first_imgTonight marked the first game of the 2017 Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football All Stars Competition. 28 of Australia’s best touch football players have been hand-picked to create two super teams, the All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars. â€œThe All Stars is a great concept- it allows the elite in the Men’s and Women’s to join in the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and celebrate that too” Nick Good, Men’s Australian Open Captain tells us before taking to the field. The competition creates an opportunity for us Aussies to celebrate our proud Indigenous culture, as well as our multicultural backgrounds from all over the world. â€œThis is a genuine all-stars match and this has heightened the excitement has been around this year’s competition. I think it is going to come down to play by play and I have no doubt that with 5 minutes to go it will be pretty close. The caliber of players in each team it is the type of touch game you want to watch,” Nick Good predicts. These teams will battle it out across three games for the third year running and the Indigenous All Starts currently hold an undefeated title. The 2017 series kicked off tonight at Wallsend Touch Association with 100 local kids learning some tricks and techniques in a touch football clinic hosted by the All Stars. The kids had a blast, and snagged a few autographs and sausages from the canteen. After a warm up with the kids, the All Stars teams were raring to take to the battle field… And a precursor… Nick Good was right! The first half was a 3 -3 draw. Pete Norman for the TFA All Stars and Jarrad Rutumah from the Indigenous All Stars were instrumental in scoring and playing a part in the opening 3 Touchdowns for their respective teams. The All Stars Girls all crossed in the first half with, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michaelopolous and Hayley Maddick all scoring a Touch Down. The second half was a tight affair with no score until the 11th minute. Enter Scott Bundy, scoring a great quickie to give the Indigenous All Stars a 4 – 3 lead. The All-stars quickly leveled to make 4-4.With 5 minutes left, Jared Townsend crossed for the Indigenous All Stars to make it 5 -4. With only two seconds left, the All Stars responded with Pete Norman scoring to take the game to a drop off. 5-5. In the opening set of the drop off, the All Stars crossed through Dylan Hennessey making it 5 -6. The Indigenous All Stars had the right to reply… and they did. Jared Townsend crossed again to make it 6-6. The atmosphere was electric with the TFA All Stars in possession. with the drop off still alive. It was that man again, Dylan Hennessey that took the game on, sliding into to score and winning the game for the TFA All Stars 7-6.The next two games will be thrilling and passionate, follow the action here:Website  www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook  www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter  www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram  www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated Links2017 All Starslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa slammed half-centuries while Andre Russell continued his pyrotechnics with the bat as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a mammoth 218/4 against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday. Rana (63; 34b, 4×2; 6×7) fashioned his second successive fifty as Uthappa blossomed in his company with a well-timed unbeaten 67 (50b, 4×6, 6×2) before Russell virtually took the game away from Punjab with a 17-ball 48 (4×3, 6×5). The visitors could have checked KKR’s run flow when Mohammed Shami castled Russell when he was on 3, only to find the umpire calling it a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle. Russell made the most of his second life by bludgeoning Andrew Tye for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over as the Australian leaked 22 runs. Russell, who smacked a 18-ball 49 in the last match, then hit Shami for three back-to-back sixes and a four in the next over, taking KKR past the 200-mark, before getting out in the last over off Tye. Russell and Uthappa joined hands for a 32-ball 67-run fourth wicket stand as KKR amassed 71 runs in the last five overs. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, fresh from the “Mankading” row against Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler in the last game that sparked worldwide discussions, went for 47 runs in his four overs and was hit for five sixes — one every over — with Rana accounting for four of them. On Monday, the Kings XI Punjab captain was at the centre of the controversy as he ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ in-form batsman Jos Buttler, a perfectly legal dismissal but an act which triggered a debate concerning ‘Spirit of Cricket’. On Wednesday, Ashwin was at the receiving end of a harsh yet perfectly legal call by on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary. KKR’s last match hero Russell had walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana’s wicket and got a perfect yorker from Mohammed Shami off the last delivery of the 17th over. Russell was on his way back to the dug-out. However, to the horror of KXIP players, umpire Anil signalled no-ball and a free-hit. Ashwin was at his wits end thinking that Shami had