MANIWAKI, Que. – An 18-year-old man was shot in the head on Wednesday at a Quebec courthouse, after he was involved in a fight with a constable that was purportedly caught on video.Quebec’s independent investigations bureau is examining the incident, which took place at the courthouse in Maniwaki, Que., about 135 kilometres north of Ottawa.The bureau released a statement saying the man managed to seize the constable’s baton and used it to strike the officer over the head.The constable then took out their gun and fired it, hitting the 18-year-old at least once in the head.Both the officer and the civilian were transported to hospital, and the investigations bureau said it didn’t know the condition of either person.A video uploaded to YouTube and purporting to show the incident begins with someone in uniform grappling with a man in a room lined with chairs. Other uniformed officers participate in trying to subdue the man, who is then pushed into an adjacent room off-camera.Moments later, the video shows an officer seemingly pointing a gun and shooting once towards a target that is off-camera, followed by people screaming and crying.Quebec provincial police Sgt. Marc Tessier said in an interview that the injuries sustained by the two were deemed serious, but he couldn’t say if their lives were in danger.———The YouTube video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkmpmD3xG7c
DC presents Robbie “Maddo” Maddison’s “Pipe Dream,” giving the world a chance to witness history being made as Maddo rides his dirt bike on the powerful and iconic waves of Tahiti. From his helmet to motocross boots, Maddo was dressed for FMX when he took his dirt bike into the unchartered saltwater terrain of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia.For nearly two years Robbie has been focused on making surfing on his motorbike a reality. His efforts paid off in Tahiti, where he rode the world famous waves at Teahupoo and Papara.
Rabat – In the southern Egyptian city of Assiut, police shot and killed seven ISIS militants after a dramatic shootout on Monday.The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior issued a statement saying that the seven militants opened fire on Egyptian police when they were interrupted during preparations for another attack on Christians, according to Reuters.“A group of Daesh sympathizers were hiding in one of Assiut province’s mountainous areas,” the statement read. It added that the group was meeting “to prepare explosive devices in preparation for carrying out a series terrorist attacks.” According to ENCA.com, three of the men have been identified as Egyptian-born. The group is thought to have been gearing up for attacks not only in Assiut, but also in the province of Sohag. Future attacks on police and the courts were also being plotted.Egyptian law enforcement also confiscated ammunition and weapons, a motorcycle and plenty of ISIS-written books and propaganda.The incident comes just one day after Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, declared a three-month long state of emergency countrywide. This followed two suicide bombings of Coptic Christian churches on Sunday. The first blast occurred near the altar inside of St. George’s Church in Tanta, killing 27 people at worship. The second suicide bomber detonated his vest at a gate outside of St. Mark’s church in Alexandria, killing 17. Combined, more than 30 worshippers were reported injured in the blasts.According to the Reuters report, Coptic Christians have been in Egypt since the days of ancient Rome. They have recorded a long history of persecution and have accused the government of not doing enough to guarantee their safety and freedom to worship.Since Al-Sisi’s government ousted former President, Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, in 2013, they have instituted severe crackdowns on Islamists in Egypt.
Sources also said that visitors from Ghana and Nigeria will be screened for illegal immigrants while Pakistanis will be screened for refugees.It was reported that there are moves to screen visitors from Afghanistan as well in the near future as well as Uganda. Visitors from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon will be screened before being approved a visa. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Western countries have increased security following recent attacks by ISIS and IS rebels who infiltrated the countries, some as Syrian refugees.According to foreign media reports, internationally, close to 4.9 million Syrians had been registered as refugees as of early January; the vast majority are in first-asylum countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq; only a fraction are likely to ever be permanently resettled. Facing dim resettlement prospects and eager to establish new lives, nearly 900,000 Syrians have headed to Europe and filed asylum claims there since the war began.Beyond the United States, a small number of countries have accepted Syrian refugees through their resettlement programs, most notably Canada, which took in close to 40,000 Syrians between November 2015 and December 2016. Since 2013, Germany has admitted about 41,000 displaced Syrians who were living in Syria or a first-asylum country in the region via a humanitarian admissions program. (Colombo Gazette) Sources at the Immigration and Emigration Department said that tourists from Syria and Egypt will be screened as there is a fear ISIS rebels from those two countries may attempt to infiltrate Sri Lanka. The Government has decided to screen tourists from seven countries including Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria.Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinna has said the screening will be carried out in light of national security concerns.
