Plant bakeries see wastage as UK harvest fails to deliver

first_imgHigh wastage levels have been reported at some plant bakeries, due to the new UK wheat harvest.The Home Grown Cereals Authority said last week that hagberg falling numbers (starch integrity) and protein content on the new harvest was poor, and now plant bakers have reported problem loaves, particularly with wholemeal and additive-free breads.Industry sources say that some plant bakers are seeing wastage levels from 5% to over 20%.British Bakeries milling and baking technical director Paul Molyneux said: “There has been increased waste in our bakeries due to this very troublesome crop.” Joe Street, MD of Banbury’s Fine Lady Bakeries added: “This crop is more difficult than any other I have experienced. It is hard to keep loaf shape, and problems show up particularly in bread with incorporations.”Cheshire’s Roberts Bakery technical manager Alison Ordonez said there were widespread problems, particularly among plant bakers that relied on Group 1 English wheat. She said: “We have had to review formulations as we switch to the new flour. It’s not the protein level that is a problem, the dough lacks body and there is little oven spring.”Improver manufacturers say they are visiting customers to find a solution. Paul Morrow, MD of British Bakels commented: “Our technical staff have been working flat out, to overcome the problem of collapsing loaves, causing them an average of 5% wastage. Bakers are experiencing side-walling of bread made with the new flour [sides are concave]. We may yet see this with rolls [dough blisters].”Derek Kemp, head of the bread focus division at supplier BakeMark UK commented: “Our technical staff are all visiting clients to help sort out the problems, which mainly lie with brown and wholemeal bread. We are looking at reformulating our improver.”Sara Autton, technical specialist at ingredients distributor Fermex, said the firm was reviewing its improver formulation. Bakers may also have to change processes.Wheat specification was also likely to be a challenge on products that require strong cake flours, such as for Christmas cakes, croissants and crackers, she said.Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at miller Rank Hovis said quality issues with wheat grown in the UK meant most millers were sourcing from abroad. “Importing wheat is also favourable because it is almost the same price as UK wheat. This year’s wheat seems worse compared to 2006’s near vintage harvest.”Paul Matthews, joint-MD of miller FWP Matthews, said: “The quality of the English wheat in our area, the Cotswolds, is poor. We’ve had to import wheat from Canada to blend with English wheat. For bakers, the transitional period will be troublesome.”last_img read more

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Colts’ Wayne out vs. Steelers with elbow injury

first_imgIndianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche (51) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts will be without wide receiver Reggie Wayne against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Wayne was initially listed as day-to-day with an elbow injury before being ruled out Friday by coach Chuck Pagano.Wayne has caught 38 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown this season. He was not available for comment Friday. Pagano simply stated he isn’t ready to go.It’s the second straight season Wayne will be unavailable for Week 8. His injury appears to be temporary this time around, though. Last season, Wayne tore a knee ligament in Week 7 and missed the rest of the season. Wayne injured his elbow last week against the Cincinnati Bengals after landing on it awkwardly.The Colts’ passing game should still be solid Sunday. Andrew Luck has targeted T.Y. Hilton 68 times, connecting on 47 of them for 711 yards and one touchdown this season, leading all Indianapolis receivers in yardage. Indianapolis also added depth this offseason by signing veteran Hakeem Nicks.Nicks has had a quiet season catching 17 of his 32 targets for 141 yards and just two touchdowns. However, with Wayne’s injury, Nicks could play a larger role in the NFL’s No.1 offense Sunday.“I knew the situation (coming into this season), but I knew I would have to have plenty of patience. But we’re winning and as long as we get these W’s everybody is happy,” Nicks said. “I look forward to every opportunity. Each week, I prepare accordingly like I’m going to play, just like I’m going to play this week.”Running back Trent Richardson’s status for Sunday appears doubtful despite being ruled questionable. He has been nursing a hamstring injury he suffered last Sunday and has not practiced all week.“He has been doing rehab,” Pagano said. “The trainers have had him. They work him out and move him around. The only thing he hasn’t done is practice. Each guy is different. We’ve got a couple (running backs) that are more than capable.”In 2013, Richardson failed to meet the expectations of a running back traded for a first-round pick, rushing for just 458 yards and three touchdowns on 157 carries in 14 games for Indianapolis. This season, he has rushed for 358 yards and two touchdowns on 101 carries in just seven games. But he still has not shown enough to take on the majority of the work load, splitting carries with Ahmad Bradshaw, who has 336 yards and one touchdown on 70 carries.If Richardson can’t go, Indianapolis will likely lighten Bradshaw’s load with third-year RB Daniel Herron.“It would be a great opportunity to show how hard I’ve been working and show the coaches what I could do,” Herron said after Friday’s practice. “I feel like any position the coaches put me in, I’m going to go out there and take advantage of it to the best of my ability. Coach always says prepare like a starter, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”Pagano also added that defensive back Darius Butler (ankle) and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (ankle) will play Sunday. Jones has not played since Week 2.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org  and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Sea Bright Mayor On Staying The Course Through Super Storm Sandy

