ACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Storm

first_imgThe Raiders v Storm women’s showdown at Sunshine Coast Stadium presented as a veritable curtain raiser to next weekend’s NRL finals blockbuster in Melbourne’s AAMI Park, with Viking Claps aplenty and a buoyant crowd settling in with flags and hearts a flutter with state pride on the line.  And then there was one. To the penultimate match of the successful inaugural event, ACT Raiders Captain and number seven Sophie Broadhead, no doubt with the coach’s instructions and passion ringing in her ears, crossed for the opener after five minutes and two minutes later repeated the dose. Skirting the defence out wide and racing 30 metres to score the Raiders serving notice to their southern foes and Raiders’ rampage to come.  “You have to be good to beat the Storm and I think we were that in the end and a bit more,” he said departing with a wink and a wave.The Raiders wins did not end there- they continued to take out the overall Alliance Cup title for men and women. Final Score: ACT Raiders (7) Victoria Storm (1) At one stage ACT were called for having seven on the field but that didn’t seem to deter the Raiders and their barnstorming campaign was complete pushing their score out seven with seven to play. A try on the buzzer to the Raiders effectively sealed the win for the ACT girls bringing to five the Raiders tries and deficit. Play went to and fro, north and south in the second stanza and when the Viking Clap went up again at six nil up, the Storm seemingly used that as motivation going over for their first but albeit final touchdown. “But what really got me (this week) is how close we are as states now because of the Alliance and the distance we have come as an Alliance program and that we can only get better.” â€œAnd, to the rest of the teams (competing at Alliance Cup), I only say ‘look out, we can all only get better’ and we will bring that to the Elite Eight next year and beyond, you can be sure of that,” he said amid widespread applause and cheers at the event presentation ceremony.  The tale of the tape at game’s end was simply an outstanding and well drilled ACT women’s side that really stood up against another brave and determined Victoria Storm team. They really delivered when it really mattered saluting with a 7-1 victory for the ages. Another star attraction, Bec Beath then delivered a well-timed pass to Natalie Frizzell and then another to Nikki Stanley to set the Raiders on the path to their seventh straight win in the tournament and one hand well and truly on the trophy at 4-0.   For all the live streamed Grand Final action go to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel, TFATV (TFA homepage). Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.Related LinksACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Stormcenter_img And while this was a very satisfying victory for him personally and his team, coach Danny Goodwin was intent post-game to focus less on him and rather, the bigger picture. â€œTo my girls very well done; taking the concept of a new defence and while they might not have liked it at the start (cue crowd laughing), they put it together to get the win today was so special,” he said. And in a more reflective tone, the passionate Goodwin that we all know and love emerged. â€œThis competition though means a lot more to me than most people would probably know,” he reflected.  As the players jumped out of the blocks to the strains of Fall out Boys’ ‘Light ‘em up’ booming from the stadium speakers pre-match, the girls didn’t disappoint with the scoring starting early and despite the gloomy outlook. “We’ve been trying to get this on the table over a lot of years. When you consider the Raiders rolled the WA Tigers’ women 12-2 earlier in the day they were on something of a roll which coach Goodwin acknowledged. By @JulianTFA – Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland “The culture around this team is really good. The girls kept laughing and kept giggling all week but they were clinical today, mate.”  The sight of Australian and Alliance star, Percy sideline sans playing uniform (but with boots on, mind you) would have buoyed the ACT girls no doubt but in fairness the Storm girls were strong and rallied all game as a team without their inspirational captain. Broadhead caused the Storm all manner of headaches throughout and she was in good company. She was immense and instrumental in the outcome of this match and much of their campaign. Along with tournament MVP, Kelly Goodwin and a host of ACT stars they cruised along striking a blow most times they sailed close to the Storm line.  Officials: Dean McDonaldBrian Blechynden Rob McKay  Scorers: ACT Raiders: Broadhead and Player of the Final (3), Frizzell (1), Stanley (1), Grieve (1), McVicar (1)  Victoria Storm: Maitland (1).  last_img read more


Man Utd’s rivals warned De Gea can get better

first_imgManchester United have sounded an ominous warning to their Premier League rivals, with the club’s goalkeeping coach claiming that David de Gea “can get even better”.The Spain international is already widely considered to be one of, if not the leading performer in his chosen position.His consistency over a number of years has lifted him to that level, with the 28-year-old having been one of few figures the Red Devils have been able to rely upon during a period of considerable instability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? De Gea has broken records as a result, becoming the first man to land United’s Player of the Year award four times, while he is also the current holder of the English top-flight’s Golden Glove.There has been the odd wobble along the way for a man considered to be first choice for club and country, which is to be expected in his role, but an insatiable desire for continuous improvement means that there could be even more to come from him in the years ahead.Emilio Alvarez, who works on a daily basis with a man United are eager to tie to fresh terms, told the club’s official website: “David is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them [goalkeepers] are doing very well.“With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better. To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!”The challengers for De Gea’s spot between the sticks at Old Trafford are Sergio Romero and Lee Grant.Sergio Romero, Manchester United, 17/18Both men boast considerable experience and pedigree of their own, but they have had to grow accustomed to life in the shadows.United, though, are delighted to boast such options, with Grant continuing to prove his value at 35 years of age while Argentina international Romero waits patiently for first-team opportunities.Alvarez added: “To be honest, I do not agree that Lee is only learning from us.“Since Granty came here, he has been a really, really, really nice surprise. We are learning from him.“We are really learning from him because he is a really, really good goalkeeper, a really, really good professional, and as a man, the way he interacts with the rest of the colleagues, he is unbelievable. We are really lucky to have him.“We have to be sure to say we have three of the best goalkeepers in the world, because each of them has really good skills.“For example, Sergio is an experienced goalkeeper in the Argentina national team so what more can I say about him? It is a pleasure to work with all three goalkeepers.” United and De Gea are set to be back in Premier League action on Sunday, and the Red Devils will need their last line of defence to be at its best when they take in a trip to fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


