first_imgThe deadliest cyclone to affect India in recent times was two decades ago which hit Orissa’s capital city Bhubaneswar with a wind speed of over 250 kmph on October 29, 1999. The mighty cyclone caused a storm surge of up to 8 meters onto the coast and torrential rains that followed leading to extensive flooding, killing around 9,658 people. And here’s Fani — the strongest storm in India in two decades, which has hit Odisha on Friday morning and has started making its impact felt. Strong winds swept through Bhubaneswar and the temple town of Puri which also witnessed heavy rain. In the past 30 years, only four extremely severe cyclonic storms have made landfall on Odisha and the Bengal coast. If Fani maintains the intensity as has been predicted by the IMD, it might be the fifth. The cyclone might turn out to be the strongest to hit the eastern coast since ‘Hudhud’ that made landfall on the east coast near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh killing around 100 people and causing damage worth 21,000 crores to that state alone. So, how is the preparedness to combat Fani? The cyclone is being continuously monitored ever since it developed near Sri Lanka and repeated warnings have been issued for the past one week. After every few hours, alerts have been issued for the fishermen and people living in coastal regions and massive emergency preparedness has been put in place. Odisha government has moved over 11 lakh people, including at least 542 pregnant women, to safety in the last 24 hours and advised the public to remain indoors. More than three lakh people have been evacuated from Ganjam district alone and 1.3 lakh from Puri. About 5,000 kitchens are operating to serve people in shelters. Relief commissioners and District Collectors are leading the operations on the ground. Trucks are ready with relief material, including essential supplies such as food, drinking water and medicines. Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik is personally monitoring the situation. Trains and flights have been cancelled. Around 900 cyclone shelters have been set up in Odisha to house the evacuees. Adequate preparations to ensure the maintenance of essential services such as power, telecommunications in the event of damages have also been made. Railways, Civil Aviation and Shipping Ministries have been advised to review their preparedness well in time and ensure the quick resumption of their services in the event of any disruption. The Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. Army and Air Force units in the three states have also been put on stand-by. Nevertheless, Fani is strong because of the route it has adopted and has been termed as an “extremely severe cyclone”. Fani originated very close to the Equator and has spent a lot of time over the sea that has helped it to gather more moist air from the warm sea which has added to its heft. Over the years, India has learnt to prepare well for such calamities. Especially after ‘Phailin’ that swept through Odisha in 2013, the then head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction lauded the state’s efforts and called it a “landmark success.” Just hope this ‘Fani’ (pronounced as ‘Foni’) as the name has been suggested by Bangladesh which roughly means the hood of a snake, is just not too powerful to trample the spirit of those millions who have woken up to the impending calamity today.last_img read more

The NBA playoffs are finally upon us, and like the 16 teams vying for the Larry O’Brien trophy, we’ve come prepared — not with basketball skills, mind you,1We shudder to think about what the advanced metrics would say about a FiveThirtyEight pickup team. but with graphics and numbers. Using the latest (postseason-optimized) version of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings, we simulated the playoff bracket 10,000 times, counting how often each team won its first-round series (as well as tracking which teams won the NBA title most often). We also put together charts highlighting each team’s key players, along with their multiyear predictive Real Plus-Minus2This is a slightly different statistic than the RPM you can find at ESPN.com because it uses data from seasons prior to 2014-15. We like the multiyear version because, among individual player statistics, it is the best predictor of future team outcomes. ratings, plus a comparison of both teams’ strengths and weaknesses according to the four factors of basketball. (Note that in some of our write-ups below, we use single-season RPM, so those numbers will be slightly different than the multiyear RPM we list in the charts.) So get settled in, maybe throw some chalk in the air, and enjoy the brutal, glorious two-month journey that is the road to the NBA championship. Derrick Rose is back in time for the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Bulls, he’s not the Derrick Rose of four seasons ago, the one who won the MVP award and led the Bulls to their only conference finals since Michael Jordan’s second retirement. Since then, Rose, slowed by injuries, has played just 100 regular-season games and one playoff game. Now he is the only Bulls starter who rates below league average. That’s not enough to make Milwaukee the favorite in this series. Two Bucks starters are below league average, and Milwaukee will have trouble scoring with an offense that is well below league average. The Bulls should win this series — and enjoy the win, because in half of our simulations of the playoffs, they go out in the next round, most likely to LeBron James and the Cavs. — Carl Bialik Eastern ConferenceThe Brooklyn Nets will not win the NBA championship. No, really: We ran 10,000 simulations of the playoffs, and the Nets were the only team to never win it all. They have only a 10 percent chance of moving on from their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. This is among the most lopsided matchups of the first round. The Nets, ranked No. 22 in FiveThirtyEight’s Power Ratings, are by far the worst team to make the postseason. With their 38-44 record and -2.9 point differential (the only playoff team in red), the Nets are lucky they’re in the Eastern Conference — further momentum for reform to the NBA’s postseason structure.Atlanta is coming off a franchise-record 60-win regular season; this should be a cakewalk for the Hawks (even after losing defensive stalwart Thabo Sefolosha to injury after a run-in with the NYPD). Atlanta is well-balanced: +2.9 points per 100 possessions on offense and +2.0 on defense. The Nets have a pedestrian offense (+1.1) but are a disaster on defense: At -4.7, their defensive rating is the fifth-worst in the league. If the Nets avoid a sweep, it’ll be an achievement. — Andrew Flowers With the latest FiveThirtyEight Power Ratings ranking the Spurs and Clippers as second and fourth, respectively, this matchup is one of the most compelling first-round matchups in recent memory.The defending champion Spurs enter this tournament as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference — far lower than the No. 2 seed they could have had if they had won their final game against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Despite that loss, they had a 21-4 record over their last 25 games, reasserting that they’re contenders despite a 19-18 stretch in the middle of the season.The story of their year has been the breakout of last year’s surprise finals MVP and zero-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs went 46-18 with him in the lineup, with an average margin of victory of 7.8 points per game — which would be second to Golden State’s 10.0 and matches the 7.8 they put up last year. Leonard’s 2014-15 Real Plus-Minus of 8.35 was second in basketball behind Stephen Curry’s, ahead of well-known small forward LeBron James’s. Oh, and he led the league in steals per game.The Clippers are no slouches, either — their SRS3SRS is a