JERA KOGAS and CNOOC Team Up on LNG Business

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first_imgzoom Japan’s energy company JERA has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korean natural gas company Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) and China-based operator of LNG terminals and pipeline networks Cnooc Gas and Power Trading and Marketing Limited (CNOOC) to cooperate in the LNG business. Under the MOU, the parties intend to discuss joint procurement of LNG, joint participation in upstream projects, and cooperation related to LNG shipping and storage.“LNG demand fluctuates widely depending on economic conditions and energy policy in each country. JERA believes that in order to cope with such fluctuation it is essential to develop the business environment through means such as accommodation schemes between buyers,” JERA said.JERA added it expects the MOU to provide a platform for sharing views on issues related to traditional LNG business practices such as destination restrictions. The firm said it will help find ways to gain even greater flexibility in procurement.Commenting on the newly signed MOU, Lee Seung-hoon, President of KOGAS, said that the firms from Korea, China and Japan are now expected to play a more active role in the LNG market.last_img read more

Province Announces Portia White Prize Nominees

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first_imgFourteen outstanding Nova Scotian artists have been nominated for the 2006 Portia White Prize, Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Oct. 12. The Portia White Prize, one of the most prestigious arts awards in Nova Scotia and Canada, promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts. “The artists who have been nominated for this year’s Portia White Prize have all excelled in their disciplines and made a significant contribution to the province’s cultural life,” said Premier MacDonald, who will announce the winner at the Creative Nova Scotia conference and awards gala being held at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on Thursday, Oct. 19. The annual award is valued at $25,000. The recipient receives $18,000 and names a protégé to receive $7,000. It is named after Nova Scotian classical singer Portia White, who rose through adversity to achieve international acclaim on the stages of Europe and North America. Nominations for the award are submitted by members and supporters of the province’s arts and cultural community. They are reviewed by a peer committee made up of leaders in cultural development who represent the province’s cultural and geographic diversity. The following artists have been nominated for the 2006 Portia White Prize: Wayne Boucher, an abstract painter who has devoted three decades to grassroots development of the arts Mufara Chakabuda, an African dance specialist who uses the discipline to teach about her culture Gerald Ferguson, a painter who helped reinvent the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970s Joleen Gordon, master basketry artist who has been involved in the recovery of Mi’kmaw, Acadian and Black basketry heritage Christopher Heide, professional playwright and director whose stories of community are at the heart of his work Frank MacDonald, a journalist and author who advocates for rural artists through his writing Terry MacDonald, historical illustrator who has preserved important eras and events for the province through his murals Walter Ostrom, a post-war ceramic artist who has ceaselessly supported the crafts community Peter Rankin, a visual artist whose images celebrate community and the artistry that is found in manual professions William Roach, an Acadian folk artist who has influenced the quality of wood carving found within the province Stanley Spicer, an author and historian, who has contributed to the history of the “Age of Sail” Darlene Strong, an artist, educator and advocate, who has promoted and preserved Black artistic expression of her region Laurie Swim, a quilt artist whose work supports community and influences an increased interest in the fibre arts Alan Syliboy, a visual artist who has brought ancient icons into the mainstream, restoring Mi’kmaq community pride. Past Portia White Prize winners include writer and poet George Elliot Clarke, musician and conductor Georg Tinter, visual artist Gary Neil Kennedy, writer Alistair MacLeod, filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, visual artist Charlotte Wilson-Hammond, and theatre artists Jim Morrow and Walter Borden. In addition to the Portia White Prize, the Masterwork Award, Prix Grand-Pre and Aliant New Media Prize will also be presented at the awards gala. Members of the arts and culture community interested in attending the event are urged to register immediately, as space is limited and filling up quickly. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. For more information on the Portia White Prize see www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

Aligarh murder accused arrested earlier for sexually assaulting minor 2 more held

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first_imgAligarh (UP): Police Saturday arrested two more people for the murder of a toddler here and confirmed one of the men booked earlier for the crime is an alleged sex offender who has targeted children in recent years. The wife and brother of Zahid, one of the two main accused, were picked up this morning by the special investigation team formed to probe the killing of the two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Tappal township. “They were later arrested,” a senior police official said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist After the fresh arrests, the total number of people arrested in the case has gone to four. Other than the 27-year-old Zahid, police arrested Aslam, 43, on Tuesday after the girl’s decomposed body was found in a garbage dump around 200 metres from her home. The body was discovered on June 2, three days after she was reported missing. The girl’s father alleged she was killed because he failed to repay Rs 10,000 taken as loan from the accused. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Aslam was charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in 2014 and 2017, police said. He has also faced charges under Uttar Pradesh’s Goonda Act. The second POCSO case, in Delhi’s Gokulpuri, also involved the abduction of the minor. Aligarh SSP Akash Kulhari confirmed one of the two accused had a criminal history. Two separate cases of POCSO are pending against him and he had gone to jail in connection with an abduction case in Delhi, the SSP said. Kulhari said officials probing the Aligarh case are looking into the phone records of all suspects. “The police are in the process of building a water-tight case against the accused so that it stands all legal scrutiny and speedy justice is delivered through a fast-track court. We are checking phone records of all suspects to trace the crime trail,” he said. Kulhari, who camped in the area till late Friday, warned mischief mongers that strong action would be taken if they try to spread rumours through social media. Tension had prevailed in the area after the victim’s family alleged that police officials delayed the registration of their complaint and the investigation. Five policemen have been suspended for negligence and Kulhari Friday assured the locals that justice would be done in the case. The SSP reiterated that the postmortem examination by a panel of three doctors found “no evidence of sexual assault” but police were taking no chances and forensic experts are examining vaginal swabs for any further evidence. The incident has triggered massive outrage. Political leaders and celebrities have tweeted their angst and disgust over the crime. Aligarh city witnessed candlelight protests over the murder. Teachers and students at Aligarh Muslim University have demanded “exemplary and prompt” punishment for the perpetrators. At a special meeting of its executive, the AMU Teachers Association demanded that a fast-track court be immediately set up to try the case. AMUTA secretary Nazmul Hasan said in a press release the teachers stood by the victim’s family. Former president of AMU students union Faizul Hasan said the law should be amended so that convicts of such crime face “punishment as stringent as that in Saudi Arabia”. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said Friday, “As of now sexual assault is not ruled out. Vaginal swabs have been sent for forensic examination.”last_img read more

