Women’s World Cup: India blow Pakistan away in low scoring game

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ekta Bisht picked up a five-wicket haul as India defeated arch rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a group match of the Women’s cricket World Cup at the County Ground on Sunday.Electing to bat first, India produced 169/9. In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for 74 runs with Bisht doing most of the damage with figures of 5/18.This was the third consecutive victory in this tournament for India. They had defeated hosts England by 35 runs in the opening match of their campaign before thrashing the West Indies by seven wickets.Indian skipper Mithali Raj used her bowling changes well as the bowlers clinched breakthroughs at regular intervals. Bisht maitained a tight length which did not allow the Pakistan batters to open up their arms and score easily.Medium-pacer Mansi Joshi also bowled economically, clinching two wickets while giving away just nine runs in her 6.1 overs.Chasing a low-target of 170 runs, Pakistan failed to get going right from the start.Ayesha Zafar was the first to go as she was trapped leg before by Bisht in the second over. Javeria Khan and Sidra Nawaz then departed in consecutive overs, with veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and Bisht doing the honours.When Bisht sent back Iram Javed in the seventh over, almost the entire Pakistan top order had returned to the pavilion with just 14 runs on the board.Pakistan did not quite recover from those early blows and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.With the Indian bowlers maintaining a tight line on a slow pitch, the Pakistanis found it difficult to keep the scoreboard ticking.advertisementOpener Nahida Khan was the only one in the Pakistan top order who showed some application and grit, battling her way to a patient 23 runs off 62 deliveries before being caught behind off Harmanpreet Kaur’s bowling.Pakistan skipper Sana Mir also waged a heroic battle and was the highest scorer with 29 runs in an excruciatingly slow 73-ball innings.The other Pakistanis failed to reach double figures as the Indians clinched a comfortable victory.Earlier, India posted 169/9 after skipper Mithali decided to bat first after winning the toss.Unlike in previous matches, the Indian batters gave a lacklustre performance which resulted in a low total.The Indian eves started on a bad note as opener Smriti Mandhana (2) was sent back to the pavilion in the fourth over by Nashra Sandhu with just seven runs on the board.But incoming batswoman Deepti Sharma (28) along with Punam Raut (47) stabilised the Indian innings. The duo forged a 76-run partnership for the second wicket before Raut was adjudged leg before off Diana Baig. Raut, in her 72-ball knock, slammed five boundaries.New batswoman Mithali Raj (8) then arrived at the middle but failed to step up. After adding 19 runs with Deepti, Mithali was also dismissed by Sandhu in the 27th over.Deepti, who seemed good at the crease, then felt the pressure at the other end and was sent packing in the same over by Sandhu.With the scoreboard reading 94/4 in 27 overs, middle-order batswomen Harmanpreet Kaur (10) and Mona Meshram (6) also disappointed as they both fell prey to Sadia Yousuf inside three overs.Lower-order players Sushma Verma (33) and Jhulan Goswami (14) tried to hold the innings together, but Sandhu wrapped up Goswami in the 47th over. Verma was also dismissed in the next over by Asmavia Iqbal.Mansi Joshi (4 not out), Ekta Bisht (1), Poonam Yadav (6 not out) played as expected.For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu claimed four wickets and Sadia Yousuf two.Brief scores: India 169/9 in 50 overs (Punam Raut 47, Deepti Sharma 28; Nashra Sandhu 4/26) vs Pakistan 74 in 38.1 overs (Nahida Khan 23, San Mir 29, Ekta Bisht 5/18, Mansi Joshi 2/9).last_img read more

Three men sentenced to total of 17 years over illegal Premier League streaming

first_imgThree operators of a pirate streaming organisation which provided illegal access to Premier League games to more than 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes in England and Wales over the last decade have been jailed for a total of 17 years.Steven King, who masterminded the fraud while trading under the names Dreambox, Dreambox TV Limited, and Digital Switchover Limited, was handed the biggest sentence of seven years and four months in jail. Paul Rolston was sentenced to six years and four months while Daniel Malone was given three years and three months by Warwick crown court after a four-week trial. Share on Facebook Sky Sports “The fraudulent companies earned in excess of £5m through their illegal activity,” said the Premier League in a statement.The Premier League is eager to prevent illegal streaming to help protect the value of broadcast rights for media companies such as Sky and BT.Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb said the sentences reflected the seriousness of the crime, he said: “Using these services is unlawful and fans should be aware that when they do so they enter into agreements with illegal businesses. They also risk being victims of fraud or identity theft by handing over personal data and financial details.” Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Television industry Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service news Share on Messenger Read more Topics Share via Email Premier League Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Wallsend Touch Football Clinic

first_imgThe representatives will be sharing what they’ve learnt throughout their time in Touch Football on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 when they run a Touch Football Clinic at Wallsend Touch Fields. The clinic will run from 9.00am until 3.00pm.For more information, please click on the following attachment. Related Fileswallsend_-_world_cup_touch_clinic_2011_1__01-pdflast_img

