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first_imgTouch Football Victoria’s 2013/14 VT League season will commence this Sunday, 10 November, with a big day of games to start the season. Each team will play three games on Sunday at Elwood Park, with round games continuing weekly until mid-February, with finals to follow.The season will feature a combination of Friday night games at Albert Park as well as Sunday mornings at Elwood. The Melbourne City Lions will be hopeful of retaining the Club Championship title after taking out two titles, the Women’s and Mixed, in the 2012/13 season. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013/14 VT League, please visit the following websites and social media pages:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.auwww.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria www.twitter.com/touchfootyvicInstagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Victoria’  2012/13 VT League ResultsMixed Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks 6 Women’s Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Bayside Vipers 4          Men’s Final Bayside Vipers 7 defeated Western Dodgers 3 Club Championship – Melbourne City LionsRelated Links2013/14 VT Leaguelast_img read more


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first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We won’t underestimate Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says they won’t underestimate Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.Klopp offered a nod to Newcastle’s financial situation when it comes to transfer restraints.He said: “I don’t know too much about Newcastle, from time to time I read a little bit.”Nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players, but Rafa is too experienced to carry that for a full season.”Meanwhile they are really settled, in a good moment result-wise.”It was always difficult to play against them.”Newcastle give us a lot to think about, the crosses with Rondon in the box.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fifth in a 15-part series in which we preview college football’s top teams. We’ll be counting down from 15 to one, with the final team, released on Sept. 3 – the day college football starts – serving as our national title pick. 11. Clemson TigersThe Clemson Tigers are a trendy pick to win the ACC this year, despite the fact that Florida State is the three-time defending conference champion. Clemson has won at least 10 games in each of the past four seasons, and many believe that if star quarterback Deshaun Watson can stay healthy all year, the Tigers will have a legitimate shot at taking the next step and competing for a national championship. The program finished on a high note in 2014, blowing out Oklahoma, 40-6, in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Can they keep it rolling into 2015?Clemson kicked off practice just a few days ago. The school has been releasing footage all week.#PAWDrill is back! #Clemson pic.twitter.com/ObxgSOlwt1— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 10, 2015Not everyone thinks the Tigers have what it takes to win it all, though.Where They’re At In The RankingsUSA TODAY Coaches’ Poll – No. 12ESPN FPI – No. 19Las Vegas odds – No. 20The Schedule Clemson Russell Athletic Bowl RingsTwitter/ClemsonSept. 5 – vs. WoffordSept. 12 – vs. Appalachian StateSept. 17 – at LouisvilleOct. 3 – vs. No. 11 Notre DameOct. 10 – vs. No. 17 Georgia TechOct. 17 – vs. Boston CollegeOct. 24 – at Miami (FL)Oct. 31 – at NC StateNov. 7 – vs. No. 8 Florida StateNov. 14 – at SyracuseNov. 21 – vs. Wake ForestNov. 28 – at South Carolina Key GamesOct. 3 vs. Notre DameClemson gets its first real test at Louisville on a Thursday night in September, but there’s no doubt that Tigers fans have had Notre Dame circled on their 2015 schedule for years. The Irish and Tigers are both considered national title hopefuls, and assuming both have unblemished records heading into the contest, the winner is going to have a leg up for the College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame’s defense struggled down the stretch last year, and assuming Watson is still on the field for the Tigers, they’ll have a decent shot at knocking off the historic program. It’ll also be interesting to see how new Fighting Irish starter Malik Zaire deals with Clemson’s likely-formidable secondary. Nov. 7 vs. Florida StateFor as successful as Clemson has been over the past three years, the Tigers still haven’t been able to crack Florida State. In 2015, former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (who went No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) is gone, and the Seminoles will (most likely) rely on Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson to lead the charge. That being said, Clemson lost at home last year, 23-17, with FSU sporting backup Sean Maguire. If Clemson wants to get serious about finding itself in the College Football Playoff, they’ll have to take care of the Seminoles to get there.Nov. 28 at South CarolinaYes, Clemson vs. South Carolina is still just a non-conference game. But even if both schools were 0-11 heading into it, it would still be the most important contest on the schedule. The in-state rivalry between the two, now dubbed The Palmetto Bowl, is one of the best in the sport. The war of words between Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier isn’t too bad, either.Key PlayersDeshaun Watson, sophomore quarterbackWatson had a very bizarre freshman season. Back in April, he broke his collarbone. He started the season as the backup to Cole Stoudt, and after performing very well against Florida State in relief, he was named the team’s starter. A few weeks later, he broke his finger against Louisville and was out of action until mid-November. In returning against Georgia Tech, he tore his ACL. After sitting out against Georgia State, he returned for the team’s rivalry game with South Carolina, and led the Tigers to victory, despite the injury. He then shut it down, opting to have surgery instead of playing against Oklahoma. Got all that?When Watson was on the field, Clemson was a much more efficient team. He threw for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions in limited work. He also rushed for 200 yards on 63 attempts. He’s a player single-handedly capable of winning Clemson the conference title. But can he stay healthy?I knew my time was coming, I just had to wait for it. So every night I prayed for opportunities like this. Time to go LIVE it! #WishMeWell— Deshaun Watson (@ShaunWatson4) August 4, 2015Shaq Lawson, junior defensive endClemson boasted one of the country’s top defenses in 2014, but ahead of the 2015 campaign, the Tigers will have to replace eight starters. Lawson, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound stud defensive end, should help to ease that burden. He’s one of the best at his position in the ACC. If the Tigers are going to hang their hat on defense again this year, he’ll have to be a menace.Lawson was a Freshman All-American in 2013, and last year, he recorded 44 tackles, including 11 for loss. If he’s able to continue improving, he’ll be one of the most feared players in the country.It’s time to seperate the good from the great. Until January social media… It’s time to go to work boys.