American Airlines rises while Caterpillar Hess Vale drop

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NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Caterpillar Inc., down $12.49 to $124.37The heavy machinery maker’s results fell short of Wall Street expectations as the company faces a weaker market in China.Nvidia Corp., down $22.14 to $138.01The chipmaker cut its fourth-quarter revenue forecast, citing a slowdown in China.Versum Materials Inc., up $5.02 to $36.67The specialty materials maker is being bought by Entegris in a stock-for-stock deal.Vale SA, down $2.46 to $11.20The Brazilian mining operator faces potentially hefty legal and financial challenges in the wake of a deadly mine disaster.Chemical Financial Corp., up $2.28 to $44.75The bank is being bought by TCF Financial Corp. in a stock deal worth about $3.6 billion.Zayo Group Holdings Inc., up 72 cents to $27.42Media reports say the communications technology company is a potential buyout target for Alphabet Inc.American Airlines Group Inc., up $1.59 to $36.57The airline and its peers entered a new week with the government reopening after a month of dealing with TSA staffing concerns.Hess Corp., down $1.37 to $51.73The company and its peers face declining oil prices and more potential uncertainty over turmoil in Venezuela.The Associated Press read more

Juno winner conquers classroom by day studio by night

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While her nights are spent crafting her next musical masterpiece, Diana Panton’s days are spent moulding young minds at Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton.The Juno award-winning artist, and Brock University alumna, performs a delicate balancing act between her time in the classroom and in the studio.The Canadian jazz vocalist is a two-time Juno winner and five-time nominee, most recently taking home the 2017 Children’s Album of the Year award for her latest studio release, I Believe in Little Things. She previously took home the Juno for Vocal Jazz Album in 2015 for Red.While Panton (BEd ’04) takes great pride in her musical accomplishments, she also has a rewarding career as a French immersion drama and visual arts teacher.Fuelling the fire for both passions is no easy task, but one that is made manageable by good organizational skills.“I try to pass these skills along to my students and model for them how to keep themselves organized,” Panton says. She tries to focus on music when school is out — during March Break, Christmas holidays and throughout the summer.“It means that I don’t get much down time,” she says, “but it is important for me to incorporate my music into my life.”Panton realized long ago she would have to learn to travel down both distinct paths simultaneously, with careers in teaching and music, in order to find herself fulfilled.She used that knowledge as motivation when she became a teacher candidate at Brock’s Hamilton campus.Panton found herself inspired by the “wonderful community spirit that was fostered at Brock,” which she feels endures years later in her new role as an alumna.That was recently seen, she says, when her former Brock French instructor Gail Phillips reached out to offer congratulations on the latest Juno win.It was a touching gesture for Panton, who was inspired by Phillips’ notion in the classroom that by making learning more fun, it is often more successful.“She showed us how to incorporate games and music into our lessons to make them more engaging,” she says. Panton credits Brock for helping her to learn “a plethora of valuable techniques and strategies.“The instructors were very caring and supportive,” she says. “They helped build confidence, which is such an integral part of the learning process.”Hoping to provide some inspiration of her own, Panton had some staunch advice for Brock students balancing more than one passion.“Where there is a will there is a way,” she says. “If you are passionate about something, you will carve out the time and your passion will fuel you to do what you love. Remember that you do not need to follow in someone else’s footsteps — this is your life and you can forge your own path, however unconventional it might be.”Panton’s music is available on iTunes. read more

After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

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It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

