Franken doesn’t seem to understand why he had to resign

first_imgCategories: Editorial, Opinion“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said as he announced his resignation Thursday. Franken, who has been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct, said that he was leaving not because the allegations against him were true, but because “it’s become clear that I can’t both pursue the ethics committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator.”Franken’s statement was defensive and often angry.And though he said he “was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change,” he didn’t seem to grasp what that change might look like or why he has been swept up in it.Franken and many other men have lost their jobs over the past few months because society has finally decided to treat them like other people who allegedly behave in wildly entitled and reckless ways. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists But it is an explanation for the disbelief that some of the men who have been exposed over the past few months seem to feel.The idea that Harvey Weinstein could redeem himself with a week-long stay in rehab, or that director James Toback could bluster his way through hundreds of allegations, seems ludicrous to any of us who have had to choose between our passing desires and the realities of our lives.I’m sure the idea that these strategies wouldn’t work is equally confounding if your life has been defined by a near-total freedom to seek gratification without worrying about the consequences.Franken might not yet understand what happened to him.But like the women who say he groped them, he couldn’t escape his fate.Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post’s Opinions section. If this change has been disconcerting to men like Franken, he’s not alone.The reckoning of the past few months has made it clear – if it wasn’t before – that sexual harassment and sexual assault are widespread.It’s also horrifyingly obvious just how many men feel no compunction about using their power to demand sexual contact, and how many of them don’t even bother to demand.They “just kiss.” They just grab, they just open their robes, they just start masturbating, they just force themselves inside women. They “don’t even wait.”But knowing that still doesn’t make it any more comprehensible to me.What must it be like to truly believe, deep down, that “when you’re a star, they let you do it”?Or to be absolutely convinced that you can kiss whomever you want, whenever you want, because to do so is your “right as an entertainer” (as one accuser said Franken told her)?center_img I have absolutely no understanding of how it feels to think you’re entitled to have your every passing whim fulfilled, even if that whim involves another person.I have never expected that much satisfaction out of life.I also can’t understand the specific calculus involved in spectacularly destructive acts of self-gratification.Is a kiss from an unwilling woman or a handful of flesh really worth endangering a career in radio, or a seat in the Senate?Is forcing yourself on a clearly unwilling woman or enlisting her as an obviously miserable viewer in a session of masturbation actually worth the potential loss of your movie studio, or your development deal at a major network?Maybe I’m missing the point.Maybe I just don’t know what it’s like to live without fear of consequence. The truth is, there’s plenty of evidence to bolster men’s belief that they can get away with these alleged acts – that at most, the price they’ll pay is some irksome public humiliation.Clarence Thomas holds a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.Bill Clinton retained his presidency and will retain the cushion of his wealth even if he’s stripped of some esteem.Donald Trump is president. Roy Moore may still become a senator from Alabama.So if Franken sounded petulant and defensive when he announced his resignation, maybe it’s because he is genuinely flabbergasted by the past month of his life.If I struggle to imagine feeling as free and as entitled as the many men accused of sexual harassment this fall, I’m sure it’s hard for those men to imagine navigating the constraints many women (not to mention people of color and LGBT people) have to contend with.This failure of imagination isn’t an excuse.last_img read more

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Snacking gets exotic: on the hunt for unusual flavours