Disgraced former priest sentenced again for sex crimes against children

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer priest Eric Dejaeger was back in Nunavut court Thursday where he was sentenced to four counts of sex crimes against Edmonton youth between 1974 and 1978.They’ll be served concurrently with the 11 years he was already serving for attacking Nunavut children while in the position of a priest.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports it won’t be the last time he’s in Nunavut court.last_img

Funding shortfall forces UN to cut back air service for aid workers

10 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will have to cut back on its air service in Sudan due to lack of funds, curtailing the ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of the strife-torn nation. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will have to cut back on its air service in Sudan due to lack of funds, curtailing the ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of the strife-torn nation. The Humanitarian Air Service (WFP-HAS), run by WFP on behalf of the entire humanitarian community in Sudan, needs $20 million by 15 June to avoid cuts and maintain full service through the coming months. The total shortfall is $48 million on the $77 million budget for this year.WFP’s Representative in Sudan, Kenro Oshidari said the agency has been facing the possible closure of the air service since March because of lack of funding. “The measures announced today are aimed to keep vital services going for longer, while we wait for new funding to be confirmed,” he stated. WFP-HAS will have to cut one helicopter immediately – bringing the fleet down to five – and two fixed-wing aircraft on 19 June, in addition to raising fees for helicopter flights in Darfur starting 1 July.Some 3,000 humanitarian workers use WFP helicopters each month to reach remote parts of Darfur, where travel by road is impossible due to insecurity, banditry or poor road conditions. “Undoubtedly, this is a blow to the humanitarian effort in Sudan. The impact will be felt by vulnerable people who depend on the international community for crucial services,” he said.Mr. Oshidari added that the cuts will also reduce the ability to respond to urgent medical evacuation requests and staff relocations because of insecurity. Last year, WFP-HAS carried out 267 security and medical evacuations.So far this year, donors have provided $13.2 million in confirmed contributions to WFP-HAS, about 17 per cent of the required budget. read more

Corporate welfare debate comes to Sask as Scheer pans supercluster funding

The federal Conservatives are looking to cut at least $1.5 billion of what they call “corporate welfare handouts” if elected, but the Liberals warn that efforts to supercharge Saskatchewan’s plant-protein sector could be on the chopping block.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced Wednesday that a Conservative government would conduct a review of business subsidy programs with an aim of “eliminating grants for those who don’t need help.”“We get to the $1.5 billion by establishing the criteria that government programs in the future will not go to wealthy executives, to line the pockets of shareholders or for foreign companies,” Scheer said during a campaign stop in Hamilton, Ont.He said the money would instead be used to help less well-connected Canadians, presumably by paying for the billions of dollars in tax credits and tax cuts his party has been unveiling on the campaign trail.Scheer said his review would root out “programs that leave Canadians with no benefits.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He listed examples of spending that, if cut, could help him arrive at that level of savings. He mentioned $950 million the Liberal government pledged to create five “innovation superclusters” across Canada, which Scheer criticized as “not evaluated for any type of performance criteria.”One supercluster is concentrated on the Prairies to promote the development of plant-based protein products, including meat substitutes.Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and MP for Regina—Wascana, views the funding as a boon for Saskatchewan. On Wednesday, he attacked Scheer for treating it as a “frill” that can be thrown away.“I was shocked by it and really disappointed, because this is an initiative that a great many people in Saskatchewan have invested a lot of time and attention to bring about,” said Goodale. “Businesses, particularly in the agricultural sector, have been intensely involved.“It’s just ridiculous for Mr. Scheer to throw it in the garbage,” he added.Goodale said the supercluster is intended to make Saskatchewan and the Prairies a world leader in plant-protein innovation. He pointed to an estimate that it could create 4,500 “really good, solid new jobs” over 10 years and potentially add more than four per cent to provincial GDP.He said the $153-million federal commitment, to be matched by private money, is designed to “prime the pump” for innovation, partnerships and private investment.Scheer didn’t commit to ditching the funding, but mentioned it as an example in the context of his proposed review. A party release said the review would eliminate handouts “that don’t create growth and support economic growth in Canada.”A Conservative spokesman didn’t directly comment on whether the party considers the supercluster funding to benefit economic growth, rather than wealthy shareholders. The program has attracted criticism from some who question whether government seed money can stimulate “made-in-Canada Silicon Valleys.”But in Goodale’s view, framing the supercluster money as corporate welfare is “grossly distorted and wrong.”Joel Bruneau, head of the economics department at the University of Saskatchewan, said the supercluster program is not a “typical example of corporate welfare.” In his view, the term usually refers to benefits directed at particular companies or industries to enhance their competitiveness, rather than to investments in “public goods.”“The clusters strike me as something that’s a little bit in between, because you’re financing research… towards a public goal, where some of that innovation will then have major spillovers,” he said.Bruneau said it would be “false” to suggest the supercluster funding doesn’t generate public benefits beyond what accrues to private companies, which often don’t invest sufficiently in research and development.But he also questioned the government’s numbers for economic impact and job creation, which Goodale’s office said comes from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and Avascent. Bruneau said the figures sound “really high.”Premier Scott Moe’s office did not directly criticize Scheer’s announcement when asked for comment, but recognized “the role that matching incentives such as those provided to the protein supercluster can play in attracting further investment, generating innovation, and creating jobs.”Moe’s press secretary, Jim Billington, said Saskatchewan will advocate for an approach that encourages precisely that while respecting taxpayer dollars.So far, only one company, Alberta-based oilseed processor Botaneco, has been awarded protein supercluster money. Applications for two initial funding instalments of $40 million and $60 million have been submitted, but the successful companies have not yet been announced.That means the vast majority of the funding pot could potentially be slashed, according to Goodale’s office.Applicants for federal money must be members of the supercluster itself, which includes AGT Foods and Ingredients, Maple Leaf Foods and Dow DuPont Agriculture.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

