QUEENSLAND TOO STRONG ON FINALS DAY

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

Victim faints at Morocco trial of British pedophile suspect

October 12, 2019

first_imgRABAT- An alleged victim of a suspected British pedophile on trial in Morocco fainted in court Tuesday as the case was adjourned for a fifth time, a rights activist who attended the hearing told AFP.The 6-year-old girl passed out at the courthouse in the northern town of Tetouan when she saw Robert Bill, who is accused of kidnapping and attempting to rape her, said Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights.“We are calling for a swift ruling in this trial, because of the suffering it is causing the victims,” he told AFP, expressing “surprise” that it had been repeatedly delayed. The judge fixed the next hearing for April 11. The reason for the latest delay was not clear. The trial had previously been adjourned when the defendant’s Moroccan lawyers withdrew from the case.Bill, originally from North Wales, was arrested at a petrol station in Tetouan last June when locals overheard the screams of the six-year-old girl he allegedly abducted, surrounded his Spanish-registered car and alerted the police.“She was the only victim present at the trial,” Benaissa said, adding that the other alleged victims were represented in court by their parents.The suspect is accused of kidnapping and raping another two Moroccan girls prior to his arrest, one in Tetouan and one in the nearby town of Chefchaouen, according to the human rights group.The former teacher has already served jail time in Britain following his conviction by a Welsh court in 2009 of attempting to abduct a five-year-old girl.After leaving prison he travelled to southern Spain, arriving in Morocco in November 2012 from the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast. The Spanish police had issued a warrant for his arrest on separate pedophilia and kidnapping charges.last_img read more

Why Arent The Best Teams In The NFL Expected To Win A

September 28, 2019

NFL forecasts are in … and they aren’t very exciting! Even great teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks are forecast to win about 10 games, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But plenty of teams win more than that each year — what gives? Watch the video above to find out. And if you’re into this kind of statistical kaffeeklatsch, subscribe to FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast, Hot Takedown.

September 18, 2019

Villas next seasons kit includes a darker shade of claret

first_imgVilla’s iconic colours have often caused confusion amongst manufacturers and senior Villa Park officials have moved to ensure next season’s kit includes a ‘darker shade of claret’ according to Birmingham Mail.It will also feature a ‘visible nod to William McGregor’. A statue of McGregor – the man who played a leading role in founding the Football League in 1888 – stands proudly outside the main reception at Villa Park.Neil Banbury, General Manager UK at the Kindred Group, said:Tottenham make offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 13, 2018 In a bullish manner Tottenham makes offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish £15m as Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester are also keen on securing the…“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.““Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villans with “better” experiences as Official Betting & Gaming Partner and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Souttar impressed by Belgiums ruthlessness

first_imgScotland defender John Souttar has revealed that Belgium are the best team he has ever faced after his country were hammered 4-0 by Roberto Martinez’s men.The Hearts defender was earning his first senior cap and lamented three individual Scotland errors which led to Belgium goals.Souttar, 21, insisted he can learn much from the experience after dealing with some of the planet’s most talented players. Scotland now face Albania in their first Nations League tie on Monday evening, and Souttar admitted they must eradicate mistakes quickly. “It was the biggest test for me by far,” he said, as quoted by EdinburghNews. “It was a learning curve for me playing against them. I felt good and I enjoyed it. I felt that we did some good stuff in the game but the result obviously dampens it.Kevin De Bruyne, BelgiumThere’s no midfielder like De Bruyne: Roberto Martinez Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the Belgium boss, the best midfielder in the world is Kevin De Bruyne after a fantastic Monday display against Scotland.“The difference was three individual errors, costing three goals. They punish you and they’re ruthless. Their finishing is ruthless and their movement is ruthless. If I’m going to be where I want to be, I’m going to have to play people like that and learn from it. On a selfish note, it was good to go up against players like that.”“We’ve got to learn quick. The manager [Alex McLeish] has come in and put his own philosophy in. You can see the change of formation so we have to learn quickly. Monday will be a completely different game. All focus sn on that now because that’s the important one.”“Belgium are second in the world for a reason. They are a top team and you saw in the World Cup how good they are,” he said. “They knocked Brazil about the park and it was always going to be tough. To test yourself against that at this stage of my career is brilliant. “It’s something I’ve strived for for a long time.”last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Charges Follow Police and Integrity Commission Investigation

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 31, 2017 – Providenciales – On Monday 27 March 2017 two females working at the Employment Services Unit of the Immigration Department were arrested on suspicion of Uttering numerous amounts of Turks and Caicos Islands Government Work Permit Cards.Following a joint investigation between the RT&CIPF Financial Crime Unit and the Integrity Commission, a 48 year old female of Providenciales was formally charged and caution for 13 counts of uttering forged document, one count of corruption and one count of use of criminal property.   The investigation commenced in November 2016 after number of allegations of Forged Turks and Caicos Islands Work Permits being issued to a number of persons within the Haitian and Dominican Communities.The person charged appeared at court yesterday and was not allowed to enter a plea.   The 48 year old is presently on $10, 000 bail.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

September 17, 2019

Rooney doesnt want special treatment at DC United

first_imgDC United skipper Wayne Rooney, doesn’t like the idea of being treated differently at the club and he is also loving life in the United States.Life in the United States of America for Wayne Rooney has been a completely different scenario compared to what he lived in England, his move to DC United has been arguably one of the best decisions of his life when thinking about the best retirement possible for one of the best careers of an English player.Other great players from the Three Lions have also decided to go on this MLS path and succeeded, David Beckham is the most famous case as the former Manchester United player went to play for LA Galaxy for a while and had a very rewarding experience that even convinced him to stay and keep working as a businessman in the US.Nobody knew how well Wayne Rooney was going to adapt to the MLS, but the legendary striker responded quickly to those doubts and soon started his very own revolution at DC United.Today, the England all-time top scorer has the club from the capital close to the playoffs and he is delivering incredible performances every week. Just this past Wednesday against Toronto, Wayne produced a brilliant free-kick that made headlines around the world..@MenInBlazers’ #MiBWeekOfWayne continues! Tune in to the special Monday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 PM ET on @NBCSN. #DCU pic.twitter.com/EupszZFClQ— D.C. United (@dcunited) October 18, 2018We may think that a major star like Wayne Rooney who is already regarded as one of the most celebrated English players in history, would like having the star treatment.But we would be wrong to assume that because Rooney is actually a man who doesn’t like living large like other football players, he is a family man who always struggled with the exposure he had back in England and now loves being completely unnoticed in America.The fact that people in the US are not that aware of football, gives major stars like Wayne Rooney the opportunity to live a more relaxed life with his family.When talking to the Men in Blazers soccer show from the US, Wayne explains how his life is at DC United.“If you’re going to be part of a team you have to be part of a team all in and do the same things,” said Wayne during the interview.“I don’t want special treatment because I’ve had a career in England. I want to be treated the same as the players here.”“I’m part of this team. It’s not rocket science – if you can go and form relationships with those players, speak to them, it helps.”wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I know a lot of players who have come here, big players in other countries, they haven’t tended to form those relationships and buy into what the team are doing.”🗣️”It’s actually normal stuff which people do everyday in their lives, which I’ve actually missed out on a bit.” MIB SHOW @WayneRooney SPECIAL AIRS MONDAY, OCT. 22 AT 5:30 P.M. ET @NBCSN. Pod Special Here: https://t.co/cvpEEJjhYp #MiBWeekOfWayne pic.twitter.com/6m6GwsBEfN— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) October 17, 2018About the different traditions he had in England compared to now, Wayne Rooney also added: “It’s difficult for me to play Fifa with my friends at the moment,” he added.“We used to play back home when my kids were in bed. My friends would finish work and we’d play about 9 pm in the evening. But 9 pm in the evening is 4 pm here and right in the middle of the kids finishing school so I need to try and find a slot.”“But just to go out with my children here is a lot different to back home. You can do it back home but it just had to be more planned.”“Here I can pick them up from school and ask what they want to do; cinema, shops, and restaurants.”“Whereas at home you’re looking over your shoulder wondering who’s watching you, who’s filming you whereas here it’s a little bit more chilled out.”“It’s actually strange, it’s normal stuff people do every day which I’ve missed out on which is great to do,” he concluded.Wayne Rooney’s goal in the first half lifted D.C. United (-244) to a 1-0 win over Toronto FC last night.pic.twitter.com/SnUhg4SLOY— Action Network Soccer (@ActionNetSoccer) October 18, 2018How far do you think Wayne Rooney will take DC United in the MLS this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Candeias accused of being disrespectful

first_imgRangers Football Club winger Daniel Candeias has been accused of being disrespectful by St. Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson.The Rangers winger was shown blowing kisses towards St Mirren fans during the team’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers on home soil, that caused a rift between Samson, Candeias and Saints defender, Anton Ferdinand.Referee Willie Collum showed the Portuguese midfielder a second yellow following an exchange with Ferdinand, a decision branded ’embarrassing’ by Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard.However, Samson shed some light on the events leading up to the dismissal when he suggested Candeias had shown a lack of respect towards a St. Mirren side sliding towards their seventh straight defeat.“When they scored the second goal he ran past and gave Anton (Ferdinand) a bit of stick, telling him to ‘shoosh’ and blowing him kisses,” said the 34-year-old keeper, according to Daily Mail.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“So when he ran past me I just sort of grabbed him and said: “Look, there’s no need to be so disrespectful … you’ve won the game so just go and celebrate with your team-mates.”“He agreed with me, and he apologised.”“But Anton wasn’t very happy with what was happening. I don’t know what happened between the two of them but I just thought Candeias was lacking a wee bit of class in doing what he was doing.”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

September 17, 2019

Guardiola hails ruthless Man City

first_imgPep Guardiola is in awe of Manchester City’s ruthlessness in the FA Cup Fourth Round triumph over Burnley.The Blues brushed aside Sean Dyche’s men with a 5-0 victory, as they continued their excellent run in 2019.Guardiola’s men are on a breath-taking winning streak netting an astonishing 30 goals and still chasing trophies on all four fronts.Although Guardiola repeatedly dismisses talk of a ‘quadruple’, the Catalan boss expressed his delight for his side’s desire to succeed in every competition – evident in the merciless win over the Clarets.“I am really pleased for the commitment,” he stated via the club’s site. “Especially with all the games in our legs and minds.“Of course, we have to improve a few things but we made good movements and I’m satisfied to be in the next round and the draw on Monday.”On City’s record-breaking recent goal gluts, Guardiola added: “I think all the clubs – everyone – play to score goals.FULL-TIME | We cruise into the #FACup 5th Round! 👏Enjoy that, Blues?jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…🔵 5-0 ⚫️ #cityvburnley #mancity pic.twitter.com/gGMlReLYvH— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 26, 2019“Everyone wants to win and that’s why. We do it for the people but we have done it from the beginning since we arrived here.“Winning eight games in a row, this month has been good. I could say it’s because we played against lower league sides but it’s what we have to do.“Everybody has played and we want to arrive in the last stages of the FA Cup and Champions League, and fight to the end in the Premier League and Carabao Cup. It’s the only way I understand.“What these guys have done in the past 16 months is incredible. We will see what happens in the next few games to see if we can catch Liverpool.“We analyse game by game and everybody is ready.”last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Two men shot one dead in Spring Valley shooting

first_img KUSI Newsroom Two men shot, one dead in Spring Valley shooting KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – Sheriff’s detectives Thursday were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another man hospitalized in Spring Valley, authorities said.Dispatchers received reports shortly after 11:55 p.m. Wednesday of a shooting in the 10000 block of Campo Road, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation.Two men, believed to be in their early 30s, were taken to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead, Williams said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.The other man was treated for at least one gunshot wound, which was not believed to be life-threatening, Williams said.A motive for the shooting is unclear. A description of the suspect or suspects was not immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call sheriff’s homicide investigators during business hours at (858) 285-6330 or during non-business hours at (858) 565-5200. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. September 27, 2018 Posted: September 27, 2018last_img read more

September 13, 2019

Lawmakers from Defense Communities Urge Trump to Reconsider Civilian Pay Raise

first_imgA group of 16 Republican and 7 Democratic members of the House are calling on President Trump to reverse a recent decision to cancel a federal civilian pay raise set to go into effect in January, citing the potential to affect military readiness as a concern. “Perhaps there wasn’t an understanding of how important this is to so many people” who play “fundamental roles in allowing the national security apparatus to continue,” Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), whose Hampton Roads district has multiple installations, told the Washington Post. “A lot of members have a significant federal presence in their district and feel very strongly about this,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), whose district includes thousands of civilian workers at Tinker AFB.“DOD relies heavily upon a dedicated civilian workforce whose direct support enables critical defense operations. These employees provide anything form technical and intelligence support to cybersecurity defense. Needless to say, it would be a mistake to refuse our federal civilian employees this well-deserved pay increase,” said the letter organized by Taylor.Photo by Jennifer Bacchus Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

September 11, 2019

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between June 17, 2018 to June 24, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington gears up for new school leadership by Lizzie McDermottKane resigns from School Committee by Lizzie McDermottO’Connell has years of public service experience by Cassia BurnsL’Italien endorses Kratman by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocatePHOTOS: Wilmington Relay For LifePHOTOS: Flags Retired In WilmingtonWilmington PatchLunch Like A Local: Lucci’s In WilmingtonLowell SunWilmington woman’s tinkering turns into soap business by Kori TuittWilmington study to offer look into future on Main St. by Kori TuittAG OKs bylaw limiting medical facilities to industrial zones by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

September 11, 2019

Wilmington Strings To Hold Rock N Roll Bingo Fundraiser On March 8

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Strings Parent Support Group is holding a Rock ‘n Roll Bingo fundraiser on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 7pm to 10pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).Enjoy a fun evening of bingo, music, raffles, prizes, dancing and fun! Tickets cost $20 per person/$200 per table. Proceeds raised will benefit scholarships given to senior Strings students. Senior students will perform at 7pm.Email wilmingtonstringsorchestra@gmail.com to purchase tickets.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Strings Orchestra’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, March 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Lacrosse Announces ‘Rock & Roll Bingo’ Fundraiser On March 24In “Community”CEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”last_img read more

Facebook to raise minimum hourly wage for contract workers

September 10, 2019

first_img 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Internet Services Facebook contractors will get be paid a higher minimum hourly wage. Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images Facebook plans to raise the minimum hourly wage it pays thousands of contract workers around the US, acknowledging that its current $15 minimum wage isn’t in line with rising cost of living in many of markets where its offices are located.”It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate,” the social-networking giant said in a blog post that noted the current minimum wage has been in place since 2015.Contractors in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Washington DC will be paid a minimum of $20 an hour, while contractors in Seattle will be paid at least $18 per hour. Contract content reviewers will get a higher minimum wage: $22 in the Bay Area, New York and DC; $20 in Seattle; and $18 in all other US metro areas.Content reviewers play a critical role at the company, reviewing violent images on the social network. Facebook, which has about 15,000 content reviewers, outsources content moderation work to staffing firms such as Cognizant, Accenture and Genpact. The minimum wage hikes come amid criticism of Facebook by some content moderators, who allege the company violated California law by failing to provide thousands of content moderators with a safe workplace. They say in a lawsuit that they’ve suffered psychological trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by exposure to murders, suicides and beheadings that were livestreamed on Facebook.The new minimum wage will go into effect by mid-2020 and is working to develop similar standards in other countries, Facebook said. 5:10center_img Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Share your voice Comment Facebooklast_img read more

Sonys PlayStation CEO wants a seamless transition to its nextgeneration console

September 10, 2019

first_img1:57 PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… $245 Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games “The community has never been bigger and it’s never been more engaged,” he said. “A lot of people we brought in, in 2013, are still with us. And the amount of time and money they invest in the platform is very humbling.” Sony’s also been slowly releasing details about its PS4 successor, colloquially called the PS5 (though Sony declined to confirm that name). Among the new features, Sony said its next console will load games significantly faster, still sport an optical disc drive and offer immersive surround sound audio. In his conversation with CNET, Ryan said an SSD storage drive Sony custom-designed for the console will be offered as part of the default version. He also added that the device will offer ultra-high definition 4K visuals at 120Hz, which is twice the screen refresh rate of most TVs. The world’s changing very fast and in a very interesting way. Jim Ryan Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Sony PlayStation VR • Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Ryan is a 25-year Sony veteran. He began his career at the company’s European division in 1994 — right as the original PlayStation was launching — and in 2011 was appointed the president of Sony’s PlayStation business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. He was made the deputy president of Sony’s PlayStation business last year before being promoted to CEO in February. He and Shawn Layden, who heads Sony’s 13 development studios making games like the highly anticipated survival adventure game The Last of Us Part 2, will be helping launch the company’s next-generation PlayStation with a slate of new games and features to compete against Microsoft’s next Xbox, Nintendo’s Switch, Google’s Stadia streaming service and more. Ryan said the company counts an active user base of 94 million players, 36 million of whom subscribe to the company’s $10 per month PlayStation Plus online game playing service. Sony’s sold nearly 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Share your voice E3 2019 See All See It Electronic Arts (EA) Google Microsoft Sony Nintendo 3 Tagscenter_img Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 Amazon Culture Tech Industry Gaming Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Comments Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) Now playing: Watch this: Jim Ryan was named president and CEO of Sony’s PlayStation division in February. Sony Typically, the launch of a new video game console is a major transition, when old games and your progress in them are left behind in favor of the latest and greatest. Sony wants to put an end to that. In his first interview since becoming Sony’s PlayStation CEO in April, Jim Ryan offered some details about his company’s successor to its popular PlayStation 4 console, expected next year. Among them, Ryan said his company plans to offer “cross-generational play,” effectively offering players the ability to play a game on their PS4, switch to a new console and continue, and then switch back. Effectively, it won’t matter to Sony’s servers which device they’re playing on. As a result, they’ll have all the same friends while they do that. “Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,” he said. “It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be ether on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 28 Photos $217 reading • Sony’s PlayStation CEO wants a seamless transition to its next-generation console Ryan declined to discuss the company’s plans for the PSVR, other than to say the company’s pleased with its success so far. He declined to say when we’ll learn more, but said Sony plans to discuss the new PlayStation as development versions of the device are sent to outside game companies. “We wanted to make sure that the PlayStation fans had clear and unambiguous information from us instead of garbled nonsense third and fourth hand — some of it true, some of it perhaps certain times less true,” he said. “This is just the start of the unveil process.” Below are edited excerpts from our conversation with Ryan before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game conference, which kicks off in Los Angeles next week. Sony said it won’t be attending the show this year. Q: I’m assuming a new PSVR is coming, but can you offer any details? Ryan: We have nothing to say about any potential next-gen VR product at this stage. We continue to believe that VR has the potential to be a really meaningful part of the future of interactive entertainment.The current generation of VR has exceeded our expectations. When you step back and look at it — and this is the way I like to look at it — one in 20 of the people who found the money to go out and buy a PlayStation 4, and all the games and peripherals that they enjoyed with that, have also found the money to then go buy the PlayStation VR and all the games and peripherals that go on top of that. And I feel good about that. The PlayStation 4 has become one of the biggest-selling consoles in history. How do you match that with your next-gen console? This transition is probably gonna be more interesting than any other we’ve seen in the past. We obviously have one recently announced new entrant into the gaming space [Google] and the possibility of more to come. So the landscape is changing fast. If we simply kinda lean back on the world that we’ve known for the past 25 years, we’re at grave risk of having events around us overtake us. So we have to show an open-mindedness and a desire to do things to an extent that we haven’t had to in the past. One manifestation of that is the memorandum of understanding signed with Microsoft. Which is a kind of wide ranging MOU that covers a number of areas of collaboration between Sony and Microsoft. One of the main ones is cloud gaming. The world’s changing very fast and in a very interesting way. We have a cloud gaming service right now, and we’ve added on it for a number of years. I think maybe we’ve been a bit guilty of not talking about it enough. Now we’re in 19 countries, we have 170 publishers on board, 780 games in the States. We’ve actually achieved a lot, and probably a lot more than people realize. And our intent is to build on those learnings and really look to try to take PlayStation Now to the next level later this year and then in the years to come. When you talk about having the events of the world overtake you, are you talking about a console-less world? What’s in your mind when you say that? Who knows what the world looks like in five years’ time? When you’ve got these big, very large companies coming into your space, I think simply viewing the world in the terms you viewed it in the past 25 years, with the competition you’ve had over the past 25 years, is probably not a very sensible approach to take. We, through our actions and recent announcements, believe that there is a great market for next generation console. But it’s not binary. It’s not like, in three weeks’ time or three years’ time, the console world stops, and a console-less world — however that may look — will suddenly take over. Any transition will be steady and gradual. I’ve built PlayStation businesses all around the world. I can tell you about the infrastructure in some of the parts of the world where we have very, very large businesses, and they will not be conducive to, you know, an entirely streaming model for years and years and years. When we get to the console-less world, I’m going to be playing with brands, right? I’ll decide I’m in the PlayStation brand world, and that’s how I’ll play my games. And it’ll be roughly the same games, with the exception of exclusives, that I can get in the Xbox world or the Stadia world. Is that far off from the way you see it? It’s a little bit of a simplification but you’re not far off. It goes back to these three points, our enduring strengths — exclusive games, the brand and the community we have, who we’re very humbled by the trust of the level of engagement they have with us. As long as we treat them properly and with the love and respect they deserve — and that probably sounds trite coming from a businessman, but we actually believe in this stuff — that will serve us very well. Is this the last console? Everyone always talks about it, and there’s this sense that it is, but I’m curious what you think. What I think is: I actually don’t know. I’ve been around a while, and I sat there in 2012 and listened to all sorts of smart people tell me about mobile and that the PlayStation 4 was going to be the most terrible failure ever. The logic was actually hard to fault. But we believed in that product then, we believe in this next generation product now. Who knows how it might evolve? Hybrid models between console and some sort of cloud model? Possibly that. I just don’t know. And if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. That’s fair too. So a lot of people have been building live-service games these days. I know you guys have been building Dreams. I’m curious what you think of where the market is right now. There’s obviously criticism that’s coming at games like EA’s Anthem and Bethesda’s Fallout 76.  So I’m curious what you think of this genre of games? It’s like any category of game or any category of entertainment. There are good examples and less good examples. When they’re done right, and you look at the engagement statistics for FIFA, for example, the engagement is simply unbelievable. If you’re going to do this you have to do it really well. It’s a form of entertainment that has to be built incrementally, you can’t sort of plunge in and build one of these live service games and get it right from day one. It’s got to be evolved and iterated and it’s not easy. It’s really not easy. Do you think this type of games will be the future of how entertainment will work? Obviously you guys put a lot of work behind the full story experiences too. But what do you see when you look into your crystal ball? We’ve never had greater success with our own narrative-driven, story-based games than we’re having right now. We feel good about that, and it’s certainly not a genre of gaming we’ll ever walk away from. Service games, when done well, will continue to be popular and grow in popularity. But only as the overall gaming ecosystem grows, and more people are playing more and more games longer and longer. One topic about E3 I often hear is how marketing of a game is done. Looking at Sony, I’ll never forget #PuddleGate with your Spider-Man game and how the accusations you’d downgraded the quality of your game were wrong. I was looking back and looked at The Last of Us and I was amazed at how similar the scenes you were showing off years before were nearly the same to what came out. And that’s not something that’s happened with every company, right? Even if everyone has the intention of showing off what they expect to release, obviously not everyone delivers that. So how do you make sure what you’re showing off years in advance is so close to being what you’re selling them later? We always approach this issue with a high degree of integrity. And what we show is typically not years in advance — typically it’s months, or perhaps many months in some cases — but it’s real gameplay that has already been developed and we have a very high degree of confidence will appear in the final game. This is conjecture, but it could be that our narrative-driven games lend themselves to the ability to have fidelity between the early vision and the final product more readily than something massively online in its nature. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know See itlast_img read more

Judge sides with troll storm victim in case against neoNazi site Daily

September 10, 2019

first_img Tags Tanya Gersh has been the target of online harassment since December 2016. Dan Chung A federal magistrate judge has recommended that Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, pay more than $14 million in damages for organizing an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh. Judge Jeremiah Lynch called Anglin’s conduct “egregious and reprehensible” and said Anglin should be ordered to remove any posts from the Daily Stormer that encourage readers to contact Gersh and her family.Lynch’s recommendation was issued Monday and still has to be approved by US District Judge Dana Christensen, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented Gersh in the case. A decision is expected after 14 days.”A clear message has been sent to Anglin and other extremists: No one should be terrorized for simply being who they are, and no one should ever be afraid for being who they are,” Gersh said in a release from the SPLC on Monday. “This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else.”Gersh, who is Jewish, filed a lawsuit against Anglin in April 2017 accusing him of invading her privacy, intentionally inflicting emotional distress and violating Montana’s Anti-Intimidation Act by organizing more than 700 instances of harassment since December 2016. What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Anglin initiated his attack against Gersh in December 2016 after she was accused of bullying Sherry Spencer, the mother of alt-right leader Richard Spencer, into selling her property. Anglin encouraged his readers to participate in “an old fashioned Troll Storm” and tell Gersh what they thought of her “Jew agenda.” He published her address, telephone number and Twitter handle, as well as contact information for her husband and the Twitter handle of her son.Anglin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the judge’s recommendation.Earlier this year, Anglin also lost a case brought by Sirius XM radio host Dean Obeidallah. In August 2017, Obeidallah, who is Muslim, sued after a Daily Stormer post said Obeidallah had masterminded a bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Obeidallah was awarded $4.1 million. 0 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Post a comment 13:29 Share your voice Onlinelast_img read more

Crude prices fall from 2016 highs as US oil rig count rises

September 5, 2019

first_imgCrude prices settled lower on Friday after the U.S. oil rig count rose for the first time since December, renewing worries of a supply glut after an output freeze plan helped boost the market to 2016 highs and multi-week gains.U.S. energy firms this week added one oil rig after 12 weeks of cuts, according to data by industry firm Baker Hughes. The addition, coming after oil rigs had fallen by two-thirds over the past year to 2009 lows, showed crude drilling picking up again after a 50 percent price rally since February. [RIG/U]”The rig count and crude prices have a direct relationship for sure,” said Pete Donovan, broker at Liquidity Energy in New York.Brent crude LCOc1 finished down 34 cents, or 0.8 percent, at $41.20 a barrel, having risen $1 earlier to a 2016 high of $42.54.U.S. crude CLc1 settled down 76 cents, or 1.9 percent, at $39.44, after also gaining $1 to a year high of $41.20.Despite the retreat, oil posted multi-week gains, with Brent up for a fourth straight week and U.S. crude a fifth week in a row. Both benchmarks rose about 2 percent this week.Global oversupply in oil had knocked crude prices down from mid-2014 highs above $100 a barrel to 12-year lows earlier this year, bringing Brent to around $27 and U.S. crude to about $26.Over the past two months, prices rallied to reach above $40 after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) floated the idea of a production freeze at January’s highs.The combination of declining oil output, smaller crude stockpile builds and surging gasoline consumption in the United States also helped the recovery, although some analysts said the rally had been overdone.”The market is probably too long here and needs a correction,” said Scott Shelton, energy futures broker with ICAP in Durham, North Carolina.last_img read more

Media fuels rumours Kapil Dev speaks about Virat KohliRohit Sharma rift

September 5, 2019

first_imgGetty Images/ICCFormer India captain and member of the newly-constituted Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Kapil Dev, has spoken about the alleged rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.Kapil believes that although there can be differences of opinion between two players in the dressing room, the players are mature enough to keep them on the sidelines and focus on winning games for the country. He went on to say that media also plays a part in blowing things out of proportion and that there is no such thing as a “rift” when players are playing together.”You have to do your job. Thoda bohot to aap bhi help karte ho na rumour banane mein (media also adds to the rumour), said the 1983 World Cup-winning captain. “There is no rumour when you are playing, I don’t think so.”‘When you are batting, there is no fight'”When you are inside the ground I can talk about them, I can talk about myself, when you are batting there is no fight. Off the field, your thinking can be different, the approach can be different,” Kapil added.Before India’s departure for West Indies, captain Virat Kohli had denied all rumours of a rift between players. He had even said that these reports were hurtful for players. Virat KohliICC”In my opinion, its baffling. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read these kind of stuff, that comes out there. I have been to public events where we have been praised and here we are feeding off lies, overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all good things that happened and creating fantasies and scenarios in our head. We want to accept that this is the truth,” said captain Virat Kohli.The BCCI is also reportedly trying to sort out the differences. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is all set to fly to the United States to speak with the players. Coach Ravi Shastri will also be present during the meeting to get both players on the same page.India will play a 3-match T20I series in Florida and West Indies, which will be followed by a 3-match ODI and a 2-match Test series.last_img read more

Sensex falls as Karnataka election outcome disappoints

September 5, 2019

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014. Representational image.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares fell on Wednesday (16 May) as doubts over the composition of the next government in the southern state of Karnataka dampened investor risk appetite.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 104 seats, falling marginally short of the 113 seats needed to form a government, while the opposition Congress clinched 78.The Congress said it was ready to let regional party Janata Dal (Secular), which stood third with 37 seats, to form a government to stop the Hindu nationalist BJP from taking power.However, analysts say the outcome of Karnataka’s election results only strengthens the BJP’s re-election prospects in 2019, something the markets will be optimistic about.”Markets are at very high levels and hence very volatile, so every event will be met with overreaction,” said Sudhakar Pattabiraman, head of research operations at William O’Neil’s MarketSmith.”Because of a few state elections coming up this year, expect markets to remain volatile but in the long term, things look extremely positive. There are strong indications that BJP will win the 2019 general elections.”India also announced its trade deficit data on Tuesday, which slightly widened to $13.72 billion in April from $13.25 billion a year ago.The broader NSE Nifty was down 0.46 percent at 10,751.8 as of 0611 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.38 percent lower at 35,408.98.Asian shares were down as well after North Korea called off talks with South Korea, throwing a U.S.-North Korean summit into doubt.The index of state-run banks fell 3.3 percent, dragged down by Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Syndicate Bank Ltd, which fell 13.7 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, after the duo posted a March-quarter loss on Tuesday.PNB reported a record quarterly loss of 134.17 billion rupees ($1.98 billion) with analysts worried about the bank’s growth prospects, while Syndicate Bank posted a loss of 21.95 billion rupees compared with a profit of 1.04 billion rupees last year.Reliance Communications Ltd dropped to its lowest in six months after India’s bankruptcy court allowed a insolvency plea filed by Sweden’s Ericsson.last_img read more