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Premier League: Alfie Mawson leads Swansea to 1-0 win over Liverpool

first_imgFourth-placed Liverpool were stung by a 1-0 defeat at Premier League basement side Swansea City who withstood a second-half onslaught to secure the points after taking the lead through defender Alfie Mawson at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.Swansea went ahead five minutes before the break when an attempt to clear by Liverpool’s 75 million pounds ($104.88 million) defender Virgil Van Dijk landed at the feet of Mawson who swept the ball home for his sixth league goal this season.Van Dijk, playing in his first league game since signing from Southampton, had earlier flashed over a header from a first-half corner, while Mohamed Salah blazed the Dutch defender’s lofted pass over the bar on the half-hour mark.Liverpool upped the tempo in the second half, dominating possession and attacking from all angles, and Roberto Firmino saw his late header come back off the post, but Swansea managed to hold on for only their fifth league win of the season.Liverpool had not lost in 18 games, having just ended the unbeaten league record of runaway leaders Manchester City, but they fluffed their lines in the face of some stout defending.The loss leaves the Reds on 47 points, three behind Chelsea and six off Manchester United, with Tottenham Hotspur two points outside the top four after a draw at Southampton on Sunday.Manchester City lead the way with 65 points from 24 games.SWANSEA FORMULA”I told my players: Liverpool is a strong team. Like a Formula 1 car,” Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal told Sky Sports after a win that took his side level on 20 points with second-bottom West Bromwich Albion and three off the safety zone.advertisement”If you put that F1 car in the 4pm London traffic, the F1 car will not drive very fast. That’s exactly what we had to do. Let them play in a way they don’t like.”The plan seemed to work as the visitors struggled to find a way through the Swansea defence in the first half. Van Dijk looked composed but a lack of movement in front of him limited his options as he brought the ball out of defence.Mawson’s goal lit a fire under the Liverpool attack and they surged forward after the break, notching 17 of their total 21 attempts on goal in the second period.last_img read more

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Q&A: Getting To Know Kansas State

first_imgWe got to catch up with the authority on Kansas State football in beat writer Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, who also gave us some good insight on Wildcat alum turned head Cowboy, Brad Underwood. Other good stuff includes the K-State fans crowned successor of Bill Snyder and where to eat in Manhattan.1. The Wizard of Manhattan is in full form with another game-controlling, ground pounding Wildcat team. What are your thoughts so far on this 2016 Wildcat team?K-State has been pretty much what I expected it to be this season. It is 4-0 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Wildcats should qualify for their seventh-straight bowl game. The final four games will decide how good that bowl game is.2. Offensively, the Wildcats are loaded with a mix of veteran players (Ertz, Charles Jones) that know Snyder’s schemes and talent (Pringle, Silmon), to go with a developing offensive line. What are some of the keys to the 2016 Wildcat offense?The offensive line has played well, and the running backs have been above average. K-State’s offensive success seems tied to the passing game. When Jesse Ertz completes the majority of his throws, it can consistently move the chains. When he doesn’t, things break down.3. K-State leads college football in red zone scoring, to what do you attribute such great consistency inside the 20 yard line?K-State’s offense is built around short gains that take a lot of time off the clock. Those are ideal in the red zone. The Wildcats also have a good kicker in Matthew McCrane.4. This defensive unit has leads the league against the run and has some All-B12 caliber players like Jordan Willis, Elijah Lee and Dante Barnett. What types of schemes/players have they been good at shutting down this year and what things have they struggled with?They have been great against the run (5th nationally) and woeful against the pass (107th). If you’re an opposing offensive coordinator, you want to throw as much as possible against the Wildcats.5. We’re familiar with some playmakers at K-State in quarterback Jesse Ertz and receiver Dominique Heath and speedy linebacker Elijah Lee and sack master Jordan Willis. Who are some other players likely to impact the game in big ways on Saturday that Cowboy fans may not have heard of or maybe who are the rising stars of this Wildcat team?Deante Burton, a senior receiver, has really come on strong in his past few games. He could make some big catches against Oklahoma State. On defense, D.J. Reed is solid at corner.6. For the Cowboy fans making their way up to the Little Apple this weekend, what would you recommend as must see sites and good places to dine?If you’re in Aggieville, the best eating spots are So Long Saloon (burgers), Taco Lucha (tacos) and Coco Bolo’s (mexican). Not far away on Poyntz, Bourbon and Baker is good. So is the Tallgrass Taphouse.7. Do you have any favorite Bill Snyder stories that you could share with us?If you’re interested in Snyder stories, this article should keep you entertained.8. While things seem to have died down on the expansion front, what do you gather to be the general sentiment from K-State fans on whether or not to expand and who they would like to add?I get the sense most K-State fans wanted to expand to 12 teams. Snyder certainly did. Not sure who they would have chosen as their two teams, though. No great choices, unless you can raid another power conference, which is why the league stayed at 10.9. Head Coach Bill Snyder is incredible to have in the conference and it will be a sad day when he finally calls it quits. From what you hear, who do K-State fans like to be his eventual replacement?K-State fans love them some Brent Venables.10. Last of all, Cowboy fans are ecstatic to have one of Manhattan’s favorite sons in Brad Underwood taking over the program. Do you have any stories or insights you could share with us about him or his coaching style?Brad is awesome. He played at K-State and then came back as an assistant under Frank Martin and did a tremendous job. I always gave him a ton of credit for the success those teams had. One story that sticks out in my mind is that he had some crazy record for consecutive free throws made at a little over 100, and he constantly challenged K-State players to break it.Well, one day Will Spradling made 124 straight at the practice gym and started to gloat about it. But Underwood turned it around on him, telling him he should have got to the round number of 125. Who stops at 124? He found a way to keep Spradling motivated.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Texas Game Provides Opportunity to Make Statement with Recruits

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Texas is, and will likely always be, the hub for top prospects in Texas. Young kids who grow up in Texas generally grew up as Texas fans. Many kids idolized Vince Young, Jamaal Charles, Earl Thomas, or any number of star players who began their careers in Austin.“Usually players from there, if they get an offer from Texas, they’ll go there,” Gundy said at his weekly press conference. “The majority of the guys on our team didn’t get offered by Texas.”It’s true – some of Oklahoma State’s best players from Texas didn’t earn scholarship offers from Texas.Jordan Sterns, Emmanuel Ogbah, Ashton Lampkin, Zach Crabtree — all guys who came out of high school without offers from Texas — to name a few.AdChoices广告Despite the fact that the Longhorns program has been “down” for several years, top recruits will file in to Austin to watch the prime time matchup with Oklahoma State Saturday as many Texas natives do nearly every home game. Charlie Strong and his staff will have the ear of the recruits as they play host; but Mike Gundy and Co. are the ones who could earn a favorable impression with recruits and make a big statement on Saturday with a win in enemy territory.last_img read more

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2 days agoKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genk

first_imgKlopp pleased ‘job done’ as Liverpool put four past Genkby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was happy Liverpool got the “job done” with a 4-1 victory over Genk on Wednesday night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored within two minutes to cool any nerves in the away end, before doubling the advantage with a fine first-time finish.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made it 4-0 before Stephen Odey nabbed a consolation for the hosts.Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp said: “There were good moments. The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started – I’m not sure why – to lose patience and some easy balls. “But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. “Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. “We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Port of Rotterdam Proclaimed ‘Port of the Year’

first_imgzoom Port of Rotterdam was proclaimed ‘Port of the Year’ during the annual ‘Containerisation International Awards’ in London. The expert jury praised the port for its substantial investment programme in Europe’s leading logistics hub and industrial complex. The jury also compliments the port with its attention to sustainability with their modal shift objectives and groundbreaking initiatives like InlandLinks and NextLogic that contribute to it.Emile Hoogsteden, director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Winning this award is a tremendous achievement and recognition of our efforts. As the port of Rotterdam, we are constantly working on new investments and innovations. We don’t do this alone, but in partnership with as many market parties as possible. This is the only way we can continue to improve our port and pursue our ambition to be the most efficient, safe and sustainable port in the world. A good example of this is obviously the development of Maasvlakte 2. This is a project with which we are investing in the future and not only responding to the increasing volume size of containerships, but also taking steps towards optimising the logistical supply chain. At the same time, we enable our clients to achieve economies of scale. That’s the aim of joint ventures like P3, which will also boost our total throughput in the short and long term. Rotterdam leads today, by planning for tomorrow.”Increasing volumeAccording to the World Economic Forum, Rotterdam had the best port infrastructure in the world in both 2012 and 2013. During the period 2008-2015, businesses will make joint investments totalling over €11 billion in the port of Rotterdam, €1.2 billion of which is in container terminals. With this Rotterdam is responding to the increasing number of large 13,000 – 18,000 TEU vessels, already reflected in P3’s decision to send their largest ships to Rotterdam. Volume in the port is expected to further increase once the container terminals on Maasvlakte 2 become operational. Ben Vree, European CEO at APM Terminals: “Although the frequency of calls made by container vessels to Rotterdam may decline in the coming year, the volume will continue to increase. Combined with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the improved efficiency in ship and cargo handling, Rotterdam’s future looks very bright. So I think the port of Rotterdam deserved to win.”About the Containerisation International AwardThe Containerisation International Awards is an initiative of publisher Containerisation International. Every year, prizes are awarded to businesses and private individuals which made a unique contribution to container liner shipping and the logistics sector in the previous year by being innovative, proactive and/or pioneering. The nominees for the ‘Port of the Year’ award were DP World’s Jebel Ali Port, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Rotterdam.Port of Rotterdam, October 25, 2013last_img read more

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NS Supports Emergency Preparedness Week

first_imgAn Emergency Idol competition in Kentville and a demonstration of public alerting on The Weather Network are two of several events being held in Nova Scotia next week to mark Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada, May 6-12. Primary to Grade 6 students will compete for prizes at the 4th annual Environment, Health and Safety Expo at the Kentville Fire Hall and Arena on Sunday, May 6. The show is presented by the Annapolis Valley Safe Communities Coalition. The Emergency Management Office of Nova Scotia has donated prizes, including battery-powered, hand-crank AM-FM radios with built-in flashlight and siren alarm. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to think about their own families’ needs in an emergency, and to plan ahead,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “There are many easy-to-use planning tools available to help people look after themselves in the first 72 hours of an emergency, so first responders can assist those in more urgent need of help. Those resources are on our website at gov.ns.ca/emo, and the federal site at epweek.ca.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson adds that families should make sure they have up-to-date emergency kits for their homes and vehicles. The Emergency Management Office will also broadcast test messages to Nova Scotia viewers of The Weather Network, on Wednesday, May 9. “The public needs to be aware of emergency situations so they can take action to protect themselves and their families. The Weather Network is pleased to work with the province of Nova Scotia to demonstrate how our unique technology allows provincial authorities to warn the public in times of an emergency,” said Paul Temple, vice-president at the Weather Network. “The demonstration on May 9 will help raise awareness of the importance of public alerting in times on emergencies.” Other events and advertising include: — a full-page newspaper ad in the Halifax Chronicle Herald to promote the 72 Hours – Is your family prepared? message. The ad is co-sponsored by EMO Nova Scotia, Public Safety Canada, Aliant, Nova Scotia Power, RCMP emergency services section and the Canadian Red Cross; — feature interviews on The Weather Network with EMO CEO Craig MacLaughlan and Emergency Management Planning Officer Dominic Fewer, to be broadcast nationally during Emergency Preparedness Week; — distribution of brochures and posters to municipal emergency measures co-ordinators, provincial government offices, libraries, law enforcement agencies, first responders and media outlets; — an EMO presentation on the new technology behind the joint emergency operations centre in Dartmouth, to the Emergency Management Association of Atlantic Canada education conference, Friday, May 11; — the introduction of a new training workshop to help persons with disabilities prepare for emergencies. The workshop was developed in co-operation with the Persons with Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Committee, and will be delivered to organizations throughout the province following completion of a train-the-trainers program. — a mall display promoting Emergency Preparedness Week at the community kiosk in the Halifax Shopping Centre. Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event that promotes the need for individuals to care for themselves and their families in the first 72 hours of an emergency. It was first introduced in 1996. A comprehensive list of tools and resources is available on the Emergency Preparedness Week website at www.epweek.ca . The Emergency Management Office of Nova Scotia is responsible for ensuring prompt, co-ordinated responses to emergencies. Its head office is located in Dartmouth, with regional offices in Sydney, Truro, Kentville and Lunenburg.last_img read more

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Two Toronto cops who mocked woman with Down syndrome appear before tribunal

first_imgTORONTO – Two Toronto police officers who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome should lose their jobs over their comments, the woman’s mother said Tuesday as the pair faced a disciplinary hearing.Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris made a brief appearance at a police tribunal before their case was adjourned to Sept. 19, though they did not say how they were pleading, nor were the Police Services Act charges against them read out.Sljivo is charged with misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Saris is charged with misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments, which contravened the Ontario Human Rights Code, police documents show.The officers had previously issued a written apology, calling the Nov. 5, 2016 incident a “lapse in judgment.”But Pamela Munoz, whose daughter Francie was the subject of the comments, said that’s not enough. She said the officers should at least apologize in person, though she believes a harsher penalty is warranted.“In our heart, a great outcome would have been for them to leave the Toronto Police Service, because it’s shameful for our police officers to feel that way,” she said after the hearing.“At my work, if I made a comment like that, I would be out that same day.”Munoz said they had hoped the matter would be resolved in a day and are disappointed that the hearing was adjourned to next month. She said the family is also filing a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.The family’s lawyer, Faisal Bhabha, said the comments were made inside a police cruiser after the officers pulled over his clients. He said the comments were captured by the vehicle’s dashboard camera.The family only heard the comments because they decided to fight a ticket that was issued at the time and requested the evidence against them, he said.Bhabha said one of the officers is heard referring to Francie as a “half-person” and mocks her appearance. Some snickering and laughter can also be heard, he said.The case is less about what happens to these individual officers and more about “what the service is doing and what the police chief is doing to root out these sorts of attitudes,” Bhabha said after the hearing.“They’re trying to deal with this as a couple of bad apples rather than taking responsibility institutionally and coming to face the public and face, more importantly, the community of people with developmental disabilities to say, ‘yes this happened, yes this was wrong, and yes we’re going to do something about it,’” he said.last_img read more

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Spelling Bee sees big increase in turnout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Literacy Society held its annual spelling bee on Saturday, with registration seeing a big increase over last year.Last year’s spelling bee saw just 15 students participate, but that number jumped to 78 participants from around the North Peace this year.First place contestants in each age group ended up taking home a prize of $100, along with trophies and medals. CM Finch student Roy Kim ended up placing first among Grade 1 students to open the spelling bee, while Cooper Haggstrom – who is homeschooled – placed second. In the combined Grades 2/3 group, Bert Ambrose student Maximus Willams ended up taking home the top prize, while Paige Umbach placed 2nd.After the second group of students competed, six members of the local media from Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and Bell Media competed to find out which of them relied the least on spell-check at work. After the judges threw several curveballs at the hapless broadcasters and journalists, it was CJDC-TV News Director Hugh Smith who ended up winning the media challenge.The two older age groups were dominated by students from Christian Life School. Literacy Society executive director Jessica Kalman said that the school held its own spelling bee before the event at the Lido Theatre over the weekend.Abigail Krafczyk placed first amongst Grades 4/5 students, followed by her classmate Irina Fendel. After a back-and-forth match-up that lasted close to 45 minutes, Dennis Fendel ended up winning the Grades 6/7 age group, beating Jaden Meyer.last_img read more

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More flight delays cancellations for US airlines in April

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More flight delays, cancellations for US airlines in April WASHINGTON – Cancelled and delayed flights rose in April on the nation’s leading airlines, and so did consumer complaints, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The rate of cancelled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 per cent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations — it was crippled for days by a one-day storm in Atlanta.About 78.5 per cent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, down from the 84.5 per cent on-time rate in April 2016, according to the latest figures available from the government.Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate, at 88.8 per cent, while Virgin America was last at 64.6 per cent.Complaints rose 70 per cent, although only a tiny fraction of the millions of travellers lodged a protest.April was also the month in which a passenger was dragged from a full United Express flight, igniting a debate over poor customer service on U.S. airlines.Consumers lodged 1,909 complaints with the Transportation Department, with 1,430 filed against U.S. airlines. Most consumers complain directly to the airline, but the carriers don’t have to report those figures.More than one-third of complaints dealt with cancelled or delayed flights or missed connections.Discount carrier Spirit Airlines had the highest rate of complaints, followed by United, which took a public-relations beating after video surfaced of airport officers roughly hauling a 69-year-old man off a United Express plane to make room for crew members flying to their next assignment.Southwest Airlines had the lowest complaint rate.___The Transportation Department report can be found at http://bit.ly/2t3KDdx read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 16 January 2015

DOWNLOAD1. EU Transport and Infrastructure Priorities2. Passenger car registrations forecast for 20153. Passenger car registrations December 20144. European Parliament splinters over Commission work programme5. Recommendations for future calls of Horizon 20206. Consultation report on investment protection in EU-US trade talks7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Its an epidemic Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the

first_img 5,990 Views By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3111452 Short URL ACT UP is calling on the government to increase spending and education on preventive HIV drugs. Source: Niall Carson/PAThey are calling on the authorities to “do more than offer words”.The Public Health Agency (PHA) in the North said the situation across the border is similar to that of the Republic.During 2015, 103 new cases were diagnosed there.In the ten years since 2005, Northern Ireland has seen an 81% increase in new cases, in contrast to the UK overall where there has been a fall of 23%.Last month, a report from the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show increases in detections of HIV had spiked in the past 12 months.Dr Derval Igoe, specialist in public health medicine, said: “We are concerned about a 50% increase in syphilis, and a 30% increase in HIV cases in 2015.“Although some of the increase in HIV can be explained by a change in the notification procedures for HIV and an outbreak in people who inject drugs, these increases have largely been seen in men who have sex with men (MSM).”Read: Number of rough sleepers on Dublin streets up 56% in last year >Read: Radio show allowed special needs children to be called ‘mongos’ > THE NUMBER OF HIV/AIDS diagnoses has increased by 30% in the last 12 months as activists urge the Government for more help to stop the spread of the disease.Today marks World AIDS Day and Irish groups have been making their voices heard, urging the Minister for Health Simon Harris to do more to help stop the spread of the disease across the country.Activist group, ACT UP, said that a “renewed effort” is required to address what they have described as “an expanding epidemic”.Yesterday, they held a protest outside the Department of Health and said the HIV/AIDS is a ticking timebomb for Irish society.Latest figures from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) showed how there were 273 HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year, 70 more when compared to the same period last year. Figures for the past five months are not yet ready, however, if trends persist, there will be a greater number of people diagnosed this year compared to the 498 in 2015.‘Reduce transmissions’With advances in treatment and prevention, ACT UP said the government has powerful new ways to reduce new HIV transmissions. 4 Comments Image: Niall Carson/PAcenter_img ‘It’s an epidemic’: Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the disease continues to spread There were 273 new HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year. Image: Niall Carson/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share53 Tweet Email Dec 1st 2016, 6:04 AM Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:04 AMlast_img read more

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Dr Pirpiris extends his services to orangutan Suma

first_imgThe Greek Community’s honorary treasurer and Epworth Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeon, Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, volunteered his time at the Royal Melbourne Zoo earlier this week, swapping humans for orangutans. Thirty-six-year-old Suma, also known as Kianni, is the zoo’s oldest resident orangutan, and after showing signs of arthritis has been taking medication since 2013. Dr Pirpiris joined senior veterinarian Dr Helen McCracken in taking x-rays of areas where arthritis was present, including the hips and ankles. The doctors manipulated Suma’s joints, performing a procedure to assist in relieving her from chronic arthritic pain. Feeling privileged to have the chance to work on the ape, he went on to tell the Herald Sun: “It is quite a special moment when we try to apply our own skill set on primates. We are trying to help … (but) they can’t quite comprehend what is going on.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Government reacts to horrific abuse of detainees in youth correction facilities

first_img“Like all Australians, we are shocked by the report, by that evidence that was shown on Four Corners last night. Deeply shocked. We have moved swiftly to get to the bottom of it,” the Prime Minister told ABC radio, commenting on the news program which revealed the abuse of young detainees at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin.The footage presented on the program showed youths being isolated and strapped to mechanical chairs and six boys being tear-gassed, revealing a pattern of abuse, deprivation and punishment of vulnerable children inside Northern Territory youth detention centres.The broadcast was met with reactions of outrage by viewers, officials and community stakeholders. Addressing the calls for urgent action to be taken, Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday his decision to call for a royal commission into the abuse of youths in the Northern Territory corrections system, after consultations with Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Attorney-General George Brandis.“We need to get all the facts out as swiftly as we can”, said the PM. “We need to expose the cultural problems, the administrative problems that allowed this type of mistreatment to occur.“We want to know how this came about, we want to know what lessons can be learnt from it. We want to know why there were inquiries into this centre which did not turn up the evidence and the information that we saw on Four Corners last night. This is a shocking state of affairs and we will move quickly to establish what happened.”Some of the events took place after a long period of tension that resulted in some teen prisoners attempting to escape; when recaptured, they were placed in the isolation wing of the prison for between 15 and 17 days, in what were described by both children and staff as appalling and inhumane conditions. They were kept locked in their cells for almost 24 hours a day with no running water, little natural light, and were denied access to school and educational material.The royal commission has been welcomed by human rights groups and Labor has announced bipartisan support, saying it shouldn’t be limited to the issues at Don Dale and should address systemic issues in the justice system that spread across Territory prisons. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Facebook rachète Instagram lappli de partage de photo

first_imgFacebook rachète Instagram, l’appli de partage de photoLundi, Mark Zuckerberg, PDG de Facebook, a annoncé que le réseau social avait racheté Instagram, l’application de partage de photos destiné aux appareils mobiles. Un rachat qui lui a coûté un milliard de dollars en actions et en numéraire. Alors qu’elle vient tout juste de débarquer sur les dispositifs Android, c’est un nouveau tournant pour l’application de partage de photos Instagram. Lundi, Facebook a en effet annoncé par la voix de son PDG Mark Zuckerberg qu’il venait tout juste de racheter l’application créée il y a presque deux ans. “Je suis heureux de partager avec vous la nouvelle que nous avons accepté de racheter Instagram et que leur talentueuse équipe va rejoindre Facebook”, a indiqué le directeur sur sa page Facebook. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Pendant des années, nous nous sommes concentrés sur l’architecture du meilleur système pour partager des photos (…). Maintenant nous allons pouvoir travailler encore plus étroitement avec l’équipe d’Instagram qui offre les meilleures expériences pour partager de belles images prises sur des appareils mobiles”, a t-il également ajouté cité par l’AFP. De leur côté, les créateurs d’Instagram se sont également réjouis du rachat : “Quand Mike (Krieger) et moi avons créé Instagram il y a presque deux ans, nous avons voulu changer et améliorer la manière dont le monde communique et partage. Nous avons pris beaucoup de plaisir à voir Instagram se transformer en communauté vibrante à travers le monde”, a commenté Kevin Systrom, directeur général d’Instagram, dans un communiqué.Quant au devenir de l’application, le directeur a voulu rassurer les utilisateurs, elle gardera son indépendance. “Instagram ne va pas disparaître. Nous allons travailler avec Facebook pour bâtir un réseau. Nous allons continuer à ajouter des caractéristiques au produit pour trouver de nouvelles manières de créer une meilleure expérience photo”, a t-il précisé. Un projet confirmé par Mark Zuckerberg : “Nous pensons que ces systèmes différents vont se compléter” mais pour cela “nous devons avoir en tête de garder et solidifier les forces et les caractéristiques d’Instagram plutôt que d’essayer de tout intégrer à Facebook”. Alors que le réseau social prépare son entrée en bourse, le PDG a ajouté que “c’est la première fois que Facebook fait l’acquisition d’une entreprise avec tant d’utilisateurs”. Toutefois, “nous ne prévoyons pas d’en faire beaucoup d’autres de la sorte, s’il y en a d’autres”.Le 10 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The AAF is suspending football operations immediately

first_imgThe AAF is suspending football operations immediately Posted: April 2, 2019 KUSI Sports, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Despite having only two regular season games remaining, the San Diego Fleet and the other seven teams in the Alliance of American Football apparently suspended all operations Tuesday, according to multiple reports.Pro Football Talk reported rumblings of the league’s demise Monday night, followed by the Action Network’s Darren Rovell. KUSI Sports AAF had a call with NFLPA reps yesterday that showed signs of life, so some executives found it strange that Dundon wanted to stop funding it so soon https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Updated: 12:40 PM Sources: The AAF will suspend all football operations today. New owner Tom Dundon will lose approximately $70 million on his investment. Dundon makes decision against wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019Tom Dundon, the league’s majority owner and the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, raised the specter of closing the league in an interview last week with USA Tuesday.Representatives of the San Diego Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The San Diego squad was scheduled to play the Orlando Apollos on Saturday before closing the regular season at home April 14 against the Arizona Hotshots. At 3-5, the Fleet needed to win out to have a chance at making the playoffs as one of the top two teams in the league’s Western Conference.The fledgling league was only eight weeks into its first season, but faced immediate and future questions of funding and where each team’s players would come from. AAF co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian intended to run the league independently for three years, with each season coming as a reprieve for football-starved fans during the NFL offseason. Ebersol and Polian planned to eventually form a partnership with the NFL as a developmental league.According to Rovell and others, Dundon, who purchased a majority stake in the league in February, wanted to form that partnership this season and pressured the NFL Players Association to share players on NFL practice squads. Dundon argued the league could not survive without NFL support.The NFLPA balked at the rushed relationship and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement made some of his demands impossible. Dundon apparently chose to suspend the league rather than continue committing money to it. Pro Football Talk reported Monday night that the league required $20 million to make it through the April 27 championship game.The Fleet played its games at SDCCU Stadium, with estimated turnouts growing to nearly 20,000 by season’s end. The Fleet also led the league in merchandise sales. April 2, 2019 Prevailing thought that AAF owner Tom Dundon shut down the league to strip it of its assets, mainly the tech piece, is interesting, but sources say it would likely be illegal https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Wilmington Senior Center Sees 24 YearToDate Increase In Attendance Touts New Intergenerational

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello and Case Manager Laura Pickett spoke with the Board of Selectmen about recent happenings at the Buzzell Senior Center.24% Year-To-Date Increase In Attendance“In a year’s time, we’ve seen around a 24% increase in activity at the Senior Center,” announced Marciello. “We’ve developed a few more programs…. And we keep pushing the fact that we’re a place where people can feel comfortable seeing their peers. The Center is just an easy place to hang out.”Marciello noted that the Center now runs art classes on Thursday mornings in the Fourth of July Building due to space constraints. The Center has planned a Spaghetti & Meatball dinner on July 26 at 5pm, allowing seniors to grab a bite to eat prior to the Moving Wall’s Opening Night Ceremony at 7pm. The Center recently partnered with Panera Bread to distribute a meal for Wilmington homebound seniors. Additionally, the Center is running a special 5-week class on stress management this month.Intergenerational Programs Also On The RiseMarciello and her staff have placed an emphasis on intergenerational programming.The Center received a $300 grant from the Massachusetts Council on Aging to promote exercise amongst seniors. As a result, the Center will be holding a Grandparents Day event on Sunday, September 9, from 1pm to 3pm, at Yentile Farm.The Center’s popular knitting group — with more than 35 members — recently connected with the student knitting group from the North’s CARES after-school program.  Abundant Life students recently held a continental breakfast and concert for the Center. Eagle Scout candidate Zachary Dancewicz redesigned the Center’s attic to increase its storage capacity. Two Wilmington High School students designed the Center’s 2018 logo — Better Together — through a contest run by WHS Graphic Arts Teacher Jennifer Fidler.Emphasis On Alzheimer’s & Dementia Case Manager Laura Pickett noted that Wilmington seniors, like the rest of the county, are experiencing the issues of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 1 in 10 Americans over 65 are suffering from Alzheimer’s, while 1 in 3 caregivers is age 65 and older.  The Center offers a Caregiver Support Group on the third Monday morning of the month, from 10:30am to noon. The meetings attract 8-12 participants.  The Center sponsored or co-sponsored two presentations on Alzheimer’s earlier this year, attracting 45 and 33 attendees.“Over past year or so, we’ve begun developing a program called the Memory Cafe,” announced Pickett. “The Memory Cafes are welcoming space for those with memory loss and their caregivers. They provide an opportunity to socialize and participate in activities while making new friends in an accepting and welcoming environment.”Selectmen & Town Manager React“You have some amazing programs there,” said Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira. “That’s a wonderful program you’re starting with the Memory Cafe. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects the whole family.”“If my other gig doesn’t work, I’ll be at the Senior Center in a few years,” joked Selectman Mike McCoy. “You do an outstanding job and it’s means a lot of the community.”“I can’t say that I’m surprised by the 24% increase. You’re always looking for new, innovative ways to provide services to the community,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “The place is so vibrant. You’re always looking for ways to improve and to partner with the youth of the community. We appreciate what you do.”“I’m continually impressed by how you grow the catalog of programs you offer,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You’ve increased participation and engagement in the community. You do such a wonderful job with limited space. Keep up the good work.”“It’s amazing how you come up with creative ways to keep the seniors engaged,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “My mother-in-law has tried a couple of programs…. Everything you guys do is tremendous.”“Terri is a master of coming up with different ways to the make environment over at the Senior Center inviting and friendly. In spite of space constraints, Terri and her staff continue to do great things,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “They’re constantly working inter-departmently with the Library, Recreation Department, Schools, Police and Fire. In fact, I don’t think there’s a department they don’t touch. They’re always seeking out new ways to work with other departments.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”Wilmington Senior Center Is In Need Of Meal Delivery AssistanceIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Senior Center Holds Annual CookoutIn “Cookout”last_img read more

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Marijuana or broccoli Facebook illustrates AIs challenges with this example

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Facebook Tags Comments Share your voice 3 Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says Facebook’s AI can distinguish between images of marijuana (left) and broccoli tempura (right).  Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facebook uses both human beings and artificial intelligence to combat some of its toughest problems, including hate speech, misinformation and election meddling. Now, the social network is doubling down on AI.The tech giant has come under fire for a series of lapses, including its failure to pull down a live video of terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques. Content moderators who review posts shared by the social network’s 2.3 billion users say they’ve suffered trauma from repeatedly looking at gruesome and violent content. But AI has also helped Facebook flag spam, fake accounts, nudity and other offensive content before a user reports it to the social network. Overall, AI has had mixed results.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer on Wednesday acknowledged that AI hasn’t been a cure-all for the social network’s “complex problems,” but he said the company was making progress. He made the remarks in a keynote at the company’s F8 developer conference.Schroepfer showed the audience photographs of marijuana and broccoli tempura, which look surprisingly similar. Facebook employees, he said, built a new algorithm that can detect differences in similar images, allowing a computer to distinguish which was which.Read more: CBD: What it is, how it affects the body and who it might helpSchroepfer said similar techniques can be used to help machines recognize other images that might otherwise escape the social network’s detection.”If someone reports something like this,” he said, “we can then fan out and look at billions of images in a very short period of time and find things that look similar.”Facebook, which doesn’t allow the sale of recreational drugs on its platform, discovered that people tried to work around its system by using packaging or baked goods, such as Rice Krispies treats. The social network can now flag those images by putting together signals like the text in a post, comments and the identity of the user.”This is an intensely adversarial game,” Schroepfer said. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Identifying the right images isn’t the only AI challenge the company is facing. When the company was building a smart camera for its Portal video chat device, Facebook had to make sure the technology wasn’t biased and could recognize age, gender and skin tone.Facebook is also trying to train its computers to learn with less supervision in order to tackle hate speech in elections. But as the social network uses AI to moderate more content, it also has to balance concerns that it’s being fair to all groups. Facebook, for example, has been accused of suppressing conservative speech, but the company has denied those allegations. And people might disagree about what’s considered hate speech or misinformation. Facebook data scientist Isabel Kloumann said in an interview that when the company is determining what is hate speech the identity of the person could be an important factor along with who they’re targeting. At the same time, Facebook has to balance safety concerns with whether they’re treating groups of people equally.”We don’t have a silver bullet for this,” she said. “But the fact that we’re having this conversation is the most important thing.”Originally published May 1, 1:46 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:19 p.m.: Adds comments from Facebook data scientist and more background.last_img read more

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Report Houston Drivers Spend An Average Of 75 Hours A Year Stuck

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:46 Houston commuters spent an average of 75 hours in congestion in 2017, up from 43 hours in 2000, according to a new report from Texas A&M Transportation Institute. According to the researchers, it’s part of a nationwide trend, as employment in the U.S. has grown by just over 50% since the early 1980s, meaning more people are on the road trying to get to work. Since that time, the average number of hours that commuters nationwide lose to traffic delays has nearly tripled to 54 hours per year. And when you add up all that time stuck in traffic, researchers say it’s now costing the U.S. about $166 billion a year, while the amount of wasted fuel adds up to about three billion gallons annually.Researcher David Schrank told News 88.7 that travel demand is growing faster than the system’s ability to handle it and no one solution will solve the problem.“Congestion is an issue everywhere,” said Schrank. “You need to do a little bit of everything or actually a lot of everything. Add capacity or make road improvements where there’s obvious need but look at other options and things as well. Look at public transportation. Look at bike-ped where it makes sense.”The study says growing congestion doesn’t just affect commuters, but it’s also a burden on manufacturers and shippers, who are having to pass the cost on to consumers when they lose money stuck in traffic. center_img X Listen Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media Traffic backed up on I-45 North Freewaylast_img read more

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Petrol diesel rates likely to be cut by Rs 1L

first_imgPetrol and diesel prices are likely to be cut by close to Re 1 per litre this weekend on sliding global oil rates.This would be the seventh reduction in petrol prices since August and the third in rates of diesel since its decontrol last month.State-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) following the fortnightly review practice, are due to revise rates of petrol and diesel on Saturday.In all probability, rates will be reduced if the current trend of declining international oil prices continue, industry sources said.last_img read more

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Google announces creepyuseful features

first_imgGoogle announces creepy/useful features by Martin Brinkmann on May 17, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 14 commentsCreepy? Useful? Both? Google announced a slew of new features coming to Google Photos, Gmail and other company products designed to make life just a tad easier.Google Photos got Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries for instance. Suggested Sharing is a new feature that suggests contacts to share photos with based on who is on these photos. If you take a photo of your friends at a party, Google Photos might identify those on the photos, and suggest you share the photos with them.Shared Libraries on the other hand brings photos from different phones together in a single library based on things or people that you want to share with another person. A couple could select to share photos of their children for instance, or their dog. For that, all that it would take is to select photos that show people or objects, so that Google may identify them in future photos taken on the device or uploaded to Google Photos.Gmail’s Smart Reply feature on Android or iOS makes replying to emails easier by suggesting short answers.If you look at these features, you may find them useful, or not, depending on how you use Google services and devices.If you like to share photos for instance, you may find the two new Google Photos features useful. Gmail users who get a lot of emails that require just a simple response, may like the new Smart Reply feature.If you dig a bit deeper however, you will realize that Google needs access to information for that functionality. If Google cannot read emails for instance, its algorithm cannot come up with replies to messages.And if it does not use facial recognition or object identification when you upload new photos to Google Photos, it cannot really help you with the sharing functionality. Also, it needs access to contact information to connect people or objects to the list to find suitable sharing candidates.As Alex Cranz points out correctly on Gizmodo, Google’s business is to know as much as possible about each and everyone in order to make as much money as possible using those information.This does not mean that Google users don’t benefit from these information as well, as Google pushes out a constant stream of new features or apps that makes life easier for Google users who use them.But how easy is easy enough, especially if you weigh this against the privacy implications? Do you really need reminders by an algorithm when it comes to sharing photos on your devices? Or automatic replies for emails?You might say that it does not really matter anymore at this point, as Google is already reading your emails, and probably also using object identification algorithms to find out more about what is shown on photos.Still, you may wonder where all of this will end. Will an AI take over the sharing, emailing and communicating for you in the future?Google revealed today that more than 500 million people are using Google Photos to back up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day.Now You: Do you find these features useful? Do you use others that Google or other companies rolled out in the past?SummaryArticle NameGoogle announces creepy/useful featuresDescriptionCreepy? Useful? Both? Google announced a slew of new features coming to Google Photos, Gmail and other company products designed to make life just a tad easier.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more