first_imgJohnson hits four 3-pointers, scores 14 for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSCHOFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team pulled ahead early in the second half and held off a late run by D.C. Everest to beat the Evergreens 52-49 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Friday night at D.C. Everest High School.The Tigers snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 6-5 and 1-2 in the WVC.Marshfield led 20-17 at halftime. Everest tied it at 26-26 before the Tigers pulled ahead for good, leading by as many as eight late in the game.Marshfield held Everest to 38 percent shooting (20 of 52) and was helped by the Evergreens’ poor free throw shooting as they made just 6 of 22 at the line.Corianne Johnson led the Tigers with 14 points, and Ema Fehrenbach scored 13 points in the win.Marshfield was able to overcome 17 turnovers by shooting 46 percent from the field, going 18 of 39 overall and 7 of 11 from 3-point range. Johnson was 4-for-6, and Meg Bryan made 3 of 5 from distance for the Tigers.Marshfield plays at Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday as part of a girls-boys doubleheader. The girls game starts at 6:45 p.m., and the boys will follow at approximately 8:15 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 52, Evergreens 49Marshfield 20 32 – 52D.C. Everest 17 32 – 49MARSHFIELD (52): Meg Bryan 4-7 3-4 14, Jenna Jakobi 1-7 1-1 3, Corianne Johnson 5-8 0-0 14, Maddie Nikolai 2-5 0-2 4, Ema Fehrenbach 4-8 5-5 13, Hannah Meverden 0-2 0-2 0, Katie Osinski 2-2 0-0 4. FG: 18-39. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 7-11 (Johnson 4-6, Bryan 3-5). Rebounds: 20 (Fehrenbach 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Bryan. Record: 3-6, 2-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.D.C. EVEREST (49): Stolze 0-1 0-0 0, Schmoll 1-4 0-1 2, Lehrke 2-5 0-4 4, Rohr 2-5 1-1 7, Mohring 4-8 0-1 8, Petit 5-18 0-3 11, Hodell 2-4 1-2 5, Higgins 4-7 4-10 12. FG: 20-52. FT: 6-22. 3-pointers: 3-16 (Rohr 2-5, Petit 1-7, Mohring 0-1, Schmoll 0-3). Rebounds: 30 (Higgins 8, Lehrke 8). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-5, 1-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

first_img20 July 2015A female pilot had been awarded the first drone licence on the continent, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said yesterday.“The licence was issued on 10 July to Nicole Swart,” said spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu. “It makes her the first person to receive such a licence in South Africa, the continent, and most parts of the world.”Swart, 23, holds the highest pilot’s licence, namely the airline transport pilot’s licence. When not flying remotely piloted aircraft or a traditional manned aircraft, she works as a testing standards officer in aviation personnel standards, at the SACAA.Forward thinking“It was important for me to get a remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence, as I believe technology is advancing rapidly and in the near future this mode of transport will be as common and necessary as cellular phones are in this era,” Swart said.“I therefore wanted to ensure that when that time comes, I am already a step ahead.”In progressMany countries are still formulating regulations for the administration of drones, or RPAS in aviation jargon. They are controlled either from the ground or by another aircraft.SACAA is processing about 10 drone pilot licences and 15 operator ones, following regulations for drones that came into effect at the beginning of the month.Swart can use her licence to fly a drone for corporate, commercial, or leisure purposes.Drones can be used to fight crime by providing aerial surveillance, assist conservation efforts, and can be used in scientific research.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#politics#web#YouTube Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The 2010 U.S. midterm elections are coming up. On November 2, 36 of the 100 Senate seats, 26 of the 50 gubernatorial and all of the House seats will be contested. As they did for the 2008 presidential elections, the Personal Democracy Forum is working with YouTube to ask voters to post videos of 10 Questions they have for the candidates in a race, or submit text versions.10Questions is focusing on what they consider the 46 most competitive of these races. For each of them, viewers can, via their website or an embeddable widget, anyone can upload videos of their questions, view those of other users and vote on whose questions should be asked. View uploading and voting widgets with videos after the jump.How It WorksOn September 21st the top 10 questions for each race will be given to the candidates involved and they will have two weeks to upload their answers to YouTube. Viewers will then vote on whether those candidates have actually answered the questions, or if their responses were just circumlocutions, legerdemain, spin and talking points. This time, 10Questions is going out with a host of media partners, from the Miami Herald to WNYC to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to their site and widget, they are reaching out via Twitter and Facebook. I asked Daniel Teweles, VP of Business Development and Marketing at the Personal Democracy Forum to address the possibility that the system might be gamed by groups of users. “Votes are limited to one per Google Account, and the the top ten questions will have their votes audited to further guard against ballot box stuffing. On the answer side of things, it is certainly possible for people to rate the candidates rather than their responses when they vote on the answers. This is an experiment, and that phase is directed at creating a feedback loop that rewards substance over soundbites, which is a major difference between 10Questions and the pre-existing debate structure.”People in Glass HousesConversation is something that’s grown up with the social web, though it is never as perfect, or as imperfect, as its partisans and detractors insist. Teweles’s group