A SELECTIVE LIFE

first_imgShe’s sitting on the plane…it’s just five hours until the first manager’s meeting of the 2004 National Touch League begins. It’s just five hours until team registration sheets, selection availability sheets and statutory declaration forms begin to pile up on the desk in front of her. It’s just five hours until the questions begin, the excuses for missing forms begin, the unsigned sheets and the general chaos hits home….no need to continue. The thought is just way too daunting. It’s just five hours until…wait, what’s the air hostess doing to her? Man, it’s hot tea, spilled all down the front of her nice clean skirt. And so it begins… It’s the 2004 NTL’s and National Director of Selectors Cathy Gray is looking forward to 10 days of full time selection for National teams and squads. There’s selection for the Youth World Cup 20 years squads, the Australian Talent Identification Program (TIP), National Training Squads (NTS) and Australian Seniors teams. Everyone sees and knows the final outcome of the work that Cathy and her team of 22 other selectors and TI panel here, will do throughout the tournament. What no one really understands is exactly what these incredibly dedicated people will do to reach that final outcome. The selectors, along with tournament officials, will be the first at the fields every day. They will also be the last to leave. And when they get home, they might cook themselves some dinner and sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, but their folders will come back out and they’ll get back to work. Over the next 10 days these selectors will together watch around 500 games of touch, see around 1600 different players, fill out around 1000 assessment forms, lose around 100 pens, drink at least 2000 cups of coffee, get itchy legs from sitting on the grass, get sunburnt or drenched by rain (possibly both) and just sick of answering the same questions again and again and again. But they love it. And they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. Just like players wouldn’t play, coaches wouldn’t coach and referees wouldn’t ref. Cathy Gray has been selecting for touch football since 1991, around 13 years now. She describes her journey to the position of National Director as sort of accidental. “I just sort of fell into selecting, they needed someone one day and I was there”, she says. “I ended up on the NSW selection panel, was invited to apply for the ATA selection panel, applied for the position of National Director and then I ended up here.” “The team of selectors we have are very positive and we have great working relationships with each other and the national coaches. There is a lot of trust on both sides.” It’s important for everyone to realise that for these selectors, this isn’t their only job. “We all have other jobs too, just like the players and coaches. Between touch selection and my teaching job I haven’t had a day at home in six weeks”, says Cathy. “The day after NTL’s finish I will be on a 6:30am flight home, I’ll be back just in time to teach my classes at Cheltenham Girls High school.” Despite the crazily hectic lifestyle that being a selector seems to throw at these guys, Cathy admits to absolutely loving what they get to do. “We love to do this, there’s a lot of great personalities in our group and in touch football in general and we enjoy each other’s company”, says Cathy. “To be honest, we just absolutely enjoy it. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding. Seeing the way the Australian teams performed and what they achieved at the last World Cup makes all the hard work worthwhile. It was just such an honour to be there and be a part of everything.” So when you’re thinking about your NTL players this week or wondering how they’re doing, send up a quick prayer for our selectors who are working away behind the scenes. They deserve it. Rachel Moylelast_img read more

2019 NRL Touch Premiership Draw

first_imgThe 2019 NRL Touch Premiership draw had to be revised slightly (Brisbane Broncos homegames were changed to suit Suncorp Stadium requirements). This is the up-to-date draw.To buy tickets to these NRL Touch Premiership men’s and women’s matches and their subsequent NRL fixtures, go to tickets.nrl.com26 gamedays16 teams8 clubs12 stadiums9 cities5 months2 nationsStarting 6th April 2019!last_img

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Anonymous donor gives hundreds of indigenous works to BC museum

first_imgThe museum says in a news release that the donor was first inspired to start collecting after seeing totem poles in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1970s. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The Museum of Anthropology’s director, Anthony Shelton, says the artwork has been on a remarkable journey after originally being created in the northwest coast and is now back home in B.C. where it can be shared.By The Canadian Press Advertisement At more than 200 pieces, the museum says it’s believed to be the largest collection of northwest coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in decades. The donation includes rare historical works, carvings, jewelry, basketry and textiles by West Coast artists like Bill Reid, Charles Edenshaw and Isabel Rorick. Advertisement The art will be housed in a new Gallery of Northwest Coast masterworks, funded with a $3-million donation from Montreal charity the Doggone Foundation and a $500,000 grant from the federal government. Login/Register With: Facebook VANCOUVER — An extensive collection of indigenous art valued at about $7 million is being given to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia by an anonymous donor.last_img read more

