words with him about it.”(Video: skendong/YouTube)It was not Bloom’s first run-in with Channel 4. Last month he walked out on a interview with Channel 4 News when he was questioned about his use of the phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” and whether it was racist.(Video: Channel 4 News/YouTube)Is it just us or does his attack over the UKIP party brochure strangely reminiscint of this David Brent moment?(Video: pneshati/YouTube) UK politician accidentally gets Hitler moustache on TV > MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racist >last_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Named Times Person of the Year

first_imgMove over Ben Bernake, Mark Zuckerberg is Time Magazine‘s 2010 Person of the Year. The 26-year-old Facebook founder is the second youngest person to win that title–the youngest was Charles Lindbergh, who at 25 was the first person to win the distinction, back when it was called “Man of the Year.” (It became “Person” back in 1999.)“[Facebook is] something that is transforming the way we live our lives every day,” The magazine’s managing editor said of the pick. “It’s social engineering, changing the way we relate to each other.”It’s been a packed year for Zuckeberg, of course–Facebook passed 500 million users (nearly 1/10th of the planet), a fairly unflattering movie was made about his life (which was just nominated for six Golden Globes, incidentally), and he donated a bunch of money to charity. “Zuckerberg is a warm presence, not a cold one,” Time says in the writeup. “He has a quick smile and doesn’t shy away from eye contact. He thinks fast and talks fast, but he wants you to keep up. He exudes not anger or social anxiety but a weird calm. When you talk to his co-workers, they’re so adamant in their avowals of affection for him and their insistence that you not misconstrue his oddness that you get the impression it’s not just because they want to keep their jobs. People really like him.”The Tea Party nabbed the runner up position, with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange taking the third spot. Hamid Karzai and The Chilean Miners rounded out the top with, with Steve Jobs also grabbing an honorable mention.last_img read more

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Hoolahan the latest to drop out as Ireland hit with injury crisis

first_img By Ben Blake Short URL 19 Comments Wes Hoolahan is unavailable due to a quad injury. https://the42.ie/3296942 Follow us: the42.ie Monday 20 Mar 2017, 3:04 PM Hoolahan the latest to drop out as Ireland hit with injury crisis for Wales clash The Norwich City schemer is one of several first-team regulars missing for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Dublin. Share9 Tweet Email1 Mar 20th 2017, 3:04 PM center_img ‘He was the bravest player I’ve ever seen on a football pitch’FAI confirm Derry-Limerick match postponed following Ryan McBride’s death WES HOOLAHAN HAS joined Ireland’s worrying-large injury list for the all-important World Cup qualifier against Wales this week.The experienced attacker, 35, has been a key player under Martin O’Neill but hobbled off in Norwich City’s win over Barnsley on Saturday.Although he was due to link up with the squad, Martin O’Neill today revealed that Hoolahan will now remain at his club after having a scan on the quad injury.It’s another blow for the Boys in Green, who are already without Robbie Brady (suspended), Shane Duffy (broken metatarsal), Ciaran Clark (knee ligament damage), Harry Arter (calf), Paul McShane (hamstring), Rob Elliot (knee) and David McGoldrick (knee).“Wes is definitely out,” the Ireland boss said after today’s training session at the FAI headquarters in Dublin. “We got the news through about the scan this morning and obviously it’s not great for us, not great for him and not great for his club.“I have often said this before, you just curse your luck and get on with it,” he added, when asked about absentees.“The irony of all of this is that way back when Gareth Bale got injured in November time, everybody was talking about Wales possibly having one of their major players out of the team, and it turns out that we are the ones who are doing the suffering. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Wes Hoolahan is unavailable due to a quad injury. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO “He’s a really fine player, there’s no question about that. Wales have got some really good players besides that who are playing at a big level and they are coming here relatively injury-free.It’s a tough task. It would have been that normally, even if we were at full-strength. It’s going to take an almighty effort to win this game.”Irish football is still coming to terms with last night’s news that Derry City captain Ryan McBride passed away at the age of 27, and O’Neill, himself a Derry native, took the opportunity to offer his condolences.“It is tragic,” he added. “I didn’t know the young lad personally myself, but James McClean is a very good friend of his. James is devastated by the news, obviously his family is as well.“It’s a really tragic event. You get things like this almost on a daily basis and it’s puts football and sport in some sort of perspective.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 15,514 Views But it is what it is and we’ll get on with it and be ready to go on Friday.”There are also a number of doubts with Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy having a scan on his calf today, while Everton’s James McCarthy is recovering from a hamstring injury. Captain Seamus Coleman sat out training due to a knock to the ankle but it is precautionary and the full-back is expected to be fine. Seamus Coleman, Daryl Murphy and Jonny Hayes sit out training today. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOWales, meanwhile, have been boosted by the return of their talisman as Gareth Bale is fit again after suffering an ankle injury back in November.O’Neill is an admirer of the Real Madrid star and he’s acutely aware that Ireland’s available players will have to be at their best at the Aviva Stadium this Friday night.“Bale is an absolutely top class player,” he said. “He’s into the world class bracket. He has proved that, winning Champions League medals with Real Madrid. He left Tottenham, where he was a real star, and he has gone to prove himself with Real Madrid. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Protect Your Privacy With the Anonabox PRO Tor and VPN Router

first_imgStay on target Like this deal? Check out Vault, the best way to secure your online data for just $9.99. Anonabox PRO Tor & VPN Router – $84.99See Deal This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Identity theft is on the rise. Don’t want to be added to the growing list of victims? Then protect your privacy online with the Anonabox PRO Tor and VPN Router, discounted by 29 percent to just $84.99.You probably already know that you need to protect your privacy. The problem is that there are so many apps and tools out there that claim to do this, it can be difficult to know which is truly the best option for you. And that’s what makes the Anonabox so appealing. It layers two forms of protection into one affordable device so you’ll be fully covered in practically every situation.The Anonabox PRO uses both VPN and Tor technology to effectively eliminate all web-based threats. Use the VPN to prevent hackers from getting access to your devices and the Tor network to keep your communications completely private. The router is small and lightweight so you can take it anywhere, and you don’t need to install any software to get it working.Simplification is the name of the game. The Anonabox PRO might be the easiest way to protect your privacy and, at just $84.99, it fits virtually any budget.last_img read more

