Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help steamrolled Mapua, 25-18, 25-23, 25-12, to move closer to a Final Four berth in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Maria Aurora Tripoli, Maria Lourdes Clemente and Jowie Versoza scored 11 points each for the Lady Altas, who upped their mark to 5-2 and stay in third place behind defending champion Arellano University and second-running San Beda.After the Lady Cardinals put up a gallant stand in the second set, the Lady Altas left nothing to chance and went for the kill in the third set.Perpetual Help, which bounced back after dropping a five-setter to Arellano last week, is primed to make a return trip to the semifinals after falling short last season.Dianne Latayan had 10 points and was the lone bright spot for Mapua, which reeled to its 17th consecutive defeat dating back to Season 92.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UAAP volleyball: FEU return delayed as Vargas suffers muscle strain PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based FSL Trust has secured a USD 25 million bridging loan to partially finance the construction of its two 114,000 dwt LR2 product tankers.Signed on February 7, 2019, the loan was agreed with the company’s controlling unitholder, FSL Holdings. It is a short-term loan which would to help fund the company’s newbuildings and for working capital purposes.The parties informed that the bridging loan would be available for a period of 6 months. The borrowers made an initial draw down on the loan in the amount of USD 10 million.The loan bears interest at LIBOR plus 4.0% per annum to be paid in 12-month intervals.The financing is related to the shipbuilding contracts signed between FSL Trust’s subsidiaries, FSL-28 and FSL-29, and China’s shipbuilder COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in December 2018 for the construction of Tier III tankers for USD 97.6 million.
HALIFAX – In the first full weekend of campaigning, Nova Scotia’s New Democrats took aim at the Liberal government’s rocky track record with teachers.NDP leader Gary Burrill pledged to revoke a controversial bill that imposed a contract on the province’s 9,300 public school teachers and reopen negotiations with the union.“Bill 75 is such an anti-democratic piece of legislation that it’s not a bit of an exaggeration to say that it’s immoral,” he told reporters Saturday after a lively campaign rally at the NDP headquarters in Halifax. “People have to have the right to free and fair collective bargaining.”Burrill, a United Church minister running in Halifax Chebucto, also promised to introduce class-size caps for all grades at a cost of $9.3 million a year if elected May 30.In addition, he said an NDP government would hire more classroom support workers like psychologists and speech pathologists.Burrill said the “small army of educational specialists” would cost $7 million a year.The NDP campaign commitment on education comes after the province’s Liberals outlined plans this week to launch a pre-primary pilot program for about 750 four-year-olds across the province.Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said the program would be rolled out this fall in 30 locations, mostly in existing schools, with 25 children and two early childhood educators per class.While Burrill acknowledged the importance of early childhood education, he said it’s “darn funny” the Liberals came forward with a commitment to primary education at the end of their term.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative leader pledged to double the province’s rural road maintenance budget to $32 million, up from $16 million.Jamie Baillie said the budget was slashed under the former NDP government and only marginally improved under the Liberals.“Since the Liberals formed government, they have nickel-and-dimed rural communities,” Baillie said in a statement before touring rural roads in Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. “Failing to invest more in the (Rural Impact Mitigation) budget means more dangerous roads, more money spent on vehicle repairs and rural areas falling into disrepair.”He called a new gravel road program proposed by the Liberals “too little too late.”The Tory investment in rural and secondary roads would go towards shoulder and ditch upkeep, guardrail improvements, pavement patching, gravel patching and grading, brush cutting and ditch draining, Baillie said.The Liberal party campaign started off at the Masstown Market on Saturday and made stops at campaign headquarters in Debert, Springhill, Amherst.The Liberals promised to cut red tape for small business by reducing regulatory costs by $25 million by the end of 2018.“Over the past several years, the difficult work we have taken on to reduce red tape has produced real dividends for small business – and the Nova Scotians who work in that sector,” McNeil said in a statement.He also committed to hiking the income ceiling for small businesses to $500,000 from $350,000.The Grits finished off the day with a tour of craft brewers and food truck operators in Truro.
