Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Revellers can two-step their hearts out to acts including Chad Brownlee, the Reklaws and Kiefer Sutherland under the Nashville North tent at this year’s Calgary Stampede.For the first time, the venue is adding a patio, as it looks to extend the country music party outdoors.Actor-singer Kiefer Sutherland. JULIE JACOBSON / APThe full lineup also includes Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Aaron Goodvin, Tebey, Jess Moskaluke, Jade Eagleson, Andrew Hyatt, David James, Brad Saunders, Dani Strong, Foxx Worthee, Michela Sheedy, Ryan Lindsay and Tristan Horncastle. The Budweiser Big Ticket act on Sneak-A-Peek, which takes place July 4, features Emerson Drive.The Reklaws.This year’s Stampede runs July 5 to 14. Entry to Nashville North is free with admission to the park.For more information on Nashville North’s daily performances schedule, visit calgarystampede.com/stampede/music/nashville-north.BY SAMMY HUDES ~ THE CALGARY HERALD Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Chad Brownlee performs at Country Thunder in Calgary on Aug. 17, 2018. POSTMEDIA ARCHIVES
Mia RabsonThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The impacts of residential schools on the health and well-being of First Nations people are similar, whether they attended the schools themselves or are descended from someone who did, a new survey suggests.The finding comes from the third regional health survey by the First Nations Information Governance Centre, a non-profit organization with a mandate from the Assembly of First Nations. The centre has conducted the only comprehensive survey done in Canada of the health and socio-economic conditions on reserves.The first volume being made public today looks at physical and mental health, employment and income, housing and residential school experiences.On the latter it found the number of former residential school students still living is dwindling, but the impacts of the schools continue for the students’ children and grandchildren.Jonathan Dewar, executive director of the centre that produced the survey, said this is in keeping with similar research over the last 15 years.“Our studies indicate the impact of intergenerational survivors of residential schools were similar, sometimes identical to residential school survivors,” he said.About 15 per cent of adults who live on a reserve in Canada said they had attended a residential school. That number was 20 per cent in the first two surveys released in 2003 and 2010. Nearly two in three of those who attended said the schools had negatively impacted their health and well being.More than four in 10 adults who attended a residential school say they were sexually abused and seven in 10 say they were physically and verbally abused.About one-tenth reported the schools had a positive impact while about one-quarter said it had no impact, good or bad.The survey found former students or children of former students were less likely to say they were in good or excellent health compared with those who were not touched by the schools.Residential school survivors and those whose parents or grandparents attended were more likely to have considered suicide at some time in their life and had higher rates of binge drinking and drug use, including marijuana and opioids. For example, one in four teenagers on reserve who had a parent who attended a residential school had considered suicide, compared with one in 10 teenagers who didn’t have a parent or grandparent attend.Dewar says the survey does show some bright spots of improvement for the health and social well-being of people living on reserves though he cautions there needs to be more research done to explain why that may be.“It’s definitely showing signs of progress,” he said. “It still says there is more work that needs to be done. We need to dig deeper to know what interventions have worked.”In many cases where indicators have improved, First Nations still show significant differences from the general population in areas such as income and education, he noted.The number of adults who haven’t finished high school fell to 35 per cent from 40 per cent between 2010 and 2017. Youth smoking rates were cut in half, with one in 10 teenagers smoking regularly in the most recent survey compared to one in five seven years earlier. The prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome was reduced among children living on reserves and the number of mothers who reported smoking during pregnancy fell to about one-third from nearly half.Almost 75 per cent of youth said they abstained from alcohol, up from 61 per cent seven years ago.On the flip side, some indicators got worse, particularly overcrowded housing. About 24 per cent of adults were living in a house considered to be overcrowded, up from 17 per cent in 2002. A house is deemed overcrowded if there is more than one person per room in the home.More than two-thirds of First Nations people living on reserve are in the labour force, either working or looking for work, which is slightly higher than the Canadian population as a whole. However almost one-third of First Nations adults on reserve are unemployed, compared with less than one-tenth of the general population.Fifteen per cent of the people who are not participating in the labour force said there was simply no work to be found in their community or that they had given up looking. Another 18 per cent said they could not work because of a health issue or disability.The survey is based on responses from more than 24,000 people living on reserve in 253 First Nations across Canada and was conducted between 2015 and 2017. The next volume of the report will focus on language and culture and will be released in July.
The so-called Simu Malu, requested by the local community and attended by hundreds of people, was facilitated by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the village of Tashilin, which bore the brunt of the violence.“Today, here in Tashilin, the Simu Malu has helped everyone understand that violence is detrimental to all and that problems can be resolved in a peaceful manner,” UNDP Programme Officer José Belo said of the event that took place on 9 September in Covalima district in the south-west of the small South-East Asian country that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 after it broke away from Indonesia.The meeting saw members of the martial arts groups and other concerned members stand up in front of the extended community and explain their point of view, culminating in official statements being prepared, read aloud by each group, then exchanged as a formal declaration of truce and as a show of commitment to work together to resolve existing problems and restore lasting peace in the area.“This dialogue will help recreate good relations so that conflict will not happen again like in the past,” village chief Alexandre Pereira said. “For the future we have to create unity and to contribute to peace and stability so that people can safely go about their daily lives.”UNDP supports the Department of Peace Building and Social Cohesion in Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Social Solidarity through technical support and capacity building.The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), set up in 2006 to succeed earlier missions after an outbreak of deadly violence, will maintain up to 1,280 police personnel to support the country’s police force until after the 2012 elections, when the mission is planning to withdraw. 15 September 2011An argument between two martial arts groups in Timor-Leste that escalated into violence, resulting in the death of an off-duty police officer and the burning of 67 houses, has been resolved by a day-long traditional peace-building dialogue backed by the United Nations.
