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Metis First Nations say they also wont be ready for legal pot

first_imgOTTAWA – Leaders of indigenous groups have joined a growing list of people asking the federal government to delay its plans to make recreational marijuana legal in Canada by next summer.The Metis National Council and the Chiefs of Ontario are before the House of Commons health committee as it reviews the federal pot legislation.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says there are more questions than answers about everything from health implications and on-reserve sales to prevention programs and law enforcement on reserves and he says the government has much more work to do consulting First Nations.Day says there are also concerns about keeping marijuana out of the hands of First Nations youth on reserves, pointing to data from the United States which showed legal pot from Colorado was easily making its way to young people on reserves hundreds of miles away.Clara Morin Dal Col of the Metis National Council, says she feels everything is being rushed without proper attention to the impacts of the change.Police officials have told the committee there’s no chance they’ll be ready to start enforcing the new law by next summer.last_img read more

Social skills helped shape modern human face

first_imgThe evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”last_img read more

CN apologizes promises immediate action 250million investment to keep grain shipments moving

OTTAWA — Canadian National is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it’s taking immediate steps to clear the backlog — including mobilizing more train cars and workers.The move comes just two days after CN dumped its president and CEO amid growing complaints that the backlog of shipments is compromising Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, costing sales and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.“We apologize for not meeting the expectations of our grain customers, nor our own high standards,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, who took over the helm of CN from Luc Jobin on an interim basis, said in a statement early Wednesday.‘We’ve really felt the pinch’: As silos fill up, farmers call on Ottawa to ease rail backlogsGrain industry facing ‘dire situation’ as backlog of grain shipments growCanadian rail crunch leaving oil, grain stranded, crushing crude prices and farmers’ pocketbooks“The entire CN team has a sense of urgency and is fully focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian businesses and protecting Canada’s reputation as a stable trade partner in world markets.“Moving the Canadian economy is in our DNA. We can and we will do much better and that starts today — no excuses.”Among other things, the company says it’s offering incentives for key operating employees to delay retirement and postpone vacations, and to entice recently-retired employees to return to work.It’s also deploying qualified managers to operate extra trains and adding train crews in western Canada.CN says it has leased 130 locomotives to increase capacity, almost all of which are now in use. And it’s investing more than $250 million this year to build new track and yard capacity in western Canada.According to the Ag Transport Coalition, CN and Canadian Pacific combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 — CP delivered 66 per cent of its orders and CN just 17 per cent.On Tuesday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrote a joint letter aimed at putting pressure on the country’s two major railways to clear the backlog.They expressed their “serious concern” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter. While the ministers said they understand the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather, they called the companies’ performance “disappointing.”The ministers asked the railways to publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog, as well as their plans for maintaining the fluidity of future shipments. They gave the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The duo said the backlog has created problems that are most acute for farmers, who need their grain delivered in order to have the cash to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the coming crop year. But they also said shippers in a variety of other sectors — including forestry, energy and chemicals — have “lost significant business and opportunities” due to the inability to move their products in a timely way.In its statement, CN said it will provide weekly tracking of grain shipments. The company also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-49 swiftly.The legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate since the fall, would financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. It would also require railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather. read more

Suncors Petro Canada renews commitment to Canadas paralympic athletes

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email canadian paralympic team|petro canada|Rio|Suncor by Ian Campbell Posted Sep 9, 2016 9:32 pm MDT It’s been the corporate face of Canadian athletes for an entire generation, Friday night it renewed their company’s commitment to Canadian paralympians.Suncor made it official on behalf of Petro Canada at Canadian Paralympic Village in Rio in front of a crowd of athletes, coaches, families and friends.They’ll be a sponsor and premier partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee moving forward for the next eight years.“This partnership renewal is fantastic news for today’s athletes and coaches, as well as for the teams of tomorrow,” said para-swimmer Sabrina Duchesne.It first began in Calgary back in 1988 and since then it has helped more than 2,700 athletes on their way to competition.Every year, 52 promising athletes are also awarded the $10,000 Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) grant which has since doled out $9.5 million in the last 28 years.“We couldn’t be more proud of this partnership, which began in 1988 and is still going strong today,” said Steve Williams, president and CEO of Suncor in a news release.The 2016 Paralympic Games are underway now in Rio and they will continue until September 18th. Suncor’s Petro Canada renews commitment to Canada’s paralympic athletes read more

