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FIVE BLUES KICK OFF 2018 CFL SEASON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgWilliams signed with the Ti-Cats as a free agent in April, 2015. He played four seasons as a Varsity Blue, registering 64.5 tackles as a defensive lineman. At 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, Williams has since switched to the other side, and will be featured on Hamilton’s offensive line.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Awachie signed with the Riders as an undrafted free agent in May, 2017. He appeared in seven regular season games for Saskatchewan last season. As a Varsity Blue, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound fullback ranked third on the Blues with 13 receptions for 134 yards in 2016. In currently sits on Saskatchewan’s practice roster heading into the 2018 season. Llevi Noel – Toronto ArgonautsVarsity Blues Football (2013 & 2014) Paul Kozachuk – Montreal AlouettesVarsity Blues Football (2013-17) Former University of Toronto Varsity Blues football players Albert Awachie, Paul Kozachuk, Llevi Noel, DJ Sackey and Everton Williams appear on final team rosters heading into Week 1 of the 2018 Canadian Football League this weekend.   A 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, Sackey was selected 13th overall by the Argos in the 2016 CFL Draft. He played six games with the Argos as a rookie in 2016 and spent the 2017 season on the team’s practice roster. Albert Awachie – Saskatchewan RoughridersVarsity Blues Football (2013-16) At the CFL Combine, he tied for the top vertical jump at 39 inches, while also leading all linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.81 seconds), the broad jump (10′ 1.25″) and the shuttle run (4.33 seconds).  Noel, who was drafted by the Argos 31st overall in 2016, has made a name for himself on special teams. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver led the Argos and ranked second in the CFL with 27 special teams tackles last season and was a contributing member of Toronto’s Grey Cup championship team. He set a Grey Cup record with five special teams tackles in the Argos 27-24 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.center_img Kozachuk is the most recent Blue to join the CFL ranks. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound linebacker was selected 46th overall by the Alouettes in the 2018 CFL draft last month. The London, Ont., native ranked second on the Blues with 48 tackles and led the squad with two forced fumbles in 2017. Story Links As a Varsity Blue, Noel led all OUA and U SPORTS players with 8.2 receptions and 126.3 yards per game. He also caught 49 passes for 758 yards – in both of these categories, he ranked second in the province having played in only 6-of-8 games in the 2014 season. DJ Sackey – Toronto ArgonautsVarsity Blues Football (2012, 2014-15) Three of those alumni will square off as the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders do battle on Friday night in Regina. Everton Williams – Hamilton Ti-CatsVarsity Blues Football (2010-14) While at U of T, Sackey dressed and started all eight games for the Blues in 2015 and 2016.last_img read more

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Boy dies, brother ‘brain dead’ after suspected water poisoning

first_imgThe death of a nine-year-old boy from the village of Kako, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and the hopeless condition of his 11-year-old brother who was said to be brain dead has caused alarm in the small community and has left health officials baffled, said Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonNorton, at an emergency press briefing, stated that health officials were concerned by the situation and also baffled by the circumstances surrounding the death of the child. He stated that while the situation was not linked to meningitis as reported in some sections of the media, it has been determined that it was linked to encephalopathy (brain damage).Tests were conducted by local medical officials, while other samples were sent to Trinidad and Tobago for further evaluation. According to Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle, those results will be back by the end of this week.She indicated that the origin of the illness suffered by the boys was unknown, but the symptoms pointed to a toxin. However, he was quick to state that it was not linked to any mining activity in the area.Notably, mining takes place about half a mile from the village. “Kako is in the Kako River about half a mile from the Kako River mouth…mining is in the Mazaruni River not in Kako. The fact that you have mining in and around the area, there is no reason to associate death to mining activity,” Dr Boyle said.She stated that when the child died and his brother fell ill, the community became alarmed and 39 children were taken to the village of Karamarang for treatment after they started experiencing a running nose and cough.“The community health worker thought it best to get children from Kako to Kamarang where two doctors are stationed…even though they were not advised by the Doctor to do so, but Doctors evaluated and found that of 39 children, five had elevated temperatures, and most others had a common cold and cough.”“None of them had symptoms similar to the two brothers. They were all treated and sent back to their village,” Dr Norton added.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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5K challenges kids to stay fit, be healthy