The Right to Information (RTI) Bill which was to be tabled in Parliament today, has been delayed as the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is yet to give its backing to the Bill.Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said that all except the NPC have given their backing to the RTI Bill. He said that the NPC is expected to convene on March 10 and will approve the Bill following which it will be tabled in Parliament.As a result, he said the presentation of the Bill to Parliament has been postponed. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2017 12:49 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A controversial $1.4 million severance package paid to the former head of the Crown corporation behind the troubled multi-billion-dollar Muskrat Falls hydro project was appropriate, Newfoundland and Labrador’s auditor general has found.A 72-page report from auditor Terry Paddon said former president and CEO Ed Martin’s departure from Nalcor Energy after a change in government amounted to “constructive dismissal.”Paddon said that meant Martin was entitled to the same severance payments and benefits he would have received under his employment agreement had he been dismissed without cause from Nalcor.Martin was overseeing the delayed project and facing scrutiny as its pricetag ballooned by billions of dollars.He abruptly resigned last April in a cloud of controversy that enveloped the house of assembly for more than a month. Martin said at the time that it was his decision.But Paddon’s report said Martin did not want to leave his post.“He indicated that it was important for him to stay on with Nalcor to get ‘us through the next while.’ He felt that he had built a very experienced team and that, in his view, this was best for the province,” Paddon said in the report released Monday.The report said a meeting with Premier Dwight Ball last April in which Ball said he could not publicly support Martin and his team “confirmed and solidified the constructive dismissal of Mr. Martin.”Paddon found Martin was entitled to severance payments equal to his salary and annual bonuses for two years. That, combined with his pension and other benefits, totalled more than $6 million, the report said.In a news release Monday, Ball said the report confirmed that the contractual obligations owed to Martin were negotiated and signed under the former Progressive Conservative government and that his Liberal government did not direct the board on his severance payments.Current Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall said in December that project costs had jumped to about $11.7 billion, up about $4 billion since the Tory government sanctioned the project four years ago.Marshall took over as Nalcor CEO last April.Ball challenged the Muskrat Falls project while opposition leader, including two related filibusters. He has said his government “inherited” what critics have called a bottomless money pit.Muskrat Falls is the largest publicly funded venture in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history — a dam and powerhouse on the lower Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador that was intended to free the province from volatile, oil-fired energy costs.It will also bring power to Nova Scotia, through a joint deal with private utility Emera. Former Nalcor Energy CEO’s severance was appropriate: auditor general
Mr. Ban said these reports, reviews and events underscored “the modest but vital role” that UN peace operations can play in protecting civilians. “Peacekeeping operations are most effective in protecting civilians when protection is considered a mission-wide activity, driven by a sound political strategy,” he explained, adding that the political engagement of civilian staff and their dialogue with parties to conflict, affected communities and partners is essential. Noting that civilian staff also monitor and investigate abuses – which he said is the only basis for accountability – the Secretary-General highlighted that likewise, United Nations Police make an important contribution. “UN Police are currently protecting tens of thousands of internally displaced people at peacekeeping missions in South Sudan,” he recalled. “I urge this Council to give precedence to political strategy and whole-of-mission approaches when you consider mandates to protect civilians. These can be even more critical than military assets and troop numbers.” Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, as well as President of the Security Council for June, chairs the Council’s high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Ibrahim Yacoubou, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad of the Republic of Niger, addresses the Security Council high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Peter Maurer (on screen), President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), addresses via video teleconference the Council’s high-level open debate on “Protecting civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations”. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration of the Republic of Chad, addresses the Security Council high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Protecting civilians is a United Nations system-wide responsibility. But the primary responsibility lies with parties to the conflict, non-belligerent States, and this Council,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York. “Governments and parties to conflict also have an obligation to provide for the basic needs of civilians in conflict. When they fail to do so, they should facilitate principled humanitarian assistance by humanitarian organizations,” he added. Noting that many parties are failing to live up to these obligations, the Secretary-General said it is essential that the UN use all the means at its disposal to hold them accountable. “The ultimate solution to protecting civilians in conflict is finding sustainable political solutions, based on the rule of law and human rights standards,” he insisted, urging the Security Council to exercise this, as it is its “core responsibility.” In his last report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Mr. Ban underlined the urgent need for concrete measures and to make recommendations to that end. “Enhancing the protection of civilians was a key focus of the World Humanitarian Summit and the Agenda for Humanity. It was one of the dominant themes to emerge from the recent reviews of peace operations, the peacebuilding architecture, and the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ framework,” he noted. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate of Sweden, addresses the Security Council high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ › Meanwhile, he highlighted that the United Nations Secretariat is working to support the Security Council in this by providing better analysis of threats, and better advice and recommendations on the most effective course of action, depending on the context. “As I told the General Assembly yesterday, we are reviewing our administrative and logistical procedures to see how we can best support peace operations, and looking at policies to make us more flexible and responsive,” Mr. Ban said. “The Secretariat is also doing its utmost to support missions through a renewed focus on performance and accountability. We will continue our efforts to prevent and address abuses committed by peacekeepers,” he stressed. In this respect, he said the UN is working with troop and police contributors to generate peacekeeping forces and police in a way that matches capabilities with requirements. “We need troops that speak the right languages, bring the right technology and equipment, and have the right skills and training, in the right places. Member States have a critical role here, in contributing troops and police who are ready, willing and able to take up protection duties. The Kigali Principles set out critical benchmarks for troop and police contributing countries, and I urge all to endorse them,” the UN chief stated. “We also rely on the Security Council to set mandates that are in line with resources, and to use your influence to increase those resources in certain circumstances,” he added. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, visited Malakal, South Sudan, where she witnessed the devastating impact of the armed violence that took place in the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. OCHA/ Charlotte Cans Faustin Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, addresses the Security Council high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council high-level open debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
You can hear the sense of excitement in Jess Linzel’s voice when she talks about local history.The fourth-year Brock History student’s enthusiasm for the past and its impact on the present will be front and centre Thursday, May 10 during an open house at the Town of Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre.Made possible through a partnership between the museum and Brock’s Department of History, the event will encourage the public to engage with local artifacts, ask questions and speak with student researchers who contributed to the featured exhibits that will be on display.The joint initiative allowed Linzel and fellow History student Derek Friske to dive into the museum’s collection to help create the new exhibits, which focus on the life of First World War veteran Pte. Clarence Huntsman, and the business ledger of settler Michael Rittenhouse.“The Department of History is really pleased to have established this working relationship with the Lincoln Museum,” said department Chair Danny Samson. “History and heritage are important in Niagara, and we’re delighted to be working together to generate such exciting projects.”The student exhibits “bridge our academic mission with the interests of the broader community,” he said. “The quality is absolutely top-notch, and the people of Lincoln have an opportunity to see their past, and to see it presented to the wider world.”As part of her project, Linzel used Brock equipment to digitize Rittenhouse’s ledger for the museum, which plans to make the electronic copy available to the public in the future. Born in Pennsylvania in 1768, Rittenhouse was a Loyalist tanner who settled in Niagara in 1800 and took up work as a farmer and miller.“It was interesting to see how he influenced a lot of the farming that took place in Niagara and Lincoln at that time,” Linzel said. Rittenhouse, she added, played a role in laying the groundwork for the thriving agricultural sector seen in Lincoln today.Linzel is looking forward to having her work on display in such a public setting, but is most excited to share Rittenhouse’s story with the community.“I love that the partnership is helping to make history more accessible to the public.”The new exhibits will be on display until the end of August.What: Museum open house and exhibit launchWho: Brock University’s Department of History in partnership with the Town of Lincoln Museum and Cultural CentreWhen: Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Town of Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, 4996 Beam St., Beamsville
Nine spring practices have come and gone for the Ohio State football team and the depth chart appears more definite just a week-and-a-half before the spring game.Coach Urban Meyer discussed the ongoing position battles and some standout performers in spring practice, while also revealing that sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the spring. Meyer added that Harrison has been “having a tremendous spring” and “will compete for a starting spot” once he is healthy again.Here are five takeaways from Meyer’s Tuesday’s press conference.Barrett improving accuracyComing off a season where redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed his lowest percentage of passes in his career, Barrett has been working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on improving his accuracy and trying to rediscover the success he found in his redshirt freshman season.Last season, Barrett completed just 61.8 percent of passes, 1.5 percent worse than his 2015 season and 2.8 percent less than his redshirt freshman season.“I thought his freshman year, he was a very accurate player and the last two years weren’t quite as accurate,” Meyer said. “Our deep ball percentage was the best that it’s been since we’ve been here last week. We were charting everything and JT and the boys did a really good job. We didn’t catch all of them, but as far as accuracy, it was almost something like 90 percent and that’s what we’re looking for.”Burrow leading the race for backup quarterbackThere was never really a competition for the starting quarterback job with Barrett’s return, but Meyer offered insight on the battle for the No. 2 at the position.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow currently stands out among the quarterbacks to serve as Barrett’s backup in the upcoming season, but freshman quarterback Tate Martell is still taking plenty of reps, Meyer said.“I’d say Joe is ahead of them, but they’re both getting reps,” he said. “Tate had his best day, too, the other day in the scrimmage, so it’s good competition there and that brings out the best in people. We all know what happened a couple years ago where all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘You’re the starter. Go beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.’ And they did it. So that position is a key guy.”Offensive-line recruiting has ‘missed’ in the pastPart of the reason the offense struggled to produce at its same level in 2016 was because of an offensive line that did not provide the same level of pass protection that it had in years past.Meyer said that two of his offensive-line classes “didn’t turn out” the way he had hoped, but that he has a trio of offensive lineman who are really coming along in practice and should be able to help improve the play of the line in 2017 .“Yes we have (missed a few). More than a few. You can’t do that. That’s what happens is you have a year like we did last year where guys — you know, true freshmen should have not played then,” Meyer said. “Demetrius Knox is running with the ones and Malcolm Pridgeon is still learning the offense, but Matt Burrell is probably one of the most improved offensive lineman at this point and the other guys are much improved as well. Very pleased with where we are at on the offensive line.”Tight end is most improved position in spring practicesThere has been improvement in the offensive line and the quarterbacks so far, but the position that has stepped up its game in spring the most has been the tight ends, Meyer said.Even with senior tight end Marcus Baugh missing spring practice so far with offseason shoulder surgery, the tight end position has looked promising thus far and has been “the most improved position on the team.”“A.J. Alexander is really coming on and Luke Farrell is a little bit ahead of Jake Hausmann, but they’re both very comparable,” Meyer said.Defensive line will be backbone of the teamThe defensive line will be returning a lot of stars from last season, including all defensive ends and the team will count on them to once again be the backbone of the defense in the upcoming season.With a returning group of defensive ends that include Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa and senior Jalyn Holmes, the defensive line will be “as good as anybody in America,” Meyer said. “I think as of right now, it’s the strength of our team on defense,” Meyer said. “Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us. On the other side, we’re really hoping Tracy Sprinkle can give us some depth and be the guy that we thought he was going to be before he got hurt.”Meyer added that Hubbard, who finished third on the team in sacks and second in quarterback hits, is “the definition of elite” and works as hard as anybody to perfect his craft.“We call it 10-80-10 around here and it’s elite self discipline, self respect and incredible work ethic, that’s how you identify the characteristics of an elite player and he’s as elite as I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. Other notes:A battle for the position of kicker will continue on over the remainder of the spring and the summer between junior kicker Sean Nuernberger and recruit Blake Haubeil, Meyer said, with Nuernberger in “much better shape than he’s ever been,” though he will still have to win over the spot.Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has “a bit of a sore shoulder,” Meyer said, but he’s making progress and has the talent to do “anything he wants.”Meyer said that senior safety Damon Webb is “a much improved player than he was in the spring” and credited Webb’s success to recent weight loss
Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsGreg Beals was not worried about Ohio State’s chances of making the NCAA baseball tournament.Ending the season with a No. 37 RPI ranking, navigating through the loser’s bracket to get to a semifinal game against No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes were in a prime position to earn its first national tournament bid since 2016.However, without any control over whether a tournament bid was in his team’s future, there was a level of anticipation as the names on the bracket were being read.“I felt really good about our chances coming into today, but your destiny is in the hands of a committee. So you are not 100 percent, you don’t feel great,” Beals said. “So, when you see your name up on the board, a pretty good fist pump went out and then I went into immediate competitive mode.”Ohio State will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, as a No. 3 seed to take on No. 2 South Carolina in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will join No. 1 East Carolina and No. 4 University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Greenville regional.Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker said there was a collective excitement between him and his teammates when Ohio State’s name popped up on the bracket.“There were a lot of different projections and you look at those projections and you don’t really know where you are going to go,” Kinker said. “Then you finally see it and you are like yeah, that is satisfying and now you can take the weight off your shoulders.”After losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Purdue, the Buckeyes, much like their 2016 conference tournament run, eliminated both Iowa and Michigan in the loser’s bracket before eventually falling to the Golden Gophers in the semifinals.Even though the team came out of Omaha without a conference championship, the mentality stays the same for Ohio State heading into its regional.“After we lost our last game in the Big Ten Tournament, [Beals] said, ‘Look, this season is over now. This is a start of a new season,’” senior infielder Noah McGowan said. “Everyone is starting out 0-0 basically and the goal is to end your season with a win, so that is our mindset going into the regional.”McGowan said the two wins against the Hawkeyes and the Wolverines created a belief in the Ohio State locker room that they can play with anyone in the nation, a confidence that whichever team the Buckeyes face in the NCAA tournament will be one they can keep up with.That is where Beals’ mind went as soon as he saw his team’s name on the screen. Amidst the cheers and celebration by his players and coaches, Ohio State’s head coach delegated game plans to each of his assistant coaches for the potential opponents in the regional.For Beals, he is excited to be in the NCAA tournament. Now, he knows he and his team have a job to do.“We are certainly very, very happy to be in the tournament, but, make no mistake about it, we are going to East Carolina to win a regional,” Beals said. “That’s our mission.”No. 3 Ohio State will open up tournament play at 2 p.m. Friday against No. 2 South Carolina.
Ad clearance agency Clearcast said the dads’ agreement to “let’s not tell mum” in the Philadelphia advert was a “commonplace exclamation signifying embarrassment” that could equally be applied in role reversal, and represented a “careless, momentary and harmless distraction”.New advertising rules that came into effect on June 14, declare ads “must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence”.The ASA did not uphold five complaints about a television ad for Nestle’s Buxton bottled water featuring a female ballet dancer, a male drummer and a male rower. While men were portrayed as athletes, scientists and astronauts, a woman was depicted next to a pram in the Volkswagen advertCredit:ASA/PA A Volkwagen advert showed a man and a woman asleep in a tent next to a cliff faceCredit:ASA/PA 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. Television adverts which portrayed women as unadventurous and fathers as irresponsible parents have become the first to be banned under new gender stereotyping rules.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated Volkswagen UK and Mondelez, owners of Philadelphia soft cheese, following complaints from viewers.Some 128 people objected about an ad for Philadelphia soft cheese that featured two new fathers leaving a baby on a restaurant buffet conveyor belt while they were distracted by the food.Complainants said the ad perpetuated a harmful stereotype by suggesting that men were incapable of caring for children and would place them at risk as a result of their incompetence. Both companies denied they had breached gender stereotyping but the complaints were upheld by the ASA. While three viewers complained about an ad for the Volkswagen eGolf car. The advert showed a sleeping woman and a man in a tent on a sheer cliff face, two male astronauts floating in a space ship and a male para-athlete with a prosthetic leg doing the long jump before a final scene showed a woman sitting on a bench next to a pram.Critics argued that the ad perpetuated harmful gender stereotypes by showing men engaged in adventurous activities in contrast to a woman in a care-giving role.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know about before you head out the door.1. #CROKE PARK 2: The trade union UNITE, which represents 6,500 public sector workers, has recommended its members vote to reject the ‘Croke Park 2′ pay deal. The union said the cuts being proposed “cannot be sustained by the workers we represent nor can they be anything other than disastrous for jobs across the broad economy”.2. #TAX DEFAULTERS: The Revenue Commissioners published details today of the €27.7 million paid in taxes, interest and penalties by 135 tax defaulters. The highest payment was made by Michael Healy, a plant hire contractor in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, whose settlement amounted to €2.026 million – based on an original tax bill of €694,317.3. #SURROGACY: In a landmark case, the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate have won their High Court case to have the biological mother – who provided the embyros – recognised as the children’s legal mother, RTÉ reports. The genetic mother’s name will now be added to the birth certificates.4. #BUDGET 2014: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that the next Budget will be brought forward to October this year, subject to EU finance ministers endorsing the co-called two-pack in Brussels today. The new measures would see all member states required to submit budgets to the European Commission for approval during that month.5. #HORSEMEAT: Food company Birdseye said today that products which were found to contain horse DNA originated from a meat processing plant in Ireland. Birds Eye says it has now tested all products “multiple times through multiple samples” over a period of four weeks and says all products have been given the all clear.
