Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Village of Rycroft remains on Boil Water Advisory and State of Local

first_imgRYCROFT, AB – The water main has been repaired and the water distribution system has re-opened yet the Boil Water Advisory and State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Posted to the Village of Rycroft’s FB Page;PRESS RELEASE #12March 6, 2019 – 9:10 a.m. Yesterday evening the break in the water main was repaired and the water distribution system was re-opened. Residents should now have water service.DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.The BOIL WATER ADVISORY will remain in effect until such time as the laboratory results verify it is safe to consume.The State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Please note:Now that the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air and water discoloration when opened. This is normal. Open taps SLOWLY and the regular steady flow will soon occur.last_img read more

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Where is Denny Poole the three year anniversary to his missing date

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – News first broke about the disappearance of Denny Poole on March 15th, 2016 saying the RCMP were seeking help in locating the 15-year-old First Nations youth.It is the three year anniversary marking the disappearance of Poole and during this time there have been no updates as to his where abouts.When Poole went missing he was described as about 5’7 tall and weighing between 120 to 130 lbs. He had short black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a grey DGK sweater with a red logo. Poole was carrying a black backpack, Osirus shoes, black jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap. ‘RCMP have said that Denny, along with a friend, were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12. But the teenager never got to his intended destination, nor was he seen getting home.“The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for some 20 hours taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads but appeared they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway,” a press release from RCMP stated.Around 7:30 p.m. that night, Denny and the other teenager split up to head their own ways. At 7:52 p.m., the RCMP’s dispatch received a phone call from the other youth. He reported, what police have called, a ‘suspicious occurrence’ that could have been a hypothermic delusion.During this phone call, an unknown man travelling between the two cities stopped to check on Denny’s friend and spoke with an RCMP dispatcher on the phone. “The individual spoke with what sounded like a heavy South Asian accent,” the press release from March 22 read. “Police have not been able to identify this individual.”Staff Sgt. Marcel Guilbault with the Dawson Creek RCMP said, since Denny was on foot and appeared to have been wandering in the area for some time, they are asking everyone in the area where he was last seen to check their property and outbuildings in case Denny took refuge in one of these structures.Police have since attempted to establish a timeline about 24 hours prior to his disappearance and appealed to the public for help. They have asked anyone who was driving along the Alaska Highway, or the side roads, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge and saw someone fitting Denny’s description to contact them.’center_img March 15th, 2016 the RCMP reach out to media for key witnesses such as drivers who were travelling between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John who may have seen two youths on the highway or side roads and fit Poole’s description.According to RCMP, Poole was last seen on March 12 around the south side of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge, between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Since he was last seen, he had made no contact with his family, which was considered out of character for him.April 1st, 2016 it had been three weeks since Poole had been last seen on highway 97.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.April 12th, 2016 it had been one month since Poole had been seen last.last_img read more

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BCCOS charges individual for feeding bears along Alaska Highway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The person who posted a photo on social media of themselves feeding bears along the Alaska Highway, on August 22, has been charged.The B.C. Conservation Officer Service charged the individual for unlawfully feeding bears.The individual pled guilty in Provincial Court and was fined $2,000. On top of the fine, the Court ordered that they stay away from bears at a distance of 50 metres for a period of six months.Earlier this summer, a bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs after making contact with humans.Conservation Officers are reminding the public not to encourage interactions with bears as this can be dangerous for both parties.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.last_img read more

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In five years, PM Modi and his ministers spent Rs 393 cr on foreign & domestic tours

