7 Nov
2019

WA reclaim Barbarians Cup

first_imgWestern Australia dominated the 2008 Barbarians Cup in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, scoring an 8-1 series win to reclaim the touch football title they lost to the Northern Territory in Darwin last year.With the Western Tigers claiming a win in each of the three divisions on the opening night, the teams went into Saturday’s round of games full of confidence that the title would be returned to WA.Both the Mixed and Women’s divisions saw WA take a clean sweep, but once again it was the Men’s Open division that went down to the wire after both WA and the NT came into the final game of the tournament with one win each.After losing the second game to a NT team inspired by former Youth World Cup star Kelvin Caspani, the Tigers came out running hard in the final match, lead by another World Cup player in Andrew Knox.At half time WA held a 5-1 advantage, and went on with the job to take the game 7-3 and the series win. Caspani and Knox – both former Australian players – have been National Touch League team-mates for a number of years and are no doubt likely to be re-united in the Barbarians Men’s Open team for the NTL in March in NSW.TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford has hinted that after the success of the tournament in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this year, there is every chance the competition could return to the gold capital at some stage in the future.The two day series had never been staged outside the metropolitan area before.“There’s been a great response from the local community to the Barbarians Cup this year, and we’re thrilled that the Department of Sport and Recreation were able to bring this event to Kalgoorlie”, Bamford said.“The support of the Goldfields Touch Association and from BHP and Norilsk also meant the kids and staff from Lakeland Senior High School in Perth could come along and get involved in the community programs. It’s certainly the kind of program we’d love to take to the country again.”Thanks to Jarrod Lucas from The Kalgoorlie Miner for providing the article content.Results:Mixed OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-6Game 2: WA def NT 14-9Game 3: WA def NT 5-1Women’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-1Game 2: WA def NT 6-3Game 3: WA def NT 8-1Men’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 7-4Game 2: NT def WA 8-6Game 3: WA def NT 7-3last_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

Cargo Ship Priscilla Refloated from Pentland Skerries

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Thurso RNLI Dutch cargo ship MV Priscilla was successfully refloated in the evening hours of July 25, a week after it grounded on the Pentland Skerries.According to the HM Coastguard, the vessel was freed at around 9 pm local time. Following an initial assessment, the authorities agreed that the ship was in safe condition to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles.MV Priscilla arrived at its destination in the morning hours on July 26. The ship will undergo a further assessment, including an underwater dive inspection, at the safe anchorage.Prior to the refloating attempt, salvors Multraship, Ardent and the ship’s operator Wagenborg removed 28 tonnes of marine gas oil (MGO) from the vessel and completed cargo discharge operations.last_img

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17 Oct
2019

Alberta to expand airborne monitoring of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta has begun monitoring oilsands emissions from the sky.The province’s environmental monitoring agency is using airborne sensing equipment to measure the release of greenhouse gases and other chemicals over oilsands mines north of Fort McMurray.Chief scientist Fred Wrona says the program is to be expanded to cover other parts of the province and all kinds of heavy oil and bitumen production.Airborne monitoring recently revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from some parts of the oilpatch have been being badly underestimated.Wrona says the method will produce a better idea of what’s being released from which facilities.He adds it will also help scientists create baseline information in advance of future development.last_img

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13 Oct
2019

Lord Taylor flagship counting down hours to closure

first_imgNEW YORK — After 104 years, the countdown is on for the last hours of Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows is shutting down Wednesday after a blowout sale that has left whole floors empty. Surviving floors still offer an assembly line of racks stuffed with clothes all going for $5.99 that once sold for as much as $100.The 11-story building has been sold to the We Work space-leasing company for more than $850 million.Forty-five other, smaller Lord & Taylor stores remain open, mostly on the East Coast. In addition, Lord & Taylor-branded merchandise is being sold online through the Walmart website.The brand is owned by Canadian corporate giant Hudson’s Bay Company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

VVIP Chopper deal case Court dismisses alleged defence agents bail plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe agency had said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here.last_img