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PiratesJose OsunaJose Osuna557 PhilliesNick WilliamsDylan Cozens282 Pitchers are already batting less often That pitchers bat in the NL is always going to handicap teams’ ability to score, given how bad pitchers are. But pitchers are getting fewer opportunities to be automatic outs. The innings logged by starting pitchers continue to decline, and NL pitchers combined for a record low total of plate appearances last season. DodgersMax MuncyAlex Verdugo400 CubsKyle SchwarberAlbert Almora395 Interestingly, the top would-be gainers in plate appearances on eight of 15 NL teams were below average (wRC+ 100) in offensive production in 2018. In the AL last season, 13 of 15 teams enjoyed above league-average production from the DH position. That means a number of NL teams could benefit from adding effective hitters, which could lead to more free-agent spending. Projected NationalsRyan ZimmermanRyan Zimmerman400 MarlinsPedro AlvarezPedro Alvarez280 For a brief moment this winter, it seemed like the designated hitter might finally come to the National League. The MLB players union proposed the idea to the commissioner’s office as part of broader negotiations, but last month Rob Manfred pumped the brakes. Adding the universal DH was not part of the agreement between the union and owners reportedly reached Wednesday. The leagues will keep their different rules for now, even if there is a growing sense that the DH’s arrival in the NL is inevitable.As MLB continues to debate its rules, we wanted to quantify what a universal DH would mean for the game. So we looked to the American League, where they’ve been playing with a DH since 1973, not entertaining double-switches and skipping the added layer of decision-making regarding when to pull the starting pitcher. When we rummaged through the data, something surprising emerged: The NL already looks a whole lot like the AL.What would a universal DH mean for offensive production?The DH’s most obvious effect is that with it, pitchers don’t have to bat. It’s a baseball truism that pitchers are terrible at the plate, but throughout baseball history, they’ve gradually gotten worse. They are now historically bad.We can measure pitchers’ offensive production using a stat called weighted runs created plus, or wRC+.1The metric adjusts for ballpark and league scoring environments, allowing for an individual’s offensive value to be understood in context and across eras. A 100 wRC+ represents league average ability for a season. While most positions have been producing more or less the same amount of offense over the course of major league history,2Factoring in an era’s number of runs scored and ballpark environments. pitchers keep declining. Last season, pitchers broke the previous year’s mark for offensive ineptness, combining for a record-low wRC+ of -25, meaning they were 125 percent worse than a league-average hitter. MetsJeff McNeilKeon Broxton488 BrewersEric ThamesEric Thames359 RockiesRyan McMahonRyan McMahon396 GiantsAnthony GarciaCameron Maybin541 So, what does all this mean for the never-ending debate about what a universal DH would do to baseball? Proponents could look at all this and say, “What’s the big deal? The game would barely change! Why not officially standardize it?” Opponents, meanwhile, could look at all this and say, “What’s the big deal? The game is practically the same already! Why change it?” And perhaps that shows what the debate over the DH is really about: the culture of baseball. While the underlying evidence shows that the leagues are increasingly the same, the identities of them aren’t. Change the DH and a style of baseball would be gone forever. Even if the game itself might barely change. Source: Out of the Park Baseball TeamPrimary DHTop gainerNo. Plate Appearances Unsurprisingly, DHs are better at the plate. Over the past three years, DHs have averaged a wRC+ of 109. So it’s natural to assume that the league that employs a designated hitter would score more than the league that instead uses pitchers as batters. And the AL has historically seen more runs per game. But recently, the difference in run scoring between the two leagues has shrunk.Overall, AL teams have combined to average 4.59 runs per game over the past three years, while NL teams have averaged 4.46 runs per game. From 1994 to 2003, the peak of the so-called Steroids Era, the AL advantage in runs per game averaged 0.37. Over the past four years, the advantage has been 0.12 runs. How would NL teams fill the DH position? In adding the DH, NL teams would be presented with essentially two choices: Fill the spot with an offense-first player who fits in the lineup daily, or use the spot to rotate and rest players, enhancing roster versatility and building a deeper bench.In the AL, teams largely employ players whose prime responsibility is to be DH. In each of the past three seasons, there were at least 12 AL teams with a player who made at least 50 percent of his 350-plus plate appearances as a DH.One factor that could be a part of the union’s eagerness to add the DH to the NL is the hope for additional higher-paying jobs. The designated hitter is, per player, the highest-paid positional group in baseball. Adding a full-time DH, as many AL teams employ, might mean better-paying jobs if the DH could replace a cheaper-salaried, end-of-the-bench position.Moreover, the DH would likely help some 30-and-older free agents find jobs — an issue in recent offseasons. If an aging player is losing defensive ability but can still hit, the DH offers another way to get in the lineup.As for the trickle-down effect on the rest of the roster, AL teams have combined to average 387.7 pitchers used per season over the past six years. NL teams? 