Yemen is collapsing before our eyes UN chief warns urging international support

“We have all been following recent developments in Yemen with the deepest concern,” said Mr. Ban, as he briefed the 15-member Council alongside the UN Special Advisor, Jamal Benomar. “Let me be clear: Yemen is collapsing before our eyes. We cannot stand by and watch,” the UN chief warned.Despite the formation of a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations.Just two weeks ago, Mr. Ban voiced serious concern about developments following the abduction by the opposition group Ansarallah of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s chief of staff and the resignation of the President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital, Sana’a by secessionist Houthi militants. This followed a steady deterioration since the beginning of the year as Government forces clashed with militant groups throughout the capital.At the same time, the Secretary-General said today, “widespread and lethal” attacks by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and escalating hostilities between AQAP and the Houthis have pushed the country to the edge of civil war. These developments, coupled with a burgeoning humanitarian crisis which has enveloped an “astounding” 61 per cent of the population, now threaten regional and international peace and security, Mr. Ban added. “Given these troubling circumstances, we all have a solemn obligation to live up to our commitments under the UN Charter,” he continued. “We must do everything possible to help Yemen step back from the brink and get the political process back on track.”The Secretary-General pointed out that Yemen’s transition had, in fact, an agreed roadmap. Nonetheless, he also appealed to all members of the Council to work closely with regional and international partners to help de-escalate tensions in the Gulf country and “pave the way for a peaceful way forward through political negotiations.”In addition, he said members should urgently boost funding for the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan – a critical element towards “preventing an escalation of the conflict and creating the basis for reverting to peaceful political transition, which I firmly believe is the way forward.”UN Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who has continued to facilitate negotiations with all national stakeholders despite very difficult operational circumstances, also cautioned the Council that Yemen stood at a “crossroad.”“Either the country will descend into civil war and disintegration, or the country will find a way to put the transition back on track,” he declared. “This largely depends on the political will of Yemeni leaders. They all bear responsibility for the current state of affairs, as well as responsibility for finding a way to pull the country from the brink. The transition, he said, had managed to make “good progress” despite the “many minefields” encountered along the way. Now, however, it remained in disarray amid a series of “dramatic events” including unilateral actions by Ansarallah which had created a “strong backlash domestically and internationally.”The effects of this continuing instability have transformed Yemen into a patchwork of simmering feuds – an explosive mix of unresolved grievances which risk inundating the entire peace-making process. In the oil-rich province of Mareb, for instance, Mr. Benomar noted that the situation had become “very tense” with many locals fearing an imminent confrontation between Houthis and tribesmen. Meanwhile, in the South, the situation remains volatile with Southerners, long marginalized and excluded from Yemeni political life, now demanding full separation. The Special Adviser also reiterated Mr. Ban’s concerns about the resurgence of AQAP and Yemen’s brimming financial insecurity which, he cautioned, would only further exacerbate the country’s deep humanitarian crisis.“The political, humanitarian and security environments pose serious challenges for UN operations. Nevertheless, the UN will not leave,” he continued. “Despite all the setbacks this dream is still alive. The Yemenis can still make it. The Security Council and the international community have a responsibility to support them in these difficult times.” read more

UNled Yemen ceasefire monitoring team gets ready to begin operations

The Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) is led by retired Major General Patrick Cammaert, who previously served in a variety of peacekeeping roles at the United Nations, including as Force Commander of the former Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and Military Adviser to UN peacekeeping (DPKO).The RCC members are drawn from military and security representatives of the Yemeni Government and the Houthi militia, with General Cammaert in the role of Chair. In addition, several international observers may be deployed in the city and port of Hudaydah, as well as Saleef and Ras Isa: these ports are critical to the delivery of aid to the country, which has for months now, been home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters that General Cammaert had “reiterated the commitment of the UN to help the parties to de-escalate tensions” and “highlighted the primacy of the humanitarian goal of the ceasefire and the importance of securing unhindered flow of humanitarian aid”, during the inaugural RCC briefing. InTuesday’s briefing, Mr. Dujarric said that UN chief António Guterres was “breathing down the neck” of officials to make sure that the UN observers are deployed as soon as possible to monitor the ceasefire. The spokesperson said that General Cammaert has reiterated the importance of securing the unhindered flow of humanitarian aid through the ports, and the commitment of the UN to help the opposing parties fulfil their obligations and commitments, and to help them to de-escalate tensions.General Cammaert will travel on Thursday to Amman, Jordan, with a small advance team, and from there to the Yemeni Capital of Sana’a and Hudaydah. The spokesperson said that General Cammaert plans to convene a first face-to-face meeting with the Committee as soon as possible. read more

Caption Competition Alan Shatter takes on the Defences Forces at ping pong

first_imgNOVELIST, JUSTICE MINISTER… and, now, apparently, table tennis aficionado.Alan Shatter has been visiting Irish troops in Lebanon as the 108th UNIFIL Battalion prepares to fly home following the conclusion of a six-month tour-of-duty.There was a ceremony today to mark the change-over of personnel.Along with his typical duties  — inspecting the troops, watching flags being handed-over — the veteran Dublin South politician also made time in his busy schedule to take on the Irish Army at table tennis.There’s no word from the Defence Forces on who won — or whether the Minister laid down his ping-pong challenge to the entire Battalion.From the looks of it though, the Fine Gael TD tackled the encounter in a typically no-nonsense Shatter-esque manner.What do you reckon’s being said? Answers below, please.Update 8.25pm: A Defence Forces source tells us the Minister won. No surprise, really: turns out he’s a pretty experienced player. From  ”Alan played League Table Tennis  for some years with Dundrum Table Tennis Club”. [Defence Forces Press]last_img read more

