Ellis selects U.S. roster for SheBelieves Cup

first_imgUnited States Ellis selects USWNT roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jill Ellis USWNT Friendly 06052016 Greg Bartram United States SheBelieves Cup United States v Germany Andi Sullivan and Savannah McCaskill are among the prospects to make the final 23-player squad for matches against Germany, France and England U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has selected her final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup, with Andi Sullivan, Tierna Davidson and Savannah McCaskill among the prospects to make the cut.The squad announced Friday included a veteran-heavy core, including the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, mixed with players looking to break into Ellis’ regular rotation.Ellis trimmed three players from the 26-woman roster selected ahead of a pre-tournament camp in Orlando, Florida: defender Hailie Mace, midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Ashley Hatch. Veterans Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Tobin Heath (ankle) were omitted from the preliminary squad because of injury. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The U.S. opens the SheBelieves Cup against Germany on Thursday at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to face France three days later at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans conclude the round-robin tournament against Phil Neville’s England side March 7 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando.”We have an experienced and hungry group of players,” Ellis said in a news release. “The players relish the opportunities to play the absolute best teams in the world and after a really productive week of training in Florida, we’re ready for the unique challenges that each of these teams will present.”Here is the full roster:GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford), 14-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Lyon,), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign), 3-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)FORWARDS (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), 21-Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage)last_img read more

Pele impressed by Tite ahead of World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Pele impressed by Tite’s ability to cope with Brazil’s modern challenges Peter Hanson 08:00 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tite-cropped Getty Images World Cup Russia v Brazil Germany v Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil The ex-Corinthians coach has made a brilliant start in one of football’s most demanding jobs, qualifying with ease for Russia 2018 Brazil coach Tite has a more difficult job to do than many of his national team predecessors, according to Selecao legend Pele. Tite was appointed to the top job in June 2016 after Dunga was dismissed following Brazil’s poor showing at the Copa America Centenario.The 56-year-old has drawn plenty of plaudits for Brazil’s performances under his stewardship and the team is considered among the favourites for World Cup glory in Russia this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Brazil’s latest 25-man squad for friendlies with Russia and Germany includes just three domestic-based players, and Pele sympathised with the challenges Tite faces.”I don’t want to say that I was the one that supported Tite the most, and it’s not because I wasn’t sure of what he could accomplish, no one can say for a fact what is going to happen but God, only God knows what is going to happen in the future,” he told ESPN. “But Tite, whenever I was with him or talked to him, I could feel he is a serious person with a lot of character. He always talked with confidence. He could even make mistakes as no one is perfect. “But he said something that really made sense to me about our national team in the 70s and 80s. “Tite said ‘Pele, if I have the chance to become the coach of Brazil, and stay there for a while, I want to build a team that will be able to compete for two or three years, so everyone can better understand each other’.”Furthermore, in a fun tone, he said ‘I can’t build a team like the ones you were part of. Back in your day, the best players of Brazil didn’t leave the country to play overseas. Only a few players went on to play abroad. Even you, during your 25-year career played all those years in Brazil, you only left at the end of your career, when you played for the New York Cosmos.”To manage the national team at that time was easy. The players were excellent so it was easier to build the national team. In our modern age, I need scouts everywhere. Three to four Brazilian players are playing in each part of the world. It is harder now, but I want to build a team that can be steady.’ “And I liked a lot what he had to say, I pray to God that he can accomplish his goals.”last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Texas’ 36-30 Win Over Oklahoma State in Austin