first_imgDina Long among other Two River area speakers at TEDxNavesinkBy Joseph SapiaTen months into becoming mayor of Sea Bright, Dina Long had to confront the reality of Super Storm Sandy hammering her barrier beach town of less than 2 square miles.It was October 2012 and, Long recalled, “Everything familiar about Sea Bright, gone in one night. The entire landscape was unrecognizable.”Two days after the storm hit, Long stood on the oceanfront, thinking. Evacuated residents were trying to get back into town, but it was on lockdown. Long’s own house was considered a total loss.“I was scared, which is why I was on the beach, having my pull-it-together moment,” said Long, addressing TEDxNavesink, a day of inspirational talks to motivate action, held Saturday, April 9, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Her talk was “What Super Storm Sandy Taught Me About Leadership.”Long had found part of the ravaged sign of Donovan’s Reef tavern – the “DO” part of the sign. She took that piece of sign when she addressed Sea Bright residents gathered at the football stadium of Rumson-Fair Haven High School.“When I held up that sign, some people clapped,” said Long, noting the change in the vibe among those affected by Sandy. “Some hugged, some cried. Right there, at a football stadium, we came together.“I’m here to say anyone can be a leader in any circumstance,” she said. “Don’t wait for a circumstance. How about you choose?”Long said individuals came together and formed a more resilient future.“It’s the lesson from Sandy,” Long said. “Your community means you.”Long was one of about three dozen speakers or entertainers – a handful from the Two River area – who spoke at TEDxNavesink, attended by an estimated 600 to 700.Another was Eileen Huang, 16, a Holmdel resident who, last year, was a winner in the National Student Poets Program. She is one of five National Student Poets – her Northeast Region being New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.In its fourth year, the National Student Poets Program is bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, whittling 20,000 high school poets to the five honored.Eileen said the poet in her existed before the award and exists now.For Eileen, poetry is like a snapshot of something, which is, then, focused upon as if under a microscope.“No matter what these experiences were, poetry was a way to make my thoughts tangible,” Eileen said.Looking back on her young life as a writer, Eileen said she wrote a short story in sixth grade. Now, as a sophomore at the Monmouth County Vocational School District’s High Technology High School on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, “I like to write poetry mostly.”In her talk, she said her Chinese immigrant parents, both engineers, were not typical “Asian tiger” parents, directing her toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) studies. They, according to Eileen, support her writing and artistic side.After the talk, her first as a National Student Poet, Eileen said, “it went pretty well.”“I thought I was able to get my point across and I had a lot of fun doing it,” Eileen said.Her main point, she said, was, “Don’t let your potential be defined by external pressure from your environment and internal pressure from your own insecurities.”“I was pretty nervous, but I got on stage, I calmed down,” she said.TED programs (Ted stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) started in the 1980s. Now, TEDx programs are locally-run offshoots.last_img read more

