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2012 Vawdon Cup Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of their respective divisions in the 2012 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup finals. Men’s Open Penrith Panthers 7 defeated Parramatta Eels 6 (drop-off)Women’s Open Eastern Suburbs Roosters 7 defeated Wollongong Devils 5Mixed Open Eastern Suburbs Roosters 6 defeated Wests Magpies 4Men’s Division OneHornsby Lions 6 defeated Wollongong Devils 1Women’s Division OneCentral Coast Dolphins 5 defeated Northern Suburbs Bears 4Men’s Division TwoEastern Suburbs Roosters 8 defeated Wests Magpies 6Women’s Division TwoLiverpool Lightning 2 defeated Hills Hornets 2Men’s Division ThreeRyde Eastwood Hawks 8 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Men’s Masters (played on the 19th October)Balmain Tigers 9 defeated Penrith Panthers 0Men’s Seniors (played on the 19th October)Wests Magpies 6 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 5Related LinksVawdon Cup Resultslast_img read more

Healthy Fruit Snacks for Four St. Andrew Schools

first_img The programme initially received assistance through JEEP Story Highlights Students eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church The group from the Swallowfield, St. Andrew, prepares locally grown fruits as snacks for the students Students from several schools in the Corporate Area are eating healthier as a result of an initiative by the Swallowfield Church of God of Prophecy, through its Institute for Mobilisation, Partnership and Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) Limited.Through the initiative, a group from the Swallowfield community in St. Andrew, carefully prepares and packages locally grown fruits as snacks for the students of New Providence and St. Francis Primary and Liberty and St. Peter and Paul Preparatory schools.The programme initially received assistance through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) as part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ contribution to the National School Feeding Programme. It has since become an income earner for several persons in the community who are employed for up to 20 hours per week to prepare the snacks.In an interview with JIS News, Pastor at the church and Programme Co-ordinator, Melonia Waugh, informs that the initiative is aimed at ensuring that children have daily intake of nutritious snacks in their diets.“We source the fruits presently from the market, which is four fruits per plate -melon, orange, papaya, apple or mango…We use only Jamaican fruits that are in season,” she says.She adds that the healthy snacks are properly packaged in plastic containers and labelled before being sold for $40 each. She notes that even though other schools are on board the abovementioned four are the most consistent in ordering the products.Pastor Waugh says members of the Swallowfield community are appreciative of project as it creates employment for them.“The community is excited about this too…I must say that there is a young lady who will take like 40 fruits in the mornings and she will sell to the community children as well,” she says.She informs that through the programme six persons are currently employed and are excited about their job.For Shanecia Hussey, who is a direct beneficiary of the initiative, the money earned from the programme assists with paying for her evening classes. She says the project means a lot, especially since she was unemployed before it began.Another beneficiary, Kacian Thomas, informs that through the initiative, she has been exposed to various forms of making fruit cups, fruit plates and natural juices.She too is expressing gratitude to the organisers of the programme to which she has been employed since last year.In the meantime, Pastor Waugh informs that there are plans to expand the project. She is also encouraging other stakeholders to come on board and support the initiative to ensure its sustainability.Earlier this year, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, called for more local foods to be used in schools. He said the greater utilisation of cultivated crops, particularly fruits and vegetables, would provide a healthy alternative to bag drinks.Noting that bag drinks could potentially “give children diabetes” before they are fully developed, Mr. Clarke said he is advocating the introduction of more fruit and vegetable juices into the school nutrition programmes.“We want more use of our otaheite apple, cucumber, melon and mango…all the fruits that we have with fantastic flavours that sometimes go to waste. We want to incorporate those into the school feeding programme, instead of some imported items,” he asserted.The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) which initially supported the project is one of the Government’s strategic responses to unemployment among Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels.  The brainchild of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, JEEP has yielded jobs for approximately 37,000 persons since its inception in March 2012.last_img read more

In travel advisory Canadians warned of acts of violence linked to Brexit

first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians in Britain, warning them of possible violence in the wake of today’s latest twist in the country’s Brexit drama.The department issued the updated advisory as British politicians rejected the latest attempt to coalesce around a path out of the European Union.In the advisory, officials warn of “acts of violence” and confrontations between demonstrators and security forces around the parliamentary buildings and near Westminster Abbey in London.Canadians are urged to avoid areas where demonstrations take place and nearby subway stations.The department continues to recommend Canadians visiting the United Kingdom exercise a “high degree of caution” due to the threat of terrorism.U.K. parliamentarians today rejected for the third time British Prime Minister Teresa May’s plan for Brexit setting the stage for the country to crash out of the European Union next month without a replacement deal in place.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest Michigan AG says Legislatures tactic is legal