overstepped only to find out that KXIP had one fielder short of the mandatory four inside the 30-yard circle. It was David Miller, who was not inside the circle. Meanwhile, Uthappa and Rana stitched together 110 runs for the third wicket after the home team lost their openers inside four overs. Rana took time to settle down, scoring just two runs off the first seven balls before hoisting Ashwin over long on for a maximum in the eighth over. The southpaw, who scored 68 in KKR’s opening game to help them beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashed Ashwin for another six in the same region as the purple brigade raced to 89/2 at the halfway stage. Rana and Uthappa also made merry in Mandeep Singh’s over, taking him for 18 runs before debutant Varun Chakravarthy got rid of the former. KKR were off to a blistering start thanks to Sunil Narine (24, 9b, 4×1, 6×3) — back to opening the batting after injuring his finger in the last game. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 218/4 (Robin Uthappa 67, Nitish Rana 63, Andre Russell 48) vs Kings XI Punjab.last_img read more

first_imgBordeaux- French President has “pulverized the historical record of unpopularity for a president” says poll.According to a BVA poll for French magazine L’Express published on Monday, Francois Hollande’s approval rating fell to 26%, establishing a record of unpopularity for a president of the Fifth Republic.“Never in 32 years of statistics had a president fallen below 30% of approval,” says Gaël Sliman, Deputy Director General of the rating institute. Hollande is, however, not the only one to have lost the population’s support. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s popularity is also very low. 18 months after Hollande’s election, the popular French mood regarding both men only increased ephemerally after the beginning of the operation in Mali last January.Only 14% of respondents believed that the policies pursued by the tandem of the executive is “effective”, while 84% thought the opposite. Only socialist sympathizers still support the President, 75% of them have a good opinion of his actions. 97% of the opposition’s followers, however, disapprove of his role. According to the rating institute, this disgrace is in part due to the “Leonarda case” and the controversy surrounding the televised speech the Head of State gave on the subject. He had offered the young Roma schoolgirl, who was deported to Kosovo with her family, the possibility to come back to France, but by herself. The Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, seems to be the only one not to suffer from the unpopularity of the executive. He continues to lead, with 58% of approval rating.The harshest blow to the majority is the Front National’s popularity. Indeed, the far right party is taking advantage of the President’s fall, scoring its highest popularity ever with 30%. Employment remains the priority for respondents, but taxation and immigration increased dramatically.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger drilled an extra point with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night to become the Big Ten record-holder for most point after attempts converted in a row. This extra point was the 142nd in a row.Nuernberger has not missed an extra point in his career. He has converted seven of nine field goals this season. In his career, Nuernberger has made 23 of 33 field goals.Nuernberger broke kicker Drew Basil’s Ohio State record for most consecutive made extra points last season. read more

first_imgThe Egyptian beat Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the prestigious award for scoring the “most aesthetically pleasing goal” in world footballEgyptian footballer Mohamed Salah has beaten Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to win this year’s FIFA The Best Puskas Award.The Liverpool player won the award after scoring against Everton in the English Premier League. He weaved through multiple defenders before curling the ball into the top corner.Bale and Ronaldo scored a similar overhead kick but did not win this time.Salah is the first Egyptian to win the award from FIFA that has been delivering them since 2009.The forward has been with Liverpool since the second semester of 2017. He has scored 35 goals in just 42 matches.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.He’s currently battling criticism from many after he hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury in the last 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final.Past winners: 2009: Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United 2010: Hamit Altintop – Turkey 2011: Neymar Jr. – Santos 2012: Miroslav Stoch – Fenerbahce 2013: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden 2014: James Rodriguez – Colombia 2015: Wendell Lira – Goianesia 2016: Mohd Faiz Subri – Penang 2017: Olivier Giroud – Arsenal 2018: Mohamed Salah – LiverpoolThe goal that won @MoSalah the #Puskás#TheBest #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/KwAvwA8zGK— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) September 24, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFormer Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina for World Cup glory in 2022 but claimed the team needs an overhaul.Messi is currently taking time away from the national team after a tough campaign in Russia, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the international scene.Sampaoli left his post after last summer’s tournament but says Messi and Argentina could be crowned world champions in Qatar.