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCORETexas downed Oklahoma State in Austin for the first time since 2008 on Saturday evening in an uneven 36-30 game that started and ended with a Poke jolt. OSU struck first and last but struggled in the interim as missed opportunity after missed opportunity flew past them (we’ll get to those shortly).Spencer Sanders had a better game than his numbers would indicate. He was 19/32 for 268 yards and two picks, but he had 109 yards on the ground and a TD. Chuba Hubbard had 121 on the ground, but it came at the expense of 37 carries against Texas’ monstrous defensive front. Those two combined for 55 carries.On the flip side, Sam Ehlinger went 20/28 for 281, 4 TDs and a pick. He ran for 70 yards as well, including the late dagger on third and long with just over a minute left in the game. Keaontay Ingram had 114 on the ground on just 21 carries, and Devin Duvernay caught 12 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and a TD.Similar to OSU’s last few games in Austin, Saturday was often an amalgamation of miscues and electric plays. Unlike OSU’s last few games in Austin, the Pokes came out on the wrong end because they couldn’t capitalize when they had chances.Texas started the game down a couple of DBs as well as their best skill position player and they lost what seemed like two rows on the depth chart worth of defenders during the game, but OSU refused to open the game up and get into a shootout. As a result they took their first L since before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.We’ll get to all of this shortly, but first a quick thanks to our friends at Thrive Landscape and Irrigation. They’ve been sponsoring the 10 Thoughts for two years now, and we finally have a fancy little logo for them at the top. If you live in Stillwater, check ’em out.Onto the 10 Thoughts.1. Missed OpportunitiesA non-exhaustive list of the myriad opportunities Oklahoma State had on Saturday to take control of this game (or at least play their way into it either early, late or in the middle).1. Drive No. 1 — Sanders threw a dime piece to Landon Wolf at the 4-yard-line, and OSU walked away with just three points. Foreshadowing.2. False Start — OSU had 2nd and 5 on Texas’ 12 on its first drive of the third quarter before getting called for a false start to make it 2nd and 10. They pick up 8 yards on the next two plays, which would have been good enough for a first down but instead had 4th and 2 and have to kick another FG.3. The Review — Spencer Sanders picks up a first down at UT’s 3-yard-line, but it’s called short. OSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and whiffs. No points.4. Pick-0 — Kolby Harvell-Peel picks Ehlinger and runs it back to Texas’ 33-yard-line. This drive somehow ends with an incomplete pass from Jake McClure to Jelani Woods. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯5. Pick No. 2 — OSU still has a ton of time left in the game, but Sanders gets hit and throws his second pick with 10 minutes left in the fourth.The rest of the game was a little distorted because Texas was trying to run the clock out and not totally attempting to score. So I think it’s unfair to say that OSU could have just kicked two of these FGs (from the 4-yard-line and on the fake) and say, See they could have been in overtime. But it’s not difficult to extract at least a few points from the five instances I noted above. On the flip side, they did take advantage of two badly fumbled punts from Texas. An aside: Does anyone in the Big 12 practice punt returns?Texas is fine. They’re good. They have good players, and Ehlinger can go a little bit. But OSU can go with them and is actually better than them at the skill positions. But you only get so many chances against good teams. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about OSU in the Gundy era it’s that they’re not good enough to overcome this many mistakes against a team they can’t move around in the trenches like Texas. Not many schools are. And it finally cost them in Austin.2. Sanders Can GoI wondered if Gundy would treat Sanders like a mom treats her first-born on his first trip to college. With tightly-clutched fists and one hand on the emergency brake. Thankfully he let him go a little bit, and after the wrong-foot seeds he tossed on the first drive, I was ready to build a mini Sanders statue next to wherever they put the Pickens and Big Sanders ones.Then he may have had the best run by a QB in Oklahoma State history late in the fourth. I’m sure Zac had some similar ones, but this had me reaching for the oxygen tank.Was he perfect? No. The game — as Gundy might say — still seems a little fast for him, but he’s got the goods. You can tell. It’s easy to see. He’s going to be so special over the next four years, and we’re going to look back at this game and laugh at how far he leaped over the next 45. It’s much easier to discern that in a loss at Texas than a big-stat win at Oregon State or Tulsa. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty hyped about the Spencer Sanders era.3. So Let Him Go …It seemed early on at least like OSU was intent on forcing Texas to run and Texas was intent on forcing OSU to pass. Texas obliged on offense and gave the rock to Ingram over and over again. They had no respect for the middle of the field, and that was the right call. OSU, on the other hand, ran it 55 (!) times with Chuba and Sanders.After the way he slung it on that first drive, I thought they should let No. 3 open up the field and save Chuba for the closing kick. Like how you run your best starting sprinter first in the 4×100 and then let the monster close.Instead, OSU seemed too insistent on getting the run game going even though Texas was begging to get beat deep. OSU eventually (sort of) adjusted, but it felt like a missed opportunity to find some offensive rhythm and led to this fairly unimpressive set of drives in the middle of the game.Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 11.06.46 PM.png4. All of the InjuriesA real, serious question here: Does Texas have a strength and conditioning coach? What in the world? Did they think this FBS season would be played as flag football? Do they lift weights? Why would they not pay Rob Glass $5 million to come do Rob Glass things? Actually, forget I mentioned this!There were certainly a few fakies mixed in there, but for the most part, the Horns’ ouchies seemed pretty real. You can add that as No. 6 on the list of opportunities OSU didn’t take advantage of.5. On that Fake FGI … kinda didn’t hate it. Your goal with a fake FG is to do it when nobody else watching the game thinks you’re going to do it. Down at Texas when you’re starving for points and just took a delay of game and seem like you have no idea what you’re doing could not be a more perfect time!Now listen, they executed it like me trying to run the option with my five-week-old daughter and her bottle of milk, but I still kind of enjoyed the situation.6. Tommy BoyIs there a college football coach more unlikable than Tom Herman? Is there a coach in any sport more unlikable? Is he the most unlikable coach — fictional or non-fictional — in sports history? He makes the Icelandic coach from Mighty Ducks look like Tony Dungy! My favorite of his two handfuls of antics on Saturday evening was going with the “Frank Beamer 0-0 tie” celebration on a third-down stop in the first half.What are you doing, Tom?Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 7.38.19 PM.png7. Chess MatchI’m not steep in the Xs and Os game, but I thought both sides moved around their chess pieces a lot on Saturday. I’m not sure they always moved them to the right spot, but OSU used two of their most effective pass-catchers — Jelani and Tylan — in the run game quite a bit. Jelani was his usual DE-killing self, and I thought Tylan had a massively underrated game with his blocking alone.On the other side of the ball, when OSU started stacking the box a bit, Ehlinger tried to beat them deep and often succeeded. His arm strength was an eye-opener to me. He has the look of somebody who’s like a sixth-string shotputter on his high school track team, and yet he threw a couple of Chris Leakian balls on Saturday that had me like …8. O-Line DisappointmentI don’t know that Oregon State and Tulsa were a mirage, but the line was disappointing in this game. Maybe some of that is on Chuba. Maybe some of it is on the Cowboy Backs. Heck, maybe some of it is on the rhythm of playcalling. But they didn’t open things up for Chuba at all. He’s as fresh and as good as he’s going to be all year, and they couldn’t spring him. It’s been two steps forward, one step back for them so far this season.9. Middle of the FieldWe talked about this after the Tulsa game, but OSU again got exposed down the gut. They face a problem that most Big 12 teams face. You can push more guys into the box and into the middle, but then you’re naked on the outside. I actually thought they did a pretty good job (??) of mixing and matching this against Ehlinger and Ingram throughout the game. They gave up four TDs on long, big-time drives and one on a short field after what will eventually go down as the worst pass in the history of the Spencer Sanders era.Texas scored more against mighty LSU (38) than they did against Oklahoma State (36). OSU’s defense is never going to be what you (we) think it should be. They’re just not. Nobody in the Big 12 is. People talk about Iowa State’s defense in reverential terms, and a crappy Kansas State team put up 38 on them last season. It is what it is.As long as you can keep teams from finding a groove (Texas scored on consecutive drives just once) and create at least a few turnovers (OSU created three, albeit just one on defense), you’re going to be involved in every game you play.10. Big 12 OpenersOSU has now lost four straight Big 12 openers and six of their last eight. They don’t discriminate either. They’ve taken Ls against Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor and West Virginia in that span. They’ve been a world-beater in conference play following Big 12 openers, but the first one off the top hasn’t been pretty.The frustrating part here is that both the schedule and this Texas team opened up for them. Texas was asking to get beat late, and if not for Ehlinger’s will and OSU’s lack thereof, they might have.I have no idea where this OSU team will end up after 12 regular season games this year, but I think I’m actually more confident following Texas than I was before.After the most bizarre season in recent memory in 2018, OSU seems like it’s going to be back to generally what it’s been under Gundy: A quality team that beats worse teams and loses to better ones. The part I can’t help but leave this game wondering — just a little bit — is which category this Texas team should have fallen in.last_img read more