first_imgMumbai: A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers incurred an expenditure of Rs 393 crore on foreign and domestic travel in the last five fiscal years. City-based RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI query with the PMO seeking the total Foreign Travel Expenses (FTE) and Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) incurred by the prime minister and his council since May 2014.In December 2018, the Modi government, replying to queries on foreign travel expenses in the Rajya Sabha, had said that an expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore was incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Modi’s visits to foreign countries since June 2014. The RTI filed by Galgali finds that Rs 263 crore was spent by the PM and his cabinet colleagues on their foreign visits, while Rs 48 crore were spent in their domestic visits. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkAs far as ministers of state are concerned, the RTI reply states that they incurred expenses of Rs 29 crore on foreign visits and Rs 53 crore on domestic visits. Replying to his query, Satish Goyal, the senior accounts officer of Pay and Account Office of the Cabinet Affairs, has stated that cumulative expenditure incurred on FTE and DTE by the PM and the ministers from financial year 2014-15 to 2018-19 was Rs 393.58 crore. According to the PMO website, Modi has made 49 foreign trips from May 2014 to February 22, 2019. It also lists the expenses incurred on chartered flights on these 49 foreign trips. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenCiting e-lekha reports, Goyal gave separate expenditures of Cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister and ministers of state. According the RTI reply, Cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister spent Rs 311 crore while ministers of state spent Rs 82 crores on their foreign and domestic visits. A major chunk of expenses was incurred in the year 2014-15, when Rs 88 crore was spent on foreign travels by the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues. Galgali asked why all details were not kept separately and termed it a “lack of transparency”. “This information on travel expenditure does not give the full picture and therefore, it is a lack of transparency. The government should keep all records of each minister and their numbers of trips and their expenses and all these information should be available in public domain.” Replying to Galgali’s previous RTI query, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said that it does not keep records of the expenses incurred on the domestic visits of the prime minister exclusively. Praveen Kumar, Under Secretary and the Central Public Information Officer of the PMO, had replied that the MPs’ domestic visits are organised by the different public authorities and documentation of the expenses incurred on the PM’s domestic visits is not part of the records and information maintained. Kumar also said that the prime minister’s tours related to poll campaigns are not official ones and the PMO does not have to incur any expenditure on them, therefore, the details cannot be provided. As per PMO website, the expenses on domestic visits of the prime minister are met out of the budget of the Ministry of Defence, while the expenses of his foreign tours are met out of the budget head “Cabinet Ministers Maintenance of PM’s aircraft Other charges”.last_img read more

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Four more captains named for OSU football

An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote. read more

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Womens lacrosse falls to Penn State in seasonending loss

The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.” read more

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Wright Rashford needs to weigh his future at United

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright has called on Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to make bold decisions about his future at the club.Rashford, 20, has experienced a stop-start career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but was recently named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad.The pacy forward is wanted by other clubs and Wright admits a player who has made no secret of his desire to operate as a central striker needs to evaluate his options.The former England frontman told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think that Rashford, especially when he burst onto the scene, we saw flashes of a striker that can go into the space and he can link up, and he can finish.“Now, what’s happened to him since he’s been at United on the left or the right, wherever they play him, he’s played everywhere apart from up front learning his trade.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He’s got pace, he’s got skill, he’s got finishing ability. He’s been playing in roles that have taken the edge of those sides of his game.“Rashford’s got massive, massive, decisions to make in the next year, 18 months for me.“He’s either got to leave Manchester United and play and play in a position where he’s going to start to be that player we all thought he was going to be“When he burst onto the scene, scoring goals left, right and centre every competition he has played in or he’s going to have to stay there, whether it’s Mourinho or whoever it is, and maybe playing on the left, maybe playing on the right, maybe playing up front.”last_img read more

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Andrea Pirlo set shock football comeback in Australia

first_imgItaly great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.last_img read more

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Ronaldo questions Salahs award win

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned FIFA’s decision to give the Puskas award to Mohamed Salah.The Portuguese captain believes he was wrongly overlooked for the FIFA goal of the year award and claims his goal was better than Salah’s.The former Real Madrid star was shortlisted for the Puskas Award for his beautiful overhead kick against the current club, Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last season alongside Gareth Bale’s own bicycle kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Mohamed Salah’s curling effort against Everton.Salah would eventually claim the award to much surprise during a ceremony in London in which Luka Modric also beat Ronaldo to the Men’s player of the year award.Ronaldo was absent from the awards ceremony that night but during a question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.“Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said, according to Goal.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful.“I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose.“What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”However, despite being nominated for the FIFA’s The Best player of the year award and winning the Puskas award, Salah missed out on the FIFPro selection for the team of the year honours.last_img read more