isn’t alone in the attempt to create mechanisms intended to “(reward) substance over soundbites.” Another example is Glass House Conversations, an online version of the Philip Johnson Glass House salon that focuses more on design and architecture. “Each Monday, a host posts a provocation. People have only five days to respond . . . After comments have closed a “Final Word” is chosen from the replies.”Have you participated in a purpose-made online conversation series? What do you like about it? What needs to happen for this sort of conversation to reach its full potential? center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgCome London 2012 all eyes would be on the Indian hockey team as Bharat Chettri and his men would try sealing their passage to London in style with their victory at the Delhi qualifiers recently.While coach Michael Nobbs and his men have erased the shame of Beijing 2008, when India even failed to qualify for it, their quest to end the three-decade wait for a hockey Olympic medal would be tough and difficult.”We now have to work hard. We are now playing the top teams in the world. They are significantly better than us at this stage. We will improve. We will play against the teams which have been preparing for last six years and we have been into this for last six months,” warned a cautious Nobbs.However, team’s crucial player Sardar Singh was delighted at the achievement in the last few months and was hopeful of doing well in the games.”We are delighted at reaching the Olympics. We have performed better and are peaking at the right time,’ he said.Elated and ecstatic after erasing the shame of Beijing 2008, India’s hockey heroes have been celebrating their return to the game’s ultimate stage. Turning in a series of resounding performances, Chettri and his men stormed their way back to the Olympics with a triumphant show at the Delhi qualifiers. However, the team has been aware that its biggest challenge lies ahead.”It is going to be tough from here. We have to improve our game,” player Sandeep Singh admitted recently.advertisementPitted against the best in the business, Indian players would truly be tested in their quest for glory at London 2012. Having failed to make it to the top four since the 1984 Games, the Indians clearly have their task cut out. And it would take some doing for them to even improve from their eighth place finishes at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.But with the countdown to the Olympics entering its final 100-day stretch, the coach and his wards have set their goals at hitting top gear.”We will be here till we move to England which will be a pre-Olympic test. We will move on the 26th (of July). We will also travel to Australia and Germany,” Nobbs said in Pune.For a nation that has sealed Olympic glory a record eight times, London 2012 presents an opportunity for resurrection and redemption. And a billion would be going all out to cheer their favourite heroes to make it count at the game’s biggest stage.- With inputs from Pankaj Khelkar in Punelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Multi-disciplinary icons, including famous sports personalities, are among the suggestions being examined by the Tourism Ministry to be the face of the Incredible India campaign following the exit of Bollywood star Aamir Khan as the brand ambassador.Other suggestions being considered include choosing a female personality as the mascot for the Atithi Devo Bhava series which is part of the Incredible India campaign to attract foreign tourists.”We have received a lot of suggestions and proposals regarding inclusion of famous people, from different genres. The Ministry is examining these suggestions and once the Ministry finalises its decision in this matter, it will be announced,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma told PTI.The Minister was asked if the Ministry has taken any decision on who will be the face of new Incredible India campaign and if it was also examining the proposal of choosing personalities from different fields like sports besides the film industry.Khan, whose comments on perceived intolerance in the country had sparked a controversy, is no longer the ambassador for the governments Incredible India tourism campaign.Sharma had said on January 6, “Our contract was with the McCann Worldwide agency for Atithi Devo Bhava campaign. The agency had hired Khan for the job. It was the agency which had hired him. Since the contract with the agency expired , automatically the arrangement with the actor no longer exists.”Asked whether Khan was still the Tourism Ministrys brand Ambassador, the Minister had said, “Definitely not”.The Atithi Devo Bhava campaign, part of the Incredible India campaign was launched during the UPA regime.advertisementTwo months ago, Khan had made controversial comments on perceived intolerance in the country that evoked criticism from many quarters.At an event, Khan had said that his wife Kiran Rao had asked if they should move out of the country, as she feared for the safety of their child in a climate of insecurity. PTI PYK SAP RTlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton winger Bernard admits confidence boostby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Bernard says his goal against West Ham United was down to an increase in confidence.The Brazilian received the ball from Theo Walcott on the edge of the penalty box and went on a mazy run to score the opening goal in the 2-0 victory.Asked if he was intent on firing off a shot when he controlled Walcott’s pass, Bernard told evertontv: “Definitely. I am always thinking about the team and looking for my teammates.”But perhaps with my confidence increased and the confidence of the manager, I am trying to take a few more chances.”I still want to look for my teammates and help the team but perhaps I can shoot more and take more opportunities.”The whole team had a really good attitude throughout the match.”Everyone knew we were in a difficult position and gave their all to try to get out of this situation.”Every