NSW wins Friends of Rugby League match

first_imgIn what could have been an omen for the main event, the New South Wales politicians’ team was victorious over Queensland in Wednesday morning’s annual ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Touch Football match at the Senate Oval, Parliament House.  A very foggy morning and chilly temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of all participants and spectators, including the support of a number of South Sydney Rabbitohs players who were fresh from a regional visit on the South Coast, with all involved getting into the Origin spirit. Led by Alex Hawke (New South Wales) and Barnaby Joyce (Queensland), the sides had some very handy additions, including Petero Civoniceva and Rhys Wesser for the Maroons and Nathan Hindmarsh for the Blues. A roaming NRL CEO, Dave Smith in an Australian Kangaroos jersey, helped out both sides, while the ACT’s three Australian Youth squad members, Rob McCarthy, Steph James and Kasey Dragisic also took to the field for New South Wales. New South Wales were 2-0 winners in what was an exciting match, retaining the title after last year’s win. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Touch Football ACT referee, Adam Flint for refereeing the game. To view some of the photos from the event, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia.  Related LinksParliamentary Touch Gamelast_img read more

Ohio State alumna working toward Olympic dreams after lone year of club

OSU alumna Katiann Scherer.Credit: Courtesy of Katiann SchererA single year of a club sport is paying dividends for one former Buckeye.Katiann Scherer, a 2014 graduate of Ohio State, is the current goalie for the USA women’s team handball squad. The animal science major played just one year on the club team handball team at OSU, while also volunteering and working at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Her path is an unconventional one, but, perhaps, it is a fitting way to arrive on the national team for a sport that receives very little attention in the U.S.Considered to be “soccer with your hands,” team handball features six court players, along with a goalie. Team handball was first played in the Olympics at the 1936 Berlin Games, but it was not until the 1976 Montreal Games that women’s team handball debuted. The U.S. has never medaled at the Olympics in the sport. Both the men’s and women’s top finishes came at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, where the men placed ninth and women placed fifth.According to Scherer, handball is the “most American sport that Americans don’t know about.”Scherer’s journey to the sport began at OSU’s annual Fall Student Involvement Fair, where she and her sister were looking for a club team sport to play together. Since the sisters each played soccer in high school and enjoyed the physical aspect of the sport, the search landed the pair with the OSU Team Handball club.“I had played (handball) a couple times in middle school,” Scherer said. “But besides that, I really had zero experience or knew what I was doing before joining the club team.”With that being said, Scherer began attending practices for about six months, although she admitted she didn’t know just how much she would enjoy the sport. But as time progressed, the team’s then-coach, Mark Ortega, began to notice the potential in the goalie. “I took a shot to the face during the practice, and (Ortega) noticed that I got right back up and liked my hustle,” Scherer said.Ortega, a former men’s national team handball player, became coach of the club team at OSU in order to “recruit” players to possibly try out for the women’s national team.Ortega told Scherer that she had the skills and abilities to make the squad and recommended that she travel to Auburn, Alabama, for the tryout. Following the advice of her coach, Scherer made the trip south to the facility of the USA Team Handball Residency Program, the location of the tryout.The former Buckeye, filled with nerves and with less than a year of handball under her belt, performed sensationally. USA coach Christian Latulippe became aware of Scherer’s ability, and granted her a spot on the squad.“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to represent the United States,” Scherer said. “The opportunity I get to travel, and meet all of these other girls from different countries, is out of this world.”Members of USA team handball. Credit: Courtesy of Katiann SchererAfter making her way onto the national team roster, it was time to train and attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. “I was in Auburn for the past year, and we went to a few different countries to train, and also qualify through the (Pan-American) Games in Toronto this past summer,” Scherer said. Those training sessions and matches included trips to Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as a meeting with the Canadian national team in Auburn. However, the women’s team did not qualify for this year’s Olympics, and will now attempt to work and win its way to a bid to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.Over this past fall, Scherer made her way to France to try out for professional handball teams in order to stay fit and train during the national team’s offseason. “It’s like baseball here in America,” Scherer said. “They have minor league teams for amateurs, and the goal is to work your way up to the professional level.” Scherer made a team in a small town of Hazebrouck, France. However, complicated visa requirements, combined with her little grasp of the French language, led her to opt to pass on the offer to play there. She is still remaining active in finding another professional team to join, she said. “I’m trying to go to a training camp in Hungary at the end of the summer and hope to make some connections there for other possible teams to play with,” Scherer said.Currently, Scherer is living at home in Canton, where she is working to use her animal science degree by applying for jobs in the field. The Buckeye trains in her spare time, both in Canton and at OSU, in order to stay fit for the upcoming handball season.Beyond that, Scherer is working hard to find ways to implement team handball in high schools on the state and national levels. This is an attempt to have others gain knowledge of and passion for the sport, just like Scherer developed. “After that one year down in Alabama, I realized how much I loved (the sport),” Scherer said. “Now I’ve shaped the rest of my life around handball and what (Team USA) is trying to do.” read more

270 Million Allocated to Citizens Security and Justice Programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 20, 2018 – Kingston – The Government has allocated $270.015 million for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.  This is outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.  The programme seeks to enhance security and justice in targeted communities through gender-responsive justice services.For the new fiscal year, the Victim Services Division is expected to identify and retrofit areas to accommodate victim services, provide emergency assistance grants to 50 beneficiaries, assist 110 children exposed to violence and trauma with counselling interventions, and facilitate special therapy sessions with 30 sexually abused children.The programme is also expected to train 65 court officials, police officers, and other first responders; and implement special intervention programmes to support the findings from the West Kingston Inquiry.  Also, the Legal Aid Council is expected to train 250 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues and continue consultations in CSJP communities via the mobile unit.The Justice Training Institute is expected to conduct qualifying and advanced training for justices of the peace; and provide training for justices of the peace in mediation, court petty sessions and new legislation and policies.There are also plans to conduct training workshops for restorative justice facilitators and volunteers, and facilitate 18 restorative justice cases per quarter.  The programme is also expected to conduct training workshops in Child Diversion Practices.In terms of achievements, the Victim Services Division has provided emergency assistance support to 71 victims, provided trauma and grief therapy sessions to 226 children, provided therapy sessions on abuse to 97 teens, and conducted school-based intervention workshops with 94 beneficiaries.  The Legal Aid Council has trained 282 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues, and expanded service operations with the mobile unit.The Justice Training Institute provided qualifying basic training to 881 justices of the peace, and 35 justices of the peace trained and qualified to practise in the parish of St. Andrew.In addition, the programme continued operation in nine Restorative Justice Centres; provided training to volunteers and school administrators in community justice services; hosted 357 community sensitisation workshops; and facilitated 180 restorative justice cases, of which 148 were finalised.The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica; Global Affairs Canada; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the Department for International Development (DFID).Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

The Ongoing Threats of California Wildfires

first_img Updated: 8:48 PM July 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Posted: July 31, 2018center_img 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 SettingsCALIFORNIA (KUSI) – We haven’t even hit August yet and already 2018 is the most destructive wildfire season on record- and this comes on the heels of the previous record in 2017.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has more details. The Ongoing Threats of California Wildfires. Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