383.7. So while adding the DH might eliminate an end-of-bench utility position, it may not have much effect on the number of pitchers used throughout a season.What would the universal DH mean for pace of play?Of course, any rule change can bring unintended consequences. Manfred has made hastening pace of play a focus, including reducing the number of trips to the mound and experimenting with a pitch clock this spring. But it’s unclear what kind of effect adding the DH would have on pace. The average number of seconds between pitches last year was 24.1, the second greatest lull of the pitch-tracking era.3That goes back to 2008. The two leagues weren’t that different: Pitchers in the NL took 23.9 seconds between pitches, while the AL pitchers took 24.3 seconds. But when pitchers batted, the game sped up. The time between pitches was 20.1 seconds last season when NL pitchers hit but 24.2 seconds when all other NL hitters were at bat. BravesJohan CamargoJohan Camargo343 PadresFranmil ReyesHunter Renfroe333 RedsJesse WinkerJesse Winker264 CardinalsJose MartinezJose Martinez230 Which NL players would benefit from a DH in 2019?Projected NL designated hitters and the players that would gain the most in plate appearances based on 100 simulations of the 2019 season by Out of the Park Baseball DiamondbacksChristian WalkerChristian Walker295 But given what we know about how often pitchers bat, that doesn’t amount to much. There were 18,344 pitches thrown to pitchers last season, for a total of 20.9 hours saved between pitches over the course of a season compared with the pace of league-average pitcher-batter encounters. Nearly a full day of baseball! Except baseball is played on too many days for that time savings be noticeable. Spread over the course of an entire season, replacing pitcher at-bats with those from a DH would lead to a relatively small slowing of about a minute per game.But adding the DH could add time savings if it were to reduce midinning pitching changes.According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight by David Smith of Retrosheet, midinning changes added about 3 minutes and 15 seconds per game in 2018. But the NL had fewer midinning pitching changes last season (2,213) than the AL did (2,452).Still, the overall net effect might be modest: The average length of a nine-inning game in the NL over the past three years was 181.7 minutes. In the AL, it was 182 minutes.Would pitchers’ jobs get more difficult?NL pitchers may have to work a bit harder if the DH arrives in the league. When a pitcher faces another pitcher, the velocity of his fastball tends to decline, which suggests that pitchers give themselves a bit of a breather. The average fastball velocity in the NL last season was 93.7 mph, but when pitchers batted, it was 92.8 mph. Moreover, the NL average for four-seam fastball usage was 39.1 percent last season, but when pitchers were batting, that share jumped to 51.8 percent — a record during the pitch-tracking era. That suggests pitchers are saving their breaking balls for tougher hitters.Which NL players would benefit the most? A DH would mean all sorts of possibilities for NL rosters — but what might they look like if teams could use the DH this season? We asked our friends at Out of the Park Baseball, a strategic simulation game, to run a simulation based on 2019 NL teams playing with and without the DH to find out which teams and players would most benefit. (The simulation was run before Bryce Harper agreed to terms with the Phillies.)In the table below, you can see which player on each team would become the primary DH under the OOTP simulations and which player would gain the most plate appearances. Sometimes that player would be the DH, and sometimes he would be someone else because of the trickle-down effect of opportunity gained from adding the DH. Would NL starters pitch more if there were a DH?It’s easy to assume that because starting pitchers in the NL are sometimes pulled so pinch hitters can bat, they’d pitch for shorter stints than AL pitchers do. Yet starting pitchers in the NL actually worked deeper into games last season, and the leagues have been almost even in innings per start since 2000. Perhaps the predominant factors are the starting pitcher’s pitch count and how many times he’s worked through the opposing order.