€53 million grant awarded to develop La Parrilla tungsten in Spain

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first_imgThe 100% owned subsidiary, Iberian Resources Spain (IRS), of W Resources, the tungsten, copper and gold exploration and development company with assets in Spain and Portugal, has been awarded a grant of €5,322,970 by the Junta de Extremadura Government for La Parrilla tungsten and tin project located in Spain. This equates to 32% (at the upper-end range) of the €16.6 million plant (much of it being supplied by Metso and allmineral) and facilities package that qualified for grant contribution.The grant will be paid by the Junta de Extremadura Government to IRS once the fulfilment of all conditions (including the completion of the plant and facilities and meeting the target employment levels), as outlined in the application, have been verified in an audit by the Junta de Extremadura Government. The conditions of the grant need to be fulfilled by 14 March 2020.Michael Masterman, Chairman of W Resources commented: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone of the award for La Parrilla from the Junta de Extremadura, which remains a strong supporter of the mine development. We are very honoured to have now concluded the process for this important grant. The success of our application is testament to the relationship and hard work from our Country Manager, Fernando de la Fuente and Mining and Government Director, Celestino Parejo. Fernando and Celestino are on the ground and have built great local relationships, which further strengthen our exciting worldclass low-cost La Parrilla tungsten and tin mine development.“The provision of a grant for such a large proportion of our La Parrilla mine development is very positive and contributes further to our strong funding position. Importantly, the award of the grant funds strongly align the Junta de Extremadura Government with the success of La Parrilla project and we are very appreciative of their support.”The award of the Grant, combined with the recent $35 million loan facility from Blackrock underpins the advancement of the company, in particular for the development of La Parrilla, which once fully developed will be the largest tungsten mine in Europe.WRES is developing a large scale expansion of La Parrilla open-pit tungsten and tin mine near Merida, Spain and will adopt a staged expansion approach. The project will begin production at 2,700 t of tungsten concentrate in the “T2 phase” and will increase production to >4,000 t in the “T3.5 phase” with a planned mine life of six yearsIt will become one of the few mines outside China with a production capacity greater than 3,000 t/y tungsten concentrate.last_img read more

Two victories to keep the dream alive

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Buenos Aires 2017ColombiaDominican RepublicPan American ChampionshipPuerto RicoSheila Hiraldouruguay Uruguay gets their second victory and climbs to the top of group B. Puerto Rico defeated Colombia and dreams of the semifinals of the tournament.On the third day of the competition Uruguay obtained their second victory, this time against Dominican Republic, with a final score of 31-23. In a match that was far more intense than that of yesteday against Guatemala, the conducted by Silvana Renóm struggled during the first minutes of the match, but were able to establish a safe goal difference after the first 20 minutes of the encounter and finished the first half with a 16-8 advantage. Dominican Republic, which had already experienced tough losses against Chile and Argentina, were able to surpass the 11 goals scored on the first match, but they weren’t enough to overcome a very concentrated Uruguayan team that has climbed to the top of group B and tomorrow they will face Chile. Another victory would get them closer to secure a spot in the semifinals.On the second match of the day, Puerto Rico struggled one more time, but took their second win against Colombia by 30-21. In a match that was marked by the two minute suspensions against the conducted by Mónica Ospina Orozco, the Central American team took advantage of the tecnical fouls commited by their rivals. The first half was very tight and the Colombian could’ve tied the encounter, but lost the ball on the last attack; the score was 13-12. Only three minutes into the second half, Puerto Rico stretched the difference to 16-13 and after 12 minutes, they had already stepped on the gas pedal to become nearly unreachable for the Colombians. A high effectivity from the wings, fast breaks and good connections with the pivot were some of the high points of the coached by Camilo Estevez. “We’re not used to defending not attacking against teams that have our same height, we had a different plan so it was difficult for us to adapt to their attack, to their game with the pivot; but during half time our coach talked to us and we made a physical effort and now we want to rest. We’re not thinking about the final score at this moment, but rather about the two points to finish second in the group”, confessed left back Sheila Hiraldo after the match. The objective of finishing second is a realistic goal cosidering that they share the group with Brazil. They’re aware of that and that’s why they will try to secure the other spot available for the semifinals. Hiraldo then addded: “I think that we can use the tiredness under which Paraguay will be under after today’s match against Brazil. All of the teams want to make a good game against them and they will all give all they have to play against players who are professionals in Europe, who play Champions League, so I think we could use that”. Regarding the game plan that they will have to implement against Paraguay, the left back states: “We’re a little impatience, and I think patience will lead us to moving the ball a little bit more, and the pivots will be able to run on the line, so we’ll work on that 2 against 2. I know they’re bigger and stronger than us, but I know we’re faster and I think that our speed will help us there. Our goal is to finish second and go to the semifinals, and then of course to qualify for the World Championship for the second time in our history”. ← Previous Story KIEL ON HOLD? Johannes Bitter extends in Stuttgart until 2018 Next Story → Brazil and Argentina with one foot on the semifinals read more

