November 8, 2020

French police fire tear gas at strikers challenging reform

first_imgMacron says the system is unfair andtoo costly. He wants a single, points-based system under which for each eurocontributed, every pensioner has equal rights.(Reuters) French CRS riot police face off with protesters during clashes at a demonstration against the government’s pensions reform plans in Paris, France on Dec. 5. REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES Nearby, police used truncheons todefend themselves from black-clad protesters who rushed at them. Macron wants to simplify France’spension system, which comprises over 40 different plans, many with differentretirement ages and benefits. Rail workers, mariners and Paris Opera Houseballet dancers can retire up to a decade earlier than the average worker.center_img PARIS – Police fired tear gas atprotesters in the center of Paris on Thursday, aimed at forcing PresidentEmmanuel Macron to ditch a planned reform of pensions. Prosecutors said a total of 57 peoplewere detained.last_img read more

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Lively Biden-Ryan debate generates student reactions

first_imgStudents watched the only 2012 vice-presidential debate screening between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday night in Taper Hall.Viewing · Students gather to watch the vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday in Taper Hall. – Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily TrojanThe debate, hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, focused on foreign and domestic issues, such as the nuclear threat from Iran, the stagnant unemployment rate and abortion. Both Biden and Ryan worked to clarify their running mates’ stances on the topics.The debate was held at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and moderated by Martha Raddatz, a foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News.The debate started on a somber note, by discussing the recent terrorist attack on American ambassadors in Benghazi, Libya; Raddatz questioned the vice presidential candidates about how each administration will effectively handle future terrorist threats. Ryan criticized the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi event and highlighted other incidents of inefficiency that he said led to a lack of credibility for the administration overseas.“This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately it’s indicative of a broader problem,” Ryan said. “And that is what we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”Biden pushed back later in the debate, showing the weaknesses in the Romney-Ryan plans on Medicare and Social Security.“And in regard to Social Security, we will not privatize it,” Biden said. “If we had listened to Romney, Governor Romney, and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and their ideas are bad, and they eliminate the guarantee of Medicare.”The vice-presidential candidates did not only differ on policy during the debate, but also in their presentation.During each round of the debate, Biden continually displayed energy and quick responses to Ryan’s statements. The current vice president smirked and grinned at Ryan’s statements and repeatedly called him “friend” before negating his opponent’s statements.“Biden had a lot more aggression,” said Maya Jackson, a sophomore film and television production major who watched the debate in Taper. “Ryan was much more calculated, almost as if he had practiced his answers in the mirror the night before.”Compared to Obama’s performance in the presidential debate last week, Biden’s  liveliness signaled increased excitement for the Democratic base, according to Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy.“Debates are good for getting the base fired up and that’s what Biden did,” Bebitch Jeffe said.According to a CNN poll of debate watchers, 48 percent believed Ryan won, and 44 percent perceived Biden as the winner.Students who attended the screening said they believed the debate was not overly influential to the outcome of the race.“It was nice to listen to them,” said Negin Baradari, a graduate student studying entertainment law. “But they really didn’t say anything new.”Bebitch Jeffe said though this debate might have served as a morale boost, it might not benefit each presidential candidate in the polls.“I don’t think debates move the needle too much one way in favor for a candidate,” Bebitch Jeffe said. “But it definitely won’t hurt either candidate. Ryan held his own and didn’t lose any ground for the Republicans and Biden did much better than the president did by revving up the Democrats.”Students also said they believe that the debate did little to sway undecided voters.“I’m personally undecided,” Jackson said. “I felt a few things were cleared up, but I think this debate was more for the people who already know who they’re voting for.”The next presidential debate will be held Oct. 16.last_img read more