With 40,147 offences, knife crime in England and Wales is now at its highest level since the data began to be collected in 2011. There has been a 56.9 per cent increase in knife crime since 2014, when a low of 25,588 offences was recorded by police…. 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. Knife crime stands at record highs at over 40,000 offences in the last year, with London being at the epicentre of the violence. In July, dozens of others were impacted by knife crime in the capital, including a teenage boy who was stabbed on a busy Islington street, a 17-year-old in Camberwell during the day and a middle-aged man inside a Leicester Square casino. Just this week, on August 1, a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Camberwell.
A new gaming device has been revealed. No, it’s not another portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP, although it is indeed portable. The new gaming products that will be on everyone’s holiday list – both kids and adults alike – are called Sifteo cubes. This next-generation toy is actually made up of little blocks that players can move around and touch to one another to create patterns, solve puzzles, and build words.There’s both an educational aspect and a purely-entertainment aspect to the Sifteo cubes. The cubes use NFC sensors and 3-axis accelerometers to sense the presence of nearby cubes, as well as any movements you make. In order to conserve energy the communication between each block uses a unique wireless prototcol. It is very short range meaning it doesn’t require much power, but still allows the blocks to communicate without a wired connection being required. As for handling processing, that’s taken care of by an ARM Cortex M3 processor embedded in each block.The set comes with a charger dock and three cubes for $149, but you can buy additional cubes for $45 each and use as many as you want together. The Sifteo kit also comes with a USB dongle that you have to plug into your computer while using the cubes. The USB dongle interacts with the cubes and the free SiftRunner app that controls the games on your cubes, in other words, you can’t use the cubes unless next to your PC as they need the link.There’s a few games included, but you can also purchase more via download from the SiftRunner program for about $5 each. The cubes work as a sort of Sudoku–Tetris–Dominoes hybrid. They definitely will make use of your spatial reasoning, and the games will use key brain powers like word-finding, and pattern-matching. Sifteo also offers multi-player strategy games, and solo arcade games.The cubes can hold up to 4 hours of play on a single charge, and the included dock can charge up to six cubes at once. Each 1.5-inch-thick cube has a clickable, full color TFT LCD display along with a number of motion sensors.Check out the video below to see the cubes in action.Sifteo cubes first appeared in 2009 when MIT grad student David Merrill demonstrated an early version of them called Siftables during a TED talk. You can see that initial introduction below:Read more at Sifteo, via VentureBeat
If you simply cannot get enough of slaying evil, egg-stealing pigs and you have finished all of the Angry Birds titles, we’ve found five games that will tide you over until Rovio decides to publish the next installment. While playing something else might feel strange at first, don’t worry, these aren’t low-budget, ersatz versions of the bird-catapulting game you love (for the most part). Trust us when we say that each is enormously fun in their own right… if you give them a chance!World of GooI can honestly say that World of Goo is one of the most original titles I have ever had the pleasure to play. Created by an independent duo of developers working in their basement, the title makes use of physics puzzles to challenge players to complete goals. Featuring stunning visuals and inventive gameplay, you are challenged in each level to complete what looks like a simple goal but may require a complex solution. How you finish each level is totally up to you, as the game gives you goo balls with different properties to play with.At first it might not seem like a game lie Angry Birds, but both prominently feature an environment that presents obstacles that you must overcome, physics puzzles, and a fair bit of trial-and-error.While we know that a lot of the appeal of Rovio’s hit title is the ease in which anyone can play, World of Goo is a bit of a deeper game in the mental sense, so young children may get frustrated. The title has received a ton of awards and has been downloaded millions of times on iOS and Android. Originally released as a PC title, World of Goo $9.99 on Steam, and is $4.99 on iOS and the Play Store.FraggerIf you’re looking for something less cerebral than World of Goo and are just wanting to mindlessly blow things up, then Fragger is the title for you. A blatant Angry Birds clone as far as gameplay and physics, the title places you in the role of a grenade-wielding hero looking to do away with your enemies. Each level presents you with a challenge on how to figure out the best method to blow up invaders with the least number of grenades used.This free title isn’t as deep as other games in this genre, but it’s a fun time-waster on your tablet or handheld device. If your strictly a PC gamer it’s available on the web via a Flash-based version. All versions are free to play, but have in-game purchases to get hints on solutions and other power-up goodies.OrbitalWhile Orbital may look simple, don’t be fooled. It’s a challenging title that fits the old cliche, “easy to learn, difficult to master.” Your goal is to launch orbs into the playing field, aiming them so that they hit other orbs that already exist. When you have either physically hit them or touch them with a shockwave five time, they burst to give you points. Here’s the challenge though: every time you launch and orb, it becomes another obstacle after it was a weapon for you. The similarity to Angry Birds is obvious, but has enough of a varied twist that the gameplay remains original.Originally released for iOS, the developers have made an excellent Android version that is identical to the original. Right now it has three different modes of play that will challenge you for a good amount of time. Again, not as deep as World of Goo but not as light as Fragger.Available for download for both iOS and Android, Orbital is priced at $3.00 which may seem a little steep at first. Once you start playing the game however, you’ll realize the amount of work that has gone into the title.Crush the CastleAt $0.99 it’s hard to go wrong with the title Crush the Castle. While it doesn’t look as polished as other titles in the genre, it’s has a satisfying gameplay experience where you use trebuchets to destroy your enemies’ castles. The physics are very similar to levels in Angry Birds where there are structures to knock down before being able to do away with those evil green pigs. Another simple casual style game, anyone can pick it up and be able to do well hand have fun. It includes a create-a-castle mode where you can setup structures that you want to have fun destroying.Crush the Castle is available to play for free on the web and on Android for $0.99.Pandas vs NinjasThe developer behind Pandas VS Ninjas are shameless when it comes to comparing their game to Angry Birds. With the exact same gameplay, the title will give you another set of levels to play through, only instead of birds you have a giant panda shooting baby pandas at pesky ninjas protected by various structures. There are two versions of the game, an ad-driven free download or a $0.99 premium offering that removes the various commercial banners.The biggest difference with this offering is that there is actually a BlackBerry version available for download in addition to the Android and Window Phone versions. Not something you see very often anymore.