KMC finds coliform bacteria in samples

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has found coliform bacteria in 12 out of 14 samples that have been collected from various sources predominantly from Vidyasagar Colony area in South Kolkata’s Baghajatin area.”We have found no bacteria at the standpost but the water sample we have collected has confluent of jaundice. We will charge all the standposts and will collect samples round-the-clock at least for seven days and test them in our laboratory for further confirmation. We have also found confluent in packaged water samples that we have collected,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Saturday. The Mayor believes that daily tests will help in detecting the exact source of the bacteria that has been responsible for causing jaundice in the area. Water samples from tubewells have been found to be free of coliform bacteria. There were reports of some jaundice cases from Ward 100 in Ramgarh. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaRahul Bose, a second year student of K K Das College and his elder sister Anindita Bose of C Block in Ramgarh have been affected with jaundice. Anindita’s bilirubin had gone up to 8.9 and blood pressure had also fallen on May 16 when she was admitted to Baghajatin State General Hospital. She had been released two days back and still has fever. Dipanwita Ghosh who lives in the same apartment has also been diagnosed with jaundice. Suman Chanda, a businessman living adjacent to C Block, has also been diagnosed with the water-borne disease and had returned home a few days back after receiving treatment at a private hospital. The KMC has also started collecting samples from Ramgarh area as soon as there were reports of the outbreak. Cases of around 30 people being affected with jaundice were reported from Ward 99 and Ward 92 in Baghajatin area since Thursday. Officials of the KMC Health department visited several households where there have been cases of jaundice and collected water samples.last_img read more


SWEDEN Wellness Retreat

first_imgThe resurgence of Yoga – the ancient Indian mind-body wellness philosophy is unmistakable, especially in Scandinavian countries and if you are an Indian, there is every reason to feel proud of your ancestors. The soaring popularity of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi coupled with celebrity yoga Gurus like Ramdev, Bikram Choudhury and others of their ilk has meant that today yoga has become one of the hottest selling lifestyle brand. A visit to the remote Swedish Ski Resort of Åre, located in Jamtland County with a population of just 1,417 reveals a truly Indian phenomenon on the rise – it’s freezing outside, but you find groups of shirtless men absorbed in yoga poses in the early morning snow. And if they come to know you are an Indian visitor, they greet and embrace you with – “Oh, you are from Modi’s land? Modi is great for the globe” kind of salutations, which even a decade back was unthinkable for Indian visitors. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an address In 2008, Åre was chosen as one of the ten best ski resorts of the world by Conde Nast Traveller and the best hotel in Åre – Copperhill Mountain Lodge made its debut the same year. Renowned American architect Peter Bohlin was behind the designing of this fabulous hotel, which till date is the only “Design Hotel” in the whole of Scandinavia. However, with the growth of tourism as an industry, many new hotels and resorts have sprung up not just in Åre but also in adjoining Duved and Storlien. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightThe manner in which Scandinavia has blended yoga into their lifestyle is nothing short of amazing as I was to discover for myself. The first thing that hits you in Åre is the raw mountain energy and as you begin to spend a few days with the snow-covered peaks for company, you begin to feel more profound. Add yoga into your lifestyle, and you experience a paradigm shift in consciousness and connect to a higher realm. I was exposed to the power of peaks and snow in my childhood, courtesy three consecutive years of being a resident of Tawang (8,757 Feet) in India’s North-Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. My Nepalese mountaineer friend – Ang Tshering Lama (Everester) is of the opinion that – “As someone who shivers at just the thought of cold water, it just makes so much sense to introduce yoga to a community of snow lovers, who physically challenge themselves every day. Plus, the issues affecting the mountain environments – be it Himalayan or Alpine, are something which every mountain aficionado should learn first-hand.” It was such a delight being stationed in the stunningly picturesque town of Åre. Actively resting as well as simulating dynamic movement for the slopes, it is amazing how yoga increases your riding capacity and technical competency at such rarefied heights. Standard snow vacations are likely to centre around adrenalin pumping ski actions, coupled with loads of rich food, booze and nights that can leave you strung out and fuzzy. However, if you chalk out your Alpine vacations with connoisseurs of “Wellness Vacation”, you not only ensure body-mind-soul nourishment and meditation but also allow your vacation to invigorate your spirit and tap into the energy of creation that connects you with a higher realm. The annual Yoga Mountain Festival from November 15 – 17 conducted by Holiday Club Åre offers visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime transformative experience through the power of yoga in a truly scintillating Scandinavian backdrop – ice and snow everywhere, sauna and pool hangouts, spacious rooms with a view over the mountain or lake, options to indulge in SUP-board, in heat or along with live music. Price varies – 2,897 SEK for part in a triple room or 3,345 SEK for part in a double room which are inclusive of yoga sessions, lectures, outdoor workshops and accommodation as well as full board is included. Many visitors also come to seize the opportunity to be guided by one of Sweden’s foremost Ashtanga yoga trainer – Ann Svärdfelt, whose simple yet path breaking philosophy of “Yoga for Everyone” has been lapped up by thousands of yoga freaks worldwide, largely due to Ann’s marvellous ability and her compassionate approach. Yoga aside, Åre has evolved as a tourist destination since the 18th century. It used to be a resting place for pilgrims on their way to the grave of St. Olav of Norway. Visitors still trudge on the path of St. Olavsleden crisscrossing mountains, sparkling waters and Scandinavian forests.Åre’s first big move on its evolution as one the world’s most spectacular Ski Tourism destination began in the year 1910 with the introduction of ‘Åre Bergbana’- a funicular railway system that runs all of 790 metres at 398 metres above sea level to Hotel Fjällgården (556 metres). Even today, the Åre Bergbana is functional with a capacity to transport 600 people per hour. It has been the venue for numerous ‘Alpine World Championships’ – 1954, 2007 and the most recent one being February 2019. Try to coincide your trip to Åre especially during the winter season, as it hosts many glitzy events that bring together the world’s best Skiiers to Åre. However, as an Indian used to living in the midst of overpopulated cities and towns bursting at seams, Åre, with a population of fewer than 2,000 people and 3,0 000 beds offers a huge change in terms of population density. According to Yoga guru Ann Svärdfelt, “The summer tourism has grown in the past ten years. Cycling, hiking and fishing bring many visitors to Åre during the light summer days. Åre bike park is the largest of its kind in Sweden and has been listed as one of the best bike parks in the world. There are many events in Åre throughout the year. For instance, Åre extreme challenge is a multisport competition in early June and Västgård Game Fair is a fun weekend in late July. Regardless of when you visit, there will always be plenty to do and experience”. One thing that first-time visitors should embark upon is the Mountain Lifts that takes you high over the Scandinavian peaks and offers you stunning views. Once you reach the summit, you can then choose your own trail and hiking path. Drop-in at Skistarshop Åre square or Skistarshop Holiday Club to buy your pass. Having a meal at Stormköket, the highest restaurant in Sweden can indeed be a surreal experience.last_img read more


