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Game 2 ‘wake up call’ helps Petron get back on track for PSL crown

first_imgMOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It could’ve been a perfect sweep for Petron in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference if not for its four-set loss to F2 Logistics in Game 2.The Blaze Spikers held a 13-0 record up until that loss, but that defeat jolted the team to fix their ways and show what the defending champions are made of.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Magnolia back on top with PBA Governors’ Cup crown Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Petron had two days to figure it out, and it showed its might against the Cargo Movers in the Game 3 for the 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 sweet.“That was a wakeup call for us. We never thought of the sweep or that we didn’t lose a match because that’s not a good mindset,” said Reyes in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. “It was a learning experience for us that we shouldn’t think of the conference sweep.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefReyes was also instrumental in Petron’s third set stand when she scored on back-to-back hits to give the Blaze Spikers a 19-16 buffer.The Blaze Spikers’ title win also moved them ahead of the Cargo Movers in the championship table with Petron owning four, the most in the league, while F2 has three. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Reyes said Game 3 itself was enough to show that the rivalry between the two teams is as strong as ever.The two teams did face each other four straight times in the finals and had two titles between them prior to meeting in the 2018 All-Filipino Conference championship round.“The rivalry is still there,” said Reyes who had nine points in Game 3. “You all saw how they fought. They didn’t want to lose and both teams came to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Schauffele failed to birdie the par-5 15th and scrambled for pars the rest of the way for a 68. Dustin Johnson made three straight birdies late in the round, but he got going too late and had to settle for a 68 and a return to No. 1 in the world.Woods goes to No. 6, his first time inside the top 10 since the 2014 PGA Championship.Koepka, one of four players from the final two groups who hit into the water on No. 12, rallied with an eagle on the 13th, narrowly missed another eagle on the 15th and was the last player with a chance. His birdie putt on the 18th from just outside 10 feet missed, and he had to settle for a 70.“You want to play against the best to ever play,” Koepka said. “You want to go toe-to-toe with them. I can leave saying I gave it my all. He’s just good, man.”Woods finished at 13-under 275 and became, at 43, the oldest Masters champion since Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket at 46 in 1986. That has stood as Augusta’s defining moment for years.This one is sure to at least rival it.“This is definitely, probably one of the greatest comebacks I think anybody’s ever seen,” Koepka said.Koepka and Molinari had both faced Tigermania in the majors and held their own, Molinari at Carnoustie to win the British Open, Koepka last summer at Bellerive to win the PGA Championship. Molinari went 49 straight holes without a bogey, a streak that ended on the seventh hole. It was the double bogeys that cost him, and the Italian was gracious as ever in defeat.“I think I made a few new fans today with those double bogeys,” he said.Rain fell briefly, but it stayed away long enough for Woods to be presented his green jacket on the practice green, just like old times. He looked like a new man, making new memories.“Now I’m able to play golf again, and do it at an elite level again, which is something I’m just very blessed to be able to have that opportunity again,” Woods said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And now it’s all pieced back together — his life, his back, even golf.A fallen hero, a crippled star, Woods is a Masters champion again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe won his fifth green jacket, his 15th major, but never with this much raw emotion. The most ferocious fist pump was when he walked off the 18th green, scooped up 10-year-old son Charlie, and embraced his mother and his 11-year-old daughter Sam.“For them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,” Woods said. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Now the comeback is truly complete. And the race is on.“A big ‘well done’ from me to Tiger,” Nicklaus tweeted. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”Woods now is three short of the gold standard — 18 majors — set by Nicklaus.“I think 18 is a whole lot closer than people think,” Brooks Koepka said.Joe LaCava, the caddie who stayed with Woods even when he didn’t play for the better part of two years, said they have talked about the record.“We’re on 14 and I said, ‘Let’s get to 15.’ You can’t be on 14 and thinking about 18,” LaCava said. “But now we can start talking about 16. So we’re getting closer.”It was the first time Woods won a major when trailing going into the final round. Francesco Molinari, the 54-hole leader, was still up two shots heading into the heart of Amen Corner.And that’s when all hell broke loose.Molinari’s tee shot on the par-3 12th never had a chance, hitting the bank and tumbling into Rae’s Creek for double bogey. Until then, Molinari had never trailed in a round that began early in threesomes to finish ahead of storms.And then it seemed as though practically everyone had a chance, until Woods delivered the key shots at the big moment, just like the old days. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Painters go 2-0 up Who can ever forget this day?“It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played because I just witnessed history,” said Xander Schauffele, one of three players who finished second. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Tiger making the roars. I feel like I got full Masters experience.”The comeback goes beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality.It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters — no one had ever gone that long between green jackets. He had gone nearly 11 years since his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a shattered left leg.This was bigger.ADVERTISEMENT Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.He tapped in for bogey and a 2-under 70, and the celebration was on.“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” He had never hugged more people, everyone in his camp who stood by him through a public divorce, an embarrassing mug shot from his DUI arrest when he took a bad mix of painkillers and the four back surgeries, the most recent to fuse his lower spine“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago,” Woods said. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. … To have the opportunity to come back like this, it’s probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure because of it.”President Donald Trump, who has played with Woods at his Florida course, had two tweets of congratulations. Fenway Park posted the news on the scoreboard.A comeback for the ages?It rates among the best because Woods has meant so much to so many in a sport he ruled for so long. Whether he can dominate it again is still to be determined. Woods needed some help to win this Masters. Six players had a share of the lead at some point on the back nine, and there was a five-way tie at the top when the final group was still on the 15th fairway.“You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there. And now I know why I’m balding,” Woods said. “This stuff is hard.”It didn’t look that way when he was younger, healthier and the most popular sporting figure in the world.Woods lost his impeccable image to a sex scandal, one of the swiftest and most shocking downfalls in sports. He lost his health to back problems. He went two years without even playing a major. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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‘I can make history again’: Novak eyeing second ‘Djoko Slam’

first_img“I know it’s two weeks potentially long, and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”Twelve months ago, Djokovic dropped out of the world’s top 20 after a shock quarter-final loss to Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros and even pondered skipping Wimbledon, but he has instead reclaimed his place at the top of the game.He won his second Wimbledon last July and followed it up with back-to-back triumphs at the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.“It’s quite (a) different situation for me now than it was 12 months ago, obviously. Very different,” the 32-year-old added.A single break in the opening game of the match proved enough for Djokovic to take the first set, and the Serb raced through the second in under half an hour.ADVERTISEMENT The Serbian is one of only three men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won four straight Slam tournaments, after his first, and so far only, French Open title in 2016.Now he can follow in Australian great Laver’s footsteps by achieving the feat twice with victory in the final in Paris on June 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament,” said Djokovic.“It’s not a secret. But at the same time, it’s not the first time that I’m facing these kinds of circumstances. It’s not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 22-year-old Hurkacz, who has claimed three wins over top-10 players this season, had no answer as Djokovic sealed a second-round spot after another dominant set on his first match point.“I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks. That’s what happened,” he said.“Even though I never played him (before), never faced him in (an) official match, I still felt he can be a great threat if I allow him to play his tennis.”Next up for Djokovic is Swiss world number 104 Henri Laaksonen for a place in the last 32.“I don’t know too much about him, to be honest. I never played against him, and I did watch him play maybe once or twice.“I’m going to have to do my homework and see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic flashes a thumbs up as he celebrates winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)World number one Novak Djokovic said that he “can make history again” as he looks to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time, after easing into round two at the French Open on Monday.Djokovic laid down an early marker at Roland Garros, powering past promising Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant.Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games.Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, “That’s the way the basketball gods can be.” Then, it’s back to work.Left off the All-NBA team? “Oh, I didn’t?” he replied when told he hadn’t made the cut.Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: “It is what it is. I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing. So, I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson hugs forward Jonas Jerebko at the end of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, California— Klay Thompson craved a little calm.The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too What’s it like to play Rafael Nadal at French Open? ‘Rough’ It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper.“I try to go 30 minutes,” said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. “It’s hard. It’s very hard. An hour would be nice, but you’ve got to work up to that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors.Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant sat out injured for the entire Western Conference finals, leaving Thompson and Splash Brother Stephen Curry to take on an even greater load on both ends. The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State’s sensational backcourt — Curry is a two-time MVP — a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered “I missed you” when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29.He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season.Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn’t up to his “standards.” He went out and scored 32 after that with six 3-pointers, hitting his first seven shots.“The mind’s so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that’s what I try to do,” Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. “Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.”Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace — “100 percent, nothing would surprise me.”Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own.“So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,” Gervais said. “There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don’t leave any of those up to chance — why should the rest of us?”When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference finals, Thompson noted, “I wish it was sunny” before adding, “A little overcast, but it’s all good.”Sure is.Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that’s it. And we all laugh about it,” Kerr said. “But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s meditating and he’s found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.”The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco — “just random,” he said.Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game.“Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that’s incredible,” Thompson said. “That’s so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you’ve kind of seen it before.”He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven.“Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can’t listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it’s nice,” Thompson explained. “It’s a challenge. It’s much harder than working out. Especially for me, I’ve got like my mind racing. So it’s a good practice for me.”Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars.“He’s a dream to coach. He’s zero maintenance,” Kerr said. “But he’ll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there’s a whole lot there, but there’s plenty there, he just sort of doesn’t let you in on it very often.”Thompson knows it’s not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus.“I still will have bad days once in a while, but that’s just being human,” Thompson said. “It’s something I’ve incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It’s just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.”center_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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30 Years of National Competition – part four

first_imgIn this edition, we look back at the National Championships held between 1994 through to the beginning of the National Touch League in 1997, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. New South Wales clinched the Men’s Open title at the 1994 National Championships in Southport 3-2 following a controversial extra-time touchdown. The Gold Coast Bulletin had the following to say about the game:“The extra time period was less than a minute old when Wayne Bambury scored a touchdown despite calls from the Queensland camp that he had been touched before they forced the ball down.”“Ironically, Queensland also lost to New South Wales in drop-off situations in the Women’s Open and the Mixed Open finals.”New South Wales defeated Queensland in the Women’s Open 3-2, while they won the Mixed Open 4-3. New South Wales were also victorious in the Women’s 30’s division, winning 4-2, while Queensland won their only title in the Men’s 35’s division by one touchdown, 3-2. The 1994 National Championships also hosted four non-national events, with the Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, Men’s 20’s and Women’s 20’s divisions being added to the line up. New South Wales defeated Queensland by one touchdown in the Men’s 40’s division, and also got a win in the Men’s 45’s division, 5-2. Queensland also got two wins in the non-national events, winning the Men’s 20’s 6-0, as well as the Women’s 20’s division by one touchdown, both against New South Wales. Queensland hit back at home in 1995, walking away with the Champion State National Title, defeating arch rivals New South Wales. The 14th National Championships were played at Owen Park, Southport in October 1995, and the home side did their state proud. Like in recent years, there was almost nothing separating Queensland and New South Wales, with both the Men’s and Women’s finals being decided by a drop off. In the Women’s division, Queensland led 3-2 with minutes remaining before New South Wales’ Captain Katrina Maher scored a touchdown to level the game and send it into extra time. New South Wales’ Jody English scored after nine minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game and the National Championships title. In the Men’s division, the game went to a drop off between New South Wales and Queensland following a close encounter for the 40 minute duration. Both teams scored one touchdown in the first half, while neither managed to score in the second half, sending the game into extra time. Queensland’s Bob Brindell scored the winning touchdown to end New South Wales’ three year reign of the title. In the Mixed Open division, New South Wales proved too strong for Queensland, winning 4-1, while they also took out the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 20’s division by one touchdown. Queensland also won the Men’s 30’s and 40’s divisions as well as the Women’s 20’s division to take out the Champion State title. In 1996, the National Championships was not played for the Open divisions, while the Senior divisions were still contested. There were several changes, with the New South Wales and Queensland’s Open sides competing in the first State of Origin, while the emerging states and territories were given a tournament of their own. The Southern Cross National Open Championships were held in Torrensville, South Australia and played host to teams from Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Defence Force. In the National Championships, New South Wales and Queensland were quite evenly matched. New South Wales won the Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 45’s divisions, while Queensland won the Mixed Juniors and Men’s 35’s. The two states also drew in the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s divisions. The National Touch League was implemented in 1997 to replace the old National Championships. Instead of concentrating Australia’s representative talent into two powerhouse teams, it was decided to divide the 240,000 strong Australian Market into 12 competitive sides. It was hoped at the time that this process would also establish a strong national club structure.  The tournament finals were broadcast on WIN, NBN and Optusvision, while NBN the host broadcaster also ran 50 television commercials to promote the event. In the Men’s Open division, the Sydney Scorpions and the Brisbane Cobras met in the final, and after trailing 3-1, the Cobras hit back to level the game at 3-all at full time. The deadlock was broken when Scorpions player Shane Fredrickson scored to win the first NTL title. He was also named Player of the Final, while Gavin McDonald was named Player of the Series. In the Women’s Open final, the Sydney Mets dominated the first half of the game against the Cobras, and were unlucky not to go to the half time break with more than a 1-0 lead. The Cobras hit back in the second half however, and scored two quick touchdowns to take out a 2-1 victory. The Cobras’ Catherine Barr was given the Player of the Final accolade while the Gold Coast’s Sharyn Williams was voted Player of the Series. The Mixed Open final saw the Sydney Rebels tough it out against the Brisbane Cobras. The game was deadlocked at 5-all before the Rebel’s Darren Shelley scored two quick touchdowns to take the inaugural title 7-5. Shelley was rewarded for his dominant performance, being named Player of the Final, while the Cobras’ Dione Williams was named as the Player of the Series. The National Touch League continues to this day, and the 2010 X-Blades NTL will see a record 146 teams compete across 14 divisions in Caloundra. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia and National Touch League websites for all the latest information regarding the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League. 1994 All-Stars of Touch Leesa Johnston (QLD), Steve Hughes (ACT), Ron Chilby (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Darren Shelley (NSW), Michael McGovern (ACT), Lynette Hardy (NSW), Swain Rovelli (QLD), Steve Golding (NSW), Trevor McPhillips (QLD), Ray Wilson (NSW), Wayne Clifford (NSW), Gai Taylor (NSW), Donna Hollingsworth (NSW). Coach of the Year: Greg Newman (NSW), Manager of the Year: Kathie O’Brien (QLD), Referee of the Year: Niki Ward (QLD), Official of the Year: Dick Fairbairn (NSW – ATA Life Member).1995 All Stars of Touch Robert Brindell (QLD), Kevin Feldman (QLD), Tony Howard (NSW), Leesa Johnston (QLD), Katrina Maher (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Steve Tomlin (TAS), Scott Lewis (NT), Louise Mumford (WA), Tanya Mitchell (WA), Kelly Pickering (SA), Trent McDonald (QLD), Natalie Wilkinson (QLD).Coach of the Year: Keith Harris-Walker (WA), Manager of the Year: Ken Crawford (NSW), Referee of the Year: Rick Borg (QLD), Official of the Year: Ian Stanley (NSW – TIP Director).1996 All Stars of Touch Margie Allen (QLD), Scott Notley (QLD), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Gary Simons (NSW), Rob Pratt (QLD), Kieran Gavin (NSW), Maurice Stewart (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Donna O’Connor (NSW), Craig Madders (QLD), Giselle Tirado (NSW), Jody English (NSW), Neil Ward (QLD), Robert Brindell (QLD). Coach of the Year: Colin Jenkinson (QLD), Manager of the Year: Karama Doreset (WA), Referee of the Year: Gary Mournehis (NSW), Official of the Year: Dr Paul Webb (ATA – Life Member).Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.last_img read more

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2011 New South Wales State Cup

first_imgApproximately 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. Teams from 50 affiliates across New South Wales will compete in the three day event. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters will be hoping to claim back-to-back Champion Affiliate status at this year’s event, after winning three titles in 2010. After winning their first Vawdon Cup title in 10 years in early November, Easts Roosters will be hopeful of gaining the Men’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in Port Macquarie. With Australian World Cup champions Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Jamie Chan (Mixed), as well as several New Zealand World Cup representatives in Ed Burrell, Dean Williams and Cain Rangi, the side is full of star players, and will be hard to beat.Easts’ edged out the Penrith Panthers in the Vawdon Cup final by two touchdowns and the Panthers will be keen to go one better at the State Cup. With a trio of Australian World Cup representatives in Nick Good, Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley, the Panthers will be another team to watch out for. The Hornsby Lions, will be vying for their third consecutive State Cup title, and with New South Wales Touch Association’s Coach of the Year, Terry Cooper, at the helm, the Lions will once again be an exciting team to watch. Last year’s State Cup runners up, Wests Magpies, will again be in the mix this year, and will field a strong team. Australian representatives Anthony Ziade (Men’s), Daniel Rushworth, Roy Prasad (Mixed) and Michael Jacono (Men’s 30’s) will again lead the side, and will be hoping to do one better in 2011 following their one touchdown loss to Hornsby in last year’s State Cup final. The experience of the Canterbury Bulldogs means that they should be around on finals day, with recent Vawdon Cup Boland Medal winner for Player of the Season, Steve Roberts, in the line-up as well as his fellow Australian Men’s Open teammates Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Mat Bird. After a strong Vawdon Cup campaign, the Parramatta Eels will also be a team to watch out for, with Australian Mixed Open World Cup champions, Troy Malcolm and Dylan Thompson, in the line-up. The Wollongong Devils will be hoping that they can achieve the Women’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in 2011, after coming very close in 2010. After winning the 2010 Vawdon Cup, the Devils were beaten in a drop-off by the Canterbury Bulldogs in last year’s final, before an undefeated Vawdon Cup season saw the Devils beat the Bulldogs in the Vawdon Cup final in early November. Australian Women’s Open representative and recent Vawdon Cup Karen Smith Medal winner for Player of the Season, Nicole Beck, will not play at the State Cup due to an ankle operation, and will be missed by the Devils. The State Cup will be a good challenge for the side, which will look to the experience of co-captains Jess McCall and Cara Zaremski, while there are many talented youngsters in the Devils’ line up including Australian Youth representatives Bianca Mounsey and Sam Hammond. Canterbury will be aiming for their sixth straight State Cup title in 2011, and will be hard to beat with Australian Women’s Open captain Louise Winchester leading the team, while her sister Claire, and Kelly Woods will also be players to watch. Port Macquarie will be fielding a team in the Women’s Open division in 2011, with plenty of impressive young players to debut in this division. Australian 18’s Girls representative, Simone Smith, will join her Elite Eight New South Wales Country Mavericks teammates Kelly Pepper, Ash Alcorn and Australian Mixed Open World Cup champion, Kylie Hilder, in the side, while talented sisters Kate and Laura Coleman will also be looking to impress in front of a home crowd. The Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers are two teams full of young talent, and will be looking to continue on from their impressive Vawdon Cup seasons at the State Cup.Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are contested on Sunday.New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) General Manager, Dean Russell, used Thursday’s New South Wales State Cup media launch to announce that Port Macquarie will host the next five State Cup events following the 2011 tournament.With the State Cup currently in its 23rd consecutive year with Port Macquarie as host, the city will continue to host the event from 2012 to 2016 commencing with next year’s event on December 7-9.To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 New South Wales State Cup, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714last_img read more

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Hasnt campaigned with federal leader NDPs Notley says her focus on Alberta

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she hasn’t campaigned with the federal party leader because her focus is on what’s best for the province — including pipelines.During a campaign stop in Calgary today, Notley was asked about a Thursday rally with federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney.They attacked what they call the “Notley-Trudeau alliance.”Notley said the Kenney-Scheer rally makes her wonder if Kenney is even interested in standing up for Albertans.She questioned whether he’s trying to get back into the ring in Ottawa for his own political purposes.Notley said her job is to stand up for the people of Alberta rather than align with federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.“As you know, I don’t necessarily agree with the leader of our federal party as far as how that connects with the matter of pipelines,” she said. “So, no, we are not going to campaign together because we have two very different opinions on the issue.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Family strangers bid adieu to 7yearold girl A lot of outrage and

first_imgGRANBY, Que. — A seven-year-old girl whose death has become a rallying cry for change to Quebec’s youth protection system was laid to rest Thursday at a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners —including many complete strangers.A hush fell over those gathered as pall bearers carried the child-sized wooden coffin into St-Eugene Church in Granby, Que.The 78-year-old church was decorated with several dozen stuffed animals amid the ornate stained-glass windows and religious statues.“There were numerous messages — but above all to the little girl, we asked forgiveness,” said Serge Pelletier, the priest who presided over the sombre ceremony that he said was meant to help the family mourn.“And for the community — and Quebec at large — it was ‘Can we be more attentive to one another?’” Pelletier added. “Particularly for those most vulnerable, the children.”The emotional ceremony was interspersed with tears and hymns for the little girl, who cannot be named because she was involved with youth protection and is also the subject of a court-ordered publication ban.The young girl died in hospital April 30, one day after police found her at a home in the city about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.Two adults — identified by people close to the family as the girl’s father and his partner — were charged with unlawful confinement. The partner — described as the young girl’s stepmother — was also charged with aggravated assault. They return to court on May 23.Her death has triggered a number of probes and the Quebec government has ordered a public coroner’s inquest into the death of the girl, whose case had been known to youth protection services for several years prior to her death.The girl’s paternal grandmother and mother struggled with emotions as they read a poem, and were overcome as they sang a song by late French singer Johnny Hallyday called “Que Je t’aime.”The girl’s paternal uncle, who has actively advocated for the girl and for change, burst into tears as he read a card perched in a bouquet of flowers.“You left us on tiptoes, quietly, without warning,” he said through sobs. “We are still in shock.”Hundreds of people had paid tribute in the week since her death, leaving stuffed animals at a makeshift memorial at the girl’s home a few kilometres from the church.Her family donated half to the hospital in Sherbrooke, Que. The other stuffies, placed all over the church, went home with mourners, with instructions from the family to give them to a child who needs it.“We had to promise to give one to a child in need and I think that’s the most beautiful message the family could have given today,” said Darlene Ryan, a victims’-rights advocate mandated to speak on behalf of the family.Ryan said they want a full accounting of what happened in the girl’s case and for Quebec to create an ombudsman to deal specifically with child protection cases.“Children are in need of help,” Ryan said. “And the victim we were here for today desperately needed help and the system was not there to do so.”Ryan said the family is emotionally spent, but adds that their ordeal is just beginning. Her organization, which deals with families of missing and murdered individuals, says they want an independent inquiry into how the system failed the girl.The family’s immediate concern is the victim’s younger brother, who was removed from the home after his sister died and is now in the system instead of being put in the care of the paternal grandparents.“He’s with strangers at the moment, we don’t know where and we don’t know what type of help he’s getting,” Ryan said.Pelletier said the same shock and disbelief heard elsewhere in Quebec is being felt in Granby, but perhaps on a more visceral level given the closeness of the community.Some people among the mourners had vague connections to the family, such as having helped one relative move or crossing paths with another.Others didn’t know them at all, but the story has filtered throughout town.“I came to commemorate the little girl, to show our sympathies,” said parishioner Helene Bourdeau, who’s been a member of the parish for 69 years and said she felt for the girl’s mother.“I lost a little guy too, so I feel close to her.”For Therese Fournier, a Granby resident since 1979, the young girl’s death brought about a level of indignation as details have emerged about the girl’s life.“I feel like there was a lot of outrage and pain,” Fournier said, as she clutched a newborn member of her own family outside the church.“When I heard of her death, I felt anger, it’s something we didn’t think could happen.”— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Ukraine says ships were in international waters

first_imgMOSCOW — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):12:30 p.m.Ukraine has released what it says is the exact location near Crimea where its vessels were fired on and seized by Russia over the weekend, showing that they were in international waters.The statement by Ukrainian officials contradicts Russia’s argument that it was chasing the ships because they were violating its territorial waters. Russia considers Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, part of its country.The Ukrainian ministry in charge of occupied territories on Wednesday published what it claimed were the exact co-ordinates of where the military vessels “Berdiansk”, “Nikopol”, and “Yany Kapu” were when they were attacked by Russia, putting them outside the 12-mile zone of territorial waters.Russian border guards have captured the vessels and the crews. Officials say they will try the seamen for violating the Russian border and that they do not consider them prisoners of war.___10:20 a.m.A military official says Russia will boost the defence of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles.The Interfax news agency on Wednesday quoted Col. Vadim Astafyev, the top Defence Ministry official in Russia’s south, as saying that Russia will add one S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the three already deployed in the peninsula.The announcement comes three days after Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized them and their crews. The first overt military confrontation between the two neighbouring countries has raised the spectre of a major conflict.Ukraine said its vessels were operating in line with international maritime rules, while Russia alleged they had failed to get permission to pass.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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I am not feeling disappointed Tara on mixed reviews for SOTY 2

first_imgMumbai: Actor Tara Sutaria is not disappointed with the mixed reviews that her maiden Bollywood film Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY) has received from the critics and audience. SOTY 2, directed by Punit Malhotra and starring Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday apart from Tara, released on Friday. It made Rs 12.06 crore on its opening day and Rs 14.02 crore on Saturday. The story is about a hardworking college student (Tiger) who overcomes his personal challenges and faces his competitors to win the Student of the Year Cup. Its script and unreal situations have drawn criticism. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAsked if she was disappointed, Tara told the media: “I am not feeling disappointed, but I am feeling really happy that it has been accepted so well. I think what we envisioned for the film, according to that, we feel lucky and thankful that it has opened so well at the box office. The entire team of SOTY 2 is very happy and I would like to make an appeal to the audience that keep giving us the love that you have been giving us.” Tara spoke on the sidelines of an event. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upOn the big screen, the actor will next be seen in Milan Lutheria’s film RX 100 along with Ahan Shetty, the son of actor Suniel Shetty. They are still training for the film. “I am very excited to start shooting for it. I think Ahan is fantastic and so is Tiger. Therefore, I feel very lucky that I am getting an opportunity to work with such talented actors from the film industry,” she said. RX 100 is the official remake of the Telugu action thriller film of the same name. The film is slated to go on the floors in July and will be shot in Mussoorie, apart from a brief schedule at a studio in Mumbai.last_img read more

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Dont call it a homecoming for Nebraskas Bo Pelini

During Ohio State’s annual Homecoming football game Saturday, many OSU alumni will be back in Columbus to cheer on their Buckeyes. One alumnus, however, will be representing the Buckeyes’ opponent. That alumnus is Bo Pelini, the coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who will be playing the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pelini, who played free safety at OSU from 1987-90, will be going against his alma mater in Columbus for the first time in his head coaching career. Pelini said his history at OSU will not affect him on Saturday. “I have pride in where I went to school and my career there. But that has nothing to do with Saturday,” Pelini said in Nebraska’s press conference Monday. “I’m in a different time in my life and a different place. I have a job to do and that’s all I’m concerned with.” As for the game itself, the No. 21 Cornhuskers (4-1) will be hoping to upset the No. 12 Buckeyes for their first loss of the season. Pelini acknowledged that the game will not be easy. “We know we’re going to have to play our best football on Saturday,” Pelini said during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday. “We’re playing a really good football team.” Cornhuskers senior running back Rex Burkhead said the physical play of OSU’s defense stood out in the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State. “I saw they were getting a big push on the offensive line. They were making it tough to make reads in the backfield and have lanes open up,” Burkhead said during Nebraska’s press conference. “I think penetration was the key thing they were getting.” As for the Buckeyes’ offense, Pelini said “we’ll see on Saturday” whether his defense is able to match up with OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes’ offense. “Braxton Miller does a really good job,” Pelini said. “He’s a real threat to run, pass, they do a lot of different things to feature him. It puts a lot of stress on you.” Pelini added that while Miller might stand out, he is not the sole reason for the Buckeyes’ offensive success. “Everyone, and deservedly so, gives a lot of credit to Braxton Miller, but they, first and foremost, they do a lot of good things to enable him to make plays and they have a lot of good pieces around him,” Pelini said. “He’s not out there playing by himself. It’s a team game.” OSU coach Urban Meyer said the game will be a challenge, and that the team will have to make some changes to win this game. “We’re going to have to do some things that we haven’t done, and I’m not sure how we’ll adapt to that,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it’s (at) home.” Meyer knows the coach on the other side well: Meyer was a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes in 1987, Pelini’s freshman season. Meyer said he had a lot of respect for Pelini as a player, and that he has not changed much as a coach. “I have a really good relationship with Bo,” Meyer said. “(As a player, he was) just a real tough guy, just like his personality is now.” Pelini, who knows first-hand what it’s like to play inside Ohio Stadium, said it will be a “great environment” on Saturday. Cornhuskers senior safety P.J. Smith expressed his excitement to play in the Horseshoe during Nebraska’s press conference but added that his team must keep its “emotions normal.” “It is going to be crazy, it is going to be wild, but it will be fun,” Smith said. “We just got to go out there and execute the game plan.” The Buckeyes, who have won their first five games of the season, will be trying to avenge their loss to the Cornhuskers from their first-ever matchup as Big Ten opponents last season. In that game, the Buckeyes held a 27-6 lead in the third quarter, but gave up 28 unanswered points to lose 34-27. read more

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Kent States Darrell Hazell rumored to be headed to Purdue

Kent State’s Darrell Hazell might become Purdue’s next football coach, according to multiple reports Tuesday. After guiding the No. 25 Golden Flashes to an 11-2 mark this season, Hazell is reportedly the Boilermakers’ first pick to replace former Purdue coach Danny Hope, who was fired Nov. 25, after going 23-27 in four seasons. Hazell led Kent State its first winning season since 2001 – a feat that earned the second-year coach the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. The potential move to West Lafayette, Ind., though, could bring him back to his old stomping grounds in the Big Ten. From 2004 to 2010, Hazell served as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel – first as the team’s wide receivers and kick returns coach before becoming the Buckeyes’ assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. Cincinnati’s Butch Jones has reportedly also been in talks with Purdue about their coaching vacancy. According to multiple media outlets, the Boilermakers are expected have a decision by Wednesday. After losing to Northern Illinois in overtime, 44-37, in the MAC Championship Game Saturday, the Golden Flashes are set to face Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala. read more

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Rafa Benitez plays down Mitrovic sale

first_imgNewcastle’s boss Rafa Benitez has written off claims they are missing the services of Aleksandr Mitrovic who moved to Fulham in the summer transfer window.The sale of Mitrovic for £22.5m in the summer angered some sections of the fans but Benitez is adamant, insisting he would not have scored as many goals if he had remained at Newcastle.Asked if he had any regrets about effectively forcing Mitrovic out of the club, Benitez replied: “He is doing well, he did well for Serbia, but Rondon was doing well for Venezuela.Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…“Each player has his own environment and they can do well in one team and maybe not as well in the other one.“We have to make a decision in terms of what we needed and we knew what we needed, that’s it, now we have to move forward.“It doesn’t change my decision. I have to carry on with Ayoze Perez, Joselu, Yoshinori Mutuo, and Rondon, that’s it.”last_img read more

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Zaniolos Dad rules out Juve and Raiola move

first_imgNicolo Zaniolo’s father revealed the Roma midfielder will extend his stay at the club and rejected claims that Mino Raiola will not become his agent.Reports circulating in Italy were rife that Juventus were preparing a ‘huge’ offer for Zaniolo, who has broken out for Roma this seasonAnd Raiola was equally reported to have been keen on recruiting the Italy starlet.However, dad Igor told Football Italia via Corriere dello Sport: “Raiola asked for information and is interested in Zaniolo, but Vigorelli will remain Nicolo’s agent for a long time.“My dad says you can reach the top quickly but you can fall to the bottom even more quickly…”Nicolo Zaniolo, in his own words…➡️ https://t.co/cDOk3ZLeXy pic.twitter.com/y2WwCg3Zbl— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 21, 2019“At the end of the season there will be a meeting with Roma for his renewal, and there won’t be any problems.“On both sides, there’s a willingness to conclude negotiations in a positive way. The recent talk has been bad for Roma and Nicolo.Nicolo ZanioloZaniolo’s agent admits Spurs interest Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 According to his agent, Nicolo Zaniolo was wanted by Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, but he explained why he renewed with Roma instead.“We all have to row on the same boat if he is to develop properly. We mustn’t upset the fans and club: Roma are going for third place, there’s the derby and then the match against Porto: for him, the priority is the team and he only wants to think about the pitch.“Yesterday he spent the day at home with his mother. He wants to stay focused on Roma’s upcoming games in Serie A and Champions League.“The first leg against Porto was a good test, but of course it’s not enough. We won’t hide his quality as it’s undeniable, but obviously, we mustn’t stop now because he hasn’t done anything yet.Zaniolo’s father: ‘He has to keep both feet on the ground’ | English News https://t.co/UCJeph3LRI pic.twitter.com/Qs78oCmIh3— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) February 23, 2019“[His talent] will have to be confirmed in the final part of the season and then the next few years.“If he stops at his two goals against Porto then we’re at the beginning of the end. The derby? I’m pumped for it.“The derby is always a special game and there’s a fantastic atmosphere for it in the city. Nicolo is fired up, but I hope he’s more relaxed than I am.”last_img read more

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FCC moves on closing digital divide

first_img 0 Here’s everything that 5G can do for you 5:13 How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said that it’s important to get the funds allocated as soon as possible and that the agency couldn’t afford to wait for the new mapping plan to take effect. The new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will essentially replace the Connect America Fund II auction for distributing USF money to rural carriers. The new fund will establish a two-phase reverse auction starting next year that will allow carriers to bid on the rights to use the funds to provide broadband and voice service in underserved high-cost areas, such as rural communities. The lowest bid wins the auction. Unlike the FCC’s Connect America Fund II auction, in which incumbent carriers got first dibs on deciding whether to serve a given area, the new fund will be available to any company, including cable providers or public utilities,  that propose building a broadband network. Fixing broadband mapsEven though the FCC is moving forward with the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund using existing broadband mapping criteria, the agency acknowledged its data collection program is flawed. And it voted to approve a long-awaited plan to improve the data it collects. Under the new proposal, broadband providers will be required to offer more detailed information on where they provide coverage and where they do not. The idea is to create a new map that will offer more “precise broadband service availability maps,” Pai said.The FCC’s current broadband maps have been widely criticized as inaccurate, showing broadband service in places where there isn’t and in other instances saying a location has no broadband when in fact it does, sometimes from multiple providers. We need maps before money. We need data before deployment. FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Tags Now playing: Watch this: These faulty maps have infuriated lawmakers who have been flooded with complaints from constituents, but the lack of visibility has also hampered the FCC’s efforts to distribute limited funds to help bring broadband to the 19 million people in this country, who still lack access even as the service is considered as important as water or electricity.Under the new plan, broadband providers will have to report broadband access using “shapefiles,” which will provide a more precise and detailed measurement. The current data collection includes information reported at the census block level, which counts an entire area as served even if only one household reports having broadband access. “We will no longer count everyone in the census block as served if just one person is served,” Pai said.The FCC will also collect feedback from the public and other agencies to ensure that the information provided by service providers is accurate. The three Republican commissioners supported the plan, but the two Democrats partially dissented. Rosenworcel said that the new proposal was a first step and that the agency still has a long way to go to gain public trust in its broadband data accuracy. She noted concerns over how the agency will push broadband providers to report accurate data. The trade group USTelecom, which represents many of the providers offering broadband in rural communities, applauded the FCC’s new mechanism for allocating USF funds for rural broadband, and the agency’s efforts to get more accurate broadband mapping information. The organization worked with several other groups to launch a two-state pilot in Virginia and Missouri in March to demonstrate how the FCC can identify where broadband can be offered and to determine which areas still lack broadband access. The group said that initial results of this study confirm the FCC’s assessment that its current process shows “serious discrepancies” in coverage. “Logically, in order for us (and the FCC) to declare mission accomplished [in closing the digital divide], we need to know which consumers do, and do not, have access to broadband,” Patrick Halley, senior vice president of advocacy and regulatory affairs for USTelecom, said in a blog post on Wednesday. “As the Commission’s draft data collection item acknowledges, the agency’s existing broadband availability data is ‘not sufficient to understanding where universal service support should be targeted and supporting the imperative of our broadband-deployment policy goals.'”Microsoft’s chief data analytics officer, John Kahan, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that he is encouraged that many of the suggestions the FCC has considered mirrors those proposed by the company. Microsoft is working with USTelecom on its pilot program, too. But he acknowledged more work is needed to close the digital divide.  “Based on our data, about half of all Americans are not using the internet at broadband speeds at home,” he said. “This digital divide should be seen for the national crisis it is — without equal access to connectivity, we cannot provide equal opportunities to all Americans.”Other FCC mattersThe FCC also voted on several other items at the August meeting. One big one was the approval of new rules to go after illegal robocallers based overseas. The rules extend the Truth in Caller ID Act to text messages or international calls as intended under the passage of Ray Baum’s Act last year.According to the FCC, that act gives it the authority to broaden bans on illegal spoofing to text messages, calls originating outside the US and calls using voice over IP. The Truth in Caller ID Act, passed in 2009, already prohibits misleading or inaccurate caller ID “spoofing” with the intent to defraud for domestic callers, the agency said. But it doesn’t apply to text messages or international calls. center_img Share your voice Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has traveled throughout the US talking to people about the digital divide in rural communities. On one of those trips, he met with farmers in Idaho. FCC The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to adopt a new mechanism for distributing subsidies to rural broadband providers. But Democrats want to see better data from a new broadband mapping effort first.At the agency’s August meeting, the FCC voted on two related items that commissioners say will help close the digital divide. First, the five-member commission unanimously voted to distribute more than $20 billion of Universal Service Fund subsidies over the next decade as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. It also adopted a long-awaited proposal to get more detailed information from broadband providers about where they offer service in order to improve the agency’s coverage maps. While the two items largely had bipartisan support, the two Democrat. They want more accurate mapping data before allocating any new funds to rural broadband providers. “The decisions we make now will direct funds for broadband for the next decade,” said Rosenworcel. “So choosing where those funds go for the next ten years without having accurate data is a real problem. … We need maps before money. 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James Franco Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims Saying Theyre Not Accurate

first_imgCute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018“A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology,’ ” Paley later tweeted, adding: “I don’t accept.”A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone “apology”. I don’t accept, but maybe some other people’s lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from “The Disaster Artist” to @RAINN01.— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 9, 2018Neither allegation has been independently confirmed by NPR.Still, the simmering controversy was enough to dissuade The New York Times from holding an event featuring Franco. The paper canceled that event, which had been scheduled for Wednesday.“The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein,” the Times explained in a statement to The New York Daily News.Franco remains scheduled to make another late-night appearance Wednesday, on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC.In Tuesday night’s conversation with Colbert, Franco reiterated his support for “Time’s Up,” saying he backs the drive for pay equity in the workplace, “which just means people that are underrepresented — women and people of color, people in the LGBT community — get leadership positions, that they fill all positions that they’ve been deprived of.”Then he spoke specifically of the claims against him.“The way I live my life, I can’t live — if there’s restitution to be made, I will make it. So, if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do,” Franco told Colbert.“Look, I really don’t have the answers” on the larger issue of sexual harassment, Franco added. “I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. … I’m here to listen and learn, and change my perspective where it’s off. And I’m completely willing, and I want to.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFPJames Franco, seen at a film awards ceremony in November 2017.James Franco addressed the sexual misconduct claims circulating about him on social media Tuesday night, telling late-night host Stephen Colbert that “the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate.” Colbert had mentioned the criticisms raised Sunday by actress Ally Sheedy in a series of since-deleted tweets — claims that were then followed by separate allegations by multiple women.“I have no idea why [Sheedy] was upset. She took the tweet down. I don’t know, I can’t speak for her,” he told Colbert toward the end of their interview promoting Franco’s film The Disaster Artist. “The others — look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed.”“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate,” he added, “but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So, I don’t want to shut them down in any way.”Franco’s comments come several days after the Golden Globes award ceremony, where he won for best actor in a comedy or musical. During the broadcast, his evident support for “Time’s Up,” an initiative seeking to end sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, prompted disgust from Sheedy and others.“James Franco just won,” Sheedy, whom Franco directed in a 2014 off-Broadway show, said on Twitter. “Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”In an earlier tweet, Sheedy had asked: “Why is James Franco allowed in?”Both tweets, which lodged no specific allegations, have since been deleted, but at least two other women posted claims against the actor and director.Filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleged a contract she signed with Franco regarding nudity in two of his films was exploitative, and actress Violet Paley addressed a tweet to Franco, saying, “Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?”Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!— Sarah Tither-Kaplan🌈 (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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HPD Urges Public To Have A Plan To Safely Return Home After

first_img Share Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division (center), speaks at a media briefing on DWI enforcement during the 4th of July enforcement period that was held at HPD’s headquarters on July 3rd, 2018.The Houston Police Department (HPD) is urging Houstonians and visitors to have a plan to return safely to their homes or hotels after they attend Fourth of July celebrations on Wednesday.Captain Kenneth Campbell, of HPD’s Traffic Enforcement Division, noted during a media briefing held Tuesday that both taxi cabs, as well as driving services such as Uber and Lyft, are good options to make such plans. Having a designated driver is also a good alternative.“Go ahead and have that plan because we don’t want you to become a statistic and be in a fatal crash and we don’t want you to create a statistic by becoming another DWI arrested individual within our city,” emphasized Campbell, who noted that in 2017 during the Fourth of July “enforcement period”, HPD worked on more than nine fatality crashes and made more than 250 DWI arrests, 65 of which involved a crash.Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, underlined on his part that being involved in a DWI has serious consequences, such as having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and losing your driver’s license, as well as having a conviction on your record.At a state level, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Tuesday stepped up patrols with troopers on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, vehicles speeding, failure to use seat belts and other violations. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.During the Fourth of July enforcement period in 2017, Texas troopers issued more than 98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety restraint citations.HPD, @AAATexas Remind Motorists Don’t Get “Popped” on July 4th for DWI https://t.co/fvOObnz2cD— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 3, 2018last_img read more

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How Morning Star Baptist Church is Celebrating 122 Years

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROIf you have driven along Woodlawn Drive in the past four months, you may have noticed a beautiful, new church building that recently opened.  That building is the home of Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC), which moved from the city to Baltimore County in December of 2017.  Morning Star celebrated their church anniversary, 122 years of serving God and His people, May 20.Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC). (Courtesy Photo)One hundred twenty-two years of existence is something to celebrate.  This year, the theme and focus for the church anniversary was “Faith Fest.”  Bishop Dwayne Debnam, Pastor of the church, said Faith Fest is a celebration of what faith has done in the life of MSBC. “Faith has sustained us for 122 years. Faith allowed us to embark upon ministry expansion and so Faith Fest is what we do every year to celebrate the history of the church,” Debnam told the AFRO.Bishop Debnam has been the Pastor of Morning Star for over 20 years.  He said that this year was especially memorable. “It’s the first year in our new home and we are appreciating what faith has done and what God is doing in the life of the church. We are thanking God that we are able to see faith in action as a church and on a personal level.”Rev. Jimmy Baldwin, Pastor of Shiloh Christian Community Church in Baltimore, and Rev. Lewis Watson, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, Maryland, were the guest preachers for anniversary Sunday at MSBC.  Each service was full of energy and excitement as the choir, dancers, and congregation came together to give thanks to God for all he has done for Morning Star.  As the church continues to be blessed, they also are a blessing to their new community.  “Many new initiatives have begun, including a new food pantry, youth mentoring, partnerships with the local schools as well as an interfaith partnership,” Debnam said.The future looks bright for Morning Star.  Soon they will be finishing phase one of their Family Life Center and moving forward with the vision of creating more space and opportunity to minister to the people God sends through their doors.   It seems clear that faith has brought Morning Star Baptist Church through 122 years and will continue to sustain them in their future.last_img read more

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Nier Is Not My Name

first_imgBy Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, Special to the AFROI grew up learning how to hold my rage, to swallow my pain, and to stand up tall even when I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. I spent every summer in South Carolina, around women who had come of age during the days of Jim Crow and who made it a point, to teach me about the power and strength of Blackness. There were days when it was overwhelming (exhausting, really) to be Black and to have to deal with Whiteness as the standard through which everything else was measured. My grandmother despised this standard and the notions of White privilege. Her neighborhood was filled with Confederate flags and White men who dared to call her auntie. She remembers being called n—-r almost as much as she was called her name. I was seven the first time that I can remember being called a n—-r. My grandmother used that moment to teach me how to respond and say, with confidence and without bending my head, that n—-r was not my name. She made me stand in front of the mirror and say it over and over again until I could say without tears in my eyes, without looking away, and without internalizing the power of this word. She told me that some words were designed to strip black people of both our power and our voice. “White people,” she said, “need us to be their n—–s so that they can feel superior. Don’t give them that. N—-r is not your name, nor your legacy. You may not understand that today but you will and when you do, make sure you tell somebody else.”Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)I thought about my grandmother’s words while I was preparing to speak at the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. I sat in my office watching videos and looking through photographs of Black bodies hanging from trees. I studied the faces of the White men and women who were casually standing around, talking and laughing, as Black people were being tortured and abused, cut and burned. I looked at the children and wondered who they grew up to be, after learning to normalize Black death and suffering. I listened to interviews from White people who spoke about why they had to kill that n—-r, almost as if they were doing God’s work. The n—-r to them was a nameless and faceless monster that threatened white supremacy, white nationalism, and white superiority. The n—-r, as James Baldwin once said, is an invention of White people that show their fear of Black people.According to the Equal Justice Initiative, nearly 3,959 Black men, women, and children were lynched in the twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950 and, so far, 40 of them have been documented to have happened right here in Maryland. On that day, I wanted to speak their names and to speak for the victims that had not been identified yet. I wanted to say, loud and clear, that n—-r was not their name. I wanted to speak for those who had been terrorized; those who had been stalked; those who had been harassed; and, those who had been beaten and tortured. I wanted to speak for them because those of who are still here must not forget. We must hold the power of collective memory and teach it to others.I thought about all of this when I visited Bard High School Early College in Baltimore. I walked into the school and walked past a group of Black male students laughing and calling each the n-word. I was on my way to the office, but I decided to stop and ask them why they were using that word. Now, that was not the first time that I heard young people use the n-word, but after spending so many days immersed in lynching history, I could not just walk by. They said that it was a form of affection and that it was not a big deal. They said that everybody did it and that it was ok if you were Black.I stood there and looked at them because I wanted to tell them about the history of this word and about what James Baldwin said. I wanted to show them the lynching pictures on my phone and talk about how our blood, as Frederick Douglass once said, is mixed with the soil of this land. I wanted to challenge them to think deeply about the power of their words, but I did not know where to start. How do you collapse 400 hundred years of oppression and hatred, of white supremacy and white nationalism, lynching, and torture into five minutes? As I stood there thinking about all of this, the hallways filled up, and the students started moving toward class. One young man stayed behind because he wanted to know why I questioned them and what was the big deal with that word. I thought about my grandmother at that moment, and I smiled, because n—-r, I said, is not your name nor your legacy. You may not understand that today but you will and when you do, make sure you tell somebody else.Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the author of the forthcoming “Dispatches from Baltimore: The Birth of the Black Mommy Activist.” She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.com.last_img read more

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New Zealand Rugby spurs arrival growth

first_imgNew Zealand welcomed a 26 percent increase in International arrivals for the month of September year on year, resulting in a positive start to the spring tourism season.Recent statistics New Zealand figures found that 74,355 of September arrivals visited New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011, more than a third of all arrivals for the month.The significant 26 percent increase for the month of September resulted from traditional rugby unions including France, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Argentina.Tourism New Zealand arrival forecast for the Rugby World Cup indicated a total of 95,000 visitors, despite the total number of visitors for the event standing at around 80,000 the final total won’t be known until data for October has been collected. The statistics also revealed in the year ending September 2011, 2,548,094 international visitors arrived in New Zealand, 1.2 per cent up from the same period last year.Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said that clearly the September growth is due to the rugby, however growth out of Singapore up 66 per cent), Malaysia up 36.7 per cent) and China up 7.6 per cent displays the importance of the long-term destination game.“This is a fantastic result for the Rugby World Cup 2011and is well worth celebrating,”  Mr Bowler said.“Growth figures out of Asia this month demonstrate that Tourism New Zealand’s international partnerships and marketing campaigns, along with increases in airline capacity from Jetstar Asia and Air Asia X, are continuing to achieve success,”Mr Bowler said monthly increases from China have remained constant and expects to see this market increase in the months ahead with China Southern Airlines increasing flight frequency from three times per week to daily from next month. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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German cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is addin

first_imgGerman cable and IPTV operator NetCologne is adding a raft of new channels to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the platform to 48.New free-to-air HD channels on the platform include SWR, 3sat HD and Ki.Ka HD. All three will be available to NetCologne subscribers next month. Other new free channels include QVC HD and QVC Beauty. The operator is also adding pay TV channels  RTL Living HD, Fox HD, National Geographic HD, Spiegel TV Wissen HD and Bon Gusto.NetCologne has restructured its offering and is now providing a new Entertainment package with 12 channels for €9.95 and an Entertainment Extra package with 26 channels for €16.95, offered alongside the Premium Plus HD offering with 16 HD channels. NetCologne has also reduced the minimum contract period for its TV services from 24 to 12 months.last_img read more

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Over 70 of western European pay TV subscribers ca

first_imgOver 70% of western European pay TV subscribers can now receive multiscreen services, according to a study by research firm Parks Associates. According to Parks Associates, 70% of western European and 25% of eastern European pay TV customers can now access TV Everywhere services. However, average revenue per customer from these services remains low, according to the research firm. As a result, operators are being pushed to test new business models such as à la carte pricing.“Connected CE and digital media usage continues to grow in Europe, and cloud-based services, including music, video games, and storage, will drive more data across broadband provider networks,” said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. “However, several challenges unique to Europe, including low margins, competition, and regulatory and economic factors, create uncertainties on the best path to boost revenues.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet POLICE in Derry have issued a fresh warning today over more scammers trying to con the public out of money.Yesterday, PSNI Foyle alerted the public to bogus calls from crooks pretending to be from the taxman.Today, another scam has emerged, this time via email. Police say on the Foyle Facebook page: “Folks, more email Scams purporting to be from TV Licensing & NatWest, I received an email today….do not get engage.”If you receive any such email alert police on the 101 number.And never give your bank account details to anyone either on the phone or via email.CRIME ALERT: EMAIL SCAMMERS TARGETING DERRY HOUSEHOLDS was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img CRIME ALERT: EMAIL SCAMMERS TARGETING DERRY HOUSEHOLDSNATWEST BANKPSNI FOYLETV LICENSINGlast_img read more

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Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Marin, it’s been a long time since we asked you for an update on energy markets, which are your specialty. Given all that Doug says is coming down the pike, what do you see ahead, and how does one invest? Marin: I think that for the most part, we’ll see a continuation of what we’ve seen for the last 18 months… L: That’s not an encouraging thought. Marin: Maybe so, but that’s the reality of what I see in the markets, especially when it comes to the juniors. There are a lot of subsectors of the energy markets for which I’ve been telling people to stay away from the juniors for at least 18 to 24 months. Thermal coal is an example. I’m glad we’ve stayed away, as the thermal-coal companies have become massive destroyers of wealth. L: Can you elaborate on that? We still need coal, so why aren’t the current low prices a “buy low, sell high” setup? Marin: Well, there are two factors to consider. First, as I mentioned on national TV about two years ago, permitting coal projects – not just for production, but even for exploration – was going to become very, very difficult… especially in North America. L: All these people up in arms about “mountaintop mining” and such? Marin: Exactly. The reality is that nobody wants a coal mine in their back yard. This affects both thermal and metallurgical coal projects, but the two face different market dynamics. Met coal got slaughtered because of decreased steel manufacturing, while thermal coal got slaughtered because of the competition from natural gas. Still, both saw lower prices, and in an environment of much more difficult and expensive permitting, the companies are getting trashed. L: And the second factor? Marin: That’s the new carbon tax the Obama administration is pushing. Believe it or not, the oil companies are actually supporting it. L: Why on earth would they do that? Marin: Because many of them are not just oil companies. A company like Exxon is as much a gas company as it is an oil company, and they’re having a hard time competing with the national oil companies on the global market. So, they’ve come home and are buying up large reserves of natural gas, making a heavy commitment to North American natural gas. So it’s in their interest jump on the Obama bandwagon and increase taxes on coal to benefit their gas investments in North America. L: Politics as usual. Got it. So, we keep staying away from coal, especially thermal coal. What about uranium? That’s been in the news a lot lately as well, with Japan doing an about-face on its nuclear program. Marin: Yes, the new president of Japan basically stated that Japan has no choice but to bring its reactors back online. But it’s not going to happen as quickly as the market wants it to happen, so while we’ve made good money on uranium plays in the last few months – and I’m very bullish on uranium – we’ve taken profits on our winners in our energy letters. We still have core holdings. Actually, we’ve written that we believe that Fukushima is the beginning of the fourth great bull market for uranium. With the Chinese, Russians, Koreans, and other countries committing to nuclear energy as part of their energy matrix, even after Fukushima the trend is very solid. By 2020, there’s going to be another 88 reactors online. And already today, the US imports over 90% of the uranium it consumes. To put that into perspective, consider that in 1960, the US was the world’s largest uranium producer. At the time, there were over 1,000 uranium mines in the US, producing over 36 million pounds of uranium every year. Today, there are eleven uranium mines, producing 3.4 million pounds a year. So America is producing less than 10% of what it produced in 1960, and yet is more dependent than ever on nuclear energy. One in every ten homes in America is powered by Russian uranium. L: Wow… I can see why you’re still bullish. What else do you like these days? Marin: One of the most interesting and powerful market dynamics I see today is the European addiction to Russian natural resources. That can’t change quickly, and there is a great potential for profit. The way we approach it in our letters is to ask ourselves how we can profit from the Putinization of Europe. It’s not just oil and gas, but uranium as well, and non-energy resources. We’ve found several profitable niches. L: Okay. But getting back to the original question, if Doug Casey is right about the Greater Depression gathering force this year, that would seem bearish for energy. How do you strategize for that? Marin: I think there’s a good chance Doug is right. So, in our newsletters, the first things we look at are management, cash, and expenditure programs in the specific jurisdictions the companies operate. We want companies that have a lot of cash, and will not need to go back to the market any time soon. From an equities standpoint in the resource sector, that’s the ultimate Achilles heel of most resource companies. The reality is that most are, as Doug likes to day, burning matches. L: Sure, but you don’t want companies that are just sitting on cash. Marin: Of course. We want companies that have the cash and the ability to advance a project that will deliver value. They need to have a project with technical merit, in a place where they can get it permitted – we use the same 8 Ps you do. Most important is that even if they do have the cash, get permitted, and drill a successful well, do they have the infrastructure to deliver that oil to the market and make money doing so? Energy is very different from mining. Certain wells are extremely expensive to drill, and you don’t really know what you’ll get until you do drill them. Once you do, you know right away if it worked out, what you have, and you can go into production if it all works out. Mining exploration is much cheaper, and the big capital expenditures don’t come until after you know what you have, and have done a feasibility study on it. L: I get it; a big mine can cost several billion dollars to build, but you can drill a grid of holes that outline an ore body for just a couple million bucks. Marin: Yes. A single oil well in Kenya can cost north of $65 million. L: $65 million! I can build a modest but significant gold mine for that much. Marin: Yes, you could build a 25,000 to 45,000-ounces-per-year gold mine for that. But on the positive side, when you make your discovery in the oil patch, the path to cash flow is very short and fast, so the impact on share prices can be explosive. That’s why I love energy stocks. L: Sure; the Casey team likes volatility. And I also see your point about infrastructure. With metals, if you have a concentrate that’s valuable enough – not to mention gold or silver doré bars – you can transport your product anywhere in the world. But if you’ve got a well that’s more gas than oil, and there’s no pipeline network in the area that can handle it, you’ve got a product you can’t sell. Marin: Exactly. L: Okay, let’s talk about political risk – “resource nationalism” being the bogeyman of the day. Where are your favorite places in the world to invest? Are you willing to pay a premium for the safer jurisdictions? Marin: That varies by sector and the type of commodity. Some places are not workable for uranium exploration, for example, even though they are good for other kinds of mineral exploration. So I’m very bullish on WISR uranium production in the US. That is a term we created, so readers will see it here first: Warm In-Situ Recovery. WISR has much lower cost of production than other in-situ recovery projects in the US, comparable to those in Kazakhstan, but with much better environmental standards. I think that’s going to be a strong trend to bet on over the next five years. I’d stay away from uranium plays in Europe, Africa, and South America – the risk is just too high. We’ve had a great run on the Athabasca Basin uranium plays, and having made our money, we’ve taken it back off the table. For oil-patch plays, I really like the East African Rift in Kenya. We were the first to recommend that area play. We’ve also taken profits there, but it’s very interesting what’s going on there. Those are large, world-class deposits being drilled off right now. I’m also very bullish on certain parts of Europe, where there are great, past-producing oil fields that have light, liquid-rich oil, but have not seen any modern exploration. And yet the people living in those places are paying a premium over global energy prices, because they are so dependent on imports from Russia and the Middle East. I’d warn people to be very careful about these junior Canadian oil companies that are chasing yield in the western sedimentary basin. I think there are a lot of risks associated with that, so there’s little room for error. Because of the differentials – investors have to remember that just because you get $90 a barrel for WTI, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same for Canadian oil far from any distribution infrastructure – any bad news can be fatal. L: So what do you look for in that kind of situation? Very near-term Push? Focus on quick wins, rather than big wins? Marin: Yes. For example, we recommended Atico and PRD Energy at the Casey conference last September, and both have more than doubled since then. Anything we recommend has to have cash in the bank, management have to be the largest shareholders, and they have to go for assets that matter – can really move the needle, by delivering sustainable cash flow. Like you, we start with the People. That’s absolutely critical. L: Very good. Can you give us a sneak preview of what you’re working for upcoming publications? Marin: We have a lot going on. Right now we’re doing a complete analysis of the master limited partnerships and the American oil and gas sector, and a complete analysis on whether the US can actually become energy independent by 2035. I’ll also be publishing an interview with a former senior OPEC official I recently spoke with. Also, a trip to Saudi Arabia is in the works – there’s a lot in the pipeline. We’re looking at juniors in the right places, because that’s where the most volatility is – and the most potential for big profits. But if there is a big global economic pullback, most of these juniors don’t have a chance. It’s so capital intensive… A single ultra-deep oil well offshore can cost more than $100 million. The little guys won’t stand a chance if the market turns negative and stays there for a few years. Maybe one thing we should highlight is that the game has really changed. It’s become so much more expensive, and the big oil companies reserves are decreasing, because of the changing value of their BOEs. L: Not all oil equivalents are really equivalent to oil. Marin: Barrels of oil equivalent – BOEs – are the biggest scam in the energy sector today. They say they have a gas component of their production that’s equivalent to so many barrels of oil, but they don’t define what’s in that gas. Is it methane? Butane? Propane? Pentane? All of these have different and changing values. The SEC allows the companies to roll all of this up as “BOE,” but they are not all equal. And yet, many companies present their reserves as though their reserves were the same thing as oil. This is very important. L: How does the average investor know what the real value of a company’s BOEs are, then? Marin: They have to really dig down deep into the PV10s and other technical disclosures. You have to have the ability to understand these reports and to be willing to put in the time into doing so. This is, I’m proud to say, one of our Casey advantages; we do this for all our energy publications. Few others will put out net-back reports as we do. What matters is not how many BOEs companies produce, but what they get back for them after delivery to the market. I don’t mean to be negative, but a lot of people don’t get this; and, frankly, they’re screwed. L: That’s a technical term. Marin: [Chuckles] Yes. L: Very well, then; words to the wise. Thanks for the interview, brother, and stay safe out there. Marin: You’re welcome, and you too. L: Will do. Marin Katusa is chief energy investment strategist for Casey Research and the editor of two company newsletters on energy: Casey Energy Dividends, which focuses on low-risk dividend-paying energy stocks, and Casey Energy Report, which features junior energy exploration companies with huge profit potential. He also edits an elite alert service that covers fast-moving energy plays in the junior resource sector, Casey Energy Confidential.last_img read more

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A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday de

first_imgA federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor invalidates what’s commonly referred to as Obamacare nationwide, and casts into doubt the survival of the law on the eve of the deadline for tens of millions of Americans to sign up for health care coverage in 2019.The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought against what was one of the major domestic achievements of the Obama administration. An alliance of 19 Republican attorneys general and a governor led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenged the law.As NPR’s Alison Kodjak explained on All Things Considered,”The lawsuit had to do with whether when Congress last year repealed or eliminated the penalty for not having insurance — it was a tax penalty for people who didn’t have insurance — whether that meant the rest of the law didn’t apply anymore. The court case argued that all of the pieces of the law were dependent upon each other, so by eliminating the penalty the rest of the law fell apart. The judge agreed with that opinion.”In his 55-page opinion, Judge O’Connor said the debate over the ACA’s interlocking provisions is “like watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls.”In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders praised the ruling.”Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge. The judge’s decision vindicates President Trump’s position that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”Shortly afterwards, President Trump tweeted, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led the coalition of states that defended the ACA promised to continue the court fight to preserve the law.Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be House speaker when Democrats come into the majority next month, tweeted, “Tonight’s absurd ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of the GOP’s all-out assault on people w/ pre-existing conditions & the ACA. When @HouseDemocrats take the gavel, the House will swiftly intervene in the appeals process to #ProtectOurCare!”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Disabled and older people have compared a council

first_imgDisabled and older people have compared a council’s plans to cut £5 million from its adult social care budget to “social cleansing” and have accused it of “treating people no better than animals in Longleat”.The comments were included in The Voice of those Affected, a report by Healthwatch Merton into proposed cuts by Merton council in south-west London.The report was commissioned by the council after heavy lobbying by campaigners, and was based on comments by 72 service-users and carers during a series of focus groups.The report was released as more than 20 campaigners – many of them disabled people – protested outside the council’s offices before a committee meeting this week at which councillors discussed the proposed cuts.The protesters had heard that members of the council’s ruling Labour group had already voted in secret – although not unanimously – not to increase council tax for 2016-17, or to take advantage of new powers allowing councils to increase council tax by two per cent a year to boost adult social care spending.Six speakers, including Lyla Adwan-Kamara, chief executive of Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL), and two disabled people affected by the proposals, spoke to the council’s healthier communities and older people’s scrutiny panel about the report and the likely impact of the cuts.Adwan-Kamara said afterwards that those speeches “brought to life what was in that report, what had been happening to them and even worse what was going to happen to them”.Following those and other presentations and discussions, the panel rejected three proposed cuts – to care and support packages, to staffing, and to scrapping a respite service – and agreed to send them back to the council’s cabinet for “review and reconsideration”.People who took part in the Healthwatch Merton focus groups said the cuts would damage their health, sever social connections, and affect every aspect of their lives, leaving some believing that life was no longer worth living.Words and phrases used to describe the cuts included “disgusting”, “devastating”, “wickedness” and “survival of the fittest”.One told a focus group: “It is like social cleansing, they are trying to get rid of the people they don’t need.”One man in his 80s said – apparently quite seriously – that he would now have to “start practising to eat less from now on”, while another contributor said: “I will end up in my flat like a hermit, self-harming again.”Another said: “I was placed in a care home. It feels like a prison. I pay £600 per week to live somewhere I hate and I don’t use any of the services.”One focus group member said the council had become “less and less supportive”, and accused it of “withdrawing help and taking things back to Victorian times”, while another said: “I had to beg social services to take notice of me. What chance is there going to be for people that don’t have a voice like I did?”The report calls for the council to commission a more detailed, independent evaluation of the impact of the cuts on disabled and older people, and concludes: “One of the key feelings voiced was a sense of betrayal and abandonment by Merton Council.“People talked of being left behind, being left on the scrapheap, and not being treated equally.”The report says there were people crying in nearly every one of the focus groups, and it warns that if the cuts go ahead, people will “potentially be making heat or eat type decisions as they may need to pay for their own care, or pay more for services that they need”.After the scrutiny panel meeting, Adwan-Kamara told Disability News Service that it was the first time the council had “really listened to our members”, but that the £5 million in cuts was “still hanging over people’s heads”.She said of the Healthwatch Merton report: “I had a fairly clear view of what people would say, because we have been hearing this through our casework.“As a centre for independent living, we knew what the issues were, but to see those comments written down in black and white and made so explicit and clear was really emotional.”She said the Labour group’s decision not to increase council tax was “unconscionable”.She said: “They have that opportunity and they are refusing to take it. They have made a choice not to raise council tax, so they have made a choice not to support the most vulnerable people in Merton.”A spokeswoman for Merton’s Labour group confirmed the scrutiny panel had asked the cabinet to look again at the three proposed cuts to adult social care, and said the budget would now be considered by the cabinet on 15 February, with a final decision taken by the full council on 2 March.She said that the Labour group “intends to keep its promise to residents to freeze council tax” and would not take advantage of the two per cent increase option.Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said in a statement: “I promised residents a four year council tax freeze and if there’s one thing you can say about me I keep my promises.  “I’m a business-man and I believe in running a business-like council, making what we do more efficient so we can continue to deliver the services people need the most.”Cllr Mark Allison, the cabinet member for finance, added: “The government have cut council funding by more than 40 per cent but in Merton we have done our best to protect adult social care services by ensuring it gets a lower share of the cuts than other departments, and by adding a further £12 million to its budget.  “As a result we have managed to keep the amount we spend on adult social care virtually the same since 2010.”last_img read more

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Zuckerberg Some Tech Is Worrying but Not Facebook

first_img News reporter May 26, 2017 Zuckerberg: Some Tech Is Worrying, but Not Facebook Mark Zuckerberg The story of Facebook’s founding has entered American legend, but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t resist briefly rehashing its conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people’s way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people’s lives for the better. It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials like him have it, while many older people have lost it thanks to technological change.”When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining, and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”His remarks echo those of many government and business leaders who are grappling with the prospect of robots taking over people’s jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security tax on automated factories to make up for an anticipated decline in wages being paid to humans. Others, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, aren’t as worried about a robot revolution.To Zuckerberg, though, not all technology is menacing, especially not the world’s largest social network. Echoing the company’s motto, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place because of it. “This idea was so clear to us, that all people want to connect, so we just kept working on it,” he said, recalling early coding sessions in his dorm room.What Zuckerberg didn’t get around to in his speech is that more than 10 years after those sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up many smaller ones, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most detrimental” social media platform for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article center_img In his Harvard commencement address, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminisced about his intentions for starting the social network. Add to Queue Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock 2 min read Tom Brant Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shareslast_img read more

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Study Window screens can suppress mosquito populations reduce malaria in Tanzania

first_img Source:https://www.thelancet.com/ Mar 22 2019In an article published today in Lancet Planetary Health, a team from the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), provides evidence that even window screens with no insecticide suppressed mosquito populations and dramatically reduced malaria prevalence in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.The study team has also worked with local and national government partners for over a decade to develop practical affordable implementation systems for community-based application of environmentally-friendly biological insecticides that selectively kill mosquito larvae in puddles, drains, river fringes, ponds and other sundry stagnant water bodies. Dr Prosper Chaki, who co-led the study, says “We are pleased that our efforts over all these years have culminated in government-funded scale up of larviciding, first across all of Dar es Salaam, and then to all major urban centres in Tanzania. Also, our government has invested domestic treasury funding into construction of a manufacturing plant for biological control products in Kibaha, just outside the city, which is now fully operational.” However, previous external analyses of the first large-scale pilot in Dar es Salaam indicated that larviciding only reduced malaria prevalence by 21%. Furthermore, this previous analysis3 provided no explanation for the much larger reductions of malaria prevelance that occurred over the study period, which steadily declined from >28% in 2004 to <2% by 2008.The IHI and LSTM team therefore re-assessed these epidemiological data to see how much of this remarkable 97% drop in malaria prevalence could be attributed to other factors. Only the coverage of complete window screening consistently increased to levels high enough to have any meaningful impact. While only 40% of houses had complete window screening at the start of the study in 2004, coverage had more than doubled to 86% by 2008. This surprisingly rapid scale up of window screening coverage was unplanned and spontaneous, implemented by households at their own expense, using flexible plastic screening which they found easy to install. This steady rise in window-screening coverage was statistically associated with a 92% reduction of malaria prevalence amongst residents, accounting for most of the spectacular overall decline in malaria prevalence. "Good-quality housing is a crucial factor in reducing malaria transmission across the spectrum of malaria endemicity." says Dr Emmanuel Chanda at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo. In his supporting editorial, he continues "Killeen and colleagues' findings fall within the context of research efforts to provide hard evidence for the public health value of house screening.". Interestingly, mosquito biting rates were also reduced by as much as 92%, and impact was greatest for the most efficient malaria vector species that depend heavily on human blood. "People who live with mosquitoes protect themselves by taking advantage of any products they can access and afford." says Dr Nicodem Govella, a co-author of the study who also develops new methods for measuring just how much mosquitoes prefer and depend on human blood. He continues "Here is an encouraging example from the citizens of Dar es Salaam, who spent millions of dollars of their own money to protect their houses and families, but also protected their neighbours by making life tougher for mosquitoes".Related StoriesSouthern Research team aims to discover new, safer antimalarial medicinesHuman liver cell protein aids development of malaria parasite, study findsMalaria free status for Algeria and ArgentinaIn addition to revealing the remarkable contribution of window screens to this near-collapse of malaria transmission, this re-analysis also yielded a more encouraging estimate for the impact of regular larvicide application. Larviciding halved malaria prevalence by reducing malaria vector abundance, consistent with subsequent evaluations of scale up across the remainder of the city.In addition to demonstrating that mosquito-proofed window screening may have far greater impacts upon malaria than previously thought, these observations also challenge the view that it is too expensive and impractical for widespread use in poor countries. "While Dar es Salaam is a big city, we think our observations also have important implications for rural Africa.", says Dr Gerry Killeen who led the study. "Historically, most rural African houses have been made with mud and sticks for the walls and grass thatch for the roofs. Mosquitoes readily entered through the eave gaps between the wall and roof, which were left open for ventilation because these simple house designs lacked windows. However, Africa is changing faster than ever before, and that picture is rapidly becoming outdated across much of the continent. Houses ventilated by windows and built with bricks, timber and iron sheets are increasingly common even in rural Africa. The people who live with mosquitoes and malaria invest as much as they can in better houses, which are easier to protect with readily-available netting materials". "This study shows how the relatively simple intervention of installing window screens was taken up beyond a research study setting and led to a remarkable reduction in malaria infections in the wider community. These findings demonstrate that it can take more than a decade for research to have a real impact on the communities that need it most", says Branwen Hennig, Senior Portfolio Lead at the Wellcome Trust one of the major sponsors for the study. The authors also note that ongoing housing improvements across rural Africa are closely associated with declining malaria burden and that even bigger reductions may be possible if they could be treated with insecticides.last_img read more

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Nanovaccine boosts immunity in mice with gut microbiomemediated metabolic syndrome

first_img Source:http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/03/nanovaccine-boosts-immunity-sufferers-metabolic-syndrome Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 29 2019A new class of biomaterial developed by Cornell researchers for an infectious disease nanovaccine effectively boosted immunity in mice with metabolic disorders linked to gut bacteria – a population that shows resistance to traditional flu and polio vaccines.The study is the first to explore the interrelationship among nanomaterials, immune responses and the microbiome, an increasingly important area of research. The microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in the body – is believed to play a critical role in human health.”This paper highlights how the microbiome can impact our engineered vaccines and how we can overcome these problems by developing advanced materials,” said Ankur Singh, assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (BME).Singh is senior author of “Immunomodulatory Nanogels Overcome Restricted Immunity in a Murine Model of Gut Microbiome-Mediated Metabolic Syndrome,” which published March 27 in Science Advances. The paper’s first author is Matthew Mosquera, a doctoral student in engineering.”This work opens up a new, very exciting area of investigation into how biological factors and underlying disease conditions impact the performance of established nanovaccines,” said Singh, who is also a member of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the newly formed Cornell Center for Immunology. “More importantly, it shows how you can use these engineered materials and make them more workable across a wider population to overcome immunity to vaccines.”More than a third of Americans and a quarter of people worldwide are believed to suffer from metabolic syndrome, an umbrella for several disorders including obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance.The gut microbiome is among the factors that can cause metabolic syndrome, and researchers are interested in microbiome-induced metabolic syndrome because of evidence linking both the microbiome and metabolic disorders to the immune system.”Understanding how the microbiome affects future engineered vaccines is of utmost importance from a public health perspective,” said Ilana Brito, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a co-author of the paper. “This research will open up new avenues for exploring how specific components of the microbiome alter immune responses. When engineering new vaccines, it’ll be important to design materials that are effective across a diversity of microbiome compositions.”Previous research showed that traditional human flu and polio vaccines fail in mice that have metabolic disorders caused by disruptions to their gut biomes. “That motivated us to look into what happens with nanovaccines, which can be better than soluble vaccines, to better understand the role of underlying obesity and inflammation that develops in gut alterations,” Singh said.Related StoriesStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyNanovaccines, which are generally composed of nanomaterials, can be taken up by cells in the immune system and have been found to induce stronger immunity than traditional soluble vaccines in pre-clinical models.But researchers found that the most widely used type of nanovaccine, made of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), is not very effective in mice with gut-initiated metabolic syndrome. When researchers tested PLGA nanovaccines on the mice, it was less successful than they had expected, even with the addition of a widely used immune booster.”We asked, are there ways to overcome this restricted response by engineering new nanomaterial vaccines?” Singh said. “Then we looked deeper into a new class of material that modulates the immune system, pyridine functionalized poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), the potential of which we recently discovered.”The new material formed a stable nanogel with protein antigens, which was found to be effective under gut-initiated metabolic syndrome conditions. Working with Cynthia Leifer, associate professor of immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the group discovered that this new material stimulates a receptor that recognizes pathogenic danger signs on microbes.”This study is important because it shows that these nanogels can supply both antigen and adjuvant without the need for an extra immune booster, which likely contributes to their stronger immune activation and ability to overcome limitations imposed by diseases or altered microbiomes,” Leifer said. “Immunomodulatory therapies are a hot topic, and materials-based immunomodulation approaches are in their infancy. There is so much that can be done with them.”While it has been established that the microbiome impacts the immune system, these findings suggest that nanovaccines can influence the microbiome in return.”Nanomaterials can modulate the composition of the gut microbiome – I think that’s of tremendous importance to the entire field and could have implications in material design,” he said. “Whether it’s a causative effect or the reason behind this is not very well understood – there are several hypotheses that remain to be tested, so this will be future work for us.”last_img read more

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Maximal running shoes may raise injury risk even after transition period

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019A six-week transition period did not help wearers adjust to “maximal” running shoes, indicating that increased impact forces and loading rates caused by the shoe design do not change over time, a new study from Oregon State University – Cascades has found.The shoes, which feature increased cushioning, particularly in the forefoot region of the midsole, affect runners’ biomechanics, leaving them at increased risk of injury, said Christine Pollard, director of the Bend campus’s Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Lab and a co-author of the study.”These shoes may work for certain people, but right now we just don’t know who they are good for,” said Pollard, an associate professor of kinesiology at OSU-Cascades. “The findings suggest that people aren’t really changing the way they run in the shoes, even after a six-week transition, potentially leaving them at increased risk of injury.”The study was published recently in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The lead author is J.J. Hannigan, a post-doctoral researcher in the FORCE Lab.Maximal shoes have been growing in popularity since being introduced in 2010. More than 20 varieties of maximal shoes are on the market, but little research has been conducted on the shoes to understand their effect on running biomechanics. Controlled studies, like the research at the FORCE Lab, help clinicians make science-based recommendations to runners.Researchers in the FORCE Lab previously conducted a study of people running in the shoes before and after a 5K treadmill run; the findings from that study suggested that the maximal shoes may increase impact force and loading rates, which indicate a greater risk of injury.The new study was designed to build on the previous research and see how a six-week transition to the maximal shoe might affect runners’ biomechanics.”We wanted to look beyond any novelty effect the shoe might have,” Pollard said. “It’s a very new area and we have a lot of work to do to understand how these shoes affect running mechanics.”Related StoriesSenate panel makes surprisingly fast work of ‘surprise medical bills’ packageExtremely strenuous exercise can overload the heart without increasing cardiac riskChildren living in the countryside have better motor skills than their peers in metropolitan areaThe researchers studied 20 runners, a mix of men and women, between the ages of 18 and 45, who ran at least 15 miles a week. The runners participated in two biomechanical testing sessions in the lab, each session about six weeks apart. They completed a series of running trials wearing maximal shoes and also wearing traditional running shoes.After the first testing session, the runners received a maximal shoe transition schedule to follow. They continued their regular running mileage but gradually increased the percent of their mileage run in the maximal shoe over the six-week period, with the last two weeks only in the maximal shoes.The results showed there were no changes in running mechanics over time in either type of shoes. The study did show increased impact forces and loading rates in the maximal shoe, supporting results of the earlier study. There was no difference in those biomechanics after the transition to the maximal shoes.”The concern in the maximal shoes is that you have this mass you’re repeatedly loading. How are you attenuating that?” Pollard said. “We also saw changes in ankle kinematics, or the angular movement in the joints. With the maximal shoes we saw prolonged eversion, which likely increases stress on the legs and could lead to injury.”More research is needed to understand how maximal shoes affect biomechanics, Pollard said. For now, runners and clinicians who work with runners should be cauti”We really don’t know enough to be recommending them,” said Pollard, who also is a licensed physical therapist. “If someone is going to try them out, I would suggest they try them out on a treadmill at a running store to see how they feel. How they feel then is how they’ll feel in six weeks.” Source:https://oregonstate.edu/last_img read more

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Study proves that brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019FINDINGSUCLA researchers have published a Cell study showing that the brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations. The synchronized activity not only arose during various types of social behavior, but also the level of synchronization actually predicted how much the animals would interact. The team also found that brain synchrony arises from different subsets of neurons that encode the behavior of the self vs. the social partner, and that the dominant animal’s behavior tends to drive synchronization more than behavior of the subordinate.BACKGROUNDConsiderable research has been devoted to studying brain activity in individual animals behaving alone. Much of animals’ lives are spent interacting with one another — socializing, competing and so forth — and these social behaviors are generally quite complex, as an animal must not only react to other individuals, but actively predict their future behavior. Less is understood about how brain activity might function across interacting animals. Using sophisticated recording devices, the research team set out to simultaneously monitor activity in the brains of two interacting mice, making this the first study to use the technique in two animals behaving naturally together.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpMETHODThe researchers attached tiny, high-tech microscopes to the heads of each mouse, which recorded activity in hundreds of individual brain cells. Fitted with the devices, the mice were placed together in pairs, first in open arenas to freely interact, and later in plastic tubes — a common method of observing competition and social hierarchy, as the dominant mouse tends to claim more of the tube’s “territory” by pushing against the subordinate mouse, or pushing it out of the tube completely.When the mice interacted with each other, their brain activity was correlated, or synced up. The more engaged they were with one another, the more coupled were their brains. This brain synchronization arose from individual cells — interestingly, some cells responded preferentially to the behavior of the self, while other cells responded only to the behavior of the social partner. The dominant mouse’s behavior tended to have more of an effect on synchronization than that of the subordinate mouse, likely because both animals in a pair are paying attention to the dominant animal.IMPACTThis is the first time that interbrain synchrony has been observed in socializing mice. Researchers believe that the insights gained from this study may shed new light on how brain activity synchronizes across humans during social interaction. Beyond adding clarity to fundamental properties of brain function in social interaction, the findings may also enable researchers to understand more about certain psychiatric and developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, since many of these conditions include symptoms such as social deficits. Source:University of California – Los Angeles Health SciencesJournal reference:Kingsbury, L. et al. (2019) Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell. doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.022last_img read more

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This EagleNosed ShovelChinned Dinosaur May Be the Weirdest Thing You See Today

first_img The lower jaw and teeth of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible. Credit: Photo by Albert Prieto- Marquez; material housed at the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. A newfound duck-billed dinosaur species that lived about 80 million years ago had a face so bizarre that scientists named the animal “eagle-nose shovel-chin.” Its jaws resembled a pair of gardening tools, with wavy ridges along the edges in a “W” shape. An arching crest in the middle of its face was curved like the majestic beak of an eagle, giving the dinosaur’s profile the appearance of a prominent, humped nose. Scientists found the unusual fossil skull and a partial skeleton of the animal in the 1980s in Big Bend National Park, a site in southwestern Texas, though the specimen was not analyzed in detail until recently. The duck-billed weirdo shared some features in common with other duck-billed and crested dinosaurs, the group Saurolophidae, but it was more primitive, offering intriguing new clues about how the group’s trademark crests evolved, scientists reported in a new study. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65937-shovel-chinned-dinosaur.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Some dinosaurs’ scientific names invoke a sense of drama: Think of Tyrannosaurus rex (“tyrant lizard king”) or Velociraptor (“swift thief”). In this case, the researchers couldn’t resist calling out the dinosaur’s bizarre face. The genus name “Aquilarhinus” combines the Latin word “aquila,” for “eagle,” and the Greek word “rhinos,” which means “nose.” The species name “palimentus” comes from the Latin words for “shovel” and “chin,” according to the study. All known dinosaurs in this group (also called hadrosaurids) have beak-like jaws that expand at the end into a scoop shape, “hence the nickname ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs,” said lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, a researcher with the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont in Barcelona, Spain. “However, they differ from Aquilarhinus in that this ‘scoop’ is all concave. In contrast, in Aquilarhinus, there was a rise, a convex relief at the center of the ‘scoop,'” Prieto-Márquez told Live Science in an email. That ridged, scooping chin likely came in handy millions of years ago; what is now a dry and rocky landscape in Texas was back then a coastal swamp or marsh. Aquilarhinus probably used its peculiar jaws to scoop vegetation from the bottom of a muddy creek bed, the researchers wrote. However, it’s less clear what the dinosaur’s prominent nasal crest was for, though it may have been used as a display to help the dinosaurs recognize members of their own kind and compete for mates, Prieto-Márquez said. “The crest of Aquilarhinus is simpler in structure than that of most other hadrosaurids, except members of kritosaurini (a subgroup of hadrosaurids),” he explained. “In both Aquilarhinus and kritosaurins for which the crest is known, this is just a fold of the nasal bone, giving them a Roman nose appearance.” Photos: School-Bus-Size Dinosaur Discovered in Egypt Photos: Spiky-Headed Dinosaur Found in Utah, But It Has Asian Roots Photos: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Found in Alaska Like other hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, Aquilarhinus had a bony crest on its skull. However, this dino had unique, shovel-like jaws. Credit: ICRA Art Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoAncestryTwo Sisters. Two DNA Tests. Two Different Results.AncestryUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndo Decades earlier, other scientists who examined the dinosaur’s skull thought that the nasal crest resembled that of another hadrosaurid, Gryposaurus. But despite the superficial similarities, Aquilarhinus proved to be a more primitive hadrosaurid than Gryposaurus, taking up a position at the very base of the group’s family tree. This hinted that the diverse shapes of hadrosaurid cranial crests all stemmed from a structure that began as a simple arched nose, Prieto-Márquez said. Aquilarhinus, aka eagle-nose shovel-chin, also provides a missing puzzle piece concerning where hadrosaurids may have originated. These dinosaurs were common across Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica during the latter part of the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65 million years ago), and the appearance of this primitive specimen supports an increasingly popular hypothesis that hadrosaurids first appeared in the southern part of North America, the study authors said. The findings were published online July 12 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.last_img read more

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Enterprise investment should pay attention to seven

enterprise investment is related to the interests of the whole group and the problem of capital turnover, so be careful, Xiaobian for everyone to sort out the seven notes, we want to help.


1. are connected with the existing marketing system is the sales of any project must focus on the issue of investment, project success ultimately depends on whether the project can be expected to achieve sales revenue, and sales, is a key part of project investment. Due to the nature of the product, the marketing system is not the same, and establish a product characteristics consistent with the marketing system, often require a longer time and spend more manpower, material and financial resources, take the establishment of the marketing system is often difficult to estimate. In the project investment should consider whether the product marketing characteristics are consistent with or similar to the existing product marketing characteristics, pay attention to the connection with the existing marketing system. read more

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