128 Comments By Garreth MacNamee A WOMAN WHO gave birth to her child at a mother and baby home claimed that the nuns changed his name ”so he would be easier to sell”.Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline this afternoon, the woman, who went by the name Bridget, said she gave birth to her son in Bessborough, Cork, in 1961. The child, who she initially named William, died just six weeks later.Bridget was just 17-years-old when she became pregnant. She decided to leave Ireland and head to the UK for work. It is there she went to confession where she was told by the priest to go home.On her return to Ireland, she entered the mother and baby home and described how the nuns were delighted that she gave birth to a boy as he would be easier to sell.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One, Bridget said: “I went to the confession box and told the priest, I told the priest, I confessed. At that time it was the most terrible sin. The priest gave me an address and they arranged for me to go to back to Ireland.“I was told I had to go back to Ireland to have my baby. Now, I realise of course I needn’t have. If I knew how things worked I could have stayed here and had my baby and still have my baby.”The horrorIn the emotional interview, Bridget described how people like her were “sitting ducks” for those who wanted their babies. And she spoke of the moment she entered Bessborough, knowing there was something deeply disturbing about the place.“I arrived in Bessborough not knowing what was ahead. Straightaway you could feel the horror of it,” she added.“My clothes were taken. Everything was taken. My handbag, my coat, everything personal. I was given shoes and a uniform, all the girls wore the same.Of course they were delighted he was a boy, a boy was easier to get rid of.The woman, who is now 73, said she wanted to name her son William, after her father. But the nuns changed it to the Catholic Gerard, as he would be easier “to get rid of”.She added: ”The whole of my life has been a terrible ordeal. This little boy could have been saved. He really was a fighter. He could have been a beautiful healthy boy. He could have been saved so easily. He was just left there to die.”Read: Dublin’s famous Dr Quirkey’s arcade has fallen foul of the taxmanRead: ‘Nobody will be excluded’: Govt promises answers in Grace inquiry within 6 months Short URL ‘Straight away you could feel the horror of it’: Nuns ‘changed baby’s name so he’d be easier to sell’ Bridget said her son’s name was changed from William to Gerard as he would be easier to offload. Mar 7th 2017, 9:14 PM http://jrnl.ie/3275917 Share1306 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 9:14 PM Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland 46,951 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Andrew Jackomos was in demand this week. With the Australian media seeking expert reaction to the ABC’s shocking Four Corners report, there are few analysts as impassioned as Jackomos – Victoria’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, or for that matter, so knowledgeable on the perceived inadequacies, of not just Victoria’s, but the nation’s youth justice policies.The federal government has to take ownership of this. You can’t incarcerate problems that arise from social issuesJackomos pulled no punches in his reaction to the appalling clips unearthed by the ABC, or the culpability of an entire system that he sees, beyond any state or territory’s responsibilities, is often gravely misdirected.‘What we need are therapeutic centres, not punitive centres.’ Andrew Jackomos, Victoria’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the commissioner’s anger and frustration was plain to hear.“I was horrified at the level of torture these children were suffering at the hands of employees of the NT Government,” says Jackomos, who fears the behaviour and attitudes to young detainees shown at the soon to be closed Don Dale Correction Centre go way beyond the Territory’s borders.“What we saw isn’t isolated to the Territory, it’s common knowledge this kind of poor practice is going on in other states, but the degree that we saw in the NT opens new eyes.”Jackomos believes that only a royal commission – which takes Don Dale as its focus but widens its scope to look at the national situation, has a chance of creating real change in a broken and outdated system – where brutalisation and punishment is the driving force.“This royal commission needs to be broadened beyond the NT, because from what I’m hearing, this kind of thing is happening elsewhere. What’s needed is an examination of the youth justice system in general.”With young Aboriginal Australians disproportionately represented in Australia’s correctional centres, Jackomos says the problems seen at Don Dale – a situation abetted by a Territory government keen to run on an aggressive ‘law and order’ ticket – go wider, and relate to the relationship Australia has with its Indigenous peoples.What’s needed, says the commissioner of Kastelorizon and Koori descent, is a root and branch revision of juvenile detention and corrections practices across the country.“The Federal Government has to take ownership of this,” says Jackomos. “You can’t incarcerate problems that arise from social issues. Locking traumatised kids up and torturing them isn’t going to improve their value to society.“The treatment that we saw at Don Dale only deepens their trauma. What we need are therapeutic centres, not punitive centres. “Do we think that by incarcerating the children, with behaviour to them like this by government employees, torturing them… who really thinks this is going to have a benefit?“It’s going to make them more entrenched. We need to bring these kids out of trauma, not make it deeper.”With the beleaguered NT chief minister Adam Giles now facing almost certain defeat at next month’s Territory election, Jackomos has no sympathy for his plight, or that of his CLP ministers. “I don’t believe they didn’t know what was going on. They legislated for changes that made this possible. “Every officer, minister, and employee who was involved in what we saw happened at Don Dale should be stood down. We saw torture on TV, and it was their ministerial responsibility.”As the terms of the royal commission were announced on Thursday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was important to recognise that 95 per cent of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. The PM added that Australia “had a fundamental responsibility to protect [its] children”.The royal commission, to be led by NT Supreme Court chief justice Brian Martin, will examine the “failings in the child protection and youth detention systems administered by the government of the Northern Territory” over a decade.Territory on trial: Former NT minister Kon Vatskalis says the Country Liberal Party must bear the consequences of its actions – and inactionAs the NT Government’s Minister for Children and Families between 2009 and 2012, Kon Vatskalis has an intimate knowledge of successive governments’ actions in managing its infamous youth detention program.As a minister, Mr Vatskalis was part of the last NT Labor government that, aware of grave problems in the Territory’s youth justice system, both during and before its administration – commissioned the 2011 review of the system chaired by former Country Liberal Party (CLP) leader Jodeen Carney.