team’s margin of victory, adjusted for its strength of schedule. of 6.8 is second-highest in the league behind Golden State’s 10.0 (San Antonio is third, with 6.34). They’ve now won either 56 or 57 games in every full season of the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin era, yet their dynamic duo has not made it past the conference semifinals.Although the Clippers have home-court advantage, the FiveThirtyEight simulations give the Spurs the edge, with a 53 percent chance of advancing. In fact, despite being projected to play any Game 7 from here on out on the road, San Antonio has the third-best chance of winning the championship, at 12 percent. The model gives the Clippers the fourth-best chance, at 8 percent. — Benjamin Morris It’s current MVP contender versus aging MVP winner (but the current contender is the one with the beard). James Harden versus Dirk Nowitzki. The Beard led the league in WAR, according to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metrics. With Harden, Houston has the edge — a 66 percent chance of prevailing, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Beyond Harden’s consistency, the Rockets have otherwise ridden the injury luck roller coaster. They enter the playoffs having lost two important starters: versatile big man Donatas Motiejunas and the feisty defender Patrick Beverley at the point. On the other hand, Dwight Howard has returned after missing half the season. The Rockets will need him to maintain their solid +3.2 defensive rating.For the Mavs, it’s been a tale of two seasons. After surprising the league with a hot start, Dallas stagnated after the All-Star break, going 14-13. In FiveThirtyEight’s latest NBA Power Ratings, the Mavs rated as the worst of the Western Conference teams to make the playoffs — even behind the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans. — Andrew Flowers Portland won fewer games than Memphis (51 to 55) during the regular season, but because the Blazers won the comparatively weak Northwest division, they are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and the Grizzlies are the No. 5. But that seed advantage isn’t worth much. Since the Blazers had fewer wins, they will still be on the road for four of their seven potential games against Memphis. Making matters even more complicated, this series is so close that the question of home court could end up making all the difference. Only a tenth of a rating point separates them in our most recent power rankings. Our model gives the Grizzlies a 54 percent probability of winning, but that number would flip around to 53 percent for Portland if the Blazers had home court. Of course, the Grizzlies earned their home-court advantage by winning more games (against a tougher schedule, no less), and this arrangement is good for Portland, too — a 46 percent chance against Memphis is preferable to a 24 percent chance versus the Clippers, which is who they’d face if the conference were seeded purely by record. But this inverted 4-versus-5 matchup is another example of how convoluted and arbitrary the seeding process is in the NBA. And it’s another argument that the league should perhaps just ditch divisions (if not conferences) entirely. — Neil Paine You might think the Celtics should just be happy to be here. After all, in late February, they only had a 12 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Power Ratings. But rather than merely showing up, getting their souvenir T-shirt and accepting a first-round loss, Boston could give LeBron James and the mighty Cavaliers more trouble than they bargained for. While we can’t derive much meaning from the Celtics’ combined 216-168 margin over Cleveland in their two April matchups — the Cavs were mostly resting their key players — Boston is solid at both ends of the floor, with a great group of guards and a lot of depth. Over the course of the entire season, they were better offensively (relative to the league) than the Cavs’ defense was, and that only includes a few months of Isaiah Thomas. Our model says the Celtics are still unlikely to pull the upset, but they have the ingredients to be much more of a pest than they seemed to be a few months ago. — Neil Paine Western ConferenceEach team is led by one of the best players in basketball: Stephen Curry on Golden State and Anthony Davis on New Orleans. So why do we think Golden State has a 92 percent chance to advance? Because Curry is better, and has much better teammates. Draymond Green, a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year, rates higher than Davis in the Real Plus-Minus player ratings we’re using from Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. Warriors sub Andre Iguodala would be the second-best Pelican. But this might not be a sweep: In their two games against Golden State in New Orleans, the Pelicans won once and forced overtime in the other. But Golden State’s formidable offense should dominate the Pelicans’ subpar D. The Warriors look a lot more like a team for the ages — with an impressive 48 percent chance of winning it all — than like first-round upset fodder. (We were a little stunned by that 48 percent number, but Basketball-Reference.com gives the Warriors about the same odds.) — Carl Bialik This series features two teams that started out the season looking like they might be the next big thing (at least in the Eastern Conference). The fourth-seeded Toronto Raptors began the season 7-1 and made it all the way to 24-7 before a four-game losing streak started their 25-26 finish — with their final record only a one-win improvement on last year. The Wizards started out 4-1 and made it to 19-6, but have been 27-30 since, ultimately improving on last season’s 44-win campaign by just two wins.Both teams are led by All-Star point guards, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Washington’s John Wall, with Lowry making the All-Star team for the first time in the eighth year of his career (his third with the Raptors). ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus for this season ranks them as the fourth- and sixth-best point guards in 2015. Lowry performed a little worse than last year; his RPM dipped slightly from 4.3 to 4.1 and his WAR (wins above replacement) dipped from 11.6 to 9.4. But for Wall, 2014-15 was a big improvement on the year before: His 4.7 RPM and 12.1 WAR were both up from 2.2 and 8.3 last year, respectively.The FiveThirtyEight simulations give the Raptors a 60 percent chance of winning this series but don’t see either team as a championship contender. They give the Raptors a 1 percent chance of winning the title and the Wizards an even smaller chance. In the 10,000 simulations we ran, the Raptors or Wizards won the championship only 108 times, the fewest of any of the eight first-round matchups. — Benjamin Morris read more

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 30, 2015), we discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of NBA free agency. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Luke Ridnour was traded this week for the fourth time this offseason, to the Toronto Raptors.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the greatest Women’s World Cup game of all time.Andy Murray defending his coach ahead of Wimbledon.A full list of NBA free agents.Significant Digit: Luke Ridnour, the man that no team, and every team, wants. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

