When the 2017 Oklahoma State Fan Survey results came out, there was a lot of interesting information. But, there was one thing in particular that intrigued me — OSU fans’ opinion of the non-conference scheduling.Back in 2015, OKC Dave starting asking about whether or not OSU should toughen the level of competition in the non-conference. You guys voted overwhelmingly that you wanted to see better competition, with the majority asking for a slight increase.Since then, it seems like fan’s approval of OSU’s non-conference scheduling has been on the rise.When asked if the OSU football program should schedule tougher non-conference competition this year, here’s how the voting went.The highest percentage of fans believe that the non-conference scheduling is just fine. A look at the schedules over the past three season, might help explain this change.In 2015, OSU opened with a road game against Central Michigan, followed by home games against Central Arkansas and UTSA. That’s not exactly the kind of non-conference schedule to get excited about, especially when you’re being asked to fork over $90 per game to attend.In 2016, there was an improvement with the addition of a Power Five program. OSU had home games against Southeastern Louisiana, Central Michigan, and Pittsburgh. Obviously fans were happier.This year, the schedule improved again. OSU skipped the FCS opponent in favor of two group-of-five opponents. Tulsa, South Alabama, and Pittsburgh. And again, the voting was more favorable.It seems like the voting is based more on what OSU is facing each year. If that’s the case, the approval rating may dip a bit next year, with a non-conference line-up of Missouri State, South Alabama, and Boise State.The biggest drop in the survey were votes for a much tougher strength of schedule. Is that because voters are happier with this year’s schedule, of did last year’s *loss* to Central Michigan and close win over Pitt scare them a bit? I have a feeling last year’s Pitt game has something to do with it.The other reason I think more fans are happy with things the way they are? The College Football Playoff implications, or lack thereof. If Washington can make it with a non-conference schedule of Rutgers, Idaho, and Portland State, then why bother making the non-conference schedule harder than it already is?The problem with that logic is that if your team doesn’t make the playoff, and isn’t going to make the Big 12 title game, why not schedule a Florida State or replace an FCS with a Houston? It gives fans something worth playing $90 to see. Real people paid that money to see OSU beat Savannah State 84-0. Are you okay with that?Obviously, the vast majority of voters still want to see a tougher non-conference schedule. That’s good. To me it means fans believe that we should schedule better, because we can beat better. I agree. Do away with the FCS opponents. Give us a better Power Five opponent more often. I’m not saying face Boise State, Alabama, and Utah every year, but sprinkle in the Georgias, Michigan States, and Oregons of the world every once in awhile.After Pitt this year, are best opponents over the next six seasons are Boise State, Oregon State, and Arizona State. Those are fine. I’d just like to see a Notre Dame sprinkled in once every five years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
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He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on June 7. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, has reiterated the Government’s focus on achieving economic independence, expanding opportunities for all citizens, and enhancing safeguards for the society’s vulnerable.He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on June 7.Dr. Clarke noted that economic independence means more options regarding spending priorities, with emphasis on areas that have a higher growth-inducing impact.“I would like to see greater attention on things like agricultural resilience, as we pursue economic independence,” he said.“I want to make sure that we allocate more (in areas) that can increase productivity,” he added, citing, for example, the training of personnel for the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.“The BPO industry is competitive… and we want to make it a more productive space. So, to the extent that the BPO operator can save that cost when they recruit … that lowers operational costs for them. So expenditure that can bring about that training (will assist in repositioning) Jamaica (to) become a more productive destination,” he contended.Dr. Clarke said other priorities are to strengthen the macro-fiscal capacity of the Ministry and its institutions and “ensure that we have methods of deepening our fiscal rules and strengthening the fiscal responsibility framework with the emergence of a fiscal council”.Establishment of the fiscal council, which has been approved by Cabinet, is consistent with plans by the Government to secure Jamaica’s gains under successive economic reform programmes with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and build on the success of domestic partnership initiatives.\Fiscal councils are permanent, independent, non-partisan institutions that are created by legislation and staffed by competent, experienced and technically proficient persons who help to promote economically sustainable fiscal policies across political cycles. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, has reiterated the Government’s focus on achieving economic independence, expanding opportunities for all citizens, and enhancing safeguards for the society’s vulnerable. Story Highlights Dr. Clarke noted that economic independence means more options regarding spending priorities, with emphasis on areas that have a higher growth-inducing impact.
