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NSWCCC take the 18’s Boys title

first_imgNew South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges have survived a late comeback from the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch side to win the title at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships.CCC got out to a three touchdown lead before QSST hit back to level the game with minutes remaining.QSST had the opportunity to again level the scores late in the game when CCC’s Edan Price got sent to the sin bin with less than two minutes remaining, but were unable to capitalise, with the NSW boys taking the game by one touchdown. QSST got off to a great start when Ryley Jacks dived across the line in the opening set of six to give his side the early lead. It wasn’t long before CCC hit back, with Alex Franklin on the receiving end off a great flick pass from Daniel Chiddy, to level the scores at 1-all.Edrick Lee put QSST back in front five minutes later when he crossed over in the corner to give his side a 2-1 lead. But it was Scott Daley’s touchdown in the ninth minute, set up by Sam Brisby, which leveled the scores up again. CCC then hit the lead for the first time in the game when Simon Lang’s dive for the try line gave his side a 3-2 lead.CCC extended their lead four minutes later when a cut out pass from Brisby set up Alex Franklin for his second to give his side a three touchdown lead with minutes remaining in the first half.But QSST weren’t finished for the half, with Jacks crossing for second touchdown just before half-time to go to the break down by two, 5-3. CCC was back on the attack just after half-time, and extended their lead back to three touchdowns when Ben Dosseter scored in the first set of six. QSST’s Kade Bonner was the next to score, and brought his side back within two touchdowns with 13 minutes remaining, and when Lee crossed for his second, the Queensland boys were back in the game.Adam Pryde’s touchdown leveled the scores for QSST, but it was short lived, with Nicholas Good scoring off the next set of six off the back of some great work by Matt Moylan to steal the lead back, 7-6.Price was sent to the bin with two minutes remaining to give the QSST boys a chance to hit back, but it was too little too late, with CCC running away with the title.CCC was rewarded for their consistent carnival, with Moylan being named Player of the Match, and Good being named Player of the Series.  NSWCCC Captain Dan Mahoney paid tribute to his team mates in the presentations after the game. “We’re all mates and that’s what it’s all about, that’s why we play touch,” Mahoney said.last_img read more

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19 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde admits Dembele dismissal baffled him

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde admits Dembele dismissal baffled himby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits Ousmane Dembele’s dismissal against Sevilla baffled him.Dembele was sent off late in Barcelona’s win for comments made to the referee just moments after Ronald Araujo was shown a straight red himself.It has been reported that the Frenchman said “very bad, you’re very bad” to the referee, which saw him given his marching orders.”I don’t know what he said,” Valverde said when asked for his opinion in his post-match press conference.”But I don’t think it was too long a sentence.”With the Araujo dismissal on his debut, it didn’t seem like a foul to me.”Then the Dembele one is a mystery.”Looking at the match as a whole, Valverde was understandably delighted to finish with such a comprehensive scoreline.”It was a complicated and important game for us,” he explained.”They’ve had a lot of chances, but this is what it is.”They left spaces and we had more punch, which proved key.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoChelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move away

first_imgChelsea winger Christian Pulisic eyeing loan move awayby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is eyeing a loan move away in January.The Daily Mailsays he is said to be considering asking for a loan move away from Chelsea if he is not given more opportunities soon.Pulisic has found himself falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge just three months after completing his £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.The 21-year-old has been an unused sub in the last three Premier League matches – and hasn’t been seen in top flight action since August.Now the American is open to the prospect of moving elsewhere in January if Frank Lampard continues to overlook him in his Chelsea plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Five holes in the story All the doubts cast on Trump FBI

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – A few holes have already been blown into the story of why Donald Trump fired the director of the FBI — with some self-inflicted blasts coming from the president himself.Doubt was cast Thursday on about five elements of the story.The White House had stated the following: the FBI’s Russia investigation was no big deal, the investigation was unrelated to James Comey’s ouster, the ouster came at the behest of a senior Justice Department official, it helped boost morale at the FBI, and before being canned the director promised Trump he wasn’t being investigated.One by one, the story’s pillars wobbled.—One: The White House tossed aside the main rationale from the previous day — that the firing happened because some official recommended it in the Justice Department. It’s the explanation offered by Vice-President Mike Pence, as well as the initial one from several White House spokespeople.Turns out, it was Trump’s idea. He’d been planning it for a while, he asked for the recommendation, and why do the details of this matter, a White House spokeswoman shrugged 24 hours later.“Like, why are we arguing about the semantics?” Sarah Sanders told Thursday’s daily briefing.“Instead of getting so lost in the process — ‘Did this happen at 12:01 or 12:02? Did he fire him because he wore a red tie or a blue tie?’ — (Trump) fired him because he was not fit to do the job. It’s that simple.”In an interview with NBC, Trump said he’d been planning to sack Comey no matter what the recommendation said: “I was going to fire regardless … (Comey)’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil.”Trump said he had dinner with the director.—Two: At that dinner, he asked Comey whether he was under FBI investigation. He said Comey assured him that he was not, personally, under investigation. Multiple news reports have cited sources close to Comey saying he would never have made such a guarantee.The new acting director of the FBI did not make that guarantee when asked at a Senate hearing.He appeared before the same committee conducting a Russia probe. Members of the committee have begun asking questions about Trump’s business ties. For instance, they’ve requested documents from the same anti-foreign money laundering unit, within the Treasury Department, that fined Trump Taj Mahal casino $10 million in 2015 for long-standing violations.Comey could be asked about this if he appears before lawmakers, who want to question him. Some are also raising questions about the propriety of Trump pressing the police for information about himself.—Three: The White House insisted the firing has no bearing on the FBI’s Russia investigation.Unless, maybe, it does.Trump’s spokeswoman has suggested it could speed things up: “We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity,” Sanders said of the probe on foreign influence in the 2016 election.“And we think that we’ve actually, by removing director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.”The investigation will proceed as planned, according to the FBI director. Andrew McCabe said the firing will have no effect, testifying before a Senate committee: “Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”—Four: The previous day, the White House called the Russia probe a minor matter — Sanders called it one of the smallest things on the FBI’s plate. Not so, says its acting director.“I would not (say that),” McCabe told the Senate hearing. “We consider it to be a highly significant investigation.”—Five: The White House suggested morale was low at the FBI, requiring a personnel change.But the new interim boss, McCabe, testified Thursday: “I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity and it has been the greatest privilege and honour in my professional life to work with him. I can tell you also that director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does until this day.”He did concede there were internal disputes about how the Hillary Clinton email investigation was handled.And some involve him.An investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general was launched in January into whether McCabe should have been involved in the email case. That’s because his wife Jill McCabe ran for the Virginia state senate in 2015, and reportedly received a large contribution — $500,000 — from a group with ties to the Clinton-friendly governor.Democrats focused on the president, the FBI, and Russia.They have threatened to delay proceedings in the Senate unless they get a few demands met. One is a special prosecutor to examine Trump’s Russia ties. Another is a briefing from the Justice Department official who wrote the memo recommending the firing.They have been promised a briefing next week.“Tuesday night’s (firing) was a shocking development. The timing of director Comey’s dismissal, to me and to many members on this committee, on both sides of the aisle, is especially troubling,” said Sen. Mark Warner, of the intelligence committee.“It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the president’s decision to remove director Comey was related to this investigation and that is truly unacceptable.”last_img read more

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Minister sounds alarm on antibiotics overuseTheyre thrown at the common cold

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister — whose province leads Canada and the U.S. for antibiotics overuse — is warning that drug resistance could bring a wave of deaths by infection.John Haggie, a former surgeon, says he fears health care could be thrown back to the 1920s, an era before penicillin when pneumonia and other infections were among the most serious medical threats.“They’re thrown at the common cold,” Haggie, who served as president of the Canadian Medical Association before entering politics, said of antibiotics.“I know in surgical fields when I was still in practice, anybody with an open wound would end up with a prescription for multiple courses of antibiotics.”That’s despite the fact medical literature did not suggest such treatment, he said in an interview.Newfoundland and Labrador typically uses antibiotics twice as much per person as other provinces but over-prescribing is a problem throughout the world, Haggie stressed.“There has certainly been a tradition, shall we say, going back 30 or 40 years that antibiotics were safe, they were foolproof, they were going to be around forever and it was better to have some than not.“People have now woken up to the fact that it isn’t risk free, there is a downside and they won’t be around forever if we use them this way.”A federal study found that Newfoundland and Labrador had the country’s highest prescription rate in 2016, with 955 prescriptions per 1,000 residents, compared to about 625 prescriptions per 1,000 people nationally. Prescription rates were lowest in British Columbia, according to the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System report published last November.It also found that while the use of most antimicrobials was higher in Newfoundland and Labrador than in other provinces, amoxicillin — an antibiotic used for bacterial infections like pneumonia — was prescribed at particularly high rates.The study also looked at the purchasing rates of antibiotics for hospitals, finding that Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador combined, had the highest rates per capita.Haggie said concerns over antibiotics will come up when medical experts meet later this spring in St. John’s.The Canadian College of Health Leaders and HealthCareCAN, the national voice of health care groups and hospitals across the country, gather June 4 and 5 before taking the issue to meetings of G7 leaders later this year, Haggie said.“I know there is concern at the federal (government) level,” Haggie said. “It’s not as loud as perhaps it could be. To be fair, they’ve been distracted quite rightly by other prescribing issues around opioids, for example.”Dr. Patrick Parfrey, a St. John’s nephrologist and provincial leader of the national Choosing Wisely campaign to cut needless medical procedures, said Haggie is not overstating the problem.“The risk is that antibiotic-resistant bacteria will develop in the community. And if that happens, that will be a catastrophe so we need to reduce our antibiotic use — particularly as the quantity and development of new antibiotics is decreasing.”Parfrey said doctors are not being identified or singled out but can see through the province’s online Pharmacy Network how their prescription rates stack up.“They’re getting information in the system that allows them to compare themselves to their peers.”It’s hoped those prods, along with a public education campaign about when antibiotics are truly needed, will curb overuse, Parfrey said.“I think this is a first step. If these interventions don’t work then other more directive measures will be required.”Parfrey said he’s not sure what more governments can do aside from funding public outreach along with efforts such as Choosing Wisely.“I think it’s a culture issue where there’s a combination of demand from the public and doctors providing the antibiotics,” he said in an interview. “The use includes viral infections for which antibiotics are useless.“There is no doubt in many instances the harm outweighs the benefit.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Prominent 2 spirited Cree man from northern Alberta delivers history lesson in

first_imgAPTN National NewsA prominent 2 spirited activist has just wrapped up a visit to Vancouver.Harlen Pruden was invited to speak about the historic place of 2 spirited people in First Nations culture.The phrase 2 spirited is an anishnabe term meaning both a male and female spirit existing in the body.As Tina House reports, Pruden also wanted to share some of the challenges that gay First Nations people face today.last_img

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Ohio State wrestling gears up for Big Ten and NCAA Championships

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan said he gets the sense that this season, his team is doing big things. “Despite the fact that we’ve got so many young people on the team, I think there’s great leadership and a great sense of this group leaving a legacy here,” Ryan said. Having started seven freshmen for most of the year, the No. 6 Buckeyes’ resume suggests the team has gone above and beyond the expectations of many. After storming out of the gate at 7-0, the Buckeyes dropped back-to-back road contests against Nebraska and then Minnesota. About two weeks later, the Buckeyes toppled then-No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, in their first win against the Hawkeyes since 1966. Some even called it their biggest dual win in school history. Just nine days after the Iowa match, defending national champion, Penn State, hammered OSU, 34-9, in State College, Pa. OSU then responded with wins against then-No. 12 Michigan and Michigan State to close the Big Ten regular season. While the mission of winning a Big Ten regular season championship was unsuccessful for OSU (11-3, 5-3 Big Ten), Ryan said there’s still a lot of wrestling left. “Men in this sport that have left a legacy shine in March,” he said. “And we’re still three weeks away from March.” What Ryan is referring to are the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, which begin in early March and last through much of the month. Before that, the Buckeyes’ attention is solely focused on this weekend when they will travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the Stillwater Regional of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. OSU, which drew the No. 3 seed in the region, is set to wrestle No. 6 seed Boise State on Feb. 12. “I think the big thing that Boise State presents for us is that they have a couple of really good individuals,” he said. Perhaps most importantly against Boise State, Ryan stressed how critical it was for 165-pound freshman Derek Garcia to wrestle his best heading into the postseason in order to hopefully qualify for the NCAA Tournament which is selective in what wrestlers it takes. “Every single match for Derek Garcia’s critical to make sure we bring ten (wrestlers) to the national tournament. Because I do believe he can do something there,” he said. OSU is at full strength with all of their starters rested and ready to go. At least, Ryan said, as much as they can be in mid-February of the season. The winner of OSU’s dual against Boise State wrestles No. 2 seed Nebraska, who handed the Buckeyes their first loss back on Jan. 6. One-hundred-eighty-four-pound redshirt junior C.J. Magrum said that while there will be no looking past Boise State, he’s excited at the prospect of a rematch. “We’re kind of upset we didn’t get the second seed (in the Stillwater region) but at the same time, we’ll never wrestle Nebraska as worse we did the first time we wrestled them,” he said. OSU lost, 18-16, as a result of bonus points in the first match up. “Lightning’s not going to strike twice,” Magrum said. “We’re pretty confident going into the match that we should take care of them.” One-hundred-thirty-three-pound redshirt freshman Logan Stieber agreed. “Last time we didn’t wrestle well, and they kind of kicked our butts,” he said. Ryan said he understands the challenge at hand. “We’re going to see two teams that, based on their season, you might say, should beat us,” he said. But that doesn’t stop him from liking the matchups each team presents. He still gets the sense this is a team that’s doing big things, he said. “This group wants to win it,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how bad they want to win it on Sunday.” read more

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CWC18 Al Ain wants to be a great host

first_imgThe Emirati club is playing for the first time in the FIFA Club World Cup and they hope to get far in the tournamentUnited Arab Emirates’ club Al Ain is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and they want to do it with style.The team will take part in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup which starts on Wednesday, December 12.Known as The Boss, this team is based in the city of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.The club was founded in 1968 and is celebrating its 50 anniversary this year.With 34 official championships, Al-Ain is one of the biggest clubs in the Emirates, having won the local tournament 13 times.videoOFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.They have only won the AFC Champions League once.Being the local team, they will surely be well-supported during their 2018 FIFA Club World Cup participation.Like all hosts, they will battle for a ticket to the Quarter-Finals in the Playoff match against New Zealand’s Team Wellington on December 12th.#CWC18: Get to know @alainfcae_en – The Emirati club is playing for the first time in the @ClubWorldCups and they hope to get far in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/YCrwaKfNvc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 8, 2018last_img read more

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James Milners perfect response to Liverpools title battle angst

first_imgLiverpool midfielder James Milner believes they should be relishing being on top of the Premier League rather than dwelling on the threat from their rivals.Jurgen Klopp’s side have somewhat dropped off in form since the start of the new year with just two wins in five league outings.1-1 draws against both Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool particularly vulnerable now with Manchester City just three points away from snatching top spot.The Citizens will have the opportunity to do that in tonight’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.But Milner believes Liverpool shouldn’t be worried over the pressure of being the league leaders at this stage of the campaign.“Concerned about being top of the league in February? No, I’m happy!” Milner told Liverpool Echo.“We’re clear at the top of the league in February. There is a long way to go, a lot of games, tough games. We have just got to keep going.“If someone said we’d be three points clear at this stage of the season you’d have taken it.“There were people saying at the start of the season that Man City are the best team the Premier League has ever seen and stuff like that, so just to be close to them is good for us.“Playing for relegation and livelihoods and people’s jobs, that’s pressure. Being at the top of the table, we should be enjoying it.”The former England international, who has won the Premier League twice at City, accepts that changes at the top of the table are likely.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.Therefore, Milner believes Liverpool should just try to enjoy their lead and remain focused on themselves rather than on their rivals.“We’ve got to keep going and try and enjoy it,” he added. “There’s nearly a third of the season to go, such a long way.“I’ve been fortunate enough to win titles, I’ve been unfortunate enough to get relegated as well. I’ve experienced it, and these are the times you should be enjoying.“It wouldn’t surprise me if the league lead changes hands a couple of times before the end of the season.“We’ve just got to take care of our business. The last couple of games, we haven’t played well but we’re still picking up points.“That’s the positive side, we’re not losing games. There’s plenty we can improve on which is nice to know.”The Reds will be back in action on Saturday at home to Bournemouth in the Premier League.A point gained. Thanks to the travelling support – let’s push on together 💪🏻🔴 #YNWA pic.twitter.com/NiTclhIT5V— James Milner (@JamesMilner) February 4, 2019last_img read more

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PIC Disha Patani gets trolled for showing off too much in lingerie

first_imgDisha Patani InstagramDisha Patani is one such celeb from the industry who has an equal number of haters for each of her fans. Not only do these haters and trolls keep track of all her pictures, videos, movements and updates but, never refrain from giving their two-cents either.Disha, who regularly endorses a lingerie brand on her Instagram, had recently shared some scintillating pictures of her wearing a red-coloured lingerie. While the picture soon went viral, with many complimenting the actress for such a perfect body, there were many who felt that the picture showed a bit ‘too much’.While a few questioned why Tiger Shroff doesn’t say anything to her on such photos, there were a few comments which said she doesn’t need this kind of publicity. Recently on Karan Johar’s show, Koffee with Karan, KJo had questioned Tiger about why they are always spotted together.”I am great friends with her. I love her company and we are keeping it at that. We both have very similar interests. I don’t have very many friends in the industry and she is one of the few people whom I get along with,” Tiger had said.While Tiger may have chosen his words quite carefully, papa Jackie Shroff has certainly spilled the beans on his relationship while talking to Mumbai Mirror. “Tiger found his first friend, who is a girl, at 25. Till then he never looked around. They share the same passions, dance and work-out together. She comes from a family of army officers, so, she understands the value of discipline. Who knows they may get married in future or remain friends for life. For now, they are just friends.”Well, we certainly don’t see anything wrong in this picture of Disha Patani and really hope the duo soon come out in the open and accept their relationship.last_img read more

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107 Hindus killed 31 forced to disappear in 2017

first_img.At least 107 people of the Hindu community were killed and 31 were made to disappear in 2017, which are higher than previous year’s figures, claimed Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote (BJHM) on Saturday.Polash Kanti Dey, general secretary of BJHM – a grand alliance of national Hindu organisations – came up with the statistics while revealing a report titled ‘Atrocities on Religious Minorities in Bangladesh from 1 January to 31 December of 2017′ at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) in the city, reports UNB.According to the report, 782 Hindus were either forced to leave the country or threatened to leave. Besides, 23 were forced to get converted into other religions.Polash said at least 25 Hindu women and children were raped, while 235 temples and statues vandalised during the year.The total number of atrocities happened with the Hindu community in 2017 is 6474, according to the BJHM report, which was 11,335 in 2016.Making some pointed references, Polash said communal question paper was provided during Rajshahi University admission test, a family of Mymensingh was forced to leave by influential people of the district after vandalising Hindu houses in Rangpur.BJHM president Prabhas Chandra Ray told the press conference that though the total number of atrocities has declined because of the joint efforts of the government, BJHM and Hindu society, the incidents of killing and enforced disappearance are still alarming.He also claimed that the administration’s negligence and the influence of powerful people are the main reasons behind the atrocities which have created a huge threat for the safety of the country’s Hindu community.Claiming that no other country in the world experiences minority killings during election as much as Bangladesh, Prabhas expressed his concern over the increased killing risk of Hindus during the upcoming national election.Prabhas, however, expressed the hope that the number of atrocities on the minority community will come down to zero level soon with government efforts.last_img read more

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YO Baltimore Helps OutofSchool Youth

first_imgA youth oriented group, Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore, helps serve out-of-school youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 at two youth-friendly centers in East and West Baltimore.  The program helps members build important life skills and help young people increase their wage earnings and educational attainment.YO! Baltimore was founded in 2000 is operated by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Services division.  The program is funded by the Mayor and Baltimore City Council, and works in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, Civic Works, the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Adolescent Health, and Sinai Hospital.For many students, YO! Baltimore gives them an alternative educational route after facing challenges in traditional classroom settings, and it also gives many of the students second chances.Many of the teenagers and people in their 20s who come to the organization for assistance face major challenges.  Three-quarters of the members left high school without finishing, another quarter of them have children, some have criminal records, some are in foster care, some are homeless.The program helps students receive their high school diploma and mentors them to become valuable assets in the city’s workforce, because even for young adults without such difficulties, it’s hard to find a job.Ernest Dorsey, assistant director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development who leads the Youth Services division, commented on the impact the program has made on many of the member’s lives.“There are not many large programs in Baltimore City that are focusing on kids who are out of school and out of the workplace. But we are working with 700-800 young people a year,” said Dorsey.  “The mayor has realized that that is an important population, and the mayor and city council actually allocated funding to support this project once the U.S. Department of Labor funds ended.”Lois Mitchell, acting program director at YO! Eastside Center, says it is “gratifying to see young people that want to make a change in their lives” and that it is great the program can “help them and see them realize their hopes and dreams.”Since being founded, YO! has provided academic, career/job training, advocacy, mentoring, health and social support services to more than 7,000 out-of-school, out-of-work city youth.“It’s really preparing young people for future workforce, giving them that exposure that perhaps they did not get before they left school,” Dorsey said. “We work with young people who have graduated, but haven’t made that next step to employment or post-secondary and so they are still searching for what they want to do.  We certainly help them try to identify that particular area as well.”Youth Opportunity Baltimore hosted a special graduation event in June for its 2014 class of 93 young adults. Fifty-seven of the students graduated from YO! Academy, which is an alternative high school that operates in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools.  The other 36 students earned their Maryland high school diplomas through the city’s two YO! Baltimore centers in East and West Baltimore.  The ceremony was held at Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall, and Shina Parker, a local entrepreneur and CEO, delivered the keynote address.Lois Mitchell said many alumni from the YO! program come back every day to help those who are in the program now.  She has even witnessed people who were in the program 10-12 years ago coming back to help. She says it helps to give current students a model of what they can be by alumni returning and saying, “I was here and this is where I am now.”This summer, YO! members are participating in multiple workforce readiness activities and projects, as they continue to work towards earning their GED. One of the job readiness activities is the Sherwin-Williams Certified Renovators Training, which was provided at no cost by Sherwin-Williams. This training program teaches its participants proper painting techniques and gives them skills to find work with painting contractors.The week-long session covers how to prepare an area for painting, how to determine how much and what kind of materials are needed, proper painting techniques, dressing for the job, properly cleaning the work area, along with other topics. Participants receive hands-on experience by completing a painting project at the Westside YO! Center, and all YO! members who complete the training will receive an EPA certification in lead paint usage and removal. This is the third year that Sherwin-Williams has partnered with YO! Baltimore to offer this training to YO! members.last_img read more

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Ion trap quantum computing

first_img Explore further NIST Demonstrates Better Memory with Quantum Computer Bits 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. “Instead of moving ions around,” Stock continues, “you apply a two-ion operation between all neighboring ions at the same time. The created multipartite ‘entangled’ array of ions is a resource for quantum computing.” Actual computing is then based on measurement of ions in the array in a prescribed order and using a slightly different measurement basis for each ion. “In this scheme, it is the time required to read out information from the ions that critically determines the operational time scale of the quantum computer,” Stock says.Stock describes the measurement component as vital to this model of quantum computing. Instead of exciting the ions and getting them to emit a photon and measuring the photon, Stock and his colleague instead devised a different way in which they were able to measure the quantum bit encoded in a calcium ion. “You can use an ionization process to speed up measurement, since the electron can be extracted faster from the atom than you can get a photon out of an atom. The extracted electron is then guided onto a detector by the ion trap itself.” All of this takes place on a nanosecond time scale. “By speeding up the measurement,” Stock insists, “we can speed up the operation capability of the quantum computer.”Stock points out that this quantum computing scheme would be impractical as far as taking over common use from classical computers. “The lattice would have thousands of ions, which would need to be controlled, and carefully stored and protected. It means that the computer would be relatively large and impractical.”Uses for such a quantum computer are not limited to breaking data encryption. “This process would allow us to take problems of great complexity and still solve them on a humanly possible timescale. This could provide the key to modeling complex systems – especially perhaps in biology – that we can’t solve now. This would be a tremendous advantage over classical computing.”More information: Stock, René and James, Daniel. “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.170501 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Ion trap quantum computing (2009, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-ion-quantum.html Stock, a post-doc at the University of Toronto, points out that ion trap quantum computing has made a lot of progress in the last 10 years. “Ions in traps have been one of most successful physical implementation of quantum computing in physical systems.” Stock believes that it is possible to use ion-trap quantum computing to create measurement-based quantum computers that could compete with classical computers for very large and complex problems – and even on smaller scale problems. His work on the subject, done with Daniel James, appears in Physical Review Letters: “Scalable, High-Speed Measurement-Based Quantum Computer Using Trapped Ions.”“One of the most important considerations in quantum computing is the fact that quantum computing scales polynomially, rather than exponentially, as classical computing does.” This polynomial scaling is what makes quantum computing so useful for breaking data encryption. In order to make data encryption more secure, one usually increases the number of bits used. “Because of the exponential scaling, breaking data encryptions quickly becomes impossible using standard classical computers or even networks of computers,” Stock explains. “The improved scaling with quantum computers could be one a biggest threads to data encryption and security.” While this sounds promising, Stock points this out that there are still problems with quantum information processing: “While scaling would be better with quantum computing, current operation of quantum information processing is too slow to even compete with classical computers on large factoring problems that take 5 months to solve.”The way ion-trap quantum computing works now – or at least is envisioned to work – requires that ions be shuttled back and forth around the trap architecture. Stock explains that this takes time. “As the complexity of problems and the size of the quantum computing to be implemented increases, the time issue becomes even more important. We wanted to figure out how we could change the time scale,” Stock explains. “We found that we could speed up the processing by using an array of trapped ions and by parallelizing entangling operations.” (PhysOrg.com) — “Right now, classical computers are faster than quantum computers,” René Stock tells PhysOrg.com. “The goal of quantum computing is to eventually speed up the time scale of solving certain important problems, such as factoring and data search, so that quantum computing can not only compete with, but far outperform, classical computing on large scale problems. One of the most promising ways to possibly do this is with ion traps.”last_img read more

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Tintin turns 86 mourns Charlie Hebdo deaths

first_imgFictional detective Tintin today turned 86 and used the occasion to express his solidarity with the families of the Charlie Hebdo attack victims. The rallying cry for the birthday is “I am Charlie – Je suis Charlie and Tintin expresses solidarity with the families of the victims!”, according to his website.It says the occasion is marked by the most horrible recent attacks against, among others, employees of Charlie Hebdo. Tintin, the amazing reporter and sleuth with the iconic quiff created by Georges Remi, better known as Herge, appeared for the first time in 1929, January 10 in the comic strip called “Le Petit Vingtieme”, together with his trusted canine companion Snowy. Among his friends, Snowy comes first – the faithful companion with a generous spirit. Secondly, Tchang appears in the family circle and becomes a lifelong friend of Tintin and almost a brother. Thirdly, Captain Haddock whose debut was to come a good 10 years later is ready to sacrifice his own life for Tintin.last_img read more

Orange and Canal could collaborate to acquire pre

first_imgOrange and Canal+ could collaborate to acquire premium sports rights in the face of growing competition from SFR as part of a growing alignment of the pair’s interests, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos.Citing an unnamed source, Les Echos reported that Orange and Canal+ were in discussion around how it could help Canal+ acquire premium rights, including financially.Rights to Formula 1 motor-racing and Champions League football are already in play, with rights to French domestic top-tier football up for auction in 2019. Altice and SFR have already indicated their interest in acquiring any available sports rights that could help it build its business.According to Les Echos, Orange would want to participate in Canal+ in a deeper way for any deal to make sense. One idea floated is the creation of a new company to commercialise Canal+ in France, in which Orange would be a majority shareholder. The pair could separately align their interests in Africa and Poland, where both are present.However, Les Echos points, out, there are major hurdles in the way of any deal between the groups. The French state’s interest in Orange could prevent any deal that allows the entry of Vivendi into the group’s ownership, while there could be regulatory concerns about the impact of a deal on rival fixed-line operators.The paper said that Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told employees at the end of last month that Orange was capable of acquiring Canal+ without giving a stake to Vivendi, but that it did not have this project in mind.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet THE best of local artistic talent are getting a unique platform to exhibit their work as part of the City and District’s biggest ever youth arts festival.The Rewire Festival – an action packed 12 day celebration of youth culture from June 26th to July 7th will feature hundreds of events and include performances, exhibitions and discussion forums.It is the flagship event of Youth 19, Council’s year long programme of events and activities focussed and dedicated to young people aged 12 – 24.The celebration will include an eclectic range of activities and events including music gigs, a spoken word/hip-hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art and digital.The art element of the programme will include exhibitions in the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street, the Gasyard Centre on Lecky Road and the Void Gallery on Patrick Street.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said the events will not only offer exposure for up and coming artists but can inspire more young people to get creative and create art of their own in the future.“I am delighted that the Rewire Festival has placed such a strong emphasis on art by hosting exhibitions of exclusively local young people’s work,” she said.“The festival is offering an ideal platform for young people who have never exhibited their art before as well as some of the more up and coming artists who are studying artistic disciplines as part of their education and training.“Art takes a wide range of forms including painting, sculpture, photography and film and can play a key role in helping people develop mentally, socially and emotionally so I would encourage as many young people as possible to visit the venues and explore the what’s on show.”From today, Monday July 1 to Sunday, July 7, the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street will host the eagerly anticipated ‘Dig The New Breed’ exhibition which explores racism, identity and cultural relativism through the work of up and coming local art students Jack Collins, Liam Bradley, Naomi Ferguson, Jude McCandless and Molly McFadden.Also from July 1st – 7th the Rewire Open Arts Exhibition at the Gasyard Centre in Lecky Road will host a showcase of work by young artists of all disciplines and abilities as part of the Bluebell Arts Project’s second Empowering the Art Exhibition of 2019.The Void Gallery in Patrick Street will has issued an open call to young people aged 18-24 to exhibit in the process room at Void Art Centre from June 26th to July 6th for their ‘This Must Be The Place’ exhibition which will explore how five local young artists work in Derry today. The full Rewire Festival programme will be accessible at www.youth19.com while you can keep up to date with news by following the Youth 19 social media channels on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.Rewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talent was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Derry and Strabane CouncilMayor Michaela BoyleRewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talentThe Rewire FestivalYouth 19last_img read more

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first_imgDisabled activists have welcomed the decision of doctors to vote strongly against relaxing their union’s position on physician-assisted suicide.The British Medical Association (BMA) voted by 63 per cent to 37 per cent this week at its annual representative meeting (ARM) in Belfast to maintain its current position of being opposed to physician-assisted suicide.Some doctors had wanted the BMA to move to a neutral stance on the issue.Last September, the latest parliamentary attempt to weaken the law, through a private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris, was defeated by 330 votes to 118.But there were concerns after his bill was thrown out that pro-assisted suicide campaigners were already plotting their next move to try to force through legalisation, either through the courts or parliament.A move to a neutral position by the BMA would have given euthanasia supporters a significant boost in their continuing quest to change the law.Minutes before the debate, delegates had decided by a margin of only three votes to allow the meeting to debate the issue of whether the BMA “should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying”.  Dr Andrew Mowat told delegates that BMA had debated the issue in seven of the last 10 ARMs.He pointed out that MPs voted by nearly three to one against changing the law to legalise assisted suicide last year, while the Scottish parliament had thrown out a similar bill months earlier.He said: “The public expect their doctors to lead on ethical issues. The thought of doctors killing patients creates public mistrust of us.”He said that evidence from other countries showed that when doctors’ organisations moved to a position of neutrality it was soon followed by legalisation of assisted suicide.Baroness Finlay, a crossbench peer and consultant in palliative medicine, and a leading opponent of legalisation, said: “With our hard-pressed healthcare system, doctors have enough to juggle without being saddled with assessing whose life is worth working hard to improve, and who should be given lethal drugs.”But Professor Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a leading supporter of legalisation, said it was the BMA’s responsibility to debate the issue “year in, year out”.The disabled people’s campaign network Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), which opposes assisted suicide, welcomed the BMA vote, tweeting: “Thankyou to @BMA for continuing to oppose #assistedsuicide & listening to disabled people. Our lives are worth living,” and, “Disabled people will sleep safer tonight knowing @BMA doctors support us.”Baroness [Jane] Campbell, NDY UK’s founder, added on Twitter: “Great news! Not Dead UK thanks you from the bottom of our heart.”Dr Ian Wilson, chair of the BMA’s representative body, said: “Doctors appreciate the strongly-held views both across society and their profession on both sides of this complex and sensitive issue.“The issue of assisted dying has been regularly debated by the BMA at its annual policy-forming conference, with delegates voting this year to remain opposed to assisted dying.“By engaging with doctors and members of the public in an 18-month long project, we have compiled a comprehensive body of qualitative research to look at the wider context of the issue and enable members to have informed discussions at this year’s conference.“This work will still continue and we will also be holding a special open discussion this week during which doctors will be able to share their views on some of the more complex and practical issues doctors would face if assisted dying were permitted in the UK.”Picture: Not Dead Yet UK supporters protesting about the Marris bill outside parliamentlast_img read more

Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Mariella Moon Next Article Image credit: Pacific Press via Getty Images This story originally appeared on Engadget It can no longer advertise its services or operate in the country. Uber 2 min read Apply Now » Trouble seems to follow Uber wherever it goes. A court in Rome has just banned the ride-hailing service in Italy for contributing to what it says is “unfair competition” faced by the local taxi industry. Uber must now stop promoting its services and cease all operations in the country within 10 days, unless it’s willing to pay a $10,600 fine for each day it remains active after that grace period. While Uber’s $70 billion valuation makes that amount sound like chump change, it hasn’t exactly been profitable and actually bled billions in 2016.Uber’s situation in Italy is the same problem it typically deals with, albeit on a different day and in a different country. The company faced similar pushback from local taxi associations in France, the U.K. and other places around the globe, and it’ll no doubt happen again and again. In fact, this isn’t the first court battle it lost in the European country: a couple of years ago, a court in Milan banned the company’s UberPop application.Nevertheless, the company said in a statement that it’s “shocked” by the court’s decision and will file for an appeal. It added: “Thousands of professional, licensed drivers use the Uber app to make money and provide reliable transportation at the push of a button for Italians.” Until it changes the court’s mind, though, Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select and Van phone applications will have to say “ciao” to Italian commuters. –shares Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban April 10, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

IBM Signals End of Telecommuting Craze

first_imgRemote Workforce Remote workers are strong proof that talking face to face is the best communication technology. Next Article IBM Signals End of Telecommuting Craze Author of Real Leaders Don’t Follow Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Steve Tobak Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. VIP Contributor May 24, 2017 Register Now » 5 min read –shares Remember the time Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting at Yahoo and started a media firestorm? Some thought she’d flipped her lid. Others said she’d made a grave mistake that would kill morale. Well, she hadn’t and it didn’t. That was one of the few things she did right in her ill-fated attempt to turn around the hapless internet portal.While the former Googler didn’t intend to start a trend, she did. HP followed suit a few months later. Then came Best Buy, Bank of America, Aetna and others.Last week, IBM gave thousands of virtual workers an ultimatum: either show up in the office, or go work somewhere else. Considering that Big Blue pioneered the “anytime, anywhere workforce” decades ago, that sort of closes the books on what has turned out to be yet another overhyped management fad.Years ago, telecommuting was all the rage. Many predicted that, in the not-too-distant future, just about everyone would work remotely. Turns out, while working alone can boost productivity for some, the isolation can also have a chilling effect on collaboration and innovation. It’s sort of a mixed bag.Related: How Telecommuting Reduced Carbon Footprints at Dell, Aetna and XeroxWith decision-making becoming more real-time, data-centric and collaborative every day, it’s easy to see that a distributed workforce can slow the wheels of progress. It’s not at all surprising that nearly every company that’s put a stop to working remotely has been in a turnaround situation when team performance is critical.That’s why Apple spent billions to build Apple Park — its new spaceship-like headquarters with 175 acres of parkland and a 2.8 million square-foot main building that can house more than 12,000 employees. It’s all about collaboration and innovation. You’d think the tech giant would know something about that sort of thing.   The notion of overhyped management trends goes far beyond telecommuting. Every year or so the media goes bananas over a new fad. Enterprising opportunists then write books and start lucrative consultancies. There are always companies, big and small, that take the bait. Most end up regretting it, especially those who go for it hook, line and sinker.Related: 4 Reasons Telecommuting Can Be Bad for BusinessBack when I was a young up-and-comer, the big management trends were matrix management, core competency, management by objective, organizational development, six sigma and strategic planning. The hot books were The One Minute Manager, Guerilla Marketing, Crossing the Chasm and Good to Great.Granted, there was some benefit to most of those concepts. It was the hype that caused executives and business leaders to go overboard.One of the best examples of that was outsourcing pioneered by Peter Drucker, the father of modern management. The problem came when outsourcing turned into offshoring, and ended up exporting jobs and importing cheap labor. The result was the near extinction of America’s manufacturing sector.Today, we live in the golden age of overhyped fads: company culture, personal branding, content marketing, cause marketing, growth hacking, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, crowd funding, positive thinking, productivity, time management and, of course, everything Steve Jobs. There are countless books like The Lean Startup, Strengths Finder and Start With Why.As in the past, there is some value to most of those concepts, but again, overdoing it can do far more harm than good. The best recent example I can think of is the self-management craze. For a while, everyone was starting to question whether companies even needed bosses or titles anymore. It turns out that flatter organizational structures are indeed beneficial, but only to a point. As usual, some went overboard.Related: 5 Ways Telecommuting and Flex Time Help You Recruit the Best WorkersA book called Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux popularized the controversial concept of teal or nonhierarchical, peer-to-peer organizational structures. Holacracy took it a step further. But Tony Hsieh’s move to take Zappos in that direction has been an unmitigated disaster. Twitter cofounder Ev Williams dropped Holacracy at Medium, which is currently trying to reinvent itself and its business model.In the early days of the company, Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin toyed with the notion of a completely flat organization without bosses. They finally came to their senses and realized that, while it might work for some companies of limited size, it simply wasn’t very practical or scalable for a growth-oriented company. Kudos to them.Look, I’ve been around a long time, long enough to see dozens if not hundreds of management fads come and go. The problem is when otherwise smart people stop thinking for themselves and start listening to the hype. They follow the crowd because all those people can’t be wrong. On the contrary, they can, and usually are.You know how there’s supposed to be so much wisdom in crowds? Nope: It’s just another fad. There’s no wisdom in crowds, just massive groupthink and herd mentality. You can’t beat the irony. As I say in my book, Real Leaders Don’t Follow: Leaders lead. Followers follow. You can’t do both. And that’s no hype. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: Philippe Huguen | Getty Images Add to Queuelast_img read more

Business Leaders Slam Trumps Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement

first_img Editorial Intern 4 min read Elon Musk, Mark Cuban and Mark Zuckerberg are among those who spoke out. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Business Leaders Slam Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement June 2, 2017 –shares Elon Musk is leaving Trump’s advisory council. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Image credit: AP/Evan Vucci Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Government Mary Hanbury Add to Queue President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.The agreement, which was signed by 195 nations in December 2015, aims to slow down the rate at which the planet is warming.Before today’s decision was made, several executives of U.S. companies showed their disapproval of the U.S. pulling out of the agreement. On Wednesday, a letter signed by the executives of major companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple and Unilever, urged the president not to abandon the agreement.After Trump announced his decision, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he will be leaving Trump’s advisory council. Other executives have taken to social media to voice their concern.Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General ElectricDisappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government.— Jeff Immelt (@JeffImmelt) June 1, 2017Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceXAm departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017Satya Nadella, CEO of MicrosoftWe believe climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action. We remain committed to doing our part. https://t.co/Gfu7P2ESlL— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) June 1, 2017Brad Smith, president of MicrosoftWe’re disappointed with the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Microsoft remains committed to doing our part to achieve its goals.— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) June 1, 2017Aaron Levie, CEO of BoxWith so many things America needs to make substantial progress on, it’s incredibly disappointing to see us regress in significant areas.— Aaron Levie (@levie) June 1, 2017Mark Cuban, owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks1) If Dems are smart, they should call for immediate meetings w POTUS to determine how to get back in the Paris Agreement— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 1, 2017Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyAddendum: minus ??. For the good of big coal.— Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson) June 1, 2017Marc Benioff, CEO of SalesforceDeeply disappointed by President’s decision to withdraw from ParisAgreement. We will double our efforts to fight climate change. pic.twitter.com/cmCLf9CoVY— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) June 1, 2017Brent Saunders, CEO of Allergan$AGN is committed to doing our part to reduce climate change: decrease energy consumption, greenhouse gas, water use & waste by ~20% in 2020— Brent Saunders (@brentlsaunders) June 1, 2017Sundar Pichai, CEO of GoogleDisappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 1, 2017Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman SachsToday’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FacebookBob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney CompanyAs a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017Apple CEO, Tim CookDecision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017In an email to employees on Thursday, following Trump’s withdrawal announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment.”Cook had phoned the White House earlier this week to urge President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Register Now »last_img read more