Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari nails three-peat It was Generika-Ayala’s second win in three games in Pool B that assured it a spot in Pool C, where the top two teams from Pools A and B would advance.National team player Gen Casugod topscored with 11 points, while Fiola Ceballos added 10 for the Lifesavers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, F2 Logistics finally picked up its first win at the expense of Sta. Lucia, fashioning out a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 triumph.Ara Galang scored 11 points, while Kim Fajardo added 23 excellent digs on top of three aces for the Cargo Movers, who are relegated to Pool D after a 1-2 record in the first round. LATEST STORIES Generika-Ayala dominated rookie squad Cherrylume, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Strike Gym in Molino, Bacoor.From the onset, the Lifesavers stamped their class as they unloaded 39 attack points to overwhelm Cherrylume, which turned in 26.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
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Advertisement AdvertisementDarren Gough believes that the absence of Bhuwaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the first test beginning in Birmingham on Wednesday won’t affect the Indian side as they have enough options in their pace attack.“Bhuvneshwar is a big loss and he wasn’t at his best during the ODI series because he was carrying an injury. But India aren’t a side anymore that is dependent on one bowler. Earlier, they were dependent on Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath or Zaheer Khan, that is no longer the case. India are suited for all sorts of wickets, and they look prepared and geared up for this Test series. Today, you have to be on top of your game to beat India, whether you are playing at home or away because they possess everything in their bowling attack. Kumar gives you swing, Bumrah is a skidding seam bowler, Umesh Yadav can move the new ball as well and he has got pace, Mohammed Shami is strong and hits the deck hard, while Ishant Sharma has experience, aggression and he can bowl lots of overs.” Gough told PTI.Gough has spoken about the various options Captain Virat Kohli has in both pace and spin departments and remarked that India’s well-rounded attack is suited for any pitch that is laid out in this ensuring series, despite missing out Bumrah for the series opener and Bhuwaneshwar for the three matches.Also Read :Cricket: South Africa counter spin with spin to attain lead in the ODI SeriesCricket: Zaheer Khan suggests to raise the standards of the Yo-Yo test
New Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Government today said action like dismissal and compulsorily retirement has been taken against 73 officers for various reasons since January 2015 till February this year. Without divulging specific details, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha that action was taken against 73 Group A officers. Asked by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan whether action has been taken against officials in the alleged Aircel-Maxis issue, Singh said the government is very strict in taking action against corruption. “We make sure that there should not be vindictiveness… and there is zero tolerance for corruption,” the Minister said. AIADMK MPs have been raising the Aircel-Maxis issue and demanding action against P Chidambarams son Karti and others. “As per information available, 73 Group A officers have been dismissed/removed/compulsorily retired/deemed resigned or the penalty of pension cut imposed on them for various reasons from January 2015 to February 2016,” Singh said during Question Hour. While noting that review of performance of government servants was a continuous process, Singh said stringent action was also taken against those whose performance was “found to be below par”. Without being vindictive and by not getting into witch- hunting, the government is going ahead to further improve the performance of bureaucracy, Singh said. “It is the endeavour of the government to improve overall performance of its officers through adoption of various measures such as promoting transparency and accountability in their functioning, regular monitoring of their performance, capacity building through training at various levels, welfare activities like adventure sports, yoga,” the Minister noted. PTI RAM ARCadvertisement
Real Madrid Ronaldo eyes Champions League three-peat with Real Madrid Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:28 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund After making more history on Wednesday, The Portugal star is targeting a third straight European crown Real Madrid’s record-breaking star Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on winning a third successive Champions League title.Ronaldo – already the competitions all-time leading goalscorer – became the first player in history to convert in all six Champions League group-stage matches as two-time reigning titleholders Madrid overcame Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday.Madrid will now prepare for the last 16 as runners-up in Group H and the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is tipped to receive the honour for a record-equalling fifth time on Thursday, is eyeing a Champions League three-peat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Hopefully we can win the Champions League again,” Ronaldo said.”The important thing was to pass through the group stage.”Our aim is to win the Champions League.” ANOTHER record for @Cristiano!Find out more #RMUCL | #HalaMadridhttps://t.co/VHSJoPVgec— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 6, 2017Ronaldo added: “I’m very happy, we wanted to finish the group stage well with a victory.”I also scored; I helped the team to win with a beautiful goal. The record is also important, I’m really pleased.”While Ronaldo has starred in Europe, the 32-year-old has struggled domestically, only managing two goals in 10 La Liga appearances for the defending champions.”[The Champions League] is a competition that I really like to play in,” he said. “Obviously, I also like to score in it.”
