“If you get too emotional, you can lose focus. We’re looking for that emotion and passion to play better than we’ve ever played before.”“They feel pleased that they are the group that’s going to take on England. They’re pleased that they are the group that’s going to try and make up our points total again.”After dropping points in back to back games against Lithuania and Slovakia, Strachan was asked what improvement would be needed to spring a surprise at Wembley.“Our work in the last third [needs to improve],” he said. “We felt that even in the Slovakia game we got into good areas in the last third but weren’t clinical enough in that area. “So that’s where we have to improve.“It’s a matter of a couple of passes. Three or four passes can make a big difference to performances, that’s for sure.”Though pitted against the top seeds in the group, the national team boss felt the character of his squad meant he had no fears about getting anything other than the best efforts from his player.“We’ve got a lot of good characters about the place,” Strachan said.“As a manager you go to your bed thinking will somebody let me down? With this squad, no.“They might not play terrifically well, but they give everything.“This is a great group of lads to work with. I don’t go to bed thinking I’ll be let down by somebody who doesn’t take responsibility, doesn’t put 100 per cent in. I’m okay that way.“We’ve not been too pleased with the last two performances, but any game that we played after the last two games we’d be desperate to try to make up ground again.“This game is a chance to catch up and make ourselves feel better about ourselves.“In the last few years we have felt decent about ourselves, felt we’ve given it our best effort. So it’s getting back to that level of feeling good about yourself.” “We’re going into a game that, since we met up on Sunday evening, the focus has been tremendous for. They’re oblivious to everything else but the game of football on Friday night.“Our players are intelligent enough to understand the fixture.“I don’t have to show them anything. They know the fixture, it’s known throughout the world.“The importance of the game is to not be caught up in the emotion of the game, but use the emotion and passion to run further than you’ve ever run before, to jump higher than you’ve jumped before, to concentrate more. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan believes the intense atmosphere of a derby and World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley could focus some of his players.The national team are looking to turn around a disappointing start to qualification for Russia 2018 by beating their oldest rivals on their own turf.A sell-out crowd at Wembley will add to the intensity of the fixture and Strachan said that could be beneficial, though there was always the possibility some players could be unnerved.“The atmosphere could focus you,” he said. “I couldn’t give you a definitive answer. It could spook a few people, it could focus a few people.
All aboard for education. Professor Isabel Hofmeyr in discussionwith a commuter on a train to Soweto.Sermon on a Train encourages dialoguebetween the lecturer and the audience.(Images: Sermon on the Train)MEDIA CONTACTS• Molemo MoiloaSermon on the Train+27 84 892 0610RELATED ARTICLES• SA university puts lectures online• South African academics shine• University honour for Tutu• Education in South AfricaNosimilo NdlovuSowetan commuters are being given a taste of university education, with top South African academics giving free lectures on trains as part of the Sermon on the Train art project.The initiative takes up the old South African tradition of public preaching on trains in a different way, and aims to challenge the concept the “public lecture”.Final-year fine arts students Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in central Johannesburg started the project in early 2009 with academics from the university. The idea was that, while universities do occasionally give lectures open to the general public, these are not public enough.“Ordinary members of the public do not form part of the group of individuals that attend university public lectures,” said Mokgotho. “Hence, the sermon seeks to bring an exchange between the creative community and greater society.”Moiloa said Sermon on the Train began as a once-off art project for their degree. “Since then the project has taken on a life of its own,” she said. “Though we are still graded on the project, it has a greater public significance that has become separate to our degrees.”The sermons take place in the late afternoon, targeting workers returning home from work. They begin at Park Station in the city centre, where commuters board the train, and end in Soweto in the southwest of Johannesburg. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues with the lecturer, creating the opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.The project kicked off in March, with the first lecture was given by Professor Anitra Nettleton, head of History of Art at Wits. On a train trip to Dube in Soweto, she spoke on the topic “Meditations on the African Avant Garde”.