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Michael Gbinije will be Syracuse’s starting point guard

first_imgMichael Gbinije, after starting at forward for most of last season, will be Syracuse’s starting point guard this coming season.Gbinije’s move to starting point guard was reported by CBS Sports’ John Rothstein on Tuesday afternoon, and Gbinije has been practicing at point guard with Trevor Cooney as his backcourt mate in the last couple weeks.The combo-guard/forward handled the ball for the Orange throughout last season, and averaged a career-high 12.7 points per game while starting in 24 of SU’s 31 games. The move likely relegates point guard Kaleb Joseph to the backup role behind Gbinije, who stands 6 feet, 7 inches and will provide a lot of length at the top of Syracuse’s zone.This will be Gbinije’s final season for the Orange, which opens its campaign on Nov. 13 at home against Lehigh. Syracuse fans will get their first chance to see the 2015-16 team on Friday during Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 13, 2015 at 5:54 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers come up with big win after Friday loss

first_imgIn its final regular season home game, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team found the back of the net multiple times to get back on track.The Badgers defeated visiting St. Cloud State 5-0 Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena to end their two-game losing streak.“Especially after the loss on Friday, I think we really didn’t want to lose again,” senior captain Blayre Turnbull said. “We came here ready to work yesterday, learned a lot of things in video we could do better and we were able to transfer that onto the ice and make the most of it.”Head coach Mark Johnson wanted to see increased intensity, especially in the first 10 minutes of the game.The Badgers played with intensity for 60 minutes, but Johnson was only able to see the final period of the game. He was flying back from New York for a reunion celebrating the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games.Wisconsin sophomore Sarah Nurse opened up the scoring with a goal fewer than four minutes into the game, when she skated around the net and into the right circle before taking the shot to beat Huskies’ goaltender Katie Fitzgerald high. Sydney McKibbon and Melissa Channell recorded assists on the goal.Wisconsin dominated possession throughout the game, and didn’t allow the Huskies to record their first shot on goal until the 9:40 mark of the game. That dominance continued into the third period where Wisconsin didn’t allow a single shot on goal.“It was a great day for us to bounce back from the loss on Friday,” Wisconsin assistant coach Jackie Friesen said. “The girls played hard for 60 minutes, and it showed, especially in the third period not allowing them a shot. We were pretty happy with that and really happy with the effort as we move forward into the playoffs.”Turnbull and fellow senior Brittany Ammerman each lit the lamp for the Badgers to extend the lead to three halfway through the second period.Annie Pankowski scored later in the second when she got a rebound from Emily Clark’s shot attempt.The fifth and final goal came from Clark as she sped past three St. Cloud State defenders before flicking a backhanded shot past Fitzgerald.Badgers offense sluggish in Friday lossSt. Cloud State handed the Wisconsin women’s hockey team its second consecutive loss Friday, a feat last accomplished by Minnesota four months ago.An early goal put the Huskies ahead, but the Badgers dominated the pace for the majority of the game.Wisconsin attempted 106 total shots, with 53 of them on target. St. Cloud State goalkeeper Julie Friend stopped 52, with the lone goal given up with mere seconds left in the game.“It’s the tough thing about our sport,” Johnson said. “Their goaltender was obviously better than any of the shots we took today. It took us until 15 seconds to go in the game to get one. There’s not much you can say. We played a pretty good game, but we didn’t get rewarded for a lot of our efforts out there today.”The Huskies opened up the scoring in the first period with a goal off a Wisconsin turnover. St. Cloud State’s Alyssa Erickson scored her third goal of the season when she went top shelf on Ann-Renée Erickson, who had only faced two shots before the initial goal.Abby Ness and Amanda Arbogast assisted on the lone first period goal.Late in the third period, after the Badgers pulled Desbiens for an extra attacker, the Huskies forced a turnover and Payge Pena found the back of the empty net to extend the lead to 2-0.Wisconsin bounced back just 45 seconds later with a goal of their own from Pankowski from between the circles. The Badgers went with an empty net again, so an extra attacker helped find holes in the defense. Ammerman and junior Courtney Burke recorded assists on the goal.But it was just a little too late, as only 15 seconds remained in the game for the Badgers to find the equalizing goal.Johnson started the game by switching up some lines on the front end to see if they could produce against the Huskies’ defense and Friend.Wisconsin and St. Cloud State will see even more of each other in the coming week, playing again next weekend in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.These games may not be the best indicators for next weekend’s matchup, as both teams have solidified their position in the WCHA. Neither team may want to give away their strategies with playoffs looming right around the corner.“When you play this team multiple times, you have to do things over the course of those games to try to have success,” Johnson said.last_img read more