OSU center Pat Elflein (65) looks across the line of scrimmage during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorLast Saturday, Ohio State struggled in pass protection with a team that averaged just a half sack a game in Michigan State. Buckeyes’ quarterback J.T. Barrett was hurried three times, and hurried seven of his passes. Barrett, who threw for just 86 yards against the Spartans, has taken a high level of abuse in recent weeks, carrying the ball 35 times in the last two weeks, on top of being sacked. This year, OSU has allowed its quarterbacks to be dropped in the backfield 17 times through 11 games.Although OSU has given up over a sack a game, Michigan’s defensive line is a different kind of beast with pass rushing. On defense, the Wolverines have 36 sacks, more than the team had all last season, including bowl games.The tendency of quarterbacks to be injured by the Michigan defense this season has been noted by coaches from Jim Harbaugh’s staff. So far, five opposing starters have been knocked out of games with injuries when playing against the Maize and Blue. When asked about the topic, Michigan junior defensive end Chase Winovich said it is never something that teams take pride in, but it’s just a matter of fact when playing a sport as physical as football. After Maryland starter Perry Hills hurt his shoulder against the Wolverines, Winovich was unapologetic in his answer to why so many quarterbacks have been injured against his team.“It’s a violent game,” he said. “Nobody makes it out alive. Nobody’s safe in this game, especially if you’re playing quarterback against us. We’re coming.”While Winovich did express his desire for a quick recovery by Hills, the message was clear. Michigan pulls no punches when hitting opposing signal callers. OSU players were asked about the strange statistic on Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Adding to an already heated rivalry with serious playoff implications, many members of the team did not seem pleased with the comments made by the Michigan defensive end.Among them was redshirt junior guard Billy Price. Cooler heads prevailed for Price, who said he understood the tall order of keeping Barrett off the long list of injured starter“If you have a defensive line making a statement like that, that’s a challenge,” Price said. “We look forward to getting after it and protecting J.T.”Historically, the battle up front between Michigan and OSU has determined the outcome. The last time the Wolverines topped the Buckeyes, then-OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was dropped four times. Without time to pass, the Buckeyes could be in for a long game. Although OSU’s offensive attack depends mostly on running the ball and wearing down a defense, Michigan is allowing just 108 yards rushing per game to opponents.Even more frightening, Michigan has given up just four rushing touchdowns this season, one of the lowest marks in the entire NCAA. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been pitted against the Wolverines before, and has witnessed firsthand the physicality of the trenches in The Game. OSU has faced more than one stout defensive front this season, but Saturday will be the ultimate test.Even with a formidable defense wanting nothing more than to drag Barrett down in the backfield, Elflein remains confident in his unit’s ability to dictate the outcome and is unaffected by the comments made by Winovich.“I know they’re a good defensive line,” he said. “We’ve faced good defensive lines this year and I don’t really care about any (talk) because we are going to do our job and we’re going to run the ball and protect our quarterback.”Elflein and Price will get their chance to back their claims on Saturday in Ohio Stadium against Michigan. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:AIDS, beaches, christmas, Hiv, program Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Dec 2014 – In its second consecutive year Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa has invited all its team members to participate once again in our, “Share your Christmas” ( SYC) canned and non-perishable food drive. Celebrating the holiday season, the initiative has a host of activities centered on the spirit of giving and stewardship towards the community and the less fortunate.Along with a number of community outreach programs and environmental clean-up initiatives; Beaches Turks and Caicos has also launched its “Share your Christmas” Food Drive from December 10th – 24th 2014 to collect food items that will be donated directly to two (2) pantries that serve the less fortunate of the Turks and Caicos: The National HIV Prevention Unit and The Turks and Caicos Social Welfare Office.The HIV prevention unit assists directly with providing medical support services to those infected with the virus. The group also provides healthy meals daily to about 35-40 persons on the island of Providenciales who would not have the means to otherwise feed themselves. The TCI Social Welfare Office assist with providing financial support to the unemployed and under employed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They directly impact single mothers, children, the disabled and the elderly by providing them with monetary support and where possible, food and clothing in some cases. It is our hope that we will be able to collect enough canned goods and non-perishable items not only to assist both organizations with their continued efforts to ensure that all persons enrolled in one or more of these social programs has a healthy meal this holiday season but to also send a charge to other corporate citizens in the community to mobilize and assist in this effort! We also thank the IGA Supermarket Chain for partnering with us for a second year for their kind donation of two gift cards that will be given directly to Social Welfare and the National Aids Programs for the purchase of additional goods for the cause.A photo challenge capturing team member donations to the “Share Your Christmas Bins” made the initiative extra fun for all of our team members that graciously participated in this years’ SYC food drive. The food bins were situated at the security gates in the back of house, at the Caribbean and Key West Villages . We thank you for being our partners as we work together in eradicating poverty and HIV/AIDS throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.Let’s all get involved and share a little this holiday season. Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCIlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Apr 2015 – More could have been done to save British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, and Member for Wheeland, Delroy Williams charged in the House of Assembly that the PNP Administration is not a caring government as it refused to save BAFSL despite having a fat surplus. “Only to have this Government, Mr. Speaker, stand on the side and watch the company fail. If this was a caring government they would have given that insurance company a bail out, or loan or some sort of bail out.”Thousands of policy holders were expecting Government to help after the Premier’s promise to do so. Magnetic Media had learned that there was never that meeting by Hon Rufus Ewing with the Opposition to flesh out what could be done to save the decades’ old company. Hon Williams called it a shame. “Mr. Speaker some people can’t even get new insurance due to their age and failing, this government sat on the side and did nothing. Government talks about surplus, what is the use of having surplus when you are not helping your people.”The comments came during Budget Communication in the last sitting of the House of Assembly. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bafsl, British Atlantic Financial Services, delroy williams, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img read more

first_img Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:consultation, gaming policy 2015 Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Changes coming for National Parks laws; public consultation starts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Consultation on the Gaming Policy 2015 has been extended to November 16 and the PNP Administration today announced that they still welcome electronic and dropped off submissions of ideas.In a 37-page document, there is focus on licensing, types of gaming, form and system of taxation, reporting and control standards, safeguards for licensees, employees, patrons, devices for gaming and games rules. In announcing the consultation the Administration shared that as of 2013, there were 80 gaming properties and 535 active machines in the TCI.We’ve got the link to the policy and email information at MagneticMediaTV.com.Follow this link to the Gaming Policy 2015: http://issuu.com/rtcstation/docs/thegamingpolicydraft15thsep2015Email: gamingconsultation2015@gov.tclast_img read more

