Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd-annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids concert on Monday, September 12th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.This special event, presented by Beachbody.com, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, brings together the brightest stars of stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 to 21 whom many consider “unadoptable” because of their age.Proceeds from the evening directly benefit You Gotta Believe, New York’s only nonprofit specifically focused on finding permanent families for youth in foster care aged 13 years and older. Rosie Perez, Gloria Gaynor, Megan Hilty, Chita Rivera, Sherri Saum, Rachel Crow, Marc Shaiman, Janice Huff, Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, Alice Ripley, BD Wong, Charles Busch, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Anika Larsen, Keala Settle, Richard Kind, Tony Yazbeck, Roz Ryan, Michelle Collins, Lisa Mordente, Liz Larsen, Josh Colley, Lilla Crawford, Christine Pedi, Janet Metz, Olga Merediz and Carole Demas will join Rudetsky and Wesley for this year’s event, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks. Ticket prices range from $47 to $199 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.“Our inaugural event last year was welcomed with such excitement and support that we couldn’t wait to partner with You Gotta Believe again this year. All of these amazing stars are completely donating their time and talents to support these kids. It’s going to be an inspiring night full of love and hope!” Wesley said.“This is my favorite combination: Broadway, amazing stars and helping the world! You will experience once-in-a-lifetime performances and help these kids get the family they deserve!” Rudetsky added.Rudetsky and Wesley conceptualized the event in 2015 after they were working with the Council on Adoptable Children and You Gotta Believe to adopt a child out of foster care, and the organizations abruptly suffered major cuts from governmental funding. In a matter of weeks, the first Voices for the Voiceless concert was born, featuring memorable performances and moments from Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Antwone Fisher, Rachel Crow, Darren Criss, Marc Shaiman, Megan Hilty, Alec Mapa, Lilla Crawford, Janice Huff, Eden Espinosa, Kate Shindle, Caroline Rhea, Charlene Tilton and many more.“We are absolutely thrilled that Seth and James are creating another magical evening for youth in foster care who need families for life.” said Gretchen Beidl, Board President of You Gotta Believe. “We envision a day when no child or young adult is left to face life alone. There is much work to be done and the support that comes from this benefit will help us do it!” added You Gotta Believe’s Executive Director and CEO, Susan Grundberg.“We are now creating a path for youth coming up behind us in the foster care system. It’s one thing for people to say that our voice matters, and another for people to show that our voice matters. We see that our work is beginning to make a change but there is more work to be done because thousands of youth will still be aging out to homelessness when we should be connecting them to families. Nobody should age out!” Brieanna Hayes, former child in foster care who now serves as an Advocate for Youth through You Gotta Believe’s Nobody Ages Out Youth Movement.Every year, nearly 25,000 kids age out of foster care in the U.S., left on their own to make it into adulthood without the safety net of a forever family to provide the security and comfort most of us take for granted. As many as 50 percent of youth who age out of foster care will experience homelessness. In New York City, there are about 1,300 kids awaiting adoption right now. There are an additional 700+ kids on the verge of aging out alone—many of whom were deemed ‘unadoptable’ by the system long ago. As each day goes by, they are one day closer to being pushed out onto their own without a family safety net unless an adoption takes place.Generous support for this year’s event is provided by Beachbody.com, Jujamcyn Theaters, Charter Communications, Gretchen Beidl & Michael Willner, The Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation, Discovery Communications, Digicel, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, AMC Networks, JetBlue, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Playbill, Inc., Blue Fin, LionTree LLC, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Burba Hayes, Edward McBride, Citibank, Middletown Honda, Arlene Gail, Pat O’Brien, and James & Mary Kay Clark. WNYC serves as the official media partner.For more information about tickets to and sponsorship opportunities for Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids, visit YouGottaBelieve.org/voices.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieThe Ontario Sixties Scoop Class Action court victory is so far the only one of its kind in the Western world.The Ontario Superior Court ruled on February 14th, 2017 that Canada is liable for loss of cultural identity by those Indigenous 60s scoop plaintiffs who were placed in non-Indigenous homes.Now other 60s Scoop Survivors, like our guests in this show, are looking at what it could mean for them.In this edition, Jeffery Wilson, the lawyer representing Ontario Class Action lead plaintiff, Chief Marcia Brown-Martel, explains his view of where we are in light of the cultural genocide endured by tens of thousands of children who were scooped from their families.