“There’s no doubt the CLP created this environment – where NT Corrections staff – who should have had a duty of care – felt they could brutalise,” Kon Vatskalis.Vatskalis believes that if the review’s recommendations had been implemented (they weren’t because a CLP government was returned in 2012), the abuses revealed on national television this week would not have occurred.“Ms Carney’s recommendations, including an appeal to heed the needs of juvenile detainees more, rather than simply incarcerating them, and to improve training for NT employees in the system, along with a host of other measures, were never taken into consideration,” Vatskalis says.“What happened was the CLP embarked on their election campaign – and once in office – ran on an aggressive law and order ticket. It was all about locking them away and getting tough.”In 2014 after an incident in which six youngsters were gassed in detention in Darwin – in what was referred to as a “riot” (a term for the disturbance which later proved to be incorrect), the Giles Government introduced legislation that effectively gave prison guards immunity from prosecution.The same year, at the instigation of the government, former prison boss Michael Vita in his review of the youth detention system, found the government lacking in a number of key areas. Vita identified a lack of understanding in the government’s youth detention system of adolescent behaviour – often caused by a history of trauma, symptoms of foetal alcohol syndrome, and behaviour associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – along with a host of other mental health issues.Vita also found “an unhealthy over-reliance on inexperienced casual and temporary staff on a shift-by-shift basis, supervising young detainees with difficult and challenging behavioural problems”, and “grossly inadequate” training for staff across the board, and “non-existent, outdated and inadequate” procedures for managing adolescents.The previous Labor government was also implicated. The Vita review highlighted 13 serious incidents under Labor between December 2009 and August 2012, and another 20 incidents between 2012 and 2014 when the CLP was in power. The incidents included allegations of assaults on detainees by staff and vice versa, “riotous behaviour”, and escapes.Vatskalis says after coming into office, the CLP government’s actions made things a lot worse.“There’s no doubt they created this environment – where NT Corrections staff – who should have had a duty of care – felt they could brutalise,” he says.He is most scathing in his contempt for former CLP Corrections Minister – and still NT Attorney-General – John Elferink, the architect of the 2014 legislation that gave NT Corrections added powers in dealing with juvenile detainees.That legislation, says Vatskalis was crucial in relation to how Corrections officers were given free reign to restrain detainees, use tear gas, and behave with excessive force.In the aftermath of this week’s revelations, the notion that Elferink and other ministers weren’t aware and weren’t told of what was going on is unbelievable, says the former Labor minister.“He must have known what was happening. If he didn’t then what kind of government is he part of?”Not one to mince his words, Vatskalis says, “the CLP must pay for the torture and their lies”.It looks highly likely they will. With the NT election taking place on Saturday 27 August, Territorians will decide between the discredited Adam Giles and Labor’s Michael Gunner as the next Chief Minister. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Café et thé : riches en polyphénols bons pour la santé France – Café et thé sont les aliments qui contribuent le plus à l’apport en polyphénols dans l’alimentation des Français indiquent les premiers résultats de l’étude en ligne NutriNet-Santé, publiés mardi.L’étude menée auprès de 100.000 internautes a permis de conclure que les principales sources alimentaires de polyphénols étaient le café (36,9%), le thé vert ou noir (33,6%), le chocolat pour son cacao (10,4%), le vin rouge (7,2%) et les fruits (6,7%).Ces substances d’origine végétale auraient un effet bénéfique sur la santé. On a pu par exemple démontrer qu’elles avaient, chez l’animal, des propriétés antioxydantes, anti-inflammatoires, anticarcinogènes ou qu’elles protégeaient le système vasculaire.Les aliments riches en polyphénols peuvent aussi contenir d’autres éléments bénéfiques pour la santé : les fruits par exemple, seront également riches en fibres. En revanche, la présence de graisses et de sucres dans le chocolat ou encore d’alcool dans le vin peut nuancer le bénéfice apporté par la présence des polyphénols.Débuté il y a un an, le programme NutriNet-Santé permettra de connaître “dans le détail” les propriétés de chaque polyphénol ainsi que leurs effets sur la santé afin de définir des apports conseillés en la matière.Le 12 mai 2010 à 09:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Nos ancêtres sapiens se sont-ils hybridés avec d’autres homininés archaïques ? Publiée lundi dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude génétique américaine sur des populations modernes d’Afrique suggère que l’homme moderne aurait pu se croiser avec d’autres espèces du genre Homo sur ce continent, il y a plusieurs dizaines de milliers d’années.De précédentes recherches l’avaient déjà montré en 2010 : Homo sapiens s’est croisé avec l’homme de Néandertal en sortant d’Afrique entre 80.000 et 30.000 ans avant notre ère, laissant l’empreinte de ces évènements dans nos chromosomes. Mais n’a-t-il pas fait de même, peut-être plus tôt encore, avec d’autres espèces humaines archaïques, sur le sol africain ? Pour tenter de répondre à cette question, Michael Hammer, spécialiste en biologie évolutive à l’Université de l’Arizona à Tucson, faute de disposer d’ADN fossile africain (qui, contrairement à celui de l’Européen Néandertal, ne se conserve pas sous les climats tropicaux), a du recourir à la fameuse “horloge moléculaire”, une combinaison de génétique et de statistiques pour faire parler l’ADN moderne sur ses propres origines.Tout d’abord, il a modélisé sur ordinateur l’aspect probable des traces qu’une telle hybridation aurait pu laisser dans le génome d’aujourd’hui. Puis il les a recherchées dans le matériel génétique de 3 populations actuelles d’Afrique, réputées n’avoir jamais quitté ce continent et avoir conservé ainsi la diversité et l’ancienneté génétique originelles voulues.Un brassage entre diverses populations À lire aussiHomo sapiens, cerveau et chant des baleines, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaitre ce 2 aoûtL’équipe a alors conclu que jusqu’à 2% du génome de ces populations pourrait provenir de l’apport d’autres espèces du genre Homo, dont les lignées auraient pu diverger de la nôtre il y a plusieurs centaines de milliers d’années. Ces ‘rencontres’ entre hommes anatomiquement modernes et hommes plus archaïques auraient pu se produire il y a entre 20 et 60.000 ans. Si ces résultats sont jugés encore insuffisamment étayés voire hasardeux par nombre de ses confrères, Michael Hammer fait néanmoins valoir qu’ils s’inscrivent dans un modèle global de plus en plus partagé par les anthropologues. Celui où l’homme moderne, loin d’avoir une origine unique, comme on l’a longtemps pensé, est génétiquement issu d’un brassage constant entre diverses populations et même entre plusieurs espèces humaines, à travers les millénaires et les continents. Le 6 septembre 2011 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambert
The Nintendo Switch is an amazing portable gaming system. It’s even more capable when you pop it into its dock. But while the Switch itself is built for travel, the dock definitely is not. There’s really not much to it, but the bulky plastic shell takes up a fair amount of space.Enter Human Things, who make “epic things for elevated play experiences.” The epic thing they cooked up for Switch owners is the Genki Covert Dock. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target It’s pretty much the same size as a standard USB wall charger but it does way more than just juice up your Switch and its accessories. Despite being 22 percent smaller than Nintendo’s AC adapter, the Covert Dock is a full-on Switch dock alternative that fits right in your pocket.Unlike some other solutions that are available, the Covert Dock supplies the power. Just flip out the prongs and plug it in to any standard AC outlet. Run a USB-C cable from the Dock to your Switch and HDMI from the Dock to an external display and you’re ready to game in TV mode.While a spare first-party dock will set you back $85, Human Things is offering the Covert Dock to early backers for just $49.The lower price point doesn’t mean that Human Things skimped on components, however. They’re sourcing quality components and will be getting the Covert Dock certified to ensure it conforms to standards.The Dock features a custom charging chip that will only use a Switch-friendly profile when supplying power to your precious portable and will stick to USB power delivery standards for other devices.Human Things has even designed the Covert Dock so that its firmware can be upgraded. In the event that Nintendo makes a minor tweak to the Switch somewhere down the road, you’ll be able to update the Covert Dock to keep things running smoothly.Find out more about the Genki Covert Dock on Kickstarter.Watch: Nintendo Reveals Portable Switch Device — Switch LiteMore on Geek.com:EA’s Excuse For Ignoring Nintendo Switch SucksIs Joy-Con Drift Nintendo Switch’s Red Ring of Death?Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, April 29, 2018:Legal Notice — Auction — Burlington Self StorageLegal Notice — Withdrawal of Legal CounselLegal Notice — Land Court — Somerset PlaceLegal Notice — Notice of Mortgagee’s Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — RFP — Employee Uniform Rental ServicesLegal Notice — Anual Town Meeting Notice(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”
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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioJudge declares legislature’s Anchorage LIO lease illegalZachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage, Rachel Waldholz, APRN – Anchorage,Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAn Alaska judge ruled today state’s lease of the controversial Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage is illegal. The court’s decision on Thursday eliminates the current arrangement for renting the LIO building, but doesn’t spell out what’s next.Walker to lawmakers: Putting off sustainable budget is ‘wholly unacceptable’Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker says the Legislature must agree to a complete and sustainable solution to the state’s fiscal problem this year.Golden Valley Electric investigates coal plant explosionDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksIt will be months before a Golden Valley Electric Association coal fired power plant comes back on line. The plant, one of 2 Golden Valley operates in Healy, has been down since a coal dust explosion on March 3rd. The incident is similar to 2 other that occurred during initial testing of the recently re-stated power plant.‘The Hunting Ground’ aids Title IX discussion at UAFEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeIn the last few years, the issue of sexual assault has been a major focusfor universities around the nation. The University of Alaska Fairbanks isno exception. University officials recently visited UAF’s Northwest Campusin Nome to discuss the issue.Fish and Game look to round up invasive starlingsQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThe Department of Fish and Game plans to trap a flock of birds not nativeto Alaska that is trying to move in. The agency says starlings could causebig problems for humans and other birds native to the area. They want toget rid of the flock before their numbers grow.Two distillery apps vie for one Skagway licenseEmily Files, KHNS – HainesSkagway residents could be sipping locally crafted spirits in the nearfuture. Two entrepreneurs have applied for distillery liquor licenses inSkagway. Their applications are part of a growing craft distillery marketin Alaska.Gold Medal Basketball Tournament has urban origins, village traditionElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauBefore statehood and before the Alaska Marine Highway System, there was the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau. This year, the event turns 70. It brings adult players from across Southeast to compete against neighboring villages and communities.
A picture taken on 18 March, 2019 shows a building in the Oudenoord neighbourhood of Utrecht, where Dutch police officers conduct an investigation following a shooting on a tram that left three people dead and several wounded. Photo: AFPDutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday.Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt and had earlier run-ins with authorities in the Netherlands.The city was put into lockdown after the shooting, shortly after the morning rush hour, which authorities initially said was an apparent terrorist attack. Police conducted raids in several locations after issuing an image of Tanis and warning the public not to approach him.But hours after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained unclear. A prosecutor said it could be for “family reasons” and Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.The Turkish intelligence agency said it is investigating whether the attack was personally motivated or an act of terrorism, president Tayyip Erdogan said.Earlier on Wednesday, Dutch authorities had raised the terrorism threat in Utrecht province to its highest level, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports, other vital infrastructure and at mosques.The threat level was reduced by one notch to where it had been after the suspect was arrested, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency said.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks immediately after the incident, which came three days after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.”Our country has today been shocked by an attack in Utrecht… A terrorist motive cannot be excluded,” Rutte said. “The first reports have led to disbelief and disgust. Innocent people have been struck by violence.”The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, said three people had been killed and five injured, three of them critically.CRIMINAL RECORDThe suspect had previously been arrested, regional prosecutor Rutger Jeuken told reporters, without giving further details.The shooting took place in Kanaleneiland, a quiet residential district on the outskirts of Utrecht with a large immigrant population.”It’s frightening that something like this can happen so close to home,” said Omar Rahhou, who said his parents lived on a street cordoned off by police. “These things normally happen far away but this brings it very close, awful.”Witness Daan Molenaar, who said he had been sitting at the front of the tram when the shooting started, told national broadcaster NOS he did not believe it was a terrorist attack.”The first thing I thought was, this is some kind of revenge or something, or somebody who’s really mad and grabbed a pistol,” he said.Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fourth largest city with a population of around 340,000, is known for its picturesque canals and large student population. Gun killings are rare in Utrecht, as elsewhere in the Netherlands.
