Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Night at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday night. Rod Wise MedalBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationAffiliate of the Year Southern SunsWollongong Touch Association Sydney RebelsBankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsWestern Suburbs Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsHills Hornets Touch AssociationManly Warringah Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsCentral Coast Touch Association Northern EaglesMacksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Affiliate of the Year Hills Hornets Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association Administrator of the YearSouthern SunsSteve Dunn – Goulburn Touch Association Sydney RebelsMette Kitona – Bankstown Jets Touch Association Sydney MetsJoe Dougal – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney ScorpionsBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Hunter Western HornetsKathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Northern EaglesCraig Englert – Macksville Touch Association 2014/15 NSWTA Administrator of the YearBrad Mitchell – Hills Hornets Touch Association Kathy Lang – Mudgee Touch Association Region of the YearHunter Western HornetsNSWTA Team of the YearCanterbury Women’s Premier LeagueNSWTA Male Player of the YearSam Brisby – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesNSWTA Female Player of the YearClaire Tandek – Canterbury Bulldogs NSWTA Junior Male Player of the YearKai Simbolon – Parramatta Eels NSWTA Junior Female Player of the YearHannah Dyball – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSWTA Senior Male Player of the YearMark Hearnden NSWTA Senior Female Player of the YearKirsty Wakely – Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWTA Selector of the YearTim Kitchingham – Sydney ScorpionsNSWTA Coach of the YearPeter Forrester – Canterbury Touch Association NSWTA Junior Coach of the Year Janine Hinds – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Blues AwardsRob Barakat Debbie Maxwell Jenny Swain Craig Egginton Anthony Jack Satoru Ozawa Wendy Osborne Luke Lawrence Julie Robinson Linda Simbolon Peter Goodwin Adam Cooper Brent Streep Melinda Cotter Colin Crampton John Lochrin Lauren Campbell Nev Gear Annie Tolhurst Paul Murphy Tanya Murphy Kaylene Price Cath Salmon Steve Dunn Corrine May John May Greg SmithKath Swanson Marina Pappas Nathan Richardson Paul Cini Tracey Honeyman Wayne Goodchild Boland Medal WinnerBen MoylanSmith Medal WinnerTara MohiMitchell stars at NSW Blues Dinner – http://www.nswtouch.com.au/mitchell-stars-at-nswta-blues-dinner/ Stay tuned to the NSW Touch Association website and social media pages for further coverage of the NSWTA Blues Awards night and the 2015 State Conference:Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #nswtabluesnightInstagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awards
Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Next Man who ran back from the deadIndia’s first blade runner on the life lessons he learnt two decades ago from the Kargil conflict.advertisement Aasheesh Sharma New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 03:21 IST After losing his leg in a mortar blast, Major DP Singh refused to give up and went on to run marathons on an artificial leg.Twenty years ago, dawn was about to break at Pallanwalla in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector.In the early hours of July 15, 1999, a young Army major was busy commanding a post built on the bed of the River Manawar Tawi, close to the Line of Control. After a long lull in firing from the enemy post located 80 metres away, Major Devender Pal Singh had feelings of unease.”A 48-hour lull at the height of the Kargil conflict without a single bullet being fired was unusual for a combat zone. When the conflict scene is hot and nothing happens, you have a feeling something bad is about to happen,” recalls Singh, who was just 25 then.A few minutes later, Singh heard a whizzing sound and realised the Pakistan Army had used a parabolic weapon to send in a mortar shell that exploded just 1.5 metres away from him “I instinctively dived to the ground. A mortar has a killing area of eight metres. Looking back, I can say the bomb had my name written on it.” Singh lost consciousness and was almost declared dead.A specialist at an Army hospital revived him, but three days later gangrene set in. Multiple surgeries and an amputation later, Singh refused to give up and went on to become India’s first blade runner, running on an artificial leg and forming a support group for amputee runners called The Challenging Ones.In an exclusive interview with MAIL TODAY, Singh says the Kargil conflict of 1999 was a “positive” turning point in his life.advertisementHow did you stay motivated after losing a limb in the line of fire? I derived strength from the tradition of putting service before self that is the bedrock of the values of both the Indian Army and the teachings