“The sermons serve as a critique of public access to information and the isolation and elitism often endemic in tertiary institution – particularly in relation to ordinary members of the public,” said Moiloa.All on boardThe first sermon was well received by the audience, to the relief of the organisers and lecturer. Soon other academics approached Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho, offering to do sermons.The second sermon was delivered by Wits architecture lecturer Professor Kirsten Doermann on a train to Orlando Station in Soweto in August. She read from a lecture by the radical avant-garde Greek architect Elia Zenghelis, dealing with democracy, urbanisation, globalisation and the role of the architect.Despite the seemingly daunting topic, the sermon set off critical discussion between the students, lecturers and commuters, confirming Moiloa and Mokgotho’s view that the initiative would encourage dialogue.In October award-winning writer and academic Professor Isabel Hofmeyr from the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies presented the third sermon, called “Revelations”, on the train to Phomolong, Soweto.Discussing African and Indian literature, Hofmeyr spoke of the birth of a new world power order, with the Indian Ocean as the central point of orientation. She handed out printed copies of the sermon to all commuters, which many read from top to bottom.Bridging social gapsMokgotho said their art had been about “re-observation and the defamiliarisation” of the everyday – questioning the way people saw the world and finding the aesthetic in the simple.More than this, according to the students, Sermon on the Train aims to raise questions about access, social divisions and the stereotypes that get entrenched by keeping people separate. The work also chips away at the hierarchy that separates students from lectures by encouraging lecturer-student collaborations.The university continues to provide resources to allow the project to grow further. “We have received major support,” Moiloa. “The university has sponsored the last two sermons because they feel it makes strides in some of the objectives of the university itself. This has resulted in a workshop and tutorial information packs we give out on the trains.”Some have argued that having a public lecture in a public space is imposing on that public. But Moiloa and Mokgotho believe it is no different to other performances such as public preaching, and are set to continue their journey.
Twitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account dataYou are here: Facebook, Google and Twitter have all found themselves unwitting players in Russia’s effort to disrupt and influence the 2016 election. Ironically — and in retrospect, unfortunately — these companies shared an almost utopian faith in the role of technology to improve and influence society for the better.But in the wake of the presidential election and other developments, the narrative is shifting around the large tech companies. They’re being forced to answer tough questions about how their platforms were so widely and easily exploited (some say “weaponized”) by a foreign power with an intent to undermine the American electoral process.We still don’t know to what extent Russian manipulation of voters’ opinions actually impacted the outcome of the election. We may never fully know whether digital ads and social media had a marginal or material impact on voters’ opinions in key states. That’s because some of the data, posts and ads have been deleted.Last week, Facebook was accused of suppressing posts relevant to the Russian investigation. However, the company said it deleted the content in compliance with its own privacy policies. Later in the week, Twitter was found to have done something similar for much the same reasons.According to an article appearing in Politico:Many US investigators believe that their best hope for identifying who was behind these operations, how they collaborated with one another and their suspected links to the Kremlin lies buried within the mountains of data accumulated in recent years by Twitter …But a substantial amount of valuable information held by Twitter is lost for good, according to the cybersecurity analysts and other current and former US officials.Twitter’s guidelines for law enforcement say that once data is deleted, it may be unrecoverable:Once an account has been deactivated, there is a very brief period in which we may be able to access account information, including Tweets. More information about deactivated accounts is available here. Content deleted by account holders (e.g., Tweets) is generally not available.Reportedly, Twitter is seeking to determine what parts of the deactivated account data may be recoverable.Fake accounts and mass manipulation by a foreign power were never contemplated by these companies in creating their policies and trying to strike a balance between the privacy interests of consumers and information needs of law enforcement.At a minimum, the election aftermath and revelations of Russian interference should prompt soul-searching and new policies to prevent similar exploitation of these platforms in the future.Their collective resistance to regulation is partly what made them vulnerable to outside manipulation. And without significantly fortified procedures to prevent a repeat in 2018, Washington will almost certainly intervene with new rules for political advertising.From our sponsors: Twitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingTwitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account data Posted on 16th October 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share