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Miss Teen TCI Malique lovely in Guatemala City

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:guatemala, Jeritt Jermel, Malique ferrette, Miss teen tci Massive 8.2 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala; 32 people dead. Providenciales, 02 Feb 2015 – Miss Teen Turks and Caicos left country Friday for Guatemala and the Miss Teen Universe pageant. Malique Ferrete will stand with 25 others as the first young lady to be Miss Teen TCI and unlike with the previous online voting for Shanice at Miss Universe; when you voted for Malique, our cumulative support actually could get her a spot in the finals at the pageant; if she needs it. We’ve got some photos for you of Malique’s arrival, swim suit shoot and dinner with the delegates wearing fashion by North Caicos’ Jeritt Jermell. Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contestcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Busy holiday weekendlast_img read more

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Eight women detained at South Dock holding facility

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – At the South Dock Road Detention Center there is still mystery surrounding why eight women are being held at the facility.  The women who spoke to Magnetic Media through the opened but barred up windows and confirmed that there are six Venezuelans and two Dominicans in the group has been held for four days now.No fans or A/c, hot or caliente as they put it, and lots mosquitoes explained the women who spoke only Spanish.  One woman was escorted by Immigration Officers off site; the officers had no comment for media on the scene.The women, could be seen clad in underwear, showed us the flimsy foam they’ve been forced to sleep on and said there is nothing in the holding area.  The eight did say though they are being fed on time.  This situation not only raises concern about conditions at the holding center but questions about human trafficking. Related Items:last_img read more

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BTS Fans Gave Us The Wings That Allowed Us To Be Where

first_imgWhen Goldman asked why they think it’s important to talk about the pressures that teens face in their music, Suga shared how music was such an important part of his development as young person, and that they knew that sharing their stories would help others around the world going through similar experiences, and that was what they wanted to give to their fans. This is clearly a big part in what makes the group and the music so relatable, such a personal experience for their fans.”When I think back to when I was younger, when I was a student, I listened to a lot of music and I think it was a way for me to escape and a way for me to sort of reassure myself, and I think nowadays, teens, people in their early 20s, listen to music, but I felt, and we felt, that there really aren’t a lot of good sounding, healthy music that they can listen to that really helps them, that there is a lack that we could fill… I think young people all over the world face these pains, sorrows, problems, so I think that’s why we sing these songs and I think that’s why our fans and our listeners can really relate to our music,” Suga explained, through the translator.Goldman asked the group about how they choose the overarching storylines of their albums and develop them through their songs, which he compared conceptually to what The Who had done with their rock-operas. RM explained that the themes they choose are based on what is relevant to all seven of them and their experiences at the time, and what they feel will also be to their peers/fans, and therefore has developed with them as they’ve grown – from school, to youth, to love.”When we want to find topics and we want to find stories, it’s what is in our real mind. So five years ago, in our debut, we talked about schools. And we talked about schools with three albums, and then we talked about youth with 3 albums, and then folks grow up,” RM shared. “Our attitude towards life kinda changed a little bit, and we thought … the story the world most needs is love.”Stay tuned to our latest news for more exclusive content from the BTS event, and visit the GRAMMY Museum event page to get tickets to other exciting conversations and shows.BTS Become First K-Pop Band To Debut At No. 1 On Billboard 200Read more News Email BTS: “Fans Gave Us The Wings That Allowed Us To Be Where We Are” Twitter center_img Exclusive: BTS Says “Fans Gave Us The Wings” bts-fans-gave-us-wings-allowed-us-be-where-we-are The seven K-Pop dreamboats struck fans’ heartstrings during an exclusive conversation at the GRAMMY Museum, sharing love for their fans, why their music is relatable, and their evolution as a group Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2018 – 2:35 pm The seven members of K-pop phenomenon BTS graced the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles with smiles on Sept. 11. A group of 200 or so fans who were lucky enough to snag tickets relished in getting to not only see the boys up close, but to hear why the fans are so important to them and their success, why their music feels so relatable and how their story lines have developed.The conversation began with a warm introduction from GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, who served as the interviewer for the evening, followed by a viewing of the original “Idol” music video (sans Nicki Minaj). Every audience member began to sway and sing along, many even knowing the lyrics in Korean. The energy was anxious yet upbeat as the fans prepared to see their idols in real life, with the crowd breaking into thrilled screams as J-Hope, Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Suga and RM of BTS walked across the stage.As the evening began, given the palpable excitement level, Goldman made sure to check in with the audience and ask if they could allow for the conversation to happen in front of them, to which they agreed and limited their screams and cheers to a minimum throughout the night, out of respect for the special moment they were collectively sharing. The fans broke their composure, quite adorably, only when they belted out happy birthday to RM, whose birthday is Sept. 12, when the group entered the stage, and again as they were leaving. The crowd flashing finger-hearts in the air on both occasions.Yet the fans were not the only ones feeling the love. When Goldman asked BTS why their relationship with their fans was so important, V, speaking in Korean, shared a touching message that many of the crowd aww-ed at even before the on-stage translator shared his words in English.”The fans gave us the wings that allowed us to be where we are and sort of fly to where we are now, so we are always thankful and we know that we are here thanks to our fans. So I think that’s why we have this relationship with our fans,” V said, as shared in English by the translator. Facebook last_img read more