player deserves credit for the effort they put in.” last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON – Sean Kuraly scored to break a third-period tie and assisted on another goal to help the Boston Bruins rally from a two-goal deficit and beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots for Boston, which fell behind 2-0 on goals from Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko. But the Bruins outshot the Blues 18-3 in the second period, and 38-20 in the game, to take the opener in the best-of-seven series.Brad Marchand added an empty netter to clinch it.FINAL: @NHLBruins (4) – @StLouisBlues (2)Recap: BOS leads 1-0 #StanleyCup— NHL (@NHL) May 28, 2019Forty-nine years after Bobby Orr flew through the air following his Cup-clinching goal against St. Louis in the 1970 final, Boston defencemen Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy scored in the secondperiod to tie it.Jordan Binnington made 34 saves for the Blues, who haven’t been back to the final since then.Game 2 is Wednesday night.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal ethics watchdog confirmed Tuesday that she advised Finance Minister Bill Morneau there was no need to put his substantial assets in a blind trust.“I told him that it wasn’t required,” ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said, although she acknowledged it was ultimately up to Morneau to choose how to handle his affairs.“I took a look at what he disclosed and according to what was disclosed, and which I do for anybody, I make a judgment as to what’s necessary.”Dawson later told CTV News that Morneau’s shares are controlled by a private corporation and not directly controlled by the finance minister. She said he didn’t technically need to divest or put the shares in a blind trust.“He doesn’t hold them, the corporation holds them, that’s the legal entity,” Dawson told the network in an interview.However, CTV also reported late Tuesday that it has learned Morneau continues to own shares in his family’s business Morneau Shepell through a corporate structure that keeps him from having to divest or put his shares in a blind trust.Dawson’s confirmation came amid a continuing furor over Morneau’s personal financial arrangements, which have combined with the angry backlash to his small business tax reform proposals to leave his credibility in tatters.So politically damaged has Morneau become that he was even asked Tuesday if the escalating ethics controversy has him reconsidering his career in politics.“Absolutely not,” he said in French after an event in Montreal.“I know that we still have things to do and, for me, I have a great privilege to have the opportunity to be with a team that will do very important things for people here, for the rest of our country. I would like to continue with this work.”Rumours have been circulating around Parliament Hill for months that the wealthy former businessman is disenchanted with politics after two years in the Finance hot seat. He’s unlikely to feel more positively about politics now that the focus has shifted to his personal fortune and ethics.He’s also under attack from both the Conservatives and NDP for revelations that he failed to disclose to Dawson a private corporation that owns a family villa in France and that he did not place his assets in a blind trust.The day he was named to cabinet in November 2015, Morneau told CBC he had communicated with Dawson about his holdings in his human resources and pension management company, Morneau Shepell — including shares reportedly worth more than $40 million. He said he expected to put them in a blind trust, much like former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin did with Canada Steamship Lines.However, it transpired this week that he did not put them in a blind trust. Morneau has refused to say what he’s done with his shares in the company founded by his father.On Tuesday, Morneau asked Dawson for a meeting to discuss the recommendations she originally gave him to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest — recommendations which he said he’s followed “diligently.”“As a result of this discussion, should you determine that additional measures — such as a blind trust — would be an appropriate course of action, I would be pleased and eager to move forward on any revised recommendations you might provide,” he wrote in a letter to the ethics commissioner.Dawson refused to discuss Morneau’s financial holdings specifically.However, in general terms she explained that the Conflict of Interest Act requires only that “controlled assets” — those that are directly held by a public office holder — be placed in a blind trust.“Sometimes, the asset is not directly held and our act covers things that are directly held,” she said after appearing at a Commons committee meeting.In his filings with the commissioner, Morneau has disclosed the existence of a family trust. Dawson said it’s possible, “depending how it’s done,” that transferring shares into a family trust might be sufficient to consider them as indirectly held assets that don’t need to be placed in a blind trust.She acknowledged that the act could be strengthened to apply to indirectly held assets.“It could be. I think it would catch a broader net.”Dawson’s intervention did nothing to quell opposition attacks on Morneau for failing to place his assets in a blind trust.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen called on Dawson to investigate Morneau for spearheading pension reform legislation that could benefit Morneau Shepell and, through his shares, the minister himself.