Three minds working for the wellness of a player is always better

first_img Sat 10:01 AM 2 Comments ‘Three minds working for the wellness of a player is always better than one’: Inside Dublin’s three in-a-row bid Dublin ladies team doctor Dr Katie Lydon, physio Antia O’Brien and performance nutritionist Kate McDaid are fuelling the All-Ireland champions’ three in-a-row bid. Share8 Tweet Email Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 10:00 AM “A lot of the stuff, we would have implemented last year and there’d just be little things like that that you re-iterate and remind as the season goes on and the weather changes.“A lot it would be second nature to them and it’s just a case of putting up a few reminders here and there so everyone is very confident — especially looking to check in with the girls on a one-to-one basis just to make sure everyone is in a good space and they’re all happy with what they’ve been doing up to now.“It’s just about those reminders, and being very aware of who you’re dealing with. I am dealing with individuals who also have a million things on their plate. It’s like, ‘How can I get this message across in a manner that sits with them and they can act upon.’”All three appreciate the immense support provided by the Mater Private Hospital, who this year, agreed a partnership to provide medical and healthcare support to the Dublin ladies. Dublin’s Sinead Aherne, Tarah O’Sullivan, Niamh Collins, Deirdre Murphy and Noelle Healy celebrate last year’s win. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOScans are available quickly and easily if necessary for an injured player, as is access to the subsequent imagery and appointments if needed. As captain Sinéad Aherne noted earlier this week, when she started out 15 years ago there was no guarantee a physio would be present at a match and now, each player’s health insurance is being looked after.“It’s huge,” Dr Lydon agrees. “The girls spend so much of their own time, be that away from work — many of them can’t work full-time due to the commitments required by training — so it’s nice to know that they are protected in some way.“If they get injured they can rely on the fact that they are going to get some financial support. Absolutely, they have the medical backroom team that are going to look after them. “The Mater Private are pumping a lot of money into the Dublin ladies at the moment. This has huge repercussions because other sporting organisations are going to look at this and realise that in order to create world-class athletes, and in the context of Gaelic football, in order to propel the sport even further, these athletes should most definitely have a strong, medical backroom team to support them in their endeavours.”The medical progression has been massive through the years, as seen from that earlier example, but not just that, it’s little things. “Irrespective of whether it’s a female athlete or a male athlete, in general, I think people are tying the dots together a lot better,” McDaid nods. “Things like recognising that we need to manage load, that it’s not a case that we’re absolutely dogging players day in, day out and [thinking] that’s going to make them better.“Recognising that down time and team building is as important as the training in some ways, and I suppose giving people a more rounded picture… things like mindfulness and the psychology element is becoming more recognised and rightly so.“That obviously paired with the nutrition and being aware of the need for recovery sessions whether it’s going swimming in the sea or whatever it may be, that that’s being given to the athlete too. That’s the complete picture, it’s not just, ‘Okay, arrive to training and we’re just going to run the legs off you and alright, see ye now.’“Gradually, slowly but surely, people are starting to take that into account more. I think that’s happening, it’s definitely happening on the men’s side but also the female side which is great to see. Dublin Manger Mick Bohan with the injured Siobhan Killeen. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO“We obviously still have a long way to go to really give every athlete the correct support.”But the Dublin ladies — and Dr Katie Lydon, Kate McDaid and Anita O’Brien — are definitely a shining example of leading the way at this present moment. And their ability to work together as a unit sure helps that.“It’s fantastic,” McDaid smiles. “It’s great to have a sounding board if there’s any apprehension or whatever; three minds working for the wellness of a player is always better than one. I think we compliment each other nicely.“It’s been an absolute pleasure having two such professional women involved and working alongside me. It’s invaluable for my own practice as much as anything else.”And O’Brien most definitely agrees.“It’s really good that we all work together and all have our input to try and get the player back as quickly as possible,” she concludes, with all eyes on tomorrow’s throw-in.“The buzz around the camp is unbelievable, it’s hard to describe. The feeling is unbelievable. Everyone is so focused on Sunday now and hopefully getting three in-a-row. But everyone will enjoy the season, whatever the outcome.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Dublin ladies performance nutritionist Kate McDaid.“What I’ve noticed, and considering my research is in the area is menstrual cycle disorders, which obviously our male counterparts are fortunate not to discover,” she says, adding that her research is in how to manage pre-menstrual syndrome in elite athletes.“I can offer that little bit more to the women. I guess it’s a taboo subject and as a population, we generally don’t talk about it. I think that’s largely because in a lot of female sports, the coaching and management staff is largely male-orientated. In a lot of instances they’re not going to be able to offer little if any guidance on how to manage it.“We’ve current research that suggests that about 48% of the general population that are involved in physical activity suffer from PMS. That hampers their performance and ability to train, but you need to look outside that as well: the ability to concentrate, you get more emotional.“It’s very hard for an individual to say to a management team, ‘Listen, it’s my time of the month. I’m struggling at the moment,’ when there’s spots to be obtained on a team. And literally these girls put their heart, soul, guts into obtaining that spot.”That’s been highlighted, more and more recently, she adds, but says there needs to be a “greater understanding of the challenges women face, not only on the sports field, to get them to a stage which they can compete at a high level.”McDaid also touches on that, and the fact that the players are tracking their menstrual cycles to aid their performance and to reduce injury on the FitrWoman app.“That cycle’s going to have an impact on their training and how they’re feeling,” the Dublin native says. “That was something we definitely looked at a little bit more that season in particular.“There’s only so much that can change. We obviously can’t be doing different training sessions for different athletes the whole time or anything like that, but it makes us aware of who’s not feeling great.“Maybe someone needs to work a little bit more on their recovery because they’re at whatever stage of their cycle. It’s a really interesting eye-opener for myself, for the backroom team and also for the girls; it was a nice learning curve.She continues: “It’s probably still a little bit of an, ‘Ugh’ topic that some people don’t want to be talking about but it definitely does help. One of the positives from a social media perspective is that message is filtering through and through more and more. It makes it more normal. The Dublin set-up celebrate last year’s All-Ireland title win. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“It shouldn’t be anything that we’re uncomfortable about or anything that we should feel some type of way about but I suppose it is a little bit uncomfortable for some people, so seeing the message a lot more, being a lot more prevalent, it helps people get over that little barrier.“We still have a long way to go from a research perspective, we are learning a lot but we’re all different as individuals and menstrual cycles are so different on a person-to-person basis so aside from that, there’s still a lot that we need to learn and figure out.“It’s definitely something that has an impact on performance anyway, it’s just about managing it and managing the girls as best as we can with that knowledge.”The same amount of training, time and effort is put in at a high level, O’Brien nods.“In terms of preparation, regardless of whether you’re male or female you’re going to have to cover your nutrition, your recovery strategies post-training, getting enough sleep and hydration and that’s the same across the board really.”As physio, she’d generally be at every training session — so gym once a week, and two to three pitch sessions, depending on the match schedule — observing, assessing injuries, doing rehab with injured players and managing their training load.That’s all part of the job spec of course, but it’s not just that. She’s a sounding board to the players, and not strictly a physio.“You do have to keep a professional boundary but you are with them so much,” she says. “You get to know them, particularly the girls who have been with the group for three seasons now and more, you get really close to them.“Particularly the girls that are injured, you tend to know them more. You do get close to them, you take an interest in their lives and what’s going on with them outside of football.”Anyone who’s been through a lengthy injury understands how mentally-tolling it can be, so having someone there to speak with and a solid support system in place is hugely important. A look at the Dublin squad ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.And they have just that in the set-up, O’Brien assures: “It’s hard when players get injured but it is a contact sport, injuries will happen.“Generally, the girls on the pitch are assessed by myself. If needed then Katie, the team doctor, will get involved and they’ll go to NutriKate [McDaid] as well about their nutrition and their return to play.“As well as that, we’ll talk about injuries and the return to play with themselves and members of management. There’s a really good psychologist on the team, she’s a coach as well but she’s really, really good at talking to the girls and helping them through tough times too.”O’Brien and Dr Lydon work in tandem on the more medical side of things while the nutritional interaction comes from McDaid: food and supplements to aid recovery, how to manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] and other common problems are all looked at.It’s all about instilling habits and preparation along the way, McDaid explains. “When it comes to the big occasions, things are just routine,” she continues, honing in on recovery and healthful habits like adequate sleep and eating plenty of fruit and veg, “everyone’s very comfortable and it’s almost like the nutrition element is very much second nature. center_img AN EXAMPLE OF how far we’ve come to start off. When Dr Katie Lydon suffered a devastating career-ending injury 13 years ago, she had no choice but to step away from her blossoming athletics career.  Anita O’Brien (team physiotherapist), Kate McDaid (team nutritionist), Dr. Katie Lydon (team doctor) and Dr. Caroline Whelan (Chief Operating Officer, Mater Private Hospital). Source: MAXWELLS.DUBLINNow the Dublin ladies doctor, Lydon detached her hamstring from her ischial tuberosity, or how many may recognise it: the same injury that Paul O’Connell had, where one basically rips the muscle off the bone.That, also, was a career-ending injury for Munster and Ireland legend O’Connell, but he was coming to the end of his playing days. In another rugby example, Cian Healy made it back from the horror setback.Likewise, Dublin ladies star Siobhán Killeen and Galway’s Dora Gorman suffered the same cruel fate earlier this year and have both undergone surgery and are on their respective roads to recovery.It shows just how far things have come on the medical side of sport.“When I did that, for instance, there was no surgical option,” Dr Lydon explains. “The only option for me was conservative management. Now, you’ve got a whole host of individuals who can operate, and that just wasn’t the case back when I was competing. “I did compete to an international level and was aspiring to further international glory, but it wasn’t to be purely because there was no one at the time willing to operate or assist.“It’s very unfortunate, but it propelled me and is my driving force into helping these individuals obtain their own sporting goals.”***The team behind the team is often forgotten about. Aside from the boss, the majority of those involved in management in an inter-county set-up fly under the radar. We see faces and hear names, but often don’t learn stories.The Dublin ladies backroom team is a massive operation. You’ll see it for yourself before the throw-in 4pm at Croke Park tomorrow, as Mick Bohan’s troops stand together, arms around one another, for the National Anthem ahead of their All-Ireland final showdown with Galway.Coaches, selectors, a psychologist, liason officer, kit man, physiotherapist, doctor, performance nutritionist; you name it. They’ll all be there. And have been through thick and thin for this team. The Dublin squad ahead of last September’s All-Ireland final.Their physio, Anita O’Brien, came on board ahead of the 2017 season. A Trinity College Dublin graduate and Masters recipient who opened her own practice this year, O’Brien was introduced to Bohan that January and hasn’t looked back since.That year, of course, the Sky Blues won their first All-Ireland since 2010. And they made it a double last September, capping performance nutritionist Kate McDaid’s first year involved on a high.From speaking to McDaid, O’Brien and Dr Lydon, enjoyment in their roles is the main thing that shines through. They each stress how engaging the players are and how brilliant they are to work with.“Oh my God, an absolute pleasure,” McDaid tells The42. “Having played competitive sport myself and just being in with players who are so driven, so hungry and really just lovely people too… they really are just wonderful to work with, so it makes my job even that bit more enjoyable to have the group I’m dealing with on a daily basis.”“Yes, the commitment is huge but they’re such a fantastic group to work with,” O’Brien echoes her words. “You have so much fun with them as well, it’s not just work for them. I get on really well with the management team and the girls. They’re a great bunch to work with.”Dr Lydon, who studied medicine between UCD and her native Galway because of that career-ending injury and then went down the sports medicine route, first got involved with the team this year following Professor John O’Byrne of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital’s suggestion.She’s a musculoskeletal tutor there while completing her Masters and a thesis with the Irish Sport Institute, and was delighted to come into the fold.“This is the first time they have had a doctor on board,” she smiles. “We are the only county, as far as I’m aware, and from all our games so far, the first county to have a doctor involved with the team in a full-time capacity.”It’s the first female team she’s been fully engaged with too, but is well versed to compare and contrast with men’s set-ups after travelling with the Ireland hockey team to the World Cup in India last year.McDaid and O’Brien reckon that females are generally more open about life both on and off the pitch, and Dr Lydon agrees. But there’s one big difference. By Emma Duffy 11,682 Views Follow us: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