of Sikh gurus. The way the gurus sacrificed their families for the sake of their country without shedding a tear, and then making the best of whichever situation they have been put into, inspired me.That’s something I can relate to. I cannot get back the part of my body that I have lost. The sooner I accept it the lesser time I waste on repenting or sulking.What are the physical challenges of a blade runner? Difficulty of a physical nature is all in the mind. Out of the 50 shrapnel I carry in my body, 20 are in the stump. When I did my first run, part of the skin came off my stump because of the continuous rubbing of the socket with my skin. But I was better prepared the second time round. We always have choices. I purposefully made the choice of running since I wanted to come out of the injury. This choice made me innovate on the socket. It took me five half marathons after the first run to become totally injury free.Why do you call the amputation a ‘positive’ turning point?Lying in a hospital while my colleagues fought it out with Pakistan was not easy. My stomach had been operated upon twice, I was suffering partial deafness and doctors were struggling to extract the shrapnel embedded in my body.The world almost gave up on me. But I made a new beginning that day. I promised myself I’ll never compromise with my quality of life despite my disability. I made the best of whatever I had.That is what I’d done even in my childhood when my parents left me with my grandparents in Roorkee and that’s how I’ve dealt with other setbacks in my life.You didn’t give up after flunking exams in school, the NDA or the CDS till you reached your goal of joining the Army as an officer. Why is it important not to give up in the darkest phases of your life? Because that is how you will progress. Challenges come to you for your own benefit. It is only after undergoing these challenging situations is how you internally become strong. Unless you keep improving, you will become stagnant after some time.How do you motivate fellow amputees in your group? I don’t lecture anybody. The best way of motivating is by example. When I started running in 2009, there was not even a single person thinking about running on an artificial leg, or even telling people that they were wearing an artificial limb.That was the mind-set that amputees had, because of the stigma created by society. Every individual basically is a positive person. This hidden positivity can be brought out, only by making people do things on the ground. Physical activity isn’t everybody’s cup of tea including the so-called able-bodied.advertisementToday every one of the 2,000 amputees across India is setting an example in sports, adventure and Paralympic events.How about the 50 shrapnel lodged in your body? I’ve made peace with them. Anyone who does an X-ray of my body will still find bomb particles with the marking ‘Made in Pakistan’ (laughs) 20 years later.There are a few that give me more trouble: one in my elbow, one in the centre of ribs, one under my patella, one in the groin area. These are areas that are mobile, so the shrapnel keep shifting. But if I undergo surgery, I will be adding one more traumatic condition to my already dented body.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Indian ArmyFollow Major Devender Pal SinghFollow Kargil conflictFollow Kargil warFollow Blade Runner
As summer starts to heat up and crews are at work maintaining and improving the province’s roads, motorists are reminded to watch their speed and be considerate of workers when passing through road construction zones. “In exchange for better roads, we ask motorists to be patient and reduce their speed while travelling through work zones,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Hundreds of men and women will be hard at work this construction season and we can all play a role in keeping them safe.” Last year, the province introduced legislative amendments that target people who speed in work zones. Fines are doubled and demerit points are assigned to driver’s records for speeding in work zones. The fines, including court costs, range from $337 for a first offence to $2,407 for a third offence. The province and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association are also teaming up to launch a work zone safety campaign this month. Radio, television and print advertisements will remind drivers that there are people behind the signs. Patrick Gray, director of safety for the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, said driver inattention and speed are hazards that affect the safety of road crews. “We know delays can be frustrating for drivers, but we also want drivers to understand that this is our workplace and the signs and traffic control provisions are in place to protect our workers,” said Mr. Gray. The work zone safety campaign is one of several provincial initiatives to improve road safety, including a ban on hand-held cellphones, legislation to combat street racing, and new graduated driver-licensing rules.