“Of course yes, but this needs a process, for everything that has happened up to now and you don’t break the process; you correct it.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“For the next World Cup or Copa America, you need organisation, unlimited confidence and knowing that everything requires a process.“If you don’t win the Copa America, you have to keep the process, not break it. Enough of this madness that if you do not ‘win’, ‘you’ are a loser. It’s not like that: if you believe, you can win even later. But you have to believe.”Messi will be 35 when the next World Cup begins and has declined to comment on his international future.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., appears close to resuming its normal operating status in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, after the commander of the 4th Fighter Wing issued an “all clear” for the base Friday. Since the storm reached the installation, Sept. 14, causing flooding in multiple locations including parts of the runway, airmen responded to power outages and removed fallen trees from buildings, reported 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The base’s 50 F-15E Strike Eagles and 6 KC-135R Stratotankers returned from Barksdale AFB, La., last Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the Neuse River, located just outside the base perimeter, crested at more than nine feet above flood level. … On Saturday, three Marine Corps bases in coastal North Carolina — Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and MCAS Cherry Point — issued an “all clear,” directing all personnel to return to their duty station by Sunday. The announcement warned personnel about widespread road closures throughout the region, and recommended specific routes for returning to each of the installations. Damage assessments of facility exteriors have been completed at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, with tarps placed over the most significant damage, according to a Facebook post.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolleylast_img read more

first_imgnonameRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has decided to see a test of its main rival, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the election to two city corporations, according to senior AL leaders.A central leader said they are taking preparations to hold elections in Gazipur and Khulna city corporations to assess the popularity of the BNP, before elections elsewhere.The election schedules of Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be announced on 31 March, the election commission’s secretary Helal Uddin told journalists. The elections may be held in May.In fact, party leaders indicated, the ruling AL has no interest in holding elections to city corporations before the all-important national elections to be held at the year end.The AL could not forget its 2013 experience, when its mayoral candidates all five city corporation elections to the BNP nominees.The AL, however, wants to see how the BNP’s capacity without its chairperson Khaleda Zia campaigning in Gazipur and Khulna city corporation elections.On the basis of results of these two city corporations, the government will make plans for the elections to the rest of the city corporations where tenures of office-bearers are schedule to expire.Accordingly, the election commission can hold elections to Gazipur City Corporation any time. It can hold elections to Khulna City Corporation after 30 March.The elections to Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) can be held after 9 April, in Sylhet after 11 April and in Barisal after 27 April.According to the EC and the government, there is no legal issue that can halt elections to five city corporations. It is possible to hold elections to all five city corporations simultaneously after Eid-ul-Fitr.However, apart from the AL’s reluctance to hold elections to all city corporations at a time, the ruling party is focusing on the process of national elections that is expected to begin after Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in June.Earlier, the EC announced the schedule of by-elections to Dhaka North City Corporation on 26 February. Following a court order, the election was halted. The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant after the death of Annisul Huq.Elections to RCC, KCC, SCC and BCC were held in June of 2013 ahead of the 10th national elections held in 5 January of 2014 and all AL candidates were defeated then. The AL also lost the GCC elections held in July of 2013. BNP candidates won mayoral posts of all five city corporations.According to the AL’s own assessment, the party is not in a position to beat the BNP in elections to the five city corporations.A central leader of AL, preferring not to be named, said the people criticised the government for not holding elections to DNCC out of fear of defeat after the election was halted by a court order.The government will be liable if the elections to other city corporations are halted as well, the leader said adding the BNP has claimed that their popularity has increased after the former prime minister was sent to jail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The ruling party leader said they want to see whether the BNP joins the elections and how they perform in the elections.Some of the AL leaders believe the AL’s position is better in Gazipur this time while the position of BNP is better in Khulna. If the party wins at least one of two city corporations elections, their prestige will be saved, the leaders feel.AL presidium member and member of nomination board for local government elections, Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo, “There was no formal discussion over the city corporation elections. Formal process can’t be started before the announcement of the election schedule.”He said the AL is not scared of elections. AL candidates will also win in the city corporation elections as the party has brought about massive development in the country in the past nine years, Razzak expressed his optimism.Elections to three city corporations were held in one and half years. The AL candidate won in Naryanganj, the BNP in Comilla and Jatiya Party in Rangpur. The AL was sure of winning Narayanganj for personal image of Selina Hyat Ivy.AL was not interested in holding elections to DNCC as there was no ‘guarantee’ of its win in the elections.      The ruling party has unofficially directed some aspirants to work for city corporation elections. Of them, former mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Rajshahi city unit president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton have received green signal from party president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina.AL central leaders asked Gazipur city AL leader Jahangir Alam to work for the upcoming elections.Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah, son of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s cousin and Barisal AL president Abul Hasnat Abdullah, and Hasina’s cousin Sheikh Jewel are in talks to get nomination for the election respectively from Barisal and Khulna.Former city mayor Talukdar Abdul Khalek is also a contender for the party nomination in Khulna. But, he is a member of parliament from Bagerhat-3 constituency. If he wants to participate in the city corporation election, he has to resign as MP.“I’m not interested in participating in the election,” he said. “Despite development works, I lost the city corporation election. So, I no more want to go back there,” he added.On the contrary, Sheikh Jewel is yet to participate in any elections.In Gazipur, city AL president Azmat Ullah Khan and general secretary Jahangir Alam are hopeful of winning the party ticket.In the last Gazipur city polls, held on 6 July, 2013, Azmat Ullah Khan was the AL candidate while Jahangir Alam contested the polls as a rebel candidate.According to party insiders, Jahangir has been instructed to work for the elections.“I’ve been working since the last city corporation election. I was also told to work for the polls. Other formalities will start after the schedule of the election is announced,’’ he told Prothom Alo. * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossainlast_img read more

first_imgLouisville countered in singles as Neely knotted the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Caroline Morton on court three. Suswam then gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead, topping Guna 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s tennis team topped Cincinnati 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center to remain undefeated in dual match action. With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 5-0, while the Bearcats drop to 1-2.   Tennis Match ResultsCincinnati vs Louisville1/27/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Russ Tennis Center) The Cardinals continued to roll, picking up another victory on court four as Jovic triumphed over Coutino 6-2, 6-3 to extend the lead to 3-1. However, the Bearcats responded with a win of their own at the five-spot as Maria Santili beat Hamlin 7-5, 6-1. Photo Gallery  Singles competition1. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Antonella Bramato (CIN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-22. Sena Suswam (LOU) def. Ioana Guna (CIN) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Caroline Morton (CIN) 6-3, 6-14. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Alexia Coutino (CIN) 6-2, 6-35. Maria Santilli (CIN) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-16. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Emma Miceli (CIN) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 In other doubles action, the Cardinals’ Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin downed Ioana Guna and Anna Philip 6-4 at No. 2. Mally also won a tightly contested battle on court one, prevailing over Bramato 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to seal the 5-2 win over the Bearcats. “I’m really happy with this. We didn’t play as well as we could, but part of that was because of Cincinnati,” said UofL head coach Mark Beckham. “We did have a couple nicks here and there, but once again, I’m not in the excuse making business. The thing that I really liked was that we still found ways to win. For me, it was a really good win because Cincinnati battles.” Story Links The Bearcats gained the initial advantage in doubles as Antonella Bramato and Alexia Coutino defeated Sena Suswam and Raven Neely 6-4 at No. 1. Despite a hard-fought effort on court three, Dina Chaika and Diana Wong fell to Emma Miceli and Caroline Morton by a mark of 6-4, allowing Cincinnati to secure an early 1-0 lead.center_img Matchup History With the match coming down to courts one and six, Wong outlasted Cincinnati’s Miceli 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 6 to move the score to 4-2 and clinch the victory for the Cardinals. Up next, the Cardinals will head south to play Charleston Southern on Saturday at 12 p.m. Next Match: vs. Charleston Southern 2/2/2019 | 12:00 p.m. Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,4,5,6,1) Print Friendly Version Louisville 5, Cincinnati 2 Preview  Doubles competition1. Antonella Bramato/Alexia Coutino (CIN) def. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) 6-42. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Ioana Guna/Anna Philp (CIN) 6-43. Emma Miceli/Caroline Morton (CIN) def. Dina Chaika/Diana Wong (LOU) 6-4 Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — An ancient form may be coming to the modern world. A new project, called the Lunar Cubit, features a set of nine black pyramid-shaped solar powered structured. The structures will power thousands of homes in the Abu Dhabi desert. Each of the pyramids would be able to provide power to about 250 desert homes. This instillation may not be powerful as a standard solar power farm, but it would be visually stunning. Egypt to open inner chambers of ‘bent’ pyramid The Lunar Cubit project was designed by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus, and Adrian P. De Luca. It is inspired by the ancient measurements that allowed for the original pyramids to be constructed, with the proposed measurements proportional to the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza. Citation: The Lunar Cubit could merge art and solar power (2011, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-lunar-cubit-merge-art-solar.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.lunarcubit.com/images/LUNA … -WEBDOWNLOADV2.0.pdf The proposed structure consists of eight small pyramids that surrounding a central, larger pyramid in a semi circle. This design allows for the structures to also act as a lunar calender. The structures will use LED lights to illuminate in different combinations to indicate the waxing or waning of the moon.The project was first submitted as a proposal in the Land Art Generator Initiative. The contest asked designers to create a large-scale renewable energy project that would double as a work of art.The Lunar Cubit would feature frameless solar panels made of glass and amorphous silicon. The structures would be expected to pay back the cost of construction in about five years. All nine of the pyramids would constitute a 1.74 MW utility-scale power plant, with the central pyramid being responsible for converting the energy to AC electricity for home use. Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Share Travelweek Group Posted by MONACO – Silversea Cruises has placed an order with Fincantieri for another ultra-luxe cruise ship, scheduled for delivery in Q4 2021.Valued at over €320 million, the contract for the new Silver Dawn comes just months after the cruise line signed another contract with the shipbuilding company for the construction of Silver Moon, to be delivered in 2020.Both Silver Moon and the new Silver Dawn will be sister ships of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, which was launched in April 2017.Silver Dawn will benefit from the same sense of intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation options that characterize all Silversea vessels.“Following the extraordinary success of Silver Muse, we are delighted to announce Silver Dawn as the eleventh ship to join the Silversea fleet,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman. “Silver Dawn will bear the same hallmarks of quality that guests currently enjoy on our 6-starships. We look forward to welcoming guests aboard in November 2021. It was my father’s dream to grow Silversea to at least a 12-ship fleet. Today, we are one step closer to fulfilling his vision.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added: “It is a great satisfaction for our Group to see an ambitious project likeSilver Muse establish itself on the market and get the highest appreciation from an exclusive and demanding customer like Silversea, that today confirms his trust in us. Thanks to this partnership, based on the quality of the product, our leadership position in the cruise sector is further strengthened, not only from a technological point of view but also for the commercial ability to find the best agreement with the shipowner”.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Silversea orders 11th luxury ship, coming in late 2021 Tags: Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