first_imgLANSING, Mich. — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s consideration of minimum wage and paid sick leave bills (all times local):12:35 p.m.Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette says it is constitutional for Michigan’s Legislature to pass bills initiated as ballot drives and subsequently amend them in the same legislative session.Schuette’s opinion was made public Tuesday as the GOP-controlled House prepared to vote to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that legislators passed in September so they would be easier to change now. Organizers of the ballot initiatives say the strategy is unconstitutional, and legal challenges are likely if Gov. Rick Snyder signs the bills.In his opinion dated Monday, Schuette says the state constitution imposes restrictions on lawmakers’ ability to amend voter-approved laws, but it has no “express limitations on amending a legislatively enacted initiated law.” He says Michigan courts have said legislatively enacted initiatives should be treated similarly to ordinary legislation.___10 a.m.Bills to scale back Michigan’s new minimum wage hike and mandatory paid sick leave law are advancing in the Republican-led Legislature.A House panel backed the legislation on party lines Tuesday. The full House may approve the bills later Tuesday before they move to Gov. Rick Snyder, who has not said where he stands.To prevent the ballot initiatives from going to electorate, where they would be much harder to change if voters had passed them, GOP lawmakers approved them in September so they could alter them now with majority votes.The business community supports delaying the boost in the minimum wage until at least 2030 and limiting paid sick time requirements to employers with 50 or more workers. Opponents say the move is illegal and an insult to voters.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suncor plans 10 production increase for 2019 holds capex spending steady

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 per cent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 per cent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.The production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 per cent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.last_img read more

Eric Stutzman home in time for Christmas

first_img‘What a fantastic community we have!! It’s amazing the amount of people willing to donate time, money or even a friendly text to see how I and my family are doing. I was totally dumbfounded when I heard how many people and how much money had been donated on the “gofundme” page. And others donated in person at FSJ Bottle Drop. I also had some friends buy and reinstall my furnace blower for free when it broke down. Also my friends Ken Griffin and Chris Dallow flew down to see me for a few days. It was especially nice to see old friends visit. They even took my wife Jenna out for some shopping and a bite to eat. It was nice for her to get away from the hospital and relax a bit. All of my siblings came to visit while I was in hospital either in Prince George or Vancouver. It was good to see them, next time I promise to be in better condition. Looks like we will be flying home this Friday hopefully. I will need more time to continue to recover and get healthier but every day I’m improving every day. Soon I will be able to start my battle with CLL. This will take about a year if everything goes as planned, then Lord willing I’ll be cancer free! Thank you again to our amazing community!’ Eric StutzmanStutzman is building his strength and waiting to return home in time for the Christmas holidays. The last week of the Stutzmans stay in Vancouver General Hospital saw Jenna Stutzman, Eric’s wife being admitted into the hospital for complications to her Diabetes.“Eric continues to improve but has to be on the feeding tube until he can sustain 2500 calories- we are hoping it will be removed within the next 24 to 48 hours and then they are saying they will have to send him home because there are no beds in our hospital here,” said Karen Stutzman, Eric’s Mother, “It will be about two more days before Jenna is ready for release as well. They expect to come home together. However, it will be difficult for them to take care of each other because they are both so weak. Continued prayers are appreciated!”With the Stutzman’s three children remaining in FSJ during this time the Phoenix Club Volunteers provided gifts for the family to help provide Christmas Spirit.“Phoenix volunteers sent gifts- not knowing for sure who they were buying for-and did a fine job. I am preparing Christmas dinner,” Karen Stutzman goes on to say “Jenna and her daughter Tanisha will be the only other two living at the house besides Eric-their daughter Kylee lives in town & will come for Christmas.”The decision for Stutzman’s release is based on his ability to sustain 2500 calories and once home Stutzman will still require help. Correction to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been a long road for Eric Stutzman and his medical journey yet the road home is now in his future.A message from Eric Stutzman to the community; “Eric and Jenna are still in Vancouver General Hospital they hope to be released before the end of the week. If anyone would offer to do some simple supper’s they basically eat anything. Eric’s food will have to be puréed once it arrives. I understand the doctor has set up for a nurse to drop by and check up on them.” said Karen StutzmanMid-November Stutzman after a mini-stroke at work went to the Hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow. Due to complications, such as H1N1 influenza, a bacterial infection and pneumonia, Stutzman was airlifted from FSJ Hospital to Prince George and then to Vancouver General Hospital. Once there the Doctors discovered Stutzman had a bad gallbladder which was then removed.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years, the three children remained in Fort St. John during this medical situation and their youngest, son Ethan – five years old has been staying with his sisters.last_img read more

Acquisitions insolvencies cited as drilling company count tumbles by 40

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A research report by AltaCorp Capital shows the number of companies actively drilling in Canada has declined by 40 percent since the oil price crash of late 2014.The analysis cites industry data which shows only 26 drilling contractors have been working so far in 2019, 17 fewer than observed in 2014.It says consolidation is the biggest reason companies have disappeared, with seven companies holding about 17 percent of market share being purchased over the period, including CanElson Drilling in 2015, Savanna Drilling in 2017 and Trinidad Drilling in 2018. It says insolvency removed four companies, although the market share held by those firms was just one percent. Two companies which together held about one percent of market share in 2014 are simply inactive, they have rigs but aren’t operating them.One company left the Canadian market and the fate of four other missing names isn’t known. There is just one new entrant on the 2019 list.The report says the Canadian drilling market would benefit from more consolidation given recent declines in drilling activity but says acquisitions are unlikely given high debt levels in the larger players and the relatively unattractive assets available.“Ultimately, we expect that rig transfers out of Canada, smaller one-off asset sales and gradual atrophy of older and less relevant rigs, will be the primary drivers of further Canadian industry concentration over the near-to-mid-term,” the report concludes.last_img read more