Damien Kiberd Are whistleblowers saints The ethics can be complicated

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first_imgJOURNALISTS HAVE ALWAYS regarded whistleblowers as saints. Now some politicians have fallen into the very same trap.Journalists love whistleblowers because, by definition, they are willing to give you information that is private. But they learn, to their cost, that there are good whistleblowers and bad whistleblowers.The information that is given to you by bad whistleblowers may prove to be no better than a heap of junk. Such people may be acting as agents provocateurs, may crave publicity for themselves or may simply be motivated by malice.Good whistleblowers sometimes do need to have saintly qualities. They may suffer for their courage and their commitment to truth. They may be physically threatened, they may lose their careers, they may even be attacked in parts of the media.The ethics of whistleblowing are most complicated, as Ireland has discovered following the row over the cancellation of penalty points for motoring offences.Garda Commissioner visibly upset over whistleblowingThe Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan became visibly upset under interrogation by an Oireachtas Committee. First, he seemed agitated that there should actually be any whistleblowers at all within his own force. Secondly, he felt that if such whistleblowers did exist it was entirely improper for them to lay their allegations before an Oireachtas committee.The Commissioner seemed to be saying that all allegations of wrongdoing should in the first instance be taken to him. The implication is that he would then decide the appropriate course of action.That the Commissioner should object to a probe by an Oireachtas Committee is extraordinary. What better way is there for the people whom he serves to assert the primacy of our elected parliament within our democratic system?Unlike Ireland, the US has specific whistleblower legislationIn the United States this problem is dealt with under the Whistleblower Protection Act (1989) which specifically provides for individuals to disclose information about any ‘serious or flagrant problem, abuse or violation of law’ to a congressional intelligence committee. The whistleblower must first bring the allegations to either the attorney general or the National Security Agency’s inspector general.Our own Commissioner’s hard line got a mixed response from the media. In one sense, of course, he is correct. In order to maintain morale within the force he must defend the reputation and record of his officers until it is demonstrated that it would be wrong to do so in a specific case or cases. The Commissioner could not take disciplinary action against a serving officer merely on foot of an allegation. Otherwise, morale would collapse.The job of An Garda Siochana is enormously difficult. It would be perverse if men and women, who must daily prove the guilt or innocence of others beyond reasonable doubt, should themselves be damaged simply on the basis of unproven allegations.But the idea that Commissioner should vet all complaints is just wrong. The first principle of international law is that no man should act as a judge in his own cause. No Garda Commissioner can act as judge and jury in relation to complaints made against his force. It is absolutely vital that these complaints should be probed by an independent entity such as the office of the Garda ombudsman or indeed an Oireachtas committee. Or by both.The issue of whether the probe should be public or private is a separate matter.Questions over high-profile whistleblowersIn the United States Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning is doing 35 years in the slammer. A soldier with the rank of private, who took an oath of secrecy, she dumped three-quarters of a million documents into the public arena without any regard for the interests or safety of anybody named in those documents.Some of her disclosures are clearly in the public interest: they consist of video evidence of murderous attacks on civilians and journalists by the US forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But others are just diplomatic cables containing chit-chat.To get the information out she used the services of Wikileaks. This service was created by Julian Assange, a computer hacker and journalist who puts himself about as a victim of the Pentagon but who is not formally wanted by the United States on any charge related to freedom of information.There is no evidence that Assange, an Australian, conspired personally with Manning to steal or disseminate classified information. Wikileaks as a matter of policy does not insist on knowing the source of its information.Assange is actually an ‘on the run’. Since mid-2012 he has been holed up in Equador’s embassy in London. He is resisting extradition to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct with two women. Assange insists that the Swedish extradition warrant is a ruse. Once sent to Sweden he would be subject to ‘rendition’ to the US where he could face the death penalty for ‘aiding the enemy’.Some regard Assange as the most important publisher of classified material since Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Others see him as a self-regarding flaneur, a sensationalist.Valuable revelations by SnowdenBut it is the work of Edward Snowden the National Security Agency contractor who has revealed the massive scale of surveillance activity both within the US and in other countries that may ultimately prove of greatest significance.Snowden has proven that George Bush, Barack Obama, the US courts and Congress itself have approved under the Patriot Act the tapping of all telephone calls and e-mails within the US and the tapping of all calls and e-mails made by targeted individuals outside the US including, oddly, those of trusted allies like Angela Merkel. This gathering of what is called ‘metadata’ has been done without any public disclosure of what is taking place.The National Security Agency (NSA) has been permitted to monitor the movements of people across the globe using telephone tracking technology. It has acted as a sub-contractor for overseas intelligence agencies, doing tasks for them that are not legally permitted in their own countries.The NSA targets vast numbers of people who are not terrorists, not criminals and who are entirely above suspicion. By any standards, Snowden has demonstrated a massive abuse of power by US authorities. It is obviously in the public interest that the people should know what is being done in its name to its telephones and its computers.In order to get security clearance Snowden would have taken an oath. He is therefore vulnerable to prosecution under the US Espionage Act and for allegedly stealing information. He is currently in Russia where he has been given sanctuary.A very nasty row beckons if Snowden returns from Russia. Government officials have lied under oath by denying his revelations, which are themselves demonstrably true. The scale of what is happening in the US is enormous.It puts our own little spat here in Ireland into context. But, then, Gods make their own importance.Read Damien Kiberd’s columns for TheJournal.ie here>last_img read more

