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Reply to response to Dyck et al. (2007) on polar bears and climate change in western Hudson Bay by Stirling et al. (2008) Centennial Variations of the Global Monsoon Precipitation in the Last Millennium: Results from ECHO-G Model Temporal derivative of Total Solar Irradiance and anomalous Indian summer monsoon: An empirical evidence for a Sun–climate connection Validity of climate change forecasting for public policy decision making Solar Arctic-Mediated Climate Variation on Multidecadal to Centennial Timescales: Empirical Evidence, Mechanistic Explanation, and Testable Consequences In 2008, a small technical journal received a paper on climate science that required some special attention. The sole author was Willie Wei-Hock Soon, an aerospace engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The study argued that changes in the sun’s radiation output played a major role in influencing shifts in Arctic air temperatures—a view at odds with mainstream climate science, which fingered atmospheric carbon dioxide as a bigger player.Geographer Carol Harden, the editor of the journal, Physical Geography, was aware that Soon was a vociferous critic of the idea that humans were causing global warming and of proposals for the U.S. government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. So “I knew that paper was a hot potato,” she told ScienceInsider.Still, Physical Geography published the 40-page study in 2009 after peer reviewers gave a green light, and Harden persuaded Soon to “adjust some of the wording … and take out some pretty toxic language” involving climate research. At the time, however, she didn’t inquire about Soon’s funding sources or potential conflicts of interest. 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The New York Times and other outlets reported that Soon has received extensive financial support over the past decade from fossil fuel companies and others opposed to government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions—but has not always disclosed those financial links in his technical publications. The stories are based on documents obtained by two environmental advocacy groups, Greenpeace and the Climate Investigations Center (CIC). And the groups have now written to members of Congress and the editors—including Harden—of seven journals, asking them look into disclosure issues surrounding nine papers. CfA has also launched an inquiry into Soon’s disclosure practices, center Director Charles Alcock told reporters.“We’re concerned about the lack of transparency in science … and a possible ethical breach in not disclosing potential conflicts of interest in an area with important public policy implications,” says Kert Davies, Executive Director of CIC in Alexandria, Virginia. (Soon’s work, he notes, is routinely cited by politicians opposed to government action on climate and widely disputed by mainstream climate researchers.)Davies, a former Greenpeace staffer, helped spur the effort to use the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the documents that detail Soon’s funding sources. The law applies to the Smithsonian Institution because it is a quasigovernment entity. (It operates CfA in cooperation with the Harvard College Observatory.) Greenpeace has been using such FOIA requests to document Soon’s sources of funding for years. Last week, Davies began providing recently obtained documents to media outlets, including ScienceInsider, leading to stories in The New York Times, Nature, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, and InsideClimate News.In the letters to the seven journals, Davies specifically inquires about nine papers (see list below) that Soon mentioned in his annual reports to the Southern Co., a large energy concern based in Birmingham, Alabama, that has generally opposed government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. The documents show Southern has provided at least $400,000 to Soon over the past decade. The reports generally describe the papers to Southern as “deliverables” produced as a result of the funding. Davies argues that the description suggests that Soon, who has been active in public policy debates, should have acknowledged Southern’s support in his papers—and that, in some cases, journal conflict-of-interest policies appear to require such disclosure.At Physical Geography, for example, Davies notes that journal owner Taylor & Francis now has a policy that calls for disclosing “financial, commercial, legal or professional” relationships “that could influence an author’s research. Such a conflict could be actual or potential.”But that policy wasn’t in place at the time of Soon’s submission, Harden says, because the journal wasn’t yet owned by Taylor & Francis. “We were then published by a small, family-owned publishing company,” she says. Soon did include a line in his paper stating that “The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and are independent of sources providing support.” Harden says that, “in hindsight, maybe that line should have been a red flag,” adding that she now wishes Soon had disclosed Southern’s funding.She’s not sure how she would have followed up on the issue with Soon at the time of submission, however, or what the journal will do now. Conflict-of-interest controversies are rare in her field, she notes, and “they can be tricky.” Conflict is often in the eye of the beholder, she says, and researchers often accept all kinds of funding that doesn’t necessarily skew their peer-reviewed publications. “I’m for full disclosure,” she says, “but I’m not sure how we’re going to address this.”A similar dilemma is facing another of the targeted journals. Geophysicist Robert Strangeway of the University of California, Los Angeles, has been editor-in-chief since early 2012 of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, which publishes about 300 papers a year. It published three papers in 2011 and 2012 that were co-authored by Soon and mentioned in the Southern reports, but Strangeway says he’s not familiar with the studies.The journal, published by Elsevier, asks authors to fill out a conflict-of-interest disclosure. But Strangeway admits he’s never carefully examined one—and isn’t sure what he’s supposed to do if he sees a red flag.“My role is to vet the science,” Strangeway says, noting that he and his two primary editors each handle more than 100 papers annually. “Generally, I don’t know any of [the authors] individually … and we assume that they have properly [disclosed]. I simply don’t have the resources to go back and check all of that.”Like Harden, he’s not sure how the journal will handle Davies’s inquiry. “It’s possible we’ll have to go back and add some kind of errata,” he says. But he also wonders: “Does this mean we should go back through every paper?”“My personal opinion is that it is always better to share information,” he adds. “It’s a shame when people’s integrity is called into question because they didn’t disclose their funding sources.”That’s one point on which CIC’s Davies agrees. “We wouldn’t be raising the journal issue if [Soon] had simply disclosed Southern’s support,” he says.Davies says that the Soon documents also raise another potentially thorny issue: How should scientists disclose funding from anonymous donors? Soon has received more than $100,000 from an Alexandria-based group called Donor’s Trust, which has been funneling money from anonymous donors to a number of groups and initiatives championed by political conservatives. (Soon has not fully disclosed that funding, Davies says.) “If you don’t know where the money is coming from, how can you say there is or is not a potential conflict?” Davies asks. “That’s not transparency.”In a 20 February letter to members of Congress, including the heads of the House of Representatives science committee and the Senate’s environment panel, Greenpeace Executive Director Ann Leonard urges lawmakers to take the disclosure issue “seriously” and examine policies. Today, Senator Ed Markey (D–MA) said the Soon disclosures are prompting him to write to fossil fuel companies and trade associations, asking them to disclose their funding of outside researchers involved in climate research.Greenpeace has also written to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, questioning whether Soon and a foundation funded by energy magnate Charles Koch may have violated rules against having tax-exempt organizations use donations to influence legislation. Soon drew on research funded by the foundation in testifying before the Kansas state legislature during a 2010 debate on renewable energy legislation, the group says. (Both the foundation and Soon have disclosed the foundation’s support for Soon.)This isn’t the first time that the two groups have challenged Soon’s disclosure practices. Last month, they raised questions about whether he and co-authors had followed journal disclosure policies in a paper published by Science Bulletin, a journal published in China.The high-profile flap may prompt many journal editors and research institutions to reexamine their policies on dealing with potential conflicts of interests by authors. The Smithsonian told ScienceInsider that it has no blanket publication disclosure policy that applies to employees such as Soon. Rather, it is up to each researcher to comply with journal policies.Soon did not respond to an e-mail and phone message requesting comment.Here’s a list of the nine papers at issue:Polar Bear Population Forecasts: A Public-Policy Forecasting Audit Multiple and changing cycles of active stars – II. Results Variation in surface air temperature of China during the 20th century Solar irradiance modulation of Equator-to-Pole (Arctic) temperature gradients: Empirical evidence for climate variation on multi-decadal timescalesWith reporting by Jeffrey Mervis.
