November 7, 2019
first_imgQUEENSLAND DOMINATES FINALS RACE Queensland claimed three of the four major Titles up for grabs as the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament reached its conclusion at the Gold Coast Touch Centre at Owen Park Southport. There were clinical performances by the victors in the respective 12 Years Boys and Girls division, an old fashioned battle to the death in the 15 Years Girls, and a thrilling ride into the drop-off zone for our 15 years Boys, as well as some entertaining battles in the semi-finals, plate, and ranking games. In early morning action, Qld and NSW swept into the Grand final of the 15 Years Boys division with comfortable semi-final victories. The Queenslanders towelled up Northern Territory 14-0, and New South Wales recorded an 11-0 shut out of the Australian Capital Territory. In the Bronze medal play off the ACT totally dominated the Northern Territory 6 – 1 and can be well pleased with their week’s work. The Northern Territory’s Gus Fitzgerald was judged the winner of the 15 Years Boys division `Encouragement Award’ for his efforts during the Tournament. In the 15 Years Boys Plate series final qualifier Victoria gave Tasmania plenty of chances to perfect their tap off moves with a resounding 8-0 win which set up a showdown with WA, who earlier eked out a narrow 5 – 4 victory over South Australia. Victoria backed up and played some bright Touch to swamp the Sandgropers 9-4 and take the Plate home. The Vic Boys were pretty chuffed with their performance and celebrated with a haka at half time in the 15 Years Boys Final – whatever works for you. For Pete Hampson and his `fit as racing snakes’ Tasmanian Boys there was no joy, as they fell in a drop-off to South Australia 5 – 4 in the battle for 7th and 8th. In the 15 Years Girls division the Mighty Maroons had a 12 – 1 victory over the ACT in their semi-final to advance to the final and attempt to retain the Title they collected last year. NSW battled hard to defeat a determined Western Australian outfit 4 -2 and advance to the Grand final. The battle for the Bronze was a tight affair with the ACT emerging victorious over WA, 6 – 4. ACT player Natalee Stepan-Daylight was rewarded for an excellent week of performances with the 15 Years Girls division Encouragement Award. In the battle of the Plate, South Australia ran out 8 – 4 winners over NT to confirm a place in the Plate final against Tasmania who accounted for Victoria 6 – 3. South Australia produced an 8 – 4 result against Tasmania to hold the Plate aloft (don’t drop that!) And Victoria relinquished the `spoon’ to the Northern Territory girls in a thrilling 4 – 3 drop off win – cue the haka. In the 12 Years Boys, NSW and Qld recorded big victories over the ACT (3rd) in Pool `A’ to set up the long awaited clash, QLD v NSW to decide who got the Good Bikies and who gets the crumbs. NSW capped a fantastic tournament by defeating Qld 4 -1 in a very entertaining clash. The first half was an absorbing battle full of desperate defensive plays, power rucking, and bright attacking play. The teams went to the break at 1-1 and the players from both teams welcomed the chance to catch their breath after a frenetic first stanza. NSW looked the better on resumption, and as the half wore on cracks appeared in the Qld defence and the well-oiled NSW machine cranked into overdrive in the oppressive heat. Two Touchdowns to the speed machine Chris Knight and a further `meat pie’ to Lachlan Sturgeon sealed the 4 -1 victory for the well-drilled NSW outfit. For Qld Captain Ryley Jacks, Nathan Norford, Oscar Sanft and Josh Scott tried their best to lift the home side, but NSW just had too much combination and options all over the park in attack and a resolute commitment to their defence. Lachlan Sturgeon, Chris Knight and Josh Drinkwater were the best for the Champion NSW Outfit. NSW coach John Clune was ecstatic with the victory, “It was a great game, all the boys on both sides were out on their feet at half time but kept digging, we had a 4 day training camp in preparation and I think the work done there really helped us cope well” NSW retain the National Title they collected last year and will be hoping to make it a hat trick next year in Adelaide, Qld have yet to win the title and that will provide motivation to the Maroons in 2005. In earlier Pool B games Northern Territory swamped Tasmania 9-1 in the (4 v 6) game. In the other pool `B’ clash, (5 v 6) South Australia beat Tasmania convincingly 5 -2. South Australia finished fourth and Northern Territory fifth after their Pool `B’ game went to South Australia 5 – 4. In the 12 Years Girls Qld and NSW both had comfortable wins over the third member of Pool `A’, Northern Territory (relegating them to 3rd) to set up a return Origin clash later in the day to decide the title. Qld 12 Years Girls team were the tournament’s super stars and swept all before them when they defeated NSW 7 – 0 in the last game in the 12 Years Girls division. The Evan Willis coached team created history by not conceding a touchdown the entire tournament and preserving Queensland’s imposing domination of the 12 Years Girls Competition, winning every title for the last decade. The `Roma Rocket’ Emilee Cherry had a hand in four of Qld’s seven Touchdowns to cap an outstanding tournament, and Sarah Monaghan, and Queenslands Player’s Player Sharni Kaatz excelled in a fantastic team performance. Kimberlee Gordon and Rebecca Mounsey were the best for NSW. Queensland Coach Evan Willis heaped praise on his champion team, “The girls have been great and have been so good to coach, they have been so committed to the job at hand and their parents have been great as well, it’s a big relief to get the win, and a pleasure to coach them.” In Pool `B’ action of the 12 Years Girls (4v6) South Australia narrowly defeated Tasmania 3 -2. In Pool `B’ (5v6) ACT defeated Tasmania 3 -0. South Australia then accounted for the ACT 3 – 2 to claim fourth spot. Written by Karley Banks 31 October 2004last_img