A halfskull that is 400000 years old was found on last day

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first_img 28,354 Views Mar 18th 2017, 12:01 PM 28 Comments A half-skull that is 400,000 years old was found on last day of excavation project Researchers don’t know if it was from a male or female, how the person died, or even what form of early human it was. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3285592 Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 12:01 PM THE DISCOVERY OF a 400,000-year-old half skull in Portugal has offered tantalising hints about a possible ancestor of the Neanderthals, researchers said this week. Source: PNAS.orgThe original completely restored Aroeira 3 cranium in lateral view (A) and the virtual reconstruction and original fossil in inferior view (B)The fossil was unearthed from the Aroeira cave site, and marks the oldest human cranium fossil ever found in the country, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.But there is plenty of mystery around the skull.Researchers don’t know if it was from a male or female, how the person died, or even what form of early human it was.“There is a lot of question about which species these fossils represent. I tend to think of them as ancestors of the Neanderthals,” co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropologist at Binghamton University, State University of New York, told AFP.“It is not a Neanderthal itself,” he added.“It has some features that might be related to the later Neanderthals,” including a lump of bone near the ear called the mastoid process.Researchers say this bone may be related to regulating pressure in the ear, although its exact purpose is unclear. Various stages during the in situ extraction and restoration process of the fossil, and reconstruction of the Aroeira 3 cranium after cleaning. Source: PNAS.orgWhat researchers can say with certainty is that the skull belonged to an adult, based on the formation of the bones. A couple of teeth found with it appear worn, as if belonging to an adult rather than a child. Source: PNAS.org(A and B) The Aroeira 1 left mandibular canine (A) and the Aroeira 2 left maxillary third molar (B) in mesial (Mes), distal (Dist), buccal (Bucc), and lingual view (Ling). (C) Aroeira 3 maxilla in medial view. Arrows indicate the lateral nasal crest (1), turbinal crest (2); nasal floor (3), and root of the inferior nasal concha (4).They also know its age – 400,000 years – based on precision dating of the surrounding stalagmites and sediments.The same cannot be said for other skulls of its kind found elsewhere in Europe. Some were uncovered years ago, before modern technology existed. In other cases, conditions at the cave site did not allow for precise dating of surrounding rock and sediment.Researchers have sometimes had to guess at the ages of these skulls, ranging from 200,000 to more than 400,000 years, according to Quam.The Portuguese skull shares some features with bones uncovered in northern Spain that are some 430,000 years old, and in southern France dating even further back, to around 450,000 years.“There is a lot of debate currently in the anthropological literature about what species to call these fossils. There is not a lot of agreement,” said Quam, who co-authored the study with Portuguese archaeologist Joao Zilhao and colleagues.- Stone tools -Its location is the furthest west of any human fossil ever found in Europe during the middle Pleistocene period.It is also one of the earliest in Europe to be associated with the Acheulean stone tool industry, a more advanced kind of toolkit than used among the earliest humans in Europe.The Acheulean stone tools included tear-drop-shaped hand-axes that were more complex to build than previous iterations.They originated in Africa and probably made their way into Europe via the Middle East around 500,000 years ago.To find evidence of these tools 400,000 years ago, all the way over in western Europe, “means relatively quickly the Acheuleans spread through Europe,” Quam said.- Almost missed -While there remains much to be learned about the skull, researchers feel lucky that they found it at all. In fact, they almost missed it.Glimpsed as an outline of a skull in sediment as hard as cement, the skull was found on the last day of an excavation project in 2014.“I have been studying these sites for the last 30 years and we have recovered much important archaeological data. But the discovery of a human cranium of this antiquity and importance is always a very special moment,” said Zilhao in a statement. Source: PNAS.orgWorkers toiled for a week to cut a block out of the Earth. At one point, a heavy duty demolition hammer broke the skull into pieces.It took two and a half years to painstakingly extract the skull itself from the block.Images of the skull show a circular hole, which represents the damage incurred during the excavation.The fossil will go on display in October at the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia in Lisbon.In the coming years, experts will dive into the details of the skull and its surroundings “to give a more complete picture of life in the area, life in the cave and the evolutionary place of this human in our ancestry,” said Quam.- © AFP 2017‘Life is left up to you’: NUIG researcher delves into her Mars simulation missionGene that causes sudden death in young people identifiedGetting people to care about the environment? It’s all in the pupils… Short URL Share Tweet Email last_img read more

Tourism season to increase in Greece

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A meeting at the Tourism Ministry on Thursday decided to extend the 2016 tourism season to nine months – from March 1 to November 30.The plan will initially be introduced in the Southern Aegean and on Crete, due to the favorable weather conditions in those southern areas, before being extended to more regions in the coming years.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Childrens Trust Family Expo held in West MiamiDade

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first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fun event for all ages aimed to make a difference in lives of South Florida families.The Children’s Trust Family Expo was held Saturday at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center in West Miami-Dade. The annual event helps the community gain access to hundreds of vital educational, health, and social services.It’s something the expo’s organizers are proud of.“We’ve been doing this for 11 years, and it’s our gift to the community,” said spokesperson Emily Cardenas. “It’s our pleasure to be able to offer this event for free, an opportunity for parents to come down, access hundreds of programs for children and families that are predominately for free or very, very low cost.”The event also featured face painting, magic shows, storytelling, arts and crafts, bounce houses, rock climbing, among other activities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Texas Supreme Court to Revisit SameSex Marriage Case

