Rabat – Head of Moroccan Agency Board of Sustainable Energy (MASEN) Mustapha Bakkoury and Belgium’s Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development Marie Christine Marghem ran a meeting in Brussels on Thursday, February 8, to discuss south-south cooperation and exchange expertise within a framework of renewable energy and sustainable development.During the diplomatic meeting, Bakkoury discussed Morocco’s interest in solidifying its relationship with European Union and shared Morocco’s plan of installing a south-south strategy to become a catalyst for African continent’s Energy force, as King Mohammed VI formerly vowed.“I had the opportunity to observe with admiration Morocco’s deployed efforts in the domain of Renewable Energies and Sustainable Development during the COP22 in Marrakech,” Marghem professed. As a matter of fact, Morocco plays a key role in Belgium’s 2016-2020 Bilateral Co-operation Programme, according to Kingdom Of Belgium Foreign Affairs, and Development Cooperation.Morocco’s principal renewable energies are solar energy and wind energy;King Mohammed VI recently set future goals for Morocco’s renewable energy production in January 2018, aiming to achieve 42 percent of renewable energy capacity by 2020 and 52 percent by 2030.The wind is now under Morocco’s wings, as its dynamic plans make it a strong candidate for Wallonia-Brussels’ Cooperation agency APEFE ( Association for the Promotion of Overseas Education and Training) and the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency’s future investments in 2018, as highlighted by the Wallonia website.Belgium will launch several projects in the kingdom this year, including business, economic and cultural-exchange programs for the year 2018.
CHICO, Calif. — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools toward preventing wildfires can’t be widely used.Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an attempt to lessen the impact of wildfires.In March, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on wildfires, designed to expedite forest-thinning projects and other programs. In May 2018, former Gov. Jerry Brown called for doubling the amount of forest land treated each year in California by 2023. The state significantly increased the money it was spending on those efforts, with the Legislature earmarking $1 billion over five years in funds generated by the state’s carbon trading program. The Trump administration has also vowed to manage forests more aggressively.Cal Fire and the state Board of Forestry estimate 23 million acres in the state’s responsibility area could benefit from fuel reduction. And those treatments aren’t one-time efforts: they must be repeated every few years to be effective.Among the biggest complications in forest management are California’s strict environmental regulations.Forest treatment projects must obtain approvals under the California Environmental Quality Act. Butte County Fire Safe Council Executive Director Calli-Jane DeAnda said the environmental review process typically uses up 10 to 15 per cent of grant funds local fire agencies receive for forest management projects. The reviews can take years.The state has been working since 2010 on an EIR that would cover all vegetation treatments in California under one overarching environmental document. It would identify environmentally sound processes for various natural landscapes. Then, if a project were proposed that met the guidelines for its landscape, it could be approved through a “checklist scenario,” according to Board of Forestry Executive Director Matt Dias.Some projects wouldn’t fit the template, he said, and would require more review, but the idea would be to get projects approved and moving forward in a matter of weeks instead of years. A goal has been set to complete the document by the end of the year.Some environmental groups say state officials are pursuing the wrong path altogether.Rick Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute said Cal Fire should place more focus on making communities more fire resistant, not on clearing vegetation.“We have a home ignition problem,” he said, “not a vegetation control problem.”He said it makes more sense to spend some of the vegetation control dollars on fireproofing measures like ember-resistant vents and fire resistant rooftops.“We’ve got to stop looking in different directions than where people are, and frankly Cal Fire is not doing a good job at that,” he said. “The fundamental problem is that they’re a vegetation management agency … they’re not into the building thing. They have to look at the whole picture.”He said chaparral needs high-intensity but infrequent fires. Vegetation removal won’t help that process. About all people can do to help the chaparral is to stop setting it on fire.“There are so many people on the landscape causing so many unnatural ignitions,” he said.Steve Schoonover, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Burger King could soon be selling plant-based burgers nationwide.Restaurant Brands International, Burger King’s parent, said Monday that a month-long test of the Impossible Whopper at 59 restaurants in St. Louis has gone so well that it will start testing it in additional markets. The company said it may expand sales nationally by the end of this year.The sandwich is made with a plant-based burger from Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, Calif.-based startup. Burger King is the first fast food chain to test the Impossible burger, but other chains are offering plant-based burgers from competitors like Beyond Meat.Chris Finazzo, president of Burger King’s North American operations, said during an earnings conference call Monday that the Impossible Whopper was attracting new customers. He said the chain will sell the Impossible Whopper out nationally if reaction in other test markets “is a strong as it was in St. Louis.”“It’s really difficult to distinguish between the Impossible Whopper and the original Whopper,” he said.Burger King wouldn’t say which markets will get the sandwich next.The news was a bright spot in otherwise disappointing first quarter earnings for Restaurant Brands, which said its first quarter net income fell 9% to $135 million on weaker same-store sales growth.The Toronto-based company reported net income of 53 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs like fees to a restructuring consultant, came to 55 cents per share.The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 59 cents per share.The company blamed poor weather in Canada for a drop in same-store sales at Tim Hortons. Burger King’s same-store sales grew 2% as the company tried to revive U.S. breakfast sales with a $5 monthly coffee subscription offer. Same-store sales were flat at Popeyes.Restaurant Brands posted revenue of $1.27 billion in the period, beating analysts’ forecasts.Company shares fell 3% to $63.43 in morning trading.The Associated Press