Tehran: Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20 per cent just a step away from weapons-grade levels. The announcement by Behrouz Kamalvandi, timed for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, puts more pressure on Europe to come up with new terms for Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe deal has steadily unraveled since the Trump administration pulled America out of the accord last year and re-imposed tough economic sanctions on Iran, deeply cutting into its sale of crude oil abroad and sending its economy into freefall. Europe has so far been unable to offer Iran a way around the US sanctions. The development comes in the wake of apparent attacks on oil tankers last week in the Mideast, assaults that Washington has blamed on Iran. While Iran has denied being involved, it has used mines in the past against commercial traffic around the crucial Strait of Hormuz, through which a fifth of the world’s crude oil passes. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorKamalvandi accused Europeans of “killing time” as the clock runs down. “If this condition continues, there will be no deal” anymore, Kamalvandi said. President Hassan Rouhani, greeting France’s new ambassador to Tehran on Monday, similarly warned that time was running out for the deal. “The current situation is very critical and France and the other parties to the (deal) still have a very limited opportunity to play their historic role for saving the deal,” Rouhani said, according to his website. Under terms of the nuclear deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium. Kamalvandi said that given Iran’s recent decision to quadruple its production of low-enriched uranium, it would pass the 300-kilogram limit on Thursday, July 27. The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said last month that Iran still remained within its stockpile limits. The Vienna-based agency declined to comment Monday on Iran’s announcement. Kamalvandi said Iran needs 5 per cent enrichment for its nuclear power plant in southern Iranian port of Bushehr and it also needs 20 per cent enrichment for a Tehran research reactor. The nuclear deal had limited Iran to enriching uranium only to 3.67 per cent, which is enough for power plants and peaceful purposes. But after America’s pullout and escalated sanctions, Tehran set a July 7 deadline for Europe to come up with better terms for the deal, or it would take additional steps away from the accord, likely meaning it would boost enrichment further. Kamalvandi enforced that stance, saying that Tehran will increase uranium enrichment levels “based on the country’s needs.” Enriching a supply of uranium means boosting its concentration of the type of uranium that can power a nuclear reaction.
OTTAWA – The Liberal government says it’s willing to back down on a proposal — criticized by Indigenous groups — that would force users of the Access to Information Act to be precise about the records they’re seeking.A federal bill would amend the access law by requiring applicants to state the type of record being sought, the subject matter and the time-frame in which the documents were created.At a Senate committee Wednesday, Treasury Board President Scott Brison said he had heard the concerns of Indigenous groups, who argued the provision could hinder the ability to request archival records needed to settle historical claims.It is often difficult for archival researchers to know when a desired record was created or where exactly in the files it might be found, and Brison invited senators studying the bill to amend the planned wording.However, Brison is not budging on another, related provision of the bill that would give agencies the power, with permission from the information commissioner, to decline to act on requests considered overly broad, vexatious, made in bad faith or otherwise an abuse of the process.The Access to Information Act allows applicants who pay $5 to ask for federal documents, but it has been widely denounced as slow, antiquated and riddled with unnecessary exceptions that shield files from release.The Trudeau government says its bill represents the first real modernization of the law since it took effect in 1983.It would give the information commissioner new authority to order the release of records as well as entrench the practice of routinely releasing documents such as briefing notes and expense reports.But many who testified at a House of Commons committee dismissed the legislation as a step backward.
Julianne Moore will co-host a special Hamptons summer benefit event for Children’s Health Fund.The summer benefit party will take place at the home of Lisa and Paul Metselaar in support of Children’s Health Fund, and will be co-hosted by Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich and Gianna & Chazz Palminteri. When: Saturday, August 9, 2014 6:00pm – 8:30pm Where: Water Mill, New YorkFor tickets and more info, click here.In 1987, Paul Simon co-founded the Children’s Health Fund with pediatrician Dr. Irwin Redlener, and launched a mobile medical clinic to bring healthcare to homeless children in New York City. Today, Children’s Health Fund has a fleet of 50 medical, dental and mental health clinics on wheels. Working in partnership with local hospitals or community health centers, Children’s Health Fund has provided health care to hundreds of thousands of poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations across America. With its mobile clinics, Children’s Health Fund has also responded to the need for urgent medical care for communities devastated by Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Sandy. A voice for the country’s most vulnerable children, Children’s Health Fund has been a powerful advocate for expanding the safety net for children in poverty, and is currently collaborating with government and schools to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn so at-risk kids have a chance for success at school and in life.