first_imgAll Schools/ General Public ThursdaySeptember 29thYouth Got TalentTalent Show7 pmLibrary Tennis Court Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Talent/Culture Night YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – North/Middle Caicos DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants FridaySeptember 30thFoot Steps For Good Charity Walk (Provo)Charity WalkFrom Clement Howell High to National StadiumClement Howell High to National Stadium7 amAll Schools/ General Public Raymond Gardiner High School WednesdaySeptember 28th WednesdaySeptember 28th Arts and Culture DayDisplay of arts and culture and games4:30pmNK Francis Park TuesdaySeptember 27thIsland Treasure HuntIsland Treasure HuntParade Ground5PM Friday30th September 2016 All Schools/ General Public TuesdaySeptember 27thInter- Primary Speech CompetitionEach school will have two contestants for our Quiz Competition.  Two schools will advance to the championship roundVenue TBA10am MondaySeptember 26thDevotions WednesdaySeptember 28th Events For National Youth Week DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants All Schools/ General Public Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public All Schools/ General Public All Schools/ General Public Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public PDM re-launches radio show for Youth Week All Schools/ General Public HJ Robinson HighHJ Robinson High A Taste of TCIForum on the evolution of Art and culture in TCI with sampling of locally made dishescenter_img Related Items:akierre missick speaks of national youth week, celebrating art and culture in the TCI, national youth week, national youth week 26th-30th of September MondaySeptember 26thDevotionsDevotions with all schools to commemorate Youth DayMethodist Church9:00amAll Schools/ General Public Culture event promoting TCI heritageVenue TBA7PM SundaySeptember 25thNational Youth Day Service Church ServiceChurch Service to  commemorate Youth DayHJ Robinson Parade Ground Youth Parliament Launched; Looking for Passionate people Cultural ConcertCulture event promoting TCI heritageRegatta Village7PM MondaySeptember 25thDevotionsDevotions to  commemorate Youth DayClement Howell High8:40amClement Howell High YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – PROVIDENCIALES YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – GRAND TURK All Schools/ General Public WednesdaySeptember 28th YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – SOUTH CAICOS ThursdaySeptember 29thInter- house Speech CompetitionEach house will have 2 contestants for the competition.  There will be the winning house, and the best speaker award.Venue TBA10am TuesdaySeptember 27thSpeech CompetitionSpeech CompetitionOna Glinton Primary10am All Schools/ General Public Recommended for you DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants TuesdaySeptember 27th Students/ General Public All Schools/ General Public Gustavus Sports Complex10am Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 23, 2016 – In keeping with the United Nations International Youth Day; The Department of Youth Affairs is please to celebrate National Youth Week 2016 under the theme “Celebrating Art and Culture in TCI” during  26th-30th September 2016.  National Youth Week events are scheduled for all the islands at both Primary and High school level. There will be speech competitions on North Caicos and Grand Turk, a culturally themed island treasure hunt on South Caicos as well as local youth artist performances throughout.All highlighted by the Jazz in the Garden themed concert on Friday 30th September 2016 which will showcase the talents of schools from around the islands at the National Stadium on Providenciales.Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Akierra Missick stated; “This year’s events are centered on allowing young people to express themselves through the various arts.   This outlet is an opportunity to demonstrate both cultural and personal identity while also learning of the importance of preserving Turks & Caicos Islands long and storied cultural background.” Arts ExhibitionDisplay of arts and craft by local artistProvo Public Library12 pm Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public MondaySeptember 26thInter- Primary SchoolGeneral DevotionAll Primary schools will combine for devotionsVenue TBA8:40amAll Schools/ General Publiclast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Nassau –SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED FOR AN ILLEGAL GUNConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division officers, took an adult male security officer into custody following the seizure of an illegal handgun on Monday 16th October 2017.   According to reports, shortly after 4:00am, a team of officers from the Mobile division acting on information conducted a search of a security officer at a nightclub located at 6th Terrace Centerville and uncovered a Sig Sauer pistol with 4 rounds of ammunition. The male was subsequently taken into custody in connection with this seizure.TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES IN HOSPITALA man, who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident on Monday 9th October 2017, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly before 1:00am, the victim was driving his motorcycle on East Street near Andros 2 Avenue, when he collided with a Nissan Bus driven by an adult male. The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital where he was detained in critical condition.Investigations are ongoing.INVESTIGATION IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING DEATH CONTINUESPolice are appealing to members of the public to come forth with any information that may assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly after 11:30pm, police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of Meadow Street and Hospital Lane. When officers arrived on the scene they found the lifeless body of an adult male who had been shot. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.Investigations are on going.TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES IN HOSPITALA man, who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident on Monday 9th October 2017, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly before 1:00am, the victim was driving his motorcycle on East Street near Andros Avenue, when he collided with a Nissan Bus driven by an adult male. The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital where he was detained in critical condition.Investigations are ongoing.INVESTIGATION IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING DEATH CONTINUESPolice are appealing to members of the public to come forth with any information that may assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 15th October 2017.According to reports shortly after 11:30pm, police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of Meadow Street and Hospital Lane. When officers arrived on the scene they found the lifeless body of an adult male who had been shot.Investigations are on going.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY 3 CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK – If a crime occurs – report it!Everyone should consider it his/her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur. If you don’t report crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.last_img read more