Ambassador Russell discussed strategies to advance women’s economic empowerment and issues related to gender based violence. US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell, who concluded her visit to Sri Lanka today, had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.The Foreign Ministry said that Ambassador Russell also held talks with Chandrani Bandara, the Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, Ambassador Russell served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden focusing on military families and higher education. During her tenure at the White House, Ambassador Russell coordinated the development of the Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally.She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international women’s issues. During the Clinton Administration, Russell served as Associate Deputy Attorney General. She has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senior Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and a J.D. from George Washington University. (Colombo Gazette)
BBC forced to disclose salaries of top-earning stars The entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The BBC published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, Wednesday, compelled by Britain’s government to publish the salaries of on-air talent which had previously been secret, revealing that its highest-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) LONDON – The publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters Wednesday, unleashing a national debate about fame, gender, race and the use of taxpayers’ money.The list shows that the BBC pays 96 on-air personalities at least 150,000 pounds ($195,000) a year — meaning most earn more than the prime minister, who gets 150,000 pounds.The broadcaster’s best-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million).The BBC was compelled by Britain’s government to publish the salaries of on-air talent, which had previously been secret. The information is sensitive because the BBC is funded directly by taxpayers, through a 147-pound (about $190) annual levy on every household that owns a television or watches the BBC online.The salaries were published in bands, rather than as exact figures. Evans, who fronts a daily radio breakfast show, gets between 2.2 million pounds and 2.25 million pounds. “Match of the Day” soccer host Gary Lineker receives between 1.75 million pounds and 1.8 million pounds, while talk-show host Graham Norton is paid between 850,000 pounds and 900,000 pounds.Several stars of soap opera “EastEnders” appeared on the list, which also revealed that actor Peter Capaldi earns more than 200,000 pounds a year as the star of sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”The figures expose a gender pay gap at the top of the BBC. Two-thirds of the top earners are men, and the highest-paid woman — “Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman — earns less than a quarter of Evans’ salary. News anchor Huw Edwards is paid over 550,000 pounds, some 200,000 pounds more than Fiona Bruce, who does much the same job.The highest earners are also largely white. No ethnic-minority star is paid more than 300,000 pounds a year.BBC chief Tony Hall said the list showed “the need to go further and faster on issues of gender and diversity,” but defended the high salaries.“The BBC does not exist in a market on its own where it can set the market rates,” he said. “If we are to give the public what they want, then we have to pay for those great presenters and stars.”Most of the salaries are not particularly high by international — and especially U.S. — TV standards. Talk-radio host Howard Stern earned $90 million in the year to June 1, while Fox News anchor Sean Hannity was paid $36 million, according to a list compiled by Forbes magazine.In Britain, commercial networks ITV and Sky pay some top stars more than the BBC. But they are not required to disclose the amounts — and the money doesn’t come from the public purse.The BBC list doesn’t include onscreen talent paid by outside production companies. That may explain the absence of big-name stars including nature presenter David Attenborough and “Top Gear” host Matt LeBlanc.Conservative lawmaker John Whittingdale, who brought in the disclosure requirement when he was Culture Secretary, said taxpayers deserved to know who at the BBC was earning high salaries “and reach a judgment for themselves of whether that is good value for money.”But others argued the information would erode public support for the BBC — and likely drive salaries up, as BBC staff who aren’t on the list demand raises.Steven Barnett, professor of communications at the University of Westminster, argued that the disclosure drive had “nothing to do with transparency.”“I think this was a deliberate campaign to undermine and destabilize an institution that some self-interested parties would like to see weakened,” he said, pointing to some politicians and executives at the BBC’s privately owned rivals.___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and became the NFL’s career leader in total yards passing in regular-season and playoff games, leading the New England Patriots to a 27-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.Brady also reached 3,000 yards passing for the 16th straight season, tying Peyton Manning for second in NFL history behind Brett Favre’s 18. The New England quarterback surpassed the mark early in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard completion to a diving Josh Gordon.Brady has 79,416 yards after going 20 of 31 for 283 yards in the victory that clinched the Patriots (8-3) their 18th straight season with a .500 record or better. That ranks second in NFL history to only Dallas, which had 21 in a row from 1965-85.Brady had just one TD throw in his previous three games, but connected with Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against the AFC East-rival Jets (3-8). Rookie Sony Michel ran for a season-best 133 yards and a TD, and the Patriots had 216 yards rushing to improve to 3-3 on the road this season.Coming off a 34-10 loss to Tennessee two weeks ago, the Patriots avoided their second two-game losing streak of the season — something the franchise hasn’t experienced since 2015. New England has won five straight in the series against New York and eight of the past nine.With Jets rookie Sam Darnold out with a foot strain, 39-year-old backup Josh McCown got his second straight start — making this game the NFL’s second-oldest QB combo at 80 years, 258 days with 41-year-old Brady going for New England. Only Carolina’s Vinny Testaverde (44) and Green Bay’s Brett Favre (38) in 2007 are an older combination at 82 years, 44 days old.Brady got the better of McCown in this one, though, even though it took until late in the second half for the Patriots to pull away.Brady connected with Edelman for a 21-yard touchdown that put the Patriots ahead 20-13 with 1:52 left in the third quarter. The drive opened with a 27-yard reception by Chris Hogan, followed by a 27-yard run by James White. After White was stopped for no gain, Brady found a wide-open Edelman, who ran through a tackle attempt by Jamal Adams and got into the end zone.Michel added a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:54 left, one play after a video review reversed his TD run because it was ruled his right knee was down before he reached the goal line. The score put the Patriots up 27-13 and sent many Jets fans streaming toward the exits.McCown was 26 of 45 for 276 yards and a touchdown to Jermaine Kearse with one interception for the Jets, who have lost five straight for the first time since the 2014 season.JETS UP EARLYThe Jets took a 7-0 lead with 4:02 left in the opening quarter on McCown’s 16-yard pass to Kearse, who made a nice move on Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones before zipping into the end zone. It was the first touchdown of the season for both McCown and Kearse.The score was set up when Adams knocked away a pass to Gronkowski on third-and-10 that would have been a first down. McCown then marched the Jets down the field on a drive that was helped by 19-yard catches by Chris Herndon and Isaiah Crowell, and a roughing-the-passer call on Deatrich Wise Jr. on a third-down play.But the Patriots came right back to tie it on their next possession, capped by Brady’s 34-yard pass to Gronkowski with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter.White was called for offensive pass interference on third-and-2 from the Jets 24, and coach Todd Bowles took the penalty rather than the down. So, on third-and-12, Brady fired a strike to Gronkowski, who made the grab and looked plenty healthy after missing the past two games with back and ankle issues.Stephen Gostkowski’s 34-yard field goal with 2:27 left in the first half put the Patriots up 10-7.MYERS IS MONEYNew York’s Jason Myers tied it at 10 with 3 seconds remaining in the opening half, making a 55-yarder — and setting an NFL record with five field goals of 55 yards or longer in one season. He also tied the team’s home record for longest field goal for the fourth time this season.After a 32-yarder by Gostkowski to open the second half, Myers’ 38-yarder tied it again for the Jets at 13 late in the third quarter.NOT SO CLOSEThe previous five games between the teams at MetLife Stadium had all been decided by seven points or less — including a 26-20 overtime win by the Jets in coach Todd Bowles’ first season.GRONK’S BACKGronkowski finished with three catches for 56 yards and the score, his first since Week 1 against Houston.UP NEXTPatriots: home vs. Minnesota next Sunday.Jets: at Tennessee next Sunday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorQuarterback J.T. Barrett, left tackle Jamarco Jones and 17 other Ohio State seniors will play their final collegiate game on Friday when the Buckeyes take on USC in the Cotton Bowl. They will be joined by a select group of redshirt sophomores, junior and redshirt juniors who will decide to forgo their remaining years of eligibility to test their mettle in the NFL draft. None of them have declared their intention of entering the NFL draft yet, though more than a couple will suit up for the final time in Scarlet and Gray on Friday.Here is a look at the situation of each offensive underclassman who might declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft and play their final game for Ohio State on Friday. Also, read about which of Ohio State’s defensive players might declare early for the draft.Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie DixonWhy he would leave early: After battling injuries for the majority of his collegiate career, Dixon is finally healthy and, early in the season, was a primary playmaker for Ohio State. He has pulled in 18 catches for 422 yards, an average of 23.4 yards per reception. Dixon could capitalize on his health and declare early for the NFL. Though the health issues and lack of long-term production would hurt him in the eyes of NFL evaluators, he would have a shot at hanging on an NFL roster. If Dixon returns, he could have another injury issue that would limit him his final year and potentially end his profession football career before it begins. Also, he would once again have to fight for touches at a crowded receiver position.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Dixon has been an integral part of Ohio State’s offense, he ranks just eighth on the team in catches. With another season in college, Dixon could expand his role and work for more touches. He could also improve how NFL teams view his future role. Given his high yard per reception average, Dixon is seen as a deep threat by many, but believes he can be much more. Another season would allow him to prove that to the NFL. Also, with Dwayne Haskins likely stepping in as starter, Dixon could get more opportunities catching passes from a more prototypical pocket-passing quarterback.Prediction: Finally healthy, Dixon leaves early for the NFL. If he sees an opportunity to get paid, especially after dealing with devastating injury issues, it would be hard to imagine him turning it down. Even though he might go undrafted, Dixon would have a shot at latching onto an NFL roster, something he would have no shot to do if he, once again, gets injured.Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior H-back Parris CampbellWhy he would leave early: One of the fastest players on Ohio State, Campbell would offer NFL teams a versatile weapon capable of gashing teams on the ground, in the air or on kick returns. In his second year as a starter, he ranks second on the team with 39 catches for 587 yards and the former high school running back has added 90 yards on seven carries. He has three 57-plus yard catches. Campbell’s return ability — he averages 36.6 yards on nine kick returns — might be most appealing to NFL teams, though. He has already started two seasons and, if he returns for his redshirt senior year, would still be fighting for touches since most receivers will return.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though Campbell has showed his game-breaking speed and the ability to stretch short catches into long gains, he has not been the prototypical NFL receiver. Specifically, he has struggled to catch the ball, an ability usually in demand for wide receivers. If he returns to Ohio State, Campbell could show an improved catching ability which could make teams view him as more of a receiver rather than an athlete who returns kicks and can catch short passes.Prediction: Campbell declares early for the NFL draft and forgoes his final collegiate season. With two years of starting — one at receiver (2016) and one at H-back (2017) — he has proven his strengths and weaknesses. If here were to return to college, Campbell would be unlikely to make drastic enough strides to dramatically improve his draft stock. NFL teams have seen his speed and ability to break plays. Another year in college would not do much to the draft stock of Campbell, a known commodity.Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurinWhy he would leave early: One of head coach Urban Meyer’s favorite players, McLaurin has reeled in 28 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns, including an 84-yard score in the Big Ten championship win against Wisconsin. But Meyer does not like him for his receiving ability. Instead, he appreciates the wideout’s blocking and unselfishness. In the NFL, McLaurin could offer teams a versatile option who could go out for routes, but also block and make plays on special teams.Why he wouldn’t leave early: McLaurin’s style of play is not a natural fit for the NFL. Teams pay players to make catches, not to block. Though he has 28 receptions, neither his catching ability nor his athleticism stand out in comparison to other NFL prospects. If McLaurin returns for his final year of eligibility at Ohio State, he could show marked improvement in skills most valued by NFL teams. Prediction: McLaurin will be back for his redshirt senior season. Despite ranking third on the team in catches and receiving touchdowns, McLaurin is viewed less as a receiving option and more as a blocker. In order to show NFL teams he can be more than a blocking receiver, he needs to make improvements in his receiving skills.Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Redshirt junior right guard Demetrius KnoxWhy he would leave early: Though he has just seven collegiate starts, Knox played well in his limited snaps. The redshirt junior took over for Branden Bowen after the opening-game starting right guard after Bowen went down with a broken leg. Though he lost the position battle to Bowen in the offseason, Knox filled in admirably for him. If he were to return for a fifth collegiate season, Knox would have to hold off Bowen, Matt Burrell, Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers and a bevy of other talented linemen to hold onto his starting spot. Why he wouldn’t leave early: Without much film of Knox playing, NFL teams would be wary to select the 6-foot-4, 308-pound interior lineman. Though he would have to battle Bowen and others for a starting spot, the chance to return to school would allow Knox to prove the small sample size of five games is not a mirage. Recent Ohio State offensive linemen who have succeeded in the NFL were multi-year starters in college, something that would benefit Knox. Prediction: Knox will return for his final collegiate season. If he were to declare, Knox likely would not get drafted, despite his large frame and physical style of play. Another year of collegiate play would allow NFL teams to have a better idea of the player they would get.OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorJunior right tackle Isaiah PrinceWhy he would leave early: Prince is just a year removed from a turbulent season during which he faltered at key moments and fans called for him to be replaced as starting right tackle. But now, after his second season as a starter, Prince has positioned himself as an intriguing potential early entrant into the NFL draft. With a massive 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame, Prince has learned to maximize his power and has improved agility in pass block sets. He has the size NFL teams desire and is physically ready for the next step.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he has improved in his second season as a starter at Ohio State, Prince has the ability to further improve his draft stock by continuing to make advances in his pass block ability, mobility and footwork. With left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price graduating, he also would have the opportunity to step into a leadership role with a fellow two-year starter, sophomore left guard Michael Jordan. Prediction: Prince returns for his third year as Ohio State’s starting right tackle. Next year’s spotlight on him and the ability to continue making dramatic improvements in his weak spots could dramatically improve his draft stock. After a horrific first season and good second season as a starter, Prince has the ability to continue the trend line in a positive direction by returning to Ohio State for his senior season.Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike WeberWhy he would leave early: Weber entered the year as the presumed starter after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a redshirt freshman. But after suffering a partially-torn hamstring, Weber lost his starting spot to freshman phenom J.K. Dobbins, who will be back next year and in 2019. Though Weber is a solid back who etched his name in program history with the 1,096-yard season, he would likely not be able to reclaim the starting job. Entering the NFL draft would allow him to move on from what likely would be an unwinnable position battle and maximize his NFL potential while healthy.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Though he would like have to split reps, Weber could return in a successful one-two punch with Dobbins, similar to that of former USC running backs Reggie Bush and Lendale White. Weber showcased improved speed at times, but dealt with injuries and a lack of playing time. Those two factors prevented Weber from demonstrating improvements from the season prior. Another year of college would allow NFL teams the ability to scout the player they would expect to draft.Prediction: After three years at Ohio State, Weber decides to leave college for the NFL. The challenge of competing for carries with Dobbins seems steep. The added mileage on a running back’s body combined with a lack of opportunity make the NFL an appealing option. He expected to be the starter, but was unexpectedly usurped. Though he would also have to fight for carries in the NFL, he would be getting paid and is now healthy enough to maximize the opportunity. Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore H-back K.J. HillWhy he would leave early: Often lost in the shuffle of Ohio State’s unusually large cast of six starting wide receivers, Hill finished with a team-leading 55 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns. He was quarterback J.T. Barrett’s safety valve and always seemed to come through at key moments of the game. A possession slot receiver, Hill is an advanced route runner. He also has the versatility to impact the game on special teams, a skill NFL teams value highly.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Hill is far from an explosive wideout. None of his 55 catches went for more than 29 yards and he 9.9 yards per catch, the lowest amount of any Ohio State wide receiver with more than three catches. In order to not just make an NFL roster, but to thrive at the professional level, he will need to maximize his technical receiving skills. Another year or two at Ohio State, would put him in position to showcase his strengths to the NFL and work on converting more explosive plays.Prediction: Hill returns for his fourth collegiate season. The benefits outweigh the costs for Hill, who would likely be a low draft pick or even go undrafted. With his current lack of explosiveness, the pressure would be on to either make a team as a punt returner and special teams ace or somehow convince teams he can translate a seeming lack of speed into production at a higher level, which seems unlikely.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end Rashod BerryWhy he would leave early: On a team stocked with some of the best athletes in college football, Berry stands out. A physical freak who has played on both sides of the ball, he seems to have settled in at tight end. But he retains the ability to play defensive end. NFL teams have shown the willingness to take risks on physical specimens. Mo-Alie Cox, a former VCU basketball player, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after not playing football since he was 14 years old. Berry, who also has a basketball background, would likely be given a shot by a team.Why he wouldn’t leave early: Berry does not even have a steady position and has never started a game in college. He played behind tight end Marcus Baugh this season and has a chance to step into the starting role next year. Another year or two of development could do him wonders and potentially make him a well-regarded prospect not just for his combination of lifting and jumping abilities, but his football skills, as well.Prediction: Berry returns for his redshirt junior season at Ohio State. Sure, his body is ready for the NFL, but he does not have an obvious position in the NFL. In a year or two, his football skills could match his physicality, which would pique the interest of NFL teams.
On paper, the Heisman winner seems like a reasonable thing to handicap as the winners tend to fit a longstanding mold. Almost all are quarterbacks or running backs, and most will be competing in the national title picture late in the fall. If the teams favored to compete for the title this season hold up, that would seem to whittle the Heisman field to a pair of easy choices: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Neither is mired in a quarterback competition this summer,2Jalen Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma, and Kelly Bryant left Clemson for Missouri. and both were brilliant for much of last season. They’re co-favorites at 11-4 odds, according to the Westgate Superbook. In the past 10 years, only Tim Tebow (9-4) in 2009 was a bigger preseason favorite.But change comes quickly in college football. One year ago, neither Tagovailoa nor Lawrence was even certain to start his team’s season opener. Tagovailoa spent much of the fall as the Heisman front-runner until he went down with an ankle injury and Kyler Murray surpassed him for the Heisman. Lawrence ended the season as the spectacle of the national championship game. But now Tagovailoa is healthy again and coming off a season in which he had better overall numbers than Lawrence. Would you bet money on one of the two weathering another long season to prevail as the country’s most outstanding player? And even if you would, which one?Of the top five Heisman contenders according to Westgate, three — Lawrence, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — are in their first full year as the starting quarterback on their current team. Two of the five are transfers, and only Tagovailoa has been a finalist before.3The fifth favorite is Adrian Martinez of Nebraska. Then contend with the fact that five of the past 10 winners started with odds of 100-1 or longer, which opens the door to the likes of Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Washington State’s Gage Gubrud and Florida’s Feleipe Franks. If they seem obscure, just remember Manziel in the summer of 2012.That 2012 race was perhaps the wildest in recent memory, complete with the awarding of a “September Heisman.” Through five weeks, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was unstoppable, it seemed — a 1-1 favorite. In his first five games, Smith completed 81.4 percent of his passes with 399.2 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions. But in his last eight games, he completed just 64.6 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Manziel, meanwhile, went from off the board to 7-4 in five weeks. If that sounds quick, this is Lawrence’s 2018 in comparison: He was a 40-1 contender entering Week 1 despite the fact that he wasn’t the starter until Week 5. Then Lawrence threw more touchdowns and fewer interceptions in his last five games than Manziel did in the last five of his redshirt freshman season.The odds are not a science,4Heisman odds are mathematically a bad bet. In May 2015, SBNation’s Bud Elliott wrote that the summer betting line was designed for a 37.4 percent profit by sports books. July’s odds from Westgate generate a 29 percent house edge. for many reasons. They also favor big names. The “leaderboard” trends toward returning winners (like Tebow in 2009 or Ingram in 2010), even though only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice, in 1974 and 1975. Who might make a rise from relative obscurity this year to win the trophy?It should be clear by now that guessing is a fool’s errand. But the winner has typically been someone with a combination of a firm hold on the starting job, a place on a team that will contend and a role in an offense conducive to big numbers. Outside the top five preseason contenders, Washington’s Jacob Eason and Notre Dame’s Ian Book fit that profile. The winner could be someone better-known. It could also be someone you’ve never heard of. The college football season starts in less than a month, and bold predictions are rolling out. Just don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to the Heisman Trophy. Making picks about the sport’s preeminent award is as difficult as ever.The Heisman is always a standard futures bet before the season kicks off. But in the past decade, according to Sports Odds History, only one of the 10 players favored to win the award entering Week 1 has hoisted the trophy in December: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014, who was a slim favorite after leapfrogging returning winner Jameis Winston of Florida State in the offseason. If we add up their implied probabilities, the past 10 favorites should have produced 2.14 winners. But a $10 bet on each of the 10 would have cost $100 and paid out just $42.50, on Mariota.In fact, of the past 10 winners, four started the season off the board — Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Winston in 2013 — as did 15 of 40 finalists. That’s because college football is filled with unexpected breakout stars. Especially as the top performers have been younger recently,1Only one of the past 12 Heisman winners was a senior. predicting which candidates will live up to the hype is a tough task.