Whistler, B.C. (July 24, 2019): To support the voices of Indigenous Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for its seventh annual Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience will take place from December 4th to 8th during the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit.The experience is open nationally for up to six emerging Indigenous Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots. The program is designed to advance Indigenous Canadian talent by focusing on strengthening and advancing short script projects by providing feedback from mentor filmmakers, broadcasters and industry leaders who are well-respected members of the Canadian film community.“The WFF Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship’s main focus is to support and highlight Indigenous stories and content creators from across Canada who are looking to advance their short form content from script to screen,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “The fellowship plays an important role in helping storytellers and their projects advance past the development stage.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Fellows will receive travel and accommodation support as well as an industry pass to attend the Whistler Film Festival and Content Summit. At the festival, they will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short form storytelling through panel discussions, workshops pitches, networking events, and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts.Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be either First Nations, Métis or Inuit and hold Canadian citizenship. All rights remain with the filmmaker and WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. The application deadline is September 3, 2019, and finalists and mentors will be announced in mid-October. Application details and information are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship sponsored by Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and Eagle Vision, and is supported by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler..The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFF) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFF produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian artists. The 19th annual Whistler Film Festival returns December 4 to 8.SUGGESTED TWEET: #WFF opens applications for Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Rabat – Moroccans are among the happiest and most optimistic people in the world for the year 2015, says the latest global barometer of confidence in the future released by WIN/Gallup International.According to the barometer, Morocco is the 5th most confident country in the world for 2015, right between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.The poll surveyed 64,000 respondents from 65 countries around the world between September and December 2014. In Morocco, the poll used a sample of 1,000 people aged between 18 and 65. 75% of the Moroccan respondents believe that 2015 will be better than 2014, 7% said the new year will be worse and 13% expect it to be similar to 2014.Economically, 70% of Moroccan respondents expressed their confidence in the kingdom’s economic prosperity in 2015. 17% think that the situation will remain the same, while 10% expect economic hardships looming in the horizon.In terms of happiness, 78% of Moroccan respondents said they are happy, 5% expressed their unhappiness, while 16% said they did not experience any of these feelings.“While the outlook for the global economy remains unpredictable, our happiness refuses to decline and remains high in the entire world,” says the President of WIN/ Gallup International Association.
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Since being released from jail in New Zealand several weeks ago, the man at the center of the Megaupload copyright infringement case has been largely silent. But the enigmatic Kim Dotcom has finally decided to speak out, and as expected, he has some harsh words for the US government, which is seeking his extradition. Dotcom is reportedly spending all his waking hours gathering evidence that he claims supports his version of events, and he’s sharing a sampling of that now.One of the main pieces of evidence being used against Dotcom specifically is a series of emails that allegedly show he personally shared copyrighted material on Megaupload. Pointing to two MP3s from Dotcom’s eclectic music collection, the charges claim Dotcom uploaded 50 Cent and Louis Armstrong tracks to Megaupload. However, Dotcom says this was a private link to files that he paid for and that he never posted publicly. The related email used in the indictment was only used to test a private linking feature with his CTO.The government also alleges that Megaupload was not removing copyrighted content in good faith, as required by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the US. Dotcom says this charge is incorrect as well, citing Megaupload’s copyright holder takedown tool. Warner Bros., for instance, was granted the ability to unilaterally remove up to 100,000 infringing files per day. Other entities like the RIAA, Sony, and the BBC also had access to this tool and removed files on their own.While not responding to the charges specifically, Dotcom also revealed in his first public statements that over 15,000 US soldiers used Megaupload, and other US government workers were no strangers either. His point seems to be, legitimate use of Megaupload was common and he complied with the letter of the law. Dotcom closed by promising that his legal team would soon be dropping a motion on the Justice Department indictment that would be “enlightening and maybe entertaining.”via TorrentFreak