Former BCCI President’s younger brother is new HPCA chiefArun Dhumal said that his primary aim would be to ensure that Anurag Thakur’s dream of setting up 70 cricket coaching centers across the state is realized.advertisement Next Press Trust of India DharamshalaSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 17:35 IST Anurag Thakur is a former president of BCCI and current MoS. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSArun Dhumal, younger brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur was elected president of the HPCADhumal thanked his elder brother Anurag for his contribution to building a world-class stadium in the stateDhumal said that his primary aim would be to ensure that Thakur’s dream of setting up 70 cricket coaching centersArun Dhumal, younger brother of former BCCI president and current MoS (finance) Anurag Thakur was elected president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) unopposed, during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday.Una district’s Sumit Sharma is the new secretary of HPCA as there was no opposition against the Dhumal-led panel.The AGM happened on expected lines and former Himachal CM Prem Kumar Dhumal’s younger son could be a strong contender for a plum post in the BCCI — either as an office-bearer or as a member of the all-important Apex Council during BCCI AGM on October 23. However, for that, he will have to relinquish his state body’s position.Dhumal thanked his elder brother Anurag for his contribution to building a world-class stadium in the state.”We should be proud of the work done by Anurag Thakur for development of the state’s cricket. The name of Dharamshala is now known throughout the world because of the lovely cricket stadium built under the guidance of Anurag ji,” Dhumal said.Dhumal said that his primary aim would be to ensure that Thakur’s dream of setting up 70 cricket coaching centers across the state is realized.”Anurag ji’s dream was to have 70 centers across the state. We have already got clearance for 62 of them and 22 are already operational. Around 1200 kids are getting coaching,” he said.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Anurag Thakur
—————————————————————Work continues to remove remaining diesel fuel from the Shubenacadie Canal and a nearby still water area. ENVIRONMENT–Cleanup Continues on Dartmouth Diesel Spill The fuel entered the water as a result of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 107 on Aug. 8. A site professional is in charge of the cleanup and the Department of Environment is monitoring the progress. Booms and absorbent pads remain in place, and a skimmer truck is on site to remove larger pools of fuel. Affected soil under the bridge where the collision occurred will be removed. The spill appears to be limited to the canal and some still water between the canal and Lake William. Department of Environment staff, with some assistance from Environment Canada, have been monitoring Lake William and there is little evidence of diesel fuel entering the lake. The site professional spoke with three affected households on the still water area before Lake William. A sheen at one of the properties has been cleaned up and work continues today, Aug. 12, on a second property. A third property was not impacted by the fuel. As a precaution, residents and visitors to Lake William are advised to watch for odour or oily sheen in the water and report them to the department by calling 902-424-7773. Details will be given to the contractor.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a permanent cease trade order against North Spring Equity Limited of Berwick. The community economic-development corporation violated securities laws by failing to file continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance ordered North Spring Equity Limited to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of North Spring Equity. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca . -30-
APTN National NewsThey’re three kids from the rez. They call themselves Sagkeeng’s finest.A trio of jigging teenagers are hoping to win top prize in the hit reality TV show, Canada’s Got Talent.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson travelled to the kids’ home reserve, Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba.That’s where everybody seems to be hoping and voting for a victory.