Oregon adopted a temporary regulation allowing a vehicle use tax alternative filing format for certain taxpayers purchasing taxable motor vehicles outside Oregon. The temporary rule is needed to provide taxpayers an alternative to filing daily tax returns based on an estimated purchase price and later filing amended returns to correct the true purchase price reflecting the correct tax amount.Temporary Filing JustificationThis administrative rule will provide an alternative filing format for licensed Oregon dealers who submit title and registration application to DMV using the Electronic Vehicle Registration system, to report vehicle use tax owed on purchases of taxable motor vehicles from dealers located outside of Oregon. The temporary rule is needed because:– The taxpayer will be required to continue filing vehicle use tax returns and make tax payments daily and amend tax returns when the retail sales price is not known at the time the vehicle use tax return is filed;– Taxpayers who are licensed Oregon dealers purchasing taxable motor vehicles outside of Oregon for business use in Oregon;– Immediate rulemaking will allow taxpayers to immediately cease filing returns and making payments daily; and– Temporary rulemaking will allow taxpayers to file one return and make one payment to report taxable motor vehicles purchased in the months of November and December in 2018.OAR 150-320-0430, Oregon Department of Revenue, effective October 26, 2018 through April 23, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
By BEN HARRISThere will be plenty of teams throwing caution to the wind in the hope their desperation can hand them a semi-finals berth at the National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Day three is the start of the finals for six of the divisions.Sydney Rebels, Brisbane City Cobras and ACT Pirates have all confirmed their spots in the quarter-finals of the mixed open division.Rebels remain unbeaten in Pool A and palmed off South Queensland Sharks, their nearest rivals, on day two.In the other top of the table clash in Pool B, the Cobras defeated the Pirates 7-5 and look set to top that division.Hunter Western Hornets appear to be the team to beat in the women’s T-League as they are the only undefeated side left.They lead by four points in Pool B from Cobras and Sydney Scorpions, while it’s much tighter in Pool A with South West Queensland Swans holding onto a slender lead from the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and South Australia Heat.The Queensland sides continue to lead the way in the men’s T-League with North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Cobras levelled on the same number of points in Pool A.Central Queensland Bulls (A) remain undefeated in Pool B with Sydney Scorpions second.Scorpions remain undefeated in the men’s 30s but hot on their tails are the Pineapples and the Sharks.The Sharks and Pineapples are also in the mix for the women’s 35s as they are one and two respectively while Hornets are in third spot.Scorpions lead in the men’s 40s with a host of teams in a log-jam behind them, while in the women’s 40s the Swans and Hornets are on the same number of points.The men’s 45s is a battle between the Scorpions and the Sharks, and in the senior mixed, Scorpions lead the way in that division.The Queensland sides are in front in the men’s 50s and men’s 55s divisions.Sharks (A), Pineapples and the Cyclones occupy the first three positions but there are five teams all within a win of each other.Only a huge form reversal will deny the Cyclones victory in the men’s 55s as they have all of their matches and lead the division by 12 points.Day three is finals day with the first lot of finals beginning at 4.45pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksNTL day two
AC Milan coach Gattuso urges Higuain to reject Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso admits he doesn’t want to lose Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is now in talks with Chelsea.”If Gonzalo wasn’t training the way I like to see, then I would not have made the decision to use him in the squad against Sampdoria,” assured Gattuso ahead of their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.“There is gossip around him at this moment, but seeing the way he trains, the effort he puts in and the professionalism with which he treats me, you wouldn’t know.“The rest is down to his brother, his agent and Leonardo. I hope Higuain remains as long as possible, but if that doesn’t happen, then we’ll see. As long as he is here and continues to behave with this level of professionalism, it won’t be a problem for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.”