first_imgInter chief executive Guiseppe Marotta insists the club have no doubts Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract with the Italian club.Despite his current deal tying him to Inter until 2021, Icardi has been linked with a move away from the Nerazurri.Icardi’s agent Wanda Nara said the former Sampdoria striker will renew, having previously claimed the Argentina international was nowhere near signing a contract extension amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.Speaking prior to Saturday’s 0-0 draw at against Sassuolo, Marotta said Icardi is close to extending his contract.“We have no doubts that Mauro Icardi will remain here, as we are happy with him and vice versa,” Marotta said, according to FourFourTwo.“The only remaining issue is when to put pen to paper on the contracts.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Inter, meanwhile, are odds on favorite to sign Atletico centre-half Diego Godin as a free agent.The Uruguay international is out of contract at the end of the season and the 32-year-old is reportedly set to join Inter.Asked about Godin, Marotta said: “I have to underline that Inter have a very strong appeal, as many players are looking for us and agents knock on our door. This is flattering, as it means we represent a reference point in the world of football.”“There are champions who present themselves, that we don’t want to let get away, and Godin is one of them. We are ready to welcome such profiles and I want to underline that Godin will be a free agent in June.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Twitter has launched a new search tool to combat the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the social network.Users will now be prompted to visit a credible public health resource when they search on Twitter for certain keywords related to vaccines, Twitter said in a blog post Friday. In the US, Twitter has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to direct users to the agency’s Vaccines.gov.A search for the word “vaccines,” for example, generates a message at the top of users’ feeds that says “To make sure you get the best information on vaccinations, resources are available from the US Department of Health & Human Services.” Twitter The new tool comes as tech companies face mounting pressure from lawmakers, activists and health experts to prevent anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation may have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US.Other tech companies have also beefed up their efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines. Facebook said in March it would demote the ranking of groups or pages that spread misinformation about vaccines on its News Feed and in search results. Pinterest blocked anti-vaccination searches and has tried to pull down anti-vax content. In February, YouTube said it would remove ads from videos that feature anti-vaccination content.The new search prompt is available on iOS, Android, and mobile.twitter.com in the US (in English and Spanish), Canada (in English and French), UK, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. Tags Internet Services Wellness 0 Post a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Dell Intel Meet Alienware’s Aurora and Dell’s G5 gaming desktops 0 4:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Although IFA 2019, Europe’s largest consumer tech show, doesn’t start until Sept. 6, Dell is already getting its big news out. The company’s top ultraportable laptop, the XPS 13, will be updated with Intel’s 10th-gen 14nm processors, including a six-core Intel Core i7-10710U. In fact, most of Dell’s Inspiron lineup will be flipped to the new chips as well. To be clear, these are not the 10th-generation 10nm Ice Lake Core processors that you’ll find in Dell’s XPS 13 two-in-one, the world’s first Project Athena-verified laptop. Instead, these are 14nm Comet Lake CPUs that include the aforementioned six-core i7 and a speed bump in supported memory up to LP4x-2933, LPDDR3-2133 and DDR4-2666 (the XPS 13 uses up to 16GB DDR3 2,133MHz). Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 are in the supporting chipset, unlike Ice Lake, which incorporates those into the CPU die. 26 Photos Post a comment Share your voice The current XPS 13 earned a CNET Editors’ Choice award earlier this year due to its overall design, features, performance and lengthy 12-hour battery life. The new six-core processor should help it retain its title as “the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class” by boosting its speed while still letting us work through a flight or binge-watch shows from morning to night.  The updated Dell XPS 13 will be available Aug. 27. 02-dell-inspiron-14-7000Dell’s new Inspiron 14 7000 weighs less than 2.5 pounds. Sarah Tew/CNET Several of Dell’s Inspiron laptops will be updated with the new 10th-gen Comet Lake processors and joined by a new Inspiron 14 7000. Though the Inspiron models don’t typically have the premium touches of the XPS line, the 14 7000 is build from lightweight magnesium alloy to keep its weight under 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). An updated hinge design lets you open it one-handed and there’s a new lid sensor, so the laptop will boot the instant you lift the lid. Other upscale touches include a fingerprint reader, narrow bezels around its 14-inch FHD display — available with or without touch — and a 100% sRGB color gamut. It’ll be available with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX250 discrete GPU, too.The new Inspiron 14 7000 is currently expected to be available in October.  A few simple tweaks make the Dell XPS 13 a near-perfect… Tags Computers Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgTrinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee described the Centre sending the advisory as a conspiracy against the state government.Major conspiracy by BJP home minister to destabilise #Bangla govt will be countered: Partha Chatterjeeবাংলাকে অশান্ত করার ষড়যন্ত্রের বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিরোধ হবে: তৃণমূলRead More >> https://t.co/X5SK79muh3 pic.twitter.com/JBOXVDfssV— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 10, 2019 BJP in the state took to twitter and blamed the TMC workers for the murder of Anil Singh, a BJP worker from Englishbazar, on Wednesday, June 12,  just hours before the march.Anil Singh, another BJP worker from Englishbazar, Malda was brutally murdered and burnt by @mamataofficial’s goons. He was missing from last few days. Why are the chest thumping liberals of ‘award wapasi’ fame silent now? Is it because West Bengal is not ruled by the BJP, yet? pic.twitter.com/WN3Ajhuxb4— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) June 12, 2019The state had seen violence in the run up to the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections as well. West Bengal Governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi, also expressed concern after the violence North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. “Governor Tripathi is sad at unfortunate loss of lives and properties of citizens. Extends his heartfelt sympathy for families of deceased. Appeals to all to see to it that no violent incidents take place, and peace and harmony prevail in state,” the governor’s press secretary said. West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy wrote to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on June 11, claiming that there has been a “complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.”West Bengal: BJP leader Mukul Roy writes to Home Minister Amit Shah in response to the letter TMC wrote to HM on June 9; states,’There has been a complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.’ pic.twitter.com/2tCLcTJOCl— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019center_img Kolkata Police resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the mob.TwitterThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were lathi-charged and tear-gassed by the Kolkata Police on Wednesday, June 12, during a rally conducted to protest against the killing of its party workers in the state. “Several BJP workers including state general secretary Raja Banerjee were injured in the lathi-charge,” the official Twitter handle of BJP in Bengal tweeted. Close to one lakh people were expected to take part in the march held by the BJP in West Bengal, which called for the arrest of the killers of BJP workers and demanded maximum punishment for them. The march, which began at central Kolkata’s Subodh Mullick Square, was supposed to conclude at the Kolkata Police Headquarters in Lalbazar. The state has seen numerous instances of political violence in the days after the Lok Sabha election of 2019. Both the Trinamool Congress and BJP have blamed each other for the political killings of party workers and stoking political unrest. TwitterEvents that led to the present situation in the state:Ahead of the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, Amit Shah held a roadshow in West Bengal on May 14, during which a violent clash broke out between the TMC and BJP workers. The Vidyasagar college was ransacked and the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised. “Today, the way BJP’s roadshow got a response in Kolkata, with almost every citizen attending it, TMC’s goons were frustrated and so attacked it. I would like to congratulate the BJP workers as even after such chaos the roadshow continued and concluded at the planned place and time,” Amit Shah had said, after the incident. Amit Shah had also accused the TMC of creating an atmosphere of violence in West Bengal. Speaking at a press conference at the BJP headquarter in Delhi, Shah said: “In the last six phases, only Bengal has witnessed violence. Mamata Banerjee claims that BJP is behind the violence [in Bengal]. I want to tell her you are fighting on just 42 seats. We are fighting across the country. We are pitted against everyone but there has been no violence elsewhere.” Responding to Shah’s comments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will give a befitting reply to the BJP hooligans who vandalised Vidyasagar college. Sharing videos of the incident on Twitter, TMC leader Derek O’Brien also said: “Desperate BJP goons from outside Bengal smash a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar inside the college. Violent mob of BJP ‘outsiders’ in presence of Pukeworthy Shah. How little you know about Bengal, its rich history, its culture. Bengal will never forgive for what you did today.” Tensions between BJP and the ruling TMC only increased after BJP managed to secure 18 out of the total 42 seats in the LS polls. The Trinamool Congress had to settle with 22 seats while the Congress party won two seats in the state. CM Mamata Banerjee also imposed a ban on victory processions of the BJP earlier this month, stating that they were triggering violence across Bengal, and instructed the police to take “strong action against BJP leaders if they try to create trouble”. The BJP, however, had reportedly vowed to defy the ban on its political programmes, including victory processions. The BJP in the state observed a “black day” across the state on June 10 to protest against the killings of its workers. Further clashes had broken out during the day when police allegedly stopped BJP workers from taking away the bodies of the slain party workers. Instances of continuing tension in the state:    A Bharatiya Janata Party worker in West Bengal was killed while putting up the party’s flags in Burdwan district on May 30.Two Trinamool Congress workers were killed in two separate incidents in West Bengal, on June 4 and 5. TMC supporters blamed BJP for both the killings. BJP MP from Cooch Behar refuted the claims made by TMC workers and said that the killings took place because of personal issues.Three BJP workers and a TMC worker were killed in a clash that broke out over removing party flags in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. The BJP carried out a bandh, blocked roads and held protests across the state afterwards.The Home Ministry issued an advisory on June 9, stating that the Centre had viewed the current situation in West Bengal with “deep concern.” “The centre has expressed deep concern over continuing violence in West Bengal even after conclusion of General Elections and issued an advisory to the State Government,” a senior home ministry official reportedly said.West Bengal government called the instances of violence “stray post-poll clashes” and said that “firm and appropriate actions” were initiated in all cases of violence in a letter addressed to the Union Home Ministry on June 9. “The situation is under control and it may not be construed under any circumstance to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the State to maintain the rule of law and impure confidence among the people,” the letter said.Families of victims of post-poll violence to be offered compensation: Bangla CMরাজনৈতিক হিংসায় সকল নিহতদের পরিবারকে ক্ষতিপূরণ দেওয়া হবে: মুখ্যমন্ত্রীRead More >> https://t.co/UMJXbVBPnF pic.twitter.com/1KdZk6fZgk— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 11, 2019last_img read more

first_imgIn separate incidents, a schoolgirl has been raped allegedly by an intern at a hospital and a minor girl by an imam in Sylhet, and a newlywed housewife gang-raped in Kushtia, reports UNB.In Sylhet, an intern of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital was arrested on Monday allegedly for raping a schoolgirl at the hospital.The arrestee is Makkam Ahmed Mahi, an intern at the ENT department of the hospital and son of Mokhlesur Rahman of Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh district.Officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station Golam Sadek Kawsar Dastagir said they arrested Mahi at noon while the victim was admitted to the One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of the hospital.He said the girl was with her sick grandmother at the hospital. Around 3:00am on Monday, she went to the doctor’s room to get the prescription understand. However, Mahi who was on duty at that time raped the girl.As the girl narrated the incident to her parents in the morning, they lodged a complaint with hospital director AKM Mahbubul Haq.Later, the hospital authorities handed Mahi to police.The hospital director said they will form a probe committee to look into the incident.Besides, police arrested a mosque imam from Hazarik village in Jakiganj upazila on Sunday night for rapping an eight-year-old girl.The arrestee is Hafiz Hasan, 25, son of Kutub Ali of Daulatpur village in the upazila. He was the imam of Hazarichak Paschim Jam-e-Mosque.Habibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Jakiganj police station, said Hafiz tactfully took the girl to his room on the veranda of the mosque on Sunday and raped her there.Later, he fed the victim with sleeping pills and dumped her beneath his bed. The victim was rescued in an unconscious condition in the evening.In Kushtia, a newlywed housewife was reportedly gang-raped for three days after being abducted from Ramanathpur village in Khoksa upazila.Victim’s uncle alleged that local mason Dobir Sheikh, son of Habibur Rahman of the village, had long been harassing the victim after his proposal to marry her was rejected by the family. The family instead married her to a youth of nearby village recently.Dabir and his associates abducted the housewife on Saturday morning while she was coming to visit her father’s house.They took her to an undisclosed location and raped her keeping her confined there, the uncle alleged.The alleged rapists abandoned the victim at his house on Monday morning, he said.Talukdar Asaduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Khoksa police station, said he went to visit the victim at Kushtia General Hospital but she was to speak.