En France, les étudiants ont du mal à se soignerD’après deux études menées simultanément par l’Union nationale des mutuelles étudiantes régionales (Usem) et la Mutuelle des étudiants (LMDE), le constat sur la santé des étudiants est plutôt alarmant. Ils auraient, pour la majorité, beaucoup de mal à avoir accès aux soins.LMDE, SMEREP : les différentes sécurité sociales étudiantes sont bien connues des universitaires, puisqu’elles sont obligatoires, mais il semblerait qu’elles ne soient pas toujours d’une grande aide lorsqu’ils sont livrés à eux-mêmes ! Lorsqu’un jeune est contraint de quitter la maison familiale pour poursuivre ses études et s’installe seul, il apparaît clairement, d’après une étude menée par la LMDE, qu’il a un accès aux soins moins élaboré et “en recul” par rapport à un étudiant resté sous l’autorité parentale. D’après cette même enquête, le jeune livré à lui-même a également “un niveau de protection sociale insuffisant”.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en FranceSur l’ensemble des étudiants français, 40% vivent encore au sein du cocon familial. Une sécurité parentale et financière qui leur permet d’aller plus aisément chez le médecin puisque les dépenses peuvent être prises en charge par les parents. Pour preuve, ils sont un peu plus de 63% à aller chez le médecin lorsqu’ils vivent encore chez leurs parents, tandis que 20% des étudiants isolés, vivant en cité-U, renoncent aux frais médicaux pour des raisons pécuniaires. Il en va de même pour les étudiants vivant en colocation. Dans des situations dites “précaires”, les étudiants ne sont donc pas très à l’écoute de leur santé et se privent de soins faute de moyens. Parallèlement à ce problème d’accès aux soins faute de moyens, on remarque que les étudiants français sont sujets au stress. Une anxiété souvent due à leur situation précaire. Près d’un tiers d’entre eux montre des “signes de mal-être”, d’après un sondage réalisé par la LMDE. Plus précisément, quatre étudiants sur 10 disent avoir déjà eu une sensation constante “de tristesse ou de déprime dans les douze derniers mois” et d’avoir l’impression “d’être une génération sacrifiée”. Déprimés, stressés et en petite forme, les étudiants n’ont pas une vie de tout repos. Cela dit, il semblerait que le mode de vie le plus prisé par les étudiants soit la colocation. En effet, elle permet de se soutenir les uns les autres et de pouvoir se confier plus aisément puisqu’ils vivent une situation identique et partagent le même quotidien.Le 27 mai 2011 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
According to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”
TEWKSBURY, MA — John James “Jack” Whitman, age 72, a well known member of the community, especially known for his great humor and wit, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, at Lowell General, after a courageous, decades long, battle with diabetes. He was beloved husband and “best friend” of Ellen C. (Doucette) Whitman, with whom he had joyfully celebrated a fifty-first wedding anniversary this past February 10th.He was born in Medford in August 1946, one of four children of the late John J. and Catherine (Dillon) Whitman, and raised in Tewksbury. Jack worked in sales, and retired as the New England Sales Manager for Sunshine Biscuit Company.Jack was a faithful member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, and worked his way through the chairs to serve as Exaulted Ruler of the Lodge in 1976. He loved the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Pat’s. But Jack will be best remembered for his incredible sense of humor. He loved a good joke. He delighted in sharing them with a catalogue quality recall of great jokes, stories and one-liners. “Pulling your leg,” was Jack’s forte, and nobody walked away from a conversation with Jack without a smile.Besides his wife, he leaves three beloved children, Jeffrey Whitman and his wife Lynnette (Blanchard) of Westford, David Jon “D.J.” Whitman and his wife Sherrie (Fairbanks) of Middleton, and Allyson Armstrong and her husband Chris of Tewksbury; eight adored grandchildren, Jasmine Whitman of Newfield, NH, Jack Whitman of Westford, James Whitman and Ava Whitman of Middleton, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong of Tewksbury; two devoted sisters, Lois Sheehan and her husband Richard and June Fowler and her husband Robert all of Tewksbury; his sister-in-law Pauline (Doucette) Barry and husband Connie of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law Arthur Doucette and wife Deborah of Panama City Beach, Florida; brother-in-law Dana Doucette and wife Debbie of Methuen; his lifelong friend, Jack Canty of Rye, NH; numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his sister, the late Arline Whitman.Services are pending. View details at the Tewksbury Funeral Home.John James “Jack” Whitman(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William John Robinson, Jr., 85In “Obituaries”