A study is to be commissioned to examine the health profiles of staff who have reported being affected by air-quality issues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James. Story Highlights A study is to be commissioned to examine the health profiles of staff who have reported being affected by air-quality issues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St. James.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (April 24), in which he provided an update on the measures being implemented by the Government to address the situation at the hospital.Dr. Tufton said the team undertaking the study will include external experts, who will analyse current complaints, symptoms and other data available at the staff clinic over the last two years.The Minister further informed that a “tracking arrangement” will be established “to look to the future to determine what impact, if any, these conditions would have had on staff”.This will involve an individual baseline occupational history and clinical examination of staff, which will serve as the initial step of a tracking survey of the staff over time.Additionally, there will be periodic assessments that are expected to take place over years that will be determined by the initial findings of the study.Incidence and rates of occurrence of outcomes tracked will also be compared to similar outcome data available for the general population.Implementation and activities under the study are expected to be done in phases, which will initially focus on better identifying the concerns and will involve engagement of stakeholders and key informants.These include representatives of relevant professional associations, such as medical, nursing, allied health professionals and unions.“We will continue to work with the staff at Cornwall Regional, with the citizens of St. James and its environs and with the Government’s support and endorsement to restore CRH to its rightful place,” the Minister asserted. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (April 24), in which he provided an update on the measures being implemented by the Government to address the situation at the hospital. Dr. Tufton said the team undertaking the study will include external experts, who will analyse current complaints, symptoms and other data available at the staff clinic over the last two years.
Amethi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of giving Rs 20,000 bribes to people in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. While addressing a gathering here, Gandhi said: “This is wrong… While the Congress is distributing its election manifesto, the BJP is sending Rs 20,000 each to the village heads.” She said that the BJP is under the misconception that it can buy the people’s love and the practice of truthful politics in Amethi. She said: “The BJP’s intentions are bad and their policies are limited to benefitting some industrialists. They don’t waive off farmers’ debt, but in five years the party has waived off the Rs 5.50 lakh crore debt of these industrialists.”
Junior forward Claudia Kepler (24) looks to pass the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-20-1, 5-18-1) was swept in a home series by the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1) over the weekend despite putting up a battle in both games against one of the nation’s elite teams.Heading into the series, the Buckeyes were on their best four-game stretch of the season after recording two wins, a tie and a loss over their last two series.This was the second series between the Badgers and Buckeyes this season. The two teams played in the first conference series of the season in Madison, Wisconsin, in early October. Wisconsin outscored OSU 15-0 over those two games.This time around, the Buckeyes showcased their improved play despite losing both contests by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.In Game 1, the Buckeyes held with the conference leaders throughout the first period but allowed a late power-play goal with less than two minutes remaining in the period. The goal for the Badgers was scored by junior defenseman Jenny Ryan.Both teams continued to battle in the second and third periods, and the Badgers broke through with a goal from sophomore Annie Pankowski to double their lead.The Buckeyes were able to find the net against the country’s best defense when junior Claudia Kepler scored her 12th goal of the season about halfway through the period. However, that was all the scoring the home team could manage despite a late power-play opportunity, and the game ended with Wisconsin taking the 2-1 win.On Saturday, in an emotionally charged contest, neither the Badgers nor Buckeyes were able to break through offensively in the first period. The Buckeyes got out to a slow offensive start with only two shots in the period, but sophomore goalie Alex LaMere was able to block all 12 of the Wisconsin shots to keep the game goalless.Four minutes into the second period, however, sophomore forward Baylee Wellhausen broke through to give the Badgers a one-goal lead. Then, a little over a minute into the third period, the Badgers got their second goal of the game when freshman Sam Cogan beat LaMere, sealing the 2-0 win.OSU will look to rediscover its ability to put points on the scoreboard when it travels to Bemidji State University next weekend to take on the Beavers in its final away series of the regular season. The games are scheduled to begin on Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m.A request for comments from the team after the second game of the weekend was denied.