Kompany, who started his career at Anderlecht, has Kompany, who started his career at Anderlecht, has suffered five different injuries this season, appearing in only 22 of Citys 57 matches.”So I remain calm and positive. I will continue to follow my path and I will do so with more conviction than ever,” the 70-capped player wrote on Facebook.”I trust my friends and teammates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France. I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them.”Written from my hospital bed. Never giving up.” His injury record may end up conspiring against him when new coach Pep Guardiola takes over at Manchester City next season despite having a contract which runs to 2020.In the meantime, the likes of Celtics Dedryck Boyata, Bjorn Engels of Club Bruges, Jason Denayer of Galatasaray and Montreal Impacts Laurent Ciman are likely to battle for Kompanys place at the Euros.Belgium will play Sweden, Italy and Republic of Ireland in the group stages.”I am a hard worker and a fighter,” added Kompany who had sought out an injury specialist in Barcelona after the game in Madrid in the vain hope of curing his long-term problems.”I have the greatest respect for those who overcome their personal challenges in life with a positive attitude. I want to live up to that.” AFP SSC SSC
Virat Kohli-led India will begin their four-Test series against the West Indies on July 21 after playing a couple of warm-up matches in their 49-day tour of the Caribbean. (Former Aussie legend backs Shardul Thakur to succeed in West Indies)India will arrive in St. Kitts on July 6 to play a two-day warm-up fixture at Warner Park on July 9 and 10. At the same venue, they will play a three-day game from July 14-16.The first Test will be played at Antigua’s Sir Viv Richards Stadium and will be followed by the second at Sabina Park, Jamaica from July 30, the BCCI said in a statement. (Virat Kohli should replace MS Dhoni as India captain in ODIs, T20Is: Ravi Shastri)The Indians will then travel to St. Lucia for the third Test which will be played at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium from August 9.The final game of the series will be held at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad from August 18.The team will depart for home on August 23.
Shimla, Nov 29 (PTI) The Board of directors of Himachal Urban Development Authority today decided to release 5 per cent interim relief from August 1 and six per cent Dearness Allowance to the retired employees with effect from January 1, 2016.Presiding over the meeting of BoD, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma stressed HIMUDA should commit itself to systematic planning and development of housing colonies and come up with indigenous strategies and innovative solutions for cost-effective and timely completion of housing projects.It also approved proposal of medical reimbursement to HIMUDA employees after retirement to be run through Appolo Munich Health Insurance Company Ltd.The Board accorded gave for the grant of bonus for the year 2015-16 to its employees as per the eligibility criteria.The Board accorded approval to signing of MoU with Singapore Co-operation Enterprises for developing a smart township at Jathia Devi near Shimla.Approval was also granted for construction of eight BHK flats including internal and external services in Residential Complex below BCS, Phase-II, Shimla at a cost of Rs. 2.71 crore.The Board gave approval for the use of vacant land for sports activities in Housing Colony at Solan and 5 percent discount to the allottees of HIMUDA on deposit of tentative cost in lump-sum.The Board also approved the proposal for purchase of land at Mauja Tatera, Tehsil Ghanari and at Mauja Chhetran, Sub-Tehsil Dulehar in district Una for developing of housing colonies. PTI PCL TIR
Pep Guardiola defended Raheem Sterling’s World Cup performances after the England forward got back among the goals in Manchester City’s opening 2-0 Premier League win at Arsenal.Sterling fired the champions into a 14th-minute lead and proved a typical menace for the Gunners’ defence to deal with at Emirates Stadium, where Bernardo Silva completed the scoring with an emphatic finish after the hour.The 23-year-old started six matches for England in their run to the semi-finals of Russia 2018 and although tenacious, intelligent displays won praise in some quarters, Sterling’s failure to find the net drew a share of criticism. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He explained his celebration in north London after dispatching a 50th career Premier League goal – cupping an ear as he wheeled away – was in response to those naysayers.Guardiola acknowledged the often highly charged atmosphere in which Sterling’s performances for his national side are judged but backed him to produce the goods for Gareth Southgate’s team.”If you judge the players in the World Cup on whether you score a goal or not… I think Raheem has this special relationship with English football, but he is so beloved in the locker room,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a post-match news conference.”He made very good things in the World Cup – how he moves and creates spaces for the other ones, runs in behind.”He likes to score a goal. He tried but I am pretty sure that during the qualification for the European Championship he will be good for his country and sometimes score goals.”Sterling was thrust straight back into the starting line-up for City despite only returning to training on Monday and Guardiola marvelled at the physical attributes that allow his player to get up to speed so quickly.Great way to start the season, massive 3 points also really happy to have scored my 50th @premierleague goal today!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7B3iAGbNeJ— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) August 12, 2018″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.”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.”Someone say we weren’t ready? #Sharkteam 🦈 pic.twitter.com/u4zqYzW4To— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 12, 2018At the end of his briefing, the topic of Sterling’s future returned to the agenda and Guardiola reiterated City’s desire to secure a contract extension, with the winger into the final two years of his present deal.”I am not a sports director. I try to make a good spirit in the locker room and win games,” he added.”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.”