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Davis Cup: BiH in the First Group of Euro-African Zone! (Video)

first_imgTennis national team of BiH came to the third point in the last round of the Second group of Euro-African Zone of the Davis Cup against the team of Lithuania.Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic defeated the combination of Lithuanians Laurynas Grigelis / Lukas Mugevicius and thus ensured the triumph of our selection in the Davis Cup and qualification for the first group of Euro-African Zone, which is a historic success for our team.Basic and Brkic dominated in the first two sets and resolved both of them in their favor with the score 6: 4.Our team played even better in the third set and resolved it with 6: 2, and thus achieved a historic success for BH tennis.This is the first time for our best tennis teams to be in the first group of Euro-African Zone.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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Annabell has the Fuller family’s winning habit

first_img England Golf squad player Annabell Fuller is keeping the family flag flying with a string of wins in the USA.The 13-year-old from Roehampton in Surrey is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Sammy – an England international – who has been winning in the USA since she was nine.Annabell, a member of England Golf’s U16 regional South squad, has just scored her latest success with a 10-shot win in the 12-13 year-old girls’ championship in the Junior Honda Classic.She had a 36-hole score of two-under par on the Fazio course at the PGA National in Florida and, says dad, Ashley: “She played some great golf.”  Annabell was one over par in the first round and then stormed her way to the turn in four-under in the second round. She had a couple of bogeys on the way in but birdied the 15th.Earlier she won her age group title in the US Kids Holiday Classic by two shots, on the same course. Before that, she tied for the win in the Doral-Publix Junior Classic, but lost a title play-off with Mexico’s Cory Lopez. The two girls were eight shots clear of the third-placed player.In addition, Annabell was third in the 13-14 age group at the Florida Junior International Championship, where her sister, Sammy, won the 15-17 title. It was the 16-year-old’s record seventh win in this championship. Click here for the full story.Now both girls will tee up in this week’s Harder Hall women’s invitational at Sebring, on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour. Among the other English players in the field is international Inci Mehmet. Charley Hull won this event in 2012. 5 Jan 2016 Annabell has the Fuller family’s winning habit last_img read more

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Timberland Library’s Family Read Aloud Kicks Off On March 2

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryPack up a sack of books and head to the kitchen, the living room and laundry room—even the bathroom and garage—and read some of your favorite stories aloud as a family. It’s time for the annual Timberland Regional Library (TRL) Family Read-Aloud, running from Saturday, March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) through Friday, April 12 (Beverly Cleary’s birthday).The program, now in its twelfth year, centers on the activity of families reading aloud together in different areas of their homes. As an early learning program, the Read-Aloud focuses on children from infancy to grade 3, though all of a family’s children are encouraged to join in the fun.“It’s no coincidence that we begin our read-aloud with the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and close with the celebration of the birthday of Beverly Cleary. Characters from books written by these beloved authors have become part of cherished childhood memories for many generations!” said Ellen Duffy, TRL’s Youth Services Coordinator.Families, as well as classrooms and child care providers, may pick up a Read Aloud Castle Start-up Kit at any Timberland library beginning on March 2, enter for chances to win prizes, and proceed to read in rooms all around their homes. The more rooms and spaces, the merrier. The kit includes a Read Aloud Castle on cardstock to color, a set of stickers, a Dr. Seuss bookmark, a door hanger and a prize drawing entry form. Booklists in the kits, all developed by TRL Youth Services staff include “100 Toddler Favorites,” which includes books and music, and “Books to Read Aloud,” the revised edition, featuring high appeal read-alouds for ages 3 to 12.Comments from families during last year’s Family Read-Aloud demonstrate that families enjoy and appreciate sharing books together. Specifically asked in what ways the program contributed to early learning for their children, families wrote comments such as these:Asking questions about stories and recognizing picturesBecoming more familiar with lettersHelping him to learn new wordsImproved language skillsShe is learning about storytelling and it has helped her attention spanIt has helped my child learn colors, shapes and concepts of print; rhymes and parts of a book.ImaginationAll 48 comments are listed at the end of the article, along with comments about what families enjoyed most about the program.What’s the Big Deal about Reading Aloud?“Research (and common sense) tells us that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children” said Ms. Duffy. What happens between parent and child is the best predictor of future success in school. Children who are read to from an early age develop better language skills, enhanced listening skills, larger vocabularies, and are more ready to read when they begin school.There is a tremendous body of research showing that a child’s emotional and social readiness is a strong predictor of school success. “Sitting comfortably together to share a story helps nurture the emotional bond between parent and child,” said Duffy.Recommended Books about Reading Aloud“Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever” by Mem Fox (2008 Revised Edition)“Reid’s Read-Alouds: Selections for Children and Teens” by Rob Reid (2009)“The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease  (any edition)PrizesEach Timberland library will award a grand prize: a backpack filled with books selected especially for the winning family or classroom. Many libraries will also have local drawings for books and other prizes during the program. Friends of the Library groups throughout the library system have generously provided many hundreds of books. Families may enjoy reading the gift book plates to see the variety of Friends groups that donated the books and their associated libraries.Complete details will be in libraries and online at www.TRL.org no later than March 2, the date when kits will be at all Timberland libraries.last_img read more