APTN National NewsThe Idle No More movement reached Atlantic Canada Friday.Rallies were held on Prince Edward Island and in Nova Scotia.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine was at the rally in Halifax and says it was organized by youth.
APTN National NewsA Halifax university wants to do a better job of supporting its Indigenous students.A task force says Saint Mary’s University hasn’t done enough and it’s come up with 17 recommendations to change that.As APTN’s Trina Roache reports, the loss of one of its students was a wake-up call.
Rising debt of Canada’s provinces, municipalities fiscally unsustainable: PBO by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal budget watchdog is sounding the alarm about the growing level of net debt being accumulated by Canada’s provinces, territories and local governments.The parliamentary budget office said Tuesday that the combined net debt of Canada’s so-called subnational governments — currently at 32.5 per cent of GDP — is projected to rise to more than 200 per cent over the next 75 years.At that level, debt service payments would reach 11 per cent of gross domestic product, the report warned.The subnational outlook, which excludes the federal government, has worsened since last year due to increased spending projections for health care and public sector administration, the analysis said.On the federal side, the office found the sustainability of Ottawa’s fiscal outlook had deteriorated compared to 12 months ago. It does, however, expect the federal net debt to remain manageable and to be eliminated in 50 years.Ottawa’s outlook, the report added, has declined due to weak economic growth and temporary spending measures, such as the Liberal government’s decision to move old age security eligibility back to 65 years old, from 67.The new government has also reduced federal fiscal room through changes to child benefits and its commitment to increase infrastructure spending, the document said.But overall, the analysis said the combined fiscal path of the country’s federal, provincial, territorial, local and aboriginal governments — as well as their public pension plans — was unsustainable.“The total government sector in Canada … is not fiscally sustainable without permanent increases in revenues or reductions in program spending,” the document said.The office said some combination of higher federal transfers, spending cuts and boosts to government revenue would be necessary to improve the subnational outlook.During last year’s election campaign, the federal Liberals vowed to balance the books by 2019-20 and to lower the country’s net debt-to-GDP ratio in each year of their mandate to 27 per cent, from 31.2 per cent in 2015-16.The ratio, also known as the debt burden, represents a government’s capacity to pay back debt.The Liberals’ March budget, however, did not specify when Ottawa would eliminate the deficits and only projected the net debt-to-GDP ratio to start falling after the next election in 2020-21 — and only to 30.9 per cent.With the federal net debt-to-GDP ratio on track to decrease over time, the office’s report Tuesday said Ottawa has some fiscal wiggle room to cut taxes or increase spending.The Liberals’ spring budget projected Ottawa to add $113.2 billion in red ink over the next five years, due in large part to increased spending in numerous areas, such as post-secondary education, infrastructure, the recently unemployed, veterans and seniors.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
“This is a moment of truth,” Mr. León underlined, reminding participants of the importance to reach a consensus before the month of Ramadan, “a moment of peace…of reconciliation”, in a country that is now “really at the limit.”Opening his remarks delivering a bleak economic appraisal, Mr. Léon warned that the Central Bank of Libya and the administrations will not be able to continue to pay salaries for much longer, “maybe one month,” and maybe six weeks after that, the financial situation will be so dire that Libya will be unable to function as a state. Indeed, oil production had declined, but even if it were to recover, the current budget deficit could not be overcome and public finances would remain degraded. “And this works for all sides, for all regions, for all cities across Libya,” he declared.The political situation is no better, continued the UNSMIL chief, with “competing” institutions and governments so far unable to reach an agreement, “while we have seen terrorism [and the rise of] Da’esh (also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) in Libya, a country on the verge of becoming a “failed state” if rivals don’t set aside their differences.On the security front, noting that today, people in both camps are fighting Da’esh, Mr. Léon said the two narratives, “the one that says [the city of] Tobruk represents the previous regime and the one that claims Fajr Libya [militias] represents terrorist organizations, are clearly finished today.”“There is no more room for these narratives. There is only room for a moderate Libya to agree on a unity government and on the main framework and agreement that will sustain this government. I think this should be the main message from this forum. Libyans are telling us very clearly enough is enough and the time has come to make this agreement.”Underscoring the need to recognize all the actors involved, the UN believe they can propose a new draft which will keep all the positive elements agreed so far, but also address some of the remaining concerns, said Mr. Léon.But it should be the final draft, he said. “We could reach, maybe, the perfect agreement with draft no. 20, but if the country collapses economically and financially, and if Da’esh now controls an important part of Sirte and continues to attack and controls other cities… […], what would be the relevance of draft no. 20 if the country does not exist anymore as a functional country?”So, he concluded, it is crucial time to make decisions and agree on “a unity government that represents all Libyans.”
Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch against University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Snowbird Classic on Feb. 16, 2018. Ohio State won 11-7. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros Magazine.The Ohio State baseball team is like an employee taking inventory on this six-game winning streak. It has checked all the boxes. Everything has seemed to go right for the team. During the stretch, the Buckeyes have a 3.17 team ERA while averaging 7.17 runs per game. The stretch has included a win against Coastal Carolina, which has been ranked at times this season, and a sweep of a strong North Carolina, Greensboro team.“Gives us confidence going into every weekend, knowing that everything is working for us,” junior pitcher Connor Curlis said.Now the Buckeyes (14-6) will look to keep the momentum alive this weekend when they face the Georgetown Hoyas (5-14) Friday in a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State’s offense features five hitters batting above .300, and produced at least seven runs in five of the six victories on the recent tear. The Buckeyes’ lineup could continue to stay hot against the Hoyas, a team that has struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard, combining for a 6.36 team ERA.Georgetown’s starting rotation features only one player with an ERA below 6.14. That’s sophomore and Friday night starter Brent Killam, who threw seven innings of one-run baseball against Princeton his last time on the mound. The Hoyas’ bullpen only contains two pitchers with more than two innings of work to that list.Curlis, fresh off a 6.1-inning, one-earned-run performance against California State University, Northridge, takes the hill first for the Buckeyes against a Hoya offense that has hit only four home runs this season. What it lacks in power it makes up for in speed.“They’re going to run the bases,” head coach Greg Beals said. “They’ve got some stolen bases on their mark.”Twenty-six stolen bases on their mark to be precise, and in just 28 attempts. That 93 percent mark ranks first in the nation.At the plate, Georgetown’s offense is headlined by freshman phenom Eddie McCabe, who bats .356 and leads the team in RBI with 15 — no other Hoya has more than nine. Senior left fielder Austin Shirley leads off the lineup as the team’s top base stealer, and gives himself plenty of opportunity to commit baserunning thievery with a .410 OBP. Shirley has seven steals through his 19 games played.Junior Ryan Feltner, 2-0 with a 6.26 ERA, will start the second game of the series for Ohio State while redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer gets the nod for Game 3.It’s a concerted effort to continue making strides as Big Ten play nears for the Buckeyes.“I think we’re close,” Beals said. “There’s room for our offense to grow, there’s certainly room for our defense to grow.”
Hassan Whiteside will not participate in the NBA All-Star activities in two weeks in New York. But he’s been a star-in-the-making for the Miami Heat, a revelation that has made big news this season.At 25, Whiteside has found his game and an NBA team to call his own. It’s a startling, feel-good story about a 7-footer who took an around-the-world route to land in Miami.Here’s Whiteside’s journey to the Heat. He played for Reno, Sioux Falls and Rio Grande Valley in the NBA Development League; professionally in Lebanon, in China and back in Lebanon and then back to China last year. There was another trip back to the NBA D-League in Iowa, too.All this since 2010.But Pat Riley, through the Heat’s scouts, had been keeping track of Whiteside. And when the Memphis Grizzlies cut him, Riley swooped in. The Heat president and former NBA championship coach with the Los Angeles Lakers has been rewarded big time.Whiteside has gradually emerged as an inside force, a big man who plays like a big man. He has had games of 14 points, 13 rebounds and a team-record 12 blocks in just 24 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers and 16 points and 16 rebounds against Milwaukee.He plays with energy and enthusiasm, for sure partly because he’s so excited to finally have a true opportunity.“What I needed was a chance and the Heat gave me one,” said Whiteside, who went to Marshall and was a second-round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings.He’s averaging 3.6 blocks a game, more than anyone in the league. He’s shooting .675 field-goal percentage (most of them dunks), which would be second in the league if he had played enough games. And his 9.3 rebounds ranks tied for 15th with Chicago’s Joakim Noah.Impressive stuff for someone few people heard of before this season.“We still feel there’s enough upside on the educational side of his game as he’s getting more and more repetition,” Riley said. “He’s just touched NBA play. The more minutes on the court, the more situations he sees, the more players he plays against – he’s just going to get better.”Riley was surprised when he saw this new incarnation of Whiteside in November. He had gained 40 pounds, up to 260. He played with a purpose, focus and commitment that intrigued Riley.Said Riley: “I hadn’t seen him for a year and half, and I said, ‘This is not the same Hassan.’ His sojourn around the world, in all the different leagues, not only humbled him but he learned to play.”More than that, Riley said: “He’d got to the point where this was important to him.”Now he’s an important part of the Heat — a long way from playing in Lebanon.“”Finally,” Whiteside said. “(And) I’m going to get better.”