first_imgSnacking is getting adventurous. Not long ago, prawn cocktail crisps seemed vaguely exotic. Now we’re inundated with bizarre flavours for the increasingly bold consumer. Read on to find out who’s scouring the supermarket for exotic new flavours , what exciting new crisps tickle their fancy and whether a chilled superfood bar could bring the ‘food porn’ consumer into the snacking market,This year, we’ve had everything from smoked salmon glitter crisps (thanks, M&S) to pink peppercorn tortilla chips. It’s all helping to inject some excitement into crisps, which have long been ruled by three flavours: ready salted, cheese & onion and salt & vinegar. Yet social media reaction to these wacky new flavours has been divided. The Co-op’s prosecco crisps were branded proof that “middle class people have gone too far”; the M&S offerings were slammed as “pretentious”. So do adventurous flavours really have the potential to win over new shoppers? Or are they simply an answer to a question nobody asked?It seems there is indeed genuine demand for exciting additions to the snack aisle. A fifth of consumers often try new snacks, found a poll of 1,185 consumers commissioned by The Grocer. And when they do go for something new, most are willing to go beyond the standard ready salted or cheese & onion. An impressive 39% of Brits will regularly or always experiment with new and exciting flavours, found the poll by Harris Interactive. That figure rises to 60% of 25 to 34-year-olds.And so brands have rushed to grab the attention of the adventurous young consumer. Tortilla chip brand Manomasa started out pretty wild, with flavours green lemon & pink peppercorn and Serrano chilli & Yucatan honey. But now it’s going even further in its innovation. “We’ve gone from having three flavours to eight, which will become 10 in summer when our new flavours beef barbacoa & dill pickle and chargrilled pineapple & arbol join the range,” says senior brand manager Joanna Murray.Walkers Sensations is also pushing boundaries, with the launch of lime & coriander chutney poppadoms and a wasabi & ginger flavoured crisp last year.Watch: Brits are on the hunt for exotic new snacks Manomasa Chargrilled Pineapple & Arbol and Beef Barbacoa & Dill Pickle Tortilla ChipsLaunching: May 2018Manufacturer: ManomasaThe Grocer can exclusively reveal tortilla chip brand Manomasa’s newest flavours: Chargrilled Pineapple & Arbol and Beef Barbacoa & Dill Pickle (rsp: £2/160g). Ideal for scooping dip, the Chargrilled Pineapple and Arbol chips are ‘cuchara’ (Spanish for spoon) shaped, whilst Beef Barbacoa and Dill Pickle are square. It is perhaps telling that hot chicken wings was the most popular choice. Because hot and spicy seems be the flavour of the moment. Much of the NPD in the market is upping the spice stakes. KP Snacks introduced Hula Hoops Puft Sweet Chilli in January this year, and is set to launch Big Hoops Spicy Chilli in March. “We’re finding that consumers are more tuned into spicy flavours than ever before,” says Vijay Bhardwaj, head of marketing formats at KP Snacks. “The spicy sector is one of the biggest single segments, worth around 10% of the snacks market at £260m RSV. It’s not a niche flavour any more, it’s a mass phenomenon and it’s growing fast at 6.7% year on year.”Having found a winning formula, KP is going the same way with McCoy’s. “We launched McCoy’s Paprika in January, which we’re confident will do well,” says Bhardwaj. “A decade ago nobody had even heard of paprika. It really shows how fast the market is moving; hard-hitting, strong tastes from around the world are driving new flavour territories in snacks.”Other brands are also getting in on the spice-loving crowd. Doritos sought to heat up the market in January 2017 with its dual flavoured tortilla chips, supported through a string of TV and digital advertising the following month. Rolled out initially as a UK exclusive, each tortilla chip in the two-strong range contains mini chilli capsules, which serve up a hit of spice after the initial BBQ or Chipotle Cream flavour.The brand upped its presence in the heat sector even further in July last year with the relaunch of Doritos Roulette, teaming up with Tabasco Sauce to give the hidden spicy chips in the pack an extra kick.Competition in spicy snacks got even more heated in January when Pipers Crisps added Jalapeno & Dill flavour to its range, which the brand states will “satisfy the desire for innovative flavours, particularly relevant for 18 to 34-year-olds, the most significant snack-buying segment”.The new flavour was created to complement a cold beer and lime, says marketing manager Katy Hamblin, who found an emerging demand among snackers for products that can be paired with drinks. “We also launched our Wild Thyme & Rosemary flavour back in September 2016, which was designed to be a perfect match for today’s gins.”Walkers was next to jump on the alcohol accompaniment trend with Max Strong, a new range of spicy crisp flavours ‘carefully crafted to complement different types of popular beer’. Comprising Chilli & Lime, Hot Chicken Wings, and