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first_imgTYLER PRATT FOR KUTThe Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges local government employee benefits for married same-sex couples.At stake is whether the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide requires public agencies to provide taxpayer-subsidized benefits to same-sex spouses of government employees.Chuck Smith, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas, tells KUT’s Becky Fogel that he’s the first to admit there’s no constitutional right to employee benefits. But, he says, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is clear: When it comes to marriage, same-sex couples have to be treated the same as opposite-sex couples.“So if the City of Houston, or any employer, provides benefits to its married opposite-sex employees, it is obligated to extend those same benefits, on the same terms and conditions, to same-sex married couples,” he says. The Texas Supreme Court initially declined to hear the case, which challenged Houston’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. In an 8-1 decision, justices let stand a lower court decision upholding benefits.But the state’s high court reversed course last month under pressure from top Texas Republicans. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in October asking the all-Republican court to reconsider. They also asked the court to clarify that the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, does not “bind state courts to resolve all other claims in favor of the right to same-sex marriage.”Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more

How Did Houston Land The Manchester Derby On Its FirstEver Trip Outside

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first_imgMichael HagertyGreat sports rivalries – think the Yankees and the Red Sox – can be intense. Now imagine how much more intense it might be if both those two teams were located in the same city.That just begins to capture the intensity of the rivalry between the Manchester City and Manchester United football clubs in England. The two teams face off each year in the Manchester Derby, which has never been played outside the U.K. – until this week.On Thursday (July 20, 2017), Houston’s NRG Stadium will host the match. Carli Lloyd, star of the Houston Dash and US Women’s Olympic team, spent three months in Manchester earlier this year playing with the Manchester City women’s team and got a first-hand glimpse of the rivalry. She told Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the magnitude of the match.Then, we talk with Glenn Davis, a former professional soccer player who calls the broadcasts of Houston Dynamo matches and numerous other national games for Fox and ESPN. He explains the significance of the match and what it means for Houston.Michael HagertyHouston Matters host Craig Cohen poses with Glenn Davis, a former professional soccer player and current broadcaster for the Houston Dynamo, ESPN and Fox. Sharelast_img read more

Suspect in Shooting Death of Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota Killed

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first_imgCortez Mitchell, 22, who was killed in his vehicle on North Monroe Street on Oct. 10, has been identified as one of the suspects in the shooting death of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota.“He was a person of interest in the death of Lor Scoota,” said Baltimore City Police spokesman T.J. Smith in a statement to the media. “He was one of several people who were person of interest.Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota (Instagram Photo)Tyriece Travon Watson, better known by his rap name Lor Scoota, was killed earlier this year. His manager, Trayvon Lee, was killed several weeks later. Both murders remain unsolved.“What’s significant about this is this revolving door of violence that we continue to talk about. As our investigation was building and as we were preparing to do more with this case, he gets killed; and this is the person who we believe was involved in the murder of Lor Scoota,” said Smith.On Oct. 10 in West and Southwest Baltimore, three men were shot in separate incidents, said police.Around 7:30 p.m., police went to the 2200 block of W. Fayette Street in the Penrose area and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.At around, 8:30 p.m., police went to the 1800 block of North Bentalou Street in the Coppin Heights neighborhood, where a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds.Investigating another incident around 8:30pm, Police went to a hospital where a shooting victim had walked in with a gunshot wound to the foot. He told police he was in the 1400 block of Drew Street in the Medford neighborhood when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot.Besides these three incidents, Baltimore Police are investigating two fatal shootings that took place Monday afternoon only three hours apart on the city’s west side.According to police, the first shooting was reported at about 2:06 p.m. in the 3700 block of Beehler Ave. A 29-year-old man had been shot multiple times in the upper and lower body.He was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.The victim has not been identified and police did not release information about a motive or suspects.Another shooting occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Officers found Mitchell, of the 4000 block of Potter Street, suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on North Monroe Street.Mitchell was transported to a hospital where he died.A second victim was transported to another hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper body.At the scene, a Lexus with a shattered driver’s window and bullet holes in the door was resting against a tree. Three blocks north, detectives located shattered glass and a slew of bullet casings.Police have no further details and asked anyone with information on any of these incidents to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockuplast_img read more