“The appearance of conflict of interest in this case is worrisome, it is shocking,” said Cullen, contending that legislation will “directly benefit Morneau Shepell and directly benefit the finance minister.”Morneau’s office has set up a conflict of interest screen, overseen by the minister’s chief of staff, to ensure he abstains from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.Dawson has allowed such screens for other ministers as well. But Duff Conacher, head of the ethics advocacy group Democracy Watch, said they’re meaningless because of “a huge loophole in the act” which stipulates that ministers do not need to recuse themselves from decisions that apply generally to Canadians, even if they stand to benefit personally.Democracy Watch is challenging the legality of such screens in court.The Conservatives demanded that Morneau publicly divulge everything he has submitted to the ethics commissioner since the Liberals took office in 2015.In particular, Tory MP Pierre Poilievre said Morneau should disclose who controls his interests in Morneau Shepell.“Minister Morneau has not told the nation what became of his $30 million in Morneau Shepell shares,” Poilievre said. “We’re just asking him to come clean with Canadians.”last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Former Olympic rower Harold Backer received a 13-month jail sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraud, but no answers were provided about his mysterious 18 month disappearance that sparked an international police search.Backer, 55, wearing a grey pinstriped suit and red tie, did not say a word during his sentencing hearing, choosing to let his lawyer, Joven Narwal, speak to the court on his behalf.Two of Backer’s children, his older brother, other relatives and a former rowing coach were in the courtroom to support him.“Mr. Backer wishes to express his deep remorse for his conduct through me,” said Narwal. “He does not wish to address the court.”Backer, a three-time Olympian and Princeton University graduate, had been facing two charges of fraud over $5,000 and had pleaded not guilty on both counts. He abruptly changed the plea to guilty on Wednesday in Victoria provincial court to a single charge of fraud over $5,000.Judge Carmen Rogers also gave the former investment dealer three years of probation. The sentence included credit for one month of time served in jail.In an agreed statement of facts, Backer promised to pay restitution of $161,900 to five people.Before he was led away from court, Backer hugged his children and brother, who declined to answer questions outside court.Backer disappeared on Nov. 3, 2015, when he failed to return home after telling his family he was going out for a bike ride. He surrendered to police in Victoria in April 2017 and his whereabouts while he was missing have never been explained.His disappearance was not mentioned during the sentencing hearing, where a joint submission was presented to the court by both Backer’s lawyer and Crown counsel.“The information that is of concern to the Crown is the period between May of 2013 and November of 2015, and that’s the period when these offences have been carried out, and that’s the period we’re concerned about with the prosecution,” Crown counsel spokesman Daniel McLaughlin said outside court.Narwal also said his client’s disappearance was not connected to the sentencing.“As you can assume, the answer to that question wasn’t relevant to today’s sentencing hearing and I won’t be answering that,” he said after the hearing.Victoria police said in a statement the department was offering no comment at this time.After his disappearance in November 2015, police in Port Angeles, Wash., said an officer who viewed video from a street security camera noted a man fitting Backer’s description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.Soon after he disappeared, financial crime investigators began looking into Backer and the company My Financial Backer Corp. after his investors received letters that concerned them.Narwal told the court his client often expressed remorse in terms of an athlete failing his team.“He’s let down the people who cared most deeply for him,” said Narwal. “In rowing, if you don’t perform well enough, you let down the team.”Backer never intended to defraud his investors, Narwal said.“The investments, and let’s say the optimism related to these investments, did not bear the fruit he was hoping for. And so loses occurred.”Backer was on the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.last_img read more

first_imgAmethi (UP): With UPA president Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by his side, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat at the Collectorate here.Rahul was also accompanied by Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra and their two children to send a message that the entire family gives much importance to the Congress bastion, party leaders said. Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers, Rahul challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an open debate on the Rafale issue and demonetisation. “Debate on Rafale, corruption and note ban,” he said, buoyed by the Supreme Court order earlier in the day. In a setback to the Centre, the apex court allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgment and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. The three-time Congress MP from Amethi will take on Union Minister and BJP nominee Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha election in virtually a direct contest as the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh has decided not to field a candidate from the seat. This time, the Congress president is contesting a second seat, Wayanad, in Kerala where he had filed his papers on April 4. Rahul, who was also accompanied by Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, said, “Sometime ago the prime minister’s interview had come, a structured interview, (he) told news persons that the SC has given a clean chit, etc.” “Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ has committed a theft. (It has) accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale. I have been saying so since months if investigations are done there are two names – Narendra Modi and (Anil) Ambani. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that ‘Hindustan PM’ has given air force money to Anil Ambani and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” Rahul said. PTIlast_img read more