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Christianity Could Help Scientists’ Moral Concerns

first_imgWhen all else fails, look to the Word of God.News of another airport massacre today, possibly inspired by ISIS or aggravated by mental illness (TruthRevolt), leaves citizens worried with despair. What can be done to stop the tide of senseless violence? Imagine if the gunman had learned, “Love your neighbor as yourself” or “Do good to those who hate you” or “My peace I give unto you.” Those are values and principles taught in the Word of God, the Bible. Let’s look at three instances where the Bible intersects with science news for some lessons.Poaching. Scientists, desperate to stop the crime of wildlife poaching that is threatening the world’s most magnificent animals with extinction, are at their wit’s end. Some are turning to “the faithful” for help. “With no end in sight to the illegal wildlife trade, secular organizations are working with religious leaders to help combat poaching and sales of wild creatures,” National Geographic reports. Politically correct as NG is, its article tries to treat Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism and Evangelicalism as moral equals. But is a religion that values withdrawal from the world likely to provide much help? Is a religion that blows up historic treasures and bombs children and treats women like second-class citizens likely to respond with real action for saving animals? Is a religion that values ritual the best choice? Only those who really dig into the Bible with all their heart and mind can dwell on the nature of God as a personal, holy, Creator who cares for all his creatures. (Regrettably, the article fails to mention Judaism—a hint of antisemitism?) It would seem that Bible believers such as evangelicals could have the best-informed consciences and moral worldviews to justify stopping atrocities. The Bible decries dishonest gain and exalts righteousness. Maybe Baptist or Lutheran churches in the West can’t do much to stop poachers in Indonesia. But spreading the gospel spreads the gospel’s values. Like leaven, as Jesus said, it can transform a culture of evil into the kingdom of God.Slavery. Archaeologists in Africa have investigated symbols that seem to show how native tribes with their animistic traditions were converted to Christianity. According to Phys.org, symbols that look like a chariot wheel might reflect Ezekiel’s vision of “wheels within wheels.” That particular symbol came to represent God’s presence to early African converts who were tortured and sold as slaves. Carlene Phoenix, descended from slaves, explains:“For me the wheel is all about the presence of God. He is omnipotent and is anywhere and everywhere at all times,” Phoenix says. “No matter what our ancestors endured during their captivity, God was there. For me the wheel was a reminder to them about the presence of God and the reassurance that no matter what we endure that He will never leave us nor forsake us.“Around the same time, as Evolution News & Views reminds us, Europeans were committing genocide among the Herero and Nama tribes in the name of eugenics and Social Darwinism. The anti-slavery movements in America and Britain, by contrast, were primarily led by Bible-believing Christians. The story shows two public benefits of the Word of God: comfort to the oppressed, and motivation to end oppression.Racism. As shared in the 1/04/17 entry, Darren Curnoe called the dividing of humans into separate races the “biggest mistake in the history of science.” He wrongly accused the “far right” for this problem (see our analysis), but if he had read Genesis Chapter 1, he would have seen that the Bible teaches all humans are members of one family, descendants of Adam and Eve. Early Social Darwinists like Haeckel taught, by contrast, that some races were separate species from Europeans and not as advanced. And yet Paul in the New Testament said that God made all mankind from one blood or family (Acts 17:26), even calling all mankind the offspring of God (v. 29). Would not that knowledge be liberating to everyone on the face of the earth? No more caste system in India. No more racial genocides. No more ranking people by IQ. Everyone would see themselves as brothers and sisters under God regardless of skin color. If scientists proposed teaching everyone God’s word as a logical, pragmatic, one might say “scientific” solution, it would have to result in more humility, brotherly love, and unselfishness that the Bible teaches. What a world it would be if the majority of scientists believed that, if for no other reason than that it works.Inequality. Robert J. Simpson, a Harvard sociologist, published in PNAS a study on “Urban sustainability in an age of enduring inequalities,” particularly in large cities. He is clearly concerned about “neighborhood inequalities and fissures in the civic infrastructure that potentially challenge social sustainability and the capacity of cities to collectively address environmental challenges.” Is he unaware of the liberating influence of New Testament Christianity? Paul wrote that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). In the early church, slaves had the same status as members of Caesar’s household. Is he unaware of the Protestant Reformation that elevated common work, liberating all social classes as equal in God’s sight? (The 500th anniversary of the Reformation begins this year, climaxing on Oct 31, 2017.) Is Simpson unaware that the Bible influenced America’s founding documents, stating the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”? Rather than writing pseudoscientific sociology papers in stodgy journals that offer no enduring solutions other than “theorizing and systematically measuring multidimensional urban inequalities” and throwing more government money at them, why not just tell people what God has already revealed about their equal status under God?Evolution Solution?A modern-day Darwinist, however, thinks that the world’s moral failures, such as “rampant narcissism and social cheating,” could be fixed by teaching people more about evolution. Mike Klymkowski argues on PLoS Blogs that “teaching social evolutionary mechanisms” would resurrect values long attributed to the Judeo-Christian ethic: “honesty, cooperation, loyalty, self-sacrifice, self-restraint, mutual respect, responsibility and kindness.” As a former Catholic, he is clearly irked by what he sees:As socioeconomic inequality grows, the publicly acknowledged importance of traits such as honesty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and reciprocity appears to have fallen out of favor with some of our socio-economic and political elites. How many people condemn a person as dishonest one day and embrace them the next? Dishonesty and selfishness no longer appear to be taboo, or a source of shame that needs to be expurgated (perhaps my Roman Catholic upbringing is bubbling to the surface here). A disavowal of shame and guilt and the lack of serious social censure appears to be on the rise, particularly within the excessively wealthy and privileged, as if the society from which they extracted their wealth and fame does not deserve their active participation and support. They have embraced a “winning takes all” strategy.So what is his solution? Teach people about bee colonies, starlings, and microbial communities—even slime molds (see 1/04/17). There they will see how cooperation arises through natural selection, leading to cultures that punish cheaters and reward cooperators. Wouldn’t that be nice? Like most modern social Darwinists, Klymkowsky views moral qualities in terms of behaviors that emerge from raw natural forces. “While evolutionary processes are often caricatured as favoring selfish behaviors, the facts tell a more complex, organism-specific story,” he argues. Do they? What is a “fact” in Darwin’s world, where Stuff Happens?Given that social systems at all levels are based on potentially costly traits, such as honesty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and reciprocity, the evolutionary origins of social systems must lie in their ability to increase reproductive success, either directly or through effects on relatives, a phenomena known as inclusive fitness. Evolutionary processes also render social systems vulnerable to cheating and so have driven the development of a range of defenses against various forms of social cheaters …. But recent political and cultural events appear to be acting to erode and/or ignore society’s defenses.So what to do?  Revolution? From a PLoS Science education perspective, one strategy suggests itself:  to encourage (require) that students and the broader public be introduced to effective instruction on social evolutionary mechanisms, the traits they can generate (various forms of altruism and cooperation), the reality and pernicious effects of social cheaters, and the importance of defenses against them.  In this light, it appears that social evolutionary processes are missing from the Next Generation Science Standards. Understanding the biology, together with effective courses in civics might serve to bolster the defense of civil society.There are numerous problems with Klymkowsky’s proposal. For one, he omits the bad examples in nature, where army ants invade and destroy their enemies, fungi infect bats and decimate their numbers, and invasive species displace native species. Those are not likely to help stop poaching, where animal traffickers could view themselves in evolutionary terms as invasive species on elephants and rhinos. For another, he confuses choice with fitness. To the extent a natural community achieves stability, it was not because they chose to do so, or were educated by some version of Next Generation Science Standards to cultivate costly traits. It just happened. The stable community “emerged” by natural selection without any moral teaching at all. For a third problem, Klymkowsky steals Christian values without paying the bill. What on earth does “honesty” mean to unguided natural processes? Why is cheating “pernicious”? How can he define “mutual respect, responsibility and kindness” in Darwinian terms? In his own words, the highest value is “reproductive success” – whatever it takes.If cheating works in Darwin’s world and becomes the norm, it becomes the moral standard. Those who don’t cheat become the cheaters. In the Mockingjay movies, evil becomes the new normal, and the previous minority “cooperators” must pay with death. Certainly Panem was a stable society under President Snow. The good guys, with their concern for the hungry and poor, and their hatred of the dreaded hunger games, became the cheaters now. President Snow was doing his evolutionary duty to stamp them out! According his own theory, Klymkowsky would have to be a loyal citizen of Panem and bomb the rebels’ hospital. Or from real history, he should be a loyal Soviet and shoot the dissidents when commanded to. He should work long hours on the Siberian railroad, as a good, self-sacrificing cooperator for The Regime. Why not? In amoral, relative world of Darwinian evolution, one person’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist.Christianity defines the terms that Darwinians envy, and infuses them with richness and meaning. Kindness is not just an evolutionary artifact. It is a moral imperative, exemplified by none other than the Creator himself: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 107:1). Does the Darwinist value self-sacrifice? Love? Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 5:13). Then he proceeded to do just that: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Show a little gratitude, Darwinian. That doesn’t evolve, either. (Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Google Goes Native: Offers Sneak Peek at C++ Support in Chromium