SAN FRANCISCO — Insurance companies that say Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy.The insurers filed court documents Tuesday to end PG&E’s exclusive right to file a reorganization plan.They want the right to submit their own plan to wildfire victims and other PG&E creditors.Their request came ahead of a Wednesday hearing when a bankruptcy judge is expected to consider a request by PG&E bondholders who want to submit a restructuring plan.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January to deal with an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from wildfires its equipment may have ignited in 2017 and 2018, including the wildfire in the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.The Associated Press
“This initiative is a major step towards scaling up HIV prevention measures among police from the Pacific region working overseas. This will also ensure more protection for their families and communities,” said Ulf Kristoffersson, Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) office on AIDS, Security and Humanitarian Response, during a signing ceremony in Fiji at the 34th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference there.The initiative aims to provide training on HIV and AIDS for police from the Pacific region before they are deployed abroad, to prevent them from contacting the virus and spreading it when they return home.According to UNAIDS, the Pacific island region is one of the largest contributors of police personnel serving on UN peacekeeping operations. Police personnel there are also increasingly engaging in regional security-oriented initiatives, such as the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands.Although the current HIV prevalence is low in many Pacific island countries, the epidemic is fast becoming a grave concern in Papua New Guinea, which has the highest rate in the region at 1.7 per cent. The uniformed services, and in particular young men and women serving on long deployments overseas, are highly vulnerable to HIV because of their work environment, mobility, and age, UNAIDS said.”We welcome the new partnership with UNAIDS as it will allow our police personnel to get all the facts about HIV and learn how to protect themselves and their partners from the virus,” said Andrew Hughes, Fiji Police Commissioner. “In today’s world, we can no longer pretend that the risk of HIV does not exist. Being informed can save your life.”The initiative signed today will kick off a two-year programme to be implemented by the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP), which represents 75,000 personnel in the 21 countries. Beside UNAIDS, the programme is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and New Zealand’s International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID).
Refugees and migrants abandoned at sea in South-East Asia in May 2015. Source: Governments, UNHCR/August 2015 Some 370 people are believed to have died in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea during the year, the report says; not from drowning but from mistreatment and disease brought about by smugglers who abused and in many cases killed passengers with impunity. The toll also includes those killed in a fight over diminishing supplies on a boat that had been prevented from landing on two occasions. Some of these deaths could have been prevented with prompt disembarkation.Root Causes Must Be Addressed UNHCR believes that unless the root causes of displacement are addressed, people will continue risking their lives on smugglers’ boats to seek safety and stability elsewhere. Mr. Needham said that there are a number of processes in motion to address this issue. There remains an urgent need for affected States to take concrete action to coordinate procedures for rescue at sea, predictable places to disembark passengers safely, as well as adequate reception and screening systems on arrival. People who fled their homes and cannot return due to an absence of protection should be granted temporary refuge and have access to basic rights and services while longer-term solutions are sought. To minimize deaths at sea, safe and legal channels including labour migration and family reunification programs must be opened up for people leaving difficult conditions at home. UNHCR hopes that labour migration arrangements could also be put in place for the Rohingya already in labour-importing countries, enabling them to contribute to the economies of their host and home countries. Next month’s Bali Process Ministerial Meeting will be a timely opportunity to make progress on these issues, Mr. Needham said. A lifting of existing restrictions on freedom of movement and access to services throughout Rakhine state in Myanmar would allow thousands of people to live more normal lives and be less likely to risk dangerous sea journeys, he said. UNHCR is also watching with interest the Bangladesh Government’s plans to list hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya in southeastern Bangladesh, and the agency hopes that the exercise will result in improved documentation and access to services. Nearly 170,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis are estimated to have made the dangerous journey from the Bay of Bengal since 2012. The report, Mixed Maritime Movements in South-East Asia, from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), states that those movements had been “three times more deadly” than in the Mediterranean last year, due largely to mistreatment by smugglers and disease on the boats. Refugees and migrants often employ the same routes, modes of transport, and networks, and their movements are commonly referred to as “mixed movements.” Across the region, an estimated 33,600 refugees and migrants of various nationalities had taken to smugglers’ boats, including 32,600 in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, where the bulk of the passengers had been Rohingya and Bangladeshi, according to the report, which was summarized for the press by UNHCR spokesperson Andreas Needham and the regular bi-weekly briefing in Geneva today. The first half of 2015 had seen the highest-ever estimated departures – 31,000 – while the number was 1,600 in the second half. The full-year departures were just over half of the record-setting previous year. This decrease can be attributed to a number of factors, including the discovery of mass graves along the Thailand-Malaysia land border with the remains of over 200 presumed earlier arrivals, government crackdowns on smuggling networks and scrutiny of traditional departure and arrival points. But the 2015 fatality rate had still been three times higher in those waters than in the Mediterranean Sea, the report highlights. Some of the tales recorded in the report described harrowing experiences: death by starvation, people thrown overboard alive, and suffering from various debilitating diseases.