HONOLULU — Hawaii tour companies, hotels and airlines are pitching in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ centre open during the federal government shutdown.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the money will keep the National Park Service facility staffed, its bathrooms open and its programs running for at least another week.Pacific Historic Parks CEO Aileen Utterdyke called the gesture “excellent.”She runs a non-profit organization that supports the operations of the memorial and the Park Service.Earlier during the shutdown, Pearl Harbor nonprofits and Hawaii’s state tourism agency provided funds to keep the visitors centre open.Tourism industry officials worry travellers will cancel their Hawaii vacations if the Pearl Harbor visitors’ centre closes.Utterdyke says that would affect airlines and hotels and have a trickle-down effect.The Associated Press
Are spiders and ants friends or enemies? There are no friends and enemies in nature. There is predator and prey. Ants are sometimes predators of spiders and sometimes prey of other spider species. In a strange case , jumping spiders are eating by the large aggressive spitting spiders. The spitting spider can immobilize its prey by spitting on it from a distance. In the Philippines, it lives on the same large waxy leaves as the jumping spider. It normally spins its web right over the nest of the jumping spider, to make hunting just a little bit easier. However, the spitting spider does not come near a jumping spider when the latter positions its own nest near that of weaver ants. This is because the spitting spider is repelled by the airborne smell that these ants release. However, it’s not yet plain sailing for the jumping spider, as it is also a favorite snack of its savior, the weaver ant. Therefore jumping spiders build dense ant-proof nests of an unusually tough and dense weave that are difficult for the ants to tear open. The nest’s hinged flaps of silk at each end function as swinging doors. The spider quickly raises these when it enters or leaves the nest, before any ants can follow, too. Also Read – Feel what you fearSee how clever each species is! Are shrimp safe to eat? Many people think that an animal is safe to consume because it doesn’t kill them immediately or give them an infection in their stomach that lasts for a few days. For instance eating the meat of a cow/buffalo that has foot in mouth disease does give some humans an acne/chickenpox type condition and fever but it is so mild that no one relates the two. Likewise shrimp carry massive amounts of antibiotics (because that is what they have been bred with), heavy metals and PCBs which are the worst cancer giving chemicals that I can think of. These have long term effects – meaning your body can react even a year later. Also Read – HomecomingNow scientists have found that freshwater shrimps are sometimes affected by a parasite, Pleistophoramulleri, which makes the shrimp cannibalistic and far more voraciously hungry. Do you want that kind of parasite in you? There is evidence that parasites can affect human behaviour. A study led by Dr Glenn McConkey, of the University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences, has shown that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii directly affects the chemistry of the human brain. I always say – first you eat meat, then it eats you.
OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate may take the unusual step of selling one of its insurance companies.Buffett told CNBC Monday that Berkshire has reached an agreement to sell Applied Underwriters, which sells workers’ compensation insurance. But Buffett said state regulators will have to sign off on the deal before it can go forward.Buffett said Applied Underwriters is a smaller firm that has to compete against two larger insurance companies Berkshire owns that also sell workers’ compensation coverage.It’s usual for Berkshire to sell or close any of its companies. Buffett says his preferred holding period for an acquisition is forever.In the past, the only exception Buffett has made to this policy is for businesses that face the prospect of never-ending operating losses.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Latest on the May U.S. jobs report (all times local):8:30 a.m.U.S. hiring slowed in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses may have become more cautious in the face of slowing global growth, trade fights and the fading stimulus from tax cuts and greater government spending.The Labor Department says the modest increase follows a healthier gain of 224,000 in April. Hiring in the previous two months was revised lower by a combined 75,000. The unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%. The job gains in May were the fewest since February.In the first five months of this year, hiring has averaged 164,000 a month, a solid pace that is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. Still, that’s below last year’s pace of 225,000.Wages rose 3.1% from a year earlier, down slightly from last month’s gain of 3.2%.___12:01 a.m.With worries rising about trade wars and slower global growth, Friday’s jobs figures for May could serve as a reminder that the U.S. economy is still mostly in good shape.Or, an unexpectedly weak employment report could intensify concerns that after a healthy first quarter, the U.S. economy is actually stumbling.Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added 185,000 jobs, a solid figure consistent with this year’s average monthly gain. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%, according to data provider FactSet.The economy is showing signs of sluggishness after having expanded at a healthy 3.1% annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers have been cautious about spending, and companies are scaling back investment in high-cost machinery and equipment.The Associated Press