When you think about post-apocalyptic games, you probably go to Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout, or Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. They’re pikers compared to the true kings of the wasteland. One company has put out multiple visions of humanity coming to an untimely end and what the aftermath would look like. That company is Nintendo.With the release of Splatoon, at least three different Nintendo games are post-apocalyptic tales. These games might be colorful and cheerful and E for Everyone, but they hide tales of the end of civilization. This isn’t blind theory, either. In each game series it’s at least directly implied, and in at least one case confirmed by in-game lore. Let’s start with the newest.SplatoonYou play a squid kid who gets into paintball fights, and that’s the whole game. Well, that’s the whole multiplayer game, sure, but the single-player campaign, Octo Valley, describes a much darker world under its very bright coats of paint.Each single-player level has a hidden “Sunken Scroll” you can collect. They tell the story of why Inklings (you) and Octolings fought each other. It is surprisingly bleak. The scrolls directly explain that the world was once covered in land, but the ocean levels rose and swallowed most of it. The mammals who once ruled the planet died off, and squids evolved into squid people. That’s spelled out literally in the 10th Sunken Scroll. “The creatures of the surface were driven to extinction by rising sea levels.”That’s right: Splatoon is a furry (scaly? cephalopody?) version of Waterworld. It’s actually why paintball fights are so important, and why Inklings and Octolings went to war: Limited “turf” means limited resources. You’re a kid now and you’re a squid now, but you’re also a few electric fish and bits of land from being a boy and his dog now.PikminPikmin isn’t quite as explicit about its post-apocalyptic nature as Splatoon, but the hints are there. PNF-404, the planet of the Pikmin, is littered with disused human clutter ranging from tin cans to chess pieces. They’re all huge compared to Captain Olimar and the Pikmin, but they’re clearly trash thrown out by humans. The Spherical Atlas and Geographic Projection treasures in Pikmin 2 are outright hemispheres of globes, thrown out and left for Olimar to find.It becomes stranger when you look at the continents in Pikmin 3, which gave PNF-404 a bit of an overhaul. According to the Pikmin Wiki, the layout of the planet is in line with projections of what the Earth will look like in 250 million years, according to the Pangaea Ultima theory.That’s a long time, and perhaps in that time humanity reached out for the stars, colonized another planet, and became super-tiny dudes who are allergic to oxygen. All Pikmin makes clear is that humans aren’t on Earth anymore, and what is likely their trash is left behind.KirbyWe already know Kirby is an all-devouring eldritch horror wrapped in a pink puffball shell, but he’s not the only darkness that has touched his games. Kirby 64 shows that Kirby’s adventures might very well take place alongside Snowpiercer.The fifth level in Kirby 64 is called Shiver Star. It looks like Earth. You can clearly make out Africa, Europe, Asia, and Greenland. It is completely frozen over. It looks like a cheerful, festive winter scene at first, but changes by the third stage, where Kirby finds himself in an abandoned city and then an abandoned factory. There’s wildlife, and the conveyor belts still work, but there’s no sign of people actually living or working there.The Legend of ZeldaHyrule isn’t just a post-apocalyptic kingdom, it’s a serial post-apocalyptic kingdom. It’s been through so many catastrophic disasters that it’s amazing anyone can keep track of its history (which is now, canonically, a three-pronged parallel universe nightmare). We can start from the very beginning, at least in terms of history and not release date: Skyward Sword.All of humanity lives in Skyloft, a floating island lifted above the clouds because demons broke free and overran the planet. That’s already bleak, but it gets worse when you go to Lanaryu Desert and find the remains of an ancient civilization — a high-tech ancient civilization with robots. You can literally go back in time (in small patches) to see that the land was vibrant and full of life before whatever civilization that lived there mined all the resources and turned it into a wasteland. It’s an apocalypse within a larger apocalypse, and it doesn’t stop there.At the end of Ocarina of Time, the Legend of Zelda series splits off into three separate timelines. One leads to Wind Waker, which is the most overt apocalypse ever seen in a Nintendo game. That’s the Adult Link timeline, which is what happened to the Hyrule that Ganon conquered after adult Link defeated him. It didn’t go well. The seal that kept Ganon trapped began to weaken, and no version of Link appeared to fight him when he broke free. The gods of Hyrule flooded the land, its people on tiny islands surrounded by ocean.If that’s not enough apocalypses for Hyrule, the Fallen Hero timeline has a much more subtle one. This timeline is what happened if Link failed in his quest in Ocarina of Time, and it resulted in Link to the Past, Link Between Worlds, the original Legend of Zelda, and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, in that order. You know how Hyrule in the first two Zelda games seems really empty and desolate, full of wastelands and with few people living there? That wasn’t just because of the limitations of the NES. Those games take place in Hyrule’s “Era of Decline,” when the last king of Hyrule died and Ganon returned. It’s a bit closer to Berserk than Fist of the North Star in terms of apocalypse, but Hyrule was in a bad state.Also, Koholint Island never existed and Termina was a massive parable for inevitable destruction.Nintendo is a cheery, kid-friendly video game company, right?
Kolkata: The West Bengal government is celebrating Wednesday as “Rosogolla Dibas” to commemorate the first anniversary of the sweetmeat getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘West Bengal’s Rosogolla’. As a mark of its celebrations, different varieties of rosogollas are being showcased in the stalls of the ‘Mishti Hub’, set up in one part of the Eco Park in New Town area. “Banglar Rosogolla got the GI tag last year on this day. We are observing this day as #RosogollaDibas at #MistiHub in #Kolkata to mark this sweet occasion. Everyone is welcome,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle today. On November 14 last year, West Bengal received the GI tag for Rosogolla, a ball-shaped cottage cheese dipped in a light syrup of sugar. The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.
Top Stories “I just don’t want to take a step back, just keep making moves forward,” Kolb said. With the main focus on gaining experience and learning, scoring isn’t the most important thing, according to Kolb. “We may not put up a whole bunch of points,” Kolb said. “But you may feel good about it because you did certain things and accomplished certain things.” Kolb also understands that he may not be perfect in his second start, but plans to take as much away from the game that he possibly can. “Maybe we make mistakes and we say now I understand what coach is saying,” Kolb said. “Rather than, just writing it down on paper and not doing anything about it.” Kolb showed promise in his first game as a Cardinal, completing four of seven passes for 68 yards, hooking up twice with wideout Larry Fitzgerald. Kolb also had 19 yards rushing. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kolb could play into the second quarter Friday night, which should give the quarterback plenty of time to learn.ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Coming away with a win or loss isn’t what concerns quarterback Kevin Kolb heading into Friday’s preseason matchup with the Green Bay Packers. “It’s a nice way to test ourselves,” Kolb said. “Win or lose or domination on either side of the ball, it’s not going to tell us what were going to be like as a team, it may just indicate the direction that we’re going.” Kolb’s main goal is to gain experience in a system that he’s only spent two weeks in. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation