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first_imgThis image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionLonnie Long, West Virginia University Master of Public Administration candidate, MFLN Military Caregiving teamThere are many resources that provide support to active duty military personnel and their families. One source that should not be overlooked is the National Guard. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a Joining Community Forces (JCF) meeting in my hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia, hosted by the National Guard Family Assistance Center. Over 20 organizations attended, ranging from service providers, such as Military OneSource, to local law firms and banks, as well as groups like the Marine Corps League and the VFW. All of the military community was welcome. Attendance was not restricted by branch, term of service, or any other sort of distinction. The National Guard armory became a place to bring stakeholders together, utilizing community resources to better serve military personnel and their families.Because the National Guard is geographically dispersed, community-based resources are especially important. The Guard is particularly well-suited to collaborating with these resource networks, providing assistance to those who are even further “outside the gate” than what other branches might consider usual. This experience fits thematically well with the MFLN’s overall community-capacity building goals.As a kid, one program that was particularly close to me was Operation: Military Kids (OMK). It is also a good example of how the Guard has connected with communities. The program was a collaboration between several government and non-profit organizations, primarily the U.S Army, Army National Guard, and Cooperative Extension. The program served military families by raising awareness in local communities about the challenges military youth faced. Further, it helped them to connect with other kids and families going through the exact same hardships. I am a proud alum of West Virginia’s OMK program, with fond memories of youth retreats and leadership camps held at the State 4-H Camp Jackson’s Mill and the National Guard facility Camp Dawson. I later went back to support OMK and the next generation of military kids as a young adult volunteer.OMK was special in that it was what we call now a “purple” program, serving children from all the branches and was not just for National Guard or Army kids. While most of my peers’ parents were in the National Guard, I did manage to meet some who were from other branches, which gave ten-year old Lonnie an even greater appreciation for our shared struggles and challenges.Currently, the National Guard continues to be a source for “purple” services. Family Assistance Centers, for example, are often based in National Guard facilities, and staffed by civilian contractors. They serve as resources to anyone who walks through their door, regardless of branch or duty status. These services range from providing TRICARE information and resource referral, to renewing ID cards and even crisis intervention.Embedded within the National Guard are Transitional Assistant Advisors, professionals who serve as a point of contact to assist returning service members access the benefits and services that they may have otherwise not known about. There is at least one TAA in each state, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. While the program was initially started after several Guard members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan not knowing their service had earned them benefits from through the VA, the TAAs serve anyone from any branch, so long as they are in their assigned state or territory.These examples of how the National Guard serves military families remind us of the importance of forging connections with community resources.last_img read more

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first_img5 Ways to Use a Handheld Gimbal StabilizerHere are the five ways I like to use my gimbal.1. Steadicam-Style Tracking ShotThis is the most obvious one. Use the gimbal to follow your subject around to capture tracking shots. Try to keep your subject center frame while moving around to keep from seeing excessive bobbing up and down. It’s a trick to keep your audience from looking at the edge of the frame to see any up-and-down movement.2. Smooth Pans and Tilts without a TripodUse your gimbal like you would use a tripod. If you working on a run-and-gun project and have trouble quickly extending and moving a tripod, you can capture a lot of similar movements on a gimbal. You can shoot tilts and pans pretty easily. You don’t even have to use the gimbal’s joystick. For the best results, use your body to move the camera and gimbal system.3. Steady Still Shots without a TripodYou can also use the gimbal to try to eliminate any movement, like a standard tripod shot. This requires you to be as still as possible, and if you notice a little bit of movement in your shot, you can apply a warp stabilizer.4.  Crane ShotThis is one of my favorites. Basically, I prop my body down in a squat, and then slowly stand up. It gets a really nice crane up shot.5. Slow Dolly / Push Over / Slider MovementThis is the shot I use the most with my gimbal. It’s very easy to get a simple push over, slider-like movement. And it’s so much easier than carrying around a slider or dolly.Hope these tips help you out on your next shoot! Subscribe to PremiumBeat on YouTube for the latest tips and tricks. In this video tutorial, learn five ways you can capture stable and beautiful footage with a handheld gimbal.Over the past few months, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world and film a wide variety of different subjects. From mini-docs to short narratives and commercials: I’ve realized that next to my camera, my go-to piece of gear has been my single-handed gimbal.  Its versatility and size make it a crucial tool for any run-and-gun production, and I feel like all filmmakers need this in their kits. In this video, I’m going to show you five ways I use a gimbal to capture cinematic footage. (For those interested, I’m shooting on the CAME-TV Optimus 3-Axis Camera Gimbal.)Let’s hop into the video and see what kind of footage you can capture.last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ajaxajax amsterdamchampions leaguechelsea First Published: October 18, 2019, 1:10 PM IST Ajax Amsterdam have been banned from selling tickets to their fans for next month’s Champions League game at Chelsea following crowd trouble in their match at Valencia, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has said.UEFA fined Ajax 50,000 euros ($55,615) due to the behaviour of their fans during a 3-0 win at Valencia earlier this month and an additional 18,000 euros for “improper conduct of the team”. “The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided … to ban AFC Ajax from selling tickets to its away supporters for its next (1) UEFA competition match,” UEFA said in a statement on Thursday.The Dutch champions, who were given 30 days to contact Valencia and settle damages caused by their supporters at the Mestalla Stadium, said in a statement that they would ask UEFA for more information.Group H leaders Ajax travel to Stamford Bridge on November 5.UEFA have also banned Eintracht Frankfurt from selling tickets to their fans for their Europa League trips to Standard Liege on Nov. 7 and Arsenal on Nov. 28.Frankfurt were charged with various offences related to crowd trouble as well as a late kickoff in their 1-0 win at Vitoria Guimaraes earlier this month. last_img read more

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first_imgAnnouncing that the most-awaited “Freedom 251″ smartphone priced at less than $4 will go out for delivery from Friday, Noida-based Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd on Thursday also launched a 31.5-inch HD LED TV, four feature phones, two smartphones and three power banks at a packed event in the capital.While the HD LED TV is available for Rs 9,900, the four feature phones are available under the names of Hit (699), King (Rs 899), Boss (Rs 999) and Raja (Rs 1099).The two smartphones — Elegant 3G and Elegant 4G — are available for Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999, respectively.”We are focused manufacturers who keep in mind a tight perspective on Bill of Material (BOM), value engineering, productivity, cost of sales and economy of sales, etc. while deciding the prices of our products. It is for this reason that we have been able to pull out stunning deals for our customers and we will keep doing so,” Mohit Goel, Director, Ringing Bells, told reporters here.King and Boss feature phones come with 2.4-inch TFT display, 2MP primary camera. The devices support up to 32GB of expandable memory via microSD card. While King has a 1,800mAh battery, Boss is backed by 2,000mAh battery.The specifications for Raja are the same as King, except it sports a larger 2.8-inch TFT display. Hit comes with 1.8-inch display, 2MP primary camera, 1,250mAh battery.The two smartphones have 5-inch HD IPS display, 1GB DDR3 RAM and 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor, 8MP rear and 3.2MP front camera. Elegant 3G sports a 2,500mAh battery while the 4G variant has a 2,800mAh battery.advertisementThe company said it has tied up with RV solutions Pvt Ltd for the distribution of the devices.The delivery of LED TVs will start from August 15.”For distribution of the products, we will be utilising online and offline channels. For offline, we have an extensive network of distributors and retailers gridding our phase 1 target geography,” Goel added.According to the Ringing Bells Pvt Ltd CEO, he initially faced Rs 930 loss on each ‘Freedom 251’ handset that cost him Rs 1,180 and for which parts were imported from Taiwan.”I recovered Rs 700-800 from app developers and revenue generated through advertisements on Freedom 251 website. After selling the device for Rs 251 (cash on delivery), the total loss per handset is expected to be in the range of Rs 180-270,” Goel told IANS in an interview on the eve of the launch.The first lot of 5,000 ‘Freedom 251’ devices will finally be out for delivery from July 8 and the receiver will have to pay Rs 291 (including Rs 40 as delivery charge) to get the unit.”In order to digitally-empower every Indian, if I can get government support under the Digital India programme, I can ensure timely delivery of ‘Freedom 251’ phone to all citizens at the same price,” Goel said.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer India team director and a famed all-rounder of his time Ravi Shastri said captain Virat Kohli would be disappointed with his shot selection in the last few innings. (Scorecard)”I think he will be disappointed with his shot selection in the last few innings. He has played shots which he could have avoided,” Shastri told during lunch on Day I of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens here on Friday. (‘Bhumi Pujan’ Dhawan trolled on Twitter for flop show at Eden)Asked whether India’s premier batsman is banking on his batting skills to go all guns blazing for every ball, Shastri said it could be the other way round. (Can King Kohli bring his overseas form to India?)”It can also be the other way round. If you’re out of form, you tend to get on quickly. You look for boundaries to build your confidence and search for a boundary early on,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgMADRID — The key to Liverpool’s Champions League success this year may just be in the hands of Alisson Becker.Liverpool paid a record $85 million fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma at the end of last season after predecessor Loris Karius made several costly mistakes in last year’s final.The Brazilian has so far proven his worth going into Saturday’s final against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.“I can’t wait,” Alisson said. “Once we finished the Premier League, there were 20 days to prepare the final. I’m looking forward to playing this big game. It’s maybe the biggest game in my life.”Last year, Liverpool faced Real Madrid in the final in Kiev but fell short of winning their sixth European Cup title, losing 3-1. Besides an injury to forward Mohamed Salah which took Liverpool’s main attacking threat out of the game in the first half, it was Karius who made the mistakes that cost the team.Karius first had an embarrassing give-away that led to Karim Benzema’s opening goal, and he then failed to hold on to a long-range shot from Gareth Bale that sealed the Spanish club’s victory.The 26-year-old Alisson, a starter for Brazil’s national team since 2016, fixed Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems in his first season with the English club, swatting away the uncertainty that surrounded Karius’ performances.Alisson finished the Premier League season with 21 clean sheets, earning the Golden Glove award in his first attempt. No other goalkeeper had kept as many clean sheets in the English league since Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar in the 2008-09 season.But it was in the Champions League that Alisson really made the difference for Liverpool, producing a stoppage-time save against Napoli in the final group game to avoid early elimination.After having already made great saves during the match, Alisson came up with a huge final stop to secure the 1-0 home win that sent the team to the round of 16, coming off the line and spreading himself to block a close-range shot from Arkadiusz Milik.“I have no clue how he made that save,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said at the time. “Thank God we have him. If I’d known how good he was, I’d have paid double.”Alisson played solidly in the victories against former team Roma in the last 16 and against Porto in the quarterfinals. He then was crucial again in the semifinals against Barcelona, keeping a clean sheet in the second leg at home to help the team to overcome a 3-0 loss in the first match.There is, however, one more match to go.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgThe promise came shortly after Mo Farah had crashed into the steepest of walls, limbs screaming and pride shredded from the loneliest of trudges towards the finish of the 2014 London marathon. “I will be back,” he insisted. “I want to know that I can run a great marathon as well as achieve medals on the track.”On Sunday, the most successful British athlete of all time intends to make good on that pledge. While Farah recently turned 35, there is a growing confidence in his camp that his fledgling career as a road-runner can soar to unexpected heights.His first goal is Steve Jones’s British marathon record of 2hr 7min 13sec, which has stood for 33 years. However, if the weather gods are kinder than forecast, Farah will also aim to better the European record of 2:05:48. This week, he boldly predicted he could run 2:04 or 2:03 in the future, which would lift him into the marathon stratosphere. Such talk would have seemed impossible when Farah was struggling home in eighth in 2014, teeth fixed in grim rictis as he crossed the line in a modest 2:08:21. “It was horrible from 17 miles out,” he said. “We went under a bridge and I remember thinking this is hard. I was gritting my teeth and felt so wet and heavy – and the further I went the heavier I felt. Everyone talks about hitting the wall. I felt like I did that day.”So what has changed? As Farah points out, retiring from the track last September has allowed him to focus fully on the marathon. A new coach, Gary Lough – who guided his wife, Paula Radcliffe, to the world marathon record – has freshened up training and without the pressure of being the biggest beast on the track he feels a weight off his shoulders. “I needed to get that excitement back too,” he said. “It was the right time for a new challenge.”Three months’ hard training at 10,000ft in Ethiopia has also done wonders for Farah’s confidence. Some of his long runs are said to have been hugely impressive with his training partners needing to sub in and out after failing to keep pace, and – contrary to expectations – he got on well with Lough.Yet there were a few dicey moments. One day he was 17 miles into a run with his training partner Abdihakem Abdirahman when a pair of wild dogs started hunting them down. “All we could hear was a noise – cha-cha-cha – of them pounding on the road,” said Farah. “I looked back and there were two dogs, who were so close. They were coming for my skinny legs.” Read more Farah after finishing the 2014 London Marathon in eighth place. Photograph: Paul Harding/Action Images London Marathon … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Mo Farah Athletics Share on Messenger Paula Radcliffe predicts marathon classic and sees threat to her record Share on Pinterest Mo Farah tainted by Salazar link, says British marathon record holder Pinterest Twitter Topicscenter_img features Since you’re here… Support The Guardian What happened next would hardly have met Barbara Woodhouse’s approval. But out of fear and necessity, Farah and Abdirahman started hurling rocks at the dogs until they retreated.The Guardian also understands there were times when Farah and his team were told to stay in his camp at the Yaya Athletics Village, about 30 minutes north of Addis Ababa, because of the ethnic tensions inside Ethiopia.On another occasion, one drug tester was so inexperienced he kept failing to find a suitable vein to take blood from one of Farah’s running partners, leaving him sore the next day.However, while training has gone well it would still be a surprise if Farah made the podium given he finds himself facing one of the toughest fields ever assembled in London.The warm favourite is Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic champion and holder of the fastest time over 26.2 miles (2:00:25) – although as it was achieved in a Nike-sponsored race where, among other things, pacemakers were subbed in and out, it does not count as an official world record.It is understood that Kipchoge was intending to ask for pacemakers to get to halfway in 61 minutes, giving him every opportunity to go under Dennis Kimetto’s IAAF-approved record of 2:02:57. However, the weather may scupper those plans.The Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second fastest man in history over 26.2 miles, is also said to be in great form while last September another Ethiopian, Guye Adola, recorded the fastest debut in a marathon when he ran 2:03:46 behind Kipchoge in Berlin. Given their pedigree it will surely be sensible for Farah – who is thought to reach halfway in around 61:45 – to let them go and attempt to pick one or two of them off later in the race.Whatever happens, Farah deserves credit for throwing himself into the marathon deep end. Retirement must have crossed his mind. It would have let him spend more time with his twin loves – family and football – and avoid the persistent questions about his relationship with his former coach Alberto Salazar and his friendship with the controversial Somali Jama Aden – both are under investigation by anti-doping authorities.Instead, he is back testing himself again, ready to learn from what happened four years ago. “In his mind this is his first serious attempt at the marathon,” Radcliffe said. “He maybe underestimated it a bit in 2014. This time he has come in really serious about what he wants to achieve.” Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp Yet the marathon is different: the standard higher, the need for pain tolerance greater. On the track Farah was also able to perform a startling act of mesmerism – while his opponents knew and feared his devastating kick, they appeared powerless to prevent championship races dawdling along, lap after lap, until Farah devoured them at the finish. Over 26.2 miles those old spells will not work.There are some who question whether Farah, who had the capacity to run 3min 28.81sec over 1500m – a time surpassed by 10 athletes – can really also run a marathon time for the ages and history pages. If he can, the plaudits and, inevitably, the suspicions, will grow in tandem.But that will not bother Farah. On Sunday he will be back on familiar turf, close to the scene of his glorious London 5,000m and 10,000m triumphs, hoping to recreate the magic of six years ago.So how will he do? The former 10,000m world record holder Dave Bedford, who was responsible for putting together this year’s elite field, probably knows more than most, yet even he is unsure. “There is more at stake for Mo this time,” he said. “That’s the reality of it. He is a quality athlete, but none of us, frankly, have an idea what will happen.”That, surely, makes what lies ahead even more intriguing and alluring. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgA new pilot program will help up to 80 students get ready for careers in Nova Scotia’s growing technology sector.The province, IBM, and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are partnering to offer the Technology Advantage Program inspired by IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School, known as the P-TECH model. “Creating opportunities for young people to see a future for themselves in Nova Scotia is an important priority for government,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This new and unique program will help address future labour market needs in our province’s growing technology sector. The six-year program is open to students who attend one of the junior high schools that feed into Cole Harbour District High School, J.L. Ilsley High School and Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. Students will be in the program from grades 9 to 12, then move on to the Nova Scotia Community College, where they will work toward a two-year technology diploma. Government will cover tuition costs. “We are designing programs and opportunities to fit student needs and help them succeed,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This is a great example and I’m excited to partner with IBM and NSCC to help students get ready for careers in a sector where there is need and opportunity.” P-TECH was created in 2011, and it opens new pathways by creating a direct connection between high school, college and career. By the end of 2019, the model will be in more than 200 schools across 14 countries. Early results in the United States show increasing graduation rates and employment. Students in the Nova Scotia program will have access to a range of workplace experiences that include mentorship opportunities, internships and co-operative education placement, in addition to classroom learning. Upon graduation, students will be guaranteed interviews for available IBM jobs. “As business, government and education leaders, we all have a role to play to prepare our students for the new technology-driven opportunities of the future,” said Ayman Antoun, president, IBM Canada. “The skills gap is mounting as new technologies transform industries and jobs. “The IBM P-TECH education model is all about preparing the next generation of our workforce and providing new pathways for young people to be successful.” The pilot program will launch in September. Families of students eligible to take part in the pilot will receive more information in the coming weeks. Government will invest an initial $2 million this year to start the program.last_img read more

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DUESSELDORF, Germany — Worried about Brexit? Come to Germany where you get better salaries, better weather, tastier food — and a shorter trip for visits home to Poland.That’s a German hospital’s pitch to Polish nurses working in Britain, who are among scores of European workers worried about what will happen to their work permits and right of residence if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on March 29.The university hospital of Duesseldorf put out the ads in two Polish weekly papers in Britain late last month. It’s more than a friendly Brexit lifeline extended to citizens of a neighbouring country: the hospital is in dire need of nursing staff and is hoping to fill that shortage with experienced professionals whose time in Britain may be running out.“We have already received first inquiries,” Torsten Rantzsch, the director of nursing at the hospital in western Germany, told The Associated Press. He said the ads were deliberately written in a tongue-in-cheek style, but that “we also wanted to offer an alternative to Polish colleagues, namely the security of an EU country.”Tens of thousands of European Union citizens currently living and working in Britain are concerned about what will happen to their status when the UK leaves the 27-country bloc. With just a month to go before Brexit day, there has been no clarity on their future status — and that uncertainty is worsened by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.Since Poland joined the EU in 2004, 20,000 of the country’s 280,000 nurses have left their home country for Britain and elsewhere in Western Europe.The advertisement features Duesseldorf’s pretty skyline with the city’s landmark TV tower in front of blue skies and the Rhine River in the foreground, with the pitch written in both Polish and German.The hospital decided to focus its campaign specifically on Poles, because many learn German in school and would be able to fit in quickly, Rantzsch said.“We deliberately kept the advertisement in German … because we wanted to address German-speaking nursing staff,” said Rantzsch, adding that the Duesseldorf university hospital needs to hire 100 additional nurses. Overall there’s a shortage of 70,000 nursing staff in German hospitals.The hospital has already had good luck turning abroad to fill its shortage of skilled nurses. In 2012, Duesseldorf’s university hospital — and many other hospitals across Germany — started looking for nurses in Spain and other European countries with higher unemployment or lower wages at the time, like Italy, Hungary and Romania.One of the first international recruits in Duesseldorf, Susana Garcia from Spain, first found out about the opportunity from the newspaper ads. She says she loves her job at the university hospital.“Working conditions here in Germany are super,” the 29-year-old nurse said. “We have full-time contracts even though we’re very young, we’ve been here now for six years.”___Grieshaber reported from Berlin. Vanessa Gera contributed from Warsaw, Poland.Mstyslav Chernov And Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press read more

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first_imgSo much press has been given in recent months to Research in Motion‘s tablet aspirations with the upcoming BlackBerry Playbook that some of us have forgotten that RIM is still making some of the best smartphones on Earth. A leaked image of RIM’s new smartphone, the BlackBerry Dakota, is now here to set that right.According to Boy Genius Report, the BlackBerry Dakota will be similar to the BlackBerry Bold. 10mm thin, it will boast a 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen, a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Tri-band UMTS radio, 4GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM< 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. Inside there’s a magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity sensor, 5 megapixel camera with internal LED flash and HD video, and a micro-USB port.Intriguingly, like the Verizon iPhone, the BlackBerry Dakota will be able to function as a mobile 3G hotspot, tethering by WiFi to other devices. It also boasts an NFC or near-field-communications chip, opening the door to using the Dakota to make payments.If you’re still loyal to a physical QWERTY, the BlackBerry Dakota is looking solid, although there’s no pricing or release information yet. Personally, though, we’re a little disappointed: we were hoping the next BlackBerry would at least give us a blushing peek at their new QNX OS.Read more at Boy Genius Reportlast_img read more

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first_imgThe next map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops hasn’t even been officially announced, but according to G4TV and a number of other sources, the map names, themes, and launch date have already been leaked. Oddly enough, it’s GameStop, Activision’s launch partner, who’s inadvertently released the information.According to reports at G4TV, you can already pre-order the map pack at GameStop, and reps there say it’ll be available on June 28th. Activision hasn’t said anything on the matter, and photos from GameStop promotional flyers for the map pack have appeared on the web.The new map pack will, like the last one, feature five new maps: four traditional multiplayer maps and a special zombie-themed map. The maps, titled Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo, and Hazard, all look real and the promo poster keeps with the art-style of the Escalation map pack released last month. If the Zombies map is anything like the “Call of the Dead” map from the Escalation pack, it’ll be worth playing.We can make out a few details from the promo photo: the Hangar 18 map is actually called “Invade Hangar 18,” and the Drive-In map is called “Attack at the Drive-In.” That implies that the Hangar 18 map is likely an assault-style map, possibly with an objective to capture inside. The Drive-In map may be an ambush where players have to defend themselves from attackers, much like the “Convoy” map from the Escalation pack.The Escalation map pack also saw its details leaked in advance of its launch. Australian gaming site Game.com.au accidentally posted a promotional flyer for the pack in April, a month in advance of the map pack’s release. Activision then stepped up a week later and officially announced the DLC, putting the leak to rest.If tradition holds and you really can already pre-order the map pack from GameStop stores, Activision will make the news official shortly.Read more at Digital Warfare 24/7 via G4TVlast_img read more

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first_img 31,555 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FORMER GREEK MINISTER for Finance Yanis Varoufakis has said that fears that Ireland may end up as “collateral damage” in negotiations between London and Brussels are “well-founded”.Speaking to RTÉ’s This Week, the economist said if Britain chooses to leave the capital union, Ireland would not be negotiating with London over the status of the border: ”there will be negotiations between London and Brussels on this”.This comes as Gerry Adams said that Brexit could destroy the Good Friday Agreement, and that Brexit was a ”hostile act against this island”, because it could mean taking the North out of the European Union.Other concernsThe main challenges that Brexit poses for Ireland include higher taxes on imported and exported products, and the future for the border between the Republic of Ireland and the North.When Britain leave the European Union, higher taxes on goods exported from Ireland are likely; but how much higher they are will signify just how tough Brexit will be for small Irish businesses here.Because the UK voted to leave the EU on a mandate of limiting the free movement of people, the worry is that a physical border of some sorts will return, seriously impacting relations in the North – especially at a time of political uncertainty.“I think that it’s imperative for the Irish government to ensure that it’s not sidelined,” Varoufakis said today. Short URL Image: Markus Schreiber Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Ireland may end up as collateral damage in Brexit talks’ Politicians, journalists and critics have expressed concern that Ireland may emerge the worst from Brexit negotiations. 101 Comments Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 5:26 PM Varoufakis was made Greek Finance minister after his far-left party Syriza rose to power in the 2014 general elections.He and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to get a better – or less austere – deal from the European Union, but failed in negotiations to achieve that. Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesVaroufakis then resigned, he says because Tsipras was told he would get a better deal for the Greek people if Varoufakis stepped aside. Since his resignation in 2015, Varoufakis has been a vocal critic of the EU – often expressing his disillusionment with the way the European Union functions.“My great fear having experienced negotiations [like these] is that negotiations are not rational – indeed they are often fake negotiations. Often there is a power-play that leaves behind the common interest for both sides,” he said today.The PM’s SpeechEarlier this week Theresa May outlined her ‘wish-list’ for Brexit negotiations. Included on that list was her desire to acknowledge the unique relationship they have in the North.She also said that if they didn’t get a good deal, that they would get competitive on trade by lowering corporate tax rates.Various opposition politicians, including Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, expressed concern about Theresa May’s speech, saying that it doesn’t include much detail about how negotiations will proceed.Read: UK government rejects Adams’ claims that Brexit will destroy Good Friday AgreementRead: Theresa May is first in line as world leaders gear up to meet President Trumpcenter_img You have to use your special geographical place and the historical links between the Republic and the United Kingdom to knock some sense into both London and Brussels. Jan 22nd 2017, 5:26 PM http://jrnl.ie/3199662 Share417 Tweet Email1 Image: Markus Schreiber As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

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first_img Posted: July 23, 2018 Updated: 11:29 AM July 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Poll released by ‘Friends of SDSU’ says voters favor SDSU West plan over SoccerCity 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMISSION VALLEY (KUSI) – With just three months to go until election day, a new poll shows the majority of voters in San Diego favor SDSU West for the future of the Mission Valley stadium site.The poll released by Friends of SDSU found that 62% of voters favored the expansion of the campus nearly 2 to 1 over the SoccerCity initiative. Since last fall, support for SoccerCity has decreased by nearly 10%. last_img read more

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first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police busted two suspected credit card crooks at a Doral gas station.Thirty-seven-year-old Rolando Guevara and 32-year-old Alfredo Garcia were caught refueling their truck with different cards at a Speedway gas station in Doral, Wednesday.Detectives recovered more than 30 cloned credit cards from the duo.Their bond has been set at $2,000 on multiple fraud charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgHearst Corp.’ s investment division Hearst Ventures has taken a minority equity stake in Science Inc., a sort of incubator on steroids that quickly scales digital startups by providing funding, executive talent and other resources.Terms of the deal were not released, but All Things D’s Kara Swisher cites sources who estimate the stake north of 20 percent with a $30 million value—details separately confirmed by a FOLIO: source with knowledge of the investment.Santa Monica-based Science describes itself as a “technology studio” that both creates and acquires digital companies and then pulls together the necessary resources—whether capital, talent or tech—to quickly scale them. The company launched in November 2011 with a $9.8 million Series A round and is now helping to develop 13 companies, including DollarShaveClub, FreshDish and UrbanRemedy. VC backers include Erick Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners and White Star Capital. Science Inc. CEO Michael Jones was CEO of Myspace when News Corp sold it.For Hearst Corp., the stake represents a combination of an investment  and access to technology and development smarts. “Hearst is continually looking for smart investments that bring value and intelligence to the company—our investment in Science does both,” says Hearst Corp. CEO Frank Bennack, Jr. in a statement. Along with the deal, George Kliavkoff, executive vice president and deputy group head of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, is joining Science Inc.’s board of directors.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough wants to set up a special area for companies to develop and test drone aircraft for the military. The project would capitalize on recent year’s state laws aimed at helping woo the defense industry and spur economic development.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgInsights from The Unfinished MemoirsThe autobiography of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, presents a perspective of Bangladesh’s political history in the 1950s and 1960s, and the way his turbulent political life was shaped in those tumultuous days.The Unfinished Memoirs indicates the making of Bangabandhu and the future father of the nation, as if Mujib as a political prisoner and a Bengali nationalist leader had travelled through the path of history he made in course of time.His struggle while physically meeting his people and upholding their causes, was the struggle of the masses of the contemporary period. His recollections remind the readers of the crisis of political fundraising in this part of the world as he describes the hardship faced by the opposition political activists while supporting the election campaign of then student leader Shamsul Haque in a by-election in Tangail in newly independent Pakistan.In the process, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib left for future generations and historians valuable references, clues, insights and of course his own political narratives.Like some other politicians who travelled between jail and the free world, he wrote his diaries, which eventually turned into this book, and unless he did so, the readers and observers of Bangladesh would have missed a definitive perspective that says how a political Bangladesh came into being.And many of the questions he tacitly raised remain valid today. Mistrust among the politicians and conspiracy and talks of conspiracy are something that Sheikh Mujib was disturbed. These feature prominently in his book.It is the reflection of a post-colonial society, especially moves and activities that defined early decades of Pakistan, when Bangladesh was a part of it. The difficulties faced by the democratic political parties like Awami League and by politicians determined the destiny of Pakistan and it is eventually Mujib who led the process and war of Bangladesh’s liberation.