Arrests made following attempted ATM thefts

first_imgA short time later the truck was located in Taylor, B.C.The suspects were seen fleeing on foot from the vehicle and arrested. Police Dog Services assisted in locating the passenger hiding in the grass, near the truck.Constable Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says he was glad that nobody was injured during this incident.Douglas Goodings is facing charges of break and enter, flight from police, assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon, and two counts of failure to comply with recognizance.  The male passenger was arrested on an outstanding warrant.Goodings is also facing additional charges for another attempted ATM theft which occurred on April 19 at a gas station at the west side of Fort St. John.Goodings remains in custody to attend court at a later date. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Sunday, April 20, before 5:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a suspicious pickup truck with a tow rope hanging over the tailgate leaving a gas station on 96A Street.Police attended the scene and observed a smashed window and a broken ATM that was ripped from the wall.Officers made patrols and located the vehicle which then collided with a police vehicle in an effort to flee. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.last_img read more

Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

OSUs Marder catching on with professional league

For the Ohio State softball team, the season is over. But one senior will trade away her Buckeyes uniform to represent a new team.Catcher Sam Marder, Ohio State’s all-time home run and RBI leader, will suit up for the Akron Racers this summer in the National Pro Fastpitch league.Marder was the seventh overall pick and first selection for Akron.“I’ve been watching her play for four years and her work ethic and athleticism is unbelievable,” said Joey Arrietta, president and general manager for the Racers.Though Marder is known for her hitting, Arrietta considered that a bonus when she drafted the two-time All-American.“To make your pitching staff the best it can be, you need a great receiver on the other end,” Arrietta said. “I looked first at the catcher she was. You need to allow the pitcher to throw every type of pitch in her repertoire. I think we have a solid pitching staff and my job was to get the best catcher out there to help.”Marder will face difficult competition as big names like Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza all play in the league. In fact, 10 out of the 17 players for the 2010 USA national team will be playing in the NPF.Though Marder is facing tougher competition, Arrietta expects nothing less than a stellar performance this year from her starting catcher.“I expect her to make a great transition from the collegiate game to our level,” she said. “I think she has had a significant amount of experience and I expect her to be part of that starting lineup and make an impact in our lineup.”The league features four teams: the Chicago Bandits, Tennessee Diamonds, USSSA Pride and Akron Racers.With four teams in the league, the five-round draft set-up only allows teams to pick the best seniors in college softball.Marder will play under two-time Olympic Gold medalist Crystl Bustos. Bustos, who retired from the Racers this past summer, has agreed to be the field manager.Marder will also have a chance to reunite with former OSU player Jamee Juarez. The combo played together in the 2006-2007 season.Though Marder could not be reached to comment, she said earlier this season she is excited for the opportunity to play professional softball.The excitement between Marder and the Racers is mutual.“Four years ago I didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her into a Racers uniform,” Arrietta said. “Now that she is, I am extremely thrilled and can’t wait to see what she does for us.” read more

Carrick believes Mourinho nurtures young players

first_imgThe Manchester United long-standing tradition of bringing through young players has continued with the Portuguese managerEnglish Premier League giants Manchester United have always been seen as one of the best clubs for a young player to develop.And former Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick believes one of the positive sides of Mourinho’s tenure at United is his development of young talent.“He does get the history,” said Carrick to Sky Sports.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one,” he added.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”“At the end of the day, the academies are there to produce players and to give kids a chance of getting in first teams. Especially at United; you can’t ignore the history and traditions,” he continued.“When people ask me: ‘What’s my role now [at the club]?’ That’s a big part of the club. You can’t just neglect the history of the club and what it stands for. And bringing players through is a huge part of that. It’s always been that one, two, three, four – more players in some eras.”last_img read more

