Investissements sains dans les communautés et les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien

first_imgLes élèves des écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pourront profiter d’un plus grand nombre de choix alimentaires sains et d’occasions de faire de l’activité physique grâce à un investissement de 12 500 $ de la province. Cette subvention a été offerte au CSAP afin d’aider les écoles à devenir des écoles pour la promotion de la santé. « L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé constitue un parfait exemple de collaboration pour assurer la santé de nos enfants dans leur communauté scolaire », a déclaré le ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, Barry Barnet. « Cette subvention permet la mise en oeuvre de ce programme dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. » L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé inclut toute une gamme de programmes, d’activités et de services qui ont lieu dans les communautés scolaires. L’initiative vise non seulement à améliorer la santé de chaque élève, mais également à rendre plus sains les endroits où les enfants vivent et apprennent. Des recherches démontrent que la combinaison d’une alimentation saine et de l’activité physique est la meilleure façon de promouvoir un style de vie sain. Les écoles sont reconnues comme des environnements idéaux pour promouvoir l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique. Grâce à cette subvention, le CSAP prévoit créer des équipes de santé dans chaque école. Ces équipes seront formées d’enseignants, de parents, d’élèves et de membres de la communauté. Elles détermineront les besoins en matière de santé des écoles et établiront des objectifs précis pour promouvoir davantage la santé auprès des élèves. « Nous espérons que grâce à cette subvention, tout le monde apprendra à connaître les avantages d’un style de vie sain », a affirmé Lori Ann Comeau, enseignante-facilitatrice des jeunes apprenants actifs et en santé du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. « Un plus grand intérêt a été créé par Promotion de la santé, et les enseignants et le personnel sont motivés à transmettre cet intérêt aux élèves. » Le responsable de l’animation sportive et le consultant en matière de style de vie sain du CSAP travailleront en collaboration pour appuyer la mise en oeuvre des nouveaux programmes et des nouvelles activités. Ils travailleront également avec de nombreux partenaires dans le domaine de la santé, y compris les nutritionnistes de la santé publique des régies régionales de la santé, dans le cadre de la stratégie Healthy Eating Nova Scotia. Les familles, les professionnels de la santé, les éducateurs, les écoles, les organismes communautaires et les jeunes doivent tous travailler ensemble pour réussir à créer une école pour la promotion de la santé. Des données récentes de Statistique Canada démontrent que 32 pour cent des enfants et des jeunes néo-écossais ont un excès de poids ou sont obèses, ce qui est supérieur à la moyenne nationale. Les avantages des écoles pour la promotion de la santé sont de grande envergure, que ce soit l’amélioration de la santé des élèves et des environnements scolaires ou encore l’amélioration de la réussite des élèves du point de vue de l’apprentissage. Les écoles qui font la promotion d’un style de vie sain peuvent également inciter les jeunes à prendre en compte leur santé, à être fiers de leur école et à prendre en charge les politiques scolaires.last_img read more

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Stone Wall Constructed at Highland Village

first_imgA new stone wall is being added to the traditional hebridean style blackhouse at Highland Village Museum this summer. The addition will be used to fence in livestock. Made of dry fieldstone and boulders, the stone wall is about one metre high and wide. Like the blackhouse, it is built in the traditional style of dry stonework. The fence connects directly to the blackhouse, allowing animals access to the byre, a part of the home that, at times, was used to house the animals. Stonemason John Urich, and builders Steve Griffiths and Sandy MacNeil, are constructing the wall. Originally from Austria, Mr. Urich has been doing masonry work since 1954. Over the years, he has done restoration work on various historic sites throughout Canada, including the Fortress of Louisbourg and Ben Breagh. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. For further information call 902-725-2272, e-mail , or visit the website at .last_img read more

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Incident Reported by Halifax Regional Police Under Investigation

first_imgThe province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident that happened early morning Sunday, July 22 in Halifax. At about 2:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police were called to assist staff at The Palace nightclub. As officers approached a group outside the club, a man fled and ran down Carmichael Street. As police chased him, the man fell and broke a bone in his arm. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, who has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 424-2010 or toll-free 1-855-450-2010. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. A referral does not necessarily require an allegation of wrongdoing on the part of the police. Its investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

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Austria Plans to Deport Moroccan Algerian Undocumented Migrants

By Jonathan Walsh,Rabat – Government ministers in Austria have announced in a report that they will now consider North African countries including Morocco and Algeria to be safe enough to deport migrants to. This comes in the wake of rising European skepticism towards the refugee crisis.The announcement is a clear shift in initiative, and comes as far right groups in Austria gain increasing levels of support in their opposition to the Liberal and Conservative coalition government. In a bid to limit the number of refugees in the country, the report also states that they will place a cap of 127,500 people seeking asylum until 2020, whilst aiming over the same four year period to deport 50,000.These numbers are in stark contrast to the reported 90,000 refugees Austria took in 2015 alone, and the government had already announced plans to take less than half of this number in 2016 (37,500).Austrian Interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner praised the new change of direction in a statement, saying that whilst Austria are “Among the countries with the most deportations” They will “Step up the pace and increase the upward trend,”Alongside these developments the report also states that Austria will increase the number of charter flights to repatriate failed applicants of refuge and give them around €500, as a financial incentive, should they accept deportationInterestingly, Austria’s change of heart also comes less than three weeks after it was reported by PRESS TV that the country has been receiving up to 200 migrants a day from neighboring Germany since the turn of the New Year.These recent revelations are a far cry from the initial message of hope for refugees sent out by European leaders in the region, and many will feel that now is the time for these leaders to show that they do have a long-term vision for the crisis and are not simply adapting to newly increasing pressures. read more

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TSX gains as metals and energy stocks surge on positive news from

TORONTO — Soaring metal and energy shares helped push Canada’s main stock index higher today, as commodity prices rose on global positive sentiment from China and OPEC.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 73.68 points to 15,202.37.The metals sector was the leading advancer, climbing nearly five per cent as the September copper contract gained 11 cents to US$2.85 a pound, hitting a five-month high.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.96 cents US, up. 0.04 of a U.S. cent.In New York, markets were back on their winning streak following better-than-expected earnings from corporate heavyweights McDonald’s and Caterpillar.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 100.26 points to 21,613.43. The S&P 500 index gained 7.22 points to 2,477.13 and the Nasdaq composite edged up 1.36 points to 6,412.17, both eclipsing record highs.In commodities, the September crude contract was up $1.55 to US$47.89 per barrel and the September natural gas contract advanced five cents to US$2.93 per mmBTU. The August gold contract was down $2.20 to US$1,252.10 an ounce. read more

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Ban warns against cuts in development aid to finance response to refugee

“As we strive to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secretary-General encourages all governments to enhance international development assistance,” he said in a statement issued through his spokesperson.The statement comes ahead of this weekend’s summit of major economies of the world at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, where the UN chief will attend working sessions with the world leaders gathered, including on development.“With the world facing the largest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War, the Secretary-General calls on the international community to meet this immense challenge without lessening its commitment to vitally needed official development assistance,” the statement said.Mr. Ban’s statement underscored the importance of fully funding both efforts to care for refugees and asylum-seekers as well as longer-term development initiatives.“Resources for one area should not come at the expense of another,” the statement said. “Redirecting critical funding away from development aid at this pivotal time could perpetuate challenges that the global community has committed to address.”Furthermore, he said, “Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive and will cause a vicious circle detrimental to health, education and opportunities for a better life at home for millions of vulnerable people in every corner of the world.”“Helping people in need should not be a zero-sum game,” he said.Earlier this week, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, had appealed to humanitarian and development stakeholders that developmental responses which aim to build the resilience of people and communities are needed alongside humanitarian responses in responding to crises in Syria and elsewhere like Yemen and Libya. read more

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Roadblocked Wichita State denies Ohio State Final 4

LOS ANGELES – The comeback fell short and so did Ohio State. After desperately whittling down a 20-point lead in the waning minutes of its Elite Eight bout against Wichita State, an exceptionally poor half of basketball ultimately and abruptly ended an 11-game winning streak and the Buckeyes’ season. With its dreams of returning to the Final Four left to fester in the Los Angeles sun, No. 2-seeded OSU watched its NCAA Tournament run collapse as the Shockers toppled them, 70-66, at the Staples Center Saturday evening. No. 9 Wichita State jumped OSU early, laying the foundation for a steady cushion that would force coach Thad Matta’s squad to play from behind for nearly 34 of 40 minutes of play. OSU cut the deficit to just three points with 2:49 to play, but it was too little too late for a Buckeyes squad that appeared overwhelmed from the game’s start. In a dizzyingly woeful outing, OSU shot 31 percent and, more miserably, connected on just 5 of 25 tries from 3-point range in its first loss since Feb. 17. “I thought we had some pretty good looks – they just weren’t going down for us,” Matta said in a somber Buckeye locker room following the game. “It’s been a great season for this basketball team. It never ends the way you want it to, but I love the fact of what this team was able to accomplish in terms of sitting at 18-7 (on Feb. 17) and finishing 29-8. They hit their stride at the right time.” But against Wichita State, OSU finally stumbled. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 23 points but struggled to do so. Thomas made just 8 of 20 attempts in addition to missing all six of his shots from behind the arc. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 19 points, but he too found a well-glued Wichita State defense to be problematic. So did the rest of OSU. “Those are shots you have to make – that we’ve been making in this tournament, that we’ve been making in the Big Ten. Guys had good looks,” Matta said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t go down. And a lot of times that becomes contagious. A guy hits one, another guy hits one, things kind of pick for you. It just didn’t happen tonight.” In a first-half performance worthy of elimination, the Buckeyes clanked and clunked their way to 24 percent shooting and found themselves down by as many as 13. Namely, Thomas, a beacon of scoring consistency for OSU, found it difficult to connect on much of anything early. The Big Ten’s leading scorer mustered nine points on 4 of 13 shooting and 0-for-5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. “(It was) very frustrating, very, very frustrating,” Thomas said. The recent development of scoring accomplices like Ross and junior guard Aaron Craft were missing, too. The two combined for seven points on 2 of 11 shooting in the game’s first act. Also nowhere to be found was the swagger that often comes with a team playing for a chance at venturing back to college basketball’s mecca. On the boards, the Buckeyes (29-8) were outmuscled, 27-17, in the first. Any attempt to puncture the Shockers’ interior defense, headed by senior forward Carl Hall, who finished with six blocks, was rendered futile. Admittedly, OSU players have said they’re at their best when playing in transition. But against Wichita State (30-8), such movement was non-existent in the first period as the Buckeyes failed to score a single point off fast breaks. “The funny thing about it, I looked at the box scores, we didn’t have no fast break points,” Thomas said. “You ain’t got no fast break points, you can’t (get them to turn the ball over) and you’re shooting 24 percent. It’s hard to win in the Elite Eight.” They went into the half down, 35-22. Matta said his message in the locker room during intermission was simple. “We talked about it at halftime, let’s just cut (the lead) under 10 in the first four minutes,” he said. “We got off to a not-so-good start in the second half and it got kind of deep.” Deep as in the worst deficit OSU had faced since its lost to Wisconsin in Madison more than a month earlier. The shooting woes continued. So did the inability to attack the basket and – perhaps more importantly – defend its own. Time and again, Wichita State gashed OSU’s interior defense for the type of layups you might see during shootaround before the game. On the other end, Hall defended the rim and refused the advances of Craft, among others. “They played Big Ten defense, that’s what you see in the Big Ten,” Matta said. “It’s a loaded box and what you have to do is be able to knock a couple shots down and get some points in transition. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either today.” Thomas said the Shockers’ defense reminded him of a particular conference foe. “They packed it real well. They was physical. That was a physical team. They reminded me of a Michigan State a little bit in the Big Ten. They was physical, they had shot blockers. They packed it in, they dared us to shoot the 3,” he said. For most of the contest, it worked. But Behind Ross and Thomas, though, the Buckeyes would rally and cut the hole to eight points with 3:55 to play. “We was down like that against Michigan State in the first half, like 12 or 13 points. When we dug ourselves (in a hole), we came back. And we tried to do that this game,” Thomas said. While the momentum continued and brought fans clad in scarlet and gray to their feet, it would inevitably come to a halt against a Shockers squad that remained posed down the stretch. Sophomore forward Shannon Scott hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-59 with 2:49 remaining, but Wichita State sophomore guard Tekele Cotton answered with a gut-punch 3-pointer to again extend the Shockers’ lead. After a layup by Thomas on the ensuing possession, Shockers freshman guard Fred VanVleet’s jumper would make it 67-61 with a minute to play. While the Buckeyes heaved desperate shots in the game’s final 60 seconds, it was ultimately too little, too late against a Wichita State squad on the cusp of reaching its first Final Four since 1965. In his last game, OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel said had his team put the pieces together Saturday, it might’ve been a different story. “If we played a complete game of basketball today,” he said, “we would definitely would be going out to Atlanta.” Instead, the Buckeyes will travel about 2,250 miles back to Columbus. read more

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Poll Most NFL Players Would Accept a Gay Teammate

After Missouri’s Michael Sam revealed he is the first openly gay NFL prospect, NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine combined to conduct an anonymous survey last week that indicated most players would have few objections to a gay teammate.Fifty-one players, almost an entire team roster, responded to four true-false questions. Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.Forty-four players said a teammate’s sexual orientation didn’t matter to them, and 39 said they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate. But 32 players said they had teammates or coaches who used homophobic slurs last season, and when asked whether an openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room, just 25 players said yes; 21 said no; while five declined to answer.One concern for players appeared to be learning how they could relate to a teammate they knew was gay, and whether they would need to behave any differently around him.According to one starting receiver, “Whoever takes [Sam in the draft] should have an open talk at the beginning of camp, where everybody can ask what he’s comfortable with, what offends him, what boundaries there should be. When it comes to race, people already know the boundaries, to a certain extent. But I don’t think football players are overly familiar with what can and can’t be said around a gay person.”Sam, who announced he is homosexual on Feb. 9, said his Missouri teammates rallied around him last season after he revealed his sexual orientation to them.“I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester,” he said in the interview on ESPN.But one NFL starting tight end, who believes Sam will encounter some difficulties in the league, said: “There is a little more of a family environment in college. It was more like having brothers. In the NFL, you have friends, but it’s a more work-oriented environment. I hope guys can be professional and respect who he is and leave his personal life out of it.”Sam, who was co-SEC defensive player of the year last season, is expected to be drafted between the third and fifth rounds in May. He had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, leading the SEC in both categories. read more

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Tawny owls having a hoot as park chick hints at revival

A baby was spotted in the Royal parks for the first time in more than a decade Tawnies Experts suggested a 30pc decline in tawny numbers was being caused by light pollution and urbanisation Credit:Paula Redmond Tawny owls are stocky, medium-sized birds, equivalent in shape to the common woodpigeon, which are usually seen in woodland as well as urban parks and suburban gardens.Their trademark “twit-twoo”  is a combination of the female call, described as a “kewick” sound, and the male’s response, a long and wavering hoot. Royal Parks officials suspect sightings of the nocturnal birds will become more commonplace with callings heard more frequently over the past 18 months.Paul Stancliffe, from the British Trust for Ornithology, said: “It is great to hear that Tawny Owls are once again breeding in The Royal Parks after an absence of more than a decade. “Hopefully, when we crunch the numbers from this winter’s Tawny Owl survey we will see this reflected elsewhere in the country, and a welcome upturn in this beautiful owl’s fortunes.”  “We don’t know if there are more youngsters or where they’ve bred but it may well be that our longer grass areas and meadows are encouraging them by providing habitat for small mammals as food source,” he added. Tawny owls are making a comeback, wildlife experts hope after a baby was spotted in the Royal parks for the first time in more than a decade. The last official survey carried out in 2005 estimated there were around 50,000 tawny owls across Britain but experts said evidence suggested numbers had fallen by 30 per cent.Concern peaked last September when the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) took the step of issuing an appeal for people to dedicate 20 minutes a week to listen out for the owl’s “twit-twoo” call.The unusual move came amid growing fears the hoot could be lost for good with light pollution and urbanisation credited as driving the demise.However, the species is now said to be flourishing across London’s Royal Parks. On Tuesday, gardeners found a baby owl perched on a tractor in St James’s Park, marking the first discovery of its kind in the grounds in 12 years. Mark Wasilewski, St James’s Park Manager, said: “Our gardeners were delighted to discover a baby tawny owl sat on their tractor, right in the centre of London. “The last time we were aware of any breeding of these birds in St James’s Park was about 12 years ago when we observed four youngsters perched on a branch, although we don’t know where they bred.” A baby was spotted in the Royal parks for the first time in more than a decade The conservation status of the tawny owl changed from green to amber last yearCredit:Paula Redmond 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. The conservation status of the tawny owl changed from green to amber last year, signalling a growing concern for the species.The Tawny Owl Calling Survey, which is running again this year until 31 March, is hoped to help researchers locate where the birds are and to pinpoint the areas where the species was missing. An RSPB Spokesperson said:“It’s brilliant to hear that tawny owls are breeding again in St. James’s Park. It just goes to show how important our urban green spaces are for both wildlife and people.” Tawny owl The baby tawny owl we found in St James’s Park earlier this week enjoying some winter sun. We’ve since seen two adults and two youngsters, fantastic news!— Royal Parks (@theroyalparks) February 28, 2019 read more

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CHPA commences sensitization programs with municipalities

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) today commenced what it said is the beginning of a much-needed sensitisation program with municipalities on the rules that govern building regulations.Germene Stewart, CH&PA’s Chief Development PlannerAccording to DPI, the first session was held this morning at the Regency Suites in Georgetown. CH&PA said the local authority areas need to be aware of the functions and responsibilities that were delegated to the them in this regard.The outreach was aimed at building a stronger inter-agency relationship with all local authority areas. According to the CH&PA, there is need for clarity and collaboration between the housing authority and municipalities on the issues relating to building laws.Some of these include unauthorized developers-businesses and large residential buildings that are constructed without guidance and permission by the relevant authority.CH&PA’s Chief Development Planner Germene Stewart said: “Sometimes it is not within the building regulations for example setback instances; a lot of persons complaining, people building too close to the boundary lines, they are putting in sheds, water getting into the light, privacy and those things. Those are the issues.”These issues affect persons across Guyana. According to Senior Planning Officer Fayola Azore, the CH&PA believes that if it can reach and educate the major players within the local organs, the issues can be nipped in the bud.Apart from the actual building of structures, persons also need to consider some other things, that, if not observed could be deemed a contravention. These include persons building at locations that are unsuitable for a particular business and even playing loud music in similar communities.The CH&PA said it will first serve a contravention notice. The relevant persons are then given a 28 day grace period , before they are taken before the court. The actual fine is very minimal, the CH&PA, however, there are plans to increase it.The CH&PA hopes to take its outreach to the 10 administrative regions to meet with Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDC’s), DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCH&PA says thousands to benefit from home constructions with IDB loanOctober 4, 2018In “Business”Poor home owners to get subsidies for home improvements- CH&PAOctober 30, 2018In “latest news”Pastor replaces Green as chair of new CH&PA Board of DirectorsMarch 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Is this Sony laptop the Daisy Chromebook

first_imgIn a move that is sure to cause increased platform confusion but ultimately be better for everyone, Google has added ARM support to Chrome OS.In a recent FCC filing, Sony revealed their intent to release a VAIO-branded laptop running Chrome OS. The laptop will join Samsung and Acer’s attempts in the Chrome OS space, but with one critical difference: the Sony Chromebook will sport an Arm Cortex A9 processor, instead of the Intel Atom processor we’ve seen from other OEMs. Now, as the lines blur even further between Chrome OS and Android with Chrome, where does a laptop like this fit in?According to the filing, the new Chromebook has an 11.6-inch display, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, an HDMI output, and SD card slot. Basically, all the trimmings you’d expect from a Chromebook, plus Bluetooth. The other way to look at it, is that this has everything an 11.6-inch tablet with a keyboard dock would have, minus the functionality of the Android OS.To add to the confusion, the FCC filing doesn’t give a terribly specific description of the processor, on that it is a “T25” which could be a Nvidia Tegra 250 T25. Will we also see a Chrome OS “Tegra Zone” with games optimized for this particular Chromebook?This filing comes in right behind some news that popped up in the Chrome OS world as Thomas Taschauer discovered a reference to a new device type in the Chromium OS issue tracker. The mentions of the product, which had been codenamed “Daisy”, referenced a device sporting an ARM processor onboard. The bug report mentions that there is no config file for that device, and that the person filing the report uses the SMDK 5250 config file. Now, the SMDK 5250 is actually a Samsung Exynos processor, which is also a Cortex A9 chip. There’s no confirmation that “Daisy” is this Sony VAIO Chromebook, but if it isn’t then there appears to be more than one ARM-based Chrome OS device on the way.It would make the most sense to assume that we’ll see something like this Sony VAIO Chromebook announced at Google I/O, alongside the UI refresh that is currently being tested. The current iteration of the Chrome OS UI forces the browser into a full screen experience all the time, where the web page is all there is to the OS. The latest update, with the Aura window manager, will allow for various page sizes and a more layered windows experience, similar to OS’ everyone is more familiar with. If this Chrome OS reboot is to go down at I/O this year, the biggest question about the life of the platform still remains: how will this experience be different or better than Chrome for Android?In case you need a refresher course, the biggest selling point to a Chromebook is the total lack of effort needed to maintain them. Chrome is famous for being able to perform most updates in the background, and with no need for regular maintenance items like antivirus or disk maintenance, the OS has the ability to offer many less technical people a way to experience using the internet without frustration. Unfortunately, this selling point hasn’t been enough to see them flying off the shelves, due mostly to a lack of in-store appearances and the lack of education at the point of sale. The best case for adoption that has been seen so far are places like Virgin Air, who offer a Chromebook experience and free WiFi during certain flights. At that point the user has time to spend with the device and walk away with an understanding of how it is different.via Ars and Liliputinglast_img read more