In the wake of a 25-9 setback against Minnesota Friday, Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan might not have been able to detail the Buckeyes’ remedy any clearer. “(It’s) just effort,” he said. “It’s simple.” Ryan said he was disappointed with the way his team wrestled against the Golden Gophers. “I think at times, when our guys get tired, it appears to me that it doesn’t mean anything to them,” he said. “The bottom line is, at the five minute mark or the 5:30 mark in some of the matches, (Minnesota’s) pace was good and ours wasn’t.” In response to that notion and the Buckeyes’ (7-2, 1-2 Big Ten) loss, he posed a question. “If something means that much to you,” Ryan started, “then what are you willing to do to fight for it?” Redshirt sophomore Josh Demas said the lack of effort is something easily addressed. “I just think we need to go out there and get after it more,” Demas said. “We hesitate a little bit. But it’s a small thing we can fix. It’s not a big thing where it’s our strength or something where it’s going to take a while.” Redshirt sophomore and team captain Logan Stieber said the loss to the Gophers will not set the team back. “We just have to keep getting better,” said Stieber, who again won’t wrestle after suffering a strained muscle in his leg in early January. “We still are very young, but we have to keep our confidence and keep pushing forward. We don’t really need to change much. Obviously, just little areas, but we don’t have to change everything. We’re all here, and we’ve done all right in our careers.” The Buckeyes have another opportunity to prove themselves Friday against Indiana (6-4, 0-2 Big Ten), which, too, most recently fell victim to Minnesota, 41-3. Ryan said he’s been pleased with practice lately and that his team will have to build from its experiences. “The training has been good but we’ve only had a few days,” he said. “You know, we have (64) days until the national tournament, and I think Minnesota is a team who could win the national tournament. That team at full strength can win it, and we have to learn from it.” Ryan said that Indiana, while not perhaps as talented as Minnesota, brings plenty of toughness to the table. “They have a coach that’s a legend in Duane Goldman who won four Big Ten titles and is a four-time national finalist,” Ryan said. “He’s a competitive guy. You know, within a dual meet you always get a couple of guys where it’s going to be a battle.” Demas sees the match against the Hoosiers as a way to get back on track. “We’re going from Minnesota who, I think is like (No. 4) in the nation, to Indiana who I don’t even know if they’re ranked,” he said. “I think it should be a good dual meet for us. It’ll be a good way for us to bounce back and clear our heads for the upcoming Penn State and Wisconsin matches.” There will be several key matchups to watch as Indiana brings in three top-ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes. OSU redshirt junior and 12th-ranked Peter Capone is set to square off against 11th-ranked Adam Chalfant, a redshirt junior, in a battle of the heavyweight class. The 157-pound weight class will feature 20th-ranked Demas against 13th-ranked Taylor Walsh, a redshirt sophomore. “I have a pretty good match,” Demas said. “I’m pretty confident that I should be able to beat him.” Freshman Mark Martin will face off against 14th-ranked Ryan LeBlanc, an Indiana redshirt junior, in the 165-pound weight class. “They have some good individual kids,” Martin said. “I know my weight’s kid is ranked in the top 20, so we all have to act like this is a No. 1 team.” Since Stieber – the defending NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked wrestler in the 133-pound weight class – will miss his fourth consecutive match because of injury, his replacement will be decided in a wrestle-off between redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti and redshirt sophomore Drew Stone. OSU will look to even up its Big Ten record against the Hoosiers at 7 p.m. Friday in Bloomington, Ind.