first_imgThis week, the Chromium project offered a sneak peak to its Native Client SDK. This project enables the browser to process C and C++ in the client and interface these methods and encapsulations with HTML and JavaScript. Additionally, the project provides bridges to portable graphics and audio engines in an attempt to further configure the browser for visual processing speed.Why Do Web Clients Need C++?It seems particularly appealing to have the ability to have more graphics power and speed by using native libraries for C and C++. From the Chromium blog: “… the SDK lets you write C/C++ code that works seamlessly in Chromium and gives you access to powerful APIs to build your web app.”Here, in Google’s video, Henry Bridge, program manager for the SDK shares the scenario of building a video editing application and where native C++ code fits in to the web development paradigm. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This demonstration shows weaving of HTML, JavaScript, and C++ methods in peaceful co-existence. One of the nice things about the interfaces from the native SDK, showing an implementation of NPAPI that implements Open GLS 2.0.Lower Level Virtualization, Everywhere We took a quick look at the project comments to see what the initial reaction is from developers. One of the themes heard from developers want Google to go further with cross compatible libraries and abstract itself with LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) approach towards interfacing with specific compiler implementations. From what we see, Google is planning on enabling additional compilers and plans to support LLVM in time. The company is inviting developers to start building with the SDK now.Beyond JavaScript Dan Lewis, from the Native Client SDK team will be sharing thoughts on when and where it is best to use native code (rather than JavaScript) at the upcoming Google I/O event. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud mike kirkwood Google is making progress in emphasizing the browser the default experience for application frameworks and bringing C and C++ libraries into the mix makes sense for higher-order fun in building compelling tools.Web developers, are there places in your code that you would want to always default to lower level libraries such as C++? Related Posts Tags:#Architecture#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … “Although JavaScript performance is rapidly increasing, there are still applications for which native code is a better choice. Learn about Native Client and how you can use it to build rich applications with all of the advantages and power of the web.”A Few Architecture MusingsSeveral things come to mind when thinking about the connection of browser, compilers, and the cloud in respect to Native Client SDK.Will the adoption of C++ in the core influence implementations in the back-end service design? If you know your client has a native compiler will web service orientated services package lower level objects to the client?Will the OS share implementations with the browser in the future for compiling code, or will the browser continue to bring in more OS layers over time?Will tools like Flash also implement similar strategies, and/or share libraries such as the one’s being packaged in the Native Client SDK?Will this influence web frameworks like PHP and other tools that also have been implementing C and C++ compilers to speed up operations. Will there be tighter coupling of processing and will local clients have options on how much to process locally?Is this an prelude to a disrupting the games market, but offering a powerful enough browser to process games today? Can existing game code be ported easily and wrapped in a web view? Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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2012 Volunteer Grants