Argo Roads South Peace reminding drivers to slow down due to snow

first_imgFor more information on #shiftintowinter; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Argo Road Maintenence Road Contractor is reminding drivers to slow down as the snow has arrived.Tweeted on Thursday, September 26th, 2019, Argo posted, slow down and adjust your driving speeds according to the weather conditions.Argo’s twitter feed has posted shoulder gravelling has started along the John Hart Hwy (BCHwy 97S) near Fabric Road today and tomorrow. Traffic will be single lane and to expect minor delays.last_img

The inimitable Chowkidar

first_imgThe humble chaiwala has lost his pride of place. Even the familiar Gorkha has been fired; along with him are gone his night howls of ‘hoshiar raho’. It is because Prime Minister Modi gave a clarion call to every citizen to become a chowkidar to protect our nation. Yes, he has done a great service in reminding us of our duty, albeit it is through protecting our democracy. For this, we need to choose the right chowkidar-in-chief, who would honour the very principles of democracy; and is committed to making us happy and changing our lowly position in the World Happiness Report Index. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe World Happiness Report of the UN looked at six key variables – well-being, income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support, and generosity. India stands at 140 among 156 countries in the survey of 2018, down by seven notches over the previous year. Finland is the happiest for the second year in a row, while Denmark has been consistently in the top five for the past five years. Are we really as unhappy as the survey says? Let us have a look at each of the parameters. Also Read – Insider threat managementFirstly, well-being. Our philosophy, Yoga, and Upanishads emphasise well-being and happiness as a state of complete physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being and harmony with nature. But, the increasing stress of modern day life has robbed us of our mental peace and happiness. Studies have reported that extended families have more ‘life satisfaction’ than nuclear families which is a norm now. They further indicate that by 2025, over 38 million years of healthy life will be lost to mental illness in our country. Further, there is a total change in our cultural values. Leaders telling lies on oath, rendering ethics and values of no consequence, is so common. Alongside globalisation, religion too has become commercialised – profit and wealth being the primary objectives. In contrast, until recent times immediate well-being was not considered as important as the ultimate well-being. Religion is no longer a solace since the culture of rationality and truth-seeking has been replaced with blind faith, rituals and bigotry. Jesus was killed because he talked about taking business out of the temple, whereas Buddha called into question all the Hindu Gods and rituals, yet, no harm was caused to him. Instead, those who opposed him became his monks when they were convinced in months-long debates. It is not our culture to kill people with blind faith in our beliefs, like what the cow-vigilantes are doing with the blessings of the Party and governments. This change is a serious cause of social tension and unhappiness in the country. Happiness is elusive when we think of income too. Right to equality and equal distribution of wealth is only on paper; governments are pro-rich. The GDP growth of 7 per cent, being claimed by the government, is dubbed by many experts as manipulated. Doubting the figure, because not enough jobs are being created, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan even seeks to check its veracity by an impartial body. Total employment actually shrank by millions and the rate of unemployment is a whopping 16 per cent. And, whatever wealth is generated, the distribution is skewed. As per Oxfam survey in 2018, richest 1 per cent Indians cornered 73 per cent of Rs 20.9 lakh crores of wealth generated, while the rise is only 1 per cent for the poorest half of 67 crore Indians. Previous year’s survey showed the richest 1 per cent held 58 per cent of the country’s total wealth. Now, regarding freedom. We have freedom of the press, but the publishers are either induced or coerced into toeing the line of the government. We have freedom of religion, but there are communal tensions caused by bigots. There is freedom to choose professions; but the choice and opportunities are dwindling, with corruption inhibiting them further. One has the freedom to contest elections, but without money-power, it is beyond one’s dream. More than anything else, freedoms of thought and expression are stifled with government action; and freedom of privacy is intruded by snooping into every computer. There is also a great trust deficit. The promise of cooperative federalism is a farce; there is a mockery of democracy – no debates, no press conferences; only witch-hunting opposition with abuse of institutions; there is the only autocracy. Election promises are made only to be broken; election-time sops are only to please the voters. In the absence of a choice, one has to vote only for the better among the worst, who, once elected, would be on sale for voting in Parliament or Assembly. There is also mutual suspicion among people, like in the Big Brother regime. Now for health and social support. Easily available liquor every hundred yards, made so by the government of AP, etc., has proved to be a health hazard. Globalisation, and absence of character building in education, cause great stress and tensions, and there is a telling effect on life-expectancy; and even premature deaths through suicides. Food adulteration is another cause. Private medical treatment is very expensive and government hospitals, mostly, are not comfortable and conducive places. There is social support in terms of myriad welfare schemes, but corruption sabotages the very intentions. And, NGOs, mostly, work for their gains. Overall, for the chowkidars, there has been an increase in negative emotions – anxiety, sadness, anger and worry, distrust and insecurity. Thus, the survey has rightly placed India among the unhappiest countries. But, instead of sulking, it would be prudent to find ways to cheer us up. Happiness is variously defined. Psychologists consider it as ‘a mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy’. Sociologists say it is the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his life-as-a-whole positively, and refer it as subjective well-being (SWB) or life satisfaction. But quantifying it is difficult. A breakthrough, however, was made by Bhutan by calculating their country’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) and they evolved a single digit Index as a measuring tool for policy-making and to create policy incentives for the government, NGOs and businesses of Bhutan to increase GNH. Good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, cultural preservation and environment conservation are the four pillars that support the nine domains – psychological well-being, health, education, time use, cultural diversity and resilience, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards, and 33 indicators, which help in reaching the GNH Index. UN also passed a resolution in 2011 in support of this novel concept. While East European countries with no freedoms are low in happiness than poorest democracies, Denmark stands out as an example of happiness and well-being – free from corruption, thrust on health care, gender equality and voluntary work; and they proved the efficacy of cycling in environment protection, fuel saving, accidents, etc. As against the fact that 40 per cent Danes get involved in volunteer activities that generate a feeling of oneness of society, and accountability to each other for common growth, volunteerism is lacking in us. No serious efforts are ever made by us to bring such cohesion. Instead of emulating these examples, the government in power spends crores of rupees in advertising about their bounties and achievements. Any national newspaper of 26- 28 pages would generally have nearly half devoted to full page, half or quarter to advertisements from different government departments, although this does not pay any dividends. There are not even proper mechanisms to assess people’s satisfaction with government projects and schemes. The present systems of vigilance and anti-corruption are grossly inadequate since they only manage statistical targets, and whatever action is taken by them gets riddled in dilatory departmental or legal processes. It is imperative that effective feedback mechanisms are in place for real-time check and corrective action. In the past, apart from using elaborate spying systems and overt feedback mechanisms, benevolent kings themselves used to move incognito to check the well-being of their subjects. It is worthwhile, therefore, to divert the money spent on advertisements for this task since the dividends for the good and sincere work done, and the goodwill generated, are enormous. In a democracy, people’s satisfaction is paramount, like customer satisfaction in commercial establishments. The customer care departments vie with each other to please their customers, while sales departments aggressively advertise their products to lure potential customers. Take for example a pharmaceutical company. Whenever a new product is launched, their salesmen and qualified pharmaceutical degree holders interact with doctors who prescribe them to their patients and get feedback about how much better this new drug is working. Yet, not satisfied, they employ talented engineers and others to get independent feedback from the doctors who are handsomely compensated for the time invested. Similar is the case with sales of vehicles, and so on. It is time that chowkidars become inimitable and assertive, to set things right in our democracy. Revered Hanuman never knew his strength until he was reminded of it. Kumbhkaran had to be awakened from his deep sleep to show his power. For their own well-being and life satisfaction, for effective delivery and improvement in government policies, people should demand a comprehensive model based on Bhutanese and Danish experiences, and also for effective feedback mechanisms, with their participation. Lokpal has to be made proactive and given a pivotal role in this task. Ultimately, the happiness of a nation is the aggregate of the happiness of society and of individuals. For this, a real democrat should be chosen as the chowkidar-in-chief of India. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Warned Pak of consequences if pilot not returned PM Modi