THE LEAGUE OF IRELAND starts today, and there’s plenty of interesting issues to be resolved this year.Can Sligo maintain the magnificent form that saw them unexpectedly win the league last year?Will promising youngsters such as St Pats’ Chris Forrester continue to make strides?Do Shamrock Rovers have the character to overcome last season’s European hangover and subsequent underachievement?What do you think? What are you most looking forward to this season?‘We want to win every competition… including the Champions League’ – Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough>‘Father Damo’ missing the OTB lads already, releases heartfelt statement>
The spill caused both sets of audio equipment to malfunction. Image: AAIB Share10 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4807151 Fri 7:28 AM A map of where the plane diverted. Source: AAIBOne of the buttons started to melt and the pilot made the decision to divert to Shannon. During the diversion, the flight crew used supplementary oxygen with one pilot on oxygen at all times. None of the 11 crew or 326 passengers on board were injured. The AAIB’s investigation found it was necessary to divert to Shannon Airport given the communication difficulties caused by the spillage. On the back of this incident, the AAIB said: “The operator changed their procedure to ensure that cup lids are provided for flights on all routes and reminded cabin crew of the requirement to use them. The operator also issued a flight crew notice reminding pilots to be careful with liquids.” 25 Comments By Sean Murray 35,368 Views Friday 13 Sep 2019, 7:28 AM The spill caused both sets of audio equipment to malfunction. Image: AAIB Pilot made emergency landing in Shannon after coffee spill in cockpit The incident occurred on a Frankfurt-Cancun flight in February. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A PILOT MADE the decision to make an emergency landing in Shannon Airport after a coffee spill in the cockpit, the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said.The incident happened on an Airbus A330 that had set off from Frankfurt headed for Cancun in Mexico on 6 February earlier this year.The plane had passed Ireland and was in the north Atlantic Ocean when the flight crew were served coffee in cups without lids. The pilot put the coffee on his tray table while he completed a number of tasks, but the cup was knocked over. Most of the coffee fell onto his lap and a smaller amount spilled onto the audio control panel.This subsequently failed and became very hot, producing an electrical burning smell and smoke.
Fukushima : la décontamination de l’eau radioactive a commencéCe lundi 27 juin, Tepco a commencé le recyclage et le traitement de l’eau radioactive accumulée dans les bâtiments des réacteurs et des turbines de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima. Une étape de grande importance en vue de la stabilisation de la situation.Tepco, l’opérateur japonais de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima Daiichi, a franchi ce lundi une étape majeure en mettant en service un système de traitement des eaux contaminées relié aux circuits de refroidissement des réacteurs, rapporte Le Monde. Chaque jour, 500 tonnes d’eau sont injectées dans les réacteurs de la centrale accidentée. Depuis la catastrophe du 11 mars, plus de 100.000 tonnes d’eau radioactive se sont accumulées. Or la haute toxicité de l’eau interdit aux ouvriers de Tepco de pénétrer dans les installations pour tenter de rétablir un circuit le refroidissement et parvenir à un maintien de la température combustible en dessous des 100°C.À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Chaque jour, 1.200 tonnes devraient être traitées, à raison de 50 tonnes par heure. L’usine de décontamination construite avec des équipements d’Areva et de l’américain Kurion récupère l’eau contaminée, la traite puis la réinjecte dans le circuit de refroidissement. “Cela fonctionne comme un système de circulation d’eau qui refroidit les réacteurs”, a expliqué un porte-parole de Tepco. L’opérateur assure que ce lundi, plus de 80% de l’eau utilisée pour refroidir le combustible était issue de l’usine de décontamination, l’objectif étant de ne plus avoir à utiliser aucune quantité d’eau supplémentaire.Tepco s’est fixé pour objectif de stabiliser la situation d’ici au mois de janvier prochain. Le lancement de la décontamination des eaux polluées de la centrale est un cap extrêmement important en vue de cette ambition.Le 27 juin 2011 à 16:41 • Emmanuel Perrin
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday embraced legislation from two Republican senators that would place new limits on legal immigration and seek to create a system based more on merit and skills than family ties.Trump joined with Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas to trumpet the bill, which has so far gained little traction in the Senate. The president said if approved the measure would represent “the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.”The president has made cracking down on illegal immigration a hallmark of his administration and has tried to slash federal grants for cities that refuse to comply with federal efforts to detain and deport those living in the country illegally.But he has also vowed to make changes to the legal immigration system, arguing that immigrants compete with Americans for much-needed jobs and drive wages down.Most economists dispute the president’s argument, noting that immigration in recent decades doesn’t appear to have meaningfully hurt wages in the long run. Increased immigration is also associated with faster growth because the country is adding workers, so restricting the number of immigrants could slow the economy’s potential to expand.
Deputies are searching for a man after he allegedly stabbed another man in the leg and tried to run him over Wednesday morning.Jonathon R. McCarthy, 34, went to his ex-wife’s house at 8809 N.E. 140th Ave. around 5:45 a.m., Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Bieber said. McCarthy, who still has the keys to the house, attacked the woman’s boyfriend — Casey Lambert Pipkin, 34, of Vancouver — Bieber said.McCarthy stabbed Pipkin in the leg and cut his hand during the fight, Bieber said. After making his way outside and slashing the tires of a car, McCarthy then tried to run Pipkin over before fleeing the area, Bieber said.McCarthy has yet to be found. The sheriff’s office has probable cause to arrest him on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, harassment, malicious mischief and violation of a no-contact order, Bieber said.McCarthy is described as a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is rumored to live in the Yacolt area and drove away in a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500.
Rita Ora performs at the Pyramid stage on the third day of Glastonbury music festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset June 28, 2013.ReutersRita Ora sure knows how to set temperatures soaring. The singer posted picks from her getaway in Ibiza. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” star flaunted her envious figure for all to see.Rita Ora was dressed in a skimpy black bikini that barely contained her assets. She looked like she was having fun during her vacation. She was posing on a yacht, and we have to say that she looks gorgeous. She accessorized her look with a generous layer of gold necklaces and added a quirky pair of dark sunglasses to shield her eyes from the blazing Spanish sun.She captioned the snaps: ‘I mean the gals are Gona hate that there in this but today was so relaxing and just pure bliss.’In discussion with Virgin Media’s Xposé, Rita explained she uses make-up and clothes to ensure she has a dramatic impact. She said:”I think that as a woman we naturally use sex appeal and I feel like that just comes out of our pores whether we see it or not. We are just that kind of creature…..I really rely on that, I really rely on being a woman. I make the most of my choices, and even of showing my sexuality because I find it so empowering.” Rita OraRita Ora Official Instagram (ritaora)She added that she looked at it like beauty and art. She went on to say that she envied girls that could go out and not wear any make-up and feel comfortable and sexy. She revealed that she likes making a dramatic impact, so she likes to put on make-up and to decide on how she wants to feel that day.Rita Ora has about 15.1 million fans on Instagram. And we have to say that with pics like these, she is bound to get a lot more followers. You can check out the pics here:
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Apple is pushing out a software update to iPhones in China to address a recent court order obtained by Qualcomm that banned the sale of certain iPhone models in the country. The update will allow the company to continue selling its phones in China, company representatives told Reuters Friday morning.The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China issued a preliminary injunction against Apple earlier this week, which according to Qualcomm banned the company from selling various iPhone models ranging from the iPhone 6S all the way to the iPhone X, for violating 2 of Qualcomm’s patents.However, Apple immediately took issue with Qualcomm’s take on the court order, saying that it would be able to continue to sell iPhones in the country. On Friday, Apple told Reuters that it believed it was in compliance with the court order with the iPhones that it was currently selling in China. Predictably, Qualcomm didn’t agree with that take, with the company’s general counsel telling the news agency that the iPhone maker was violating and disregarding the court order.This type of he-said-she-said is nothing new for Apple and Qualcomm: The two companies have been fighting in courts around the world for some time. Qualcomm, in essence, argues that Apple isn’t compensating the company for the use of its intellectual property; Apple on the other hand has been alleging that Qualcomm is using invalid patents to demand royalty payments for the use of wireless chipsets.The irony of the dispute is that both companies are still doing business together: Apple continues to build wireless modems built by Qualcomm into its iPhones. However, The Information reported earlier this week that Apple was increasingly looking to build its own wireless chipsets for the next generation of 5G-capable phones.
Gamers have long been stereotyped as people who do not like to leave the confines of their couches. The most exercise they get is when they walk to the door to pay the pizza delivery guy. Okay, we know that’s obviously untrue, but one Kickstarter project is mixing gaming with running to make sure that stereotype is squashed. Not only that, but there are zombies involved, so the geekery level is high — along with your pulse rate.Zombies, Run! is an iPhone app that mixes the fun of zombie games like Dead Island and Left 4 Dead with fitness/running apps that are usually somewhat boring. What better motivation to keep you running than the fear of having zombies attack you and eat your endorphin-heightened brains?Like all good zombie movies, books, or games, Zombies, Run! slowly unveils the story behind the influx of the zombies as you get further along with each mission. “There’s a deeper mystery to be uncovered,” the Kickstarter page says. The game will allow you to discover websites, solve puzzles, and view documents so you can uncover the truth of what happened in the world.The goal of the game is to rebuild civilization after a zombie apocalypse. To do this, you actually have to go out and run around in the real world where you can collect ammo, medicine, batteries, and spare parts that will let you build up and expand your base. You’ll get clues, orders, and stories through your headphones. You can even pretend you’re running around at night avoiding zombies when you’re actually running on the safety of your gym’s treadmill. You’ll get to hear the frightening moans and gurgles of the zombies that are right on your heels, making sure you keep running for your life.Since it’s obviously not safe to be looking at your phone while running, all you have to do is press start on your handset and let the game do all the talking. When you’ve returned home, press stop, and you can then distribute the supplies you’ve acquired during your mission to the people in the game who need them.The app records your distance, time, pace, and calories burned on each mission, and you can hear audio notifications of your time, distance, and pace during your run. The creators of the game turned to Kickstarter for help with funding and they’ve already surpassed their goal of $12,500. Not only that, but the app that was originally only intended for iPhone and iPod touch will now feature an Android version. The Android version is due out by May 2012.All the app needs now is permission to use the soundtrack from “28 Days Later” to really scare the bejeesus out of you and get you to run like hell.Check out the video below to see Zombies, Run! in action.
Read first: Guatemala’s Pérez Molina could face impeachmentGUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said Thursday the corruption investigation against him is unfounded, and he vowed to fight the possible lifting of his presidential immunity.A congressional committee is currently probing how much Pérez Molina knew about fraud by senior officials in the customs and social security systems.Pérez Molina condemned what he called a “purely political, or spurious, or illegitimate situation,” and questioned the opposition-dominated committee’s jurisdiction in the case.The probe against the president was requested by opposition party Winaq after a U.N.-backed investigation aimed at cleaning up the Guatemalan judicial system reported in April that senior customs officials had taken bribes from businessmen seeking to avoid paying taxes.The Supreme Court endorsed the request last week, asking Congress to set up an investigative committee and consider lifting Pérez Molina’s immunity.The president was due to testify before the committee Thursday, but instead sent a written defense.In it, he said the Supreme Court should have ruled on the substance of the case itself rather than passing it along to Congress.“The Supreme Court is not a pre-trial processing system,” he wrote. “It must search for the facts.”The head of the committee, opposition lawmaker Baudilio Hichos, meanwhile resigned after prosecutors and the U.N. anti-corruption commission accused him of involvement in social security fraud.Guatemala has been in political upheaval since the U.N. commission began publishing its findings on the customs fraud scheme, leading to the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti.In a separate scandal, the president of the central bank and the director of the social security system — both of whom are close to Pérez Molina — were arrested in May on charges of cheating the social security system out of $15 million.Read all our Guatemala coverage here Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft PHOTOS: A look back at how Guatemalan citizens demanded justice – and won
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments Share MOSCOW (AP) – Villagers in Russia’s south Urals region have stumbled upon a gruesome discovery _ four barrels left in a forest containing 248 human fetuses, prompting an official probe, officials said Tuesday.Police in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde, were kept in barrels with tags marked with surnames and numbers.The fetuses were found a few miles away from a highway linking the region’s capital, Yekaterinburg, with another big city, Nizhny Tagil. Police believe that they may have come from four local hospitals and have started an investigation. The fetuses have been placed in a local morgue.The Health Ministry said it had ordered a check of local hospitals to prevent such incidents occurring again.“The rude violation of medical ethics causes indignation,” the ministry said in a statement. “It’s inadmissible from both the moral and legal viewpoint.”The Russian Orthodox Church used the incident to emphasize its opposition against abortions. Spokesman Vladimir Legoida said in a statement that it “highlighted the degradation of our society.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men