Marie Heaney – wife of the late Seamus Heaney – has edited a collection of poetry inspired by the night time, called All Through The Night. Here, she explains why it’s such a meaningful time, and includes a poem by Paula Meehan from the collection.We incline to think of night as a time of peace, rest and relaxation: a time that brings freedom from the cares of the day, a time to dream, to make love and to embrace blessed sleep which, in Shakespeare’s words, knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care. And this is, indeed, a reality; but night can bring with it other, less benign experiences.With darkness can come sleeplessness and its attendant sadness, anxiety and guilt, emotions that are often more intensely felt at night than during the day with all its distractions.A time when, to borrow a phrase from Keats, conscience burrows like a mole and we are haunted by fears and regrets. Both these aspects of the night, happiness and sadness, are explored by the poems in this collection.Lullabies, quiet songs to lull a child to sleep and other poems relating to children, form the opening section. The poems in the second part of the collection celebrate the various night-time pleasures as well as giving voice to the anxieties that beset us during the night.The poems in the night poems section are very wide-ranging in both emotional expression and subject matter, and they bring the reader to unexpected places. However, unsurprisingly, sleep is still a preoccupation – praise for it, the need for it, the desire for it and the lack of it – and is the subject matter of a number of these poems.The adult’s fear of insomnia replaces the child’s reluctance to go to sleep. Even Wordsworth, in his gentle poem, ‘To Sleep’, admits to counting sheep to no avail.The QuiltBy Paula MeehanIt was a simple affair – nine squaresby nine squares, blue on green – spots, stripes, bows –alternate with gold on red chevrons:my grandmother’s quilt I slept underthe long and winding nights of childhood.Above the bed a roundy window:my own full moon. I loved the weatherswheeling past, the stars, the summer suns;my aunties’ deep breaths, distant thunder.The Quilt is taken from the poetry collection All Through The Night, edited by Marie Heaney. It is nominated in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, in the Best Irish Published Book award, which is sponsored by TheJournal.ie. The awards take place on 16 November and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite books on the website. Photo of Marie Heaney by Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.Read: These are the best books in Ireland right now – and you get to vote for your favourites> Oct 29th 2016, 10:00 PM 12 Comments 685 Views By Marie Heaney http://jrnl.ie/3049661 Short URL ‘The Quilt’: A poem before bedtime Take a moment to read The Quilt, a poem by Paula Meehan taken from a new collection by Marie Heaney. Marie Heaney Share23 Tweet Email3 Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Earlier today, WWE.com put out a list of the best 100 matches that are currently on the WWE Network. The article features commentary from wrestlers who competed in the matches, as well as personalities, including Sam Roberts. The list is as follows:#100 – Chris Jericho vs. Triple H (Last Man Standing) – WWE Fully Loaded 2000#99 – Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page (WCW World Title) – WCW Halloween Havoc 1998#98 – The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada & Masato Yakushiji vs. Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy and Dick Togo – ECW Barely Legal#97 – Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE RAW, May 17, 1993#96 – Natalya vs. Charlotte (NXT Women’s Title) – NXT Takeover#95 – Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (WWE Title) – WWE Wrestlemania III#94 – Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (Falls Count Anywhere) – WWE RAW, September 22, 1997#93 – Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (NWA World Title) – WCW Wrestlewar 1990#92 – Team Hell No & Randy Orton vs. The Shield – WWE Smackdown, June 14, 2013#91 – Dean Malenko vs. Scotty 2 Hotty (WWE Light Heavyweight Title) – WWE Backlash 2000#90 – Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (NWA World Title, Steel Cage) – WCCW Star Wars 1982#89 – Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd (NXT Title) – NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way#88 – The Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne (WCW Tag Team Titles, Chicago Streetfight) – WCW Spring Stampede 1994#87 – Billy Kidman vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Juventud Guerrera (WCW Cruiserweight Title) – WCW Starrcade 1998#86 – Christian vs. Randy Orton (WWE World Heavyweight Title, No Holds Barred) – WWE Summerslam 2011#85 – Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude (30-Minute Iron Man Match) – WCW Beach Blast 1992#84 – Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy – ECW Guilty as Charged 1999#83 – Sting, Brian Pillman & The Steiner Brothers vs. Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious & Larry Zbyszko (War Games) – WCW Wrestlewar 1991#82 – Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Dude Love (WWE Title, Falls Count Anywhere) – WWE Over the Edge 1998#81 – Dean Malenko vs. Ultimo Dragon (WCW Cruiserweight Title, J-Crown) – WCW Starrcade 1996#80 – The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics (NWA United States Tag Team Titles) – NWA Clash of the Champions I#79 – Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE World Heavyweight Title, 2/3 Falls) – WWE Extreme Rules 2012#78 – Harley Race vs. Ric Flair (NWA World Title, Steel Cage) – NWA Starrcade 1983#77 – Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy Savage (No Disqualification) – WCW Spring Stampede 1997#76 – Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho – WWE Wrestlemania XIX#75 – Inaugural Money in the Bank Ladder Match – WWE Wrestlemania 21#74 – Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW United States Title) – WCW Bash at the Beach 1994#73 – The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle (WWE Title) – WWE Vengeance 2002#72 – The Midnight Express vs. The Southern Boys (NWA United States Tag Team Titles) – WCW Great American Bash 1990#71 – Bret Hart vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (WWE Title) – WWE RAW, July 11, 1994#70 – Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes (NWA World Title) – NWA Starrcade 1985#69 – Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio (J-Crown) – WCW World War III 1996#68 – Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine (Dog Collar Match, NWA United States Title) – NWA Starrcade 1983#67 – Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H (3 Stages of Hell) – WWE No Way Out 2001#66 – The Undertaker vs. CM Punk – WWE Wrestlemania 29#65 – The Hart Foundation vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & The Legion of Doom – WWE In Your House: Canadian Stampede#64 – Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler – WWE Bragging Rights 2010#63 – Sting vs. Cactus Jack (WCW World Title, Falls Count Anywhere) – WCW Beach Blast 1992#62 – John Cena vs. CM Punk (#1 Contenders Match) – WWE RAW, February 25, 2013#61 – Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro (2/3 Falls) – WWE NXT, August 21, 2013#60 – Taz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (ECW Television Title) – ECW Living Dangerously 1998#59 – Team WWE vs. The Alliance (Winner Takes All) – WWE Survivor Series 2001#58 – Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio (WCW Cruiserweight Title) – WCW Great American Bash 1996#57 – The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Tag Team Titles) – WCW Superbrawl I#56 – The Undertaker vs. Triple H (Hell in a Cell) – WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII#55 – Sting vs. Big Van Vader (King of Cable Tournament Finals) – WCW Starrcade 1992#54 – John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Title) – WWE Summerslam 2013#53 – Mick Foley vs. Edge (Hardcore Match) – WWE Wrestlemania 22#52 – Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Title, 60-Minute Iron Man Match) – WWE Smackdown, September 18, 2003#51 – Vader vs. Ric Flair (WCW World Title) – WCW Starrcade 1993#50 – The Undertaker vs. Mankind (Hell in a Cell) – WWE King of the Ring 1998#49 – Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock – WWE Wrestlemania XIX#48 – Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WWE World Title & WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE Wrestlemania VI#47 – Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (Unsanctioned Streetfight) – WWE Summerslam 2002#46 – Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield (TLC Match) – WWE TLC 2012#45 – Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE Intercontinental Title vs. Mask) – WWE The Bash 2009#44 – Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (WWE Title) – WWE In Your House: Mind Games#43 – Inaugrual Elimination Chamber Match (WWE World Heavyweight Title) – WWE Survivor Series 2002#42 – Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (WWE Title) – WWE Wrestlemania XIX#41 – Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome – ECW Heatwave 1998#40 – The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan – WWE Wrestlemania X8#39 – Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko (ECW Television Title) – ECW Hardcore TV, May 2, 1995#38 – The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family – WWE Elimination Chamber 2014#37 – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Inaugrual Hell in a Cell Match) – WWE In Your House: Badd Blood#36 – Mr. Perfect vs. Ric Flair (Loser Leaves Town) – WWE RAW, January 25, 1993#35 – Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (Texas Death Match) – WCW Halloween Havoc 1993#34 – Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman (WCW Light Heavyweight Title) – WCW Superbrawl II#33 – Edge vs. John Cena (WWE Title, TLC Match) – WWE Unforgiven 2006#32 – Sting’s Squadron vs. The Dangerous Alliance (War Games) – WCW Wrestlewar 1992#31 – Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn (ECW Television Title) – ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999#30 – Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. (NWA United States Title, I Quit, Steel Cage) – NWA Starrcade 1985#29 – Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz (Ladder Match) – WWE No Mercy 1999#28 – CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (No Disqualfication) – WWE Summerslam 2013#27 – Ric Flair vs. Sting (NWA World Title) – NWA Clash of the Champions I#26 – Triple H vs. Cactus Jack (WWE Title, Streetfight) – WWE Royal Rumble 2000#25 – Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE World Heavyweight Title, Ladder Match) – WWE No Mercy 2008#24 – Ric Flair vs. Randy Savage (WWE Title) – WWE Wrestlemania VIII#23 – The Undertaker vs. Triple H (No Holds Barred) – WWE Wrestlemania XXVII#22 – The Royal Rumble Match (WWE Title) – WWE Royal Rumble 1992#21 – Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (WWE Intercontinental Title, Hardcore Match) – WWE Backlash 2004#20 – Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (I Quit) – NWA Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout#19 – Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Intercontinental Title, Ladder Match) – WWE Wrestlemania X#18 – Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart (WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE Summerslam 1991#17 – Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (NWA World Title) – NWA Wrestlewar 1989: Music City Showdown#16 – Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – WWE Wrestlemania X#15 – John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules) – WWE Extreme Rules 2012#14 – Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle – WWE Wrestlemania 21#13 – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (No Disqualification, Streak vs. Career) – WWE Wrestlemania XXVI#12 – The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWE Title, No Disqualification) – WWE Wrestlemania X-7#11 – Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA World Title) – NWA Chi-Town Rumble#10 – Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Title, 60-Minute Iron Man Match) – WWE Wrestlemania XII#9 – John Cena vs. CM Punk (WWE Title) – WWE Money in the Bank 2011#8 – The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian (WWE Tag Team Titles, TLC Match) – WWE Wrestlemania X-7#7 – Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog (WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE Summerslam 1992#6 – The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (Retirement Match) – WWE Wrestlemania VII#5 – Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio (WCW Cruiserweight Title vs. Mask) – WCW Halloween Havoc 1997#4 – Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (NWA World Title, 2/3 Falls) – NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun#3 – Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (WWE Intercontinental Title) – WWE Wrestlemania III#2 – Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Submission Match) – WWE Wrestlemania 13#1 – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – WWE Wrestlemania 25WWE.com: The 100 best matches to see before you dieRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 50.54%0:04Remaining Time -1:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Thought pieces tell us Generation Z will change the world. Local science fairs can give us clues as to how they’ll do it.Saturday several dozen students competed in the SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair at Skyview High School. The greatest number of projects fell under the earth and environmental science category.Retired technology teacher Jeff Genest helped judge the competition and noted that many projects looked at what to do with waste plastic with one display pointing to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.Students looked at reusing plastic bags to make filament for 3D printers while another project looked into putting plastic mesh into drywall to make it stronger. Another project looked at alternatives to corn as sources for ethanol, such as sorghum, amaranth and spelt.“They’ve really thought really intelligently about their topics and so many of them are relevant,” said Genest, who used to work at Skyview.