“What the book does contain is of indisputable worth: it shines a light on crucial aspects of the ground realities that led to the split of Pakistan into two in less than 25 years of its creation,” wrote Hindustan Times in its review of the book. Also, it shows his understanding of realpolitik and capacity to read the people’s pulse.The book is full of political characters, some of whom were celebrated and others who would have gone into oblivion, had he not mentioned their names.However, in his narratives, whenever he named a fellow politician, be it from his party, side or adversary, he mostly addressed him as ‘saheb’ or Mr – something that proved his respect for all of them as politicians and as individuals. Such respect is rare these days.Mujib candidly criticised political decisions or moves of two of his most respected seniors – Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and Husein Shahid Suhrawardy but ultimately he had never lost his respect for them.His political beliefs and pursuit of his goal has given him a towering height exceeding all others around him. In his speech, as contained in the book, he delivered in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in 1955, a young Mujib said: “Sir, you will see that you want to place the word ‘East Pakistan’ instead of ‘East Bengal’. We have demanded so many times that you should use ‘Bengal’ instead of ‘Pakistan’. The word ‘Bengal’ has a history, has a tradition of its own. You can change it only after the people have been consulted….. So, I appeal to my friends on that side to allow the people to give their verdict in any way, in the form of referendum or in the form of plebiscite.”Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was also a family man who had enormous love for his father, mother, wife and children. While staying in jail, he penned down an experience: “Hachu (now prime minister Sheikh Hasina) was playing and often calling me as “Abba” (dad). [Little] Kamal was asking her, Hachu apa, can I call your father Abba?… I told him ‘I am your Abba too’… Someone’s own son forgets him if he does not see him for a long time. When I went to jail, he was only a few months of age. Who will say how heinous is the act of confining someone on political grounds and without trial and keeping them isolated from children and relatives! Human beings become blind with self-interest.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Soon, the travelling time to Basanti Highway from the southern fringes of the city will be cut down by at least 30 minutes with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) being optimistic about completing the two lane link road from EM Bypass crossing — Avishikta connector to Basanti Highway before the Durga Puja.”We are in the last phase of work. A large number of commuters, particularly from the southwestern part of the city, including Kidderpore, Garden Reach, Metiaburz, Behala, Tollygunge etc can avail this road and directly reach Basanti Highway via Prince Anwar Shah Road connector without taking the longer — Science City route, once the 3.5 km stretch is completed. There is an existing road up to a well-known school via PA Shah Road extension till Chowbhaga area and will soon be extended by this 3.5 km stretch, connecting directly with Basanti Highway,” said Ratan Dey, Member Mayor-in-Council (Roads), KMC said.Basanti Highway is touted to be the state’s gateway to the Sunderbans — one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Bantala, the second IT hub in the state after Rajarhat- New Town can also be reached via Basanti Highway. A campus of IT giant Cognizant is located there.It may be mentioned that sometime in the middle of 2016, two residents had managed to draw the attention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was travelling along the Bhojerhat area and urged her to construct a road connecting Chowbhaga to Basanti for commuters’ convenience.The matter was immediately taken up by Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and plans were chalked out for the connecting road.The KMC has also planned to widen Jibanananda Setu at Prince Anwar Shah Road connector.The bridge over the railway tracks connecting Sealdah to parts of South 24-Parganas often witness traffic snarls due to its narrow space.”There is a huge rush of vehicles headed to Bypass from Jadavpur police station crossing and Kolkata Police has also expressed similar views. We have had discussions with them in this regard and we will soon sent a proposal to the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) to study the feasibility aspect of this bridge widening,” a senior official of KMC’s road department said. Travelling from South Kolkata to Basanti Highway will become much faster if a second span of the bridge could be created. “We need to clear some encroachments including a building and for this, we need to have a proper rehabilitation plan in place. We are working on it,” the official maintained.last_img read more

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