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2014 Grey Cup will not see BC Lions playing after Leos spanked by Als

first_imgGrey Cup tickets in Vancouver will be hitting Craigslist in record numbers after the host team for the 2014 Canadian Football League Championsnhips,  the BC Lions, had their hat handed to them 50-17 by the Montreal Alouettes Sunday in the CFL’s Eastern Semi Final.The game was over minutes into the second half when the Als scored on three consecutive possessions — one to conclude the first half and two in the third quarter. Montreal quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw two touchdown passes, backup Tanner Marsh ran for another two and defensive back Jerald Brown returned a fumble 103 yardsBC vaunted defence was no match for the Alouettes with an offence that produced no points until the game was basically over.Shawn Gore and Ernest Jackson scored eight-yard touchdowns for BC. Paul McCallum kicked a first half field goal whileQuarterback Kevin Glenn could not get anything going for BC, going 4-for-15 with 41 passing yards and one interception.Montreal now meets Hamilton in the Eastern Final. BC was playing in the East Semi Final on the cross over after finishing the regular season with a better record than the third-place team — Toronto Argonauts — in the East standings.The winner meets the West Champ in the 2014 Grey Cup, November 30 in Vancouver at BC Place.last_img read more

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SHAM STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES PETER FLUOR, COLLECTED, WINNER: “This is the first time I’ve been able to see him run, it was a special treat.“I liked his conformation. I liked him, we went to look at him two times and then that was it; it’s not always that quick. So far, so good.“He was on the outside all the way around and Martin moved him at the perfect time. This is his first race on dirt and he works beautifully over it (in the mornings.) His dad, City Zip was a terrific dirt horse so I was optimistic, optimistic with caution.“Bob thought he might do better on grass. Bob called me after his first race, which was down the hillside turf and said ‘that’s the first time in all my years that I’ve won that race!’ I said, ‘I’m glad we could both break our maiden.’“I’ll visit with Bob, we’ll talk over the next couple of weeks. I just wanted to win a race! So we’ll see.” KENT DESORMEAUX, LET’S MEET IN RIO, SECOND: “He was just getting his motor running there at the sixteenth pole. I think he’ll relish more ground, and that’s encouraging.”(On the inquiry)“It was incidental, but it was purely my fault. I think my angle for the pocket was too smart. I should have been further out to hit that hole. Most of the reason for that is I was suspecting something would happen a little further up, and it didn’t develop. I found myself having to make too much of a smart line to the right, and once I did finally find the outside, trying to get back straight, the momentum carried me and tipped the other horse on my outside. I might be in trouble, but I’m pretty sure the results wouldn’t have changed. It didn’t cause any loss of placing by any of the runners.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Peter Fluor of Houston who races as Speedway Stable, LLC. MARTIN GARCIA, COLLECTED, WINNER: “I was full of horse on the backstretch. I knew I never wanted to be in behind horses, I just wanted him to flow. Everybody decided to send, so I took advantage of that. He was a little wide but I took him back a little after the first turn and he let me do whatever I wanted. When I asked him, he took off.” BOB BAFFERT, COLLECTED, WINNER, AND LET’S MEET IN RIO, SECOND: “He really impressed me with his last couple works, so I was sort of excited to see what he could do, but you never know until they do it. I was hoping for a little easier trip, hoping to lone speed, but that didn’t work out. Everybody had the same instructions, but Martin did a great job. He stayed patient with him and still had something left at the end after all that, so that was pretty impressive.“Let’s Meet in Rio looks like he’ll go longer. He was really coming late. It’s the time of year when you want to see something like that, so it’s exciting. He really had to work a little extra hard on the outside like that . . . but he responded the way you want him to respond. He kept on digging away at it.”            “I think this race will do him some good. I could tell in the paddock he looked a little heavy. He’s a very fast horse and there’s something about him in the mornings that really encouraged me that he’s going to be a runner.” -30-last_img read more