Watford defender Miguel Britos remains a doubt for Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United and he will need another training session to prove his fitness, manager Marco Silva said.The 32-year-old Uruguayan limped off shortly after halftime during Watford’s 3-0 win at St James’ Park on Saturday after failing to shake off the knock he picked up following a heavy challenge from Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.”The situation with Britos we will keep open,” Silva told a news conference.”He is still in doubt. We’ll see. I’m not sure if he’s able to play. We have one more session tomorrow, one more session to prepare for the match and then we will take the decision.”Sebastian Prodl replaced Britos in the heart of the defence on the weekend and could do so again to make his first start for the club since late August after recovering from a hamstring injury.”He’s improving his physical condition,” Silva added. “It’s been two months without competition, two months without training with the team. It’s hard. He’s improving and played almost 45 minutes (against Newcastle). That’s good for him.”Watford, currently eighth in the league, will also be boosted by the return of captain Troy Deeney, who is available for selection after serving his three-match suspension.
Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City stars they can take days off when they are retired as the Premier League champions chase success on four fronts.City, third in the table, four points behind leaders Liverpool, travel to struggling Newcastle United on Wednesday night.And, with their trip to Everton rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6 because of their involvement in the Carabao Cup final, City face a congested and challenging fixture list. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Goodison Park visit comes between home clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea and Guardiola says his players – also in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup – should treat the flood of games as ‘a privilege’.Asked about the possibility of his players resting, Guardiola said: “We have a lot of games, so no way.”It is what it is. But at the same time I tell them it’s a privilege. If you believe it’s a handicap, that’s a big mistake. It’s a privilege.”When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays. No problem, you will be retired. Take a year for holidays. But for now it’s a privilege. Take it, enjoy it. Next one, win again.”The competition doesn’t matter. Friendly game? Win again. Play good, prepare well. That’s the only way. After, you work for the next season.”Guardiola, who saw his side brush aside Burnley to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend, is not taking the clash with Newcastle lightly, despite their preilous position one place above the relegation zone.The Catalan insists the game could be a ‘banana skin’ for his side if they are not fully focused.“I think no team is safe going to Newcastle,” said the City manager.“We will go there first and then it’s time to think about Arsenal [on Sunday]. Next game is the important one.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Government will soon hire a prosecutor to focus on the environment. “We want to ensure that companies and individuals are following the legislation in place to protect the environment and our health,” said Environment Minister Iain Rankin. “Having a dedicated prosecutor in place will help us to better hold people and companies accountable when they break the law. “This prosecutor will focus on the kinds of breaches that put our rivers and streams, our fishery, our water supplies, our parks and protected areas and human health at risk.” The Public Prosecution Service and the Department of Environment worked together to create this new position. The prosecutor will take cases to court related to the Environment Act, food safety, public health, meat inspection, fisheries and aquaculture, animal welfare, natural resources and the fur industry. The recruitment process will begin immediately.Penalties for offences prosecuted under the Environment Act can lead to fines up to $1 million. In the coming months, the province will move to regularly share an online list of environmental offences that have been prosecuted. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, Department of Environment staff performed more than 22,400 inspections and audits, and issued more than 5,500 enforcement actions. These include directives, warnings, compliance orders, summary offence tickets and court cases.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls this year, a 28 per cent increase over last year with a month remaining in 2017.Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers highlight the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that is tearing through the city, province and country.The city says the high volume of calls is putting a continued strain on services and front-line workers.Last week alone, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 81 overdose calls, while Vancouver police reported five suspected overdose deaths.Four of the deaths occurred outside the troubled Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, which the city says highlights the need for extended services and supports.Capt. Jonathan Gormick says the service has begun more frequently rotating staff through the fire hall that has been most affected and has added a second medic unit.He says these strategies have made the workload manageable, but further increases in calls could leave crews searching for new ways to provide care and keep staff healthy and safe.“Most troubling has been the increase in overdose calls and overdose deaths outside of the Downtown Eastside,” he says.Gormick says people in the community are needlessly dying because they are using alone or don’t have naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.“It is critical that anyone who uses any kind of drug that did not come from a pharmacy have a naloxone kit, and notify someone when they use,” he says.“The tragedy of dying a preventable death far outweighs the stigma of speaking openly about drug use.”Robertson says far too many lives have already been lost to preventable overdoses and too many families are grieving.“While I commend and want to thank our heroic first responders, city staff and community service workers for their extraordinary efforts to save lives, the impact is taking a significant toll on them,” he says in a statement.“We will continue to push hard for significant investments and a co-ordinated national response by all orders of government — including other municipalities, federal and provincial governments and First Nations — to end this tragic epidemic.”The city says it’s encouraged by the British Columbia government’s recent commitment to create a new overdose emergency response centre at Vancouver General Hospital.The centre will bring together provincial, municipal, Indigenous and law enforcement resources and include a team of experts and staff.Toxicology reports on the most recent deaths are not yet complete, and final overdose death numbers need to be confirmed by the B.C. Coroners Service, the city says.The most recent numbers from the coroner say more than 1,100 B.C. residents have died from illicit drug overdoses in 2017 as of the end of September.(The Canadian Press, News1130)
DALLAS — Pilots at American Airlines are asking for more training with the automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.Pilots union spokesman Dennis Tajer said Thursday that the request followed a meeting between several American Airlines pilots and Boeing representatives. Boeing also met with Southwest Airlines pilots.Indonesian investigators are probing whether pilots on an Oct. 29 Lion Air flight were overwhelmed when faulty sensor readings activated the anti-stall system and automatically pushed the nose of their plane down. The Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.The anti-stall system differs from those in previous Boeing 737 models.Boeing says the MAX is safe and there is a procedure for stopping the nose-down command.David Koenig, The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 1:57 pm MDT Crude oil falls to near US$100 after China’s improving but weak trade data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil workers stand at a facility site in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, on Nov. 21, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali The price of oil declined Thursday but stayed above US$100 a barrel after data showed subdued imports by China, the world’s largest crude consumer.China’s customs data showed that imports rose 0.8 per cent in April. That’s an improvement from the previous month’s 11.3 per cent decline, but still weak.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery fell 51 cents to close at US$100.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, U.S. crude jumped $1.27 after a surprise decline in the nation’s stockpiles.Brent crude, a benchmark for international varieties of oil used by many U.S. refineries, fell nine cents to close at US$108.04 in London.The weak Chinese imports reflect slowing economic growth there, which means less demand for gasoline, diesel and other fuels made from crude oil.The conflict in eastern Ukraine — where pro-Russian insurgents said they would go ahead with a Sunday referendum on autonomy — and another twist in Libya’s efforts to increase oil exports kept prices from falling further.Analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt noted rebels in Libya “have broken off talks on the opening of the country’s two biggest oil terminals and have additionally threatened to reoccupy the two already opened oil terminals.”Libya’s exports have dropped to less than 300,000 barrels a day compared with around 1.4 million barrels a year ago.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, — wholesale gasoline fell 1.3 cents to close at US$2.905 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litre), heating oil fell 0.7 cents to close at US$2.92 a gallon and natural gas fell 16.8 cents to close at US$4.572 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)
Officials from Brock University are continuing mediated contract negotiations with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) in an attempt to reach a collective agreement before the union’s strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 14.The union represents teaching assistants, part-time instructors, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators, marker-graders at Brock.On the opening day of weekend talks, which are being assisted by a provincially-appointed mediator, negotiators worked from Friday morning to 4 a.m. Saturday.Talks are to resume on Sunday, when Brock’s negotiating team will respond to a proposal from the union.Monitor this website throughout the weekend for updates on the negotiations.– Collective Bargaining site
King James had a unforgettable 12 months as he secured his second NBA title, his fourth MVP Award, and a second Olympic Gold Medal. The All-Star player is now in an exclusive group of four Hall of Famers with his fourth MVP title after the 2012-13 season.Other than that, James is in a league of his own as the NBA’s biggest endorsement star, thanks to deals with Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Samsung and others. Sales of his signature Nike shoes rose 50% to $300 million in the U.S. during 2012. He outsold his nearest NBA competitor by a 6-to-1 margin in the U.S. In the video above, Darren Rovell examines LeBron James’ deal with Nike and the rest of his endorsement portfolio, which is reportedly worth over $40 million annually.
Source: anirishmanabroad1. An Irishman AbroadComedian Jarlath Regan chats with famous Irish ex-pats. The result? Interviews with a diverse offering of guests, all brimming with insight. Guests have included Chris O’Dowd, Jack Reynor, Sonia O’Sullivan and more, but with forty-five episodes and counting, there’s plenty to chew on.2. Second CaptainsEven if you’re not a giant sports fan, Second Captains is still required listening. In addition to the banter and sports news, the podcast consistently boasts high-calibre guests (see: this week’s interview with Michael Parkinson) and uncovers interesting stories that are of interest to sports fans and non-sports fans alike. (See: this episode featuring Irish racecar driver Rosemary Smith and sports journalist Melissa Ludtke.)3. Doc on OneRTÉ Radio 1′s Doc on One consistently produce quality radio documentaries that garner acclaim at home and abroad and with over 1,000 podcasts in the archive, there’s plenty of gems to trawl through and unearth. (Here’s a good place to begin.)4. Weekly General MeetingYears ago, Nial Conlon (Delorentos) and Shane Langan (Diet of Worms) developed Monthly General Meeting, a night of storytelling, discussion and music. Weekly General Meeting is the podcast equivalent and presents the best of Irish comedians, writers and musicians as recorded live in Dublin.Arts/Culture Source: Maximum Fun1. BullseyeJesse Thorn is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to podcasting. Since 2006, he has built an audio empire in the form of podcast network, Maximum Fun. Bullseye is the network’s banner show, a smart, fun exploration of pop culture, touching on everything from rap to serious documentaries and featuring guests as diverse as Werner Herzog and RuPaul. Do it.2. Desert Island DiscsAlthough it’s an institution at this stage, the long-running BBC radio show shows no sign of slowing down. An achingly simple idea – a well-known figure selects what eight records they would take with them to a desert island – it’s consistently a joy. The online archive is filled with oldies but goodies, too.3. The New Yorker Fiction PodcastIf you’re a fan of short stories, this is where it’s at. The podcast features well-known authors such as David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer and Colm Toibin, to name but a few, read the work of other authors and discuss them afterwards. It’s brilliant and a must for bookworms.Miscellaneous Source: KALW1. 