Young badger rescued by animal services

first_img KUSI Newsroom, March 29, 2019 Young badger rescued by animal services Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 6:32 PMcenter_img Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 123 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Department of Animal Services rescued a baby badger on Thursday in the Jewel Valley area of Boulevard.The person that called the Department told the responding officer that it had not really moved all day and the animal control officer found the young badger to be lethargic.The officer rescued the animal and transported it to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife Center on Gaines Street.“In my thirty years with Animal Services here in San Diego County, this is the first badger that our Department has ever encountered” stated Dan DeSousa, Director of Animal Services.“We are thankful to have Project Wildlife here in our community to provide the needed care for these animals in their time of need” DeSousa added.The report this morning from Project Wildlife is that the badger is doing well and is feisty.According to Humane Society spokeswoman Dariel Walker, the badger is estimated to only be a few weeks old and weighs about two pounds.While badgers are native to San Diego County, Walker said it is “quite uncommon” for the Humane Society to care for a badger and couldn’t name a time it had happened before.“Several staff members said they have never seen a badger before,” Walker said.The Humane Society plans to keep the cub in its care for the time being to help improve his condition. Once he becomes older and larger, the Humane Society plans to transfer him to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, which has more room to accommodate the badger as he grows.Eventually, he will be released into the wild when animal care staff at the Fund for Animals believe he can survive on his own. Show Caption Hide Caption last_img read more

Chambers Hosting Governor Candidate Forum At Sports Center

first_imgDunleavy and Treadwell are currently the highest-profile contenders in a GOP field crowded with other candidates who have raised little or no money. The winner of the August 21 GOP primary will advance to the general election. Waiting will be Governor Bill Walker, an independent who is not participating in a primary, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, who is running unopposed on the Democratic side. State of Alaska Republican Primary Gubernatorial Candidates:Mike Dunleavy – ConfirmedMead Treadwell – ConfirmedDarin Colbry – InvitedMerica Hlatcu – InvitedMichael Sheldon – Invited Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On August 8 the Kenai and Soldotna joint Chamber of Commerce luncheon will host the Alaska Governor candidates forum for the upcoming primary election. The luncheon will take place from noon-1pm, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. To RSVP, call Kenai Chamber at 283-1991 or Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814.last_img read more

The Mad Dash of Print Media

first_imgHappily, help is on the way, though at first glance, it has a decidedly menacing aspect. Like a hologram, it takes a little squinting to see it for what it is.The much-rumored whatchamacallit from Apple (iTablet, iPad, whatever) will be just the ancestor of a new world of digital devices whose capabilities are going to lift the greatest burden of publishing (the cost of paper, ink and distribution) bringing HD video, animation, eloquent info graphics and the engaging arts of video gaming to the task of journalism and most other purposes of non-fiction story-telling, including education.Just as transformative, the iWhatever and its descendants will liberate users from the lean-forward nature of the desktop experience by putting the screen in our hands. The Internet will still be the best way to find what you’re looking for fast, but it will be a great deal more than that, as well. Thanks to broadband penetration, print has lost its monopoly on ubiquity.When I was the editor of People, I used to say magazines were safe until fiber optics made it to the bathroom. That was a long time ago. What I could not imagine then was how much more robust story-telling could be when liberated from paper and ink, or how you could ever feel like curling up with a computer.Perhaps most importantly, multimedia story-telling will endow “print” journalism with the brand-enhancing asset that has kept advertisers investing in broadcast and cable: the engaging energy of light, sound and motion. Industry analysts have yet to make the leap from Web as a distribution channel to revolutionary medium.“The strategies that make media companies successful will require new capabilities,” according to one recent study, which enumerated them: “tracking and research to gain deeper insights into audience interests, informatics to manage and direct Web traffic, database management, custom content and applications development, and the ability to manage a network of partnerships.”Well, yes. But the way to enhance those relationships is not through database management, but by building trust and engagement—by telling great stories in a way that makes people want to read and experience them.The Next “Magazine”This will not be easy. ASME will need to get over itself and stop treating advertisers like enemy occupiers. ABC rules and circulation practices will need to change so that print brands can re-imagine themselves without losing credit for the loyal adherents who follow them there. Publishing giants will have to act like startups, inviting story-tellers from the worlds of film and gaming to join writers and designers with a serious claim on resources and the mandate to fail until they succeed in perfecting the crafts and arts of multimedia story-telling.When that happens, some enlightened American company—publisher, ASME, maybe even an advertiser!—knowing that its brand equity is intimately tied to the values it promotes, will put its name (and money) behind the next great American “magazine.” That could very well be a broadband multimedia experience whose mission is the same one that has always informed America’s publishing at its best—to share experience, in a spirit of generosity, to bear faithful witness, to bring coherence and light to the gravest problems and greatest purposes of American life. Or, as Henry Luce once put it: “To see life. To see the world. To eyewitness great events ….” Now that’s an app.Jim Gaines is the editor-in-chief of multimedia magazine FLYPmedia. Gaines formerly served as managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines and as the corporate editor of Time Inc. So far, publishers have demonstrated more fervor than conviction in their attempts to embrace digital innovation. With a few important exceptions—notably The Atlantic—general-interest magazine sites have given themselves over to opinion and aggregation, chasing the headless eyeball and revenue from desolate banner ads while leaving behind all trace of the narrative and design richness of the parent publications.There is a desperate, shotgun quality to print-digital marriages, as well—like Entertainment Weekly’s “video in print” ad for CBS in September, GQ’s iPhone app in October and Esquire’s experiment with “augmented reality” on the December cover. Popular Science got there first in July, by, as they say, holding up the magazine cover to a computer’s webcam so readers can see “a 3-D landscape dotted with wind turbines popping off the page; by blowing into your computer’s microphone, you can even make the turbines spin faster.”And as the song goes, you would cry too if it happened to you.Help is On the Waylast_img read more

Just how good are Teslas Easter egg Atari emulations

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Games and Apps Electric Cars Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Incredibly cool Tesla Easter eggscenter_img 21 Photos Post a comment Tags Tesla Tesla owners love Easter eggs, and one of the more popular ones to come out featured the ability to play Atari games on your vehicle’s center screen. A car’s controls, even a touchscreen, aren’t necessarily ideal for gaming, so the folks from Tested figured out a way to rig up both an Xbox controller and an original Atari 2600 controller to a Model 3 in a video released on Monday.Norm and Jeremy from Tested were also curious how good Tesla’s Atari emulations were, so they fired up everything from Asteroids and Lunar Lander to Millipedes and Pole Position. What did they think?Well, they seemed impressed. Some of the integrations with the Tesla’s controls are better than others. For example, maneuvering and firing in Asteroids seemed more difficult with the steering wheel, while the steering wheel and brake pedal controls on Pole Position were a natural fit.The small device that Jeremy created to turn outputs from the Atari joystick into the Xcode that the Model 3 can understand worked well, and he posted his designs to Github, so you enterprising nerds can make your own adapter for the ancient controller of your choice. Teslalast_img read more

Facebook faces investigation by New York attorney general over email collection

first_img Facebook Security Tech Industry Post a comment 0 Facebook says it’s fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected.  James Martin/CNET Facebook is being investigated by the New York attorney general’s office for harvesting the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent. “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement Thursday. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users, but said it wasn’t on purpose. A security researcher spotted the issue after he noticed the social network asked users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identity. Once a user entered their password, a message popped up saying that the company was importing your email contacts, Business Insider learned.Facebook said earlier this month that it fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected. The attorney general’s office said in a press release that hundreds of millions of Facebook users could have been affected because users might have hundreds of email contacts stored. “We’re in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office and are responding to their questions on this matter,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. The attorney general’s investigation comes as other regulators and lawmakers are cracking down on Facebook for its privacy practices. In December, the DC attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly failing to safeguard the data of its users.On Thursday, Canadian regulators accused Facebook of violating local laws for mishandling user data and said it’d take the company to court for its privacy mishaps. The privacy commissioner of Canada and the information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that a UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested data from about 87 million users without their permission. The US Federal Trade Commission also started investigating Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal for possibly violating a legal agreement it had with the federal government to keep user data private. Facebook estimates that the FTC could fine the company $3 billion to $5 billion.  If that’s correct, the FTC fine would be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the agency imposed on Google in 2012.Originally published April 25, 1:52 p.m. PTUpdate, 2:20 p.m. PT: Includes statement from Facebook and more background. Update, 2:38 p.m. PT: Includes background about other investigations. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Priyanka Gandhi distances herself from Vadra land deals after panel says he

first_imgPriyanka Gandhi Vadra has distanced herself from the land deals involving Skylight Hospitality that are under the scanner of various law-enforcement agencies. She has also claimed that this was a political conspiracy to malign her. Priyanka — daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi — has been accused by some quarters of profiting from the land deals that her husband struck.Skylight Hospitality belongs to Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra, and is currently under investigation after charges of land-grabbing cropped up against it. More recently, the Justice SN Dhingra Commission — set up by the BJP government in Haryana in 2015 to probe Vadra’s land deals there — has said Vadra had made profits of Rs 50.5 crore from the deals, one of which involves a property bought and sold by Priyanka. The report has been published in a business daily.Priyanka has said in a statement issued through her office: “Six years prior to the purported ‘land deal involving Skylight Hospitality’ on April 28, 2006, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra purchased 40 Kanal 00 Marla (5 acres) of agricultural land in village Amipur, tehsil Faridabad, district Faridabad in Haryana.”She added: “The land was purchased for a total purchase price of Rs 15 lakh, which was paid for entirely by cheque, which was the equivalent of Rs 3 lakh per acre. The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.”She then went on to distance herself and her dealings with the business ventures of her husband. She said: “The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Robert Vadra’s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality, and no relationship whatsoever with DLF.”Priyanka also said that any allegation put out by the aforementioned daily that “besmirches” her reputation “will appear to be based upon certain questionable documents and represent a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation.”last_img read more

Gayeshwar sent to jail 55 BNP men put on remand

first_imgBNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy taken to a Dhaka court in a prison van on 31 January. Photo: Sajid HossainA Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to jail in a case filed with the Ramna police station.The court also put 55 other BNP leaders and activists on remand in four separate cases filed in connection with an attack on a prison van.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order.Read more: BNP leader Azizul Bari Helal ‘detained’ Gayeshwar Chandra Roy’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia alleged that Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was arrested only for his political statements.A group of BNP activists broke open prison van and snatched away two of their fellows in front of the High Court Mazar gate on Tuesday.The incident took place when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was returning after appearing at a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Police detained 69 BNP men in connection with Tuesday’s incident.last_img read more

Myanmar harvests abandoned Rohingya fields

first_imgRohingya refugees cross a bamboo bridge as they arrive at a port after crossing from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 25 October, 2017.Myanmar’s government began harvesting rice from farmland abandoned by Rohingya in northern Rakhine on Saturday, officials said, a move likely to raise concerns about the prospect of return for more than half a million refugees who have fled communal violence in the area.The border region has been emptied of most of its Muslim residents since late August, when Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on Rohingya rebels that the UN has described as “textbook” ethnic cleansing.Hundreds of villages have been burned to the ground, with more than 600,000 Rohingya — a stateless group in mainly Buddhist Myanmar — fleeing across the border for sanctuary in Bangladesh.Under intense global pressure, Myanmar has agreed to repatriate “scrutinised” refugees who can prove their residence in Rakhine.But details of the plan remain sketchy, seeding concern about who will be allowed back, what they will return to and how they will live in a region where anti-Rohingya hatred remains sky-high.On Saturday the government began harvesting 71,000 acres of rice paddy in Maungdaw — the Rohingya-majority area hit hardest by the violence — according to state media and a local official.”We started harvesting today in Myo Thu Gyi village tract,” Thein Wai, the head of Maungdaw’s Agricultural Department, told AFP.”We are going to harvest some paddy fields of Bengalis who fled to Bangladesh,” he said, using a pejorative term for the Rohingya commonly used by officials and the Buddhist public.The official said he did not know what government would do with the rice or its proceeds.Workers were bused in from other parts of the country to assist with the harvest, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.- ‘Deeply disturbed’ -Rights groups blasted the government’s harvest as part of a systematic effort to expunge the Rohingya from Rakhine.”Government officials leading the harvest are clearly more concerned about these fields of abandoned rice than they ever were about the Rohingya people who sowed it,” said Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson.”This all reinforces a singular, local level Rakhine message to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that what’s yours is now mine, and you’re not welcome back.”Fortify Rights said the harvest was an “outrageous” move by authorities who have a long history of land grabs, particularly in ethnic minority frontiers.Myanmar has denied charges of ethnic cleansing and defended its military campaign as a counter offensive targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts in late August, killing at least a dozen.But media, rights groups and the UN have documented consistent accounts from Rohingya refugees of atrocities at the hands of Myanmar security officers, who are accused of killing civilians, raping women and torching homes in the wake of the rebel raids.On Friday UN rights experts said they were “deeply disturbed” after speaking to refugees in Bangladesh.The accounts they heard “point to a consistent, methodical pattern of actions resulting in gross human rights violations affecting hundreds of thousands of people,” said Marzuki Darusman, who chairs the fact-finding mission.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi — who has no control over the powerful army — recently created a committee to oversee resettlement in Rakhine, where tens of thousands of other minority groups were also internally displaced by the violence.The construction of homes for minorities such as the Mro has begun, according to state media, while Suu Kyi’s government has enticed business tycoons to donate to the rebuilding effort.But fear abounds that the rehabilitation will sideline the Rohingya — a group that has suffered under decades of state-backed discrimination and rising Islamophobia.Myanmar refuses to recognise the Rohingya as a distinct minority, rendering the 1.1-million strong group stateless.The army has spread the view that they are foreign “Bengalis” from Bangladesh, despite many having lived in Myanmar for generations.last_img read more

Interactive art

first_imgOrganised by Think Arts, the 26-day event will take children on a sensorial journey through an interactive art and theatre exhibition.NM Director-General Sanjiv Mittal said, “The exhibition aims to supply back the luxury that Indians a generation ago enjoyed in their younger days. We have scheduled it with the summer vacations for schools upcountry.”Ruchira Das, founder of Think Arts, says, “Elements would enable the participant children to a world of wonder — in all of its senses.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ “We had the outdoors to play in. We touch, smell, feel, hear, use all of our senses as we explore. These experiences fuel our imagination and heightened our sense of perception,” she added.“At Elements, every action of the child changes the experience for those who follow, creating an ever-evolving space”, reveals Das, who has conceptualised the show.The show will have a room of cupboards and drawers featuring a drawer of tastes, smell, sounds, miniatures among others. “The only way to get to the next room (labyrinth) is by entering a cupboard. The labyrinth has a jigsaw puzzle inspired by a miniature from the gallery at the National Museum,”added Das. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is also an art room that invites children to engage in building a sculpture using cardboard boxes, scraps of cloth, paper and found objects. With every interaction, the sculpture takes a new form.Another feature is the textured path, along which the children walk on sand, pebbles, foam and sawdust among others. There is also a music room which has easy-to-play instruments that will help the child explore the sounds of different musical sounds made from elements like seeds, metal, wood and bamboo. Many of these instruments are inspired from those in the music gallery at the National Museum.“The team behind Elements comprises several artistes and organisations who basically believe that children are “thinking, feeling beings who are capable of as much, if not more depth, and understanding as an adult”, says Anurupa Roy, from Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. She along with Shravan Heggudu and S Raghuvendra, are the designers of the exhibition and co-creators of the artworks.The team also includes professional musician Rajat Mallick and Prarthana Hazra, a recent post-graduate from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.When: June 10 – July 5Where: National Museumlast_img read more

Zitar inventor Niladri Kumar forays into EDM

first_imgHe’s widely heralded as the inventor of the ‘zitar’ — a combination of sitar and guitar — and stands among one of the leading exponents of Indian classical music. But now Niladri Kumar, who is ‘very intrigued’ with electronic dance music (EDM), is cutting out an EP based on the popular genre.Niladri, whose new single Head to the heart, which also features Bollywood singer and guitarist Rashid Ali, was unveiled earlier this month, says he is working on two different albums. And one of these would mark his foray into the uncharted musical territory of EDM.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“There are a couple of albums under the pipeline. There are two different albums. One album is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, but it will be on the zitar. It is basically all about the hardcore compositions which we have in Indian classical music, but it will be rendered in a way never done before,” Niladri said over phone from Mumbai. “The second album I am trying to do will be based on EDM. I am very intrigued with EDM and how young people connect to the EDM grooves and music. So I always wanted to do something on those lines. Maybe I’ll release an EP containing around five tracks this year,” he added.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven as Indian classical musicians have often worked with fusion overtones, a sitar player working on an EDM-based album is something quite unheard of. About this unconventional musical experiment, Niladri said: “The fusion space is a little blurred. A lot of things come into the fusion space and it is not clearly demarcated. The EDM space is somehow slightly more demarcated than fusion now. I want to work with that space and add to the melodic element in the EDM genre.”  Besides, he feels “you have to try and give the fans a new story, a new thought”.However, Niladri’s ‘ulterior motive’ behind doing this album is to “get to people who connect to the EDM space and are totally unaware of the huge melodic content that our Indian classical instruments hold and how well it can enhance the EDM space”.Niladri, who was first exposed to EDM in Britain, says although he is not very well-versed with Indian EDM producers, he thinks “there is good potential with what’s happening in here”.“When I heard the young kids going for it here, I thought it’s maybe a great idea to use that genre and try and portray your melody in there and give them a feel of the sitar, zitar and the whole Indian space, but not too much,” he added.As far as traditional Indian classical music is concerned, Niladri believes that “Indian classical music is something which has stood the test of centuries, amid the invasion of genres and sounds”.“There are more sitar, tabla and sarod players than any other time in history. That proportion had not increased in terms of the audience listening to it. It’s about the depth in it. There’s a big science involved it,” he said. “People should stop asking about the future of Indian classical music. The question should be asked, what is the future of EDM and fusion music,” added the musician, who will launch his new brand ‘STAY UP Rooted’, and will perform for a cause at a concert in Mumbai on October 30.last_img read more

Satellite operator SES as launched a new satellite

first_imgSatellite operator SES as launched a new satellite data network, SES Plus, based on its partnership with Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite operator O3b Networks.The system will combine SES’s geostationary satellites with their wide-beam coverage and upcoming high-throughput capability with O3b’s MEO craft to offer a range of options for data markets.SES’s first Plus product, Enterprise+ Broadband, was launched across five markets in Africa in November. Offering up to 1Gbps of connectivity, it is described by SES as a competitively priced flexible connectivity platform that has a plug and play offering, with pay-as-you-go options.“SES is a leading video satellite operator, but our expertise goes beyond providing services to video customers. Our new data network, SES Plus, highlights the strengths of SES as a data satellite operator. We go beyond building a new ground infrastructure and new satellite architecture of GEO, MEO and HTS beams, to deepening collaboration with our customers to design customised and differentiated products that will enable them to excel in their markets,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “The first Plus product is already out in the market, and already we are hearing positive feedback about how this high-speed broadband platform is essential to the countries in which we are operating. That aside, our teams are working around the clock to develop more much-needed customised products to deliver more connectivity.”last_img read more

A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a co

first_img A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a complaint that police stripped and assaulted a female prisoner in a cell at Strand Road police station in Derry last December.The woman also claimed police had failed to take her to hospital after she suffered a seizure, and did not provide her medical records for a subsequent court appearance.However, when a Police Ombudsman investigator examined audio and video footage from the custody suite it showed that the woman had not been assaulted as she had claimed.Instead, police staff intervened when the woman removed items of clothing and attempted to use them to inflict self-harm. POLICE OMBUDSMANPROBE CLEARS POLICE OVER CLAIMS FEMALE STRIP SEARCH AND ASSAULTED AT STRAND ROAD PSNI STATIONPSNI ShareTweet He concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct by any of the officers or police staff who had dealt with her during her time in custody.PROBE CLEARS POLICE OVER CLAIMS FEMALE STRIP SEARCH AND ASSAULTED AT STRAND ROAD PSNI STATION was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Other items in the cell, including a blanket, mattress and pillow were also removed after the woman tried to rip them to create ligatures.Police staff offered her replacement clothing but this was refused.Evidence also showed that police had kept the woman under constant observation during her period in custody, and ensured she was seen by a doctor after she reported having suffered a seizure.In addition, the investigator found that there had been no obligation on police to supply the court with the woman’s medical records.last_img read more