first_imgPatan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it did not return Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.Addressing a poll rally at Patan in Gujarat, he asserted his government’s commitment towards national security and said whether the prime minister’s chair remains or not, he has decided that either he will be alive or the terrorists. He also took a jibe at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Modi urged the people of Gujarat to help the BJP win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in his home state, where polling will be held on Tuesday, and said if it does not happen, then there will be discussions on TV over it on the day of vote counting. Following the air strike at Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, there was a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes on February 27 in which the IAF wing commander was captured by the neighbouring country and released on the night of March 1. He said after Abhinandan was caught, opposition started seeking a reply from him. “We held a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world what Modi did to you.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”A senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept 12 missiles ready and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced return of the pilot, or else it was going to be a “qatal ki raat’,” he said. “This was said by America, I have nothing to say about this now, I will speak about it when the time will come,” he said. “The (PM’s) chair remains or goes, I have decided that either I be alive or terrorists will remain alive,” he said. He said the air strike at terror camps in Pakistan was something people expected from him. “When Pulwama happened, what did the country expect Modi to do? Would you, would the country have pardoned me had I done what the Manmohan Singh government did after 26/11,” he asked. The country wanted something to be done, he said, adding that he had announced giving a free hand to the military. “They (Pakistan) made tight arrangements, but being the disciple of Lord Hanuman, our people conducted air strike and their story was over,” he said. Hitting out at the opposition parties, he said the Balakot strike made them uncomfortable. “Pakistan was repeatedly saying India bombed us, but people here were questioning if this was India’s Balakot. They were proved false,” he said. Accusing the Congress of questioning the bravery of India’s military force and doubting its action, he said, “Does any Congress leader ask for air strike proof? They have got the message to stop asking because people are getting angry. After the first and second phases of polls, they have forgotten to ask.” He also took a swipe at Pawar, who on Saturday said he was “terribly afraid” as to what Modi, who once called the NCP chief his mentor in politics, would do next. “Sharad Pawar says I don’t know what will Modi do. If he is unaware of what Modi will do tomorrow, how will Imran Khan know?” he said. He also attacked the Congress for not providing new howitzers to the Army since 1985 and said his government has arranged for artillery manufacturing at three factories in the country.last_img read more