first_imgApplications opened on Friday, 1 June and will remain open until Wednesday, 25 July with not-for-profit community organisations able to apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000. The grants are aimed to help these organisations purchase resources, contribute to reimbursing costs and contribute to the costs of training courses for their volunteers. Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility requirements and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2012 can be found at: Volunteer Grants 2012 Application Guidelines You can apply online by clicking on the following link:Volunteer Grants 2012 Application FormFor more information please visit the FAHCSIA website:   http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/volunteers/funding/Pages/volunteer_grants2012.aspx Related LinksVolunteer Grantslast_img read more

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25 days agoMan Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced striker

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Pallister: Solskjaer will seek to buy experienced strikerby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Gary Pallister can see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buying an experienced striker in January.United will host Arsenal tonight with just 17 year-old Mason Greenwood as their one fit striker.Pallister said, “I think it (transfer window) all depends on how Mason Greenwood develops. Mason Greenwood announced himself on the European stage just like Marcus Rashford did. “I think you’d want a bit more experience in that front line. Liverpool and Man City seem to be attracting better players, it’s becoming a tougher market for United. United looked at a couple of options in the forward line over the summer, but they couldn’t make it happen, which puts the pressure on young forwards like Rashford who is 21 and Mason (Greenwood) who is 17, (Anthony) Martial who is 23. There’s not a great deal of experience and perhaps that is a position in the team that Ole would’ve liked a bit more experience. “Martial has been out a few weeks and Jesse (Lingard) has had injuries, it’s been a struggle to keep everyone fit and he will have been frustrated by that as would any manager.”Gary Pallister was speaking to BonusCodeBets last_img read more

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Meet Alabama’s 2016 Recruiting Class: National Signing Day Recap

first_imgAlabama commits from the 2016 recruiting class.Once again, Alabama dominated National Signing Day. The Crimson Tide reeled in a number of blue chip players on Wednesday, leading to a massive jump in the rankings. Three separate recruiting websites named Alabama it’s recruiting national champion, making it the sixth year in a row that the Crimson Tide has secured that honor.Three five-stars and an astounding 14 four-star players are included in Alabama’s top-ranked class. Here is the full list, via 247Sports.‘Bama introduced its new signees and early enrollees on Twitter Wednesday.Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/UwxItua879— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/c58Ct3ioh9— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s ninth signee of the 2016 class is OL Scott Lashley. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/w9Tf0JAfms— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 10th signee of the 2016 class is DL Raekwon Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/HJeLhlvBOa— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 11th signee of the 2016 class is DB Nigel Knott. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/vl2kVeq39y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 12th signee of the 2016 class is DL Quinnen Williams. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5IoYtK6NVL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 13th signee of the 2016 class is DB Shyheim Carter. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/GrgmATNE0e— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 14th signee of the 2016 class is WR Trevon Diggs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JQiGar1Ovx— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 15th signee of the 2016 class is DB Jared Mayden. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/yM634kgnEI— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 16th signee of the 2016 class is OL Deonte Brown. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/ixsbFhSCzL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 17th signee of the 2016 class is LB Ben Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8bavb9skSA— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 18th signee of the 2016 class is RB Joshua Jacobs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jeJ5ETmcrc— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 19th signee of the 2016 class is DB Aaron Robinson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8DsyBPEN95— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 20th signee of the 2016 class is RB B.J. Emmons #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/uePuAKNGvO— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 21st signee of the 2016 class is DL Kendell Jones #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/4xxXyS9j0Y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 22nd signee of the 2016 class is LB Mack Wilson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/QWqdX3d679— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 23rd signee of the 2016 class is LB Terrell Hall. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/z36bEqcLu3— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 24th signee of the 2016 class is DL Jamar King. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5DfQ9eAt1O— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 25th signee of the 2016 class is TE Irvin Smith Jr. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/g9CMFGeLBt— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama opens its season against USC in Arlington on September 3.last_img read more