If Nothing Else the Justice League Cartoon is Still Great

first_img 10 Movies That Would Have Been Better Split in HalfAmazon Baits Prime Customers With Advanced ‘Aquaman’ Screening At last, a live-action Justice League film is here! As a huge DC fan, I should be celebrating, right? But although it could’ve been much worse, early reactions suggest Justice League the movie still leaves a lot to be desired. So as a huge DC fan, I should really be mad, right?The thing is, no matter how badly DC and WB treat these characters in the future, it’ll be tough for me to ever get truly upset because I’ve already seen the DC Universe represented perfectly in motion. No matter what happens in the movies, we’ll always have the beautiful, deep, fun, brilliant 2001 Justice League cartoon.The mythic grandeur of that opening, the epic DC aesthetic at its best, still gets me every time.Considering it was following up the masterful groundbreaking work of Batman: The Animated Series, the Justice League cartoon was already starting from a great place. Fans were even able to accept the more streamlined Bruce Timm art that came with the companion Superman cartoon. But that didn’t mean the show was a guaranteed home run.Previous DC cartoons had years to establish just two heroes, Batman and Superman, along with their supporting casts and occasional guest stars. Justice League, on the other hand, had to introduce five new main heroes and turn them into characters worth building stories around. First, the staff had to decide who those characters were even going to be. Wonder Woman and Flash were a given, but the rest of the picks reflected a desire to diversify the team, even if it meant leaving out heavy-hitters like Aquaman.Instead of Hal Jordan, we got militaristic but noble John Stewart, still the definitive Green Lantern for a generation of children Black or otherwise. Instead of Hawkman, we got an aggressive jaded Hawkgirl. And although he’s rarely referred to as the Martian Manhunter, the empathetic alien J’onn J’onzz was one of the coolest, most intriguing characters in kids cartoons.All of these characters were brought to life through a stellar voice cast. Anchored by Kevin Conroy’s legendary take on Batman, newcomers George Newbern, Phil LaMarr, Michael Rosenbaum, Maria Canals, and Susan Eisenberg made the league feel like a mature family of different but complementary superheroic people.Characters aren’t much without great stories to support them, though. And another one of Justice League’s clever decisions was making almost every episode a two-parter. It was essentially an hour-long drama show smuggled into a half-hour kids show format. The adventures on Justice League took great advantage of this increased scope. They dove deep into DC history (Metamorpho!) and concepts (the Speed Force!) or added extra fascinating depths to characters who may not have gotten it otherwise like Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and the slow-burning romance between the two of them.Where to even begin with favorite episodes? “Only A Dream” is a legitimately terrifying nightmare caper that explores the fears of these “unrelatable” DC heroes, and it also has Batman ordering coffee.“Hereafter” and “A Better World” are better Death of Superman and Fascist Justice League stories than Batman v Superman and Injustice, respectively.“Twilight” solidified Michael Ironside’s Darkseid as my favorite comic book villain of all time, followed closely by Clancy Brown’s Telly Savalas’s Lex Luthor in episodes like “Injustice for All.”“Legends” celebrated the Golden Age of comics while also warning about the dangers of being too nostalgic for the past. Among the writing staff was the late, great Dwayne McDuffie, which also maybe explains why this episode wasn’t afraid to slyly touch on the racism of the time period Golden Age Comics spring from.This “mini-movie” format worked beautifully for Justice League’s first two seasons. But when the show was renewed, it shifted gears. With its independent episodes and massively expanded cast of DC heroes, Justice League Unlimited was another huge risk. But its overall quality says in retrospect we never should’ve doubted the DC Animated Universe.Even though episodes typically weren’t two-parters, overall the JLU story was bigger thanks to a focus on comic book-style continuous story arcs. Occasionally we’d get an incredible one-off like jazz-singing Batman rescuing Wonder Woman (who had turned into a pig) and winking at that great romantic pairing. But overall JLU told a thought-provoking conspiracy story about the government’s relationship to a legion of all-powerful secular gods that, once again, puts Batman v Superman to shame. It even had time to tell a Suicide Squad story better than Suicide Squad with a fraction of the length. Viola Davis is one of our greatest living actresses, but C.C.H. Pounder’s performance is what made me first