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AL factional clash leaves several bullethit

first_imgEight people, including three policemen, were injured as two factions of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) engaged in yet another clash over establishing supremacy in city’s Lalkhan Bazar area on Saturday, reports UNB.Nurul Absar, sub-inspector of Khulshi police station, said there had been longstanding feud between the supporters of Didarul Alam Masum, secretary of AL’s local ward unit, and Abul Hasnat Belal, a leader of Swechhasebok League’s local unit, over establishing supremacy in the area.Two factions engaged in a conflict on Saturday evening and exchanged gunfire that left five people injured critically.Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control by firing bullets and teargas, said officer-in-charge of Khulshi police station Pranab Chowdhury.All the injured except one sustained bullet injuries, he added.Injured — Monir Hossain, 40, Sohel, 23, Suman, 18 and Emon, 17 — are undergoing treatment at Chattogram Medical College Hospital.Three policemen were also injured in the clash, added the OC.However, two leaders blamed each other for the conflict.last_img read more

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How One Houston School Says Its Changing Course

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /04:00 Listen Laura Isensee | Houston Public MediaShundra Mosley is the instructional specialist at Kashmere Gardens Elementary. In the school’s “war room,” they use a data board to see how students are doing in different subjects.At Kashmere Gardens Elementary, principal Reginald Bush finishes up a coat of primer on classroom doors, just one of many things on his to-do list to for back-to-school.He and his team are gearing up for the new year with extra enthusiasm and pride. They believe they’ve figured out how to beat the odds — and change the state’s rating for their campus from “improvement required” to “met standards.”“What it means for us — I’m more excited for the kids, you know, to be coming back to school, knowing that they’re coming back to a school that’s not considered in the media as a ‘low-performing school,’” Bush said. “And if it’s still in the media, the kids here at Kashmere are wired to beat the odds. That’s how we program our students.”The stakes are high not only for his students, but for the entire Houston Independent School District, with more than 200,000 students and the biggest in the state.HISD is at risk of losing its elected school board and getting a state-appointed board of managers in their place if the district has even one chronically low-performing school in 2018.It’s one of dozens of Texas districts that could face a state take-over as early as next year, because of tougher sanctions passed by state lawmakers in 2015.Progress at Kashmere Gardens Elementary could show other struggling schools some lessons on how to improve.The campus in Northeast Houston, where 88 percent of children are economically disadvantaged, has missed state standards for the last four years.Bush said that their in-house data indicates that the school will get a passing grade when the Texas Education Agency releases the 2017 ratings this week.The difference, Bush said, is that this past year, they focused on making sure all students had their social and emotional needs – say counseling or medication – in addition to high academic expectations.And that has been the missing link for campuses like his, Bush said.“When you make a comparison, a school with the services versus the school without, one is going to be a higher-performing school, one is going to be a lower-performing school,” Bush said. “And every time when you can address all the needs of children — and this middle section of social expectations is the one that never gets addressed and it got addressed this past year.”Bush said that his most vulnerable students – the ones who struggle with poverty and mental health issues – received the most social support services this past year. And they’re the ones who made the most progress in class.Laura IsenseePrincipal Reggie Bush and assistant principal Marques Collins said that they coach teachers on what they control, so that they can help students grow and be creative.The way his student got that support is through a recent partnership with a nonprofit called ProUnitas.Former HISD teacher Adeeb Barqawi launched that nonprofit after his own experience teaching physics at Kashmere High School, just a mile and half down the road from Kashmere Gardens.He recounted how one student, Anayah, would keep her head down all day.