[np_storybar title=”Our love affair with debt keeps banks on top” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/08/28/our-love-affair-with-debt-keeps-canadas-banks-on-top/”%5DCanadian banks are living up to their reputation for cranking out profits even in brutal conditions — and they have Canadians’ appetite for debt to thank. But for how long? [/np_storybar]TORONTO — TD Bank has joined the list of Canadian banks raising its dividend in the third quarter, pushing it 7% higher on improved earnings.The bank says its quarterly dividend will be 77 cents, an increase of five cents.Meanwhile, the bank reported Thursday that quarterly net income rose to $1.7 billion, or $1.78 per share, from $1.49 billion or $1.58 a share, in the comparable year-earlier period.[np-related /]After adjustments, the bank’s net income was $1.82 billion or $1.91 per diluted share.Revenue increased to $5.84 billion from $5.38 billion.Analysts had estimated that, on average, the bank would earn $1.84 per share, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenues were projected at $5.79 billion.TD raised its dividend in the first quarter of 2012 despite a drop in net income. In the second quarter, TD was the biggest gainer among Canadian banks, seeing profits rise nearly 21% from the year-earlier period.But chief executive Ed Clark warned at the time that slowing loan growth and persistently low interest rates could impact growth over the rest of the year.Earlier this month, TD sold its U.S. insurance business to USI Insurance Services for an undisclosed price.TD Bank is one of North America’s biggest retail banks, with operations across Canada and in several parts of the U.S. northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. [np-related /]
“For my birthday, what I really want for a present is a Tiger Cat win.”Bill Walker has been a season ticket holder since 1950, but he’s been a fan since he saw Hamilton win the 1928 Grey Cup.“I was seven. We beat Regina Rough Riders I think it was 30 to nothing,” he says.He was there in 1972 when they won here at home, and during the east final in ’98 when the team was down late. Fans started to leave so Bill and his son Paul made a final plea.“Paul and I were saying, don’t leave, don’t leave we’re gonna be alright and sure enough.”Seconds later Paul Osbaldoston hit a 53 yard field goal for the win.Bill is excited by the progress on the new stadium and he’s been to every game up in Guelph, but he’s looking forward to coming back home.“Ya it’ll be great to get back into the new stadium because we’ll get back to inside plumbing again. We don’t have it up there in Guelph.”He’s acquired a lot of memorabilia over the years including a letter from then coach Ron Lancaster congratulating him on 50 years as a ticket holder. Now most of his stuff has been passed to his son Paul who grew up at Ivor Wynne Stadium.“Always looked forward to going to the labour day game, but then never wanted it to end because you had school the next day.”Next week they will select their seats at the new stadium, being the oldest ticket holder Bill is the first in line. Tthough he supports the Ticats in person, Bill admits that there are actually two CFL teams that he cheers for.“The first one of course is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the second one is whoever is playing the Argo’s.” 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
According to a UN spokesman, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that it had received a letter from the Iranian Government, saying that it would “fully suspend” its uranium enrichment as of next Monday, 22 November.The Agency is now making arrangements to verify its implementation, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.In September, the Vienna-based IAEA adopted a resolution calling on Iran to suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2013 3:01 pm MDT GM CEO says company should take back lost market share with US sales gains in 2013 DETROIT – General Motors’ CEO said Wednesday that he expects the company to steal sales from rivals in the U.S. this year as its new cars and trucks gain traction with customers.Dan Akerson told reporters that he sees a modest gain in U.S. market share, helped by the rollout of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and two Cadillac sedans. He also expects the company to do well globally during the next two years.“The sun will be on our backs. These will be good years,” he said.The 64-year-old Akerson spoke at a morning roundtable with reporters in Detroit. After his positive forecast, GM’s stock price reached a 52-week high of $30.28 before pulling back in the early afternoon.Despite turning big profits last year, GM stumbled in key areas. Its U.S. market share slipped from 19.6 per cent to 17.9 per cent, the lowest share in recent history and perhaps the smallest since GM was founded in 1908. GM’s sales grew less than 4 per cent in the U.S. compared with total industry growth of 13 per cent.But Akerson said GM charged high prices and made good profits on cars and trucks despite having the oldest model lineup in the U.S. industry. GM has pledged to redo or update 70 per cent of its lineup in North America by the end of 2014.Chevrolet, which saw sales rise 4.3 per cent sales last year, should see bigger growth because of the new pickup trucks and other vehicles, he said. He predicted Cadillac would take market share from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus and Audi. Cadillac introduced an ATS small sports sedan and the XTS large sedan last year, and it will get new or updated versions of its other models this year.“I do think we’ll grow faster than the market,” he said. “Certainly that’s our hope and that’s our expectation. I can’t guarantee the future any more than you can,” he said.GM expects total U.S. sales to rise to 15 million to 15.5 million this year from 14.5 million in 2012.The 64-year-old Akerson, a former telecommunications and private equity executive who has been CEO since August of 2010, expects to be in the job next year. But he wouldn’t comment beyond that.Also during the hour-long discussion at GM’s Detroit headquarters, Akerson said:— The company hopes to regain investment-grade credit status this year. GM is working with credit rating agencies to raise its status from junk, where it’s been since 2005. Akerson said the company’s recent $11 billion credit line received investment grade rating, showing that banks are ahead of the ratings agencies. Companies with investment grade ratings can borrow money at lower interest rates than those with junk status.— The U.S. government’s plan to sell its stake in GM by early 2014 should help the company attract more customers. Some people won’t buy from GM as long as the government owns a stake, which is currently 19 per cent. The government owned as much as 60 per cent of the company after bailing it out in 2009. Taxpayers, however, are still roughly $22 billion in the hole on the $50 billion bailout.— GM should be able to cut its European loss by one-third to one-half this year even as the region’s economy falters. The company predicts that Europe will be profitable by 2015. GM has lost billions of dollars in the region in the past dozen years.— GM is negotiating with the United Auto Workers union about a lump-sum buyout of worker pension plans. Currently GM’s U.S. pension plan’s assets are $13.4 billion less than its obligations. GM last year offered lump sum buyouts to white-collar workers and shifted pension responsibilities to an insurance company annuity in an effort to reduce the obligations.
The call comes after at least 50 men in civilian clothes, who were later identified as police and security officers, raided the Cairo office of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights on Wednesday.According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), six members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) were arrested and allegedly beaten, and three laptops, files and documents were seized.“The raiding of a human rights NGO and the arrest of six of its members in Cairo on Wednesday night marks a worrying escalation in the harassment and intimidation of civil society in Egypt,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for OHCHR, told reporters in Geneva.She said that five of the individuals arrested were released after some nine hours in custody, during which time they were reportedly mistreated. One prominent human rights defender, Mohamed Adel Fahmi, a member of the April 6th movement, remains in detention, his whereabouts unknown.“We call on Egyptian authorities to immediately release all individuals who have been detained in relation to their work as human rights defenders,” said Ms. Shamdasani. “Intimidation of political opponents, activists and human rights defenders for peaceful exercise of their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and association must be halted.“An independent and impartial investigation needs to be conducted into the raid on the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights,” she added.Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. This past July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the Egyptian military deposing President Mohamed Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.
Spring Convocation ceremonies will impact parking on campus next week.Members of the Brock community can expect delays when coming onto campus due to an influx of vehicle and pedestrian traffic from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9.University Road West will be closed from the intersection of Isaac Brock Boulevard West with very limited access.There will be no vehicle access to lots Q, F, R and P and the parallel parking spaces in front of Academic South will be inaccessible.As the tent used for Convocation will be located in Lot B, permit holders for that lot are directed to part in Reserved A or Zone 1.Transit will also be relocated for the week and will instead be stopping alongside Lot D.Parking will be free for guests all week everywhere on campus.Lot D, S, and Lot Reserved B are accessible to Convocation guests only. Attendees will also be directed to park in Zone 1 and Zone 2.Students and staff should park in their regular permit lots, unless otherwise directed by Parking Services staff. Other closures include Ian Beddis and Bob Davis gymnasiums, as well as the track for the duration of the week.Regular routines and access to facilities will resume on Saturday, June 10.
When Sony originally released the PlayStation 3 it contained some expensive tech, including the then relatively new Blu-ray optical drive and Cell processor. That inevitably meant that Sony had to take a hit on every console sale and made a major loss in the hundreds of dollars per machine.Doing that is risky, but Sony would argue they had to do it in order to compete better with Microsoft. And yes, that Blu-ray drive has continued to be of benefit and a feature the Xbox couldn’t match as the manufacturing costs came down for Sony. But with the PS4 things are different, and Sony has stated there won’t be any major losses made on this console.That claim comes from Masaru Kato, Sony’s CFO and executive vice president. And it’s easy to believe. Sony has chosen an x86 processor and is sourcing its CPU/GPU/memory from AMD. Both those decisions significantly cut the cost of the hardware. The final machine may still sell at a loss initially, but it won’t be hundreds of dollars, and therefore it will become profitable more quickly. That’s not to say there’s no chance it won’t ship with a profit margin included in the price from day one, either.Microsoft is also expected to ship with a similar x86 hardware solution, but will its manufacturing costs be on a par with Sony’s? A lot depends on how Kinect is integrated with the new console as inevitably that could cost more to include.The good news for consumers is there’s already a lot of pressure on Sony to ship a machine at a lower price point than the PS3 did. This is due both to the poor state of economies around the world at the moment as well as increased competition from cheap(er) games hardware (Ouya, Steambox, tablets, smartphones). Microsoft and Sony going head-to-head with release dates is also going to make price a key marketing tool, too, which again benefits the consumer as whoever is lower has an advantage.Now read: Sony’s 15th anniversary Gran Turismo event to reveal new game details
Feb 12th 2018, 5:49 PM https://the42.ie/3847701 Monday 12 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM England will test their scrum against ‘biggest, ugliest, strongest’ Georgian pack in training this weekHenshaw ruled out of Six Nations but Furlong looks good for Wales 50,927 Views Share167 Tweet Email7 Analysis: Rob Kearney shows why Joe Schmidt remains his number one fan The Leinster fullback has provided important composure and solidity in Ireland’s 15 shirt. 76 Comments Follow us: the42.ie By Murray Kinsella IT’S NOTABLE THAT Rob Kearney for Ireland, Leigh Halfpenny for Wales and Mike Brown for England have been right up there as the most criticised players for their respective nations in recent years.Many supporters have called for them to be replaced by more exciting attacking players, but all three remain key men at Test level.There are qualities these three fullbacks share – low error counts, aerial prowess, defensive positional strength, communication, solidity in contact and experience. Kearney has been in strong form again for Ireland. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOFor the likes of Joe Schmidt, Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones, these factors are non-negotiables in the fullback position.Counter-attacking magic and dancing footwork may be thrilling to watch, but it is the aforementioned attributes which give these Six Nations head coaches far more conviction that they will win Tests.Attacking magic is the layer that must be added on top of the basic fullback roles. It’s great if a 15 can beat two men on kick return but what if he’s contributing to his side leaking tries, giving up energy and momentum to the opposition by losing aerial battles, or leaving his side exposed in the backfield with poor positional play?It’s clear where the priorities lie for coaches like Schmidt and his continuing faith in Rob Kearney has been repaid once again in the opening two rounds of the Six Nations with typically composed performances.31-year-old Kearney’s longevity is impressive – he was a key player all the way back in 2009 when Ireland last won a Grand Slam – as is his mental strength.He has seen off a host of competitors for his position over the years, dealt with plenty of criticism, and remains Schmidt’s first-choice fullback in 2018.Running the backfieldWhile most of us focus on the ball during rugby games, whether watching live or forced to ball-watch due to the camera angles, it is always fascinating to turn one’s attention to the wide spaces in behind the frontline defence.Watching games in the flesh provides a perfect opportunity to do so, and this is one area of the game in which Kearney truly excels.It can be difficult to demonstrate through images – given that strong positional play often means the opposition don’t attack into a specific area of the pitch – but we have seen plenty of Kearney’s quality in this area in the last fortnight.Below, Ireland are defending against France and operating with the 13+2 defensive system we discussed on last week’s Rugby Show.Kearney is circled in white wide above, to the right of Ireland’s backfield, while Jacob Stockdale is off-screen occupying a similar position on the left-hand side.As France moved the ball away from the left touchline, we can see below that Kearney has to fulfill two roles at the same time.Kearney must cover the space in behind Ireland’s frontline defence in case of a chip or grubber kick from the French [as indicated by white], while also tracking cross-field in case les Bleus shift the ball wide to the other side of the pitch [red].France get to a midfield ruck, and as their scrum-half prepares to move the ball to Ireland’s left again, we can see below how the defensive picture has changed again.We can’t show Kearney’s communication here, but as he has tracked across the pitch he has prompted Stockdale [circled in white] to move up into Ireland’s frontline defence.Stockdale – still so inexperienced at this level – is dependant on Kearney’s consistently concise communication in these instances, just providing that assurance from behind him.Kearney is now off-screen in the left of Ireland’s backfield, occupying Stockdale’s previous role, while Keith Earls [circled in red] has dropped into Kearney’s starting role wide on the right.As France now move the ball all the way to Ireland’s left edge, we see more good positional movement from Kearney.Stockdale [circled in white] has been forced to bite in by France’s good handling, but Kearney has swung up from the backfield to close the gate as Virimi Vakatawa receives the ball [red].Kearney strides up to get a good hit on Vakatawa and prevent any French progress, although Nigel Owens does halt play for a forward pass from les Bleus.Nonetheless, this simple and unglamorous passage serves to highlight just one example of Kearney’s assurance in these situations, providing excellent coverage, strong communication and level-headed decision-making.In less structured situations, Kearney is well able to scramble too, as we see below against the French.