a month agoMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defence

October 28, 2019

first_imgMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s happy with their defending.Solskjaer has come under growing pressure following United’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham and their Carabao Cup shootout win against Rochdale, but dismissed the criticism.“We’re focused on what we have to do and that’s to keep improving,” said Solskjaer.“I never said it was gonna be easy this season, there are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows, and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep the eyes on the prize and keep to the principles we believe in.“You can see how much we’ve improved defensively, that’s where we put the big money in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“We don’t concede many chances, concede too many goals, but the other way going forward is where we’ve struggled with injuries, to Paul, Anthony, Marcus.“We’ve had some bad luck in that respect and it doesn’t help when you lose players.“It’s a team improving, evolving, a young team, the culture is there see every single day in training.“There are no issues with attitudes, work rate and desire, now [it’s a case of] can we trust ourselves?“You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress, do well, but maybe they rush their finish at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Excelerate Conducts 1st STS LNG Transfer in the Bahamas

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy completed the first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas on February 7, 2019.The STS transfer was carried out using Excelerate’s 150,900 cbm floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s 142,759 cbm LNG carrier Arctic Voyager.A full LNG cargo was transferred using the double-banked LNG transfer system while moored at Equinor’s South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal, strategically located for storage and transshipment of crude, products and LNG, Excelerate said.“Excelerate conducted the industry’s first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas,” Daniel Bustos, Excelerate’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented.Excelerate recently completed its 1,500th commercial STS transfer on February 3, 2019, at the Engro Elengy Terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan.To date, the company has successfully transferred over 170,900,000 cubic meters of LNG using its STS protocol – of the 1,500 operations, over 1,300 have been with third-party vessels.last_img read more

TMC worker killed 6 held

October 18, 2019

first_imgArambagh: A Trinamool Congress worker was beaten to death in Hooghly district, following which six people were arrested, police said on Tuesday. The ruling party’s district president Dilip Yadav accused BJP activists of killing Lalchand Bag for attending Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata on July 21, a charge refuted by the saffron party. Bag (40), a resident of Nakunda village in Goghat 1 block, was beaten up on Monday night when he was returning home from a market, a police officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe was taken to the Arambagh sub-divisional hospital, where doctors declared him brought-dead, police said. Superintendent of Police Tathagata Basu said: “On the complaint of Bag’s father against 27 people, six have been arrested so far and investigation is underway.” Meanwhile, BJP’s Arambagh organisational district president Biman Ghosh said the death of Bag was a result of infighting within the ruling party of the state. The Trinamool Congress organises Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21 every year in memory of 13 Youth Congress workers, who were killed in police firing on July 21, 1993.last_img read more

Max temp stay below normal rains lash a few places in Punjab

October 18, 2019

first_imgChandigarh: The maximum temperatures on Sunday stayed a few notches below normal in many parts of Punjab and Haryana, while rains lashed some places in both the states. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 31.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, as per the meteorological department report here. In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar, Karnal and Narnaul recorded their respective maximums at 31.2, 35.5, 31 and 31 degrees Celsius, up to four degrees below normal. Ambala and Narnaul witnessed rainfall of 23 mm and 41 mm, respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their respective maximums at 35.2, 31.7 and 32.1 degrees Celsius. Amritsar and Ludhiana witnessed 0.9 mm and 2 mm of rainfall, respectively. The MeT department has predicted light to moderate rains at a few places in Punjab and Haryana in the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Frequency allocation to make room for wireless means some TV stations must

October 17, 2019

first_imgYears after TV stations in Canada’s larger cities were required to switch from analog to digital transmission, many broadcast towers that serve smaller areas continue to pump out signals that black-and-white sets made in the 1950s can still pick up.But the number of those stations appears set to shrink following a federal government decision to clear a large portion of the ultra high frequency (UHF) band for wireless users, and, because of cost, some of those towers will be going dark.That means viewers without cable TV or Internet won’t get those stations anymore.“We had to make the hard decision to shut it down,” said Tom Lister, operations manager for Miracle Channel, about the station’s analog transmitter that serves portions of southeastern Alberta, including Medicine Hat.Miracle Channel, a Christian broadcaster based in Lethbridge, Alta., will still broadcast a digital over-the-air signal from its main transmitter. But the analog transmitter based in Bow Island, Alta., sends its signal on Channel 39 which is in the bandwidth that needs to be cleared.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has said Miracle can move lower on the dial to Channel 20.Lister said the conversion would cost roughly $100,000 and with additional maintenance that would be required, the expense is too much to bear.The power will be switched off some time this summer, Lister said. There are no plans to replace it with a digital signal.Analog signals in North America use a standard that was developed in the mid-20th century. It’s the same standard that beamed programs such as “The Friendly Giant” to Canadians as well as the 1972 Canada-USSR hockey series.Provincial capitals and broadcasters in cities with populations over 300,000 were required to convert their analog over-the-air signals to new, higher-quality digital signals in 2011, but analog transmitters serving many smaller places were allowed to keep running. Most are repeater transmitters which carry signals from big-city stations.Some of those broadcasters have already stopped providing over-the-air signals due to cost of operations and limited over-the-air viewership.Repurposing the 600 megahertz (MHz) bandwidth is being done in conjunction with the United States, a spokesman for Innovation, Science and Economic Development said in an email.Hans Parmar said more than 70 per cent of broadcasters will not be affected. And stations in the repurposed 600 MHz band that are not interfering with mobile services or other broadcast stations will only be required to move on an as-needed basis.“These measures will not only enable the delivery of better and faster wireless services to Canadian consumers and businesses, it will also drive down prices,” Parmar said.The affected broadcasters will have a minimum of two years and up to five years to implement the changes, Parmar said. The first changes will not begin until June 2019.The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has called for financial assistance to help with the costs associated with the change.Wayne Rabishaw, director of operations for CHCH-TV based in Hamilton, Ont., said the station is still evaluating the cost for converting some of its analog transmitters that serve places such as Sault St. Marie and Sudbury.He said their London, Ont., transmitter was converted to digital in 2011, but will have to move again because it’s in the frequency the government wants for wireless.“The last thing we want is for people who are counting on us to lose the signal, but it’s not a cash-rich environment right now for Canadian broadcasters,” said Rabishaw.CTV Calgary also has to move two of its repeater stations in southern Alberta further down the dial.“Our intent is to keep them going,” said Dale Coutts, the station’s operations manager.last_img read more

Gender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close say experts census

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.“It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.“And also, they’re all dudes. They’re also all white.”O’Meara, a 19-year old first-year bioengineering student, is well aware she doesn’t represent the face of most engineering hopefuls.Her presentation is part of a wider effort to change the fact that women remain vastly under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, despite sustained efforts to close the gap.More than four in 10 Canadian women aged 25 to 34 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, compared with less than 33 per cent in 2006, according to the latest batch of census numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.However, of those women with an earned doctorate, only about one-quarter opted for architecture, engineering and related technologies, the numbers show. And among those younger Canadians with bachelor’s degrees, men who studied engineering or computer and information science outnumbered their female counterparts by a ratio of more than five to one.Considering the fact that overall, fewer than 20 per cent of working-age Canadians with post-secondary degrees, men and women alike, chose the STEM path, the female ranks are small indeedAs demand for STEM-related jobs increases, the lack of women in such high-paying fields could have serious economic consequences, a report released earlier this year by TD Economics suggests.“It will be difficult to close, or possibly even further narrow, the overall gender wage gap if women fail to make stronger inroads,” it read.The gender divide persists, despite years of efforts by advocacy groups, universities and individuals to tackle systemic gender bias and promote the importance of STEM.These efforts range from pink-coloured building blocks for toddlers and science camps geared towards girls to a governmental threat to strip funding from research universities that fail to address diversity issues.“It’s really upsetting, and it’s something we’re thinking about a lot,” said Ketra Schmitt, a professor at Concordia University’s Centre for Engineering in Society.Experts struggle to explain why women continue to flock to fields such as education and health sciences — women accounted for 92.7 per cent of young nursing graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2016 — while more men choose engineering.Studies suggest the reasons are multiple and complex, including systemic gender bias, a tendency for girls to underestimate their own math abilities and a lack of role models at the top levels.The TD Economics report found that even after graduation, women disproportionately end up in lower-paying technical roles than higher paid professional ones.Schmitt said researchers often sum up the problem using the metaphor of a “leaky pipeline” that sees girls and women drop out at every step, beginning in elementary school and continuing into their professional lives.The student group O’Meara represents, called Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), is trying to create a supportive community for female students that also offers mentorship and networking opportunities to help them break into the field.They also do outreach work with local elementary schools, high schools and junior colleges, including O’Meara’s recent presentation and workshop.Part of the group’s mission is to look at the lack of female role models found at every level of the profession.“When you don’t have role models, that affects everybody further down on the chain,” said Taylor Lynn Curtis, a second-year software engineering student who co-presented with O’Meara.They’re hoping to make a difference to girls like 16-year-old Maya Esar, who attended the presentation with the rest of her class.Esar hopes to go on to study computer science, eventually translating her interest in programming and art into a successful career designing websites or video games.Despite being the only girl in her school’s coding club, the teen says it’s never occurred to her to think of programming as just a “guy thing.”“Nobody ever told me it was.”last_img read more

Autoworkers to protest during GM investors meeting in Windsor Ont today

October 13, 2019

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINDSOR, Ont. — Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor today across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa, Ont., coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London, Ont.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure. Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.last_img read more

Chicken Fried Steak

October 12, 2019

first_imgIngredients Chicken Cube Steaks 4 (1/2 pound) All-purpose Flour 2 cups Baking Powder 2 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 tsp Salt 3/4 tsp Buttermilk 1.5 cups Egg 1 Hot Pepper Sauce 1 tbsp Garlic (minced) 2 cloves Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAVegetable Shortening 3 cups Milk 4 cups Kosher Salt to taste Ground Black Pepper to tastePreparation Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together baking powder, baking soda, pepper and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco sauce and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour. Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLEHeat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325°F (165°C). Fry the steaks until they turn golden-brown. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible. Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick for 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve. (Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)last_img read more

Trump corporate leaders discuss economic business issues

October 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is discussing economic and business issues with some of America’s top corporate titans.The closed-door meeting was taking place Thursday at the headquarters of the Business Roundtable near the Capitol. The association, representing leading companies aimed at promoting the economy, is holding its quarterly meeting with an estimated 100 chief executive officers from businesses across the United States.Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, is head of the Business Roundtable.Dimon boasted last year that he could beat Trump in a presidential race. Trump didn’t like that and fought back by calling Dimon a poor public speaker, a “nervous mess” and someone not smart enough to run the country. Their recent statements, however, have been less harsh.The Associated Press read more

Security Council adjusts reviewable list of goods under Iraq oilforfood programme

October 6, 2019

The Security Council today approved changes to a list of goods that are subject to review and approval under the United Nations humanitarian aid programme for Iraq, as well as new procedures for implementing that catalogue.By a vote of 13-0, with the Russian Federation and Syria abstaining, the Council adopted a resolution making adjustments to the so-called Goods Review List, which is central to a system now being used to expedite the delivery of humanitarian goods to Iraq under the UN’s “oil-for-food” programme.Under that system, States can more quickly process contracts on all goods that are not directly subject to sanctions in place since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and are not referenced on the List. Instead of being reviewed by a Council committee set up to monitor the sanctions against Baghdad, these contracts are processed directly through the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the humanitarian operation.Today’s resolution, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and contains annexes naming the goods requiring approval, calls for the Council to conduct a thorough review of the List and the procedures for its implementation 90 days after its start and prior to the end of the current 180-day phase of the oil-for-food programme.The Council also decided to conduct regular, thorough reviews and requested the Committee overseeing the sanctions against Iraq to review the List and the implementation procedures as part of its regular agenda and recommend necessary additions to, and/or deletions from, that list and its procedures.The resolution appealed to all countries to continue to cooperate in the timely submission of technically complete applications and the expeditious issuing of export licences. It also called on States “to take all other appropriate measures within their competence in order to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian supplies reach the Iraqi population as rapidly as possible.” read more

Oil breaks above 100 in Europe after Fed pledges extensive help for

October 6, 2019

Oil breaks above $100 in Europe after Fed pledges extensive help for sagging US economy by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 8:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil broke above $100 a barrel on Friday for the first time since early May after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a plan to jolt the U.S. economy and unrest in the Middle East heightened supply concerns.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for October delivery was up $1.84 at $100.15 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed at $98.31, up $1.30, on Thursday.In London, November Brent crude was up $1.75 at $117.63 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.The Fed said it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities for an indefinite period. The purchases are intended to lower long-term interest rates to spur borrowing and spending.The Fed also extended a plan to keep short-term interest rates at record-low levels through to mid-2015, as it attempts to boost an economy it says is too weak to reduce high unemployment.Expectations of action by the Fed, as well as the European Central Bank and China’s government, have balanced gloomy economic news and kept oil in a narrow range the past few weeks.Oil analyst Stephen Schork said that the Fed decision was tantamount to “flooding the market with dollars,” which weakens the American currency and helps make crude a cheaper and more attractive investment for traders using other currencies.On Friday, the euro was up to $1.3107 from $1.2987 late Thursday in New York.“With additional liquidity looking for a home, commodity markets are bound to benefit given prevailing ultra-low global interest rates,” said Economist Intelligence Unit commodities analyst Caroline Bain. “From a more fundamental perspective, further monetary easing in the U.S. should be positive for U.S. economic growth and wider global growth in as much as higher U.S. aggregate demand provides stimulus across the world.”Traders on Friday also kept a close eye on unfolding unrest in the oil-rich Middle East.Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital Thursday. Ongoing clashes have been taking place around the U.S. mission in Cairo, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday.“The oil market now simply needs some little geopolitical spark to attract the financial flows,” said analyst Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Switzerland.In other Nymex trading, gasoline was up 5.3 cents at $3.0152 a gallon and heating oil added 4.71 cents to $3.2584 a gallon. Natural gas advanced 1.7 cents to $3.054 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report. read more

Realizing the potential of peace at Unity Games

October 2, 2019

Participants from a previous edition of the Unity Games at Brock University.More than 110 youth from Niagara will come together at Brock University this weekend to learn valuable life skills during the fifth annual Unity Games.The event is an engaging and active way to unite youth involved with after school programs run by United Way, YMCA, the Niagara Children’s Centre (NCC), and the Resource Association for Teens (RAFT). Youth will participate in active co-operative activities that teach skills such as co-operation, fair play, leadership and respect.The games take place Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brock’s Gym 2.“Unity Games is an experience that really brings the community together,” says James Mandigo, Interim Dean and Professor in Kinesiology at Brock University.Building upon the energy and successes of co-ordinating international Unity Games in Central America and the Caribbean, Mandigo brought the program to Niagara in 2010.  The games are designed to facilitate a learning experience that involves physical education and sport programming that engages youth and helps to develop social skills.“It’s really special to see Brock students working with youth from our community,” says Mandigo. “It’s a great environment and the appreciation from both students and youth participants is what continues to make this annual event so successful.”More than 30 Brock student volunteers will be working with the youths aged 7 to 13.“Given some of the troubling events that have occurred throughout the last year, each activity at the Games emphasizes peace as a thematic element,” says Erica Dugas, graduate student and event management co-ordinator for Unity Games. Dugas has helped run three Unity Games, including one in El Salvador in 2012.“I am incredibly fortunate to be involved with this initiative again. As a physical educator, I strongly value the opportunity to facilitate an interaction between physical competence and affective characteristics, and to allow participants to construct various situations that embrace both lifelong participation and the development of life skills.” read more

Princess Dianas favourite Caribbean resort at the centre of legal battle between Robert

September 25, 2019

first_imgDe Niro, together with his business partner James Packer, has bought the remainder of the lease on the land from its previous owner and has been granted planning permission to revamp, re-open and extend the K Club.However, more than 300 of the island’s 1,500 residents have signed a petition objecting to the development, which they say is excessive and illegal.The row is the subject of an ongoing court case which the islanders say they will take all the way to the Privy Council in London, Barbuda’s ultimate court of appeal.Islander Mackenzie Frank, the man leading the protest group Barbuda People’s Movement, said: “No one objects to the K Club being re-opened, but they want so much extra land. There are an awful lot of issues at stake.” Once it was a favourite holiday destination of Diana, Princess of Wales, where she would take the young Princes William and Harry for carefree winter breaks.Today, passing cruise ships swing by so that passengers can take pictures of Princess Diana Beach.But since the Princess’s death, the K Club on the Caribbean island of Barbuda has suffered a reversal of fortunes, closing 12 years ago.Now the once luxurious resort is at the centre of an extraordinary legal battle involving Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and some of the island’s tiny population. The deserted beach of K-ClubCredit:Roberto Moiola/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (who embarrassed Prince Harry on his visit last month by inviting him to take Meghan Markle on honeymoon there) made De Niro a “special economic envoy” to the island and hailed him as “a visionary” for his work in hotel development.For the 198-year lease, the company was charged just $6.2 million, the equivalent of a quarter of a cent per square foot per year. Mr Frank describes the agreement as “one of the biggest giveaways ever”. The saga began when the late Mariuccia Mandelli, the “godmother of Italian fashion” and founder of the Krizia label, closed the 251-acre K Club in 2004, 15 years after she had built it.The resort, once the island’s second-biggest source of revenue, but now empty and neglected, fell into disrepair, until De Niro, who has property investments all over the world, bought the remainder of the lease with Mr Packer, the son of the Australian media mogul Kerry Packer. Robert De Niro, centre, cruising the Caribbean on business partner James Packer’s mega yachtCredit:MEGA Under Barbudan law, all 62 square miles of the island are owned in common by the people. In February 2015 the people held a meeting at which they supported the De Niro plans.Mr Frank and others challenged the result, and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda responded by passing an Act agreeing to De Niro’s proposal. Mr Frank says the Paradise Found Act is unconstitutional and is challenging it in the local courts.De Niro said on a visit to Barbuda last year: “I have been coming to Antigua and Barbuda since I was in my early 20s. It’s about making it very, very special. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel that’s the only way it can be doneRobert De Niro They want to invest $250 million (£204 million) in the project over 10 years, but only on condition that they can lease an extra 300 acres surrounding the site.In 2014, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda agreed to lease 555 acres of land on Barbuda to Paradise Found, the company formed by De Niro and Packer. Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in the Caribbean in April 1990Credit:Julian Parker/Getty The deserted beach of K-Club Robert De Niro cruising the Caribbean on business partner James Packer's mega yacht K Club “That’s why we have to curate it and make sure it’s done in the right way. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel that’s the only way it can be done.”Mr Browne said of the Barbuda People’s Movement: “We respect their right to protest, and similarly they ought to respect our right to attract good, sound, tangible investments that grow the economy and put people back to work.” K Club Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in the Caribbean in April 1990last_img read more

Cisco et sa révolution de lInternet

September 20, 2019

first_imgCisco et sa révolution de l’InternetÉtats-Unis – Cisco avait annoncé changer la donne dans le domaine du net. Cela pourrait bien se vérifier rapidement, puisque la firme américaine a sorti un routeur d’une capacité de 322 térabits par seconde !A grands renforts de publicité, Cisco avait promis du changement concernant Internet durant une importante campagne de communication. L’entreprise américaine semble aujourd’hui bien partie pour tenir sa promesse avec le routeur CRS-3, d’une capacité de 322 térabits par seconde. A l’heure où la consommation d’Internet dévore la bande passante, Cisco propose ici une solution destinée principalement aux fournisseurs d’accès Internet. L’opérateur AT&T, critiqué pour la saturation de son réseau aux États-Unis, a choisi d’être partenaire et de tester le routeur CRS-3. Mais cet outil ne sera utile que si les fournisseurs d’accès augmentent leur capacité de connexion, état de fait qui semble incontournable puisque le trafic mondial continuera à augmenter dans les années à venir.Le 10 mars 2010 à 12:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists Use Robots to Get Bees and Fish to Talk to Each

September 20, 2019

first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower It sounds straight out of a Disney movie. Scientists found a way to get two different animal species — fish and bees — in two different locations to communicate with each other and reach a shared decision with the help of robots.As part of an experiment led by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), scientists used robots to transmit signals back and forth between bees located in Austria and fish located in Switzerland. The study, which was published in Science Robotics, found that the two species gradually began coordinating their decisions.“We created an unprecedented bridge between the two animal communities, enabling them to exchange some of their dynamics,” said Frank Bonnet, a researcher at EPFL’s Mobile Robots Group (MOBOTS), which has previously designed robots that can blend into groups of animals and influence their behavior.For the study, engineers used robots to “infiltrate” a school of fish in a circular aquarium in Switzerland to get them to swim in a specific direction. The bees, on the other hand, were located in a lab in Graz, Austria and live on a platform with robot terminals on each side which they naturally tend to swarm around.The robots within each group of animals emitted signals specific to that species. The robot in the school of fish emitted both visual signals – in terms of different shapes, colors and stripes – and behavioral signals – like accelerations, vibrations, and tail movements, according to EPFL. The robots in the bee colony emitted signals mainly in the form of vibrations, temperature variations, and air movements.Researchers developed robots to infiltrate a school of fish in an aquarium and get them to swim in a given direction. (Photo Credit: EPFL)Both groups of animals responded to the signals; the fish started swimming in a given direction and the bees started swarming around just one of the terminals.The robots in the two groups recorded the dynamics of each group, exchanged that information with each other, and then translated the information received into signals appropriate for the corresponding species.“The robots acted as if they were negotiators and interpreters in an international conference. Through the various information exchanges, the two groups of animals gradually came to a shared decision,” said Francesco Mondada, a professor at EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob).The robots in the bee colony emitted signals mainly in the form of vibrations, temperature variations, and air movements. (Photo Credit: EPFL)Not surprisingly, the conversation between the two species were “chaotic” at first. But according to the researchers, the animal groups synchronized after 25 minutes – all the fish swam in a counterclockwise direction and all the bees had swarmed around one of the terminals.They also started influencing each other’s behavior.“The species even started adopting some of each other’s characteristics. The bees became a little more restless and less likely to swarm together than usual, and the fish started to group together more than they usually would,” said Bonnet.The researchers are hoping the study’s findings could help robotics engineers develop an effective way for machines to capture and translate biological signals and also help biologists better understand animal behavior and how individuals within an ecosystem interact.More on Geek.com:Here’s What Happened When Scientists Left Camera Traps to Record Wild ApesBees Can Do Basic Arithmetic, Study FindsStudy: Some Fish Can ‘Recognize’ Themselves in a Mirrorlast_img read more

September 18, 2019

Sporting boss praises Oblak

first_imgSporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has hailed Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, ahead of their second leg in the Europa LeagueThe Slovenia international arrived at Portuguese side Benfica in the summer of 2010 at the tender age of 17 years old and, after four loan spells away from the club, Oblak became the first choice goalkeeper under Jesus himself after displacing regular number one Artur in the 2013/14 season.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…After keeping several clean sheets in his opening matches, Oblak was later named the Primeira Liga’s goalkeeper of the year and later sealed a €16m transfer to Atletico and has established himself at La Liga as one of the very best.“Oblak arrived at Portuguese football very young. He was 17 years old. He was at two clubs before he had the opportunity at Benfica. He worked [hard] during that time, I have no doubt that alongside Rui Patricio and some others he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Atletico supporters should be delighted to have him and his work.” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Jamie Carraghers Premier League season predictions

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has given his predictions for the Premier League season.After two matches played in the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jamie Carragher has made his season predictions. Sky Sports reports.Champions – Man City‘People say how impressive Liverpool have been at the start of the season, but how impressive have City been? They’ve gone to Arsenal, a top-six rival, and then the manner of the win over Huddersfield. It could have been 2-0 or 3-0 after five minutes, that’s how good they are. It’s difficult to look past City and if they do what I expect them to do, I expect them to have a period of domination. At the end of Pep’s time, we could be talking about one of the great teams seen in this country.’Top Four – Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham‘It’s hard to leave Chelsea out, but you think of them playing Thursday-Sunday and the goalkeeper is still young He may go on to be one of the world’s best, but it’s not Courtois. They have lost one of the world’s best. I think the other sides have just got the edge on them but we are talking fine margins.’English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…Top six challengers – Everton‘I like the manager and have always liked him since he was at Hull. They went down and he started well at Watford until Everton came in and it fell apart. There’s something I like about that manager when I see their teams play. Without the transfer business on the last day, I thought he hadn’t brought enough in, but that has given everyone a lift and of course the two performances and results they have had were very good. Richarlison has come in and done well.’Top goalscorer – Kane‘If you ask me the same question for the next seven years, I’ll always say Harry Kane. He will take the penalties, he will never be left out and he has the mentality every season to be the top scorer and as I’ve said before, I think he’s going to break all kinds of records. I think it’s telling he has signed a six-year contract and wasn’t looking to Real Madrid. I think he wants to be the greatest scorer in Tottenham’s history and he wants the Premier League record also.’last_img read more

September 17, 2019

2019 a very strange Copa America

first_img12 teams, three groups, two teams from Asia, this is the new version of the world’s oldest tournament set to be played in Brazil this summer.The draw for the 2019 Copa America tournament already took place, with 12 nations from two confederations competing for a single trophy.Six stadiums in five hosts cities in Brazil will witness how from June 14 to July 7th, 12 teams will try to show they are the best in South America.Including Japan and Qatar.These two Asian teams, who are currently in the Semifinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and who might even get to meet in the final, were invited by CONMEBOL.This happened after both Mexico and the United States from CONCACAF decided not to attend a tournament they have been left uninvited when it was announced, then invited again some months ago.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Hosts Brazil will lead Group A together with Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru.Argentina was drawn into Group B with Colombia, Paraguay, and guests Qatar.While Uruguay is set to play in Group C with Ecuador, Japan, and Chile.The best two teams of each group will qualify directly to the Quarterfinals, while the best two ranked third places will also win a ticket to the elimination round.The Group Stage will be played from June 14 up to the 24th, while the Quarterfinals will be played from the 27 to the 29.Semifinals are set to be played on July 2nd and 3rd. Meanwhile, the Third Place match is scheduled for July 6 and the final for July 7 at Maracana Stadium.last_img read more

Vancouver woman nabbed by Oregon police

September 16, 2019

first_imgA Vancouver resident wanted on a felony fugitive warrant was arrested Saturday by the Oregon State Police.Michelle Diane Carpenter, 31, was arrested on a warrant charging escape from community custody. Originally, she had pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and obstructing police, an official said.Oregon officials said police stopped a Ford Bronco at 5:24 p.m. Saturday for a traffic violation on northbound Interstate 5 near Delta Park. The last name the passenger gave came back with an outstanding felony fugitive warrant from the Washington State Department of Corrections.Carpenter was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center pending extradition to Washington. According to court records, she has 2003 and 2011 felony convictions in Clark County Superior Court and failed to appear at two recent hearings.last_img read more