“And so I approached Anayah and I asked her what’s wrong and she said that my mom died and, you know, I came to school to eat and I don’t really know where I’m going to go today,” Barqawi said.Barqawi said that he felt prepared to teach, but didn’t know how to deal with crises like  death, hunger, homelessness. And the help he did find felt “haphazard.” Barqawi started to wonder.“What if I had a system? Like, what if there was a blueprint or a framework for me to access when such situations happen?” he said.“What if we use data that is available to us to easily visualize and proactively use when students need support. And how does that look within an academic setting?”Laura IsenseeAfter teaching at Kashmere High School for three years, Adeeb Barqawi launched a nonprofit, called ProUnitas, to link students with more wrap-around social services on campus.Fast forward five years and his nonprofit does just that at Kashmere Gardens Elementary and six other schools in the neighborhood. The nonprofit has received funding from  groups like the Menninger Clinic.ProUnitas uses data to catch early warning signs, like when kids start missing school. It displays it on a color-coded dashboard: green for on-track, yellow for needs attention and red for crisis.Plus it has a personal touch. A ProUnitas case manager works on campus at Kashmere Gardens and connects kids with dozens of outside agencies, like counselors, and meets with teachers so kids can catch up in class.Barqawi is quick to note that ProUnitas is not meant to replace teachers or be a “turnaround” agency itself.“It does not substitute for great teaching and school design. It is that piece of how do we support our students beyond that academic piece or the wheel house of a teacher, within a school setting and in an institution,” he said.Even so, leaders at Kashmere Gardens credit the ProUnitas system with making a huge difference this past year.“All, A-L-L, it made all the difference in the world because teachers were able to now teach. They were able to plan. They had systems in place how to address particular students,” Bush said.Shundra Mosley, the school’s instructional specialist, echoed that, comparing the elementary school to a “hospital.”“You know these kids lives are in our hands,” she said. “So we have to carefully prescribe the right prescription for their learning. We have to look at the social emotional and make sure we are prescribing them the right medicine. You don’t give a cancer patient diabetes medicine. And that takes careful planning.”HISD’s plan for its struggling schools, called Achieve 180, includes some social supports.However, Kashmere Gardens Elementary’s official turnaround plan submitted to the state focuses on teacher quality.HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, who represents the Kashmere feeder pattern, said that social support has often been overlooked for struggling schools in HISD.“We know that the primary function for the school district is to educate our kids in their core curriculum and extracurricular services and activities,” Skillern-Jones said. “But we can’t ignore the fact that kids that come from poverty situations bring to school a lot of baggage with them that prevents them from learning. And so until we address those barriers individually with kids – because they’re not all the same – then that’s going to be a hindrance to their achievement. And so if we’re going to do the job correctly we have to deal with the whole child.” Sharelast_img read more

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Texas Among Numerous Redistricting Challenges Pending In Courts

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system.In Pennsylvania, a recent court ruling reshaped congressional districts for this year’s elections. But many of the other cases could have a greater impact in the years to come. That’s because they could set precedents that states must follow during the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.Here’s a look at some key redistricting cases ruled upon recently or still pending in courts:WISCONSINPartisan breakdown: State Assembly — 63 Republicans, 35 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal court in November 2016 struck down Wisconsin’s state Assembly districts enacted in 2011 by the Republican-led Legislature and Republican governor as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of Democratic voters’ rights to representation. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in October 2017 and has yet to rule in the case. It could set a precedent for whether and how courts can determine if partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.___MARYLANDPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Democrats, one Republican.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in 2013 by Republican voters alleges that the Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered the 6th Congressional District in 2011 to dilute the voting power of Republicans. The district had been held by a 20-year Republican incumbent. It’s since been held by a Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments Wednesday challenging a federal court’s refusal last August to bar continued use of the redistricting plan. The lower court put the case on hold pending guidance from the Supreme Court.___TEXASPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 25 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State Senate — 20 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 94 Republicans, 56 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: U.S. and state House maps enacted in 2011 by the Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were tossed out in 2012 by a federal court, which produced new interim maps. Those maps were permanently adopted by the Legislature and governor in 2013. But last year, the federal court ruled that some districts were racially gerrymandered to weaken the electoral power of growing minority populations. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower court orders to redraw two congressional districts and nine state House districts for the 2018 elections and is scheduled to hear arguments April 24 on an appeal of the lower court rulings.___PENNSYLVANIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 12 Republicans, six Democrats if Democrat Conor Lamb’s lead holds up in a March 13 special election to replace resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the U.S. House districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. The Democratic-led court in February imposed new district boundaries that analysts said could boost Democrats’ electoral prospects. The U.S. Supreme Court and a lower federal court both declined March 19 to halt or overturn the use of the new districts in this year’s elections.___NORTH CAROLINAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 10 Republicans, three Democrats. State Senate — 35 Republicans, 15 Democrats. State House — 75 Republicans, 45 Democrats.The claims: Racial and partisan gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court in January temporarily blocked a lower court’s order for state lawmakers to again redraw North Carolina’s congressional districts, pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling. That ruling held that the Republican-led legislature engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering when it redrew districts in 2016. Lawmakers were redrawing districts because a different federal judicial panel had stuck down the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Separately, the U.S. Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked portions of the lower court’s decision redrawing state legislative districts. That was pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling that the Republican-led legislature’s 2017 redistricting plan violated the state constitution and contained racial biases left over from the maps it originally approved in 2011.___VIRGINIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Republicans, four Democrats. State Senate — 21 Republicans, 19 Democrats. State House — 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered a lower court to reconsider previously rejected claims that a Republican-led Legislature and governor unconstitutionally diluted black voting strength in the state. The claim was that Republicans did so by packing a high percentage of black voters into 11 state House districts under a 2011 redistricting plan. That case is still pending. A separate case pending before the state Supreme Court alleges that 11 state House and Senate districts are not compact enough. In yet another case, a federal court in 2016 redrew congressional districts after ruling that black voters had been illegally packed into a particular district to diminish their voting strength elsewhere.___GEORGIAPartisan breakdown: State House — 116 Republicans, 64 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed last April alleges that two state House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by the Republican-led Legislature in 2015 to increase the percentage of white voters and decrease the percentage of black voters. Both Republican incumbents were re-elected over black Democratic challengers in 2016. Pre-trial motions to grant a preliminary injunction against continued use of the districts are under consideration.___MICHIGANPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — nine Republicans, four Democrats, one vacancy. State Senate — 27 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 63 Republicans, 46 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in December by Democratic voters alleges the U.S. House and state legislative districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and Republican-led Legislature are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to dilute the voting power of Democrats. Republicans have controlled the state legislative and congressional delegations since then. Pre-trial motions to dismiss the lawsuit are under consideration.___ALABAMAPartisan breakdown: State Senate — 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, one independent, one vacancy. State House — 70 Republicans, 32 Democrats, three vacancies.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: Most state House and Senate candidates will be running for office under new districts this year. That’s the result of a lawsuit alleging that maps approved in 2012 by the Republican-controlled Legislature packed too many black voters into certain districts. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ordered the maps to be reconsidered by a lower court, which struck down a dozen districts last year. The Legislature then redrew 25 of the 35 Senate seats and 70 of the 105 House seats, reducing racial polarization in most districts. The court dismissed a challenge to the new maps last October.last_img read more

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Obama To Speak At Baker Institute Tuesday Evening

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:39 Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters/PBS NewsHourFormer President Barack Obama will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute tomorrow evening. Obama will share the stage with former Secretary of State James Baker at an event marking the institute’s 25th anniversary. Historian Jon Meacham will moderate the discussion.Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, said Obama and Baker will talk about their respective experiences at the summit of power. “You know, what worked for them when they were in office? What didn’t work for them when they were in office? How did Washington work, how did Washington not work when they were in office? What are some of the issues that perhaps a bipartisan consensus can be arrived at in our current situation?” Djerejian said.The event will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the institute’s website. Sharelast_img read more

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Scientists develop atomicscale hardware to implement natural computing

first_imgThese traits are very different from those of conventional computers and could be used to solve unique sets of complex problems. The researchers see particular applications in the area of reservoir computing, which has the potential to process information at very high rates.”Potential applications include running multiple simulations of financial markets, recognition of information in error-prone and noisy data, such as vision and speech, all the way to autonomous navigation in changing environments, such as after earthquakes or disasters,” Gimzewski said. “Finally, reservoir computing has a role to play in medicine in the cognitive and neurosciences.”The researchers hope that the new fabrication strategy of seed-directed growth used here will provide a novel hardware platform for reservoir computing and other types of natural computing based on complex systems.”We plan to move towards a hybrid morphic system using the best of conventional computation with our brain-like device capabilities, and to develop a new form of programming that relies on distributed memory and synaptic networks,” Gimzewski said. “This would be a radical step in the real development of AI.” Unfortunately, conventional fabrication methods used for today’s computers cannot be used to realize complex systems to their full potential due to scaling limits—the methods simply cannot make small enough interconnected units. Now in a new paper published in Nanotechnology, researchers at UCLA and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan have developed a method to fabricate a self-organized complex device called an atomic switch network that is in many ways similar to a brain or other natural or cognitive computing device.”Complex phenomena and self-organization—though ubiquitous in nature, social behavior, and the economy—have never been successfully used in conventional computers for prediction and modelling,” James Gimzewski, Chemistry Professor at UCLA, told Phys.org. “The device we have created is capable of rapidly generating self-organization in a small chip with high speed. Furthermore, it bypasses the issue of exponential machine complexity required as a function of problem complexity as in today’s computers. Our first steps form the basis for a new type of computation that is urgently needed in our ever increasingly connected world.” Journal information: Nanotechnology Researchers seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own Citation: Scientists develop atomic-scale hardware to implement natural computing (2015, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-scientists-atomic-scale-hardware-natural.html SEM images of various atomic switch networks consisting of silver nanowires. (a) and (b) lack reliable network density while (c) provides a tunable density of nanowires and spatially defined topology. The network is capable of emergent behavior and constant adaptation, traits of a brain-like complex system. Scale bar = 50 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Despite the many great achievements of computers, no man-made computer can learn from its environment, adapt to its surroundings, spontaneously self-organize, and solve complex problems that require these abilities as well as a biological brain. These abilities arise from the fact that the brain is a complex system capable of emergent behavior, meaning that the system involves interactions between many units resulting in macroscale behavior that cannot be attributed to any individual unit. An atomic switch network, showing (a) the array of platinum electrodes and (b) an SEM image of self-organized silver nanowires on a grid of copper posts. Overlapping junctions of wires form atomic switches. Scale bar = 500 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing Explore further More information: E. C. Demis, et al. “Atomic switch networks—nanoarchitectonic design of a complex system for natural computing.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/20/204003 © 2015 Phys.org As the researchers explain, an atomic switch is a nanoscale device that exhibits memristive resistance, meaning that it adjusts its resistance to an applied current or voltage based on its memory of previous encounters. This trait is essential for complex systems because it underlies the ability to learn, interact with the environment, and address problems in which data is constantly changing or incomplete. Although some natural computing devices use natural materials, the atomic switch network developed here is made entirely of inorganic materials. Lithographically patterned copper posts form a “patterned seed network,” on top of which silver nanowires are grown. The end result is a network of silver sulfide switches and silver nanowires that connect the switches. Experiments demonstrated that the atomic switch network exhibits emergent behavior, in which interactions between the individual atomic switches lead to patterns of electrical activity that cannot be attributed to any individual switch, but only to the network as a whole. The atomic switch network also has an intrinsic capacity for adaptation, since the silver nanowire connections are constantly reconfiguring themselves and the switches are constantly forming and dissolving in different locations in the network. 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.last_img read more