Two girls forced into prostitution rescued

first_imgNew Delhi: Dream of a better future in the city turned into a worst nightmare for two girls who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused in Central Delhi’s GB Road area. Police said that both were trafficked on the pretext of a job. Three accused including two women were arrested in the case. The girls are the natives of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.Revealing the details of one of the cases, a senior officer told Millennium Post that around two years ago the 19-year-old girl was trafficked from Andhra Pradesh to Begumpur. She was working as a maid at a house where husband-wife lives. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Six months ago, the girl was sold in GB Road area by the couple where she was sexually exploited. During further probe, a fact cropped up that the 19-year-old had an abortion which is being investigated,” said investigator. On August 2, the girl was later called back to Begumpur. Investigation revealed that she was sexually exploited by the woman’s husband. Later the girl, with the help of a rope made with clothes, escaped through the window of the house where she was kept. “After escaping, she met one Virender who took her to the police station. The girl informed cops about the incident which led to the arrest of the husband-wife from Begumpur. The accused were identified as Harish and Saroj,” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingspolice said. DCP (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that they take quick action after receiving information related to human trafficking. “We conduct regular raids and arrest criminals involved in such crime,” said DCP Central. The team under ACP (Kamla Market) Amit Kaushik and SHO (Kamla Market) Sunil Dhaka made the arrest. In another case, Delhi Police and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) rescued an employee of a private company from Kotha Number 68 in GB road. According to DCW, the girl came to Delhi on June 8. The girl’s brother had recently received a call from an unknown person who informed him that his sister is in Delhi at GB Road. The brother himself went to GB road brothels as a customer and saw that his sister had been forced into flesh trade. DCW was further informed by the brother about his sister. The DCW team along with Delhi Police visited Kotha number 68 from where the girl was rescued. “The girl informed that she was raped at GB road every day by 15-20 men,” the women commission said. DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal stated, “A time bomb is ticking every day in Delhi in the form of GB road brothels. If people think it will not touch them, it’s not true! This girl who was sold at GB road is a graduate girl who was working in a private company. Her ordeal is horrific.”last_img read more


Mt Gox head convicted of manipulating data cleared of theft

TOKYO — Mark Karpeles, who headed the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which went bankrupt after it was hacked, has been found guilty of manipulating electronic data but cleared of embezzlement and breach of trust charges.The sentence handed down Friday of two years and six months, suspended for four years, means Karpeles will not have to serve time in prison.Karpeles, arrested in August 2015, was accused of taking money from his clients. He said he was innocent, arguing he did not pocket the money that was lost by his exchange.Prosecutors had demanded 10 years in prison.Karpeles, appearing in court in a suit, listened quietly to the verdict.His case drew global attention, coming at a time when cryptocurrencies were still relatively new.The Associated Press read more


Worker at Texas chemical plant damaged by fire files lawsuit

HOUSTON — A worker injured in a fire this week at a Houston-area chemical plant is suing the company that owns the plant and is seeking more than $1 million in damages.The lawsuit filed Wednesday is believed to be the first submitted on behalf of a worker injured in Tuesday’s fire at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, located near Houston.Randy Villaloboz says in the suit he suffered severe injuries and mental anguish, and claims KMCO failed to properly train employees or maintain a safe work environment.One worker was killed in the fire. KMCO said Thursday that two others are hospitalized in critical condition.Authorities haven’t released the cause .KMCO hasn’t commented on the lawsuit but issued a statement Thursday with various updates that include grief support the company is offering.The Associated Press read more


Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Setting PayPerView Cost Records

When they said the Floyd Mayweather long-awaited bout against Manny Pacquaio would be the richest in boxing history, not everyone knew you’d practically have to be rich to afford to order it on pay-per-view.Having to be rich to have the fight beamed into your home may be an overstatement, but not by much.HBO and Showtime confirmed to ESPN.com that the suggested retail price for the May 2 fight is $89.95—the most expensive in history.On top of that, if you really want clarity there could be another $10 added to it to see it in high definition. That would make it $100 to watch a fight that could be an all-time great. . . but also could be a dance contest.Neither fighter is at his peak as they were five years ago when this fight was first discussed as a super fight. Now, it’s super legacies, with flashes of the greatness they embodied.The suggested retail price is not only a new record for a boxing pay-per-view event, it is nearly 40 percent above the previous high. The previous high of $64.95 (some providers have charged an extra $10 for HD) was established by Mayweather in his fight against Canelo Alvarez in Sept. 2013. Mayweather’s subsequent fights against Marcos Maidana also hit that number.The fight is expected to break the record for pay-per-view revenue of $152 million, which was for Mayweather’s fight against Alvarez, and most buys (2.5 million), which was for Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.Those who can’t afford to buy the fight in the comfort of their own home might plan to go to a bar, but there’s a question as to whether some bars will want to make the investment to bring the fight in. Why? Because bars are charged based on their legal occupancy.The owner of a high-end New York City sports bar said that the fight will cost him $21 a person that night, which he’ll happily absorb, but he can see how other establishments that generate less revenue might take a pass. For that rate, so will many people at home. read more


American Manganese discovers energy efficient and environmentally friendly process to produce electrolytic

first_imgAs illegal levels of pollution from the Lanjigarh refinery ruled out Vedanta’s proposed bauxite project in India Larry Reaugh, CEO of American Manganese, was busy giving Vedanta directors more reason to blush-as well as providing a glimmer of hope to the company’s, currently suspended, plans of refinery expansion. American Manganese has filed an application with the US Patent Office for a provisional patent for an energy efficient hydrometallurgical process, using commercially available equipment, for treating low grade manganese resources to produce high purity manganese metal and/or manganese dioxide – while minimising potential environmental impacts. Reaugh states that: “the process which has been designed to be energy and water efficient and address all processing concerns in regard to the environment will not substantially affect the economics of the project as envisioned in the previously announced NI 43-101 PEA.”The process is described in the report “The Recovery of Manganese from Low Grade Resources: Bench Scale Test Program Completed” prepared for the company by Kemetco Research. The report confirms that the process can extract manganese at greater than 90% efficiency while minimising water and energy use, and the potential environmental foot print. The conceptual process flow sheet developed from this testing program is based on a unique application of commercially available process equipment. In addition to production of electrolytic manganese metal a saleable anhydrous sodium sulphate by-product will also be produced.Leaching studies performed on typical manganese samples of large particle size (greater than 9.5 mm) with SO2 leachant in stirred tanks indicates that the material is readily leachable. The material is friable and large particles break down easily during stirred tank leaching.SO2 leachant is produced on-site by burning elemental sulphur with 20% excess air. At the contemplated feed processing rate of 3500 t/day, heat exchanging the exhaust gases from the sulphur burner will produce an estimated 20 t/hour of steam at 400°C and 45 bar pressure. In a condensing turbine this steam can produce 5 MW of continuous electrical power; sufficient to operate the extraction and by-product production processes.The pregnant leach solution (PLS) is purified in two stages prior to precipitating the metal as manganese carbonate. Re-dissolving the manganese carbonate with recycled electrolyte produces a solution that is conducive to producing high grade manganese metal by electro-winning.Water recovery from the manganese barren process solution can be achieved with high energy efficiency because of the unique solubility characteristics of the sodium sulphate remaining in solution. Sodium sulphate can be crystallised by cooling the solution to 0°C, and the water can be recovered via commercially available nano-filtration technology. This approach is significantly more energy efficient than standard evaporation as it avoids latent heat required for vaporising the water.Solid tailings with minimum water content are produced by filtration of the final CCD underflow material minimising water requirements for the overall process. The solid tailings produced from test work were shown to be benign by the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), and can be returned to mined-out areas of the open pit facilitating immediate progressive reclamation of disturbed areas.Click the following link to view the flowsheet: http://www.americanmanganeseinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/8-19-2010-1-55-46-PM.jpglast_img read more


Diocese of Kerry dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priests

first_imgThe NBSCCCI acknowledges that this priest was entirely innocent of any such accusations and he was caus ed to suffer further unnecessary stress and anxiety as a result of this misunderstanding. His good name and character were eventually restored when the person who made the allegations made a public admission in the High Court that the allegations were fabricated and without foundation.The board said that there was one case which caused it concern involving a priest who requested dismissal from the clerical state. He then moved to another part of the country where he took up a job in which he would have contact with children.Four complaints have since been made against the man about alleged sexual abuse of children who were in care in a children’s home in county Kerry in the 1970s.The board expects more allegations to be made against another priest who has passed away. At the time of the review, there were 25 allegations against the accused who had access to all Catholic primary schools because of his role as Diocesan Inspector. His abuse was perpetrated in the 1950s and 1960s.A third case mentioned in the review highlighted an absence of communication between bishops in Ireland and overseas.The priest moved to the Kerry area but insufficient information was provided by an overseas diocesan bishop about the reasons for his not ministering. Records indicate he abused a large number of boys in primary school in the parish where he was working.“As a result of a lack of clear communication, he was allowed by a previous Bishop of Kerry to provide cover for parishes where priests were on holidays,” the reviewers found. The issue was rectified by the current Bishop of Kerry who refused permissions to the priestReviewers found that “in general” cases of clerical child sexual abuse in Kerry have been “appropriately managed” with improved practices evident since 1996.Communicating a messageThe review found a “genuine commitment” from the diocese in wanting victims to come forward to receive support and help. Local and online media have been used to communicate an invitation to the review process and a real concern for victims was demonstrated.However, some work on victim outreach is still required and a review of a certain case involving two priests was recommended.The board made eight recommendations for the new Bishop of Kerry.For a larger image, click here.Read: Safeguarding board has “no remit” to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroadFor more from the fourth tranche of reports:Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesAccused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”Diocese of Kerry dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priestsArchbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claimsDiocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesTwo allegations in last six years at the Diocese of OssoryJust 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegations‘Scant evidence’ that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse THE DIOCESE OF Kerry has dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priests since 1975, the review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCCI) reveals.All 67 have now been reported to the gardaí and the HSE. There has been just one conviction.Of the 21 priests accused of sexual offences, eight are still alive and one is still in ministry. Another is out of ministry but still a member of the diocese, while another is retired. Five have left the priesthood – four were laicised and one was dismissed through an application to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.The NBSCCCI said the priest who is still in ministry was investigated and all safeguarding issues addressed.The body apologised to one priest who was falsely accused of sexual abuse. It noted:The NBSCCCI received notification of a complaint against this priest and misunderstood the complaint to relate to sexual abuse when the complaint which was subsequently determined to be unfounded, had related to psychological abuse only.last_img read more