Smoke pours from the school near Chichester, West SussexCredit:Eddie Mitchell He described the response of the local community as “fantastic” as donations of tea, coffee and food poured in to keep fire crews fuelled.”There was great community spirit,” he said.”Clearly, there is a lot of damage to the school but every effort will be given to help get it back up and running.” 100 firefighters battled the blazeCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL Crews were sent from neighbouring Hampshire to help contain the fire’s spread, while firefighters in Surrey and East Sussex provided cover for their West Sussex colleagues.Up to five appliances remained at the scene by 3pm.The fire spokesman said: “They are damping down and turning over, and they will likely be there for the rest of the day and keep a watching brief overnight.” The fire broke out in Selsey, West Sussex The Academy is a mixed school for pupils aged 11 to 16. It was opened by the Duke of Norfolk in September 1963 as Manhood Secondary Modern School.Chairman of governors Bill Emerson said there were contingency plans in place for students to pick up their GCSE results.”There is a possibility we might be able to save a small section of the school and the emergency services are doing their best to do that,” he told the BBC.”But it is amazing how quickly the fire has spread. It’s shocking. The structures are effectively a skeleton now compared to what they were and we have still got fire raging in sections.” A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We rule nothing out but at this stage there is nothing to suggest it was arson.”Some parts of the school escaped unscathed but a massive effort will now be made as schoolchildren were due to return to classes on September 6.The school said it would be making arrangements for students due to collect their GCSE results on Thursday.No injuries were reported among members of the public and firefighters but a police officer directing traffic at the scene was reportedly hit at low speed by a car. Up to 100 firefighters tackled a major blaze which partly destroyed an academy school in a seaside town a fortnight before the end of the summer holidays.Stacks of dense, acrid smoke were seen from miles around as 14 fire engines were sent to The Academy in Selsey, near Chichester, West Sussex. In an effort to protect neighbouring homes, including some thatched properties, a small number were evacuated.Other locals were told by emergency teams to keep their windows shut and stay indoors as black smoke poured from the building.An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze. The cause of the fire at Selsey Academy has not yet been establishedCredit:Eddie Mitchell Thick smoke billows from the school siteCredit:Justine Mackinnon/Solent Thick, acrid smoke pours from The Academy in Selsey, near ChichesterCredit: Eddie Mitchell The fire is believed to have started in the roof space just before 8am on Sunday before quickly spreading through large parts of the school amid winds of around 25mph.More than 60 calls were received to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Two of the world’s giant mining companies believe that Norilsk Nickel has the in-country knowledge and experience that is essential for success in Russia. First, Norilsk and Rio Tinto launched an exploration and development joint venture in Russia this January. Then BHP Billiton joined in on June 13. Norilsk’s recent progress and future plans are reviewed in IM’s July Operations Focus.Rio and Norilsk signed their co-operation protocol in the Ministry of Natural Resources. The joint venture exploration and development company is owned 51% by Norilsk Nickel and 49% by Rio Tinto. Initial exploration efforts are concentrating on opportunities in the Siberian and Far-Eastern Federal Districts of Russia. Rio Tinto chief executive, Leigh Clifford, said: “Rio Tinto has increased its exploration and development activity in Russia over the last few years, and we are now delighted to enter into this agreement with a partner of the stature of Norilsk Nickel. The establishment of this joint venture breaks new ground for the mining industry. Combining the skills and resources of Norilsk Nickel and Rio Tinto will provide an unrivalled platform for exploration and development of mineral deposits in Russia.“We are pleased that by expanding our long term commitment towards exploration in Russia, Rio Tinto will play a significant role in developing the country’s resource base.”Norilsk Nickel chief executive, Mikhail Prokhorov, said: “Norilsk Nickel continues to focus on growing and diversifying its resource base and on gaining exposure to international best practices. Entering into this agreement with Rio Tinto will bring together the knowledge and expertise of two leading mining companies to promote exploration in Russia. This country’s mineral wealth remains untapped in many areas across many minerals, and we will pursue the development of new discoveries and known deposits with the potential for significant capital investment and attractive financial returns.“The aim of the joint venture will be to create a viable economic model of cooperation to accelerate and enhance exploration for new mineral resources in Russia, thereby promoting the mineral wealth and economic development of the regions.” The combination of these two giants may produce very interesting results. Russia’s mining industry is of course a giant itself. It produces 12% world aluminium output and is the world’s largest exporter of primary material. Russia produced 182 t of gold in 2004, or 7% of world mine output. While in diamonds, the volume of rough production in Russia is 25 Mct, 16% of the world total of 155 Mct. In other metals, Russia produced 900,000 t of refined copper in 2004; nickel production was 270,000 t in 2004, more than 20% of global output, all from local raw materials. Platinum output was 850,000 oz, 13% of global output, and palladium production was half of world supply. Russia is the world’s sixth largest producer of coal. In 2004, it produced 61 Mt of coking coal and 148 Mt of steam coal. Annual iron ore production is 97 Mt. Russia is a net exporter of iron ore (20 Mt) and pellets (10 Mt). Russia is one of the world’s major producers of uranium and has a substantial nuclear power programme. Certainly BHP Billiton sees great potential in Russia, the joint venture announced on June 13 provides for joint identification of attractive mineral exploration and development prospects in Russia, to be followed by the establishment of joint local companies to pursue and develop specific projects. These exploration and development companies will be owned 50% plus one share by MMC Norilsk Nickel and 50% minus one share by BHP Billiton.The companies will jointly pursue a range of commodities in certain targeted areas, initially concentrating on the northwest of Russia as well as western Siberia. By working together, MMC Norilsk Nickel and BHP Billiton will look to maximize the benefits of their respective strengths. BHP Billiton will complement Norilsk’s local knowledge by applying global exploration and project development expertise and world-class technology.BHP Billiton chief executive, Chip Goodyear, said: “This is an important step for BHP Billiton and represents a diversification of our geographical base. We look forward to working with our new partner in Russia.” Prokhorov, said: “We believe in the strong prospects for growth in new resource discovery in the Russian Federation and have taken another step in pursuing this growth. We are excited by the opportunity to work in close partnership with BHP Billiton.”
THE RAPE CRISIS Network Ireland (RCNI) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Justice that serious criminals will have their DNA logged in an international database.A spokesperson for the RCNI told TheJournal.ie said the justice system should be a deterrent alone for perpetrators of sexual violence but said that the DNA database is “one more tool that will deter and hopefully, catch those guilty of committing acts of sexual violence”.Stopping criminalsShe added that one of the problems faced is the difficulty in prosecuting people, saying: “The more we close the gap in catching these people, the better. If this new database can stop people from thinking that they can do what they want and get away with it and not get caught, then that is a good thing,” she said.“The fact that DNA will be taken from those who have committed serious crimes, and not just those who are serving a sentence for sexual violence. In other countries where DNA databases have been in existence for some time sexual violence suspects have been detected in this manner,” she said.The RCNI spokesperson said that the majority of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows already, often resulting in one person’s word against another in court.“But if DNA can be gathered successfully after an attack, then it can add to the prosecution,” she said, adding “there is a lot of cases for which this DNA database won’t matter, but if it is one more tool we can use to ensure that justice is served and that women are protected then it is great to see it finally come to fruition”.Read: Serious criminals will have DNA logged on international database>Read: Woman finds abandoned baby… and is arrested when it turns out it’s her child>
Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM By Dr David McCann 63 Views Mar 21st 2017, 7:30 PM Share163 Tweet Email3 Lecturer, Ulster University MARTIN MCGUINNESS WAS for me growing up a dominant figure, who featured regularly on the evening news as the peace process took shape, first as Sinn Féin’s Chief Negotiator, Education Minister and then as Deputy First Minister.What always fascinated me about him is that he seemed to be able to completely transition from his early days in the IRA to the role of senior statesman with relative ease. This is not something that is done easily, nor can everybody do it with the same degree of success that Martin McGuinness managed to achieve.He was able to lead his followers in the direction of peace and was able to use his position of leadership to reach out towards Unionism, in ways that a decade ago would have seemed unthinkable.Defining momentsDuring his time as Deputy First Minister two moments stand out for me.First, that iconic picture of Ian Paisley, Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and himself in Stormont to celebrate the restoration of devolution in May 2007. It will be an image used in countless history books and perfectly captured the optimistic mood of that time.The fact that he was able to forge such a strong personal friendship with Ian Paisley and his family speaks volumes about Martin McGuinness’s capacity to make deals and build bridges. I think the fact that those involved in this picture have nothing but positive things to say about him today also says a lot about the man.Second, was his response to dissident republican attacks on Massereene Barracks in 2009 that killed two off duty British soldiers.McGuinness stood with the PSNI Chief Constable and the then First Minister, Peter Robinson, strongly condemning the act and labelling the perpetrators as “traitors” to the island of Ireland. A more unsure politician would have held back, but McGuinness showed the necessary leadership that the moment demanded. From left: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain and First Minister Ian Paisley, in the First Minister’s office at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont . Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesHis ease and confidenceThere were other significant moments. Meeting Queen Elizabeth was an important moment, for which both of them deserve an immense amount of credit, in helping bring the two communities closer together.The ease and confidence he displayed at events such as this proves the point that leaders secure in themselves and their values, need not fear breaking out of traditional boxes.Today will also demonstrate how aggrieved some families still feel about the past, and actions of the IRA in particular. I watched Lord Tebbitt give colourful views about Martin McGuinness, and it is unlikely that people in that position will ever truly heal their very raw wounds.But I also watched people like Arlene Foster, Ian Paisley and Jo Berry give eloquent statements about the value of the peace process that people like Martin McGuinness helped create and bed in.He brought his party, followers and society on a special journeyI was not a fan of everything Martin did throughout his political career and there will be many aspects of his life for historians to examine for years to come. However, today I find myself in agreement with Ian Paisley, who said that it’s more important to look at where a person ends up, rather than focusing on where they started.Martin McGuinness unquestionably ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him. On this day a real era in politics has ended and in the uncertain times ahead, Northern Ireland will miss his steady hand and clear focus.For me, a part of his legacy will be that, no matter how dark the future may look, with hard work and new thinking, better days are always possible.Ronald Reagan said it best and Martin McGuinness’s personal journey proves it: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”We can only hope that the same type of partnership that we saw under Paisley and McGuinness can happen again, and that the work he started in reaching out and building a unity community, can be completed.David McCann is the Deputy Editor of Slugger O’Toole.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘It’s time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time’>‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’> Short URL Dr David McCann 73 Comments Opinion: ‘McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him’ Irish politics lost a major political figure today, writes David McCann. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3299227
Le code QR apparaît à la télévision françaiseFrance – Le code QR s’affichera lundi dans l’émission Télématin. Ce code-barres permet aux téléspectateurs d’accéder à des informations complémentaires via Internet.La télévision et Internet resserrent leurs liens. Lundi, c’est le code QR qui fera son apparition sur le petit écran. Il permettra aux téléspectateurs d’accéder à des informations sur le Net. Pour cela, il suffit de prendre en photo le code-barres apparaissant à la télévision et, après avoir téléchargé un lecteur de codes QR gratuit, d’accéder à un espace dédié. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Ce système est très utilisé au Japon et le sera bientôt pour la première fois en France. “Aujourd’hui, les Japonais scannent plus de QR Codes qu’ils envoient de SMS”, explique Christophe Fischer, cofondateur de la plateforme QR Mobile. “En France, la pratique est toute nouvelle, mais elle va rapidement trouver des applications, que ce soit dans la grande distribution, le tourisme, ou dans l’aide aux handicapés ou aux malvoyants”. Ces codes-barres peuvent être utilisés dans tous les domaines : musical, immobilier ou encore culturel.Le 26 mars 2010 à 14:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has warned his team they must win all of the remaining fixtures in the Premier League if they do want to be among the top five teams in England.The Gunners recently lost their fifth successive defeat away – a string they have not done since December 1984 and are currently in the sixth spot in the Premier League standings, after Chelsea and Tottenham.“We are in a very difficult moment because everybody else has a big advantage,” Cech shared, according to BT Sport.“In the Europa League, we have a semi-final to play, so we need to make sure we are ready.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s not the first time we were 1-0 up away and we didn’t get anything in the game,” Cech discussed, addressing the upset against Newcastle on Sunday.Despite Lacazette’s early goal, the hosts proceeded to even out the result some 15 minutes late and in the 68 minute, it was Matt Richie that scored the final goal for Newcastle.“It’s very difficult to explain why because until last season, we were one of the best teams in terms of the away record. But somehow it has completely reversed this season and we don’t seem to find the answer for it,” Cech went on to add.