adore Amanda Waller.But beyond the plot, I also appreciate how JLU got me to fall in love with so many varied DC characters and their relationships in a relatively short amount of time. The show really understood the hearts and souls of characters like The Question, Captain Atom, Wildcat, Huntress, Black Canary, Doctor Fate, the one true Captain Marvel Billy Batson, and countless more. I knew that Green Arrow is about three things: being green, shooting arrows, and being a big fat socialist.The same applies to the villains, too. The final season (after a Batman Beyond epilogue) revolves around what might as well be the Legion of Doom. They, unfortunately, couldn’t use Black Manta’s name, but his excellent presence is still felt in “Devil Ray.” I never thought sorceress Tala would be so entertaining as a gold-digging supervillain groupie. And of course, we can never forget the late Powers Boothe’s incredible turn as freakin’ Gorilla Grodd.Watching Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as a kid, the show’s quality seemed almost effortless, like Superman lifting a building without breaking a sweat. But analyzing it as an adult, the show’s success is the result of several factors that were undoubtedly very difficult to pull off.It had an iconic, stylish art style with well-choreographed and well-animated fight scenes. It had a supremely talented cast working with ingenious writing that was both bold and subtle while never talking down to the younger audience even when being funny. And it had a real love and understanding of DC characters while not being afraid to add its own new ideas to the mythology, like any respectable comic writer.Just watch this scene where Superman expresses his frustration with his necessary, self-imposed restraints before punching Brainiac-powered Darkseid. Everything that makes Justice League so fantastic is right here.There have been good, even great, DC cartoons since Justice League ended for real in 2006. Teen Titans (where Cyborg belongs, not in the Justice League), Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and some of the DC Original Movies stand out. But in my opinion, none have struck JL’s exact balance quite as well. They’re either too childish, too visually bland, or too stupidly “dark.” Justice League was the best of all multiverses.I love a lot of superhero things. I love The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 movies, the Watchmen and Black Panther graphic novels, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance video game and the Hulk hand toys. But my favorite superhero thing, as a whole, is the expansive, outstanding DC Animated Universe. And the Justice League cartoon is where the DCAU reached its fantastic final form. No bad Justice League movies can take that away, and hopefully one day the films can reach those heights.Buy Justice League: The Complete SeriesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas Pays

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas, Mr. Alon Lavi  paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette at the Ministry on Monday, 16th October, 2017.(BIS Photo/ Kristaan Ingraham) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Water Resources Development Programs

first_imgOn February 24th, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources held a hearing to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) efforts on water resources development projects and the reports that go with them. The USACE is criticized for lengthy processes and projects, including taking decades to complete preliminary feasibility studies.  The USACE defended its record, citing successful projects following Hurricane Katrina and arguing that there are conditions and requirements involved in USACE projects that do not exist for other agencies or businesses.The USACE was question about its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, which did not include funding for several projects that are already underway.  The USACE indicated that activity would not halt completely on the projects, but they would see minimal work.  The USACE indicated that the projects do not meet the minimum benefit-to-cost ratio that allows construction to continue. For every dollar spent, the project must generate $2.50.The ASA continues to support and advocate for increased funding for the USACE for construction and operations & maintenance activities to improve performance and efficiency of the locks and dams on the inland waterways system and progress toward major renovation or the construction of new locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River System.  Record increases in appropriations have been achieved in the past two years, following the successful enactment of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014 and an increase in the barge fuel fee that funds the Inland Waterways Trust Fund.last_img read more