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Supreme Court to rule on controversial case of Alberta woman found dead

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court is to rule today on the case of an Ontario trucker acquitted in the death of an Alberta woman in what could set a precedent in Canada’s sexual assault laws.Bradley Barton claimed that Cindy Gladue died after a night of consensual rough sex in an Edmonton motel in June 2011.A jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter, after a trial in which Gladue was continuously referred to as a native prostitute and her preserved vaginal tissue was an exhibit.The Crown appealed following nationwide protests and the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial.The Appeal court ruled serious errors were made in the original trial and in the judge’s charge to the jury about Barton’s conduct and on sexual assault legislation pertaining to consent.The Supreme Court heard arguments last October on several procedural matters, but could also decide for the first time whether an “objective likelihood of harm” cancels out sexual consent.The Alberta Crown, as well as attorneys general in other provinces, argued for such an addition to the law.Barton’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, has said it would be a big deal if the court agreed and noted the Crown brought up a consent versus harm argument on appeal — not at trial — so it shouldn’t affect his client’s case.Barton testified that he hired Gladue for two nights of sex that included putting his fist in her vagina. When he woke up after the second night, he said, he found her dead in the tub and called 911.Court heard Gladue had an 11-centimetre cut in her vagina and bled to death.A medical examiner testified that the wound to Gladue’s vaginal wall was likely to have been caused by a sharp object and, in a rare move, he used Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue as an exhibit.Some interveners in the case said they believe Gladue didn’t consent and noted the Metis mother of three deserved better at trial.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NBC wins ratings week narrows seasons gap with CBS

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Powered by football and “The Voice,” NBC won a second consecutive weekly ratings contest and narrowed the gap with front-runner CBS among total viewers for the TV season so far.For the year to date, NBC has climbed within 902,000 viewers of CBS, the narrowest gap in 15 years, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. Longtime leader CBS has drawn 9.9 million viewers compared to NBC’s 9 million.Networks usually tout their showing among advertiser-favoured young adults ages 18 to 49, but staying competitive among all viewers is important as broadcasters divvy up the pie with expanding cable and streaming outlets.NBC’s Thanksgiving week winners included NFL games, the sophomore drama “This Is Us” and two helpings of talent show “The Voice.”Viewers also sampled holiday cheer, with ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” the highest-ranked entry with 6.68 million viewers.For the week of Nov. 20 to 26, NBC averaged 8.6 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 6.96 million, ABC had 5.37 million, Fox had 2.96 million, Univision had 1.43 million, CW had 1.31 million, ION Television had 1.28 million and Telemundo had 1.19 million.ESPN was the most-watched cable network, averaging 3.23 million viewers in prime time and posting cable’s No. 1 show with the NFL contest between the Seahawks and the Falcons.Hallmark, buoyed by its slate of holiday movies, was close behind with 3.11 million, while Fox News Channel had 1.72 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” remained the evening news champion, averaging 8.56 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.08 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.42 million.For the week of Nov 20-26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.95 million; NFL Thursday Night Football: New York at Washington, NBC, 16.91 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.32 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.54 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.23 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.13 million; “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 11.44 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.43 million; NFL Football: Atlanta at Seattle, ESPN, 10.82 million; “Dancing With the Stars” (Monday), ABC, 10.15 million.ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

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