Chess is an antique, about 1,500 years old, according to most historians. As a result, its evolution seems essentially complete, a hoary game now largely trudging along. That’s not to say that there haven’t been milestones. In medieval Europe, for example, they made the squares on the board alternate black and white. In the 15th century, the queen got her modern powers.1Long ago, the queen could move only one square diagonally at a time.And in the 20th century came the computer. Chess was simple enough (not many rules, smallish board) and complicated enough (many possible games) to make a fruitful test bed for artificial intelligence programs. This attracted engineering brains and corporate money. In 1997, they broke through: IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer defeated the world champion, Garry Kasparov. Humans don’t hold a candle to supercomputers, or even smartphones, in competition anymore. Top human players do, however, lean on computers in training, relying on them for guidance, analysis and insight. Computer engines now mold the way the game is played at its highest human levels: calculating, stodgy, defensive, careful. Or at least that’s how it has been. But if you read headlines from the chess world last month, you’d think the game was jolted forward again by an unexpected quantum leap. But to where?The revolutionary is known as AlphaZero. It’s a new neural network, reinforcement learning algorithm developed by DeepMind, Google’s secretive artificial intelligence subsidiary. Unlike other top programs, which receive extensive input and fine-tuning from programmers and chess masters, drawing on the wealth of accumulated human chess knowledge, AlphaZero is exclusively self-taught. It learned to play solely by playing against itself, over and over and over — 44 million games. It kept track of what strategies led to a win, favoring those, and which didn’t, casting those aside. After just four hours of this tabula rasa training, it clobbered the top chess program, an engine called Stockfish, winning 28 games, drawing 72 and losing zero. These results were described last month in a paper posted on arXiv, a repository of scientific research.Within hours, the chess world descended, like the faithful to freshly chiseled tablets of stone, on the sample of 10 computer-versus-computer games published in the paper’s appendix. Two broad themes emerged: First, AlphaZero adopted an all-out attacking style, making many bold material sacrifices to set up positional advantages. Second, elite chess may therefore not be as prone to dull draws as we thought. It will still be calculating, yes, but not stodgy, defensive and careful. Chess may yet have some evolution to go. For a taste of AlphaZero’s prowess, consider the following play from one of the published games. It’s worth emphasizing here just how good Stockfish, which is open source and was developed by a small team of programmers, is. It won the 2016 Top Chess Engine Championship, the premier computer tournament, and no human player who has ever lived would stand a chance against it in a match.It was AlphaZero’s turn to move, armed with the white pieces, against Stockfish with the black, in the position below: In the middle of the AlphaZero paper is a diagram called Table 2. It shows the 12 most popular chess openings played by humans, along with how frequently AlphaZero “discovered” and played those openings during its intense tabula rasa training. These openings are the result of extensive human study and trial — blood, sweat and tears — spread across the centuries and around the globe. AlphaZero taught itself them one by one: the English opening, the French, the Sicilian, the Queen’s gambit, the Caro-Kann.The diagram is a haunting image, as if a superfast algorithm had taught itself English in an afternoon and then re-created, almost by accident, full stanzas of Keats. But it’s also reassuring. That we even have a theory of the opening moves in chess is an artifact of our status as imperfect beings. There is a single right and best way to begin a chess game. Mathematical theory tells us so. We just don’t know what it is. Neither does AlphaZero.Yet.DeepMind was also responsible for the program AlphaGo, which has bested the top humans in Go, that other, much more complex ancient board game, to much anguish and consternation. An early version of AlphaGo was trained, in part, by human experts’ games — tabula inscripta. Later versions, including AlphaZero, stripped out all traces of our history.“For a while, for like two months, we could say to ourselves, ‘Well, the Go AI contains thousands of years of accumulated human thinking, all the rolled up knowledge of heuristics and proverbs and famous games,’” Frank Lantz, the director of NYU’s Game Center, told me. “We can’t tell that story anymore. If you don’t find this terrifying, at least a little, you are made of stronger stuff than me. I find it terrifying, but I also find it beautiful. Everything surprising is beautiful in a way.” AlphaZero is already behind by two pawns, and its bishop is, in theory, less powerful than one of Stockfish’s rooks. It’s losing badly on paper. AlphaZero moved its pawn up a square, to g4 — innocuous enough. But now consider Stockfish’s black position. Any move it makes leaves it worse off than if it hadn’t moved at all! It can’t move its king, or its queen, without disaster. It can’t move its rooks because its f7 pawn would die and its king would be in mortal danger. It can’t move any of its other pawns without them being captured. It can’t do anything. But that’s the thing about chess: You have to move. This situation is known as zugzwang, German for “forced move.” AlphaZero watches while Stockfish walks off its own plank. Stockfish chose to move its pawn forward to d5; it was immediately captured by the white bishop as the attack closed further in.You could make an argument that that game, and the other games between the two computers, were some of the strongest contests of chess, over hundreds of years and billions of games, ever played.But were they fair? After the AlphaZero research paper was published, some wondered if the scales were tipped in AlphaZero’s favor. Chess.com received a lengthy comment from Tord Romstad, one of Stockfish’s creators. “The match results by themselves are not particularly meaningful,” Romstad said. He cited the fact that the games were played giving each program one minute per move — a rather odd decision, given that games get much more complicated as they go on and that Stockfish was programmed to be able to allocate its time wisely. Players are typically allowed to distribute their allotted time across their moves as they see fit, rather than being hemmed in to a specific amount of time per turn. Romstad also noted that an old version of Stockfish was used, with settings that hadn’t been properly tested and data structures insufficient for those settings.Romstad called the comparison of Stockfish to AlphaZero “apples to orangutans.” A computer analysis of the zugzwang game, for example, reveals that Stockfish, according to Stockfish, made four inaccuracies, four mistakes and three blunders. Not all iterations of Stockfishes are created equal.DeepMind declined to comment for this article, citing the fact that its AlphaZero research is under peer review.Strong human players want to see more, ideally with the playing field more level. “I saw some amazing chess, but I also know we did not get the best possible,” Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, told me. “This holds true for human competition as well: If you gave Magnus [Carlsen] and Fabiano [Caruana] 24 hours per move, would there be any wins? How few mistakes? In being practical, we sacrifice perfection for efficiency.”Chess.com surveyed a number of top grandmasters, who were assembled this month for a tournament in London (the home of DeepMind), about what AlphaZero means for their profession. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian world championship runner-up, said he’d pay “maybe $100,000” for access to the program. One chess commentator joked that Russian president Vladimir Putin might help Karjakin access the program to prepare for next year’s Candidates Tournament. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the top French player, said it was “worth easily seven figures.” Wesley So, the U.S. national champion, joked that he’d call Rex Sinquefield, the wealthy financier and chess philanthropist, to see how much he’d pony up.“I don’t think this changes the landscape of human chess much at all for the time being,” the grandmaster Hess told me. “We don’t have the ability to memorize everything, and the games themselves were more or less perfect models of mostly known concepts.”In some aesthetic ways, though, AlphaZero represents a computer shift toward the human approach to chess. Stockfish evaluated 70 million positions per second, a brute-force number suitable to hardware, while AlphaZero evaluated only 80,000, relying on its “intuition,” like a human grandmaster would. Moreover, AlphaZero’s style of play — relentless aggression — was thought to be “refuted” by stodgy engines like Stockfish, leading to the careful and draw-prone style that currently dominates the top ranks of competitive chess.But maybe it’s more illustrative to say that AlphaZero played like neither a human nor a computer, but like an alien — some sort of chess intelligence which we can barely fathom. “I find it very positive!” David Chalmers, a philosopher at NYU who studies AI and the singularity, told me. “Just because it’s alien to us now doesn’t mean it’s something that humans could never have gotten to.”
OSU then-sophomore midfielder Michela Paradiso (9) approaches a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its weekend road trip with a double overtime draw against Minnesota and a loss to No. 13 Wisconsin.The Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for their second game in three days.Minnesota got on the scoreboard early in the 11th minute when senior forward Olivia Schultz scored off an assist from junior defender Haley Helverson.The Buckeyes tied the game up in the 33rd minute after sophomore midfielder Alexis Degler drilled a shot off of a Minnesota defender inside the right post after a corner kick by freshman midfielder Nikki Walts. Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso came close to giving OSU the lead late in the first half but her shot from 10 yards sailed over the crossbar.The game remained tied heading into the half with OSU holding an 8-5 lead in shots, 2-1 on goal.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber gave the Buckeyes a chance after gathering a loose ball but her shot from 12 yards was deflected by Minnesota sophomore goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs. Degler tried to give the team the lead in the 74th minute but missed a shot from 10 yards in the box.In the final minutes of regulation, Minnesota sophomore defender Ashley Pafko had a wide open shot from eight yards away but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick made a leaping save to send the game into overtime.The Buckeyes posted a 14-13 lead in shots during regulation while the Golden Gophers held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.The Buckeyes got a few chances early in overtime but were unable to find the back of the net in the first 10 minutes. The game went to a second overtime with neither team finding a way to score.OSU tallied a season-high 23 shots to Minnesota’s 17 with a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal to give the Buckeyes their first tie of the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes traveled to face No. 13 Wisconsin.The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth action between the teams. The game remained scoreless until the 44th minute when Wisconsin sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle lofted a free kick past Geldernick to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.Through the first half, the Badgers held an 8-3 lead in shots and a 3-1 lead in shots on goal.In the second half, the Badgers capped the scoring during the 65th minute when senior forward Cara Walls nailed a strike just under the crossbar.OSU didn’t respond for the rest of the game, taking the shutout loss.The Buckeyes fell to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Ten. The team’s next matchup is set for 7 p.m. Saturday against Maryland at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State then-freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State entered last spring with many starters on its veteran-laden defense set. Not to mention, multiple players, including defensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard and linebacker Jerome Baker, had already established themselves as playmakers.But this season, beyond defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, not many potential game-changers are known. A lot of talent exists on the defense, but most remain unproven.A number of highly regarded freshmen — including four five-star prospects — were added to Ohio State’s defense last season, but the vast majority either played in reserve roles or did not play at all. The Spring Game will offer the first chance to watch many of them play extended minutes. Here are some players on the Buckeyes’ defense to watch in Saturday’s Spring Game.Chase YoungThe moment former five-star prospect and sophomore defensive end Chase Young stepped on campus, his chiseled 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame stuck out. The enormous 18-year-old almost became a punch line with many people comparing him physically to an NFL player, despite having recently graduated from high school.