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, urging him to implement a just-proposed deal with opposition leaders aimed at ending a standoff between security forces and protestors in Kiev and other parts of the country that has left scores of people killed or injured.According to press reports, the deal, brokered overnight, calls for the formation of a new coalition government and for early elections. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the signing into law of the resolution passed by Parliament yesterday, which has led to the pullback by police from the centre of Kiev. These developments and subsequent constructive efforts, he hopes, will lead to a definitive end to the crisis and open the way for a genuine process of reform, the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system today joined senior officials in calling for an immediate end to the clashes, and urged an independent probe into the actions of the security forces. We are horrified by what has been happening in Kiev, said Chaloka Beyani, who currently heads the Coordination Committee of international experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. Violence must stop now. We strongly condemn the excessive use of force by the security forces against the protestors, he continued, urging authorities to provide information about several cases of enforced disappearances of protestors since late November 2013. Similarly, we condemn the alleged repeated targeting by the security forces of media personnel who report on the protests, and urge the forces to respect and facilitate their work. The group also condemned violence perpetrated by some protestors, urging the security forces to differentiate between peaceful protestors and violent elements in their handling of the situation. Respect for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, as guaranteed under international human rights law, is absolutely essential, he underscored. Mr. Ban, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UNESCO chief Irina Bokova have repeatedly urged restraint and called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis. Despite calls for action, the country is reeling from days of intense violence, centred around the crisis-battered capital, Kiev, where the UN Human Rights Office rights said the situation took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when protesters marched on Government buildings, sparking violence that left at least 22 people dead amid smouldering debris. The group of international human rights experts stressed that those responsible for ordering and perpetrating arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, acts of torture and other human rights violations are accountable for their actions under national and international law. Independent UN experts will continue to follow the situation closely and take any action as necessary, Mr. Beyani noted. He also expressed their support for any initiatives to ensure the protection of human rights and to engage constructively with all parties. In line with the standing invitation extended by Ukraine to special procedures, we call on the Government to facilitate their visit to the country, the expert added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The Ohio State football team released its first two-deep depth chart of the season Tuesday, four days prior to the team’s season opener versus Buffalo.The Buckeyes have a number of notable changes on offense. At wide receiver, junior Evan Spencer is listed as the team’s starting “Z” receiver, while senior Corey Brown and junior Devin Smith are listed as co-starters at the “X” receiver position.Brown and Smith started opposite one another at wide receiver last season, but Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman referred to Spencer as one of the team’s starters last week. Spencer has caught 15 total passes for 214 yards in his first two seasons at OSU.With running backs Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith both suspended for the season opener (Hyde is also suspended for two additional games), redshirt senior Jordan Hall is listed as the team’s starting running back. Hall has 1,032 career rushing yards for the Buckeyes, but only played in three games last year after cutting his foot on broken glass before the season began and partially tearing the PCL ligament in his knee against Michigan State Sept. 29.Senior Chris Fields is listed as the Buckeyes’ starting H-back, a hybrid position between running back and wide receiver made famous by wide receiver Percy Harvin while he was at Florida. True freshmen Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall are listed behind Fields at the position on the depth chart.The only change to the starting offensive line from last year is at right tackle, where sophomore Taylor Decker is the starter, replacing Reid Fragel. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dodson is listed as his backup.Redshirt senior center Corey Linsley has been working his way back from a foot injury this offseason, but Meyer said he is “90-95” percent healthy. Meyer said Linsley will start Saturday.Defensively, the Buckeyes will have just three returning starters on defense Saturday: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, senior free safety Christian Bryant and redshirt senior strong safety C.J. Barnett.Redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby was also a starter last season, but is suspended for the season opener and therefore not listed on the depth chart. Junior Doran Grant and sophomore Armani Reeves are listed as the team’s starting cornerbacks.Meyer said the “jury is certainly out” on the defense, but added that he is “very comfortable” with how both his defensive players and defensive coaches operate.“I think we’re going to be a faster defense, and hopefully more aggressive as we grow in our scheme,” Meyer said. “Last year, we started the season kind of a bend but don’t break defense where it seems like we’re always on our heels, and that’s not the kind of defense that anybody wants, we want to be an aggressive defense.”Meyer said the team is going to utilize man coverage more frequently on their defense this season. In order to do so, Meyer said the Buckeyes will use the dime defensive package, which means six defensive backs on the field and only five players in the defensive front, more often than they did in 2012.Meyer explained that when opponents use an offensive formation that puts extra wide receivers on the field instead of a tight end and/or running back, the defense must adjust by putting faster players on the field to avoid matchup issues.“When you start to talk about man coverage, you can’t play it certainly in base and then in nickel, sometimes you get caught with matchup issues, so that’s what the dime defense is for,” Meyer said. “You have to be in some type of dime if you want to play man coverage, and we just didn’t have that capability last year.”The Buckeyes are replacing six of seven starters on the defensive front seven in their base 4-3 defensive scheme, but Meyer said that a number of the new starters have stood out in their preparation for the season. Meyer said Shazier, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett and sophomore defensive ends Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence have been standouts in preseason practices this summer.Senior Drew Basil returns as the team’s kicker, while redshirt senior George Makridis and redshirt sophomore Bryce Haynes are listed as co-starting long snappers again this season. Cameron Johnston, a freshman from Australia, is listed as the team’s punter.The Buckeyes will take on Buffalo on Saturday at noon.