US stock market steadies itself after worst week since 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are stabilizing after their worst week in more than two years.The Dow Jones industrial average edged up one point to 16,546 in early trading Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also rose a point to 1,907. The Nasdaq composite rose seven points to 4,284.European stock markets also rose. China released trade figures Monday that showed a pickup in export growth and imports last month.U.S. stocks swung wildly last week and ended lower because of renewed fears of a slowdown in European economies. The S&P 500 fell 3.1 per cent, its worst weekly performance since a 4.3 per cent decline in May 2012.J.C. Penney rose 5 per cent Monday after it named a Home Depot executive as its next CEO. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market steadies itself after worst week since 2012 by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2014 7:41 am MDT read more

Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments

by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada. Developer Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches, and vegetable gardens, such as this example shown in an artist’s digital rendering. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments Community agriculture is going mainstream, and big business has taken note.No longer limited to a few gardening boxes on an old parking lot, the trend is taking centre stage in housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food.The agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada.One of the first is being established on an old cattle farm about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches and vegetable gardens.“What we are trying to do out here is being one of the first to have a farm-to-table agricultural recreational feel throughout the whole community,” said Steven Van Geel, sales director at Frosst Creek and son of the property’s developer, Jon Van Geel.“We wanted to create an area where you can literally walk off the back deck of your property, pick an apple from the apple orchard behind your property, and go inside and make a pie from it.”The development, called Creekside Mills at Cultus Lake, will have a full-time farmer to tend to the crops, but Van Geel says he sees owners getting involved and helping with the pruning and weeding of the plants, while children can learn about where their food comes from.The communal aspect is a big part of the growing popularity of the food-to-table movement, says Tara Moreau, associate director of sustainability and community programs at the University of British Columbia’s Botanical Garden.“It’s becoming a significant trend, and I think it’s because food allows people to gather together,” said Moreau.“The rise of these agrihoods is an indication of that,” said Moreau. “They seem to have sprouted up as places where people can grow food and learn about agriculture but also live and interact.”In the U.S., these farm-to-table communities can run at a much larger scale, like the Prairie Crossing development in Illinois that has a 40-hectare farm alongside 359 houses, and the Willowsford development in Virginia that manages 121 hectares of farmland as part of a planned 2,000 homes.But the potential scale of these developments has Moreau concerned that it could mean an overall loss of farmland.“Even though it’s going to be an environment where you’re wanting people to engage closely with agriculture, you’re taking that agricultural soil and turning it into a house.”It’s a concern shared by Joe Nasr, an instructor at Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security, who has seen conflicts with developers and farmers in Ontario.“I could see it as a Trojan Horse, where maybe some particular development that otherwise might not get developed might happen because they take this approach,” said Nasr.The problem is pronounced in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, where farmland is scarce and property values high.In Delta, the Southlands development has stirred up controversy for proposing to transfer 172 hectares of land into a public community farm while building houses on another 43 hectares of what was once farmland in B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve.Van Geel said that while Creekside Mills is being built on old farmland, much of it wasn’t in the land reserve, so the development actually has them increasing the size of the reserve by close to a hectare with their four hectares of farmland. read more