— Shaq Lawson (@Shaq_Lawson90) August 4, 2015Wayne Gallman, sophomore running backDespite winning 10 games in 2014, Clemson struggled running the football. In fact, the Tigers finished 81st in rushing offense, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt. Much of that was because Cole Stoudt, who isn’t an overly athletic signal-caller, was on the field a good portion of the year. But the team’s running backs didn’t put up staggering numbers either. The longest run from scrimmage was only 34 yards – by Wayne Gallman. Gallman, who led the team in both carries (161) and yards (769) last season, will need to improve in his sophomore year. Clemson will need to have a strong running game to compete this year – especially if Watson ever catches the injury bug again.twitter see yall in January. #doakseason pic.twitter.com/6iFngorvX8— Wayne Gallman II (@Wanye_Kanye) August 4, 2015 Why They Can Win The National TitleClemson returns just 11 starters from last year’s team, so it’s possible that the Tigers are a year or two away from competing for a national championship. The squad may not have the defense it had a year ago, given the departures of Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward, but head coach Dabo Swinney does seem to have confidence in this year’s unit. If he’s right, Clemson will be formidable.The other major factor, obviously, is Watson’s health. If he can stay on the field, Clemson will be very difficult to stop. But the second he’s sidelined, the Tigers will either be relying on junior Nick Schuessler, who has attempted 10 passes in his career, or a true freshman with zero experience. Every time Watson goes down, Tigers fans will collectively be holding their breath.Regardless, Clemson’s program seems to be in a good place. If everything falls right in 2015, the Tigers could have a special year.Yesterday: No. 12 LSU; up tomorrow: No. 10 Florida Statelast_img read more


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first_imgActivities under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) have been boosted, with the provision of motor vehicles and equipment by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The donation, inclusive of three utility vehicles and several pieces of land surveying and mapping equipment, with accompanying computers and software, form part of allocations under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration in Jamaica Project. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, formally accepted the vehicles and equipment from Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Jamaica, His Excellency Kimo Lim, during the project’s launch on Friday (March 8), at the St. Mary Parish Church hall in Port Maria. Mr. Pickersgill, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who was in Venezuela for the state funeral of late President, Hugo Chavez, welcomed the donation. “The introduction of advanced land surveying technologies will improve LAMP’s capacity to deliver land titles, and we will also see the further mobilisation of legal and land surveying teams in the targeted parishes. Needless to say, our country will benefit significantly from the execution of this project,” Mr. Pickersgill stated. In his brief remarks, Ambassador Lim described the project as a “good example” of the partnership between both countries, which spans 50 years. He expressed the hope that Jamaica and Korea will seek to further strengthen their partnership through collaborations on matters of mutual interest     LAMP’s Project Director, Lisa Campbell, in expressing gratitude, stated that the donation will “enable us to move forward with our mandate, which is simply land titling.” The Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration project , for which an agreement was signed by the Ministry and KOICA last week, is an addendum to the contract for LAMP’s second phase, and will facilitate expansion of the land titling process into St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland.   Additional benefits include the provision of skills training in the areas of land surveying, cadastral mapping, and geo informatics for LAMP’s officers.    Some 1,000 parcels of land in the targeted parishes, currently being occupied informally, are being targeted for the delivery of titles to the property holders. Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation, which has been assisting with the implementation of LAMP’s second phase, will, over the next two years, invest over US$2 million in the project, with the option to spend a further US$26 million over 10 years, thereafter. LAMP, which started in 2000, aims to formalise the holdings of land holders currently without titles for their properties, by assisting them to secure these documents. The initiative, which commenced as a pilot in St. Catherine, has since been extended to include all parishes, except Kingston and St. Andrew, and Portmore and its environs. KOICA is the agency of Korea’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry responsible for implementing grant aid and technical cooperation programmes internationally.last_img read more


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first_imgGolden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren made a name for herself as the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie”, but it’s her role as an activist that has set her apart from, well, most celebrities.Tippi Hedren and FriendsCredit/Copyright: Bill DowThe actress devoted herself to raising her daughter, Melanie Griffith, and raising consciousness about the vital preservation of endangered animals all over the world – namely, big cats.She is president of the Roar Foundation, and resides on her sanctuary for animals in California called The Shambala Preserve.For years, this remarkable woman has tirelessly pleaded with Congress to pass legislation to stop the breeding and raising of exotic felines for personal possession or financial gain. It’s not just about preservation of exotic animals; it’s also about public safety.Her efforts have led to death threats, yet her passion remains steadfast. In 2009, she co-authored a bill titled ‘A Federal Ban on the Breeding of the Exotic Feline for Personal Possession’ and on September 20, 2012, she will again appear in front of Congress to plead passage of the bill, now titled: “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,” aka as H.R. 4122.In her recent open letter to Congress, Hedren explains the importance of passing H.R. 4122, and with some public support we can all be part of this humane and necessary legislation.Look To The Stars was grateful to speak with Ms. Hedren about big cats, Congress, the fight to stop animal abuse and her aim to ultimately educate the public in regards to the inhumane treatment of circus animals and the need for this outdated form of entertainment to go away.Tippi Hedren with TigersCredit/Copyright: Bill DowWhat sparked your interest in big cats?The situation that caused the Shambala Preserve to come into effect was monumental. I’d always had puppies and kittens and bunnies and the normal type of pet, and I did two films in Africa in 1969 and 1970. One was in Rhodesia – which is now Zimbabwe – and the other in South Africa. In those days, environmentalists all over the world were telling us that if we didn’t stop the encroaching civilization on wild areas – the hunting, the poaching of wild animals – that by the year 2000 they would be gone. So there was a lot of awareness going on – we were learning about the plight of the whale, the panda, and the tiger. My husband was the producer, so we decided to do a film about this issue and were kicking around ideas – should we focus on one area, should we focus on one group of animals – and that answer came very quickly.We went on a photo shoot in Mozambique and came across a house that had been abandoned by a game warden on one of the preserves, and a pride of lions had moved in. There must have been 20-30 cats, sitting in windows, going in and out the doors, the cubs were playing out front. They looked like great portraits. I have the most beautiful picture in my mind of this fabulous place, and we thought “bingo”! Perfect movie set, animals which most people are either fascinated with or scared to death of.When we gave the script – and this is using sometimes ten cats in a scene, sometimes 12, sometimes 20 – to the trainers of these acting animals, everyone of them came back laughing at us and said this film cannot be done because of the number of animals working together.So eventually that led to the establishment of the Shambala Preserve. My first rescue was an 8-month-old lion cub who was purchased by a doctor in Los Angeles. He bought a cute little adorable lion cub, and as he grew he was tearing up the doctor’s house, taking chunks out of the doctor, plus he didn’t have any siblings for him to play with. So by the time he was about 8-months-old, he was screaming for someone to take this little monster off his hands. So I went and picked him up and brought him home to our place in Sherman Oaks, where he continued his demolition work. That was the beginning of these rescues.Were any of them movie animals?Yes some of them, not too many. We became a very, very important facility to the California Fish and Game Department, as well as other state fish and game departments when they would confiscate a big cat that was either treated really badly or living in squalor. And these stories were many – we had a lion living in the basement with a family who had children – I mean, this is one of the four most dangerous animals in the world and our government has always said yeah sure, breed them, sell them for whatever you can… and on top of that we’ll give you a permit. US Department of Agriculture- there is a whole lot wrong with that.Tippi Hedren with LionCredit/Copyright: Bill DowAnd you are changing that?I certainly hope so. I’m working on my second Federal Bill. The first one in 2003 was to stop the interstate traffic of these animals to be sold as pets, and that was titled ‘The Cats of Wildlife Safety Act.’ I co-authored that and was asked to testify. What I did was I listed about 18 accidents – you know you have about 5 minutes to get your point across – and I just listed accidents, killings, maulling’s. There are hundreds and hundreds of people, adults and children that have been maimed and killed by these animals.Do people think because there’s not a law against it that it makes it okay?Well, how many people do you know, when they want to get a dog, look into what this dog is like – is it a lap dog, is a collie, do they do that? No, that’s why the shelters are so full of animals that people say ‘oh I didn’t know he was going to grow so big’, ‘I didn’t know he was going to eat so much’, etc.Tell us about the second Federal Bill?It was either ‘07 or ’09 and apparently the climate wasn’t right for this bill and it just sat there for a while. It’s the same bill – the first bill was the Federal Ban on the Exotic Breeding of Felines for Personal Possession or Financial Gain, now the bill is being cast as a public safety act, H.R. 4122, and hopefully that stops the breeding.The most important thing here is the public safety issue, to get it stopped because the government won’t act on an emotional basis -the inhumaneness of these animals being born in captivity – it is a public safety issue.Which celebrities support your efforts?I have a whole list of them, but Betty White comes to mind first.[Other celebrities include: Loni Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Kate Linder, Romi Dames and Lindsay Wagner].Let’s talk about the circus? Who are we not reaching in terms of education regarding the epic inhumane treatment and abuse of circus animals?In terms of the circus, we are not reaching the parents who think that their children should see the circus with the animals in it. This is the propaganda we’re dealing with. The Ringling Brothers, they are about as big as the problem gets and they have the money to tell all these lies about how educational the circus is – to see the animals. Can you tell me what is educational about seeing an elephant sitting up, standing on its head doing a dance routine? There is nothing educational about that – parents need to be aware that these animals have been beaten into practically being killed to do these stupid tricks.If you ever ask anybody involved with the circus if you could go watch a training session with the elephants and big cats, they will never let you in. We have gotten information in the past from people who have hidden a camera, honest to god you just wanna cry and you have this insane desire to stop this insanity. It’s just deplorable.The great thing about social media is that people are waking up and are shunning special interest groups.Have you read my letter to Congress? The one about Kenneth Feld? The power Kenneth Feld has is absolutely phenomenal – talk about special interest groups, he owns our government. Will anyone stand with me against Kenneth Feld? He has been brought up on animal cruelty and animal abuse charges many, many times – at least five times that I know of – he pays a $200,000 or $300,000 fine and off he goes and continues this.So he’s basically a cash cow for them?Absolutely right, and when I heard from Washington that a number of congressional members are hesitant to vote for this bill because of the circus – that’s what prompted me to write an open letter to congress. I’m just livid, the wild animal business is so huge it’s on par with illegal drugs. When it gets that big it gets dangerous. When I wrote the bill in 2003, my life was threatened, I called the authorities who had the FBI come in and I couldn’t leave the preserve. I had to have somebody come live with me, I couldn’t drive my own car, I had to rent one. I was literally imprisoned in my house – the sheriffs were going through everyone’s bags who came to the preserve, and they found out the man who threatened me was an animal dealer – I don’t know what happened to him. But my assistant is getting phone calls from the Feld camp saying you better be watch yourself, and he just tells them ‘what are you going to do about it, she’s telling the truth.’This is my goal in life, to stop the insanity. I would like to see us be the generation that stops animal cruelty forever, and I hope that in my lifetime I will see that.Look to the Stars greatly thanks Ms. Hedren for her time and efforts at bettering this world, and we hope to have a small part in stopping the cruelty.To support Ms. Hedren, please visit the Shambala website.If you’d like to sign the petition in support of H.R. 4122, you can do so hereCopyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


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first_imgAPTN National NewsAlberta’s Wildrose Party is holding onto a polling lead as the province heads into an election next week.After 40 years in power, it seems that the Progressive Conservative-hold on Canada’s largest economy is slipping.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on what to expect if the Wildrose Party takes the legislature.last_img


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first_imgCALGARY – It’s more vital than ever that three other pipelines to oil export markets proceed as planned in the wake of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shelving its Energy East pipeline on Thursday, says AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever.Lever says Canadian producers will have to transport any incremental new oil production over the next year or so using railcars, and the pipeline transportation system out of Western Canada will remain tight for years.“We already know the next incremental barrel of production has got to go by rail because the pipelines are effectively full,” he said Friday.In a report in July, RBC Capital Markets predicted oilsands production would grow by 900,000 barrels per day in the next five years thanks to startup of Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mine and several smaller projects, including an 80,000-bpd expansion at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Horizon mine and upgrader.It pointed out that about three-quarters of the new bitumen production is not going to be upgraded, which means it will have to be diluted to create a product composed of 30 to 40 per cent lighter petroleum in order to flow in a pipeline. That will increase the demand for pipeline volumes beyond what is required for the heavy oil alone, it said.Opponents of pipeline projects who look at the oil forecasts and conclude they aren’t needed sometimes overlook the diluent component of shipping bitumen, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.“We will exceed our current and projected pipeline capacity by 2030 with (Energy East) gone … not just on a strategic level but by volume,” he said.Lever said Energy East could come off the shelf and be proposed again for regulatory approval if any of the other pipelines don’t go ahead or if market conditions change to encourage higher production growth.“Energy East was more than what was needed,” he said of the proposal to ship 1.1 million bpd from Alberta to New Brunswick.“Producers weren’t going to pay for that much excess capacity so I’m not surprised it fell to the wayside. If one of those (other pipelines) falls away, then Energy East would be needed.”He said the next capacity increase is expected to come with Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which is under construction in Canada and awaiting its last U.S. regulatory approvals in Minnesota. It is expected to add 370,000 bpd of capacity by early 2019.But that additional room will only just accommodate new output from oilsands expansions and the situation will remain tight until the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline to the West Coast proposed by Kinder Morgan is in service, expected to add 590,000 bpd by late 2019, Lever said. That project is being actively opposed in court by the B.C. government and other intervenors.TransCanada hasn’t yet approved its Keystone XL pipeline into the U.S. but Lever said its 830,000-bpd capacity would likely provide enough room for Canadian oil production growth until about 2030, when the industry expects Canadian production to reach five million barrels per day.Lever pointed out that having excess pipeline capacity is important because it gives producers options to supply different markets and offers the pipeline operators flexibility to schedule maintenance downtime.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – Western Canadian farmers are using proceeds from a good harvest last year to buy more new agricultural equipment after years of settling for used as prices of U.S.-made machinery rose due to the stronger American dollar.Both Cervus Equipment Corp. and Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. are reporting increased earnings thanks to higher profit margins and manufacturers’ incentive payments on sales of new equipment in 2017 versus 2016.Cervus CEO Graham Drake says the company expects strong sales of new equipment to continue in 2018 after sales leaped ahead by 20 per cent last year, driven by good harvests and “windows” of favourable currency exchange rates.He cited the improved outlook in announcing an increase in the quarterly dividend from seven to 10 cents per share.CEO Garrett Ganden says Rocky Mountain Dealerships is also banking on Canadian farmer optimism this year, noting continuing good prices on solid crop production and a harvest last fall that wasn’t hampered by late-season wet conditions as it was in 2016.Cervus reported revenue from new equipment sales rose 20 per cent to $447 million in 2017, while Rocky Mountain noted a 5.7 per cent increase to $436 million.Both companies are based in Calgary.Rocky Mountain, which sells Case IH and New Holland equipment, says it is Canada’s largest agriculture equipment dealer with 35 dealerships across the Prairies.Cervus, which sells John Deere machinery, has interests in 35 dealerships, 20 in Western Canada, nine in New Zealand and six in Australia.last_img read more


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first_imgTORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia reported an increase in fourth-quarter net income compared with a year ago, but fell short of analyst expectations.Scotiabank earned $2.27 billion or $1.71 per diluted share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.07 billion or $1.64 per diluted share in net income during the same time last year.The result amounted to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.77 compared with $1.65 a year ago.Analysts on average had expected adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.79 during the bank’s fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The Toronto-based bank’s results were fuelled by its international banking division which saw quarterly net income rise more than 21 per cent to $804 million.For its full 2018 financial year, Scotiabank says it earned $8.72 billion or $6.82 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $8.24 billion or $6.49 per diluted share  in 2017. Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Massachusetts authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez  for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation, sources tell ABC News.The warrant was prepared after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News.Police were at Hernandez’s home again Thursday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez “destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.The investigator and other law enforcement sources confirmed the security system was smashed intentionally. Hernandez’s cellphone was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, sources added.Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners was hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.“There’s a federal statute in every state that you cannot knowingly destroy evidence. And what [authorities] believe has happened here is that the home surveillance system was destroyed, the cell phone was destroyed, the house was cleaned, and the police think there was evidence that was destroyed because of that,” ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack said.“Now the problem of course is that nobody knows what was in that home surveillance so in some ways it’s difficult for the police to make their case,” Cossack said.Surveillance video from the North Attleborough, Mass., neighborhood of Hernandez shows him with Odin Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed earlier this week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday.In addition, the Boston Globe reported that video images appear to show Hernandez and Lloyd together on Fayston Street in Boston early Monday morning.Hernandez, 23, has been at the center of the investigation since the body of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was found shot in the back of the head Monday in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.Lloyd’s uncle, Ishmael Andrew, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Family members have said Lloyd was never in trouble.Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been re-filed in Florida against Hernandez by a man the tight end allegedly shot in South Florida in February. The lawsuit contends Alexander S. Bradley was shot in the arm but the bullet traveled to his head, causing him to lose his right eye.Video footage by a WCVB-TV chopper showed Hernandez traveling by car to Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. He left the stadium shortly after noon, then was swarmed by reporters after he stopped at a gas station.The Boston Herald reported that Hernandez was told to leave the stadium by staff, who were waiting for him when he showed up for a workout. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the newspaper that he had no idea why Hernandez came to the stadium.“No coaches are here,” said James, who declined further comment to the Herald.Lloyd’s body was discovered in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard, not far from a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez. Police have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide.“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion,” attorney Michael Fee said in a statement.Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a silver mirror cover believed to have been broken off a vehicle and might be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester, where Lloyd was from, and North Attleborough.The NFL is not commenting on the Hernandez situation at this point, a league official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. But the NFL is monitoring developments, as it would in any matter of this nature.Bradley, the man who claims he was shot by Hernandez after the two argued upon leaving a Miami nightclub in February, is represented by New York attorney David Jaroslawicz.Asked whether he has a police report of the incident, Jaroslawicz declined to provide information. According to USA Today Sports, his client was in the hospital for weeks, and “I’m sure the police were there.”A spokesman for Miami-Dade police told USA Today that he was checking to see whether a report was filed.A police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff describes a shooting incident involving a man named Bradley on Feb. 13. The sheriff’s office deemed the case inactive because Bradley refused to cooperate. Hernandez was not named in the report. read more


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Trevor Thompson (right) looks on during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Thompson announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State April 13.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorTo say the Ohio State basketball team is going through an overhaul is a bit of an understatement.First, the Buckeyes saw the careers of two of the most decorated players in program history — a total of 119 wins — come to a close on a cold, windy day in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three weeks ago when senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. battled to a 60-59 loss Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Two days later, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told coach Thad Matta of his intentions to leave Columbus and head back home to Europe to pursue a professional basketball career.Then only six days later, OSU got hit with another departure — this time its leading scorer — when junior forward LaQuinton Ross announced his intentions to follow in Della Valle’s footsteps and leave early to pursue a pro career.But with 40 points per game lost from the 2013-14 season, Matta didn’t flinch. In fact, he might even come out on top.Barely two weeks after adding Temple transfer and redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee to his roster, OSU’s basketball coach landed another big man, as Virginia Tech freshman Trevor Thompson committed to OSU Sunday, per a report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.“I love the academics, the fans, my new teammates and the coaching staff,” Thompson told ESPN. “It was the perfect fit.”Thompson also took to Twitter to announce his decision, one day after attending the OSU football Spring Game.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted from his personal account, @TrevBallinTrey2, at 1:29 p.m. Sunday.Thompson, a 6-foot-11 center who will likely sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules unless he chooses to request a waiver from the NCAA because of his father’s medical condition, averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season at Virginia Tech.An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment about the transfer Sunday. Attempts to contact Thompson directly also were unsuccessful.The addition of Thompson brings the scholarship count of the men’s basketball program to 12, one below the NCAA allotted 13.If Thompson does sit out the 2014-15 season, he is set to be one of two centers on OSU’s roster in 2015-16, as junior centers Trey McDonald and Amir Williams are scheduled to enter their final season of eligibility next year. The other center who is set to be on roster with Thompson is David Bell, who is a member of Matta’s 2014 recruiting class.That class also includes guard D’Angelo Russell and forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop.Other members slated to be a part of next year’s squad that saw action in 2013-14 aside from Williams and McDonald — who combined averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this past season — include junior forward Sam Thompson, junior guard Shannon Scott and freshman fowrward Marc Loving. Freshman Kam Williams figures to be in the mix as well after sitting out last season as he battled back from illness. read more