Aadi Mahotsav Ode to tribal culture and cuisine

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first_imgThe much-awaited ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ – a fortnight-long tribal festival, kick-started on Thursday by none other than Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu. The 15-day tribal extravaganza is an initiative of the government to promote the tribal culture, cuisine and commerce.The festival, which will feature an exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery through 204 stalls, is being organised in different parts of the national Capital such as Dilli Haat INA, Central Park, Rajiv Chowk, Delhi Haat Janakpuri and Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAt the fest, over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 states will be participating to enthral the residents of the Capital city with their primitive dance and music.While inaugurating the festival, the Vice President said that the government wants to bring tribal communities into the mainstream. “Some people argue that we must let the tribals remain the way they are, but they should also cooperate and partner with the rest of the country and it is the job of the government to facilitate that,” Naidu said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Vice President also said that government seeks to promote interaction between the tribal artisans and the mainstream designers from reputed design organisations. “Events like ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ are very important in this regard. The government has formed the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) for achieving this,” he added.The Vice President also appealed to the Adivasi communities to support and encourage people who bring change through democracy and not those who promote violence.”Let me say that guns can never be successful in a democracy. There can only be lost through guns. There (the tribal areas) nowadays the naxalvadis or the maovadis want to bring about change. If they are really interested in change and believe in their ideology then they should participate in democracy… They should go to the people with their beliefs, encourage people and win elections and then later try to implement their ideologies,” Naidu said. As Indian tribes constitute 8 percent of the total population of the country, which is very significant, the national objective of inclusive development includes the development of tribes as well, he said.Naidu also appreciated the wide range and beauty of Indian handicrafts, which include hand-woven textiles, and paintings. “It is true that tribals did not create these for the market but for their own use. But they need cash too for the sundry, and it is important that their skills are channelled to promote their sources of income,” he said.On the occasion, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said that the government had introduced a number of programmes like the Friends of Tribes Card, opening of franchise outlets and give a push to retail trade through exhibitions.”The ministry was targeting to achieve a target of Rs 100 crore in sales of tribal products to raise tribal incomes. TRIFED has achieved a turnover of Rs 20 crore in the sale of tribal products this year. It has also entered the electronic and digital era and signed MoUs with leading e-commerce portals, including GeM, a government of India portal for e-commerce,” Oram said.”Tribes India outlets accept payments by credit card and swipe machines to promote digital transactions. Tribals in Aadi Mahotsav have been trained for use of modern retail machines,” the minister added.”The 15-day Mahotsav promises to be a feast of shopping, exotic dining and fine music from artists from all over the country,” said Tribal Secretary Leena Nair, adding that the traditional tribal jewellery, the bamboo cane would also prove to be items of attraction.”The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu and Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the East to Nagaland/Sikkim in the West will win the heart of Delhiites,” Nair said.last_img read more

James Brother of Jesus Ossuary Adds Fuel to Historical Jesus Debate

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first_imgFew archaeological discoveries have caused as much controversy as that of the James Ossuary. The opinions vary from its proving the existence of historical Jesus to its being an outright forgery. But for those who have delved deep into the story, the truth is less certain than ever. It was antiquities collector Oded Golan who first acquired the limestone bone box, or ossuary, that showed the Aramaic phrase “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” and the find was announced to the public in 2002. An ossuary is a container that is used for human bones after burial: it can be an urn, box, or vault. During the historical period of the Second Temple (from the second century BC until the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD),  burial customs in Israel called for the internment of human remains in cave-like rooms to decompose. After at least a year, the bones were then placed in box-like ossuaries, which were commonly made of limestone.The James ossuary was on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from November 15, 2002 to January 5, 2003.This bone box came to be known as the James Ossuary, and because the names corresponded to those of Jesus of Nazareth’s brother, some people have claimed that the box once must have held the bones of the brother of Jesus. When the James Ossuary came to light, it was potentially of enormous significance.In 2003, the charge that the inscription was a fake was lodged by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Oded Golan faced 40 counts of forgery.According to Biblical Archaeology, “No experts maintain the box is a fake. All acknowledge the box, or ossuary, is genuine and from the period when Jesus lived. The inscription is what is at issue—and, even then, only the last part of it: ‘brother of Jesus.’ The government’s criminal complaint itself recognizes that the first part of the inscription is authentic and charges only that ‘brother of Jesus’ has been recently forged.”Close-up of the inscription: “Ya’akov bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua” (“James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”).  The following attribution must accompany this image: The James ossuary was on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from November 15, 2002 to January 5, 2003.But after a grueling seven-year trial, a judge cleared Oded Golan, who owned the box, of the forgery charges. (He was convicted of illegal trading in antiquities.) Some websites have asked why Oded Golan’s being cleared has received so little attention and what this says about the veracity of the inscription.James, brother of James (Saint James the Just)Historian and author Pierluigi Tombetti wrote in Ancient Origins in June 2019 that the original discovery of the ossuary “caused such an uproar that ecclesiastical authorities and security services of some nations intervened and, finding nothing else to challenge, focused their accusations on the final part of the epigraph: ‘(…) brother of Jesus.’ which was thought to have been falsified and artificially aged with a chemical patina.”Saint James the JustAccording to Tombetti and other supporters of Oded Golan, the fury over the James Ossuary was fueled in part by a desire to deny that Mary, mother of Jesus, gave birth to other children as well as the wish to suppress any archaeological evidence of the existence of Jesus.Related Video:Tombetti wrote, “While some scholars initially supported the prosecution’s thesis, now all the scientists were in agreement: the patina deposited on the inscription had been found to be authentic by a chemical analysis. In addition, a microorganism was found on the inscription and on the ossuary, a fungus that takes at least a hundred years to expand by a few inches. It covered a vast area of the ossuary and in particular its presence was detected over the entire inscription. This meant that its dating had to be forcibly backdated to many centuries ago, approximately to the 1st century AD, and the same applies to the entire epigraph.”Some people say that James was not the brother of Jesus but a cousin. Others say he was a brother, and a highly respected person. In  the book Zealot, Reza Aslan writes, “They called James, the brother of Jesus, ‘James the Just.’ In Jerusalem, the city he had made his home after his brother’s death, James was recognized by all for his unsurpassed piety and his tireless defense of the poor…To the followers of Jesus, James was the living link to the Messiah, the blood of the Lord.” He met a martyr’s end. Some say James faced stoning, others that he was beaten with a club.Related Article: Exploring the Theory that a Modern Image of Jesus was Based on a Pope’s SonWas James the brother of Jesus? And if so, does the ossuary with the inscription prove both of their lives? Opinions vary, and debate continues, years after the tomb box was found and is likely to continue.last_img read more