300 Irish people worth more than Moroccos GDP source

first_imgRabat- The Irish news website Independent has recently published a news story which compares Morocco’s global gross domestic product to the wealth of Ireland’s richest 300 in 2014.This week, the Independent published a list of wealthy Irish citizens. The Irish independent said Ireland’s 300 wealthiest people “are now worth more than the entire economy of Morocco.”The wealthy elite have net assets of €70.74bn this year, while Morocco’s Global Domestic Product is estimated at €69.25bn. Forbes magazine published an article last November in which it highlighted that three Moroccans are among Africa’s 50 billionaires.The list of Moroccan billionaires is led by Outmane Benjelloun with a net worth of worth of $2.8 billion. He is followed by Miloud Chaabi, with $1.9 billion, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, with an estimated $1.4 billion fortune and Anas Sefrioui with $1.3 billion.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State mens womens cross country teams aim for Big Ten championship

The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in the top half of the field at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. Running in South Bend, Ind., the men placed 12th out of 26 teams in the 8K race and the women took 13th place in a 28-team field 5K race on Sept. 30. While both team’s coaches said they are happy with their teams’ performances, they believe the results could have been better. The men, led by junior Donny Roys, who finished 24th with a time of 24:44, saw their top runner, senior Jake Edwards, not finish. Edwards had a hamstring spasm and dropped around the four-mile mark of a five-mile race. “We were really high up there through three miles. And then Jake dropped out. That’s a 70, 75-point swing,” men’s coach Robert Gary said. “You know, I’m a little disappointed, but it shows that we’re a pretty solid team.” The men finished with a total score of 326, ahead of Penn State who had 343 points in 14th place. When Edwards dropped out, he was in the top 30 of 175 runners. OSU’s fifth runner, senior Adam Green, ran a 25:28 and finished 96th. Senior Jordan Jennewine finished first for the women in 37th with a 17:42. The women had a total score of 366, behind Big Ten foe Penn State who finished in fourth place. Women’s assistant coach Chris Neal said he thought the team ran well at the beginning of the race but didn’t have a strong second mile. “The big thing for us was getting out fast and I think through the mile, we had six girls in the top forty. After that we kind of fell apart,” Neal said. “We just have to clean up the middle of our effort and we’ll be where we want to be.” Both teams were running against highly ranked competition. The No.25-ranked men’s team ran against seven top-30 opponents, including No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 Florida State. The women competed against six top-30 teams. The Big Ten championship meet on Oct. 30 is now less than a month away. Jennewine, the women’s number one runner, said her team needs to run well as a pack. “I’d say as a team our strength has been that we can all bunch together and finish close with a short spread,” Jennewine said. “I think we need to just move the pack up.” A top-three finish is in sight for both teams at the Big Ten championship meet. “I think Wisconsin and Indiana are probably a step ahead of the rest of the conference,” Gary said. “I think there are probably three or four schools, Minnesota, Penn State, who we beat today, and probably Illinois. I think those three teams plus ourselves are fighting for third place.” Neal said Michigan is the team to beat in the women’s conference, but believes a top-three finish is in reach for the Buckeyes. “I think with Penn State, us, Minnesota and Iowa, it’s just going to be one of those years where on a good day you can be third but on a bad day you’re sitting in eighth,” Neal said. Both teams are confident heading into the thick of the season. “I think we’re right on track to get into the top three at the Big Ten championships,” Roys said of the men. “We’re stronger than last year so we’re getting out. I think we’re right on pace right now.” Jennewine likes how her team is improving as the season goes on. “I think we’re definitely moving forward and getting better each week,” she said. The men and women will take a week off from competition and then travel to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. read more

Griezmann wants to decide before the World Cup

Griezmann wants to decide before the World Cup

first_imgAntoine Griezmann’s situation has been very unclear lately but the Frenchman insisted that he hasn’t held any talks with Barcelona but wants to decide before the World Cup over his future.The Atletico attacker has been heavily linked with a possible move to Barcelona but he denied that he has been holding talks with the Catalonian side – but he admitted that he may leave at the end of the season.The former Real Sociedad striker spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I want to be free and think only about the French team.”“I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.”“I had a difficult start to the season for several reasons. I expressed things wrongly and made mistakes.”last_img read more

Lenovo Completes Acquisition Formalities of Motorola from Google

first_imgIt’s official: Lenovo buys Motorola mobilityMotorolaMotorola has announced that the company has officially become a part of the Lenovo family.Under the deal, Lenovo will pay Google, the former owner of Motorola, a total amount of $2.91 billion dollars. The transaction will include 660 million worth cash and 750 million worth stock to be paid by Lenovo. The remaining money worth $1.5 billion will be paid to Google in three years.After the deal, Lenovo will handle the mobility device business part while Google will keep the patents portfolio.Lenovo, the prime laptop and PC manufacturer has not acquired that much of presence in the mobility segment in developed countries. On the other hand, Motorola is quite popular in those countries and is counted as one of the leading Android smartphone manufacturer. Their recent launches, Moto 360 Smartwatch, Moto G, Moto E, Moto X and Droid Turbo, are widely appreciated by the consumers. Even the latest, Nexus 6, the first smartphone featuring Android Lollipop OS is also made by Motorola.With raw Android experience, quick updates, great apps and awesome Google integration, Motorola has risen like a phoenix with good revenues and popularity.In the blog, Motorola mentioned: “We will continue to focus on pure Android experience and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.”The acquisition of Motorola will add a huge amount of handset sales to Lenovo’s credit and they will hold a 8% share of the global smartphone market, which will lead them to the third best smartphone maker in the global sales, according to a report. Meanwhile, Motorola mobility alone has 5% share in the Indian smartphone market.Rick Osterloh, President and COO will still lead the operation of Motorola out of Chicago.”With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere,” Osterloh said.last_img read more

Gold seized from Biman passenger at Dhaka airport

Gold seized from Biman passenger at Dhaka airport

first_imgFiel photo of gold barsCustoms intelligence at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport recovered gold bars and ornaments weighing around 406 grams from a passenger of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports UNB.The passenger is Md Saidur Rahman, hailing from Koshba of Brahmanbaria.Officials at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) said tipped off, its officials started monitoring movement of Saidur Rahman just after he was landed by the flight of Biman at around 11:00 am.When he was about to cross the green channel of the airport’s customs, the CIID officials challenged him, said CIID director general Moinul Khan. Searching his body, they recovered three gold bars, which were kept hidden inside his underwear in a unique way, and several ornaments from his luggage. Total weight of the three gold bars and gold ornaments is 406 grams worth Tk 2 million Moinul said.last_img read more

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

Understanding School Finance Bills In The Special Session

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.The Texas House is taking up several measures aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system. It’s one of the issues that prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to call the special session.  What do these measures propose? How are they different from the ones up for consideration during the regular session? And how would they change the ways in which schools are funded? Chandra Villanueva, senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, lays out the details of the proposed measures. Sharelast_img

Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Celebrates 40th Anniversary

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has been one of the most impactful in its community since its inception in 1979. Their 40th anniversary provided them with an opportunity to laud those who were pillars in the foundation and who have helped it become one of the most influential chapters in the nation during the ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park.As a chapter that began much like a startup company, Hyattsville/ Landover has leveraged the professional success of its brothers to form the direction of its vision.  It is also a chapter that gained political capital through its four decades of community service.   During its 40 year existence they have remained committed to the youth of Prince George’s County through a “strong organizational foundation that serves both the community and provides programs for youth,” says 18th Chapter Polemarch Michael K. Pitts.The Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappy Alpha Psi Fraternity celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park. (Courtesy Photo)This chapter’s local influence has been noteworthy through various initiatives that began without fanfare and remains behind a silhouette of the many lives it has touched.   High school students in Prince George’s County have benefitted from the chapter’s Guide Right Program, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparation and financial aid workshops.   The progressive vision of the chapter has been an example for others throughout the fraternity nationwide.“Our achievements over the last four decades demonstrate how the chapter established a paradigm for community service for fraternities and sororities I Prince George’s County,” says Clarence Jones, the chapter’s historian and chairman of the 40th anniversary of the Awards Planning and Celebration Committee.  “We crossed a mediocre threshold, creating a new threshold and a new threshold of helping others.  These four decades tell the story of how a new era of in community service began to take hold.”During a, sometimes, emotional evening among the brotherhood, laughs and spirits flowed with memories and camaraderie they forged through the years of its volunteer work in Prince George’s County. The chapter’s precedent was acknowledged for how it’s standard has raised the bar for other alumni chapters around the country.  This chapter has been noted for being at the forefront of supporting Kappa Alpha Psi’s national level and has been supportive all around in working with the divine nine. which is the consortium of Black Greek fraternities and sororities.Thomas L. Battles, Jr., the 33rd Grand Polemarch of the national organization, was the keynote speaker and gave credit to this local alumni chapter for evolving from its humble beginning, where it gave men who were interested a chance to pledge to become a member of the vanguard of civic impact.  The men of the Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter developed much of the mentoring programming that many national undergraduate and graduate chapters utilize regularly.“This chapter has been at the front of young and old training for leadership,” Battles Jr. said.  “We have always been able to count on the Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter to support what we are trying to accomplish through our work in conjunction with the divine nine.”Battles, Jr. also challenged the chapter to continue its leadership in mentoring, especially leading up to the 2020 presidential elections.  While he and the rest of the leaders of the divine nine are moving towards establishing a political action committee to ensure that challenges facing HBCU’s, he was resolute about equipping a new generation with skills necessary to advocate for themselves and to try to change the direction of the country.“We’ve got to teach kids how to tell their story,” Battles, Jr. said.  “Kids are dying these days because they can’t express themselves to authorities.”last_img read more