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina — Collected from Forbes siteSeeking a consecutive third-term in office in the 30 December elections, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked the 26th most powerful woman in the world.German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the list for the eighth year in a row in the ranking by Forbes magazine published on 4 December.Britain’s Theresa May has been placed at 2nd position, head of the IMF Christine Lagarde 3rd, Oprah Winfrey at 20th, Queen Elizabeth II at 23rd and US president Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump at 24th position.Sheikh Hasina, serving also as president of ruling Awami League since 1981, moved up to 26th position from 30th in 2017 and 36th in 2016 on the Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women on earth.“The 2018 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact,” Forbes said in a statement.It lauded premier Hasina for working on the safe repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar, she was quoted to have said that Bangladesh cannot bear the burden of permanent shelter.Forbes also criticised the regime for authoritarian attitude and undermining democracy as the elections approach.The opposition parties demanded level-playing field for free and fair elections, alleging a variety of measures to thwart their candidates and campaigners from contesting the polls smoothly.Sheikh Hasina also served as a prime minister between 1996 and 2001.last_img read more

first_imgPakistani security officials and volunteers search the site after a suicide bombing at an election rally in Peshawar on 10 July. Photo: AFPA suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 13 people, including a politician, in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, amid concerns about security ahead of national polls later this month.The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for 25 July.“The attack killed at least 13 people, including (Haroon) Bilour,” Peshawar city police chief Qazi Jameel told AFP.Officials said at least 54 people were wounded.Haroon Bilour was one of the ANP’s election candidates and belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.His father Bashir Bilour, one of the ANP’s top leaders, was also killed by a suicide bomber in 2012.“According to our initial investigation, it was a suicide attack and Haroon Bilour… was the target,” police official Shafqat Malik told AFP.Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.Local television channels broadcast live scenes of ambulances arriving at the site and rushing victims to the hospital. Some people were seen crying.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but there have been dozens of such bombings in recent years in Peshawar.They have often been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and their allies.The city is considered a gateway to Pakistan’s troubled semi-autonomous tribal regions, where many militant groups-including al Qaeda-operated until the government launched operations to oust them.Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Peshawar.‘Big ball of fire’This was the first major attack on a campaign event for Pakistan’s 25 July general election.Police chief Jameel said the number of casualties was high because the ANP event was taking place at a house in a narrow street.An AFP reporter saw human remains, shoes, broken chairs, and caps littered at the scene.Sartaj Khan, an ANP supporter, sustained wounds on his feet.“I lost consciousness after the blast. The last thing I saw was a big ball of fire,” he said.Another party worker, Yaseen Khan, said a deafening explosion rocked the compound as Haroon Bilour shook hands with supporters.Pakistan’s Election Commission has asked the military to help hold a “free and fair election” in the face of security threats.More than 380,000 personnel will be deployed for the elections, according to Major General Asif Ghafoor, the military spokesman.The ANP and its ally the Pakistan Peoples Party were unable to campaign for the last general election in 2013 because of threats and attacks on their events and supporters by Islamist militant groups like the Pakistani Taliban.But ANP leaders have vowed to continue their campaign this year despite the bombing in Peshawar.Pakistan has been fighting a home grown insurgency since 2004, when militants displaced by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan came to its border tribal areas.These groups have often targeted political parties and leaders opposed to their views. Officials have said that while the threat remains, militants have been significantly weakened because of military operations in recent years.Pakistani militant organisations have claimed responsibility for attacks on several prominent political figures, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.last_img read more

first_img Share Craig LemoultGarbage and debris pile up outside of homes damaged from flooding.Driving around Greater Houston in recent days, you’ve surely seen the debris piles. Heaped at the curbs of many homes and businesses, residents are cleaning out their flood-damaged properties.You’ll see soggy furniture, appliances, stripped-out sheetrock, and countless other belongings destroyed by the murky floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. And then multiply those contents by the thousands of homes affected by the storm and you can’t help but wonder where all this trash will go – and how?Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s making debris collection a priority throughout the city, but he doesn’t know how long that’ll take.“What I’ve said is that we will operate with the highest degree of urgency, that we will expand our capacity, trucks, contracts,” he says.San Antonio has sent contractors to Houston to assist with the effort, and the cities of Austin and Dallas plan to join in as well. With the additional help, the mayor says Houston’s landfills will have no problem accommodating it all.“One thing about Houston, you know, we’re a big city we have capabilities other cities do not have,” he says.The flood damaged 126,000 homes. Houston’s solid waste department says it’ll take on average one large garbage truck per household to remove all the debris.To learn more about efforts to clean up debris in one particular neighborhood, we talk with News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter, who’s been covering this story. She recently talked with a family in southeast Houston that’s trying to clean out their flooded house. And she talked with a supervisor with the city’s Solid Waste Department who’s working the neighborhood.last_img read more