With the noon deadline fast approaching the Nigerian presidency has taken swift action to ensure the country doesn’t get a ban after the Sports minister interfered with affairs of the Nigerian Football Federation.FIFA laws prohibit such actions and as such the world football governing body has insisted that the Amaju Pinnick led administration be allowed back into the glass house and at the helm of affairs after they were thrown out by Chris Giwa who had the backing of Sports minister, Salomon Dalung.THISDAY learnt at the weekend that the Presidency in Abuja has made contact with FIFA on the deadline, assuring the men in the Football House in Zurich, Switzerland that there was no need for the ban as only the Amaju Melvin Pinnick led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was in charge of football matters in the country.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was reported to have contacted FIFA and gave the assurance that there was no other party recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria beyond Pinnick as the duly elected President of the NFF.It was further learnt that the world football governing body was also told that the nation’s security chiefs have been briefed on the development and that there can be no any form of invasion of the football secretariat by Chris Giwa and his colleagues claiming to have a court ruling in their favour.Failure to comply with FIFA’s demand could have cost Nigeria participation in next year’s African Cup of Nations as a ban would have made sure the super Eagles can’t play their next AFCON qualifier against Seychelles on September 10.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – It is said that there is some power struggle at play and involves who will actually be the first ‘go to’ for the Coastal Radar team – the Police or Border Control officers. We also contacted the shadow minister for this area in the PDM, Goldray Ewing who said his understanding is that relations between these agencies are strained. One time ago, the Police, Immigration and Customs worked collaboratively in a unit called SPICE; it is an acronym for Special Police Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That SPICE unit was dismantled under former Governor Gordon Wetherell. The unit was supposed to be an elite enforcement agency; instead it plummeted into ‘shame and scandal’ with scathing criticisms, a barrage of complaints and accusations of the most vile corruption until its operations were suspended in September 2009. An investigation was launched and it was the last the country has heard of the organization. Border Control Minister Hon Donhue Gardiner, in recent times told media there is a ‘spice-like’ organization which still performs some functions of the now disbanded group which many believe brought undue terror to the legal, illegal, unskilled and professional expatriate community. We have questions to authorities on this so called disharmony which is said to exist now between Police, Border Control and the near three year old Coastal Radar team. Meanwhile residents have expressed that the fall out between the DR and Haiti may have negative results for the TCI and The Bahamas. Ninety nine Haitians were trying to make it to shore here in Provo on Saturday. The Bahamas Defense Force reports they’ve captured 44 illegal Haitians off Exuma just yesterday morning; among the women and men, two little boys. Recommended for you TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Related Items:border control, donhue gardiner, goldray ewing, gordon wetherell, marine police, rdbf, spice Premier attends town hall meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officials
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Maybe they should write good ol’ essays instead? Graphic by Pixabay; illustration by Angela Lang/CNET Using Twitter to teach literature is producing lower test scores, especially for usually high-performing students, says a new study. Scores on a standardized test were reduced by between 25% and 40% of a standard deviation, says a paper published this month by researchers in the economics and finance department at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. Twitter use caused more harm for female students, Italian-born students, students attending a lyceum (the highest form of high school in Italy) and students with higher baseline test scores.”Using Twitter to teach literature has an overall detrimental effect on students’ average achievement,” says the study, spotted by The Washington Post. “The use of this Web 2.0 application appears to have stronger detrimental effects on students that usually perform better.”The paper also says teachers relying on Twitter-based learning are getting lazier; “knowing that students will somehow be assisted (by their own peers and by the central unit of TwL) could induce teachers to reduce their teaching effort.”In Italy, the Twitter-focused TwLetteratura (TwL) way of teaching has already been adopted by about 250 schools and 14,000 students, the paper said.The TwL organization chooses a book, creates a hashtag and establishes a reading schedule that schools adopt. Students then tweet and comment on their favorite sentences or quotes.This supposedly stimulates participation, but the researchers said their study is the first large-scale test of the actual impact on student achievement of using Twitter, specifically across reading, memorizing and understanding a literary work.The study involved a randomized controlled trial of 1,465 students across 70 Italian high schools in 2016-17.The students in the test group had been using Twitter to read, discuss and study a novel by Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello called Il fu Mattia Pascal (translated by William Weaver as The Late Mattia Pascal). The control group used traditional learning methods to study the book.Twitter declined to comment. Share your voice Tags Twitter 2 Mobile Internet Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Online Comments