The latest version of MineSight 3D has been released today by Mintec. Version 6.10 of MineSight 3D (MS3D) features numerous Import/Export improvements, including the ability to directly import CAD-Mining (Datamine) files into MineSight, and to import regular geometry into MineSight Planning Database. Used in tandem with MineSight Interactive Planner, MS3D v6.10 can create cuts from a polygon and constraining surfaces. It also allows users to: Clip cuts against polygons and constraining surfaces, thus eliminating the need to set snap modesImprove performance for large numbers of cuts.In response to client feedback about plotting, MS3D v6.10 helpfully locks any two of three controlling factors (area, scale, paper size). MS3D has long helped Mintec clients create, manipulate, and visualise their project data. The software is used worldwide and for a variety of purposes.
Thousands marked the anniversary of a bloodily-suppressed student uprising against Greece’s military dictatorship in 1973 on Saturday by joining demonstrations in a heavily-policed city center. More than 20,000 people turned out for two separate marches -– one organized by students and leftist organizations and the other by the Communist Party (KKE). Some 7,000 police officers remained on standby late into the evening after a day of tight security across the capital, which involved several key metro stations being closed and many central streets cordoned off. Earlier in the day, representatives of the main political parties visited the National Technical University of Athens, known as the Polytechnic, to pay their respects to the 21 students who were killed in 1973 when army tanks rolled onto the grounds. The only party leader to visit the university was Alexis Tsipras of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA. “The message of the Polytechnic will never die,” Tsipras said. “Because it reminds the new generation that the people only have one course toward victory: the course of resistance, of defiance, of rebellion against any kind of tyranny.” Conservative New Democracy said in a statement that “the message of the Polytechnic is more timely than ever; it is a message of solidarity for our people, for progress and betterment. It is in this direction that all political parties should strive,” it added. Socialist PASOK called on Greeks to continue their struggle despite the crisis “so we can emerge from the tunnel and make our country stand on its feet again,” while Democratic Left called for “a tireless battle against fascism, racism and violence.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
André Cassagnes : l’inventeur de l’ardoise magique est décédéAndré Cassagnes, célèbre pour son ardoise magique, est décédé a-t-on appris ce dimanche 3 février.Il avait 86 ans, et il avait révolutionné le quotidien et l’amusement de beaucoup de jeunes enfants… André Cassagnes, inventeur du Télécran, appelé parfois écran ou ardoise magique, est décédé à la mi-janvier en région parisienne, selon une annonce faite par la Ohio Art Company, responsable de la production du Télécran, cité par l’AFP. L’ardoise magique s’était vendue à près de 100 millions d’exemplaires dans le monde.”André Cassagnes, fils de boulanger et électricien de formation, avait découvert les possibilités qu’offrait la poudre d’aluminium, remarquant que sur une mince couche de cette poudre, on pouvait dessiner avec un stylet.” nous apprend l’AFP. L’ardoise magique, c’était un écran gris et deux petits boutons blancs, qu’il suffisait d’actionner pour dessiner, grâce au déplacement de la poudre d’aluminium. Le 3 février 2013 à 20:51 • Maxime Lambert
There are so many versions of some of our favorite characters. Artist interpretations have them getting drawn differently. Dozens of actors can play a character over the course of history. As we continue to make media, there will only be more.So can you say “Sherlock Holmes looks like Benedict Cumberbatch” when he also looks like Christopher Lee and Robert Downey, Jr.?The people over at companyreviews.com have solved that conundrum by just taking every actor who’s ever played some iconic characters and just combining them. The images, created with photo manipulation software, give us what should be the ultimate versions of characters like Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Clark Kent, and many others.Technically these characters can look like whatever you want, and you can choose whichever version you identify with the most. However, the experiment reveals a few things. For one, apparently, every actor who’s played a white, male superhero looks the same since Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Bruce Banner all look like they’re played by the same chiseled, big-jawed actor.Second, Frank Castle looks like Jamie Lannister. Why does he look like that?Finally, why does Sherlock Holmes look like Dustin Hoffman? Additionally, why has Dustin Hoffman never played Sherlock Holmes?You can view the results below.The creator said the composites were created by identifying important facial features such as eyes, mouth, ears, and hairline, and lining them up. The software would then take the averages from each actor and make the culminating version.But what is the point of this? Well, it’s a fun thought experiment, for one. But I like more how revealing it is about how people choose actors for parts. It’s unsurprising that most of the people who have played these parts are white. It’s jarring to see them lined up, though, highlighting how it’s not just white people cast in these roles, but how they all look the same. The only difference comes in cases like Sherlock Holmes, who’s had people who look as different as Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch taking up the part. Although to be fair, Cumberbatch’s cheekbones might throw everything off.But regarding the big four in the beginning, since they all look the same, I know that I can continue making up people in my head to play them. Maybe somebody who doesn’t look as generic as white man with big chin and defined cheekbones.
By Momodou JarjuThe National Assembly Member (NAM) for Serrekunda Constituency, Honourable Halifa Sallah, has informed hundreds of Gambia College students that national development must come from the knowledge of how to transform the natural resources the country has.The Secretary General of the Peoples’ Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) said The Gambia is rich but needs the capacity to utilize its natural resources.“We are not poor as Nkrumah said, we are impoverished by ignorance. We are impoverished by our incapacity to harness our wide resources; rich resources in order to change our own destiny. So now is the time for every Gambian to become alert to our own mistakes and stop the blame game. You engage in a blame game when you do not have the capacity to act to change,” he said.Hon. Sallah made the statement yesterday at a symposium organised by the Student Teachers Association (STA) of the Gambia College held under the theme “Reminding citizens of their responsibilities for effective national development”.The veteran politician was tasked to deliberate on the topic: ‘Responsibilities of Citizens in a Democratic State”.Speaking further at the packed main hall of the college, Hon. Sallah said Gambians should not live in the past but should learn from it in order to shape the future and prepare to build the future base on knowledge.“We have minerals for 53 years; we have not seen the benefits of those minerals. We have an ocean for 53 years; we have not seen the benefits of the ocean. We licensed fishing vessels, they would come to the ocean and fish and take it to their lands, build their own industries; all sorts of factories and bring the products back to us. They benefit, we continue to call ourselves poor,” he said.What The Gambia needs now, Hon. Sallah said, is to know the truth which freedom of information is all about.He said if the truth is not transformed into knowledge rather than transforming “it into anger and emotions and allow others to direct our minds then we will continue to have people who will preside over our destiny. They live in prosperity and you live in poverty from the cradle to the grave.”He said it is time for reasoning and not emotions, adding he is confident that The Gambia is heading in that direction.The new Gambia, he said, does not mean a Gambia free from challenges but it means a new reality has dawned.“So when we say the responsibility of a citizen in a new Gambia we are simply stating a fact that something has changed and a new thing has come into being. And we as citizens must confront the challenges posed by the new reality,” he said.Meanwhile, other intellectuals and educationists also spoke at the symposium, aligning their deliberations to the given theme on different topics.These included a Liberian motivational speaker Thony Mikel Howard, who spoke on “Why governments fail?”; Madam Isatou Ndow, the vice principal spoke on the “Role of teachers in a democratic state,”; Mr. Yusupha Jobe, deputy registrar spoke on “Corruption and the New Gambia; its level and how to stop it”, etc.