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12 Oct
2019

Morsis family not to attend trial session

first_imgCAIRO  – The family of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said on Sunday the deposed leader is unfazed by what it described as “trumped up” charges against him, and asserted they would not attend the first session of his trial, due on Monday.In a statement sent exclusively to Anadolu Agency, the family cast doubts on the authenticity of statements that the Egyptian daily Al-Watan claims that Morsi had said during his meetings with visiting politicians and rights groups from his unknown detention place since July 3.The paper said it obtained leaked recordings of Morsi’s meetings at his detention place, which is still being kept secret. The family said releasing the statements one day before the trial’s first session aims to influence the public.The statement was signed by Morsi’s elder son, Osama, who identified himself as the official spokesman of the “abducted legitimate Egyptian president”.“The president is steadfast despite months of violations against his rights as a president and a citizen and despite all the smear campaigns launched against him by a people of no value,” Morsi’s family wrote in the statement.It said the ousted president would not be brought down to his knees by “trumped up” charges or “kangaroo courts.”Morsi is due to appear for the first time since his July 3 ouster in court to face charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December when he was a president.At least 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and ex-presidential aides are due to appear with him in court as well.The families of seven of the defendants in the case already said they would not attend the trial because they don’t recognize the court’s legitimacy.– RecordingsAccording to al-Watan newspaper, Morsi said during a meeting with Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, that he was illegally detained and this should not happen to a head of state.He called on the European Union and the United States to intervene for his reinstatement, promising to redress the mistakes he had committed during his one year of rule, according to the newspaper, which said it has video and audio recordings of Morsi’s statements.It said Morsi expressed objection to holding a public referendum to decide whether he should stay in office or hold early presidential elections, saying the Egyptian constitution did not contain articles that make this possible.Al-Watan said it would post the video and audio recordings of Morsi’s statements to prove the authenticity of what it marketed as a “scoop.”It said Morsi insisted during his meeting with another political delegation to describe his ouster as a “military coup”, saying that he is still the president according to the constitution.Morsi, however, said he was being treated well at his detention place.He said he rejects his trial, saying the president should have different grilling procedures according to the constitution, the newspaper said.“If I go to the court I will defend myself before the judges,” Morsi was quoted by the newspaper in its report as saying. “I am not involved in the killing of demonstrators. I will say this to the judges.”By Hussein al-Qabanilast_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals must look to younger players after loss to Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a game-winning safety in overtime at Sun Life Stadium Oct. 31. The Dolphins won, 22-20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTAfter four straight wins the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) fell to the Miami Dolphins (4-4)  in overtime, 22-20, which also ended Miami’s four-game losing streak.Quarterback Andy Dalton was hot coming into the game, having thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his previous three games. But against Miami, he turned the ball over four times, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.The Dolphins raced to an early 17-3 lead behind a strong ground game, gaining 142 rushing yards in the first half. To make matters worse, in the second quarter, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins went down with an injury to his right ACL. This came less than two weeks after Cincinnati lost its top cornerback, Leon Hall, to an Achilles tear.Cincinnati rookie running back Giovani Bernard (nine carries, 79 yards) stepped up and scored twice for the Bengals on the ground. The second one was an electrifying 35-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he was nearly tackled for a significant loss before shedding tacklers, turning outside to the left and then finally cutting back to the right to tie the game. But soon after, Bernard would also leave the game with a rib injury.Cincinnati and Miami exchanged field goals in the last two minutes, sending the game to overtime. After the Dolphins failed to score, the Bengals moved the ball to Miami’s 39-yard line. But instead of attempting a 56-yard field goal, Cincinnati opted to punt.It was a questionable move as kicker Mike Nugent had already nailed a 54-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter. Also, two games earlier, he hit a game winning 54-yard against the Detroit Lions as time expired.After the Dolphins failed to score again, the Bengals received the ball again at their own eight-yard line. On third and 10, Dalton went back to pass but was quickly sacked for the fifth time in the game, this one in the end zone to end the game on a safety. Wake (three sacks) shot up the middle almost untouched for the game winner.With Dalton and the offense once again struggling and the defense limping, Cincinnati can only hope young players like Bernard step up to change the dynamic of the team. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Football Ohio State releases Week 6 depth chart before Maryland game

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 6 depth chart Tuesday prior to its matchup against Maryland at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.As expected, the major changes to the depth chart all came from the defensive line. Head coach Urban Meyer had announced Monday redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones will not play Saturday after he suffered a “freak” injury last week during practice when he cut his leg on a locker.In his place, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell is the first name that appears, but no player is bolded as a starter. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes started at defensive tackle against Rutgers alongside redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle.At the strong safety position, sophomore Jordan Fuller was listed as the starter alongside senior Damon Webb, the starter at free safety. Fuller had previously been listed as a co-starter with senior Erick Smith, but Meyer said Monday that Smith would not play and that he had “to handle his business.” Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as the backup at safety behind Fuller.The other change made was redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger is now listed as the starting kickoff specialist. The position had previously been held by freshman Blake Haubeil. Meyer said Monday while kickoff coverage is “getting back to the expectation level we have,” he was still unsatisfied with how Haubeil was performing and said the team was “not good at that position.”The depth chart can be found here. read more