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) waits in between plays in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sept. 23, 2017. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNow, with a year of experience, Young’s time has arrived.With Hubbard, Lewis and Jalyn Holmes off to the NFL, defensive end went from a position of enormous depth to a top-heavy unit manned by one stud, a duo of highly regarded, yet inexperienced players and a former defensive tackle. Therefore, it is pertinent for Young to make the leap from five-star prospect to impact player.Having spent a season backing up that trio and Bosa, the sophomore defensive end should now be ready to slide into a starting role opposite Bosa. Young picked up 3.5 sacks last season and should be in line to more than double that tally in 2018.Though quarterbacks sometimes wear a different color of jersey in the Spring Game that dictates they aren’t allowed to be hit, that likely will not be the case Saturday with no guaranteed starter. With signal-callers able to be hit, the Spring Game referees should be ready to blow their whistles quickly because Young is coming for the quarterback trio.Baron BrowningAnother former five-star prospect, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning earned special teams reps and mop-up duty on defense early in the season, but gained more playing time toward the end of the year. With Baker and Chris Worley gone and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland sidelined with an Achilles injury, Browning has a chance to earn a starting position in his second collegiate season. However, he has to beat out a number of worthy, experienced linebackers in Malik Harrison, Keandre Jones, Dante Booker, Pete Werner and Justin Hilliard to make an impact.Browning stands out when he walks onto the field due to his uncommon combination of size and speed. His physical gifts have even impressed head coach Urban Meyer, who called him “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors.”“He’s got it all now. He’s got A to Z,” Meyer said. “An intelligent guy, a good person, and God has blessed him with an incredible skillset.”That skillset allows him to play all three linebacker positions. Though with Borland likely set as the starting middle linebacker, he will likely have his best shot at playing time on the outside.Every opportunity counts when a large group of players is interlocked in a position battle. And everyone will have their final shot to make an impression during spring practice on Saturday. The most physically gifted player at his position, Browning should stand out.Shaun WadeOne of Ohio State’s two five-star cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class, Shaun Wade did not get nearly the opportunity offered to fellow five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Wade’s body would not allow it. He underwent abdominal surgery during the season and never saw the field.Ohio State then-freshman cornerback Shaun Wade warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNow a redshirt freshman, Wade has the opportunity to make the impact many thought he would last season. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, along with Okudah, stand in the way of Wade earning starter-level snaps to start the year. But considering his rank as the second-best cornerback in the 2017 class, the now-healthy Wade should push for snaps. And with Okudah sitting out spring practice and the Spring Game due to having surgery on a torn labrum that has bothered him since high school, Wade has a chance to shine.In the past, the Buckeyes relied on a three-cornerback rotation. With Kerry Coombs gone, new cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said he intends to maintain the rotation, provided he has three starter-quality cornerbacks. With Okudah out for the spring, Wade has a chance to prove he can break into the trio of rotating starters.And with all eyes on the quarterback battle during the Spring Game, the opportunity exists for Wade to make a statement in front of a crowd.
The volunteers and their families work so hard to keep the lifeboat in pristine condition and to have that hard work thrown in their faces now is dreadfulCarol Evans, former mayor of Poole The RNLI has sparked outrage with a decision to axe its main lifeboat from the world’s second biggest harbour.From next week, Poole in Dorset – home to one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK – will no longer have an all-weather boat for major rescues after the charity decided to scrap it from its fleet.The 47ft Tyne-class vessel is being replaced by a D-class lifeboat that will cover the 14 square miles of harbour – second only in size to Sydney – and surrounding bay along with the existing 28ft inshore lifeboat.A new faster all-weather boat based eight miles away in Swanage will deal with any major incidents the two smaller craft cannot attend. Locals have expressed fears the controversial decision will cost lives as seafarers in need of help could potentially have to wait longer to be rescued.The RNLI has also been accused of showing a lack of compassion to the volunteer crew of the Poole all-weather boat, the City of Sheffield, many of whom have the charity’s long service award.One of them is Johnathan Clark, whose 18-year voluntary role as coxswain has been axed.The only full-time job at the station, that of its mechanic, has also been scrapped – meaning the venue is now closed to the public as a result.Carol Evans, a former mayor of Poole and long-time supporter of the RNLI, described the decision as “dreadful”.Mrs Evans, 68, said: “The lifeboat will be such a great loss to Poole, which is the busiest coastal lifeboat station in the country. It has been there since the 1900s so there is obviously a need for it.”It is the wrong decision and it will cost lives. There are