Sliney Finals in 1M at NCAA Zone C Qualifier

first_img W. LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michaela Sliney finished eighth in the 1M at the NCAA Diving Zone C qualifier, held on the campus of Purdue. With the finish, she punches her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas in both the 1M and 3M springboard. Sliney qualified 10th earlier today with a score of 267.65. She moved up into the No. 8 slot with a total score of 542.25. Teammates Molly Fears finished 24th with a score of 252.50 and Brianna Price finished 48th with a 218.70.  On the men’s side, Daniel Pinto finished 24th on the 3M board with a score of 294.85. Securing at least one automatic-qualifying finish is crucial. The top 12 overall in each event remains the other notable portion of the leaderboard. Once a diver has auto-qualified in one event, he or she only has to be among the top 12 in an additional event to also be eligible to compete in it at NCAAs.  At Zones, the top-18 finishers in the springboard prelims and the top 12 in the platform prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scores carry over from prelims to finals.There are five Zone Championships meets around the country. Zone C is the last of the five to begin. The other four were all held Monday through Wednesday of this week. Hosts this week included Navy (Zone A), Auburn (Zone B), Texas (Zone D) and Northern Arizona (Zone E). Texas is also hosting both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships later this month. Zone C includes universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Unlike their swimmer counterparts, the divers have to perform well this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships. No other scores or results from regular-season competition are considered.AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING SPOTS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM ZONE CTop 12 in an event also qualify for NCAAs if he or she has already auto-qualified1-Meter – Women: 9 // Men: 113-Meter – Women: 8 // Men: 8Platform – Women: 12 // Men: 8ZONE C SCHEDULETop 18 in springboard prelims, Top 12 in platform prelims advance to finalsThursday at 1 p.m. – Men’s 1-Meter, Women’s 3-MeterFriday at 1 p.m. – Women’s 1-Meter, Men’s 3-MeterSaturday at 11 a.m. – Women’s Platform, Men’s Platform to follow (2 p.m.)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

The future cometh Science technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 Part

The future cometh Science technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 Part

first_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. That’s really the big frontier right now is for computers, in general, to master human emotions.Emotion is not some sideshow to human intelligence. It’s actually the most complicated intelligent thing we do, being funny, getting the joke, expressing a loving sentiment. That’s the cutting edge of human intelligence. If we were to say intelligence is only logical intelligence, computers are already smarter than us. I believe it’s going to be about over the next 20 years where we close that gap in terms of human superiority today in emotional intelligence. Today computers can understand human emotions in certain situations. Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy, did have to understand some things about human emotion to master the language in that game, but they’re not yet at human levels. They’re getting there.True to the Singularity’s premise of accelerating technological innovation, this achievement may be arriving sooner expected: Recently, research conducted by Zoraida Callejas, David Griol and Ramón López-Cózar at the University of Granada and University of Madrid, has demonstrated a method for predicting a person’s mental state in spoken dialog from that individual’s emotional state and intention by means of a module bridging natural language understanding and dialogue management architecture.MIT wunderkind Alexander Wissner-Gross says that it will be sufficient for a post-Singularity AI to understand human feelings rather than having to develop emotive thought. In his much-anticipated talk, Planetary-Scale Intelligence, he suggested that a global human-level AI could emerge from the mathematical world of quantitative finance and high-frequency trading – and that it may already have. Alexander Wissner-Gross on “Planetary Scale Intelligence” at Singularity Summit 2011 In The Undivided Mind – Science and Imagination, filmmaker, aesthetic philosopher and ecstatic futurist Jason Silva – the speaker that most energized the crowd – called for passion and artistic sensibility to inform ideation and instantiation of the Singularity. Silva displayed this perspective by showing his short film The Beginning of Infinity, which visually expresses an epistemological epiphany. Silva is also the first guest to be interviewed on Critical Thought TV. VIDEO: THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY“What’s fantastic about having a Singularity Summit,” Silva notes, “is that it provides an anchor that gives legitimacy to these ideas – that they’re not just something on the fringe of academia. Our story then spills over into a variety of substrates – books, magazine articles, television, film, websites, and so on. However,” he points out, “I think they need to work on their aesthetic framing” – the essence of his talk – “which I hope provided an injection of art and design. As Rebecca Elson wrote in her book, A Responsibility to Awe, facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination.” For Silva, one of those possibilities is our achieving the God-like qualities of immortality and omniscience long promised, but never delivered, by religion.Silva also differs from Kurzweil and Wissner-Gross in his view of emotion in coming human-analogous AIs. For example, he refers to Leonard Shlain’s Art & Physics, which Silva cites as pointing out that art and science are two sides of the same coin. Silva agrees that this appears to be supported by fMRI studies of human brain activity, which seem to show that their common ground lies in the emotional content of experience, as well as by very recent findings that visual encoding in the human ventral temporal (VT) cortex is common across individuals viewing the same movie content. “Truth,” concludes Silva, ”is a symphony.” Expert: AI computers by 2020 (PhysOrg.com) — In its essence, technology can be seen as our perpetually evolving attempt to extend our sensorimotor cortex into physical reality: From the earliest spears and boomerangs augmenting our arms, horses and carts our legs, and fire our environment, we’re now investigating and manipulating the fabric of that reality – including the very components of life itself. Moreover, this progression has not been linear, but instead follows an iterative curve of inflection points demarcating disruptive changes in dominant societal paradigms. Suggested by mathematician Vernor Vinge in his acclaimed science fiction novel True Names (1981) and introduced explicitly in his essay The Coming Technological Singularity (1993), the term was popularized by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near (2005). The two even had a Singularity Chat in 2002. More information: Part II: www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-f … logy-humanity_1.htmlcenter_img Ray Kurzweil on “From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test” at Singularity Summit 2011 In his post-presentation press conference, Kurzweil was asked about the role of our evolutionarily-determined biological drives – and thereby motivation and emotion – as minds merge with machines and AI equals or surpasses human levels. Kurzweil noted that we have a remarkable ability to sublimate our drives, and we do so largely into innovation. Since he sees the purpose of technology as the transcendence of our biological limitations, one interpretation of his response is that he might well define human-like AI as being motivated by the goal of achieving unfettered, ever-accelerating innovation – and that achieving that goal will generate a positive AE (artificial emotional) state. Whether or not that’s the case, in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview earlier this year, Kurzweil has predicted that AI will achieve human-level emotional thought by roughly 2030: While the Singularity is not to be confused with the astronomical description of an infinitesimal object of infinite density, it can be seen as a technological event horizon at which present models of the future may break down in the not-too-distant future when the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and technological innovation approaches a real-time asymptote. Beyond lies a future (be it utopian or dystopian) in which a key question emerges: Evolving at dramatically slower biological time scales, must Homo sapiens become Homo syntheticus in order to retain our position as the self-acclaimed crown of creation – or will that title be usurped by sentient Artificial Intelligence? The Singularity and all of its implications were recently addressed at Singularity Summit 2011 in New York City.Vinge opens his groundbreaking 1993 essay with a fundamental definition of the Singularity: The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of this century. We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. The precise cause of this change is the imminent creation by technology of entities with greater-than-human intelligence. Science may achieve this breakthrough by several means (and this is another reason for having confidence that the event will occur):• Computers that are “awake” and superhumanly intelligent may be developed. (To date, there has been much controversy as to whether we can create human equivalence in a machine. But if the answer is “yes,” then there is little doubt that more intelligent beings can be constructed shortly thereafter.)• Large computer networks (and their associated users) may “wake up” as superhumanly intelligent entities.• Computer/human interfaces may become so intimate that users may reasonably be considered superhumanly intelligent.• Biological science may provide means to improve natural human intellect.For Kurzweil, the core of the Singularity remains the augmentation and surpassing of human biology through the accelerating evolution of technology (notably genetics, nanotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence) enabled by exponential increases in computational power and speed coupled plummeting costs and size. Not surprisingly, then, in his opening address, From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test, Kurzweil – ever the low-key evangelist – focused largely on what he described as the remarkable continuing evidentiary support for his original projections. He voiced a clear differentiation between basing our AI offspring using biologically-inspired principles and, alternatively, crafting biomorphic substrates: In short, he favors the former, viewing the latter as unnecessary. Explore further Citation: The future cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 (Part I) (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-future-cometh-science-technology-humanity.html Kurzweil writes that, due to paradigm shifts, a trend of exponential growth extends Moore’s law from integrated circuits to earlier transistors, vacuum tubes, relays, and electromechanical computers. He predicts that the exponential growth will continue, and that in a few decades the computing power of all computers will exceed that of human brains, with superhuman artificial intelligence appearing around the same time. Courtesy of Ray Kurzweil and Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.last_img read more