Jalapeno & Cheese, the line was introduced mid-January with a TV ad campaign portraying the packets as magnets for beer.While accompaniments with alcohol seem to be all the rage, crisps that are flavoured with alcohol seem to be more of a hit-and-miss venture. The Co-op’s Prosecco Bubble crisps and the trio of M&S alcohol-inspired flavours – Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Champagne glitter crisps, Bloody Mary & Fizz and Sparkle Winter Berries & Prosecco – provoked their fair share of controversy on social media.The same goes for sweet flavours on crisps. Tesco pushed the boundaries with the launch of limited edition Candy Cane crisps into its Finest range in October, designed to “tap into the trend of combining sweet and savoury flavours”. Yet it didn’t seem to achieve the same mass appeal as classic sweet-and-savoury combo salted caramel (or its other adventurous flavours such as Massaman Curry Crinkle Cut Crisps and Pulled Pork). Opinion was most definitely split on Twitter as some users said they were “intrigued” but other users found them too “bizarre”. Jalapeno & Dill crisps Launched: January 2018Manufacturer: Pipers Crisp CoCurrent snacking trends towards heat and globally influenced flavours haven’t gone unnoticed at Pipers Crisps, which has responded with its new launch Jalapeno & Dill, available in 40g and 150g sharing bags, priced at £1 and £2.20 respectively. Designed to accompany a beer, the brand hopes the flavour will be a hit in bars and pubs as well as retailers.Thanks to our partners Hula Hoops Puft Sweet ChilliLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: KP SnacksKP Snack’s latest addition to its Hula Hoops lineup contains 71 calories per bag, and taps the growing chilli trend in the snacks market. Spicy is now the second-most popular flavour in the healthy multipacks sector and the fastest-growing, up 14% year on year. Hula Hoops Puft Sweet Chilli multipacks (rsp: £1.60/6x15g) are currently available in Asda, with more listings to be announced throughout the year. Harris Interactive , a full-service digital consultative custom market research agency, polled more than 2,000 consumers for The Grocer for this article. These brands are very much focused on world flavours. But inspiration doesn’t necessarily have to come from far-flung climes. Tayto Crisps is running a flavour competition in Ireland asking customers to vote for its next limited edition packet. Options include Spice Bag, Sunday Roast, Breakfast Roll and Curry Sauce, with the winner due to be announced and added to the range later this year.Kettle Chips is going with a mix of home-grown and exotic flavours in its new Discoveries range, which includes Salted Caramel & Double Cream; New York Deli with Pastrami, Dill Pickle & Mustard; Gressingham Duck, Plum Sauce & Spring Onion, and Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese & Cox Apple Chutney.How where and who?center_img So are these combinations just too out there even for the new adventurous breed of consumer?”My overall feeling is these are novelty products, earning their place in a seasonal assortment but doomed to be on discount to clear stocks after the event has passed,” says Hamish Renton, managing director of food and drink consultancy HRA Global. “Take for example the prosecco crisps. Visually they were interesting with the golden flecking on the surface of the snack and the packaging was congruent with the offer. However, they are challenging due to the sour notes in the prosecco and they trade at a high price point without delivering a knock-out eat. Overall I feel that the prosecco crisps prove the dictum that just because you can doesn’t mean you should – it all feel a little ‘spray and pray’ NPD. For me, the obvious point is that a great combination is a glass of prosecco and a quality savoury crisp which sets up a flavour and texture contrast. Combining the two into a crisp doesn’t really take us forward.Whilst there is clearly a market for snacks in new and adventurous flavours, the appeal of flavour is key, concurs Lucia Juliano, head of research at Harris Interactive. “Brands should be wary not to go too far with their flavours as consumers could be put off. Even if shoppers do buy into these new unusual products, unless brands can get the flavour right there is a high chance that it will stay as a one-off purchase.”The lesson seems to be this: if you want your new snack flavour to be a sure-fire hit, make sure you pack in the spice. The world may not yet be ready for a candy cane crisp.With so many new and innovative flavours and formats launching in the category, the emerging problem for brands and retailers is standing out from competitors. In a year that saw tortilla chips shaped to scoop dip, candy cane crisps and rising levels of heat in snacks, creating something unique and different is becoming increasingly difficult.We posed this dilemma to design consultancy Path, challenging them to come up with a brand new product for the ever-diversifying snack market. Here’s what they came up with.Snacking Creative Challengeoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2 <span>Snacking Creative Challenge</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 705</span><span>width</span><span> 940</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CC 2</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 705</span><span>width</span><span> 940</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CC 2</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 705</span><span>width</span><span> 940</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CC 2</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 705</span><span>width</span><span> 940</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CC 2</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>height</span><span> 705</span><span>width</span><span> 940</span><span>orientation</span><span> 1</span><span>camerasoftware</span><span> Adobe Photoshop CC 2</span>Creative challenge: Bloom BarsIntroducing Bloom bars, a new range of plant-based, Instagrammable snack bars from Path. “We took a look at the healthy snack sector and found a lot of emphasis is put on packaging,” says strategy director Ben Sillence. “The actual products don’t tend to look very exciting. We wanted to upend that by creating a snack bar that looks great and provides a unique flavour combination, targeting consumers who want to taste something new – but not before posting a picture on social media.”Each Bloom bar is made up entirely of fruit or ‘superfood’ vegetables, with a spirulina, coconut and goji berries Green Goodness flavour and Sweet Dream, containing sweet potato, turmeric, lucuma and beetroot. “We selected the flavour combinations based on their health benefits as well as what’s trending at the moment on social media,” explains Sillence, “Whilst the mix of these flavours is something consumers won’t have tried before, they’ll be familiar with the ingredients.”Though the snack aisle is constantly introducing new and exciting flavours, the category hasn’t done much to capture the growing number of ‘food porn’ consumers, says creative director Chris Forecast. “Bloom’s design is an important USP. Ultimately as a healthy replacement for a countline bar, the product had to be consumable on the go, but we wanted to make it more dynamic than the standard rectangle, so we developed a geometric element to make it more visually exciting.”The bar also snaps into six different pieces, making it easy to share as well as allowing consumers to break the product down and create their own snaps for social media. “With a higher-end rsp of between £2 and £3, the bars are aimed at shoppers who are willing to pay a bit extra for a premium healthy snack that provides a new taste experience as well as the perfect Instagram snap.”Stocked in the fresh chilled aisle, Bloom bars would be launched first in smaller outlets including Whole Foods Market, says Forecast, before being introduced in major retailers. Marketing would focus heavily on social media, with adverts, campaigns and competitions encouraging consumers to post pictures of their Bloom bars.While Bloom bars may not hit stores for a while yet, here are some innovations that will soon be available in your supermarket aisle.Innovations in snacking  With its 30,000-strong consumer panel, Kantar Worldpanel, is a leading consumer and shopper insights provider. Kantar provided sales and usage data and analysis for this article. Consumers would have baulked at such adventurous ideas 10 years ago, says Debbie King, director of sales and marketing at healthy snack brand Eat Real (whose range includes jalapeno & cheddar quinoa and kale puffs). But the rise of the millennial shopper has shaken up the category, she says. “The increasingly sophisticated palates of this age group, driven by international travel and food from around the world, mean once unfamiliar or exotic flavours are now widely accepted.”There is definitely a market for the well-travelled young consumer. Yet that doesn’t mean all flavours are going down so well. Asked which flavours they would try out of the following new launches – hot chicken wings, lime & coriander, chipotle & lime, wasabi & ginger and manchego & green olive – consumers had a clear preference in the Harris Interactive poll. An encouraging 49% would try the hot chicken wings flavour, while only 24% would try manchego & green olive. Considering flavour is such a large driver of trial of NPD – 21% said ‘appealing’ flavours were the most important factor, second only to the 28% who were swayed by a free sample – it’s important to get it right. SnackamoléLaunched: January 2018Manufacturer: Born TastyCan anything stop the meteoric rise of avocado? Born Tasty doesn’t seem to think so, launching Snackamolé (rsp: £2.50/117g) in January, a 100g Pure Avocado or Guacamole dip with low fat, high fibre chickpea pop chips. Both dips contain one of the consumer’s 5 a day, and use high-pressure processing methods to eliminate micro-organisms and enzymes that cause avocado flesh to brown, enabling them to retain flavour and nutrients.last_img read more

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Ronald M. Johnson, 70, Brookville

first_imgRonald M. Johnson, age 70, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born November 10, 1947 in Luling, Texas he was the son of the late Luther & Bryce (Keeney) Johnson. On August 13, 1966 he was united in marriage to the former Clara Jean Taylor, and she preceded him in death on August 19, 2016.Ron was retired having worked for many years at Owens Corning, and later at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. He was a family man and enjoyed working and providing for his family.Survivors include four children, John (Kym) Johnson of Spring, Texas, Pamela Fanestiel of Brookville, Indiana, Steven (Heather) Johnson of Conroe, Texas and Bryan (Joni) Johnson of Brookville, Indiana; six grandchildren, Christine, William, Joshua, Zachary, Natalie and Lucas; three siblings, Linda Dalton of Campwood, Texas, Jimmy Johnson of Conroe, Texas, and Janine Sergeant of Conroe, Texas.In addition to his parents and wife Clara Jean, he was preceded in death by a brother Terry Johnson and a granddaughter, Katelyn Reese Johnson.Family & friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Memorial Services will be conducted at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be directed to the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Oncology Department. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Johnson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmyers.com.last_img read more

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USC looking to rebound

first_imgThe No. 5 USC women’s golf team looks to recover from its worst outing in four months this week at the Bruin Wave Invitational at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, Calif.Last week, at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., the Women of Troy finished in 12th place, and they are looking to put that poor performance behind them.“It’s not a good thing that happened, but it’s better to happen earlier in the season” said junior Lizette Salas.  “We’re looking to start fresh.”The whole team could use that fresh start, including sophomore Jennifer Song, the No. 1 collegiate golfer in the country.Song enters this week coming off her worst finish of the season, a tie for 22nd, which included the worst round of her USC career, an 80.  It was the first time Song had finished in the 80’s as a Trojan, and the All-American looks to regain her momentum this week.Senior Belen Mozo, going for her fourth All-American award this season, was the strongest of the Women of Troy last week, tying for 12th place overall.Mozo appears to have completely recovered from the shoulder injury she sustained at the end of her junior season, and is ready to resume her place at the top of the leader board every week.  With one more round below 70,Mozo will set a USC record for career sub-70 rounds, currently held by Mozo, Song, and former Trojan Irene Cho.Salas, a two time All-American, is also recovering from her worst outing of the season, a tie for 53rd.  She feels prepared to bounce back this week.  “We worked really hard in the weight room and at practice, and we feel ready for real golf instead of cart golf” she said, noting that the golfers were allowed to use carts in Tucson.Also heading to Santa Clarita are sophomore Inah Park and freshman Cyna Rodriguez.  Park’s tie for 57th last week was her season worst, just as Rodriguez had a season low with her tie for 84th.The Women of Troy have their work cut out for them this week, as they enter the Invitational with no positive momentum.  They face tough competition that includes No. 1 Arizona State, who took home the title in Tucson, and No. 2 UCLA. Despite the short turnaround, the team feels confident heading into the first round.“We’re definitely ready and we feel right,” Salas said.The tournament runs Monday through Wednesday.last_img read more

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Lakers guard Steve Nash discusses injury, possible bench role

first_imgIt sounds weird to ask given Steve Nash’s inevitable Hall of Fame credentials. But with his persisting back injury and his early-season struggles, would the 39-year-old guard accept a bench role with the Lakers?“I’ll do whatever I can to help the team,” Nash said. “But the first thing I have to do is try get myself in a position where I can sustain the demands of the game. Right now my back is susceptible to those things.”Nash practiced Tuesday after spending the past week in Vancouver with his personal trainer Rick Celebrini to work on the persisting nerve pain in his back, left hamstring and surgically repaired left leg. Before missing the past 10 games, Nash had averaged only 6.7 points on 26.1 percent shooting and 4.8 assists in 22.5 minutes through six contests. “It’s two weeks of being patient and letting the body do what it does,” Farmar told this newspaper. “After that, I’ll see how it feels and then begin my rehab. Hopefully it will be before four weeks, but I’ll see how it responds.”After having an ultrasound Monday, Farmar received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his hamstring. Farmar posted a picture of the procedure on his Instagram account.“It went all right,” Farmar said, who had averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in 19 minutes before his injury. “It’s a little sore today, but hopefully that will speed it up.”Mr. HollywoodKobe Bryant has remained coy about how he’ll spend his post-retirement career, though his recent two-year, $48 million extension ensures he’ll play at least through the 2015-16 season. After filimg a recent commercial with soccer star Lionel Messi for Turkish Airlines, Bryant strongly shot down an acting career. “Not a chance,” Bryant said Tuesday at a Turkish Airline event at a Manhattan Beach hotel. “I get antsy. There’s a lot of waiting around and down time. I like moving and doing things. I don’t have the patience to do that. Commercials are fine. But TV shows? No way.” Injury updateAlthough he still described his right ankle as “a little sore,” Lakers center Pau Gasol believes he can manage it after MRI showed the injury as mild. He reported “a lot of improvement” in the past week, though Nash it appears “unlikely” and very doubtful he will play Friday when the Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-11) at Sleep Train Arena. Nash participated in full-court five-on-five drills for 10 minutes Tuesday before the Lakers sat him down for precautionary reasons. They hope Nash can increase his workload in practices both Wednesday and Thursday. Nash conceded uncertainty on whether he felt healthier than he did in training camp. Since the season started, Nash experienced various ailments before that injury, including a sprained left ankle, sore quadriceps muscles and a stiff neck.“It’s important as far as whether or not I play Friday to make the right decisions and not be hasty,” Nash said. “Sometimes the staff has to temper my outlook when I say, ‘I feel good, I’m going to play Friday. They have to be the ones that say, ‘That’s stupid. You’re jeopardizing the rest of the season by playing too soon.’”Positive outlookDespite learning his strained left hamstring will keep him sidelined for about four weeks, Lakers backup guard Jordan Farmar sounded optimistic about his recovery. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Antonio Brown jump-kicks punter

first_imgANTONIO BROWN JUMP-KICKS SPENCER LANNING (Photo by Julio Lopez)PITTSBURGH—Antonio Brown apparently is taking a preemptive approach to delivering blows rather than absorbing them.Brown jumped-kicked Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning at the end of a 46-yard punt return in the second quarter Sunday, drawing a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 30-27 victory.Brown only had Lanning to beat for a touchdown in the second quarter. But he ended up kicking Lanning in the face when it initially looked like he would try to jump over the second-year punter.“No intent to hurt him,” Brown said. “I had my mind made up that he was going over me. I thought he was going low and I tried to leap over him. It was just a bad outcome of a play.”Brown, who finished with 116 yards and a touchdown on five receptions, could face a fine from the NFL after the league reviews the play.last_img read more

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Leafs complete blockbuster deal with Ridge Meadows of PJHL

first_imgSandhu, got the bulk of the work for Ridge Meadows in goals, finishing the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.20 goals against average for the fourth-place Flames.Lindsay, who spent three seasons in Nelson, struggled to find a place in the lineup having been injured for most of the season.Lindsay played only 19 games for Nelson, finishing with a goal and 10 assists.“Austin was hurt for most of last season and was uncertain if he wanted to play this year,” Dooley explained.“Ridge Meadows was willing to take that chance so we cut a fair deal with them.”Dooley said it was tough to give up on the Kelowna native but thought it would be best for the Leafs to give Lindsay a chance with another team.“I spoke with Austin prior to the trade prior to moving him out of respect because he’s been with us since he was 16 (years old), Dooley said.“I told him I wasn’t going to do anything without chatting with him and he thought about it and was ok with the move.”Nelson, struggled to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before getting ousted from post season by Beaver Valley, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena.All 20 teams in the KIJHL meet June 24-25 in Osoyoos for the league AGM. The Nelson Leafs completed a blockbuster trade by Junior B standards Thursday shipping center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.Leafs Sean Dooley said the coaching staff is confident the two 20-year-olds will be key building blocks Nelson needs to begin building a winner in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.“Howell is a proven scorer in the league which was something we lacked up front last year,” Dooley explained after completing the inter-league deal earlier in the day.“We know Sandhu and believe he has the ability to be one of the top goalies in the league this season.”“(Sandhu) is 6’4 so he’s a big body,” Dooley added.“He had the opportunity to back up in the BCHL this year but Sandhu (along with Howell) want to push for a championship.”Howell, at 6-foot 170 pounds, finished the season for the Flames with 18 goals and 23 assists in 44 games.last_img read more

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Cassini Watches Explosion in Saturn’s E Ring