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveJames Ryan’s forced offload to Conor Murray goes to deck and the French are able to hack the loose ball through, putting Ireland in immediate danger.The pace of Matthieu Jalibert on the chase is clear, but Kearney comfortably covers the ground here.Kearney’s speed times are thought to be as good as ever at present, as he enjoys an injury-free run, and he glides across the pitch.Even before the burst of pace, we can see the anticipatory quality Kearney possesses.As Ireland begin this phase, Kearney is wide on the right but already moving infield.He has identified that Earls is holding the width for Ireland in attack and it’s likely that he feels he can offer more as a second wave attacker in behind the ball-carrying forwards lined up for Murray.His movement may initially be with an attacking mindset, but Kearney’s awareness and proactive movement leave him well placed to turn on the pace when the turnover comes and France hack through.His actions when he gets to the ball show pure composure.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveThis is exactly the moment when a team needs their fullback to demonstrate his solidity and Kearney handles the task expertly.He slides down onto the ball, scooping it up with his right arm, allows Jalibert to flop over him, times his spring back off the ground superbly, rides the impactful hit from Wenceslas Lauret strongly and then fights to present the ball cleanly when he goes to deck.The confidence Kearney displays in these moments is infectious, with Ireland maintaining their calm and Murray delivering an excellent box kick to relieve the pressure and find touch.Contact detailsKearney’s one-on-one tackling has raised eyebrows at times over the years, but he appears to have made big improvements in this area with the pressure competition has brought on him more recently.There looks to be a greater hunger in Kearney’s tackling, as he attempts to get firm shoulders onto ball carriers and even dislodge the ball when he can.There was a fine example against Italy last weekend, with Kearney coming up from the backfield to make a hit on the outside again.Kearney hammers into Italy’s Jayden Hayward and as the collision moves towards the ground, he aggressively strips the ball out of the Italian replacement’s grasp.It’s a big moment for the Irish defence, handing them turnover possession and allowing Bundee Aki to burst up the left touchline and change the momentum in an instant.Kearney will continue to look for more impactful defensive moments like this.When we look at Ireland’s rucking performances here on The42, the Ireland fullback invariably comes out impressively.While his position means that his rucking numbers are far lower than most of his team-mates, Kearney almost always brings quality.We saw as much last week against the French, when Kearney had nine rucking actions, and all of them were positive, including one dominant clearout and five effective hits on French players over the tackle.The ruck marks for the Italian game will be along in the coming days, but the first impression on this front was good for Kearney again.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveIt’s basic stuff, but we can see Kearney effectively clearing an Italian body away from the ball in the instance above, getting a welcome bit of venom into his left-shouldered ruck hit to ensure clean ball for Ireland.With Schmidt placing such an emphasis on the ruck, every player has to contribute and Kearney is usually exemplary.High ball prowessKearney’s excellence in the air has been well documented over the years, but it remains a key strength for him and a key focus for Schmidt’s team.The Leinster man is calm in diffusing aerial bombardment from the opposition, giving his team-mates huge energy lifts when he wins those all-important battles in the sky.And he can be an attacking weapon in this regard too, as we see below in an example against France.Johnny Sexton launches a garryowen into the French half, with Kearney [circled in white] in pursuit.As Kearney chases Sexton’s kick, we see France centre Henry Chavancy looking to shepherd him and delay his arrival.Chavancy runs across Kearney’s natural line [red below] towards the ball, looking to buy Teddy Thomas [circled in blue] time to get into the air and beat Kearney.Chavancy’s actions mean Kearney can’t get to his ideal jumping point early enough to leap above Thomas, but he is patient and calmly redirects himself to Chavancy’s right.The Ireland fullback can then leap into the air against Thomas.We can see above that Kearney can’t get directly under the ball to claim it cleanly in the air, but we can also see that he has made it a physical contest with Thomas.Again, Schmidt is huge on this. He doesn’t want his players to give away penalties in the air, obviously, but if they cannot win the ball under kicks, there is a demand to at least get off the ground to make realistic contact.Even the slightest nudge of contact can put off the defensive player and that proves to be the case here as Thomas spills the ball and Murray pounces on it, winning the 50/50 for the loose possession.Though France then win a turnover at the breakdown, Kearney’s contest in the air has initially provided Ireland with a chance to turn a regained kick into a real attacking opportunity.Nailing rolesAs we know, structured set-piece attacks and power plays are a huge part of Schmidt’s coaching philosophy and Kearney is someone who delivers in this area too.Ireland’s players are expected to know their roles on set-piece attacks down to the very number of footsteps they should take to be in a specific position, meaning there are huge demands on them in terms of preparation and delivery.Kearney ends up in exactly the correct position more often than not. He runs excellent decoy lines – always staying alive as a real threat until the very last split second – and when he is the strike runner, can be relied on to arrive on time.