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first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has confirmed that Jonny Evans is fit and will be in the matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to Wolves.A toe injury sidelined Jonny Evans for Leicester’s 2-1 home defeat to Southampton last weekend.But according to Leicester boss Claude Puel, the defender will be available for selection as they prepare to travel to Wolves for Saturday’s clash.“Evans can come back in the squad, it was not a serious injury,” Puel told the club’s website during Thursday’s pre-match press conference.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He will be in the squad on Saturday. Of course, I am happy when a player can come back in the squad.”Leicester will be without Daniel Amartey who is still nursing an ankle injury he sustained in their 1-1 draw with West Ham in October.As they go in search of their first win in three Premier League matches, the foxes have no other injury concerns aside from Amartey.last_img read more


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first_imgPresident Donald Trump declared this event a major disaster on Jan. 31, 2019, authorizing Individual Assistance for the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s request to extend the disaster assistance registration period for individuals or households impacted by the November 30th Cook Inlet Earthquake has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate today unanimously approved funding to aid communities impacted by the November 30 Southcentral earthquake. The extension means survivors now have until May 31, to submit their application to FEMA or the Small Business Administration. The initial registration period would have ended on April 1.center_img Governor Dunleavy: “The spring thaw may uncover earthquake damage to southcentral homes that had previously gone undetected, or will be exacerbated by thawing ground. The extension gives property owners time to look for new or hidden damage, apply for federal disaster assistance, make the necessary repairs and get their lives back in order. I also want to thank FEMA officials for understanding Alaska’s arctic conditions and for approving my request within a matter of days.” Anyone impacted by the earthquake may register at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.disasterassistance.orglast_img read more


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first_img Email Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Residente Wins Best Urban Song Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Mexican singer/songwriter takes home the folk album award at The Biggest Night in Latin MusicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm No stranger to the Latin GRAMMY stage, Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade added another Latin GRAMMY to her collection, winning Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Wins Best Folk Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com News Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.comcenter_img Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Prev Next Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Twitter Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Facebook Residente Wins Best Urban Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment “Wow. Hi everyone. We are very excited. I am very grateful. I have next to me, two great men, the Macorinos, I wanted to collaborate on this project to reconnect with myself and reconnect with music, folklore [and] the composers that I admire [and] with Mexico [and] with Latin America. I felt it was necessary to unveil the music and return it to that … intimate space of heart and soul and, fortunately, this spread to my team. This spread to our producers, Gustavo Guerrero [and] Cheche Alara. It spread to my management team, to Queta, Kevin [and] Carlos. It spread to my record company, my family [and] my record company that indulge [my] crazy whims. … Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 7:22 pm Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY natalia-lafourcade-wins-best-folk-album-18th-latin-grammys Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Read more Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “There they are, and they tell me, “Let’s go forward.” [Thank you to] the team of people that have been behind this Musas [album] that we completed. And [to] my men, my Macorinos: What I most wanted was [for] the world [to] remember them always for how pleasant they are. …  Thank you very much.” — Natalia LafourcadeA GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner, this win marked her first win in the Best Folk Album category. She also took home Best Long Form Video at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs for Musas, El Documental, marking her ninth career win. Past wins include the Latin GRAMMY for Record and Song Of The Year for “Hasta La Raíz” at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards.The other nominees for Best Folk Album were Yuvisney Aguilar & Afrocuban Jazz Quartet’s Piango, Piango, Magín Díaz’ El Orisha De La Rosa, Quinteto Leopoldo Federico’s Pa’ Qué Más (Música Andina Colombina), and Edward Ramírez & Rafa Pino’s El Tuyero Ilustrado. Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMYlast_img read more