first_imgSomething strange happened in the E ring of Saturn last January.  The incident is forcing scientists to conclude the ring cannot be very old.    The E ring is the broad, extended ring that extends from Mimas to Rhea (click here for diagram), over three times as broad as the main ring system but much more diffuse.  It reaches its maximum density at the orbit of Enceladus.  This fact leads Cassini scientists to anticipate finding ice geysers on the moon when Cassini flies by it at close range next March.    Dr. Don Shemansky reported at a news conference today that the Cassini UVIS instrument (ultraviolet imaging spectrograph) measured a surge in atomic oxygen coming from the E ring.  Measurements beginning in December showed a sudden rise in oxygen in late January that dissipated by April.  Apparently a collision in the ring ionized water molecules among the icy particles.  Electrons in the plasma sheet around Enceladus quickly recombine with these ions, forming neutral atoms which are swept into the vacuum, eating away the ring.  With evident surprise, he told the press that this one incident resulted in a mass loss equal to the total mass of micron-sized particles in the entire E ring.  Extrapolating backward, assuming this event was not atypical, he calculated an upper limit of 100 million years for the lifetime of the ring.    Dr. Larry Esposito said later in private conversation that the incident may have been caused by two large bodies colliding within the ring.  He estimates such an event could occur once every 4 to 10 years; if so, it was a fortuitous circumstance for Cassini, at the start of its 4 year tour, to witness the event.  Whatever happened, it was abrupt, severe, and short-lived.    In the press conference Q&A, Dr. Shemansky, noting the bland expressions in the audience, said he must have understated the “spectacular nature” of this discovery.  So he repeated it, with emphasis: the mass quantity lost in the event was equal to the total mass of all the micron-size particles in the entire E ring – in just four months.    A press release and image can be found at the Cassini website.Update 07/11/2006: the source of the oxygen is the moon Enceladus, which is erupting water out of its south pole.  See the 07/11/2006 and 11/28/2005 reports.This discovery adds to others that have led most ring scientists to conclude that planetary rings must be young.  A hundred million years sounds like a long time, but is a mere blink of an eye compared to the assumed age of the solar system (about one fiftieth of 4.5 billion years).  Notice that they did not say the ring is 100 million years old, but that it could not be older than that.  To believe it is much younger is reasonable in light of the evidence; it would seem a stretch to imagine an E ring many orders of magnitude thicker millions of years ago.  Today the E ring is tenuous and mostly composed of fine particles.  A much more massive E ring would seem to correspond to an epoch with more impactors flying around, resulting in exponentially faster erosion.    This age limit is not a problem for those who believe the solar system was created recently.  It is only a difficulty, an anomaly, a surprise, a puzzle for those locked into a mindset that the earth, and life, evolved slowly over vast periods of time.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Weave Goes 1.0: Firefox Gets an Official Bookmark Syncing Tool

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Mozilla just announced that Weave, its official synchronization tool for Firefox, has just hit version 1.0 and is now generally available. Weave is a free browser add-on that can seamlessly sync bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history and open browser tabs between different computers that run Firefox. Weave also runs on Mozilla’s mobile browser for the Nokia N900.Mozilla announced the Weave project in late 2007. Weave is compatible with Firefox 3.5 and up.Getting Started To use Weave, you have to register for an account with Mozilla. The plugin will automatically prompt you to create this account after the installation. Advanced users who are worried about their privacy can also use their own servers as a repository for their data. It’s worth noting that all of the data you transfer to Mozilla’s servers is encrypted.Weave vs. XMarksOf course, Weave isn’t the only solution for syncing bookmarks and XMarks is currently the most popular bookmark syncing tool. Unlike Weave, XMarks isn’t just compatible with Mozilla’s browsers but also supports Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. XMarks can sync bookmarks between these browsers.Weave syncs a lot more than just bookmarks, however. Weave also syncs passwords and your browsing history, for example. In future versions, Mozilla also plans to allow users to sync add-ons and other browser customizations. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Tags:#Browsers#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

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Could have done little to prevent celebration, say police

first_imgA day after the video of a rousing welcome being given to seven accused in the Bulandshahr violence that led to the murder of a police officer by a mob in December 2018 went viral on social media, the police said they could have done little to prevent the “immoral” behaviour of their supporters and family members.In the video, people could be seen garlanding the accused as they come out of the district jail in Bulandshahr after they secured bail from the Allahabad High Court in the sedition charge that was sanctioned by the Uttar Pradesh government. Slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ could also also be heard.Santosh Kumar Singh, SSP, Bulandshahr, said: “We felt bad as they are accused in a case where a fellow officer was killed, but we could not have prevented family members and supporters from welcoming the accused granted bail by the High Court. The slogans were not provocative either.”Mr. Singh added that the accused didn’t come out in a group. “They trickled out one by one.”The accused included Shikhar Agrawal, a member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Upendra Raghav, former district president of Bajrang Dal, and Jitendra Malik, an Army man. The video suggests that a party was also given in their ‘honour’. “We were not aware of it. Even the media was not invited. The photos have been circulated by the supporters,” the SSP told The Hindu.The seven are out of the 44 people booked by the police in what they described as a “watertight” case. They were allegedly part of the mob that set Chingrawati police chowki on fire after a cow carcass was found in the area. In the violence that ensued, SHO Subodh Kumar Singh was killed and a local, Sumit, also lost his life. ‘Not murder accused’“Those who have been granted bail are not accused of murder. Apart from sedition, they have been charged with rioting and inciting violence,” said Mr. Singh.Retired police officer Maxwell Pereira said the celebration of crime and criminals is an “immoral act” but there is very little police could do in such cases.last_img read more

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