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10 Sep
2019

PewDiePie bro army sneaks memefilled ad page onto WSJcom

first_imgFelix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has taken issue with reporting by the Wall Street Journal in the past.  Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET PewDiePie’s bro army has hit back at a publisher that hit PewDiePie first.  The Wall Street Journal’s website was compromised with a page supporting PewDiePie in the race to keep his channel’s status as YouTube’s most-subscribed. The page, which claimed the WSJ was apologizing to the YouTube star and had fired journalists who misrepresented him, asked people to subscribe to his channel and included a string of memes.   PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has been YouTube’s most-subscribed channel for more than five years, but in recent weeks he and his fanbase — known as the bro army — have been working to fend off another channel threatening to top his. T-Series, a channel with Indian movie trailers and music videos, is operated by an Indian music record label and film production company of the same name. At 77 million subscribers, PewDiePie’s channel leads T-Series by about 1.4 million. (The next-closest channel has 44 million.) WSJ joins the fight vs tseries 🔥https://t.co/O0WbSSNedI— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) December 17, 2018 A representative for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Journal, said the company has removed the page, which was operated by WSJ Custom Solutions, a unit of the company’s advertising arm. It’s a “branded content” unit that produces advertising pages that have many of the hallmarks of a news report. The page wasn’t affiliated with The Wall Street Journal newsroom, and the Journal’s publishing system is “completely separate” from the one used by WSJ Custom Solutions, he added.  “We have launched a full investigation,” the rep said. He didn’t respond to questions about whether the page was posted through a cyberattack or by somebody simply taking advantage of WSJ Custom Solutions’ tools in bad faith.  Kjellberg used his Twitter account to call out the ad page and its deletion.  Comments The message on the paper’s website said: “WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to pewdiepie. Due to misrepresentation by our journalists, those of whom have now been fired, we are sponsoring pewdiepie to reach maximum subscribers and beat Tseries to 80million. We also need your credit card number, expiry date, and the lucky 3 digits on the back to win the chicken dinner in fortnite.” The message, which concluded with an allusion to the Epic Gamers meme, included a string of image memes after it.  Last year, WSJ reports about racist and anti-Semitic overtones in some of Kjellberg’s video jokes led to an advertiser backlash against him. His channel lost the ability to run ads, a crucial way that channels generate revenue. Disney, which had a partnership with Kjellberg through its acquisition of a digital video agency Maker, cut ties with him too.   Originally published at 9:39 a.m. PT.  Updated at 10:16 a.m. PT: With subscriber count numbers.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech.  The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Online Security Digital Media Share your voice YouTube Tags Now with video evidence: pic.twitter.com/JAnWv69RD7— The Imaginary Axis- Tyler (@TylerAtTheAxis) December 17, 2018 7last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Entanglement can help in classical communication

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When most of us think of entanglement, our minds jump immediately to quantum communication. “Entanglement has become very well known and useful in quantum communication,” Robert Prevedel tells PhysOrg.com. Prevedel, a scientist at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, believes that entanglement can be used in classical communication as well. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: R. Prevedel, Y. Lu, W. Matthews, R. Kaltenbaek, and K.J. Resch, “Entanglement-Enhanced Classical Communication Over a Noisy Classical Channel,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.110505 Citation: Entanglement can help in classical communication (2011, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-entanglement-classical.html 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.center_img “We have found that in certain situations you can use entanglement to transmit classical information with higher success when using classical channels that are noisy than you could do without.” says Prevedel. “This is a novel use for entanglement which seems to have been overlooked until recently.”A team of scientists at Waterloo, including Prevedel, Lu, Matthews, Kaltenbaek and Resch, demonstrated that that it is possible to benefit from entanglement in some classical communication channels. Their work can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Entanglement-Enhanced Classical Communication Over a Noisy Classical Channel.”“One of the reasons that entanglement hasn’t been thought to be useful for classical communication is that it has been shown to not increase the capacity of a classical channel, which is the ultimate maximum rate of reliable communication” Prevedel explains. “What entanglement can do, though, is reduce the error probability when sending a message with a fixed number of uses of a noisy classical channel.”Prevedel says that the protocol used is fairly simple. “Our demonstration included only two entangled particles and a straightforward classical channel. Entangled photons show nonclassical correlations,. Whenever I do a measurement on one of the photons, I will get a similar result for the same measurement performed on the other photon.”“Sometimes a classical communication channel gets jumbled,” Prevedel explains. “We wanted to see if entanglement could be used to more successfully send information across such a noisy channel. With our simple protocol, and by using entanglement, we found that you can improve the success probability from 83% to 90%. That’s fairly significant.”For now, the protocol only works on a very particular type of channel. “The situation we started with is very specific,” Prevedel points out. “We looked for the channel that would offer us the largest increase in success probability possible. Also, we knew that using entanglement in this manner won’t work with every type of classical communication channel.”So far, the work done by the Waterloo team doesn’t offer immediate applications for communications. “Our results are more important from a fundamental point of view,” Prevedel says. “From a fundamental point of view, this is big news.”Going forward, Prevedel hopes that he and his colleagues can learn more about the benefits that entanglement can have for classical communication. “We want to figure out which classical channels will benefit from it [entanglement], and which will not. We also want to see if there is a way to generalize our findings.” Additionally, the group is hoping that they can adapt what they learned to multi-party conversations. “It might be possible to find scenarios in which entanglement could help in three party or four party conversations – moving beyond two party communication.”Overall, though, Prevedel and his colleagues are excited about the new prospects for combining classical communication with entanglement. “We have shown that entanglement can help in classical communication, a situation where people thought it was useless. Hopefully, our work will spark interest in this research direction, and we can begin to see some applications in the future.” Explore further Too much entanglement can render quantum computers uselesslast_img read more

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