Slimmer PS3 console appears at the FCC

first_imgSony is not afraid to undertake major redesigns of its console hardware. It makes a lot of sense from a manufacturing cost and profit margin perspective. Typically a redesign sees the machine reduced in size due to several of the components inside being merged together, or just produced to fit in a smaller space. This is how we got the PSOne, the PS2 Slim, and most recently the PS3 Slim.New documents appearing at the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) suggest that Sony isn’t quite finished with the design of the PS3. The current PS3 Slim model carries the model number CECH-3000, but the new models is listed with the number CECH-40001x.Clearly Sony has found a cheaper way to make the machine, and the included images also show the 4000 series will be smaller. The image below shows the original PS3, the PS3 Slim, and the PS3 40001x at the front. As you can see, it has got noticeably smaller.What this means is the PS3 4000 series will require less packaging and be lighter than previous models. That in turn saves on shipping costs and after an initial bump due to a change in production, should also mean lower manufacturing costs in the long term.If your current PS3 is starting to struggle, or you just haven’t picked up Sony’s console yet, it might be worth waiting for this new model. Chances are it could allow for a further price drop, and typically Sony’s newer machines use less power, too.Read more at Eurogamer.netlast_img read more


Second good Samaritan killed over last 5 days while trying to aid

first_img John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A good Samaritan was struck and killed by an SUV Thursday when she stopped to help motorists at the scene of a two-car crash on state Route 94 in the Golden Hill area.Authorities  identified a 19-year-old woman who was struck and killed by an SUV when she stopped to help motorists at the scene of a two-car crash as Bertha Aida Estrada of San Diego.The initial crash happened shortly before 1:45 a.m. on eastbound 94 just east of 28th street, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of a 2018 Honda Civic struck the rear of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan, sending the Mercedes into the center median wall, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.The Mercedes came to rest in the left lanes of eastbound SR-94, and a 19-year-old woman who spotted the crash from another vehicle pulled over at the scene, Sanchez said.The woman got out of her vehicle and ran across the eastbound SR-94 to check on an 82-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman in the Mercedes. At that point, a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV driven by a 24-year-old man struck the Mercedes and the good Samaritan, Sanchez said.The impact sent the woman flying and she landed on the westbound side of the freeway, Sanchez said. Investigators were unsure whether she was struck by a second vehicle when she was thrown into the westbound lanes.The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said.Both women in the Mercedes were taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Sanchez said. The Jeep driver was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.Last Saturday 21-year-old Curtis Adams was killed when he stopped to help who he thought was a stranded driver early Saturday morning.Brandon Acuna, 21, was held on suspicion of shooting Adams after he exited his vehicle in an attempt to help Acuna.Related Story: Man arrested on suspicion of killing good Samaritan sailor Updated: 6:51 AM John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, Second good Samaritan killed over last 5 days while trying to aid motoristcenter_img November 1, 2018 Posted: November 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Feeding South Florida aids senior citizen residents postIrma

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization continues to feed a need after Hurricane Irma.Feeding South Florida, along with other local groups, are helping out senior citizens at an apartment complex in Miami.They dropped off boxes of food, cases of water and other essentials to help residents get back on their feet.This was made possible by those who donated money and volunteered for the cause.“People who give blocks of time and are willing to put themselves to work and help, they will make a difference and help this community rebuild itself so soon we will be able to say, ‘What hurricane?’” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America.If you’d like to help, go to https://feedingsouthflorida.org/Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Apex Legends The best places to land for toptier gear