While reacting to the match performance of Raheem Sterling who scored his 50th Premier League goal in the clash between his club Manchester City and Arsenal, the City boss Pep Guardiola said Sterling’s parents gave him good body shape and that’s why he is always ready.“His mum and dad gave him a special body shape,” he said. “He’s small, tiny – so these kind of guys in one week are ready,” he said, according to Goal.“We saw him be good in the training sessions. We needed a guy in that position and he did it well, except the last 20 or 25 minutes when he was a little bit tired. But that is normal.“There is sacrifice from a lot of the players – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fernandinho. We trained just one week, two weeks – a short, short time, but the spirit is there and that’s the most important thing.”When asked about Sterling’s future Guardiola revealed City’s desire to secure a contract extension, with the winger.“I am not a sports director. I try to make a good spirit in the locker room and win games,” he added.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are delighted with him and we would like Raheem to stay. We count on him. After the difficult season before we arrived we said, ‘you are part of it, we want to help you’.“We like him to try to be happy. In the end, maybe the agents are not in agreement and it cannot happen. But he knows and his agent knows that we want him a lot.” Someone say we weren’t ready? #Sharkteam ? pic.twitter.com/u4zqYzW4To— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 12, 2018
Pep Guardiola is optimistic about welcoming Benjamin Mendy and Ederson Moraes ahead of their top of the table clash on Sunday.Mendy only managed a cameo appearance against Burton in the League Cup since returning from a long-term knee injury and missed the games against Burnley and NewcastleWhile Ederson suffered a knock in the midweek defeat at St James’ Park raising doubts about his chances featuring against the Gunners.Previewing Sunday’s crucial clash against Arsenal, Guardiola revealed all of his squad were in training on Friday, bar skipper Vincent Kompany.“Today, except Vinnie, the others have taken a training session,” he told the club’s website.“I don’t know [whether Mendy will be fit to face Arsenal]. After the minutes he played against Burton away, he had two or three days without training.“In the last two training sessions, he was able to train and we will see day by day.”Pep equally spoke about the threat posed by the North Londoners with the Spanish manager wary of what he feels is a deadly trio.“Unai Emery has done quite well in his first season with new players,” he said.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Always, he has done an incredible job and now we are here. He has done very well and Arsenal will always remain a danger.“They have very nice midfield players – young guys with lots of quality with Lacazette and Aubameyang and Ozil. They are a top side.”City are five points adrift league leaders Liverpool and would be hoping to reduce the gap when they trade tackles with Unai Emery’s men.On the other hand, Arsenal will be doing their best to consolidate on the fourth position with the race turning into a three horse race.Man City’s results might suggest they haven’t missed Benjamin Mendy… 💪But Pep Guardiola has! 😢 pic.twitter.com/NIfneiXmpH— Goal (@goal) January 22, 2019
Kravitz: In a world where there are 100’s of millions of unique additions daily to social, proprietary, and academic sites, the permanence of print, observing the artistic integration of full size graphics, art and copy, and the tactile/physicality of paper is still highly valued by many. Traditional learners are sequential learners and studies show that engagement and enjoyment is increased and is as simple as flipping a page. Just because professional associations cover an incredibly wide range of various trades and industries, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some universal truths. Of course, media products—whether print, digital, or otherwise—are instrumental in helping any association grow, communicate with its members, and advance its mission into the future. Today, associations are engaging with their members across more platforms than ever before. But which are the most effective? And how do differing platforms command differing content strategies? When we began this research project, detractors asked, “Are you serious? CPAs in the War?” But our CPAs who were generals and our Washington think tank figured out the logistics for building planes and tanks efficiently and effectively as well as how to finance the war effort—a fascinating look back in history. This series, entitled “Then and Now,” was a finalist in the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards for “Best Series of Articles.” ► Click here for our full series of Association Summit Speaker Q&A’s. Folio: What are some effective ways in which an association publication can draw feedback from its membership? Folio: In your opinion, what are some of the different benefits specific to the print edition of The CPA Journal? And digital? Folio: What was one of your most engaging articles/stories in recent issues, and why? Richard Kravitz: One of the most effective ways to engage our readership is to publish “point-counterpoint” type articles—in our new “news and views” segment of the publication—on the most critical issues facing our members. It’s our highest read area. We then continue the dialogue in successive issues with reader/member participation and response. We also never shy away from letters to the editor. We always allow our outside authors to respond. Kravitz: No. Different channels demand different treatment in order to take advantage of the unique strength of each distribution channel. For example, in the online world we have just begun to experiment with audio and video clips by the writers of the articles, adding the editor-in-chief’s favorite articles—”Rick’s Picks”—and leveraging related content and archival content from our repository into a media mix. Also, artwork online requires different display rules than artwork in the mag. With more than two decades in the publishing business, Rick Kravitz, editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal and managing director of content and publishing at the New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA), has extensive experience managing content and guiding strategies across multiple platforms. Here, enjoy a preview of some of the insights he will share as a panelist during the “Print Versus Digital: A Strategic Choice” session at the Folio: Assocation Media Summit in Washington. Kravitz: For our 85th anniversary issue, we ran a three-part series on the contributions of CPAs and our publication the CPA Journal to the World War II effort—this was arguably the last war where most Americans and much of western civilization were in alignment. Folio: Do you include the same content in both your print and digital editions, and why or why not? Richard KravtizThis is the eighth in a series of Q&A’s with speakers at the Folio: Association Media Summit on May 3rd in Washington, D.C. For the digitally engaged, online connotes rapid delivery, multitasking abilitiy, non-linear comprehension, and immediacy. When I was group publisher at Wolters Kluwer of their Legal Education and International Law units, one of our research studies concluded that learning time for multi-taskers added about 20 percent time to learn and that retention was reduced over the same period vs. print. I suspect that can be applied to periodicals that are read online as well.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR While most Americans admire the military and service members, they know very little about our armed forces.“Most people know nobody in the military,” Jim Mattis, who headed U.S. Central Command before retiring from the Marine Corps as a four-star general in 2013, told Military Times. Mattis is the co-author of a new book that chronicles the cultural gap between the military and the civilian population it serves.Only half of the thousands of Americans surveyed for the book recalled socializing with a service member or military spouse within the past year. One in three respondents said they had little or no familiarity with the military.American society’s lack of understanding about the military likely reflects the shrinking size of the armed forces and recruiters’ heavy reliance on specific regions such as the South, according to the story. Five rounds of base closure, which has consolidated personnel in fewer locations, also has contributed to the civilian-military gap.As long as civil-military relations remain healthy, that gap is not a major problem, Mattis said, but he worries about the consequences of the divide potentially expanding.“America is quite right to be proud of their military, but at the same time there has got to be a sense of common purpose between these two elements. If, in fact, this gap grows and we lose the sense of common purpose, then I think we have a problem,” he said.
Tags Share your voice 17 Photos NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Enlarge Image”Oppy” got in on the selfie trend in early 2018 with this self-portrait celebrating its 5,000th day on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech A piece of NASA’s heart sits silent on Mars. The space agency called an end to the Opportunity rover’s epic Mars mission this week after months of failed attempts to revive the machine after a massive dust storm in mid-2018 blotted out its solar panels and destroyed its ability to communicate with Earth. Emotional tributes poured out from scientists and space fans alike. Uzbekistani artist Rostislav Shekhovtsov was so moved by the rover’s finale, he created a digital painting to honor Oppy. It’s a tearjerker. It shows two astronauts in the future finding the dust-covered rover on Mars. Artist Rostislav Shekhovtsov created this digital painting in Photoshop. Rostislav Shekhovtsov Shekhovtsov posted the image to Instagram, captioning it with “It’s time to go home, Oppy.” The artist says he created the work in Photoshop over the course of five to seven hours.What makes the art piece all the more touching is how one of the astronauts reaches out to Opportunity’s head-like camera array, an acknowledgement of how many of us have come to treat the rover like a person who should be mourned. Sci-Tech “Oppy is alive for me,” Shekhovtsov tells me. He’s convinced humans will one day fly to Mars and recover the rover. Opportunity outlasted its original three-month mission in 2004 and delivered over 14 years of scientific discoveries and stunning Mars images.NASA’s longest-lived Red Planet rover couldn’t have earned a more loving tribute than Shekhovtsov’s hopeful and heartbreaking vision of the future. Goodbye, Oppy Mars rovers NASA Space 5 NASA’s history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead NASA Mars rover Opportunity earns heartbreaking eulogies: ‘I’m crying’ Comments
MacOS Sierra 10.12.6; 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-7267; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz, 1536MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650; 256GB SSD More consequential are the changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That $1,299 model was a favorite for some, as it excluded the Touch Bar found in more-expensive MacBook Pros. Now you can no longer avoid the Touch Bar, but it’s included for the same $1,299 price, along with the TouchID fingerprint reader and T2 security chip. It also jumps from an older dual-core Intel CPU to a newer quad-core version, so the least expensive Pro feels more like, well, a Pro. Case in point, we ran the new quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro against an older dual-core version. Yes, the eighth-gen chips have an advantage over the seventh-gen ones, but the difference between the two base models is huge. MacBook Pro 13-inch (quad-core, 2019) • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Computers Laptops MacBook Pro 13-inch (dual-core, 2017) 9032 MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-8257; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1536MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645; 256GB SSD Now playing: Watch this: 647 Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore) MacBook Pro 13-inch (dual-core, 2017) See All Sarah Tew/CNET Apple kicked off the back-to-school season with some pretty significant changes to the MacBook lineup on Tuesday. There were price cuts, trickle-down features and a few quiet cancellations, including the old, pre-redesign MacBook Air and the cult favorite 12-inch MacBook. Getting an update are the MacBook Air and the lowest-end version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. For the Air, that’s a significant point, as the system received its largest overhaul in a decade just last year. Both new MacBooks have arrived in the CNET Labs for review. Our testing is ongoing, but here’s an early look at some of the initial results and our first hands-on impressions. The entry-level MacBook Pro now includes Apple’s Touch Bar. Sarah Tew/CNET The new MacBook Air doesn’t look any different, but it adds Apple’s True Tone display, which can adjust the screen’s color temperature based on the ambient lighting. It’s already found on iPad Pro, recent iPhones and some MacBook Pros. But more important than that, the starting price has been cut by $100, from $1,199 to $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,699). That’s still not the classic MacBook Air price of $999, but it’s getting closer and students can get it for $999. Back-to-school MacBooks get faster, cheaper Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier MacBook Pro 13-inch (quad-core, 2019) We’re currently testing both the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and will report full benchmark results, including battery life, in upcoming reviews. While the Pro is getting a big speed boost, I wouldn’t expect any real change in the MacBook Air performance — the biggest move there is the price. Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Tags 381 System Configurations reading • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 16949 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017) 5:15 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019) Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Comments Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 33 Geekbench 4 (multicore)