A relative (C) of a victim killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse reacts as she and others mark the fifth anniversary of the disaster at the site where the building once stood in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on 24 April 2018. AFPFive years after the Rana Plaza collapse that claimed more than 1100 lives, survivors and families of the victims are still waiting for justice.The 2013 incident had exposed the weakness of safety in the country’s major export-earning readymade garments factories.On the fifth anniversary of the tragedy being recalled at home and abroad, there are reports that more than a 1,000 factories are yet to ensure adequate safety measures for the workers.The owners of the garment factories those were housed in Rana Plaza have been freed on bail.However, the sector made certain progress in terms of compliance with various standards required for running the factories and employing workers.Alongside local players, global brands that used Bangladeshi factories for outsourcing their jobs, had joined efforts to improve the conditions in factories but their commitment and contributions are still being questioned in the media outlets around the world.Bangladeshi activists chant slogans as they mark the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse at the site where the building once stood in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on 24 April 2018. AFPBangladesh-born British MP Rushanara Ali has described the Rana Plaza tragedy as “not an accident” but “a man-made disaster”.She made the observation during a panel debate in British parliament on Monday that focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, according to The Guardian.Marking the Rana Plaza anniversary, leaders and activists of different workers organisations placed wreaths in front of the site on Tuesday morning.A protest rally was held on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.UNB reports: The family members and relatives of the victim broke into tears and demanded capital punishment of Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana.Md Enamur Rahman, member of parliament from Savar, also placed wreaths at the site remembering the victims.A milad mahfil was held at Adhar Chandra High School field.On this day in 2013, Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building at Savar housing five garment factories, came down crashing, killing 1,175 people and injuring over 2,000 others.On Monday, different workers’ bodies lit candles in front of the Rana Plaza site commemorating the victims.
BSTIBangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled licences of two more companies for producing substandard products, reports UNB.Licences of S M Consumers Products, Chattogram and Kiron Traders of Naogaon were cancelled through a BSTI notice.Besides, it suspended license of 25 other companies.It cancelled the licence of seven products and suspended the license of 18 food products of different companies on Wednesday for the same reason.BSTI recently tested 406 food samples by a surveillance team. Among those 52 food samples were found to be substandard and adulterated.BSTI ordered stopping of production, supply, sale and advertisements of these products within 24 hours.The 25 companies which licences were suspended by BSTI are Ghee of Baghabari Special Ghee, Dakksin Goran Dhaka, Semolina of Nishita Foods, Sylhet, Turmeric Powder of Manjil Foods and products, Sylhet, Honey of Green Lands Milk Products, Khulna, Turmeric Powder of Shan Food, Kushtia, Salt of Madhumati Salt Industries, Khulna, vermicelli of Jedda Food Industries, Jhalakathi, Salt of Noor Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, vermicelli (LacchaSemai) of Amrita Food Products, Barishal, salt (Ayodinjukto Laban) of New Jhalakathi Salt Mills, Jhalakathi, salt of Quality Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Lucky Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Taj Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, chili powder of Kashem Traders, Rajshahi, Turmeric power (Holudergura) of Kashem traders, Rajshahi, chili powder of Amirul Traders, Rajshahi, Vermicelli of Madhuful and Products, Sylhet, Vermicelli of Mithai Sweets, Chattogram, flour of K R Food Industries, Chattogram, vermicelli of Well Food and Beverage, Chattogram, fermented milk of Rupsa Food Products,Chattogram, biscuit of Imtiaz Bread and Food Products, Chattogram, vermicelli of Misti Mela Food products, Chattogram, chanachur of Taiyeba Food Products, Chattogram and vermicelli of Madhuban Bread and Biscuit, Chattogram.
The National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School in Southeast D.C. raised 16 percent of the funds needed to send a new class of students to participate in an education enrichment program this school year. The program seeks to expand student horizons and open up new opportunities for them to attend college and succeed.With a goal of collecting $15,000, the school aims to send 15 students on its 2016 summer trip to Panama from May 2 – 6. Various fundraising campaigns, such as a webpage dedicated to receiving donations, a Facebook page and a partnership with Network for Good, an organization that provides donor-advised fund uses through the Internet and mobile technology, have generated $2,400 so far leaving the school with $12,600 to raise before the trip.Since its inception in 2009, the school, located at 4600 Livingston Rd. S.E., has sent academically distinguished and often underserved juniors abroad to study in South American countries such as the Dominican Republic and Panama. “International Studies has always been a part of our school’s academic design,” Dianne Brown, principal of the prep, told the AFRO. “Believing that students will be better prepared to handle the the dynamics of college education, we chose Panama as the destination because it reflects the African diaspora, uses Spanish, has an IB [International Baccalaureate] program, and is reasonable in cost.”While in Panama, students are expected to engage in an International Baccalaureate program, learn and speak Spanish, volunteer at an orphanage and or senior home, and gain a sense of curiosity and exploration for the world around them, Brown said.“We would like to have a funding source for children who believe that their economic situation would not even allow them to consider applying to our program,” she said. The school typically gives one full scholarship to a deserving student to attend the trip.In the near future, the prep would like to see an expansion of funding for their students as well as a larger scope of places for them to travel, including Africa, Italy, and Spain. “It still puzzles me that some of our children have never even seen the ocean. Teachers holding hands of juniors as they walk into the ocean is astounding. This is why we have our program, why we need educational equity. It really is the experience of a lifetime,” said Brown.Students and staff view the program as more than just an international vacation, but also a way to interest students in obtaining a college education.“After I came back from my trip to Panama, it really made me want to go to college,” De’Andre Mitchell Taylor, alum of the school and freshman at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, told the AFRO. “I saw how big the world was and I knew I had to make a difference in my community.To donate, visit tinyurl.com/NatPrepTrip.
With the PS4 and Xbox One both coming up to their one-year anniversaries, you can bet that behind the scenes Sony and Microsoft are hard at work trying to save costs on the components inside. Components get combined, parts get smaller, and ultimately the console gets cheaper to manufacture.In the case of the Xbox One, AMD’s Senior SOC Physical Design Manager has accidentally leaked an important piece of information: AMD has developed a cost-reduced 20nm version of the console’s APU. The existing model of the Xbox One ships with a 28nm APU at its heart, but moving to 20nm brings with it a number of advantages. A smaller APU is cheaper to manufacture, but it’s also more efficient meaning it requires less cooling. That in turn means Microsoft wins some space back inside the Xbox One case, can use a smaller, quieter fan, and makes a little more profit on each Xbox One sold.The Xbox One is struggling to compete with the PS4 right now and Microsoft needs every advantage it can get to make the console stand out. One way it could do that is to introduce a slim version of the hardware earlier in the lifecycle. By switching to a 20nm APU that’s certainly possible, and possible next year if the revised APU is ready to go.A slim Xbox One offers a big marketing opportunity for Microsoft, but also the chance to reduce the sale price further. The Xbox One is currently on offer until January at a $350 price point, but with a slim model that could become the new permanent price, or maybe it could be offered even cheaper than that? Initially a Slim machine may cost more due to retooling costs, but the reduced size means less materials, weight, and packaging so it’s worthwhile long term to do it.One thing Microsoft must not do is compromise on build quality or noise levels in order to ship a smaller machine. However, managing to do so could offer a major boost to sales, especially if combined with a price cut.We can’t forget about Sony in this equation, though. The PS4 also uses a 28nm APU, so we have to assume a 20nm version of that chip is also in the works. But Sony doesn’t have as much pressure on it right not to change things due to holding such a large sales lead over the competition. It can afford to wait and watch what Microsoft does then react.[Images courtesy of iFixit]
Kolkata: Border Security Force (BSF) have seized gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh and arrested one person for his alleged involvement in a smuggling racket. Acting on a tip off, BSF intercepted the accused in the bordering areas of Tapan area in South Dinajpur. The accused is a resident of Tawadanga under Tapan police station area. The valuables were later handed over to the Customs. A specific case was started at the local police station against the accused. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter starting a probe, police suspect that the accused were trying to smuggle the gold ornaments. Police are probing if the accused was used as a carrier or he was involved in the incident. BSF came to know there would be attempt of smuggling. They found that one person was riding a motorcycle with a bag. They stopped the motor cycle in Elenpur area which is closed to the border and started a search. During the search, the BSF recovered gold ornaments weighing around 970 gram from his possession.