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveAbove, we get the latest variation of a move that Schmidt has used repeatedly over the last six years with Leinster and Ireland.Kearney’s frustration at Romain Poite blocking Peter O’Mahony’s inside pass for what would have been a certain try is clear, but he fulfills his role perfectly here.Kearney remains ‘hidden’ to the right of the ruck until the last possible moment, timing his running line to perfection to put himself in position to take O’Mahony’s inside pass.Ahead of the ruck, we can see that Rory Best and Jack McGrath are also nailing their own roles, blocking off the Italians’ chance of folding across to halt Kearney [white below].If Poite doesn’t block the pass, it’s a clear try for Ireland and though they will be frustrated – particularly after variations of this strike failed against France – it will have been pleasing for Schmidt to see Kearney and his team-mates getting those roles spot on.Attacking touchesAnother area of Kearney’s game that appears to have improved this season is his simple catch-pass in phase play.We saw him put expertly away Robbie Henshaw to beat Nemani Nadolo in the right corner during Leinster’s win away to Montpellier in the Champions Cup in January and there were a few more examples against Italy last weekend.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveWe get one illustration above, as Kearney delivers a pass under real pressure to allow Ireland to make gains up the left-hand side of the pitch.Only a minute later, he had another similarly clean catch-pass to Henshaw as Ireland’s opening attack of the game swept back to the left side of the pitch.The competition being provided by the likes of Jordan Larmour appears to have brought a renewed focus on the basic skills from Kearney and his passing in phase play has certainly improved.Even when he’s not on the ball in phase play, Kearney provides moments of intelligence, as we saw for Murray’s first-half try against Italy.As Murray loops around Dan Leavy [red above], Kearney [circled in white] is out in the five-metre channel.Already, that space is looking a little congested for Ireland and Kearney makes a subtle movement that proves to be important.As Murray passes out the back of Iain Henderson’s excellent decoy line to Keith Earls, we can see that Kearney is fading to the inside of Stockdale [red above].That allows the Ulster wing more space to manoeuvre in that tight five-metre channel and it also means Kearney can add another layer of decision-making difficulty for the Italian defence.Earls passes to Stockdale and, as we can see below, Kearney’s presence on Stockdale’s inside shoulder prevents the Italians from drifting out onto Jack Conan on the touchline.With Kearney’s hands up and him shouting for the pass back inside, the final two Italian defenders are drawn in on Kearney and Stockdale, leaving the Ulsterman free to pop a pass out to Conan, who strides upfield and links superbly with Murray’s excellent support line for the try.It’s a minor detail from Kearney, but one that Schmidt won’t have missed.Counter-attackingThe main stick with which Kearney gets beaten is his counter-attacking and kick-returning ability and this is certainly one area where he can continue to improve.As Kearney has explained in the past, one of his roles when returning kicks for Ireland is to eat up as many metres upfield as possible in order to allow his forwards to retreat to the ensuing ruck more comfortably.Providing a clear target for retreating team-mates is certainly important and something that Schmidt probably tasks him with doing, but there are opportunities for Kearney to be slightly more creative and daring in some instances.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveIn this example, Kearney has an opportunity to pass to Earls wide on the right.The Ireland fullback gathers and has plenty of time in possession. If he can move the ball to his right, Earls – perhaps Ireland’s most in-form attacking player – has a clear one-on-one in front of him, such a rarity in rugby at this level.But Kearney has tucked the ball into his right arm very early and doesn’t even consider the option of Earls outside him.Something similar happens below against France, as Kearney ignores a passing option to carry the ball into contact.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveEarls gets a partial block onto France’s exiting kick before Murray pops the ball up to Kearney.Sexton [white below] is infield and wants a second pass from Kearney [blue].We can also see that Cian Healy [red] is signalling the opportunity for Ireland in midfield, with the French chasing line ragged and delayed in that area.However, Kearney opts against the pass again and Sexton’s displeasure is immediately obvious as he flails his arms out [white below] and then slaps his thighs.With Stockdale to his left and three French tight five players in front of him in the disorganised chasing line, Sexton has seen a clear opportunity but the pass doesn’t arrive.Kearney does make ground and he so rarely loses the ball in these situations, being so secure carrying into contact, but his apparent unwillingness to pass does see Ireland miss out on opportunities from time to time.Kearney’s relative weakness in beating defenders with ball in hand does also leave him exposed at times, as for the turnover penalty won by Guilhem Guirado in the win over France.PrioritiesA player like Larmour or Tiernan O’Halloran could certainly provide Ireland with more kick-returning and individual attacking ability, but it is a question of priorities for Schmidt and all coaches.When compared to every other fullback in the country, Kearney arguably comes out on top in terms of positional play, communication, set-piece running lines, aerial ability, experience, mental strength, rucking, and solidity in the carry.For Schmidt, these are the essential tools for a fullback, with attacking brilliance being seen as a layer that comes on top of the non-negotiable but less glamorous duties.Kearney has shown up very well so far in the Six Nations having likely felt some heat for his position, and Schmidt’s faith continues to be rewarded.Originally published at 17.50The 42 is on Instagram! 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Navette Discovery : son dernier lancement prévu demainEtats-Unis – L’agence spatiale américaine annonce le lancement de la navette Discovery demain, après un léger retard. Pour son dernier vol, elle partira avec à son bord six personnes et un robot humanoïde. Le décollage de la navette Discovery est prévu à 15h52 (19h52 GMT) demain. Ce 39ème vol a été programmé ce jour-là car les prévisions météorologiques donnent 70% de chances de temps favorable. Le lancement avait déjà été reporté à cause de deux fuites détectées dans un système de pressurisation de l’orbiteur. “Ce problème est assez fréquent et n’est pas grave, car nous avons la capacité de le réparer facilement, ce que nous avons fait de nombreuses fois par le passé”, a indiqué Jeff Spaulding, le directeur des essais. Il a également précisé que ces fuites des joints d’hélium et d’azote dans le système de navigation n’avaient rien à voir avec les fuites qui avaient été réparées la semaine dernière.Un autre lancement vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), qui fête ses 10 ans aujourd’hui (voir notre article), est programmé fin février et reste officiellement le dernier du programme avant que les trois orbiteurs de la flotte (Discovery, Atlantis et Endeavour) soient envoyés au musée. Il s’agira en effet du dernier vol de Discovery, cet orbiteur étant le plus ancien des trois. Il avait effectué son premier voyage en 1984.La mission de onze jours doit permettre aux six astronautes américains de livrer Leonardo, un module de fret multifonctions. Il offrira à l’ISS un espace supplémentaire de stockage permettant de mener des expériences scientifiques. Autre but de cette expédition, livrer l’“Express Logistics Carrier 4”, une plateforme sur laquelle seront stockés les équipements de rechange les plus volumineux.Le premier robot humanoïde à voler dans l’espace sera aussi à bord. Robonaut 2 (R2), 150 kg pour un mètre de haut, restera à bord de l’ISS et secondera les astronautes dans leurs différentes missions. Elaboré par la Nasa en partenariat avec la General Motors, ce robot devrait épauler les hommes lors des sorties orbitale. Il permettra également d’envoyer régulièrement des comptes rendus via Twitter. Le 2 novembre 2010 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas After successfully traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) last week, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is ready to return home.On Thursday, the ISS crew closed the Crew Dragon’s hatch at 12:39 p.m. EST. Astronauts packed more than 300 pounds of gear on the capsule to send home and took a few pictures inside the capsule, which initially carried 400 pounds of gear up to the ISS when it arrived on March 3, Space.com reported.The @SpaceX #CrewDragon hatch closed at 12:39 p.m. EST! Next up is undocking from @Space_Station which will take place at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST March 8. pic.twitter.com/Z6EzUeAsgC— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 7, 2019Tomorrow, the capsule is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 2:31 a.m. EST. The Crew Dragon’s departure from the ISS will be live-streamed on NASA Live, starting at 2 a.m. EST. The broadcast will resume at 7:30 a.m. EST for those that want to watch the capsule’s landing into the Atlantic Ocean near Florida.Need a recap of the @SpaceX #CrewDragon first flight test so far this week? Here’s a look at what has happened and a look inside the spacecraft itself. Dragon departs @Space_Station on March 8. More on this mission: https://t.co/o5AndPXqcy pic.twitter.com/zjqqPAwBPs— NASA (@NASA) March 7, 2019The Crew Dragon’s journey back to Earth could be the hardest part of the Demo-1 Mission. If everything goes according to plan, the capsule will engage its parachutes and float to touch down on the Atlantic Ocean, where a ship will obtain it and return it to the mainland. The test flight, which was designed to prove that the Crew Dragon was safe enough to transport astronauts, will have to master a smooth descent on Friday morning.Coming up: @SpaceX #CrewDragon hatch closing ahead of departure from the @Space_Station begins on NASA TV at 12:15 p.m. EST. The hatch will close at approximately 12:25 p.m. EST. Watch it live: https://t.co/YeWrpz41EN pic.twitter.com/fmnLj9gNWl— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 7, 2019After this test flight and landing, the Crew Dragon will have to undergo an emergency abort system test, which is expected to take place in June, CNN reported. Following that, its first crewed mission, which will bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the ISS, is scheduled for July, according to NASA’s Launch Schedule online.The Crew Dragon capsule’s homecoming can be live-streamed on NASA Live and for more updates on the Demo-1 Mission, visit SpaceX’s website.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Cute ‘Zero-G Indicator’ Sells Out After Space Debut SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space Station SpaceX, NASA Launch Crew Dragon on Crucial Test Flight to Space Station
Scientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million PrizeChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Scientists recently discovered a supermassive black hole that is not following a typical celestial “diet.”A team of astronomers detected X-ray bursts repeating roughly every nine hours and they come from the center of a galaxy named GSN 069, NASA said in a press release. Data obtained with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton shows that the supermassive black hole located there is consuming a lot of material on a regular basis. Even though scientists previously found two “stellar-mass” black holes occasionally having outbursts, this weird behavior has never been sensed from a supermassive black hole before.The supermassive black hole, which is at the heart of GSN 069, is located 250 million light years from our planet and contains approximately 400,000 times the mass of the sun. In a new study, which was published in Nature on September 11, researchers estimate that the supermassive black hole is “eating” roughly four moons’ worth of material about three times a day.“This black hole is on a meal plan like we’ve never seen before,” said Giovanni Miniutti from ESA’s Center for Astrobiology in Spain. “This behavior is so unprecedented that we had to coin a new expression to describe it: “X-ray Quasi-Periodic Eruptions.”ESA’s XMM-Newton first detected two bursts in GSN 069 on Deptember 24, 2018, while Miniutti and his team followed up with additional XMM-Newton observations and found five outbursts in the same galaxy on January 16 and January 17 this year. Chandra X-ray Observatory observations also revealed three more outbursts on February 14.We can’t “see” it, but here is an animation showing the X-ray image of the galaxy GSN 069 together with the variations in its X-ray brightness as measured during nearly 40 hours of XMM-Newton exposure. Each frame corresponds to 3 minutes. [credit G. MIniutti and M. Giustini] pic.twitter.com/MoFCj6tkXJ— SAAO (@SAAO) September 12, 2019During the outbursts, the X-ray emission becomes roughly 20 times more illuminated than during the quiet times. Gas falling towards the black hole also rises in temperature, from approximately one million degrees Fahrenheit during the quiet periods to about 2.5 million degrees Fahrenheit during the X-ray outbursts, which is similar to that of gas present around most actively growing supermassive black holes.“We think the origin of the X-ray emission is a star that the black hole has partially or completely torn apart and is slowly consuming bit by bit,” said co-author Margherita Giustini, also of ESA’s Center for Astrobiology. “But as for the repeating bursts, this is a completely different story whose origin needs to be studied with further data and new theoretical models.”Spectacularly rapid and regular X-ray eruptions observed from the active galaxy GSN 069. These galactic hiccups recur on timescales of hours and should be related to the matter flowing onto the galaxy’s central black hole: https://t.co/9YwOjAD4cK. Image: Nature, Miniutti et al. pic.twitter.com/9lUcpaK2U2— Xavi Bros (@Xavi_Bros) September 11, 2019The study’s authors suggest two possible explanations for these repetitive X-ray bursts. One is that the amount of energy in the disk grows until it becomes unstable and matter falls fast into the black hole producing the bursts and the cycle would repeat. The other states that there is an interaction between the disk and a secondary body orbiting the black hole, which could be the remains of a partially disrupted star.By combining data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and XMM-Newton, scientists imply that the duration and size of the supermassive black hole’s meals have slightly decreased, while the gap between the meals has increased. More observations will be needed to see if this trend continues, since supermassive black holes typically erupt every few months or years instead of every nine hours.More on Geek.com:Scientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million PrizeChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black HoleHubble Space Telescope Discovers Bizarre Black Hole Disk Stay on target
Related Items:dr. carlton mills, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL Impressive opening for Long Bay High; PNP Administration breaks ground on Phase II Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand better Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Nov 2015 – The country’s newest school will have its ribbon cutting tomorrow; the Long Bay High School will end a near 20 year drought in new school construction for the government system when it opens for classes. Former Education Minister, Dr. Carlton Mills has been selected as the principal of the new institution which takes in around 160 form one students in a progressive manner. Long Bay High was late in opening for the 2015-2016 academic year; its students were temporarily placed at Clement Howell High. Little Mr & Miss Pageant for new high school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Pep Guardiola oddly praised Jose Mourinho and expressed his admiration for the Portuguese manager, something that rarely happens.Something very strange is happening between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho after ten years of rivalry, both managers are finally starting to give in and praise each other and they both understand that they are two of the best managers ever.Ahead of this Sunday’s crucial Manchester Derby between City and United, both coaches have been doing the rounds with the press and they both have stated some very interesting thoughts about their opponents.Jose Mourinho just said this week, that Manchester City’s current form and their season has been nearly perfect and we still hadn’t heard a proper response from Pep Guardiola.Well, the manager started his round of responses last Friday with the press conference he offered in the morning.At first, Pep was questioned about the press not talking about external topics that weren’t related to football when it came to Guardiola and Mourinho.Once the journalist mentioned this, everybody realized how true this was and how influential the game can be when it’s done properly.England has been known for this characteristic mostly, they rarely talk about topics that have nothing to do with football and any manager loves that.It’s all set for another high-profile battle between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho tomorrow. Who will come out on top in the #ManchesterDerby? pic.twitter.com/t5cvSSPamy— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) November 10, 2018As the question was being asked to Pep Guardiola, the Catalan manager’s expression kept changing to a more relaxed state and simply responded with a: “Thank you so much. Thank you,” said Pep via Goal.“At the end we are both good guys, more than you expect. It’s much better, believe me.”Right after that honest answer, Guardiola proceeded to praise the victory that Manchester United had at Juventus’ Stadium a few days ago in the Champions League.“No team wins in Turin in the last nine years, how strong Juventus are. They had a problem for 10 minutes after Cristiano’s goal but they were so stable with a lot of commitment, aggressive without the ball. A few weeks ago at Stamford Bridge [against Chelsea], one of the toughest places, they almost won,” he continued.“It’s always complicated. In our history of Manchester City it’s hard to beat United and they beat us more times but it’s a good rivalry and a good chance for three points.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We will try especially to have a good game. We’ll speak with the players about what we guess will happen and suggest what we should do to win the game.”“We have to play good, only one challenge in football is to play good, and have more chance to win. The top teams, you cannot imagine and think about it, play amazingly for 90 minutes and they don’t have chances.”#PL 🏴 I Guardiola – Mourinho, próximo asalto 💥 https://t.co/nCZKU4zPeU pic.twitter.com/yjA2Nx1MT0— Diario SPORT (@sport) November 10, 2018But the praise wasn’t over from Pep Guardiola, members of the media asked him about the level of admiration he has for Jose Mourinho.To those who don’t know, both managers actually shared time together as player and assistant manager at FC Barcelona during the Bobby Robson days and they actually became very good friends.The rivalry between them during the Spanish football may have gotten a little out of hand and distanced them a little, but neither of them forgot their roots.“Of course. I admire not just Jose, but all the managers — especially when they have tough problems,” he continued.“The situation in which Jose lives, I lived in for some period in the past myself. But I want to beat other managers, it is not necessary to be friends. When they suffer I know I will be in the same position sooner or later.”“We are both in a similar position in that the expectation on us is so high. “We either win or we fail, always. We have to win all the titles we play for.”“If you are stable and you know what you have to do, the success and the good games are always coming up. Always. Especially at the good clubs,” he concluded.Ronaldo humiliating an unrecognisable Guardiola and Mourinho pic.twitter.com/qcve2Cv6JS— Celebutante (@CeIebutante) November 10, 2018What do you think about the admiration that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho feel for each other? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Source Interlink Media’s enthusiast sports group, GrindMedia, bought Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines from Ryan Communications Group this week. The deal sets up a new Dirt Sports group within Grind for Source, which also includes existing titles Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, Endurocross and Motocross.com. Ryan Communications founder Jim Ryan will head up the new group.The deal is the second one for GrindMedia, which bought Baseball America last December. The GrindMedia group is Source’s gen-y, young male consumer group, which, says the company, reaches a monthly audience of 20,000,000 along with other brands such as Skateboarder, Bike, Powder and Slam. The latter recently extended its model into Football with the release of TD and TDdaily.com.