Real Sociedad beats Celta 21 ends winless streak at home

MADRID — Real Sociedad’s winless streak at home is finally over in the Spanish league.Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 on Monday to win for the first time in six matches at its Anoeta Stadium.The club had lost twice and drawn three times this season at the newly renovated stadium in the city of San Sebastian.Mikel Oyarzabal scored in 37th minute the David Zurutuza in the 47th to give Real Sociedad its second straight win and extend its unbeaten streak to four matches in all competitions.The result moved Real Sociedad to eighth place in the league, seven points from leader Sevilla.Celta, which drew with Real Sociedad 1-1 at home in a Copa del Rey match this month, dropped to 15th place, three points from the relegation zone.The team from Vigo was debuting Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso, who replaced fired Argentine manager Antonio Mohamed.Maxi Gomez scored Celta’s lone goal in the 82nd.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Basketballs Other 3Point Revolution

The Steph Curry Pull-Up Vigil has been going on for weeks now.Curry is the pagan god of long-range pull-ups, a shot that doesn’t seem to have a place in a league obsessed with efficiency. But over the last three seasons, Curry has made it work anyway, leading the league in pull-up threes — taken and made — and hitting them about 40 percent of the time. But this season he got off to a slow start, making 21.4 percent of his pull-up threes in December, and today he’s sitting at 33.3 percent, just a hair below Russell Westbrook’s mark. Curry’s swoon is hard to explain, but he’s shooting 43.3 percent in his last 10 games and 48.5 in his last five. Smart money says he’ll be just fine.Glance at that pull-up leaderboard, though, and you’ll notice that Curry’s seat hasn’t been vacated, it’s been overtaken. Where just a few years ago Curry was the unrivaled king of pumping efficient points out of a traditionally inefficient well, today an armful of players are doing convincing Steph impersonations off the bounce.The logic against the pull-up three is simple: It’s far, far easier to shoot a spot-up jumper than it is to shoot off the dribble, and it’s far, far easier to find an open look by moving without the ball than it is while holding the ball. This is why most modern offenses are built to work the ball around to players in motion off the ball, looking for an open catch-and-shoot three, preferably from the corner. If the goal of an offense is to seek the most efficient shots, and the best offenses are chasing spot-up threes, then the alternative is clearly less than ideal.The argument in favor of the shot is somehow even simpler: If it goes in, it’s unstoppable. For a player with a certain set of skills, it’s a shot that’s both always available and always open.For the last three seasons, Curry has been unstoppable. For all the intricacies and nuance built into the Warriors’ offense, the single most unguardable piece of it was always Curry pulling up from 30 feet or sliding around a ball screen and flicking up a jumper. Fans, announcers and coaches all learned to recite the Steph Curry mantra: That’s a bad shot if anyone else takes it. Except, increasingly, it isn’t.This season, 26 players are taking at least two pull-up threes per game, up from 17 in 2013-14 and 21 last season. Of the guys taking at least two per game this season, 12 are hitting at least 36 percent (the league average for all threes), up from five in ’13-14. Kemba Walker is taking 4.5 per game and hitting 37.3 percent; Kyle Lowry is taking 4.1 per game and hitting 41.5; James Harden is making less than 32 percent of his, but he’s taking 6.4 a game, tied for the most in the four years the NBA has kept track of pull-ups. We can’t write off this wave of Steph-like gunners who have emerged as mere early-season noise this deep into the schedule. These players aren’t just taking Curry’s signature shots — they’re making a good number of them as well. And that says something about the way teams are approaching modern offense.Not many players can approximate the totality of Steph Curry, but they can emulate him piecemeal. The Rockets, for instance, are shooting from the parking lot this year, distorting the basic shapes of NBA defenses. And while not many teams can duplicate the ball movement of Houston or Cleveland — movement that sets up all those open threes — a good number of them have a guy who can shake his man and rise up for a three. In a league dominated by the long ball, teams seem to be coming around to the idea that sometimes one player can make his own shot, especially if the guy can hit it regularly.The shift in the league’s approach is noticeable at the team level as much as at the player level. In 2013-14, teams averaged 5.1 pull-up threes per game; by last season, that had climbed to 5.9 per game, and this season we’re up at 6.6. A shot and a half per game doesn’t sound like a lot, but that represents an increase of about 30 percent. For context, compare that to what’s happened during the league’s “scoring explosion” — that has come with just a 25 percent rise in overall 3-point attempts over the same four seasons. As teams try to cram ever more threes into each game, a little revolution within the revolution is changing the ways that these shots are created. Hero ball is allowed back on the court, so long as it’s at the 3-point line.This spike in pull-ups isn’t just about the NBA’s faster, rip-and-run style of play these days. When I looked at numbers for the traditional image of a pull-up three — a point guard dribbling the leather off of the ball 30 feet from the rim for ages, only to pull up from deep without ever sniffing the paint — I still saw an uptick in volume and performance. Eleven players are taking at least one three per game on plays where they took seven or more dribbles before the shot (that’s the proxy we’re using for half-court, rather than transition, shots). Six of them are shooting at least 40 percent. Back in 2013-14, those numbers were seven and three.Because the NBA only has reliable data on pull-ups for a few seasons, it’s tough to say how much of this comes down to luck from year to year, like a player’s BABIP in baseball. Walker went from shooting 31.9, 25.6, and 32.2 percent on pull-up threes in years past to 37.3 so far this season; Lowry was a mid-30s guy until this season, when he’s jumped up to 41.5 percent; Kyrie Irving has consistently been in the high 30s to low 40s, except last season, when he slumped badly to 29.1. The individual players peaking from season to season can and likely will shift around. But even with a revolving-door cast, the trend can live on. If it does, it might just give the 3-point revolution a little more flavor.Whether it’s the razzle-dazzle of Curry’s Shammgod or Kemba’s UTEP two-step, or Westbrook hitting the handbrake and going from top speed to perfectly perpendicular in one bounce, or LeBron and Harden casually walking into an unblockable shot, the pull-up done right is a beautiful thing. And if its most proficient practitioners have reached a point where we can reclaim it from the analytics-say-it’s-bad graveyard, perhaps NBA fans won’t be so quick to mourn the next time Steph Curry has a bad December. read more

Windies Shai Hope awarded ManoftheSeries in Bangladesh

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies hope to end series drought in decider against BangladeshDecember 13, 2018In “Sports”Cottrell, Hope guide West Indies to crushing T20 winDecember 17, 2018In “Sports”Hope leaps into ODI top 10December 17, 2018In “latest news” Shai HopeWest Indies cricketer Shai Hope was today awarded the Man of the Series trophy, following the third one-day international (ODI) between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.The trophy was accompanied by a US$2,000 prize.Bangladesh beat West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final one-day international to win the three-match series 2-1.Hope fought a lone battle for the West Indies, scoring his second successive hundred of the series but it was in vain as no other batsman provided support.Fresh from an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls in the previous match, he struck another unconquered knock of 108 off 131 to prop up the visitors, taking his tally in the series to 297 runs.However, West Indies could score just 198 in their stipulated 50 overs after Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan recorded his career best figure of 4-29.Bangladesh won the first match by five wickets on Sunday before West Indies levelled the series with a four-wicket win in the second match two days later. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Taxi driver allegedly commits suicide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3-year-old killed in Berbice accidentSeptember 7, 2019In “Crime”Mother, son hospitalised in Palmyra accident – struck by speeding carMarch 8, 2016In “Crime”Cattle farmer killed in Berbice hit-and-run accidentJune 4, 2017In “Crime” The lifeless body of a taxi driver was on Thursday morning found crouched in a sitting position at his mother’s Edingburg, East Bank Berbice home.Dead is Sewdath Persaud, also called “Stiky”, 52, of Lot 1025 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). The discovery was made by the man’s 16-year-old son.Dead, Sewdath PersaudHis mother, Narmaline Persaud, recalled taking the now dead man to the New Amsterdam Hospital on Friday where he was admitted a patient.However, on Wednesday he came to her home claiming that he had taken a self-discharge because he was in too much pain.According to Persaud, her son was a diabetic and one of his feet began to swell and pain forcing him to ask her to accompany him to the hospital on Friday.The dead taxi driver’s 16-year-old son said he got up to use the washroom and decided to check on his father but did not see him in the bedroom. “I start looking around for him and as I was passing the step I see him hanging”, the son stated.He immediately informed his grandmother but she was too overwhelmed to go close. He explained that an electric cord was wrapped around his father’s neck which was tied to a bar on the window. The distraught young man went to inform his older brother and they went to the Police station to make a report.Persaud had been a taxi driver for the past 30 years. He leaves to mourn his mother and two children. He and his wife separated more than a decade ago. read more