Walker requires state agencies to improve efficiency

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker is seeking to streamline state agencies responsible for financing economic development, housing, and renewable energy.He signed an administrative order Thursday requiring the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to find opportunities to become more efficient or consolidate.Download AudioThe agencies have more than $3 billion in assets and employ 440 people.Walker says the state hasn’t pre-determined what the outcome will be.“This is a process that will be inclusive, not exclusive,” said Walker. “It’s not going to be a process where we come up with an edict on the third floor and say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ We invite them – no one knows their agencies better than them. So they have been doing this a bit internally themselves. So we just have expanded that a bit.”The housing finance corporation finances low-cost mortgages and provides public and special needs housing. The energy authority administers the Renewable Energy Grant Fund and provides assistance to rural communities. The development and export authority finances business development.Commissioner of Administration Sheldon Fisher will lead the effort. Walker says he expects the recommendations will require new state laws next legislative session.last_img read more

Extreme cold to move across Alaska in coming week

first_imgRick Thoman is climate science and services manager at the National Weather Service’s Fairbanks office. (Photo courtesy of ACCAPAlaskans aren’t too surprised when the weather is cold…in January….but National Weather Service Climate Science manager for Alaska, Rick Thoman says we’re going to see some extreme cold move in over much of Alaska. Potentially 60 below over the western half of the state, but how far will temps drop? Thoman says…it’s complicated.Listen nowRick Thoman is the Alaska Climate Science Manager for National Weather Service. He says it’s difficult to predict how long the frigid temps will last but five to seven days are likely. He added the Southeast panhandle will probably escape the extreme cold but could see snow, down to sea level.last_img

Realty venture violates norms locals concerned

first_imgQutbullapur: An illegal real-estate venture has come up near the bund of Pedda Cheruvu tank, violationg WALTA norms. Morevoer, the venture managers have dug borewells near the water body against the norms and selling water illegally. As per the norms, no constructions should be made within 10-15 meters from the water body but real-estate builders have encroached on the buffer land and have started the venture. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Added to it, the venture owners have dug deep borewells near the tank and have been selling water to companies, earning lakhs of rupees illegally. Local residents have expressed doubts over the venture and said that the owners may have colluded with the officals of the Revenue and Irrigation departments as no action was taken against them. This may result in the disappearance of the water body in the future, several locals residents commented. When The Hans India contacted Qutbullapur Tahsildar on the issue, he said that the matter would be investigated and necessary action would be taken against them.last_img read more

Facial recognition tech to secure Red Fort

first_imgNew Delhi : The Delhi Police is using cameras equipped with facial recognition software for the first time to secure the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national flag on the 73rd Independence Day, officials said on Wednesday. A multi-layered security arrangement, involving SWAT commandos and NSG snipers, is being put in place for the national capital in view of the Centre scrapping the constitutional provisions that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status and tensions with Pakistan. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Army, paramilitary forces and 20,000 Delhi Police personnel have also been deployed. To identify suspects around the historic Red Fort, police is using cameras with facial recognition technology and has deployed anti-drone detection systems to secure the skies. Around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed around the venue, where ministers, bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will gather to hear the prime minister. The roads leading to the Red Fort are under surveillance and police personnel are taking help of trained sniffer dogs to check vehicles in north and central districts of Delhi. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us To ensure public convenience during mobility, optimal staff deployment and proper signage installation had been planned. Special squads on motorcycles are deployed. Security protocols have also been devised for the “At Home” function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. At both these places, visitors will have to pass through several door-framed metal detectors and they will be frisked with hand-held metal detectors. Advertise With Us Baggages canners have already been placed at all entry points at the Red Fort venue. Special “spotters” are keeping an eye on parking areas and kite catchers will ensure a distraction-free event on Thursday. “We have made an extensive security arrangement for those coming to the Red Fort. Drills have been rehearsed,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad. Special control rooms will monitor alerts and coordinate with security agencies, Prasad added. Officials said Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) units and specially-equipped Parakram vans are being stationed at crucial junctions. Police personnel are regularly conducting anti-sabotage drills and making enquiries at hotels for possible suspects lodging there. Police have prohibited aerial activities, including paragliding, hot-air balloons and quadcopters, until August 15 around the Red Fort. Any person violating the order will be liable for criminal prosecution, they said. The Delhi Metro has not announced any change in its services on August 15, but there will be restrictions on entry and exit at some stations on the Violet Line. Parking areas, however, have been closed until 2pm on August 15.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Robin

first_img Robin Brings The Thunder!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Robin. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Chrom may have been the main lord of Fire Emblem Awakening but tactician/magician Robin was the player’s actual avatar. If the name “Robin” doesn’t sound familiar it’s because that was just a default name for the character and you could change their name, appearance, and gender. As with most everyone in that game you could also choose who Robin marries and has children with. But what never changes is Robin’s friendship with Chrom and willingness to rebel against their dark destiny.Smash HistoryRobin was revealed alongside Lucina in a Smash Wii U/3DS trailer back when the game wasn’t filled to the brim with Fire Emblem characters. There was just Marth and Ike, who are pretty distinct from each other. Lucina may be a Marth clone but Robin’s emphasis on spells and alternate weapons made them a very different representative for the franchise. That difference is even more appreciated in Ultimate, where even a counter sword boy like Chrom can go from groveling in the dirt to dominating the meta.What Looks New in Ultimate?Robin brings the resource-management of Fire Emblem into their fights as players have to conserve limited uses of lightning, fire, wind, and vampire spells as well as a more powerful lightning sword that takes time to recharge. In Ultimate that charge is also now visible, although you no longer start with it. One of Robin’s coolest combos, Checkmate, pays tribute to that necessary intellectualism. And in Ultimate Robin players will need to put their brains to work again as the mix of buffs and nerfs make Robin a different character but not necessarily a better or worse one yet.Our Hopes?We hope that no more new Fire Emblem characters get added to Ultimate. Just have to put that out there first. But instead of any specific gameplay adjustments or fan requests, we want Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to acknowledge that with its upcoming Persona 5 DLC it’ll soon have characters named “Robin” and “Joker.” Someone shine the Bat signal already.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

Macrorit Disk Partition Free 400 released

first_imgMacrorit Disk Partition Free 4.0.0 released by Martin Brinkmann on December 28, 2016 in Software – 6 commentsMacrorit Disk Partition Free 4.0.0 is out; the latest version of the free disk partitioning software comes with an option to create bootable media to partition and manage hard drives and storage devices on system boot without loading an operating system first.The free version of the application for Windows works as you would expect it to work. You start it up and it pulls all drives connected to the device on start. You may need to run it with elevated privileges by right-clicking on the dm.exe executable file and selecting run as administrator though.All drives and partitions are displayed in the interface afterwards. Simply select a volume or partition from the list, and then one of the supported operations to get started.Macrorit Disk Partition Free 4.0.0What you may find interesting in this regard is that it supports more options than your average disk partitioner. While you can use the program to perform operations such as resizing, moving, or formatting volumes, you can also use the program for advanced operations.This includes converting a partition to logical or Fat32, wiping free disk space on a drive, running a surface test, or hiding volumes.It takes little more than two clicks with the mouse to start any of those operations.Version 4.0.0 changesThe new “build bootable CD” option is listed under Tools in the sidebar. The program supports the creation of optical discs, but does not support creating a bootable USB drive for the purpose of running the disk partitioning software during system boot.This is a limitation, especially if you run the program on a computer without optical drive.The remaining changes are all fixes. If you have not updated the program for a while, you may benefit from other recent changes introduced in previous versions of the program.The September 2015 update introduced full Windows 10 support for instance, the March 2016 update increased the disk limit to 64, and the July 2016 introduced support for Windows Storage space and Bitlocker partition management support.Closing WordsPartitioning is not really something that most users do regularly. Most who require a partition tool may use built-in disk management tools of Windows instead for that.Macrorit Disk Partition Free 4.0.0 however supports other operations as mentioned previously that you may find useful.You can use the program to check a disk for instance, or wipe all data remains on free space (not SSD though) using it.The application is provided as a portable version and setup version. (via Deskmodder)Now You: Which disk partitioning software do you use?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Macrorit Disk Partition FreeOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls a

first_imgBible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake Analysis by German scholars has revealed that at least five of the museum’s 16 scroll fragments are apparent forgeriesThe scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in eastern Israel bible|dead sea scrolls|museum|Washington Summary FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, security workers stand inside a large open stairwell area at the Museum of the Bible in Washington. Less than a year after it opened, Washington’s Museum of the Bible is admitting that at least part of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls are fakes. The embarrassing announcement on Oct. 22, 2018, is the culmination of a technical analysis by a team of German scholars. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2018 4:06 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – When Washington’s $500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice-President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.Now the museum has been forced to admit a painful truth: Technical analysis by a team of German scholars has revealed that at least five of the museum’s 16 scroll fragments are apparent forgeries.The announcement has serious implications not only for the Bible Museum but for other evangelical Christian individuals and institutions who paid top dollar for what now seems to be a massive case of archaeological fraud.Jeffrey Kloha, chief curator for the Museum of the Bible, said in a statement that the revelation is “an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency.”The scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in caves on the western shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus. With more than 9,000 documents and 50,000 fragments, the entire collection took decades to fully excavate.Most of the scrolls and fragments are tightly controlled by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But around 2002, a wave of new fragments began mysteriously appearing on the market, despite skepticism from Biblical scholars.These fragments, they warned, were specifically designed to target American evangelical Christians, who prize the scrolls. That appears to be exactly what happened; a Baptist seminary in Texas and an evangelical college in California reportedly paid millions to purchase alleged pieces of the scrolls.Also eagerly buying up fragments was the Green family — evangelical Oklahoma billionaires who run the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and who famously sued the Obama administration on religious grounds, saying they didn’t want to pay to provide their employees access to the morning-after pill or intrauterine devices.The Greens are the primary backers of the Museum of the Bible and went on an archaeological acquisition spree in the years leading up to the museum’s opening. In addition to the alleged Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, the Greens ran afoul of the Justice Department, which said they had acquired thousands of smuggled artifacts looted from Iraq and elsewhere. The family agreed last year to return those artifacts and pay a $3 million fine.last_img read more

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