99% InvisibleThis independent and impeccably produced podcast, hosted by the brilliantly named Roman Mars, is enormously popular and focuses on design and architecture. Episodes generally don’t exceed 20 minutes in length, meaning you can listen to several in one sitting. Ira Glass is a fan and you should be, too.2. Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale has a slightly off-the-wall premise, as it’s presented as a radio show produced for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events occurring within. It might sound mad, but it’s a veritable phenomenon. The podcast travels to Dublin in October for two live shows and tickets for the first show sold out in thirty minutes. Jump in and see what the fuss is about.3. Planet MoneyGiven that we’ve all become fluent in economic jargon over the past few years without necessarily having a full grasp of the issues at play, Planet Money is necessary listening. Its approach to economics reporting is fun and palatable, explaining things in layman’s terms and making the subject accessible for the average citizen. A+. Source: podbean4. FreakonomicsInspired by the book of the same name, Freakonomics applies economic theory to all kinds of topics and real-life situations. Thought-provoking and enlightening, it’s sure to make you look at things in a slightly different way.5. No Such Thing As A FishThe writers of QI sit around microphones, discussing the best things they have found that week. Expect silly facts for you to rattle off in the pub and lots of laughs.Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the great podcasts out there. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments.14 early Oscar contenders you should get excited about >Explainer: Why is ‘Confused Cats Against Feminism’ taking over the internet? FANCY MAKING YOUR morning journey to work go that much quicker? Give podcasts a chance. As the medium has exploded in recent years, there are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts to choose from.So, where to start?Here are a selection of our favourites that will entertain, enlighten and, crucially, make your commute *that* bit easier.Comedy Source: iTunes1. WTF with Marc MaronEveryone from Josh Groban to Will Ferrell has appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, an interview series hosted by comedian/nicotine gum addict Marc Maron. A skilled interviewer who is always striving for authenticity, Maron’s chats typically touch on everything from neuroses and relationships to the mean world of showbiz.It also helps that Maron has beef with basically everybody, making for some awkward chats. (See: his interview with Louis CK.) Worth a dive into the archive.2. You Made It Weird with Pete HolmesTaking a leaf from Marc Maron’s book, albeit with a lighter approach, Holmes’ podcast is a treat. Each episode sees Holmes chat with fellow comedians about career struggles, sex and religion with each installment running for anything up to two-and-a-half hours.Guests have included David O’Doherty and Aziz Ansari, but really every episode is worth a listen.3. Comedy Bang BangA wonderfully silly and entertaining mix of interviews, improv and music, Comedy Bang Bang is consistently funny. Hosted by Scott Aukerman, it typically features the crème de la crème of alternative comedians and it has been so successful that it has been adapted for TV, with its third season currently airing in the US. Get acquainted with it. Source: iTunes4. How Was Your Week with Julie KlausnerIn the sort of male-dominated sphere of comedy podcasts, How Was Your Week is a refreshing departure from the norm. The show features host Julie Klausner riffing on pop culture events or her cat before interviewing one guest – usually a comedian, writer or actor – per episode.(Warning: only a small number of episodes are available to non-premium subscribers, but still worth your time.)5. How Did This Get Made?How Did This Get Made? is a weekly podcast that looks back on awful films and poses the question: how did this get made? Bad sequels, made-for-TV movies and action movies are all up for dissection here here. Always hilarious and required listening for anybody who has sat through a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.Storytelling Source: KTEP1. This American LifeWe’d be remiss if we didn’t mention This American Life, the Big Daddy of Podcasts. You know the drill: each week features a different theme that invariably leads to some seriously compelling storytelling and some of the best reporting you’ll ever hear. Don’t know