Three arrested in handgun seizure eight live rounds confiscated

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 30, 2017 – One less handgun on the streets of Nassau today as the Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit have seized a 45 pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.   It was a routine patrol on Market Street and Cordeaux Avenue that led to the discovery and eventual arrest of three men who are in custody.   The driver of the Honda Accord was signaled to stop, the search allegedly uncovered the gun and ammo.  This happened on Saturday night.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Professor Tom Rockwell discusses CA earthquakes after Gov Newsom activates state emergency

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Professor Tom Rockwell, an earthquake geologist at San Diego State University, talked to KUSI about the Ridgecrest earthquakes. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:29 PM Posted: July 6, 2019 July 6, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom Professor Tom Rockwell discusses CA earthquakes after Gov. Newsom activates state emergency services Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Latest Trump Says He Wants To Protect The Nation

first_imgThe move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Trump told stories, without providing evidence, of horrific abuse of women being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. He also said the border wall would be needed to battle drug cartels as part of a “virtual invasion” from Mexico. 11:10 a.m.President Donald Trump says many other presidents have declared national emergencies. But the presidents he has cited did not use emergency powers to pay for projects that Congress wouldn’t support. The president declared a national emergency and would find other funds for the wall after expressing unhappiness about a congressional border security deal. A list compiled by the Brennan Center says Clinton declared 17 national emergencies, Bush 13 and Obama 12. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a photo of Trump signing the declaration Friday in the moments before his scattershot Rose Garden news conference.center_img Emergency declarations by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were overwhelmingly for the purpose of addressing crises that emerged abroad. Many blocked foreign interests or terrorist-linked entities from access to funds. Some prohibited certain imports from or investments to countries associated with human rights abuses. Trump said Friday he will use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for border barriers than he had sought. Trump plans to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Families of people killed by illegal immigrants were in attendance at the news conference. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local):11:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is saying that he needs to use emergency powers to protect the nation from drug dealers and illegal immigrants.last_img read more

Ahead of T20I series Virat Kohli predicts Rishabh Pants future speaks about

first_imgAfter picking India’s squad for the three series in West Indies, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that they were now looking to groom Rishabh Pant for the future and give him a consistent role as a primary wicket-keeper batsman in all the formats. Ahead of the first T20I, skipper Virat Kohli too has backed Pant to come good in international cricket and show his true potential.”It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said.’These younger guys have a great opportunity’ Rishabh PantTwitter/Cricket World CupThe captain also wanted the other players to step up and make a name for themselves. Apart from this, Kohli also spoke about MS Dhoni and said that the seasoned campaigner’s experience will always be on offer, but the younger guys have an opportunity to make a name for themselves.”We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS’s experience is always going to be a very crucial factor but having said that some of these younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them and they should just look forward to it,” he further added.Speaking on the first training session after their exit from the World Cup, the captain said that the players were excited to be back on the park playing the sport. He also said that he was looking forward to creating a buzz and generate interest in the USA. Virat KohliGetty Images”Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible,” Kohli added.In a largely new squad which has plenty of youngsters, only six players – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar – remain from the India squad which came to Florida three years ago. Rahul was the star of the first match and the second match could not be completed.last_img read more