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Common sense about an uncommon frog

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaWith all of the talk of the political divide in this country, it is nice to know there is still some common ground. On Nov. 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case about the dusky gopher frog, Weyerhaeuser Company v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service (2018). The common ground turned out to be 1,544 acres of private land in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Let me explain.The dusky gopher frog, Rana Sevosa, has dark coloring “dusky” and lives underground “gopher.” Adults are usually 3 inches long with a large head, plump body and short legs (sounds like half of the lawyers roaming the halls of the courthouse). Warts dot its back, and dark spots cover its entire body. The dusky gopher frog is noted for covering its eyes with its front legs when it feels threatened, peeking out periodically until danger passes. It also secretes a bitter, milky substance when attacked.Dusky gopher frogs once lived throughout coastal Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in the longleaf pine forests that used to cover the southeast. By 2001, the known wild population of the dusky gopher frog had dwindled to 100, all at a single pond in southern Mississippi in the De Soto National Forest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared it endangered that same year but failed to designate critical habitat for the species.Only 135 dusky gopher frogs were counted in 2015 so it remains critically endangered. (How do you inventory an amphibian that lives underground?) The demise of the dusky gopher frog is due to habitat loss. This creature needs ephemeral ponds for breeding. According to Wikipedia, ephemeral ponds, also referred to as vernal pools or vernal ponds, are seasonal pools of water that provide habitat for distinctive plants and animals. They are a distinct type of wetlands, usually devoid of fish. This allows the safe development of natal amphibian and inspect species, like the dusky gopher frog.In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 1,544 acres of private land, located over 50 miles from the pond in Mississippi where the frog resides, as “critical habitat.” Weyerhaeuser, the timber company, owned part of this acreage and leased the remainder for harvesting timber. This private land in Louisiana was last known to have dusky gopher frogs present in 1965, about the same time the Beatles invaded America and just a few years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.Critical habitat commonly means the specific areas within the geographic area occupied by the species at the time it was listed as endangered, that contain the physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of endangered and threatened species and that may need special management or protection. This designation is to be excluded if benefits of exclusion outweigh the benefits of the designation.Weyerhaeuser Company fought the designation of critical habitat being applied to the 1,544 acres of private land through the administrative process then the courts. They asserted that land could not be designated “critical habitat” if it was not “habitat.” Counsel for Weyerhaeuser noted that the Fish and Wildlife Service designated land that had closed canopy forests as critical habitat when open canopy forests are required for the dusky gopher frog to survive. And they argued that the economic implications outweighed the benefit of the determination as the land would be devalued by $33 million over 20 years due to limitations on possible future development. These two issues are the very ones heard by the highest court on Oct. 1, 2018 and decided on Nov. 27, 2018 (unusually speedy).The lower courts sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Supreme Court, however, took a different view and remanded the case back to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District with instructions. The court must review the case in light of how the terms “habitat” and “critical habitat” are defined by the Endangered Species Act and the nature of how much degree of modification needs to be made to make a habitat a critical habitat. Furthermore the cost and benefit analysis is to be given full consideration as part of the determination. The opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by a unanimous court. This was common ground because common sense prevailed.last_img read more

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