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first_imgThe logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts. ReutersRecently, the former Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao said the government’s attempt to squeeze out RBI reserves is a sign that it is desperate. This “desperation” could well be killing the animal spirit of the financial markets.Of late the financial markets have borne the brunt of multiple taxes amid an acute slowdown, which has almost killed the investors’ risk-taking appetite. The controversial tax-surcharge on super-rich proposed in the Budget caused an outflow of Rs 12,419 crore in the month of July.According to the NSDL data, this July outflow is one of the worst in the history of Indian financial markets. There has been only four occasions — all of which came around acute financial distress — when the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) pulled out in excess Rs 12,419 crore.Taxation on long-term capital gains (LTCG) proposed in 2018 Budget, was re-introduced after 14 years which caught the markets by surprise.Besides, the securities transaction tax (STT) has already caused an increase in trading cost. The Dividend Distribution Tax has also disrupted hampered the sentiments of investors at large.Further, the tax on buyback, a way in which companies pay their shareholders, was introduced at 20 per cent in 2019 Budget, which experts noted, played as another disruption. Buyback offers of over Rs 50,000 crore were announced in the year 2018 alone.The logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts.To top the local issues the global cues have not been providing any support. The Fed’s hawkish remark and the heightened trade war between the US and China have roiled the financial markets globally.last_img read more


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first_imgTHE LATEST on the Texas church shooting (all times local):LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUT NEWSCommunity members gathered on Nov. 6 in Ball Park in Sutherland Springs to hold a memorial service for the victims.3:20 p.m.Longtime congregants at the small-town Texas church where a gunman’s rampage left more than two dozen dead say they were afraid of the attacker.Husband and wife Rod and Judy Green tell The Associated Press Friday that they are good friends with Devin Kelley’s in-laws, and that Kelley had often exhibited troubling behavior.Authorities have said Kelley’s mother-in-law attended First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and she’d gotten threatening texts from him.Rod Green says that at a Christmas dinner one year, Kelley had “bragged about being armed.” The Greens also said they watched Kelley closely when he showed up wearing all black last month at a festival at the church.Judy Green says Kelley was “completely distant and way out in thought.”Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Sunday’s massacre.___12:40 p.m.The sanctuary of the small-town Texas church where a gunman carried out a massacre will be turned into a temporary memorial for the more than two dozen victims.The grounds steward of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs tells The Associated Press Friday that services will never take place there again and the building will eventually be demolished.The gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church on Sunday. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one victim was pregnant.Grounds steward Rod Green says the building will be scrubbed down and the church will place 26 chairs inside to commemorate the victims.Green says the church plans to build a new structure on church property elsewhere. Green says regular services will be held Sunday at a community hall run by a local association.___12:15 p.m.More than 500 people have attended a private funeral on a San Antonio-area Air Force base for a husband and wife who were among the more than two dozen killed when a gunman opened fire at a small-town Texas church.The San Antonio Express-News reports that the service for Scott and Karen Marshall was held Thursday afternoon at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.Randy Martin, spokesman for the 12th Flying Training Wing, says a traditional military funeral was held for the couple, who were killed Sunday at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The service was closed to media and the public at their family’s request.Martin told the newspaper that Karen Marshall was promoted posthumously to senior master sergeant. She had been planning to retire from the military soon. Martin said Scott Marshall, already a military retiree, was a civilian employee at the base.___12:05 p.m.Medical officials say 11 people remain hospitalized with wounds from Texas church shooting that left more than two dozen dead remain hospitalized.Conditions of the patients at two San Antonio hospitals range from good to critical. They were among those wounded when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last Sunday. The gunman died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by bystanders and crashing his car.Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday reported having seven patients from the church. The hospital says patients include five adults and two children.University Health System had four patients, two of whom are children.Officials at both hospitals declined to release more specific information on the wounded patients.___10:05 a.m.A weekly food pantry has resumed operations at a site next to the Texas church that less than a week ago endured the state’s worst mass shooting.The pantry’s director, Lula White, was among the more than two dozen killed Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherlands Springs. White was also the 71-year-old grandmother of the gunman’s wife.On Friday, people crowded the small space, tearfully hugging and filling bags with donated bakery goods, groceries and used clothing. As 68-year-old Brandy Johnson walked in, she exclaimed she could “see Lu at the desk.”Husband and wife, Rod and Judy Green, have operated the pantry for 11 years. They were married at First Baptist but didn’t attend the service that Devin Kelley brought to an untimely end with semi-automatic gunfire.___12:04 a.m.Some gave blood. Others stocked the food pantry.Residents and neighbors of Sutherland Springs volunteered Thursday as a way help the tiny Texas community recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead.Twenty-year-old Karyssa Calbert of neighboring Floresville, who is six months pregnant, could not give blood but came to give moral support. She says people are doing what they can, “but honestly everyone feels so helpless.”The pastor of the First Baptist Church says that the church will be demolished. Members and visitors say the congregation should continue but not in the same building. One assistant to the congregation says she and others are trying to figure out a temporary solution to keep it going, perhaps in another building. Sharelast_img read more