first_imgAyars and Meghan Schneider are both in their second stints with the U21 squad after being initially selected in July 2018. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionsCarter Ayars (Wilmington, Del.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region selection and was named to the ACC Field Hockey Championship all-tournament team in 2017. The defender started 17 games in 2018 and anchored the Cardinals’ defense which produced five shutouts and a 1.27 team goals-against average. Story Links Walsh (Louisville, Ky.) started all 19 games during her senior season and led the Cardinals with a career-high 11 assists.Stone and Walsh were also named to the U.S. Development Team in July 2018. Stone was a member of the U21 team and the U19 team for two years apiece. The U-21 USWNT will travel April 17-24 to Monchengladbach, Germany for a 3 Nations Invitational with Germany’s U-21 team and Great Britain’s U-21 team, where they will play two games against each opponent at both the Viersener Tennis and Hockey Club and Warsteiner HockeyPark.U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Schedule:Saturday, April 20             U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 11:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          12:00 p.m. ETTuesday, April 23              U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 10:00 a.m. ETWednesday, April 24       U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          11:00 a.m. ET The U.S. Women’s National Development Squad embark on a tour of The Netherlands April 13-22 where they will play two games against the Scotland senior team, one against Belgium’s U-21 team and the Stichtsche Cricket en Hockeyclub (SCHC) team at the AMHC Rood-Wit and SCHC. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionFreshman Katie Schneider (San Diego, Calif.) was selected to the USWNT U19 team in January after having been previously selected to participate in USA Field Hockey’s U19 and U17 Junior National Camps. As a freshman at UofL, the forward played in 19 games and three starts and scored four goals. Katie Schneider was named the USWNT U-19 travel roster while Carter Ayars and Meghan Schneider will travel to Europe with the USWNT U21 squad. Additionally, Taylor Stone, Katie Walsh and Erin McCrudden were selected to the USWNT Development Squad’s traveling roster for its tour in The Netherlands. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad SelectionsStone (Herndon, Va.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association and all-ACC selection (2017, 2018), earning her most recent nods after starting all 19 games for the Cardinals. The defender/midfielder finished her senior season tied for third on the team with five goals. McCrudden (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) completed her senior season at UofL in 2016 and earned NFHCA All-America honors that year. She was named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad in 2016 and went on to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and competed in 13 international caps. The U-19 USWNT will travel to Dusseldorf to take on Germany’s U-18 team twice and Belgium’s U-18 team once at the Dusseldorfer Hockey Club.U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team Schedule:Thursday, April 18            U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 1:00 p.m. ETSaturday, April 20             U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Belgium                   10:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 6:00 a.m. ET The selections were made by the USA Field Hockey Junior High Performance Staff following additional training camps in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia over the past month. The University of Louisville field hockey program is well-represented in the USA Field Hockey program with six current or former players listed among the High Performance Tours to Europe in late April. Meghan Schneider (San Diego, Calif.), previously spent two years as a member of USA Field Hockey U19 team. The sophomore started every game this past season and scored her first career goal when she delivered the game winner against UMass Lowell. She was a valuable part of the defense with registered five shutouts and held opponents to a 1.27 goals-against average. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Schedule:Monday, April 14              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETTuesday, April 16              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETThursday, April 18            USWNT Devo vs. U-21 Belgium                   7:30 a.m. ETFriday, April 19                  USWNT Devo vs. SCHC                                   12:00 p.m. ET Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in South Africa has found that African penguins sometimes work together to corral fish to allow for more efficient foraging. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes how they studied the birds, what they found and why they believe the penguins might go extinct if something does not change soon. Citation: African penguins found to work together to corral fish for foraging (2017, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-african-penguins-corral-fish-foraging.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Emperor penguins use sea ice to rest between long foraging periods Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencecenter_img Explore further More information: Alistair M. McInnes et al. Group foraging increases foraging efficiency in a piscivorous diver, the African penguin, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170918AbstractMarine piscivores have evolved a variety of morphological and behavioural adaptations, including group foraging, to optimize foraging efficiency when targeting shoaling fish. For penguins that are known to associate at sea and feed on these prey resources, there is nonetheless a lack of empirical evidence to support improved foraging efficiency when foraging with conspecifics. We examined the hunting strategies and foraging performance of breeding African penguins equipped with animal-borne video recorders. Individuals pursued both solitary as well as schooling pelagic fish, and demonstrated independent as well as group foraging behaviour. The most profitable foraging involved herding of fish schools upwards during the ascent phase of a dive where most catches constituted depolarized fish. Catch-per-unit-effort was significantly improved when targeting fish schools as opposed to single fish, especially when foraging in groups. In contrast to more generalist penguin species, African penguins appear to have evolved specialist hunting strategies closely linked to their primary reliance on schooling pelagic fish. The specialist nature of the observed hunting strategies further limits the survival potential of this species if Allee effects reduce group size-related foraging efficiency. This is likely to be exacerbated by diminishing fish stocks due to resource competition and environmental change. African penguins live off the southern coast of Africa. Like other penguins, they survive by eating small fish—in this cased, their diet is generally sardines and anchovies. But the African penguins have also been found to engage in a fishing behavior that has never been seen in penguins before—group coordinated foraging.Noting that the African penguin population has been dwindling due to diminished ocean fisheries over the past several decades, the researchers decided to take a closer look at their feeding habits. They affixed miniature cameras to the backs of 12 of the birds and used the data to create video for review. In all, the team amassed 14 hours of video, which revealed a lot about the life of the penguins.In addition to footage showing the penguins preening, there was also evidence of how they fished. The researchers report that the birds did their foraging alone approximately 66 percent of the time—the other 33 percent of the time, they worked together as a cohesive unit to usher fish into columns and then into balls. Dolphins have been seen doing the same on many occasions, but this was the first time it has been seen in penguins. Corralling the fish into a ball allows for easier foraging. In watching the video footage, researchers were able to compare the efficiency of fishing alone versus fishing with a group, and found that when the birds fished together, they were more than twice as efficient. The team also found evidence of the birds communicating prior to collaborative foraging, suggesting they planned their assault on their prey.The researchers note that the population of African penguins has dropped from 4 or 5 million two centuries ago to just 50,000 today, which possibly explains why they coordinate their foraging so seldom despite the near guarantee of more food—there are not always enough of them around to form a large enough group. 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