Do women need to step up Grammy leaders comment sparks debate on

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian singer Alessia Cara was the only woman to win one of the major categories at this year’s Grammy Awards, and less than a quarter of the 84 trophies handed out Sunday went to either a woman or group that included a woman.But it was backstage comments from the Recording Academy’s president that inflamed critics, who saw this year’s awards show is further proof that a pervasive gender imbalance exists in the industry.“I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on an executive level,” Neil Portnow told reporters in the press room after the show on Sunday.“(They need) to step up because I think they would be welcome.”Suggesting that women aren’t “stepping up” in the music industry frustrates Aerin Fogel, organizer of Toronto-based feminist arts celebration Venus Fest. She said she is not surprised by the reaction from the executives.“In a way what he’s (saying) represents the larger issues in the music industry — and in most industries,” Fogel said. “There are real inherent challenges for women to be moving through these structures in the same way as men.”Backlash against the Grammys over its gender disparity started long before Sunday’s ceremony. When the nominations were announced in late November, many fans were quick to note that major categories were stacked with men.Tension mounted in the days before the event when Lorde’s mother, Sonja Yelich, tweeted an excerpt from a New York Times article that said only nine per cent of nominees were women over the past six Grammy Awards.During the broadcast several female artists — including Kesha and Lady Gaga — delivered impassioned performances in solidarity with the MeToo movement. Neither artist took home a Grammy at the ceremony.Some have stood behind the Grammys, saying women haven’t been entirely left out. Adele won twice for album of the year over that same six-year period, while Taylor Swift grabbed the award once. Meghan Trainor was chosen as best new artist in 2016 before Cara this year.But the wins are still mostly men in those categories.Anne Douris, a Toronto-based musician who performs as Bossie, said Grammy figures suggest the organization’s president is “tone deaf” on timely issues.“The attitude of ‘pull up your bootstraps’ is such an easy thing to say,” she said. “People in that position of power need to be working a little bit harder to look at this as a complicated issue.”Before she launched her solo career, Douris regularly toured with other bands, including several Canadian rock musicians.“I would work on tours where I was the only woman and the entire time nobody would shake my hand,” she said. “People would assume I was someone’s girlfriend.”Douris said those memories came rushing back when she heard executives at the Grammys suggest women work harder to pursue industry roles.“There’s lots of women working very hard, you’re just not talking to them,” the musician said she wished she could tell the leaders.Grammy winner Barbara Hannigan said she didn’t face a lack of opportunities as a woman when she first started in the music industry. As a soprano, the Nova Scotia singer only competed for jobs with other women.“Then when I became a conductor, all the sudden I was in a male-dominated field and I started getting all these questions about my gender,” said Hannigan, who picked up a Grammy for classical solo vocal album at this year’s awards.“I don’t want to be considered a female conductor, I want to just be a musician,” she said. “As soon as someone puts ‘female’ in front of my job, they immediately change the focus from my work to my gender, which I find kind of frustrating.”Hannigan said that while her priorities are focused on creating music of the highest calibre, she still acknowledges that she was raised in a world where female conductors were put in a box.“For some reason it seemed absolutely appropriate for a woman to conduct a choir but not an orchestra,” she said. “I don’t know why that is. All I know is that I never saw that.”While she doesn’t dwell on her gender, Hannigan recognizes she is among a rare set of female conductors. She was reminded of the fact during a recent performance for a couple of thousand teenagers, many of whom had little exposure to classical music.“That’s amazing because they’re going to sit in the hall and they’re not going to find it strange to see a woman on the podium,” she said.“In that way, by me just showing up — and doing what I do the highest of my ability — this is what’s important.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

The Who To Donate Song Royalties To Teen Cancer America

first_imgOn April 7, The Who will release a collectible blue vinyl 7″ of their latest classic ‘Be Lucky’ from ‘The Who Hits 50!’ album backed with the band’s very first single from 1965 ‘I Can’t Explain.’‘Be Lucky’ is The Who’s first new material in eight years and in keeping with their ongoing support for Teenage Cancer charities, the band have donated their royalties from the song to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded in 2011 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.The Who will also bring “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to North America this year. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run on April 15 in Tampa, FL and will include 21 stops throughout the east before wrapping on May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with West Coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are on sale now; more information can be found at In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour will benefit Teen Cancer America.last_img read more

Aphria chief executive and cofounder stepping aside from executive roles

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:APHA)The Canadian Press LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says chief executive Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani will be leaving their executive roles at the company, but will remain on the board.Neufeld says he and Cacciavillani will begin the transition process immediately, and at the appropriate time, they will both step down from executive positions at Aphria.The change comes as Aphria faces allegations by short-sellers questioning the company’s acquisitions in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica. Aphria has denied the allegations, but established a special committee of independent directors to review the deals.Aphria also received a hostile takeover offer late last year from Ohio-based Xanthic Biopharma Inc., which does business as Green Growth Brands, that it rejected as being too low.The company reported today that revenue totalled $21.7 million in what was its second quarter as Canada’s legal recreational market began. The total was up from $8.5 million a year ago.Aphria earned a profit of $54.8 million or 22 cents per share for its quarter ended Nov. 30 compared with a profit of $6.5 million or five cents per share for the same period last year.last_img read more

Muskrat Falls cost overruns obvious soon after megaproject got underway audit

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — An audit has found executives overseeing the Muskrat Falls megaproject should have been aware that it would be almost impossible to meet cost and schedule targets.The forensic audit into Muskrat Falls’ construction was presented to the inquiry into cost overruns Monday by accounting firm Grant Thornton.The cost of the Muskrat Falls dam has essentially doubled to more than $12.7 billion since it was sanctioned in 2012.The report found that Nalcor Energy, the provincial Crown corporation overseeing the project, should have known months after Muskrat Falls was sanctioned — when there was still time to back out — that work was six months behind schedule and project contingency was already exhausted.The audit also looked at Nalcor’s contract management, finding that Astaldi, the Italian company hired to do much of the construction, was selected largely because it proposed one of the lowest-cost contract bids.The report found Nalcor was aware for two years that Astaldi was not hitting its performance targets but did not look into replacing the contract until 2016, when it was advised to be a poor financial move.The audit cited instances when Nalcor executives knew costs had risen months before its board of directors approved a budget increase.The audit also found that Nalcor executives were made aware in spring 2013 of a report by engineering firm SNC-Lavalin assessing Muskrat Falls project risks — but executives chose not to look at it, and emails indicate one official asked for the report to be kept in draft form.SNC’s assessment added a possible $2.4 billion price tag to Nalcor’s own risk calculations.— By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Press read more

Maheepala Herath extends support to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna

Former Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister Maheepala Herath today extended support to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.Herath extended his support to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna by attending its rally in Kegalle today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the rally. (Colombo Gazette)

UN rapporteurs gravely concerned by reports of ethnic cleansing in Sudan

The experts, mostly rapporteurs who have been charged by the UN with monitoring issues such as torture, extrajudicial executions and the right to food, said in a statement released Friday that they have informed the Sudanese Government about their concerns. In just over a year, more than 110,000 Sudanese have fled across the border into neighbouring Chad and another 750,000 have become internally displaced within Sudan as a result of conflict in Darfur between the national Government, allied militias and rebel groups. In their statement, the experts said they were alarmed after the UN coordinator in Sudan, Mukesh Kapila, told the media that an ethnic cleansing campaign was taking place that was comparable in character, if not scale, to the Rwanda genocide of 1994. The experts pointed to reports that militias such as the Janjaweed, the Muraheleen and the Popular Defence Forces, encouraged by the Sudanese Government, are trying to forcibly remove the non-Arab segment of the local population. These reports say the victims are mainly from the Fur ethnic communities of the Masalit, Dajo, Tunjur, Tama and Zaghawas. According to recent reports, scores of civilians have been killed, children abducted, women and girls raped, dozens of villages burnt and looted and livestock destroyed by the militias, while fleeing refugees and internally displaced people have been attacked. The experts called on all parties in the Darfur conflict to treat civilians according to international humanitarian and human rights law, and stressed the importance of identifying the perpetrators of human rights abuses. The experts are: the Special Rapporteur on torture, Theo van Boven; the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Yakin Ertürk; the Special Rapporteur on racism, Doudou Diène; the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Paul Hunt; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Asma Jahangir; the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Juan Miguel Petit; the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler; and the Secretary-General’s representative on internally displaced persons, Francis Deng. read more

UN puts disaster teams on standby as Hurricane Dennis roars through Caribbean

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had also been in contact with UN Resident Coordinators in the three countries and preparatory measures had been taken to mitigate the storm’s impact.Some 300 people in Haiti have so far been evacuated to temporary shelters in the hurricane’s wake.Last month, OCHA, in conjunction with the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN Country Team, and local and national government authorities, conducted two simulation exercises to prepare for evacuations in case of natural disasters. read more

Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help prevent suffering and chaos

The UN chief said that in recent months there had been “many falsehoods” uttered about the agreement and “the overall issue of migration”. In order to dispel the “myths”, he said that the Compact did not allow the UN to impose migration policies on Member States, and neither was the pact a formal treaty.“Moreover, it is not legally-binding. It is a framework for international cooperation, rooted in an inter-governmental process of negotiation in good faith,” he told delegates in Marrakech.The pact would not give migrants rights to go anywhere, reaffirming only the fundamental human rights, he said. Mr. Guterres also challenged the myth that developed countries no longer need migrant labour, saying it was clear that “most need migrants across a broad spectrum of vital roles.”Acknowledging that some States decided not to take part in the conference, or adopt the Compact, the UN Chief expressed his wish that they will come to recognize its value for their societies and join in “this common venture.”The United States did not endorse the Compact, and more than a dozen other countries either chose not to sign the accord or are still undecided.  Marrakech Compact, reality vs mythThe Moroccan minister of foreign affairs, Nasser Bourita, banged his gavel announcing the adoption of the Compact, while outlining the various efforts his country has made to bring about global consensus on international migration.Along with Climate Change, unregulated migration has become a pressing issue in recent years. Every year, thousands of migrants lose their lives or go missing on perilous routes, often fallen victim to smugglers and traffickers.  Mr. Guterres welcomed the overwhelming global support for the pact, saying that for people on the move, “voluntary or forced; and whether or not they have been able to obtain formal authorization for movement, all human beings must have their human rights respected and their dignity upheld.”The adoption of the pact, now known as Marrakech Compact, coincides with the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document which is central to the pact. Mr. Guterres said “it would be ironic if, on the day we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would consider that migrants are to be excluded from the scope of the Declaration.”After the adoption, the UN chief told journalists that “it was a very emotional moment” for him when he saw “the members of the conference unanimously in acclamation” adopt the Compact.It was fitting that the conference is taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, a major migration route for centuries. UN data shows that globally more than 60,000 migrants have died on the move since the year 2000, prompting the Secretary-General to call it “a source of collective shame.”‘Great achievement’ for multilaterlalismUN senior migration official Ms. Louise Arbour, tasked with overseeing the process, applauded the adoption, calling it “wonderful occasion, really a historic moment and a really great achievement for multilateralism.”She congratulated Member States for working “very hard to resolve differences, to understand the complexities of all questions related to human mobility for the last 18 months.”Ms. Arbour, who is the UN Special Representative for International Migration, said the Compact “will make an enormous positive impact in the lives of millions of people – migrants themselves, the people they leave behind and the communities that will then host them.” She revealed that this will depend on the implementation of the Global Compact’s initiatives.Representing civil society and youth at the conference opening, children right’s activist Cheryl Perera, spoke of her volunteer work against child trafficking. She urged the delegates to make full use of the opportunity the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) provides.“The GCM offers a historic opportunity now for you to deliver on your existing obligations to protect children and invest in young people all around the world. But it doesn’t end here. You need to address the underlying risks of forced and unsafe migration, like climate change, social political exclusion, disasters and inequality, and you need once and for all to end immigration detention,” she said, adding that everyone needed to do more “to prevent trafficking and protect victims. You need to stop criminalizing migrants.”‘Go it alone approach’ doesn’t work: MerkelThe longstanding German Chancellor Angela Merkel, welcomed the adoption saying that it was high time the international community came to a more realistic understanding over global migration.Ms. Merkel warned that the “go it alone approach will not solve the issue,” stressing that multilateralism is the only possible way forward. She admitted that her country – which has already welcomed more than a million migrants and refugees in recent years from countries such as Syria – will need more skilled labour from outside the European Union and has a vested interested in legal migration. But she also reaffirmed that Member States must tackle illegal migration and clearly commit to effective border protection to prevent human trafficking, as put forward in the Compact.“States cannot accept that traffickers are the ones deciding who crosses into countries. We must settle such matters among us”, Ms. Merkel said. Speaking at the opening intergovernmental session, Mr. Guterres, said that the Compact provides a platform for “humane, sensible, mutually beneficial action” resting on two “simple ideas”.“Firstly, that migration has always been with us, but should be managed and safe; second, that national policies are far more likely to succeed with international cooperation.” read more

Pensioner 78 arrested for murder after stabbing burglar to death in his

first_img“I leaned over him and tried to reassure him. There was a lot of blood.”In a statement Scotland Yard said: “At 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, police were called by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6, and a man injured.“The 78-year-old resident found two males inside the address. A struggle ensued between one of the males and the homeowner. The man, aged 37, sustained a stab wound to the upper body.”The home owner suffered bruising to his arms and his injuries are not life threatening.Police arrested him on suspicion of grievous bodily harm before then arresting him on suspicion of murder.He was taken to a south London police station where he remains at this time.In February alone there were 115 incidents of crime reported to police for the post code area covering South Park Crescent, including a number of burglaries close to the pensioner’s home and a number of cases of criminal damage, vehicle theft and sexual violence. The scene outside the home in Hither Green where a suspected burglar was killed The incident recalls the case of Tony Martin, a Norfolk farmer who was convicted of manslaughter after shooting a burglar he discovered in his home in 1999. The scene outside the home in Hither Green Credit:SWNS Crime officers and forensics teams Sylbourne Sydail, chairman of the local neighborhood watch group, said: “A man should have the right and be able to defend their home. This reminds me of the Tony Martin case.“We have done good work on the watch including shutting down a brothel house and implementing metal gates to stop people walking down the alley ways. We’re trying to make it safer.”Norman Brennan, a former police officer who represents victims’ interests, said police were required to arrest the pensioner in order to investigate whether he had acted in self defence.But he said he would be “amazed” if he was prosecuted over the death.“The law says that a person can use reasonable force when defending himself, his family or property. If the intruder is running away the threat has diminished but if that person stays where they are that’s an assault and if they are armed with a weapon then it would be regarded as aggravating circumstances,” said Mr Brennan. Crime officers and forensics teams attend the sceneCredit:Fiona Hanson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Martin was initially convicted of murder, but this was later reduced to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.Neighbours and victims’ groups sprang to the pensioner’s defence yesterday.Clem Williams, 58, a martial arts instructor who has lived on the road for 20 years said: “It’s a very quiet road, normally we do not get police incidents down this road.”My personal opinion is why were the men at his house? The man has a right to defend his home. They should let him go.” He added:  “I cannot see any jury convicting someone in a case where the householder, for example, takes a knife and in a struggle with the burglar injures him.“There were other factors in the Tony Martin case that led him to be convicted of manslaughter.”Another resident living in the street where the incident took place said: “I moved here because I thought it was a safe, nice, pleasant area but this is shocking.”A neighbour who has lived in the area for 10 years added: “We’ve heard of break ins over the years, but nothing like this.” A pensioner has been arrested after a suspected burglar was killed during a violent tussle at his home.The 78-year-old was held on suspicion of murder after the 38-year-old died of his wounds in hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Police said the struggle broke out after the pensioner, named locally as Richard Osborn-Brooks, found two men inside his home in South Park, Hither Green, south London shortly after midnight.One of the burglars, who was armed with a screwdriver, forced the homeowner into his kitchen while his accomplice went upstairs.Detectives believe a struggle then took place between “one of the males and the homeowner” and the 38-year-old intruder was stabbed in the upper body.He was later found collapsed in nearby Further Green Road by paramedics from London Ambulance Service, who took him to a central London hospital where he died at 3.37am. Police were unable to confirm whether the suspect had been stabbed with the screwdriver.The second suspect fled the scene before police arrived and is now being hunted by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.Gordon Williams, a local resident, said: “I could hear people moaning in the street and just thought it was someone drunk. I saw the body laid in the street and another guy jump in a van and leave.last_img read more

Earliest fulllength portrait of Queen Elizabeth I revealed showing her as studious

He has now decided to put the portrait on display at his Pall Mall gallery in London from Monday.Mr Mould added: “One of the reasons that so few portraits of this period exist is that Elizabeth sought to control her image.”She probably disliked images like this as she started to use art to project her power and sovereignty.”In her reign Elizabeth designed edicts to control the quality of images of her and she was known to knock into pieces and hurl into the fire images she did not like.”She understood the power of art with the same intuitive power that politicians like Boris Johnson, Harold Wilson, and Margaret Thatcher understand the importance of image.”Elizabeth understood the importance of her female images with the same intuition that Margaret Thatcher did, as Thatcher understood Elizabeth.” The last Tudor monarch’s reign is seen as a golden age of English history with the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 long held as one of England’s greatest military achievements.Elizabeth, who died in 1603, refused to marry and provide an heir, leaving the throne open for Protestant James VI of Scotland, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth’s cousin. Queen Elizabeth portrait The painting has fascinated critics as it shows a rarely seen softer side of Elizabeth’s characterCredit:Julian Simmonds for the Telegraph She came to be known as the Virgin Queen, the commanding female monarch who defeated an Armada and launched Britain on its imperial adventures.But in this portrait Queen Elizabeth I appears to be little more than a diminutive and shy young woman.Discovered by Philip Mould, the BBC historian and art dealer, the painting – thought to be the earliest full-length portrait of the Queen – is now going up on display for the first time.Critics are fascinated by the painting as it shows a rarely seen softer, more feminine and even petulant side of Elizabeth’s character.The portrait, painted on the wood of an oak tree, is believed to date from 1559 as experts have studied the tree’s growth rings. Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558 and reigned for 45 years. 1/2 Thrilling first glimpse today post-cleaning of what could be the earliest FULL LENGTH (almost) portrait of Elizabeth I as queen c.1559. Later in her reign she would try and have these destroyed in favour of more sophisticated, sanctioned images.— Philip Mould (@philipmould) June 4, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The iconic Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I being hung in Greenwich last yearCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  The iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I Experts restored the painting and after removing layers of paint from earlier attempts they uncovered parts of the original image such as the prayer book in her hand and ermine on her robe.Mr Mould, who presents the BBC’s Fake or Fortune programme, told The Telegraph: “I have yet to conclude, but it appears to be the earliest or possibly only full-length portrait of Elizabeth as Queen.”This image is interesting as it belongs to a clutch of images of Elizabeth when she is first Queen. It shows a diminutive quite studious looking girl, noticeably thin holding a prayer book.”She is so unlike what we usually associate with a Queen such as Elizabeth, she is earnest and solemn in this portrait. She was a real survivor at this point.”Mr Mould discovered the painting and received a huge amount of interest from the art trade and public when he posted a picture of it on his Twitter account. read more

Danijel Šarić to play for Qatar

← Previous Story SEHA GSS with 70 players in “Battle for Poland” Next Story → Allison Pineau leaves ŽRK Vardar! One of the best world’s handball goalkeepers, Danijel Šarić, will be the member of Qatar handball team in the upcoming World Championship in Doha. A 37 years old FC Barcelona goalie, made agreement with the Qatar Handball Federation to play for them alongside Ex-Rhein Neckar Lowen goalkeeper, Goran Stojanovic.Only few days ago, another European star Žarko Marković has decided to play for Qatar at WCh 2015. Danijel SaricQatar read more

Yahoo buys PlayerScale will fight Google for game devs

first_imgMarissa Mayer shows she isn’t done with her new checkbook yet as Yahoo acquires PlayerScale, a company focused on delivering turn-key game features to app developers.Hot on the heels of Google announcing a massive salvo of game-specific features for developers to take advantage of in Android, Yahoo has announced that they bought a company that offers many of these same features. Leaderboards, matchmaking, and communication tools are just a couple of the features PlayerScale offers developers. This service is cross platform and includes social networking connections with Facebook and Google+. This addition would grant Yahoo access to a network of 150 millions users that is reportedly increasing by 400,000 members per day, and possibly even give Yahoo the foothold needed to more seriously step into the mobile gaming arena.Unlike some of the other companies that have been scooped up by Yahoo recently, PlayerScale will exist as an independent service for the time being. Many other acquisitions have ended in the developer talent being absorbed into Yahoo while the products they had built were shut down or are pending evaluation. The only other company to have been offered this same setup recently was Tumblr, which will also continue to exist as their own entity. What Yahoo gets out of deals like these is access to the data collected by these websites and services, which can be used to better their own ad and content delivery services.Yahoo, under its new management, seems to be headed in a very positive direction. These acquisitions, combined with the recent attention gained by updating Flickr and its Android app, show positive progress for the company. It may not be entirely clear what the long term goals of Yahoo are as a company, but it is now clear that we’ll be hearing more and more about them as time goes on.last_img read more

Im properly pssed off about that I dont see any benefit in

first_img Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 6:00 AM Jan 19th 2017, 6:00 AM Conor Murray tackled by Josh Strauss last weekend. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCONOR MURRAY HAS turned the heat ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland by claiming that Glasgow Warriors deliberately targeted him last weekend.And the Irish scrum-half said he is lucky not to have suffered a serious injury after, he says, Glasgow targeted his standing leg any time he kicked the ball.The 27-year old said he has no problem with ‘being rattled’ in matches but is angry that Glasgow Warriors seemed to target his standing leg each time, and he alleged that it wasn’t the first time this had happened with the Scottish club.His comments are sure to crank up the tension ahead of the opening game of the RBS Six Nations between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in just over two weeks, not least as Glasgow Warriors started with 15 Scottish internationals in last Saturday’s 14-12 loss to Munster.Murray made no effort to hide his anger with Glasgow’s tactics when he spoke at a media briefing in UL yesterday.“I’m properly p*ssed off about that. I don’t see any benefit in charging down someone’s standing leg. I only see it as a danger or as a potential to get injured.“I don’t think it’s a good tactic. You could put another label on that type of tactic, but they did it to us at Thomond Park, they got our scrum-half Te (Aihe Toma) with it in the league game and they almost got me a couple of times.“So, luckily my leg came out of the ground and I managed to fall over, but if my leg stayed in the ground — especially in that surface — you’re looking at syndesmosis, you’re looking at cruciate (ligament).“I’m not blaming the players. I don’t know who told them to do it but it’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous and thankfully I didn’t get injured but if I had have been injured I would have been going on more of a rant.” Conor Murray at yesterday’s Munster press conference. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOMurray said he had no problem with teams targeting him or any other player but he said he had not encountered another team aiming for the standing leg in that manner.“No they’re the only team I’ve across that did it. I just can’t see a way of that being legal or any way that could lead to a charge down or a tackle.“The ball is long gone from my hands and I just think it’s really dangerous and it will end up with someone getting properly injured by it.“It could be a cruciate and you’re out for six to nine months and from an attempted ‘charge down’?“I’ve no problem with teams going after you in a different way like happened in the game, but that type of tackle I just don’t think it’s fair. It’s not safe.” Conor Murray celebrating last Saturday’s win with Simon Zebo. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOMurray said he made the touch judge aware of it after the first hit by Glasgow No.8 Josh Strauss in the opening quarter.“We chatted about and they were aware of it. My issue would be, it was after the first one and they were made aware of it before that.“There’s so much going on in the game that something like that needs to be just looked at outside the game before the game has even started, in the lead up to the game, and make sure things like that are outlawed in the game because, they have enough on their plate as well, but it is in the best interest of the players for something like that to be looked at,” added Murray.The scrum-half is set to play against Racing 92 on Saturday after a neck and shoulder injury suffered against Glasgow became the subject of an EPCR probe into seeing if injury protocols were followed.Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said that Munster had handled the situation appropriately. Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“I don’t think people should call it an enquiry. I think it is working together with the tournament organisers. The only thing they are trying to do is to make sure the HIA and the player welfare is getting better and better.“I have been coaching now for more than 15 years you know and I think the medical team was spot on the way they did stuff.HIA only came in in 2012 and it will always be a system that is evolving so what the tournament organisers are trying to do is make sure that everybody adheres to that and is it the best protocol and did we do it the right way.“I mean to be honest with you we even have an extra system called my play, X play system which we use next to the field where the medical staff can look at an incident after it happened on the field. So I think the guys were spot on and I think Conor is fit and ready to go.I don’t enquiry is the right word I think working together to improve player welfare is the actual phrase,” said Erasmus.Meanwhile, he is confident that captain Peter O’Mahony (HIA), Simon Zebo (dead leg) and Tommy O’Donnell (ankle) will all be fit for Saturday’s clash with Racing 92, although winger Keith Earls is doubtful with a rib injury and may not be risked.“It’s a just a training accident, not a serious one and not a long-term one but next week the international window starts and you don’t want to jeopardise that, although this is a massive game for us but the next seven weeks are going to be massive for him,” added Erasmus.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘I’m properly p*ssed off about that. I don’t see any benefit in charging down someone’s standing leg.’ Conor Murray said he is lucky not to have suffered a serious injury last Saturday. Follow us: Short URL 28,790 Views Six-try Pres rout Ardscoil Rís in Munster Senior Cup openerRockwell stake their Senior Cup claim with battling win against Munchin’s 52 Comments By John Fallon Share55 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les bébés comprennent les intonations avant de comprendre les mots

first_imgLes bébés comprennent les intonations avant de comprendre les motsPubliant leurs travaux ce mois-ci dans Cognitive Development, des chercheuses britanniques ont montré expérimentalement que les bébés, entre 1 et 2 ans, perçoivent si l’action d’un adulte est volontaire ou accidentelle, rien qu’au ton de l’exclamation qu’il lance.Elena Sakkalou et Merideth Gattis, de l’Université de Cardiff, se sont livrées à des expériences pour évaluer la perception que les bébés ont de la voix des adultes lorsque ceux-ci expriment : soit la satisfaction consécutive à une action réussie, soit la contrariété consécutive à un ratage. Testant 28 enfants âgés de 1 à 2 ans, les scientifiques ont manipulé elles-mêmes un jouet devant chacun d’eux, parfois de façon appropriée (systématiquement saluée par un “Lààà !”), parfois avec maladresse (sanctionnée d’un “Oups !”). Mettant le jouet dans les mains des bambins, elles ont observé la suite.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Premier constat : les bébés se sont montrés davantage susceptibles d’imiter l’action réussie, celle accompagnée du “Lààà !”, mot caractérisé par une amplitude plus élevée, une plus longue durée et un ton qui chute en final, contrairement à “Oups !”. Deuxième étape : même déroulement, mais en remplaçant les deux mots par des mots d’une langue étrangère, prononcés toutefois de la même façon que lors de la première expérience. Là encore, les enfants ont opté (le plus souvent) pour le comportement associé à une vocalisation ‘sonnant positivement’.”L’étude suggère qu’à partir de 16 mois, la sensibilité aux indices prosodiques des bébés se développe en une capacité plus sophistiquée, celle de recueillir des informations sur ce que les autres ont l’intention ou non de faire dans leurs propres interactions avec les objets inanimés”, expliquent les chercheuses citées par le Daily Mail. “Les bébés commencent par montrer une compréhension des états mentaux, tels que les objectifs simples et les intentions, et imitent selon cette compréhension, à partir de 12 mois. Mais ce n’est que plus tard dans leur deuxième année de vie qu’ils démontrent une véritable distinction entre comportement opportun ou bien accidentel”, poursuivent-elles.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SpiderMan Launch Trailer Features Classic Villains

first_img We’re only a few weeks away from the release of Spider-Man on PS4. For obvious reasons, this is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year. With the game’s release on the horizon, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac Games have today released a launch trailer to get everyone even more excited than they already were.This latest video features two characters who should be familiar to Spider-Man fans. The first one is Wilson Fisk a.k.a The Kingpin. In a brief shot, we see the larger-than-life villain being taken away by the cops. The trailer also features Spider-Man facing off against the Rhino. This version of the classic villain sports a cybernetic suit which looks quite menacing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original Rhino costume, but it is admittedly silly. Like other trailers, this one also features Miles Morales. We’ve yet to see the young hero sport his own Spider-Man outfit, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait for that reveal.There are several reasons why this Spider-Man game is receiving such hype. The first one is clear: it’s Spider-Man. I think it’s safe to say Spidey is one of the most recognizable characters on Earth. Most people know of and have a fondness for the wall-crawler. The fact it is a Spider-Man game from Insomniac is the other reason. The studio is known for producing high-quality titles featuring excellent graphics, controls, and voice work. Spider-Man is also more popular than ever given his introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If there was a perfect time for a new Spider-Man game, this is it.As I long-time fan of Spider-Man and Insomniac Games, I am extremely excited to play this title. The short demo I played at E3 convinced me this will indeed be among 2018’s best experiences. I cannot wait to play the full game.Spider-Man releases exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on September 7.While you wait for the game to drop get acquainted with the best moments all Spider-Man fans should know. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split last_img read more

Griezmann takes one more step towards the Ballon dOr

first_imgWith Atletico Madrid’s victory against Dortmund, along came Antoine Griezmann’s stellar performance and another claim for the Ballon d’Or.There is no doubt that the Champions League is the ideal tournament for players like Saul Ñiguez and Antoine Griezmann, both of them scored this Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and proved that Atletico Madrid isn’t dead yet.The ultimate goal this season is the grand final at the Metropolitano, a stadium that witnessed how the Colchoneros were reborn after the appalling 4-0 defeat in Dortmund a couple of weeks ago.The whole race for the Ballon d’Or is entering the final stages of the year, as the ceremony approaches there are two players who seem fit to get the award and Luka Modric isn’t one of them.The most obvious choices right now are only Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann, both players kept the highest level of competition throughout most of 2018 and they both seem to be the obvious choices for all the voters who will have a chance to select the next Ballon d’Or.There are very few other players who can be considered for the award, maybe Modric will get a few votes as Kylian Mbappé also will. But the final race will be between the Frenchman and Cristiano.Antoine Griezmann Damas y caballeros— Antoine Griezmann Pics (@griezpics) November 6, 2018In a World Cup year, the reality is that a player from France is the obvious choice after last summer’s success from Les Bleus. The problem here has a name, it’s obviously Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward has proved repeatedly that he is even above Lionel Messi during the last couple of years, he has won more trophies and been more important for his squads without question.After moving to Juventus during the summer, Ronaldo proved once again that he is the one who wins the matches as he already got the whole Serie A fanbase in his pocket through incredible performances week after week.But Griezmann isn’t too far behind with night like the one he just had against Borussia Dortmund this Tuesday.The sum of his whole year can actually be described with the whole play in which he scored his goal against the German squad.As he received the ball from Thomas Partey, the French star had a Dortmund defender on top of him and he managed to endure the complicated marking throughout the moments that took him to release a well-placed strike without ever giving up.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Never surrendering to the obstacles, that’s what Griezmann’s year has been all about.¡La joyita que nos regaló Griezmann!Así fue el gran gol que el francés marcó en #CHAMPIONSxESPN ante el Borussia Dortmund 👇— Sportscenter en español (@SportsCenter_nt) November 6, 2018After the 2-0 result against Dortmund, Griezmann was questioned about the Ballon d’Or and his response proved that he finally learned to not give the subject a lot of importance.“I really don’t know anything about that, all I care is about enjoy and play football. Nights like today are the ones that give me the joy of playing for this club,” said Griezmann via Diario AS.“Maybe today’s performance gives me points for the award, the Champions League is very important for that and people talk about it a lot.”“I mean, who doesn’t want to win the Ballon d’Or, right? I believe every player dreams of winning the award, everybody has this prize in his head.”“It’s better for everybody if I score goals, but today was more important to offer a different image from the one we gave in Dortmund, that match really scarred us.”“We really wanted to prove a point tonight, we did a great job and the ones who got in as substitutes did a fantastic work. This is the path we should follow.””Les teníamos muchas ganas por el palo que nos dieron en Alemania. Hemos aprendido de nuestros errores. Teníamos muchos lesionados, pero el grupo ha respondido perfectamente. Esto es el Atleti”. Antoine Griezmann. #ChampionsMLC— #Vamos de Movistar+ (@vamos) November 6, 2018Who do you think will win the Ballon d’Or this year, Griezmann or Ronaldo? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

MiamiDade Schools Police crashes with minivan in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida Police officer was caught in a dangerous drive in Southwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene near Southwest 72nd Street and 72nd Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.A Miami-Dade Schools Police cruiser collided with a mini-van collided, just before 10 a.m.Both vehicles received heavy damage, but neither driver was seriously hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Marilyn Manson Founding Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Dies

first_img Email Marilyn Manson Founding Guitarist Daisy Berkowitz Dies Twitter Facebook Marilyn Manson Founding Guitarist Dead At 49 marilyn-manson-founding-guitarist-daisy-berkowitz-dies News Scott Putesky, aka Daisy Berkowitz, succumbs to colon cancerBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2017 – 2:39 pm Guitarist Scott Putesky has died at the age of 49, after a protracted battle with colon cancer, Rolling Stone reports.Under the pseudonym Daisy Berkowitz, Putesky helped co-found Marilyn Manson’s band, originally named Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids, in 1989, whereupon he acted as the band’s chief composer and guitarist on their debut album, 1994’s The Portrait Of An American Family. Putseky also played lead guitar on the band’s 1995 cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” the group’s first hit.Putesky parted ways with the group during the recording of 1996’s Antichrist Superstar, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album became a breakthrough hit for the group, despite an irreconcilable personality conflict with album co-producer Trent Reznor, who had helped sign the band to Interscope.Manson took to Instagram to comment on his former bandmate’s passing, saying, “We had our differences over the years, but I will always remember the good times more.”Marilyn Manson Hospitalized In Stage Accidentlast_img read more

Full Show Flu Season In Houston And Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Jan

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share On Friday’s Houston Matters: Houston officials say there have been five flu-related deaths in the region since November. How bad is this flu season compared to previous years? We talk it over.Also this hour: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the importance of cosmic collisions — none of us would be here without them, he says — and about the challenges facing science these days. Tyson speaks at Jones Hall on Monday (Jan. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in an event hosted by Society for the Performing Arts.Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we talk with Houston runner Lisa Thompson, who despite being legally blind, is preparing to run in this weekend’s Chevron Houston Marathon.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more