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Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center to open in La Jolla

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The grand opening of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is set for Friday April 5th.La Jolla Music Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and they are the parent organization sponsoring the building of The Conrad, which received $82 million in public funding.The Conrad is the permanent home of La Jolla Music Society and will host world-class performances as well as other San Diego arts presenters, according to LJMS.For more information click here. Posted: April 4, 2019 Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center to open in La Jolla April 4, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, Updated: 9:58 PM Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Newest Humble Bundle threatens franchises indie roots still a good bundle

first_imgThe Humble Bundle brand has not only helped popularize indie PC gaming, but has provided an enticing avenue of charity for gamers, as well as helped to make sure game developers get a noticeable cut of the profit their games generate. At this point, Humble Bundle has been through many iterations, from offering stellar indie PC games, developer and operating system specific bundles, bundles featuring soundtracks, and even bundles featuring ebooks. The newest bundle, the Humble THQ Bundle, drops its indie status, and is causing a bit of an uproar from longstanding fans of the bundle’s humble indie roots.Currently, there’s no word on why Humble Bundle decided to dispense with its indie roots, and this could damage the goodwill the Humble brand has built up over the past couple of years. However, a quick glance at the pack’s sale rate on the Humble Bundle page shows that, actually, maybe no one really cares about compromised ideals when decent games can be had for one dollar.That said, the bundle is actually pretty decent. It features seven THQ titles, notably Darksiders and Saints Row: The Third, and like all previous Humble Bundles before it, can be had for the low price of (almost) whatever you want. Red Faction: Armageddon, Metro 2033, and Company of Heroes and its two expansions round out the pack. If you’d like your bundle to include Saints Row: The Third, simply pay whatever you want above the current average price of the bundle, and you’ll be causing trouble in Steelport in no time. The THQ bundle also comes with five of the included games’ soundtracks, so if you’re feeling a bit recursive, you can listen to a game’s OST in the background while you play the game.Unfortunately for those of us who are now spoiled by Humble Bundle games generally appearing on other operating systems, this THQ bundle only features games for Windows on Steam, rather than being multiplatform like past indie bundles. They’ve also technically moved away from the usual DRM-free scheme, as they can only be obtained on Windows through Steam. So, two of the three strongest aspects of the bundles — multiplatform and DRM-free games — have been compromised for this THQ pack.It’s unclear if this single non-indie, not-exactly-humble bundle will damage the company’s reputation. Selling a pack of decent games for as low as a buck, though, probably won’t cause too much opposition.last_img read more

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Finally rain relief in city adjoining districts

first_imgKolkata: People in the city and other districts of South Bengal who had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days heaved a sigh of relief after thunderstorms hit certain parts of the state resulting in a dip in temperature.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted rain and thundershowers in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, particularly in the evening. Though during the day time, hot and humid conditions may prevail, added the weather office. The monsoon is expected to enter the state early next month. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThundershowers along with gusty winds swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening. Though, they did not last for too long but they brought the much needed relief for the city dwellers from sultry weather. The MeT office also forecast that districts like Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura, Malda will witness moderate rainfall along with gusty winds in the next two days. A hailstorm is expected to hit some parts of South Bengal as well. Thundershowers may also lash other districts like North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and adjoining parts of the city on late Monday night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to a weather official, the mercury will slide down by a few notches immediately after the thundershowers but the discomfort level may not be reduced as the humidity is still expected to be on the higher side. Interestingly, the temperature may be slightly higher during the night in comparison to the temperature that is normally found during this time of the year. The MeT office also predicts that North Bengal districts will receive heavy thundershowers in the next 48 hours. Hailstorms is also likely to hit several districts in North Bengal as a result of which tea gardens may face damages. There will be occasional downpour and gusty winds in South Bengal in the next two days. It may be mentioned here that entire South Bengal continued to burn under the scorching sun for the past one week resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers. The temperature touched 42-43 degree in the Western districts like Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high throughout the day in the past couple of days due to the inflow of northwesterly winds to Bengal from the neighbouring states.last_img read more

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VIDEO Cy Young winner Max Scherzer teaches Tim Tebow a major league

first_imgTim Tebow is committed to his dream of playing in the major leagues, but today was handed a dose of reality in a spring training at-bat against Nationals three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.Maybe Scherzer wanted to prove a point, but whatever the reason, he overpowered Timmy with a dismissive three pitch strikeout. This is what it looks like when Tim Tebow faces real big league stuff. Granted, Scherzer is one of the best in the game, but this is a mismatch.Watch Tebow get sent back to the kids table.Quick 3 pitch strikeout for Max Scherzer against Tim Tebow. Unfortunately the radar gun on the scoreboard wasn’t working. #Mets pic.twitter.com/QTZfOh6WX7— Jon Santucci (@JonSantucci) March 2, 2018 Advertisement h/t TheBigLeadlast_img read more

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