first_imgAs Florence lurches across the state, it brings with it many hazards: high-speed winds capable of downing trees, and those same trees falling on power lines.And as of mid-day Friday, there had been four reported fatalities in North Carolina, including a mother and infant who were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their home.Craig Fugate is a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says that the biggest threat from Hurricane Florence could be the rain, with some coastal communities already seeing storm surges as high as 10 feet.“I think again the term life-threatening, catastrophic, flash flooding, needs to be taken seriously,” says Fugate. “The problem is it’s going to be hard to know with certainty which areas will see the heaviest rainfall. That’s why the entire region has to be prepared for this.”And as the storm continues to creep inland, it’s bringing significant rainfall, with many areas of North Carolina under a flash flood watch.“And that’s one of the harder things to forecast,” says Fugate. “We know generally, [and] we’re seeing now forecast range is 20 inches plus or more in some areas, but until that rain starts coming down it’s really hard to tell what the local impacts are going to be.”As of this afternoon, hundreds of people have been rescued from rising waters in New Bern, N.C., and that number is expected to climb.last_img read more

first_imgCampaigners have welcomed the decision of a controversial right-wing writer and free schools advocate to resign from the board of the government’s new higher education watchdog, and say he should never have been appointed.Toby Young’s resignation came just hours after disabled Tory MP Robert Halfon called on his own government to reverse its decision to appoint the journalist to the board of the Office for Students.There was shock and anger among many disabled people last week when Toby Young was appointed to the board, despite writing articles that included “insulting” and “extremist” comments about inclusive education and eugenics.There had also been outrage at years of misogynist and homophobic remarks Young had made on social media, which he has now deleted from his Twitter account.Simone Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said ALLFIE welcomed Young’s resignation.  But she said he should “never have been appointed in the first place, never mind being forced to resign, bowing to public pressure”.   She said: “Toby Young, who is against the inclusion of disabled pupils in mainstream education, should never have been appointed in the first place, especially when his views are incompatible with the government’s obligations to promote disabled people’s human rights to inclusive education under article 24 [on inclusive education] of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”Halfon, a former education minister who now chairs the education select committee, had told fellow MPs on Monday of the “quite dark articles” in which Young had supported “progressive eugenics” and written about disabled people and working-class students*.Halfon said: “I find this incredibly dark and very dangerous stuff, and I suggest that [Jo Johnson, the universities minister] looks again at this appointment because I do not think it will give students confidence.”Hours later, Young published an article on the website of the right-wing magazine, The Spectator, in which he said his appointment had become a “distraction” from the “vital work” of the OfS and that he was standing down from its board.He insisted that he was “a passionate supporter of inclusion and helping the most disadvantaged”, but added that “some of the things I said before I got involved in education, when I was a journalistic provocateur, were either ill-judged or just plain wrong – and I unreservedly apologise”.But the resignation came after the prime minister, Theresa May, and the universities minister, Jo Johnson, had both defended his appointment and insisted that he should not be sacked.Johnson suggested to MPs that he had not seen the article on progressive eugenics, telling Halfon that he would “look carefully” at the article, but insisting that Young had “expressed his regret” and had “apologised unreservedly for comments that have been made in some cases going back to the 1980s”.He said that neither he nor the Department for Education were aware of the many offensive messages Young had posted on Twitter until after he had been appointed.Halfon had been one of two Tory select committee chairs who criticised the appointment.Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the health committee, told MPs on Monday that Young’s comments “do cross a line and are indicative of an underlying character”.Maria Eagle, a former Labour minister for disabled people, said it was “quite right” that he had resigned.She had told MPs before his resignation: “As a former minister for disabled people, I am appalled by some of his recently expressed views about the place of disabled people in our society.“The minister has said that many of Mr Young’s misogynistic tweets were from many years ago, but his views about disabled people are very recent indeed.“How can the minister appoint somebody who thinks so little of the contribution of disabled people to our society to such an important position? Does he not agree that it is indefensible?”A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: “We can confirm that Toby Young has decided to resign from the board of the Office for Students.“Everyone appointed to the board brings valuable experience which will be vital to the role of the new higher education regulator and we remain confident it will deliver for students.”But DfE has refused to comment on whether Johnson had now read the eugenics article, as the universities minister has now been appointed to a post in the Department for Transport as part of this week’s ministerial reshuffle.*Five years ago, in an article for The Spectator about plans to bring back O-levels, Young wrote of how “inclusive” was a “ghastly, politically correct” word, which meant that schools had to have “wheelchair ramps… and a Special Educational Needs Department that can cope with everything from Dyslexia to Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy”.He added: “If [Michael] Gove is serious about wanting to bring back O-levels the government will have to repeal the Equality Act because any exam that isn’t ‘accessible’ to a functionally illiterate troglodyte with a mental age of six will be judged to be ‘elitist’ and therefore forbidden by Harman’s Law.”He later added a footnote that claimed he was not opposed to including disabled people in mainstream education and suggested that critics had misunderstood him.He has also written, in another article, published in 2015, of how he is in favour of “progressive eugenics”, arguing that “it is not through changing the culture that we will be able to solve the chronic social problems besetting the advanced societies of the West, but through changing people’s genes”.He adds: “What I’m proposing is a form of eugenics that would discriminate in favour of the disadvantaged.“I’m not suggesting we improve the genetic stock of an entire race, just the least well off.“This is a kind of eugenics that should appeal to liberals – progressive eugenics.”Picture: Toby Young being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2014last_img read more

first_imgBotkeeper’s Updated Dashboard Gives More Power to the User PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:10 pmMay 31, 2019 The updated Botkeeper Dashboard includes the ability to set and compare data for custom date ranges, automate dashboard exports, add and configure new widgets based on business data sources, set custom SMS and email alerts, and create goals for select widgets. The improvements are available for users accessing their Dashboards via desktop or on mobile through the Botkeeper Financial Hub app available on the App Store and Google Play. Botkeeper engineers worked for months on the new updates, each of which came as the result of client feedback and requests. Angelina DeLago, Botkeeper co-founder and Product Research & Development Director, said more new and exciting features are coming soon, such as password-protected, customized URLs for sharing a user’s Dashboard with others.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportThe Botkeeper Dashboard 2.0 is the latest update in Botkeeper’s pursuit to the company’s desire to change the way modern businesses approach bookkeeping.More on the new Dashboard can be found here, including video demonstrations of each new feature.“Botkeeper is fundamentally changing an age-old industry and redefining modern accounting best practices—moving businesses from traditional bookkeeping to automated ‘Botkeeping,’” said Botkeeper founder and CEO Enrico Palmerino.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportWith Botkeeper’s combination of AI and human assistance, clients receive the best of both worlds—great service and support at an unbelievable price point. Botkeeper software securely accesses financial and non-financial information (e.g., bank, credit card, CRM, web analytics, and accounting software) to make entries, track and schedule revenue and deferred expenses, account for payroll, reconcile bank accounts, send invoices, and provide a 360-degree view of a client’s business. In addition, skilled Botkeeper accountants continuously review client financials to ensure accuracy, handle complex accounting challenges, and are available to assist with any financial questions that may arise. Botkeeper can be the first bookkeeping solution for a new early stage business, or a bookkeeping alternative for mid to large sized businesses who are looking to extend the life of their QuickBooks Online- and save tons on overhead costs.Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AI Botkeeper, the leader in automated bookkeeping, announced the release of its updated Dashboard, enabling clients to have more control and flexibility over their business’ financial and business data.center_img Bookkeeping with Botkeeper. Better than humans, better than machines. Automated bookkeeping with a human touch crmEnrico Palmerinofinancial and business dataMarketing TechnologyNewsutomated bookkeepingweb analytics Previous ArticleEurope-based Ovum Names Demandbase an ABM Leader in their Analyst ReportNext ArticleSpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG Anti-Fraud, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Malware, ICQ Seals via BPA Worldwidelast_img read more

first_img Comment Facebook Share this storyMost of the Fed see rates staying on hold for all of 2019 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Join the conversation → April 10, 20192:22 PM EDTLast UpdatedApril 10, 20192:39 PM EDT Filed under News Economy Reddit U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Some economists believe the Fed could actually start cutting rates later this year if the economy slows more.Associated Press 0 Comments Sponsored By: Featured Stories More advertisement WASHINGTON — A majority of Federal Reserve officials last month believed that economic conditions would likely warrant keeping the Fed’s benchmark policy unchanged for the rest of this year.Several officials said their view could shift in either direction based on incoming data, according to minutes of the meeting.A shift to a view of weaker growth and lower inflation could prompt the Fed to cut rates, while a shift to a view of faster growth and rising inflation could prompt the Fed to resume raising rates.The Fed at its March 19-20 meeting left its key policy rate unchanged and trimmed its expectations of rate hikes this year from two to none.Some economists believe the Fed could actually start cutting rates later this year if the economy slows more.Related Stories:CORRECTED-WRAPUP 3-Fed officials face weak inflation, but split over what it meansMany Fed officials saw near-term rate cut, not all convinced -minutesFed chief likely to focus on trade-inspired policy shift in testimony Twitter Most of the Fed see rates staying on hold for all of 2019 Some economists see rate cut later this year if the economy slows more Martin Crutsinger Recommended For YouShaw Communications is selling its stake in Corus Entertainment for $548 millionB.C. vows to appeal after top court says province can’t restrict oil shipments across its bordersElectroneum Major Upgrade Makes ETN the World’s Most Secure Decentralised and Eco-friendly Crypto, and Reduces Block Rewards by 75%Civic Network Expands with the Civic Pay App and 12 Automated Retail PartnersBusiness Highlights Email The Associated Press ← Previous Next →last_img read more

first_img MIT unveils new $1 bn college for artificial intelligence Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. An American billionaire has given Oxford University 150 million pounds ($188.6 million) for a new institute that will study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and its vast potential to change society as we know it. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img Citation: US CEO hands Oxford University $189 million for AI studies (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ceo-oxford-university-million-ai.html In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Stephen Schwarzman CEO of Blackstone attends the session ‘Shaping a New Market Architecture’ at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. An American billionaire has given Oxford University 150 million pounds ($188.6 million) for a new institute that will study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and computing technologies. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) The donation from Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the private equity firm Blackstone, will also fund a center to house all of the university’s humanities subjects in a single space to encourage collaborative study. The idea is to bring together those working on projects that make life worth living with those trying to make sure that the technology of the future works for the interest of society.”AI can be an enormous force for good,” Schwarzman told The Associated Press. “But on the downside it can lead to high unemployment. It could destabilize society if it happens too fast.”Schwarzman compared the rise of AI to the rise of the internet, which was launched by computer scientists who thought it was fun and interesting. But the scientists didn’t adequately consider the downsides of the internet, such as the inability to control cyberbullying or fake news—and the implications of that on democracy.”No one wants to go through that again,” he said of the struggles that government has had in trying to keep the negatives in check. He said ethics and AI are “one of the major issues of our age,” and that governments globally are currently unprepared to deal with the implications. The vision is for the new center at Oxford to address that gap.”The reason do it is to protect society,” he said.Schwarzman co-founded Blackstone, which has some $512 billion assets under management.In recent years, he has made other sizeable donations to educational institutions. Last October, he gave $350 million to establish the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, which will also address the challenges of AI.”I’m focused on this like a laser,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTS FILE PHOTO – Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami COMMENT Cyclone Gaja: TN govt seeks about Rs 15,000 cr aid from Centre RELATED railway Published on SHARE Tamil Nadu 0 The Tamil Nadu government on Friday urged the Railway Ministry to waive freight charges for relief material meant for cyclone Gaja affected districts in the state. Chief Minister K Palaniswami wrote to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, saying this “has been done in the case of recent Kerala floods.” “I request the Railways to waive the freight charges collected from donors for the relief materials sent to the stations in disaster affected areas addressed to the District Collectors, as has been done in the case of recent Kerala floods,” Palaniswami said in his letter to Goyal. He told the Union Minister that seeing the plight of the ‘hapless victims,’ relief material were being mobilised from all over the country. He said the cyclone, which crossed the Tamil Nadu coast on November 16, has ‘devastated’ the affected districts, with people having lost their homes, livestock, plantation and livelihood.The cyclone has claimed 63 lives, with Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai being the worst affected districts. November 23, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more