Infosys net up 51 yearly down 68 quarterly

first_imgIANSGlobal software major Infosys on Friday reported Rs 3,798-crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2019-20, registering 5.1 per cent annual growth from Rs 3.612 crore in the same period a year ago.Sequentially, however, net profit in Q1 declined 6.8 per cent from Rs 4,078 crore a quarter ago.In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the city-based IT behemoth said consolidated revenue for the quarter under review (Q1) grew 14 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) to Rs 21,803 crore from Rs 19,128 crore in the like period a year ago.Sequentially, however, revenue for Q1 marginally grew 1.2 per cent from Rs 21,539 crore a quarter ago.Under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS), net income grew YoY 2.2 per cent to $546 million from $534 million in the same period a year ago but declined 6.8 per cent sequentially from $580 million a quarter ago.Similarly, gross income grew 10.6 per cent YoY to $3,131 million in Q1 from $2,811 million in the same period year ago and up 2.3 per cent sequentially from $3,060 million a quarter ago.Operating profit declined 1.5 per cent annually to Rs 4,470 crore for Q1 from Rs 4,537 crore a year ago and 3.2 per cent sequentially from Rs 4,618 crore a quarter ago.”Operating margin declined 3.2 per cent annually to 20.5 per cent for Q1 from 23.7 per cent year ago and was flat (0.9 per cent) from 21.4 per cent a quarter ago,” said the outsourcing firm in a statement here.Under IFRS, operating profit declined 4.2 per cent annually for Q1 to $642 million from $670 million a year ago and 2.3 per cent from 658 million a quarter ago.Operating margin in dollar terms declined 3.2 per cent YoY to 20.5 per cent for Q1 from 23.7 per cent a year ago and 2.3 per cent a quarter ago.Addition of 70 new clients during the quarter has taken their total number to 1,336, against 1,279 a quarter ago and 1,214 a year ago.”We had a strong start to the fiscal, with 12.4 per cent annual growth in constant currency and digital business of $1,119-million contributing 35.7 per cent to the total revenue,” said Chief Executive Salil Parekh on the occasion.The company added 906 techies during the quarter, taking the total headcount to 2,29,029 from 2,28,123 a quarter ago.The addition for the last 12 months however, was 19,124 from 2,09,905 a year ago, with women accounting for 37 per cent in Q1 from 36.7 per cent a quarter ago and 36.5 per cent a year ago.”The digital revenue growth has made us raise the revenue guidance to 8.5-10 per cent from 7.5-9.5 per cent projected in April for the fiscal,” added Parekh.The consolidated attrition rate, however, increased sequentially to 23.4 per cent in Q1 from 20.4 per cent a quarter ago and 23.1 per cent a year ago.”We had a good quarter and continue to leverage our digital navigation framework to help clients build and nurture their live enterprise,” said Chief Operating Officer Pravin Rao.The company won a whopping $2.7-billion large deal in terms of total contract value in the quarter.”Segment growth was robust with all large regions and most verticals growing at double digits YoY in constant currency,” noted Rao.Chief Financial Officer Nilanjan Roy said the company had revised its capital allocation policy upwards to distribute 85 per cent of free cash flows cumulatively over a 5-year period to improve shareholder’s returns.”The first quarter results and focus on operational efficiencies gives us confidence on revenue and margin guidance for the fiscal,” added Roy.The company’s blue-chip scrip of Rs 5 face value gained Rs 6.25 at the end of Friday’s trading on the BSE to close at Rs 727.10 against the Thursday’s closing rate of Rs 720.85 and opening price of Rs 723.30.last_img read more

PM Hasina asks China to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_imgChinese state councillor and minister of public security Zhao Kezhi meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Thursday, 25 October, 2018. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged China to put pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back Rohingyas who were displaced from their homeland in Rakhine state.She made the call when visiting Chinese state councillor and minister of public security Zhao Kezhi met her at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city, reports UNB.After the meeting, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.Sheikh Hasina hoped that China will play a positive and constructive role in resolving the Rohingya crisis, saying Chinese initiative will significantly help end the problem.Talking about the longest sea bridge built in China, she said Bangladesh is a riverine country and it needs to construct many bridges, seeking Chinese cooperation in this regard.Seeking more Chinese investment in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said her government has kept aside land where Chinese entrepreneurs can develop their industries.In reply, the Chinese state councillor hoped that the investors of his country will respond to the call.He said China always supports Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country.Highly praising dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Zhao Kezhi said Bangladesh’s development in recent years is just amazing.Noting that China itself is a developing country, he said Bangladesh has also been graduated to a developing nation.Raising the issue of terrorism, the prime minister mentioned her government’s zero-tolerance policy and recently enacted law to combat cybercrimes.In response, the Chinese junior minister Minister said his country is ready to provide necessary technical assistance to Bangladesh in this regard.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, the prime minister’s principal secretary Nojibur Rahman, the prime minister’s military secretary major general Mia Md Jainul Abedin, inspector general of police Mohammad Javed Patwary, Security Services Division secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury and public security division secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin were present.last_img read more