Xbox One will launch on November 22 one week after the PS4

first_imgNot too long ago, we got word that the PlayStation 4 would release to the world starting in North America on November 15 of this year, giving everyone a little bit of time to secure a console for the coming holidays. We knew the Xbox One would release sometime in November, but we didn’t know whether it would land before or after the PS4. Today, Microsoft officially announced that the Xbox One would release one week after the PS4, on November 22.The console will launch in 13 markets initially, which include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain. Though the console has sold out of pre-orders, Microsoft has made some new launch consoles available. This announcement follows the news that Microsoft has bumped the Xbox One’s CPU by around 10% in power, from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. Not too long ago, Microsoft also gave the console’s GPU a modest boost in power — 53MHz — from 800MHz to 853MHz.The November 22 date holds importance for Microsoft and Xbox fans alike, as the Xbox 360 was released on that very day (in the United States and Canada) back in 2005. It’s a little jarring when you realize that was eight years ago, and the PS3 and Xbox 360 almost lived up to that desired 10-year cycle both Sony and Microsoft claimed they would.The Xbox One will retail for $499 — one of the only aspects of the console that Microsoft has not yet changed since the initial, disastrous reveal.last_img read more

Evergreen eyes rules for raising money

first_imgAs teachers turn to crowd funding for school supplies, Evergreen Public Schools has put a moratorium on fundraisers through websites like DonorsChoose or GoFundMe.The district in May initially prohibited teachers from using the websites, but is now considering “strict parameters, signoffs and inventory control” that would allow teachers to publicly fund classroom projects and supplies, said Gail Spolar, spokeswoman for the district.“You have to provide the infrastructure, no matter what it is,” Spolar said.The moratorium comes after the Washington State Auditor’s Office advised the district that a policy needs to be put in place to ensure districts have a contract with whatever third-party fundraising service they’re using, that the money is properly handled, and that the items are designated as district property and put in the district inventory.“Are you using the district name and doing it in the name of the district?” said Cheryl Thresher, schools program manager for the auditor’s office. “Then it becomes public dollars.”She added: “If it’s something the teacher is doing on their own, that isn’t something we would necessarily audit.”The same standards don’t apply for items like pencils, books or other items a teacher may buy with their own money, Spolar said. Teachers continue to own those items after they’ve purchased them. And teachers don’t typically fundraise for those types of items, according to posts from Clark County teachers on DonorsChoice, a school-specific fundraising website.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Graduate From University Of Rhode Island

first_imgKINGSTON, RI — At the University of Rhode Island’s 132nd Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 2018, about 3,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni.The following Wilmington students graduated from the University of Rhode Island:Nicole Aucoin received a Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and DieteticsAlexandra L. Bischoff received a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (Summa Cum Laude)Marina Nicole Otis received a Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Dietetics (Summa Cum Laude)Olivia L. Stalker received Bachelor of Science, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (Cum Laude)About The University of Rhode IslandThe University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2018, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 750 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rhode Island via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduated From University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”7 Wilmington Students Graduate From University of Rhode IslandIn “Education”Wilmington’s Zach Curley Graduates From University of Rhode IslandIn “Education”last_img read more