Capella Bangkok Opening in 2019

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first_imgCapella Bangkok Opening in 2019Capella Bangkok Opening in 2019Visionary global hospitality brand, Capella Hotel Group is to unveil its first urban resort in Thailand: Capella Bangkok, set to open in the second quarter of 2019. Taking up residence on the east bank of the legendary River of Kings (Chao Phraya River) the new luxury property is the first to open along the waterway in the last two decades.John Blanco, General Manager of Capella Bangkok comments: “The revival of the riverside has been happening organically for some years now and it’s incredible to experience the enthusiasm everybody has for a return to the city’s original roots. It’s reminiscent of the redevelopment of historic – and often artistic – waterfront locales in other major metropolises such as the Meatpacking District in Manhattan and Belém in Lisbon, and I have every confidence that it will have the same uplifting effect on the city as a whole.”Undergoing a major transformation, the surrounding Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung neighbourhood is revelling in the rise of its burgeoning local arts scene and the revival of its provincial culinary landscape. Charoenkrung and Chao Phraya have inevitably moved with the times, but unlike many districts throughout the sprawling metropolis, this specific area retains a strong sense of community identity which puts the riverfront lifestyle centre stage. A contemporary playground is afoot in which heritage will be rediscovered and new stories can be crafted by travellers who want to immerse themselves in one of Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods.John Blanco adds: “I am sure our guests will enjoy exploring the locale and discovering the diverse street food stalls, riverfront seafood markets and decades-old shophouse restaurants including the legendary Thip Volcanic Fried Mussel & Oyster, in addition to the fashionable new eateries celebrating Bangkok’s bygone culinary roots. Guests are also sure to be enamoured by groups of all ages performing tai chi and yoga along the river and games from badminton to native takraw.”Capella Bangkok offers 101 suites and the city’s first riverfront villas located within the highly-anticipated Chao Phraya Estate, a more-than-14-acre prime waterfront land development that boasts unprecedented accessibility and 350 metres of riverfront real estate.Designed to evoke the feeling of a personal pied-à-terre with unobstructed views of the river from every room, the luxury property features a signature restaurant curated by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, Auriga Wellness with an extensive list of carefully curated Asian therapies combining traditional techniques with contemporary solutions, The Capella Living Room – a light-filled, river-facing lounge that will host local artisans, music and culinary delights to reflect the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture.Crafted local experiences, provided by the Capella Personal Assistant, will offer guests first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspire them to create and share their own memories about the city’s most intriguing enclave.About Capella Hotel GroupCapella Hotel Group, headquartered in Singapore with offices in China, Europe and USA, offers global hospitality management services through two distinct brands. Capella Hotels and Resorts is an ultra-luxury hotel, resort and residential concept designed for the most discerning travellers and offering personalized attention with locations in Düsseldorf, Shanghai, Singapore, Sanya and Ubud as well as hotels planned for Bangkok, Maldives and Sydney.Solis Hotels and Resorts, is an exclusive collection of resorts, hotels and residences designed for travellers and meeting planners who seek an environment with a global palette of cosmopolitan comfort, inspiring cuisine, world-class spas with locations in Donegal, Ireland, Nanjing, China and Atlanta, USA along with hotels planned for Bali and Guangzhou. Source = Capella Bangkoklast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches

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first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians came out of retirement to take a head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Buccaneers announced Tuesday.Arians, who spent the 2018 season as an in-game analyst for CBS Sports, ended his coaching career following the 2017 season. He said previously that he would only come out of retirement if he were given a chance to coach the Cleveland Browns, but in the most recent iteration of the NFL coaching hiring cycle, his interest in the Tampa Bay job became known. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The #Bucs are signing Bruce Arians to a 4-year deal with a fifth-yaer option, source said. Among the coaches Arians hopes to finalize deals with: Harold Goodwin as Run Game Coordinator/OLine, Byron Leftwich as Pass Game Coordinator and Clyde Christianson as QB coach.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019On Dec. 31, Rapoport said that Arians sent him a text message confirming his interest to coach the Buccaneers. “I know Jason (Licht). So, I would listen,” the text reportedly read. Jason Licht is the general manager of the Bucs and worked in the Cardinals front office while Arians coached in Arizona. Related LinksArizona Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury as next head coachMahomes, Brady speak highly of new Cardinals hire Kliff KingsburyThe 5: Resume highlights for Kliff Kingsbury as Cardinals head coachWho the Cardinals interviewed before hiring Kliff KingsburyNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachArians, 66, has been an NFL head coach just once (not including his 12 games as interim head coach of the Colts), but has decades of experience coaching both at the professional and college levels. He was the offensive coordinator of the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers team that beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl and coached quarterbacks that include Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. “Cleveland is the only job I would consider,” Arians told the Canton Repository in November.Arians will take a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rapoport notes several former Cardinals coaches as targets for Arians’ staff. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 12 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In five seasons leading the Cardinals, Arians went 40-27-1 and took Arizona to the playoffs twice, including an appearance in the NFC Championship game. Arians’ replacement Steve Wilks went 3-13 in his first and only season before being fired. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Arizona’s next head coach on Tuesday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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