first_imgAn estimated 38 percent of California children ages9 to11 are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, which puts them at risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. “You’ll get diabetes,” said Thomas Pe a, 13, of Northridge. “You’ll have to take shots every day.” Participating schools may be eligible for a physical education grant from the foundation. To ensure a healthy lifestyle, people have to start young, said Dan Witt, one of several physical education teachers from Northridge who chaperoned more than 120 middle-school students to the event. “The habits they develop now will carry through their lifetime,” he said. “A healthy lifestyle now will carry over when they’re older. PASADENA – For Myrka Martinez, regular exercise is the path to staying fit and the means to a long life – even if it means rising early on a chilly Saturday morning to participate in the annual Kids Fitness Challenge. PHOTO GALLERY: Kids Fitness Challenge “You can see history,” said Myrka, 12, a student from Northridge Middle School who joined the 5K run around the Rose Bowl. “When you’re older, you can tell your grandchildren what was there before.” The 3.1-mile event, organized by the Kids Fitness Challenge Foundation, drew more than 10,000 children, parents and teachers to rally today’s youth to live healthy lives. “Events like this are very helpful to show the kids exercise can be fun and beneficial.” But more importantly, nobody wants to be the slow kid. “You look at someone, and they don’t exercise enough, they look pale,” said Ali Jimenez, 11, of Northridge. Bronte Burnette, 11, said she enjoys reading but is not above going to the gym for the treadmill or to scale the climbing wall. “I can read books while I’m working out,” said Bronte, a student at Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. After a mass stretch-out, the kids were off and running. Ali and Thomas were back at the starting point within 30 minutes. “It was OK,” Thomas said. “I did it last year. The last time I did it, it was tiring. I didn’t have the experience.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool defender makes U-turn and looks set to sign new contract

first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure looks set to stay at Anfield.The former Ivory Coast international, whose contract expires next month, is likely to agree a new 12-month deal having initially appeared likely to leave for a lucrative move overseas.However, the 34-year-old is keen to finish his career in England and wants to stay at Liverpool.“I think the situation will be resolved soon. We are talking. There are few things more but we will see,” he told Press Association Sport.“Liverpool is a great club for me to stay at. Liverpool is going to be massive.“I love Premier League football and I played all my years here and if I can finish here (Liverpool) it would be great.“My kids go to school here and they are half-English and that is important as well.“I play for Liverpool right now and I am very happy and if it was to carry on, I’d be more than happy.” 1 Kolo Toure last_img read more

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West Ham set for shock £8m deal for Liverpool forward

first_img Fabio Borini 1 Fabio Borini is expected to join West Ham in an £8million deal.The Italian striker became Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at Anfield when he moved to Merseyside from Roma in 2012 for a fee of around £10.5m.But he has been a huge disappointment, scoring just three goals in 38 appearances, and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Rodgers.Now West Ham are reportedly close to clinching a deal for the 24-year-old, who has been capped once by Italy.The Hammers board have given new boss Slaven Bilic a heatlthy transfer fund and he wants Borini as part of a new-look attack after landing Marseille winger Dimitri Payet in a £10.5m deal.last_img read more

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Chris Humphrey feels responsibility to help earn Hibs promotion

first_img“Every player in this dressing room feels that too.“They have done fantastically well so far but now is the time to kick on and I think that a win [on Friday night] will show the rest of the league that we are not messing about.”Humphrey has been deployed in a variety of roles – from right back to forward – at Preston but he said the Hibs fans can expect to see a similar style of player from the one who made a big impact during his four years at the Steelmen.He said: “I’m just older and wiser; my game is still the same as it always was at Motherwell.“Hopefully I will get a chance to show them that [against Dundee United].“I like to run at defenders and get balls in the box and I am looking forward to hopefully exciting the crowd and getting the win.” “To see two big clubs not in it, you can’t get your head round it.“But it happens in all countries. Down south you have teams like Aston Villa and others who are down in the Championship.“It happens, so we have to try our very best to get back up.”Asked if he felt a responsibility to get the Easter Road club back to the Premiership after a three season absence, Humphrey said: “Definitely – I wouldn’t have signed if I didn’t feel that way. Chris Humphrey has admitted he cannot get his head around Hibernian playing outside the Scottish Premiership, after returning north of the border following three years in England.The 29-year-old winger was signed on loan from Preston North End until the end of the season and is in line to make his debut against Dundee United on Friday night.When Humphrey left Fir Park for Deepdale in 2013 both of the Championship title challengers were still playing in the top tier.The Jamaica international said: “It is strange – when I was up at Motherwell everyone was in the top league.last_img read more