US envoy quits over Trumps Syria move

first_imgIn this 7 June, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the US Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: APBrett McGurk, the US envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, a US official said, joining defence secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures.Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February.Appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015 and retained by Trump, McGurk said in his resignation letter that the militants were on the run, but not yet defeated, and that the premature pullout of American forces from Syria would create the conditions that gave rise to IS. He also cited gains in accelerating the campaign against IS, but that the work was not yet done.His letter, submitted Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was described to The Associated Press on Saturday by an official familiar with its contents. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter before the letter was released and spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump played down the development, tweeting Saturday night that “I do not know” the envoy and it’s a “nothing event.” He noted McGurk planned to leave soon anyway and added: “Grandstander?”Shortly after news of McGurk’s resignation broke, Trump again defended his decision to pull all of the roughly 2,000 US forces from Syria in the coming weeks.“We were originally going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago – we never left,” Trump tweeted. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!”Although the civil war in Syria has gone on since 2011, the US did not begin launching airstrikes against IS until September 2014, and American troops did not go into Syria until 2015.McGurk, whose resignation is effective on 31 December, was planning to leave the job in mid-February after a US-hosted meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition countries, but he felt he could continue no longer after Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria and Mattis’ resignation, according to the official.Trump declaration of a victory over IS has been roundly contradicted by his own experts’ assessments, and his decision to pull troops out was widely denounced by members of Congress, who called his action rash and dangerous.Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in the administration, announced on Thursday that he will leave by the end of February. He told Trump in a letter that he was departing because “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defence whose views are better aligned with yours.”The withdrawal decision will fulfil Trump’s goal of bringing troops home from Syria, but military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing that the IS group remains a threat and could regroup in Syria’s long-running civil war. US policy has been to keep troops in place until the extremists are eradicated.Among officials’ key concerns is that a US pullout will leave US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces vulnerable to attacks by Turkey, the Syrian government and remaining IS fighters. The SDF, a Kurdish-led force, is America’s only military partner in SyriaA second official said McGurk on Friday was pushing for the US to allow the SDF to reach out to troops allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for protection. McGurk argued that America had a moral obligation to help prevent the allied fighters from being slaughtered by Turkey, which considers the SDF an enemy.McGurk said at a State Department briefing on Dec. 11 that “it would be reckless if we were just to say, ‘Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now.’ I think anyone who’s looked at a conflict like this would agree with that.”A week before that, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US had a long way to go in training local Syrian forces to prevent a resurgence of IS and stabilize Syria. He said it would take 35,000 to 40,000 local troops in northeastern Syria to maintain security over the long term, but only about 20 percent of that number had been trained.McGurk, 45, previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and during the negotiations for the landmark Iran nuclear deal by the Obama administration, led secret side talks with Tehran on the release of Americans imprisoned there.McGurk, was briefly considered for the post of ambassador to Iraq after having served as a senior official covering Iraq and Afghanistan during President George W. Bush’s administration.A former Supreme Court law clerk to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, McGurk worked as a lawyer for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion and joined Bush’s National Security Council staff, where in 2007 and 2008, he was the lead US negotiator on security agreements with Iraq.Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.Jim Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was appointed special representative for Syria engagement in August, is expected to stay in his position, officials said.IS militants still hold a string of villages and towns along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, where they have resisted weeks of attacks by the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces to drive them out. The pocket is home to about 15,000 people, among them 2,000 IS fighters, according to US military estimates.But that figure could be as high as 8,000 militants, if fighters hiding out in the deserts south of the Euphrates River are also counted, according to according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through networks of local informants. Military officials have also made it clear that IS fighters fleeing Euphrates River region have found refuge in other areas of the country, fueling concerns that they could regroup and rise again.The SDF said Thursday: “The war against Islamic State has not ended and the group has not been defeated.”last_img read more