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SpaceXs Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop Test

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on target SpaceX’s silver Starhopper prototype could complete its biggest hop test this weekend, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.Starhopper, which is an early prototype for SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft, has completed a couple of tests so far. According to Musk, the Starhopper’s next challenge will be to fly roughly 650 feet off the ground. Musk recently tweeted that the prototype’s next major hop could take place on Aug. 16, Aug. 17, or Aug. 18, as long as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives SpaceX permission to conduct the test flight.Just spoke with FAA, so hopefully yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2019On July 25, SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype completed its first untethered hop test at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility. At the site, the Starhopper fired up its single Raptor engine and conducted a straight hop 65 feet up and down without any issues, reported.Drone cam— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019SpaceX is also working on two orbital Starship prototypes, Mk1, which is being built at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility, and Mk2, which is being constructed in Florida. On Thursday, Musk tweeted an update on Mk1’s progress, which showed four photos of the nine-meter dome rotation that’s being prepared to be placed on the stainless steel frame of the Starship prototype vehicle. Mk1 also featured a “windbreak,” which is used to protect the prototype from Texas winds.Just left Starship Texas build site. Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made! Pics are of 9m dome rotation & Starship airframe behind windbreak.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2019Mk1 and Mk2 will have a different design and layout from the Starhopper. Both orbital prototypes will have at least three Raptor engines that are made to reach orbit, unlike the Starhopper, which only has one Raptor engine.Following testing, SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy rocket could be ready for a flight in 2021, according to SpaceX officials. While the first few missions are expected to launch commercial communications satellites, passenger flights could soon follow after that.More on’s Starhopper Prototype Completes First Free-Flying Test HopSpaceX Makes Progress on Starship Prototype DesignSpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Survives Rigorous Static-Fire Test in Texaslast_img read more

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Transient man held on 150K bail in 2017 rape case

first_imgA transient man who allegedly attacked and raped a woman who was walking to her mother’s residence in February 2017 made a first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court.Damdee Soungpanya, 39, whose last known address was in Spokane, appeared on a warrant for second-degree rape. He entered a not-guilty plea, and a trial date was set for Dec. 17. Judge John Fairgrieve set Soungpanya’s bail at $150,000.On Feb. 18, 2017, the victim was intoxicated and walking to her mother’s residence when a man hit her from behind and sexually assaulted her, she said. The victim did not know the assailant, she said, and told him “no” as he assaulted her. She said she didn’t have a clear recollection of the assault, according to an affidavit of probable cause.However, the victim participated in a sexual assault exam, which resulted in DNA being matched to Soungpanya, the affidavit states.Court records show Soungpanya has criminal convictions in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Utah.He has pending criminal cases in Idaho and Spokane for possession of a controlled substance and second-degree assault, respectively. Both cases are from earlier this year.last_img read more

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Monetizing Digital Editions

first_imgItem Publications—which has partnered with Nxtbook to produce the digital editions (U.S. and Japan) of its engineering market Interface Technology magazine—charges its U.S. digital edition advertisers 12 percent of what it would cost to run an equivalent ad in the print edition, vice president Graham Kilshaw says.“The key is to package digital ads with print and price them in a simple way for your customers to buy,” he says. “This has worked for us and we currently have 66 percent penetration of our print customers also buying the digital edition.” As of late 2008, Item’s revenues from its digital editions were about $150,000, or approximately 10 percent of overall revenue. In 2009, Kilshaw says he hopes to build revenue from digital editions by roughly 10 percent.Earlier this year, Terrence O’Hanlon, publisher of industrial maintenance and reliability portal, partnered with Nxtbook to launch a digital edition of his bi-monthly print magazine, Uptown. O’Hanlon also packages digital ad sales with print.“The Nxtbook format gave us the ability to add value to existing advertisements by increasing [circulation],” he says. “It also allowed us to sell the ‘sizzle’ of high tech features.” Those features include edition sponsorship (the ad displayed to the left of the cover upon loading), toolbar banner (which is included in RSS feeds and more recently the Liberty mobile platform for Kindle and smartphones), jolt ads (adding Flash animation to a print ad) direct response forms, tabs and video or audio insertion.While he declined to say how much revenue he’s been able to bring in from the digital edition, O’Hanlon says he has already sold nearly half of his 2009 ad programs and roughly 40 percent of his “every issue” publishers increased their ad spend between 10 percent and 20 percent on average.Charge the ReadersConsumer off road enthusiast publisher Hi-Torque Publications has taken the opposite sales strategy by targeting readers for revenue (Hi-Torque partnered with Zinio to digitize its Road Bike Action, Mountain Bike Action and Dirt Wheels magazines). “We don’t charge [print advertisers] additional fees to be in the digital issues,” Road Bike Action editor Brad Roe tells FOLIO:. “For the short term it is an added bonus for our advertisers and a way for us to grow circulation in a relatively cost-efficient way.”Hi-Torque charges users fees for a 12-month subscription or for individual issues (the same price as the print edition). According to Roe, Mountain Bike Action, Hi-Torque’s best selling digital edition, sold more than 3,000 digital issues ($4.99 for single issues and $14.99 for 12-month subscriptions) through November 2008.Next year, Hi-Torque is looking to offer advertisers a print/online/digital package for its coverage of the Tour de France. “In this economic climate, we want to make sure we are offering more than our competitors in both the editorial and advertising realms, and are working harder and more creatively to earn their business,” says Roe.Digital Editions: A Work in Progress?Despite some publishers having reasonable success monetizing their digital editions, others say they aren’t seeing the results they were hoping for.“We charge advertisers a fixed price, and I guess we’re doing reasonably well, but I’m honestly not sure the digital product has evolved to where it should be,” says one b-to-b publisher who has partnered with one of the major digital magazine vendors. While the publisher declined to say how much profit, if any, he’s been able to turn on his digital editions, he said he brings in “a couple thousand dollars” in sponsorships per issue. “Obviously, reader behavior patterns are different digitally than in print, but we’ve seen them go to the table of contents, search for a feature they want, read it and then maybe pass it along to one of their associates,” he says. “I’m not sure, at least for our markets, that our open rates, or our ad sales, are as good as we would like. The maturation of the product just isn’t there yet.”One possible explanation for lower advertiser engagement, according to Smart Media Sales president Josh Gordon, is because little is known about how well digital ads are performing. “Many media buyers do not understand the value of digital magazines as an advertising medium,” Gordon wrote in a recent blog post on “I believe this is because the basic research to measure the impact digital magazines have as a unique advertising medium has not been done.” From Texterity, to Nxtbook and Zinio, to others like Zmags, Advanced and iMirius, digital platform vendors have been cropping up left and right over the last few years. It’s no wonder. With consumer and b-to-b both realizing a precipitous decline in print ad pages through the first nine months this year, publishers are looking for new ways to monetize their editorial content. “Digital magazine editions are the natural and logical extension of paginated media for the successful future of the publishing industry,” says Bob Sacks, an industry consultant and frequent proponent of digital technology. “Magazines that have been designed [to be digital editions] are and can be brilliant, easy to read with no zooming of text and a comfortable and relaxing reading experience.”Most publishers acknowledge digital editions are a useful, cost-savings tool for serving readers, particularly international audiences, but one that has fallen short when it comes to actually generating revenue. Some include digital editions as value-adds, but as more publishers begin producing digital editions, the challenge is how to effectively monetize them. How do publishers convince advertisers to take the plunge? And with no such thing as a digital edition rate card, are publishers charging advertisers a flat rate or a rate based on impressions? Are they charging users registration or subscription fees?Package Digital Ads With Printlast_img read more

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The GoGos Head Over Heels Musical Eyes Broadway

first_imgNews Twitter Go-Go’s “Head Over Heels” Musical Eyes Broadway go-gos-head-over-heels-musical-eyes-broadway Facebook The Go-Go’s “Head Over Heels” Musical Eyes Broadway Based on the music of the popular ’80s girl group, producers hope to bring this musical to Broadway for the 2018–2019 seasonRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm The Go-Go’s got the beat, and now they’ve potentially got a musical heading to Broadway.Titled “Head Over Heels,” this new musical features music from the Go-Go’s’ classic catalog, including “We Got The Beat,” “Turn To You” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” among others. It has been described as a “rollicking, comedic adventure tale, set in the Elizabethan period” based on Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia.””Head Over Heels” premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this past summer and now it’s eyeing up a Broadway run for the 2018–2019 season. According to Playbill, they also have an out-of-town production scheduled for spring 2018, though additional details are currently unavailable.The musical’s libretto was written by Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”), adapted by James Magruder and directed by Michael Mayer (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”). Gwyenth Paltrow is reportedly attached as a producer, along with Rick Ferrari, Donovan Leitch and Christine Russell.Meat Loaf-Inspired “Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical” Has Super Fans Email last_img read more

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LIBRARY LINEUP Summer Bash With Food Trucks Live Music Set For August

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsSummer Bash *RRThursday, August 15, 5:30 pm – 7 pmLocation: Swain Green near 4th of July BuildingCelebrate the end of summer with an all-ages party on the Swain Green. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music of the Squeezebox Stompers – a unique mix of Cajun, Zydeco, Celtic, Country, blues, and jazz featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, saxophone bass, and drums. Dinner is available to purchase from the Fat Belly BBQ and 3rd Alarm Pizza food trucks. Enjoy children’s games and more!GPS Apps *RRTuesday, August 13, 10 amHitting the road this summer? Join us for an overview of GPS apps like Google Maps and Waze that can help you get where you to want to go. Bring your smartphone for hands-on experience.How to Tell Stories through Photography* RRTuesday, August 13, 7 pmA picture is worth a thousand words – are your photos speaking volumes? Join award-winning local photographer Lennie Malvone for a photography workshop to learn how to use your photos to tell a story. The class will cover composition, lighting, and tips for capturing a subject or landscape. The class will start with a short lecture inside before moving outdoors to photograph the Wilmington summer sunset, weather permitting. Smartphones, point-and-shoot, and DSLR cameras all welcome.Walk through the Delta — Blues Concert *RRThursday, August 15, 2:30 pmA Walk through the Delta is both an entertaining and educational overview of early 20th century southern music, primarily from the Black music of the day and its influence on the later jazz, rock music and even bluegrass. Songs are punctuated with foil humor while introducing the audience to the musical styles and key performers of this era. “Poor Howard” Stith has been performing 12-string barrelhouse blues for over forty years in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Joining “Poor Howard” is 40 year veteran harmonica player, Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers.Kids & Teen EventsRead to Thor *RRWednesday, August 14, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader. Grades K-3Cookin’ the Books: Back-to-School Brunch *RRSaturday, August 17, 11 amKick off the new school year by channeling your inner Iron Chef! Make a recipe from Bobby Flay’s Brunch at Bobby’s cookbook, and bring in a batch to share with other teens as you also sample theirs! Copies are available at the Youth Services Desk beginning July 17. Grades 9-12Movie Matinee: Shazam!Saturday, August 24, 1:30 pmRegistration optional. Popcorn served! Grades 6-12Board Game Club *RRWednesday, August 28, 6:30-8:30 pmLooking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome. Limited space.Library NewsFood For FinesIn lieu of fines, WML will accept items for the Wilmington Food Pantry during August. We ask that the donation be comparable to the fines that are owed.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

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Khashoggis body was dissolved claims Turkey

first_imgA mock street sign reading `Khashoggi Street` is erected by Amnesty International activists on the street in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London on 2 November, 2018 to mark one month since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Arabia`s consulate in Istanbul. Photo: AFPThe body of Jamal Khashoggi was “dissolved” after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, a Turkish official said Friday, as the journalist’s fiancee criticised the US reaction as “devoid of moral foundation”.The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an international debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.Turkey’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on 2 October as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.”We now see that it wasn’t just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it,” Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey’s ruling party, told the Hurriyet newspaper on Friday.The claim echoed what a Turkish official had earlier told the Washington Post — for which Khashoggi was a contributor — that authorities are investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.”According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it,” said Aktay, an advisor to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was close to Khashoggi.”They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left.”- ‘Brutal, barbaric and ruthless’ -The Turkish official quoted by the Washington Post said that “biological evidence” found in the consulate’s garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near where Khashoggi was killed.Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the consulate’s garden, but did allow them to take water samples for analysis, according to local media reports.US state department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi’s remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.A man mourns by a makeshifts memorial made of candles and posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on 25 October , 2018. Photo: AFP.Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the consulate as the journalist entered to obtain documents for their upcoming marriage, said what was done to his body was “brutal, barbaric and ruthless”.”It is now up to the international community to bring the perpetrators to justice. Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way,” Cengiz said in opinion article published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and other media outlets on Friday.”The Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation,” she wrote, adding that “there will be no cover-up”.The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ultra-conservative kingdom’s de facto ruler.- Sanctions ‘weeks away’: US -US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has indicated that sanctions would soon be imposed on the individuals responsible.”It’ll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we’ll be able to get there,” he said on Thursday, adding that president Donald Trump had vowed accountability for all involved in the “heinous crime”.Trump has called the affair “one of the worst cover-ups in history”, but warned halting a Saudi arms deal would harm US jobs.Germany and Switzerland have vowed to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the case is clarified.After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview gone wrong, the Saudi regime has admitted he was killed by a “rogue operation” and arrested 18 people.Erdogan has called for the 18 suspects — including the alleged 15-man hit team who travelled to Istanbul and left the same day — to be extradited for trial in Turkey.Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, has denounced the murder as “repulsive” and strongly denied any involvement.In her article, Cengiz noted that the one-month anniversary of Khashoggi’s death fell on the UN’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.”We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes cannot kill journalists ever again,” she said.last_img
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Houston Comedians Discuss How to Be Funny in a More Sensitive World

first_img 00:00 /10:23 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Share The intersection of comedy and a political correctness is a topic that comes up time and time again. Most often, it’s in a negative sense, where comedians from Mel Brooks, to Jerry Seinfeld to Artie Lange lament the effect of political correctness on their craft.Notably, these are an older generation of comedians, so what do some younger Houston-area comedians think?In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn brought together Spike Miller, Brenda Valdivia, and Kathryn Way to discuss their perspectives on the so-called “PC culture” and how it relates to their work. Pexelslast_img read more

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Elizabeth Dixon to Take Part in U19 World Cup Team Trials

first_imgStory Links COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Louisville’s Elizabeth Dixon is one of 30 of the nation’s top young athletes, including 19 previous USA Basketball gold medalists, who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 16-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will follow July 5-19, with the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.The 30 athletes who are expected to take part in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials include: Shakira Austin (Maryland/Fredericksburg, Va.); Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aijha Blackwell (Whitfield School/Berkeley, Mo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Jenna Brown (Stanford/Atlanta, Ga.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech/Davenport, Iowa); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Nia Clouden (Michigan State/Owings Mills, Md.); Zia Cooke (Rogers H.S./Toledo, Ohio); Elissa Cunane (North Carolina State/Northern Guilford, N.C.); Maori Davenport (Charles Henderson H.S./Troy, Ala.); Aquira DeCosta (Baylor/Stockton, Calif.); Elizabeth Dixon (Louisville/Germantown, Tenn.); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Shalylee Gonzales (BYU/Gilbert, Ariz.); Aubrey Griffin (Ossining H.S./ Ossining, N.Y.); Naz Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Ashley Joens (Iowa State/Iowa City, Iowa); Haley Jones (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.); Diamond Miller (Franklin H.S./Somerset, N.J.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); Charisma Osborne (Winward School/Inglewood, Calif.); Abby Prohaska (Notre Dame/Liberty Township, Ohio); Taylor Robertson (Oklahoma/McPherson, Kan.); Nalyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).Serving as head coach for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team is Jeff Walz (Louisville), and collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) are the USA’s assistant coaches.”I’m looking forward to working with all these talented athletes at the USA U19 World Cup Team trials,” said Walz. “It’s an amazing group of athletes and it’s going to be hard for the committee to pick just 12 for this team. We have a group of kids who are versatile, we have so much talent at every position. It will be an exciting weekend of basketball, and I can’t wait to get started.”The field of athletes include 16 who recently completed their freshman season at an NCAA Division I school, 10 who graduate high school this spring and four from the high school class of 2020.Howard, who was named MVP of the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, helped lead the USA to a 5-0 slate at the event and the USA’s berth into the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Howard was joined on the five-member all-tournament team by Davenport. Also aiding in the USA U18 squad’s gold medal finish were: Blackwell, Brown, Hillmon-Baker, Joens and Smith. Egbo, Nixon and Prohaska were named to the team but withdrew due to school commitments.Nine members of the gold medalist 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team are listed on this year’s U19 trials roster, including FIBA U17 World Cup All-Star Five members Boston and Jones. Also aiding the team to gold were Belibi, Brink, Bueckers, Cooke, Osborne, Taylor and Van Lith.Claiming gold at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship were: Belibi, Boston, Bueckers, Clark, Cooke, Miller and Taylor.Bronze medalists from the 2016 U17 World Cup Team include Brown, DeCosta and Prohaska; while DeCosta also returned home with a bronze medal from the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.In 3×3 basketball, Boston, Bueckers and Van Lith helped the USA strike gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and DeCosta claimed MVP honors at the 2017 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup en route to winning gold.An additional four athletes have participated in at least one USA Basketball trials, including Austin, Clouden, Dixon and Griffin.2019 WBCA Freshman of the Year Howard headlines the collegiate athletes, four of whom were named their respective conference’s Freshman of the Year, while nine listed on their conference all-freshman team. Carr was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, Gonzales was the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, Hillmon-Baker collected Big Ten Conference Sixth Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards and Howard earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Gonzales, Hillmon-Baker and Howard also listed among their conference all-freshman teams, along with Austin (Big Ten), Clouden (Big Ten), Cunane (ACC), Dixon (ACC), Joens (Big 12) and Robertson (Big 12).Gatorade State Player of the Year honors went to Belibi (Colorado), Boston (Massachusetts), Brink (Oregon), Bueckers (Minnesota), Clark (Iowa), Jones (California), Miller (New Jersey), Taylor (New York) and Van Lith (Washington).Athletes also are eligible for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. Trials for that squad take place May 16-20 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. In addition to Rizzotti, the USA Junior National Team includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives.FIBA U19 World Cup for WomenOriginally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA in 2019 will play in preliminary round Group C and opens the competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia, followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea. After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary.Group A includes Canada, Latvia, Mozambique and Thailand; Group B features Argentina, Belgium, China and Mali; and drawn into Group D were Colombia, Germany, Japan and Spain.Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup).About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. Connect with USA Basketball at and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @USABJNT), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Howrah firearms racket House used for making small firearms

first_imgKolkata: The sleuths have got some important clues in connection with Howrah arms factory. Sources informed that police personnel, who went to Bihar, came to know that the house in Howrah had became the workshop for manufacturing small firearms. The materials were supplied from Munger in Bihar.According to the sources, after interrogating the three accused persons, police came to know that Munger is the hub for such firearms manufacturing. They were supposed to hand over the finished firearms to someone who would take those to Munger. Later, the firearms would be sold to its customers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter getting all the information, the sleuths suspect the arms racketeers might be using West Bengal as a manufacturing hub. They also came to know that to avoid any kind of suspicion, arms racketeers used to receive only small orders. If big orders came, it would be divided into several parts. The members of the manufacturing units were asked to keep a strict vigil on the locality whether they were being monitored. They were also instructed to stop manufacturing work completely for a few days if necessary. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough police received some valuable tip off, they could not trace any one from Bihar in this case. Howrah Police has arrested three persons identified as Md Anwar, Md Sohel and Md Niraj Ansari on Tuesday evening from Gangaram Bairagi Lane in Howrah. During a search operation, police found 40 finished and 30 unfinished pistols and other apparatus related to firearms manufacture. The trio were arrested immediately. Sources informed that the accused persons are from Munger in Bihar. The trio had hired the house a few years ago for the purpose of a lathe factory. During day time, they used to do normal work and at night, they used to manufacture fire arms.last_img read more

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