several islands in the harbour and if one of them had to be evacuated in an emergency it would fall on the all-weather lifeboat to help, but now it will have to come from further away.”The volunteers and their families work so hard to keep the lifeboat in pristine condition and to have that hard work thrown in their faces now is dreadful.”The coxswain, Mr Clark, is dedicated to the role. It is his life. I think he will be bereft. I will not donate to the RNLI again.” Mr Clark, who has spent 33 years as a lifeboatman following in the footsteps of his father before him, spoke of his regret at the decision.He said: “I am very proud to have been the coxswain and I will miss going out on the lifeboat, but that feeling of pride and honour of all that we have done will always remain with me – you can’t take that away.”The RNLI, whose headquarters are coincidentally in Poole, said most rescues in and around shallow Poole Harbour are to small crafts, which are dealt with by the inshore lifeboat.But speaking at a public meeting earlier this year, Brian Traves, a former RNLI fundraising chairman, said the loss of the City of Sheffield was “ill-judged”.He said at the time: “Poole lifeboat station is the busiest coastal station year after year and must have full services available.”As a very loyal supporter of our superb institution I shall be extremely concerned should any loss of life occur – and it will.”That responsibility lies on the very wide shoulders of our beloved RNLI whose purpose is to save lives at sea.”An RNLI spokesman insisted that scrapping the Poole all-weather lifeboat would not endanger lives.He said: “This decision follows a regular five-yearly coast review during which factors such as the changing demand for search and rescue and the improving capabilities of modern lifeboats are considered.”The review team concluded that having a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat at Swanage will ensure the RNLI’s strategic performance standards can be met without the need to station an all-weather lifeboat inside Poole harbour.”The team also concluded that, with Poole harbour’s history of high incident numbers and large areas of shallow water, a D class inshore lifeboat would be allocated to Poole lifeboat station.”We have been totally committed to saving lives at sea for 191 years and remain so today. That is why we respond to changing patterns of sea use and lifeboat need. The RNLI doesn’t take decisions like this lightly and would certainly not contemplate removing a lifeboat if lives would be put at risk.”The institution pays tribute to the selfless commitment of the team at Poole RNLI and thanks them for their continued support, dedication and commitment to saving lives at sea.”According to the latest figures for January to October 2015, there were 99 emergency launches from Poole; 74 by the inshore lifeboat and 25 with the all-weather lifeboat.In all 135 people were rescued; 30 by the all-weather lifeboat and 105 by the inshore lifeboat crews.Since it came into service in 2001, the City of Sheffield has launched 557 times and saved 650 people. Poole Tyne class and Atlantic inflatableCredit:RNLI/NathanWilliams/BNPS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Duke previously conceded he had made an “error of judgment’ after pictures emerged from the same trip of the pair in Central Park.Buckingham Palace recently repeated their “emphatic denial” of allegations against the Duke made by Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims.A spokesman said: “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors is categorically untrue.“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.” The footage is from December 2010, when the Duke, then the UK’s Special Representative for Trade, stayed with Epstein in his New York home – two years after Epstein was convicted of sex with a child and placed on the sex offender register. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duke of York has reacted for the first time to the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.Speaking after new footage emerged of the 59-year-old royal staying in the disgraced financier’s flat in 2010, the Duke said he was “appalled” by recent reports.In a statement released to The Daily Telegraph, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”Having appeared at church alongside his mother the Queen in Balmoral last weekend, the Duke was conspicuous by his absence at Crathie Kirk on Sunday. He is currently holidaying in the Spanish resort of Sotogrande with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York.The statement followed the release of a video showing the Duke peering out from behind the door of Epstein’s £63 million Manhattan mansion, waving goodbye to a brunette.Less than an hour earlier Epstein had been seen leaving the New York property with a young blonde woman. Prince Andrew appeared alongside the Queen in Balmoral last weekCredit:Jane Barlow/PA
Responding to customer requests for versatility in surface drilling, Joy Global last week introduced its P&H 77XD blasthole drill, which can be configured for rotary or hammer drilling, diesel or electric power, and single- or multi-pass drilling.This new machine, which debuted on the MINExpo show floor in Las Vegas, is designed to deliver an up to 10% maintenance and repair cost advantage, and an up to 5% availability advantage. The drill’s name reflects its 77,000 lb of maximum bit loading capacity.The first machine will be shipped to operate at Kinross Gold’s Bald Mountain gold mine in Nevada.With a focus on solving today’s toughest mining challenges, Joy Global equipped the first of its next generation of P&H drills with features to help extend equipment life, reduce costs and improve safety, including:Robust solid boxer style mast construction with a simple rack and pinion pulldown design to reduce maintenance effort while increasing drilling forcesInnovative automatic bit handling and pipe handling functions to improve safety and increase machine utilizationIntelligent compressor control, which manages power consumption and associated bailing velocity, to lower operating costs.Several other smart features are available for the drill to facilitate improved cycle times, including: enhanced auto drill and electronic load sense control. The 77XD is compatible with Joy Global’s new high-precision GPS tele-remote operation console and automation solution, which includes features such as geo fencing, auto navigation, obstacle detection and mitigation, Hawkeye 360 camera system, and more.
issam tejkarabaticlevyluka karabaticNikola Karabaticremi levytej ← Previous Story Ademar Leon in deficit of 500.000 euros Next Story → Sorhaindo renews contract with Barcelona, stays until 2015 After meeting club’s president Remi Levy, it was decided that the team reintegrates Nikola Karabatic and Issam Tej into the team, which means that they will soon start training with the team and after the Men’s Qualifiers play again for Montpellier when the competitions resume. Remi Levy on his behalf said that he believes the players were speaking the truth after the private talks with them, and that this was sufficient for the team to decide that the players are to play again. On the other hand, Nikola’s younger brother, Luka Karabatic is to be sanctioned which is to be announced soon.source: lequipe.fr
Momir Ilicseha gazprom league ← Previous Story The best African line-player Mohamed Mamdouh to PAUC Next Story → THE END OF OLYMPIC DREAM: Christian Dissinger seriously injured Coaches and players of SEHA Gazprom League have chosen MVM Veszprem’ left back Momir Ilić as MVP of the regular part of the season. After last season’ title and becoming Champions League’ best scorer for two years in a row, Serbian national team player will receive another award.Veselin Vujovic (PPD Zagreb) was elected as best coach of the SEHA-Gazprom League of his colleagues and players.Each three Veszprem and Vardar players top the lists for their positions and each one player of Zagreb and Brest – so all top stars will be part of the Final4 in Varazdin this weekend.Goalkeeper:1. Arpad Šterbik (Vardar) 69 points2. Roland Mikler (MVM Veszprem) 44 points3. Filip Ivić (PPD Zagreb) 27 pointsRight back:1. Laszlo Nagy (MVM Veszprem) 70 points2. Dainis Kristopans (Meshkov) 41 points3. Alex Dujshebaev (Vardar) 28 pointsCentre back:1. Chema Rodriguez (MVM Veszprem) 43 points2. Igor Karačić (Vardar) 34 points3. Aron Palmarsson (MVM Veszprem) 30 pointsRight wing:1. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb) 68 points2. Gašper Marguč (MVM Veszprem) 62 points3. Danil Shishkarev (Vardar) 26 pointsPivot:1. Rastko Stojković (Meshkov) 53 points2. Andreas Nilsson (Veszprem) 43 points3. Alem Toskić (Vardar) 32 pointsLeft back:1. Momir Ilić (MVM Veszprem) 88 points MVP2. Sergey Gorbok (Vardar) 32 points3. Ivan Slišković (MVM Veszprem) 20 pointsLeft wing:1. Timur Dibirov (Vardar) 63 points2. Radoslav Antl (Tatran) 35 points3. Christian Ugalde (MVM Veszprem) 23 pointsDefender:1. Ilija Abutović (Vardar) 36 points2. Timuszin Schuch (MVM Veszprem) 28 points3. Mirsad Terzić (MVM Veszprem) 23 pointsCoach1. Veselin Vujović (PPD Zagreb) 61 points2. Raul Gonzales (Vardar) 48 points3. Xavi Sabate (MVM Veszprem) 35 points
Smartphone : Fujitsu dévoile un prototype à deux écrans tactiles articulésJapon – La marque Fujitsu a présenté au Ceatec un prototype de smartphone équipé de deux dalles tactiles articulées. Faisant encore évoluer les possibilités offertes par ces téléphones multifonctions, Fujitsu a trouvé là une belle source d’innovation.A l’occasion du salon Ceatec (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, au Japon), la marque Fujitsu a dévoilé un smartphone équipé de deux écrans tactiles. Articulés grâce à une charnière spéciale, chaque écran est capable de pivoter à l’horizontale comme à la verticale. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Tous deux disposent également d’une excellente résolution de 960×480 pixels, qui passe à 1920×960 pixels en mode paysage grâce à un accéléromètre. Inédit sur un smartphone : la possibilité d’utiliser un “bureau étendu”, permettant une meilleure visibilité notamment des contenus internet mobile et sur les réseaux sociaux. Le téléphone possède également une galerie photo autorisant le “glisser/déposer” ou encore le partage d’images.Il ne s’agit pour le moment que d’un prototype mais l’appareil semble bien au point et parfaitement pensé. Pour le moment, aucune mise sur le marché n’est prévue. Découvrez l’appareil en vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/fujitsu/un-prototype-de-smartphone-a-double-ecran-tactile-signe-fujitsu_art9619.htmlLe 7 octobre 2010 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
Norvège : un parc naturel marin menacé après l’échouage d’un navireAlors qu’un porte-conteneurs islandais s’est échoué en Norvège hier dans la soirée, une fuite de fioul menace aujourd’hui le parc naturel marin du pays.800 tonnes de fioul, c’est ce que contenait le Godafoss, porte-conteneurs islandais, avant de s’échouer hier soir au coeur du seul parc naturel marin de la Norvège, dans le sud-est du pays. Des fuites ont déjà été constatées sur l’embarcation. Depuis ce matin, les autorités du pays tentent de trouver une solution pour épargner du mazout le parc naturel Ytre Hvaler, créé en juin 2009.A travers un communiqué, l’organisme norvégien chargé de la protection du littoral, Kystverket, a fait savoir que des experts étaient en ce moment même en train de travailler afin d’évaluer l’étendue de la fuite tandis que des lignes de barrage flottants, des remorqueurs et des bateaux anti-pollution ont été mis en place, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Le Godafoss était en route vers la ville de Fredrikstad lorsqu’il a échoué, reposant aujourd’hui sur un rocher. De leur côté, les garde-côtes suédois tentent d’apporter leur aide en affrétant un bateau anti-pollution et un avion de surveillance. S’ils craignent que le fioul atteigne les côtes norvégiennes, tous comptent aujourd’hui sur la météo favorable pour écarter autant que possible la nappe de mazout.Le 18 février 2011 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Déjà 5.500 expériences pour le Space Lab de YoutubeEn à peine sept semaines, le concours Space Lab lancé par Youtube a déjà recueilli plus de 5.500 participations et fait 14 millions de vues sur la page dédiée. Au vu de son succès, le concours se poursuivra jusqu’au 14 décembre. Youtube ne s’attendait apparemment pas à un tel succès. Le 11 octobre dernier, le célèbre site web de partage de vidéos a lancé à travers une chaine intitulée Space Lab, un concours destiné aux adolescents férus de sciences et d’astronomie. Le but : concevoir un petit film explicatif, décrivant une expérience originale dans le domaine de la physique ou de la biologie et qui pourrait être réalisée dans l’espace, plus précisément à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Près de 7 semaines après son lancement, Youtube a ainsi annoncé que sa page avait déjà fait plus de 14 millions de vues et que pas moins de 5.500 participations avaient déjà été reçues. Des expériences provenant d’équipes mais aussi de scientifiques en herbe individuels venant des quatre coins de la planète. “A la fin novembre, un chiffre renversant de 14 millions de vues a été enregistrée sur le site Space Lab de Youtube. Au vu du grand nombre de participations excellentes reçues, beaucoup venant d’Europe, les partenaires de campagne du Space Lab ont décidé de repousser la date limite de soumission des expériences du 7 au 14 décembre”, a expliqué Fernando Doblas, chef des communications à l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Mercredi, aura ainsi lieu une première présentation à la presse à l’European Astronaut Centre de l’ESA à Cologne en Allemagne. Les astronautes de l’ESA, Frank De Winne, Reinhold Ewald, Christer Fuglesang, Thomas Pesquet et Timothy Peake y rejoindront les responsables de Google et de Youtube. Des finalistes et deux grands gagnants À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAQuant aux grands vainqueurs du concours, ils seront choisis par un prestigieux jury composé de scientifiques, d’astronautes et de professeurs, parmi lesquels le célèbre professeur Stephen Hawking, les astronautes Frank De Winne, Samantha Cristoforetti et Timothy Peake de l’ESA, Leland Melvin de la NASA, Akihiko Hoshide de la JAXA, Chris Hadfied de l’agence spatiale américaine et Guy Laliberté, fondateur du Cirque du Soleil. Les six finalistes américains gagneront une expérience de vol zéro gravité pour mars 2012 et recevront d’autres prix. Les finalistes européens eux, gagneront une visite des structures d’entrainement de l’European Astronaut Centre au cours de laquelle ils pourront rencontrer des astronautes. Enfin, les deux grands gagnants seront annoncés et leurs expériences seront envoyées en orbite pour être réalisées à bord de l’ISS à l’été 2012.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 12:43 • Maxime Lambert
The sidewalk on the northbound Interstate 5 Bridge will close at noon Wednesday, July 31, for 10 days for a maintenance project.The southbound sidewalk will remain open, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.The northbound sidewalk on the bridge will close around-the-clock through Aug. 9 as a contractor works on the steel gussets along the side of the bridge.During the 10-day sidewalk closure, signs will be in place to direct people to the southbound sidewalk.The sidewalk closure is needed so the contractor can use equipment for workers to lower themselves over the side of the bridge to perform repairs.
Truly a hero. Sony Pictures While many Marvel fans are focused on the epic conclusion to 10 years worth of storytelling in Avengers: Endgame, a team of Israeli researchers are diving back through Marvel’s movie catalog to help people overcome their fears.New research suggests that fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and fear of ants (myrmecophobia) can be alleviated by viewing a seven-second scene from Spider-Man 2 or Ant-Man.The study, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry on April 23, showed 424 participants segments of the Sony Pictures film Spider-Man 2, the Marvel film Ant-Man, a natural scene or the Marvel opening credits scene. Prior to viewing and after viewing they measured the participants’ responses in an online quiz that assessed their socio-demographic variables, familiarity with the films and phobic symptoms.The team showed watching Spider-Man 2 alleviated some of the symptoms of spider phobia. Post-viewing phobia symptoms were decreased, relative to pre-viewing, by 20%. Similar results were seen with Ant-Man. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Sci-Tech Share your voice 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 0 Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… 3:14 Post a comment The theory behind the technique is known as exposure therapy. This method is routinely used by psychiatrists to treat specific phobias by showing the patient neutral, non-harmful images of the things they are afraid of. Exposing them to their fear without consequence gradually helps ease the symptoms of the phobia.To ensure that it wasn’t just the idea of watching a Marvel film that had participants less fearful, the researchers compared their scores to those who watched the Marvel credits or a natural scene. The credits and the natural scene provided no reduction in phobia symptoms after viewing. Thus, the team concluded that Spider-Man and Ant-Man aren’t just incredibly good at fighting the intergalactic bad guys, they’re also beneficial for those suffering specific insect phobias.Notably, they suggest that because of the “fun” nature of Marvel films — and the fact they are such a huge part of modern pop culture — may reduce some of the stigmas associated with treatment and therapy of these phobias.The team is now looking at how they can improve the effects of their Marvel-based treatment option. Their next study will again assess the effect of watching Marvel movies on the brain, with a focus on how it may benefit those with post-traumatic stress disorder. Tags Sony