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SA phases in African language learning

first_img31 May 2013 The Cabinet this week welcomed the Department of Education’s move to start phasing in the learning of an African language at South Africa’s schools, saying it would go a long way towards promoting social cohesion and nation-building. The department recently announced it was preparing for the introduction of African languages as an additional language subject at all schools in 2014 by phasing it in in selected schools in each province this year. The implementation will require that all learners complete Grade 9 having learnt an African language for at least one phase. “All schools that do not have an African language as a language in their school language policy at all, will introduce incrementally from 2014 in Grade R and 1, the learning of an African language as another first additional language,” the department said in a statement. In schools where learners are already studying one African language and either English or Afrikaans, learners will learn another African language in Grade R and 1 in 2014. According to the department, the language selections made by school governing bodies often failed to promote the African languages of learners, forcing them to learn English and Afrikaans instead. “For our learners who do not speak an African language, many are still leaving the schooling system having never been taught an African language. “This must have huge implications for the constitutional and social goal of promoting social cohesion and nation-building in all our citizens.” Speaking at a post-Cabinet media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the government encouraged all South Africans to learn an indigenous language, as this would promote multilingualism and foster nation-building. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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5 News Aggregation Methods Compared

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 News is delivered in many different ways via the Internet. With so many blogs and news sites, it is sometimes hard to keep up and know if you’re really getting all the day’s top headlines. That’s where content aggregation comes into play. Aggregators are sites specifically designed to bring multiple news sources together and repackage them in a more convenient form. These sites make it possible to track and digest the day’s top news with minimal effort. But there is more than one method of aggregation, so which is right for you?Below, I will take a look at five different techniques for aggregating the day’s top news: Single Stream Aggregation, Single Page Aggregation, Meme Aggregation, People Powered Aggregation, and Edited Aggregation. For this round up I will use only sports-related sites.Single Stream Aggregation Single stream aggregation, like SportSpyder takes multiple sources and combines them into a single stream. This is a great method for tracking more than one feed and keeping on top of breaking news. SportSpyder itself aggregates from a large number of varied sports news sources and filters them by team or player. The site also lets users create custom mashup feeds of news for multiple teams.I use SportSpyer indirectly through a module on my MyYahoo! page to track Yankees team news. And while it certainly reports on-topic news from various papers and blogs well, there is one major drawback to this model: duplicates. Because a single stream aggregator simply mashes up a single stream from multiple feeds, there will often be duplicate stories reported from more than one source. Currently in my stream, for example, I have 3 or 4 different stories about Phil Hughes’ rehab start from different sources.Single Page Aggregation A single page aggregator puts headlines from more than one source onto a single page. Sport Snipe, for example, lists 22 sources on its main headlines page (and also includes specialized areas by sport). Singe page aggregators keep feeds separate and let you sort out the news. These are basically simple RSS readers, and the benefit is that you get a lot of sources on a single, convenient page. However, that’s also the drawback. This method of aggregation puts a lot of information on the page at once and it can be overwhelming.Meme Aggregation Meme aggregation attempts to cut down on the signal to noise ratio by figuring out what is the most talked about news (and thus, hopefully, the most important). Megite Sports is a good example of a meme aggregator. The day’s news is distilled down into the top 20 stories based on what is being linked to. (Note that Google News is similar, but relies less on linking and likely more on keyword analysis and comparison to group stories into memes.) Gabe Rivera’s BallBug is another example – it is similar to the tech news favorite Techmeme, but focused on baseball.This is a great way to get a quick glimpse at what are very likely the top stories of the day. The biggest problem with this method is that it is not always super fast at catching breaking news. Meme aggregators will only update with new memes as fast as bloggers and news writers can create them — in other words, breaking news won’t be noticed until enough people are talking about it.People Powered AggregationYardbarker is an example of a sports-themed people powered aggregator — which of course means a digg-clone for sports. People powered aggregation decides the top news by letting people submit and vote on stories. These sites are great for finding interesting and often overlooked content, and the biggest stories will usually get play fairly quickly after they break, but people powered aggregation is generally not great at reporting the day’s news. The crowd can be fickle, and a lot of times selections on these sites seem random, if entertaining.Edited Aggregation Edited aggregation, like Yahoo! Sports News combines news from trusted sources and is vetted by human editors. Yahoo! for example, takes news from the wires — the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, and PA SportsTicker, among others — and aggregates them into a single stream. Editors keep duplicates to a minimum and decide which stories are the most important to be listed as top headlines on the main sports page.The benefit to edited aggregation is that the signal to noise ratio is great, and you don’t have to do much sifting to find the top news. The drawback, of course, is that you are getting your news through a filter based on the opinions of a few people.ConclusionSo which is the best? It’s really very difficult to say. Each method above has both positive and negative characteristics. The best solution will be the one that you think gives you the best headlines according to your tastes and needs. That very likely could include more than one of the above types of aggregators.center_img Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Video: Alleged Serial Tool Thief Who Is Sought by PD

first_imgOfficers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are hoping members of the community can help them find a man accused of repeatedly stealing from home improvement stores in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.Officer Blake Page from the CMPD spoke to WBTV about the investigation in an interview Tuesday. “I’m here to really ask the community for help,” explained Page. “There’s a guy by the name of Aaron Bradley. He’s 32 years old and he’s got a problem with stealing stuff from home improvement stores.”Page said that on several different occasions store surveillance cameras have recorded Aaron Bradley walking into businesses, taking items, and walking out without paying. The suspect has not tried to conceal his identity during the thefts.- Sponsor – “Most of the time, people take stuff, and conceal it before they walk out of the store. No, this guy is carrying boxes, boxes in both arms before he walks out of the store,” said Page.Surveillance footage from one recent theft shows a man believed to be Bradley walking into a Home Depot off South Blvd in Charlotte. The video shows Bradley walk down an aisle, pick up an item and walk out of the store without paying for the item.“He’s done it 12 times as far as we know. He could be continuing to do it now and until we are able to arrest him and take him to jail, he might keep doing it,” said Page… WBTV3 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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How to Delete Facebook Applications (and Why You Should)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Features#How To#NYT#privacy#security#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img At Facebook’s f8 conference, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was removing restrictions on user data retention within Facebook applications. Previously, the company had a policy where developers couldn’t “store and cache any data for more than 24 hours,” Zuckerberg said while speaking to the audience of Facebook developers crowded into the San Francisco Design Center on Wednesday. “We’re going to go ahead and…get rid of that policy,” he said. The audience cheered. But should Facebook end users cheer this news, too?The Change is for Developers, “No Effect” on End Users?For developers, the removal of this technical limitation is great news. Apps had to constantly connect to Facebook’s servers in order to refresh their data. Application load speeds were also affected as the apps would have to do this server pinging process upon first launch. Now the data the apps need will already be there – a change that may even result in noticeable performance gains for the end users of the applications. Yes, Facebook Apps Have Your DataThe new policy, however, brings to light something that your average Facebook user may not have ever known at all: Facebook applications access your personal data. We’ve looked at this issue before (see: “What Facebook Quizzes Know About You“) after the ACLU put together an awareness campaign surrounding the privacy issues of Facebook applications. Using a sample app, the ACLU’s Facebook Quiz, many everyday Facebook users were shocked to find that applications (like quizzes) could access almost everything on a user profile, including hometown, groups you belong to, events attended, favorite books, and more. What’s worse is that your profile information becomes available to developers when your friends take the same quiz. Why the Policy Change is Riskier Than It AppearsOn its own, the new data retention policy doesn’t change how developers can use the data they store. In fact, for some developers, it won’t change much of anything at all – many simply ignored Facebook’s rules about data retention in the past. Even with the change, it’s just business as usual for those developers and their apps.That said, the indefinite storage now permitted is concerning for a few reasons. As security engineer Joey Tyson points out on his blog, a site where he has detailed numerous hacks and security holes for Facebook, Google and more, the change makes Facebook apps “far more valuable targets for attackers.” A popular application’s database could be filled with literally millions of users’ personal details (Facebook now touts 400 million users and Facebook’s most popular app, Farmville, for instance, boasts over 81 million users). If such a database was targeted for attack, the payload for hackers could be incredible. In addition, Tyson explains, opportunities for behavioral targeting and visitor tracking are increased since developers can now maintain complete archives of profile information. It’s also worth noting, as tech blog VentureBeat points out, it’s impossible for Facebook to know about how application developers are using the data they collect. If a developer chooses to use that data in ways that are misleading, malicious or that break the company’s terms of agreement, Facebook may not be aware. With 500,000 supported applications, Facebook just doesn’t have the resources to police the apps they house. How to Remove Facebook ApplicationsTo the end user, these changes may sound overwhelming and even scary. But there is something very easy everyone can do to minimize their risk and that’s delete the Facebook applications you no longer use. The process of doing so is incredibly simple. After signing into Facebook, do the following:Click on “Account” at the top-right of the screen.Click “Application Settings”Change the “Show” drop-down box to “Authorized.” This will show all the applications you’ve ever given permission to. In the resulting list, click the “X” button on the far right next to each app you want to remove to delete it. On the pop-up box that appears, click “Remove” then click “Okay” on the next box confirming the app was deleted.Repeat this process to remove all the apps you no longer use on a regular basis. Doing this won’t eliminate risk entirely – nothing can do that – but it’s a good first step in reducing risk. However, as long as you have a Facebook account, your data won’t be private. If true privacy is really a concern for you, it may be time to find that account delete button instead. (Hint: it’s under “Account Settings.”)Join the ReadWriteWeb Page on Facebook sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more