Unofficial MatSu Borough Election Results

first_imgMatanuska –  Susitna  Borough voters elected two Borough Assembly representatives on Tuesday.  The unofficial results of the Valley elections show that only  11 percent of the  Borough’s registered voters turned out at the polls on election day. They passed both ballot propositions by an overwhelming margin. Prop. One approved a reapportionment of Borough districts, while Prop. Two increased the amount to tax exemption offered to Borough seniors and disabled veterans. Borough District Five’s Assembly seat was won by Big Lake’s Dan Mayfield. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Mayfield thanked his supporters. “I want to thank the crew that supported me. I had an absolutely fantastic campaign committee. And all the people in the district who really took the time to talk to me and let me know what was important to them. That was an awesome experience and I really want to thank them all. “Mayfield ran against Knik/ Goose Bay’s Bill Kendig.   Steve Colligan, running unopposed, kept the District 4 Assembly seat.Two Borough school board seats were won by Tiffany Scott and Ole Larson, both running unopposed.Mat Su Borough officials still need to count close to 1500 absentee ballots, and more than 300 questioned ballots.  The election results remain unofficial until certified on October 21.Two Valley cities also held elections on Tuesday. In Wasilla, Bert Cottle took almost 75 percent of the vote to win the mayor’s race over Loren Means.Wasilla’s Colleen Sullivan – Leonard and Stuart Graham won city council seats.In Palmer, Linda Combs and Brad Hanson won Palmer city council seats. Wasilla and Palmer election results are unofficial until certified.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly March 18 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioDallas Seavey Predicts His Winning Team Will Be Back Emily Schwing, APRN ContributorDallas Seavey is the winner of the 2015 Iditarod. This is his third win in four years.  The 27-year old musher says he’s notthe only young member of his team.  Many of his dogs are only three years old.MDA Boss Favors Radar Over Missile Site In EastLiz Ruskin, APRN-Washington, DCThe director of the Missile Defense Agency on Wednesday suggested Alaska’s Fort Greely should remain central to the nation’s ground-based missile defense operations, at least in the near term. In Congress, some members have cheered the idea of a new missile site in the East, an idea the Pentagon is studying.Murkowski: No Confidence In USFS Plan In TongassLiz Ruskin, APRN-Washington, DCU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t see any good news for the families in Southeast Alaska that still depend on the harvest of Tongass timber. She says nothing Congress does seems to increase the national timber harvest, and Murkowski told Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at a budget hearing on Wednesday she’s not confident the transition to second-growth in the Tongass will work.House Pushes Back Deadline for Financial DisclosuresThe Associated PressThe Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures. HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15. A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed.Walker, Mallott File Income ReportsThe Associated PressGov. Bill Walker and his wife each reported income of between $100,000 and $200,000 for the sale of their law firm. The information is included on the financial disclosure Walker filed Sunday. The Walkers each reported between $200,000 and $500,000 in capital gain on the sale of business properties. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott reported at least $1 million in income upon resigning from the Alaska Air Group board.Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws LawsuitEllen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer.  Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage on Wednesday on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.Mat-Su Assembly Rejects Pot VotePhillip Manning, KTNA-TalkeetnaThe Mat-Su Borough Assembly unanimously opposed Mayor Larry DeVilbiss’ request for an advisory vote on banning commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the Valley.State Pulls Funds for Knik Arm, Juneau Access Road from STIPEllen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageThe state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects.  Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the 2012- 2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.Sac Roe Herring Fishery Quieter This YearRachel Waldholz, KCAW-SitkaThe Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s.Officials ID Port Accident VictimZachariah Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageOfficials have identified the victim of a fatal accident at the Port of Anchorage last Friday as Charlie Tom “WD” James, Jr.Food: Source of Comfort or Division?Anne Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageIs food a source of comfort–or division? How can it be used to spark conversations about global conflicts? Those are the questions Anita Mannur is asking in her upcoming talk called “Kitchens in Crisis” at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mannur is a professor of Asian & Asian American studies at Miami University in Ohio. She says her research looks at ways in which food can bring people together, or push them apart.Freeride World Tour Comes to HainesEmily Files, KHNS-HainesSome of the best big mountain skiers and snowboarders in the world are in Haines this week for the Freeride World Tour. After taking on slopes in France, Andorra and Austria, the tour is holding its first ever Alaska stop.last_img read more

Warm ocean water leads to heavy rain in Alaska

first_imgIt’s been unusually wet across a large section of the state this summer.(Graphic courtesy of Brian Brettschneider)Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of a new segment- Ask a Climatologist.Brettschneider told Energy Desk editor Annie Feidt that some parts of the state, especially near Fairbanks, have had double their normal rainfall since June. That has been good for tamping down wildfires, but it has its own ties to a warmer world.Listen nowAnnie: Why has it been so wet?Brian: Well, there’s been a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the ocean temperatures around Alaska have been quite warm, near record warm, and those warm waters provide a nearly endless supply of moisture, much more moisture than is typical for the summer. So when we’ve been having rain showers, all that additional moisture is fuel for these storms and it turns a light to moderate storm into a moderate to heavy rain event.Annie: At least in Southcentral Alaska, in Anchorage, we haven’t thought of this as a rainy summer. What accounts for that?Brian: Sometimes the perception can be a little bit different than the reality. So here in Anchorage we had a big rain event in June, over an inch in one day. But even if you back that out, it’s been an above normal rainfall summer. So it’s not just the last few days, it’s not just that one storm, there have been a number of events that have contributed rain and those all add up.Annie: What about Southeast Alaska, are they in the same boat?Brian: The switch has been flipped a little bit from the first half of the year. The southern Alaska coast and Southeast were quite wet from January though May. But this summer so far, they’re all below normal for precipitation.last_img read more