How A Dad Filmed His Early Days Of Fatherhood And Became A

first_img Share When La Guardia Cross first heard his wife was having a child, “it completely caught me off guard. I didn’t feel ready.”By the time his daughter Amalah was born in 2014 — although still freaking out — he got out his camera and started recording. The hospital room — him holding his little baby in his arms. Amalah sleeping. Amalah crying. Lots of stuff about diapers and poop.He uploaded the short videos to YouTube. He called it New Father Chronicles. A job at a university communications office had given him video chops, so those first videos even had a theme song and title cards.“I thought it would be funny because I knew I had no idea what I was doing,” he says.And they are funny. In one of his first videos, Cross is sitting in his bedroom in Florida, confessional style, and he attempts to translate for baby Amalah:She cries, “waah.” “That means she has gas.”“Waah,” again. “OK. She needs to be changed.”Once more. “She doesn’t like to be changed.”The list goes on. Eventually Cross dissolves into tears for the camera.At first, the videos were just a way for his friends and family to see his little girl grow — to show off how much sleep he and his wife, Leah, weren’t getting. To poke fun at the ups and downs of new fatherhood.But soon, other new parents — people Cross didn’t know — started commenting on the videos: I relate. I get you. That’s funny. Same thing with me. That happens to you? Why don’t you do this?As Amalah grew, so did his audience. In one video, he interviewed 14-month-old Amalah and it went viral. It’s now at 3.7 million views and still climbing.These days, Cross publishes new videos every Wednesday. A year or so in, he left his job and now, the ads, partnerships and sponsors support his family.A year ago, Cross had a second daughter, Nayely, who has joined the cast, too.For new parents, and all those nonparent viewers alike, his tips and commentary are funny and helpful. Like his endorsement earlier this year of the multipurpose, all-powerful baby wipe: “If there’s pee, use a wipe. If there’s poop, wipe it up. Boogers, wipe. Dirt, yep! Stains, do it!”Cross insists he’s an extreme nonexpert when it comes to fatherhood, but his experience resonates.He’s recently partnered with Zero to Three, a child-development organization, to incorporate early childhood research into his videos. In March, he headlined a fatherhood conference in Massachusetts.“I realized, wow,” he says. There aren’t “a lot of dads chronicling the life of their kids online.” The other dads he has found on YouTube are now his friends, he adds. The group is small enough he can keep track of them all in in his cellphone contacts.Cross points out that the group of online dads gets even smaller when you look for just people of color.“People had to tell me how important it was to see representation of a black father in any form of media, like YouTube or whatever,” he says. “Like by accident, I’m showcasing the anti-stereotype.”I ask Cross if he has ever had reservations about putting his kids online — oversharing — or overexposing them. He shakes his head.“It’s too positive not to share,” he explains. “I want families to see other little girls, other dads, other moms with their kids in ways that they don’t see.”But, the girls are growing up. Amalah is walking, talking and dancing. She’ll turn 4 this year. Nayely is now a year old. They’re no longer newborns. So, is there a finale in sight?“I mean there’s people out there [that say], ‘Please, let this go until she graduates from high school. So we can see every stage.” The first prom, teenage rebellion, driving a car.“There’s so many stories to tell and I want to continue to tell it.”For now, he’s focused on the current season. He just wrapped an episode about how peaceful car rides are. NOT! Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Waterpropelled jetpack hits the market for 99500 w video

first_img More information: jetlev-flyer.com and jetlev.comvia: Gizmag (PhysOrg.com) — A water-propelled jetpack called Jetlev R200 is possibly the most fun-looking water activity yet. The Florida-based company Jetlev Technologies, Inc., working with German company MS Watersports GmbH, has recently started limited production in a phased roll-out program. At a cost of $99,500 per jetpack, the target market for the recreational device is holiday resorts. © 2010 PhysOrg.com The Jetlev R200 can reach heights of 28 feet and speeds of 22 mph. Image credit: Jetlev Technologies, Inc. Company to sell ‘world’s first practical jetpack’ for $75,000 (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Water-propelled jetpack hits the market for $99,500 (w/ video) (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-water-propelled-jetpack-video.html The Jetlev is lighter (30 pounds [14 kg] when dry) and less bulky than other jetpack designs because its four-stroke, 250-hp engine and fuel are located on a small boat that is tethered to the jetpack by a 33-ft (10-m) hose. As the pilot steers the device, the boat follows along in the water. The boat delivers water to the jetpack through the hose, and thrust is generated by forcing the water downward through the nozzles located on each side of the jetpack.Jetlev Technologies says that this design greatly improves the thrust-to-weight ratio compared to other jetpacks, allowing the Jetlev to propel a 150-lb (68-kg) pilot to speeds of up to 22 mph (35 km/h) at heights of up to 28 ft (8.5 m). The Jetlev can accommodate pilots who are 4.9-6.5 ft (1.5-2 m) tall and weigh 88-330 lb (40-150 kg). With a 26-gallon (100-liter) tank, the Jetlev can operate for about one hour at full throttle or up to three hours at cruising speeds.The company also says that most people can learn how to fly the Jetlev after a few minutes of in-water instruction. Thrust is controlled through grip twist, while lifting the control arms up and down can move the pilot forward or backward by changing the angle of the nozzles. Differential nozzle angles allow the jetpack to be turned left and right. The Jetlev also has several safety features, including a 5-point quick-release harness, protective backrest, head support, and inherent flotation.The ride is not uncomfortable, since the pilot’s weight is supported by the padded unicycle-style saddle and leg trapeze. Although pilots must be at least 18 years old, the company says that “if you are 82, healthy and in good physical condition, there is no reason why you could not fly.”Designed for both fresh and salt water, the Jetlev’s exposed metal pieces are made of either stainless steel or hard coat anodized aluminum with Teflon coating to protect against corrosion and abrasion.last_img read more

Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: J. Carlos Santamarina et al. Why coal ash and tailings dam disasters occur, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1927 Iron mining produces a waste product known as tailings. Tailings are typically dumped into man-made ponds, which are more often than not dammed up to prevent them from oozing downhill when it rains. Similar ponds are constructed to contain coal ash waste produced by coal power plants. Besides representing a pollution problem, the ponds are also mudslide hazards. The researchers point out that thousands of people around the world have been killed by such mudslides over the past century. They suggest it is time that governments engage more fully with those building and maintaining such ponds.The researchers note that mudslides from tailings or coal ash occur when the dam holding the material gives way. Many people believe that the reason such dams give way is because of the pond contents and what happens to them. Evidence of liquefaction of pond materials is almost always in evidence along mudslide routes. But prior study has shown that liquefaction almost always happens after the dam gives way, not before. Instead, the researchers suggest that the major reason for most of the disasters is failure to follow best engineering practices in building and maintaining the dams.One of the biggest problems, the researchers point out, is that proper action is not taken during heavy rain causing overflow, which puts excess stress on the dam. Another problem is layering on the bottom of such ponds that result in deposits with different hydromechanical properties—this usually leads to weaknesses in the system. Also, cementation can loosen sediment structures, which can also weaken the system. And problems can also develop when material is compressed near the dam. They note also that preexisting weaknesses in the foundation of the dam can lead to failure later, and so can piping erosion or mineral buildup.The researchers conclude by suggesting more attention to such ponds, because the mudslides that can result when they fail appear to be far more preventable than many in the field have suggested. How bacteria can prevent coal ash spills Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img A trio of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand and Geosyntec has published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science. Carlos Santamarina, Luis Torres-Cruz and Robert Bachus note in the article that many lives are lost each year when coal ash or tailings dams fail, causing mudslides. Many such failures are preventable. Citation: Researchers suggest coal ash and tailings dam disasters could be prevented (2019, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-coal-ash-tailings-disasters.html Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

10 Times Animals Were Hilariously Mystified by Modern Technology

first_img They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks — and, indeed, in a tech-obsessed era where gadgets of every stripe abound, our furry friends tend to be both hilariously mystified and a little miffed.The heated rivalry between cats and printers (and toaster ovens and treadmills), for instance, are tales as old as time — though certain amphibians are slowly warming to the idea of mobile gaming. And as drones continue to populate our skies, it might not be regulatory tussles that ultimately ground the devices so much as weary wedge-tailed eagles.From dogs to mice to monkeys to snakes, check out our list of 10 of the most epic encounters between animals and modern technology below:1. Cat costumed as shark chases duck on RoombaThis actually happened: A cat, dressed in a shark costume, riding a Roomba, chases a stray duckling across a Texas woman’s kitchen floor. Suddenly, a pitbull in a hammerhead onesie appears.But perhaps most surreal of all is the fact that Elon Musk shared this video in a Reddit AMA as evidence of the impending perils of AI.We might need a minute to process this…Related: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Warn That AI Military Robots Could Ignite the Next Global Arms Race2. Cat pwns printerEvery college student knows the agony of finishing an assignment at the very last minute and waiting, white-knuckled, for the printer to finish printing. This frazzled kitten clearly has places to be, and is having absolutely none of it.3. A most entrepreneurial mouse Entrepreneurs often face problems that are bigger than they are, which seem impossibly out of reach — not unlike this adorable little mouse who stumbles upon a maddeningly king-sized cracker.But the way that the intrepid rodent reflects, shifts strategies and returns to the challenge undaunted should serve as a lesson in resilience for business owners everywhere.4. Eagle destroys drone in aerial smackdown While drones continue to linger in regulation purgatory, there seems to be a consensus about how to deal with the devices among members of the animal kingdom: kill, kill, kill.5. Pawing at thin airJolly, you’re missing the point! When the Jack Russell/Papillon mix is carried onto an escalator by his dad, Dylan, the adorable pooch — unwilling to simply coast back and descend — continues to paw dutifully at thin air.Related: Derby the Dog Can Now Run Free Thanks to His New 3-D Printed Legs6. Singing husky could be the next T-PainLet’s be honest: this Siberian Husky is probably a better singer than you are. With a little help from LaDiDa — a music app that autotunes users’ voices and alters background tracks to match — Mishka is able to hit some fairly impressive high notes, and even articulate heartfelt lyrics like ‘I love you.’Mishka’s debut single, entitled ‘Mishka’s Song,’ is currently available on iTunes.7. African bullfrog is an ace gamerWho says video games don’t encourage violence? After playing a couple rounds of Ants Smasher — a mobile app in which players must virtually squish as many insects as possible with their fingers — this African bullfrog finally gets so fed up that he takes a bite of his owner’s finger.8. Some monkey business at the vending machineNothing’s going to come between this monkey and his tasty vending machine treats. When the machine initially seems to be taking longer than usual to process his grape juice request, he goads it on with some exasperated (and clearly helpful) banging.9. Bringing new meaning to the term ‘computer bug’Rather than running anti-virus software, when Brisbane resident Rod Thompson’s computer had a bug, he simply removed the praying mantis from his MacBook screen and returned it to the wild.10. Snake squeezing a (computer) mouse Image credit: Pleated Jeans This is just plain creepy.Related: What the Year of the Snake Could Mean for Your Business 4 min read August 14, 2015last_img read more

October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals says Hertz

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share October is the busiest month for corporate car rentals, says Hertz Tags: Hertz, Trend Watch Travelweek Group center_img Monday, October 17, 2016 ESTERO, Fla. — If you’re finding more traffic than usual on the road this month, you’re not imagining it – Hertz has announced that more corporate customers are renting cars in the U.S. during October than any other month of the year.According to the company, corporate customers drive an estimated 114 million miles during October, which kicks off a busy stretch of conferences and conventions across the United States. Due to the fact that many business trips are scheduled around summer vacations or delayed for after the start of the school year – combined with the fact that it is the last full month of working days before the holiday season – October becomes the ideal month to hit the road for business.The top five busiest locations for Hertz in October are projected to be San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. Monday is expected to be the peak day of the week for business travel. To ensure travellers get on their way quickly during this high volume time, Hertz advises signing up for its free-to-join Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program, which provides a premier level of service and an expedited rental experience. In addition to enjoying many exclusive benefits such as earning free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members can skip the counter at more than 50 airports and go directly to their vehicle. They can also experience faster returns with Hertz Express Return service and eReceipts, which allows members to simply drop off their car and go.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?To reward members with even more free rental days, Gold Plus Rewards members in the U.S. and Canada can earn 550 bonus points – enough for a free weekend day – when they rent twice from Hertz before Nov.13, 2016 and register at HertzFallRewards.com. Posted bylast_img read more