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 2:42 Apex Legends: How to play the popular new Fortnite competitor.Fortnite: Your guide to the cultural phenomenon. Post a comment Video Games Share your voicecenter_img Tags If you know where to go, you won’t have to make do with common (white) loot. Jason Parker/CNET Apex Legends is already making waves in the battle royale market in a very short time, earning great reviews and managing to pull in more than 25 million players in its first week. But for players, as with any battle royale game like Fortnite or PUBG, the most important thing isn’t the game’s success; It is to survive and be the last one standing victorious.Though teamwork and strategy are crucial for getting to the endgame, the quality of your gear goes a long way in determining if you get killed quickly or make it all the way to the end.You have probably already noticed that when you walk into a new area in King’s Canyon, the loot quality is listed just below the name of that location. If it isn’t listed, you’ll just be getting common (white) loot in that area. But if you see mid-tier (blue), your chances for better gear improve, and high-tier (purple) is even better than that. If you’re really lucky, you’ll come upon legendary gear (yellow), but we’ll get to that later. For now, you need to know some things about tier levels and where you should land for the best gear possible.Named locations are your friendIf you think certain locations in Apex Legends tend to have better loot than others, you’re not wrong. Though Respawn has yet to confirm exactly how its loot distribution works, diligent players are mapping out their own experiences by voting on the loot they see at each location. The idea is as more information rolls in, we’ll have a better understanding of where the best loot is. Check out the interactive map by vjoeys, where you can add your own experiences. Here’s a screenshot of the map:screen-shot-02-13-19-at-11-11-amEnlarge ImageYou can see the results up until this screenshot was taken, but look at the map linked above for the latest numbers. Vjoeys As you can see, it appears named locations will give you pretty good loot, but you’re better off landing on the coastal locations (with a couple of exceptions) for a better chance at high-tier loot. The best spot to land at this time appears to be Relay with 96 percent of respondents saying they found high-tier loot there. Second place is Thunderdome at 95 percent and third is Repulsor with 94 percent. Before seeing this map, I’d already assumed The Bunker and The Pit usually had good loot based on experience, but you can see how this map is an eye-opener.One thing that Apex Legends has in common with Fortnite, from experience, is that people tend to jump out as soon as possible. If you use this map, then head to a location that’s toward the end of the line, you’ll have the best chance for good loot with the least amount of people to compete with.Now you know where to land, but there are a couple other loot locations to know about for the best gear.The Hot ZoneIf you’re ready to fight for the best loot, you’ll want to land in the Hot Zone. This is a random location that shows up as a blue circle on the map when you first drop in. You can also see it as you’re flying in because it has a blue beam of light leading down to it. Though you’ll be guaranteed good weapons and gear if you land there, you’re going to have a lot of competition because everyone can see the Hot Zone as they fly in.apex-legends-dropmaphotzoneYou can see the Hot Zone for this particular match at Water Treatment in the southern part of the map. Jason Parker/CNET If you’ve played Fortnite, think of the Hot Zone as Apex Legends’ Tilted Towers. You know there’s tons of stuff there, but you also know it’s where a lot of people will land, so you’re in for a battle.Find the Supply ShipAnother place to find premium loot is on the Supply Ship. It flies in at the beginning of the game and if you spot it, you can land right on it, but it will also come to a stop where it will drop ziplines so people can get to it from ground level. Like the Hot Zone, it’s a magnet for other players, but it’s also guaranteed to have great gear.Your best bet with the Supply Ship is if it flies in far from the the beginning of your flight path. As we already know, people like to drop early and the farther away you fly, the less you’ll see people. Still, be aware that other players will be thinking the same thing, so it’s unlikely you’ll be the only squad to land there.Watch for supply dropsSupply drops are another option for good loot (and possibly even great loot). People who have played Fortnite or PUBG will be familiar with timed supply drops and they work similarly in Apex Legends. Your character will say something to alert you that a supply drop is incoming, and all you have to do is check the map and look for the moving blue circles. Obviously, everyone else will get the same notification as well, so it’s best to hang back to see if anyone else is waiting.What’s unique about supply drops is that you have the opportunity to get the game’s legendary weapons (yellow), the Mastiff shotgun and the Kraber .50 caliber sniper rifle, both of which are potent enough to make the competition to snag them worthwhile, but you’ll have to be careful. 0 How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG?last_img read more


Can home wood pellet boilers go from fringe to mainstream

first_imgChristal Higdon estimates her family goes through a little more than a $6 bag of pellets a day in her wood pellet boiler. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Ketchikan airport has one. So does the Walter Sobeloff Building in downtown Juneau. Now, a fringe group of homeowners are installing wood pellet boilers to heat their homes. Not to be confused with wood burning stoves, these boilers have been marketed as a cheaper alternative to heating oil, at least in the long run. But is the framework there to make the technology go mainstream?Listen nowChristal Higdon and her family recently celebrated the installation of a new wood pellet boiler in their garage. When the moment came to hit the switch, after a year of anticipation, Higdon said they didn’t pop open champagne, but they did make brownies.“[We] invited the electrician and the plummer and everyone over,” Higdon said with a laugh. She made a crock pot of chili to share with everyone as they fired up the boiler for the first time.Higdon is one of about four homeowners in Juneau who have made the transition from electric resistance heat or oil to a wood pellet boiler.It works like this: the pellets ignite and that heat is transferred through pipes of water around the home. The boilers can run about $12,000 just for the equipment itself. Not included in that price are the installation and upgrades needed to the home.But Higdon said, for her family, it seemed worth the initial investment.“It just felt right for us to move away from the dependence on oil wherever we could,” Higdon said. “And the time was right to replace our boiler, so we were looking at some kind of renewable energy we could use.”Whether or not wood pellet boilers are a “renewable” form of energy is debated, especially when the pellets have to be shipped from someplace else. Still, Higdon said her reasons for wanting it were practical, as well as environmental. She learned about the system through word-of-mouth. And with any emerging technology, she said they’ve run into a few surprises with putting one in their house.“Well, we had to find someone who could install it without maybe knowing how,” Higdon said.And now there’s another hoop to jump through: Building a wood pellet shed. It’s not a necessity, but it would make it easier for Higdon’s family. They would only have to fill it up about once a year. The shed has special dimensions and a sloped floor which feeds the boiler.Christal Higdon says she’s looking forward to being less dependent on oil. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)“So the folks in town, several contractors had never built anything like that,” Higdon said.“We were listening. She came at the right time,” Justin Fantasia said. He’s a faculty member at the University of Alaska Southeast and teaches construction technology. “We were trying to figure out what kind of project we wanted to do.”Fantasia said — although it’s a unique arrangement — his class sometimes partners with people. Higdon is paying for the materials but Fantasia’s spring semester will be building the pellet shed. He says the main focus is to swing a hammer and to see a project through from start to finish. In a previous semester, university students built a tiny house.“We don’t want to be trendy, but we want to pay attention to what people are excited about,” Fantasia said.And for the time being, that seems like it could be wood pellet boilers. Fantasia said the university would consider teaching a class on the the installation — if there was interest.“Construction technology changes super fast,” Fantasia said. “Seeing new products come on the market, new techniques, new concerns with changing cost of oil. Hopefully, going up for at least the state’s reason.”Oil prices are going up but the overall price of heating fuel is cheaper than it’s been in the past. Higdon thinks her wood pellet boiler will eventually pencil out in the next four years.In the meantime, as she waits for the shed, she’s keeping the golden pellets of Douglas Fir in a grey plastic bucket. Her family buys them in bulk at Home Depot — shipped from Oregon. There’s a business in Ketchikan that makes wood pellets but there’s not a bulk delivery system yet.Higdon said, living in the Tongass, she would prefer to buy local.“So if that’s available in the future, we’re hoping there’s enough demand that is created by people installing them, something like that could happen for Juneau,” Higdon said.Sealaska, the regional Native corporation, outfitted its headquarters with a wood pellet boiler. About two years ago, it added another when it opened the Walter Sobeloff Building. In the past, the corporation has shown interest in developing the wood pellet market in Southeast by creating demand.But as of now, the pellets it’s using come from Washington state and British Columbia.last_img read more


Suu Kyi ally Myint elected Myanmar president

first_imgWin Myint, speaker of the lower house, attends the last day of parliament’s regular session in Naypyidaw. AFP file photoMyanmar’s parliament on Wednesday elected a staunch ally of Aung San Suu Kyi as the country’s new president, allowing her to maintain a tight grip on top-level decision-making.Win Myint, 66, had been tipped for the role after former president Htin Kyaw suddenly stepped down last week, citing the need for rest.Suu Kyi is barred by the military-drafted constitution from the presidency because she was married to a foreigner and has two sons who are British citizens. She has instead served as state counsellor since her party’s landslide 2015 election victory, declaring she would work “above” the president.But her position has no official constitutional role.That makes it crucial for her to have a compliant friend as president as she manages an often fraught power-sharing arrangement with the still powerful military, which ruled the country for almost half a century.“I hearby announce that U (honorific) Win Myint, who obtained the majority of votes, is elected as President of the State,” said parliament speaker Mann Win Khaing Than.Win Myint, who resigned as lower house speaker last week, swept up nearly two thirds of the votes in a parliament dominated by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party.He beat two opponents, including the military-backed acting president Myint Swe.The former lawyer remains one of Suu Kyi’s inner circle-the pair fought side-by-side during the 1988 democracy movement that was violently quashed by the junta and saw Win Myint, alongside many others, being taken political prisoner.As Myanmar emerged from outright military rule, Win Myint won his seat in 2012 by-elections, the same vote that elevated Suu Kyi to parliament after a combined 15 years of house arrest.She is still widely regarded as a heroine within Myanmar even though her reputation lies shattered globally for failing to speak up on behalf of the country’s Rohingya Muslim community.An army crackdown has driven almost 700,000 of the persecuted minority out of the country since last August.Her supporters say she has her hands tied by the military, which retains control over three key ministries-home affairs, borders and defence-and is guaranteed a quarter of the parliamentary seats.Supreme Court advocate Khin Maung Zaw worked with Win Myint in recent years and said: “He is an honest person, he is quite hard-working, but sometimes he is stern.”As speaker he was known for his passion for protocol, famously dressing down members of parliament for failing to don the correct clothing.His tenure was marked by “exerting strict control over the MPs”, said Khin Zaw Win, director of Yangon think tank The Tampadipa Institute.Activists have been frustrated with his reluctance to abolish a controversial online defamation law that has seen dozens of people face charges for Facebook posts critical of the government or military.Observers say his appointment is unlikely to change politics much although he could assume some duties from Suu Kyi, who has been notoriously unwilling to delegate.“We cannot expect a very high political impact on Myanmar democratisation,” said independent analyst Yan Myo Thein.Political analyst Yan Kyaw said that while Win Myint’s profile may rise, “he won’t do anything against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi”.last_img read more


Women Should Keep Their Legs Closed Houston Councilmember Boykins Made Inappropriate Remarks

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: City of HoustonHouston City Council Member, Dwight Boykins. 00:00 /00:48 City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Dwight Boykins is facing pushback after some Houston teens said his remarks made them uncomfortable at a youth leadership summit last week. In a video taken by a participant at the summit, Boykins advised girls not to have sex during college. Hajra Alvi, a student who attended the event, said in a tweet that Boykins warned women to “close their legs” to avoid being seen as “tainted” by future partners.“In that man’s eye, because you did something as a child in the freshman year of college, that’s going to taint you,” Boykins said. “He finds out, he ain’t going to want to marry her. Date her, but not marry her.”here’s the video !!!#boycottboykins pic.twitter.com/rsR0lyenbA— tova (@_tovaross) June 29, 2019Two national advocacy groups, Mi Familia Vota and OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, hosted the youth leadership summit for Houston area teens between the ages of 13 and 18.Karina Martinez with Mi Familia Vota said the students pushed back, telling Boykins they did not like his remarks. “They not only expressed themselves in how they felt during the summit at the time directly to Boykins, but also they’ve been online sharing how they felt,” Martinez said. “They want people to know about it, it seems, from what they’re posting.” THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INAPPROPRIATE!! WE MUST STAND UP FOR WOMEN!! DM ME PRIVATELY FOR THE WHOLE VIDEO AND YES WE HAVE PERMISSION TO POST!! pic.twitter.com/IfTaIRJAuv— Chloé (@TheChloeC_Music) June 29, 2019“When you said that women should keep their legs closed, I would just like to say, you are not a woman. You do not know what it’s like to be a woman,” one student told Boykins. “I’m telling you right now, as a 15-year-old, you do not know that, and hearing that come from you, someone who is of higher status and probably pretty respected, that’s very degrading. That is very offensive.” “I was just trying to protect young women from what I see every day,” Boykins said. Another student told the councilmember, “And to do that, maybe you address the men.” Mi Familia Vota and OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates issued a statement in response:“Yesterday, June 28, 2019, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins was invited to respond to questions regarding issues important to the students at our high school Youth Advocacy Summit.  To our great concern and disappointment, Boykins diverged from the program purpose and instead made statements and engaged in conduct that was wholly unacceptable.After an initial investigation, we took immediate action of notifying the appropriate authorities. Our organizations have pledged full and open cooperation with the authorities. In addition, we have notified and had discussions with parents and guardians of the students and will continue to communicate with them as circumstances dictate.We do not and will not tolerate inappropriate behavior at our events regardless of whom the perpetrator might be. The safety and well-being of our young advocates are our paramount concern.We fully support and are proud of these brave youth advocates who recognized the behavior was unacceptable and are speaking out about it. These young people are an outstanding example of leadership, mutual support, and advocacy in action.”On Facebook, Boykins apologized, saying he meant to inspire, not hurt, students. On Monday afternoon, Boykins sent out a statement via email, along with a Word document that contained the invitation he had received to speak at the event.Boykins said he had been asked to “offer words of inspiration to the students and to help them understand the important role they play in our future.”The Council Member added in his statement that he wanted to draw attention to “the pitfalls that plague many young people.”“(It) was never my intention to cause anyone discomfort but to speak frankly about the pitfalls which I have seen derail the future of many of our youth, including teen pregnancy…an issue I have firsthand experience with in my own family,” Boykins said, while adding that he regrets that a few seconds of his discussion “have apparently overshadowed my entire conversation which was meant to ensure that our youth have the best opportunity to succeed in life.” Xcenter_img Listen Sharelast_img read more


Google Chrome 14 goes stable Native Client apps including ScummVM hit t

first_imgGoogle Chrome’s short release cycle mean there aren’t always big changes to report from one version to the next. With the arrival of Chrome 14, however, there’s one major addition that could make a very big difference in the kinds of apps you see in the Chrome Web Store. Native Client has finally gone stable.If you’re not familiar with it, Native Client (or NaCl) allows Google Chrome to execute native application code inside the browser. Native code run via NaCl has the potential to offer serious performance gains over what Chrome can typically run — apps created with pure web code like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. To give you an idea what Native Client is capable of, one of Google’s earliest demos was a Quake port running inside Chrome.With Chrome 14 including NaCl and enabling it by default, it won’t be long before you start seeing a whole new breed of apps arriving in the Chrome Web Store. In fact, there are a handful there already, and if you’re into retro gaming they’ll be right up your alley.First up is a port of the beloved ScummVM — a popular emulator that can play LucasArts’ awesome adventure games built using the SCUMM engine. While those titles include classics like Day of the Tentacle, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Sam and Max Hit the Road, you’re limited to Lure of the Temptress and Beneath a Steel Sky for now. But hey, at least you can play them in your browser — even on your Chromebook! Hopefully support for local directories will be added soon so we can play games from our own archives as well.The same Googler who tackled ScummVM has also ported Nethack, the classic dungeon exploration game. Still another member of the Big G’s crew offers up Colossal Cave Adventure for text-based gaming fans.More “productive” apps will no doubt follow — perhaps even some much-needed local apps for Chromebooks, like simple photo and video editors.via Google Chrome Bloglast_img read more


Follow This Sega CD Games Twitter

first_imgStay on target You don’t have enough useful or funny feeds clogging your social media. We’re here to change that. Welcome to Geek.com’s Follow This, a weekly highlight of feeds and channels you should be following.The Sega CD is one of the unsung heroes of 90s video game consoles. After all, it brought us Night Trap and Sewer Shark, and for some fans the frankly overrated Sonic CD (come at me, nerds!). Its position as a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive add-on means a lot of consumers were confused by it, and it didn’t catch on. That means a lot of gamers in the 90s missed out on some amazing CD-based games, like Proud Dad, Class President, and Sonic Contemplates His Dual Life as a Savior of Animals and Devourer of Chili Dogs. If you haven’t heard of these games, then you don’t follow Sega CD Games on Twitter.This is a parody account that’s really committed to the bit of fictional Sega CD games that apparently come from the same universe Clickhole works from. It’s amazing, and unsettling, and hilarious. You probably wouldn’t expect to find dadaist genius in fake video game box art, but look at this:Then there was Creamcast week, when Sega CD Games took a break from highlighting Sega CD Games to show cream-related video game products, including the titular cream-filled Creamcast (“Because the Dreamcast was a giant mistake”).Sega CD Games currently has less than 50,000 followers, and it should have a thousand times that. More people are finding out unfortunate things about Mario Kart characters than discovering the strategic gameplay of Stilth: Stealth on Stilts. That should change.I wish at least some of these games were real. Not to play them, but to be comforted by their existence. The land of video games is lesser for not ever truly getting Kevin Could Use a Win or Dookie Heist.If you want some more great things to follow, Stop Skeletons From Fighting makes fascinating videos about games, and Wheel of Fortune Answers will make you rethink how you solve word puzzles. Of course, as always, everything by our own K. Thor Jensen will entertain and horrify you.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Follow This: King of the Hill Screens (Twitter)Follow This: Stop Skeletons From Fighting (YouTube) last_img read more