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Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of 69-year-old Jimmy Gojdics, an outdoorsman and character on National Geographic’s reality show “Ultimate Survival.”The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports officers responded to Gojdics’s residence in Fox Sunday to find the victim suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.Trooper spokesman Tim Despain said officers are investigating the death as a homicide.
Clare Baldwin, right (Andrew R.C. Marshall/Reuters)A news reporter born and raised in Alaska took home one of journalism’s top honors this week.Listen nowClare Baldwin and two of her colleagues with the Reuters news agency won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their series on a brutal, ongoing drug war in the Philippines.Before spending a year and a half reporting on death squads, Baldwin said she had seen maybe one dead body, and that was in a casket at a funeral. But a big part of Baldwin’s mission, along with her Reuters colleagues Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato, was to show the pattern behind why more and more Filipinos were showing up dead on city streets.Baldwin, 34 and a graduate of Colony High School in Palmer, says it was difficult at times but important.“Yeah, there’s a lot of death and blood and guts, and you have to kind of keep in mind why you’re there. And you’re there to tell a story about what’s happening,” Baldwin said.What was happening — and what Baldwin said is still happening — is a drug war under Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that has been marked by thousands of extrajudicial killings. Duterte has said the killings by his government’s anti-drug squads are justified, but they have been condemned by international human rights groups.The hard-nosed reporting by Baldwin, her colleagues and others added a greater depth to news of the ongoing violence. It has also given their international audience a better sense of the actual number of deaths and the impacts to the families left behind.“And I also hope this brings a lot more attention back to the Philippines, because the drug war is still happening, people are still being killed, these families are still asking for justice, and there are a lot of really wonderful local reporters that are still covering this,” Baldwin said.Baldwin was once a local reporter, too. That was before college at Stanford, before she became a special correspondent in Southeast Asia for Reuters and before moving to Hong Kong, where she lives on a boat.Baldwin was still in high school when she reported for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. She also worked for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Peninsula Clarion. And, among other outdoor activities, Baldwin did some mountaineering with her dad.Baldwin said growing up in Alaska shaped her as a person and helped her in many ways, including the ability to improvise.“Or the desire to improvise,” Baldwin said with a laugh. “Being comfortable in kind of uncomfortable places. Because the more you can just deal with yourself and be comfortable in rough conditions, the better. Like you’ll do a better job.”Baldwin’s parents, Ralph Baldwin and Susan Gunther, still live in Wasilla. They were proud and pleasantly surprised to get what they described as an typically “understated” announcement from their daughter this week about the Pulitzer.Considering the subject matter of the reporting, they both say they are concerned sometimes about her safety on reporting trips abroad, poking around in such violent circumstances. But both parents said Baldwin has proven she’s capable of taking care of herself with good judgement and a good sense of risk management.Susan said they strived to teach their children to be independent critical thinkers.“Sometimes when you raise your kids to be independent, the (downside) is they do take off and end up in different parts of the world,” Susan said. “But we’re really proud of them, and when we can see them, we’re thrilled.”Baldwin does make it back to Alaska to visit from time to time. But she is currently working on another reporting project, this time in Bangladesh, telling the stories of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing persecution and, again, reports of government sanctioned killing.
OneDrive Automatic Albums feature rolling out by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2016 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 2 commentsIf you happen to store photos on Microsoft’s online file hosting and synchronization service OneDrive, you may have noticed already that Microsoft added new features to it recently.Probably the biggest one announced yesterday was the new automatic albums functionality. Basically, what it does is try to group photos based on time and location, and display the most promising ones directly to you.So, you may check out albums created automatically by OneDrive for you, and share those with others. The feature may save you from doing these things manually if it works well.Such a feature is not new, Google Photos does that for instance and several other services do to.OneDrive Automatic AlbumsThe new automatic albums feature is enabled automatically when rolled out, and there is no option to prevent it from happening.The only option you have is to disable the automatic tagging of photos by theme in the options. Easiest way to get there is to load https://onedrive.live.com/Options/PeopleOptions directly and switch the “allow OneDrive to automatically tag your photos by theme” option to no.Related to this new feature is the “on this day” function. What it does is display photos that you have taken on this day, either in the current year or previous years.All users benefit from improved search functionality. You may search for photos that have been tagged manually or automatically, search for photos taken in specific locations, or search using emojis. The latter is a bit of a wildcard though.Last but not least, you may browse photo folders more efficiently on OneDrive. The new photo view for folders includes a large hero image at the top, larger thumbnails, and a menu that provides you with options to create an album from that folder, or share photos.If you use the Windows 10 Photos application and sign in to the operating system using a Microsoft Account, all of your OneDrive photos become available automatically in the app as well.This includes automatic albums created on OneDrive, but basically all photos that you have uploaded to Microsoft’s service.Closing WordsMicrosoft notes that the new functionality is being rolled out currently. While it does not introduce anything new, since the features are already available when you use competing services, they may improve the experience for OneDrive users who push their photos to the service regularly.I prefer full control over photos though. While it takes longer to get them organized, I’m in full control and not manually adjusting what the automated features got wrong.Now You: Do you store photos online?SummaryArticle NameOneDrive Automatic Albums feature rolling outDescriptionMicrosoft improved OneDrive with new automatic albums functionality, improved search, and photo folder browsing functionality recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement