About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alex Iwobi says Arsenal win was for fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Iwobi says Arsenal’s players were pleased with their 4-1 win over Fulham.The midfielder admits it was a result for the fans.He said, “It was a good performance from the team, and a great response after the defeat we had [at Liverpool] so it was a good result.”Yes, we had a few chances and with the attackers we have, we will always have those. But we were able too get four and that is enough for today!”You could see today that we played with confidence and did well.”We like to make sure our opponents are scared to come to the Emirates, and we have kept that going and it’s a great win for us and for the fans.”
October 24, 2019October 24, 2019
10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Curved hands that mirror the curved dial for graceful movement It takes a lot to get us out of bed for a business breakfast but hearing that Fossil is launching a luxury line had us curious.Hosted by Hal Rubenstein he immediately eliminated the elephant in the room. “Nobody needs a watch!” he shouted as he held up his iPhone. Yet with men more interested in looking good these days, accessories sales are on the rise and as Hal deadpanned, “owning one watch is like owning one pair of shoes, it’s just stupid.”Most know Fossil as that mall brand that has some pretty cool looking watches, but the brand is ready to take their image to the next level; so this season Fossil launched a collection of Swiss made watches ranging from $695 to $995. Far from mall prices yet still a good buy for a luxury watch. Since the brand already makes watches for the likes of DKNY, Michael Kors, Diesel and recently Karl Lagerfeld, they figured why not promote their own name and quality?The collection features automatic watches and chronographs in classically designed five-piece case construction. There are also day-date timepieces, the swankiest form of timekeeping. The styles feature either a full-grain genuine leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet.Other attributes you can point out to your envious friends include:Double-domed sapphire crystal – allowing for distortion free viewing Editors’ Recommendations You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life The five-piece case construction which offers perfect angles and elegant linesThat tax refund will be here before you know it. How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets
Approximately JMD Twenty-Four Million Worth Of Cocaine Seized On The Port Of KingstonApproximately JMD Twenty-Four Million Worth Of Cocaine Seized On The Port Of Kingston
October 24, 2019October 24, 2019
On Friday October 6, 2017, members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division (JCF-ND) seized a shipment consisting of fifteen (15) rectangular packages containing 16.90kgs/37.26 lbs of Cocaine with an estimated street value of JMD$24,167,000.00/ US$185,900.00 concealed in a transshipment container on the Port of Kingston.During routine operations the team was alerted to a container with a discrepancy and further examination led to the discovery of (15) rectangular packages, with white powdery substance, field tested to be Cocaine.The matter is currently being investigated by the Border Protection Division of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Narcotics Division.No arrest has been made in conjunction with the seizure. Story Highlights On Friday October 6, 2017, members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division (JCF-ND) seized a shipment consisting of fifteen (15) rectangular packages containing 16.90kgs/37.26 lbs of Cocaine with an estimated street value of JMD$24,167,000.00/ US$185,900.00 concealed in a transshipment container on the Port of Kingston.
Court awards 1yr jail to 2 men imposes fine of Rs 20LCourt awards 1yr jail to 2 men imposes fine of Rs 20L
October 20, 2019October 20, 2019
New Delhi: Electricity theft has spread like cancer and reached frightening proportions, a Delhi court has said while awarding one year jail to two men for stealing power to charge e-rickshaws.Additional Sessions Judge Devendra Kumar Sharma said at present about 12 percent loss due to electricity theft was reported and if converted into revenues, it would amount to crores of rupees. The court convicted Rakesh (46), a social worker, and Hafiz (38), an auto driver, for illegally using electricity through tapping with the help of illegal wires to the tune of 9.6 KW. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIt also imposed a fine of Rs 20.08 lakh each on both the convicts and suspended their jail terms till August 5 to enable them to appeal against their sentence and furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount. “Initially the persons in authority were found involved in electricity theft. But over a period of time, the privilege of these elite class got extended to their kith and kin. Now it has spread like cancer and the mass theft of power has reached frightening proportions to say the least. As of today about 12 percent distribution loss/loss due to electricity theft is reported and if it is converted into the revenue it is in crores,” it said in a recent order. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe court also directed the two convicts to pay over Rs 13 lakh as civil liability. “It is clearly proved beyond any doubt by the complainant from the cogent evidence that…there was direct theft of electricity as no meter was found installed at the inspected premises and there was direct theft of electricity using supply illegally through illegal wire connected from BSES feeder pillar which was open through red colour aluminum wires in the extensions and further 13 boards with three pin plug were found fixed. “Further the said direct supply was being used for non domestic purposes, that is, e- rickshaw charging,” it said. According to the complaint, an inspection was carried out by officials of the BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) at DSIDC Park at Trilokpuri in east Delhi on October 23, 2017, wherein Hafiz and Rakesh were found directly stealing electricity through tapping. Twelve e-rickshaws were found being charged by the supply.
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is joining the millions of fans mourning the loss of an icon. Marvel co-creator and comic book legend Stan Lee made three appearances at the Calgary Expo, most recently in 2017 when he joined Todd Macfarlane on stage.Expo spokesperson Lindsay Thomas said it was always a great experience being around Lee.“He was a delight to be around, always. Very kind, very warm, very wise, very funny. He was one of those people that even with all the other celebrities that would come to the show, when Stan walked in to the room it was like, ‘Okay, Stan’s here, an idol has just walked in’,” said Thomas.She adds he always had time for those who loved his work.“He was always so enthusiastic with the fan, really excited to hear where his stories have taken them and how his creativity has impacted them,” she said. “I’m talking about multiple generations of people who have been influenced by his work and that’s a lot of gratitude to take in.”Lee was 95.JOIN THE CONVERSATION: The world remembers #StanLee Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018“Stan Lee’s imagination helped spawn a universe of characters that inspired both kids and adults around the world for generations. He has become the driver of an incredible lasting legacy for our modern pop culture mythology,” said Marvel Cinematic Universe directors and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, in a statement.Onward and upward to greater glory! Excelsior! Good man, Excelsior! https://t.co/rXLCmk4uiS pic.twitter.com/oQ89AKfkao— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) November 12, 2018 He lives forever through his work. What a giant.With great power comes immortality. Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own – one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.Stan Lee RIP: 1922 – 2018— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018-With files from Ian Busby and The Canadian Press Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018“I was first interviewed for Stan Lee’s obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him,” said Neil Gaiman, via Twitter.“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans,” said Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, via Twitter.“Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” said Jamie Lee Curtis, via Twitter.To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 12, 2018“I was a happy little boy lost in the sanctuary of my Spider-Man comic books, collecting ’em, savoring each one, the piles of comics stacked high next to my bed. Thank you Stan Lee, what a creative whirlwind, wow. Rest In Peace in the divine. What an honour it was to help bring one of your characters to life with my scratchy little voice,” said Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who voiced Roller Man in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, via Instagram.“You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip,” said Black Panther actor Winston Duke, via Twitter.His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan pic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018 Celebrities have also been taking to social media to express their sadness.“Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name — a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore,” wrote Filmmaker, comic book devotee and Stan Lee friend Kevin Smith, via Instagram.“Original and genius are two very overused words in the world today, but Stan was both. Add irrepressible and irreplaceable, and you begin to describe the man. We have all lost a true superhero. We will greatly miss our friendly neighbourhood Stan Lee,” said Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, in a statement.“I owe it all to you… Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark,” said Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr., via Instagram.“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine,” wrote Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, via Twitter.There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Sunwing pilot temperature typo could have had catastrophic results ReportSunwing pilot temperature typo could have had catastrophic results Report
October 17, 2019October 17, 2019
Investigators say an incident last year that saw a jet operated by Sunwing Airlines Inc. strike a 36-centimetre-high light beyond the runway and fly low for four kilometres carried potentially “catastrophic” consequences after a pilot typed in the wrong temperature.A report by the U.K.’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch says the Boeing Co. 737 lifted off at the “extreme end” of a runway in Belfast after the autopilot determined the takeoff speed based on a temperature of -52 C, rather than 16 C.The report says the aircraft, which took off with 185 passengers en route to the Greek island of Corfu from Belfast International Airport on July 21, 2017, avoided a crash and “multiple fatalities” largely because of the low terrain and lack of obstacles surrounding the airport.Investigators noted the onboard software was incapable of alerting the flight crew of the temperature error, though updated versions would have caught it.The report Wednesday recommends airlines update their software — available at “nominal cost” — and that Boeing notify all operators of the 737 of the incident as well as “previous similar occurrences.”Sunwing says it has already implemented software and training updates, and it suspended both pilots from flying duties until the preliminary investigation ended. They underwent further training and Transport Canada re-qualification and have returned to full duty.The Canadian Press
Young peoples voices must be heard UN officials stress on Day ofYoung peoples voices must be heard UN officials stress on Day of
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
“Right to Participate: Let Children Be Seen and Heard” is the theme of this year’s Day, observed annually on 16 June, which is being commemorated in countries across the continent with events including songs, dances and drama presentations.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has marked the Day by drawing attention to the importance of the active involvement of children in schools, community action, media and governance. “Every year, the Day of the African Child reminds adults of the importance to include children in the planning and decision making processes in Sudan,” UNICEF Country Representative Ted Chaiban said, calling for greater efforts to listen to the voices of children and to protect them from harm.“With an estimated 20 million Sudanese under the age of 18 – half of the population – it is vital that the views and aspirations of this generation form a central pillar in the recovery and development of Sudan, and that these children can live in an environment free of fear,” he added.The commemoration in Sudan includes events drawing attention to the ongoing problem of the recruitment of child soldiers. UNICEF estimates that there are still some 8,000 children associated with armed forces and groups across the country, the majority in the strife-torn Darfur region.At a ceremony in Rwanda, UNICEF’s Officer in Charge congratulated both the Government and children of that country “for leading Africa in promoting children’s participation.”Patrice Demoustier told the gathering of children, Government officials and development partners that through their participation in district forums and their initiative to write a separate chapter on children in Rwanda’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy, “the children of this country have shown how important it is for all of us to listen to children’s concerns.”UNICEF is also supporting the 4th Junior 8 Summit in Japan next month that will give young people the opportunity to share their views directly with world leaders gathered for the Group of Eight (G8) Summit on issues such as global warming, HIV/AIDS and development in Africa.The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) in recognition of the day when, in 1976, thousands of black school children in Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young boys and girls were shot, and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than 100 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. 16 June 2008United Nations officials are today marking the Day of the African Child by highlighting the need to ensure that the voices of young people are heard in their schools, communities and countries.
Migrants and minorities still vulnerable to discrimination at work – UN reportMigrants and minorities still vulnerable to discrimination at work – UN report
October 11, 2019October 11, 2019
16 May 2011Migrant workers and minorities are among groups that continue to face discrimination in the labour market as a result of the global economic crisis, despite positive advances in anti-discrimination laws, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report unveiled today. Migrant workers and minorities are among groups that continue to face discrimination in the labour market as a result of the global economic crisis, despite positive advances in anti-discrimination laws, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report unveiled today. “Economically adverse times are a breeding ground for discrimination at work and in society more broadly. We see this with the rise of populist solutions,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia at the release of Global Report on Equality at Work 2011: The Continuing Challenge. The report warns against a tendency during economic downturns to give lower priority to anti-discrimination policies and workers’ rights in practice. “Austerity measures and cutbacks in the budget of labour administrations and inspection services, and in funds available to specialized bodies dealing with non-discrimination and equality, can seriously compromise the ability of existing institutions to prevent the economic crisis from generating more discrimination and more inequalities,” the report points out. It urges governments to put into place human, technical and financial resources to improve data collection on discrimination at the national level. The report notes that there has been significant progress in advancing gender equality in the workplace, but the gender pay gap remains, with women’s wages on average 70 to 90 per cent of men’s earnings. While flexible arrangements of working schedules are gradually being introduced as an element of more family-friendly policies, discrimination related to pregnancy and maternity is still common, according to the report. It also highlights sexual harassment as a significant problem in workplaces, with young, financially dependent, single or divorced women, and migrants the most vulnerable. Men who experience harassment tend to be young, gay or members of ethnic or racial minorities. Barriers impeding equal access to the labour market still need to be dismantled, particularly for people of African and Asian descent, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, and above all, women in those groups. Increasing numbers of women and men experience discrimination on religious grounds, while discrimination on the basis of political opinion tends to take place in the public sector, where loyalty to the policies of authorities in power can be a factor in access to employment, according to the report. Work-related discrimination continues to exist for many of the world’s 650 million persons with disabilities as their low employment rate reveals. People living with HIV/AIDS are vulnerable to discrimination through mandatory testing policies, or testing under conditions which are not genuinely voluntary or confidential, the report added. The report recommends a series of steps to combat discrimination, including: promoting the universal ratification and application of the two fundamental ILO Conventions on equality and non-discrimination; developing and sharing knowledge on the elimination of discrimination in employment; developing the institutional capacity of ILO constituents to more effectively implement the fundamental right of non-discrimination at work; and strengthening international partnerships with major actors on equality. “The fundamental right of non-discrimination in employment and occupation for all women and men is part and parcel of decent work policies for sustainable and balanced economic growth and fairer societies,” said Mr. Somavia. “The right response is to combine policies for economic growth with policies for employment, social protection and rights at work, enabling governments, social partners and civil society to work together, including changing attitudes through education.”
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
Over 20 Sri Lankan journalists have gone into exile between June 2008 to May 2013 and 3 of them have returned to the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a new report.According to CPJ, 26 journalists fled Sri Lanka during that period including three between June last year and May this year. In July of last year, the Ministry of Media and Information blocked efforts to introduce a freedom of information legislation before parliament, saying national security would be threatened if citizens were given access to public documents.The government had barred previous right-to-information efforts, including one in 2011. CPJ recalled that last year the government moved aggressively to obstruct the flow of information. CPJ says journalism work-related murders have declined since 2009 in Sri Lanka, but the slayings of nine journalists have gone unsolved over the last decade, one of the worst records of impunity in the world. In June of last year, police raided the offices of two opposition news websites, arresting staff members and confiscating equipment and in March last year, the authorities told all news organizations they must obtain prior official approval before issuing any text or SMS news alerts that carried information about the military or police. (Colombo Gazette)
Annan condemns kidnapping of Colombian Presidential candidateAnnan condemns kidnapping of Colombian Presidential candidate
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
In a statement released by his spokesman on Sunday, Mr. Annan said the kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was a “clear violation” of international humanitarian law. “Such violent actions undermine the forthcoming elections and intimidate the civilian population,” the statement said. Mr. Annan urgently appealed to the FARC to release Ms. Betancourt and her campaign manager, as well as all others who have been kidnapped by the group, according to the statement. He also reiterated his call on all armed actors to “respect international humanitarian law and the lives of civilians by ending all forms of violence against them.”
UN officials mourn relief workers killed in AfghanistanUN officials mourn relief workers killed in Afghanistan
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
Reacting to a recent attack in Afghanistan against relief workers from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other humanitarian organizations, senior UN officials today mourned the victims and stressed that aid personnel should be able to operate in safety.“I am greatly saddened to have learned of yesterday’s attack on a UN Children’s Fund vehicle traveling between Badghis and Herat, which has resulted in the deaths of two colleagues and the serious wounding of a third,” said Tom Koenigs, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).UNICEF driver Sirajuddin Noorzai and an Afghan doctor working with a German medical non-governmental organization (NGO) were killed on the spot, according to the Mission. A second UNICEF staff member, Qasim Nazari, was seriously wounded and has been undergoing emergency procedures in Herat. A police escort vehicle was untouched.“We know of no reasons why this attack should have occurred, nor can there be reason to justify murder and maiming,” Mr. Koenigs said in a statement from Kabul. “All United Nations staff here share a common commitment to seeing Afghanistan at peace, and able to rebuild. I will do all that is in my power to ensure that the individuals responsible for this are found and properly brought to account.”These sentiments were echoed by the head of UNICEF. “We grieve at the loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were killed and injured yesterday,” Executive Director chief Ann M. Veneman said in a statement released in New York. Noting that this is the second time in eight days that UNICEF staff have been attacked in the course of their work, she rejected as “unacceptable” any threat to the safety of humanitarian workers around the world.“We rely on the understanding that we do our work to save lives, and the presumption that goodwill will protect our staff,” she said. Friday’s attacks in Afghanistan came after a gunman in eastern Chad last week seriously injured a UNICEF staff member.
Western premiers meet discuss pushing feds to restore disaster fundingWestern premiers meet discuss pushing feds to restore disaster funding
October 3, 2019October 3, 2019
VANCOUVER – As wildfires burn uncontrollably across northern Alberta, government leaders in Western Canada are meeting to discuss pushing Ottawa to reverse historic funding cuts to disaster-mitigation programs.The catastrophic fires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes around Fort McMurray, Alta., have thrust conversations around emergency management to the forefront of the agenda at this week’s annual Western Premiers’ Conference in Vancouver.British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said natural disasters related to climate change, such as floods and fires, have increased in frequency, yet at the same time federal support for disaster mitigation has waned.“The problem is getting worse,” Clark told reporters on Thursday, stressing the importance of preventative action.“We need to come together as a country to recognize that these problems are more and more common. It’s not going to get easier and we’re all going to need to commit more financial resources.“Prevention is the best form of cure.”In-depth discussions around funding renewal have yet to take place with the federal government, Clark said, adding that it was important to make sure the western premiers were on the same page before approaching Ottawa.The leaders of B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories are in Vancouver to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to run until Friday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley dropped out of the gathering to deal with the fires in her province, and instead sent Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman in her place.None of the other leaders was available for comment on Thursday.In a statement following their first day of meetings, the premiers said the federal government’s $200-million, five-year commitment to the National Disaster Mitigation Program falls short of what is needed.The economy will also play a central role in conference conversations over the next two days, including reaching consensus between premiers on renewing the softwood lumber deal with the United States, Clark said.“We want managed trade and we want it with no quotas. Those are the most important things for British Columbia so that we have certainty and we have fairness across the country,” she said.She also commended the federal government and especially International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland for their efforts to move the ball forward with the United States on a softwood lumber agreement.Expanding free trade is vital to the country’s overall success, whether within Canada or internationally, said Clark, before taking a poke at the rhetoric being tossed around during the U.S. Republican party’s presidential nomination race.“We hear this discussion in the states happening where people are talking about building walls,” she said.“Great American presidents never made their country or the world great because they were talking about building walls. They talked about taking down walls. And that’s what trade is all about. It’s taking down walls.”Clark also spoke about bringing Manitoba into the New West Partnership, an interprovincial trade deal between B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.In a statement, the premiers present for the meeting expressed their support for Fort McMurray and other northern communities affected by the devastating forest fires in Alberta.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 6:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Western premiers meet, discuss pushing feds to restore disaster funding
Ohio State mens basketballs Aaron Craft named Academic AllAmerica playerOhio State mens basketballs Aaron Craft named Academic AllAmerica player
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
Ohio State junior guard Aaron Craft was chosen as the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division I men’s basketball by Capital One Thursday. Craft, a native of Findlay, Ohio, is a nutrition major who has plans to go on to medical school. He holds a 3.92 GPA. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America for the second consecutive year, and also received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for highest GPA at the 2012 NCAA Tournament Final Four. The award is given to student-athletes who are either varsity starters or key reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The athletes must also be at least a sophomore in both athletic and academic standings and be nominated by their sports information director. The athlete is then selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, a 2,800 member national organization made up of public and media relations and communications professionals in all levels of U.S. and Canadian college athletics. Craft leads the Buckeyes in steals with 51 this season. He also holds OSU records for steals in a season with 98 and for assists in a game with 15. This season, he averages 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and two steals per game. Craft has played an average of 33 minutes per game, second only to the Buckeyes’ lead scorer, junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Craft has also been named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team (2011), a third-team All-Big Ten selection (2012), the Big Ten All-Defensive Team twice (2011, 2012) and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for 2012. He also earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for 2012. OSU currently holds a 19-7 record and is ranked No. 18 by the AP poll. The Buckeyes are set to play Michigan State Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Schools face bigger funding crisis than NHS select committee chair warnsSchools face bigger funding crisis than NHS select committee chair warns
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
Schools are facing a bigger funding crisis than the NHS, the chair of a powerful select committee has warned, as they are forced to make £3bn in savings over the next five years despite student numbers increasing.Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts said the Department for Education (DfE) must “get their act together” and “address a sector facing increasing financial challenges faster than the Department of Health have”.The National Audit Office (NAO) announced that mainstream schools need to find savings of £3 billion by 2019-20, while immigration continues to drive the numbers of pupils up.A report titled Financial Sustainability of Schools, published by the NAO on Wednesday, predicts that both the number of students and the cost of educating each student will rise over the next five years. Figures released earlier this year by Government’s chief statistician,John Pullinger, showed that almost 700,000 school-aged children – one in 15 pupils nationally – have a parent who is a citizen of another European country.The number of school-aged children arriving in the UK from Europe reached a record 25,000 in a single year, the research also showed.The NAO report said the DfE should move faster to set out how it envisages achieving the £3 billion of savings by 2019-20 and give schools information and support to do so.A DfE spokesman said: “We want schools to have the resources they need, and through our careful management of the economy we have been able to protect the core schools budget in real terms.” The National Audit Office announced that mainstream schools need to find savings of £3 billion by 2019-20Credit:Angela Hampton Picture Library / Alamy Amyas Morse, head of the NAO said the efficiency savings must be made by schools “against a background of growing pupil numbers and a real-terms reduction in funding per pupil”.The NAO said on Wednesday: “The department believes that schools can finance high standards by making savings and operating more efficiently. However, it has not yet completed its work to develop tools and advice to help schools secure crucial procurement and workforce savings.”It is clearly reasonable for the department to look to schools to make efficiencies, but it is important to understand the implications of this method of doing so.”The definite part of the department’s approach is that real-terms funding per pupil will drop over the coming years; the uncertain part is how schools are able to respond based on their particular circumstances.”The watchdog added: “Until more progress is made, we cannot conclude that the department’s approach to managing the risks to schools’ financial sustainability is effective and providing value for money.” The NAO report said the DfE should move faster to set out how it envisages achieving the £3 billion of savings by 2019-20 Credit: Eyebyte / Alamy However, teaching unions warned that children’s education would be jeopardised by such stringent budgets.Kevin Courtney, General Secretary at the National Union of Teachers, said this represents the “biggest real terms cuts to school funding in a generation”.Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT added that “budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point”.Adrian Prandle, from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “Parents, pupils and politicians will be shocked to hear the Department for Education is still in special measures for its approach to public money.”Taxpayers as well as teachers are being let down when there is not effective management of the risks to schools’ financial stability nor value for money.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Budgets are being pushed beyond breaking pointRussell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT
September 24, 2019September 24, 2019
3D-P, a leading provider of technology products for the mining industry, has announce the addition of the e200 Intelligent Endpoint to the company’s Intelligent Endpoint product portfolio. The Intelligent Endpoint product line is a set of robust computing and communication devices designed specifically for mining and heavy industrial environments.The Intelligent Endpoints “provide seamless integration and wireless networking for all on-machine mining applications including fleet management systems, machine health systems, high-precision GPS, slope monitoring, dewatering systems, video cameras, safety & security systems and more.”The e200 Intelligent Endpoint combines all the features of the existing e55, e56, e57 and e58 models in a single platform and adds new wireless connectivity options including Rajant InstaMesh®. Featuring a powerful dual-core processor, 2 GB of memory and a 16 GB of solid state drive, the e200 also boasts expanded application hosting capability.The e200 provides all of the following key features: Intel ® Bay Trail dual-core Atom @ 1.33 GHz; 2 GB DDR3 Memory; 16GB mSata SSD; Linux OS; 10-36 VDC overload protected power; managed four port Gigabit Ethernet switch; 6 x RS-232 serial ports; 2 x CAN ports; 4 x digital IO; 1 x USB; WAAS capable GPS (GPS + GLONASS RTK optional); and multiple radio options including:o Dual 802.11n Wifio 802.11n plus LTEo Integrated Rajant ME4-2450R with InstaMesh® routingIt has the same form factor and power cabling as the e5x Intelligent Endpoint models. “The e200 Intelligent Endpoint (IEP) gives us some new and exciting capability. The extra power allows the e200 to take full advantage of our application integration tools while hosting applications natively. The e200 is also the first IEP with a fully integrated Rajant InstaMesh® radio technology directly inside. “These capabilities combine to help our customers reduce on-board technology clutter and the associated acquisition and maintenance costs,” stated Ron White, VP of Technology and CTO at 3D-P.
Hundreds camped out in Rome to protest against austerityHundreds camped out in Rome to protest against austerity
September 22, 2019September 22, 2019
(Image: Gregorio Borgia/AP/PA)One organiser, Paolo Di Vetta, said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Maurizio Lupi had agreed to meet a delegation from the protesters on Tuesday to discuss the housing situation.A painful two-year recession in Italy has pushed unemployment levels to record highs, shut down thousands of businesses and forced many young Italians to move abroad to look for work.Demonstrators clash with police outside the Finance Ministry in Rome yesterday (Image: Salvatore Laporta/AP/PA).Many people are struggling to keep up with mortgage repayments and to afford rent, leading to a sharp increase in evictions and repossessions.- © AFP 2013.Read: Political crisis in Italy as Berlusconi’s ministers resign> Demonstrators gather next to the Italian Transport and Infrastructure Ministry in Rome (Image: Gregorio Borgia/AP/PA).HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE remained camped out on a square in central Rome today in an unsanctioned protest to call for an end to austerity and evictions and for more affordable housing.Tens of thousands had marched through Rome in a mostly peaceful demonstration yesterday to draw attention to the social cost of the economic crisis, and some later set up a tent camp.Demonstrators wave flags and shout slogans during a protest in Rome yesterday (Image: Gregorio Borgia/AP/PA).“Let’s Take Back the City” read a banner at the camp, which is blocking a major throughway in the Italian capital. Another banner said: “Stop to evictions, clear-outs and repossessions”.“The camp is not a point of arrival but the beginning of the uprising,” read a slogan on the website of protest organisers, the Civic Coordination for the Struggle for Housing.
Second failed flight of DARPA HTV2 was caught on videoSecond failed flight of DARPA HTV2 was caught on video
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
There are times when things do not go according to plan. DARPA knows this all too well. The prototype Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) failed its second test flight after having failed the first one. The HTV-2 disappeared without a trace during the first flight. A video of the second failed flight has been released.The HTV-2 is an unmanned, experimental aircraft that is designed to drop a bomb anywhere in the world. A Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle takes the HTV-2 into space and releases it. The HTV-2 then reenters the atmosphere and follows a path until it lands in the ocean. Its top speed is Mach 20, twenty times the speed of sound. To give a sense of how fast the HTV-2 is, it can fly from Los Angeles to New York City in less than 12 minutes.The HTV-2’s first test flight occurred last year. The flight lasted nine minutes before DARPA lost contact with the aircraft. Despite the failure, the test flight proved that the HTV-2 is capable of flying 3.6 miles per second while maintaining GPS signals.The second test flight occurred on August 11 of this year. The flight lasted nine minutes before DARPA lost contact with the aircraft following the glide phase. DARPA had 22 stations set up along the HTV-2’s flight path to collect data. The video that was uploaded to YouTube on August 24 was taken by a crewmember on one of the monitoring vessels.The minute long video captures the reentry portion of the HTV-2’s second run. According to DARPA, the second flight failed for different reasons than the first. The August 11 flight was intended to help researchers better understand hypersonic flight, but unfortunately, the craft is still MIA.It’s interesting that a super-fast bomber failed two consecutive test flights. As technology advances, the ways in which people kill each other become thoroughly more refined. Perhaps there’s a reason the HTV-2 has failed twice. For now, DARPA should probably find its missing aircraft before it moves forward with more research.Aviation Week via SlashGear
Majority of Irish people believe drug users should be dealt with byMajority of Irish people believe drug users should be dealt with by
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Majority of Irish people believe drug users should be dealt with by health services, not courts Half of respondents disagreed that their loved ones should be prosecuted for drug use. 14,137 Views Monday 25 Feb 2019, 10:22 AM THE MAJORITY OF Irish people believe that health professionals should be the ones who intervene when it comes to drug use by a loved one, according to a new survey.Eight in ten people who responded to a poll carried out by Red C for the Ana Liffey Drug Project said they would prefer health services to deal with those caught in possession of drugs.Around half of respondents disagreed that their loved one should be prosecuted in court or arrested over the use or possession of drugs, while a quarter of respondents were unsure.Meanwhile, a quarter of respondents to the poll said they are using illegal drugs or have done so in the past.The survey asked a random sample of 1,007 adults across the country, who were questioned about attitudes towards interventions in the case of drug use by a loved one.According to the group, there were 12,201 recorded incidents of possession of drugs for personal use in 2017, representing over 72% of all drug offences.Ana Liffey Drug Project CEO Tony Duffin suggested that because drug use is a crime, it compounds the worry that people feel when they take drugs, and may stop them from seeking help.“How we currently respond does not work and needs to change,” Duffin said.“Punishing people for nothing more than their own drug use has failed us, we must now work smarter.”The group has pushed for drugs to be decriminalised to help those who suffer from addiction, which Duffin said is not the same as legalisation, as it means that drugs would still be illegal without criminalising the user.“We just change the way we deal with people who use drugs – treating them as people who require a health intervention, rather than people who deserve to be punished,” he added.”“What we need to do is to bring our response in line with our national drugs policy, which recognises that personal drug use is a health issue, not a criminal justice one.” Feb 25th 2019, 10:22 AM 61 Comments Image: Shutterstock/kittirat roekburi Share664 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/kittirat roekburi Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4511569 By Stephen McDermott Short URL
No Code No Problem Explore Machine Learning With GoogleNo Code No Problem Explore Machine Learning With Google
September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on target Google’s latest AI Experiment, Teachable Machine, is a teachable moment.Anyone with a Web camera, Internet access, and a bit of creativity can train a machine—no coding required.Fire up the program in your browser (desktop or mobile), then play around with different responses; a tutorial walks new users through the steps.Start by looking into the camera to record input in three different classes: green, purple, orange. While holding the colored button (to capture at least 30 examples), try waving your hand, making a funny face, and staring blankly.Wave to the cat (via Google)Then, when you recreate each action, the machine will respond with the corresponding GIF, sound, or robotic phrase. Try different approaches—even confuse the system on purpose—while you, and it, learn.Stare longing at the dog (via Google)“We wanted to make it easier for people who are curious about this technology to learn more about it,” Barron Webster, Google Creative Lab designer and machine-learning enthusiast, wrote in a blog announcement.A collaborative effort by Copenhagen-based Støj, LA’s Use All Five, and the Creative Lab and PAIR teams at Google, the experiment was built using the deeplearn.js library.Designed for everyone—from novice to master—the program makes it easy for Web developers to dive into machine learning by training and running neural networks directly in the browser.Dig even deeper into the experiment’s full code, available online via GitHub.Earlier this year, Google introduced AI Experiment AutoDraw, a Web-based tool that pairs machine learning with artist-created designs to help users better express themselves.Simply sketch your best rendition of a cat, pizza, houseboat, or rabbit’s foot keychain, and the computer will fill in the blanks—like an arts-and-crafts version of autocorrect.The suggestion tool uses the same technology as Google’s Quick, Draw!, another of the company’s growing AI Experiments intended to prove artificial intelligence can be applied to human pursuits.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
September 19, 2019September 19, 2019
RIDGEFIELD — The blaring train horn wasn’t a planned part of the presentation for Gov. Jay Inslee, but Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart welcomed the distraction.“You can see why we need the overpass now,” he said to Inslee at the Ridgefield boat launch Tuesday afternoon as an Amtrak sped by.Inslee was in Ridgefield to tour the city. His visit started at the boat launch next to the Port of Ridgefield, and while Stuart and Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening told him about the upcoming overpass project, they got an all-too-good example of why the overpass is such an anticipated project. Stuart said it wasn’t planned, but it also wasn’t unexpected.“The great thing about the city is you don’t have to try,” Stuart said. “We get 60 to 70 trains going through here each day. You know you only have to wait about 15 minutes and a train is going to go by. It was a great illustration as to why we need the overpass.”The overpass, which is expected to go out to bid in the coming weeks, will travel over the railroad tracks connecting Pioneer Street to the port’s property, making it easier to get from downtown to the waterfront area. It will also close off waterfront access that forces drivers to cross the railroad tracks. The $14 million project received $7.8 million in state funds.