where to start? This selection of favourites serves as a good jump-off point.2. The MothSince launching its podcast, The Moth has grown into a phenomenon, which given the simple format – live storytelling – is impressive. Each episode features contributors ranging from ex-Milli Vanilli members to former Sex and the City writers telling true stories. Eclectic and a little bit addictive.3. Snap JudgementMore fast-paced compared to the likes of This American Life and The Moth thanks to its short length and musical accompaniment, Snap Judgement is a vibrant storytelling series that’s teeming with energy – host Glynn Washington makes Ira Glass seem positively lethargic by comparison. Excellent and even ideal for listening to while running, thanks to the great beat.Irish
Le service de musique illimitée de Nokia ferme dans 27 paysNokia a décidé de fermer son service de musique illimitée dans 27 pays. Ovi Music Unlimited est un échec. Nokia Ovi Music Unlimited devait être une alternative à l’iTunes d’Apple. Le service de musique proposait un choix illimité de morceaux en échange de l’achat d’un terminal et d’un abonnement sous 12 mois. Mais il fermera ses portes car il n’a pas su séduire le grand public. Néanmoins, le logiciel restera ouvert en Afrique du Sud, Turquie, Chine, Inde, Indonésie et Brésil. Le géant finlandais a une stratégie hésitante avec l’apparition tardive du portail Ovi Store, selon NouvelObs.com. Nokia perd du terrain en ce moment dans le secteur du smartphone mais prévoit d’autres projets musicaux pour les mois à venir. Le 18 janvier 2011 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
By Sulayman BahMuhammed Sumareh, a Gambian winger, was over the weekend voted star player in a game in the Malaysian Super League.Despite getting booked in the 26th minute, the tricky wing-man was a handful for opposing team Selangor’s defence as he turned provider in club side Pahang FA’s 3-1 win on Saturday.The weekend’s duel was the 23-year-old’s fourth straight start after making twenty-one appearances the previous league term scoring six goals.Pahang now sits third in the Super League, collecting seven points, two behind leaders Johor Darul.Muhammed has been on the radar of the Malaysian FA who’d tried to get him switch allegiance to their national team.
The AC Milan Brazilian legend has said his fellow countryman will have a “bright future” in the Italian Lega Serie ACampeonato Brasileiro club Flamengo and Italian Lega Serie A side AC Milan are currently negotiating for Lucas Paqueta.The footballer will be transferred to the Rossoneri in the January transfer window.And many have compared Paqueta with former AC Milan Kaka.“He’s a player who has a bright future ahead of him,” the former midfielder was quoted by Football Italia.“He’s already been called up to the Brazilian national team, but it’s better for him that we don’t make comparisons.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve seen so many of them in recent days, with me, with [Alexandre] Pato, with Ronaldinho, Cafu, Rivaldo… with all the Brazilians who have been part of Milan’s history,” he added.“We need to avoid these comparisons so he can come here and play calmly and peacefully. I’m confident.”Would Kaka ever return to AC Milan? This is what he said:“I spoke with Leo[nardo] and Paolo [Maldini]. Right now I’m closest to Milan but that’s all it is, my priority is still to be close to my family, Luca, and Isabella, who are 10 and 7-years-old.”“I’ve spoken a lot with Leo, to try and understand how to become a director, and I’m doing a sports management course in Brazil,” he commented.
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Zainul Abedin. File PhotoThe country is facing an extreme political crisis, Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin observed on Sunday.He alleged that some members of the law enforcement agencies are framing activists of the opposition parties in false cases to be in the good book of the ruling party, Bangladesh Awami League (AL).Zainul said this at a traditional reception accorded to new chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the CJ’s office.”It is your duty to restore the people’s trust in the judiciary now. It will be a challenge for you to repair the damages that have been done to the judiciary and the rule of law,” Zainul said addressing the new CJ. Mentioning that an independent judiciary is a cornerstone of a democracy, Zainul said, “Our judiciary, especially the lower court, is still ruled by the government entities. Even the Supreme Court Bar Association members were not spared from false cases.”He hoped that the High Court will consider introducing anticipatory bail to avert torture in police custody.