Full Show Deadline Looms For Harvey Assistance And The Politics Of Refugee

first_img 00:00 /51:00 Listen On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters: A deadline looms for those in need of food assistance after Harvey. On the final day to apply, the line outside the George R. Brown Convention Center stretched more than a mile as Harris County residents affected by the storm try to apply for D-SNAP benefits — assistance with food and utilities. News 88.7’s Brien Straw joins us with details.Also this hour: Anne Richard is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. It’s a bureau within the State Department that provides assistance to refugees, people who’ve been displaced, and other victims of conflict from around the world. At one point, the bureau had a budget of $3.4 billion dollars. Richard recently gave a talk at the University of Houston, and, while she was here, she sat down with Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin to talk about how the politics of refugee assistance has changed.Plus: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we learn about a new exhibit highlighting the life and career of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

The True Story Behind Island of the Blue Dolphins – A Single

first_imgAny young girl who read Island of the Blue Dolphins in middle school — for fun or through the curriculum — was no doubt an admirer of Scot O’Dell’s character Karana. The novel, which won a Newbury Medal in 1961, tells the story of a girl whose life is turned upside down when Russian fur traders and Aleutian natives arrive and fall into a conflict with Karana’s tribe. White missionaries come to evacuate the island for the protection of the remaining tribesmen, but Karana’s brother is left behind and she jumps off the rescue ship to stay with him. Eventually, her brother is taken by a pack of dogs and she is left completely alone.La Isla De San Nicolas – the real Island of the Blue DolphinsFor almost two decades she lives alone, hunting, building, and caring for herself. The courage and steadfastness seen in her survival is a wonderful inspirational story for not just young girls, but anyone reading her story. O’Dell didn’t just dream this anecdote up, however.In the 19th century, a Native American woman actually did live on San Nicolas Island. For 18 years, from 1835 to 1853, the woman, whose real name is unfortunately unknown, lived on the island — alone. It is the most remote of the collection of land masses which make up the Channel Islands, laying just off the coast of California.For about 10,000 years, the tribe to which the unknown woman belonged inhabited the Channel Islands, including San Nicolas Island. It was called the Nicoleño tribe.A photograph of a Native American woman, believed to be the last surviving member of her tribe, the Nicoleño.The Nicoleño were forced from their home in 1835 when a rival tribe came down from Alaska to hunt otter. But the intruders also went for bigger game and ended up getting ride of the Nicoleño. With the tribe decimated, the few survivors were transported to mainland California for their own safety. The day a ship was a sent to relocate the Nicoleño a huge storm hit, forcing a hasty departure which caused the one unlucky woman to be left behind.It is unclear exactly what happened. Perhaps she was purposefully left behind, perhaps she elected to remain behind, perhaps there was an accident — or perhaps she wasn’t really alone, like in O’Dell’s narrative. Over the 18 years that followed, superstitious seamen spread tales about sightings of the isolated woman. There were many attempts to find this mystery woman, but to no avail.San Nicolas is the most remote of the Southern Channel Islands (shown in light green). Semi-arid and largely barren, it is located 60 miles (97 km) from the mainland coast. Photo by Lencer CC BY SA 3.0Finally, in 1853, she was tracked down by George Nidever, a fur trapper, who followed footprints in the sand to find a woman, seemingly carefree, skinning a seal and wearing a skirt she had woven out of birds’ feathers.On her remote island, the unnamed woman lived between a cave and a hut she had built out of whale bones. Among the paraphernalia that archaeologists later found scattered along the island were fishing hooks, harpoon tips, pendants carved out of bird bones, and dishes made from abalone shell.By this point, the woman was around 50 years old and the only remaining member of her tribe. The rest of the Nicoleño had died out. She was brought back to live with Nidever and his wife, but couldn’t communicate properly with anyone as no one spoke her native tongue.Related Video: 6 Mysterious Islands From Around The WorldHowever, unfortunate circumstances befell her as it did many Native individuals. Life in Santa Barbara was so different from her own that her immune system couldn’t compete. She fell ill from dysentery and passed away within seven weeks of having been rescued. Shortly beforehand, she was christened with the name Juana Maria. She is buried in the Nidever family plot at the Santa Barbara Mission.Memorial plaque to Juana Maria. Photo by Babbage CC BY SA 2.0Since her end, mystery has continued to cloud the unknown woman’s home. In 2012, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians claimed genealogical ties to the Nicoleño, putting a halt to the research being conducted on the island. Conservation concerns over a certain species of fox have also sought protective measure for San Nicolas Island.Read another story from us: Story behind the Tiny House On A Remote Icelandic IslandIt is unsure if the mystery surrounding the unnamed woman will ever be truly uncovered, or if we must rely on imagination such as that which O’Dell employed in Island of the Blue Dolphins.last_img read more