BJP supporters set fire to bus force patient to get down from

BJP supporters set fire to bus force patient to get down from

first_imgKolkata: In an attempt to create panic among people, BJP supporters allegedly set fire to a West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus on the southbound approach road of Brabourne Road flyover.While resisting the BJP supporters, two police personnel, including the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Howrah Bridge traffic guard, received multiple injuries. A BJP supporter was injured as he got trapped inside the burning bus. School students and patients were also forced to get down from different vehicles to make the bandh a success in two different cases throughout the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, some miscreants boarded the bus from route C-7 (Howrah to Harimohan Ghosh College) acting as passengers, on Wednesday at around 1.40 pm. When the bus arrived near Pagaya Patty, the alleged hooligans started creating a ruckus, threatening the passengers and the bus driver.The panic stricken passengers deboarded the bus in a hurry. As the driver of the bus had also got panicked, he was not able to stop the bus in time and rammed it into a divider, before coming to a halt. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs the bus stopped, BJP supporters threw some inflammable material inside the bus and set it on fire. In the meantime, one of the BJP supporters somehow got trapped inside the bus, who was later identified as Sanjib Singh. Police and locals immediately joined hands to rescue Singh. Two fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the fire.At the same time, the OC of Howrah Bridge traffic guard Raj Kumar Singh and home guard of Sealdah traffic guard Bidesh Samanta got injured, while confronting the BJP supporters. Police later identified the two persons responsible for the incident and detained one of them. Sanjib has been admitted to the Medical College Hospital with multiple injuries.In another incident, a school bus packed with children was obstructed by BJP supporters near Ganganagar under Airport police station area on Wednesday morning.Sources informed that the children and teachers were forced toget down from the bus. The bandh supporters allegedly tried to ran-sack the bus but later stepped back after repeated requests from the teachers.Meanwhile, a patient and his family members were forced to get down from a taxi near Howrah Station. The taxi was then ransacked. Later, police intervened and arranged another taxi for the patient and his family. Police also dispersed the mob and secured the taxi driver as well.last_img read more