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Microsoft MWC Mobile World Congress Day 1 HoloLens 2 Azurepowered Kinect camera

first_imgThe ongoing Mobile World Conference 2019 at Barcelona, has an interesting line-up of announcements, keynote speakers, summits, seminars and more. It is the largest mobile event in the world, that brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than two thousand leading companies. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ which comprises of the combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things ( IoT), artificial intelligence ( AI) and big data. Microsoft unveiled a host of new products along the same theme on the first day of the conference. Let’s have a look at some of them. #1 Microsoft HoloLens 2 AR announced! Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2 AR device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). This $3,500 AR device is aimed for businesses, and not for the average person, yet. It is designed primarily for situations where field workers might need to work hands-free, such as manufacturing workers, industrial designers and those in the military, etc. This device is definitely an upgrade from Microsoft’s very first HoloLens that recognized basic tap and click gestures. The new headset recognizes 21 points of articulation per hand and accounts for improved and realistic hand motions. The device is less bulky and its eye tracking can measure eye movement and use it to interact with virtual objects. It is built to be a cloud- and edge-connected device. The HoloLens 2 field of view more than doubles the area covered by HoloLens 1. Microsoft said it has plans to announce a  follow-up to HoloLens 2 in the next year or two. According to Microsoft, this device will be even more comfortable and easier to use, and that it’ll do more than the HoloLens 2. HoloLens 2 is available on preorder and will be shipping later this year. The device has already found itself in the midst of a controversy after the US Army invested $480 million in more than 100,000 headsets. The contract has stirred dissent amongst Microsoft workers. #2 Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise The Azure-powered Kinect camera is an “Intelligent edge device that doesn’t just see and hear but understands the people, the environment, the objects, and their actions,” according to Azure VP, Julia White. This AI-powered smart enterprise camera leverages Microsoft’s 3D imaging technology and can possibly serve as a companion hardware piece for HoloLens in the enterprise. The system has a 1-megapixel depth camera, a 12-megapixel camera and a seven-microphone array on board to help it work  with “a range of compute types, and leverage Microsoft’s Azure solutions to collect that data.” The system, priced at $399, is available for pre-order. #3 Azure Spatial Anchors Azure Spatial Anchors are launched as a part of the Azure mixed reality services. These services will help developers and business’ build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications. According to the Azure blog, these mixed reality apps can map, designate and recall precise points of interest which are accessible across HoloLens, iOS, and Android devices. Developers can integrate their solutions with IoT services and artificial intelligence, and protect their sensitive data using security from Azure. Users can easily infuse artificial intelligence ( AI) and integrate IoT services to visualize data from IoT sensors as holograms. The Spatial Anchors will allow users to map their space and connect points of interest “to create wayfinding experiences, and place shareable, location-based holograms without any need for environmental setup or QR codes”. Users will also be able to manage identity, storage, security, and analytics with pre-built cloud integrations to accelerate their mixed reality projects. #4 Unreal Engine 4 Support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 During the  Mobile World Congress (MWC), Epic Games Founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney announced that support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be coming to Unreal Engine 4 in May 2019. Unreal Engine will fully support HoloLens 2 with streaming and native platform integration. Sweeney says that “AR is the platform of the future for work and entertainment, and Epic will continue to champion all efforts to advance open platforms for the hardware and software that will power our daily lives.” Unreal Engine 4 support for Microsoft HoloLens 2 will allow for “photorealistic” 3D in AR apps. Head over to Microsoft’s official blog for an in-depth insight on all the products released. Read Next Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) Microsoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’ Microsoft joins the OpenChain Project to help define standards for open source software compliancelast_img read more

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