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first_img Explore further Research questions the educational possibilities of some TV and computer games A position winning for white and one not winning. Image from “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” by Łukasz Kaiser This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Computer turns into boardgame master of all it surveys (2012, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-boardgame-master-surveys.html More information: liafa.jussieu.fr/~kaiser/pub/l … ptive_complexity.pdf “The presented algorithm requires only a few demonstrations and minimal background knowledge, and, having learned the rules, automatically derives position evaluation functions and can play the learned games competitively,” according to the paper. “Our main technique is based on descriptive complexity, i.e., the logical means necessary to define a set of interest. We compute formulas defining allowed moves and final positions in a game in different logics and select the most adequate ones.”He used software that processed video clips to recognize the board, pieces, moves, and outcomes. The system could examine viable moves, draw data from all possible outcomes, and proceed with an optimal calculated move. The video recognition procedure was implemented in C++ and the game learning algorithm in OCaml. Both were integrated with Toss, a game playing program. Toss is an open source project hosted by SourceForge and distributed under the BSD license.He used relational structures that recognize rows, columns and diagonals of a boardgame, and made use of different logic systems —pure first-order, existential and guarded. Additionally, a General Game Playing program enhanced the system’s learning power to play tactically and know legal moves. (General Game Playing is the design of AI programs that can play more than one game successfully. The system is valued by researchers for use beyond gaming to an intelligence support for search and rescue missions.)Kaiser said he chose to use games as a primary learning tool because they are models of real-world interaction scenarios, making the results significant in a broader context. “Systems able to learn from visual observations are of central importance in many fields, especially in autonomous robotics and interactive computer vision,” he said.The tests for Kaiser’s experiment were run on a laptop with 4GB RAM and a2.13GHz Intel L9600 processor. The computer’s performance depends on the complexity of the game. Nonethtless, observers agree that the significance of Kaiser’s efforts is to demonstrate that software can learn the rules of a game with a modest amount of external input. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Igniting interest in computer logic and gaming, a paper titled “Learning Games from Videos Guided by Descriptive Complexity” shows how computer systems can successfully learn how to play boardgames, just by its watching two-minute videos of humans playing and can then proceed to try to beat them at their own game. Łukasz Kaiser, the author of the paper, studies logic and games at Paris Diderot University in France. His research effort was to introduce a system for learning board game rules from brief videos and demonstrate it on several well-known games—such as Connect4,Gomoku, Pawns, and Breakthrough.last_img read more


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first_imgA composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA Three researchers in France have authored “How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s,” published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The paper attempts to explain the source of Earth’s ringing sound. Could it be because of earthquakes? Scientists were aware that earthquakes could cause the Earth to ring, for days or months. That reason did not fit other instances. Even in the absence of earthquakes, seismologists said in the 1990s, the planet constantly vibrates at very low frequencies, which they could make out with seismic instruments. But why? Call it the mystery of the Noise—this continuous vibration draws scientists to search for explanations. Wired.co.uk brought out some interesting points about the low-frequency sound, which though inaudible to human ears can be detected by seismic instruments. There was a range of thoughts about why. “Theories suggested everything from electromagnetic radiation to earthquakes and secret military operations might be to blame. Although the sound is almost certainly too faint for humans to hear, some people claim to be plagued by a ‘tinnitus’-like noise—including many residents of Bristol in the 70s, who said the sound caused headaches and even nosebleeds.”Nanci Bompey in the AGU GeoSpace blog reviewed the theories which the authors of the recent paper examined. One such theory had to do with ocean waves moving in opposite directions. Colliding waves make weak, “microseismic” waves that add up to a generalized ringing. They used models and found that opposing ocean waves could initiate a kind of seismic waves – those that take 13 seconds or less to complete one oscillation. The theory did not hold up when it came to slower oscillating seismic waves.The researchers then examined the theory that suggests the movement of waves over the bottom of the ocean generates slower oscillating, very long waves. “Long ocean waves can extend all the way down to the seafloor. As they make their way back and forth to the open ocean from the coast, these long waves travel over the bumpy ocean bottom. The pressure of the ocean waves on the seafloor generates seismic waves that cause the Earth to oscillate, said Fabrice Ardhuin, a senior research scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Brest, France, and lead author of the new research.” So one can also point to pressure of these long ocean waves on the sea floor.The authors’ conclusion, said Bompey, was that “instead of one theory explaining all of the microseismic activity, both theories are needed – one to explain the shorter seismic waves and another to explain the longer seismic waves responsible for the Earth’s hum.”Ardhuin said that understanding where the seismic signals were coming from could help researchers look for fainter seismic signals. That, he said, could allow them to better detect faint earthquakes far away from seismic stations or nuclear explosions. Explore further Citation: Source of Earth’s ringing? French team views ocean waves (2015, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-source-earth-french-team-views.html More information: Ardhuin, F., Gualtieri, L. and Stutzmann, E. (2015), How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42: 765–772. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062782AbstractMicroseismic activity, recorded everywhere on Earth, is largely due to ocean waves. Recent progress has clearly identified sources of microseisms in the most energetic band, with periods from 3 to 10 s. In contrast, the generation of longer-period microseisms has been strongly debated. Two mechanisms have been proposed to explain seismic wave generation: a primary mechanism, by which ocean waves propagating over bottom slopes generate seismic waves, and a secondary mechanism which relies on the nonlinear interaction of ocean waves. Here we show that the primary mechanism explains the average power, frequency distribution, and most of the variability in signals recorded by vertical seismometers, for seismic periods ranging from 13 to 300 s. The secondary mechanism only explains seismic motions with periods shorter than 13 s. Our results build on a quantitative numerical model that gives access to time-varying maps of seismic noise sources.center_img © 2015 Phys.org URI oceanography student uses crashing waves on shorelines to study Earth’s interior Journal information: Geophysical Research Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more